Patents Examined by Rochelle Blackman
  • Patent number: 7454135
    Abstract: A camera system incorporating a seamless lens-drive switching mechanism includes a lens drive ring, a manual operation ring, a motor, a first one-way rotational transfer mechanism preventing the manual operation ring and the lens drive ring from being connected with each other in a first neutral state, and maintains the first neutral state even if the lens drive ring is rotated by the motor; a second one-way rotational transfer mechanism which prevents the motor and the lens drive ring connecting with each other in a second neutral state, connects the motor with the lens drive ring when the motor rotates from the second neutral state, and maintains the second neutral state even if the lens drive ring is rotated by the manual operation ring; and a controller which stops and reverses the motor to bring the second one-way rotational transfer mechanism into the second neutral state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Nakata, Makoto Iikawa
  • Patent number: 7416306
    Abstract: A reflection-type laser projector (100) projects modulated laser beams outputted from a laser projection unit (40), on a screen, wherein a reflector (112) as a constituent of the screen (110) has reflection characteristics of reflecting, among the incident light, only laser beams of three colors of red, blue, and green, which are projected from the laser projection unit (40) and light in the neighboring wavelength band, and transmitting light in other wavelength bands, thereby preventing pictures on the screen (110) from becoming hard to be seen due to effects of indoor illumination or light from outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Yamamoto, Kiminori Mizuuchi, Yasuo Kitaoka, Ken'ichi Kasazumi
  • Patent number: 7399088
    Abstract: An image projection system has a first lens with a defined entrance pupil. An image source has an image field and a defined exit pupil. The exit pupil of the image source is configured such that the exit pupil of the image source underfills the entrance pupil of the lens for portions of the image source that are not in the center portion of the image field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Dubin, Brent D. Larson
  • Patent number: 7396130
    Abstract: An image projection apparatus. The image projection apparatus comprises a light source and LCD panel. The LCD panel comprises a plurality of pixels and color filters thereon. Light from the light source is projected to the pixels along an irradiative path and the LCD panel selectively reflects the projected light in accordance with an image signal along a projective path, wherein an angle between the irradiative and projective paths exceeds 0°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Himax Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yen-Chen Chen, Kuo-Yuin Li
  • Patent number: 7370971
    Abstract: A wall mounted kaleidoscope is suitable for mounting within an opening passing through a wall, ceiling or other building structure to provide a visually attractive kaleidoscope display to a viewer within the building interior. A kaleidoscope housing extends through the wall opening and is mountable to the wall. A kaleidoscope mirror structure is mounted within the housing and includes three generally triangular mirrors arranged in the shape of a triangulated pyramid, with its base facing the viewer. A rotatable drum associated with the mirror holds loose articles for generating a kaleidoscope display; the drum may be rotated by an electric motor or manually. The light source may consist of artificial illumination and/or a light-transmitting cover which protects the structure from the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Patricia L. Peffer, George B. Waites
  • Patent number: 7367682
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for causing selected pixels in a raster pattern to be illuminated to produce an image of high resolution of VGA quality in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Chinh Tan, Dmitriy Yavid, Miklos Stern, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood, Askold Strat, Michael Slutsky, Narayan Nambudiri, Richard Rizza, Thomas Mazz, Lisa Fan
  • Patent number: 7364304
    Abstract: To automatically adjust the quality of a projection image commensurate with the performance in-time deterioration and aging of projector component parts in an image projection system, each projector detects an integrated service time of its own light-source lamp and a service time and temperature of a liquid-crystal panel, and sends a detection result thereof to a control unit in compliance with a request from the control unit. These parameter values are parameter values having an effect upon the quality of a projection image and varying with time. The control unit copes with the projectors depending upon the detection result received from the projectors, to set predetermined control data for use in image-quality adjustment and send the control data respectively to the projectors. Each projector controls the driving to its light-source lamp and liquid-crystal panel, depending upon the control data received from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Nomizo, Akira Miyasaka
  • Patent number: 7364301
    Abstract: An optical system for vehicle operating monitoring is disclosed. The optical system includes at least one illuminator that illuminates a profile of a vehicle operator and an imager in optical communication with a reflector that captures a reflected image of the vehicle operator profile from the reflector. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory K. Scharenbroch, Joseph E. Harter, Jr., Steven G Skiver
  • Patent number: 7364302
    Abstract: An image projection system has two illumination beams of different colors. A first polarizing beamsplitter (PBS) has first and second input faces. Light of the first color is incident on the first input face and the light of the second color is incident on second input face. At least some of the light of the first color propagates from the first PBS to a first imager unit via a second PBS. The light of the second color propagates from the first PBS to a second imager unit via, in some embodiments, the second PBS and, in other embodiments, via a third PBS. One type of PBS includes a polarizing layer and a dichroic optical layer that is substantially transparent for light of the first color in a first polarization state and is substantially reflective for light of the second color in a polarization state orthogonal to the first polarization state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Arlie R. Conner
  • Patent number: 7364300
    Abstract: A 3-D display may comprise a rotating optical diffuser for displaying 3-D parallax images in specific substantially unidirectional viewing zones as the rotating optical diffuser rotates; and a projector for projecting images through the rotating optical diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Actuality Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg E. Favalora, Oliver S. Cossairt
  • Patent number: 7364308
