US Pat. No. 10,509,742

LOGICAL MEMORY BUFFERS FOR A MEDIA CONTROLLER

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A media controller comprising:a buffer; and
controller circuitry to:
receive, from a memory device linked to the media controller and storing data over a plurality of memory banks, an indication of a number of the memory banks of the memory device;
allocate, within the buffer, a plurality of logical memory buffers to each memory bank, a number of the logical memory buffers for the memory device greater than the number of memory banks, each logical memory buffer allocated to a particular one of the memory banks; and
indicate to a memory controller that a number of memory units accessible for the memory device is the number of logical memory buffers allocated for the memory device,
wherein requests address the data stored within the memory banks by logical memory buffer, and the logical memory buffers allocated to each memory bank appear as separate memory banks.

US Pat. No. 10,509,738

REMOTE MEMORY OPERATIONS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A node in a network of nodes, comprising:a fabric interface to couple to the network of nodes;
a local processor to execute operations at the node; and
a memory subsystem at the node with a memory computation resource separate from the local processor, the memory subsystem to receive a request from a remote processor of a remote peer node for access to data stored in the memory subsystem, the access for performance of a computation on the data to generate a result, the result to be different data based on performance of the computation on the data, and in response to the request, to perform the computation on the data locally at the memory subsystem with the memory computation resource without sending of the data to either the local processor or to the remote processor, and send the result to the remote peer node.

US Pat. No. 10,509,730

AGGREGATION OF WRITE TRAFFIC TO A DATA STORE

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method performed on a computing device, the method comprising:receiving, by the computing device, a request to write data to an intended destination on a storage medium;
redirecting, by the computing device, the data to an alternate destination, where the redirected data is written to the alternate destination, as opposed to the intended destination per the received request;
determining whether the computing device is operating on battery power and whether a write log associated with the alternate destination is disabled; and
draining, by the computing device, the redirected data to the intended destination responsive to the determinations that the computing device is not operating on battery power and the write log is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,509,729

ADDRESS TRANSLATION FOR SCALABLE VIRTUALIZATION OF INPUT/OUTPUT DEVICES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:process address space identifier (PASID) table lookup circuitry to use a PASID from a memory access transaction to find a PASID-entry in a PASID table, wherein the PASID is assigned to a command portal through which a client is to submit a work request to an input/output device;
the PASID-entry to include a PASID processing mode (PPM) indicator, a first pointer to a first translation structure, and a second pointer to a second translation structure;
wherein the PPM indicator is to specify which of three translation modes is to be used in an address translation, the three translation modes to include a first mode in which only the first translation structure is to be used, a second mode in which only the second translation structure is to be used, and a third mode in which both the first and the second translation structures are to be used; and
context table lookup circuitry to find a context-entry in a context table, the context-entry to point to the PASID table and to include a translation-type field to specify whether to block the memory access transaction if it does not include the PASID instead of enabling single-root input/output virtualization if the memory access transaction does not include the PASID.

US Pat. No. 10,509,706

IDENTIFICATION OF AN ALTERNATE PRINCIPAL MEMBER PORT BY A TARGET DEVICE IN A STORAGE AREA NETWORK

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a target device in a Storage Area Network (SAN), that a first principal member port of a target driven peer zone on the target device is likely to fail based on diagnostic information related to the first principal member port, wherein the target driven peer zone is configured in the SAN via the target device, and wherein the diagnostic information based on which the target device determines that the first principal member port is likely to fail comprises a parameter of a transceiver for the first principal member port;
in response to the determining, identifying, by the target device, an alternate principal member port on the target device; and
providing, by the target device, an indication comprising an identifier of the first principal member port and an identifier of the alternate principal member port, the indication to cause replacement of the first principal member port with the alternate principal member port as a principal member port in the target driven peer zone.

US Pat. No. 10,509,691

TRACKING THE MENTAL ACUITY OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE USER

Colossio, Inc., Chicago,...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:retrieving, from an operating system of a client device, a timestamp associated with a physical action on an input device coupled with the client device;
tagging the timestamp with an action metadata of an application running in the client device, the physical action being associated with the application;
forming an aggregated dataset comprising the timestamp and the action metadata;
generating an acuity value based on the aggregated dataset;
associating the acuity value to the timestamp; and
generating an application output of the application that indicates the acuity value associated with one or more portions of the application output.

US Pat. No. 10,509,669

TECHNIQUES FOR BENCHMARKING PAIRING STRATEGIES IN A TASK ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM

Afiniti Europe Technologi...

1. A method for benchmarking pairing strategies in a task assignment system, the method comprising:pairing, by at least one computer processor configured to perform task assignment operations in the task assignment system, a first plurality of historical task assignments using a first pairing strategy during a first period, wherein the pairing comprises establishing, by a switch of the task assignment system, a connection between each of the first plurality of historical task assignments and a respective agent based upon the first pairing strategy;
pairing, by the at least one computer processor, a second plurality of historical task assignments using a second pairing strategy during the first period, wherein the pairing comprises establishing, by a switch of the task assignment system, a connection between each of the second plurality of historical task assignments and a respective agent based upon the second pairing strategy;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, a value attributable to each task of the first plurality of historical task assignments and the second plurality of historical task assignments during a second period after the first period;
determining, by the at least one computer processor, a difference in performance between the first and second pairing strategies based on the value attributable to each task during the second period and which of the first or second pairing strategy was used to pair each task during the first period, wherein the difference in performance provides an indication that pairing tasks using the first pairing strategy results in a performance gain for the task assignment system attributable to the first pairing strategy, wherein the difference in performance also provides an indication that optimizing performance of the task assignment system is realized using the first pairing strategy instead of the second pairing strategy; and
outputting, by the at least one computer processor, the difference in performance between the first pairing strategy and the second pairing strategy for benchmarking at least the first pairing strategy and the second pairing strategy.

US Pat. No. 10,509,656

TECHNIQUES OF PROVIDING POLICY OPTIONS TO ENABLE AND DISABLE SYSTEM COMPONENTS

AMERICAN MEGATRENDS INTER...

1. A method of operating a computer system, the computer system including an initialization component of a host, comprising:determining, at the initialization component executed on a central processing unit (CPU) of the host and executed prior to that an operating system of the host is executed on the CPU, presence or absence of a plurality of hardware components of the host;
generating, at the CPU, a first series of indicators indicating the determined presence or absence of the plurality of hardware components; and
sending, from the CPU to a service processor of the host, a message in accordance with a management protocol, the message including the first series of indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,509,653

VECTOR PROCESSING SYSTEM

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A computing device comprising:a memory storing a program including vector initialization syntax; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory and comprising at least one vector register comprising a plurality of channels having a number of channels in total, the at least one processor being configured to
scan the program to identify the vector initialization syntax,
identify a plurality of values specified within the vector initialization syntax, the plurality of values having a number of values equal to or greater than the number of channels and comprising at least two unequal values,
match the plurality of values to at least one target pattern comprising values forming an arithmetic progression, and
generate, based on the at least one target pattern, enhanced vector initialization code configured to load the at least one vector register with the plurality of values, wherein the at least one vector register is loaded using a number of instruction set architecture (ISA) instructions that is less than the number of channels, to generate comprising to
identify a base value and a plurality of incremental values of the arithmetic progression,
generate code to load each incremental value of the plurality of incremental values in a distinct and corresponding channel of the plurality of channels, and
generate code to add the base value to each channel of the plurality of channels.

US Pat. No. 10,509,652

IN-LANE VECTOR SHUFFLE INSTRUCTIONS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a decode unit including circuitry to decode a single instruction specifying a first source operand, a second source operand, a destination operand, and an immediate operand, wherein the first source operand, the second source operand, and the destination operand each have a first lane and a second lane, wherein the first lane of the first source operand is to store data elements X4, X3, X2, and X1 (X4-X1), wherein the second lane of the first source operand is to store data elements X8, X7, X6, and X5 (X8-X5), wherein the first lane of the second source operand is to store data elements Y4, Y3, Y2, and Y1 (Y4-Y1), wherein the second lane of the second source operand is to store data elements Y8, Y7, Y6, and Y5 (Y8-Y5), and wherein the immediate operand is to specify a first plurality of control bits, a second plurality of control bits, a third plurality of control bits, and a fourth plurality of control bits; and
an execution unit coupled with the decode unit, the execution unit to perform the single instruction, the execution unit including circuitry to use the first, second, third, and fourth pluralities of control bits for each of the first and second lanes of the destination operand, the execution unit to:
copy one of the data elements X4-X1 specified by the first plurality of control bits to a first data element position of the first lane of the destination operand, copy one of the data elements X4-X1 specified by the second plurality of control bits to a second data element position of the first lane of the destination operand, copy one of the data elements Y4-Y1 specified by the third plurality of control bits to a third data element position of the first lane of the destination operand, and copy one of the data elements Y4-Y1 specified by the fourth plurality of control bits to a fourth data element position of the first lane of the destination operand; and
copy one of the data elements X8-X5 specified by the first plurality of control bits to a first data element position of the second lane of the destination operand, copy one of the data elements X8-X5 specified by the second plurality of control bits to a second data element position of the second lane of the destination operand, copy one of the data elements Y8-Y5 specified by the third plurality of control bits to a third data element position of the second lane of the destination operand, and copy one of the data elements Y8-Y5 specified by the fourth plurality of control bits to a fourth data element position of the second lane of the destination operand.

US Pat. No. 10,509,646

SOFTWARE UPDATE ROLLBACKS USING FILE SYSTEM VOLUME SNAPSHOTS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for restoring a computing device to an operable state in response to a software update that renders the computing device inoperable, the method comprising, at the computing device:receiving the software update;
identifying a file system volume to which the software update corresponds;
generating an update flag within the computing device;
generating a snapshot of the file system volume;
executing an installation of the software update;
in response to detecting the installation of the software update, instantiating an operability monitor that executes in isolation from the software update, wherein the operability monitor is configured to:
monitor the installation of the software update to determine whether the computing device remains operable during the software update; and
in response to detecting the update flag during a reboot of the computing device:
instantiating the operability monitor to identify whether the computing device is inoperable subsequent to the software update being installed, wherein, when the operability monitor identifies that the computing device is inoperable, the operability monitor causes the file system volume to be restored based on the snapshot.

US Pat. No. 10,509,644

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING INTEGRATED SOFTWARE COMPONENTS

SAFEDK MOBILE LTD, Herzl...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving an application program for a mobile computing device, wherein the application program utilizes a software component that is integrated into the application program;
producing a modified application program based on the application program, wherein said producing comprises:
automatically wrapping one or more functions associated with the software component with one or more wrappers, wherein each wrapper of the one or more wrappers is associated with a function of the one or more functions, wherein the wrapper is configured to selectively disable or enable invocation of the function based on modifiable configurations, wherein the modifiable configurations are provided by a developer of the application program to determine enablement/disablement status of the one or more functions, wherein each wrapper is configured to define a substitute return value to mimic a return value of the function in case the invocation of the function is disabled, wherein each wrapper is configured to invoke the function in case the invocation of the function is enabled;
whereby allowing for the developer of the application program to selectively enable or disable invocation of the one or more functions during runtime of the application program on the mobile computing device, by modifying the modifiable configurations without re-deploying the application program, regardless of whether the software component originated from the developer or a third-party developer, wherein the mobile computing device is not controlled by the developer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,641

OPTIMIZING FEATURE DEPLOYMENT BASED ON USAGE PATTERN

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A hosted service to optimize feature deployment based on a usage pattern, the hosted service executing on a server comprising a memory storing instruction and a processor executing the hosted service in conjunction with the instructions stored in the memory, the hosted service comprising:an inference module configured to:
receive a notification of a feature update associated with an application from a product source;
retrieve the feature update from the product source;
receive a usage pattern signal that matches information associated with the feature update upon querying a usage pattern source;
receive an organizational rule that matches the information associated with the feature update upon querying an organizational rule source;
identify a target audience for the feature update by processing the usage pattern signal based on the information and the organizational rule associated with the feature update; and
a deployment module configured to:
deploy the feature update to the target audience.

US Pat. No. 10,509,635

PROCESSOR THAT INCLUDES A SPECIAL STORE INSTRUCTION USED IN REGIONS OF A COMPUTER PROGRAM WHERE MEMORY ALIASING MAY OCCUR

International Business Ma...

1. A processor comprising:an instruction set that defines a plurality of instructions that are executable by the processor, the instruction set comprising:
a regular store instruction that is used in first regions of computer programs where memory aliasing cannot occur;
a special store instruction that is used in second regions of the computer programs that are different than the first regions; and
hardware that detects memory aliasing and assures proper operation of code that includes the regular store instruction and the special store instruction even when memory aliasing occurs; wherein the regular store instruction is used by a compiler in the first regions of the computer program where the compiler determines that memory aliasinq cannot occur and the special store instruction is used by the compiler in the second regions of the computer program.

US Pat. No. 10,509,631

TECHNIQUES FOR GENERATING CUSTOMIZED SOFTWARE

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method of customizing a software product comprising:displaying a user interface of a generation wizard to the user, wherein the user interface includes a first portion comprising a table listing customizable features of the software product and wherein the user interface includes a second portion used to preview any customization made to the software product using the first portion, wherein the second portion includes a tabbed list of a plurality of screenshots and associated screenshot identifiers, and wherein the table of the first portion includes, for each of the customizable features, an index uniquely identifying said each customizable feature and wherein the index for said each customizable feature includes a screenshot identifier of one of the plurality of screenshots of the tabbed list;
receiving customization information describing customizations to the software product requested by a user at a first point in time;
submitting a request including the customization information to a web service;
responsive to receiving the request, performing processing comprising:
creating, by the web service, a new job to generate a first customized version of the software product in accordance with the customization information of the request for the first point in time;
automatically generating at least one customized file in accordance with the customization information for the first customized version of the software product;
generating a template for the first customized version based on the customization information of the request for the first point in time;
generating the first customized version of the software product including the at least one customized file; and
testing the first customized version of the software product.

US Pat. No. 10,509,624

SINGLE-BIT VOLUME CONTROL

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a single-bit audio stream for conversion to an analog voltage signal;
converting the single-bit audio stream to a plurality of symbols, wherein the plurality of symbols is selected based, at least in part, on audio content of the single-bit audio stream and a desired volume level;
converting the plurality of symbols to an analog current signal using a digital-to-analog converter (DAC); and
converting the analog current signal to an analog voltage signal, wherein the conversion to the analog voltage signal comprises selecting an analog gain value for the conversion based, at least in part, on the desired volume level.

US Pat. No. 10,509,612

THREE-DIMENSIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEM

TD Ameritrade IP Company,...

1. A three-dimensional display device, comprising:at least three surfaces, wherein a first surface of the at least three surfaces is configured to display data;
a receiver that receives market data;
circuitry configured to determine a change in orientation of the display device and generate a signal in response to determining the change in orientation of the display device; and
a processor configured to:
receive first market data;
display the first market data on the first surface of the at least three surfaces;
illuminate a second surface and a third surface of the at least three surfaces in a first color when the first market data is above a first threshold;
illuminate the second surface and the third surface of the at least three surfaces in a second color when the first market data is below the first threshold;
change an intensity of the first color or the second color based on a degree of change of the first market data;
receive the signal from the circuitry;
receive second market data when the signal is received; and
display the second market data on the first surface of the at least three surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,509,610

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CONTROLLING REPORTING VIA PUSH NOTIFICATION

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A server system that collects operation information on a printer through a network, the system comprising:a communication interface that transmits report information for the operation information to a terminal apparatus;
a memory in which report settings for a plurality of terminal apparatuses are stored, the report settings being received from each of the plurality of terminal apparatuses, the report settings defining at least one day and at least one time span when each respective terminal apparatus in the plurality of terminal apparatuses is to receive corresponding report information, wherein push notifications, which are selectively provided to one or more terminal apparatuses included among the plurality of terminal apparatuses and which include said report information, are limitedly performed only during said at least one day and at least one time span such that the push notifications are suppressed from being pushed to the one or more terminal apparatuses during times outside of said at least one day and at least one time span; and
a processor that performs communication control by the communication interface,
wherein the report settings are given based on report setting information that is received from each of at least some terminal apparatus included among the plurality of terminal apparatuses, and
wherein the processor controls transmission of the report information based on the report settings.

US Pat. No. 10,509,602

DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A data storage device comprising: a nonvolatile memory device including a main map table, the main map table including a plurality of map segments; and a controller comprising a sub map table including some map segments of the plurality of map segments of the main map table, wherein the controller is suitable for updating access frequencies for the plurality of map segments by applying different weights to each of an accessed map segment, a previous map segment having an index value immediately preceding that of the accessed map segment and a subsequent map segment having an index value immediately following that of the accessed map segment among the plurality of map segments and for determining a map segment to be erased from the sub map table based on the updated access frequencies for the plurality of map segments, and wherein the previous map segment and the subsequent map segment are non-accessed map segments;wherein the controller includes an access frequency management unit, the access frequency management unit comprising: a sub random access memory including an access frequency table including the access frequencies for the plurality of map segments of the main map table; and an access frequency adjustor suitable for increasing the access frequencies for the plurality of map segments according to an access request from a host device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,586

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CAPACITY FORECASTING IN BACKUP SYSTEMS

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A backup system for storing a copy of client data, comprising:a persistent storage for storing the copy of the client data; and
a forecaster programmed to:
obtain storage use rates of the persistent storage over a prior time period;
select a first prediction period based on the prior time period;
partition the prior time period to obtain a plurality of partitioned time periods;
fuzzify the storage use rates over the prior time period to obtain fuzzified storage use rates over the prior time period;
apply a higher order fuzzy time series operator to the fuzzified storage use rates over the prior time period to obtain a plurality of higher order forecasting functions;
calculate a fuzzified forecast for the selected first prediction period using the higher order forecasting functions; and
defuzzify the fuzzified forecast to obtain a forecast for the first prediction period.

US Pat. No. 10,509,585

DATA SYNCHRONIZATION METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIM...

1. A data synchronization method, comprising:receiving, by a data synchronization apparatus, first modification data sent by a primary storage;
adding the first modification data to an asynchronous message queue of the data synchronization apparatus;
sending, via a message sending thread, the first modification data in the asynchronous message queue to a standby storage;
receiving, from the standby storage, information indicating a successful storage of the first modification data, the information is fed back by the standby storage when a proportion of storage units having the first modification data successfully stored to all storage units of the standby storage reaches a pre-set proportion threshold; and
in response to receiving the information, deleting the first modification data.

US Pat. No. 10,509,578

LOGICAL ADDRESS SPACE FOR STORAGE RESOURCE POOLS

Red Hat, Inc., Raleigh, ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a request to provide an amount of storage resources for an application;
identifying storage resource pools that are available to provide storage resources;
determining whether any of the identified storage resource pools has an available amount of storage resources to provide the requested amount of storage resources for the application;
in response to determining that none of the identified storage resource pools has the available amount of storage resources to provide the requested amount of storage resources, identifying, by a processing device, two or more of the storage resource pools in view of an amount of available storage resources available at each of the storage resource pools, wherein the two or more storage resource pools have fewer available storage resources than at least one other storage resource pool of the identified storage resource pools, and wherein each of the two or more of the storage resource pools is associated with different types of file systems;
identifying a performance requirement associated with the application; and
creating a logical address space for the application in view of the identified two or more of the storage resource pools, wherein a distribution of pointers to the two or more storage resource pools associated with the logical address space is in view of the performance requirement associated with the application, and wherein the distribution corresponds to a first number of pointers to a first storage resource pool of the two or more storage resource pools and a second number of pointers to a second storage resource pool of the two or more storage resource pools to satisfy the performance requirement associated with the application.

US Pat. No. 10,509,561

TRANSFORMABLE DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of operating a deformable display device including a deformable display unit, the method comprising:displaying a first type keyboard window on the display unit;
sensing an extension or a reduction of the display unit;
extending or reducing a screen displayed by the display unit by a sensed result;
changing the first type keyboard window to a second type keyboard window according to sensing the extension or the reduction of the screen;
receiving keyboard setting input for setting the keyboard type corresponding to the extension distance of the display unit;
storing a setting result according to the received keyboard setting input;
receiving a command for keyboard setting; and
displaying a keyboard setting screen according to the received command,
wherein the keyboard setting screen includes:
a screen size setting bar for setting a screen size of the display unit; and
a keyboard type setting region for setting a keyboard type corresponding to the screen size.

US Pat. No. 10,509,558

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING ADVERTISEMENT INTERACTION WITH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SPOTIFY AB, Stockholm (S...

1. A system for enabling advertisement interaction with an electronic device, for use in a digital media content environment, comprising:a media device having a processor, operating system, user interface, and media application that enables playback of a stream of media content at the media device;
wherein the media device operates with a headphones or headset device having playback controls for controlling playback of the stream of media content using the media device;
wherein the media application is configured to:
associate particular operations of one or more playback controls at the headphones or headset device with defined gestures, wherein each defined gesture is associated with a time threshold within which a combination of the playback controls must be applied in order for the gesture to be recognized,
receive, from the operating system, during playing of an advertisement inserted into the stream for playback at the media device, an indication of an operation of the one or more playback controls at the headphones or headset device,
determine whether the operation of the one or more playback controls at the headphones or headset device, as indicated by the operating system, is:
(a) a particular defined gesture, as indicated by receipt of the one or more playback controls within the time threshold, and
(b) received at the media application during a defined time period associated with the playing advertisement,
if the operation of the one or more playback controls determined to be the particular defined gesture is received at the media application during the defined time period associated with the advertisement playing at the media device, then determining that the operation of the one or more playback controls is indicative of selection of the advertisement, and performing a first functionality associated therewith, and
otherwise performing a regular functionality associated with the operation of the one or more playback controls.

