Miscellaneous Patents (Class 353/122)
  • Patent number: 10345593
    Abstract: Configurations are disclosed for a health system to be used in various healthcare applications, e.g., for patient diagnostics, monitoring, and/or therapy. The health system may comprise a light generation module to transmit light or an image to a user, one or more sensors to detect a physiological parameter of the user's body, including their eyes, and processing circuitry to analyze an input received in response to the presented images to determine one or more health conditions or defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicole Elizabeth Samec, John Graham Macnamara, Christopher M. Harrises, Brian T. Schowengerdt, Rony Abovitz, Mark Baerenrodt
  • Patent number: 10317579
    Abstract: An optical device (100) is disclosed, comprising a collimator (110) and a first lenslet array (130, 430) and a second lenslet array (140, 440). The first lenslet array and the second lenslet array are provided with the same tessellation pattern, aligned with each other and arranged such that a projection (150) of a light source (122) is focused on the second lenslet array, which is configured to emit non-focused light. At least some of the lenslets of the second array are formed such that a ratio of their sagittal and meridional dimensions varies at least along the meridional direction (M) of the second lenslet array, based on the varying shape of the projection of the light source as seen by said lenslets, so as to achieve an improved mixing, intensity and uniformity of light emitted from the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Oliver Dross
  • Patent number: 10282159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image transfer system that transmits an image generated by an information processing apparatus to an image displaying apparatus. Upon detecting an instruction for starting the display of information relating to a network group that is formed via a network and includes the image displaying apparatus, the information processing apparatus that is connected to the image displaying apparatus via the network transmits an instruction for causing a group information image including information relating to the network group to be displayed to the image displaying apparatus via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Oka
  • Patent number: 10261333
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure may take the form of a projection module for projecting onto a projection surface. The projection module includes a light source emitting a beam of light, a diffractive optical element in optical communication with the light source, the diffractive optical element acts to split the beam of light into a plurality of diffracted light beams, a lens assembly in optical communication with the diffractive optical element and configured to converge the diffracted light beams onto the projection surface, and a motion assembly connected to at least one of the light source or the lens assembly. The motion assembly changes an orientation of the diffractive light beams relative to the lens assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Kosakura
  • Patent number: 10254899
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a touch substrate; a waveguide layer arranged on the touch substrate, the waveguide layer including a plurality of waveguides; an optical output structure arranged on the waveguide layer and configured to output light propagating in the plurality of waveguides at touched locations on the touch substrate; a gap layer arranged to provide a predetermined gap between the waveguide layer and the optical output structure; and an optical system, which projects light output by the optical output structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Won-taek Seo, Seung-hoon Han, Hong-seok Lee, Wan-joo Maeng
  • Patent number: 10247547
    Abstract: An optical pattern projector used for projecting a structured-light pattern onto an object for dimensioning is presented. The optical pattern projector utilizes a laser array, a lenslet array, a lens, and a diffractive optical element to create a repeated pattern of projected dots. The pattern repetition is based on the grid pattern of laser array. Each laser's collimated beam, when projected through the lens, impinges on the diffractive optical element from a slightly different direction. The diffractive optical element creates a sub-patterns that continue propagating along these different directions and combine on a target to produce a repeating optical pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Serge Thuries, Alain Gillet, Bernard Puybras
  • Patent number: 10234901
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a suspension unit comprising: a first part coupled to a display assembly; a second part coupled to an apparatus body; and a suspension part coupled at one end to the first part and at another end to the second part, configured to suspend the first part relative to the second part by the bending force of the suspension part, such that the display assembly is movable relative to the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Pasi Kemppinen, Mikko Jyrkinen
  • Patent number: 10225541
    Abstract: A stereoscopic display apparatus includes: a projector of a planar shape that projects images by using light acquired by dividing light rays; an optical device of a planar shape that outputs incident light incident from a first face from a second face; and a supporting unit that supports at least one of the projector and the optical device to be in a first state or a second state in an orthogonal three-dimensional coordinate system. The optical device outputs incident light incident from a first point on a projection surface of the projector to a second point having plane symmetry with respect to a plane of the optical device as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TIANMA JAPAN, LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Masumura, Tetsushi Sato, Koji Shigemura
