Patents Examined by Warren K Fenwick
  • Patent number: 10732491
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus that suppresses looseness of an accessory fastened to a fastening portion of an apparatus body. An image pickup apparatus includes an accessory that includes a pair of fastening members, and an apparatus body including two fastening portions to which the accessory is removably fastened using the pair of fastening members. The accessory is provided with a second fitting portion which is fitted to one of first fitting portions formed around the fastening portions, by protrusion-recess fitting, in a state in which the accessory is fastened to the fastening portions of the apparatus body using the fastening members. One of the first fitting portion and the second fitting portion is formed by two fitting portions provided in association with the fastening members, and the other is formed by at least one fitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norikazu Hirota, Kouichi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 10724210
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator with a sensor mounted on the actuator cylinder for determining the position of the actuator. The arrangement comprises a hydraulic actuator which includes a cylinder having a bore in which a piston is slidably mounted for movement along the cylinder to extend and retract the hydraulic actuator. The cylinder has a side wall and a cylinder aperture extending through the side wall. A wire actuated encoder is mounted on the external surface of the cylinder, which has a wire which extends through the cylinder aperture and is attached to the piston for determining a stroke position of the piston within the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Martyn Hayes, Simon Richard Conway
  • Patent number: 10718466
    Abstract: Disclosed are a support and a selfie stick with a support relating to the field of selfie stick technology. The support includes a seat body on which a receiving slot is provided, a support foot provided on the seat body and rotatable relative to the seat body to extend and support the seat body or to fold to be stored in the receiving slot, and a locking structure provided on the seat body for locking the support foot to support the seat body after the support foot is extended, or for unlocking the support foot to enable the support foot to be stored when the support foot is folded. The support enables the support foot on the support to be stored in the receiving slot after being folded, so that good structural fusion characteristics are provided between the support foot and the seat body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN HAOHUALIANHE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Weihao Chen
  • Patent number: 10712581
    Abstract: Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the plurality of movable lens elements share an optical axis. Some embodiments include a lens and mirror assembly for admitting light to the miniature camera. The lens and mirror assembly includes a folded optics arrangement such that light enters the lens and mirror assembly through a first lens with an optical axis of the first lens orthogonal to the plurality of moveable lens elements. The lens and mirror assembly includes a mirror for folding the path of light from the optical axis of the first lens to the optical axis of the plurality of movable lens elements, and the lens and mirror assembly further includes an actuator for tilting the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ning Y. Chan, Richard J. Topliss, Steven Webster
  • Patent number: 10703302
    Abstract: Disclosed is a coupling system for coupling an accessory to a mount. Included is a mount comprising a mount end for mounting on a mounting surface and a coupling end comprising a first coupling arrangement, and an accessory coupleable to mount. The accessory comprising a second coupling arrangement disposed on a surface. The first and second coupling arrangement comprising coupling elements configured to guide accessory into a coupling orientation relative to mount maintain coupling orientation through a coupling/decoupling operation and to couple accessory to mount in a coupled configuration. First set of coupling elements comprise formations disposed on one of first and second coupling arrangements and complementary formations disposed on the other of first and second coupling arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Portable Multimedia Ltd
    Inventors: Robert George Grant, Graham Keith Lambert, Ceri Hill
  • Patent number: 10698300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for mobile phone photography which comprises a bottom member, a reflective member, a support member and a mounting member. The bottom member comprises opposing first and second faces. The reflective member mounted to the first face of the said bottom member. A side portion of the support member is mounted to the second face of the bottom member. An angle ? having a range between 70 degrees and 110 degrees is formed between the support member and the bottom member and the mounting member is further mounted to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Seung Wah Leung, Siu Chun Ng
  • Patent number: 10688509
    Abstract: A control method for a two-component spray system having first and second pumps for separate fluid components includes registering a target spray pressure, registering a material-specific pressure factor margin, sensing an output pressure of the second pump, and identifying a failure condition in the event that the sensed output pressure remains further than the pressure factor margin from the target spray pressure for at least a threshold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Fehr, John R. Ingebrand, Dennis J. Van Keulen
