US Pat. No. 10,481,915

SPLIT STORE DATA QUEUE DESIGN FOR AN OUT-OF-ORDER PROCESSOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method for a split store data queue for an out-of-order (OoO) processor, the method comprising:detecting, by the OoO processor, a mode of the OoO processor;
partitioning, by the OoO processor, a first store data queue (SDQ) and a second SDQ based at least in part on the mode of the OoO processor;
receiving, by the OoO processor, a vector operand; and
storing, by the OoO processor, the vector operand in at least one of the first SDQ and the second SDQ based at least in part on the mode of the OoO processor,
wherein, responsive to the mode of the OoO processor being detected to be a single thread mode, the first SDQ is partitioned to store first entries and the second SDQ is partitioned to store copies of the first entries.

US Pat. No. 10,481,903

ON-DEMAND DATABASE SERVICE SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR VALIDATING A DEVELOPED APPLICATION

salesforce.com, inc., Sa...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a system, a plurality of developed applications including a first developed application and a definition of the first developed application, wherein the definition specifies one or more dependencies of the first developed application and a version identifier for the first developed application, and wherein the first developed application is received from a user of the system;
validating the first developed application, by:
determining, by the system, that a result of testing the first developed application does not include errors;
determining, by the system, that the first developed application is associated with the version identifier for the first developed application; and
determining, by the system, that the first developed application complies with a limit related to storage resources used by the first developed application;
wherein the validating is based on the one or more dependencies specified in the definition of the first developed application; and
in response to the validation, permitting, by the system, one or more end users to download the first developed application.

US Pat. No. 10,481,893

IDENTIFYING AND RESOLVING FIRMWARE COMPONENT DEPENDENCIES

American Megatrends Inter...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:providing a graphical user interface for defining dependency information for a firmware project, wherein the firmware project comprises a plurality of firmware components, and wherein the dependency information defines one or more of
(i) a group of optional dependencies for the plurality of firmware components, a first optional dependency of the group of optional dependencies being defined, using a first dependency expression, a first label operator, a first source control path, and a first label,
(ii) a group of mandatory dependencies for the plurality of firmware components, a first mandatory dependency of the group of mandatory dependencies being defined using a second dependency expression, a second label operator, a second source control path, and a second label, or
(iii) a group of incompatible dependencies for the plurality of firmware components, a first incompatible dependency of the group of incompatible dependencies being defined using a third dependency expression, a third label operator, a third source control path, and a third label;
storing the dependency information;
evaluating the dependency information for the plurality of firmware components to identify one or more unsatisfied dependencies in the firmware project;
in response to identifying at least one unsatisfied dependency in the firmware project, receiving input information indicating to resolve the at least one unsatisfied dependency; and
resolving the at least one unsatisfied dependency by performing at least a first operation of a group of operations comprising updating a firmware component in the firmware project.

US Pat. No. 10,481,887

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INSTALLING AN APPLICATION IN A SECURITY ELEMENT

1. A method for installing an application in a security element of a portable end device, the security element comprising its own hardware-based secure runtime environment and a secure memory that are separate from the portable end device, the method comprising the steps of:receiving an installation job at a first installation device for installing the application on the security element, the installation job being provided to the first installation device from the security element, wherein the security element receives the application from an application server that is separate from the first installation device;
checking at the first the received installation job to determine whether the received installation job can be executed by the first installation device without interaction with a second installation device;
wherein upon determining that the received installation job can be executed by the first installation device, processing the installation job by the first installation device;
wherein the first installation device receives the installation job from the security element or from a second security element different from the security element, and
wherein upon determining that the received installation job cannot be executed by the first installation device without interaction with the second installation device, the first installation device interacts with the second installation device by relaying the installation job to the second installation device such that the application is installed on the security element by the second installation device to which the installation job was relayed, or by the first installation device requesting an installation authorization for carrying out the installation job from the second installation device,
wherein the security element comprises a determination table which states when the first installation device can execute the installation job, and which states when the first installation device can interact with the second installation device to execute the installation job;
wherein the security element uses the determination table to determine which of the first and second installation devices are to be involved in the execution of the installation job;
wherein the first installation device can access the determination table of the security element in order to determine that the second installation device is suitable for interaction with the first installation device to execute the installation job; and
wherein the first installation device and the second installation device are trusted service manager devices and the second installation device is separate from the first installation device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,884

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY REPLACING CODE OBJECTS FOR CODE PUSHDOWN

SmartShift Technologies, ...

1. A method for automated transformation of application layer executable code to execution in a database layer of a business management system, comprising:identifying, by an analyzer client executed by a processor of a client device, a first segment of executable code from an application layer of a business management system comprising the application layer and a database layer;
determining, by the analyzer client, to transform the first segment of executable code for execution at the database layer of the business management system;
modifying, by a transformer executed by the processor, the first segment of executable code according to one or more transformation rules;
storing, by the transformer, a first portion of the first segment of executable code at the database layer of the business management system; and
removing, by the transformer, the first portion of the first segment of executable code from the application layer of the business management system.

US Pat. No. 10,481,877

PRODUCER GRAPH ORIENTED PROGRAMMING AND EXECUTION

MUREX S.A.S., Paris (FR)...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable storage medium having stored thereon a runtime, which when executed by a machine, enables the machine to execute other code, the runtime comprising:an automated producer graph generation module to receive a designation of a producer of interest, to instantiate the producer of interest if not yet instantiated, to add the producer of interest as part of a producer graph, and to automatically generate a remainder of the producer graph through iteratively parsing producer dependency declarations for the added producers to identify other producers that need to be added, instantiating any of the other producers that are not already instantiated, and adding them to the producer graph, wherein each of the producers is a runtime construct that identifies a respective combination of a particular instance of a class and one particular method of that class, wherein there is one of the producer dependency declarations for each of the methods identified by the producers to identify at run time execution relationships between the producers, and
a producer graph execution module to execute the producers in the producer graph in an order indicated by the producer graph, wherein execution of each of the producers in the producer graph results in the one particular method identified by that respective producer being executed on the particular instance identified by that producer.

US Pat. No. 10,481,875

GENERATION OF AN APPLICATION FROM TEMPLATE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method for generating an application in a developer environment, the method comprising:receiving a selection of a template at a design surface, the template including a data schema;
receiving a set of data for the selected template;
binding the set of data to the selected template based on the data schema;
identifying at least a portion of the set of data for extraction, the identified portion comprising dynamic data;
identifying one or more available data storage locations based on a user profile;
providing the one or more available data storage locations as a connections list;
determining, based at least on user input, a storage location for the identified portion of the set of data, the user input including a selection of a location from the connections list, the selected location used as the determined storage location;
extracting the identified portion of the set of data;
storing the extracted data at the determined storage location; and
binding the extracted data at the storage location to the template, such that access to the template provides access to the extracted data at the storage location.

US Pat. No. 10,481,869

MULTI-PATH FUSED MULTIPLY-ADD WITH POWER CONTROL

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:pipelined multiplication circuitry that includes multiple pipeline stages and is configured to generate fused multiply-addition results;
classification circuitry configured to classify fused multiply-addition operation based on a difference between an exponent of an addend and a sum of exponents of multiplicands;
wherein the multiplication circuitry includes multiple paths and is configured to select paths for performing operations based on the classification, wherein the paths include:
near-path circuitry configured to perform operations where the difference is in a first range of values between a first threshold value and a second threshold value;
first far-path circuitry configured to perform operations where the difference is in a second range of values that does not overlap with the first range of values;
second far-path circuitry configured to perform operations where the difference is in a third range of values that does not overlap with the first or second ranges of values; and
third far-path circuitry configured to perform operations where the difference is in a fourth range of values that does not overlap with the first, second, or third ranges of values;
wherein the apparatus is configured to, in response to the apparatus assigning a fused multiply-addition operation to the first far-path circuitry using the classification circuitry, operate at least a portion of the near-path circuitry and at least a portion of the second far-path circuitry in a low-power state.

US Pat. No. 10,481,858

GENERATING PERSONALIZED AUDIO CONTENT BASED ON MOOD

HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDU...

1. A method for providing personalized audio content, the method comprising:determining, via one or more processors, a first emotional state associated with a first user based on sensor data from one or more sensors;
determining that a first version of first source audio content is targeted for output to the first user;
acquiring a second version of the first source audio content, wherein the second version of the first source audio content comprises a multi-track version of the first source audio content or a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) version of the first source audio content;
performing one or more audio operations on the second version of the first source audio content based on the first emotional state to generate first personalized audio content;
causing a first audio device associated with the first user to output the first personalized audio content; and
causing a second audio device associated with a second user that is co-located with the first user to output second audio content while the first audio device outputs the first personalized audio content, wherein the second audio content is different from the first personalized audio content.

US Pat. No. 10,481,850

CONTROLLER TO CONTROL AN APPARATUS, PRINTING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A CONTROLLER

15. A method for operation of a controller to control an apparatus, the controller including multiple sub-controllers connected via a data network, wherein each sub-controller includes at least one processor and an operating system, one of the sub-controllers being configured as a main sub-controller and the other sub-controllers being configured as secondary sub-controllers, the main sub-controller further including hierarchically arranged mediator processes that are each configured to mediate the exchange of data between the secondary sub-controllers, the method comprising:mediating, by the hierarchically arranged mediator processes, the exchanging of data between one or more control processes of one of the secondary sub-controllers with one or more other control processes, the one or more control processes of one of the secondary sub-controllers and the one or more other control processes being executable at each of the secondary sub-controller; and
communicating via the data network, by the control processes of each of the secondary sub-controllers, exclusively using a respective operator process of each of the secondary sub-controllers based on the mediation of the exchange of data by the hierarchically arranged mediator processes.

US Pat. No. 10,481,844

DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING MULTIPLE PRINT SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of communicating data concerning a print setting between an application designed to run on an operating system and a printer driver based on V4 architecture, comprising the steps of:receiving a request instruction from the application, the request instruction including
first print setting information retained by the application, and
a demand for prescribed processing concerning the print setting;
transmitting an instruction to an information generation component provided by the operating system to generate second print setting information from the received first print setting information, the second print setting information being formed in a data structure processible in the printer driver;
receiving the second print setting information generated in response to the instruction;
executing the prescribed processing based on the received second print setting information; and
returning a result of the prescribed processing to the application.

US Pat. No. 10,481,834

ERASURE CODE DATA PROTECTION ACROSS MULTIPLE NVME OVER FABRICS STORAGE DEVICES

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A system for providing protected data storage, the system comprising:an Ethernet switch;
a plurality of Ethernet storage devices, one or more of the Ethernet storage devices being connected to the Ethernet switch;
a local central processing unit, connected to the Ethernet switch,
wherein the Ethernet switch comprises:
a media access control circuit;
a virtual local area network circuit;
a layer 2 processing circuit;
a layer 3 processing circuit; and
a RAID control circuit, the RAID control circuit being configured to control the Ethernet storage devices as a redundant array of independent disks,
wherein the RAID control circuit is connected to:
the media access control circuit;
the virtual local area network circuit;
the layer 2 processing circuit; and
the layer 3 processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,831

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMBINED NON-LINEAR AND LATE ECHO SUPPRESSION

NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, IN...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computing device, an input signal;
generating a first power spectral density estimate for a linear reverberant component associated with the input signal, wherein the linear reverberant component comprises a first late reverberant component;
generating a second power spectral density estimate for a non-linear reverberant component associated with the input signal, wherein the non-linear reverberant component comprises a second late reverberant component;
generating a power spectral density estimate by combining the first power spectral density estimate for the linear reverberant component and the second power spectral density estimate for the non-linear reverberant component;
updating one or more parameters for at least one of the linear reverberant component and the non-linear reverberant component; and
reducing, via residual echo suppression, one or more undesired signal components in an output signal resulting from the input signal based upon, at least in part, updating the one or more parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,481,829

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN A PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING STORAGE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING STORAGE

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A method of controlling storage in an information processing apparatus including a storing device, the method comprising:generating data access prediction information in relation to the storing device based on a data access history to a unit region of the storing device;
comparing first concentration state tendency information and second concentration state tendency information, the first concentration state tendency information being collected during a first time period and indicating a tendency of a concentration state of a unit region being in the concentration state on which unit region data accesses are concentrating in the storage device, the second concentration state tendency information being collected during a second time period prior to the first time period and indicating a tendency of the concentration state of the unit region in the concentration state,
in a case where the first concentration state tendency information is detected to vary by a standard value or more from the second concentration state tendency information as a result of the comparing, regenerating the data access prediction information by excluding a data access history collected during the second time period, and
collecting concentration state tendency information indicating a tendency of the concentration state in a unit region being in the concentration state on which unit region data accesses are concentrating at regular intervals of a predetermined time period based on a data access log of each of the plurality of unit regions of the storing device,
the comparing compares the first concentration state tendency information collected during the first time period from a time of starting determination to a first timing, the first timing being before the predetermined time period from the time of starting determination and the second concentration state tendency information collected during the second time period from the first timing to a second timing which is before the predetermined time period from the first timing, and
the storing device comprises a first storing device and a second storing device having a different performance from that of the first storing device, the first storing device and the second storing device serving as the storing device; and
the method further comprises
specifying a unit region storing data to be migrated between the first storing device and the second storing device based on the data access prediction information;
issuing an instruction to migrate data in the unit region specified by the specifier between the first storing device and the second storing device,
the data access prediction information is configured to associate each of a plurality of times having elapsed since the occurrence of the concentration state with a predicted value representing a remaining duration time of the concentration state,
predicting the remaining duration time of the concentration state by referring to the data access prediction information based on time elapsed since access concentration was detected,
calculating speed of movement of the access concentration based on occurrence position of the access concentration and the time of the access concentration,
obtaining predicted access concentration region based on the remaining duration time of the concentration state and speed of movement of the access concentration, and
specifying the predicted access concentration region as the unit region to be migrated.

US Pat. No. 10,481,827

WRITING SAME DATA ON A STORAGE SYSTEM

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at a storage system, a command from a host system to duplicate data on the storage system;
in response to receiving the command, retrieving data corresponding to the command from host memory of the host system; and
performing a plurality of write operations on one or more memory devices of the storage system to fulfill the command;
wherein performing each one of the plurality of write operations comprises writing the data to the one or more memory devices of the storage system without a subsequent retrieval of the data from the host memory; and
wherein the plurality of write operations are performed without utilizing a host interface coupling the host system to the storage system.

US Pat. No. 10,481,822

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING CUSTOMER SERVICE FUNCTIONALITY DURING PORTFOLIO MIGRATION DOWNTIME

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A system for providing customer data access during a data migration process, comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory in communication with the one or more processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, are configured to cause the system to:
initiate a transfer of customer data from a source data server to a system mainframe, the transferred customer data being a permanent copy of customer data, wherein the permanent copy is inaccessible during the transfer;
determine a level of customer service functionality for the customer data, the level comprising an amount of data to be accessible during the transfer process;
generate a subset of the customer data comprising a temporary copy of a portion of the customer data, the portion based on the level;
transfer the subset of the customer data from the source data server to a temporary data storage, wherein a storage space of the temporary copy of customer data is from 1% to 10% of the corresponding permanent copy of customer data;
modify, by a customer service representative terminal, the temporary copy of customer data;
create a digital footprint comprising a record of who made the modification and a log of associated actions;
generate a set of instructions to modify the permanent copy of customer data based on the digital footprint;
responsive to the completion of the transfer of customer data from the source data server to the system mainframe, transfer the set of instructions to modify the permanent copy of customer data to the system mainframe; and
modify, with the system mainframe, the permanent copy of customer data based on the set of instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,821

REPLICATION PROTOCOL WITH CONSENSUS FOR A DECENTRALIZED CONTROL PLANE IN A COMPUTER SYSTEM

VMware, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method of replicating service state among a plurality of nodes in a computer system, comprising:sending a request for a service to an owner node of the plurality of nodes, the owner node being selected based on the service targeted by the request;
receiving a completion of the request after execution of a handler of a service instance on the owner node, where the service instance is an instance of the service and the completion indicates that the handler successfully updated a state of the service on the owner node;
replicating the updated state of the service as a proposed state among a plurality of peer nodes of the plurality of nodes and receiving replies from the plurality of peer nodes about verification of the proposed state at each of the peer nodes;
determining whether success replies in the replies have been received from a quorum of the plurality of peer nodes, sending requests to commit the proposed state at each of the peer nodes in response to achieving the quorum, and initiating synchronization of state among the plurality of peer nodes in response to not achieving the quorum; and
providing a response to the request for the service, from the owner node, for transmission to a client that originated the request.

US Pat. No. 10,481,819

MEMORY DEVICES WITH MULTIPLE SETS OF LATENCIES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of operating a memory device, comprising:enabling one or more memory operation features from a set of memory operation features;
applying, from a plurality of sets of latency values, a set of latency values based at least in part on a number of enabled memory operation features; and
executing a read command or a write command for one or more cells of the memory device based at least in part on the enabled memory operation features and the set of latency values,
wherein the one or more memory operation features comprises three features,
wherein the plurality of sets of latency values comprises three sets of latency values, and
wherein the method comprises applying a first one of the three sets of latency values when none of the three features is enabled, applying a second one of the three sets of latency values when exactly one of the three features is enabled, and applying a third one of the three sets of latency values when exactly two of the three features is enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,481,813

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING CACHE OPERATIONAL LIFETIME

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

8. A method of operating a data storage device, comprising:obtaining, by the data storage device, cache hardware heuristics data for a first time period, wherein the cache hardware heuristics data is associated with a cache for an object storage;
making, by the data storage device, a first determination that the cache hardware heuristics data for the first time period does not meet a goal associated with the first time period;
in response to the first determination and by the data storage device:
obtaining a plurality of fingerprints;
identifying a plurality of segments associated with the plurality of fingerprints;
identifying a storage date of each segment of the plurality of segments;
selecting a portion of the plurality of fingerprints based on the storage date of each segment of the plurality of segments; and
populating the cache using the portion of the plurality of fingerprints during a second time.

US Pat. No. 10,481,812

STORAGE DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A storage device comprising:a connection unit to which one of a first external device having a first external device ID and a second external device having a second external device ID is to be connected;
a first non-volatile memory in which content items are each stored with associated unique content IDs;
a first controller configured to access the content items stored in the first non-volatile memory;
an antenna;
a second non-volatile memory in which permission information and permission factors for updating the permission information are stored, wherein the permission information includes a first permission information that associates a first permission flag with the first external device ID and at least one of the content IDs, and a second permission flag with the second external device ID and at least one of the content IDs; and
a second controller configured to update the permission factors and, in response to a request from a third external device to read the permission factors, transmit the permission factors to the third external device, and then update the permission information stored in the second non-volatile memory based on update information which is generated by the third external device using the permission factors and received from the third external device through the antenna, wherein
the request to read the permission factors and the update information are contained in radio waves transmitted by the third external device and the radio waves cause the antenna to generate power by electromagnetic induction, the generated power supplying power necessary to operate the second non-volatile memory and the second controller, and
in response to a read command from the first external device having the first external device ID, the first controller performs a read of a first content item, which is one of the content items, if the first permission flag associated with the first content item indicates that the first content item is allowed to be read, and in response to a read command from the second external device having the second external device ID, the first controller performs a read of a second content item, which is one of the content items, if the second permission flag associated with the second content item indicates that the second content item is allowed to be read.

US Pat. No. 10,481,802

BALANCING MAPPED RAID BACKGROUND I/O WITH USER I/O VIA DYNAMICALLY CHANGING BACKGROUND CREDITS ON MAPPED RAID SYSTEM AND METHOD

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A computing system including one or more processors and one or more memories configured to perform operations comprising:receiving an I/O request for data, wherein the I/O request includes at least one of a user I/O request and a background operation I/O request;
determining a number of storage devices of a plurality of storage devices in a Mapped RAID group that will be used to process the I/O request;
determining that an amount of I/O credits available for the number of storage devices is insufficient, wherein each I/O credit represents an I/O operation on a storage device of the plurality of storage devices in the Mapped RAID group, wherein the amount of I/O credits available for the number of storage devices includes an amount of user I/O credits and an amount of background I/O credits; and
tuning, dynamically, the amount of I/O credits available for the number of storage devices to process the I/O request based upon, at least in part, determining that the amount of I/O credits available for the number of storage devices is insufficient, wherein tuning, dynamically, the amount of I/O credits available for the number of storage devices includes balancing the amount of user I/O credits and the amount of background I/O credits for the number of storage devices.

US Pat. No. 10,481,799

DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD INCLUDING RECEIVING AN EXTERNAL MULTI-ACCESS COMMAND AND GENERATING FIRST AND SECOND ACCESS COMMANDS FOR FIRST AND SECOND NONVOLATILE MEMORIES

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A data storage device, comprising:a first nonvolatile memory device;
a second nonvolatile memory device; and
a management circuit connected to the first nonvolatile memory device and the second nonvolatile memory device,
wherein the management circuit is configured to:
receive an external multi-access command, the external multi-access command received from outside the data storage device and including a first address and a second address, a command identifier that identifies the command for later matching with corresponding data, and a command-type indicator that designates the type of command as one of a single-access or a multi-access command,
based on the external multi-access command and the first address, generate a first internal access command and supply the first internal access command and the first address to the first nonvolatile memory device, and
based on the external multi-access command and the second address, generate a second internal access command and supply the second internal access command and the second address to the second nonvolatile memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,797

DATA STORAGE DEVICE FOR COMPRESSING INPUT DATA

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A data storage device comprising:a memory cell array configured to store data on a page basis;
a data buffer configured to generate a data chunk including a plurality of pages from input data provided from a host;
a data compressor configured to compress the data chunk and output the compressed data chunk as write data;
a write queue configured to store the write data on a page basis;
a mapping table configured to store a mapping relationship between a logical page address and a data chunk address, and a mapping relationship between the data chunk address and a physical page address; and
a controller configured to control an operation of storing the write data outputted from the write queue in the memory cell array such that a page including both a part of any one compressed data chunk and a part of another compressed data chunk is written to the memory cell array.