  • Patent number: 10216262
    Abstract: A force measurement system includes a force measurement assembly with a top surface configured to receive at least one portion of the body of a subject and at least one force transducer configured to sense forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface; at least one visual display device having an output screen configured to at least partially circumscribe three sides of a torso of the subject, and one or more data processing devices operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly and the at least one visual display device. In one or more embodiments, the force measurement assembly may be in the form of an instrumented treadmill. In one or more further embodiments, the force measurement system may additionally comprise a motion capture system configured to detect the motion of one or more body gestures of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Benjamin Robert Hoffman, Sasan Ghassab, Jaswandi Tushar Pitale
  • Patent number: 10181193
    Abstract: Various methods and systems for reducing the effects of latency in a camera-projection system are described herein. A method includes recording, via a camera, a plurality of frames of one or more moving objects, wherein at least one of the moving objects is a target object to have an image projected thereupon. The method can include analyzing the recorded frames of the one or more moving objects to determine a predicted path of the target object. Additionally, the method can include projecting, via a projection device, an image onto the target object using the predicted path of the target object to compensate for a predetermined system latency. The method can include recording a plurality of frames of the target object and the image. The method can include adjusting the predicted path of the target object until an offset between the target object and the image is below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jarrod Knibbe, Hrvoje Benko, Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 10157458
    Abstract: A laser projection system for projecting an image on a workpiece includes a photogrammetry assembly and a laser projector, each communicating with a computer. The photogrammetry assembly includes a first camera for scanning the workpiece, and the laser projector projects a laser image to arbitrary locations. Light is conveyed from the direction of the workpiece to the photogrammetry assembly. The photogrammetry assembly signals the coordinates light conveyed toward the photogrammetry assembly to the computer with the computer being programmable for determining a geometric location of the laser image. The computer establishes a geometric correlation between the photogrammetry assembly, the laser projector, and the workpiece for realigning the laser image to a corrected geometric location relative to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Virtek Vision International, ULC
    Inventor: Kurt D. Rueb
  • Patent number: 10133187
    Abstract: A light irradiation apparatus (31) includes a light source unit (40) and an irradiation optical system (5). In the light source unit, light source parts (4) arrayed in a plane emit laser light toward the irradiation optical system from different directions along the plane, and by the irradiation optical system, the laser light is guided along an optical axis (J1) to an irradiation plane (320). The irradiation optical system includes a division lens part (62), an optical path length difference generation part (61), and a condensing lens part (63). The division lens part includes element lenses (620) that divide light incident from the light source parts. The optical path length difference generation part includes transparent parts (610) having different optical path lengths from each other, and light that has passed through the element lenses respectively enters the transparent parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Furuya, Masahiko Kokubo, Fujikazu Kitamura, Masaki Sasada
  • Patent number: 10121236
    Abstract: An automatic alignment apparatus applicable to assembly of an optical output module and associated methods are provided. The automatic alignment apparatus includes: an alignment tool, a beam splitter, cameras, and a processing circuit. The alignment tool is arranged to hold parts of the optical output module, and align the parts to each other according to at least one movement control signal, where the parts include a radiation source module and an optical component module. The cameras capture images to generate image signals carrying the images, and the beam splitter splits the optical path into associated sub-paths. The processing circuit generates at least one movement control signal according to at least one image signal within the image signals to perform movement control of at least one part of the parts. The alignment tool automatically aligns the parts to each other according to the at least one movement control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Kuan-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 10097744
