US Pat. No. 10,139,997

STATISTICS TIME CHART INTERFACE CELL MODE DRILL DOWN

Splunk Inc., San Francis...

1. A method, comprising:causing display of a first interface in a table format that includes:
one or more columns, each column having a column heading representing a different value, each different value associated with a particular event field, and a first value is represented in the column heading of a first column of the one or more columns;
one or more rows, each row comprising at least a first cell and a second cell that is associated with the first column, the first cell of each of the one or more rows displaying a time increment and the second cell of each of the one or more rows displaying an aggregated metric representing a number of events, wherein each event contributing to the number of events has a field-value pair that matches the first value represented in the first column and occurred within the time increment displayed in the first cell;
in response to a user selection of a second cell of a first row of the one or more rows, causing emphasis of the second cell of the first row, wherein a first cell of the first row displays a first time increment; and
causing display of a menu of options corresponding to the emphasis of the second cell of the first row, wherein a selection of an option in the menu causes transition to a second interface displaying at least one event determined based on an association with a time that has a defined relationship to the first time increment and another association with the first value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,996

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR MEETING-SPOT-RELATED CONTACT LISTS

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:at a server computer, comprising a processor and memory:
associating a first user, who is currently online and active, with a first physical location of a first plurality of physical locations by determining that a client device associated with the first user is within a predetermined physical distance or an estimated driving time of the first physical location;
identifying a plurality of other users, who are currently online and active, that have currently selected the first physical location as one of a respective second plurality of physical locations;
sending information about at least some of the plurality of other users to a client device associated with the first user, wherein the information includes an identity of a second user in the plurality of other users, and wherein the second user has selected the first physical location using a graphical user interface that includes the first physical location and that is displayed on a client device associated with the second user;
receiving, from the client device associated with the first user, a selection of the second user from the plurality of other users, wherein the selection of the second user from the plurality of other users is based at least in part on a number of common physical locations between the first plurality of physical locations and the respective second plurality of physical locations, wherein the number is at least two and includes the first physical location;
identifying, responsive to the selection of the second user, a third user who is online and active, wherein the third user is associated with the first user and wherein the third user is associated with the second user;
sending information about the third user to the client device associated with the first user to provide an indication to the first user that the first user may be introduced to the second user through the third user; and
facilitating online communication between the client device associated with the first user, the client device associated with the second user, and a client device associated with the third user responsive to a request from the client device associated with the first user to the client device associated with the third user to be introduced by the third user to the second user, while the second user has still selected the first physical location.

US Pat. No. 10,139,992

DYNAMIC THUMBNAIL REPRESENTATION FOR A VIDEO PLAYLIST

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system, comprising:a memory having stored thereon computer executable components; and
a processor that, when executing the computer executable components stored in the memory, is configured to:
generate a user interface that includes a thumbnail representing a plurality of media content items, wherein the thumbnail has a static portion including an image associated with a media content item of the plurality of media content items and a dynamic portion including a plurality of images that are each associated with one of the plurality of media content items, and wherein the dynamic portion is configured to change between one of the plurality of images in response to a change in position of the thumbnail in the user interface;
detect navigation in the user interface that has changed the position of the thumbnail within the user interface; and
in response to detecting the navigation in the user interface that has changed the position of the thumbnail within the user interface, change an image from the plurality of images to another image from the plurality of images associated with the dynamic portion of the thumbnail while inhibiting the image associated with the static portion of the thumbnail from changing.

US Pat. No. 10,139,981

DISPLAY CONTROL SYSTEM

PURE DEPTH LIMITED, (NZ)...

1. A method of displaying images in a multi-layer display system, the method comprising:providing a multi-layer display system including a first display screen and a second display screen, the first and second display screens overlapping each other as viewed in a normal direction from a point of view of a viewer, and wherein the first display screen is configured to display a first image and the second display screen is configured to display a second image;
displaying a first user interface on the second display screen, the first user interface comprises first and second adjacent sections, the first section configured to illustrate display elements displayed via the first display screen and the second section configured to illustrate display elements displayed via the second display screen, and wherein the first user interface is configured to allow a user to move a given display element from the first display screen to the second display screen by dragging and dropping that given display element from the first section to the second section of the first user interface;
moving the first user interface from the second display screen to the first display screen, so that after said moving the first user interface is displayed on the first display screen and overlaps another display element that is displayed on the second display screen;
after said moving, adjusting brightness and/or transparency of the first user interface so as to improve visibility of the first user interface and/or the another display element.

US Pat. No. 10,139,976

DETECTING APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A detecting apparatus comprising:a plurality of touch detection electrodes provided along a touch detection surface, the touch detection electrodes including a first touch detection electrode integrated with a strain gauge and a second touch detection electrode that is not provided with the strain gauge;
a plurality of drive electrodes that are not in contact with the touch detection electrodes and form capacitances between the touch detection electrodes and the drive electrodes; and
a detector that detects force based on difference between an output in touch detection based on a first capacitance of the first touch detection electrode and an output in touch detection based on a second capacitance of the second touch detection electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,974

SENSOR AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel configured to display an image; and
a sensor provided on at least one surface of the display panel and configured to sense a touch location and a touch pressure,
wherein the sensor comprises:
a sensing unit comprising sensing electrodes formed on a same layer, and of which a capacitance changes according to a touch; and
a resistance element disposed on the sensing unit, and of which a resistance changes according to a pressure of the touch.

US Pat. No. 10,139,971

TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch display panel, comprising a substrate, and a plurality of gate lines arranged laterally and a plurality of touch electrodes arranged in an array on the substrate, wherein,the touch display panel further comprises a plurality of signal leads which are arranged longitudinally, each of the signal leads comprising a first and a second sub-signal leads;
each of the first sub-signal leads is electrically connected to a gate line at an intersection to connect the gate line longitudinally to a gate driving circuit for controlling the operation of the touch display panel, and the first sub-signal leads cross the gate lines and are insulated from the gate lines except for the intersection;
each of the second sub-signal leads is electrically connected to a touch electrode so as to be used as a touch lead for the touch electrode, and the second sub-signal leads cross the gate lines and are insulated from the gate lines except for the intersection;
the first and second sub-signal leads are arranged to be disconnected from each other; and
a plurality of gate leads arranged parallel to the signal leads, each of the gate leads is electrically connected at an intersection to a gate line which is not electrically connected to the first sub-signal lead, so as to connect the gate line longitudinally to the gate driving circuit, the gate leads are arranged to cross the gate lines and are insulated from the gate lines except for the intersection.

US Pat. No. 10,139,967

TOUCH SCREEN AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch screen, comprising first strip electrodes and second strip electrodes disposed in a layer under the first strip electrodes and intersecting the first strip electrodes; whereineach of the first strip electrodes comprise a plurality of groups of first touch electrodes and floating electrodes insulated from each other to prevent interference that causes Moire fringes, two or more groups of first touch electrodes being connected electrically with each other;
in a touch period at least some of the first strip electrodes are configured to load touch scanning signals while the second strip electrodes are configured to couple with the voltage signals of the touch scanning signals and output signals; or in the touch period the second strip electrodes are configured to load touch scanning signals while at least some of the first strip electrodes are configured to couple with the voltage signals of the touch scanning signals and output signals.

US Pat. No. 10,139,966

EXTERNAL USER INTERFACE FOR HEAD WORN COMPUTING

Osterhout Group, Inc., S...

1. A finger mounted user interface device, comprising:a. a housing adapted to be mounted on a finger of a user;
b. a user interactive control element mounted within the housing and accessible by the user when the finger mounted user interface device is worn by the user;
c. a proximity sensor positioned to sense a presence of a thumb or a finger of the user in proximity of the user interactive control element, wherein the proximity is indicative that the user is interacting with the user interactive control element; and
d. a processor adapted to alter a control schema of the finger mounted user interface device based on the proximity of the thumb or the finger, wherein the processor alters the control schema by not responding to data indicative of the housing moving when the thumb or the finger is proximate to the user interactive control element as sensed by the proximity sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,960

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel including a plurality of pixels, a plurality of detection electrodes, and common electrodes divided into M blocks when M is an integral number of 2 or more (M?2);
a driver circuit applying a common voltage and a touch panel scanning voltage to the common electrodes of each of the M divided blocks; and
a detector circuit detecting a touch signal of the plurality of detection electrodes,
wherein the common electrodes of each of the M divided blocks are shared with the respective pixels, and are also used as scanning electrodes,
wherein the driver circuit sequentially applies the touch panel scanning voltage to the common electrodes of each of the M divided blocks,
wherein the detector circuit determines:
in a normal touch detection process, a touch event by detecting the touch signal of the plurality of detection electrodes when the touch panel scanning voltage is applied to the common electrodes of each of the M divided blocks,
in a ghost touch detection process, a ghost touch event by detecting the touch signal of the plurality of detection electrodes without applying the touch panel scanning voltage to the M divided blocks,
wherein a threshold value for determining the touch event of the normal touch detection process is different from that for determining the ghost touch event of the ghost touch detection process,
wherein the detector circuit includes:
a plurality of integrating circuits provided each of the plurality of detection electrodes, and
an AD converter that converts an output voltage of the plurality of integrating circuits into digital data,
wherein each of the integrating circuits integrates a current of the respective detection electrodes, and
wherein the detector circuit determines the touch event with a first operating point of the AD converter, and the ghost touch event with a second operating point of the AD converter.

US Pat. No. 10,139,959

SELF-CALIBRATION OF FORCE SENSORS AND INERTIAL COMPENSATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A personal electronics device, comprising:a force sensor including an input surface, the force sensor adapted to provide a sensor signal representative of a total force normal to the input surface measured by the force sensor, the force sensor including first and second sensor plates;
a first accelerometer adapted to provide a first accelerometer signal representative of acceleration of the first sensor plate;
a second accelerometer adapted to provide a second accelerometer signal representative of acceleration of the second sensor plate; and
inertial compensation circuitry coupled to the first and second accelerometers and the force sensor, the inertial compensation circuitry adapted to:
receive the sensor signal and the first and second accelerometer signals;
determine an inertial compensation signal based on the first and second accelerometer signals and at least one inertial compensation parameter of the force sensor, the inertial compensation signal representative of an inertial force measurable by the force sensor; and
bias the sensor signal responsive to the inertial compensation signal to generate an acceleration compensated force signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,957

TOUCH INPUT DEVICE WITH PATHOGEN TRANSMISSION MITIGATION

International Business Ma...

1. A device comprising:a touch surface for receiving a plurality of touch inputs at respective plurality of touch locations on the touch surface;
an accumulator for accumulation of the plurality of touch locations;
an ultraviolet pixel array, each pixel of the ultraviolet pixel array configured to be selectably activated to illuminate with the pixel a portion of the touch surface with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength; and
a controller, responsive to computer instructions, for selecting a plurality of pixels of the ultraviolet pixel array for illuminating with ultraviolet light of a sterilization wavelength from the selected pixels a selected plurality of portions of the touch surface based upon the plurality of touch locations accumulated by the accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,139,954

DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

Qisda Optronics (Suzhou) ...

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel;
at least one touch sensor, configured to sense and output a touch sensing signal;
a touch sensor controller, electrically coupled to the at least one touch sensor and configured to receive the touch sensing signal and generate a touch sensing result accordingly;
a display controller, electrically coupled to the display panel and the touch sensor controller and configured to receive graphic data to generate first display data and determine whether to adjust the first display data to second display data and transmit the second display data to the display panel according to the touch sensing result, wherein the first display data has a first display feature, the second display data has a second feature, and the first display feature is different from the second display feature, wherein the first display feature is a first brightness or a first color temperature, and the second display feature is a second brightness or a second color temperature;
at least one distance sensor, configured to output a distance sensing signal; and
a distance sensor controller, electrically coupled to the at least one distance sensor and the display controller and configured to receive the distance sensing signal, generate a distance sensing result according to the received distance sensing signal, and transmit the distance sensing result to the display controller, wherein the display controller is further configured to determine whether to adjust the first display data to the second display data according to the distance sensing result and the touch sensing result.

US Pat. No. 10,139,939

OPTICAL TOUCH SCREEN AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An optical touch screen, comprising:an optical touch panel, wherein the optical touch panel comprises a plurality of first optical transmission channels and a plurality of second optical transmission channels, the plurality of second optical transmission channels are intersected with the plurality of first optical transmission channels with intersection points of the first optical transmission channels and the second optical transmission channels being of an enlarged circular shape, each of the first optical transmission channel has a first end and a second end, and each of the second optical transmission channel has a first end and a second end; and
a plurality of first sensors and a plurality of second sensors, the plurality of first sensors are positioned such that there is one first sensor disposed on the first end of each first optical transmission channel and there is one first sensor disposed on the second end of each first optical transmission channel and the first sensors are configured to receive light emitted by respective first optical transmission channel; and the plurality of second sensors are positioned such that there is one second sensor disposed on the first end of each second optical transmission channel and there is one second sensor disposed on the second end of each second optical transmission channel and the second sensors are configured to receive light emitted by respective second optical transmission channel, wherein after a position on the optical touch screen is irradiated by a light, light emitted from the position can travel along the first and second optical transmission channels, and optical signals are respectively detected by the first and second sensors and hence the position can be determined,
wherein each of the first optical transmission channels is entirely formed of an up-conversion luminescent material, and each of the entire second optical transmission channels is entirely formed of an up-conversion luminescent material.

US Pat. No. 10,139,937

MULTI-MODAL USER EXPRESSIONS AND USER INTENSITY AS INTERACTIONS WITH AN APPLICATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device, comprising:a pressure-sensitive display;
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor and storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, performs a method, comprising:
detecting multi-touch input provided on the pressure-sensitive display to determine a first geographical point in a mapping application and a second geographical point in the mapping application;
analyzing an intensity of the detected multi-touch input at the first geographical point and the second geographical point to determine a first zoom level and a first zoom rate for the first geographical point and a second zoom level and a second zoom rate for the second geographical point, wherein the first zoom level is associated with a first level of detail of the first geographical point and the second zoom level is associated with a second level of detail of the second geographical point;
displaying, on the pressure-sensitive display, the first geographical point at the first zoom level concurrently with the second geographic point at the second zoom level, wherein the first geographical point is zoomed in to the first zoom level using the first zoom rate and the second geographic point is zoomed in to the second zoom level using the second zoom rate; and
displaying a path between the first geographical point and the second geographical point, wherein the path is blurred as a blended zoom that changes based, at least in part, on the intensity of the detected multi-touch input at the first geographical point and the second geographical point.

US Pat. No. 10,139,920

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN SURGICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL PROCEDURES

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A method for generating a display of a patient's internal anatomy in a surgical field during a medical procedure, comprising:a) importing a baseline three-dimensional image of a surgical field to a memory storage unit of a processing device, wherein the baseline image is a CT scan;
b) converting the baseline image into a Digitally Reconstructed Radiograph library;
c) in a first position, acquiring from an x-ray imaging device a first intraoperative image of a surgical tool located within a surgical field;
d) moving the x-ray imaging device, patient, or table from the first position;
e) tracking the movement of the x-ray imaging device, patient, or table relative to each other from the first position to a second position;
f) in the second position, acquiring from the x-ray imaging device a second intraoperative image of the surgical tool located within the surgical field;
g) registering the first intraoperative image and the second intraoperative image to the Digitally Reconstructed Radiograph library;
h) displaying a merged image of the first intraoperative image or the second intraoperative image on the baseline image, wherein the merged image is enhanced to reduce the visibility of the surgical tool on the baseline three-dimensional image to allow visualization of the anatomic feature underlying the surgical tool.

US Pat. No. 10,139,919

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display control unit that displays one started application or multiple started applications simultaneously on a display unit;
an input unit that accepts input through an operation unit and identifies a position on the display unit;
a recognition unit that recognizes a figure drawn with the operation unit based on the identified position; and
a start-up unit that starts an application associated with the figure and determines an initial display position for the started application based on the position on the display unit where the figure is drawn.

US Pat. No. 10,139,917

GESTURE-INITIATED ACTIONS IN VIDEOCONFERENCES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

12. A system comprising:a memory; and
a processing device, operatively coupled to the memory, to:
receive a plurality of content streams that are each initiated by a different user device of a plurality of user devices of a plurality of users during a videoconference between the plurality of users interacting with each other via the plurality of user devices connected via a network;
provide a user interface to present concurrently the plurality of content streams on each of the plurality of user devices of the plurality of users during the videoconference between the plurality of users;
identify a request for feedback within one of the plurality of content streams presented concurrently on each of the plurality of user devices of the plurality of users during the videoconference between the plurality of users;
based on an identification of the request for feedback, process the plurality of content streams to identify one or more gestures within at least one of the plurality of content streams presented concurrently on each of the plurality of user devices of the plurality of users during the videoconference between the plurality of users; and
based on a determination that a first gesture of the one or more gestures is relatively more prevalent across the plurality of content streams than one or more other gestures, initiate an action with respect to the videoconference between the plurality of users.

US Pat. No. 10,139,915

GESTURE-BASED SMALL DEVICE INPUT

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:monitoring for movement, by a computing device using ultrasound augmenting a camera, an area on a surface of a user, the surface comprising a surface on the user's body;
determining, by the computing device, that movement of an object has occurred in the area on the surface of the user; and
in response to determining that the movement of the object has occurred in the area on the surface of the user, performing an operation that corresponds to the movement.

US Pat. No. 10,139,907

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FOLEY-STYLE HAPTIC CONTENT CREATION

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A system comprising:an audio input device configured to detect a sound effect and transmit an audio signal associated with the sound effect;
a haptic trigger device configured to detect a manipulation of a prop and transmit a sensor signal associated with the manipulation, wherein the haptic trigger device is different from the audio input device;
a processor in communication with the audio input device and the haptic trigger device; and
a memory on which instructions executable by the processor are stored to cause the processor to:
play back a pre-recorded video file; and
while the pre-recorded video file is being played back:
receive the audio signal; and
receive the sensor signal substantially simultaneously to receiving the audio signal;
based on the audio signal, record the sound effect to an audio track associated with the pre-recorded video file; and
based on the sensor signal, insert a haptic effect marker into a haptic track associated with the pre-recorded video file, wherein the haptic effect marker comprises timestamp data.

US Pat. No. 10,139,904

ADJUSTMENT OF RETICLE DISPLAY BASED ON BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of displaying textual data, the method comprising:receiving, by a processor, a request to display textual data;
displaying, by the processor, textual data in a reticle region within a display area, wherein the reticle region is moveable with respect to the display area, and wherein displaying textual data includes sequentially presenting successive components of the textual data at a fixed position relative to the reticle region within the display area;
monitoring a point of gaze of a user based on biometric information;
based on detecting that the point of gaze is away from the reticle region, automatically stopping the displaying by the processor at a current time point at which a current component is displayed, and determining a previous component of the textual data that was displayed at a previous time point, the previous time point occurring a rewind time period prior to the current time point, wherein the rewind time period between the previous time point and the current time point is determined based at least in part on a reading speed of the user; and
based on detecting that the point of gaze has returned to the reticle region, displaying, by the processor, the previous component associated with the previous time point and continuing to display successive components of the textual data subsequent to the previous component.

US Pat. No. 10,139,896

APPARATUS FOR POWER CONSUMPTION REDUCTION IN ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Silicon Laboratories Inc....

1. An apparatus comprising:a first circuit having a normal mode of operation and a low-power mode of operation, the first circuit consuming more power in the normal mode of operation than in the low-power mode of operation;
a power-supply circuit to provide a normal supply voltage to the first circuit in the normal mode of operation, the power-supply circuit comprising a first non-linear circuit to provide a compressed supply voltage to the first circuit in the low-power mode of operation, wherein the normal supply voltage is greater than the compressed supply voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,894

HETEROGENEOUS NETWORK IN A MODULAR CHASSIS

Platina Systems Corp., S...

15. A method comprising:configuring a plurality of ASICs to route packets using a standard protocol;
configure the ASICs to set up a tunnel, using the standard protocol, for moving data packets from one ASIC to another of the plurality of ASICs; and
implement a software overlay to facilitate interaction between the plurality of ASICs through the tunnel for moving the data packets.

US Pat. No. 10,139,885

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING DEVICE CONTROL, DEVICE PROTECTION, AND POWER SAVINGS

DISH Technologies L.L.C.,...

1. A system to facilitate wireless device monitoring and control, the system comprising:a device controller adapted to be disposed within a power connector in series with a line conductor and a line terminal of the power connector, the line conductors comprising a first line conductor and a second line conductor, the power connector adapted to provide power from a power source to a device, the device controller:
comprising:
a first terminal to electrically couple the device controller with the line conductors of the power connector;
a second terminal to electrically couple the device controller with the line terminal of the power connector, wherein the device controller is adapted to connect the line conductor and the line terminal in series; and
a power component to power the device controller; and
configured to:
detect power usage of the device during a time period and store first data corresponding to the detected power usage during the time period;
process the stored first data and generate second data based at least in part on the first data;
consequent to the time period and based at least in part on a reporting frequency that is a function of change with respect to the detected power usage of the device, wirelessly communicate to a system controller, which is remote from the power connector and the device;
process an indication of a trigger event; and
control one or more functions of the device so that the device operates in conformity with a power savings mode based at least in part on the indication of the trigger event.

US Pat. No. 10,139,883

RESET SIGNAL GENERATION CIRCUIT

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. A reset signal generation circuit comprising:a reset signal generation unit which outputs a reset signal to a processing device when an input voltage is equal to or lower than a reset release voltage, releases outputting of the reset signal when the input voltage exceeds the reset release voltage, and outputs the reset signal to the processing device again after the input voltage exceeds the reset release voltage when the input voltage is equal to or lower than a reset detection voltage which is lower than the reset release voltage; and
a voltage conversion unit which sets a first voltage associated with a change of a power voltage as the input voltage before start of operation of the processing device and sets a second voltage which is associated with a change of the power voltage and is lower than the first voltage as the input voltage after the start of operation of the processing device;
wherein the voltage conversion unit is configured by using a voltage divider circuit which changes a voltage division ratio before the start of operation of the processing device and a voltage division ratio after the start of operation of the processing device, and
wherein the first and second voltages are generated by the voltage divider circuit dividing the power voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,877

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING AN ENERGY CONSUMING LOAD

ENCYCLE CORPORATION, (CA...

