Patents Examined by DaWayne A. Pinkney
  • Patent number: 11375891
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices to improve the assessment of visual function and overcoming limitations of current methods to identify the visual function that potentially could be reached by a given eye. Multiple eye tests including visual stimuli plus optical measurement components, and methods to combine the results, identify and quantify sources of decreased vision resulting from optical sources, such as a lens and cornea as distinguished from retinal sources. By identifying potentially correctable optical sources of decreased vision, and overcoming physiological limitations such as size of the eye's pupil, the visual benefits of treatment such as by cataract or corneal surgery are distinguished from retinal pathology that requires medical intervention. The devices and methods provide metrics that include an expected value of the visual function and sources of variability including both optical and neural components, to guide treatment and improve clinical trials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Trustees of Indiana University
    Inventor: Ann E. Elsner
  • Patent number: 11378860
    Abstract: A dimming device 700 includes a first substrate 711 and a second substrate 712, a first electrode 731 formed on top of the first substrate 711, a dimming layer 720 formed on top of the first electrode 731, a second electrode 732 formed on top of at least the dimming layer 720, a moisture-retaining member 741 that covers at least the second electrode 732 and faces the second substrate 712, and sealing members 733, 734, 735, and 736 provided in an edge portion of the first substrate 711, and a moisture-retaining member extending portion 743 that extends from the moisture-retaining member 741 is disposed between the sealing member and the second substrate 712, and a thickness of the moisture-retaining member extending portion 743 is thinner than a thickness of the moisture-retaining member 742 in a central portion of the dimming device 700.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yui Ishii
  • Patent number: 11372230
    Abstract: A system for preventing motion sickness resulting from virtual reality or augmented reality is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the system includes a virtual reality or augmented reality headset configured to be worn by a user, the virtual reality or augmented reality headset configured to create an artificial environment and/or immersive environment for the user; at least one fluidic lens disposed between an eye of the user and a screen of the virtual reality or augmented reality headset; and a fluid control system operatively coupled to the at least one fluidic lens. In another embodiment, the system includes at least one tunable prism disposed between an eye of the user and a screen of the virtual reality or augmented reality headset, the at least one tunable prism configured to correct a convergence problem associated with the eye of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Gholam A. Peyman
  • Patent number: 11372304
    Abstract: An electro-optic device is provided that includes a first substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface; a first electrode provided at the inner surface of the first substrate; a second substrate having an inner surface and an outer surface, wherein the inner surface of the second substrate faces the inner surface of the first substrate; a second electrode provided at the inner surface of the second substrate; and an electro-optic medium provided between the inner surfaces of the first and second substrates. The first electrode includes a metal mesh formed from metal tracings and having open areas between the metal tracings; and a first transparent conductive coating electrically coupled to the metal mesh and extending at least between the metal tracings so as to extend across the open areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jian Gao, George A. Neuman, Kurtis L. Geerlings
  • Patent number: 11360367
    Abstract: An electro-optic system where an electrical potential is changed and/or regulated to achieve a desired potential applied to an electro-optic medium. The electro-optic system comprises an electro-optic medium disposed in a chamber defined in part by two electrodes. A power source is connected to the two electrodes and thereby operable to apply an electrical potential to the electrochromic medium across the two electrodes. A voltmeter is operable to measure an electrical potential between two points within the chamber. Additionally, a controller is connected to the voltmeter and the power source and is operable to regulate the electrical potential applied by the power source based, at least in part, on the electrical potential measured between the two points within the chamber by the voltmeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xiaoxu Niu, Adam R. Heintzelman, Kurtis L. Geerlings
  • Patent number: 11353688
    Abstract: An image capturing lens assembly includes, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element and a fifth lens element. The first lens element with positive refractive power has a convex object-side surface. The second lens element has refractive power. The third lens element has refractive power, and an object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof being aspheric. The fourth lens element has negative refractive power, and an object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof are aspheric. The fifth lens element with negative refractive power has a concave object-side surface, and the object-side surface and an image-side surface thereof are aspheric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin-Yao Liao, Hsin-Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 11353764
