US Pat. No. 9,414,139

ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An acoustic transducer comprising:
a substrate having a cavity that is open at a top of the substrate;
a vibration electrode film provided above the substrate so as to cover the cavity; and
a fixed electrode film provided at a distance above the vibration electrode film,
wherein a gap is formed between an upper surface of the substrate and a lower surface of the vibration electrode film around
the cavity,

wherein, in the gap across which the upper surface of the substrate and the lower surface of the vibration electrode film
face each other, a narrow portion of the gap that is narrower than another portion of the gap is disposed,

wherein the narrower portion of the gap extends linearly, and
wherein the vibration electrode film comprises a linearly sloped portion that makes an acute angle with the upper surface
of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,363,617

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING A BASE, A CAVITY, A DIAPHRAGM, AND A SUBSTRATE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor element comprising:
a base;
a cavity having a polygonal horizontal cross-section penetrating vertically through the base;
a diaphragm arranged on the base to cover the cavity; and
a substrate formed with a die bonding pad,
wherein the cavity comprises an inner peripheral surface having two wall surfaces,
wherein a lower surface of the semiconductor element is adhered on the die bonding pad with a silicone die bonding resin,
wherein the silicone die bonding resin is formed so as not to contact a lower end of a valley section formed by an intersection
of the two wall surfaces of the inner peripheral surface of the cavity of the semiconductor element, and

wherein the cavity completely overlaps a solder resist region comprising a solder resist protected portion of a conductor
pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,385,924

ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A control device of a design assistance system for assisting design of a network system in which a master device and at
least one slave device are connected to a communication bus to communicate with each other, the network system being formed
by interconnecting ports of the master and at least one slave devices, the control device comprising:
a storage that stores instructions and slave information data, the slave information data including unique information of
the at least one slave device; and

a processor that, when executing the instructions stored in the storage, performs a process comprising:
acquiring information of a connection interface of a port of the at least one slave device from the slave information data
stored in the storage;

generating a device component, serving as a GUI component, representing the at least one slave device based on the slave information
data;

generating a line component, serving as a GUI component, representing connection of the port of the at least one slave device,
the line component having different display aspects in accordance with different types of the connection interface;

generating a design assisting GUI having a topology display screen, the topology display screen displaying a topology of the
network system under design, the network system under design including a first device component indicating a first slave device
and a second device component indicating a second slave device; and

modifying the network system under design by adding a compatible device component to the network system under design,
wherein the design assigning GUI further includes a display list of device components, representing slave devices that are
configured to be added to the network system under design, and

the processor, when executing the instructions stored in the storage, further performs a process comprising:
when a user selects a target device component from the device components in the display list to connect with one of the first
device component and the second device component of the network system under design, changing a display feature of the first
device component to be different than a display feature of the second device component to indicate design incompatibility
of the first device component with the target device, the first device component being incompatible with the target device
and the second device component being compatible with the target device.

US Pat. No. 9,245,829

SUBSTRATE STRUCTURE, METHOD OF MOUNTING SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP, AND SOLID STATE RELAY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A substrate structure comprising:
a substrate;
a groove portion formed in said substrate for surrounding an area to which a solder paste is applied, said solder paste for
mounting a semiconductor device,

wherein the groove portion is formed along an outer edge of the mounted semiconductor device when said semiconductor device
is placed on the substrate and a portion of the groove portion is formed inside the outer edge of the semiconductor device
when said semiconductor device is placed on the substrate, said groove portion being configured to retain molten solder to
prevent the molten solder from spreading to an area outside a mounting area of the semiconductor device when the solder paste
melts.

US Pat. No. 9,245,330

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device for performing image processing on a facial image including a mouth of a person, the image processing
device comprising:
a central processing unit configured to control the image processing device to function as:
a first organ likelihood identification unit configured to identify, based on a difference between a color of a location and
a first representative color which is a representative color of an organ to be processed, a likelihood of the location being
the organ, as a first organ likelihood for each location of a first region including at least a part of the mouth of the facial
image;

a first weight determination unit configured to determine a first weight, the first weight becoming smaller, the greater a
distance from a first location of the first region for each location of the first region;

a correction degree determination unit configured to determine a correction degree of the location, the correction degree
becoming greater, the greater the first organ likelihood and the first weight become; and

an image correction unit configured to correct an image using the correction degree.

US Pat. No. 9,723,767

NETWORK DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION MODULE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A network device provided on a communication network and transmitting a signal via a communication cable, comprising: a
circuit board configured to transmit a signal and having a ground pattern; at least one connector provided on the circuit
board, the at least one connector being configured to transmit and receive data from a cable; at least one transformer module
provided on a signal transmission path of the circuit board, the at least one transformer module having a plurality of ring-shaped
cores provided therein, wherein a first pair of the ring-shaped cores have central radial axes perpendicular to a top surface
of the circuit board and wherein a second pair of the ring-shaped cores have central radial axes parallel to a top surface
of the circuit board; a shield member having a shape conforming to an outer profile of the at least one transformer module
to prevent noise, which is generated due to noise current, from entering the at least one transformer module, the shield member
being spaced apart from the at least one connector, wherein the shield member covers at least a part of a surface of the at
least one transformer module, wherein substantially an entire region of the circuit board, which is outside of an area of
the circuit board on which the at least one transformer module is mounted, is uncovered by the shield member, wherein the
part of the surface of the at least one transformer module intersects concentric circles, and wherein the concentric circles
represent a magnetic field generated by the noise current and have a central axis extending along a direction in which the
noise current flows; and wherein the circuit board includes a line pattern that passes the noise current entering the network
device, wherein the line pattern is connected to the at least one connector and connected to the ground pattern of the circuit
board, wherein the line pattern is positioned entirely outside of the shield member, and wherein the line pattern that passes
the noise current extends in a direction of a side of the shield member that covers a side of the transformer module that
is located opposite to the line pattern so as to shield the side of the transformer module from the line pattern, wherein
the central radial axes of at least one of the first pair and the second pair of the ring-shaped cores are oriented perpendicular
to the central axis of the concentric circles.

US Pat. No. 9,304,600

GESTURE RECOGNITION DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, GESTURE RECOGNITION DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A gesture recognition device that recognizes a gesture of a person from an image captured by a camera, and outputs information
to an electronic apparatus in order to control the electronic apparatus based on the recognized gesture, the gesture recognition
device comprising a processor, the processor comprising:
a person determination section that determines whether the person is included in the image;
a timing determination section that determines whether a present time is an operation timing when the person wants to perform
an operation with the gesture based on the present time and one or more history data; and

an output section that outputs person out-of-view angle notification instruction information issuing an instruction to make
a notification that the image of the person is not captured, when the person determination section determines that the person
is not included in the image,

wherein the output section outputs the person out-of-view angle notification instruction information, when the person determination
section determines that the person is not included in the image, and when the timing determination section determines that
the present time is the operation timing.

US Pat. No. 9,172,152

PRESSURE WELDING TERMINAL

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A pressure welding terminal comprising:
a pair of spring portions;
a slit for press-fitting and retaining a conductive body disposed between said pair of spring portions by a fixed push-in
amount, an upper edge of the conductive body retained by the slit being disposed at a fixed position from an opening of the
slit, wherein

a region is provided where an area of a cross-section of at least one of the spring portions on a lower side of the upper
edge of the conductive body is smaller than an area of a cross-section of the at least one spring portion at a position of
the upper edge of the conductive body.

US Pat. No. 9,699,930

ELECTRIC DEVICE SYSTEM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electric device system comprising a plurality of electric device units that are electrically connected to each other
by assembling the plurality of electric device units in line along a first direction,
wherein the plurality of electric device units comprises a first unit and a second unit that are adjacent to each other in
an assembly state,

each of the first unit and the second unit comprises an insulating casing as an outer shell,
a first connecting terminal is provided at a predetermined position in a first outer surface that is a casing surface of the
first unit, the casing surface of the first unit facing the second unit in the assembly state, at least a part of the first
connecting terminal projecting from the first outer surface in a non-assembly state, the first connecting terminal being elastically
deformable in the first direction,

a second connecting terminal is provided at a position in a second outer surface that is a casing surface of the second unit,
the casing surface of the second unit facing the first unit in the assembly state, the position in the second outer surface
facing the first connecting terminal in the assembly state,

a guiding mechanism is provided in the first unit and the second unit, the guiding mechanism slidably guiding the first unit
into the second unit along a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to enable the first unit to be assembled in
and removed from the second unit,

the guiding mechanism guides the first unit into the second unit in assembling the first unit in the second unit such that
the first connecting terminal comes into contact with the second connecting terminal after sliding on the second outer surface,

a bulging surface bulging out toward the second unit is provided in an exposed surface of the first connecting terminal located
on the second unit side in the assembly state,

a recess is provided in an exposed surface of the second connecting terminal located on the first unit side in the assembly
state, and

a part of the bulging surface is fitted in the recess in the assembly state, and therefore at least the part of the bulging
surface comes into press-contact with at least a part of an opening edge of the recess to establish electric conduction between
the first connecting terminal and the second connecting terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,243,951

PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AMPLIFICATION OF RECEIVED LIGHT INTENSITY IN PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A photoelectric sensor comprising:
an amplifier that amplifies a received light intensity signal generated through light projection processing and light receiving
processing;

a detector that performs detection processing using the amplified received light intensity signal;
a variable resistor having a pair of fixed terminals and a movable terminal configured to move between the fixed terminals,
according to a sensitivity adjustment manipulation performed by a user,

wherein the amplifier includes:
a gain controller that receives an adjustment command signal that changes linearly with respect to the sensitivity adjustment
manipulation performed by the user, and converts the adjustment command signal into a gain control signal that changes exponentially
with respect to the sensitivity adjustment manipulation; and

a variable amplifier that performs amplification processing using a gain according to the gain control signal,
wherein a reference voltage is applied between the fixed terminals of the variable resistor, and a signal formed from a voltage
drop resulting from a voltage division based on the position of the movable terminal between the fixed terminals is inputted,
as the adjustment command signal, to the gain controller.

US Pat. No. 9,171,438

MULTI-AXIS PHOTOELECTRIC SENSOR

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A multi-axis photoelectric sensor comprising;
a projector and an optical receiver disposed opposed to each other, between which a detection area is formed by a plurality
of optical axes;

a detector that sequentially detects a non-shielded state and a shielded state of the optical axes to determine the non-shielded
state and the shielded state of the detection area as a whole;

a signal output that outputs a high-level signal while the detector determines that the detection area is in the non-shielded
state and stops the signal output when the detector determines that the detection area is in the shielded state; and

a muting processor that temporarily disables the signal output stop function of the signal output when the determination results
from the detector and a detection signal input from an external muting device change according to a prescribed sequence, wherein

the muting processor includes an abnormality detector that divides into a plurality of stages the sequence of a change in
the determination results from the detector and the detection signal from the muting device for monitoring to detect an abnormality
in the sequence in the stage being monitored; an output controller that prevents the signal output stop function from being
disabled in response to detection of the abnormality by the abnormality detector; and a notifier that outputs, in response
to detection of the abnormality by the abnormality detector, information indicating a stage in which the abnormality has been
detected.

US Pat. No. 9,135,421

AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising a CPU or hardware logic circuits configured to form the following components:
an extraction part configured to extract a feature of a face from a face image of a user;
a plurality of classifiers configured to identify the user by determining whether or not the feature extracted by the extraction
part matches a feature of a face stored in a storage apparatus;

a deriving part configured to derive a specific condition based on at least one of the feature extracted by the extraction
part and information for authenticating the user;

a specific classifier configured to narrow down the number of user candidates to be authenticated, wherein the derivation
of the specific condition comprises one of a first process of comparing a total number of users registered in the storage
apparatus with a predetermined threshold, and a second process of determining, by the specific classifier, whether or not
the feature extracted by the extraction part matches the feature of the face stored in the storage apparatus;

a selecting part configured to select at least one of the plurality of classifiers based on the specific condition,
wherein when the derivation of the specific condition comprises the first process, the selecting part selects a first classifier
among the plurality of classifiers if the total number of users registered in the storage apparatus is less than the predetermined
threshold, and the selecting part selects a second classifier among the plurality of classifiers if the total number of users
registered in the storage apparatus is greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold, the second classifier being different
from the first classifier,

wherein when the derivation of the specific condition comprises the second process, the selecting part selects a third classifier
among the plurality of classifiers based on the user candidates narrowed down by the specific classifier; and

an authentication part configured to authenticate the user when the selected classifier determines that the feature extracted
by the extraction part matches the feature of the face stored in the storage apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,129,383

CHARACTER STRING DETECTION DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, CHARACTER STRING DETECTION METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A character string detection device for detecting a character string including at least one character in an image, the
character string detection device comprising:
a clustering unit that defines at least one cluster including at least a fixed number of pixel groups having similar colors
based on color information included in each pixel configuring the image;

a clipping unit that partitions the image into a region of the pixel groups belonging to the cluster defined by the clustering
unit and a region of other pixel groups, and generating a clipped image excluding the region of the other pixel groups from
the image; and

a character string detection unit that detects each character in a detection target character string to be detected so as
to detect the detection target character string in the clipped image generated by the clipping unit, wherein

the character string detection unit decides, upon detection of one character included in the detection target character string
in the image a character to be detected subsequently out of undetected characters closest to the already detected character
in the aligned characters in the detection target character string,

the character string detection unit limits a detection target region to regions on a right of and below the already detected
character if the already detected character is an n-th character in the aligned characters in the detection target character
string and the character to be detected subsequently is an (n+1)-th character, and

the character string detection unit limits the detection target region to regions on a left of and above the already detected
character if the character to be detected subsequently is an (n?1)-th character.

US Pat. No. 9,599,768

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE HAVING FRAME WITH LIGHT ABSORBING AND REFLECTING PORTIONS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A frame for a surface light source device, wherein the frame is configured to accommodate a light source and a lightguide
plate such that an outer peripheral surface of the lightguide plate is surrounded, the frame comprising:
a first frame portion of which at least one side constitutes an inner peripheral surface of the frame, the first frame portion
being made of a light-reflecting material; and

a second frame portion with which an outer peripheral surface of the first frame portion is covered, the second frame portion
being made of a light-absorbing material,

wherein a bonded surface in which the outer peripheral surface of the first frame portion and an inner peripheral surface
of the second frame portion are in contact with each other, is inclined with respect to the inner peripheral surface of the
first frame portion.

US Pat. No. 9,300,287

SOLID STATE RELAY AND LOAD DRIVE CIRCUIT

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A solid state relay comprising:
a pair of input terminals;
a light-emitting element between the pair of input terminals;
a light-receiving element configured to carry out photoelectric conversion on light outputted from the light-emitting element
and configured to output current;

a pair of output terminals configured to connect to an AC power supply and a load, the pair of output terminals including
a first output terminal and a second output terminal;

a first connection line connecting a first end of the light-receiving element to the first output terminal;
a second connection line connecting a second end of the light-receiving element to the second output terminal;
a switching element between the first connection line and the second connection line and configured to be turned on by the
current outputted from the light-receiving element; and

a snubber circuit between the first connection line and the second connection line and including a capacitor and a resistor,
the capacitor and the resistor connected in series, wherein the resistor is electrically coupled at a first end to the light-receiving
element and at a second end to the switching element,

an over-current protection element is coupled at a first end to the first connection line and at a second end to the second
end of the resistor, and

wherein the over-current protection element is configured to blow out when more current than needed flows into the snubber
circuit or the light-receiving element in order to prevent the snubber circuit and the light-receiving element from being
burnt.

US Pat. No. 9,194,992

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide plate comprising:
a light introducing portion configured to confine light that is incident from an end surface; and
a light guide-plate main body configured to emit incident light to an outside from a light emitting surface and provided continuously
with the light introducing portion in a thickness smaller than a maximum thickness of the light introducing portion,

wherein the light introducing portion comprises an inclined surface inclined toward the light guide-plate main body from a
surface comprising a larger thickness than a thickness of the light guide-plate main body, on at least one of a surface at
a light emission side and a surface opposite to the surface at the light emission side,

wherein the light introducing portion comprises a directional transform pattern comprising stripe-shaped pattern elements
on at least one of the surface at the light emission side and the surface opposite to the surface at the light emission side,
and

wherein light reflecting portions are provided on the light guide-plate main body in a region from the light introducing portion
to a portion adjacent to the light introducing portion when viewed from a side.

US Pat. No. 9,305,234

KEY WORD DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A key word detection device for detecting a search key word from a target image in order to perform a search with a search
engine on the internet, the key word detection device comprising:
a processor configured to operate as:
a feature point detector configured to detect a feature point of a specific character string from the target image, the specific
character string prompting a user to perform the search;

a key word recognition unit configured to recognize a character string existing in surroundings of the feature point detected
by the feature point detector as the search key word in the target image;

a storage for storing character information and data of the target image used by the processor; and
a search window detector configured to detect a search window from the surroundings of the feature point detected by the feature
point detector in the target image, the search window being used to input the search key word;

wherein the key word recognition unit is configured to recognize a character string in the search window detected by the search
window detector as the search key word, and the search window detector is configured to, in the target image, detect presence
of the search window in a neighborhood of the recognized character string according to a detection priority order set based
on specific detection directions from the character string.

US Pat. No. 9,261,637

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND ITS LIGHT GUIDE PLATE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide plate comprising:
a light introduction part comprising an end face configured to have light incident thereon; and
a light guide plate body disposed continuously to the light introduction part and comprising a thickness smaller than a maximum
thickness of the light introduction part,

wherein the light guide plate body comprises a light emitting surface that emits the light incident from the end face,
wherein the light introduction part comprises an inclined face disposed on at least one side of the light guide plate,
wherein the inclined face is inclined smoothly from a surface of a part thicker than the light guide plate body toward an
end of the light guide plate body,

wherein an optical pattern part comprising a linear pattern element is disposed near a region in a proximity of the inclined
face in a face on a light exit side of the light guide plate body,

wherein at least a part of a valley line in the optical pattern part is located on the inner side of the light guide plate
body more than the light emitting surface, and

wherein at least a part of a ridge line in the optical pattern part is located on the center side of the light guide plate
body more than the light emitting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,251,973

PUSH BUTTON SWITCH AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A push button switch comprising:
a switch main body comprising a movable section configured to be displaced downward by a pressure to bring a movable contact
into contact with a fixed contact, the movable section being configured to be displaced upward to open each contact by a release
of the pressure;

a button section configured to press an upper surface of the movable section in response to a downward pressing operation;
and

a support arm in which one of end portions is coupled to the button section, and the other end portion is attached to a support
surface provided along a vertical direction such that the support arm is turnable, the support arm supporting the button section
that is not subjected to the downward pressing operation so as to separate the button section from the movable section,

wherein the end portion of the support arm in the side not coupled to the button section is attached to the support surface
while positioned laterally or obliquely downward with respect to a moving range of an upper surface of the movable section,
and

an inclination angle of a bottom surface of the button section is set such that the bottom surface constitutes an inclination
surface while being not subjected to the downward pressing operation and when the bottom surface of the button section contacts
the upper surface of the movable section prior to the movable contact being brought into contact with the fixed contact, and
such that the bottom surface becomes substantially horizontal when the movable section is pressed to a position where the
movable contact and the fixed contact are brought into contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,087,255

IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processor comprising:
an image input section that receives image data output from an imaging unit for imaging a subject, the image data including
the subject;

a position information acquisition section that acquires position information indicating a current position;
an object recognition section that recognizes the subject in the image data input from the image input section;
an attention object list management section that manages, for each position upon photographing, a first attention object list
including first attention object data indicating an attention object candidate selected from among the subjects recognized
in the image data that is previously photographed at the position upon photographing;

an attention object identification section that performs comparison processing of comparing the first attention object data
corresponding to a position indicated by the position information acquired by the position information acquisition section
and subject recognized by the object recognition section and to identify, when the subject and the attention object candidate
coincide with each other, the subject coinciding with the attention object candidate as an attention object; and

an attention object output section that outputs information for identifying, on an image, the attention object identified
by the attention object identification section.

US Pat. No. 9,156,625

OBJECT DETECTING ACTUATOR AND OBJECT DETECTING SWITCH

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An object detecting actuator comprising:
a rotary shaft;
a roller lever; and
a roller constituted by a sintered body comprised of stainless steel material and impregnated with lubricating oil, wherein
a density of the stainless steel material is in a range of 6.45 to 6.7 g/cm3, the roller is rotatably attached to the roller lever via the rotary shaft and adapted to receive a load of an external force
and adapted to displace the object detecting actuator in accordance with the load of the external force.

US Pat. No. 9,142,373

ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electromagnetic relay, comprising:
a fixed touch piece comprising a fixed contact;
a movable touch piece, comprising a movable contact contactably and separably opposed to the fixed contact, and configured
to elastically deform;

an auxiliary member configured to energize the movable touch piece to the fixed contact piece side;
an electromagnet; and
an intermediate member configured to be operated by magnetization of the electromagnet and elastically deform the movable
touch piece,

wherein the auxiliary member comes into surface-contact from a terminal portion of the movable touch piece to a vicinity of
the movable contact.

US Pat. No. 9,136,080

ELECTROMAGNET DEVICE AND ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY USING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electromagnet device comprising:
an electromagnet block comprising a spool around which a coil is wound and an iron core inserted in a central hole of the
spool;

a yoke connected to an end portion of the iron core via a permanent magnet;
a movable iron piece having a pivoting shaft center, the movable iron piece being pivotally disposed at an end face edge portion
of the yoke with the pivoting shaft center supported by and disposed in pivotal contact with the end face edge portion of
the yoke, the movable iron piece being adapted to pivot on a basis of magnetization and demagnetization of the electromagnet
block, and

a protrusion comprising a linear edge portion which extends in parallel to the pivoting shaft center and the protrusion protrudes
from at least either the movable iron piece or the iron core, the protrusion protrudes in a facing direction in which the
movable iron piece and the iron core face each other,

wherein the movable iron piece is adapted to be in line contact with the iron core via an outer edge portion of the protrusion
on magnetization of the electromagnet block, the outer edge portion is located in an outside position as compared with a central
axis of the iron core when the electromagnet block is magnetized;

wherein the protrusion is provided in the movable iron piece and the outer edge portion is adapted to be in contact with a
magnetic pole surface of the iron core; and

wherein the outer edge portion is located in a position opposite to the pivoting shaft center with respect to the central
axis of the iron core, and the protrusion has a rectangular shape.