1. A system for managing an energy consuming load in a group of energy consuming loads comprising the load and a plurality of other loads, the system comprising:(a) a transmitter to transmit a set of load state data generated from the load;
(b) a receiver to receive sets of load state data generated from the other loads;
(c) a processor in communication with the receiver to generate the set of load state data from the load, to aggregate the sets of load state data from the group of loads, the processor configured to process the aggregated sets of load state data in order to make an enablement state decision for the load, the enablement state decision reflecting an enablement state of the load where the enablement state is either a load enabled state or a load disabled state, where each of the loads in the group of loads has an energy demand indication, the load state data comprising the energy demand indication, the enablement state decision incorporating the energy demand indication of the load and the energy demand indications of the other loads; and
(d) a controller in communication with the processor for causing the enablement state decision to be implemented,
wherein a goal of the enablement state decision is to achieve a target system equilibrium for the group of loads, wherein the target system equilibrium is equal to:
?i=1nIMAX*DCi wherein n=the number of loads in the group of loads; IMAX=the energy demand indication of load i; and DCi=the duty cycle of load i.

US Pat. No. 10,139,876

EFFICIENT REBOOT OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM EXECUTED IN A VIRTUAL MACHINE

VMware Inc., Palo Alto, ...

1. A method for rebooting system software for a computer system after updating a boot image, the method comprising:reloading a second level boot loader of a boot loader module for the system software into system memory, the second level boot loader configured to at least locate a boot-time module in a user space, copy boot-time module into a kernel space, verify a checksum or hash of a system software kernel and transfer control to the system software kernel;
shutting down all processing units of the computer system, except a selected one to be used for rebooting; and
executing the reboot operation on the selected processing unit to reboot the system software, wherein the reboot operation does not run platform firmware of the computer system and includes the steps of:
loading one or more updated modules of the boot image into the system memory;
executing the second level boot loader to load execution modules of the boot image including the system software kernel and the updated modules; and
transferring execution control to the system software kernel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,874

HEAT SINK FOR USE IN STORAGE AND ASSOCIATED STORAGE

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A heat dissipater (100) for a storage (200), the storage (200) comprising a drawer chassis (2), the drawer chassis (2) comprising at least one baffle (3) arranged in a direction perpendicular to a pulling direction (Y) of the drawer chassis (2) and accommodating disks (4) organized in a plurality of rows (1) and placed against the respective baffle, the heat dissipater (100) comprising:venting holes (5) arranged on the at least one baffle (3) and corresponding to the disks (4) placed against the respective baffle, respectively; and
flyers (6) arranged on the at least one baffle (3) and corresponding to the venting holes (5), respectively, the flyers (6) being arranged to block the corresponding venting holes (5) and to expose the corresponding venting holes (5) in response to an attraction of a magnetic winding (7).

US Pat. No. 10,139,873

ELECTRONICS ENCLOSURE WITH REDUNDANT THERMAL SENSING ARCHITECTURE

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product for redundant thermal sensing in a computer system, the computer program product comprising:a computer readable storage medium having computer usable program code embodied therewith, the computer usable program code executable by a processor to cause the processor to:
determine, by the processor, based on a measurement from a first thermal sensor on or proximate to a component of the computer system, that a component temperature of the component has surpassed a temperature threshold;
in response to the component temperature surpassing the temperature threshold, identify a second thermal sensor that is downstream from the component, as defined by airflow in the computer system;
determine a downstream temperature as measured by the second thermal sensor;
determine whether the downstream temperature exceeds the temperature threshold; and
in response to the downstream temperature exceeding the temperature threshold, initiate, by the processor, a cooling action to reduce the component temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,139,871

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH CIRCUIT PROTECTION AND ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREOF

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. An electronic device with circuit protection, comprising:a body;
a first electronic module, disposed at the body;
a control unit, disposed at the body and electrically connected to the first electronic module;
a circuit protection unit, disposed at the body and electrically connected to the control unit;
an assembling unit, implemented as an electrically conductive screw which is physically and electrically connected to and detachably assembled onto the circuit protection unit of the body, to provide a trigger signal to the control unit, for the control unit to change a state of the first electronic module; and
a circuit board, wherein the circuit protection unit comprises a first pad and a second pad, disposed separated from each other on the circuit board such to form an electrical break, the control unit is electrically connected to one of the first pad and the second pad, and the other one of the first pad and the second pad is connected to ground, and the assembling unit connects to the first pad and the second pad such that the first pad, the second pad and the assembling unit are electrically conducted with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,139,868

COVER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A tablet computer accessory, comprising:a cover operable in at least an open configuration and in a closed configuration, the cover comprising:
a middle section having a centerline and comprising:
an interior surface configured to attach to a rear surface of a tablet computer; and
an exterior surface opposite the interior surface;
a first end section comprising a keyboard and coupled to the middle section by a first lateral hinge, the first lateral hinge permitting the first end section to fold over the exterior surface of the middle section toward the centerline in the open configuration and to fold over the interior surface of the middle section toward the centerline when in the closed configuration; and
a second end section coupled to the middle section by a second lateral hinge, the second lateral hinge permitting the second end section to fold over the exterior surface of the middle section toward the centerline in the open configuration and to fold over the interior surface of the middle section toward the centerline when in the closed configuration; and
a closure comprising:
a first closure component coupled to the first end section; and
a second closure component coupled to the second end section; wherein
the closure is communicably coupled to the keyboard and configured to electrically disable the keyboard independently from powering off the tablet computer when the first closure component meets the second closure component when the cover is in the closed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,139,867

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first body;
a second body;
a connection member for connecting the first body with the second body;
wherein the connection member comprises:
a first pivot part for pivotally connecting to the first body;
a second pivot part for pivotally connecting to the second body; and
an electrical connection unit for adapting to the first pivot part and the second pivot part and electrically connecting the first body with the second body through the first pivot part and the second pivot part; and,
wherein the connection member connects a first wiring harness group disposed in the first body with a second wiring harness group disposed in the second body by the electrical connection unit, and wiring harnesses in the first wiring harness group do not directly contact to wiring harnesses in the second wiring harness group, a number of wirings in the first wiring harness group differs from a number of wirings in the second wiring harness group, and wherein the first body is movable with respect to the second body via the connection member, and the first body can perform a 360° movement with respect to the second body.

US Pat. No. 10,139,857

ACCESSORY

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An accessory comprising:a main body including a communication module that is configured to communicate with a predetermined network; and
a container including a main body-coupling portion that is located at an upper portion of the container and configured to separably couple to the main body,
wherein the main body includes an upper edge extending along a circumference of a first predetermined figure,
wherein the container includes a lower edge extending along a circumference of a third predetermined figure, and
wherein, based on the main body being coupled to the container, one of the upper edge of the main body and the lower edge of the container is located closer to a central axis passing the main body in a vertical direction than the other of the upper edge of the main body and the lower edge of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,139,855

CASE WITH STRAP COMPRISING COMPUTER CABLE COUPLED THERETO

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. A case, comprising:at least one exterior surface;
at least one compartment internal to the exterior surface and in which at least one system component can be placed; and
a strap removably engageable with the exterior surface;
a cable coupled to the strap and that is useable to transmit at least one of data and power between two devices, wherein the cable comprises a connector at a first end of the cable;
a first port at which the connector is connectable, the first port disposed at the exterior surface; and
a second port accessible from inside the at least one compartment, the second port electrically coupled to the first port, the second port connectable to a system component.

US Pat. No. 10,139,853

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING METAL KNOB

Jaeho Choi, (KR)

1. A method for manufacturing a light emitting metal knob comprising:a metal plate processing step of forming a light blocking metal plate in a cap shape including an upper plate portion and a side plate portion;
a display groove forming step of forming a light emitting display groove in an upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate;
a first resin layer coupling step of coupling a first resin layer, which is made of a light transmitting synthetic resin, to the upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate so as to fill the light emitting display groove;
an upper surface plane-cutting step of cutting the upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate such that the first resin layer filled in the light emitting display groove is remained;
an anodizing step of applying an anodic oxidation treatment to the light blocking metal plate and then applying an organic dye to realize a color;
a lower surface plane-cutting step of cutting a lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate such that the first resin layer coupled into the light emitting display groove is exposed from the lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate to form a light emitting display window; and
a second resin layer coupling step of coupling a second resin layer, which is made of a light transmitting synthetic resin, to the lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,852

ASSISTIVE CONTROL ATTACHMENT FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An assistive control attachment for an appliance for communicating a mode of operation of the appliance to a user, the assistive control attachment comprising:a control attachment housing configured to be attached to an existing control of the appliance, wherein the existing control is mounted to a control panel of the appliance, and wherein a bezel is disposed between the existing control and the control panel, and wherein the control attachment housing has a bezel portion that is sized to overlay the bezel disposed between the existing control and the control panel so that the bezel portion of the control attachment housing is seated against or positioned substantially adjacent to a planar surface of the control panel;
a sensing device connected to the control attachment housing;
a communication interface connected to the control attachment housing, the communication interface configured to communicate the mode of operation of the appliance to the user; and
a controller connected to the control attachment housing and communicatively coupled with the sensing device and the communication interface, the controller configured to:
receive one or more signals from the sensing device indicative of a position of the assistive control attachment;
determine the position of the assistive control attachment based at least in part on the one or more signals;
determine the mode of operation of the appliance based at least in part on the position of the assistive control attachment; and
send one or more signals to the communication interface to communicate the mode of operation of the appliance to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,139,851

RADIO DECORATION SYSTEM

4. A radio decoration system comprising:a vehicle;
a radio being coupled to said vehicle, said radio having a plurality of knobs wherein each of said knobs is configured to be manipulated, each of said knobs controlling operational parameters of said radio, each of said knobs having a perimeter surface; and
a plurality of covers, each of said covers being removably coupled to an associated one of said knobs, each of said covers being structured to have an ornamental appearance of athletic equipment, each of said covers comprising:
a cup having a basal wall and a peripheral wall extending away from said basal wall, said peripheral wall being continuous such that said cup has a cylindrical shape, peripheral wall having a distal edge with respect to said basal wall, said distal edge defining an opening into said cup, said peripheral wall having an inner surface, said basal wall having an outwardly facing surface, said cup insertably receiving an associated one of said knobs such that said inner surface of said cup frictionally engages said perimeter surface of said associated knob such that said cup is removably retained on said associated knob, and
an ornament being coupled to said outwardly facing surface of said cup wherein said ornament is configured to be manipulated, said ornament having an outward surface, said outward surface being structured to resemble the athletic equipment wherein said ornament is configured to change an appearance of said associated knob,
a light emitter being coupled to said outward surface of said ornament, and
a button positioned on said outward surface of said ornament, said button being electrically coupled to said light emitter for turning said light emitter on and off.

US Pat. No. 10,139,844

METHOD TO SUPPRESS CASCADING FAILURES IN A TRANSMISSION NETWORK

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A system for reducing a probability of large-scale failures in a transmission network, the system comprising:one or more processors and a non-transitory computer-readable medium having executable instructions encoded thereon such that when executed, the one or more processors perform operations of:
receiving input data regarding tripped or damaged transmission lines in a transmission network following a cascading failure, wherein a circuit breaker having a tripping threshold is connected with each transmission line;
identifying a subset of transmission lines connected with circuit breakers to be modified;
randomly selecting at least one unbroken transmission line, wherein the subset of transmission lines comprises all tripped or damaged transmission lines plus the at least one unbroken transmission line;
specifying a capacity threshold value for each transmission line in the subset of transmission lines to alter long-term dynamics of the transmission network;
following the cascading failure, suppressing power-law distributed cascading failures by causing the circuit breaker to be electronically reset or causing the tripping threshold of the circuit breaker to be altered,
wherein a distribution of any future cascading failure is sub-critical, such that the greater a size of any future cascading failure, the less it is to occur; and
performing a cascading failure simulation of the transmission network.

US Pat. No. 10,139,842

METHOD OF CORRECTING CONTROL LOGIC OF SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION CATALYST AND EXHAUST SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An exhaust system comprising:an engine adapted to generate exhaust gas while burning fuel and air;
an intake pipe connected to and supplying the air to the engine;
an exhaust pipe connected to the engine, the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust pipe;
an SCR catalyst mounted on the exhaust pipe and adapted to reduce nitrogen oxide contained in the exhaust gas using a reducing agent;
a reducing agent supplier mounted on the exhaust pipe between the engine and the SCR catalyst and adapted to inject the reducing agent;
an input variable detector adapted to detect input variables; and
a controller including a control logic for calculating an injection amount of the reducing agent for the SCR catalyst and adapted to control the reducing agent supplier according to the injection amount of the reducing agent,
wherein the controller is adapted to discretize the input variables, to standardize the discretized input variables, and to correct the control logic in response to determining that the discretized input variables are within a correction range, and
wherein the controller discretizes the input variables by equations

wherein fTemp is discretized temperature of the SCR catalyst, TCat is the temperature of the SCR catalyst, T0 is reference temperature, ?TDiscret is unit temperature, fdm_EG is discretized exhaust flow rate, dm_EG is the exhaust flow rate, dm0 is reference exhaust flow rate, and ?dmDiscret is unit exhaust flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,841

OVERFILL PREVENTION VALVE ASSEMBLY

Clay and Bailey Manufactu...

1. An overfill prevention system for use with a liquid storage tank, said system comprising:a valve assembly defining a downwardly open discharge opening configured to discharge liquid at least principally in a downward direction;
a pilot tube fixed relative to and projecting downwardly relative to the valve assembly,
said pilot tube defining an internal channel in fluid communication with the valve assembly,
said pilot tube further defining a discharge hole spaced downwardly from the valve assembly and in fluid communication with the internal channel and the tank;
a float buoyantly shiftable along the pilot tube between an open position in which the float exposes the discharge hole when liquid within the tank is below a predetermined level and a closed position in which the float covers the discharge hole when liquid within the tank reaches or exceeds the predetermined level; and
a flow diverter disposed between the discharge opening and the float,
said flow diverter configured to deflect liquid from the discharge opening away from the float,
said float engaging the flow diverter when the float is in the closed position, with the flow diverter limiting further upward shifting of the float.

US Pat. No. 10,139,840

SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR FLUID DISPENSING CONTROL

1. A system for fluid dispensing control, comprising:a) a fluid dispensing control device, comprising:
a processor;
a non-transitory memory;
an input/output component;
a dispensing controller;
a flow monitor; and
a parameterization manager; all connected via
a data bus;
b) a fluid dispenser; and
c) a fluid flow meter;
wherein the fluid dispensing control device communicates with the fluid dispenser to control dispensing of a fluid, such that the fluid dispensing control device communicates with the fluid flow meter to receive information on an actual fluid flow emitted from the fluid dispenser;
wherein the fluid dispensing control device is configured with a parameterized system response function, which calculates an estimated system response flow based on an input dispensing parameter setting;
such that the fluid dispensing control device is configured to control the fluid dispenser to attain a predetermined fluid dispensing target flow, via lookup in the parameterized system response function to compute the input dispensing parameter setting;
wherein the dispensing controller is configured to communicate with the fluid dispenser to control dispensing of a fluid, based on parameterization information obtained in communication with the parameterization manager; wherein the flow monitor is configured to communicate with the fluid flow meter to receive information on actual fluid flow from the fluid dispenser; and the parameterization manager is configured to store, update, and process the parameterized system response function.

US Pat. No. 10,139,839

FLOW-CONTROL VALVE

1. A flow-control valve for liquid-conducting heating or cooling systems, the flow-control valve comprising:a housing having an inlet port, an outlet port, and a connection fitting therebetween;
a flow-control assembly in the connection fitting of the housing between the inlet port and the outlet port;
a pressure-control assembly in the housing that maintains constant a pressure differential between the input and output pressures upstream of and downstream of the flow-control assembly in the connection fitting;
a spindle with an actuating element projecting out of the housing;
a first valve subassembly in the flow-control assembly having a first seat on the housing and a first valve body in the housing fixed on the spindle, engageable with the first seat, and acting on the flow-control assembly or on parts thereof; and
a second valve subassembly in the flow control assembly and formed from a second valve body on the spindle so as to be displaceable therealong and a second seat for the second valve body and formed in the first valve body, the second valve body being displaceable toward and away from the second seat of the first valve body such that a cross section of a flow passage through the connection fitting can be varied by the flow-control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,139,838

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MULTIPLE DRONE DELIVERY SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, by a processor, for managing drones, comprising:enabling a plurality of drones to couple to each other at a first location;
while the plurality of drones are coupled to each other, controlling the plurality of drones such that the plurality of drones travel from the first location to a second location;
enabling at least one of the plurality of drones to detach from the others of the plurality of drones at the second location;
controlling the at least one detached drone such that the at least one detached drone travels from the second location to a third location;
before the plurality of drones travel from the first location to the second location, enabling a respective product of a plurality of products to be loaded onto each of the plurality of drones; and
after the at least one detached drone travels from the second location to the third location, controlling the at least one detached drone to deliver the respective product to the third location.

US Pat. No. 10,139,837

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

Hangzhou Zero Zero Techno...

1. An aerial system, comprising:a body;
a lift mechanism coupled to the body and configured to controllably provide lift and/or thrust;
a processing system configured to control the lift mechanism to provide flight to the aerial system;
a camera coupled to the body and configured to obtain images of an environment proximate the aerial system; and,
a sensor module coupled to the body and including first and second sets of emitters and a receiver, each set of emitters including at least one emitter, the receiver being configured to sense data related to an ambient environment associated with the aerial system, the processing system being further configured to control a controllable parameter of the lift mechanism or one of the emitters as a function of the sensed data, the processing system being further configured to switch between the first and second sets of emitters as a function of the sensed data, the first set of emitters being associated with normal light conditions and the second set of emitters being associated with high-noise and/or low-light conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,836

AUTONOMOUS AERIAL POINT OF ATTRACTION HIGHLIGHTING FOR TOUR GUIDES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for highlighting a point of attraction, comprising the steps of:receiving, by a processor, a request to view a point of attraction;
determining, by the processor, an autonomous aerial vehicle from a plurality of autonomous aerial vehicles, based on preconfigured criteria, to be sent to the requested point of attraction;
tracing, by the processor, a circumference with a laser, wherein the circumference contains at least the point of attraction;
receiving, by the processor, video data from the determined autonomous aerial vehicle, wherein the video data hones in on the circumference by illuminating the circumference with lighting;
focusing, by the processor, on the point of attraction contained within the circumference; and
displaying, by the processor, the video data depicting the point of attraction as a respective output for each user of a plurality of users, wherein the displayed video data is distinct for each respective user of the plurality of users.

US Pat. No. 10,139,835

VEHICLE POSITION DETECTOR, AUTOMATIC STEERING CONTROLLER, VEHICLE POSITION DETECTING METHOD, AND AUTOMATIC STEERING CONTROL METHOD

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An automatic steering controller that controls automatic steering on the basis of a satellite positioning position detected by satellite positioning or an autonomous navigation position detected by autonomous navigation, said automatic steering controller comprisinga determining unit that determines occurrence of a position jump on the basis of a positional difference between said autonomous navigation position and said satellite positioning position,
wherein said determining unit compares, with a threshold, said positional difference between said satellite positioning position and said autonomous navigation position, and determines when said positional difference falls within said threshold that said satellite positioning position is represented by an acceptable value and determines when said positional difference does not fail within said threshold that said satellite positioning position is represented by an unacceptable value, and
said determining unit controls said automatic steering on the basis of said autonomous navigation position when said satellite positioning position is represented by said unacceptable value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,834

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING LOCAL AND CLOUD DATA IN A VEHICLE AND A CLOUD SERVER FOR TRANSMITTING CLOUD DATA TO VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle sensing module configured to provide local data;
a cloud interface unit configured to provide remote data received from a cloud server, the cloud server is remote from the vehicle and processes data received from sources other than the vehicle;
a processing unit configured to process the local data and the remote data and to generate at least one vehicle control command based thereon; and
a vehicle control unit configured to control at least one vehicle feature based on the at least one vehicle control command,
wherein the remote data and the local data are associated with a processing priority level, wherein a first priority level is associated with the local data, and a second priority level is associated with the remote data, and the processing unit is configured to vary a frequency of processing of the remote data and the local data by decreasing the frequency of processing from the first priority level to the second priority level.

US Pat. No. 10,139,833

SIX-DIMENSIONAL POINT CLOUD SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle, comprising:at least one control system configured to control the vehicle; and
a six-dimensional point cloud system, comprising:
a multiple input multiple output radar system;
a memory; and
a processor communicatively connected to the multiple input multiple output radar system and the memory, the processor configured to:
receive, from the multiple input multiple output radar system, a current data frame comprising a point cloud, the point cloud including three-dimensional position information and Doppler data corresponding to an object detected by the multiple input multiple output radar system at each point in the point cloud;
calculate, for each point in the point cloud, a three-dimensional velocity of the respective point in the point cloud based upon the three-dimensional position information and Doppler data associated with the point in the current data frame and data from a previous data frame stored in them memory;
segment each point in the point cloud into one or more clusters of points based upon the three-dimensional position information associated with each respective point and the calculated three-dimensional velocity of each respective point;
compute a kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points, the kinematic state including a center of mass for the respective cluster of points, a reference velocity for the respective cluster of points, an angular velocity for the respective cluster of points, and contour points for the respective cluster of points;
determine an object type associated with each of the one or more cluster; and
determine a threat level and a response command based upon the determined object type and the kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points, wherein the response command causes the at least one control system to control the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,832

COMPUTER-ASSISTED OR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING WITH REGION-OF-INTEREST DETERMINATION FOR TRAFFIC LIGHT ANALYSIS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for computer assisted or autonomous driving of an ego vehicle, comprising:a region-of-interest for traffic light analysis (ROIFTLA) identification component to receive a current pose of the ego vehicle, and to apply the current pose of the ego vehicle to a plurality of traffic light poses to identify a region-of-interest (ROI) in an image of a frontal view of the ego vehicle, for a determination of a current state of a traffic light to be taken into consideration in provision of assistance to, or autonomous operation of, the ego vehicle, the traffic light being within the ROI in the image, and is one of a plurality of traffic lights in the frontal view of the ego vehicle, wherein each traffic light pose comprises coordinates and orientation relative to an origin of a traffic light coordinate system that is different from a map's coordinate system employed by the system to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate, the ego vehicle to traverse a route, and wherein the current pose of the ego vehicle comprises coordinates and yaw relative to an origin of the map's coordinate system, employed by the system to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate the ego vehicle to traverse a route; and
a traffic light analysis component coupled to the ROIFTLA identification component to determine the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image, and output the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image for use to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate, the ego vehicle, wherein to apply the current pose of the ego vehicle to the plurality of traffic light poses to identify the ROI in the image of a horizon for the determination of the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image to be taken into consideration, the ROIFTLA identification component is to transform the coordinates and yaw of the current pose of the ego vehicle from relative to the origin of the map's coordinate system to relative to the origin of the traffic light coordinate system, and apply a distance and an orientation constraint to the transformed coordinates and yaw of the current pose of the ego vehicle and the coordinates and orientations of the plurality of traffic light poses to identify the ROI in the image for the determination of the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image to be taken into consideration.

