With Clamp Or Grip Patents (Class 359/818)
  • Patent number: 9798103
    Abstract: A lens fixing mechanism includes a lens base having a hollow structure and a breach structure formed on the hollow structure and a lens clamp. A ring portion of the lens clamp has an opening and a protruding structure. Two sheets extend outwardly from the opening. The protruding structure protrudes from a periphery toward a center of the ring portion. When the ring portion sleeves the hollow structure to insert the protruding structure into the breach structure and a lens module is inserted into the hollow structure, the sheets are connected to each other to pack the ring portion to contract inwardly, so as to make the protruding structure pass through the breach structure for clamping the lens module and make a portion of the periphery of the ring portion except the protruding structure to clamp a portion of a periphery of the hollow structure except the breach structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: VIVOTEK INC.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Lin, Chih-Chieh Chan
  • Patent number: 9606322
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical apparatus, which is configured to output image information and comprises a housing; a light source; an optical device; an optical device carrier, wherein the optical device is mounted on the optical device carrier and positioned on one side of the optical device carrier; a support plate positioned on the other side of the optical device carrier and being one part of the housing; and a connecting piece, wherein one end of the connecting piece penetrates the support plate and then is connected with the optical device carrier, and the relative positions of the connecting piece and the support plate are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: HISENSE CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 9429824
    Abstract: A universal adjustable lens adapter and rig system for smartphones, or similar electronic devices, that is modular in nature and provides a component for manipulating and stabilizing the smartphone. The universal adjustable lens adapter includes a clamp mount assembly, a lens mount assembly, and a handle assembly that includes a clamp mount support that is adjustably and removably connected to a lens mount support. The clamp mount assembly provides a component for securing a smartphone, while the lens mount assembly provides a component for securing a camera lens. The clamp mount assembly includes an adjustable first clamp and an adjustable second clamp between which the smartphone is secured. Both the clamp mount assembly and the lens mount assembly are slidably connected to the handle assembly, such that the camera lens of any smartphone can be properly aligned with the camera lens attached to the lens mount assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Vadym Chalenko
  • Patent number: 9229300
    Abstract: A lens position adjustment system (10) permits adjustment of the position of a projection lens (5) relative to a projector (100) for making a Scheimpflug adjustment. The projection lens (5) has an optical axis (6). The system (10) comprises: a first support part (20) for fitting to, or forming part of, the projector (100); a second support part (40) for fitting to, or forming part of, the projection lens (5); and a connecting part (30). The connecting part (30) is pivotally connected to the first support part (20) and pivotally connected to the second support part (40) and configured to permit independent adjustment of the second support part (40) relative to the first support part (20) about two axes of rotation (7, 8) which intersect, and are perpendicular to, the optical axis (6) of the projection lens (5). A locking mechanism (28, 29, 51-58) is provided for securing a position of the second support part (40) relative to the first support part (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Barco N.V.
    Inventors: Frank Hellin, Daniel Lambot
  • Patent number: 9170395
    Abstract: The lens apparatus allows adjustment of lens tilt due to component variation caused by tolerance. The lens barrel includes a straight guiding barrel having a straight groove portion, a cam barrel having a cam groove portion, a straight movable barrel disposed outside the straight guiding and cam barrels, holding a lens and being movable in an optical axis direction by a relative movement of the straight guiding and cam barrels. A cam follower includes first and second cylindrical portions that respectively engage with the straight groove and cam groove portions. The first and second cylindrical portions have central axes decentered from each other. The cam follower includes an operation portion allowing rotational operation of the first and second cylindrical portions from outside of the straight movable barrel. A connecting member connects the cam follower and the straight movable barrel with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kunihiko Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20150116851
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to an optical system having multiple (e.g., two or more) optical components attached to a retainer portion, and the retainer portion may be removably attached to mobile electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers, media players, and the like. In some embodiments, the optical components may be permanently or removably attached to the same face of the retainer portion. The optical system may be oriented in at least two different positions with respect to a mobile electronic device. In a first position, a first optical component may be generally aligned with an onboard camera of the mobile electronic device, and in a second potion a second optical component may be aligned with the onboard camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak, Joshua Cantor
  • Patent number: 8991805
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a lens-holder device (1) intended to be hooked onto a support (101) of determined direction belonging to a conveyor carriage intended for transporting optical lenses (10) so that an optical test can be carried out on said optical lenses following a treatment of said optical lenses, said lens-holder device (1) comprising a body (2), suspension means (3) for suspending from the support (101) which are connected to the body (2), retaining the means (4) for keeping an optical lens (10) in position on the lens-holder device (1), which are connected to the body (2), these retaining means (4) comprising support means (5) defining at least one first resting point (a) for the optical lens (10), elastic return means (6) defining at least two further resting points (b, c) for the optical lens (10), the various resting points (a, b, c) defining a location for the optical lens (10), the body of the lens-holder device (1) being shaped in such a way as to pass around the portions of s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: SCL International Special Coating Laboratory
