Plural Photosensitive Nonimage Detecting Elements Patents (Class 250/208.2)
  • Patent number: 10843535
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including determining a current state of a vehicle, the current state determined based on information from sensors, receiving a tinting control signal based on the current state of the vehicle, and adjusting a voltage level of an adjustable tint film to control a tinting level of an exterior facing surface of the vehicle based on the tinting control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clarisse Mazuir, Budhadipta Dan, Khadijeh Bayat, Matthew E. Last, Ryan J. Garrone
  • Patent number: 10827141
    Abstract: An image pickup device, in which a plurality of pixels photoelectrically convert incident light and generate a plurality of pieces of pixel data, includes a vertical scanning section configured to generate a pixel data sequence composed of pixel data having a same characteristic, a pixel section, an analog processing section, an ADC processing section, a memory section, a horizontal scanning section, and an output section configured to add additional information indicating the characteristic of the pixel data sequence to the pixel data sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Hatakeyama, Kazuhiro Haneda
  • Patent number: 10818233
    Abstract: An organic light-emitting display device includes a display panel includes an active area in which a plurality of subpixels are arrayed, and a bezel area in which lines, through which a signal and a voltage to be supplied to the subpixels are transferred, are disposed, wherein each subpixels has a cathode and an anode; a data driver supplying a data signal to the subpixels; a gate driver supplying a data signal to the subpixels; a timing controller controlling the data driver and the gate driver; and a sensor package module having a portion that overlaps the active area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: EunJung Kim, JongHee Hwang, BuYeol Lee, Sujin Kwon
  • Patent number: 10811772
    Abstract: An antenna array comprising a plurality of concentric low frequency elements, where each low frequency element circumscribes a first high frequency element; and a plurality of second high frequency elements interleaved with the plurality of concentric low frequency elements to maintain optimal electrical spacing between both the low frequency elements and the high frequency elements at two disparate frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Gregory A. Mitchell, Amir I. Zaghloul
  • Patent number: 10705641
    Abstract: The present application discloses a sensing panel, and a display device and a driving method thereof. The sensing includes a base substrate; a plurality of photosensitive units arranged in an array on the base substrate; and a plurality of pressure-sensitive units arranged in an array on the base substrate. The photosensitive units and the pressure-sensitive units are integrated in a same sensing panel, and are stacked and share a fixed-potential electrode. As such, after loading a fixed potential to the fixed-potential electrode, the pressure detection and the touch detection can be achieved simultaneously with the same sensing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yingming Liu, Xue Dong, Haisheng Wang, Xiaoliang Ding, Rui Xu, Changfeng Li, Liguang Deng, Yuzhen Guo
  • Patent number: 10690754
    Abstract: A scanning lidar system includes a fixed frame, a first platform flexibly attached to the fixed frame, a lens assembly including a first lens and a second lens mounted on the first platform, a second platform flexible attached to the fixed frame, an electro-optic assembly including a first laser source and a first photodetector mounted on the second platform, a drive mechanism mechanically coupled to the first platform and the second platform and configured to translate the first platform and the second platform with respect to the fixed frame, and a controller coupled to the drive mechanism and configured to translate the first platform to a plurality of first positions through the drive mechanism and translate the second platform to a plurality of second positions through the drive mechanism such that a motion of the second platform is substantially opposite to a motion of the first platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Cepton Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Pei, Mark McCord, Jun Ye, Yupeng Cui, Liqun Han
  • Patent number: 10691275
    Abstract: A touch screen sensor includes a visible light transparent substrate and an electrically conductive micropattern disposed on or in the visible light transparent substrate. The micropattern includes a first region micropattern within a touch sensing area and a second region micropattern. The first region micropattern has a first sheet resistance value in a first direction, is visible light transparent, and has at least 90% open area. The second region micropattern has a second sheet resistance value in the first direction. The first sheet resistance value is different from the second sheet resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Michael J. Robrecht, George F. Jambor
  • Patent number: 10691144
    Abstract: A fluid testing system comprises a source that generates electromagnetic waves, a detector that receives the transmitted electromagnetic waves and generates analog signals corresponding to the colours represented in the electromagnetic waves and, a receptacle, having a fluid inlet and an optical inner tube with transparent walls. The receptacle is positioned between the source and the detector to enable the electromagnetic waves to pass through its walls and through a fluid sample in the receptacle. A repository stores a pre-determined range of reference values corresponding to the values of digital signals for fluids of various colours. An analog to digital converter in the system cooperates with the detector to receive the analog signals, converting them into digital signals, wherein the values are compared with the reference values by a comparator. A fluid outlet provides tested fluid. Further, a fuel supply system is disclosed for supplying fuel to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Hrishikesh Dinkar Kanade
  • Patent number: 10656013
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate transmissive of electromagnetic energy of at least a plurality of wavelengths, having a first end, a second end, a first major face, a second major face, at least one edge, a length, a width, and a thickness, at least a first nanostructure that selectively extracts electromagnetic energy of a first set of wavelengths from the substrate; and an input optic oriented and positioned to provide electromagnetic energy into the substrate via at least one of the first or the second major face of the substrate. Nanostructures can take the form of photonic crystal arrays, a plasmonic structure arrays, or holographic diffraction gratings. The apparatus may be part of a spectrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CHROMATION INC.
