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359618000 - SINGLE CHANNEL SIMULTANEOUSLY TO OR FROM PLURAL CHANNELS (E.G., LIGHT DIVIDING, COMBINING, OR PLURAL IMAGE FORMING, ETC.)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
359621000 Plural lenticular plates 53
359626000 Particular focusing or defocusing characteristic 22
359625000 Focusing or defocusing by noncurved surfaces (e.g., prismatic, etc.) 19
359620000 Having particular composition 15
359627000 Reflective 14
359628000 Noncircular cross section 4
20110170198BEAM HOMOGENIZER, LASER IRRADIATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - The present invention is to provide a beam homogenizer, a laser irradiation apparatus, and a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, which can suppress the loss of a laser beam and form a beam spot having homogeneous energy distribution constantly on an irradiation surface without being affected by beam parameters of a laser beam. A deflector is provided at an entrance of an optical waveguide or a light pipe used for homogenizing a laser beam emitted from a laser oscillator. A pair of reflection planes of the deflector is provided so as to have a tilt angle to an optical axis of the laser beam, whereby the entrance of the optical waveguide or the light pipe is expanded. Accordingly, the loss of the laser beam can be suppressed. Moreover, by providing an angle adjusting mechanism to the deflector, a beam spot having homogeneous energy distribution can be formed at an exit of the optical waveguide.07-14-2011
20090303603Matrical imaging method and apparatus - A multidimensional image and a method of producing a multidimensional image. A plurality of planar images is layered in a desired sequence. A matrical image file is formed from the layered planar images and then printed. The resolution of the final matrical image is separate in both the X- and Y-directions, which provides for a high level of resolution for both movement and 3-D effects in the image.12-10-2009
20100309558DIODE LASER HAVING A BEAM-FORMING DEVICE - In a diode laser having a beam-forming device, a plurality of functions are combined in a collimating and focusing lens. In particular, the functions of an SAC lens and a focusing lens are combined in the collimating and focusing lens.12-09-2010
20120087013PRINTED LENTICULES FOR LENTICULAR PRINTING - Exemplary embodiments provide materials and methods for lenticular printing devices, wherein both a lenticular lens sheet and an interlaced composite image can be formed using an imaging device to provide a precise registration translated from a color-to-color registration.04-12-2012
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20080259461METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING A LARGE AREA PULSED LASER BEAM TO CREATE APERTURES THROUGH MICROLENS ARRAYS - A pulsed laser beam is used to create apertures in a layer on a back side of a substrate that includes a microlens array on a front side thereof. The pulsed laser beam is focused in a vacuum spatial filter. A profile of the pulsed laser beam that emerges from the vacuum spatial filter is converted to a top hat profile. The laser beam having the top hat profile is diffused. Finally, the pulsed laser beam having the top half profile that has been diffused is impinged through the microlens array on the front side of the substrate and onto the layer on the back side of the substrate. Related apparatus for creating the apertures and microlens array products are also described.10-23-2008
20130077174LENTICULAR PRODUCT - A lenticular product having a see-through window or lens is made by depositing a clear coating on a lenticular sheet. The lenticular product permits scanning a bar code or reading textual data that is printed on an image viewable through the lenticular product for animated, morphing, or stereographic effect. The window or lens of the lenticular product can also provide optical effects (e.g., magnification) in addition to the effects provided by the lenticular sheet. The lenticular product can be made by depositing fluid or resin in a one- or two-step process.03-28-2013
20130033755Local Removal of a Lenticular Optical Effect by a High Volume Offset Coating - A combined use of a pervasively textured anilox supply roll and a customized, locally patterned flexographic roll is provided for forming a lenticular product. The customized, locally patterned flexographic roll includes an intermittent raised and recessed surface pattern analogous to a type used in a “spot” ink application. In the present case, however, the applied material is transparent and preferably matched in its refractive index to the lenticular sheet. Relevant aspects of the invention also register the selectively coated areas with graphic features on the planar reverse side of the lenticular sheet.02-07-2013
20130038942MOIRE MAGNIFICATION DEVICE - A moiré magnification device includes a transparent substrate carrying: a regular array of micro-focusing elements, that define a focal plane, on a first surface; a corresponding first array of microimage elements in a first colour located in a plane substantially coincident with the focal plane; and a corresponding second array of microimage elements, in a second colour, located in a plane substantially coincident with the focal plane. The pitches of the micro-focusing elements and first and second arrays and their relative locations are such that the array of micro-focusing elements cooperates with each of the first and second arrays to generate magnified versions of the microimage elements due to the moiré effect. The magnified version of the first array is viewed against a background defined by the magnified version of the second array, the first array exhibiting movement relative to the background when the device is tilted.02-14-2013
20130038941Lens Array Projector - Optical apparatus includes a matrix of light sources arranged on a substrate with a predetermined, uniform spacing between the light sources. A beam homogenizer includes a first optical surface, including a first microlens array, which has a first pitch equal to the spacing between the light sources and which is aligned with the matrix so that a respective optical axis of each microlens in the array intercepts a corresponding light source in the matrix and transmits light emitted by the corresponding light source. A second optical surface, including a second microlens array, is positioned to receive and focus the light transmitted by the first microlens array and has a second pitch that is different from the first pitch.02-14-2013
20100110556EXTERNAL-CAVITY ONE-DIMENSIONAL MULTI-WAVELENGTH BEAM COMBINING OF TWO-DIMENSIONAL LASER ELEMENTS - An external-cavity one-dimensional multi-wavelength beam combiner that performs wavelength beam combining along a stacking dimension of a laser stack formed of a plurality of laser arrays, each laser array configured to generate optical radiation having a unique wavelength, and each of the plurality of laser arrays including a plurality of laser emitters arranged along an array dimension of the laser stack. The multi-wavelength beam combiner includes a cylindrical telescope configured to image each of the laser emitters along a slow axis of the laser emitters, a transform lens arranged to intercept the optical radiation from each of the plurality of laser arrays and combine the optical radiation along a stacking dimension of the laser stack to form a multi-wavelength optical beam, and a diffraction element positioned at a region of overlap of the optical radiation to receive and transmit the multi-wavelength optical beam.05-06-2010
20100110555MONOLITHIC LENTICULAR CARD - In one embodiment of the present invention, a process for making a lenticular card includes the steps of: (a) providing a transparent sheet having a first planar side and a second side having a lenticulated region; and (b) forming a printed image on the first planar side. The printed image is formed from a plurality of inks including a first set of ink layers and a second ink layer that is disposed on the first set of ink layers and is located a greater distance from the first planar side. The first set of ink layers are formed from a first family of inks, while the second ink layer is formed from a second family of inks that has a different cure process compared to the first family of inks. The outer ink layer is a solvent-based continuous white topcoat, while the first set of ink layers that underlie the second ink layer is defined by a plurality of UV curable inks.05-06-2010
20130070343Fabrication of Micro Lenses - A method for fabricating a micro lens array is provided. The method includes forming a first lens material structure on a substrate. The first lens material structure includes a plurality of elevated portions. The elevated portions are separated by recesses. Moreover, the plurality of elevated portions have an average height of at least 3 micrometers. Furthermore, the method for fabricating a micro lens array includes depositing a dielectric material on the first lens material structure and the recesses to form a second lens material structure. The second lens material structure has an average thickness of at least 1 micrometer. Moreover, the first and second lens material structures form together the micro lens array.03-21-2013
20120218642LENS ASSEMBLY AND LENS ASSEMBLY ARRAY - A first lens having a first bottom surface and a first top surface at opposite sides thereof; and a first supporter having a first supporting surface and a second supporting surface at opposite sides thereof, the first supporting surface being flat, the second supporting surface being in contact with the first bottom surface, the first supporter being made of transparent material, and a refraction index of the first supporter being different from a refraction index of the first lens. A lens assembly array and method of making the lens assembly array are also provided.08-30-2012
20130057960OPTICAL ELEMENT, METHOD OF FORMING OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - There is provided an optical element including first and second substrates that are disposed to face each other; a pair of wall portions that are erected on an inner surface of the first substrate facing the second substrate to be adjacent to each other in a first direction and extend in a second direction different from the first direction; first and second electrodes that are disposed on wall surfaces of the pair of wall portions to be insulated from each other and face each other and are provided to be apart from the first substrate; an insulating film that covers the first and second electrodes; a third electrode that is provided on an inner surface of the second substrate facing the first substrate; and a polar liquid and a non-polar liquid that are sealed between the first substrate and the second substrate and have different refractive indexes.03-07-2013
