Patents by Inventor Burkhard Böckem

Burkhard Böckem 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: 20200319726
    Abstract: A handheld stylus for the precise operation of a touch-sensitive display screen, comprising an oblong housing, which is designed in such a way that the stylus is provided to be held in one hand like a pen, and a tip, which is designed for touching the display screen, wherein the stylus comprises a laser distance meter integrated into the housing for measuring distances to spatial points along an emission direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Burkhard BÖCKEM
  • Patent number: 10725179
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a coordinate measuring machine for detecting the position and alignment of a spatially movable measuring aid. The coordinate measuring machine may include a retroreflector; a base; a support, which is fixed on the base rotatably about a first rotation axis; a beam directing unit, which is fixed to the support rotatably about a second rotation axis substantially orthogonal to the first rotation axis; means for detecting a rotation angle of the support relative to the base; and means for detecting a rotation angle of the beam directing unit relative to the support. In some embodiments, the beam directing unit comprises a laser emission and reception optical unit and a first optical distance measuring unit having at least one first distance measuring device for measuring the distance to a retroreflector of the measuring aid by means of a first measurement radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Böckem, Thomas Lüthi, Simon Fuchs
  • Publication number: 20200209394
    Abstract: A laser scanner and a system with a laser scanner for measuring an environment. The laser scanner includes an optical distance measuring device, a support, a beam steering unit rotatably fixed to the support which rotates around a beam axis of rotation. The beam steering unit includes a mirrored surface which deflects radiation used in the optical distance measurement and an angle encoder for recording angle data. The optical distance measurement is performed by a progressive rotation of the beam steering unit about the beam axis of rotation and the continuous emission of a distance measurement radiation, the emission being made through an outlet area arranged in the direction of the mirrored surface on the support, the receiving optics for receiving radiation are arranged on the support, and wherein the outlet area has a lateral offset with respect to the optical axis of the receiving optics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Simon MARK, Klaus BEREUTER, Benjamin MÜLLER, Roman STEFFEN, Burkhard BÖCKEM, Jürgen DOLD, Jochen SCHEJA, Lukas HEINZLE, Charles Leopold Elisabeth DUMOULIN
  • Publication number: 20200200872
    Abstract: A surveillance system for detecting an object within a monitored infrastructure and to a hybrid 3D surveying device, wherein a LiDAR device is configured that scanning is carried out with respect to two essentially orthogonal axes and wherein the LiDAR device comprises a cover mounted on the base, such that the base and the cover form an enclosure that encloses all moving parts of the LiDAR device, wherein the cover is configured to be opaque for visible light and translucent for the wavelength range of the LiDAR transmission radiation. The system further comprises a computing unit configured for processing the LiDAR measurement data to generate a 3D point cloud of the monitored infrastructure, and an object detector configured for classification of the object based on the 3D point cloud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard BÖCKEM, Jürgen DOLD, Klaus BEREUTER, Simon MARK, Matthias WIESER
  • Patent number: 10640209
    Abstract: A flying sensor comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and at least one profiler mounted on the UAV, the profiler comprising a base, a scanning unit for providing (LiDAR) data, the scanning unit mounted on the base and comprising a shaft carrying a deflector and being mounted in the scanning unit and rotatable, a transmitter transmitting a transmission beam, a first receiver configured for receiving a first reception beam reflected from the setting via the deflector, and an electric port configured for connecting the profiler to the UAV, and comprising a data interface and a power interface, and wherein the UAV comprises a visual sensor providing visual data, and comprising one or more cameras, a pose sensor for providing pose data, and a computer to compute a 3D point cloud based on the LiDar data and a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm using the visual and pose data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Böckem, Jürgen Dold, Simon Mark
  • Patent number: 10634771
    Abstract: A laser scanner device adapted to be mounted to a vehicle, the device comprising a LIDAR module, the LIDAR module comprising at least one laser source, characterized by a horizontal field of view of at least 60°, an instantaneous vertical field of view of at least ±2°, a scan resolution of at least one point per 0.8° in horizontal and vertical direction, and a frame rate of at least 10 Hz for scanning at least the entire horizontal and instantaneous vertical field of view with said scan resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Julien Singer, Lukas Heinzle, Jochen Scheja, Simon Mark, Jürg Hinderling, Burkhard Böckem
