Photocell Controlled Circuit Patents (Class 250/206)
  • Patent number: 10381314
    Abstract: The method of the invention includes: placing a base member and a frame member having a thermal expansion coefficient different from a thermal expansion coefficient of the base member in a state in which the base member is stacked with the frame member and a thermosetting adhesive agent is interposed between the base member and the frame member; adhering the base member and the frame member by heating the base member, the frame member, and the adhesive agent from the state to a temperature equal to or higher than a curing temperature of the adhesive agent; and cooling the base member and the frame member from the curing temperature. The frame member in the state is warped so that a flatness error of the frame member after having been cooled becomes smaller than that in a case where the frame member is flat in the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Kazuya Notsu, Ryuji Oyama
  • Patent number: 10365162
    Abstract: A laser wavelength detector includes first and second sensors having a common field of view. A filter having two or more monochromatic attenuation coefficients optically couples the second sensor to the field of view. The filter attenuates incident monochromatic laser illumination detected by the second sensor more heavily than incident monochromatic laser illumination detected by the first sensor such that wavelength of incident laser illumination can be identified according to a ratio of first and second sensor intensities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. McNulty, Charles Alte
  • Patent number: 10289007
    Abstract: A scanning lithography tool that includes a reticle stage for clamping and imparting a bending moment onto a reticle by applying a force along a plane surface of the reticle to bend the reticle in a deterministic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Alton Phillips, Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 10235973
    Abstract: An optical sensing method capable of changing a sensing direction of an optical sensing module is applied to a portable device, which includes a housing, an optical sensing module and an optical diverting mechanism. The optical sensing module is disposed inside the housing. The optical sensing module includes an optical emitter adapted to emit an optical sensing signal out of the housing and an optical receiver adapted to receive an optical modulated signal reflected from an external object. The optical diverting mechanism is adjacent by the optical sensing module. The optical sensing signal is directly projected while the optical sensing signal is not diverted by the optical diverting mechanism, and the optical sensing signal is transmitted to a second direction different from the first direction while the optical sensing signal is diverted by the optical diverting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Kui-Chang Tseng, Tsu-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10237942
    Abstract: An ornament designed for both indoor and outdoor use incorporates a method for automatically detecting if the ornament is being used indoors or outdoors and for thereby activating the ornament at the appropriate desired time for a desired period of time. The method monitors ambient light levels throughout the day to determine if the monitored values match the characteristics expected from either indoor or outdoor operation. When used indoors, the ornament is activated at the same time each day for a predetermined number of hours. When used outdoors, the ornament is activated each day at sunset for a predetermined number of hours. In addition, when used outdoors, the method measures night lengths and adjusts its activation time to run longer when nights are long, as in winter, or shorter when nights are short, as in summer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Jenesis International Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Irwin McCavit, Bradford Brian Jensen, Roger Donn Bentley
  • Patent number: 10203282
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mineral wool product comprising mineral fibers that is marked with an UV or IR active substance and can therefore be identified under exposure to suitable radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Markus Mente, Stefan Kossler
  • Patent number: 10176785
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of adjusting an electronic device display based on eyewear properties. Eyewear properties such as tint level, tint shade, and polarization are obtained from eyewear, a database, or manual entry. The device display is then adjusted based on the eyewear properties to facilitate viewability of the electronic display for the user while wearing the eyewear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michal Broz, Steven D. Clay, Richard S. Schwerdtfeger, Shunguo Yan
  • Patent number: 10137837
    Abstract: A rearview mirror, including a first substrate (100), a second substrate (200) cell-assembled to the first substrate (100), and a crystal material (300) filled between the first substrate (100) and the second substrate (200), a plurality of strip electrodes (11) are disposed on a side of the first substrate (100) that faces to the second substrate (200), an interval is formed between two adjacent strip electrodes (110), the strip electrodes (110) are made of a transparent electrode material, a planar electrode (210) capable of at least partially reflecting light is disposed on a side of the second substrate (200) that faces to the first substrate (100). In the present application, the refractive indices of the liquid crystal material (300) in the rearview mirror are changed by changing the voltage signal provided to the rearview mirror, such that an anti-glare operation mode of the rearview mirror is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Shenglin Sun, Feng Bai, Yun Qiu, Zhidong Wang, Junguo Liu, Zhiguo Chen, Lihua Liu
