US Pat. No. 10,891,022

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERFACING WITH A DISPLAY DEVICE

NETGEAR, INC., San Jose,...

1. A method for interacting with a display device, the method comprising:accessing a content database external to the display device, the content database having images stored therein;
storing a plurality of the images to a local memory device associated with the display device;
displaying a user interface screen on the output display of the display device;
displaying a plurality of image thumbnails within the user interface screen, the plurality of image thumbnails relating to the plurality of images stored in the local memory device;
detecting, via at least one environmental sensor, a plurality of user gestures external to the display device, the user gestures relating to gesture-based control of the display device;
determining gesture context values relating to the detected gestures, the gesture context values determined based on the user interface screen;
for each of the gesture context values, retrieving interface commands from a gesture library;
navigating between image thumbnails on the display device in response to one or more of the interface commands;
in response to one or more of the interface commands, selecting a plurality of images for display;
receiving, via at least one of the user gestures, time interval instructions for cycling display of the selected plurality of images; and
updating the output display based on the interface command including displaying the selected plurality of images one at a time by cycling through the selected plurality of images for display one at a time, each of the selected plurality of images being actively displayed for a period of time defined by the time interval instructions received via the user gestures.

US Pat. No. 10,891,021

DYNAMIC VARIATION FOR SELECTION OPTION INFORMATION PRESENTATION

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A selection option information presentation system that includes a first display device, a second display device, and a control device, the control device comprising:a processor configured to execute a process, the process including:
statically displaying all of a plurality of items of selection option information on the first display device in states in which a selection operation can be received;
in a case in which a specific duration in which no selection operation is detected has passed, determining at least one or more items of selection option information from the displayed plurality of items of selection option information, and moving a display position of the determined at least one or more items of selection option information such that a combination of adjacent items of selection option information within a display region is changed to a different combination in an up-down direction or a left-right direction, or both,
repeating the static displaying and the moving of the display position until a selection operation of any of the plurality of items of selection option information has been received, and
when a selection operation of any of the plurality of items of selection option information displayed on the first display device has been received, displaying the selection option information that received the selection operation on the second display device,
wherein, in the process, the at least one or more items of selection option information that has been determined to be moved is chosen based on a frequency for each of the items of selection option information of receiving selection operations while being displayed on the first display device previously.

US Pat. No. 10,891,020

USER INTERFACE FOR ELECTRONIC BACKUP

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:at a device including a display, an input device, a processor, and a non-transitory memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause:
displaying, on the display, a backup interface, including concurrently displaying:
a display area for presenting at least a first visual representation of an earlier version of a user interface window and a visual representation of a current view of the user interface window; and
a timeline associated with a first time scale, where the timeline represents a plurality of visual representations of earlier versions of the user interface window, wherein the timeline includes:
a first portion of the plurality of visual representations of earlier versions of the user interface window that is displayed with a condensed appearance in which a respective amount of time is represented by a first length, wherein the first portion includes a first tick mark of a first size, and wherein the first tick mark, when selected, is a second size that is larger than the first size while maintaining the first time scale for the timeline; and
a second portion of the plurality of visual representations of earlier versions of the user interface window that is displayed with an expanded appearance in which the respective amount of time is represented by a second length greater than the first length, wherein the second portion includes a second tick mark of the second size; and
while concurrently displaying the display area and the timeline, detecting a user input at a location on the timeline corresponding to the first portion of the timeline; and
in response to detecting the user input at the location on the timeline corresponding to the first portion of the timeline, displaying an animation of the first portion of the timeline spatially expanding to the expanded appearance and the second portion of the timeline spatially shrinking to the condensed appearance while maintaining the first time scale for the timeline.

