Identical Adjacent Mirrors Identically Supported Patents (Class 359/855)
  • Patent number: 10321019
    Abstract: Implementations disclose a method and system for providing a self-adaptive image. According to one implementation, a first non-white ink layer on is deposited on a substrate. Furthermore, a white ink layer is deposited over the first non-white ink layer and below a second non-white ink layer deposited thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Luis Garcia Garcia, Alex Andrea Tallada
  • Patent number: 10252673
    Abstract: In a vehicle door mirror device, a main unit supports a secondary unit via a mirror holder, and the secondary unit supports a secondary mirror. For this reason, by actuating the main unit to tilt the secondary mirror via the mirror holder and the secondary unit and simultaneously actuating the secondary unit to tilt the secondary mirror, the tilting speed of the secondary mirror can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Yokoyama, Masatsugu Ohashi, Masahiro Arai
  • Patent number: 10195993
    Abstract: A rear backup sideview mirror assembly to be used in conjunction with a vehicle's interior rearview mirrors to view other motor vehicles moving in a side to lateral direction. The rearview mirror assembly, located on the rear of the vehicle that allows the user to see laterally away from the vehicle in both directions for oncoming obstructions and down behind the vehicle in order to observe objects that may not appear in the rearview mirror but are behind the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Walter Lee Nichols
  • Patent number: 10182636
    Abstract: The EZ Mirror has a mirror system connected to a mirror vest by way of a flexible conduit. The mirror system has a central mirror between a left mirror and a right mirror. The left mirror is connected to the central mirror at a left mirror angle and the right mirror is connected to the central mirror at a right mirror angle. In use, the mirror system is held in place behind a user's head by the flexible conduit and mirror vest worn by a user, enabling the user to use both hands while looking into the mirror system of the EZ Mirror when engaged in activities such as cutting or braiding one's hair. The EZ Mirror allows a full view of the sides and back of a user's head without having to move any mirror in the mirror system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel Lopez
  • Patent number: 10160385
    Abstract: A vehicle rearview mirror is mounted in an accommodation casing of a vehicle and contains: an electric direction control assembly, a connection plate, a first reflector lens, and a reflector lens assembly. The electric direction control assembly includes a fixing seat and a movable sheet. The connection plate is disposed on the movable sheet away from the fixing seat and includes a first contacting portion and a coupling portion, the first contacting portion has a first plane away from the electric direction control assembly, and the coupling portion has a second plane away from the electric direction control assembly, wherein the second plane is lower than the first plane. The first reflector lens is secured on the first plane of the first contacting portion, and the reflector lens assembly includes a second contacting portion, a universal connector, and a second reflector lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Tseng
  • Patent number: 10061202
    Abstract: A micromirror of a micromirror array in an illumination system of a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus can be tilted through a respective tilt angle about two tilt axes. The micromirror is assigned three actuators which can respectively be driven by control signals in order to tilt the micromirror about the two tilt axes. Two control variables are specified, each of which is assigned to one tilt axis and which are both assigned to unperturbed tilt angles. For any desired combinations of the two control variables, as a function of the two control variables, one of the three actuators is selected and its control signal is set to a constant value, in particular zero. The control signals are determined so that, when the control signals are applied to the other two actuators, the micromirror adopts the unperturbed tilt angles as a function of the two control variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Horn, Christian Kempter
  • Patent number: 10032287
    Abstract: The wound assessing method and system of the present teachings provide a convenient, quantitative mechanism for diabetic foot ulcer assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Peder C. Pedersen, Diane M. Strong, Emmanuel Agu, Bengisu Tulu, Lei Wang, Qian He
  • Patent number: 9798051
    Abstract: An improved mount for, and method of mounting, an optical structure having a grooved/relieved protruding member is provided. The mount may have the grooved/relieved protruding member extending from a surface of the optical structure, a base element for mounting the mount to another structure and an upper element extending from the base element having a first opening extending therethrough for receipt therein of at least a portion of the grooved/relieved member. The first opening defines first and second arms, each of the arms comprising a head portion and each of the head portions ending at an end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: PLX, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvi Bleier, Itai Vishnia
  • Patent number: 9365163
