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359642000 - LENS
359665000 - Fluid
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|Variable Focus Lens - The invention relates to variable focus lenses based on magneto wetting and related devices, wherein two fluids, one of which is magnetically susceptible, are in contact over a meniscus. The shape of the meniscus is controlled by means of an applied magnetic field gradient. The contact angle between the chamber wall and the meniscus is a conserved. Implementation of special shaping to the internal or external walls of the chamber, while conserving the contact angle, results in better lens shape in the variable focus lens and lower levels of lens distortion.
|Method and Device For Controlling a Variable Focal Length Liquid Lens - The present invention concerns a method for controlling a variable focal length lens (
|Variable Focus Lens Package Having Clamping Means For Fixing the Various Lens Package Elements With Respect to Each Other - A variable focus lens package (
|MOTIONLESS LENS SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide zoom and/or autofocus lenses. For example, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a lens is provided with at least one tunable lens. The focal length and/or focus of the lens may be varied without mechanically moving or changing the separation between one or more lens components.
|Variable Focus Lens Package in Which a Sealing Ring is Used for Compensating for Volume Variations of Fluids Contained by the Package - A variable focus lens package (
|Variable Lens System - A compact and substantially achromatic optical lens system (
|Controllable Optical Lens - A controllable optical lens system, comprises a chamber housing first and second fluids, the interface between the fluids defining a lens surface. An electrode arrangement controls the shape of the lens surface and has first and second electrodes. A parameter is determined by the system dependent on the electrical resistance through at least one of the lens fluids between the first and second electrodes. Thus, the series resistance through a lens fluid is used as a measure of meniscus position.
|PROJECTION OBJECTIVE OF A MICROLITHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION EXPOSURE APPARATUS - A projection objective of a microlithographic projection exposure apparatus comprises a manipulator for reducing rotationally asymmetric image errors. The manipulator in turn contains a lens, an optical element and an interspace formed between the lens and the optical element, which can be filled with a liquid. At least one actuator acting exclusively on the lens is furthermore provided, which can generate a rotationally asymmetric deformation of the lens.
|Variable Lens - A variable lens (
|Optical Element For Correcting Refractive Index Related Abberations - An optical element (
|Variable Focus Lens - Disclosed is a variable focus lens, having an optical axis, comprising: a fluid chamber, the fluid chamber comprising a first fluid and an axially displaced second fluid, the fluids being non-miscible, in contact over a meniscus and having different indices of refraction; a fluid contact layer arranged on the inside of the chamber wall; a first electrode separated from the first fluid and second electrode by the fluid contact layer; a second electrode acting on the second fluid; the fluid contact layer having a wettability by the second fluid which varies under the application of a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode, such that the shape of the meniscus varies in dependence on said voltage; wherein the fluid chamber is shaped such that an angle formed between the wall of the chamber and the optical axis decreases along the length of the optical axis.
|Optical apparatus - To provide an optical apparatus which controls an interface state to change a focal length by using an optical element having a container sealing first liquid that is conductive or polarized and second liquid that does not mutually mix with the first liquid with their interface in a predetermined form and electrodes provided in the container and of which optical characteristics change according to change of interface form due to application of voltage to the electrodes, and in particular an optical apparatus that controls a duty ratio of alternating current voltage applied to said electrodes for changing said interface form.
|Variable Focal Length Lens - A variable focal length lens, comprises a chamber arrangement containing two transparent liquids adjacent one another with an interface therebetween, the chamber arrangement allowing light to pass along an optical axis through the transparent liquids and across the interface, the lens focusing the passing light. A piezoelectric actuator is arranged, on activation, to change the pressure of one of the liquids so that the interface moves, for example by changing shape, to change the focal length of the lens.
|Optical Element - An optical element includes a first liquid, a second liquid, and a container, wherein the first liquid and the second liquid substantially differ in refractive index and are immiscible, the first liquid and the second liquid are hermetically placed in the container so that an interface between the first liquid and the second liquid forms a specific shape, the shape of the interface between the first liquid and the second liquid is changed by applying a voltage between the first liquid and the second liquid through electrodes formed in the container, and the container is (1) a resin container of which an inner surface portion of a container wall has a resin phase with a fluorine atom content higher than that of an internal portion of the container wall, (2) a container of which a top portion and a bottom portion are formed of a resin composition including a resin and a hindered amine compound having a transmittance of light with a wavelength of 400 nm measured for a 5 wt % chloroform solution using a cell with 10-mm optical path of 90% or more and a molecular weight of 1500 or more, or (3) a container of which an inner surface is coated with a CVD film formed of a fluorocarbon compound. According to the present invention, an optical element can be provided of which the refractive power for light passing therethrough can be efficiently controlled with a small configuration utilizing an electrowetting phenomenon and which allows continuous transmission or concentration of light from a blue laser (short-wavelength laser).
|Liquid-lens variable-control optics in array microscope - A liquid lens includes a segmented electrode that allows the simultaneous application of different potentials across the lens's meniscus to obtain a predetermined aberration correction condition and to adjust focal length as necessary to conform to the topography of the object being scanned. The lens also includes a gas plenum interfacing with one of the liquids of the lens to allow for volume changes in the lens cell due to temperature variations. This combination of features produces a liquid-lens cell capable of maintaining substantially constant transverse magnification and diffraction-limited image quality over a useful range of focal length. As such, the lens is particularly suitable for incorporation in an array of micro-objectives used in a scanning microscope.
|Variable Focus Lens Package - Proposed is a variable focus lens package (
|Variable Lens - The invention relates to a variable lens for controlling electromagnetic radiation that interacts with said lens in a controlled manner. The lens includes a container; a first dielectric fluid that is held in the container; a second dielectric fluid that is held in the container, a phase boundary layer between the first and the second fluid. The relative dielectric constant of the first fluid is different from a relative dielectric constant of the second fluids. At least one first electrode; and at least one second electrode is positioned in relation to the first electrode in such a way that an electric current that is applied between the first and the second electrode generates an electric field, which infiltrates the phase boundary layer.
|Piezoelectric Variable Focus Fluid Lens and Method of Focusing - A variable focus lens (
|DROP CENTERING DEVICE - A variable-focus lens that includes a wall made of an insulating material, a drop of an insulating liquid arranged on an area of a first surface of the wall, a conductive liquid covering the first surface and the drop, and an electrode arranged on a second surface of said wall. The insulating and conductive liquids are non-miscible, having different optical indexes and substantially the same density. The drop of the variable-focus lens is centered in a truncated cone centered on an axis perpendicular to the first surface, the bottom of which is pierced with a centered hole, and the insulating material wall is transparent and covers the hole.
|Varifocal Lens Device - A first liquid and a second liquid are sealed in a cell, and the first liquid and the second liquid are not mixed with each other, and have different refractive indexes, with the interface of the two liquids being remained stationary by an edge portion of a movable opening member that is made in contact with the interface of the two liquids so that an actuator that is coupled to the movable opening member controls a shape of the interface of the two liquids by driving the movable opening member.
