Patents Examined by Don J Williams
  • Patent number: 11022819
    Abstract: A contact lens includes a sensing electrode, detection circuitry, and a lens. The sensing electrode senses an impedance that changes based upon overlap of an eyelid. The detection circuitry is coupled to the sensing electrode and configured to measure the impedance via the sensing electrode. The detection circuitry is configured to generate a control signal indicative of a gaze direction of the eye based upon the electrical impedance. The lens is integrated into the contact lens and has an optical power that is adjustable. The lens is coupled to adjust the optical power in response to the control signal output from the detection circuitry and which is indicative of the gaze direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: Shungneng Lee
  • Patent number: 11026302
    Abstract: A system for controlling lighting includes a control module coupled to a driver, a light source coupled to the driver, a first sensor configured to cooperate with the control module to detect occupancy and control the power delivered to the light source according to a signal provided by the first sensor, and a second sensor configured to cooperate with the control module to detect ambient light and control the power delivered according to a signal provided by the second sensor. A GUI executing on a controller device wirelessly coupled to the control module communicates with the control module to configure the operation thereof, executes on a touch-sensitive display configured to facilitate user interaction with the controller, and creates one or more control groups. The GUI is also operable to control the driver to control the state of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ORION ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Neal R. Verfuerth, Daniel J. Czaja, Jr., Michael J. Potts, Ryan M. Franzen, Eric A. Smasal
  • Patent number: 10996103
    Abstract: According to one implementation, an optical observation system includes an optical fiber and at least one detection system. The optical fiber has at least one curved portion as a sensor for inputting light which has occurred in a test region. The optical fiber inputs the light from the at least one curved portion and transmits the light. The at least one detection system detects the light transmitted by the optical fiber. Further, according to one implementation, an optical observation method includes: inputting light, which has occurred in a test region, from at least one curved portion of an optical fiber and transmitting the light; and detecting the light transmitted by the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Nishi, Shinya Ohtsuka
  • Patent number: 10993301
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a light-emitting diode arrangement is provided. The light-emitting diode arrangement includes a first substrate with a first light-emitting diode which is arranged on the first substrate such that light emitted by it radiates in a main emission direction of the light-emitting diode arrangement, and a second substrate with a second light-emitting diode which is arranged on the second substrate such that light emitted by it radiates in the main emission direction of the light-emitting diode arrangement. The second substrate is arranged above the first substrate, such that the second substrate at least partly covers the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Osram Oled GmbH
    Inventor: Farhang Ghasemi Afshar
  • Patent number: 10969516
    Abstract: A method for operating a photoelectric barrier as well as a photoelectric barrier with at least one first and one second optoelectronic machine guard. The first optoelectronic machine guard has a first transmitter and the second optoelectronic machine guard has a second transmitter and receiver unit. The transmitters of the first optoelectronic machine guard are successively activated during a run of a first cycle so as to emit a single light pulse, and the transmitters of the second optoelectronic machine guard are successively activated during a run of a second cycle so as to emit a single light pulse. The cycles occur substantially simultaneously. A duration of the first cycle is lengthened or shortened by the duration of a first phase offset ?A and that the duration of the second cycle is lengthened or shortened by the duration of a second phase offset ?B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Werner, Massimo Maffioli, Michael Vogel
  • Patent number: 10942088
    Abstract: An opto-mechanical fuse is provided. The opto-mechanical fuse includes a chassis component, an extrusion disposed on a monitored component proximate to the chassis component and a sensor. The sensor includes an optical conductor mounted to the chassis component to assume one of an optically transmitting state and an optically non-transmitting state in both power-on and power-off conditions. An assumption of the optically non-transmitting state by the optical conductor occurs due to an interaction of the optical conductor and the extrusion resulting from a predefined magnitude of deflection of the monitored component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bradbury, Jonathan Fry, Michael Kane
  • Patent number: 10935421
