Special Mark Or Target On Object Patents (Class 356/620)
  • Patent number: 10376734
    Abstract: Gait analysis systems are provided with body support systems for user's self-adjustment of body weight force when ambulating with the body support systems. The gait analysis systems with the body support systems can be used with a treadmill or over a fixed surface for gait training and analysis with the ability to adjust the user's body weight force during the collection of gait data. Gait data for analysis is collected by an array of sensors mounted on the body support systems in various combinations for sensing gait movement, video imaging, heel strike and toe off states, video processing, feet pressure maps and electromyography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Eli Razon
  • Patent number: 10352699
    Abstract: Measuring device with a control and evaluation unit, a radiation source for emitting an illumination light ray and a fine targeting and target tracking functionality, a variation of the emission of the illumination light ray being effected automatically controlled by the control and evaluation unit, in the course of the fine targeting and target tracking functionality, such that a known sequence of illumination ray flashes is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Ulrich Hornung
  • Patent number: 10325144
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus, including: an image collector (11), configured to acquire facial images and body images of an interaction partner who is interacting with the user of the apparatus; a controller (12) connected with the image collector and configured to analyze the facial images and the body images to achieve analysis results; and an output device (13) connected with the controller and configured to output the analysis results. The wearable apparatus is portable and of low cost, and capable of determining the psychological situation of the current interaction partner according to the images information of the interaction partner based on simple operations. An information processing method and an information processing apparatus of the wearable apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jingyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10279200
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring, treating, and preventing a pain state of an individual. In an aspect, a system includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly including a motion sensor and a physiological sensor, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of a movement of the body portion by the motion sensor and a physiological parameter of the body portion by the physiological sensor; a processor including circuitry configured to identify a physiological state of the individual subject based on at least one of the movement of the body portion or the physiological parameter; and an effector operably coupled to the processor and configured to affect the body portion responsive to control by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Katherine E. Sharadin, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10279201
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring, treating, and preventing a pain state of an individual. In an aspect, a system includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly including a motion sensor and a physiological sensor, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of a movement of the body portion by the motion sensor and a physiological parameter of the body portion by the physiological sensor; a processor including circuitry configured to identify a physiological state of the individual subject based on at least one of the movement of the body portion or the physiological parameter; and an effector operably coupled to the processor and configured to affect the body portion responsive to control by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Gary L. McKnight, Tony S. Pan, Katherine E. Sharadin, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10099053
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for monitoring, treating, and preventing a repetitive stress injury, arthritis or other medical condition. A system embodiment includes, but is not limited to, a deformable substrate configured to interface with a skin surface; a sensor assembly coupled to the deformable substrate, the sensor assembly including a motion sensor and a physiological sensor, the sensor assembly configured to generate one or more sense signals based on detection of a movement of a body portion by the motion sensor and a physiological parameter of the body portion by the physiological sensor; a processor operably coupled to the sensor assembly and configured to receive the one or more sense signals; and an effector operably coupled to the processor and configured to affect the body portion responsive to control by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Mark A. Malamud, Tony S. Pan, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10095122
    Abstract: A lithography system includes an illumination source, a pattern mask, and an optical element configured to expose a sample with an image of the pattern mask for the fabrication of one or more printed device structures and one or more metrology target structures. The pattern mask includes a device pattern mask area and a metrology target pattern mask area. The device pattern mask area includes a set of device pattern elements distributed with a device pitch. The metrology target pattern mask area includes a set of metrology target pattern elements. The one or more printed metrology target structures include a set of metrology target elements distributed with a metrology target pitch. Regions of the metrology target pattern mask area include sub-resolution features having widths smaller than the resolution of the optical element such that the sub-resolution pattern elements are not included on the one or more printed metrology target structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Myungjun Lee, Mark D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10073165
    Abstract: A measurement instrument is disclosed. The measurement instrument comprises a distance measurement module, a splitter and a deflection module. The distance measurement module is configured to transmit optical radiation along a transmit path and receive optical radiation along a receive path. The transmit path and the receive path are merged in a measurement beam at the splitter. The deflection module is located optically between the distance measurement module and the splitter. The deflection module is configured to aim the transmit path and the receive path at the splitter and to deflect at least one of the transmit path and the receive path across an instrument optical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble AB
    Inventors: Mikael Nordenfelt, Mikael Hertzman
  • Patent number: 10042042
    Abstract: A lidar system, including a base, a sensor body, and a motor having a shaft. The motor is affixed to the base, and can drive the sensor body in rotation with respect to the base. An LED device and a light sensor are each mounted upon the sensor body. A data processing device is also mounted upon the sensor body, and is programmed to produce range information based upon the sensor data. The shaft carries two slip rings. The LED, the sensor and the data processing device all receive electrical power via the two slip rings. The data processing device is configured to transmit the range information via the two slip rings using pulse width modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Aero Vironment, Inc.