|MULTI-FOCAL PICK-UP DEVICE FOR OPTICAL STORAGE SYSTEM AND FLUID ZOOM LENS THEREOF - A multi-focal pick-up device for an optical storage system includes a light source and a fluid zoom lens. The fluid zoom lens is disposed along the optical axis of the light source. The fluid zoom lens includes a plurality of fluid layers. The fluid layers are immiscible to each other, and interfaces of the fluid layers have at least one curved surface. The curved surface can be adjusted by providing at least one voltage differential being applied to the fluid layers so as to form an adjustable curvature for the curved surface.
|Control of Electrowetting Lenses - A control circuit (
|METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ELECTROWETTING-BASED VARIABLE-FOCUS LENS - The present invention relates to a method of manufacturing an electrowetting-based variable-focus lens, comprising: (a) providing an enclosure having a cavity (
|IMAGING OPTICS WITH ADJUSTABLE OPTICAL POWER AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING AN OPTICAL POWER OF AN OPTICS - The invention relates to optics comprising adjustable optical elements and, if desired, lenses of fixed focal lens. By use of an appropriate controller for the adjustable optical elements, characteristics of the optics can be advantageously varied. For this purpose, systems are provided which are suitable for use as surgical stereo-microscope, objective, ocular or zoom. A zoomable imaging optics comprises lenses and of variable optical power, which are oppositely controlled by means of a controller to change an imaging ratio, so that the optical power of the one lens is increased and the optical power of the other lens is decreased. Moreover, the imaging optics may comprise still further assemblies of fixed optical power.
|FLUIDIC OPTICAL DEVICES - A fluidic optical device, systems utilizing fluidic optical devices, methods for manufacturing fluidic optical devices and actuators are disclosed.
|Wide-Angle Variable Focal Length Lens System - A variable focal length microlens system having a base section with a fluid chamber and a fluid pressurization mechanism. A flexible, substantially transparent polymer lens section is fixed above the fluid chamber and the lens section has a curvature providing an initial focal point when in an unstrained state. The fluid chamber is substantially sealed and the fluid pressurization mechanism includes a flexible wall in the base section. The flexible wall may be displaced by magnetic activation, PZT activation of another activating mechanism.
|ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A LIQUID-BASED OPTICAL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - The present invention discloses an electronic device (
|LENS - Lenses comprising first and second walls defining a cavity therebetween, which contains a fluid, are described. At least one of the walls is flexible, and the amount of fluid in the cavity can be changed to alter the shape of the at least one flexible wall, so as to alter the power of the lens. One or more flexible walls may have at least one groove formed in the wall(s) close to the periphery(ies) of the wall(s). In yet another configuration, the flexible wall and the second wall are bonded, welded, or fused together. In yet another configuration, a lens comprises a flexible wall and a second wall. The flexible wall is resilient and thinner in its central region, which is capable of being displaced relative to the second wall. Also described are methods of manufacturing a flexible wall for a lens.
|Fluidic Adaptive Lens Systems with Pumping Systems - The present invention in various embodiments relates to a variety of different types of fluidic adaptive lens systems, pumping systems for implementation in such lens systems, other systems employing such lens systems, and related methods of fabrication. In at least some embodiments, the present invention relates to a lens system that includes a reservoir having at least one flexible wall, a first actuator coupled in relation to the reservoir, and a terminal at which is located at least one of an integrated fluidic lens and a port configured to be coupled to an external fluidic lens. The terminal is coupled to at least one of the reservoir and the actuator, and at least one of the actuator and a first pumping system including the actuator is capable of causing fluid to be moved at least one of from the reservoir toward the terminal, and from the terminal toward the reservoir.
|LIQUID OPTICS WITH FOLDS LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A high performance zoom lens system suitable for use with a camera is disclosed. The zoom lens systems employs redirection of the radiation axis, liquid optics and a movable lens group to provide optical performance over the zoom focal length range at focus distances from close to infinity. The system also provides compensation for undesirable thermally induced effects by adjustments of the zoom group and the variably shaped optical surface in the liquid lens cell.
|OPTICAL ELEMENT AND IMAGING APPARATUS - An optical element is disclosed. The optical element may include a container having a holding chamber, a polar or conductive first liquid filled in the holding chamber, a second liquid filled in the holding chamber and not mixing with the first liquid, first and second electrodes for applying an electric field to the first liquid, and voltage application means for applying voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode.
|CONTROLLABLE OPTICAL COMPONENT - A controllable optical system has an optical component comprising a chamber housing first and second fluids, the interface between the fluids defining a boundary surface (
|ZOOM OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND CAMERA AND DEVICE THEREWITH - The invention provides a zoom optical system comprising two fluid lenses (
|OPTICAL LENS ARRANGEMENT FOR FIXED LENSES AND A LIQUID LENS - An optical lens arrangement including a lens barrel having a monolithic structure and including a first, a second, a third, and a fourth contact region having a common axis, a liquid lens having a structure containing a first conductive liquid and a second insulating liquid, both liquids immiscible, having different refractive indices and meeting each other at a liquid-liquid interface the curvature of which is controllable by a voltage applied to first and second electrode, wherein the structure has first and second fixed lenses in contact respectively with one of the liquids, and a third fixed lens, wherein outer edges of the first, second and third fixed lenses are positioned in contact with respective first, second and third contact regions of the lens barrel to align the first, second and third fixed lenses with each other, and wherein the fourth contact region contacts an edge of the liquid-liquid interface.
|ZOOM OPTICAL SYSTEM - A zoom optical system is provided which has a lens system which comprises a first lens which is arranged to provide a continuously variable focus for a beam of radiation. The lens system further comprises a switchable optical element including a first fluid, a second fluid and a wavefront modifier having a part through which said radiation beam is arranged to pass. In a first mode the switchable optical element has a first fluid configuration with said part being substantially covered by the first fluid, and in a second mode the switchable optical element has a second, different, fluid configuration with said part being substantially covered by the second fluid.
|CONVERSION LENS, CONVERSION LENS SYSTEM, AND IMAGING DEVICE - A conversion lens which includes a pair of transparent members is provided. At least one of the transparent members is formed of a deformable film; a connecting member for connecting the pair of transparent members so as to form a sealed space sandwiched between the pair of transparent members; a liquid filled in the sealed space; and a curvature changing mechanism for changing the curvature of the deformable film by moving the liquid filled in the sealed space. A conversion lens system and an imaging device, provided with the conversion lens are also provided.
|TRANSPARENT MULTILAYER FILM, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND LIQUID LENS - A method of producing a transparent multilayer film which enables to easily deposit a transparent multilayer film without changing a target material is provided, and a transparent multilayer film formed by the method of producing a transparent multilayer film and a liquid lens including the transparent multilayer film are provided. A transparent conductive film is deposited on a base by sputtering a target
|Variable-Focus Lens Assembly - A variable-focus lens assembly is provided. The lens assembly includes a microfluidic device that defines a chamber for receiving a fluid therein. A slip having an aperture therethrough is disposed in the chamber. A first fluid is disposed on the first side of the slip and a second fluid is disposed on the second side of the slip. A lens is formed from the interface of the first and second fluids. The outer periphery is pinned to the slip about the aperture. A turning structure fabricated from a hydrogel material engages the slip and tunes the focal length of the lens in response to a predetermined stimulus.