US Pat. No. 10,481,791

MAGNIFIED INPUT PANELS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system for detecting input, comprising:a processor; and
a memory device coupled to the processor, the memory device to store instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
augment a user interface to display a magnified input panel proximate a keyboard;
load a plurality of gesture functions associated with the magnified input panel;
detect an input character corresponding to a source text field based on at least one keyboard selection from the keyboard;
display the input character in the source text field; and
generate a modified input character to be displayed in the magnified input panel, wherein the modified input character comprises an expansion of a predetermined list of consecutive characters to a predetermined expanded list of characters, and the source text field based on the input character and at least one gesture corresponding to the plurality of gesture functions, the magnified input panel to have a two way link to the source text field, the two way link to enable the modified input character to be displayed in both the magnified input panel and the source text field.

US Pat. No. 10,481,779

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING TOUCH SCREEN AND FUNCTION CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An image photographing method of an electronic device having a camera in which a plurality of applications including a camera application are installed, the method comprising:displaying a live preview image on a touch screen of the electronic device by executing the camera application of the plurality of applications, wherein the live preview image is obtained through the camera of the electronic device and is displayed for photographing an image;
displaying together a plurality of graphical user interface (GUI) items over the live preview image, wherein a first GUI item of the plurality of GUI items is for adjusting a visual characteristic of the live preview image and a second GUI item of the plurality of GUI items is for photographing an image;
while receiving a drag associated with the first GUI item over the live preview image, adjusting the visual characteristic of the live preview image corresponding to the first GUI item and displaying the live preview image having the visual characteristic adjusted according to the drag on the touch screen; and
in response to receiving a touch corresponding to the second GUI item of the plurality of GUI items, photographing an image having the visual characteristic adjusted according to the drag using the camera,
wherein the first GUI item displayed over the live preview image includes an icon for indicating the visual characteristic of the live preview image.

US Pat. No. 10,481,772

WIDGET DISPLAYING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USE IN FLEXIBLE DISPLAY DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TEC...

1. A widget displaying method for use in a flexible display device comprising a flexible display screen, the method comprising:acquiring pressure bearing capacity information of the flexible display device, the pressure bearing capacity information indicating pressure bearing capacities of a plurality of areas on the flexible display device;
determining a force bearing area on the flexible display screen, based on the pressure bearing capacity information; and
displaying a touchable widget, based on the force bearing area;
wherein the pressure bearing capacities are related to rigidness of the plurality of areas on the flexible display device, and the pressure bearing capacity information includes rigidness and distribution of physical components within the flexible display device, and
wherein determining the force bearing area on the flexible display screen based on the pressure bearing capacity information comprises:
acquiring at least one candidate area on the flexible display screen, based on the pressure bearing capacity information, wherein each candidate area comprises a respective physical component whose rigidness is higher than a first rigidness threshold; and
determining the force bearing area based on the at least one candidate area.

US Pat. No. 10,481,771

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY OF ONLINE DOCUMENTS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for controlling a presentation document in an online presentation application, comprising:transmitting, from a first client computing device to a server, a request to initiate a presentation application session of the online presentation application;
providing content of the presentation document comprising a plurality of slides for presentation in a first browser window of a first web browser application at the first client computing device;
receiving, during the presentation application session, a first control message from a second web browser application at a second client computing device to change the content of the presentation document from a first slide to a second slide of the presentation document for presentation in the first browser window at the first client computing device, wherein the first control message is based on a user input via a second browser window of the second web browser application, wherein first notes corresponding to the first slide of the presentation document are presented at the second browser window;
responsive to receiving the first control message from the second web browser application, executing a script by a client engine of the first client computing device that causes the content of the presentation document to change from the first slide to the second slide without providing second notes associated with the second slide for presentation in the first browser window, wherein the second browser window is to present the second notes corresponding to the second slide; and
automatically saving the presentation document to the server.

US Pat. No. 10,481,770

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VISUALIZING TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A system for displaying a communication network interconnecting technical equipment of an industrial plant, the system comprising:a user interface arranged for receiving image handling parameters:
a data storing unit arranged for providing data relating to the technical equipment as device data and network data, the device data describing network devices which are all connected to the communication network and belong to the industrial plant, and the network data describing all the communication connections between the network devices;
a data processing unit arranged for (i) retrieving the provided data from the data storing unit, (ii) transforming the device data and the network data into displayable information which contains image representations of all of the network devices and of all of the communication connections, wherein the displayable information comprises at least one of displayable text and a displayable icon specifying a consistency of data which are to be transferred between at least two network devices or which are present in at least two network devices, (iii) generating a plant view of the communication network containing the image representations and illustrating geographical locations of the network devices inside the plant and physical connection lines, and (iv) generating a zoomed view of a selected part of the plant view of the communication network with search functionality by (a) providing a search engine which interacts with the data storing unit to allow for searches of text strings associated with the image representations and (b) highlighting, in response to receiving a text string to be searched, all image representations that match the text string; and
a graphical display unit arranged to display the image representations and further displayable information according to the image handling parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,481,766

INTERFACES AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AND APPLYING ACTIONABLE TASK STRUCTURES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing system comprising:one or more processor; and
one or more storage devices having stored computer-executable instructions which are executable by the one or more processor to cause the computing system to implement a method for generating an actionable task structure comprised of a plurality of tasks, wherein each of the plurality of tasks includes a transform for transforming data having one or more particular attributes, the method comprising:
accessing a data set that includes data having the one or more particular attributes;
rendering one or more visualizations associated with the data set;
receiving user input for triggering a display of a task assembly structure user interface;
displaying the task assembly structure user interface, the task assembly structure user interface including:
an actionable task structure display, the actionable task structure display including a display of set of selected tasks and, for each displayed selected task, an add action control and a suggested actions control;
a selectable apply all control, a selectable apply selected control, and a selectable apply priority control;
an annotation field configured to receive textual user input; and
a task suggestion field for displaying an identifier for each of a set of one or more suggested tasks that are selectable by user input for inclusion in the actionable task structure, wherein each suggested task includes a particular data transform and particular metadata that defines corresponding attributes of particular data that the particular data transform applies to;
receiving the textual user input in the annotation field;
identifying the set of one or more suggested tasks based at least in part on the one or more particular attributes of the data of the accessed data set, the particular metadata of each of the one or more suggested tasks, and the textual user input received in the annotation field;
displaying the identifiers for the identified one or more suggested tasks in the task suggestion field;
receiving input that selects one or more of the suggested tasks displayed in the task suggestion field;
displaying each of the selected tasks in the actionable task structure display;
adding each selected task to the actionable task structure; and
storing the actionable task structure as an assembly of a plurality of selected tasks.

US Pat. No. 10,481,761

DYNAMIC DESIGN OF USER INTERFACE ELEMENTS

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A device configured to dynamically display user interface elements on the device, the device comprising:a processor;
a display in communication with the processor;
a wireless transceiver in communication with the processor; and
a non-transitory memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform processing comprising:
receive sensor data relating to one or more inanimate physical objects, the sensor data generated by a sensor, the sensor data comprising image data of one or more images including the one or more physical objects;
transmit, by the wireless transceiver, the sensor data to a server;
identify a first shape in the one or more physical objects that is captured in the sensor data;
receive, by the processor, design preference data describing one or more user design preferences determined by the server using a machine learning technique, based on the one or more physical objects included in the sensor data, wherein the design preference data indicates a design preference of the user for the first shape;
identify one or more user interface windows corresponding to an application running on the device, wherein each of the one or more user interface windows has a border that has a second shape and wherein the second shape is different from the first shape;
modify, based on the design preference data, the second shape of each of the one or more user interface windows to include the first shape identified in the one or more physical objects.

US Pat. No. 10,481,758

LOCATION BASED AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGE OF ITEMS BASED ON LOCATION SENSING AND METHODS AND DEVICES RELATED THERETO

iOculi, Inc., Renton, WA...

23. A method comprising:under control of a mobile computing device of a recipient user,
receiving an indication of the existence of a value item and/or a specific physical location identified by a first computing device of a provider user;
receiving multiple clues via the mobile computing device to lead the recipient user to the specific physical location, each clue leading progressively closer to the specific physical location;
detecting via a sensor on the mobile computing device that the mobile computing device is in a designated range of the specific physical location; and
responsive to the detection, displaying on the mobile computing device a triggering icon that has been associated with the specific physical location by the first computing device of the provider user, wherein the triggering icon is displayed on the mobile computing device using augmented reality such that a display of a portion of a real world location is augmented with a display of the triggering icon;
wherein, upon receiving an indication that the triggering icon has been triggered, the recipient user receives the value item or an indication of the value item.

US Pat. No. 10,481,756

CONTROLLING APPLICATION ACCESS TO APPLICATIONS AND RESOURCES VIA GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION AND MANIPULATION

International Business Ma...

1. A method of controlling an access, by a first application installed on a mobile device, of a second application installed on the mobile device, the method comprising the steps of:based on a first icon and a second icon representing the first application and a second application, respectively, having been placed into a graphical element included in a graphical user interface (GUI), the mobile device obtaining an attribute included in attributes assigned to the graphical element, the mobile device being a computer, the attribute specifying an interaction between the first and second applications, and the interaction specifying information that is permitted to be exchanged between the first and second applications based on the first and second icons having been both placed in the graphical element;
the mobile device determining whether access control settings of the first application are automatically configurable;
if the access control settings of the first application are automatically configurable, the mobile device automatically configuring the access control settings based on the obtained attribute specifying the interaction between the first and second applications or if the access control settings of the first application are not automatically configurable, the mobile device applying the obtained attribute to the first application by utilizing resource controls of an operating system of the mobile device; and
based on the mobile device automatically configuring the access control settings or the mobile device applying the obtained attribute to the first application by utilizing the resource controls of the operating system, the mobile device controlling the access of the second application by the first application.

US Pat. No. 10,481,750

GUIDED EDIT OPTIMIZATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by processor, causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
detecting a plurality of profile edit tasks not completed within a member profile page of a member of an online social network service;
determining whether the member completed a profile edit task classified as a difficult task; the profile edit task classified as a difficult task based on a response metric associated with other members of the online social network service completing the profile edit task; and
responsive to determining that the member completed the profile edit task classified as a difficult task, identifying one or more of the plurality of profile edit tasks classified as a difficult task;
causing rendering of a guided edit graphical user interface on a display of a device operated by the member, the guided edit graphical user interface designed to display profile edit tasks one at a time, with each profile edit task remaining displayed until input is received via interaction with the guided edit graphical user interface indicating the member finishes the corresponding profile edit task or affirmatively skips the corresponding profile edit task;
reordering the plurality of profile edit tasks based at least in part on, for each of the one or more of the plurality of profile edit tasks, classified as a difficult task, an importance value corresponding to each of the one or more additional profile edit tasks, the importance value representing an impact of performing the corresponding one or more additional profile edit tasks on member profile quality for the member;
prompting the member to perform the plurality of profile edit tasks, by causing rendering of each of the plurality of profile edit tasks one at a time in the guided edit graphical user interface until input is received via interaction with the guided edit graphical user interface indicating the member has completed a corresponding profile edit task or affirmatively skipped the corresponding profile edit task;
determining that the member has been prompted to complete a first of the one or more of the profile edit tasks classified as a difficult task more than a threshold number of times; and
in response to the determination that the member has been prompted to complete a first of the one or more of the profile edit tasks classified as a difficult task more than a threshold number of times, regardless of the estimated increase in member profile quality if the first of the one or more of the profile edit tasks classified as a difficult task is completed, reordering the one or more additional profile edit tasks to place the first of the one or more of the profile edit tasks classified as a difficult task later in the ordering.

US Pat. No. 10,481,749

IDENTIFYING AND RENDERING CONTENT RELEVANT TO A USER'S CURRENT MENTAL STATE AND CONTEXT

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:collecting characteristics of a user's context including collecting information specifying a length of media items being viewed by the user during current viewing session;
determining a current state of mind of the user based on the length of media items being presented by a streaming media player, including determining that the user is in an entertainment state when the length of the media items is longer in duration and determining that the user is in a work related state when the length of the media items is shorter in duration;
selecting a subsequent media item to provide through the streaming media player based on the determined current state of mind of the user; and
effectuating streaming of the subsequent media item to the user through the streaming media player.

US Pat. No. 10,481,731

CONCURRENT SENSING IN TOUCH SCREEN CONTROLLER WITH IMPROVED NOISE REJECTION

STMicroelectronics Asia P...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a plurality of single ended charge converter circuits each receiving input from a corresponding one of a plurality of sense lines of a sensing layer; and
a plurality of current mirror circuits, each respectively mirroring output from one of the plurality of single ended charge converter circuits so as to produce two substantially identical outputs for each of the plurality of single ended charge converter circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,481,726

DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING TOUCH SCREEN PANEL

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel configured to display an image, the display panel including a first pad unit;
a touch screen panel (TSP) attached to an upper portion of the display panel, the touch screen panel including a second pad unit;
a first flexible printed circuit board configured to include a first connection part that is connected to the second pad unit of the touch screen panel and overlaps the second pad unit;
a window substrate configured to cover the touch screen panel; and
a first adhesive layer interposed between the touch screen panel and the window substrate to adhere the window substrate to the touch screen panel,
wherein:
the first adhesive layer includes a portion which is interposed between the window substrate and the first connection part, the portion at least partially covers the first connection part;
a reinforcement film is interposed between the touch screen panel and the window substrate;
the reinforcement film does not contact the window substrate; and
an optical film including a polarization film is interposed between the display panel and the touch screen panel.

US Pat. No. 10,481,718

TOUCH CONTROL METHOD FOR TOUCH PANEL, TOUCH PANEL, ACTIVE STYLUS FOR TOUCH PANEL, AND TOUCH DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING TOUCH PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch control method for a touch display apparatus comprising a touch panel and an active stylus, wherein the touch panel comprises a common electrode array and is configured to generate a display, determine a touch input position of a touch input by the active stylus, and determine a touch input pressure of the touch input, the touch control method comprising:detecting the touch input;
generating the display, the generating the display comprising driving at least a first common electrode of the common electrode array to output a display voltage;
determining the touch input position, the determining the touch input position comprising detecting a first signal transmitted at a first frequency from the active stylus through at least a second common electrode of the common electrode array, and determining the touch input position based on the detected first signal and a position of the at least the second common electrode; and
determining the touch input pressure, the determining the touch input pressure comprising detecting a pressure signal transmitted at a second frequency from the active stylus and determining the touch input pressure based on the detected pressure signal,
wherein:
each of the detecting the touch input, the generating the display, the determining the touch input position, and the determining the touch input pressure is performed by the touch panel,
during a time period of one frame of images, the first signal is detectable for a first time period and the pressure signal is detectable for a second time period, and the second time period is longer than or equal to t1+2t2, t1 being a time for the generating the display, and t2 being a time for transmitting the pressure signal in the second time period.

US Pat. No. 10,481,716

TOUCH DISPLAY APPARATUS, DISPLAY PANEL, AND ALL-IN-ONE SWITCH DEVICE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A touch display apparatus, comprising:a display panel including:
a data line and a gate line arranged therein; and
a pixel electrode disposed in a pixel area defined by the data line and the gate line,
wherein the pixel area includes a switching transistor and a sensor pattern arranged therein,
wherein the switching transistor includes:
a first electrode electrically connected to the pixel electrode,
a second electrode electrically connected to the data line,
a third electrode electrically connected to the gate line, and
a semiconductor layer, both ends of which are in contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, respectively,
wherein both ends of the sensor pattern directly electrically contact the first electrode and the second electrode, respectively, and
wherein the sensor pattern completely overlaps the semiconductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,481,707

TOUCH SENSITIVE INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, PROCESSOR AND SYSTEM

EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY I...

1. A touch sensitive information transmission method, comprising:detecting a plurality of line pieces generated by a plurality of approaching/touching events, wherein the plurality of line pieces includes a plurality of signal values accumulated from a plurality of difference values with noises, the plurality of signal values has a gradient phenomenon with regard to the accumulated noises;
determining the plurality of approaching/touching events corresponding to the plurality of line pieces;
setting an event sequence of the plurality of approaching/touching events;
correcting the gradient phenomenon of the plurality of line pieces to filter the noises; and
transmitting the sensing information of all of the corrected plurality of line pieces of each approaching/touching event according to the event sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,481,703

KEY PAD USER INTERFACE FOR NON-VERBAL, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

1. A system, comprising:a plurality of keypad interface panels, each panel including,
a speaker;
a memory storage module including stored electronic files of tones, a memory storage module including stored electronic files of tones,
a plurality of grouped sets of touch-enabled keys, each set of keys in a group is arranged in a vertical grouping as defined by a common function, wherein
a first group of keys is designated to represent pre-set persons within an office setting,
a second group of keys is designated to represent a predesignated action within the office setting,
a third group of keys is designated to represent a location in the office setting, and
when a first selected key within the first group of keys, a second selected key within the second group of keys, and a third selected key within the third group of keys are pressed, emits, by the speaker, a selected tone from the stored electronic files of tones and represents an audible and non-verbal form of communication between the plurality of keypad interface panels identifying a selected person, a selected action for the selected person, and a selected location for the selected person to perform the selected action;
one or more communication cables connecting the plurality of keypad interface panels; and
a central switchbox controller configured to control the receipt and transmission of signals between the plurality of keypad interface panels through the one or more communication cables.

US Pat. No. 10,481,690

DEVICE, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR PROVIDING TACTILE FEEDBACK FOR MEDIA ADJUSTMENT OPERATIONS PERFORMED IN A USER INTERFACE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions, which when executed by an electronic device with a display, a touch-sensitive surface, cause the device to:display, on the display, respective content that includes an image;
detect a gesture on the touch-sensitive surface for adjusting an image size of the image; and
in response to detecting the gesture:
determine an adjustment to the image size that corresponds to an extent of the gesture;
in accordance with a determination that the adjustment to the image size would cause the image size to exceed a predefined image sizing limit:
generate a respective tactile output on the touch-sensitive surface;
perform the adjustment to the image size and display the image at a size corresponding to the adjustment to the image size; and
in response to detecting liftoff of a contact used to perform the gesture, at least partially reverse the adjustment to the image size, such that the image size is reduced to a size corresponding to the predefined image sizing limit, and display the image at a size corresponding to the predefined image sizing limit; and
in accordance with a determination that the adjustment to the image size would not cause the image size to exceed the predefined image sizing limit, perform the adjustment to the image size without generating the respective tactile output on the touch-sensitive surface, and display the image at a size corresponding to the adjustment to the image size.

US Pat. No. 10,481,660

BATTERYLESS DATA LOGGER WITH BACKUP STATUS INDICATION AND METHOD THEREFOR

1. A data storage device for a computing device, the computing device being powerable by a power source, the data storage device comprising:(a) at least one super-capacitor;
(b) a data backup unit comprising:
(i) a data control unit coupled to the at least one super-capacitor, wherein the data control unit is adjustable between a plurality of operational states, and the plurality of operational states include a backup state and an inactive state; and
(ii) a non-volatile memory coupled to the data control unit;
(c) an interface bus coupled to the data backup unit, wherein the interface bus is connectable to the computing device, wherein the power source of the computing device is separate from the at least one super-capacitor; and
(d) a state control unit coupled to the at least one super-capacitor, to the data control unit, and to the interface bus, wherein the state control unit is operable to monitor a stored voltage level of the at least one super-capacitor, wherein when the interface bus is connected to the computing device the state control unit is operable to monitor a device power level of the computing device by monitoring a received power level from the interface bus, and the state control unit is operable to control the operational state of the data control unit based on the stored voltage level and the device power level;
wherein
in the backup state, the data control unit is operable to store backup data in the non-volatile memory using power from the at least one super-capacitor, wherein the backup data is received from the computing device via the interface bus when the interface bus is connected to the computing device;
the state control unit is configured to set the operational state of the data control unit as the backup state in response to determining that the device power level is less than a power off threshold and that the stored voltage level is greater than a backup voltage threshold;
the state control unit is configured to adjust the operational state of the data control unit from the backup state to the inactive state in response to determining that the stored voltage level is less than a low voltage threshold, wherein the low voltage threshold is less than the backup voltage threshold by a predefined voltage difference, and the predefined voltage difference is defined to be greater than the voltage gain of the at least one super-capacitor due to dielectric absorption when the stored voltage level is equal to the low voltage threshold and the at least one super-capacitor is decoupled from a load; and
in the inactive state, the data control unit does not receive power from the at least one super-capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,645

SECONDARY GESTURE INPUT MECHANISM FOR TOUCHSCREEN DEVICES

Lucan Patent Holdco, LLC,...

1. A system comprising: a hardware platform comprising a computer processor, said hardware platform being a wrist-mountable wearable device;a touchscreen comprising a display having a display perimeter and a touch surface input mechanism having a touch surface perimeter, said touch surface perimeter defining a touch surface;
a gesture input mechanism separate from and located proximate to said touch surface perimeter;
said gesture input mechanism having a first sensor surface being mounted at a non-zero degree angle to said touch surface; said computer processor adapted to:
receive a first gesture from said gesture input mechanism, said first gesture being one of a group composed of:
a sliding gesture; and
a tapping gesture;
receive a first input comprising a first portion of a gesture from said touch surface input mechanism and a second input comprising a second portion of said gesture input mechanism; and
determine a single gesture input from said first portion of said gesture and said second portion of said gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,481,644

FLIP POSITION DETECTION

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

1. A mobile device, comprising:a device housing having a base section and a flip section operable to fold onto the base section in a closed position of the mobile device;
a hinge operable between the closed position and an open position of the mobile device, the flip section of the device housing operable to open relative to the base section of the device housing;
an inductor positioned in the device housing to have an inductance as the hinge operates to said open and close the device housing;
a metal plate coupled to the hinge in a configuration operable to translate the metal plate relative to the inductor as the hinge operates between the open position and the closed position, the inductor and the metal plate rotating with the hinge as it operates between the open position and the closed position; and
a sensor to detect the inductance between the inductor and the metal plate, a first inductance value indicates the closed position of the device housing and a second inductance value indicates the open position of the device housing.

US Pat. No. 10,481,598

MOTION SYSTEM WITH SENSOR OUTPUTS AND HAPTIC CONTROLS

Performance Motion Device...