US Pat. No. 9,128,221

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide plate comprising:
a light introducing portion configured to confine light that is incident from an end surface; and
a light guide-plate main body configured to emit incident light to an outside from a light emitting surface and provided continuously
with the light introducing portion in a thickness smaller than a maximum thickness of the light introducing portion,

wherein the light introducing portion comprises an inclined surface inclined toward the light guide-plate main body from a
surface comprising a larger thickness than a thickness of the light guide-plate main body, on at least one of a surface at
a light emission side and a surface opposite to the surface at the light emission side,

wherein the inclined surface comprises:
a main-inclined surface configured to be positioned in front of a light source arranged opposite to the end surface,
a first side-inclined surface disposed on a first side of the main-inclined surface, and
a second side-inclined surface disposed on a second side of the main-inclined surface,
wherein a main directional transform pattern is formed to project from a main base plane of the main-inclined surface,
wherein a first side directional transform pattern is formed to project from a first side base plane of the first side-inclined
surface,

wherein a second side directional transform pattern is formed to project from a second side base plane of the second side-inclined
surface,

wherein, when viewed in a thickness direction of the light guide plate, a normal to the main base plane is perpendicular to
the end surface, and

wherein, when viewed in the thickness direction of the light guide plate, a normal to the first side base plane and a normal
to the second side base plane form acute angles with a plane of the end surface.

US Pat. No. 9,128,224

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A surface light source device comprising:
a light source; and
a light guide plate introducing light of the light source from a light incidence surface and emitting the light from a light
exit surface to outside,

wherein the light source is provided at a position facing the light incidence surface of the light guide plate,
wherein the light guide plate comprises a light introducing part for enclosing the light from the light source entering from
the light incidence surface and a light guide plate main body having a thickness smaller than a maximum thickness of the light
introducing part, provided so as to be continued to the light introducing part, and emitting the enclosed light from the light
exit surface by a light emitting portion to outside,

wherein the light introducing part comprises an inclined surface inclined from a surface of a portion having a thickness larger
than a thickness of the light guide plate main body toward an end of a surface of the light guide plate main body, the inclined
surface being provided on at least one of a surface of the light guide plate on a light emission side and a surface opposite
thereto,

wherein the light guide plate comprises a directional conversion pattern for converting a directional spread of the light
entering the light introducing part in a thickness direction of the light guide plate into a directional characteristic inclined
to a direction parallel to a surface direction of the light guide plate, the directional conversion pattern being provided
on at least one of the surface of the light guide plate on the light emission side and the surface opposite thereto,

wherein the directional conversion pattern is configured so that ridge lines and valley lines are alternately repeated along
a width direction of the light guide plate, and

wherein, of a cross-section of the directional conversion pattern obtained by cutting in parallel to the light incidence surface,
in a portion positioned in front of the light source and in a region having a width equal to a width of the light source:

an inclined surface connecting any ridge line of the ridge lines of the directional conversion pattern and one valley line
adjacent to the ridge line and an inclined surface connecting the ridge line and another valley line adjacent to the ridge
line being asymmetrical with respect to a straight line passing though the ridge line and perpendicular to the light exit
surface, and at least one set of the asymmetrically-shaped portions of different shapes being present on both sides of a light
source center, and

in each of both sides of the light source center, when a normal is set on an inclined surface connecting adjacent ridge line
and valley line of the directional conversion pattern from inside to outside of the light guide plate, a total sum of breadths
of inclined surfaces each with the normal inclined to a light source center side is larger than a total sum of breadths of
inclined surfaces each with the normal inclined to a side opposite to the light source center.

US Pat. No. 9,118,994

CAPACITANCE SENSOR, ACOUSTIC SENSOR, AND MICROPHONE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A capacitance sensor comprising:
a substrate;
a vibration electrode plate formed over an upper side of the substrate;
a back plate formed over the upper side of the substrate to cover the vibration electrode plate; and
a fixed electrode plate arranged on the back plate facing the vibration electrode plate,
wherein at least one of the vibration electrode plate and the fixed electrode plate is divided into a plurality of regions,
wherein a sensing unit configured by the vibration electrode plate and the fixed electrode plate is formed on each of the
divided regions, and

wherein an isolation portion that suppresses vibration from being propagated is formed on the back plate to partition the
sensing units from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,093,231

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising: a base; a pair of fixing terminals orientated to face each other, each including an externally connecting
terminal section, said externally connecting terminal section extending through an upper surface and a lower surface of the
base; an insulating wall section integrated with at least one of the fixing terminals; a push button movable upward and downward
in an axial direction; and a slider movable upward and downward with the push button, wherein the slider has elastic arm sections
in both ends thereof, the elastic arm sections having movable contact portions that are brought into sliding contact with
the fixing terminals or the insulating wall section while pressing the fixing terminals or the insulating wall section from
one side, and the switch configured to enable the movable contact portions to connect to and separate from the fixing terminals
based on operation of said push button upward and downward, wherein the elastic arm sections include support pieces extending
from both side edges of a coupling body and bent in single direction, the arm sections have elastic pieces sheared and bent
outward from the support pieces into a V shape, and the movable contact portions are provided in tip ends of the elastic pieces.

US Pat. No. 9,291,497

SENSOR SYSTEM HAVING A PLURALITY OF COUPLED SENSORS

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A sensor system comprising:
a plurality of sensors coupled by a connector such that a signal is transmitted,
wherein each sensor of the plurality of sensors includes information identifying itself as one of a first type or second type,
and sets a unique identification number by transmitting the signal to each other,

wherein each sensor of the plurality of sensors operates after a delay time determined according to the identification number
thereof elapses with a synchronous signal as a starting point, the synchronous signal being transmitted with a predetermined
period from the sensor having a specific identification number in the plurality of sensors, and

wherein the delay time of each of the sensors is determined such that each sensor of the same type has the same operating
period, and such that the delay time among sensors of the same type is different.

US Pat. No. 9,280,830

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND SEGMENTATION METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

8. A non-transitory computer readable medium having a computer program stored therein, the program causing a computer to perform
a segmentation method for extracting an area of a detection target from an image, comprising:
an image input step of acquiring an image;
an image generation step of generating a plurality of images with different resolutions from the image; and
a segmentation step of performing segmentation, using the plurality of images with the different resolutions,
wherein the segmentation section segments an image with a low resolution and then segmenting an image with a high resolution
using a processing target area, and

wherein the processing target area is only an area within a range of a predetermined number of pixels from a position in the
image with the high resolution corresponding to an area near a boundary resulting from processing of the segmentation of the
image with the low resolution, or only an area in the image with the high resolution corresponding to an area within a range
of a predetermined number of pixels from the boundary resulting from the processing of segmentation of the image with the
low resolution.

US Pat. No. 9,396,407

IMAGE RECOGNITION DEVICE, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND IMAGE RECOGNITION METHOD

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image recognition device for recognizing respective types of display objects appearing in an image, and obtaining, for
each display object, one or more recognition candidates, each of the one or more recognition candidates having a degree of
reliability that indicates a likelihood as a result of recognizing the types of the display objects, the image recognition
device comprising a processing unit or a logic circuit forming:
a change object selecting unit configured to select a change object from the display objects and determine that a type of
each determined object is a type of one of the one or more recognition candidates having the highest degree of reliability,
the change object being a target whose recognition result is to be modified and the determined objects being not the target
whose recognition result is to be modified;

a pair object selecting unit configured to select a pair object from the determined objects of the display objects, the pair
object making a pair with the change object; and

a recognition processing unit configured to modify the recognition result of the change object and identify the change object,
on the basis of a pair information list stored in a storage unit, the pair information list indicating an object type associated
with a type of the pair object.

US Pat. No. 9,322,846

CONTACTOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A contactor, comprising:
a bellows body;
a fixed portion connected to one end of the bellows body; and
a movable portion, connected to the other end of the bellows body and comprising a movable touch piece that extends from at
least one side edge along the bellows body, a movable contact point located at a free end of the movable touch piece;

the movable contact point being separated from the fixed portion in an uncompressed state;
wherein when the movable portion is depressed it compresses the bellows body and through such displacement, the movable contact
point is brought into contact with the fixed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,260,292

SENSOR DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A sensor device comprising:
a substrate;
a sensor section provided on an upper surface of the substrate;
a circuit section provided on the upper surface of the substrate;
a plurality of connection pads that electrically conduct with the sensor section or the circuit section; and
a metal protective film substantially covering the entire circuit section from above,
wherein the sensor section includes:
a movable electrode provided above the substrate;
a dome portion formed of an insulating material fixed to the upper surface of the substrate so as to cover the movable electrode
with a gap interposed between itself and movable electrode; and

a fixed electrode provided in the dome portion at a position facing the movable electrode,
wherein a surface of the circuit section is covered with a second insulating layer having a thickness equal to that of a gap
formed between the movable electrode and fixed electrode, and

wherein the metal protective film is formed above the second insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,240,705

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A control apparatus, comprising:
a first electric power converting unit configured to convert DC power to AC power and output the converted power to each load;
a second electric power converting unit configured to convert DC power to AC power;
a first current detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing through a wire that connects a wire between an electric
power system and the second electric power converting unit with a wire between the first electric power converting unit and
the each load; and

a control unit configured to control a supply of the electric power from the first electric power converting unit to the each
load based on an amount of current detected by the first current detecting unit;

wherein the second electric power converting unit is connected to the electric power system, and to the wire between the first
electric power converting unit and the each load via the first current detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,224,556

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch, comprising:
a base comprising:
a frame integrally formed on a periphery of an upper face of the base,
a fixed contact formed on an inner side face of the frame, and
a support protrusion that protrudes from the upper face of the base that is integrally formed so as to expose a common fixed
contact;

an electrically conductive spring member whose connecting part arranged at a center of a spiral spring is nonrotatably supported
by the support protrusion and that extends a driving piece from the free end of the spiral spring; and

an actuating lever whose one end is rotatably supported by the upper face of the base and that integrally forms an actuating
trigger that presses the driving piece of the electrically conductive spring member,

wherein the fixed contact and the common fixed contact are electrically connected or disconnected through the electrically
conductive spring member by rotating the actuating lever to press the driving piece of the electrically conductive spring
member by the actuating trigger and elastically deforming the spiral spring thereby to cause the movable contact formed on
the electrically conductive spring member to be connected or disconnected with the fixed contact.

US Pat. No. 9,141,849

MONITORING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

8. A method for monitoring a monitoring apparatus comprising:
a plurality of cameras configured to capture a face image of a matching target person;
a face image storage configured to accumulate the face image of an accumulator in an accumulator database;
area storage configured to store an area where the face image is captured with respect to each of the plurality of cameras;
and

a processing unit configured to operate as:
an area specifying unit configured to specify the area where the face image of the matching target person is captured by the
plurality of cameras based on information stored in the area storage;

a matcher configured to perform matching by calculating a degree of similarity between the face image of the matching target
person and the face image of the accumulator stored in the accumulator database; and

a matching determination unit configured to determine whether the face image of the matching target person is matched with
the face image registered in the accumulator database by comparing the degree of similarity, which is of a matching result
of the matcher, to a predetermined threshold;

the monitoring apparatus further comprising:
area history storage configured to store the area specified by the area specifying unit in an area history database while
correlating the area with identification information identifying the face image of the accumulator when the face image of
the matching target person is matched with the face image registered in the accumulator database;

wherein the processing unit is further configured to operate as:
a provisional registration unit configured to make a provisional registration of a predetermined flag while correlating the
predetermined flag with the face image corresponding to the identification information in the accumulator database when a
pattern of the area, which is stored in the area history database while correlated with the identification information of
the face image, is a predetermined area pattern; and

a definitive registration unit configured to make a definitive registration of the predetermined flag while correlating the
predetermined flag with the face image of the matching target person in the accumulator database, when the face image of the
matching target person is matched with the face image of the accumulator in which the provisional registration of the predetermined
flag is made in the accumulator database, and when the face image of the matching target person is captured in a predetermined
area,

the monitoring method comprising:
an image capturing step, in the plurality of cameras, of capturing the face image of the matching target person;
an area specifying step, in the area specifying unit, of specifying the area where the face image of the matching target person
is captured through the image capturing step based on the information stored in the area storage;

a matching step, in the matcher, of performing matching by calculating the degree of similarity between the face image of
the matching target person and the face image of the accumulator stored in the accumulator database;

a matching determination step, in the matching determination unit, of determining whether the face image of the matching target
person is matched with the face image registered in the accumulator database by comparing the degree of similarity, which
is of the matching result in the matching step, to the predetermined threshold;

an area history storage step, in the area history storage, of storing the area specified through the area specifying step
in the area history database while correlating the area with the identification information identifying the face image of
the accumulator when the face image of the matching target person is matched with the face image registered in the accumulator
database;

a provisional registration step, in the provisional registration unit, of making the provisional registration of the predetermined
flag while correlating the predetermined flag with the face image corresponding to the identification information in the accumulator
database when the pattern of the area, which is stored the area history database while correlated with the identification
information of the face image, is the predetermined area pattern; and

a definitive registration step, in the definitive registration unit, of making the definitive registration of the predetermined
flag while correlating the predetermined flag with the face image of the matching target person in the accumulator database,
when the face image of the matching target person is matched with the face image of the accumulator in which the provisional
registration of the predetermined flag is made in the accumulator database, and when the face image of the matching target
person is captured in the predetermined area.

US Pat. No. 9,483,675

IMAGE DISPLAY PROCESSING DEVICE AND DISPLAY PROCESSING PROGRAM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image display processing device comprising:
a processor configured to obtain diagnostic information concerning correspondence when correspondence between an RF tag and
an RFID reader/writer is successful; and

a display controller configured to cause a display to display an image based on the diagnostic information,
wherein the diagnostic information comprises a correspondence margin based on a characteristic value obtained from a correspondence
signal,

wherein the correspondence margin indicates a level by which the value indicated by the obtained characteristic is higher
or lower than a threshold value,

wherein the characteristic value is a parameter that can influence correspondence performance,
wherein the diagnostic information comprises a command type transmitted to the RF tag with the correspondence signal, and
wherein the display displays the command type in relation to the correspondence margin.

US Pat. No. 9,317,806

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, ATTENTION LEVEL-CALCULATING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

9. An attention level calculating device comprising:
a stay cumulative time calculator configured to calculate, in a case where a plurality of resources is distributed spatially,
for each of the resources, a stay cumulative time as a cumulative time of a stay time for stay in a vicinal region of the
resource while not being utilized by a resource user of each of the resources but utilized by another resource user;

a utilization cumulative time calculator configured to calculate, for each of the resources, a utilization cumulative time
as a cumulative time of a utilization time for which the other resource user utilizes the resource; and

an attention level calculator configured to calculate an attention level for each of the resources based on the stay cumulative
time calculated by the stay cumulative time calculator and the utilization cumulative time calculated by the utilization cumulative
time calculator.

US Pat. No. 9,266,016

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE AND GAME MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light source control device configured to control a plurality of light sources arranged on a game machine, each of the
plurality of light sources comprising an anode connected to any one of a plurality of first signal lines, a cathode connected
to any one of a plurality of second signal lines, and a different combination of the connected first signal lines and the
connected second signal lines, the light source control device comprising:
an interface unit that includes gradation data that regulates one luminescence amount of the plurality of light sources with
a plurality of bits in each of the plurality of light sources and receives a serially transmitted control command;

a command analyzing unit that:
generates, for each of the plurality of first signal lines, a first signal for setting a first period being capable of alternately
energizing a light source connected to the first signal line in the plurality of light sources in a predetermined cycle, and

generates, for each of the plurality of second signal lines, while the first period is set, a second signal for setting a
second period being capable of energizing the light source to the first signal line to which an anode of a light source connected
to the second signal line in the plurality of light sources is connected, depending on a luminescence amount represented by
the gradation data corresponding to the light source included in the control command;

a dynamic control unit that applies a voltage to each of the plurality of first signal lines such that a potential in the
first period set in the first signal is higher than a potential except in the first period; and

a gradation control unit that energizes a light source connected to the second signal line in the plurality of light sources,
for each of the plurality of second signal lines, in the second period set in the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,256,953

EXPRESSION ESTIMATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An expression estimation device configured to estimate an expression of a person from an image, the expression estimation
device comprising:
an expression determination unit that analyzes the image of the person to generate first expression information indicating
an expression of the person;

a motion determination unit that analyzes the image of the person to determine a type of motion of the person; and
an expression estimation unit that generates second expression information indicating the expression of the person according
to the first expression information generated by the expression determination unit and the type of motion determined by the
motion determination unit,

wherein the first expression information is information in which a fitness for each of the different expressions is indicated
in terms of numerical value, and

wherein the expression estimation unit generates the second expression information by correcting the numerical value of the
first expression information using predetermined correction information on each type of motion.

US Pat. No. 9,250,210

GAS SENSOR

The University of Tokyo, ...

1. A gas sensor that detects a gas that is a target of detection, comprising:
a carbon nanotube provided between a source electrode and a drain electrode on a substrate, and a source-drain current flows
therein; and

a gas absorbing liquid disposed to cover the carbon nanotube,
wherein the gas is detected based on a change of the source-drain current in the carbon nanotube caused by absorbing the gas
in the gas absorbing liquid,

wherein the gas absorbing liquid is in contact with the carbon nanotube and a gate electrode on the substrate to become a
gate insulating layer, a state of the gate insulating layer changes by absorbing the gas, and the gas is detected based on
a change of the source-drain current that occurs in response to the state of the gate insulating layer,

wherein the gate electrode is configured by a first gate electrode portion and a second gate electrode portion, and the carbon
nanotube is disposed between the first gate electrode portion and the second gate electrode portion, and the gas absorbing
liquid is disposed to be in contact with the first gate electrode portion and the second gate electrode portion, and

wherein the gas absorbing liquid is held in a gap formed between the first gate electrode portion and the second gate electrode
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,136,232

METHOD FOR BONDING WAFERS AND STRUCTURE OF BONDING PART

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method for bonding wafers, comprising:
forming a first bonding part on a surface of a first wafer by stacking a diffusion preventing layer formed of a material having
low wettability with AuSn above the first wafer and forming a bonding layer on a surface of the diffusion preventing layer
such that the bonding layer stays back of an edge of the diffusion preventing layer;

forming a second bonding part on a surface of a second wafer; and
bonding the first bonding part and the second bonding part by eutectic bonding with an AuSn solder under a condition that
the first wafer and the second wafer are opposed to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,214,894

EVALUATION METHOD FOR SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM, EVALUATION DEVICE, AND EVALUATION PROGRAM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A diagnosis method for a solar power generation system, the method diagnosing a whole or a part of an output in the solar
power generation system, the method comprising:
acquiring any two measurement values of an electric current value, a voltage value, and an electric power value of the output;
and

diagnosing the output on the basis of transition of a power point defined by a position on a graph having two coordinate components
specified by the acquired any two measurement values, the transition of the power point occurring on the graph,

the diagnosing including sub-processes of:
storing time series data of the power point in a storage;
specifying a pattern of the transition of the power point by use of time series data; and
diagnosing the output on the basis of the pattern of the transition.

US Pat. No. 9,184,544

GROUND TERMINAL AND CONNECTOR PROVIDED THEREWITH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A ground terminal comprising:
a terminal portion configured to be electrically connected to an outside device; and
elastic arms configured to extend in an identical direction from both ends of a central coupling portion,
wherein a pair of latching pawls is provided in at least one of an inner circumferential edge of the central coupling portion
and inner circumferential edges of the elastic arms; and

wherein a slit is provided along a longitudinal-and-latitudinal direction of the central coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 9,169,979

LIGHT PROJECTOR AND SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light projector, comprising:
a light emitting device having a light emitting surface;
an optical fiber having an incident end-face to which light emitted from said light emitting surface enters; and
a lens arranged between said light emitting surface of said light emitting device and said incident end-face of said optical
fiber;

wherein said light emitting device, said optical fiber and said lens are arranged on one optical axis,
wherein said optical fiber includes a core region as a region including a single core of uniform refractive index or a region
collectively encompassing a plurality of cores having uniform refractive index,

wherein said lens converts diffused light emitted from said light emitting surface to diffused light that widens more moderately,
wherein a light beam emitted from a point on said optical axis of said light emitting surface, passed through said lens and
reaching said incident end-face of said optical fiber with an angle with respect to said optical axis being equal to an aperture
angle of said optical fiber is defined as an aperture angle beam, and where a light beam emitted from a point on said optical
axis of said light emitting surface, passed through said lens and reaching an outer edge portion of said core region on said
incident end-face of said optical fiber is defined as an outer edge beam, said light emitting surface, said lens and said
optical fiber, and refractive power of said lens are arranged to satisfy: a first condition in which said aperture angle beam
reaches inside said core region on said incident end-face of said optical fiber, or a second condition in which an angle formed
by said outer edge beam reaching said outer edge portion and said optical axis is smaller than said aperture angle, and an
angle formed by said outer edge beam being emitted from said light emitting surface and said optical axis is larger than said
aperture angle,

wherein said light projector further comprises a first reflection member including a first reflection surface arranged between
said light emitting surface and said incident end-face of said optical fiber to surround said lens for reflecting light emitted
from said lens, and

wherein said first reflection member includes an abutting surface abutting a peripheral edge of said incident end-face of
said optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,163,177

MOLDED PRODUCT INJECTION-MOLDED FROM LIQUID CRYSTALLINE RESIN COMPOSITION, LIQUID CRYSTALLINE RESIN COMPOSITION FOR CONTACT ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND CONTACT ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A molded product, formed by injection molding of a liquid crystalline resin composition including a fibrous filler and
a liquid crystal polymer,
wherein an area of the fibrous filler that is exposed on a surface of the molded product accounts for 0.3% or less of a surface
area of the molded product,

wherein 2.5% or less of the fibrous filler included in the molded product has a fiber length of 200 ?m or longer,
wherein the fibrous filler included in the molded product has a number average fiber length of 76 ?m or shorter, and
wherein the molded product has a surface Young's modulus of 2600 MPa or more and 3700 MPa or less.