|LIQUID LENS AND LENS MODULE HAVING SAME - The present disclosure relates to a liquid lens and a lens module having the same. The liquid lens includes an enclosure, an elastic shell and a light pervious liquid. The enclosure has a top wall and defines a through opening in the top wall. The elastic shell is received in the enclosure and is filled with the light pervious liquid. The elastic shell includes an inner portion and an outer convex portion. The convex portion protrudes from the outer enclosure via the through opening.
|CONTROLLABLE OPTICAL LENS - A controllable optical lens system, comprises a chamber housing first and second fluids, the interface between the fluids defining a lens surface. An electrode arrangement controls the shape of the lens surface and has first and second electrodes. A parameter is determined by the system dependent on the electrical resistance through at least one of the lens fluids between the first and second electrodes. Thus, the series resistance through a lens fluid is used as a measure of meniscus position.
|LIQUID LENS APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME - Disclosed is a liquid lens apparatus. The liquid lens apparatus includes a liquid lens element and a fixing jig. The liquid lens element includes a main body, a lens surface, and a sealing portion, the main body including a first substrate, a second substrate, and a third substrate that is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate and forms a liquid chamber, the lens surface being formed of an interface between two liquids which are contained in the liquid chamber and have different refractive indexes and being capable of being electrically deformed, the sealing portion hermetically sealing the main body. The fixing jig is engaged with the first substrate and the second substrate, the first substrate and the second substrate sandwiching the third substrate.
|ELECTRO-WETTING DEVICE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - An electro-wetting device is provided that can prevent deterioration of withstand voltage characteristics due to use of a high-dielectric constant film, thereby ensuring an insulating structure having high reliability. The electro-wetting device includes a conductive first liquid, an insulating second liquid, a transparent substrate and a cover body defining a liquid room for accommodating therein the first and second liquids, an electrode layer formed on a surface, on the liquid room side, of the transparent substrate, and an insulating layer formed on a surface of the electrode layer. The insulating layer has a lamination structure of a first insulating film made of an insulating inorganic crystalline material, and a second insulating film made of an insulating inorganic amorphous material, which results in that surface irregularities of the first insulating film is relaxed by the second insulating film, and thus the low voltage drive is possible. As a result, it is possible to obtain the highly reliable insulating layer which is excellent in the withstand voltage strength.
|Electrically-Controlled, Variable Focal Length Liquid-Based Optical Imaging Apparatus and Method - An optical imaging apparatus having a variable focal length is disclosed. The optical imaging apparatus includes a first double-liquid variable focal lens and a second double-liquid variable focal lens. The first and second double-liquid variable focal lenses are aligned on a common axis and operable to have opposite varying curvatures.
|Package structure of liquid lens - The invention discloses a package structure of a liquid lens which includes a first substrate and an electrode on the first substrate. The package structure includes a second substrate, a first sleeve, a second sleeve, a first circular member, and a second circular member. The first substrate is fixed at the first sleeve to form a holding chamber for receiving a first dielectric liquid and a second dielectric liquid. The second substrate is disposed on the liquid lens and fixed at the second sleeve. The first sleeve is fixedly connected inside the first sleeve and the second substrate. The second circular member is disposed on the first circular member. The first and second circular member are located and urged between the first sleeve and the second sleeve to form a reserved expansion chamber.
|VARIFOCAL LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME - Provided are a varifocal lens having a focal length that may be electrically controlled, and an imaging apparatus including focal length. Varifocal lens includes fluid sealed between two transparent flexible layers. An upper flexible layer is supported by support plate having opening having a lens shape, and vacuum is maintained on upper flexible layer. Portion of lower flexible layer, which faces opening having a lens shape, is fixed by a fixation plate, and a chamber having a predetermined space is formed below the lower flexible layer so as to surround a portion corresponding to the opening having the lens shape. Charged particles are positioned in the chamber. In the varifocal lens, when the charged particles are moved by an electrical field generated in the chamber to compress the lower flexible layer, a lens region of the upper flexible layer protrudes in an upper direction so as to obtain refractive power.
|MICRO-SHUTTER DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Micro-shutter device applicable to display devices including a flexible display device and method of manufacturing same are provided. Micro-shutter device includes membrane. Frame including receiving hole in its center portion is bonded to membrane. Transparent substrate is bonded to frame to encapsulate optical fluid received in receiving hole. Actuator varies refractive power produced by change in curvature of fluid lens formed in the center portion of the receiving hole due to bending of a periphery of the fluid lens. A reflector is disposed to correspond to the fluid lens and be spaced apart from the membrane, such that light intensity transferred to a user is adjusted depending on the refractive power produced by a change in curvature of the fluid lens. Therefore, the device has improved optical efficiency compared to using liquid crystal and a polarizing film, and can have a flexible structure for application to a flexible display device.
|MEMBRANE DEFORMABLE OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED ACTUATION - This relates to an optical device comprising at least one deformable membrane (
|FLUIDIC STABILIZED FOCUS DEVICE - A fluidic stabilized focus device comprises a fluidic lens core and a first yoke. The fluidic lens core includes a support ring, a first surface that includes an elastic membrane, a second surface, and a volume of fluid enclosed within the boundaries of the first and second surfaces and support ring. The first yoke has an annular portion configured to engage the first surface. Engagement of the first surface by the first yoke results in a displacement of the fluid and a change in optical properties of the device.
|FLUIDIC VIEWFINDER DEVICE - A fluidic viewfinder device may include a support member having an opening forming an aperture and a fluidic lens disposed at least partially in communication with the aperture and support member. The fluidic lens may comprise a first optical surface and a second optical surface, one or more of which includes an elastic membrane. A fluid may be enclosed in at least a portion of the fluidic lens. The optical properties of the fluidic lens may be changed by displacement of the fluid, e.g., due to movement of a slide member or a rotating yoke.
|VARIFOCAL LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - Provided is a varifocal lens and method of manufacturing the varifocal lens. The varifocal lens includes a transparent substrate, a spacer frame arranged to form an inner space on the transparent substrate, wherein the inner space is to be filled with an optical fluid, a rigid frame disposed to be adjacent to the spacer frame, and an optical membrane and an actuator which are formed on a surface of the rigid frame. The rigid frame supports the actuator and the optical membrane, wherein the actuator applies a pressure to an optical fluid and the optical membrane is modified according to a flow of the optical fluid.
|LIQUID OPTICAL LENS AND LIQUID OPTICAL LENS MODULES - A liquid optical lens, including a transparent container, an elastic membrane, a first liquid and a second liquid, is provided. The transparent container is divided into a first chamber and a second chamber by the elastic membrane. The first liquid fills the first chamber. The second liquid fills the second chamber. The curvature of the elastic membrane is regulated by changing the volume ratio between the first liquid and the second liquid, so as to adjust the focal length of the liquid optical lens. Moreover, a liquid optical lens module including the above liquid optical lens and a volume adjustment mechanism is also provided. The focal length of the liquid optical lens can be precisely adjusted by using the volume adjustment mechanism.
