By Shade Or Color Patents (Class 356/402)
  • Patent number: 10837901
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a status of fruits, the monitoring device comprising: a flexible strip configured to be introduced into a cluster of fruits allowing the flexible strip being embedded in the cluster, the flexible strip comprising a plurality of spatially separated sensing nodes, wherein each of the plurality of sensing nodes comprises a sensing node light source configured to emit light and a sensing node light detector configured to detect light, a read out circuitry configured to read out data pertaining to the detected light detected at each of the plurality of sensing nodes, a body comprising a wireless communication module configured to transmit the data pertaining to the detected light, wherein the flexible strip is attached to the body. A system comprising a plurality of monitoring devices and a method for monitoring a status of fruits are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INL—INTERNATIONAL IBERIAN NANOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY
    Inventors: Paulo Freitas, João Piteira
  • Patent number: 10836077
    Abstract: A process and system for rapidly fabricating small batches of powder coating compositions having desired colors from one or more solid input filaments. An additive manufacturing filament fabricator feeds one or more single-color solid polymer input filaments into a heated mixer in accordance with an input formulation to be liquefied and mixed to produce a homogenous extrudate mixture. The extrudate mixture is solidified on an extrudate receiving platform and is then comminuted by an extrudate mill into a finished powder coating composition having a desired color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Scott Charles Andrews
  • Patent number: 10831819
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for associating colors or color names with a color image based on hue. A set of hue values can be extracted from color data, such as a color palette, corresponding to a color image. A representative hue can be derived from the set of hue values. Colors included in the color data that are attributable to the representative hue can be identified and one or more colors can be derived therefrom as representative of a subject depicted by the color image. Color names matching the representative colors can be identified and associated with the color image. In particular, a common color name can be determined therefrom and associated with the subject of the color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Shearer Dorner, Jenny Ann Blackburn, Eva Manolis, Timothy Andrew Ong, Paul Barnhart Sayre, III
  • Patent number: 10820681
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for a color reproduction service are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Christina Wang
  • Patent number: 10818040
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an image capture device includes a housing configured to be attached to a host device (that has a camera and a light source). The device includes a light chamber within the housing. The chamber includes a first port facing a direction where the host camera would be located when the device is attached to the host, and a second port substantially opposite the first port. The device includes a light pipe having an opening that faces a direction where the host device light source would be located. The light pipe is configured to transmit light from the host device light source for providing illumination at or about the second port. The device includes a lens cover configured to move between a closed position in which the lens cover blocks the second port and an open position in which the lens cover does not block the second port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Sephora USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Jamie Gordon Nichol
  • Patent number: 10775239
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the present invention, an electronic device can comprise: a light-emitting module for emitting light; a reflection module for reflecting the light emitted from the light-emitting module; a spectrometric module; and a light receiving module for receiving at least one wavelength band among a plurality of wavelength bands dispersed by the spectrometric module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaesung Lee, Minho Park, Donghyun Lee, Daehyeong Lim, Keumsun Choe, Jongmin Choi, Changryong Heo
  • Patent number: 10768044
    Abstract: An optical sensor device comprises a first and a second optical sensor arrangement. In the first optical sensor arrangement at least one optical sensor structure measures the incidence angle of incoming light that is approximately on the main beam axis of a light source. The second optical sensor arrangement comprises at least one optical sensor structure with at least one optical sensor, at least two metal layers and opaque walls optically isolating the optical sensor. An evaluation circuit provides an output signal of the second optical sensor arrangement under the condition that the incidence angle measured by the first optical sensor arrangement lies within a set interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ams International AG
    Inventors: David Mehrl, Troy Chesler, Eugene G. Dierschke
  • Patent number: 10740884
    Abstract: Generally described, one or more aspects of the present application correspond to systems and techniques for spectral imaging using a multi-aperture system with curved multi-bandpass filters positioned over each aperture. The present disclosure further relates to techniques for implementing spectral unmixing and image registration to generate a spectral datacube using image information received from such imaging systems. Aspects of the present disclosure relate to using such a datacube to analyze the imaged object, for example to analyze tissue in a clinical setting, perform biometric recognition, or perform materials analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SPECTRAL MD, INC.