US Pat. No. 10,139,831

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:a processor coupled to a vehicle, the processor configured to store a lane change parameter; and
a feature sensor that detects a feature of a passenger in the vehicle, wherein
the processor is programmed to
control the vehicle to execute an assisted lane change based on the lane change parameter, the lane change parameter defining a characteristic of the assisted lane change,
communicate with the feature sensor to detect the feature of the passenger during the assisted lane change,
determine whether the passenger was comfortable during the assisted lane change based on the detected feature of the passenger, and
modify the lane change parameter upon determining that the passenger was uncomfortable, wherein
the processor uses a machine learning model to determine whether the passenger was comfortable during the assisted lane change,
the vehicle system further comprises a human-machine interface mounted in the vehicle, and
the processor is programmed to
receive a comfort rating for the assisted lane change from the passenger through the human-machine interface, and
train the machine learning model based on the detected feature and the received comfort rating.

US Pat. No. 10,139,830

AUTOMATIC LANE FOLLOWING CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLES

1. An automatic lane following control system for a vehicle, comprising:an image sensor sensing a vehicle lane to generate a lane data;
a steering angle sensor sensing a steering angle of a wheel of the vehicle to generate a steering angle data;
an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensing an acceleration, a yaw rate and a roll angle of the vehicle to generate an acceleration data, a yaw rate data and a roll angle data;
a vehicle speed sensor sensing a speed of the vehicle to generate a vehicle speed data;
an electronic device receiving a digital map data;
a controller respectively connected to the image sensor, the steering angle sensor, the IMU, the vehicle speed sensor and the electronic device, receiving the digital map data, the lane data, the steering angle data, the acceleration data, the yaw rate data, the roll angle data and the vehicle speed data to calculate an compensation angle data of the wheel, and including:
a centerline compute unit electrically connected to the image sensor and receiving the lane data to calculate a centerline of the vehicle lane to output a centerline data;
a predicted trajectory compute unit connected to the steering angle sensor and the IMU and receiving the steering data, the acceleration data, the yaw rate data and the digital map data to calculate a predicted shifting trajectory data;
a lateral displacement area compute unit electrically connected to the centerline compute unit and the predicted trajectory compute unit and receiving the predicted shifting trajectory data and the centerline data to calculate a first area and a second area;
a steering angle compute unit electrically connected to the IMU and the lateral displacement area compute unit and receiving the first area and the second area to calculate the compensation angle data in accordance with a bank angle data of the vehicle lane and the roll angle data of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,827

DETECTING PHYSICAL THREATS APPROACHING A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for use at a vehicle, the method comprising:determining that the path of a first object is likely to cause the first object and a corresponding second object to travel near the vehicle based on filtered sensor data from one or more sensors externally mounted on the vehicle;
providing the filtered sensor data as input to a neural network;
receiving a threat classification from the neural network classifying the first object and the corresponding second object collectively as a non-vehicular threat to an occupant of the vehicle;
indicating the threat classification in the vehicle cabin; and
automatically maneuvering the vehicle to get away from the first object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,139,826

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

AUTONOMOUS SOLUTIONS INC....

1. An autonomous vehicle control system configured to guide an autonomous vehicle along a desired path, the autonomous vehicle control system comprising:a processor; and
a path controller in communication with the processor, the path controller configured to:
receive input signals comprising:
a normal error signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the normal error signal indicating an off-path deviation of the autonomous vehicle relative to the desired path;
a heading signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the heading signal indicating a current heading angle of the autonomous vehicle relative to at least one fixed point within a fixed coordinate system; and
a curvature signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the curvature signal indicating a curvature associated with a current turn radius of the autonomous vehicle;
calculate a curvature rate output signal based on the input signals received at the path controller, the curvature rate output signal configured to guide the autonomous vehicle along the desired path, wherein at least one portion of the desired path comprises a clothoid segment having a continuously changing rate of curvature which varies linearly along the at least one portion of the desired path; and
communicate the curvature rate output signal to a steering control system that is configured to receive the curvature rate output signal and actuate at least one actuator of a steering system associated with the autonomous vehicle to control the direction of movement of the autonomous vehicle based on the curvature rate output signal received from the path controller, wherein the curvature rate output signal represents a continuously changing rate of curvature which varies linearly in order to guide the autonomous vehicle along the at least one portion of the desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,139,825

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SERVICES

Skyryse, Inc., Oakland, ...

1. A method for flying an aircraft, comprising:receiving a service request associated with a region;
selecting the aircraft, located at an initial location, based on the region and the initial location;
determining a flight plan for flying the aircraft to the region;
flying the aircraft to the region, comprising:
at a sensor of the aircraft, sampling a first set of flight data; and
at a processor of the aircraft, autonomously controlling the aircraft to fly based on the flight plan and the set of flight data;
controlling the aircraft to perform a search of the region;
based on the search, determining a target location of a human within the region;
after determining the target location, determining a landing location; and
landing the aircraft at the landing location, comprising:
sampling a set of landing location data;
determining a safety status of the landing location based on the set of landing location data;
at the sensor, sampling a second set of flight data; and
in response to determining the safety status, at the processor, autonomously controlling the aircraft to land at the landing location based on the second set of flight data.

US Pat. No. 10,139,820

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEPLOYING EQUIPMENT OF A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

1. An unmanned aircraft system, comprising:an unmanned aircraft including a carrying system configured to releasably carry a waveguide system and further including a wireless receiver;
a processing system including a processor, the processing system being physically connected with the unmanned aircraft; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, facilitate performance of operations, the operations comprising:
receiving, from a remote control device, a control signal via the wireless receiver;
causing, in response to the control signal, the unmanned aircraft to fly in proximity to a physical transmission medium external to the unmanned aircraft, thereby causing positioning of the waveguide system in proximity to the physical transmission medium, wherein the positioning of the waveguide system in proximity to the physical transmission medium enables the waveguide system to be physically connected on the physical transmission medium; and
actuating the carrying system to cause the carrying system to release the waveguide system,
wherein the waveguide system, when physically connected on the physical transmission medium and external to the unmanned aircraft subsequent to release by the carrying system, provides communication by electromagnetic waves at a physical interface of the physical transmission medium that propagate without requiring an electrical return path, and wherein the electromagnetic waves are guided by the physical transmission medium.

US Pat. No. 10,139,816

DEVICE FOR MANEUVERING GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT ON AN AIRPORT STAND

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A device for maneuvering ground support equipment on an airport stand, the device comprising:a moving apparatus having a system configured for coupling with the ground support equipment, and for maneuvering the ground support equipment according to a predetermined trajectory; and
a remote control configured for remotely controlling the movements of the moving apparatus according to the predetermined trajectory,
wherein the moving apparatus comprises at least one connection with an item of ground support equipment for providing an exchange of data between the moving apparatus and the ground support equipment,
wherein the data is communicated from the ground support equipment to the moving apparatus and corresponds to a ground support identifier wherein the predetermined trajectory is determined from the identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,139,812

DYNAMIC USER INTERFACE FOR CONFIGURING AND MANAGING A PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS,...

1. A process control management method in a computer system for configuring and supervising a process plant, comprising:providing, by one or more processors, an interactive user interface to manage a plurality of objects in the process plant, wherein each of the plurality of objects corresponds to a physical or logical entity in the process plant, including:
generating, by one or more processors, a navigation pane displaying a set of selectable items, each in the set of selectable items corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of objects;
generating, by one or more processors, a content pane to display at least one item selected via the navigation pane;
generating, by one or more processors, a command pane to display a set of selectable controls logically grouped according to common application areas, each in the set of selectable controls corresponding to a task to be performed on at least one of the plurality of objects in the process plant,
wherein the command pane displays a plurality of controls prior to the at least one item being selected via the navigation pane;
wherein the navigation pane displays the set of selectable items prior to at least one control of the selectable controls being selected via the command pane;
wherein the navigation pane, the content pane, and the command pane are displayed in a common screen;
receiving, by one or more processors, (i) a selection of an item in the set of selectable items via the navigation pane, and (ii) a selection of a control in the set of selectable controls via the command pane;
adjusting, by one or more processors, the command pane to display selectable controls in the command pane that are applicable to the item selection in the navigation pane, and to remove selectable controls in the command pane that are not applicable to the item selection in the navigation pane,
adjusting, by one or more processors, the navigation pane to display selectable items in the navigation pane that are applicable to the control selection in the command pane, and to remove selectable items in the navigation pane that are not applicable to the control selection in the command pane;
adjusting, by one or more processors, the selectable items displayed within the navigation pane based upon a proximity of a cursor to the at least one item displayed within the content pane; and
generating, by one or more processors, an integrity history pane upon a user selecting items via the navigation pane and controls via the command pane, such that the integrity history pane includes a set of navigational indicators that reflect a history of selecting a particular item or control
wherein the at least one item displayed within the content pane is from among a plurality of items, each item from among the plurality of items being associated with a respective item selected via the navigation pane, and wherein the act of adjusting the selectable items displayed within the navigation pane includes adjusting the selectable items displayed within the navigation pane based upon which of the plurality of items displayed within the content pane the cursor is most proximate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,800

DECENTRALIZED OPTIMAL DISPATCH OF PHOTOVOLTAIC INVERTERS IN POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

Regents of the University...

1. A method, the method comprising:storing, with a control device of a power distribution network, an optimal inverter dispatch (OID) model for controlling the real and reactive power produced by photovoltaic inverters installed at respective customer sites and connected to a utility by the power distribution network, wherein the model includes data representing estimated voltages at nodes within the power distribution network and an amount of active and reactive power currently being produced by each of the photovoltaic inverters, and wherein the OID model specifies a set of one or more cost constraints for the utility;
receiving, with the control device, messages from customer controllers at each of the customer sites, wherein each of the messages specify current measurements for the amount of active and reactive power currently being produced by the photovoltaic inverter installed at the respective customer site;
determining, by the control device and based on the OID model and the current measurements, set points for the active and reactive power to be produced by each of the photovoltaic inverters of the customer sites by performing a minimization operation over the cost constraints for the utility; and
communicating, by the control device, to the customer controllers at each of the customer sites, the updated set points for the active and reactive power to photovoltaic inverters.

US Pat. No. 10,139,796

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STATE-TRANSITION-CONTROLLED PROCESSING OF OBJECTS

SWISS REINSURANCE COMPANY...

1. A method for state-transition-controlled decentralized processing of objects, wherein by a control system, an object is selected and processed following a state-structured process flow comprising a plurality of process states, and for each process state one or more process tasks are executed by the control system, and wherein the selected object is processed from one process state to a subsequent process state, the method comprising:capturing state parameters of the selected object by capturing means of the control system, and determining a process state based on the captured state parameters and assigned to the selected object;
generating, based on the process state and/or state parameters of the selected object or initiated by an assigner unit or assignee unit, at least one process task by the control system, wherein each process task comprises at least an assigner unit and an assignee unit, and wherein for a specific process state, a generated process task is activated in dependence of the task parameters assigned to a process task;
generating and expendably assigning one or more operating tags to a process task by the control system, the operating tags comprising dynamically alterable operating parameters controlling operation of an associated process task by the control system and/or adding operational constraints to the processing of the process task and/or expanding or indicating task states, wherein the operating tags are expendably settable by authorized assigner units or assignee units or the control system;
wherein the operating tags comprise an encapsulated data structure, wherein controlled access to the operational tag is provided by the control system for authorized assigner units or assignee units by the encapsulated data structure of a tagged process task, and wherein the encapsulated data structure at least partly comprises the dynamically alterable operating parameters and/or the operational constraint parameters and/or the expanding or the indicating parameters of task states; and
further comprising dynamically operating the state-structured process flow by the control system, wherein by the control system, an object is processed from the determined process state to a subsequent process state by executing the assigned process tasks based upon the operating parameters of the operating tags by the assignee unit or the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,139,778

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING TRANSFER POWER THEREOF

S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a humidity sensor to measure humidity;
a transfer unit to perform an operation to transfer an image on a photoreceptor to a transfer medium;
a power supply to supply transfer power to the transfer unit to output a transfer voltage, by applying a transfer current to the transfer unit; and
a controller to control the transfer power supplied by the power supply to the transfer unit,
wherein, when the transfer unit is to perform the operation to transfer the image, the controller,
applies, during a time period before the transfer unit transfers the image on the photoreceptor, a set sensing current to the transfer unit, and measures a first output voltage of the transfer unit in response to the applied set transfer current to determine a sensing feedback voltage,
determines whether to set a target voltage of the transfer voltage or to set a target current of the transfer current, based on
comparing the determined sensing feedback voltage with a set voltage value, and
comparing the humidity measured by the humidity sensor with a set humidity value,
sets the target voltage based on the determined sensing feedback voltage, when the humidity measured by the humidity sensor is equal to or higher than the set humidity value and the sensing feedback voltage is lower than the set voltage value, and
controls, during a time period in which the transfer medium is inserted into the transfer unit, the power supply to adjust the transfer current to control the transfer voltage to reach the set target voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,761

PHOTO INTERRUPTER UNIT, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photo interrupter unit comprising:a photo interrupter including:
a light emitting portion configured to emit light;
a photo sensing portion configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting portion;
a claw portion configured to be elastically deformable; and
a connector portion comprising a plurality of connector pins and arranged in alignment with the light emitting portion and the photo sensing portion in an alignment direction; and
a supporting portion configured to detachably support the photo interrupter, the supporting portion including:
a mounting surface on which the photo interrupter is mounted;
a hole portion into which the claw portion is inserted, and which is provided in the mounting surface; and
a projection projecting from the mounting surface and configured to regulate a position of the photo interrupter in a deforming direction in which the claw portion is elastically deformable in a state where the claw portion is inserted into the hole portion,
wherein the projection is arranged not to oppose the plurality of the connector pins in the alignment direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion, including an image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a liquid developer containing toner and a liquid carrier, wherein said image forming portion is configured to form an image on a recording material;
a carrier storing container configured to store the carrier;
a mixer configured to mix the toner and the carrier to form the liquid developer to be supplied to said developing device, wherein the liquid developer has a predetermined toner ratio;
a first discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward said mixer;
a collecting mechanism configured to collect the carrier from said image forming portion into said carrier storing container; and
a second discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward a carrier collecting container configured to collect the carrier, wherein said carrier collecting container is detachably mountable to said carrier storing container.

US Pat. No. 10,139,750

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, DEVELOPING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., ...

1. A developing cartridge that is couplable to an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a developing portion;
a toner storing portion to store toner;
a partition wall formed between the developing portion and the toner storing portion, to block the toner in the toner storing portion from moving to the developing portion, the partition wall having a toner supply section through which the toner in the toner storing portion is supplied to the developing portion;
a first agitating member rotatably disposed in the developing portion; and
a second agitating member rotatably disposed in the toner storing portion,
wherein at least one of the first agitating member or the second agitating member includes an elastic member to be in contact with the partition wall formed to block the toner.

US Pat. No. 10,139,737

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING SUBSTRATE AND SENSOR TABLES

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

13. An exposure method for exposing a substrate with illumination light via a projection optical system and via liquid, the method comprising:supplying the liquid so as to form an immersion area with the liquid below the projection optical system;
moving one stage of first and second stages so that the one stage is arranged facing the projection optical system, the first and second stages being supported by levitation above a base member, the base member being arranged below the projection optical system and a measurement system that obtains positional information of the substrate by irradiating the substrate with a measurement beam;
executing a relative movement between the first and second stages so that the other stage of the first and second stages is close to the one stage arranged facing the projection optical system; and
moving the close first and second stages relative to the projection optical system in a predetermined direction that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the projection optical system so that the other stage is arranged facing the projection optical system in place of the one stage while the immersion area is substantially maintained below the projection optical system, wherein
the first stage has an upper surface and a holder, the upper surface being arranged to be in contact with the immersion area, the holder being provided in an opening of the upper surface such that the substrate is held within the opening, the first stage being capable of moving from one area to the other area of first and second areas, the first area being for the substrate exposure, the second area being for the substrate exchange,
the first stage is moved such that the substrate is moved to a substrate exchange position, which is a position in the second area where the substrate held by the first stage is to be exchanged with a carrier system,
the second stage has an upper surface and a plurality of sensors, the upper surface being arranged to be in contact with the immersion area, each of the plurality of sensors having a surface arranged at the upper surface of the second stage, the second stage being capable of moving relative to the first stage and so that each of the plurality of sensors detect the illumination light via the projection optical system and the liquid of the immersion area, and
one sensor of the plurality of sensors is used for aerial image measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,139,736

LIQUID IMMERSION MEMBER, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, DEVICE FABRICATING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A liquid immersion exposure apparatus comprising:a projection system having a last optical member via which exposure light is projected; and
a liquid immersion member which forms a liquid immersion space under an emitting surface of the last optical member,
wherein:
the exposure light is projected to a substrate through liquid in the liquid immersion space to expose the substrate while the substrate is moved in a scanning direction,
the liquid immersion member includes (i) a first member that has a liquid supply port and has an opening through which the exposure light is projected, and (ii) a second member that has a liquid recovery port facing downwardly and that is movable with respect to the first member,
the liquid recovery port has a plurality of openings disposed in a four-sided shaped to surround the opening of the first member,
the four-sided shape has four corners,
first and second corners of the four corners are opposite each other and are spaced from each other in a direction perpendicular to the scanning direction,
third and fourth corners of the four corners are opposite each other and are spaced from each other in a direction parallel to the scanning direction, and
the second member is moved in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the last optical member so that a relative speed between the second member and an object is smaller than a relative speed between the first member and the object, while recovering the liquid in a gap between the second member and the object via the liquid recovery port of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,729

COATING COMPOSITION FOR PATTERN REVERSAL ON SOC PATTERN

NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIE...

1. A method for producing a semiconductor device comprising the steps of:(1) forming an organic underlayer film onto a semiconductor substrate;
(2) applying a silicon hard mask-forming composition on the organic underlayer film and baking the applied silicon hard mask-forming composition to form a silicon hard mask;
(3) applying a resist composition onto the silicon hard mask to form a resist film;
(4) exposing the resist film to light and developing the resist film after exposure to give a resist pattern;
(5) etching the silicon hard mask using the resist pattern;
(6) etching the organic underlayer film using the patterned silicon hard mask to form a patterned organic underlayer film;
(7) applying a polysiloxane composition onto the patterned organic underlayer film to embed the polysiloxane composition between traces of the pattern of the organic underlayer film and exposing an upper surface of the organic underlayer film by etch back, wherein the polysiloxane composition comprises a solvent and a hydrolysis condensate of a hydrolyzable silane comprising the hydrolyzable silane having two to three hydrolyzable groups in a proportion of 30 mol % to 100 mol % in total silanes; and
(8) etching the organic underlayer film to reverse the pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,139,726

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY METHOD, MASTER TEMPLATE FOR IMPRINT, WIRE GRID POLARIZER MANUFACTURED USING THE MASTER TEMPLATE AND DISPLAY SUBSTRATE HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An imprint lithography method, the method comprising:forming a first imprint pattern on a substrate in a first area and a third area, wherein the third area is spaced apart from the first area;
forming a first resist pattern on the substrate on a second area, wherein the second area is adjacent to the first area and the third area;
forming a first pattern in the first and third areas by etching an element under the first imprint pattern using the first imprint pattern and the first resist pattern as an etch barrier;
forming a second imprint pattern on the substrate in the second area;
forming a second resist pattern on the substrate on the first area and the third area; and
forming a second pattern in the second area by etching an element under the second imprint pattern using the second imprint pattern and the second resist pattern as an etch barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,139,718

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image projection apparatus comprising:an illumination device including:
a light source to emit first light having a first linear polarization component;
a fluorescence generator to generate, with excitation light of the first light, fluorescence having a wavelength longer than a wavelength of the first light;
a wavelength selector having:
a first area to transmit the first light through the first area; and
a second area to reflect the first light and transmit the fluorescence through the second area;
a polarization converter to alternately change the first light between linearly polarized light and circular polarized light; and
an optical-path switcher to guide the first light and the fluorescence to the polarization converter while guiding second light having a second linear polarization component perpendicular to the first linear polarization component to the fluorescence generator;
an optical-path forming section to define an optical path of illumination light emitted from the illumination device;
an image forming element disposed in the optical path of the illumination light to form an image with the illumination light;
a projection optical section to project the image to an outside of the image projection apparatus; and
an optical component disposed in an optical path from an exit end of the optical-path switcher to an exit end of the projection optical section,
the optical component being one of:
a mirror having an average reflectance of wavelengths of 400 nm or more and less than 500 nm being lower than an average reflectance of wavelengths of 500 nm or more and less than 800 nm; and
a lens having an average transmittance of wavelengths of 400 nm or more and less than 500 nm being lower than an average transmittance of wavelengths of 500 nm or more and less than 800 nm,
wherein the wavelength selector alternately sets the first area and the second area in an optical path of the first light in a temporal manner, and
wherein the illumination device switches a first optical path and a second optical path based on a setting of the wavelength selector:
in the first optical path, the first light sequentially passes through the optical-path switcher, the polarization converter, and the first area of the wavelength selector to become first illumination light, and
in the second optical path, the first light sequentially passes through the optical-path switcher and the polarization converter and is reflected by the second area of the wavelength selector, the first light is changed to the second light by the polarization converter, the second light passes through the optical-path switcher and is directed to the fluorescence generator to generate fluorescence, the fluorescence sequentially passes through the optical-path switcher, the polarization converter, and the second area of the wavelength selector to become second illumination light and travel in a direction same as a direction of the first illumination light.

