Hazardous Or Inaccessible Patents (Class 348/82)
  • Patent number: 11361650
    Abstract: A wireless leak alarm, and wireless valve, apparatus, system, and a method thereof, which may be implemented with leak detectors for any type of fluid, liquid, or gas. The device maybe implemented with any type of sensory detector, such as, for example, a temperature, a moisture, a Carbon Monoxide, a Carbon Dioxide detector. The invention allows the use of a wireless, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi leak detector and monitor. The invention further relates to a system, method, and apparatus for a wireless, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi leak detector, monitor and valve controller. The inventive device includes the ability to communicate via voice message, text message, image, video recording and/or live video, email, and other wireless communication methods as desired by a user responsible for knowing of an event of a fluid or water leak. The Wireless Leak Alarm further has a side camera, side LED, NIR LED, light sensor, and solar panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Vidtek Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Jalilian, Mohammadali Jalilian, Amir Babaei
  • Patent number: 11343428
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes an imaging device and a processor. The processor is configured to determine brightness of an image when the imaging apparatus is operating in a second operation mode. The processor is configured to increase imaging sensitivity of the imaging device when the processor determines that the brightness is darker than or equal to a first brightness. The processor is configured to cause the imaging apparatus to operate in a first operation mode when the processor determines that the brightness is darker than or equal to a second brightness darker than the first brightness after the processor increases the imaging sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuya Totsuka
  • Patent number: 11204436
    Abstract: Utility locators for providing information about hidden or buried pipes or other cavities are disclosed. A locator may be configured to provide positional information associated with the buried utility based on signals received from a line trace signal and a sonde signal and present the positional information on a visual display or other output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Michael J. Martin
  • Patent number: 11175277
    Abstract: A device for evaluating the condition of a wooden structure, including: a shaft; a distance sensor coupled to the shaft; and an image capture device coupled to the shaft, the distance sensor being configured to measure a location of the image capture device in the wooden structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Randal K. More
  • Patent number: 11047516
    Abstract: Pipe inspection systems including cameras and camera control units (CCU) are disclosed. A CCU may include a switching circuit for automatically controlling power to elements of the CCU in response to movement of a display cover. A display of the CCU may display captured images and/or video, which may be integrated with data provided by a buried object locator or other device. The CCU may include a retractable kickstand assembly and a stowable handle, which may be removably attached to a cable storage reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Dawn E. Shaffer, Eric M. Chapman, Jesse O. Casares
  • Patent number: 11030735
    Abstract: A method for characterizing damage to bits or bottom hole assemblies can include identifying, via a supervised learning model, a location, an extent, a type, a consistency, or any combination thereof of damage to a bit or a bottom hole assembly from an image of the bit or the bottom hole assembly. A graphical output is generated based on the damage to the at least one component of the bit or the bottom hole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Spivey, Paul E. Pastusek, Derek M. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 10832397
    Abstract: The present application relates to a method of assisting analysis of a radiation image and a system using the same, which belongs to the field of image processing. A method of assisting analysis of a radiation image includes: acquiring a radiation image to be analyzed; acquiring customs declaration information of the radiation image to be analyzed; acquiring a feature-matched historical image from a typical image library according to the radiation image to be analyzed; and/or acquiring a standard image and/or detailed customs declaration information of the standard image according to the customs declaration information of the radiation image to be analyzed. The method of assisting analysis of a radiation image and the system using the same may assist an image inspection person to judge whether or not the current radiation image carries violation items, whether or not a concealing or missing report occurs and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Chen, Yuanjing Li, Xianghao Wu, Jundi Dai, Yange Du, Limin Liu
  • Patent number: 10829910
    Abstract: An image display system for a work machine includes an imaging device mounted to a work machine including a working unit having a working implement, an attitude detector detecting an attitude of the working unit, a distance detector determining information about distance to an object to be worked by the work machine, and a processor using information about position of the working implement obtained using an attitude of the working unit, and information about position of the object to be worked obtained from the information about distance from the work machine to an object to be worked, determined by the distance detector, generating an image of a portion corresponding to the working implement, on the object to be worked opposing the working implement, combining the generated image with an image of the object to be worked imaged by the imaging device, and displaying the combined image on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yoshinada, Takanobu Tanimoto