US Pat. No. 9,152,873

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN OPTIMUM IMAGE

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device for selecting an image, the image processing device comprising:
a storage device configured to store program codes; and
a processing unit configured to execute the program codes to operate:
a detection part configured to detect a predetermined photographic subject from an image;
a photographic subject region identifying part configured to identify a photographic subject region that is a region on the
image, the region including the predetermined photographic subject detected by the detection part;

a background region identifying part configured to identify a background region that is a region on the image, the region
being other than the photographic subject region identified by the photographic subject region identifying part;

a sharpness identifying part configured to identify sharpness of the photographic subject region and sharpness of the background
region;

a score calculation part configured to calculate a score, based on a difference between the sharpness of the photographic
subject region and the sharpness of the background region; and

a determination part configured to determine the image as an optimum image when the score calculated by the score calculation
part is compared with an optimum image threshold and the score indicates that the photographic subject region is clearer than
the background region;

wherein the score calculation part is configured to calculate the score by multiplying a weighting factor and a difference
between the sharpness of the photographic subject region and the sharpness of the background region and the weighting factor
is a value that increases as the sharpness of the photographic subject region increases or as the sharpness of the background
subject region decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,384,917

PUSH BUTTON SWITCH, PUSH BUTTON UNIT, AND AMUSEMENT MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A push button switch comprising:
a button section comprising:
a push operation surface that is made of a light-transmitting material, and
a light guide plate arranged in parallel with the push operation surface;
a moving mechanism that causes the button section to move in parallel with a pushing direction;
a detecting section that detects when the button section has moved in parallel with the pushing direction;
a light source that emits light that enters the light guide plate via a lateral surface of the light guide plate; and
a base positioned on a rear surface side of the button section, on which the moving mechanism is disposed,
wherein the moving mechanism holds the button section at an area other than an area corresponding to the push operation surface,
wherein the detecting section and the light source are positioned outside the area corresponding to the push operation surface,
and

wherein the base has a transparent part or an opening in the area corresponding to the push operation surface.

US Pat. No. 9,286,669

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to search a similar area to a previously registered model from an input image,
the model being defined by a plurality of first positions on an edge extracted from a model image and a changing direction
of the edge in each of the first positions,

the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first calculator configured to calculate a changing direction of an edge in a second position of the input image corresponding
to the first position;

an acceptor configured to accept an instruction associated with a permissible value of the changing direction of the edge;
a second calculator configured to calculate a similarity degree of the first position and the second position corresponding
to the first position, based on the accepted instruction and the changing direction of the edge in the first position and
the changing direction of the edge in the second position; and

a first determining unit configured to determine whether a specific area in the input image is similar to the model or not
based on the similarity degree calculated between the first position and the second position corresponding to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,358,568

LIQUID SPRAY APPARATUS

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A liquid spray apparatus comprising:
a liquid storage part storing a liquid;
a vibratory source including a leading end, a recess being formed in a surface of the leading end, wherein the recess intersects
perpendicularly to a longitudinal central axis of the vibratory source; and

a mesh member including a large number of micropores and arranged to abut on the surface of the leading end of the vibratory
source, wherein

the liquid is supplied from the outside of the leading end of the vibratory source to the surface and the recess of the leading
end,

the liquid reaches a lower surface of the mesh member, while flowing from the outside of the leading end into a space created
by the recess,

the liquid supplied to the surface and the recess of the leading end is discharged in an atomized manner through the micropores
by a vibration of the vibratory source,

the recess is formed to extend as a groove and has a first end and a second end facing each other in a direction in which
the recess extends, the second end being opposite to the first end, and

the recess is provided to extend such that the first end reaches an outer circumferential surface of the leading end.

US Pat. No. 9,251,970

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch, comprising:
a base comprising:
a recess, and
a plurality of fixed contacts mounted in an inner side face of the recess;
an electrically conductive actuator disposed within the recess of the base, the electrically conductive actuator having a
pair of movable contact portions and an elastically deformable elastic portion, the movable contact portions having movable
contacts capable of being connected to respective fixed contacts;

at least one engagement convex portion disposed on one of the base and the electrically conductive actuator; and
at least one engagement concave portion disposed on the other of the base and the electrically conductive actuator and engageable
with the at least one engagement convex portion,

wherein the elastic portion of the electrically conductive actuator is elastically deformed to break an engagement between
the engagement convex and concave portions when the actuator moves between a first position and a second position, and

wherein in the first position, the fixed and movable contacts are in contact with each other, and the engagement convex and
concave portions are engaged with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,189,694

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device that identifies a region in an input image by character recognition, the region coinciding with
a predetermined search condition, the image processing device comprising:
a setting part that receives the search condition,
wherein the search condition includes assignments of plural format character strings, and
wherein each format character string including an assignment of a character type or a specific character for each character
of a recognition target;

an extraction part that extracts one or more character string regions as candidates from the input image;
a calculation part that calculates similarities for a plurality of combinations of character recognition results from the
character string regions and the plural format character strings,

wherein a total number of the character recognition results included in each of the combinations is limited to a total number
of the plural format character strings assigned via the setting part; and

a determination part that determines one of the combinations coinciding with the search condition based on the calculated
similarities.

US Pat. No. 9,241,106

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORAGE IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

5. An image processing method in an image processing apparatus connected to a display apparatus and an imaging apparatus configured
to change an imaging setting, the method comprising:
an input step of taking in an input image of an object in a production line acquired by the imaging apparatus;
a calculation step of calculating an effective luminance value which is according to a number of pixels having a luminance
within a preset effective luminance range included in the input image, wherein the effective luminance value is a percentage
of the number of the pixels having the luminance within the preset effective luminance range defined by a lower limit value
and an upper limit value to the total number of pixels included in the input image;

a calculation step of calculating a percentage of the number of the pixels having the luminance which is higher or lower than
the higher limit value or the lower limit value, respectively, to the total number of pixels included in the input image as
a first ineffective luminance value or a second ineffective luminance value, respectively; and

an output step of outputting a history of the temporal change of the effective luminance value, the history includes the effective
luminance value calculated latest and the effective luminance value calculated before the effective luminance value calculated
latest,
wherein
the output step comprises:
displaying a graph of the effective luminance value on a time axis as the history of the temporal change of the effective
luminance value, and

displaying a history of a temporal change of the first ineffective luminance value or the second ineffective luminance value,
respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,153,403

ELECTROMAGNET DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electromagnet device comprising:
a horizontal portion of a yoke arranged near one end portion of an iron core;
a movable iron piece pivotably supported on a leading end edge portion of a vertical portion of the yoke;
an end portion of the movable iron piece adapted to be attracted to a magnetic pole portion by a main magnetic circuit, the
magnetic pole portion is arranged in the other end portion of the iron core, where the main magnetic circuit is formed by
applying a voltage to a coil wound around a periphery of the iron core; and

an auxiliary magnetic circuit formed in parallel with the main magnetic circuit, the auxiliary magnetic circuit comprises
an auxiliary yoke including a magnetic resistance portion extending directly therefrom, and a permanent magnet arranged near
the one end portion of the iron core and the magnetic resistance portion in which a magnetic flux of the permanent magnet
is magnetically saturated.

US Pat. No. 9,269,134

INSPECTION AREA SETTING METHOD FOR IMAGE INSPECTING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An inspection area setting method for setting inspection area-defining information defining an inspection area to an image
inspecting device, the image inspecting device being configured to extract a portion constituting the inspection area as an
inspection area image from an original image obtained by taking an image of an inspection object, and to inspect the inspection
object by analyzing the inspection area image, the inspection area setting method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring a sample image obtained by taking an image of a sample of the inspection object;
an inspection area searching step of acquiring an optimal solution of the inspection area from a plurality of candidate areas
by evaluating both pixel separation and edge overlap with respect to the plurality of candidate areas that are of candidate
solutions of the inspection area based on information on color or brightness of each pixel in the sample image and information
on an edge comprised in the sample image, the pixel separation being a degree of separation of the color or the brightness
between an inside and an outside of each candidate area, the edge overlap being an overlap degree between an contour of each
candidate area and the edge in the sample image; and

a setting step of setting inspection area-defining information defining a position and a shape of the contour of the inspection
area obtained in the inspection area searching step to the image inspecting device.

US Pat. No. 9,293,973

POWER GENERATION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION DEVICE, SWITCHING DEVICE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A power generation device comprising:
a rotation member configured to rotate with a predetermined position as a supporting point by an externally applied operation
force; and

a supporting member configured to support the rotation member by attracting the rotation member with a magnetic force exerted
at a predetermined portion of the supporting member,

wherein the power generation device is configured to induce a current to a coil by causing a magnetic flux of a permanent
magnet passing through the coil to fluctuate in cooperation with the rotation of the rotation member, and

wherein when the operation force is applied in a first state in which the rotation member is supported by the supporting member
by being attracted to a first portion and to a second portion of the supporting member at a first position and a second position,
the rotation member transitions to a second state by rotating with the first position of the supporting member as a first
supporting point, and further transitions to a third state by rotating with a position of the supporting member different
from the first position as a second supporting point.

US Pat. No. 9,295,122

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE AND GAME MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light source control device configured to control a plurality of light sources provided in a game machine, an anode of
each of the plurality of light sources being connected to one of at least one first signal wire, a cathode being connected
to one of a plurality of second signal wires, the light sources differing from each other in a set of the connected first
signal wire and second signal wire, the light source control device comprising:
a plurality of first output pins;
a plurality of second output pins;
an interface;
a storage;
a dynamic controller;
a period-setting unit; and
a gradation controller,
wherein each of the plurality of first output pins is provided in corresponding one of the at least one first signal wire,
wherein the plurality of first output pins connect to a drive circuit that switches whether power is supplied to the first
signal wire,

wherein the plurality of second output pins connect with one of the plurality of second signal wires;
wherein the interface comprises gradation data for each of the plurality of light sources,
wherein the gradation data specifies an emission amount of one of the plurality of light sources using a plurality of bits,
wherein the interface receives a serially-transmitted control command and an operation mode signal designating an operation
mode applied in a plurality of operation modes,

wherein the operation modes differ from each other in a combination of the number of first signal wires and the number of
second signal wires,

wherein the storage stores each piece of gradation data,
wherein the dynamic controller decides a first period such that the first signal wires differ from each other in timing of
supplying the power according to the number of first signal wires used in the operation mode designated by the operation mode
signal,

wherein the dynamic controller outputs a signal to each first output pin connected to the drive circuit in the plurality of
first output pins,

wherein the signal causes each first output pin to supply the power to the first signal wire during the first period,
wherein the drive circuit is connected to the first signal wire used in the designated operation mode,
wherein the period-setting unit sets a second period to each of the plurality of second signal wires used in the designated
operation mode, the second period during which the light source is able to be energized according to the emission amount expressed
in the gradation data corresponding to the light source while the first period is set to the first signal wire to which the
anode of the light source is connected,

wherein the anode of the light source is connected to the second signal wire in the plurality of light sources,
wherein the gradation controller is connected to the plurality of second output pins, and
wherein the gradation controller energizes the light source during the second period of the light source connected to the
second signal wire in the plurality of light sources with respect to each second output pins connected to the second signal
wire used in the designated operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,231,316

ELECTRICAL TERMINAL ASSEMBLY HAVING AN INSERTION GROOVE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A terminal, comprising:
an insertion groove to be pressed into by a conductor disposed between a pair of conductive arm parts, the insertion groove
having side faces located opposite each other;

wherein a notched part larger than a width of the insertion groove is disposed at an end of the insertion groove;
a pressing-in notch positioned on each side face of the insertion groove wherein the the conductor presses-in and fixes the
pressing-in notches; and

wherein a first slit extending along the insertion groove and surrounding the end of the insertion groove is disposed in the
conductive arm part.

US Pat. No. 9,153,891

TERMINAL AND CONNECTION STRUCTURE OF THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A terminal comprising:
a base portion;
a branch portion extending from said base portion, said base portion having a width narrower than the branch portion;
a terminal section cut out from the branch portion toward a tip end of the terminal section in a longitudinal direction;
a bent portion disposed adjacent to the tip end; and
a connecting holder having an opening in at least one direction and including connection fittings protruding from an inner
surface of said connecting holder;

wherein the terminal section is insertable into said connecting holder in a manner that the terminal section enters the connection
fittings from the bent portion or an extension from the bent portion, and press-fits the connection fittings.

US Pat. No. 9,151,899

OPTICAL FIBER HEAD

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An optical fiber head comprising:
an elongated, columnar optical fiber comprising a leading end surface in a leading end portion in an axial direction, light
exiting from and being incident on the leading end surface;

a substantially columnar lens disposed so as to be opposed to the leading end surface of the optical fiber; and
a case body comprising a front end and a rear end in the axial direction, the leading end portion of the optical fiber and
the lens being accommodated in the case body, the optical fiber being drawn from the rear end of the case body,

wherein
a blocking unit, a lens inserting hole, and an optical fiber inserting hole are sequentially provided in the case body from
the front end to the rear end, an opening through which the light is projected or received being formed in the blocking unit,
the lens being inserted in the lens inserting hole, the leading end portion of the optical fiber being inserted in the optical
fiber inserting hole,

an inner diameter of the lens inserting hole is larger than a diameter of the opening and is smaller than an inner diameter
of the optical fiber inserting hole,

a length in the axial direction of the lens is longer than a length in the axial direction of the lens inserting hole, and
the leading end portion of the optical fiber is fixed to the case body while the leading end surface of the optical fiber
abuts on a rear end surface of the lens by inserting the lens in the lens inserting hole, and the leading end portion of the
optical fiber in the optical fiber inserting hole, so that the lens is fixed to the case body by being sandwiched between
the blocking unit and the optical fiber in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,068,871

FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A flow rate measuring device comprising:
a flow rate detection unit configured to detect a flow rate of a fluid to be measured the fluid to be measured is the fluid
flowing through a main flow path;

a physical property detection unit configured to detect a physical property of the fluid to be measured, the physical property
detection unit comprising a heating unit configured to heat the fluid to be measured and a temperature detection unit configured
to detect a temperature of the fluid to be measured;

a sub-flow path portion in which one end is in fluid communication with a first inflow port open in the main flow path and
the other end is in fluid communication with a first outflow port open in the main flow path, the sub-flow path portion comprising
a physical property detection flow path in which the physical property detection unit is disposed; and

a flow rate correction unit configured to correct the flow rate of the fluid to be measured, the flow rate being calculated
based on a detection signal outputted from the flow rate detection unit, by using the physical property of the fluid to be
measured, the physical property being calculated based on a detection signal outputted from the physical property detection
unit, wherein

the heating unit and the temperature detection unit are disposed side by side in a direction orthogonal to a flow direction
of the fluid to be measured, and

the flow rate detection unit is disposed at a position except for the physical property detection flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,162,405

DIE STRUCTURE, TRANSFER MOLDING APPARATUS, TRANSFER MOLDING METHOD, OPTICAL MEMBER, AREA LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND MOBILE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A die structure comprising:
a first die;
a second die configured to be separated from and brought into contact with the first die; and
a transfer member disposed in at least one of the first and second dies,
wherein the transfer member performs transfer molding while bringing a transfer surface into contact with a resin sheet supplied
between the first and second dies, and

wherein the transfer member includes a recess that is formed in the transfer surface and at least one groove portion that
is connected to the recess, and

wherein the at least one groove portion has a depth greater than or equal to that of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,279,704

OPTICAL ENCODER LIGHT SHIELDING PLATE, PRODUCING METHOD THEROF, AND OPTICAL ENCODER PROVIDED THEREWITH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical encoder light shielding plate comprising:
a plurality of bridge parts provided in parallel, each of the plurality of bridge parts comprising a metallic layer,
a slit formed between the plurality of bridge parts,
wherein the slit is configured to have light incident therefrom,
wherein, in the metallic layer, a master-side surface on an exposed surface side of a conductive master body is arranged on
a light incident direction side,

wherein the metallic layer is obtained such that a plurality of cavities are provided in parallel on the exposed surface of
the conductive master body,

wherein a voltage is applied while the conductive master body is dipped in an electrolytic solution, and
wherein the metallic layer is electrodeposited on the exposed surface of the conductive master body in the cavities.

US Pat. No. 9,182,756

DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A display device for displaying on a screen a change in position of a specific portion of a control target device that
operates when a command value of a position output by execution of a control program is input at a predefined period, the
display device comprising a computer configured to form the following components:
an acquiring section for acquiring command values of a series of positions, which is an execution result of the control program;
a position calculating section for obtaining a series of positions of the specific portion for every period or in a plurality
of specified periods corresponding to the acquired command values of the series of positions;

a trajectory data creating section for creating trajectory data showing a trajectory that passes each of the series of positions
of the specific portion in order of elapse of time;

an image data creating section for creating image data for displaying a spatial mode of the trajectory on the screen as an
image using the trajectory data; and

a display control section for displaying the image on the screen using the image data,
wherein the trajectory data is data showing a three-dimensional object formed by translating, along a line or a curve, a closed
curve surrounding the line or the curve in a plane perpendicular to each line segment of a broken line in which each of the
positions of the series of specific portions is connected with the line in order of the elapse of time or a plane perpendicular
to a tangent line of a smooth curve passing each of the series of positions of the specific portion in order of elapse of
time.

US Pat. No. 9,136,614

CONDUCTOR CONNECTION TOOL AND RELAY UNIT USING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A conductor connection tool, comprising:
a housing;
a conduction fitting formed in a substantially U shape including a bottom plate portion, a vertical portion bent vertically
upward from one end of the bottom plate portion, and an attachment portion extending from an upper end of the vertical portion
in parallel to the bottom plate portion, and having a terminal portion extending in the opposite direction to the attachment
portion, the conduction fitting being accommodated in a fitting recessed part of the housing; and

plate spring bent in a substantially V shape with one side serving as an attachment piece to be fixed to the attachment portion
of the conduction fitting with the other side serving as a looking piece whose front end is to be brought into pressure contact
with a locking claw portion on the bottom plate portion of the conduction fitting, wherein

by pushing in the locking piece of the plate spring via an operation hole provided on a front surface side of the housing
so as to be elastically deformed, inserting a conductor from a conductor insertion hole provided on the front surface side
of the housing, and then elastically returning the locking piece, the conductor is nipped by the bottom plate portion of the
conduction fitting and the front end of the locking piece of the plate spring, and wherein

a substantially L shape positioning rib for regulating a position of the conduction fitting protrudes from a bottom surface
of the fitting recessed part of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,124,012

BELLOWS BODY CONTACTOR HAVING A FIXED TOUCH PIECE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A contactor comprising:
a bellows body;
a fixed portion connected to one end of the bellows body;
a movable portion, connected to the other end of the bellows body; and
a connecting projection projectingly provided on the bellows body,
wherein the movable portion is configured to be depressed to compress the bellows body and to bring the connecting projection,
into contact with the bellows body itself,

the bellows body is made up of linear-shaped intermediate portions and arc portions each connecting adjacent intermediate
portions, and

the connecting projection is provided on at least one of the adjacent linear-shaped intermediate portions.

US Pat. No. 10,045,453

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC CABLE SEALED THEREIN

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a case having an opening;
an electronic component housed in the case;
a cable whose one end is inserted into the opening to be electronically connected to the electronic component and the other end is drawn out to outside;
a bonding intermediating member that is made of a resin and joined to the cable;
a cylindrical clamp that fits into the opening and holds the cable when the bonding intermediating member fits into the cylindrical clamp; and
a sealing resin part that fills an internal space defined by the case and the cylindrical clamp,
wherein the cable has a core wire comprising a conductive wire and a sheath that is made of a resin covering the core wire,
the core wire is exposed at the one end side of the cable without being covered by the sheath,
the bonding intermediating member has a cylindrical base covering an outer circumferential face of the sheath and a cylindrical protrusion protruding toward the one end side of the cable,
the bonding intermediating member is entirely covered by the cylindrical clamp, and
an inner circumferential face and an outer circumferential face of the cylindrical protrusion and an end face at a tip side of the cylindrical protrusion in an axial direction are all covered by the sealing resin part.

