Measuring Infrared Radiation Reflected From Sample Patents (Class 250/341.8)
  • Patent number: 11373264
    Abstract: A method of detecting defects in a composite structure includes applying heat to a surface of a composite structure. Thermographic images or frames captured by a moving camera may be utilized to corm temporally aligned images that include temperature data (pixels) from a plurality of frames, wherein the pixels comprise data captured at a simple (uniform) time delay from the time at which heat was applied. The temporally aligned thermographic data for the surface region may include variations due to differences in thermal transients caused by defects in the composite structure. The variations in the thermographic data may be utilized to detect one or more defects in the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS REPRESENTED BY THE ADMINSTRATOR OF NASA
    Inventors: Peter D. Juarez, Elizabeth D. Gregory, K. Elliott Cramer
  • Patent number: 11338439
    Abstract: A robot control method includes, storing, in a memory, shape information about a robot including a tool attached to a tip and about a peripheral object located on a periphery of the robot. A teaching program also is stored in the memory. The teaching program includes a setting speed when operating the robot. By a processor connected to the memory, a distance between the robot and the peripheral object, based on the shape information, is calculated at each operation position when operating the robot according to the teaching program. By the processor, it is determined whether or not the calculated distance is changing in a decreasing direction. In response to determining that the calculated distance is changing in the decreasing direction, by the processor, the robot is operated at a speed lower than the setting speed in the teaching program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takatoshi Iwayama
  • Patent number: 11249172
    Abstract: An image acquiring apparatus for a vehicle includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulse light to a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of different images of target distance ranges by imaging reflected light returning from the target distance ranges at imaging timings set according to the target distance ranges, and a timing controller configured to control a light emission cycle of the pulse light and the imaging timings. The timing controller is configured to control at least one of the light emission cycle and the imaging timing such that among different target distance ranges, a range of a specific distance necessary for object recognition is imaged with luminance higher than that for ranges other than the range of the specific distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba, Osamu Endo, Masayasu Ito
  • Patent number: 11194023
    Abstract: An image acquiring apparatus for a vehicle includes a light emitting unit configured to emit pulse light to a predetermined direction, an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of different images of target distance ranges by imaging reflected light returning from the target distance ranges at imaging timings set according to the target distance ranges, and a timing controller configured to control a light emission cycle of the pulse light and the imaging timings. The timing controller is configured to set a light emission interval time to be longer than a delay time which is a time from a light emission start time point of the light emitting unit to an imaging start time point of the image acquisition unit and is required to image a longest-distance range of the target distance ranges from which the reflected light can be imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Mano, Takanori Namba, Osamu Endo, Masayasu Ito, Yuji Higashi
  • Patent number: 11085874
    Abstract: A method for determining characteristics of a structure is disclosed. The method comprises repetitively irradiating the structure with a transient continuous wave electromagnetic radiation and capturing as a function of time a transient part of the reflection or transmission of the transient continuous wave electromagnetic radiation reflected at or transmitted through the different interfaces of layer-based structure. The method furthermore comprises deriving from the transient part of the reflected or transmitted transient continuous wave electromagnetic radiation as function of time information regarding different contributions in the transient part of the reflected or transmitted transient continuous wave electromagnetic radiation stemming from the reflections at different interfaces of the structure and determining from said information at least geometric information and/or electromagnetic properties of the one or more materials of the structure. A corresponding system also is claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
    Inventors: Ali Pourkazemi, Johan Stiens
  • Patent number: 11076454