    Inventors: Brian McCall, Wensheng Fan, Jason Dwight, Zhicun Gao, Jeffrey E. Thatcher, John Michael DiMaio
  • Patent number: 10732121
    Abstract: An electronic device is for monitoring the visible spectrum of a specified sample with agile monitoring techniques. The device may seek to decouple the sensor from static measurements and allow for dynamic measurements in systems where the response is not wide sense stationary, allowing the end user to aggregate multiple data points or moments in summarizing the health of a larger system. In aquacultures, the device may be capable of functioning as a floating buoy where a chemical sensor with a color response can note readings at multiple points within a stream or water body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Marquette Trishaun
  • Patent number: 10716387
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for determining the color of a cosmetic product adapted to the skin of a wearer of the cosmetic product, the method including the following steps: —supply data related to the color of the wearer's skin, —determine the color of the cosmetic product by using a correspondence function applied to data about the color appearance of the wearer's skin, the correspondence function associating a cosmetic product color with a wearer's skin color appearance, the correspondence function having at least three reference associations, a reference association associating a predetermined cosmetic product color with a predetermined wearer skin color within a tolerance, the tolerance being equal to a distance of 2 in the L*a*b* color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Benjamin Askenazi, Johan Aubert
  • Patent number: 10704955
    Abstract: Color measurement instruments and processes provide automated and accurate color measurements. Sensor to sample distance is automatically adjusted by the instrument over the course of measurement collection. Adaptive parameters may include turntable speed, illumination spectrum, laser gain setting, number of measurement samples, duration of sampling, sample color measurement threshold, and distance variation measurement threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Associates Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Scardina, Tod L. Kerr, Miguel A. Marcos, Greg L. Howell
  • Patent number: 10697830
    Abstract: A comb light source and spectrometer is disclosed. The comb light source and spectrometer can include a plurality of light emitters, where each light emitter can be configured to emit light included in a plurality of wavelength bands. Each wavelength band can be separated from an adjacent wavelength band by a noise band. Due to the separated wavelength bands for a light emitter, any signal received outside of the one or more wavelength bands can originate from noise (e.g., drift, ambient light, electrical noise), thereby enhancing signal analysis and noise rejection. In some examples, the comb light emitters can be activated sequentially such that a plurality of wavelengths across a spectrum can be measured. In some examples, the resolution and the number of spectral lines in the comb light source can be tuned by changing the properties of the quantum dots and/or increasing the number of comb light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Miikka M. Kangas, Jeffrey G. Koller, William C. Athas
  • Patent number: 10677654
    Abstract: A spectroscopic camera includes a wavelength variable interference filter, and an image sensor that receives light which is transmitted through the wavelength variable interference filter. Measurement is implemented a plurality of times by causing measurement light to be incident to the wavelength variable interference filter and changing the wavelength of light that is transmitted by the wavelength variable interference filter. Reflectance based on the intensity of light when a first pixel of the image sensor receives light of a target wavelength, is predicted in the respective plurality of repetitions of measurement on the basis of a light reception central wavelength of light that the first pixel receives, and reflectance that is calculated on the basis of the intensity of light that is received by the first pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Kasahara, Masashi Kanai
  • Patent number: 10677652
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for implementing a parametric down-conversion (PDC)-based calibration comprising calibrating a measuring instrument; disposing a pinhole at a position of a light-emitting sample for which the measuring instrument needs to be calibrated; irradiating a nonlinear crystal with a light source; setting the nonlinear crystal by ensuring a phase-matching wavelength of the nonlinear crystal is set at one boundary of a desired bandwidth; acquiring one or more PDC spectrums by the measuring instrument; obtaining peak values and their corresponding wavelengths from each acquired spectrum; and obtaining a response function based on the peak values and corresponding wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: University of Ottawa, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Wissenschaften E.V., Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