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an illumination device, a beam splitter, an imaging device, and an image forming circuit. The illumination device includes first emitters emitting first light polarized at 30°, second emitters emitting second light polarized at 90°, and third emitters emitting third light polarized at 150°, and illuminates a subject with the first, second, and/or third light. The beam splitter splits returning light and outputs a first component polarized at 0°, a second component polarized at 60°, and a third component polarized at 120°. The imaging device has an imaging surface that includes a first region receiving the first component, a second region receiving the second component, and a third region receiving the third component. The image forming circuit generates an image of the subject based on first, second, and third groups of images acquired when the subject is illuminated with the first, second, and third light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kanamori, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10096528
    Abstract: A method for critical dimension control in which a substrate is received having an underlying layer and a patterned layer formed on the underlying layer, the patterned layer including radiation-sensitive material and a pattern of varying elevation with a first critical dimension. The method further includes applying an overcoat layer over the patterned layer, the overcoat layer containing a photo agent selected from a photosensitizer generator compound, a photosensitizer compound, a photoacid generator compound, a photoactive agent, an acid-containing compound, or a combination of two or more thereof. The overcoat layer is then exposed to electromagnetic radiation, wherein the dose of electromagnetic radiation applied to different regions of the substrate is varied, and then the overcoat layer and patterned layer are heated. The method further includes developing the overcoat layer and the patterned layer to alter the first critical dimension of the patterned layer to a second critical dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Anton J. deVilliers, Michael A. Carcasi
  • Patent number: 10088409
    Abstract: Images are formed from first and second polarized images acquired through illumination of the subject with first illumination light beams, and third and fourth polarized images acquired through illumination of the subject with second illumination light beams. Images of a subject are formed from translated first, second, third, and fourth polarized images, acquired from first and second luminous point images. The first bright spots appear on the first polarized image when the first illumination light beams are mirror-reflected off the subject. The second bright spots appear on the fourth polarized image when the second illumination light beams are mirror-reflected off the subject. The image forming circuit forms images of the subject by calculating a difference between a first average image, obtained by averaging the translated first and fourth polarized images, and a second average image, obtained by averaging the translated second and third polarized images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kanamori, Jun Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10073336
    Abstract: A projection system including a safety detection system for a protected space, said projection system including a projection light source, a projection imaging system, a projection lens system, a detection source comprising at least of a detection light source and a detection camera comprising at least of a detection sensor, characterized by the fact that the optical axis of the projection source is identical to the optical axis of the detection source and the detection camera at least in the protected space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BARCO N.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Maes, Augustin Grillet
  • Patent number: 10068507
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus 1 includes an image forming unit 12 that forms an image on a recording medium, a visible image forming unit 50 that forms a visible image in the air, a controller 100 that causes the visible image forming unit 50 to form the visible image representing a print image, an operation detection unit 60 that detects an operation of an operator performed on the print image displayed as the visible image by the visible image forming unit 50, and a print image processing unit 101 that processes the print image according to the operation detected by the operation detection unit 60. The controller 100 causes the visible image forming unit 50 to form, in the air, the visible image representing the print image processed by the print image processing unit 101.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takeo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10044996
    Abstract: A method for projecting information issued from a digital design model. Calibration is performed by acquiring characteristic data originating from a surface of interest and comparing the characteristic data with virtual data issued from the digital design model. A spatial position of a projecting device is determined. The projecting device comprises a video projector and at least two separate image-capturing devices. Depending on the spatial position, information issued from the digital design model is projected by the video projector onto the surface of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS
    Inventors: Nicolas Chevassus, Denis Marraud, Antoine Tarault, Xavier Perrotton
  • Patent number: 10036958