    Abstract: An induction heating system includes an induction heating head assembly configured to move relative to a workpiece. The induction heating system may also include a temperature sensor assembly configured to detect a temperature of the workpiece and/or a travel sensor assembly configured to detect a position, movement, or direction of movement of the induction heating head assembly relative to the workpiece, and to transmit feedback signals to a controller configured to adjust the power provided to the induction heating head assembly by a power source based at least in part on the feedback signals. In certain embodiments, the induction heating system may also include a connection box configured to receive the feedback signals, to perform certain conversions of the feedback signals, and to provide the feedback signals to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Paul David Verhagen, Paul William Garvey, Edward G. Beistle, Scott Stephen Liebert, Kevin John Mlnarik, Tiffany Anne Carter
  • Patent number: 10987701
    Abstract: A sorting or classifying apparatus comprising an illumination device for providing illumination or foreground illumination, the illumination device comprising a reflector (61) which has a reflecting surface (63) providing a reflection envelope, a first light source (70) which is disposed in spaced relation in front of the reflecting surface (63) and provides light of a first spectral output to the reflecting surface (63) for reflection thereby and which first light source (70) comprises a plurality of light elements or incandescent lamps (72), wherein the light elements or lamps (72) are disposed on or near a focal axis (X) of the reflector (61), and a second light source (71) which is disposed in spaced relation in front of the reflecting surface (63) and provides light of a second spectral output, different to the first spectral output to the reflecting surface (63) for reflection thereby and which second light source (71) comprises a plurality of light elements or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) (75) arranged
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BÜHLER UK LIMITED
    Inventors: David Gherardi, Benedict Deefholts, Robert James Neil McLean, Ben Ward, Howard Myer, Bill Saunders, Saliya Gunaratne, Timothy Kelf, David McCambridge
  • Patent number: 10967862
    Abstract: A computing system can receive sensor log data from one or more first autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating throughout a transport service region, and analyze the sensor log data against a set of road anomaly signatures. Based on analyzing the sensor log data against the set of road anomaly signatures, the computing system may identify road anomalies within the transport service region, and generate a resolution response for each road anomaly. The computing system can then transmit the resolution response to one or more second AVs to cause the one or more second AVs to respond to the road anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Alyson Bonk
  • Patent number: 10965854
    Abstract: A topographical measurement system uses an imaging cartridge formed of a rigid optical element and a clear, elastomeric sensing surface configured to capture high-resolution topographical data from a measurement surface. The imaging cartridge may be configured as a removable cartridge for the system so that the imaging cartridge, including the rigid optical element and elastomeric sensing surface can be removed and replaced as a single, integral component that is robust/stable over multiple uses, and easily user-replaceable as frequently as necessary or desired. The cartridge may also usefully incorporate a number of light shaping and other features to support optimal illumination and image capture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: GelSight, Inc.
    Inventors: Janos Rohaly, Edward H. Adelson
  • Patent number: 10955339
    Abstract: A droplet sensor includes an optical cover having an elliptical surface forming a portion of a spheroid, a light source arranged at or in a vicinity of a first focal point of the elliptical surface, and a photodetector arranged at or in a vicinity of a second focal point of the elliptical surface. The elliptical surface includes an effective detection area configured to reflect light emitted from the light source towards the photodetector. An amount of light reflected from the effective detection area changes according to adhesion of a droplet on the effective detection area of the elliptical surface. The optical cover includes a hollow portion that is provided in a region inside the optical cover, and outside optical paths of the light emitted from the light source and reflected from the effective detection area toward the photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuya Kawasaki, Hideo Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 10923790
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide low-loss dielectric microstrip line (DML) circuits for use with respect to signals in the terahertz frequency range are described. Low-loss DML integrated circuits of embodiments, such as may comprise DML transmission lines, DML couplers, DML crossovers, etc., may be based on silicon technology and are adapted for signal frequencies in the range of 750-925 GHz. A DML circuit implementation may be comprised of silicon on insulator based DML structure having a silicon dioxide (SiO2) insulation layer as the middle layer of the DML, wherein the device layer (HR—Si) and the handle layer (HR—Si) are the top and bottom layers of the DML. A high-precision fabrication process for the SOI wafer, wherein the height of the dielectric microstrip lines can be accurately controlled, may be utilized to fabricate DML circuits of embodiments. A non-contact measurement technology may be used to test the DML circuits of embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: City University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Quan Xue, Hao-Tian Zhu
