Plural Light Sources Or Optical Paths Patents (Class 250/578.1)
  • Patent number: 10663771
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a switchable optical filter comprising a layer of switchable material, the switchable material comprising a photochromic/thermochromic, a photochromic/photochromic, or a photochromic/electrochromic compound; a first light source providing light of a wavelength that causes the switchable material to transition from a faded state to a dark state, or a dark state to a faded state; and a switch for controlling activation of the first light source
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SWITCH MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Neil Robin Branda, Jeremy Graham Finden, Duhane Lam, Jonathan Ross Sargent, Cynthia Elizabeth Shippam, Douglas Malcolm Wiggin
  • Patent number: 10645247
    Abstract: A microscope for raster-free, confocal imaging of a sample arranged in a sample space has an illumination arrangement comprising a light source group having light sources which can be switched on individually, a detector arrangement, a pinhole arrangement which comprises a pinhole array and which has a plurality of pinhole elements which are adjacent to one another, wherein there is one pinhole element provided for each light source, and optics which irradiate each pinhole element with radiation of an individual light source of the light source group and confocally illuminate an individual spot located in the sample space, wherein one of the individual spots is associated with each pinhole element, and the individual spots are adjacent to one another in the sample space with respect to an incidence direction of the radiation, and the optics image the individual spots through the pinhole arrangement confocally on the detector arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Kalkbrenner
  • Patent number: 10521660
    Abstract: The image processing method includes a luminance value information obtaining step of obtaining effective radiance values from a subject, and an image generating step of generating a picture image as a set of unit regions each of which has a luminance value obtained by at least partially removing a regular reflection light component on a surface of the subject from the effective radiance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Suguru Kawabata, Takashi Nakano, Kazuhiro Natsuaki, Takahiro Takimoto, Shinobu Yamazaki, Daisuke Honda, Yukio Tamai
  • Patent number: 10429031
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a linear LED module including: at least one LED bar including multiple LEDs arrayed on a substrate in a lengthwise direction of the substrate; a mounting portion in which the at least one LED bar is mounted on its mounting surface in the lengthwise direction; and a composite reflective portion integrated with the mounting portion and adapted to reflect light emitted from the at least one LED bar. A cross-section of the composite reflective portion includes a curved reflective surface adjacent to the mounting portion and a straight reflective surface extending away from a boundary with the mounting portion. Also disclosed is a backlight unit including the linear LED module. The backlight unit includes a rear case arranged in rear of a display panel, a reflective sheet positioned in rear of the display panel in the rear case, and a linear LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LUMENS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TaeKyung Yoo, SeungHyun Oh, SungSik Jo, SeungHoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10352870
    Abstract: Improved wafer-scale testing of optoelectronic devices, such as CMOS image scan devices, is provided. A probe card includes an LED light source corresponding to each device under test in the wafer. The LED light sources provide light from a phosphor illuminated by the LED. A pinhole and lens arrangement is used to collimate the light provided to the devices under test. Uniformity of illumination can be provided by closed loop control of the LED light sources using internal optical signals as feedback signals, in combination with calibration data relating the optical signal values to emitted optical intensity. Uniformity of illumination can be further improved by providing a neutral density filter for each LED light source to improve uniformity from one source to another and/or to improve uniformity of the radiation pattern from each LED light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FormFactor, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kawamata, Toshihiro Kasai, Hiromitsu Sasanami, Shigeki Mori
  • Patent number: 10345567
