Patents Examined by Jerry Brooks
  • Patent number: 9989837
    Abstract: A lighting device (100) and a projection device, comprising a light source for generating a blue excitation light (110), a base board (130), and a wavelength conversion material layer (140) covered on the base board (130). The wavelength conversion material layer (140) absorbs a part of the blue excitation light and emits an excited light. The color coordinate of the excited light is within the pre-configured color area, so that a mixed light combined by the excited light and the remaining blue excitation light not absorbed by the wavelength conversion material layer (140) exits the wavelength conversion material layer (140). The color coordinate of the mixed light is closer to the pre-set blue light color coordinate than the color coordinate of the blue excitation light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: APPOTRONICS CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Fei Fu
  • Patent number: 9955129
    Abstract: A light source device according to the invention includes a light source, a light separating/combining element including a dichroic layer, a wavelength conversion layer, and a diffusely reflecting element. A bundle of light beams emitted from the light source includes a first light bundle and a second light bundle. The first light bundle enters the wavelength conversion layer via the dichroic layer. The second light bundle enters the diffusely reflecting element without entering the dichroic layer, and is converted into diffusely reflected light. The dichroic layer combines the third light bundle from the wavelength conversion layer and the diffusely reflected light from the diffusely reflecting element with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiaki Hashizume
  • Patent number: 9952489
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a discharge lamp including a light emitting tube having a discharge space therein, and a pair of electrodes disposed in the discharge space so as to be opposed to each other, wherein a changing rate of a cross-sectional area is equal to or lower than 200%. The changing rate is a rate of change of the cross-sectional area in every 0.25 mm in a direction along an optical axis of the light emitting tube. The cross-sectional area is an area of a plane perpendicular to the optical axis in a space between an outside shape of at least one of the pair of electrodes and an inside wall of the light emitting tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Yokoo
  • Patent number: 9939719
    Abstract: In described examples, a first TIR or RTIR element is arranged to introduce at least red light to a first spatial light modulator for modulation thereof, and a second TIR or RTIR element is arranged to introduce at least green light to a second spatial light modulator for modulation thereof. At least one of the first and second TIR or RTIR elements is arranged to introduce blue light to at least one of the first and second spatial light modulators, respectively, for modulation thereof: time-sequentially apart from the first spatial light modulator's modulation of the introduced red light, to an extent the blue light is so introduced to the first spatial light modulator; and time-sequentially apart from the second spatial light modulator's modulation of the introduced green light, to an extent the blue light is so introduced to the second spatial light modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William M. Bommersbach, Gregory S. Pettitt, John M. Ferri, Sajjad Khan
  • Patent number: 9927687
    Abstract: In a light source unit, a high-pressure discharge lamp includes a first and a second external electrode to emit light as electric power is supplied thereto through a first and a second power supply line, a concave reflection mirror, which reflects the light, has an opening at the center thereof to pass one end of the high-pressure discharge lamp therethrough, and a base holding the one end of the high-pressure discharge lamp to allow the first power supply line to be connected to the first external electrode. Further, there are a reinforcing member covering at least a part of a rear surface of the concave reflection mirror, and a restraint member being held between the rear surface and the reinforcing member to restrain a movable range of the second power supply line. The restraint member makes contact with a part of the second power supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenji Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9927688
    Abstract: The illumination optical system illuminates an illumination surface. The illumination optical system includes a first optical system configured to cause a light flux from a light source to form a light source image, and a second optical system configured to introduce the light flux from the first optical system to the illumination surface. The second optical system includes in order from a first optical system side, a first lens having a positive power, a second lens having a negative power, and a third lens having a positive power. The second optical system satisfies conditions of 0.20??2/?3?0.75 and 0.4?BF/Fall<1.0 where ?2 represents an abbe number of the second lens, ?3 represents an abbe number of the third lens, Fall represents a focal length of the second optical system, and BF represents an air-equivalent distance from the third lens to the illumination surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 9904152
