Patents by Inventor Emma Jayne Walton

Emma Jayne Walton 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: 20100296268
    Abstract: An illumination system comprises at least one light source (2) and a light-guide (1). A first part of the light-guide (1) is defined by a surface (12) for light emission and a back surface (13), and a second part of the light-guide is defined by a light receiving surface (14) and a light reflecting surface (15). The light source (2) is disposed adjacent or substantially adjacent to the light receiving surface (14), and light from the light source enters the light-guide through the light receiving surface (14), and is reflected by the light reflecting surface (15) into the first part of the light-guide. Light is emitted from the waveguide through the surface (12) for light emission, and may be used to illuminate, for example, a display device placed over the surface (12) for light emission. The light source and the light receiving surface are on the same side of the waveguide as the surface for light emission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventors: Stephen James Fasham, David James Montgomery, Emma Jayne Walton, Tong Zhang
  • Publication number: 20100014313
    Abstract: A display comprises: a single-view image display panel (6); and a parallax optic (8) disposed over a display face of the image display panel for restricting the angular spread of light output from the display face of the image display panel. This enables light to be concentrated in a desired viewing angle range (66), and avoids a user (56) seeing unwanted reflections that may occur as a result of a greater viewing angle range (64) if the parallax optic (8) is not provided. The display may be used, as an example, in a motor vehicle to prevent unwanted reflections from the windscreen (62) of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Martin David Tillin, Jonathan Mather, Emma Jayne Walton
  • Patent number: 7633586
    Abstract: A display is provided for switching between a narrow or private viewing mode and a wide or public viewing mode. The display comprises a display device which is controlled to provide display of a desired image or sequence of images. This is associated with a liquid crystal device having at least one liquid crystal layer whose molecules are switchable between a first state providing a first angular viewing range and a second state providing a second angular viewing range which is within and smaller than the first angular viewing range. With the molecules in the second state, the device at least partially blocks light propagating towards part of the first angular viewing range outside the second angular viewing range. The or each liquid crystal layer is in contact with at least one alignment surface, the or each of which comprises a uniform non-patterned alignment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Robert Winlow, Zabbie J. Acosta, Martin D. Tillin, Paul Bonnett, Diana U. Kean, Grant Bourhill, Michel Sagardoyburu, Emma Jayne Walton, Koji Yabuta, Hiroshi Fukushima, Tomoo Takatani
  • Patent number: 7548371
    Abstract: An optical film is provided for use in a light source or display to provide rapid cut-off of illumination with angle. The film comprises a light-transmissive substrate of a material having a reflective index greater than one and having first and second major surfaces. A surface relief is formed on at least one of the major surfaces and includes a mirror structure. The mirror structure comprises a groups of specularly reflective surfaces alternating in at least one direction with groups of transmissive surfaces. The film directs light passing therethrough into a desired angular output range, and light reflected back by the mirror structure is returned to a light source for recycling to enhance display brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Emma Jayne Walton, Allan Evans, Thomas Wynne-Powell
  • Publication number: 20090128746
    Abstract: A display includes a display device having a first polarizer and a second polarizer or a reflector, and a display layer disposed between the first polarizer and the second polarizer or the reflector. A liquid crystal layer is disposed between the display layer and one of the first polarizer and the second polarizer or reflector. The liquid crystal molecules of at least one region of the liquid crystal layer are switchable between a first state in which the display has a first display mode with a first viewing angle range and a second state in which the display has a second display mode having a second viewing angle range smaller than the first viewing angle range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Diana Ulrich Kean, Anthony John Carver, Paul Anthony Gass, Heather Ann Stevenson, Emma Jayne Walton
  • Publication number: 20090102990
    Abstract: A display is switchable between a first display mode with a first viewing angle range, a second display mode having a second viewing angle range smaller than the first viewing angle range and a multiple view directional display mode. The display includes an image display layer and a control element that is switchable between a first state in which it cooperates with the image display layer to provide the first display mode, a second state in which it cooperates with the image display layer to provide the second display mode, and a third state in which it cooperates with the image display layer to provide the multiple view directional display mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Emma Jayne Walton, Adrian Marc Simon Jacobs, Heather Ann Stevenson, Paul A. Gass
  • Patent number: 6714276
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device comprises: a layer of a chiral liquid crystal material disposed between first and second substrates; and means for applying a voltage across the liquid crystal layer. A first region of the liquid crystal layer is an active region for display and a second region of the liquid crystal layer is a nucleation region for generating a desired liquid crystal state in the first region when a voltage is applied across the liquid crystal layer. The ratio of the thickness d of the liquid crystal layer to the pitch p of the liquid crystal material has a first value (d/p)A in the first region of the liquid crystal layer and has a second value (d/p)N different from the first value in the second region of the liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Michael John Towler, Elizabeth Jane Acosta, Harry Garth Walton, Craig Tombling, Martin David Tillin, Brian Henley, Emma Jayne Walton, Tadashi Kawamura, Akiyoshi Fujii, Yuichiro Yamada
  • Publication number: 20010052961
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device comprises: a layer of a chiral liquid crystal material disposed between first and second substrates; and means for applying a voltage across the liquid crystal layer. A first region of the liquid crystal layer is an active region for display and a second region of the liquid crystal layer is a nucleation region for generating a desired liquid crystal state in the first region when a voltage is applied across the liquid crystal layer. The ratio of the thickness d of the liquid crystal layer to the pitch p of the liquid crystal material has a first value (d/p)A in the first region of the liquid crystal layer and has a second value (d/p)N different from the first value in the second region of the liquid crystal layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: Michael John Towler, Elizabeth Jane Acosta, Harry Garth Walton, Craig Tombling, Martin David Tillin, Brian Henley, Emma Jayne Walton, Tadashi Kawamura, Akiyoshi Fujii, Yuichiro Yamada