Controlled By Article, Person, Or Animal Patents (Class 250/221)
  • Patent number: 10207193
    Abstract: A dynamic signal to noise ratio tracking system enables detection of people within the field of view of the tracking system. The tracking system may include an emitter configured to emit electromagnetic radiation within an area, a detector configured to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected back from people and/or objects within the area, and a control unit configured to evaluate signals from the detector and control various automated amusement park equipment as a result of this evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS LLC
    Inventors: Paula Stenzler, Robert J. Cortelyou, Brian B. McQuillian, Christopher Oliver, Steven C. Blum, Justin M. Schwartz, Bradley D. Okeson
  • Patent number: 10212788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a central unit of a bus system (10), to a bus system (10) and to a method for locating bus subscribers (2) in the bus system. The central unit (1) stores a generated address list containing the addresses of the bus subscribers (2). In a commissioning mode, a control unit (3) transmits control commands to the bus subscribers (2) according to the address list. A bus subscriber (2) is preferably a luminous means or has at least one luminous display. The sequential control commands are preferably such that, at any time, a selected bus subscriber (2) assumes a first luminous state which differs from a second luminous state of all other bus subscribers (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Mathias Dünser
  • Patent number: 10208516
    Abstract: In an aspect, a door control system is provided for a vehicle door and includes a pushrod and a locking device. The pushrod has a first end connected to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. At least a portion of the locking device is mounted to the other of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. The locking device includes a leadscrew, a leadscrew nut mounted on the leadscrew, a housing including a guide path, and a brake. The pushrod has a second end connected to the leadscrew nut. The leadscrew nut is constrained against rotation but is slideable along the guide path by movement of the pushrod, which causes rotation of the leadscrew. The brake is positionable in a braking position in which the brake prevents rotation of the leadscrew, and a release position in which the brake permits rotation of the leadscrew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WARREN INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Traian Miu, Mitchell English, Pasit Banjongpanith, Douglas Broadhead
  • Patent number: 10212781
    Abstract: A lighting system comprising a light source operable to emit a source light, a sensor operable to sense environmental light from an environment, and a controller operatively connected to each of the sensor and the light source and configured to analyze the environmental light sensed by the sensor to at least one of detect and generate data relating to a condition of the environment, the data being transmittable in a transmitted data light. The sensor is operable to sense the presence or absence of a dominant wavelength comprised by the environmental light. Additionally, the controller is operable to correlate the dominant wavelength with a substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Environmental Light Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Eric Bretschneider, Pedro Medelius, David Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 10210412
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to an optical encoder which is configured to provide precise coding reference data by feature recognition technology. To apply the present disclosure, it is not necessary to provide particular dense patterns on a working surface. The precise coding reference data can be generated by detecting surface features of the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventors: Boon-How Kok, Keen-Hun Leong, Ching-Geak Chan, Chiang-Hee Lim, Chu-Leik Ho, Hsin-Chia Chen, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10209181
    Abstract: A plant matter sensor comprising: one or more emitters configured to emit two or more vertically spaced signals toward a plant; and one or more receivers configured to receive two or more reflected signals from the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: C-DAX Limited
    Inventors: Greig Edgeworth Shearer, Jeremy Philip Henry Rowe, Robert Ian Murray
  • Patent number: 10209799
    Abstract: Touch display system and touch operation device are provided. An exemplary touch display system includes a touch operation device for emitting first non-visible light; and a touch display device including a touch screen and a touch detection module. The first non-visible light is able to heat up air around a contact point on the touch screen. The touch detection module is configured for determining a position of a light refraction occurred as a second non-visible light is incident on the air heated by the first non-visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Xie, Yichiang Lai, Zhihan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10209784
    Abstract: A combination type mouse includes a supporting plate, a lower cover plate, a main circuit board, plural main connectors, an input module and a control module. The main circuit board is installed on an installation surface of the supporting plate. The plural main connectors are installed on the main circuit board and electrically connected with the main circuit board. The input module includes a first connector and a connecting recess. The first connector is electrically connected with a first main connector of the plural main connectors. The control module includes a second connector and a connecting part. The second connector is electrically connected with a second main connector of the plural main connectors. The connecting part is engaged with the connecting recess. Consequently, the components of the combination type mouse to be assembled can be determined according to the user's requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Ying-Che Tseng, Cheng-Yi Tsai
  • Patent number: 10211010