    Inventors: James Scholtz, Nadia Pervez, Ioannis Kymissis, Michael Gazes, Tanya Cruz Garza
  • Patent number: 10658415
    Abstract: A photodetecting device includes a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of avalanche photodiodes each including a light receiving region disposed at a first principal surface side of the semiconductor substrate, the avalanche photodiodes being arranged two-dimensionally at the semiconductor substrate, and a through-electrode electrically connected to a corresponding light receiving region. The through-electrode is provided in a through-hole penetrating through the semiconductor substrate in an area where the plurality of avalanche photodiodes are arranged two-dimensionally. At the first principal surface side of the semiconductor substrate, a groove surrounding the through-hole is formed between the through-hole and the light receiving region adjacent to the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ishida, Noburo Hosokawa, Terumasa Nagano, Takashi Baba
  • Patent number: 10658927
    Abstract: Regulation systems and methods use a first regulator and a tracking second regulator. The first regulator receives a reference voltage and generates a first voltage output based upon the reference voltage, which is coupled as a back-bias voltage to a first load region within the integrated circuit. The first regulator also receives a sampled version of the first voltage output as feedback. A second regulator receives the first sampled voltage output and generates a second voltage output. The second regulator also receives a sampled version of the second voltage output as feedback. During operation, the second voltage output tracks (e.g., by a symmetry ratio) the first voltage output and is coupled as a back-bias voltage to a second load region within the integrated circuit. Further, switched-capacitor operation can be implemented, and clock frequency can be adjusted based upon the first sampled voltage output to reduce power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos Mauricio Pelicia, Ricardo Pureza Coimbra, Luis Enrique Del Castillo, Lei Tian
  • Patent number: 10650789
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for controlling display screen statuses. The method includes the following. A detection signal is transmitted by a signal emitter. A proximity light reflection signal of the detection signal reflected by an external object is received by a first signal receiver and a distant light reflection signal of the detection signal reflected by the external object is received by a second signal receiver. Intensity of the reflection signal received by the first signal receiver is compared with a first threshold to obtain a first comparison result. Intensity of the reflection signal received by the second signal receiver is compared with a second threshold to obtain a second comparison result. Control statuses of the display screen according to the first comparison result and the second comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10643578
    Abstract: In a method of controlling display screen statuses and an apparatus, the method includes a signal emitter emitting a detection signal, and a first signal receiver and a second signal receiver receiving a reflection signal of the detection signal by an object. Intensity of the reflection signal received by the first signal receiver is compared with a first threshold for obtaining a first magnitude determination result. Intensity of the reflection signal received by the second signal receiver is compared with a second threshold for obtaining a second magnitude determination result. The display screen statuses are controlled based on the first magnitude determination result and the second magnitude determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yibao Zhou
  • Patent number: 10635168
    Abstract: A light sensing circuit includes a photomultiplier in electrical communication with an array of capacitors or resistors. Each capacitor or resistor in the array having an associated switch and having a capacitance or resistance different from every other capacitor or resistor in the array. Each switch has an open state and a closed state, thus enabling each capacitor or resistor to be placed in electrical communication with the photomultiplier or be isolated from the photomultiplier. The switchable array may be in electrical communication with an analog to digital converter (ADC) or a transimpedance amplifier (TIA). The switchable array allows the ADC or TIA to be sensitive to low value signals and operate at a large dynamic range and operate at a fast rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk Price, Kai Zang
  • Patent number: 10637139
    Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit. The photonic integrated circuit includes: a plurality of antenna elements, an element of the plurality of antenna elements having an electrical port and including: a first laser configured to produce laser light of a first wavelength; and a first radiative patch conditionally connected to the electrical port and connected, by an optical connection, to the laser, the first radiative patch including, as a major component, a semiconductor material configured to be conductive when illuminated by light having the first wavelength, and to be nonconductive when not illuminated, the first radiative patch being configured, when conductive, to convert an electric signal received at the electrical port to radiated electromagnetic waves, or to convert received electromagnetic waves to an electrical signal at the electrical port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Bowden, Timothy R. Holzheimer
  • Patent number: 10627518