    Abstract: A light intensity detection method includes: determining whether light intensity detection needs to be performed; detecting whether there is a finger touch in an optical detection region of an optical fingerprint sensor if light intensity detection needs to be performed, wherein the optical detection region is located in at least one part of a display region of a display; enabling a light intensity detection function if no finger touch is detected, and collecting light intensity data by using the optical fingerprint sensor; and processing the collected light intensity data, and calculating a value of current ambient light intensity according to the light intensity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shu Pang, Gengchun Deng
  • Patent number: 10935992
    Abstract: A system includes a tracker configured to collect solar irradiance and attached to a rotational mechanism for changing a plane of the tracker and a controller. The controller is programmed to store a plurality of positional and solar tracking information and detect a first amount of DHI and a first amount of DNI at a first specific point in time. If the first amount of SHI exceeds the first amount of DNI, the controller is programmed to calculate a first angle for the tracker to maximize an amount of irradiance received by the tracker. Otherwise, the controller is programmed to calculate the first angle for the tracker based on a position of the sun associated with the first specific point in time and the plurality of positional and solar tracking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FTC Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Morse, Nagendra Srinivas Cherukupalli, Tamilarasan Mouniandy
  • Patent number: 10937622
    Abstract: A method of controlling the performance of a night vision device includes storing, in memory of the night vision device, a plurality of performance configuration parameters, and after the storing, applying at least one of a hardware lock and a software lock to the night vision device such that at least some of the plurality of performance configuration parameters stored in the memory cannot be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Michalski, Ransom Hal Castleberry, John A. Balboni, Arlynn W. Smith, Raymond Leo Chabot
  • Patent number: 10930687
    Abstract: An image sensor is provided to include: imaging pixels located at different locations to receive incident light and to produce pixel signals, each imaging pixel including a light-receiving area that receives a portion of the incident light and a photoelectric conversion element to convert received portion of incident into a pixel signal associated with part of the image; and a phase difference detection pixel located amongst the imaging pixels and structured to include an open part which receives a portion of the incident light and a photoelectric conversion element to convert the received light into a phase difference detection pixel signal, wherein the open part is eccentrically located in the phase difference detection pixel in a first direction, wherein the imaging pixels include a first imaging pixel that is adjacent to the phase difference detection pixel in the first direction and senses a first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Kyung-Su Byun
  • Patent number: 10928570
    Abstract: An optical filter, a sensor device including the optical filter, and a method of fabricating the optical filter are provided. The optical filter includes one or more dielectric layers and one or more metal layers stacked in alternation. The metal layers are intrinsically protected by the dielectric layers. In particular, the metal layers have tapered edges that are protectively covered by one or more of the dielectric layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Georg J. Ockenfuss, Tim Gustafson, Jeffrey James Kuna, Markus Bilger, Richard A. Bradley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10928320
    Abstract: Solid-state spin sensor systems and methods of manufacturing are disclosed. A mounting structure may be provided in thermal contact with a solid-state spin sensor having a plurality of color center defects such that thermal energy flows from the solid-state spin sensor to the mounting structure. A microwave application structure may be disposed on a face of the mounting structure or a face of the solid-state spin sensor for applying microwave radiation to the solid-state spin sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: John Francis Barry, Jennifer May Schloss, Matthew James Turner, Ronald Lee Walsworth
  • Patent number: 10916413
    Abstract: An apparatus for amplifying an electron signal caused by the impact of a particle with an electron emissive surface. The apparatus includes: a first electron emissive surface configured to receive an input particle and thereby emit one or more secondary electrons, a series of second and subsequent electron emissive surfaces configured to form an amplified electron signal from the one or more secondary electrons emitted by the first electron emissive surface, and one or more power supplies configured to apply bias voltage(s) to one or more of the emissive surfaces. The bias voltage(s) is sufficient to form the amplified electron signal. The apparatus is configured such that the terminal electron emissive surface(s) of the series of second and subsequent electron emissive surfaces draw a higher electrical current than that of the remainder electron emissive surface(s). The apparatus may be used as part of detector in a mass spectrometer, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ADAPTAS SOLUTIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Wayne Sheils, Kevin Hunter
