Cap Or Cover Patents (Class 359/511)
  • Patent number: 11833978
    Abstract: A sensing system that includes an optical,sensor and a sensing window. The optical sensor is configured to sense with electromagnetic radiation an environment. The sensing window is coupled to a structure, such that the electromagnetic radiation passes therethrough from the environment to the optical sensor to be sensed thereby. The sensing window includes an inner side that faces toward the optical sensor and an outer side that faces away from the optical sensor. The outer side includes a superhydrophobic surface that is in fluidic communication with the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: James R. Wilson, Arthur Y. Zhang
  • Patent number: 11729510
    Abstract: At least one combined image may be created from a plurality of images captured by a plurality of cameras. A sensor unit may receive the plurality of images from the plurality of cameras. At least one processor in communication with the sensor unit may correlate each received image with calibration data for the camera from which the image was received. The calibration data may comprise camera position data and characteristic data. The processor may combine at least two of the received images from at least two of the cameras into the at least one combined image by orienting the at least two images relative to one another based on the calibration data for the at least two cameras from which the images were received and merging the at least two aligned images into the at least one combined image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: BOUNCE IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Pablo Alvarado-Moya, Laura Cabrera, Sietse Dijkstra, Francisco Aguilar
  • Patent number: 11559189
    Abstract: A sterile sheath and methods for enclosing a confocal endomicroscopy (CEM) scanner probe with the sterile sheath are provided. The scanner probe includes a probe shaft, a probe tip, a probe body, and a probe umbilical. The sterile sheath for enclosing the CEM scanner probe includes a sheath tube configured to receive the probe shaft and has a distal tube end, a proximal tube end, a sheath tip mounted at the distal tube end of the sheath tube, and a sheath socket configured to receive the probe body. The sheath socket has a distal socket end and a proximal socket end. The proximal tube end of the sheath tube is fixed to the sheath socket at the distal socket end. The sterile sheath further includes a sheath lock ring and a sheath drape mounted on the sheath socket at the proximal socket end with the sheath lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignees: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Optiscan PTY Ltd.
    Inventors: Gerald Panitz, Robert Pattie, Peter Maxwell Delaney, Christopher Byrne, Selene Rodd-Routley
  • Patent number: 11547281
    Abstract: A sheath for covering an endoscope includes a latch assembly, an elongate body extending distally from the latch assembly, and a sheath tip extending distally from the elongate body. The latch assembly includes a main housing and a guide housing, the guide housing movable relative to the main housing to increase a longitudinal length of the latch assembly. The sheath tip has a front face including first and second windows disposed within respective first and second openings defined in the front face. The first and second windows are configured to correspond with respective lighting and imaging windows of an endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Hongwen Yao, Zhentao Lu, Zhenhai Zhang, Yong Guo
  • Patent number: 11471973
    Abstract: Laser processing head (20) of the present disclosure includes housing (30), transparent protector (40), and temperature sensor (70). Housing (30) includes an optical path of processing laser light (LB). Transparent protector (40) is detachably fixed to housing (30), passes processing laser light (LB), and suppresses dust of work material (W) entering into housing (30). Here, the dust is generated from the work material (W) irradiated with processing laser light (LB). Temperature sensor (70) detects the temperature of transparent protector (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoya Kato, Takayuki Yamashita, Doukei Nagayasu, Kenji Hoshino, Hideaki Yamaguchi, Ryo Ishikawa, Shinya Domoto, Kiyotaka Eizumi
  • Patent number: 11454777
    Abstract: A lens fixing module is configured to fix a lens, wherein the lens has a flange. The lens fixing module includes a fixing base and a fixing ring. The fixing base has a hollow pillar and a first connecting portion. The fixing ring has a restraining portion and a second connecting portion. An end of the lens is inserted into the hollow pillar, the fixing ring is disposed on the lens and the hollow pillar, and the first connecting portion is connected to the second connecting portion, such that the flange is sandwiched in between the restraining portion and the hollow pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Chun Peng, Po-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 11439294
    Abstract: An insertion apparatus includes: a bend preventing member having a first opening and a second opening; an exterior member connected to the bend preventing member in a state where the exterior member abuts against a second surface side, and a projection which is formed on the second surface circumferentially in a protruding manner toward the exterior member, the projection being elastically deformable such that the projection is inclined in an outside direction of the bend preventing member by making the projection abut against the exterior member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuru Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11353936
    Abstract: In example implementations, a mobile device is provided. The mobile device includes a camera, a microphone, a metallic housing and a privacy cover. The metallic housing encloses the camera and the microphone. The metallic housing includes a privacy cover storage area. The privacy cover is removably coupled to the privacy cover storage area. The privacy cover is dimensioned to cover the camera and the microphone and stay within a bezel of the metallic housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Yi-Ying Lai, Chyun Nan Liu, Chung Hua Ku
