Electronic Patents (Class 348/80)
  • Patent number: 10527834
    Abstract: A functionally integrated laser scanning microscope for scanning a sample with laser illumination, selectably in a confocal, line or wide-field operating mode, comprising a laser light source, an illumination and detection beam path, a detection device and at least one objective, wherein the illumination and detection beam path has optical means for the configuration of the laser illumination, at least one scanner for scanning the sample with the laser illumination, and a beam splitter for separating illumination and detection light, and controllable optical elements for changing the beam guiding depending on the operating mode selected in each case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH, Carl Zeiss AG
    Inventors: Daniel Schwedt, Matthias Wald, Tiemo Anhut
  • Patent number: 10401607
    Abstract: For the purposes of high-resolution scanning microscopy, a sample is excited by illumination radiation to emit fluorescent radiation in such a way that the illumination radiation is focused at a point in or on the sample, so as to form a diffraction-limited illumination spot. The point is imaged in a diffraction image on a detector in a diffraction-limited manner, wherein the detector has detector elements and a plurality of location channels which resolve a diffraction structure of the diffraction image. The sample is scanned with various scanning positions with an increment smaller than half the diameter of the illumination spot. An image of the sample with a resolution that is increased beyond a resolution limit of the image is generated from the data of the detector and from the scanning positions associated with these data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Kleppe, Ralf Wolleschensky, Yauheni Novikau
  • Patent number: 10327308
    Abstract: Presented here is a system to record high-resolution infrared images without the need to include additional stand-alone sensors into the mobile device. According to one embodiment, an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is modified to emit IR and near-IR light in a large field. The modified display allows for depth sensing and infrared imaging without a stand-alone emitter. Additionally, an IR shutter filter can be applied to the existing front facing red, green, blue (RGB) camera that would only be in place when the display is in IR emission mode. The combination of these two technologies allows a facial recognition system using existing hardware, and not require additional sensors or emitters to achieve face recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Sean Gagne-Keats
  • Patent number: 10222602
    Abstract: An optics device with an optics module that includes at least one optical element and a control module for controlling the optics device is provided. The optics module includes a sub-system with a memory as well as at least one of an actuator and a sensor. An instruction for setting the actuator and/or the sensor of the sub-system is stored in the memory. The control module is formed such that, during operation of the optics device, it reads the instructions from the memory of the sub-system and activates the actuator and/or the sensor of the sub-system according to the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Steinborn, Steffen Leidenbach, Christoph Windolph
  • Patent number: 10209505
    Abstract: The invention relates to an optical device for measuring the position of an object along a first axis, the object being subjected to light radiations emitted by a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Paris Sciences Et Lettres—Quartier Latin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite Paris Diderot Paris 7, Sorbonne Universite
    Inventors: Vincent Croquette, Jean-François Allemand, Thibault Vielle
  • Patent number: 10043414
    Abstract: Systems and computer-implemented methods for microscope-based learning including providing a first menu on a GUI to allow a user to identify or view a cell category of interest on a digital slide image that is simultaneously displayed with the first menu on the GUI. The systems and methods further include providing a navigation system on the GUI to allow the user to navigate the digital slide image and select proportional x and y coordinates on the digital slide image. A second menu is also provided on the GUI to allow the user to identify a cell type for the selected proportional x and y coordinates. The systems and methods are capable of automatically determining if the cell type identified by the user matches a predetermined cell type within the x and y coordinates from a database. The systems and methods further indicate whether the identified cell type matches the predetermined cell type on the GUI and display a summary of the total matches on the GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Microscopy Learning Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew S. Traylor
  • Patent number: 10001425
    Abstract: A camera controller platform for use with a pipe inspection system is disclosed. The platform is configured for the rapid mounting and connection of an electronic computing device such as a laptop computer for providing display and/or virtual control interface functions in conjunction with an electronics module. An additional user interface, which may include a manual user interface device, may be coupled to the electronics module. Alternatively, a plurality of virtual controls may be supported by a software application on the electronic computing device, which may be connected to the camera controller platform by a USB or other interface bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Alexander L. Warren, David A. Cox, Wesley Ice, Jesse O. Casares, Stephanie M. Bench, Michael E. Turgeon, Michael J. Martin, Paul G. Stuart
  • Patent number: 10002743