1. A motor control module, comprising:an amplifier subsystem configured to drive a motor and output motor data indicating status of the motor;
a profile generation subsystem configured to issue motor control commands to the amplifier subsystem, the profile generation subsystem further configured to 1) generate motor summary data based on the motor data, and 2) selectively output an error signal based on at least one of the motor data and motor summary data; and
a local sub-host configured to generate module summary data based on the motor summary data, the error signal and profile generation subsystem status data, the local sub-host further configured to forward the module summary data to a motor control host.

US Pat. No. 10,481,595

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ASSESSING THE COLLECTIVE HEALTH OF MULTIPLE PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS,...

1. A method of assessing a collective health of a plurality of process control systems comprising:automatically and periodically assessing a risk for each of a plurality of process control systems, wherein each process control system has one or more risk factors associated with the process control system, wherein introduction of a risk factor to a process control system each period increases the risk assessment for that process control system, and wherein elimination of a risk factor from a process control system each period decreases the risk assessment for that process control system;
scoring the health of each process control system within a health score scale fixed by an upper limit and a lower limit, the health score based on the assessed risk for each process control system;
displaying an integrated navigation menu having a plurality of selectable menu items specifying higher and lower levels of integration of the health scores;
displaying an information view associated with the navigation menu;
enabling a user to select one of the plurality of selectable menu items within the navigation menu to specify higher and lower levels of integration of the health scores; and
presenting a collective health score of the process control systems associated with the selected menu item in the information view in a format for each of the plurality of selectable menu items specifying the higher and lower levels of integration of the health scores, wherein the format is a common display format for presenting the collective health scores of the process control systems associated with each of the selectable menu items specifying the higher and lower levels of integration of the health scores.

US Pat. No. 10,481,593

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CAPTURING AUTOMATION DATA

BEET, LLC, Plymouth, MI ...

1. A method for capturing automation data comprising:executing a scan cycle using a controller configured as an automation controller;
collecting input data during the scan cycle from at least one sensor in communication with the controller;
wherein:
the at least one sensor corresponds to at least one member;
the at least one member is defined by a plurality of elements;
each respective element of the plurality of elements has a respective element value determined by the input data;
determining each respective element value for the scan cycle using the input data collected during the scan cycle;
configuring a multi-array using the controller, wherein:
the multi-array includes the at least one member and the plurality of elements defined by the at least one member;
configuring the multi-array includes:
allocating a multi-array memory location to store the multi-array in the controller;
the multi-array memory location including a respective controller memory location for each respective element of the plurality of elements defined by the at least one member;
storing the element value of each respective element for the scan cycle in the respective controller memory location in the multi-array;
the scan cycle is defined by a sequence of operations monitored by the controller;
wherein:
the at least one member corresponds to an operation of the sequence of operations;
the plurality of elements defined by the at least one member includes a first element and a second element of the operation;
the first element has a first element value corresponding to a start time of the operation, wherein the start time is detected by the controller using the input data;
the second element has a second element value corresponding to an end time of the operation, wherein the end time is detected by the controller using the input data;
time stamping, using the controller, the start time of the operation such that the first element value is a first time stamp generated by the controller at the start time of the one operation; and
time stamping, using the controller, the end time of the operation such that the second element value is a second time stamp generated by the controller at the end time of the operation.

US Pat. No. 10,481,588

CONFIGURABLE VEHICLE SEAT AND METHOD THEREFOR

The Boeing Company, Chic...

10. A method of making an adjustable vehicle seat, the method comprising:providing a seat frame;
positioning a seat occupant in a recumbent position on a seat replicator;
scanning an upper torso of the seat occupant and generating a solid body model of the upper torso based on the scanning of the upper torso;
generating a conformal seat insert based on the solid body model of the upper torso so that the conformal seat insert includes a contoured support surface having a crew reference point corresponding to an acromial point of a shoulder of a seat occupant of the adjustable vehicle seat; and
coupling the conformal seat insert to the seat frame in a predetermined position relative to the seat frame so that the crew reference point of the conformal seat insert forms a datum from which an eye position of the seat occupant is established relative to instrumentation of an aerospace vehicle in which the adjustable vehicle seat is located.

US Pat. No. 10,481,582

PROCESS FOR CONTROLLING A MACHINE TOOL

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd, ...

1. A process by which an operator controls a machine tool, said machine tool comprising:a machining chamber;
a tool arranged in the machining chamber;
an illuminator provided in the machining chamber;
an NC unit for performing a control of a machining operation in the chamber on the basis of an NC program, the NC unit including a manual control and a manual execution unit responsive to said manual control, and being operable alternatively in an automatic mode, and in a manual mode wherein said control is under a control of said manual execution unit, and said NC unit having a selectable one-block stop mode in which the NC program is executed for one block and then stopped; and
a notification unit for issuing a notification to said operator, while said operator is continuously visually observing the interior of the machining chamber while operating the machine tool, of completion of the execution of said one block of the NC program while said control is manually executed using the manual execution unit in the one-block stop mode;
wherein said notification unit comprises the illuminator; and
wherein, in said process:
said operator, by operating said manual control, causes the manual execution unit in said one block stop mode to execute the machining operation;
throughout said control using the manual execution unit in said one block stop mode, said operator continuously visually observes the machining operation in said machining chamber using the manual execution unit in said one block stop mode;
said illuminator in the machining chamber provides continuous illumination at a level of luminescence sufficient to enable said continuous visual observation by said operator of the machining operation; and
said notification unit causes a change in the level of illumination emitted by said illuminator upon completion of the execution of said one block of the NC program, whereby the operator is notified of the completion of the execution of said one block of the NC program while continuously visually observing the machining operation.

US Pat. No. 10,481,581

DIAGNOSIS FACILITY AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR MONITORING PERFORMANCE OF A TECHNICAL PLANT

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A diagnosis facility for monitoring performance of a technical plant with an automation system, comprising:a memory in which at least one data set characterizing the performance of the technical plant is storable; and
an evaluation unit via which a diagnostic report on the performance of the technical plant is at least one of (i) determinable and (ii) displayable using the at least data set and a predetermined self-organizing map;
wherein the evaluation unit is configured to determine, by during the performance of the technical plant comprising step sequences that run repeatedly, a duration of an execution of each step of a cycle that is to be checked in a step sequence and to store said duration as a coordinate of the at least data set, the at least data set comprising an n-tuple having a predetermined number n of coordinates;
wherein the evaluation unit is further configured to detect and display a deviation of a time response in the cycle of the step sequence that is to be checked from a time response for fault-free cycles by evaluating the at least data set, using the self-organizing map; and
wherein corresponding n-tuples with predetermined durations for fault-free runs of the step sequence are stored on nodes of the self-organizing map.

US Pat. No. 10,481,576

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING CONNECTION CONTROL

ZTE CORPORATION, Guangdo...

1. A method for implementing connection control, comprising:reading connection parameter information from a charging manager, and determining, according to the connection parameter information, a connection state of an electric equipment; and
controlling, according to the connection state of the electric equipment, ON or OFF of a circuit and/or an enabled state of the circuit,
wherein the controlling, according to the connection state of the electric equipment, ON or OFF of a circuit and/or an enabled state of the circuit comprises at least one of:
disconnecting a data line anode from a data line cathode of the electric equipment and turning on connection between the data line anode and the data line cathode when the electric equipment is in the wireless charging state;
turning on connection of the data line anode and the data line cathode of the electric equipment, disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode, and turning on a circuit controlling external power input when the electric equipment is in the wired charging state;
turning on connection of the data line anode and the data line cathode of the electric equipment, disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode, and turning on the circuit controlling external power input when the electric equipment is in the USB-connecting computer state;
turning on connection of the data line anode and the data line cathode of the electric equipment, disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode, and turning on the circuit controlling external power input when the electric equipment is in the connection OTG equipment state;
turning on connection of the data line anode and the data line cathode of the electric equipment, disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode, turning on the circuit controlling external power input, and transmitting a wireless charging disenabled signal so that the wireless charging is disenabled when the electric equipment is in the USB-connecting computer and wireless charging disenabled state;
turning on connection of the data line anode and the data line cathode of the electric equipment, disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode, turning on the circuit controlling external power input, and transmitting a wireless charging disenabled signal so that the wireless charging is disenabled when the electric equipment is in the connection OTG equipment and wireless charging disenabled state; and
disconnecting the data line anode from the data line cathode of the electric equipment and turning on connection between the data line anode and the data line cathode when the electric equipment is in the idle state.

US Pat. No. 10,481,571

ROBOT CONTROLLER WHICH AUTOMATICALLY SETS INTERFERENCE REGION FOR ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A robot controller configured to control an operation of a robot, the robot controller comprising:a processor; and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing thereon a computer program product for controlling the robot, comprising computer executable instructions adapted to be executed by the processor to:
acquire a group of depth data representing depths from a predetermined portion of the robot when the robot is disposed at a predetermined posture to a plurality of points on a surface of an object located around the robot;
acquire three-dimensional position information of the predetermined portion when the robot is disposed at the predetermined posture;
generate depth map information including three-dimensional position information of the plurality of points with reference to a installation position of the robot as an origin, using the group of depth data and the three-dimensional position information of the predetermined portion; and
estimate a range occupied by the object from the depth map information, and set the range as an interference region for the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,481,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROPAGATING CONTROL RESULTS IN AN ENTERPRISE

RESOLVER INC., Toronto (...

1. A computer implemented method for propagating control result in an enterprise, including:designating at least one control for compliance by an entity in the enterprise;
measuring the at least one control for compliance, the measuring generating a control result corresponding to the at least one designated control, the generated control result stored in a data store of an enterprise management system executed on a computing device;
selectively designating the generated control result corresponding to the at least one designated control for propagation, by the entity, in the data store of the enterprise management system; and
propagating the designated generated control result corresponding to the at least one designated control to another entity by the enterprise management system, based on the selective designation for propagation.

US Pat. No. 10,481,560

METHOD OF MEASURING A TIME IN A SPORTS COMPETITION USING A TRANSPONDER MODULE, AND TRANSPONDER MODULE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

SWISS TIMING LTD, Corgem...

1. A method of measuring time of a competitor in a sports competition via a transponder module personal to the competitor and accompanying the competitor during the competition in a measuring system, the method comprising:receiving a low frequency signal transmitted from a transmission antenna of the measuring system;
transmitting at least one signal strength of the received low frequency signal to the measuring system;
detecting variation in motion of the transponder module via a motion sensor integrated in the transponder module;
transmitting, via the transponder module, data indicating the variation in motion detected by the motion sensor to the measuring system;
determining, by the measuring system, that the data indicating the variation in motion detected by the motion sensor corresponds to motion of the competitor caused by disposition of the competitor at a predetermined position in the sports competition; and
determining, by the measuring system, a time of the competitor in the sports competition based on the at least one signal strength of the low frequency signal and a time of the motion of the competitor detected by the motion sensor caused by disposition of the competitor at the predetermined position in the sports competition,
wherein the predetermined position in the sports competition comprises an intermediate position or a finish line of the competition route.

US Pat. No. 10,481,543

SHEET PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. A sheet processing device comprising:a first pressing device configured to press sheets with a first force;
a second pressing device configured to press the sheets with a second force larger than the first force only after the sheets are pressed with the first force;
a binding device configured to bind the sheets by a force by clamping the sheets; and
a first member and a second member that clamps and binds the sheets with the first member
a restricting device that does not decrease the distance between the first member and the second member at the binding position when a force larger than or equal to a preset force is applied in a direction opposite from a direction in which the binding device clamps the sheets while the first force is applied to the binding device,
wherein the sheets are bound by the second force,
wherein the first pressing device applies the first force, with which the binding device clamps the sheets, to the binding device,
wherein the second pressing device applies the second force larger than the first force to the binding device after the first force is applied to the binding device,
wherein the binding device binds the sheets by the second force,
wherein the first pressing device moves the first member and the second member close to each other by the first force at a binding position where the first member and the second member bind the sheets,
wherein the second pressing device moves the first member and the second member closer to each other by the second force at the binding position than when the first force is applied so that the sheets are bound by the first member and the second member, and
wherein the second pressing device applies the second force to the binding device when a distance between the first member and the second member at the binding position is less than or equal to a preset threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,481,535

FIXING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:a fixing belt including a conductive layer;
an induced current generation section facing the fixing belt, comprising
a coil configured to generate a magnetic flux, and
a magnetic body facing the fixing belt across the coil,
a magnetic body moving controller configured to control movement of a movable magnetic body, and
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of an end portion in a width direction of the fixing belt,
wherein a part of the magnetic body facing the end portion the width direction of the fixing belt is set as the movable magnetic body, which is capable of moving in the width direction, and
wherein the magnetic body moving controller is configured to move the movable magnetic body responsive to detected temperature information from the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,481,533

FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND FIXING TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing member having non-heated regions formed at a first end part and a second end part of the fixing member, and a heated region interposed between the non-heated regions;
a temperature measurement sensor configured to measure the temperature of a surface of the fixing member;
a movement mechanism configured to move the temperature measurement sensor to scan the non-heated regions and the heated region along a width direction of the fixing member;
a movement time calculation section configured to
calculate a first movement time for when the temperature measurement sensor is moved between the first end part and the second end part based on a temperature change measured by the temperature measurement sensor due to movement of the temperature measurement sensor, and
calculate a second movement time for when the temperature measurement sensor is moved from the first end part or the second end part to a movement position of the temperature measurement sensor based on a temperature change measured by the temperature measurement sensor due to movement of the temperature measurement sensor;
a movement position calculation section configured to calculate the movement position of the temperature measurement sensor on the basis of a ratio of the second movement time to the first movement time; and
a temperature control section configured to perform temperature control on the fixing member on the basis of the movement position calculated by the movement position calculation section, and the temperature measured by the temperature measurement sensor at the movement position.

US Pat. No. 10,481,522

DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH DEVELOPING ROLLER AND THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A developing device, comprising:a housing configured to store developer containing toner and magnetic carrier;
a developing roller including a fixed magnet having a plurality of magnetic poles along a circumferential direction and a sleeve configured to rotate in a predetermined rotating direction around the fixed magnet and carry the developer on a circumferential surface, the developing roller being so supported in the housing as to face a photoconductive drum, on a surface of which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed, at a predetermined developing position and supplying the toner to the photoconductive drum;
a developer stirring member rotatably supported in the housing and configured to stir the developer and supply the developer to the developing roller; and
a layer thickness regulating member arranged to face the sleeve of the developing roller and configured to regulate a layer thickness of the developer supplied to the developing roller by the developer stirring member;
wherein:
the fixed magnet has a regulation pole arranged to face the layer thickness regulating member and having a predetermined polarity;
the layer thickness regulating member includes:
a regulating body portion made of a magnetic material and configured to regulate the layer thickness of the developer being conveyed toward the developing position, the regulating body portion having a first facing surface arranged at a predetermined distance from the sleeve, a first upstream side surface connected to an upstream end part of the first facing surface in the rotating direction and extending along a radial direction of the sleeve and a first downstream side surface connected to the first facing surface on a side opposite to the first upstream side surface in the rotating direction; and
an upstream regulating portion connected to the first upstream side surface of the regulating body portion, the upstream regulating portion having a second facing surface arranged to face the sleeve at a larger distance from the sleeve than the first facing surface, a second downstream side surface connected to a downstream end part of the second facing surface in the rotating direction, extending along the radial direction and held in close contact with the first upstream side surface and a second upstream side surface connected to the second facing surface on a side opposite to the second downstream side surface in the rotating direction; and
the second facing surface of the upstream regulating portion has:
a nonmagnetic facing surface made of a nonmagnetic material and arranged on a downstream end of the second facing surface in the rotating direction; and
an upstream magnetic facing surface made of a magnetic material and arranged on an upstream end of the second facing surface which is upstream of the non-magnetic facing surface in the rotating direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,508

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for transferring a pattern of a mask onto a substrate by exposing the substrate while scanning the mask and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a stage configured to hold and move the substrate;
a control unit configured to control movement of the stage;
a first measurement unit configured to measure a position, in a height direction, of a shot region of the substrate held by the stage before the shot region reaches an exposure area where the shot region is exposed; and
a second measurement unit configured to measure the position of the shot region in the height direction prior to the first measurement unit,
wherein the control unit:
controls the stage to perform:
first driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the second measurement unit; and
second driving where the substrate is driven in the height direction based on a measurement result of the first measurement unit after the second measurement unit measures the position of the shot region in the height direction and until the shot region reaches the exposure area;
makes a second driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the second driving smaller than a first driving amount of the stage in the height direction in the first driving;
controls the stage so that the position of the shot region in the height direction is positioned at a first target position different from a second target position of the shot region in the height direction by the first driving and is positioned at the second target position by the second driving; and
makes a time period required for the first driving from the position of the shot region in the height direction measured by the second measurement unit to the first target position shorter than a time period required for the second driving from the position of the shot region in the height direction measured by the first measurement unit to the second target position.

US Pat. No. 10,481,503

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING A PARAMETER OF A LITHOGRAPHIC PROCESS, SUBSTRATE AND PATTERNING DEVICES FOR USE IN THE METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method of forming a target structure and measuring a parameter of a lithographic process comprising:forming a target structure comprising first and second targets by the lithographic process, wherein each of the first and second targets comprise a two-dimensional periodic structure formed in a single material layer on a substrate, and wherein the lithographic process comprises:
defining features of grid elements in the first and second targets;
modifying the features defined in the first target by removing portions of each grid element in the first target at predefined locations in the first target, each removed portion being offset from a grid element by a first bias amount that is close to one half of a spatial period of the features; and
modifying the features defined in the second target by removing portions of each grid element in the second target at predefined locations in the second target, each removed portion from the second target being offset from a grid element by a second bias amount that is close to one half of the spatial period and different from the first bias amount;
illuminating, using an optical system, the target structure with radiation;
obtaining, using a detector, an angle-resolved scatter spectrum of the target structure; and
deriving, using a processing device, a measurement of the parameter using asymmetry found in the angle-resolved scatter spectrum of the target structure.

US Pat. No. 10,481,498

DROPLET GENERATOR FOR LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EUV SOURCE AND LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A droplet generator configured for use in a laser-produced plasma radiation source and configured for providing a stream of droplets of a liquid fuel at an exit, wherein:the droplet generator comprises:
a nozzle assembly;
an actuator; and
a pump chamber;
the pump chamber is configured to receive the liquid fuel under an input pressure higher than an exit pressure at the exit;
the pump chamber is located between the actuator and the nozzle assembly;
the actuator is configured to establish a pressure change in the liquid fuel held in the pump chamber;
the nozzle assembly comprises:
an inlet at the pump chamber;
a nozzle structure at the exit of the droplet generator;
a duct configured for establishing a path of the liquid fuel between the inlet and the exit;
the droplet generator has a first chamber configured for accommodating the nozzle assembly;
the first chamber has a first inlet for receipt of a gas under a further pressure that is substantially the same as the input pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,481,492

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which performs molding of an imprint material on a substrate to form a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:a supply device including discharge ports which discharge the imprint material, and configured to supply the imprint material onto the substrate via the discharge ports based on a map; and
a controller configured to cause, if there is a defective discharge port of the discharge ports, the supply device to discharge the imprint material from another discharge port, different from the defective discharge port, of the discharge ports, based on an updated map,
wherein a mold for the molding includes a line pattern, and
the controller is configured to control the supply device, based on the updated map, to prevent droplets of the imprint material discharged from the discharge ports from being separated from each other by a predetermined distance or more in a direction orthogonal to the direction along the line pattern of the mold, such that an interval between supply positions of the imprint material do not become larger in a direction orthogonal to a direction along the line pattern than that before change from the defective discharge port to the other discharge port.

US Pat. No. 10,481,482

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING PANORAMIC IMAGES

SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOG...

1. A method for generating panoramic images, comprising:capturing images by at least one camera from a plurality of positions in a circular array;
projecting, by a processor, the captured images into corresponding equirectangular images;
extracting, by the processor, a set of intermediate images from the equirectangular images; and
blending, by the processor, the set of intermediate images to generate panoramic images,
wherein the panoramic images comprise a first panoramic image including scenes for presentation to a right eye of a user and a second panoramic image including scenes for presentation to a left eye of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,481,480

REFLECTION-TYPE SCREEN AND SHEET FOR REFLECTION-TYPE SCREEN

NICCA CHEMICAL CO., LTD.,...

1. A reflective screen displaying an image by projected light, the reflective screen comprising:a transparent substrate;
a light-absorption layer provided in direct contact with the transparent substrate with or without an adhesive, the light-absorption layer absorbing visible light; and
a scattering layer provided in direct contact with the light-absorption layer with or without an adhesive, the scattering layer scattering the projected light,
wherein
the light-absorption layer has 30-90% transmittance with respect to visible light, and
the scattering layer contains a light-scattering medium consisting of diamond particles and/or metallic inorganic particles.

US Pat. No. 10,481,470

CAMERA USING LIGHT SOURCE HAVING SUBJECT EYE PROTECTION FUNCTION

MEERECOMPANY INC., Hwase...

1. A camera comprising:a light source driver installed between a power supply and a light source for emitting light to a subject and configured to convert electric power supplied by the power supply to a pulse current so that the pulse current is supplied to the light source;
a current measurement unit configured to measure the pulse current supplied to the light source;
an amplitude controller configured to control an amplitude of the pulse current measured by the current measurement unit;
a smoothing circuit configured to smooth the pulse current of which the amplitude is controlled by the amplitude controller; and
a comparator/controller configured to control the electric power supplied by the power supply to be interrupted in a case in which a smooth current smoothed by the smoothing circuit is greater than a predetermined threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,481,454

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY PANEL

Century Technology (Shenz...