  • Patent number: 10139285
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and apparatus for improving the signal-to-noise ratio, increasing sampling speed, and increasing the dynamic range of a pyrometer via improvements to the amplification section. In particular, single-stage non-differentiated amplifiers can be replaced with a differential amplifier circuit that increases gain without a proportional increase in noise. The differential amplifier circuit can comprise a pair of transimpedance amplifier circuits arranged in parallel that receive a differential current from a photo detector and generate a differential voltage output in response having a transconductance gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald F. Murray
  • Patent number: 10136090
    Abstract: An image sensor architecture with multi-bit sampling is implemented within an image sensor system. A pixel signal produced in response to light incident upon a photosensitive element is converted to a multiple-bit digital value representative of the pixel signal. If the pixel signal exceeds a sampling threshold, the photosensitive element is reset. During an image capture period, digital values associated with pixel signals that exceed a sampling threshold are accumulated into image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Vogelsang, Michael Guidash, Song Xue, Maxim Smirnov, Craig M. Smith, Jay Endsley, James E. Harris
  • Patent number: 10126414
    Abstract: A proximity sensor for detecting proximity of an object, by sensing reflected light coming from an object on which a light emission pulse is reflected, the proximity sensor includes: a converter circuit configured to convert a current output from a photodetector sensing the reflected light into a voltage, and to output the voltage, magnitude of the current depending on a degree of the proximity of the object; a differential converter circuit configured to convert the voltage output by the converter circuit into a differential voltage, and to output the differential voltage; and a correlated double sampling circuit having a differential configuration, and configured to subtract a value of the differential voltage output by the differential converter circuit, sampled at falling of the light emission pulse, from a value of the differential voltage sampled at rising of the light emission pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Yuya Kawasaki, Naosumi Waki
  • Patent number: 10126166
    Abstract: Provided is a solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light, which is capable of measuring an irradiation amount of UV-rays, which are harmful to a human body, accurately and appropriately with a simple structure, and of being formed easily and integrally with sensors of peripheral circuits, and which is small, lightweight, low cost, and suitable for mobile or wearable applications. The solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light includes a first photodiode, a second photodiode, and a differential circuit to which signals based on outputs of those photodiodes are input. The solid-state light-receiving device for ultraviolet light also includes semiconductor layer regions, which are formed in and on the above-mentioned photodiodes, and each of which includes a highest concentration position of semiconductor impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Tohoku University
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Sugawa, Rihito Kuroda
  • Patent number: 10115980
    Abstract: A cooling module (2) for a fuel cell (1) including a cooling circuit (3) for conducting a coolant, and a treatment unit (10) for the coolant, which is situated in the cooling circuit (3) in such a way that the coolant flowing in the cooling circuit (3) flows through it. The treatment unit (10) includes a filter medium (11) for removing metal ions from the coolant which includes a polymer having amidoxime and/or hydroxamic acid groups and is in contact with the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Reiner Nico Behrendt, Benno Andreas-Schott
  • Patent number: 10078008
    Abstract: A light assembly, comprising: a base; at least one electromagnetic radiation source mounted on the base; a cover located over the base, the cover being transparent to the electromagnetic radiation produced by the electromagnetic radiation source; and at least one photo detector, optically Isolated from the at least one electromagnetic radiation source, the at least one photo detector being configured to receive electromagnetic radiation conveyed by the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Oxley Developments Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Jordan, Tom Ward, Daniel Foster, Timothy Lysons, Andrzej Pelczar, Mark Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10024532