    Abstract: A keyboard switch includes a base (1), a resistance-type pressure sensor (5) installed on the base (1), a spring (3) arranged in the base (1) and capable of being pressed on the resistance-type pressure sensor (5), a button (4) which presses the spring (3) and is in sliding fit with the base (1), and an upper cover (2) which presses the button (4) and is adaptive to the base (1). The resistance-type pressure sensor (5) includes two terminals (53) and an elastic sensitive element (51), the elastic sensitive element (51) being internally provided with a resistance strain gauge (52), and two leads (54) extending outwards from the resistance strain gauge (52); one ends of the two terminals (53) are respectively connected to the two leads (54), and the other ends of the two terminals (53) are separately connected to a PCB (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: DONGGUAN CITY KAIHUA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fuxi Wu
  • Patent number: 10212785
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to staggered arrays of individually addressable light-emitting elements for sweeping out angular ranges. One example device includes an astigmatic optical element. The device may also include an array of individually addressable light-emitting elements arranged to emit light towards the astigmatic optical element. The astigmatic optical element may be arranged to focus light emitted from each individually addressable light-emitting element to produce a substantially linear illumination pattern at a different corresponding scan angle within an angular range. The example device may further include a control system operable to sequentially activate the individually addressable light-emitting elements such that the substantially linear illumination pattern sweeps out the angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Ansari, Roman Lewkow, Jason Holt
  • Patent number: 10203759
    Abstract: A gesture detection device that includes an angled optical lens is disclosed. In one or more implementations, the gesture detection device includes a gesture sensor configured to detect electromagnetic radiation occurring within a limited spectrum of wavelengths and provides one or more signals in response thereto. The gesture detection device also includes an illumination source assembly configured to emit the electromagnetic radiation occurring within the limited spectrum of wavelengths. The illumination source assembly includes an illumination source for emitting the electromagnetic radiation occurring within the limited spectrum of wavelengths and a light collimating structure configured to at least partially collimate the electromagnetic radiation occurring within the limited spectrum of wavelengths. The light collimating structure is oriented at an angle with respect to an axis perpendicular to a surface of the gesture detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Judy Lau, Christopher F. Edwards, Richard I. Olsen
  • Patent number: 10197383
    Abstract: A sensor is disclosed that provides measurements in multiple degrees of freedom without significantly increasing size, complexity, or cost. The sensor can include a light component in support of a first light source operable to direct a first beam of light, and a second light source operable to direct a second beam of light. The sensor can also include an imaging device that can directly receive the first beam of light and the second beam of light and convert these into electric signals. The imaging device and the light component can be movable relative to one another. The sensor can further include a light location module and/or a position module configured to receive the electric signals and determine locations of the first beam of light, the second beam of light on the imaging device and a relative position of the imaging device and the light component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: REMEMDIA LC
    Inventor: Fraser M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10198070
    Abstract: A gaze tracking system, leaving a low power mode in response to an activation signal, captures an initial burst of eye pictures in short time by restricting the image area of a sensor, with the purpose of enabling an increased frame rate. Subsequent eye pictures are captured at normal frame rate. The first gaze point value is computed memorylessly based on the initial burst of eye pictures and no additional imagery, while subsequent values may be computed recursively by taking into account previous gaze point values or information from previous eye pictures. The restriction of the image area may be guided by a preliminary overview picture captured using the same or a different sensor. From the gaze point values, the system may derive a control signal to be supplied to a computer device with a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tobii AB
    Inventors: Mårten Skogö, Anders Olsson, John Mikael Elvesjö, Aron Yu
  • Patent number: 10198088
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable recording medium, for storing at least one program, an optical movement quality determining method is performed if the program is executed, wherein the optical movement quality determining method is applied to an optical movement detecting apparatus configured to generate optical information and to determine a relative location between an object and the optical movement detecting apparatus, wherein the optical movement quality determining method comprises: (a) determining information quality of the optical information; and (b) generating at least one movement quality reminding message according to a relation between the information quality and a quality threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chung-Ting Yang, Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10194108