US Pat. No. 10,509,556

DISPLAY DEVICE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A display device comprising:a camera;
a display which displays a shot image obtained through shooting by the camera;
an operation portion which accepts an operation by a user; and
a processing unit which includes an image processing circuit,
recognizes the operation based on an output of the operation portion, controls display on the display,
recognizes, within the shot image, a particular segment, which is a previously determined part of an image forming apparatus, based on a marker with which the particular segment is marked or based on analysis of the shot image,
makes the display, near the particular segment included in the shot image, an added image including a character indicating the particular segment,
when an enlarging operation on the added image is performed, enlarges the added image on which the enlarging operation is performed as compared with before the enlarging operation,
when a reducing operation on the added image is performed, reduces the added image on which the reducing operation is performed as compared with before the reducing operation, and
wherein performing the enlargement operation on the added image causes an enlarged added image and the added image that the display displays to overlap each other, and shifts a display position of another added image that overlaps the enlarged added image.

US Pat. No. 10,509,553

INTERACTIVE IMAGE RECOLORING

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...

1. A system comprising:a processor; and
memory coupled to the processor and storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations comprising:
causing presentation of an image on a client device;
receiving user input including a stroke drawn on the image;
determining a region of interest in the image based on the stroke drawn on the image;
downsampling the region of interest in the image;
recolorizing the region of interest on the image, the recolorizing including replacing an original color of the region of interest with an alternative color, the recolorizing of the region of interest resulting in a recolorized image;
upsampling the region of interest in the recolorized image; and
causing presentation of the recolorized image on the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,549

INTERFACE SCANNING FOR DISABLED USERS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:at an electronic device with a display and one or more input devices:
receiving a request to simulate a gesture;
in response to receiving the request to simulate the gesture, displaying a positional indicator that indicates a starting point of the gesture performed with a simulated contact and a movement indicator that indicates a direction of movement of the simulated contact;
displaying a plurality of options for changing the movement of the simulated contact;
receiving a selection input that corresponds to a respective option of the plurality of options for changing the movement of the simulated contact; and
in response to receiving the selection input:
in accordance with a determination that a first option, of the plurality of options for changing the movement of the simulated contact, was selected, changing the movement indicator in a first manner to indicate a first path of movement of the simulated contact; and
in accordance with a determination that a second option, of the plurality of options for changing the movement of the simulated contact, was selected, changing the movement indicator in a second manner different from the first manner to indicate a second path of movement of the simulated contact different from the first path of movement of the simulated contact;
after receiving the selection input, receiving a request to perform the simulated gesture in a respective user interface; and
in response to receiving the request to perform the simulated gesture, updating an appearance of the respective user interface in a manner in which the respective user interface would be updated in response to detecting touchdown of a contact at a respective location in the user interface that corresponds to a location of the positional indicator and movement of the simulated contact along a path determined by the movement indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,509,542

INTEGRATED MULTIDIMENSIONAL VIEW OF HIERARCHICAL OBJECTS

International Business Ma...

4. A method for managing an integrated multidimensional view of objects in a graphical user interface (GUI), the method comprising:rendering, on a display of an electronic device, a single multidimensional view of at least a portion of objects in a structured collection of unique objects according to a first dimension in a single GUI;
selecting one of the unique objects in the single multidimensional view; and
embedding, within the single multidimensional view, an in-line view of attributes of the selected one of the unique objects according to a second dimension,
the different dimensions in the single multidimensional view corresponding to different relationships among selected ones of the objects and the single multidimensional view consisting of a parent-child relationship and also at least one of: a membership and access privileges relationship; a date, time and places relationship; and an alerts, and notifications and alarms relationship, each relationship selectively rendered responsive to selecting a corresponding activatable icon of a plurality of activatable icons, the activatable icons disposed along a first dimension whereby selection of each activatable icon causes each relationship to be rendered in a different dimension than the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,509,536

ITEM SELECTION USING ENHANCED CONTROL

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:determining, after an object is displayed in a user interface, a position of a non-control portion of the object in the user interface, wherein the object comprises:
a control portion used for item selection, and
the non-control portion;
responsive to the determining of the position of the non-control portion of the object in the user interface, defining a guide line at a location within the user interface based on:
the determined position of the non-control portion of the object, and
a determined range of motion of the control portion of the object:
displaying, without overlapping with the non-control portion of the object, a plurality of items aligned with the guide line, wherein the determining the position of the non-control portion of the object in the user interface occurs before the plurality of items are displayed;
highlighting, without moving the guide line, a subset of the plurality of items; receiving a selection of one item of the subset; and
outputting, based on receiving the selection of one item of the subset, the selected item.

US Pat. No. 10,509,527

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURING EVENT-BASED AUTOMATION IN CLOUD-BASED COLLABORATION PLATFORMS

Box, Inc., Redwood City,...

1. A method of configuring event-based automation in a collaborative cloud-based environment involving a front-end system and a back-end system, the method comprising:receiving, by the front-end system of the collaborative cloud-based environment, a selection indicating a request to automate an operation in the collaborative cloud-based environment, wherein the front-end system communicates with client systems via a first network for receiving events via the first network, wherein the front-end system communicates with the back-end system via a second network, wherein the collaborative cloud-based environment includes a plurality of workspaces, and wherein each of the workspaces is accessible to a plurality of collaborators;
responsive to receiving the selection indicating a request to automate an operation in the collaborative cloud-based environment, providing, by the front-end system, a graphical user interface for electronic display to a user, the graphical user interface comprising an event field providing options for identifying an event of a plurality of events related to one or more work items in the collaborative cloud-based environment the plurality of event comprising upload of a work item by another user, download of a work item by another user, move of a work item by another user, copy of a work item by another user, and share of a work item by another user, a qualifying criteria field providing options for defining criteria of the one or more work items, and an action field providing options for defining an action performed on the work item when a selected event related to a work item has occurred and a selected qualifying criteria of the work item is satisfied, and wherein the options provided by the qualifier field and the options provided by the action field change based on a selection made in the event field;
receiving, by the front-end system, through the event field of the graphical user interface, a selection of an event with respect to a work item hosted in a particular workspace of the plurality of workspaces of the collaborative cloud-based environment, wherein the event is related to an activity performed by one or more of the plurality of collaborators with respect to the work item;
updating, by the front-end system, the options provided by the qualifying criteria field of the graphical user interface and the options provided by the action field of the graphical user interface based on the selected event;
receiving, by the front-end system, through the updated qualifying criteria field of the graphical user interface, a selection of qualifying criteria associated with the event;
receiving, by the front-end system, through the updated action field of the graphical user interface, a selection of the action to be automatically executed with respect to the work item hosted in the collaborative cloud-based environment responsive to the occurrence of the event with the qualifying criteria; and
transmitting, by the front-end system, information associated with the selected event, selected qualifying criteria, and selected action, to the back-end system for use in generating an automation rule;
wherein the generated automation rule is accessed by the back-end system to generate an automated job to execute the selected action on the work item in response to parsing, by the back-end system, an event received via the front-end system, to identify an event criteria of the received event that matches the qualifying criteria of the generated automation rule.

US Pat. No. 10,509,522

CAPACITIVE TOUCH SWITCH

NORITAKE CO., LIMITED, A...

1. A capacitive touch switch comprising:a glass substrate;
a sensor portion formed at a side of an opposite surface opposite to a surface to be touched of the glass substrate;
a wire attached portion of a flexible printed circuit; and
a wire network that connects the sensor portion and the wire attached portion,
wherein:
the wire attached portion comprises a connection portion connected to the wire network; and
the connection portion is formed by a predetermined electrode pattern such that an opening rate is increased by setting a width of the electrode pattern to be thinner gradually from the wire attached portion toward the wire network.

US Pat. No. 10,509,520

TOUCH PANEL

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A touch panel, comprising:a first gate drive circuit, comprising a first timing circuit and a first pull-down circuit;
a first touch circuit, electrically coupled to the first gate drive circuit and comprising a first capacitor and a first switch, wherein the first capacitor is electrically connected to the first gate drive circuit by the first switch;
a second gate drive circuit; and
a second touch circuit, electrically coupled to the second gate drive circuit and comprising a second capacitor and a second switch, wherein the second capacitor is electrically connected to the second gate drive circuit by the second switch, and the first capacitor and the second capacitor are connected in parallel,
wherein the first pull-down circuit is separately electrically coupled to the first timing circuit and the first touch circuit, and the first capacitor is connected to the first pull-down circuit by the first switch.

US Pat. No. 10,509,512

OPERATION INPUT DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. An input device, comprising:an operation input panel having a front surface and a back surface, wherein the operation input panel, in operation, receives external forces on the front surface and the back surface as operation inputs and is elastically displaced by the external forces;
an outer frame that surrounds and supports the operation input panel;
a sensor provided on the outer frame, wherein the sensor, in operation, detects displacements of the operation panel caused by the external forces;
a signal transmission circuit which, in operation, transmits signals corresponding to the displacements detected by the sensor; and
an inner frame that is elastically displaceable, wherein:
a periphery of the operation input panel is configured to be at least partially engaged with the inner frame,
the sensor, in operation, detects the displacements of the operation input panel caused by the external forces by detecting elastic displacements of the inner frame,
the outer frame is not elastically deformable, and
the periphery of the operation input panel is at least partially attached to the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,509,509

SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A substrate, comprising:a plurality of main signal line;
a touch driving circuit, and
a plurality of touch electrodes, the plurality of touch electrodes being connected with the touch driving circuit through the plurality of main signal lines, respectively,
wherein each of the plurality of main signal lines comprises a first segment and a second segment connected in series with the first segment, the second segment of each of the plurality of main signal lines is directly contact with a corresponding touch electrode of the plurality of touch electrodes,
wherein the first segment of each of the plurality of main signal lines is a single signal line, and first segments of the plurality of main signal lines are parallel with each other, the second segment of each of the plurality of main signal lines comprises a plurality of sub signal lines connected in parallel with one another, wherein the plurality of sub signal lines connected in parallel with one another forms a rectangular signal line area connected with the first segment of each of the plurality of main signal lines, such that a semi-enclosed region is defined by the first segment and a side of the rectangular signal line area close to the first segment,
wherein for any two main signal lines connecting with different touch electrodes of the plurality of touch electrodes, the second segment of the main signal line for connecting the touch electrode away from the touch driving circuit has more sub signal lines than the second segment of the main signal line for connecting the touch electrode close to the touch driving circuit, and wherein the first segment and the second segment of the main signal line for connecting the touch electrode close to the touch driving circuit are located within the semi-enclosed region defined by the first segment and the side of the rectangular signal line area close to the first segment of the main signal line for connecting the touch electrode away from the touch driving circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,507

DISPLAY DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display device comprising:a touch panel having a display screen and configured to have an area for detecting a touch operation by a user, the area containing an area in which one or more icons for accepting a touch operation from the user are to be displayed to instruct execution of associated processing and an area in which the one or more icons are not to be displayed; and
a display control unit configured to control the display screen to display a screen for notifying the user that a touch operation is being detected on the area in which the one or more icons are not displayed, in a case where a touch operation is detected on the area in which the one or more icons are to be displayed while the touch operation is being detected on the area in which the one or more icons are not to be displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,509,506

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH TOUCH DETECTION FUNCTION AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device with a touch detection function comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of pixel electrodes arranged in a matrix on a plane parallel to a surface of the substrate;
a plurality of scanning signal lines extending on a plane parallel to the surface of the substrate to supply a scanning signal for driving the pixel electrodes;
a display functional layer that provides an image display function based on an image signal;
a drive electrode that faces the pixel electrodes in a vertical direction to the surface of the substrate and extends in a first direction parallel to an extending direction of the scanning signal lines; and
a plurality of touch detection electrodes including a detection electrode pattern of a transparent conductive body that faces the drive electrode in the vertical direction and extends in a second direction different from the first direction,
wherein
the detection electrode pattern includes one or more slits each of which is a region where the transparent conductive body is not present,
each of the slits of the detection electrode pattern of the touch detection electrodes has a zigzag line shape in which a straight line having an angle with respect to a direction orthogonal to the first direction is folded back at a bent part,
the slits are disposed with a slit pitch having a predetermined interval, the slit pitch being a distance in the first direction between the adjacent slits of which an overall shape extends in the second direction,
the slit pitch is a k multiple of a predetermined pixel pitch in which the pixel electrodes are arranged in the first direction, where, k is a natural number equal to or larger than 2, and
the slits adjacent to each other in the first direction, each of which has at least three consecutive bent parts each overlapping a part of a corresponding scanning signal line as viewed in the vertical direction, are disposed parallel to each other maintaining the slit pitch in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,504

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE, TOUCH PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display substrate comprising:a plurality of signal input lines;
a plurality of signal output lines intersecting the signal input lines;
a plurality of data lines intersecting the plurality of signal input lines, and a plurality of sub-pixels formed at intersections of the plurality of signal input lines and the plurality of data lines; and
a plurality of pressure sensitive units each formed at a respective one of intersections of the plurality of signal input lines and the plurality of signal output lines, wherein the plurality of pressure sensitive units each comprise:
an input electrode electrically connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of signal input lines;
an output electrode electrically connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of signal output lines; and
a pressure sensitive element responsive to a voltage difference applied across the input electrode and the output electrode and a pressure caused by pressing, wherein the pressure sensitive element is operable to generate a current signal indicative of a magnitude of the pressure, wherein the current signal is output via the output electrode to the corresponding one of the plurality of signal output lines,
wherein the input electrode and the output electrode are arranged such that the input electrode does not overlap the output electrode when viewed from above, and
wherein the pressure sensitive element comprises a portion not overlapping the input electrode and the output electrode when viewed from above, and the portion comprises a first end connected to the input electrode and a second end connected to the output electrode,
wherein the pressure sensitive elements of the plurality of pressure sensitive units are made of a metal oxide piezoelectric material,
wherein the data lines extend in a same direction as the signal output lines, and wherein the plurality of signal input lines are reused as gate lines for the sub-pixels,
wherein the plurality of sub-pixels comprise respective thin film transistors each having an active layer, and wherein the pressure sensitive element is formed in a same layer as the active layer and is made of a same material as the active layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,499

TFT SUBSTRATE AND TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL USING SAME

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A TFT substrate defining a display area and a non-display area surrounding the display area of a touch display panel, the TFT substrate comprising:a base substrate; and
a conductive material layer on the base substrate, the conductive material layer comprising a plurality of touch driving electrodes spaced apart from each other, a plurality of touch sensing electrodes spaced apart from each other, and a plurality of common electrodes spaced apart from each other, each of the plurality of common electrodes being independent from the plurality of touch driving electrodes and the plurality of touch sensing electrodes;
wherein the plurality of touch sensing electrodes are arranged in a plurality of rows along a first direction and in a plurality of columns along a second direction; wherein the first direction intersects the second direction; wherein each of the plurality of touch driving electrodes and each of the plurality of common electrodes extend to be strips along the first direction; wherein the plurality of touch driving electrodes and the plurality of common electrodes are arranged in one column along the second direction; wherein one of the plurality of common electrodes and one row of the touch sensing electrodes are arranged at each of opposite sides of each of the plurality of touch driving electrodes along the second direction; wherein the TFT substrate further comprises a plurality of sensing lines; each of the a plurality of sense lines is electrically coupled to two touch sensing electrodes arranged on opposite sides of one touch driving electrode and in a same column of the touch sensing electrodes;
wherein the conductive material layer forms a plurality of basic units in the display area, each of the plurality of basic units comprises one touch driving electrode, and two common electrodes and two rows of the touch sensing electrodes at opposite sides of the one touch driving electrode, the plurality of basic units are periodically arranged along the second direction;
wherein in each of the plurality of basic units, one touch driving electrode and two common electrodes are between two rows of the touch sensing electrodes;
wherein the touch display panel includes a display period and a touch sensing period; the common electrodes cooperate with pixel electrodes to drive the display function;
wherein the touch driving electrodes and the touch sensing electrodes also function as common electrodes during the display period, so that during the display period, display driving signals are applied to the touch driving electrodes, the touch sensing electrodes and the common electrodes for the display function, and during the touch sensing period, touch driving signals are sent to the touch driving electrodes and touch signals are received from the sensing electrodes for touch sensing.

US Pat. No. 10,509,497

DISPLAY MODULE, TOUCH PANEL CONTROLLER, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display module comprising:a display element including a plurality of scanning signal lines;
a touch panel disposed on a display surface of the display element; and
a touch panel controller configured to control the touch panel;
wherein the touch panel includes a plurality of signal lines formed in a same direction as that of the scanning signal lines,
the touch panel includes a non-drive region and a drive region, the non-drive region moving to correspond to one of the plurality of scanning signal lines selected and driven in order in a display period included in each frame of the display element, and the drive region representing a region except for the non-drive region,
the touch panel controller includes a drive circuit configured to drive a signal line corresponding to the drive region and stop driving a signal line corresponding to the non-drive region among the plurality of signal lines,
wherein the touch panel further includes
a plurality of drive sense lines intersecting the plurality of signal lines,
a plurality of electrodes each disposed between each of the plurality of signal lines and each of the plurality of drive sense lines, and
a plurality of switch elements each formed between each of the plurality of drive sense lines and each of the electrodes,
the drive circuit turns on a switch element selected among the plurality of switch elements, based on a code sequence via the plurality of signal lines, and drives the plurality of drive sense lines at a predetermined potential, and
the touch panel controller further includes
a read circuit configured to turn on all the plurality of switch elements after drive by the drive circuit and read a linear sum signal based on an electric charge of each of the electrodes along each of the drive sense lines, and
a detection circuit configured to detect a capacitance or a change in capacitance between each of the plurality of electrodes and a detected subject by a sum-of-product computation performed on the linear sum signal and the code sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,509,494

TOUCH CONTROL ELECTRODE AND MANUFACTURE METHOD THEREOF

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. A touch control electrode, comprising: a plurality of first electrodes which are arranged in parallel with one another and extended along a horizontal direction, and a plurality of second electrodes which are arranged in parallel with one another and extended along a vertical direction;the plurality of first electrodes and the plurality of second electrodes are located in the same layer, and each of the first electrodes are divided into a plurality of first sub electrodes which are separated with one another by the plurality of second electrodes, and the first sub electrodes which are adjacent on the same first electrode are electrically connected with a bridging line across the second electrode between the two first sub electrodes;
just the plurality of second electrodes are covered with an insulation layer, and the bridging line is insulated with the second electrode by the insulation layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,487

COMBINING GYROMOUSE INPUT AND TOUCH INPUT FOR NAVIGATION IN AN AUGMENTED AND/OR VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:generating, in a head mounted display device operating in an ambient environment, a virtual environment;
setting an anchor point in a virtual display of a virtual object displayed in the virtual environment in response to a selection input received from a handheld controller that is operably coupled to the head mounted display device;
receiving, from the controller, a first input implementing a first input mode of the handheld controller;
adjusting an arrangement of a plurality of virtual features associated with the virtual display of the virtual object in response to the first input, a virtual display area of the virtual display being less than a display area needed to display all of the plurality of virtual features simultaneously;
receiving, from the handheld controller, a second input implementing a second input mode of the handheld controller, the second input mode being different than the first input mode; and
executing a response to the second input from the handheld controller, based on a set of previously defined rules, including:
ignoring the second input in response to a determination that the second input includes a detected physical movement of the handheld controller that is inside a previously defined range; and
executing an action in the virtual environment in response to a determination that the second input includes a detected physical movement of the handheld controller that is outside of the previously defined range.

US Pat. No. 10,509,485

LIGHT SENSITIVE KEYBOARD

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A physical keyboard comprising:a plurality of light-sensing electrodes, wherein individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes of the plurality of light-sensing electrodes correspond to individual keys of the physical keyboard; and
a microprocessor electrically coupled to individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes, the microprocessor configured to perform operation comprising:
determining that light is obstructed to a first light-sensing electrode of the plurality of light-sensing electrodes for a predetermined period of time;
measuring an amount of light received by the first light-sensing electrode after the light is obstructed;
sending, based on the amount of light received by the first light-sensing electrode, a signal indicating a selection of a first key corresponding to the first light-sensing electrode;
receiving data received from at least one ambient light sensor;
determining, based on the data received from the at least one ambient light sensor, that an amount of ambient light falling on the physical keyboard is less than a predetermined threshold; and
providing power to one or more light emitting diodes to illuminate the physical keyboard.