    Abstract: A tracking device including an image sensor, a light source and a processor is provided. The image sensor senses reflected light or scattered light formed by the light source illuminating a work surface. The processor calculates a trace of the tracking device according to one of the reflected light and the scattered light that generates more apparent image features so as to increase the adaptable work surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC
    Inventors: Hui-Hsuan Chen, Cheng-Lin Yang, Tzu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10620550
    Abstract: A method comprising: evaluating a plurality of polarization characteristics associated with measurement of a metrology target of a substrate processed using a patterning process, against one or more measurement quality parameters; and selecting one or more polarization characteristics from the plurality of polarization characteristics based on one or more of the measurement quality parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Martin Jacobus Johan Jak, Martin Ebert, Arie Jeffrey Den Boef, Nitesh Pandey
  • Patent number: 10620767
    Abstract: A touch screen sensor includes a visible light transparent substrate and an electrically conductive micropattern disposed on or in the visible light transparent substrate. The micropattern includes a first region micropattern within a touch sensing area and a second region micropattern. The first region micropattern has a first sheet resistance value in a first direction, is visible light transparent, and has at least 90% open area. The second region micropattern has a second sheet resistance value in the first direction. The first sheet resistance value is different from the second sheet resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Matthew H. Frey, Michael J. Robrecht, George F. Jambor
  • Patent number: 10598815
    Abstract: A device including at least two ICEs that optically interact with a sample light to generate a first and a second modified lights is provided. The at least two ICEs include alternating layers of material, each of the layers having a thickness selected such that the weighted linear combination of the transmission functions is similar to the regression vector associated with a characteristic of the sample. The device may also include a detector that measures a property of the first and second modified lights separately to generate a first and second signal, respectively, wherein the weighted average of first and second signals is linearly related to the characteristic of the sample. A method for fabricating the above device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Dai, James M. Price, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 10598770
    Abstract: A distributed FM LiDAR system that provides a central unit that includes a frequency modulated optical signal source and a central receiver for reflected light, along with multiple optical heads that include only optical components is described. No optical delay lines or timing compensation photonic or electronic circuitry is necessary between the central unit and the optical heads. The relatively simple optical heads do not require extensive protection from shock or vibration, and can be distributed between a vehicle and a towed trailer or similar vehicle, with connections being provided by an optical coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott Singer, Lutfollah Maleki
  • Patent number: 10594396
    Abstract: The disclosed system may include (1) an optical element that receives an optical beam, (2) a wide field-of-view (FOV) quadrant photodetector that receives, from the optical element, first light originating from the optical beam, (3) a narrow FOV quadrant photodetector that receives, from the optical element, second light originating from the optical beam, and (4) a controller that controls an orientation of the optical element during at least a period of time based on a weighted combination of (a) output of the wide FOV quadrant photodetector in response to the first light, and (b) output of the narrow FOV quadrant photodetector in response to the second light. Various other systems, methods, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Chiyun Xia, Harvard Keese Harding, Jr., Chien-Chung Chen, Ferze Daligues Patawaran
  • Patent number: 10585238
    Abstract: A photodetector focal plane array system having enhanced sensitivity and angle-of-view, including: a substrate including a plurality of photosensitive regions; and a microcomponent disposed adjacent to each of the plurality of photosensitive regions operable for receiving incident radiation from a relatively wider area and directing the incident radiation into a relatively smaller area of the associated photosensitive region by, in part, one or more of waveguiding and scattering; wherein each of the microcomponents is centered with respect to a photodetector mesa of each of the plurality of photosensitive regions. Each of the microcomponents includes one of a microcone, a microcuboid, a micropillar, a core-shell micropillar, a microtubule, a pyramid, an inverted pyramid, and an arbitrary shape microcomponent—with a top surface having a a selected or arbitrary cross-sectional shape and a selected or arbitrary profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Inventors: Vasily N. Astratov, Aaron Brettin, Nicholaos I. Limberopoulos, Augustine Urbas
  • Patent number: 10577929
