Patents Examined by Georgia Epps
  • Patent number: 9496300
    Abstract: The imaging device disclosed herein includes: a plurality of photodetection sections having a light-receiving face, the plurality of photodetection sections being disposed in a two-dimensional array along a first direction and along a second direction different from the first direction, such that the light-receiving faces of the plurality of photodetection sections constitute an imaging plane; a transparent layer; and a plurality of spectroscopic sections having a greater refractive index than the transparent layer and being disposed in a two-dimensional array in a plane of arrangement. Zeroth order diffracted light and ┬▒first order diffracted light, derived from light transmitted through each spectroscopic section and a portion of the transparent layer neighboring the spectroscopic section, respectively enter distinct photodetection sections among the plurality of photodetection sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Nakamura, Seiji Nishiwaki, Shinichi Wakabayashi, Masaaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9185372
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus emits light onto an optical modulation device for forming an image according to a modulation signal and illuminating an object. The illumination apparatus includes a light source; a fluorescent material that emits light of a color different from a color of light emitted by the light source; and a light guiding unit that switches between a state in which the light emitted from the light source is guided to the fluorescent material and a state in which the light emitted from the light source is not guided to the fluorescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventors: Tatsuya Takahashi, Kazuhiro Fujita
  • Patent number: 9105764
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a first layer that generates light by injection current and forms a waveguide for the light, and an electrode that injects the current into the first layer, wherein the waveguide has a first region, a second region, and a third region, the first region and the second region connect at a first reflection part, the first region and the third region connect at a second reflection part, the second region and the third region extend to an output surface, a longitudinal direction of the first region is parallel to the output surface, and a first light output from the second region at the output surface and a second light output from the third region at the output surface are output in parallel to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Masamitsu Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8998419
    Abstract: Provided is an illuminating device that includes: first light guiding means (3) where light incident from one end surface is propagated inside to exit from the other end surface; illuminating optical system (1) that spatially separates a luminous flux from the other end surface of first light guiding means (3) into a plurality of luminous fluxes, and forms an optical image formed on the other end surface of first light guiding means (3) on display element (12); reflective polarizing plate (11) that is located between illuminating optical system (1) and display element (12), and transmits first polarized light while reflecting second polarized light different that is in polarized state from the first polarized light toward illuminating optical system (1); reflecting element (7) that is disposed at a position where the plurality of luminous fluxes are spatially separated, and that includes transmission regions through which the plurality of luminous fluxes are transmitted, and a reflecting film formed in a regi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Katou
  • Patent number: 8960919
    Abstract: An image projection device includes a number-of-times measurement section that measures the number of passage times that the scanned laser light has passed through the light radiation members, a time measurement section that is triggered to measure an elapsed time when the number-of-times measurement section measures the number of passage times, an arithmetic section that calculates an initial timing at which the laser light source section starts outputting the laser light based on the measurement results of the number-of-times measurement section and the time measurement section, and a signal generation section that generates the switch signal at the initial timing calculated by the arithmetic section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: So Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8801193
    Abstract: An image display device including a laser light source device that includes: laser elements of different output wavelengths; a pulse signal generating unit that generates pulse signals based on a video signal; a laser driving unit that drives the laser elements in synchronization with the pulse signals; an optical combining system that combines laser beams, outputs a combined laser beam, and retrieves part of the combined laser beam; a light amount measuring unit that measures a light amount of a retrieved laser beam; and a light amount adjusting unit that causes the laser driving unit to individually adjust a light amount for the each laser element based on a measurement value, wherein the pulse signal generating unit operates in a light amount measuring mode so that emission timings would not coincide one another, and the light amount measuring unit individually measures a light amount of the each laser element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Chihara
  • Patent number: 8690361