    Abstract: A laser scanning microscope having a laser source for fluorescence excitation; a scanning mirror arrangement for scanning a specimen and scanning optics for generating a diffraction-limited reference image plane as a first intermediate image plane; an optical system for demagnified imaging of the reference plane in a second intermediate image plane; an axially slideable mirror in the second intermediate image plane; a beam splitter arrangement between the reference image plane and the optical system; and a tube lens and a first microscope objective for imaging of the reference image plane into a specimen. The imaging of the image is effected with a magnification of M?n/n? and/or a magnification of the second intermediate image plane into the specimen according to the equation M = y ? y = n n ? ? ? , with |?|?1, and/or the focal plane of the laser deviates from the axial position of the axially movable mirror across its scanning area in the second intermediate image plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Artur Degen, Daniel Schwedt, Michael Gölles
  • Patent number: 10337857
    Abstract: Aspects are generally directed to multi-sensor boresight alignment methods and systems for a multi-spectral reimaging optical system. In one example, a multi-sensor boresight alignment system includes a system interface to receive a first image frame from a first sensor and a second image frame from a second sensor, the first image frame having a contrast within a first spectral band and including a first image of a plate having a pattern of apertures, and the second image frame having a contrast within a second spectral band and including a second image of the plate. The system includes a field programmable gate array (FPGA) coupled to the system interface, the FPGA configured to spot track each image frame to identify a corresponding centroid of the pattern of apertures and correct an optical alignment between the first and second sensors based on a position of the corresponding centroids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Liam Skoyles, Justin Martin, Tyler Layne Hook, Benjamin P. Lane
  • Patent number: 10046786
    Abstract: Various implementations relate to an operator monitoring system (OMS). Certain implementations include an OMS coupled to a rotatable portion of a steering wheel assembly of a vehicle. For example, the OMS may include an imaging unit, such as a camera, that is coupled to a central hub portion of the steering wheel assembly. The imaging unit has a field of view directed toward one or more occupants in the vehicle and is configured to capture an image signal corresponding to an imaging area in the field of view. The imaging area can be configured to encapsulate an expected position of one or more vehicle occupants. The OMS also includes one or more processing units in electrical communication with the imaging unit that receives and processes the image signal from the imaging unit to determine an occupant state and, in some implementations, provide feedback based on the determined occupant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventors: Jason Carl Lisseman, Len Cech, Valerie Gardner
  • Patent number: 10036854
    Abstract: A digital roller mold manufacturing system for manufacture of exterior characteristic structures on a roller mold depends on an illuminator for generation and projection of a light source on a Digital Mirror Device (DMD) chip in which micro-mirrors are rotated a controllable angle for defining the light source as an optical image and projecting the optical image on first micro-lenses at which digital light energy is transformed from the optical image and transmitted to first optical fibers, second optical fibers via couplers, and second micro-lenses. Furthermore, the second micro-lenses focus the digital light energy as light spots which are received by a photo-resist layer externally covered on the roller for development of patterns with exterior characteristic structures on the roller mold because a control unit regulates rotations of the roller and horizontal shifts of second micro-lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yung-Chun Lee, Hung-Liang Chien
  • Patent number: 9995923
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a lens, an SLM presenting a modulation pattern on a modulation plane and outputting modulated light L2 for forming light spots P1 and P2 on a pupil plane of the lens, an imaging device imaging a fringe pattern image formed on a focal plane of the lens and generating image data Da indicating the fringe pattern image, a calculation unit calculating at least one kind of parameter among an intensity amplitude, a phase shift amount, and an intensity average from the image data Da, an analysis unit obtaining a deviation in relative positions of an optical axis of the lens and a reference coordinate of the modulation plane based on the parameter, and a changing unit changing an origin position of the reference coordinate so that the deviation in the relative positions is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.
