US Pat. No. 10,192,853

METHOD FOR PREPARING A SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A method for preparing a semiconductor apparatus, comprising:preparing a first semiconductor die, wherein the first semiconductor die comprises a substrate, a circuit portion disposed on the substrate, a first chip selection terminal disposed in the circuit portion above or below the substrate, a first upper terminal, and a first lower terminal electrically connected to the first chip selection terminals;
preparing a second semiconductor die, wherein the second semiconductor die comprises a second chip selection chip terminal and a second lower terminal electrically connected to the second chip selection terminal, wherein the second chip selection terminal is electrically connected to the first upper terminal of the first semiconductor die via the second lower terminal; and
attaching the second semiconductor die to the first semiconductor die in a horizontally shifted manner;
wherein the first upper terminal which is electrically connected to the second chip selection terminal is not electrically connected to the first lower terminal which is electrically connected to the first chip selection terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,192,842

PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PACKAGE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETER SENSORS

ams International AG, Ra...

1. A method of manufacturing a sensor package comprising:providing an integrated circuit chip which carries at least one sensor element on a first surface;
bonding the first surface of the integrated circuit chip to a first surface of an intermediate carrier using an adhesive, the intermediate carrier comprising solder bond pads on a second surface of the intermediate carrier opposite the first surface; and
soldering the solder bond pads to tracks of a circuit board,
wherein the intermediate carrier has an opening beneath the at least one sensor element, the opening extending through the intermediate carrier,
wherein the at least one sensor element is exposed to the environment through the opening,
wherein the bonding comprises bonding the bumps to the first surface of the intermediate carrier,
wherein the adhesive is an anisotropic conductive glue,
wherein the use of soldering is avoided by the adhesive bonding of the integrated circuit chip,
wherein the sensor package comprises a shield formed by the intermediate carrier, the shield configured and arranged to protect a sensor area of the at least one sensor element from pollution during the soldering when the sensor package is soldered to the circuit board, and
wherein the outer shape defined by the outer edge of the intermediate carrier is within 0.5 mm of the outer edge of the shape of the chip and/or is within 0.4 mm and/or is within 0.3 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,192,841

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME

NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A semiconductor package, comprising:a first device having a first upper surface and a first side, wherein the first upper surface and the first side form a first corner of the first device; and
a bump structure disposed over the first upper surface, wherein the bump structure extends laterally across the first side of the first device;
wherein the first device comprises a missing corner, and the bump structure fills the missing corner.

US Pat. No. 10,192,820

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising;a first power supply terminal and a second power supply terminal which are arranged so as to be adjacent in a predetermined one direction in a plan view; and
a circuit element which is electrically connected between the first power supply terminal and the second power supply terminal; wherein,
the first power supply terminal includes a first internal wiring connection portion and a first external wiring connection portion which are flat plate-shaped and arranged so as to face each other, with an interval kept, in a vertical direction along a plan view direction and a first coupling portion which couples an edge portion of the first internal wiring connection portion and that of the first external wiring connection portion on the side of the second power supply terminal,
the second power supply terminal includes a second internal wiring connection portion and a second external wiring connection portion which are flat plate-shaped and arranged so as to face each other, with an interval kept, in a vertical direction along a plan view direction and a second coupling portion which couples an edge portion of the second internal wiring connection portion and that of the second external wiring connection portion on the side of the first power supply terminal, and
the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion each include plate-shaped facing portions facing each other, with a predetermined interval kept therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,192,791

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES WITH ROBUST LOW-K SIDEWALL SPACERS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:providing a pair of gates separated by a canyon trench over a substrate, an epitaxial (EPI) layer in a bottom of the canyon trench, respectively, and a low-k spacer on each opposing sidewall of the pair;
forming a masking layer in a bottom portion of the canyon trench, an upper portion of the low-k spacers exposed; and
treating the upper portion of the low-k spacers with a thermal and plasma treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,192,782

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING A PLURALITY OF ETCH STOP LAYERS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:providing a first interlayer dielectric layer having a conductive pattern;
sequentially forming a first etch stop layer, a second etch stop layer, a second interlayer dielectric layer and a mask pattern on the first interlayer dielectric layer;
forming an opening in the second interlayer dielectric layer using the mask pattern as a mask, the opening exposing a top surface of the second etch stop layer; and
performing an etching process in a single etch, the single etch including removing the mask pattern and the second etch stop layer exposed by the opening to expose a top surface of the first etch stop layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,779

BULK SUBSTRATES WITH A SELF-ALIGNED BURIED POLYCRYSTALLINE LAYER

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A structure comprising:a plurality of trench isolation regions surrounding an active device region composed of a single-crystal semiconductor material; and
a first non-single-crystal layer having a first section arranged beneath the trench isolation regions and a second section arranged beneath the active device region,
wherein the first section of the first non-single-crystal layer has a first width in a vertical direction, and the second section of the first non-single-crystal layer has a second width in the vertical direction that is less than the first width of the first section of the first non-single-crystal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,778

SEMICONDUCTOR ON INSULATOR STRUCTURE COMPRISING A SACRIFICIAL LAYER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...

1. A method of preparing a multilayer structure, the method comprising:bonding a handle semiconductor oxide layer in interfacial contact with a front surface of a single crystal semiconductor handle substrate to a donor semiconductor nitride layer in interfacial contact with a donor semiconductor oxide layer in interfacial contact with a front surface of a single crystal semiconductor donor substrate to thereby prepare a bonded structure, wherein (i) the single crystal semiconductor donor substrate comprises two major, generally parallel surfaces, one of which is the front surface of the semiconductor donor substrate and the other of which is the back surface of the semiconductor donor substrate, a circumferential edge joining the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, a central plane between the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, and a bulk region between the front and back surfaces of the semiconductor donor substrate, wherein the single crystal semiconductor donor substrate comprises a cleave plane, (ii) the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate comprises two major, generally parallel surfaces, one of which is the front surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate and the other of which is a back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, a circumferential edge joining the front surface and the back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, a central plane between the front surface and the back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, and a bulk region between the front and back surfaces of the single crystal semiconductor handle substrate, and (iii) further wherein the handle semiconductor oxide layer comprises porous silicon dioxide and the handle semiconductor oxide layer has a wet etch rate ratio greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 10,192,776

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A FLASH WAFER

SHANGHAI HUALI MICROELECT...

1. A manufacturing method of a Flash wafer, comprising the following steps of:S01: fabricating the Flash wafer containing a cell area, a logical area and a capacitance area, and performing a planarization to an upper surface of the Flash wafer, wherein each of the cell area, the logical area and the capacitance area includes a STI and an active area, the STI is located in a gap of the active area, there is a floating gate above the active area, a silicon oxide filled shallow trench is contained in the STI, and the upper surfaces of the planarized silicon oxide filled shallow trench and floating gate are located on the same plane;
S02: adjusting the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area and the capacitance area by protecting the cell area with a first mask, so that the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area and the capacitance area is lower than the height of the floating gate after adjusting;
S03: sequentially depositing a silicon nitride layer and a silicon oxide layer on the upper surface of the Flash wafer, and sequentially removing the silicon oxide layer and the silicon nitride layer on the upper surface of the cell area and on the upper surface of the floating gate in the logical area and the capacitance area;
S04: adjusting the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the cell area and the capacitance area by protecting the logical area with a second mask, so that the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the cell area is lower than the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the capacitance area after adjusting;
S05: depositing an interlayer dielectric layer on the surface of the Flash wafer;
S06: removing the interlayer dielectric layer, the silicon oxide, the silicon nitride, the floating gate and a part of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench in the logical area by protecting the cell area and the capacitance area with a third mask, to obtain the cell area, the logical area and the capacitance area which are different in the height of the silicon oxide filled shallow trench.

US Pat. No. 10,192,760

SUBSTRATE SUPPORTING UNIT, SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE SUPPORTING UNIT

Eugene Technology Co., Lt...

1. A method of manufacturing a substrate supporting unit provided with a susceptor, on which a substrate is placed, comprising installing a heat dissipating member at one side of the susceptor, including a first temperature region and a second temperature region having a higher temperature than that of the first temperature region, such that the heat dissipating member is in thermal contact with the second temperature region so as to emit heat of the second temperature region, and forming an opening corresponding to the first temperature region through the heat dissipating member to prevent thermal contact between the first temperature region and the heat dissipating member,wherein:
the heat dissipating member is formed in a ring shape, in which the opening corresponding to the first temperature region is surrounded with a contact surface corresponding to the second temperature region, and
the formation of the opening includes
forming a first opening part in a fan shape having a first radius, and
forming a second opening part in a fan shape having a second radius being different from the first radius.

US Pat. No. 10,192,748

CONTROLLING OF ETCH DEPTH IN DEEP VIA ETCHING PROCESSES AND RESULTANT STRUCTURES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:introducing an etch control dopant into a substrate for a predetermined period of time or concentration in order for the etch control dopant to diffuse to a desired depth within the substrate to form an interface within the substrate between the etch control dopant and material of the substrate;
etching a via within the substrate; and
upon detection of the interface, terminating the etching of the via at the interface such that via etching within the substrate is terminated,
wherein the detecting comprises detecting a rate of change of the etch control dopant as the etching moves across an etch control dopant gradient at the interface between the etch control dopant and material of the substrate, and
wherein the detecting uses an exhaust gas of the etching at an exhaust of an etching chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,192,746

STI INNER SPACER TO MITIGATE SDB LOADING

Globalfoundries Inc., Gr...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device for use with one or more field-effect transistor (FinFET) devices, the method comprising:forming a shallow trench isolation (STI) structure within a semiconductor substrate from a shallow trench of first insulating material, comprising,
forming a mask layer to selectively expose the first insulating material and adjacent portions of the semiconductor substrate,
removing a first portion of the first insulating material and the substrate using the mask layer to form a first recess in the substrate having a first depth and expose vertical sidewall portions of the substrate,
removing a second portion of the first insulating material using a chemical oxide removal process, thereby forming a second recess having a second depth wherein a third portion of the first insulating material remains,
forming an inner spacer layer on the third portion of the first insulating material and along the exposed vertical sidewalls of the substrate, and
forming a layer of second insulating material on the inner spacer layer and filling the first and second recesses with the second insulating material, thereby forming the STI structure comprising a lower portion of first insulating material and an upper portion of second insulating material separated by the inner spacer layer, and wherein portions of the inner spacer layer are disposed adjacent the vertical sidewall portions of the substrate; and
after forming the STI structure, performing an isotropic Fin reveal process to reveal one or more fin structures.

US Pat. No. 10,192,736

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING GRAPHENE BY ATTACHING REMOVABLE FRAME TO PROTECTIVE LAYER APPLIED ON A SAMPLE CONTAINING GRAPHENE MONOLAYER

GRAPHENEA S.A., Donostia...

1. A method of transferring graphene onto a target substrate, said target substrate being either a substrate having cavities and/or holes or a substrate having at least one water soluble layer, characterized in that it comprises the steps of:applying a protective layer (4) onto a sample comprising a stack (20) formed by a graphene monolayer (2) grown on a metal foil or on a metal thin film on a silicon substrate (1);
attaching to said protective layer (4) a frame (5) comprising at least one outer border and at least one inner border, said frame (5) comprising a substrate and a thermal release adhesive polymer layer, the thermal release adhesive polymer layer being made of a material different from the material of the substrate, the frame (5) having a Young's modulus equal or higher than 10 MPa providing integrity and allowing the handling of said sample, the frame (5) being thermally released at a temperature up to 150° C.;
removing or detaching said metal foil or metal thin film from the silicon substrate (1);
once the metal foil or metal thin film on the silicon substrate (1) has been removed or detached, drying the sample;
depositing the sample onto the target substrate (7); and
removing said frame (5) by cutting through said protective layer (4) at said at least one inner border of the frame (5), or by thermal release at a temperature up to 150° C.

US Pat. No. 10,192,725

ATMOSPHERIC INTERFACE FOR ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED ELECTROSPRAY

Waters Technologies Corpo...

1. An interface comprising:a front cone and an end piece;
a first ceramic tube having an inner bore extending from the front cone to the end piece, said inner bore comprising an entrance orifice and an exit orifice, and wherein the first ceramic tube is fabricated from a first ceramic material that is electrically resistive and thermally conductive; and
a high voltage DC power supply electrically connected at a first polarity to the front cone and to a front electrode in electrical and thermal contact with the front cone, and at a second polarity to the end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,192,721

HIGH-FREQUENCY POWER SOURCE

DAIHEN Corporation, Osak...

1. A radio-frequency power source comprising:a radio-frequency signal generator that produces radio-frequency signals having a variable phase difference between them;
at least two amplifiers configured to amplify the radio-frequency signals, respectively;
a voltage supplier configured to supply DC voltage to the at least two amplifiers;
a radio-frequency combiner that combines amplified radio-frequency signals outputted from the at least two amplifiers by a predetermined ratio depending on the phase difference, and that outputs to a load;
an output controller that causes the radio-frequency signal generator to change the phase difference, thereby controlling radio-frequency power outputted from the radio-frequency combiner,
wherein the output controller performs control so that the phase difference changes so as to make the radio-frequency power outputted from the radio-frequency combiner into a desired waveform, while causing the radio-frequency signal generator to continue producing the radio-frequency signals when the DC voltage supplied from the voltage supplier remains constant.

US Pat. No. 10,192,714

ELECTRON MICROSCOPE SAMPLE HOLDER FOR FORMING A GAS OR LIQUID CELL WITH TWO SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

Protochips, Inc., Morris...

1. A sample holder for an electron microscope, said sample holder comprising:a sample holder body that defines:
a first pocket for positioning of a first microelectronic device therein; and
a second pocket for positioning of a second microelectronic device therein, the second pocket being above the first pocket within the sample holder,
wherein a first seal is positioned between the first pocket and the first microelectronic device when the first microelectronic device is installed within the first pocket, wherein the first seal surrounds a hole defined in the sample holder body for allowing passage of an electron beam, and
wherein a second seal is engaged with the second pocket such that fluids are sealed between the first seal and the second seal when the second microelectronic device is installed within the second pocket,
wherein the second pocket defines a perimeter that is larger than a perimeter of the first pocket and the first pocket and the second pocket are in fluid communication,
wherein at least one electrical contact extends from the second pocket for electrically coupling to the second microelectronic device when the second microelectronic device is installed within the second pocket; and
a lid for covering a portion of the sample holder body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,687

CAPACITOR ASSEMBLY HAVING A NON-SYMMETRICAL ELECTRODE STRUCTURE AND CAPACITOR SEAT STRUCTURE THEREOF

APAQ TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD....

1. A capacitor assembly having a non-symmetrical electrode structure, comprising:a capacitor seat structure including a capacitor seat, a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer, wherein the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer are disposed on a bottom side of the capacitor seat and separated from each other, and the capacitor seat has a first through hole, a first groove communicated with the first through hole, a second through hole separated from the first through hole, and a second groove communicated with the second through hole; and
a capacitor package structure disposed on the capacitor seat structure, wherein the capacitor package structure includes a wound capacitor, a package casing for enclosing the wound capacitor, a first conductive pin electrically contacting the wound capacitor and partially exposed from the package casing, and a second conductive pin electrically contacting the wound capacitor and partially exposed from the package casing;
wherein the first electrode layer is partially received inside the first groove, and the first conductive pin has a first through portion passing through the first through hole and a first bending portion disposed inside the first groove and electrically contacting the first electrode layer;
wherein the second electrode layer is partially received inside the second groove, and the second conductive pin has a second through portion passing through the second through hole and a second bending portion disposed inside the second groove and electrically contacting the second electrode layer;
wherein the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer have the same or different surface areas; and
wherein the capacitor seat is a non-symmetrical electrode structure body, a first surface area of the first electrode layer is larger than a second surface area of the second electrode layer, and the second electrode layer is closer to a geometric center of the capacitor seat than the first electrode layer is.

US Pat. No. 10,192,670

REACTOR

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. A reactor comprising:a combined body that includes: a coil; and a magnetic core that is located inside and outside the coil to form a closed magnetic circuit,
wherein the coil includes a pair of winding portions that are arranged side by side,
the magnetic core includes: an inner core portion that is located inside the coil; and an outer core portion that is located outside the coil and is arranged in a direction that is orthogonal to an axial direction of the coil,
the outer core portion:
is formed using a composite material that is a resin in which magnetic powder is dispersed; and
includes: a main body portion that includes a portion that serves as a magnetic path; and attachment portions that are formed integrally with the main body portion, are provided with bolt holes into which bolts for fixing the combined body to a cooling base are inserted, and bulge from outer circumferential edges of portions of the main body portion in the vicinity of the cooling base,
a center point of each of the bolt holes is located outward of a circle that is formed around a center point that is located in the vicinity of a connecting portion between an inner surface of the inner core portion and an inner surface of the outer core portion, and has a radius that is equal to a thickness of the outer core portion in the axial direction of the coil,
no collar is provided in any of the bolt holes,
the reactor further comprises a flat plate member that is fastened to the outer core portion by the bolts, and is disposed such that the coil is exposed, and
the bolts and the flat plate member are formed using a non-magnetic metal material.

US Pat. No. 10,192,660

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF NANOPARTICLES FROM MAGNETITE ORE

Sri Lanka Institute of Na...

1. A process for making magnetite nanoparticle dispersions, wherein substantially all of the nanoparticles have a particle size of about 32 nm, consisting of:(a) providing a magnetite ore;
(b) destructuring the magnetite ore, wherein (i) the destructuring of the magnetic ore is done by grinding in a nano-grinder in the presence of oleic acid using at least one of tungsten carbide grinding balls or zirconium oxide grinding balls and (ii) the grinding is performed in an inert atmosphere with:
15 mm size tungsten carbide grinding balls at 700 rpm for about one hour,
further grinding using 5 mm size tungsten carbide grinding balls at 700 rpm for about one hour,
further grinding using 3 mm size zirconium oxide grinding balls at 1000 rpm for about one hour, and
further grinding using 1 mm size zirconium oxide grinding balls at 1000 rpm for about one hour;
(c) contacting the destructured magnetite ore with one of the group consisting of a long chain alkyl carboxylic acid, a natural oil containing long chain carboxylic acid carboxyl groups, and combinations thereof to form stabilized nanoparticles; and
(d) dispersing the stabilized nanoparticles in alcoholic solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,192,659

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA Corporation, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: a ceramic substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a front surface of the ceramic substrate; a resistor body that is provided between and connected to the pair of front electrodes; a protective layer that covers the resistor body; a pair of back electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite end portions of a back surface of the ceramic substrate; end-surface electrodes through which the front electrodes and the back electrodes are electrically conductively connected to each other respectively; and external electrodes that cover the end-surface electrodes; wherein:a pair of insulating resin layers are formed on the back surface of the ceramic substrate with interposition of a predetermined interval therebetween so as to cover edge portions of the back electrodes; and at least opposed side end portions of the insulating resin layers are exposed from the external electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,192,658

CHIP RESISTOR

KOA CORPORATION, Ina-shi...

1. A chip resistor comprising: an insulating substrate that is shaped like a cuboid; a pair of front electrodes that are provided on lengthwise opposite edge portions of a front surface of the insulating substrate; a resistor body that is provided between the two front electrodes; an insulating protection layer that covers entire surfaces of the resistor body and the two front electrodes; and a pair of terminal electrodes that are provided on opposite lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate; wherein: the front electrodes are exposed from opposite widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate, and the terminal electrodes wrap around the widthwise end surfaces of the insulating substrate to be thereby connected to the front electrodes only at the exposed portions of the front electrodes that are exposed from the widthwise end surfaces and the lengthwise end surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,192,583

VIDEO EDITING USING CONTEXTUAL DATA AND CONTENT DISCOVERY USING CLUSTERS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method, comprising:collecting, using a processor, metadata from a sensor concurrently with recording a video, wherein the metadata is synchronized in time with the video;
detecting, using the processor, at least one of attributes of the metadata or attributes of the video;
correlating, using the processor, the attributes with a plurality of video editors by determining which video editor of the plurality of video editors is associated with the attributes, wherein the correlating determines that more than one of the video editors of the plurality of video editors are associated with the attributes;
selecting, using the processor, each video editor associated with at least one of the attributes from the plurality of video editors; and
executing each selected video editor in a predetermined order as part of a video editing workflow.

US Pat. No. 10,192,535

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING LOW FREQUENCY VIBRATIONS VIA A TACTILE FEEDBACK DEVICE

Backbeat Technologies LLC...

1. A device for providing a tactile feedback response to a user, comprising:an electrical circuit, the electrical circuit including a frequency filter circuit and an amplifier circuit;
a tactile transducer electrically coupled to the amplifier circuit, the tactile transducer including an electrical coil, the electrical coil having a resistance of greater than approximately 30 ohms and a current draw of approximately 0.4 amps or less;
an input connection configured to receive an electrical signal, and the input connection is communicatively coupled to the electrical circuit; and
a support strap for supporting a musical instrument, the tactile transducer is detachably connected to the support strap by an attachment apparatus;
wherein the electrical circuit transforms the electrical signal making it suitable for moving at least a portion of the tactile transducer, at least indirectly, against a portion of the user's body.

US Pat. No. 10,192,489

PIXEL COMPENSATION CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. A pixel compensation circuit, comprising:a light emitting device, a driving module, a reset module, a reference voltage writing module, a data voltage writing module, a power voltage writing module, and a light emitting control module,
wherein a control terminal of the reset module is electrically coupled to a reset signal control terminal, an input terminal of the reset module is electrically coupled to a first node, an output terminal of the reset module is electrically coupled to a ground, and the reset module is configured to reset the first node;
a control terminal of the reference voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a first control signal terminal, an input terminal of the reference voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a reference voltage terminal, an output terminal of the reference voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a second node, and the reference voltage writing module is configured to reset the second node and to write a reference voltage outputted by the reference voltage terminal to the second node;
a control terminal of the data voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a second control signal terminal, an input terminal of the data voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a data voltage terminal, an output terminal of the data voltage writing module is electrically coupled to the first node, and the data voltage writing module is configured to write a difference value between a data voltage outputted by the data voltage terminal and a threshold voltage to the first node;
a control terminal of the power voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a third control signal terminal, an input terminal of the power voltage writing module is electrically coupled to a power voltage terminal, an output terminal of the power voltage writing module is electrically coupled to the second node, and the power voltage writing module is configured to write a power voltage outputted by the power voltage terminal to the second node;
a control terminal of the light emitting control module is electrically coupled to a third control signal terminal, an input terminal of the light emitting control module is electrically coupled to an output of the driving module, an output terminal of the light emitting control module is electrically coupled to an anode of the light emitting device, and the light emitting control module is configured to control the driving module to drive the light emitting device to emit light;
a first terminal of the driving module is electrically coupled to the first node, and a second terminal of the driving module is electrically coupled to the second node;
a cathode of the light emitting device is electrically coupled to the ground;
the driving module comprises a driving transistor and a storage capacitor,
wherein a gate of the driving transistor is electrically coupled to the first node, a source of the driving transistor is electrically coupled to the second node, and a drain of the driving transistor is electrically coupled to the input terminal of the light emitting control module;
the storage capacitor is electrically coupled between the first node and the second node;
the reset module comprises a first transistor,
wherein a gate of the first transistor is electrically coupled to the reset signal control terminal, a source of the first transistor is electrically coupled to the first node, and a drain of the first transistor is electrically coupled to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,192,461

TRANSCRIBING VOICED MUSICAL NOTES FOR CREATING, PRACTICING AND SHARING OF MUSICAL HARMONIES

Harmony Helper, LLC, Mou...