US Pat. No. 10,891,019

DYNAMIC THUMBNAIL SELECTION FOR SEARCH RESULTS

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, at a computing device, a search result based on a search query, the search result comprising a plurality of images, the search query comprising an image;
computing, at the computing device, a similarity score for each respective image of a set of images based on a similarity between the respective image and the search query, the set of images comprising at least some images of the plurality of images of the search result;
comparing, at the computing device, the similarity score for the each respective image to a threshold;
modifying, at the computing device, one or more images of the set of images when the similarity score for the each respective image of the set of images is below the threshold, wherein the modifying the one or more images comprises:
selecting a subset of image modification operations from a set of image modification operations of expanding, cropping, rotating, inverting, and color-correcting based on the search query, a number of operations in the subset of image modification operations being less than a number of operations in the set of image modification operations; and
generating, for the each respective image of the one or more images, one or more modified images by performing the selected subset of image modification operations on the respective image until at least one of the one or more modified images has a corresponding similarity score greater than the threshold, the at least one of the modified images having a higher similarity to the image of the search query than the one or more images of the set of images;
selecting, at the computing device, at least one representative image of the search result from the modified images that have corresponding similarity scores greater than the threshold; and
sending, by the computing device, a search result listing for presentation on a display device, the search result listing comprising the at least one representative image of the search result.

US Pat. No. 10,891,018

DISPLAYING A SET OF DATA ELEMENTS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:receiving a request to display a path to a target data element, wherein the path includes a first path element and a second path element;
in response to receiving the request to display the path, displaying, on an electronic display, a representation of the path that includes a truncated representation of the first path element and a representation of the second path element, wherein a determination to display the truncated representation of the first path element is made based on relative importance of the first path element and the second path element, wherein the first path element includes a string of characters and the truncated representation of the first path element that is displayed includes less than all the characters included in the string of characters;
while displaying the representation of the path, receiving a user input at a location corresponding to the truncated representation of the first path element; and
in response to receiving the user input, displaying an expanded representation of the first path element on the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,891,017

ROTATING ICON SELECTION AND INTERACTION SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK)

Sprint Communications Com...

1. A mobile communication device, comprising:a display;
a processor;
a non-transitory memory;
an application launcher stored in the non-transitory memory that, when executed by the processor, presents a plurality of icons defined by mobile applications and launches execution of a mobile application; and
a first mobile application stored in the non-transitory memory that, when executed by the processor,
requests the application launcher to present a first icon associated with the first mobile application at a first time in a first location on a graphical user interface (GUI) displayed on the display, wherein the first icon launches the first mobile application,
requests the application launcher to present a second icon associated with a second mobile application available in an application data store at a second time in the first location on the GUI displayed on the display, where the second time is after the first time, wherein the second icon launches the first mobile application,
requests the application launcher to present a third icon associated with a third mobile application available in the application data store at a third time in the first location on the GUI displayed on the display, where the third time is after the second time, wherein the third icon launches the first mobile application, and
requests the application launcher to present the first icon at a fourth time in the first location on the GUI displayed on the display, where the fourth time is after the third time,
whereby a rotating icon interface that utilizes the first location on the GUI displayed on the display as a same location for displaying mobile application icons is provided by the first mobile application to increase effective available display space of the display, and where:
when the first icon is selected, the application launcher launches the first mobile application and a primary activity of the first mobile application is performed,
when the second icon is selected, the application launcher launches the first mobile application, an alternative activity of the first mobile application is performed, and the first mobile application accesses a link to the second mobile application that references the application data store, and
when the third icon is selected, the application launcher launches the first mobile application, the alternative activity of the first mobile application is performed, and the first mobile application accesses a link to the third mobile application that references the application data store.

US Pat. No. 10,891,016

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION SHOWING INFORMATION TO A USER

VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC....

1. A method for generating, at a map server communicatively coupled to either one of a game server or a user device, a graphical user interface (GUI) for the user device including a map for a set of items in a gaming environment, comprising:measuring a first usage characteristic for a first item in the set of items, the first usage characteristic being a total number of users interacting with the first item, wherein the first item represents a first application executable on a plurality of user devices that interact with the game server and wherein the total number of users interacting with the first item is based on a number of executions of the first application interacting with the game server across the plurality of user devices;
generating a first icon for the first item, a first display characteristic of the first icon being based on the first usage characteristic;
measuring a second usage characteristic for a second item in the set of items, the second usage characteristic being a total number of users interacting with the second item, wherein the second item represents a second application executable on the plurality of user devices that interact with the game server and wherein the total number of users interacting with the second item is based on a number of executions of the second application interacting with the game server across the plurality of user devices;
generating a second icon for the second item, a second display characteristic of the second icon being based on the second usage characteristic;
generating the map including the first and second icons;
transmitting map display data corresponding to the generated map to the game server or to the user device; and
in response to receiving the map display data at the user device, the GUI of the user device displays, on the generated map, the first icon having the first display characteristic and the second icon having the second display characteristic, wherein the first icon and the second icon represent available games selectable by users of the plurality of users devices that are requesting the map.

