Patents Examined by Tony Ko
  • Patent number: 10348990
    Abstract: A light detecting device includes: an optical filter (2) that transmits a first wavelength light having a wavelength in a first wavelength range, a second wavelength light having a wavelength in a second wavelength range, . . . , and an n-th wavelength light having a wavelength in an n-th wavelength range (n is an integer); an optical sensor (3) that detects at least one of a first wavelength light intensity of the first wavelength light, a second wavelength light intensity of the second wavelength light, . . . , and an n-th wavelength light intensity of the n-th wavelength light; and an analysis unit (4) that estimates a light intensity of light having a wavelength in a wavelength range other than at least one of the first wavelength range, the second wavelength range, . . . , and the n-th wavelength range based on at least one of the first wavelength light intensity, the second wavelength light intensity, . . . , and the n-th wavelength light intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Toshihisa Gotoh, Toshio Yoshida, Yoshinobu Kanazawa, Yoshimitsu Nakashima, Kohji Kobayashi, Toshio Fukai, Hitoshi Aoki, Yasushi Nagamune, Takashi Tokizaki, Toshitaka Ota
  • Patent number: 10330821
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more systems and/or techniques for improving performance of a dispensing system are provided herein. The dispensing system may comprise an emitter and a detector. The emitter may be configured to transmit light (e.g., and/or one or more other signals). The detector may be configured to measure light, for example. The detector may determine a first measurement of light while the emitter is not transmitting light. The detector may determine a second measurement of light responsive to the emitter transmitting light. The detector may determine a third measurement of light based upon a comparison of the first measurement of light with the second measurement of light. The detector may be direct current (DC) coupled while determining the third measurement of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Chip Curtis
  • Patent number: 10332930
    Abstract: A device includes an array of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) and a plurality of pulse shapers. Each of the SPADs are electrically coupled to a respective SPAD quench circuit. Each of the pulse shapers have an input electrically coupled to an output of a respective SPAD quench circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Research & Development) Limited
    Inventors: Bruce Rae, Ivan Ivanov
  • Patent number: 10330528
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an optical assembly position adjustment device. An embodiment of the optical assembly position adjustment device includes a base and at least one housing. The base includes an upper side and a lateral side. The upper side allows the setting of at least one optoelectronic device, and the lateral includes a first position adjustment structure. The at least one housing includes an interior side including a second position adjustment structure. The second position adjustment structure matches the first position adjustment structure for combination. In addition, the at least one housing includes an optical input/output window for optical transmission. The distance between the optical input/output window and the upper side can be adjusted by the increase or decrease of a contact area between the first and second position adjustment structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NIEN-YI INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tung-Lou Lin, Hsin-Ni Lee
  • Patent number: 10324171
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes a laser light source, which emits at least one beam of light pulses, a beam steering device, which transmits and scans the at least one beam across a target scene, and an array of sensing elements. Each sensing element outputs a signal indicative of a time of incidence of a single photon on the sensing element. Light collection optics image the target scene scanned by the transmitted beam onto the array. Circuitry is coupled to actuate the sensing elements only in a selected region of the array and to sweep the selected region over the array in synchronization with scanning of the at least one beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Cristiano L. Niclass, Alexander Shpunt, Gennadiy A. Agranov, Matthew C. Waldon, Mina A Rezk, Thierry Oggier
  • Patent number: 10323974
    Abstract: An optical sensor for a conventional tank gauge designed to allow a user to remotely check the liquid level of a tank without the need for a visual inspection. Using an emitter circuit board with a plurality of photoemitters and a detector circuit board with a plurality of photodetectors, the optical sensor can fit over a conventional tank gauge without disturbing the gauge. The circuit boards can be attached to an optical sensor frame, which can be adjusted on the conventional tank gauge by a height adjustment screw and a series of set screws. Alternatively, one or more sliders can be used to maintain proper alignment. Analog data generated from the photodetectors can be digitized using a microcontroller and can be made available for viewing on a stationary or mobile device via an integrated network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Eric Guldalian
  • Patent number: 10317282
