3d Position Patents (Class 702/152)
  • Patent number: 10338261
    Abstract: Technology for performing magnetic field gradient measurements is described. The magnetic field gradient measurements for specific positions on the Earth can be performed from a moving platform. The magnetic field gradient measurements can be identified as being affected by a level of error that exceeds a defined threshold. A correction value can be generated to compensate for the error in the magnetic field gradient measurements. The correction value can be applied to the magnetic field gradient measurements in order to obtain magnetic field gradient measurements with a reduced level of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gann, Benjamin Dolgin, James C. Zellner, Ender E. Barillas
  • Patent number: 10317200
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to wearable devices and methods for detecting relative surface orientation. The wearable devices and methods may include a multi-mode sensor comprising emitter-detector combinations (e.g., sets or pairs) that have various spacings between the light emitter and the photodetector. Proximity curves can be generated based upon the various emitter-detector pair spacings, and used to assess surface distance and angular orientation of the wearable device to a body surface of an individual. In some variations, location and/or orientation of the device relative to the body surface is determined based on mapping data acquired by one or more emitter-detector pairs to surface distance (z distance) values based on proximity curve data stored in a memory of a device controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chin San Han, Brian R. Land
  • Patent number: 10291276
    Abstract: Provided are mechanisms and processes for a lighting system for medical schedule management. According to various examples, an apparatus is provided which comprises a lighting interface configured to connect to a lighting element for illuminating a medical examination room. The apparatus further comprises a power interface coupled to a power source. The apparatus further comprises a Wi-Fi transceiver configured to transmit a wireless signal to connect to a device corresponding to a physician. The wireless signal corresponds to a local area network. The duration of the connection is used to track the presence of the physician in the medical examination room. The Wi-Fi transceiver is tuned to transmit a signal strength corresponding to the size and characteristics of the medical examination room. The apparatus is located in a lighting fixture in the medical examination room. The lighting fixture may be centrally located in the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Deborah T Bullington, Andrew B Bullington
  • Patent number: 10244222
    Abstract: A method and system of combining 2D images into a 3D image. The method includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a triangulation scanner having an integral camera associated therewith, the scanner being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the scanner is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A common feature point in the first and second images is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the scanner in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10140725
    Abstract: Dimensions of an object associated with an electro-optically readable code are estimated by aiming a handheld device at a scene containing the object supported on a base surface. A scanner on the device scans the scene over a field of view to obtain a position of a reference point of the code associated with the object, and reads the code. A dimensioning sensor on the device captures a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud of data points of the scene in automatic response to the reading of the code. A controller clusters the point cloud into data clusters, locates the reference point of the code in one of the data clusters, extracts from the point cloud the data points of the one data cluster belonging to the object, and processes the extracted data points belonging to the object to estimate the dimensions of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jay J. Williams, Kevin J. O'Connell, Ankur R. Patel, Cuneyt M. Taskiran
  • Patent number: 10132611
    Abstract: A method and system for acquiring three-dimensional (3D) coordinates of a surface is provided. The method includes providing the scanner configured to emit a light from the light source and reflect the light onto the surface, the scanner further being configured to determine with a processor a three-dimensional coordinate of a point on the surface based at least in part on a first and second angle measuring device and a reflection of the light from the surface. An image is acquired of the surface with a camera and a feature is identified. A first area is identified having a high information content and a first arc segment is determined. The surface is scanned by rotating a motor at a first speed during the first arc segment and at a second speed during a second arc segment, the second speed being greater than the first speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Steffey, Reinhard Becker, Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Jurgen Gittinger
  • Patent number: 10089750
    Abstract: A system, article, and method of automatic object dimension measurement by using image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Hon Pong Ho
  • Patent number: 9987108
