Patents by Inventor Frederick F. Wood

Frederick F. Wood 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: 9071770
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for sweeping a composite laser beam as a pattern of linear scan lines on a planar projection surface and for causing selected pixels arranged along each linear scan line to be illuminated to produce an image of high quality and in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood, Miklos Stern
  • Publication number: 20110164225
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for sweeping a composite laser beam as a pattern of linear scan lines on a planar projection surface and for causing selected pixels arranged along each linear scan line to be illuminated to produce an image of high quality and in color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: MICROVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood, Miklos Stern
  • Patent number: 7924349
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for sweeping a composite laser beam as a pattern of linear scan lines on a planar projection surface and for causing selected pixels arranged along each linear scan line to be illuminated to produce an image of high quality and in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood, Miklos Stern
  • Patent number: 7859600
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for sweeping a composite laser beam as a pattern of scan lines on a planar projection surface and for causing selected pixels arranged along each scan line to be illuminated to produce an image, especially in color. The raster pattern extends along mutually orthogonal directions that are generally parallel to mutually orthogonal dimensions of a support of the module. The image is level with the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Microvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Wittenberg, Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7513624
    Abstract: A laser projection device suitable for displaying full color images is disclosed. The LPD includes a variety of techniques for modulating laser beams produced by one or more lasers with image data to controllably produce the image using a modified raster scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Yavid, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Joseph Katz, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7497578
    Abstract: Crosstalk between a drive coil and a primary feedback coil is eliminated by positioning a secondary feedback coil in proximity with the drive coil for contamination by the crosstalk to the same extent as the primary feedback coil, and by processing feedback signals generated by the feedback coils to cancel the crosstalk. The drive coil is used to oscillate a scan mirror employed in an image projection arrangement or an electro-optical reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7446822
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for causing selected pixels in a raster pattern to be illuminated to produce an image of high resolution of VGA quality in monochrome, color or gray scale. Pixel size is controlled as a function of distance of the image from the module to control image resolution and allow the image to remain sharp and clear over an extended range of distances from the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Miklos Stern, Dmitriy Yavid, Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7445339
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to provide a laser projection display (LPD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Narayan Nambudiri, Carl Wittenberg, Chinh Tan, Miklos Stern, Dmitriy Yavid, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7446919
    Abstract: A scanning mirror useful in laser projection devices (LPDs) is provided. The scanning mirror is comprised of a substantially planar member having a movable reflective region and a base region coupled together by a split hinge. A foundation is coupled to the base region by at least one piezoelectric element extending therebetween such that movement the piezoelectric element is transferred to the movable reflective region through the split hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7441902
    Abstract: A plurality of image projection modules is operative for causing selected pixels in overlapping raster patterns to be illuminated to produce a large size image of high resolution of VGA quality in monochrome or color. The selected pixels in an overlap region of the patterns are illuminated at a lesser intensity to provide uniform brightness over the image. Multiple single mode lasers, or a multimode laser with an aperture stop, are employed to increase laser output power. Speckle noise is reduced by controlling the optical transmission characteristic of a projection screen. Three-dimensional images are generated by moving the screen. Cross-coupling between drive and feedback mechanisms in image projection is reduced for better image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Chinh Tan, Dmitriy Yavid, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7425073
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to controllably reduce power of a laser projection display (LPD). Light is scanned from a laser onto a viewing surface to produce an image thereon, and power used by the laser is reduced used while scanning at least a portion of the viewing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick F. Wood, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Carl Wittenberg, Dmitriy Yavid
  • Patent number: 7414621
