Plural Signalling Means Patents (Class 250/349)
  • Patent number: 10725629
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for controlling smart devices are described. In one aspect a method includes receiving image data for an image captured by a camera of a mobile device of a user and determining that the image depicts at least one of a smart device or a physical control for the smart device. In response to determining that that the image depicts a smart device or a physical control for the smart device, identifying one or more user interface controls for controlling the smart device, and generating and presenting, at a display of the mobile device, the one or more user interface controls for controlling the smart device. The method can further include detecting, at the display of the mobile device, user interaction with at least one of the one or more user interface controls, and controlling the smart device based on the detected user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ibrahim Badr, Gokhan H. Bakir, Roland Peter Kehl, Nils Grimsmo
  • Patent number: 10672933
    Abstract: A new approach to graphene-enabled plasmonic resonant structures in the THz is demonstrated in a hybrid graphene-metal design in which the graphene acts as a gate-tunable inductor, and metal acts as a capacitive reservoir for charge accumulation. A large resonant absorption in graphene can be achieved using the metal-graphene plasmonic scheme, and the peak can approach 100% in an optimized device, ideal for graphene-based THz detectors. Using high mobility graphene (?>50000 cm2V?1s?1) will allow anomalously high resonant THz transmission (near 100%) through ultra-subwavelength graphene-filled metallic apertures at a resonance frequency that is gate tunable. This metal-graphene plasmonic scheme enables near perfect tunable THz filter or modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: University of Maryland, College Park, The Government of the United States of America, as represented by The Secretary Of The Navy, Monash University
    Inventors: Mohammad M. Jadidi, Andrei B. Sushkov, David Kurt Gaskill, Michael Fuhrer, Howard Dennis Drew, Thomas E. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10616508
    Abstract: A solid state image sensor includes light receiving sections formed in a two-dimensional array, in which the light receiving section in one unit is formed such that a lens provided on a light receiving surface, a first light receiving element configured to receive light incident from an object via the lens, and a second light receiving element provided in a layer below the first light receiving element and configured to receive light incident from the object via the lens and the first light receiving element and acquire information about a distance to the object configure a stacked structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Aota
  • Patent number: 10605664
    Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: EXERGEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 10509137
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring the exposure to radiation of medical personnel during an X-ray examination of an examination object with an X-ray apparatus. A monitoring unit is activated and continuously scans a first three-dimensional volume that includes a region directly irradiated by the X-ray beam, for objects. When an object is detected, automatic evaluation is performed as to whether the object is a human body part that does not correspond to the examination object and a signal or a display is output if a human body part is determined inside the three-dimensional volume that does not correspond to the examination object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Pickert, Markus Weingarten
  • Patent number: 10503125
    Abstract: The wearable device incorporates a device for measuring the ambient temperature, which comprises an infrared sensor. In an ambient temperature measurement mode a control circuit activates the infrared sensor several times so that it can supply a plurality of measurement signals over a certain period of time. A circuit for processing measurement signals is then arranged in order to supply temperature values corresponding to at least a portion of the measurement signals and to take a mean for at least a portion of these temperature values to obtain an average temperature value that is considered to be representative of the ambient temperature. The invention also relates to a method for measuring the ambient temperature that can be implemented by means of this wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Christophe Germiquet, David Hoover
  • Patent number: 10480995
    Abstract: The signal processing board includes a plurality of signal processing circuits configured to process signals output from a plurality of pixels of an infrared detecting element. The signal processing board includes an element placement area where the infrared detecting element is placed, and a circuit placement area positioned outside the element placement area to surround the element placement area when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the signal processing board. The signal processing board includes a plurality of insulating layers that are stacked on a surface side opposing the semiconductor substrate. A plurality of signal processing circuits are placed in the circuit placement area. A heat-conducting layer is placed to be positioned on at least one of the insulating layers and in the element placement area, in the signal processing board. The heat-conducting layer has a heat conductivity that is higher than a heat conductivity of the insulating layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ishihara, Hiroo Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Ohshige
  • Patent number: 10378960