    Abstract: Methods and systems for scanning an intraoral cavity of a patient provide capturing one or more viewfinder images of the intraoral cavity and scanning the intraoral cavity with an intraoral scanner to generate one or more topography scans of the intraoral cavity. The one or more topography scans may correspond to the one or more viewfinder images. The methods and systems further provide capturing a viewfinder image of a portion of the intraoral cavity, the viewfinder image overlapping with the one or more viewfinder images. An area of overlap of the viewfinder image with the one or more viewfinder images can be determined. One or more indicators of the area of overlap can be displayed on one or more locations of a display in order to provide guidance for positioning a field of view of the intraoral scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Adi Levin
  • Patent number: 9990759
    Abstract: A system and method for offloading augmented reality processing is described. A first sensor of a server generates a first set of sensor data corresponding to a location and an orientation of a display device. The server receives a request from the display device to offload a combination of at least one of a tracking process and a rendering process from the display device. The server generates offloaded processed data based on a combination of at least one of the first set of sensor data and a second set of sensor data. The second set of sensor data is generated by a second sensor at the display device. The server streams the offloaded processed data to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 9977839
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and computer-program products for reducing sensor reading time error and estimating the time of an event sensed by a sensor are presented. According to implementations, a sensor indicates to a system with which it interacts, the time when an event occurred. In some implementations, the sensor can generate an interrupt that is usable by the system to estimate the time when the event occurred. In implementations, the sensor can output a correction value that is usable by the system to estimate when the event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Joseph Czompo
  • Patent number: 9952671
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor and a memory that cause the apparatus to perform receiving a video indicating a motion, generating a set of scalar representations of movement based, at least in part, on at least part of the video, and identifying at least one predetermined motion that correlates to the set of scalar representations of movement is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Lance Williams, Xiaohui Shen, Gang Hua
  • Patent number: 9772694
    Abstract: A coordinate calculation apparatus calculates a coordinate point representing a position on a display screen based on an orientation of an input device. The coordinate calculation apparatus includes direction acquisition means, orientation calculation means, first coordinate calculation means, and correction means. The direction acquisition means acquires information representing a direction of the input device viewed from a predetermined position in a predetermined space. The orientation calculation means calculates the orientation of the input device in the predetermined space. The first coordinate calculation means calculates a first coordinate point for determining the position on the display screen based on the orientation of the input device. The correction means corrects the first coordinate point such that the first coordinate point calculated when the input device is directed in a predetermined direction takes a predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keizo Ohta
  • Patent number: 9754165
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a 2-dimensional (2-D) image of a geographical region is transformed via a regional maxima transform (RMT) or an edge segmenting and boundary filling (ESBF) transform to produce a filtered 2-D image. The filtered 2-D image is iteratively eroded and opened to produce a processed EO 2-D image, 2-D object shape morphology is extracted from the processed EO 2-D image, and 2-D shape properties are extracted from the 2-D object shape morphology. A height slice of a 3-dimensional (3-D) point cloud comprising 3-D coordinate and intensity measurements of the geographical region is generated, and slice object shape morphology is extracted from the height slice. Slice shape properties from the slice object shape morphology are extracted, and the 2-D image is constellation matched to the height slice based on the 2-D shape properties and the slice shape properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Terrell Nathan Mundhenk, Kyungnam Kim, Yuri Owechko, Hai-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 9746303
    Abstract: A first correction component calculation processing unit calculates diagonal components of a correction matrix based on first and second detection values. The first and second detection values are obtained by measurement in which a calibration reference body and the probe are moved relatively to each other in a normal direction on a surface of the calibration reference body so as to bring a measurement tip into contact with the surface of the calibration reference body at one point. A second correction component calculation processing unit calculates non-diagonal components of the correction matrix based on third and fourth detection values. The third and fourth detection values are obtained by scanning measurement using the measurement tip on the surface of the calibration reference body while maintaining a constant relative distance between the center of the measurement tip and a reference point or a reference line of the calibration reference body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hideyuki Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9742522
