Patents by Inventor Wim Crooijmans

Wim Crooijmans 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: 20220257138
    Abstract: A tracking system for tracking a marker device for being attached to a medical device is provided, whereby the marker device includes a sensing unit comprising a magnetic object which may be excited by an external magnetic or electromagnetic excitation field into a mechanical oscillation of the magnetic object, and the tracking system comprises a field generator for generating a predetermined magnetic or electromagnetic excitation field for inducing mechanical oscillations of the magnetic object, a transducer for transducing a magnetic or electromagnetic field generated by the induced mechanical oscillations of the magnetic object into one or more electrical response signals, and a position determination unit for determining the position of the marker device on the basis of the one or more electrical response signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: BERNHARD GLEICH, JUERGEN ERWIN RAHMER, MICHAEL GRASS, MARCO VERSTEGE, DIRK SCHAEFER, WIM CROOIJMANS
  • Patent number: 10522132
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasound array comprising a plurality of ultrasound transducer elements (20) on a carrier (10), said carrier further carrying an actuator arrangement (30, 30?) of a material having an adjustable shape in response to an electromagnetic stimulus, e.g. an electro active polymer or optically responsive polymer, wherein the material is arranged to change the orientation of said ultrasound transducer elements in response to said stimulus. This facilitates configurable beam shaping and/or body contour matching with the ultrasound array. An ultrasound system (100) comprising such an ultrasound array is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Franciscus Johannes Gerardus Hakkens, Debbie Rem-Bronneberg, Wim Crooijmans, Cornelis Petrus Hendriks, Sergei Shulepov, Emil George Radulescu, Denny Mathew
  • Patent number: 10509086
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of operating an instrument (100). The instrument comprises a magnetic resonance system (102) for measuring dictionary magnetic resonance data (154) from a measurement zone (108). The magnetic resonance system comprises a magnet (104) for generating a main magnetic field within the measurement zone. The magnetic resonance system comprises a test fixture (124) for holding a test sample (132) within the measurement zone. The test fixture comprises a supplementary magnetic field coil (126) and a magnetic resonance antenna (128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Erik Amthor, Peter Boernert, Mariya Ivanova Doneva, Wim Crooijmans
  • Publication number: 20180180692
    Abstract: The invention provides for a method of operating an instrument (100). The instrument comprises a magnetic resonance system (102) for measuring dictionary magnetic resonance data (154) from a measurement zone (108). The magnetic resonance system comprises a magnet (104) for generating a main magnetic field within the measurement zone. The magnetic resonance system comprises a test fixture (124) for holding a test sample (132) within the measurement zone. The test fixture comprises a supplementary magnetic field coil (126) and a magnetic resonance antenna (128).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: THOMAS ERIK AMTHOR, PETER BOERNERT, MARIYA IVANOVA DONEVA, WIM CROOIJMANS
  • Publication number: 20180130457
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ultrasound array comprising a plurality of ultrasound transducer elements (20) on a carrier (10), said carrier further carrying an actuator arrangement (30, 30?) of a material having an adjustable shape in response to an electromagnetic stimulus, e.g. an electro active polymer or optically responsive polymer, wherein the material is arranged to change the orientation of said ultrasound transducer elements in response to said stimulus. This facilitates configurable beam shaping and/or body contour matching with the ultrasound array. An ultrasound system (100) comprising such an ultrasound array is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: FRANCISCUS JOHANNES GERARDUS HAKKENS, DEBBIE REM-BRONNEBERG, WIM CROOIJMANS, CORNELIS PETRUS HENDRIKS, SERGEI SHULEPOV, EMIL GEORGE RADULESCU, DENNY MATHEW
  • Patent number: 9179985
    Abstract: A system for providing integrated guidance for positioning a needle in a body has two levels of guidance: a coarse guidance and a fine guidance. The system includes a non-invasive tracking system for tracing the biopsy device in the body, for providing the coarse guidance. Furthermore, the system includes an optical detector mounted on the needle for obtaining optical information discriminating tissue in the body, for providing the fine guidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Guy Shechter, Drazenko Babic, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 9124213
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cooling and capturing energy in an electronic device using photovoltaic cells is disclosed. A power supply powers electronic components inside the electronic device. The electronic components produce heat and infrared energy. The photovoltaic cells convert the infrared energy into an electric current to reduce the overall heat level of the electronic device. A power recovery circuit conditions the electric current into a conditioned power signal usable by a system power path manager of the electronic device. The system power path manager uses the converted infrared energy to power the electronic device and/or to charge an energy storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jacob Rasco, Joshua Een, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 8754340
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems which provide buttons oriented at angles relative to each other as a part of a multiple function switch are described. In one embodiment, the multiple function switch is part of an inline controller that is suitable for use to control features or functions of a portable electronic device. A multiple function switch may be incorporated in a cable associated with an earpiece arranged to be interfaced with a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Prest, Kurt Stiehl, Cameron Frazier, Wim Crooijmans, Michelle Yu
  • Patent number: 8724837
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a media device docking station having one or more acoustic channels to transfer sound to or from the media device while the media device is docked with the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wim Crooijmans, Richard Paul Howarth