US Pat. No. 10,139,716

DUAL-COLOR LASER LIGHT SOURCE AND LASER PROJECTOR

HISENSE CO., LTD., Shand...

1. A dual-color laser light source, wherein, the laser light source comprises a first blue laser transmitter, a second blue laser transmitter, a red laser transmitter, a fluorescent wheel, a light collecting component and a light combining component, wherein the fluorescent wheel is provided with a green fluorescent region and a transmission region;the light combining component is arranged between the first blue laser transmitter and the fluorescent wheel, wherein the fluorescent wheel is arranged between the light combining component and the red laser transmitter, and the light collecting component and the second blue laser transmitter are respectively arranged on both sides of the light combining component, and a connection line between the first blue laser transmitter and the fluorescent wheel is perpendicular to a connection line between the light collecting component and the second blue laser transmitter;
the light combining component is used to transmit first blue laser emitted by the first blue laser transmitter to the fluorescent wheel, and to reflect a green fluorescence to the light collecting component after receiving the green fluorescence generated by the first blue laser irradiating the green fluorescent region;
the light combining component is also used to receive a second blue laser emitted by the second blue laser transmitter, and to transmit the second blue laser to the light collecting component;
the light combining component is also used to receive a red laser which is emitted by the red laser transmitter and transmitted through the transmission region, and to reflect the red laser to the light collecting component.

US Pat. No. 10,139,712

MAGNIFICATION-PURPOSE EXTERNAL OPTICAL MODULE EXTERNAL TO PORTABLE TERMINAL WITH CAMERA, AND MAGNIFICATION IMAGEING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Yo Shik Shin, Seoul (KR)...

1. An external optical module for installing at an external surface of a portable terminal that has an LED and a camera part on the external surface, the external optical module comprising:a housing wherein a first through hole being in contact with a subject is formed on a top surface of the housing, a second through hole and a third through hole that face the LED and the camera part, respectively are formed on a bottom surface of the housing, and other parts of the housing are closed;
a light guide that is a transparent panel housed in the housing and has a light entering surface exposed through the second through hole and a light emitting surface formed toward the first through hole, wherein the light guide receives and transfers light emitted from the LED through the light entering surface, emits the light through the light emitting surface, and illuminates the subject being in contact with the first through hole; and
a complex lens part that has a plurality of lens, is disposed between the first through hole and the third through hole in the housing to magnify an image reflected and entering from the subject, and transfers the magnified image to the camera part through the third through hole when installing at the portable terminal to form the magnified image of the subject with the camera part and light from the LED.

US Pat. No. 10,139,700

OPTICAL DEVICE

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An optical device comprising:a housing part that includes an open window disposed inside the housing part;
an optical element into which light enters via the window; and
a window glass plate that blocks the window,
wherein:
the window glass plate includes a light-transmissive base material and a metal coating film provided on an outer peripheral part of the light-transmissive base material,
the window glass plate is fixed to the housing part with a solder layer provided between the metal coating film and the housing part,
the housing part includes an edge part located toward the window, and
the edge part includes an overhanging part that protrudes further than an inner peripheral-side edge part of the metal coating film in a direction toward a center part of the window.

US Pat. No. 10,139,699

ELECTRO-OPTIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WITH FREQUENCY CONVERSION AND MULTI-MODE OPTICAL FIBER AND RELATED METHODS

HARRIS CORPORATION, Melb...

16. A method for communicating comprising:operating a local device, a remote device, and a multi-mode optical fiber coupled between the local device and the remote device;
the local device comprising
a local spatial optical multiplexer/demultiplexer (mux/demux) coupled to the multi-mode optical fiber and having first and second local optical outputs and first and second local optical inputs,
an optical source configured to generate first and second optical carrier signals coupled to the first and second local optical outputs, respectively,
an opto-electric (O/E) converter coupled to the first and second local optical inputs, and
a local electro-optic (E/O) modulator coupled to the second local optical input;
the remote device comprising
a remote spatial optical mux/demux coupled to the multi-mode optical fiber and having first and second remote optical outputs coupled to the first and second local optical inputs, respectively, and first and second remote optical inputs coupled to the first and second local optical outputs, respectively, and
a remote E/O modulator configured to generate a modulated signal onto the first remote optical output based upon modulating the first optical carrier signal from the first remote optical input responsive to a radio frequency (RF) electrical input signal, the second remote optical input being coupled to the second remote optical output.

US Pat. No. 10,139,697

CONNECTORS FOR SMART WINDOWS

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. An electrical connection system of an insulated glass unit comprising an electrochromic device, the electrical connection system comprising:a. a ribbon cable or tape conductor embedded in the secondary seal of the insulated glass unit and in electrical communication with the electrochromic device; and
b. an integrated circuit in electrical communication with the ribbon cable or tape conductor, the integrated circuit also embedded in the secondary seal of the insulated glass unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,696

CONNECTORS FOR SMART WINDOWS

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. An insulated glass unit comprising:two panes including an electrochromic pane with an electrochromic device thereon;
a spacer sealed between the two panes;
a secondary seal outside the spacer and between the two panes; and
an electrical connection system embedded in the secondary seal, the electrical connection system comprising multiple parallel wires for carrying power to the electrochromic device, said multiple parallel wires configured in a thin flexible format.

US Pat. No. 10,139,695

VARIABLE TRANSMITTANCE OPTICAL DEVICES

SWITCH MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A self-powered variable transmittance optical device film comprising:(a) a first and second substantially transparent substrate;
(b) a switching material flexibly disposed on at least one of the first and second substantially transparent substrates, the switching material capable of transitioning between a light state and a dark state based at least in part on application of an electric voltage;
(c) a first and second electrode both disposed on the first substantially transparent substrate, both disposed on the second substantially transparent substrate, or each disposed on one of the substantially transparent substrates;
(d) an energy-harvesting power source flexibly disposed on the device film; and
(e) an electrical system configured to receive power from the energy-harvesting power source and to provide power to the first electrode and the second electrode for application of the electric voltage, the electrical system disposed on the device film.

US Pat. No. 10,139,691

PIXEL ARRAY

E Ink Holdings Inc., Hsi...

1. A pixel array, disposed on a substrate, the pixel array comprising:a plurality of first signal lines arranged in parallel;
a plurality of second signal lines arranged in parallel and intersecting with the first signal lines to demarcate a plurality of first unit regions and a plurality of second unit regions, wherein each of the second signal lines electrically connects to one of the first signal lines, the second signal lines are arranged in different pitches, and an area of each of the second unit regions is smaller than an area of each of the first unit regions, and the first unit regions and the second unit regions are alternately arranged;
a plurality of third signal lines intersecting with the first signal lines and passing through the first unit regions, wherein each of the third signal lines is located between two adjacent ones of the plurality of second signal lines; and
a plurality of pixel structures disposed on the first unit regions, each of the pixel structures comprising an active device and a pixel electrode connecting with the active device, the active device being driven by a corresponding third signal line and connecting with a corresponding first signal line, wherein an orthographic projection of each of the pixel electrodes on the substrate is non-overlapped with or incompletely overlapped with an orthographic projection of the corresponding second signal lines on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,670

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display panel comprising an optical structure for narrow viewing angle and a display substrate for displaying an image,wherein the optical structure for narrow viewing angle comprises a first polarizing layer, a second polarizing layer and a phase difference film, so as to achieve a narrow viewing angle mode for the display panel;
wherein the first polarizing layer is arranged at one side of the display substrate, and the first polarizing layer is arranged between the second polarizing layer and the display substrate, a transmission axis direction of the first polarizing layer and a transmission axis direction of the second polarizing layer are perpendicular to each other;
the phase difference film is arranged between the first polarizing layer and the second polarizing layer, for changing a polarizing direction of light incident on the phase difference film, the phase difference film including one of a quarter wave plate and a half wave plate,
wherein the optical structure for narrow viewing angle is free of liquid crystal layer, and the display substrate is free of polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,667

COLOR FILTER SUBSTRATE PROVIDED WITH INORGANIC COVER LAYER AND DISPLAY PANEL COMPRISING SAME

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A color filter substrate, comprising:a base substrate;
a black matrix and a pixel resin layer, both formed on the base substrate;
a planarization layer formed on the black matrix and the pixel resin layer to reduce a stage difference of the pixel resin layer; and
an inorganic cover layer formed on the planarization layer to prevent gas releasing from the pixel resin layer and the planarization layer,
wherein the inorganic cover layer is in direct contact with the planarization layer,
the inorganic cover layer consists of one or more layers selected from the group consisting of an amorphous silicon layer, a polysilicon layer, a SiNx layer, a SiO2 layer, a SiNyOz layer and a combination thereof, wherein x is 4/3 or within a range of 4/3±1/3, 3y+2z=4 or a variation from “3y+2z=4” does not exceed 20%, and
the planarization layer is made of an acrylic resin.

US Pat. No. 10,139,663

INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. An input/output device comprising:a first pixel electrode;
a second pixel electrode;
a first common electrode;
a second common electrode;
a liquid crystal;
a first insulating film;
a second insulating film; and
a transistor,
wherein the first common electrode serves as one electrode of a sensor element,
wherein the second common electrode serves as the other electrode of the sensor element,
wherein the transistor comprises a first gate, a semiconductor layer over the first gate, and a second gate over the semiconductor layer,
wherein the semiconductor layer comprises a channel formation region that comprises an oxide semiconductor,
wherein the second gate comprises an oxide conductor,
wherein the oxide conductor comprises one or more kinds of metal elements comprised in the oxide semiconductor,
wherein the first insulating film is positioned over the second gate,
wherein the first pixel electrode, the second pixel electrode, the first common electrode, and the second common electrode are positioned over the first insulating film,
wherein the first pixel electrode overlaps with the first common electrode with the second insulating film positioned between the first pixel electrode and the first common electrode,
wherein the second pixel electrode overlaps with the second common electrode with the second insulating film positioned between the second pixel electrode and the second common electrode,
wherein the liquid crystal is positioned over the first pixel electrode, the second pixel electrode, the first common electrode, and the second common electrode,
wherein the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode are apart from each other and are positioned on a same plane,
wherein the first common electrode and the second common electrode are apart from each other and are positioned on a same plane,
wherein the first common electrode is located under the first pixel electrode, and
wherein the second common electrode is located under the second pixel electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,660

DISPLAY DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device comprising:a flexible display panel;
a first housing supporting a first portion of the flexible display panel;
a second housing supporting a second portion of the flexible display panel;
a first battery unit in the first housing;
a second battery unit in the second housing;
a control unit in the second housing, the control unit being configured to control the display device; and
a wiring,
wherein the first battery unit and the control unit are electrically connected with each other through the wiring,
wherein the flexible display panel comprises a bend portion between the first housing and the second housing, and the first housing and the second housing overlap with each other when the flexible display panel is folded, and
wherein the wiring is provided inside the flexible display panel or in contact with and along a surface of the flexible display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,657

TRANSFER PLATE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A transfer plate configured to print an aligning agent onto a liquid crystal cell substrate which includes a liquid crystal display region, the transfer plate comprising:a base film; and
a dot array arranged on the base film and comprising a plurality of dots,
wherein the base film includes an active region corresponding to the liquid crystal display region and a non-active region surrounding the active region, and
the dot array at the active region is of a first dot angle, and the dot array at the non-active region is of a second dot angle less than the first dot angle,
each straight line connecting two adjacent dots in the dot array in the active region refers to a first straight line, each straight line connecting two adjacent dots in the dot array in the non-active region refers to a second straight line, and each first straight line intersects with and is not parallel to each second straight line, and
wherein the aligning agent, for forming a liquid crystal alignment film in the liquid crystal display region, is adsorbed between the plurality of dots.

US Pat. No. 10,139,654

OPTICAL APPARATUS THAT REDUCES DRIVING NOISED BY ADJUSTING LIGHT TRANSMISSIVITY AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to guide light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first light amount adjustment unit configured to change transmissivity of the light from the object by change in physical property thereof; and
a first driving circuit configured to be able to output a first signal to the first light amount adjustment unit,
wherein the optical apparatus is an adapter mountable between an interchangeable lens and a camera main body including the image pickup element or the interchangeable lens mountable to the camera main body, the interchangeable lens including a second light amount adjustment unit configured to mechanically change an area through which the light from the object passes and a second driving circuit configured to be able to output a second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit,
wherein, before a recording in a moving image mode is started, the transmissivity of the first light amount adjustment unit is adjusted to a maximum and the second light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust the amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the second driving circuit, and
wherein, after the recording in the moving image mode is started, the first light amount adjustment unit is driven to adjust an amount of the light from the object entering the image pickup element by the first driving circuit, while the second light amount adjustment unit is prevented from being driven by not outputting the second signal to the second light amount adjustment unit from the second driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,650

ONE PIECE EYEWEAR WITH CONCEALED HINGES

1. A one piece eyewear, which comprises:a lens frame, the lens frame having a first lateral side, a second lateral side disposed opposite the first lateral side, a front surface and a back surface disposed opposite the front surface;
a first temple bar, the first temple bar having a first axial end, a second axial end situated opposite the first axial end, an inner surface and an outer surface situated opposite the inner surface, the first temple bar being situated in proximity to the first lateral side of the lens frame;
a second temple bar, the second temple bar having a first axial end, a second axial end situated opposite the first axial end, an inner surface and an outer surface situated opposite the inner surface, the second temple bar being situated in proximity to the second lateral side of the lens frame;
a first concealed hinge, the first concealed hinge being interposed between and directly connected to the first temple bar and the lens frame, the first concealed hinge having a first end, a second end situated opposite the first end and a resiliently deformable portion therebetween, the first end of the first concealed hinge being directly connected to the back surface of the lens frame and the second end of the first concealed hinge being directly connected to the inner surface of the first temple bar; and
a second concealed hinge, the second concealed hinge being interposed between and directly connected to the second temple bar and the lens frame, the second concealed hinge having a first end, a second end situated opposite the first end and a resiliently deformable portion therebetween, the first end of the second concealed hinge being directly connected to the back surface of the lens frame and the second end of the second concealed hinge being directly connected to the inner surface of the second temple bar;
wherein the lens frame, the first temple bar, the second temple bar, the first concealed hinge and the second concealed hinge are integrally formed as a single unitary piece;
wherein the lens frame generally resides in a plane;
wherein each of the first temple bar and the second temple bar is hinged inwardly and outwardly pivotable relative to the plane in which the lens frame generally resides between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position the first temple bar and the second temple bar are generally perpendicular to the plane in which the lens frame resides, wherein in the second position the first temple bar and the second temple bar are closest to the lens frame, and wherein the second position corresponds to a closed position and the first position corresponds to an open wearing position;
wherein the first temple bar includes a first extended portion situated at the first axial end thereof;
wherein the second temple bar includes a second extended portion situated at the first axial end thereof;
wherein the first end of the first concealed hinge and the back surface of the lens frame define a first recess in proximity to the first lateral side of the lens frame into which the first extended portion of the first temple bar is at least partially received when the first temple bar is situated in the first position, the first extended portion, when at least partially received by the first recess, conceals from view from the outer surface of the first temple bar the first concealed hinge when the first temple bar is situated in the first position;
wherein the first end of the second concealed hinge and the back surface of the lens frame define a second recess in proximity to the second lateral side of the lens frame into which the second extended portion of the second temple bar is at least partially received when the second temple bar is situated in the first position, the second extended portion, when at least partially received by the second recess, conceals from view from the outer surface of the second temple bar the second concealed hinge when the second temple bar is situated in the first position; and
wherein the resiliently deformable portion of each of the first concealed hinge and the second concealed hinge is resiliently deformed so that it is capable of multiple pivots without degradation when the eyewear is in at least one of the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,648

LENS BARREL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lens barrel, comprising:a first frame body including a groove formed along a direction substantially parallel to an optical axis on an inner circumferential surface;
a second frame body configured to be engaged by the first frame body;
a support frame configured to be supported by the second frame body and move with respect to the second frame body within a first plane for image blur correction in an imaging enabled state, the first plane being perpendicular to an optical axis, the support frame having a protrusion protruding outwardly in a radial direction; and
a retracting lens frame configured to be supported by the support frame and move around a retraction shaft during a transition period between an imaging enabled state and a housed state, the retraction shaft being substantially parallel to the optical axis,
the second frame body, the support frame, and the retracting lens frame are configured to move in the optical axis direction with respect to the first frame body during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the groove and restricts a movable range of the support frame in the first plane so that the movable range of the support frame in the transition period is narrower than the movable range in the imaging enabled state, and the protrusion engages the groove to restrict a movement of the support frame within a second plane that is parallel to the first plane, during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state,
the first plane is a plane in the imaging enabled state,
the second plane is a plane in the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state,
the first plane and the second plane are located at a distance from each other or include a single plane located at a distance away from the first frame body in the optical direction,
the groove includes a first groove having a first width and a second groove having a second width which is smaller than the first width in a circumferential direction, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the first groove to make the movable range of the support frame to be narrower, and the protrusion comes into engagement with the second groove to restrict the movable range of the support frame, during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state.

US Pat. No. 10,139,645

TILTED DICHROIC POLARIZING BEAMSPLITTER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A tilted polarizing beam splitter, comprising:a first prism comprising a first diagonal face;
a second prism comprising a second diagonal face;
and a plurality of spaced apart reflective polarizers stacked between and bonded to each other and the first and second diagonal faces and comprising:
a first reflective polarizer configured to reflect a first polarization state of a first color light, transmit an orthogonal second polarization state of the first color light, and transmit the first polarization state of second and third colors;
a second reflective polarizer configured to reflect the first polarization station of the second color light, transmit the second polarization state of the second color light, and transmit the first polarization state of the third color; and
a third reflective polarizer configured to reflect the first polarization station of the third color light and transmit the second polarization state of the third color light,
wherein at least one of the first, second and third reflective polarizers is titled with respect to the other two.

US Pat. No. 10,139,640

OPTICAL DEVICE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical device comprising:a light guide plate configured to guide light within a plane parallel to an emission surface; and
a plurality of light focusing portions to which the light guide plate guides directional light,
wherein each of the light focusing portions is provided with an optical surface configured to create, from the directional light incident thereon, emission light in a direction substantially converging on a single convergence point or convergence line in a space, or to create emission light that substantially diverges from a single convergence point of convergence line in a space and exits from the emission surface,
wherein the plurality of light focusing portions are provided near the emission surface of the light guide plate, and each of the plurality of light focusing portions is formed along a predetermined line within a plane parallel to the emission surface, and
wherein the convergence point or convergence line is mutually different between the plurality of light focusing portions, with a grouping of the plurality of convergence points or convergence lines forming an image in a space.

US Pat. No. 10,139,630

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH OPTICAL SYSTEMS TO GUIDE LIGHT TO A PUPIL

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An image display device comprising:a light source optical system which emits a light;
a mirror which reflects the light which is emitted from the light source optical system;
a light scanning device which scans the light which is reflected by the mirror to use the light as image light;
a pupil magnifying optical system which magnifies a beam diameter of the light which is emitted from the light scanning device;
a correcting optical system on which the light which is emitted from the pupil magnifying optical system is incident and which corrects shape and aberration of the image light; and
a deflecting optical system which deflects the light which is emitted from the correcting optical system to guide the light to a position of an exit pupil and transmits a portion of external light,
wherein a cross-sectional shape of the pupil magnifying optical system is a trapezoid, and
wherein the pupil magnifying optical system is disposed in an orientation such that of two sides which are disposed parallel to each other in the trapezoid, a short side is positioned at a side which is close to the exit pupil, and a long side is positioned at a side which is distant from the exit pupil.

US Pat. No. 10,139,625

SLIDING FRAME

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A head-wearable frame, comprising:an outer u-shaped frame member of a first stiffness having formed thereon one of a channel or an element receivable in said channel, the outer u-shaped frame member having a first outer-member tip-to-tip opening dimension;
an inner flexible u-shaped frame member with a second stiffness different than that of said first stiffness, having the other of said channel or element receivable in said channel formed thereon, the inner flexible u-shaped frame member having a first inner-member tip-to-tip opening dimension;
said inner and outer frame members being joined together in a sliding engagement with said element received in said channel, said inner flexible u-shaped frame member being movable relative to said outer u-shaped frame member to adjust stiffness of the head-wearable frame; and
a single fixation device operable for a singular fixation action that engages both (a) the outer u-shaped frame member in an adjusted position in which the outer u-shaped frame member has a second outer-member tip-to-tip opening dimension that is different from the first outer-member tip-to-tip opening dimension, and (b) the inner flexible u-shaped frame member in an adjusted position in which the inner flexible u-shaped frame member has a second inner-member tip-to-tip opening dimension that is different from the first inner-member tip-to-tip opening dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,139,621

MOTION TRANSFER MECHANISM FOR A COMBINER HEADS UP DISPLAY INCLUDING DOUBLE LOCKING PIN

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. A motion transfer mechanism, comprising:at least one linkage member having a first configuration and a second configuration;
an actuator for controlling the movement of the at least one linkage member between the first configuration and the second configuration;
a bracket pivotally connected to the at least one linkage member;
and
a mechanical stop integrally formed with the bracket;
a housing, the at least one linkage member, the bracket and the actuator being located in the housing;
a display device connected to the bracket;
wherein the display device is in a stowed position when the at least one linkage member is in the first configuration, and the display device is in a deployed configuration when the at least one linkage member is in the second configuration;
wherein the mechanical stop is in contact with the at least one linkage member when the linkage member is in the first configuration and the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,139,613

DIGITAL MICROSCOPE AND METHOD OF SENSING AN IMAGE OF A TISSUE SAMPLE

SAKURA FINETEK U.S.A., IN...