    Inventors: Samuel Lemieux, Mathieu Manceau, Robert W. Boyd, Gerd Leuchs, Maria V. Chekhova
  • Patent number: 10670463
    Abstract: Examples herein provide a method. The method includes printing first color patches at a first location on a first side of a print medium. The method includes generating an international color consortium (“ICC”) profile of the first side by characterizing the first color patches using a spectrophotometer. The method includes printing, using the ICC profile of the first side, second color patches at a second location on the first side of the print medium. The method includes printing third color patches on a second side of the print medium, the third patches being a registered mirrored copy of the second patches. The method includes generating an ICC profile of the second side by characterizing the registered second and third patches using the spectrophotometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Li Qian, Xavier Domingo, Alfonso Sanchez, Secundino Vicente Vicente
  • Patent number: 10655215
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a treatment method for coloring a metal that includes a) bombardment of the metal with a beam of singly- or multiply-charged gas ions produced by an electron cyclotron resonance source; b) heat treatment in ambient air so as to color the implanted metal using a temperature between 100° C. and 400° C. and an exposure time of between 1 minute and 4 hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: IONICS FRANCE
    Inventors: Denis Busardo, Frédéric Guernalec
  • Patent number: 10626234
    Abstract: A method, i.e., trapping of structural coloration (TOSC), for fabricating solid 3D network-structured photonic crystals featuring tunable visible structural colorations includes the steps: a PS-PVP copolymer is dissolved in a chloride-containing solvent and is cast as an initial film, the copolymer self-assembles into 3D periodic network-structured morphology; the copolymer in the initial film is swollen in a polar solvent to form a solvated film; the solvated film is dried to form a solid photonic crystal. During evaporation of the polar solvent, the PVP blocks of the copolymer become glassy and form a thin glassy layer on the surface of the solvated film such that the 3D network structures of the copolymer in solvated state can be preserved into the solid photonic crystal revealing the similar periodicity and dimension to that in solvated state, which is very distinct from the film having 1D lamellar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yeo-Wan Chiang, En-Li Lin, Wei-Lun Hsu
  • Patent number: 10606381
    Abstract: A display system includes a display device and an input device. The display device includes a display for displaying images, an image signal processor for displaying images on the display, and a receiver for receiving signals from the input device. The input device includes a detector that detects a target color at a partial area of the display so as to acquire target color information, a storage unit for storing registered color information, a color determination processor that carries out a color determination process for determining whether or not the target color information matches the registered color information so as to generate a color determination signal, and a transmitter for transmitting the color determination signal. The image signal processor carries out a color change process of sequentially changing target colors but suspends the color change process when the receiver receives the color determination signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kato
  • Patent number: 10588556
    Abstract: A sensor cover according to embodiments of the disclosure is capable of being used with a non-invasive physiological sensor, such as a pulse oximetry sensor. Certain embodiments of the sensor cover reduce or eliminate false readings from the sensor when the sensor is not in use, for example, by blocking a light detecting component of a pulse oximeter sensor when the pulse oximeter sensor is active but not in use. Further, embodiments of the sensor cover can prevent damage to the sensor. Additionally, embodiments of the sensor cover prevent contamination of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Abraham Mazda Kiani, Massi Joe E. Kiani
  • Patent number: 10564036
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for segmenting colors in a sample image comprised of pixels using a processor configured by code executing for selecting at least one color value present within the sample image and for each color selected from the sample image comparing the color values of each pixel of the sample image to the selected color value and averaging the color values of each pixels of the sample image having a color value difference below a pre-determined threshold. The method also includes outputting the average color value as a color value data object; and associating each averaged color value with sample image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DATACOLOR INC.
