Patents Examined by Don J Williams
  • Patent number: 10538288
    Abstract: A rotation calculating device comprising: a first rotating device; a first target device; an first optical characteristic acquiring device, configured to acquire optical characteristics for at least one feature of the first target device; and a calculating unit, configured to calculate rotation for the first rotating device based on the optical characteristics of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Ting Yang, Yen-Min Chang, Ching-Lin Chung
  • Patent number: 10539395
    Abstract: A system and method for improved detection of lasers for use in laser guidance systems. By providing background illumination via one or more radiation sources the accuracy of the laser detection system can be improved. A closed loop system detects the background current on the detector and provides additional illumination when the back ground level is below a threshold current value thus providing for a faster detector response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Dimitre P. Dimitrov, Michael J. Choiniere, Jason T. Whitwam
  • Patent number: 10535689
    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: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10521017
    Abstract: A gesture sensing device includes a multiple segmented photo sensor and a control circuit for processing sensed voltages output from the sensor. The control circuit processes the sensed voltage signals to determine target motion relative to the segmented photo sensor. The control circuit includes an algorithm configured to calculate one of more differential analog signals using the sensed voltage signals output from the segmented photo sensors. A vector is determined according to the calculated differential analog signals, the vector is used to determine a direction and/or velocity of the target motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David Skurnik, Nevzat A. Kestelli, Ilya K. Veygman, Anand Chamakura, Christopher F. Edwards, Nicole D. Kerness, Pirooz Parvarandeh, Sunny K. Hsu
  • Patent number: 10514293
    Abstract: An apparatus adapted for confocal imaging of a non-flat specimen comprising a coherent light source for producing a light beam, imaging optics adapted to focus the light beam into at least one spot on a surface of a specimen, and a detector adapted to receive and detect light reflected from the specimen surface. The imaging optics comprise at least one optical component located so that the light reflected from the specimen surface passes therethrough on its way to the detector. The optical component is movable so as to move the at least one spot, within a range of movement, to a number of distinct locations in a plane perpendicular to the apparatus' optical axis, within the detector's integration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Noam Babayoff, Yossef Atiya, Tzvi Philipp
  • Patent number: 10505094
    Abstract: Superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors (SNAPs) have using meandering nanowires to detect incident photons. When a superconducting nanowire absorbs a photon, it switches from a superconducting state to a resistive state, producing a change in voltage that can be measured across the nanowire. A SNAP may include multiple nanowires in order to increase the fill factor of the SNAP's active area and the SNAP's detection efficiency. But using multiple meandering nanowires to achieve high fill-factor in SNAPs can lead to current crowding at bends in the nanowires. This current crowding degrades SNAP performance by decreasing the switching current, which the current at which the nanowire transitions from a superconducting state to a resistive state. Fortunately, staggering the bends in the nanowires reduces current crowding, increasing the nanowire switching current, which in turn increases the SNAP dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kristen Ann Sunter, Faraz Najafi, Adam Nykoruk McCaughan, Karl Kimon Berggren
  • Patent number: 10497737
    Abstract: A pixel element for an imaging sensor comprises a semiconductor substrate, a radiation-sensitive element configured to generate electric charges in response to incident radiation, a charge accumulation region provided in the semiconductor substrate configured to accumulate at least a portion of the electric charges, and an electrode arranged on the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the charge accumulation region. The electrode is electrically insulated from the semiconductor substrate such as to form an inversion region in the semiconductor substrate that connects to the charge accumulation region when a voltage is applied to said electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Caeleste CVBA
    Inventor: Bart Dierickx
  • Patent number: 10483413