11. A display panel, comprising a color filter substrate, a thin film transistor array substrate, and a liquid crystal layer between the color filter substrate and the thin film transistor array substrate, the thin film transistor array substrate comprising:a substrate;
a first conductive layer on the substrate, the first conductive layer defining a plurality of scan line pairs, each of the plurality of scan line pairs comprising a first scan line and a second scan line both extending in a first direction;
a second conductive layer on a side of the first conductive layer away from the substrate, the second conductive layer defining a plurality of data lines and a plurality of common lines both extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction, the plurality of data lines and the plurality of common lines alternately arranged in the first direction; and
a plurality of pixel units, each of the plurality of the pixel units being between adjacent two of the plurality of common lines, each of the plurality of the pixel units comprising a first sub-pixel and a second sub-pixel located on opposite sides of one of the plurality of scan line pairs, the first sub-pixel electrically connected to the first scan line, the second sub-pixel electrically connected to the second scan line, the first sub-pixel and the second sub-pixel located on opposite sides of and electrically connected to one of the plurality of data lines;
wherein each of the plurality of common lines comprises a plurality of bridges, each of the plurality of bridges crosses one of the plurality of scan line pairs;
a projection of each of the plurality of bridges on the substrate overlaps with projections of both the first scan line and the second scan line on the substrate, and an area of a portion of the first scan line that overlaps with the bridge equals to an area of a portion of the second scan line that overlaps with the bridge;
each of the plurality of bridges completely overlaps with a portion of one of the plurality of scan line pairs extending in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,450

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

13. An LCD device, comprising:a substrate;
a TFT disposed on the substrate;
an insulating layer disposed on the TFT; and
a pixel electrode disposed on the insulating layer and connected to a drain electrode of the TFT via a contact hole formed in the insulating layer,
wherein the pixel electrode includes a stem electrode which extends in a first direction and a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction, branch electrodes which extend from the stem electrode, an edge electrode which extends from an end of the stem electrode and extends in the first or second direction along an outer boundary of the branch electrodes, an extension electrode which is disposed to overlap the contact hole and connected to a connecting electrode which connects the extension electrode and the edge electrode, wherein the edge electrode is separated from the branch electrodes, and
wherein the connecting electrode extends in a third direction which intersects both the first and second directions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,426

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COLOR FILTER SUBSTRATE, COLOR FILTER SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a color filter substrate, comprising:forming a color resistance layer on a basal substrate;
forming a conversion layer on the basal substrate with the color resistance layer, wherein the conversion layer includes a first conversion sub-layer that absolutely overlaps with the color resistance layer and a second conversion sub-layer that does not overlap with the color resistance layer; wherein the thickness of the second conversion sub-layer is greater than the thickness of the color resistance layer and the conversion layer is convertible in color under the irradiation of preset light rays; wherein the conversion layer is manufactured by an opaque material; and
irradiating the conversion layer with the preset light rays from the side of the conversion layer away from the basal substrate and controlling irradiation parameters of the preset light rays, so that the film layer at the side of the conversion layer away from the basal substrate is converted to an opaque first over cover sub-layer, and the film layer with a first preset thickness of the second conversion sub-layer at the side of the conversion layer away from the basal substrate is converted to an opaque second over cover sub-layer, the conversion layer is converted to a two-layer structure consisting of a black matrix (BM) pattern and a transparent over cover layer, wherein the over cover layer includes the first over cover sub-layer and the second over cover sub-layer, wherein the first preset thickness is greater than a difference value between the thickness of the second over cover sub-layer and the thickness of the color resistance layer;
wherein the conversion layer contains a photocatalyst for enabling a portion of the conversion layer irradiated by the preset light rays to convert to a transparent state;
wherein the BM pattern is disposed at the side of the conversion layer close to the basal substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,481,422

LASER DEVICE AND EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT GENERATION DEVICE

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...

1. A laser device, comprising:a plurality of optical shutters disposed in series with each other on an optical path of a laser beam and configured to open and close in response to application of high voltage;
a power source device configured to generate the high voltage to be applied to the optical shutters;
a high-voltage side wire connecting the power source device and each optical shutter;
a ground-side wire grounding each optical shutter; and
a high-voltage side shared wire and a ground-side shared wire electrically connecting the optical shutters in parallel with each other,
one of the high-voltage side wire and the ground-side wire being connected with an optical shutter disposed on a most upstream side in a traveling direction of the laser beam among the optical shutters, and
another of the high-voltage side wire and the ground-side wire being connected with an optical shutter disposed on a most downstream side in the traveling direction of the laser beam among the optical shutters.

US Pat. No. 10,481,420

OPTICAL DETECTOR AND FILTER EMPLOYING RESONANT NANO-/MICROPARTICLES

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. An optical filter comprising:a plurality of semi-conducting or dielectric nano-/microparticles, exhibiting properties of electromagnetic resonance in the optical and near-infrared domain, arranged on a plane, further comprising:
a layer with electrically adjustable optical index disposed on the surface formed by said nano-/microparticles and said plane;
a first electrically insulating layer disposed on said layer with electrically adjustable optical index and
an electrode disposed on said first electrically insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,481,416

SYSTEM AND POST-OPERATIVE CARE DEVICE FOR LIFTING AN EYEWEAR FRAME BRIDGE

1. A post-operative care device for lifting an eyewear frame bridge away from a wearer's face, comprising:a clasp configured to register with eyewear, the eyewear including a frame, a pair of rims that secure lenses therein, a pair of temples hingely coupled to the frame, and a bridge connecting the pair of rims; and
a telescoping leg extending from the base of the clasp, the telescoping leg including:
a tubular housing with a plurality of openings along a length of the tubular housing; and
an extending member slidably housed inside the tubular housing including a terminal end opposite the clasp configured to rest against the wearer's face, wherein a surface of the extending member includes at least one stop that registers with each of the plurality of openings along the length of the tubular housing to lock the extending member of the telescoping leg at a plurality of lengths.

US Pat. No. 10,481,409

PROJECTION DEVICE AND PROJECTION-TYPE VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An optical element comprising a hologram recording medium capable of diffusing a coherent light beam, the hologram recording medium comprising a plurality of hologram recording medium regions, each hologram recording medium region diffusing a coherent light beam irradiated from an irradiation device to an illuminated region corresponding to the hologram recording medium region,wherein each hologram recording medium region comprises a plurality of positions in such hologram recording medium region, for each hologram recording medium region, each coherent light beam incident to a position in such hologram recording medium is diffused to an entirety of the respective illuminated region corresponding to the hologram recording medium region in order to illuminate the entirety of the illuminated region.

US Pat. No. 10,481,384

ENDOSCOPE

1. An endoscope having a viewing direction aligned obliquely with respect to a longitudinal axis, the endoscope comprising:a shaft with a cladding tube and a fiber tube arranged therein;
an object lens arranged in the fiber tube; and
a prism module arranged in the fiber tube for deflecting a beam path, wherein the prism module is arranged eccentrically with respect to the object lens;
wherein an outer cross-section of the prism module is smaller than an inner cross-section of the fiber tube, a cross-section of the prism module being less than the inner cross-section of the fiber tube such that a hollow space is provided in a region-between the prism module and an inner wall of the fiber tube; and
at least one component is arranged between the prism module and the inner wall of the fiber tube or in the hollow space.

US Pat. No. 10,481,378

INTERACTIVE GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF IMAGE QUALITY AND CONTROL THEREOF

FEI Company, Hillsboro, ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a first image from an imaging device obtained based on a first set of image capture control parameters;
determining, by processing the first image using a processor circuit, a plurality of image quality measurements of the first image and, based on the plurality of image quality measurements, a composite measure of image quality;
displaying a polygon on an electronic display based on the plurality of image quality measurements,
wherein displaying the polygon comprises:
determining an origin point for the polygon;
determining a plurality of vertices corresponding to the plurality of image quality measurements, each vertex a distance from the origin point proportional to a value of its corresponding image quality measurement; and
displaying the polygon as a plurality of lines, each line connecting two of the plurality of vertices;
displaying the composite measure of image quality based on the image quality measurements associated with the vertices corresponding to the plurality of image quality measurements;
determining a second set of image capture control parameters for the imaging device based on the composite measure of image quality; and
transmitting at least one of the second set of image capture control parameters for capture of a second image by the imaging device.

US Pat. No. 10,481,366

IMAGING LENS UNIT

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. An image lens unit, comprising:a first lens having positive (+) power and being convex toward an object side;
a second lens having negative (?) power and being concave toward an image side;
a third lens having positive (+) power and being concave near an axial perimeter toward the object side;
a fourth lens having negative (?) power and a meniscus shape being concave in the center toward the object side and convex toward the image side; and
a fifth lens having a refractive power and being convex toward the object side and concave toward the image side,
wherein:
an Abbe number v1 of the first lens, an Abbe number v2 of the second lens, an Abbe number v3 of the third lens, and the Abbe number v4 of the fourth lens satisfy the following conditional expressions:
0 0.7<(v1+v2)/(v3+v4)<1.0,
a total focal length f of the imaging lens unit and a distance tt on an optical axis from an object-side surface of the first lens to an imaging sensor satisfy the following conditional expression:
0 at least one inflection point is formed on an image-side surface of the fifth lens, and
the first lens, the second lens, the third lens, the fourth lens and the fifth lens are arranged in order from the object side toward the image side.

US Pat. No. 10,481,363

PROJECTOR AND FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD

NEC DISPLAY SOLUTIONS, LT...

1. A projector comprising:a display element that is provided with an image-forming surface comprising a plurality of pixels;
a projection lens that is capable of focus adjustment and that projects an image that is formed on said image-forming surface upon a projection surface;
a distortion correction processing unit that, based on distortion correction data for correcting distortion of an image that is projected on said projection surface, enlarges and/or reduces an image that is indicated by a video signal that is received as input to generate a corrected image and causes formation of the corrected image on said image-forming surface; and
a control unit that, based on said distortion correction data, carries out focus adjustment of said projection lens such that a focus range on said projection surface increases, wherein:
said distortion correction data include, for each of said plurality of pixels, a correction coefficient value that corresponds to a projection distance to said projection surface; and
said control unit carries out focus adjustment of said projection lens in which, from among pixel regions in which pixel having a same correction coefficient value are arranged, the pixel region having a greatest number of pixels is taken as an optimal focus point.

US Pat. No. 10,481,362

CIRCUMFERENTIAL ANGLE ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR GENERATRIX OF CYLINDRICAL LENS, AND LENS BARREL EQUIPPED WITH CIRCUMFERENTIAL ANGLE ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR GENERATRIX OF CYLINDRICAL LENS

Nittoh Inc., (JP)

1. A circumferential angle adjustment device for a generatrix of a cylindrical lens, comprising:a lens holding tube which holds the cylindrical lens, the lens holding tube having an optical axis;
an outer tube in which the lens holding tube is arranged at an inner periphery of the outer tube, the outer tube having a longitudinal through-hole, the longitudinal through-hole extending parallel to the optical axis; and
a cam member which is provided at an outer periphery of the lens holding tube and has a cam surface eccentric with respect to a cam axis intersecting with the optical axis, the cam surface slidably engaging with an inner surface of the longitudinal through-hole so that the cam member moves in a direction parallel to the optical axis,
wherein the lens holding tube is rotatably supported with respect to the outer tube in a circumferential direction of the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,481,351

SEMICONDCUTOR PACKAGES

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A semiconductor package, comprising:a photonic integrated circuit;
an electronic integrated circuit, disposed aside the photonic integrated circuit and electrically connected to the photonic integrated circuit through a first redistribution structure; and
a high performance integrated circuit, disposed aside the electronic integrated circuit and electrically connected to the electronic integrated circuit through a second redistribution structure.

US Pat. No. 10,481,350

THROUGH-BOARD OPTICAL ASSEMBLY

Sicoya GmbH, Berlin (DE)...

1. Optical assembly comprisinga circuit board comprising a first side, a second side, and at least one hole that extends through the circuit board,
a photonic chip having a front side and a back side, the front side of the photonic chip being mounted on the first side of the circuit board and electrically connected to at least one electrical conductor of the circuit board,
at least one component being mounted on the front side of the photonic chip opposite the hole and protruding from the front side of the photonic chip into the hole or through the hole, and
a wave-guiding element that is located on the second side of the circuit board and optically coupled to the photonic chip through said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,481,348

OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR COUPLING LIGHT INTO A WAVEGUIDE

miDiagnostics NV, Leuven...

1. An optical system for coupling light into a waveguide, comprising:a waveguide having a portion for guiding light along a first direction,
a coupler arranged at said portion of the waveguide, wherein the coupler has a surface with a grating structure formed therein for directing light into the waveguide, the surface having a normal which is orthogonal to the first direction, and
a cladding layer embedding the coupler, the cladding layer having an optical path changing structure formed therein, the optical path changing structure having a refractive surface and a reflective surface, each forming an acute angle with respect to the surface of the coupler,
wherein, for light which enters the optical path changing structure through the refractive surface along a second direction which is orthogonal to said normal, the refractive surface is arranged to refract the light such that it is directed towards the reflective surface along a third direction which is different from the second direction, and
wherein the reflective surface is arranged to reflect the light of the third direction such that it is directed towards the grating structure of the coupler along a fourth direction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,347

FIBER OPTIC CABLE ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRAL STRAIN RELIEF

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A fiber optic cable assembly comprising:a fiber optic connector including a rear housing and a front housing, the rear housing of the fiber optic connector including a connector end that protrudes from an end surface of the rear housing, and
a fiber optic cable having an end portion that is adapted to receive the connector end of the fiber optic connector, the fiber optic cable including:
an optical fiber;
an outer jacket surrounding the optical fiber, the outer jacket having a length of variable flexibility, the length of variable flexibility having a constant diameter and thickness, the length of variable flexibility being provided by a base material of the outer jacket having a hardness that gradually decreases along the length of variable flexibility of the outer jacket extending rearwardly from the connector end of the fiber optic connector, wherein the base material hardens in response to exposure to an energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,481,344

HIGH DENSITY OPTICAL FIBER FEEDTHROUGH

Lumentum Operations LLC, ...

1. A method, comprising:aligning a portion of each of a plurality of optical ribbons in a particular orientation and sequence using a set of alignment apparatuses of an alignment station,
wherein the set of alignment apparatuses includes a set of alignment pins, a set of alignment grooves, and a post-alignment apparatus,
maintaining, by the post-alignment apparatus, the particular orientation and sequence of the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons to prevent misalignment of the portion of each the plurality of optical ribbons as the plurality of optical ribbons is moved from the set of alignment apparatuses to one or more other sets of apparatuses;
stripping the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons to expose a cladding of each fiber of the plurality of optical ribbons,
maintaining, by a set of stripping apparatuses of a stripping station, the particular orientation and sequence of the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons while the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons is being stripped,
wherein the set of stripping apparatuses includes a stripper connector clamp, a set of stripping clamps, a post-stripping apparatus, and the post-alignment apparatus,
removing slack from the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons by the set of stripping clamps while the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons is being stripped and by the post-stripping apparatus after the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons has been stripped; and
hermetically sealing a tube around the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons,
maintaining, by a set of sealing apparatuses of a sealing station, the particular orientation and sequence of the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons while the tube is being hermetically sealed,
wherein the set of sealing apparatuses includes a sealing clamp and the post-stripping apparatus,
removing, by the sealing clamp and the post-stripping apparatus, the slack from the portion of each of the plurality of optical ribbons while the tube is being hermetically sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,481,342

DUST PROTECTOR WITH CLEANING FUNCTION FOR FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR

PROTAI PHOTONIC CO., LTD,...

1. A dust protector of a fiber optic connector, comprising:a dust cap, comprising
a frame for covering the fiber optic connector, the frame comprising a front surface and a rear end, wherein the rear end faces the fiber optic connector;
a cylinder protruding from the front surface of the frame;
a cover connected to the frame, wherein the cover is configured to flip toward or away from the frame to cover or expose the cylinder; and
a cleaning component covering the cylinder, wherein the cleaning component is to clean the fiber optic connector;
wherein the cover, when flipped toward the frame, covers and therefore protects the cleaning component from contamination, and the cover, when flipped away from the frame, opens and exposes the cleaning component so that it can directly contact the fiber optic connector and clean it.

US Pat. No. 10,481,326

PHOTONIC CHIP WITH AN EVANESCENT COUPLING INTERFACE

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. An optical system, comprising:a photonic chip, comprising:
a silicon waveguide,
an active surface layer comprising a first optical component optically coupled to the silicon waveguide, and
an evanescent coupler spaced apart from the silicon waveguide along a direction normal to the active surface layer, wherein the evanescent coupler is optically coupled to the silicon waveguide; and
an external optical device, comprising:
a second optical component,
a spot size converter coupled to the second optical component and overlapping the evanescent coupler, wherein the spot size converter is configured to alter a mode size of optical signals transferred between the evanescent coupler and the spot size converter, and
wherein the photonic chip and the external optical device are bonded together along a coupling interface that is parallel to the active surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,481,317

NANOGRATING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Magic Leap, Inc., Planta...

1. A method of manufacturing a waveguide having a combination of a binary grating structure and a blazed grating structure, the method comprising:cutting a substrate off-axis;
depositing a first layer on the substrate;
depositing a resist layer on the first layer, wherein the resist layer includes a pattern;
etching the first layer in the pattern using the resist layer as a mask, wherein the pattern includes a first region and a second region;
removing the resist layer;
coating a first polymer layer in the first region of the pattern;
etching the substrate in the second region of the pattern, creating the binary grating structure in the substrate in the second region;
removing the first polymer layer;
coating a second polymer layer in the second region of the pattern;
etching the substrate in the first region of the pattern, creating the blazed grating structure in the substrate in the first region;
removing the second polymer layer; and
removing the first layer from the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,481,316

LIGHT EMITTING ARRANGEMENT FOR ILLUMINATED SURFACES

SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V., Ei...

1. A light emitting arrangement comprising:a body of solid material having a surface;
a light guiding member partially embedded into the body, the light guiding member having a plurality of discrete light outcoupling regions and a plurality of discrete light non-outcoupling regions distributed along a longitudinal direction of the light guiding member, wherein the plurality of light non-outcoupling regions of the light guiding member are embedded in the body and the plurality of light outcoupling regions of the light guiding member are exposed on the surface of the body, wherein the plurality of light outcoupling regions comprise light outcoupling elements and the plurality of light non-outcoupling regions form light incoupling regions comprising light incoupling elements, and wherein at least one of the plurality of light outcoupling regions is coupled to two of the plurality of light non-outcoupling regions; and
a plurality of solid state light sources embedded within the body and arranged to emit light towards the light incoupling regions.

US Pat. No. 10,481,313

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor that includes a pixel provided with a polarizing unit, wherein
the pixel includes a wiring layer that controls an operation of the image sensor,
the polarizing unit includes
a plurality of polarizer layers in each of which a plurality of slits that are arranged at regular intervals in a predetermined direction are formed and
a dielectric layer that is arranged (i) between two adjacent slits among the plurality of slits or (ii) between two adjacent polarizer layers among the plurality of polarizer layers, in a normal direction of each of the plurality of polarizer layers,
each of the plurality of polarizer layers includes a plurality of lattice portions that are arranged at regular intervals in the predetermined direction, and one of the plurality of slits is arranged between two adjacent lattice portions among the plurality of lattice portions in the predetermined direction,
each of the plurality of lattice portions satisfies a relation of w>d,
where the predetermined direction is a width direction and the normal direction is a thickness direction,
a width of each of the plurality of lattice portions is w, and
a thickness of each of the plurality of lattice portions is d, and
a forming material of each of the plurality of polarizer layers and a forming material of the wiring layer are selected from Al, Cu, Au, Ag, Pt, Ti, Sn, In, Ga, Zn, and a compound or alloy that contains at least one of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 10,481,295

COMPACT BODY SCANNER

TEK84 INC., Poway, CA (U...

1. An imaging system comprising:an X-ray source configured to emit an X-ray beam;
an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-ray beam emitted by the X-ray source, the X-ray detector and the X-ray source being joined by a connecting member such that the X-ray detector and the X-ray source remain in geometric alignment for the X-ray detector to receive the X-ray beam during an imaging process; and
a translational mechanism configured to vertically translate the X-ray source and the X-ray detector during the imaging process, such that the X-ray source is translated within a first vertical path having a first height range and the X-ray detector is translated within a second vertical path having a second height range, wherein the second height range exceeds the first height range, wherein the translational mechanism comprises a first cable and a second cable, the first cable attached to the X-ray detector at a first terminus and a first counterweight device at a second terminus, the second cable attached to the X-ray source at a first terminus and a second counterweight device at a second terminus, and wherein the first cable is threaded on a first pulley and the second cable is threaded on a second pulley.

US Pat. No. 10,481,284

MODULAR GAMMA IMAGING DEVICE

KROMEK GROUP, PLC, Sedge...

1. An imaging device, comprising:an enclosure comprising a casing and a radiation lining arranged within the casing to provide a radiation shield, wherein the enclosure comprises a removable portion;
a plurality of modular components being in communication with calibration code, wherein the calibration code calibrates the imaging device based upon information of the plurality of modular components;
each of the plurality of modular components comprising a plurality of gamma detector elements including semiconductor crystals and being removable from the imaging device;
the plurality of modular components being arranged such that the plurality of gamma detector elements are configured in an array configuration with each of the plurality of gamma detector elements having a predetermined spacing from each other gamma detector element, wherein the predetermined spacing is based upon a gap tolerance of the semiconductor crystals and wherein the predetermined spacing is maintained by the plurality of modular components upon replacement of one of the plurality of gamma detector elements, wherein each of the plurality of modular components corresponds to one of a plurality of drawers and each of the plurality of drawers are mounted on a slideable mechanism, wherein each of the drawers is parallel to a bottom plane of the imaging device; and
a plurality of electronic communication components, wherein the plurality of electronic communication components facilitate communication from each of the gamma detector elements to a processor using a hierarchical communication technique; and
a cooling system.

US Pat. No. 10,481,278

TISSUE-EQUIVALENT DOSIMETER

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY, Ha...

1. A radiation dosimeter comprising:a multilayer substrate; and
a semiconductor-based radiation sensing layer contacting said multilayer substrate;
said radiation sensing layer comprising electrodes for receiving a signal produced in response to radiation absorbed within said radiation sensing layer; and
said multilayer substrate comprising:
at least one low-atomic-number layer of having an effective atomic number that is smaller than that of water; and
at least one high-atomic-number layer having an effective atomic number that is greater than that of water;
wherein said low-atomic-number layers and said high-atomic-number layers have respective thicknesses and compositions for modulating a dependence of the signal produced by said radiation dosimeter on photon energy, such that the signal, when calibrated to provide a measure of dose, exhibits tissue-equivalence with a variation of less than 10% over an energy range spanning 20 keV to 140 keV.