    Abstract: A laser projection device (LPD) suitable for displaying color images is disclosed. The LPD is used to excite various photoluminescent materials located on a display screen so as to produce multi-color displays. Additionally, the screen may be movably mounted so as to reduce laser speckling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Yavid, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Joseph Katz, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7367510
    Abstract: An arrangement for determining light beam position in an electro-optical reader, image projector and like devices includes a drive for moving a scanning light beam at a scan frequency across a target as a scan line, and an electro-optical feedback assembly operatively connected to the drive, for optically detecting scan line position during beam movement, and for generating a feedback signal at the scan frequency, the feedback signal being indicative of the scan line position. A feedback coil in the drive is eliminated to avoid electromagnetic coupling between multiple coils in the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yajun Li, Paul Dvorkis, Dmitriy Yavid, Frederick F. Wood, Miklos Stern, Edward Barkan, Narayan Nambudri
  • Patent number: 7369584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for controlling the operation of a Laser Projection Display (LPD). Generally, the LPD is comprised of a laser, an optical system and a controller. The laser is adapted to emit a beam of laser light. The optical system is adapted to scan the beam of laser light on a display surface in a two-dimensional raster pattern. The controller is adapted to control the rate at which the laser beam is scanned to produce regions of varying resolution on the display surface. The controller is also adapted to present laser light onto the display surface within only selected portions of the two-dimensional raster scan pattern so that spaced apart image regions may be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Goldman, Paul Dvorkis, Joseph Katz, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood, Dmitriy Yavid
  • Patent number: 7367682
    Abstract: A lightweight, compact image projection module, especially for mounting in a housing having a light-transmissive window, is operative for causing selected pixels in a raster pattern to be illuminated to produce an image of high resolution of VGA quality in color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Chinh Tan, Dmitriy Yavid, Miklos Stern, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood, Askold Strat, Michael Slutsky, Narayan Nambudiri, Richard Rizza, Thomas Mazz, Lisa Fan
  • Patent number: 7357512
    Abstract: An image projection system projects an image on a projection screen having a phosphor for converting incident violet light into green light which, together with red and blue light, creates the image in full color. The screen includes an apertured mask having apertures filled with the phosphor, or a phosphor plate in contact with the mask and having lenslets extending through and past the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Paul Dvorkis, Miklos Stern, Frederick F. Wood
  • Patent number: 7325929
    Abstract: A laser projection device suitable for displaying full color images is disclosed. The LPD includes a variety of techniques for modulating laser beams produced by one or more lasers with image data to controllably produce the image using a modified raster scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Yavid, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Joseph Katz, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Carl Wittenberg, Frederick F. Wood
  • Publication number: 20070279509
    Abstract: An acousto-optical modulator modulates a green laser beam, and generates a modulated non-diffracted beam and a modulated diffracted beam. A scanner sweeps the modulated diffracted green beam, as well as modulated red and blue beams, as a pattern of scan lines, each scan line having a number of pixels. A controller causes selected pixels along the scan lines to be illuminated, and rendered visible, by the diffracted green beam, the red beam and the blue beam to produce the image. The non-diffracted green beam is employed in a laser shut-down safety circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Miklos Stern, Dmitriy Yavid, Askold Strat, Frederick F. Wood, Michael Slutsky, Richard Rizza, Carl Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 7304619
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to controllably compensate for distortions in an image produced by an LPD, where the distortion arises from the shape and/or angle of the viewing surface relative to the LPD. For example, the LPD can determine the angle of the viewing surface relative to the LPD and then adjust the horizontal and vertical scan mechanisms to return the image to its original configuration, such as rectangular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Wittenberg, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Joseph Katz, Narayan Nambudiri, Miklos Stern, Chinh Tan, Frederick F. Wood, Dmitriy Yavid
  • Patent number: 7302174
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to capture images using a laser projection display (LPD). In a full color LPD camera, three lasers (red, blue, and green) are deployed to scan an image and receive reflected laser light therefrom. The reflected laser light may be analyzed and assembled into a picture. The LPD may also be used to display the picture, to operate as a viewfinder, to print the picture, to operate as a range finder, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chinh Tan, Paul Dvorkis, Ron Goldman, Narayan Nambudiri, Carl Wittenberg, Miklos Stern, Dmitriy Yavid, Frederick F. Wood