    Abstract: An electrochromic (EC) device comprises a first electrode and a second electrode separated by an electrolyte. The first electrode comprises an electrochromic (EC) layer comprising a compound having the formula AiBjOk, where A comprises one or more elements selected from a group consisting of W, Mn, Mo, Co, Ni, Cs, and Zn, where B is different than A and comprises one or more elements selected from a group consisting of Mo, Ti, Nb, and V, where i and j have values that are greater than 0, and where k is a stoichiometric value that balances the formula. A is selected such that the EC layer has an improved optical contrast relative to BjOk and B is selected such that the EC layer has an improved specific charge capacity relative to AiOk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Governors of the University of Alberta
    Inventors: Abdulhakem Elezzabi, Hai Zeng Li
  • Patent number: 11346984
    Abstract: A liquid lens can include a chamber and a first fluid and a second fluid contained in the chamber. The first fluid and the second fluid may be immiscible, forming a fluid interface between the two fluids. The liquid lens may also include a first electrode insulated from the two fluids. The liquid lens may include a second electrode in electrical communication with the first fluid. The liquid lens may be configured such that a position of the fluid interface is based at least in part on voltages applied to the electrodes. The lens may further include a window configured to transmit light therethrough along an optical axis. Further, a flexible member may be configured to cause the window to displace axially along the optical axis to change the volume of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Raymond Miller Karam, Ming Ying
  • Patent number: 11344195
    Abstract: A method and system for providing motion analysis data useful in identifying, monitoring, or treating neurological conditions. The preferred embodiment uses an optical coherence tomography system to obtain information about capability of motion control and control of involuntary eye movement. Alternate embodiments are taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Joshua Noel Hogan
  • Patent number: 11347066
    Abstract: Provided is a display apparatus including an image forming device configured to form an image, an optical system configured to provide an output image by combining light containing an outside landscape with the image formed by the image forming device, and a driving device configured to adjust a distance between the image forming device and the optical system, wherein the driving device includes a fixed frame, a movable frame which faces the fixed frame and is movable, an actuator configured to change a distance between the fixed frame and the movable frame, and a fixing member configured to fix the distance between the fixed frame and the movable frame, wherein the image forming device is fixed to the movable frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bongsu Shin, Geeyoung Sung, Hongseok Lee
  • Patent number: 11337606
    Abstract: A system for testing and/or training the vision of a user is disclosed herein. The system includes a motion sensing device, a visual display device having an output screen, and a data processing device operatively coupled to the motion sensing device and the visual display device. In one embodiment, the data processing device is programmed to generate and display a configuration of a visual object on the visual display device during the same cycle of rotational head displacement when the actual head velocity or speed for the user reaches or exceeds a prescribed threshold percentage of the target velocity or speed. In another embodiment, the data processing device is programmed to increase a value of a prescribed amplitude or period for the head rotational displacement of the user for a successive trial of a test or training routine when a peak head velocity or speed is determined to have increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Aysun Gokoglu
  • Patent number: 11333884
    Abstract: A head-up display for a vehicle, according to one embodiment of the present invention, may comprise: an image source which emits a linearly-polarized light having a first direction; a prism which refracts one portion of the linearly-polarized light emitted from the image source; an electric polarization conversion element which, when turned off, transmits another portion of the linearly-polarized light emitted from the image source, and when turned on, half-wavelength-converts the another portion of the linearly-polarized light emitted from the image source into a linearly-polarized light having a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; a first reflection mirror which reflects light to a windshield of a vehicle; a polarization reflection mirror which is disposed so as to be spaced apart from the first reflection mirror, reflects the linearly-polarized light having the first direction, and transmits the linearly-polarized light having the second direction; and a second reflection mirror which is di
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngjin Kim, Dongwook Kim, Juhyeok Ryu, Sangok Yeo, Kyoungil Lee, Seunggyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11333865
    Abstract: An optical path folding element includes an incident surface, a path folding surface and an exiting surface. The incident surface allows a light ray to pass into the optical path folding element. The path folding surface folds the light ray from the incident surface. The exiting surface allows the light ray to pass through and depart from the optical path folding element. At least one of the incident surface and the exiting surface includes an optical effective portion and at least one engaging structure symmetrically disposed around the optical effective portion. The engaging structure includes an annular surface portion and an inclined surface portion. The annular surface portion surrounds the optical effective portion, and the inclined surface portion is located between the annular surface portion and the optical effective portion. An angle between the annular surface portion and the inclined surface portion satisfies a specific condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 11327382