    Abstract: A system for interference suppression onboard a satellite includes a beamforming module that processes radio-frequency (RF) signals originated from a plurality of antenna elements of an array antenna to generate multiple analog signals. At least one of the analog signals is an anti-interference signal. Analog-to-digital converters convert the analog signals to a number of digital signals. A processing module processes the digital signals to generate a phase and amplitude control signal. A summation module generates one or more composite signals with reduced interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erik Lier, Anthony W. Jacomb-Hood, Matthew George Bray, Russell T. Baker
  • Patent number: 9734394
    Abstract: A method for registering existing vector data associated with a first image of a location to a second image of the location is provided. Typically the images are separated by an increment of time. The method is implemented by at least one computing device including at least one processor in communication with a memory. The method includes receiving, by the at least one computing device, the existing vector data associated with the first image of the location, receiving, by the at least one computing device, a plurality of controls for registering the first image to the second image, applying, by the at least one computing device, the plurality of controls to the existing vector data to generate updated vector data, and storing, in the memory, the updated vector data associated with the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Klein, Anthony W. Baker
  • Patent number: 9726482
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a method for compensating a force at a probe element of a probing unit. The probing unit being attached to and moved along a defined moving path with a number of moving points by a coordinate measuring machine for approaching a measuring point at an object. The probing unit comprises an actuator which is arranged and designed in such manner that a force is applicable to the probe element with respect to at least one actuating direction in variable and defined manner, the force depending on an applied actuating signal. Movement information about an expected movement of the probing unit is received, the movement information provides information about an expected displacement behaviour of the probe element relative to the probing unit due to induced forces emerging by moving the probing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
    Inventors: Claudio Iseli, Bernhard Sprenger
  • Patent number: 9724177
    Abstract: Methods and systems for scanning an intraoral cavity of a patient provide capturing one or more viewfinder images of the intraoral cavity and scanning the intraoral cavity with an intraoral scanner to generate one or more topography scans of the intraoral cavity. The one or more topography scans may correspond to the one or more viewfinder images. The methods and systems further provide capturing a viewfinder image of a portion of the intraoral cavity, the viewfinder image overlapping with the one or more viewfinder images. An area of overlap of the viewfinder image with the one or more viewfinder images can be determined. One or more indicators of the area of overlap can be displayed on one or more locations of a display in order to provide guidance for positioning a field of view of the intraoral scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Adi Levin
  • Patent number: 9696410
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus for minimizing occurrence of an error in measuring an altitude, and a method thereof. A jamming suppression apparatus of an altitude measuring sensor includes a signal unit configured to transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal to the outside or receive an RF signal from the outside, and a processing unit configured to determine whether jamming has occurred on the basis of a noise signal received from the signal unit, and suppress jamming by performing at least one of a plurality of jamming suppression algorithms sequentially or simultaneously on the basis of a current altitude when jamming has occurred according to the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELOPMENT
    Inventors: Jaehwan Lee, Jonghun Jang, Jaehyun Choi, Jineep Roh
  • Patent number: 9661295
    Abstract: A method of combining 2D images into a 3D image includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a triangulation scanner having an integral camera associated therewith, the scanner being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the scanner is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A cardinal point common to the first and second images is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the scanner in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9589182
    Abstract: A method of estimating an orientation of a body is provided. The method includes determining a reference point based on a first region of a body, calculating a translation matrix of a world coordinate system based on the reference point; determining a first vector based on the reference point and a second region of the body, calculating a first rotation matrix rotated by an angle ? about a first rotation vector, which is perpendicular to the first vector and a Z-axis of the world coordinate system, as a first rotation axis, determining a second vector based on the first vector and a third region of the body, calculating a second rotation matrix rotated by an angle ? about the Z-axis of the world coordinate system as a second rotation axis, and calculating a transformation matrix based on the translation matrix, the first rotation matrix, and the second rotation matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-yub Jung, Jung-seop Kim, Jin-wuk Choi, Nam-su Ha
  • Patent number: 9551763
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses are disclosed for providing a uniform RF field and magnetic bias field to a nitrogen vacancy center diamond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph W. Hahn, Gregory S. Bruce, Duc Huynh, Wilbur Lew
  • Patent number: 9506744
