Patents Examined by Warren K Fenwick
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10606023
    Abstract: A lens barrel includes a first lens frame that holds a first lens; a second lens frame that holds a second lens, and holds the first lens frame movably along an optical axis; and a pair of linear units that drive the movement of the first lens frame along the optical axis. When seen in an optical axis direction, the pair of linear units are disposed along the outer circumference of the first lens frame, at mutually non-opposing positions across the optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Shinano, Takeshi Sakakibara
  • Patent number: 10598647
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a gas sensor is disclosed. The gas sensor includes a substrate region, a first electrode provided on the substrate region, and a movable structure above the first electrode. The movable structure includes a deformable member which deforms by absorbing or adsorbing a predetermined gas, a heat member which heats the deformable member, and a second electrode. The gas sensor further includes a first cavity region which is provided between the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tamio Ikehashi, Hiroaki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10571782
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for analyzing one or more points of interest. The apparatus includes a main support having first and second legs. The first and second legs extending transversely from the main support. The main support nests an imaging device capable of capturing an image of a point of interest during use. An imaging shroud is coupled to and extending from the first leg, the shroud having a first opening for surrounding the point of interest. A second opening in the shroud is positioned such that it extends to be within the main support for the passage of a captured image of the point of interest during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Inventors: Robert V. Strouse, Jeremy Patterson, Kara Rood, Irina Buhimschi
  • Patent number: 10564516
    Abstract: An iris module and a camera module including the iris module. The iris module includes a base including a yoke, blades disposed on an object side of the base, and a driving magnet movable in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis direction, and disposed to oppose the yoke. The yoke includes holding portions on both ends of the yoke, and the holding portions protrude in a direction of the driving magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyung Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 10564524
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic apparatus that comprises a housing, an imaging element disposed in the housing, a battery disposed in the housing, and a heat storage material filled in a space in the housing and thermally connected to at least one of the imaging element or the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Taiki Sugiyama, Yuichi Ishida, Takashi Oishi, Kazuhiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10557780
    Abstract: A board testing apparatus and method and in particular a testing apparatus for testing a board made of a corrugated material, such as corrugated cardboard, for failure characteristics. The method comprises taking a corrugated board from a corrugator or converter, locating at least a part of the board into a testing machine, performing a non-destructive compression test on a sample region of the part of the board within the machine and providing a compression test characteristic reading of that region of the board, comparing that characteristic reading against a predefined acceptable compression test characteristic reading that design of corrugated board should have and concluding from the comparison as to whether the board, or that sample region of the board, meets a required compression stiffness parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: David George Rich, Lyndon Geraint Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10551285
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sample transfer device (10) for reception of a sample, having a transfer rod (4) that is configured for reception of a sample holder, the sample holder to be arranged in a chamber (1) of the sample transfer device (10) for the purpose of transferring the sample to a processing unit or analytical unit (200), at least one measurement device (3, 8) for measuring a physical variable being arranged inside the sample transfer device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Leander Gaechter, Günther Bock, Thomas Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 10533853
    Abstract: A method of using a photogrammetry system to produce a three-dimensional image representation includes placing an object in the photogrammetry system, illuminating only a plurality of polarized lights, capturing a polarized image capture set of the object using a plurality of cameras while only the plurality of polarized lights are illuminated, and sending the polarized image capture set to the at least one computer processor. The method further comprises illuminating only a plurality of non-polarized lights, capturing a non-polarized image capture set of the object from the plurality of cameras while only the non-polarized lights are illuminated, and sending the non-polarized image capture set to the at least one computer processor. The method still further comprises using the at least one computer processor to generate a three-dimensional image representation of the object includes comparing the polarized image capture set and the non-polarized image capture set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Hart, Kirby Brian Johnson
  • Patent number: 10520795
    Abstract: A coupling releasably secures an item such as a body camera to a mount point. The coupling includes a connector and a receiver. The connector includes a crossbar and a post. The receiver includes an opening and a slot. The crossbar moves through the entry opening and the connector is rotated relative to the receiver. The post of the connector is moved through the slot to engage the receiver and hold the connector in a mounted position on the receiver, thereby securing the item to the mount point. Embodiments of the present disclosure also involve methods for securing the item to the mount point using a connector and receiver, as well as systems for mounting an item using a connector, receiver, and mount point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jason Wine, Andrew Ambach
  • Patent number: 10509300