US Pat. No. 9,384,419

IMAGE MATCHING METHOD, EXTRACTING FEATURES FROM MODEL IMAGES APPLIED DIFFERENT VARIATION, IMAGE MATCHING DEVICE, MODEL TEMPLATE GENERATION METHOD, AND MODEL TEMPLATE GENERATION DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image matching method performed by an image matching device, comprising:
acquiring a model image;
generating a plurality of variation images by applying to the model image variations that are different from each other;
extracting features from each of the plurality of variation images;
generating a model template based on the features; and
performing template matching using an image to be matched and the model template,
wherein the extracting the features comprises segmenting the variation image into a plurality of regions and extracting the
feature of each region, and

wherein the generating the model template comprises generating the model template using the features of the regions where
a kurtosis of a feature distribution is higher than or equal to a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,189,683

TARGET IMAGE DETECTION DEVICE, CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH TARGET IMAGE DETECTION DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A target image detection device for detecting all target images from a plurality of sequential photographed images of which
a motion picture is composed, the target images being regions of the sequential photographed images that each include all
or a predetermined part of an unspecified and undetermined number of subjects, the target image detection device comprising:
a processor;
a memory coupled to the processor; and
a condition storing unit that stores a plurality of detection conditions for detecting the target images;
the memory comprising:
an acquiring unit, executed by the processor, that sequentially acquires the plurality of sequential photographed images on
a real-time basis from a photographing unit;

a choosing unit, executed by the processor, that chooses a detection condition different from a detection condition of a previous
time of a plurality of detection conditions for detecting the target images, the plurality of detection conditions being stored
in the condition storing unit;

a detecting unit, executed by the processor, that, with the detection condition chosen by the choosing unit, performs a search
of an image to detect at least one of the target images from a single photographed image acquired on the real-time basis through
the photographing unit by the acquiring unit; and

an output unit, executed by the processor, that synthesizes a photographed image sequentially acquired on the real-time basis
from the photographing unit and a figure indicating that the target image detected by the detecting unit is contained inside
the figure and that sequentially outputs a synthesized image on the real-time basis to an outside of the target image detection
device,

wherein in a first case where the acquiring unit has acquired a first photographed image from the photographing unit, the
detecting unit detects a first target image from the acquired first photographed image with a first detection condition, and
the output unit synthesizes a first figure for the detected first target image and either the first photographed image or
an a-th photographed image, which is a photographed image acquired subsequently from the photographing unit, and outputs a
synthesized image,

wherein in a second case where the acquiring unit has acquired a second photographed image from the photographing unit after
acquiring the first photographed image, the detecting unit detects a second target image with a second detection condition
different from the first detection condition, and the output unit synthesizes the first figure and a second figure for the
detected first and second target images and a b-th photographed image that the output unit has acquired from the photographing
unit after acquiring the a-th photographed image and outputs a synthesized image,

wherein in a third case where the acquiring unit has acquired a third photographed image from the photographing unit after
acquiring the second photographed image, the detecting unit detects a third target image with a third detection condition
different from the first and second detection conditions, and the output unit synthesizes the first and second figures and
a third figure for the detected first to third target images and a c-th photographed image that the output unit has acquired
from the photographing unit after acquiring the b-th photographed image and outputs a synthesized image, and

wherein the acquiring unit, the detecting unit, and the output unit repeat the first case, the second case, and the third
case at a time interval of one to a few frames of the sequentially photographed images until the detecting unit uses all of
the plurality of detection conditions necessary to detect all of the target images in the photographed image.

US Pat. No. 9,253,408

PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE, PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE CONTROLLING METHOD, PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE CONTROLLING PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH PHOTOGRAPHING DEVICE CONTROLLING PROGRAM IS RECORDED

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A photographing device comprising:
a first photographing part configured to photograph a plurality of subjects;
an autofocus part configured to focus a lens on any one of the subjects;
a detector configured to detect the plurality of subjects from an image photographed by the first photographing part;
a priority setting part configured to set a priority on each of the plurality of subjects detected by the detector using one
or a plurality of pieces of photographing history information, the photographing history information including focused subject
information that shows one or a plurality of focused subjects in a history image, the focused subject information being related
to the history image, the history image being photographed by the first photographing part in the past, the subject information
being correlated with the history image in the photographing history information, and the priority setting part being configured
to set a higher priority on the focused subject than that set on a non-focused subject, in the subjects indicated by the subject
information, on which the lens is not focused;

a focused subject selector configured to select the subject on which the autofocus part focuses the lens from the plurality
of subjects in order of the priority set by the priority setting part; and

a presenting part configured to present the subject selected by the focused subject selector.

US Pat. No. 9,362,849

ELECTROSTATIC INDUCTION POWER GENERATOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electrostatic induction power generator comprising:
a first base body and
a second base body,
wherein an annular clearance is formed between the first base body and the second base body,
wherein at least one of the first base body and the second base body comprises a tube-shaped member that is disposed outside
of the other of the two base bodies,

wherein the first base body and the second base body are configured to be able to reciprocate relative to each other in an
axial direction of the tube-shaped member due to vibration of the electrostatic induction power generator,

wherein the first base body comprises a double-helical linear conducting wire arrangement,
wherein a first wire of the double-helical linear conducting wire arrangement is an electret and a second wire of the double-helical
linear conducting wire arrangement is a guard electrode formed of a linear conducting wire,

wherein the second base body comprises a double-helical linear conducting wire arrangement, wherein a first wire of the double-helical
linear conducting wire arrangement is a first electrode and a second wire of the double-helical linear conducting wire arrangement
is a second electrode,

wherein electric power is output when a positional relationship between the electret and the first electrode changes and a
positional relationship between the electret and the second electrode changes following a change of relative positions of
the first base body and the second base body and thereby an electrostatic capacitance between the electret and the first electrode
changes and an electrostatic capacitance between the electret and the second electrode changes,

wherein the electret is formed by coating a charged dielectric material on a surface of a linear conducting wire, and
wherein both of the first electrode and the second electrode are formed of a linear conducting wire.

US Pat. No. 9,130,290

BELLOWS BODY CONTACTOR HAVING A FIXED TOUCH PIECE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A contactor comprising:
a bellows body;
a fixed portion connected to one end of the bellows body and provided with at least one fixed touch piece extending along
the bellows body; and

a movable portion, connected to the other end of the bellows body
wherein the movable portion is configured to be depressed to compress the bellows body and to bring the movable portion into
contact with the fixed touch piece of the fixed portion creating a short-circuit in the contactor.

US Pat. No. 9,357,008

NETWORK SYSTEM, NODE DEVICE GROUP, SENSOR DEVICE GROUP, AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING SENSOR DATA

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A network system comprising:
at least one computer apparatus and
a plurality of node devices are communicatively connected to each other via a network,
wherein each of the plurality of node devices is accessible by one or more sensor devices via the wireless communication,
wherein each of the sensor devices sequentially tries to connect to one or more candidate node devices for connection among
the plurality of node devices via the wireless communication,

wherein each of the node devices acquires a sensor data from the sensor device connected to the node device itself via the
wireless communication and saves the sensor data in a sensor data storage section included in the node device itself,

wherein the computer apparatus requests the sensor data from any one or more of the one or more sensor devices by specifying
the sensor data and acquires the sensor data from any of the plurality of node devices via the network, and

wherein the network system comprises:
a sensor data saving information list storage section for storing a sensor data saving information list indicates a proper
node device among the plurality of node devices for saving each of the sensor data saved in the sensor data storage sections
of the plurality of node devices according to an attribute of the sensor data; and

a sensor data arrangement section for transferring each of the sensor data saved in the sensor data storage sections of the
plurality of node devices to the proper node device for saving the sensor data based on the sensor data saving information
list.

US Pat. No. 9,285,561

OPTICAL FIBER UNIT FOR OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical fiber unit for an optical fiber sensor, the optical fiber unit comprising:
an optical fiber cable;
a shaft including a peripheral surface having a male thread, and a through-hole in which the optical fiber cable is inserted;
and

a head shaped as a polygonal prism including a plurality of sides and a bottom connected to the shaft, the plurality of sides
including a first side and a second side adjacent to each other, the head includes a space that communicates with the through-hole,
the space exposed at an opening formed in at least the first side and the second side among the plurality of sides, the opening
including a first opening portion formed in the first side and a second opening portion formed in the second side, the first
opening portion and the second opening portion communicating with each other to allow the optical fiber cable free movement
across the two openings, wherein

the optical fiber cable is positioned through the space and extends from the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,058,938

CONTACT SWITCHING DEVICE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A contact switching device in which a movable iron core provided at one end portion of a movable shaft is attracted to
a fixed iron core, based on excitation and degauss of an electromagnet portion, by which the movable shaft reciprocates in
a shaft center direction, and a movable contact of a movable contact piece arranged at another end portion of the movable
shaft contacts and departs from a fixed contact, said switching device comprising:
a metal position restricting plate that abuts on at least one side of the movable contact piece arranged inside a housing
containing the movable contact piece;

wherein said metal restricting plate includes elastic claw portions configured to elastically hold the metal position restricting
plate, said elastic claw portions disposed at both side edge portions of the metal position restricting plate; and

wherein a pair of metal position restricting plates are arranged so as to abut on both sides of the movable contact piece.

US Pat. No. 9,281,137

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising:
a base comprising:
a frame portion disposed integrally with an outer peripheral portion of an upper surface of the base,
a common fixed contact disposed at a corner of inside surfaces of the frame portion, and
a fixed contact disposed on an inside surface of the base opposite to the common fixed contact;
a spring member comprising:
elastic arm portions extending respectively from both ends of a bellows-shaped spring portion,
wherein a free end portion of one of the elastic arm portions serves as a sliding movable contact,
wherein a free end portion of another of the elastic arm portions serves as a rotationally movable contact, and
wherein the rotationally movable contact is positioned so as to be in contact with the common fixed contact of the base; and
an operation lever including an operation rib, which comes in contact with the one elastic arm portion of the spring member,
and which is rotationally supported on the base,

wherein, when the operation lever is rotated, the one elastic arm portion of the spring member is pushed down by the operation
rib, whereby the bellows-shaped spring portion of the spring member is elastically deformed, and the sliding movable contact
is brought into contact with and separated from the fixed contact.

US Pat. No. 9,188,971

PROGRAMMABLE TERMINAL SYSTEM

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A programmable terminal system including at least a programmable terminal device having a display panel and a server device
connected with the programmable terminal device over a network, the system comprising:
a nonvolatile memory within the programmable terminal device configured to store a screen data file defining a configuration
for each available screen using part configuration information, the part configuration information divided into two groups,
a first group including content acquired from the server device and including storage location information of content data
in the server device and a second group corresponding to the part not including the content;

a volatile memory within the programmable terminal device;
a screen display processing unit comprising a display screen determination part configured to determine a corresponding screen
to be displayed and a screen display control part for displaying the corresponding screen on the display panel based on the
screen data file stored in the nonvolatile memory of the programmable terminal device, the screen display control part comprising:

a first display control part configured to control display of part configuration information in the second group by using
the part configuration information included in the screen data file in the nonvolatile memory, and

a second display control part configured to control display of part configuration information in the first group, wherein
the second display control part sends a transmission request command through the network to the server device, the transmission
request command including storage location information of the content data in the server device, and wherein the second display
control part is configured to receive a response from the server device including content data for storage in the volatile
memory wherein a requested part is displayed using the content data in the volatile memory and the part configuration information
in the screen data file of the nonvolatile memory;

a nonvolatile memory within the server device configured to store the content data to be downloaded to the programmable terminal
device;

a content data search part configured to search the nonvolatile memory of the server device for the corresponding content
based on the storage location information included in the transmission request command;

a response transmission part configured to transmit a search result from the content data search part to the programmable
terminal device together with the response to the transmission request command;

a checking mechanism configured to check the volatile memory for the corresponding content data before transmitting the transmission
request command to the server device through the network;

an updating mechanism configured to extract update information and insert the update information in the transmission request
command, when the corresponding content data is found in volatile memory; and

a comparing part configured to compare update information included in the transmission request command with the update information
attached to the content data retrieved from the nonvolatile memory before response transmission, and when the update data
are identical, prohibiting a transmission of retrieved content data to the programmable terminal device.

US Pat. No. 9,425,679

INVERTER APPARATUS AND SOLAR POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

3. An inverter apparatus comprising:
a first switch group that is connected to a DC power source and includes a first switch and a second switch connected in series;
a capacitor that has one end thereof connected to a first connection point between the first switch and the second switch;
a second switch group that is connected in parallel with the capacitor and includes a third switch and a fourth switch that
are connected in series;

a switch control section that controls an ON/OFF state of the first switch, the second switch, the third switch, and the fourth
switch to convert DC voltage from the DC power source into AC voltage and output the AC voltage from a second connection point
between the third switch and the fourth switch; and

a smoothing circuit that is connected to the second connection point and normalizes a pulse waveform of the AC voltage, wherein
the switch control section turns the first switch and the second switch ON and OFF in an alternating manner while the third
switch stays ON and the fourth switch stays OFF, and turns the third switch and the fourth switch ON and OFF in an alternating
manner while the first switch stays ON and the second switch stays OFF.

US Pat. No. 9,143,050

VOLTAGE CONVERTING CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A voltage converting circuit comprising:
a plurality of first capacitors configured to be charged by a power source;
a second capacitor, connected in parallel to the plurality of first capacitors, capable of being charged to a voltage equal
to a voltage that is supplied to a load circuit;

a plurality of switching circuits, configured to correspond to the plurality of first capacitors respectively, each switching
circuit switches states of connection between its corresponding first capacitor and the second capacitor;

a connection control circuit configured to sequentially connect the first capacitors to the second capacitor through the corresponding
switching circuits as charging voltages of the first capacitors reach a predetermined connection voltage that is higher than
a charging voltage of the second capacitor, and control a state of connection of each of the first capacitors to the second
capacitor so that the first capacitors are not short-circuited with each other; and

voltage monitoring circuits, configured to correspond to the first capacitors respectively, each voltage monitoring circuit
monitors the charging voltage of its corresponding first capacitor, wherein

the connection control circuit carries out connection control through the switching circuits in accordance with the charging
voltages of the first capacitors obtained by the voltage monitoring circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,075,171

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A surface light source device comprising:
a light source; and
a light guide plate configured to introduce light emitted from the light source through a light incident surface to output
the light to an outside through a light exit surface, wherein

the light source is provided at a position facing the light incident surface of the light guide plate,
the light guide plate includes a light introduction part configured to trap the light that is emitted from the light source
and incident through the light incident surface, and includes a light guide plate body that is provided so as to be continuously
joined to the light introduction part, a thickness of the light guide plate body being smaller than a maximum thickness of
the light introduction part, the trapped light being output to the outside through the light exit surface by a light exit
part,

the light introduction part includes an inclined surface in at least one of a surface on a light exit side of the light guide
plate and an opposite surface thereof, the inclined surface being inclined from a surface in a portion having a thickness
larger than the thickness of the light guide plate body toward an end of a surface of the light guide plate body, and

the light guide plate body includes a directivity conversion pattern in a region located between the light introduction part
and an effective lighting region of the light guide plate body in at least one of the surface on the light exit side of the
light guide plate and the opposite surface thereof, the directivity conversion pattern converting a directivity direction
of the light passing from the light introduction part to the effective lighting region such that an angle formed by the directivity
direction of the light and a direction perpendicular to the light incident surface decreases when viewed from a direction
perpendicular to the light exit surface.

US Pat. No. 9,230,307

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate a high resolution image having higher resolution than a plurality
of low resolution images from the low resolution images, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit configured to control the image processing apparatus to operate as:
a target area setting unit configured to set a target area which is an area to be noted in each of the low resolution images;
an image index estimating unit configured to estimate an image index representing a property of an image in the target area
set in each of the low resolution images; and

a selecting unit configured to select any of the low resolution images which are a reference for generating the high resolution
image from the low resolution images depending on the estimated image index, the target area setting unit taking a logical
sum or a logical product for the target area set in each of the low resolution images between the low resolution images, thereby
modifying the set target area.

US Pat. No. 9,209,545

TERMINAL HAVING AN INSERTION GROOVE FOR A CONDUCTOR AND A PAIR OF CONDUCTIVE ARM PARTS WITH A PLURALITY OF SLITS

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A terminal, comprising:
an insertion groove for pressing a conductor thereinto disposed between a pair of conductive arm parts, wherein,
when
t represents a distance from a center of a contact part between a conductive arm part and the conductor to an end of the conductive
arm part at a time when the conductor has completely entered the insertion groove for the first time;

h represents a width of the conductive arm part at the end thereof;
Y represents a width of the conductive arm part as an arbitrary position of the insertion groove and an outer edge of the
conductive arm part,

the following relation holds:
at a point of (½)×t, Y=(h/?2)×(0.8 to 1.2);

a plurality of slits are provided in the conductive arm part; andthe plurality of slits are disposed such that the slit provided in a position closest to the insertion groove comprises a
maximal length and the slits sequentially have smaller lengths as being more distant from the insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 9,166,332

CONNECTOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A connector comprising:
a housing that includes an insertion recessed portion for receiving a substrate inserted into the insertion recessed portion;
a contact point member that includes a contact point portion, the contact point portion for being connected electrically to
a conductive portion of the substrate when inserted into the insertion recessed portion, the contact point member being installed
in the housing, the contact point portion extending into the insertion recessed portion; and

a position determining member including a latching member and a movement member that operate to determine a position of the
contact point member, and selectively causes the contact point portion to i) contact the conductive portion of the substrate
if said substrate is inserted, and ii) retract the contact point portion from the insertion recessed portion,

wherein the movement member is movable between a first position where the contact point portion of the contact point member
is retracted from the insertion recessed portion, and a second position where the contact point portion of the contact point
member protrudes into the insertion recessed portion, and the latching member is able to position-determine the movement member
at the first position and cancels the position-determined state by being moved by the substrate being inserted into the insertion
recessed portion in the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,143,069

DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A drive control device for a direct current motor which drives a movable body provided in a game machine, the drive control
device being adapted for rotating the direct current motor in one of a first rotational direction and a second rotational
direction at a time, the drive control device comprising:
a storage circuit configured to store a reference rotational speed table indicating a relation between an amount of electric
power per unit time which is supplied to the direct current motor and a reference value of a rotational speed of the direct
current motor;

a drive signal generation circuit configured to generate a drive signal in accordance with the electric power amount per unit
time and output the drive signal to the direct current motor; and

a control circuit configured to:
calculate a first correction value that cancels a difference between a first rotational speed which is the reference value
of the rotational speed of the direct current motor, and a second rotational speed which is an actual rotational speed at
the time of making the drive signal generation circuit output a drive signal in accordance with a first electric power amount
corresponding to the first rotational speed according to the reference rotational speed table and rotating the direct current
motor in the first rotational direction,

correct the reference value of the rotational speed which is stored in the reference rotational speed table based on the first
correction value to create a first rotational speed table indicating a relation between an electric power amount per unit
time and a rotational speed of the direct current motor concerning the first rotational direction,

determine an electric power amount per unit time which corresponds to a first designated rotational speed according to the
first rotational speed table upon designation to rotate the direct current motor in the first rotational direction, and

notify the drive signal generation circuit of the determined electric power amount to generate a drive signal for rotating
the direct current motor in the first rotational direction,

wherein the control circuit is configured to:
calculate a second correction value that cancels a difference between the first rotational speed and a third rotational speed
which is an actual rotational speed at the time of making the drive signal generation circuit output a drive signal in accordance
with the first electric power amount according to the reference rotational speed table, and rotate the direct current motor
in the second rotational direction,

wherein when an absolute value of a difference between the third rotational speed and the second rotational speed is equal
to or larger than a predetermined threshold, the control circuit is further configured to:

correct the reference value of the rotational speed which is stored in the reference rotational speed table based on the second
correction value to create a second rotational speed table indicating a relation between an electric power amount per unit
time and a rotational speed of the direct current motor concerning the second rotational direction,

determine an electric power amount per unit time which corresponds to a second designated rotational speed according to the
second rotational speed table upon designation to rotate the direct current motor in the second rotational direction, and

notify the drive signal generation circuit of the determined electric power amount to generate a drive signal for rotating
the direct current motor in the second rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,129,998

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first circuit board and a second circuit board each having a front surface and a back surface as a first main surface and a second main surface, the first circuit board and the second circuit board being arranged at a distance from each other with the first main surfaces of the first and second circuit boards facing each other; and
a casing containing the first circuit board and the second circuit board, wherein the first main surface of the first circuit board allows mounting of a first electronic component having a mounting height from the first main surface of the first circuit board toward the second circuit board greater than the distance between the first circuit board and the second circuit board,
the second circuit board comprises a first hollow portion arranged as an opening or a cutout at a position facing the first electronic component,
the first hollow portion receives a part of the first electronic component the casing comprises a box-shaped first casing that accommodates the first circuit board such that the second circuit board is provided outside of the box-shaped first casing, and
the box-shaped first casing has a first opening through which the first electronic component is placed;
the casing comprises a box-shape second casing containing and retaining the side in a direction in which the first circuit board and the second circuit board face each other and are fitted together:
wherein the first casing has the first opening at a position facing the second casing,
the second casing has a second opening at a position facing the first casing, and
the first electronic component is placed through the first opening and the second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,326,081

MICROPHONE, ACOUSTIC SENSOR, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ACOUSTIC SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A microphone comprising:
a package; and
an acoustic sensor, an under surface of which is fixed to an inner face of the package,
wherein the acoustic sensor comprises:
a substrate having a plurality of hollows penetrating the substrate from a top surface to an under surface, and
a capacitor structure made by a movable electrode plate and a fixed electrode plate disposed above each of the hollows,
wherein a package sound hole is opened in the package in a position opposed to the under surface of the acoustic sensor,
wherein a dent which is communicated with each of the hollows and open below the under surface side of the substrate is formed
below the under surface of the substrate, and

wherein a height of the dent measured from the under surface of the substrate is equal to or less than half of a height of
the hollow.

US Pat. No. 9,251,031

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A data processing apparatus for generating running performance information indicative of a running state of at least one
device, comprising:
a data storage process section that:
obtains device state information indicative of a result of detection of a state of said at least one device, and
obtains operational activity performer information indicative of a result of detection of whether an operational activity
performer that performs an operational activity to said at least one device or an operational activity with said at least
one device is present at a predetermined position for the operational activity performer to do the operational activity on
said at least one device or the operational activity with said at least one device, and

causes the device state information and the operational activity performer information to be stored in a result-of-detection
storage; and

an analysis section that carries out a classification process in which the state of said at least one device is classified
into a plurality of states including at least:

a processing state which is a state where said at least one device carried out a predetermined process,
an operational activity state which is a state where the operational activity performer did the operational activity on said
at least one device or the operational activity with said at least one device, and

a standby state which is a state where said at least one device was on standby in accordance with the device state information
and the operational activity performer information which have been stored in the result-of-detection storage, and generating
the running performance information including a result of the classification process.