    Abstract: A device for visually confirming a forward direction that allows a crew member to visually confirm a desired range on the forward side of a vehicle includes a first reflecting mirror that reflects the desired range and a second reflecting mirror that reflects a reflected image reflected on the first reflecting mirror toward the crew member, the first reflecting mirror is arranged on a dashboard that is located inside the vehicle, and the second reflecting mirror is arranged on a lower side of the dashboard, and a first light transmitting part and a second light transmitting part are disposed in an area that connects the first reflecting mirror and the second reflecting mirror and an area that connects the second reflecting mirror and an eye-point of the crew member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Yuya Kishimoto, Hiroshi Uematsu, Yuji Kuwashima, Miku Sasaki, Toshihiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9207453
    Abstract: A mirror rotating apparatus includes a stationary portion and a rotating portion. The stationary portion includes a detection sensor configured to detect rotation of the rotating portion. The rotating portion includes a mirror portion whose outside surface includes a plurality of mirror surfaces that face radially outward. The mirror portion includes a rotation detection surface opposite to the detection sensor, and a balance correction portion defined by a groove or a projection extending in a circumferential direction in the rotation detection surface. The balance correction portion locates a center of gravity of the mirror portion closer to the rotation axis. The rotation of the rotating portion causes the balance correction portion to pass through a region to which light is emitted from the detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Ono, Takahiro Suginohara, Ryogo Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9188848
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for accomplishing optical direct write phase shift lithography. A lithography system and method are provided wherein a mirror array is configured to generate vortex phase shift optical patterns that are directed onto a photosensitive layer of a substrate. The lithography methods and systems facilitate pattern transfer using such vortex phase shift exposure patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas K. Eib, Ebo H. Croffie, Neal P. Callan
  • Patent number: 9139134
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror assembly has a mirror support and a mirror plate fitted on said support and a rear cover enclosing the sides and back of the mirror support and the attached plate. The rear cover is attachable to the mirror support and is able to be securely fastened to the mirror support by a screw threaded fastener accessed from the front of the mirror assembly without removal of the mirror plate. This solves the problem of maintaining the aerodynamic surface of the rear cover and yet having it securely fastened without the need to remove the mirror plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Ferman
  • Patent number: 8919974
    Abstract: A multi-reflection structure including a substrate and pyramid is provided. The substrate includes an inversed pyramid shaped recess having at least three first reflection sidewalls. The pyramid is disposed on the substrate and located in the inversed pyramid shaped recess. The pyramid has at least three second reflection sidewalls, wherein the normal of each of the second reflection sidewalls and the normal of each of the first reflection sidewalls are not located in the same plane. Furthermore, a photo-electric device is also provided in the present application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tsung-Dar Cheng, Jen-You Chu, Ding-Zheng Lin, Yi-Ping Chen, Jia-Han Li, Hsin-Hung Cheng, Ying-Yu Chang
  • Patent number: 8817233
    Abstract: An illumination optical system for projection lithography for the illumination of an illumination field has a facet mirror. An optical system, which follows the illumination optical system, has an object field which can be arranged in the illumination field of the illuminate optical system. The facet mirror has a plurality of facets to reflectively guide part bundles of a bundle of illumination light. Reflection faces of the facets are tiltable in each case. In a first illumination tilt position, the tiltable facets guide the part bundle impinging on them along a first object field illumination channel to the illumination field. In a different illumination tilt position, the tiltable facets guide the part bundle impinging on them along a different object field illumination channel to the illumination field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Juergen Mann
  • Patent number: 8801188
    Abstract: A central distance measuring device, which can be directed at the heliostats, is used to determine the settings of the heliostats of a heliostat field. The distance measuring device measures the space between a plurality of measuring points from the measuring site and, based on this, determines the spatial alignment of the respective heliostat. A computer contains astronomical solar altitude software and controls an actuating device of the heliostat such that the heliostat assumes the alignment intended according to the solar altitude. With the invention, position sensors and/or angle sensors on the individual heliostats are avoided. All heliostats are aligned by a central computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V.