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for determining the presence of a target material in a sample. In general terms, the system and method disclosed herein provide collecting interacted photons from a sample having a target material. The interacted photons are passed through a tunable filter to a VIS-NIR detector where the VIS-NIR detector generates a VIS-NIR hyperspectral image representative of the filtered interacted photons. The hyperspectral image of the filtered interacted photons is analyzed by comparing the hyperspectral image of the filtered interacted photons to known hyperspectral images to identify the presence of a target material in a sample. The systems and methods disclosed herein provide easy identification of the presence of a target material in a sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ChemImage Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Nelson, Patrick Treado, Charles Gardner, Andrew Basta
  • Patent number: 10319772
    Abstract: A semiconductor image sensor module 1 at least includes a semiconductor image sensor chip 2 having a transistor forming region on a first main surface of a semiconductor substrate and having a photoelectric conversion region with a light incident surface formed on a second main surface on the side opposite to the first main surface and an image signal processing chip 3 for processing image signals formed in the semiconductor image sensor chip 2, wherein a plurality of bump electrodes 15a are formed on a first main surface, a plurality of bump electrodes 15b are formed on the image signal processing chip 3, both the chips 2 and 3 are formed to be laminated through heat dissipating means 4 and the plurality of bump electrodes 15a of the semiconductor image sensor chip 2 and the plurality of bump electrodes 15b on the image signal processing chip 3 are electrically connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ikuo Yoshihara, Masamitsu Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10317774
    Abstract: Single-shot transient optical signals are recorded in a time regime of picoseconds to nanosecond. An auxiliary pump beam is crossed through the signal to sample a diagonal ‘slice’ of space-time, analogous to a rolling shutter. The slice is then imaged onto an ordinary camera, where the recorded spatial trace is a direct representation of the time content of the signal. The pump samples the signal by optically exciting carriers that modify the refractive index in a conventional semiconductor wafer. Through use of birefringent retarders surrounding the wafer, the integrating response of the rapidly excited but persistent carriers is differentiated by probing with two polarization-encoded time-staggered signal replicas that are recombined to interfere destructively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan D Muir, John E Heebner
  • Patent number: 10309826
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a body case provided with an opening, and a body cover assembled to the body case to cover the opening. The body cover has at an outer peripheral portion thereof an overlapping region overlapping a portion of the body case located at a peripheral edge of the opening. The body cover is fixed to the body case by providing a welded portion surrounding the opening using laser-welding at a portion distant from an end surface of the body cover in a boundary of the overlapping region of the body cover and a portion of the body case overlapping the overlapping region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizusaki, Hirotaka Nakashima
  • Patent number: 10302748
    Abstract: A sensor circuit includes an illuminance sensor to detect illuminance of ambient light; and a proximity sensor to drive a light emitter, and to detect proximity of an object, based on an intensity of light emitted by the emitter and reflected on the object. The sensor circuit further includes at least one terminal among: a drive terminal for driving the light emitter; a detection result output terminal used for outputting a detection result of one of the sensors; an input/output terminal used for inputting and outputting data compliant with a communication protocol; and a clock terminal used for inputting a clock signal compliant with the communication protocol, and a writable nonvolatile memory in which trimming data for correcting an individual variation of a characteristic of the sensor circuit is to be written. The trimming data input from at least one of the terminal is written in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuya Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 10305456
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device for converting an optical pulse to an electronic pulse includes a photoresistor having first and second terminals and being capable of receiving a pulsed laser signal arising from a mode-locked laser source The first terminal is linked to a node for applying a reference potential via a resistive element and a capacitive element connected in parallel. The second terminal is connected to a node for applying a supply potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics SA
    Inventors: Hanae Zegmout, Denis Pache, Stephane Le Tual
  • Patent number: 10303119
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system that provides a holographic layer as a micro-lens array and/or a color filter array in an imager. The method of writing the holographic layer results in overlapping areas in the hologram for corresponding adjacent pixels in the imager which increases collection of light at the pixels, thereby increasing quantum efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Mokhnatyuk
  • Patent number: 10281483