US Pat. No. 10,064,205

TRANSMISSION MODULE, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION NETWORK SYSTEM, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, AND INFORMATION TRANSMISSION PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A transmission module that transmits specific transmission information to be processed by an information processing device along a predetermined transmission path including the information processing device, the transmission module comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a computer program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
a receiving unit that receives information from an upstream transmission module located on an upstream side of a subject transmission module in the predetermined transmission path;
a priority level setting unit that sets a priority level in transmission to a downstream transmission module located on a downstream side of the subject transmission module in the predetermined transmission path, for a plurality of pieces of specific information included in the specific transmission information received by the receiving unit;
a storage unit that stores the specific transmission information in a memory of the subject transmission module in a manner where the plurality of pieces of specific information are arranged, with a storage location of the specific information being associated with the priority level set by the priority level setting unit;
a forming unit that extracts a portion of the plurality of pieces of specific information from the specific transmission information stored in the storage unit in accordance with the storage location, based on a result of transmission to the downstream transmission module and forms new specific transmission information to be transmitted to the downstream transmission module; and
a transmitting unit that transmits the new specific transmission information formed by the forming unit to the downstream transmission module,
wherein the forming unit forms the new specific transmission information when the transmission to the downstream transmission module fails, and the portion of the plurality of pieces of specific information included in the new specific transmission information is determined according to a number of times that the transmission to the downstream transmission module fails.

US Pat. No. 9,397,897

ASSISTANCE SYSTEM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A control device of a design assistance system for designing a network system in which a master device and at least one
slave device are connected to a communication bus such that the master device and the at least one slave device can communicate
with each other, the network system being formed by interconnecting ports of each of the master device and the at least one
slave device, the control device comprising:
a memory configured to store slave information data in which unique information of each of the at least one slave device is
described; and

a processor configured to acquire information of a connection interface of a port of each of the at least one slave device
from the slave information data,

generate a port component serving as a first GUI component representing a type of the connection interface of the port of
each of the at least one slave device based on information of the port, generate a device component serving as a second GUI
component representing each of the at least one slave device based on the slave information data, and generate a design assisting
GUI having a topology display screen configured to display a design of a topology of the network system, which is built by
connecting the device component and the port component to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,324,008

CLASSIFIER UPDATE DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND CLASSIFIER UPDATE METHOD

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A classifier update device configured to update a classifier that determines whether a specific type of a target included
in image data is present using a predetermined criterion based on a value concerned with a predetermined feature quantity
extracted from the image data, the classifier update device comprising:
a logic circuit formed in an integrated circuit or a processing unit configured to control the classifier update device to
function as:

an image acquisition unit configured to acquire target image data comprising the specific type of the target; and
a feature quantity update unit configured to update a reference value of the predetermined criterion in the classifier based
on the target image data acquired by the image acquisition unit;

wherein the predetermined criterion is whether a difference between the value concerned with a predetermined feature quantity
extracted from the target image data acquired by the image acquisition unit and the reference value of the predetermined feature
quantity in the classifier exceeds a predetermined threshold and the feature quantity update unit is configured to update
the predetermined threshold of the reference value of the predetermined criterion.

US Pat. No. 9,236,199

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising:
a housing;
a plunger adapted to slide in a press direction or a return direction with respect to the housing;
a plurality of terminals adapted to be brought into a conductive state according to a predetermined position of the plunger;
and

two springs, one being a return spring adapted to bias the plunger in the return direction and to be compressed by a slide
of the plunger in the press direction, and the other being a terminal contact spring adapted to make contact with the terminals
so as to bring the terminals into a conductive state by the slide of the plunger in the press direction;

wherein the terminal contact spring is disposed so as to be compressed according to the slide of the plunger in the press
direction under a contact state in which the terminal contact spring makes contact with the terminals,

wherein an end portion on the return direction side of the terminal contact spring is provided with an engagement portion
adapted to engage the terminal contact spring with the plunger in a circumferential direction, and the plunger is provided
with an engagement allowable portion adapted to engage with the engagement portion,

wherein an end portion on the press direction side of a wire, which constitutes the terminal contact spring, is disposed at
a position so as to avoid contact with the terminals in a circumferential direction of the terminal contact spring, and

wherein the engagement portion of the terminal contact spring is fixed under pressure to the plunger by the end portion on
the return direction side of the return spring.

US Pat. No. 9,207,409

HEAD FOR FIBER OPTIC OPTOELECTRONIC SWITCH

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An optical fiber head comprising:
an optical fiber which has a leading end face for emitting and/or receiving light at a leading end portion in an axial direction;
an optical element having an optical axis and arranged so that a back end face of the optical element faces the leading end
face of the optical fiber; and

a casing which has a substantially cylindrical shape with a front end and a back end along the axial direction, the casing
accommodating the optical element and the leading end portion of the optical fiber with the optical fiber extending out from
the back end, wherein

the casing has a crimping portion formed thereon, the crimping portion accommodates and holds the optical fiber, and a part
of the crimping portion is plastically deformed in the axial direction of the casing such that the crimping portion is substantially
equally reduced in diameter in a circumferential direction of the casing and the leading end face of the optical fiber securely
contacts the back end face of the optical element,

the part of the optical fiber which is held by the crimping portion has a core wire which includes a core and a clad, and
a coating to coat the core wire,

wherein both the core wire and the coating, at the leading end face of the optical fiber, are pressed against the back end
face of the optical element by the crimping portion so as to prevent shifting of the optical axis, and

the crimping portion is provided at a back end side of the casing and spaced apart, in the axial direction, from a position
of the leading end face of the optical fiber.

US Pat. No. 9,110,662

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A temperature controller capable of being connected to a computer without interruption of data processing, wherein
the temperature controller operable by a power source from the computer and operated by a general power source, wherein the
temperature controller includes a first voltage for processing a digital signal,

the temperature controller comprises a feedback circuit configured to monitor a change in the first voltage flowing in the
temperature controller, and

at the time of connecting to the computer, the controller responds by lowering the supply of power from the general power
source when the first voltage exceeds a predetermined value and a voltage of the power source supplied from the computer is
smaller than the predetermined value and greater than zero, so that

data processing within the temperature controller is not altered by forming the connection between the temperature controller
and the computer.

US Pat. No. 9,482,701

DETECTION DEVICE AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A detection device for detecting a state of electric power, comprising:
a first current transformer that measures a first current on a first power line side of a connecting point between a first
power line derived from a commercial power supply and a second power line derived from a power generation device which supplies
electric power equal in frequency to the commercial power supply;

a second current transformer that measures a second current on a second power line side of the connecting point;
a first calculation unit that calculates a decision value based on a product of a measured value of the first current and
a measured value of the second current; and

a detection unit that detects a power flow direction of electric power of the first power line based on the decision value.

US Pat. No. 9,452,572

TRANSFER MOLDING METHOD AND TRANSFER MOLDING APPARATUS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A transfer molding apparatus comprising:
a first die;
a second die configured to be separated from and come into contact with the first die;
a heater that is provided in at least one of the first and second dies;
a transfer member disposed in at least one of the first and second dies while being able to be separately moved from the die,
wherein the transfer member performs transfer molding while abutting a transfer surface on a resin sheet supplied between
the first and second dies;

a cooling member that abuts on and cools a surface on an opposite side of a surface, in which the transfer surface of the
transfer member is formed, while separately moving the transfer member from the die; and

a controller that brings the first and second dies close to each other, nips the cooling member, the transfer member, and
the resin film, cools the resin sheet while an applied pressure is maintained at a first setting value smaller than an applied
pressure in the transfer molding, and further cools the resin sheet while the applied pressure is reduced to a second setting
value smaller than the first setting value.

US Pat. No. 9,373,461

SWITCH UNIT

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch unit comprising:
a case that comprises an opening and a switch;
two terminals that partially project to an outside of the case from the opening;
a gasket configured to seal the opening, the gasket comprising two through-holes through which the terminals extend;
a base member; and
a pressing member that is arranged between the terminals,
wherein the gasket is in close contact with the terminals at the through-holes,
a region between the through-holes of the gasket is pressed while nipped between the pressing member and the base member,
wherein a planar lower surface of the pressing member presses a central portion of an upper surface of the gasket; and
a surrounding region in the gasket is pressed while nipped between an inside surface of the case and the base member.

US Pat. No. 9,349,039

GESTURE RECOGNITION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A gesture recognition device configured to detect a gesture from an acquired image and generate a command issued to a control
target instrument according to the gesture, the gesture recognition device being controlled by a processing unit or control
target instrument to operate as:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a gesture acquisition unit configured to detect a target region performing a gesture from the acquired image and acquire the
gesture based on motion or a shape of the detected target region;

a face detection unit configured to detect a face comprised in the acquired image;
a correlation unit configured to correlate the detected target region with the detected face using a human body model representing
a shape of a human body;

a personal identification unit configured to identify a user corresponding to the detected face;
a command generation unit configured to generate a command issued to the control target instrument based on the identified
user and the acquired gesture; and

a gesture storage unit configured to store personal setting data, a set of a gesture and a command issued to the control target
instrument being correlated with each user in the personal setting data;

wherein:
the command generation unit is configured to generate the command issued to the control target instrument based on the personal
setting data;

the correlation unit is configured to calculate a range where the target region is estimated to exist for each detected face
using a coordinate of the detected face and the human body model and correlate the target region and the face with each other
when the target region exists in the calculated range; and

the personal identification unit is configured to identify the user through acquiring a user identifier corresponding to the
face correlated with the target region by comparing feature amount of the correlated face with the personal setting data.

US Pat. No. 9,317,397

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER (PLC) SIMULATION SYSTEM, PLC SIMULATOR, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND SIMULATION METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A PLC simulation system including a PLC simulator that cyclically repeats processing based on a first cycle, and an external
simulator that cyclically repeats processing based on a second cycle,
the PLC simulator comprising:
a storage unit for holding data for executing a program, the storage unit being configured to be accessed by the PLC simulator
and the external simulator; and

a processor communicatively connected to the storage unit, the processor comprising a first execution unit for executing a
program accompanying processing for inputting and outputting data to and from the storage unit,

the external simulator comprising:
a second execution unit for executing a program accompanying processing for inputting and outputting data to and from the
storage unit,

wherein the second execution unit includes a detection unit for detecting that program execution in the other is complete,
and

the first execution unit or the second execution unit, after executing the program, suppresses execution of a program accompanying
access to the storage unit, until the detection is performed,

wherein the PLC simulator comprises a socket interface for communicating with the external simulator, and receives a command
from the external simulator for causing the PLC simulator to execute predetermined processing,

wherein the first execution unit executes processing in accordance with the command received using the socket interface,
wherein the command includes a notification command for notifying the external simulator of a status of program execution
by the first execution unit, and

wherein the detection unit performs the detection using the notification command.

US Pat. No. 9,208,967

SWITCHING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switching device that causes a force to act on an arc to diffuse the arc, comprising:
a magnet that generates a magnetic field in a direction orthogonal to a direction of the arc, the arc being generated at moment
at which a movable member is brought into contact with or separated from a contact of a fixed member to switch between electric
conduction and electric cutoff,

wherein the magnet is a plastic magnet in which metal is exposed to a surface of the magnet, and
wherein the magnet is the plastic magnet, in which a heat shield plate is formed by predetermined metal to expose the metal
to the surface of the magnet.

US Pat. No. 9,202,135

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device configured to detect a detection target, which is all or a part of a predetermined main body
on an image, comprising:
a detection target detection unit that detects an estimated detection target that the image processing device assumes to be
the detection target from the image;

a heterogeneous target determination unit that determines whether the estimated detection target detected by the detection
target detection unit is an estimated heterogeneous target that the image processing device assumes to be a heterogeneous
target, which is all or a part of a main body different in class from the main body; and

a detection target determination unit that determines whether the estimated detection target detected by the detection target
detection unit is the detection target based on a determination result of the heterogeneous target determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,092,663

MONITORING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A monitoring apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image capturers configured to capture a face image of a matching target person in at least first to third areas;
storage configured to store the face image of the matching target person captured in each of the first to third areas in a
database together with information identifying each of the first to third areas;

a first search unit configured to match the face images captured in the first area among the face images registered in the
database against the face images captured in the second area, and searching a first mismatched face image that is not matched
with the face images captured in the first area for all the face images captured in the second area;

a second search unit configured to match the face images captured in the first area among the face images registered in the
database against the face images captured in the third area, and searching a second mismatched face image that is not matched
with the face images captured in the first area from all the face images captured in the third area;

a third search unit configured to search a matched face image, which is matched with the second mismatched face image, among
the first mismatched face images; and

a registration unit configured to register the matched face image searched by the third search unit in the database as the
face image captured in the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,507,370

VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT WITH IMPROVED CONVERSION EFFICIENCY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A voltage conversion circuit comprising:
a plurality of primary capacitors charged by a power supply;
a secondary capacitor connected in parallel to the respective plurality of primary capacitors that is charged at a voltage
supplied to a load circuit;

a plurality of switching circuits provided in association with the respective plurality of primary capacitors that change
over a connection state between the primary capacitors and the secondary capacitor;

a plurality of voltage monitoring circuits connected in parallel to the respective plurality of primary capacitors that monitors
charging voltages across the respective plurality of primary capacitors;

a connection control circuit that successively connects the respective primary capacitors to the secondary capacitor through
the corresponding switching circuits when the charging voltages across the respective plurality of primary capacitors reach
a predetermined connection voltage that is higher than a charging voltage across the secondary capacitor; and

an adjustment circuit that adjusts a connection state between the power supply and the plurality of primary capacitors, such
that at least some primary capacitors in the plurality of primary capacitors are in a state of being connected in series to
the power supply, in order to maintain an efficiency of electric-power supply from the power supply to the plurality of primary
capacitors at a predetermined efficiency.

US Pat. No. 9,484,764

CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE AND DRIVE LOAD MODULE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A charge control device comprising:
a storage section that stores electric power supplied from a power source and supplies the stored electric power to a load;
a voltage monitoring section which, if the storage section has its inter-terminal voltage being higher than or equal to a
predetermined upper limit voltage, determines that the storage section is on a full charge, and which, if the storage section
has its inter-terminal voltage being lower than or equal to a predetermined lower limit voltage which is lower than the predetermined
upper limit voltage, determines that the storage section needs to be charged;

a charge control section that controls charging to the storage section in accordance with the inter-terminal voltage of the
storage section,

the charge control device serving to control a state of charging to the storage section,
if the inter-terminal voltage of the storage section becomes less than or equal to the predetermined lower limit voltage due
to a voltage drop caused in the storage section due to a resistance component and a load current in the storage section when
the load is being driven by the electric power supplied from the storage section and the voltage monitoring section therefore
determines that the storage section needs to be charged, the charge control section, after a predetermined period has passed,
starts charging from the power source to the storage section so that the inter-terminal voltage of the storage section becomes
higher than or equal to the predetermined upper limit voltage, wherein

the load carries out a predetermined operation composed of a single action or plural actions when supplied with the electric
power from the storage section; and

a difference between the predetermined upper limit voltage and the predetermined lower limit voltage is set so that the inter-terminal
voltage of the storage section changes from the predetermined upper limit voltage to the predetermined lower limit voltage
or lower due to a voltage drop caused in the storage section while the load is carrying out the predetermined operation,

the charge control device further comprising:
a forced drive section that forces the load to carry out a predetermined forced operation other than the predetermined operation
so that the load is forced to consume more electric current than it does during the predetermined operation,

wherein while the load is carrying out the predetermined operation, if the inter-terminal voltage of the storage section becomes
less than or equal to the predetermined lower limit voltage due to a voltage drop caused in the storage section when the forced
drive section forces the load to carry out the predetermined forced operation, the charge control section carries out charging
from the power source to the storage section so that the inter-terminal voltage of the storage section becomes higher than
or equal to the predetermined upper limit voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,398,231

SURVEILLANCE CAMERA TERMINAL

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A surveillance camera terminal comprising:
imaging means configured to output a frame image obtained by imaging an area in an imaging visual field;
imaging visual field control means configured to change the imaging visual field of the imaging means in a surveillance area;
object extracting means configured to extract a first object to be tracked, from one or more objects imaged in the frame image;
tracking means configured to detect a position of the first object in the surveillance area based on a position of the first
object extracted, by the object extracting means, from the frame image and the imaging visual field and then track the first
object;

imaging visual field storage means configured to store an imaging visual field of the imaging means imaging a handover area
in which the first object is positioned when the first object is handed over to each of other surveillance camera terminals
to which the first object is possible to be handed over;

identification means configured to:
projective-transform a first handover frame image and a second handover frame image into a common coordinate system, the first
handover frame image being obtained by the imaging means imaging the handover area with the imaging visual field of another
surveillance camera terminal to which the first object is handed over, that is stored in the imaging visual field storage
means and the second handover frame image being obtained by the another surveillance camera terminal imaging the handover
area with the imaging visual field used when the first object is handed over between the surveillance camera terminal and
the another surveillance camera terminal, and

identify the first object included in one or more second objects imaged in the hand over area by associating, on a one-to-one-basis,
the second objects imaged in the handover area between the first handover frame image and the second handover frame image
based on a position of each of the second objects in the first handover frame image and a position of each of the second objects
in the second handover frame image that have been projective-transformed into the common coordinate system; and

detection means configured to detect whether or not the first object that is being tracked by the tracking means has traveled
to a position near the handover area for handover of the first object to the another surveillance camera terminal,

wherein the imaging visual field control means changes the imaging visual field of the imaging means in accordance with the
position of the first object that is being tracked by the tracking means in the surveillance area, and

wherein, when the detection means detects that the first object that is being tracked by the tracking means has traveled to
the position near the handover area for handover to the another surveillance camera terminal, the imaging visual field control
means adjusts the imaging visual field of the imaging means to the imaging visual field of the another surveillance camera
terminal, that is stored in the imaging visual field storage means.

US Pat. No. 9,219,334

CONNECTION TERMINAL AND CONNECTOR PROVIDED THEREWITH

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A connection terminal comprising:
a movable contact portion protruding out of a contact hole of a housing of the connection terminal, and adapted to be pressed;
a first curved portion comprising a free end portion having a fixed portion;
a second curved portion comprising a free end portion having the movable contact portion;
a rigid coupling portion interposed between the first curved portion and the second curved portion, the rigid coupling portion
being continuous with the first curved portion and the second curved portion and being directly coupled to the first curved
portion and the second curved portion;

an abutment portion disposed on an opposite side to the second curved portion with respect to the movable contact portion,
and adapted to be displaced toward the rigid coupling portion; and

wherein the abutment portion is adapted to abut on the rigid coupling portion.

US Pat. No. 9,190,226

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising:
a first casing;
a second casing coupled to said first casing;
an operation unit configured to be caused to operate by manipulation of an actuator, said actuator including a key; and
a detection unit including a photomicrosensor configured to optically detect an operating state of said operation unit and
outputting a signal concerning said detected operating state, wherein

said operation unit is configured to be caused to operate by insert manipulation of inserting said key into said first casing
when said key has a shape adapted to a shape of said operation unit, and not to be caused to operate by said insert manipulation
when said key does not have a shape adapted to the shape of said operation unit,

said operation unit in the operating state permits light of said detection unit to pass, and said operation unit in a non-operating
state blocks said light,

said first casing houses said operation unit and at least a part of said detection unit, and
when said first casing and said second casing are separated from each other, said detection unit outputs a signal indicating
that said operation unit is in a non-operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,542,795

SWITCH UNIT AND GAME MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch unit comprising:
a display part configured to display an image in at least one input area;
an input part provided above the display part, the input part comprising a contact, wherein when the input part is pressed
toward the at least one input area displayed on the display part, the contact corresponding to the input area is conducted;

an operating button configured to cause conduction of the contact of the input part, the contact corresponding to the input
area, by a press-down operation toward the input area of the display part; and

an operating button case having an opening for the access of the operating button,
wherein the operating button is made of a translucent rectangular parallelepiped member, and at least one side wall of the
translucent rectangular parallelepiped member is formed into an inclined surface widening outwardly toward bottom of the operating
button,

wherein at least one pair of opposite side walls of the operating button made of the translucent rectangular parallelepiped
member are formed into inclined surfaces each widening outwardly toward the bottom of the operating button,

wherein an inclined angle of one inclined surface of one of the pair of opposite side walls is larger than an inclined angle
of the other inclined surface of the other side walls,

wherein the input part is configured to detect the press-down operation of the operating button and is provided with a light-emitting
part for illuminating a circumference of the operating button,

wherein a light diffusion portion and a light guide portion are being formed on the operating button case,
wherein the light guide portion is configured to prevent light emitting from the light emitting part to reach the operating
button, and

wherein the light diffusion portion configured to face the light emitting part to illuminate the circumference of the operating
button.

US Pat. No. 9,482,804

RELAY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A relay, comprising:
a case;
a relay body disposed in the case;
a light source disposed in the case that emits light in accordance with an operation of the relay body;
a light guide path that receives, via a first end surface, the light emitted from the light source, and causes the light to
exit outward from a second end surface; and

a diffusion structure disposed in an optical path of the light which exits from the second end surface of the light guide
path,

wherein the relay meets the inequality
L>?{square root over ((n2?1)W2+?2n2d2)},

wherein L represents a length of the light guide path, W represents a maximum width of the first end surface, W/? represents
a maximum distance between an edge of the first end surface and a point which a perpendicular from the light source to the
first end surface reaches, d represents a distance between the light source and the first end surface, and n represents a
refractive index of the light guide path.

US Pat. No. 9,405,220

OPTICAL SENSOR, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING TONER CONCENTRATION

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

5. A method for correcting a toner concentration, using an optical sensor configured to irradiate an object area with light,
receive reflected light, amplify a voltage in accordance with the reflected light by an amplifier circuit, and output a resulting
voltage, the method comprising:
recording information indicating a noise component of the resulting voltage on a medium, the medium being a bar code or a
QR code printed on the optical sensor and, correcting the toner concentration based on the information.

US Pat. No. 9,235,770

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an image input unit configured to be input with a frame image of an imaging area imaged by a camera;
an image processing unit configured to process the frame image input to the image input unit, and detect an object imaged
in the frame image; and

an operation frequency determination unit configured to determine a frequency of an operation clock of the image processing
unit according to the number of objects detected by the image processing unit, wherein

the operation frequency determination unit lowers the frequency of the operation clock of the image processing unit as the
number of objects detected by the image processing unit becomes smaller.