  • Patent number: 10684384
    Abstract: A downhole measurement tool configured to be run through a bore includes a source and a 3-component receiver. The source is configured to emit a signal into a volume of material surrounding the bore. The source signal propagates through the material surrounding the bore and reflects off of features within the material surrounding the bore. The three-component receiver includes a first, a second, and a third element. The first element is oriented in a first plane, orthogonal to an axis of the bore, and receives a first component of the set of reflections of the source signal. The second element is oriented in the first plane, orthogonal to the first element, and receives a second component of the set of reflections of the source signal. The third element is oriented parallel to the axis and receives a third component of the set of reflections of the source signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Debashish Sarkar, Michael Wells, Stewart Blake Brazil, James Verna Leggett, III
  • Patent number: 10684193
    Abstract: Performance measurement and/or malfunction detection of rotating machinery can be accomplished by using one or more strain measuring devices attached to a journal bearing housing, using the strain measuring device or devices to generate an electrically measurable output in response to a change of a force in at least part of the journal bearing housing, using a Wheatstone bridge circuit to convert the electrically measurable output to an analog electrical signal, converting the analog electrical signal to a digital electrical signal and analyzing the digital electrical signal to determine the performance of the machinery and/or existence of a malfunction in the rotating machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: PIONEER ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mitchell Stansloski, Austin Neumeier, Grant Slinger, Cody Vanderheyden
  • Patent number: 10684535
    Abstract: A damping structure configured for connecting a gimbal with a carrier is provided. The damping structure includes a first connecting member connectable with the gimbal. The damping structure also includes a second connecting member connectable with the carrier. The damping structure also includes a damper elastically disposed between the first connecting member and the second connecting member. The damping structure further includes a separation-proof member connected with the damper and configured to cause the damper to abut against at least one of the first connecting member and the second connecting member through a stretching force generated by vibration of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ran Liao, Hao Liu
  • Patent number: 10670944
    Abstract: A lighting device that is capable of retracting a reflective member inside a lighting device and of deciding size of the reflective member irrespective of the size of the lighting device. The lighting device includes a light emitting section and a reflective member. The reflective member is drawably retracted in the light emitting section and is provided with reflectors that are developed by a drawing operation to reflect a part of light irradiated from the light emitting section. Area of the reflectors in a developed state is more than area of the reflectors in a retracted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Okano
  • Patent number: 10656381
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a dual-lens module driving device, which comprises a shell, wherein the shell comprises a top wall and a side wall, the top wall is provided with a first opening and a second opening, a base and a support frame, the support frame is provided with a first accommodating cavity and a second accommodating cavity, a first lens tube, a second lens tube, a first lens set, a second lens set, a first focusing coil set, a second focusing coil set, a first magnetic steel set, a second magnetic steel set, a circuit board, an optical anti-shaking coil set, a first elastic sheet set, a second elastic sheet set, a translational suspension system and a connecting terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Leping Dong
  • Patent number: 10656504
    Abstract: There is provided an image capturing apparatus on which, and from which, an accessory is mountable and dismountable by relative rotation in a circumferential direction. The image capturing apparatus includes a plurality of terminals disposed in a circumferential direction of a mount and configured to be used in electrical connection, and a terminal holder. Each of the plurality of terminals is electrically connected to a corresponding terminal of the accessory. A first terminal of the terminals used in communication at a first voltage level and a second terminal of the terminals used in communication at a second voltage level lower than the first voltage level are disposed on the same stage of the terminal holder. The second terminal is a terminal connected to ground via a first resistor. The first terminal is disposed adjacent to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoto Fujihashi, Yasuyuki Watazawa, Hitoshi Yasuda, Suguru Tsukamoto, Naoki Saito, Fuya Mizuochi, Toru Ohara
  • Patent number: 10649319
    Abstract: A cap assembly for use with an optical device having an eyepiece includes an attachment member defining a cavity having a first opening and a second opening that are colinear. The first opening is dimensioned such that the eyepiece is insertable into the cavity through the first opening to secure the cap assembly to the eyepiece. A camera holder is rotatably mounted with respect to the attachment member, such as via a hinge, such that the camera holder is selectively movable between a first position in which the camera holder is colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity, and a second position in which the camera holder is not colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy H. Linn
