Having Means To Generate Positional Information In At Least One Plane Of A Target Moving Relative To One Or More Photodetectors Patents (Class 250/206.1)
  • Patent number: 10852856
    Abstract: A computer input apparatus is used for making a host computer execute a start event according to an instruction of a mobile device. The computer input apparatus includes a mouse pad and an input device. The mouse pad includes a transmission section and an indication section. When the transmission section receives an indication signal from the mobile device, the indication section outputs a sensory signal sensible for humans. The input device has an actuation section. When the input device receives the actuation signal corresponding to the indication signal, the actuation section outputs a start signal to the host computer. Thereby, the host computer executes a start event according to the start signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HADES-GAMING CORP.
    Inventor: Hung-Jen Chou
  • Patent number: 10845481
    Abstract: A scanning optical range finder in a mobile robot includes an optical emitter circuit, a non-imaging optical element, an optical detector circuit, and a ranging circuit. The non-imaging optical element is arranged to receive optical signals at an entrance aperture thereof responsive to operation of the optical emitter circuit, and to direct the optical signals to an output aperture thereof. The optical detector circuit is configured to receive the optical signals from the output aperture of the non-imaging optical element, and to generate detection signals based on respective phase differences of the optical signals relative to corresponding outputs of the optical emitter circuit. The ranging circuit is configured to calculate a range of a target from the phase differences indicated by the detection signals. Related devices and methods of operation are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Travis Pierce, Jamie Milliken, Marc Wilga
  • Patent number: 10792978
    Abstract: A vehicle detector assembly for detecting solar radiation may include a housing, a fixed plate fixed to an upper surface of the housing in a flat form, a plurality of photo detectors bonded to a surface of the fixed plate, each being connected to a lead having a uniform one-directional inclination structure, and a detector cap fastened to the housing and transmitting sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Compnay, Kia Motors Corporation, Omron Automotive Electronic Korea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwang-Ok Han, Yong-Chul Kim, Gyu-Suk Han, Kwang-Joon Han, Sang-Hyun Kim, Jang-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 10749066
    Abstract: A proximity sensor includes a circuit board; a light-emitting element and a light-receiving element on the circuit board; a light barrier; molding portions; and a transparent board disposed on the molding portions and configured to form an air gap with the light-receiving element. The light-receiving element includes: a substrate having a light sensing area and a temperature sensing area; a first input electrode and a first output electrode which are aligned in the light sensing area and apart from each other with a first delay gap therebetween; a sensing film covering at least some portions of the first input electrode and the first output electrode; and a second input electrode and a second output electrode which are aligned in the temperature sensing area and apart from each other with a second delay gap therebetween. The second delay gap is exposed to air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HAESUNG DS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Woo Lee, Jin Kee Hong, Byung Moon Lee, Jong Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10725545
    Abstract: A tactile force feedback touch panel is provided, which comprises a plurality of detection components for detecting a touch signal and a protection layer located on a surface of the detection components. Each of the detection components includes a signal transmitting module for transmitting a detection signal and a signal receiving module for receiving the detection signal. The protection layer covers the surface of the detection components and covers a touch region. The signal transmitting module and the signal receiving module are located at at least two adjacent sides of the touch region respectively. A tactile force feedback system is also provided. After the user presses the protection layer, the detection component may detect the condition of deformation of the protection layer according to the detection signal received by the detection component to implement regular touch function and the touch control function with different tactile feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoliang Feng
  • Patent number: 10670703
    Abstract: Laser spot detecting device including a plurality of elementary optoelectronic detectors that are each connected to an elementary pulse detecting circuit, each elementary pulse detecting circuit including a comparator and a memory module that is connected to one output of the comparator, the memory modules being connected to a multiplexing circuit having an output forming a digital spatial output of the laser spot detecting device. The laser spot detecting device further more includes a global OR circuit having inputs connected to the outputs of the comparators and having an output forming a real-time digital temporal output of the laser spot detecting device. Method for detecting a laser spot implemented by such a detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventor: Alain Martinez
  • Patent number: 10648934