    Abstract: Pixel aperture size adjustment in a linear sensor is achieved by applying more negative control voltages to central regions of the pixel's resistive control gate, and applying more positive control voltages to the gate's end portions. These control voltages cause the resistive control gate to generate an electric field that drives photoelectrons generated in a selected portion of the pixel's light sensitive region into a charge accumulation region for subsequent measurement, and drives photoelectrons generated in other portions of the pixel's light sensitive region away from the charge accumulation region for subsequent discard or simultaneous readout. A system utilizes optics to direct light received at different angles or locations from a sample into corresponding different portions of each pixel's light sensitive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Ho Alex Chuang, John Fielden, David L. Brown, Jingjing Zhang, Keith Lyon, Mark Shi Wang
  • Patent number: 10188007
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical unit for an opto-electronic system, said optical unit comprising: a first and a second opto-electronic component; a casing suitable for containing said first and second opto-electronic component; and a fastening system suitable for connecting together said first and second opto-electronic components, characterized in that said fastening system is fixed to a first end of said first opto-electronic component and to a first end of said second opto-electronic component and comprises: an elastic device movable between an undeformed operative position and a compressed operative position, and a mechanical fastening device suitable for taking said elastic device into said compressed operative position when said mechanical fastening device couples together said first and said second optoelectronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Datalogic IP Tech S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luca Rossetti
  • Patent number: 10185443
    Abstract: Error compensation of a touch sensing signal is provided. A touch screen can include a drive region that can be driven by a drive signal, and a sense region that can output a sense signal that includes information of a first amount of touch on or near the touch screen and information of a first amount of error. The first amount of touch can be based on the drive signal. The touch screen can include a compensation sensor that can output a compensation signal that includes information of a second amount of error, and an error compensator that can compensate for the first amount of error in the sense signal based on the second amount of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Steven P. Hotelling
  • Patent number: 10180759
    Abstract: A coordinate detecting apparatus includes: a plurality of light-emitting and -receiving units arranged along an outer edge of the coordinate input area, the plurality of light-emitting and -receiving units each including a light-emitting part and a light-receiving part; at least one retroreflective member arranged along the outer edge of the coordinate input area; and a control unit to control the plurality of light-emitting and -receiving units to detect coordinates of a position of input made with a designation input unit in a first detection state or a second detection state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiko Yamamoto, Katsuyuki Omura, Noritada Ohi, Yoshiaki Oshima, Masafumi Nagao, Naoyuki Ishikawa, Masanobu Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10168422
    Abstract: An optical displacement sensor and a system are provided. The optical displacement sensor includes a light projecting unit that projects light onto a workpiece, a light receiving unit that receives light reflected from the workpiece and generates light receiving data, a processing unit that calculates a displacement amount of the workpiece on the basis of the light receiving data, an input unit that receives a timing synchronization signal, and an output unit that outputs the displacement amount calculated by the processing unit. The processing unit controls, in response to the timing synchronization signal received through the input unit, an exposure duration determined by an overlap between a duration during which the light projecting unit projects light onto the workpiece and a duration during which the light receiving unit receives the reflected light. The system includes the optical displacement sensor and a control device that generates the timing synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Tomonori Kondo
  • Patent number: 10167402
    Abstract: A security element for a security and/or valuable document includes a matrix based on an organic polymeric material and at least one electrically conductive pigment dispersed in the matrix and at least one organic luminescent substance dispersed in the matrix. In the presence of the conductive pigment the luminescent substance is capable of non-contact excitation of light emission where the particle size is less than 200 nm. The luminescent substance is not encapsulated and is directly surrounded by the matrix and is embedded therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: BUNDESDRUCKEREI GMBH
    Inventors: Joerg Fischer, Manfred Paeschke, Oliver Muth, Arthur Mathea
  • Patent number: 10162054
    Abstract: A distance measuring device that can identify a reflected wave by a target object as a measurement target from among reflected waves when the reflected waves are observed in response to one output wave. The device transmits an output wave plural times from a speaker while moving, and acquires waveform data of a sound wave that is received by a microphone every time the output wave is transmitted and includes plural reflected waves caused by reflection of the output wave. Furthermore, the distance measuring device identifies a reflected wave by the target object as the measurement target from among the plural reflected waves according to change in the reception timing of each of the plurality of reflected waves included in each of plural pieces of the acquired waveform data, and calculates the distance to the target object on the basis of the reception timing of the identified reflected wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10162413
