Patents Examined by Clayton E. LaBalle
  • Patent number: 11448987
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus, in continuous image formation in which images are continuously formed and fixed on a plurality of recording materials in a fixing portion, with a period from start of the continuous image formation on a first recording material to arrival thereof at the fixing unit being regarded as a first period, and with a period from the arrival of the first recording material at the fixing portion to the end of the continuous image formation being regarded as a second period, a second maximum energizing duty that is set when the control portion supplies power to a plurality of heating elements in the second period is higher than a first maximum energizing duty that is set when the control portion supplies power to the plurality of heating elements in the first period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Nihonyanagi, Masato Sako
  • Patent number: 11448942
    Abstract: A rotational mechanism includes a frame, a plurality of rotational units, an inner ring rotatably supported on the frame via the plurality of rotational units, and a rotation driving unit configured to generate power for rotating the inner ring. The inner ring is provided with a protrusion portion on an outer periphery. Each of the plurality of rotational units includes two bearings and a first pressing unit. The first pressing unit is configured to apply pressing forces to the two bearings in opposite directions in a rotational axis direction of the inner race. The protrusion portion is held between the two bearings due to the pressing forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeaki Yokoi, Tomonori Nakazawa, Jun Kawata
  • Patent number: 11442381
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image carrier that carries an image; a developing device that develops a latent image formed on the image carrier into a visible image formed of powder; an intermediate transfer body to which the visible image is transferred from the image carrier and that temporarily transports the visible image; a transfer device that transfers the visible image on the image carrier to the intermediate transfer body; a first cleaning device that cleans the image carrier by collecting powder that remains on the image carrier; a first collection container that receives the powder collected by the first cleaning device; a second cleaning device that cleans the intermediate transfer body by collecting powder that remains on the intermediate transfer body; a second collection container that receives the powder collected by the second cleaning device; a feeding device that supplies a transfer-process bias to the transfer device; and a changing unit that changes the transfer-process bias sup
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Kazunari Yamagishi, Akira Shimodaira
  • Patent number: 11442344
    Abstract: A clamping mechanism comprises: a main body; a pair of clamps are arranged on the main body, and each clamp may be moved along the clamping main body thereof the holding direction reciprocates relative to the main body; the clamping width maintaining mechanism is disposed on the main body for maintaining the clamping width of each pair of clamps to be adapted to the photographing device to be clamped; the adjusting mechanism is disposed on the main body for adjusting the spacing between one of each pair of clamps and the main body in the clamping direction for adjusting the clamping center of each pair of clamps while maintaining the clamping width of each pair of clamps relative to the center of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG SIRUI OPTICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Li, Weibo Luo
  • Patent number: 11442288
    Abstract: An optical unit with shake-correction function is provided. A movable body is supported by a fixed body via a gimbal mechanism. The fixed body includes a case surrounding the movable body. The gimbal mechanism includes a gimbal frame having a second axis-side extension part protruding in a direction of a second axis and a second connecting mechanism connecting the second axis-side extension part and the case. The second axis-side extension part includes a first portion extending in a direction of Z-axis, a bent portion bending from an end of the first portion, and a second portion extending from the bent portion in a ?Z direction. The second connecting mechanism connects the second portion and the case, and the fixed body includes an object-side end plate portion facing the bent portion from the direction of the Z axis on an outer side of the first portion in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Kasahara, Shinji Hatano
  • Patent number: 11430359
    Abstract: An image display device a light source, an image display layer and a refractive structure layer. The light source emits a light beam. The image display layer is located over the light source. The image display layer includes plural pattern sections. The refractive structure layer has a reference plane. When the light beam is irradiated on the refractive structure layer and there is a first angle between the light beam and the reference plane, the light beam is guided to a first pattern section, so that a first image is displayed on the image display layer. When the light beam is irradiated on the refractive structure layer and there is a second angle between the light beam and the reference plane, the light beam is guided to a second pattern section, so that a second image is displayed on the image display layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Zeng Yang, Hui-Ling Lin
