Ichiro Fujieda 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).
Abstract: An insulating substrate and a scanning circuit region are provided on a semiconductor device. The scanning circuit region is provided with a switching transistor for outputting charge formed on the insulating substrate and a clock wiring determining switching timing of the switching transistor. A shield conductor member is provided below the scanning circuit region.
Abstract: A LCD device includes a LCD unit and a front light unit disposed in front of the LCD unit. The front light unit has a transparent electrode, an organic EL layer and a patterned non-transparent electrode. The non-transparent electrode has a mesh structure for defining light emission areas and transparent areas of the organic EL layer, which are arranged alternately. The light emitted by the light emission areas irradiate the LCD unit. The light reflected by reflective members of the LCD unit passes through the transparent areas of the organic EL layer and reaches to the viewer.
Abstract: A hand-held optical scanner for reading color images formed on a document. The scanner head is all-optical and contains no electronics. Optical fiber bundles couple the scanner head to a remote opto-electronic module containing a linear or a 2D sensor array for converting optical signals, reflected from the document, to electrical signals for transmission to a computer display, etc. By using side coupling, the transmitted and reflected light for each pixel travels through the same optical fiber without the need for a beam splitter. The optical fibers are used for the functions of image scanning, position encoding, and signaling a computer which assigns each one of incoherently arranged optical fibers to one of the functions.
July 30, 1998
Date of Patent:
June 13, 2000
NEC USA, Inc.
Kojiro Watanabe, Ting Wang, Ichiro Fujieda, Yao Li, Allan Schweitzer
Abstract: Fingerprint image entry device having no ground electrode provided in a position with which a finger is in a direct contact, wherein accurate fingerprint image can be entered independently of the initial electrostatically charged condition of the finger. The device comprises an electrode which is in the form of mesh or comb for radiating a high frequency wave toward a finger, a plurality of signal sensing electrodes for forming electrostatic capacitance between the electrodes and the finger and a signal switching means for consecutively connecting each of these signal sensing electrodes to a signal sensing circuit.
Abstract: An image input device has a optical guide plate exposed to a window of a photo-shield case, a pair of light emitting diodes attached to side surfaces of the optical guide plate for radiating light into it, an area image sensor provided under the optical guide plate, a gradient index lens unit provided between the optical guide plate and the area image sensor and a filter connected to the area image sensor for eliminating a low frequency component from an image carrying signal; when a person presses a finger on the optical guide plate, the fingerprint scatters the light toward the gradient index lens unit, and the area image sensor produces the image carrying signal from the incident light; the reflection on valley lines is gradually varied along the width of the finger, and the elimination of the low frequency component makes the contrast of the image clear.
Abstract: A data inputting device for inputting data to a computer, word processor or data image processor is disclosed. The device has a single inputting unit capable of selectively inputting coordinates or an image. Further, the inputting unit is capable of inputting an image on the basis of absolute coordinates representative of positions on a document.
Abstract: In an image sensor apparatus, a light emitting section is composed of a plurality of light emitting elements provided in a longitudinal direction of said image sensor apparatus. An optical section has an uneven structure, and changes the direction of light such that the light emerges from the optical section in a substantially parallel manner and converges to a linear region along the longitudinal direction. Here, the uneven structure includes a plurality of convex or concave portions, and a length of each of the plurality of convex or concave portions of the uneven structure in the longitudinal direction is smaller than a separation between adjacent two of the plurality of light emitting elements. An image sensor section transmits the converged light to a manuscript and for sensing a light reflected from the manuscript.
Abstract: The compact document imager and display apparatus has a two-dimensional image sensor array, a flat panel display such as a liquid crystal display (LCD), and processing electronics. An illumination source can be added to illuminate the document on the sensor array and to provide backlight for the LCD. Color imaging may be achieved by providing three sequential illumination pulses of appropriate colors. A document is placed in close contact with the sensor array. The document is illuminated and an electronic image is captured and stored in the processing electronics. The captured image can be displayed on the LCD by the processing electronics. The document, such as a single sheet of paper or a transparency, can be illuminated by the room light to perform image capture. The compact document imager can be used as a facsimile machines by providing telephone connections. Documents can be scanned using the sensor array and sent to other devices. Documents can be received from other sources and displayed on the LCD.
December 11, 1995
Date of Patent:
July 6, 1999
Robert A. Street, Ichiro Fujieda, Steven Edward Nelson, Leonard Eugene Fennell
Abstract: A full-contact type image sensor which includes a light source, a plurality of photo-electric conversion elements having apertures, a photoelectric conversion region, a plurality of micro-lenses, and an optical fiber converging member. The light from the light source is allowed to pass solely through the apertures and is blocked by the photoelectric conversion regions. The micro-lenses may be provided in one-to-one correspondence to a plurality of apertures or one-to-one correspondence to a plurality of optical fibers. The micro-lenses may be provided at least at one of a photoelectric conversion element side end and an original document side end of the optical fiber converging member.
Abstract: The fingerprint image input apparatus includes two-dimensional image sensor 14 formed on transparent substrate 21 and including diffraction grating 41, photo-sensitive elements 24, switch elements 22, switching lines 25, signal reading lines 26, bias applying lines 27, and light interception plates 23 disposed below photo-sensitive elements 24, planar light source 11 and transparent protective film 42. Diffraction grating 41 is formed on two-dimensional image sensor 14 together with photo-sensitive elements 24 commonly using one or more opaque materials of photo-sensitive elements 24.
Abstract: A fingerprint image input apparatus comprises a plane light source for irradiating light having a two-dimensional light distribution and an approximately even luminance, a two-dimensional image sensor capable of allowing the light to pass through, and an optical part for guiding light from the plane light source, having passed the two-dimensional image sensor, to a finger and guiding light reflected at the finger to the photoelectric converting element. The two-dimensional image sensor includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form. A bias power source for supplying a bias voltage to the individual pixels, a scanning circuit for outputting a scan signal to the pixels and a first detecting circuit for detecting photoelectric data signals from the pixels are connected to those pixels via bias lines, scan lines and data lines.
Abstract: A liquid crystal layer is disposed between a member including a transparent substrate on which pixel electrodes, TFTs, scan lines, and data lines are formed and a member including another transparent substrate over which there are formed two sets of stripe-shaped electrodes to be vertical to each other with an insulating layer inserted therebetween and a uniform transparent conductive layer as an opposing electrode over the stripe-shaped electrodes with an insulating layer inserted therebetween. The stripe-shaped electrodes are arranged, when viewed from above, to occupy gap areas between the pixel electrodes. Sequentially applying voltage pulses to the electrodes beginning at an end portion thereof, a pen input function is achieved according to the electrostatic capacitive-coupling scheme. An active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) having a pen input function is thus obtained at a low cost without deteriorating the display performance.
Abstract: A two-dimensional image sensor 12 having openings 28 through which light can pass is formed on a transparent substrate 21 and combined with a planar light source 11 and an optical element 13 which defines optical paths. The optical element 13 is formed by combining one of a diffraction grating, a microlens and a specular surface of V-shaped grooves with a collected fiber member formed from bundled optical fibers having light shielding side faces so as to allow the transfer of an image. The profiles of these components are determined so that light may be focused upon a finger contacting area on the center line between the openings 28 and photo-sensitive elements 24 of the sensor 12.