  • Patent number: 10742959
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a novel multi-layer node network to reliably determine depth based on a plurality of input sources (e.g., cameras, microphones, etc.) that may be arranged with deviations from an ideal alignment or placement. Determined depths are used, in some embodiments, to process data captured by the plurality of input sources. Other embodiments use the calculated depth to determine whether warnings must be provided or other actions taken. Some embodiments train the multi-layer network using a set of inputs generated with random misalignments incorporated into the training set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PERCEIVE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Mihal, Steven Teig
  • Patent number: 10719125
    Abstract: One disclosed example provides a head-mounted device configured to control a plurality of light sources of a handheld object and acquire image data comprising a sequence of environmental tracking exposures in which the plurality of light sources are controlled to have a lower integrated intensity and handheld object tracking exposures in which the plurality of light sources are controlled to have a higher integrated intensity. The instructions are further executable to detect, via an environmental tracking exposure, one or more features of the surrounding environment, determine a pose of the head-mounted device based upon the one or more features of the surrounding environment detected, detect via a handheld object tracking exposure the plurality of light sources of the handheld object, determine a pose of the handheld object relative to the head-mounted device based upon the plurality of light sources detected, and output the pose of the handheld object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Drew Steedly, Michael Edward Samples, Alexandru Octavian Balan, William Douglas Guyman, Vuk Jovanovic, Taras Khapko, Ivan Razumenic, Vladimir Carapic, Martin Thomas Shetter, Jelena Mojasevic, Andrew C. Goris, Marko Bezulj
  • Patent number: 10652448
    Abstract: The present embodiment relates to a camera module comprising: a first body; a second body coupled to the first body; a lens unit coupled to the second body; a circuit substrate unit located in an internal space formed by the first body and the second body and having an image sensor mounted thereon; and a focusing unit formed in the second body, and moving and fixing the lens unit or the circuit substrate unit in an optical axis direction of the lens unit, wherein a distance between the lens unit and the image sensor in the optical axis direction is adjusted through the focusing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung Ryong Park
  • Patent number: 10647282
    Abstract: A vision system for a vehicle includes at least one underbody camera disposed at an underside of a vehicle and having a field of view encompassing a ground surface under the vehicle and being traveled on by the vehicle. The underbody camera captures image data as the vehicle is moving. A control includes an image processor that processes image data captured by the underbody camera. The control, responsive to processing of image data captured by the underbody camera, detects an object under the vehicle that is greater than a threshold height. The control, responsive to detection of the object, generates an output to inform a driver of the vehicle of the detected object under the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Church, Clarence P. McElroy, Timothy M. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10603128
    Abstract: A hand-held electromechanical surgical device configured to selectively connect with a surgical accessory, is provided and includes a handle assembly having a power pack with a core assembly. The core assembly includes a plurality of motors, with each motor having a rotatable drive shaft extending therefrom, wherein each drive shaft is parallel to one another; a processor connected to and configured to control each motor; and a battery electrically connected to the processor and each motor. The power pack includes an inner housing encasing at least the plurality of motors, the processor, and the battery. The handle assembly includes an outer shell housing configured to selectively encase substantially the entire power pack therein, wherein a rotation from each rotatable drive shaft of each motor is transmitted through the inner housing and the outer shell housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Earl M. Zergiebel, Matthew Chowaniec
  • Patent number: 10554897
    Abstract: A device comprises a flame detector, a camera, a mounting device, and a network connection device. The camera has a first field of view that overlaps a second field of view of the flame detector. The mounting device comprises one or more motors to change the first field of view and the second field of view, and the network connection device is configured to provide communication between an output of the flame detector, an output of the camera, and a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Abhishek Mathur, Michael Weinstein, Sateesh Kumar Nukala
  • Patent number: 10408770