    Abstract: For scanning electron beams and measuring overlay misalignment between an upper layer pattern and a lower layer pattern with high precision, electron beams are scanned over a region including a first pattern and a second pattern of a sample, the sample having the lower layer pattern (the first pattern) and the upper layer pattern (the second pattern) formed in a step after a step of forming the first pattern. The electron beams are scanned such that scan directions and scan sequences of the electron beams become axial symmetrical or point-symmetrical in a plurality of pattern position measurement regions defined within the scan region for the electron beams, thereby reducing measurement errors resulting from the asymmetry of electric charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Hotta, Hiroki Kawada, Osamu Inoue
  • Patent number: 9964746
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments herein provide a non-imaging optical system including a focusing optical element positioned within an input optical path to receive electromagnetic radiation, a micro-mirror array including a plurality of micro-mirror pixels positioned within the input optical path, individual micro-mirror pixels of the plurality of micro-mirror pixels being positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation from the focusing optical element and redirect electromagnetic radiation along a redirected optical path, a relay optical element positioned within the redirected optical path to receive and focus electromagnetic radiation from the micro-mirror array, and a single-pixel non-imaging detector positioned to receive electromagnetic radiation from the relay optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Sean D. Keller, Gerald P. Uyeno
  • Patent number: 9959639
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ptychographic imaging is described. Typically a high number of pixels (after binning) is needed to obtain a high quality reconstruction of an object. By using calculation planes with more nodes (for example 512×512 nodes) than the number of pixels of the detector, a high quality reconstruction of an object can be made, even when using for example a 16 segment detector, or a 32×32 pixel detector. Although the reconstructed object shows less resolution (“sharpness”), all features are there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Eric Gerardus Theodoor Bosch, Ivan Lazic
  • Patent number: 9871164
    Abstract: A nanostructure semiconductor light emitting device includes a base layer, an insulating layer, and a plurality of light emitting nanostructures. The base layer includes a first conductivity type semiconductor. The insulating layer is disposed on the base layer and has a plurality of openings through which regions of the base layer are exposed. The light emitting nanostructures are respectively disposed on the exposed regions of the base layer and include a plurality of nanocores having a first conductivity type semiconductor and having side surfaces provided as the same crystal planes. The light emitting nanostructures include an active layer and a second conductivity type semiconductor layer sequentially disposed on surfaces of the nanocores. Upper surfaces of the nanocores are provided as portions of upper surfaces of the light emitting nanostructures, and the upper surfaces of the light emitting nanostructures are substantially planar with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nam Goo Cha, Dong Ho Kim, Geon Wook Yoo
  • Patent number: 9843719
    Abstract: The present application discloses a confocal microscope including a light generator configured to simultaneously generate reflection light, which is reflected from a sample, and transmission light, which passes through the sample; a scanner configured to optically scan the sample and define a direction of a first optical path, along which the reflection light propagates; an adjuster configured to angularly adjust a direction of a second optical path, along which the transmission light propagates; a first signal generator configured to generate a first signal based on the reflection light; a second signal generator configured to generate a second signal based on the transmission light; and an image generator configured to generate a synthetic image in which a reflection image represented by the reflection light and a transmission image represented by the transmission light are synthesized in response to the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Matsuzaki, Teruhiro Shiono
  • Patent number: 9766121
    Abstract: The present application discloses device and system embodiments that address mobile device integration considerations for various categories of UV sensors, including cameras, photodiodes, and chemical sensors. The UV sensors may use the functionalities of the existing in-built sensors in conventional mobile devices, and/or integrate additional components specific to UV sensing. By optimally positioning the sensors, UV sensing and other collateral functionalities (e.g., charging a photovoltaic cell integrated with the mobile device) can be realized in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sumeet Sandhu, Hossein Alavi, Ehud Reshef
  • Patent number: 9757011
    Abstract: A distal-end rigid section of an insertion section of an endoscope, includes: a first base of a metallic material, which constitutes a distal-end portion of the insertion section of the endoscope; a second base of a resin material, which is formed on an axially proximal-end side of the first base; a cylindrical portion protruding from the second base toward an axially distal-end side of the first base and including a non-circular hole portion in which an illumination light source having a non-circular outer shape, generating light and emitting illumination light is disposed; and a through-hole formed by opening a part along an outer peripheral surface of the first base, the cylindrical portion being disposed in the through-hole such that the illumination light is emitted to the axially distal-end side of the first base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunichi Imai
  • Patent number: 9726873
