Patents Examined by Kevin Pyo
  • Patent number: 9964746
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments herein provide a non-imaging optical system including a focusing optical element positioned within an input optical path to receive electromagnetic radiation, a micro-mirror array including a plurality of micro-mirror pixels positioned within the input optical path, individual micro-mirror pixels of the plurality of micro-mirror pixels being positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation from the focusing optical element and redirect electromagnetic radiation along a redirected optical path, a relay optical element positioned within the redirected optical path to receive and focus electromagnetic radiation from the micro-mirror array, and a single-pixel non-imaging detector positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation from the relay optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, Gerald P. Uyeno
  • Patent number: 9964632
    Abstract: A light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system can emit light toward an environment and detect responsively reflected light to determine a distance to one or more points in the environment. The reflected light can be detected by a plurality of plurality of photodiodes that are reverse-biased using a high voltage. Signals from the plurality of reverse-biased photodiodes can be amplified by respective transistors and applied to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The signal from a particular photodiode can be applied to the ADC by biasing a respective transistor corresponding to the particular photodiode while not biasing transistors corresponding to other photodiodes. The gain of each photodiode/transistor pair can be controlled by adjusting the bias voltage applied to each photodiode using a digital-to-analog converter. The gain of each photodiode/transistor pair can be controlled based on the detected temperature of each photodiode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-yves Droz, Samuel William Lenius
  • Patent number: 9962244
    Abstract: Disclosed are a scanner system and a method for recording surface geometry and surface color of an object where both surface geometry information and surface color information for a block of said image sensor pixels at least partly from one 2D image recorded by said color image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: 3SHAPE A/S
    Inventors: Bo Esbech, Christian Romer Rosberg, Mike Van Der Poel, Rasmus Kjaer, Michael Vinther, Karl-Josef Hollenbeck
  • Patent number: 9961746
    Abstract: A light sensor is provided that includes an exposed light transducer for accumulating charge in proportion to light incident thereon over an integration period; and a light-to-pulse circuit in communication with the exposed light transducer, the light-to-pulse circuit operative to output a pulse having a pulse width based on the charge accumulated by the exposed light transducer. The light-to-pulse circuit may include a one shot logic circuit that contributes to generation of the pulse. The light sensor may include an input/output pad, a capacitor provided at the input/output pad for blocking static electricity, an input low pass filter provided at the input/output pad for blocking electromagnetic interference, and/or a bandgap voltage reference circuit connected to a power source having a supply voltage level in a range of about 3.3V to about 5.0V, and for generating a set of stable reference voltages throughout the supply voltage level range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Barry K. Nelson, Jon H. Bechtel, Daniel G. McMillan, Spencer D. Reese
  • Patent number: 9958670
    Abstract: A scanning system that includes an illumination module that is configured to scan, at a first direction, an elongated radiation spot over an object; and a collection module that is configured to (a) collect a collected radiation beam from the object, and (b) optically manipulate the collected radiation beam to provide a counter-scan beam is directed towards a set of detection units and has a focal point that is positioned at a same location regardless of the propagation of the elongated radiation spot along the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Ron Naftail, Boris Golberg, Rami Elichai
  • Patent number: 9958378
    Abstract: A body fluid test system includes a test chip, an image capturing device, a moving mechanism for test tube and at least one fluid transfer device. The image capturing device is for capturing image of the test chip. The moving mechanism includes a base and a test tube carrier. The test tube carrier is movably disposed on the base. The test tube carrier is for carrying at least one test tube. One end of the fluid transfer device corresponds to the top of the test tube carrier, and another end of the fluid transfer device corresponds to the test chip. The test tube carrier is movable upwardly from a pre-testing position to a testing position. When the test tube carrier is at the testing position, the fluid transfer device is for transferring a body fluid sample contained in the at least one test tube to the test chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Chuan-Sheng Li, Yu-Jung Chu
  • Patent number: 9952066
    Abstract: A disclosed probe assembly includes a sensor member and an outer holder including a main bore for the sensor member, the outer holder including a first coefficient of thermal expansion. The sensor member is held within a sensor bore of an inner holder. The inner holder is held within the main bore of the outer holder by an interference fit. The inner holder includes a second coefficient of thermal expansion greater than the first coefficient of thermal expansion. Expansion of the inner holder is constrained by the outer holder to maintain the sensor member within the probe bore of the inner holder at elevated temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Eli Cole Warren