    Abstract: A method includes applying, to a sample exhibiting optical scattering and having a emission particles distributed therein that exhibit spin-dependent fluorescence, a magnetic field to shift a resonance frequency of each emission particle in a position-dependent manner. The method also includes exciting the sample with an excitation beam that causes at least one emission particle to emit spin-dependent fluorescence and detecting the emitted spin-dependent fluorescence. The method also includes estimating a position of the emission particle(s) within the sample based on the spin-dependent fluorescence, the resonance frequency, and the magnetic field. The method also includes estimating optical transmission information for the sample based on a wavefront of the excitation beam and the estimated position. The optical transmission information including a measure of an optical field at each position of an emission particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Donggyu Kim, Dirk Robert Englund
  • Patent number: 10605600
    Abstract: A surveying system comprising a surveying instrument and a target having a pole and a prism which is provided on an axis of the pole, wherein the surveying instrument is configured to scan the distance measuring light with an optical center of the prism as a center by a circular scanning in a state where the prism is tracked, to calculate point cloud data of two points at which the pole intersects with the circular scanning, the axis of the pole and a tilt angle of the axis of the pole, a straight line on the pole which intersects with the circular scanning at two points, three-dimensional coordinates of two intersection points of the straight line and the circular scanning, and three-dimensional coordinates of the optical center of the prism, and to calculate three-dimensional coordinates of a measuring point based on the calculation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Nishita
  • Patent number: 10599139
    Abstract: A first pattern associated with a performer may be recognized based upon visual information. A sensor carried by an unmanned aerial vehicle may be configured to generate output signals conveying the visual information. A first distance may be determined between the first pattern and the unmanned aerial vehicle. A second pattern associated with a performee may be recognized based upon the visual information. A second distance may be determined between the second pattern and the unmanned aerial vehicle. Flight control may be adjusted based upon the first distance and the second distance. A flight control subsystem may be configured to provide the flight control for the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Shu Ching Ip
  • Patent number: 10600209
    Abstract: A calibration method for a camera which monitors a target board is disclosed, comprising steps: using the camera to capture a target image corresponding to the target board; using rotation and translation to align the target image to a reference standard and acquire the corresponding relationship of the target image and the target board; defining a region of interest above the target image; using at least one positioning marker in at least two positions of the target board, whose actual space coordinates are known, and using the camera to acquire at least two image coordinates of the positioning markers in the region of interest; and using the known actual space coordinates and the acquired image coordinates to work out the exact position of the camera. Thereby, the positions of the cameras can be used to correctly determine the positions of darts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NVTEK Electronic Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liu, Wen-Chih Teng
  • Patent number: 10559085
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods obtain respective spherical coordinates of points on an object, obtain respective spherical-coordinate representations of surface normals at the points on the object, and generate reconstructed surface coordinates based on the respective spherical coordinates and on the respective spherical-coordinate representations of the surface normals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mahdi Nezamabadi, Abhilash Sunder Raj
  • Patent number: 10542913
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus and method for motion tracking of a subject in medical brain imaging. The method comprises providing a light projector and a first camera; projecting a first pattern sequence (S1) onto a surface region of the subject with the light projector, wherein the subject is positioned in a scanner borehole of a medical scanner, the first pattern sequence comprising a first primary pattern (P1,1) and/or a first secondary pattern (P1,2); detecting the projected first pattern sequence (S1?) with the first camera; determining a second pattern sequence (S2) comprising a second primary pattern (P2,1) based on the detected first pattern sequence (S1?); projecting the second pattern sequence (S2) onto a surface region of the subject with the light projector; detecting the projected second pattern sequence (S2?) with the first camera; and determining motion tracking parameters based on the detected second pattern sequence (S2?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
    Inventors: Oline Vinter Olesen, Rasmus Larsen, Rasmus R. Paulsen, Liselotte Højgaard
  • Patent number: 10516686
    Abstract: A system for malware and anomaly detection via activity recognition based on sensor is disclosed. The system may analyze sensor data collected during a selected time period from one or more sensors that are associated with a device. Once the sensor data is analyzed, the system may determine a context of the device when the device is in a connected state. The system may determine the context of the device based on the sensor data collected during the selected time period. The system may also determine if traffic received or transmitted by the device during the connected state is in a white list. Furthermore, the system may transmit an alert if the traffic is determined to not be in the white list or if the context determined for the device indicates that the context does not correlate with the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jover, Ilona Murynets
