Patents by Inventor Bodo Schmidt

Bodo Schmidt has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220243306
    Abstract: Nickel-cobalt alloy for powder, wherein the contents (in wt %) are defined as follows: C>0-max. 0.1% S max. 0.015% Cr 13-23% Ni the rest (>30%) Mn max. 1.0% Si max. 1.0% Mo 1-6% Ti>0-3% Nb+Ta 3-8% Cu max. 0.5% Fe>0-max. 10% Al>0-<4.0% V up to 4% Zr>0-max. 0.1% Co>12-<35% W up to 4% Hf up to 3.0% O max. 0.1% N>0-max. 0.1% Mg>0-max. 0.01% B>0-max. 0.02% P>0-max. 0.03% Ar 0-max. 0.08% Se max. 0.0005% Bi max. 0.00005% Pb max. 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Applicant: VDM Metals International GmbH
    Inventors: Bodo GEHRMANN, Tatiana HENTRICH, Christina SCHMIDT, Katrin BRUNNERT
  • Patent number: 11375174
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing background light in an image are disclosed. The system includes a sensor and a processor. An illuminator may illuminate a scene with emitted light. The sensor outputs one or more images in response to received light. The processor processes images from the sensor to reduce or eliminate ambient light in a captured image. The processor may do this by causing the sensor to capture a first image of the scene, where the first image includes background light and portions of the emitted light reflected or scattered from the scene. The processor also causes the sensor to capture a second image of the scene, where the second image includes background light with no contribution from the emitted light. The processor subtracts the second image from the first image to produce a third image of the scene predominately illuminated by the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Lorenzo N. Venneri
  • Publication number: 20220141446
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the deleterious effects of specular reflections (e.g., glint) on active illumination systems are disclosed. An example system includes an illuminator or light source configured to illuminate a scene with electromagnetic radiation having a defined polarization orientation. The system also includes a receiver for receiving portions of the electromagnetic radiation reflected or scatter from the scene. Included in the receiver is a polarizer having a polarization axis crossed with the polarization orientation of the emitted electromagnetic radiation. By crossing the polarizer with the polarization of the emitted electromagnetic radiation, the polarizer may filter out glint or specular reflections in the electromagnetic radiation returned from the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Applicant: nLIGHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Paul S. Banks, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Publication number: 20220088370
    Abstract: A fluid pump is provided for delivering a fluid, particularly blood, comprising: a housing with a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet and a rotor, which is mounted in the housing such that it can rotate about an axis of rotation in order to deliver the fluid from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet, the rotor being mounted in the housing by means of a mechanical bearing. A flow cross-section between the rotor and the housing has a local or partial flow cross-section minimum in the direction of the axis of rotation in the region of the mechanical bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Applicant: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian WISNIEWSKI, Jörg MÜLLER, Bodo SCHMIDT
  • Patent number: 11272162
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing or eliminating undesired effects of retro-reflections in imaging are disclosed. A system for reducing the undesired effects of retro-reflections may include an illuminator and an optical receiver. The illuminator is configured to emit an illumination signal for illuminating a scene. The optical receiver is configured to receive returned portions of the illumination signal scattered or reflected from the scene. Return signals from retroreflectors present in the scene may oversaturate or otherwise negatively affect sensors in the optical receiver. To limit return signals from retroreflectors that may be present in the scene, the illuminator and optical receiver are physically separated from each other by an offset distance that limits or prevents retro-reflections from the retroreflectors from being received by the optical receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Steve Herman
  • Publication number: 20220021866
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing or eliminating undesired effects of retro-reflections in imaging are disclosed. A system for reducing the undesired effects of retro-reflections may include an illuminator and an optical receiver. The illuminator is configured to emit an illumination signal for illuminating a scene. The optical receiver is configured to receive returned portions of the illumination signal scattered or reflected from the scene. Return signals from retroreflectors present in the scene may oversaturate or otherwise negatively affect sensors in the optical receiver. To limit return signals from retroreflectors that may be present in the scene, the illuminator and optical receiver are physically separated from each other by an offset distance that limits or prevents retro-reflections from the retroreflectors from being received by the optical receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Steve Herman
  • Patent number: 11209664
    Abstract: A 3D imaging system includes an optical modulator for modulating a returned portion of a light pulse as a function of time. The returned light pulse portion is reflected or scattered from a scene for which a 3D image or video is desired. The 3D imaging system also includes an element array receiving the modulated light pulse portion and a sensor array of pixels, corresponding to the element array. The pixel array is positioned to receive light output from the element array. The element array may include an array of polarizing elements, each corresponding to one or more pixels. The polarization states of the polarizing elements can be configured so that time-of-flight information of the returned light pulse can be measured from signals produced by the pixel array, in response to the returned modulated portion of the light pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, C. Stewart Tuvey, Lorenzo N. Venneri