    Abstract: An infrared detecting device includes: an infrared sensor that has one or more infrared detection elements arranged in one or more columns; and an IC chip that performs signal processing on a signal output from the infrared sensor. The infrared sensor and the IC chip are generally juxtaposed in a direction along a scan rotation axis of the infrared sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Nawatt Silawan, Aki Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10321031
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing a device attachment configured to releasably attach to and provide infrared imaging functionality to mobile phones or other portable electronic devices. For example, a device attachment may include a housing with a tub on a rear surface thereof shaped to at least partially receive a user device, an infrared sensor assembly disposed within the housing and configured to capture thermal infrared image data, and a processing module communicatively coupled to the infrared sensor assembly and configured to transmit the thermal infrared image data to the user device. Thermal infrared image data may be captured by the infrared sensor assembly and transmitted to the user device by the processing module in response to a request transmitted by an application program or other software/hardware routines running on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Frank, Nicholas Högasten, Theodore R. Hoelter, Katrin Strandemar, Pierre Boulanger, Barbara Sharp, Andrew C. Teich, Dwight Dumpert, Mark Nussmeier, Eric A. Kurth, Gerald W. Blakeley, III, Michael Fox
  • Patent number: 10297634
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a device, including: a composite image sensor, including: a wiring layer that processes electrical signals; a first photodiode layer configured to convert a first light wave signal into an electrical signal; and a second photodiode layer configured to convert a second light wave signal into an electrical signal; wherein the first photodiode layer and the second photodiode layer are separated by a predetermined distance. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Zhou Yu, Zhi Hu Wang
  • Patent number: 10234925
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that operates in a first power state or a second power state in which power consumption is smaller than in the first power state includes a detection unit that includes regions in which an object is detected, an analysis unit configured to analyze results of detection obtained in the plurality of regions, wherein the analysis unit enters a power saving mode in the second power state, a control unit that causes the analysis unit to return from the power saving state in a case where an object has been detected in any of the plurality of regions included in the detection unit in the second power state, and a power control unit that, in a case where the analysis unit determines that an object has approached the image processing apparatus, shifts the image processing apparatus from the second power state to the first power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 10234665
    Abstract: The problem to be solved by the present invention is to provide an infrared microscope with good measuring accuracy and less crosstalk. The infrared microscope 10 comprises a light source 12, an irradiating unit 14 for irradiating the infrared light from the light source to a sample 16, a focusing unit 18 for focusing the infrared light transmitted through or reflected by the sample 16, and a detector 20 for detecting the focused infrared light. The irradiating unit 14 comprises a first aperture 24, and the first aperture is disposed at a position where the infrared light from the light source passes therethrough. The focusing unit 18 comprises a second aperture 30, and the second aperture is disposed at an imaging position of the infrared light at the first aperture 24. The first aperture has a plurality of holes, and the holes are disposed at intervals corresponding to the arrangement of the light-receiving elements provided in the detector 20 to detect the infrared light as a detecting light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: JASCO Corporation
    Inventors: Kento Aizawa, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Jun Koshobu
  • Patent number: 10209800
    Abstract: The present invention provides a touch switch attachable on a wall. The touch switch, attachable on a wall, comprises: a switch box unit which is inserted into an embedded box formed on a wall; a back cover unit which is inserted inside the switch box unit and has a plurality of PCBs stacked and placed; a fixing plate unit which is coupled to the switch box unit and fixes the back cover unit; and an LCD touch pad unit which is fixed on one end of the back cover unit passing through the fixing plate unit, is electrically connected to the plurality of PCBs, and is for inputting switching operation information to the plurality of PCBs by means of capacitive touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CLARUS KOREA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Taik Lim, Tae Kyun Park, Ki Bum Kim
  • Patent number: 10107761
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus including: a substrate holder configured to hold a substrate; an aperture device; and an optical system configured to direct a first measurement beam of radiation onto the substrate, the first measurement beam having a first intensity distribution, and configured to direct a second focusing beam of radiation onto the substrate at a same time as the first measurement beam is directed on the substrate, the second focusing beam having a second intensity distribution, wherein at least part of the second intensity distribution is spatially separated from the first intensity distribution at least at the substrate and/or the aperture device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignees: ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., ASML HOLDING N.V.