  • Patent number: 10516818
    Abstract: A photographic apparatus that includes a processor and a memory storing one or more commands that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations, the operations including: obtaining a communication signal from a subject; identifying photographing reference information from the communication signal; and based on the photographing reference information, controlling at least one of a focus value and a shutter speed to capture a photo that includes the subject is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gi Dong Lee
  • Patent number: 10495844
    Abstract: Provided is a lens drive device that, using drive force from a voice coil motor, automatically carries out focusing by moving an autofocus movable unit with respect to an autofocus fixed unit in the direction of an optical axis. The lens drive unit is provided with a position detection unit that is disposed with an intervening space on the image formation side of the autofocus movable unit in the direction of the optical axis and that is for emitting light toward the autofocus movable unit, receiving reflected light that has been reflected by the autofocus movable unit, and detecting the position of the autofocus movable unit in the direction of the optical axis on the basis of the received light intensity. Part of the member displaced along with the autofocus movable unit functions as a reflective plate for reflecting light emitted from the position detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Sato, Tomohiko Osaka, Noriyuki Kobayashi, Toshihiko Honma
  • Patent number: 10436574
    Abstract: Technology for facilitating position determination is disclosed. A satellite with a known location can activate a light source on the satellite operable to emit light. The satellite can emit the light for a defined period of time to enable a receiver to detect the light and determine a geographical location using the light emitted from the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Chris E. Geswender, David G. Garrett, William L. Chapman, James N. Head
  • Patent number: 10432194
    Abstract: A method of operating a sensor system having at least one proximity sensor, with regard to generating a trigger signal indicative of an occurrence of an operator-intended event in the presence of noise. The method includes repetitive steps of: acquiring the sensor signal at specified sampling times, comparing a value obtained as a presently sampled sensor signal with a presently valid first threshold value, generating a trigger signal if the value obtained as the presently sampled sensor signal is as large as or exceeds the presently valid first threshold value, omitting to generate a trigger signal if the value obtained as the presently sampled sensor signal is less than or equal to the presently valid first threshold value, forming a subset out of the sampled sensor signals, determining an update value for the first threshold value, and replacing the presently valid first threshold value by the update value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IEE INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONICS & ENGINEERING S.A.
    Inventors: Johann Bar, Baptiste Anti, Hans Peter Beise, Thomas Stifter
  • Patent number: 10425243
    Abstract: The invention provides a commissioning device for commissioning building technology devices, in particular operating devices for lighting means, the commissioning device comprising at least one optical sensor, in particular a 3D camera, configured to obtain images containing spatial information of three dimensions and to receive optical communication signals emitted from a building technology device, at least one processing unit configured to process received optical communication signals and to process the spatial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG, ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Burger, Karl Jonsson, Christan Moormann, Stephane Vasse
  • Patent number: 10411646
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a solar cell and configured to inspect a peeling state of a three-dimensional pattern of the solar cell includes obliquely illuminating the three-dimensional pattern of the solar cell using a light beam. An image of the solar cell is normally captured. An intensity of the light beam is increased to increase a contrast between the three-dimensional pattern and a shadow of the three-dimensional pattern in the image and increase a contrast between an ink pattern of the solar cell and the shadow in the image to overexpose the ink pattern in the image. Determine if the three-dimensional pattern is peeling according to the shadow of the three-dimensional pattern in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: CHROMA ATE INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Ting Tsai, Lan-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 10353056
    Abstract: An apparatus including a semiconductor substrate; an absorption layer coupled to the semiconductor substrate, the absorption layer including a photodiode region configured to absorb photons and to generate photo-carriers from the absorbed photons; one or more first switches controlled by a first control signal, the one or more first switches configured to collect at least a portion of the photo-carriers based on the first control signal; and one or more second switches controlled by a second control signal, the one or more second switches configured to collect at least a portion of the photo-carriers based on the second control signal, where the second control signal is different from the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Artilux Corporation, Artilux Inc.