    Inventor: Reza Miremadi
  • Patent number: 10012592
    Abstract: The present invention generally pertains to methods and kits for managing the variation in spectroscopic intensity measurements through the use of a reference component. The reference component may comprise a reference spectroscopic substance and may be contained together with a sample of interest in a sample to be tested, wherein the sample of interest may comprise a sample spectroscopic substance. Each sample to be tested may be uniquely identified and, hence, “barcoded” by combinations of different colors and concentrations of spectroscopic substances, contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Abate, John Lawrence Emhoff, Tony Hung, Adnan Moez Esmail, Sepehr Kiani, Pascaline Mary
  • Patent number: 9948391
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining a light-based communication (LCom) receiver position. The techniques can be used to determine the position of a receiver relative to a specific luminaire within the field of view (FOV) of the receiver camera. The relative position may be calculated by determining the distance and the orientation of the receiver relative to the luminaire. The distance relative to the luminaire may be calculated using the observed size of the luminaire in an image generated by the receiver camera, the image zoom factor, and actual geometry of the luminaire. The orientation relative to the luminaire may be determined using a fiducial associated with the luminaire that can be used as an orientation cue. Once the position of a receiver relative to a luminaire is determined, the absolute position of the receiver may be calculated using the absolute position of the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Breuer, Anant Aggarwal, Barry Stout
  • Patent number: 9906781
    Abstract: A head mounted display device includes an image display unit including an image-light generating unit configured to generate image light on the basis of image data and emit the image light, the image display unit causing, in a state in which the image display unit is worn on the head of a user, the user to visually recognize the image light as a virtual image and transmitting an outside scene, a detecting unit configured to detect the movement of the head of the user, and an image-position setting unit configured to change, on the basis of a cyclical change in the position of the head of the user predicted on the basis of the detected movement of the head, the position of the image light in a region where the image-light generating unit is capable of generating the image light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9858712
    Abstract: A method and system that allows a user to perform automatic study, layout and verification of a multidimensional space in real time where the study can be displayed graphically, in 3-dimensions for example, via a handheld unit allowing the system to guide and/or navigate the user throughout the multidimensional space as the automatic study and/or layout is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Sam Stathis
  • Patent number: 9801778
    Abstract: A system and method for assisting a visually impaired user including an imaging device, a processing unit for receiving images from the imaging device and converting the images into signals for use by one or more controllers, and one or more vibro-tactile devices, wherein the one or more controllers activates one or more of the vibro-tactile devices in response to said signals received from the processing unit. The system preferably includes a lanyard to be worn around the neck of the user such that a first vibro-tactile device is arranged on the right side of the user's neck, a second vibro-tactile device on a left side of the user's neck, and a third vibro-tactile device at the back portion of the user's neck. The vibro-tactile devices are activated depending on a determined position in front of the user of an object and the distance from the user to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Andrew Mahoney
  • Patent number: 9682253
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Patent number: 9629573
    Abstract: An interactive virtual care system may include a user sensory module to acquire multi-modal user data related to user movement. A data analysis module may compare the multi-modal user data to predetermined historical user data and/or statistical norm data for users to identify an anomaly in the user movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Craig A. Gettelman, Dadong Wan, Ankur Pogula, Ben Reierson, Terrianne Erickson
  • Patent number: 9586059
    Abstract: A facility for presenting a visual user interface for guiding the performance of a process relating to a patient localization and tracking system is described. The facility displays the user interface in a first state that corresponds to a first process task in an ordered sequence of process tasks. Each time the process task to which the displayed state of the user interface corresponds is completed, the facility redisplays the user interface in a state corresponding to a process task following the process task to which the displayed state of the user interface corresponds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Herron, Brian W. Epps, Kevin G. Rolfes, David P. Swanson, Luis R. Retana
