Patents by Inventor Randall D. Blanchard

Randall D. Blanchard 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: 7274412
    Abstract: A stereoscopic imaging assembly for converting true visual images of a real-life subject to a stereoscopic image includes a display and an analyzer. The display is preferably a liquid crystal display, which includes first image pixels, second image pixels, and a polarizer. The first image pixels are responsive to a first electronic image of a first true visual image and the second image pixels are responsive to a second electronic image of a second true visual image. The polarizer has a first polarization material, which enables transmission of light of a first polarity, while blocking light of a second polarity, thereby transmitting a first polarized image having a first polarity. A second polarization material enables transmission of light of the second polarity, while blocking light of the first polarity, thereby transmitting a second polarized image having a second polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: L3 Communications Corporation
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7071927
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6994453
    Abstract: An illumination device is provided, which includes, in series, a fluorescing radiation source, a light selective filter, and a light source. The light selective filter is relatively transmissive of fluorescing radiation and relatively reflective of light. The light source is preferably a fluorescable phosphor. The illumination device further includes in series after the light source, a fluorescing radiation selective filter which is relatively transmissive of light and relatively reflective of fluorescing radiation. The illumination device may be one of several specific devices, such as a fluorescent lamp assembly, a flat panel display backlight assembly, or a white light-emitting diode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20040184256
    Abstract: An illumination device is provided, which includes, in series, a fluorescing radiation- source, a light selective filter, and a light source. The light selective filter is relatively transmissive of fluorescing radiation and relatively reflective of light. The light source is preferably a fluorescable phosphor. The illumination device further includes in series after the light source, a fluorescing radiation selective filter which is relatively transmissive of light and relatively reflective of fluorescing radiation. The illumination device may be one of several specific devices, such as a fluorescent lamp assembly, a flat panel display backlight assembly, or a white light-emitting diode assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20040095332
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6692137
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a method and apparatus of illuminating a display, which has a display screen, a plurality of lamps and reflector containing both specular and diffuse surfaces. The technique provides a relatively small area specular reflector with a curved surface configured for reflecting a substantial amount of light away from the lamps, into the intermediate areas between the lamps, and toward the display screen. The relatively large remaining area of the reflector provides a diffuse surface to direct some amount of light away from the lamps and toward the display. In addition, this diffuse surface optimizes the performance of light control films integral to the illumination system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: L-3 Communications
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6677934
    Abstract: Ambient light can saturate the light detectors of a touch screen and cause unreliable operation. To address this concern, one or more filters may be placed proximate the detectors. A first filter may be a spatial filter, such as a microlouvre filter. A microlouvre filter is arranged so that it passes light transmitted by the light detectors and rejects off-axis light. Another filter may be a narrow band optical filter, such as a dichroic notch filter. Such an optical filter passes light having wavelengths within a narrow band selected to correspond to the spectral characteristics of the light emitters, while it rejects light of other wavelengths. The spatial filter and the narrow band optical filter may be used separately or in combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: L-3 Communications
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6664950
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: L-3 Communications
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6626562
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that provides back light for liquid crystal displays (“LCD”). The apparatus includes an electrodeless lamp disposed in a cabinet for generating light; and a reflector disposed on one side of the electrodeless lamp for directing light from the lamp in the direction of the LCD. The reflector further includes a surface profile that provides a uniform distribution of light intensity into the LCD. The reflector further is adjacent and in near contact with the lamp to provide a minimum depth behind the lamp. An alternate embodiment of the invention includes an IR reflector disposed between the electrodeless lamp and a diffuser, which is located adjacent the LCD screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6624593
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the brightness of an electrodeless fluorescent lamp excited by power supplied to a coil disposed in closed proximity to said lamp. The apparatus includes a dimming control unit responsive to a brightness setting for the lamp that provides a PWM signal indicative of the brightness setting. An oscillator is disposed for producing a first lamp drive voltage having a first frequency selected in response to a first state of the PWM signal and a second lamp drive voltage having a second frequency selected in response to a second state of the PWM signal. Accordingly, the first drive voltage turns on the lamp by transferring maximum power to the lamp and the second drive voltage turns off the lamp by transferring minimum power to the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6608656