1. A method for accurate transcription of voiced musical notes, comprising:receiving a user specified timing information for a musical composition to be transcribed;
using a microphone to convert sound waves comprised of monophonic audio produced by a voiced rendition of the musical composition, into an electronic audio signal;
storing the electronic audio signal in a data storage device;
processing the electronic audio signal in an electronic processing device to determine a true pitch of each musical note of the voiced rendition; and
wherein the true pitch is determined in the electronic processing device by
segmenting the electronic audio signal into a plurality of musical note segments;
sampling each note segment to obtain a plurality of audio samples;
for each audio sample, computing an autocorrelation to determine a probability value of each audio frequency contained within the audio sample;
identifying at least one local maxima in the energy associated with one or more audio frequencies comprising the audio sample;
applying a corrective function to the eliminate one or more of the local maxima which are determined to be associated with octave errors;
computing edge weights of a plurality of adjacent nodes i, j comprising a graph, where each node represents one of the musical note segments, and where the edge weight between adjacent nodes i and j is a negative log likelihood of the probability that a next musical note segment has a pitch associated with node j, assuming that node i was selected; and
determining a shortest-path through the graph to select the true pitch to be assigned each of the musical note segments.

US Pat. No. 10,192,451

LOW ALTITUDE AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Airspace Systems, Inc., ...

1. A device configured to communicate identification information associated with low-altitude aircraft, the device comprising:one or more light arrays each including color light emitters that generate a defined color sequence in response to an instruction received from a light controller configured to control the color light emitters, wherein the one or more light arrays are coupled to the low-altitude aircraft;
a radio frequency communication antenna coupled to a radio communication module that transmits information associated with the low-altitude aircraft through a transmitted radio signal, wherein the radio communication module is configured to receive a received radio signal and store the information in a storage, wherein the radio frequency communication antenna is coupled to the low-altitude aircraft and the radio communication module is configured to utilize a secure identifier, and the radio communication module is configured for two-way communication;
a light detection sensor coupled to a light receiver module configured to detect external excitation of the color light emitters based on a light beam with a wavelength and an intensity; and
a location module configured to log a flight path in the storage and transmit positioning data, wherein the location module is coupled to a location system antenna, and the device is coupled to the low-altitude aircraft and configured to utilize the secure identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,192,435

REMOTE CONTROL OF TRAFFIC HEADS

GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LL...

1. A traffic communication network comprising:a signaling system comprising a plurality of light signaling devices disposed around at least one traffic intersection, each including a wireless node having a processor; and
a remote control system configured to wirelessly transmit commands to (i) a traffic intersection controller and (ii) the plurality of light signaling devices via the wireless node, the commands being configured for controlling each of the plurality of light signaling devices;
wherein the plurality of light signaling device are in wireless communication with the remote control system and are configured to transmit status information and provide location information to the remote control system;
wherein the remote control system is configured to wirelessly receive the status information from the plurality of light signaling devices and controls the plurality of light signaling devices, based on the status information received.

US Pat. No. 10,192,421

DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A CLOSURE SYSTEM OF AN ARTICLE AND CORRESPONDING ARTICLE

GENIUS OBJECTS, Bordeaux...

1. A monitor device for monitoring the closed or open state of an article, such as an article of clothing or an article of baggage, the monitor device being an electronic circuit comprising:a first closure system comprising first and second electrically conductive elements that are electrically connectable and disconnectable relative to each other, with at least the first element comprising a hollow body;
an electrical power supply, housed in the hollow body, said electrical power supply having a positive pole and a negative pole, one of the poles being electrically connected to the hollow body of the first element, and the other pole being connected to an electrically conductive element having means electrically insulating said electrically conductive element from the hollow body and passing through said hollow body;
a second closure system comprising a first terminal and a second terminal; and
a detector-and-signaling device comprising both a detector module configured to be powered by the power supply when the first closure system is in the closed state and to detect the open or closed state of the second closure system, and also a signaling module configured to issue a signal as a function of the open or closed state of the second closure system as detected by the detector module.

US Pat. No. 10,192,417

REMOTE TRIGGER FOR SECURITY SYSTEM

WALGREEN CO., Deerfield,...

1. A system for mitigating retail theft, the system comprising: a security system to which an electronic lock is communicatively connected,the electronic lock securing an item,
the security system including one or more data storage entities storing a plurality of risk profiles corresponding to a plurality of customers of an enterprise providing the item, and
the security system configured to generate and transmit an electronic unlocking signal corresponding to remotely unlocking the electronic lock to thereby provide a particular customer access to the item, the generation and transmission of the electronic unlocking signal based on a risk score corresponding to the particular customer accessing the item, the risk score determined based on an electronic identification of the particular customer, a risk profile of the particular customer, and an item profile of the item, the item profile indicative of at least one of a value of the item or a likelihood of theft of the item.

US Pat. No. 10,192,413

THEFT DETERRENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

INNOTECH SECURITY, INC., ...

1. A theft deterrent surveillance system, comprising:at least one tablet-type computer, said tablet-type computer having a display screen and at least one camera lens, at least one data storage drive located within said at least one tablet-type computer, said at least one data storage drive storing video from said at least one camera lens while said theft deterrent surveillance system is active, said at least one tablet-type computer having a wireless internet connection to allow said at least one tablet-type computer to connect to an online data storage environment;
at least one holder, said holder having a bottom wall, two pairs of opposing side walls, and an open front area, said holder being constructed and arranged to encompass a tablet-type computer, said holder encompassing said at least one tablet-type computer such that said display screen of said at least one tablet-type computer being visible through said open front area of said at least one holder, said bottom wall having an outer surface including a mounting bracket, said mounting bracket constructed and arranged for mounting said holder to a support structure;
a video lens adapter positioned on said holder, said video lens adapter position corresponding to said at least one camera lens of said at least one tablet-type computer when said at least one tablet-type computer is encompassed within said at least one holder, said video lens adapter enhancing said at least one camera lens;
an online network connected to said at least one tablet-type computer, said online network running a software application on said at least one tablet-type computer, said online network connecting said at least one tablet-type computer to a server, said server running a web-based software, said server displaying all linked tablet-type computers on said theft deterrent surveillance system, said online network allowing a master user the ability to change settings on said at least one tablet-type computer through said software application; and
a dashboard electronically connected to said server to display status indicators for said theft deterrent surveillance system.

US Pat. No. 10,192,412

INTERCOM SYSTEM FOR EMERGENCY RESCUE

Inwellcom Technology Co.,...

1. An intercom system for emergency rescue comprising:at least one user extension each having a serial number and being capable of generating an alarm signal according to an operation;
an administration server connected to the at least one user extension either via a wired connection or a wireless connection in order to receive the alarm signal, wherein a plot plan is stored in the administration server and has a figure number corresponding to the serial number of the at least one user extension, and a location of the at least one user extension is shown on the plot plan, and a location of the at least one user extension is shown on the plot plan, the at least one user extension having a self-inspection function, the at least one extension inspects itself according to a schedule set by the administration server, and sends an inspection result back to the administration server;
wherein when the administration server receives the alarm signal outputted from the at least one user extension, the administration server affirms the serial number of the at least one user extension and recognizes the plot plan having the figure number corresponding to the serial number of the at least one user extension that outputs the alarm signal;
at least one management device connected to the administration server either via a wired connection or a wireless connection, when the administration server receives the alarm signal, the administration server establishes a video connection between the at least one management device and the at least one user extension and transmits the plot plan that has the figure number corresponding to the at least one user extension to the at least one management device, and responsive to the inspection result revealing that there are function errors occurring in the at least one user extension, the administration server sends a reset instruction to the at least one user extension to reset the at least one user extension.

US Pat. No. 10,192,411

SENSOR-BASED MONITORING SYSTEM

ONEEVENT TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a server, sensed data from one or more sensors located in a structure, wherein the sensed data includes occupancy information and environmental information;
automatically identifying a pattern in the sensed data, wherein the sensed data is accumulated over a period of time, and wherein the pattern includes:
a time of day when there is little or no expected water flow;
a time of day when there is heavy expected water flow;
a day of the week in which there is little or no expected water flow;
a day of the week in which there is heavy expected water flow; and
an area of the structure in which there is little or no expected water flow;
determining, based on the sensed data, whether a threshold relative to the sensed data has been exceeded, wherein the threshold varies with time based at least in part on the identified pattern; and
providing a notification if it is determined that the threshold is exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,192,401

BINDING MOBILE TRANSFERS OF MOBILE PAYMENTS IN A GAMING SYSTEM

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A method of binding mobile transfers of mobile payments by an electronic gaming machine (EGM) having a payment acceptor in a gaming system, the method comprising:under control of at least one processor and memory configured with executable instructions that:
receive a unique mobile device identifier associated with a mobile device and a mobile payment in order to establish a credit balance for a placement of one or more wagers and to receive potential winnings resulting from one or more game wins of an event, the unique mobile device identifier sent automatically by the mobile device to the EGM as part of the mobile payment such that the unique mobile device identifier is sent virtually from the mobile device to the EGM and not input into the mobile device by a player; wherein the event is a gaming event resulting from the placement of the one or more wagers;
store the unique mobile device identifier at the EGM and associate the stored unique mobile device identifier with the event such that the unique mobile device identifier is stored during a timeframe of an occurrence of the event;
request the mobile device to automatically resend the unique mobile device identifier associated with the mobile device upon receiving, from the mobile device, a cash out request of winnings resulting from one or more game wins of the event;
verify the stored unique mobile device identifier matches the resent unique mobile device identifier associated with the mobile device in order to approve and transfer the winnings resulting from one or more game wins of the event to the mobile device; wherein the cash out request to transfer the winnings is denied upon detecting, by the EGM, that the mobile device has terminated connectivity with the EGM at any point during the timeframe of the occurrence of the event; and
transfer, to the mobile device, a mobile payment of the winnings resulting from one or more game wins of the event.

US Pat. No. 10,192,400

AVATAR AS SECURITY MEASURE FOR MOBILE DEVICE USE WITH ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINE

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A method comprising:receiving, at an electronic gaming machine, from a first portable electronic device operable by a user and including a touch screen and a processor, an electronic communication signal related to a designated activity;
receiving, at the electronic gaming machine, from the first portable electronic device, data representing displayable security content selected by the user and accessible through the first portable electronic device, the data representing the displayable person-selected security content including data representing real time information provided by the first portable electronic device, said displayable user selected security content including a visually displayable representation; and
causing the electronic gaming machine to display the displayable user-selected security content to confirm to the user that a designated level of security exists between the first portable electronic device and the electronic gaming machine in relation to the designated activity, wherein the designated activity occurs during a period of time while the first portable electronic device and the electronic gaming machine are in a substantially same proximity to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,192,381

FUEL DISPENSER DOOR LOCK AND ALARM CONTROL

Wayne Fueling Systems LLC...

1. A fuel dispenser, comprising:a housing having a base module with fuel dispensing components disposed therein, and an electronics module with electronics for controlling the fuel dispensing components;
at least one door coupled to the housing and associated with at least one locking mechanism configured to lock and unlock the at least one door to control access to components within the housing;
a door alarm sensor configured to sense when the at least one door is locked and unlocked;
a alarm/lock controller disposed in the housing and coupled to the at least one locking mechanism and the door alarm sensor, the alarm/lock controller being configured to control the at least one locking mechanism and the door alarm sensor; and
a reader operatively coupled to the controller such that the controller is configured to unlock the at least one locking mechanism and to de-activate the door alarm sensor in response to the reader receiving and authenticating a first input.

US Pat. No. 10,192,368

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AN AUXILIARY POWER UNIT FAULT

GE Aviation Systems Limit...

1. A method of diagnosing an auxiliary power unit fault in an aircraft having an auxiliary power unit (APU) and multiple sensors related to the auxiliary power unit, components thereof, and systems related thereto, the method comprising:receiving, during at least one of pre-flight or post-flight, a sensor signal from at least one of the multiple sensors to define a sensor output;
comparing, by a controller, the sensor output to a reference value for the sensor output;
diagnosing, by a controller, a fault associated with the auxiliary power unit based on the comparison between the sensor output and the reference value; and
providing, by a controller, an indication of the diagnosed fault.

US Pat. No. 10,192,353

MULTIRESOLUTION SURFACE REPRESENTATION AND COMPRESSION

8i Limited, Wellington (...

1. A method comprising:accessing, by one or more processors of a machine, a multiresolution data structure that represents a blockable surface that intersects a plurality of blocks among which each block intersects a corresponding portion of the blockable surface, the multiresolution data structure representing each portion of the blockable surface by specifying a corresponding set of scalar values for that portion of the blockable surface, each set of scalar values defining the corresponding intersected portion of the blockable surface by specifying boundary conditions present on at least one edge of the corresponding block that intersects the corresponding portion of the blockable surface;
compressing, by one or more processors of the machine, the accessed multiresolution data structure that represents the blockable surface by, for each portion of the blockable surface represented, quantizing the corresponding set of scalar values for that portion of the blockable surface, the quantizing of each set of scalar values quantizing the specified boundary conditions present on at least one edge of the corresponding block that intersects the corresponding portion of the blockable surface; and
performing, by one or more processors of the machine, an operation selected from a group consisting of:
storing the compressed multiresolution data structure in a database,
communicating the compressed multiresolution data structure to a device, and
rendering at least a portion of the blockable surface by decompressing at least a portion of the compressed multiresolution data structure and rendering the decompressed portion of the compressed multiresolution data structure.

US Pat. No. 10,192,340

MULTIPLE PARTICIPANT VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A grid-based virtual reality (VR) attraction system, comprising:a grid aligned stage kit that corresponds to a plurality of stage plans associated with plurality of VR representations, said grid aligned stage kit comprising:
fixed accessories;
moveable accessories;
a stage comprising a platform having a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions, wherein said stage is configured with accessory mounts arranged on said platform, for affixing said fixed stage accessories to said platform, and wherein said pattern identifies coordinates corresponding to a location of said accessory mounts; and
a plurality of stage sections that are configured to be interconnected according to said pattern to form said platform, wherein said platform is configurable according to said plurality of stage plans comprising at least A×B and C×D, wherein A, B, C, and D are different from each other;
a motion tracking system, configured to track VR participants on said stage, and to generate corresponding identity, location, and/or orientation information corresponding to each of said VR participants; and
a VR simulation engine, coupled to said motion tracking system, configured to receive said identity, location, and/or orientation information, and configured to generate said plurality of VR representations to simulate a virtual environment corresponding to said each of said VR participants, said virtual environment comprising virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations said fixed and moveable accessories that are arranged according to a corresponding stage plan.

US Pat. No. 10,192,339

METHOD FOR GRID-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY ATTRACTION

Unchartedvr Inc., San Ra...

1. A method for augmenting a virtual reality (VR) experience, the system comprising:generating a plurality of VR representations and associating each of a plurality of grid aligned stage kits with one or more of the plurality of VR representations; and
physically implementing one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits, the grid aligned stage kits comprising a modular stage and a plurality of stage accessories, the modular stage comprising a pattern of markings along at least two dimensions of the modular stage to aid in assembling the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage, said physically implementing comprising:
using coordinates identified by the pattern of markings to assemble the plurality of stage accessories to the modular stage according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
configuring a motion tracking system comprising a network of sensors configured to track a VR participant's movements on the modular stage by communicating identity, location and/or orientation information to a VR simulation engine;
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is preprogrammed to simulate a virtual environment with virtually represented objects whose locations and orientations correspond to locations and orientations of the plurality of stage accessories that are arranged according to the one of the plurality of grid aligned stage kits; and
wherein each of the plurality of VR representations is configured to use tracking information generated by the motion tracking system to present imagery of VR objects as the VR participant approaches or encounters corresponding stage accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,192,333

GENERATING GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF EVENT PARTICIPATION FLOW

Palantir Technologies Inc...

1. A method for analyzing and facilitating an understanding of event data, the method comprising:determining, using one or more processors, an event participation flow associated with a subject event, the event participation flow including a transition of participation from one or more preceding events to the subject event and from the subject event to one or more subsequent events;
causing presentation of a graphical representation of the event participation flow in a user interface displayed on a client device, the graphical representation comprising:
a first graphical element corresponding to the subject event, the first graphical element including an indication of a number of participants that participated in the subject event,
a second graphical element corresponding to a preceding event,
a third graphical element corresponding to a subsequent event,
a first connector element connecting the first graphical element to the second graphical element, the first connector element representing a flow quantity of participants from the preceding event to the subject event; and
a second connector element connecting the first graphical element to the third graphical element, the second connector element representing a flow quantity of participants from the subject event to the subsequent event;
receiving a user selection, via the user interface, of one or more filters; and
in response to receiving the user selection, modifying the graphical representation of the event participation flow to include a subset of overall participants in the event participation flow that corresponds to the one or more filters, the modifying of the graphical representation including modifying a size of one or more elements of the graphical representation, the size of each of the one or more elements representing a number of participants.

US Pat. No. 10,192,325

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN IMAGING DEVICE AND AN IMAGING DEVICE

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method for calibrating an imaging device comprising:calculating attitude information of the imaging device relative to a screen based at least in part on an image captured by the imaging device, the image comprising information of at least a portion of a checkerboard displayed on the screen;
generating a calibration signal based at least in part on the attitude information;
displaying the calibration signal on the checkerboard on the screen; and
displaying a guiding signal on the screen, the guiding signal being configured to guide a user to move the imaging device or the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,192,324

METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A POINT LIES WITHIN A POLYGON IN A MULTIDIMENSIONAL SPACE

YANDEX EUROPE AG, Lucern...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining whether a point lies within a first polygon in a multidimensional space, the method executable by a processor of a device, the point corresponding to a location of the device, the first polygon bounding an area on a map displayable on the device, the method comprising:reading, from a non-transitory computer-readable medium, region coordinates of at least one of a plurality of regions of the multidimensional space each encompassing a respective portion of first polygon coordinates, the first polygon coordinates defining first polygon boundaries of the first polygon, each region comprising a respective region boundary such that each region boundary intersects at least once the first polygon boundaries of the first polygon, the regions approximating the first polygon;
accessing point coordinates defining a position of the point in the multidimensional space;
executing an analysis of the region coordinates and the point coordinates to determine a number of times a ray projecting from the point towards any direction intersects the plurality of regions;
generating, based on the number of times the ray projecting from the point towards any direction intersects any of the plurality of regions, one of an indication that the point lies within the first polygon and an indication that the point does not lie within the first polygon;
using, by the device, the generated indication for displaying the map to a user of the device;
wherein the multidimensional space has only two dimensions, and each one of the regions is a respective area of the multidimensional space consisting of:
all points no further than a first boundary distance away from a first side of a line approximating the respective portion of the first polygon of the one of the regions, the first boundary distance being a shortest distance away from the first side of the line to a point most distant from the first side of the line on the respective portion of the first polygon; and
all points no further than a second boundary distance away from a second side of the line, the second boundary distance being a shortest distance away from the second side of the line to a point most distant from the second side of the line on the respective portion of the first polygon.

US Pat. No. 10,192,286

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE ENLARGEMENT AND DISPLAY PANEL DRIVER USING THE SAME

Synaptics Japan GK, Naka...

1. A display panel driver, comprising:a scaler circuit configured to enlarge an input image with an enlargement factor of ? (? is a number larger than one which cannot be represented as 2k for k being any natural number) to obtain ?-times enlarged image data by:
generating an intermediate pixel image composed of intermediate pixels, the intermediate pixels obtained by:
dividing the input image into a plurality of 2×2 pixel arrays having four pixel values; and
selecting an average value of two pixel values of the four pixel values in each of the 2×2 pixel arrays, the two pixel values being other than a maximum and a minimum value of the four pixel values;
calculating an interpolated pixel image composed of interpolated pixels by enlarging the input image with an enlargement factor of 2n (n is the smallest integer determined so that 2n is larger than ?) to obtain a 2n-times enlarged image, wherein values of the interpolated pixels are determined by interpolation of pixel values of selected pixels of the 2n-times enlarged image; and
incorporating the input image, the intermediate pixel image, and the interpolated pixel image into the ?-times enlarged image;
an edge enhancement circuit configured to generate output image data by performing edge enhancement processing on the ?-times enlarged image; and
a driver section configured to drive a display panel at least partially based on the output image data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,283

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CLUTTER IN AN ACQUIRED IMAGE

COGNEX CORPORATION, Nati...

1. A method for determining clutter in an imaged scene with a vision system comprising the steps of:providing a runtime image of a scene;
providing a trained pattern with a set of clutter test points based upon sub-pixel locations that represent a level of emptiness in the trained pattern;
establishing a runtime pose with a coordinate space for the image with respect to the trained pattern;
mapping the clutter test points on the coordinate space for the image;
determining a level of emptiness respectively at the mapped clutter test points; and
based upon the level of emptiness, determining a level of clutter in at least a portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,192,279

INDEXED DOCUMENT MODIFICATION SHARING WITH MIXED MEDIA REALITY

Ricoh Co., Ltd., Tokyo (...

1. A computer-implemented method of modifying documents for shared use, comprising:creating, by a processor, an index in a database by transforming features detected in a document into textual terms that represent both the features and two-dimensional relationships of the features in the document, the features including trigrams of word lengths horizontally and vertically;
receiving, by the processor, a first digital image from a first user, the first digital image including text;
extracting, by the processor from the first digital image, horizontal and vertical features including a geometric arrangement of word lengths in the text of the first digital image;
retrieving, by the processor, the document from the database based on matching the two-dimensional relationships of the features in the document included in the index, including the trigrams of word lengths horizontally and vertically, with the geometric arrangement of word lengths included in the horizontal and vertical features extracted from the first digital image;
receiving, by the processor, user information of users that have interacted with the document;
recognizing, by the processor, that the document is associated with the first user based on searching a database including the user information;
receiving, by the processor, from the first user a modification to the document associated with the first digital image;
applying, by the processor, the modification to the document;
creating, by the processor, a modified document associated with the first user using the modification;
updating, by the processor, the index to include the modification to the document;
receiving, by the processor, a second digital image;
determining, by the processor, that the second digital image includes at least a portion of the document and is similar to the first digital image based on the two-dimensional relationships of the features in the document and the modification of the document included in the index;
determining, by the processor, that the second digital image is associated with a second user based on searching the database including the user information; and
in response to the first user and the second user capturing similar digital images, authorizing, by the processor, the second user to access a web-based interface to communicate with the first user about the modified document posted on the web-based interface by the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,192,269

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING WITH AN ELECTRONIC EXCHANGE IN AN ELECTRONIC TRADING ENVIRONMENT

Trading Technologies Inte...

1. A method including:detecting by a connection proxy that a network communication link between a client terminal and an intermediary device has been lost, wherein the client terminal communicates with an electronic exchange using a communication session established for the client terminal at the intermediary device;
providing by the connection proxy one or more communication session maintenance messages to the intermediary device to maintain the communication session at the intermediary device for a predetermined period of time in response to detecting that the network communication link has been lost;
providing by the connection proxy initial download data and market data received after detecting that the network communication link has been lost to the client terminal if the network communication link between the client terminal and the intermediary device is restored during the predetermined period of time; and
terminating by the connection proxy providing the one or more communication session maintenance messages to the intermediary device if the network communication link between the client terminal and the intermediary device is not restored during the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,192,264

MULTIPLE PARTY BRANCH RECOMMENDATION

The Toronto-Dominion Bank...