    Inventors: Yevgeniy Konstantinovich Shmarev, Stanislav Smirnov, Chien-Hung Tseng, Armand Eugene Albert Koolen
  • Patent number: 10085719
    Abstract: In a method for producing a capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer having a cell of a structure having a first electrode and a vibration membrane containing a second electrode provided with a cavity interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, a first sacrificial layer is formed on the first electrode. A second sacrificial layer is formed on a portion corresponding to a part of a cavity is formed on the first sacrificial layer, and then an insulating layer configuring a part of the vibration membrane is formed on the second sacrificial layer. The second sacrificial layer is removed by etching through an opening formed in the insulating layer, and then a part of the first sacrificial layer is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10024720
    Abstract: Hyperspectral imaging sensors that can readily switch between multiple common aperture imagers, and are more compact and lightweight than previous hyperspectral sensor designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: WAVEFRONT RESEARCH, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9945727
    Abstract: A MEMS device includes a bolometer attached to a silicon wafer by a base portion of at least one anchor structure. The base portion comprises a layer stack having a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) configuration such that the base portion acts as a resistive switch such that, when the first DC voltage is applied to the patterned conductive layer, the base portion transitions from a high resistive state to a low resistive state, and, when the second DC voltage is applied to the patterned conductive layer, the base portion transitions from a high resistive state to a low resistive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ashwin K. Samarao, Gary O'Brien, Ando Feyh, Fabian Purkl, Gary Yama
  • Patent number: 9924160
    Abstract: Disclosed is an imaging device employing a measurement zone directed at a target, where the imaging device can be used in conjunction with a misalignment analysis feature. The imaging device can capture first and second images at different times. The first and second images may be compared, such as by comparing a location of the measurement zone of the imaging device in the first image with a location of the measurement zone of the imaging device in the second image. Based on the comparison, a misalignment indication of the imaging device relative to the target can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Kresch, Steffen Ludwig, Reno Gärtner
  • Patent number: 9909777
    Abstract: A smart-home device may include a user interface having a first operating mode and a second operating mode, and a four-channel thermopile. A processing system may be programmed to receive an indication of a user presence near the smart-home device from the thermopile, and determine a motion signature based on the responses from the thermopile. The processing system may also be programmed to process the determined motion signature to determine the presence of a condition warranting user interface entry into the first mode from the second mode, and cause the user interface to transition from the first mode to the second mode based on the determined motion signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vivek Goyal, John Stefanski, Mark Stefanski
  • Patent number: 9892233
    Abstract: Visualization of a functional sequence of a medical apparatus includes accepting a mathematical model describing at least the medical apparatus, and accepting a log file. The log file includes at least one value of at least one electrical signal of the medical apparatus during the functional sequence. At least one state variable of the medical apparatus is determined as a function of the mathematical model and the log file, and the at least one state variable of the medical apparatus is visualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Zeilinger
  • Patent number: 9891024
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for thermal adaptation, comprising at least one surface element arranged to assume a determined thermal distribution, said surface element comprising a first heat conducting layer, a second heat conducting layer, said first and second heat conducting layers being mutually thermally isolated by means of an intermediate insulation layer, wherein at least one thermoelectric element is arranged to generate a predetermined temperature gradient to a portion of said first layer. The invention also relates to an object such as a craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Peder Sjölund, Jussi Myllyluoma
  • Patent number: 9655574
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling movement of detectors having multiple detector heads are provided. One system includes a gantry, a patient support structure supporting a patient table thereon, and a plurality of detector units. At least some of the detector units are rotatable to position the detector units at different angles relative to the patient table. The imaging system further includes a detector position controller configured to control the position of the rotatable detector units, wherein at least some of the rotatable detector units positioned adjacent to each other have an angle of rotation to allow movement of the rotatable detector units a distance greater than a gap between adjacent rotatable detector units. The detector position controller is configured to calculate at least one of field of view avoidance information or collision avoidance information to determine an amount of movement for one or more of the rotatable detector units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Leonid Tsukerman, Jean-Paul Bouhnik, Yaron Hefetz