    Abstract: A video borescope device for visualizing hard to reach spaces includes a tube that is flexible and configured to insert into a space, such as defined by an engine. A camera is coupled to a first end of the tube and is operationally coupled to the optical relay that is positioned in the tube. A coupler that is coupled to a second end of the tube is configured to operationally couple the optical relay to a computer. A plurality of bulbs that is coupled to the first end of the tube is configured to provide illumination. Programming code that is positioned on the computer enables a user to compel the camera to capture an image, such as a still picture and a video, and to transfer the image to the optical relay. The optical relay is positioned to relay the image to the computer to present on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: George Glover
  • Patent number: 10371305
    Abstract: Pipe inspection systems including cameras and camera control units (CCU) are disclosed. A CCU may include a switching circuit for automatically controlling power to elements of the CCU in response to movement of a display cover. A display of the CCU may display captured images and/or video, which may be integrated with data provided by a buried object locator or other device. The CCU may include a retractable kickstand assembly and a stowable handle, which may be removably attached to a cable storage reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Dawn E Shaffer, Eric M. Chapman, Jesse O. Casares
  • Patent number: 10326966
    Abstract: One or more aspects relates to monitoring conditions under a raised floor in a data center. A grid of raised floor tiles has regular floor tiles interspersed with sensor floor tiles. The sensor floor tiles include: one or more sensors to monitor conditions under the raised floor; and one or more cameras to collect images of conditions under the raised floor. A sensor controller is used to locate a sensor tile with a sensor condition that is out-of-band from a reference condition band; and an image controller is used to locate an image difference corresponding to the out-of-band sensor condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10187614
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for an inspection system, in particular, to a sewer and pipe, respectively, inspection system comprising a rotation module, which is coupled to a pivoting housing, wherein the rotation module is rotatable about its longitudinal axis relatively to the pivoting housing, and wherein the rotation module comprises a slip ring for signal and energy transmission, respectively, between the rotation module and the pivoting housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IPEK INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Henn, Fabian Zahnd
  • Patent number: 10097814
    Abstract: A fire monitoring system 1 having at least a first and a second monitoring camera 4, 5 for outputting monitoring images 4.a; 5.1, wherein the viewing fields 6, 7 of the first and the second monitoring camera 4, 5 overlap in a common monitoring region 8, having an evaluation device 9 for identifying a fire 2, 3 in the monitoring images 4.1, 5.1 is constructed, wherein the evaluation device 9 is constructed to output positional information of the fire 2, 3 by way of evaluating the monitoring images 4.a, 5.1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Hanses, Joerg Turner
  • Patent number: 10060097
    Abstract: An excavation system is disclosed for use with an excavation machine having a work tool and with an IPCC. The excavation system may have a location device configured to generate a first signal indicative of a location of the excavation machine, a display, and at least one controller in communication with the location device and the display. The controller may be configured to receive a second signal indicative of a location of the IPCC, and to cause representations of the excavation machine and the IPCC to be simultaneously shown on the display based on the first and second signals. The at least one controller may also be configured to determine a swing radius of the work tool, and to selectively cause an indication of alignment between the IPCC and the swing radius to be shown on the display based on the first signal, the second signal, and the swing radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Russell Friend, Kenneth L. Stratton, Michael Edward Brandt, James D. Humphrey, James William Ryan
  • Patent number: 10019654
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for recognizing object sub-types in images. One of the methods includes receiving training data; selecting training data for an image; determining whether to randomly permute a value of a property of the selected image; providing, to a deep neural network, the particular training data or the randomly permuted particular training data; receiving, from the deep neural network, output data indicating a predicted label for an object sub-type for an object depicted in the selected image, and a confidence score that represents a likelihood that the object has the object sub-type; updating one or more weights in the deep neural network using an expected output value, the predicted label, and the confidence score; and providing the deep neural network to a mobile device for use detecting whether one or more images depict objects having the particular object sub-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Andrea Pisoni
  • Patent number: 9986210
    Abstract: One or more aspects relates to monitoring conditions under a raised floor in a data center. A grid of raised floor tiles has regular floor tiles interspersed with sensor floor tiles. The sensor floor tiles include: one or more sensors to monitor conditions under the raised floor; and one or more cameras to collect images of conditions under the raised floor. A sensor controller is used to locate a sensor tile with a sensor condition that is out-of-band from a reference condition band; and an image controller is used to locate an image difference corresponding to the out-of-band sensor condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9866803
