Patents Examined by Hung Xuan Dang
  • Patent number: 7222960
    Abstract: A spectacle frame comprises at least one lens engaging frame member and a pair of temple members. An end piece of a temple member is pivotally connected with an end piece of the frame member by a hinge assembly (5) comprising relatively short, elongate first and second hinge members (6, 7) pivotally interconnected to confine relative movement of the hinge members substantially to rotational movement about a single axis of rotation. Frame members comprising wire pieces (2, 3) framing upper and lower rims of the lenses (1) form outside each of said peripheral lens edges two wire end pieces (2a, 3a) for connection with said first hinge member (6), whereas each temple member (4) comprises two interconnected wire pieces (4a, 4b) extending side by side to provide a cross-sectional profile of the temple member substantially in shape of the digit 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: F.A. Thiele A/S
    Inventor: Jens Frederik Anton Thiele
  • Patent number: 7219994
    Abstract: Disclosed is an eyewear retention system, which may include any of a variety of electronics, including telecommunications receivers, transmitters, electronic storage devices, and head-up display driving circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Jeffrey J. Julian
  • Patent number: 7219992
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses includes two temple pivotal bases respectively connected to the opposite sides of a lens frame, and each temple pivotal base has its front side formed with a recessed surface. Two cover-position members are respectively and pivotally assembled on the recessed surface of the temple pivotal base. The lens frame has the opposite portions near a bridge respectively provided with an arc-shaped recessed groove for fitting a lens therein. To assemble a lens on the lens frame, simply turn open the cover-position member, fit the lens in the recessed groove through the recessed surface and then close pivotally the over-position member on the recessed surface to finish assembly of the lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Szu-Miao Wu
  • Patent number: 7219998
    Abstract: An ophthalmic placido pattern 10 is used to determine a curvature of an anterior surface of a cornea of an eye. The pattern 10 includes a series of alternating light and dark concentric rings 12 and 14 centered about a central point 16. A series of shaped geometric shapes 18 and 20 are placed about at least some of the concentric rings 12 and 14. The shapes 18 and 20 are of a contrasting color with respect to the ring 12 or 14 on which the shape 18 or 20 is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Bausch and Lomb Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald Charles Grove, Lloyd G. Allred
  • Patent number: 7219997
    Abstract: Presented are a shape measuring step (A) in which the size L of an eyeball 1 and the shape R of the eyeground 2 are measured, an eyeball setting step (B) for setting an eyeball template 3, an eyeground image taking step (C) for taking images of the eyeground including superimposed portions d by shifting the imaging positions, a parameter setting step (D) for obtaining an eyeball parameter g that represents the positional relationship between the eyeground and images, an image pasting step (F) for pasting a number of images on the eyeball template, and a three dimensional image displaying step (H) for displaying three dimensional eyeground images 5 on the eyeball template on a display device 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Riken
    Inventors: Hideo Yokota, Akitake Makinouchi, Hiroo Yabe
  • Patent number: 7219999
    Abstract: The position of an object surface is detected with an error reduced on a reflectance boundary surface. A first light source (100) emits the luminous flux of the first wavelength. A first illumination optical system (200A) illuminates a small area on a retina (61) to be examined by the first luminous flux from the first light source (100). A first reception optical system (300A) guides a part of the luminous flux which is reflected by and returning from the retina (61) to be examined to a first light reception part (510) via a first conversion member (400) for converting the reflected luminous flux into at least 17 beams. A second light source (110) emits the luminous flux of the second wavelength. A second illumination optical system (200B) illuminates a predetermined area on the retina (61) to be examined by the second luminous flux from the second light source (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Topcon
    Inventors: Yoko Hirohara, Toshifumi Mihashi
  • Patent number: 7219996
    Abstract: A fundus camera capable of performing accurate and easy focusing in photographing a peripheral portion of a fundus has a photographing optical system including a photographing optical axis, a focusing lens movable in a direction of the photographing optical axis and an image-pickup element, a lens moving unit, a focus target projection optical system, a focus target detection optical system, a fixation target presenting unit, in which a presenting position of the fixation target is changeable between a reference position for photographing a central portion of the fundus and a position for photographing a peripheral portion, a device which controls the lens moving unit to perform automatic focusing, and a device which controls the fixation target presenting unit to bring the presenting position of the fixation target to the reference position when the automatic focusing is actuated, even though the presenting position is set to the peripheral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 7216973
    Abstract: An eyeglass can have a digital audio file storage and playback device and earphones supported by the eyeglass frame so as to provide a personal and portable audio player integrated into eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James Jannard, Davin Saderholm, Carlos Reyes, Colin Baden, Samner Lane Bruns, Michael Webb, Eric Bernard Daniels
  • Patent number: 7216983
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an ophthalmologic apparatus in which identifying power for the index or an index indicating state is improved to eliminate the confusion of a person to be examined, so that an eye examination time period can be shortened and the reliability of an eye examination can be improved. The ophthalmologic apparatus includes an index plate that displays an index, an index projecting optical system that projects the index to an eye to be examined, a variable cross cylinder that produces a pair of index indicating states of the index used for a cross cylinder test, a lamp and a liquid crystal screen that generate identifiers serving as identification information, and a dichroic mirror that combines the identifiers with the pair of index indicating states to be indicated to the eye to be examined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Topcon
    Inventor: Takefumi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7216971
    Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses with lens fastening arrangement includes a frame having two sets of one or more through holes formed on an outer top and/or bottom edge of each of a pair of openings. The through holes communicate with grooves of the openings. A pair of lenses each includes one or more projections formed on an outer top and/or a bottom edge of each lens. The projection is adapted to lockingly engage with the through hole with peripheral edges of the lenses being inserted into the grooves of the openings of the frame when the lenses are firmly fitted in the openings of the frame. Thereby, loosening of the lenses by bending temples of the eyeglasses is substantially impossible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Jun-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 7218437