    Abstract: A method is provided, including: forming an optical computing device having a first plurality of sensing elements selected to measure a characteristic of a sample, generating a transmission function from a first add-on integrated computational element (ICE), and evaluating, with a merit-function and the transmission function of the add-on ICE, a predictive performance of a modified optical computing device that includes the add-on ICE in addition to the first plurality of sensing elements. Also, modifying the first add-on ICE to improve the predictive performance of the modified optical computing device according to the merit-function and a modified transmission function of the add-on ICE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Price, Bin Dai, Christopher Michael Jones
  • Patent number: 10580909
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor photomultiplier comprising an array of interconnected microcells; wherein the array comprises at least a first type of microcell having a first junction region of a first geometric shape; and a second type of microcell having a second junction region of a second geometric shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SENSL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Malachy Daly, John Carlton Jackson
  • Patent number: 10560193
    Abstract: A DSM-PSK optical wireless transmission method includes the steps of: receiving a binary data signal, allowing a modulator to convert the binary data signal into a global phase shift signal, generating a reference signal group including M number of pulse signals having the same period, the same duty ratio of d/M, mutually different phases, and a determined sequence, generating a data signal group including M number of pulse signals having a determined sequence, the pulse signals having been obtained by phase-shifting the reference signal group according to the global phase shift signal, flickering each light source of a reference light source group including M number of light sources having a determined sequence, according to each pulse signal of the reference signal group, and flickering each light source of a data light source group including M number of light sources having a determined sequence, according to each pulse signal of the data signal group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: KOOKMIN UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Yeong Min Jang, Van Trang Nguyen, Chang Hyun Hong
  • Patent number: 10529687
    Abstract: In examples provided herein, an optical fiber distribution node stacked photodetector can include a stack of photodetector structures. The photodetector structures are arranged in positions in the stack corresponding to penetration depths associated with corresponding wavelength ranges. The stacked photodetector can also include a controller coupled to the stack of photodetector structures to determine photoelectric signals corresponding to light intensity of the wavelength ranges in light incident on the stack of photodetector structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael D X Wang
  • Patent number: 10488251
    Abstract: A method for improving dynamic range of a device for detecting light includes providing at least two detection regions. The detection regions are each formed by an array of a plurality of single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) and the detection regions each comprise at least one signal output. A characteristic curve is determined for each of the detection regions. The characteristic curves are combined with one another and/or offset against one another in order to obtain a correction curve and/or a correction factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA MICROSYSTEMS CMS GMBH
    Inventor: Marcus Dyba
  • Patent number: 10491822
    Abstract: A camera is configured with multiple microphones to reduce wind noise in audio data collected by the camera. The camera receives motion data, which may comprise data indicating acceleration of the camera, a plurality of video frames received by the camera, or a background level of noise associated with one or more microphones configured on the camera. The camera determines a motion vector from the motion data. The motion vector is parallel to the direction of motion of the camera. The camera selects a subset of one or more microphones in the direction of the motion vector. By recording audio data using the one or more selected microphones, the camera reduces wind noise in the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Tisch, Fabrice Barbier, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 10476382
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a device having a charge pump and a capacitor. The charge pump may be configured for coupling between first and second power sources. The capacitor may be configured for coupling between the first power source and an input of the charge pump. In an energy harvest mode, the charge pump may decouple from the first and second power sources, and the first power source may charge the capacitor with a first voltage while the charge pump is decoupled from the first and second power sources. In an energy transfer mode, the charge pump may couple to the capacitor and the second power source to transfer the first voltage from the capacitor to the second power source during discharge of the first voltage from the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Xiao Wu, David Theodore Blaauw, Dennis Michael Chen Sylvester
  • Patent number: 10474930