US Pat. No. 10,481,275

LONG TERM REPEATABILITY OF DETERMINED POSITION IN GNSS NAVIGATION SYSTEM

1. A method for navigating a moveable object according to signals from satellites, performed by the moveable object using circuitry and one or more processors of the moveable object, the method comprising:receiving satellite navigation signals from a plurality of satellites;
receiving satellite orbit correction information and satellite clock correction information for the plurality of satellites;
determining a preliminary position of the moveable object, using the received satellite navigation signals and the received satellite orbit correction information and satellite clock correction information for the plurality of satellites;
in accordance with the determined preliminary position, identifying a cell of a predefined set of geographical cells, which collectively correspond to a geographic area that includes a plurality of tectonic terrestrial plates, the identified cell corresponding to a geographic region that includes the determined preliminary position, wherein the identified cell is identified by applying a predefined mathematical function to the determined preliminary position, and the predefined set of geographical cells includes more single-plate cells, which each correspond to a geographic region that falls within a single respective tectonic terrestrial plate of the plurality of tectonic terrestrial plates, than multi-plate cells, which each correspond to a geographic region having two or more sub-regions that fall within distinct tectonic terrestrial plates of the plurality of tectonic terrestrial plates;
obtaining, from a database, pre-computed tectonic terrestrial plate position information for the identified cell, the database including tectonic plate information for each cell of the predefined set of geographical cells;
based on the obtained pre-computed tectonic terrestrial plate position information for the identified cell, identifying a tectonic terrestrial plate, of the plurality of tectonic terrestrial plates, corresponding to the determined preliminary position of the moveable object;
based on the identified tectonic terrestrial plate, determining a position correction, the position correction corresponding to the identified tectonic terrestrial plate and a reference epoch; and
generating a corrected position of the moveable object in accordance with the determined preliminary position of the moveable object and the determined position correction.

US Pat. No. 10,481,263

RANGE FINDING APPARATUS, MOVEABLE APPARATUS, ROBOT, THREE DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, METHOD OF MEASURING THREE DIMENSIONAL INFORMATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A range finding apparatus comprising:a light emitter including a light source and a light source driver, the light source driver to supply a plurality of drive pulses including a first drive pulse having a first pulse width to the light source at a first time period, and a second drive pulse having a second pulse width to the light source at a second time period, the first pulse width and the second pulse width being different with each other, and the first time period and the second time period being different with each other;
a light detector to receive the light emitted from the light emitter and then reflected from an object; and
circuitry to calculate a range to the object based on a time difference between one time point when a pulse light is emitted from the light source and another time point when light reflected from the object is received by the light detector,
wherein when the first pulse width is set smaller than the second pulse width, the first drive pulse is set with a sine wave pattern and the second drive pulse is set with a rectangular wave pattern, and
when the second pulse width is set smaller than the first pulse width, the first drive pulse is set with a rectangular wave pattern and the second drive pulse is set with a sine wave pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,481,239

INDOOR ROOM-LOCALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEROF

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An indoor room localization system comprising:a memory including training data and response data;
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor for carrying or having computer-executable instructions to collect WiFi RSSI data corresponding to various sites, the instructions causing a machine to:
classify the collected WiFi RSSI data into an array of RSSI patterns;
transmit the classified RSSI patterns to the memory for storing into training data;
transmit response data identifying classifications of the collected WiFi RSSI data to the memory for storage;
generate observation vectors from the response data identifying classifications of the collected WiFi RSSI data; and
update categorical distribution parameters using the generated observation vectors to specify a probability that the machine is within a predetermined region; and
wherein a dirichlet distribution is used to classify the collected WiFi RSSI data into an array of RSSI patterns and a mode of the dirichlet distribution is used to specify the probability that the machine is within the predetermined region.

US Pat. No. 10,481,235

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus, comprising:sequence control circuitry configured to conduct, on a subject, first imaging, and second imaging that is subsequent to the first imaging; and
processing circuitry configured to
generate a first magnetic resonance image based on the first imaging conducted by the sequence control circuitry;
set an imaging condition with regard to the second imaging;
estimate, based on the first magnetic resonance image and the set imaging condition, information about an image quality in a case in which the second imaging is conducted,
cause a display to display the first magnetic resonance image and superimpose the estimated information on the displayed first magnetic resonance image,
receive, from an operator, a designation operation on the first magnetic resonance image,
change a setting of the imaging condition related to the second imaging based on the designation operation; and
generate a second magnetic resonance image based on the second imaging conducted by the sequence control circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,481,233

EDEMA INVARIANT TRACTOGRAPHY

The Trustees of the Unive...

1. An edema invariant tractography method comprising, with a processor:(i) acquiring data from a patient suspected of having edema using a 3-shell, high angular resolution diffusion imaging sequence, wherein:
the first shell has a b-value of about 300 s/mm2 and a gradient direction of about 15, the second shell has a b-value of about 800 s/mm2 and a gradient direction of about 30, and the third shell has a b-value of about 2000 s/mm2 and a gradient direction of about 64;
(ii) modeling said data using a multi-compartment model; and
(iii) reconstructing fibers through a probabilistic tracking algorithm using a fiber orientation distribution which has streamlines fitted to the output of said probabilistic tracking algorithm,
wherein the method is invariant to the presence of increased free water in the patient and provides fiber tracking in either the presence or absence of free water.

US Pat. No. 10,481,232

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:sequence control circuitry configured to execute a first pulse sequence that acquires data by radial sampling and configured to execute a second pulse sequence a plurality of times by changing a frequency of magnetization transfer (MT) pulses, the second pulse sequence acquiring data by Cartesian sampling after applying an MT pulse, and
processing circuitry configured to calculate a spectrum based on data acquired from the first pulse sequence and the second pulse sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,481,230

NMR SHIM SYSTEM

BRUKER SWITZERLAND AG, F...

1. A shim system for influencing and homogenizing the magnetic field of a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) system, comprising:a coil former, an extension tube and a terminal unit,
partial coils mounted on the coil former and having terminal lines configured to connect the partial coils to the terminal unit,
wherein the terminal lines are disconnected from one another between the coil former and the extension tube, and
a circuit board interposed between the coil former and the extension tube, and having connection lines interconnecting the terminal lines to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,481,226

GENERATION OF RF SIGNALS FOR EXCITATION OF NUCLEI IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEMS

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A system for generation of a radio frequency, RF, excitation signal for excitation of nuclei via an RF excitation coil in a magnetic resonance, MR, system, the system comprising:power generation units each comprising a synthesizer, an RF amplifier, and a first feedback loop unit adapted to include a sensor to register RF signal properties at the RF amplifier's output, compare the registered RF signal properties with target RF signal properties and configure the synthesizer to generate an RF signal which after amplification by the RF amplifier has a predefined first signal characteristic a combiner adapted for combining the RF signals amplified by the RF amplifiers for obtaining the RF excitation signal and the system comprising a second feedback loop unit adapted to include a sensor to register RF signal characteristics at the combiner's output, compare the registered signal characteristic with a target signal characteristic and control the synthesizers for providing the RF signals such that the RF excitation signal has a predefined second signal characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,481,223

SYSTEM WITH A SUBASSEMBLY AND A HOUSING SURROUNDING THE SUBASSEMBLY

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:a subassembly;
a housing surrounding said subassembly, said housing comprising at least one housing shell having a fastening element and at least one fastening component;
said at least one fastening component comprising a receiving component that receives the fastening element of said housing shell, and an adjustment component, said receiving component being situated on the fastening component and being movable by said adjustment component in each of three spatial directions, each of the three spatial directions being orthogonal to one another, with said movement of said receiving component by said adjustment component in any one of the three spatial directions being independent of movement of said receiving component by said adjustment component in the other two of said three spatial directions;
said at least one fastening component comprising a base plate fixed on said subassembly, said base plate comprising a slot, and a first adjustment element having a tab that extends at right angles to a primary extent surface of the first adjustment element to engage into the slot included in the base plate, with a position of said tab being adjustable in a direction of a longitudinal extent of said slot, and a first fastening element that fastens said first adjustment element to said base plate;
said adjustment component further comprising a second adjustment element in a second fastening element, wherein in a position of the second adjustment element is adjustable by the second fastening element, the position of the second adjustment element being set in a direction of a longitudinal extent of the second fastening element, and wherein the direction of the longitudinal extent of the second fastening element is aligned at right angles to the direction of longitudinal extent of the slot of the base plate, said first adjustment element having a guide, and wherein the second fastening element is situated movably in the guide of the first adjustment element; and
said adjustment component further comprising a third adjustment element on which said receiving component is situated.

US Pat. No. 10,481,220

CIRCULAR VERTICAL HALL (CVH) SENSING ELEMENT WITH SIGNAL PROCESSING AND ARCTANGENT FUNCTION

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field sensor, comprising:a circular vertical Hall (CVH) sensing element to produce an analog signal representing an external magnetic field;
an analog-to-digital converter coupled to receive the analog signal and produce a digital signal;
a quadrature modulator circuit coupled to the digital signal and operable to generate a plurality of quadrature modulated signals comprising a first modulated signal and a second modulated signal, wherein the quadrature modulator circuit comprises:
a first modulator to modulate the digital signal by applying a cosine signal to the digital signal to generate the first modulated signal, wherein the cosine signal is associated with a frequency associated with a duty cycle of the CVH sensing element;
a second modulator to modulate the signal by applying a sine signal to the digital signal to generate the second modulated signal, wherein the sine signal is associated with the frequency associated with the duty cycle of the CVH sensing element; and
a processor stage coupled to use signals representative of the plurality of quadrature modulated signals and operable to perform an arctangent calculation to determine an estimated angle of the external magnetic field,
wherein the processor stage comprises a circuit to perform a Coordinate Rotation Digital Computer (CORDIC) algorithm to perform the arctangent calculation on the first modulated signal and the second modulated signal to determine the estimated angle of the external magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,481,218

PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT A TARGET OBJECT IN A FORMATTED OUTPUT SIGNAL

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) comprising:a sensor comprising a processor configured to:
provide speed information of a target object in response to a speed of the target object being greater than a first predetermined value;
provide the speed information and direction information of the target object in response to the speed being below the first predetermined value;
monitor for a diagnostic fault;
provide a diagnostic flag and information bits in response to the diagnostic fault being detected;
monitor for a critical fault; and
provide the information bits in response to the critical fault being detected and in response to the sensor recovering from the critical fault,
wherein the processor configured to provide the diagnostic flag and the information bits in response to the diagnostic fault being detected comprises the processor configured to finish providing the speed information before providing the diagnostic flag and the information bits in response to the diagnostic fault occurring during transmission of the speed information.

US Pat. No. 10,481,215

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING A BATTERY CELL

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. An apparatus for evaluating a battery cell that includes a hermetically sealed outer casing, a plurality of electrically conductive components enclosed within the outer casing, an electrically conductive terminal having a proximal end that extends within the outer casing and a distal end that extends in a longitudinal direction relative to the cell outside the outer casing, and a solid electrical and mechanical joint formed between one or more of the electrically conductive components and the proximal end of the electrically conductive terminal, wherein the solid electrical and mechanical joint is entirely enclosed within the outer casing of the battery cell, the apparatus comprising:a circular platform supported for rotation about a central axis;
a plurality of slots circumferentially spaced apart from one another on the circular platform, wherein each of the slots includes a first end oriented toward the central axis of the circular platform and an opposite second end oriented away from the central axis toward an outer circumference of the platform; and
a terminal clamp located adjacent the first end of one of the slots for securing the battery cell within the slot such that movement of the distal end of the electrically conductive terminal extending from a first end of the outer casing is restrained, while movement of an opposite second end of the outer casing is unrestrained in the longitudinal direction,
wherein, during rotation of the circular platform, the electrically conductive terminal and the solid electrical and mechanical joint experiences a pulling force in the longitudinal direction and in a radially outward direction relative to the central axis of the circular platform.

US Pat. No. 10,481,207

SWITCHING AMPLIFIER AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING REMAINING LIFETIME OF A SWITCHING AMPLIFIER

General Electric Company,...

1. A switching amplifier, comprising:a power device for powering a load and comprised of a plurality of switches, wherein each of the plurality of switches is coupled in parallel with a diode; and
a processing device configured to:
calculate a switch junction temperature for a bonding wire in each switch based at least in part on a power loss of the switch;
generate a first accumulated fatigue damage of the bonding wire in each switch based on the switch junction temperature;
calculate a case temperature for a solder layer in each switch based at least in part on an average value of the power loss of the switch and a power loss of the corresponding diode;
generate an accumulated fatigue damage of the solder layer in each switch based on the case temperature; and
generate an estimated remaining lifetime of the switching amplifier based on at least one of the first accumulated fatigue damages of the bonding wires in each of the plurality of switches and the accumulated fatigue damages of the solder layers in each of the plurality of switches.

US Pat. No. 10,481,179

AUTOMATIC FREQUENCY PRESCALER

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A test and measurement instrument, comprising:an input port configured to receive an input signal;
a comparator configured to determine whether an event has occurred in an input signal and generate an event signal when the event occurs in the input signal;
one or more divider circuits employing a plurality of divide ratios such that each divide ratio scales the event signal indicating events in the input signal by a predetermined integer value;
a control system configured to:
iteratively determine an estimated signal frequency of the event signal, and
automatically select a divide ratio for the event signal based on the estimated signal frequency; and
a frequency range counter configured to determine a number of trigger events in the event signal and output a frequency of the event signal based on the determined number of trigger events,
wherein the frequency range counter is further configured to forward the count to the control system, wherein the control system is further configured to determine an elapsed time result based on the counted number of trigger events, and wherein the control system determines the estimated signal frequency based on the determined elapsed time result.

US Pat. No. 10,481,176

HIGH BANDWIDTH DIFFERENTIAL LEAD WITH DEVICE CONNECTION

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A signal lead structured to be attached to an electrical device, the signal lead comprising:a signal pad;
a first spring housing, the first spring housing structured to touch the electrical device when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device;
a printed circuit board coupled to the first spring housing, the signal pad being disposed on the printed circuit board;
a first spring carried in the first spring housing, the first spring being uncompressed and having a first end extending beyond a surface of the first spring housing when the signal lead is not attached to the electrical device, and the first spring being compressed and having the first end substantially even with the surface of the first spring housing when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device, and the first spring structured to touch the electrical device and carry an electrical signal between the electrical device and the signal pad when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device;
a flexible electrical conduit coupled to the printed circuit board at a first end of the flexible electrical conduit, the flexible electrical conduit extending away from the first spring housing, wherein the flexible electrical conduit comprises a substantially planar flexible plastic substrate having a plurality of integrated conductive paths;
electrical terminals disposed at a second end of the flexible electrical conduit, opposite the first end, the electrical terminals printed on a surface of the flexible electrical conduit, and the electrical terminals structured to be inserted into a receiving socket coupled to a test device; and
a signal processing circuit mounted on the printed circuit board and coupled to the signal pad, the signal processing circuit configured to modify the electrical signal received from the electrical device when the signal lead is attached to the electrical device and pass the modified electrical signal to the test device when the flexible electrical conduit is coupled to the test device at a second end, opposite the first end, of the flexible electrical conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,481,174

SUPERCONDUCTING SCANNING SENSOR FOR NANOMETER SCALE TEMPERATURE IMAGING

YEDA RESEARCH AND DEVELOP...

1. A device for use in thermal microscopy, the device comprising:an elongated support structure having a near end for attachment to an external connection, and a far end;
an electrically conductive cap located at the far end of the support structure;
at least two spaced apart elongated conductive leads extending from the electrically conductive cap along the support structure to the near end thereof and in electrical contact with the electrically conductive cap, wherein the electrically conductive cap and the at least two elongated conductive leads define a path for transmission of electric current through the cap; and
wherein the electrically conductive cap and elongated conductive leads are of a selected material composition such that they are in a superconductive state at a first predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,481,164

METHOD FOR USING LIGHT SCATTERING IN REAL TIME TO DIRECTLY MONITOR AND CONTROL IMPURITY REMOVAL IN PURIFICATION PROCESSES

AMGEN INC., Thousand Oak...

1. A method for controlling levels of biological impurities in an elution pool from a cation exchange chromatography resin comprising:loading a mixture containing a recombinant protein and biological impurities on to a cation exchange chromatography resin;
eluting by a salt gradient the recombinant protein from the cation exchange chromatography resin;
measuring the intensity of light scattered by the eluate with a laser light scattering detector to obtain a light scattering (LS) signal;
measuring the absorbance of the eluate with an ultraviolet (UV) absorbance detector to obtain an absorbance signal;
calculating a ratio of the LS signal to the absorbance signal for each elution fraction to obtain a LS/UV fraction ratio;
monitoring in real time during the elution of the recombinant protein the LS/UV fraction ratio over time for each elution fraction, wherein an increase in the LS/UV fraction ratio over time indicates an increase in the levels of biological impurities in the elution pool; and
terminating the elution when an increase in the LS/UV fraction ratio over time is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,481,154

BIOMARKER DETECTION AND SELF-SEPARATION OF SERUM DURING CAPILLARY FLOW

New Jersey Institute of T...

1. A method of using a biomarker detection and serum self-separation device, comprising:providing a single micro biochip having a molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) that is used as an artificial antibody to sense an antigen/antibody (AG/AB) interaction, wherein the MIP is disposed unto an interdigitated electrode that is part of a nano circuit on the biochip, and the biochip is a self-evaluation device that functions by itself without any aid of external devices;
placing a biofluid sample containing an antigen on the biochip;
detecting the AG/AB interaction of a biomarker with the MIP using an electrical signal output with a hybrid method utilizing at least a variation of capacitance charge;
diagnosing a disease in the biofluid sample; and
determining a severity of the disease is sensed depending on intensity of the signal output.

US Pat. No. 10,481,139

DMD BASED UV ABSORPTION DETECTOR FOR LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY

WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A detector for liquid chromatography comprising:a light delivery system comprising a light source that emits light having a plurality of wavelengths; and
a wavelength selection module optically coupled to the light delivery system, the wavelength selection module comprising:
a digital micro-mirror device configurable as a variable slit and having a plurality of micro-mirrors each controllable to direct light along a first optical path to a beam dump or to direct light along a second optical path, wherein dimensions of the variable slit are determined by the micro-mirrors directing light along the second optical path; and
a spectrally dispersive optical element to receive light and provide diffracted light having a linear dispersion of the wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 10,481,137

CHROMATOGRAPHIC SYSTEM TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Valco Instruments Company...

1. A chromatographic temperature control system, comprising:a processor, a first electrically-controlled heating element output, a second electrically-controlled heating element output, a first temperature sensor input, and a second temperature sensor input;
the processor adapted to receive a first temperature sensor signal at the first temperature sensor input and to construct a first actual time-temperature profile;
the processor adapted to receive a second temperature sensor signal at the second temperature sensor input and to construct a second actual time-temperature profile;
the processor adapted to receive a first time-temperature profile for a first chromatographic component;
the processor adapted to receive a second time-temperature profile for a second chromatographic component selected from the group of the first time-temperature profile and a first actual time-temperature profile of the first chromatographic component;
the processor having a first power supply control for controlling a first output from a power supply to the first electrically-controlled heating element output;
the processor having a second power supply control for controlling a second output from the power supply to the second electrically-controlled heating element output;
the processor adapted to alter the first output from the power supply so the first actual time-temperature profile approaches the first time-temperature profile; and
the processor adapted to alter the second output from the power supply so the second actual time-temperature profile approaches the second time-temperature profile.

US Pat. No. 10,481,135

SEPARATION DEVICES AND SENSORS INCLUDING TWO DIMENSIONAL MATERIALS THAT CHANGE PROPERTIES WHEN EXPOSED TO COMPONENTS SEPARATED FROM A SAMPLE

HOWARD UNIVERSITY, Washi...

1. A detection and separation device configured to separate and detect multiple individual components in a sample, the device comprising:a separation device having at least one inlet configured to receive the sample and at least one outlet configured to permit outflow of the multiple individual components of the sample from the separation device; and
at least one detector comprising at least one sensor configured to detect volatilized components of the sample when the sensor is exposed to an individual component received from the separation device, the sensor including at least one material selected from the group consisting of a two dimensional material, a substantially two dimensional material, and combinations thereof, the sensor having one or more channels formed in the at least one material, the sensor configured to sense a property which changes at least 3% when the at least one material is exposed to a component forming not more than about one pico gram of the sample, and the sensor configured to sense a property which changes at least 3% when the at least one material is exposed to a component forming not more than about 3 ppb of the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,481,130

AIRCRAFT HEALTH AND USAGE MONITORING SYSTEM AND TRIGGERING METHOD

SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS UK...

1. An aircraft health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) comprising:one or more monitoring sensors arranged to be coupled to an aircraft subassembly to monitor the health of one or more parts of the subassembly; and
a trigger subsystem comprising:
a sound transducer arranged to capture sounds propagating through a fluid medium distinct from the aircraft subassembly; and
a processor, the processor being coupled to the sound transducer to extract sound information from sound signals generated by the sound transducer and being coupled to the monitoring sensors to provide control commands to the monitoring sensors, the processor being configured to:
provide a first control command to the monitoring sensors in response to a first criteria having been met, the first criteria comprising registering first sound information;
wherein the first control command is an activation command which causes the monitoring sensors to activate from a completely non-operational state to start monitoring the condition of the subassembly; and
wherein the first sound information comprises a sound signature or frequency spectra of a first one of the following aircraft events: landing gear bay door(s) opening or closing; landing gear up-lock or down-lock engaging; aircraft touchdown; aircraft taxiing; aircraft coming to rest; aircraft engines on or off; towing vehicle maneuvering; aircraft take-off; and landing gear retracted.

US Pat. No. 10,481,118

HYDROGEN SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

1. A hydrogen sensor comprising electrodes and a sensing part positioned between the electrodes, wherein electrical resistance of the sensing part changes with changes in hole concentration, wherein the sensing part comprises:a P-type silicon nanowire array comprising a plurality of P-type silicon nanowires; and
a hydrogenation catalyst formed directly on the entire surface of the P-type silicon nanowires to form a core-shell structure and having a thickness of 1 nm to 20 nm,
wherein the hydrogenation catalyst is configured to be reduced into a metal hydride (MHx) to form a Schottky contact between the P-type silicon nanowires and the hydrogenation catalyst, and to form a work function of the metal hydride a negative number when exposed to hydrogen such that holes inside the plurality of P-type silicon nanowires are neutralized, and
wherein a Schottky barrier is formed by a difference between the work function of the metal hydride and the work function of the P-type silicon nanowires, and decreases a current.

