Patents Examined by Minh Q Phan
  • Patent number: 12031945
    Abstract: Tubular member inspection apparatus, systems and methods for inspecting tubulars of a variety of diameters. One apparatus includes a frame, at least one magnetic flux generator contained in a coil annulus, and a detector assembly supported by the coil annulus. The coil annulus and the detector assembly each have inlet and outlet openings for passing a tubular member there through. The detector assembly has one or more magnetic detectors (magnetic, eddy current, or both) configured to be spaced a first distance from the tubular member during an inspection. The one or more magnetic detectors are each contained in one or more detector shoes removably attached to corresponding one or more detector shoe supports by one or more quick-acting couplings. Another apparatus includes an adjustable iris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: SCAN SYSTEMS CORP.
    Inventor: Danny Uselton
  • Patent number: 12032095
    Abstract: A LIDAR system includes a detector array comprising a first detector region and a second detector region, wherein the first detector region comprises a first detector and the second detector region comprises a second detector, at least one optical element configured to separate light received at the at least one optical element into a first portion and a second portion, incident on the first detector and the second detector, respectively, wherein the at least one optical element is configured to alter a characteristic of the light, and a circuit configured to receive a first detection signal from the first detector responsive to the first portion of the light that is incident thereon and a second detection signal from the second detector responsive to the second portion of the light that is incident thereon, and to generate an improved signal based on the first and second detection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Sense Photonics, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristopher McGuire
  • Patent number: 12025641
    Abstract: A system for testing a plurality of electrical circuits includes a first remote cooperative testing device for selectively and electrically coupling a first electrical circuit and a second electrical circuit of the plurality of electrical circuits at a first node, and a second remote cooperative testing device for selectively and electrically coupling the first and second electrical circuits at a second node. A testing circuit is formed between the first node and the second node by the first and second remote cooperative testing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajarshi Roychowdhury, David Jeffeory Berels, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Scott Mayberry
  • Patent number: 12025908
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus that includes a movement restriction member that mechanically sandwiches a movable member. The imaging apparatus includes the movable member that includes an imaging element, a support member that supports the movable member within a plane that intersects an optical axis of the imaging element, and a movement restriction member that includes a first member and a second member. The first member and the second member move between sandwiching positions at which the first member and the second member sandwich a sandwiching target member provided on the movable member and non-sandwiching positions separated from the sandwiching target member, and at the sandwiching positions, the first member and the second member sandwich the sandwiching target member at at least two or more points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Abe, Kouhei Awazu
  • Patent number: 12013628
    Abstract: Methods of adjusting an image sensor may be provided. A test image of a test chart including an evaluation area may be obtained using the image sensor. The evaluation area may have a shape of a circle, wherein the evaluation area includes first through nth unit areas arranged in a rotational direction around the circle, and wherein each of the first through nth unit areas has a different level of brightness. A signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) may be calculated for each of the first through nth unit areas based on the test image of the test chart. A setting of the image sensor may be adjusted based on calculating the signal-to-noise ratio for each of the first through nth unit areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dongyoung Song, Seungwan Jeon, Kichrl Park
  • Patent number: 12007676
    Abstract: A camera device comprises an assembly having a first component and a second component which are connected to each other with a hollow holding member and a threaded fastener. The first component has a first socket with a first socket opening and a threaded bore extending from a bottom surface of the first socket. The second component has a second socket with a second socket opening, wherein the first socket opening and the second socket opening are configured to face each other when the first and second component are connected to each other. The first and second sockets each have threaded bores. A threaded fastener is configured to extend from the second component to the threaded bore of the first socket of the first component for engagement with the threaded bore such that the connection between the first and second components is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Ola Björk, Malte Bokvist, Magnus Ainetoft
  • Patent number: 12003195