US Pat. No. 10,509,482

KEYBOARD DEVICE

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

1. A keyboard device, comprising:a base plate comprising at least one connecting bracket;
a wing-type connecting element disposed on the base plate, and connected with the at least one connecting bracket, wherein the wing-type connecting element is permitted to be swung relative to the base plate, and the wing-type connecting element comprises:
a first frame located under the keycap and arranged near a first side of the keycap, wherein the first frame comprises a first sliding shaft, and the first sliding shaft and a first end of the first frame are inserted into the at least one connecting bracket, so that the first frame and the base plate are combined together; and
a second frame located under the keycap and arranged near a second side of the keycap, wherein the second frame comprises a second sliding shaft, and a first end of the second frame is inserted into the first frame, so that the second frame and the first frame are combined together, wherein the second frame is connected with the base plate through the first end of the first frame and the second sliding shaft; and
a keycap connected with a second end of the first frame and a second end of the second frame, and movable relative to the base plate, wherein while the keycap is depressed, the first end of the first frame is moved upward within a first receiving space of the at least one connecting bracket in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,480

ROTARY OPERATION DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RI...

1. A rotary operation device that controls a device in a vehicle, comprising:a rotary operation part located in the vehicle on which a manual rotation operation is performed by a user to control a device in the vehicle;
a rotation detector including a rotary encoder configured to detect an amount of rotation of the rotary operation part;
a display part having a display surface integrally formed with the rotary operation part and configured to display an image while rotating with the rotary operation part; and
a controller including a CPU configured to control the display part such that the image is displayed moved in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the rotary operation part based on the detected amount of rotation,
wherein the rotary operation part comprises a rotary dial, the display surface is a surface of the dial, and the CPU moves the image on the surface of the dial opposite to the rotation direction when the manual rotation operation is performed so that the image appears to maintain a same position on the dial to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,509,475

GROUND-SHIFTED TOUCH INPUT SENSOR FOR CAPACITIVELY DRIVING AN ELECTROSTATIC PLATE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a protective outer layer configured to receive a user input;
a display positioned below the protective outer layer;
a haptic output element positioned between the display and the protective outer layer, the haptic output element capacitively coupled to the display; and
a controller configured to ground-shift the display to drive the haptic output element.

US Pat. No. 10,509,462

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING FEATURE OF OBJECT

HISCENE INFORMATION TECHN...

1. A method for identifying a feature of an object based on an augmented reality (AR) device, the AR device being capable of superimposing a virtual reality scene on a real reality scene, the method comprising:an identification obtaining step of obtaining identification information corresponding to an object to be inspected;
a tag selecting step of checking the object and using the AR device to select at least one tag based on a visual feature of the object, wherein the tag selecting step comprises:
determining at least one visual feature of the object;
providing a plurality of tags each corresponding to one type of visual feature, wherein the plurality of tags are virtual tags displayed by the AR device or real tags that can be identified by the AR device; and
detecting a user's selection to the at least one tag from the plurality of tags such that the at least one selected tag is superimposed on the object within an observation range of the AR device; and
a tag associating step of using the AR device to associate the at least one selected tag representing the visual feature of the object with the identification information of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,509,455

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL A LINK POWER STATE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium comprising instructions that when executed cause a system on chip (SoC) coupled to a link to perform operations to:identify a condition of a platform including I/O devices located externally from the SoC and further including at least one component of the SoC or another device coupled to the link, wherein the at least one component is located on the SoC, wherein to identify the condition includes at least one of to identify a first power state of the platform and to identify a second power state of the platform, wherein the second power state is greater than the first power state; and
in response to receipt, by the SoC, of a request for a specific link state, the request originating from one of the I/O devices of the platform:
determine a first power state of the link based only on identification of the first power state of the platform; and
determine a second power state of the link based only on identification of the second power state of the platform, wherein the second power state of the link is greater than the first power state of the link.

US Pat. No. 10,509,452

HIERARCHICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION IN LARGE SCALE COMPUTING SYSTEMS

ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, I...

1. A method for redistributing power among a plurality of processing nodes of a computing system, the method comprising:assigning a power distribution to the plurality of processing nodes included in a processing node hierarchy that indicates a hierarchical relationship between the plurality of processing nodes, the power distribution identifying an amount of power afforded to each of the processing nodes, wherein the processing node hierarchy includes a plurality of groups that each includes a plurality of processing nodes;
detecting arrival of a processing node of the plurality of processing nodes at a synchronization point;
responsive to detecting the arrival of the processing node at the synchronization point, reclaiming the power assigned to the processing node for distribution to one or more processing nodes of the plurality of processing nodes;
redistributing the reclaimed power to one or more of the plurality of processing nodes according to the processing node hierarchy, wherein power is distributed only to processing nodes in a group that includes the processing node if at least one other processing node in the group has not yet arrived at the synchronization point; and
dynamically adjusting sizes of the groups of the plurality of groups based on communication delays of the groups and based on probabilities that one or more nodes in the groups complete execution during a communication delay.

US Pat. No. 10,509,451

STYLUS COMMUNICATION WITH NEAR-FIELD COUPLING

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a device, first data transmitted from a stylus by near-field communication, wherein the first data comprises a strength of a magnetic field as measured by the stylus;
determining, at the device, a hover distance of the stylus in reference to the device based at least in part on the first data; and
operating the device based at least in part on the hover distance of the stylus.

US Pat. No. 10,509,448

THERMAL CLAMP FOR CYROGENIC DIGITAL SYSTEMS

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. An electronic system comprising:a first component in a first temperature domain;
a second component in a second temperature domain, wherein the second temperature domain is lower in temperature than the first temperature domain;
an electrical conductor pair coupled between the first component and the second component, wherein the electrical conductor pair is operable to carry current with a voltage difference between the first component and the second component; and
a thermal clamp comprising:
a first insulator portion of an insulator that insulates sidewalls of a first segment of the electrical conductor pair, the first segment being located between the first temperature domain and an intermediate temperature domain;
a second insulator portion of the insulator that insulates sidewalls of a second segment of the electrical conductor pair, the second segment being located between the intermediate temperature domain and the second temperature domain; and
a gap in the insulator, the gap being located between the first and second segments in the electrical conductor pair, and wherein an intermediate segment of the electrical conductor pair in the gap in the insulator is thermally coupled to the intermediate temperature domain that is lower in temperature than the first temperature domain and greater in temperature than the second temperature domain.

US Pat. No. 10,509,437

DIGITAL ASSISTANT DEVICE

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. An electronic device:a housing comprising:
a fixed pyramidal-shaped base, each side of the pyramidal-shaped base having different dimensions allowing for different viewing angles than other sides of the pyramidal-shaped base;
a display;
an integrated speaker;
an integrated camera shutter; and
at least one sensor;
at least one processor operatively coupled to the display, integrated speaker, integrated camera shutter, and the at least one sensor; and
a memory device operatively coupled to the at least one processor, the memory device storing digital assistant instructions for execution by the at least one processor to:
receive, via the at least one sensor, user input and thereafter provide responsive output; and
display, responsive to determining that the integrated camera shutter is in the open state, incoming communications.

US Pat. No. 10,509,423

OPTIMIZED PRESSURE REGULATION FOR AND WITH A VACUUM VALVE

VAT HOLDING AG, Haag (CH...

1. A valve system comprising a vacuum valve for regulating a volume or mass flow and/or for gas-tight sealing off a process volume and a regulating and control unit, wherein the vacuum valve comprisesa valve seat which has a valve opening defining an opening axis and a first sealing surface running around the valve opening,
a valve closure for substantially gas-tight closure of the valve opening having a second sealing surface corresponding to the first sealing surface and
a drive unit coupled to the valve closure which is configured in such a manner that the valve closure
is variable and adjustable in a defined manner to provide respective closure positions and
can be adjusted from an open position in which the valve closure at least partially releases the valve opening into a closed position in which the first sealing surface is pressed onto the second sealing surface and closes the valve opening in a substantially gas-tight manner and backwherein the control and regulating unit is configured for in particular multiple execution of a regulating cycle with a pre-regulating step and a subsequent regulating step for the valve closure, wherein when executing the regulating cyclein the course of the pre-regulating step the valve closure is moved by corresponding activation of the drive unit, in particular from the open position into a defined actual pre-regulating position controlled by the regulating and control unit and
in the course of the regulating a specific variation or adjustment of the closure position is executed depending on the actual pre-regulating position by activating the drive unit based on an actually determined control variable for a process parameter and on a target value, in particular whereby the control variable can be brought close to the target value, wherein an effect caused by a defined position change of the valve closure on the control variable can be predicted at least partially andwherein the regulating and control unit has an updating functionality which is configured in such a manner that during its executionthe control variable is recorded at least during a part of the regulating cycle and based thereon an actual regulating profile is derived,
the actual regulating profile is compared with a reference regulating profile and a regulating deviation is derived,
an adaptation of the actual pre-regulating position is made depending on a manifestation of the derived regulating deviation and based on the at least partially predictable effect on the control variable and
the adapted pre-regulating position is provided and/or stored as the actual pre-regulating position for the regulating cycle,wherein the regulating and control unit is configured in such a manner that the updating functionality can be executed continuously, in particular over a plurality of regulating cycles during a production process with the process volume.

US Pat. No. 10,509,420

RETICLE PURGING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

10. A reticle purging system, comprising:an automated pod opener;
a reticle holding device having a reticle occupiable zone configured to support a reticle thereon;
a reticle transporting device assigned with a transportation path from the automated pod opener to the reticle holding device, wherein the reticle holding device is independent from movement of the reticle transporting device;
an image capturing device to which the reticle occupiable zone is exposed;
a purging device having a gas exit configured to be disposed under the reticle when the reticle is supported by the reticle holding device in the reticle occupiable zone; and
a purging actuator configured to actuate the purging device based on an image captured by the image capturing device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,399

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system for an autonomous driving vehicle, comprising:an operation device configured to be operated by a driver;
a notification device configured to give notification to the driver; and
an electronic control unit comprising:
a driving control part configured to perform autonomous driving, and to terminate autonomous driving and switch vehicle driving to manual driving when the driver operates the operation device during autonomous driving; and
a notification control part configured to control the notification device to first notify a request for preparing for manual driving to the driver which requests that the driver establish conditions for preparing for manual driving while autonomous driving continues and then notify a request for terminating autonomous driving to the driver when the driver should be requested to terminate autonomous driving during autonomous driving.

US Pat. No. 10,509,398

MANUFACTURING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS USING INSPECTION INFORMATION AND TRACE INFORMATION, AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A manufacturing management apparatus that manages a manufacturing facility that performs a plurality of manufacturing processes,the manufacturing facility comprising:
a plurality of manufacturing devices that are disposed in the respective manufacturing processes so as to perform the same processing;
a transfer device that transfers a part to one of the manufacturing devices in each of the manufacturing processes; and
an inspection device that inspects ultimately manufactured articles,
the manufacturing management apparatus comprising:
an operation information acquisition unit that acquires operation information indicating current operating conditions of the respective manufacturing devices;
a trace information acquisition unit that acquires trace information indicating which one of the manufacturing devices has been used in each of the manufacturing processes during the manufacturing of the articles;
a storage unit that stores, for each of the articles, inspection information in association with the trace information, the inspection information indicating inspection results of the articles inspected by the inspection device;
a manufacturing device determination unit that creates combinations of the manufacturing devices that can perform the manufacturing processes in consideration of the operation information and the trace information, determines a quality index from the inspection information for each of the created combinations, and determines, based on the quality index determined for each of the combinations, a combination of the manufacturing devices to be used; and
a transfer destination indication unit that indicates a transfer destination of the part to the transfer devices based on the combination of the manufacturing devices determined by the manufacturing device determination unit;
wherein the manufacturing device determination unit acquires a predetermined number of pieces of the latest inspection information for each of the created combinations, and, when the predetermined number of pieces of the inspection information cannot be acquired, determines the combination of the manufacturing devices to be used from the combinations where the inspection information have not been acquired.

US Pat. No. 10,509,397

ACTION INFORMATION LEARNING DEVICE, ACTION INFORMATION OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An action information learning device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory,
wherein the processor is configured to:
acquire state information including an operation pattern of a spindle and a combination of parameters related to machining of a machine tool, wherein the combination of the parameters related to the machining of the machine tool is a combination of an operation pattern including at least any of a cutting feedrate and a dwell causing the spindle to standby for a designated time, and a parameter including at least any of a time constant of acceleration/deceleration and a cutting feedrate override;
output action information including adjustment information for the operation pattern and the combination of parameters included in the state information;
acquire judgment information, which is information for temperature of the machine tool and a machining time related to the machining of the machine tool, and calculate a value of a reward for reinforcement learning based on the judgment information thus acquired;
update a value function by performing the reinforcement learning based on the value of the reward, the state information and the action information,
set the value of the reward as a first negative value in a case of the temperature of the machine tool being at least a predetermined temperature,
set the value of the reward as a positive value in a case of the temperature of the machine tool being less than a predetermined temperature, and a machining time of the machine tool being shorter than a prior machining time, and
set the value of the reward as a second negative value in a case of the temperature of the machine tool being less than a predetermined temperature, and a machining time of the machine tool being longer than a prior machining time.

US Pat. No. 10,509,390

SAFETY AND RELIABILITY GUARANTEES FOR LASER FABRICATION

Glowforge Inc., Seattle,...

1. A method, comprising:generating, at a server, expected sensor data for a sensor of a computer numerically controlled machine over a course of executing an execution plan, the execution plan describing actions performed by at least one component of the computer numerically controlled machine in order to deliver electromagnetic energy for causing one or more changes in a material, the expected sensor data being generated based at least on the execution plan; and
sending, to the computer numerically controlled machine, the expected sensor data to least enable the computer numerically controlled machine to compare, during an execution of the execution plan, sensor data generated by the sensor of the computer numerically controlled machine during the execution of the execution plan with the expected sensor data, detecting an occurrence of an anomalous condition at the computer numerically controlled machine based at least on the comparison indicating a deviation from the expected sensor data, and performing an action in response to detecting the occurrence of the anomalous condition, the anomalous condition including a failure of a cooling unit and/or a laser of the computer numerically controlled machine detected based at least on the difference between the temperature of the computer numerically controlled machine and the ambient temperature failing to exceed a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,509,383

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR OPERATING GRAIN BIN SYSTEMS

ISC Companies, Inc., Min...

1. A control system for controlling a shared variable frequency drive (VFD) for operating more than one mechanical systems of a grain bin, the control system comprising:at least one processor circuit that is configured to:
operate the shared VFD in a first mode, wherein operating in the first mode comprises controlling a fan assembly of the grain bin, and a heating device coupled to the fan assembly, the heating device providing heat only when the fan assembly is blowing and inhibiting heating of the heating device until the fan assembly reaches a threshold frequency; and
operate the shared VFD in a second mode, wherein operating in the second mode comprises controlling an unload sweep assembly within the grain bin.

US Pat. No. 10,509,381

MONITORING AND CONTROLLING OF APPLIANCES

WALLFLOWER LABS, INC., C...

1. An electric range comprising:a first burner of a stove;
a second burner of the stove;
an oven;
a first sensor that indicates electrical usage by the first burner;
a second sensor that indicates electrical usage by the second burner;
a third sensor that indicates electrical usage by a heating element of the oven;
a fourth sensor that indicates temperature proximate to the first burner;
a fifth sensor that indicates temperature proximate to the second burner;
a sixth sensor that indicates temperature proximate to the oven; and
a control board configured to:
receive measurements from each of the first sensor, the second sensor, the third sensor, the fourth sensor, the fifth sensor, and the sixth sensor,
turn off at least one of the first burner, the second burner, or the oven based at least in part on processing the received measurements, and
send a message to a second device with information about a state of the electric range or instructions to modify a setting of the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,380

SERVICE PANEL WITH MICROSPROCESSOR

WCM INDUSTRIES, INC., Co...

1. A service panel for controlling at least one utility actuator, comprising:an enclosure having an exterior and an interior;
at least one utility control switch for controlling the at least one utility actuator, wherein the at least one utility actuator is configured to control at least one of a water utility, a gas utility, or an electric utility;
at least one indicator, viewable from the exterior of the enclosure, for indicating whether the utility actuator is in an “ON” state or an “OFF” state;
a microprocessor housed within the interior of the enclosure;
data storage programmed with code that, when executed by the microprocessor, causes the service panel to function according to a set of configuration options;
a display configured to display a state of at least one configuration option of the set of configuration options; and
at least one input mechanism for changing the state of the at least one configuration option.

US Pat. No. 10,509,378

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SOIL MODELING AND AUTOMATIC IRRIGATION CONTROL

FarmX Inc., Mountain Vie...

1. A system for automatic irrigation for a micro-climate area, the system comprising:a farm;
a weather station for obtaining weather data near a target area;
a mesh network;
a sensor platform having a plurality of sensors comprising:
sensors measuring soil moisture at various depths in the target area;
sensors measuring soil salinity at the various depths in the target area;
sensors measuring soil temperature at the various depths in the target area;
water pressure sensors coupled with an irrigation assembly;
flow meters for the irrigation assembly;
plant health sensors; and
wherein the sensor platform comprises a controller that periodically wakes each of the plurality of sensors and transmits sensor data from each of the plurality of sensors over the mesh network; and
a base station that:
receives the sensor data from the sensor platform over the mesh network;
analyzes the sensor data in combination with any of low-altitude and high-altitude imaging of the target area to determine if the target area requires watering; and
selectively controls any of a variable speed pump and water valves of an irrigation system that provides water to the target area in response to the analysis;
subterranean sensors disposed at varying fixed depths in the target area, the subterranean sensors being volume measuring devices each with a specific voltage; and
wherein the base station is configured to:
sample the sensor data of the subterranean sensors at a fixed duration, but staggered by non-overlapping intervals; and
determine water flow based on a time series evaluation of the sensor data, wherein the water flow at one of the subterranean sensors is evaluated by measuring moisture content at each of the other subterranean sensors and subtracting the moisture content measured by the one of the subterranean sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,509,365

ANALOGUE DISPLAY HAND

ETA SA Manufacture Horlog...

1. A method for fabricating display hands intended to equip timepieces, each display hand comprising a body and a pipe, providing an arbor hole arranged for fitting the display hand onto a drive arbor, wherein the method comprises the following steps:placing at least one pipe inside a mould, the at least one pipe comprising a first portion of a diameter D1, and a second portion of a diameter D2 which is greater than D1;
after the placing, injecting composite material to form a sheet of composite material moulded on said at least one pipe, the sheet including a top side, a bottom side, and a through hole extending from the top side to the bottom side;
after the injecting, micro-machining the sheet to form the body of at least one hand; and
releasing the at least one hand from the sheet,
wherein, after the releasing is complete, the first portion of the pipe is positioned below a bottom side of the through hole and the second portion of the pipe is positioned within the sheet when the second portion is below a top side of the through hole and above the bottom side of the through hole, the diameter D2 of the second portion of the pipe positioned within the sheet being greater than a diameter of the through hole at the top side of the sheet and greater than a diameter of the through hole at the bottom side of the sheet such that said at least one pipe is integral with the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,509,360

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REMOVABLE CARTRIDGES MOUNTED ON TRAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly; and
a cartridge including at least an image bearing member;
a tray drawable from said main assembly, wherein said cartridge is mountable to and dismountable from said tray in one direction and an opposite direction, respectively; and
a light emission unit provided in said tray and including a plurality of light emission elements arranged in an axial direction of said image bearing member to form a latent image on said image bearing member,
wherein said cartridge is capable of being inserted into said tray by moving said cartridge in the one direction, in response to which said light emission unit is moved in a direction crossing with the one direction to outside of a movement range of insertion of said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,509,357

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming an image on a recording material,
wherein said image forming portion includes:
a first image forming portion for forming a toner image,
a second image forming portion for forming a toner image different in color from the toner image formed by said first image forming portion, and
an intermediary transfer member which is provided rotatably and on which the toner images formed by said first image forming portion and said second image forming portion are transferred,
wherein said first image forming portion is provided on a side downstream of said second image forming portion with respect to a rotational direction of said intermediary transfer member and is capable of transferring the toner image onto said intermediary transfer member so as to be superposed on the toner image formed by said second image forming portion,
wherein said image forming apparatus further includes:
a cleaning member capable of removing the toner images on said intermediary transfer member, and
a controller for controlling an operation of said image forming portion,
wherein said first image forming portion includes:
a first image bearing member,
a first developing device, provided so as to be contactable to and separable from said first image bearing member, for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said first image bearing member by a liquid developer containing first toner at a first developing position opposing said first image bearing member,
a first transfer device, to which a first transfer voltage is to be applied, for transferring the toner image formed on said first image bearing member onto said intermediary transfer member at a first transfer position, and
a first blade, provided so as to be contactable to and separable from said first image bearing member, for removing the toner image on said first image bearing member,
wherein with an end of image formation, said controller causes said first blade to be separated from said first image bearing member during a rotational operation in which said first image bearing member rotates,
wherein during the rotational operation, said controller causes said first developing device to be in a separated position where said first developing device is separated from said first image bearing member when a first opposing position of said first image bearing member to said first blade at a time when said first blade is started to be separated from said first image bearing member reaches the first developing position, and
wherein during the rotational operation, said controller causes said first image bearing member to rotate so that the first opposing position passes through the first transfer position after said first blade is separated, and causes the liquid developer remaining on said first image bearing member at the first opposing position to be transferred onto said intermediary transfer member and causes said cleaning device to collect the transferred liquid developer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,354

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transfer member to rotate and to which a developer is transferrable to transfer the developer onto a printing medium; and
a sensor assembly including,
a sensor to sense the developer transferred onto the transfer member through a window disposed between the sensor and the transfer member; and
a shutter device having a shutter movable in an oblique direction to open and close the window.

