Patents by Inventor Frank Schatz

Frank Schatz 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: 10871646
    Abstract: A micromirror device, including a substrate and an outer frame element, which is connected to the substrate along a first oscillating axis with the aid of a first suspension device, and is deflectable about the first oscillating axis. In addition, the micromirror device includes an inner frame element, which is connected to the outer frame element along the first oscillating axis with the aid of a second suspension device; as well as an oscillating plate, which includes a micromirror and is connected to the inner frame element along a second oscillating axis, with the aid of a third suspension device; the first oscillating axis being perpendicular to the second oscillating axis. The inner frame element includes displaceable deflection elements, the oscillating plate being deflectable by displacing the deflection elements relative to the outer frame element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow
  • Publication number: 20200284583
    Abstract: A MEMS device and a corresponding operating method. The MEMS device is equipped with an oscillatory micromechanical system, which is excitable in a plurality of useful modes, the oscillatory micromechanical system including at least one system component, which is excitable in at least one parasitic spurious mode by a superposition of the useful modes. An adjusting device is provided, which is configured in such a way that it counteracts the parasitic spurious mode by application of an electromagnetic interaction to the system component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lassl, Matthias Kuehnel, Niels Bode, Nils Felix Kuhlmann, Peter Degenfeld-Schonburg, Reinhard Neul, Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 10690906
    Abstract: A magnetic actuator includes: a plate having a main plane of extent and mounted rotatably about at least one first axis of rotation which is parallel to the main plane of extent, the plate having at least one conductor loop parallel to the main plane of extent; a magnetic bracket situated beneath the plate and having a U-shaped magnetic flux conducting rail and a hard magnet whose magnetization is perpendicular to the U-shaped opening, the magnetic bracket and the plate being aligned with one another in such a way that the opening in the magnetic bracket points toward the main plane of extent of the plate, the U-shaped magnetic flux conducting rail having a main direction of extent parallel to the first axis of rotation, and the plate being deflectable about the at least one axis of rotation by energizing the at least one conductor loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Pinter, Joerg Muchow, Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 10627617
    Abstract: A micromechanical constituent includes an actuator designed to impart to a displaceable element a first displacement motion around a first rotation axis and a second displacement motion around a second rotation axis oriented tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis, the actuator including a permanent magnet on a first spring element and a one second permanent magnet on a second spring element, where the first permanent magnet is excitable to perform a first translational motion tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis and tiltedly with respect to the second rotation axis, and the second permanent magnet is excitable to perform a second translational motion directed oppositely to the first translational motion, causing the second displacement motion of the displaceable element around the second rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Pinter, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10488650
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes an adjustable part, a mounting, at least one bending actuator, and a permanent magnet. The part is positioned on the mounting so as to be adjustable relative to the mounting about a first rotation axis and about a second rotation axis inclined relative to the first axis. The actuator includes at least one movable subregion. Movement of the subregion results in a restoring force that moves the part about the first axis. The part is connected indirectly to the magnet to be adjustable about the second axis of rotation via a magnetic field built up by the magnet together with a yoke device of the component or an external yoke. A micromirror device includes the micromechanical component. A method for adjusting the part includes adjusting the part simultaneously about the first and the second axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 10488470
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for measuring a current using a diamond material. The diamond material has at least one nitrogen deposit and an imperfection in a crystal lattice of the diamond material, adjacent to the nitrogen deposit. The method comprises a providing step, a detecting step and an evaluating step. In the providing step, electromagnetic waves are provided to excite the diamond material. In the evaluating step, an intensity of a fluorescence of the diamond material is detected. In the evaluating step, the intensity and a frequency of the electromagnetic waves are evaluated in order to determine a magnetic field strength influencing the fluorescence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Theresa Lutz, Frank Schatz, Robert Roelver
  • Publication number: 20190179137
    Abstract: A micromirror device, including a substrate and an outer frame element, which is connected to the substrate along a first oscillating axis with the aid of a first suspension device, and is deflectable about the first oscillating axis. In addition, the micromirror device includes an inner frame element, which is connected to the outer frame element along the first oscillating axis with the aid of a second suspension device; as well as an oscillating plate, which includes a micromirror and is connected to the inner frame element along a second oscillating axis, with the aid of a third suspension device; the first oscillating axis being perpendicular to the second oscillating axis. The inner frame element includes displaceable deflection elements, the oscillating plate being deflectable by displacing the deflection elements relative to the outer frame element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow
  • Publication number: 20190154766
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for measuring a current using a diamond material. The diamond material has at least one nitrogen deposit and an imperfection in a crystal lattice of the diamond material, adjacent to the nitrogen deposit. The method comprises a providing step, a detecting step and an evaluating step. In the providing step, electromagnetic waves are provided to excite the diamond material. In the evaluating step, an intensity of a fluorescence of the diamond material is detected. In the evaluating step, the intensity and a frequency of the electromagnetic waves are evaluated in order to determine a magnetic field strength influencing the fluorescence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Theresa Lutz, Frank Schatz, Robert Roelver
  • Patent number: 10222459
    Abstract: A micromirror scanner and a method for controlling a micromirror scanner. The method includes furnishing a shot pattern which has at least information regarding first control application signals as a function of mirror positions of a displaceable micromechanical mirror of the micromirror scanner, which are designated to control a light source of the scanner; determining a mirror position of the mirror; emitting light beams into a solid angle; measuring light beams reflected at an object in the solid angle to determine a distance between the object and the scanner; determining a nature or position of the object with respect to the scanner as a function of the determined distance and the determined current mirror position; and adapting the shot pattern as a function of the position and/or nature of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Jan Sparbert, Frank Fischer, Frank Schatz
  • Publication number: 20180314056
    Abstract: A micromechanical constituent includes an actuator designed to impart to a displaceable element a first displacement motion around a first rotation axis and a second displacement motion around a second rotation axis oriented tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis, the actuator including a permanent magnet on a first spring element and a one second permanent magnet on a second spring element, where the first permanent magnet is excitable to perform a first translational motion tiltedly with respect to the first rotation axis and tiltedly with respect to the second rotation axis, and the second permanent magnet is excitable to perform a second translational motion directed oppositely to the first translational motion, causing the second displacement motion of the displaceable element around the second rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: Robert Bosch GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Pinter, Thorsten Balslink
  • Patent number: 10012828
    Abstract: An assembly body for micromirror chips that partly encloses an internal cavity, the assembly body including at two sides oriented away from one another, at least one respective partial outer wall that is fashioned transparent for a specified spectrum, and the assembly body having at least one first outer opening on which a first micromirror chip can be attached, and a second outer opening on which a second micromirror chip can be attached, in such a way that a light beam passing through the first partial outer wall is capable of being deflected by the first micromirror chip onto the second micromirror chip, and is capable of being deflected by the second micromirror chip through the second partial outer wall. A mirror device and a production method for a mirror device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Friedjof Heuck, Kerrin Doessel, Stefan Pinter, Daniel Pantel, Franziska Rohlfing
  • Publication number: 20180142842
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, an illumination device is provided with a plurality of semiconductor primary light sources for emitting respective primary light beams, a beam deflection unit, which is illuminatable by the primary light beams and which can assume at least two beam deflection positions, and a luminophore body, which is illuminatable by primary light beams deflected by the beam deflection unit. Luminous spots of the individual primary light beams are spatially distinguishable on the at least one luminophore body, a total luminous spot composed of the luminous spots of the individual primary light beams is spatially distinguishable on the at least one luminophore body depending on the beam deflection position of the beam deflection unit, and at least one primary light beam incident on the at least one luminophore body is selectively switchable on and off during operation of the illumination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Stephan SCHWAIGER, Andreas PETERSEN, Frank SCHATZ
  • Patent number: 9927497
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus having at least one magnet core, on at least one carrier surface, which encompasses at least one soft magnetic material and for which a respective longitudinal center plane, which is oriented perpendicularly to the carrier surface and divides the respective magnet core into two halves having an identical mass, is definable, at least one coil being on, around, and/or adjacent to the at least one magnet core, the at least one magnet core having in its interior sub-regions by which an initiation of a magnetization reversal of the respective magnet core is targetedly locally controllable since a drive energy to be applied for propagation of a magnetic domain wall is elevated. Also described is a manufacturing method for a sensor apparatus having at least one magnet core, and a method for ascertaining a field strength of a magnetic field in at least one spatial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Reichenbach, Sevki Gencol, Rainer Eckstein, Christian Patak, Achim Breitling, Arne Dannenberg, Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 9885866
