Masahiro Nishio 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: A light source apparatus includes at least one light-emitter, a driving circuit, an input unit, a temperature control circuit, and an effective light power setting circuit. The driving circuit allows the light-emitter to emit light by applying a driving waveform to the light-emitter. The effective light power setting circuit drives the driving circuit to allow the light-emitter to emit light with a predetermined effective light power, in accordance with a driving condition set by the temperature control circuit. The temperature control circuit controls the light-emitter to be in a predetermined heat generation state by increasing or decreasing a heat generation amount of the light-emitter without changing the predetermined effective light power of the light emitted from the light-emitter by adjusting the driving condition of the light-emitter.
Abstract: An observation apparatus includes an imager, a light source unit, an image processor and a light intensity adjusting section. The imager includes types of elements which generate a first signal when the elements receive light included in a sensitivity region. The light source unit includes light sources to emit narrow spectrum light, wavelengths of the light being different from one another and being set so that at least one of the wavelengths is included in each of the sensitivity regions. The image processor generates display data indicating a color image on the basis of the image data. The light intensity adjusting section separately adjusts respective light intensity of the light sources.
Abstract: An endoscope system includes an illuminator comprising a light source adapted to emit light of a light amount corresponding to a magnitude of supply energy, the illuminator configured to emit the light in a form of illumination light for illuminating a subject; an imager configured to image the subject to acquire an image; a controller configured to control the illuminator by adjusting the magnitude of the supply energy within a range less or equal to a maximum supply value, to bring brightness of the illumination light close to a target value; and a setter configured to set the maximum supply value according to a temperature of the light source.
Abstract: A light source device includes a laser diode configured to emit a laser light used as an illumination light, a determination unit configured to determine one of a plurality of modes as an operation mode of the laser diode based on usage state of the light source device; and a driver configured to drive the laser diode in a condition that a bias current to the laser diode is applied depending on the operation mode determined by the determination unit.
Abstract: An endoscope system includes an endoscope including a control section, an insertion section, and a light guide member, a light source configured to emit light guided by the light guide member, a failure-cause detecting circuit configured to detect a pre-failure state that causes a failure of the endoscope, and a light source controller configured to control an output of the light source based on a detection result of the failure-cause detecting circuit. The failure-cause detecting circuit includes a cause predicting circuit configured to detect a second pre-failure state in which it is predicted that the endoscope reaches a first pre-failure state that directly causes the failure of the endoscope. The light source controller controls the output of the light source based on a detection result of the cause predicting circuit.
Abstract: An endoscope illumination apparatus includes a light convertor including first and second light conversion members that receive primary light emitted from a primary light source and convert at least one of the optical properties of the primary light, a detector that receives at least part of first light conversion light converted by the first light conversion member as detection light, and outputs a detection signal corresponding to a quantity of the detection light, and an operation estimation circuit that estimates, based on an amount of change in the detection signal output from the detector, whether any one of the first and second light conversion members is in an abnormal operation or both of the first and second light conversion members are in an abnormal operation.
Abstract: A light source apparatus includes a main unit, light source modules attachable to and detachable from the main unit, and storage mediums storing characteristic information of the light source modules. Each light source module includes at least one light source and a light connection part to be optically connected to the main unit. The main unit includes entrance parts to be optically connected to the light connection parts of the connected light source modules, a light combining unit to combine light entering the entrance parts, at least one exit part to cause light combined by the light combining unit to exit, and an exit light characteristic deriving unit to derive characteristic information of achievable exit light based on characteristic information of the light source modules stored in the storage mediums.
Abstract: An illumination system includes a light source device configured by an excitation light source, a light guiding member and a wavelength converter that are connected in order, and an operation check device. The system further includes: a connector configured to directly and physically connect the operation check device to a light signal emitting end which includes the wavelength converter; a detector configured to detect a light signal emitted from the light signal emitting end when the light signal emitting end and the operation check device are connected by the connector; and an operation determiner configured to determine the operations of the excitation light source, the light guiding member, and the wavelength converter by a detection result in the detector.
Abstract: A light source device includes a plurality of light source units, a plurality of first heat processing units, a second heat processing unit, a plurality of thermal connectors, a light processing unit, and a plurality of optical connectors. The plurality of thermal connectors make the plurality of first heat processing units and the second heat processing unit attachable to and detachable from each other, and thermally connect the plurality of first heat processing units and the second heat processing unit. The light processing unit processes the light output from the plurality of light source units. The plurality of optical connectors make the plurality of light source units and the light processing unit attachable to and detachable from each other, and optically connect the plurality of light source units and the light processing unit.