    Abstract: A combustion system includes a combustor having staging blocks and flashback detection units configured to detect flashbacks occurring in the staging blocks, and a combustion control device configured to stop a supply of a fuel for one of the staging blocks in which a flashback occurs based on a detection signal from one of the flashback detection units. The combustion control device includes a staging processing unit configured to instruct to supply the fuel or stop the supply of the fuel for each of the staging blocks based on a staging pattern in which an operating line is specified and a load adjustment unit configured to reduce an amount of load to a level at which the supply of the fuel for the one of the staging blocks is stopped when the detection signal is input from the one of the flashback detection units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kimura, Toshihiko Saito, Shinji Akamatsu
  • Patent number: 10014430
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for detecting incident X-ray radiation by way of a direct-converting X-ray radiation detector. A semi-conductor material used for detection purposes is irradiated with additional radiation with an energy level of at least 1.6 eV in order to produce additional charge carriers. A direct-converting X-ray radiation detector is disclosed for detecting X-ray radiation, at least including a semi-conductor material used for X-ray detection and at least one radiation source which irradiates the semi-conductor material with additional radiation, the radiation having an energy level of at least 1.6 eV. A CT system including an X-ray radiation detector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Hackenschmied, Edgar Göderer, Christian Schröter, Matthias Strassburg, Stefan Wirth
  • Patent number: 9977887
    Abstract: Method for validating a trusted user of an electronic device, which electronic device comprises an input surface, e.g. on a key, dedicated for application of a user finger; a user input data sensor system, including a fingerprint sensor connected to the input surface for detecting user input fingerprint data, and a tremor sensor for detecting user input tremor data; data access to stored user input data corresponding to a trusted user; and a main processor system configured to match detected user input data with stored input data for validation of a trusted user. A triggering algorithm may run in a sub-sensor system, for sensing device handling and comparing sensed device handling with stored data. If the comparison reveals that user input is likely to occur based on the, a command is sent to the main processing system to trigger activation of tremor sensing and matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Henrik Bengtsson, Philip Sandell, Olivier Moliner, Ola Thörn, Erik Westenius, Damjan Stamcar, Alexander Rodzevski
  • Patent number: 9960729
    Abstract: A solar tracker comprises: a measuring section which measures the quantity of electric power generated by a solar panel; a solar position getting section which gets information about the theoretical solar position; a driving section which changes the orientation of the solar panel; a dither control section which measures a solar position; a positional shift measuring section which measures a solar positional shift between the measured solar position and the theoretical solar position. The driving section corrects the theoretical solar position based on the estimated attitude error and controls the orientation of the solar panel based on the theoretical position corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryutaro Futakuchi, Masaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9952089
    Abstract: An optical sensing module includes a substrate, a cover, a plurality of light-emitting chips, a light-receiving chip, and a plurality of encapsulants. The cover is disposed on the substrate. A plurality of first chambers and a second chamber are formed between the cover and the substrate. The cover has a plurality of light-emitting holes communicating with the first chambers, respectively, and a light-receiving hole communicating with the second chamber. The light-emitting chips are disposed on the substrate and in the first chambers, respectively. The light-receiving chip is disposed on the substrate and in the second chamber. The encapsulants fill the first and second chambers and enclose the light-emitting chips and the light-receiving chip, respectively. Hence, characterized in that: the light-emitting chips and the light-receiving chip are disposed on the substrate, and the light-emitting chips emit light beams in different colors to enhance light emission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lingsen Precision Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Te Tu, Yu-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9946168
    Abstract: A lithographic apparatus includes a patterning device support to support a patterning device to form a patterned radiation beam, the patterning device support including a moveable structure movably arranged with respect to an object, a patterning device holder movably arranged relative to the movable structure and holding the patterning device, an actuator to move the movable structure relative to the object, and an ultra short stroke actuator to move the patterning device holder relative to the movable structure; a substrate support to hold a substrate; and a projection system to project the patterned radiation beam onto the substrate, a position measurement system for measuring a substrate positional error which is a difference between a desired position and an actual position of the substrate relative to a reference object; and a controller to move the actuator and the ultra short stroke actuator based on the substrate positional error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Hans Butler
  • Patent number: 9947654