  • Patent number: 10904460
    Abstract: An imaging instrument for controlling a target designation makes it possible to visualise a target designation spot (SP) within a scene (SC), while using only one image sensor. To do this, a filter is arranged on the image sensor, in a restricted area (ZC) of same. The filter makes it possible to increase a contrast and a signal-to-noise ratio for an image of the target designation spot, when a misalignment (DP) is produced in order to bring the image of the target designation spot into the area of the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Safran Electronics & Defense
    Inventors: Patrick Robert, Hervé Sik
  • Patent number: 10872792
    Abstract: A measurement device includes an emitter configured to emit an electromagnetic signal to an object to be measured. A first detector is disposed to measure a first portion of the electromagnetic signal that is reflected by the object to be measured. A second detector is disposed to measure a second portion of the electromagnetic signal that is transmitted through the object to be measured. The emitter is configured to emit the electromagnetic signal in a direction substantially perpendicular to a surface of the object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-Soo Kim, Sung-Kyu Park, Seung-Hwan Kim, Yun-Young Kim, Jun-Woo Park
  • Patent number: 10871755
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus and method capable of automatically identifying an obstacle in front of a mobile terminal, the apparatus comprising a transmitting module, a receiving module, and a controller MCU module. The transmitting module is in signal connection to the receiving module, the transmitting module and the receiving module are both in signal connection to the controller MCU module (STM32 series), and the controller MCU module is also in signal connection to a mobile terminal CPU. The present invention may automatically identify the road condition in front of the mobile terminal and may carry out a voice prompt in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Guangdong Industry Polytechnic
    Inventors: Bing Dong, Wensheng Qin, Lan Huang, Yanling Yang, Deyu Luo, Xin Ouyang, Wenya Zhuang, Jun Hong
  • Patent number: 10859466
    Abstract: Conventionally, eyewear is rated in terms of its absorption coefficient (sometimes called the optical density (OD)) or the protection that it provides from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can damage the eye at high enough power levels. Infrared (IR) radiation can also damage the eye, but IR damage tends to occur at a much slower rate than UV-induced damage. Rating eyewear in terms of protection from IR radiation and/or in terms of a maximum safe exposure duration (SED) to IR radiation improves consumers' ability to protect themselves from IR radiation. In addition, eyewear rated for more IR protection or longer SED may still provide excellent vision thanks to coatings that reflect or absorb IR light and transmit visible light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SHAMIR OPTICAL INDUSTRY LTD.
    Inventors: Zohar Katzman, Gilad Markman, Devora Nuriel
  • Patent number: 10777589
    Abstract: A time-of-flight camera calibration system includes a time-of-flight camera and a calibration processor. The calibration processor is coupled to the time-of-flight camera. The calibration processor is configured to receive an input phase image captured by the time-of-flight camera, and generate a blurred phase image by applying a low pass filter to the input phase image. The calibration processor is also configured to generate a crosstalk correction matrix based on the blurred phase image, and provide the crosstalk correction matrix to the time-of-flight camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Venkata Subhash Chandra Sadhu, Vamshi Krishna Reddy Ani Reddy
  • Patent number: 10618174
    Abstract: An apparatus such as a robot capable of performing goal oriented tasks may include one or more touch sensors to receive touch perception feedback on the location of objects and structures within an environment. A fusion engine may be configured to combine touch perception data with other types of sensor data such as data received from an image or distance sensor. The apparatus may combine distance sensor data with touch sensor data using inference models such as Bayesian inference. The touch sensor may be mounted onto an adjustable arm of a robot. The apparatus may use the data it has received from both a touch sensor and distance sensor to build a map of its environment and perform goal oriented tasks such as cleaning or moving objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AEOLUS ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Ellis Augenbraun, Gaurav Rekhi
  • Patent number: 10605437
    Abstract: In order to make it possible to image the surface of a workpiece from a plurality of directions without reducing the amount of light to be projected to the workpiece, a light projection device having light emitting surfaces opposite to the workpiece and formed with a slit allowing light reflected by the workpiece to pass from the light emitting surface side toward an opposite side thereof is adapted such that the slit is formed in a tapered shape whose width gradually increases from the light emitting surface side toward the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CCS INC.