  • Patent number: 8688037
    Abstract: A mobile computing device and an accessory device are individually equipped with features and components that enable magnetic coupling of the two devices. Specific embodiments provide for the use of one or more horseshoe magnets for use in the magnetic coupling mechanisms. As an addition or alternative, electromagnetic coupling may be used to selectively maintain and/or orient the two devices in a mated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Manjirnath Chatterjee, Eric Liu, Mark Corbridge, Mukul Kumar, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 8401469
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include a computing device that is capable of inductive signal transfer with other computing devices. Such computing devices are provided a shield that protects the device and other components from electromagnetic interference and unwanted electrical affects resulting from the inductive signal transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Manjirnath Chatterjee, Mark Corbridge, Michael Lehr, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 8350167
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems which provide buttons oriented at angles relative to each other as a part of a multiple function switch are described. In one embodiment, the multiple function switch is part of an inline controller that is suitable for use to control features or functions of a portable electronic device. A multiple function switch may be incorporated in a cable associated with an earpiece arranged to be interfaced with a portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Prest, Kurt Stiehl, Cameron Frazier, Michelle Yu, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 8068336
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a single docking station and a plurality of inserts that are placed in the docking station so that the docking station can accommodate hand held devices with differing sizes and shapes. The docking system is configured with a docking station and insert that matingly engage with one another via a rotating action. The docking system is also configured with a latching retention mechanism that secures the insert to the docking station when the insert is rotated into engagement with the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wim Crooijmans, Richard P. Howarth, Phillip M. Hobson
  • Publication number: 20110203631
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for cooling and capturing energy in an electronic device using photovoltaic cells is disclosed. A power supply powers electronic components inside the electronic device. The electronic components produce heat and infrared energy. The photovoltaic cells convert the infrared energy into an electric current to reduce the overall heat level of the electronic device. A power recovery circuit conditions the electric current into a conditioned power signal usable by a system power path manager of the electronic device. The system power path manager uses the converted infrared energy to power the electronic device and/or to charge an energy storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Palm, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Rasco, Joshua Een, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 7933117
    Abstract: A docking station is disclosed. The docking station has an adjustable opening that accommodates portable electronic devices with differing sizes and shapes. The opening is capable of expanding to accommodate larger devices and retracting to accommodate smaller devices while still supporting the portable electronic device in its proper position within the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Howarth, Phillip M. Hobson, Wim Crooijmans
  • Publication number: 20100317964
    Abstract: A system for providing integrated guidance for positioning a needle in a body has two levels of guidance: a coarse guidance and a fine guidance. The system comprises a non-invasive tracking system (400) for tracing the biopsy device (100) in the body, for providing the coarse guidance. Furthermore, the system comprises an optical detector (101?, 102?, 103?) mounted on the needle (100) for obtaining optical information discriminating tissue in the body, for providing the fine guidance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Guy Shechter, Drazenko Babic, Wim Crooijmans
  • Publication number: 20100188808
    Abstract: A docking station is disclosed. The docking station has an adjustable opening that accommodates portable electronic devices with differing sizes and shapes. The opening is capable of expanding to accommodate larger devices and retracting to accommodate smaller devices while still supporting the portable electronic device in its proper position within the docking station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Howarth, Phillip M. Hobson, Wim Crooijmans
  • Patent number: 7719830
    Abstract: A docking station is disclosed. The docking station has an adjustable opening that accommodates portable electronic devices with differing sizes and shapes. The opening is capable of expanding to accommodate larger devices and retracting to accommodate smaller devices while still supporting the portable electronic device in its proper position within the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard P. Howarth, Phillip M. Hobson, Wim Crooijmans
  • Publication number: 20100118485
    Abstract: A docking system is disclosed. The docking system includes a single docking station and a plurality of inserts that are placed in the docking station so that the docking station can accommodate hand held devices with differing sizes and shapes. The docking system is configured with a docking station and insert that matingly engage with one another via a rotating action. The docking system is also configured with a latching retention mechanism that secures the insert to the docking station when the insert is rotated into engagement with the docking station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Wim Crooijmans, Richard P. Howarth, Phillip M. Hobson
  • Publication number: 20100081483
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include a computing device that is capable of inductive signal transfer with other computing devices. Such computing devices are provided a shield that protects the device and other components from electromagnetic interference and unwanted electrical affects resulting from the inductive signal transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Manjirnath Chatterjee, Mark Corbridge, Michael Lehr, Wim Crooijmans