    Inventors: Bernhard Hoffschmidt, Joachim Göttsche, Markus Sauerborn, Helmut Essen, Gört Luedtke, Gregor Biegel
  • Patent number: 8770767
    Abstract: The sliding mirror system permits a 360° view of an object or subject to be viewed. The system includes a plurality of panels, at least one panel being movable relative to the other panels. The movable panel(s) is mounted on rails or the like for sliding movement. Each panel is configured as a portion of an arc. Multiple mirrors are mounted on the face of each panel. Each mirror may also assume an arc-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Edwine A. Billiot
  • Patent number: 8746903
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assembling two or more mirror plate stacks into a rigid unit in turn comprising a plurality of mirror plates and a base plate onto which the plurality of mirror plates are stacked. To improve assembly accuracy of the mirror plates, a base plate is provided with a first mirror plate mounted thereto, a handling tool is provided with a second mirror plate and a spacer is provided to a first surface of the second mirror plate and positioned to align the second mirror plate with the first mirror plate. This alignment is based on a measured position and shape of the first mirror plate to compensate for a deviation from a pre-defined position and shape. The plates are then attached to each other with the spacer; the handling tool is removed and the position and shape of the second mirror plate is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: European Space Agency
    Inventor: Marcos Bavdaz
  • Patent number: 8724082
    Abstract: A semiconductor laser driver includes a light detection circuit to detect a quantity of light as a detected light emission intensity and output the detected light emission intensity to the control circuit, and a control circuit to control a light emission intensity for the semiconductor laser based on the detected light emission intensity and on a predetermined light emission intensity setting value. The light detection circuit includes a photoelectric conversion element to convert the quantity of light emitted from the semiconductor laser into an electrical current and output the converted electrical current, a current magnification setting circuit to amplify the electrical current output from the photoelectric conversion element to a predetermined amplified current at one of multiple different predetermined magnifications, a detection resistor to convert the amplified current output from the current magnification setting circuit into a voltage and output the voltage as the detected light emission intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kyogoku
  • Patent number: 8707948
    Abstract: Non-tracking solar collector device (1) comprising at least an absorber element (2), at least a couple of reflector elements (3) disposed on opposite sides of the absorber element (2) for conveying the solar radiation onto the absorber element itself and said reflector elements (3) comprising at least one fixed portion (8a,8b) and at least one rotating portion (9); the rotating portions (9) being movable between at least a first extreme position (10), in which the rotating portions are moved away from each other and the entire surface of said reflector elements (3) is substantially continuous, and a second extreme position (11), in which the rotating portions are moved close to each other in order to substantially obscure said absorber element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kloben S.A.S. di Turco Adelino EC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Lester Harding
  • Patent number: 8651676
    Abstract: Foldable compact mirror apparatus (10) comprises at least three planar mirror elements (12) which are foldably interconnected so that the planes of the mirror elements (12) can lie in parallel or substantially in parallel with each other, and attachment means (16) for releasably attaching the mirror elements (12) to an upright surface. Preferably, the mirror elements (12) have different widths to provide a tapering appearance and reduced weight during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Prospect Ridge Limited
    Inventor: Kenia Nottage
  • Patent number: 8524488
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods of determining a characteristic of a cell, such as cell type, cellular response to a biochemical event, and biological state. The method generally involves detecting membrane movement in a cell to determine a characteristic of a cell. The methods of the invention are useful for applications such as drug screening and diagnostics. The invention further provides databases of cell characteristics, as determined by the instant methods. The invention further provides systems for determining the characteristic of a cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: James K. Gimzewski, Andrew E. Pelling
  • Patent number: 8511298
    Abstract: The present application provides a primary reflector in a solar collection system. The primary reflector includes a first reflective section that can reflect solar rays onto a first focal line, a second reflective section on the left side of the first reflective section, and a third reflective section on the right side of the first reflective section. The second reflective section can reflect solar rays to the right side of the first focal line. The third reflective section can reflect solar rays to the left side of the first focal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Juha Ven