    Inventors: Jean Gehrig, Denis Gehrig
  • Publication number: 20150002948
    Abstract: A magnification lens holder is provided for use with a golf cart steering column or for general use while shopping in a grocery store. The preferred embodiment comprises a magnifying viewer lens disposed within a housing that allows the lens to be removed and interchanged. A support assembly is provided having one or more ball joints and a clamp assembly for securing the same to the steering column of a golf cart. The viewer lens is positionable over or through the steering wheel of the cart to magnify a score card, whereby the viewer lens rotates with the steering column while driving. An alternate configuration is contemplated for supporting the viewer lens from a shopping cart or basket, providing the user with a magnifying lens while shopping and inspecting grocery items. The viewer lens housing is removable from the support assembly in both embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Cleveland Darrell Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20140355139
    Abstract: An articulated support for a mobile phone, tablet, or other mobile electronic device provides an articulated arm. The articulated arm may be mounted on a floor stand or desktop stand. The device may be positioned at a point convenient to a reclining user. In alternate embodiments, the articulated arm may be supported by a wall mount, or by a headband worn by the user. The articulated arm may be modified by the user by adding or removing sections to change its length, or by changing its attachments for electronic devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Faye Begay
  • Publication number: 20140347750
    Abstract: A centering method for holding a lens, which has been molded using a molding die, between a pair of holders of a bell clamp system, and centering the outer circumference of the lens, this method including: a first step of using a planar part of the lens, formed using a molding surface of a molding die, to position the lens with respect to a guidance part of a positioning member configured to enable the positioning of the lens, and a second step of holding the lens between one and the other holders and another holder so that the optical axis of the lens positioned in the first step aligns with the central axis of the one holder. It is possible to prevent the optical surface of the workpiece lens and an antireflective film from being scratched when centering an aspherical lens or a spherical lens as the workpiece lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Teruo Yamashita, Hideki Mutou, Norihiro Shiozawa
  • Patent number: 8891072
    Abstract: An eyeglass support is adapted for pinch-holding the eyeglass (5) between three first contact portions (41-43) and three second contact portions (61-63). The first contact portions form a height reference for positioning the eyeglass whereas the second contact portions ensure application of the eyeglass against the first contact portions while conforming to any possible shape for the eyeglass. The support suits for being incorporated in a reflection measurement apparatus. In particular, it is useful for measuring reflection of eyeglasses provided with antireflecting coatings or for rating a protection against UV hazards which is provided by an eyeglass to a wearer of the eyeglass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Olivier Pophillat, Stephane Gueu
  • Publication number: 20140267882
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an auxiliary optical system for a mobile electronic device has a mounting component that is configured to be selectively attachable and detachable from the mobile electronic device. The mounting component is configured to be coupled to and decoupled from a multi-lens component with a plurality of lenses. When the multi-lens component is coupled to the mounting component, the multi-lens component can be prevented from moving, such as sliding or rotating. In some embodiments, an auxiliary optical system for a mobile electronic device comprises a removable onboard camera lens or onboard camera of a mobile electronic device. The onboard lens or onboard camera can be removed and/or replaced with another onboard lens or onboard camera with different optical qualities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Premier Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. O'Neill, Chong Pak, Ryan Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140253789
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to a lens component having one or more lenses attached to a retainer portion configured to removably attach to communication devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers, media players, and the like. The retainer portion may be configured so as not to interfere with a user's view of a display panel of the communication device. In some embodiments, a plurality of lenses may be provided, and the lenses may be removably attached to the retainer portion and may be interchangeable. A structure for providing a flash may also be provided. In some embodiments, additional features may be provided, such as attachment components to facilitate attachment to stability devices, such as tripods, and to user-wearable accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Premier Systems USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8820508
    Abstract: A bill handling apparatus according to one embodiment of the invention has a frame provided with a bill feeding path in which a bill is fed and with side wall portions provided in the width direction of the bill feeding path, a bill reading section installed in the frame to read a fed bill, and a bill identifying section for identifying authentication of the bill read by the bill reading section. The bill reading section is provided with a light guide member to which light is input from a light-emitting device as a light-emitting portion that applies the light to the fed bill, and the light guide member is installed to enter inside the side wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Nireki
  • Patent number: 8817396
    Abstract: Disclosed is an imaging lens unit that prevents the detachment of a cover from a holder. The imaging lens unit (200) is provided with a combination lens (6) and an external covering that is formed from at least the holder (2) and the cover (4) and covers the combination lens (6) from the outside, wherein the holder (2) and the cover (4) are connected by means of fitting members (70) that are integrally formed from a resin material and have, on both ends, a first fitting (78) that fits with a section of the holder (2) and a second fitting (80) that fits with a section of the cover (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Advanced Layers, Inc.
