Patents Examined by William Choi
  • Patent number: 10782504
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a first lens, a second lens, a third lens, a fourth lens having a convex object-side surface, a fifth lens having a concave image-side surface, and a sixth lens, wherein the first to sixth lenses are sequentially disposed from an object side to an imaging plane. An F-number of the optical imaging system is 1.7 or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hyuk Huh, Jae Hyun Baik
  • Patent number: 10782533
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a wearable element mounted on a head of a wearer, a display that displays an image in a part of a field of view of the wearer, an arm that holds the display, and a coupling element that couples the arm and the wearable element to each other. The coupling element includes a first rotation mechanism capable of rotating the arm around a first axis, and a second rotation mechanism that is provided closer to the wearable element than the first rotation mechanism is, and is capable of rotating the arm with a degree of freedom including rotation around a second axis and a third axis, the second axis being orthogonal to the first axis, the third axis being orthogonal to the second axis and intersecting with the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiji Tatsuta
  • Patent number: 10782513
    Abstract: In some example embodiments, there is provided an apparatus comprising a lens comprising a first medium having a first index of refraction and a second medium having a second index of refraction, wherein the first index of refraction is greater than the second index of refraction; wherein an interface between the first medium and the second medium is convex, and wherein total internal reflection from the first medium to the second medium forms an aperture on light transmission with edges dependent on the angle of light incidence. Related system, methods, and the like are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Joseph Ford, Ilya Agurok
  • Patent number: 10775609
    Abstract: Described examples include a micromechanical device including a substrate and a base formed on a surface of the substrate; and a first layer extending from the base to a plane separated from the base by a via. The first layer forms an outer layer of the via and has a portion lying in the plane and surrounding the via. A first fill is formed in a first portion of the via. A strut is in the via and on the first fill. A second fill is in a second portion of the via on the strut and extends from the strut to the plane. A second layer is over the second fill and at least a portion of the second layer is over the portion of the first layer lying in the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephen Howard Looney, Jose Antonio Martinez
  • Patent number: 10775649
    Abstract: The invention provides an elastomeric optical device having a first optical state and a second optical state. The device is transparent when in the first optical state and is translucent or opaque when in the second optical state. The device comprises, in sequence, an optional substrate, a first transparent electrode, an optional dielectric layer, an elastomer layer, and a second transparent electrode. In some embodiments, the second transparent electrode comprises an electrically-conductive polymer, transparent electrically-conductive nanoparticles, or both. In such embodiments, the second transparent electrode is configured to compress the elastomer layer in response to an electric field between the first and second transparent electrodes, such that when the elastomeric optical device is in the second optical state the elastomer layer is compressed between the first and second transparent electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: CARDINAL CG COMPANY
    Inventors: James Clark Switzer, III, Keith James Burrows
  • Patent number: 10775648
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement electrically tunable metasurfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Harry A. Atwater
  • Patent number: 10775630
    Abstract: An optical system for a head-worn computer includes an upper optical module adapted to convert illumination into image light by illuminating a reflective display through a field lens, wherein the image light is transmitted back through the field lens, then through a partially reflective partially transmissive surface and into a lower optic module adapted to present the image light to an eye of a user wearing the head-worn computer and the upper optical module being positioned within a housing for the head-worn computer and having a height of less than 24 mm, as measured from the reflective display to the bottom edge of the rotationally curved partial mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Mentor Acquisition One, LLC
    Inventors: John N. Border, Joseph Bietry, John D. Haddick
  • Patent number: 10768416
    Abstract: An HUD includes a projection unit that projects image light that is spatially modulated on the basis of image data onto a windshield, a sight line detection unit that detects a line of sight of a driver of a vehicle, and a system controller that acquires measurement data on shape of a region including a point that intersects the line of sight of the driver in a projectable range of the image light in the windshield, generates correction data for correcting distortion of an image based on the image light projected onto the region on the basis of the acquired measurement data and the direction of the line of sight of the driver, and corrects the image data using the generated correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Koudai Fujita
  • Patent number: 10764545
    Abstract: What is shown is a projection device having at least one light source and an array of optical channels. Each channel includes a first refractive optical free-form surface and a second refractive optical free-form surface and projection optics. The first and second refractive optical free-form surfaces are arranged between the light source and the projection optics and cause Köhler illumination of the projection optics by an object light pattern, resulting in the image to be projected on an image surface of the projection optics, wherein images of the array of optical channels superimpose one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Michaelis, Peter Schreiber
  • Patent number: 10745748
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a variety of devices and methods for conducting microfluidic analyses are utilized herein, including devices that can be utilized to conduct thermal cycling reactions such as nucleic acid amplification reactions. The devices include elastomeric components; in some instances, much or all of the device is composed of elastomeric material. Amplification products (amplicons) can be detected and distinguished (whether isolated in a reaction chamber or at any subsequent time) using routine methods for detecting nucleic acids. An example of a detection method includes hybridization to arrays of immobilized oligo or polynucleotides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FLUIDIGM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc A. Unger, Geoffrey Richard Facer, Barry Clerkson, Christopher G. Cesar, Neil Switz
  • Patent number: 10746989