1. A method, comprising:detecting initiation of an electronic activity by a user at a first physical location;
determining that the electronic activity is to be completed at a second physical location different from the first physical location at least in part because completion of the electronic activity requires the user and one or more other parties;
determining one or more portions of the electronic activity that remain incomplete;
based on at least one characteristic of the one or more incomplete portions of the electronic activity, identifying the second physical location at which to complete one or more of the incomplete portions of the electronic activity, and identifying a third physical location at which to complete an additional one or more of the incomplete portions of the electronic activity, the third physical location being different from the second physical location;
providing information about the electronic activity to the one or more other parties;
providing the second physical location to the user as a first recommended physical location for completing the electronic activity; and
providing the third physical location to a first party of the one or more other parties as a second recommended physical location for completing the electronic activity.

US Pat. No. 10,192,256

DETERMINING MERCHANT RECOMMENDATIONS

AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL R...

1. A method, comprising:creating, by a computer based system, a group containing a plurality of merchants based on a common trait within a time period,
wherein the common trait includes at least one of a keyword association, similar industry code, criteria, items sold, offers, behaviors, or transaction information;
determining, by the computer based system, a plurality of consumer transaction accounts that were used to initiate transactions at the plurality of merchants;
assigning, by the computer based system, a score to each of the plurality of merchants based on connectivity, activity, common consumers and merchant over-index,
wherein the merchant over-index includes a ratio of consumers with the transactions at a merchant compared to a baseline population of the consumers;
removing, by the computer based system and from the group, a portion of the plurality of merchants with the score below a threshold;
selecting, by the computer based system, an interest,
wherein the interest is associated with a persona, and
wherein at least one of the interest or the persona include parameters that define the at least one of the interest or the persona;
evaluating, by the computer based system, the group containing the plurality of merchants to determine a seed merchant based on the interest;
determining, by the computer based system, a pool of merchants comprising a first subset of merchants that are associated with the seed merchant and a second subset of merchants of which the seed customer has transacted;
receiving, by the computer based system and from a consumer, a request for recommendations of merchants from the pool of merchants based on the persona presented to the consumer;
detecting, by the computer based system via a real time system, a location of a mobile device of the consumer, in response to the receiving the request for recommendations from the mobile device of the consumer;
monitoring, by the computer based system and via the real time system, the location of the mobile device of the consumer;
adjusting, in real time and by the computer based system via the real time system, a list of recommended merchants associated with the persona based on at least one of the monitoring the location of the mobile device of the consumer, a time of day, or a percentage of the transactions at a meal-time exceeding a percentage of overall transactions;
presenting, by the computer based system and via the real time system and to the mobile device, the list of recommended merchants in response to the adjusting; and
associating, by the computer based system, a consumer profile with the persona and in response to the request for recommendations of the merchants from the consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,192,251

METHOD AND MEANS FOR BROWSING BY WALKING

SUINNO OY, Helsinki (FI)...

1. An electronic transaction method, comprising:broadcasting a short range wireless information signal containing a base station identity from at least one base station hardware processor of at least one base station, controlled by a business selling products or services at a location of the business, directly to a mobile station controlled by a consumer with an operating system via a Bluetooth© signal;
receiving the short range wireless information signal at a mobile station hardware processor by a mobile client application in the mobile station at a specific location of the mobile station in a range from a specific location of the base station allowing short range direct communication connection between one or more mobile stations and the base station, the mobile client application being a downloadable third party application;
determining, by a transceiver of the mobile station, the location of the mobile station by deducing the location from the base station identity of the Bluetooth base station;
providing content, via wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) and/or cellular signal to the mobile client application, indicative of products and services in the proximity of the determined location of the mobile station in the business location, to the consumer using the mobile station;
searching one or more information pages in the content identified at least in part utilizing the short range wireless information signal with a query term provided to the mobile station by the consumer with mobile station software or computer software; and
displaying a search result of the searching on a display of the mobile station,
wherein the search result is an electronic form, and the mobile station software automatically fills one or more entries on the electronic form based on data in a memory or a storage area of the mobile station.

US Pat. No. 10,192,249

PEER-TO-PEER TRADING PLATFORM

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A system comprising:a network-based interaction environment including a plurality of peer-to-peer nodes configured to communicate directly with each other using a peer-to-peer protocol, the plurality of peer-to-peer nodes including a first peer-to-peer node; and
a first peer-to-peer client application configured to run on the first peer-to-peer node, the first peer-to-peer client application to maintain persistent item information in a storage device of the first peer-to-peer node, the persistent item information describing an item, the first peer-to-peer client application further to maintain persistent user account information in the storage device of the first peer-to-peer node, the persistent user account information including a plurality of peer-to-peer accounts associated with a user account of the first peer-to-peer node, each peer-to-peer account being assigned to a different role from among a plurality of roles, each role corresponding to a different particular operation in a transaction for the item, at least one peer-to-peer account being assigned to a first role associated with a selling operation in the transaction for the item, at least one other peer-to-peer account being assigned to a second role associated with a buying operation in the transaction, the user account of the first peer-to-peer node being assigned to a third role corresponding to a controlling authorizer for the transaction, the user account of the first peer-to-peer node having a control option to accept or reject at least one of the selling operation or buying operation in the transaction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,231

MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM WITH REWARDS POINTS

UNITED AIRLINES, INC., C...

1. A method of processing a point of sale (POS) transaction between a merchant and a consumer using a mobile device, the method comprising:receiving, at a mobile payment transaction system, transaction information pertaining to the POS transaction, wherein the transaction information includes a transaction amount and wherein the transaction information is transmitted by the mobile device over a mobile device communication network, the mobile payment transaction system having at least one processor;
in response to receiving the transaction information, authorizing a transaction between the mobile payment transaction system and an intermediate payment processing system corresponding to a first payout amount that is less than the transaction amount, wherein the intermediate payment processing system utilizes a first form of electronic payment;
in response to authorizing the transaction, purchasing, at the mobile payment transaction system and from a secondary payment processing system, a second form of electronic payment different from the first form of electronic payment using a second payout amount, the second form of electronic payment being valued at the transaction amount using a valuation rule, and wherein the second payout amount is less than the first payout amount;
generating, at the mobile payment transaction system, an amount of rewards points to be awarded to the consumer as a result of completion of the POS transaction, wherein the amount of the rewards points is determined based on information associated with the merchant and/or the consumer using a rewards points valuation rule;
communicating, from the mobile payment transaction system for receipt at the mobile device, the second form of electronic payment for completion of the POS transaction; and
in response to receiving, from the mobile device, confirmation of completion of the POS transaction, communicating, from the mobile payment transaction system for receipt at a rewards account associated with the consumer, the amount of rewards points to be awarded to the consumer in response to completion of the transaction.

US Pat. No. 10,192,223

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING AUTHENTIC VERSUS COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS USING WARRANTY TRACKING

V-Moda, LLC, Los Angeles...

1. A method of identifying authentic products from counterfeit products comprising the steps of:a purchaser scanning an identifier code on an exterior of a package containing a product;
transmitting the identifier code to a supplier server having a database;
the supplier server matching the identifier code to corresponding stored product information in the database including a product name, a product location data, and a number of times the identifier code matching the stored product information has been scanned;
transmitting the stored product information to the purchaser;
the purchaser opening the package;
the purchaser scanning a second identifier code on an interior of the package;
transmitting the second identifier code to the supplier server; and
prompting the purchaser to register the product, wherein upon registration the supplier server updates the database with purchaser identifying information, the number of times the product has been scanned, and an indication that the product has been sold.

US Pat. No. 10,192,192

SECURITY SEAL WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM

1. A container seal comprising:a housing;
a global positioning system coupled to the housing;
a transmitter coupled to the housing;
a processor coupled to the housing and electrically coupled to the global positioning system and the transmitter;
a power source coupled to the housing and configured to provide power to the processor, the global position system and the transmitter; and
a cord coupled to the housing and comprising electrical wiring, wherein the cord comprises a first portion comprising a proximal end extending from the housing and a terminal distal end comprising a first mating connector and a second portion comprising a proximal end extending from an opposing side of the housing and a terminal distal end comprising a second mating connector, wherein
the first mating connector connects to the second mating connector and completes a circuit so that the power source provides power to the global positioning system, the transmitter and the processor, and
the processor receives positioning data from the global position system and sends the positioning data to a remote receiver via the transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,192,190

CONCEPTS FOR ELECTRONIC DOOR HANGERS

United Parcel Service of ...

1. An electronic door hanger comprising:a first portion defining an integrated opening, wherein the integrated opening is sized and shaped to hang on or around an object;
a second portion positioned adjacent to and integrally formed with the first portion; and
at least one processor and at least one memory including program code located within either the first portion or the second portion, wherein the at least one memory and the program code are configured, with the at least one processor, to at least:
(1) receive (a) information regarding a delivery of an item for a user, (b) an electronic destination address of the user, and (c) notification preferences of the user, the information, the electronic destination address, and the notification preferences provided by a carrier computing entity,
(2) store (a) the information, (b) the electronic destination address, and (c) the notification preferences,
(3) automatically establish a short-range wireless connection with a user computing entity associated with the user; and
(4) responsive to automatically establishing the short-range wireless connection with the user computing entity, automatically provide a notification to the electronic destination address regarding the delivery of the item, the notification provided based at least in part on the notification preferences.

US Pat. No. 10,192,185

FARMLAND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND FARMLAND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A farmland management system comprising:a plurality of sprinklers;
an information detection unit that includes a first light receiving unit and a second light receiving unit, and that is configured to acquire information relating to a crop being cultivated;
a storage unit configured to store crop registration information for estimating a growth condition of the crop;
a processor configured to execute a program stored in a memory to implement
a growth estimation process of referring to the crop registration information and estimating the growth condition of the crop based on the information relating to the crop and the crop registration information; and
a sprinkling water volume determination process of determining one or more sprinklers to be driven from among the plurality of sprinklers and determining an amount of water to be sprinkled by the one or more sprinklers; and
a display unit configured to display the growth condition estimated by the growth estimation process, wherein
the first light receiving unit detects an intensity of light reflected by the crop that is cultivated in a farmland, and the second light receiving unit detects an intensity of light from a light source, whereby the information detection unit
calculates a growth index of the crop based on a measured value of the light intensity detected by the first light receiving unit and a measured value of the light intensity detected by the second light receiving unit, and
detects a soil moisture of each area of a plurality of areas of a farmland in which the plurality of sprinklers are arranged; and
the sprinkling water volume determination process includes comparing the detected soil moisture of each area against a prescribed value, determining the amount of water to be sprinkled based on the comparison of the detected soil moisture of each area with the prescribed value, and driving the determined one or more sprinklers to sprinkle the determined amount of water.

US Pat. No. 10,192,182

AERIAL DRONE FOR WELL-SITE AND SIGNAL SURVEY

WellAware Holdings, Inc.,...

1. A computer-implemented method for surveying equipment and/or signals at well sites using an aerial drone, the method being executed using one or more processors and comprising:providing, by the one or more processors, a plurality of waypoints to the aerial drone to control the aerial drone fly over a flight path defined by the plurality of waypoints;
receiving, by the one or more processors, survey data provided from the aerial drone, the survey data comprising signal measurement data from equipment monitoring sensors, location data, and one or more of image data and video data associated with a well-site located within the flight path;
processing, by the one or more processors, the survey data to provide one or more of a signal survey and a well-site survey associated with the well-site, the signal survey indicating a strength of a signal at multiple locations of the well-site, the well-site survey indicating a location of one or more pieces of existing well-site equipment located at the well-site;
determining, by the one or more processors, a location to install communications equipment at the well-site based on the signal survey and the well-site survey; and
providing, by the one or more processors, an equipment schedule based on the one or more of the signal survey and the well-site survey, the equipment schedule identifying one or more pieces of communications equipment to be installed at the well-site and providing the location to install the one or more pieces of communications at least one piece of equipment, wherein the one or more pieces of communications equipment to be installed at the location are to enable remote monitoring of the one or more pieces of existing well-site equipment located at the well-site.

US Pat. No. 10,192,177

AUTOMATED ASSIGNMENT OF ERRORS IN DEPLOYED CODE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system for debugging transformed code, comprising:a computer processor; and
a computer memory, comprising instructions that cause the computer processor to:
receive an error comprising a stack trace corresponding to a transformed code from a production service;
correlate the error to a symbol that includes a source map and metadata generated for the transformed code, wherein the computer processor is to unminify the transformed code based on the source map to generate a line number for the error in a source code associated with the transformed code and to aggregate the error with other received errors using a filename and the line number of the error in the source code;
query a repository storing the source code corresponding to the transformed code using an address in the metadata; and
assign the error to a developer based on a version history of the source code in the repository, the assigned error including the line number in the source code.

US Pat. No. 10,192,174

SPORTS AND CONCERT EVENT TICKET PRICING AND VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

TIXTRACK, INC., Santa Mo...

1. A system comprising:a mobile computing device, comprising:
a display comprising a surface region, a back plane, and a fixed frame;
a processor configured with the display;
a memory device coupled to the processor;
a scalable vector graphic (SVG) computer code, under control of the processor, configured to output an image of an interactive venue map comprising one or more of a graphic object, a vector graphic, a raster graphic, and text to the display, the image of the interactive venue map being displayed by the display,
where the venue map includes a plurality of graphical objects depicting a plurality of seats and rows, each of the plurality of objects being either a path or a shape;
where the venue map is associated with a live event, the live event including at least an actor or actress, an athlete, a musician, or other performer,
where a particular seat provided within the venue map is selected when the mobile computing device receives a first input, the particular seat being associated with a ticket to purchase the particular seat,
where the SVG computer code is configured to zoom into the particular seat when the mobile computing device receives a second input, and
where the display displays the ticket of the particular seat; and
a gate structure associated with a venue for the event to allow the user to enter into the venue using the ticket, the gate structure including a scanner, the gate structure unlocking a barrier to the venue when the scanner scans the displayed ticket.

US Pat. No. 10,192,171

METHOD AND SYSTEM USING MACHINE LEARNING TO DETERMINE AN AUTOMOTIVE DRIVER'S EMOTIONAL STATE

AUTONOMOUS FUSION, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving with a computer device information electronically transmitted from one or more vehicles proximate a driven vehicle within a predetermined area relative to the driven vehicle;
evaluating with the computer device the received information;
determining with the computer device that at least one of the one or more of the vehicles proximate the driven vehicle is driven by a driver associated with an elevated emotional state when the evaluated information corresponds to a vehicle driven by a driver in an elevated emotional state;
wherein determining that at least one of the one or more of the vehicles proximate the driven vehicle is driven by a driver associated with an elevated emotional state includes applying at least some of the received information to a criteria set generated from training of a trained emotional state machine learning model with vehicle operational parameter information and with emotional state parameter information, and
wherein the determining that at least one of the one or more of the vehicles proximate the driven vehicle is driven by a driver associated with an elevated emotional state includes applying only received vehicle operational parameter information to the criteria set.

US Pat. No. 10,192,164

TRAVEL-RELATED WEIGHTED COGNITIVE PERSONAS AND PROFILES

Wayblazer, Inc., Austin,...

1. A system comprising:a processor;
a data bus coupled to the processor; and
a non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium embodying computer program code, the non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium being coupled to the data bus, the computer program code interacting with a plurality of computer operations and comprising instructions executable by the processor and configured for:
receiving streams of data from a plurality of data sources;
processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources, the processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources performing data enriching for incorporation into a cognitive graph comprising a set of nodes and links between the nodes that represent travel-related knowledge by:
processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources to perform entity detection on the streams of data from the plurality of data sources, and
incorporating the enriched data into the cognitive graph by incorporating one or more entities determined from the entity detection into the cognitive graph by:
generating one or more sub-graphs comprising at least one node representing the one or more entities determined from the entity detection, and
incorporating the one or more sub-graphs into the cognitive graph so that the cognitive graph includes at least one node representing those one or more entitles and one or more links between the at least one node representing those one or more entitles and one or more of the other set of nodes of the cognitive graph;
defining a travel-related cognitive persona within the cognitive graph, the travel-related cognitive persona corresponds to an archetype user model and the travel-related cognitive persona comprises a sub-graph within the cognitive graph including a subset of the set of nodes in the cognitive graph and a subset of the links among the set of nodes, the subset of the links among the subset of nodes being weighted to provide a weighted sub-graph within the cognitive graph;
associating a user with the travel-related cognitive persona; and
generating a cognitive insight including data from a node of the cognitive graph associated with the user and the travel-related cognitive persona by traversing the cognitive graph based on a graph query and the travel-related cognitive persona associated with the user to determine the node of the cognitive graph including the data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,148

MACHINE LEARNING OF WRITTEN LATIN-ALPHABET BASED LANGUAGES VIA SUPER-CHARACTER

Gyrfalcon Technology Inc....

1. A method of machine learning of written Latin-alphabet based languages comprising:receiving a string of Latin-alphabet based language texts in a first computing system having at least one application module installed thereon, the received string containing at least one word with each word formed by at least one letter of the Latin-alphabet based language;
forming, with the at least one application module in the first computing system, a multi-layer two-dimensional (2-D) symbol from the received string in accordance with a set of rules, the 2-D symbol being a matrix of N×N pixels of data that contains a super-character, the matrix being divided into M×M sub-matrices, each of the sub-matrices containing (N/M)×(N/M) pixels as one of at least one ideogram, each ideogram being formed from the at least one letter contained in a corresponding word in the received string such that said each ideogram having a square format with a dimension ‘EL’ letters in a row and ‘EL’ letters in a column, ‘EL’ is determined from total number of letters ‘LL’ contained in the corresponding word, and the super-character representing a meaning formed from a specific combination of said at least one ideogram, where ‘EL’, ‘LL’, ‘N’ and ‘M’ are positive integers, and ‘N’ is a multiple of ‘M’; and
learning the meaning of the super-character in a second computing system by using an image processing technique to classify the 2-D symbol, which is formed with the at least one application module in the first computing system and transmitted to the second computing system.

US Pat. No. 10,192,142

SUPERVISED FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHOD

University of Central Flo...

1. A computer executed method for facial recognition comprising:receiving a face image;
performing preprocessing on the face image;
applying a 2D DMWT to the preprocessed face image to obtain a resultant image matrix for the face image, the resultant image matrix having a plurality of subimages;
converting each of the subimages into a vector;
combining the vectors for each of the subimages to create a feature matrix;
applying 2D FastICA to the feature matrix to obtain a plurality of independent subimages;
converting the plurality of independent subimages into two-dimensional form;
determining a resultant feature vector using the plurality of two-dimensional independent subimages; and
performing recognition of the resultant feature vector.

US Pat. No. 10,192,140

DATABASE FOR DETECTING COUNTERFEIT ITEMS USING DIGITAL FINGERPRINT RECORDS

Alitheon, Inc., Redmond,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:acquiring digital fingerprints of a plurality of known counterfeit physical objects of a given class;
storing each digital fingerprint of a corresponding counterfeit physical object in a digital fingerprint record of a datastore to form a machine-readable counterfeit object database for the given class, wherein each stored digital fingerprint record includes
first data identifying a plurality of locations of interest in the corresponding counterfeit physical object and
for each location of interest, second data forming at least one fingerprint feature vector that describes a fingerprint feature extracted from the location of interest, wherein the at least one fingerprint feature vector describes inherent physical characteristics of the corresponding location of interest without regard to semantic content of the location of interest;
acquiring a digital fingerprint of a target physical object;
querying the machine-readable counterfeit object database based on the digital fingerprint of the target physical object; and
based on a response to the querying, generating a report indicating whether or not the target physical object is likely to be a counterfeit.

US Pat. No. 10,192,127

SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION TUNING

Bank of America Corporati...

1. A system for dynamically tuning optical character recognition processes, the system comprising:a memory device; and
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute computer-readable program code to:
receive an image of a resource document comprising image coordinates associated with the resource document;
apply a general optical character recognition process to the image of the resource document to identify a resource document source or a resource document type;
identify an expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document associated with a data field of the resource document;
apply a data field-specific optical character recognition process to the expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document;
determine that the data field is missing from the expected image coordinate area of the image of the resource document;
in response to determining that the data field is missing, cause a user interface of a computing device to display the image of the resource document;
receive, from the user interface of the computing device, a user input associated with an updated expected image coordinate area for the data field;
apply the data field-specific optical character recognition process to the updated expected image coordinate area for the data field within the image of the resource document to extract a value of the data field;
replace the expected image coordinate area in a database with the updated expected image coordinate area; and
associate the stored updated expected image coordinate area for the data field with the identified resource document source or the resource document type.

US Pat. No. 10,192,121

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE, IN PARTICULAR A COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

MEKRA LANG NORTH AMERICA,...

1. A display system for a vehicle, comprising:a capturing device mountable to a vehicle and adapted to capture at least part of the immediate vehicle environment and to generate signals corresponding to the captured part of the immediate vehicle environment;
a calculation unit associated with said capturing device and adapted to (i) receive the signals generated by the capturing device, (ii) determine obstacles in the captured immediate vehicle environment, (iii) generate a display image displaying both the vehicle in a stylized or symbolic representation and the obstacle determined in the immediate vehicle environment in a stylized or symbolic representation and its relative position with regard to the vehicle, (iv) determine a motion speed and/or motion direction of the obstacle, and (v) modify the stylized or symbolic representation of the obstacle dependent on the motion speed and/or motion direction, wherein the stylized or symbolic representation is of a vehicle, (vi) determine a trajectory of the determined obstacle and illustrate the same on the display image in the form of an obstacle trace, and (vii) evaluate the prospective trajectory of the determined obstacle and illustrate the same on the display image as prospective obstacle trace; and
a rendering unit associated with the calculation unit and adapted to display the display image generated by the calculation unit in the vehicle and visible to a driver.

US Pat. No. 10,192,103

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING AND REMOVING OCCLUSIONS IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE

StereoVision Imaging, Inc...

1. A method for removing an occlusion from a three-dimensional scan of a target subject, the method comprising:receiving the three-dimensional scan that includes a face of the target subject, the three-dimensional scan comprising a plurality of three-dimensional points;
determining that the plurality of three-dimensional points includes a subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion, the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to a subset of the plurality of three-dimensional points; and
removing the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion of the face of the target subject from the three-dimensional scan, wherein removing the subset plurality of three-dimensional points corresponding to the occlusion of the face comprises:
converting the three-dimensional scan to a two-dimensional depth image;
detecting edge points in the two-dimensional depth image;
determining edge points in the three-dimensional scan based on the detected edge points in the two-dimensional scan; and
filtering the edge points in the three-dimensional scan to identify those edge points inside a particular region of the three-dimensional scan associated with the occlusion.

US Pat. No. 10,192,088

VIDEO SIGNAL MONITORING METHOD, VIDEO SIGNAL MONITORING DEVICE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LT...

1. A video signal monitoring method comprising:a detecting process in which a sensor installed in a display device detects at least of luminance or chromaticity in a predetermined region among regions of a video displayed on the display device;
a sensing result converting process of converting the at least one of detected luminance or chromaticity into video identification information for identifying the video; and
a sensing result reading process of outputting the video identification information and a clock time at which the video was displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,192,082

TAG SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING STATUS DATA OF A DEVICE

palmCLOUD Co., Ltd., Poh...