    Inventors: Hajime Mori, Takemi Miyazaki, Akihiko Matsumoto, Takashi Fujii
  • Patent number: 8809821
    Abstract: A holder device for holding an optical element includes a holder having first and second members to sandwich the optical element therebetween, and a sealing member for creating a seal between the second member and the optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Gigaphoton Inc.
    Inventors: Junichi Fujimoto, Hidenobu Kameda, Osamu Wakabayashi, Kouji Ashikawa
  • Publication number: 20140153119
    Abstract: An accessory adapter is for simplified target acquisition and can be used on or with an imaging optical device, in particular a magnifying imaging optical device. The accessory adapter enables the optical device to be equipped with other high-precision sighting devices for simplified target acquisition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Schmitt, Gerold Dobler
  • Patent number: 8730596
    Abstract: An imaging device comprises a lens barrel having an optical system with an adjustable focal point, and has a first state can focus relative to an imaging face, and a second state can not focus relative to the imaging face, a changing unit for changing the lens barrel from the second state to the first state when the imaging unit is activated, a discriminating unit which discriminates whether the state of the barrel is the first state or the second state, and a control unit which, at a time of activating the imaging unit, changes the lens barrel to the first state by the changing unit if it is discriminated that the state of the barrel is the second state, and which maintains the first state if it is discriminated that the state of the barrel is the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Hidefumi Ota
  • Patent number: 8717534
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lens comprising several optical elements that are disposed in a lens housing. At least one sensor array encompassing at least one capacitive sensor unit and/or at least one inductive sensor unit is provided for determining the relative position between a first optical element and a second optical element or between a load-bearing structural element of the lens and a second optical element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan
  • Patent number: 8681437
    Abstract: A magnification system for magnifying a surface of a device is provided. The magnification system includes a magnifying lens having a ridge portion extending along one of the edges and securing means for securing the magnifying lens on or above the surface of the device. An example of such a device is a mobile phone. The securing means further includes a base adapted to mount to a surface of the device, an arm pivotally connected to the base with a first connector, a clamp including a channel therein for receiving and slidably holding the ridge portion of the magnifying lens and a second connector for pivotally connecting the arm to the clamp. The second connector further includes a slider member having a, groove and means for attaching the lens to the slider member. The slider member further includes a first pivotally connected part and a second pivotally connected part. The slider member moves along the, groove and further is being attached to the first pivotally connected part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas A Jaffee
  • Patent number: 8654460
    Abstract: A lens barrel comprises an optical system forming an optical image of a subject, a tube supporting at least one lens included in the optical system, a fixed member disposed on an outer peripheral side of the tube, the fixed member including a wall formed along an outer peripheral face of the tube, an electrical part disposed on an inner peripheral side of the tube, and a flexible printed cable electrically connected to the electrical part. The tube is incorporated into the fixed member by being moved in a specific direction. The wall includes a slit with an inclination of 45 degrees or less with respect to the specific direction, the slit is open at one end in the specific direction. The flexible printed cable is guided to an inner face of the wall and pulled out through the slit to outside of the fixed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuaki Matsui
  • Patent number: 8643961
    Abstract: An optical device includes a lens module, a case structure and an optical adjusting mechanism. The optical adjusting mechanism includes a first adjusting member, a second adjusting member and an elastic element. The first adjusting member includes a first interference transmission structure. The second adjusting member is movably connected with the case structure, and includes a second interference transmission structure. In response to the movement of the lens module, the elastic element elastically urges against the second adjusting member so that the second adjusting member is movable within a predetermined distance range, and the second interference transmission structure presses against and engages with the first interference transmission structure. Once the second adjusting member is moved, the first adjusting member is synchronously moved so that optical parameters of the lens module are adjusted through the first adjusting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Tien-Hsiung Wang, Tsang-Hsing Ku
  • Patent number: 8611027