20110013286IMAGE PRESENTING METHOD, IMAGE PRESENTING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - The invention discloses an image presenting method for generating an image to meet a lenticular sheet of a particular specification. The method includes the following steps: providing a database where at least one lenticular sheet data and at least one alignment pattern data are stored; reading out a lenticular sheet data and an alignment pattern data from the database; processing an image data and the alignment pattern data according to the lenticular sheet data; combining the image data and the alignment pattern data to generate a mixed image which meets the lenticular sheet of the particular specification; and outputting the mixed image.01-20-2011
20130063826METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MICROSTRUCTURE ON A CARRIER - A method for producing a microstructure on a carrier by: (a) manufacturing a donor foil by forming an embossed structure with elevations and depressions in a first foil material and applying a transfer layer to the embossed structure, (b) manufacturing an acceptor foil by applying an adhesive layer to a second foil material, (c) laminating the donor foil and the acceptor foil by means of the adhesive layer, the transfer layer on the elevations of the embossed structure bonding to the adhesive layer, and (d) transferring the bonded regions of the transfer layer to the acceptor foil by separating the donor foil and the acceptor foil from each other, thereby forming in the acceptor foil a first microstructure from the transferred regions of the transfer layer, and/or forming in the donor foil a second microstructure complementary to the first microstructure.03-14-2013
20130063825LENTICULAR PRODUCT - A multi-ply mount (frame member) for displaying an image in a lenticular environment includes a lenticular sheet having lenticules. The lenticular sheet has a clear coating deposited on a portion of the front surface thereof. The clear coating at least substantially fills the valleys of the lenticules within the portion to form a filled region that defines a windowed region. A reverse-mounted image, such as a photograph, is disposed along and faces the back surface and is in registration with the windowed region resulting in the reverse-mounted image being viewable through the clear coating without lenticular distortion. A multi-layer backing structure seals the reverse-mounted image within the mount.03-14-2013
20090244713MICRO LENS ARRAY SHEET FOR USE IN BACKLIGHT DEVICE AND MOLDING ROLL FOR MANUFACTURING SUCH MIRCO LENS ARRAY SHEET - A micro lens array sheet includes a sheet type base and a plurality of micro lenses arranged on the base. The surface of each micro lens includes a convex part and a peripheral edge part. The convex part has a spherical or elliptical surface. The peripheral edge part is formed between the convex part and the base and curved in a concave shape. Since the surface of the peripheral edge part is curved in a concave shape, the flat part can be narrower than a conventional micro lens array sheet. Therefore, luminance unevenness attributable to the flat part can be suppressed.10-01-2009
20090231715OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY SHEET, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND FABRICATION METHOD FOR SAME - An optical element array sheet is provided with: a first area in which an optical element array is arranged that is composed of a plurality of optical elements arranged at a prescribed period, a second area formed at the end of the first area with a surface shape that differs from the first area, and a trough formed at the border of the first area and the second area. The side-wall on the second-area side of the trough is formed inclined with respect to a reference line that extends in the thickness direction of the optical element array with the bottom of the trough as the point of origin.09-17-2009
20090251787LENTICULAR CARD AND PROCESS FOR MAKING - A lenticulated sheet including a polymeric backing sheet, an imaged transparent sheet having a first smooth side and a second side with a lenticulated region, the transparent sheet optionally having at least one printed image area on the first smooth side and an adhesive layer over the printed image areas and non-image areas of the first smooth side. Air is removed from between the backing layer and the lenticular layer second side, and the adhesive layer is adapted to join the backing layer and the lenticular layer second side. The invention also provides processes useful for preparing a lenticular card including an optional core sheet, or optional primer layers.10-08-2009
20120236416LENTICULAR SHEET AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LENTICULAR SHEET - There is provided a lenticular sheet including: a lenticular lens having a plurality of convex lens parts arranged two-dimensionally; a first ink absorbing layer which is provided on a surface, of the lenticular lens, opposite the convex lens parts and in which ink permeates; a suppressing part provided on the first ink absorbing layer to divide the first ink absorbing layer into a plurality of regions and suppressing the ink from permeating across the plurality of the regions; and a second ink absorbing layer provided to cover the suppressing part.09-20-2012
20100202058ERECT LIFE-SIZE LENS ARRAY - An erect life-size lens array having a deep focal depth is realized. The erect life-size lens array includes a first lens array, a second lens array, a third lens array, a first aperture and a second aperture, wherein when a distance between a second principal plane of the second lens and a first principal plane of the third lens is ξ08-12-2010
20090190227COMPOUND LENS AND COMPOUND LENS ARRAY - An exemplary compound lens includes a rigid light pervious layer, a first plastic lens, and a second plastic lens. The rigid light pervious layer includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The first plastic lens is attached on the first surface, and is comprised of a first material. The second plastic lens is formed on the second surface, and is comprised of a second material. A refractive index of the first material is different from that of the second material. An optical axis of the first plastic lens is in alignment with an optical axis of the second plastic lens.07-30-2009
20120188649Dry-Erase Drawing Sheet And Apparatus - Dry-erase drawing sheets, a drawing apparatus, and a dry-erase drawing kit are described. The drawing sheets have a non-lenticular or a lenticular lens arrangement on a top surface, material layers comprising a body of the sheet, and images printed on surfaces of one or more of the material layers. The images are configured to sufficiently interact with the lens arrangement to exhibit a three-dimensional visual and/or animated effect when viewed through the top surface. The drawing sheets also include a dry-erase compatible layer overlying the top surface. The drawing apparatus includes a frame that has a central opening and a backing member that releasably couples to the frame. Together the frame and backing member retain the drawing sheets within the central opening of the frame during use. The drawing sheets, drawing apparatus, and one or more dry-erase crayons or markers are provided in the kit.07-26-2012
20100328779DIELECTRIC COVERED PLANAR ANTENNAS - An antenna element suitable for integrated arrays at terahertz frequencies is disclosed. The antenna element comprises an extended spherical (e.g. hemispherical) semiconductor lens, e.g. silicon, antenna fed by a leaky wave waveguide feed. The extended spherical lens comprises a substantially spherical lens adjacent a substantially planar lens extension. A couple of TE/TM leaky wave modes are excited in a resonant cavity formed between a ground plane and the substantially planar lens extension by a waveguide block coupled to the ground plane. Due to these modes, the primary feed radiates inside the lens with a directive pattern that illuminates a small sector of the lens. The antenna structure is compatible with known semiconductor fabrication technology and enables production of large format imaging arrays.12-30-2010
20110299171LIQUID OPTICAL ELEMENT ARRAY AND DISPLAY - A liquid optical element array with good long-term stability is provided. The liquid optical element array includes: a first substrate and a second substrate facing each other; barrier ribs arranged upright on a surface facing the second substrate of the first substrate and sectioning a region on the first substrate into a plurality of cell regions; a first electrode and a second electrode arranged on wall surfaces of the barrier ribs to face each other; a third electrode arranged on a surface facing the first substrate of the second substrate; a projection arranged upright in each of the cell regions on the first substrate or the second substrate; and a polar liquid and a nonpolar liquid sealed between the first substrate and the third electrode and having different refractive indices.12-08-2011
20100091376OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL APPARATUS - The optical element includes in order from a light-entering side, a first layer (04-15-2010
20120140331METHOD FOR FABRICATING MICRO-LENS, AND MICRO-LENS ARRAY INCLUDING THE MICRO-LENS - A method for fabricating a micro-lens includes forming a photo-resist film on and/or over a micro-lens formation area of a semiconductor substrate, and then forming a portion of the photo-resist film as a first micro-lens using a first gray-tone mask. A second micro-lens is then formed adjacent to the first micro-lens using another portion of the photo-resist film and a second gray-tone mask.06-07-2012
20090147367MICRO-LENS ENHANCED ELEMENT - Micro-lens enhanced elements methods and apparatii for forming the same are provided. The micro-lens enhanced elements include a substrate having a first surface and a plurality of image elements printed on the first surface such that image elements having image information from one image are interlaced with image elements having image information from at least one other image. A transparent layer has a proximate surface confronting the printed image elements and a distal surface separated from the proximate surface by a thickness d, and; a second plurality of lenticular lenses formed onto the distal surface, over sequences of at least two image elements, said lenticular lenses being adapted to direct light that has been modulated by the printed image elements and that has passed through transparent layer into different portions of a viewing area such that light that has been modulated by different image elements is viewable in different portions.06-11-2009