1. A method comprising:sensing an image at a first magnification of one or less of a portion of a tissue sample on a substrate with a sensor;
without storing the sensed image,
displaying at least a portion of the sensed image on a display at a sensor to display pixel ratio greater than one to one;
in response to user input, performing each of the following:
electronically modifying the sensor to display pixel ratio at which the sensed image is displayed on the display at the first magnification, and
when the sensor to display ratio reaches a threshold at the first magnification, automatically sensing a view of an area of the portion of the tissue sample at a second magnification in response to an attempt to modify the sensor to display pixel ratio beyond the threshold ratio; and
performing at least one of the following:
refreshing the at least a portion of the sensed image that is displayed at a computer controlled rate, and
storing the at least a portion of the sensed image that is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,139,605

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side:a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, wherein
the third lens unit having a positive refractive power comprises in order from the object side,
a first lens component having a positive refractive power,
a second lens component having a negative refractive power in which, a lens having a positive refractive power and a lens having a negative refractive power are cemented, and
a third lens component, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expressions (2a), (4), (8), and (11)
nd3_2p?nd3_2n??0.1  (2a)
?d3G/ft<0.42  (4)
2<|f3/fw|<4  (8)
0.3<(?2t/?2w)/(?3t/?3w)<0.7  (11)
where,
nd3_2p denotes a refractive index for a d-line of the lens having a positive refractive power, in the second lens component having a negative refractive power, in the third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
nd3_2n denotes a refractive index for the d-line of the lens having a negative refractive power, in the second lens component having a negative refractive power, in the third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
?d3G denotes a total length (not including an aperture) of the third lens unit,
ft denotes a focal length at a telephoto end of the overall zoom lens system,
f3 denotes a focal length of the third lens unit,
fw denotes a focal length at a wide angle end of an overall zoom lens system,
?2t denotes a lateral magnification at a telephoto end of the second lens unit,
?2w denotes a lateral magnification at a wide angle end of the second lens unit,
?3t denotes a lateral magnification at the telephoto end of the third lens unit, and
?3w denotes a lateral magnification at the wide angle end of the third lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,603

COMPACT OPTICAL IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS ...

1. An optical image capturing system, in order along an optical axis from an object side to an image side, comprising:a first lens having refractive power;
a second lens having refractive power;
a third lens having refractive power;
a fourth lens having refractive power;
a fifth lens having refractive power;
a first image plane, which is an image plane specifically for visible light and perpendicular to the optical axis; a through-focus modulation transfer rate (value of MTF) at a first spatial frequency having a maximum value at central field of view of the first image plane; and
a second image plane, which is an image plane specifically for infrared light and perpendicular to the optical axis; the through-focus modulation transfer rate (value of MTF) at the first spatial frequency having a maximum value at central of field of view of the second image plane;
wherein the optical image capturing system consists of the five lenses with refractive power; at least one lens among the first lens to the fifth lens is made of plastic; at least one lens among the first lens to the fifth lens has positive refractive power; each lens among the first lens to the fifth lens has an object-side surface, which faces the object side, and an image-side surface, which faces the image side;
wherein the optical image capturing system satisfies:
1.0?f/HEP?10.0;
0 deg |FS|?60 ?m;
where f1, f2, f3, f4, and f5 are focal lengths of the first lens to the fifth lens, respectively; f is a focal length of the optical image capturing system; HEP is an entrance pupil diameter of the optical image capturing system; HOS is a distance between an object-side surface of the first lens and the first image plane on the optical axis; HOI is a maximum image height on the first image plane perpendicular to the optical axis; InTL is a distance in parallel with the optical axis from the object-side surface of the first lens to the image-side surface of the fifth lens; HAF is a half of a maximum view angle of the optical image capturing system; FS is a distance on the optical axis between the first image plane and the second image plane.

US Pat. No. 10,139,597

CAMERA LENS

AAC ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A camera lens comprising, arranged sequentially from an object side to an image side:a first lens with positive refractive power;
a second lens with negative refractive power;
a third lens with negative refractive power;
a fourth lens with positive refractive power;
a fifth lens with negative refractive power; and
a sixth lens with negative refractive power, wherein the camera lens satisfies following conditions (1)˜(2):
0.35?f1/f?0.50  (1)
1.50?(R5+R6)/(R5?R6)?3.00  (2)
where,
f: overall focal distance of the camera lens;
f1: focal distance of the first lens;
R5: curvature radius of the third lens' object side surface;
R6: curvature radius of the third lens' image side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,592

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An ocular optical system, for imaging of imaging rays entering an eye of an observer via the ocular optical system from a display screen, a side facing towards the eye being an eye-side, a side facing towards the display screen being a display-side, the ocular optical system comprising a first lens element, a second lens element, and a third lens element from the eye-side to the display-side in order along an optical axis, the first lens element, the second lens element, and the third lens element each comprising an eye-side surface and a display-side surface;the first lens element having refracting power;
the display-side surface of the second lens element having a convex portion in a vicinity of the optical axis; and
the display-side surface of the third lens element having a concave portion in a vicinity of the optical axis, the third lens element having refracting power,
wherein lens elements of the ocular optical system having refracting power are only the first lens element, the second lens element, and the third lens element, and the ocular optical system satisfies:
T3/G23?4.3; and
G3D/T3?3.51,
where T3 is a thickness of the third lens element along the optical axis, G23 is an air gap from the second lens element to the third lens element along the optical axis, and G3D is a distance from the third lens element to the display screen along the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,139,591

ASPHERICAL MIRROR FOR FOCUSING LASER BEAM IN LINEAR PATTERN AND LASER SURGERY DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH SAME

Korea University Research...

1. An aspherical mirror for focusing a laser beam in a linear pattern, the aspherical mirror comprising:a convex surface structured to diffusely reflect an irradiated laser beam; and
a concave surface structured to reflect the laser beam such that the laser beam is focused at one point, wherein
the convex surface is so structured such that the laser beam reflected from the convex surface forms a long line beam as an angle of reflection with respect to a curvature of the convex surface changes, and
the concave surface is so structured such that the laser beam reflected from the concave surface is focused at one point on the line beam as an angle of reflection with respect to a curvature of the concave surface changes.

US Pat. No. 10,139,589

ZOOM LENS UNIT AND INDICATOR MEMBER

Nittoh Inc., (JE)

1. A zoom lens unit comprising:a zoom ring that has a scale indicating a focal length of the zoom lens unit, the zoom ring having a zoom ring inner surface and a zoom ring outer surface opposite to each other, the zoom ring inner surface being located closer to an optical axis of the zoom lens unit than the zoom ring outer surface, the zoom ring having a cut-out that is concave from the zoom ring outer surface toward the zoom ring inner surface;
an indicator ring that is disposed in the cut-out of the zoom ring, the indicator ring having an indicator ring inner surface and an indicator ring outer surface opposite to each other, the indicator ring having an indicator that is configured to point a desired value on the scale; and
a spring that is disposed in the cut-out between first part of the zoom ring and the indicator ring inner surface,
wherein when a spring force is applied between the first part of the zoom ring and the indicator ring inner surface, a relative location between the zoom ring and the indicator ring is fixed so that the indicator ring and the zoom ring are configured to rotate together, and
when the zoom ring maintains at a current location so as to prevent the zoom ring from rotating with respect to the zoom lens unit, the indicator ring is configured to rotate relative to the zoom ring.

US Pat. No. 10,139,588

IMAGING LENS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging lens comprising, in order from a side closest to an object:a first lens group which is fixed to an image plane during focusing;
a second lens group having a positive refractive power as a whole which moves from an image side to the object side during focusing from a long-distance object to a short-distance obj ect,
wherein a field curvature is adjusted by moving the entire first lens group or a sub-lens group within the first lens group including a lens closest to the object side, as an adjustment group, in a direction of an optical axis,
a stop which is fixed to the image plane during the adjustment of the field curvature is disposed closer to the image side than the adjustment group, and
the following Conditional Expressions (1) and (2) are satisfied,
?0.05 0.1

where f is a focal length of the whole system in a state of being focused on an infinite object,
fA is a focal length of the adjustment group,
h1 is a height of a paraxial on-axis light ray on a lens surface of the adjustment group closest to the object side, and
h2 is a height of a paraxial on-axis light ray on a lens surface of the adjustment group closest to the image side.

US Pat. No. 10,139,585

MULTI-LENS CAMERA MODULE AND ASSEMBLING PROCESS THEREOF

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

8. A multi-lens camera module, comprising:a casing;
a first circuit board fixed on the casing and accommodated within the casing;
a first photosensitive element installed on a top surface of the first circuit board;
a first lens module fixed on the top surface of the first circuit board and aligned with a top side of the first photosensitive element, wherein the first lens module comprises a first lens element and a first lens holder, the first lens element is supported by the first lens holder, and the first lens element has a first optical axis;
a second circuit board fixed on the casing and accommodated within the casing;
a second photosensitive element installed on a top surface of the second circuit board; and
a second lens module fixed on the top surface of the second circuit board and aligned with a top side of the second photosensitive element, wherein the second lens module comprises a second lens element and a second lens holder, the second lens element is supported by the second lens holder, and the second lens element has a second optical axis, wherein the second optical axis of the second lens element is in parallel with the first optical axis of the first lens element,
wherein the second lens holder is penetrated through a receiving opening of the casing, a lower connection part of the second lens holder is located below the receiving opening and adhered onto the casing through a bottom glue, and an upper connection part of the second lens holder is located above the receiving opening and adhered onto the casing through a top glue.

US Pat. No. 10,139,581

PATCH PANEL

SANWA DENKI KOGYO CO., LT...

1. The patch panel on which a plurality of mounting frames (1A,1B), to which various kinds of adapters including a SC adapter (Q2) and a LC adapter (Q1) for electrical or optical communication, and a modular adapter (Q3) for telephone are attached by appropriately combining the adapters (1A,1B), are mounted in an insertable manner through a window opening (12) from the front side of the patch panel (11),wherein the patch panel (11) is provided with the window opening (12) set to a predetermined length dimension so that the mounting frames (1A,1B) having a port specification different from one another can be mounted by combining the mounting frames (1A,1B) in array by a reasonable number.

US Pat. No. 10,139,580

RETRACTABLE DATACOMMUNICATIONS RACK

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A retractable datacommunications rack, comprising:a mounting member configured to mount to a mounting structure;
a linkage mounted to the mounting member;
an enclosure mounted on the linkage and configured to provide locations for datacotmmunications interconnections;
wherein the linkage is configured to move the enclosure between a retracted raised position and a lowered working position;
an upward facing open channel extending in a parallel direction in relation to the enclosure;
a first upward facing open bridge member pivotally mounted to the open channel and extending to a first side of the enclosure, the first upward facing open bridge member being pivotal relative to the enclosure; and
a second upward facing open bridge member pivotally mounted to the open channel and extending to a second side of the enclosure, the second upward facing open bridge member being pivotal relative to the enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,139,563

METHOD FOR MAKING PHOTONIC CHIP WITH MULTI-THICKNESS ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICES AND RELATED DEVICES

STMICROELECTRONICS SA, M...

1. A method for making a photonic chip including a plurality of electro-optic (EO) devices having multiple thicknesses, the method comprising:forming a first semiconductor layer over a semiconductor film;
forming a second semiconductor layer over the first semiconductor layer;
forming at least one mask layer over the second semiconductor layer;
performing a first selective etching of the at least one mask layer to provide initial alignment trenches;
performing at least one second etching, aligned with at least some of the initial alignment trenches and using the first semiconductor layer as an etch stop, to provide multi-level trenches; and
filling the multi-level trenches to make the plurality of EO devices having multiple thicknesses.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

US Pat. No. 10,139,546

DISPLAY DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a light guide plate located at a rear of the display panel;
a light assembly located at a side of the light guide plate and configured to provide the light guide plate with light;
a light absorbing portion formed on a back surface of the light guide plate and configured to absorb the light provided by the light assembly in a predetermined wavelength range; and
a reflective portion formed on the back surface of the light guide plate and configured to reflect the light provided by the light assembly on the display panel,
wherein the light absorbing portion is formed around the reflective portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,543

LIGHT PIPE ARRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A BLADE SERVER

NetScout Systems, Inc., ...

1. A light pipe array assembly comprising:a) a carrier having an elongated platform defining upper and lower horizontal surfaces and a longitudinal axis;
b) a first plurality of light pipes supported on the upper surface of the platform and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the platform; and
c) a second plurality of light pipes supported on the lower surface of the platform and arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the platform in alignment with the first plurality of light pipes, wherein the first and second pluralities of light pipes are optically isolated from each other by the platform of the carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,139,534

OPTICAL FILM, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An optical film comprising:a polarization film; and
a phase delay layer disposed on the polarization film,
wherein the phase delay layer comprises a first phase delay layer and a second phase delay layer, each of the first and second phase delay layers including liquid crystal,
in-plane phase retardation (Re1) of the first phase delay layer for 550 nm wavelength is in a range from about 230 nm to about 270 nm,
in-plane phase retardation (Re2) of the second phase delay layer for 550 nm wavelength is in a range from about 100 nm to about 140 nm,
entire in-plane phase retardation (Re0) of the first phase delay layer and the second phase delay layer for 550 nm wavelength is in a range from about 120 nm to about 160 nm,
each of the first phase delay layer and the second phase delay layer has a refractive index satisfying the following relationship: nx>ny=nz or nx wherein
each of the first phase delay layer and the second phase delay layer has a refractive index satisfying the following relationship: nx wherein nx denotes a refractive index of the first or second phase delay layer at a slow axis thereof, ny denotes a refractive index of the first or second phase delay layer at a fast axis thereof, and nz denotes a refractive index of the first or second phase delay layer in a direction perpendicular to the fast and slow axes thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,139,532

CAMERA MODULE AND TERMINAL

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A camera module, comprising:a cover window at a first end of the camera module;
an infrared cut-off filter at a second end of the camera module; and
an anti reflection coating,
wherein the anti-reflection coating is on at least one surface, through which light passes, of the cover window, or the anti-reflection coating is on at least one surface, through which light passes, of the infrared cut-off filter,
wherein the anti-reflection coating comprises conical anti-reflection structures,
wherein a bottom diameter of the conical anti-reflection structure is 40 nm to 150 nm,
wherein a top diameter of the conical anti-reflection structure is 0% to 30% of the bottom diameter,
wherein a height of the conical anti-reflection structure is 150 nm to 300 nm, and
wherein a spacing between two adjacent conical anti-reflection structures is ? to ? of a wavelength in a visible light band.

US Pat. No. 10,139,524

ANTI-REFLECTIVE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING SAME

DEXERIALS CORPORATION, T...

1. A method for minimizing a chroma (?(a*2+b*2)) of reflected light from an anti-reflective structure with respect to white light, the anti-reflective structure comprising a plurality of nanostructures that are formed of projected portions on a substrate surface and provided at intervals equal to or less than a visible light wavelength, the method comprising:determining a minimum of the chroma (?(a*2+b*2)) based on a filling rate of the nanostructures and a predetermined average height of the nanostructures; and
forming the plurality of nanostructures such that the filling rate is within a range of ±5% of the filling rate at which the minimum chroma value is achieved at the predetermined height, wherein
the filling rate is a ratio of an area of a bottom surface of the nanostructures to an area of the substrate surface in a plan view of the anti-reflective structure.

US Pat. No. 10,139,518

NEUTRON GAMMA DENSITY CORRECTION USING ELEMENTAL SPECTROSCOPY

Schlumberger Technology C...

1. A method comprising:emitting neutrons into a formation using a neutron source of a downhole tool, such that at least a portion of the neutrons scatter off the formation to generate gamma-rays;
detecting a first count rate of gamma-rays using at least one gamma-ray detector of the downhole tool;
detecting a gamma-ray spectrum using the at least one gamma-ray detector of the downhole tool;
detecting a second count rate of neutrons that return to the downhole tool using a neutron detector of the downhole tool;
using a processor to perform a gamma-ray spectroscopy analysis on the formation based on the detected gamma-ray spectrum, wherein the gamma-ray spectroscopy analysis comprises determining a concentration of one or more elements that are present in the formation;
determining a correction based at least in part on results of the gamma-ray spectroscopy analysis, wherein the correction comprises the concentration each of the one or more elements multiplied by a sensitivity parameter of each of the one or more elements, and wherein the sensitivity parameter relates to a number of detected gamma-rays or neutrons per unit of the elemental concentration of the least one of the one or more elements;
subtracting the correction from the first count rate, the second count rate, or both;
determining a neutron gamma density of the formation based at least in part on a first corrected count rate of gamma-rays, a second corrected count rate of neutrons, or both; and
outputting the determined density of the formation.

US Pat. No. 10,139,515

RANGING MEASUREMENTS USING MODULATED SIGNALS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A system for performing ranging measurements within a formation, comprising:a transmitter;
a receiver;
a processor communicably coupled to the transmitter and the receiver; and
a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device contains a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor cause the processor to:
command the transmitter to transmit into the formation an asymmetric time-varying signal, wherein the asymmetric time-varying signal comprises a signal characteristic that is based at least in part on a downhole characteristic;
command the receiver to measure a magnetic field induced on an object within the formation by the asymmetric time-varying signal;
determine a direction to the object from a borehole based at least in part on the measurement of the induced magnetic field, wherein the measurement comprises a measurement of a spatial change in the magnetic field in a direction that has a component in a radial direction;
determine a sampling rate of the induced magnetic field based on at least one frequency of the asymmetric time-varying signal, wherein the asymmetric time-varying signal comprises a ranging signal component with a first frequency and a sign identification component with a second frequency, wherein determining the sampling rate of the induced magnetic field comprises solving the following equation:
wherein N is the number of samples, n is the sample index, ?1 and 107 2 are the first frequency and the second frequency in radians, respectively, A is an amplitude of the ranging signal component, B is an amplitude of the sign identification signal component, ?t is a period of one sample, ? is a relative phase between the transmitter and the receiver, and K(?) is a sampling kernel of an analog to digital converter system.

US Pat. No. 10,139,514

METHOD OF DETECTING THE APPROACH OF A USER'S HAND TO A VEHICLE DOOR HANDLE OR THE CONTACT OF A USER'S HAND THEREWITH, AND ASSOCIATED DETECTION DEVICE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. Method of detecting the approach of a user's hand toward a door handle (P) of a vehicle (V), having a first outer surface (S1) oriented toward the vehicle (V) and a second outer surface (S2) oriented toward the user, said handle (P) comprising at least one detection electrode (ED) and an additional electrode (EA), wherein said two electrodes (ED, EA) are positioned face to face in advance, said method comprises the following steps:Step 1: the detection electrode (ED) and the additional electrode (EA) are electrically connected to the same power supply source (Vcc),
Step 1b: the voltage at the terminals of the additional electrode (VEA) is reduced to a value lower than that of the supply voltage (Vcc),
Step 2: a first value (CED) of capacitance, which varies on the approach of the user's hand, is measured at the terminals of the detection electrode (ED),
Step 2b: the voltage at the terminals of the detection electrode (VED) is reduced to a value lower than that of the supply voltage (Vcc),
Step 3: a second value (CEA) of capacitance, which varies on the approach of the user's hand, is measured at the terminals of the additional electrode (EA),
Step 4: the first value (CED) and the second value (CEA) are compared, during a measurement period, with one another and/or with a predetermined threshold value (T), in order to detect the approach of a user's hand toward the first outer surface (S1) or toward the second outer surface (S2) and/or the contact of his hand with one of these surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,139,513

DISTRIBUTED SEISMIC SOURCE ARRAY

GREENPOWERUSA INC., Chat...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of seismic sources held within a linear array in a wellbore, wherein the plurality of seismic sources are electrically connected and are comprised of a plurality of orbital vibrators which have a primary acoustic radiation pattern which is orthogonal to the wellbore and wherein each of the plurality of seismic sources is secured within the wellbore with a plurality of low friction rollers; and
means for activating a radial clamping force for each of the plurality of seismic sources within the wellbore wherein the radial clamping force is activated by energizing the plurality of seismic sources.

US Pat. No. 10,139,509

ENHANCED SEISMIC IMAGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS EMPLOYING MODIFIED VELOCITY MODEL CONTRASTS

CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., San...

1. A computer-implemented method for seismic imaging of a subsurface, the method being implemented in a computer system that includes one or more physical computer processors, the method comprising:obtaining, at the one or more computer processors, seismic data that includes information about geologic layer boundaries in the subsurface;
determining an initial velocity model of the subsurface wherein at least one geologic layer boundary occurs at a sharp velocity transition, wherein a velocity on a first side of the at least one geologic layer boundary is at least fifty percent higher than a velocity on a second side of the at least one geologic layer boundary;
conditioning, at the one or more computer processors, the initial velocity model to produce a conditioned velocity model, wherein the sharp velocity transition has been replaced by a gradual velocity transition including a velocity overshoot layer, where the gradual velocity transition is positioned to begin at the at least one geologic layer boundary and ramp into a geologic layer with minimal need of fine resolution of structures important for hydrocarbon exploration and the velocity overshoot layer is located inside the geologic layer with minimal need of fine resolution of structures, and wherein the velocity overshoot layer is designed to compensate for kinematic differences due to the gradual velocity transition;
using the seismic data and the conditioned velocity model to generate a seismic image of the subsurface, at the one or more computer processors; and
causing, by the one or more computer processors, an output representing with visual information of the seismic image of the subsurface, the visual information providing insight in interpreting geologic features based on the seismic image of the subsurface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,508

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION OF FAULTS ON NOISY SEISMIC DATA

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method for identifying faults in seismic data, comprising the steps of:obtaining said seismic data;
calculating a coherence cube of said seismic data;
performing the following steps, using at least one processing device, for a plurality of two-dimensional seismic sections of the coherence cube:
(i) applying a threshold to the coherence cube to obtain a binary image representation comprising one or more continuities;
(ii) identifying edges of continuity areas in the binary image representation to identify changes in said one or more continuities as fault point candidates;
(iii) identifying fault points in the obtained seismic data based on a fault confidence value above a specific threshold, indicating a likelihood that a given point is part of a fault;
(iv) creating one or more fault segments from the identified fault points; and
(v) joining one or more fault segments into one or more fault lines using one or more of geological and geometrical constraints; and
generating, using the at least one processing device, one or more three-dimensional fault surfaces from said one or more fault lines in said plurality of two-dimensional seismic sections.