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining an eye gaze direction of a user through one or more non-contact capacitive sensors. For at least some embodiments, a differential capacitance associated with a users' eye may be determined through at least one of the non-contact capacitive sensors. The differential capacitance may be based on capacitance measurements associated with the users' eye performed at different times. The eye gaze direction may be based, at least in part, on the determined differential capacitance. For some embodiments, two or more non-contact capacitive sensors may be positioned along an axis. Differential capacitance measurements from the two or more non-contact capacitive sensors may determine the eye gaze direction with respect to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Tetsuo Tanemura
  • Patent number: 10161996
    Abstract: A method of characterizing the performance of laser diode is disclosed wherein at least one laser diode device configured to emit optical radiation is detachably coupled to at least one carrier device, the carrier device configured to be positioned within at least one device test module, at least one unitary clamping force is controllably applied to the laser diode device thereby coupling the carrier device to the device test module, and at least one optical characteristic of the laser diode device is measured during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Newport Corporation
    Inventors: John Curry, Christopher Cole Chandler, Wade P Watts, Nicholas Donnie Harriott
  • Patent number: 10156634
    Abstract: An obstacle detection system includes an emitter that emits a wide angle signal, and a receiver that receives at least a portion of the wide angle signal. The obstacle detection system also includes a memory for storing a time window and a baseline signal characteristic, and a processing device that compares attributes of the received signal to information stored in the memory. The processing device determines whether at least a portion of the emitted signal was received at the receiver within the time window. The processing device also determines whether a signal characteristic of the received signal corresponds to the baseline signal characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 10146996
    Abstract: A display device includes: a display unit configured to display an image; a camera spaced apart from the display unit and facing a front side of the display device; a photo sensor spaced apart from the camera and configured to sense ambient light incident on the front side of the display device; and a control unit coupled to the display unit, the camera, and the photo sensor. The control unit includes: a viewing angle determining unit configured to recognize a face of a user from an image photographed by the camera so as to determine a viewing angle of the user; a reflection intensity calculating unit configured to calculate intensity of reflected light based on intensity of symmetric light incident at an angle symmetric to the viewing angle; and a luminance compensation unit configured to compensate luminance of input video data in consideration of the intensity of the reflected light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min-Tak Lee
  • Patent number: 10142133
    Abstract: A radar system for a vehicle includes a transmitter, a receiver, and an interference mitigator. The transmitter transmits radio signals. The receiver receives radio signals. The received radio signals include transmitted radio signals reflected from objects. The receiver also processes the received radio signals to produce a sample stream. The interference mitigator successively (i) generates respective signals corresponding to the transmitted radio signals that are reflected from each of a plurality of objects, and (ii) adds the respective signals to the sample stream to form a modified sample stream. The addition of the respective signals removes interference from the sample stream due to the transmitted radio signals reflected from the plurality of objects. The receiver is configured to use the modified sample stream to detect a first object at a first range which is more distant than respective ranges of the plurality of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Uhnder, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean P. Bordes, Aria Eshraghi, David S. Trager, Murtaza Ali, Raghunath K. Rao
  • Patent number: 10139478
    Abstract: To decrease the likelihood of a false detection when detecting light from light pulses scattered by remote targets in a lidar system, a receiver in the lidar system includes a photodetector and a pulse-detection circuit having a gain circuit with a varying amount of gain over time. The gain circuit operates in a low-gain mode for a time period T1 beginning with time t0 when a light pulse is emitted to prevent the receiver from detecting return light pulses during the threshold time period T1. Upon expiration of the threshold time period T1, the gain circuit operates in a high-gain mode to begin detecting return light pulses until a subsequent light pulse is emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Gaalema, Austin K. Russell, Joseph G. LaChapelle, Scott R. Campbell, Jason M. Eichenholz, Tue Tran
  • Patent number: 10133304
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing. One or more processors are operable with a plurality of proximity sensor components that can be disposed behind a grille defining a plurality of reception beams with at least a first reception beam oriented at least partially in a first direction and at least a second reception beam oriented at least partially in a second direction. The one or more processors can detect a person is within a thermal reception radius along the first direction, and can determine whether another person is within the thermal reception radius along the second direction. Where only the person is within the thermal reception radius, the electronic device can operate in a first mode of operation. When the person and another person are within the thermal reception radius, the electronic device can operate in a second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Rachid M Alameh, Kevin J McDunn
  • Patent number: 10120413