|VARIABLE-FOCUS LENS ASSEMBLY - The present invention relates to an electrowetting-based variable-focus lens comprising an enclosure with at least two components, an arrangement of first and second immiscible liquids (
|FLUIDIC LENS - A fluidic lens includes a cavity
|VARIFOCAL LENS - Varifocal lens for camera module incorporated in wireless mobile communication device is provided. The varifocal lens includes: a membrane; a frame which is fixed to the membrane and has a receiving hole formed in the middle; a transparent substrate which is fixed to the frame to seal optical fluid received in the receiving hole; one or more actuators to change a curvature of a fluid lens part by bending the circumference of the fluid lens part formed around a central portion of the receiving hole; and a restriction lessening member which is adapted to lessen a restrictive force of an edge of the fluid lens part, is made of a transparent material, has with an area smaller than the fluid lens part to correspond to an inner side of the fluid lens part except the edge of the fluid lens part, and has a larger Young's modulus than the membrane.
|OPTICAL DEVICE WITH MEANS OF ACTUATING A COMPACT DEFORMABLE MEMBRANE - An optical device with a deformable membrane including an anchoring area on a support helping to contain a constant volume of liquid in contact with one of its faces, a substantially central area, configured to be deformed reversibly from a rest position, and an actuation mechanism displacing the liquid in the central area, stressing the membrane in parts situated between the central area and the anchoring area. The actuation mechanism includes plural thermal or piezoelectric actuators of micro-beam type, distributed at the periphery of the membrane, the micro-beams including at least one fixed part joined to the support and at least one moving part coming into contact, on an actuation, with the membrane in an area situated between the central area and the anchoring area.
|OPTICAL DEVICE WITH MEMBRANE THAT CAN BE DEFORMED BY ELECTROSTATIC ACTUATION - An optical device with a deformable membrane including an anchoring area on a support helping to contain a constant volume of liquid in contact with one of its faces, a substantially central area, configured to be deformed reversibly from a rest position, and an actuation mechanism displacing the liquid in the central area stressing the membrane in at least one area situated strictly between the central area and the anchoring area. The actuation mechanism is electrostatic and includes at least one pair of opposing electrodes, one of the electrodes of the pair being at the level of the membrane, the other being at the level of the support, the electrodes being separated by dielectric, the dielectric being formed at least by the liquid.
|FLUIDIC LENS WITH REDUCED OPTICAL ABERRATION - A fluidic lens device capable of providing variable focal power with reduced optical aberration is disclosed. The device includes a lens member and an actuator. The lens member comprises one or more elastic optical surfaces, a compliant support member in communication with the optical surfaces, and a fluid-filled chamber. The optical surfaces have a high value of elastic modulus, reducing coma and other aberrations associated gravity and acceleration. The support member may provide a compliant fluid seal and allow the edges of the optical surfaces to pivot, reducing spherical and other aberrations. One or more piezoelectric ring-bender actuators may provide the force required for compressing the support ring and deflecting the optical surfaces. The actuators may be configured to provide the fluidic lens device with reduced sensitivity to changes in temperature.
|VARIABLE FOCUS LENS - A variable focus lens (
|FLUIDIC LENS WITH MANUALLY-ADJUSTABLE FOCUS - A fluidic lens may have a transparent window member, a transparent distensible membrane, an inner ring between the window member and membrane, and a top ring disposed such that the membrane is between the piston ring and the inner ring. A layer of liquid may be stored between the window member, the inner ring and the membrane. The top ring may be adapted to apply a liquid displacement force to the membrane in a direction perpendicular to a plane of an aperture of the inner ring to cause a change in a radius of curvature of the membrane. The membrane may be pre-tensioned prior to assembly with the other components.
|LIQUID LENS DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR - A manufacturing method for a liquid lens device includes the steps of: preparing a body having a liquid chamber, a conductive first liquid stored in the liquid chamber, an insulating second liquid stored in the liquid chamber, and a hollow electrode pipe for making the communication between the inside and the outside of the liquid chamber, the liquid chamber being defined by a first transparent substrate on which an electrode layer is formed, a second transparent substrate opposed to the first transparent substrate, and an annular sealing member interposed between the first transparent substrate and the second transparent substrate; applying pressure to the first and second transparent substrates to thereby compress the sealing member and discharge the first liquid from the second end of the hollow electrode pipe; and closing the second end of the hollow electrode pipe.
|ADJUSTABLE LENS SYSTEM FOR REAL-TIME APPLICATIONS - An adjustable fluid type lens system is provided that allows e.g. ultrasound imaging through the lens during adjustment of the lens. The lens includes a container enclosing two immiscible fluids, e.g. water and oil, being in contact with each other at an interface. Incoming waves are then refracted at this interface. The shape of the interface, and thereby the refraction property, is adjustable by adjusting a voltage applied to the lens. The two fluids are selected such that they together exhibit a mechanical damping which is critical or near critical. A control circuit generates the electric voltage for adjusting the refraction from one value to another, the control circuit being arranged to change the electric voltage such that a rate of voltage change is limited to avoid oscillation of the interface, thereby adjusting refraction of incoming waves at the interface in a continuous manner. This makes it possible to use the lens while it is during adjustment from one refraction value to another, since the interface shape will at all time during the adjustment have a controlled shape. The voltage can be either a continuous voltage or a discrete stepwise (digital) voltage which is just controlled with respect to step size and temporal extension of the steps. The lens system has a number of applications e.g. within the medical field, e.g. for ‘on the fly’ high speed ultrasound imaging, or for ultrasound ablation applications where ablation can be performed during adjustment of the lens to follow a pre-defined trajectory.
|VARIABLE POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM - Liquid lens cells are used in a variable power optical system. In one embodiment, a stop is located between a first lens group comprising at least a first liquid lens cell and a second lens group comprising at least a second liquid lens cell. In one embodiment, a liquid lens cell controls an incident angle of light rays on an image surface.
|Method for Forming Variable Focus Liquid Lenses in a Tubular Housing - The present invention provides a variable focus fluid lens wherein the focal length is controllable by changing the contact angle of a fluid meniscus. A liquid (
|AUTO-FOCUSING LENS MODULE - An auto-focusing lens module includes an object lens, a liquid zooming unit, and an image lens group. The object lens and the liquid zooming unit receive an object image in front and condense the image into a first-stage output light. A zoom quantity is determined by an external control on the liquid zooming unit. The image lens group including a first and second lens receives the first-stage output light to transmit a second-stage output light. The first lens has a first and second surface, in which the second surface is farther than the first surface to the liquid zooming unit and has a convex curving surface protruding toward an image sensor. The second lens has a first and second surface, in which the first surface has a concave curving surface indenting toward the image sensor to adapt at least a portion of the convex curving surface of the first lens.
|VARIABLE FOCAL LENGTH LENS, CAMERA MODULE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A variable focal length lens includes: a lens portion including a pair of light transmissive members, at least one of which is deformable, and a light transmissive liquid medium sealed between the pair of light transmissive members; and a liquid medium container including a chamber that communicates with the lens portion and is filled with the liquid medium, the liquid medium container causing the shape of the surface of the deformable light transmissive member or members to be changed by changing the volume of the chamber to adjust the amount of liquid medium with which the lens portion is filled.