    Abstract: A solid-state light source device, enabling to build up with using solid-state elements, and having the structure suitable to be applied as a light source for a projection-type display apparatus, comprises a solid-state light source unit 10 for emitting excitation light therefrom, a reflection mirror (or reflector) 130 made of a parabolic surface, for condensing the excitation light from the solid-state light source to be point-like, and a disc-like (or wheel) member 140, repeating reflection/scattering or transmission/scattering of the excitation light and conversion of the excitation light, alternately, in vicinity of a focus point of the excitation light, which is condensed to be point-like by the reflection mirror (or reflector), wherein the excitation light (B-color) reflected/or scattered by that disc-like (or wheel) member and fluorescence light (Y-color), wavelength of which is converted, is taken on a same optical path, by means of the reflection mirror (or reflector) 130 or a second reflection mirro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HITACHI MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Hirata, Hidehiro Ikeda, Nobuyuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 9891510
    Abstract: Method of using a device for displaying a real image of the head-up display (HUD) type in a passenger compartment comprising glazing, notably laminated glazing, said device comprising a source emitting a beam of radiation of the visible UV or IR laser type or of the light-emitting diode type, directed towards a portion of said glazing comprising a fluorescent material absorbing said radiation and re-emitting light in the visible region, the illumination of said portion by the beam enabling a real image to be displayed on the glazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Laluet, Guillaume Lecamp
  • Patent number: 9891512
    Abstract: The image projection apparatus combining lights from first and second light sources to project an image. First and second usable times of a first light source in the apparatus installed respectively in first and second installation positions have a relation that, when the power for the first light source is fixed, the second usable time is shorter than the first usable time. The second usable time shorter than a third usable time of the second light source in the second installation position. The power controller sets, in the second installation position, the power for the first light source to be lower than the power for first light source in the first installation position and set the power for the second light source to be equal to or higher than the power for the second light source in the first installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Okamura
  • Patent number: 9888220
    Abstract: A light source device capable of improve energy efficiency is provided. A light source device includes a yellow phosphor that emits yellow fluorescence excited by exciting light, a red laser light source that emits red laser light, a first light combining unit that generates first composite light by combining the emitted yellow fluorescence with the emitted red laser light, a blue laser light source that emits blue laser light, and a second light combining unit that generates second composite light by combining the combined first composite light with the emitted blue laser light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichiro Chikahisa
  • Patent number: 9877001
    Abstract: A three-plate image projecting optical system that has a compact and simple configuration and achieves enhanced luminance efficiency and reduction of light quantity loss on the dichroic coating, and a projector equipped with the optical system. The optical system includes a color separating/combining prism having a first/second dichroic coatings, and a first to third digital micromirror devices. A first plane including an illumination light axis and a projection light axis on an image display surface of the third digital micromirror device and a second plane including a surface normal of the first/second dichroic coatings and a surface normal of a center of the third digital micromirror device are relatively rotated with respect to each other from orthogonal states toward a direction in which an incident angle of the illumination light axis with respect to the first dichroic coating or the second dichroic coating is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Terada
  • Patent number: 9851575
    Abstract: A wafer-level liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCOS) projection assembly includes a LCOS display for spatially modulating light incident on the LCOS display and a polarizing beam-separating (PBS) layer for directing light to and from the LCOS display. A method for fabricating a LCOS projection system includes disposing a PBS wafer above an active-matrix wafer. The active-matrix wafer includes a plurality of active matrices for addressing liquid crystal display pixels. The method, further includes disposing a lens wafer above the PBS wafer. The lens wafer includes a plurality of lenses. Additionally, a method for fabricating a wafer-level polarizing beam includes bonding a PBS wafer and at least one other wafer to form a stacked wafer. The PBS wafer includes a PBS layer that contains a plurality of PBS film bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Sheng Fan
  • Patent number: 9851627
    Abstract: An optical engine of a projector can include a light source device configured to emit light beam, an engine body and a dust cover. The engine body is located at a side of the light source device and is configured to receive the light beam from the light source device. The engine body can include a main body and a color wheel coupled to the main body. The dust cover is coupled to the engine body and covers the color wheel. A projector is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jing-Miau Wu
  • Patent number: 9846352