  • Patent number: 11340516
    Abstract: A lens hood includes: a casing provided with a through-hole; first and second rotary frames which are arranged side by side in an opening direction of the through-hole and rotate in opposite directions in conjunction with each other; and first and second lens covers which approach or separate from each other to open and close the through-hole. The first lens cover includes a first connection portion that is provided on one end side and rotatably connected to the first rotary frame, and a second connection portion that is provided on the other end side and rotatably connected to the second rotary frame. The second lens cover includes a third connection portion that is provided on one end side and rotatably connected to the second rotary frame and a fourth connection portion that is provided on the other end side and rotatably connected to the first rotary frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Kuroki
  • Patent number: 11333952
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a camera assembly. The camera assembly includes a camera subassembly, a flash subassembly, a composite plate, and an annular light shielding member. The camera subassembly includes a camera. The flash subassembly includes a flash. The composite plate covers the camera subassembly and the flash subassembly. The composite plate is provided with a first hole enabling ambient lights to pass through the first hole and reach the camera subassembly. The composite plate is provided with a second hole enabling lights emitted from the flash to pass through the second hole and reach outside. The annular light shielding member is disposed on an internal wall of the first hole. The annular light shielding member is configured to prevent the lights emitted from the flash from reaching the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Zeshuo Qiu, Yu Jiang, Jing Yang, Qianqiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11317771
    Abstract: A decontamination apparatus for a viewing window includes a cylinder and a rotating module disposed at one end of the cylinder. The rotating module is connected with a viewing window. The rotating module can be driven to rotate, which further drives the viewing window to rotate for removing dirt attached to the viewing window. Besides, a decontamination apparatus for a viewing window includes a cylinder connected with a viewing window and a rotating module disposed at one end of the cylinder. The rotating module is connected with a wiper in contact with the viewing window. The rotating module can be driven to rotate, which further drives the wiper to turn for removing dirt attached to the viewing window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Thuncloud Inc.
    Inventor: Aling Lai
  • Patent number: 11199698
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to optical devices. In particular, the present disclosure provides systems and devices relating to adaptable lens cover assemblies for protecting the optics of various optical devices, such as spotting scopes, telescopes, riflescopes and binoculars. The adaptable lens cover assemblies of the present disclosure are configured to protect the lenses of wide a range of optical devices, and enhance the overall durability and usefulness of an optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: High Country Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R. Meade
  • Patent number: 11150053
    Abstract: A scope cap assembly for mounting on a scope of a firearm is provided, including a resilient sleeve for mounting to the scope of the firearm; a support body fixed to the resilient sleeve and including a mounting portion; a cap defining an aperture and pivotably mounted to the support body and movable between a closed position and an open position greater than 180 degrees from the closed position; a biasing member for biasing the cap towards the open position; a retaining mechanism for releasably securing the cap at an intermediate position between the closed position and the open position; and a first removable disc configured for placement within the second aperture and defining a annular protrusions for cooperating with annular flanges of the cap to secure the first removable disc in the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bushnell Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Dunning, Aden P. Wright, Monte N. Koenigs
  • Patent number: 11130200
    Abstract: A method for producing a solid body layer having a domed or curved shape at least in sections includes: irradiating a surface of the solid body by laser beams emitted from a laser application device to produce a modified region within the solid body that includes modifications having an extension in a longitudinal direction of the solid body, the longitudinal extension extending orthogonally to the irradiated solid body surface, wherein the modifications are configured to guide a crack for detaching the solid body layer upon application of an external force; and enlarging the extension of the modified region in the longitudinal direction to increase stress produced by the modified region in unmodified material of the solid body, wherein enlarging the extension of the modified region in the longitudinal direction increases the probability of spontaneous splitting of the solid body layer from the solid body without application of the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Siltectra GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Rieske, Marko Swoboda, Jan Richter
  • Patent number: 11064865
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus provided in the invention has forced disposability of a cannula by the means and techniques put in place so that the parts in contact with organic tissues or the detection of container extraction cannot be used, re-used, or if re-used, in a way that aligns with their operating limits. Activation of the cannula is detected and traced using sensors or wireless intercommunication devices so that when a certain time lapses or a certain number of activations after the first activation of the cannula, a limited usage means disables the cannula in mechanical or electrical way to ensure forced disposability of the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: REED CAM, INC.