  • Patent number: 10627704
    Abstract: An accessory configured to be detachably mountable to an image pickup apparatus including a first mount portion including first bayonet claw portions and first terminals, the accessory including a second mount portion including second bayonet claw portions configured to enable engagement with the first bayonet claw portions, and second terminals configured to enable contact with the first terminals, in which the second terminals are provided at positions that are different from positions of the second bayonet claw portions, and wherein half lines that extends from a central axis of the second mount portion and passes through second terminals that are used in communication between the image pickup apparatus and the accessory, all pass through a predetermined second bayonet claw portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahisa Tamura, Kunihiko Sasaki, Toshinori Yamazaki, Masayasu Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 10618507
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the braking performance of a vehicle. The method includes, for at least some of the braking events: determining a braking demand; determining vehicle deceleration; defining a first data set of braking events, wherein each braking event in the data set includes a determined braking demand and a determined vehicle deceleration; applying a statistical trend analysis method to the data set to generate a vehicle deceleration and braking demand trend; providing a vehicle deceleration and braking demand reference; and comparing at least one trend value with at least one reference value. From this comparison it is possible to determine if the braking system is operating within an acceptable limit. An apparatus for implementing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Axscend Ltd.
    Inventors: Timothy Steer, Jolyon Latham, Colin Ross
  • Patent number: 10620152
    Abstract: A heater part of a planar sensor element includes: a heater element containing Pt; an insulating layer covering the heater element; and a heater electrode located on a main surface of the sensor element to be exposed. A portion of the heater part other than the heater electrode is buried in a base part formed of a solid electrolyte. The insulating layer at least contains MgO, MgAl2O4, and Mg4Nb2O9 in a weight percentage of 97 wt % to 100 wt % in total. MgO, MgAl2O4, and Mg4Nb2O9 are contained in weight percentages of 30 wt % to 60 wt %, 30 wt % to 60 wt %, and 0.5 wt % to 15 wt %, respectively. The insulating layer has a porosity of 4% or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NGK Insulators, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kosuke Ujihara, Toru Hayase, Kenji Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10620510
    Abstract: An accessory configured to be detachably mountable to an image pickup apparatus including a first mount portion including first bayonet claw portions, and first terminals, the accessory including a second mount portion including second bayonet claw portions configured to enable engagement with the first bayonet claw portions, and second terminals configured to enable contact with the first terminals, in which the second terminals are provided at positions that are different from positions of the second bayonet claw portions, and wherein, a half line that extends from a central axis of the second mount portion and passes through a second terminal that determines whether an optical apparatus is mounted on the image pickup apparatus or not, passes through a predetermined second bayonet claw portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahisa Tamura, Kunihiko Sasaki, Toshinori Yamazaki, Masayasu Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 10613418
    Abstract: A method of selectively distorting a human face or other subject to be filmed or photographed includes providing a reflective or transmissive medium on which is formed a color pattern of two or more colors that produces white or gray by additive mixing, the color pattern consisting of a first set of one or more colors each of whose hue is ?300 degrees or ?120 degrees on a standard RGB color wheel and a second set of one or more colors each of whose hue is between 120 degrees and 300 degrees, the first set of colors confined to a contiguous region of the color pattern that makes up 50% or less by area. The method further includes positioning the medium relative to a light source and the subject such that light incident on the medium is reflected or transmitted by the medium and cast upon the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: John R. Tindall
  • Patent number: 10604082
    Abstract: A camera unit includes a camera main member; a camera bracket assembled to the camera main member by a first engagement device (for example, a combination between an engagement projection, and an engagement hole or claw); and a fixing bracket assembled to the camera bracket by a second engagement device (a combination between an engagement projection and an engagement hole) so as to mount the camera main member on an attachment object. The first engagement device includes an engagement portion provided in the camera main member, and an engagement piece provided moveably in the camera bracket so as to become engageable with the engagement projection accompanied by a moving displacement. The fixing bracket includes a control portion disposed in a movement space of the engagement piece in a state wherein the camera bracket is assembled by the second engagement device, so that the engagement piece thereof becomes unmovable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Kensuke Fujiwara