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wide display with a lens. The lens is provided on the front of a display unit so that a display unit protection member which is provided on the perimeter of the display unit can be optically hidden by an optical illusion effect induced by the lens and without changing the structure of the display unit. Further, an image displayed on the display unit can look smoother, and the image can be displayed in such a way that it looks wider. Moreover, the present invention can improve the satisfaction of customers who want to increase the size of an image displayed on the display unit. Furthermore, the present invention can reduce the burden of an enormous investment in equipment that is required to produce display units due to the recent trend of increasing size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Chaewon Bang
  • Patent number: 8599501
    Abstract: A spacing ring is provided and includes a peripheral ring-shaped spacing portion and a light shading portion extending from an inner peripheral surface of the spacing portion. The spacing portion has a resisting surface. The light shading portion includes an inclined clamping surface connecting with the resisting surface of the spacing portion. The clamping surface and a central axis of the spacing ring cooperatively define an acute angle, the clamping surface and the resisting surface of the spacing portion cooperatively define an obtuse angle. A lens module using the spacing ring is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia-Chun Chang
  • Patent number: 8564893
    Abstract: A support apparatus supporting a lens barrel includes an annular fitting member, constructed by cutting a metal die case blank, to form an inner peripheral groove therein, and annular sheets disposed on front and rear cut surfaces of the inner peripheral groove in a direction of an optical axis. A plurality of engaging members provided on an outer peripheral surface of the lens barrel are positioned between the annular sheets disposed in the inner peripheral groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Sugita
  • Publication number: 20130271857
    Abstract: A magnification system for magnifying a surface of a device is provided. The magnification system includes a magnifying lens having a ridge portion extending along one of the edges and securing means for securing the magnifying lens on or above the surface of the device. An example of such a device is a mobile phone. The securing means further includes a base adapted to mount to a surface of the device, an arm pivotally connected to the base with a first connector, a clamp including a channel therein for receiving and slidably holding the ridge portion of the magnifying lens and a second connector for pivotally connecting the arm to the clamp. The second connector further includes a slider member having a groove and means for attaching the lens to the slider member. The slider member further includes a first pivotally connected part and a second pivotally connected part. The slider member moves along the groove and further is being attached to the first pivotally connected part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas A. Jaffee
  • Patent number: 8477438
    Abstract: Provided is a lens apparatus capable of attaching an optical accessory on an object side thereof, in which: a lens protection lens barrel at an object-side end of the lens apparatus is retracted in an optical axis direction in response to attachment of an optical accessory support lens barrel supporting the optical accessory without changing placement of an optical system of the lens apparatus; and the lens protection lens barrel retracted in the optical axis direction is returned to a position before the attachment of the optical accessory support lens barrel by detaching the optical accessory support lens barrel from the lens apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Gou Shibasaki
  • Patent number: 8456768
    Abstract: A lens-holding-and-aligning seat and an LED light panel thereof are presented. The light panel includes a substrate, an LED, a lens and a holding-and-aligning seat. The LED is disposed on the substrate in corresponding to a soldering pad of the substrate, and the holding-and-aligning seat has a holding portion and an aligning element. The lens is fixed on the holding-and-aligning seat by the holding portion, and the aligning element is bonded on the soldering pad corresponding to the soldering pad by a reflow process. Therefore, the lens is aligned with the LED by a soldering self-alignment mechanism, such that the light shape and light intensity distribution of the light emitted by the LED may be adjusted by the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Shih, Yeu-Torng Yau
  • Patent number: 8416386
    Abstract: Clamps are disclosed for holding an optical element relative to a support. An exemplary clamp includes first and second arms and a member connecting the arms such that a portion of a mounting feature of the optical element is between the first and second arms. The first arm applies a clamping force toward a respective portion of the mounting feature, and the second arm includes a seat. The seat has at least upper and intermediate portions. The upper portion engages the respective location on the mounting feature. The intermediate portion is situated between the upper portion and the second arm and has a lateral thickness less than the lateral thickness of the upper portion. The intermediate portion exhibits elastic and plastic deformability sufficient for any moment applied by the clamp to the mounting feature to be limited to less than a designated peak moment, while maintaining substantially full engagement of the upper portion with the respective location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Margeson, Douglas C. Watson