    Inventors: Frantz Roger Lohier, Ali Alex Moayer
  • Patent number: 10969663
    Abstract: A cap assembly for use with an optical device having an eyepiece includes an attachment member defining a cavity having a first opening and a second opening that are colinear. The first opening is dimensioned such that the eyepiece is insertable into the cavity through the first opening to secure the cap assembly to the eyepiece. A camera holder is rotatably mounted with respect to the attachment member, such as via a hinge, such that the camera holder is selectively movable between a first position in which the camera holder is colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity, and a second position in which the camera holder is not colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Timothy H. Linn
  • Patent number: 10781861
    Abstract: A protective cover includes: a synthetic resin disc part having formed therein a separation wall which is thinner than other parts of the disc part and separates a magnetic encoder and a magnetic sensor from each other; and a synthetic resin sensor holder part protruding inward from the disc part. A gate mark caused by the injection molding is present n an outer peripheral surface of the disc part or an outer peripheral surface of a cylindrical part continuous with the disc part, in the radially outer side of the separation wall. Since the gate is at the radially outer side, of the separation wall, which is near the separation wall, no charging end weld is generated on the separation wall when a molten synthetic resin material is injected from the gate into the cavity of the injection mold die and solidified in an injection molding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NAKANISHI METAL WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10663714
    Abstract: A lens assembly of a viewing element for an endoscope has lenses and a barrel containing the lenses. The internal surface of the barrel is shaped in accordance with the relative position and size of the lenses and a lens holder encompassing at least a portion of the barrel. The barrel and/or the lens holder are injection-molded and can be variably positioned relative to each other. An optional adhesive layer that reduces or eliminates small particles from the viewing element is positioned on an inner surface of the barrel and/or lens holder and used to remove any internal particulate matter that may otherwise obstruct the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: EndoChoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaniv Ofir, Robby Dascalo
  • Patent number: 10649319
    Abstract: A cap assembly for use with an optical device having an eyepiece includes an attachment member defining a cavity having a first opening and a second opening that are colinear. The first opening is dimensioned such that the eyepiece is insertable into the cavity through the first opening to secure the cap assembly to the eyepiece. A camera holder is rotatably mounted with respect to the attachment member, such as via a hinge, such that the camera holder is selectively movable between a first position in which the camera holder is colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity, and a second position in which the camera holder is not colinear with the first opening, second opening, and cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy H. Linn
  • Patent number: 10612663
    Abstract: There is described a multi-headed camera comprising a camera base, multiple camera heads coupled to the camera base, each camera head comprising a camera lens defining an observation angle, each camera head being configured to pivot such that the observation angle may vary between a minimum observation angle and a maximum observation angle, and a protective shield attached to the camera base, extending over the camera heads and shaped such that for each camera head a distance between the shield and the camera head varies as a function of the observation angle. Attached to each camera head is a resiliently deformable and flared gasket positioned around the camera lens and extending toward the shield. The gasket is configured such that, for any observation angle between the minimum and maximum observation angles, the gasket contacts the shield about a closed light seal path for preventing light from passing between the shield and the gasket, and reaching the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Avigilon Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Little, Nigel Geoffrey Taylor, Yang Yang Wang, Andrew Luk Po Wu
  • Patent number: 10564409
    Abstract: A telescope includes a monocular assembly, an optical lens assembly, and a focus cover. The monocular assembly includes a monocular and a light-shielding tube movably sleeved at the monocular. The optical lens assembly is disposed in the light-shielding tube and is fixed on the monocular. The focus cover is detachably disposed on an end portion of the light-shielding tube and includes a tubular carrier, a focus sheet, and a covering body. The tubular carrier has a carrying portion formed on an inner side thereof, and includes a connecting portion and an accommodating portion respectively arranged at two opposite sides of the carrying portion. The connecting portion is detachably fastened to the end portion. The focus sheet is detachably positioned at the carrying portion and is arranged in the accommodating portion. The covering body is detachably fastened to the accommodating portion for shielding the focus sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: William Yang
  • Patent number: 10393988