    Abstract: An intrinsically safe video inspection system intended for use in a Class I, Zone 0 area is capable of visually surveying hazardous area locations; where the potential for fire or explosion exists because of gases, dust, or easily ignitable fibers in the atmosphere. The intrinsically safe camera of the present invention has the distinct ability to be used all areas that require increased safety and works in various hazardous environments, allowing users the ability to remotely view and inspect various mines, silos, and storage tanks. The inspection system includes a low power, high 3.2 megapixel resolution camera with digital zoom capability that allows for the close inspection and examination and utilizes an LED fiber light pipe for illumination needs. The video inspection system of the present invention provides for the illumination in various cavity sizes, while reducing the risk of unintended accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Leonard Pool
  • Patent number: 9823460
    Abstract: A blade inspection apparatus has a borescope and a PC. The borescope has a distance sensor for detecting an insertion length when an insertion section of the borescope is inserted through a hole provided in a casing in which a rotor of an engine is housed, an acceleration sensor for detecting an attitude of the insertion section, and distance sensors for detecting two distances from the insertion section to two stator vanes on a stator. The PC compares the attitude and two distances detected in the borescope with the attitude and two distances relating to an inspection image stored in a HDD. When a match occurs therebetween, the PC outputs match information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Kobayashi, Yutaka Konomura, Fumio Hori
  • Patent number: 9717476
    Abstract: The probe includes a probe body that includes an internal empty space and is configured to be inserted into a coelom; an energy source module that is disposed in the probe body, and configured to emit an energy beam; first and second view windows that are provided at an end portion of the probe body, have different fields of view, and are configured to transmit the emitted energy beam; and a path changing unit that is disposed in the probe body, and configured to change a traveling path of the emitted energy beam to travel to one of the first view window and the second view window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woon-bae Kim, Woo-young Jang, Min-seog Choi
  • Patent number: 9657995
    Abstract: Provided is an outer casing having a bottomed tube shape, the casing having a cooling water supply port, and a cooling water discharge port, and being inserted into a high-temperature furnace; an inner casing having a bottomed tube shape inserted into the outer casing; an imaging unit that is disposed in the inner casing which captures an image of the exterior of the outer casing; and partition members that are between an inner surface of the outer casing and an outer surface of the inner casing which define a first flow channel, a second flow channel, and a communicating channel for communicating the first flow channel and the second flow channel between the bottom of the outer casing and the partition members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENVIRONMENTAL & CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nagai, Tomohiro Harada, Akira Noma, Toshimasa Shirai
  • Patent number: 9511443
    Abstract: A welding system includes a first sensor associated with a welding helmet and configured to sense a parameter indicative of a position of a welding torch relative to the welding helmet. The travel speed sensing system also includes a processing system communicatively coupled to the first sensor and configured to determine a position of the welding torch relative to a workpiece based on the sensed first parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Andrew Pfeifer, William Todd Watson, Richard Martin Hutchison, William Joshua Becker
  • Patent number: 9360205
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for a vacuum apparatus that allows light to enter the inside of the vacuum apparatus through an observation window and makes it possible to see the inside of the vacuum apparatus through the observation window by illuminating the inside of the vacuum apparatus includes a coupling adapter that is removably coupled to the observation window via a coupling unit, an opening that is formed in a central part of the coupling adapter and allows the inside of the vacuum apparatus to be seen through the observation window, and a plurality of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that are placed in the coupling adapter and face the observation window. The lighting apparatus is attached to the observation window for seeing the inside of the vacuum apparatus and illuminates the inside of the vacuum apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: AVC Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Sasaki, Akio Chiba
  • Patent number: 9274063
    Abstract: The invention is a building inspection device for inspecting a side of a building comprising a body having a underside, a line attachment means connected to the body for movably connecting the body to a guide line, an alignment means for aligning the body so that the underside of the body faces the side of the building, a system controller for controlling the inspection device, and a sensing device disposed in the body having a sensor located on the underside of the body for inspecting a portion of the side of the building, wherein the sensing device is controlled by the system controller. The line attachment means may be connected to a vertical weight-bearing guide line, and the alignment means may comprise a second vertical guide line also connected to the line attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: FTD Highrise Inspection Inc.