    Inventors: Koyo Watanabe, Takashi Inoue
  • Patent number: 9844334
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for distinguishing tissue types are described herein. Such devices and systems may use dual polarization, conformal filters to acquire image data from target tissues and a processor to create an image in which the contrast between tissues has been enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ChemImage Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Shona Stewart, Serena Augustine, Jeffrey Cohen, Ryan Priore
  • Patent number: 9525046
    Abstract: A gate electrode and method for manufacturing the same includes an amorphous gate metal layer. The amorphous gate metal layer includes an amorphous metal alloy material layer having at least two metallic elements of an amorphous material or an amorphous metal compound material layer having at least one metallic element and at least one non-metallic element selected from the IIIA group, the IVA group, and the VA group of the Periodic Table. The atoms are arranged evenly in the amorphous gate metal layer, there is no noticeable grains and grain boundaries, so that no defects will be generated through a carrier recombination, and the carrier mobility is increased and the carrier can be uniformly distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation
    Inventor: Fumitake Mieno
  • Patent number: 9442287
    Abstract: A setting jig to which a housing is set is prepared, a light diameter detection sensor for detecting a light diameter of light beam is arranged, instead of a photosensitive drum, at a position corresponding to a part at which the light beam is scanned on the photosensitive drum, the housing is set to the setting jig, an adhesive is coated on a lens fixing surface of the housing, a collimator lens is grasped by a grasping member to adjust a position of the collimator lens, and the adhesive coated on the lens fixing surface is hardened. When the housing is set to the setting jig, the housing is obliquely arranged such that the light diameter detection sensor does not interfere with the grasping member. The lens fixing surface is formed to be horizontal in a state in which the housing has been set to the setting jig.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Aiichiro Otana
  • Publication number: 20150137013
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tool measuring device for measuring the size of tools used for making aluminum can bodies. The tool measuring device utilizes an LED measurement carriage having a central opening so that the LED measurement carriage passes over and around the tools. An LED linear beam is generated by LED linear arrays so that the tools cast a shadow on optical photodetector linear arrays. The distance between the transition points from light to dark on the optical photodetector linear arrays is measured to provide a highly accurate measurement of the size of various portions of the tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kalvis Jaunarajs, Michael W. Calahan, Kevin M. Gillest
  • Publication number: 20150115181
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optoelectronic sensor, in particular to a light grid (10), having at least two circuit boards (19, 19-x) which are to be arranged one after the other in a longitudinal direction (16, z direction) and on which a plurality of light transmitters (18) and/or light receivers (20) are arranged in series, wherein the circuit boards (19-1, 19-2) are fixed in a desired position with respect to one another by a functional element (34) and wherein the circuit boards (19-1, 19-2) are held in a housing (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Johannes EBLE, Sebastian MATT, Gerhard ALT, Jürgen BÜRGER
  • Publication number: 20150090909
    Abstract: A selectable view angle optical sensor is disclosed. The selectable view angle optical sensor comprises a substrate, a photodiode array disposed on the substrate, a first optical shielding modulation layer disposed on a first plane and a second optical shielding modulation layer disposed on a second plane. The first plane is on the photodiode array, the second plane is on the first plane, and the first and second planes and a top surface of the photodiode array are substantially in parallel. The dimensions and configurations of the first and second optical shielding modulation layers limit a field of view of the photodiode array so that the photodiode array has selectable view angle function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung SHIH, Koon-Wing TSANG, Yuh-Min LIN
  • Publication number: 20150083901
    Abstract: A probe for underground sensing of materials of interest, for example chemicals such as explosives, includes a probe body that is capable of being inserted into the ground, and one or more sensors that are able to sense one or more materials in the vicinity of at least a portion of the probe body. The sensor(s) may include a light source that directs light to the vicinity of the portion of the probe body, and a light detector, such as a photosensor or spectrometer, that detects reflected light from the material around the probe body. The reflected light may be analyzed to determine the presence of one or more materials of interest, such as chemicals used in explosive devices. The probe may be part of a vehicle used to detect and neutralize buried explosive devices, with the probe for example being on an articulable arm of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Fraser M. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150008340
