Patents by Inventor Koichiro Hori

Koichiro Hori 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: 5603687
    Abstract: An endoscope for stereo-optically viewing an object comprises a tubular insertion portion characterized by a pair of adjacent asymmetric optical systems including a primary imaging channel and a secondary imaging channel. Associated with each channel is a solid state electronic imaging means positioned to receive the images relayed by primary and secondary image-relaying means. The optical portion of the primary channel comprises a relatively large objective lens system and a primary image-relaying means designed to provide sharply focussed first images. The optical portion of the secondary channel comprises a relatively small diameter objective lens system and a secondary image-relaying means designed to relay enough light and image information to provide an acceptable stereoscopic capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Oktas General Partnership
    Inventors: Koichiro Hori, John R. Lyon
  • Patent number: 5582576
    Abstract: An endoscope having an objective lens, a zoom lens, a solid state imaging device for picking up the image formed by said objective lens and transferred by said zoom lens, and control means for moving the zoom lens and the imaging device so as to assure that for each position occupied by the zoom lens the imaging device is positioned so that the its image-receiving surface is in the focal plane of the zoom lens. The endoscope also comprises first and second motion-transmitting means for moving said zoom lens and said imaging device respectively along the optical axis of said objective lens, whereby the axial spacing between said zoom lens and said objective lens and also the axial spacing between said imaging device and said objective lens may be changed, and manually operable switch means for controlling movement of the zoom lens and the imaging device by said first and second motion transmitting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Oktas General Partnership
    Inventors: Koichiro Hori, Herbert A. Thaler, Scott E. Hunt, Philip R. Lichtman
  • Patent number: 5538497
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a first tube having a proximal end and distal end, a second tube having a proximal end and distal end, and a control rod movably coupled to the first tube and secured to the second tube for allowing the second tube to be rotated out of lengthwise alignment with and axially movable with respect to the first tube. The first tube includes concentrically disposed optical fibers with ends terminating at the distal end of the first tube. The second tube includes separate concentrically disposed optical fibers with ends terminating at both the proximal and distal ends of the second tube. When the first and second tubes are longitudinally aligned, at least some of the optical fibers in the second tube are substantially aligned with those in the first tube such that light is coupled therebetween. Both of the first and second tubes are capable of receiving imaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Oktas
    Inventor: Koichiro Hori
  • Patent number: 5517027
    Abstract: Method for detecting and examining a slightly irregular surface state is provided which includes the steps of: illuminating a surface of a sample with light beam for detecting the slightly irregular surface state; observing a variation of the light beam occurring due to the slightly irregular surface state to specify the location of the slightly irregular surface state in an x-y plane of the sample; making the location of a probe needle of a scanning probe microscope and the location of the slightly irregular surface state on the sample coincide with each other; and measuring a three-dimensional image of the slightly irregular surface state by means of the scanning probe microscope. The scanning probe microscope for use in the aforementioned method and a method for fabricating a semiconductor device or a liquid crystal display device which utilizes the aforementioned method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitsugu Nakagawa, Fusami Soeda, Naohiko Fujino, Isamu Karino, Osamu Wada, Hiroshi Kurokawa, Koichiro Hori, Nobuyoshi Hattori, Masahiro Sekine, Masashi Ohmori, Kazuo Kuramoto, Junji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5359992
    Abstract: An endoscope coupler includes a sealed chamber and a lens assembly longitudinally movable within the chamber for focusing an image to be received by a video camera. Spaced permanent drive magnets located exteriorly of the chamber are magnetically coupled with respective permanent driven magnets secured to the lens assembly in the chamber for moving the lens assembly simultaneously with movement of the drive magnets. A focusing ring is rotatable but not longitudinally movable about the chamber and translates the drive magnets and, therefore, the driven magnets and lens assembly longitudinally in response to focusing ring rotation. Frictional retaining rings disposed between the chamber and the focusing ring resist movement of the focusing ring to provide enhanced tactile response when the focusing ring is manually moved by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Hori, Dennis Arsenault
  • Patent number: 5349941
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a handle body having first and second ends and having a channel region therein with the channel being exposed on at least one side of the handle body. A cover is disposed on the handle body with a portion of the cover disposed in over exposed region of the channel. An end piece is disposed over the first end of the handle body and a first tube having a channel provided therein is coupled to the second end of the handle body. The endoscope further includes a sheath disposed over the first tube and removably coupled to a first one of the tube and the second end of the handle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Oktas
    Inventor: Koichiro Hori
  • Patent number: 5347988
    Abstract: An improved endoscope assembly includes a quantity of optically transparent liquid filling the space between facing windows of adjoining mechanically and optically coupled components to eliminate fogging due to condensation and thereby provide improved image quality. One component includes a male connector with its window at its mating end. The other component has a recess defined therein for receiving the male connector. A stop member on the connector abuts the other component to define maximal insertion of the connector and establish a space between the windows for retaining the liquid. The space between the windows is sufficiently small to permit retention of the liquid in the recess by means of surface tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventor: Koichiro Hori
  • Patent number: 4740058
    Abstract: An opto-mechanical coupler is described for providing a quick-release mechanical and optical connection between a camera and the eyepiece of an endoscope or other optical instrument. The coupler comprises a hollow body member that is adapted to be screwed into the threaded aperture of a camera and is characterized by a center bore for transmitting images from the endoscope to the camera, and eyepiece clamping means attached to the hollow body member.In one embodiment, the eyepiece clamping means comprises a single clamping member defining a channel for receiving the eyepiece, and means rotatably connecting the clamping means to the hollow body so that rotation of the clamping member in one direction will cause the eyepiece to be clamped to the hollow body and rotation in a second opposite direction will unclamp the eyepiece from the hollow body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Technology For Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Koichiro Hori, Philip R. Lichtman
  • Patent number: 4611888
    Abstract: A device for coupling a rigid surgical endoscope and a video camera has a compact, lightweight configuration which receives the endoscope without the conventional bulky endoscope eyepiece. The coupler has front and rear sections rotatable with respect to each other under a frictional drag to enable the endoscope and camera to be rotated either in unison or with respect to each other, so as to change the field of view of the endoscope or to change the orientation of the image on the screen of a video monitor, or both. The device includes sealing means to prevent fogging of the optics while enabling complete immersion of the endoscope, coupler and video camera, as a unit, in suitable liquid sterilization bath. The coupler also is adapted to accept endoscopes of various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1986
    Assignee: MP Video, Inc.
    Inventors: Melvin B. Prenovitz, Koichiro Hori