    Abstract: In a microscope which can incline an imaging section, a height position of an observation target is automatically matched to a eucentric position. The microscope includes: a placement stage on which an observation target is placed; a lower stage lifting section that vertically movably supports the placement stage; a first driving mechanism that drives the lower stage lifting section; an imaging section that captures an image of the observation target; and an upper stage lifting section that vertically movably supports a fitting member along an optical axis and is swingable about a swinging axis orthogonal to the optical axis, wherein the first driving mechanism can drive the lower stage lifting section such that the surface of the observation target placed on the placement stage is matched to a focal position of imaging unit, or a height position of the swinging axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Inomata, Shohei Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9690089
    Abstract: A synthetic image can be generated by a simple operation in a short time. A magnifying observation apparatus includes: a z-axis movement unit capable of automatically adjusting a working distance to an observation surface of an observation target placed on a placement section; an xy-axis movement mechanism capable of changing relative positions of the placement section and a microscope lens section; and an image synthesizing unit for generating a synthetic image obtained by synthesizing a plurality of images each captured at a relative distance made different by the z-axis movement unit, wherein image synthesis processing by the image synthesizing unit and processing of moving the microscope lens section by the z-axis movement unit and capturing an image by the camera section are asynchronously executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Karube
  • Patent number: 9690088
    Abstract: The present invention is for saving the time of searching a visual field to be observed and observing a synthetic image. A magnifying observation apparatus includes a controller configured to set an imaging condition, to generate a first image to be displayed in a first display mode by performing a first image processing on the image acquired on the imaging condition, to generate a second image to be displayed in a second display mode by performing a second image processing on the image, to detect an image changing operation including at least one of changing of the imaging condition and changing of a visual field, and to switch from the first display mode to the second display mode in response to detect the image changing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Takuya Karube, Suguru Sekiya, Masahiro Inomata
  • Patent number: 9435992
    Abstract: A microscope for widefield microscopy having a detection beam path and an illumination beam path. The microscope includes a filter wheel device, which is arranged in the detection beam path and/or illumination beam path and has a filter wheel, wherein the filter wheel is mounted to rotate about an axis, and wherein the filter wheel is divided into segments. Filters forming a first part-circle are arranged in a first part of the segments, such that said filters are consecutively introduced into the detection beam path or illumination beam path when the filter wheel is rotated. A camera records images at a predefined frequency. The filter wheel device includes a motor-driven shaft that rotates the filter wheel at a predefined rotation frequency. The microscope also comprises a control system for synchronizing the image-recording frequency and rotation frequency based on the filters arranged on the filter wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Kleppe, Daniel Schwedt
  • Patent number: 9253451
    Abstract: A method includes performing an approximate partially coherent imaging operation for elements of a first basis generated from a model image having no noise and no blur, and generating based upon the first basis a second basis that is blurred, the approximate partially coherent imaging operation being expressed by a convolution integral on an eigenfunction corresponding to a maximum eigenvalue of a Kernel matrix and each element of the first basis, generating an intermediate image in which each pixel value of the observed image that has been denoised is replaced with its square root, and obtaining a restored image by approximating each of a plurality of patches that are set to entirely cover the intermediate image, using a linear combination of elements of the first basis and linear combination coefficients obtained when each patch is approximated by a linear combination of elements of the second basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshinori Kimura
  • Patent number: 9207196
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to a microfluidic chamber. In one embodiment, the microfluidic chamber has a first sub-chamber and at least one second sub-chamber. The first sub-chamber has a first window and a second window. Both the first window and the second window are transparent to electrons of certain energies. The second window is positioned substantially parallel and opposite to the first window defining a first volume therebetween. The first window and the second window are separated by a distance that is sufficiently small such that an electron beam that enters from the first window can propagate through the first sub-chamber and exit from the second window. The at least one second sub-chamber is in fluid communication with the first sub-chamber and has a second volume that is greater than the first volume of the first sub-chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Niels De Jonge
  • Patent number: 9171375
    Abstract: Foreground objects of interest are distinguished from a background model by dividing a region of interest of a video data image into a grid array of individual cells. Each of the cells are labeled as foreground if accumulated edge energy within the cell meets an edge energy threshold, or if color intensities for different colors within each cell differ by a color intensity differential threshold, or as a function of combinations of said determinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ankur Datta, Rogerio S. Feris, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti, Xiaoyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9159532