    Abstract: A device includes an image sensor, first optics, second optics, and a processor. The first optics are configured to form a first optical pattern (OP) on the image sensor. The first OP is associated with a first wavelength. The second optics are configured to form a second OP on the image sensor. The second OP is associated with a second wavelength that is longer than the first wavelength. The processor is configured to generate a first turbulence estimate based on relative motion of the first OP, to generate a second turbulence estimate based on relative motion of the second OP, and to generate error correction data. The processor is also configured to adjust the first turbulence estimate based on the error correction data and the second turbulence estimate to determine an estimated turbulence value. The processor may also be configured to estimate a wind profile, a turbulence profile, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ralph Galetti, Teresa Neudecker, Richard Holmes, Jeremy Manning, Robert Fetner, III, Angel Portillo
  • Patent number: 10274611
    Abstract: A control apparatus which receives a radiation image from a radiation imaging apparatus determines, at the time of activation, whether any unreceived radiation image to be received from the radiation imaging apparatus exists. Upon determining that an unreceived radiation image exists, the control apparatus requests the radiation imaging apparatus to transmit the radiation image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Yamada
  • Patent number: 10267648
    Abstract: A system may have a mobile device having at least two wheels and a distance measuring device configured to be removably attached to a frame of the mobile device, which can be a mobility assistance device, such as a walker and a wheelchair. The distance measuring device may have at least a sensing mechanism, an accumulator, and a display that are in communication with one another, with the sensing mechanism configured to monitor rotation of the at least one of the at least two wheels of the mobile device and the accumulator configured to determine the distance traveled by the mobile device based on this rotation and output the distance result on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Turitz
  • Patent number: 10263618
    Abstract: Disclosed is a photoelectric keyboard button, comprising: a circuit board (1) for providing a circuit connection, a mounting hole (11) being provided on the circuit board; an optocoupler assembly (2) provided on the circuit board and comprising a transmitting element (21) and a receiving element (22) provided on a side of the mounting hole; a button base (3), which is mounted into the mounting hole and is opened from the top to the bottom to form a guide basket (31), wherein a light passing groove (32) is provided on the guide basket for allowing the transmitting element and the receiving element to form a light passage; a pressing shaft (4), which is mounted into the guide basket and can slide up and down along the guide basket; and a hammer (5) vertically provided inside the guide basket, wherein the two ends thereof are respectively connected to the pressing shaft and the guide basket via springs (6, 7), a shifting block (51) connected to the pressing shaft is provided on a side surface of the hammer, and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jianping Li
  • Patent number: 10263034
    Abstract: A member for a solid-state image pickup device having a bonding plane with no gaps and a method for manufacturing the same are provided. The manufacturing method includes the steps of providing a first substrate provided with a photoelectric converter on its primary face and a first wiring structure, providing a second substrate provided with a part of a peripheral circuit on its primary face and a second wiring structure, and performing bonding so that the first substrate, the first wiring structure, the second wiring structure, and the second substrate are disposed in this order. In addition, at least one of an upper face of the first wiring structure and an upper face of the second wiring structure has a concave portion, and a conductive material forms a bottom face of the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Endo, Tetsuya Itano, Kazuo Yamazaki, Kyouhei Watanabe, Junji Iwata
  • Patent number: 10256268
    Abstract: Disclosed is a solid-state imaging device including: a solid-state imaging element which outputs an image signal according to an amount of light sensed on a light sensing surface; a semiconductor element which performs signal processing with respect to the image signal output from the solid-state imaging element; and a substrate which is electrically connected to the solid-state imaging element and the semiconductor element, in which the semiconductor element is sealed by a molding resin in a state of being accommodated in an accommodation area which is provided on the substrate, and in which the solid-state imaging element is layered on the semiconductor element via the molding resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yosuke Ogata
  • Patent number: 10249784
    Abstract: An optical sensor includes: a light emitting element 40; a lower substrate 20 on which the light emitting element 40 is provided; an upper substrate 10 provided so that the light emitting element 40 is positioned between the upper substrate 10 and the lower substrate 20; and an optical block 30 provided on the upper substrate 10. The upper substrate 10 includes a division-type photodiode SD. The optical block 30 is configured to reflect light emitted from the light emitting element 40 toward a measurement target R, and light reflected by the measurement target R is incident onto the division-type photodiode SD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Koei Yamamoto, Hiroshi Okamoto, Masaomi Takasaka, Yuki Okuwa, Shinya Iwashina