    Inventors: Taeyoung Park, Hong Wei, Venkata R. Thumu, Kathleen A. Edwards
  • Patent number: 10551299
    Abstract: To provide a multipass cell permitting a reduction in a volume of an inner space into which sample gas is introduced, there are provided: a cell main body with the inner space into which the sample gas is introduced; and a pair of mirrors provided oppositely to each other in the inner space, wherein light incident from an incidence window of the cell main body is subjected to multireflection between the pair of mirrors and is emitted from an emission window of the cell main body, wherein: each of the mirrors is shaped such that light spots formed on a reflecting surface of each of the mirrors are scattered in an elongated region of a predetermined width through the light multireflection; and each of the mirrors is formed into an elongated shape along a longitudinal direction of the elongated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoji Shibuya, Masahiro Nakane
  • Patent number: 10444146
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to apparatus and methods for endoscopy which includes a probe, a first and a second optical fiber to guide light, a third optical fiber to capture light; and a switch configured to operate the first optical fiber and second optical fiber. Light dispersed by the first optical fiber at least partially overlaps light dispersed by the second optical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CANON U.S.A., INC.
    Inventors: Kenji Yamazoe, Seiji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10442228
    Abstract: A printer that incorporates a spectrometry device includes a spectroscope, a distance measurer, and a spectrometry unit. The spectroscope includes a wavelength-selective interference filter on which light from a position of measurement in a medium is incident. The distance measurer measures the distance between the position of measurement and the spectroscope, and the spectrometry unit performs spectrometry at the position of measurement by using the spectroscope and correct a measured value obtained by the spectrometry based on the measured distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsugio Gomi
  • Patent number: 10432927
    Abstract: A 3D test chart, an adjusting arrangement, a forming method, and an adjusting method thereof are disclosed. The 3D test chart provides a plurality of test patterns arranged at different depths. When testing a photographic arrangement, the photographic arrangement is only required to move for one time or even does not need to be moved, so as to obtain an image containing information of different depths, so that the testing and adjusting process of the photographic arrangement can be easily achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ningbo Sunny Opotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mingzhu Wang, Baozhong Zhang, Chunmei Liu
  • Patent number: 10417404
    Abstract: A mobile, wireless biometric identification system includes a biometric capture device which enables a smartphone, using a commercially established wireless communication networks, to capture a digital image of a human biometric (iris, fingerprint, etc.) for transmission to a central server. The biometric capture device captures a high quality image for encoding and comparison, while the overall system leverages the existing cellular communication network. The device can be used as an interface to medical databases and devices used to diagnose and treat patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BI2 Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sean Mullin
  • Patent number: 10401227
    Abstract: A colorimetry device and a colorimetry method according to the present invention relatively move the position of a color measuring unit with respect to a color chart to the position of each of a plurality of patches obtained based on an image of the color chart by a moving unit for a chart region selected by a user out of chart regions extracted based on the image of the color chart, and measure the color of each of the plurality of patches by the color measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Koji Harada, Satoshi Yokota
  • Patent number: 10401224
    Abstract: Described herein is a method for predicting visual texture parameters of a paint having a known paint formulation. The visual texture parameters of the paint are determined using an artificial neural network on the basis of a number of color components used in the known paint formulation. The method includes determining a value of at least one characteristic variable describing at least one optical property using a physical model for the known paint formulation. The method also includes assigning the value to the known paint formulation, and transmitting the value to the artificial neural network as an input signal for determining the visual texture parameters. The value describes the at least one optical property for at least some of the number of color components of the known paint formulation. The method further includes training the neural network using a plurality of color originals each having a respective known paint formulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BASF Coatings GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Bischoff, Martin Schmitz, Donald R Baughman
  • Patent number: 10404897
    Abstract: A method for the automated generation of reference color values for color control purposes in a printing machine by using a computer includes, within a process of setting up the printing machine for a print job, initially carrying out printing operations and using a spectrophotometer to determine coloration values for every process color used in the print job. For every process color that is used in the print job, the computer automatically selects that coloration value of a process color that has the smallest deviation from a color set point that has been established at the beginning of the job and saves this coloration value as a new reference value for this process color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Bernd Utter