    Inventors: Motonao Yagi, Atsushi Miyatake
  • Patent number: 10591509
    Abstract: A tunnel current control apparatus includes a terahertz wave generation element configured to generate and output a terahertz wave pulse, a CEP adjustment unit configured to adjust a CEP of the terahertz wave pulse, and an off-axis parabolic mirror serving as a focusing element configured to focus the terahertz wave pulse in a gap between a first conductive object and a second conductive object. The CEP adjustment unit can arbitrarily adjust the CEP of the terahertz wave pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Yoichi Kawada, Hironori Takahashi, Jun Takeda, Ikufumi Katayama, Yusuke Arashida, Katsumasa Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 10527541
    Abstract: A method for non-destructively testing the heating of a determined zone of a part made of a polymer material, the method comprising the following steps: a) taking at least one colorimetric measurement on said determined zone to be tested and obtaining the value ap of the parameter a of the CIELAB colorimetric space; b) taking at least one colorimetric measurement on said reference zone of said part and obtaining the value ap/ref of the parameter a of the CIELAB colorimetric space; c) calculating ?ap=ap?ap/ref; and d) establishing a risk of heating said determined zone to be tested if ?ap is higher than a threshold value A1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Romero, Jean-Pierre Coulette, Angélique Melody Marine Alexia Mainczyk
  • Patent number: 10477154
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and method for aligning a first work piece with an underlying second work piece in the presence of occlusion by the first work piece of critical alignment features of the second work piece. The vision system, which guides the motion of a manipulator holding the first work piece and a motion stage holding the second work piece, learns secondary alignment features at least one of the first and second work pieces. Using these secondary features, the vision system determines alignment between the work pieces and guides the manipulator and the motion stage to achieve alignment as the first work piece engages the second work piece. The secondary features are used to define a course alignment. Deterministic movements of the manipulator and/or motion stage are used to learn the relationship between the secondary and primary features. Secondary features are used to direct alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: David Y. Li, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 10458906
    Abstract: A method for the non-destructive testing of the heating of a part made from polymer material, the method comprising the following steps: a) carrying out a measurement by infrared spectroscopy on a part to be tested and extracting therefrom at least one of absorbance values and transmittance values according to a spatial frequency; and b) from the measurement of at least one of absorbance and transmittance, determining the period of time during which said region of the part to be tested has been subjected to a given heating temperature and determining said heating temperature, using a reference database comprising at least one of absorbance measurements and transmittance measurements, the measurements established over a plurality of reference samples made from polymer material that have been subjected to a given temperature during a given period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Aircraft Engines
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Romero, Angélique Melody Marine Alexia Mainczyk, Geoffrey Martin
  • Patent number: 10459390
    Abstract: Provided is an image forming apparatus configured to detect an image density while suppressing a change in sensitivity characteristic of an optical sensor, which is caused by leak light. The image forming apparatus includes the optical sensor configured to measure a measurement image formed on an intermediate transfer belt, and output a detected analog value indicating a measurement result, and a controller. The optical sensor includes a light emitting element and a light receiving element. The controller includes a memory configured to store profile data regarding a driving current of the light emitting element and an amount of leak light directly received by the light receiving element from the light emitting element. The controller is configured to detect the amount of leak light corresponding to the driving current of the light emitting element at a time of measurement of the measurement image based on the profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shun Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10353332
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image, a reference member, a sensor including a substrate, a light-emitting element provided on the substrate, a light-receiving element provided on the substrate, and a blocking member provided between the light-emitting element and the light-receiving element on the substrate, the sensor configured to output an output value based on a light reception result of the light-receiving element, a memory storing data related to a relationship between a measurement condition and an offset value, and a controller configured to control the sensor based on a plurality of measurement conditions to acquire an output value corresponding to a measurement result of reflected light from the reference member, and determine a measurement condition for measuring the image based on the acquired output value and the data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Nakazato
  • Patent number: 10339647
    Abstract: Systems and methods for qualitative and/or quantitative indentation detection are provided. A method includes receiving imaging data comprising a plurality of indentations within a region on a surface. The method further includes obtaining a size measurement for each indentation. The method further includes calculating a number of indentations within the region are equal to or above a minimum size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John Tierney, Douglas Johanneman, Thomas Paul King
  • Patent number: 10302424