    Abstract: A learning method of a CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) for monitoring one or more blind spots of a monitoring vehicle is provided. The learning method includes steps of: a learning device instructing a detector to output class information and location information on a monitored vehicle in a training image; instructing a cue information extracting layer to output cue information on the monitored vehicle by using the outputted information, and instructing an FC layer to determine whether the monitored vehicle is located on the blind spots by neural-network operations with the cue information or its processed values; and learning parameters of the FC layer and parameters of the detector, by backpropagating loss values for the blind spots by referring to the determination and its corresponding GT and backpropagating loss values for the vehicle detection by referring to the class information and the location information and their corresponding GT, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: StradVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Kye-Hyeon Kim, Yongjoong Kim, Insu Kim, Hak-Kyoung Kim, Woonhyun Nam, Sukhoon Boo, Myungchul Sung, Donghun Yeo, Wooju Ryu, Taewoong Jang, Kyungjoong Jeong, Hongmo Je, Hojin Cho
  • Patent number: 10419701
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for digital imaging. A digital pixel image sensor includes a digitizer in each pixel of a plurality of pixels, where the digitizer digitizes analog output signals from a photodiode of the pixel using a comparator, a global reference ramp signal, and a clock counter. In some embodiments, the comparator includes a pre-charging circuit, rather than a constant biasing circuit, to reduce the power consumption of each pixel. In some embodiments, each pixel includes a digital or analog correlated double sampling (CDS) circuit to reduce noise and provide a higher dynamic range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Xinqiao Liu
  • Patent number: 10404965
    Abstract: A microscope system having a microscope forming an image of a specimen inserted onto an optical axis, an image-acquisition apparatus having an image-acquisition element which captures the image of the specimen, a purpose input unit with which an acquisition purpose of 3D image data is input, and a controller receiving the acquisition purpose, wherein the controller receives information about the numerical aperture of the microscope and information of a sampling pitch of the image-acquisition element, calculates a microscope resolution value and an image-acquisition-element resolution value on the basis of the received information, and sends at least one of the control signal for controlling the numeral aperture and the control signal for controlling the sampling pitch in response to the acquisition purpose to at least one of the microscope and the image-acquisition apparatus so that the calculated microscope resolution value and the calculated image-acquisition-element resolution value become the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daiki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10388696
    Abstract: A multiple arrayed parallel nanowire device includes one or more arrays connected in series, wherein each array includes a plurality of narrow nanowires flanked by one or more wide nanowires, a top electrode, an applied current, a bottom ground electrode, and one or more lateral electrodes where one or more currents or one or more probing voltages can be applied to detect voltage changes in each array. The device detects single and multiple photons without destroying superconductivity in all the nanowires in the array and is thus capable of remaining sensitive to subsequent photon impacts. Moreover, the device can resolve the location of each photon impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Khalil Harrabi
  • Patent number: 10381402
    Abstract: A multiple arrayed parallel nanowire device includes one or more arrays connected in series, wherein each array includes a plurality of narrow nanowires flanked by one or more wide nanowires, a top electrode, an applied current, a bottom ground electrode, and one or more lateral electrodes where one or more currents or one or more probing voltages can be applied to detect voltage changes in each array. The device detects single and multiple photons without destroying superconductivity in all the nanowires in the array and is thus capable of remaining sensitive to subsequent photon impacts. Moreover, the device can resolve the location of each photon impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Khalil Harrabi
  • Patent number: 10324032
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sunscreen detector for use with portable device, such as a mobile and/or wearable device. One variation of a sunscreen detector comprises an illumination system that is configured to illuminate a target skin area with ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light and a sensor system that is configured to detect the amount of ultraviolet and/or infrared spectrum light that is reflected from the target skin area. The sunscreen detector is configured to analyze the data collected by the sensor system to generate a notification to the user as to whether they should apply sunscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Serhan O. Isikman, Brian R. Land, Erno H. Klaassen
  • Patent number: 10313026
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to delivering power to and communication with optical devices, such as sensors and effectors using only optical fibers. The device may receive optical energy from a fiber optic cable simultaneously with receiving communication in the form of inverse signaling. Inverse signaling means the light is on for longer than the light is off which may allow the device may receive more optical energy than when using normal signaling. Normal signaling means the light is off for longer than the light is on. The device may perform sensing or other functions using the received optical energy. The device may send communications through at least one optical fiber that may be separate from the one or more optical fibers from which the device receives communication and optical energy. The device may send communication using normal signaling, which uses less energy than inverse signaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc., Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Joseph Skertic, John Joseph Costello