    Abstract: A fluorescence observation method of the present invention for detecting plural types of fluorescence emitted from two or more kinds of fluorescent molecules includes: subjecting each of the two or more kinds of fluorescent molecules to multi-photon excitation by exciting light having an exciting wavelength equal to or shorter than 700 nm in a visible region, to generate fluorescence upon making use of an absorption wavelength band in a deep ultraviolet region of each of the two or more kinds of fluorescent molecules; and simultaneously detecting plural types of fluorescence generated on a shorter-wavelength side or on both of the shorter-wavelength side and a longer-wavelength side of the exciting wavelength of the exciting light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsumasa FUJITA, Takeharu NAGAI, Kenta SAITO, Masahito YAMANAKA, Shinichi TAKIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20150008162
    Abstract: A method for detecting mentholated tobacco, comprising irradiating tobacco containing menthol and a fluorescent taggant with radiation and observing the tobacco for fluorescence from the taggant. A system and method for detecting and separating mentholated tobacco from non-mentholated tobacco within a product stream is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Edmond J. Cadieux, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140361200
    Abstract: The opto-electronic module comprises a substrate member (P); at least one emission member (E1; E2) mounted on said substrate (P); at least one detecting member (D) mounted on said substrate (P); at least one optics member (O) comprising at least one passive optical component (L); at least one spacer member (S) arranged between said substrate member (P) and said optics member (O). The opto-electronic modules can be very small and can be produced in high quality in high volumes. In particular, at least two emission members (E1, E2), e.g., two LEDs, are provided, for emitting light of variable color. This can improve illumination of a scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Hartmut Rudmann, Markus Rossi, Rene Kromhof
  • Patent number: 8907897
    Abstract: A small sensor surface designed to control a smart phone or Mobile Internet Device (MID). The sensor surface may be mounted on the side of the proposed device in a position where a user's thumb or finger naturally falls when holding the device in his/her hand. The sensor surface is simultaneously convex and concave, providing both visual and physical cues for the use of the sensor surface. The sensor may include capacitive sensing, optical sensing and pressure sensing capabilities to interpret thumb gestures into device control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Charles F. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20140346377
    Abstract: A radiation thermometer is provided, comprising: a thermal radiation detector assembly having an operative surface area responsive to thermal radiation of a first wavelength; a focussing optics assembly adapted to focus both thermal radiation of the first wavelength and visible light of a second wavelength along an optical axis, the focussing optics assembly being configured to form a focussed image of the operative surface area of the thermal radiation detector assembly on a focal plane outside the radiation thermometer, the focussed image of the operative surface area defining a target region from which the thermal radiation detector assembly detects thermal radiation; a visible light source assembly adapted to exhibit an illuminated pattern of visible light of the second wavelength, the visible light source assembly comprising at least one visible light source and a mask through which light from the at least one visible light source is arranged to pass, the mask having one or more substantially opaque port
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Land Instruments International Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Raffe Willmott, Susan Fiona Turner, Malcolm Ian Gillott
  • Patent number: 8896545
    Abstract: A display system configured for multi-touch input is provided. The display system comprises a display surface, a local light source to illuminate the display surface with infrared light, and an image-producing display panel. The image-producing display panel comprises a plurality of image sensor pixels positioned within a sensor layer of the image-producing display panel. The image-producing display panel further comprises an angularly-selective layer positioned between the display surface and the sensor layer, wherein the angularly-selective layer is configured to transmit light having a first range of incidence angles with the surface normal of the angularly-selective layer to a first sensor pixel of sensor layer, and to reflect light having a second range of incidence angles from a second sensor pixel of the sensor layer, where the second range is greater than the first range of incidence angles with respect to a surface normal of the sensor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Karlton Powell
  • Publication number: 20140339402
    Abstract: A connector includes an input terminal, a light splitting module, and a number of output terminals. The input terminal is electrically connected to a first electrical device, and receives a first electrical signal from a first electrical device, and converts the first electrical signal to a first optical signal. The light splitting module converts the first optical signal to a number of second optical signals. The output terminals correspond to the first light emitters. Each of the output terminals converts a corresponding second optical signal to a second electrical signal, and transmits the second electrical signal to a second electrical device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YI-ZHONG SHEU