    Abstract: Motion contrast depth scanning is disclosed herein. A disclosed example apparatus includes an illumination source that is to provide at least one of spatial or temporal changes to light emitted from the illumination source to a scene. The example apparatus also includes a motion contrast sensor, where pixels of the motion contrast sensor are to detect changes corresponding to the scene, and where the motion contrast sensor is to report measurements when a pixel change exceeds a threshold. The example apparatus further includes a processor to determine at least one of a reflectance, a depth, or movement of the scene based on the reported measurements by the motion contrast sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Oliver Strider Cossairt, Nathan Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10197486
    Abstract: A system for evaluating drainage condition of a pavement surface is disclosed. The system may include: a spray assembly configured to spray a liquid over the pavement surface, an image capturing device configured to capture consecutive images of the pavement surface at predetermined intervals, and an image processing unit coupled with the image capturing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: Amirkabir University of Technology
    Inventors: Behrouz Mataei, Fereidoon Moghadas Nejad, Hamzeh Zakeri
  • Patent number: 10155635
    Abstract: A sheet detecting device usable with a sheet feeding device for feeding a sheet, the sheet detecting device includes a common light emitter; a first light receptor and a second light receptor for receiving the light emitted by the common light emitter and output a signal in response to the reception of the light; a first detector configured to detect presence or absence of the sheet by switching the signal outputted by light receptor, in response to the sheet blocking or reflecting the light emitted by the common light emitter; a movable portion capable of being moved by the sheet which is moving; and a second detector configured to detect presence or absence of the sheet by switching the signal outputted by the second light receptor, in response to the movable portion forming or blocking a optical path for the light emitted by the common light emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takafumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10129414
    Abstract: A printer that includes systems for detecting transparent medium may include a medium dispenser for transporting print medium along a transport pathway to a print station which receives the print medium. Transmitters and receivers may be positioned on opposite sides of the transport pathway for scanning the print medium with a light beam. The sensor arrangement may be configured to detect deflection of the light beam when a transparent print medium is transported on the transport pathway between the transmitter and the receiver. The results of the scan may be communicated to a controller to facilitate proper print settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intermec Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Sébastien Michel Marie Joseph d'Armancourt, Adriel Kee Fatt Siew
  • Patent number: 10110163
    Abstract: A security system is provided that integrates a unique set of structural features for concealing self-powered sensor and communication devices in aesthetically neutral, or camouflaged, packages that include energy harvesting systems that provide autonomous electrical power to sensors, data processing and wireless communication components in the portable, self-contained packages. Color-matched, image-matched and/or texture-matched optical layers are formed over energy harvesting components, including photovoltaic energy collecting components. Optical layers are tuned to scatter selectable wavelengths of electromagnetic energy back in an incident direction while allowing remaining wavelengths of electromagnetic energy to pass through the layers to the energy collecting components below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Face International Corporation
    Inventors: Clark D Boyd, Bradbury R Face, Jeffrey D Shepard
  • Patent number: 9989884
    Abstract: A toner amount detection sensor has a first light receiving element, a second light receiving element, and a toner amount calculation unit. The first light receiving element is provided on a side opposite to a light emitting element with respect to a plane extending in a direction perpendicular to a surface of a transfer belt. The second light receiving element is provided at a position avoiding a plane containing the light emitting element and the first light receiving element and is provided separately from the first light receiving element. The toner amount calculation unit calculates the toner amount from the light quantity of the light equivalent to the specular reflection light received by the first light receiving element and the light quantity of the diffuse-reflected light received by the second light receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Isoda
  • Patent number: 9969387
    Abstract: A control system includes an information obtaining apparatus, a network, and a control apparatus. The information obtaining apparatus includes a distance information obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance information indicating a distance to an object and a transmission unit configured to transmit the distance information obtained by the distance information obtaining unit. The control apparatus includes a reception unit configured to receive the distance information transmitted by the transmission unit via the network, a distance information correction unit configured to correct the distance information received by the reception unit, and a control unit configured to perform control using the distance information corrected by the distance information correction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Kwangsoo Park
  • Patent number: 9958545
    Abstract: A lidar system with a light source to emit a pulse of light and a receiver to detect a return pulse of light. The receiver can include a first channel to receive a first portion of the return pulse and produce a first digital output signal, and a second channel to receive a second portion of the return pulse and produce a second digital output signal. The receiver can include a logic circuit to produce an output electrical-edge signal in response to receiving the digital output signals. The receiver can also include a time-to-digital converter to determine a time interval based on an emission time of the pulse of light and based on the electrical-edge signal. The lidar system can also include a processor to determine a distance to a target based at least in part on the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Eichenholz, Austin K. Russell, Scott R. Campbell, Alain Villeneuve, Rodger W. Cleye, Joseph G. LaChapelle, Matthew D. Weed, Lane A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9909986