    Abstract: A display device (10) is comprised of a display unit (14) and a high efficiency backlight assembly (28). The backlight assembly (28) is comprised of an inductively coupled electrodless fluorescent lamp (12) for providing light to the display unit (14). The display unit (14) includes a liquid crystal display (LCD) element (16) for displaying an image and a diffuser (22) for using the light generated by the backlight unit (28) to create a relatively uniform level of brightness over the entire area of the LCD element (16). The electrodless lamp (12) is preferably mounted in a reflective lamp housing (24) having a reflective lamp lining (36) designed to provide uniform illumination intensity on the LCD element (16). The electrodless lamp (12) may have a rectangular shape and a center reflector (44) mounted within the rectangular opening to further direct light toward the LCD element (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20030067759
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that provides back light for liquid crystal displays (“LCD”). The apparatus includes an electrodeless lamp disposed in a cabinet for generating light; and a reflector disposed on one side of the electrodeless lamp for directing light from the lamp in the direction of the LCD. The reflector further includes a surface profile that provides a uniform distribution of light intensity into the LCD. The reflector further is adjacent and in near contact with the lamp to provide a minimum depth behind the lamp. An alternate embodiment of the invention includes an IR reflector disposed between the electrodeless lamp and a diffuser, which is located adjacent the LCD screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20030067276
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the brightness of an electrodeless fluorescent lamp excited by power supplied to a coil disposed in closed proximity to said lamp. The apparatus includes a dimming control unit responsive to a brightness setting for the lamp that provides a PWM signal indicative of the brightness setting. An oscillator is disposed for producing a first lamp drive voltage having a first frequency selected in response to a first state of the PWM signal and a second lamp drive voltage having a second frequency selected in response to a second state of the PWM signal. Accordingly, the first drive voltage turns on the lamp by transferring maximum power to the lamp and the second drive voltage turns off the lamp by transferring minimum power to the lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6512512
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20030006971
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20030006972
    Abstract: Sunlight can damage a conventional touch screen display and cause the display to be quite difficult to read. Furthermore, conventional touch screen displays are easily damaged, and, once damaged, the entire touch screen is replaced. To address these concerns, a touch panel includes anti-reflective coatings on the surfaces of the top plate and the base plate that are open to the air. These coatings substantially reduce reflections and make the touch screen easier to read in direct sunlight. In particular, the anti-reflective coating used on the upper surface of the base plate is dielectric in nature to reduce reflectivity even further. This dielectric coating includes openings to an underlying conductive layer so that an electrical contact is made when a user deflects the top plate into the base plate. Also, the top plate may be detachably coupled to the base plate, advantageously by double stick adhesive tape, so that only the top plate is replaced when damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20020167629
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a method and apparatus for providing a display image that is readable under high ambient light conditions. The technique includes the use of an anti-glare surface with a significant surface texture. This surface will accommodate the deposition of an effective thin film anti-reflective optical coating. The technique provides a diffusive layer configured to diffuse light within the diffusive layer, and provides a bond between display layers to enhance performance of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20020167811
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a method and apparatus of illuminating a display, which has a display screen, a plurality of lamps and reflector containing both specular and diffuse surfaces. The technique provides a relatively small area specular reflector with a curved surface configured for reflecting a substantial amount of light away from the lamps, into the intermediate areas between the lamps, and toward the display screen. The relatively large remaining area of the reflector provides a diffuse surface to direct some amount of light away from the lamps and toward the display. In addition, this diffuse surface optimizes the performance of light control films integral to the illumination system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Publication date: November 14, 2002
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 5902030
    Abstract: A projection display system is provided having a first off-axis projector, a second off-axis projector and a screen assembly including a display screen. The screen assembly has a center axis segmenting the assembly into two segments. The first off-axis projector produces a first image that is directed via a first image path onto the first segment of the screen assembly and the second off-axis projector produces a second image that is directed via a second image path onto the second segment of the screen assembly. The second image interfaces the first image at the center axis of the screen assembly, both images intersecting the center axis at a substantially normal angle. The screen assembly may further include a Fresnel lens positioned in the first and second image paths adjacent to the display screen for receiving and straightening the first and second images. The first and second images are tiled across the entirety of the rear face of the screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 5604510
    Abstract: The drive voltage (V.sub.DATA -V.sub.REF) across an active matrix liquid crystal display module (24) is reversed on alternate frames or alternate lines by using a fixed voltage level (V.sub.REF) at one side of the LCD module and shifting the level of a base component (V.sub.BASE) on the other side of the module between higher and lower voltage levels that are respectively higher than the fixed reference level and lower than the fixed reference level. All voltages have the same polarity so that polarity shifting of any applied voltage is not required. An intensity level component from a digital to analog converter (40a), controlled by a digital input code (41), is combined with the base component in the same sense in alternate frames, but with the digital input code inverted in alternate frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: Palomar Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Randall D. Blanchard