    Abstract: A case structure includes a covering member and a lid member. The covering member includes a main boy, a first coupling part and a first positioning part. The lid member includes a lid plate, a second coupling part and a second positioning part. The second coupling part of the lid member and the first coupling part of the covering member are engaged with each other so that the lid plate is coupled with the main body and pivotal with respect to the main body. When the lid plate is rotated to a first position, the second positioning part is interference-fitted into the first positioning part so that the lid plate is positioned with respect to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Tien-Hsiung Wang, Tsang-Hsing Ku
  • Patent number: 8690348
    Abstract: Provided is a system for adjusting an image of a beam projector using a camera attached remote controller and a method thereof. The system for adjusting images of a beam projector according to the present invention includes: a remote controller photographing test images projected on a screen and detecting pattern images from the photographed test images and generating control information including at least one parameter necessary to adjust the images through the detected pattern images; and a beam projector receiving the control information for adjusting images from the remote controller and adjusting the input image by using parameters included in the received control information and outputting them to the screen. Therefore, the present invention adjusts colors and geometrical shapes of images at a user's viewpoint, thereby making it possible to improve the satisfaction of user and implement the system in various forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jeong Nam Yeom, Sung Hoon Kim, Joon Myun Cho, Joo Chan Sohn
  • Patent number: 8562144
    Abstract: An image projection device includes a replaceable air filter placed near an opening of a housing, a switcher for switching step by step a working area of the air filter, an air-speed meter for detecting a pollution level of the air filter, and a controller for controlling the switcher. When the air-speed meter detects that the pollution level of the air filter reaches a given threshold, the controller prompts the switcher to switch the working area of the air filter, and then detects a pollution level of the air filter after the switchover for determining whether or not the working area before the switchover needs to be switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Nakajima, Mamoru Nomoto, Masaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8440989
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a light source assembly for coupling to a photonically enabled complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip are disclosed. The light source assembly may comprise a laser, a microlens, a turning mirror, and an optical bench, and may generate an optical signal utilizing the laser, focus the optical signal utilizing the microlens, and reflect the optical signal at an angle defined by the turning mirror. The reflected optical signal may be transmitted out of the assembly to grating couplers in the photonically enabled CMOS chip. The assembly may comprise a non-reciprocal polarization rotator, comprising a latching faraday rotator. The assembly may comprise a reciprocal polarization rotator, which may comprise a half-wave plate comprising birefringent materials operably coupled to the optical bench. The turning mirror may be integrated in the optical bench and may reflect the optical signal to transmit through a lid operably coupled to the optical bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Luxtera Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mack, Mark Peterson, Steffen Gloeckner, Adithyaram Narasimha, Roger Koumans, Peter De Dobbelaere
  • Patent number: 8299414
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device comprises pixel units, column signal lines, column circuits, a switching unit, and a mode control unit. Pixel units are two-dimensionally disposed in a matrix direction, and each of them comprises a photoelectric conversion unit and an amplifying unit. Column signal lines are provided for each column and the pixel signals from the amplifying units are output to each of rows. Column circuits are provided for each column and process signals from the column signal lines. A switching unit switches connection between the column signal lines and the column circuits. A mode control unit outputs signals to the switching unit and controls switching between a first mode in which the column signal lines are connected to the column circuits on the same column thereof and a second mode in which the column signal lines are connected to the column circuits on another column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Kondo
  • Patent number: 8164044
    Abstract: A connector apparatus for use with combined electrical and fiber optic cables in wet or undersea conditions. The connector apparatus includes an outer threaded male connector portion connected to a first cable and a compatible female connector portion having a rotating internally threaded collar for engaging the outer male connector portion. The female connector portion includes conductor pins and a fiber-optic terminal pin and a fiber optic sensor ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Guy E. Mossman
  • Patent number: 8162485
    Abstract: An image projection device performing pixel shift in synchronization with sequential updating of image data is disclosed that is able to start and stop pixel shift operations within a period of updating the image frames while maintaining brightness of the image. The image projection device has an intermediate image formation optical system including a light valve able to update an image frame in a line-sequential manner, a pixel shift unit to shift the light path of a light beam from the light valve so as to shift a position of an image formed on the light valve, and an intermediate image formation unit arranged on the light path between the light valve and the pixel shift unit for forming an intermediate image of the image on the light valve at a position of the pixel shift unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Takaura, Takanobu Osaka, Yasuyuki Takiguchi, Toshiaki Tokita, Kazuhiro Fujita, Kazuya Miyagaki, Hiroyuki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8063351