US Pat. No. 10,509,348

FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A fixing device that fixes a toner image formed on a paper sheet to the paper sheet, the fixing device comprising:a pressure roller that applies pressure to the paper sheet; and
a heating member that heats the paper sheet,
wherein
the heating member includes:
a pressure pad positioned to face the pressure roller;
a heating roller including a heater; and
a fixing belt wound around the pressure pad and the heating roller in an endless manner,
the fixing device further comprises
a drive mechanism that controls rotation of the pressure roller and the heating roller,
the fixing belt is driven while sliding on a surface of the pressure pad, when the heating roller rotates, and
the drive mechanism
moves at least one of the pressure roller and the heating member, to apply pressure to the paper sheet being conveyed between the pressure roller and the pressure pad, and fix the toner image to the paper sheet,
switches between a contact state in which the pressure roller and the fixing belt are in contact with each other, and a separated state in which the pressure roller and the fixing belt are separated from each other, and
switches to the contact state when a predetermined condition is satisfied during a period of warm-up for the heating member, wherein
a lubricant is applied to the surface of the pressure pad, and
the drive mechanism switches to the separated state when a temperature of the lubricant exceeds a first threshold value during a period of the warm-up, which is a period of the contact state.

US Pat. No. 10,509,340

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR COLOR REGISTRATION CORRECTION

HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LT...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image former including a plurality of photosensitive drums to print, on a printing paper, a plurality of lines that are oriented perpendicular to a main scanning direction of the image former to be arranged at predetermined intervals along the main scanning direction,
each line of the plurality of lines including a plurality of colored sub-lines oriented perpendicular to the main scanning direction to be formed along a sub-scanning direction of the image former by corresponding photosensitive drums, and
at least two sub-lines among the plurality of sub-lines printed using a different respective one of the plurality of photosensitive drums;
a scanner to scan the printing paper, on which the plurality of lines is printed, to obtain a scanned image of the plurality of lines; and
at least one processor to perform color registration correction using the scanned image.

US Pat. No. 10,509,337

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a conductive substrate and a photosensitive layer having a single-layer structure, whereinthe photosensitive layer contains a charge generating material, an electron transport material, a polycarbonate resin, and a hole transport material,
a charge of calcium carbonate as measured by charging the calcium carbonate through friction with the photosensitive layer is at least +6.5 ?C/g,
in the measurement of the charge of the calcium carbonate,
(i) two of the photosensitive layers are prepared, one of the two photosensitive layers being a first photosensitive layer, another of the two photosensitive layers being a second photosensitive layer, the first and second photosensitive layers each having a circular shape of a diameter of 3 cm,
(ii) 0.007 g of the calcium carbonate is applied over the first photosensitive layer to obtain a calcium carbonate layer formed from the calcium carbonate, and the second photosensitive layer is overlaid onto the calcium carbonate layer,
(iii) the first photosensitive layer is rotated at a rotational speed of 60 rpm for 60 seconds while the second photosensitive layer is kept stationary in an environment at a temperature of 23° C. and a relative humidity of 50% to charge the calcium carbonate contained in the calcium carbonate layer through friction between the calcium carbonate and each of the first photosensitive layer and the second photosensitive layer, and
(iv) the charged calcium carbonate is sucked using a charge measuring device, and a total electric charge Q and a mass M of the sucked calcium carbonate are measured using the charge measuring device to calculate the charge of the calcium carbonate according to an expression Q/M,
a Vickers hardness of the photosensitive layer at 45° C. is at least 17.0 HV, and
the electron transport material includes a compound having a halogen atom and represented by general formula (4), and the hole transport material includes a compound represented by general formula (20), or
the electron transport material includes a compound having a halogen atom and represented by general formula (1), and the hole transport material includes a compound represented by chemical formula (25-H6), or
the electron transport material includes a compound having a halogen atom and represented by general formula (2), and the hole transport material includes a compound represented by general formula (27),


where in general formula (4), R41 and R42 each represent, independently of one another, an alkyl group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater than 8 and having at least 1 halogen atom or an aralkyl group having a carbon number of at least 7 and no greater than 20 and having at least 1 halogen atom, and b1 and b2 each represent 0,
in general formula (20), R201, R202, R203, and R204 each represent, independently of one another, an alkyl group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater than 6, and d1, d2, d3, and d4 each represent, independently of one another, an integer of at least 0 and no greater than 5,


in general formula (1), R1 represents an alkyl group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater than 8 and having at least 1 halogen atom,

in general formula (2), R21 and R22 each represent, independently of one another, an alkyl group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater than 4, and R23 represents a halogen atom, and
in general formula (27), R271, R272, and R273 each represent, independently of one another, an alkyl group having a carbon number of at least 1 and no greater than 6, h1, h2, and h3 each represent, independently of one another, an integer of at least 0 and no greater than 5, and R274, R275, and R276 each represent, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom or an aryl group having a carbon number of at least 6 and no greater than 14.

US Pat. No. 10,509,334

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING CONTAMINATION FROM LITHOGRAPHIC TOOL

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method comprising:monitoring a sensor measurement indicative of an amount of contamination formed on a radiation receiving surface over a sensor in a lithography tool; and
performing a cleaning session in the lithography tool when the sensor measurement including a relative radiation intensity reaches a threshold value in a range from 0.6 to 0.9, wherein the cleaning session comprises providing radicals to the radiation receiving surface, wherein after the cleaning session, the sensor provides the sensor measurement without being recalibrated,
wherein the sensor is a TIS (transmission image sensor) sensor mounted on a substrate stage in the lithography tool, and the sensor measurement includes the relative radiation intensity defined by a ratio of a radiation intensity measured by the TIS sensor through the radiation receiving surface over a radiation intensity dispatched from a radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,509,333

PATTERNING DEVICE COOLING APPARATUS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A patterning apparatus for a lithographic apparatus, the patterning apparatus comprising:a patterning device support structure configured to support a patterning device;
a patterning device conditioning system comprising at least one first gas outlet configured to provide a gas flow over a surface of the patterning device and at least one second gas outlet configured to provide a gas flow over a part of a surface of the patterning device support structure not supporting the patterning device such that the gas flow from the second gas outlet primarily does not flow over the surface of the patterning device; and
a control system configured to control a value of parameter of gas exiting the at least one first gas outlet to be a different value than that parameter of gas exiting the at least one second gas outlet or control a value of parameter of gas exiting the at least one second gas outlet to be a different value than that parameter of gas exiting the at least one first gas outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,509,331

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DEVICE

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An immersion lithography apparatus comprising:a support table configured to support an object;
a projection system configured to project a patterned beam onto the object;
a positioner configured to move the support table relative to the projection system;
a liquid confinement structure configured to at least partly confine a liquid to an immersion space between the projection system and a surface of the object and/or support table; and
a controller configured to control the positioner to move the support table to follow a route comprised of a series of motions, the controller configured to at least:
predict a relative speed between an edge of the immersion space and an edge of the object when the edge of the immersion space passes over the edge of the object occurring during at least one motion of the series of motions of the route;
compare the speed to a predetermined parameter and predict liquid loss from the immersion space occurring during the at least one motion responsive to the speed being greater than the predetermined parameter; and
responsive to a prediction of liquid loss from the immersion space, modify one or more parameters of the route for the at least one motion accordingly.

US Pat. No. 10,509,326

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A cleaning apparatus for a lithographic tool, wherein the lithographic tool comprises:a movable table;
a projection system configured to project a patterned beam of radiation onto a radiation-sensitive substrate, the projection system comprising a final optical element adjacent the table;
a liquid confinement structure configured to at least partly confine liquid in a space between the projection system and the table such that liquid is in direct contact with the final optical element and the liquid confinement structure, the liquid confinement structure having an outlet configured to remove liquid from the space, the outlet being in an under surface of the liquid confinement structure and located on opposite sides of a path of a beam of radiation from the projection system; and
a liquid supply system configured to provide immersion liquid to the space for an exposure period,
the cleaning apparatus comprising a structure movable with respect to the liquid confinement structure and the projection system, the structure having an upper surface of at least same width as the width between the locations of the outlet on opposite sides of the path of the beam of radiation and the structure comprising a cleaning device configured to clean with a cleaning fluid of different composition than the immersion liquid provided to the space for a cleaning period, a surface of the final optical element, of the liquid confinement structure, or of both the final optical element and the liquid confinement structure, the cleaning device located in or under the upper surface so as not to protrude above the upper surface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,321

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FORMING COATING LAYER

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A temperature controlling apparatus, comprising:a platen;
a fluid source that supplies a fluid;
a chiller coupled to the fluid source to cool the fluid in the fluid source to a cooling temperature;
a first conduit comprising a first inlet in fluid communication with the fluid source, a first outlet and a first heater configured to heat the fluid from the cooling temperature to a first heating temperature, wherein the fluid heated by the first heater is dispensed on the platen through the first outlet and the first heating temperature is substantially higher than the cooling temperature;
a second conduit comprising a second inlet in fluid communication with the fluid source, a second outlet and a second heater configured to heat the fluid from the cooling temperature to a second heating temperature different from the first heating temperature and substantially higher than the cooling temperature, wherein the fluid heated by the second heater is dispensed on the platen through the second outlet;
a plurality of inlet thermal sensors disposed at the first inlet and the second inlet to sense temperature of the fluid entering the first conduit and the second conduit respectively; and
a plurality of outlet thermal sensors disposed at the first outlet and the second outlet respectively to sense temperature of the fluid dispensed from the first outlet and the second outlet respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,509,315

PHOTOACID GENERATOR

ROHM AND HAAS ELECTRONIC ...

1. A photoacid generator compound having Formula (II):
wherein:
X1, X2, X3 and X4 are each independently an electron-withdrawing group;
Y is a single bond or a linking group;
R is hydrogen, a straight chain or branched C1-20 alkyl group, a straight chain or branched C2-20 alkenyl group, a monocyclic or polycyclic C3-20 cycloalkyl group, a monocyclic or polycyclic C3-20 cycloalkenyl group, a monocyclic or polycyclic C3-20 heterocycloalkyl group; a monocyclic or polycyclic C3-20 heterocycloalkenyl group; a monocyclic or polycyclic C6-20 aryl group, or a monocyclic or polycyclic C1-20 heteroaryl group, each of which except hydrogen is substituted or unsubstituted; and
M+ is an organic sulfonium cation or an organic iodonium cation having Formula (VII):

wherein,
R0 is a C1-20 alkyl group, a C1-20 fluoroalkyl group, a C3-20 cycloalkyl group, a C3-20 fluorocycloalkyl group, a C2-20 alkenyl group, a C2-20 fluoroalkenyl group, a C6-30 aryl group, a C6-30 fluoroaryl group, a C1-30 heteroaryl group, a C7-30 aralkyl group, a C7-30 fluoroaralkyl group, a C2-30 heteroaralkyl group, or a C2-30 fluoroheteroaralkyl group, each of which is substituted or unsubstituted, and
Ar is a C6-30 substituted aromatic organic group,
wherein Ar is optionally connected to R0; and
each “” represents a partial double bond.

US Pat. No. 10,509,311

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AN ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for generating an electromagnetic radiation, comprising:introducing a target material in a chamber;
irradiating a light beam on the target material in the chamber to generate plasma and an electromagnetic radiation;
collecting the electromagnetic radiation with an optical device; and
introducing a gas mixture in the chamber through a gas outlet in communication with an aperture of the optical device, wherein the gas outlet extends into the optical device through the aperture, the gas mixture comprises a first buffer gas reactive to the target material, and a second buffer gas to slow down debris of the target material and/or plasma by-product, so as to increase an reaction efficiency of the target material and the first buffer gas, and to reduce deposition of the debris of the target material and/or the plasma by-product on the optical device, the first buffer gas comprises hydrogen gas, the second buffer gas comprises xenon gas, and an amount ratio of the second buffer gas to the first buffer gas is less than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,509,306

MONOLITHIC LCD PROJECTOR

1. A monolithic liquid crystal display (LCD) projector, comprising a light emitting diode (LED) light source (1), a condenser (2), a collimating lens (4), an LCD light valve (5), a field lens (6) and a projection lens (8), wherein the LCD light valve (5) is disposed between the collimating lens (4) and the field lens (6); the condenser (2) is disposed between the LED light source (1) and the collimating lens (4); the projection lens (8) is disposed behind the field lens (6), a first reflector (7) is disposed between the field lens (6) and the projection lens (8), and the first reflector (7) conducts mirror reflection along a long axis thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,509,305

LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL APPARATUS, LIGHT SOURCE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROJECTOR

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A light source control apparatus, comprising:a controller configured to transmit an instruction value to adjust a light amount of at least one light emitting unit; and
a plurality of drivers, wherein each driver of the plurality of drivers is configured to:
obtain the transmitted instruction value;
determine a driving value of each light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit, based on the instruction value and a function of the driving value, wherein
the function drives a corresponding light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit and the light amount of the at least one light emitting unit, and
the function is set for each light emitting unit of the at least one light emitting unit; and
use, as the function, a plurality of functions set corresponding to a plurality of driving regions, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,509,304

LED PROJECTION LIGHT HAS FEATURES

1. An LED projection light, comprising:at least one LED light source;
at least one display-unit including at least one film, slide, digital-data device, display element compartment, or changeable display element installed within a light-leakage preventing assembly formed by at least one tube, tray, holder, or housing; and
a projection lens positioned above or at a top end of the light-leakage preventing assembly, the projection lens enlarging and projecting an image or light pattern formed by the at least one display-unit for projection onto a ceiling, wall, building, garage-door, fence, or surface located approximately three to 100 feet away from the LED projection light,
wherein the light-leakage preventing assembly has two sections, including a lower section for the LED and a top section, the projection lens being installed in one of (A) an opening at the top of the light-leakage preventing assembly, and (B) above a top end of the light-leakage preventing assembly so the light-leakage preventing assembly does not limit a size of the enlarged and projected image or light pattern,
wherein the enlarged and projected image or light pattern includes at least one of a (1) time, (2) date, (3) weather, temperature, or humidity, (4) motion picture, (5) photo, (6) digital data, (7) cartoon, (8) digital memory data, (9) digital file storage data, (10) image on the display-unit, and (11) light-pattern, the enlarged and projected image having a predetermined color, brightness, size, intensity, clarity, or resolution,
wherein the LED projection light is adapted to enable changing a position or orientation of the enlarged and projected image or light pattern by touching, moving, or pushing on the light-leakage preventing assembly or another housing part of the LED projection light,
wherein the LED projection light is an AC powered light that is plugged into an AC outlet by prongs or an AC cord and plug for indoor or outdoor application.

US Pat. No. 10,509,302

SHORT THROW PROJECTOR MOUNT WITH ADJUSTABLE SCREW DRIVE

Legrand AV Inc., Eden Pr...

1. A mount for a projector, the mount comprising:a support structure interface; and
a projector interface, the projector interface and the support structure interface coupled by an adjustment mechanism including at least a pitch adjustment assembly, and a roll adjustment assembly, wherein at least one of the pitch adjustment assembly or the roll adjustment assembly includes a control mechanism, the control mechanism enabling selection between a first mode in which the projector is positionable about a rotation axis by hand, and a second mode in which the projector is positionable about the rotation axis using the pitch adjustment assembly or the roll adjustment assembly, wherein the pitch adjustment assembly or the roll adjustment assembly includes a rotatable lead screw, and the projector is positioned about the rotation axis in the second mode by rotating the lead screw, wherein the control mechanism includes a rotatable knob, and wherein rotation of the rotatable knob shifts the control mechanism between the first mode and the second mode selectively engaging and disengaging the lead screw.

US Pat. No. 10,509,300

ELECTRICAL FIXTURE APPARATUS AND METHODS

1. An electrical fixture apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a. a conduit; and
b. a camera housing;
c. wherein the conduit comprises a fastening end;
d. wherein the conduit can be installed on an electrical wiring component;
e. wherein the camera housing can be connected to one of the conduit;
f. wherein the camera housing can comprise a camera; and
g. wherein, for example, the fastening end comprises a threading and can be installed by fastening the threading to the electrical wiring component, comprising an electrical box with threaded outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,509,296

COMPACT LIQUID CRYSTAL BEAM STEERING DEVICES INCLUDING MULTIPLE POLARIZATION GRATINGS

BOULDER NONLINEAR SYSTEMS...

1. A liquid crystal beam steering device, comprising:a first polarization grating configured to direct incident light into first and second beams having different directions of propagation than that of the incident light, the first and second beams having substantially orthogonal circular polarizations with respect to each other;
a liquid crystal layer configured to receive the first and second beams from the first polarization grating, the liquid crystal layer being switchable between first and second states for introducing a first and second retardance, respectively, to the first and second beams;
a second polarization grating spaced apart from the first polarization grating by a distance D1 and configured to receive the first and second beams from the liquid crystal layer and to alter the respective directions of propagation of the first and second beams according to the first or second retardance introduced to the first and second beams;
a third polarization grating configured to receive the first and second beams from the second polarization grating and to further alter the respective directions of propagation thereof;
an intermediate region configured to transmit the first and second beams from the third polarization grating therethrough;
a fourth polarization grating spaced apart from the third polarization grating by the distance D2 and configured to receive the first and second beams from the intermediate region and to additionally alter the respective directions of propagation thereof to provide output light; and
an aperture configured to primarily transmit the first and second beams from the fourth polarization grating when the liquid crystal layer is in the first state, and to primarily block the first and second beams from the fourth polarization grating when the liquid crystal layer is in the second state,
wherein the first, second, third, and fourth polarization gratings exhibit substantially similar diffractive properties, and
wherein D1 is substantially equal to D2.

US Pat. No. 10,509,293

COLORED ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAYS

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A method of driving an electrophoretic display comprising a layer of the electrophoretic medium disposed between first and second electrodes, with the first electrode forming the viewing surface of the display and the electrophoretic medium comprising a plurality of first, second, third, and fourth particles dispersed in a fluid, the display having a voltage controller capable of applying voltage differences of +VH, +VL, 0, ?VL and ?VH between the first and second electrodes respectively, where:+VH>+VL>0>?VL>?VH the method comprising, in either order:(a) displaying at the viewing surface alternately the color of the fourth particles, and the color of a mixture of the fourth and second particles by applying between the electrodes a series of first pulses of either +VH or ?VH and of a polarity which drives the fourth particles towards the first electrode, said series of first pulses alternating with second pulses of +VL or ?VL, and of opposite polarity to, but greater duration than, the first pulses; and
(b) displaying at the viewing surface alternately the color of the third particles and the color of a mixture of the third and second particles by applying between the electrodes a series of third pulses of either +VH or ?VH and of a polarity which drives the third particles towards the first electrode, said series of third pulses alternating with fourth pulses of +VL or ?VL, and of opposite polarity to, but greater duration than, the third pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,509,288

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE WITH OVERLAPPING SEMICONDUCTOR LAYERS

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a first substrate formed with a first gate line, a first source line, a first thin film transistor including a first channel region and a first semiconductor layer, a second semiconductor layer electrically insulated from the first semiconductor layer, and a third semiconductor layer electrically insulated from both of the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer;
a second substrate disposed opposite to the first substrate; and
a first liquid crystal layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the second semiconductor layer is disposed between the first thin film transistor and the first liquid crystal layer, and overlaps at least a part of the first channel region of the first thin film transistor in planar view,
the third semiconductor layer is disposed in a layer identical to the first semiconductor layer, and disposed away from the first thin film transistor, and
the second semiconductor layer at least partially overlaps with the third semiconductor layer in planar view.

US Pat. No. 10,509,286

PIXEL STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A manufacturing method of a pixel structure comprising an insulation layer and a metal layer, the manufacturing method comprising steps of:successively forming the insulation layer and a photoresist layer on a transparent substrate;
performing an exposure and a development on the photoresist layer by a back exposure process, so as to form a trench in the photoresist layer, an open area of the trench proximal to the insulation layer is larger than that of the trench distal to the insulation layer;
removing a portion of insulation material in a region of the insulation layer exposed through the trench by an etching process, so as to form a slot in the insulation layer;
depositing the metal layer on a side of the photoresist layer distal to the insulation layer, a portion of the metal layer is embedded in the slot, and the portion of the metal layer embedded in the slot has a thickness substantially equal to that of the insulation layer;
removing the photoresist layer and the metal layer thereon by a stripping process, and retaining the insulation layer and the portion of the metal layer in the slot of the insulation layer,
wherein during the back exposure process, a semi-transmission mask plate is used for performing the exposure, so that the cross section shape of the trench along the plane perpendicular to the plane of the transparent substrate is a trapezoid, and the trapezoid has two waists of arc lines, the arc lines protrude toward an inside of the trench.