|ZOOM LENS, CAMERA MODULE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a zoom lens, including: an object side lens group disposed on the object side and including a first variable lens having a deformation surface, the object side lens group having a focal length varied by deformation of the first variable lens; an image side lens group disposed on the image side with respect to the object side lens group with an aperture stop sandwiched therebetween and including a second variable lens having a deformation surface, the image side lens group having a focal length varied by deformation of the second variable lens; and a lens group disposed between the object side lens group and the image side lens group and including the aperture stop. The deformation of the first and second variable lenses is controlled to carry out power variation and carry out image surface movement compensation and focusing by the power variation.
|MEMBRANE, ESPECIALLY FOR AN OPTICAL DEVICE HAVING A DEFORMABLE MEMBRANE - An optical device having a deformable membrane comprising a flexible film having at least one peripheral anchoring zone, a central zone and an intermediate zone between the central zone and the anchoring zone. The membrane also includes one or more movable parts of electrostatic actuating means, each movable part being formed from a leg terminating on one side in a foot mechanically fastened to a film-fastening region located in the intermediate zone and terminating on the other side in a free end. The legs incorporate a movable electrode, the free end having to be attracted by a fixed electrode of the actuating means. The free end is placed facing the free end so as to deform at least the central zone of the membrane.
|LIQUID LENS - A variable-focus liquid lens is provided. The liquid lens includes a membrane and a fluid. The membrane is made of a transparent elastomer, and the fluid fills a predetermined space to contact at least a lens surface of the membrane. The membrane and the fluid are respectively made of materials repulsive to each other, for example, hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials or oleophilic and oleophobic materials. Accordingly, a repulsive force between the fluid and the membrane can prevent the absorption or leaking of the fluid into/through the membrane.
|FLUIDIC LENS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A fluidic lens and method for manufacturing the same are provided. The fluidic lens includes a transparent optical fluid and a double elastomer membrane. An outer membrane of the double elastomer membrane that is externally exposed includes a Poly DiMethyl Siloxane (PDMS) elastomer, and an inner membrane of the double elastmoer membrane that makes contact with the optical fluid is transparent and includes an elastomer which has a low coherence with respect to the optical fluid.
|ZOOM CAMERA MODULE - A zooming camera module includes a first lens group, a second lens group, and a third lens group. The first lens group is implemented on an optical axis at a fixed position, and has a negative total optical power. The second lens group is implemented on the optical axis and can be moved back and forth along the optical axis, to achieve zooming and focusing. The second lens group has a positive total optical power, and includes a liquid lens unit and at least one lens with non-zero optical power, wherein the at least one lens and the liquid lens are separately or integrally configured. The third lens group is implemented on the optical axis at a fixed position, and has a non-zero total optical power.
|Non-Round Fluid Filled Lens Optic - An optical and mechanical design of a sealed, non-round fluid-filled lens capable of providing variation of optical power. The fluid lens includes at least three optical components: at least one mostly rigid optical disc, at least one mostly flexible optical membrane and a layer of a transparent fluid that is in communication via a fluid channel with a reservoir of excess fluid contained in a reservoir that can be accessed to augment the fluid volume inside the fluid lens to change the power of the fluid lens. The fluid lens is capable of providing correction of spherical and astigmatic errors, and utilizes contoured membranes to minimize image aberrations.
|LIQUID OPTICS ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A high performance zoom lens system suitable for use with a camera is disclosed. The zoom lens systems employs liquid optics and a movable lens group to provide optical performance over the zoom focal length range at focus distances from close to infinity. The system also provides compensation for undesirable thermally induced effects by adjustments of the zoom group and the variably shaped optical surface in the liquid lens cell.
|ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER ACTUATOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A multilayer electroactive polymer actuator and a method of manufacturing the same. The multilayer electroactive polymer actuator is divided into an actuating area and a non-actuating area. A plurality of driving electrodes, each formed on a side of the respective polymer layer to correspond to the actuating area. A plurality of extension electrodes connected to the driving electrodes and a common electrode for vertically connecting the extension electrodes are formed to correspond to the non-actuating area. A via hole is formed through the plurality of non-actuating layers and has a diameter which increases in a stepwise manner upwards. The common electrode is formed in the via hole. The driving electrode includes an alloy of aluminum and copper. The extension electrode is formed of material having a small reactivity with respect to laser as compared to the reactivity of the polymer layer.
|VARIABLE FOCUS MICROLENS - A microlens chip comprises a variable focus fluidic microlens and actuator. The actuator varies the pressure in a fluidic channel in the microlens chip which is coupled to an aperture opening containing the microlens. Applying an electric field to the actuator creates changes in fluid pressure in the fluidic channel, which in turn changes the radius of curvature (i.e., focal length) of the fluidic microlens.
|RUGGED VARIABLE FOCUS LIQUID LENSES AND ACTUATORS FOR ACTUATION OF LIQUID LENSES - An optical device (
|COMPACT POLYMER LENS - The invention relates to an optical element having adjustable focal length comprising a first transparent layer having a chosen flexibility and being provided with a piezoelectric layer adapted to contract upon the application of an electrical voltage and thus bend the first transparent layer, the piezoelectric layer being symmetrically positioned relative to an axis, and wherein the first transparent layer is applied on a substrate having a through going cavity positioned essentially symmetrical relative to said axis, and a transparent polymer being positioned in said cavity having a surface contact with said first transparent layer.
|POLYMER LENS - The invention relates to an optical element having adjustable focal length, and a method for producing an optical element. The optical element comprising a first transparent layer and a transparent soft polymer having a chosen refractive index situated thereon, said layer being made from a material having a chosen flexibility, e.g. a thin glass layer, the optical element also being provided with an actuator for applying a force upon said flexible layer, said force being essentially symmetric relative to said axis thus bending the layer providing a lens surface and providing a curved refractive surface.
|Electroactive Optical Device - An electroactive optical device, in particular an electroactive lens, comprising an optical element (
|VARIABLE FOCUS LENS - The invention relates to a variable focus lens (
|LIQUID LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - In one example embodiment, a liquid lens includes a pair of transparent members and a transparent liquid composed of a silicone oil not having compatibility with the fluorinated elastomeric membrane. In one example embodiment, at least one of the transparent members is a deformable deformation membrane formed of a fluorinated elastomeric membrane. In one example embodiment, the transparent liquid fills an enclosed space sandwiched between the pair of transparent members.
|MULTIPLE LIQUID LENS DRIVER - The invention concerns drive circuitry for generating a plurality of independent drive voltage signals for a plurality of electrodes of at least one liquid lens, the liquid lens comprising first and second miscible liquids, an interface between the first and second liquids being movable by electro wetting by application of a drive voltage signal to at least one electrode of the liquid lens, the drive circuitry including generating circuitry (
|VARIFOCAL LENS AND LIQUID FILLING METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME - A varifocal lens which uses an interface between a first fluid and a second fluid that are mutually immiscible, as a light refracting surface, includes: a sealed vessel in which a first chamber into which the first fluid is filled is connected via an opening to a second chamber into which the second fluid is filled; and an elastic deformation section which is provided in elastically deformable fashion in a portion of a partition wall that divides the first chamber and the second chamber in the sealed vessel and which deforms in contact with both the first fluid filled into the first chamber and the second fluid filled into the second chamber, wherein: a lens section having the interface is formed in the opening, and a focal length of the lens section is changed by causing the interface to deform through altering volumes of the first chamber and the second chamber in mutually opposite directions by deformation of the elastic deformation section.