  • Publication number: 20200102769
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas HARRING, Katherine BRODER, Burkhard BÖCKEM
  • Patent number: 10520310
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a surface surveying device, in particular profiler or 3D scanner, for determining a multiplicity of 3D coordinates of measurement points on a surface, comprising a scanning unit and means for determining a position and orientation of the scanning unit, a carrier for carrying the scanning unit and at least part of the means for determining a position and orientation, and a control and evaluation unit with a surface surveying functionality. The carrier is embodied as an unmanned aerial vehicle which is capable of hovering and comprises a lead, the latter being connected at one end thereof to the aerial vehicle and able to be held at the other end by a user, wherein the lead is provided for guiding the aerial vehicle in the air by the user and the position of the aerial vehicle in the air is predetermined by the effective length of the lead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Dold, Thomas Harring, Burkhard Böckem
  • Publication number: 20190390483
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas HARRING, Katherine BRODER, Burkhard BÖCKEM
  • Patent number: 10443273
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Harring, Katherine Broder, Burkhard Böckem
  • Publication number: 20190265355
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus comprising a tunable laser diode for generating a mono mode measurement radiation, said laser diode being designed as a laser beam source in such a way that an emission wavelength of the measurement radiation is variable within a wavelength range by means of the variation of a tuning parameter, comprising an absorption medium defining absorption lines within the wavelength range, comprising a memory having a line atlas for the absorption medium, comprising a detector for determining an absorptivity and comprising a control and evaluation unit for regulating the emission wavelength by means of the at least one tuning parameter in a manner dependent on the absorptivity determined in such a way that the emission wavelength remains stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas LÜTHI, Burkhard BÖCKEM, Yves SALVADÉ
  • Patent number: 10338219
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus comprising a tunable laser diode for generating a mono mode measurement radiation, said laser diode being designed as a laser beam source in such a way that an emission wavelength of the measurement radiation is variable within a wavelength range by means of the variation of a tuning parameter, comprising an absorption medium defining absorption lines within the wavelength range, comprising a memory having a line atlas for the absorption medium, comprising a detector for determining an absorptivity and comprising a control and evaluation unit for regulating the emission wavelength by means of the at least one tuning parameter in a manner dependent on the absorptivity determined in such a way that the emission wavelength remains stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Lüthi, Burkhard Böckem, Yves Salvadé
  • Publication number: 20190094345
    Abstract: A laser scanner device can be adapted to be mounted to a vehicle, the device comprising a LiDAR module working based on a laser measuring beam and time-of-flight-measurement-principle. The LiDAR module is configured to provide a horizontal field of view of at least 60°, an instantaneous vertical field of view of at least ±2°, a scan resolution of at least one point per 0.8° in horizontal and vertical direction, and a frame rate of at least 10 Hz for scanning at least the entire horizontal and instantaneous vertical field of view with said scan resolution, wherein the LiDAR module comprises a multibeam transmitter configured for generating a plurality of measuring beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicants: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG, HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Julien SINGER, Lukas HEINZLE, Jochen SCHEJA, Simon MARK, Jürg HINDERLING, Burkhard BÖCKEM
  • Publication number: 20180355638
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas HARRING, Katherine BRODER, Burkhard BÖCKEM
  • Publication number: 20180252814
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a coordinate measuring machine for detecting the position and alignment of a spatially movable measuring aid. The coordinate measuring meaching may include a retroreflector: a base; a support, which is fixed on the base rotatably about a first rotation axis; a beam directing unit, which is fixed to the support rotatably about a second rotation axis, substantially orthogonal to the first rotation axis; means for detecting a rotation angle of the support relative to the base; and means for detecting a rotation angle of the beam directing unit relative to the support. In some embodiments, in the beam directing unit comprises a laser emission and reception optical unit and a first optical distance measuring unit having at least one first distance measuring device for measuring the distance to a retroreflector of the measuring aid by means of a first measurement radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard BÖCKEM, Thomas LÜTHI, Simon FUCHS