20100128353IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM, IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS USING THE IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM - An imaging optical system a high quality image may be implemented by determining the optimum design conditions for suppressing the generation of ghost while holding uniform and sufficient light using a simulation method. In the imaging optical system having a slit, the requirements for removing the stray light are the inclination of a lens arrangement direction, the slit width, the lens pitch, the view angle, and the height of the light-shielding wall. The slit location, the lens thickness, and the lens row width do not affect the stray light removal, but affect the brightness. In the imaging optical system having no slit, the essential requirements for removing the stray light are the height of the light-shielding wall and the lens pitch. The lens thickness and the lens row width do not affect the stray light removal, but affect the brightness.05-27-2010
20100118410LENS ASSEMBLY, LENS ASSEMBLY ARRAY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME - A first lens having a first bottom surface and a first top surface at opposite sides thereof; and a first supporter having a first supporting surface and a second supporting surface at opposite sides thereof, the first supporting surface being flat, the second supporting surface being in contact with the first bottom surface, the first supporter being made of transparent material, and a refraction index of the first supporter being different from a refraction index of the first lens. A lens assembly array and method of making the lens assembly array are also provided.05-13-2010
20120033305METHODS FOR PRODUCING LENS ARRAYS - A lens array for imaging image elements in an object plane, and a method of making a lens array. The lens array includes lenslets formed in or on one side of a transparent or translucent material with the image elements disposed on the opposite side, and has a gauge thickness corresponding to the distance from the apex of each lenslet to the object plane. Each lenslet has a set of lens parameters. The gauge thickness and/or at least one lens parameter is or are optimised such that each lenslet has a focal point size in the object plane which is either substantially equal to the size of the image elements in the object plane, or varies from the size of the image elements by a predetermined amount.02-09-2012
20090190228 Lens Array, an Exposure Head and an Image Forming Apparatus - An exposure head, includes: a lens array that includes lenses that are arranged in a first direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction; and a light emitting element substrate that is provided with light emitting elements that emit lights to be imaged by the lenses, wherein a relationship defined by a following formula: 107-30-2009
20090201588ILLUMINATING DEVICE, ILLUMINATING METHOD, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROJECTING APPARATUS - An illuminating device is provided. The illuminating device includes a light source, a dividing unit, an optical unit and a light-distribution control unit. The dividing unit is configured to divide light emitted from the light source into light beams. The optical unit is configured to allow at least one of a travelling direction and a focal length of the light beams divided by the dividing unit to be variable. The light-distribution control unit is configured to control at least one of the travelling direction and focal length of light beams by acting on the optical unit.08-13-2009
20110170197Method of Fabricating a Photomask Used to Form a Lens - A method of fabricating a photomask used to form a lens. The method includes the steps of generating mask pattern data for each of a plurality of grid cells constituting a mask pattern for the lens, and fabricating the photomask based on the mask pattern data. The step of generating the mask pattern data includes acquiring data which represents a transmitted light distribution required for the photomask to fabricate the lens, in which the transmitted light distribution includes a quantity of transmitted light in each of the plurality of grid cells, and determining whether to place a shield on each of the plurality of grid cells by binarizing the quantity of transmitted light in each of the plurality of grid cells in order of increasing or decreasing distance from a center of the mask pattern using an error diffusion method.07-14-2011
20090284837Method and apparatus providing uniform separation of lens wafer and structure bonded thereto - Methods and apparatus providing a master wafer having standoffs to control a bondline thickness between one wafer produced indirectly from the master wafer and another wafer bonded to the produced wafer. Standoffs may be formed as a single standoff, standoff walls, or as a number of discrete standoffs. The standoffs provide a balanced support base and a uniform spacing between the one wafer and another wafer bonded thereto.11-19-2009
20090279179DEPOSITION DONOR SUBSTRATE AND DEPOSITION METHOD USING THE SAME - A lens array is formed on one surface of a deposition donor substrate and a light absorption layer is formed on the other surface; a material layer is formed in contact with the light absorption layer; the surface of the deposition donor substrate on which the material layer is formed and a deposition target surface of a deposition target substrate are disposed to face each other; and at least part of the light absorption layer is selectively irradiated with light from the side of the deposition donor substrate, on which the lens array is provided, to heat the material layer in a region overlapped by the region irradiated with the light in the light absorption layer, thereby performing deposition to the deposition target surface of the deposition target substrate.11-12-2009
20090002834Device for Homogenizing Light - A device for homogenizing light contains at least one optically functional surface through which light to be homogenized can pass and a plurality of concave and convex cylindrical lenses which are disposed in an alternating fashion one next to the other on the at least one optically functional surface. The device further has at least one first embodiment and at least one second embodiment, different from the at least one first embodiment, of transitions between the concave and the convex cylindrical lenses. Wherein the transitions between the concave and the convex cylindrical lenses are configured such that partial beams of the light to be homogenized, which have passed through different embodiments of the transitions between the concave and the convex cylindrical lenses, have an optical path difference with respect to one another, which contributes to the reduction of interference effects in the homogenized light.01-01-2009
20080239499DISPLAY APPARATUS - A display apparatus includes an image display unit having a plurality of pixels arranged on a predetermined curved surface; and a plurality of microlenses arranged on the predetermined curved surface such that they correspond to and face the plurality of pixels on the image display unit. Light rays that exit from the plurality of microlenses are collected into the eye so that a virtual image is placed at a position apart from the eye by at least a distance of distinct vision.10-02-2008
20120140332METHOD FOR FABRICATING MICRO-LENS, AND MICRO-LENS ARRAY INCLUDING THE MICRO-LENS - A micro-lens array and a method for fabricating a micro-lens includes forming a first lens formation material layer on and/or over a micro-lens formation area of a semiconductor substrate, and then forming a portion of the lens formation material layer as a first micro-lens using a first mask. A second lens formation material layer is formed adjacent to the first micro-lens on and/or over the micro-lens formation area. The second lens formation material layer is also formed as a second micro-lens using a second mask which is a different type from that of the first mask.06-07-2012
20090185277Exposure Head and an Image Forming Apparatus - An exposure head, includes: a lens array that includes a light transmissive substrate whose length in a first direction is greater than a length thereof in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, a first lens that is arranged on the light transmissive substrate, and a second lens that is arranged on the light transmissive substrate at the first direction of the first lens, the first lens and the second lens being connected in the first direction; and a head substrate that is provided with a first light emitting element that emits a light toward the first lens and a second light emitting element that emits a light toward the second lens.07-23-2009
20090141361Imaging Apparatus and Method for Manufacturing Microlens Array - An imaging device (06-04-2009
20110228402LENTICULAR CONTAINER AND METHOD OF MAKING - The present disclosure relates to a lenticular display article, such as a container, and a method of making the article. The article includes a lenticular sidewall, which defines a cavity having a top end, and a bottom end, the sidewall having a seam; and an optional base attached to the bottom end of the sidewall. The method of making the article can includes forming a frustoconical sidewall having a seam joining the opposite ends and optionally affixing a base to the bottom end of a lenticular sidewall. Alternatively, the bottom end of the sidewall may be sealed to itself to form a baseless tube.09-22-2011
20110222161WAFER LENS UNIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Provided is a wafer lens unit comprising a plurality of wafer lens arrays, wherein the wafer lens array comprises a plurality of lenses arranged in one dimension or two dimensions and a substrate interconnecting the lenses; and the neighboring wafer lens arrays are bonded through an adhesive layer comprising a spacer only at the substrates thereof.09-15-2011
20090251786Optical System for Transforming Numerical Aperture - A system is provided to form illumination light beams having desirable divergence and directivity. For instance, the system can include an optical element and a relay. The optical element can include a pupil defining element. Further, the relay can have a first and second lens array arranged in series and configured to receive the plurality of beams and to re-image the plurality of beams into a corresponding plurality of beams in an image plane. Each of the plurality of corresponding beams can have a numerical aperture less than a numerical aperture of each of the plurality of beams.10-08-2009
20100177400Lens array, lens unit, led head, exposing unit, image forming apparatus, and image reading apparatus - A lens array forms an erect image of an object. The lens array includes at least one row of lens elements and at least one rib. The lens elements are aligned in a first direction perpendicular to optical axes of the lens elements having an incidence surface and an exit surface. The rib is formed on the lens array and extending in a second direction parallel to the first direction and in a third direction parallel to the optical axes further than the incidence surface and the exit surface. A lens unit includes a shielding member and the lens array assembled to the shielding member. The shielding member includes diaphragms formed therein and aligned in a first direction, and a first engagement portion. The lens array includes a second engagement portion for engaging the first engagement portion to correct deformation of the lens array.07-15-2010