    Abstract: A multi-axis MEMS assembly includes: a micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) actuator configured to provide linear three-axis movement, the micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) actuator including: an in-plane MEMS actuator, and an out-of-plane MEMS actuator; and an optoelectronic device coupled to the micro-electrical-mechanical system (MEMS) actuator; wherein the in-plane MEMS actuator includes an electromagnetic actuator portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: MEMS DRIVE (NANJING) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Guiqin Wang, Matthew Ng, Xiaolei Liu
  • Patent number: 12001074
    Abstract: An optical element driving mechanism has an optical axis, and includes a fixed portion, a movable element, a plurality of blades, and a driving assembly. The fixed portion has an opening. The movable element is movable relative to the fixed portion. The blades are connected to the movable element. The driving assembly drives the movable element to move relative to the fixed portion. The driving assembly drives the movable element to change an overlap area of the blade and the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Chih-Wei Weng, Chao-Hsi Wang, Kuen-Wang Tsai
  • Patent number: 11988706
    Abstract: A voltage sensor system for determining an abnormal circuit condition in a multi-layer printed circuit board is disclosed. The printed circuit board has a plurality of layers. One of the layers includes a trace network and a sensor circuit. The sensor circuit includes the trace network and a sensing point. The sensor circuit is coupled between a voltage supply and a ground. A controller is coupled to the sensing point. The controller is operable to determine a voltage of the sensing point and compare the voltage to a threshold value to determine an abnormal circuit condition in the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Yangtzu Lee, Wei-Chih Chen, Pin-Hao Hung
  • Patent number: 11990011
    Abstract: A camera cover is provided. The camera cover has a coating formed on a surface of the camera cover. The coating contains a urethane acrylate resin. The camera cover has a dome shape and is designed to protect an image capturing unit. A Berkovich hardness at an indenter penetration depth of 100 to 300 nm on a surface of the coating is at least 0.4 GPa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kinya Kamiguchi
  • Patent number: 11991447
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may provide methods and apparatus for optical image stabilization. The methods and apparatus for optical image stabilization may be integrated within an electronic device. An exemplary system may include an actuator control circuit responsive to a sensor and a feedback signal from an actuator. The actuator control circuit may be configured to calibrate a gain applied to a drive signal based on a measured displacement of the electronic device and an output signal generated by the actuator control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Tabuchi
  • Patent number: 11991435
    Abstract: An optical member driving mechanism is provided, including a movable portion, a fixed portion, and a first driving assembly. The movable portion is configured to connect an optical member, and is movable relative to the fixed portion. The first driving assembly is configured to drive the movable portion to move relative to the fixed portion in a first dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Yu-Chiao Lo, Chia-Che Wu
  • Patent number: 11977182
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an optical imaging apparatus includes a polarizer assembly, a polarization image sensor, and a lens assembly. The polarizer assembly is configured to acquire a first light ray of a first polarization component and a second light ray of a second polarization component which is different from the first polarization component, by using a light flux from an identical direction. The polarization image sensor is located in a position facing the polarizer assembly. The polarization image sensor is configured to acquire an image of the first polarization component and an image of the second polarization component at once or at the same time. The lens assembly includes a first lens configured to form the images on the polarization image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohno, Hiroya Kano, Hideaki Okano, Takahiro Kamikawa
  • Patent number: 11971667
    Abstract: A light guide device includes: a housing main body; a side member attached to a side portion in the housing main body; a light guide body supported by the housing main body and including a light incident surface to which light enters; a light source substrate held by the side member and including a light element that emits the light toward the light incident surface; and a positioning portion configured to position the light element to a reference position with respect to the light incident surface. The positioning portion includes: an abutting member provided in the housing main body and configured to abut on a mounting surface in the light source substrate on which the light element is mounted; and an elastic member held by the side member and configured to press the light source substrate toward the light guide body to position the light element to the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 11966148