    Abstract: A photographic filter comprising a circular support ring; a circular optical filter lens design to selectively transmit light in a range of wavelengths, the circular optical filter lens attached to the circular support ring; a circular traction frame having a plurality of ridges, the circular traction frame circumferentially attached to the circular support ring; and a circular connection means having male threads designed to screw on a front portion of a camera lens having a matching set of female threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: New Ideas Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Graham Clark
  • Patent number: 10389445
    Abstract: A visible-light receiver and a visible-light communication system including the visible-light receiver may improve an accuracy of light reception. The visible-light receiver may include a housing having a first opening defined on a top face thereof; a lens module provided inside the housing that receives light or a visible-light signal and converts the light into an electric or electrical signal, wherein the light may be emitted from a visible-light emitter and passes through the first opening and to the lens module; a data processing module or data processor assembly provided within the housing that receives the electric signal from the lens module and converts the electric signal into data; and a cap or hollow tube provided on a top face of the housing so as to extend around the first opening and protrude upwardly, wherein the cap may have second and third openings defined in lower and upper portions thereof, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaepyo Hong, Hee Gu Park
  • Patent number: 10338198
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus includes a housing, a LIDAR sensor attached to the housing, and a window releasably coupled to the housing. The window may be cylindrical. The housing may be a first housing, and the sensor apparatus may include a second housing. The window may be releasably coupled to the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Cindy Anne Peters, Mark Edward Nichols, Sabrina Louise Peczonczyk, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Patent number: 10324358
    Abstract: A camera lens cap capable of coupling with a variety of lens dimensions is disclosed. An elastic sidewall integrally couples with a rigid plate. The sidewall is capable of expansion to removably couple lens barrels within a range of dimensions. The sidewall protects covered lens barrel components from scratching and other force damage. The plate covers and protects the glass lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey Overall
  • Patent number: 10309746
    Abstract: A windowed ejection port cover having an ejection port cover body; a window aperture formed through the body; a window element, wherein the window element is formed so as to be at least partially received within the window aperture; and a window coupling element utilized to attach or couple at least a portion of the window element within at least a portion of the window aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: George Huang
  • Patent number: 10288379
    Abstract: A riflescope aiming system that includes a telescopic sight, a multiple-zero-point elevation turret and a ballistics reference system. The multiple-zero-point elevation turret includes a rotatable indicator carrier and a plurality of indicator pins secured to the indicator carrier, each indicator pin corresponding to a predetermined target distance. The ballistics reference system is operably coupled to the objective housing of the telescopic sight and displays ballistics data indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VISTA OUTDOOR OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Meinert, William P. Atwood, Thomas Kramer, Brent R. Cook
  • Patent number: 10240899
    Abstract: An interchangeable scope lens covers system comprises a pair of lens covers each comprising a lens cover sleeve that is generally shaped like a hollow cylinder having a generally decreasing diameter from a proximal end to a distal end. Near the distal end, a generally annular lens is removably secured by a lens cap. The lenses are therefore easily removed and interchanged as desired by the user to configure the system to respond to changing shooting conditions. Between the pair of lens covers is attached a plurality of elastic cords or similar materials that hold the lens covers tightly against both ends of a scope tube in order to provide a press fit that keeps moisture, debris, etc. from entering the space between the lens covers and the scope lenses. The press fit forms a seal or barrier between the lens covers and the scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Engineered Outdoor Products, LLC
    Inventor: Denny McDaniels
  • Patent number: 10240897
    Abstract: A cover for use with an optic device to hold and display shooting information. The cover may have resilient retention members that allow a display to be releasably attached and detached from the cover. The display may be made from a single substrate or multiple substrates in order to make the shooting information contained thereon highly visible in a variety of conditions and shooting preferences. The cover may include a flexible body for securing the cover to optic devices of a variety of sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10237380