  • Publication number: 20140326906
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes a circuit board, light-emitting modules, light-receiving modules, an optical coupling module, and a protecting member. The light-emitting modules and the light-receiving modules are mounted on the circuit board. The optical coupling module is mounted on the circuit board, and includes first and second optical surfaces, a reflection surface, first converging lenses formed on the first optical surface and corresponding to the light-emitting modules and the light-receiving modules, and second converging lenses formed on the second optical surface and corresponding to the first converging lenses. The protecting member is mounted on the circuit board to shield the optical coupling module, the light-emitting modules, and the light-receiving modules, and only exposes the second converging lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I-THUN LIN
  • Publication number: 20140323954
    Abstract: A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. For example, a peritoneal dialysis system may include patient line state detector for detecting whether a patient line is primed before it is to be connected to the patient. The patient line state detector can also the ability to detect whether a patient line has been properly mounted for priming. Both patient line presence/absence and fill state can be determined using an optical system, e.g., one that employs a single optical sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Jacob W. Scarpaci, Simon C. Helmore, Eric J. VanWyk, Matthew J. Finch
  • Publication number: 20140291557
    Abstract: An optical system comprising a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting elements (LEEs) is presented. The light source is mounted on the same substrate or chip board so that the LEEs are in thermal contact with each other such as to enable thermic conduction and heat transfer between the LEEs. The system is switchable between light source modes in which different light emitting elements or a different number of light emitting elements is switched in an on mode and in a down mode respectively. In all light source modes, one or more light emitting elements, such as those with longer expected lifetime, remain in the on mode, while one or more light emitting elements, such as those with shorter expected lifetime, may be switched in the down mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Rik Harbers, Philipp Nicolas Zeller
  • Publication number: 20140263984
    Abstract: An indexing signal detection module is configured to index one or more signal detectors past each of a plurality of sources of detectable signal emissions to detect or measure a signal emitted by each source. A plurality of signal transmission conduits transmit signal emitted by the sources from a first end of each conduit to a second end of each conduit where the signal may be detected by a signal detector. A conduit reformatter is configured to secure the first ends of the respective signal transmission conduits in a first spatial arrangement corresponding to a spatial arrangement of the signal emission sources and to secure the second ends of the respective signal transmission conduits in a second spatial arrangement different from the first spatial arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Norbert D. HAGEN, David OPALSKY
  • Publication number: 20140263970
    Abstract: A multi-channel optical device and method of making the same are disclosed. The optical device includes a plurality of detectors on a detector mounting substrate, and a corresponding plurality of lenses on an interior surface of the optical device. Each detector detects light having a unique center wavelength. Each center wavelength corresponds to a channel of the optical device. Each lens focuses light towards a corresponding detector. Each detector has a location corresponding to a focal point of the light focused by a corresponding lens. The method of making the optical device includes placing lenses on a surface of the optical device housing, transmitting light having a plurality of center wavelengths through the lenses, determining locations on a detector mounting substrate where each light beam is focused by a lens, and placing a detector at each location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Heimbuch, E-Min Chou
  • Publication number: 20140246612
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laser assembly (100) having a laser (L) for generating primary laser pulses (1), beam splitting optics (15) for splitting a primary laser pulse into a plurality of temporally staggered sub-pulses, and having focusing optics (17-19) for focusing the sub-pulses in or on an object (20) so that every sub-pulse is focused in a separate focus volume (F). The invention is characterized in that the mutual spatial and/or temporal relationship of the focus volumes (F) of the sub-pulses originating from a common primary laser pulse is variably adjustable. The invention also relates to a corresponding method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: LAVISION BIOTEC GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Spiecker
  • Publication number: 20140209821