    Inventors: Yun-Chung Na, Che-Fu Liang
  • Patent number: 10303265
    Abstract: This present invention discloses an optical mouse and a parameter calibration method thereof. The optical mouse includes: a light source, an image capturing unit, a memory unit and a processing unit, and the parameter calibration method of the optical mouse includes: capturing images formed by the reflective light projected from the mouse pad when the optical mouse is placed upon the mouse pad and has a relative displacement between the mouse pad, and then producing image frames according to the images; determining if any pattern information is found in the image frames; further, setting parameters of the optical mouse when at least one of the pattern information is found in the frames, in which, the pattern information is composed of a pattern of the mouse pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Tsung-Fa Wang, Shih-Wei Kuo
  • Patent number: 10208465
    Abstract: A control device (1) for a washroom facility that includes an actuator (2); a sensor (4) configured to detect the presence of a user in the proximity of the sensor (4); and a control circuit (6) receiving, as input, signals from the sensor (4) and configured to control the actuator (2). The sensor (4) includes an emitter (10) configured to emit an infrared signal; and a receiver (8) configured to detect the infrared signal emitted by the emitter (10). The invention also provides a washroom facility, a substance dispenser, and a hair dryer or hand dryer, including such a control device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CELEC CONCEPTION ELECTRONIQUE EN ABREGE CELEC
    Inventor: Matthieu Martin
  • Patent number: 10138539
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a method for managing the coating thickness on a substrate in a physical vapor deposition system. Said method is applied to the system that comprises a multi-beam laser monitoring system and a uniformity control system with a multi-mask set. Said method comprises steps of computing error function for transmission of laser passing through the coating layer, ceasing the deposition process based on the comparison between the error function and a predetermined constant, comparing deposition rates among all laser beams, identifying the area of the coating layer with a different deposition rate, adjusting the multi-mask set to modify the deposition rate on that coating area in the next deposition process, and resuming the deposition process for the next coating layer until uniformity of the coating thickness is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Shiping Cheng
  • Patent number: 10086515
    Abstract: The invention is an in-process calibration system. It is not an open loop system or a closed loop system, but a hybrid system that retains both the low propensity for error of the closed loop system and the simplicity of the open loop system. The invention comprises a housing, one or more robots that move in up to three axes mounted to the housing, at least one sensor for each axis of the robots' movement, and a microcontroller. The sensors are fixed to the housing at known locations, and the microcontroller instructs end effectors of the robots through a sequence of moves that intermittently trigger the sensors. When the sensors are triggered, the microcontroller corrects the idealized location of the end effectors in the microcontroller's calculations to the actual location of the end effectors, which is, at the moment that the sensors are triggered, the known location of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Andrew Priddis, Joseph Blanch
  • Patent number: 10082910
    Abstract: A gesture cell including a photodiode comprising a first layer, the first layer formed as a serpentine element on a substrate, and an optical blind configured to guide a light that is incident from a first direction on the photodiode, the optical blind being placed on the photodiode obliquely toward the first direction, wherein the serpentine element is continuously formed from multiple limbs positioned in the first directions and returning in a corresponding second direction, and each limb positioned in the first direction and the corresponding limb returning in the second direction are equally spaced apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Magnachip Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongsup Lee, Daeho Lim
  • Patent number: 10004990
    Abstract: A hand-held information processing terminal includes a display, a camera arranged in proximity to the display and capable of obtaining an image of a user including infrared components, an estimation module that estimates relative positional relation between the display and the user based on the obtained image, a generation module that generates a plurality of display images in accordance with the relative positional relation, and a control module that provides stereoscopic display to the user in accordance with a position thereof with the use of the plurality of display images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Ito, Tomohisa Kawakami, Fumihiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 9991831
    Abstract: A DC motor control device includes a communication circuit configured to receive a control command specifying a target rotation amount for a DC motor, a sensor interface configured to receive a detection signal from a rotational angle sensor that outputs the detection signal every time the DC motor rotates by a certain rotational angle, a step counter that outputs a count signal every time the detection signal has been received a certain number of times, a controller that, based on the number of times the count signal received, determines a step count representing the total amount of rotation, and generates a control signal that controls the DC motor in accordance with the step count and the target rotation amount, and a drive signal generation circuit that generates a drive signal that rotates the DC motor in accordance with the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Matsushita, Hiroyuki Ibuki