  • Patent number: 9536163
    Abstract: An object position and orientation detection system and in particular one which is capable of describing observed movement in 3 dimensions. In one example, a spherical patterned marker with concentric rings is imaged using one or more digital cameras, and the resulting images are processed to determine the position and orientation of an object to which the patterned marker is attached. The method of optical tracking employed by the system allows motion to be determined in six degrees of freedom. In conjunction with a suitable display, such as a projector, an interactive white board or similar application can be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: OXFORD AI LIMITED
    Inventors: Stefan Veeser, David Cumming
  • Patent number: 9524362
    Abstract: A method of decomposing pattern layout for generating patterns on photomasks is disclosed. The method includes decomposing features of an integrated circuit layout into discrete patterns based on the relation between these features. The features include first features and second features. The first features are then classified into a first feature pattern and a second feature pattern, and the second features are classified into third, fourth, fifth and sixth feature patterns. The spacings of the second features in the fifth and sixth feature patterns are greater than a minimum exposure limits. Finally, the first feature pattern is outputted to a first photomask, the second feature pattern is outputted to a second photomask, the third and fifth feature patterns are outputted to a third photomask, and the fourth and sixth feature patterns are outputted to a fourth photomask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Harn-Jiunn Wang, Kuei-Chun Hung, Chih-Hsien Tang, Chin-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 9505232
    Abstract: A rotary drive arrangement for a machine for printing containers includes a turntable configured to hold the container to be printed and a format adapter connected to the turntable and configured to transmit a rotational movement to the turntable. A rotary drive is configured to drive the format adapter in rotation about an axis of rotation by means of a transmission element that engages with the format adapter, wherein, in an engagement portion of the transmission element, the format adapter is designed to match an outer periphery of a surface of the container to be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: TILL GMBH
    Inventor: Volker Till
  • Patent number: 9430700
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of computation and simulation and covers methods to optimize the fiducial marker positions in optical object tracking systems, by simulating the visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ASELSAN ELEKTRONIK SANAYI VE TICARET ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Mustafa Yagcioglu, Erkan Yavuz, Ozgur Yilmaz, Selcuk Sandikci
  • Patent number: 9395205
    Abstract: A process for calibrating and correcting errors in laser measurement systems in situ, either remotely over the Internet or where the laser measurement system is physically located. In one embodiment, a number of targets are arrayed around the scanner and read by the software of a system. The laser scanner is rotated 180 degrees and the positions of the targets are read again. A correction factor is determined by calculation and displayed to show the expected improvement in accuracy of the laser measurement system. In a second embodiment, the laser scanner is positioned under a vehicle with targets at reference positions for which the measurements are known. The scanner readings are checked against the known values and a correction factor developed. This could be applied on a one-time basis or it can be programmed in the host computer where evaluation and compensation occur automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Michael T. Hanchett
  • Patent number: 9370319
    Abstract: An interactive virtual care system may include a user sensory module to acquire multi-modal user data related to user movement. A data analysis module may compare the multi-modal user data to predetermined historical user data and/or statistical norm data for users to identify an anomaly in the user movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Craig A. Gettelman, Dadong Wan, Ankur Pogula, Ben Reierson, Terrianne Erickson
  • Patent number: 9292018
    Abstract: A detector detects positions of a moving body in a travel direction at a position shifted from a center of control of travel of the moving body in a direction different than the travel direction of the moving body. Positions of the center of control in the travel direction relative to the output of the detector is stored in a storage unit for at least a curved section of a travel route of the moving body, and the travel of the moving body is controlled by a controller, based on the positions of the center of control read out from the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hanaka, Tetsuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9261772