20090122411LENSLET ARRAY FOR BEAM HOMOGENIZATION - Apparatus for homogenizing a laser beam includes a lenslet array. In some embodiments, the lenslets have a negative power. The lenslet array may include from 16 to 36 effective lenslets in some embodiments, or any other suitable number in alternative embodiments. Some embodiments additionally include a re-focusing lens for directing the beamlets onto a target so that the beamlets overlap and the energy distribution is homogenized. In an alternative embodiment, the lenslet array and re-focusing lens are combined in one optic.05-14-2009
20100259830LENS, LENS ARRAY HAVING SAME AND METHOD FOR MAKING SAME - The present disclosure relates to a method for making a lens. In step 10-14-2010
20100177399OPTICAL SHEET - An optical sheet includes a transparent base, a plurality of first micro structures, and a plurality of second micro structures. The transparent base has a light-receiving surface and a light-exit surface. The first micro structures are disposed on the light-exit surface, and the second micro structures are disposed on the light-receiving surface. Each first micro structure includes a first planar surface and a curve surface. Each second micro structure includes a second planar surface formed on the light-receiving surface and a total reflection surface connected with the second planar surface. Each first micro structure forms a first orthogonal projection area on the light-receiving surface, each second micro structure forms a second orthogonal projection area on the light-receiving surface, the second planar surface is located within the first orthogonal projection area, and the entire area of the second planar surface is equal to the second orthogonal projection area.07-15-2010
20130215515MICROLENS LAMINATE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING FLOATING IMAGE - The present disclosure provides a microlens laminate having a protected surface and exhibiting excellent appearance. The microlens laminate is capable of providing a composite image that floats above, in the plane of and/or below the laminate. The microlens laminate includes (a) a microlens sheeting comprising a microlens layer composed of a plurality of microlenses, the microlens layer having first and second sides, and a light-sensitive material layer disposed adjacent the first side of the microlens layer; and (b) a transparent material layer disposed at the second side of the microlens layer in the microlens sheeting.08-22-2013
20080212192Micro-Optic Security And Image Presentation System - A film material utilizing a regular two-dimensional array of non-cylindrical lenses to enlarge micro-images, called icons, to form a synthetically magnified image through the united performance of a multiplicity of individual lens/icon image systems. The synthetic magnification micro-optic system includes one or more optical spacers (09-04-2008
20120194915LENS ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME - A method for forming a lens assembly is provided, including: providing a mold substrate, wherein at least a recess is formed from a surface of the mold substrate; providing a transparent substrate; disposing a lens precursor material on the surface of the mold substrate or on a first surface of the transparent substrate; disposing the mold substrate on the transparent substrate such that at least a portion of the lens precursor material is filled in the recess; disposing a mask on a second surface of the transparent substrate to partially cover the transparent substrate; after the mask is disposed, irradiating a light on the second surface of the transparent substrate to transform at least a portion of the lens precursor material on the first surface of the transparent substrate into a lens; and removing the mask and the mold substrate from the transparent substrate and the lens.08-02-2012
20100254015MICRO-LENS ENHANCED ELEMENT - A micro-lens enhanced element comprises a substrate bearing sequences of printed image elements, each sequence containing image elements from more than one image. A transparent spacer layer is coated over the interlaced image strips. Lenticular lenses are fashioned over each sequence of image elements by deposition of a transparent layer of low surface energy polydimethyl siloxane based material and ablation of the same to create strips of material abhesive to a polymeric lens forming material between consecutive sequences of printed image elements. During deposition of a liquid lens forming material, the liquid withdraws from the liquid abhesive low surface energy strips to form a meniscus, thereby providing lenticular lenses. The transparent low surface energy material comprises a near infrared dye with low absorption in the visible range of the spectrum to render the material both transparent and ablateable by infrared laser.10-07-2010
20090290221Multilayer Element Comprising Microlenses - Described is a multilayer body for representing microimages provided with gray value gradations or color gradations. The multilayer body has a transparent first layer in which a plurality of microlenses are shaped, and a second layer (11-26-2009
20090116117PROJECTOR - A projector includes: a lighting device which includes two light source devices each of which has an ellipsoidal reflector and an arc tube having light emission center in the vicinity of a first focus of the ellipsoidal reflector and is disposed such that the two ellipsoidal reflectors face each other, a reflection system which has a reflection surface in the vicinity of a second focus of the ellipsoidal reflector and reflects illumination lights emitted from the two light source device substantially in the same direction, a converging lens which guides the illumination light coming from the reflection system to an optical element disposed downstream, a first lens array which has a plurality of first small lenses for dividing the light guided by the converging lens into a plurality of partial lights, a second lens array which has second small lenses corresponding to the first small lenses of the first lens array, and a superimposing lens which superimposes the respective partial lights released from the second lens array on an illumination target area; an electro-optic modulating device which modulates the light released from the lighting device according to image information; and a projection system which projects light modulated by the electro-optic modulating device. The two light source devices are disposed in such positions that the respective light source optical axes of the two light source devices are substantially perpendicular to the projection optical axis of the projection system. The reflection system is constructed such that the center axes of the respective illumination lights emitted from the two light source devices and entering the converging lens are inclined toward the illumination optical axis of the lighting device by a predetermined angle.05-07-2009
20090116116DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device includes a lens array unit including a lens array layer, and a display unit configured such that a first substrate and a second substrate, which is disposed between the first substrate and the lens array unit, are attached, the display unit including a display area and an alignment mark outside the display area, wherein the lens array unit includes a window portion formed at a position on the lens array layer, which corresponds to the alignment mark.05-07-2009
20090323191Lens array, LED print head, exposure device, image forming apparatus, and reading apparatus - A lens array includes a lens plate having a plurality of lenses arranged next to each other in a direction perpendicular to optical axes thereof, and a light blocking member for blocking light incident on the lenses. The light blocking member includes a light blocking portion and a plurality of light passing portions arranged at positions corresponding to the lenses. The light passing portions communicate with each other.12-31-2009
20080285136INJECTION MOLDED MICROOPTICS - A wafer-scale apparatus and method is described for the automation of forming, aligning and attaching two-dimensional arrays of microoptic elements on semiconductor and other image display devices, backplanes, optoelectronic boards, and integrated optical systems. In an ordered fabrication sequence, a mold plate comprised of optically designed cavities is formed by reactive ion etching or alternative processes, optionally coated with a release material layer and filled with optically specified materials by an automated fluid-injection and defect-inspection subsystem. Optical alignment fiducials guide the disclosed transfer and attachment processes to achieve specified tolerances between the microoptic elements and corresponding optoelectronic devices and circuits. The present invention applies to spectral filters, waveguides, fiber-optic mode-transformers, diffraction gratings, refractive lenses, diffractive lens/Fresnel zone plates, reflectors, and to combinations of elements and devices, including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and liquid crystal device (LCD) matrices for adaptive, tunable elements. Preparation of interfacial layer properties and attachment process embodiments are taught. 11-20-2008
20110069394LENS ARRAY IMAGE - A lens array image includes a substrate, a first lens on a first side of the substrate, and a second lens on the first side of the substrate. The first and second lenses form a lens array. Respective first image segments are at the second side of the substrate. Each of the first image segments is in focus when viewed from a first viewing angle through a respective one of the first and second lenses. Respective second image segments are at a second side of the substrate. Each of the second image segments is in focus when viewed from a second viewing angle through a respective one of the first and second lenses. At least a portion of each of the first image segments is on a first plane. At least a portion of the respective second image segments is on a second plane. The first plane is different than the second plane.03-24-2011
20110242664SOLAR PANEL ENABLING THE DISPLAY OF AN IMAGE - An optical assembly configured to display an image on a solar panel covered on at least a part of its surface with a lenticular array, between which an image in the form of substantially equidistant parallel bands with a specific pitch is arranged. The lenticular array has a plane internal surface and an external surface formed by external faces of a series of adjacent identical transparent cylindrical elements whose generatrices are parallel to the bands. The external side of the base of each cylindrical element has an asymmetric profile. The width of each cylindrical element is equal to the pitch of the bands. The bands are arranged so that, for a first angle range of given incidences at which the optical assembly is intended to be observed, radiation can reach a zone in which a band is arranged, and for a second angle range of lower given incidences, radiation can reach an active surface of the solar panel in a zone at least partially not masked by the bands.10-06-2011
