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     HinesLab is an independent R&D company, established in 1983 by Steve Hines offering engineering consulting and development of photographic equipment, miniaturized cameras, auto-stereoscopic 3-D displays, and flight-simulator optics.

      Steve is an inventor and former Sr. Research Physicist with the Kodak Research Laboratories, and holds 28 patents on optical and mechanical inventions.  HinesLab also offers manufacturing licenses for many of the technologies shown here.


 

MOTION PICTURE EQUIPMENT

BiClops-120p
IwerksRig-120p
 

DisneyRig-120p

 

3-D VideoViewfinder

3DVideoViewfinder-120p3-D video assist to monitor and record shooting in 3D

 

 

 

 

 

.3-D PROJECTS

Popix3D

Popix logo, 110p anim

3-D iPhone & iPad app

Projected Lenticular 3D

Projected-Lenticular-3D-05-120p

U.S. Patent 7,874,678

 
 

HoloBox-120p

3-D Photo Booth 

PhotoBooth-120p

Manufacturing License Available

 

3-D TV without glasses

3DTV-Small

3-D Movie Projection Technique

3D-Movie-Projection-120p

MirrorStereo

MirrorStereo-120p

3-D Camera Adapter and Viewer

 

.OPTICAL PROJECTS

R-D-Architecture-anim-120p

License Available

U.S. Pat. 8,584,414

 
Reverse-Depth-Sign-120p
 
 

SubwaySignage-sml_120p

U.S. Pat. 7,827,712, 7,870,686

 

Covert Wide-Angle Lens Adapter

WA-Adapter-120p

 

LightMouse-sml

Moire Signage

Moire-Sign-120p

Manufacturing License Available

 

Sundial-120p

 
Bio-Feedback-sketch-120p

 

Adjustable-Color Theater Light

TheaterLight-120p

Manufacturing License Available

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OPTO-MECHANICAL PROJECTS

Parking Lights

Parking-Aid-120

 U.S. Pat. 7,375,621
 
Solar-Theater-120p
Retinal Diagnostic Station

Satellite-Solar-Ref-120p

 
 

Keystone-Correcting-Lens-120p

Self-focusing Eyeglasses

Self-Focusing-Eyeglasses-120p

 
DARPA
Flight Simulator

DARPA-Simulator-120p

Phase 1
SBIR project
 
BullsEye-Mona-Lisa-120p

Lensless Copier

Lensless-Copier-120p-side

Manufacturing License Available

 

Laser Attenuator

Laser-Attenuator-120p

Manufacturing License Available 

 

Z-Link-Attenuator-120p

U.S. Pat. 4,664,484

Manufacturing License Available

GelPrismStblzr-120p

 

Microfiche-Positioning Mechanism

Fiche-Mechanism-anim-120p

U.S. Pat. 4,374,611

 

 

Counterbalanced Image Stabilizer

CmraStblzr-120p

U.S. Pat. 4,290,684

Flash in Viewfinder

Flash in Cam-120p

U.S. Pat. 4,279,488

 

Shirt Pocket Movie Camera

Kodak-Pocket-Movie-Camera-120p

 

Kodak Compact Microfiche Reader

Kodak-Compact-Fiche-Reader-120p

U.S. Pat. 4,157,214

Portable Microfiche Reader

NCSU-Fiche-Reader-120p

independent design project during college

Liquid Telescope

Liquid-Mirror-Telescope-120p

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.MECHANICAL and ELECTRICAL PROJECTS

 

Microwave-Water-Heater-120p

Manufacturing License Available

Microwave-Hair-Dryer-120p

Manufacturing License Available

Microwave-Heating-System-120p

Energy-Saving
Heating System

- – -

Manufacturing License Available

Water-Cannon-Game-120p

LevelingCaster-120p

Hurricane Roof

Hurricane-Roof-120p

Manufacturing License Available

Fugitive-Stopping Concept

Fugitive-Stopping-120p

Necktie-Guide-120p

Saw-Guide-120p

 

