New Mechanism to Keep the Lenses of Camera Clean

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Autonomous vehicles require multiple optical sensors, such as cameras or LIDAR, in the car’s body on all sides. Today, such sensors are mostly used for parking assistance.

In automated driving, the accurate function of these sensors is required to ensure safe driving. Contaminants such as dirt, dust, organic material and different phases of water (ice, rain, snow, etc.) on the surface of the sensor yield blurry and inaccurate images, thus leading to erratic system performance.

This project is about building a cover mechanism for camera of a car that does not require cleaning and protect the lens of the camera from giving blur vision due to particles like dust, rain, snow and so on. This can be done using the device as seen in the picture. Assume the blue part is the camera, the red circles the cover for the camera lens, the yellow is turning key or pointer and the green is indicator. The first cover which is #1 is fixed with the camera and when the cover lens is affected by any factors I mentioned above and make the camera blur the drive will turn the turning key clockwise until the pointer reaches the number two indicator. Then the lens cover simultaneously rotates clockwise and switches the #1 lens cover to lens cover #2. And same thing will happen when the second lens got a dirty, the drier switch it to the third. Then after all of the 10 cover lens has been used, the driver can clean them manually or the lens can be cleaned when the car is at home or garage getting service or while being in car wash. The mechanism is very simple, low cost and can be used in any type of camera and car.

For more information please visit https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/innovation/new-mechanism-to-keep-the-lenses-of-camera-clean

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
  • Type of entry:
    individual
  • Profession:
    Engineer/Designer
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  • Anteneh is inspired by:
    I have dedicated my life for invention and research because not only I have big dreams but also it is my only way out of poverty. We all have a talent we know or did not find out yet. Mine happens to be inventing. I discovered this talent of mine when I was in second year student during my university life. Starting from that point everything seemed not important except creating new ideas. So, until now I have invented more than 50 inventions which are new to the world and the rest are intended for Ethiopia that will change the life of many people including mine. But because of poverty, theft and many reasons I could not manage to make it. But all that matter is I will never give up. I will invent until and after I become successful. That makes me a strong entrepreneur. My skills are aided with a mechanical engineering degree on design, production and sales expertise. You can find some of my inventions via https://www.herox.com/crowdsourcing-community/antenehgashaw-123126
  • Patent status:
    pending