    Abstract: A cover device selectively covers a camera of an electronic device. The cover device includes a housing and a camera cover device to selectively cover or uncover the camera. The housing has an opening to receive the electronic device. The camera cover device is positioned on a front wall of the housing, and is configured to be selectively moveable to a closed position in which the camera of the electronic device is covered and an open position in which the camera of the electronic device is not covered when the electronic device is inserted into the opening, the camera cover device including a removeable portion. The removeable portion has a design element visible to a user when the removeable portion is disposed on the camera cover device. A user of the camera cover device can utilize removeable portions with different design elements to present a different look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Phuong Mai Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10139197
    Abstract: A firearm sight comprises a sight body including a clamp at its lower extent for removably securing the sight to a portion of a firearm. An upwardly facing surface is disposed on the sight body above the clamp and a housing projects above the upwardly facing portion, the housing containing a lens assembly. A shade is carried by the sight body, the shade movable along the sight body from a retracted position in which the shell is at least partially contained by the housing, and an extended position in which the shell extends over the upwardly facing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Sellmark Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Horton, Tianliang Chen, Andrew Pischke
  • Patent number: 10107593
    Abstract: A cover for use with an optic device to hold and display shooting information. The cover may have resilient retention members that allow a display to be releasably attached and detached from the cover. The display may be made from a single substrate or multiple substrates in order to make the shooting information contained thereon highly visible in a variety of conditions and shooting preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10017120
    Abstract: The side-view vehicle mirror is an exterior mirror for use on a vehicle. The mirror can be rotated 180° when the vehicle is parked so that the glass surface of the mirror is moved to a protected position within the mirror housing and a more durable back cover for the mirror is presented externally to the vehicle. The mirror can be made to rotate from controls located within the passenger cabin. In some embodiments, the hidden exterior vehicle mirror rotates into the protected position by itself whenever the vehicle engine is turned off and automatically rotates into the usable mirror position when the vehicle is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Moses Brown
  • Patent number: 9970728
    Abstract: A windowed ejection port cover having an ejection port cover body; a window aperture formed through the body; a window element, wherein the window element is formed so as to be at least partially received within the window aperture; and a window coupling element utilized to attach or couple at least a portion of the window element within at least a portion of the window aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: George Huang
  • Patent number: 9945639
    Abstract: The optic attachment for a firearm scope mounts onto the ocular lens end of a scope. The optic attachment for a firearm scope provides a flip-up cap that exposes an corrective lens in the optical path through the scope when the flip-up cap is open and protects the lens at the ocular end of the scope when the flip-up cap is closed. The corrective lens may improve the vision of the shooter, either by providing prescriptive correction or by providing magnification. The flip-up cap may comprise a mirror that can be used in emergency survival situations as a signaling device. An information chart, such as a ballistics chart, may be applied to the mirror and may be removed when use of the mirror is required. The corrective lens may be used as a fire starter by focusing solar rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Geraci
  • Patent number: 9846009
    Abstract: An interchangeable scope lens covers system comprises a pair of lens covers each comprising a lens cover sleeve that is generally shaped like a hollow cylinder having a generally decreasing diameter from a proximal end to a distal end. Near the distal end, a generally annular lens is removably secured by a lens cap. The lenses are therefore easily removed and interchanged as desired by the user to configure the system to respond to changing shooting conditions. Between the pair of lens covers is attached a plurality of elastic cords or similar materials that hold the lens covers tightly against both ends of a scope tube in order to provide a press fit that keeps moisture, debris, etc. from entering the space between the lens covers and the scope lenses. The press fit forms a seal or barrier between the lens covers and the scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Engineered Outdoor Products, LLC
    Inventor: Denny McDaniels
  • Patent number: 9756915
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide cases for mobile electronic devices. The cases may include a body configured to be selectively secured to a mobile electronic device having at least one sensor proximate to an outer surface thereof and a cover slidably coupled to the body. The cover is slidable between a first position and a second position relative to the body such that when the cover is in the first position, the at least one sensor is blocked by the cover and when the cover is in the second position, the at least one sensor is not blocked by the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Quang Nguyen, Shawn Alstad
  • Patent number: 9709879