  • Patent number: 10387937
    Abstract: A system allows people to more easily find products matching their skin tone. A kiosk at a retail store or other location can assist customers in determining what products are right for them and then purchase them from the retailer. The kiosk can include a scanning device is used to scan one or more spots of a person's skin. For example, three different spots can be scanned. The scan determines a skin-tone identifier for the person's skin. This skin-tone identifier is used by a software program (e.g., executing on a tablet computer) to determine and output a listing of products that are appropriate for the person's skin tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sephora USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucie Tuan, Savio Thattil, Erin Grody, Rauvan Dulay, Julie Bornstein, Margarita Arriagada
  • Patent number: 10387746
    Abstract: A shade selection program is disclosed that predicts the shade choice with the smallest CIEDE2000 color difference for dental composite resin restorations when given a backing and target shade. By utilizing generated regression models, a database of spectral reflectance information, and principles of Kubelka-Munk layering, a highly accurate shade selection program was designed. Additionally, a blending model for quantification of color adjustment potential was developed. Systems and methods for correlating RGB data from the VITA Linearguide 3D Master and VITA Bleached Guide 3D Master shade guides with their spectroradiometric correlates through a regression model while indicating a methodology for validation of accuracy of digital imaging systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ohio State Innovation Foundation
    Inventors: Melody Noelle Carney, William Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 10379059
    Abstract: A defect of a film is accurately inspected. A film inspection device includes: a light-receiving device generating a signal by receiving light which returns via a film after having been applied to the film, the signal being for detecting a defect included in the film; and a reflecting roller carrying the film while supporting the film from a side opposite to the light-receiving device in a field of view of the light-receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Genjiro Nishikata, Yuji Tanabe, Tatsuya Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10332174
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of systemized preparation and sale of individualized cosmetics, more precisely it belongs to the field of systems, devices and processes for creation of own cosmetic products and the sale method of said products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VASTOK D.O.O.
    Inventor: Danijel Hubman
  • Patent number: 10275815
    Abstract: A method and a system to present samples of products to customers by transporting the samples to the customer's location with an autonomous vehicle. The sample can be a product, a component of a product, a material or a device to gather information in defining the product. The autonomous vehicle is adapted for off road travel and may enter buildings, it can be carried to a nearby location by a street adapted vehicle. Information may be transmitted electronically but physical presence is essential. The customer or the customer's agent receives a presentation of the product definer and a selection of a final product is made. In other cases the autonomous vehicle delivery separate or installed technical equipment to examine the presentation location and assist in the final product selection. For example, photographs from multiple locations can measure a room for installation of carpets or draperies, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Danaher Harvey
  • Patent number: 10198234
    Abstract: By setting the color temperatures of displays included in a display system to a desired value, the life of the displays and display system is extended. A method for this includes acquiring outputable maximum luminances of the displays at each of multiple color temperatures, comparing the outputable maximum luminances of the displays at the same color temperature and determining the lowest maximum luminance value for each of the color temperatures, a color temperature corresponding to the highest of the lowest maximum luminance values identified for each of the color temperatures, and setting color temperatures of at least two of the displays to the common set color temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: EIZO Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Sakai
  • Patent number: 10178351
    Abstract: A computer implemented method. The method includes performing at least one of a visual evaluation and an instrument measurement of a target coating on a target sample to generate colorimetric information, and identifying, using a processor, a bulk toner that is present in the target coating by determining a color and a color intensity at different viewing angles relative to the target sample. The method also includes identifying, using the processor, at least one specific toner that is present in the target coating by detecting a presence and an orientation of colored and/or non-colored pigmentation effects that are present in the target coating, and outputting, using the processor, a formulation of the target coating that includes at least the at least one specific toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Beymore, James Pereksta
  • Patent number: 10166340