    Abstract: An example apparatus may include a light source for illuminating a sample, an objective lens positioned on a light path extending from the sample, a lenslet array having a plurality of lenslets and positioned along the light path to receive light from the objective lens. The lenslet array may be positioned along the light path at substantially a Fourier plane of the sample. The example apparatus may also include a detector positioned along the light path approximately one lenslet focal length from the lenslet array. The plurality of lenslets of the lenslet array may correspond to portions of the detector. Each lenslet of the lenslet array may transmit to a corresponding portion of the detector an image of the same portion of the sample from a different viewing angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
  • Publication number: 20140191110
    Abstract: An electronic device may be provided with a touch screen display that is controlled based on information from a proximity sensor attached underneath a display layer. The proximity sensor may have a light source that emits infrared light and a light detector that detects reflected infrared light. When the electronic device is in the vicinity of a user's head, the proximity sensor may produce data indicative of the presence of the user's head. Variations in proximity sensor output due to smudges on the proximity sensor can be detected by providing the proximity sensor with an additional light source. The additional light source may be used to inject light into the display layer. The injected light may be guided within the display layer by total internal reflection. In the presence of smudge, the internally reflecting light may deviate from its normal propagation path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Prashanth S. S. Holenarsipur
  • Patent number: 8773272
    Abstract: A light scattering type smoke sensor includes a sensor body, light-emitter for emitting light toward an open smoke-sensing space and outputting a light-received signal according to the amount of scattering light received, and a fire judging unit for judging whether fire occurs or not on the basis of the amount of received light determined on the basis of the outputted light-received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Nagashima
  • Publication number: 20140166911
    Abstract: Remote control systems that can distinguish predetermined light sources from stray light sources, e.g., environmental light sources and/or reflections are provided. The predetermined light sources can be disposed in asymmetric substantially linear or two-dimensional patterns. The predetermined light sources also can output waveforms modulated in accordance with one or more signature modulation characteristics. The predetermined light sources also can output light at different signature wavelengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, Nicholas Vincent King, Duncan Robert Kerr, Wing Kong Low
  • Publication number: 20140160265
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microscope arrangement provided with: a microscope (10) having at least two optical outputs (12, 14) for outputting a fluorescence signal and a switching arrangement (16) for switching the output of the fluorescence signal between the optical outputs; a beam splitter arrangement (18); optical elements (28, 30) for generating a separate partial beam path (24, 26) associated with each output in such a way that the respective fluorescence signal of each of the outputs is superimposed at the beam splitter arrangement after passing through the respective partial beam path; and also at least two optical detectors (20, 22), wherein for each of the partial beam paths, one of the detectors is located behind the beam splitter, seen from the microscope, in reflection and another of the detectors is located behind the beam splitter arrangement, seen from the microscope, in transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: FEI Company
    Inventors: Xaver Voegele, Rainer Uhl, Rainer Daum
  • Publication number: 20140159636
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus that can generate PV power and simultaneously provide artificial lighting. The devices disclosed herein include a first optical structure having a plurality of focusing elements that can collect and focus ambient light onto a first set of light redirecting elements that is optically coupled to at least photovoltaic (PV) cell. The devices also include at least one illumination source that is optically coupled to a first edge of a second optical structure including a second set of light redirecting elements that can direct light from the at least one illumination source out of the device to provide artificial lighting. The at least one photovoltaic cell is coupled to a second edge of the second optical structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Fan Yang, Russell W. Gruhlke, Ying Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140151586
    Abstract: A biosensor includes light emitting elements and a light receiving element disposed on a principal surface of a wiring board; a light shielding portion disposed between a light-emitting-element sealing portion and a light-receiving-element sealing portion; a base medium having light transmitting properties, disposed in parallel with the wiring board with the light shielding portion therebetween; an adhesion layer having light transmitting properties, configured to bond the base medium with the light-emitting-element sealing portion, the light-receiving-element sealing portion, and the light shielding portion; and a first electrocardiograph electrode attached to a principal surface of the base medium. The refractive index of the base medium is set to be higher than that of the adhesion layer, and a surface of the first electrocardiograph electrode which is adjacent to the base medium is roughened so that stray light passing through the base medium will be scattered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Shimuta
  • Publication number: 20140151585