  • Patent number: 8491138
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solar light condensing system for realization of natural lighting, and more particularly, to a vertical solar light condensing system which is formed on an outer wall of a building using a reflective member and a light condensing member so as to secure large light condensing area and to increase light condensing efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nsnet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Se Dae O
  • Publication number: 20130182121
    Abstract: A mirror comprises a doubly curved surface and is formed by pressing or casting. Additionally, a casing comprises a mirror including a doubly curved surface and formed by pressing or casting. An infrared device includes an infrared sensor or an infrared source and a mirror having a doubly curved surface formed by pressing or casting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Juergen Huppertz, Bedrich Hosticka, Daniel Wuerfel
  • Patent number: 8485676
    Abstract: Apparatus for increasing a person's field of view is disclosed. The apparatus includes a mounting base. A receiver is rotatably mounted to the mounting base. A center arm section including a plurality of rigid segments is adjustably mounted at one end to the receiver. The apparatus also includes an upper arm section. A ball and socket connection is included between the upper arm section and the center arm section. The apparatus also includes a plurality of mirrors mounted on the upper arm section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Donald William McCarty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8469523
    Abstract: An illumination apparatus includes: first and second lamps; and a combining mirror configured to combine emitted lights from the first and second lamps The combining mirror includes first and second reflection surfaces opposing the first and second lamps respectively, being abutted vertically with respect to each other, whereby forming an edge. Since optical axes of the first and second lamp are respectively inclined with respect to a reference axis being orthogonal to a system optical axis of the illumination apparatus, central axes of the lights from the first and second lamps are incident on a downstream optical system in a state of being slightly inclined with respect to the system optical axis after being reflected on the first and second reflection surfaces respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenshi Sakai, Kazuhiro Nishida, Katsumi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8439510
    Abstract: An apparatus for viewing an oblique forward area of a vehicle whereby light incident from outside a passenger compartment is prevented from reflecting. The apparatus includes a sub-window pane supported by a front pillar and a sub-pillar, a mirror housing of a door mirror for displaying a rear of the vehicle, and a first reflective mirror for displaying an area in front and to one side of the vehicle. The first reflective mirror is provided to the mirror housing. The apparatus also includes a second reflective mirror for reflecting the light reflected by the first reflective mirror toward a driver. The sub-window pane is disposed further toward the outside in a vehicle widthwise direction than a line passing over cross-sectional vehicle-widthwise direction centers of the front pillar and the sub-pillar. An outside edge of the second reflective mirror is positioned in the vicinity of the sub-window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uematsu, Yuya Kishimoto, Norio Mugikura, Tomoaki Hosobe, Shirena Takai, Ryosuke Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8422132
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide an integrated planar polarizing device and methods of fabrication. The device, in the order of incidence along an optical path of an incident light beam from back position to front position, comprises a planar array of micro mirrors, a quarter wave retarder film and a reflective polarization plate. The micro mirrors are regularly spaced-apart in an identical tilted angle ? relative to a base plane. The quarter wave retarder film is positioned between the micro mirrors and the reflective polarization plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Shanghai Lexvu Opto Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Herb He Huang
  • Patent number: 8393749
    Abstract: A free-standing and adjustable tri-fold mirror preferably includes a tri-fold mirror having first, second and third reflective surfaces, a mounting bracket statically attached to a rear side of the tri-fold mirror, a swivel device pivotally mated to the mounting bracket, a stand attached to the swivel device and extending away from the tri-fold mirror, and a base member attached to a bottom end of the stand. Advantageously, the tri-fold mirror is freely pivotal along an x-axis and a y-axis while the stand remains stationary and further while the tri-fold mirror is freely adjusted between folded and unfolded positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Andrea Daicos