    Abstract: A method uses a lithographic apparatus to form an inspection target structure upon a substrate. The method comprises forming the periphery of the inspection target structure so as to provide a progressive optical contrast transition between the inspection target structure and its surrounding environment. This may be achieved by providing a progressive change in the optical index at the periphery of the target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Quintanilha
  • Patent number: 9234851
    Abstract: A color measurement system laterally determines chromatic characteristics of a printed substrate. A measurement carriage includes a measurement head for laterally moving across the printed substrate and a measurement magnetic coupler slidably mounts onto a measurement rail positioned on a first side of the printed substrate. A backing carriage includes backing surface(s) and backing magnetic coupler(s). Each backing magnetic coupler is associated with a respective backing surface. Each backing magnetic coupler can be coupled with the measurement magnetic coupler for coupling the measurement carriage with the backing carriage. The backing carriage slidably mounts onto a backing rail positioned on a second opposite side of the printed substrate. The measurement carriage or backing carriage includes a motor for moving across a respective measurement rail or backing rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Vision Technology (A. V. T.) Ltd.
    Inventors: Alan Then, Steven Headley, Mark Rasmussen, Rui Xu
  • Patent number: 9134628
    Abstract: An overlay mark for checking alignment accuracy between a former layer and a later layer on a wafer is described, including a former pattern as a part of the former layer, and a later pattern as a part of a patterned photoresist layer defining the later layer. The former pattern has two parallel opposite edges each forming a sharp angle ? with the x-axis of the wafer. The later pattern also has two parallel opposite edges each forming the sharp angle ? with the x-axis of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jianming Zhou, Craig Hickman
  • Patent number: 9134855
    Abstract: A positioning module of calculating a coordinate of a touch medium is disclosed in the present invention. The positioning module includes at least one image detecting unit, a first light source, a second light source and a processor. The image detecting unit includes a lateral side and an upper side. The image detecting unit captures an image reflected from a reflection component. The first light source is disposed on the lateral side and outputs a first beam. The second light source is disposed on the upper side and outputs a second beam. The processor is electrically connected to the image detecting unit. The processor determines a touch status of the touch medium according to a first image generated by the first beam, and further determines a touch coordinate of the touch medium according to a second image generated by the second beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Lu, Hsin-Chi Cheng, Yu-Chia Lin, Chun-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9084887
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for characterizing interactions or proton beams in tissues. In certain embodiments, charged particles emitted during passage of protons, such as those used for therapeutic and/or imaging purposes, can be detected at relatively large angles. In situations where beam intensity is relatively low, such as in certain imaging applications, characterization of the proton beam with charged particles can provide sufficient statistics for meaningful results while avoiding the beam itself. In situations where beam intensity is relatively high, such as in certain therapeutic applications, characterization of the proton beam with scattered primary protons and secondary protons can provide information such as differences in densities encountered by the beam as it traverses the tissue and dose deposited along the beam path. In certain situations, such beam characterizations can facilitate more accurate planning and monitoring of proton-based therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Loma Linda University Medical Center
    Inventors: Reinhard W. Schulte, Vladimir A. Bashkirov
  • Publication number: 20150145151
    Abstract: A lithographic process is used to form a plurality of target structures (92, 94) distributed at a plurality of locations across a substrate and having overlaid periodic structures with a number of different overlay bias values distributed across the target structures. At least some of the target structures comprise a number of overlaid periodic structures (e.g., gratings) that is fewer than said number of different overlay bias values. Asymmetry measurements are obtained for the target structures. The detected asymmetries are used to determine parameters of a lithographic process. Overlay model parameters including translation, magnification and rotation, can be calculated while correcting the effect of bottom grating asymmetry, and using a multi-parameter model of overlay error across the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Maurits Van Der Schaar, Kaustuve Bhattacharyya, Hendrik-Jan Hidde Smilde