  • Patent number: 9637375
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of forming a MEMS device is provided. The method includes the following operations: providing a substrate; forming a first layer formed of titanium nitride over the substrate; and forming a second layer formed of titanium over the first layer. According to an exemplary embodiment, a MEMS device is provided. The device includes: a substrate; a first layer formed of titanium nitride over the substrate; and a second layer formed of titanium over the first layer. According to an exemplary embodiment, a getter structure is provided. The structure includes: a first layer formed of titanium nitride over a substrate; and a second layer formed of titanium over the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chin-Wei Liang, Cheng-Yuan Tsai, Chia-Shiung Tsai
  • Patent number: 9606552
    Abstract: A thermostat may include a proximity sensor and a temperature sensor. The thermostat may also include a sensor mount assembly containing the proximity sensor, the temperature sensor, and a first alignment feature. The thermostat may additionally include a lens assembly having a first area, a second area, and a second alignment feature, where the second area includes a Fresnel lens, and the first area is thinner than the second area. The thermostat may further include a front cover where the outward-facing surface of the lens assembly is shaped to continuously conform to a curvature of the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: John Stefanski, Marcus Albonico, Orville Buenaventura, Vivek Goyal, Alexander Schoenen, Giancarlo Giustina, Anurag Gupta
  • Patent number: 9534959
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated infrared sensor device, comprising a sensor substrate and a filter substrate. The sensor substrate has a back surface and a front surface opposite the back surface, in which the back surface has a cavity defined therein and the front surface has at least one infrared sensing element formed therein or arranged thereon, covered with a cap for protecting the at least one sensing element, e.g. against mechanical damage and dust, and/or against stray radiation. The filter substrate is arranged on the back surface of the sensor substrate such that the filter substrate at least partially covers the cavity. The filter substrate is adapted in shape and composition to transmit infrared radiation and to attenuate radiation in at least part of the visible light spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Luc Buydens, Sam Maddalena
  • Patent number: 9529181
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes: a primary image forming lens group that forms light from an object side into an intermediate image and a relay lens group that forms light from the intermediate image into a final image. The primary image forming lens group includes, in order from the object side, a first fixed lens group G1 with negative refractive power, a stop St, and a second fixed lens group G2 with positive refractive power, and the relay lens group includes, in order from the object side, a third fixed lens group G3 with negative refractive power, a first moving lens group G4 with positive refractive power, and a second moving lens group G5 with positive refractive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Oe, Jeffrey Alan Gohman
  • Patent number: 9518819
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an optical testing device includes a base, a holder, and a number of illuminating modules. The base defines a sliding groove extending along a first direction in a top surface thereof. The holder slides along a second direction on the top surface of the base. The interval regulator is connected to the holder. The illuminating modules are slidably received in the sliding groove. Each of the illuminating modules comprises a circuit board and a single lighting element set on the circuit board. The interval regulator drives the holder to slide along a second direction so that a distance between the holder and the illuminating modules is regulated. The first direction is not parallel to the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventors: Chao Ning, Sheng-Jer Chang Chien
  • Patent number: 9448118
    Abstract: A sensor assembly includes: a sensor including pixels that are aligned in a predetermined direction, the pixels being for detecting an electromagnetic wave; and a lens that forms, in a detector plane on the sensor, an image according to the electromagnetic wave, wherein the lens has an f-number in a first direction and an f-number in a second direction, the f-number in the first direction being different from the f-number in the second direction, the first direction being orthogonal to the predetermined direction in a plane parallel to the detector plane, and the second direction being the predetermined direction. For example, the f-number of the lens in the first direction is smaller than the f-number of the lens in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Shinichi Shikii, Koichi Kusukame
  • Patent number: 9403259
    Abstract: A method is provided for removing material from a workpiece using a material removal device and a measurement device. The method includes measuring a first dimension of the workpiece at a location with the measurement device. A jet of water is directed from the material removal device to the location to remove material from the workpiece at the location. A second dimension of the workpiece at the location is measured with the measurement device. The first dimension is compared to the second dimension to determine a measured thickness of the material removed from the workpiece at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Markowski, Anthony G. Ruglio, Dipakkumar S. Patel, Keith E. Lockyer