    Inventor: Jozef Sobotka
  • Patent number: 9196032
    Abstract: A process is provided for estimating a three-dimensional (3D) radiance field of a combustion process in an enclosure. An on-line intensity-temperature calibration is performed based on an association between an intensity of an image pixel and an actual temperature associated with a selected region in the enclosure. The intensity of the corresponding image is transformed to a radiance image based on settings of an image-capturing device and the on-line calibration. A registration and alignment estimation of the image is performed based on positional information of the enclosure. The radiance image is aligned based on the registration estimation. The 3D radiance field having voxels of the enclosure is estimated based on a two-dimensional to 3D transforming of the aligned radiance images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Kraus, Kwong Wing Au, Matthew Martin, Sharath Venkatesha, Stefano Bietto
  • Patent number: 9195044
    Abstract: An optical probe (10) including one or more optical elements (32), and an inner tube (30) to house the optical elements. The inner tube may be made up of at least two cooperating inner tube sections (34, 36) separable from one another along a longitudinal axis of the inner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC
    Inventors: Dennis H. Lemieux, David W. Fox, James P. Williams
  • Patent number: 9191558
    Abstract: A radiation tolerant camera, including a camera module and having an electronic image sensor. The camera module is arranged in a radiation shielding enclosure, the enclosure having an opening for allowing passage of light into the image sensor. Furthermore, the camera module is connected to a heat absorbing cooling element dissipating heat from the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ISEC Industrial Security AB
    Inventor: Niklas Barringer
  • Patent number: 9161682
    Abstract: A medical system includes a movable portion configured to allow an angle to be changed within a predetermined angular range, an actuator configured to drive the movable portion so as to change the angle of the movable portion when a wire is pulled, a control unit configured to perform drive control of the actuator, a slack detection unit configured to detect a driving condition as to whether or not the wire is slack, a slack adjustment unit configured to adjust slack of the wire based on a detection result produced by the slack detection unit; and a slack adjustment command input unit used to input a command to adjust the slack of the wire, wherein the slack adjustment unit adjusts the slack of the wire to a predetermined state of adjustment in response to the command to adjust the slack of the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Umemoto, Kazuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9144714
    Abstract: A ball-shaped camera thrown or projected into an airborne trajectory, and an image capture system with network devices collaborating for the purpose of generating panoramic images and video sourced from network ball cameras, and ball cameras capable of capturing stable image and video while spinning, spiraling or precessing through a trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Steven J. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9113064
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus includes an image pickup portion and a recording portion that records an image signal based on an output signal from the image pickup portion, for executing a shooting operation with a behavior of a photographer as a trigger, and obtaining a desired static image by performing an automatic manipulation processing of the acquired image; the image pickup apparatus comprising: a posture detection portion that detects a change of posture or moving situation of the image pickup apparatus, and a control portion that controls the execution of shooting operation based on the output signal of the posture detection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Kimiharu Asami, Eriko Kagami, Yuji Nakamura, Tsugumoto Kosugiyama, Kazuya Nakabe, Sachiko Tajima
  • Patent number: 9089921
    Abstract: An arc welder including an integrated monitor is disclosed. The monitor is capable of monitoring variables during a welding process and weighting the variables accordingly, quantifying overall quality of a weld, obtaining and using data indicative of a good weld, improving production and quality control for an automated welding process, teaching proper welding techniques, identifying cost savings for a welding process, and deriving optimal welding settings to be used as pre-sets for different welding processes or applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Daniel, Bruce J. Chantry
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150130924