1. A tag system for providing status data of a device, comprising:a device comprising a near field communications (NFC) tag and a status data storage configured to store status data of the device;
a terminal comprising a NFC reader through which the tag of the device is readable and configured to receive data, transmit the data to a server including at least uniform resource locator (URL) data, and output a web page on the basis of data received from the server; and
the server configured to generate the web page after organizing the data by determining a security setting and a user on the basis of the data received from the terminal, and transmit the web page to the terminal,
wherein the tag is configured to collect the status data of the status data storage and to provide reconfigured uniform resource locator (URL) data of the webpage, to the server, on the basis of changes made to the status data collected by the tag.

US Pat. No. 10,192,073

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTION OBJECT RECONCILIATION IN A BLOCKCHAIN ENVIRONMENT

Mario A. Costanz, New Ro...

1. A system for block reconciliation, comprising:a network-connected block reconciliation computer comprising a memory and a processor and further comprising programmable instructions stored in the memory and operating on the processor, the programmable instructions adapted to reconcile blocks in a blockchain environment comprising:
a plurality of connections to a plurality of connected devices;
a connection to one or more blockchains;
an object compiler;
wherein a plurality of criteria is received from a first connected device;
wherein the compiler is configured to receive a plurality of blocks from the one or more blockchains based on the received criteria, each block corresponding to a preconfigured interaction object;
wherein the compiler is configured to analyze the preconfigured interaction objects to determine if there is an associated required supplemental object, an association based on the plurality of criteria;
wherein the compiler is configured to request a plurality of supplemental blocks from the one or more blockchains, each supplemental block corresponding to a required supplemental object;
for each requested supplemental object:
if a first requested supplemental object it not found, the compiler flags the associated interaction object of the preconfigured interaction objects;
otherwise:
if the first requested supplemental object type is replacement, the compiler replaces properties of an associated interaction object with information from properties of the supplemental object;
if the supplement object type is addendum, the compiler adds properties from the supplemental object to the associated interaction object of the preconfigured interaction objects;
wherein the compiler receives one or more preconfigured rules from the one or more blockchain associated to the preconfigured interaction objects;
wherein the compiler creates one or more compilation objects comprising interaction objects and supplemental objects associated to the plurality of criteria based on the one or more preconfigured rules;
wherein the one or more compilation objects is stored on the one or more blockchains.

US Pat. No. 10,192,072

PROTECTING SENSITIVE DATA

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., ...

1. A system for securing data, the system comprising:a computing device comprising at least one processor and a memory in communication with the at least one processor, wherein the computing device is programmed to perform operations comprising:
receiving a first record comprising a plurality of record fields, the plurality of record fields comprising a first record field, the first record field comprising a first record field data;
accessing a source setup record corresponding to the first record from a source setup table;
determining that the source setup record indicates that the first record field is to be tokenized;
receiving first token data corresponding to the first record field data;
replacing the first record field data at the first record field with the first token data;
storing the first token data to a token record of a token table; and
writing the first token data to the first record field to replace the first record field data.

US Pat. No. 10,192,035

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HEALTH AND HEALTH RELATED FACILITIES

CERx Pharmacy Partners, L...

1. A drug management system for initiating and tracking dispensation and administration of medications to individual patients, the drug management system comprising:an order entry system configured to:
receive a first patient specific medication order for a first patient and a first medication,
communicate at least a portion of the first patient specific medication order through one or more networks,
receive a second patient specific medication order for a second patient and a second medication, and
communicate at least a portion of the second patient specific medication order through the one or more networks;
an order management system configured with one or more processors associated with one or more servers, the order management system in communication with the one or more networks and operable to receive the at least a portion of the first patient specific medication order, and further configured to:
generate at least a first electronic record associated with the first patient, wherein the first electronic record is at least partially based on the at least a portion of the first patient specific medication order, and wherein the first electronic record is configured to include information regarding: (i) dispensation actions of the first medication, and (ii) administration actions of the first medication, the administration actions of the first medication associated with an administration schedule of the first medication for the first patient,
communicate through the one or more networks the dispensation actions of the first medication,
communicate through the one or more networks the administration actions of the first medication to the first patient,
store the first electronic record associated with the first medication for the first patient, the first electronic record being capable of storing at least a first dispensation action for the first medication, and being capable of storing at least a first administration action of the first medication to the first patient,
generate at least a second electronic record associated with the second patient, wherein the second electronic record is at least partially based on the at least a portion of the second patient specific medication order, and wherein the second electronic record is configured to include information regarding: (i) dispensation actions of the second medication, and (ii) administration actions of the second medication associated with an administration schedule of the second medication for the second patient,
communicate through the one or more networks at least a first dispensation action of the second medication,
communicate through the one or more networks at least a first administration action of the second medication to the second patient, and
store the second electronic record associated with the second medication for the second patient, the second electronic record being capable of storing the at least the first dispensation action for the second medication, and being capable of storing at least the first administration action of the second medication to the second patient;
a first medication dispensing system located at a first facility, the first medication dispensing system configured with one or more processors, and in communication with the order management system through the one or more networks, the first medication dispensing system further configured to:
receive a first request to dispense the first medication associated with the first electronic record,
release the first medication associated with the first request, enabled by a first automated medication packaging and dispensing machine (first ADM) that includes a plurality of canisters retained in the first ADM during operation and containing and being coded for a particular medication, at least one canister coded for the first medication being initiated by the first request to release at least one of the first medication contained therein, the at least one of the first medication being in a form of an individual pill, individual tablet, individual caplet, or individual capsule,
package the released at least one of the first medication for the first patient into at least a first package after release by the first ADM,
dispense, after packaging, at least the first package for the first patient by the first ADM,
update the first electronic record associated with the first patient to indicate that the packaged and dispensed first medication in accordance with the first request has been dispensed,
update the first electronic record associated with the first patient to indicate that the packaged and dispensed first medication for the first patient, packaged and dispensed in accordance with the first request, has been administered to the first patient, and
store the updated first electronic record; and
a second medication dispensing system located at a second facility, the second medication dispensing system configured with one or more processors, and in communication with the order management system through the one or more networks, the second medication dispensing system further configured to:
receive a second request to dispense the second medication associated with the second electronic record,
release the second medication associated with the second request, enabled by a second automated medication packaging and dispensing machine (second ADM) that includes a plurality of canisters retained in the second ADM during operation and containing and being coded for a particular medication, at least one canister coded for the second medication being initiated by the second request to release at least one of the second medication contained therein, the at least one of the second medication being in a form of an individual pill, individual tablet, individual caplet, or individual capsule,
package the released at least one of the second medication for the second patient into at least a second package after release by the second ADM,
dispense, after packaging, at least the second package for the second patient by the second ADM,
update the second electronic record associated with the second patient to indicate that the packaged and dispensed second medication in accordance with the second request has been dispensed,
update the second electronic record associated with the second patient to indicate that the packaged and dispensed second medication for the second patient, packaged and dispensed in accordance with the second request, has been administered to the second patient, and
store the updated second electronic record.

US Pat. No. 10,192,026

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENOMIC PATTERN ANALYSIS

Seven Bridges Genomics In...

1. A method for analyzing a genetic sequence, the method comprising:obtaining a reference graph representing a genomic sequence and known variation in the genomic sequence, in which substrings of the genomic sequence and known variation are stored in objects connected to one another to form a plurality of paths through the graph, wherein at least one path through the graph represents substantially an entire chromosome;
identifying a data string for each path of the plurality of paths through the graph, each data string representing a concatenation of the substrings of genomic sequence and known variation in the genomic sequence stored in objects through the path;
for each data string:
identifying a plurality of k-mers in the data string; and
listing each identified k-mer's location within the graph in an entry in a search index, wherein that entry is indexed according to a hash of that k-mer and contains locations of all k-mers having that index;
obtaining a query sequence;
identifying a plurality of query k-mers from the query sequence;
determining the locations of at least one query k-mer within the graph by reading search index entries indexed according to hashes of query k-mers; and
identifying portions of the graph in which a number of potential matches with different query k-mers is equal to or exceeds a threshold number as candidate targets within the graph for alignment of segments of the query sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,191,967

CLUSTERING DATABASE QUERIES FOR RUNTIME PREDICTION

DASSAULT SYSTEMES, Veliz...

1. A computer-implemented method of clustering reference queries in a database for prediction of the runtime of a target query in the database based on similarity of the target query with the reference queries, the method comprising:providing a number (n) of numerical values (x1, . . . , xn) that represent the runtimes of the reference queries;
computing the optimal K-means clustering of the numerical values for a predetermined number (K) of clusters, wherein the computing includes iterating, a number of times corresponding to the predetermined number of clusters, a linear-time Row Minima Searching algorithm applied to a square matrix (H) of order equal to the number of numerical values; and
clustering the reference queries according to the computed clustering of the numerical values,
wherein the numerical values (x1, . . . , xn) are sorted and indexed accordingly, and the iterating within the computing includes, at each respective iteration rank (k), and for each respective index (j) inferior to the number (n) of numerical values, the computation of a minimal total distortion (TDmin(j,k)) achievable for the subset of numerical values (xi) indexed lower than the respective index (i<=j), with a number of clusters corresponding to the respective iteration rank (k), according to a linear-time Row Minima Searching algorithm applied to the square matrix (H), and
wherein, at each respective iteration rank (k), and for each respective index (j) inferior to the number (n) of numerical values, for each row index (i) and each column index (j), the matrix entry (H(i,j)) corresponds to a sum of:
the minimal total distortion (TDmin(i?1,k?1)) computed at the previous iteration for the index (i?1) preceding the row index, and
a distortion (disto(i,j)) of the contiguous subset (xi, . . . , xn) of the numerical values between the row index and the column index.

US Pat. No. 10,191,953

METHOD OF STORING AND EXPRESSING WEB PAGE IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method in an electronic device comprising a processor, a display, and a memory, comprising:searching web pages based on at least one parameter;
determining whether to store at least one web page of the searched web pages according to at least one of a current time, a network condition, a location, an additional charge condition, and a battery condition;
in response to determining to store the at least one web page, storing the at least one web page without user input;
extracting data from the stored web page;
sorting the extracted data into a plurality of categories;
creating an index page based on the plurality of categories for accessing to the extracted data by a user; and
displaying the index page through the display among a group of index pages,
wherein the at least one parameter, by the processor, is set based on the user's profile,
wherein the index page includes at least one category of the plurality of categories, at least some of the extracted data, at least one function generated according to the at least some of the extracted data, the at least one function executable on the at least some of the extracted data, and
wherein the creating of the index page is based on at least one of structure, layout, format, and design of the index page selected by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,191,933

SYSTEM FOR MANAGING IFC VERSION SYNCHRONIZED WITH BIM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING IFC VERSION THEREOF

SEOKYOUNG SYSTEMS, Seoul...

1. An information processing method of an Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) version management system, comprising:(A) obtaining first IFC file attribute information related to a first IFC file and second IFC file attribute information related to at least one second IFC file;
(B) checking a change in a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) set comprising GUID information included in the first IFC file and the second IFC file;
(C) checking a change in a spatial object Information set comprising at least one piece of spatial object information included in the first IFC file and the second IFC file,
(F) generating comparison information Indicating a change in any one of an area, a volume, a relationship, and a location of a spatial object and dissolving the comparison information on a screen,
wherein step (C) comprises checking a change in any one or more of an area and a volume of a spatial object, for at least one first IFC file spatial object included in the first IFC file and at least one second IFC file spatial object included in the second IFC file, wherein the change is checked between the first IFC file spatial object and the second IFC file spatial object when the GUID of the first IFC file spatial object is identical to the GUID of the second IFC file spatial object,
wherein whether IfcSpace exists in IfcSpatialStructureElement, corresponding to the first IFC file spatial object and the second IFC file spatial object, is checked, and the area or volume of the spatial object is calculated only when IfcSpace exists in the IfcSpatialStructureElement,
wherein, for each of the first IFC file spatial object and the second IFC file spatial object, if the area and volume of the spatial object are defined in IfcElementQuantity, the area is obtained from IfcQuantityArea and the volume is obtained from IfcQuantityVolume, and if not, the area and volume are calculated depending on whether the spatial object has a 2D form or a 3D form.

US Pat. No. 10,191,924

SPECIFYING AND APPLYING RULES TO DATA

Ab Initio Technology LLC,...

1. A computing system for applying a rule to data from one or more data sources, the computing system including:an input device or port configured to receive data from a first data source;
at least one processor configured to process a plurality of data units derived at least in part from the data received from the first data source in a selected one of at least two different modes of applying the rule, the modes including:
a first mode in which the plurality of data units are received in a particular order, and processing the plurality of data units includes, for each of at least some of the plurality of data units, writing an updated value to at least one state variable based on a result of applying the rule to the data unit; and
a second mode in which a selection of particular data unit of the plurality of data units is received, and processing the particular data unit includes: (1) determining a first set of data units that includes an ordered subset of data units from the plurality of data units, each data unit included in the ordered subset occurring before the particular data unit in the plurality of data units, (2) prior to applying the rule to the particular data unit, updating at least one state variable to a state that would result from processing the first set of data units in the first mode, and (3) applying the rule to the particular data unit including reading the updated value of the state variable, where a result of applying the rule to the particular data unit depends on the updated value of the state variable.

US Pat. No. 10,191,923

SPECIFYING AND APPLYING RULES TO DATA

Ab Initio Technology LLC,...

1. A method for applying a rule to data from one or more data sources, the method including:receiving data from a first data source;
processing, using at least one processor, a particular data unit of an ordered plurality of data units derived at least in part from the data received from the first data source, the processing including:
determining a first set of data units that includes a subset of data units from the ordered plurality of data units, each data unit included in the subset being related to the particular data unit and occurring before the particular data unit in the ordered plurality of data units;
prior to applying the rule to the particular data unit, updating at least one state variable to a state that would result from iterating in order through the first set of data units and, for each data unit of the subset, applying the rule to the data unit; and
applying the rule to the particular data unit including reading the updated value of the state variable, where a result of applying the rule to the particular data unit depends on the updated value of the state variable.

US Pat. No. 10,191,913

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENTLY PROVIDING MEDIA AND ASSOCIATED METADATA

Spotify AB, Stockholm (S...

1. A method of seeking within media content, comprising:at an electronic device with one or more processors and memory:
obtaining, from a remote device, a file header for a file that corresponds to a plurality of clusters, wherein:
the file header includes a cluster index that enables coarse searching within the file, and
the file header omits information that is known to or calculable by the electronic device for extracting content from the file, wherein the omitted information was previously removed at the remote device from the file header before the file header was obtained by the electronic device;
generating the omitted information that was removed at the remote device;
adding the omitted information into the file header;
receiving a request to seek to a position within the file;
in response to receiving the request:
identifying a cluster of the plurality of clusters that includes content that corresponds to the position based on the cluster index;
obtaining a cluster header associated with the cluster based on information retrieved from the cluster index, wherein the cluster header includes a content index that enables fine searching within the cluster;
obtaining cluster data associated with the cluster; and
after obtaining the cluster header, identifying, within the cluster, the content that corresponds to the position based on the content index; and
after identifying the content that corresponds to the position and adding the omitted information into the file header, providing at least a portion of content corresponding to the file to a presentation device for presentation to a user, starting with the content that corresponds to the position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,911

PERMANENT WEBSITE HOSTING ON MOBILE DEVICES

Plesk International GmbH,...

3. A method for hosting a website, comprising:on a mobile device having an operating system and a supervisory component installed thereon, running a webserver application under control of the supervisory component;
running a control panel application on the mobile device, the control application configured to set parameters of the webserver application,
wherein the webserver application is in a sleep mode and wakes up in response to a command from the supervisory component;
generating a website using documents and files of other applications that are stored on the mobile device;
waking the webserver application in response to an HTTP request received from a network port when the mobile device is connected to a mobile network; and
giving the webserver application permission to access the documents and files of the other applications through the control panel.

US Pat. No. 10,191,906

CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF DESIGNATED TIME POINTS IN A VERSION EXPIRATION ENVIRONMENT

EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LL...

1. A method for generating information suitable for use in managing backed up data, comprising:defining a sequence format, where the sequence format includes a plurality of numeric fields that are each associated with a respective partial definition of one or more designated points in time;
parameterizing one of the numeric fields such so that such numeric field embraces a range of possible values;
specifying a condition for one of the parameterized numeric fields;
specifying a parameter value for the condition; and
generating a sequence of designated points in time by running a sequence definition that includes the condition, parameterized numeric field and parameter value, where each designated point in time corresponds to a respective curtain that is associated with one or more rules which, when executed, assign an expiration time to one or more backup versions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,904

VISUALIZING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DATA ELEMENTS AND GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF DATA ELEMENT ATTRIBUTES

Ab Initio Technology LLC,...

1. A method including:storing, in a data storage system, a transformation object representing transformation of data and at least two dataset objects representing stored data in datasets;
storing, in a data storage system, data lineage information linking the at least two dataset objects to the transformation object representing transformation of data;
computing summary data for the transformation object, including computing an indication of how recently the transformation object has been updated or modified;
generating a data lineage diagram that includes a visual representation of the data lineage information, in which the data lineage diagram includes at least two data element nodes that represent the at least two dataset objects, a transformation node that represents the transformation object, and directed links between each of the at least two data element nodes that represent a dataset object and the transformation node that represents the transformation object, wherein the directed links represent flows of data between the dataset objects and the transformation object; and
including in the data lineage diagram, a representation of the summary data in proximity to the transformation node that represents the transformation object, in which the transformation node is connected to directed links representing flows of data between the dataset objects and the transformation object, wherein the representation of the summary data includes a representation of the indication of how recently the transformation object has been updated or modified.

US Pat. No. 10,191,862

MAPPING ATTRIBUTES OF KEYED ENTITIES

Ab Initio Technology LLC,...

1. A computing system including:a data storage system storing entity data representing a plurality of entities, with each entity having one or more attributes associated with a corresponding dataset of the entity data, at least some of the entities each having multiple instances, and at least some of the instances each having respective values for one or more of the attributes;
an input device or port for receiving input data that includes one or more mappings that each define a correspondence between one or more input attributes of an input entity and one or more output attributes of an output entity, where the input entity includes a plurality of key attributes identified as part of a unique compound key for the input entity, and the output entity includes a plurality of key attributes identified as part of a unique compound key for the output entity; and
at least one processor configured to process instances of the input entity to generate instances of the output entity according to the one or more mappings included in the input data, the processing including:
determining one or more mapped input attributes of the input entity that correspond to each of the plurality of key attributes of the output entity, based on the one or more mappings;
comparing the mapped input attributes with the plurality of key attributes of the input entity to determine whether or not the mapped input attributes cover the unique compound key for the input entity, where the mapped input attributes cover the unique compound key for the input entity if the mapped input attributes include all of the key attributes of the input entity that are part of the unique compound key for the input entity, and the mapped input attributes do not cover the unique compound key for the input entity if the mapped input attributes include fewer than all of the key attributes of the input entity that are part of the unique compound key for the input entity; and
generating the instances of the output entity based on: (1) a one-to-one correspondence between the instances of the output entity and instances of the input entity that have matching key attributes, in response to determining that the mapped input attributes include all of the key attributes of the input entity, or (2) an aggregation of multiple instances of the input entity that share the same values for the mapped input attributes, in response to determining that the mapped input attributes include fewer than all of the key attributes of the input entity.

US Pat. No. 10,191,842

APPARATUS WITH A MEMORY CONTROLLER CONFIGURED TO CONTROL ACCESS TO RANDOMLY ACCESSIBLE NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

VIRIDENT SYSTEMS, LLC, S...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a mother board;
a plurality of processors coupled to the mother board;
an interconnect fabric coupled to the plurality of processors and the mother board;
a first controller means for controlling a first memory channel, the first controller means being distinct from the plurality of processors;
a second controller means for controlling a second memory channel, the second controller means being distinct from the plurality of processors and the first controller means;
one or more DRAM DIMMS coupled to the first controller means and the first memory channel, wherein the first controller means controls the one or more DRAM DIMMS; and
one or more non-DRAM DIMMS coupled to the second controller means and the second memory channel, wherein the second controller means controls the one or more non-DRAM DIMMS, wherein the first controller means, the second controller means, the one or more DRAM DIMMS and the one or more non-DRAM DIMMS are coupled to the motherboard.

US Pat. No. 10,191,820

VIRTUAL PROXY BASED BACKUP

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A backup method, comprising:configuring, by one or more processors, one or more virtual proxies associated with backup operations, wherein the one or more virtual proxies are hosted by one or more physical nodes in a cluster environment;
assigning, by one or more processors, one or more virtual machines in the cluster environment to a corresponding at least one of the one or more virtual proxies, wherein at least a subset of the one or more virtual machines is selected to be assigned to the at least one of the one or more virtual proxies based on a localization of the at least the subset of the one or more virtual machines in relation to the corresponding at least one virtual proxy;
performing, by one or more processors, data rollover during backup of at least one of the one or more virtual machines in the cluster environment that is subjected to backup using the corresponding at least one of the one or more virtual proxies to which the at least one of the one or more virtual machines is assigned.

US Pat. No. 10,191,808

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STORING, MAINTAINING, AND ACCESSING OBJECTS IN STORAGE SYSTEM CLUSTERS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method, implemented by processor-based logic of a storage system storing source objects as a plurality of fragments upon storage nodes of a plurality of cluster instances of storage system infrastructure components comprising a cluster set, wherein each cluster instance of the plurality of cluster instances operates as a unit for providing reliable storage of a different portion of a source object stored by the storage system, the method comprising:generating a plurality of first encoding fragments from the source object using a first encoding;
partitioning the plurality of first encoding fragments into a plurality of disjoint sets of first encoding fragments, wherein each set of first encoding fragments of the plurality of disjoint sets of first encoding fragments includes a plurality of first encoding fragments;
assigning a first set of first encoding fragments of the plurality of disjoint sets of first encoding fragments to a first cluster instance of the plurality of cluster instances, wherein the first set of first encoding fragments comprise a portion of the plurality of first encoding fragments of the source object to be stored upon the storage nodes of the first cluster instance of the plurality of cluster instances;
assigning a second set of first encoding fragments of the plurality of disjoint sets of first encoding fragments to a second cluster instance of the plurality of cluster instances, wherein the second set of first encoding fragments comprise a different portion of the plurality of first encoding fragments of the source object to be stored upon the storage nodes of the second cluster instance of the plurality of cluster instances;
generating a plurality of second encoding fragments from the first set of first encoding fragments using a second encoding, wherein the plurality of second encoding fragments include the plurality of first encoding fragments of the first set of first encoding fragments and one or more repair fragments generated from the first encoding fragments of the first set of encoding fragments; and
generating a plurality of third encoding fragments from the second set of first encoding fragments using a third encoding, wherein the plurality of third encoding fragments include the plurality of first encoding fragments of the second set of first encoding fragments and one or more repair fragments generated from the first encoding fragments of the second set of encoding fragments.

US Pat. No. 10,191,787

APPLICATION PROGRAM INTERFACE FOR INTERFACE COMPUTATIONS FOR MODELS OF DISPARATE TYPE

Ansys, Inc., Canonsburg,...

1. A computer-implemented method for performing a simulation of a physical system by interfacing between a model interface of a physical system and a solver interface of a solver model, the method comprising:accessing a virtual object model of a physical object, the virtual object model having the model interface;receiving, from a solver interface, data comprising at least one solver function;mapping the at least one solver function to at least one modeling function;providing, to a model interface, data comprising the at least one modeling function corresponding to the at least one solver function;detecting a presence of an event occurrence based on a plurality of interface functions, wherein the plurality of interface functions are mapped to the at least one solver function and the at least one modeling function;
providing, to the solver interface, the plurality of interface functions to determine a solution;
receiving, from the solver interface, the solution;
initiating rendering of the solution on a graphical user interface; and
creating or modify the physical object based at least in part on the solution.