    Abstract: The embodiments herein relate to electrochromic stacks, electrochromic devices, and methods and apparatus for making such stacks and devices. In various embodiments, an anodically coloring layer in an electrochromic stack or device is fabricated to include nickel-tungsten-niobium-oxide (NiWNbO). This material is particularly beneficial in that it is very transparent in its clear state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Gillaspie, Sridhar K. Kailasam, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 11327271
    Abstract: A lens driving apparatus includes a holder, a metal cover, a carrier, a sensing magnet, a printed circuit board, a position sensor, a coil and at least one driving magnet. The metal cover is coupled with the holder and has an opening. The carrier is assembled to a lens assembly having an optical axis, wherein the carrier is disposed in the metal cover and is movable along a direction parallel to the optical axis. The sensing magnet is coupled with the carrier. The printed circuit board is disposed near to one of the four lateral sides of the holder. The position sensor is disposed on the printed circuit board and corresponds to the sensing magnet. The coil is disposed on an outer surface of the carrier. One of the driving magnet is disposed in the metal cover and corresponds to the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LARGAN DIGITAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Te-Sheng Tseng, Wen-Hung Hsu, Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 11320675
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electro-absorption modulator receives an optical light from an optical light source and outputs a modulated optical signal. The electro-absorption modulator includes a bias voltage used to set a predetermined modulation performance and an output power of the electro-absorption modulator. A controller measures a photocurrent generated by the electro-absorption modulator and uses the photocurrent as a reference to automatically control the bias voltage of the electro-absorption modulator to maintain the predetermined modulation performance and the output power of the electro-absorption modulator when a detuning change occurs between the electro-absorption modulator and the optical light source throughout the lifetime of transmitters based on an EML device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Jun Wang
  • Patent number: 11313999
    Abstract: An optical system is disclosed that can include a focal plane. The optical system can also include a primary mirror located in front of the focal plane and having a hole operable to allow light to pass through the primary mirror. The optical system can further include a secondary mirror located in front of the primary mirror and operable to direct light through the hole to the focal plane. The optical system can still further include an intermediate field baffle located at least partially in front of the focal plane. In addition, the optical system can include a shutter mechanism located in front of the baffle. An integrated baffle and shutter device is also disclosed that can include a shutter mechanism having a paddle and an actuator operable to selectively move the paddle between an open position that allows light past the shutter mechanism and a closed position that blocks light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Keith Carrigan, Robert L. Patterson, Jonathan Tong
  • Patent number: 11314037
    Abstract: An optical element driving mechanism is provided. The optical element driving mechanism includes a fixed portion, a movable portion, a driving assembly, a first circuit assembly, and a second circuit assembly. The fixed portion includes a housing, a frame, and a base. The frame is affixed to the housing. The base is fixedly connected to the housing. The movable portion is movably connected to the fixed portion, and carries an optical element, wherein the optical element has an optical axis. The driving assembly drives the movable portion to move relative to the fixed portion. The first circuit assembly is disposed in the frame, and electrically connected to the driving assembly. The second circuit assembly is disposed on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Liang-Ting Ho, You-Zhen Lin, Sin-Jhong Song
  • Patent number: 11314139
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Patent number: 11314038
    Abstract: An optical module is provided, including a movable portion, a fixed portion and a driving assembly. The movable portion is used to hold an optical element having an optical axis. The movable portion is movably connected to the fixed portion. The driving assembly disposed in the fixed portion to drive the movable portion to move along the optical axis relative to the fixed portion. The driving assembly includes a first magnetic element and a second magnetic element. The first magnetic element and the second magnetic element are aligned along the optical axis. The size of the first magnetic element and the size of the second magnetic element along the optical axis are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Fu-Yuan Wu, Shang-Yu Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lin, Yung-Ping Yang, Wen-Yen Huang, Tsung-Han Wu, Yi-Chun Cheng, Chen-Chi Kuo, Chia-Hsiu Liu, Ichitai Moto, Sin-Jhong Song