    Abstract: A method of combining 2D images into a 3D image includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a triangulation scanner having an integral camera associated therewith, the scanner being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the scanner is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A cardinal point common to the first and second images is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the scanner in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 9483174
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes, for example, a touch panel placed over a display screen. For example, when a start of a touch input is detected, the first-touch-input coordinates are determined as object generation coordinates and an object is displayed in the coordinates. When an input direction based on coordinates continuously detected after the object generation coordinates until, for example, a touch-off is determined to be a predetermined direction, the object is moved in a specific direction. Alternatively, an input direction is determined based on coordinates continuously detected after the object generation coordinates until a touch-off, and then, based on the input direction, the direction opposite to the input direction, for example, is determined to be a moving direction and the object is moved in the moving direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9473229
    Abstract: A receiver in a communication system is provided that includes a synchronization module and a channel estimator. The synchronization module is configured to identify an end of a cyclic prefix (CP) in a received signal using slope detection by monitoring a detection metric threshold in the received signal. The channel estimator is configured to estimate a complex noise variance using guard band subcarriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bei Yin, Gary Xu, Eran Pisek, Shadi Abu-Surra, Thomas Henige, Zhouyue Pi
  • Patent number: 9429550
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, package evaluation systems and methods are provided for evaluating the sustainability of packaging used in the shipment of goods. In particular, the package evaluation systems and methods are configured for performing package evaluations and managing and providing access to data resulting from package evaluations. The package evaluations are designed to assess, among other things, the ability of sample packages to prevent damage to their contents, the volumetric efficiency of sample packages, and the sustainability of the materials used to construct sample packages. In addition, the systems and methods are further configured for assigning a certification to an entity associated with the evaluated packages based on the results of the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold Barlow, Dennis R. Estep, Andrew J. Gruber, Patrick McDavid, Quinto Marini, Nancy Parmer
  • Patent number: 9418435
    Abstract: A field of view available for stereo measurement is expanded using a field of view other than a common field of view. To this end, a plane (plane e) including a corresponding point (xa) on a sensor plane of a first camera, which corresponds to a feature point (X), a focal position (F1) of the first camera, and a focal position (F2) of the second camera is calculated; a first line (straight line E) that is a line of intersection of the plane (plane e) and a plane including a sensor plane of the second camera is calculated; a second line (straight line G) including a corresponding point group on the sensor plane of the second camera, which corresponds to a feature point group, is calculated; an intersection of the first and second lines is calculated as a corresponding point (xb) on the plane including the sensor plane of the second camera, which corresponds to the feature point (X); and three-dimensional coordinates of the feature point (X) are calculated based on the corresponding points (xa, xb).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9392421
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling group communications using a mobile device includes detecting a motion of the mobile device corresponding to a user placing the device on a surface, maintain a communication session with another mobile device while the user is detected in proximity to the first mobile device, and entering a non-active communication mode when the user is not detected in proximity to the device. The communication session may be maintained for a time-out period before entering the non-active mode. Further methods and systems include transitioning to a non-active communication mode in response to detecting a motion of the mobile device corresponding to a user placing the device on a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shobha M. Subbaramoo, Mark A. Lindner
  • Patent number: 9310460
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for searching a transmitter. Therein, the vectorial magnetic field strengths of the field emitted by the transmitter are detected for at least a first and a second measurement point relative to a reference axis of the detector carried by a searcher. Furthermore, at least one orientation difference (?2??1) between the first and the second measurement point is detected. Based on certain assumptions, the vectorial magnetic field strengths are calculated and subsequently a function (E) of an error vector (g) representing the difference between the calculated and the measured vectorial magnetic field strengths is numerically minimized for determining an updated position vector. Moreover, the invention relates to a corresponding detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ortovox Sportartikel GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Matzner, Felix Greimel, Hannah Jörg
  • Patent number: 9299184