    Abstract: In an aspect, a cascode circuit can include a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor. The source of the high-side transistor can be coupled to the drain of the low-side transistor; and the gate of the high-side transistor can be coupled to each of the source and the gate of the low-side transistor. In another aspect, an electronic device can include a high-side transistor, a low-side transistor, and a field electrode. The low-side transistor can include a drain region coupled to the source electrode of the high-side transistor. The field electrode can overlie and be capacitively coupled to a channel layer of the high-side transistor, wherein the field electrode is configured to be at a voltage between the voltages of the high-side and low-side power supply terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Woochul Jeon, Ali Salih
  • Patent number: 9923016
    Abstract: A pixel including a photodiode having a first pole coupled through a transfer MOS transistor to a node for sensing charges of a first type stored in the photodiode, and having a second pole connected to a storage capacitor and to a circuit for reading charges of a second type sent to the storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Crolles 2) SAS
    Inventors: Frédéric Lalanne, Pierre Emmanuel Marie Malinge
  • Patent number: 9884528
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device including: vehicle side surroundings information detecting sensors; a left-right pair of extensions provided to a towing device, the extensions extending further to a vehicle width direction outside than a vehicle width direction outside end portion of the towed vehicle; a left-right pair of device side surroundings information detecting sensors, the device side surroundings information detecting sensors being respectively provided to the left-right pair of extensions and detecting surroundings information; and a control device controlling travelling of the autonomous vehicle based on detection results of the vehicle side surroundings information detecting sensors, and, in cases in which the device side surroundings information detecting sensors are electrically connected to the control device, controlling travelling of the autonomous vehicle based on the surroundings information detected by the device side surroundings information detecting sensors in addition to surroundings inf
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 9855940
    Abstract: A vehicle brake monitor assembly for an air disk brake includes a brake actuator having a pushrod projecting from inside a chamber of said brake actuator. The pushrod releasably actuates a lever arm of a caliper thereby moving the disk brake into a braking position when the pushrod is in an extended position and releasing the disk brake from the braking position when the pushrod is in a retracted position. The pushrod includes a pushrod shaft and a contact member biased in a telescoping relationship relative to the pushrod shaft and the lever arm of the caliper abuts the contact member counteracting the bias of the contact member. A sensor is integrated with the assembly proximate the contact member and detects movement of the pushrod relative to the lever arm and to the pushrod shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Indian Head Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Wallace, Richard J. Rink, Glenn Singletary, Mark David Chandler, Andrew P. Schartner
  • Patent number: 9824600
    Abstract: The device object of the present invention consists in two sets of photoelectric cells installed at front and rear of trucks and automobiles and in general moving vehicles. The photoelectric cells are attached to a Magnetic breaking system. In a separate preferred embodiment of the present invention the Photoelectric cells further controls the regular breaking system of the vehicle. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Mario Placido Portela
  • Patent number: 9823750
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for capturing gesture-based inputs are disclosed herein. The concept employs infrared light emitting diodes (LEDs), infrared (IR) sensor, and processing of the information obtained by the interplay of the two. The processed information may be effectively translated to various gesture-based control systems, such as those employed to interact with electronic systems and displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Paul Russ, Matthew Mark Mikolajczak, James Joseph Kornacki
  • Patent number: 9804441
    Abstract: An electronic device display may have an active area with an array of pixels and an inactive area. A light-transmitting window may be formed in the inactive area. A light-sensing component such as an ambient light sensor may be mounted within the housing in alignment with the window. Opaque masking material may be provided on one or more layers of the display in the inactive area and may have an opening for the window. Backlight structures in the display may generate backlight illumination for pixels in the active area. Stray portions of the backlight illumination may be blocked using a stray light absorption layer on one of the layers of the display such as a layer other than the layer on which the opaque masking material is formed. The stray light absorption layer may have an opening aligned with the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhang Jia, James J. Dudley, Katherine J. Spriggs, William A. Tashman
  • Patent number: 9786251