20090034083Method of forming a microlens array and imaging device and system containing such a microlens array - Method of forming a microlens array and an imaging device and system containing such a microlens array. The microlens array is formed with a plurality of substantially gapless microlenses. A plurality of overlying portions are formed on the microlenses and have substantially the same curvature and/or height.02-05-2009
20100046080Lens Array and Line Head - A lens array includes: a lens array substrate having a light transmissive property; a first lens disposed on the lens array substrate; and a second lens disposed on the lens array substrate in a first direction from the first lens and different from the first lens in peripheral shape.02-25-2010
20110176217Method for Manufacturing Optical Component, Lens, Lens Unit and Camera Module - Provided is an optical component manufacturing method wherein various types of information, including information relating to each optical component, can be relatively easily printed on each optical component, even in the case where a plurality of optical components are manufactured in a batch. A lens, a lens unit and a camera module manufactured by using such method are also provided. Prior to dividing camera modules into individual camera modules, a pattern to be printed on each camera module, i.e., printing contents determined based on information on a first lens array or the like after formation, is printed on the surface of the first lens array at one time. Thus, information specific to each camera module can be printed even by the relatively simple method.07-21-2011
20100134894Lens array unit, optical head and information apparatus - A lens array unit focuses the light emitted from light emitting elements on the photoconductive drum. A longitudinally extending lens array includes a plurality of lenses and projections. The lenses are aligned in a row substantially perpendicular to optical axes of the lenses. The projections are disposed on both sides of the row, and extend outwardly further than the lens surfaces to protect the lens surfaces of the plurality of lenses. A light shielding member includes a mounting portion that holds the lens plate and a light shielding portion that shields part light passing through the lenses.06-03-2010
20110075264High SAG Optical Lens and Method for Fast Molding the Same - A high SAG optical lens and method for fast molding the same is disclosed, in which an optical lens is a single optical lens or an optical lens array formed by placing optical material between an upper mold and a lower mold for molding by heating and pressing processes; a formed rim is molded at the joint of the optical surface and the lens flange simultaneously. Therefore, it is convenient to fabricate the optical lens with high SAG and can eliminate the ghost phenomena effect occurring at the edge of the optical surface and the lens flange. Furthermore, since the feature of squeezing the melted optical material by the formed rim during the molding process, fast molding process can be successfully achieved.03-31-2011
20100277805Multi-Layer Body With Microlens Arrangement - Described is a multi-layer body for viewing from the front and rear sides in transillumination mode, wherein the multi-layer body (11-04-2010
20110255172LASER IRRADIATION APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A deflecting mirror which deflects a laser beam emitted from a laser oscillator, a transfer lens, a cylindrical lens array which divides the laser beam having passed through the transfer lens into a plurality of laser beams, and a condensing lens which superposes the laser beams formed in the cylindrical lens array are included. The following formula is satisfied: 1/f=1/(a+b)+1/c, when: “a” is a distance between an emission opening of the laser oscillator and the deflecting mirror; “b” is a distance between the deflecting mirror and the transfer lens; “c” is a distance between the transfer lens and an incidence plane of the cylindrical lens array; and “f” is a focal length of the transfer lens.10-20-2011
20090097126Method of laser marking, laser marking apparatus and method and apparatus for detecting a mark - A method and apparatus for laser marking is disclosed. An interference fringe is formed on a subject to be marked using a laser beam to make a marking.04-16-2009
20090021838VISUAL EFFECT APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING INTERLACED IMAGES USING BLOCK OUT GRIDS - A container for producing a graphical image. The container includes a container wall with front and rear portions. A label is included that extends about the circumference of the container with an inner surface contacting an exterior surface of the rear portion of the container wall and contacting an exterior surface of the front portion of the container wall. The label includes a block out grid made up of alternating block out lines and transparent viewing gaps on the outer or inner surface of the label. The view gaps provide a line of sight to subset of the segments of an interlaced image provided on or proximate to the rear portion of the container wall when the block out grid is positioned near the front portion of the container wall. The label may be used to create an air gap between the block out grid and the interlaced image.01-22-2009
20090021836INTERMEDIATE PRODUCT IN THE MANUFACTURE OF LIGHT SOURCES WITH OPTICAL FRONT BEAM GUIDING ELEMENTS TO CONSTRICT THE BEAM DIVERGENCE AND/OR TO FORM THE BEAM OF LIGHT EMITTERS - An intermediate product is used in the manufacture of light sources with optical front beam guiding elements to constrict the beam divergence of light emitters. The intermediate product has multiple front beam guiding elements and a support, to which the front beam guiding elements are fixed in a defined order. An optical front beam guiding element is implemented so that it can be attached to each light emitter. The support consists of a stronger, more rigid material, compared with the material of the front beam guiding elements. The result is an intermediate product which allows processing of even expensive materials for front beam guiding elements and, because of its special suitability for automated further processing steps, has cost advantages.01-22-2009
20090021837Compound-Eye Imaging Device - A compound-eye imaging device comprises nine optical lenses arranged in a matrix array of three rows and three columns, and a solid-state imaging element for capturing unit images formed by the optical lenses. A stray light blocking member having a rectangular-shaped window is provided on the capture zone side of the optical lenses, eliminating the need to provide, between the solid-state imaging element and the optical lenses, walls by which light propagation paths of lights emitted from the optical lenses are partitioned from each other. The stray light blocking member blocks incident lights in a range outside each effective incident view angle range of each optical lens. This prevents the light entering each optical lens to form a unit image from interfering with other unit images formed by adjacent optical lenses, thereby obtaining a good quality image, without complicating the manufacturing process and increasing the cost thereof01-22-2009
20080212193Micro-Optic Security And Image Presentation System Presenting A Synthetically Magnified Image That Appears To Lie Below A Given Plane - A film material utilizing a regular two-dimensional array of non-cylindrical lenses to enlarge micro-images, called icons, to form a synthetically magnified image through the united performance of a multiplicity of individual lens/icon image systems. The synthetic magnification micro-optic system includes one or more optical spacers (09-04-2008
20110255171METHODS OF FORMING SHEETING WITH COMPOSITE IMAGES THAT FLOAT AND SHEETING WITH COMPOSITE IMAGES THAT FLOAT - Microlens sheetings with different types of composite images are disclosed, in which the composite image floats above, in, or below the sheeting, or some combination. One type of composite image may be viewable to the unaided eye or an observer and another type of composite image is viewable only to the aided eye of an observer. Methods for providing such an imaged sheeting are also disclosed.10-20-2011
20080252983METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING APERTURES THROUGH MICROLENS ARRAYS USING CURVED CRADLES - Methods for creating apertures in a layer on a back side of a substrate that includes a microlens array on a front side thereof include curving the substrate into a cylindrical surface segment that defines an axis, so that the microlens array on the front side of the substrate faces the axis. A pulsed laser beam is scanned from the axis circumferentially along the cylindrical surface segment, to pass through the microlens array on the front side of the substrate and into the layer on the back side of the substrate to create the apertures, while simultaneously translating the substrate and/or the scanned pulsed laser beam axially relative to one another. Related apparatus and microlens array products are also disclosed.10-16-2008
20110069395LENS ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME - According to embodiments of the invention, a lens assembly and method for forming the same is provided. The method includes providing a first lens layer having a first transparent substrate and a first lens on the first transparent substrate, providing a second lens layer having a second transparent substrate and a second lens on the second transparent substrate, forming a spacer structure between the first lens layer and the second lens layer, and thinning the first transparent substrate to a first thickness after the spacer is formed.03-24-2011
20110255170SPATIAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - Provided is a spatial image display device capable of forming spatial images having a superior reality and high definition. A spatial image display device 10-20-2011
20110019282IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND LENS ASSEMBLY - A lens module array comprising a spacer plate comprising (i) first and second surfaces, and (ii) an array of lens barrels, each lens barrel comprising (1) a lens opening extending inward from the first surface of the spacer plate, and (2) a sensor cavity extending inward from the second surface of the spacer plate to meet the lens opening; and (b) at least one lens positioned over each lens opening of a lens barrel, the outer circumference of the lens being attached to the spacer plate.01-27-2011