  • Patent number: 9350458
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an optical device having a first and second group of the plurality of sensors is disclosed. The first and second group of the plurality of sensors may have a first and second center of gravity region respectively. The plurality of sensors may be arranged such that the first and second center of gravity region may be substantially overlapping so as disturbances created by a time varying field on the first and second group of the plurality of sensors may be substantially similar in magnitude. In another embodiment, a fiber optic transmission system having first and second groups of the plurality of sensors being arranged around a center of gravity region is disclosed. In yet another embodiment, an optical transceiver having first and second sets of the plurality of sensors arranged such that center of gravity of each group is formed at the center region is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Swoboda
  • Patent number: 9267846
    Abstract: In an infrared detection element 15, a first substrate 36 is bonded to a front side of a pyroelectric substrate 20. Since the thermal expansion coefficient of the first substrate 36 is lower than that of the pyroelectric substrate 20, deformation of the pyroelectric substrate 20 due to thermal expansion can be suppressed by the first substrate 36. Further, since a thermal expansion coefficient difference D is 8.9 ppm/K or less, the thermal expansion coefficient between the first substrate 36 and the pyroelectric substrate 20 is not excessively large, and this can suppress deformation of the infrared detection element 15 due to the thermal expansion coefficient difference between the first substrate 36 and the pyroelectric substrate 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Jungo Kondo, Kenji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9243960
    Abstract: A method for detecting infrared radiation by using an array of bolometers. The following steps are used to read a bolometer of the array of bolometers: biasing the bolometer at a predetermined voltage in order to make current flow through the bolometer; subtracting a common-mode current from the current that flows through the bolometers; and producing a voltage by integrating the difference between the current that flows through the bolometers and the common-mode current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: ULIS
    Inventors: Benoît Dupont, Michel Vilain
  • Patent number: 9234669
    Abstract: An occupancy sensing electronic thermostat is described that includes a thermostat body, an electronic display that is viewable by a user in front of the thermostat, a passive infrared sensor for measuring infrared energy and an infrared energy directing element formed integrally with a front surface of the thermostat body. The passive infrared sensor may be positioned behind the infrared energy directing element such that infrared energy is directed thereonto by the infrared energy directing element. The thermostat may also include a temperature sensor and a microprocessor programmed to detect occupancy based on measurements from the passive infrared sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: John Benjamin Filson, Eric B. Daniels, Brian Huppi
  • Patent number: 9234983
    Abstract: A rain sensor equipped to a transparent substrate includes a light emitter emitting irradiation lights toward the transparent substrate, light receivers receiving reflected lights of the irradiation lights being reflected on the transparent substrate, a defining section defining an incident angle of each reflected light with respect to each light receiver, and a detection section detecting rainfall amount based on signals output from the light receivers. The light emitter emits the irradiation lights toward an irradiation region defined on the transparent substrate. The irradiation region is divided into multiple detection regions. The detection regions correspond to respective light receivers. The defining section defines the incident angle of each reflected light reflected on the detection region such that each reflected light enters corresponding light receiver. The detection section detects the rainfall amount based on the signals output from the light receivers corresponding to the irradiation regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makiko Sugiura, Yasuaki Makino, Junichi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9191800
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting a device, such as a cell phone, by transmitting signals in various formats and detecting a response from the device. In general, different devices respond to different signal formats. Upon detecting the device, an alert can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Michael A. Gritz, Marc C. Bauer, Rafael Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9182286
