Patents by Inventor Robert Sendall

Robert Sendall 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: 5623146
    Abstract: A thermal imaging device (10) includes a detector (50) having a linearly-arrayed plurality of spaced apart detector elements (50') upon which portions of a viewed scene are sequentially scanned by a scanner (22) in order to capture image information from the scene. A display device (22, 62, 66) similarly includes a first linear array of plural spaced apart light emitting diodes (LEDs) (62') which provide light scanned by the same scanner (22) to a user of the thermal imaging device (10) to provide an image replicating the viewed scene. The LEDs (62') of the display (22, 62, 66) are configured so that sequential portions of the image are interlaced and partially overlapped by the scanner (22) to provide a flat visual field which is free of raster lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Hughes Electronics
    Inventors: Russell K. Jones, Stephen P. Shaffer, Robert Sendall
  • Patent number: 4975864
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing nonuniformity compensation of staring infrared focal plane array imaging systems, or other video imaging ssytem, or the like. The invention comprises a processor which implements nonuniformity compensation of the detectors comprising the array. The processor generates compensation terms that are stored in an offset term memory and which are subsequently combined with the output signals from the array. The processing accomplished by the present invention normalizes all detector elements in the array such that they all appear to respond to infrared energy in an identical manner. The processor comprises a median filter which selectively implements cross (X) shaped and plus (+) shaped filters. An antimedian calculator computes the antimedian of the output of the median filter. This value comprises the difference between the central pixel of a respective filter and the median value of all pixels in the cross (X) or plus (+) shaped filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Robert Sendall, Donald K. Knight, Marvin J. Ramirez, Raymond L. McKeefery, Chuong D. Dan