Patents Examined by Euncha Cherry
  • Patent number: 11066295
    Abstract: A micromechanical component having a mount, an adjustable element, which is connected via at least one spring to the mount, and an actuator device, a first oscillatory motion of the adjustable element about a first axis of rotation and simultaneously a second oscillatory motion of the adjustable element, which is set into the first oscillatory motion, being excitable about a second axis of rotation in response to the actuator device; and the adjustable element being configured by the at least one spring to be adjustable on the mount in such a way that the adjustable element is adjustable by a resulting angular momentum about a rotational axis, which is oriented orthogonally to the first axis of rotation and orthogonally to second axis of rotation. Also, a method for manufacturing a micromechanical component. Moreover, a method for exciting a motion of an adjustable element about a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Philip Kaupmann, Stefan Pinter, Helmut Grutzeck, Jochen Franz, Joerg Muchow
  • Patent number: 10203504
    Abstract: A waveguide display is used for presenting media to a user. The waveguide assembly includes a light source, a source waveguide, an output waveguide, and a controller. The light source emits image light based on scanning instructions from the controller. The source waveguide receives the image light from the light source, expands the image light in at least one dimension, and outputs an expanded image light to the output waveguide at an input area. The output waveguide outputs the expanded image light from a portion of an output area based on a direction of the expanded light from the source waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Pasi Saarikko
  • Patent number: 10202078
    Abstract: A rear-view device for a motor vehicle with vibration damping, includes at least one rear-view element which is mounted in a housing in an adjustable manner relative to the housing via an adjusting drive, where the adjusting drive includes at least one motor which can be adjusted via a control or regulating device in order to adjust the field of view, and the control or regulating device controls or regulates the motor via the energizing process of the motor depending on at least one variable, which is selected from a first detected variable and/or at least one second stored variable, during a driving process in order to counteract movements of the at least one rear-view element relative to the housing by adjusting the motor, said movements being caused in particular by the movements of the motor vehicle during the driving process of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Bernd Sülzle
  • Patent number: 10197794
    Abstract: A micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) device is formed in a first wafer overlying and bonded to a second wafer. The first wafer includes a fixed part, a movable part, and elastic elements that elastically couple the movable part and the fixed part. The movable part further carries actuation elements configured to control a relative movement, such as a rotation, of the movable part with respect to the fixed part. The second wafer is bonded to the first wafer through projections extending from the first wafer. The projections may, for example, be formed by selectively removing part of a semiconductor layer. A composite wafer formed by the first and second wafers is cut to form many MEMS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Sonia Costantini, Marta Carminati, Daniela Angela Luisa Gatti, Laura Maria Castoldi, Roberto Carminati
  • Patent number: 10191242
    Abstract: A moveable mirror assembly can be used in connection with a case for a portable electronic device. The assembly can include a mirror housing and a mirror positioned within the mirror housing to redirect light to a portable electronic device within the case. The assembly can also include a rotational member coupled with the mirror housing and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Scandit AG
    Inventor: John Palmeri
  • Patent number: 10175474
    Abstract: A micromechanical device includes a tiltable structure that is rotatable about a first rotation axis. The tiltable structure is coupled to a fixed structure through an actuation structure of a piezoelectric type. The actuation structure is formed by spring elements having a spiral shape. The spring elements each include actuation arms extending transversely to the first rotation axis. Each actuation arm carries a respective piezoelectric band of piezoelectric material. The actuation arms are divided into two sets with the piezoelectric bands thereof biased in phase opposition to obtain rotation in opposite directions of the tiltable structure about the first rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Domenico Giusti, Roberto Carminati, Massimiliano Merli
  • Patent number: 10175473
    Abstract: A micromirror array is provided having a mirror membrane, including a first supporting element, including for each first supporting element, a first coupling element that is located between the mirror membrane and the particular first supporting element and is formed to mechanically couple the particular first supporting element to the mirror membrane; having at least one second supporting element that is mechanically coupled to the at least one first supporting element; and having a second coupling element for each second supporting element that is formed to be mechanically contacted. Also a method for manufacturing a micromirror array according to the present inventions described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Joerg Muchow, Rainer Straub, Johannes Baader
  • Patent number: 10162171
    Abstract: A scanning optical system, includes a mirror unit having a first mirror surface and a second mirror surface which incline to a rotation axis; and a light projecting system having a light source. 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. In the case where a virtual plane is set in a range including the object, a light flux reflected on the second mirror surface has, upon entering the virtual plane, a cross sectional shape in which a length in a direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction is longer than a length in the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryouta Ishikawa, Shoji Kogo
  • Patent number: 10156779
    Abstract: In an electro-optical device, a light-transmitting cover is disposed in mirrors, and when light is applied toward the mirrors through the light-transmitting cover, the temperature of the light-transmitting cover tires to increase due to the applied light. Here, in the electro-optical device, first metal portions that are in contact with the light-transmitting cover and the element substrate are formed. For this reason, it is possible to release the heat of the light-transmitting cover to a substrate through the first metal portions and the element substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Terunao Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 10139608
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a selective plane illumination microscopy system for capturing light emitted by an illuminated specimen includes a specimen stage having a top surface adapted to support a specimen holder and an opening adapted to provide access to a bottom of the holder, and a selective plane illumination microscopy optical system positioned beneath the stage, the optical system including an excitation objective, a detection objective, and an open-top, hollow prism that is adapted to contain a liquid, wherein the prism is positioned within the opening of the stage and optical axes of the objectives are aligned with the prism such that the axes pass through the prism and intersect at a position near the top surface of the specimen stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Bo Huang, Ryan McGorty
  • Patent number: 10142618
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus including: an imaging unit; a display unit, through which at least a part of an imaging region of the imaging unit can be seen in a see-through manner and which is configured to display a stereoscopic image formed of a left eye image and a right eye image; a focal distance adjustment unit configured to adjust a focal distance of the imaging unit; and a display controller configured to generate the left eye image and the right eye image such that a display object indicating the focal distance is seen at a depth position corresponding to the focal distance and cause the display unit to display the left eye image and the right eye image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Tsubasa Tsukahara, Kazuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10132969
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to retroreflective articles and methods of making such articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Smith, Michael Benton Free, Bimal V. Thakkar, Raymond C. Chiu
  • Patent number: 10133059
    Abstract: The current invention concerns an apparatus and a method for positioning an optical element, said apparatus comprising a positionable part to which the optical element can be mounted; a base part; a suspension system, said positionable part being mounted on said base part in a movable manner with said suspension system; an actuation system for actuating movement of said positionable part with respect to said base part; and a control system for controlling movement of said positionable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Newson NV
    Inventor: Marc Van Biesen
  • Patent number: 10133078
    Abstract: An apparatus of structured light generation is equipped with a light source and a lens unit. The lens unit is installed in a compact housing of the apparatus of structured light generation. Moreover, the lens unit constructed two different optical path lengths within the housing. By the lens unit, light beams from the light source are collimated and converted into linear light beams. The linear light beams are locally overlapped or globally overlapped. Consequently, the light beam from the light source is shaped into a linear structured light or a linearly-overlapped structured light for detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jyh-Long Chern, Chih-Ming Yen
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
    Inventor: Yoichi Sekii
  • 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
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Smith
  • 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