Patents Examined by Rochelle-Ann Blackman
  • Patent number: 7578595
    Abstract: There is provided a heat conductive portion for conducting heat generated by an LED light source to cooling liquid at a rear side of each LED light source. Each heat conductive portion is connected one another with a pipe, and the cooling liquid flowing in the pipe is sequentially circulated through each heat conductive portion. A heat generation amount of an LED light source for red light is the smallest, the heat generation amount of an LED light source for green light is the largest, and the heat generation amount of an LED light source for blue light is the middle of the two. The cooling liquid cooled by passing through a radiation fin is firstly supplied to the heat conductive portion for the LED light source for red light, secondly supplied to the heat conductive portion for the LED light source for blue light, and lastly supplied to the heat conductive portion for the LED light source for green light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Miwa, Takashi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7526194
    Abstract: A camera phone and method for automatically adjusting the exposure of a camera in order to improve image of an object is previewed with a current exposure, data is extracted from frames of the previewed image and analyzed to determine illumination of the previewed object, and an exposure is adjusted according to the analyzed result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Pil-Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 7452087
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus illuminating an objective illumination region comprises a plurality of illuminants having light-emitting surfaces radiating diffused light, an illuminant substrate in which the illuminants are disposed so as to be set in array on the circumference, at least one optical member configured to guide the diffused light to the objective illumination region, a movable section configured to drive the optical member so as to be rotatable around the center of the circumference serving as a rotation center, and a lighting control section configured to control a light-emitting timing of the plurality of illuminants. The movable section and the lighting control section operate together such that the quantity of light per unit time of the diffused light guided to the objective illumination region is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichi Imade
  • Patent number: 7452085
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for a fold-mirror assembly with a dynamically adjustable mirror element for use in a projection device are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Infocus Corporation
    Inventors: Karl Andersen, Michael Försth
  • Patent number: 7450841
    Abstract: A camera rotating apparatus of a portable terminal includes a main body of the portable terminal, a head portion including a camera module, the head portion being capable of rotating in front, rear, left and right directions with respect to the main body, and a hinge portion rotatably connecting the head portion to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Tae Kyung Jung
  • Patent number: 7445345
    Abstract: A projection-type display device 1 including a light source 10, an optical integrator 20, dichroic mirrors 30 and 35, a reflecting mirror 36, a relay optical system 40, parallelizing lenses 50B, 50G and 50R, liquid crystal light valves 60B, 60G and 60R, incident side lenses 70B, 70G and 70R, a light-synthesizing cross dichroic prism 80, a relay lens 90, an emergent side lens 95, a liquid crystal light valve 100 and a projection lens 110, and liquid crystal light valve 100 is provided in the rear stage of liquid crystal light valves 60B, 60G and 60R.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Itoh, Shohei Yoshida, Shoichi Uchiyama, Junichi Nakamura, Takashi Nitta, Tsunemori Asahi
  • Patent number: 7444072
    Abstract: A stage apparatus includes a stationary support plate; a Y-direction movable member supported on, and parallel to, the stationary support plate so as to be relatively movable in a Y-direction, the Y-direction movable member including a Y-direction rod portion and a pair of X-direction rod portions, wherein the Y-direction rod portion extends in the Y-direction, and the pair of X-direction rod portions are joined to the Y-direction rod portion to extend in an X-direction both parallel to the stationary support plate and perpendicular to the Y-direction; and an X-direction movable member supported by the pair of X-direction rod portions to be movable in the X-direction relative to the Y-direction movable member. At least one of the pair of X-direction rod portions is rotatable about an axis of the Y-direction rod portion relative to the Y-direction rod portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventor: Shuzo Seo
  • Patent number: 7438424
    Abstract: An illumination optical apparatus and a projection type display apparatus capable of enhancing an illumination efficiency; having an ellipsoidal mirror, a light source arranged at a first focal point of the ellipsoidal mirror, a stop arranged closer to said light source side by a predetermined distance from a second focal point of said ellipsoidal mirror, and a positive refractive collimator lens for collimating a light flux emitted from the stop to a parallel light flux. A condition (0.01<L2/L1<0.06) is satisfied where, L1 is a distance from an apex of the ellipsoidal mirror to the second focal point thereof and, L2 (the light source side is a positive distance) is a distance from the second focal point of the ellipsoidal mirror to the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignees: Kyocera Corporation, NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuuji Yamada, Katsuyuki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7434942
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a reflector directs light toward a focal point and a light source emits the light and is adjusted with reference to an optical axis through the focal point to generate a desired illumination output. In another embodiment, a reflection system reflects light and a light source that emits the light is adjusted with reference to an optical axis such that the reflection system reflects the light toward a desired focal point according to a position of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventors: Michael A. Pate, Guy Howard
  • Patent number: 7435017
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a digital single lens reflex camera which includes a motor on a side of a mirror box above a battery storage unit for a detachable battery, such that the motor's output shaft can be substantially perpendicular to the optical axis, which facilitates reduction of the size of the entire camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eiri Tsukatani
  • Patent number: 7437063
    Abstract: A single oscillator synchronizer system and method that automatically switches from a wireless receive mode of the oscillator to a wireless transmit mode of the oscillator upon the detection of a synchronization (synch) signal of a camera body. In one example, a method of wirelessly communicating a camera synchronization from a camera body to a remote device with a wireless camera flash synchronizer connected to a synchronization connector of the camera body, the wireless camera flash synchronizer including a transceiver having an oscillator element with a wireless receive mode and a wireless transmit mode, the oscillator element configured to be in only one of the wireless receive mode and wireless transmit mode at a time is provided. In another example, a wireless camera flash synchronizer that automatically switches from a wireless receive mode to a wireless transmit mode upon detection of a synch signal of a camera body is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Lab Partners Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Clark