    Abstract: Discussed herein is the adequate lighting of a target area as viewed from one or more vantage points to one or more specifications for one or more situations, and in a manner that addresses glare; in particular, glare perception. Various apparatuses, methods, and systems are presented herein whereby glare thresholds are visually indicated. Said glare-indicating apparatus, methods, and/or systems are readily implemented using existing lighting design tools, adaptable in accordance with advances in glare science, and either avoid or overcome limitations of existing glare models. Said apparatuses, methods, and systems can be adapted for real-time evaluation of glare so to, for example, aid a lighting designer in vetting generated (i.e., virtual) lighting designs and identify retrofit options for existing lighting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Lance K. Livingston, Kevin J. Marshall
  • Patent number: 9739944
    Abstract: A pluggable transceiver is provided that may receive an electrical signal from a host device, convert the optical signal into an optical signal, and transmit the converted optical signal to one or more external cables. In one aspect, a pluggable transceiver may include a first transceiver connector for connecting to a host device, an optical module for converting an electrical signal to an optical signal and vice versa, and a second transceiver connector for transmitting the optical signal to external cables or devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David Fermor
  • Patent number: 9668321
    Abstract: A safety checking apparatus is provided with a determining section and a result data control section. The determining section determines a safety level of an asset to an incident beam according to an irradiation beam based on the irradiation direction of the irradiation beam and a position or area of the asset. The result data control section carries out a notification to the asset according to the safety level determined by the determining section. Thus, the safety level is determined to a person and a thing one in a region out of a path of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Koichi Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 9665182
    Abstract: A detector (118) for determining a position of at least one object (112) is disclosed, the detector (118) comprising: at least one longitudinal optical sensor (120), wherein the longitudinal optical sensor (120) has at least one sensor region (124), wherein the longitudinal optical sensor (120) is at least partially transparent, wherein the longitudinal optical sensor (120) is designed to generate at least one longitudinal sensor signal in a manner dependent on an illumination of the sensor region (124) by at least one light beam (126) traveling from the object (112) to the detector (118), wherein the longitudinal sensor signal, given the same total power of the illumination, is dependent on a beam cross-section of the light beam (126) in the sensor region (124); at least one illumination source (114) adapted to illuminate the object (112) with illumination light (115) through the longitudinal optical sensor (120); and at least one evaluation device (136), wherein the evaluation device (136) is designed to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Robert Send, Ingmar Bruder, Erwin Thiel, Stephan Irle
  • Patent number: 9666119
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally systems and methods for controlling current provided to display devices. A method for controlling the current may include receiving drive current values associated with subpixels in a display and receiving information that corresponds to an application type being rendered on the display and/or an indication of image data being rendered on the display. The method may then include reducing at least some of the drive current values based at least in part on the application type. Alternatively, the method may include reducing the at least a portion of the image data corresponding to the at least some of the drive current values has substantially similar luminance and color values. The method may then include supplying the subpixels with drive currents that correspond to the drive current values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Paul Stephen Drzaic
  • Patent number: 9641125
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical methods and systems for detecting defects in photovoltaic (PV) devices such as PV cells, PV panels, PV modules, and PV arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Johnston
  • Patent number: 9564594
    Abstract: An light emitting diode includes an insulating substrate, a P-type semiconductor layer, a semiconductor carbon nanotube layer, an MgO layer, a functional dielectric layer, and a first electrode, and a second electrode. The P-type semiconductor layer is located on the insulating substrate. The semiconductor carbon nanotube layer is located on the P-type semiconductor layer. The MgO layer is located on the semiconductor carbon nanotube layer. The functional dielectric layer covers the MgO layer. The first electrode is electrically connected to the P-type semiconductor layer. The second electrode is electrically connected to the semiconductor carbon nanotube layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: Tsinghua University, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Guan-Hong Li, Qun-Qing Li, Yuan-Hao Jin, Shou-Shan Fan
  • Patent number: 9553301
