Patents by Inventor Edward J. Devinney, Jr.

Edward J. Devinney, Jr. 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).

  • Patent number: 4677302
    Abstract: A beam (2) of collimated light is directed towards a printed circuit board (4). The light beam is displaced as reflected from a point of incidence in a path including surfaces having different heights above the printed circuit board when detected at an angle oblique to the surface. From the variation of displacement which is portional to height, the overall profile of the circuit board including components present thereon is determined along the path (56) or line (64) the beam is incident. Various photodetectors (14) are utilized and the addition of a ramp filter (58) enables a single cell integrating photodetector to provide an output intensity indicative of the displacement. An arrangement (FIG. 11) is presented for compensating for variations in surface reflectivity using normalization or feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Siemens Corporate Research & Support, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming-Yee Chiu, Edward J. Devinney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4428670
    Abstract: The fingerprint sensor derives an electric output signal in accordance with the topographic relief of the finger under investigation. The sensor incorporates a contact body which is formed at least in part by a light-transparent elastic material. The contact body, preferably a flat sensor plate made of said elastic material and attached to a flat supporting plate, has a light receiving surface and a contact surface for receiving a contact pressure by the finger. Before an investigation process is started, the contact surface is smooth. By pressing the finger against the contact surface, the contact surface will attain a shape conforming to the fingerprint pattern of the finger. The sensor also incorporates a light source, a photodetector and an optical system. The light source obliquely passes light to the contact surface which reflects a light beam modulated in accordance with the fingerprint. The optical system passes the reflected light beam to the light sensitive area of the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Siemens Corporation
    Inventors: Hartwig Ruell, Edward J. Devinney, Jr., Ming-Yee Chiu