    Abstract: A projector apparatus, including: a light source including a high-pressure discharge lamp having a plurality of ventilation holes; an optical unit having a liquid crystal panel for optically modulating to light emitted from the light source in response to an input video signal; a ventilation fan; and cooling means for cooling the light source by blowing cooling-air blown from the ventilation fan to at least the light source, wherein a cooling-air ventilation inlet facing one ventilation hole of the high-pressure discharge lamp is formed at an upper position of a lamp case, which holds and fixes the high-pressure discharge lamp having the plurality of ventilation holes and positions and fixes the optical unit, a cooling-air ventilation outlet facing another ventilation hole of the high-pressure discharge lamp is formed at a lower position of the lamp case, and a tray is provided under the cooling-air ventilation outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Murasugi
  • Patent number: 7362965
    Abstract: A system and method for removable connection of an antenna element to a first flash synchronization connector of a camera body having wireless communication capability therein. An electrical event may be produced when the antenna element is connected to the first flash synchronization connector, the electrical event providing an indication to the wireless communication capability of the presence of the antenna element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Lab Partners Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Clark
  • Patent number: 7360899
    Abstract: Various embodiments involving structures and methods for illumination can be employed, for example, in projectors, head-mounted displays, helmet-mounted displays, back projection TVs, flat panel displays as well as other optical systems. Certain embodiments may include prism elements for illuminating, for example, a spatial light modulator. Light may be coupled to the prism in some cases using fiber optics or lightpipes. The optical system may also include a diffuser having scatter features arranged to scatter light appropriately to produce a desired luminance profile. Other embodiments are possible as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Optical Research Associates
    Inventors: James P. McGuire, Jr., William J. Cassarly, John R. Rogers, Douglas A. Nutter
  • Patent number: 7357510
    Abstract: A projection-type 3-D image display device includes a single display element, a polarization conversion switch, a first image shifter, a second image shifter, a projection lens unit, a mirrored light tunnel, and a screen unit. The screen unit includes an image separation unit. The single display element emits light polarized in a first polarization direction according to an input image. The polarization conversion switch time-sequentially converts the first polarization direction of the light emitted by the display element into a second polarization direction. The first image shifter transmits the light having the first polarization direction to form a first image and refracts the light having the second polarization direction to form a second image. The second image shifter faces the first image shifter and is arranged apart from the first image shifter by a predetermined interval. The projection lens unit enlarges and projects the first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-hee Kim, Kye-hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 7357519
    Abstract: An optical projection device including a light source, a housing, an imaging unit, a projection lens and a dust protection device is provided. The light source is adopted for providing a light beam. The housing has a projection-lens-assembling opening. The imaging unit is disposed in the housing, and on the transmission path of the light beam. In addition, the projection lens in the housing, and exposed by the projection-lens-assembling opening. The dust protection device is disposed between the projection lens and the projection-lens-assembling opening. The optical projection device is thus protected from dust and displaying quality thereof is excellent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Corentronic Corporation
    Inventors: Sea-Huang Lee, Shou-Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 7357517
    Abstract: A projector includes an image capture device that captures an image in a capture region larger than a projection region of a projection image; an image determining unit that compares and determines the projection image projected by the corresponding projector with another projection image projected in the capture region on the basis of capture information acquired from the image capture device; a transmission image display unit that projects and displays a transmission image indicating that the corresponding projector is ready to perform a tiling projection when the image determining unit determines that the projection image projected by the corresponding projector is the same as the another projection image; a transmission image determining unit that determines whether or not another projector projecting the another projection image has projected the transmission image; and a process parameter creating unit that creates a process parameter which processes display information of the projection image on the ba
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7357512
    Abstract: An image projection system projects an image on a projection screen having a phosphor for converting incident violet light into green light which, together with red and blue light, creates the image in full color. The screen includes an apertured mask having apertures filled with the phosphor, or a phosphor plate in contact with the mask and having lenslets extending through and past the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Paul Dvorkis, Miklos Stern, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7357514
    Abstract: A video projector generates a black screen. Further, the video projector reduces the brightness of the light source which reduces the power level of the video projection system. Since the light source's power is reduced, less heat is generated by the video projector and the video projector's cooling fan may be slowed down. As a result, the video projector produces less noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Optoma Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Halls, Yau Wing Chung
  • Patent number: 7354157
    Abstract: An image display device includes a laser light source, a wavelength conversion element converting a wavelength of a light beam emitted from the laser light source into a predetermined wavelength, and a light modulating device modulating the laser beam output from the wavelength conversion element, wherein the laser beam emitted from the laser light source has a frequency of integral multiplication of the maximum modulation frequency of the light modulating device, and has a pulse width narrower than a time period during which the light modulating device is in a stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Takeda, Masatoshi Yonekubo
  • Patent number: 7354161
    Abstract: A projection position adjuster (8) of a projector includes a fixing plate (81), a first moving plate (82) that can move in a Y-axis direction and an X-axis direction orthogonal to each other in a plane orthogonal to a projection direction, a first adjusting driver (86) that moves the first moving plate (82) in the Y-axis direction, a second moving plate (83) that can move in the X-axis direction and moves the first moving plate (82) in the X-axis direction by engaging with the first moving plate (82), and a second adjusting driver (87) that moves the second moving plate (83) in the X-axis direction. The first moving plate (82) and the second moving plate (83) are superposed onto the fixing plate (81) in a projection direction. The first moving plate (82) is movably abutted on the fixing plate (81) and supports and fixes the projection lens (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akitoshi Kuroda