US Pat. No. 9,223,074

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND AREA LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide plate comprising:
an end surface configured to have light incident thereon;
a light introduction part that confines light incident through the end surface; and
a light guide plate body disposed to be continuously joined to the light introduction part,
wherein the light guide plate body has a thickness smaller than a maximum thickness of the light introduction part,
wherein the light guide plate body outputs the incident light to an outside from a lighting region through a light exit part,
wherein the light introduction part includes an inclined surface in at least one of a light-exit-side surface and an opposite
surface of the light-exit-side surface,

wherein the inclined surface is inclined toward an end of the light guide plate body from a surface of a portion thicker than
the light guide plate body,

wherein the light guide plate body includes a directivity change pattern in a region located between the light introduction
part and the lighting region in at least one of the light-exit-side surface and the opposite surface of the light-exit-side
surface,

wherein the directivity change pattern changes directivity of the light passing to the lighting region from the light introduction
part,

wherein at least part of a local minimum portion of the directivity change pattern is located inside the light guide plate
body from a surface of the lighting region,

wherein at least part of the local maximum portion of the directivity change pattern is located outside the surface of the
lighting region,

wherein in the directivity change pattern, a lighting-region-side end surface of a portion projected outward from the surface
of the lighting region has an angle of 45° or less with respect to the surface of the lighting region, and

wherein a portion located below the surface of the lighting region is inclined upwards toward the lighting region.

US Pat. No. 9,126,823

MICROPHONE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A microphone comprising:
a base substrate comprising a main surface;
an acoustic sensor mounted on the main surface; and
a circuit element stacked on the acoustic sensor,
wherein a hollow space is formed between the acoustic sensor and the circuit element,
wherein the acoustic sensor comprises:
a sensor substrate comprising:
a first surface opposed to the base substrate,
a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface, and
a cavity formed while recessed with respect to the second surface, and
a movable electrode that covers the cavity from the second surface side,
wherein a through-hole is formed in the base substrate while piercing the base substrate in a thickness direction,
wherein a communication hole is formed in the sensor substrate while piercing the sensor substrate from the first surface
to the second surface,

wherein the communication hole causes the through-hole and the hollow space to communicate with each other,
wherein the microphone further comprises a sealing member that seals the hollow space, and
wherein the sealing member is disposed so as to surround the hollow space between the sensor substrate and the circuit element.

US Pat. No. 9,092,998

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING APPARATUS INCLUDING DISPLAY SHEET AND APPARATUS INCLUDING DISPLAY SHEET

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method for assembling an apparatus including a display sheet having a non-transparent part in at least a part of the
display sheet, comprising:
a bonding step of bonding the display sheet to a housing, wherein the bonding step comprises:
a first step of attaching the display sheet to the housing via a UV curable adhesive; and
a second step of causing an ultraviolet light emitting apparatus to irradiate, from an external surface side of the display
sheet,

wherein the display sheet is attached to the housing with ultraviolet light after the first step so that the ultraviolet light
passes through at least a part of the non-transparent part of the display sheet and cures the UV curable adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,410,844

OPTICAL SENSOR

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An optical sensor comprising:
a case;
a light projector comprising a light emitter, a light projecting lens, and a light projecting lens holder configured to hold
the light projecting lens;

a light receiver configured to receive reflected light of light projected from the light projector; and
a light receiver lens configured to form an image of the reflected light on the light receiver,
wherein the light projector, the light receiver, and the light receiver lens are each independently and directly fixed to
the case, and

wherein the light projector comprises:
a light projector holder in which the light emitter and the light projecting lens are accommodated; and
a holder configured to fix the light emitter accommodated in the light projector holder,
the holder and the light projecting lens are fixed to the light projector holder using an ultraviolet curing adhesive,
the light receiver comprises a light receiving sensor that is disposed away from a circuit board, and
the light receiving sensor is fixed to the case using the ultraviolet curing adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,406,469

ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY HAVING A MOVABLE CONTACT AND A FIXED CONTACT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electromagnetic relay comprising:
a movable touch piece that provides a spring force;
a movable contact provided on the movable touch piece;
a fixed contact opposed to the movable contact; and
a movable iron piece coupled to the movable touch piece,
wherein the movable touch piece is rotated by the movable iron piece that rotates in a first direction based on magnetization
of an electromagnet block to make the movable contact separate from the fixed contact,

wherein the movable touch piece is rotated by the movable iron piece that rotates in a second direction that is opposite the
first direction based on demagnetization of the electromagnetic block and based on the spring force provided by the moveable
touch piece that causes the movable iron piece to rotate in the second direction and biases the moveable contact toward the
fixed contact,

wherein a contact distance between the fixed contact and the movable contact is adjusted based on a force applied to press-fit
a fixed contact terminal provided with the fixed contact into a spool of the electromagnet block along a moving direction
of the movable contact

wherein the fixed contact terminal is arranged with the fixed contact between a pair of press-fitting portions that extend
in parallel so as to be press-fitted into the spool of the electromagnet block, and

wherein the pair of press-fitting portions protrudes from the fixed contact.

US Pat. No. 9,367,762

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a processing unit configured to operate as
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image;
a similarity map generator configured to calculate, with a region constructed with one or a plurality of pixels in the image
as a constituent unit, a first similarity map based on a first algorithm, the first similarity map representing a degree of
similarity between the region and a marginal region of the image, and calculate a second similarity map based on a second
algorithm, the second similarity map representing a degree of similarity between the region and the marginal region of the
image; and

a saliency map generator configured to integrate the first similarity map and the second similarity map to generate a saliency
map.

US Pat. No. 9,362,066

SWITCH

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising:
a contact mechanism that comprises an opening/closing unit, the opening/closing unit comprising a movable contact and a fixed
contact;

a casing including a polygonal-column box shape, a central space of the casing being defined by an internal wall; and
a pressing member that is attached while being vertically movable in an axial direction of the polygonal-column box shape
in a space of the casing, the pressing member comprising a cam shape in which a dimension in a horizontal direction perpendicular
to the axial direction varies in the axial direction,

wherein the contact mechanism comprises a plate-like member comprising a support supported by the casing, the plate-like member
comprises a movable contact portion including the movable contact, the movable contact portion abutting on the cam shape and
being elastically deformed in the horizontal direction in conjunction with the vertical movement, the movable contact being
movable horizontally to come into contact with or separate from the fixed contact by an elastic deformation of the movable
contact portion,

the movable contact portion is disposed while bent in an outer peripheral space between the internal wall and sidewalls constituting
the polygonal-column box shape;

the movable contact portion extends from the support and along a first sidewall of the polygonal-column box shape, astride
a corner portion of the polygonal-column box shape, extends along a second sidewall of the polygonal-column box shape and
reaches a portion; and

wherein the portion comes into contact with the cam shape after pressing of the pressing member.

US Pat. No. 9,363,608

ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An acoustic transducer, comprising:
a substrate;
a chamber in the substrate;
a first electrode suspended above the chamber, the first electrode including:
a first rectangular portion having a first area and including a plurality of first anchor regions;
a second rectangular portion having a second area, the second area being smaller than the first area, the second rectangular
portion extending from a first side of the first rectangular portion and the second rectangular portion being separated from
the first rectangular portion by a first thin opening, the second area including second anchor regions, each second anchor
region being greater in area than one of the first anchor regions, each second region being greater in area than one of the
first anchor regions.

US Pat. No. 9,240,288

CONTACT SWITCHING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A contact switching device in which a movable iron core provided at one end portion of a movable shaft is attracted to
a fixed iron core, based on excitation and degauss of an electromagnet portion, by which the movable shaft reciprocates in
a shaft center direction, and a movable contact of a movable contact piece arranged at another end portion of the movable
shaft contacts and departs from a fixed contact,
wherein the movable iron core has a cylindrical outer circumferential portion, a cylindrical inner circumferential portion
and an annular attracting and sticking portion disposed between a top of said movable iron core and a top of said cylindrical
inner circumferential portion, and a ratio between an inner diameter and an outer diameter of the cylindrical outer circumferential
portion is 77% or less and 65% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,172,196

BRUSH HAVING A PLURALITY OF ELASTIC CONTACT PIECES ARRANGED IN PARALLEL

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electrical brush comprising:
a support connected to a base;
a conductive portion configured to be integral with the support and having a plurality of elastic contact pieces;
wherein the conductive portion extends in parallel from a side edge of the support, and a length of each of the plurality
of elastic contact pieces gradually increases from one side edge of the support to another side of the support.

US Pat. No. 9,082,575

ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY

OMRON CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An electromagnetic relay comprising:
a contact switching unit having a contact group comprising a pair of contacts adapted to open and close;
an electromagnet block which drives the contact switching unit to open and close the contacts; and
an arc extinguishing member comprising a connection member, the connection member being formed by connecting, via a middle
part, opposing walls arranged in a direction perpendicular to the open/close direction of the contacts, and permanent magnets
being disposed on opposing sections of the opposing walls,

wherein each permanent magnet is configured such that a polarity of opposing surfaces of said permanent magnets, and a direction
in which an arc current, generated at a time of opening/closing of the pair of contacts, flows, are determined such that a
force is generated on the arc current for displacing the arc current towards a middle part of the connection member.

US Pat. No. 9,076,035

IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

7. An image processing method for an image processor including a classifier configured to detect a predetermined target from
an image, the classifier including a plurality of weak classifiers in each of which a next-stage weak classifier is configured
to perform detection processing to a preceding-stage output domain to output an output domain, the image processing method
comprising the steps of:
acquiring a photographed image photographed by a camera;
specifying a position assigned by a user on the photographed image;
extracting a domain near a position assigned in the assigned position specifying step from the photographed image and generating
a search image;

causing the classifier to perform detection processing to the search image generated in the search image generating step;
specifying a processing domain having the largest number of hierarchies to which the detection processing can be performed
by each of the plurality of weak classifiers based on a detection result in the classifier performing step; and

extracting the processing domain specified in the processing domain specifying step from the photographed image and generating
a registration image.

US Pat. No. 9,070,501

ELECTROMAGNET DEVICE, METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME, AND ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY USING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electromagnet device comprising:
an electromagnet block comprising an iron core being wound by a coil and an auxiliary yoke fixed to one end portion of the
iron core;

a yoke connected to the one end portion of the iron core via a permanent magnet;
a movable iron piece having a pivoting shaft center, the movable iron piece being pivotally disposed at an end face edge portion
of the yoke with the pivoting shaft center supported by and disposed in pivotal contact with the end face edge portion of
the yoke, the movable iron piece being adapted to pivot on a basis of magnetization and demagnetization of the electromagnet
block; and

a connection portion disposed so as to connect the yoke with the auxiliary yoke;
wherein the permanent magnet located on an extension line of an axial center of the iron core and interposed between the auxiliary
yoke and the yoke.

US Pat. No. 9,058,059

GESTURE INPUT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GESTURE INPUT DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A gesture input device that controls a control device on the basis of a gesture action of a user, comprising:
a gesture detecting unit that detects a gesture from an image picked up by a camera;
a first gesture determining unit that determines that the gesture detected by the gesture detecting unit includes a first
gesture;

a second gesture determining unit that determines that the gesture detected by the gesture detecting unit includes a second
gesture;

a control signal generating unit that sets a period in which the first gesture determining unit determines that the gesture
includes the first gesture as a second gesture valid period in which recognition of the second gesture is valid and generates
a control signal on the basis of the second gesture when the second gesture determining unit determines that the gesture includes
the second gesture in the second gesture valid period; and

a transmitting unit that transmits the control signal generated by the control signal generating unit to the control device.

US Pat. No. 9,599,648

CAPACITIVE SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A capacitive sensor comprising:
a substrate;
a movable electrode provided above the substrate;
a protective film that is fixed to a top surface of the substrate so as to cover the movable electrode with a gap, the protective
film being made of an insulating material; and

a fixed electrode provided on the protective film at a position opposed to the movable electrode,
wherein the capacitive sensor converts a physical quantity into an electrostatic capacitance between the movable electrode
and the fixed electrode,

a whole outer peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate is exposed to air and not covered by the protective film,
an insulating sheet made of the insulating material is formed in a part of an area exposed to air and not covered by the protective
film on the top surface of the substrate, wherein the whole outer peripheral edge of the top surface of the substrate exposed
to air is disposed outside the insulating sheet, and at least one of an electrode pad electrically connected to the movable
electrode and an electrode pad electrically connected to the fixed electrode is provided on a top surface of the insulating
sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,519,059

LIMITED-AREA REFLECTION TYPE OPTICAL SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A limited-area reflection type optical sensor configured to irradiate an object sensing limited area with emitted light
from a light emitter and receive reflected light from an object existing in the object sensing limited area, the optical sensor
comprising:
an emitted light lens or a reflected light lens;
wherein the emitted light lens comprises:
an opposite-light-receiver-side portion opposite to a light receiver side constituting a first curvature surface comprising
a first curvature while a light-receiver-side portion on the light receiver side with respect to the opposite-light-receiver-side
portion constitutes a second curvature surface comprising a second curvature smaller than the first curvature in the emitted
light lens provided in an optical path of the emitted light;

wherein the reflected light lens comprises:
an opposite-light-emitter-side portion opposite to a light emitter side constituting a fourth curvature surface comprising
a fourth curvature while a light-emitter-side portion on the light emitter side with respect to the opposite-light-emitter-side
portion constitutes a fifth curvature surface comprising a fifth curvature smaller than the fourth curvature in the reflected
light lens provided in an optical path of the reflected light

wherein the light emitter comprises a light emitting element configured to emit the emit light, the light emitting element
is arranged such that an optical axis of the emitted light emitted from the light emitting element is located on the opposite-light-receiver
side with respect to a center axis of the emitted light lens,

the light receiver comprises a light receiving element configured to receive the reflected light, and the light receiving
element is arranged such that an optical axis of the reflected light in the light receiving element is located on the opposite-light-emitter
side with respect to a center axis of the reflected light lens.

US Pat. No. 9,502,190

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch comprising:
a normally-closed fixed first contact unit;
a second contact unit;
a pressing member; and
a movable contact that is attached to the pressing member, and that slides on the first contact unit and the second contact
unit,

wherein a first conductive region and a first insulating region are formed on a first sliding surface, on which the movable
contact slides, in the first contact unit,

wherein the first conductive region is arranged before the first insulating region in a pressing direction of the pressing
member,

wherein a second conductive region and a second insulating region are formed on a second sliding surface, on which the movable
contact slides, in the second contact unit,

wherein the second conductive region is arranged before the second insulating region in the pressing direction,
wherein the movable contact slides from the first and second conductive regions to the first and second insulating regions
to switch from a closed state in which conduction between the first contact unit and the second contact unit is established,
to an opened state in which conduction between the first contact unit and the second contact unit is cut off,

wherein a first boundary between the first conductive region and the first insulating region in the pressing direction is
offset in the pressing direction from a second boundary region between the second conductive region and the second insulating
region in the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,430,710

TARGET-IMAGE DETECTING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DIGITAL CAMERA

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A target-image detecting device configured to detect a target image as a part of photographed images and as an image of
a target object from the photographed images, the target-image detecting device comprising:
a memory that stores information;
an obtaining unit that sequentially obtains a plurality of the photographed images that form a moving image;
a detector that detects a target image included in the photographed images obtained by the obtaining unit, generates a detection
result, and accumulates the generated detection result in the memory as detection history; and

a deciding unit that:
refers to the detection history of the memory,
decides whether a detection result of a target image of the same target object is included in a latest predetermined number
of detection results, outputs the detection result when the detection result is included, and

does not output the detection result when the detection result is not included, wherein the detector accumulates identification
information for identifying the detected target image in the memory by relating the identification information to the detection
result, wherein, when a target image of which a target object detected this time is the same as that of the target image detected
in the past, the detector accumulates, in the memory, identification information that is the same as identification information
of the target image detected in the past by relating the identification information to a detection result of the target image
detected this time, and

wherein the deciding unit makes the decision by using the identification information of the target image.

US Pat. No. 9,414,492

PRINTED WIRING BOARD AND ELECTRIC TOOL SWITCH PROVIDED THEREWITH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:
a connection part that is connected to a projecting portion of an external member by soldering,
wherein the connection part comprises:
a first hole in which the projecting portion is inserted;
a main land to which the projecting portion is soldered;
a metallic pattern that is drawn from the main land; and
a sub-land that is connected to the main land through the metallic pattern,
wherein the main land is constructed with a metallic film configured to cover a peripheral region of the first hole not in
a back face but only in a front face of the printed wiring board comprising the front face and the back face, the front face
to which the soldering is performed and the back face being on a side opposite to the front face,

and the metallic film is not formed on a sidewall forming the first hole, and
wherein the sub-land is constructed with a metallic film configured to cover a sidewall formed by a second hole piercing the
printed wiring board and a peripheral region of the second hole in both the front face and the back face of the printed wiring
board

wherein the sub-land is not electrically connected to a wiring pattern formed on the back face, and the sub-land is electrically
independent of the wiring pattern,

wherein the wiring pattern is a circuit, the metallic film does not extend from the sidewall forming the first hole to the
back face to connect the main land in the front face and the sub-land in the back face.

US Pat. No. 9,247,445

WIRELESS SENSOR MODULE, METHOD FOR PROCESSING MEASUREMENT DATA THEREBY, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A wireless sensor module, comprising:
a sensor that measures a measuring object to generate measured data;
a wireless communication section that wirelessly transmits the measured data to an external device and receives a radio signal
from the external device;

a control section that controls the sensor and the wireless communication section;
a vibration power generator module that generates electric power by vibrations; and
a capacitor that stores therein the electric power generated by the vibration power generator module and supplying the electric
power to the sensor, the wireless communications section, and the control section,

wherein a series of operations for processing the measured data are carried out, the series of operations including an operation
in which the sensor generates the measured data and an operation in which the wireless communication section wirelessly transmits
the measured data to the external device,

wherein the control section secures an idle period of time in the series of operations so that the series of operations are
not carried out consecutively thereby keeping an output voltage of the capacitor during the series of operations and the idle
period of time higher than an operable minimum voltage of each of the sensor, the wireless communication section, and the
control section.

US Pat. No. 9,239,963

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMPARING FEATURE QUANTITIES OF AN OBJECT IN IMAGES

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device for comparing comparison feature quantities of a part point of an object on an image between
a registered image and an input image, and executing authentication of the object or executing estimate of an attribute or
a state of the object, the image processing device comprising:
a storage device configured to store program codes; and
a processing unit configured to execute the program codes to operate:
a part-point specifying unit configured to specify a part point of the object;
a feature-quantity extracting unit configured to extract one or a plurality of feature quantities from a pixel of a sampling
point or from a pixel group including the pixel of the sampling point, for each of a plurality of sampling points, and extract
candidate feature quantities corresponding to the part point constituted by the extracted plurality of feature quantities
corresponding to the respective sampling points, the plurality of sampling points comprising the part point specified by the
part-point specifying unit and at least one point on the image other than the part point; and

a feature-quantity generating unit configured to generate one or a plurality of comparison feature quantities corresponding
to the part point based on a predetermined standard by using the candidate feature quantities extracted by the feature-quantity
extracting unit;

wherein the predetermined standard includes inverted positive and negative values of feature quantities of the candidate feature
quantities.

US Pat. No. 9,208,011

SYNCHRONOUS SERIAL INTERFACE CIRCUIT AND MOTION CONTROL FUNCTION MODULE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A synchronous serial interface circuit comprising:
a clock output unit that outputs a synchronous clock signal;
a receiving unit that receives data of an absolute encoder position, sent from the encoder in synchronization with the synchronous
clock signal; and

a position conversion unit that converts the received absolute encoder position into a current encoder position,
wherein the position conversion unit calculates a difference between a last received absolute position and an absolute position
received immediately prior to the last received absolute position, and obtains a last position by adding the difference and
a current position that is calculated immediately prior to the latest current position, and

if the absolute value of the calculated difference is greater than a threshold value, the position conversion unit determines
that there is an error in the last received absolute position.

US Pat. No. 9,199,837

ACOUSTIC SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A manufacturing method of an acoustic sensor, wherein the acoustic sensor comprises:
a semiconductor substrate comprising a back chamber;
a conductive diaphragm arranged on an upper side of the semiconductor substrate through anchors;
an insulating fixed film fixed on an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate to cover the conductive diaphragm with a
gap;

a conductive fixed electrode film arranged on the insulating fixed film at a position facing the conductive diaphragm; and
an electrode terminal that outputs a change in electrostatic capacitance between the conductive fixed electrode film and the
conductive diaphragm to an outside as an electric signal,

wherein the manufacturing method comprises:
forming the conductive diaphragm inside a sacrifice layer deposited on the upper surface of the semiconductor substrate;
forming a space shaping portion in which a surface comprises an inner surface shape of the insulating fixed film by etching
the sacrifice layer;

forming a thick film layer on an outer side of the space shaping portion separate from the space shaping portion by etching
the sacrifice layer;

forming the insulating fixed film on the space shaping portion of the sacrifice layer to cover an outer peripheral part of
the upper surface of the semiconductor substrate with a protective film made from a material identical to the insulating fixed
film so that an outer periphery of the protective film coincides with an outer periphery of the upper surface of the semiconductor
substrate;

forming the back chamber in the semiconductor substrate; and
supporting the conductive diaphragm in space by removing the sacrifice layer by etching and forming a gap between the conductive
diaphragm and the inner surface of the insulating fixed film,

wherein an adhesive layer that is made from a material different from the insulating fixed film and that is thinner than the
protective film is formed on an outer side of the thick film layer after forming the space shaping portion.