  • Patent number: 9989632
    Abstract: To provide a measuring system for guiding a worker to a pile driving point by utilizing a measuring device for performing a distance measurement and an angle measurement by automatic guiding and a controller. The measuring system includes a measurement pole 50 equipped with a prism 52, a measurement device 2 having an automatic guiding function, a memory section 30L, a display section 30G displaying a guiding map, an imaging optical system 30E, and a controller 30C having a transceiver 30D, calculates a difference between present position information and a pile driving point position information, calculates a moving direction of the prism 52 from the current position information and previous position information by the imaging optical system 30E, and when these moving directions are different, calculates a gradient component ? of the controller 30C, and displays a guiding map by amended spaced-apart components ?x?, ?y? amended by the gradient components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOPCON
    Inventor: Satoshi Yanobe
  • Patent number: 9975046
    Abstract: A hand-held information processing terminal includes a display, a camera arranged in proximity to the display and capable of obtaining an image of a user including infrared components, an estimation module that estimates relative positional relation between the display and the user based on the obtained image, a generation module that generates a plurality of display images in accordance with the relative positional relation, and a control module that provides stereoscopic display to the user in accordance with a position thereof with the use of the plurality of display images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Ito, Tomohisa Kawakami, Fumihiko Inoue
  • Patent number: 9925660
    Abstract: A method for positioning a micro-tool (4) comprises: a positioning gauge positioning process (S1) including placing a gauge surface (5d) of a positioning gauge (5) at a needle tip position while the positioning gauge (5) is fixed to a holding part (30), and aligning a mark (5b) provided in the positioning gauge (5) with the optical axis (62a) of an objective lens (62); a positioning gauge focus adjustment process (S2) to focus on the mark (5b) in a state where the positioning gauge (5) has been positioned; and a micro-tool attachment process (S3) including fixing the micro-tool (4) to the holding part (30) after removing the positioning-gauge (5) from the holding part (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Narishige Lifemed Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Nomura
  • Patent number: 9908415
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle onboard display device, which is to be installed on a vehicle, and configured to cause, when a detection unit detects a predetermined operation, a movable mechanism to operate so as to direct a display panel toward a predetermined direction, and cause the display panel to display an image at a predetermined brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9891051
    Abstract: A self-leveling multi-line laser device is disclosed. The multi-line laser device includes at least two laser beams and at least two reflecting cones, wherein the cone axes of the reflecting cones are perpendicular to each other and each of the laser beams can be directed, preferably eccentrically, parallel to the axis of one of the reflecting cones against the tip of said reflecting cone. With the multi-line laser device, at least two projectable laser lines can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 9885610
    Abstract: A thermowell system for measuring a process temperature includes an elongate thermowell having a proximal end and a distal end configured to extend into a process fluid. An infrared sensor is configured to detect infrared radiation from the distal end of the thermowell and responsively provide a sensor output. Vibration detector circuitry is coupled to the infrared detector and configured to detect vibration of the thermowell as a function of oscillations in the sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Harold Rud
  • Patent number: 9854726
    Abstract: An agricultural communication system is provided that enables sensor-to-sensor link communications of peripheral farming devices (planters, fertilizer or pesticide applicators, etc.) so as to enhance diagnostics for locating system faults and blockages. The system also provides a means to operate with single-faults present with real-time diagnostics to the operator. The point-to-point communications also facilitates simplified installation by automatically determining the sensor addressing based on the physical connection of the sensors. Since the sensor-to-sensor daisy chain bus system is self-configuring there is no dependency on the sensor manufacturing data or sequential installation procedure to define the sensor address as required in other prior art systems. A dual power supply from each end of the looped bus with independent switching provides operation in the presence of single-faults, and a diagnostic mode combined with sensor power supply voltage measurements provides fault location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: DICKEY-JOHN CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Kuhnel, Gregry C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9835490
    Abstract: The output of an avalanche photodiode (APD) comprises a “photocurrent” component comprising photon initiated events resulting from the interaction of photons with the APD and a “dark current” component comprising dark carrier events arising in the APD even when the APD is not exposed to light. Differences in the pulse height distributions of photon initiated events and dark carrier initiated events are used to statistically discriminate between photocurrent and dark current components of APD output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Voxtel, Inc.