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion apparatus includes a photoelectric conversion area in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are arranged to convert incident light into electric charges, a plurality of amplifying units are arranged to read and supply signals based on the electric charges of corresponding photoelectric conversion elements to output lines, a plurality of transfer units are arranged to transfer the electric charges of the corresponding photoelectric conversion elements to input units for corresponding amplifying units, and a plurality of voltage supply units are arranged to supply to corresponding input units voltages for setting the corresponding input units to have first and second potentials are disposed two-dimensionally, and a plurality of voltage supply control units are arranged to supply a voltage to corresponding voltage supply units of the plurality of voltage supply units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Kobayashi, Tetsuya Itano
  • Patent number: 8057052
    Abstract: Disclosed in a laser projector to display an image by projecting a laser beam from a laser light source to a projection screen including an electromagnetic driven scan mirror to scan the laser beam from the laser light source, a detection unit to detect a back EMF which is generated by a drive of the electromagnetic driven scan mirror at a time of start-up of the laser projector, a first determination unit to determine whether a value of the back EMF which is detected by the detection unit exceeded a predetermined threshold or not and a light source control unit to start a lighting of the laser light source when the value of the back EMF is determined as exceeding the predetermined threshold by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishigaki, Atsuya Hirano, Ken Nishioka, Atsuhiko Chikaoka
  • Patent number: 8049155
    Abstract: An active infrared induction instrument powered by a dry battery capable of reducing power consumption through the adjustment of the emitter pulse width. The infrared emitting LED emits infrared signals, which, after being reflected by an object, are received by the infrared photodiode. The infrared signals received by the infrared photodiode then enter an integrated circuit chip through a comparator. The pulse widths of the infrared emission pulse signals are dynamically adjusted after the width of the pulse series is received by the discrimination chip, thus reducing the emission power consumption to save energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Shanghai Kohler Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Weigen
  • Patent number: 8042950
    Abstract: A projection apparatus and image display apparatus. The apparatus includes a three-color light source that emits a plurality of color lights having different wavelengths, and a diffraction type optical element that performs diffusion forming of individual color lights. A field lens makes the diffusion-formed individual color lights into parallel lights, and a liquid crystal panel has a microlens array with a plurality of microlenses arranged in a matrix at the incident regions of the individual parallel color lights. A pixel section has three pixel openings arranged oppositely to the individual microlenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Hazama, Kikuo Kaise
  • Patent number: 8038301
    Abstract: A projector includes a light source unit, a light source side optical system which includes a color wheel and a light guiding unit, a display device, a projection side optical system, a cooling fan, and a projector control unit. An interior of a projector casing is divided into an outlet side spatial compartment which is positioned on an outlet side of the cooling fan and in which the light source unit is disposed and an inlet side spatial compartment which is positioned on an inlet side of the cooling fan. The outlet side spatial compartment is covered thereabove by an upper division board, above which a heat conductive sheet which is formed of an aluminum sheet is disposed. The heat conductive sheet is electrically connected to the projector casing, so that electricity charged in the heat conductive sheet can be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Hirosawa, Toshiyasu Tsubura
  • Patent number: 8038303
    Abstract: Disclosed is a projection apparatus including: a video display control section 53 to project and display a video according to input video data; and a projection distance obtainment section 14 to irradiate to a projection plane where the video is projected with a laser and displayed by the video display control section 53, and to obtain a projection distance to the projection plane, wherein when the projection distance is obtained by the projection distance obtainment section 14, the video display control section 53 adjusts a display status of at least a first video area 66 corresponding to a laser ranging point 63 which is an area where the laser is irradiated to a display status for obtaining the projection distance so that the distance from the projection apparatus to the projection plane can be measured fast and with high accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Inoue
  • Patent number: 8029149
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method for illuminating an object and projecting its image on a ground glass screen. Optical comparators conventionally use incandescent illumination, either mercury arc or halogen. The use of an array of high intensity LED devices, provides many options for packaging the required optical components used in comparators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Dorsey Metrology International
    Inventor: Peter Donald Klepp