  • Patent number: 8256911
    Abstract: The system for asynchronous remote steering of reflectors has parallel asynchronous remote steering mechanisms operably connected to reflectors. A powerless (mechanical) focal beam brake is also provided. In addition to the powerless focal beam brake, a plurality of safety mechanisms are employed. Remote angle checking is provided to adapt the system for solar thermal power plants, solar furnaces, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Jihad Hassan Al-Sadah
  • Patent number: 8251527
    Abstract: Generally, the present disclosure provides a light duct bend used in a mirror-lined light duct system. In one aspect, the light duct bend includes an input region having a first propagation direction, an output region having a second propagation direction disposed at a bend angle to the first propagation direction, and a transition region connecting the input region to the output region. The transition region includes a plurality of vanes that subdivide the duct into channels, which can reduce the loss and/or disruption of collimation about one or more bends in the light duct system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: David G. Freier
  • Publication number: 20120154942
    Abstract: An incident angle when illumination light from a position detecting device enters a reflecting surface may be large in some cases. In such cases, the retro-reflection rate of a reflecting surface having a prism structure decreases, leading to a cause of erroneous detection. In order to solve this problem, provided is a reflecting plate including a reflecting surface that retro-reflects illumination light emitted from an optical position detecting device towards the position detecting device that includes a light source, the reflecting plate further including: a surface structure in which a concavo-convex pattern having the same triangle shape in cross-section in a width direction of the reflecting plate continuously appears in a longitudinal direction thereof; and a retro-reflecting layer in which reflecting beads are evenly placed on at least one oblique surface of the concavo-convex pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicants: TOKAI TEC CO., LTD., HITACHI SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki MIYAO, Toshio HOSOGAI, Michiaki EZURE
  • Patent number: 8041483
    Abstract: Externally deployed airbag system for a vehicle including one or more inflatable airbags deployable outside of the vehicle, an anticipatory sensor system for assessing the probable severity of an impact involving the vehicle based on data obtained prior to the impact and initiating inflation of the airbag(s) in the event an impact above a threshold severity is assessed, and an inflator coupled to the anticipatory sensor system and the airbag for inflating the airbag when initiated by the anticipatory sensor system. The airbag may be housed in a module mounted along a side of the vehicle, in a side door of the vehicle (both for side impact protection), at a front of the vehicle (for frontal impact protection) or at a rear of the vehicle (for rear impact protection). Also, the externally deployed airbag can be deployed to cushion a pedestrian's impact against the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Automotive Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20110216427
    Abstract: Apparatus for increasing a person's field of view is disclosed. The apparatus includes a mounting base. A receiver is rotatably mounted to the mounting base. A center arm section including a plurality of rigid segments is adjustably mounted at one end to the receiver. The apparatus also includes an upper arm section. A ball and socket connection is included between the upper arm section and the center arm section. The apparatus also includes a plurality of mirrors mounted on the upper arm section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Donald William McCarty, JR.
  • Patent number: 8000443
    Abstract: A high precision posture control method for sustaining the posture of an X-ray optical element constantly at 1 ?rad or less. A longitudinal condensation mirror and a lateral condensation mirror, each having a condensation plane band consisting of an elliptical reflective surface, are arranged perpendicularly to each other to form a K-B mirror arrangement. Fresnel mirrors are respectively constituted of a pair of planar reflective surfaces formed in the vicinities of the incident side end and the exit side end of the condensation plane band of each condensation mirror. Interference fringe by the Fresnel mirror of each condensation mirror is independently monitored at a position insusceptible to a condensation beam by the condensation plane band, and variation in interference fringe is detected electrically and its detection signal is used as a feedback signal for posture control of each condensation mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignees: JTEC Corporation, Osaka University
    Inventors: Kazuto Yamauchi, Hidekazu Mimura, Hiromi Okada
  • Patent number: 8000014
