Patents by Inventor Carsten Thomas

Carsten Thomas 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: 20200337555
    Abstract: A system and method for determining eye surface contour using multifocal keratometry is disclosed. The system includes a light source, a light detector, a processor, a non-transitory machine-readable medium communicatively coupled to the processor, and instructions stored on the non-transitory machine-readable medium. The instructions, when loaded and executed by the processor, cause the processor to project a light, using the light source, onto a plurality of surfaces of an eye; create, using the light detector, an image of a plurality of reflections, each of the plurality of reflections created by reflecting the light off of one of the plurality of surfaces of the eye; determine that the plurality of reflections are in focus in the image; and calculate, based on the determination, a curvature of the plurality of surfaces of the eye based on the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Martin Eil, Ole Massow, Carsten Thomas, Sascha Birkner
  • Patent number: 10729320
    Abstract: A system and method for determining eye surface contour using multifocal keratometry is disclosed. The system includes a light source, a light detector, a processor, a non-transitory machine-readable medium communicatively coupled to the processor, and instructions stored on the non-transitory machine-readable medium. The instructions, when loaded and executed by the processor, cause the processor to project a light, using the light source, onto a plurality of surfaces of an eye; create, using the light detector, an image of a plurality of reflections, each of the plurality of reflections created by reflecting the light off of one of the plurality of surfaces of the eye; determine that the plurality of reflections are in focus in the image; and calculate, based on the determination, a curvature of the plurality of surfaces of the eye based on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Alcon Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Eil, Ole Massow, Carsten Thomas, Sascha Birkner
  • Publication number: 20190307325
    Abstract: A system and method for determining eye surface contour using multifocal keratometry is disclosed. The system includes a light source, a light detector, a processor, a non-transitory machine-readable medium communicatively coupled to the processor, and instructions stored on the non-transitory machine-readable medium. The instructions, when loaded and executed by the processor, cause the processor to project a light, using the light source, onto a plurality of surfaces of an eye; create, using the light detector, an image of a plurality of reflections, each of the plurality of reflections created by reflecting the light off of one of the plurality of surfaces of the eye; determine that the plurality of reflections are in focus in the image; and calculate, based on the determination, a curvature of the plurality of surfaces of the eye based on the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2016
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Martin Eil, Ole Massow, Carsten Thomas, Sascha Birkner
  • Patent number: 7226020
    Abstract: Flaps, for example leading edge flaps and/or trailing edge flaps of an aircraft wing, are driven and adjusted by respective drive units. Drive shafts of neighboring flaps are coupled to each other by a differential gear. The differential gear is thus coupled to a main drive shaft which is driven by a main drive unit. Additionally, the differential gear is coupled to a secondary drive unit. The main drive power and the secondary drive power and thus the respective flap motions are super-imposable on each other, which permits operating the flaps independently of each other or in synchronism with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Pohl, Carsten Thomas, Christian Lulla, Martin Kloenne
  • Patent number: 7051975
    Abstract: An aircraft flap (or slat) drive apparatus includes first and second centralized drive units that respectively rotationally drive first and second drive lines in both wings. The first drive line includes shaft segments connected end-to-end by selectively engageable separating devices. The outboard ends of the first and second drive lines are coupled through one of the separating devices, in each wing. At least one actuator mechanism connects each flap to a respective shaft segment of the first drive line, and converts the drive line rotational motion to a flap translational motion. If a component breaks, jams, or otherwise fails, it is isolated by disengaging the two adjacent separating devices with the faulty component therebetween, so that the rest of the apparatus remains functional. Each one or both of the drive units can drive one or more or all of the flaps through the interconnected first and second drive lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Pohl, Carsten Thomas
  • Publication number: 20050151028
    Abstract: Flaps, for example leading edge flaps and/or trailing edge flaps of an aircraft wing, are driven and adjusted by respective drive units. Drive shafts of neighboring flaps are coupled to each other by a differential gear. The differential gear is thus coupled to a main drive shaft which is driven by a main drive unit. Additionally, the differential gear is coupled to a secondary drive unit. The main drive power and the secondary drive power and thus the respective flap motions are super-imposable on each other, which permits operating the flaps independently of each other or in synchronism with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Ulrich Pohl, Carsten Thomas, Christian Lulla, Martin Kloenne
  • Publication number: 20050029407
    Abstract: An aircraft flap (or slat) drive apparatus includes first and second centralized drive units that respectively rotationally drive first and second drive lines in both wings. The first drive line includes shaft segments connected end-to-end by selectively engageable separating devices. The outboard ends of the first and second drive lines are coupled through one of the separating devices, in each wing. At least one actuator mechanism connects each flap to a respective shaft segment of the first drive line, and converts the drive line rotational motion to a flap translational motion. If a component breaks, jams, or otherwise fails, it is isolated by disengaging the two adjacent separating devices with the faulty component therebetween, so that the rest of the apparatus remains functional. Each one or both of the drive units can drive one or more or all of the flaps through the interconnected first and second drive lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Ulrich Pohl, Carsten Thomas
  • Publication number: 20020138823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and a method for transmitting simulation models (11, 18) between simulators (10, 17), the device having a first input/output element (22), to which the simulation model (11) is transmitted from the first simulator (11), having a processing unit (24), which, after the simulation model (11) has been transmitted, separates the model into individual operators (12) and stores the operator association (16), wherein the operators (12) that can be integrated, as external operators (19) and with semantic equivalence, by the second simulator (17) with the aid of the operator association (16) can be compiled into an operator library (12 [sic]), the device further having a second input/output element (23), which outputs the operator library and additionally provides the operator association (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: Notker Amann, Carsten Thomas, Ines Fey, Matthias Hoffman, Gisela John