    Abstract: An illumination device for attachment to a hose has a housing coupled to the hose. The housing allows a substance from the hose to flow through the housing. An electronic circuit is stored in an interior of the housing to illuminate an area in front of the hose and to transmit data to and from the illumination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: James A. MABRY, JR., Danny Kleitsch, Thomas Smith
  • Patent number: 9025080
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera and a camera housing structured to at least partially enclose the camera. The camera comprises an internal heat sink thermally coupled to electronics of the camera and a lens ring positioned around a lens of the camera. The camera housing comprises a thermal conductor. An interior portion of the thermal conductor makes contact with the lens ring when the camera is enclosed within the housing, and an exterior portion extends outside the housing. The thermal conductor is configured to transfer heat from the interior of the housing to the exterior to dissipate heat from the camera's electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Samuels, David Christophe Northway
  • Patent number: 9013573
    Abstract: A method for knowledge capture of exploration and production (E&P) tool sessions, including performing, using an E&P tool configured on a computer system, a first E&P tool session based on a subterranean formation field data set, recording a video capture of a plurality of scenes generated by the E&P tool and displayed during the first E&P tool session, capturing a description associated with a first scene of the plurality of scenes, wherein the first scene is assigned a time stamp corresponding to a specific point in time of a time line of the video capture, tagging the description with the time stamp included in a log of the video capture, and storing the video capture and the log of the video capture, wherein the description is synchronized with the specific point in time of the first scene based on the time stamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Fitzpatrick, Lisa Miriah Ashcroft, Patrick Daniel Dineen, Floyd Louis Broussard, III
  • Publication number: 20150103158
    Abstract: A wireless micro-camera is present on an expandable band that can be placed on various tools and devices to allow its user to view difficult-to-see locations on the screen of the user's smart device. The band can also include a light and charging mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Cornelius Burris, Joel Christian Burris, Jared Christopher Burris
  • Publication number: 20150092039
    Abstract: Turbine engine casing interiors are visually inspected in a fully assembled turbine casing by mounting an optical camera on a turbine blade that captures optical images, such as of the casing abradable surface. Optical images are recorded as the blade circumferentially sweeps the turbine casing when the turbine is operated in turning gear mode or manually rotated. Blade rotational position data are collected by a rotational position sensor. A data processing system correlates the captured optical images and rotational position data about the turbine casing circumference. This method and apparatus provide an accurate and cost effective solution for accessing a turbine casing interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest R. Ruhge, Clifford Hatcher, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150085100
    Abstract: An pest detector includes an atrium at least one tunnel that funnels the pest into the atrium. The pest detector further includes at least one sensor pointed at the atrium or the tunnel. The pest detector further includes a camera pointed at the atrium that photographs an pest when the pest is detected by the at least one sensor. The pest detector further includes a communicator that sends a notification if an pest is detected by the at least one sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Micholas Raschella, Michael Masterman
  • Patent number: 8988522
    Abstract: A visual inspection device includes a body having a support portion and a grip portion extending from the support portion. The device also includes a flexible cable having a first end portion coupled to the body and a second end portion, and a camera assembly coupled to the second end portion of the flexible cable. The camera assembly includes an image sensor operable to transmit image data through the flexible cable. The device further includes a display supported by the support portion of the body. The display is electrically connected to the flexible cable to display image date from the image sensor. The device is powered by a rechargeable battery pack removably coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Schneider, Rick Gray, Raymond Wai-Man Chan, Desmond Wai-Nang Tse, Errol John U. Badajos, Derek Chiu-Hing Chow, Hugues Marie R. F. Sanoner, Paul Fry
  • Publication number: 20150054939