US Pat. No. 10,891,015

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a memory configured to store an application;
circuitry configured by the application to:
control a display to display a first region, a second region, an information region and a sharing icon, wherein first activity icons associated with first activities of a user are displayed in the first region, second activity icons associated with second activities of the user are displayed in the second region, and a comparison between a first total number of the first activity icons and a second total number of the second activity icons is displayed in the information region, the comparison being derived by subtracting the second total number of the second activity icons from the first total number of the first activity icons;
receive selections by the user from among the displayed first activity icons and the displayed second activity icons;
generate display information based on the comparison displayed in the information region; and
share the display information with another information processing apparatus in response to a user actuation of the sharing icon.

US Pat. No. 10,891,014

REMOTE VIEW MANIPULATION IN COMMUNICATION SESSION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:causing a first display, of a first client device that is associated with a first participant of a communication session, to display a rendering of a graphical card, that corresponds to a second participant of the communication session, within a three-dimensional graphical environment that is associated with the communication session, wherein the three-dimensional graphical environment is defined in relation to at least three axes, and wherein a second graphical representation of the second participant is displayed on a two-dimensional virtual surface, of the graphical card, that is rendered at a particular position and a particular orientation within the three-dimensional graphical environment;
receiving data that is generated in response to user input received at a second client device that is associated with the second participant, wherein the data indicates that a viewable area of the three-dimensional graphical environment has been adjusted on a second display of the second client device to be directed relatively more or less toward a first graphical representation of the first participant within the three-dimensional graphical environment;
in response to receiving the data indicating that the viewable area of the three-dimensional graphical environment has been adjusted on the second client device, updating the particular orientation, about a first axis of the at least three axes, at which the two-dimensional virtual surface is rendered within the three-dimensional graphical environment from a previously displayed rotation about the first axis to an updated rotation about the first axis; and
causing the first display to update the rendering of the three-dimensional graphical environment on the first client device from a first state in which the two-dimensional virtual surface of the graphical card is rendered in accordance with the previously displayed rotation to a second state in which the two-dimensional virtual surface of the video card is rendered in accordance with the updated rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,891,013

USER INTERFACES FOR RETRIEVING CONTEXTUALLY RELEVANT MEDIA CONTENT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a display;
a touch-sensitive surface;
one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for:
displaying, on the display, a first visual media item of a sequence of visual media items;
while displaying the first visual media item, receiving a user input that includes movement in a respective direction; and
in response to receiving the user input:
determining whether the user input corresponds to a swipe gesture in a first direction; and
in accordance with the determination that the user input corresponds to the swipe gesture in the first direction, displaying, on the display, a detail user interface comprising related content for the first visual media item that has been determined to be related to the first visual media item,
wherein displaying the related content for the first visual media item includes concurrently displaying one or more representations of related content organized by a first category and one or more representations of related content organized by a second category, and
wherein the first category is different from the second category.

US Pat. No. 10,891,012

MOBILE TERMINAL, IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE PROVISION METHOD USING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of controlling a system including a display device and a mobile terminal, the method comprising:performing, in the display device, a data communication with the mobile terminal wirelessly;
capturing, in the mobile terminal, a current screen;
generating, in the mobile terminal, screen information based on the captured current screen;
setting, in the mobile terminal, right and left margins in the screen information when the mobile terminal is in a portrait mode and the display device is in a landscape mode;
transmitting, in the mobile terminal, the screen information with the right and left margins to the display device wirelessly, when the mobile terminal is in the portrait mode and the display device is in the landscape mode;
displaying, in the display device, a first mirroring image with the right and left margins based on the screen information when the mobile terminal is in the portrait mode and the display device is in the landscape mode;
setting, in the mobile terminal, upper and lower margins in the screen information when the display device is in a portrait mode and the mobile terminal is in a landscape mode;
transmitting, in the mobile terminal, the screen information with the upper and lower margins to the display device wirelessly, when the display device is in the portrait mode and the mobile terminal is in the landscape mode; and
displaying, in the display device, a second mirroring image with the upper and lower margins based on the screen information when the display device is in the portrait mode and the mobile terminal is the landscape mode.