    Abstract: The invention refers to a method and a charged particle beam device for analyzing an object using a charged particle beam interacting with the object. The object comprises a sample embedded in a resin. Interaction radiation in the form of cathodoluminescence light is detected for identifying areas in which the resin is arranged and in which the sample is arranged. Interaction particles are detected to identify particles within the resin and the sample for further analysis by using EDX analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward Hill, Stewart Bean
  • Patent number: 9153548
    Abstract: A method and structure for forming an array of micro devices is disclosed. An array of micro devices is formed over an array of stabilization posts included in a stabilization layer. Patterned sacrificial spacers are formed between the stabilization posts and between the micro devices. The patterned sacrificial spacers are disposed upon the patterned sacrificial spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Lux Vue Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Clayton Ka Tsun Chan, Andreas Bibl
  • Patent number: 9106056
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, the present teachings include an array of nanowire devices. The array of nanowire devices comprises a readout integrated circuit (ROIC). An LED array is disposed on the ROIC. The LED array comprises a plurality of LED core-shell structures, with each LED core-shell structure comprising a layered shell enveloping a nanowire core, wherein the layered shell comprises a multi-quantum-well (MQW) active region. The LED array further comprises a p-side electrode enveloping the layered core-shell structure and electrically connecting the ROIC, wherein each p-side electrode has an average thickness ranging from about 100 nm to about 500 nm. A dielectric layer is disposed on the plurality of LED core-shell structures, with each nanowire core disposed through the dielectric to connect with an n-side semiconductor that is situated on the dielectric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventor: Stephen D. Hersee
  • Patent number: 9100553
    Abstract: A method for measuring critical dimension (CD) includes steps of: scanning at least one area of interest of a die to obtain at least one scanned image; aligning the scanned image to at least one designed layout pattern to identify a plurality of borders within the scanned image; and averaging distances each measured from the border or the plurality of borders of a pattern associated with a specific type of CD corresponding to the designed layout pattern to obtain a value of CD of the die. The value of critical dimensions of dies can be obtained from the scanned image with lower resolution which is obtained by relatively higher scanning speed, so the above-mentioned method can obtain value of CD for every die within entire wafer to monitor the uniformity of the semiconductor manufacturing process within an acceptable inspection time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Hermes Microvision Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Fang, Jack Jau, Hong Xiao
  • Patent number: 9076945
    Abstract: A method for ablating a first area of a light emitting diode (LED) device which includes an array of nanowires on a support with a laser is provided. The laser ablation exposes a conductive layer of the support that is electrically connected to a first conductivity type semiconductor nanowire core in the nanowires, to form a first electrode for the LED device. In embodiments, the nanowires are aligned at least 20 degrees from the plane of the support. A light emitting diode (LED) structure includes a first electrode for contacting a first conductivity type nanowire core, and a second electrode for contacting a second conductivity type shell enclosing the nanowire core, where the first electrode and/or at least a portion of the second electrode are flat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: GLO AB
    Inventor: Scott Brad Herner
  • Patent number: 9063341
    Abstract: An alignment marker unit for an object holder for microscopic imaging of an object with a microscope, wherein the alignment marker unit can be removed from and remounted on the object holder, wherein the alignment marker unit has at least one alignment marker for microscope-supported detection, and wherein the alignment marker is designed to determine a coordinate system for the object holder which allows for the microscope-supported calibration of the object or an area of the object relative to its position to the object holder and the position of the object holder relative to the microscope. Furthermore, an object holder system including an object holder and an alignment marker unit as described above is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: CARL ZEISS MICROSCOPY GMBH
    Inventors: Heino Heise, Ulrich Kohlhaas
  • Publication number: 20150145981
    Abstract: A light scanning microscope with an illumination module switchable between an illumination with m number of spots and an illumination with n number of spots, a deflecting unit which moves the m or n spots in a predetermined sample region, and a detector module for confocal and spectrally resolved detection of the sample radiation. The detector module has a confocal diaphragm unit, a splitting unit which is arranged downstream of the confocal diaphragm unit, a detector, and an imaging unit which images the partial beams on the detector in a spatially separated manner. The confocal diaphragm unit is switchable between a confocal diaphragm with exactly m apertures for m-spot illumination and a confocal diaphragm with n apertures for n-spot illumination. The splitting unit has a first beam path for m-spot illumination and a second beam path for n-spot illumination. The splitting unit is switchable between the two beam paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Tiemo Anhut, Daniel Schwedt, Ralf Wolleschensky, Lars-Christian Wittig, Ulrich Preißer
  • Publication number: 20150145983