    Inventors: George Williams, Andrew Huntington
  • Patent number: 9785820
    Abstract: The technology presented here reduces the number of ports associated with the mobile device by combining a plurality of ports into a single multipurpose port. In one embodiment, the multipurpose port includes multiple sensors that detect various properties associated with a light beam, and a light guide that transmits the light beam between the environment outside and the multiple sensors inside the mobile device. In another embodiment, a multipurpose camera includes one or more pixels, different from the rest of the multipurpose camera pixels, where the one or more pixels receive a unique control signal. The unique control signal, sent by a processor coupled to the multipurpose camera, includes an instruction to perform an action different from the rest of the pixels, e.g., to turn on when the rest of the pixels are off. The active pixels can detect coarse properties of the light while saving mobile device battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 9772404
    Abstract: In order to provide an optical sensor that can accurately sense a direction of movement of an object to be sensed even in a case where disturbance light is present, an optical sensor of the present invention includes: a light-emitting element; a circularly-segmented light-receiving element group (RDPD), including light-receiving elements circularly provided at edges of a region on which reflected light from an object to be sensed reflecting light emitted by the light-emitting element is incident, for generating respective photocurrents upon receiving the reflected light; and a gesture circuit section for sensing a direction of movement of the object to be sensed upon receiving the photocurrents generated by the light-receiving elements included in the circularly-segmented light-receiving element group (RDPD).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHARP Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Shirasaka
  • Patent number: 9746313
    Abstract: A laser centering tool for surface areas used to find the center point of a surface. The laser centering tool uses single or multiple laser sources to project a plurality of lines on a horizontal or vertical surface. It may comprise of multiple lasers, rotational plates, prism, beam splitter, gear housing, and/or a gear mechanism. At least one center laser line remains stationary between at least two edge laser lines. The edge lasers may be moved to outline the edge of a surface. At least one center laser projects a beam that indicates the center point of the edge lasers. The edge laser lines may be moved by rotational plates, a set of mirrors, or prism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Chris Olexa
  • Patent number: 9621876
    Abstract: A scanning 3D imager for recording images of a scene comprises a light source configured to emit a fan-shaped pulsed light beam with linear cross section, a scanning mirror arranged in the light path of the light beam to guide the light beam into the scene and to successively illuminate slices of the scene by sweeping the light beam through the scene transversally to the linear cross section thereof, and an imager chip arranged to receive light from the scene via the scanning mirror, the imager chip comprising an photosensor array disposed in such a way that the illuminated slices of the scene are successively imaged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: IEE International Electronics & Engineering S.A.
    Inventor: Laurent Federspiel
  • Patent number: 9588213
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to receiving an incoming signal, converting, by an analog circuit, the signal to a discrete time signal, applying, by the analog circuit, a transformation algorithm to the discrete time signal to obtain frequency samples of the discrete time signal, applying, by the analog circuit, a cross correlation algorithm to the frequency samples to obtain a cross spectral density (CSD), detecting, by the analog circuit, phase slopes associated with the CSD, and calculating an angle of arrival (AoA) of the incoming signal based on the phase slopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Harry Marr, Walter B. Schulte, Jr., John P. Gianvittorio
  • Patent number: 9519364
    Abstract: A touch screen sensing device includes a touch screen including touch sensors formed at crossings of Tx lines and Rx lines, a Tx driving circuit supplying a driving pulse to each of the Tx lines N times, and an Rx driving circuit which samples a signal voltage of the touch sensors received through the Rx lines and converts the sampled signal voltage into digital data. The Rx driving circuit includes a differential amplifier differentially amplifying signals received through the Rx lines, a low pass filter removing a radio frequency noise from an output of the differential amplifier, an amplifier amplifying an output of the low pass filter, and an integrator accumulating signal voltages which are successively output from the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyeongwon Kang
  • Patent number: 9417102
    Abstract: An absolute encoder includes a scale with a plurality of marks of various types arranged with a space and a period. A detector includes a plurality of elements arranged along a direction corresponding to the aforementioned arrangement, and detects a partial plurality of marks. A signal processor performs amplitude quantization with respect to each period of periodic signals with a plurality of periods output from the detector to generate a data string. First position data having a resolution of the period is generated. The signal processor obtains a plurality of thresholds for the quantization respectively corresponding to a plurality of periodic signals of the periodic signals with the plurality of periods based on a plurality of representative values respectively obtained from the periodic signals with the plurality of periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takayuki Uozumi
  • Patent number: 9400213
    Abstract: A spectroscopic sensor that applies lights in a wavelength band containing plural wavelengths to an object and spectroscopically separates reflected lights or transmitted lights from the object using plural light band pass filters that transmit the respective specific wavelengths and plural photosensor parts to which corresponding transmitted lights are input based on output results of independent photosensors. The spectroscopic sensor may be integrated in a semiconductor device or module by integration using a semiconductor process and downsizing may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Uematsu, Yoichi Sato, Akira Komatsu, Kunihiko Yano
  • Patent number: 9395185
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a modular position sensing system and method for using the system are described. The system may be used to detect the position of one or more radiation blocking objects in a sensing region. The sensing region may overlie a surface such as a wall, whiteboard, display screen or a modular display screen. When used with a modular display screen, the system may include system modules dimensions to correspond to display modules used to form the modular display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Baanto International Ltd.