  • Patent number: 11212512
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods are disclosed that use multiple illumination pulses to irradiate a scene of interest. An example system includes optics to receive a sequence of returned light pulse portions scattered or reflected from the scene. A modulator is configured to modulate the intensity of the returned light pulse portions to form a sequence of modulated light pulse portions. A means of selectively exposing a sensor during a sequence of exposure periods is also included, so that each modulated light pulse portion is received by the sensor during one of the exposure periods, respectively. The sensor is configured to generate a sequence of sensor signals as a result of receiving the modulated light pulse portions and to accumulate the sensor signals to form a sensor output signal. A processor may read the sensor output signal and process the image based on that signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Lorenzo N. Venneri, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Publication number: 20210346679
    Abstract: A bearing assembly may be provided for mounting a rotor which can be rotated about a rotational axis. In particular, for a rotary fluid pump or rotary blood pump comprising: a main body, a bearing element which can be displaced relative to the main body in the direction of the rotational axis for receiving the rotor, and an adjusting device which is connected to the bearing element for displacing the bearing element in the direction of the rotational axis by a predefined distance, wherein the predefined distance is <=500 micrometres.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Applicant: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Sascha PIELKA, Bodo SCHMIDT
  • Publication number: 20210030936
    Abstract: A blood pump may be provided that includes an inlet, an outlet and a rotor for delivering fluid from the inlet to the outlet, wherein the rotor is suspended within the blood pump by radial passive magnetic forces and axially is preloaded in one direction at least by way of passive magnetic forces so that, during a fluid-delivering rotation of the rotor, the axial thrust of the rotor acts counter to the magnetic attraction acting axially in the direction of the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Granegger, Kim Peter Winterwerber, Hendryk Richert, Bodo Schmidt, Oliver Peters
  • Patent number: 10828408
    Abstract: A blood pump may be provided that includes an inlet, an outlet and a rotor for delivering fluid from the inlet to the outlet, wherein the rotor is suspended within the blood pump by radial passive magnetic forces and axially is preloaded in one direction at least by way of passive magnetic forces so that, during a fluid-delivering rotation of the rotor, the axial thrust of the rotor acts counter to the magnetic attraction acting axially in the direction of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BERLIN HEART GMBH
    Inventors: Marcus Granegger, Kim Peter Winterwerber, Hendryk Richert, Bodo Schmidt, Oliver Peters
  • Publication number: 20200221068
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing or eliminating undesired effects of retro-reflections in imaging are disclosed. A system for reducing the undesired effects of retro-reflections may include an illuminator and an optical receiver. The illuminator is configured to emit an illumination signal for illuminating a scene. The optical receiver is configured to receive returned portions of the illumination signal scattered or reflected from the scene. Return signals from retroreflectors present in the scene may oversaturate or otherwise negatively affect sensors in the optical receiver. To limit return signals from retroreflectors that may be present in the scene, the illuminator and optical receiver are physically separated from each other by an offset distance that limits or prevents retro-reflections from the retroreflectors from being received by the optical receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Steve Herman
  • Publication number: 20200200873
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are disclosed for reducing interference between an active illumination device and external radiation sources, for example, other active illumination devices operating within the vicinity. A disclosed system includes one or more active illumination devices, each configured to emit an illumination signal and also to receive a returned portion of its respective illumination signal with at least one sensor. At least one of the active illumination devices is capable of detecting interference caused by an external source, for example, an illumination signal emitted from another active illumination device. As a result of detecting the interference, the receiving active illumination device changes the timing of its subsequent illumination signals and sensor operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventor: Bodo Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10437082
    Abstract: An electro-optic modulator (EOM) includes a first electro-optic (EO) material configured to receive light. The first EO material has an optic axis that is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The optic axis indicates the direction through the first EO material along which a ray of light passing through the first EO material experiences no birefringence. The EOM also includes a polarization rotator that receives light output from the first EO material. The rotated light passes through a second EO material. The second EO material is positioned in the EOM such that its optic axis is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The second EO material compensates for the birefringence and/or higher-order optical effects of the first material, thus reducing optical transmission errors of the EOM. The EOM may provide a wider field of view for imaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: TetraVue, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Charles Stewart Tuvey, Christopher Allen Ebbers