    Abstract: Longitudinally adjacent plane mirrors (106-114) are pivotally interconnected in a columnar array (56) by non-stretching linkages (120) which constrain movement of the mirrors such that their normal vectors (115) remain parallel. Pivotable couplings (122, 124) in two mirrors permit movement of the mirrors with respect to mutually perpendicular axes (x, y) and prevent movement of the mirrors with respect to a third axis (z). Two actuators (117A, 117B) coupled to one of the pivotable couplings controllably move a selected mirror with respect to the mutually perpendicular axes (x, y). A first frame (116) couples the mirror columns together so that movement of the selected mirror moves all the mirrors in unison. The actuators controllably move the mirrors to orient the normal vectors such that the mirrors specularly reflect incident light in a preselected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: The University of British Columbia
    Inventors: Lorne A. Whitehead, Jon David Edward Scott
  • Patent number: 7995884
    Abstract: An optical assembly comprises at least one optical element movable in at least two degrees of freedom and at least one actuator for adjusting the least one optical element; at least one sensor for sensing the position of the at least one element in at least two degrees of freedom and is characterised in that the at least one sensor is located at least substantially diagonally opposite to the least one actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH
    Inventors: Yim-Bun Patrick Kwan, Michael Muehlbeyer, Johannes Lippert
  • Patent number: 7980735
    Abstract: A reflector assembly includes a frame that maintains the integrity and shape of a multi-member reflector for a recessed luminaire. The members of the reflector are arranged in a geometric form, such as a rectangle. The frame is disposed around the reflector. The frame includes at least one integral member manipulated around a joint formed between adjacent members of the reflector. For example, the integral member can include a clamp or tab. The frame and the integral member secure the positions of the members of the reflector relative to one another and prevent light from leaking through joints between the members. One or more connectors are coupled to the frame for connecting the reflector assembly to a lighting fixture. For example, each connector can include a torsion spring coupled to a lever configured to engage a corresponding catch of a collar on the lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Grzegorz Wronski, Lin Zhihong
  • Patent number: 7839567
    Abstract: A deployable reflector (RP), for a space observation instrument is disclosed. The deployable reflector has a chosen number of deployable reflecting elements (E1a-E3b) suitable, once deployed in a first position, for together defining a reflecting area in the form of a so-called Reuleaux triangle (RD) with closed convex curve whose width is constant as a function of direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Frederic Falzon, Philippe Blanc
  • Patent number: 7802891
    Abstract: A faceted mirror apparatus includes a support plate having a plurality of stepped reception bores into which are fitted the base portions of respective ones of a plurality of mirror facets having mirrored surfaces. An outer surface of each of the facets bears on an inner wall to provide a stable alignment of the optical axes of the mirrored surfaces such that the apparatus generates a beam of rays from impinging rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss SMT AG
    Inventors: Andreas Seifert, Markus Weiss, Andreas Heisler, Stefan Dornheim
  • Patent number: 7789516
    Abstract: A thin projection type image display device with a low chin height includes a cabinet, a screen, a projection optical system, an optical path changing unit, and a reflecting unit. The screen is disposed on a front side of the cabinet. The projection optical system enlarges and projects an image formed by a display element, and the optical path changing unit is disposed on the bottom of the cabinet to reflect the image enlarged and projected by the projection optical system. The reflection unit is disposed obliquely to the screen and below the screen to reflect the image reflected by the optical path changing unit toward the screen. The projection optical system is disposed in a space above a horizontal plane perpendicular to the screen, behind the front side of the cabinet, and below an optical path of light incident on a bottom of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-chol Lee, Kun-Ho Cho, Jong-soo Lee, Jae-hyun Park
  • Publication number: 20100212720
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a solar energy system includes a plurality of module rows and a plurality of reflector rows. Each module row includes a plurality of PV modules. Each PV module includes a plurality of PV cells arranged in a plurality of cell rows, the PV cells in each cell row being electrically connected in parallel to each other, and the plurality of cell rows being electrically connected in series to each other. Each reflector row includes a plurality of reflectors. The reflector rows are interposed between the module rows such that each reflector row is mechanically interconnected between two adjacent module rows and is arranged to reflect light having some incident angles on to one of the two adjacent module rows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: TENKSOLAR, INC.