    Abstract: Laser light from a light source part is guided to an irradiation plane by an irradiation optical system including element lenses and transparent parts. Light fluxes having passed through the element lenses respectively enter the transparent parts. A light condensing part superimposes irradiation regions of the light fluxes on the irradiation plane. When viewed in the arrangement direction of the element lenses, the light fluxes regarded as parallel light enter the light condensing part which includes a diverging lens for causing the parallel light to diverge in a Y direction perpendicular to the arrangement direction, and a converging lens for causing the light from the diverging lens to converge on the irradiation plane. This configuration readily achieves a design where the focal length of the light condensing part regarding the Y direction is reduced, and suppresses shifts in light condensing positions of the light fluxes on the irradiation plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Furuya, Masahiko Kokubo
  • Patent number: 10012831
    Abstract: Scanning apparatus includes a transmitter, which is configured to emit a beam comprising pulses of light, and a scanner, which is configured to scan the beam along a scan axis over a specified angular range. A scattering line extends across a path of the scanned beam. A receiver is configured to receive the light scattered from the scattering line and to generate an output indicative of an intensity of the scattered light. A controller is coupled to process the output of the receiver so as to monitor operation of the scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Niv Gilboa, Zeev Roth, Rafael Halfon, Oz Barak
  • Patent number: 10012892
    Abstract: A flexible blend filter for projectors is provided in a device comprising: a frame defining an open region; an elongated surface including a blending edge and an opposite edge; the elongated surface being flexible at least in a plane defined by the blending edge and the opposite edge; the elongated surface pivotably connected to the frame at one or more points; the blending edge spanning at least a portion of the open region; and, an actuator connected to the elongated surface, the actuator configured to move the elongated surface thereby flexing the blending edge in the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS USA, INC.
    Inventor: Gordon Harris
  • Patent number: 9965979
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display system and an encryption and decryption method thereof. The display system includes a display apparatus and a decryption apparatus. The decryption apparatus includes a decryption device which includes a decryption panel. The display apparatus generates encrypted first display light. The decryption panel decrypts the first display light according to a preset cipher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junwei Wang
  • Patent number: 9952520
    Abstract: A method for aligning a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method includes providing the semiconductor wafer having two alignment marks formed on an active region or on an edge region of the semiconductor wafer. An included angle that is formed between the two alignment marks in a circumferential direction of the semiconductor wafer is between about 12 degrees and about 36 degrees. The method further includes receiving the detection signal reflected from at least one of the first alignment mark and the second alignment mark. The method also includes determining a parameter by a control system based on the received detection signal and moving the semiconductor wafer according to the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shing-Kuei Lai, Wei-Yueh Tseng, Hsiao-Yi Wang, De-Fang Huang
  • Patent number: 9947287
    Abstract: A transparent display device for compensating for external environmental effects, such as color background overlapping, interference due to external light, and the like, which have an effect on an image, provides an original image with a minimized distortion to a viewer. According to the present disclosure, one or more sensors are provided on a front surface and a rear surface of the transparent display device to detect the viewer's line of sight and background, and to compensate for a distortion of the image based on color coordinates estimated according to the detection results, thereby providing an image with higher quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sanglyn Lee, Yeonshim Shim, Jonghwan Park
  • Patent number: 9948908
    Abstract: There is provided a display control device including a display control unit configured to perform control to display a second image based on image information on a surface of a projection device that projects a first image based on the image information onto a predetermined surface. The first image and the second image correspond to different ranges of a single image that is reproduced from the image information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Georgero Konno
  • Patent number: 9904415
    Abstract: An interactive display system includes an input device and an image interaction module. The input device has a touch portion including a built-in first light-emitting module and a built-in second light-emitting module. The image interaction module includes a display module, a first image-capturing module, a second image-capturing module and a processing module. The processing module captures invisible light generated by the first light-emitting module through the first image-capturing module, for determining and obtaining the position of the touch portion. The processing module captures visible light generated by the second light-emitting module through the second image-capturing module according to the position of the touch portion, for determining and obtaining a predetermined color light source provided by the visible light generated by the second light-emitting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EVEREST DISPLAY INC.