    Abstract: Simulating performance of a virtual camera operating inside a 3-D environment having scenes generated for motion pictures and video games including: tracking position and orientation of an object within a physical volume of space; placing the virtual camera within the virtual 3-D environment corresponding to the tracked position of the object within the physical volume of space; capturing shots within a field of view of the virtual camera, wherein the field of view of the virtual camera is measured in accordance with the tracked position and orientation of the object; and displaying the captured shots of the 3-D environment captured with the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mumbauer, Thomas Bland
  • Patent number: 9264479
    Abstract: A system and method for offloading augmented reality processing is described. A sensor external to a viewing device of a user tracks a location and an orientation of the viewing device. The location and orientation are defined relative to predefined references of a physical environment local to the user. A server receives a request from the viewing device to offload at least one of a tracking process and an augmented reality rendering process. The augmented reality rendering process is based on an augmented reality database. The server generates offloaded processed data based on the request and the location and the orientation of the viewing device. The offloaded processed data is streamed to the viewing device. A visualization of the offloaded processed data is generated in the viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mullins
  • Patent number: 9262924
    Abstract: A human machine interface (HMI) can communicate warnings and messages to a driver by selecting among a variety of warning devices based on information related to the driver's viewing angle. The variety of warning devices can include a primary-visual warning device (e.g., a heads up display), secondary-visual warning devices (e.g., an instrument cluster or a navigational screen), a portable device (e.g., a tablet or a cellular phone), an audio system, or a haptic device. The HMI apparatus displays warnings on visual warning devices within the driver's view, can signal an active portable device to output a warning. Visual warnings can include directional cues. Audio warnings may accompany the visual warnings, and can be output with greater intensity when no visual devices are within the driver's view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: John-Michael McNew
  • Patent number: 9217636
    Abstract: A pattern light projection unit which stores information on pattern light including information on line patterns projects pattern light including line patterns having at least two lines and at least one reference line pattern serving as a reference of the line patterns on an object in accordance with the information on pattern light. An image pickup unit captures an image of the object to which the pattern light is projected. An information processing apparatus detects the reference line pattern and the line patterns from the captured image, and establishes correspondence between the information on the line patterns stored in the pattern light projection unit and the line patterns detected from the captured image in accordance with the topological positional relationship between the detected reference line pattern and the line patterns so as to identify the line patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsuri Sonoda, Shiki Takabayashi
  • Patent number: 9167061
    Abstract: A portable communications device, such as a mobile phone, includes a novel tactile alerting mechanism capable of alerting the user of an incoming communication or other event. A gyroscopic mechanism is coupled to a housing of the portable communications device and controlled by a processor. The processor is configured to control a spin velocity of the gyroscopic mechanism based on receiving an alert of an incoming call or message, or detecting a fall. The gyroscopic mechanism may spin up or change a spin state to provide a tactile signal via the housing of the communications device, by imparting stabilizing force to the housing that can be felt by a person wearing the communications device, or to change an orientation of the device while falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Gary S. Shuster
  • Patent number: 9157721
    Abstract: A measuring system includes a sensor and a positioner cooperatively engaged with the sensor. The measuring system may also include a base cooperatively engaged with the positioner such that the base and positioner cooperate to selectively secure the relative position of the sensor with respect to a first and second structure. The position of one of the structures may then be changed, and the sensor may detect the relative change in position. The sensor may communicate this change in position to a controller or other component for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BEELINE COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Davis, Don Gordon, Mike McCoy, Matthew Randall
  • Patent number: 9153078
    Abstract: A graphical user interface is provided that can be used on a diagnostic tool. The graphical user interface allows a technician to operate various functions of the diagnostic tool including searching for additional information on the Internet, receiving weather information that is relevant to certain diagnostic tests, and displaying in certain formats the retrieved vehicle data and when certain vehicles were last scanned or diagnosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: BOSCH AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: James Fish, David Richard Moulton, Kevin Gray
  • Patent number: 9136091