US Pat. No. 10,509,279

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, TFT SUBSTRATE, AND DISPLAY PANEL HAVING SOURCE ELETRODES AND GATE ELECTRODES COMPRISING U-SHAPE STRUCTURES

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A thin film transistor (TFT), comprising a gate, a source, and a drain; the source being a first bending structure; the drain being a second bending structure; the gate being a third bending structure wherein the first bending structure of the source and the second bending structure of the drain are arranged opposite; the third bending structure of the gate is arranged between the first bending structure of the source and the second bending structure of the drain; wherein the first bending structure is a structure comprising one or more U-shaped structure or one or more T-shaped structure; the second bending structure is a structure comprising one or more U-shaped structure or one or more T-shaped structure; the thin film transistor further comprises a semiconductor layer, the gate, the source and the drain are arranged at a same side of the semiconductor layer, a vertical projection of the gate projected on a plane of the semiconductor layer is not overlapped by a vertical projection of the source projected on the plane of the semiconductor layer wherein the third bending structure is a structure comprising one or more waveform structure; the waveform is a periodic waveform, and the waveform of a former half period is opposite to the waveform of a latter half period; wherein the first bending structure is a structure comprising either N U-shaped structures connected with one another or either N T-shaped structures connected with one another; the second bending structure is a structure comprising either N U-shaped structures connected with one another or either N T-shaped structures connected with one another, but the second bending structure is different from the first bending structure; the third bending structure is a structure comprising N waveform structures; the N is an integer which is greater than or equal to one; an opening of the U-shaped structure is arranged on the T-shaped structure; a extending portion of the T-shaped structure is inserted into the opening of the U-shaped structure; the waveform structure is bended between the U-shaped structure and the T-shaped structure; wherein the first bending structure is a structure comprising N T-shaped structures connected with one another, the second bending structure is a structure comprising N U-shaped structures connected with one another, wherein a width of an opening of each U-shaped structure is greater than a width of an opening of a peak of each waveform structure such that each peak is inserted into the opening of a corresponding U-shaped structure, and an extending portion of a T-shaped structure is inserted into an opening of a peak of a corresponding waveform structure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,265

PHOTO-ALIGNMENT APPARATUS AND PHOTO-ALIGNMENT METHOD

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A photo-alignment apparatus, comprising: a loading platform, a light source located above the loading platform, and a movable polarizing element located between the loading platform and the light source; a side of the loading platform facing the light source being for placing a liquid crystal (LC) panel to be aligned;the polarizing element being movable to a region below the light source or otherwise in accordance with the display mode of the LC panel, and being for converting the non-polarized light emitted from the light source into linearly polarized light when moving to a region below the light source;
wherein the light source emits light that travels in a fixed direction toward the loading platform and the loading platform is located directly below the light source in the fixed direction and wherein the polarizing element is movable between a first position where polarizing element is in the region below the light source and is located between the light source and the loading platform in the fixed direction to allow the light emitting from the light source and traveling in the fixed direction to pass through the polarizing element and a second position where the polarizing element is located in a region other than the region below the light source to allow the light emitting from the light source and traveling in the fixed direction to bypass the polarizing element and reach the loading platform directly, wherein the polarizing element is movable between the first position as being located below the light source and the second position as being not located below the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,509,263

BACKLIGHT UNITS FOR DISPLAY DEVICES

Nanosys, Inc., Milpitas,...

1. A method of forming a display device, the method comprising:providing at least one optical cavity having a top side, a bottom side, and side walls;
coupling an array of light sources to the at least one optical cavity; and
supporting an array of quantum dot (QD) films within the at least one optical cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,509,259

OPTICAL LAMINATED BODY AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAY DEVICE USING SAME

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. An optical laminate to be used for an organic electroluminescence display apparatus, comprising, in this order:a surface protective layer;
a polarizer; and
an optical compensation layer,
wherein the surface protective layer is flexible, has a function of substituting for a cover glass for an organic electroluminescence display apparatus, and functions as a protective layer for the polarizer,
wherein the optical compensation layer includes a first liquid crystal alignment fixed layer and a second liquid crystal alignment fixed layer in the stated order from a polarizer side,
wherein the first liquid crystal alignment fixed layer has an in-plane retardation Re(550) of from 180 nm to 320 nm, and the second liquid crystal alignment fixed layer has an in-plane retardation Re(550) of from 100 nm to 180 nm, and
wherein an angle formed between a slow axis of the first liquid crystal alignment fixed layer and an absorption axis of the polarizer is from 10° to 20°, and an angle formed between a slow axis of the second liquid crystal alignment fixed layer and the absorption axis of the polarizer is from 65° to 85°.

US Pat. No. 10,509,254

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPLAY SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

8. A display substrate, comprising:a black matrix having a plurality of black matrix alignment marks arranged thereon; and
a color film layer formed on the black matrix by aligning the black matrix alignment marks with associated color film layer alignment marks on a color film mask respectively,
wherein each end of an edge on one side of the black matrix has a group of N first black matrix alignment marks arranged thereon, and a spacing between adjacent first black matrix alignment marks is a first spacing; and each end of an edge on the opposing side of the black matrix has a group of N second black matrix alignment marks arranged thereon, and a spacing between adjacent second black matrix alignment marks is a second spacing that is different from the first spacing, where N is an integer greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,509,253

COLOR CONVERSION PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A color conversion panel comprising:a substrate;
a first color conversion layer, a second color conversion layer, and a transmission layer provided on the substrate;
a first scatterer layer provided between the first color conversion layer and the second color conversion layer, and a second scatterer layer provided between the second color conversion layer and the transmission layer; and
a light filter layer provided between the first scatterer layer and the first color conversion layer, between the first scatterer layer and the second color conversion layer, between the second scatterer layer and the second color conversion layer, and between the second scatterer layer and the transmission layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,243

BIAS CONTROL OF OPTICAL MODULATORS

Elenion Technologies, LLC...

1. An optical modulator apparatus comprising:an optical modulator circuit comprising:
an input optical port for receiving input light;
an output optical port configured to provide output modulator light and tapped light;
first and second modulator arms each optically connecting the output optical port to the input optical port; and,
a plurality of electrodes comprising a first bias electrode coupled to the first modulator arm and a second bias electrode coupled to the second modulator arm, the plurality of electrodes configured to adjust, responsive to a bias signal, optical phase of light propagating in one of the first and second modulator arms relative to the other of the first and second modulator arms, and to separately modulate light propagating in the first and second modulator arms with one or more dither signals;
a monitor photodiode (PD) disposed to receive the tapped light and to output a PD signal responsive thereto;
a controller operatively coupled to the plurality of bias electrodes and configured to:
provide to the first bias electrode a first dither signal S1 oscillating at a first dither frequency f1 and a second dither signal S2 oscillating at a second dither frequency f2?f1;
provide to the second bias electrode a third dither signal S3 oscillating at the first dither frequency f1 and a fourth dither signal S4 oscillating at the second dither frequency f2, wherein the third dither signal S3 is shifted in phase with respect to the first dither signal by 90 degrees, and the fourth dither signal S4 is shifted in phase with respect to the second dither signal by (?90) degrees; and,
provide the bias signal to at least one of the plurality of bias electrodes;
a phase-sensitive dither detector disposed to receive the PD signal and configured to detect therein a dither signal at a difference frequency f12=|f1?f2| and to output at least one feedback signal responsive to an optical phase difference between the first and second modulator arms;
wherein the controller is configured to adjust the bias signal responsive to the at least one feedback signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,241

OPTICAL DISPLAYS

ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus for providing light from a light source to an eye location, comprising:a substrate having a first glass layer and a second glass layer;
a first set of fold gratings disposed between the first glass layer and the second glass layer in the substrate arranged to receive light from the light source and to diffract the received light in a first direction as first diffracted light for propagation in the substrate; and
a second set of output gratings disposed between the first glass layer and the second glass layer in the substrate arranged to receive the first diffracted light and to diffract the first diffracted light in a second direction as second diffracted light to the eye location, wherein the first direction is different from the second direction, wherein the first set of fold gratings, the second set of output gratings, the first glass layer and the second glass layer are part of a same waveguide structure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,236

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE MOLDS AND RELATED METHODS

CooperVision Internationa...

1. An ophthalmic contact lens mold member including a molding surface configured to form an entire anterior or posterior surface of a contact lens, the molding surface comprising:(a) a distinct first portion formed of a first polymer, wherein the first polymer is water-soluble, and wherein the distinct first portion is configured to come into direct contact with a polymerizable composition to cast mold a first region of the anterior or posterior surface of the contact lens; and
(b) a distinct second portion formed of a second polymer that is different from the first polymer, wherein the second polymer is essentially insoluble in water, and wherein the distinct second portion is configured to come into direct contact with the polymerizable composition to cast mold a second region of the same anterior or posterior surface of the contact lens, and is configured, in combination with the distinct first portion, to form the entire anterior or posterior molding surface, and wherein the combination of the distinct first portion and the distinct second portion are configured to come into direct contact with the polymerizable composition to cast mold the entire anterior or posterior surface of the contact lens.

US Pat. No. 10,509,229

LIGHT GUIDE DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A light guide device comprising:a transparent light guide portion that guides light beams incident from one end side to a light-emitting portion,
wherein the light guide portion includes
a first surface that extends from the one end side on which the light beams are incident toward another end side in a first direction,
a second surface that extends in the first direction and in parallel to the first surface in one side of a second direction intersecting with the first direction,
a third surface that is positioned between the first surface and the second surface at the another end side of the light guide portion, and
a plurality of partial reflection surfaces that are disposed along the first direction between the first surface and the second surface and are inclined at the same angle from a normal direction with respect to the second surface toward the one end side when viewed from a third direction intersecting with the first direction and the second direction, and
wherein the third surface is a surface with an anti-reflection structure and is parallel to at least one of the plurality of partial reflection surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,509,228

LOW FIELD MYOPIA FOR ARTIFICIAL REALITY SYSTEMS

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A head-mounted display (HMD) comprising:an optical assembly configured to direct image light to an eye-box of the HMD, the eye-box corresponding to a location of a user's eye; and
an electronic display configured to emit the image light, the electronic display positioned with respect to an optical axis of the HMD such that a first portion of the image light emitted by a first portion of the electronic display and a second portion of the image light emitted by a second portion of the electronic display appear to originate at different distances from the optical assembly,
wherein the optical assembly generates a first image plane at a first focal distance by propagating the first portion of the image light and a second image plane at a second focal distance by propagating the second portion of the image light.

US Pat. No. 10,509,227

HEAD UP DISPLAY DEVICE AND SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A head up display device comprising:a first display image generator configured to generate a first linearly polarized light containing a first image;
a second display image generator configured to generate a second linearly polarized light containing a second image; wherein the first image is a left-eye image and the second image is a right-eye image, and the polarization direction of the first linearly-polarized light is perpendicular to the polarization direction of the second linearly-polarized light;
a first polarizing beam splitter configured to combine the first linearly polarized light and the second linearly polarized light; and
an optical component containing a plurality of reflective imaging elements, wherein the optical component is configured to reflect the first image and the second image into a user's eye,
wherein the first display image generator and the second display image generator are arranged in mirror image with respect to the first polarizing beam splitter, and the time when the first linearly polarized light propagates from the first display image generator to the first polarizing beam splitter is the same as the time when the second linearly polarized light propagates from the second display image generator to the first polarizing beam splitter, thereby ensuring that the first image and the second image generated by a same image to be displayed simultaneously propagate to the user's eye.

US Pat. No. 10,509,224

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPRESSING DOUBLE IMAGES ON A COMBINER HEAD-UP DISPLAY

HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL I...

1. A head-up display system for overlaying a projected image onto an external scene image, the head-up display system comprising:a combiner having a first surface and a second surface and including a uniaxially absorbing polarizing structure disposed on the combiner to define the first surface or within the combiner between the first surface and the second surface;
a polarized image generation system configured to project polarized light onto the combiner; and
wherein the uniaxially absorbing polarizing structure has a local absorption axis that is substantially aligned at each point of the uniaxially absorbing polarizing structure with a refracted propagation direction of the external scene image transmitted through the combiner toward a design eye point for the head-up display system, the combiner configured to reflect from the first surface a first portion of the polarized light from the image generation system toward a design eye point for the head-up display system, and the uniaxially absorbing polarizing structure configured to substantially absorb a second portion of the polarized light from the image generation system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,221

HOLGRAPHIC DISPLAY DEVICE AND HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A holographic display device, comprising:at least one light-source generator, each including:
a laser device unit including at least one laser device, configured to irradiate laser light;
a light expander unit including at least one light expander, configured to expand the laser light from the at least one laser device into a plurality of beams of light; and
a light condenser unit including at least one light condenser, configured to condense the plurality of beams of light from the at least one light expander to generate a pair of virtual light sources capable of alternately emitting light at a predetermined frequency, wherein:
the at least one light condenser includes two convex lenses and two first reflectors corresponding to the two convex lenses, respectively,
principal optical axes of the two convex lenses intersect with or are perpendicular to a principal optical axis of a collimator lens,
reflective surfaces of the two first reflectors are configured to face toward the light expander unit and form an angle with a light exiting direction of the light expander unit,
the plurality of beams of light from the light expander unit are formed in parallel and directed to the reflective surfaces of the two first reflectors, respectively,
the reflective surfaces of the two first reflectors reflect the received light toward the two corresponding convex lenses, respectively,
the two convex lenses converge the plurality of beams of light reflected by the two first reflectors respectively to provide two initial light sources,
the light-source generator further includes a second reflector disposed between the two convex lenses,
the second reflector is configured to reflect the light from the two initial light sources to the collimator lens, and
the initial light sources directed toward the collimator lens are configured to form the virtual light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,509,211

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising a protection cover made of resin and a lens portion arranged in order from an object side to an image side,wherein the protection cover includes an aspherical surface whose shape from an optical axis to a peripheral portion is continuously changed, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.05<|sag1/tc|<5.00, and
0.00<|fa/fc|<0.25,
where 2×ha represents an effective diameter of the aspherical surface, sag1 represents a distance in a direction of the optical axis between the aspherical surface and a reference spherical surface of the aspherical surface at a position where the height from the optical axis is ha, tc represents a thickness of the protection cover on the optical axis, fc represents a focal length of the protection cover, and fa represents a focal length of the lens portion when the lens portion is a prime lens or a focal length of a zoom lens at a wide angle end when the lens portion is the zoom lens.

US Pat. No. 10,509,196

LENS BARREL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lens barrel comprising:a first frame that has an approximately cylindrical shape;
a second frame that has an approximately cylindrical shape arranged radially inward of the first frame, the second frame being movable relative to the first frame;
a third frame that has an approximately cylindrical shape arranged radially inward of the second frame, the third frame being not rotatable relative to the first frame and rotatable relative to the second frame; and
a fourth frame that has an approximately cylindrical shape arranged radially outward of the first frame and is not movable relative to the second frame in an optical axis direction such that the forth frame is axially fixed relative to the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,509,193

DRIVING MECHANISM

TDK TAIWAN CORP., Yangme...

1. A driving mechanism, comprising:a frame;
a carrying base disposed on the frame, comprising:
a carrying body configured to carry an optical element;
a first stop portion disposed on the carrying body, and configured to limit a range of motion of the carrying body in a first direction; and
a second stop portion disposed on the carrying body, and configured to limit the range of motion of the carrying body in the first direction; and
a drive module disposed in the frame, and configured to drive the carrying base to move relative to the frame,
wherein the first direction is parallel to an optical axis that passes through the optical element, and the first stop portion is closer to a top portion of the frame than the second stop portion.

US Pat. No. 10,509,190

MULTI-POSITIONABLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRAY

CommScope Connectivity Be...

1. A multi-positionable tray assembly for mounting within a chassis of a telecommunications panel, the multi-positionable tray assembly comprising:a) a tray configured to support at least one cable management structure; and
b) a support arm defining a cable routing pathway and being connected to and supporting the tray at a pivot joint such that the tray is rotatable about the pivot joint at a pivot axis between a folded position and an access position, the support arm being configured for removable attachment to the chassis via a snap-fit connection such that the multi-positionable tray, including the tray and the support arm, can be placed in a removed position away from the chassis and an installed position within the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,509,188

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FIBER DISTRIBUTION

CommScope Connectivity Be...

1. An enclosure comprising:an active equipment module defining a first sealed interior, the active equipment module also defining a sealed electrical connection location accessible from an exterior of the active equipment module, the sealed electrical connection location providing electrical access to the first sealed interior;
a fiber-to-electrical signal converter sealed within the first sealed interior of the active equipment module, the fiber-to-electrical signal converter being electrically coupled to the sealed electrical connection location;
a fiber management module coupled to the active equipment module, the fiber management module cooperating with the active equipment module to define a second interior, the fiber management module being movable relative to the active equipment module between a closed position and an open position, the second interior being sealed when the fiber management module is disposed in the closed position, the second interior being accessible from an exterior of the enclosure when the fiber management module is in the open position, the fiber management module defining a first sealed fiber connection location and a second sealed fiber connection location accessible from an exterior of the fiber management module, the first and second sealed fiber connection locations providing optical access to the second interior even when the fiber management module is in the closed position; and
an optical circuit extending between the first sealed fiber connection location of the fiber management module and the fiber-to-electrical signal converter, the optical circuit being fully sealed within the enclosure when the fiber management module is disposed in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,509,180

FLEXIBLE ROUTING IN A FIBER TRAY FOR USE IN A FIBER OPTIC ASSEMBLY

Ciena Corporation, Hanov...

1. A fiber tray with an adjustable fiber boot exit angle, the fiber tray comprising:one or more trays each comprising a base layer and a retention mechanism for one or more optical fibers at various positions about the base layer, wherein the one or more trays provide management of the one or more optical fibers in a fiber optic assembly;
a fiber boot at an exit point of a tray of the one or more trays, wherein the fiber boot provides an exit for the one or more optical fibers from the fiber tray;
an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust an exit angle of the one or more optical fibers by changing position of the fiber boot, wherein the exit angle is set based on a type of the fiber optic assembly; and
a flexible wall attached to the tray and configured to position the fiber boot based on the adjustment mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,509,177

OPTICAL ADAPTER MODULE WITH MANAGED CONNECTIVITY

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A circuit board arrangement comprising:a system circuit board having a first major side;
a plurality of circuit board connectors disposed in a row at the first major side of the system circuit board;
a plurality of connection modules mounted to the first major surface of the system circuit board at the circuit board connectors, each connection module including an optical adapter that defines a front port and a rear port, each optical adapter also defining an opening leading to an interior of the optical adapter; and
a plurality of module circuit board arrangements each disposed at the opening of a respective one of the optical adapters, each module circuit board arrangement including a media reading interface facing the interior of the respective optical adapter and being accessible by a plug connector received at one of the front and rear ports of the respective optical adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,509,176

DEFORMABLE MIRROR AND CAPACITIVE ACTUATOR ARRAY CONTROLLER

Teilch, LLC, Portola Val...

1. A controller for a capacitive actuator array of a deformable mirror comprising:a stackable, printed circuit board assembly (PCBA);
the stackable, PCBA further comprising:
a distributed microcontroller (MCU) architecture comprising a main microcontroller unit and a plurality of slave microcontroller units communicatively coupled to said main microcontroller unit;
a plurality of high-voltage sample-and-hold IC's (HV S&H), each slave microcontroller of said plurality of slave microcontrollers supplying control signals to at least one capacitive actuator in said actuator array;
at least one input for receiving data embodying instructions for controlling actuators of the actuator array; and
a memory containing program instructions for driving said capacitive actuator array controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,175

OPTICAL SWITCH AND OPTICAL SWITCHING SYSTEM

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. An optical switch, wherein the optical switch is disposed on a substrate, and the optical switch comprises:a first waveguide;
a second waveguide;
a first deformable waveguide; and
a first actuator;
wherein the first waveguide is immovable relative to the substrate, and the first waveguide has a first input port (IP1) and a first output port (OP1);
wherein the second waveguide is immovable relative to the substrate, the second waveguide has a second output port (OP2), and the first waveguide and the second waveguide are located in a first plane;
wherein the first deformable waveguide is also located in the first plane, a first section of the first deformable waveguide is fixed relative to the substrate, and a second section other than the first section can deform under control of the first actuator;
when the first deformable waveguide is in a first state, (1) the first deformable waveguide and the first waveguide are optically decoupled, and the first deformable waveguide and the second waveguide are optically decoupled; and (2) the IP1 and the OP1 are optically connected, and the IP1 and the OP2 are optically blocked;
when the first deformable waveguide is in a second state, (1) the first deformable waveguide and the first waveguide are optically coupled, and the first deformable waveguide and the second waveguide are optically coupled; and (2) the IP1 and the OP1 are optically blocked, and the IP1 and the OP2 are optically connected by using the first deformable waveguide; and
wherein the first state is a natural state or a first deformed state of the first deformable waveguide, the second state is a natural state or a second deformed state of the first deformable waveguide, and the first state and the second state are not the natural state at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,509,174

PHOTONIC INTEGRATION PLATFORM

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A SOI optical device, comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
an insulation layer disposed on the substrate;
a crystalline silicon layer disposed on the insulation layer and comprising a silicon waveguide; and
a plurality of prongs configured to at least one of receive and transmit optical energy via a coupling surface of the SOI optical device,
wherein the plurality of prongs are positioned such that the optical energy transmitted by the plurality of prongs is transferred to the silicon waveguide,
wherein at least two prongs in the plurality of prongs are located in a first layer while another prong in the plurality of prongs is located in a second layer different from the first layer, and
wherein a dimension of the silicon waveguide changes as the silicon waveguide extends away from the coupling surface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,171

OPTICAL TREATMENT OPTICAL FIBER PROBE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

TAIHAN FIBEROPTICS CO., L...