    Abstract: A head up display can use a catadioptric collimating system. The head up display includes an image source. The head up display also includes a collimating mirror, and a polarizing beam splitter. The light from the image source enters the beam splitter and is reflected toward the collimating mirror. The light striking the collimating mirror is reflected through the beam splitter toward a combiner. A field lens can include a diffractive surface. A corrector lens can be disposed after the beam splitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Brown, Eric P. Stratton
  • Patent number: 10746988
    Abstract: A projection display device includes: a projection display unit that performs, in accordance with input image data, spatial modulation on light emitted by a light source, and projects image light obtained through the spatial modulation onto a projection surface of a vehicle to display an image that is based on the image data; an eye position detection unit that detects, in accordance with captured image data obtained by capturing an image of a driver of the vehicle by an imaging unit, positions of two eyes of the driver in the captured image data; and a control unit as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Oshima
  • Patent number: 10746972
    Abstract: An optical lens assembly includes at least one lens element, which is a dual molded lens element. The dual molded lens element includes a light transmitting portion and a light absorbing portion. The light absorbing portion is annular and surrounds a central axis, wherein a plastic material and a color of the light absorbing portion are different from a plastic material and a color of the light transmitting portion, the dual molded lens element is made by an injection molding method and formed integrally, the light absorbing portion includes a plurality of second inner strip-shaped structures, the second inner strip-shaped structures are regularly arranged along a circumferential direction of the central axis, and the second inner strip-shaped structures are disposed correspondingly to and connected to a plurality of first inner strip-shaped structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Ta Chou
  • Patent number: 10747029
    Abstract: The invention provides flash imaging devices that include an optical change component that undergoes a change in response to an applied stimulus, a substrate and a stimulus element. Also provided are articles that include the subject devices, as well as methods of making and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Segan Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans O. Ribi
  • Patent number: 10739549
    Abstract: A lens driving module for holding and moving a lens is provided, including a lens holder, a first electromagnetic driving assembly disposed on the lens holder, a base, a second electromagnetic driving assembly disposed on the base, and a first elastic member. The lens holder has an accommodating space, and the lens is disposed in the accommodating space. The second electromagnetic driving assembly is adjacent to the first electromagnetic driving assembly. The first elastic member has at least one first fixed portion and at least one moving portion. The first fixed portion is connected to the base, and the first moving portion is connected to the lens holder. The first fixed portion is disposed between the second electromagnetic driving assembly and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Shou-Jen Liu, Chia-Hsiu Liu
  • Patent number: 10739558
    Abstract: The present invention provides a camera optical lens, comprising a lens group having a plurality of lens units and an aperture stop; wherein one of the lens units is provided with a coding surface having a wavefront coding surface near the aperture stop. Due to the wavefront coding surface, the aspherical surface can modulate the distribution of optical path of the camera optical lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Optics Solutions Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaonan Zhao, Rongbao Shi
  • Patent number: 10739553
    Abstract: A lens barrel, in one configuration, includes a moving member that has a cam pin and moves in an optical axis direction of a lens while holding the lens; a first barrel; a second barrel; a recess groove that is formed along a circumferential direction around the optical axis in one of a surface, which faces the first barrel, of the second barrel and a surface, which faces the second barrel, of the first barrel; and a biasing portion that faces the recess groove and applies a biasing force in a direction intersecting with the optical axis. The biasing force applied by the biasing portion changes according to a relative rotation between the first barrel and the second barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masateru Asayama
  • Patent number: 10739567
    Abstract: An imaging lens includes a first lens group and a second lens group, arranged in this order from an object side to an image plane side. The first lens group includes a first lens, a second lens, and a third lens. The second lens group includes a front side lens group and a rear side lens group. The front side lens group includes a fourth lens and a fifth lens. The rear side lens group includes a sixth lens having two aspheric surfaces and a seventh lens having two aspheric surfaces. The imaging lens has a total of seven single lenses. The first to seventh lenses are arranged respectively with a space in between. The third and fourth lenses have convex surfaces on the image plane side. The fifth lens has a convex surface on the object side. The rear side lens group has a specific focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KANTATSU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoji Kubota, Kenichi Kubota, Hitoshi Hirano, Hisao Fukaya
  • Patent number: 10732409
    Abstract: A screen for a head-up display device includes a main body layer sandwiched between a first concave optical surface located at an observation side and a second convex optical surface located at a side opposite to the observation side. A thickness of the main body layer becomes thinner from a center toward a periphery with regard to a lateral direction which is perpendicular to a reference plane, and a variation of the thickness of the main body layer with regard to a vertical direction parallel to the reference plane is different between the central part center and the peripheral part periphery with regard to the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Eiji Nomura
  • Patent number: 10732476
    Abstract: An electrochromic (EC) cell having improved dielectric tunability and lower dielectric losses is disclosed. A multi-layer structure includes at least one electrochromic layer of a transition metal oxide between electrode layers. Two electrolyte layers are located on either side of the at least one electrochromic layer and next to the electrode layers. An ion storage film layer of a transition metal oxide may be provided between the electrochromic layer and one of the electrolyte layers. This structure prevents the shortening of the channel height when a voltage is applied therefore reducing dielectric losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventors: Senad Bulja, Rose Kopf, Florian Pivit, Wolfgang Templ