US Pat. No. 10,191,750

DISCOVERING NEW BACKUP CLIENTS

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A system for discovering a new backup client, comprising:an input interface configured to receive a notice from a backup client over a network, wherein the notice indicates the backup client is being added to the network and includes information associated with the backup client, wherein the backup client is configured to provide the notice to the system upon determining a backup server address for one or more backups associated with the backup client; and
a processor configured to:
determine that the backup client is not already configured to perform backups based at least in part on the information associated with the backup client, wherein the information associated with the backup client includes a hardware and software configuration of the backup client;
in response to a determination that the backup client is not already configured to perform backups, provide an indication of the notice;
determine a set of available configuration modes based at least in part on the hardware and software configuration of the backup client; and
configure the backup client according to a selected configuration mode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,721

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING FUNCTIONAL APPLICATION DESIGNS

HUMA.AI, Palo Alto, CA (...

1. A computer implemented method for generating functional application designs, the method comprising:receiving, by a design tool, one or more natural language utterances corresponding to natural language design commands for editing an application being designed;
editing one or more components of the application being designed based on each of the natural language utterances; and
generating, by the design tool, a functional instance of the application being designed, wherein generating the functional instance of the application being designed comprises:
receiving session data indicative one or more interactions between a user of a test system and the functional instance of the application,
determining a goal associated with the application being designed, wherein the goal comprises a purpose of the design, and wherein the session data includes data indicative of whether or not the goal was achieved during testing by the user of the test system,
aggregating session data for one or more applications being designed that share the goal,
performing a machine learning analysis using the aggregated session data and components of the one or more applications being designed as inputs to train a machine learning model for achieving the goal, and
determining, by the machine learning based natural language intent processor, the intent of the natural language utterance with respect to the application being designed using the trained machine learning model for achieving the goal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,718

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR PROCESSING MULTI-MODAL INPUT, METHOD FOR PROCESSING MULTI-MODAL INPUT AND SERVER FOR PROCESSING MULTI-MODAL INPUT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing;
a touchscreen display exposed through a first portion of the housing;
a microphone disposed at a second portion of the housing;
a speaker disposed at a third portion of the housing;
a memory disposed inside the housing; and
at least one processor disposed inside the housing, and electrically connected to the display, the microphone, the speaker, and the memory,
wherein the memory is configured to store a plurality of application programs, each of the application programs including a graphic user interface (GUI), and
wherein the memory is further configured to store instructions that, when executed, cause the at least one processor to:
control the microphone to receive an utterance from a user;
generate or receive text data based on the utterance;
generate or receive a sequence of states in which the electronic device performs a task based on the text data, wherein the sequence of states includes at least two states of at least one of the application programs;
select one of the application programs, based at least partly on the sequence of states;
launch the selected application program;
control to display the GUI of the selected application program on the display;
control to display at least part of a sequence of automatically providing an input into the GUI on the display, based at least partly on the sequence of states;
cause the selected application program to perform an operation that utilizes at least one parameter, using the input as the at least one parameter, depending on the sequence of states; and
control to display a result of the operation on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,710

METHODS AND SYSTEMS OF LARGE SCALE VIDEO DISPLAY

StandardVision LLC, Los ...

1. A method for managing power supply to a multi-panel video display, the method comprising:managing a display of high definition video content on a multi-panel video display;
associating a plurality of video panels of the multi-panel video display with a power sourcing equipment such that an amount of power required from the power sourcing equipment to display the high definition video content is classified;
monitoring a power consumption of one or more video panels of the plurality of video panels using the power sourcing equipment; and
adjusting a power supply of the power sourcing equipment to the one or more video panels of the plurality of video panels based on the monitored power consumption of one or more video panels of the plurality of video panels in relation to a consumption threshold;
wherein the power consumption of one or more video panels of the plurality of video panels is based on ambient light in the environment surrounding the one or more video panels of the plurality of video panels, and the adjusted power supply is set to a subset of the amount of power required from the power sourcing equipment to display the high definition video content.

US Pat. No. 10,191,652

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AN INTERACTIVE PRESSURE SENSITIVE MULTI-TOUCH DISPLAY

HJ Laboratories Licensing...

1. An electronic device comprising:a processor configured to cause display, on a multi-touch display, of an information view based on a touch input and based on detected pressure and a depth from a three dimensional touch input on a displayed image on a display area of the multi-touch display;
the processor configured to cause display of a detailed view of the information view based on further depth by a push on the display area and a component proximate to the multi-touch display; and
the processor and the multi-touch display configured to determine a pinch input on the displayed image and the displayed image is responsive to the pinch input.

US Pat. No. 10,191,643

USING CLAMPING TO MODIFY SCROLLING

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:by a computing device, receiving a first user input to scroll within a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on a touch screen of the computing device, the first user input comprising a touch gesture on the touch screen, the touch gesture comprising a path that comprises a starting point and one or more other points on the touch screen;
by the computing device, determining a plurality of regions of the touch screen defined with respect to the starting point, a first one of the regions corresponding to a first scrolling axis, a second one of the regions corresponding to a second scrolling axis that is perpendicular to the first scrolling axis;
by the computing device, determining that the path corresponds to the first one of the regions;
by the computing device, based on the determining that the path corresponds to the first one of the regions, scrolling within the GUI according to the first user input linearly and parallel to the first scrolling axis;
by the computing device, receiving a second user input to scroll within the GUI;
by the computing device, determining that the second user input occurred within a pre-determined amount of time from the first user input; and
by the computing device, based on the determining that the second user input occurred within the pre-determined amount of time, scrolling within the GUI linearly and parallel to the first scrolling axis according to a component of the second user input along the first scrolling axis.

US Pat. No. 10,191,640

CONTROL PARAMETER SETTING METHOD FOR USE IN ILLUMINATION SYSTEM, AND OPERATION TERMINAL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A control parameter setting method for use in an illumination system including: luminaires; an illumination controller that controls lighting of the luminaires; and an operation terminal that communicates with the illumination controller, the control parameter setting method comprising:capturing, by a camera of the operation terminal, at least one luminaire among the luminaires in an image, and displaying, by a touch panel of the operation terminal, the image including the at least one luminaire captured by the camera;
obtaining identification information of the at least one luminaire based on the image;
determining whether a control parameter of the at least one luminaire captured by the camera is settable by the operation terminal;
displaying, by the touch panel, information relating to the identification information, in association with the at least one luminaire, when the control parameter is determined to be settable by the operation terminal;
when a user selects a luminaire from among the at least one luminaire in the image displayed on the touch panel, displaying, by the touch panel, a control parameter of the luminaire selected; and
setting, by the touch panel, the control parameter of the luminaire selected, wherein:
when the at least one luminaire is captured by the camera, an optical ID is received from the at least one luminaire,
in the obtaining of the identification information of the at least one luminaire based on the image, the identification information is obtained based on information included in the optical ID received,
the control parameter setting method further comprises:
obtaining identification information of the illumination controller based on the information included in the optical ID received, the obtaining of the identification information of the illumination controller based on the information included in the optical ID received being between the capturing and displaying and the determining, and
in the determining, when the identification information of the illumination controller obtained matches identification information of the illumination controller that communicates with the operation terminal, the control parameter is determined to be settable by the operation terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,627

DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR MANIPULATING FRAMED GRAPHICAL OBJECTS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions for manipulating framed graphical objects which, when executed by an electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface and one or more sensors to detect intensities of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface, cause the electronic device to:display a first portion of a graphical object inside of a frame on the display;
detect a gesture, wherein detecting the gesture includes:
detecting a contact on the touch-sensitive surface while a focus selector is over the graphical object; and
detecting movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface; and
in response to detecting the gesture that includes movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface:
in accordance with a determination that the contact meets predefined intensity criteria, remove the graphical object from the frame; and
in accordance with a determination that the contact does not meet the predefined intensity criteria, adjust an appearance of the graphical object inside of the frame in accordance with the movement of the contact across the touch-sensitive surface to display a second portion of the graphical object that was not displayed prior to detecting the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,191,626

SYSTEM FOR MANAGING AND PROCESSING DATA FROM A MEDICAL FACILITY

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A system for managing and processing data in a medical facility, the system comprising:a plurality of medical examination devices in the medical facility;
a plurality of different types of user devices in the medical facility that display and process data;
a public cloud outside of the medical facility storing downloadable applications, templates drivers, patient data records, patient image data records and patient associated tasks to be performed by the medical facility, the public cloud being connected to the plurality of medical examination devices and the plurality of different types of user devices;
at least one browser application installed on each of the plurality of different types of user devices configured to run on the user devices, the browser application being configured to access and display
data record lists, stored in the public cloud, containing a respective list entry for a number of medical data records of a particular data type including data inclusive of data generated by the plurality medical examination devices, data of hospital information systems (HIS), radiology information systems (RIS) and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and
individual list entries resulting from search queries via the browser application
for inspection and processing, the at least one browser application being subdivided into the following layers in terms of its component architecture:
a frame layer comprising at least one frame component, the frame component defining a number and arrangement of GUI pages to be displayed at the same time for a respective data record list or GUI pages for a respective list entry, and the frame component also being configured to implement functions for transferring control between different GUI pages,
a view layer comprising a number of components, each respectively specifically defining, for a particular data type, the graphical contents of a GUI page for displaying a data record list or a GUI page for displaying a list entry,
a view model layer comprising a number of components, each defining, for at least one associated component of the view layer, properties and commands for the control elements of the GUI page defined there,
a model layer comprising a number of components, each respectively specifically defining, for a particular data type, the structure of the associated data records, and
a driver layer comprising a number of driver components, each respectively configured to facilitate data access to a particular data memory inside or outside the user device,
the components of the view model layer being independent of the data type.

US Pat. No. 10,191,614

PANEL DISPLAYING METHOD, PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND RECORDING MEDIUM USING THE METHOD

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. A panel displaying method for an electronic device, wherein the electronic device has a plurality of panels, the panel displaying method comprising:displaying at least one widget icon in a widget area of a first panel, wherein the widget area selects an operation mode based on an environment of the electronic device;
displaying a plurality of first icons corresponding to a plurality of objects in a second panel;
determining the environment of the electronic device according to device information of the electronic device, wherein the device information comprises connection information of the electronic device;
automatically choosing the operation mode based on the environment of the electronic device, and displaying at least one widget icon corresponding to the chosen operation mode in the widget area of the first panel,
wherein a portion of the first icons is chosen and updated as the at least one widget icon based on the number of clicks of the objects corresponding to the first icons and being clicked in the chosen operation mode; and
detecting a choose input signal, wherein the choose input signal instructs to move one of the first icons as a third icon into a specific position of the widget area, wherein when updating the widget icon, not updating a display position of the third icon based on the number of clicks of the third icon but displaying the third icon at the specific position, and displaying other widget icons at positions other than the specific position in the widget area according to the number of clicks of the other widget icons.

US Pat. No. 10,191,610

IMPLEMENTING FOCUS INDICATION OF COMPONENTS DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY DEVICE

Oracle International Corp...

1. A method for implementing focus indication of components displayed on a display device, the display device coupled to one or more processors and to a plurality of user input devices, the method comprising the following performed by the one or more processors:accepting a first signal from a first user input device to change focus to a first selected component on the display device, wherein the first user input device is not a mouse or touch user input device;
providing a focus indicator in association with the first selected component in response to the first signal;
accepting a second signal from the mouse or touch user input device to change focus to a second selected component;
determining that focus has changed in response to an input from the mouse or touch user input device; and
suppressing display of a focus indicator for the second selected component in response to the determining.

US Pat. No. 10,191,609

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF PROVIDING A CUSTOMIZED USER INTERFACE

Open Invention Network LL...

1. A method, comprising:displaying a new window display area, based on at least one predefined user preference, in a user specified location of a display operated by a user;
prompting the user to select at least one particular application to be associated with the new window display area, and prompting the user to customize window attributes of the new window display area by modifying the new window display area;
prompting the user to create a predefined geometric figure or shape via input gestures of the new window display area;
detecting the input gestures and corresponding coordinates and determining a pressure, speed, and size of the input gestures;
comparing the input gestures to a known set of input gestures to determine whether the comparison resulted in a predefined degree of precision based on a distance between user drawn coordinates associated with the input gestures and predefined coordinates associated with the known set of input gestures of the predefined geometric figure or shape;
accepting the degree of precision and identifying the user based on the input gestures received; and
saving the modified new window display area to be associated with the identified user in a memory of a computing device once the user has completed the customizing of the window attributes and double-tapped border of the new window display area.

US Pat. No. 10,191,605

TOUCH PANEL, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE BASED ON ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch panel, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate opposite to the first substrate;
a plurality of magnetic protrusions arranged on the first substrate and protruding towards the second substrate;
a first coil group comprising a plurality of coils extending in a first direction; and
a second coil group comprising a plurality of coils extending in a second direction;
wherein the first coil group and the second coil group are stacked above the second substrate and insulated from each other,
wherein the coils in the first and second coil group and corresponding magnetic protrusions constitute a plurality of inductive sensors, the inductive sensors being capable of generating inductance variations responsive to variations in distances between the coils and the corresponding magnetic protrusions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,599

IN-CELL TOUCH PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An in-cell touch screen, comprising:an upper substrate and a lower substrate that are provided opposite to each other;
a plurality of mutually independent self-capacitance electrodes disposed on a side, facing the lower substrate, of the upper substrate, or disposed on aside, facing the upper substrate, of the lower substrate;
wires that are disposed on a different layer from the self-capacitance electrodes and electrically connected correspondingly with the self-capacitance electrodes in a one-to-one manner; and
an insulation layer that is provided between the self-capacitance electrodes and the wires;
wherein the mutually independent self-capacitance electrodes comprise at least one first self-capacitance electrode that overlaps at least two of the wires, and the at least two of the wires comprise a first wire that is connected with the first self-capacitance electrode and at least one second wire that is not connected with the first self-capacitance electrode;
the insulation layer, in an area where the first self-capacitance electrode overlaps each of the at least two wires, is provided with at least one first via hole running through the insulation layer, and the first self-capacitance electrode is electrically connected with the first wire through the at least one first via hole overlapping the first wire;
the first self-capacitance electrode is provided with a second via hole which overlaps each of the at least one second wire, and the at least one second via hole runs through the first self-capacitance electrode, and an orthogonal projection of the second via hole on the lower substrate covers an orthogonal projection of the at least one first via holes overlapping each of the at least one second wire.

US Pat. No. 10,191,598

COORDINATE INDICATING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A coordinate indicating apparatus, comprising:a channel electrode which includes a first plurality of electrodes arranged in a first direction and a second plurality of electrodes arranged in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and which has capacitance between the first plurality of electrodes and the second plurality of electrodes, the capacitance being changed by an approach of a contact object;
a driver configured to generate a driving signals from a plurality of input signals using a modified Hadamard matrix, and apply the driving signals to the first plurality of electrodes simultaneously;
a receiver configured to receive response signals from the second plurality of electrodes; and
a controller configured to determine a location of the contact object based on the driving signals transmitted to the first plurality of electrodes and the response signals received from the second plurality of electrodes,
wherein the modified Hadamard matrix comprises a Hadamard matrix modified to change all values of a column of which the all values are the same, to zero, and
wherein each column of the modified Hadamard matrix is corresponding to each time section on which the driving signal are applied to the first plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,191,595

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH PLURALITY OF MICROPHONES AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME BASED ON TYPE OF AUDIO INPUT RECEIVED VIA THE PLURALITY OF MICROPHONES

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a plurality of microphones receiving audio input; and
a processor operably coupled with the plurality of the microphones,
wherein:
when the received audio input is a first audio input caused by a touch input received at the electronic device, the processor determines at least one of a location, a touch pattern, a touch strength, a touch duration time, or a touch periodicity of the touch input, and activates a short-distance voice recognition mode for receiving a voice input originated within a predetermined distance from the electronic device; and
when the received audio input is a second audio input that is not caused by the touch input, the processor activates a long-distance voice recognition mode for receiving a voice input originated farther than the predetermined distance.

US Pat. No. 10,191,594

PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A projection-type video display device comprising:a video projector that projects a video;
at least one light source that emits illumination light different from that of the projected video onto a surface at least partly overlapping a video projection surface onto which the video projector projects the video;
an image capture device that performs imaging using reflected light of the illumination light; and
a control system that is communicatively coupled to the video projector, the at least one light source and the image capture device, wherein the control system:
detects at least a position at which an operator's finger is brought into contact with the video projection surface based on a captured image acquired by the image capture device; and
performs a plurality of operations that change at least one partial video included in the video projected by the video projector based on a result of the detection acquired by the control system, wherein, the plurality of operations include a first operation and a second operation;
wherein the first operation comprises:
dividing a first partial video of video projected by the video projector into a plurality of separate display screens, on a condition that the operator's finger is detected to move into the first partial video from outside of the first partial video and traverses the partial video while being brought into contact with the video projection surface; and
allowing each of new partial video contents of the separate display screens to be independently adjustable through interaction of each of the separate display screens, and
wherein the second operation comprises:
on a condition that the operator's finger is detected to move from a start position in a second partial video while being brought into contact with the video projection surface, moving the second partial video of video projected by the video projector.

US Pat. No. 10,191,593

POSITIONAL INPUT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

6. A positional system, comprising:a source external to a surface of a display;
a phase retarder film on the surface to provide a pattern of visibly transparent polarizing elements to change the polarization state of polarized light;
a reflective material disposed at the surface of the display to reflect at least a portion of the polarized light from the surface of the display; and
a detector to determine a location based upon the change in the polarization state of the polarized light.

US Pat. No. 10,191,591

ANALOG ELIMINATION OF UNGROUNDED CONDUCTIVE OBJECTS IN CAPACITIVE SENSING

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCO...

1. A method for performing a touch determination with a capacitive sensor comprising a first electrode and a second electrode;initiating a self capacitance measurement of the first electrode and performing in parallel a mutual capacitance measurement including the first and second electrode, wherein after a start and before an end of the self capacitance measurement a pulse is fed to the second electrode, wherein a measurement circuit is designed such that grounding a sensor capacitance of the capacitive sensor has an opposite influence on self-capacitance measurement with respect to the mutual capacitance measurement and un-grounding the sensor capacitance has an equal influence on self-capacitance measurement and the mutual capacitance measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,191,588

COORDINATE INPUT DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE WITH THE SAME

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A touch panel comprising:a first coordinate electrode for detecting a touch coordinate;
a power source for supplying electric charges to the first electrode;
an electric charge storage capacitor electrically connecting the first coordinate electrode, and including a first capacitor electrode connecting the first coordinate electrode and a second capacitor electrode opposing to the first capacitor electrode;
a first switch electrically connecting between the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor and a reference voltage;
a second switch electrically connecting between the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor and a noise voltage; and
an amplifier for detecting electric charges which are transferred from the coordinate electrode to the electric charge storage capacitor via a third switch,
wherein the third switch directly connects between the first coordinate electrode and the amplifier in order to transfer the electric charges,
wherein the reference voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor before the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor,
wherein the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor for detecting the touch coordinate, and
wherein the third switch is configured to be turned ON at the same time as the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,583

TOUCH-CONTROL DISPLAY PANEL, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND TOUCH-CONTROL DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A driving method of a touch-control display panel including a first substrate including a first touch-control display region and a second touch-control display region arranged along a first direction, wherein the first touch-control display region and the second touch-control display region are arranged adjacent to each other; a plurality of touch-control driving electrodes disposed on the first substrate and extending along a second direction; a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate; and a plurality of touch-control detecting electrodes disposed on the second substrate, extending along the first direction, and overlapped with the plurality of touch-control driving electrodes, wherein the plurality of touch-control driving electrodes include a plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region and a plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, a number of the first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region is equal to a number of the second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, the plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes and the plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes include all the touch-control driving electrodes overlapped with the plurality of touch-control detecting electrodes, each first touch-control driving electrode of the plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region has a corresponding second touch-control driving electrode of the plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, a distance from the each first touch-control driving electrode to the second touch-control display region is equal to a distance from the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode to the first touch-control display region, the each first touch-control driving electrode and the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode are scanned simultaneously, the driving method comprising:in a touch-control sensing period, scanning the each first touch-control driving electrode and the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode simultaneously,
wherein each display period of the touch-control display panel includes at least one touch-control sensing period, and
a scanning direction of the first touch-control driving electrodes in the first touch-control display region is opposite to a scanning direction of the second touch-control driving electrodes in the second touch-control display region.

US Pat. No. 10,191,579

TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BIDIRECTIONAL ORTHOGONAL SIGNALING SENSORS

Tactual Labs Co., New Yo...

34. A touch sensitive device, comprising:row conductors and column conductors positioned in proximity to each other such that a touch event on or in proximity to the touch sensitive device causes a change in coupling between at least one of the row conductors and at least one of the column conductors;
row signal generator operatively connected to each of the row conductors, the row signal generator adapted to simultaneously transmit respective ones of a plurality of orthogonal row signals onto each of the row conductors, each orthogonal row signal being orthogonal to each of the other orthogonal row signals;
column receiver operatively connected to each of the column conductors, the column receiver being adapted to receive signals on each of the column conductors;
signal processor adapted to determine measurements corresponding to each of the plurality of orthogonal row signals present on each of the column conductors from the signals received by the column receiver;
column signal generator operatively connected to each of the column conductors, the column signal generator adapted to simultaneously transmit respective ones of a plurality of orthogonal column signals onto each of column conductors, each orthogonal column signal being orthogonal to each of the other orthogonal column signals;
row receiver operatively connected to each of the row conductors, the row receiver being adapted to receive signals on each of the row conductors;
at least one switch to switch between broadcast and receive on at least one of the row conductors or column conductors;
the signal processor being further adapted to determine measurements corresponding to of each of the plurality of orthogonal column signals present on each of the row conductors from the signals received by the row receiver;
the signal processor being yet further adapted to use the determined measurements corresponding to each of the plurality of orthogonal row signals and the determined measurements corresponding to each of the plurality of orthogonal column signals to determine a location of a touch event on or in proximity to the touch sensitive device; and
the signal processor configured to interleave processing of a first signal received on the at least one of the row conductors or column conductors with sampling of a second signal received on another of the row conductors or plurality of column conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,572

DISPLAY MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display module, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate disposed opposite to the first substrate;
a backlight module disposed at a side of the first substrate facing away from the second substrate;
a first electrode;
a second electrode disposed opposite to the first electrode for force touch;
an air-gap layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and disposed parallel to the first substrate; and
a frame assembly having a receiving space for at least receiving the backlight module, wherein the frame assembly includes at least one through-hole interconnected to the air-gap layer,
wherein the frame assembly further includes:
a bottom wall; and
a side wall connected to the bottom wall to form the receiving space, wherein a channel interconnecting the air-gap layer and the at least one through-hole is disposed between the side wall and the backlight module.

US Pat. No. 10,191,567

EITHER-HANDED REPLACEABLE MOUSE

Dexin Corporation, New T...