    Abstract: An electron beam apparatus for inspecting a pattern on a sample using multiple electron beams includes a plurality of primary electro-optical systems and a plurality of secondary electro-optical systems associated with the respective primary electro-optical systems. The primary electro-optical systems are for irradiating multiple primary electron beams on a surface of the sample, and each includes an electron gun having an anode and an objective lens. The secondary electro-optical systems are for inducing secondary electrons emitted from a surface of the sample by irradiation of the primary electron beams. Detectors are each for detecting the secondary electrons and generating electric signals corresponding to the detected electrons. The anodes of the electron guns of the primary electro-optical systems comprise an anode substrate in common having multiple holes corresponding to the axes of the respective primary electro-optical systems. The anode substrate has metal coatings around the respective holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Toshifumi Kimba, Keisuke Mizuuchi
  • Patent number: 9126270
    Abstract: A tool tip position detecting device for a remote controlled actuator having an elongated spindle guide, a tool fitted to a tip thereof and a main body housing having a base end of the spindle guide connected thereto. The device includes an external force free position detector for detecting the tip position of the tool from a detection value thereof, a strain detector for detecting a strain of the spindle guide, and a corrector for correcting the tip position of the tool, which has been detected by the external force free position detector, with the use of a detected strain value of the strain detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihiro Nishio, Yoshitaka Nagano
  • Publication number: 20150149113
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for transmitting a position of a multi-axis transport system and a method thereof, and provides an apparatus for transmitting a position of a multi-axis transport system capable of providing an accurately detected position of a nondestructive system to a user by converting a sensor signal for measuring a position of the multi-axis transport system into position information (x, y, and z coordinates) which may be matched to the detected position of the nondestructive system and then transmitting the converted position information to the nondestructive system via high speed communication (e.g., Local Area Network (LAN) or Peripheral component Interconnect (PCI)), and a method thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Gyung Sub KIM, Min Su PARK, Dong Il KIM, Bae Jun KANG, Hong Seok RYU, Jun Hong KIM, Youn Kyu KIM
  • Patent number: 9043182
    Abstract: An absolute position measurement apparatus measures an absolute position of an object to be measured using a first light source and a second light source which has coherency lower than that of the first light source. The absolute position measurement apparatus includes a measurement part which measures a point where phases of interference signals from the first and the second light sources coincide with each other or a point where an intensity of the interference signal from the second light source is maximized, an origin defining part which defines the point measured by the measurement part as an origin position, a phase storing part which stores the phase of the interference signal from the first light source at the origin position, an origin redefining part which redefines the origin position, and a position calculating part which calculates the absolute position of the object to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuzo Seo, Chidane Ouchi, Takao Ukaji
  • Publication number: 20150142378
    Abstract: A system and a method for providing an indication about positioning unreliability are described. The system comprises a scanner for scanning a surface geometry of an object and accumulating 3D points for each frame using shape-based positioning; a pose estimator for estimating an estimated pose for the scanner using the 3D points; an unreliable pose detector for determining if the estimated pose has an under constrained positioning and an indication generator for generating an indication that the unreliable pose estimation is detected. In one embodiment, a degree of freedom identifier identifies a problematic degree of freedom in the estimated pose. In one embodiment, a feature point detector detects a reobservable feature point and the pose estimator uses the feature point with the 3D points to estimate the estimated pose and the unreliable pose detector uses the feature point to identify the estimated pose as an unreliable pose estimation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: CREAFORM INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Hebert, Alexandre Carette, Éric Saint-Pierre
  • Publication number: 20150134295
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a conjunction summary message (CSM)-based analysis system for a collision that includes space debris which moves in space, a user satellite which is operated by a user, a joint space operations center server which receives information collected through a space debris monitoring satellite and radar or an optical camera and calculates orbit information and covariance information about the user satellite and the space debris, and a collision risk analysis server which analyzes a collision risk between the satellite and the space debris based on the orbit information and the covariance information calculated by the joint space operations center server, thereby having effects on improving precise prediction of collision between the satellite and the space debris based on a CSM informing the collision risk between the satellite and the space debris while operating a global space monitoring network, and significantly reducing a total time taken in determining and analyzing a precise
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hae-Dong Kim, Jae Dong Seong, Sang-Cherl Lee, Dong-Hyun Cho
  • Publication number: 20150125943