    Abstract: A mirror system including a mirror that is mounted in a manner that permits oscillation, having a coil and at least one first spring that intercouples the mirror and the coil in a way that allows the coil to be placed as a counterweight to the oscillating mirror. Also a corresponding projection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Rainer Straub, Kerrin Doessel, Johannes Baader, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Joerg Muchow, Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Simon Armbruster, Zoltan Lestyan, Stefan Leidich, Jochen Franz
  • Publication number: 20170343795
    Abstract: A micromechanical component includes an adjustable part, a mounting, at least one bending actuator, and a permanent magnet. The part is positioned on the mounting so as to be adjustable relative to the mounting about a first rotation axis and about a second rotation axis inclined relative to the first axis. The actuator includes at least one movable subregion. Movement of the subregion results in a restoring force that moves the part about the first axis. The part is connected indirectly to the magnet to be adjustable about the second axis of rotation via a magnetic field built up by the magnet together with a yoke device of the component or an external yoke. A micromirror device includes the micromechanical component. A method for adjusting the part includes adjusting the part simultaneously about the first and the second axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Helmut Grutzeck, Joerg Muchow, Mirko Hattass, Stefan Mark, Thorsten Balslink, Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 9652087
    Abstract: A telecommunication unit is provided, having a projection device for projecting image information onto a projection area located outside the telecommunication unit, the telecommunication unit being configured so that the projection device projects the image information in various first directions of a projection direction range onto the projection area, starting from the telecommunication unit. The telecommunication unit has an input detection device next to the projection device; the telecommunication unit being further configured so that, using the input detection device, a user input undertaken using a movement of a body part of a user is detectable; the user input taking place, starting from the telecommunication unit, in a detection direction range located outside the projection direction range; the user input being contactless with respect to the telecommunication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Schatz
  • Patent number: 9612135
    Abstract: A device for determining motion parameters includes a magnetic multipole that generates an alternating magnetic field, at least one magnetic sensor for measuring the magnetic field of the magnetic multipole, and an evaluation and control unit for evaluating the signals from the magnetic sensor. The magnetic sensor includes a magnetizable core, a drive coil, and a measuring coil. The evaluation and control unit charges the drive coil with a periodic drive signal so as to bring about a periodic magnetic reversal of the core and detects the points in time at which the magnetic reversals occur in the core. Based on the points in time at which the magnetic reversals occur, the evaluation and control unit determines a current value of the effective magnetic field of the magnetic multipole within a defined measuring range representing a range around a zero crossing of the magnetic field of the magnetic multipole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Welsch, Frank Schatz
  • Publication number: 20170052364
    Abstract: An assembly body for micromirror chips that partly encloses an internal cavity, the assembly body including at two sides oriented away from one another, at least one respective partial outer wall that is fashioned transparent for a specified spectrum, and the assembly body having at least one first outer opening on which a first micromirror chip can be attached, and a second outer opening on which a second micromirror chip can be attached, in such a way that a light beam passing through the first partial outer wall is capable of being deflected by the first micromirror chip onto the second micromirror chip, and is capable of being deflected by the second micromirror chip through the second partial outer wall. A mirror device and a production method for a mirror device are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schatz, Friedjof Heuck, Kerrin Doessel, Stefan Pinter, Daniel Pantel, Franziska Rohlfing
  • Publication number: 20170052363
    Abstract: A mirror system including a mirror that is mounted in a manner that permits oscillation, having a coil and at least one first spring that intercouples the mirror and the coil in a way that allows the coil to be placed as a counterweight to the oscillating mirror. Also a corresponding projection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Rainer Straub, Kerrin Doessel, Johannes Baader, Frederic Njikam Njimonzie, Joerg Muchow, Frank Schatz, Helmut Grutzeck, Simon Armbruster, Zoltan Lestyan, Stefan Leidich, Jochen Franz
  • Publication number: 20160363636
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus having at least one magnet core, on at least one carrier surface, which encompasses at least one soft magnetic material and for which a respective longitudinal center plane, which is oriented perpendicularly to the carrier surface and divides the respective magnet core into two halves having an identical mass, is definable, at least one coil being on, around, and/or adjacent to the at least one magnet core, the at least one magnet core having in its interior sub-regions by which an initiation of a magnetization reversal of the respective magnet core is targetedly locally controllable since a drive energy to be applied for propagation of a magnetic domain wall is elevated. Also described is a manufacturing method for a sensor apparatus having at least one magnet core, and a method for ascertaining a field strength of a magnetic field in at least one spatial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Frank REICHENBACH, Sevki GENCOL, Rainer ECKSTEIN, Christian PATAK, Achim BREITLING, Arne DANNENBERG, Frank SCHATZ