|VARIABLE FOCUS LENS AND SPECTACLES - The invention provides a variable focus lens formed from a ring with a front surface and a rear surface, a flexible membrane is attached to a radially inner part of the front surface, and a front cover is attached to a radially outer part of the front surface, a rear cover is provided on the rear surface of the ring, preferably integral with the ring, so that a variable volume cavity is defined between the flexible membrane, the ring and the rear cover, second flexible membrane can be provided between the ring and the rear cover, where the invention also provides a method of filling a variable focus lens, and an adjustment mechanism for varying the focus of the lens.
|Method & Apparatus to Compensate for Movement of An Imaging Apparatus - An imaging apparatus is compensated for its movement during image acquisition of an object by acquiring the image through a lens subassembly in the apparatus which includes a liquid lens, sensing movement of the apparatus during image acquisition, and controlling the liquid lens to compensate for the effects on the image of movement of the apparatus. Preferably, the liquid lens is controlled so as to change its focal length.
|ZOOM LENS - The zoom lens of the present invention includes a variable focus lens and a stop. The variable focus lens is disposed on the light incident side of the stop, and where a distance from a first surface to an image plane of the zoom lens is defined as T
|NEGATIVE ADD LIQUID MENISCUS LENS - The present invention relates generally to an arcuate liquid meniscus lens with a meniscus wall. Some specific embodiments include a liquid meniscus lens with a meniscus wall essentially a conical frustum and at least a portion of the conical frustum concave in relation to the optical axis. An application of an electrical current to the meniscus wall provides for a increase in negative power in an optical quality provided by the liquid meniscus lens. Embodiments may also include a lens of suitable size and shape for inclusion in a contact lens.
|VALVE DEVICE FOR A VARIABLE FOCUS LENS - A valve device for a variable lens comprises: an inlet for receiving fluid from a reservoir; an outlet for passing fluid to a lens cavity; and a valve member, the valve member comprising a passageway for fluid communication between the inlet and outlet and a valve for closing the passageway; wherein the valve is actuated by turning the valve member about an axis of rotation and the passageway extends along the valve member in the axial direction.
|FLUIDIC LENS WITH REDUCED OPTICAL ABERRATION - A fluidic optical device may include a first optical surface that includes an deformable material and a second optical surface that includes a rigid material. An optical fluid disposed between first and second optical surfaces and an actuator is disposed in communication with first optical surface. Activation of actuator results in a deformation of first optical surface and displacement of optical fluid. The deformation and displacement result in a change in an optical property of the device. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
|Systems, Devices, and/or Methods for Managing Variable Power Fluidic Lens - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system, machine, device, manufacture, circuit, composition of matter, and/or user interface adapted for and/or resulting from, and/or a method and/or machine-readable medium comprising machine-implementable instructions for, activities that can comprise and/or relate to, transitioning an optical power of a fluidic lens over a substantially continuous range.
|METHOD FOR COMPENSATING ABERRATION OF VARIABLE FOCUS LIQUID LENS - A method for compensating an aberration of a variable focus liquid lens is configured to compensate the aberration associated with a first lens surface and a second lens surface of the liquid lens. The first lens surface is of a first radius of curvature. The second lens surface is of a second radius of curvature.
|VARIFOCAL LENS STRUCTURE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE VARIFOCAL LENS STRUCTURE, OPTICAL LENS MODULE INCLUDING THE VARIFOCAL LENS STRUCTURE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL LENS MODULE - A varifocal lens structure, a method of manufacturing the varifocal lens structure, an optical lens module, and a method of manufacturing the optical lens module. The varifocal lens structure includes a liquid lens unit including a silicone membrane that includes a first silicone elastomer, a polymer actuator disposed on an upper surface of the silicone membrane, and an adhesive silicone layer that is disposed between the silicone membrane and the polymer actuator and includes a second silicone elastomer.
|VARIFOCAL LENS STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A varifocal lens structure and a method of manufacturing the same, the varifocal lens structure including: a frame having a fluid chamber filled with an optical fluid and formed of polymethylsiloxane (PDMS) containing a predetermined fluid; a transparent cover disposed on a top surface of the frame so as to cover the fluid chamber; a transparent elastic membrane disposed on a bottom surface of the frame so as to form a lower wall of the fluid chamber; and an actuator disposed on the elastic membrane.
|Fluid Lens Assembly - A non-round fluid lens assembly includes a non-round rigid lens and a flexible membrane attached to the non-round rigid lens, such that a cavity is formed between the non-round rigid lens and the flexible membrane. A reservoir in fluid communication with the cavity allows a fluid to be transferred into and out of the cavity so as to change the optical power of the fluid lens assembly. In an embodiment, a front surface of the non-round rigid lens is aspheric. Additionally or alternatively, a thickness of the flexible membrane may be contoured so that it changes shape in a spheric manner when fluid is transferred between the cavity and the reservoir.
|OPTICAL DEVICE WITH DEFORMABLE PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATION MEMBRANE - An optical device with a deformable membrane including an anchor zone on a support contributing to trapping fluid, a central zone reversibly deforming from a rest position, and an actuating mechanism to displace fluid acting on the membrane in an intermediate zone between the anchor and central zones. The actuating mechanism includes a principal actuation mechanism and supplementary actuation mechanism each arranged in at least one ring mounted around the central zone, each ring including one or plural piezoelectric actuators, and being anchored on the intermediate zone, only the supplementary actuation mechanism may be anchored to the support, these actuation mechanisms and the membrane to which they are anchored forming at least one piezoelectric bimorph, such that they contract or expand in the radial direction during actuation such that when the fluid moves, it deforms the central zone.
|FLUID PRESSURE LIQUID LENS - A fluid pressure liquid lens includes: a fluid pressure driving portion which is configured to include a first cavity, a fluid pressure generating groove, and an actuator generating a fluid pressure on liquid so as to adjust the fluid pressure by using the actuator; a first transparent elastic membrane which is disposed on an upper surface of the fluid pressure driving portion to seal an upper portion of the first cavity of the fluid pressure driving portion and of which the curvature is changed according to the fluid pressure of the liquid; and a transparent substrate which is disposed on a lower surface of the fluid pressure driving portion to seal a lower portion of the first cavity of the fluid pressure driving portion and which is made of transparent material passing through incident light, wherein a focal length is adjusted by using the fluid pressure generated by the actuator.
|VARIABLE POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM - Liquid lens cells are used in a variable power optical system. In one embodiment, a stop is located between a first lens group comprising at least a first liquid lens cell and a second lens group comprising at least a second liquid lens cell. In one embodiment, a liquid lens cell controls an incident angle of light rays on an image surface.