20100195210Plastic Sheets with Lenticular Lens Array - A lenticular sheet, in one exemplary embodiment, includes a first surface having at least two portions, an opposing second surface, and a plurality of lenticular lenses formed in the first surface. Each portion of the first surface includes a number of lenticular lenses per centimeter that is different from the number of lenticular lenses per centimeter of an adjacent portion of the first surface.08-05-2010
20110261464THIN FILM HIGH DEFINITION DIMENSIONAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME - A high definition thin lens dimensional image display device and methods of manufacturing the same. The thin lens dimensional image display device generally includes a lens array on a first surface of a film, such as a lenticular lens array or a fly's eye lens array, with a printed imaged either printed directly on a second planar surface of the film, or on a separate substrate that is laminated thereto. The resulting display device offers a lower cost display device having greater flexibility for a wider variety of applications than traditional image display devices, without compromising image quality. Processes for manufacturing the display device include printing on a pre-fabricated thin lens web, inline printing of an image and patterning of the lens array, and inline printing of a substrate and application of a coating to the substrate which is subsequently patterned or embossed.10-27-2011
20110188124METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGE PRINT SHEET, IMAGE PRINT SHEET AND PRINTING APPARATUS - Present invention provides an image print sheet printable in high accuracy without reducing productivity. After a lenticular sheet 08-04-2011
20090174945CONTIGUOUS MICROLENS ARRAY, METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME AND PHOTOMASK FOR DEFINING THE SAME - A contiguous microlens array including a plurality of contiguous microlenses is described. Each microlens has substantially circular contours at the heights higher than the connection sections of the microlens with neighboring microlenses, and has substantially partially circular contours at the heights on the connection sections adjacent to the neighboring microlenses. The shape of the curved surface of a microlens in the microlens array is selectively adjusted according to its position in the array and the incident angle of light incident thereto.07-09-2009
20110216418ERECT EQUAL-MAGNIFICATION LENS ARRAY - There is provided an erect equal-magnification lens array including: a plurality of first lenses causing light incident from an object point to each incidence plane, which has at least a partially planar shape, to be collected by each outgoing plane which has a convex shape; a plurality of second lenses aligned so as to correspond to each of the plurality of first lenses, having incidence planes each of which has a convex shape and is arranged in the vicinity of a position in the optical axis direction, at which the light is collected by each of the outgoing planes of the plurality of first lenses, and causing the light incident to each of the incidence planes to be collected again on an image plane using outgoing planes thereof each of which has a convex shape; and an aperture configured to shield light, from among the light collected by each of the outgoing planes of the plurality of first lenses, proceeding in a direction to be incident from each of the outgoing planes to the incidence planes of the second lenses other than the second lenses on the same optical axis.09-08-2011
20110063730DISK-SHAPED OPTICAL LENS ARRAY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF - A disk-shaped optical lens array produced by resin injection-compression molding and a manufacturing method thereof are revealed. The disk-shaped optical lens array has at least one alignment fixture a first surface and a second optical surface. The optical surfaces respectively including a plurality of optical zones corresponding to each other so as to form a plurality of optical lens elements arranged in an array and a plurality of single optical elements is produced after cutting. At least one disk-shaped optical lens array and other optical lens element/or two disk-shaped optical lens arrays are aligned with an optical axis of an optical lens element by the alignment fixture to form a stacked disk-shaped optical lens array. Therefore the manufacturing processes of the optical lens arrays are simplified with improved precision and reduced cost.03-17-2011
20110063729OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE ON THE SURFACE OF A SOLAR PANEL - An optical system that allows an image to be displayed on the surface of a solar panel without this image forming an obstacle to direct solar rays. The system includes a solar panel, a lenticular surface formed from linear lenses, and a transparent film on which an image, the straight bands of which, parallel to the longitudinal axis of the lenses, have been removed, is printed. At certain viewing angles, an observer can see only the image bands, whereas at other angles of incidence the sun's rays will pass through the transparent bands and reach the active surface of the solar sensor. The system is particularly suitable for, for example, aesthetic and architectural integration of solar panels, and for disseminating visual information on the surface thereof.03-17-2011
20110063731WAFER-LEVEL LENS ARRAY, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING WAFER-LEVEL LENS ARRAY, LENS MODULE AND IMAGING UNIT - Disclosed are a wafer-level lens array, a method of manufacturing a wafer-level lens array, a lens module, and an imaging unit capable of preventing the permeation of air into a substrate unit or a lens unit to be molded when a wafer-level lens array having the substrate unit and the lens units integrated with each other is molded. There is provided a method of integrally manufacturing a wafer-level lens array including a substrate unit and a plurality of lens units arranged on the substrate unit using a transfer mold having a plurality of concave portions corresponding to at least the plurality of lens units provided in a surface thereof. The method includes: supplying a resin to each concave portion, the amount of resin supplied being more than the volume of the concave portion; and performing molding to integrate the resin overflowing from the concave portions, thereby forming the substrate unit.03-17-2011
20120300308LENS UNIT, LED HEAD, EXPOSURE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND SCANNING DEVICE - A lens unit includes first and second arrays of microlenses. The microlenses in the first array have mutually parallel optical axes and are aligned in a meridional direction orthogonal to their optical axes. The microlenses in the second array are aligned in the same direction as the lenses in the first array, and have optical axes that coincide with the optical axes of corresponding microlenses in the first array. The microlenses in the first array collimate light incident in a sagittal plane orthogonal to the meridional direction. The microlenses in the second array focus the collimated light in the sagittal plane. The lens unit is useful in the scanning heads of scanning devices, the LED heads of LED printers, and in the exposure devices of other electrophotographic image forming apparatus.11-29-2012
20110317272Display apparatus, display unit, electronic equipment, mobile electronic equipment, mobile telephone, and image pickup apparatus - In a display which includes a plurality of light exit point groups, and a plurality of lenses which project the plurality of light exit point groups, the light exit point group includes at least one light exit point, and each lens is disposed such that an image of the light exit point group is projected to be overlapped, and projected images of the plurality of lenses are formed on a pupil of an eye of an observer by making overlapping of light exit points in the light exit point group which have been overlapped upon being projected by the lenses, incident on a pupil of the eye of the observer.12-29-2011
20110317271OPTICALLY VARIABLE DEVICES, SECURITY DEVICE AND ARTICLE EMPLOYING SAME, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF CREATING SAME - An optically variable device (“OVD”) with an integral image system that includes a focusing element and an array of micro-objects which, when viewed through the focusing element, changes in appearance depending on the relative location from which the OVD is observed. A security device including the OVD and methods for creating the OVD are also disclosed.12-29-2011
20120002292USER INTERFACE WITH A COMPOSITE IMAGE THAT FLOATS - User interface having a sensor and a composite interface that floats. Embodiments of user interfaces described herein are useful, for example, as automobile components (e.g., dashboard components), appliance components (e.g., dishwasher components, stove components, oven components, microwave oven components, clothes washer components, and clothes dyer components), medical equipment, elevator buttons, laboratory equipment (e.g., scales), as well as consumer electronics (e.g., entertainment devices and cell phones), automatic teller machines, and the like.01-05-2012
20090073567LIGHT-GUIDING SURFACE STRUCTURE - The present invention relates to a multilayer, surface structured solid plate for light guidance, the base material of which consists of a transparent plastic material, and optionally one or more cover layers.03-19-2009
20100214661Lenticular Product - In one embodiment, a multi-ply mount (frame member) for displaying an image in a lenticular environment includes a lenticular sheet having lenticules that define vertices and valleys therebetween, wherein at least one select portion of a back surface thereof has graphic material including an image. The lenticular sheet has a clear coating deposited on a portion of the front surface thereof. The clear coating at least substantially fills the valleys of the lenticules within the portion to form a filled region that defines a windowed region. A reverse-mounted image, such as a photograph, is disposed along and faces the back surface and is in registration with the windowed region resulting in the reverse-mounted image being viewable through the clear coating without lenticular distortion while the surrounding graphic material of the back surface that is viewable through the lenticules that are free of the clear coating exhibits a lenticular effect. A multi-layer backing structure seals the reverse-mounted image within the mount.08-26-2010
20120026593MICROLENS ARRAY MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND MICROLENS ARRAY - There is provided a manufacturing method for a microlens array including a multiple number of microlenses protruded in a substantially hemispherical shape from a surface. The manufacturing method includes forming a resist layer for forming a shape of the microlenses on an organic film layer serving as a material layer of the microlenses; and etching the formed resist layer and the organic film layer by using a mixed gas including hydrogen-containing molecules and fluorine-containing molecules.02-02-2012