1. An either-handed replaceable mouse, comprising:a mouse body, having a first button part and a second button part;
a first replaceable top cover, effective for covering the mouse body and having a first button area and a second button area, the first button area and the second button area being correspondingly located on the first button part and the second button part respectively,
wherein said first replaceable top cover, when mounted to said mouse body, provides a height from the top of the first button area on the first button part to the bottom of the mouse body that is greater than the height from the top of the second button area on the second button part to the bottom of the mouse body; and
a second replaceable top cover, effective for covering the mouse body and having a first button area and a second button area, the first button area and the second button area being correspondingly located on the first button part and the second button part respectively,
wherein said second replaceable top cover, when mounted to said mouse body, provides a height from the top of the first button area on the first button part to the bottom of the mouse body that is less than the height from the top of the second button area on the second button part to the bottom of the mouse body.

US Pat. No. 10,191,559

COMPUTER INTERFACE FOR MANIPULATED OBJECTS WITH AN ABSOLUTE POSE DETECTION COMPONENT

Electronic Scripting Prod...

1. A manipulated object cooperating with a first plurality of high optical contrast features disposed in a real three-dimensional environment, said manipulated object comprising:a) a photodetector configured to detect said first plurality of high optical contrast features and generate photodetector data representative of the positions of said first plurality of high optical contrast features;
b) a controller configured to identify a derivative pattern of said first plurality of high optical contrast features from said photodetector data, wherein said derivative pattern is indicative of the position of said photodetector; and
c) at least one component selected from the group consisting of an auxiliary motion detection component, an active illumination component and a scanning component.

US Pat. No. 10,191,518

SOLID STATE INPUT DEVICE

Logitech Europe S.A., La...

1. An input device comprising:a sensor layer; and
a collapsible layer coupled to the sensor layer, the collapsible layer including a plurality of vertical columns comprised of fibers knitted into a spacer fabric, the vertical columns of fibers of the collapsible layer configured to:
resist collapsing along a plane defined by an orientation of the vertical columns in response to receiving an application of force that is less than a collapsing force; and
buckle and collapse along the plane defined by the orientation of the vertical columns in response to the application of force being at or above the collapsing force; and
a keycap coupled to the collapsible layer,
wherein the sensor layer generates a control signal when the collapsible layer collapses, and
wherein the keycap does not move laterally when configured over an area of the collapsible layer that is buckling and collapsing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,501

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POWER STEALING

Emerson Electric Co., St...

17. A method of providing climate control, the method comprising:connecting a thermostat with a climate control system, the thermostat having a power stealing circuit selectively configured to provide power to the thermostat and to one or more climate control system circuits ancillary to the thermostat from a power source external to the thermostat, the power stealing circuit configured to selectively connect a power supply circuit of the thermostat with heating and cooling subsystems of the climate control system, the heating and cooling subsystems external to the thermostat, the power stealing circuit having a selector switch configured in the power stealing circuit to selectively enable and/or disable power stealing, the selector switch connecting the heating circuit and the cooling circuit together and connecting both the heating and cooling circuits with the power supply circuit of the thermostat when power stealing is enabled, the power stealing circuit configured to provide power, from the power source external to the thermostat but not from any power source internal to the thermostat, to the power supply circuit through the selector switch and through at least one of the heating circuit and cooling circuit; and
operating the climate control system using the thermostat;
the method performed without having to connect the thermostat, through a common or neutral wire connection, with the external power source.

US Pat. No. 10,191,483

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MODIFYING A DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SUBMERGED SURFACE

Zodiac Pool Care Europe, ...

1. A system for controlling a self-propelled cleaner of a swimming pool, comprising:a. a wired link;
b. a control module configured to transmit a control signal to the self-propelled cleaner via the wired link; and
c. a modifying device (i) housed separately from the control module, (ii) electrically connected to the wired link between the control module and the self-propelled cleaner, (iii) configured to receive a wirelessly-transmitted request signal from a wireless transmitter housed separately from the control module, and (iv) upon receipt of the request signal, to interrupt transmission of the control signal and instead transmit a priority signal, based on the request signal, to the self-propelled cleaner via the wired link.

US Pat. No. 10,191,482

MOTOR CONTROLLER AND METHODS OF MONITORING MOTOR STATUS

Regal Beloit America, Inc...

1. A motor controller for controlling an electric motor, said motor controller comprising:at least one integrated sensor disposed on the electric motor, said at least one integrated sensor configured to collect sensor data associated with a status of the electric motor for a period of time, the period of time beginning at an activation time and extending at least until an installation time, wherein the activation time is a time at which the energy management system is activated to power said at least one integrated sensor;
an energy management system configured to power said at least one integrated sensor for at least a portion of the period of time; and
a memory device configured to store the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,367

PELLICLE FOR PHOTOMASK AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE PELLICLE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A pellicle for a photomask, which protects the photomask from external contamination, the pellicle comprising:a pellicle membrane spaced apart from the photomask; the pellicle membrane including a semiconductor having a two-dimensional (2D) crystalline structure, the pellicle membrane further including at least one of an n-type dopant and a p-type dopant.

US Pat. No. 10,191,306

DITHER FREE BIAS CONTROL

OCLARO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED...

1. A Mach-Zehnder, MZ, modulator for modulating optical signals, and comprising:a plurality of modulating waveguide sections;
at least one bias electrode in electrical communication with at least one modulating waveguide section and configured to apply at least one electrical bias signal to one or more of the modulating waveguide sections;
an output optical combiner comprising a plurality of inputs and a plurality of outputs, wherein the plurality of inputs of the combiner are in optical communication with output sides of the plurality of modulating waveguide sections, and wherein a plurality of the outputs of the combiner are monitor outputs; and
wherein the combiner is an n×n combiner and n is greater than 2.

US Pat. No. 10,191,266

THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A three-dimensional shape measuring apparatus comprising:a light source;
an objective that condenses light emitted from the light source;
a stage on which a specimen is placed;
a scanner that two-dimensionally scans light that is condensed by the objective and is illuminated on the specimen;
an optical sensor that receives light that has been illuminated via the objective and has been reflected by the specimen; and
a processor that includes hardware, the processor being configured to perform control to:
image a sensor signal from the optical sensor;
store, in a memory, control information indicating a state of the three-dimensional shape measuring apparatus at a point in time of imaging, the control information being obtained in synchronization with the imaging of the sensor signal; and
control a transfer timing of the control information stored in the memory in accordance with a transfer timing of image data obtained by the imaging so as to output the control information to an image transfer path in association with the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,265

IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PROCESSING METHOD

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image generation apparatus comprisinga plurality of irradiators;
an image sensor having a surface on which an object is placed; and
a control circuit that generates an in-focus image of the object in a virtual focal plane located between the image sensor and the plurality of irradiators, wherein the control circuit performs an operation including
(a) generating an in-focus image of the object in each of a plurality of predetermined focal planes by using a plurality of captured images of the object, the captured images being obtained such that the plurality of irradiators sequentially irradiate the object and one image is captured by the image sensor each time the object is irradiated by one of the plurality of irradiator,
(b) extracting a contour of at least one or more cross sections of the object represented in the plurality of generated in-focus images,
(c) generating at least one or more circumferences based on the contour of the at least one or more cross sections,
(d) generating a sphere image in the form of a three-dimensional image of at least one or more spheres, each sphere having one of the generated at least one or more circumferences, and
(e) generating a synthetic image by processing the sphere image such that a cross section of the at least one or more spheres appears in the synthetic image, and displaying the resultant synthetic image on a display,
wherein the object is an embryo,
and wherein each of the at least one or more spheres includes an outer sphere representing an outward appearance of the embryo and at least one or more inner spheres, each inner sphere being contained in the outer sphere and representing an outward appearance of a cell.

US Pat. No. 10,191,257

LENS SYSTEM, OPTICAL APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A lens system comprising, in order from an object, an “a” lens group having positive refractive power, a “b” lens group having negative refractive power, and a “c” lens group having positive refractive power,an aperture stop being disposed between the “b” lens group and the “c” lens group,
all or a part of the “b” lens group being shifted so as to have a component orthogonal to the optical axis,
wherein the “b” lens group is fixed in an optical axis direction with respect to an image plane upon zooming from a wide angle end state to a telephoto end state, and
wherein upon zooming from a wide angle end state to a telephoto end state, a distance between the “a” lens group and the “b” lens group varies and a distance between the “b” lens group and the “c” lens group varies, and the aperture stop is integrated with the “b” lens group, and
further comprising a first lens group which is closest to the object and placed closer to the object than the “a”, “b” and “c” lens groups, and is placed closest to the object among the lens groups of the lens system, the first lens group having positive refractive power, and
a second lens group, which is the second lens group from the object side, has negative refractive power, and the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.55<(?f2)/fc<1.00  (5)
where f2 denotes a focal length of the second lens group, and fc denotes a focal length of the “c” lens group,
wherein the first lens group includes a front portion lens group, and a rear portion lens group disposed to an image side of the front portion lens group with an air distance therebetween, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
1.30 wherein ft denotes a focal length of the total lens system in the telephoto end state, and f1b denotes a focal length of the rear portion lens group of the first lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,191,256

LITHIUM CONTAINING GLASS WITH HIGH OXIDIZED IRON CONTENT, AND LAMINATED TRANSPARENCY USING SAME

PPG Industries Ohio, Inc....


a redox ratio of 0.005-0.15; and
the oxidizer consisting essentially of cerium oxide in the range of greater than 0 to 0.50 wt % and/or manganese oxide in the range of greater than 0 to 0.75 wt %
wherein the glass has a visible transmission of greater than 88%, an infrared transmission of greater than 85%, and an infrared viewing transmission of greater than 80%, wherein the spectral properties of the glass given above are reported at a glass thickness of 0.223 inch (5.7 millimeters), and the visible transmission is determined using CIE Standard Illuminant A with a 2° observer over a wavelength range of 380 to 780 nanometers; the infrared transmission is determined using Parry Moon air mass 2.0 direct solar irradiance data over a wavelength range of 800 to 2100 nm, and the infrared viewing transmission is determined using the relative spectral irradiance of CIE Standard Illuminant A and the response function of the viewing device over the wavelength range 400 to 930 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,191,247

IMAGING LENS HAVING FOUR LENS ELEMENTS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An imaging lens comprising first, second, third, and fourth lens elements arranged from an object side to an image side in the given order, each of the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements having an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side, wherein:the image-side surface of the first lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the first lens element;
the image-side surface of the second lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the second lens element;
the third lens element has a positive refractive power and the object-side surface of the third lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the third lens element;
the object-side surface of the fourth lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the fourth lens element;
the imaging lens has a fixed focal length and does not include any lens element with refractive power other than the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements; and
the imaging lens satisfies
1.30?Gaa/(G12+G23)?1.83, where
Gaa represents a sum of a distance between the image-side surface of the first lens element and the object-side surface of the second lens element at the optical axis, a distance between the image-side surface of the second lens element and the object-side surface of the third lens element at the optical axis, and a distance between the image-side surface of the third lens element and the object-side surface of the fourth lens element at the optical axis,
G12 represents a distance between the image-side surface of the first lens element and the object-side surface of the second lens element at the optical axis,
G23 represents a distance between the image-side surface of the second lens element and the object-side surface of the third lens element at the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,191,227

FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR WITH SMALL PROFILE, AND CABLE ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS INCLUDING THE SAME

Alliance Fiber Optics Pro...

1. A fiber optic connector, comprising:first and second ferrules each configured to support at least one optical fiber and arranged to extend parallel to each other in a ferrule plane;
an inner connector body having a front end from which the first and second ferrules extend and a back end opposite the front end;
a latch arm extending outwardly from the inner connector body and intersecting the ferrule plane;
a handle having a housing portion in which the inner connector body is at least partially received and a grip portion extending rearwardly from the housing portion, wherein:
the housing portion of the handle is in the form of a tubular body with sides that extend from a front opening of the housing portion to a rear opening of the housing portion;
one of the sides of the housing portion includes an opening through which the latch arm extends; and
the handle can move relative to the inner connector body so that the housing portion can cause the latch arm to flex toward the inner connector body;
an outer connector body coupled to the back end of the inner connector body;
first and second inner springs extending within the inner connector body and outer connector body, wherein the first and second inner springs bias the respective first and second ferrules ferrule toward the front end of the inner connector body; and
a spring push received in the outer connector body, wherein the spring push includes first and second slots for accommodating the respective at least one optical fiber that the first and second ferrules are configured to support, and wherein the spring push defines first and second spring seats for positioning the first and second inner springs in the outer connector body.

US Pat. No. 10,191,223

OPTICAL CONNECTOR

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. An optical connector comprising:a first plug that secures a first fiber with a first ferrule in an end thereof;
a second plug that secures a second fiber with a second ferrule in an end thereof, the first plug and the second plug jointly rotating around an optical axis common to the first ferrule and the second ferrule, the second plug having a projection;
a sleeve that receives the first ferrule of the first plug in one end thereof and the second ferrule of the second plug in another end thereof;
a shell that encloses the first plug and the second plug therein, the shell providing a hollow that engages with the projection of the second plug; and
a spring provided between the first plug and the shell, the spring pushing the first plug against the second plug outward from the shell,
wherein the first ferrule of the first plug makes physical contact against the second ferrule of the second plug,
wherein the shell has a slit and a cut, the slit providing the hollow in one end thereof,
wherein the cut extends from an edge of the shell facing the second plug to another end of the slit, and
wherein the slit circumferentially extends on a surface of the shell and has an edge closer to the edge of the shell, the edge of the slit making a distance to the edge of the shell gradually increasing from the end continuous to the cut to the hollow.

US Pat. No. 10,191,193

NANO BI-MATERIAL ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM SHIFTER

Hong Kong Baptist Univers...

1. A tunable electromagnetic spectrum shifter comprising: at least two different nano particles deposited as at least one layer onto at least one surface of one or more transparent, translucent, or reflective substrates; wherein the at least two different nano particles are plasmonically coupled and electromagnetic spectrum shifting is achieved via plasmonic coupling between the at least two different nano particles in the at least one layer of at least two different nano particles; wherein the at least two different nano particles are within 1-15 nm of each other on the at least one surface of an one or more transparent, translucent, or reflective substrate; and wherein relative positions of the at least two different nano particles in each pair of the at least two different nano particles are in random three-dimensional direction in respect with other pairs such that the at least two different nano particles in each of said at least one layer of at least two different nano particles are not arranged as one layer of one nano particles stacked on top of another layer of the other one nano particles.

US Pat. No. 10,191,139

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OBJECT TRACKING ANTI-JITTER FILTERING

ISOLYNX, LLC, Haverhill,...

1. An object tracking anti-jitter filtering method, the method comprising:periodically receiving, within an object tracking system, a raw location point for a tracking tag attached to a tracked object;
averaging raw location points corresponding to an averaging window to periodically generate an averaged location point; and
determining physical movement of the tracked object based upon three most recently determined average location points corresponding to the object; and
adjusting a most recent of the three average location points such that the determined physical movement of the tracked object does not exceed predefined physical limits of the tracked object.

US Pat. No. 10,191,127

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING A PROTECTIVE COVER AND A CAMERA

Aspect Imaging Ltd., Sho...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising:a MRI device having a bore that accommodates at least a portion of a patient, the bore also having an aperture;
a protective, semi-permeable, and at least partially transparent cover, located at the aperture of the bore, that contains RF shielding preventing an external RF radiation from entering the bore;
wherein the protective, semi-permeable, and at least partially transparent cover when open allows the patient entry access into the bore of the MRI device and when closed provides a radiofrequency (RF) shield that covers the aperture of the bore while also preventing an RF radiation emitted by the MRI device from exiting the bore; and
a camera positioned adjacent to the RF shielding of the protective semi-permeable, and at least partially transparent cover, where the camera is without electromagnetic shielding and the camera is positioned external to the bore and external to an area of RF radiation emitted within the bore, whereby the camera is still in proximity to a strong main static magnetic field produced by a large main magnetic field source that is part of the magnetic resonance imaging system itself, with the camera also being utilized in order to generate an image of at least the portion of the patient during operation of the MRI device where the presence of the RF shielding of the protective, semi-permeable, and at least partially transparent cover does not hinder the clinical usability of the generated image.

US Pat. No. 10,191,123

MAGNETIC FIELD MEASUREMENT DEVICE

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A magnetic field measurement device for measuring a magnetic field, comprising:a magneto-impedance sensor including:
a magneto-sensitive body,
a detection coil that is wound around the magneto-sensitive body and outputs a voltage corresponding to a magnetic field acting on the magneto-sensitive body, and
a magnetic field generation coil that is wound around the magneto-sensitive body and generates a magnetic field upon energization;
a sensitivity calculation means for calculating a sensitivity, the sensitivity being a value that is obtained by varying a value of a current flowing in the magnetic field generation coil to vary the magnetic field acting on the magneto-sensitive body in a state where an outside-sensor magnetic field that acts on the magneto-sensitive body from outside the magneto-impedance sensor is constant, and dividing a variation in an output voltage of the detection coil by a variation in the magnetic field acting on the magneto-sensitive body; and
a magnetic field calculation means,
wherein the magneto-impedance sensor is mounted on a device,
the outside-sensor magnetic field is a composition magnetic field of an outside-device magnetic field that acts on the magneto-sensitive body from outside the device and an inside-device magnetic field that is generated from an electronic component provided inside the device and acts on the magneto-sensitive body, and
the magnetic field calculation means calculates a value of the outside-device magnetic field using the sensitivity calculated by the sensitivity calculation means and the output voltage of the detection coil.

US Pat. No. 10,191,111

SYNCHRONIZED PULSED LADA FOR THE SIMULTANEOUS ACQUISITION OF TIMING DIAGRAMS AND LASER-INDUCED UPSETS

DCG Systems, Inc., Fremo...

1. A method, comprising:sequentially directing a laser beam comprising a train of laser pulses on a plurality of pixel locations within an area of interest of a device under test (DUT);
at each pixel location of the plurality of pixel locations, repetitively applying, at a clock rate established by a clock signal, a test signal that places the DUT in a marginal state and temporally scanning arrival times of the laser pulses at at least one of the pixel locations with respect to the clock signal; and
for each at least one pixel location and at least two of the arrival times, recording a pass/fail result of the DUT so as to determine a probability of failure rate versus arrival time during the test signal for the plurality of pixel locations and arrival times.

US Pat. No. 10,191,096

ELECTRIC VEHICLE DISAGGREGATION AND DETECTION IN WHOLE-HOUSE CONSUMPTION SIGNALS

Bidgely Inc., Mountain V...

1. A method of electronically detecting and disaggregating a consumption signal associated with the charging of an electric vehicle from a whole-house profile, comprising:identifying by an electronic processor potential interval candidates of electric vehicle charging, based at least in part upon long and decreasing patterns;
determining by the electronic processor intervals associated with the charging of an electric vehicle, based at least in part on evaluating each potential interval candidate;
determining by the electronic processor an initial point of charging for each interval associated with the charging of an electric vehicle; and
identifying that energy consumption associated with the charging of the electric vehicle occurred, and informing a user of the same.

US Pat. No. 10,191,095

WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK FOR MEASUREMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION

SOCOVAR S.E.C., Montreal...

1. A system for measuring electricity consumption of an environment having a plurality of electrical appliances, the system comprising:a plurality of measuring devices for connection to a wire between one of the plurality of electrical appliances and one of a plurality of corresponding circuit breakers, each one of the measuring devices comprising:
a Hall effect sensor configured to measure a current flowing through the wire; and
a sensor support for receiving the Hall effect sensor, the sensor support comprising an attachment member configured for attaching the sensor support to the wire outside of the circuit breaker such that the wire runs through the attachment member, and the sensor support having a sensor positioning guide for fixing a position of the Hall effect sensor with respect to the wire to a known and fixed relative position;
at least one precision sensor connectable between the plurality of corresponding circuit breakers and a main circuit breaker for the environment;
a communication and processing unit configured to communicate with the measuring devices and configured for receiving individual consumption measurement data representative of the electricity consumption of each of the plurality of electrical appliances;
the communication and processing unit being configured to communicate with the at least one precision sensor and being configured for receiving an overall consumption measurement data representative of the overall electricity consumption of the plurality of electrical appliances; and
wherein the communication and processing unit is adapted to apply a calibration algorithm to the individual consumption measurement data to increase precision thereof using the overall consumption measurement data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,020

FLAME IONIZATION DETECTION BURNER ASSEMBLIES FOR USE IN COMPRESSIBLE FLUID-BASED CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEMS

WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A burner assembly of a flame-based detector comprising:(1) a burner comprising a burner body having a fluid inlet for receiving combustion gases and a fluid outlet for delivering combustion gases to a flame position, the burner body defining a flow path extending from the fluid inlet to the flame position and having a longitudinal axis;
and
(2) a restrictor comprising a hollow body comprising a first end for receiving at least a portion of a mobile phase flow stream from a chromatography system and a second end for delivering the at least a portion of the mobile phase flow stream as a decompressed mobile phase flow stream to the burner; and
wherein during flame-based detection of one or more constituents of the at least a portion of the mobile phase flow stream:
at least the second end of the restrictor is inserted into the burner; and
the second end of the restrictor having a tip that is angled to deliver the decompressed mobile phase flow stream to the burner body flow path at an angle substantially non-parallel to the longitudinal axis of the burner.

US Pat. No. 10,191,013

IMPLEMENTATION OF HETERODYNE EFFECT IN SHM AND TALKING SHM SYSTEMS

The Florida International...

1. A method for a structural health monitoring system, the method comprising:connecting a first signal generator to a first actuator;
connecting a second signal generator to a second actuator;
connecting the first actuator and the second actuator to a subject structure;
generating, by the first signal generator a first signal with a first frequency, and exciting the first actuator with the first signal;
generating, by the second signal generator, a second signal with a second frequency, and exciting the second actuator with the second signal;
retrieving an output signal from the subject structure; and
analyzing the output signal of a sensor to determine whether a structural defect exists by determining whether a third frequency has been created,
the third frequency being equal to the absolute value of the result of the subtraction of the second frequency from the first frequency,
a verbal message being embedded into the first signal, which is set to the first frequency, and the second signal being set to the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,191,000

STABLE NANOCRYSTALLINE ORDERING ALLOY SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF IDENTIFYING SAME

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. An alloy comprising:a mixture of a solute element and a solvent element, the mixture having a phase including at least one of a stable nanocrystalline phase, a metastable nanocrystalline phase, and a non-nanocrystalline phase,
the phase having a first thermodynamic parameter associated with grain boundary segregation of the alloy system, a second thermodynamic parameter associated with phase separation of the alloy system, and a third thermodynamic parameter associated with intermetallic compound formation of the alloy system,
wherein the phase is stable when the first thermodynamic parameter, the second thermodynamic parameter, and the third thermodynamic parameter are within a predetermined region of a stability map of the alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,190,990

LED-BASED FIBER PROPERTY MEASUREMENT

Uster Technologies, AG, ...

1. An apparatus for measuring at least one of color and trash in a fiber sample, the apparatus comprising:a light emitting diode light source for generating an incident light that is directed toward the fiber sample, and reflected by the fiber sample, thereby producing a reflected light,
a sensor for receiving the reflected light and producing a signal,
a controller for controlling the light source and the sensor, and at least one of receiving and adjusting the signal, and
means for conditioning at least one of the incident light, the reflected light and the signal to compensate for differences between the light emitting diode light source and a xenon light source.