US Pat. No. 10,891,011

TOUCH SENSOR HAVING SENSING ELECTRODES AND OPTICAL COMPENSATION PATTERNS AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LT...

1. A touch sensor, comprising:a substrate layer;
sensing electrodes on the substrate layer, the sensing electrodes comprising first electrode lines in a first direction and second electrode lines crossing the first electrode lines and extending in a second direction different from the first direction;
separation regions formed by cutting portions of the first and second electrode lines to electrically insulate or separate the first sensing electrode lines and the second sensing electrode lines from each other; and
optical compensation patterns disposed at a different level or a different plane from that of the sensing electrodes, the optical compensation patterns at least partially filling the separation regions in a planar view,
wherein the sensing electrodes comprises:
first sensing electrodes arranged along the first direction parallel to a top surface of the substrate layer;
second sensing electrodes arranged along the second direction parallel to the top surface of the substrate layer and perpendicular to the first direction;
a bridge electrode electrically connecting the first sensing electrodes neighboring in the first direction to each other; and
a connecting portion integrally connected to the second sensing electrodes neighboring in the second direction at the same level as that of the second sensing electrodes,
wherein the first sensing electrodes and the second sensing electrodes are disposed at the same level or at the same plane to be separated from each other by the separation regions; and
the bridge electrode is disposed over the connecting portion or under the connecting portion to cross the connecting portion, and the bridge electrode and the optical compensation patterns are disposed at the same level or at the same plane.

US Pat. No. 10,891,010

DISPLAY DEVICE AND TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE

Innolux Corporation, Mia...

1. A display device, comprising:a substrate comprising a first bending portion;
a display layer disposed on the substrate;
an insulating layer disposed on the substrate; and
a conductive line disposed on the substrate, wherein the conductive line comprises:
a first trace disposed on the substrate; and
a second trace disposed on the first trace;
wherein the insulating layer is disposed between the first trace and the second trace;
wherein the second trace comprises a plurality of connection parts passing through the insulating layer and connected to the first trace, and one of the plurality of connection parts is adjacent to another one of the plurality of connection parts; and
wherein a portion of the first trace continuously extends from the one of the plurality of connection parts to the another one of the plurality of connection parts, and a portion of the second trace continuously extends from the one of the plurality of connection parts to the another one of the plurality of connection parts.

US Pat. No. 10,891,009

TOUCH SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND TOUCH CONTROL DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch substrate, comprising:a touch region; and
a wiring region arranged adjacent to the touch region and covered by a protection structure,
wherein the protection structure comprises at least two organic layers and at least two inorganic layers arranged alternately one on another,
wherein each inorganic layer is made of SiNxOy, x and y each being a positive integer and each inorganic layer has a thickness ranging from 350 to 550 ?, and
wherein the at least two inorganic layers of the protection structure covers a touch electrode in the touch region, one of the at least two inorganic layers directly contacts the touch electrode, and each inorganic layer has a refractive index ranging from 1.60 to 1.75.