20120026592Multihybrid Artificial Compound Eye with Varied Ommatidia - A wide angle imaging system combines compound array fore-optics with single axis relay optics to generate distortion free images with an infinite depth of field. A curved first array of objective lenslets focuses multiple apertures of light through the tubes of a louver baffle terminated by field stops. An intermediate curved array of field lenslets, positioned immediately after the field stops, passes the light beams through an array of pupil planes. A curved final array of erector lenslets refocuses and adjoins the beams into a contiguous image that is curved. The relay optics transform the curved intermediate image into a flat final image. The fore-optics and relay optics are optimized concurrently to achieve much higher performance than is possible in either compound array optics or sequential optics. This is accomplished by varying the lenslet radii of the fore-optics in annular increments to compensate for aberrations introduced by the relay lenses.02-02-2012
20120154920COLLIMATING DISPLAY WITH PIXEL LENSES - A display assembly (06-21-2012
20110090570FABRICATION OF OPTICAL FILTERS INTEGRATED WITH INJECTION MOLDED MICROLENSES - Injection molding of monolithically integrated optical components is disclosed. In one embodiment, an injection molding system includes a moldplate having an array of specially designed cavities. In at least one cavity, different types of photo-curable optical materials are injected in an ordered sequence. In a first instance, a lens material is injected into the cavity and subsequently cured to form a predetermined lens element at the base of the cavity. In a second instance, a filter material is injected into the cavity above the already formed lens element. The filter material is also cured, and an optical filter is formed stacked onto the lens element and contained within sidewall of the cavity. In this manner, a complex optical component having an optical filter automatically aligned with, and monolithically integrated into, a lens element is readily formed in a single injection molding process.04-21-2011
20100290123WAFER LEVEL LENS ARRAY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR - Provided is a wafer level lens array, in which a plurality of lens sections arranged one-dimensionally or two-dimensionally and a substrate section connecting the lens sections are integrally made of a resin material, capable of preventing the substrate section from being deformed. A wafer level lens array includes: a plurality of lens sections that are two-dimensionally arranged; a substrate section that connects the lens sections to each other; and a rib that is disposed on the substrate section and extends along the surface of the substrate section. The lens sections, the substrate section, and the rib are integrally made of a resin material.11-18-2010
20120170128OPTICAL PANEL - An optical panel with a surface is provided, in which the surface has a first direction and a second direction and an included angle is formed between the first direction and the second direction. The optical panel includes an optical element array and a rubbing portion. The optical element array is disposed on the surface of the optical panel and extended in the first direction. The rubbing portion is disposed on the surface of the optical panel and extended in the second direction, in which the surface includes an upper surface of the optical panel, a lower surface of the optical panel and a combination thereof.07-05-2012
20120212828OPTICAL SHEET - The present invention relates to a composite optical sheet, characterized in that two or more optical sheets regularly arranged with micro lenses each having a lens pitch of 1˜30 μm are stacked to prevent the moire phenomenon, and brightness-improving sheets with different sizes of lenses are formed to maximize the brightness.08-23-2012
20120218641OPTICAL ELEMENT, HEAD-UP DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING OPTICAL ELEMENT - An optical element includes first and second microlens array units on which microlenses are arranged. The microlenses are formed by lens contour having a polygonal shape in a plan view. The first and second microlens array units are arranged opposite to each other at a position where a distance between the first and second microlens array units is at least longer than a focal distance of the microlens, and are formed so that a direction of vertices of the lens contour of the microlens arranged on the first microlens array unit is different from a direction of vertices of the lens contour of the microlens arranged on the second microlens array unit. According to the above optical element, it is possible to appropriately suppress an influence of shift of the position between the first and second microlens array units, and it becomes possible to produce the optical element with ease.08-30-2012
20090034082Optically Variable Devices - A security device comprises a substrate (02-05-2009
20120257283DISPERSION COMPOSITION, PHOTOSENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP ELEMENT - A photosensitive resin composition which can form a pattern attaining high resolution and having a high refractive index and a high transmittance is provided. The photosensitive resin composition includes a dispersion composition including (A) titanium dioxide particles having an average primary particle diameter of from 1 nm to 100 nm, (B) a graft copolymer that has a graft chain having a number of atoms other than hydrogen atoms in a range of from 40 to 10,000 and (C) a solvent, and (D) a polymerizable compound, and (E) a polymerization initiator.10-11-2012
20120257282Optical Wedge Redirection Apparatus and Optical Devices Using Same - An exit pupil expander (10-11-2012
20110122498ANNULAR SOLID IMMERSION LENSES AND METHODS OF MAKING THEM - A sub-millimeter solid immersion lens (SIL), comprises a body of a high-index material transparent to electromagnetic radiation in a frequency band to be observed, the body having a flat bottom surface which receives an object to be observed, and the body further having a first upper surface whose limits approximate a zone of a spherical segment and a second upper surface defined by an upper bound of the zone of the spherical segment which prevents passage of electromagnetic radiation in the frequency band to be observed. The SIL may be incorporated into an array, according to other aspects. A method of making a SIL comprises: providing a substrate layer of a high-index material transparent to electromagnetic radiation in a frequency band to be observed, having a lower surface through which an object is observed; etching a surface of the substrate layer to form a first upper surface whose limits approximate a zone of a spherical segment; etching a surface of the substrate layer to form a second upper surface; treating the second upper surface to prevent transmission of the electromagnetic radiation in the frequency band to be observed; and treating the lower surface to absorb electromagnetic radiation in the frequency band to be observed, leaving untreated a hole defined therein to form a sampling port at which the object is positioned.05-26-2011
20110038051OPTICAL SHEET AND A TILED DISPLAY INCLUDING THE SAME - A tiled display device including a plurality of display panels, a lenticular pattern disposed on a display panel, a base film disposed on the lenticular pattern and a prism pattern disposed on the base film.02-17-2011
20120327516Lens-Like Beam-Forming Networks for Circular Arrays and Their Circuit Implementation - A beamforming apparatus comprising a number of beam ports N12-27-2012
20100202059LENS ARRAY, LIGHT EMITTING DIODE HEAD, EXPOSURE DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND READING APPARATUS - A lens array includes a lens assembly member and a light blocking member. The lens assembly member includes lens elements arranged in an arrangement direction substantially perpendicular to optical axes thereof. The light blocking member includes apertures extending and passing through the optical axes.08-12-2010
20120140333LENS SHEET HAVING LENS ARRAY FORMED IN PRE-SELECTED AREAS AND ARTICLES FORMED THEREFROM - A lens sheet having one or more lens arrays positioned in selected discrete areas. Each lens array includes a plurality of lenses, each having a width, a height, and a lens peak. The lens array is set below the planar surface of the lens sheet, such that lens array does not extend above the lens sheet. Furthermore, the lens array is completely bordered by or contained within planar portions of the lens sheet. One or more dimensional images are printed below each of the lens arrays, and/or one or more static images can be printed on the planar portions of the lens sheet.06-07-2012
20110157706DEVICE AND METHOD FOR BEAM FORMING - A device for beam forming includes at least two laser light sources capable of emitting laser radiation and an optical device capable of influencing the laser radiation such that the laser radiation has an intensity distribution in a working plane that at least partially corresponds to a top-hat distribution at least with regard to one direction. The laser beam may be at least partially overlapped by the optical device. The laser beam is a single-mode laser beam at least with regard to a direction perpendicular to the distribution direction.06-30-2011
20130021672LENS ARRAY, LENS UNIT, LED HEAD, EXPOSURE UNIT, IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS, READING APPARATUS, MOLD FOR MOLDING LENS ARRAY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LENS ARRAY - A lens array includes: at least one lens including a first lens surface and a second lens surface. The first lens surface is formed to tilt at a predetermined tilt angle with respect to the second lens surface. The first lens surface is formed to be eccentric by an eccentric distance in such a direction that the optical axis of the second lens surface and an optical axis of the first lens surface intersect on a side of the first lens surface.01-24-2013
20120243101IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE WITH MICRO-LENS ARRAY - The noise occurring is made to decrease in a case of a reconstructed image being generated from a lightfield image captured by way of a plenoptic camera. An image capturing device 09-27-2012
20080225399Line Head and Image Forming Apparatus - A line head includes: a first lens array having a plurality of first lenses each having a convex surface as a light incidence surface; a second lens array that is arranged at a light-emitting surface side of the first lens array so as to be opposite to the first lens array and that has a plurality of second lenses, which are arranged at positions corresponding to the plurality of first lenses and each of which has a convex surface as a light incidence surface; and at least a light-emitting element provided for each of the first lenses at a light incidence side of the first lens array.09-18-2008
