Patents by Inventor Kenneth Edward Salsman

Kenneth Edward Salsman 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: 20120326015
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with imaging modules or communications modules. Imaging modules and communications modules may be improved with the use of plasmonic light collectors. Plasmonic light collectors exploit the interaction between incoming light and plasmons in the plasmonic light collector to redirect the path of the incoming light. Plasmonic light collectors may be used to form lenses for image pixels in an imaging module or to form light pipes or lenses for use in injecting optical communications into a fiber optic cable. Plasmonic lenses may be formed by lithography of metallic surfaces, by implantation or by stacking and patterning of layers of materials having different dielectric properties. Plasmonic image pixels may be smaller and more efficient than conventional image pixels. Plasmonic light guides may have significantly less signal loss than conventional lenses and light guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Salsman
  • Publication number: 20120200534
    Abstract: A light-based input device may have multiple branches each based on a respective light-guide structure. A light source may launch light into the light-guide structures. A light sensor may detect light reflected from the light-guide structures or transmitted through the light-guide structures. The light-based input device may be used to gather user input from a user of an electronic device. The user may move an object into contact with the light-guide structures. The light sensor may monitor light intensity fluctuations from the light-guide structures to determine where the light-guide structures have been contacted by the object. Multiple wavelengths of light may be used by the light source and light sensor to reduce crosstalk between adjacent branches of the light-based input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Salsman
  • Publication number: 20120200533
    Abstract: A light-based input device may be based on a wedge-shaped light-guide structure. Light may be introduced into the interior of the light-guide structure from a light source and corresponding reflected light exiting the light-guide structure may be measured using a light detector such as an image sensor. The location at which a user places an object in contact with an upper surface of the light-guide structure may be detected by analyzing the pattern of reflected light that exits the light-guide structure. Multiple layers of light-guide structures may be separated from each other by opaque material such as plastic so that the device can determine the direction in which the object is traversing the light-guide layers. A light-based input device may be implemented using free-space light beams that are interrupted by the user. Keys may be provided in a light-based input device by movably mounting contact pads to a light-guide structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Edward Salsman
  • Publication number: 20120044341
    Abstract: An integrated circuit may contain image sensor pixels. Channels containing a fluid with samples such as cells may be formed on top of the image sensor. Control circuitry may be formed on the integrated circuit. The image sensor pixels may form light sensors and imagers. Portions of the channel may have multiple chambers such as fluorescence detection chambers. Gating structures and other fluid control structures may control the flow of fluid through the channels and chambers. Portions of the channel may be used to form chambers. The chambers may each be provided with one or more light sensors, light sources, and color filters to alter the color of illumination form a light source, one or more reactants such as dyes, antigens, and antibodies, and heaters. The control circuitry may be configured to control the imagers, the gating structures, the fluid control structures, the light source, the heaters, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Curtis W. Stith, Kenneth Edward Salsman, Dmitry Bakin, Ulrich Boettiger
  • Publication number: 20120045103
    Abstract: An image sensor integrated circuit may contain image sensor pixels. A channel containing a fluid with particles such as cells may be formed on top of the image sensor. Some of the image sensor pixels may form a calibration sensor and some of the image sensor pixels may form an imager. As the fluid and particles flow through the channel at a flow rate, the calibration sensor may measures the flow rate and illumination intensity in the channel. Based on calibration data such as measured flow rate and measured illumination intensity, adjustments may be made to ensure that the imager acquires satisfactory image data. The adjustments may include flow rate adjustments, image acquisition data rate adjustments, and illumination adjustments. A processing unit in the channel may contain a laser or other component to destroy selected cells. A flared region in the channel may be used as a chromatograph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Salsman, Ulrich Boettiger, Dmitry Bakin, Curtis W. Stith
  • Publication number: 20120044339
    Abstract: An image sensor integrated circuit may contain image sensor pixels. A channel containing a fluid with particles such as cells may be formed on top of the image sensor. The image sensor pixels may form light sensors and imagers. The imagers may gather images of the cells or other particles as the fluid passes over the imagers. The channel may have multiple branches. Gating structures and other fluid control structures may control the flow of fluid through the channel branches. Portions of the channel may be used to form chambers. The chambers may each be provided with one or more light sensors, light sources, and color filters to alter the color of illumination form a light source, one or more reactants such as dyes, antigens, and antibodies, and heaters. The branches may route the fluid to respective chambers each of which has a different set of capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Inventors: Curtis W. Stith, Dmitry Bakin, Ulrich Boettiger, Kenneth Edward Salsman
  • Publication number: 20110103643
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a camera module. The camera module may include a camera sensor and associated image preprocessing circuitry. The image preprocessing circuitry may analyze images from the camera module to perform motion detection, facial recognition, and other operations. The image preprocessing circuitry may generate signals that indicate the presence of a user and that indicate the identity of the user. The electronic device may receive the signals from the camera module and may use the signals in implementing power saving functions. The electronic device may enter a power conserving mode when the signals do not indicate the presence of a user, but may keep the camera module powered in the power conserving mode. When the camera module detects that a user is present, the signals from the camera module may activate the electronic device and direct the electronic device to enter an active operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Salsman, Nicholas E. Brathwaite, Bob Gove
  • Publication number: 20100016662
    Abstract: A radial scanner configured to image the interior of a tube includes, in an embodiment, a housing having a transparent window, a photo-sensing array, a mirror located within the housing and oriented to direct an image around a circumference of an interior surface of the tube outside the transparent window to the photo-sensing array, and a light source configured to illuminate the interior surface of the tube, wherein the photo-sensing array is configured to receive the image around the circumference as a circular line scan. In an embodiment, the radial scanner is deployed as an ingestible capsule. In another embodiment, the radial scanner is deployed as a fiber optic catheter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Salsman, Anders Grunnet-Jepsen, Brian Glenn Jamieson
  • Publication number: 20100016673
    Abstract: An ingestible scanning device includes, in an embodiment, a capsule housing having a transparent window and sized so as to be ingestible, a photo-sensing array located within the capsule housing, a mirror located within the housing and oriented to direct an image from a surface outside the transparent window to the photo-sensing array, and a light source for illuminating the surface outside the transparent window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: William Robert Bandy, Brian Glenn Jamieson, Kevin James Powell, Kenneth Edward Salsman, Robert Charles Schober, John Weitzner, Michael R. Arneson