    Abstract: An image acquisition device acquires an image of a subject by capturing images of plural regions of the subject. The image acquisition device includes an image capturing device including an image formation optical unit and an image capturing unit, a temperature measurement unit that measures a temperature of the image capturing device, a selection unit that selects the temperature or an evaluation function by referring to an image of a first region from among the plural regions, the temperature or the evaluation function being selected as reference information for a second region adjacent to the first region, an information acquisition unit that acquires the temperature or the evaluation function, and a control unit that adjusts relative positions of a surface conjugated with a light reception surface of the image capturing unit and the subject, and causes the image capturing unit to capture an image of the second region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Kenichi Akashi, Toru Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20150145982
    Abstract: Provided is a microscope system including a microscope provided with a multi-channel image-acquisition unit that acquires images of a specimen at respective wavelengths; an adjustment-method storage portion that stores, for respective channels, contrast adjusting methods for the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit; and a contrast adjusting portion that adjusts, for the respective channels, contrasts of the images acquired by the image-acquisition unit based on the contrast adjusting methods stored in the adjustment-method storage portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masashi OKABE
  • Patent number: 9041792
    Abstract: At least two chemically different substances of interest of an unstained biological specimen that for each a substance image is generated, indicating for every region of the image an amount of the substance. A multicolor image is generated on the basis of the substance images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Marinus B. Van Leeuwen, Stein Kuiper
  • Patent number: 9041795
    Abstract: A method for measuring critical dimension (CD) includes steps of: scanning at least one area of interest of a die to obtain at least one scanned image; aligning the scanned image to at least one designed layout pattern to identify a plurality of borders within the scanned image; and averaging distances each measured from the border or the plurality of borders of a pattern associated with a specific type of CD corresponding to the designed layout pattern to obtain a value of CD of the die. The value of critical dimensions of dies can be obtained from the scanned image with lower resolution which is obtained by relatively higher scanning speed, so the above-mentioned method can obtain value of CD for every die within entire wafer to monitor the uniformity of the semiconductor manufacturing process within an acceptable inspection time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Hermes Microvision Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Fang, Jack Jau, Hong Xiao
  • Patent number: 9041789
    Abstract: A driver alertness detection system includes an imaging unit configured to image an area in a vehicle compartment where a driver's head is located; an image processing unit configured to receive the image from the imaging unit, and to determine positions of the driver's head and eyes; and a warning unit configured to determine, based on the determined position of the driver's head and eyes as output by the image processing unit, whether the driver is in an alert state or a non-alert state, and to output a warning to the driver when the driver is determined to be in the non-alert state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory G. Schamp
  • Patent number: 9041793
    Abstract: A method of using a scanning microscope to rapidly form a digital image of an area. The method includes performing an initial set of scans to form a guide pixel set for the area and using the guide pixel set to identify regions representing structures of interest in the area. Then, performing additional scans of the regions representing structures of interest, to gather further data to further evaluate pixels in the regions, and not scanning elsewhere in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FEI COMPANY
    Inventors: Cliff Bugge, Brandon van Leer
  • Patent number: 9041787
    Abstract: A portable eye tracker device is disclosed which includes a frame, at least one optics holding member, and a control unit. The frame may be adapted for wearing by a user. The at least one optics holding member may include at least one illuminator configured to selectively illuminate at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, and at least one image sensor configured to capture image data representing images of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user. The control unit may be configured to control the at least one illuminator for the selective illumination of at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, and receive the image data from the at least one image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: TOBII AB
    Inventors: Jonas Andersson, Simon Gustafsson, Erik Engwall, Richard Hainzl, Anders Clausen, Jan Norden
  • Publication number: 20150138335
    Abstract: An observation apparatus includes a stage on which a sample is placed, image capturing device for capturing an image of the sample placed on the stage, velocity calculation unit for calculating a velocity of the stage, display unit for displaying the image of the sample, and a control unit for switching an operating mode, on the basis of the velocity of the stage, between a first operating mode for causing the display unit to display an image, which has a dynamic range wider than original images and is generated by merging the plurality of original images that the image capturing device obtains by capturing images of the sample under a plurality of different image capturing conditions, and a second operating mode for causing the display unit to display an original image or an image obtained by processing the original image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeto KAMINAGA
  • Patent number: 9036020