1. An optical fiber probe for an optical treatment comprising:a core, to which incident light is guided;
a cladding disposed to surround the core;
a side surface divergence part connected to the core and configured to diverge the incident light guided to the core to a side surface of a cylindrical column;
a diffusion layer disposed to surround the side surface divergence part;
a distal end divergence part connected to the side surface divergence part, having a cylindrical shape, and configured to diverge the incident light guided to the side surface divergence part to the outside; and
a coating layer disposed to surround the cladding and the diffusion layer and configured to seal the cladding and the diffusion layer,
wherein the refractive index of the cladding is lower than the refractive index of the core, the refractive index of the diffusion layer is higher than the refractive index of the core, and the refractive index of the coating layer is higher than the refractive indices of the cladding and the diffusion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,170

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GRATING COUPLERS INCORPORATING PERTURBED WAVEGUIDES

Luxtera, Inc., Carlsbad,...

1. A method for communication, the method comprising:in a semiconductor photonics die comprising a grating coupler comprising rows of perturbed waveguides that have spatially overlapping scatterers along said waveguides:
communicating optical signals into and/or out of said semiconductor photonics die utilizing said grating coupler.

US Pat. No. 10,509,169

SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A semiconductor structure, comprising:a gate element, the gate element including:
a gate dielectric layer;
a gate electrode over the gate dielectric layer;
a pair of spacers formed along sidewalls of the gate dielectric layer and the gate electrode; and
a waveguide passing through the gate electrode from a top surface of the gate electrode to a bottom surface of the gate electrode, the waveguide being directly adjacent to the gate electrode; and
a grating coupler structure beneath the waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,509,168

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR OPTICAL FUNCTIONALISATION OF A SAMPLE MADE OF SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL

Centre National de la Rec...

1. A process for the in-depth optical functionalization of a sample made of semiconductor material, comprising:the emission of a laser beam formed by pulses of effective duration between 1 ps and 100 ns, having a wavelength in the spectral transparency band of the material;
focusing in depth in the sample of the laser beam, according to a predetermined pattern, the light intensity per pulse in a focal volume of the laser beam being adapted for multiphoton absorption;
measuring the real part of the refractive index of the sample at each point of the pattern;
controlling the number of pulses received per pattern point as a function of said measurement of the real part of the refractive index so as to obtain, at each pattern point, a progressive modification of the real part of the refractive index of the material until a relative variation of the real part of the refractive index is greater than 10?3 in absolute value.

US Pat. No. 10,509,160

SURFACE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A surface light source device comprising:a light source substrate in which a plurality of light sources capable of being driven independently of one another are disposed;
a light guide plate provided on the light source substrate to emit, from a specific emission surface, light entered from the plurality of light sources; and
a partition frame having a partition wall to divide the light guide plate into a plurality of cells, wherein
the partition wall of the partition frame partially has a cutout portion,
the light guide plate is connected between adjacent cells through the cutout portion of the partition wall,
a portion of the partition wall extends between the adjacent cells from a surface of the light guide plate opposite to the specific emission surface through the specific emission surface of the light guide plate, and
a height of the partition wall of the partition frame is larger than a thickness of the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,157

LIGHTGUIDES WITH PIXELATED IMAGE

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A lightguide centered on an optical axis and adapted to receive an incident light from an input face of the lightguide, the received light propagating within the lightguide along the optical axis, the lightguide comprising:a lightguide body extending along the optical axis, the lightguide body comprising a major side including a pattern of light extracting structures formed thereon, each of the light extracting structures being adapted to receive a portion of the propagating light within the lightguide along the optical axis and extract the received light transversely out of the lightguide, the propagating light illuminating the pattern of light extracting structures for displaying information,
the pattern of light extracting structures comprising a first elongated portion and a second elongated portion, the first elongated portion extending primarily along a first direction substantially parallel to the optical axis, and the second elongated portion extending primarily along a second direction substantially perpendicular to the optical axis,
the first elongated portion comprising a first array of light extracting structures, and
the second elongated portion comprising an elongated light extracting structure extending primary along the second direction thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,509,153

INPUT COUPLING

Akonia Holographics LLC, ...

1. An optical device comprising:a total internal reflection (TIR) waveguide having a first substrate with opposing first and second surfaces and having a second substrate with opposing first and second surfaces; and
a grating medium in the TIR waveguide and interposed between the second surface of the first substrate and the first surface of the second substrate, wherein the grating medium comprises an output coupling device configured to couple light out of the TIR waveguide, wherein the output coupling device comprises at least one diffractive grating, and wherein the first substrate comprises an input coupling face that extends at a non-perpendicular angle from the first surface of the first substrate to the second surface of the first substrate, the input coupling face being configured to couple, via transmission, image light into the TIR waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,509,152

LIGHT GUIDE PLATE, BACKLIGHT MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A light guide plate, comprising: a light incident surface, a first light exiting surface, an inclined surface and a second light exiting surface, wherein,the first light exiting surface and the second light exiting surface are connected by the inclined surface,
the first light exiting surface is connected to the light incident surface and higher than the second light exiting surface,
the inclined surface is provided with a protruding structure including a plurality of sub-protruding structures,
the inclined surface is provided thereon with a half-reflective coating to partially, reflect light projected on the inclined surface back into the light guide plate, and
a contact area between the protruding structure and the first light exiting surface is a straight line, a contact area between the protruding structure and the second light exiting surface is a straight line,
wherein distribution density of the sub-protruding structures corresponding to a position of a light source is higher than a distribution density of the sub-protruding structures corresponding to an area between light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,509,146

SUBSTRATE AND FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF, DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A substrate, comprising:a base substrate; and
a first organic film and a second organic film, located on the base substrate and configured to be planarization layers, a refractive index of the first organic film being different from that of the second organic film,
wherein the first organic film and the second organic film are configured such that an emergent light from incident light obliquely incident into the substrate and passing through an interface between the first organic film and the second organic film is deflected towards a direction away from the substrate, and
the first organic film and the second organic film are stacked in a manner of one covering another, and an orthographic projection of the first organic film on the base substrate and an orthographic projection of the second organic film on the base substrate are completely overlapped with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,509,143

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMBINING LOCALIZED WEATHER FORECASTING AND ITINERARY PLANNING

SKY MOTION RESEARCH, ULC,...

1. A computer implemented method for generating itineraries comprising:identifying a departure location and a destination location;
identifying a first probability of a particular type of precipitation occurring at a particular rate at a first intermediary location between the departure location and the destination location;
identifying a second probability of the particular type of precipitation occurring at the particular rate at a second intermediary location between the departure location and the destination location; and
generating an itinerary that includes the first intermediary location or the second intermediary location based on a comparison of the first probability and the second probability.

US Pat. No. 10,509,142

DISTRIBUTED ANALYSIS X-RAY INSPECTION METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Rapiscan Systems, Inc., ...

1. A method for inspecting cargo, wherein the cargo is associated with descriptive information about the cargo, comprising:scanning the cargo, at a first location, wherein the first location comprises:
at least one X-ray inspection system for performing an X-ray scan, wherein the at least one X-ray inspection system is configured to generate data representative of one or more X-ray scan images from the X-ray scan;
a server configured to receive the data representative of the one or more X-ray scan images;
transmitting, using the server at the first location, at least a portion of the data representative of the X-ray scan images to a second location remote from the first location, wherein the second location comprises at least one computing device that is in communication with said first location via a network;
receiving, at the at least one computing device at the second location, the at least a portion of the data representative of the one or more X-ray scan images;
receiving, at the at least one computing device at the second location, data representative of the descriptive information about the cargo;
determining two or more cargo codes using the descriptive information about the cargo;
analyzing, using the at least one computing device at the second location, the at least a portion of the data representative of the one or more X-ray scan images to determine whether the cargo sufficiently corresponds to the descriptive information about the cargo; and
generating, using the at least one computing device at the second location, a status based on whether the cargo sufficiently corresponds to the descriptive information about the cargo.

US Pat. No. 10,509,139

REMOVING NOISE FROM A SEISMIC MEASUREMENT

WESTERNGECO L.L.C., Hous...

1. A method comprising:performing a seismic survey using a towed streamer having at least one sensor;
acquiring a measurement using the at least one sensor during the seismic survey;
using a filter having filtering parameters based at least in part on a dispersion curve of at least one vibration mode of the towed streamer to filter the measurement acquired by the at least one sensor of the streamer; and
using results of the filtering to suppress vibration noise present in the measurement, wherein using the filter and using results of the filtering includes convolving the measurement in a time-spatial domain to suppress the vibration noise, wherein using the results of the filtering further includes generating a vibration noise suppressed signal and applying frequency subband-based decomposition and reconstruction filtering to the vibration noise-suppressed signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,138

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN ORIGINS OF VIBRATIONS IN AN OBJECT AND DETERMINATION OF CONTACT BETWEEN BLUNT BODIES TRAVELING IN A MEDIUM

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A system for accurately detecting contact between two objects in a medium comprising:a first sensor for detecting vibration in a first of the two objects;
a central processing unit (CPU) for receiving an output of the first sensor, and a storage device, wherein the CPU performs the steps of:
executing a calibration subsystem configured to perform a calibration phase comprising the steps of:
converting the output of the first sensor into digital data;
changing the digital data from time domain to frequency domain; and
with the first sensor:
sensing a first instance comprising a contact event between the two objects; and
sensing a second instance comprising a non-contact event between the two objects,
automatically determining from the first instance a first frequency range associated with the first instance, and
automatically determining from the second instance a second frequency range associated with the second instance; and
a signal processor configured to implement a first bandpass filter to produce a first filtered sensor output by filtering the output of the first sensor to remove all data from the output of the first sensor except that which falls within the first frequency range,
wherein the CPU is further configured to store the first frequency range and the second frequency range in the storage device, and sensing the second instance further comprises sensing a pressure wave generated in the medium by the two objects interacting.

US Pat. No. 10,509,126

METHOD FOR DRIVING A TIME-OF-FLIGHT SYSTEM

1. A method for driving a Time-of-Flight (ToF) system for use with an illumination system configured to illuminate a scene with a modulated signal, the ToF system having an imaging sensor comprising a plurality of pixels to detect a reflected modulated signal reflected from the scene, at least one pixel of the plurality of pixels comprising a first pair of taps and a second pair of taps, wherein each tap in the first pair of taps and the second pair of taps comprises a detection region and a control node surrounding the detection region, the method comprising, for each pixel of the at least one pixel:driving the first pair of taps to detect the reflected modulated signal during a first predetermined number of cycles of the modulated signal, wherein driving the first pair of taps comprises applying a first driving voltage signal to a first control node of a first tap in the first pair of taps and applying a second driving voltage signal to a second control node of a second tap in the first pair of taps, wherein the second voltage signal includes voltage pulses 180° out of phase with light pulses in the modulated signal; and
subsequent to driving the first pair of taps, driving the second pair of taps to detect the reflected modulated signal during a second predetermined number of cycles of the modulated signal, wherein driving the second pair of taps comprises applying a third driving voltage signal to a third control node of a third tap in the second pair of taps and applying a fourth driving voltage signal to a fourth control node of a fourth tap in the second pair of taps, wherein the third voltage signal includes voltage pulses 90° out of phase with the light pulses in the modulated signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,125

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING DISTANCE INFORMATION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of acquiring distance information, the method being performed by a device, the method comprising:determining a projecting order of N (where N is a natural number equal to or greater than 3) different projected lights to be sequentially projected onto an object, based on a position of the object and/or an external input;
sequentially projecting the N different projected lights onto the object in the determined projecting order;
obtaining N modulated reflected lights by modulating N reflected lights reflected by the object; and
acquiring information about a distance between the device and the object based on the N modulated reflected lights.

US Pat. No. 10,509,124

METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME OF FLIGHT FOR ACOUSTIC PYROMETRY

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A method for estimating a time of flight of an acoustic signal in a hot gas flow path having background noise wherein a plurality of transceivers each generate an acoustic signal, comprising:providing a first transceiver of the plurality of transceivers and a second transceiver of the plurality of transceivers positioned to define a first path having a first direction from the first transceiver to the second transceiver and a second direction opposite the first direction;
operating the first transceiver to emit an acoustic signal of interest that travels in the first direction;
operating the second transceiver to emit a reference acoustic signal that travels in the second direction;
identifying at least one minimum peak height in the acoustic signal of interest having a peak height that is greater than the background noise;
comparing a time of flight of the acoustic signal of interest to a time of flight of the reference acoustic signal to determine a signal time difference; and
obtaining time of flight information of other acoustic paths having substantially the same path length as the first path to provide a range of time of flights wherein a time of flight of the acoustic signal of interest that falls within the time of flight range and is associated with a minimum peak height forms the estimated time of flight;
determining a median of time of flight for acoustic paths that have substantially the same path length as the first path; and
determining whether the estimated time of flight is an outlier, wherein the estimated time of flight is an outlier if the signal time difference exceeds a time delay threshold level and a time of flight of the acoustic signal of interest exceeds a maximum allowable deviation from the median, wherein if an outlier is detected, then at least one search parameter for detecting the minimum peak in the acoustic signal of interest is redefined to include updated time of flight information for the acoustic signals associated with acoustic paths having the substantially the same length.

US Pat. No. 10,509,122

DRIVING BURDEN ESTIMATION DEVICE AND DRIVING BURDEN ESTIMATION METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driving burden estimation device equipped to a subject vehicle and estimating a driving burden on a driver of the subject vehicle, the driving burden including a feeling of pressure from a non-subject vehicle ahead of the subject vehicle, the driving burden estimation device comprising:a distance detection portion detecting an inter-vehicle distance between the non-subject vehicle and the subject vehicle;
a speed detection portion detecting a traveling speed of the subject vehicle;
a calculation portion calculating an inter-vehicle time taken until the subject vehicle reaches a present location of the non-subject vehicle based on the inter-vehicle distance and the traveling speed;
a burden estimation portion estimating the driving burden according to the inter-vehicle time and the traveling speed in such a manner that the driving burden decreases as the traveling speed becomes higher under a same inter-vehicle time; and
a different burden estimation portion provided separately from the burden estimation portion and estimating a driving burden according to a steering angle of a steering wheel, a manner of an operation on an accelerator, or a manner of an operation on a brake pedal, and sending at least one of the driving burdens to an internal module in the driving burden estimation device or an external system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,118

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING WAVE FIELDS OF A BODY OF WATER

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A system comprising:a radiation source to generate pulsed signals;
an antenna coupled with the radiation source, wherein the antenna cooperates with the radiation source to transmit a radio frequency (RF) signal to a wave field having one or more waves based on the pulsed signals, the RF signal having a frequency and a phase offset, and wherein the antenna receives backscattered signals from the wave field;
a local oscillator coupled with the antenna that downconverts the backscattered signals into baseband signals;
a non-transitory memory to store machine readable instructions; and
a processor coupled to the local oscillator, wherein the processor accesses the memory and executes the machine readable instructions to:
average a range of the baseband signals to determine a phase offset estimate;
determine phase corrected returns by conjugate multiplication of the baseband signals and the phase offset estimate; and
determine a relative velocity of each of the one or more waves of the wave field based on Doppler processing using the phase corrected returns.

US Pat. No. 10,509,117

CONTINUOUS WAVE (CW) RADAR SYSTEM FOR PHASE-CODED TIME DELAYED TRANSMIT-RECEIVE LEAKAGE CANCELLATION

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of transmitting a continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal and processing echo returns comprising:generating the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal by:
generating a random subcode ?i;
producing a polyphase subcode ?i corresponding to the random subcode ?i where the polyphase subcode ?i is a member of a set of polyphase subcodes having N number of members;
transmitting a modulated subcode ??i from an antenna system during a subpulse width ? where ? is a measure of time, and where the modulated subcode ??i is an electromagnetic signal having a phase over the subpulse width ?, where the phase is based on the random subcode ?i;
generating a phase conversion parameter (?i??i) using the random subcode ?i and the polyphase subcode ?i and providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) to a plurality of range gates comprising two or more range gates RGj, where j is an integer unique to each range gate RGj and j is greater than or equal to 1, by providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) to the each individual range gate RGj following a delay Dj after transmission of the modulated subcode ??i from the antenna system, where the delay Dj is unique to the each individual range gate RGj; and
repeating the generating the random subcode ?i step, the producing the polyphase subcode ?i step, the transmitting the modulated subcode ??i step, and the generating the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) using the random subcode ?i and the polyphase subcode ?i and providing the phase conversion parameter (?i??i) step, thereby transmitting the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal; and
receiving an echo return of the continuous wave phase-modulated random radar signal and processing the echo return using the plurality of range gates RGj, thereby processing echo returns.

US Pat. No. 10,509,095

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING LOCATION OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A location sharing system of a vehicle comprising:a vehicle device configured to monitor and provide location information and state information of the vehicle;
a plurality of service nodes configured to provide a location-based service based on the location information of the vehicle; and
a location sharing server configured to:
set a first sharing period of time and a target service node for providing a location sharing service between the vehicle device and the plurality of service nodes;
transmit the location information of the vehicle to the target service node during the first period of sharing time; and
determine a remaining period of time in the first period of time for restarting the location sharing service between the vehicle device and the target service node depending on a determination result of the remaining period of time, when a switch from an ignition off state of the vehicle to an ignition on state of the vehicle is determined based on the vehicle state information.

US Pat. No. 10,509,093

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FAST SYSTEM ACQUISITION AND CHANNEL ESTIMATION

FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A method for operating a transmit-receive point (TRP), the method comprising:generating, by the TRP, a different spatial domain to time domain transform (STT) symbol for each antenna element in an antenna array; and
transmitting, by the TRP, the STT symbols using the antenna array to sweep a beam along a first plane in the time domain.

US Pat. No. 10,509,090

AUTOMATIC GROUPING OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging system for acquiring magnetic resonance data from a subject and further configured for creating a set of memory groups comprising a plurality of memory groups and assigning one or more acquired images to each of the memory groups, wherein the magnetic resonance imaging system comprises:a memory for storing machine executable instructions and pulse sequence instructions, wherein the pulse sequence instructions cause the magnetic resonance imaging system to acquire the magnetic resonance data according to a magnetic resonance imaging protocol;
a processor for controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system, wherein execution of the machine executable instructions causes the processor to:
acquire first magnetic resonance data by controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system with the pulse sequence instructions; and
reconstruct one or more first images from the first magnetic resonance data;
assign the one or more first images to a first memory group wherein execution of the machine executable instructions cause the processor to repeatedly:
acquire sequential magnetic resonance data by controlling the magnetic resonance imaging system with the pulse sequence instructions;
reconstruct one or more sequential images from the sequential magnetic resonance data;
compute a distance measure between the one or more sequential images and each of the set of memory groups;
assign the one or more sequential images to an existing memory group if the distance measure between the existing memory group and the one or more sequential images is within a predetermined range;
create a subsequent memory group if the one or more sequential images is not assigned to the existing memory group; and
assign the one or more sequential images to the subsequent memory group if the subsequent memory group is created.

US Pat. No. 10,509,089

METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS TO ACQUIRE TRACE-WEIGHTED MAGNETIC RESONANCE DATA WITH ANISOTROPIC DIFFUSION DIRECTIONS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for operating a magnetic resonance (MR) scanner in order to acquire diffusion-weighted MR data with anisotropic diffusion directions from an examination region of a subject, so as to produce a trace-weighted image of said examination region from said diffusion-weighted MR data, said MR scanner comprising a gradient system having a gradient coil arrangement defined by physical gradient axes that intersect each other at an origin, said method comprising:in a computer, executing an algorithm that defines a space of diffusion-gradient vectors that are achievable by said gradient system, as a cuboid having edges oriented along said physical gradient axes, with an extent of said edges corresponding to a maximum gradient amplitude that is achievable by said gradient system along said physical gradient axes;
in said computer in said algorithm, selecting a value interval for an effective gradient amplitude that defines a minimum value and a maximum value of said effective gradient amplitude;
in said computer in said algorithm, establishing a spherical shell around said origin, said spherical shell having an inner radius equal to said minimum value and an outer radius equal to said maximum value;
in said computer in said algorithm, identifying areas of said spherical shell that are within said cuboid, as end points of origin vectors that respective start at said origin;
in said computer in said algorithm, selecting, from said set of origin vectors, a set of at least six diffusion-gradient vectors that fulfil conditions for producing said trace-weighted image with low image artifacts;
in said computer, generating control signals that operate said gradient system so as to produce diffusion gradient fields defined by said at least six diffusion-gradient vectors;
from said computer, operating said MR scanner with said control signals in order to acquire said diffusion-weighted MR data; and
in said computer, reconstructing, from the acquired diffusion-weighted MR data, trace-weighted image data that represent said trace-weighted image with low image artifacts, and making said trace-weighted image data available from said computer in electronic form as a data file.