    Abstract: A method and system for generating colors efficiently. In one embodiment, a start signal for a primary color subcycle may be received. A primary light source used to drive the primary color may be activated if there is data in the primary color's buffer. The primary light source may be deactivated during the primary color subcycle if there is no data in the primary color's buffer. In another embodiment, a highest amplitude signal for one of a plurality of primary colors may be normalized. A drive light source intensity may be adjusted to a percentage of a maximum intensity where the percentage corresponds to a content of the normalized primary color in a frame. The amplitude of all but the normalized primary color may be adjusted proportionally. In another embodiment, a maximum intensity for a light source intensity may be set to a first value. A maximum pixel intensity for each of a plurality of pixels may be set to a second value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Uni-Pixel Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin G. Selbrede
  • Patent number: 7215459
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a micromirror device having in-plane deformable hinge to which a deflectable and reflective mirror plate is attached. The mirror plate rotates to different angles in response to an electrostatic field established between the mirror plate and an addressing electrode associated with the mirror plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Reflectivity, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Huibers, Satyadev Patel, Jonathan Doan, James Dunphy, Dmitri Simonian, Hongqin Shi, Jianglong Zhang
  • Patent number: 7210776
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame that includes a frame body having a lens support portion, and first and second earstem portions, which extend rearwardly from first and second lateral sides of the lens support portion, respectively. The frame body includes a first member and a second member. The first and second members are partially coextensive, and each of the first and second members define a portion of an outward-facing surface of the eyeglass frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Oakley, Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Peter Yee
  • Patent number: 7209574
    Abstract: Obtaining an image frame picked up by a camera 2 through a cable C, a CPU 10 of a computer 1 identifies an eye area in the image frame and stores a template indicating the identified area as a tracking template. Moreover, the CPU 10 identifies an eye area in an image frame to be obtained subsequently on the basis of the tracking template, and calculates a correlation value between the template of the identified area and the tracking template. Furthermore, when the calculated correlation value is larger than a threshold stored in an HD 11 in advance, the CPU 10 stores the template indicating the identified area in the RAM 12 as a tracking template, so as to update an eye area in a series of two image frames in chronological order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Akiyoshi Tafuku, Kozo Baba, Hisao Ito, Tomonobu Takashima, Tadao Omi
  • Patent number: 7206133
    Abstract: Various embodiments involving structures and methods for illumination can be employed, for example, in projectors, head-mounted displays, helmet-mounted displays, back projection TVs, flat panel displays as well as other optical systems. Certain embodiments may include prism elements for illuminating, for example, a spatial light modulator. Light may be coupled to the prism in some cases using fiber optics or lightpipes. The optical system may also include a diffuser having scatter features arranged to scatter light appropriately to produce a desired luminance profile. Other embodiments are possible as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Optical Research Associates
    Inventors: William J. Cassarly, James P. McGuire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7206115
    Abstract: The invention provides an optical switching element and a device, an optically addressed type display medium and a display each including such an optical switching element. The optical switching element comprising an optical switching layer including lower and upper charge generating layers and a charge transporting layer sandwiched therebetween, wherein the optical switching element has at least one of the following characteristics. (1) In the charge transporting layer, a charge transporting material to binder polymer ratio calculated according to the formula: [charge transporting material/(charge transporting material+binder polymer)]×100 (% by weight) is 50% by weight or more; (2) a polymer compound is used as the charge transporting material; and (3) the charge generating layer on the light incident side (the lower charge generating layer) has a lower light absorptance than that of the other charge generating layer (the upper charge generating layer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takehito Hikichi, Hideo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7200897
    Abstract: The holder for eyeglasses is a sleeve attached to a clip that holds one temple piece of a folded pair of eyeglasses. The sleeve is tubular, defining a cavity, an open top end and an open bottom end. The sleeve is made of elastic material to grip the temple piece. Optionally, a ring of elastic material is sewn to the top end of the sleeve to further retain the sleeve's grip on the temple piece. The clip is attached to the sleeve parallel to the cavity of the tubular sleeve. The clip permits the sleeve, which holds the eyeglasses, to hang from clothing or an article normally carried on the user's person, such as a purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Steven M. Silvestro
  • Patent number: 7202992
    Abstract: An electrophoretic display device of the present invention is formed of a first substrate, a second substrate, and microcapsules which are accommodated between these substrates and which contain an electrophoretic dispersion, wherein each of the microcapsules has an opening in at least a part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kawai
  • Patent number: 7199944
    Abstract: A zoom lens driving apparatus achieves the object of driving multiple lens groups by a single motor and low production cost. When a first lens group, which includes a first lens, moves along guide rods, a leading cam of a leading member drives a leading pin of a follower, so that the follower moves a guide pin, and moves a second lens group, which includes a second lens, along the guide rods. The relative distance between the first lens group and the second lens group is controlled by the leading cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chen-Chin Cheng, Hsiao-Yue Tsao
  • Patent number: RE39642
    Abstract: A spatial light modulator including a thin layer of solid-state electro-optical material having parallel, opposite first and second surfaces, an elongated first electrode disposed on the first surface and a plurality of spaced, elongated second electrodes disposed on the second surface and generally perpendicular to the first electrode. The layer of solid-state electro-optical material has a thickness in the range of approximately 5 to 15 microns, and is composed of PLZT. In one embodiment, a plurality of thin regions of insulator are disposed on the first surface between portions of the first electrode and the electro-optical material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Garth W. Gobeli