    Abstract: A training apparatus has an input device and a wearable computing device with a bio-signal sensor and a display to provide an interactive virtual reality (“VR”) environment for a user. The bio-signal sensor receives bio-signal data from the user. The user interacts with content that is presented in the VR environment. The user interactions and bio-signal data are scored with a user state score and a performance scored. Feedback is given to the user based on the scores in furtherance of training. The feedback may update the VR environment and may trigger additional VR events to continue training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERAXON INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Aimone, Trevor Coleman, Ariel Stephanie Garten, Kapil Jay Mishra Vidyarthi, Locillo (Lou) Giuseppe Pino, Michael Apollo Chabior, Paul Harrison Baranowski, Raul Rajiv Rupsingh, Madeline Ashby, Paul V. Tadich
  • Patent number: 10115204
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for predicting an eye position of user that may detect eye position coordinates in an image which is recently generated, determine a current prediction velocity of an eye movement based on a velocity of a previous eye movement, and predict the eye position coordinates of the user based on the detected eye position coordinates and the current prediction velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok Lee, Byong Min Kang, Jingu Heo, Dong Kyung Nam
  • Patent number: 10106319
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of automatically determining a filling level of a plastic bag fastened via an open end to a vertical post forming a support, the method comprising a step of detecting that the bag has reached a predetermined filling level by means of a first distance sensor positioned on the post, a step of measuring the distance of the bag relative to the post by means of a second distance sensor positioned on the post, step of detecting the presence of the bag fastened via an open end to the post by means of a third distance sensor positioned on the post, and a step of detecting a filling level on the basis of the measurements taken by the distance sensors. The disclosure also provides a unit for performing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ANTALIOS
    Inventors: Patrick Adam, Christophe Pistoresi
  • Patent number: 10095322
    Abstract: A mouse roller module includes a roller, a swinging arm, a movable block and an adjusting device. The roller includes a recess with a toothed surface. The swinging arm includes a contacting part, a linking part and an adjusting part. The contacting part is connected with a first elastic element. In response to an elastic force of the first elastic element, the contacting part provides a pressing force to the toothed surface. When the adjusting part is pushed by the movable block, the swinging arm performs a swinging motion. The movable block is pushed by the piston. While the position of the piston is adjusted by the adjusting device, the movable block is moved and the swinging arm performs the swinging motion. The pressing force of the contacting part provided to the toothed surface is adjusted in response to the swinging motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Ya-Jun Li, Chun-Cheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10087679
    Abstract: In a system and a method for determining closed and open states of closeable and openable passages of an object, components are configured to determine whether a closeable and openable passage is in an open state or in a closed state and are all arranged exclusively on one spot associated with the passage providing closing and opening of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LGN INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Gitman
  • Patent number: 10088922
    Abstract: A resonating pen having multiple resonance frequencies includes a first circuit segment including an inductor for the resonance frequencies, a second circuit segment including transistors, where each of the transistors includes a transistor state, and a third circuit segment includes a controller. The controller is configured to alter the transistor state of the transistors to change the resonating pen to a resonance frequency. The resonating pen further includes a switch configured to control the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: Tom R. Vandermeijden
  • Patent number: 10088919
    Abstract: A projector includes a light output device outputting detection light on a screen, a position detection unit detecting an indication position, and a calibration control unit. The position detection unit performs a first detecting operation detecting an indication position by using the detection light, and a second detecting operation detecting an indication position by using light other than the detection light. The calibration control unit executes calibration associating a position detected in the second detecting operation with a position on the screen, and restricts output of the detection light while the calibration is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiko Tamura
  • Patent number: 10076290
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging apparatus and control method for the same relate to a mobile X-ray imaging apparatus that allows a user to recognize whether the X-ray imaging apparatus is in an appropriate imaging distance from an object. The X-ray imaging apparatus includes an X-ray source, an input unit that receives distance information between the X-ray source and an X-ray detector, a reference light emitter that irradiates a light from the X-ray source in a direction where the X-ray detector is placed, at least one auxiliary light emitter that irradiates a light that overlaps with a light from the reference light emitter; and a controller that determines an auxiliary light emitter corresponding to the distance information among the at least one auxiliary light emitter, and controls the reference light emitter and the determined auxiliary light emitter so that the reference light emitter and the determined auxiliary light emitter irradiate a light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung Hwan Lee, Sang Kyun Kang, Se Hui Kim, Ku-Il Jang
  • Patent number: 10071676