US Pat. No. 9,171,682

OPERATION SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An operation switch comprising:
an operation unit disposed on a front surface side of a panel and operated by an external pressing force;
a switch unit having a first end configured to be attachable to and detachable from the operation unit from a rear surface
side of the panel, said switch unit including a second end opposite said first end;

a latching unit formed on an external circumferential surface of the operation unit along an axial center direction;
a latching receiving unit which is formed along an external circumferential surface of the switch unit and to which the latching
unit is latched;

a release lever that releases a latching state of the latching unit and the latching receiving unit so that the switch unit
is separated from the operation unit,

the release lever being configured to be operated from the second end of the switch unit; and
a to-be-pressed portion accessible at a location furthest away from the first end, the to-be-pressed portion protruding from
the second end of the switch unit, and configured to be pressable from said second end to operate said release lever to release
said latching state,

wherein the latching unit is formed of a connection portion with a hole,
the latching receiving unit is formed of a rib that protrudes outward from the switch unit, and
when an engaging surface of the rib is latched in the hole, the operation unit and the switch unit are latched to each other
and a releasing surface presses and expands the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,134,168

VIBRATION SENSOR AND EXTERNAL DETECTION DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A vibration sensor comprising:
a first substrate;
a second substrate relatively movable by an external vibration while opposed to the first substrate;
an electret group comprising a plurality of electrets that are arrayed in a relative movement direction on a side of one of
surfaces of the first substrate; and

an electrode group comprising a plurality of electrodes that are arrayed in the relative movement direction on a side of a
surface of the second substrate,

wherein the surface of the second substrate is opposed to the electret group,
wherein a positional relationship between the electret group and the electrode group changes with a relative change in position
of the first and second substrates by the external vibration to output an external vibration detection signal,

wherein the electrode group is divided into a predetermined number of phases of at least two, a small electrode group that
generates an electric signal according to the external vibration in each phase,

wherein, in one of the electrode group and the electret group, a phase difference generation gap that generates a predetermined
phase difference between electric signals generated by the plurality of small electrode groups is provided according to the
predetermined number of phases, the phase difference generation gap provided between the electrodes adjacent to each other
comprised in the electrode group or between electrets adjacent to each other comprised in the electret group, and

wherein, as a result of the relative change in position of the first and second substrates by the external vibration, a signal
formed by superimposing the electric signals generated by the plurality of small electrode groups on each other is output
as the external vibration detection signal.

US Pat. No. 9,121,991

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A surface light source device comprising:
a light source;
a frame that includes an accommodation part, at least a part of the accommodation part being surrounded by a sidewall;
a light guide plate accommodated in the accommodation part; and
at least one optical sheet stacked on the light guide plate, wherein
a part of the light guide plate and a part of the optical sheet arranged to provide a gap between a part of an outer surface
of the light guide plate and an inner surface of the sidewall, the gap having an adhesive resin for fixing the part of the
light guide plate and the part of the optical sheet to the frame,

wherein the at least one optical sheet comprises a plurality of optical sheets, each of at least a second and subsequent optical
sheets among the plurality of optical sheets having a notch at an identical position, the notch of a lower one of the at least
second and subsequent optical sheets being configured to be larger than the notch of an upper one of the at least second and
subsequent optical sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,116,264

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE PRODUCING METHOD, DIE STRUCTURE, TRANSFER MOLDING APPARATUS, LIGHT GUIDE PLATE, AREA LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND MOBILE DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method for producing a light guide plate, comprising:
forming a light introduction part that introduces light incident through an end face; and
forming a light guide plate body that has a thickness less than a maximum thickness of the light introduction part,
forming the light guide plate body to be continuously joined to the light introduction part,
forming the light guide plate body to comprise a light controller thereon that outputs the incident light to an outside of
the light guide plate,

wherein the light guide plate producing method further comprises:
a conveying step of conveying a resin sheet between a first die and a second die, which are disposed while facing each other,
wherein a transfer surface is provided in at least one of surfaces facing each other in the first and second dies;

a nipping step of nipping the resin sheet between the first and second dies while the transfer surface is abutted on at least
one of surfaces of the resin sheet; and

a transfer molding step of transferring the transfer surface to at least one of the surfaces of the resin sheet by heating
at least one of the first and second dies, and of forming a thick portion in one of the surfaces of the resin sheet by a recess
where the light introduction part formed in the die is formed,

wherein an amount that the thick portion projects greater than a maximum height of an irregularity that forms the light controller,
and

wherein the light introduction part is formed by melting and introducing the resin sheet to the recess formed in the transfer
surface in the transfer molding step, and

wherein the resin sheet is thinned in the portion nipped by the first and second dies, and part of the resin sheet flows into
the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,117,600

ELECTRIC MAGNET DEVICE AND SWITCH PROVIDED THEREWITH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electric magnet device comprising:
a coil adapted to insert through at least one of an armature and a yoke so as to attract surfaces of the yoke and the armature,
which are opposed to each other, to receive a voltage, to excite for separating the surfaces of the yoke and the armature;

the armature disposed on one end side of the coil and
the yoke disposed on the other end side of the coil and adapted to oscillate,
wherein an oscillation angle of the yoke is greater than an oscillation angle of the armature.

US Pat. No. 9,557,821

GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A gesture recognition apparatus detecting a gesture from an acquired image and generating for an object device an instruction
corresponding to the gesture,
the gesture recognition apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image;
an object part extracting unit configured to extract a human hand performing a gesture as an object part performing a gesture
from the acquired image;

an object part shape identifying unit configured to acquire a number of finger(s) that is/are extended in the object part
and to identify a shape of the extracted object part based on the number of finger(s);

a representative point determining unit configured to set, with respect to the object part, a representative point that is
a point representing a position of the object part;

a gesture recognizing unit configured to recognize a gesture, based on a motion of the representative point; and
a command generating unit configured to generate an instruction corresponding to the recognized gesture, wherein
the representative point determining unit determines a position of a representative point corresponding to the object part,
using the identified shape of the object part using different ways depending on the number of fingers that is/are extended.

US Pat. No. 9,506,910

URINE COMPONENT ANALYSIS DEVICE

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A urine component analysis device for determining a concentration ratio between two specific components in total urine
excreted by a subject in one day, the device comprising:
a sensor section that comes into contact with urine excreted by the subject and is configured to acquire data about concentrations
of a first specific component and a second specific component;

a correlation storage section comprising a non-transitory memory which stores data indicating a correlation between a concentration
ratio between the first specific component and the second specific component in one urine excreted by a human and a concentration
ratio between the first specific component and the second specific component in total urine in one day when all the urine
excreted by the human in the one day is gathered into one volume;

a data input section which inputs data acquired by the sensor and indicating a concentration ratio between the first specific
component and the second specific component in one urine excreted by the subject;

a calculation section comprising a processor that is programmed with instructions for carrying out the instructions to determine
a concentration ratio between the first specific component and the second specific component in total urine in one day when
all the urine excreted by the subject in the one day is gathered into one volume, by performing conversion using the correlation
stored in the non-transitory memory of the correlation storage section, based on the concentration ratio between the first
specific component and the second specific component in the one urine of the subject obtained via the data input section;
and

a housing including at least the correlation storage section, the data input section and the calculation section,
wherein the sensor section is attached to the housing so as to be projected outside from the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,508,515

ELECTROSTATIC RELAY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An electrostatic relay comprising:
a base substrate;
a fixed contact portion that is fixed to the base substrate, the fixed contact portion including a fixed contact;
a moving contact portion that includes a moving contact that moves in a moving direction to be brought into contact with or
separated from the fixed contact;

a fixed electrode portion that is fixed to the base substrate;
a movable electrode portion that is displaced along with the moving contact portion toward a direction parallel to the base
substrate by an electrostatic force generated between the fixed electrode portion and the movable electrode portion;

a spring member that returns the displaced movable electrode portion to an original position; and
a projection disposed on the movable electrode portion and projecting in the moving direction that is provided opposite the
spring member such that the spring member abuts on the projection when moving.

US Pat. No. 9,509,066

CONNECTOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A connector comprising:
a base;
a spring having a bend portion bent from an edge of the base and an abutment portion continued from the bend portion, the
spring extends along the base and is sandwiched between the base and the abutment portion; and

a terminal inserted toward the bend portion from an opening located on an opposite side of the bend portion and formed between
the base and the abutment portion,

a cover extending from the base and covering the abutment portion with a predetermined spacing from an outer face of the abutment
portion, the cover having a top wall provided with an engagement portion that is position regulated by being engaged with
an end of the abutment portion and pushingly expanded when the terminal is inserted into and removed from the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,494,927

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND GAME MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A motor control device comprising:
a communication unit that receives a control command comprising a motor type identification signal and a rotation signal,
wherein the motor type identification signal indicates whether a control object motor is a stepping motor or a DC motor, and
wherein the rotation signal designates a target rotation amount and a target rotation speed of the motor;
a sensor interface that receives a detection signal from a rotation angle sensor when the control object motor is the DC motor,
wherein the rotation angle sensor outputs the detection signal every time the motor rotates by a first rotation angle;
a DC motor drive signal generator configured to generate and output a first drive signal rotating the DC motor at the target
rotation speed when the control object motor is the DC motor;

a stepping motor drive signal generator configured to generate and output a second drive signal rotating the stepping motor
at the target rotation speed when the control object motor is the stepping motor; and

a controller,
wherein the controller refers to the motor type identification signal to determine whether the control object motor is the
stepping motor or the DC motor,

wherein the controller calculates a total rotation amount from rotation starting of the control object motor by a number of
receiving times of the detection signal when the control object motor is the DC motor,

wherein the controller causes the DC motor drive signal generator to output the first drive signal so as to let the control
object motor stand still when the total rotation amount reaches the target rotation amount, and

wherein the controller causes the stepping motor drive signal generator to output the second drive signal so as to rotate
the control object motor by a number of stepping motor steps corresponding to the target rotation amount when the control
object motor is the stepping motor.

US Pat. No. 9,374,644

ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND MICROPHONE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An acoustic transducer comprising:
a vibrating film and a fixed film formed above an opening portion of a substrate; and
at least a first sensing portion and a second sensing portion that detect sound waves using change in capacitance between
a vibrating electrode provided in the vibrating film and a fixed electrode provided in the fixed film, convert the sound waves
into electrical signals, and output the electrical signals,

wherein, in the first sensing portion and the second sensing portion, the fixed film is used in common, and the vibrating
electrode is divided into a first sensing region and a second sensing region that respectively correspond to the first sensing
portion and the second sensing portion,

wherein, in the first sensing portion, a protrusion portion that protrudes toward the vibrating electrode is provided on a
region of the fixed film that opposes the first sensing region,

wherein, when voltage is applied between the fixed electrode and the vibrating electrode, the vibrating film comes into contact
with the protrusion portion such that the first sensing region of the vibrating electrode is relatively fixed to the fixed
film in a state in which an air gap that is a first predetermined gap is formed between the fixed electrode and the vibrating
electrode, and when the voltage application is canceled, the relative fixed state of the first sensing region is also canceled,

wherein, in the second sensing portion, the vibrating film in the second sensing region is fixed to the substrate or the fixed
film in a state in which an air gap that is a second predetermined gap is formed between the fixed electrode and the vibrating
electrode, and

wherein in the second sensing portion, regardless of voltage application between the fixed electrode and the vibrating electrode,
the vibrating film in the second sensing region is fixed in a state of being constantly joined to the substrate or the fixed
film in a state in which the air gap that is the second predetermined gap is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,336,965

SEALED CONTACT DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A sealed contact device comprising:
a housing;
two sets of contacts, each set of contacts comprising a fixed contact and a movable contact being disposed in the housing
to face each other;

permanent magnets that attract an arc between each set of the fixed contacts and the movable contacts using a magnetic force,
the permanent magnets disposed with the fixed contacts and the movable contacts interposed therebetween and the permanent
magnets being spaced apart in a direction along a straight line connecting the two sets of contacts; and

an arc shielding member disposed to attract the arc by current flowing between each set of the fixed contacts and the movable
contacts and by the magnetic force,

wherein the arc shielding member includes a plate-like connector and arms which are formed by perpendicularly bending both
ends of the connector, respectively, and the arms of the arc shielding member are disposed at both sides of each set of the
fixed contacts and the movable contacts in a direction perpendicular to the straight line connecting the two sets of contacts
and disposed along opposed surfaces of the permanent magnets such that the arc hits one of the arms.

US Pat. No. 9,240,289

CONTACT SWITCHING DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A contact switching device in which a movable iron core provided at one end portion of a movable shaft is attracted to
a fixed iron core, based on excitation and degauss of an electromagnet portion, by which the movable shaft reciprocates in
a shaft center direction, and movable contacts of a movable contact piece arranged at another end portion of the movable shaft
contact and depart from fixed contacts, respectively,
wherein contact surfaces between the fixed contacts and the movable contacts are arranged inside a box-shaped insulating member,
and an opening portion of the insulating member is closed by a plate, and

a lid body is disposed along a lower surface of the plate facing the movable contacts, the lid body having at least one extending
portion extending from the lid body in a direction parallel to the plate and laterally from a corner portion of the lid body,
said extending portion configured to prevent scattered objects caused by an arc generated at a time of contact switching from
flowing-out from the opening portion to an outside of the insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,231,324

TERMINAL

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An insulation displacement terminal, comprising:
an U-shaped insertion groove for pressing a conductor thereinto, the U-shaped insertion groove disposed between a pair of
conductive arm parts, the U-shaped insertion groove having an open end and a U-shaped end; and

slits disposed proximate to the insertion groove, wherein the slits are substantially triangular through-holes, and
wherein when the conductor is in a compressed position in the U-shaped insertion groove, a contact part between a conductive
arm part and the conductor is created;

a distance from the U-shaped insertion groove to an edge of the substantially triangular through-hole increases sequentially
as one moves from a center of the contact part towards the U-shaped end of the U-shaped insertion groove;

wherein the slits are provided on each side of the insertion groove.

US Pat. No. 9,224,065

CHARACTER-RECOGNITION METHOD AND CHARACTER-RECOGNITION DEVICE AND PROGRAM USING SAID METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A character-recognition method comprising:
imaging a character string;
generating a grayscale image that corresponds to the character string;
cutting out, from the grayscale image, individual characters in the character string;
obtaining a coincidence of a character image that is being focused on for each of model images of a plurality of kinds of
characters by sequentially focusing on cut-out character images to match the cut-out character images against the model images;
and

recognizing characters corresponding to the cut-out character images based on each coincidence,
wherein a composite character model image comprising a pair of character elements arrayed along a width direction is registered
while predetermined identification information is provided to the composite character model image, and

wherein, in matching against the model image comprising the identification information, composite matching, is performed,
in which an image of a range comprising the character image being focused and an adjacent unprocessed character image are
matched against the model image comprising the identification information, and a combination of the two character images comprised
in the composite matching target range is recognized as a character corresponding to the matched model image comprising the
identification information when a coincidence obtained by the composite matching is larger than a predetermined reference
value.

US Pat. No. 9,177,205

IMAGE ATTRIBUTE DISCRIMINATION APPARATUS, ATTRIBUTE DISCRIMINATION SUPPORT APPARATUS, IMAGE ATTRIBUTE DISCRIMINATION METHOD, ATTRIBUTE DISCRIMINATION SUPPORT APPARATUS CONTROLLING METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image attribute discrimination apparatus that discriminates an attribute of image data based on a content produced by
the image data, the image attribute discrimination apparatus comprising:
a heterogeneous region specifying hardware logic that specifies a character region including a character as a heterogeneous
region from the image data of a still image based on a determination whether the image data of the still image contains the
heterogeneous region, wherein the heterogeneous region comprises a heterogeneous matter whose attribute is different from
that of the content originally produced by the image data;

an attribute discrimination hardware logic that, if the image data contains the heterogeneous region, discriminates the attribute
of the image data based on a feature quantity extracted from a pixel group except each pixel in the heterogeneous region in
each pixel of the image data and excludes data of the heterogeneous region from the remaining of the image data, wherein the
attribute is a characteristic of a scene shown by the image data;

a restoration hardware logic that restores a pixel identical to a target pixel with respect to an out-of-target pixel region
in each pixel of the image data, wherein the out-of-target region does not become a feature quantity extracting target; and

a target pixel determination hardware logic that determines whether each pixel in the heterogeneous region specified by the
heterogeneous region specifying hardware logic is the target pixel whose feature quantity is extracted by the attribute discrimination
hardware logic, wherein the attribute discrimination hardware logic discriminates the attribute of the image data based on
the feature quantity extracted from the pixel group except the out-of-target pixel in each pixel of the image data, and the
out-of-target pixel is determined to be out of the target by the target pixel determination hardware logic.

US Pat. No. 9,167,352

MICROPHONE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A microphone comprising:
a base substrate comprising a main surface;
an acoustic sensor mounted on the main surface; and
a circuit element that processes a signal output from the acoustic sensor,
wherein the acoustic sensor comprises:
a sensor substrate comprising:
a first surface opposed to the base substrate,
a second surface on a side opposite to the first surface, and
a cavity formed while piercing the sensor substrate from the first surface to the second surface, and
a movable electrode that covers the cavity from the second surface side,
wherein four slit-shaped through-holes are formed in the base substrate while piercing the base substrate in a thickness direction
to communicate with the cavity,

wherein the through-holes overlap the sensor substrate when viewed in the thickness direction of the base substrate,
wherein an adhesive layer interposed between the main surface and the first surface to cause the sensor substrate to adhere
to the base substrate, and

wherein an interposition member is interposed between the main surface and the first surface while piercing the adhesive layer.

US Pat. No. 9,053,395

IMAGE PROCESSOR, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processor comprising:
a general-purpose classifier configured to detect a predetermined large classification target, the general-purpose classifier
including one or a plurality of weak classifiers in which a next-stage weak classifier performs detection processing to a
preceding-stage output domain; and

a dedicated classifier configured to detect a small classification target which is a subdivision of the large classification
target, the dedicated classifier including one or a plurality of weak classifiers in which a next-stage weak classifier performs
the detection processing to the preceding-stage output domain; wherein the image processor comprises:

an image acquisition part configured to acquire a photographed image photographed by a camera;
an image extracting part configured to extract a registered image including a domain assigned by a user from the photographed
image;

a dedicated classifier performing part configured to cause the dedicated classifier to perform the detection processing to
the registered image extracted by the image extracting part;

a dedicated classifier selector configured to select the dedicated Classifier having a highest index indicating superiority
or inferiority of a detection result; and

a classifier generator configured to generate a registered image classifier to detect a target included in the registered
image by replacing some weak classifiers included in the dedicated classifier selected by the dedicated classifier selector
with the weak classifiers included in the general-purpose classifier.

US Pat. No. 9,810,945

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND SURFACE ILLUMINATION DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide plate comprising:
a light input end surface from which light is introduced;
a light output surface that outputs light spread in a planar manner externally;
a main light guiding body that is flat and including the light output surface;
a light conducting portion that has a maximum thickness greater than the thickness of the main light guiding body and includes
the light input end surface;

a first slanted surface provided on the light conducting portion on at least one of a surface near the light output surface
and a surface opposite thereto, the first slanted surface inclined from a first location that is thicker than the main light
guiding body toward the outer surface of the main light guiding body; and

a plurality of first pattern elements provided on the light conducting portion on at least one of a surface near the light
output surface and a surface opposite thereto,

wherein the first pattern elements are provided between a second location that is thicker than the main light guiding body
and closer to the main light guiding body than the first location, and the end portion of the main light guiding body,

wherein each of the first pattern elements extends parallel to a direction orthogonal to the light input end surface when
the light output surface is viewed orthogonally,

wherein ridges on the first pattern elements incline from the second location toward the outer surface of the main light guiding
body; and

wherein, when the main light guiding body is viewed from a side surface, the first pattern elements or the ridges between
the first pattern elements incline at an average inclination smaller than the maximum inclination of the first slanted surface.

US Pat. No. 9,627,783

TERMINAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A terminal connection structure comprising:
a housing;
a base housed in the housing; and
a terminal unit disposed on the base comprising:
a pair of tab terminals comprising a pair of terminal portions provided in parallel, each of which is exposed from the housing
and configured to be connected to an external terminal; and

a terminal plate sandwiched between the pair of tab terminals,
wherein the terminal unit is replaceable on the base, and
wherein a pair of springs are disposed between the terminal portions of the pair of tab terminals, and wherein the external
terminal is crimped to the terminal portions by a spring force of the springs.

US Pat. No. 9,600,746

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit that acquires an input image that is to be subjected to processing;
a foreground map generation unit that generates a foreground map, which indicates a foreground region and a background region
in the input image, based on the input image;

a learning sample extraction unit that extracts data of a positive learning sample from the foreground region in the input
image and extracts data of a negative learning sample from the background region in the input image, based on the foreground
map;

a classifier learning unit that performs learning of a plurality of classifiers using the positive and negative learning samples
extracted from the input image;

a strong classifier generation unit that generates a strong classifier by combining the plurality of learned classifiers;
and

a saliency map generation unit that generates a final saliency map of the input image using the strong classifier.

US Pat. No. 9,544,697

ACOUSTIC TRANSDUCER AND MICROPHONE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An acoustic transducer comprising:
a substrate having a cavity;
a vibrating electrode plate disposed above the substrate and having a void portion that allows pressure to escape;
a fixed electrode plate disposed above the substrate opposite the vibrating electrode plate; and
a leak pressure regulation portion that hinders leakage of air pressure by passing through the void portion when the vibrating
electrode plate is not undergoing deformation, and that becomes separated from the void portion and allows pressure to escape
by passing through the void portion when the vibrating electrode plate undergoes deformation from being subjected to pressure,

wherein the void portion is a recession that is formed in an edge of the vibrating electrode plate and is recessed toward
the interior of the vibrating electrode plate, and

wherein the leak pressure regulation portion is a plate-shaped member that is located in the recession in the vibrating electrode
plate when the vibrating electrode plate is not undergoing deformation.

