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Intelligent sensor platform

Patent Number PDF Image 7,136,591

An intelligent sensor platform is provided with an architecture that takes advantage of a low cost microcontroller for overall sensor control. Outputs are all controlled directly by the microcontroller as are gains of signal processing amplifiers and thresholds for threshold detectors. The sensor can be remotely programmed using a remote control device or simple push button programming can be implemented.

Flexible scanning and sensing platform

Patent Number PDF Image 7,440,872

A detection method and apparatus that includes a controller and a plurality of remote sensor units, each containing sensor elements, connected to the controller to achieve custom detection profiles and resolutions that are optimized for a given application by alteration of scanning sequences used by the controller, variation of scanning frequencies, adjustment in response times, and utilization of multi-modal sensing methods.

Signal processing circuits for multiplication or division of analog signals and optical triangulation distance measurement system and method incorporating same

Patent Number PDF Image 6,549,058

Circuits and methods for generating signals representing the division or multiplication of two analog signals are incorporated into optical triangulation distance measurement systems. In one embodiment one of two analog voltage signals is used to generate a current signal. A capacitor is charged by the current signal. The voltage on the capacitor is compared with the other analog voltage signal and a signal is generated that has a time interval representing the division of the two analog voltage signals. In the application of the circuit and method to optical triangulation distance measurement the time interval signal is further processed to obtain distance measurement to a target.

Noise-insensitive, photoelectric transceiver including a digital stability indicator

Patent Number PDF Image 5,243,181

This invention provides a photoelectric transceiver (10) for detecting the presence and absence of objects (16) in a selected region (12). The transceiver (10) includes a light source (18), a light sensor (22), and electronic circuitry (13). The transceiver (10) generates a timing signal (MDCLK) that synchronizes its operation. In synchrony with the timing signal, the transceiver emits pulses of light (14) into the selected region (12) and senses light (24) coming from the selected region. When an object (16) is present in the selected region (12), the emitted light pulses (14) are reflected back to the transceiver (20). Based upon the light sensed, the transceiver generates an output (OUTOD) indicating whether or not an object is present. The transceiver includes three features that reduce the effect of interfering noise on the output (OUTOD). First, the output (OUTOD) is generated by a digital count hysteresis process to reduce the effect of random noise. Second, the transceiver timing signal (MDCLK) is modulated between two frequencies to reduce the effect of repetitive noise. Third, the transceiver timing signal (MDCLK) is interrupted when interfering noise is detected to further reduce the effect of noise. The transceiver includes a digital stability indicator (42) that indicates whether the transceiver operation is stable.

Intelligent sensor platform

Patent Number PDF Image 6,826,369

An intelligent sensor platform is provided with an architecture that takes advantage of a low cost microcontroller for overall sensor control. Outputs are all controlled directly by the microcontroller as are gains of signal processing amplifiers and thresholds for threshold detectors. The sensor can be remotely programmed using a remote control device or simple push button programming can be implemented.

Flexible scanning and sensing platform

Patent Number PDF Image 7,251,587

A detection method and apparatus that includes a controller and a plurality of remote sensor units, each containing sensor elements, connected to the controller to achieve custom detection profiles and resolutions that are optimized for a given application by alteration of scanning sequences used by the controller, variation of scanning frequencies, adjustment in response times, and utilization of multi-modal sensing methods.