  • Publication number: 20190208183
    Abstract: Imaging systems and methods are disclosed that use multiple illumination pulses to irradiate a scene of interest. An example system includes optics to receive a sequence of returned light pulse portions scattered or reflected from the scene. A modulator is configured to modulate the intensity of the returned light pulse portions to form a sequence of modulated light pulse portions. A means of selectively exposing a sensor during a sequence of exposure periods is also included, so that each modulated light pulse portion is received by the sensor during one of the exposure periods, respectively. The sensor is configured to generate a sequence of sensor signals as a result of receiving the modulated light pulse portions and to accumulate the sensor signals to form a sensor output signal. A processor may read the sensor output signal and process the image based on that signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Lorenzo N. Venneri
  • Publication number: 20190204628
    Abstract: An electro-optic modulator (EOM) includes a first electro-optic (EO) material configured to receive light. The first EO material has an optic axis that is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The optic axis indicates the direction through the first EO material along which a ray of light passing through the first EO material experiences no birefringence. The EOM also includes a polarization rotator that receives light output from the first EO material. The rotated light passes through a second EO material. The second EO material is positioned in the EOM such that its optic axis is not parallel to the optical axis of the EOM. The second EO material compensates for the birefringence and/or higher-order optical effects of the first material, thus reducing optical transmission errors of the EOM. The EOM may provide a wider field of view for imaging systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Charles Stewart Tuvey, Christopher Allen Ebbers
  • Publication number: 20190166355
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing background light in an image are disclosed. The system includes a sensor and a processor. An illuminator may illuminate a scene with emitted light. The sensor outputs one or more images in response to received light. The processor processes images from the sensor to reduce or eliminate ambient light in a captured image. The processor may do this by causing the sensor to capture a first image of the scene, where the first image includes background light and portions of the emitted light reflected or scattered from the scene. The processor also causes the sensor to capture a second image of the scene, where the second image includes background light with no contribution from the emitted light. The processor subtracts the second image from the first image to produce a third image of the scene predominately illuminated by the emitted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, Lorenzo N. Venneri
  • Publication number: 20190116355
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the deleterious effects of specular reflections (e.g., glint) on active illumination systems are disclosed. An example system includes an illuminator or light source configured to illuminate a scene with electromagnetic radiation having a defined polarization orientation. The system also includes a receiver for receiving portions of the electromagnetic radiation reflected or scatter from the scene. Included in the receiver is a polarizer having a polarization axis crossed with the polarization orientation of the emitted electromagnetic radiation. By crossing the polarizer with the polarization of the emitted electromagnetic radiation, the polarizer may filter out glint or specular reflections in the electromagnetic radiation returned from the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Bodo Schmidt, Paul S. Banks, Charles Stewart Tuvey
  • Publication number: 20190038820
    Abstract: A blood pump may be provided that includes an inlet, an outlet and a rotor for delivering fluid from the inlet to the outlet, wherein the rotor is suspended within the blood pump by radial passive magnetic forces and axially is preloaded in one direction at least by way of passive magnetic forces so that, during a fluid-delivering rotation of the rotor, the axial thrust of the rotor acts counter to the magnetic attraction acting axially in the direction of the outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Berlin Heart GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Granegger, Kim Peter Winterwerber, Hendryk Richert, Bodo Schmidt, Oliver Peters
  • Patent number: 10104365
    Abstract: The methods and systems disclosed herein improve upon previous 3D imaging techniques by making use of a longer illumination pulse to obtain the same or nearly the same range resolution as can be achieved by using a much shorter, conventional laser pulse. For example, a longer illumination pulse can be produced by one or more Q-switched lasers that produce, for example, 5, 10, 20 ns or longer pulses. In some instances, the laser pulse can be longer than the modulation waveform of a MIS-type imaging system and still produce a repeatable response function. The light pulse generation technologies required to achieve longer pulse lengths can be significantly less expensive and less complex than known technologies presently used to generate shorter illumination pulse lengths. Lower-cost, lower-complexity light pulse sources may facilitate lower-cost, commercial 3D camera products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Paul S. Banks, Bodo Schmidt, C. Stewart Tuvey