    Inventors: Avanindra Utukuri, Jonathan Clarke
  • Patent number: 9354051
    Abstract: A system and method for a rangefinding instrument incorporating pulse and continuous wave signal generating and processing techniques for increased distance measurement accuracy. The use of the former technique effectively solves the ambiguity issues inherent in the latter while allowing for relatively simple circuit implementations. Thus, a potentially more accurate phase-based distance measurement technique can be utilized which is also completely independent of the maximum range to the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignees: Laser Technology, Inc., Kama-Tech (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy G. Dunne, Mark Frischman
  • Patent number: 9329117
    Abstract: There is provided a way of enabling the discrimination or identification of the kind of a light-emitting particle corresponding to each pulse form signal in the scanning molecule counting method using the optical measurement by the confocal or multiphoton microscope. In the inventive technique, the position of a light detection region in a sample solution periodically along a predetermined route is moved in measuring the light intensity from the light detection region; and a signal of light from a light-emitting particle is detected individually. Then, an index value indicating a translational diffusional characteristic of one light-emitting particle in a plane perpendicular to the moving direction of the light detection region is determined based upon intensity values of signals of light of the same light-emitting particle for identifying a light-emitting particle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsushiro Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9322675
    Abstract: An absolute encoder includes a scale having marks, a detector for detecting light modulated by some of the marks, and a processor. The marks include a first mark and at least two types of second marks. The first marks and the second marks are alternately arrayed. The processor specifies a signal range of a plurality of periods of output signals based on extrema of the output signals, obtains a data seq constituted by a plurality of quantized data based on based on a plurality of extrema, corresponding to the second marks, of the output signals within the signal range, obtains a phase based on periodic signals of the output signals within the signal range, and outputs data representing the absolute position based on the data sequence and the phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Uozumi
  • Patent number: 9304628
    Abstract: A touch sensing module including a plurality of image sensors and a processing unit is provided. The image sensors are disposed beside a reference plane and configured to detect the reference plane and to convert a detection result into a plurality of image signals respectively. The processing unit is configured to receive and process the image signals from the image sensors. When an object moves with respect to the reference plane in a plurality of first times and intersects or approaches the reference plane in each of the first times, the processing unit selects one first diagonal having the least length variation in the first times from a plurality of first diagonals of a first polygon surrounding the object in each first time to be a first orientation diagonal corresponding to a real orientation of the object. A touch sensing method and a computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Shou-Te Wei, Shang-Chin Su, Sheng-Hsien Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9294666
    Abstract: A communication method is used in a terminal having a front camera as a first image capturing unit and a back camera as a second image capturing unit. The communication method includes: switching between the front camera and the back camera according to an orientation of the terminal; and performing visible light communication by using the front camera or the back camera which is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Hideki Aoyama, Shinsuke Ogata
  • Patent number: 9262913
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a position sensing unit, a remote control information obtainment unit, and a storage unit. Position information obtained by the position sensing unit is stored in the storage unit in association with remote control information. The mobile device further includes a directional space obtainment unit and an apparatus specification unit. The mobile device recognizes a direction pointed by a user using the mobile device, and enables operation of a terminal apparatus existing in the pointing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamada, Kohei Yamaguchi, Shigehiro Iida, Mizuho Sakakibara, Toshiaki Ohnishi, Masaru Yamaoka, Mitsuaki Oshima, Tomoaki Ohira, Michihiro Matsumoto, Tsutomu Mukai, Yosuke Matsushita, Shohji Ohtsubo, Hironori Nakae