  • Patent number: 10917599
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a dual mode focal plane array having a background module including a first capacitor to integrate a first signal for a first amount of time, wherein the first signal comprises a background signal, and a signal module including a second capacitor to integrate a second signal for a second amount of time, wherein the second signal comprises a signal of interest and the background signal, wherein the first and second capacitors have impedance values in a first ratio, and wherein the first amount of time and the second amount of time define a second ratio corresponding to the first ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Jehyuk Rhee, Angelika Kononenko, Christian M. Boemler
  • Patent number: 10916916
    Abstract: A vertical cavity surface emitting laser includes a gain layer configured to generate light; a distributed Bragg reflector below the gains layer; and a meta structure reflector above the gain layer and comprising a plurality of nano structures having a sub wavelength dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byunghoon Na, Seunghoon Han
  • Patent number: 10916573
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including photosensor capable of imaging with high resolution is disclosed. The semiconductor device includes the photosensor having a photodiode, a first transistor, and a second transistor. The photodiode generates an electric signal in accordance with the intensity of light. The first transistor stores charge in a gate thereof and converts the stored charge into an output signal. The second transistor transfers the electric signal generated by the photodiode to the gate of the first transistor and holds the charge stored in the gate of the first transistor. The first transistor has a back gate and the threshold voltage thereof is changed by changing the potential of the back gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10905825
    Abstract: An optical sensor for a delivery device having a piston that displaces a substance, such as a fluid, from a reservoir. The optical sensor has a light source and a detector array for imaging encoding features disposed along a plunger rod coupled to the piston. By virtue of the pattern of encoding features, an absolute position of the plunger rod relative to a fiducial position may be determined uniquely. Thus, the volume of fluid remaining in the reservoir, the rate of fluid delivery, and proper loading of the reservoir may be accurately ascertained. Additionally, the encoding may serve to uniquely identify a version of the reservoir which may be supplied in various versions corresponding, for example, to differing concentrations of a therapeutic agent to be dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Marc A. Mandro, Larry B. Gray
  • Patent number: 10911706
    Abstract: Shading correction is realized without sacrificing a noise characteristic and a sensitivity characteristic. A solid-state imaging element includes a plurality of pixels that are arranged two-dimensionally and each outputs analog voltage proportional to electron produced by photodiode and an AD conversion section that convert analog voltages output from the pixels into digital signals. First and second pixels included in the plurality of pixels differ in conversion efficiency with which a unit quantity of electrons output from the photodiodes are converted into the analog voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Ishii
  • Patent number: 10886829
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an electromagnetic driving module which includes a base, two magnetic elements, a wiring assembly, a reference element, and a sensor element. The two magnetic elements are arranged along a reference line and positioned at two sides of the base. The wiring assembly is connected to the base and arranged adjacent to the two magnetic elements. The reference element is positioned on the base. The sensor element is adjacent to the reference elements and configured to detect the movement of the reference element to position the base. A lens device using the electromagnetic driving module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: ShangYu Hsu, Nai-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 10863124
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a solid-state image pickup apparatus, a correction method, and an electronic apparatus, enabled to suppress an apparent uncomfortable feeling of an image output from a solid-state image pickup apparatus in which pixels of different OCL shapes are mounted mixedly. A solid-state image pickup apparatus according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a pixel array in which a first pixel in which an OCL (On Chip Lens) of a standard size is formed and a second pixel in which an OCL of a size different from the standard size is formed are present mixedly, and a correction section that corrects a pixel value of the first pixel that is positioned in the vicinity of the second pixel among the first pixels on the pixel array. The present disclosure can be applied to, for example, a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Takeru Tsuzuki, Katsumi Nishikori