  • Publication number: 20130038953
    Abstract: A spacing ring is provided and includes a peripheral ring-shaped spacing portion and a light shading portion extending from an inner peripheral surface of the spacing portion. The spacing portion has a resisting surface. The light shading portion includes an inclined clamping surface connecting with the resisting surface of the spacing portion. The clamping surface and a central axis of the spacing ring cooperatively define an acute angle, the clamping surface and the resisting surface of the spacing portion cooperatively define an obtuse angle. A lens module using the spacing ring is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIA-CHUN CHANG
  • Patent number: 8351139
    Abstract: An optical element module is provided. The optical module includes an optical element unit that includes an optical element and a support structure that supports the optical element unit. The support structure includes a support device and a contact device mounted to the support device. The contact device exerts a force on the optical element unit in a first direction via a first contact surface of the contact device. The first contact surface contacts a second contact surface of the optical element unit. The contact device includes a first linking section and a second linking section extending along a second direction running transverse to the first direction and arranged kinematically in series between the first contact surface and the support device. The first linking section and the second linking section are elastically deformed in response to a bending moment resulting from the force. The first linking section and the second linking section are arranged on opposite sides of a reference plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Kugler, Ulrich Weber, Dirk Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20130002939
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclosed herein relate to a lens component having one or more lenses attached to a retainer portion configured to removably attach to communication devices such as mobile phones, tablet computers, media players, and the like. The retainer portion may be configured so as not to interfere with a user's view of a display panel of the communication device. In some embodiments, a plurality of lenses may be provided, and the lenses may be removably attached to the retainer portion and may be interchangeable. A structure for providing a flash may also be provided. In some embodiments, additional features may be provided, such as attachment components to facilitate attachment to stability devices, such as tripods, and to user-wearable accessories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick D O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8279398
    Abstract: A deforming mechanism for deforming a transmissive optical element comprises a rotation member configured to hold the optical element and to rotate around an axis parallel to a tangential line of a circumference of the optical element at a portion where the rotation member holds the optical element, so as to deform the optical element by the rotation, a torque generating unit configured to generate a torque to rotate the rotation member around the axis, a holding base, and an elastic member connecting the holding base to the torque generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Sato
  • Patent number: 8270053
    Abstract: A holding mechanism for a long length optical element, which extends in a main scanning direction that is a movement direction of a deflected luminous flux by an optical deflector, and leads the deflected luminous flux to a scanned surface, includes; a holding member which is placed in a sub-scanning direction orthogonal to the main scanning direction and holds the long length optical element in at least two places. The holding member has, an adjusting section which deflects the long length optical element in the sub-scanning direction and controls a tilt of the long length optical element in a sub-scanning cross-section and/or occurrences of a tilt distribution in a longitudinal direction in the sub-scanning cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Amada, Hiromichi Atsuumi
  • Publication number: 20120127730
    Abstract: A lens-holding-and-aligning seat and an LED light panel thereof are presented. The light panel includes a substrate, an LED, a lens and a holding-and-aligning seat. The LED is disposed on the substrate in corresponding to a soldering pad of the substrate, and the holding-and-aligning seat has a holding portion and an aligning element. The lens is fixed on the holding-and-aligning seat by the holding portion, and the aligning element is bonded on the soldering pad corresponding to the soldering pad by a reflow process. Therefore, the lens is aligned with the LED by a soldering self-alignment mechanism, such that the light shape and light intensity distribution of the light emitted by the LED may be adjusted by the lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chin-Ming Shih, Yeu-Torng Yau
  • Patent number: 8159765