    Abstract: A telescoping pole comprised of a plurality of tubular sections, one or more electric motors, and a control module. Linear gear arrangements on the tubular sections are engaged with pinions fixed to the next wider tubular sections. Electric motors rotationally drive the pinions, linearly driving the tubular sections, and, thus, causing the telescoping pole to extend or retract. The length of the telescoping pole can be adjusted during audio/video capture. The telescoping pole is operable hand-held, and adjustments can be made using one hand. The telescoping pole may further comprise clamps, an accessory mount, a base mount, and a counterweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Jared Cohn
  • Patent number: 11958419
    Abstract: A vehicle arm assembly includes a carrier base for attaching to a vehicle. A support arm is rotatably mounted relative to the carrier base. A first detent ring includes a plurality of first detent projections circumferentially offset by a plurality of first detent channels. A second detent ring includes a plurality of second detent projections circumferentially offset by a plurality of second detent channels. The first detent ring is fixed relative to one of the carrier base or the support arm. The second detent ring is fixed relative to the other of the carrier base or the support ring. The first detent ring is in an intermeshing arrangement when the second detent ring in a first rotational position and in a non-intermeshing arrangement when in a second rotational position. In the second rotational position a first stop surface fixed relative to the carrier base is in engagement with a stop fixed relative to the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: STONERIDGE, INC.
    Inventor: Juan Pablo Yepez
  • Patent number: 11953820
    Abstract: An aperture unit includes a base plate, a cover, a plurality of aperture blades, a drive ring, and protrusions. The aperture blades are disposed between the base plate and the cover, and adjust the amount of light passing through by varying the size of an opening. The drive ring is disposed between the base plate and the cover, and is rotationally driven when the aperture blades are opened and closed. The protrusions are provided to the drive ring and the cover, respectively, and support the aperture blades in the direction of suppressing upward warpage of the aperture blades in a state in which the aperture blades move in the direction of reducing the size of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Nakada, Tetsuya Uno, Satoshi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 11953347
    Abstract: A position detection device includes a first position detector, a second position detector, and a signal generator. The first position detector includes a first magnetic field generation unit, a second magnetic field generation unit, and a first magnetic sensor. The second position detector includes a third magnetic field generation unit, a fourth magnetic field generation unit, and a second magnetic sensor. The positions of the second and fourth magnetic field generation units vary in response to variations in a detection-target position. The signal generator generates a position detection signal, which is the sum of a first detection signal generated by the first magnetic sensor and a second detection signal generated by the second magnetic sensor. Each of the first and second position detectors includes a bias magnetic field generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Umehara, Hayato Miyashita, Keisuke Uchida, Hiraku Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 11946957
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a current sensor unit includes: a rectification module, to convert an AC current to a pulsed DC current; a conversion module containing an energy storage element, to store energy based upon the pulsed DC current during a charging mode and generate a power supply current; a switching module, bypassed by the conversion module during the charging mode, and bypassing the conversion module during an energy release mode; a current sensor module, to detect a pulsed DC current; a control module, to acquire electrical energy from the power supply current, determine operation in the charging mode or energy release mode, and acquire a first detection value provided by the current sensor module; and a self-calibration module, to generate a current flowing through the current sensor module in a self-calibration process, the control module calibrating the first detection value based upon a second detection value of the current generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Shou Qi Xu
  • Patent number: 11943535
    Abstract: An image stabilization control device capable of correcting a parallel blur or the like with high accuracy, the image stabilization control device including: a rotation radius calculation unit configured to calculate a rotation radius of an angle blur based on outputs of an angle blur signal acquired from an angle blur detection unit and a parallel blur signal acquired from a parallel blur detection unit; a rotation radius prediction unit configured to predict a change in the rotation radius based on an output of the rotation radius calculation unit and output a rotation radius prediction signal; and a blur correction control unit configured to control correction of the parallel blur based on the rotation radius prediction signal of the rotation radius prediction unit and the angle blur signal acquired from the angle blur detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomomi Uesugi, Koichi Washisu