US Pat. No. 10,509,085

AUTOMATED IMPEDANCE ADJUSTMENT OF A MULTICHANNEL RF COIL ASSEMBLY

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A multichannel radio frequency (RF) receive/transmit system for use in an magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system which includes a main magnet configured to generate a static magnetic field in an examination space, a gradient coil system configured to superimpose magnetic field gradients on the static magnetic field and an RF transmitter configured to feed RF power to the multichannel RF receive/transmit system to implement an imaging sequence, the multichannel RF receive/transmit system comprising:a plurality of RF coil elements configured for emission and reception of RF signals, each RF coil element including an adjustable impedance for tuning a resonance frequency of the RF coil element, the plurality of RF coil elements defining a plurality of channels;
each of the channels including an RF oscillator, the RF oscillator being configured to provide an RF signal to the RF coil elements of the channel;
each of the channels further including a tuning/matching circuit configured to compare forward power provided to at least one of the RF coil elements by the RF oscillator with reflected power at the respective RF coil element of the at least one of the RF coil elements, and to adjust the variable impedance of the at least one of the RF coil elements based on the comparison of the forward power and the reflected power to tune the least one of the RF coil elements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,083

MAGNETIC RESONANCE TOMOGRAPHY UNIT WITH TRANSMITTING UNIT AND SELECTOR AND METHOD FOR OPERATION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A magnetic resonance tomography unit comprising:a controller;
a transmitter comprising a plurality of transmitting antennae;
a selector including a switching matrix and a positioning device configured to position the plurality of transmitting antennae in predetermined different relative positions to a patient; and
a high-frequency unit having a signal output in signal connection with the transmitter,
wherein the magnetic resonance tomography unit is configured to irradiate high-frequency energy into only a first region of a plurality of different regions in the patient using the selector and the plurality of transmitting antennae,
wherein the switching matrix is configured to bring a signal output of the high-frequency unit into signal connection with a non-empty subset of multiple transmitting antennae of the plurality of transmitting antennae.

US Pat. No. 10,509,082

MAGNETORESISTIVE SENSOR SYSTEMS WITH STRAY FIELD CANCELLATION UTILIZING AUXILIARY SENSOR SIGNALS

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A system comprising:a first magnetic sense element configured to produce a first output signal in response to an external magnetic field directed along a sensing axis parallel to a plane of the first magnetic sense element, the first magnetic sense element having a first magnetization direction;
a second magnetic sense element having a second magnetization direction that is rotated in the plane relative to the first magnetization direction, the second magnetic sense element being configured to produce a second output signal in response to the external magnetic field, wherein the second output signal differs from the first output signal in dependency to a magnetic interference field directed along a non-sensing axis of the first magnetic field; and
a processing circuit coupled with the first and second magnetic sense elements, wherein the processing circuit is configured to receive the first and second output signals, identify from a relationship between the first and second output signals an influence of the magnetic interference field on the first output signal, and apply a correction factor to the first output signal to produce a resultant output signal in which the influence of the magnetic interference field is substantially removed.

US Pat. No. 10,509,081

MAGNETO-SENSITIVE WIRE FOR MAGNETIC IMPEDANCE SENSOR CAPABLE OF HIGH-ACCURACY MEASUREMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

AICHI STEEL CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a magneto-sensitive wire for a magnetic impedance sensor capable of high-accuracy measurement,the magneto-sensitive wire comprising an amorphous wire for detecting magnetism,
the magnetic impedance sensor having the magneto-sensitive wire and a detection coil around the magneto-sensitive wire, the magnetic impedance sensor being configured to apply a pulse current to the magneto-sensitive wire and detect a voltage generated in the detection coil thereby capable of measuring strength of a magnetic field, the voltage having magnitude in response to strength of an external magnetic field,
the method comprising:
performing an in-rotating liquid spinning method and a subsequent wire drawing process to manufacture the amorphous wire; and
performing removal treatment for a process-affected residual layer generated at a surface and near the surface due to finishing by the wire drawing, the removal treatment being performed under a condition in which a wire diameter reduction rate with respect to a wire diameter before the removal treatment is 0.5-30%,
wherein a rate of the removal treatment for the process-affected residual layer is 10 micrometers per minute or less.

US Pat. No. 10,509,078

ASSESSMENT METHOD

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC, London ...

1. A method of assessing a condition of a multi-phase power system, the method comprising:acquiring, via a voltage sensor and a current sensor, a voltage signal and a current signal, respectively, for each phase of the multi-phase power system;
calculating, via a processor, a product of the voltage signal for each phase of the multi-phase power system with a current signal for one of the phases of the multi-phase power system, wherein at least two of the calculated products are the product of the voltage signal for one phase and the current signal for a different phase;
summing, via the processor, the calculated products;
performing a frequency analysis of the summed calculated products to extract at least one of a direct current component of the summed calculated products and a second harmonic component of the summed calculated products;
determining whether the extracted at least one of the direct current component of the summed calculated products and the second harmonic component of the summed calculated products exceeds a threshold; and
when it is determined that the extracted at least one of the direct current component of the summed calculated products and the second harmonic component of the summed calculated products exceeds a threshold, identifying the possible existence of a fault in the multi-phase power system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,072

TEST APPLICATION TIME REDUCTION USING CAPTURE-PER-CYCLE TEST POINTS

Mentor Graphics Corporati...

1. A system, comprising:scan chains for testing a circuit in a test mode, the scan chains comprising:
a plurality of regular scan chains, the plurality of regular scan chains being scan chains configurable to shift in test stimuli, to capture test responses, and to shift out the captured test responses in the test mode, and
one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains, the one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains being scan chains configurable to capture test responses at observation sites (observation points) selected for testing the circuit during scan shift operations in the test mode, each of the one or more capture-per-cycle scan chains comprising:
scan cells, and
signal-combining devices, each of the signal-combining devices being inserted between two neighboring scan cells in the scan cells, wherein:
each of the signal-combining devices comprises an XOR logic gate and a logic gate,
inputs of the logic gate are respectively connected to one of the observation sites and to a test point enable signal (TPE),
an output of the logic gate is connected to an input of the XOR logic gate,
an output of each of the signal-combining devices is connected to a data input of a first neighboring scan cell,
a first input of the each of the signal-combining devices is connected to an output of a second neighboring scan cell, and
no outputs of the scan cells drive any logic of the circuit in the test mode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,071

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ALIGNING PROBE CARD IN SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TESTING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

13. An alignment method for probe card in testing system alignment, comprising:providing a probe card with a plurality of probe needles having their distal ends on a reference plane;
providing a light from both the upper side and lower side of the reference plane;
using a camera to image the probe needles; and
performing a probe card alignment process according to the image generated by the camera; and
testing semiconductor devices using the aligned probe card being electrically connected to a test head,
wherein the test head comprises a cover with a recess formed thereon, and a backlight unit for providing the light from the upper side of the reference plane is positioned in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,509,070

SHORT CIRCUIT DETECTING DEVICE OF STACKED MEMORY CHIPS AND METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A micro-bump short circuit detecting method of a semiconductor chip, the method comprising:supplying, by a micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, a micro-bump short circuit test signal to the semiconductor chip, the semiconductor chip including a plurality of micro-bumps;
setting, by the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, outputs of a pull-up driver and a pull-down driver of each of a plurality of data output circuits included in the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit to one of an off state, a weak-on state, and a strong-on state based on a micro-bump short circuit test type;
storing, by the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, test input in a test input data storage circuit included in the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit;
driving, by the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, one or more of the plurality of data output circuits;
storing, by the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, an output of each of the plurality of data output circuits in a test output data storage circuit included in the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit;
outputting, by the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit, test output stored in the test output data storage circuit included in the micro-bump short circuit detecting circuit; and
detecting, by a testing apparatus, a micro-bump short circuit based on the test input in the test input data storage circuit and the test output in the test output data storage circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,509,068

TEST DEVICE FOR A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM HAVING SOLAR CELL STRING

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A test device that tests a solar cell string in which a plurality of solar cell modules in which a bypass diode is connected in parallel to one or more solar cells are connected in series when the solar cell string does not generate electric power, the test device comprising:an application part configured to apply a disconnection position identification signal which is an electrical signal including an AC component to between a positive electrode and a negative electrode of the solar cell string; and
a disconnection position identifying part configured to identify a bypass diode with a disconnection fault on a basis of at least one of an AC component of a voltage generated between a frame ground and the positive electrode of the solar cell string and an AC component of a voltage generated between the frame ground and the negative electrode by application of the disconnection position identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,509,060

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR IDENTIFYING COMPUTATIONAL OPERATIONS BASED ON POWER MEASUREMENTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A system comprising:a phase measurement unit configured to generate a first measurement based on a power signal, the first measurement characterizing a phase angle of the power signal;
a power measurement unit configured to generate a second measurement based on the power signal, the second measurement characterizing an amplitude of one or more aspects of the power signal; and
a processing unit configured to identify a computational operation implemented by a target processing device, the identifying of the computational operation being based on a comparison of the first measurement and the second measurement with reference measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,058

CURRENT SENSOR USING MODULATION OF OR CHANGE OF SENSITIVITY OF MAGNETORESISTANCE ELEMENTS

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC...

1. A magnetic field sensor, comprising:a first magnetoresistance element having a first maximum response axis and having a first pinning layer with a first magnetic direction perpendicular to the first maximum response axis;
a second magnetoresistance element having a second maximum response axis parallel to the first maximum response axis and having a second pinning layer with a second magnetic direction perpendicular to the second maximum response axis;
a first magnetic field generator disposed proximate to the first magnetoresistance element, the first magnetic field generator configured to generate a first AC magnetic field experienced by the first magnetoresistance element and parallel to the first maximum response axis; and
a second magnetic field generator disposed proximate to the second magnetoresistance element, the second magnetic field generator configured to generate a second AC magnetic field experienced by the second magnetoresistance element and parallel to the second maximum response axis,
wherein the magnetic field sensor is responsive to a sensed current passing through a current conductor, the current conductor comprising:
a first current conductor portion disposed proximate to the first magnetoresistance element; and
a second current conductor portion disposed proximate to the second magnetoresistance element, wherein the first current conductor portion is configured to generate a first current conductor magnetic field experienced by the first magnetoresistance element in response to the sensed current passing through the current conductor, wherein the second current conductor portion is configured to generate a second current conductor magnetic field experienced by the second magnetoresistance element in response to the sensed current passing through the current conductor, wherein the first current conductor magnetic field is perpendicular to the first maximum response axis, and wherein the second current conductor magnetic field is perpendicular to the second maximum response axis.

US Pat. No. 10,509,057

PROBE ASSEMBLY AND PROBE STRUCTURE THEREOF

CHUNGHWA PRECISION TEST T...

1. A probe assembly, including:a metal main portion having a first end portion, a second end portion corresponding to the first end portion, a connecting portion connected between the first end portion and the second end portion, and a surrounding surface surrounding the first end portion, the second end portion and the connecting portion;
a covering layer including a first covering layer disposed on the surrounding surface located on the first end portion, a second covering layer disposed on the surrounding layer located on the second end portion and a third covering layer disposed on the surrounding surface located on the connecting portion; and
an insulating layer disposed on the third covering layer for exposing the first covering layer and the second covering layer;
wherein the first covering layer includes a reinforcing layer, and the reinforcing layer of the first covering layer is disposed on the surrounding surface located on the first end portion, wherein the Young's modulus of the reinforcing layer of the first covering layer is more than 100 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,509,041

GLUCOSE DERIVATIVE, AND CELL IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGING AGENT USING SAID DERIVATIVE

HIROSAKI UNIVERSITY, Hir...

1. A method for detecting a cancer or a cancer cell, comprising the following steps:(a) contacting a composition containing a glucose derivative with a target cell; and
(b) detecting the glucose derivative present within the target cell,
wherein the glucose derivative is a compound represented by the following formula (2), (3), (4) or (5) or a salt thereof:

wherein X represents O, NH, or NR3, wherein R3 represents C1-C5 alkyl; and
R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;
and R4 represents C1-C5 alkyl;

wherein X represents O, NH, or NR3, wherein R3 represents C1-C5 alkyl; and
R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl; or

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C5 alkyl, C2-C5 alkenyl, C2-C5 alkynyl, C1-C5 haloalkyl, C1-C5 alkylamino, cycloalkyl, phenyl, pyridyl, thiophenyl, pyrrolyl, and furanyl;
and R4 represents C1-C5 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,509,028

USE OF A LOW-DENSITY IMMISCIBLE COMPOUND IN A DEVICE FOR DETECTING AN ANALYTE IN A SAMPLE

BIO-RAD EUROPE GMBH, Bas...

1. A device for detecting an analyte in a sample, the device comprising:a reaction chamber able to receive the sample;
a separation matrix; and
a layer composed of a low-density immiscible compound that separates the reaction chamber from the separation matrix,
wherein the reaction chamber is located above the separation matrix within the device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,013

METHOD FOR FABRICATING A LAYERED STRUCTURE USING WAFER BONDING

The University of British...

1. A method for fabricating a layered structure, the method comprising:(a) depositing a first polymer-based layer on a substrate assembly that functions as a bottom electrode;
(b) patterning the first polymer-based layer to be a cavity;
(c) depositing a sacrificial layer on a separate substrate;
(d) depositing a second polymer-based layer over the sacrificial layer;
(e) depositing a top electrode on the second polymer-based layer;
(f) depositing a third polymer-based layer on the top electrode such that the top electrode is between the second and third polymer-based layers;
(g) adhering the first and third polymer-based layers together such that the cavity is closed by the first and third polymer-based layers; and
(h) etching away the sacrificial layer such that the second polymer-based layer is released from the separate substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,011

ION MOBILITY SPECTROMETER WITH ION MODIFICATION

Smiths Detection-Watford ...

1. An ion mobility spectrometer comprising:a sample inlet comprising a membrane inlet arranged to allow a sample of gaseous fluid to pass from an ambient pressure region to a low pressure region of the ion mobility spectrometer to be ionised;
an ioniser disposed in the low pressure region of the ion mobility spectrometer and configured to ionise the sample;
an ion modifier configured to modify ions in the low pressure region, wherein the ions are obtained from the sample of gaseous fluid, wherein the ion modifier comprises two electrodes spaced apart in the direction of movement of the ions towards the detector;
a controller arranged to control gas pressure in the low pressure region to be lower than ambient pressure by at least 200 mb, wherein the controller is configured to control the ion modifier in a first mode to subject ions to an alternating electric field to modify the ions as they pass through the ion modifier, and to control the ion modifier in a second mode to allow ions to pass through the ion modifier; and
a detector configured to measure a time of flight associated with the ions travelling from the ioniser, wherein the detector is configured to provide a signal to the controller indicating arrival of ions.

US Pat. No. 10,509,006

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING THE PROPERTIES OF MACROMOLECULES

Axbio Inc., Santa Clara,...

1. A macromolecule measurement device, comprising:an electronic sensing structure;
an interface structure overlying the electronic sensing structure;
a macromolecule measurement structure overlying the interface structure, wherein the macromolecule measurement structure comprises a plurality of macromolecule measurement cells; and
a fluid control structure overlying the macromolecule measurement structure,
wherein each of the electronic sensing structure, the interface structure, the macromolecule measurement structure, and the fluid control structure are sealed from the external environment using semiconductor fabrication methods such that internal volumes of the device can maintain a vacuum to 1E10?7 Pa.

US Pat. No. 10,508,997

METHOD OF ANALYZING FINES MIGRATION IN MULTIPHASE FLOW IN SEDIMENT LAYER USING X-RAY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGE

Korea Institute of Geosci...

1. A method of analyzing fines migration in a multiphase flow in a sediment layer using X-ray computed tomography (CT) image, comprising,preparing an X-ray CT image analysis sample;
analyzing an X-ray CT image during a depressurization process;
calibrating and calculating fines content; and
estimating a fines migration analysis result.

US Pat. No. 10,508,995

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION DEVICE, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION METHOD, THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE INSPECTION PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND RECORDING EQUIPMENT

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. A three-dimensional image inspection device for conducting outer appearance inspection, based on height information of an inspection object, the three-dimensional image inspection device comprising:a first head part that applies measurement light to the inspection object at a first incident angle, and receives reflected light reflected from the inspection object at a first reflection angle;
a second head part that applies measurement light to the inspection object at a second incident angle, and receives reflected light reflected from the inspection object at a second reflection angle;
a three-dimensional data generation part configured to generate first three-dimensional data, based on first light receiving amount data obtained from the first head part, and generates second three-dimensional data, based on second light receiving amount data obtained from the second head part in accordance with a principle of triangulation;
a composed image generation part configured to compose the first three-dimensional data and the second three-dimensional data, and generate a three-dimensional composed image having information in a height direction;
a display part configured to display the three-dimensional composed image composed by the composed image generation part;
a composition mode selection from a user interface screen to enable selection of a first composition mode or a second composition mode when the composed image generation part generates the three-dimensional composed image, wherein the first composition mode is a reliability priority mode that determines a pixel of the composed image where both the first three-dimensional data and the second three-dimensional data are a valid pixel, and the second composition mode is a measurement priority mode that determines a pixel of the composed image where one of the first three-dimensional data or the second three-dimensional data is a valid pixel; and
an inspection part configured to conduct the outer appearance inspection of the inspection object, based on the three-dimensional composed image composed by the composed image generation part.

US Pat. No. 10,508,989

OPTICAL CHEMICAL ANALYSER AND LIQUID DEPTH SENSOR

International Moisture An...

1. An optical chemical analyser comprising a target detection module, the target detection module being configured to detect a change in presence of a desired class of target and output a target change signal when a predetermined change in presence of the desired class of target is detected; and wherein the optical chemical analyser is configured such that at least a portion of the optical chemical analyser enters a powered-up state from a powered-down state based on the target change signal being output by the target detection module, wherein the target is contained in a pressurised vessel and the optical chemical analyser is configured to be mounted to and located exterior to the pressurised vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,986

CHARACTERIZING OPTICALLY REFLECTIVE FEATURES VIA HYPER-SPECTRAL SENSOR

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method comprising:generating, using a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device associated with an autonomous vehicle, a point cloud that indicates reflective features in an environment of the autonomous vehicle;
identifying a particular reflective feature indicated in the point cloud for analysis, the analysis using data from a sensor separate from the LIDAR device, wherein the sensor is associated with the autonomous vehicle, and wherein the sensor has a spectral range of sensitivity that includes infrared radiation;
imaging, using the sensor, at least a portion of the environment that includes the particular reflective feature indicated in the point cloud, wherein the imaging generates data indicative of infrared radiation received from the particular reflective feature;
in response to identifying the particular reflective feature indicated in the point cloud for analysis, classifying the particular reflective feature based on the data indicative of infrared radiation received from the particular reflective feature;
determining a path of the autonomous vehicle based on at least the point cloud and the classification of the particular reflective feature; and
controlling the autonomous vehicle to navigate along the path.

US Pat. No. 10,508,969

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING AIR TIGHTNESS

CHROMA ATE INC., Taoyuan...

1. A method for testing air tightness, comprising:airtightnessly disposing an object at an opening of a testing chamber;
connecting a storage chamber and the testing chamber;
supplying a negative pressure to the storage chamber;
measuring a pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber to obtain a first pressure value;
determining an air tightness of the testing chamber according to the negative pressure and the first pressure value;
stopping supplying the negative pressure to the storage chamber;
measuring the pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber to obtain a second pressure value;
measuring the pressure in the storage chamber or the testing chamber after stopping supplying the negative pressure to the storage chamber for a predetermined period of time to obtain a third pressure value; and
determining the air tightness of the testing chamber according to the second pressure value and the third pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,508,965

SEALANT DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD AND ASSEMBLY

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. A sealing fitting rated for use in a hazardous environment, the sealing fitting comprising:a wall defining an interior space and having an inner surface and an outer surface, and including first and second ports through the wall into the interior space, the ports being disposed, respectively, beyond a proximal extreme and a distal extreme of a sealant disposed within the fitting, the sealant being configured to limit the passage of vapors between an explosion-proof enclosure and the atmosphere in a hazardous location;
a first probe removably inserted into the first port and configured to transmit one or more signals; and
a second probe removably inserted into the second port and configured to receive the one or more signals to inspect the integrity of the sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,508,950

TRANSPARENT MEASURING PROBE FOR BEAM SCANNING

Primes GmbH Mebtechnik fu...

1. A device for scanning a light beam, comprising a body, a probe area and a detector,wherein the body consists of an optically transparent material and comprises a light beam entry surface, a light beam exit surface and a detection light exit surface and wherein the light beam entry surface and the light beam exit surface are for the most part smooth and polished, wherein the body includes the probe area,
wherein the probe area has light-deflecting structuring,
wherein the detector is configured to detect at least a portion of the by the probe area deflected beam portion from the light beam, where the body and the light beam are movable in two different directions of movement perpendicular to the axis of the light beam relative to each other, and
wherein the probe area has a shape whose two-dimensional projection on a surface perpendicular to the axis of the light beam has approximately the same dimensions in the two directions of movement perpendicular to the axis of the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,944

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPENSING FLAVOURING

ISHIDA EUROPE LIMITED, B...