    Abstract: A terahertz scanning reflectometer system is described herein for in-situ measurement of polymer coating thickness, semiconductor wafer's surface sub-surface inspection in a non-destructive and non-invasive fashion with very high resolution (e.g., 25 nm or lower) and spectral profiling and imaging of surface and sub-surface of biological tissues (e.g., skin) in a non-invasive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Research and Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Anis Rahman, Aunik K. Rahman
  • Patent number: 9904226
    Abstract: To prevent the detection accuracy from deteriorating due to stray light, an optical apparatus includes the following configuration. The optical apparatus includes a light-emitting member, a light-receiving member, and a substrate on which the light-emitting member and the light-receiving member are mounted. The substrate includes a plate-like substrate layer and a plate-like conductive layer. The optical apparatus further includes a light-shielding member disposed between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member and inserted in a through-hole of the substrate provided between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member. The light-receiving member receives reflected light from a portion to be irradiated with the light emitted from the light-emitting member. The conductive layer is excellent in light-shielding property compared to the substrate layer. The conductive layer is exposed to an inner cylindrical surface of the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Nagashima, Masayuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 9897688
    Abstract: This invention describes a method for operating a weapon targeting system comprising the steps of using a laser to fire a single pulse at a target to obtain a reflected laser pulse; detecting the reflected laser pulse as a signal by a SWIR focal plane; detecting background illumination by using the SWIR focal plane; scene clutter filter and using optical filtering if it is necessary to suppress background illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Choiniere, Brendan P. Cirillo, Robert W. Constantino, Egor V. Degtiarev, Francis M. Feda, Haijun H. Hu, Mark R. Mallalieu, Brian F. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9876149
    Abstract: A semiconductor light emitting device package may include: a light emitting diode (LED) chip having a first surface on which a first electrode and a second electrode are provided, a second surface opposite the first surface, and a plurality of side surfaces, a lateral wavelength conversion layer disposed on a side surface of the plurality of side surfaces of the LED chip, the lateral wavelength conversion layer comprising a wavelength conversion material, and a reflective layer covering the second surface of the LED chip, the reflective layer being configured to reflect light emitted by the LED chip back towards the LED chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Jun Bang, Young Kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9819439
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an optical transmitter having a plurality of optical data modulators and an end-face coupler. Each of the optical data modulators is configured to output a corresponding data-modulated optical carrier. The optical end-face coupler is configured to direct the data-modulated optical carriers into a pattern of light beams to illuminate an end-face of a multi-mode optical fiber with a pattern of light spots. The optical end-face coupler is configured to cause each of the data-modulated optical carriers to excite a set of orthonormal optical propagating modes of the multi-mode optical fiber. Some of the orthonormal optical propagating modes of the set have nontrivially differing intensity and/or phase profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Roland Ryf, Rene'-Jean Essiambre, Nicolas Fontaine
  • Patent number: 9787913
    Abstract: Methods and systems for converting an image contrast evolution of an object to a temperature contrast evolution and vice versa are disclosed, including methods for assessing an emissivity of the object; calculating an afterglow heat flux evolution; calculating a measurement region of interest temperature change; calculating a reference region of interest temperature change; calculating a reflection temperature change; calculating the image contrast evolution or the temperature contrast evolution; and converting the image contrast evolution to the temperature contrast evolution or vice versa, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Ajay M. Koshti
  • Patent number: 9671329
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for measuring the uniform diffuse reflectance ROBJ(?) at least at one point on an object (30) using a device (10) comprising a means (11) capable of emitting color illuminants expressed in the form of luminous flux and an electronic color image sensor (12). The present invention also relates to a device (10) comprising a means (11) for emitting color illuminants expressed as luminous flux of colors and an electronic color image sensor (12), for measuring the uniform diffuse reflectance ROBJ(?) at least at one point on an object (30) placed in a zone located opposite and substantially perpendicular to the said means (11) capable of emitting colors and located in the field of vision of the said electronic color image sensor (12) and being subjected to an external illuminant expressed as a constant and unknown external environmental luminous flux (40) denoted Iext(?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: COLOR GRAIL RESEARCH
    Inventor: Franck Hennebelle
  • Patent number: 9633240
    Abstract: A radio frequency electronic tag reader/writer device including a housing, an antenna, a processing unit connected to the antenna and intended to exchange data with a radio frequency electronic tag presented within the range of the reader/writer device, at least one communication interface intended to be connected to a programmable logic controller and controlled by the processing unit for exchanging data with the programmable logic controller, a signalling unit for indicating one or more operating statuses, the signalling unit being connected to the processing unit, the processing unit being arranged for controlling the signalling unit on the basis of a control frame received from the programmable logic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Nebout, Ernesto Gomez, Christian Boussuge, Arnaud Trousselier
  • Patent number: 9606487