US Pat. No. 10,190,951

ASSEMBLY FOR PICKING AND TRANSPORTING NANOOBJECTS CONTAINED IN AEROSOLS, WITH A CASSETTE THE OPENING OF WHICH IS SECURED DURING THE PICKING

PARTICLEVER, Paris (FR)

1. An assembly for sampling and transporting of nano-objects present in an aerosol for analysis, comprising:a device comprising:
a porous sampling filter configured to trap nano-objects in suspension in the aerosol,
a cassette composed of a first piece and a second piece provided with means for holding the filter, the first and second pieces, in an assembled configuration, defining a cavity in which the filter is held, wherein:
the first piece comprises at least one elastically deformable foot extending from the first piece and comprising an opening, and
the second piece comprises at least one channel configured to receive the at least one elastically deformable foot, and a protrusion extending radially from the at least one channel and configured to engage the opening of the deformable foot when the first and second pieces are in the assembled configuration, and
at least one gasket configured to produce tightness between the cavity and an environment external to the cavity;
a sampling apparatus comprising means of aspiration and a seat defining a seat opening for receiving the cassette, wherein:
the cassette is secured in the seat opening in a removable manner when in the assembled configuration to accomplish sampling of contaminants by the means of aspiration, and
when in the assembled configuration and when the cassette is secured in the seat opening, the at least one elastically deformable foot extends at least partly in seat opening and the seat prevents disengagement of the opening of the at least one elastically deformable foot from the protrusion of the at least one channel.

US Pat. No. 10,190,948

TYPE OF MULTI-NOZZLE COMBINED ATOMIZING DUST SUPPRESSION EXPERIMENTAL EQUIPMENT UNDER THE EFFECT OF AIRFLOW DISTURBANCE

SHANGDONG UNIVERSITY OF S...

1. A multi-nozzle combined atomizing dust suppression experimental equipment under an effect of airflow disturbance, wherein the equipment comprises a simulated roadway device, water spray based dust suppression device and nozzle position adjustor;the simulated roadway device comprises an inlet portion, front divergent portion, simulated roadway body, rear convergent portion and outlet portion;
the water spray based dust suppression device comprises a dust generation and extraction system and spraying system,
the dust generation and extraction system comprises a dust generation device, exhaust air duct, exhaust fan and outlet air duct,
the dust generation device is located at an inlet portion of the simulated roadway device, the inlet portion is connected to the atmosphere, one end of the exhaust air duct is connected to an outlet portion of the simulated roadway device and the other end of the exhaust air duct is connected to the outlet air duct via the exhaust fan;
the spraying system comprises a water tank, high pressure water pump, confined water pipe, pressure water flow converter and multiple nozzles, the water tank is connected via the high pressure water pump and confined water pipe to the pressure water flow converter which is connected with multiple nozzles;
the nozzle position adjustor comprises a nozzle slide, slide fixing rod, nozzle sliding rack and electrically-controlled drive system, every nozzle is mounted on the nozzle slide,
all nozzle slides are mounted on the slide fixing rod which is located on the nozzle sliding rack arranged inside the simulated roadway body, a vertical slideway is located on the nozzle sliding rack and a horizontal slideway is located under the nozzle sliding rack,
the electrically-controlled drive system comprises a horizontal drive system which controls horizontal position change of the nozzle sliding rack on the horizontal slideway and a vertical drive system which controls vertical position change of the slide fixing rod on the vertical slideway.

US Pat. No. 10,190,930

MICRO FEEDBACK-CHAMBER SENSOR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUCH SENSOR

Mei-Yen Lee, Hsin Chu (T...

1. A micro feedback-chamber sensor, comprising:a semiconductor base having a sensing circuit;
a bonding structure layer formed on the semiconductor base; and
a sensing member chip having a low-resistance semiconductor body, a first end portion and a second end portion, wherein the semiconductor body has free-standing silicon (Si) posts, the first end portion is formed with at least one sensing member structure, the second end portion is connected to the semiconductor base through the bonding structure layer, a micro feedback-chamber structure is formed among the at least one sensing member structure, the semiconductor base and the semiconductor body, and the at least one sensing member structure is electrically connected to the sensing circuit through the free-standing Si posts, wherein:
the at least one sensing member structure and the micro feedback-chamber structure collaboratively react to an externally inputted physical signal to generate a sensing signal outputted to the sensing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,910

OPTICAL FILTER AND SPECTROMETER

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. An optical filter comprising:a first thin film wedged interference coating deposited on a medium of the optical filter; and
a second thin film wedged interference coating deposited on the medium of the optical filter,
where the first thin film wedged interference coating is deposited on a first side of the medium and the second thin film wedged interference coating is deposited on a second, opposite side of the medium with respect to an optical path of a beam of light, or
the medium is located between the first thin film wedged interference coating and the second thin film wedged interference coating, and
where the medium is a single common substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,190,901

DOSE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Common Sensing Inc., Cam...

1. A method of estimating volume of liquid ejected from a drug container, the method comprising:detecting electromagnetic radiation emitted by at least two of a plurality light sources with each of a plurality of sensors, the plurality of light sources emitting electromagnetic radiation toward the drug container, the drug container including an actuator;
generating a signal signature representative of the electromagnetic radiation detected through the drug container by the plurality of sensors;
comparing the signal signature to a plurality of reference signatures to determine a displacement of a plunger portion of the actuator; and
determining the volume of the liquid ejected from the drug container based on the displacement of the plunger portion of the actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,897

THERMAL FLOW METER INCLUDING A COVER MOUNTED ON A HOUSING AND WHERE A BYPASS PASSAGE IS FORMED BY THE COVER AND BYPASS PASSAGE TRENCH

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A thermal flow meter comprising:a circuit package having a heat resistor formed on a semiconductor diaphragm and a lead terminal connected electrically to the semiconductor diaphragm, wherein the circuit package is molded with a first resin so as to enclose the lead terminal in the circuit package;
a housing formed by a second resin, a thermal expansion coefficient of which is different from a thermal expansion coefficient of the first resin; and
a flange,
wherein the circuit package has a portion covered with the second resin and a portion exposed from the second resin,
wherein the circuit package is fixed to the housing by the portion covered with the second resin, and
wherein an area of the portion exposed from the second resin in the circuit package is larger than an area of the portion covered with second resin in the circuit package.

US Pat. No. 10,190,876

LEVEL INDICATOR FOR SKID STEER ATTACHMENT

Great Plains Manufacturin...

1. A skid steer assembly for a skid steer, said skid steer assembly comprising:a scarifier attachment including—
a frame,
a skid shoe assembly positioned on a bottom of said frame, wherein said skid shoe assembly comprises a central portion, a rear portion extending rearward from the central portion, and a forward portion extending forward from the central portion,
one or more ground-engaging elements configured to extend from the bottom of the frame and into the ground; and
a depth indicator for indicating a depth of said ground-engaging elements of said tiller attachment below the ground level, wherein said depth indicator includes—
a cylindrically-shaped reference component displaying a plurality of references, wherein each of said references is associated with a particular depth below the ground level of said ground-engaging elements of said scarifier attachment;
an elongated securement component for supporting said reference component with respect to the scarifier attachment, wherein said securement component comprises a first end and a second end, wherein said first end of said securement component is configured to be secured to the scarifier attachment, and wherein said second end of said securement component is configured to be spaced above the scarifier attachment and is secured to said reference component, wherein said second end of said securement component is circularly-shaped with a diameter that matches a diameter of said reference component; and
an indicator mechanism rotatably connected to said securement component adjacent said second end of said securement component, wherein said indicator mechanism is configured to highlight one of said references of said reference component based on depth below the ground level of said ground-engaging elements of said scarifier attachment.

US Pat. No. 10,190,873

SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE AND SHAPE MEASURING METHOD

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. A shape measuring device that measures a shape of a measuring object, the shape measuring device comprising:a light projecting section configured to irradiate the measuring object with light;
a light receiving section configured to receive the light projected by the light projecting section and reflected from the measuring object;
an exposure control section configured to change an exposure time of the light receiving section stepwise;
a height image data generating section configured to obtain a light receiving amount output from the light receiving section at each exposure time, which is changed stepwise by the exposure control section, and to generate height image data, in which each pixel value indicates a height of each portion of a surface of the measuring object, based on the obtained light receiving amount;
a pixel determination section configured to obtain a light receiving amount received by the light receiving section at each exposure time, which is changed stepwise by the exposure control section, and to determine whether each pixel constituting each height image, which is generated by the height image data generating section, is valid or invalid based on the obtained light receiving amount; and
an exposure time setting section configured to set, as a set value, an exposure time, which corresponds to a height image in which the number of pixels determined to be valid by the pixel determination section satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,190,849

FINGER-ADJUSTABLE SCOPE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Tangent Theta Inc., Hali...

1. An adjustment mechanism for an optical scope, comprising:a first component comprising a first threaded surface configured to engage a second threaded surface of a second component, the first component configured to rotate and translate relative to the second component;
a detent assembly of the first component, the detent assembly configured to engage with a detent surface of the second component, the detent assembly comprising:
a detent element disposed in a radial channel defined by the first component; and
a flat spring disposed within a pocket defined by the first component, the pocket shaped to secure the flat spring within the pocket, the flat spring engaged with the detent element at an end of the radial channel, and the flat spring configured to bias the detent element radially outward through the radial channel and toward the detent surface of the second component; and
a plurality of evenly spaced detent structures configured as part of the detent surface to engage with the detent element as the first component is rotated relative to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,190,835

AMMUNITION MAGAZINE BASEPAD EXTENSION

ZEV Technologies, Inc., ...

1. An improved ammunition magazine extension for attachment to an open bottom of a magazine tube having a pair of sidewalls, a pair of end walls, and a flange on at least each of the sidewalls at the bottom, the extension comprising:an extension body having open first and second ends and forward and rear walls, the first open end of the extension body slidably attachable to the sidewall flanges at the open bottom end of the ammunition magazine tube;
a bottom closure member removably slidably attached to the open second end of the body and movable between open and closed positions; and
a latch member slidably attached to a wall of the extension body to move toward and away from the magazine tube and first and second ends of the extension body, the latch member releasably securing the extension body to the magazine tube when moved toward the magazine tube and the first open end of the extension body.

US Pat. No. 10,190,814

CONDENSATE EVAPORATOR FOR REFRIGERATION APPARATUS

Component Hardware Group,...

1. A condensate evaporator for refrigeration apparatus comprising:a pan having a floor, upstanding walls extending from said floor to define a cavity for receiving condensate therein and a first pair of posts on an underside of said floor for pivoting of said pan on a surface about a horizontal axis passing through said posts towards one end of said pan under the weight of condensate in said cavity;
a heating element integral with said floor for heating condensate in said cavity to a point of evaporation;
a plunger type push button switch mounted at said one end of said pan, said switch having a movably mounted plunger for movement between an extended position corresponding to a raised position of said end of said pan relative to said surface and a retracted position corresponding to a lowered position of said end of said pan relative to said surface; and
an electrical circuit electrically connecting said heating element and said switch to an electrical supply whereby electrical power is supplied to said heating element with said plunger in said retracted position thereof and electrical supply is interrupted to said heating element with said plunger in said extended position thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,190,807

EXPANSION VALVE

TGK CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

11. An expansion valve for use in a refrigeration cycle, for throttling and expanding a refrigerant flowing from an upstream side and supplying the expanded refrigerant to an evaporator, the expansion valve comprising:a body having an inlet port through which the refrigerant is introduced from the upstream side, an outlet port through which the refrigerant is delivered to a downstream side, a valve hole through which the inlet port and the outlet port communicate with each other, an insertion hole formed coaxially with the valve hole, and a downstream-side passage intersecting at right angle with the valve hole and the insertion hole and through which the valve hole and the outlet port communicate with each other;
a valve element configured to move toward and away from the valve hole to close and open a valve section;
a drive unit provided on the body and configured to generate a drive force for opening or closing the valve section;
a shaft slidably extending through the insertion hole, having a first end connected to the drive unit and a second end connected to the valve element through the downstream-side passage and the valve hole, and being configured to transmit the drive force of the drive unit to the valve element; and
a wall member provided in the downstream-side passage,
wherein the downstream-side passage includes a small-diameter part to which the valve hole and the insertion hole are open, and a large-diameter part to which a pipe leading to the evaporator is connected,
wherein the wall member has a shield part partially covering a downstream end of the small-diameter part, the shield part having a height of 2 mm or larger in a radial direction of the small-diameter part from a projected position of an opening of the insertion hole at the downstream end of the small-diameter part and a width equal to or larger than a radius of the shaft,
wherein the shield part of the wall member does not cover at least a range of projection of an opening of the valve hole at the downstream end of the small-diameter part,
wherein the wall member is a plate member, and
wherein the plate member has an undulating surface over at least a portion of the periphery thereof, the undulating surface having a plurality of crest portions which contact the large-diameter part and a plurality of recessed portions spaced inwardly from the crest portions.

US Pat. No. 10,190,805

EASY-OPENING SOLAR COLLECTOR HAVING TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE MOUNT FOR POLYMER ABSORBER

UMA Distributors, LLC, A...

1. A solar collector, comprising:a housing having a hollow interior;
said housing including a transparent cover, a frame for holding said transparent cover, and a base;
a polymer absorber disposed within said hollow interior between said transparent cover and said base;
a plurality of latches secured to an exterior of said frame about a perimeter thereof;
each latch of said plurality of latches having an open configuration and a closed configuration, said frame and base being at least partially unconnected to one another when one or more of said plurality of latches are in said open configuration and said frame and base being connected to one another when each of said latches are in said closed configuration;
whereby said housing is opened and closed in the absence of tools;
said frame having sidewalls;
said base having sidewalls;
said frame pivotally secured to the base through a first manifold pipe extending between apertures formed in said sidewalls of said frame and base; and
whereby when said latches are in their respective open configurations, said collector is opened or closed by rotating said frame with respect to said base about said first manifold pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,190,764

INFRARED HYDROGEN/OXYGEN COMBUSTOR

XIAMEN YUANYIDA TECHNOLOG...

1. An infrared hydrogen/oxygen combustor in the field of combustion heating, comprising:an angle-shaped sinus ring (1) with a surrounding foot for passing water and producing gas; a surrounding foot (12) of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) wraps a material-containing basin (14); a gas-gathering chamber (17) is formed between an outer wall of the material-containing basin (14) and an inner wall of a lower part of the surrounding foot (12); a primary energy gas inlet (18) is provided on one side of the gas-gathering chamber (17); a first small tube (16) and a second small tube (7) are connected with the material-containing basin (14) and the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) for exchanging water, water vapor and air; water solution (3) is contained in the material-containing basin (14); a first catalytic material barrier (15) is arranged in the water solution (3) at the lower part of the material-containing basin (14); a straight-hole ceramic water-absorbing board (5) is provided on an upper part of the water solution (3) matching with an inner wall of the material-containing basin (14); a middle lower part of the water-absorbing board (5) is soaked in the water solution (3), that is, full range of solution positioning; a spacing ring (6) is provided above the rim of the material-containing basin (14) and inside the upward ring of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1); an infrared radiation board (2) is provided in the inner surface of the spacing ring (6) having a same number of holes and facing the straight-hole ceramic water-absorbing board (5) in the material-containing basin (14); a two-stage material-containing box (9) with a separated brake is provide on one side of the angle-shaped sinus ring (1); a second catalytic material barrier (10) is provided in each of the separated brake of the material-containing box (9); the two-stage material-containing box (9) is communicated with the angle-shaped sinus ring (1) and material-containing basin (14) respectively by a third small tube (8) and a forth small tube (13), so that the original water and the added water be controlled separately; the original water in the material-containing basin (14) can be supplied on demand, and the original water is separated from the added water, the water capacity in the material-containing basin (14) is controlled, and it overcomes the negative effect produced by entering too much or too little water, and the concentration of catalyst in aqueous solution is increased by putting the catalytic material in the material-containing box, decomposition of the reaction is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,190,738

LUMINAIRES AND LIGHT SOURCE RETENTION COMPONENTS

Inter-Lux, Inc., Baltimo...

1. A luminaire, comprising:a housing having a receiving area with an internal surface;
first and second opposing teeth disposed on the internal surface and extending towards each other into the receiving area;
a light board disposed in the receiving area; and
a retention component disposed in the receiving area and holding the light board in the receiving area, the retention component has opposing first and second retention arms with respective ratcheting teeth adapted to engage the first and second opposing teeth to hold the light board in the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,190,730

LIGHT FLUX CONTROLLING MEMBER, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE AND ILLUMINATING DEVICE

ENPLAS CORPORATION, Sait...

1. A light flux controlling member that controls a distribution of light emitted from a light emitting element, the light flux controlling member comprising:an incidence surface including a first incidence surface that is disposed separately from a central axis of the light flux controlling member to surround the central axis, and a second incidence surface that is disposed to surround the first incidence surface, the incidence surface being configured to allow light emitted from the light emitting element to enter the light flux controlling member;
an upper total reflection surface disposed on a side opposite to the incidence surface such that a distance from the central axis gradually increases along the central axis toward an upper side, the upper total reflection surface being configured to reflect, in a direction away from the central axis, a part of light incident on the incidence surface;
a lower total reflection surface disposed between the central axis and the first incidence surface to surround the central axis, and configured to reflect, toward the upper total reflection surface, a part of light incident on the first incidence surface; and
an emission surface disposed outside relative to the upper total reflection surface to surround the central axis, and configured to mainly emit, to outside, light reflected by the upper total reflection surface,
wherein the incidence surface, the upper total reflection surface, the lower total reflection surface and the emission surface are rotationally symmetrical about the central axis as a rotation axis,
wherein the incidence surface further includes a third incidence surface disposed to intersect the central axis,
wherein the upper total reflection surface is disposed to intersect the central axis, and
wherein the lower total reflection surface is disposed between the first incidence surface and the third incidence surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,708

RESIN-MADE PIPE JOINT

Nippon Pillar Packing Co....

1. A resin-made pipe joint comprising:a joint body having: a body cylinder portion in which a flow path for a fluid is formed; an outer cylinder portion which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in one axial direction; and an inner cylinder portion which is placed radially inside the outer cylinder portion, and which is coaxially projected from the body cylinder portion in a same direction as the outer cylinder portion so that a projection end is located on a side of the body cylinder portion with respect to a projection end of the outer cylinder portion, a groove portion which opens in one axial direction being formed while being surrounded by the body cylinder portion, the outer cylinder portion, and the inner cylinder portion;
a sleeve having: a cylindrical fitting portion which is detachably fitted to a radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion; a cylindrical coupling portion which is projected from the fitting portion in one axial direction, and which is press-inserted into a one longitudinal end portion of the tube; and a cylindrical inserting portion which is coaxially projected from the fitting portion in another axial direction, and which is inserted into the groove portion from an opening portion of the groove portion, the sleeve being connectable to or detachable from the joint body in a state where the sleeve is coupled to the tube; and
a fastening member which enables the tube to be fastened to the joint body through the sleeve, wherein
the joint body and the sleeve are produced by using a fluorine resin,
the inserting portion has a radial width which is larger than a radial width of the groove portion, and is configured to, when the fitting portion is to be fitted to the radially inner side of the outer cylinder portion, be press-inserted into the groove portion,
a sealing portion which seals between an inner circumferential surface of the inserting portion and an outer circumferential surface of the inner cylinder portion is formed by press-inserting the inserting portion into the groove portion, and,
when, with respect to the inserting portion and the groove portion, an insertion rate of the inserting portion to the groove portion is indicated by X, and a multiplying factor of the radial width of the inserting portion to the radial width of the groove portion is indicated by Y, the resin-made pipe joint has the insertion rate and multiplying factor which are within in a range that is defined by following Expressions (1) and (2):
Y=?0.218X+1.218,  (1)
Y=?0.67X+1.67.  (2)

US Pat. No. 10,190,706

FLAME RESISTANT HOSE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THEREFORE

Kongsberg Actuation Syste...

1. A flame resistant hose assembly for use in motor vehicles comprising:a polymeric tubular inner layer having an interior radial surface and an exterior radial surface with said tubular inner layer defining a longitudinal axis,
a flame resistant layer disposed about and covering said exterior radial surface, said flame resistant layer formed from a flame resistant material comprising:
a polymeric binder comprising thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), said polymeric binder having a softening point of from about 170° C. to about 250° C.; and
expandable graphite in an amount of from about 5 to about 40 parts by weight based on 100 parts by weight of said flame resistant material, said expandable graphite having an expansion onset temperature of greater than about 210° C.;
wherein said flame resistant layer expands when heated to a temperature of about 220° C. or greater to form a char layer having a post-expansion coverage of said exterior radial surface of said tubular inner layer of greater than about 95%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,704

CONSTRUCTION OF PIPES

Long Pipes (Pty) Ltd., C...

1. A method of constructing an elongate hollow structure comprising a radially inner portion and a flexible radially outer portion, with the two portions adapted to be merged together to provide an integrated tubular wall structure, the method comprising:providing the inner portion,
providing the flexible outer portion about the inner portion, the flexible outer portion having less resilience than the inner portion so as to yieldingly resist radial expansion of the inner portion, wherein a space containing a gas therein exists between the inner and outer portions, and
expanding the inner portion, wherein the gas within the space is arranged to be expelled as the inner portion is expanded.

US Pat. No. 10,190,702

MEMS BASED SOLENOID VALVE

DunAn Microstaq, Inc., A...

1. An electronically switchable MEMS valve comprising:a housing formed from soft magnetic material and defining a fluid flow path therethrough;
a magnetic field generating member configured as a wire-wound coil and mounted within the housing and connected to a source of electrical power; and
a MEMS valve portion mounted within the magnetic field generating member, the MEMS valve portion including a cover layer having an inlet port formed therethrough, a base layer having an outlet port formed therethrough, an intermediate layer attached between the cover layer and the base layer, wherein the inlet port and the outlet port define a fluid flow path therethrough, a valve closing member movably mounted to the intermediate layer, the valve closing element movable between a closed position wherein the outlet port of the base layer is blocked, and an open position wherein the outlet port of the base layer is not blocked, a permanent magnet defining an armature attached to the valve closing member, a seal layer mounted within a cavity formed in an inner surface of the base layer, a first soft magnetic member mounted between the seal layer and the base layer, and a second soft magnetic member attached between an outer surface of the cover layer of the MEMS valve portion and the housing;
wherein when an electric current is removed from the magnetic field generating member, the valve closing element is configured to move to and remain in the one of the closed position and the open position to which the valve closing element is the closest when the electric current is removed;
wherein when in the closed position and when an electric current is passed through the wire-wound coil in a first direction, the soft magnetic material the second soft magnetic member and the soft magnetic material of the end wall portion is magnetized such that a strength of the magnetic force between the armature and the second soft magnetic member and the end wall portion is greater relative to a strength of the magnetic force between the armature and the first soft magnetic member and the end wall;
wherein the armature therefore moves toward the second soft magnetic member until the armature engages an inside surface of the cover layer and the MEMS valve portion is in the open position; and
wherein when in the open position and when the electric current is removed from the wire-wound coil, the magnetic force between the armature and the second soft magnetic member and the end wall portion is sufficient to cause the MEMS valve portion to remain in the open position against a pressure differential within the range of about 0.75 bar to about 2 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,190,700

ROTARY ACTUATOR, AND BEVERAGE FILLING SYSTEM

Evoguard GmbH, Nittenau ...