    Abstract: An electrical fixture apparatus is provided to install devices on an electrical wiring component. In some embodiments, a fixture apparatus is provided for installing a camera using at least one conduit, one of which has a fastening end on one end, and a camera housing attached to a conduit on the other end. The camera in the camera housing provides support to be remotely reset using a sequence of power off on within a certain time interval. In further embodiments, a fixture apparatus is provided for installing a device on an electrical wiring component. The fixture apparatus may comprise at least one conduit, which has a fastening end on one end, and has a base at the other end. The fixture apparatus preferably supports the installation of an off the shelf device on its base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Rumi S Gonda
  • Patent number: 10511792
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus which is capable of, even when a flash band appears during a zooming operation, properly compensating for the flash band to generate a post-compensation image having no different levels of luminance. A lens unit has a zoom function. Image information generated based on image signals output from an image pickup device, which sequentially starts exposure and sequentially reads out signals for each row of pixels, is held in a memory unit. Based on the image information, the flash band caused by an external flash and extending across a plurality of frames is detected, and frames in which the flash band was detected are corrected to obtain an image having no different levels of luminance. The frames are corrected according to a calculated zoom change ratio of the lens unit when the zoom change ratio does not fall inside a first range determined in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Daisuke Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10488735
    Abstract: A focal plane shutter has a base plate with an opening; a leading and trailing blade opening and closing the opening; a leading blade driver; a trailing blade driver; a charging portion; a braking member; and a brake driver. The leading blade driver drives the leading blade through a first biasing force of a first biasing member and drives the leading blade through a second biasing force of a second biasing member. The trailing blade driver drives the trailing blade by a third biasing force of a third biasing member. The charging portion applies the second biasing force to the second biasing member and applies the third biasing force to the third biasing member. The braking member brakes the leading blade through friction and the brake driver moves the braking member to brake the leading blade, independently of the leading blade driver, the trailing blade driver, and the charging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nidec Copal Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Kamata, Hiroshi Miyazaki, Shigemi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10480517
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the condition of a volute casing of a centrifugal pump, the method includes determining, in a wall of the volute casing, at least one point, which, in view of the material forming the volute casing, is critical to wear, providing, from outside the volute casing, a blind hole in the wall of the volute casing at the at least one point, the blind hole having a depth, receiving information from the blind hole, and taking predetermined actions to replace the volute casing with a new casing after the information indicates the opening of the blind hole into the interior of the volute casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Kalle Tarhonen
  • Patent number: 10480982
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for calibrating the volume of storage containers using mechanical or acoustic wave-based inspection techniques. The exemplary calibration system comprises an array of measurement devices controllably deployed in respective positions on the outside surface of the container. The measurement devices include a transducer for sending signals along the surface of the container and sensors configured to detect the signals. The measurement devices are in communication with a diagnostic computing device that controls the positioning and the operation of the measurement devices and is further configured to determine the time time-of-flight of the signals that travel between the various devices. Moreover, according to the specific arrangement of the measurement devices and the measured signal information, the control computer is configured to calculate the dimensions of the container and its internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Brian Parrott, Fadl Abdellatif
  • Patent number: 10481481
    Abstract: A camera-mounting apparatus includes a mechanically stabilizing frame, a plurality of camera fastenings, each being suitable for receiving and fixing at least one camera. The camera fastenings are attached in a distributed manner around the frame and are oriented such that a total field of view of all the cameras is larger than a field of view of an individual camera. Each point of the total field of view lies in the field of view of at least two of the cameras. An interior of the frame includes a cavity for receiving a support, in particular the head of a person wearing the device or a small (approximately head-sized) vehicle or aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis Alexander Niewöhner
  • Patent number: 10473949
    Abstract: The optical image stabilizer system according to various aspects of the present technology may comprise a set of springs connected to a lens such that the force exerted by the set of springs and the force exerted by gravity are in equilibrium. A position detection sensor may be linked to the lens and detect a current position of the lens. An accelerometer may be communicatively linked to the lens and generate a set of acceleration data corresponding to the acceleration of the lens. A control unit may be coupled to at least one of the lens, position detector sensor, and the accelerometer, and calculate a new target position for the lens. A motor may be coupled to the lens and respond to the target position received from the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tokoro, Yukihiko Shigeoka, Yasuo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10477081
    Abstract: There is provided a monitoring camera including a first case that contains lens barrel unit and is rotationally movable between a first lock position and a first release position, and a second case that covers the lens barrel unit disposed in the first case and is rotationally movable between a second lock position and a second release position, wherein the second case can be removed from the first case in a state where the first case is fixed to an installation member by rotationally moving the second case to a first direction from the second lock position to the second release position in a state where the first case is located at the first lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuki Fujii