US Pat. No. 10,481,116

HIGH RESOLUTION INSPECTION DEVICE FOR CASTING DEFECTS USING IR IMAGING

BAE Systems Information a...

1. A system for high definition thermal imaging for industrial inspection applications, said system comprising:a single channel, uncooled thermal sensor in a camera, wherein the sensor has low noise characteristics;
a cable connected to the camera, wherein the cable provides power to the camera and image data from the camera;
a controller with enhanced real time image processing software connected to the camera through the cable for processing the image data from the camera;
wherein the enhanced real time image processing software includes a plurality of preset filters that are user selectable;
wherein the preset filters include a spatial band-pass filter and a scene based noise suppression system for removing low frequency spatial noise and high frequency spatial noise; and
a unit under test that is subjected to a thermal gradient, wherein the camera produces at least one thermal gradient image of a subsurface of the unit under test, wherein the thermal gradient represents temperatures at least one of above or below ambient and the image is used to inspect the unit under test, and wherein the system operates at a working distance of less than about two feet.

US Pat. No. 10,481,107

SCANNING INSTRUMENT

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. A sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus for measuring the attenuation of gamma radiation passing from a source of gamma radiation along a radiation path through a sub-sea pipeline to a radiation detector comprising:a) the source of gamma radiation;
b) the radiation detector, which is capable of detecting gamma radiation emitted by said source and passed through the sub-sea pipeline,
wherein the sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus is configured to rotate the source and the at least one radiation detector around the sub-sea pipeline while maintaining the source and the at least one radiation detector in a fixed relationship to each other;
c) a data processor associated with said at radiation detector configured to calculate a property of a material present in a linear radiation path between said source and said radiation detector;
wherein said sub-sea pipeline scanning apparatus further comprises:
a first spacer mounted in a fixed relationship with respect to the source and positioned, between the source and the sub-sea pipeline to be scanned; and
a second spacer mounted in a fixed relationship with respect to the radiation detector and positioned, between the radiation detector and the sub-sea pipeline;
wherein said first and second spacers are rotatable around the sub-sea pipeline with the source and the radiation detector, and said first and second spacers each define a space which is capable of excluding water and have an average density which is less than 1 gcm?3.

US Pat. No. 10,481,105

MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING YIELD OF A HARVESTED CROP

1. A measurement device comprising:a transmitter for providing a transmitted signal at a frequency;
a transmitting antenna comprising a radiating element separated from a first ground plane by a first dielectric layer, the transmitter providing the transmitted signal to the transmitting antenna;
a receiving antenna comprising a receiving element separated from a second ground plane by a second dielectric layer, the receiving antenna arranged to receive the transmitted signal;
a receiver for receiving the transmitted signal from the receiving antenna; and
an electronic data processor for measuring an observed parameter of the transmitted signal between the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna to estimate a yield of a harvested crop for a row or section of crop within the swath of a harvesting machine, where the observed parameter comprises observed attenuation, phase or both.

US Pat. No. 10,481,092

MULTIPLEXED EXCITATION EMISSION MATRIX SPECTROSCOPY

1. An excitation emission matrix (EEM) spectrometer, comprising:at least one excitation light source that produces an excitation light spectrum;
a multiplexer that:
divides the excitation light spectrum into a plurality of discrete excitation wavelength ranges;
selects three or more discrete excitation wavelength ranges from the plurality of discrete excitation wavelength ranges while rejecting remaining discrete excitation wavelength ranges; and
encodes the selected three or more discrete excitation wavelength ranges according to a binary function;
a conduit that conducts the encoded three or more discrete excitation wavelength ranges to a sample;
a conduit that conducts an encoded emitted light from the sample;
a spectrometer that detects the encoded emitted light and resolves a spectrum of the encoded emitted light; and
a demultiplexer that decodes the encoded three or more discrete excitation wavelength ranges in the emitted light spectrum according to the binary function to produce an output EEM spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,481,090

PLASMONIC NON-DISPERSIVE INFRARED GAS SENSORS

International Business Ma...

13. A method for analyzing a target gas, comprising the steps of:illuminating the target gas with light from a light source, wherein the light is incident on a plasmonic resonance detector comprising a differential plasmon resonator array having at least one first set of plasmonic resonators interwoven with at least one second set of plasmonic resonators, wherein the at least one first set of plasmonic resonators is configured to be resonant with the light at a first wavelength corresponding to a peak absorption wavelength of the target gas, wherein the at least one second set of plasmonic resonators is configured to be resonant with the light at a second wavelength corresponding to a reference wavelength, wherein the differential plasmon resonator array comprises a first set of ribbons of carbon nanotubes having a length L1 interwoven with a second set of ribbons of carbon nanotubes having a length L2, wherein the carbon nanotubes of the length L1 are configured to be resonant with the light at the first wavelength, and wherein the carbon nanotubes of the length L2 are configured to be resonant with the light at the second wavelength;
absorbing the light by the at least one first set of plasmonic resonators and the at least one second set of plasmonic resonators, wherein the light at the first wavelength incident on the at least one first set of plasmonic resonators is dependent on an amount of the light at the first wavelength absorbed by the target gas;
generating a photocurrent signal I1 in the at least one first set of plasmonic resonators and a photocurrent signal I2 in the at least one second set of plasmonic resonators; and
determining a concentration of the target gas using I1-I2.

US Pat. No. 10,481,079

PATH LENGTH CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thermo Electron Scientifi...

1. A path length calibration system, comprising:a swing arm coupled to a first surface;
a base coupled to a second surface configured to receive the sample;
a position sensor system comprising a first component coupled to the swing arm and a second component coupled to the base, wherein the position sensor system is configured to provide an output voltage when the swing arm is in a down position; and
a processor configured to calibrate a zero path length using the output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,481,067

DETECTING AND LOCATING FLUID FLOW IN SUBTERRANEAN ROCK FORMATIONS

Sigma Cubed Inc., Housto...

1. A method, comprising: placing a plurality of sensors into a subsurface underneath of at least one surface facility at a respective plurality of subsurface positions in the subsurface; performing, by the at least one surface facility, an initial fracture stimulation treatment, comprising: i) injecting, by the at least one surface facility, at least one fluid, through one or more wellbores, at one or more subsurface positions associated with a reservoir of hydrocarbons; ii) acquiring, by a processor, for a duration of at least 10 minutes, a plurality of seismic traces from the plurality of sensors located in the subsurface to form seismic data; wherein the plurality of seismic traces has respective amplitudes that are lower than amplitudes of seismic waves caused by a microseismic event; iii) computing, by the processor, from the seismic data, seismic wave travel times between the one or more subsurface positions within the subsurface and a subset of the plurality of sensors located at a respective plurality of sensor subsurface positions in the subsurface; iv) computing, by the processor, from the computed seismic wave travel times, seismic wave travel time differences between the subset of the plurality of sensors located at the respective plurality of sensor subsurface positions in the subsurface and the one or more subsurface positions; v) determining, by the processor, seismic data similarity coefficients associated with the one or more subsurface positions based at least in part on the computed seismic wave travel time differences; vi) determining, by the processor, based at least in part on the determined seismic data similarity coefficients, a fluid flow seismic signal value associated with the one or more subsurface positions; wherein the fluid flow seismic signal value is distinct from seismic event data resulting from a tensile failure; vii) determining, by the processor, at least one position of a fluid front of the at least one fluid moving through the subsurface based at least in part on the fluid flow seismic signal value associated with the one or more subsurface positions; and performing, by the at least one surface facility, based at least in part on the at least one position of the fluid front of the at least one fluid moving through the subsurface, one or more remedial activities to drain one or more parts of the reservoir of hydrocarbons that are not fractured by the initial fracture stimulation treatment, wherein the one or more remedial activities comprise i) drilling one or more additional wellbores at one or more additional subsurface positions associated with the one or more parts of the reservoir of hydrocarbons and ii) performing one or more subsequent fracture stimulation treatments, wherein the at least one or more remedial activities further comprise: i) adjusting a fluid saturation of the at least one fluid, and ii) adjusting a pressure under which the at least one fluid is injected.

US Pat. No. 10,481,065

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EXHAUST PARTICULATE MATTER SENSING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:flowing exhaust gas proximal to a central axis of an exhaust passage through a first opening of a cone-shaped soot sensor; expelling a first portion of the exhaust gas through a second opening directly across the first opening, and diverting a second portion of the exhaust gas around flow diverters spaced about electrodes distal to the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,481,057

MECHANICAL TESTING EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION

1. A mechanical testing apparatus for a specimen, the mechanical testing apparatus comprising:a drop table system having a drop carriage; and
a Hopkinson bar positioned parallel to a motion of the drop carriage and connected to the drop table system by the specimen;
wherein the drop table system comprises:
an impact plate having a threaded hole configured to hold a first end of the specimen, wherein the drop carriage is configured to move towards the impact plate;
an impactor connected to the drop carriage, the impactor configured to strike a pulse shaper associated with the impact plate;
an accelerometer connected to the impact plate;
a plurality of guide rods extending through the impact plate;
a plurality of springs surrounding each of the plurality of guide rods;
a bottom plate connected to the plurality of guide rods; and
a bumper connected to the bottom plate, wherein the bumper is configured to absorb momentum and stop the impact plate.

US Pat. No. 10,481,050

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TESTING SURFACES FOR CONTAMINANTS

DEFELKSO CORPORATION, Og...

1. An apparatus for facilitating testing a surface for contaminants, the apparatus comprising:an overlay comprising at least one overhang configured to apply pressure onto a complementary surface of a test chamber, and an overlay orifice; and
the test chamber comprising the complementary surface configured to receive the pressure applied by the overlay, an inner circumferential wall, an upper test chamber surface extending opposite the surface to be tested, and a test chamber orifice, the inner circumferential wall and the upper test chamber surface defining a void of a particular volume formed between the test chamber and the surface;
wherein the overlay orifice and the test chamber orifice define a path from an external circumferential wall of the overlay to the inner circumferential wall of the test chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,481,037

METHOD FOR DETECTING DETERIORATION DEFECT OF STRUCTURAL PART

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A method for detecting deterioration defect of a structural part, comprising:detecting a waveform of time domain of the structural part by a sensor disposed on the structural part;
performing a conversion of time domain to frequency domain for the waveform of time domain by a processor electrically connected to the sensor so as to obtain an actual modal parameter of each of a plurality of modals related to a waveform of frequency domain of the structural part;
comparing the actual modal parameter of each of the plurality of modals to modal parameter information stored in a database to determine whether a deterioration defect exists in the structural part; and
determining a degree and a position of the deterioration defect when the deterioration defect exists in the structural part;
wherein the modal parameter information comprises sets of comparison modal parameters, and each of the sets of comparison modal parameters indicates a respective one of the deterioration defect of the position and other deterioration defects of other positions in the structural part.

US Pat. No. 10,481,034

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ABNORMAL OPERATION OF A ROTOR

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. An apparatus for diagnosing abnormal operation of a rotor having a shaft configured to be axially rotated, the apparatus comprising:a display circumferentially arranged at regular intervals around the rotor and configured to display a rotor status at any of a plurality of angular positions of the rotor with respect to a specific axial position of the shaft;
a first sensor provided in a bearing mount supporting the shaft at the specific axial position to detect vibration occurring in the rotor at the specific axial position while the shaft axially rotates and to generate a vibration signal indicative of rotor acceleration over time;
a second sensor installed at a location radially relative to the specific position of the first sensor to generate a periodic pulse signal over time, the generated periodic pulse signal including a periodic pulse for each rotation of the shaft; and
a controller configured to
determine the detected vibration to be an abnormal vibration when the vibration signal includes an aperiodic pulse signal, and
control the display to display the rotor status at an angular position among the plurality of angular positions based on a timing of the abnormal vibration with respect to the periodic pulse signal.

US Pat. No. 10,481,033

DIAGNOSING CYLINDER PRESSURE SENSOR GAIN AND OFFSET

Cummins, Inc., Columbus,...

7. A method, comprising:determining a reference in-cylinder pressure for a cylinder of an engine based on an ambient pressure measured at a location external to the engine and an air intake system;
measuring an actual in-cylinder pressure of the cylinder of the engine with a cylinder pressure sensor while the engine is keyed on and a crankshaft of the engine is not rotating;
determining an offset of the cylinder pressure sensor based on the reference in-cylinder pressure and the actual in-cylinder pressure;
comparing the offset of the cylinder pressure sensor to a threshold offset;
providing an offset error notification responsive to the offset of the cylinder pressure sensor being greater than the threshold offset; and
determining a gain of the cylinder pressure sensor while the engine is keyed on, the crankshaft of the engine is rotating, and the engine is not firing.

US Pat. No. 10,481,017

TEMPERATURE PROBE

Ansaldo Energia Switzerla...

1. A temperature probe for determining a temperature in a gas flow, the probe comprising:a probe body;
and at least two temperature sensors wherein a first temperature sensor is provided as a free flow temperature sensor to measure a free flow temperature of the gas flow and a second temperature sensor is provided as a total temperature sensor to measure a total temperature of the gas flow:
wherein the probe body is shaped to provide a flow stagnation area, the flow stagnation area being provided and configured to convert at least 90% of kinetic energy of an incoming flow into thermal energy, wherein the second temperature sensor is located in a gas volume in said stagnation area; and
wherein the stagnation area is provided as a stagnation cavity in the probe body, the stagnation cavity being provided as a blind cavity and the stagnation cavity opening out to an exterior of the probe body with a flow receiving opening, the flow receiving opening being provided at one end of the stagnation cavity and a blind end being provided on an opposite end of the stagnation cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,481,014

ADAPTIVE THROTTLING

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first adaptive filter configured to determine an estimated magnitude of a control signal associated with a control measure based on a magnitude of a signal from a sensor, wherein the signal from the sensor is indicative of operating temperature of a memory system;
a second adaptive filter configured to determine an estimated operating temperature based on a magnitude of the control signal;
a filter configured to determine a change magnitude of the control signal based on a difference between the magnitude of the signal from the sensor and a threshold operating temperature; and
a third adaptive filter configured to determine a throttle rate at which to apply the control signal based on a change magnitude of the control signal,
wherein the first adaptive filter, the second adaptive, and the third adaptive filter are configured to use a same adaptation algorithm.

US Pat. No. 10,481,011

TEMPERATURE PROBE

AKWEL SA, Champfromier (...

1. A temperature probe comprising a thermistor provided with a heat-sensitive element connected to two electrically-conductive output wires, said temperature probe configured to be immersed into a fluid and measure a temperature thereof, wherein said temperature probe comprises two electrically-conductive metal blades presenting proximal end portions connected by welding to the respective electrically-conductive output wires and supporting said heat-sensitive element at a distance from said proximal end portions, and wherein said temperature probe further comprises a plunger body made of a plastic material overmolded by injection at least around the proximal end portions of the electrically-conductive metal blades, the electrically-conductive output wires and the heat-sensitive element, said plunger body presenting an end portion overmolded directly all around the heat-sensitive element, said heat-sensitive element being wrapped only by said plunger body, said plunger body configured to plunge into the fluid,wherein the electrically-conductive metal blades support the electrically-conductive output wires and the heat-sensitive element is carried in a cantilever fashion at a distance from the proximal end portions of the electrically-conductive metal blades, such that the heat-sensitive element is maintained at a distance from the electrically-conductive metal blades and the heat-sensitive element is released from any external element therearound, with the exception of the electrically-conductive output wires which come out of the heat-sensitive element and the plunger body which is overmolded around the heat-sensitive element.

US Pat. No. 10,481,001

OPTICAL SPECTRUM MEASURING APPARATUS AND OPTICAL SPECTRUM MEASURING METHOD

Otsuka Electronics Co., L...

1. An optical spectrum measuring apparatus comprising:a CCD (Charge Coupled Device) detector including a plurality of light-receiving devices that are two-dimensionally arranged;
an optical system configured to split incident light into rays and irradiate the CCD detector with the rays; and
a restriction unit configured to restrict one or more rows and/or one or more columns out of the rows and columns of the plurality of light-receiving devices from being irradiated with light from the optical system;
wherein a restriction target that is to be restricted by the restriction unit is set based on a condition regarding spectrum measurement;
each of the rays, resulting from the splitting of incident light performed by the optical system and having different wavelengths, enters a column corresponding thereto, and
the number of rows that are the restriction targets is set based on the time required for the CCD detector to measure one optical spectrum and/or the amount of light that is to be detected by the CCD detector.

US Pat. No. 10,480,995

INFRARED DETECTION DEVICE

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An infrared detecting device comprising:an infrared detecting element including a semiconductor substrate in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged;
a signal processing board including a plurality of signal processing circuits configured to process signals output from the plurality of pixels, the signal processing board being disposed to oppose the semiconductor substrate; and
a heat-conducting layer disposed in the signal processing board, wherein
the signal processing board includes an element placement area where the infrared detecting element is placed, and a circuit placement area positioned outside the element placement area to surround the element placement area when viewed from a direction orthogonal to the signal processing board, and includes a plurality of insulating layers stacked on a surface side opposing the semiconductor substrate,
in the element placement area, a plurality of electrodes electrically connected to a corresponding pixel of the plurality of pixels are arranged,
the plurality of signal processing circuits are placed only in the circuit placement area to surround the element placement area, each signal processing circuit being electrically connected to a corresponding electrode of the plurality of electrodes though a conductive line,
the signal processing board is configured to output a signal output from the pixel to the signal processing circuit though the electrode and conductive line corresponding the pixel, and
the heat-conducting layer is placed to be positioned on at least one of the plurality of insulating layers and in the element placement area, and has a heat conductivity that is higher than a heat conductivity of the plurality of insulating layers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,994

ELECTRONIC HOUSING INCLUDING A GROOVED COVER

STMicroelectronics (Greno...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a support plate having a front mounting face;
at least one microchip having a rear face attached to the front mounting face of the support plate and having a front face;
an encapsulation cover for said at least one microchip, the encapsulation cover including a peripheral wall, a front wall and an inside partition passing locally above said at least one microchip and delimiting two cavities; and
a bonding material interposed between the support plate and the peripheral wall so as to attach the peripheral wall to the support plate and further interposed between the at least one microchip and the inside partition of the cover so as to attach the inside partition to the front face of the at least one microchip;
wherein at least an end part of the inside partition of the encapsulation cover adjacent to the front face of the at least one microchip includes at least one accumulation and containment recess configured to at least partly receive the bonding material; and
wherein said at least one microchip includes light radiation sensors located on opposite sides of said inside partition, wherein the front wall of the encapsulation cover includes a first opening facing a sensor located in one of the two cavities, and wherein another of the two cavities includes another microchip attached to the support plate, this another microchip including a light radiation emitter, and wherein the front wall of the encapsulation cover further includes a second opening facing the light radiation emitter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,991

DEVICE FOR THE QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF DEBRIS PRODUCED WHILE DRILLING A WELL

Geolog Americans Inc., H...

1. A device comprising:a frame;
a tray supported by said frame;
a measurement device configured to weigh debris loaded on said tray;
wherein the tray has a front end and a rear end;
wherein the tray has a first side and a second side each extending from said front end to said rear end;
wherein said first side has a first protrusion and a second protrusion;
the device further comprising a movement member configured to make the first protrusion follow a first trajectory;
the device further comprising a guide configured to make the second protrusion follow a second trajectory while the first protrusion is moved along said first trajectory;
wherein said movement member is configured to act on said first protrusion so as to roto-translate said tray between a first position, wherein the tray is configured to carry debris to be weighted, and a second position wherein said tray is configured to discharge said debris,
wherein said movement member comprises:
a shaft, rotatably mounted on said frame;
an arm, having a first end mounted on said shaft and a second end hinged to said first protrusion; and
an actuator configured to rotate said shaft around its longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,987

CALIBRATING AN ELECTROMECHANICAL FILL-LEVEL MEASURING DEVICE

1. An electromechanical fill-level measuring device, comprising:at least one displacement element, which is connected by means of a measurement wire windably at least with a measurement drum;
at least one measuring shaft, with which said measurement drum is mechanically fixedly connected, wherein the shaft is held rotatably in at least one rotary bearing;
at least one weight measuring system, which ascertains the effective weight of said displacement element and said measurement wire; and
a servomotor, which is coupled with said measuring shaft and which rotates said measuring shaft corresponding to an ascertained weight measurement, so that an ascertaining of the relative movement of said measurement drum produced by a change of the liquid level to be measured is provided, wherein:
a calibration mode of said weight measuring system of the electromechanical fill-level measuring device is provided, in which a plurality of freely hanging displacement elements with defined mass, each having a different mass, are provided for ascertaining their weights on said measurement wire; and
after each change of the freely hanging displacement elements with defined mass a predefined rotational movement of said measurement drum is provided, and their ascertained weights are provided as calibration values for the weight measuring system.

US Pat. No. 10,480,986

AIRCRAFT FUEL MEASUREMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft fuel tank system, comprising:a fuel tank;
an array of sensors;
a light source arranged to illuminate a surface of a liquid fuel in the fuel tank with light so that the light is reflected or scattered by the surface of the fuel onto the array of sensors, the light travelling to and from the surface of the fuel via a measurement path containing a transmission medium, wherein the light source is also arranged to illuminate at least one sensor of the array of sensors with light via a reference path containing a transmission medium with substantially the same refractive index as the transmission medium in the measurement path, the reference path having a known reference distance which does not vary in accordance with the quantity of the fuel; and
a processing system arranged to determine a measured time of flight of the light which travels via the measurement path to each sensor of the array of sensors, measure a reference time of flight of the light which travels via the reference path to said at least one sensor, and estimate the quantity of the fuel in the fuel tank in accordance with the measured times of flight, the reference time of flight and the known reference distance,
a reflector mounted in fixed relation to the array of sensors, so that the light travelling via the reference path is reflected onto said at least one sensor by the reflector,
wherein the reflector is a semi-transparent window arranged such that some of the light from the light source is transmitted through the semi-transparent window and illuminates the surface of the fuel to provide the measurement path, and some of the light from the light source is reflected by the semi-transparent window onto said at least one sensor to provide the reference path.