  • Patent number: 9025166
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure illustrates a proximity sensing method used in a controller of a proximity sensing device. Firstly, a cross talk value is initialized. After the cross talk value is initialized, whether the cross talk value should be updated is judged at least according to a first sensing value currently received from a sensing unit of the proximity sensing device. When the cross talk value is judged to be updated, the cross talk value is updated at least according to a first sensing value. Then, a compensated sensing value is obtained by subtracting the cross talk value from the first sensing value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Lite-On Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Tong-Tee Tan, John Julius De Leon Asuncion, Lee-Cheng Tay
  • Publication number: 20150116688
    Abstract: A measuring apparatus measures a position of each of shot regions formed on a substrate. The apparatus includes a detector configured to detect a mark formed with respect to a shot region on the substrate, and a processor configured to obtain a position of each of the shot regions based on an output of the detector. The processor is configured to obtain a coefficient of a regression equation for obtaining a position of each of the shot regions, based on an output of the detector with respect to each of a plurality of sample shot regions on the substrate, and obtain, if the coefficient satisfies a tolerable condition for a discrepancy between the coefficient and a reference value thereof, the position of each of the shot regions using each offset amount that is obtained beforehand to correct the position of each of the shot regions obtained based on the regression equation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Masatoshi Endo, Takanori Morooka
  • Patent number: 9010012
    Abstract: Various gun sights and related methods are provided. In one embodiment, a gun sight includes a light source adapted to project light, a user-viewable interface, and an optical element. The optical element includes a first surface adapted to pass the light to provide a reticle at the user-viewable interface. The optical element also includes a second surface adapted to refract the light to provide a light guide at a peripheral area of the user-viewable interface to aid a user to substantially align the user's eye with the reticle. Various mechanisms for aligning gun sights, attaching gun sights, related methods, and other embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, Murray Dunn, Michael LaSavio, Michael D. Picciotta, Loc Nguyen, Ammar Burayez, Mark Buczek, Mark Squire
  • Patent number: 8994959
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for capturing the rotary position (D) of at least one rotary device (4) provided for receiving a container (3) by means of at least one sensor unit (5), wherein the rotary device (4) is provided for driving the container (3) about a rotary axis (DA), and the at least one sensor unit (5) is advantageously designed for non-contact capturing of the rotary position (D) of the rotary device (4) relative to the rotary axis (DA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Beckhaus
  • Publication number: 20150077764
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for estimating a location on an object in a three-dimensional scene. Multiple radiation patterns are produced by spatially modulating each of multiple first radiations with a distinct combination of one or more modulating structures, each first radiation having at least one of a distinct radiation path, a distinct source, a distinct source spectrum, or a distinct source polarization with respect to the other first radiations. The location on the object is illuminated with a portion of each of two or more of the radiation patterns, the location producing multiple object radiations, each object radiation produced in response to one of the multiple radiation patterns. Multiple measured values are produced by detecting the object radiations from the location on the object due to each pattern separately using one or more detector elements. The location on the object is estimated based on the multiple measured values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Benjamin Braker, Eric Moore, Daniel Feldkhun
  • Publication number: 20150070712
    Abstract: A target includes a contact element having a region of spherical curvature, a retroreflector rigidly connected to the contact element, a transmitter configured to emit an electromagnetic signal, a temperature sensor disposed on the target, configured to measure an air temperature, and configured to send the measured air temperature to the transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Peter G. Cramer, Robert E. Bridges, Nils P. Steffensen, Robert C. Mehler, Kenneth Steffey, John M. Hoffer, JR., Daniel G. Lasley