    Inventors: Hei Tai Hong, Fu Hsiung Lee, Sing Wu, Wan Yu Hong, Yueh Hong Shih, Shih Chieh Lu
  • Patent number: 9891168
    Abstract: Among a device and a method for sensing at least partially specular surfaces, the device includes a detection face and an illuminator configured to project a pattern onto the detection face by reflection via the at least partially specular surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Guenther Kostka, Peter Schmitt, Christian Huegel, Lars Seifert
  • Patent number: 9854214
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide for a modular video projector system having a light engine module and an optical engine module. The light engine module can provide narrow-band laser light to the optical engine module which modulates the laser light according to video signals received from a video processing engine. Some embodiments provide for an optical engine module having a sub-pixel generator configured to display video or images at a resolution of at least four times greater than a resolution of modulating elements within the optical engine module. Systems and methods for reducing speckle are presented in conjunction with the modular video projector system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: RED.COM, LLC
    Inventors: James H. Jannard, Stuart J. English, Gregory Alan Prior, Edmund Sandberg, Ryan Newham
  • Patent number: 9791698
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a device including a screen; a ledge against which the device lays; a connecting arm; and a partially transparent mirror coupled to the ledge via the connecting arm, where the mirror includes a center and two outer lateral edges and is structured and arranged relative to the ledge such that the screen faces the mirror and a center of the mirror is further from the screen than each of the two outer lateral edges, a part of the mirror that is adjacent the first of the two outer lateral edges thereby reflecting a part of the screen that is opposite the second of the two outer lateral edges, and a part of the mirror that is opposite the second of the two outer lateral edges thereby reflecting a part of the screen that is opposite the first of the two outer lateral edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Maier J. Tarlow
  • Patent number: 9781396
    Abstract: A projector includes a projection section that projects a plurality of patterns having lightness values different from each other, an imaging section that captures an image of the plurality of patterns projected by the projection section, and a projection state adjustment section that adjusts, based on any of the plurality of patterns captured by the imaging section, a projection state in which the projection section performs projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shiki Furui
  • Patent number: 9778546
    Abstract: A projector that projects a visible image as well as a non-visible image. The non-visible image might be used for any purpose, but an example is in order to provide depth information regarding physical item(s) interacting with the projected visible image. The projector includes multiple projecting units (e.g., one for each pixel to be displayed), each including light-emitting elements configured to emit light in the visible spectrum. Some or all of those projecting units might also include an emitting element for emitting light in the non-visible spectrum so as to collectively emit a non-visible image. Optics may be positioned to project the visible image and the non-visible image. A depth sensing module detects depth of surfaces within the scope of the non-visible image using a reflected portion of the non-visible image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: MEP TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Roy Mealing, Mark L. Davis, Roger H. Hoole, Matthew L. Stoker, W. Lorenzo Swank, Michael J. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 9753361
    Abstract: A transparent display device includes a screen that has a plurality of light deflecting elements that are separated by transparent areas, and a projector device. The projector device is configured to direct light onto the light deflecting elements and not onto the transparent areas. The display device may include a first screen and a second screen separated longitudinally relative to the projector, wherein each screen respectively has a plurality of light deflecting elements. The projector is configured to direct light onto the light deflecting elements and not onto the transparent areas of the two screens such that light from the first and second light deflecting elements appear in different virtual depth planes. Alternatively, a single screen may have first and second pluralities of light deflecting elements of different optical powers, such that light from the first and second light deflecting elements appear in different virtual depth planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: David James Montgomery
  • Patent number: 9727173
    Abstract: According to an illustrative embodiment, an information processing apparatus is provided. The apparatus is used for processing a first image projected toward a target. The apparatus includes a processing unit for detecting that an object exists between a projector unit and the target, wherein when an object exists between the projector unit and the target, the apparatus determines an area of the object and generates a modified first image, based on the area of the object, for projection toward the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizunuma, Ikuo Yamano, Shunichi Kasahara, Ken Miyashita, Kazuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9710018