  • Patent number: 10054422
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a coordinate measuring device, in particular a laser tracker, for capturing the position and alignment of a measuring aid, which is movable in space and comprises a retroreflector. In some embodiments, the coordinate measuring device may include at least a support fastened on a base so it is rotatable about a first axis of rotation; a beam deflection unit fastened on the support so it is rotatable about a second axis of rotation, which is essentially orthogonal to the first axis of rotation, a first bearing for the rotatable mounting of the beam deflection unit on the support, and a second bearing for the rotatable mounting of the support on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Böckem, Daniel Moser, Simon Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10048379
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention relate to a laser tracker for continuously tracking a reflective target and for determining the position of the target, comprising a base that defines a vertical axis and a beam-deflecting unit for emitting measurement radiation. The beam-deflecting unit can be pivoted about the vertical axis and a tilt axis in relation to the base in a motorized manner and a measurement axis is defined by an emission direction of the measurement radiation. The laser tracker may have a fine distance measurement unit for precisely determining a distance to the target, an angle measurement functionality for determining an orientation of the beam-deflecting unit in relation to the base, and a target-seeking unit. The target-seeking unit has illuminating means, a camera having a position-sensitive detector for detecting illumination radiation reflected by the target, and a control and evaluating unit having seeking functionality for finding the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Albert Markendorf, Burkhard Böckem
  • Patent number: 10036811
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention relate to a coordinate measuring machine for determining the position and/or for continuous tracking of a target embodied as a retroreflector or at least having a retroreflector. In some embodiments, the coordinate measuring machine may be a laser tracker. The coordinate measuring machine may include comprising at least a base defining a vertical axis, a support swivelable relative thereto and, tiltable thereto a beam guiding unit for emitting measurement radiation for receiving at least some of the measurement radiation reflected at the target. In some embodiments, the coordinate measuring machine includes a heat influence reduction component that may be configured to prevent and/or actively reduce heat emission, and/or obstruct or prevent warm air from passing through the near region free beam path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Böckem, Simon Fuchs, Thomas Lüthi, Manfred Küpfer
  • Publication number: 20180099744
    Abstract: A flying sensor comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and at least one profiler mounted on the UAV, the profiler comprising a base, a scanning unit for providing (LiDAR) data, the scanning unit mounted on the base and comprising a shaft carrying a deflector and being mounted in the scanning unit and rotatable, a transmitter transmitting a transmission beam, a first receiver configured for receiving a first reception beam reflected from the setting via the deflector, and an electric port configured for connecting the profiler to the UAV, and comprising a data interface and a power interface, and wherein the UAV comprises a visual sensor providing visual data, and comprising one or more cameras, a pose sensor for providing pose data, and a computer to compute a 3D point cloud based on the LiDar data and a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm using the visual and pose data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard BÖCKEM, Jürgen DOLD, Simon MARK
  • Patent number: RE47430
    Abstract: A coordinate measuring device includes a carrier that can be rotated automatically about two axes and that can be directed toward a measuring aid. The following are arranged on the carrier so as to be able to move together: an optical distance measuring device for measuring the distance to the measuring aid; a light source for emitting light, directly or by means of optical elements, wherein said light is visible as a target point when reflected on the measuring aid; a target detecting unit for determining a position as the position of the imaging of the target point on a position detection sensor. The control apparatus is designed to direct the carrier at the measuring aid by rotating the carrier about the at least two axes of the carrier according to the fine position and the rough position; and the light source is a superluminescent diode (SLED).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Burkhard Boeckem, Thomas Leuthi