|Fluid-Filled Lenses and Actuation Systems Thereof - An actuator assembly for an adjustable fluid-filled lens is provided. In some embodiments, the actuator assembly includes a clamp configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid lens module when the clamp is compressed. In some embodiments, a magnetic element is configured to adjust the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a plunger changes the optical power of the fluid lens module. In some embodiments, a reservoir is configured such that deformation of the reservoir changes the optical power of the fluid-filled lens. In some embodiments, a balloon is configured to deform the reservoir. In some embodiments, an adjustable fluid-filled lens includes a septum configured to be pierceable by a needle and automatically and fluidly seal a fluid chamber after withdrawal of the needle. In some embodiments, a thermal element can heat fluid within a fluid chamber to change an optical power of the lens module.
|Adaptive Lens System - An adaptive lens system for laser materials processing, for example, in the high-power range of at least approximately 1 kW, includes two deformable lens surfaces spaced apart from each other in the direction of the optical axis, a chamber formed between the two lens surfaces and filled with a fluid, and a device for changing the distance between the two lens surfaces along the optical axis.
|DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CURVATURE OF LENS SURFACE - A curvature control device includes a first fluid that has a light transmitting property and a polar property; a second fluid that has a light transmitting property; a chamber that the first fluid and the second fluid are accommodated without being mixed with each other, wherein a boundary surface between the first fluid and the second fluid comprises a first surface that is a lens surface and a second surface that induces a change in a curvature of the first surface; a first intermediate plate that is disposed in the chamber, and includes a first through-hole that forms a diameter of a lens corresponding to the first surface and a second through-hole that forms a path of the second fluid; and an electrode portion configured to generate an electric field that changes a position of the second surface.
|DEVICE AND MEHTOD FOR CONTROLLING CURVATURE - A curvature control device includes: a first fluid having a light transmitting property and a polarity; a second fluid that has a light transmitting property and is not mixed with the first fluid; a chamber forming an inner space for containing the first fluid F
|ADJUSTABLE OPTICAL LENS - The disclosure provides an adjustable optical lens comprising a membrane, a support for the membrane, a fluid between the membrane and the support, an actuator for deforming the membrane, and a rigid ring connected to the membrane for moving with the membrane for ensuring that a section of the membrane surrounded by the rigid ring has a defined circumference.
|ELECTRODE STRUCTURE FOR DIELECTRIC LIQUID LENS - An electrode structure, applied to a liquid lens, comprises: a first annular body; a plurality of first connecting parts, connected to the first annular body and extended radially outward from the center of the first annular body; a second annular body; and a plurality of the second connecting parts, connected the second annular body and extended radially inward into the center of the second annular body. Wherein, the first annular body and the second annular body are on the same plane, the center of the first annular body is concentric with the center of the second annular body, the first connecting parts and the second connecting parts are mutually interlaced and arranged in circular permutation.
|FLUIDIC VARIABLE FOCAL LENGTH OPTICAL LENS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A fluidic variable focal length optical lens has a sealed housing having a first fluidic chamber filled with a first fluidic medium and a second fluidic chamber filled with a second fluidic medium, the first and the second fluidic chamber being separated from each other by an elastic membrane, wherein the first and the second fluidic medium have different refractive indices, and a deformator configured to deform the membrane laterally within a pump zone, thereby laterally displacing the first fluidic medium from the pump zone to a lens zone and the second fluidic medium from the lens zone to the pump zone, so that the membrane also deforms in the lens zone and changes a focal length of the lens zone along a normal direction.
|LIQUID LENS - A liquid lens includes a sealed shell, a gaseous material, a transparent carbon nanotube structure within the gaseous material, a liquid material, and a first electrode and a second electrode, a voltage being applied to the carbon nanotube structure causes rapid heating, which is transferred to the gaseous material to change the pressure thereof.
|Optical Device with Adjustable Optical Surface - An adjustable optical device comprising at least a deformable optical surface activated by linear fluidic actuators comprising: a material layer comprising an upper surface on which the optical surface is provided and a bottom surface; an actuator layer comprising a plurality of linear fluidic actuators separated by at least one cavity, where at least one linear fluidic actuator is a pillar extending in the actuation direction (L) which is non parallel to the bottom surface of the material layer, said pillar comprising a wall delimiting an internal cavity and where an upper surface of said pillar is continuously linked to a zone of the bottom surface of the material layer; fluidic inlets suitable for introducing a fluid in at least one internal cavity of a pillar linear fluidic actuator.
|VARIABLE FOCUS FLEXIBLE LENS ASSEMBLY - A variable focus flexible lens assembly is disclosed. The assembly comprises a first lens module, the first flexible film is fixed at one side of the first ring body longitudinally; a partition plate, disposed at one side of the first ring body of the first lens module far away from the first flexible film; and a second lens module, the second flexible film is fixed at one side of the second ring body far away from the partition plate longitudinally. The pressures of the first and second lens modules are controlled by a first and a second pressure control units respectively, and further the curvatures of the first and second flexible films are also controlled respectively.
|APPARATUS AND METHOD COMPRISING DEFORMABLE LENS ELEMENT - An apparatus comprising a deformable lens element can be provided wherein a deformable lens element can be deformed to change an optical property thereof by the impartation of a force to the deformable lens element.
|FLUID LENS ASSEMBLY - A non-round fluid lens assembly includes a non-round rigid lens and a flexible membrane attached to the non-round rigid lens, such that a cavity is formed between the non-round rigid lens and the flexible membrane. A reservoir in fluid communication with the cavity allows a fluid to be transferred into and out of the cavity so as to change the optical power of the fluid lens assembly. In an embodiment, a front surface of the non-round rigid lens is aspheric. Additionally or alternatively, a thickness of the flexible membrane may be contoured so that it changes shape in a spheric manner when fluid is transferred between the cavity and the reservoir.
|LIQUID LENS IMAGE CAPTURE DEVICE - An image capture module includes a liquid lens having a first and a second electrode, and a first and a second conductor element in electrical contact with the first and second electrode, respectively, the first and second conductor elements being each intended for connection with a voltage generator for driving the liquid lens. The first conductor element includes an electrically conductive body having a peripheral region for contact with the first electrode of the liquid lens with a light diaphragm aperture in a central region thereof.
|LIQUID OPTICS IN A ZOOM LENS SYSTEM AND IMAGING APPARATUS - A high performance zoom lens system suitable for use with a camera is disclosed. The zoom lens systems includes a movable lens group and a variable power stationary lens group employing liquid optics to provide optical performance over the zoom focal length range at focus distances from close to infinity. The system also provides relatively high quality imaging capability over a wide range of focal lengths and zoom settings.
|Electroactive Optical Device - An electroactive optical device, in particular an electroactive lens, comprising an optical element (
|LIQUID LENS PACKAGE STRUCTURE - A liquid lens package structure includes a first light-transmitting element, a second light-transmitting element, a first elastic surrounding body, a second elastic surrounding body and a package unit. The first elastic surrounding body is disposed between the first and the second light-transmitting elements to form an enclosed space among the first light-transmitting element, the second light-transmitting element and the first elastic surrounding body for receiving and enclosing two unmingled predetermined liquids. The second elastic surrounding body is disposed on the second light-transmitting element. The package unit includes a first retaining seat and a second retaining seat mated with each other. The first retaining seat has a first opening, and the second retaining seat has a second opening. The first light-transmitting element, the first elastic surrounding body, the second light-transmitting element and the second elastic surrounding body are stacked sequentially between the first and the second retaining seats.