    Inventors: Dallas W. Meyer, Lowell J. Berg, Thomas L. Murnan, Orville D. Dodd
  • Patent number: 7771068
    Abstract: A three-dimensional light reflection plate that can successfully prevent deformation of the light reflection plate, reduce initial cost and product cost, and facilitate increase in size and reflectance. The light reflection plate includes a bottom plate in which a plurality of mutually parallel slit holes are formed on a flat, light-reflective plate material and a mountain plate that is rectangular from a planar view of which a width direction cross-sectional shape is a mountain shape and in which insertion sections are formed in both width-direction end sections. The mountain plate is fixed to the bottom plate by the insertion sections of the mountain plate being inserted into the slit holes of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Suzuki, Nobuyuki Morita, Kaoru Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 7766507
    Abstract: A light beam emitted from a light source (11) impinges on the spherical surface (20a) of a collimator lens (20) substantially perpendicularly thereto. A light beam making a small angle to the optical axis impinges on the ellipsoid (20c) and then it is refracted. The ellipsoid (20c) converts light beams diverging from a light source located at the first focal point thereof into parallel light beams. A light beam making a large angle to the optical axis impinges on an ellipsoid (20b) and then it is reflected totally off the ellipsoid (20b). A light beam diverging from a light source located at the first focal point of the ellipsoid (20b) is converted into a light beam being focused on the second focal point thereof. An ellipsoid (20d) converts the light beams focused on the second focal point thereof into parallel light beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuharu Nakajima
  • Publication number: 20100099100
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for use in analyzing discrete reactions at ultra high multiplex with reduced optical noise, and increased system flexibility. Apparatus include substrates having integrated optical components that increase multiplex capability by one or more of increasing density of reaction regions, improving transmission of light to or collection of light from discrete reactions regions. Integrated optical components include reflective optical elements which re-direct illumination light and light emitted from the discrete regions to more efficiently collect emitted light. Particularly preferred applications include single molecule reaction analysis, such as polymerase mediated template dependent nucleic acid synthesis and sequence determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Zaccarin, Paul Lundquist, Peiqian Zhao, Cheng Frank Zhong, Stephen Turner, Yanqiao Huang, Pezhman Monadgemi, Ravi Saxena, Annette Grot, Aaron Rulison
  • Publication number: 20100033800
    Abstract: This invention discloses a mirror device comprises a mirror array. The mirror array includes multiple mirror elements. Each element comprises a mirror supported on a hinge. The hinge is attached directly to the mirror and is substantially perpendicular to the mirror. The hinge penetrates a bottom surface of the mirror with a hinge-top buried in a layer of the mirror beneath a top surface of the mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Fusao Ishii
  • Patent number: 7594732
    Abstract: A side mirror assembly is provided with a plurality of mirror members arranged in a longitudinal array to decrease the lateral profile of the side mirror assembly, and thereby potentially increase fuel economy, without sacrificing field of view for the driver. The mirror members are arranged with reflective surfaces angled with respect to a longitudinal axis running through the array, with the angles generally decreasing in a forward direction. An image of an object outside of the vehicle reflected by the mirror members is not reversed (i.e., the image is not a “mirror image” in which right and left sides are switched or flipped), thus increasing the ability of the driver to mentally process the image and respond in an appropriate manner. A method of manufacturing a side mirror assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Hamid G. Kia
  • Patent number: 7564535
    Abstract: A lithographic scanning apparatus includes a light projection device for seamlessly and uniformly projecting a scanning light onto a light exposing area. The light projecting device further includes an array of micromirrors having a predefined distribution pattern of reflectance variations for reflecting an incident light onto the light exposing area to seamlessly and uniformly scanning a reflecting light over the light exposing area. In one of a lithographic scanning apparatus, the micromirrors of the micromirror array are coated with a reflective coating of different reflectance to provide the predefined distribution pattern of reflectance variations. In another lithographic scanning apparatus, the micromirrors of the micromirror array are coated with stripes of reduced reflectance whereby each micromirror may have predefined total reflectance to provide the predefined distribution pattern of reflectance variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Fusao Ishii
  • Publication number: 20090180204
    Abstract: A deployable reflector (RP), for a space observation instrument is disclosed. The deployable reflector has a chosen number of deployable reflecting elements (E1a-E3b) suitable, once deployed in a first position, for together defining a reflecting area in the form of a so-called Reuleaux triangle (RD) with closed convex curve whose width is constant as a function of direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: THALES
    Inventors: Frédéric Falzon, Philippe Blanc
  • Patent number: RE41308
    Abstract: An Optic Reflection device, for application as Reflectors in the Light Track of optic installations, more specifically, as Reflector for single or multiple reflections in the scanner, apparatus of optics industry. Designed trapezoidal as opposed to rectangular or otherwise configuration pursuant to prior arts. In a preferred embodiment, the application is in the form of a reflector of single reflection to incident light beam; in another preferred embodiment, the application is in the form of reflector permissive of multiple reflections. Design pursuant to the trapezoidal optic reflector pertaining to the invention can substantially reduce space required of Light Track in an optic system, and therefore commensurably volume and weight claimed in the entire optic system, which facilitates compact design of the products and installation of other devices or utilities in the space so saved in the entire optic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventors: Yin-Chun Huang, Chih-Wen Huang