1. A flavouring dispenser for dispensing doses of flavouring, the flavouring dispenser comprising:a flavouring chamber for containing flavouring;
a dosing plate having an aperture therethrough; and
a dispense opening; wherein
the dosing plate is movable relative to the dispense opening between a first position and a second position, wherein in the first position the aperture communicates with the flavouring chamber for receiving a predetermined dose of flavouring, and wherein in the second position the aperture communicates with the dispense opening for dispensing the dose of flavouring, wherein the dispense opening is located within the flavouring chamber, and wherein the flavouring dispenser further comprises a separating surface located over the dispense opening and configured to separate an upper side of the aperture from the flavouring chamber at least while the dosing plate is in the second position; and
further comprising a guiding member which vertically guides and compresses the flavouring into the aperture of the dosing plate, wherein the guiding member is a wedging member having an inclined surface located over the aperture at a position between the first and second position, the inclined surface being acutely inclined to a direction of movement of the dosing plate from the first position to the second position, and wherein the wedging member further comprises the separating surface, wherein the wedging member is releasably coupled to the flavouring chamber such that, in use, the wedging member is located over an upper surface of the dosing plate and is fixedly held with respect to the flavouring chamber, and wherein the dosing plate is removable from the flavouring chamber through the flavouring chamber when the wedging member is decoupled from the flavouring chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,508,940

MEASURING DEVICE FOR FLUIDS AS WELL AS FLUIDIC SYSTEM WITH A MEASURING DEVICE

BURKERT S.A.S., (FR)

1. Measuring device with a fluid module, which comprises a measuring tube through which a fluid can flow and at least one acoustic measuring unit,wherein the at least one acoustic measuring unit comprises at least one transmitter, at least one receiver as well as at least one waveguide,
wherein the measuring tube has at least one measuring section with a substantially angular internal cross section and at least one connecting section with a non-angular internal cross section,
wherein the measuring tube has at least one transition section, which extends between the measuring section and the connecting section, and
wherein the transition section has an internal cross section identical to the internal cross section of the measuring section at an end allocated to the measuring section and further has an internal cross section identical to the internal cross section of the connecting section at an end allocated to the connecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,939

FLOW IMAGING AND MONITORING FOR SYNCHRONIZED MANAGEMENT OF WIDE AREA DRAINAGE

GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED ...

1. A flow monitoring system comprising:(a) one or more acoustic modules configured to acquire intrinsic acoustic signature patterns of the flow;
(b) one or more image acquisition modules; and
(c) an on-site computing system,
wherein the flow monitoring system provides characterization and measurement of flow associated with open channel stormwater and/or wastewater drainage, and the acoustic modules do not use artificially produced sound to monitor flow.

US Pat. No. 10,508,932

MEASURING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT USING EDDY-CURRENTS

Calnetix Technologies, LL...

1. An apparatus to determine the position of a sensor target relative to a sensor head along a measurement axis, the apparatus comprising:a sensor head comprising:
an excitation coil, and
a sensing coil, the excitation coil and the sensing coils are formed by printed circuit board traces, the excitation coil and the sensing coil are located one on top of the other, the excitation coil and the sensing coil separated by a first distance so that when the excitation coil is energized with an alternating excitation electrical current, a resulting alternating excitation magnetic field couples to the sensing coil and induces alternating sensing voltage across sensing coil terminals;
a sensor target movable in relation to the sensor head, the sensor target is made of an electrically conductive material and separated by a second distance from the electrical sensing coil on the side of the electrical sensing coil opposite to the excitation coil so that the position of the sensor target along a measurement axis affects an amount of an alternating excitation magnetic field which couples to the sensing coil and an alternating sensing voltage across the sensing coil terminals, the alternating sensing voltage is a representation of sensor target displacements;
a sensor drive electronics generating a sinusoidal, or substantially sinusoidal, electrical current in the excitation coil, wherein the sensor drive electronics comprises:
a capacitor connected in series with the excitation coil to form a series LCR circuit, and
a positive feedback closed around the series LCR circuit to induce alternating excitation electrical current at the resonance frequency of the series LCR circuit, the positive feedback comprises
an electrical current sensor which measures the alternating excitation electrical current in the series LCR circuit,
an adjustable gain amplifier configured to apply an alternating voltage to the terminals of the excitation coil proportional to the measured alternating excitation electrical current, and
current-limiting negative feedback control configured to reduce the gain of the adjustable gain amplifier when the absolute value of the alternating excitation electrical current increases in order to limit the amplitude of the alternating excitation electrical current; and
sensor signal processing electronics configured to:
receive the alternating sensing voltage from the sensing coil, and
transform the alternating sensing voltage into a desirable form of output representing the sensor target displacements along the measurement axis.

US Pat. No. 10,508,930

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PROXIMITY SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEM FOR PROXIMITY SENSOR

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A method of manufacturing a plurality of proximity sensors outputting presence or absence of a detection object or a position of the detection object as a detection result, the method comprising:disposing the plurality of proximity sensors in a temperature-changeable chamber, wherein the chamber includes an internal chamber temperature sensor that detects an internal chamber temperature, each of the proximity sensors includes a detection part that includes a detection coil and a capacitor, an oscillation circuit that excites the detection part, a temperature detection part that detects a casing temperature inside a casing of the proximity sensor, and a control calculation part that outputs a signal indicating a distance to the detection object as the detection result based on a signal change occurring in the detection part;
setting the chamber to a plurality of different temperatures respectively and for each of the proximity sensors respectively storing the casing temperature detected by the temperature detection part and the internal chamber temperature detected by the internal chamber temperature sensor in association with the detection result output by the control calculation part at each temperature;
determining a characteristic parameter unique to each of the proximity sensors, wherein each of the characteristic parameters for each of the proximity sensors are determined based on a temperature difference between the temperature inside the casing and the internal chamber temperature, and detection result; and
setting the determined characteristic parameter for each of the proximity sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,508,924

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHOPPING DETOUR DURING TRAFFIC CONGESTION

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A method, comprising:providing, via a user interface of a mobile electronic device to a user, navigation instructions for a first route of a first trip to reach a destination specified by the user;
detecting a traffic condition along the first route;
generating, in response to detecting the traffic condition, a second route to reach the destination, the second route being different from the first route, wherein the second route includes a visit to a first merchant that is selected based on a determined purchase target of the user;
calculating a first travel time associated with staying on the first route, a second travel time associated with taking the second route, and a third travel time associated with a second trip, separate from the first trip, to a second merchant to obtain the determined purchase target;
determining the second travel time is less than a total travel time that is a sum of the first travel time and the third travel time;
updating the user interface of the mobile electronic device such that the total travel time and the second travel time is presented to the user;
receiving, via the user interface of the mobile electronic device from the user, a selection of the second route subsequent to the presenting of the total travel time and the second travel time;
in response to the receiving, updating the user interface of the mobile electronic device such that navigation instructions for the second route of the first trip is presented to the user;
providing, via the user interface of the mobile electronic device, an input from the user of a purchase order corresponding to the determined purchase target; and
sending the purchase order to the first merchant.

US Pat. No. 10,508,920

PEDESTRIAN DEAD RECKONING POSITION TRACKER

XSENS HOLDING B.V., Ensc...

1. A method of determining a pedestrian position via dead reckoning on a portable device carried by a user, the device including at least a 3D accelerometer, a 3D gyroscope and a processor, the processor being configured to gather 3D gyroscope samples and 3D accelerometer samples, the method comprising:determining a device orientation based on 3D gyroscope samples and 3D accelerometer samples;
collecting further 3D accelerometer samples during a sensor time frame TW via the processor;
determining an average step frequency fs;
determining an estimated user speed based on fs;
determining an estimated user direction of movement based on the further 3D accelerometer samples;
determining a device velocity with respect to a prior device velocity via dead-reckoning;
correcting the estimated velocity for drift via using at least one of the estimated user speed and the estimated user direction of movement; and
determining the user position by the processor based on the corrected estimated velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,508,917

SPRING-LOADED TARGET CARRIER FOR LASER TRACKING

The United States of Amer...

1. A laser tracking system comprising a laser target assembly, said laser target assembly including a generally rectangular member, four legs, a shaft, a coil spring, and a retroreflective target, said generally rectangular member characterized by four corners and a central aperture extending therethrough, said four legs each connected to said generally rectangular member at a said corner of said rectangular member, said shaft passing through said central aperture, said retroreflective target connected to said shaft at an end of said shaft, said coil spring circumscribing said shaft so as to exert respective tensile forces against said rectangular member and said retroreflective target, wherein said laser target assembly is positionable upon a surface at each of plural locations of said surface whereby said legs and said retroreflective target are contiguous said surface, and wherein at each said location of said surface said retroreflective target is contiguous said surface in accordance with spring-loading associated with said coil spring.

US Pat. No. 10,508,912

ROAD SURFACE SHAPE MEASURING DEVICE, MEASURING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A road surface shape measuring device that measures a shape of a road surface having undulation, the road surface shape measuring device comprising:a sensor that acquires road surface information for a plurality of points on the road surface, the road surface information including a road surface position of the road surface on a reference plane divided into a plurality of segmented regions, and a road surface height indicating a height from the reference plane of the road surface at the road surface position; and
a processor that determines a shape of a part or all of the road surface by estimating a surface shape using the road surface information included in a segmented region for each segmented region.

US Pat. No. 10,508,908

SENSOR DEVICE, ANALYZING DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR DETECTING THE POSITION AT WHICH AN OBJECT TOUCHES ANOTHER OBJECT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A sensor device comprising:a sensor configured to output vibration data by detecting a change in a state of a vibration in a first object when a second object touches the first object; and
circuitry configured to transmit the vibration data detected by the sensor to circuitry of an information processing apparatus configured to determine a touch position where the second object touches the first object by analyzing the vibration data, determine a command corresponding to the touch position, and perform a process according to the command,
wherein the sensor is attached, at a portion of the first object which is different from a portion where the second object touches, in a state where the vibration in the first object is transmitted,
wherein the command is determined at least in part from the touch position, and
wherein analyzing the vibration data to determine the touch position comprises using a learning result of a frequency spectrum of the vibration data.

US Pat. No. 10,508,898

INTERFERENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE HAVING A VARIABLE PHASE ELEMENT

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An interference measurement device configured to detect a phase from an interference beam between an object beam and a reference beam, the interference measurement device comprising:a laser beam source;
one or more beam splitters configured to split an emitted beam from the laser beam source into the object beam which is incident on a measurement object and the reference beam and to combine the object beam from the measurement object with the reference beam to make the interference beam;
a plurality of beam splitters configured to split the interference beam into a plurality of interference beams;
a plurality of detectors configured to detect the plurality of interference beams received from the plurality of beam, splitters at time T1 and at time T2 which follows T1; and
a variable phase retarder disposed in an optical path of half of the interference beams split by the plurality of beam splitters and configured to shift a phase of the half of the interference beams which are incident on half of the plurality of detectors, by approximately (n+1)?, the n being 0 or a positive integer, wherein the phase shift varies between a first phase at time T1 and a second phase at time T2.

US Pat. No. 10,508,895

METHOD FOR SINGLE-POINT SCANNING OF A WORKPIECE AND COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE

CARL ZEISS INDUSTRIELLE M...

1. A method for single-point probing of a workpiece by means of a sensor of a coordinate measuring machine, said method comprising the following steps:providing a variable at least indirectly representing a required accuracy of the single-point probing;
providing a parameter data set, wherein the parameter data set has prescriptions for regulating and/or evaluating the single-point probing with the required accuracy, wherein the sensor is a measuring sensor, wherein each individual point of probing is determined by forming a moving average over a probing time interval, wherein the parameter data set comprises at least one parameter of forming the moving average, and wherein the at least one parameter of forming a moving average is a duration of the probing time interval, a weighting of the measurement values captured during the probing time interval and/or an accuracy of forming the moving average; and
carrying out the single-point probing of the workpiece, wherein the coordinate measuring machine is regulated on the basis of the provided parameter data set and/or an evaluation is carried out on the basis of the provided parameter data set.

US Pat. No. 10,508,890

SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TOYS AND GAMES FOR WATER GUNS

1. A toy, comprising:a target piece configured to position on an exterior surface of a garment, the target piece including a conformable target substrate, a target, and a target magnet, wherein the conformable target substrate comprises a first conformable target substrate surface including the target and a second conformable target substrate surface that is opposite the first conformable target substrate surface and that is fixedly attached to the target magnet, wherein the target is configured to transition from a non-activated state to an activated state when the target receives a stimulus; and
a backing piece configured to position on an interior surface of the garment, the backing piece including a backing magnet, wherein when the target piece is positioned on the exterior surface of the garment and the backing piece is positioned on the interior surface of the garment, the backing magnet is configured to apply an attraction magnetic force through the garment and to the target magnet to secure the target piece to the exterior surface of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,508,882

SIMULATED HUNTING DEVICES AND METHODS

1. A hunting simulation accessory, comprising:a housing comprising a mount positioned to interface with a functional or non-functional firearm having a trigger;
a sensor activated by said trigger to generate a trigger signal;
a laser module supported by the housing and comprising:
an emitter oriented to emit a laser toward an object; and
a detector responsive to light reflected from said object;
a display screen supported by the housing; and
a processor supported by the housing and configured to receive the trigger signal, provide a first feedback to a user in response to receipt of the trigger signal, activate the emitter in response to receipt of the trigger signal, determine whether a reflected signal is received within a time limit at the detector, and indicate to the user a hit shot based on the determination that the reflected signal is received within the time limit or a missed shot based on the determination that the reflected signal is not received within the time limit,
wherein indicating a hit shot includes providing a second feedback to the user, different from the first feedback, wherein the second feedback comprises a video selected by the user,
wherein indicating a missed shot includes withholding the second feedback, and
wherein the hunting simulation accessory is removable from the firearm.

US Pat. No. 10,508,881

MOUNT FOR HOLDING AND LOCKING A FIREARM

Donald J. Peterson, Fort...

1. A method for holding and locking a firearm, which has a magazine well and a magazine locking catch extendable through a magazine catch opening into said magazine well, to a device that has a top portion configured to conform to a shape of said magazine well and a slidable pin that aligns with said magazine catch opening, comprising the following steps:inserting the device into the magazine well of the firearm; and
allowing the magazine locking catch of the firearm to engage the device and secure the device in position while the slidable pin is in a first position allowing movement of the magazine locking catch through the magazine catch opening.

US Pat. No. 10,508,873

HEAT EXCHANGER WITH DUAL INTERNAL VALVE

Dana Canada Corporation, ...

1. A heat exchanger apparatus, comprising:a heat exchanger section comprising:
a top end heat exchanger plate, a bottom end heat exchanger plate and a plurality of heat exchanger plates positioned between the top end heat exchanger plate and the bottom end heat exchanger plate, the plurality of heat exchange plates defining a first fluid channel and a second fluid channel;
a first fluid inlet manifold having a first fluid inlet, a first fluid outlet manifold having a first fluid outlet, the first fluid channel in fluid communication with the first fluid inlet manifold and the first fluid outlet manifold;
a second fluid inlet manifold having a second fluid inlet, a second fluid outlet manifold having a second fluid outlet, the second fluid channel in fluid communication with the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold;
a bypass section coupled to the heat exchanger section, the bypass section comprising:
a bypass channel cover plate coupled to the top end heat exchanger plate, the bypass channel cover plate together with the top end heat exchanger plate defining a bypass channel with the bypass channel being in fluid communication with the second fluid inlet manifold and the second fluid outlet manifold; and
a thermal bypass valve assembly positioned within the second fluid inlet manifold, the thermal bypass valve assembly comprising:
a hollow outer sleeve having an inner wall, an outer wall, a first open end, a second end, a first aperture proximate to the first open end, a second aperture and a third aperture proximate the second end, the second aperture axially displaced between the first aperture and the third aperture; the first aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the bypass channel, and the second aperture and the third aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the second fluid inlet manifold in the heat exchanger section;
a hollow inner sleeve positioned within the outer sleeve and moveable from a first position to a second position, the hollow inner sleeve having an inner sleeve inner wall, an inner sleeve outer wall in contact with the inner wall of the hollow outer sleeve, an inner sleeve first open end, an inner sleeve second end, a valve seat positioned at the inner sleeve second end, a first orifice, and a second orifice defined by the inner sleeve second end; the first orifice aligning with the first aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the bypass channel in the first position and the first orifice aligning with the second aperture permitting fluid communication from the second fluid inlet to the second fluid inlet manifold in the heat exchanger section in the second position;
a valve assembly cap coupled at the first open end of the hollow outer sleeve, the valve assembly cap having a valve base and a hole for permitting fluid flow from the second fluid inlet to the hollow portion of the inner sleeve;
a first thermal actuator coupled to the valve base and engaging an inner surface of the hollow inner sleeve at the second end; the first thermal actuator actuating movement of the hollow inner sleeve from the first position to the second position;
a second thermal actuator positioned proximate to the second end of the hollow outer sleeve and engaging an outer surface of the hollow inner sleeve at the second end; and
a stopper coupled to the second thermal actuator and moveable from a stopper first position to a stopper second position upon actuation of the second thermal actuator;
wherein the stopper engages the valve seat in the stopper first position to inhibit fluid flow from the second fluid inlet through the second orifice, and the stopper disengages from the valve seat in the stopper second position to permit fluid flow from the second fluid inlet through the second orifice.

US Pat. No. 10,508,871

REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR, AND HEAT PUMP DEVICE HAVING THE REFRIGERANT DISTRIBUTOR

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A refrigerant distributor comprising:an inflow portion into which refrigerant flows from an inflow pipe; and
a distributing portion configured to distribute refrigerant from the inflow portion to a plurality of outflow pipes,
the distributing portion including:
a main body portion connected to the inflow portion, and
a plurality of outflow portions connected to the outflow pipes,
the outflow portions protruding from the main body portion, and being unitary with and formed integrally with the main body portion, such that a heat capacity difference between the outflow pipes and the distributing portion is small
longitudinal axes of the plurality of outflow portions and a longitudinal axis of the main body portion are substantially parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,869

METHOD FOR EVALUATING LIFTING FORCE IN A HEAT EXCHANGER

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A method comprising:moving a first fluid substantially vertically upward in a heat exchanger, the first fluid being a two-phase flow comprising a gas phase and a liquid phase, the gas phase having a gas temperature and the liquid phase having a liquid temperature;
the gas phase applying a lifting force to the liquid phase, the lifting force acting in opposition to a downward force of the liquid phase;
determining that the lifting force of the gas phase is insufficient to lift the liquid phase based on whether a first absolute value of a time derivative of a hot end approach of the heat exchanger exceeds a predefined primary threshold value and/or on whether a second absolute value of a time derivative of pressure drop of the first fluid over the heat exchanger exceeds a predefined primary limit value; and
increasing at least one of a flow rate of the gas phase, the gas temperature or the liquid temperature to increase the lifting force of the gas phase when the determining determines that the first absolute value exceeds the predefined primary threshold value and/or when the determining determines that the second absolute value exceeds the predefined primary limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,508,868

PROTECTION STRUCTURE FOR HEAT DISSIPATION UNIT

Asia Vital Components Co....

1. A protection structure for a heat dissipation unit, comprising:a main body divided into a working zone and a sealing zone; the working zone internally forming a sealed chamber, the sealing zone being located around an outer edge of the sealed chamber and being provided with a notch area, to which a protrusion pipe for working fluid adding and air evacuation is connected, and the sealing zone being an area at which an upper and lower plate member are hermetically connected to each other, the protrusion pipe being clamped between the upper and the lower plate members to communicate with the sealed chamber, wherein the notch area is defined as a notch in one of the upper and lower plate member, an exposed space to expose the protrusion pipe; and
a protection element being a ductile structure and correspondingly formed and located at the notch area to seal the exposed space and to at least partially cover the protrusion pipe;
wherein the notch area has a first side, a second side located at and connected to one of two opposite ends of the first side, and a third side located at and connected to the other end of the first side; and
wherein the protection element has a first edge, a second edge and a third edge configured for covering the first, the second and the third side of the notch area, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,508,862

HEAT EXCHANGER FOR AIR-COOLED CHILLER

CARRIER CORPORATION, Pal...

1. An air-cooled chiller system comprising:a first heat exchanger including:
a first tube bank including at least a first flattened tube segment and a second flattened tube segment extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship;
a second tube bank including at least a first flattened tube segment and a second flattened tube segment extending longitudinally in spaced parallel relationship, the second tube bank disposed behind the first tube bank with a leading edge of the second tube bank spaced from a trailing edge of the first tube bank;
a plurality of spaced webs joining the first flattened tube segment of the first tube bank to the first flattened tube segment of the second tube bank, wherein at least one web of the plurality of webs is scored at a score location defining at least one scored web configured to provide a path of least resistance for crack propagation due to different thermal expansion of components of the first heat exchanger; and
a fan positioned to direct an airflow over the first tube bank prior to the second tube bank, wherein refrigerant is configured to flow in the first heat exchanger in a cross-counterflow direction opposite that of the airflow direction from the fan.