US Pat. No. 10,891,008

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE AND TOUCH PANEL TO REDUCE UNDESIRED CAPACITANCE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A touch display device comprising:a touch panel in which a plurality of touch electrodes is arranged on a touch electrode layer; and
a touch circuit driving the touch panel and sensing presence or absence of a touch or a touch position,
wherein the plurality of touch electrodes is disposed to have a first mesh form, and each of the plurality of touch electrodes includes an electrode metal pattern to have a second mesh form shaped by first and second line patterns crossing each other and a plurality of openings formed by the second mesh form, the plurality of touch electrodes includes a first touch electrode, a second touch electrode, a third touch electrode, and a fourth touch electrode,
the first touch electrode and the third touch electrode are electrically connected to each other, and the second touch electrode and the fourth touch electrode are electrically connected to each other,
the second touch electrode and the fourth touch electrode are electrically connected to each other through a first bridge in a bridge layer which is a different layer from the touch electrode layer,
the first bridge passes through a first area of the first touch electrode,
the electrode metal pattern of the first touch electrode is absent in the same direction as a direction of the first bridge in the first area through which the first bridge passes,
wherein the second mesh form includes a dummy metal pattern or a dummy space disposed within the second mesh form, wherein the dummy metal pattern is disconnected within the second mesh form, and
wherein one of the first and second line patterns of the electrode metal pattern crossing each other of the first touch electrode is absent in an area overlapping with the pattern of the first bridge in the same direction as the direction of the first bridge in the first area and extends in the direction of the first bridge in an area except for the overlapping area, and the other of the first and second line patterns extends by crossing the pattern of the first bridge in the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,891,007

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DATA TRANSMISSION VIA CAPACITANCE SENSING DEVICE

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method of transferring data between a first device and a second device, the method comprising:generating, using an output circuit, an analog signal based on a data signal for an application associated with the first device and the second device; and
transmitting the data signal over an interface between a processor of the first device and a processor of the second device, the transmitting of the data signal over the interface comprising capacitively coupling the analog signal through a capacitor formed by at least one sensor electrode, of a touchscreen, of the first device and a conductor of the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,891,006

PANEL DRIVING DEVICE AND PANEL DRIVING METHOD

SILICON WORKS CO., LTD., ...

1. A device for driving a panel comprising a plurality of sensor electrodes, the device comprising:a first circuit configured to supply a first signal to a first sensor electrode, using a first amplifier configured to be driven by first-level and second-level voltages;
a second circuit configured to supply a second signal synchronized in size and phase with the first signal to a second sensor electrode adjacent to the first sensor electrode, using a second amplifier configured to be driven by the first-level and second-level voltages;
a third circuit configured to supply a third signal fluctuating to the first level and the second level and synchronized in phase with the first signal to a third sensor electrode; and
a sensing circuit configured to sense an external object approaching or touching the panel on the basis of a change in capacitance of the first sensor electrode,
wherein a plurality of data lines transmitting a data voltage to pixels is disposed on the panel, and the second circuit supplies the second signal to a first data line of the plurality of data lines, the first data line overlapping the first sensor electrode when seen from above,
wherein a ground voltage or the third signal is supplied to a second data line from the plurality of data lines, to which the second signal is not supplied.

US Pat. No. 10,891,005

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BENT DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display comprising a main display area and a curved auxiliary display area that is extended from the main display area in an integrated manner, is curved toward one side of the main display area, and is smaller than the main display area;
a detector configured to detect a first touch input on the display; and
a controller configured to:
control the display to provide first information on the main display area;
control the display to provide second information on a first area of the curved auxiliary display area, wherein the second information comprises at least one user interface element, and the first area is an inactive touch input area in which any user interface element cannot be activated by a touch input;
determine whether the electronic device is gripped by a hand of a user while the first information is provided on the main display area and the second information is provided on the first area of the curved auxiliary display area, based on the first touch input that is detected on the main display area and the curved auxiliary display area; and
in response to the electronic device being determined to be gripped by the hand while the first information is provided on the main display area and the second information is provided on the first area of the curved auxiliary display area:
determine a second area of the curved auxiliary display area, the second area being contacted by a thumb of the hand while the electronic device is gripped by the hand, based on the first touch input that is detected on the main display area and the curved auxiliary display area, wherein the second area is an active touch input area in which any user interface element can be activated by a touch input; and
control the display to move the second information provided on the curved auxiliary display area, from the first area of the curved auxiliary display area to the second area that is determined, while maintaining the first information provided on the main display area,
wherein the detector is further configured to detect a user input of dragging the at least one user interface element provided on the second area, from the second area to the first area, while the electronic device is gripped by the hand, and
the controller is further configured to, based on the user input of dragging the at least one user interface element being detected while the electronic device is gripped by the hand, control the display to provide the at least one user interface element on the first area, wherein the at least one user interface element provided on the first area cannot be activated by a touch input.