  • Patent number: 8976368
    Abstract: Methods for performing a scheme that results in a refined measurement pattern within an optical grid are provided. Physically adjusting spacing of elements within an optical grid to achieve enhanced resolution is historically unfeasible, as reduction of the spacing causes light sensors of the optical grid to pick up false signals when reading light beams. Technology introduced by the present invention generates a virtual reduced spacing of the elements within the optical grid by using two signals that are slightly different. These slightly different signals can accomplish, at least, quarter-grid spacing resolution within the optical grid. Additionally, the enhanced resolution derived from the virtual reduced spacing is employed to govern movement of a motor. The motor movement is in response to one or more changes of direction such that the motor is operating in its linear range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Khalid El Akel, Jean-Pierre Stang, Bernard Serres
  • Patent number: 8964190
    Abstract: The throughput of the alignment in an alignment apparatus is improved. There is provided an alignment apparatus for aligning a substrate having an alignment mark, including a first aligner that aligns the substrate to a first reference position, a second aligner that aligns a substrate holder to a second reference position before the substrate holder holds the substrate, and a position detector that detects a position of the alignment mark of the substrate after the substrate holder holds the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuaki Tanaka, Satoro Sanada
  • Publication number: 20150043936
    Abstract: A reflective optical sensor includes at least three light-emitting elements; a lighting optical system that guides light emitted from the light-emitting elements to a toner pattern; and at least three light-receiving elements that receive the beams of light reflected by the toner pattern. The lighting optical system has a lateral magnification m that satisfies m?P/S, where S is the size of the light-emitting elements and P is the arrangement pitch of the light-emitting elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Masuda, Hidemasa Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8939041
    Abstract: An automated testing system includes systems and methods to facilitate inline production testing of samples at a micro (multiple microns) or less scale with a mechanical testing instrument. In an example, the system includes a probe changing assembly for coupling and decoupling a probe of the instrument. The probe changing assembly includes a probe change unit configured to grasp one of a plurality of probes in a probe magazine and couple one of the probes with an instrument probe receptacle. An actuator is coupled with the probe change unit, and the actuator is configured to move and align the probe change unit with the probe magazine and the instrument probe receptacle. In another example, the automated testing system includes a multiple degree of freedom stage for aligning a sample testing location with the instrument. The stage includes a sample stage and a stage actuator assembly including translational and rotational actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hysitron, Inc.
    Inventors: David James Vodnick, Arpit Dwivedi, Lucas Paul Keranen, Michael David Okerlund, Roger William Schmitz, Oden Lee Warren, Christopher David Young
  • Publication number: 20150022826
    Abstract: A target is provided having a retroreflector. A body is provided having a spherical exterior portion, the body containing a cavity. The cavity is sized to hold the retroreflector, the cavity open to the exterior of the body and having at least one surface opposite the opening, the retroreflector at least partially disposed in the cavity, wherein the retroreflector and at least one surface define a space therebetween. A transmitter is configured to emit an electromagnetic signal. A first actuator is configured to initiate emission of the electromagnetic signal, wherein the transmitter and the first actuator are affixed to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Peter G. Cramer, Robert E. Bridges, Nils P. Steffensen, Robert C. Mehler, Kenneth Steffey, John M. Hoffer, Jr., Daniel G. Lasley
  • Patent number: 8934091
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and structures for monitoring incident beam position in a wafer inspection system are provided. One structure includes a feature formed in a chuck configured to support a wafer during inspection by the wafer inspection system. The chuck rotates the wafer in a theta direction and simultaneously translates the wafer in a radial direction during the inspection. An axis through the center of the feature is aligned with a radius of the chuck such that a position of the axis relative to an incident beam of the wafer inspection system indicates changes in the incident beam position in the theta direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corp.
