New Canon Patent for DSLR dust cleaner

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greentoe Veteran Member • Posts: 4,490
New Canon Patent for DSLR dust cleaner

Hot off the presses...

New Patent Application from Canon for a DSLR dust cleaner...

The USPTO link:

http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220070201865%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20070201865&RS=DN/20070201865
A few blurbs from the application:

"[0010] It is an object of the present invention to provide an imaging-device cleaning apparatus for preventing the imaging device from being bulky and costly by providing the cleaning apparatus as one of the accessories of the imaging device, which does not require a change in the structure of the imaging device.

[0011] It is another object of the present invention to provide a cleaning apparatus for users to easily remove dust and dirt sticking to the vicinity of the imaging section without damaging it.

[0012] To achieve at least one of the above-described objects, according to an embodiment of the present invention, a imaging-device cleaning apparatus includes a mount for the cleaning apparatus attaching to the imaging device by engaging with a lens mount of the imaging device detachably and replaceably supporting the lens, a communication unit in the vicinity of the mount for communicating with the imaging device, a detection unit for detecting whether the cleaning apparatus is attached to the imaging device by the mount, a removing unit for removing dust and dirt in the vicinity of an imaging section of the imaging device, and a control unit for controlling the operation of the removing unit in response to the output of the detection unit. "

First image from patent:

Ok... so it looks a bit, well, dorky, but it could work...

Don't ask when you will be able to buy from B&H, we don't know.

-gt

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