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising: a sensor configured to generate sensor output dependent on an intensity of light incident on the sensor and having a field of view directed at an external surface in use; an illumination source configured to emit light onto the external surface in use; a window located such as to allow light to pass from the illumination source to the external surface and to allow light to pass to the sensor from the external surface in use; a shield coupled to or integral with the window, the shield being substantially opaque to substantially all wavelengths of light detectable by the sensor and defining an aperture which limits the field of view of the sensor; and a processor configured to use the sensor output to determine information associated with reflection characteristics of the external surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH
    Inventors: Gertrud Blei, Gunter Heumann
  • Patent number: 10132490
    Abstract: Ecosystems and related devices, methods, and systems are provided. An ecosystem includes a sensing implement that has one or more sensing implement light sources, one or more remote accessories that has one or more accessory light sources, and control circuitry that communicably couples the sensing implement to the one or more remote accessories. The control circuitry in operation determines a color of an object based on one or more signals received indicative of the color of the object, and generates one or more signals to cause the one or more sensing implement light sources to illuminate the sensing implement in a color that substantially matches the color of the object. The control circuitry in operation can also generate one or more signals to cause the one or more accessory light sources to illuminate the one or more remote accessories in a color that substantially matches the color of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Fung Academy Limited
    Inventors: Giorgio Olivero, Carlos Conde Bande, Mathias Dahlstrom, Edward Lynn Tsai, Lisa Hopey
  • Patent number: 10132745
    Abstract: Implementations described herein comprise systems, apparatus and methods for calibration of imaging, radio frequency or spectroscopic instruments that can be used to validate, calibrate or confirm the calibration thereof. In one aspect, a calibration target is provided. The calibration target has a tissue interface and an instrument interface. The instrument interface has a first storage means having a first set of calibration data encoded therein and a second storage means having a second set of calibration data encoded therein. The first storage means and the second storage means are selected to comprise different storage modalities. Both the first and second set of calibration data are necessary to perform calibration of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Mark A. Samuels
  • Patent number: 10078061
    Abstract: A differential calorimeter with flux measurement to measure a heat flux emitted by radioactive materials contained in a container, including: a measurement cell including measurement plates distributed around a container reception containment; and a reference cell including reference plates and a reference sample. The reference plates are placed behind the measurement plates from the container when the container is in the reception containment and the reference sample is under the reception containment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, KEP NUCLEAR
    Inventors: Guillaume Jossens, Christophe Mathonat, Jean-Charles Hubinois, Alain Godot, Franck Bachelet
  • Patent number: 10041834
    Abstract: A color measurement device includes a light source for illuminating an object with light; a dispersing portion for spectrally dispersing light emitted and reflected by the object; a light receptor for receiving the light dispersed by the dispersing portion; and a controller for effecting color measurement based on a result of light reception of the light receptor from the object which is an image formed on a recording material; wherein the emitted light has a first intensity of light in a first wavelength range and a second intensity lower than the first intensity in a second wavelength range, and wherein the controller deduces a value relating to color measurement for the second wavelength range on the basis of a result of light reception of the light receptor for the first wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoaki Nakai, Hitoshi Furukawa, Akihiko Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10044986
    Abstract: A computer implemented method. The method includes performing at least one of a visual evaluation and an instrument measurement of a target coating on a target sample to generate colorimetric information, and identifying, using a processor, a bulk toner that is present in the target coating by determining a color and a color intensity at different viewing angles relative to the target sample. The method also includes identifying, using the processor, at least one specific toner that is present in the target coating by detecting a presence and an orientation of colored and/or non-colored pigmentation effects that are present in the target coating, and outputting, using the processor, a formulation of the target coating that includes at least the at least one specific toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Beymore, James Pereksta
  • Patent number: 10036668
    Abstract: A color measurement device obtains edge information based on an image of a color chart. The color measurement device statistically processes the edge information to obtain edge statistic information. Based on the edge information and the edge statistic information, the color measurement devices obtains the position of each patch of a number of patches of the color chart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshiroh Nagai
  • Patent number: 10031460