  • Patent number: 9945719
    Abstract: A frequency selective electromagnetic apparatus is provided. The apparatus may include at least one nanowire comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, at least one 2-dimensional contact disposed adjacent to the first end or the second end and in thermal communication, electrical communication, or both thermal and electrical communication with the at least one nanowire, and at least one nanoscale-sized-diameter thermoelectric junction disposed between the at least one 2-dimensional contact and the at least one nanowire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: John H. Belk, Jeffrey H. Hunt
  • Patent number: 9939380
    Abstract: A detection device for simultaneous in-situ measurement of dissolved oxygen at different submerged plant leaf-water interface levels. The detection device includes a dissolved oxygen micro-optrode host. A plurality of detection probes are externally connected to the dissolved oxygen micro-optrode host and can extend out probes. The detection device includes a leaf clamp having an upper clamping head, a lower clamping head, a hinged shaft and a clamping handle. Each of the upper and lower clamping head includes a plurality of water passing cavities penetrating through the back and the front thereof. Each of the upper and lower clamping head includes a plurality of slots horizontally extending inwardly of the corresponding clamping head. The detection device includes a plurality of insertion pieces having a probe groove. The detection probe is locatable in the respective probe groove for fixation. The insertion pieces are insertable and fixable in the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences, Ministry of Environmental Protection, P.R.C., Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences
    Inventors: Wenlin Wang, Weixin Li, Qiang Li, Bo Liu, Yinjing Wan, Ruiming Han, Xiaoyan Tang, Wenjing Li, Fei He, Wei Zhuang, Changxin Zou, Aiping Liu, Shoujing Yin, Xiaohan Li, Guoquan Pan, Weimin Wang
  • Patent number: 9941316
    Abstract: Various embodiments include methods and apparatuses for forming and using pixels for image sensors. In one embodiment, an image sensor is disclosed. The image sensor includes an optically sensitive material; a plurality of electrodes proximate the optically sensitive material, including at least a first electrode, a second electrode and a third electrode; and a charge store. The first electrode is coupled to the charge store, and the first electrode and the second electrode are configured to provide a bias to the optically sensitive material to direct photocarriers to the charge store. Other methods and apparatuses are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Edward Hartley Sargent, Jess Jan Young Lee, Emanuele Mandelli, Jae Park
  • Patent number: 9929202
    Abstract: A solid-state image pickup device capable of suppressing the generation of dark current and/or leakage current is provided. The solid-state image pickup device has a first substrate provided with a photoelectric converter on its primary face, a first wiring structure having a first bonding portion which contains a conductive material, a second substrate provided with a part of a peripheral circuit on its primary face, and a second wiring structure having a second bonding portion which contains a conductive material. In addition, the first bonding portion and the second bonding portion are bonded so that the first substrate, the first wiring structure, the second wiring structure, and the second substrate are disposed in this order. Furthermore, the conductive material of the first bonding portion and the conductive material of the second bonding portion are surrounded with diffusion preventing films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Mineo Shimotsusa
  • Patent number: 9927289
    Abstract: In flight vehicles subject to extreme aero-thermal heating of the optical window, the optical system is configured to look through an off-axis segment of the optical window and a polarizer is positioned in the optical path between the off-axis segment and the detector. The polarizer comprises at least one filter pixel that imparts a linear polarization of a certain angular value to filter the incident radiation as a function of its polarization. In the case of a sheet polarizer, the entire polarizer is aligned to the plane of incidence. The sheet polarizer preferentially filters the target radiation to increase the SNR at the detector. In the case of a microgrid polarizer, at least one and preferably multiple filter pixels in each sub-array aligned to the plane of incidence. The microgrid polarizer can produce data products including a radiance image, an AoLP image and a DoLP image, only the AoLP image removes the self-emitted window radiance and an gradient caused by non-uniform aero-thermal heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Eric C. Fest
  • Patent number: 9929197
    Abstract: There is provided a solid-state imaging device including a substrate having a surface over which a plurality of photodiodes are formed, and a protection film that is transparent, has a water-proofing property, and includes a side wall part vertical to the surface of the substrate and a ceiling part covering a region surrounded by the side wall part, the side wall part and the ceiling part surrounding a region where the plurality of photodiodes are arranged over the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shinji Miyazawa, Yutaka Ooka
  • Patent number: 9921289