    Abstract: A barrel module and an imaging apparatus including the same. The barrel module includes: a base having a surface on which an image pickup device is disposed; a lens barrel disposed on the base; a driver for providing driving power to move the lens barrel up and down over the base; a clip connected to the driver to be disposed between the driver and the lens barrel; and an elastic member for providing elasticity between the lens barrel and the clip, wherein the lens barrel moves from an original position toward the base according to an external force is applied, and when the external force is removed, the lens barrel goes back to the original location due to the elasticity of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chan-ho Lee, Young-eun Kim
  • Patent number: 8116015
    Abstract: A monocular with attachment points has a tubular frame with a hard point attached to its exterior an optical axis defined by its center axis. A clip may have one end connected to the hard point. There may be two hard points attached to the frame's exterior, and the clip may be operable to detach from and reattach to either of the hard points. The hard points may be arranged in pairs on opposite sides of the frame's exterior. There may be a hand strap operable to detach from and reattach to any of the pairs of hard points. There may be a mounting surface rigidly connected to the frame's exterior. The mounting surface may be parallel to the optical axis and operable to receive a tripod mount and a picatinny rail mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sheltered Wings, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel J. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8085481
    Abstract: An iris rod clamp, and lens drive motor mount using the clamp, is employed for attaching equipment such as lens motors to various movie/video cameras via the different sized iris rods used by these movie/video cameras. The clamp includes jaws with clamping surfaces that have multiple, parallel concave cylindrical profiles matching the different sizes of iris rods. The lens drive motor mount uses clamps and support arms with flat sides to keep alignment perpendicular to the lens. A D-clamp slides along a support arm to adjust location of the lens drive motor and a rosette rotates relative to the D-clamp to adjust angular position of the lens drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Paul Hill
  • Patent number: 8045279
    Abstract: A lens is manufactured by hardening soft material filled inside a molding tool by cooling. The lens includes a convex lens portion having an optical axis, and a marking portion located outside of an effective diameter of the lens portion. The shape or the position of the marking portion is set to prevent deformation of the marking portion by contact with the molding tool due to shrinkage of the material during cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi Maxell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadahiro Kuwa, Hideki Komiya, Masashi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 8014087
    Abstract: A lens holder comprises a suction part, at least one connecting part, and a transparent plate. The suction part defines a holding groove and a suction groove on two substantially opposite surfaces thereof respectively, and a connecting hole communicates with the holding groove and the suction groove, wherein the holding groove, the suction groove, and the connecting hole are coaxial. The connecting part is positioned on a side of the suction part and defines an air hole communicating with the connecting hole. The transparent plate is shaped corresponding to the holding groove and received in the holding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Yu Deng
  • Patent number: 7990632
    Abstract: There is disclosed an optical element having a first surface and a second surface bounded by a circular periphery. A rim having an inner surface may extend from the second surface proximate the periphery. At least a portion of the inner surface of the rim may be convex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Christopher L. Monti
  • Patent number: 7978250
    Abstract: A lens barrel capable of reliably housing a flexible printed circuit board without increasing the number of its component parts and its outer diameter. A guide member is inserted in a through hole of a fixing member and projects from a holding member in a direction opposite to the direction toward the subject when the lens barrel is in a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kaori Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 7969667
    Abstract: A lens assembly comprises a lens group M and a lens frame 1 for retaining the lens group M. In this lens assembly, the lens frame 1 has an entire circumference support 2b for supporting the rim on the subject side, of each lens M, across the entire circumference thereof, and an end face support 2a for supporting the lens M on the image side. Each lens M comprises a chamfer 3b formed at a rim of a lens surface on the subject side across the entire circumference thereof, and the entire circumference support 2b supports the chamfer 3b such that the entire circumference support 2b is continuous with the lens surface at substantially the same radius of curvature with the lens surface. According to the present invention, there is provided a lens assembly which can reduce size and cost and has stable lens retaining ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Olympus Imaging Corp.