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a suspension unit comprising: a first part coupled to a display assembly; a second part coupled to an apparatus body; and a suspension part coupled at one end to the first part and at another end to the second part, configured to suspend the first part relative to the second part by the bending force of the suspension part, such that the display assembly is movable relative to the apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Pasi Kemppinen, Mikko Jyrkinen
  • Patent number: 9702538
    Abstract: A light source apparatus including a light source section including one or more solid light sources capable of emitting light of a predetermined wavelength band as incident light; a light outputting section including a light emitting body to be excited by incident light from the light source section and to emit visible light having a wavelength band longer than a wavelength of the incident light, the light outputting section being capable of emitting synthetic light containing light having the predetermined wavelength band and visible light from the light emitting body; and a housing holding the light source section and the light outputting section, the housing including an inlet and an outlet formed not to face a light path of the incident light from the light source section to the light outputting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuya Terasaki, Daisuke Ogawa, Hiroyuki Meguro, Takashi Takamatsu
  • Patent number: 9694546
    Abstract: A method is provided to compensate for misplacement of tows by a fiber placement machine automatically controlled by programmed instructions. The method includes laying down a test layup of fiber tows using the machine; scanning the test layup to determine the position of the test layup relative to reference standards; determining misplacements in the position of the test layup; and, modifying the programmed instructions to compensate for the misplacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert A. Kisch
  • Patent number: 9672649
    Abstract: A method of exchanging audio-visual communication information between users includes detecting using an image capturing device associated with a wearable communication device, a mirror or image reflecting surface disposed in an environment of a first user, detecting a boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface in response to the mirror being detected in the environment of the first user, selecting a portion of a first image displayed on the mirror or image reflecting surface within the boundary of the mirror or image reflecting surface, and displaying the portion of the first image as an overlay on a second image to a second user. A corresponding system and computer-readable device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Svetlana Yarosh, Brian S. Amento, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9658614
    Abstract: A guide system and method of projecting visual indicators onto a physical object to guide actions of an individual comprises providing a guide system having a guide system controller and a projector, with the guide system controller including a plurality of addressed display features. An input signal is provided to the guide system controller whereby an addressed display feature is selected based on the input signal and the projector projects a visual indicator corresponding to the selected addressed display feature onto a physical object. The guide system controller may also include a plurality of positional identifiers, with the method including the selecting of a positional identifier based on the input signal and the projecting of the visual indicator onto a physical object at a location corresponding to the selected positional identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: OPS Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Paul Ryznar, James Ryznar
  • Patent number: 9626042
    Abstract: Techniques are provided to improve interaction between a user and a projection system. In some embodiments, an image of a user in front of a display screen is captured. An inference can then be made as to whether a user is touching a display screen based on an analysis of shadows and/or variation of brightness (i.e., intensities) across pixels in the image. For example, it may be inferred that the object is: (1) approaching the screen when a region surrounding a top of the object is characterized by a relatively small brightness variation; (2) hovering near the screen when the brightness variation is large and the region includes a dark extremum (caused by a shadow); and (3) touching the screen when the brightness variation is large and the region includes a light extremum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Atid Shamaie
  • Patent number: 9621862
    Abstract: A projector that displays an image based on image data, includes a light source; a modulation unit that modulates light which is emitted from the light source based on the image data; and a correction processing unit that controls the modulation unit so as to compensate for an influence of light reflected from the modulation unit to the light source side, based on luminance of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Nobori
  • Patent number: 9588347
    Abstract: A device for generating a virtual light image. The device includes a real light source, a curved retroreflector surface, and a semi-transparent mirror. The retroreflector surface is situated so that the light of the real light source transmitted through the semi-transparent mirror does not reach the retroreflector surface. A shape of the retroreflector surface for a given visibility range, at least in a subregion of the area that is essential for the image in the visibility range, is determined by the fact that at each point of the subregion, the pair of a reflection angle A and an optical distance between this point of the subregion of the retroreflector surface and the virtual light image is Pareto-minimal, provided that the subregion of the retroreflector surface does not interrupt primary beams from the real light source to the semi-transparent mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventors: Igor Nikitin, Martin Göbel, Gernot Heisenberg
