US Patent No: 7,490,774

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Hand-supportable imaging based bar code symbol reader employing automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem integrated therein

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A hand-supportable digital imaging-based bar code symbol reading device comprises: an IR-based object presence and range detection subsystem; a area-type image formation and detection subsystem having an image capture modes of operation; a multi-mode led-based illumination subsystem for providing a narrow-band field of illumination; an automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem; an image capturing and buffering subsystem; a image-processing bar code symbol reading subsystem; an input/output subsystem; and a system control subsystem integrated with each of the above-described subsystems. The automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem has a light collecting element and a photodiode arranged within the hand-supportable housing, wherein incident illumination is collected from the predetermined portion of the FOV using the light collecting element, and then focused upon the photodiode for detection of the intensity of incident illumination and subsequent processing by the automatic light exposure measurement and illumination control subsystem.

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METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.BLACKWOOD, NJ354

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Amundsen, Thomas Turnersville , US 148 2820
Au, Ka Man Philadelphia , US 146 2968
Bonanno, John Woodbury , US 46 1076
Byun, Sung Cherry Hill , US 50 1132
Ghosh, Sankar Boothwyn , US 86 1749
Hou, Rui Suzhou , CN 69 1177
Knowles, C Harry Moorestown, US 239 5164
Kotlarsky, Anatoly Holland , US 139 2547
Liu, Liang Suzhou , CN 560 5295
Liu, Yong Suzhou , CN 534 4875
Russell, Garrett Wilmington , US 96 2259
Schmidt, Mark Williamstown , US 155 2201
Schnee, Michael Aston , US 50 1435
Spatafore, Pasqual Marlton, US 35 955
Tao, Xi Suzhou , CN 74 1482
Yu, Hongpeng Tianjin , CN 42 1072
Zhang, Wenhua Suzhou , CN 58 1093
Zhu, Xiaoxun Marlton , US 292 5609

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