    Abstract: A photoelectric module of the present disclosure includes an optical device including an optical function element array made of a first base material, and a plurality of light emitting/receiving elements made of a second base material, wherein the optical function element array includes an optical substrate and a plurality of optical function elements, the optical substrate having a first surface and a second surface, and the optical function elements being integrated with the optical substrate and being arranged one-dimensionally or two-dimensionally, and the light emitting/receiving elements and their respective optical function elements face each other with the optical substrate in between to be located on a same axis in a direction perpendicular to the optical substrate, and the light emitting/receiving elements are disposed on the second surface with a space in between while being separated in units of a smaller number than array number in the optical function element array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiizu Ootorii, Kazunao Oniki, Koki Uchino, Hideyuki Suzuki, Hiroshi Ozaki, Kazuki Sano, Eiji Otani, Shinji Rokuhara, Kiwamu Adachi, Shuichi Oka, Shusaku Yanagawa, Hiroshi Morita, Takeshi Ogura
  • Patent number: 10440244
    Abstract: Imaging apparatus (26) includes an image sensor (30), configured to capture an image of radiation at a target wavelength that is incident on a front surface of the image sensor. A metasurface (28) having a negative permittivity and a negative permeability at the target wavelength is fixed to the front surface of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TECHNION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Gilad Rosenblatt, Meir Orenstein
  • Patent number: 10429591
    Abstract: Integrated optical component combine the functions of a Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA), a tap coupler, and a photo-detector, reducing the size, cost, and complexity of these functions. In other embodiments, the integrated optical component combines the functions of an optical switch, a tap coupler, and a photo-detector. A rotatable mirror is used to adjust the coupling of light from an input port or ports to one or more output ports. A pin hole with a surrounding reflective surface is used at the core end face of one or more output fibers, such that a portion of the output optical signal is reflected to a photodiode chip. The photo-detector provides an indication of the optical power that is being coupled to the output fiber. With appropriate electronic control circuitry, the integrated optical component can be used to set the output optical power at a desired or required level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DICON FIBEROPTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ho-Shang Lee, Brian Chiang
  • Patent number: 10426889
    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: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Marc A. Mandro, Larry B. Gray
  • Patent number: 10415974
    Abstract: A method includes collecting site specific data, collecting field data at a site of an array of photovoltaic members, determining a current tracked irradiance of the array of photovoltaic members, calculating predicted irradiance for multiple orientations based on the site specific data and the sensed field data, or sensing an actual irradiance for multiple orientations. The method further includes determining a maximum predicted irradiance from the calculated predicted irradiance or a maximum actual irradiance from the sensed irradiance. The method further includes comparing the maximum predicted irradiance or the maximum sensed irradiance with the current tracked irradiance, and re-orienting the array of photovoltaic members to an orientation having the maximum predicted or actual irradiance if the maximum predicted or actual irradiance is greater than the current tracked irradiance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zachary Judkins
  • Patent number: 10416358
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a device for removing energy from a beam of electromagnetic radiation. Typically, the device can be operatively coupled to a turbidity measuring device to remove energy generated by the turbidity measuring device. The device can include a block of material having one of a plurality of different shapes coated in an energy absorbing material. Generally, the device can include an angled or rounded energy absorbing surface where the beam of electromagnetic radiation can be directed. The angled or rounded energy absorbing surface can configured to deflect a portion of the beam of electromagnetic radiation to a second energy absorbing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Perry Palumbo
  • Patent number: 10386484
    Abstract: There is provided an optical apparatus including a substrate, a light emitting device, a light sensitive device and a plurality of micro-lenses. The light emitting device is disposed on the substrate and adapted to provide a light beam. The light sensitive device is disposed on the substrate and adapted to receive a light beam reflected from an object, wherein the light sensitive device has a plurality of photosensitive units arranged in matrix. The micro-lenses are disposed above the light sensitive device and respectively opposite to the associated photosensitive units. There is further provided a light sensitive device with micro-lens and a manufacturing method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: En-Feng Hsu, Chia-Yu Liu, Ching-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10378859