    Abstract: A photoelectric conversion device includes a circuit board, a first light emitting module, a first light receiving module, a second light emitting module, a second light receiving module, and an optical coupling member. The light emitting modules and the light receiving modules are mounted on the circuit board. The optical coupling member includes a first reflective surface obliquely connected to the light incident surface, four converging lenses, a second reflective surface, and a third reflective surface. The converging lenses are formed on the light incident surface. The first reflective surface defines a recess for receiving the second and third reflective surfaces. The third converging lens is fed by the second reflective surface and the fourth converging lens is fed by the third reflective surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YI HUNG
  • Patent number: 8723141
    Abstract: A line sensor unit includes: a first light source configured to emit excitation light that excites a fluorescent substance; a second light source configured to emit non-excitation light that does not excite the fluorescent substance; a line sensor configured to receive light from a medium obtained by irradiating the medium with the excitation light or the non-excitation light; a light-emitting unit, which is excited upon receipt of the excitation light, configured to emit light responsive to the excitation light, the emitted light being incident on the line sensor; and a light-shielding unit, which is provided on a side opposite to a line-sensor side of the light-emitting unit, configured to block light advancing from the light-emitting unit to the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Frontech Limited
    Inventor: Tadashi Ueoka
  • Publication number: 20140117254
    Abstract: A sensing apparatus for detecting light of first and second fluorescent wavelength bands has a light source to generate an excitation wavelength to a first collimator element. A dichroic multiplexer has a first coated surface oblique to the optical axis and treated to transmit the excitation wavelength and to reflect the second fluorescent wavelength band and a second coated surface treated to transmit the excitation wavelength and the second fluorescent wavelength band and to reflect the first fluorescent wavelength band. A focusing element focuses the excitation light toward a light guide and directs collimated light of the first and second fluorescent wavelength bands from the light guide to the dichroic multiplexer. A first detector element is in the path of reflected light of the first fluorescent wavelength band and a second detector element is in the path of reflected light of the second fluorescent wavelength band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Joshua Monroe Cobb
  • Publication number: 20140103188
    Abstract: An automatically adjustable method for use in opto-acoustic metrology or other types of metrology operations is described. The method includes modifying the operation of a metrology system that uses a PSD style sensor arrangement. The method may be used to quickly adjust the operation of a metrology system to ensure that the data obtained therefrom are of the desired quality. Further, the method is useful in searching for and optimizing data that is or can be correlated to substrate or sample features or characteristics that of interest. Apparatus and computer readable media are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Manjusha Mehendale, Michael Kotelyanskii, Priya Mukundhan, Michael Colgan, Wei Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140103231
    Abstract: The system for detecting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of this present invention comprises a detecting material made by blending a nano-material and a conductive polymer. The system for detecting VOCs presents the property of high sensitivity, high sensing accuracy, quick response, and real-time VOC detecting, and is demonstrated in the present work for commercialization usage. The system for detecting VOCs can be easily operated to detect VOC without electronic detecting method, and hence this invention can reduce a lot of operation energy and procedure. Furthermore, when adding inorganic nanoparticles, the area of VOC exposure of this invention is increased and the molecular morphology variation of the detecting material is enhanced, and hence the detecting activity of the system for detecting VOCs is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Wei-Fang Su, Che-Pu Hsu, Chun-Fu Lu, Hsueh-Chung Liao, Ming-Chung Wu
  • Publication number: 20140097327
    Abstract: An optical finger navigation module includes a light source configured for emitting light in a first spectrum; a cover housing disposed above the light source, the cover housing including a window plate that is configured to transmit light in at least the first spectrum, and a light guiding structure that is configured to transmit light in at least a second spectrum; a first light sensor configured to sense light in the first spectrum originally emitted by the light source, reflected by an object, and then transmitted through the window plate; a second light sensor configured to sense light in the second spectrum transmitted through the light guiding structure or the window plate; and a substrate. The light source, the cover housing, the first light sensor and the second light sensor are coupled and mounted to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SAE Magnetics (H.K.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Vincent Wai HUNG, Victor Pak Hong NG
  • Publication number: 20140098350