US Pat. No. 10,139,503

DOUBLY RESONANT SEISMIC SOURCE

TELEDYNE INSTRUMENTS, INC...

1. A sound source, comprising:a first gas filled resonator;
a second gas filled resonator connected to the first gas filled resonator; and
at least one excitation member configured to excite the first gas filled resonator and the second gas filled resonator;
wherein the first gas filled resonator is tuned, via a first inelastic device that surrounds at least a portion of the first gas filled resonator, to produce a first resonant frequency upon excitation by the at least one excitation member;
wherein the second gas filled resonator is tuned, via a second inelastic device that surrounds at least a portion of the second qas filled resonator, to produce a second resonant frequency upon excitation by the at least one excitation member; and
wherein the first resonant frequency is at a first edge of a frequency band and the second resonant frequency is at a second edge of the frequency band.

US Pat. No. 10,139,500

SEMICONDUCTOR X-RAY DETECTOR CAPABLE OF DARK CURRENT CORRECTION

SHENZHEN XPECTVISION TECH...

1. A method to measure an intensity distribution of X-ray using an X-ray detector, the method comprising:determining values of dark current at at least three locations on the X-ray detector, wherein the three locations are not on a straight line;
determining a spatial variation of absorptance of the X-ray using the values of the dark current;
measuring an apparent intensity distribution of the X-ray;
determining the intensity distribution by removing a contribution of the spatial variation the absorptance from the apparent intensity distribution;
wherein the spatial variation of absorptance is caused by thickness variation of an X-ray absorption layer of the X-ray detector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,493

ROTOR SAFETY SYSTEM

NEAR EARTH AUTONOMY, INC....

1. A rotorcraft comprising:a rotor; and
a rotor safety system that comprises:
a lidar scanner attached to the rotorcraft for continuously scanning a space around the rotor during a near-ground operation of the rotorcraft;
a computer system in communication with the lidar scanner for detecting objects that pose a threat of contacting the rotor during the near-ground operation of the rotorcraft based on time-stamped lidar point data from the lidar scanner, wherein the computer system detects whether an object poses a threat of contacting the rotor by:
generating a series of time-stamped point clouds from the time-stamped lidar point data, wherein the series of time-stamped point clouds indicate a location of the object in a vicinity of the rotor at different time stamp instances;
determining a relative velocity of the object relative to the rotor based on movement of the object relative to the rotor over the series of time-stamped point clouds; and
determining, based on the determined relative velocity of object, that the object poses a threat of contacting the rotor when it is determined that the object will be within a threshold distance of the rotor within a threshold time period; and
reaction means in communication with the computer system for taking a reaction in response to detection by the computer system that the object poses a threat of contacting the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,491

VEHICLE-MOUNTED DEVICE AND VEHICLE-MOUNTED RANGING SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle-mounted device mounted on a first vehicle, the first vehicle including: a first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor that successively transmits a first transmission wave as an electromagnetic wave, receives a first reflected wave produced when the first transmission wave is reflected off an object, and measures a distance to the object based on information of the first transmission wave and the first reflected wave; and a first wireless communication device that receives transmission time frame information indicating a time frame when a second electromagnetic wave ranging sensor that is a ranging sensor mounted on a second vehicle and transmits a second transmission wave that may be received by the first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor transmits the second transmission wave, by wireless communication with a second wireless communication device mounted on the second vehicle,the vehicle-mounted device comprising:
an interference determination unit that determines whether or not an interference state where the first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor may receive the second transmission wave is present, based on the transmission time frame information received by the first wireless communication device, and reception duration information indicating a reception duration during which the first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor may receive the first reflected wave; and
a sensor control unit that controls transmission timing for transmitting the first transmission wave from the first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor and the reception duration, and changes the transmission timing and the reception duration so as to avoid the interference state, when the interference determination unit determines that the interference state is present, wherein
the first wireless communication device is adapted to receive a ranging end signal indicating an end of distance measurement in which the second electromagnetic wave ranging sensor transmits the second transmission wave, by communication with the second wireless communication device, and
the sensor control unit suspends transmission of the first transmission wave and reception of the first reflected wave, when the interference determination unit determines that the interference state is present, and resumes the transmission of the first transmission wave and the reception of the first reflected wave after the first wireless communication device receives the ranging end signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,489

MODULAR PORTABLE ULTRASOUND SYSTEMS

Teratech Corporation, Bu...

1. An ultrasound imaging system including a mobile cart for a portable ultrasound display and processing device, the ultrasound imaging system comprising:a handheld display and image processor housing having a first electrical connector;
a computer within the handheld display and image processor housing;
a touch screen graphical user interface operable on the display and image processor housing, the display being mounted within the handheld display and image processor housing over the computer such that a user can view and operate the display;
a virtual control panel to actuate an ultrasound imaging operation using the display within the handheld display and image processor housing;
a beamformer within the handheld display and image processor housing, the beamformer being connected to receive image signals from a transducer connector during an imaging procedure;
a memory and a battery within the handheld display and image processor housing;
a base assembly having a second electrical connector configured to electrically connect to the handheld display and image processor housing that can be detachably mounted onto the base assembly such that the handheld display and image processor housing is powered by the battery, the second electrical connector including an external network connection and wherein the base assembly supports a control panel that separately operates the handheld display and image processor housing;
a plurality of tranducer connection ports such that a plurality of transducers electrically connect to the ultrasound imaging system, wherein each transducer connection port comprises a transmit and receive integrated circuit; and
a cart on which the base assembly is mounted, the cart carrying a direct current (DC) source electrically connectable to the handheld display and image processor housing and further including a wheel assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,139,480

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER WITH DATA COMPRESSION

FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., ...

1. A transducer for an ultrasound imaging system, comprising:an array of transducer elements;
an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert analog signals produced by the transducer elements into corresponding digital samples encoded with a first number of bits;
a memory for storing digital samples associated with a frame of ultrasound data; and
a logic circuit configured to
compress the digital ultrasound data by calculating differences between the samples and to encode the differences with a second number of bits that is less than the first number of bits; and
transmit a packet that includes differences encoded with the second number of bits and an overflow portion that encodes the differences that are too large to be encoded with the second number of bits;
wherein the logic circuit is configured to calculate a histogram of difference values and select the second number of bits as the smallest number of bits that will encode the most common difference values determined from the histogram and wherein the packet includes a second header that defines a number of bits used to encode the differences that are too large to be encoded with the second number of bits.

US Pat. No. 10,139,475

DISTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING DISTANCE INFORMATION HAVING VARIABLE SPATIAL RESOLUTION AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A distance detection apparatus comprising:a light source configured to output light to detect a distance to an external object;
a scanner configured to perform scanning in a first direction and scanning in a second direction and to output the output light to an external scan area;
a light detector configured to receive light from the scan area;
a processor configured to detect the distance to the external object within the external scan area based on the output light and the received light;
a sampler configured to sample an electrical signal output from the light detector,
wherein the processor:
performs control to vary a frame rate of the scanner; and
acquires distance information having varied spatial resolution of the external object according to variation of the frame rate of the scanner,
wherein, in order to acquire the distance information having varied spatial resolution of the external object, the processor performs control to vary a sampling rate of the sampler.

US Pat. No. 10,139,461

ANALYSIS OF NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE SPECTRA WITH NON-STATIONARY PEAKS

ASPECT IMAGING LTD., Sho...

1. A method of determining a NMR prediction result of a sample, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of NMR spectra and a corresponding plurality of predetermined measured parameters, wherein each of the plurality of NMR spectra corresponds to one of the plurality of predetermined measured parameters;
identifying a section of a ppm range in each of the plurality of NMR spectra having a non-stationary peak;
determining a modified data point for each of the plurality of NMR spectra based on its respective data points in the identified section of the ppm range such that the modified data point being a weighted average value of the respective data points in the identified section;
replacing the identified section of the ppm range in each of the plurality of NMR spectra with its respective determined modified data point to generate a corresponding plurality of modified NMR spectra;
determining a modified calibration vector based on the plurality of modified NMR spectra and the plurality of predetermined measured parameters;
receiving a measured NMR spectrum of the sample;
identifying a section of a ppm range in the measured NMR spectrum having a non-stationary peak;
determining a modified data point for the measured NMR spectrum based on data points in the identified section in the measured NMR spectrum such that the modified data point for the measured NMR spectrum being a weighted average value of the data points in the identified section in the measured NMR spectrum;
replacing the identified section in the measured NMR spectrum with the modified data point for the measured NMR spectrum to determine a modified measured NMR spectrum; and
determining the NMR prediction result of the sample based on the modified measured NMR spectrum and the modified calibration vector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,455

CORRELATED DOUBLE SAMPLING FOR NOISE REDUCTION IN MAGNETORESISTIVE SENSORS AND SENSOR ARRAYS

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. Apparatus for magnetic field sensing, the apparatus comprising:a 2-D array of magnetoresistive sensors;
a demultiplexer for selectively providing excitation to one of the rows or columns of the 2-D array;
a multiplexer for selectively reading signals out from one of the rows or columns of the 2-D array;
wherein the demultiplexer and multiplexer function as row and column selectors respectively, or vice versa;
wherein each magnetoresistive sensor of the 2-D array has an associated sensor switch, and wherein the sensor switches are configured to be automatically switched in operation to disable all sensors being read out by the multiplexer except the sensor being driven by the demultiplexer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,453

BATTERY VOLTAGE MONITORING DEVICE USING CAPACITOR CIRCUIT AND SWITCH FAILURE DETECTION CIRCUIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A voltage monitoring apparatus comprising:a capacitor circuit including at least one capacitor;
an input-side switch group that includes a plurality of input-side switches connected to at least one pair of electrode terminals of at least one battery cell, the input-side switch group applying voltage to a pair of terminals of the at least one capacitor;
a voltage detection circuit that includes at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals connected to each of the terminals of the at least one capacitor, the voltage detection circuit detecting a potential difference across the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
an output-side switch group that includes a plurality of output-side switches connected to the terminals of the at least one capacitor, the output-side switch group applying voltage across the terminals of the at least one capacitor to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
switch control means for controlling each of the plurality of input-side switches and each of the plurality of output-side switches;
failure detecting means for detecting, on the basis of the voltage detected by the voltage detection circuit when one of the output-side switches is turned on, an on-failure of at least one of the remaining output-side switches which should not be turned on;
an impedance circuit that is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, the impedance circuit being connected to each of the plurality of output-side switches, connected to the terminals of the at least one capacitor, via the each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals; and
a stabilizing power circuit that is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals via the impedance circuit and stabilizes voltage of each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, wherein
the impedance circuit is configured such that a time constant of a circuit configured by the impedance circuit and the at least one capacitor, which are connected to each other via each of the plurality of output-side switches and the each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, becomes longer than a required detection time that is taken from when a voltage across the terminals of the at least one capacitor is applied to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals until when a potential difference between the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals is detected by the voltage detection circuit,
the voltage detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit that amplifies and outputs at least one potential difference between the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
the differential amplifier circuit includes at least one pair of input resistors connected to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals; and
the stabilizing power circuit is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals via the at least one pair of input resistors.

US Pat. No. 10,139,439

METHOD OF CAPACITIVE MEASUREMENT BETWEEN AN OBJECT AND AN ELECTRODE PLANE BY PARTIAL SYNCHRONOUS DEMODULATION

Quickstep Technologies LL...

1. A method of capacitive measurement between an object and an electrode plane, in which method a processor unit operates as follows:applying an excitation signal to the electrode plane;
generating a control signal for a mixing circuit, the control signal defining a measurement window and a time-lapse window for the mixing circuit; and
determining a capacitance value representative of a capacitance between the object and an electrode in the electrode plane based on a measurement from a measurement signal originating from the electrode plane,
wherein the excitation signal is a non-sinusoidal signal comprising at least one discontinuity, and in order to determine the capacitance value, the measurement signal is evaluated during the measurement window and not evaluated during the time-lapse window, the time-lapse window being a time period during which said at least one discontinuity is occurring, and the measurement window being a time period free of said at least one discontinuity.

US Pat. No. 10,139,434

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THE STABILITY OF AN ALTERNATING CURRENT DISTRIBUTION GRID

Power Standard Lab Inc., ...

1. A system for measuring the stability of an alternating current power distribution grid comprising:a) a first circuit coupled to the grid for drawing a plurality of current pulses from the grid;
b) a first measuring device co-located with the first circuit, coupled to the grid for measuring a first voltage on the grid prior to each of the pulses and for measuring a change to the first voltage in response to each pulse; and
c) a plurality of second measuring devices, each a corresponding distance from the first circuit, coupled to the grid for measuring a second voltage on the grid prior to each of the pulses and for measuring a change to the second voltage in response to each pulse, wherein the changes are a function of stability of the grid, and the drawing the plurality of pulses and the measuring the first and second voltages are synchronized to a synchronization timing signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,430

PROBE GUIDE, PROBE CARD, AND METHOD FOR PROBE GUIDE MANUFACTURING

SHINKO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIE...

7. A probe card comprisinga wiring board, a contact probe provided to stand on said wiring board, and a probe guide that supports said contact probe, wherein:
said contact probe is configured to include a probe base part electrically connected with said wiring board, a probe tip part adapted to contact with an inspection target, and an elastic deformation part which is provided between the probe base part and the probe tip part and is capable of buckling deformation;
said probe guide includes a silicon plate having a guide hole comprising a penetration-processed hole adapted to support said probe base part or said probe tip part of said contact probe;
an inner wall of said guide hole includes a guide film formed on an inner wall surface of the penetration-processed hole of said silicon plate;
a cross-sectional area of said penetration-processed hole gradually increases toward a first surface of said silicon plate; and
a film thickness of said guide film gradually increases toward the first surface of said silicon plate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,427

FUNCTIONAL DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A functional device comprising:a substrate having a surface;
a wire provided on the surface of the substrate;
a movable body supported in a spaced apart relationship relative to the surface of the substrate, the movable body being configured to selectively pivot about a first axis with respect to the surface of the substrate; and
a supporting section configured to pivotally support the movable body relative to the substrate, the supporting section including:
a connector connected to the movable body, the connector extending along the first axis; and
a first support connected to the connector and to the substrate, the first support being disposed alongside the connector and extending along a second axis laterally offset from the first axis, the first support including a first contact electrically connected to the wire, the first contact being electrically connected to the wire along the second axis,
wherein the supporting section is the only physical connection between the movable body and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,424

OMM ROTATION RATE SENSOR INCLUDING A DRIVE, WITHOUT STATIONARY ELECTRODES

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A rotation rate sensor, comprising:a substrate having a main plane of extension;
a first structure which is movable relative to the substrate, the first structure including at least one first drive device; and
a second structure which is movable relative to the substrate and relative to the first structure, the second structure including at least one second drive device;
wherein the first drive device and the second drive device are situated for joint deflection:
of the first structure from a neutral position of the first structure in parallel to a drive direction, and
of the second structure from a neutral position of the second structure in parallel to the drive direction,due to an interaction between the first drive device and the second drive device in such a way that the first structure and the second structure are excitable into an oscillation in phase opposition, in each case with a motion component in parallel to the drive direction, wherein at least a portion of the first drive device and at least a portion of the second drive device overlap one another along an axis that is perpendicular to the drive direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,423

MEDICAL ANALYSIS METHOD

BIO-RAD INNOVATIONS, Mam...

1. A medical analysis method using a medical analysis machine provided with a poly-articulated robot comprising joints defining at least six axes of rotation and adapted for displacing and/or orienting a terminal member according to six degrees of freedom, the terminal member bearing a grasping member adapted for grasping a container, said medical analysis method comprising at least the succession of the following steps:providing a container filled beforehand with a sample to be treated stemming from a human being or an animal, said sample is one of a type comprising a liquid, biological tissue, or organ tissue from a human being or an animal, said container being a gel card including a body in which are formed several adjacent reaction wells positioned along a single row, the wells containing a gel and being initially obturated with a lid, the grasping member of the poly-articulated robot being configured to grasp and displace such a gel card,
transferring said container, by means of the poly-articulated robot moving at a first speed, to at least one treatment station of the medical analysis machine,
treating the sample in the treatment station while maintaining the sample within the container, and
transferring the container, by means of the poly-articulated robot moving at a second speed, to a station for capturing images of the treated sample and determine the type of sample in said container, wherein the first speed and the second speed are controlled based on the type of the sample disposed within the container so as to avoid overflow or stirring of the liquid, and determining, automatically with the medical analysis machine and based at least in part on the images, whether treating the sample resulted in a positive reaction within the container or a negative reaction within the container,
the method further comprising a prior parameterization step including:
sensing respective coordinates of different stations of the medical analysis machine using a piezo-electric sensing device of the terminal member, and wherein the coordinates are stored in a memory associatedwith the medical analysis machine, anddefining, based at least in part on the respective coordinates, first and second areas of the medical analysis machine, wherein
the first areas comprise areas, including the at least one treatment station and the station for capturing images, where the poly-articulated robot is allowed to move, and
the second areas comprise areas different from the first areas, the at least one treatment station, and the station for capturing images, the poly-articulated robot being prohibited from passing horizontally over the second areas of the medical analysis machine.

US Pat. No. 10,139,416

METHODS OF TRIGGERING ACTIVATION OF ENCAPSULATED SIGNAL-GENERATING SUBSTANCES AND APPARATUS UTILISING ACTIVATED SIGNAL-GENERATING SUBSTANCES

SUPERNOVA DIAGNOSTICS INC...

1. An apparatus comprising a test strip and a reader for detecting a signal from the test strip,wherein the test strip comprises:
a sample application zone including capsules comprising a signal precursor in latent form and affinity molecules, wherein the affinity molecules are conjugated to the outer surface of the capsules, and wherein the signal precursor of a target-capsule complex is activatable by (i) heat and (ii) an acid- or base-catalysing solution, and wherein activation of the signal precursor of the target-capsule complex catalyzes hydrolysis of the signal precursor;
a reaction zone where capture molecules are immobilised and wherein the affinity molecules bind specifically to target molecules in a sample to form the target-capsule complex;
a reservoir of the acid- or base-catalysing solution; and
a feed line providing communication between the reservoir and the reaction zone; and
wherein the reader comprises:
an actuator operable to supply the acid- or base-catalysing solution from the reservoir to the reaction zone;
a heating device for providing the heat to the reaction zone to raise the temperature of the acid- or base-catalysing solution in the reaction zone such that the acid- or base-catalysing solution catalyses the hydrolysis of the signal precursor in the reaction zone from the latent form in which substantially no signal is generated to a form in which it is able to generate a detectable signal, whereby the signal is emitted from the reaction zone;
a light source for illuminating the reaction zone; and
an optical detector for detecting the signal emitted from the reaction zone.

US Pat. No. 10,139,390

ANALYSIS DEVICE

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. An analysis device including a container holding a solution containing DNA or RNA, comprising:a film having a nanopore, configured to separate the container into two regions;
an electrode configured to apply a voltage to the solution;
a first Peltier device to control the temperature of the solution to a first temperature;
a second Peltier device coupled with the film to control the temperature of the film to a second temperature which is different from the first temperature; and a current detector to detect a current of the nanopore as the DNA or RNA passes through the nanopore,
wherein the nanopore includes a spring mechanism to control passing of the DNA or RNA through the nanopore, and
wherein the spring mechanism comprises an actin filament.

US Pat. No. 10,139,326

DETERMINING THE LIFE SPAN OF AN ELASTOMER IN A MOTOR

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining a remaining life span of an elastomer in a motor, comprising:running a downhole tool into a wellbore, the downhole tool including a drill bit and a mud motor, the mud motor having a rotor and a stator, wherein at least one of the rotor or the stator has an elastomer;
predicting a number of cycles before the elastomer fails;
determining a number of cycles during a time period;
determining a change in a remaining life span of the elastomer over the time period, based upon the number of cycles before the elastomer fails and the number of cycles during the time period; and
varying a weight on the downhole tool in response to the remaining life span of the elastomer or varying a torque generated by the mud motor in response to the remaining life span of the elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,297

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING IN REAL TIME THE FORCE ON THE TIE-RODS WITHIN A POWER STEERING MECHANISM

JTEKT EUROPE, Irigny (FR...

1. A method for determining a tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) which is a force exerted, at a considered instant, by an environment of a vehicle on a power steering mechanism of the vehicle, and the power steering mechanism is maneuvered at least by an assistance motor, the method comprising:a step (a) of determining an actuating force (Faction) exerted at the considered instant on the steering mechanism based on (i) an assistance force (Fassist) exerted by an assistance motor on the steering mechanism, and (ii) a driver force (Fcond) exerted by a driver of the vehicle on the steering mechanism;
a step (b) of determining a value of a dry friction force (Fdry, Rdry), which is exerted on the steering mechanism at the considered instant;
a step (c) of calculating the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) by (i) summing the actuating force (Faction) and the dry friction force (Fdry), and (ii) applying a low-pass filter that filters a result of the summing when the summing is calculated at a moment of a steering reversal of the steering mechanism; and
a step (d) of, in response to calculating the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod), control the steering mechanism to control the assistance force exerted by the assistance motor on the steering mechanism based on the tie-rod force (Ftie-rod) exerted, as a counter-force, on the steering mechanism in order to more accurately maneuver steering operations of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,234

PATH PLANNING BASED ON OBSTRUCTION MAPPING

AGCO Corporation, Duluth...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a three-dimensional map of one or more obstructions associated with a field, the one or more obstructions presenting an obstacle to line of sight reception from a satellite to a global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) receiver;
receiving almanac data corresponding to an orbit of the satellite;
determining anticipated accuracy of GNSS positioning in the field at plural locations and plural times based on the almanac data and the map;
determining waylines for autonomous traversal through the field based on the anticipated accuracy at the plural locations and the plural times; and
determining a plan for traversing the waylines to optimize the accuracy of GNSS positioning, the plan involving traversing waylines in a first region at a first time and traversing waylines in a second region at a second time such that GNSS positioning accuracy is better in the first region at the first time and better in the second region at the second time.