20110261463Lens Array Apparatus - A lens array apparatus and a manufacturing method thereof are provided in which the lens array apparatus can achieve appropriate optical performance regardless of changes in ambient temperature.10-27-2011
20090231716LENTICULAR LENS MEDIUM - A lenticular lens medium forms a lenticular lens which comprises a plurality of semicylindrical-shaped or arc-shaped elongated convex parts. The lenticular lens medium has a volume resistivity of 1×1009-17-2009
20130176625SUPERIMPOSED LENS MODULE WITH LENS ARRAY - The present invention provides a multiple-layered lens array assembly comprising: at least a lens array set comprising a plurality of lens units, each of the lens units having an engaging surface surrounding an optical axis thereof and formed on an object-side surface or an image-side surface thereof; and at least an independent lens unit having an engaging surface surrounding an optical axis thereof and formed on an object-side surface or an image-side surface thereof; wherein the engaging surface of each of the lens units of the at least an lens array set connects with the engaging surface of a corresponding independent lens unit.07-11-2013
20080218869INJECTION MOLDED MICROLENSES FOR OPTICAL INTERCONNECTS - Disclosed are a microlens array, and a method of positioning and aligning the microlens array on another device. Generally, the microlens array comprises an array of injection molded microlens elements, and a supporting flange. Each of the microlens elements has a generally spheroid or spherical shape, and the supporting flange connects together the array of microlens elements to facilitate positioning that array of lenses on a printed circuit board, semiconductor package or wafer. This array is well suited for use with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs); and, in particular, the preferred embodiment of the invention addresses the problem of VCSEL laser array alignment by using arrays of microlenses elements fabricated by injection molding.09-11-2008
20080218868Image correction using individual manipulation of microlenses in a microlens array - A system constructs a composite image using focus assessment information of image regions.09-11-2008
20080218867Image display device and portable terminal device - An image display device includes a display panel, a lens, a backlight, and a light dispersing member. The display panel includes a plurality of display units including at least pixels for displaying an image for a first point of view and a second point of view, arrayed in a matrix shape. The lens distributes lights transmitted through pixels for the first and second points of view into mutually different directions. The backlight has a plurality of convexes or concaves which refract lights. The light dispersing member is disposed between the display panel and backlight.09-11-2008
20130094091Image Forming Optical Element and Image Reading Device - Two aperture members are disposed on each side of a lens array. In one aperture member, decreasingly tapered through holes having a cross sectional area that gradually decreases in a light incident direction and increasingly tapered through holes having a cross sectional area that gradually increases in the light incident direction are alternatively arranged. The other aperture member that is oppositely disposed with respect to the lens array has the same configuration. The center axes of the decreasingly tapered through holes and the center axes of the increasingly tapered through holes are coincident with each other. This enables to achieve an image forming optical element that has a large amount of light and less irregularity of the amount of light.04-18-2013
20130120848IMAGE ENHANCEMENT FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISPLAYS - A three-dimensional (3D) display apparatus includes an image generation subsystem (IGS) for generating at least one two-dimensional (2D) image and providing filtered rays derived from the at least one 2D image to an optical element for modulating the filtered rays and producing a 3D image, wherein the filtered rays comprise limited overlap of pixel information. A method and a computer program product for generating 3D images are provided.05-16-2013
20130128363IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH PIXEL SECTIONS ARRAYED IN A MATRIX - In an image display device where a lenticular lens, a display panel, and a light source are provided in order from a viewer side, when cylindrical lenses of the lenticular lens are arrayed in a horizontal direction, in first-viewpoint pixels and second-viewpoint pixels of the display panel, openings whose sides which intersect with straight lines in the horizontal direction are not parallel to a vertical direction are formed. And, a shape of the openings of a pair of pixels mutually adjacent in the vertical direction is made line-symmetric with respect to edges of the pixels extending in the horizontal direction as an axis.05-23-2013
20100020404REMOVABLE LENTICULAR LABELS FOR USE ON PRINTED MATTER - A lenticular label for removable attachment to a surface of an object includes a transparent sheet having a first planar side and a second side having a lenticulated region. The label having a printed image on the first planar side and a low-tack adhesive disposed along the printed image. The low-tack adhesive is configured to provide tangential adhesion between the label and the surface to which the label is removably attached.01-28-2010
20120275028FREE-SPACE COMBINING OF LASER BEAM RADIATION - A diode laser beam combining apparatus for producing a high combined beam power density in the far field at reduced levels of power consumption and heat dissipation includes an array of semiconductor laser emitters arranged in a collinear manner with respect to each other and having an emitter pitch between about 0.7 mm and 2.5 mm. The apparatus also includes a cylindrical lens for collimating emitter beams generated by the array of laser emitters in a direction perpendicular to a junction plane of the laser emitters. The apparatus further includes a micro-optic array and a long focal length cylindrical lens. The micro-optic array is configured to perform a rotational transformation of the collimated emitter beams. The micro-optic array has a lateral spacing in a direction parallel to the junction plane of the laser emitters that matches the emitter pitch. The long focal length cylindrical lens collimates emitter beams in the direction perpendicular to the junction plane after passing through the micro-optic array.11-01-2012
20120281294SECURITY ELEMENT COMPRISING AN ADHESIVE AND A SUBSTRATE BEARING AN OPTICAL STRUCTURE, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - The invention relates to a security element (11-08-2012
20120281293LASER DEVICE WITH CONFIGURABLE INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION - The present invention relates to a laser device comprising an array of several large area VCSELs (11-08-2012
20130155519MULTICHANNEL OPTICALLY VARIABLE DEVICE - A security element, a security device including a security element and a method of manufacturing a security device. The element having focusing elements and image elements, the image elements are located in an object plane such that each image element is associated with one of the focusing elements, wherein the object plane includes at least first and second distinct subregions, and an image element within the first subregion is phase-displaced by a phase-displacement distance with respect to an image element within the second subregion, and wherein the first and second subregions produce first and second optically variable images or part-images.06-20-2013
20130155518IMAGE DISPLAY - An image display device of this invention includes an image sheet holding unit, a lens unit, and fixing pins. The lens unit includes a lenticular lens. The lens unit is overlaid on the image sheet holding unit such that an image sheet is sandwiched between the image sheet holding unit and the lens unit. The fixing pins are inserted into the units in this state. The fixing pins can switch between a temporarily fixed state and a fastened state. The temporarily fixed state is a state in which the lens unit can move in a direction along an image printed surface relative to the image sheet holding unit. The fastened state is a state in which the above-described movement is prevented, and the image sheet is pressed and sandwiches between the units. This invention enables to correctly view an image through the lenticular lens without any influence of manufacturing tolerances.06-20-2013
20130182333APPARATUS AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING PLANO-CONVEX SILICONE-ON-GLASS LENS ARRAYS - Coating a machined mold with a flowable, hardenable polymer coating produces an optically-smooth finish and maintains sharpness in upward-pointing features. These procedures produce molds for highly efficient plano-convex silicone-on-glass lens arrays in a fast and inexpensive manner in which an end-mill defines the shape of a lens, and the coating produces its smoothness. End-mill machining and coating lens-shaped features in plates that have movable pins produce molds with eject features disposed inside features that form templates for lens elements without significantly reducing optical performance. Additionally, machining and coating plates that have movable inserts produce molds for lens arrays with reduced volume and one or several rings in each lens element.07-18-2013
20110310490LENS DEVICE HAVING PROTECTIVE ELEMENTS - A lens device has a body with a base surface, a plurality of lenses on the base surface, and a plurality of projections extending above the base surface and defining a protective plane above the plurality of lenses. The plurality of projections can include, for example, post-like regions, ridge-like regions, or a combination thereof.12-22-2011
20100046079Polymer pattern and metal film pattern, metal pattern, plastic mold using thereof, and method of the forming the same - The present invention relates to polymer patterns of various shapes formed using modifications of means and methods used in the prior lithography process, and the metal film patterns, metal patterns and plastic molds using the polymer patterns, as well as methods of forming these patterns and molds. The method of forming the polymer patterns comprises the steps of: (a) depositing a photosensitive polymer on the substrate to form a polymer film; (b) placing a photomask on the polymer film; and (c) irradiating the polymer film with a light moving in random direction through the photomask, so as to form at least one pattern which is concave from the surface of the polymer film in a direction perpendicular to the substrate and extends in a direction parallel to the substrate. The inventive polymer patterns have at least one pattern which is concave from the surface of the polymer film in a direction perpendicular to the substrate and extends in a direction parallel to the substrate. The vertical cross-section of the concave patterns has at least one curved surface.02-25-2010

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