Apparatus and methods for automated observation of objects

  • US 5,351,078 A
  • Filed: 09/16/1993
  • Issued: 09/27/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/24/1954
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for automatically observing objects comprising:

  • (a) supporting an object at an observation station, and employing an imaging device to control the positioning of said object relative to the observation station;

    (b) causing the object to modulate electromagnetic energy signals;

    (c) detecting electromagnetic energy signals modulated by a first portion of said object;

    (d) detecting electromagnetic energy signals modulated by a second portion of said object;

    (e) computer-processing the detected energy signals and generating and storing electronic image signals representing a physical characteristic of the object;

    (f) computer-analyzing the stored image signals and generating code signals representing further physical characteristics of the object; and

    (g) storing a plurality of command control signals at selectable locations of a signal storage device, and reproducing and using selected of said stored command control signals to control at least one of the positioning, detecting, computer-processing, and computer-analyzing acts.

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