US Pat. No. 10,139,195

ADJUSTABLE BUTTSTOCK

Fortis Manufacturing, Inc...

1. An adjustable buttstock attachable to a buffer tube with a plurality of position slots, the adjustable buttstock comprising:a body slidably attached to the buffer tube;
a butt attached to the body, wherein the butt comprises a locking slot and a travel slot; and
a lever assembly rotatably attached to the body, wherein the lever assembly comprises
a lever arm rotatably attached to the body,
a locking pin and locking spring disposed within the lever arm, wherein the locking spring biases the locking pin into the locking slot,
a trigger attached to the lever arm and rotatably engaged with the locking pin, wherein rotation of the trigger overcomes the locking spring to move the locking pin out of the locking slot, and
a position pin extending from the lever arm and positionable in one of the plurality of position slots.

US Pat. No. 10,139,167

HEAT EXCHANGER

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a housing having a sidewall surrounding an interior cavity extending between a first end of said housing to a second end of said housing;
an exhaust conduit running axially within said interior cavity, said exhaust conduit having a conduit wall surrounding an axial passage, said conduit wall extending from a first end of said exhaust conduit adjacent said second end of said housing, to a second end of said exhaust conduit extending through said first sidewall;
a tank positioned within said interior cavity, said tank having a tank cavity which is positioned between a first wall of said tank and a second wall of said tank surrounding said first wall;
a circumferential passage positioned in said interior cavity of said housing between a surface of said second wall of said tank and said sidewall of said housing;
an intake conduit communicating through said sidewall, said intake conduit having an intake passage and defining a first flow director for communicating a first fluid into said circumferential passage in a first fluid flow;
a second flow director positioned within said interior cavity adjacent said second end of said housing;
said second flow director having a plurality of channels, said channels directing said first fluid flow of said first fluid from said interior cavity into a second fluid flow into and through said axial passage of said exhaust conduit;
an intake conduit in a sealed connection at a first end with said tank cavity and extending through said first end of said housing to a second end, said intake conduit defining a path for a flow of a second fluid into said tank cavity;
an output conduit having a first end in sealed engagement with said tank cavity, said output conduit extending through said first end of said housing to a second end, said output conduit defining a path for a flow of said second fluid out of said tank cavity; and
whereby heat from said first fluid in said first flow through said circumferential passage is communicated to said second wall of said tank, and said heat from said first fluid in said second fluid flow is communicated to said first wall of said tank, thereby heating said second fluid within said tank cavity from opposing sides thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,139,123

REMOTE CONTRACTOR SYSTEM WITH SUMMARY DISPLAY SCREEN

Honeywell International I...

1. A remote monitoring system for use by a contractor, the remote monitoring system configured to communicate with a plurality of client heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controllers associated with the contractor over a network, wherein each of the client HVAC controllers is part of a corresponding client HVAC system that services a corresponding client building, the remote monitoring system comprising:a communications port configured to operatively communicate with a plurality of client HVAC controllers associated with the contractor, and to receive data related to the operation of a plurality of client HVAC systems;
a memory for storing received data related to the operation of the plurality of client HVAC systems associated with the contractor, business performance data associated with the contractor, and customer performance data associated with the contractor;
a controller operatively coupled to the communications port and the memory, wherein the controller is configured to send an invite to a particular client via the communications port for granting access to the particular client's HVAC system, and if acceptance of the invite is received from the particular client, the controller is configured to grant the contractor access to data related to the operation of the particular client HVAC system, and once access is granted, the contractor uses the remote monitoring system to initiate and run tests, run diagnostics, and/or change settings on the particular client HVAC system; and
wherein the controller is further configured to populate via the communications port a summary display screen on a remote display device, the summary display screen comprising:
a summary of business performance data associated with the contractor;
a summary of customer performance data associated with the contractor; and
a summary of HVAC performance data associated with the plurality of client HVAC controllers associated with the contractor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,086

LIGHT FIXTURE HAVING RETRACTABLE FRONT PANEL SURFACE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A light fixture configured to be embedded in a surface, the light fixture comprising:a light source;
a front panel located in front of the light source;
a frame in contact with a front panel surface of the front panel;
a pressure mechanism configured to press the front panel surface against the frame; and
a fixing piece provided at a position opposite to the front panel on a base surface side opposite to a front surface side on which the front panel surface is exposed, the fixing piece extending outward from the base surface side to fix the frame to an external structure,
wherein the pressure mechanism is retractable by a distance greater than a thickness of the front panel when a pushing force is applied to the front panel surface, and
the front panel is movable in a direction perpendicular to a retractable direction of the pressure mechanism when the pressure mechanism is retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,139,067

LASER CAR LAMP

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSIT...

1. A laser car lamp, comprising:a plurality of laser diodes;
at least one light guide element having a laser light incident surface and a laser light exit surface;
a phosphor element disposed at one end, adjacent to the laser light exit surface, of the light guide element; and
a lens disposed at another end, adjacent to the laser light incident surface, of the light guide element, wherein the laser diodes are annularly arranged on the another end, adjacent to the laser light incident surface, of the light guide element, wherein the laser diodes emits laser beams guiding by the light guide element from the laser light incident surface to the laser light exit surface so as to excite the phosphor element to generate a light, and the light generated by the phosphor element is transmitted via the light guide element to the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,139,027

FLANGE ASSEMBLY WITH FRANGIBLE GATE FOR MOUNTING AIR CANNONS TO BULK MATERIAL PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

MARTIN ENGINEERING COMPAN...

1. A flange assembly for mounting air cannons to bulk material processing equipment comprising:an annular mounting ring consisting of at least one component, the mounting ring being configured and adapted to be welded to bulk material processing equipment and connected to an air cannon in a manner connecting the air cannon to the bulk material processing equipment, the mounting ring comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced threaded bolt holes and a slot, the mounting ring encircling a fluid passageway configured to allow fluid to pass through the mounting ring; and
a gate comprising a temporary blocking portion frangibly connected to a flange portion, the gate being at least partially insertable through the slot of the mounting ring in a manner such that the blocking portion is able to at least partially prevent fluid from flowing through the fluid passageway of the mounting ring, the flange portion being configured to be securely attached to the annular mounting ring via at least one bolt threaded at least partially into one of the threaded bolt holes of the mounting ring after the blocking portion of the gate has been frangibly disconnected from the flange portion; and
the flange assembly being configured such that fluid is able to pass through the fluid passageway of the mounting ring after the blocking portion of the gate has been frangibly disconnected from the flange portion and the flange portion has been secured to the annular mounting ring.

US Pat. No. 10,139,021

PROVISION OF PREDETERMINED FLUID

1. A method for providing a predetermined fluid in a void space of an annulus of a length of flexible pipe, comprising the steps of:introducing a predetermined fluid into at least one fluid communication passageway comprising at least one elongate conduit in the annulus of the length of flexible pipe; and
via the passageway, communicating the fluid into the void space of the annulus via a plurality of openings in the at least one elongate conduit provided at a plurality of axially spaced apart locations and wherein the fluid is communicated at a pressure of less than about around 80 psi;
wherein the method further comprises substantially filling the void space with the predetermined fluid; and
wherein an open area provided by the openings decreases towards at least one end of the length of flexible pipe such that when the fluid is introduced into the void space, the fluid is communicated evenly along the length of flexible pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,139,011

SELF-HEAT-DISSIPATION PRESSURE-REDUCING VALVE

China University of Minin...

1. A self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve, comprising an air guide hood (6) and a self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body, wherein the self-heat-dissipation pressure-reducing valve main body comprises a heat-dissipation valve core (1), an upper valve deck (2), a guiding valve deck (3), a valve body (4), a heat-dissipation valve seat (5), an inlet flange (7), and a turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);the heat-dissipation valve core (1) comprises a valve core (12) and valve core heat-dissipation fins (13), a head portion of the valve core (12) being of a projecting tapered shape, external threads being provided on a middle section near a tail of the valve core (12), and the valve core heat-dissipation fins (13) being fitted on the tail of the valve core (12) and fixed by means of tin soldering;
the valve body (4) is of a hollow three-way structure, the hollow heat-dissipation valve seat (5) being provided below the valve body (4), and the guiding valve deck (3), in which a stepped orifice is opened at a center of the guiding valve deck (3), being provided above the valve body (4); the upper valve deck (2) is mounted at an opening on an upper portion of the guiding valve deck (3) by bolts, and the vale core (12) is inserted into the valve body (4) via a threaded through hole on the upper valve deck (2) and is fastened to the upper valve deck (2) by the external threads; the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) is fitted on an inlet pipeline at a side of the valve body (4); and the inlet flange (7) is fitted on the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8);
the heat-dissipation valve seat (5) comprises a valve seat pocket (14), a valve seat shell (15), heat pipes (16), and valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17), wherein a connection mechanism linked to the valve body (4) is provided on a top of the valve seat shell (15), where four notches are opened on the connection mechanism; the valve seat pocket (14) is disposed inside the valve seat shell (15), a shoulder on a top of the valve seat pocket (14) works in conjunction with a lower end of the valve body (4) and a stepped orifice matching the valve seat pocket (14) being opened on a bottom of the valve seat shell (15); the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) are disposed around an outer side of the valve seat shell (15); multi-threaded grooves are opened on an outer wall of the valve seat pocket, the heat pipes (16) are wound around the multi-threaded grooves and then fixed on the outer wall of the valve seat pocket, a gap between the valve seat pocket (14) and the valve seat shell (15) is filled with tin, and tail ends of the heat pipes (16) are fixed on the valve seat heat-dissipation fins (17) through the four notches on the valve seat shell (15) respectively;
the tapered head portion of the valve core (12) works in conjunction with the shoulder on the top of the valve seat pocket (14) to form a pressure-reducing orifice;
the turbine-type heat dissipation device (8) comprises a fan shell (18) and a turbine (19), the fan shell (18) being of a hollow cylindrical structure with external threads on both sides, fan blades being arranged on an outer side of the fan shell (18), a holder being supplied inside the fan shell (18), and the turbine (19) being disposed on the holder; and a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet pipeline of the valve body (4) by means of the external threads on one side of the fan shell (18) and a bearing inner ring retainer (9) and a bearing outer ring retainer (11), while a conical roller bearing (10) is fitted in the inlet flange (7) by means of the external threads on the other side of the fan shell and a bearing inner ring retainer (9).

US Pat. No. 10,139,005

PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICE INTEGRITY SENSOR

1. A pressure relief device integrity sensor, comprising:a sensor element configured to sense a condition of a pre-activation reactive region of a rupturable pressure relief device configured to activate by rupturing in response to a predetermined pressure, the sensor element configured to transmit a signal indicative of a normal condition;
wherein the sensor element comprises a conductive element exhibiting a first resistance;
wherein the conductive element is configured to deform in response to a compromise in the integrity of the pre-activation reactive region, and wherein the deformation of the conductive element causes the conductive element to exhibit a second resistance; and
wherein a change in or interruption of the signal indicates a compromise in the integrity of the pre-activation reactive region before activation of the pressure relief device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,004

SOLENOID VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A solenoid valve for controlling flow rate of working fluid, comprising:a housing having a valve passage through which working fluid flows;
a valve body provided inside the housing in a movable manner, the valve body being configured to switch between an open state and a closed state of the valve passage;
a coil part configured to generate magnetic force when electric current flows therethrough;
a yoke surrounding the coil part;
a stator core provided on an inner side of the coil part, the stator core being configured to be excited by magnetic force of the coil part;
a shaft provided to be movable along an axial direction thereof with the valve body;
a plunger fixed to the shaft, the plunger being configured to be movable in the axial direction by an attraction force acting between the plunger and the stator core;
a fluid passage provided on an outer side of the coil part, through which the working fluid passes;
an introduction passage communicating with the fluid passage, the introduction passage being configured to guide the working fluid inside the housing to the fluid passage;
a discharge passage communicating with the fluid passage, the discharge passage being configured to discharge the working fluid passed through the fluid passage outside the yoke; and
an inlet formed on an end of the yoke on a side in contact with the housing, the inlet being configured to guide working fluid from the introduction passage to the fluid passage, wherein
the valve passage is in the closed state when no electric current is passed through the coil part,
the introduction passage guides the working fluid flowing into or out from the housing, to the fluid passage, when the valve passage is in the open state as the electric current is passed through the coil,
the fluid passage has
a first fluid passage formed between an outer circumference of the coil part and an inner circumference of the yoke, and
a second fluid passage that allows the inlet to communicate with the first fluid passage, and
the discharge passage is formed on a bottom portion of the yoke on a side opposite to the end of the yoke on the side in contact with the housing, across the coil part.

US Pat. No. 10,138,997

VEHICLE SHIFT SYSTEM

THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY ...

1. A vehicle shift system, comprising:a portion of a vehicle interior defining a cavity;
a shift pedal within the cavity, the shift pedal comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end couples to the portion of the vehicle interior and the second end freely rotates within the cavity, the shift pedal changes position by rotating about the first end between a rest position and a shift position, wherein the shift pedal is substantially level with a surface surrounding the cavity in the rest position;
a biasing element coupled to the shift pedal that biases the shift pedal from the shift position to the rest position; and
a controller configured to control a transmission to change from a first transmission setting to a second transmission setting in response to rotation of the shift pedal to the shift position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,995

FLUID ARRANGEMENT

1. A fluid arrangement for fluid actuation of at least one motor vehicle drive train component, the fluid arrangement comprising:at least one fluid actuation system including a fluid energy source,
wherein the fluid energy source includes two fluid pumps each having a first fluid transport direction and having a second fluid transport direction opposite the first fluid transport direction,
wherein the fluid pumps are operable in a first operating mode to provide fluid actuation of the motor vehicle drive train component and are also operable in a second operating mode to provide a stream of fluid to cool the motor vehicle drive train component, and
wherein the fluid pumps are each connected to a fluid reservoir by a respective first valve on a pump input side and a respective second valve on a pump output side.

US Pat. No. 10,138,991

BICYCLE SPROCKET

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle sprocket comprising:a sprocket body including a radially outer periphery provided about a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket;
a shifting facilitation area to facilitate a shifting operation of the bicycle chain, the shifting facilitation area having a shifting facilitation recess; and
a plurality of chain-driving teeth provided on the radially outer periphery to engage with a bicycle chain, the plurality of chain-driving teeth comprising:
a reference tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the reference tooth having a reference radial length defined radially outward from a root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the reference tooth including a reference downstream tooth bottom, a reference upstream tooth bottom, a reference downstream circumferential surface extending from the reference downstream tooth bottom and facing in a driving rotational direction in which the bicycle sprocket is rotated about the rotational center axis during pedaling, and a reference upstream circumferential surface extending from the reference upstream tooth bottom and facing in a reversing rotational direction opposite to the driving rotational direction; and
a first tooth provided in the shifting facilitation area, the first tooth having a first radial length defined radially outward from the root circle of the bicycle sprocket, the first radial length being larger than the reference radial length, the first tooth being adjacent to the reference tooth in a circumferential direction defined about the rotational center axis without another tooth between the first tooth and the reference tooth, the first tooth being provided on a downstream side of the reference tooth in the driving rotational direction, the shifting facilitation recess extending at least from the reference tooth to the first tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,990

ROCK SHAFT AND STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A rack shaft, comprising:a rack tooth portion including a plurality of rack teeth, the rack tooth portion being formed by plastic deformation of a shaft member;
a non-rack tooth portion having no rack tooth and being at an end of the rack tooth portion, wherein a closest one of the plurality of rack teeth to the non-rack tooth portion is an ineffective rack tooth that is configured to not mesh with a pinion, and remaining ones of the plurality of rack teeth form an effective rack tooth row that is configured to mesh with a pinion; and
a padding portion that extends in an axial direction of the rack shaft from an end of the non-rack tooth portion toward the ineffective rack tooth and that extends beyond the ineffective rack tooth in the axial direction, wherein
the ineffective rack tooth includes portions extending from opposite sides of the padding portion in opposite directions that are transverse to the axial direction, and
the padding portion is formed to extend to a side face of a first effective rack tooth, the first effective rack tooth being a first one of the effective rack tooth row that is adjacent to the ineffective rack tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,138,989

STEERING SYSTEM WITH LOW-BULK MECHANICAL DIFFERENTIAL

NEXTER SYSTEMS, Roanne (...

1. A differential steering system comprising:an input shaft comprising at an end a first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, and
wherein the input shaft also comprises:
an epicyclic gear train comprising:
a second sun gear secured to the input shaft,
at least three planet gears cooperating with the second sun gear and secured together by a planet carrier on which they are pivotably mounted, and
a ring gear cooperating with the at least three planet gears,
a third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft,
located between the second sun gear and the first bevel gear,
the differential steering system also comprising:
 a first output shaft comprising:
a fourth bevel gear secured to the first output shaft and cooperating with the third bevel gear rotatably mounted about the input shaft, and
at an end a fifth bevel gear incorporated into the differential means and secured to the first output shaft,
 a second output shaft comprising:
at an end a sixth bevel gear secured to the second output shaft and incorporated into the differential means, and
a seventh bevel gear freely rotatable about the second output shaft, the seventh bevel gear cooperating with the first bevel gear secured to the input shaft, the seventh bevel gear being secured to a planet carrier cage of the differential means,
 the planet carrier cage of the differential means comprises at least one eighth bevel gear mounted secured to an axis perpendicular to the output shafts and cooperating simultaneously with the fifth and sixth bevel gears, the planet carrier cage of the differential means being mounted freely rotatable about the first output shaft and second output shaft,
wherein the ring gear is secured to the third bevel gear freely rotatable about the input shaft, rotation of the third gear modulating the relative speeds of rotation of the first and second output shafts which are also driven in rotation by the differential means.

US Pat. No. 10,138,976

VALVE

KYB Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A valve, comprising:a valve disc that partitions a chamber into one chamber and another chamber; and
annular-plate shaped leaf valves including first leaf valves laminated on one chamber side of the valve disc, and second leaf valves laminated on an other chamber side of the valve disc, wherein the valve disc includes:
a first annular boss formed at the one chamber side to support the first leaf valves, and a second annular boss formed at the other chamber side to support the second leaf valves;
a first seat for the first leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the first annular boss on the one chamber side, and a second seat for the second leaf valves formed on an outer peripheral side of the second annular boss on the other chamber side;
an auxiliary seat formed on an outer peripheral side of the second seat on the other chamber side;
a first opening surrounded by the first seat, and a second opening surrounded by the second seat;
one passage that allows the one chamber to communicate with the second opening at the other chamber side; and
another passage that allows the other chamber to communicate with the first opening at the one chamber side,
at least one of the first and second seats being disposed to project past, in a direction parallel to an axial direction, a corresponding one of the first and second annular bosses,
an outer peripheral end of the first seat on the one chamber side being more radially outward than an outer peripheral end of the second seat on the other chamber side,
the auxiliary seat having a height equal to or greater than a height of the second seat on the other chamber side, and being disposed at a position farther radially outward than a position of an outer edge of the second leaf valve,
the first seat and the auxiliary seat being formed at positions overlapping with each other in a side view of the valve disc,
a length, in a direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first annular boss to a surface of the second annular boss being shorter than a length, in the direction parallel to the axial direction, from a surface of the first seat to a surface of the auxiliary seat.

US Pat. No. 10,138,970

COIL SPRING

MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO....

1. A coil spring comprising:end turn sections that are formed on both ends of the coil spring;
an effective section that is formed between the end turn sections that functions as a spring when a load in a coil axis direction has been applied; and
rising sections that are formed between the effective section and the end turn sections,
wherein:
the rising sections are formed in such a way that, when ?1 represents a pitch angle of the rising sections and ?2 represents a pitch angle of the effective section, pitch angle ?1>pitch angle ?2 holds true in at least one of the rising sections, and
a diameter of a wire rod forming the coil spring is 25 mm to 90 mm,
wherein the rising sections are configured such that when the effective section is compressed such that the coils of the effective section effectively contact each other, gaps exist between the end turn sections and the rising sections,
wherein each end turn section comprises a tapered section having a dimension in a direction orthogonal to a winding direction of the wire rod that becomes smaller toward termini of the tapered sections, and
wherein the tapered sections are made equal to or greater than 0.5 turns and equal to or less than 0.6 turns.

US Pat. No. 10,138,964

ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An electromechanical brake device, comprising:a piston installed in a caliper housing so as to be movable forward and backward in an axial direction, the piston moving forward in the axial direction so as to press a friction pad for clamping a disc at a time of performing a braking operation, and the piston moving backward in the axial direction at a time of releasing the braking operation;
an actuator including a motor that provides rotational force for moving the piston;
a power converting mechanism that converts the rotational force transmitted from the actuator into translational force, and transmits the translational force to the piston so as to allow the piston to move forward and backward in the axial direction;
a reaction force generating mechanism installed between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the reaction force generating mechanism generating reaction force applied against straight moving force of the piston, which moves backward in the axial direction, in a direction in which the braking operation is released, and applying the reaction force to the piston;
a guide member which is fixedly installed integrally in the caliper housing so as to restrict rotation of a nut member and guide forward and backward axial movement of the nut member;
a sensor which detects a motor operating state; and
a controller which estimates a motor torque constant that represents a correlation between motor electric current and motor rotational torque, based on motor operating state information detected by the sensor when an operation of the motor is controlled so as to allow the piston to move backward in the axial direction,
wherein the reaction force generating mechanism is configured by installing an elastic member between the piston and one side of the caliper housing, the elastic member being compressed by the piston that moves backward in the axial direction, and
wherein the elastic member is a spring installed between the piston and the guide member fixed to the caliper housing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,961

DISC BRAKE COMPRISING A VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE WITH AN ADDITIONAL MASS, AND KIT WITH SUCH A DISC BRAKE

Lucas Automotive gmbH, K...