US Pat. No. 10,480,981

SELF-DRAINING MOUNT HEAD FOR TRANSMITTER

DIETERICH STANDARD, INC.,...

1. A self-draining transmitter mount head, comprising:a head body;
a transmitter process coupling port in the head body;
an impulse port in the head body;
an impulse passage coupled to the impulse port;
an impulse drain passage coupled between the transmitter process coupling port and the impulse passage, the impulse drain passage positioned at an angle to the impulse passage, and relative to a head installation angle that positions the impulse drain passage to drain away from the transmitter process coupling port through a range of head installation angles;
a drain/vent port in the head body, the drain/vent port coupled to the impulse passage, wherein the impulse passage is coupled in a straight line between the drain/vent port and the impulse port;
a removable drain/vent plug configured to seal the drain/vent port; and
a drain/vent passage coupled between the drain/vent port and the impulse passage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,974

COMPOSITE MEMS FLOW SENSOR ON SILICON-ON-INSULATOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

SIARGO LTd., Santa Clara...

1. A MEMS silicon composite flow sensor comprising:one silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate;
one suspended thermally isolated membrane across over an underneath cavity formed by a backside silicon bulk etching; wherein the suspended thermally isolated membrane is composed of three layers from bottom to top with an order of silicon dioxide, silicon, and silicon nitride;
one micro-heater thermistor which is disposed centrally on top of the suspending thermally isolated membrane and used as a heating source;
two calorimetric sensing thermistors which are disposed on top of the suspended thermally isolated membrane and on upstream and downstream locations along a flow direction respective to the micro-heater thermistor;
two time-of-flight sensing thermistors which are disposed on top of the suspended thermally isolated membrane and on upstream and downstream locations along the flow direction respectively to the micro-heater thermistor; and
one ambient temperature sensing thermistor which is disposed on an area other than the suspended thermally isolated membrane of the silicon-on-insulator substrate;
wherein the two calorimetric sensing thermistors and the two time-of-flight sensing thermistors are connected to a control electronics circuit, the control electronics circuit including one microcontroller, two demodulators, and flash memory to control the micro-heater thermistor and collect sensing signals from the calorimetric and time-of-flight sensing thermistors, and wherein the two calorimetric sensing thermistors along with two external resistors in the control electronics circuit are combined to form a Wheatstone bridge;
wherein the MEMS silicon composite flow sensor utilizes the control electronics circuit and the two calorimetric sensing thermistors along with the micro-heater thermistor to measure a mass flow rate of flow medium by elevating the micro-heater thermistor to a constant temperature; wherein an unbalanced temperature distribution due to flow movement will render a resistance difference between the two calorimetric sensing thermistors; and wherein the resistance difference will unbalance the Wheatstone bridge and generate a voltage output which can be utilized to determine the mass flow rate;
wherein the MEMS silicon composite flow sensors utilizes the control electronics circuit and the two time-of-flight sensing thermistors along with the micro-heater thermistor to measure a volume flow rate of the flow medium by measuring a phase shift of a heat wave received on each of the time-of-flight sensing thermistors; wherein the heat wave is a sinusoidal function wave generated by the micro-heater thermistor; and wherein a difference of the received phase shift signals of the heat wave on each of the time-of-flight sensing thermistors is processed by the demodulators of the control electronics circuit, and the difference can be used to determine the volumetric flow rate; and
wherein the ambient temperature sensing thermistor is used to measure a flow medium temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,480,969

FIELD DEVICE OF MEASURING- AND AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY

1. A field device of measuring- and automation technology, comprising:a modular housing having at least a first housing module having at least a first housing chamber and a second housing module having at least a second housing chamber, wherein said first housing module is connectable with said second housing module via at least one pluggable connector coupling, wherein said at least one pluggable connector coupling has a first coupling element and a second coupling element;
a sensor system for registering a measured variable dependent effect;
an excitation unit for producing the measured variable dependent effect registrable by said sensor system; and
an electronic operating circuit electrically coupled with said sensor system and with said excitation unit, wherein:
said electronic operating circuit is arranged in said first housing module;
said sensor system and said excitation unit are arranged at least partially in said second housing module;
an electrical coupling of said excitation unit and said sensor system with said operating electronics is assured by said at least one pluggable connector coupling;
said first coupling element and said second coupling element each have at least one contacting element for establishing an electrical coupling by bringing together said at least one contacting element of said first coupling element with said at least one contacting element of said second coupling element;
a free volume remaining between said first coupling elements and said second coupling element after the bringing together of said first coupling element with said second coupling element is at least partially filled by a sealing element, said sealing element seals at least one pair of contacting elements for establishing an electrical connection completely from said remaining volume;
wherein said excitation unit is a magnet system for producing a measuring tube vibration in a Coriolis flow measuring device; and said sensor system is a magnet system for registering a measuring tube vibration in a Coriolis flow measuring device; or
wherein said excitation unit is a magnet system for producing an induced voltage in a medium in a magneto-inductive flow measuring device and wherein said sensor system is arranged for registering said induced voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,480,965

SURFACE MEASURING DEVICE

JENOPTIK Industrial Metro...

1. A surface measuring device for measuring a surface of a workpiece comprising:a) a device base body;
b) a measuring probe that by means of a feed apparatus is movable along a feed axis relative to a workpiece to be measured, the measuring probe having a probe base body on which a probe element, for scanning the workpiece in the direction of the feed axis, is situated, the measuring probe being connected to the device base body via the feed apparatus and being deflectable along a measuring axis;
c) an oscillation damper is associated with the measuring probe and is configured for oscillation rate-dependent damping of oscillations of the probe base body, and is active between the probe base body and the device base body;
d) the feed axis is perpendicular to the measuring axis;
e) the oscillation damper has an eddy current brake that acts between the probe base body and the device base body; and
f) the eddy current brake is configured for asymmetrical action, such that the damping effect of the eddy current brake is stronger in the direction along the measuring axis than in the direction along the feed axis.

US Pat. No. 10,480,962

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR IN A HOUSING

CAPSULE TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. An electronic device comprising:a capacitive sensor including a capacitor having at least one sensor electrode;
a housing that encloses the capacitive sensor and having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, wherein at least a first portion of the housing includes an electrically insulating material and at least a second portion of the housing includes a partially conductive material, wherein the at least one sensor electrode is in conductive contact with the second portion of the housing and separated from the outer surface by the housing; and
a controller coupled to the capacitive sensor, wherein:
the controller is configured to determine whether the electronic device is in contact or in close proximity to an object based at least in part on a rate of capacitance charge of the capacitor when the capacitive sensor is energized,
when the controller determines the electronic device is in contact or in close proximity to an object, the controller activates an active power mode of the electronic device, and
when the controller determines the electronic device is not in contact or in close proximity to an object, the controller activates a low-power mode of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,480,960

HOLLOW CORE MAGNETIC POSITION SENSOR

Littelfuse, Inc., Chicag...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a hollow waveguide;
a magnet disposed in the hollow waveguide;
a rod disposed in the hollow waveguide and coupled directly to the magnet, wherein the rod is axially movable relative to the hollow waveguide for moving the magnet relative to the hollow waveguide; and
a signal transceiver disposed outside of the hollow waveguide and coupled to the hollow waveguide, the signal transceiver to sense a magnetic field associated with the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,480,959

MEDICAL DEVICE POSITION LOCATION SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A medical device locating system for determining a disposition of a sensor in a subject, the system comprising:an array of three or more quadruplet drive coil sets, each of the quadruplet drive coil sets including at least four discrete drive coils, wherein
at least two of the discrete drive coils in each of the quadruplet drive coil sets are arranged perpendicularly relative to each other in one or more of an x-y, x-z, or y-z array, and at least two of the discrete drive coils in the same quadruplet drive coil set are arranged perpendicularly relative to each other and geometrically oriented off axis respectively at a negative 45 degree angle and a positive 45 degree angle away from the respective x, y, or z axis, each of the discrete drive coils being electromagnetic coils;
at least one moveable sensor coil configured to provide one or more sensor coil response signals;
a driving circuit configured to provide alternating current (AC) drive signals to energize the discrete drive coils, wherein
the driving circuit is configured to provide the AC drive signals by:
sequentially driving one or more of the discrete drive coils within each quadruplet drive coil set; or selectively providing phase inversion of the drive signal to any one or more of the discrete drive coils within each quadruplet drive coil set;
a receiving circuit configured to receive the one or more sensor coil response signals from the at least one moveable sensor coil; and
a processor configured to determine a sensor coil disposition of the at least one moveable sensor coil in the subject relative to the quadruplet drive coil sets based on the one or more sensor coil response signals.

US Pat. No. 10,480,957

MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR TO DETECT DIRECTION OF ANGULAR ROTATION OF A ROTATING MAGNETIC STRUCTURE, SPEED OF THE ROTATING MAGNETIC STRUCTURE OR FAULT

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) comprising:a magnetic field sensor to detect speed and direction of angular rotation of a rotating magnetic structure, the magnetic field sensor comprising:
at least two magnetic field sensing elements configured to sense changes in a magnetic field caused by rotation of the magnetic structure; and
an output port configured to provide an output signal of the magnetic field sensor, the output signal indicating the angular direction and one of the speed or a fault,
wherein the output signal at a first value or at a second value indicating the magnetic structure rotating in a first direction,
wherein the output signal at a third value or at a fourth value indicating the magnetic structure rotating in a second direction opposite the first direction,
wherein no two values of the first value, the second value, the third value or the fourth value are equal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,952

PROBABILISTIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

DiDi Research America, LL...

1. A probabilistic navigation method, comprising:obtaining a map of an environment comprising a plurality of first objects each associated with a probability model, the environment comprising a metropolitan area, and the plurality of first objects including a first static object of the metropolitan area and a first dynamic object of the metropolitan area, the probability model at least describing probability fields of a second object colliding with each of the plurality of first objects, the probability fields decaying away from one or more physical boundaries of each of the plurality of first objects, the density and shape of each the probability fields being based on one or more physical properties of a corresponding first object of the plurality of first objects, the second object comprising an autonomous vehicle;
obtaining one or more global factors, the one or more global factors including a global weather condition;
obtaining one or more local factors, the one or more local factors including a local road condition, the one or more local factors being captured by one or more sensors disposed on the second object;
updating the probability fields of the probability models based on the one or more global factors and the one or more local factors, wherein the global factors relatively apply to all of the first objects, and the local factors apply to a portion of the first objects, wherein at least a first global factor has a first degree of influence for the first static object and the first global factor has a second degree of influence for the first dynamic object, the first degree of influence being different from the second degree of influence, the updating including adjusting a rate of decay for at least one of the probability fields of a corresponding probability of the plurality of probability models; and
determining a navigation for the second object through at least a part of the environment based at least on minimizing a total collision probability of the second object with the plurality of first objects along the navigation according to the updated probability models;
autonomously causing, in response to determining the navigation, the navigation of the second object through at least the part of the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,480,946

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF PROVIDING INFORMATION THEREFOR

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of guiding an inertial driving timing of a vehicle, the method comprising:Storing, by a processor, pass-through speeds for respective deceleration situation types;
Sensing, by a sensor, a deceleration situation on a route;
Calculating, by the processor, a target speed corresponding to a type of the sensed deceleration situation based on the stored pass-through speeds for the respective deceleration situation types; and
Determining, by the processor, an inertial driving guidance timing using the calculated target speed.

US Pat. No. 10,480,945

MULTI-LEVEL LOCATION DISAMBIGUATION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of disambiguating a location of a mobile station within a structure, the method comprising:measuring a first pressure at the mobile station at a first location within the structure;
measuring a second pressure at the mobile station at a second location within the structure;
determining a pressure differential threshold based on the first location within the structure, the pressure differential threshold being indicative of a pressure difference between adjacent vertically displaced floors within the structure, or a substantial portion thereof;
determining, based on the second location relative to a floor transition within the structure, that a pressure differential between the first pressure and the second pressure exceeds the pressure differential threshold; and
in response to the determining that the pressure differential between the first pressure and the second pressure exceeds the pressure differential threshold, disambiguating the location of the mobile station.

US Pat. No. 10,480,944

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL GYROSCOPE WITH COMPENSATION OF QUADRATURE SIGNAL COMPONENTS

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A device, comprising:a supporting body;
a sensing mass coupled to the supporting body and movable with respect to the supporting body according to a driving axis and a sensing axis;
a driving circuit that separately outputs a driving signal, a compensation conversion signal, and a reading conversion signal, the sensing mass receives the driving signal to maintain the sensing mass in oscillation according to the driving axis, the driving circuit including:
a phase-lock loop (PLL) circuit that generates a master clock signal and a quadrature clock signal, the quadrature clock signal being phase-shifted by 90° with respect to the master clock signal;
a controller that generates a control signal based on the quadrature clock signal, the driving circuit configured to generate the driving signal based on the control signal;
an oscillator; and
a clock generator coupled to the PLL circuit and the oscillator, the clock generator configured to generate the compensation conversion signal and the reading conversion signal based on an output of the oscillator and the master clock signal;
a reading circuit coupled to the sensing mass, the reading circuit generates an internal transduction signal representative of a position of the sensing mass according to the sensing axis, receives the reading conversion signal, and generates an output signal representative of an angular speed of the supporting body based on the transduction signal and the reading conversion signal; and
a compensation circuit coupled to the reading circuit in a feedback loop, the compensation circuit receives the transduction signal and the compensation conversion signal, and generates a compensation signal based on the received transduction signal and the compensation conversion signal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,931

DIMENSION MEASURING APPARATUS, INFORMATION READING APPARATUS HAVING MEASURING FUNCTION, AND DIMENSION MEASURING METHOD

OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD....

1. A dimension measuring apparatus, comprising:a laser radiator that radiates a laser beam to form at least two feature points on a first surface of a measurement target object;
a decoder that measures a distance from the measurement target object to the dimension measuring apparatus by using reflection light of the laser beam reflected on the measurement target object;
an image sensor that captures an image of the measurement target object to which the laser beam is radiated; and
a dimension measurer that measures a length of the first surface of the measurement target object on a line connecting the at least two feature points based on the distance from the measurement target object to the dimension measuring apparatus, a position of the measurement target object in the image, and positions of the at least two feature points in the image,
wherein the dimension measuring apparatus moves to another position to measure a length of a second surface of the measurement target object.

US Pat. No. 10,480,927

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

OncoRes Medical Pty Ltd, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography (OCT) system for characterising first and second areas of interest of a material, the OCT system comprising:first and second optical elements in use positioned at the first and second surface areas, respectively, the first and second optical elements being at least partially transmissive for electromagnetic radiation;
a scanning system having first and second optical portions, the first and second scanning portions being positioned at the first and second optical elements, respectively, to receive electromagnetic radiation that has interacted with the material within the first and second regions; and
at least one detector optically coupled to the scanning system;
wherein the first and second optical elements are arranged such that respective reference radiation associated with the first and second optical elements is generated by reflection at interfaces of or at the first and second optical elements, respectively, and the first and second optical elements are arranged or positioned such that an optical path length difference between the reference radiation associated with the first optical element and electromagnetic radiation that interacted with the first region differs from an optical path length difference between the reference radiation associated with the second optical element and electromagnetic radiation that interacted with second region.

US Pat. No. 10,480,919

ADDITION OF A TELEMETRY FUNCTION IN AN ARTILLERY RADAR DEVICE FUZE

LEONARDO S.P.A., Rome (I...

1. A fuze (1) for an explosive weapon, comprising:onboard sensors (8) to monitor operation of the fuze (1) and/or of the explosive weapon,
a radar device (9) to transmit radar signals and receive reflected radar signals, and
an electronic signal processor (10) connected to the onboard sensors (8) and to the radar sensor (9),
the electronic signal processor (10) is programmed to implement a main operating function designed to implement an explosive weapon detonation logic based on received radar signals from the radar device (9) or on signals from the onboard sensors (8);
wherein the electronic signal processor (10) is further programmed to implement a secondary operating function supplementary to the main operating function and comprising a telemetry function designed to determine, based on signals from the onboard sensors (8), and to transmit, via the radar device (9), telemetry data indicative of flight diagnostics of the explosive weapon during flight thereof,
wherein the electronic signal processor (10) is further programmed to allow an implementation mode of the secondary operating function to be programmed, and
wherein the electronic signal processor (10) is further programmed to allow the implementation mode of the secondary operating function to be selected from available implementation modes comprising an implementation mode in which the secondary operating function is implemented in periods of time when the main operating function is not implemented, and an implementation mode in which the secondary operating function is implemented simultaneously with the main operating function.

US Pat. No. 10,480,905

PREDICTIVE SEMI-ACTIVE LASER PULSE CORRELATOR AND METHOD

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A predictive semi-active laser (SAL) pulse correlator, comprising:a history buffer configured to store an indicator for each of a plurality of received pulses;
a match identifier configured to search the history buffer, based on the indicator for each of the plurality of received pulses, for a specified number of pulse matches corresponding to a pulse train match;
a correlation predictor configured to:
generate a TimeLow signal and a TimeHi signal, wherein the TimeLow signal and the TimeHi signal define a time window for the search by the match identifier for each pulse match of the specified number of pulse matches, wherein the TimeLow signal is provided to a low comparator and the TimeHi signal is provided to a high comparator;
initiate the search of the history buffer for the pulse train match; and
after identifying the pulse train match, predict, at a current time, that reception of a pulse during a future interval would verify a correlation of the pulse train match; and
a correlation verifier configured to, in response to receiving the pulse during the future interval predicted by the correlation predictor, verify the correlation by comparing the predicted correlation to the received pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,480,894

COMPOSITE STRING MATERIAL

Hoyt Archery, Inc., Salt...

1. A composite archery string, comprising:a plurality of generally longitudinally arranged load carry structures comprising at least a first structure and a second structure, the first structure having a first length, the second structure having a second length, the first length being different from the second length;
wherein upon application of a first tensile load to the plurality of generally longitudinally arranged load carry structures, the first structure bears a first portion of the first tensile load relative to the second structure;
wherein upon application of a second tensile load to the plurality of generally longitudinal load carry structures, the first structure bears a second portion of the second tensile load relative to the second structure, the second portion being less than the first portion, the second tensile load being greater than the first tensile load.

US Pat. No. 10,480,891

RIFLE AND A FORESTOCK FOR A RIFLE WITH BIPOD

Steadystock NZ Limited, ...

1. A forestock for use in a rifle, wherein the forestock comprises a body and a tip, wherein the tip is configured to hinge downwardly from the forestock body, and wherein the forestock further comprises:a bipod housing comprising at least one bore that extends through the tip and into the body of the stock, and
a bipod comprising at least one leg configured to slide back and forth within the bipod housing between a stored position, in which the leg is substantially held within the housing, and an extended position, in which the leg is substantially retracted from the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,890

QUAD LOCK MULTICALIBER RIFLE RECEIVER WITH LOCKING BARREL

Vincent P. Battaglia, Ea...

1. A rifle comprising:a receiver having a longitudinal axis;
a barrel extension containing a cartridge chamber securable in an end of the receiver along the longitudinal axis, the barrel extension having a depression in the periphery; and
a projection engageable with the receiver and the barrel extension depression, the projection moveable between a lowered, unlocked position away from the longitudinal axis wherein the projection engages the receiver and is out of engagement with the barrel extension depression, leaving the barrel extension free to slide in and out of the receiver, and a raised, locked position toward the longitudinal axis wherein the projection engages the receiver and the barrel extension depression, thereby securing the barrel extension in the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,480,873

FLOW PATH MEMBER, AND ADSORPTION DEVICE AND COOLING DEVICE USING THE SAME

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A flow path member, comprising:a main body containing a ceramic sintered body, and comprising:
an inner wall inside the main body;
a flow path surrounded by the inner wall so as to allow a fluid to flow therethrough in a flow direction, wherein the flow direction is longitudinal along the inner wall, the flow path elongated in the flow direction and comprising a curved section;
a first projection on the inner wall and extending longitudinally along the inner wall, comprising a closed pore inside the first projection; and
a second projection on the inner wall,
wherein the first and second projections are disposed in the curved section, and are separated from each other in the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 10,480,867

COMBINED HEATING POWER AND COOLING APPARATUS WITH ENERGY STORAGE TYPE ADAPTED TO AN ACTIVE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK AND ITS METHOD

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY, Bei...