    Abstract: Battery formation protocols are used to perform initial charging of batteries with lithium rich high capacity positive electrode to result a more stable battery structure. The formation protocol generally comprises three steps, an initial charge step, a rest period under an open circuit and a subsequent charge step to a selected partial activation voltage. The subsequent or second charge voltage is selected to provide for a desired degree of partial activation of the positive electrode active material to achieve a desired specific capacity while providing for excellent stability with cycling. The formation protocol is particularly effective to stabilize cycling for compositions with moderate lithium enrichment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Envia Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shabab Amiruddin, Bing Li
  • Patent number: 9547142
    Abstract: An optical transmitter module includes a coupling optical element configured to couple a first optical signal from a transmitting optoelectronic component to a first light guiding structure. An optical power monitor system is connected with the first light guiding structure and is provided with a beam splitter for splitting the first optical signal into a transmitted optical signal and a reflected optical signal to be directed to a receiving optoelectronic component for measuring power of the reflected optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuk Nga Chen, Xiaoming Yu, Vincent Wai Hung, Margarito P. Banal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9527445
    Abstract: An accessory mounting system for mounting an accessory at a windshield of a vehicle includes an accessory adapted for mounting at and demounting from a receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a vehicle windshield. The accessory includes a camera and circuitry. With the accessory received and supported by the receiving structure and with the receiving structure adhesively attached by an adhesive to an interior surface of a vehicle windshield, (i) the accessory receives an input from the equipped vehicle via a CAN bus communication and delivers an output to the equipped vehicle via a CAN bus communication, and (ii) the camera views forwardly through the windshield via a light transmitting portion of a light absorbing layer of the windshield of the equipped vehicle, with the light absorbing layer otherwise hiding the accessory from view through the windshield from external the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Patrick Heslin, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 9450255
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack assembly has a plurality of fuel cells each having a fluid coolant conduit. A coolant feed inlet manifold has a coolant inlet, and the coolant feed inlet manifold is coupled to each fluid coolant conduit for distribution of coolant to each fuel cell. The coolant feed inlet manifold also has a discharge conduit located at one end of the coolant feed inlet manifold. The discharge conduit is configured to discharge excess coolant from the coolant feed inlet manifold. By supplying excess coolant to the coolant feed inlet manifold problems arising due to very low coolant flow rates through the fluid coolant conduits in the fuel cells can be reduced or eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventors: Ashley James Kells, Simon Edward Foster, Paul Leonard Adcock, Jonathan Cole
  • Patent number: 9417003
    Abstract: Provided is a single infrared emitter dispenser monitor for refrigeration appliance that includes a dispenser that dispenses at least one of water and ice. A vessel detector includes an infrared emitter, a first infrared detector, and a second infrared detector. The infrared emitter emits radiation having an angle of dispersion such that both of the first and second infrared detectors receive the radiation emitted by the infrared emitter. The first infrared detector is arranged more frontward than the second infrared detector. In further examples, an elapsed time between detection signals is compared to a minimum elapsed time, and a dispensing signal is only sent if the elapsed time is greater than the minimum elapsed time. By this configuration, the number of input/output lines running into a control device is reduced, and it is possible to detect a failed emitter if both detector signals fall to zero at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Jerry Baack
  • Patent number: 9343493
    Abstract: An image sensor is provided. The image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate having a sensing region and a non-sensing region; a passivation layer formed on the semiconductor substrate; a first planar layer formed on the passivation layer; a color filter layer formed on the first planar layer with respect to the sensing region and a shielding layer formed on the first planar layer with respect to the non-sensing region; a plurality of micro-lens layers formed on the color filter layer and on the shielding layer; and a plurality of cap oxide layers formed on the micro-lens layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Yen-Chuan Chen, Tien-SHang Kuo
  • Patent number: 9338419
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is provided that allows accurate white balance gains to be obtained by accurately estimating the illuminant colors of various objects in an image. The white balance gains are obtained based on values of white pixels that have been extracted from an input image and have colors included in an extraction range, and the white balance gains are obtained based on specular reflection components included in the input image, are mixed in accordance with a mix ratio. The mix ratio is determined in accordance with, for example, a degree of reliability of extraction of the white pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Kotaro Kitajima
  • Patent number: 9325154