    Abstract: To prevent the detection accuracy from deteriorating due to stray light, an optical apparatus includes the following configuration. The optical apparatus includes a light-emitting member, a light-receiving member, and a substrate on which the light-emitting member and the light-receiving member are mounted. The substrate includes a plate-like substrate layer and a plate-like conductive layer. The optical apparatus further includes a light-shielding member disposed between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member and inserted in a through-hole of the substrate provided between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member. The light-receiving member receives reflected light from a portion to be irradiated with the light emitted from the light-emitting member. The conductive layer is excellent in light-shielding property compared to the substrate layer. The conductive layer is exposed to an inner cylindrical surface of the through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Nagashima, Masayuki Sakai
  • Patent number: 9592982
    Abstract: A medium detection mechanism includes a medium guide that holds a medium and an optical sensor including an irradiation section that emits irradiation light to the medium guide and a light receiving section that receives reflected light. An amount of received light that is received by the light receiving section from among reflected light of external light that enters the medium guide and reflected light of the irradiation light is smaller than or equal to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9594017
    Abstract: The present invention includes an optical system disposed on an optical path of light that is emitted by a light emitting section, travels to a detection target object, is reflected by the detection target object, and reaches a light receiving section. The optical system, in a sub scanning direction, that is, the direction in which a detection target object is moving, collects light so that the light receiving section has, for light from the light emitting section, a regularly reflected light receiving area and a diffuse-reflected light receiving area that differ from each other in position within a predetermined range. The optical system, in a perpendicular direction that is perpendicular to the movement direction, refracts light so that a light receiving area, which covers the regularly reflected light receiving area and the diffuse-reflected light receiving area, is wider in the perpendicular direction than in the sub scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Taishi, Hajime Kawai, Hiroyuki Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9568737
    Abstract: An optical imager design that is capable of imaging a common scene to two or more optical systems, and is more compact in physical size and superior in throughput than previous designs is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Wavefront Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9541540
    Abstract: A non-destructive method for determining an amount of temperature exposure to a Bismaleimide Resin (BMI) matrix substrate, the method includes determining component data of a Bismaleimide Resin (BMI) matrix component via fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy; correlating the component data to model data to determine a structural debit from temperature exposure; and bounding a structurally damaged area in response to the correlating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Denton, James H. Stewart, William Bogue
  • Patent number: 9544957
    Abstract: An illumination device including a voltage transformer module, a switching unit, a control module, a sensor module, a first illumination module and a second illumination module. The switching unit is coupled to the rectifier module and the voltage transformer module. The control module is coupled to the switching unit and the voltage transformer module. The sensor module is electrically connected to the control module. The sensor module senses an invading object within an induction area. The first illumination module is electrically connected to the switching unit. The second illumination module is electrically connected to the sensor module. The sensor module supplies electricity to the second illumination module to emit light. The sensor module outputs a sensing signal to the control module when the sensor module senses the invading object. The control module controls the switching unit to be turned on so that the first illumination module emits light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: PARAGON SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Tin Chung, Shih-Neng Tai
  • Patent number: 9411288
    Abstract: A toner-amount detection sensor includes a light-emitting element, a first light-receiving element, and a toner-amount calculating unit. The light-emitting element emits light toward the surface of the transfer body at a predetermined incident angle. The first light-receiving element is disposed on a side opposite to the light-emitting element with respect to a plane normal to the surface of the transfer body. The first light-receiving element receives light reflected from the surface of the transfer body. The toner-amount calculating unit calculates the amount of toner from the quantity of the reflected light received by the first light-receiving element. The sensor has a relationship of A1<A2<1.5A1 where A1 represents the predetermined incident angle with respect to the plane normal to the surface of the transfer body, and A2 represents an angle of disposition of the first light-receiving element with respect to the plane normal to the surface of the transfer body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Keisuke Isoda
  • Patent number: 9404853
    Abstract: A highly advantageous terahertz spectrometer with phase modulation and associated method are disclosed which utilize a second harmonic for generating an error signal to control a phase modulator to at least reduce nulls of an interference pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph R. Demers
  • Patent number: 9392706
    Abstract: A mobile terminal may be provided that includes a case having a through window formed in front of the case, an optical sensor arranged in the case toward the through window, a glass formed of an opaque material to cover the through window of the case, and a window layer disposed on a behind face of the glass, with a fine hole formed above the optical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Inseok Yoo, Huiseob Byun, Jaewook Lee