    Abstract: An angle-sensitive pixel (ASP) device that uses the Talbot effect to detect the local intensity and incident angle of light includes a phase grating disposed above a photodiode assembly or a phase grating disposed above an analyzer grating that is disposed above a photodiode assembly. When illuminated by a plane wave, the upper grating generates a self-image at a selected Talbot depth. Several such structures, tuned to different incident angles, are sufficient to extract local incident angle and intensity. Arrays of such structures are sufficient to localize light sources in three dimensions without any additional optics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Alyosha Molnar, Albert Wang, Patrick Gill
  • Publication number: 20150127297
    Abstract: One or more electromagnetic radiation sources, such as a light emitting diode, may emit electromagnetic waves into a volume of space. When an object enters the volume of space, the electromagnetic waves may reflect off the object and strike one or more position sensitive detectors after passing through an imaging optical system such as glass, plastic lens, or a pinhole located at known distances from the sources. Mixed signal electronics may process detected signals at the position sensitive detectors to calculate position information as well as total reflected light intensity, which may be used in medical and other applications. A transparent barrier may separate the sources and detectors from the objects entering the volume of space and reflecting emitted waves. Methods and devices are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Shrenik DELIWALA
  • Publication number: 20150120238
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method of monitoring utilization of an adjustable workstation includes automatically tracking a state of the adjustable workstation over time. The method further includes storing the state of the adjustable workstation over time across multiple selected arrangements of the adjustable workstation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: David L. MARVIT, Ajay CHANDER, Jawahar JAIN, Alex GILMAN
  • Patent number: 9018579
    Abstract: In an atom interferometer, improved results are obtained by configuring the interferometer to have a baseline fringe pattern, in combination with spatially resolved measurements at the interferometer ports. Two aspects of this idea are provided. In the first aspect, the atoms are configured to expand from an initial point-like spatial distribution. The result is an informative correlation between atom position and interferometer phase. In the second aspect, a phase shear is applied to the atom ensemble of an atom interferometer. In both cases, spatially resolved measurements at the interferometer ports can provide enhanced interferometer performance, such as single-shot operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Mark A. Kasevich, Jason M. Hogan, Susannah M. Dickerson, Alex Sugarbaker
  • Patent number: 9009516
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes determining, based on motion data generated by a motion sensor of a wearable computing device, a plurality of motion vectors, wherein one or more components operatively coupled to the wearable computing device are operating in a first power mode during a first time period; determining, based on the plurality of motion vectors, a plurality of values. In this example, the method also includes, responsive to determining that each of the plurality of values satisfies a corresponding threshold, transitioning, by at least one component of the one or more components, from operating in the first power mode to operating in a second power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Gabayan, William Haldean Brown
  • Patent number: 8988033
    Abstract: A machine tool includes a main axis 30 to which a touch probe 17 is attached, a motor 15 that rotationally drives the main axis 30, a rotation angle position detector 16 that detects a rotation angle position of the motor 15, and a control device 20. The control device, when a measurement mode command for performing measurement of a workpiece by the touch probe 17 is input, multiplies a d-axis current command value Idc by a d-axis current correction coefficient K that is less than 1 to reduce the d-axis current command value Idc to a d-axis current command correction value Idc?, using a d-axis current command correction section 4. Thus, in the machine tool, small rotation vibrations of the main axis, generated when rotating the main axis to which the probe is attached and performing measurements of a workpiece, can be suppressed to thereby increase the measurement accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: OKUMA Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Shibata, Tomohisa Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8983794
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection system for a structure is described. The inspection system includes a local positioning system (LPS) configured for determining position and orientation of objects relative to a structure coordinate system, a six degree-of-freedom digitizer operable for at least one of temporary attachment to the structure and placement proximate the structure, a non-destructive sensor array, and a processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William P. Motzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea, James J. Troy
  • Publication number: 20150057971
    Abstract: Parameters characterizing the orientation and the position of each sensor, including at least one accelerometer, are evaluated in the reference frame of each segment, together with the length of each segment, by using predetermined configurations and motions of a structure to which the sensors are attached. This makes it possible to provide a device for capturing the motions of a body with measurements which enables greater reliability of the measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Pierre Grenet, Christelle Godin