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wavelength-tunable laser apparatus which can measure a wavelength in a wavelength-tunable laser diode package structure for dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) having a transistor outline (TO) type appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: PHOVEL. CO. LTD
    Inventor: Jeong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9313863
    Abstract: A device controls a lighting condition of smart objects. A networking framework is executed on the device and the smart objects. An RF signal is broadcast from the device to the smart objects. The signal requests the objects to transmit an ultrasound signal. Ultrasound signals from the objects are received in the device via microphones. A range and direction to each object may be determined based on reception times of the ultrasound signals. A map of the location of the objects is generated. The objects are controlled, via the networking framework, based on the map. A user interface overlay that shows the current lighting condition and location of objects using icons is presented on the device display. The icons are interactive controls for the objects, which may be interacted with for control of the corresponding object. The objects may be manually or automatically controlled to achieve a lighting condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua Hershberg, Gabriel Berelejis, Brian Vogelsang, Fruma Adina Geffen
  • Patent number: 9296105
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a vibration-controlled robot apparatus. The apparatus includes a robot having an end effector operable to transport a substrate, a sensor coupled to the robot, the sensor operable to sense vibration as the robot transports the substrate, and operating the robot to reduce vibration of the end effector supporting the substrate. In some embodiments, a filter is provided in the motor drive circuit to filter one or more frequencies causing unwanted vibration of the end effector. Vibration control systems and methods of operating the same are provided, as are other aspects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Nir Merry, Alex Minkovich, Jeffrey C. Hudgens, Brendan Till
  • Patent number: 9244158
    Abstract: Reflectors in a scene are reconstructed using reflected signals. First, signals are transmitted to the scene, and the reflected signals are received by receivers are arranged in an array. The reflected signals are then processed to reconstruct the reflectors in the scene, wherein the processing enforces a model that a reflectivity of the scene in front and behind any reflector is equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Petros T. Boufounos
  • Patent number: 9225918
    Abstract: An imaging system has an imager comprising a plurality of jots. A readout circuit is in electrical communication with the imager. The readout circuit can be configured to facilitate the formation of an image by defining neighborhoods of the jots, wherein a local density of exposed jots within a neighborhood is used to generate a digital value for a pixel of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventor: Eric R. Fossum
  • Patent number: 9201138
    Abstract: A photon detector is disclosed that includes, in addition to an immobilizable photon-sensitive element, a photon transmission element. The photon detector is configured such that it can vary photon intensities impacting upon the photon-sensitive element and transmitted by the photon transmission element, for example, by modifying an absorption property or a defocusing property of the photon transmission element. Also, the immobile photon-sensitive element, which can be, for example a SPAD (Single Photon Avalanche Diode), always operates close to the optimal operating range and below an immobilization range. A distancing device that includes this type of photo detector is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Eisele, Oliver Wolst, Bernd Schmidtke
  • Patent number: 9190540
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to photo cell devices. In one embodiment, a trench-based photo cells provides very fast capture of photo-generated charge carriers, particularly when compared with conventional approaches, as the trenches of the photo cells create depleted regions deep within the bulk of the substrate that avoid the time-consuming diffusion of carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Thoralf Kautzsch
  • Patent number: 9128065
    Abstract: For angular resolved spectrometry a radiation beam is used having an illumination profile having four quadrants is used. The first and third quadrants are illuminated whereas the second and fourth quadrants aren't illuminated. The resulting pupil plane is thus also divided into four quadrants with only the zeroth order diffraction pattern appearing in the first and third quadrants and only the first order diffraction pattern appearing in the second and third quadrants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Hugo Augustinus Joseph Cramer, Antoine Gaston Marie Kiers, Henricus Petrus Maria Pellemans
  • Publication number: 20150144766
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a slit plate including a plurality of rectangular slits with different widths. The control apparatus also includes an acquisition unit which acquires an incident spectrum from the rectangular slit. The apparatus also includes a slit selecting unit which acquires a half value wavelength of the incident spectrum on the basis of the incident spectrum, and performs a selection of one of the plurality of rectangular slits on the basis of the half value wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hideya TOMITA