  • Patent number: 7434946
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an illumination system for use in display systems employing spatial light modulators. The illumination system comprises a fastening mechanism for securing the bonding of the walls of the light integrator of the illumination system. A heat dissipation mechanism can be alternatively provided for reducing the temperature of the illumination system by dissipating the heat thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Andrew Huibers
  • Patent number: 7433586
    Abstract: A first area of a predetermined size is set as a focus area from which AF evaluation values are picked up in AF control when a focus mode is a normal one. When the focus mode changes to a macro mode, a second area narrower than the first area is set as the AF area. Thus, in the macro mode, focus search is performed automatically through the narrower area. AF frames indicative of the first and second areas are displayed on a through image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaru Onozawa
  • Patent number: 7429110
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to a projector which includes several optical elements, reflective devices and beam splitters, arranged to reduce back reflection effects. At least one exemplary embodiment includes a mirror, two beam splitters, three reflection devices, and two optical elements affecting polarization of incident light upon the optical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Inoko
  • Patent number: 7422379
    Abstract: A stand for a camera device, the stand comprising an attachment element which is detachably fastened to the camera device and at least one support element which is displaceably connected to the attachment element. The support element is displaceable between at least two positions, a “storage” position where the at least one support element essentially lies up against an outer surface of the camera device and an “active” position where the at least one support element is displaced away from the outer surface of the camera device in order to provide a support for supporting the camera device in a steady orientation on a surface. The attachment element and the supporting element are furthermore arranged such that the attachment element remains fastened to the camera device during the displacement of the supporting element between its storage position and its active position. In this way, a stand is provided which may be very easy and convenient for the user to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Markus Agevik, Anders Lundquist
  • Patent number: 7418200
    Abstract: A collapsible type optical unit is described that is capable of moving its optical system between a working position and a retracted position as well as an image-pickup apparatus including the optical unit. The optical unit and the image-pickup apparatus are capable of acquiring lens-position information by detecting a position of a lens barrel supported to be movable with respect to a fixed barrel. The collapsible type optical unit includes a second group lens frame movable along a direction of its optical axis with respect to a fixed ring and rear barrel, and a solid-state image-pickup device provided behind the second group lens frame, in which on the movable second group lens frame, a position-detecting means for detecting a position of the second group lens frame is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Imai, Nobuaki Aoki, Tatsuo Makii, Hideki Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 7409148
    Abstract: A waterproof type electronic device is composed of a disc lid 13 capable of opening and closing an opening portion (17) of a camera apparatus body (2), a buckle (12) capable of detachably fastening the disc lid (13) to the camera apparatus body (2) and a sealing member (24) provided on at least one of the buckle (12) and the camera apparatus body (2) to hermetically seal the buckle 12 and the camera apparatus body (2). When the disc lid (13) is fastened to the camera apparatus body (2) by the buckle (12), the camera apparatus body (2) is hermetically sealed at least at its part of the portion covered with the buckle (12). In this kind of related-art waterproof type electronic device, operation buttons are not formed so as to have waterproof structures and water and water component can therefore enter this waterproof type electronic device relatively easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Nobutatsu Takahashi, Seiya Amatatsu
  • Patent number: 7407293
    Abstract: An ion wind generator is arranged in the vicinity of a light source. The ion wind generator allows an air flow by negatively ionizing air by corona discharges using negative side needle electrodes, and drawing the negatively-ionized air using a ground side mesh electrode. High-temperature air surrounding the light source is drawn by the air flow and exhausted from an exhaust port at a rear side of a casing. An ozone decomposition catalyst filter is provided in the exhaust port. Ozone (O3) is generated by the corona discharges in the ion wind generator. However, the ozone is decomposed by passing through the ozone decomposition catalyst filter provided at the exhaust port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Ishii, Takashi Ikeda, Hideyuki Kanayama, Yasuo Funazou, Takashi Miwa
  • Patent number: 7407294
    Abstract: A multi-direction image viewing system includes a triangular or rectangular image case, and plural projectors symmetrically installed to the inner sides of the image case in three or four directions. Projecting light paths cross each other so that the size of the image case is reduced to 1/6.7 to ? of the size of the conventional image case. By reducing the weight of the image case through size reduction, the multi-direction image viewing system can serve as a mobile multi-direction image viewing system coupled with a trailer and transported by a small sized vehicle such as a motorcycle, as a wide viewing angle multi-direction image system attached to a wall and coupled with the safety fence of the bus terminal or the subway station, and as an image viewing system mounted to a ceiling or wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Hae-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 7404642
    Abstract: An autostereoscopic display having an improved 2D/3D mode switchable structure, including a display device to display an image, and a parallax barrier unit to transmit all incident light in a 2D mode and to separate a left-eye image and a right-eye image by forming a barrier in a 3D mode. The parallax barrier unit includes a polarizer to transmit light having a predetermined polarizer polarization direction, a first plane array including first and second birefringent elements, which change a polarization direction of light transmitted through the polarizer into a first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, respectively, and a second plane array including third and fourth birefringent elements, which change a polarization direction of light transmitted through the first plane array into a third direction and a fourth direction, that is opposite from the third direction, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sergey Shestak, Dae-sik Kim