    Abstract: An infrared sensor allows for a large temperature difference between a temperature sensor for the detection of infrared rays and a temperature sensor for temperature compensation; a reduction in size; and a low manufacturing cost. The infrared sensor comprises: an electrical insulating film sheet; first temperature sensor and second temperature sensor which are provided on one side of the electrical insulating film sheet, and are located at a distance from each other; first foil conductor patterns formed on one side face of the electrical insulating film sheet, and are connected to the first temperature sensor; second foil conductor patterns formed on the one side of the electrical insulating film sheet, and are connected to the second temperature sensor; and an infrared reflector film provided on the other side of the electrical insulating film sheet, and is opposite the second temperature sensor across the electrical insulating film sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenzo Nakamura, Sei Kitaguchi, Mototaka Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9176558
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes determining environmental conditions associated with operation of a chip having multiple device types, accessing a table stored in the chip based on the determined environmental conditions, and dynamically operating the chip at a bias point accessed from the table based on the determined environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cooley
  • Patent number: 9170158
    Abstract: An inexpensive thermopile temperature detector is particularly adapted to monitoring of electrical equipment, such as a power bus bar, within an enclosed area such as a cabinet. The detector may have a plastic housing, a thermopile sensor and a plastic Fresnel lens. Each sensor also includes a calibrated element such that, but for calibration, the same sensor may be used for various applications for different target sizes and distance or, more generally, with respect to effective target percentage of field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventor: Francesco Pompei
  • Patent number: 9151675
    Abstract: A dual-switching sensing device includes two sensor modules and a dual-function switching circuit with an operational amplifier and two integrator modules. Each of the integrator modules includes a transistor, an integrator capacitor and a switching unit. Through control of the switching unit, each of the integrator modules may operate in different modes, so that the dual-switching sensing device may be used to sense different targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHI NAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tai-Ping Sun, Yi-Chuan Lu, Hung-Wei Mao, Yao-Syun Wang
  • Patent number: 9112073
    Abstract: A photo detector is disclosed. The photo detector comprises a substrate, a flat metal layer, a dielectric layer, a patterned metal layer, and a semiconductor film. The flat metal layer is formed on the substrate. The dielectric layer is formed on the flat metal layer. The patterned metal layer is formed on the dielectric layer. The patterned metal layer comprises a first interdigitated electrode and a second interdigitated electrode. The first interdigitated electrode is adjacent to the second interdigitated electrode. The semiconductor film is formed on the dielectric layer and covering the first interdigitated electrode and the second interdigitated electrode. When the semiconductor film receives an incident light, the flat metal layer and the patterned metal layer are operated in a localized surface plasmon mode or a waveguide mode for absorbing a certain narrow bandwidth radiation light of the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Si-Chen Lee, Hung-Hsin Chen, Shih-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 9073098
    Abstract: A collector mirror of an extreme ultraviolet light source is cleaned by removing the collector mirror from a chamber of the extreme ultraviolet light source; mounting the collector mirror to a carrier; inserting the carrier with the collector mirror into a cleaning tank; applying a cleaning agent to a reflective surface of the collector mirror by spraying the cleaning agent through a plurality of nozzles directed toward the collector mirror reflective surface until the collector mirror reflective surface is clean; rinsing the applied cleaning agent from the collector mirror reflective surface; and drying the collector mirror reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Silvia De Dea, Michael Varga, Alexander I. Ershov, Robert L. Morse
  • Patent number: 9052235
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) sensor package includes a heat sink defining a first interior space and a radiation trap adjacent the first interior space. An IR sensor having a radiation-sensitive region which detects IR radiation is arranged within the first interior space of the heat sink. A first optical element and a second optical element are arranged at respective ends of the radiation trap. The radiation trap is configured to allow for the passage of a first portion of IR radiation incident the second optical element, through the first optical element, and into communication with the IR sensor element, and to absorb a second portion of IR radiation incident the second optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: MEAS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Rössinger, Tobias Schäpertöns, Michael Basel
  • Publication number: 20150144794
    Abstract: An optical sensor arrangement includes two sensors arranged one behind the other. The operational spectral ranges of the sensors match, and the first sensor forms an attenuation filter for the second sensor, which is arranged behind the first sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Jochen Barth, Thomas Roth, Christian Czeslik
  • Patent number: 9040919