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes a camera having a field of view in a forward direction of travel of the vehicle. Image data captured by the camera is processed by an image processor of a control to determine location of objects present within a scene external the vehicle within the field of view of the camera. The image processor processes captured image data to detect lane markers on a road being driven by the vehicle and located within the field of view of the camera. The control receives vehicle data via a communication bus of the vehicle. The vehicle data includes at least (i) data indicative of speed of the vehicle and (ii) data indicative of trajectory of the vehicle. Responsive to processing by the image processor of captured image data, the control may control, at least in part, a pedestrian detection system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 10072921
    Abstract: A spectroscopic beam profile metrology system simultaneously detects measurement signals over a large wavelength range and a large range of angles of incidence (AOI). In one aspect, a multiple wavelength illumination beam is reshaped to a narrow line shaped beam of light before projection onto a specimen by a high numerical aperture objective. After interaction with the specimen, the collected light is passes through a wavelength dispersive element that projects the range of AOIs along one direction and wavelength components along another direction of a two-dimensional detector. Thus, the measurement signals detected at each pixel of the detector each represent a scatterometry signal for a particular AOI and a particular wavelength. In another aspect, a hyperspectral detector is employed to simultaneously detect measurement signals over a large wavelength range, range of AOIs, and range of azimuth angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Jiyou Fu, Noam Sapiens, Kevin A. Peterlinz, Stilian Ivanov Pandev
  • Patent number: 10075240
    Abstract: It discloses a precise locating method of utilizing indoor visible light communication system, which belongs to the field of visible light communication; arranging any number of light emitting diode (LED) lamps indoors, setting the signal transmission power of each LED lamp to be the same and fixing the absolute location of each LED lamp, the terminal required for locating is equipped with several receiving devices, whose relative positions are known, then a position coordinate of the terminal can be obtained by determining the geometric center position of this set of receiving devices through calculating the measured light signal power of the receiving devices on the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Jia Wang, Hua Zhang
  • Patent number: 10061439
    Abstract: Touch panel input device including: display panel having display surface; display controller causing display of button image on the display surface, the button image used for receiving touch operation performed by user; touch position detector detecting touch position of the display surface by detecting X and Y coordinates on X-Y rectangular coordinate system; area specifier specifying first area and second area of the display surface, the first area being area at which the button image is to be displayed, the second area being remaining area of display surface; and detection instructor referring to result of the specification by the area specifier and instructing the touch position detector (i) to perform touch position detection with respect to an area corresponding to the first area and (ii) to put in off state touch position detection with respect to an area corresponding to at least a part of the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Tomoo Yamanaka, Tomoaki Yamada, Katsuaki Wakui
  • Patent number: 10055648
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for detection, classification and tracking of surface contacts based on multispectral image data from sensors on maritime assets. An example system may include an anomaly detection circuit configured to detect an object based on anomalies in the variance of pixels of water surface image data. The system may also include an object motion tracking circuit configured to analyze motion of the object relative to water surface waves. The analysis may compensate for motion of the asset and sensors. The system may further include an object classification circuit configured to classify the object as an object of interest, based on the analyzed motion of the object, and as a threat, further based on size estimation, edge detection, surface texture analysis, and volume analysis. The range from the asset to the object may be estimated based on the relation of the object to a detected or estimated horizon line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Will R. Grigsby, Eric Louchard, David J. Schorr, Mitchell J. Nord, Joseph McGaughey, Somit S. Mathur
  • Patent number: 10048806
    Abstract: An optical touch system including an optical touch apparatus and an optical touch stylus is provided. The optical touch apparatus includes a curved operation surface and a plurality of optical sensors. The curved operation surface has a vertex. The optical touch stylus performs a touch operation on the curved operation surface, and has a tip portion for generating a light signal. The optical sensors are arranged on a side of the curved operation surface based on a reference line. The optical sensors are configured to receive the light signal to sense the touch operation of the optical touch stylus performed on the curved operation surface. A surface sag exists between each of the optical sensors and the vertex. A difference between a tip length of the optical touch stylus and a distance of two selected surface sags is not smaller than a region parameter of the optical touch system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Ting Lin, Chia-Chang Hou, Po-Liang Huang
  • Patent number: 10048060
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for calculating an area of interaction within a perimeter of a detection area. A system may comprise a plurality of emitters, a plurality of sensors, a memory configured to store computer-executable instructions and a processor configured to access the memory and execute the instructions. The instructions may cause the processor to generate a set of emissions with the plurality of emitters, obtain sensor information of the plurality of sensors, determine a set of sensors of the plurality of sensors that failed to detect an emission of the set of emissions, and calculate an area of interaction within the perimeter of the detection area based at least in part on the determined set of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremiah David Brazeau