1. A disc brake for a vehicle comprising:at least one vibration-damping device with at least one additional mass arranged on a brake caliper or on a brake carrier,
wherein the at least one additional mass is embodied as a separate component and the at least one vibration-damping device further comprises a locating bolt fastened to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier by means of which the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed to the brake caliper or to the brake carrier,
wherein the locating bolt is elongate and has on a lateral surface a groove structure aligned in a longitudinal direction and/or transverse to the longitudinal direction,
wherein the at least one additional mass is configured to be fixed by pressing to the locating bolt such that the groove structure engages in a surface of the at least one additional mass,
wherein an annular groove is embodied in the locating bolt at an end facing away from the brake caliper or the brake carrier in which a circlip engages around the locating bolt such that the circlip prevents the at least one additional mass from detaching from the locating bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,138,951

DUAL CLUTCH

1. A dual clutch for coupling an input shaft on an engine side with a first output shaft on a transmission side and/or a second output shaft on the transmission side, comprising:a first clutch, which has a first pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a first counterplate for coupling a first clutch disk that is connected to the first output shaft, the first counterplate including a first radially outward facing surface connected to a clutch cover, the clutch cover being a separate member from the first counterplate;
a second clutch, which has a second pressure plate that is axially movable relative to a second counterplate for coupling a second clutch disk that is connected to the second output shaft, the second counterplate including a second radially outward facing surface connected to the clutch cover; and,
a dual mass flywheel situated in a direction of flux of force between the input shaft and the first counterplate, the dual mass flywheel having:
an input flange non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the input flange having an extension;
an output flange non-rotatably connected to the first counterplate; and,
a bow spring engaged with the input flange and the output flange and running in the circumferential direction to transmit torque, the bow spring arranged radially outward of the extension of the input flange;
a radial gap arranged:
radially outward of the first output shaft; and,
radially inward of the extension of the input flange, the output flange, and the first counterplate, wherein:
the input flange is arranged to receive the flux of force at a point at which the input flange is bolted to a flexible disk non-rotatably connected to the input shaft, the point on the input flange being radially outward from the bow spring; and,
the flux of force is introducible from the input shaft into the dual mass flywheel via the point at which the input flange is bolted to the flexible disk which is radially outside of the bow spring, the flux of force is dispersible from the dual mass flywheel to the first counterplate radially inside of the bow spring, and the flux of force is dispersible from the first counterplate to the clutch cover, and from the clutch cover to the second counterplate.

US Pat. No. 10,138,941

BEARING RING

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A bearing ring for a rolling-element bearing including an axially extending outer surface;two radially extending side surfaces;
an inner surface comprising a rolling-element contact surface configured to at least partially contact a rolling element; and
at least two recesses, each recess formed extending inward from in the inner surface at a location proximate and inward from the respective radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and configured to work together with a lifting tool, each recess of the at least two recesses comprising a pair of generally radially extending, generally parallel, and opposing facing surfaces,
wherein at least one of the at least two recesses is formed between a first radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface,
wherein at least a second of the at least two recesses is formed between a second radially extending side surface of the two radially extending side surfaces and the rolling-element contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,939

TAPER ROLLER BEARING

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A taper roller bearing comprising:an inner ring that includes a small flange that is positioned on a first side in an axial direction and that protrudes to an outer side in a radial direction, and a large flange that is positioned on a second side in the axial direction and that protrudes to the outer side in the radial direction;
an outer ring that is positioned on the outer side in the radial direction of the inner ring;
a plurality of taper rollers that are positioned between the inner ring and the outer ring; and
an annular cage that holds the plurality of taper rollers at an interval in the circumferential direction,
wherein:
the cage includes a small-diameter annular portion that is disposed on one side of the cage, a large-diameter annular portion that is disposed on an opposite side of the cage, and a plurality of column portions that link the small-diameter annular portion and the large-diameter annular portion with each other,
an inner circumferential surface of the small-diameter annular portion includes a first inner circumferential surface portion and a second inner circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first inner circumferential surface portion, the first inner circumferential surface portion and the second inner circumferential surface portion being continuous with each other via an annular surface such that the annular surface is disposed at an inner side of an end surface of the inner ring toward the axial direction, and
an outer circumferential surface of the small flange includes a first outer circumferential surface portion opposing to the first inner circumferential surface portion with a first fine clearance, and a second outer circumferential surface portion having a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the first outer circumferential surface portion and opposing to the second inner circumferential surface portion with a second fine clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,138,934

THRUST BEARING

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A thrust bearing which is disposed to face a thrust collar provided in a rotation shaft, comprising:a top foil which is disposed to face the thrust collar;
a back foil which is disposed to face a surface opposite to a surface facing the thrust collar in the top foil and supports the top foil; and
an annular plate-shaped base plate which is disposed at the side opposite to the top foil in the back foil and supports the back foil;
wherein the back foil includes a plurality of back foil pieces which are arranged in a circumferential direction of the base plate,
wherein the top foil includes a plurality of top foil pieces which are disposed on the back foil pieces,
wherein an inner peripheral recessed portion is formed at a portion which supports an inner peripheral side end of the back foil piece in a surface supporting the back foil of the base plate, and
wherein the back foil piece at one side in at least a circumferential direction is divided into a plurality of divided pieces in a radial direction and comprises:
an innermost peripheral divided piece among the divided pieces that is not disposed inside the inner peripheral recessed portion, and
a divided piece among the divided pieces that is disposed at outer peripheral side than the innermost peripheral divided piece and is not supported by the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,932

AIR FOIL THRUST BEARING

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An air foil thrust bearing comprising:a base plate; and
a plurality of foils attached to the base plate,wherein each of the foils comprises a top foil section and a bump foil section, and wherein the top foil section extends as a continuous piece in a circumferential direction to form the bump foil.

US Pat. No. 10,138,930

NATURAL GAS HYDRATE TANK CONTAINER LOADING SYSTEM ENABLING AUTOMATED CONNECTION OF ELECTRIC POWER LINE AND BOIL-OFF GAS PIPE

KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN ...

1. A natural gas hydrate tank container loading system enabling automated connection of an electric power line and a boil-off gas pipe, the natural gas hydrate tank container loading system comprising:a plurality of natural gas hydrate tank containers which are stacked in a vertical direction;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective refrigerator one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container for maintaining phase equilibrium of natural gas hydrate stored in the natural gas hydrate tank container;
an electric power supply unit over an uppermost container among the plurality of the gas hydrate tank containers for supplying electric power for operating the respective refrigerators;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective electric power line at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the respective electric power line including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying electric power produced by the electric power supply unit to the respective refrigerators; and
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective boil-off gas pipe at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the boil-off gas pipe including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying boil-off gas generated from the respective natural gas hydrate tank container to the electric power supply unit,
wherein,
each respective power line includes a first end located at a lower portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container and a second end located at an upper portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container, the first end including a socket structure to be aligned with and face the second end of the power line of a lower hydrate gas tank container, the first end also including a presser foot that extends toward the lower natural hydrate gas tank container, the second end including a sloping water-proof hinge plug with electrodes that are receivable in the socket of an upper natural hydrate gas tank container, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being in an open state in an inclined position with the electrodes extending toward the first end of the upper hydrate gas tank container or in a closed state in a reclined position, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being biased to the closed state and reclined position by a spring, the presser foot of the power line of the natural hydrate gas tank container configured to engage the sloping water-proof hinge plug of the lower hydrate gas tank container and causing the plug to incline and be in the open state and to automatically couple with the socket structure when the natural hydrate gas tank container and lower hydrate gas tank container are stacked in the vertical direction with the natural hydrate gas tank container of the respective power line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,929

ASSEMBLY STRUCTURE OF ROLLER

1. An assembly structure of a roller which includes: a shaft having a ring mounting unit and bearing units connected to both end portions of the ring mounting unit; a ring unit fit onto the shaft in the form that an inner circumferential surface of the ring unit comes into contact with the outer circumferential surface of the ring mounting unit; and a fixing unit for restraining separation of the ring unit from the ring mounting unit,wherein when the shaft and the ring unit are combined with each other, the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the outer circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the ring mounting unit of the shaft and the center of the inner circumferential surface of the ring unit coincide with each other,
the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit are spaced apart from each other,
the diameter of the bearing units is smaller than the diameter of the ring mounting unit, and
a distance between the center of the bearing units of the shaft and the center of the ring mounting unit is equal to or smaller than the distance between the diameter of the ring mounting unit and the diameter of the bearing units,
wherein the fixing unit is arranged inside the ring unit and is also arranged not to protrude to the side of the ring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,928

PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND CUP HOLDER COMPRISING PIVOTALLY SUPPORTING STRUCTURE

NIFCO INC., Yokosuka-Shi...

1. A pivotally supporting structure for pivotally supporting a turning member in a base member, comprising:a pair of projecting shafts projected coaxially with each other in shaft wall members on right and left of one member of the turning member or the base member;
bearing holes closely facing the shaft wall members and provided in a bearing wall member on right and left of another member of the turning member or the base member to receive the projecting shafts; and
projecting portions projected on tip faces of the projecting shafts,
wherein the turning member and the base member collide with each other so as to restrict a turning range between the turning member and the base member, and
predetermined flexibility is provided in one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member so that when an external force beyond a limit of the turning range acts between the turning member and the base member, one or both of the shaft wall member and the bearing wall member having flexibility deforms, to disengage the projecting shaft out of the bearing hole, thereby engaging the projecting portion with the bearing hole.

US Pat. No. 10,138,918

FASTENING DEVICE

Jangpyoung Construction C...

1. A fastening device configured to couple a first object with a second object, comprising:a first coupling member shaped substantially like a bolt having a bolt head and a shaft, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member is inserted into a first through hole in the first object and a second through hole in the second object, wherein the shaft of the first coupling member has a first screw thread formed along an outer circumferential surface;
a second coupling member having a head portion and a cylindrical body portion, the cylindrical body portion having a first hanging jaw, wherein the first coupling member is coupled with second coupling member with the bolt head of the first coupling member opposed to the head portion of the second coupling member, wherein the second coupling member includes a coupling hole passing through the second coupling member and the cylindrical body portion has a second screw thread formed along an internal circumferential surface of the coupling hole, wherein the first screw thread is coupled with the coupling hole;
a rotating member having a first end and a second end, the first end of the rotating member having a second hanging jaw, wherein the first end is arranged nearest to the second coupling member and the second end is arranged nearest to the first coupling member, wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical hollow shape so that the shaft of the first coupling member passes through the rotating member; and
an expanding member having a cylindrical hollow shape and a first end seated on the first hanging jaw of the cylindrical body portion of the second coupling member and a second end seated on the second hanging jaw of the first end of the rotating member, wherein the expanding member is configured to expand outward, without being bent inward, as the expanding member is compressed by a compaction of the fastening device as a result of a movement of the rotating member toward the second coupling member to couple the first object and the second object between the head portion of the second coupling member and the expanding member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,914

SENSOR ATTACHMENT TOOL

SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda...

1. A sensor fixture configured to attach a sensor to an outer circumferential surface of a cylinder tube, the sensor fixture comprising:a rail-shaped sensor holder including a sensor insertion groove configured to house and hold the sensor so as to enable position adjustment of the sensor;
a band portion including end portions couplable to the sensor holder, the band portion being configured to be attached to the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube along a circumferential direction thereof; and
a fastening mechanism disposed at a circumferential position different from the sensor holder on the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube, the fastening mechanism being configured to fasten the band portion,
wherein the fastening mechanism includes:
a female screw portion provided on the band portion;
a fastening screw configured to be screwed into the female screw portion; and
an abutment plate provided inside the band portion at a position corresponding to the female screw portion and configured to be placed in abutment with the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder tube and pressed by the fastening screw.

US Pat. No. 10,138,912

HIGH OUTPUT HYDRAULIC CYLINDER AND PISTON ARRANGEMENT

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

5. A hydraulic piston and cylinder arrangement comprising:a force transfer member;
a first output rod coupled to a first side of the force transfer member to move with the force transfer member;
a second output rod coupled to a second side of the force transfer member to move with the force transfer member, the second side being opposite the first side;
a first piston and cylinder device coupled to the force transfer member, the first piston and cylinder device being configured to be operated only in compression, and the first piston and cylinder device being configured to move the force transfer member in a first direction when the first piston and cylinder device is operated in compression, wherein the first and second output rods move with the force transfer member; and
a second piston and cylinder device coupled to the force transfer member, the second piston and cylinder device being configured to be operated only in compression, and the second piston and cylinder device being configured to move the force transfer member in an opposite second direction when the second piston and cylinder device is operated in compression, wherein the first and second output rods move with the force transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,138,911

DEVICE FOR EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT

DEBIOTECH S.A., Lausanne...

1. A linear actuator comprising:a rotary electric motor,
a piston, and
an interposed device between the electric motor and the piston for transforming a rotation movement of the rotary electric motor into a linear displacement of the piston, the interposed device including,
a peripheral ramp arranged inside the piston,
a bearing configured to cooperate with the peripheral ramp,
a guide allowing the piston to guide the linear displacement,
wherein the peripheral ramp includes,
(i) a threshold located at a summit of the peripheral ramp, and
(ii) a passage configured to release the bearing from the peripheral ramp,
wherein the peripheral ramp is configured such that the piston transits from a first position in which the bearing is in the passage, to a second position in which the bearing is located on the threshold, and back to the first position, by a unidirectional rotation of the rotary electric motor, and
wherein the peripheral ramp forms a structure that is arranged on an inner surface of the piston, a circular side wall of the piston not having any openings that engage with the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,896

RECESSED MOTOR CEILING FAN

LAMPS PLUS, INC., Chatsw...

1. A ceiling fan assembly comprising:(A) a hub;
(B) a plurality of blades secured to said hub;
(C) a motor disposed a predetermined distance from said hub in a space between a ceiling and a roof of an enclosure where said fan is to be used;
(D) a hollow drive shaft connected between said motor and said hub for rotating said blades when said motor is activated;
(E) a stationary tube disposed internally of said hollow drive shaft extending from said motor and having a distal end positioned adjacent but not connected to said hub;
(F) a substrate having a plurality of LEDs mounted thereon coupled to said distal end of said tube and electrical wires extending through said tube to provide electrical energy to said LEDs from a source thereof; and
(G) a bar adapted to be secured between spaced apart beams disposed within said space as a part of the enclosure and a bracket secured to said motor and said bar for supporting said motor within said space above the ceiling of said enclosure in which said fan is to be utilized wherein said motor is disposed above said ceiling and said drive shaft and said hub are disposed below said ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,138,892

ROTOR AND ROTOR SHAFT FOR MOLTEN METAL

Molten Metal Equipment In...

1. A rotor shaft having a first end that is received in a coupling and a second end connected to a rotor having a rotor cavity, the second end having at least one outwardly-extending projection that is received and retained in the rotor cavity in order to connect the second end to the rotor; wherein the rotor shaft has an annular outer surface and the at least one outwardly-extending projection extends outward at least ½? from the annular outer surface; the rotor further having a top surface with a rotor opening through which the second end of the rotor shaft passes into the rotor cavity, the rotor opening having at least one elongated section through which the at least one outwardly-extending projection passes, wherein the rotor cavity has a diameter and the rotor opening has a width, the width of the rotor opening being less than the diameter of the rotor cavity, and the rotor cavity including at least one abutment against which the at least one outwardly-extending projection is positioned when the second end of the rotor shaft is in the rotor cavity and the rotor and rotor shaft are rotated relative one another.

US Pat. No. 10,138,885

EQUAL-WALLED GEROTOR PUMP FOR WELLBORE APPLICATIONS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

11. A method for pumping and compressing a fluid, the method comprising:flowing a fluid through a region between an inner surface of an outer rotor and an outer surface of an inner rotor positioned in the outer rotor,
wherein the inner rotor comprises an outer surface defining a plurality of teeth, the inner rotor configured to rotate about a first longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner surface of the outer rotor is configured to engage with the plurality of teeth and wherein the outer rotor is configured to rotate about a second longitudinal gerotor pump axis,
wherein the inner rotor and the outer rotor are positioned within a pump housing, wherein an outer surface of the outer rotor defines a plurality of gaps between the pump housing and the outer rotor,
wherein the fluid in the region is compressed in response to the inner rotor and the outer rotor rotating relative to each other about the first longitudinal gerotor pump axis and the second longitudinal gerotor pump axis, respectively; and
spraying, by a plurality of nozzles, a cooling fluid from the plurality of gaps to the region in which the fluid is being compressed through a wall between the outer surface of the outer rotor and the inner surface of the outer rotor, wherein the cooling fluid reduces a temperature increase resulting from compressing the fluid in the region.

US Pat. No. 10,138,881

FLUID PUMP WITH PULSE REDUCTION

Piranha Plastics, LLC, S...

1. A system comprising:a pump comprising:
a pump head including one or more recesses configured to receive one or more corresponding roller elements; and
a pump body including an input port, and output port, a first fluid channel, and a second fluid channel, wherein the first fluid channel is defined in part by first rigid walls of the pump body and the second fluid channel is defined in part by second rigid walls of the pump body, wherein the first and second fluid channels form concentric arcs such that the first fluid channel substantially encircles the second fluid channel, and wherein the respective rigid walls of the first and second fluid channels being substantially in the same plane of the pump body; and
a semi-rigid membrane positioned on at least a portion of the pump body to enclose the first rigid walls to form the first fluid channel and to enclose the second rigid walls to form the second fluid channel, and wherein the input port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the first fluid channel and the output port is formed by an aperture in the pump body perpendicular to a path of the second fluid channel;
wherein the pump head is rotatably coupled to the pump body such that the one or more roller elements interface with the semi-rigid membrane such that during rotation the roller elements compress the semi-rigid membrane to push fluid trapped within the first fluid channel, the fluid bounded within a region formed by the first rigid walls of the pump body and the semi-rigid membrane, in the direction of rotation and wherein fluid pushed through the first fluid channel passes to the second fluid channel, and wherein fluid in the second fluid channel passes to the output port.

US Pat. No. 10,138,871

AIRFLOW GENERATION DEVICE AND WIND POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An airflow generation device, comprising:a main body having a base formed of a dielectric, a first electrode and a second electrode, the first electrode and the second electrode being provided inside the base, the main body being disposed on a rotary body;
a rotation speed detecting unit for detecting a rotation speed of the rotary body; and
a voltage application unit for generating an airflow by applying a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode based on the rotation speed detected in the rotation speed detecting unit,
wherein the voltage application unit and the rotation speed detecting unit are disposed inside the rotary body.

US Pat. No. 10,138,868

ROTOR BLADE TRAILING EDGE

Wobben Properties GmbH, ...

1. A method comprising:forming a rotor blade for a wind power installation, the rotor blade having radial positions with respect to an aerodynamic rotor when the rotor blade is attached to the aerodynamic rotor, the rotor blade having a local blade profile that is dependent on the radial positions with respect to the aerodynamic rotor and a trailing edge, the trailing edge including a jagged profile having a plurality of spikes, each spike having a spike height and a spike width, wherein at least one of the spike heights and spike widths are calculated as a function of at least one of a radial position of the respective spike and a local blade profile of a radial position of the respective spike, wherein calculating the spike height of a particular radial position is calculated from an associated coherence length scale ?p3, taking into account a constant factor c2, using the following formula, where H is spike height:
H=c2·?p3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,867

METHODS FOR ASSEMBLING ROTOR BLADES

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method for assembling a rotor blade, the method comprising:receiving a first portion of a rotor blade at an erection site, wherein the first portion is a root portion or a tip portion;
receiving a second portion of the rotor blade at the erection site;
aligning the first portion and the second portion at the erection site, the first portion and the second portion supported on a fixture system, the fixture system comprising a first cradle assembly supporting the first portion and a second cradle assembly supporting the second portion;
welding a spar cap of the first portion and a spar cap of the second portion together at the erection site, the spar cap of the first portion and the spar cap of the second portion each comprising a thermoplastic resin; and
connecting a blade segment of the first portion and a blade segment of the second portion together at the erection site, wherein at least one of the blade segment of the first portion or the blade segment of the second portion comprises a thermoset resin and a localized portion of a thermoplastic resin.

US Pat. No. 10,138,865

METHOD FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS AND TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR MOVING WIND TURBINE COMPONENTS

1. A method of removing a wind turbine component from a wind turbine having a tower with a door for closing off an opening through the tower, the method comprising:providing a transport system comprising a track having a first end and a second end, one or more support frames configured to support the track and a carriage configured to be movably coupled to the track;
assembling the transport system, including positioning the first end inside the tower and positioning the second end outside of the tower such that the track extends through the opening in the tower;
raising the wind turbine component off a section of a platform located within the tower and above the door;
moving at least a part of the section of the platform to allow the wind turbine component to pass the platform;
lowering the wind turbine component onto the carriage;
moving the carriage along the track from inside the tower to outside the tower such that the wind turbine component is completely positioned outside the tower; and
removing the wind turbine component from the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,138,858

ENGINE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. An engine control method, comprising:determining an intention of a driver for acceleration during vehicle traveling;
stopping fuel supply to an engine when a determination is made that the driver does not have the intention for acceleration;
detecting a speed of the vehicle during inertial traveling, with fuel supply to the engine kept stopped;
permitting restart of the engine when a determination is made that the driver has the intention for acceleration after stopping the fuel supply to the engine;
prohibiting the restart of the engine until an engine rotational speed drops to or below a predetermined engine rotational speed threshold, even when the restart of the engine is permitted;
restarting the engine after the engine rotational speed drops to or below the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold; and
changing the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold depending on the detected vehicle speed,
wherein the predetermined engine rotational speed threshold increases with increase in the detected vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,857

ENGINE STARTER SYSTEM

MITSUBA CORPORATION, Gun...

1. An engine starter system for starting an engine using an SR motor, whereinthe SR motor includes a stator, which has a plurality of poles and coils wound around each of the poles, and a rotor, which is disposed in such a way as to share an axis with the stator;
the rotor is connected to a crank shaft of the engine and rotates in sync with the crank shaft;
the rotor and the crank shaft are connected together in such a way that when a piston of the engine is at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center, a predetermined pole faces a predetermined location of the rotor,
the coils are phase coils of multiple phases through which currents of different phases are supplied; and
when the engine is stopped, electricity is supplied to only one phase of the phase coils so that the predetermined salient pole is stopped facing the predetermined pole, thereby letting the piston stop at a top dead center or slightly beyond the top dead center.