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tracking device comprising a receiving structure that can be adjusted about at least one axis, for mounting at least one element that is sensitive to electromagnetic waves and has a preferential radiation direction, and comprising at least one rotational drive per axis for the purpose of actively rotationally adjusting said receiving structure in order for the element(s) mounted thereupon to track a celestial body on one or multiple axes with the aid of a control system and according to a predetermined algorithm, (each of) the rotational drive(s) comprising two annular connection elements that are concentric with one another, are mounted one upon the other, and are or can be coupled to at least one motor for mutual relative adjustment, a first connection element comprising at least one planar connection surface for fixing in place to a foundation, base, column or a connection element of another pivoting unit, and a second connection element comprising at least one planar connection
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: IMO Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Russ, Hubertus Frank, Richard Nief, Konrad B├╝ttel
  • Patent number: 9918029
    Abstract: Electronic devices may include image sensors having image pixel arrays with image pixels arranged in pixel rows and pixel columns. Each pixel column may be coupled to a column line having column readout circuitry and column power control circuitry that selectively enables or disables the column readout circuitry for various column lines. The column power control circuitry and the column readout circuitry may be coupled to column decoder circuitry. The column decoder circuitry may provide a column address signals to the power control and the readout circuitry. The power control circuitry may enable only column lines for which column addresses have been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Dongsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 9911207
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for Coherent Diffractive Imaging with multiple, simultaneous, spatially distinct beams chosen and configured to isolate incoherent sums of beam diffraction such that interference between the multiple beams is not present in the data prior to computationally reconstructing the image. This is accomplished through selecting the multiple beams to be non-interfering modes, or through designing the apparatus such that the interference is not recorded, or through processing the collected data to filter the interference before reconstructing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KM Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Karl, Daniel E. Adams, Charles S. Bevis, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Murnane
  • Patent number: 9910127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatus and methods to provide a control system for the purpose of redirecting light from a source onto a target. The present invention appreciates that the diffraction pattern for light that is both diffracted and re-directed by a heliostat is a function of how the light redirecting element is aimed. This means that the aim of the light redirecting element can be precisely determined once the aim of the diffracted light is known. Advantageously, the characteristics of diffracted light indicative of how the diffracted light is aimed can be determined from locations outside the zone of concentrated illumination in which sensors are at undue risk. This, in turn, means that diffracted light characteristics can be detected at a safe location, and this information can then be used to help precisely aim the light redirecting element onto the desired target, such as a receiver in a CSP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Braden E. Hines, Richard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9905609
    Abstract: Embodiments related to the manufacturing of an imager device and an imager device are disclosed. Embodiments associated with methods of an imager device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Dirk Offenberg, Henning Feick, Stefano Parascandola
  • Patent number: 9897271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flat wall-mounted sun-tracking and light-guiding device with built-in sensors, which comprises a sun-tracking and light-guiding member, a sun-tracking controller, a light concentrator, and a switchable light emitter. The sun-tracking and light-guiding member owns the function of tracking the sun and is coupled to the sun-tracking controller. The light concentrator faces the sun and is used for concentrating the sunlight. In addition, the light concentrator is connected with the sun-tracking and light-guiding member. The light concentrator includes a light-guiding optical fiber, which is used for guiding the concentrated sunlight. Besides, the switchable light emitter is connected with one end of the light-guiding optical fiber. The switchable light emitter can be disposed indoors or on plant chambers for lighting the interior or plants using the sunlight guided by the light-guiding optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
    Inventors: Hong-Yih Yeh, Kuo-Chun Hsu, Jia-Rong Bi
  • Patent number: 9894301
    Abstract: ACMOS image sensor includes a pixel array having a plurality of pixels. Each of the plurality of pixels includes: a photogate structure configured to be controlled based on a first gate voltage; and a sensing transistor including a charge pocket region formed in a substrate region, the sensing transistor being configured to be controlled based on a second gate voltage. Based on the first gate voltage, the photogate structure is configured to integrate charges generated in response to light incident on the substrate region. The sensing transistor is configured to adjust at least one of a threshold voltage of the sensing transistor and a current flow in the sensing transistor according to charges transferred from the photogate structure to the charge pocket region based on a difference between the first gate voltage and the second gate voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Gu Jin, Min Ho Kim, Tae Chan Kim, Dong Ki Min, Sang Chul Sul, Tae Seok Oh, Kwang Hyun Lee, Tae Yon Lee, Ju Hwan Jung