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet, and a measuring unit configured to measure reflected light from the sheet, a backup roller configured to convey the sheet while pressing the sheet toward the measuring unit, and a generating unit configured to control the backup roller to convey the sheet, control the measuring unit to measure the reflected light from the sheet, and generate profile data corresponding to measurement results of the reflected light from a plurality of positions in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masami Hano
  • Patent number: 10008481
    Abstract: In a method of manufacturing an illumination device, a color tone of each of a plurality of light emitting devices having different color tones is detected. In which region among a first region, a second region, a third region, a fourth region, a fifth region, and a sixth region on a chromaticity diagram the color tone of each of the plurality of light emitting devices is determined based on the detected color tone. The chromaticity diagram has a first color tone area and a second color tone area in which the first color tone area is provided. The second color tone area is divided into the first region through the sixth region. The plurality of light emitting devices are classified into the first region through the sixth region based on the determined color tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeharu Yamauchi, Nobuyuki Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10009605
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to determining characteristics of a display panel by using capturing images through multiple filters where the multiple filters include at least two filters that collectively enable replicating of a color matching function. At least two filters of the multiple filters have transmission profiles that correspond to the same color matching function (x color matching function) in different wavelength ranges. Image capturing devices capture the display panel through respective filters. The captured images are processed to the display characteristics of pixels or regions of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Ye Yin, Simon Hallam, Evan M. Richards, Shizhe Shen
  • Patent number: 10002383
    Abstract: A method involves on-line viewing of a first article through a linking node for virtual merging on another structure. A particular application of the invention is directed to on-line apparel shopping involving a matching scheme using codes provided with images to be merged. For example, on-line viewing of one article, such as clothing, on another structure, includes creating an item from image-data corresponding to an article selected by an on-line viewer from an on-line viewer site with an image of a structure selected by the on-line viewer, and indicating whether the article and the structure satisfy a category-matching criterion. In certain embodiments, the articles are represented by (search) parameters that permit organizational advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: TAMIRAS PER PTE. LTD., LLC
    Inventors: Robert Giannini, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9997888
    Abstract: A spectral feature of a pulsed light beam produced by an optical source is controlled by a method. The method includes producing a pulsed light beam at a pulse repetition rate; directing the pulsed light beam toward a substrate received in a lithography exposure apparatus to expose the substrate to the pulsed light beam; modifying a pulse repetition rate of the pulsed light beam as it is exposing the substrate. The method includes determining an amount of adjustment to a spectral feature of the pulsed light beam, the adjustment amount compensating for a variation in the spectral feature of the pulsed light beam that correlates to the modification of the pulse repetition rate of the pulsed light beam. The method includes changing the spectral feature of the pulsed light beam by the determined adjustment amount as the substrate is exposed to thereby compensate for the variation in the spectral feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Cymer, LLC
    Inventors: Willard Earl Conley, Eric Anders Mason, Joshua Jon Thornes
  • Patent number: 9990672
    Abstract: An e-commerce method involves on-line viewing of a first article through a linking node for virtual merging on another structure. A particular application of the invention is directed to on-line apparel shopping involving a color matching scheme using color codes provided with images to be merged. For example, on-line viewing of one article, such as clothing, on another structure, includes creating an item from image-data corresponding to a colored article selected by an on-line viewer from an on-line viewer site with an image of a colored structure selected by the on-line viewer, and indicating whether the colored article and the colored structure satisfy a color-matching criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TAMIRAS PER PTE. LTD., LLC
    Inventors: Robert Giannini, Robert J. Crawford
  • Patent number: 9964445
    Abstract: Provided are a color-matching apparatus and a color-matching method for a repair paint capable of sufficiently supporting a color-matching operation that has been conventionally performed by experience and intuition, mainly at an automobile repair shop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CAR CONVENI CLUB CO., LTD
    Inventor: Makoto Ueno
  • Patent number: 9849431
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing, applying and evaluating coating compositions are disclosed. The amounts of components contained in the coating compositions may be monitored, along with processing parameters when the coating compositions are applied to various substrates. In certain embodiments, the characteristics of a produced sample coating are compared with the characteristics of a target or reference coating to determine if they are sufficiently matched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PPG industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D. Lewis, Walter J. Robertson, Mary Kimbro, Nathan Goodnow