Helio Solar Tracker

SolarTracker-sml_120p

Recording-Pen-120p

Subject-Labeling-Camera-120p

License Available

Smart Car Windows

Smart-Car-Windows-120p-anim

Manufacturing License Available

Improving Driver Safety

Improving-Driver-Safety-anim-120p

Manufacturing License Available

 

Boat Construction concept

-Boat-Hull-Section-120p

Manufacturing License Available

03-Snow-Crystal frames, 120p
 

WaterPacket-04-anim-120p

Skin X-Ray Device

Skin-X-ray-anim-120p

Manufacturing License Available

Floating-Simulator-Theater-120p

Phonograph Speed Reducer

Phonograph-Speed-Reducer-120p

to play talking books for the blind

VW Van Conversion

VW_Van_sml

 

Autogyro Trim Control

Bensen-120p

Bensen Aircraft

Folding Boat

Folding_Boat-Sml

 

WritingMachine-120p

Reclining Chair Anim-120p

Trigonometry Teaching Aid

MathTrig-120p

 

Stretchy™ Analog Calculator

StretchyCalc-120p

Manufacturing License Available

Conic-Sections Teaching Device 

MathConic-Ellipse-120p

Musical Instrument

Musical-Instrument-120p

1-Transistor Radio

Transistor-Radio-120p

age 14

 


.INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND ART.
 

Art

Art-01_sml

sketches, paintings, sculpture, film and photography

Luminary™

Luminary-Lamp-120p

paper floor lamps
 
Lecture Podium

Kodak-Podium-120p

Used in the Kodak Research Laboratories auditorium

 

 

Supergraphics
on a restaurant

Supergraphics-Restaurant-120p

on a diner

Tudor Terminal

Kodak_Tudor_Terminal-sml

Internal Kodak Research Equipment
 

Kodak-Ektalite-Reader-120p

Stereo Radio

StereoRadio-Sml

Design exercise

Oscilloscope

Oscilloscope-Sml

Design exercise

Kodak Film Processor

Kodak_Film_Processor-sml

Industrial Design

Kodak_Microfilm_Cutter-sml

Foam Chair

Foam_Chair-Sml

Design exercise

 

Kodak-Author-Terminal-sml

GM

GM,_logoCollege Summer Program

Wall Clock

Clock-Sml

Design exercise


 

Patents awarded:

1. Folding Microfiche Viewer, U.S. Pat. 4,157,214

2. Camera with flash through viewfinder, U.S. Pat. 4,279,488

3. Micro-bellows for folding camera, U.S. Pat. 4,279,492

4. Counterbalanced Camera-Image Stabilizer, U.S. Pat. 4,290,684

5. X-Y Microfiche-Positioning Mechanism, U.S. Pat. 4,374,611

6. 3-D Motion-Picture Camera Rig, U.S. Pat. 4,557,570

7. Dual-camera 3-D rig (the StereoCam), U.S. Pat. 4,650,305

8. Cylindrical Catadioptric Infinity Display, U.S. Pat. 4,653,875

9. Variable Light Attenuator for high-energy lasers, U.S. Pat. 4,664,484

10. Digital Sundial, U.S. Pat. 4,782,472

11. Autostereoscopic-Video Display (3-D TV without glasses), U.S. Pat. 5,430,474

12. Autostereoscopic-Video Display (3-D TV without glasses), U.S. Pat. 5,614,941

13. Cordless Computer Mouse, U.S. Pat. 6,111,563

14. Lensless Camera Viewfinder, U.S. Pat. 6,122,455

15. Optical Retroreflective Remote Control, U.S. Pat. 6,344,846

16. Holo-Box Aerial-Image Display, U.S. Pat. 6,817,716 

17. Magnetic Saw Guide, U.S. Pat. 7,249,552

18. Vehicle Parking Apparatus, U.S. Pat, 7,375,621

19. Covert Wide-Angle Camera Adapter, U.S. Pat. 7,460,777


20. Emergency Water Packet, U.S. Pat. 7,682,639


21. Solar Tracker, U.S. Pat. 7,799,987


22. Lighted Subway Signage, U.S. Pat. 7,827,712

23. Lighted Subway Signage using Reflected Light, U.S. Pat. 7,870,686


24. Projected Autostereoscopic 3-D System, U.S. Pat. 7,874,678


25. Mini 3-D Camera Rig, U.S. Pat. 7,948,515

26. 3-D Camera Rig with No-Loss Beamsplitter Alternative, U.S. Pat. 8,228,373

27. Reverse-Depth Signage, U.S. Pat. 8,336,238

28. Reverse-Depth Architecture, U.S. Pat. 8,584,414

 

Patents pending:

1. Popix3D™ 3-D iPhone and iPad app, provides 3-D headshots to view without glasses
.


 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• HinesLab, Inc., Glendale, CA, 1983-present. Inventor, developing optical systems and 3-D photographic equipment.


• WED Enterprises (Walt Disney Productions, R&D), Glendale, CA, 1980-1983. Project engineer, Research and Development Department.  Designed 3-D camera rig used to film "Magic Journeys" and "Captain Eo" for Disneyland and EPCOT Center.  Developed interactive imaging display devices, optical projection systems and motion bases for simulator theaters in theme parks.


• Eastman Kodak Co. (Research Laboratories), Rochester, NY, 1969-1980.  Senior Research Physicist.  Conceived and implemented solutions to basic problems of physics, optics and photography (autofocus techniques, reflective imaging optics, continuous-motion motion-picture camera/projector optics, 3-D imaging techniques, and Moiré pattern research.)


• General Motors, Warren, MI, summer of 1968, Designer, Student Summer Program. Developed, illustrated, modeled and presented a car of the future, including projected map and navigation system and new construction techniques.


• Benson Aircraft Corporation, Raleigh, NC summer of 1967.  Research and Development Department.  Conceived and engineered in-flight trim control mechanisms for autogyros.


• U. S. Navy, 1960-1963. Machinist (MR-3).  Machined metal and plastic parts with lathes, milling machines, etc. Navy travel: San Diego, Norfolk, Florida, Scotland, Ireland, New York, St. Thomas, V.I., Bermuda, Bahamas.



 

Consulting:

Providing optical and mechanical engineering, specializing in large-scale flight-simulator optics, photographic equipment and stereoscopic camera equipment and stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic (3D without glasses) displays.


 

CLIENTS at HinesLab (partial list):

Apple Computer Co.

DARPA; Phase I SBIR

Eastman Kodak Co.

EG&G

Ford Motor Co.

Iwerks Entertainment

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA)

Naval Ocean Systems Center

Offshore Technology Corp.

Perceptronics, Inc.

Sony Pictures High Definition Center

Toyota Motor Co.

Walt Disney Pictures


 

EDUCATION

UCLA; Lens Design (1985)

USC; Special Effects in Film Making (1982)

University of Rochester, New York; Institute of Optics, course in Optics (1978)

Royal College of Art, London, England; graduate program, Design Research (1974-1975)

Rochester Institute of Technology; courses in Drawing, Film Making (1973)

North Carolina State University; Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design (1969)


 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Optical Society of America (OSA), speaker.

Society for Information Display (SID), speaker.

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), speaker and co-chair.

National Stereoscopic Association, speaker.


 

Comments

• "I love your new invention, it's the best thing I have seen in years."  Grayson Marshall, Feb. 2008.


• "I have a client with many inventions in the optics field who has maintained a truly impressive lab book filled with his inventions over the years.  His notebooks are by far the best example of an invention disclosure notebook I have seen in 25 years working as a patent attorney", Roy Anderson, March 2007.


• "I certainly agree with your new patent attorney that your notebooks are probably best ever written and especially ever illustrated", Warren Kurz, former Kodak patent attorney, March 2007.


• "I just want to say your inventions are so amazing, it would be great if China have more people like you rather than people with professor hat but write papers only", Shirley Lin, China, March 2007.


• "a brilliant inventor…", "remarkable invention…", "Hines is technicall