1. A combined heating power and cooling apparatus with energy storage type adapted for an active distribution network, wherein the apparatus comprises a generation apparatus, a generator, an energy storing electric heat pump, a waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump, a high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a high temperature energy storing canister, a low temperature energy storing canister, a cooling tower, a number of circulating water pumps, and a number of valves, wherein the generation apparatus is connected to the generator to power the generator, and the generator is connected to the energy storing electric heat pump for driving the energy storage electric heat pump to operate; and wherein:a flue gas outlet of the generation apparatus is connected to a generator flue gas inlet of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump, a generator flue gas outlet of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump is connected to a flue gas inlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a flue gas outlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger is connected to a flue gas inlet of the medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a flue gas outlet of the medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger is connected to a flue gas inlet of the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, and a flue gas outlet of the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger is connected to an external environment;
a water side outlet of a first evaporator of the energy storing electric heat pump is connected to a water side inlet of the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger sequentially through a first circulating water pump and a first valve, a water side outlet of the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger is connected to a water side inlet of the first evaporator of the energy storing electric heat pump through a second valve; a water side inlet of a condenser of the energy storing electric heat pump is connected to a water side outlet of the high temperature energy storing canister sequentially through a third valve and a second circulating water pump, and a water side outlet of the condenser of the energy storing electric heat pump is connected to a water side inlet of the high temperature energy storing canister through a fourth valve; a water side inlet of a second evaporator of the energy storing electric heat pump is connected to a water side outlet of the low temperature energy storing canister through a fifth valve, and a water side outlet of the second evaporator of the energy storing electric heat pump is connected to a water side inlet of the low temperature energy storing canister through a third circulating water pump and a sixth valve;
a condenser and absorber side inlet of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump is connected to three inlet branches in parallel, wherein a first inlet branch is connected to a water port of a heat supply, a second inlet branch is connected to a water outlet of the cooling tower through a seventh valve, a third inlet branch is connected to a water supply port of a cooling supply, and the third inlet branch is further connected to four branched inlet branches in parallel, wherein a first branched inlet branch is connected to a water side inlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger through an eighth valve, a second branched inlet branch is connected to the water side inlet of the high temperature energy storing canister sequentially through a ninth valve, a fourth circulating water pump and a tenth valve, a third branched inlet branch is connected to the water side inlet of the low temperature energy storing canister through an eleventh valve, and a fourth branched inlet branch is connected to an outlet of the second valve through a twelfth valve; a condenser and absorber side outlet of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump is connected to three outlet branches in parallel, wherein a first outlet branch is connected to an inlet of the cooling tower through a thirteenth valve, a second outlet branch is connected to a water supply port of heat supply, and a third outlet branch is connected to three branched outlet branches in parallel through a fourteenth valve, wherein a first branched outlet branch is connected to a water side outlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger through a fifteenth valve, a second branched outlet branch is connected to an inlet of the fourth circulating water pump, a third branched outlet branch is connected to an inlet of the eleventh valve, and an inlet of the fourteenth valve is further connected to the water side outlet of the high temperature energy storing canister through a sixteenth valve;
the water side outlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger and a water side outlet of the medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger are connected to a water side inlet of an evaporator of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump sequentially through a seventeenth valve and a fifth circulating water pump; an inlet of the fifth circulating water pump is further respectively connected to three branched branches through an eighteenth valve, wherein a first branched branch is connected to a water port of a cooling supply, a second branched branch is connected to an outlet of the first circulating water pump through a nineteenth valve, and a third branched branch is connected to an outlet of the low temperature energy storing canister sequentially through a twentieth valve and a sixth circulating water pump; and
a water side outlet of the evaporator of the waste heat recovering and absorbing heat pump is connected to inlets of a twenty-first valve and a twenty-second valve in parallel, an outlet of the twenty-first valve is connected to the water supply port of the cooling supply, an outlet of the twenty-second valve is connected to the water side inlet of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a water side inlet of the medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger and a water port for domestic hot water in parallel, and the twenty-second valve is connected to a seventh circulating water pump in series before the water port for domestic hot water; an outlet of the seventh circulating water pump is further connected to the water side inlet of the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, a water supply port for domestic hot water is connected to the water side outlets of the high temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, the medium temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, and the low temperature flue gas-water heat exchanger, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,831

COMPRESSOR BEARING COOLING

Carrier Corporation, Pal...

15. A method for operating a vapor compression system, the vapor compression system comprising:a compressor comprising:
a housing assembly having a suction port and a discharge port and a motor compartment;
an electric motor having a stator within the motor compartment and a rotor within the stator, the rotor being mounted for rotation about a rotor axis;
one or more working elements coupled to the rotor to be driven by the rotor in at least a first condition so as to draw fluid in through the suction port and discharge said fluid out from the discharge port;
one or more bearings supporting the rotor and/or the one or more working elements, and
one or more bearing feed passages coupled to the one or more bearings to pass fluid along a supply flowpath to the one or more bearings;
a mechanical pump positioned to drive fluid along the supply flowpath to the one or more bearings;
a first heat exchanger downstream of the discharge port along a refrigerant primary flowpath in a first operational mode;
an expansion device downstream of the first heat exchanger along the primary flowpath in the first operational mode; and
a second heat exchanger downstream of the expansion device and coupled to the suction port to return refrigerant in the first operational mode; and
an ejector having:
a motive flow inlet, coupled to the mechanical pump to receive refrigerant from the mechanical pump;
a suction flow inlet; and
an outlet,the method comprising:starting the mechanical pump;
after the starting of the mechanical pump, starting the electric motor to draw the fluid in through the suction port and discharge the fluid from the discharge port; and
turning the mechanical pump off while continuing to run the electric motor.

US Pat. No. 10,480,816

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING MOISTURE CARRYOVER IN AIR HANDLERS

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) system, comprising:an air handling unit comprising a blower driving an airflow,
a refrigerant coil, located downstream of the blower with respect to the airflow,
a plurality of diffuser elements disposed between the blower and the refrigerant coil with respect to the airflow, and
one or more drain pans, downstream of the refrigerant coil with respect to the airflow,
wherein the plurality of diffuser elements are arranged in at least two rows of diffuser elements, and, with respect to the refrigerant coil, each row of the at least two rows of diffuser elements is spaced apart from other rows of the at least two rows of diffuser elements.

US Pat. No. 10,480,804

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED DATA STORAGE AND PROCESSING

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system (BMS) comprising:a plurality of device controllers, each configured to monitor and control one or more HVAC devices and to store and process time-series data associated with the one or more HVAC devices;
a BMS database configured to store a master-index comprising a plurality of data source identifiers, each data source identifier of the plurality of data source identifiers linking one of the one or more HVAC devices with one or more device controllers of the plurality of device controllers, wherein the one or more device controllers manage data of the one of the one or more HVAC devices, the master-index identifying the time-series data stored by each of the plurality of device controllers;
a BMS controller communicably coupled to the plurality of device controllers and the BMS database, wherein the BMS controller is configured to:
receive a processing request that requires the time-series data of a particular HVAC device stored by one or more of the plurality of device controllers;
query the master-index of the BMS database to determine the one or more of the plurality of device controllers storing the time-series data required by the processing request based on a data source identifier of the master-index linking the particular HVAC device to the one or more of the plurality of device controllers;
generate one or more processing sub-requests based on the processing request, wherein each processing sub-request is associated with one of the one or more of the plurality of device controllers and comprises a request for one or more processing operations to be performed by the associated device controller on the time-series data stored by the associated device controller;
wherein the associated device controller is configured to handle the associated processing sub-request and provide a processing result to the BMS controller;
wherein the BMS controller is configured to combine processing results from each of the one or more of the plurality of device controllers.

US Pat. No. 10,480,787

COMBUSTOR WALL COOLING CHANNEL FORMED BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A cooled wall for lining a combustor of a gas turbine comprising:an annular outer wall extending axially along a centerline intersecting the geometric center of the gas turbine, wherein the annular outer wall defines a radial passage, and wherein the radial passage extends through the annular outer wall;
a first inner wall spaced radially inward from the annular outer wall with respect to the centerline;
a first connecting wall joining the first inner wall to the annular outer wall, wherein the annular outer wall, the first inner wall, and the first connecting wall define an axial channel therebetween that is in fluid communication with the radial passage;
a second inner wall spaced radially inward from the annular outer wall; and
a second connecting wall joining the second inner wall to the annular outer wall, wherein the second inner wall is axially spaced from the first inner wall to define a circumferentially-extending opening between a first end face of the first inner wall and a second end face of the second inner wall;
wherein:
the annular outer wall, the first and second inner walls, and the first and second connecting walls form a monolithic body;
the annular outer wall is formed from a metallic material;
the first and second inner walls are formed from a ceramic material; and
the first and second connecting walls have a functionally graded distribution of the metallic and ceramic materials between the annular outer wall and the first and second inner walls, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,480,777

HANDRAIL INSTALLATION WITH EMERGENCY LIGHTING

Woertz Engineering AG, M...

1. A handrail installation with emergency lighting for tunnels, comprising:a handrail,
a closed cable duct,
a flat cable that is installed in the closed cable duct, and multiple branching boxes for contacting the flat cable without stripping of insulation,
wherein the branching boxes contact the flat cable within the closed cable duct,
wherein the handrail and the cable duct rest on support surfaces on the top side of multiple support members, which are different from one another, and the handrail is provided separately from the closed cable duct and the support members, and the cable duct is provided separately from the support members, and wherein the handrail is situated above the closed cable duct,
wherein the emergency lighting includes multiple lamps situated in succession, which are placed at the branching boxes and are supplied with power by the branching boxes,
wherein the lamps are passed through installation openings in the floor of the cable duct, in the direction of the tunnel floor, so that the lamps radiate into an area below the closed cable duct,
wherein the handrail and the cable duct are horizontally guided along a tunnel wall by the support members,
wherein the closed cable duct and the support members are made of metal.

US Pat. No. 10,480,765

INTEGRATION OF SENSOR COMPONENTS WITH LIGHT FIXTURES IN HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A light fixture located in a hazardous environment, the light fixture comprising:a housing comprising at least one wall that forms a cavity, wherein the housing meets applicable standards for the hazardous environment;
a sensor assembly disposed within the cavity, wherein the sensor assembly comprises:
a sensor power supply configured to generate an amount of power for an intrinsically safe sensor disposed outside the housing in the hazardous environment, wherein the amount of power is limited so that arcing and other sources of ignition do not occur during a short circuit or other electrical failure; and
a sensor control module configured to provide control for the intrinsically safe sensor; and
at least one light fixture component disposed within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,763

ENCLOSURE FOR LIGHTING SYSTEMS

Appleton Grp LLC, Rosemo...

1. An enclosure for lighting systems, said enclosure comprising:i. a first compartment provided in a first housing;
ii. at least one driver receivable in said first compartment and configured to generate a plurality of driving signals;
iii. a second compartment provided in a second housing; and
iv. at least one light emitting component receivable in said second compartment and configured to receive said plurality of driving signals;
wherein, said first housing is removably secured to said second housing; and said first compartment is insulated from said second compartment; and
wherein a first gasket is positioned between the first housing and the second housing providing a seal between the first housing and the second housing and adapted to provide a thermal break between said at least one driver in the first compartment of the first housing and said at least one light emitting component positioned in the second compartment of the second housing.

US Pat. No. 10,480,728

ELECTRICAL COVER WITH CONCENTRIC REMOVABLE ANNULAR RINGS

2BR Creations, LLC, Evan...

1. An electrical cover for a recessed light fixture, comprising:a main body having a series of concentric annular fittings increasing in diameter, wherein at least one of said series of concentric annular fittings capable of pressure fit engagement with an opening of a recessed light fixture; and
a plurality of scored cut-lines, each of said plurality of scored-cut lines corresponding to each of said series of concentric annular fittings which allow removal of larger diameter concentric annular fittings.

US Pat. No. 10,480,727

TREE ILLUMINATING DEVICE

1. A tree illumination device, comprising:a plurality of platforms having a first side and a second side opposite said first side, said first side having a width and said second side having a width;
a dome supported on each said platform, said dome having at least one illuminating device attached therein, said dome includes a first transparent portion and a second portion having a reflector covering a rear portion thereof and extending inwards within said dome and terminating prior to said at least one illuminating device;
a control means mounted within each said platform and is in electrical communication with said at least one illuminating device;
a mount extending downward said second side, said mount having a front wall abutting a tree and a pair of sidewalls each having a coaligned strap aperture;
one or more straps each having a pair of distal ends that mate with each other, said one or more straps extending through said coaligned strap aperture and securing said tree illumination device to said tree;
a first cord extending away from each said platform, said first cord terminates in a first electrical connector; and
a second cord extending away from each said platform, said second cord terminates in a second electrical connector, said first electrical connector and said second electrical connector are capable of being in electrical communication with a power source and capable of being in electrical communication with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,480,723

LED LIGHTS FOR FLUORESCENT FIXTURES

1. A method for transforming a LED retrofit lamp to operate in a fluorescent fixture with a ballast, said method comprising the steps of:calculating how to connect and arrange the LED retrofit lamps in parallel with an LED load therein, according to the source of the voltage and current of the fluorescent lamp ballast, said LED load being a combination of series chips that are then connected in parallel;
arranging a first rectifying circuit, a second rectifying circuit, and a filtering circuit of said LED retrofit lamp to convert the ballast voltage and current to operate the LED load;
identify the first, second, third and fourth lamp pins, and connecting said lamp pins, respectively, with the lamp connection terminals of the ballast;
arranging the first rectifying circuit between the first lamp pin, second lamp pin and the LED load;
arranging the second rectifying circuit between the third lamp pin, the fourth lamp pin and the LED load;
arranging the filter circuit between the first rectifier circuit and the LED load;
removing the fluorescent lamp tube from the fluorescent lamp holder; and
inserting the first lamp, the second lamp, the third lamp and the fourth lamp pins into the corresponding lamp holder sockets and thus enabling the LED load and ballast within the fluorescent lamp ballast to match and operate and further comprising the steps of:
A organizing said LED load chips in series and then connecting in parallel with different quantities to replace a T8 fluorescent tube;
determining the T8 operating output parameters;
determining the LED load input parameters to be substantially similar to the T8 output parameters, the input parameters being voltage, current, and frequency with an input voltage of approximately 143 volts and with an input current of approximately 0.175 amps being DC;
using LED white lamp chips of 3V and 150 mA and 0.5 watts;
adjusting the output to be about 50 to 60%;
determining the number of serial LED chips in a pair of parallel circuits to be 50 and 100; and
repeating the above for T5, T10, and T12 lamps with appropriate values therein.

US Pat. No. 10,480,713

OIL CONSOLE DEVICE AND ROTATING MACHINE LUBRICATION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An oil console device, comprising:an oil tank which includes a receiving portion which receives lubricating oil which has lubricated a bearing portion supporting a rotating body and a separation gas supplied to the bearing portion, and stores the lubricating oil which is recovered through the receiving portion;
a pressure reducing fan which is connected to the oil tank and reduces a pressure inside the oil tank such that the pressure becomes a negative pressure;
an oil mist separator which is provided to be closer to the oil tank side than the pressure reducing fan and captures the misted lubricating oil;
an oil transfer pump which transfers the lubricating oil stored in the oil tank;
an exhaust unit which discharges gas inside the oil tank to the outside on a downstream side of the pressure reducing fan;
a plurality of the pressure reducing fans;
an exhaust switching portion which switches a discharge destination of the gas inside the oil tank to any one of the plurality of pressure reducing fans; and
a tank pressure detection section which detects a pressure inside the oil tank;
wherein in a case where a pressure inside the oil tank detected by the tank pressure detection section exceeds a predetermined threshold value, the exhaust switching portion switches the discharge destination of the gas coming from inside the oil tank.

US Pat. No. 10,480,708

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MOUNTING ELECTRICAL DEVICE TO JUNCTION BOX

Viza Electronics Pte. Ltd...

1. A mounting plate configured to be coupled to a junction box and a coupler plate, the mounting plate comprising:a base having a first side and a second side, the base comprising:
a service aperture configured to receive at least one wire;
at least one fastener aperture configured to receive a fastener for coupling the base to a junction box; and
at least one curved slot for receiving a pin from a coupler plate, wherein the at least one curved slot defines an opening width perpendicular to a tangent to a curve of the at least one curved slot and extending between opposite ends of the at least one curved slot, and wherein the opening width of the at least one curved slot has an enlarged portion for receiving an enlarged portion of the pin therethrough and a narrow portion having a width smaller than the enlarged portion of the opening width; and
a locking clip associated with the first side of the base proximate the narrow portion of the opening width,
wherein the locking clip comprises a clip face extending away from the first side of the base and being configured to deflect away from the at least one curved slot in a direction substantially parallel to the first side of the base, and
wherein the fastener aperture is located between the service aperture and the curved slot.

US Pat. No. 10,480,701

PIPELINE INSERTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An insertion apparatus comprising:an insertion guide comprising:
an insertion guide housing having a guide passage;
a guide seal packing disposed in the insertion guide;
a guide flange extending outwardly from the insertion guide housing to form a guide seal surface; and
a coupling nut disposed on the insertion guide housing and having a coupling nut passage, wherein the insertion guide housing extends through the coupling nut passage;
a rod apparatus having a rod;
a connection adapter comprising:
a connection adapter housing with a connection adapter passage, the connection adapter housing having an inner diameter greater than an outer diameter of the rod to allow a terminal end of the rod to pass therethrough;
an adapter flange extending outwardly from the connection adapter housing to form a connection adapter seal surface; and
a first adapter connector configured to connect the connection adapter to the insertion guide by connecting the coupling nut to the first adapter connector to position the guide seal surface and the connection adapter seal surface in a sealed position so as to form an insertion apparatus union joint between the insertion guide and the connection adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,480,695

JOINT STRUCTURE AND ROBOT

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A joint structure comprising:two joint members;
a driving mechanism that drives the two joint members so as to rotate about a predetermined axis relative to each other;
two seal members forming a seal between the two joint members at positions doubly surrounding the outside of a lubricant storing part in the driving mechanism; and
a pressure-applying means that makes the air pressure in a space provided between the two seal members higher than the pressure of the outside air,
wherein the seal member on the outer side is formed of an elastic material and has a cut portion at at least one circumferential position,
the cut portion is inclined with respect to the radial direction, and
wherein the outer seal member is attached to a fixed part of the driving mechanism by tightening the outer peripheral surface with a fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,480,680

TAMPER RESISTANT LOCKING DEVICE FOR FIRE HYDRANT

1. A fire hydrant locking device, comprising:a collar assembly, having a pair of arcuate arms pivotally disposed and dimensioned to encircle a barrel of a fire hydrant, a tab protruding from ends of the arcuate arms, the tab each having at least one slot that is coaxially aligned with the collar assembly in a closed position; and
a retainer leg having an aperture defined in a top end thereof, the aperture having a geometry that is dimensioned to receive a corresponding geometry of an operating nut of the fire hydrant, a bottom end substantially orthogonal to the top end, such that with the aperture secured to the operating nut of the fire hydrant, the bottom end is oriented to be received in the at least one coaxially aligned slot of the collar assembly, wherein the aperture geometry engages with the corresponding geometry of the operating nut to prevent rotation of the operating nut.

US Pat. No. 10,480,677

SOLENOID VALVE INCLUDING INDEPENDENTLY MOVABLE PILOT PLUNGER HEAD

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A solenoid valve, which is disposed in a flow path that extends from a high pressure vessel to open or close the flow path, the solenoid valve comprising:a main seat including a hole so that gas flows into the solenoid valve through the hole of the main seat;
a main plunger configured to be in contact with the main seat;
a pilot plunger, which is disposed at a top surface of the main plunger inside the solenoid valve, including a hollow portion therein; and
a pilot plunger head, which disposed inside the pilot plunger, having an apex which is in contact with the main plunger, wherein the pilot plunger head moves independently,
wherein the pilot plunger is movable inside the solenoid valve, and the pilot plunger head is movable inside the hollow portion of the pilot plunger,
wherein the pilot plunger head and the pilot plunger separately move from each other,
wherein the apex is arranged at a front end of the pilot plunger head,
wherein the apex of the pilot plunger head is in contact with a main plunger flow path of the main plunger,
wherein the solenoid valve further includes a spring attached to a rear end of the pilot plunger head toward the opposite direction to the main plunger and disposed inside the hollow portion, and
wherein the pilot plunger head is arranged and configured to be pushed into the hollow portion of the pilot plunger independently from the pilot plunger according to the apex being impacted by the main plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,480,664

INTAKE MANIFOLD WITH PCV CHECK VALVE RETAINER

RB Distribution, Inc., C...

1. A manifold comprising:a body of at least two sections that are joined together to form first and second chambers on either side of a separating wall;
a first recess formed in a first of the at least two sections at a first predetermined distance from the separating wall;
a second recess formed in a second of the at least two sections at a second predetermined distance from the separating wall;
a plurality of vent holes are formed in the separating wall around a central opening that is dimensioned to receive a first portion of a check valve;
the check valve has the first portion positioned in the central opening and a second portion that overlies the plurality of vent holes in the separating wall; and,
a check valve retainer with a first end having a first retainer portion and a second retainer portion, the first retainer portion is dimensioned to be received within the first recess and the second retainer portion is dimensioned to be received within the second recess, and a second end that is spaced from the first end and maintains the first portion of the check valve in the central opening.

US Pat. No. 10,480,663

CONTINUOUSLY CONCENTRIC VALVE WITH MOVABLE FLOW GUIDES

1. A flow-guiding, concentric valve for controlling volume and flow characteristics of a fluid in a predictable manner, the valve comprising:a funnel-shaped flow-guiding portion with a wider opening and a narrower exit, said flow-guiding portion comprising a cylindrical wall with a plurality of flow-guides recessed therein, wherein said flow-guides are configured to lift away from the cylindrical wall, overlap, and converge towards a central axis upon being deployed, thereby creating a vortex effect inside the valve;
a concentric valve portion comprising an iris mechanism for opening or closing the valve and deploying the flow-guides,
wherein the concentric valve portion is attached to the exit of the funnel shaped flow-guiding portion,
wherein the iris mechanism comprises:
a base ring, and
a rotatable cam ring;
a plurality of arced plates having a front face and a back face, wherein each arced plate has a rotating stud protruding from the front face at one end thereof, and a sliding stud protruding from a back face at an opposite end thereof,
wherein the rotating studs extend into corresponding pivot holes in the base ring, and the sliding studs extend into corresponding radial slits in the rotatable cam ring,
wherein the arced plates are sandwiched between the base ring and the cam ring and in the fully open position the arced plates are aligned with the base ring and cam ring so they do not obstruct a valve opening defined by inner radii of the cam ring and base ring,
wherein rotation of the cam ring moves the sliding stud on each arced plate in an arc across one side of the valve opening, causing the arced plates to pivot on the rotating stud and swivel toward the center of the valve opening, thereby obstructing the valve opening,
wherein one or more of the rotating studs connects to one or more corresponding flow-guides such that, when the iris mechanism is closing, the rotating studs transfer movement of the arced plates to the flow-guides, increasingly turning the flow-guides toward the center of the iris mechanism as the iris mechanism closes.

US Pat. No. 10,480,661

LEAK RATE REDUCING SEALING DEVICE

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A sealing assembly comprising:a flow control body; and
a sealing device configured to engage the flow control body to prevent fluid flow through the sealing assembly, the sealing device including:
a primary engagement feature configured to contact the flow control body upon engagement of the sealing device with the flow control body, the primary engagement feature having a front surface exposed to the fluid;
a secondary engagement feature disposed behind the primary engagement feature relative to the exposed surface, the primary engagement feature and the secondary engagement feature forming a first cavity therebetween, the first cavity configured to create a pressure drop in response to a leak of the fluid through the primary engagement feature; and
a third engagement feature disposed behind the secondary engagement feature, the third engagement feature forming a second cavity successive to the first cavity, wherein the first cavity and the second cavity have different volumes.