    Abstract: A projector includes a projection optical apparatus including a projection lens that projects an image and a lens barrel that accommodates the projection lens, an exterior enclosure that accommodates the projection optical apparatus, and a lens cap that protects the projection lens. The lens cap has a body portion that covers at least part of the projection lens exposed through an opening formed in one of the exterior enclosure and a tab that is formed integrally with the body portion and engages with an inner circumferential edge of the opening to lock the lens cap in the opening, and the body portion has finger placement portions (first finger placement portion and second finger placement portion) on which fingers are placed in a direction roughly parallel to a direction in which the tab having engaged with the inner circumferential edge of the opening moves away from the inner circumferential edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Otsuki
  • Patent number: 9683812
    Abstract: A cover for use with an optic device to hold and display shooting information. The cover may have resilient retention members that allow a display to be releasably attached and detached from the cover. The display may be made from a single substrate or multiple substrates in order to make the shooting information contained thereon highly visible in a variety of conditions and shooting preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9645392
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior imaging apparatus includes a photo-receiving element, a transparent member that is disposed on a front face of the photo-receiving element and introduces light into it, and a movable body movable between a covering position for covering part or all of a front face of the transparent member with the movable body being spaced apart from the transparent member, and an evacuated position evacuating from the front face of the transparent member with respect to the covering position. The movable body has a higher surface wettability in a portion opposing to the transparent member at the covering position than the one of the front face of the transparent member. The movable body evacuates water adhered to the surface of the transparent member in a moving direction of the movable body during the movement of the movable body from the covering position to the evacuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naohide Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 9602643
    Abstract: A composite module includes a macro focus module comprising a second lens and at least one light source near the second lens, wherein the second lens is movable, after the time that the second lens moves to a predetermined location in front of the first lens, the light source illuminates, and after the time that the second lens leaves the predetermined location of the first lens, the light source extinguishes; a power supply module comprising a power supply and a connection interface; and a first circuit board coupled to the power supply, the light source and the connection interface, wherein the power supply is configured to provide power for the light source, and further provide power for the mobile phone through the connection interface which is connected to the mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Hsin-Lung Chang
  • Patent number: 9581430
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided which derive target characteristics from interferometry images taken at multiple phase differences between target beams and reference beams yielding the interferometry images. The illumination of the target and the reference has a coherence length of less than 30 microns to enable scanning the phase through the coherence length of the illumination. The interferometry images are taken at the pupil plane and/or in the field plane to combine angular and spectroscopic scatterometry data that characterize and correct target topography and enhance the performance of metrology systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Amnon Manassen, Ohad Bachar, Daria Negri, Boris Golovanevsky, Barak Bringoltz, Daniel Kandel, Yoel Feler, Noam Sapiens, Paykin Irina, Alexander Svizher, Meir Aloni, Guy Ben Dov, Hadar Shalmoni, Vladimir Levinski
  • Patent number: 9563050
    Abstract: A lens cover for a lens equipment includes a tubular cover body for detachably coupling at a lens housing of the lens equipment in front of a lens thereof, a cover module, and a locking mechanism. The cover module includes a cover panel and a joint unit coupled between a sidewall of the cover body and a peripheral edge of the cover panel to enable the cover panel to be moved between a covered position and an uncovered position, wherein in the covered position, the cover panel is supported at a front portion of the cover body for covering the lens, and in the uncovered position, the cover panel is rotated sidewardly about the joint unit for uncovering the lens. The locking mechanism is provided at the sidewall of the cover body for releasably locking the cover panel in the covered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: N cSTAR, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Cheng, Jason Michael Cheng, Changan Tian
  • Patent number: 9557514
    Abstract: A lens cap includes: a cap main frame; and a pair of operating members attached to a front surface of the cap main frame, wherein, when the operating members are made to slide outward by a biasing force, engaging portions at outer ends of the operating members are engaged with to-be-engaged portions in the front end opening, while first locking portions are formed at inner edges of the operating members, and second locking portions are formed on back surfaces of the operating members, concave portions are formed on the front surface of the cap main frame, first openings and second openings are formed in bottoms of the concave portions, cover plates are placed on the back surface of the cap main frame, and biasing members are placed between the cover plates and the back surface of the cap main frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Naohiko Hayashi, Yoshifumi Mitani