Abstract: It is an object to provide an information processing device and a computer-readable recording medium that enable achieving reduction in the man-hours of an operator. An information processing device comprises, a processor and a plurality of slots provided for installation of an electronic component. The processor that executes a process including; first detecting presence or absence of installation of the electronic component in each of the slots; second detecting, based on detection result obtained by the first detecting and based on an installation candidate pattern indicating presence or absence of installation of an electronic component in each of the slots as determined based on configuration of the information processing device, an installation defect of the electronic component; and notifying, when the installation defect is detected by the second detecting, the installation detect.
Abstract: An imaging system includes an illumination portion, an imager, a reader, and an illumination controller configured to control an intensity of illumination light based on modulated illumination in a non-reading period. The modulated illumination has a first integrated light amount as a product of a variable intensity of a first pulse and an output period of the illumination light and a second integrated light amount as a product of a constant intensity of a second pulse and the output period. In the non-reading period, the illumination controller causes a predetermined light amount that is not larger than a maximum value of the first integrated light amount and is not smaller than a minimum value of the second integrated light amount to transit between the first integrated light amount and the second integrated light amount.
Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes a first wavelength converter which absorbs part of the first excitation light and emits first wavelength-converted light, a second wavelength converter which absorbs part of the first excitation light and emits second wavelength-converted light, a reflector including a reflecting surface which is arranged to surround the members, and a holder which holds the members. A first region where light distribution angles of light emitted from the members have a predetermined value or less and a second region where the light distribution angle is less than the predetermined value are present in a region surrounded by the reflecting surface. The holder holds at least one part of the wavelength converter and at least one part of the second wavelength converter at the first region.
Abstract: An irradiation module mechanically detachably attached to a light source module includes a first light source light entrance end which allows entry of first light source light from a first light source module, a first light guide member to guide the first light source light entered the first light source light entrance end, a second light source light entrance end which allows entry of second light source light from a second light source module, and a second light guide member to guide the second light source light entered the second light source light entrance end. The first light guide member and the second light guide member have optical specifications which correspond to optical characteristics of the light source light to be guided and in which the optical characteristics are different from each other.
Abstract: An illumination apparatus in an endoscopic system includes a light source unit having lasers with different peak wavelengths, the lasers being divided by peak wavelength into narrow band light source groups, a color imaging unit that detects the illumination color of illumination light, a memory that stores an appropriate illumination color for each narrow band light source group, an output calculator that, for each narrow band light source group, compares the illumination color obtained upon light emission by the lasers belonging to the narrow band light source group with the appropriate illumination color of the narrow band light source group and calculates an appropriate output for each of the lasers belonging to the narrow band light source group, and a light source controller that controls the lasers on the basis of the calculated appropriate output.
Abstract: A light source device includes a primary light source that emits primary light, a light guide that guides the primary light, an optical conversion unit that converts the primary light emitted from the light guide and having a first light distribution angle into secondary light having a second light distribution angle and emits the secondary light, and a light distribution adjustment unit that adjusts the secondary light to illumination light having a third light distribution angle and emits the illumination light. The light distribution adjustment unit and the optical conversion unit slide each other. The light distribution adjustment unit allows a light distribution adjustment amount for adjusting the second light distribution angle of the secondary light to adjust to the third light distribution angle of the illumination light.
Abstract: A light source illumination unit has operation modes including at least a normal electric power mode to operate with first electric power consumption, and a low electric power mode to operate with second electric power consumption lower than the first electric power consumption. A controller selects at least one of the operation modes in accordance with a use schedule, and controls the light source illumination unit in accordance with the selected operation mode.
Abstract: A light source illumination unit has operation modes including at least a normal electric power mode to operate with first electric power consumption, and a low electric power mode to operate with second electric power consumption lower than the first electric power consumption. A controller selects at least one of the operation modes in accordance with the current usage, and controls the light source illumination unit in accordance with the selected operation mode.
Abstract: A light source system includes an intermediary adapter which mechanically connects a first light source module, a first irradiation module, a second light source module and a second irradiation module, a first connection mechanism which connects the first light source module and the intermediary adapter and a second connection mechanism which connects the second light source module and the intermediary adapter. The first irradiation module and the second irradiation module are interchangeably connected to the intermediary adapter in the same plane of the intermediary adapter.
Abstract: A light source device includes a detector that detects a remaining capacity, and a prediction calculation circuit that calculates a capacity consumption predictive value indicating a ratio of consuming a capacity of a supply source within a predetermined period of time in each illumination mode. The light source device further includes a capability calculation circuit that calculates a driving capability of the supply source corresponding to each of the illumination modes, based on the remaining capacity and the capacity consumption predictive value; and a reporting unit that reports the driving capability.
Abstract: An endoscope system includes an illumination unit which includes a modulation section configured to control a visible light source so that visible light from the visible light source is subjected to intensity modulation in a predetermined pattern, and emits modulated visible light as illumination light, a detection section configured to detect the modulated visible light, and a determination section configured to determine whether an insertion portion of an endoscope is present in an object based on a detection result of the detection section. The illumination unit is arranged outside the object, and the detection section is arranged at the insertion portion.