Patents Examined by Euncha Cherry
  • Patent number: 10126557
    Abstract: Described is an arrangement for the transformation of laser radiation. A projection system for generating spatially modulated laser radiation includes an optical arrangement for transforming laser radiation, a field lens, a spatial light modulator and a projection arrangement. By means of the optical arrangement, incidental laser radiation in a first direction (E) is reflected on an aspherically curved, reflective surface in a second direction (R), where in a plane perpendicular to the first direction (E) the laser radiation has an inhomogeneous beam profile (GB1, G2) with a first beam axis (A) and a second beams axis (B) perpendicular to the latter, and the aspherical curvature is designed, during the reflection on the reflective surface, to transform the inhomogeneous beam profile of the laser radiation for the first beam axis (A) and/or the second beam axis (B) respectively into a homogenous top-hat beam profile (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Jabil Optics Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Mojmir Havlik, Thomas Beyer
  • Patent number: 10114215
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein provide scanning laser devices that include a relay optic between scanning surfaces. In general, the relay optic is configured to reimage the laser beam reflecting from a first scanner onto the second scanner. Specifically, the relay optic is configured to reimage a laser beam reflected from over an angular range from a first scanning surface of a first scanner onto the scanning surface of the second scanner. This can effectively make the exit pupil of the scanners substantially coincident, and thus can reduce the exit pupil disparity between the scanners that would otherwise exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Nenad Nestorovic, Roeland Collet
  • Patent number: 10114213
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a multi-laser system are disclosed. In some embodiments, the multi-laser system includes a plurality of lasers, a plurality of laser beams, a beam positioning system, a thermally stable enclosure, and a temperature controller. The thermally stable enclosure is substantially made of a material with high thermal conductivity such as at least 5 W/(m K). The thermally stable enclosure can help maintain alignment of the laser beams to a target object over a range of ambient temperatures. Various embodiments of an optical system for directing light for optical measurements such laser-induced fluorescence and spectroscopic analysis are disclosed. In some embodiments, the optical system includes a thermally conductive housing and a thermoelectric controller, a plurality of optical fibers, and one or more optical elements to direct light emitted by the optical fibers to illuminate a flow cell. The housing is configured to attach to a flow cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: CVI LASER, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Hargis, John O'Shaughnessy
  • Patent number: 10108006
    Abstract: This rotary drive apparatus is arranged to cause incoming light coming from a light source to be reflected, and rotate resulting reflected light, and includes a motor including a rotating portion arranged to rotate about a central axis extending in a vertical direction; a flywheel arranged below the light source, supported by the rotating portion, and caused by the rotating portion to rotate about the central axis; and a cover. The flywheel includes a lens arranged to allow the reflected light to pass therethrough; and a main body arranged to directly support the lens, or indirectly support the lens through a lens frame arranged to accommodate the lens therein. At least one of the lens and the lens frame is arranged radially outside of the main body. An upper surface of the main body is arranged to cross a light path along which the incoming light travels at a position axially overlapping with at least a portion of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoichi Sekii
  • Patent number: 10104353
    Abstract: A scanning projector and method is provided that generates a feedback signal from at least one photodetector. In the scanning projector, a scanning mirror is configured to reflect laser light into an image region and an over scanned region. The at least one photodetector is configured to receive a portion of the reflected laser light impacting the over scanned region, and provides the feedback signal responsive to the received portion of light. This feedback signal can then be used to provide precise control of the scanning mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert James Jackson
  • Patent number: 10101509
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to lamina(e) comprising cube corner elements, a tool comprising an assembly of laminae and replicas thereof. The disclosure further relates to retroreflective sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10088680
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head-up display (1) comprising: a reflecting mirror (9) held by a mirror holder (15) articulated about a pivoting axis (17); and a motor-driven system (31) for pivotably moving said reflecting mirror (9), comprising a motor unit (33), characterised in that the motor-driven system (31) comprises a connecting rod (35) extending in a direction perpendicular to the pivoting axis (17), the first end portion (35) of said connecting rod being engaged with the mirror holder (15) in an articulated manner, and a second end portion (39) thereof, opposite the first (37), being engaged with a rotary output body (47, 49) of the motor unit (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Beraud, Patrick Corduan
  • Patent number: 10088607
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protective film for a polarizer with superior optical and mechanical properties, a polarizing plate including the same and a display device including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SKC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Se Chul Lee, Young Min Heo, Da Woo Jeong, Jang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10088606
    Abstract: Disclosed are a protective film for a polarizer with superior optical and mechanical properties, a polarizing plate including the same and a display device including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SKC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Se Chul Lee, Young Min Heo, Da Woo Jeong, Ho Chun Kang, Jang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10082608
    Abstract: A prism group, configured to cover a portion of a visible area and a portion of a non-visible area of a display module, includes a first prism and a second prism. The first prism disposed on the visible area includes a main body and a platform. The main body has a first light incident surface, a first light emitting surface and a first inclined surface. The first light incident surface faces to the visible area. The first light emitting surface is nearby the non-visible area and connected to the first light incident surface. The first inclined surface is connected between the first light incident surface and the first light emitting surface. The platform is opposite to the non-visible area and connected to the first light emitting surface. The second prism is disposed between the non-visible area and the platform. A display device having the prism group is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Chin-Ku Liu, Fa-Chih Liu, Jhong-Hao Wu
  • Patent number: 10078216
    Abstract: An optical scanning apparatus includes: an array of optical emitters to provide a plurality of optical beams; a plurality of corresponding microlenses to receive the optical beams; and a variable collimator to receive the plurality of optical beams from the microlenses. The microlenses and variable collimator are arranged to decouple the illumination spot size of the optical beams from the illumination spot separation of the optical beams such that the illumination spot size and the illumination spot separation at a scanning surface are independently controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Plotkin, David K. Towner, Haim Livne, Mark Shechterman