    Abstract: A method of generating a comprehensive image (87) of interior surfaces (78, 80) of machine components such as a gas turbine combustor basket (59) and transition duct (34) by digitally stitching together multiple photographs (82) thereof, and analyzing the comprehensive image by contouring (91, 95A-B) of colors and shadings thereon, and quantifying and tracking aspects of the contours (A, B, C) over time for indications of degradation (89) of the interior surfaces. A scope (58) may be inserted into a port (56) in the combustor with a camera (72, 74) in a rotatable end (70) of the scope for obtaining a circumferential set (84) of photos at each axial position along a length of the combustor and transition duct. A 3D surface scanning device (76) in the scope may define the geometry of the interior surface for 3D photographic modeling thereof providing a virtual walk-through inspection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua DeAscanis, William D. Clark, Clifford Hatcher, JR., Forrest R. Ruhge
  • Patent number: 8964021
    Abstract: A Radiation tolerant camera, including a camera module and having an electronic image sensor. The camera module is arranged in a radiation shielding enclosure, the enclosure having an opening for allowing passage of light into the image sensor. Furthermore, the camera module is connected to a heat absorbing cooling element dissipating heat from the camera module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: ISEC Industrial Security AB
    Inventor: Niklas Barringer
  • Patent number: 8953032
    Abstract: In one general embodiment, a system for viewing partially or fully enclosed areas comprises a camera coupled to a first end of an elongated member and at least one interface for communicating with a viewing device. The system also includes a controller coupled to a second end of the elongated member for controlling at least one of the member, the camera, and the viewing device, wherein the elongated member has a cross sectional area of less than about one square inch at a point toward the first end of the elongated member. Additional systems and methods are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Dominic M. Kotab, Jarrod Hicks
  • Publication number: 20150035969
    Abstract: A blade inspection apparatus has a borescope and a PC. The borescope has a distance sensor for detecting an insertion length when an insertion section of the borescope is inserted through a hole provided in a casing in which a rotor of an engine is housed, an acceleration sensor for detecting an attitude of the insertion section, and distance sensors for detecting two distances from the insertion section to two stator vanes on a stator. The PC compares the attitude and two distances detected in the borescope with the attitude and two distances relating to an inspection image stored in a HDD. When a match occurs therebetween, the PC outputs match information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Eiichi KOBAYASHI, Yutaka KONOMURA, Fumio HORI
  • Publication number: 20150035968
    Abstract: Regarding a blade inspection system, each of endo scope guide devices for a borescope has an insertion portion guide tube for guiding an insertion portion and a first fixing portion which is provided on the insertion portion guide tube and fixes the insertion portion guide tube in a corresponding external access port. When the insertion portion is attached into the insertion portion guide tube, lengths of extending portions of the endoscope guide devices are different between the plurality of endoscope guide devices extending from the corresponding external access port so that a position for observing a predetermined portion of a blade by an observation optical system of the insertion portion comes to a position determined in advance for each of the corresponding external access ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yutaka KONOMURA, Eiichi KOBAYASHI, Fumio HORI
  • Publication number: 20150035967
    Abstract: An embedded imaging system in one embodiment includes an encoding module, an imaging module, and a cable. The encoding module is disposed proximate to a proximal end of the system, and is configured to encode frame synchronizing information into timing information comprising a reference clock. The imaging module is disposed proximate the distal end, and includes an image capture device configured to obtain imaging information and a decoding module. The decoding control module is configured to obtain the timing information, to decode the timing information to obtain recovered frame synchronizing information, and to control the image capture device using the recovered frame synchronizing information. The cable is interposed between the proximal end and the distal end, and is configured for passage therethrough of the timing information and the imaging information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gideon Wodnicki, Sora Kim, Ansas Matthias Kasten, Kevin Coombs, Clark Alexander Bendall, Jonathan David Short