Patents Examined by Michelle Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6857749
    Abstract: An optical equipment having a discharge lamp for supplying light and a light valve device for projecting the light from the equipment having an air intake opening arranged on one side of the equipment. A ventilation device is associated with the air intake opening so as to draw in air from outside of the equipment through the air intake opening and a ventilation path arranged so as to extend from an outlet of the ventilation device continuously. The ventilation path includes a partition member proximate to an outlet of the ventilation device and air flow through the ventilation path is divided into a plurality of air flows by the partition member so as to cool different parts of the light valve device respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Fuse, Mikio Shiraishi, Yasuo Otsuka, Nobuyuki Kaku, Hidehiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 6742941
    Abstract: A camera includes a lens holding member for detachably holding a lens device, an image taking device for taking an image formed by the lens device, a front main body member forming a front portion of the main body of the camera, a rear main body member which forms a rear portion of the main body of the camera and is coupled to the front main body member, and a central main body member on which the lens holding member and the image taking device are mounted and which is coupled to at least one of the front and rear main body members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 6717661
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for wavefront sensing that includes: employing two moiré gratings in an optical path; optically Fourier transforming a moiré deflectogram produced by the gratings; variably transmitting the transformed moiré deflectogram; and receiving an image of the variably transmitted and transformed moiré deflectogram. The variable transmission is best accomplished by transmission filter, a transmissive optic encoding intensity information upon the moiré deflectogram as a function of fringe angle. For example, the function can be a triangular transmission function centered on the (0,0) order spatial frequency spot and oriented at 45 degrees to the y-axis. The optical Fourier transform is accomplished by a lens and the variable transmission by an apodized slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Science & Technology Corporation @ University of New Mexico
    Inventors: Aaron C. Bernstein, Jean-Claude M. Diels
  • Patent number: 6712475
    Abstract: A display system based on a spatial light modulator (SLM). Various embodiments of the invention all involve some sort of articulating element, such that the display system has a stow position that is more compact and different from its operating position. In the operating position, the image formed by the SLM is re-oriented, if necessary, to a position suitable for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T. Davis, John T. McKinley
  • Patent number: 6711356
    Abstract: A real-image variable-magnification viewfinder includes objective optical system having positive optical power, eyepiece optical system having positive optical power, and erecting optical system. The objective optical system has first lens unit having positive optical power, second lens unit having negative optical power, and third lens unit having positive optical power. As zooming is performed from wide-angle end to telephoto end, second and third lens units are moved so they come closer to each other. Following conditional formulae are fulfilled: −0.75<m2W<−0.3, −2<m2T<−1.05, −0.75<m3W<−0.3, −2<m3T<−1.05, l2>l3, where m2W and m2T represents lateral magnification of second lens unit at wide-angle end and at telephoto end, m3W and m3T represents lateral magnification of third lens unit at wide-angle end and at telephoto end, and L2 and L3 represent movement distance of second lens unit and of third lens unit over entire zoom range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuto Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6707553
    Abstract: A measurement controller is electrically connected with light emitting circuits and controls the light emission of light sources. A calculator calculates reflection characteristic measurement values of a measurement object corresponding to the respective illuminators. Undetermined coefficients of a Gaussian function stored in a memory are determined using the calculated reflection characteristic measurement values, and errors created by an angle of inclination of a normal to a surface of the measurement object with respect to a center axis of a main body are corrected using the Gaussian function whose undetermined coefficients are determined to obtain corrected reflection characteristic values. Since a measurement result is corrected according to the angle of inclination of the main body with respect to the object surface, this enables a high-precision colormetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Imura
  • Patent number: 6707542
    Abstract: A refractometric apparatus and method for monitoring the percentage of water in hydraulic and non-hydraulic fluids employ a temperature sensitive device allowing a user to obtain accurate and correct readings of various measured properties. In particular, the temperature sensitive member comprises a prism-wedge-mirror combination in conjunction with a bimetallic strip. The combination ensures the proper angular displacement of a light beam inside the refractometric apparatus and, therefore, the correct reading of a parameter to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Reichert, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Cotton, Jeffrey M. Sabin, Thomas E. Ryan
  • Patent number: 6702447
    Abstract: A projection display system that can diminish ghost images is disclosed. The projection display system includes an illumination system and an image system. The projection display system has a light source for emitting at least one light beam, and a field lens having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface having at least one reflection area. The image system utilizes the field lens and a light valve mounted adjacent to the second surface of the field lens for reflecting the light beam emitted by the light source. The light beam reflected from the light valve to the interface reflecting area is further reflected to a region outside of the light valve by the reflection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventor: Sze-Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 6700658
    Abstract: The present invention captures images of a circuit chip with a time delay integration or TDI sensor. The circuit chip is on a movable stage which moves at the same rate at which the TDI sensor clocks. A pulsed laser is directed toward the circuit chip and activated in synchronisation with the clock rate of the TDI sensor such that laser is activated when the TDI sensor is imaging the object and the laser is deactivated when the TDI sensor is transferring its charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick F. Leonard
  • Patent number: 6698899
    Abstract: A pair of openings (302) symmetrically disposed around an optical axis of the reflector (412) is formed on a contact surface of a light-transmissive plate (301) and the reflector (412) and a cooling channel (340) for introducing cooling air to a source lamp (411) through the pair of openings (302) and a first and a second cooling channel shutters (350, 360) for shutting the cooling channel (340) when the case is detached from a projector (1) are provided on a case (300). The source lamp (411) can be efficiently cooled, so that the life of the source lamp (411) can be lengthened. Even when a light-emitting tube of the source lamp (411) is exploded while using the projector (1), the fragments of the light-emitting tube do not fall outside in exchanging the light source (413), and cooling efficiency of the source lamp (411) is not impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Haruyoshi Yamada, Nobuo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6697573
    Abstract: Systems and techniques relating to creating motion pictures are described. Included as part of the system are cameras incorporating two taking lenses, one of which images onto film through a shutter and the other of which images onto a digital sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Imax Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Adkins
  • Patent number: 6676308
    Abstract: Disclosed is a traffic accident photographing device for a vehicle. The device comprises camera-fastening means for fastening a camera to the vehicle to allow the camera to photograph an actual scene upon occurrence of a collision; and shutter-pressing means for allowing a shutter of the camera fastened to the vehicle by the camera-fastening means, to be pressed by a weight member which is moved under action of inertia force generated by the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Kyung-Il Baek
  • Patent number: 6658206
    Abstract: A camera and method for promoting consumer loyalty for film developing services is provided. A promotional camera including a film door latch is provided to a consumer. The latch for opening the film door is available to the consumer on the outside body of the camera, but is rendered inaccessible by a deterrent mechanism, such as an adhesive label or the like. The promotional camera is returned to a retailer for servicing including, pre-winding of the film onto a film spool prior to use. In use, after each film exposure is taken, the film advance wheel is used to rewind a single frame of film into the original film cartridge. After all pictures have been taken, the consumer returns the camera with the rewound film intact to the retailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Concord Camera Corp.