  • Patent number: 11422440
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image stabilization apparatus includes detecting a motion status of a handle of the image stabilization apparatus. A rotation of the handle is controlled by a rotary axis motor of the image stabilization apparatus. The method further includes controlling the rotary axis motor to stop rotating in response to the motion status of the handle being a free status in which the handle is not fixed and one portion of the image stabilization apparatus other than the handle is fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 11422006
    Abstract: The description relates to devices and/or device accessories. One example can include a Hall effect sensor configured to sense magnetic fields along a sensing axis and a pair of elongate magnets having co-axial and opposite magnetic axes that are perpendicular to the sensing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Casey Sean Callan, Mika Martti Yitalo, Sheila A. Longo, Brady James Toothaker, Srinivas Reddy Nagampet
  • Patent number: 11422434
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. An electronic device according to an embodiment includes a housing including a glass plate and a rear case that is combined with the glass plate to form an inner space, a bezel, disposed on at least one edge of the glass plate, including a light passage hole, a camera module disposed in the inner space in which a center of the light passage hole and an optical axis of the lens of the camera module coincide each other and a cover member for opening and closing the light passage hole, wherein the cover member includes a sliding button which includes a rack gear on a first surface and capable of performing a linearly reciprocating movement and a pinion gear that rotates according to the movement of the rack gear, and wherein the pinion gear is disposed on at least a part of the circumference at a position corresponding to the teeth meshing with the rack gear and the light passage hole and includes an open area for transmitting an incident light through the light passage hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myoungjun Choi, Daesic Chae
  • Patent number: 11422362
    Abstract: A scanner includes a lens assembly comprising a lens having a lens axis and a positioning system to adjust a focal plane of the lens assembly. The positioning system includes an outer element, an inner element coupled to the lens assembly, and a linear-motion bearing that couples the inner element to the outer element. The linear-motion bearing provides a single degree of translational movement of the inner element along the lens axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Rami Boltanski
  • Patent number: 11422437
    Abstract: A lightweight camera crane has an outer arm pivotally attached to a base. A moving counterweight carriage is supported on carriage rollers on top of the outer arm. An inner arm is supported on arm rollers within the outer arm. An electric extension motor drives telescoping extension and retraction movement of the inner arm via chains, belts or cables connected to the counterweight carriage and the inner arm. An electrical power unit is supported at a back end of the outer arm. The electrical power unit includes a rechargeable battery for powering the electric extension motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard T. Chapman
  • Patent number: 11422439
    Abstract: A gimbal for carrying an imaging device includes a support frame and a center of gravity adjusting unit. The center of gravity adjusting unit includes a transmission member and a coupling member. The center of gravity adjusting unit is coupled to the support frame through the coupling member. A motor is configured to enable the transmission member to drive a portion of the support frame to have a linear movement relative to the coupling member to adjust a center of gravity of the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li Zhou, Yanchong Zhao
  • Patent number: 11415640
    Abstract: Implementations described herein relate to methods, apparatuses, and systems of leakage current detection. According to one implementation, a method includes initiating self-test of a resistive isolation detection circuit, the self-test configured to return a reset latched value representative of a state of the resistive isolation circuit, pulsing a latch reset signal to clear the reset latched value and a testing signal to indicate a testing state, and during the testing signal, independently determining, that a leakage current is present between a photovoltaic power conversion device positive channel and earth, and, that a leakage current is present between a photovoltaic power conversion device negative channel and earth. The method also includes operating a safety relay and indication signal responsive to the testing signal and the independent determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Sonnen, Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Bhusanur, Carlos Restrepo
  • Patent number: 11415864
    Abstract: A concealing device for an imager of a vehicle includes a photochromic lens cover with an external surface that is co-extensive with an adjacent portion of the vehicle and disposed proximate a lens of the imager. The photochromic lens cover is operable between a first condition wherein the photochromic lens cover is exposed to ultraviolet light and darkens to a transmissivity of less than 15% and a second condition wherein the photochromic lens cover includes a transmissivity of greater than 50%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Turnbull, Xiaoxu Niu, David J. Cammenga