1. A rotary actuator for a disk valve, comprising a housing containing a linearly slidable piston and having a cover and a base, at least one thread-like guide groove in the piston, a shaft being rotatable about an axis of the rotary actuator, the shaft having a transverse axis which engages into the at least one guide groove in the piston, and at least one torque support engaging into a guide in the piston, wherein the at least one torque support is anchored in the housing parallel to the axis of the rotary actuator, wherein at least one end of the transverse axis comprises a bush contacting at least one raceway of the guide groove, wherein the bush is cambered and each raceway comprises an undercut corresponding to the cambering of the bush,wherein the guide groove comprises a bush assembly opening, which is at least accessible from an outer circumference of the piston, and
wherein, at the bush assembly opening, one side of the undercut in each raceway is arcuately removed up to a bottom of the undercut and corresponding to an outer circumference of the bush.

US Pat. No. 10,190,695

CONVERTIBLE CHECK VALVE

Cornell Pump Company, Cl...

1. A convertible check valve comprising:a first valve body section having a first passageway extending therethrough, said first passageway having a first longitudinal axis, said first body section including a first flange at one end thereof, said first flange having a first end surface extending at an angle of 45 degrees to said first longitudinal axis and at which said first passageway terminates, whereupon a shape of said first passageway at said first end surface is elliptical to establish a first elliptical shaped flow port thereat;
a second valve body section having a second passageway extending therethrough, said second passageway having a second longitudinal axis, said second body section including a second flange at one end thereof, said second flange having a second end surface extending at an angle of 45 degrees to said second longitudinal axis and at which said second passageway terminates, whereupon a shape of said second passageway at said second end surface is elliptical to establish a second elliptical shaped flow port thereat, said second end surface of said second flange being configured to be connected to said first end surface of said first flange in either an aligned configuration or an angled configuration, wherein said first and second longitudinal axes are collinear when in said aligned configuration and are perpendicular to each other when in said angled configuration; and
a flapper valve member configured to be moved between a closed state and an opened state, and vice versa, said flapper valve member being configured to close said elliptical flow ports and thereby isolate said second passageway from said first passageway when said flapper valve member is in said closed state, said flapper valve member being configured to open said elliptical flow ports to enable fluid communication between said second passageway and said first passageway through said elliptical flow ports when in said opened state,
wherein said second valve body section additionally comprises a recess to receive the flapper valve member when in the opened state, and
wherein, when positioned within the recess, the flapper valve member is outside an area of a flow path between the first and second elliptical shaped flow ports.

US Pat. No. 10,190,694

FLOW CONTROL MOUNTING ASSEMBLY FOR A VALVE

Ross Europa GmbH, Langen...

1. A valve mounting system comprising:an upper plate including an upper inlet, an upper outlet, and an upper exhaust;
a lower plate including a lower inlet, a lower outlet, and a lower exhaust that are aligned with the upper inlet, the upper outlet, and the upper exhaust, respectively to define an inlet, an outlet and an exhaust, respectively;
a spoon that pivots about an axis to control a flow of fluid through an opening, wherein the opening is one of the inlet, the outlet and the exhaust, wherein the spoon is located between the upper plate and the lower plate, the upper plate is located above the spoon, and the lower plate is located below the spoon.

US Pat. No. 10,190,691

SEALING DEVICE

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A sealing device that seals between a shaft hole formed on a housing and a rotary shaft, comprising:a rotating seal member fixed to the rotary shaft that rotates integrally with the rotary shaft, and a fixed seal member fixed to an inner surface of the shaft hole;
wherein the fixed seal member has a lip contacting the rotary shaft, and an axial dust lip contacting the rotating seal member;
the rotating seal member is formed by a rigid body;
an opening is formed on the rotating seal member connecting to a space defined by the rotary shaft, the lip and the axial dust lip of the fixed seal member, and the rotating seal member; and
a deformation member formed from one of an elastomer or a bellows-shaped film is disposed on the opening of the rotating seal member, which blocks the opening, and deforms based on the pressure in the space.

US Pat. No. 10,190,689

SEAL RING

NOK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A seal ring that is attached to an annular groove provided on an outer periphery of a shaft and seals an annular gap between the shaft and a housing that rotate relative to each other, to maintain fluid pressure in a sealed region in which the fluid pressure is configured to change,the seal ring sliding on a lateral wall surface of the annular groove on a lower pressure side,
the seal ring comprising:
an abutment joint part provided at one portion in a circumferential direction thereof;
a plurality of dynamic pressure generation grooves provided at intervals in the circumferential direction on a side of a sliding surface thereof sliding on the lateral wall surface; and
foreign matter discharging holes that are provided between a region in which the plurality of dynamic pressure generation grooves is arranged and the abutment joint part in the circumferential direction on the side of the sliding surface sliding on the lateral wall surface, and that are capable of catching foreign matter intruding from the abutment joint part and discharging the caught foreign matter to a side of an inner peripheral surface of the seal ring.

US Pat. No. 10,190,669

POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A power transmission device for a vehicle, the power transmission device comprising:a first rotary shaft;
a second rotary shaft;
a spline fitting portion configured to spline-fit the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft in a part of a power transmission path from a power source to a drive wheel; and
a tolerance ring provided at a place at which the first rotary shaft is inserted into the second rotary shaft and which is different from the spline fitting portion,
the tolerance ring including an annular portion formed in a substantially annular shape and a plurality of protrusions protruding from the annular portion,
the annular portion being configured to come into contact with one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft, and the one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft being provided with a groove, oil supply holes, and an axial direction oil passage,
the protrusions being configured to come into contact with other one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft,
the axial direction oil passage being configured to supply a lubricant from outside of the one of the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft to the oil supply holes,
the oil supply holes are configured to supply the lubricant to the groove,
the groove being configured to supply the lubricant to a region of the tolerance ring where the annular portion comes into contact, and
the tolerance ring has at least one notch in a part in the circumferential direction for discharging the lubricant supplied to the region of the tolerance ring where the annular portion comes into contact.

US Pat. No. 10,190,668

VEHICLE DIFFERENTIAL LOCK DISENGAGEMENT BYPASS

Brandt Road Rail Corporat...

1. A bypass system for use with a disengagement system for a differential lock in a vehicle having a selectively lockable differential, the differential lock powered by a power fluid selectively allowed by a disengagement control valve, the bypass system comprising:a bypass valve for receiving the power fluid alternatively from the disengagement control valve in a first position and a power fluid source in a second position;
a biasing member for biasing the bypass valve in the first position;
a bypass valve actuator for switching the bypass valve from the first position to the second position; and
power fluid transfer lines for supplying the power fluid to the disengagement control valve and the bypass valve;
such that in the first position, the bypass valve allows unimpeded flow of the power fluid between the disengagement control valve and the differential lock; and
in the second position, the bypass valve blocks flow of the power fluid between the disengagement control valve and the differential lock and thereby prevents disengagement of the differential lock by the disengagement control valve while allowing flow of the power fluid directly from the power fluid source to the differential lock.

US Pat. No. 10,190,663

LINEAR GEAR SHIFT MECHANISM

MOTIVE POWER INDUSTRY CO....

1. A linear gear shift mechanism, comprising:a support rotator;
a plurality of transmission balls spaced apart from each other and movably disposed on an outer circumferential surface of the support rotator, with a cylindrical recess disposed on each said transmission ball along a radial direction thereof;
a plurality of driving posts with inward ends movably disposed in the cylindrical recesses along a radial direction of the support rotator;
a gear shift unit movably connected to outward ends of the driving posts and adapted to drive the driving posts to rotate from the radial direction of the support rotator to but not reach an axial direction of the support rotator;
an axial power input rotator having an inward-tilted power input annular surface; and
an axial power output rotator having an inward-tilted power output annular surface, wherein the axial power input rotator and the axial power output rotator are disposed on two opposite sides of the transmission balls to movably clamp the transmission balls between the inward-tilted power input annular surface, the inward-tilted power output annular surface and the outer circumferential surface of the support rotator;
wherein the gear shift unit has a driving ring pivotally connected to the outward ends of the driving posts and capable of undergoing translation in the axial direction of the support rotator.

US Pat. No. 10,190,641

FLANGED COMPONENT FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Solar Turbines Incorporat...

1. A flanged component for a gas turbine engine, the flanged component comprising:a flange body including a flange mating surface that mates with a second mating surface of a second flanged component;
a threaded feature including
a threaded portion with threads for receiving a threaded fastener, the threaded portion extending into the flange body from the flange mating surface along a feature axis, and
a relief portion extending into the flange body from the flange mating surface located outward from the threaded portion relative to the feature axis forming a rim portion therebetween, the rim portion including an upper rim surface having an annular shape parallel to the flange mating surface, and the relief portion including an inner surface on the rim portion extending from the upper rim surface and away from the flange mating surface, the inner surface having a frustoconical shape that tapers outward from the upper rim surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,637

SEALED BEARING ASSEMBLY

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A sealed bearing assembly comprising:a bearing defining a bearing interior space;
a seal member separating the bearing interior space from an exterior of the bearing, and including a seal lip;
a seal sliding surface configured to slide relative to the seal lip in a circumferential direction; and
a protrusion on one circumferential portion of the seal lip, the protrusion at least partially defining an oil passage extending between the seal sliding surface and the seal lip, and communicating with the bearing interior space and the exterior of the bearing;
wherein the protrusion is shaped and positioned such that a fluid lubricating condition can be created between the seal lip and the seal sliding surface, and
wherein the protrusion extends in a direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction, and has a rounded shape such that a distance between the protrusion and the seal sliding surface decreases from respective ends of the protrusion toward a center of the protrusion, with respect to a circumferential width of the protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,190,635

ELECTRIC MACHINE WITH IMPROVED BEARING LUBRICATION

1. An electric machine, comprising:a rotatable hollow shaft having a first side and an opposite second side, said hollow shaft including an oil collecting area in which an internal diameter of the hollow shaft is greater than an internal diameter of the hollow shaft on the second side of the hollow shaft; and
a first bearing arranged on the first side of the hollow shaft, said first bearing having a fluid connection to the oil collecting area.

US Pat. No. 10,190,634

TURBO-CHARGER BEARING

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A partial admission turbocharger, comprising:a housing;
a rotary assembly disposed within the housing and including a turbine wheel and a compressor wheel attached to one another by a shaft, the housing defining a partial admission inlet to the turbine wheel over only a portion of an annulus of the turbine so that the rotary assembly is subject to aero-load in a lateral direction; and
a bearing disposed in the housing and rotatably supporting the shaft, the bearing including an inner bearing surface that engages the shaft and an outer bearing surface that engages the housing, the outer bearing surface having a cylindrical outer surface and a pair of axially extending grooves recessed relative to the cylindrical outer surface and extending from one end of the bearing surface and at least partially along the bearing, the pair of axially extending grooves being located perpendicular to the aero-load direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,619

SEALING NUT

LISI AEROSPACE, Paris (F...

1. A sealing nut comprising a nut and a deformable sealing ring, wherein the nut comprises an annular body extending in a direction of an axis of revolution (A), a base comprising a counterbore, and a second counterbore made in said base, the second counterbore comprises an annular back wall having a length extending between a first inner radius (R1) and a second inner radius (r1), the sealing ring comprises an annular body and an upper end face (A2) suitable for resting against the back wall of the second counterbore, and said upper end face has a length extending between an inner radius (r2) and an outer radius (R2), characterized in that the ratio between the length (L1) of the back wall of the second counterbore and the length (L2) of the upper end face (A2) of the ring is between 20 and 45%.

US Pat. No. 10,190,613

REMOVABLE BLIND FASTENER FOR JOINING COMPONENTS

Kwikbolt Limited, Kingst...

1. A removable blind fastener, comprising:a) a first tubular element with a head portion at one end and a guide portion at the other end, wherein the guide portion has a plurality of guides extending away from the head end of the first tubular element in a direction parallel to the central axis of the first tubular element, the space between the guides defining guide channels, and wherein parts of the first tubular element between the guides define sills;
b) a second tubular element having a threaded portion and an arm portion, the threaded portion having an internally threaded aperture along the central axis of the second tubular element, and the arm portion having a plurality of outwardly biasable resilient arms extending away from the threaded portion in a direction parallel to the central axis of the second tubular element, wherein the number of arms is equal to the number of guide channels provided on the first tubular element, and wherein the end portions of the arm portions of the second tubular member are thicker than the rest of the arm portion, to define a recess behind the end portions of the arm portion, wherein the thickness in a direction perpendicular to the central axis of the second tubular element of the ends of the arm portions determines the distance that the end portions are biased away from the central axis of the second tubular element in use; the removable blind fastener further comprising;
c) an elongate screw member having a head portion and a threaded portion, wherein, in use, the screw member is located within the first tubular element and the second tubular element in such a way that the first tubular element, second tubular element and screw member are co-axial, and whereby the head portion of the screw member is located within the head portion of the first tubular element, and the threaded portion of the second tubular element is threaded onto the threaded portion of the screw member, such that the arms of the second tubular element can engage with the guide channels of the first tubular element, and wherein the removable blind fastener is arranged so that:
(i) rotation of the screw member in a first direction causes movement of the second tubular element towards the first tubular element in a clamping direction, this movement causing the arms of the second tubular element to move along the guide channels of the first tubular element and engage with the sills of the first tubular element, whereby continued rotation of the screw member causes the arms of the second tubular element to bias outwardly, away from the central axis of the second tubular element against the sills of the first tubular element; and
(ii) rotation of the screw member in a second direction causes movement of the second tubular element away from the first member in a releasing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,596

TWO-STAGE COMPRESSOR WITH ASYMMETRIC SECOND-STAGE INLET DUCT

Garrett Transportation I ...

1. A turbocharger, comprising:a center housing defining a bore extending therethrough in an axial direction, with bearings mounted in the bore and a rotatable shaft supported in the bearings so as to be rotatable about a turbocharger axis, the shaft having opposite ends, the center housing having axially opposite sides;
a compressor wheel mounted on one end of the shaft and a turbine wheel mounted on the other end of the shaft;
a compressor housing enclosing the compressor wheel and having opposite first and second sides, the second side mounted to one of the sides of the center housing;
a turbine housing mounted to the other side of the center housing enclosing the turbine wheel, the turbine housing defining an annular chamber surrounding the turbine wheel for receiving exhaust gas and directing the exhaust gas radially inwardly into the turbine wheel;
the compressor wheel having a first-stage impeller and a second-stage impeller arranged back-to-back, the compressor housing defining a first-stage inlet extending in the axial direction into the first side of the compressor housing for supplying air into the first-stage impeller, and defining a second-stage inlet extending opposite to the axial direction into the second side of the compressor housing for supplying air into the second-stage impeller, the compressor housing defining a generally annular first-stage volute surrounding the first-stage impeller for receiving air discharged therefrom, and a generally annular second-stage volute surrounding the second-stage impeller for receiving air discharged therefrom, the compressor housing further defining a second-stage outlet conduit through which air is discharged from the second-stage volute along a discharge direction;
wherein an XYZ coordinate system for the compressor is defined having a Y-axis that extends from the turbocharger axis through and along an imaginary radial line T-T that divides the second-stage volute from the second-stage outlet conduit, having an X-axis that is orthogonal to the Y-axis and is aligned along a direction opposite to the discharge direction along which air exits the second-stage volute, and having a Z-axis that is mutually orthogonal to the X- and Y-axes and follows a right-hand screw convention;
the compressor housing defining two separate first and second passages each extending from the first-stage volute and then proceeding generally radially inwardly into the second-stage inlet, wherein the first-stage volute comprises two generally semi-annular segments that collectively substantially encircle the first-stage impeller, the first passage being connected to one of the segments and the second passage being connected to the other of the segments, wherein the first and second passages in a cross-sectional plane that is normal to the Z-axis have a configuration as viewed along the Z-axis that is asymmetric with respect to the X-axis and is asymmetric with respect to the Y-axis; and
wherein the first and second passages leading into the second-stage inlet are defined respectively by first and second walls that form two diametrically opposite left-hand and right-hand tongues that act as a pinch point where the diameter D1° is at a minimum, and wherein a radial line L1 that lies in said cross-sectional plane and that extends between the tongues is angularly offset from the Y-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,190,588

COMPRESSOR HAVING A CHECK VALVE IN THE INJECTION PASSAGE

Daikin Industries, Ltd., ...

1. A compressor, comprising:a housing member having an injection passage formed therein, the injection passage communicating with a compression chamber where refrigerant is compressed and which is in the middle of compression;
a check valve arranged in the injection passage; and
an injection pipe arranged and configured to supply refrigerant to the injection passage;
the check valve having
a valve body slidably arranged in the injection passage, and
a valve supporting member arranged on an injection pipe side relative to the valve body,
the valve supporting member being arranged and configured to restrict movement of the valve body toward the injection pipe side when the check valve checks a flow of refrigerant from the compression chamber to the injection pipe,
a center hole being formed in a center part of the valve body,
a peripheral hole being formed in the valve supporting member, the peripheral hole opposing a rim part of the valve body located on a rim side relative to the center hole, with refrigerant passing through the peripheral hole and the center hole and being supplied to the compression chamber when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber,
the center hole being arranged and configured to be closed by the valve supporting member, and the peripheral hole being arranged and configured to be closed by the rim part of the valve body when the check valve checks the flow of refrigerant from the compression chamber to the injection pipe,
the housing member having a valve restricting face arranged on an opposite side of the valve supporting member relative to the valve body, the valve restricting face being arranged and configured to restrict movement of the valve body in a direction of flow of refrigerant when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber,
the injection passage including an injection port arranged downstream of the valve restricting face in the direction of flow of refrigerant when refrigerant is supplied from the injection pipe to the compression chamber, and the injection port directly communicating with the compression chamber, and
a flow passage area of the center hole formed in the valve body being larger than a flow passage area of the injection port, and a total flow passage area of the peripheral hole formed in the valve supporting member being larger than the flow passage area of the injection port.

US Pat. No. 10,190,578

MINIATURE PUMP

KOGE MICRO TECH CO., LTD,...

1. A miniature pump, comprising:a cylinder having a first end and a second end opposite to each other along a first direction, the cylinder further having a cylinder plate;
a piston module accommodated in the cylinder, the piston module comprising:
a plate portion stacked on a side of the cylinder plate, the side of the cylinder plate facing the first end, the plate potion further comprising a plurality of installation components, adjacent installation components having a first recessed portion formed therebetween on an outer periphery of the plate portion, each of the installation components comprising a first installation portion and a second installation portion, wherein the first installation portion and the second installation portion are disposed at intervals on the outer periphery of the plate portion;
a pumping chamber structure located on a side of the plate portion facing the second end and protruded towards the second end;
a piston portion connected to a side of the pumping chamber structure facing away from the plate portion; and
a connecting portion connected to a side of the piston portion facing away from the pumping chamber structure;
a driving module located at the second end, the driving module having a wobble plate and a driving rod connected to the wobble plate, and the connection portion being connected to the wobble plate, and the driving module being configured to drive the pumping chamber structure to extend or retract along the first direction; and
a ledge projecting outwardly from an outer surface of the pumping chamber structure along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, so as to contact an inner surface of the cylinder,
wherein the cylinder comprises:
a plurality of circular holes, wherein a portion of the pumping chamber structure of the piston module is respectively positioned in each hole; and
a plurality of supporting portions that extend in the first direction toward the piston module from an upper surface of the cylinder plate forming said side of the cylinder plate, each of the supporting portions extending circumferentially along an outer periphery of the cylinder plate adjacent to a corresponding one of the holes for a distance that exceeds a diameter of the corresponding hole to extend past the corresponding hole on both sides of the corresponding hole, the supporting portions being separated from each other, each of the supporting portions extending also inwardly from the outer periphery of the cylinder plate to surround a part of the corresponding hole while maintaining a distance from the corresponding hole, wherein said side of the cylinder plate is monolithically formed with the upper surface of the cylinder;
wherein a shape of each of the supporting portions is complementary to a shape of the plate portion of the piston module which is stacked on said side of the cylinder to thereby fix a relative position of the piston module and the cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,190,566

MODULARIZED OCEAN ENERGY GENERATING DEVICE AND BUILT-IN MODULE THEREOF

HANGZHOU LINDONG NEW ENER...

1. A built-in module for a modularized ocean energy generating device, the modularized ocean energy generating device comprising an outer frame, the built-in module comprising:an inner frame detachably disposed in the outer frame;
at least one hydraulic generator module generating power from water flow, disposed in the inner frame, an axis of the hydraulic generator module being parallel to a horizontal plane;
at least one mounting shaft, the at least one hydraulic generator module being mounted at the at least one mounting shaft, the at least one mounting shaft being rotatably mounted at the inner frame;
at least one driving unit, directly connected to the mounting shaft and driving the mounting shaft to rotate about a vertical axis; and
at least two barriers disposed at the inner frame or the outer frame and located at upstream and downstream sides of the hydraulic generator module along a water flow direction, respectively,
wherein the at least one driving unit is located above a water surface.

US Pat. No. 10,190,564

METHOD FOR ACTUATING A SPARK GAP

BORGWARNER BERU SYSTEMS G...

1. A method for actuating a spark gap in an internal combustion engine in which the spark gap is assigned a first ignition coil and a second ignition coil, each of which has a primary winding and a secondary winding that are inductively coupled to one another, the method comprising the following steps:(a) triggered by a start signal, charging the primary winding of the first ignition coil and with a delay D, for which 0?D, charging the primary winding of the second ignition coil by supplying a direct current, wherein, whilst each primary winding is charged, the respective secondary winding is blocked;
(b) measuring a primary current supplied to each of the primary windings;
(c) after a period T, abruptly discharging the primary winding of the first ignition coil, and with the delay D abruptly discharging the primary winding of the second ignition coil, whereby secondary currents are induced in the respective secondary windings, which lead to an electrical discharge between two electrodes of the spark gap;
(d) measuring the secondary current flowing through each of the ignition coils;
(e) thereafter alternately starting a charging of the primary winding of the first ignition coil and a charging of the primary winding of the second ignition coil whenever the strength of the secondary current flowing through the first or second ignition coil falls below a threshold;
(f) abruptly discharging the primary winding of the first ignition coil whenever the strength of the primary current flowing through the primary winding of the first ignition coil rises to an upper threshold and/or whenever the secondary current flowing through the secondary winding of the second ignition coil falls below an upper threshold, and abruptly discharging the primary winding of the second ignition coil alternately with the primary winding of the first ignition coil whenever the strength of the primary current flowing through the primary winding of the second ignition coil rises to an upper threshold and/or whenever the secondary current flowing through the secondary winding of the first ignition coil falls below an upper threshold;
(g) repeating steps (e) and (f) until the duration of the discharge process between two electrodes of the spark gap reaches a predefined value Z; and
(h) thereafter both primary windings remain separated from the supply of direct current until there occurs a further start signal and the above sequence of steps is restarted with step (a).

US Pat. No. 10,190,554

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A fuel supply device, comprising:a fuel tank for storing fuel, wherein the fuel comprises components with different octane numbers;
a separator provided inside the fuel tank to separate the fuel into high-octane fuel that contains a greater amount of components with high octane numbers than the fuel and low-octane fuel that contains a greater amount of components with low octane numbers than the fuel; and
a high-octane fuel tank provided inside the fuel tank to store the high-octane fuel separated from the fuel by the separator, wherein the separator has two chambers partitioned by a separation membrane, such that the high-octane fuel in a gas state included in the fuel supplied to one of the chambers is caused to pass through the separation membrane by pervaporation to be collected in the other of the chambers,
the fuel supply device further comprising a condenser provided inside the fuel tank to condense the high-octane fuel in the gas state separated by the separator.