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving the performance of systems for generating and detecting electromagnetic radiation at terahertz (THz) frequencies. Embodiments of the systems and methods include the fabrication and use of coupling tapers to provide efficient transfer of THz radiation between a photomixer and a waveguide that supports a propagating THz mode. A representative system comprises of a photomixer to convert high-frequency components of an optical pump signal into corresponding electrical THz frequencies, a waveguide that supports a propagating THz mode, and a matching taper that effectively converts the highly localized currents generated by the photomixer to the mode supported by the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas E. Darcie, Hamid Pahlevaninezhad
  • Publication number: 20150136991
    Abstract: Means are provided for the support of the automated process of supplying beverages. More particularly, the detection of the presence and the contents of exchangeable supply packs in beverage dispensing machines is automated. A pack-in-place detection is provided by emitting light and measuring the presence of the emitted light on one light detector, the system determines the absence or the correct/incorrect placement of the supply pack. A product availability detection is provided by detecting the intensity of light coming through a transparent element in the supply pack by another light detector, the system identifies the degree of product presence in the supply pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Leonardus Cornelis van der Velden
  • Patent number: 9029783
    Abstract: A microbolometer is disclosed, including a bottom multilayered dielectric, having a first silicon oxynitride layer and a second silicon oxynitride layer disposed above the first silicon oxynitride layer, the first and second silicon oxynitride layers having different refractive indices. The microbolometer further includes a detector layer disposed above the bottom multilayered dielectric, the detector layer comprised of a temperature sensitive resistive material, and a top dielectric disposed above the detector layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Cannata, Yaroslava Petraitis, Patrick Franklin, Robert Simes, Richard E. Bornfreund
  • Publication number: 20150120360
    Abstract: Hoteling systems for open work areas are provided that may be used track occupancy of work spaces within the work area. These systems include a plurality of infrared sensor arrays that are mounted above the work area. Each infrared sensor array includes a two-dimensional array of infrared emission sensors. The field of view patterns of at least some of the infrared emission sensors project into the work spaces. These systems further include a controller that is remote from at least some of the infrared sensor arrays. The controller is configured to determine an occupancy state of each of the work spaces based at least in part on information received from the infrared sensor arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Luc W. Adriaenssens, Stewart Findlater, Robert B. Henig
  • Publication number: 20150115160
    Abstract: In one embodiment, A MEMS sensor assembly includes a substrate, a first sensor supported by the substrate and including a first absorber spaced apart from the substrate, and a second sensor supported by the substrate and including (i) a second absorber spaced apart from the substrate, and (ii) at least one thermal shorting portion integrally formed with the second absorber and extending downwardly from the second absorber to the substrate thereby thermally shorting the second absorber to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Gary O'Brien, Fabian Purkl, Ando Feyh, Bongsang Kim, Ashwin K Samarao, Thomas Rocznik, Gary Yama
  • Publication number: 20150104563
    Abstract: A device and method for inspecting the deposition of hot melt onto an object to be assembled. A comparison is made between sensed images of the object after application of the hot melt and a predetermined standard to determine if the construction integrity of the object made with the hot melt is within the range established by the standard. Composite images from a sensor operating in the infrared band and another sensor reveal physical features of the object, as well as provide registration information about the placement of the hot melt on the assembled object. Composite images also present a way to visually ascertain ongoing or past production operations in order to trace problems with the raw material used for the object, as well as for the construction process of the object with the hot melt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin James Lowe, Graham Terence Manders, Stelian Nicolaie Vasiu, James Brashear, Aiqiu Zuo, Denis Tran, Mehdi Bahrami
  • Publication number: 20150102226
    Abstract: According to the invention, a PIR sensor system (100) comprises a first PIR sensor (1) associated with a first sensing region (11) and a second PIR sensor (2) associated with a second sensing region (12). The first and second sensing regions partially overlap and are divided into detection cells (46a-46f) and (45a-45d). Each detection cell is represented by predetermined characteristics of first and second output signals, which signals are based on input signals from first and second sensing elements (4-7) of each PIR sensor. Thereby different detection cells are encoded by a certain combination of signal characteristics (amplitude and sign) of the first and second output signals. Further, the PIR sensor system comprises a processing unit (15) configured to associate the characteristics of the first and second output signals with one of the detection cells for determining in which of the detection cells a heat source is positioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Gianluca Monaci, Ashish Vijay Pandharipande