    Inventors: Toshiya Sodeyama, Yasutaka Tanabe, Hideaki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 7944630
    Abstract: A lens holder of a stacked lens module and a manufacturing method thereof are revealed. A stacked lens submodule is used as a molded molding insert to be set into a mold cavity. The molding insert is aligned in the alignment fixture and the clamp of the mold by injection molding or press molding. After molding process, a lens module included the stacked lens submodule as well as the lens holder is formed. Thereby the manufacturing method of conventional lens assemblies or lens modules is improved. Moreover, the processes are simplified and the yield rate is increased. Furthermore, the molded lens module is packed into the lens more easily so that it is suitable to be applied to camera lenses, small lenses and mobile phone lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: E-Pin Optical Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: San-Woei Shyu, Huang-Chang Chen, Chih-Peng Wang, Te-Cheng Lin
  • Publication number: 20110069404
    Abstract: A simple and inexpensive magnifying apparatus is removably attachable to most any type of electronic device (30) having a display screen (32) containing information to be viewed by a user of the electronic device. The apparatus has an element that connects (42) a magnifying element (90) to an element that removably attaches (44, 96, 108) to the electronic device, where the device permits the magnifying element to be moved into and out of position over the display screen, and further permits adjustment of the height or distance between the magnifying lens and the display screen while maintaining a parallel relationship between these two.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Peter J. Lappin
  • Patent number: 7876512
    Abstract: An apparatus for assembling a lens module is provided. The lens module comprises a lens barrel and at least one optical element received therein. The apparatus includes an element-grasping member, an assembly station and two guiding members. The element-grasping member is configured for grasping the at least one optical element and mounting the at least one optical element into the lens barrel. The assembly station has a support surface. Each of the two guiding members includes a stationary element fixedly positioned on the support surface, a movable element and an elastic element. The movable element includes a positioning surface and a clamping surface. The positioning surface is configured for pressing the element-grasping member. The clamping surface is configured for pressing the lens barrel. The elastic element is positioned between the stationary element and the movable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hang-Ming Wong, Chun-Kai Wang
  • Publication number: 20100328788
    Abstract: A lens holder of a stacked lens module and a manufacturing method thereof are revealed. A stacked lens submodule is used as a molded molding insert to be set into a mold cavity. The molding insert is aligned in the alignment fixture and the clamp of the mold by injection molding or press molding. After molding process, a lens module included the stacked lens submodule as well as the lens holder is formed. Thereby the manufacturing method of conventional lens assemblies or lens modules is improved. Moreover, the processes are simplified and the yield rate is increased. Furthermore, the molded lens module is packed into the lens more easily so that it is suitable to be applied to camera lenses, small lenses and mobile phone lenses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: San-Woei SHYU, Huang-Chang CHEN, Chih-Peng WANG, Te-Cheng LIN
  • Publication number: 20100302655
    Abstract: An iris rod clamp, and lens drive motor mount using the clamp, is employed for attaching equipment such as lens motors to various movie/video cameras via the different sized iris rods used by these movie/video cameras. The clamp includes jaws with clamping surfaces that have multiple, parallel concave cylindrical profiles matching the different sizes of iris rods. The lens drive motor mount uses clamps and support arms with flat sides to keep alignment perpendicular to the lens. A D-clamp slides along a support arm to adjust location of the lens drive motor and a rosette rotates relative to the D-clamp to adjust angular position of the lens drive motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry Paul Hill
  • Publication number: 20100296182
    Abstract: The optical element position adjusting mechanism includes a holding member for holding an outer periphery of an optical element, a fixing portion for pivotally fixing the holding member to adjust the position of the optical element, a clamping portion capable of fixing or releasing the holding member against the fixing portion, a driving section for driving the holding member fixed to the fixing portion by the clamping portion in a pivot direction, and a flexure that is interposed between the clamping portion and the holding member and elastically deforms to guide the holding member driven by the driving section in the pivot direction about the clamping portion. The holding member positioned by the pivot is released from the fixing portion by the clamping portion to restore the flexure to the state prior to being elastically deformed, whereby it is again fixed to the fixing portion by the clamping portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichi Imanishi
  • Patent number: 7808689
    Abstract: In an image forming apparatus in which light fluxes emitted from at least two light sources are brought close to one another to be allowed to enter the rotating reflector 35 to be allowed to scan the photoreceptor 39, the cylindrical lens presser spring 12 provided on the cylindrical lens supporting member 10 is positioned such that the lens presser spring 12 pushes the cylindrical lens at a position so that the light fluxes enter the cylindrical lens at ranges extending toward both strides from the lens presser spring 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Nakai, Hideki Sugimura