  • Patent number: 11418102
    Abstract: An actuator is introduced that utilizes the forces that result from placing a current carrying coil in a magnetic field to rotate a connected object about at least one axis. In some embodiments, the introduced coil actuator includes a coil of conductor coupled to an arm or other type of structural element that extends radially from an axis of rotation. The introduced coil actuator can be utilized to provide motion control in a variety of different applications such as gimbal mechanisms. In some embodiments, the introduced coil actuator can be implemented in a gimbal mechanism for adjusting an orientation of a device such as a camera relative to a connected platform such as the body of an aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Thomas Adams, Patrick Allen Lowe, Benjamin Scott Thompson, Abraham Galton Bachrach, Adam Parker Bry
  • Patent number: 11408752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multi-turn angle measurement device for measuring multiple revolutions of a shaft (4), consisting of a first code carrier (31) with an optical single-turn scanning function (34) for detecting the absolute position of the shaft and a second code carrier for measuring the number of revolutions of the shaft (4). A reduction gear (2) is arranged between the first code carrier (31) and the second code carrier, and the second code carrier consists of a number of permanent magnets (22), the position of which is detected by an assembly of Hall sensors (16a-16b) fixed to the housing. Each of the permanent magnets (22) is embedded into the plastic material of the transmission gears (20) of the reduction gear (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: HENGSTLER GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Linden, Kai Klaeger, Thorsten Blust
  • Patent number: 11409073
    Abstract: A camera module includes a housing having an internal space, a reflecting module including a reflecting member on a movable holder movably supported by an inner wall of the housing in the internal space, and a lens module disposed behind the reflecting module in the internal space, and including lenses aligned in an optical axis direction so that light reflected by the reflecting member is incident thereto. The movable holder is configured to move the reflecting member in a first axis direction approximately perpendicular to the optical axis direction and a second axis direction approximately perpendicular to the optical axis direction and the first axis direction with respect to the housing. The lens module includes at least two lens barrels disposed on sidewalls of the housing, linearly movable in approximately the optical axis direction, and including the lenses divided and disposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Sun Lee, Chul Wan Park
  • Patent number: 11412109
    Abstract: A camera mounting system for inspection is intended to be used with lights and a camera connected to a data transmission system to allow temporary installation of the mounting system upon a barge hatch to allow for visual confirmation via a camera or other digital imaging system of the interior space of the barge. The system is intended to be used to reduce personnel exposure to the interior of barges. The camera mounting system is portable and may be folded. The camera mounting system allows use with hatches generally rectangular at the access hatch as well as hatches having rounded or sweeping ninety degree type access hatches with the mounting system providing multiple positions for placement of the camera for either hatch type to ensure repeatability of the visual confirmation between various barge and barge configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Veteran's Choice Contracting, LLC
    Inventor: Shaine Mier
  • Patent number: 11409210
    Abstract: In a cartridge, a housing has a developer accommodating portion and includes a first side wall and a second side wall. A coupling member is disposed at a position opposite to the developer accommodating portion with respect to the first side wall. A detection body is disposed at a position opposite to the developer accommodating portion with respect to the second side wall. A first driving force transmission member is positioned at the same side with the coupling member with respect to the first side wall, and transmits driving force from the coupling member to a rotating member. A second driving force transmission member is positioned at the same side with the detection body with respect to the second side wall, and transmits driving force from the rotating member to the detection body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nao Itabashi, Naoya Kamimura
  • Patent number: 11402730
    Abstract: A method to stabilize a camera device. The method includes receiving, from the camera device mounted in a camera device holder, sensor data representing at least one selected from a group consisting of orientation and movement of the camera device, generating, using a pre-determined algorithm, a control signal based on the sensor data, and adjusting, using the control signal, a geometrical behavior of the camera device holder, wherein the geometrical behavior corresponds to at least one selected from a group consisting of the orientation and the movement of the camera device holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HANGZHOU TARO POSITIONING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Qian