  • Patent number: 10067345
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a head-up display device with which the display quality of a display object can be improved. A mirror holder 30 supporting a concave mirror is equipped with a protruding piece that protrudes from the approximate center of the holder width, which is defined along a rotational axis, and this protruding piece is moved by a position adjustment means. Stress acting on the mirror holder from the protruding piece is uniform in the left and right directions from the center of the mirror holder. Consequently, twisting at the location of the mirror holder is significantly reduced, so the driver is able to view a display object for which distortion has been suppressed, and the display quality of the display object is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norihiko Ushida, Yoshiyuki Okamoto
  • Patent number: 10056020
    Abstract: A waveguide display includes a light source, a conditioning lens assembly, a scanning mirror assembly, and a controller. The light source includes a plurality of source elements that are configured to emit image light in accordance with scanning instructions. The conditioning lens assembly transmits conditioned light based in part on the image light. The scanning mirror assembly scans the conditioned image light to particular locations as scanned image light in accordance with scanning instructions. The output waveguide includes an input area and an output area, receives the scanned image light emitted from the scanning mirror assembly at the input area, and outputs the expanded image light from a portion of the output area based in part on a direction of the expanded light output from the scanning mirror assembly. The controller generates the scanning instructions and provides the scanning instructions to the light source and the scanning mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Wanli Chi, Pasi Saarikko, Hee Yoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10054794
    Abstract: Provided is an optical scanner including a movable portion, a frame body portion, a first axis portion that connects the movable portion and the frame body portion and oscillatably supports the movable portion around a first oscillation axis, a support portion, and a second axis portion that connects the frame body portion and the support portion and oscillatably supports the frame body portion around a second oscillation axis, in which, when a distance between an end portion of the movable portion in a direction following the second oscillation axis and the frame body portion is defined as L1, and a distance between an end portion of the frame body portion in a direction following the first oscillation axis and the support portion is defined as L3, a relationship corresponding to 1<L1/L3<5 is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makiko Hino, Yasushi Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10048492
    Abstract: A scanning optical system, includes a mirror unit equipped with a first mirror surface and a second mirror surface each of which inclines to a rotation axis; and a light projecting system which includes at least one light source to emit a light flux toward the first mirror surface. A light flux emitted from the light source is reflected on the first mirror surface of the mirror unit, thereafter, reflected on the second mirror surface, and then, projected so as to scan in a main scanning direction onto an object in accordance with rotation of the mirror unit, and the light flux reflected on the second mirror surface is polarized in a range within an angle of ±30 degrees to a direction perpendicular to the main scanning direction on the object side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryouta Ishikawa, Shoji Kogo
  • Patent number: 10042145
    Abstract: High resolution printing systems that utilize high power laser diode bars and digital mirror devices (DMD) require side-by-side stacking of illumination modules to stitching of the image from each module to form a longer total image width. An inline illumination optical system having a refractive prism and Total Internal Reflection (TIR) prism pair with an air gap along with a light guide transporting light beams at a compound angle to the prism pair eliminates the need for any axial rotation of the laser and light guide, and enables side-by-side module stacking. The illumination optical system includes an illumination module having a light source, the light guide, a DMD array and a Refractive TIR (RTIR) prism. The system also includes a DMD housing containing the DMD array and having a width within which the illumination module is confined to allow side-by-side stacking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick Y. Maeda, Timothy D. Stowe
  • Patent number: 10023122
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element suitable for use in an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes a glass substrate having a first side and an opposing second side. The mirror reflective element has a principal reflector portion and an auxiliary reflector portion. The auxiliary reflector portion includes a curved recess established at the second side of the glass substrate. An auxiliary mirror metallic reflector is coated at the curved recess at the second side of the glass substrate and a principal mirror metallic reflector is coated at the principal reflector portion. The mirror reflective element is configured so that, when an exterior rearview mirror assembly equipped with the mirror reflective element is normally mounted at a side of a vehicle, the curved recess is disposed at an outboard upper region of the mirror reflective element relative to the side of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mingtang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10025108
    Abstract: The assembly to homogenize a light beam, especially from an excimer laser, has at least two optical functional surfaces (26) in succession along the light path (z). Two groups of refractive or diffractive imaging elements are at the optical surfaces as cylinder lenses (30, 30?, 32), with at least two imaging elements of different characteristics within at least one of the groups. The light beam is finally carried through a Fourier lens (28) to the working plane (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LIMO PATENTVERWALTUNG GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Mitra
  • Patent number: 10018834
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing foci array scanning using at least one adjustable or tilting medium is disclosed. The medium can be controllably tilted in order to translate a beam of electromagnetic radiation perpendicularly to its propagation, and upon exiting the medium, will propagate in the original, incoming direction. This allows the apparatus that emits the radiation, such as a laser, to remain stationary and still scan a 2D array. Additionally, the reflected fluorescence light undergoes the opposite shift to “reverse” the scanning shift and bring the beamlets back in line with a lenselet array. So the collection fibers can remain static and collect light from different spots on the sample from during the scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Anthony Tsikouras, Qiyin Fang
  • Patent number: 10018756
    Abstract: A display apparatus and an electronic device are provided, which belong to the field of display technology. The display apparatus comprises a light-converging layer configured to refract the light in a first designated direction, wherein the first designated direction is a direction whose angle with a straight ahead direction of the display apparatus is less than a designated angle, and the straight ahead direction is a direction perpendicular to a plane where the light-converging layer is located; and a light-emitting layer positioned below the light-converging layer and configured to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Guosheng Li, Anyu Liu, Wei Sun