  • Patent number: 9568815
    Abstract: A light source unit includes a light source, a connecting conductor configured to supply power to the light source, a light source housing configured to accommodate the light source and the connecting conductor. At least part of the connecting conductor is provided on a gripping portion side of the light source housing, and the light source housing includes a lid-side forming portion configured to cover the gripping portion side of the light source and the connecting conductor, and a flow channel configured to guide cooling air to a cover portion of the lid-side forming portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsunori Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9560293
    Abstract: An exemplary display device is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), the on-screen imager is referred to as an LCD imager. Without affecting the display functions of an LCD device, an image sensing module is provided behind or within an LCD unit in the LCD device. By controlling the liquid crystals in the LCD unit, the reflected light from an object placed against the LCD device to be imaged is allowed to pass through the LCD unit and projected onto an image sensor in the image sensing module to generate an image of the object. The imager includes an optical assembly having at least one wedge shaped light guide to collect and focus the reflected light from the object onto an image sensor, where the image sensor is disposed at an end of the wedge shaped light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Darwin Hu
  • Patent number: 9521373
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for capturing underwater video images. In a representative embodiment an underwater video system may include a sled, a camera affixed to the sled, a plurality of anchors, one or more sled tethers, the sled tethers affixed to the anchors and configured to confine the sled to a path between the anchors, a viewing station, the viewing station being configured to receive and capture images from the camera, and a motor, the motor configured to move the sled on the path between the anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel V. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9507987
    Abstract: Interchangeable illumination modules having different optical characteristics illuminate a target to be electro-optically read by image capture. Each module includes an illuminating light source for emitting illuminating light, and a support for supporting the illuminating light source for joint movement as a discrete unit from a removed position away from a reader to a mounted position on the reader. The support is accessible exteriorly of the reader in the mounted position. Electrical contacts mounted on the support are exposed exteriorly of the support for supplying an illumination control signal from the reader to the illuminating light source to energize the illuminating light source in the mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Askold Strat
  • Patent number: 9482779
    Abstract: A camera detector device for detecting the presence of an illegal camera inside a room. A camera takes multiple pictures of a room and identifies reflections in each still image. If a reflection with similar properties appears repeatedly overtime than the reflection is identified as an illegal camera positioned towards the camera detector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OPTISHELL TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Eliahu Elson, Yossef Gerard Cohen
  • Patent number: 9465480
    Abstract: A position detection apparatus includes: a radiation section that radiates planar light along a target flat surface; a detection section that captures an image of an area irradiated with the light from the radiation section to detect the position of an object that reflects the light radiated from the radiation section; and an adjustment assistance section that transmits, when adjustment of installation of the radiation section is performed, a predetermined output based on a detection result obtained from the detection section when the detection section detects a reference object for the adjustment placed on the target flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ichieda
  • Patent number: 9436075
    Abstract: An imaging device includes a lens, a light pipe, a cover, and a mounting base. The cover can be coupled to the mounting base. The cover defines a groove and includes a latching plate and a mounting plate. The latching plate and the mounting plate are located at two opposite sides of the groove. The mounting plate defines a mounting hole. The mounting base defines a slot, a limiting slot corresponding to the latching plate, and a plurality of securing holes. When the imaging device is assembled, the latching plate is engaged in the limiting slot, a fastener is inserted into the mounting hole and engaged in the corresponding securing hole. The lens and the light pipe are received in the slot and the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Wen Yeh, Dun-Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 9400486
    Abstract: A spatial light modulator includes a variable refractive index layer that has a refractive index which is variable based on one of an optical signal and an electrical signal, a metal layer that is disposed on the refractive index-change layer, and a high refractive index layer on the metal layer. Light incident on the metal layer causes generation of a surface plasmon at an interface between the variable refractive index layer and the metal layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gae-hwang Lee, Jae-eun Jung, Kyu-young Hwang, Hoon Song, Seung-hoon Han