    Inventors: Juergen Reich, Aleksey Petrenko, Richard Fong, Bret Whiteside, Jien Cao, Christian Wolters, Anatoly Romanovsky, Daniel Kavaldjiev
  • Patent number: 8908995
    Abstract: A method of operating a dimensioning system to determine dimensional information for objects is disclosed. A number of images are acquired. Objects in at least one of the acquired images are computationally identified. One object represented in the at least one of the acquired images is computationally initially selected as a candidate for processing. An indication of the initially selected object is provided to a user. At least one user input indicative of an object selected for processing is received. Dimensional data for the object indicated by the received user input is computationally determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Virginie Benos, Vincent Bessettes, Franck Laffargue
  • Patent number: 8902433
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an accommodating device for a dispensing or infusion device, comprising: a displaceable element which is displaced within the accommodating device when a cartridge is inserted into the accommodating device; and at least one sensor which can detect the presence or absence of the displaceable element or a detection element disposed on or in the displaceable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schlaeppi, Jean-Noel Fehr, Stefan Lindegger
  • Patent number: 8902434
    Abstract: A position measuring apparatus with at least one material measure comprised of an optical structure of an arrangement of 3-D reflectors, at least one light receiver arranged at a distance from the material measure, a light source arranged at a distance from the material measure and at a distance from the light receiver, and at least one transparent substrate present between the material measure and the light receiver, wherein the light receiver is deposited directly on the transparent substrate, on the side of the substrate opposite the material measure in the form of a thin-film structure consisting of several layers arranged one above another. A supporting plate is provided with circuit-board conductors, on which the substrate is arranged, wherein the transparent substrate and the supporting plate are joined solidly together by a Flip-Chip assembly process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Elesta Relays GmbH
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Wagner
  • Patent number: 8895923
    Abstract: A system for performing sample probing. The system including an topography microscope configured to receive three-dimensional coordinates for a sample based on at least three fiducial marks; receive the sample mounted in a holder; and navigate to at least a location on the sample based on the at least three fiducial marks and the three-dimensional coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: DCG Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir A. Ukraintsev, Richard Stallcup, Sergiy Pryadkin, Mike Berkmyre, John Sanders
  • Patent number: 8896846
    Abstract: A reflective optical sensor includes at least three light-emitting elements; a lighting optical system that guides light emitted from the light-emitting elements to a toner pattern; and at least three light-receiving elements that receive the beams of light reflected by the toner pattern. The lighting optical system has a lateral magnification m that satisfies m?P/S, where S is the size of the light-emitting elements and P is the arrangement pitch of the light-emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Masuda, Hidemasa Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140306356
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an arrangement is provided. The arrangement may include a plurality of chips; a chip carrier carrying the plurality of chips, the chip carrier including a chip carrier notch; and encapsulation material encapsulating the chip carrier and filling the chip carrier notch; wherein the outer circumference of the encapsulation material is free from a recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Michael Ledutke, Edward Fuergut
  • Patent number: 8854632
    Abstract: While a wafer stage linearly moves in a Y-axis direction, a multipoint AF system detects surface position information of the wafer surface at a plurality of detection points that are set at a predetermined distance in an X-axis direction and also a plurality of alignment systems that are arrayed in a line along the X-axis direction detect each of marks at positions different from one another on the wafer. That is, detection of surface position information of the wafer surface at a plurality of detection points and detection of the marks at positions different from one another on the wafer are finished, only by the wafer stage (wafer) linearly passing through the array of the plurality of detection points of the multipoint AF system and the plurality of alignment systems, and therefore, the throughput can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 8823953
    Abstract: Method and apparatus (1a) for optical detection of the position of large-area printed products (10). The apparatus (1a) has conveyance means (2a) for movement of the printed products (10) along a conveyor path (4) past at least one contrasting light source (30), and at least one optical sensor (16). The conveyance means (2, 2a), the contrasting light source (30) and optical sensor (16) are arranged such that the printed products (10) can be conveyed between the contrasting light source (30) and the optical sensor (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ferag AG
    Inventor: Carl Conrad Maeder