    Abstract: A multimode seeker includes an imager and an image processor. The imager is configured to capture image data received by the multimode seeker during a search period and a track period, wherein the search period includes a plurality of search cycles, and wherein a duration of each of the plurality of search cycles is equal to a predetermined pulse period plus a predetermined drift period. The image processor is configured to detect at least one laser candidate based upon the image data and to track the least one candidate laser during the track period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Owen Daniel Evans
  • Patent number: 10381504
    Abstract: An optical detection sensor functions as a proximity detection sensor that includes an optical system and a selectively transmissive structure. Electromagnetic radiation such as laser light can be emitted through a transmissive portion of the selectively transmissive structure. A reflected beam can be detected to determine the presence of an object. The sensor is formed by encapsulating the transmissive structure in a first encapsulant body and encapsulating the optical system in a second encapsulant body. The first and second encapsulant bodies are then joined together. In a wafer scale assembling the structure resulting from the joined encapsulant bodies is diced to form optical detection sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Yonggang Jin, Wee Chin Judy Lim
  • Patent number: 10379034
    Abstract: Spectrophotometer for the characterization of receivers of solar collectors in order to determine optical properties (transmittance and reflectance). The equipment allows the evaluation of a receiver tube in real time and in any kind of light conditions, both inside and outside. The equipment also allows the detection of the eccentricity between the outer tube and the inner tube, which directly influences the reliability of the measurement. The equipment has a mechanical system for allowing a rotation of the equipment around the tube in order to find the optimum measurement position and attach itself to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ABENGOA SOLAR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, S.A.
    Inventors: Noelia Martinez Sanz, Guillermo Espinosa Rueda, David Izquierdo Núñez, Marta Osta Lombardo, Marta Mainar López, Carlos Heras Vila, Iñigo Salina Ariz, Santiago Forcada Pardo, Rafael Alonso Esteban
  • Patent number: 10337892
    Abstract: A sensor including: a generating unit; a detecting unit that detects the object to be detected generated by the generating unit; and a substrate at which the generating unit and the detecting unit are provided. The substrate is a flexible substrate that includes a first portion provided with the generating unit and a second portion provided with the detecting unit, the first portion and the second portion being integrated, and that takes a curved shape or a bent shape in which a surface of the first portion at which the generating unit is provided and a surface of the second portion at which the detecting unit is provided face each other. A plate support member is attached to a back-side surface of at least one of the surface of the first portion and the surface of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kawai, Toshiaki Oguchi, Hideki Furukawa, Tomoyuki Yanagisawa, Minoru Kubokawa
  • Patent number: 10318778
    Abstract: Targets to be electro-optically read by image capture are illuminated with illumination light emitted from an illumination light source and directed along an illumination path through a window to the targets, and return light from the targets is captured through the window and projected along an imaging path to an array of light sensors of an imaging system. An optical element is located in both the illumination path and the imaging path, and has a light-reflecting, non-diffusing portion for directing the captured return light incident on the light-reflecting portion along a folded imaging path to the array, and a light-diffusing portion for diffusing the illumination light incident on the light-diffusing portion along a folded illumination path to scatter and blur an image of the illumination light source, to increase an apparent size of the illumination light source, and to reduce a perceived brightness of the illumination light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Igor R. Vinogradov, Rong Liu, Yuly Mitelman, Eric S. Trongone
  • Patent number: 10317278
    Abstract: Differing from conventional ambient light sensors at least having drawbacks of huge circuit area and high manufacturing cost, the present invention discloses an ambient light sensor showing advantages of small circuit area and low manufacturing cost. This ambient light sensor has functionality of photodiode leakage current compensation, and comprises: a temperature sensing unit, a microprocessor unit, a conversion unit, and a lookup table unit. The microprocessor unit is configured to find out a reference parameter for a first dark current from the lookup table unit according to a measured data of ambient temperature. Subsequently, the conversion unit is controlled to apply a current amplifying process to a second dark current. Therefore, after subtracting an output current of the first photodiode from the second dark current been treated with the current amplifying process, the output current been treated with a leakage current compensating process is produced and outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: DYNA IMAGE CORP.
    Inventors: Sheng-Cheng Lee, Wen-Sheng Lin, Shih-Hao Lan