US Pat. No. 9,535,433

CONTROL DEVICE, HEATING DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control device that controls a heating device comprising a plurality of heating zones, the control device comprising:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a temperature of at least a first heating zone in the plurality of heating zones;
a control unit configured to perform heat-up starting control, in which heat-up of at least a second heating zone is started
in the plurality of heating zones, based on the temperature of the first heating zone,

wherein the control unit starts the heat-up of the second heating zone as the heat-up starting control when the temperature
of the first heating zone reaches a threshold; and

a threshold setting unit configured to set the threshold,
wherein the temperature of the first heating zone is adjusted to a first setting temperature,
wherein the temperature of the second heating zone is adjusted to a second setting temperature,
wherein the threshold setting unit updates the threshold based on a first temperature difference or a second temperature difference
in a previous heat-up starting control performed by the control unit,

wherein the first temperature difference is a temperature difference between a temperature of the second heating zone at a
time when the first heating zone reaches the first setting temperature and the second setting temperature, and

wherein the second temperature difference is a temperature difference between a temperature of the first heating zone at a
time when the second heating zone reaches the second setting temperature and the first setting temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,502,906

RELAY UNIT AND PRODUCING METHOD THEREOF

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A relay unit that electrically opens and closes between a power supply and a power-consuming device, the relay unit comprising:
electronic components disposed in a housing including a case and a cover, the electronic components including a resistor with
first and second resistor connection terminals, a first relay connected in series with the resistor, the first relay having
a first relay driving coil terminal and first and second relay connection terminals, and a second relay, the second relay
having first and second external connection terminals, the second relay connecting the power supply and the power-consuming
device through an external connection terminal of the second relay and being connected in parallel with the resistor and the
first relay;

a wiring board separately disposed in the housing from the resistor, the first relay and the second relay, the wiring board
being configured to hold wiring disposed on a surface of the wiring board for connecting up the resistor, the first relay
and the second relay when the wiring board is disposed in the housing, the wiring comprising:

a first connecting projection piece extending vertically from the wiring board, the first connecting projection piece being
insulated from the first relay driving coil terminal of the first relay, the first connecting projection piece being arranged
for contacting the first relay connection terminal, the first connecting projection piece being part of the wiring leading
to a point for contacting the first connection terminal of the resistor so as to electrically connect the first connection
terminal of the resistor with the first relay connection terminal; and

a second connecting projection piece extending vertically from the wiring board, the second connecting projection piece being
arranged for contacting the second connection terminal of the first relay, the second connecting projection piece being part
of the wiring leading to a point for contacting the first external connection terminal of the second relay so as to electrically
connect the second connection terminal of the first relay with the first external connection terminal of the second relay;

wherein the second connection terminal of the resistor and the second external connection terminal of the second relay are
directly electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,501,676

DATA MANAGEMENT DEVICE, CONTACTLESS STORAGE MEDIUM, AND DATA MANAGEMENT METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A data management device configured to manage data stored in a contactless storage medium mounted to an electronic apparatus,
comprising:
a controller comprising:
data storage that stores a plurality of data units comprising information of the electronic apparatus;
a state detector that detects a state of the electronic apparatus;
a data selector that, by referring to selection rules associating states of the electronic apparatus with types of the data,
selects data comprising information conforming with the electronic apparatus under a state detected by the state detector
from the data storage; and

a data manager that stores the data selected by the data selector in the contactless storage medium,
wherein the state detector detects at least whether a state of the electronic apparatus is a normal operating state in which
the electronic apparatus normally operates or an error state in which the electronic apparatus has an error,

wherein the data selector selects instruction manual data comprising information indicating how to use the electronic apparatus
when the state detector detects the normal state, and

wherein the data selector selects error recovery guide data comprising information to recover from the error from the data
storage by referring to the selection rules when the state detector detects the error state.

US Pat. No. 9,501,692

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROJECTIVE VOLUME MONITORING

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method of detecting objects intruding into a monitoring zone, said method performed by a projective volume monitoring
apparatus and comprising:
capturing a stereo image from a pair of image sensors;
correlating the stereo image to obtain a depth map comprising range pixels represented in three-dimensional Cartesian coordinates;
converting the range pixels into spherical coordinates, so that each range pixel is represented as a radial distance along
a respective pixel ray and a corresponding pair of solid angle values within the horizontal and vertical fields of view associated
with capturing the stereo image;

obtaining a set of flagged pixels by flagging those range pixels that fall within a protection boundary defined for the monitoring
zone;

accumulating the flagged pixels into corresponding cells of a two-dimensional histogram that quantizes the solid angle ranges
of the horizontal and vertical fields of view; and

clustering cells in the histogram to detect intrusions of objects within the protection boundary that meet a minimum object
size threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,493,338

CAPACITANCE TYPE SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A capacitance type sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate comprising a vertically opened penetration hole;
a movable electrode film arranged above the penetration hole such that a periphery portion is opposite to a top surface of
the semiconductor substrate with a gap provided therebetween; and

a fixed electrode film arranged above the movable electrode film with a gap between the fixed electrode film and the movable
electrode film,

wherein a concave portion having at least a part thereof formed by an inclined surface is provided in the top surface of the
semiconductor substrate in a region of the top surface of the semiconductor substrate which overlaps the periphery portion
of the movable electrode film,

wherein the concave portion is formed such that, in at least part of an opening of a top surface of the concave portion to
a bottom surface side of the opening in the semiconductor substrate, a cross-sectional area of the concave portion parallel
to the top surface of the semiconductor substrate becomes smaller from the opening of the top surface of the concave portion
to the bottom surface side of the opening in the semiconductor substrate, and

wherein the inclined surface of the concave portion is formed by a densest crystal plane of a material of the semiconductor
substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,489,715

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display screen;
an image output unit configured to output an image to the display screen;
a region setting unit configured to extract one or more objects included in the image, to set a first region, which is a region
corresponding to each of the objects, and to set a second region, which is a region corresponding to each of the objects,
is a region including the first region and is wider than thq first region;

an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire a coordinate on the display screen that has been designated by a user;
and

an image zooming unit configured to zoom in the image, which is being displayed, on the basis of the designated coordinate,
wherein

when the designated coordinate is within the first region, the image zooming unit zooms in the object corresponding to the
first region,

when the designated coordinate is not within the first region and is within a plurality of the second region corresponding
to a plurality of the objects respectively, the image zooming unit zooms in the plurality of objects.

US Pat. No. 9,425,332

PHOTOSENSOR HAVING EMITTER AND RECEIVER LEADS PROTRUDING FROM CIRCUIT-ENCAPSULATING PORTION TO CONNECT TO LIGHT EMITTER AND LIGHT RECEIVER, RESPECTIVELY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A photosensor comprising:
a light emitter;
a light receiver configured to receive light from the light emitter and output a light receiving signal;
a circuit-encapsulating portion encapsulating an integrated circuit that processes the light receiving signal;
a connecting terminal protruding from the circuit-encapsulating portion, the connecting terminal being configured to connect
to an external terminal;

a first emitter lead and a second emitter lead configured to connect the light emitter and the circuit-encapsulating portion,
the emitter leads being flat plates; and

a first receiver lead and a second receiver lead configured to connect the light receiver and the circuit-encapsulating portion,
the receiver leads being flat plates,

wherein when a direction in which the connecting terminal extends is a first direction, and a plane parallel to the first
direction is a first plane,

the first emitter lead and the second emitter lead protrude from the circuit-encapsulating portion in a direction parallel
to the first plane and intersecting with the first direction, and extend in a direction opposite to the first direction,

the first receiver lead and the second receiver lead protrude from the circuit-encapsulating portion in a direction parallel
to the first plane and intersecting with the first direction and opposite to a direction in which the first emitter lead and
the second emitter lead protrude, and extend in the direction opposite to the first direction, and

the first emitter lead and the second emitter lead, and the first receiver lead and the second receiver lead are deformed
to allow the light receiver and the light emitter to face each other,

wherein
the first emitter lead includes
a first emitter lead portion that protrudes from the circuit-encapsulating portion in a direction parallel to the first plane
and intersecting with the first direction, and extends in a direction opposite to the first direction;

a second emitter lead portion that extends from the first emitter lead portion in one of an inward direction or an outward
direction along an optical axis of the light;

a third emitter lead portion connected to the second emitter lead portion; and
a fourth emitter lead portion that extends from the third emitter lead portion in the other one of the inward direction or
the outward direction along the optical axis,

the fourth emitter lead portion includes a first bending portion that is bent along a first bending line,
the first receiver lead includes
a first receiver lead portion that protrudes from the circuit-encapsulating portion in a direction parallel to the first plane
and intersecting with the first direction, and extends in a direction opposite to a direction in which the first emitter lead
and the second emitter lead protrude,

a second receiver lead portion that extends from the first receiver lead portion in one of an inward direction or an outward
direction along the optical axis;

a third receiver lead portion connected to the second receiver lead portion; and
a fourth receiver lead portion that extends from the third receiver lead portion in the other one of the inward direction
or the outward direction, and

the fourth receiver lead portion includes a second bending portion bent along a second bending line.

US Pat. No. 9,336,971

SWITCH

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A switch, comprising:
an actuating arm including an actuating portion and a driving portion;
a base including a support that supports the actuating arm, and a recess having a first fixed electrode and a second fixed
electrode arranged on the inner side face; and

an electrically conductive elastic member that is housed within the recess of the base,
wherein the electrically conductive elastic member includes at least one driven part that is driven by the driving portion
of the driving body and at least one bellows-shaped stretching part that is extendable and compressible through input to the
at least one driven part, at least one movable contacting member having a movable contact capable of being connected to the
first fixed electrode, and at least one fixed contacting part having a fixed contact capable of being connected to the second
fixed electrode,

wherein the switch has a first position in which the movable contact is disconnected from the first fixed electrode, and a
second position in which the at least one bellows-shaped stretching part of the electrically conductive elastic member is
in a compressed state and the movable contact is in contact with the first fixed electrode,

wherein the actuating arm is capable of being moved from the first position to the second position when a load is applied
to the actuating arm at the first position, and

wherein the actuating arm is automatically returned from the second position to the first position when the load on the actuating
arm is removed at the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,202,651

UNIT FOR CONTROLLING ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTROMAGNETIC RELAY

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A unit for controlling one or more electromagnetic relays, each having a contact point and an exciting coil to which rated
power is supplied so as to open and close the contact point, the unit comprising:
a control circuit which carries out PWM control so as to keep an electromagnetic relay turned on, after turning on the electromagnetic
relay by causing rated power to be supplied to an exciting coil of the electromagnetic relay; and

a temperature detecting circuit that detects a resistance value of the exciting coil so as to allow the control circuit to
calculate a temperature of the electromagnetic relay,

wherein the control circuit changes, depending on external information, a controlling value in accordance with which the PWM
control is carried out with respect to the electromagnetic relay,

wherein the control circuit detects, from the temperature detecting circuit, a voltage corresponding to the resistance value
of the exciting coil,

wherein the control circuit calculates the temperature of the electromagnetic relay, and
wherein the control circuit changes, depending on the temperature of the electromagnetic relay thus calculated, the controlling
value in accordance with which the PWM control is carried out with respect to the electromagnetic relay.

US Pat. No. 9,189,861

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device comprising:
an affinity calculating unit that handles each pixel in an image or each region including a plurality of pixels joined together,
as a unit component, and determines a first affinity between each of the unit components and one of the unit components which
is located in a periphery region of the image;

a foreground region identifying unit that identifies, as a foreground region, a region made up of one or more of the unit
components whose first affinities calculated by the affinity calculating unit are lower than a preset threshold; and

a saliency measure output unit that determines a second affinity between each of the unit components in the image and the
foreground region identified by the foreground region identifying unit, and outputs the second affinity as a saliency measure
for each unit component.

US Pat. No. 9,142,366

ILLUMINATION-TYPE PUSH BUTTON DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An illumination-type push button device configured to be attached to a game machine, comprising:
a board for light source;
a diffusing lens having a dome shape with a convex front surface and a concave back surface, the back surface being opposed
to the board for light source;

a first light source portion and a second light source portion mounted on a side opposed to the diffusing lens of the board
for light source; and

a light guide member that is fitted in a through-hole formed in the diffusing lens so as to penetrate from a side of the back
surface to a side of the front surface, is mounted on the board for light source so that one end side thereof covers the first
light source portion, and is projected from the diffusing lens on another end side in a direction from the back surface to
the front surface,

wherein the diffusing lens is configured such that light of the second light source portion enters the diffusing lens from
the back surface, and is diffused from the front surface of the diffusing lens, thereby being irradiated to an outside of
the device, and

the light guide member is configured such that light of the first light source portion enters the light guide member from
an incident surface opposed to the first light source portion on the one end side of the light guide member to be guided inside
the light guide member, and exits from an outgoing surface on the other end side of the light guide member, thereby being
irradiated to the outside.

US Pat. No. 9,124,057

MOUNTING COMPONENT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND MOUNTING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A mounting component, comprising:
a pad;
a leg portion having a bottom surface thereof soldered to the pad;
a contact spring portion extending from the leg portion; and
an auxiliary hole made in a side face of the leg portion,
wherein the contact spring portion extends and bends in a contact spring plane,
wherein the side face faces a direction perpendicular to the contact spring plane, and
wherein the auxiliary hole is laterally opened so as not to be opened to the bottom surface, and the auxiliary hole is operable
to receive melted solder therein.

US Pat. No. 9,674,618

ACOUSTIC SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An acoustic sensor that detects acoustic vibration by converting the acoustic vibration into change in electrostatic capacitance
between a vibration electrode film and a fixed electrode film, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having an opening in a surface thereof;
a back plate composed of a fixing plate and the fixed electrode film provided on the fixing plate, the fixing plate being
arranged to face the opening of the semiconductor substrate and having a plurality of sound holes and the fixed electrode
film provided on the fixing plate; and

the vibration electrode film arranged between the back plate and the semiconductor substrate so as to face the back plate
across a gap,

wherein the fixing plate is provided by a semiconductor manufacturing process, and a frame wall is constituted with a curved
shape in at least a portion of a periphery of the fixing plate, the frame wall being coupled directly or indirectly to the
semiconductor substrate, and

a sacrifice layer removed from an inner side of the fixing plate in the semiconductor manufacturing process remains at least
on a portion of an inner side of the frame wall, with roughness of an inward surface of the remaining sacrifice layer being
smaller than roughness of a sound hole shape reflecting structure in which a shape similar to an external shape of the sound
holes is repeated, the roughness of the sound hole shape reflecting structure being formed in a case of removing the sacrifice
layer using an etching liquid supplied from the plurality of sound holes in the semiconductor manufacturing process.

US Pat. No. 9,563,022

HOLLOW OPTICAL FIBER UNIT FOR OPTICAL FIBER SENSOR WITH HEXAGONAL HEAD AND THREADED SHAFT

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical fiber unit for an optical fiber sensor, the optical fiber unit comprising:
a head shaped as a hexagonal prism including six sides and a bottom;
an optical fiber cable extending inside the head, and extending out of the head in a direction substantially parallel to two
parallel sides of the six sides from at least one of the six sides excluding the two parallel sides; and

a shaft connected to the bottom of the head, the shaft including a peripheral surface having a male thread, and a through-hole
in which the optical fiber cable is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,532,011

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROJECTIVE VOLUME MONITORING

Omron Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A projective volume monitoring apparatus comprising a sensing unit that includes:
four image sensors having respective sensor fields-of-view that all overlap a primary monitoring zone and arranged so that
first and second image sensors form a first primary-baseline pair whose spacing defines a first primary baseline, third and
fourth image sensors form a second primary-baseline pair whose spacing defines a second primary baseline, and further arranged
so that the first and third image sensors form a first secondary-baseline pair whose spacing defines a first secondary baseline,
and the second and fourth imaging sensors form a second secondary-baseline pair whose spacing defines a second secondary baseline,
wherein the primary baselines are longer than the secondary baselines; and

image-processing circuits configured to redundantly detect objects within the primary monitoring zone using image data acquired
from the primary-baseline pairs, and further configured to detect shadowing objects using image data acquired from the secondary-baseline
pairs, wherein a shadowing object obstructs one or more of the sensor fields-of-view with respect to the primary monitoring
zone;

wherein the image-processing circuits of the sensing unit are configured to redundantly detect objects within the primary
monitoring zone by detecting the presence of such objects in first range data derived via stereoscopic image processing of
the image data acquired by the first primary-baseline pair and in second range data derived via stereoscopic image processing
of the image data acquired by the second primary-baseline pair, and evaluating the first and second range data for agreement.

US Pat. No. 9,506,906

URINE COMPONENT ANALYSIS DEVICE AND URINE COMPONENT ANALYSIS METHOD

OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD...

1. A urine component analysis device for determining an excretion amount of a specific component in total urine excreted by
a subject in one day, the urine component analysis device comprising:
a housing;
a display section mounted and stored in the housing;
a sensor that is attached to the housing so as to project from one end of the housing;
a correlation storage section comprising a non-transitory memory, mounted in the housing, which stores data indicating a correlation
between a concentration of the specific component in one urine excreted by a human and a concentration of the specific component
in total urine in one day when all the urine excreted by the human in the one day is gathered into one volume;

a total urine amount acquirement section, executed by a processor mounted in the housing, which acquires a total amount of
urine excreted by the subject in one day based on conversion or a database;

a data input section, mounted in the housing, which receives data acquired by the sensor and indicating a concentration of
the specific component in one urine excreted by the subject;

a first calculation section comprising a processor, mounted in the housing, that is programmed with instructions to determine
a concentration of the specific component in total urine in one day when all the urine excreted by the subject in the one
day is gathered into one volume, by performing conversion using the correlation stored in the correlation storage section,
based on the concentration of the specific component in the one urine of the subject obtained via the data input section;
and

a second calculation section executed by the processor, mounted in the housing, that is also programmed with instructions
to calculate an excretion amount of the specific component in the total urine of the subject in the one day by multiplying
the concentration of the specific component in the total urine in the one day, which is determined by the first calculation
section, by the total urine amount in the one day acquired by the total urine amount acquirement section,

wherein the display section provides a notification of the excretion amount of the specific component calculated by the second
calculation section.

US Pat. No. 9,508,192

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An image processing device, comprising:
a memory configured to hold a feature amount of a feature portion of a model image;
a processor configured to receive a setting value indicating a size of a search range of searching an input image for a feature
amount of the input image corresponding to the feature amount of the model image;

the processor further configured to determine, by using the setting value, the search range of searching the input image for
the feature amount corresponding to the feature amount of the model image; and

a display configured to display, in superposition with the model image, the search range determined by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,506,956

FLOW DIRECTION DETECTION DEVICE, FLOW DIRECTION DETECTION METHOD, AND FLOW DIRECTION DETECTION PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A detection apparatus that detects a state of power comprising:
a first current transformer that measures a first current on a side of a first power line with respect to a connecting point
between the first power line extending from a commercial power supply and a second power line extending from a power generation
means that supplies power having the same frequency as the commercial power supply;

a second current transformer that measures a second current on a side of the second power line with respect to the connecting
point;

a first current direction detector that detects a direction of the first current;
a second current direction detector that detects a direction of the second current;
an exclusive OR calculator that calculates an exclusive OR between a detected value of the direction of the first current
and a detected value of the direction of the second current; and

a power flow direction detector that detects a power flow direction of the first power line based on the exclusive OR.

US Pat. No. 9,331,523

POWER CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER CONTROL METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A power control device comprising:
a first conversion part that converts DC voltage power into AC voltage power, the DC voltage power being output from a power
generation part configured to generate power using natural energy;

a second conversion part that converts the AC voltage power output from the first conversion part into DC voltage power;
a controller that performs control to increase or decrease the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part based
on a voltage value of the power output from the power generation part when the controller detects that supply of power from
an external power system is stopped;

an accumulation part that accumulates the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part; and
a third conversion part that converts the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part into AC voltage power and
that supplies the AC voltage power to a load,

wherein the third conversion part outputs the AC voltage power from an output terminal connected to an autonomous output outlet
when the controller detects that the supply of the power from the external power system is stopped,

wherein the controller stops performing the control to increase or decrease the DC voltage power output from the second conversion
part based on the voltage value of the power output from the power generation part when the controller detects that the power
from the external power system is supplied;

wherein the controller performs control to increase or decrease the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part;
wherein the controller acquires the voltage value of the power output from the power generation part and determines whether
the voltage value of the power output from the power generation part acquired is less than or equal to a first reference voltage
value and whether the voltage value of the power output from the power generation part acquired is greater than or equal to
a second reference voltage value;

wherein the controller decreases the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part to decrease the power output
from the power generation part when the voltage value of the power output from the power generation part is less than or equal
to the first reference voltage value, and the controller increases the DC voltage power output from the second conversion
part to increase the power output from the power generation part when the voltage value of the power output from the power
generation part is greater than or equal to the second reference voltage value, the second reference voltage value being greater
than the first reference voltage value;

wherein the controller is configured such that when the controller increases the DC voltage power output from the second conversion
part by a predetermined increasing amount and subsequently the controller has to decrease the DC voltage power output from
the second conversion part, the DC voltage power output from the second conversion part is decreased by an amount identical
to the predetermined increasing amount.

US Pat. No. 9,593,980

OPTICAL SENSOR

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. An optical sensor comprising:
a case;
an integrated light projector entirely within the case comprising a light emitter, a light projecting lens, and a light projecting
lens holder configured to hold the light projecting lens;

a light receiver configured to receive reflected light of light projected from the light projector; and
a light receiver lens configured to form an image of the reflected light on the light receiver,
wherein the light projector, the light receiver, and the light receiver lens are each independently and directly fixed to
the case,

wherein the light projector is directly adjacent to the light receiver lens, wherein the case is made of a resin having a
linear expansion coefficient that is less than or equal to a linear expansion coefficient of a die casting metal.

US Pat. No. 9,553,377

TERMINAL CONNECTION STRUCTURE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A terminal connection structure comprising:
a housing;
a base housed in the housing; and
a terminal unit disposed on the base comprising:
a pair of tab terminals comprising a pair of terminal portions provided in parallel, each of which is exposed from the housing
and configured to be connected to an external terminal; and

a terminal plate sandwiched between the pair of tab terminals,
wherein the pair of terminal portions are bent to be substantially L-shaped, and
wherein the terminal unit is replaceable on the base.