  • Patent number: 10298861
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a solid-state imaging device, an electronic apparatus, and an AD converter that are capable of suppressing the occurrence of an error in AD conversion results. The solid-state imaging device includes a pixel section having a plurality of pixels, a comparator for comparing a pixel signal outputted from the pixels with a reference signal, and a counter for counting the time of comparison made by the comparator. The comparator includes a first amplifier for comparing the pixel signal with the reference signal, a second amplifier that has a first transistor and amplifies an output signal of the first amplifier, and a second transistor having the same polarity as the first transistor. A gate of the second transistor is connected to an output end of the first amplifier, and a source and a drain of the second transistor are connected to the same fixed potential as a source of the first transistor. The present technology is applicable, for example, to a CMOS image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Hanzawa, Shizunori Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10209467
    Abstract: An active optical adapter plate comprises a main body, the main body comprises at least a through hole and at least a photoelectric detection area, the through hole is disposed on an end face of the main body and configured to insert an optical fiber to provide an optical path for an emission light of a laser; the photoelectric detection area is disposed on the end face of the main body having the through hole, and comprises a photoelectric detector used for detecting a reflected light of the emission light of the laser and converting the detected reflected light into an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: National Center for Advanced Packaging Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haiyun Xue
  • Patent number: 10205880
    Abstract: A camera is configured with multiple microphones to reduce wind noise in audio data collected by the camera. The camera receives motion data, which may comprise data indicating acceleration of the camera, a plurality of video frames received by the camera, or a background level of noise associated with one or more microphones configured on the camera. The camera determines a motion vector from the motion data. The motion vector is parallel to the direction of motion of the camera. The camera selects a subset of one or more microphones in the direction of the motion vector. By recording audio data using the one or more selected microphones, the camera reduces wind noise in the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Tisch, Fabrice Barbier, Scott Patrick Campbell
  • Patent number: 10172206
    Abstract: A substrate for an LED emitter includes a body with a recess region formed therein. Bonding pads are disposed within the recess region, including LED bonding pads for LEDs and supporting chip bonding pads for one or more semiconductor chips that provide supporting circuitry (e.g., driver and/or controller circuitry) to support operation of the LEDs. External electrical contacts can be disposed outside the recess region. Electrical paths, disposed at least partially within the body of the substrate, connect the external electrical contacts to a first subset of the supporting chip bonding pads and connect a second subset of the supporting chip bonding pads to the plurality of LED bonding pads such that one or more supporting chips connected to the controller pads can be operated to deliver different operating currents to different ones of the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: LedEngin, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiantao Yan, Kachun Lee
  • Patent number: 10157683
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shift register which prevents current leakage and degradation of an oxide transistor due to light to improve output stability, and a display device using the same. The shift register includes a plurality of stages, and each stage includes a transmission line unit including a plurality of clock lines to supply a plurality of clock signals and a plurality of power lines to supply a plurality of voltages, a transistor unit including a plurality of transistors, and a light-shielding layer overlapping at least one transistor of the transistor unit so as to block light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-Ho Jang, Jong-Uk Bae
  • Patent number: 10101181
    Abstract: A position sensing device comprises a frame, a guide bearing, a motion element, a position sensitive detector, a light source, and a position indicating emitter. The motion element is guided by the guide bearing over a measuring range along a measuring axis direction. The light source is configured to radiate source light. The position indicating emitter moves with the motion element. The position indicating emitter comprises an emitter material that absorbs source light and outputs excitation light from the emitter material to form a measurement spot on the position sensitive detector. The measurement spot moves along the sensing axis direction of the position sensitive detector corresponding to the position of the motion element along the measuring axis direction. The position sensitive detector outputs at least one signal in response to the measurement spot which is indicative of the position of the motion element along the measuring axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: David William Sesko
  • Patent number: 10072979
