Patents by Inventor Karl-Peter Strauss

Karl-Peter Strauss 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: 4720700
    Abstract: Upon unauthorized removal of a car radio (2) from the chassis (C) of a car, a memory (5) which has a code stored therein is changed and inhibits operation of the car radio. The memory is retained in a predetermined memory state either by continuously receiving data inputs, for example from a potentiometer slider of a potentiometer (6), or data entered into an RAM energized only upon being properly connected in the vehicle. Alternatively, a user may enter a code, for example by operation of station selector buttons (4) of the car radio (2), and upon operating a set code switch (9), which code is destroyed upon removal of the radio, or upon failure to enter the correct code from time to time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: Blaupunkt-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Seibold, Karl-Peter Strauss
  • Patent number: 4476582
    Abstract: The location coordinates, as well as the transmitting station frequencies, of stations that broadcast the same programs by network arrangements or otherwise, are stored so that when a particular program (network) is selected, all these stations broadcasting the same program as a station being listened to which are not more than a prescribed maximum distance from the station being listened to, may be listed in a table in a working store. While a particular station is being listened to, therefore, continuous checking of the station being listened to with other stations broadcasting the same program for relative reception quality can be carried out automatically while a station is being listened to in a moving vehicle, without taking into account the signals broadcast by stations that are too far away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1984
    Assignee: Blaupunkt-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Peter Strauss, Jurgen Kasser
  • Patent number: 4219261
    Abstract: A photographic camera having an objective, a viewfinder coupled to said objective and comprising means for converting the setting of the objective into electrical signal values, x'.sub.actual, memory storage means for storing the electrical signal values, the memory storage means storing a first signal value, x.sub.v ', corresponding to the objective setting associated with a far point desired to be photographed, and for storing a second signal value, x.sub.h ', corresponding to the objective setting associated with a near point desired to be photographed, and calculator means connected to the memory storage means for automatically calculating a desired stop figure, k.sub.desired, and a desired distance-setting value, x'.sub.desired, associated with the first and second signal values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Inventors: Ortwin Rosner, Karl-Peter Strauss
  • Patent number: 4117499
    Abstract: Electronic circuitry for setting or controlling either one of two exposure value factors of a photographic camera, namely, the exposure time (shutter speed) and the diaphragm aperture. The circuitry includes a comparator which receives an input responsive to the film sensitivity, the brightness of the subject, and the preset selected value of the one of the two exposure factors which is to be set manually rather than automatically. The comparator is connected to a flip-flop, a counter, and a decoder in such a way as to provide a signal which can control or operate either a photographic shutter mechanism or a diaphragm aperture mechanism, and the signal also controls the lighting of luminous diodes to give a visual indication of the exposure factor value which has been determined by the circuit as the proper value for an optimum exposure. There is also provision for storing the determined exposure value for later use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1978
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventor: Karl-Peter Strauss
  • Patent number: 4104656
    Abstract: Electronic means for controlling the aperture of an electromagnetically operated diaphragm of a photographic camera, especially a single lens mirror reflex camera. The diaphragm aperture is set by a pot-shaped electromagnet. The coil of the electromagnet is supplied with current by an electronic circuit which responds to light falling on a photoelectric converter placed behind the diaphragm, which compares the value of this response to a nominal value resulting from a shutter speed setting and a film speed or sensivity setting, and transmits current in a rapid series of pulses to the coil of the magnet which operates the diaphragm. The pulsing nature of the current applied to the electromagnet tends to cause a slight vibration in the mechanical parts of the diaphragm mechanism, and this vibration helps to overcome the static friction of the moving parts of the diaphragm mechanism, facilitating the setting of the diaphragm to the exact value desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventor: Karl-Peter Strauss
  • Patent number: 4104655
    Abstract: A camera having means for manually preselecting the value of one of the two main exposure factors (shutter speed and diaphragm aperture) and means for automatically setting the other of these two exposure factors, in response to prevailing light conditions. If the available range of the automatically set factor is not sufficient to provide an acceptable exposure value in view of prevailing light conditions, then the automatic mechanism moves the previously selected or preset exposure factor to a value which will give an acceptable exposure value. Relatively simple and inexpensive circuitry is provided to accomplish this, and to enable the exposure values to be set entirely manually rather than automatically, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventor: Karl-Peter Strauss
  • Patent number: 4075638
    Abstract: A photographic camera in which at least one of the two main exposure factors (shutter speed and diaphragm aperture) may be set either manually or automatically. Indicating means is provided, visible in the viewfinder of the camera, to indicate to the user both the exposure factor value which he has set manually (if any) and the exposure factor value which the automatic mechanism would select according to prevailing light conditions, regardless of whether the user plans to utilize the automatic setting feature or whether he prefers to set the factor manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1978
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventors: Karl-Peter Strauss, Dietmar Elke
  • Patent number: 3964077
    Abstract: Mechanism for synchronizing the illumination produced by flash units of two different types, with the operation of a camera shutter, especially a shutter of the type having one blade mechanism for opening the shutter to start the exposure, and a separate blade mechanism for closing the shutter to terminate the exposure. The synchronizing mechanism has electronic circuitry which produces, at a single bi-polar contact, a first voltage variation at the beginning of the shutter opening movement and a second voltage variation at a later time, not later than the beginning of the shutter closing movement. A first form of adapter, used with a combustible flash bulb of the current-operated type, is plugged into the synchronous contact of the camera, and this adapter fires the flash bulb in response to the first voltage variation, far enough in advance of the termination of the exposure to allow time for the combustible flash bulb to achieve sufficient illumination intensity while the exposure is still in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventor: Karl-Peter Strauss