    Abstract: Provided is a camera including a housing; an intermediate plate that divides the interior of the housing into first and second chambers; image acquisition elements disposed in the first chamber within the housing; a motor disposed in the second chamber within the housing; a pivot shaft that extends through the intermediate plate and transmits a driving force from the motor; a bearing that is provided in a through-hole area for the pivot shaft extending through the intermediate plate and seals a gap formed around the pivot shaft; and a prism that is connected to the pivot shaft in the first chamber and is moved by the driving force transmitted by the pivot shaft so as to switchably guide light from a sample to at least one of the image acquisition elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kono
  • Patent number: 9038119
    Abstract: A handheld leakage detector for finding digital signal leaks in a HFC network, comprises a radio receiver, a leakage receiver, leakage sampler, a correlator, and a display. The radio receiver receives samples of the digital signal taken from the HFC network, called “reference samples.” The leakage receiver receives a leakage signal, which is a leaked version of the digital signal from the HFC network. The leakage sampler samples the leakage signal to form leakage samples. The correlator performs a cross-correlation of the reference samples and the leakage samples, to produce a correlation function. An optimizable value is determined from the correlation function. The value generally becomes more optimized as the detector approaches the leak. The leak is sought by iteratively changing the position of the detector until the value becomes substantially optimized or the leak is found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ARCOM DIGITAL, LLC
    Inventor: Victor M. Zinevich
  • Patent number: 9036017
    Abstract: A biological observation apparatus is configured as follows. Namely, the biological observation apparatus includes a marker attached to a living body in order to detect the vibration of the living body, a high-sensitivity camera which forms an observation image of the living body, a high-speed camera which forms an image of light from the marker, and an optical system including a first BA which prevents the light from the marker from entering the high-sensitivity camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kayuri Muraki, Hiroshi Wakai
  • Publication number: 20150130923
    Abstract: Microscope images are easily browsed even with a terminal, such as a tablet terminal, whose transmission speed is low. Provided is a microscope system that includes: a microscope that acquires a plurality of microscope images of a specimen; a system main unit provided with a storage section that sequentially stores the microscope images acquired by the microscope; and a terminal that is connected to the system main unit via a network, in which the system main unit delivers the microscope images stored in the storage section, via the network, in response to a request from the terminal; and the terminal sequentially displays the microscope images delivered from the system main unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mina KOBAYASHI, Yasunori IKENO, Toshihiko TANAKA
  • Patent number: 9031305
    Abstract: An image-classification apparatus includes: a first feature extraction unit to acquire a feature value of each of block images obtained by segmenting an input image; an area-segmentation unit to assign each of the block images to any one of K areas based on the feature value; a second feature extraction unit to acquire, based on an area-segmentation result, a feature vector whose elements including, the number of adjacent spots, each including two block images adjacent to each other in the input image, for each combination of the areas whereto the two block images are assigned; or a ratio of the number of block images assigned to each of the K areas to all the number of block images adjacent to a block image assigned to each of the K areas; and a classification unit to classify to which of a plurality of categories the input image belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9030548
    Abstract: Two-dimensional scanning array microscope system, which has fields of view of individual objectives overlapping at the object, produces a composite image of the object that is devoid of optical distortions caused by such overlapping. Method for processing imaging data with the system includes precise identification of detector pixels corresponding to different portions of multiple image swaths projected on the detector by the system during the scan of the object, and, based on such identification, allocating or assigning of detector pixels that receive light from the object through more than one objective to only one of objectives, thereby correcting imaging data received in real time to remove a portion of data corresponding to image overlaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: DMetrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Pixuan Zhou, Chen Liang
  • Patent number: 9030547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for carrying out measurements on at least one region of interest within a sample via a laser scanning microscope having focusing means for focusing a laser beam and having electro-mechano-optic deflector for deflecting the laser beam, the method comprising: providing a scanning trajectory for the at least one region of interest; providing a sequence of measurements and the corresponding scanning trajectories; providing cross-over trajectories between the scanning trajectories of two consecutive measurements; deflecting the laser beam via the electro-mechano-optic means for moving a focus spot of the focused laser beam along a scanning trajectory at an average scanning speed; and deflecting the laser beam via the electro-mechano-optic means for moving the focus spot of the laser beam along a cross-over trajectory at a cross-over speed having a maximum, the maximum of the cross-over speed being higher than the average scanning speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Femtonics Kft.