    Abstract: Integrated computational elements having alternating layers of materials may be problematic to configure toward mimicking some regression vectors. Further, they sometimes may be inconvenient to use within highly confined locales. Integrated computational elements containing a quantum dot array may address these issues. Optical analysis tools with an integrated computational element can comprise: an electromagnetic radiation source that provides electromagnetic radiation to an optical pathway; an integrated computational element positioned within the optical pathway, the integrated computational element comprising a quantum dot array having a plurality of quantum dots disposed at a plurality of set array positions; and a detector that receives the electromagnetic radiation from the optical pathway after the electromagnetic radiation has optically interacted with a sample and the integrated computational element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Cecil Pearl, Jr., David L. Perkins, Megan Renee Pearl
  • Patent number: 10074960
    Abstract: In an example, a laser system receives an externally generated single command. The single command may be selected from a set of commands usable to control a laser diode driver of the laser system. The laser system may determine whether to select a group of one or more commands from the set of commands. In response to a determination to select the group of the one or more commands from the set of commands, the laser diode driver may be controlled using the one or more commands of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NLIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth V. Almonte, Qi Wang
  • Patent number: 10072975
    Abstract: A wearable or attachable device comprising a UV sensor configured to provide user-specific burn rate times providing an indication to the user when they are exposing themselves to harmful levels of UV radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Stella Wearables, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishant Sood, Nicolas Gonzalez, Enrique Guadarrama
  • Patent number: 10048163
    Abstract: Optical apparatus includes a diffractive optical element (DOE), which includes multiple optical surfaces, including at least an entrance surface and an exit surface, and a side surface, which is not parallel to the optical surfaces of the DOE. A grating is formed on at least one of the optical surfaces so as to receive radiation entering the DOE via the entrance surface and to diffract the radiation into a predefined pattern comprising multiple diffraction orders that exit the DOE via the exit surface. An optical detector is positioned in proximity to the side surface so as to receive and sense an intensity of a high order of the radiation diffracted from the grating that passes through the side surface of the DOE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alon Yasovsky, Benny Pesach
  • Patent number: 10041035
    Abstract: System (100) and method for processing biomass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Petteri Salonen
  • Patent number: 9906300
    Abstract: A sensor assembly comprises a remote data concentrator (RDC) and an optically powered transducer module (OPTM). The RDC transmits a first optical pulse including a parameter request signal along an optical fiber. The OPTM is connected to the optical fiber, and comprises a photodiode, an energy storage device, a sensor, a processor, and a laser. The photodiode receives the first optical pulse, and the energy storage device is charged by the photodiode. The sensor, processor, and laser are powered by discharging the energy storage device. The sensor senses a parameter specified by the parameter request signal. The processor generates a signal packet from the output of the first sensor. The laser transmits a second optical pulse including the signal packet along the optical fiber to the RDC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Nghia T. Dinh, Cuong Tho Huynh, Scott D. Isebrand
  • Patent number: 9874699
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a transistor outline (TO) package comprising a TO can holder; and a TO can at least partially embedded within the TO can holder; and a mode converter coupled to the TO package. A system comprises a mode converter comprising a lens configured to convert a mode of a light from a first mode size to a second mode size, wherein the first mode size is smaller than the second mode size; a silicon photonic chip comprising a waveguide configured to communicate the light; a fiber configured to couple to the lens and the waveguide; and a substrate configured to provide a support for the silicon photonic chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rongsheng Miao, Yu Sheng Bai
  • Patent number: RE47503
    Abstract: Photodetectors, methods for use in manufacturing photodetectors, and systems including photodetectors, are described herein. In an embodiment, a photodetector includes a plurality of photodiode regions, at least some of which are covered by an optical filter. A plurality of metal layers are located between the photodiode regions and the optical filter. The metal layers include an uppermost metal layer that is closest to the optical filter and a lowermost metal layer that is closest to the photodiode regions. One or more inter-level dielectric layers separate the metal layers from one another. Each of the metal layers includes one or more metal portions and one or more dielectric portions. The uppermost metal layer is devoid of any metal portions underlying the optical filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERSIL AMERICAS LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Dyer, Eric Lee, Xijian Lin