    Inventor: Urs Stampfli
  • Patent number: 6636696
    Abstract: A fundus camera for photographing a fundus of an eye to be examined, in which a fixation target may be moved easily to guide a desired section of the fundus to a position intended for photographing. The fundus camera is provided with: observation means having a photographing element for picking up an image of the fundus illuminated in illumination light for observation and a monitor on which the picked-up image of the fundus is displayed; fixation target presenting means for movably presenting a fixation target in an arbitrary position, the fixation target being visually identified by the eye; designating means for designating a section of the fundus desired to be placed in the position intended for photographing on the fundus image displayed on the monitor; and control means for controlling the fixation target presenting means so as to shift a presenting position of the fixation target based on a signal indicating a designated position on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Setsuo Saito
  • Patent number: 6628897
    Abstract: A camera system is provided for acquiring an image of a scene with a wide angle such as an omni-directional scene with a high resolution and for acquiring an image of a dynamic object. The camera system includes a reflecting mirror, a first imaging unit, and a second imaging unit. The reflecting mirror has a mirror surface disposed around a center axis and spread on one side of the center axis to form an opening portion. The first imaging unit is provided within a plane composed of an outer surface of the reflecting mirror and a plane extending from the outer surface of the reflecting mirror on the opening portion side. The second imaging unit is disposed opposite to the mirror surface of the reflecting mirror, and includes a number of cameras disposed on the same circumference centered at the center axis of the reflecting mirror in such a manner as to be spaced from each other at equal intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kiyosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6623128
    Abstract: An apparatus for fixing an optidal system for use in a projection display device having a cabinet forming a casing and an optical system disposed on the cabinet for forming an image and magnifying and projecting the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo-Young Kan
  • Patent number: 6625401
    Abstract: There is described a battery storing apparatus for storing two or more types of batteries and easily distinguishing the type of the battery, and an electronic equipment and a digital camera having it. The battery storing apparatus includes a battery storing section being capable of storing more than two types of batteries; a cover member, being capable of opening and closing, to cover the battery storing section; an anode terminal and a cathode terminal, which are provided in an inner side of the battery storing section; a battery contact piece equipped at the cover member and disposed opposite the anode terminal and the cathode terminal; and a battery-type distinguishing section to distinguish a type of the battery by detecting a voltage applied to the battery contact piece through means for electronically connecting with the battery contact piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Konica Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Kaedeoka
  • Patent number: 6619804
    Abstract: An optical engine (15) for an SLM-type display system, which may be either a front or rear projection system (10, 20). The optical engine (15) provides for a high contrast, telecentric illumination angle to the SLM (33) without compromising brightness by vignetting due to offset in the pupil. The resulting offset pupil is converted to a telecentric, on-axis image by a relay path (34) between the SLM (33) and the projection lens (37). The relay path (34) places the image at an intermediate image plane accessible by a the projection lens (37), which permits the projection lens (37) to be telecentric without an offset pupil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael T. Davis, Douglas W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6604868
    Abstract: A microprocessor controlled servo device for carrying and driving a camera, comprises a microprocessor chip processing control circuit, an I/O port, and a servo set. A user operates a keyboard to input a control signal input command and a control signal input termination command. The microprocessor reads the related program and data stored in a memory then inputs a corresponding control pulse signal to a servo set after control processing, and drives a servo to rotate after comparison and amplification. The servo set comprises two driving circuit servos that control and move a camera horizontally and vertically. The servos carry and move the camera in order to perform functions of camera monitoring, such as location memorizing of a plurality of preset points, cruise scanning, alarm output, and automatic tracking. The user can see whether the input command is correct and to monitor system execution by means of an LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Kent Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6606453
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for photographing lustrous objects, including even spectacle frames with highly reflective surfaces such as metal frames, that enables the objects to be photographed more naturally and aesthetically without any reflection on the surface of the camera or lens. The present invention also provides a method for photographing spectacle frames and a method for creating an electronic spectacle frame catalogue using this method. The method is one in which the camera 2 photographs the lustrous object 1. Optical shield members 3, 4, and 5 are placed between the camera body 21 and the lens 22 of the camera 2, and the lustrous object 1 so that a reflection of said camera 2 is not be formed on the photographed image of the lustrous object. In addition, an opening 41, having a size and shape suitable for photographing an image of the lustrous object 1, is provided in the shield member 4 of the lens 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Saigo, Noriaki Tamura