  • Patent number: 10041281
    Abstract: In an aspect, a door control system is provided for a vehicle door and includes a pushrod and a locking device. The pushrod has a first end connected to one of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. At least a portion of the locking device is mounted to the other of the vehicle body and the vehicle door. The locking device includes a leadscrew, a leadscrew nut mounted on the leadscrew, a housing including a guide path, and a brake. The pushrod has a second end connected to the leadscrew nut. The leadscrew nut is constrained against rotation but is slideable along the guide path by movement of the pushrod, which causes rotation of the leadscrew. The brake is positionable in a braking position in which the brake prevents rotation of the leadscrew, and a release position in which the brake permits rotation of the leadscrew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Warren Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Traian Miu, Mitchell English, Pasit Banjongpanith, Douglas Broadhead
  • Patent number: 10042476
    Abstract: A channel scan architecture for detecting touch events on a touch sensor panel is disclosed. The channel scan architecture can combine drive logic, sense channels and channel scan logic on a single monolithic chip. The channel scan logic can be configured to implement a sequence of scanning processes in a panel subsystem without intervention from a panel processor. The channel scan architecture can provide scan sequence control to enable the panel processor to control the sequence in which individual scans are implemented in the panel subsystem. Type of scans that can be implemented in the panel subsystem can include a spectral analysis scan, touch scan, phantom touch scan, ambient light level scan, proximity scan and temperature scan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas James Wilson, Christoph H. Krah, Minh-Dieu Thi Vu
  • Patent number: 10039492
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present disclosure, a method involves obtaining, by a body-mountable device, sensor data, where the body-mountable device includes a data storage. The method further involves making a determination that each condition in a condition set has been satisfied. In addition, the method involves responsive to making the determination that each condition in the condition set has been satisfied, storing the obtained sensor data in the data storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Yeager, Brian Otis
  • Patent number: 10033943
    Abstract: Activity surface detection, display, and enhancement implementations are described. In an example implementation, a method determines, using a processor of a computing device, a traceable image and presenting the traceable image in an interface on a display of the computing device; captures, using a video capture device coupled to the computing device, a video stream of a physical activity surface proximate to the computing device; and displays, on the display of the computing device, the captured video stream overlaid with the traceable image in the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Tangible Play, Inc.
    Inventors: Pramod Kumar Sharma, Jerome Scholler, Conrad Verkler
  • Patent number: 10022761
    Abstract: The invention relates to a forming device (10) for plastically deforming a component (54), in particular a sheet component, with a top part (12) of the forming device (10) and with a bottom part (14) of the forming device (10), between which the component (54) is fixable and deformable by a relative movement (20) between the bottom part (14) and the top part (12), with a machine rack (22) accommodating the top part (12) and the bottom part (14), which bounds a working area (28) of the forming device (10), in which the component (54) is deformable, at least in certain areas, and with a sensor device (40) for non-contact monitoring the working area (28) at least in certain areas by means of radiation (42) capable of being emitted by the sensor device (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SCHECHTL MASCHINENBAU GmbH
    Inventor: Matthias Schmelmer
  • Patent number: 10027898
    Abstract: A system, and a method is described for use with electronic devices such as a TV display, a laptop, a PC, a media center platform, a Set Top Box or a DVD player, a light bulb, said system and method combining advantageously several separate control means into one single device. The combined control means shares at least one common property such as, as for example, the use of an IR signal to convey information signal. In particular, the invention is related to the combination of a TOF illumination system of a TOF camera and the method for operating it, with the control means for driving electronic devices located in the scene such as, as for example, an IR emitter for driving 3D IR synchronized viewing glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SoftKinetic Sensors NV
    Inventors: Ward Van Der Tempel, Julien Thollot
  • Patent number: 10023142
    Abstract: A vehicle equipped with an operator presence detector comprises an optional first detector located and configured to detect an object positioned over a threshold to the operator compartment; a second detector located and configured to detect an operator's left lower extremity when the left lower extremity is located in the operator compartment; and a third detector located and configured to detect an operator's right lower extremity when the right lower extremity is located in the operator compartment. The second detector and the third detector are positioned such that (i) an operator cannot use the left lower extremity to trigger both the second detector and the third detector and (ii) an operator cannot use the right lower extremity to trigger both the second detector and the third detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J. McGoldrick, William Eugene James, Robert Stephen Adcox, Christopher J. Goodwin, Matthew Wavrek, Ken Schreiber