    Inventors: E. Szilveszter Vizi, Gergely Katona, J. Balazs Rozsa, Attila Kaszas, Gergely Turi
  • Publication number: 20150124077
    Abstract: A charged particle beam adjustment assistance device that can assist work to adjust a charged particle beam apparatus having a three-dimensional observing function and reduce human labor and man-hours required for adjustment value inputting is provided. An adjustment value acquiring unit generates optimal three-dimensional adjustment value information on the basis of two-dimensional adjustment value information and two/three-dimensional adjustment value correspondence information generated according to information inputted from a charged particle beam adjuster terminal, transmits the three-dimensional adjustment value information to the charged particle beam apparatus, and sets the three-dimensional adjustment value information therein. Therefore, the charged particle beam adjuster can reduce adjusting work required for three-dimensional observation and facilitate the work of observing three-dimensional images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Naohiko Fukaya, Kenji Kitagawa, Masakazu Yagi, Yukie Hiratsuka, Wataru Kotake
  • Publication number: 20150124078
    Abstract: There are provided an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a microscope system which can compose a microscopically observed image having a wide field of view and a high resolution by highly accurately stitching a plurality of digital images together. An image acquisition unit provided in the information processing apparatus acquires a first partial image and a second partial image each formed by imaging a part of an observation target area, and a stitching position adjustment unit adjusts a stitching position of the second partial image with respect to the first partial image. The image acquisition unit controls drive of the microscope such that a partial image including a specimen is acquired as the second partial image when the first partial image includes a foreign matter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150124079
    Abstract: An image data-forming apparatus comprises an image data buffer unit that can temporarily store a part of pathological image data. When an image data output unit generates display image data from the pathological image data, the image data output unit uses data stored in the image data buffer unit when data required for generating display image data is stored in the image data buffer unit. The pathological image data includes data on a plurality of annotations attached to certain positions in the pathological image. A buffering control unit controls buffering based on information on the pathological diagnosis linked to each of the plurality of annotations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Masanori Sato
  • Patent number: 9025018
    Abstract: A user interface for operation of a scanning electron microscope device that combines lower magnification reference images and higher magnification images on the same screen to make it easier for a user who is not used to the high magnification of electron microscopes to readily determine where on the sample an image is being obtained and to understand the relationship between that image and the rest of the sample. Additionally, other screens, such as, for example, an archive screen and a settings screen allow the user to compare saved images and adjust the settings of the system, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Martinus Petrus Maria Bierhoff, Bart Buijsse, Cornelis Sander Kooijman, Hugo Van Leeuwen, Hendrik Gezinus Tappel, Colin August Sanford, Sander Richard Marie Stoks, Steven Berger, Ben Jacobus Marie Bormans, Koen Arnoldus Wilhelmus Driessen, Johannes Antonius Hendricus W.G. Persoon
  • Publication number: 20150116479
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including an image analysis unit which divides an entire image in which an entire observation target region is imaged into a plurality of regions, and then judges whether an observation target is present in each region, and an imaging control unit which controls imaging of partial images with a magnification higher than a magnification of the entire image corresponding to the regions based on judgment results of the image analysis unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masahiro Takahashi, Shinji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9020257
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for transforming an image from a Low Dynamic Range (LDR) image obtained with a given camera to a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, the method comprising: obtaining the exposure-pixel response curve (21) for said given camera converting the LDR image to HSB color space arrays (22), said HSB color space arrays including a Hue array, a Saturation array and a Brightness array; and determining a Radiance array (23, 24) by inverse mapping each pixel in said Brightness array using the inverse of the exposure-pixel response curve (f?1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmed H. El-Mahdy, Hisham E. El-Shishiny
  • Patent number: 9013572
    Abstract: A sample observation method of the present invention comprises a step of defining, with respect to an electron microscope image, an outline of an observation object with respect to a sample (3), or a plurality of points located along the outline, and a step of arranging a plurality of fields of view for an electron microscope along the outline, wherein electron microscope images of the plurality of fields of view that have been defined and arranged along the shape of the observation object through each of the above-mentioned steps are acquired. It is thus made possible to provide a sample observation method that is capable of selectively acquiring, with respect to observation objects of various shapes, an electron microscope image based on a field of view definition that is in accordance with the shape of the observation object, as well as an electron microscope apparatus that realizes such a sample observation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Akiko Fujisawa, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Eiko Nakazawa