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided an optical device comprising, a plurality of light sources each operable to provide a light beam; at least one beam combiner which is operable to combine the light beams from the plurality of light sources, to provide a combined light beam; a beam splitter, which is arranged to receive the combined light beam and to split the combined light beam into a primary light beam and a secondary light beam, wherein one or more characteristics of the secondary light beam are indicative of one or more characteristics of the primary light beam, wherein the beam splitter comprises a first surface through which the primary light beam is emitted from the beam splitter and a second surface through which the secondary light beam is emitted from the beam splitter; a mirror component which comprises a mirror, wherein the mirror component is arranged such that the mirror can reflect the primary light beam which is emitted through the first surface of the beam splitter and whe
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Nicolas Abele, Lucio Kilcher
  • Publication number: 20140097358
    Abstract: In a method for imaging a structure (33) marked with a fluorescent dye in a sample, the sample is repeatedly scanned in a scanning range (28) with a light intensity distribution localised around a focal point (29) of a focused fluorescence excitation light beam. The light intensity distribution further comprises a focused fluorescence inhibiting light beam (7) whose wave fronts are modulated so that a fluorescence inhibiting light intensity distribution comprises a minimum at the focal point (29) of the fluorescence excitation light beam (4). The scanning conditions are coordinated in such a way that the fluorescence light is emitted out of the scanning range (28) as individually detectable photons. When these photons are detected, the location (32) of the focal point (28) at the respective point in time is allocated to them. An image of the structure (33) is composed of the locations (32) to which the detected photons have been allocated during several repetitions of scanning the scanning range (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicants: Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Stefan W. Hell, Jale Schneider, Johann Engelhardt
  • Publication number: 20140084191
    Abstract: A detection apparatus comprising a chuck, a probe device, a light-sensing device and a light-concentrating unit is disclosed. The chuck bears light-emitting diode chips. The probe device includes two probes and a power supply. The end point of the probes respectively electrically connects with one of the light-emitting diode chips and the power supply to make the light-emitting diode chip emits a plurality of light beams. The light-sensing device is disposed on one side of a light-emitting surface of the light-emitting diode chip so as to receive the light beams emitted by the light-emitting diode chip. The light-concentrating unit is disposed between the light-emitting diode chip and the light-sensing device to concentrate the light beams emitted by the light-emitting diode chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: GENESIS PHOTONICS INC
    Inventors: TAI-CHENG TSAI, TAI-WEI WU, GWO-JIUN SHEU, SHOU-WEN HSU, YUN-LI LI
  • Publication number: 20140084190
    Abstract: An optical connector includes a circuit board, at least one light emitter, at least one light receiver, a shell, and at least two enhancing pins. The circuit board includes a mounting surface. The at least one light emitter and at least one light receiver are mounted on the mounting surface. The shell covers the at least one light emitter and the at least one light receiver. The at least two enhancing pins passes through the shell and are received in the circuit board to fix the shell on the mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: I-THUN LIN
  • Publication number: 20140070121
    Abstract: A logic gate comprises a photonic or polaritonic band gap medium and a plurality of nano particles, atoms or artificial atoms are disposed in the band gap medium. Two coupled electromagnetic pulses are propagated within the medium and produce two output pulses. The output pulses are detected or sensed and a third external electronic field controls the relative velocities of the two output pulses. A method for producing a time delay of an electromagnetic pulse is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Talal Ghannam
  • Publication number: 20140054476
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for monitoring load-related parameters of a rotor blade of a wind turbine is disclosed. The system may generally include a plurality of reflective targets positioned within the rotor blade. Each reflective target may include a unique visual identifier. In addition, the system may include a light source configured to illuminate the reflective targets and a sensor configured to detect light reflected from the reflective targets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Danian Zheng, Hua Xia, Thomas Ernst Dinjus
  • Patent number: 8658995
    Abstract: Remote control systems that can distinguish predetermined light sources from stray light sources, e.g., environmental light sources and/or reflections are provided. The predetermined light sources can be disposed in asymmetric substantially linear or two-dimensional patterns. The predetermined light sources also can output waveforms modulated in accordance with one or more signature modulation characteristics. The predetermined light sources also can output light at different signature wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Porter Hotelling, Nicholas Vincent King, Duncan Robert Kerr, Wing Kong Low