    Abstract: Disclosed is a light source apparatus including a light source part having a lead and a light emitting part for emitting light with a current from the lead; a substrate having a wiring part electrically connected to the lead for supplying a current to the lead; a base part having a first surface connected to the light source part, a second surface which is connected to the substrate and located on a side opposite to the first surface, and a through-hole penetrating through the first and second surfaces, in which the lead is inserted; and a vibration suppression mechanism including a vibration suppression part having a side wall portion inserted to the through-hole in such a manner that the side wall portion surrounds the lead, the vibration suppression part being connected to the substrate, and a fixing part for fixing the lead to the side wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Terasaki, Daisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9829785
    Abstract: An extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) system for patterning a semiconductor wafer includes an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) mask. The EUV mask includes first and second states, and further includes a polygon region and an open-spacing region. The polygon region includes a plurality of main polygons separated by a plurality of first fields. The open-spacing region is located outside the polygon region, and includes a plurality of sub-resolution polygon and second fields, and does not include any main polygons. The system also includes a nearly on-axis illumination (ONI) to expose the EUV mask and optics to direct diffracted lights reflected from the EUV mask towards the semiconductor wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Cheng Lu, Shinn-Sheng Yu, Jeng-Horng Chen, Anthony Yen
  • Patent number: 9819919
    Abstract: An illumination device comprises a light source that includes a solid-state light source whose peak wavelength is set in the red wavelength band, a light source that includes a solid-state light source whose peak wavelength is set in the green wavelength band, a light source that includes a solid-state light source whose peak wavelength is set in the blue wavelength band, and a color synthesis optical element that combines P-polarized colored light incident from one light source and S-polarized colored light incident from the other two light sources. One light source includes at least one solid-state light source whose peak wavelength is set in the wavelength band of the color corresponding to one of the other light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masao Imai, Goroh Saitoh, Fujio Okumura
  • Patent number: 9813685
    Abstract: A projection display apparatus includes an image projecting unit projecting an image, an operation unit as an operation device whose output value changes depending on the amount of operation, a correction amount setting unit changing a keystone correction amount in accordance with an output value of the operation unit, and a keystone correcting unit performing keystone correction on an image to be projected in accordance with the keystone correction amount. A zero reference position in which the keystone correction amount is zero is set in an operation range of the operation unit. The correction amount setting unit sets a dead zone in the operation range such that the dead zone includes the zero reference position and an area surrounding this position, and sets the keystone correction amount to zero in accordance with the output value corresponding to the inside of the dead zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinji Kubota
  • Patent number: 9743052
    Abstract: A projector that projects an image includes a communication section that sends a projection request command that requests another projector connected to the projector to project a test image, an imaging section that captures an image of the test image projected in response to the projection request command by the another projector, and a layout recognition section that recognizes a relative layout relationship between the projector and the another projector based on the image captured by the imaging section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideo Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 9739494
    Abstract: A humidifier has a housing that holds humidifying equipment and an image projector. The image projector is set on the top portion of the housing and includes a light source, a removable projector cover and a projector lens. Light from the light source shines through the projector lens and projector cover to project an image onto a surface of the room, such a ceiling. The humidifying equipment may be conventional in nature, including for example a fan, a water tank, a water reservoir, a filter, a filter tray or combinations thereof. The image projector may also include a rotating mechanism that causes the projected image or images to rotate. The light source may also provide different colors of light. One or more optical characteristics of the projected image, such as image size, shape, color and brightness can be changed by changing the projector lens, projector cover or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Helen of Troy Limited
    Inventors: Francis C. Nutter, Lara Peterson
  • Patent number: 9733459
    Abstract: A front projection display device is provided including an image-generating source configured to generate an image, a wide angle lens system adapted to receive the image, and a screen. The wide angle lens system may be configured to increase distortion of the image in a first stage and decrease distortion of the image in a second stage. The screen may be configured to receive the image from the wide angle lens system on a first side and reflect the image back to a viewer on the first side. In another embodiment, a screen is provided for a front projection system, the screen may be configured to receive light from a steep angle and may include any number of surface topographies configured to reflect light back to the viewer along a desired viewing plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark D. Peterson, T. Scott Engle, Jeffrey Alan Gohman