|Focus-Adjustable Device and System Thereof - The present invention relates to a focus-adjustable device and a system thereof, wherein the focus-adjustable device is fabricated by forming a single closed flow channel in the internal of a transparent substrate, so as to make the substrate and the single closed flow channel together form a specific lens structure similar to the Fresnel lens. In the present invention, when a light illuminates on one side of the substrate, the light would be concentrated at a specific focus point distancing from the other side of the substrate after being deflected by the specific lens structure. Moreover, a fluid having a specific refractive index can be filled into the single closed flow channel by a flow channel opening, so as to carry out the purpose of adjusting the focus of the specific lens structure; or to make the light parallelly pass through the specific lens structure without any deflection.
|LIQUID LENS MAXIMIZING THE ELASTIC STRAIN ENERGY - Liquid lens (
|Liquid lens for controlled setting of a specific focal length - The present invention relates to a liquid lens for controlled adjustment of a variable focal length for a light transmitted through the liquid lens, comprising: a carrier having a light transmission portion for the light; a liquid drop which is highly transparent to the light and arranged on the carrier above the light transmission portion as part of a lens function; a ferrofluid which is arranged above the liquid drop so that it surrounds and contacts the liquid drop at least at those surfaces which are not directly in contact with the carrier; a magnet means arranged below the carrier and around the light transmission portion so as to draw the ferrofluid arranged on the carrier towards the carrier and keep it in its position on the carrier in all possible spatial positions of the liquid lens, which causes the liquid drop to be kept in its position on the carrier as well; and a temperature element arranged so as to be in thermal contact with the liquid drop in order to bring the liquid drop to a specific temperature and in order to alter the surface tension of the liquid drop by means of the specific temperature so as to adjust the focal length in this manner. The Invention also pertains to a corresponding method.
|VARIABLE POWER OPTICAL SYSTEM - Liquid lens cells are used in a variable power optical system. In one embodiment, the variable power optical system includes three liquid lens cell groups, wherein at least two of the lens cell groups are configured to provide a zoom function and at least one of the lens cell groups is configured to control an incident angle of light rays on an image surface.
|VARIABLE LIQUID LENS SYSTEM - A variable liquid lens system is provided. The variable liquid lens system includes a lens barrel comprising a wall and first and second ends, wherein the first and second ends are substantially transparent, at least one liquid lens disposed in the lens barrel and contacting the wall, the at least one liquid lens comprising a droplet, and a plurality of spaces containing fluid positioned on opposite sides of the at least one liquid lens inside the lens barrel. A plurality of first holes are provided in the wall at a position corresponding to the plurality of spaces. The at least one liquid lens is configured so that a position of the at least one liquid lens within the lens barrel is adjustable by adjusting amounts of the fluid contained in the plurality of spaces via the plurality of first holes.
|OPTICAL ZOOM PROBE - An optical zoom probe is disclosed. The optical zoom probe includes: at least one liquid lens having a focus which is configured to be adjusted according to a flow of a fluid through a flow path; and a barrel provided to form the flow path and including a narrowed first end part including a first opening through which an image is captured, the at least one liquid lens being provided inside the barrel.
|LIQUID LENS WITH MAGNIFICATION CONTROL - A liquid lens structure and method of fabrication are provided. The liquid lens includes a substrate with a channel opening extending through the substrate. A liquid drop is disposed within the channel and an enclosure at least partially surrounds the substrate, and forms a chamber. The liquid drop resides within the chamber, and a second liquid is disposed within the chamber in direct or indirect contact with the liquid drop at a first interface and a second interface. The first and second interfaces define first and second protruding liquid portions relative to the first and second surfaces, respectively. Taken together, the first and second liquid portions define a total protruding liquid volume. A lens magnification control is provided for adjusting magnification of the liquid lens by increasing or decreasing the total protruding liquid volume defined relative to the first and second surfaces.
|SYSTEMS AND METHODS REDUCE TEMPERATURE INDUCED DRIFT EFFECTS ON A LIQUID LENS - Systems and methods reduce temperature induced drift effects on a liquid lens used in a vision system. A feedback loop receives a temperature value from a temperature sensor, and based on the received temperature value, controls a power to the heating element based on a difference between the measured temperature of the liquid lens and a predetermined control temperature to maintain the temperature value within a predetermined control temperature range to reduce the effects of drift. A processor can also control a bias signal applied to the lens or a lens actuator to control temperature variations and the associated induced drift effects. An image sharpness can also be determined over a series of images, alone or in combination with controlling the temperature of the liquid lens, to adjust a focal distance of the lens.
|Actuation of Fluid-Filled Lenses - An actuation mechanism for simultaneous actuation of first and second variable focal length lenses is disclosed. Each lens comprises a distensible membrane bounding a fluid-filled cavity, the focal length varying with the degree of curvature of the membrane as it distends. The actuation mechanism comprises a hydraulic master actuator in fluid communication with a hydraulic slave actuator associated with the first lens and with a hydraulic slave actuator associated with the second lens. Each slave actuator is configured to vary the degree of distension of the membrane of its associated lens in response to operation of the master actuator, whereby the master actuator is operable to cause a variation of the degree of distension of the membranes of both the first and second lenses simultaneously.
|A TRANSPARENT OPTICAL DEVICE ELEMENT - The present invention relates to transparent optical device elements comprising a deformable lens body and to a method for changing the refractive index (RI) of a deformable lens body. The deformable lens body of the invention has an improved mechanical stability, a high refractive index, an optimal degree of stiffness and sheer modulus for use as optical lens.
|Flexible Fluidic Mirror and Hybrid System - A flexible fluidic mirror system and a hybrid fluidic optical system is disclosed herein. The flexible fluidic mirror system generally includes a flexible fluidic mirror having an outer housing and a flexible membrane supported within the outer housing, and a fluid control system operatively coupled to the flexible fluidic mirror. A portion of the flexible membrane comprises a reflective coating or film or nanoparticles disposed thereon or sprayed on. The hybrid fluidic optical system generally includes a hybrid fluidic optical device (i.e., a lens or mirror) having an outer housing and a flexible membrane supported within the outer housing, and a fluid control system operatively coupled to the hybrid fluidic optical device. The hybrid fluidic optical device further includes a magnetically actuated subsystem configured to selectively deform the flexible membrane so as to increase or decrease the convexity of the flexible membrane of the hybrid fluidic optical device.
|VARIFOCAL LENS - A varifocal lens capable of exhibiting high lens performance even with low lens power, and also capable of realizing a comparatively large aperture includes a first elastic membrane arranged between a first medium and a second medium. The first elastic membrane is capable of elastic deformation by pressure from the first medium or the second medium. A drive section causes change in curvature of the first elastic membrane by causing variation in pressure or volume of the first medium or the second medium. The first tensile force applying section applies isotropic tensile force to the first elastic membrane.
|CAMERA MODULE - A camera module includes: a housing having a connection electrode; a fixed lens disposed in the housing and arranged on an optical axis; an actuator mounted in the housing and connected to the connection electrode; and a movable lens coupled to the actuator and configured to be moved by the actuator, the movable lens being disposed on the optical axis.
|CONSTANT MAGNIFICATION LENS FOR VISION SYSTEM CAMERA
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