  • Patent number: 9541348
    Abstract: Holster carrying a firearm with an optical sight mounted thereon, holster having an open top, inner and outer sidewalls with parallel extension portions, a top wall portion affixed to the extension. A protector includes a U-shaped body with an upper wall, spaced depending side walls, a rear wall and a unitary forward spring tab. The side walls are respectively pivotally connected to the extension portions and movable between closed and open positions. When closed, all the protector walls, the extension portions and the top wall portion substantially enclose a rear part of the sight, including the lens thereof, to inhibit debris from entering. The polymeric tab engages the top wall portion and biases the protector closed which is overcome automatically by forcible withdrawal of the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Rogers Holster Co., LLC
    Inventors: William H. Rogers, Gregory D. Gossett
  • Patent number: 9519139
    Abstract: A zoom lens barrel assembly includes a first barrel, a second barrel, a lens barrier, and a transparent member. The first barrel supports at least one lens. The second barrel surrounds at least a portion of an outer surface of the first barrel, and supports the first barrel to protrude along an optical axis direction. The lens barrier is disposed on a front side of the first barrel, and is moved in a direction that intersects an optical axis to expose the at least one lens when the first barrel is protruded. The transparent member is disposed on a front side of the lens barrier, and prevents impurities from entering the first barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheong-soo Park, Jong-jun Kim, Douk-young Song, Won-chul Cho, Jung-ho Bae, Young-ho Yu, Hee-yun Chung, Ki-yun Jo
  • Patent number: 9470470
    Abstract: An apparatus is for a scope assembly having a front scope section and a back scope section, and a firearm including a mounting rail having a front rail section and a back rail section. The apparatus includes a front scope guard frame configured to guard, at least in part, the front scope section of the scope assembly. A back scope guard frame is configured to guard, at least in part, the back scope section of the scope assembly. The front scope guard frame and the back scope guard frame are selectively positionable and movable, independently of each other, relative to the mounting rail. The front scope guard frame and the back scope guard frame are configured to selectively affix, independently of each other, once the front scope guard frame and the back scope guard frame are positioned just so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Marco Pisani, Andrea Nazzareno Pisani
  • Patent number: 9465277
    Abstract: There is provided a lens hood that, when attached to a front end portion of a lens barrel, enables easy operation of an optical member attached to the front end portion of the lens barrel and is strong against external shocks. The lens hood attachable to the front end portion of the lens barrel includes a hood body with which an opening is formed, an opening cover member configured to cover the opening, and a cover support member configured to slidably fix the opening cover member to the hood body, wherein the hood body or the cover support member includes a plurality of abutted portions to be abutted by the opening cover member in the sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shu Ito
  • Patent number: 9296287
    Abstract: A protective mirror cover removably-coupleable to a vehicle side mirror system includes a protective mirror cover assembly including a first fitted sheath for fitting a first vehicle side mirror having a first outer wall, a first inner wall, a first right sidewall, a first left sidewall, a first bottom wall, a first inner volume, a first opening; and at least one first adjustable securing band; a second fitted sheath for fitting a second vehicle side mirror having a second outer wall, a second inner wall, a second right sidewall, a second left sidewall, a second bottom wall, a second inner volume, a second opening, and at least one second securing band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Stanley Chormanski
  • Patent number: 9255595
    Abstract: Techniques and architecture are disclosed for implementing an optical dome bezel to interface an optical dome/window and a housing of differing coefficients of thermal expansion (CTEs), In some embodiments, the bezel may comprise a material (e.g., Ti-6Al-4V) that is CTE-matched to the optical dome material (e.g., silicon, germanium, sapphire, ALON), thereby mitigating temperature effects on system performance. In some embodiments, the bezel may include a radially compliant flexure feature (e.g., flexure blades, spring-form S-channels), which mitigates physical stress effects (e.g., vibration, thermal expansion/contraction, etc.) on system performance. In some embodiments, the bezel may include an integral environmental sealing feature (e.g., O-ring gaskets), which protects internal optics/electronics from external environmental hazards (e.g., moisture, corrosive substances, particulates, debris).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Sindledecker, Gerard A. Esposito, Sixing She