US Pat. No. 10,891,004

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH ULTRASONIC TOUCH

Acer Incorporated, New T...

1. An electronic device comprising:a plurality of pixel areas, wherein each of the pixel areas includes:
a display device configured to display an image; and
an ultrasonic transmission device and an ultrasonic reception device configured to be adjacent to the display device,
wherein the display devices respectively included in the pixel areas are disposed in column arrangement in a display area, the ultrasonic transmission devices and the ultrasonic reception devices respectively included in the pixel areas are disposed in a touch area, and the display area and the touch area do not overlap with each other;
a substrate configured to be adjacent to the ultrasonic transmission device and the ultrasonic reception device;
an ultrasonic controller coupled to the ultrasonic transmission device and the ultrasonic reception device and configured to generate a control signal, wherein the ultrasonic transmission device generates an ultrasonic wave in a direction toward the substrate according to the control signal, and the ultrasonic reception device simultaneously receives the ultrasonic wave according to the control signal through the substrate and generates a sensing signal corresponding to the received ultrasonic wave; and
a sensing circuit coupled to the ultrasonic reception device to receive the sensing signal and determine a position where a touch occurs according to the sensing signal to generate a touch signal.

US Pat. No. 10,891,003

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR AN INTERACTIVE CONTAINER

Omni Consumer Products, L...

1. An interactive system comprising a processor capable of executing instruction relating to an interactive container creation method for creating an interactive experience, the interactive container creation method comprising:creating a list;
deploying the list to at least one device;
identifying at least one of an asset and a shape, in an image captured by a camera, to be defined as a touch area in a first interactive container,
wherein the identifying comprises at least:
retrieving a baseline depth area utilizing multiple depth frames;
retrieving a moving average of a real-time area;
determining a difference between the baseline depth area and the moving average;
comparing the difference to a threshold and determining if the real-time area is to be defined as the touch area based on the comparison;
identifying the x, y axis of at least one point of the at least one of asset or shape; and
creating a correlation between (i) at least a portion of the list and (ii) the touch area, wherein the touch area of the first interactive container produces an activity, wherein the activity is identified in the list, and wherein the producing the activity results from interaction that is captured in the image from the camera and that is related to the touch area,
wherein the produced activity is in a second interactive container relating to the projected image projected from the projector,
wherein the projected image projected from the projector is viewable by the human eye without the need for wearable devices, and
utilizing at least one of:
(a) the camera to detect the interaction that is captured in the image from the camera and that is related to the touch area, and
(b) the camera to detect an item in the image from the camera,
wherein the detecting the item continues over a first time period,
wherein a weighted average is used to add the detected item to the first interactive container over the first time period, and
wherein, in response to the utilizing, the first interactive container:
(1) communicates with a second interactive container, and
(2) causes the producing the activity in the second interactive container.

US Pat. No. 10,891,002

CONTROL METHOD AND TOUCH DISPLAY SYSTEM

CHIPONE TECHNOLOGY (BEIJI...

1. A control method for a touch display apparatus, the touch display apparatus comprising multiple touch sensing channels, and the control method comprising: dividing one frame into multiple sub-frames, wherein each sub-frame comprises a display time period and a touch control time period; performing display scanning on the touch display apparatus in the display time period to display a picture; performing touch control scanning on the touch display apparatus in the touch control time period to obtain a touch sensing signal; and obtaining touch sensing data according to the touch sensing signal and detecting touch according to the touch sensing data,wherein performing touch control scanning on the touch display apparatus comprises:
if no touch is detected in a preset time period, entering a first mode in which the multiple touch sensing channels are short-circuited and one of the multiple touch sensing channels is scanned in the touch control time period of one of the multiple sub-frames; and
if touch is detected in the preset time period, entering a second mode in which the multiple touch sensing channels are respectively scanned in the touch control time periods of the multiple sub-frames,
wherein the frequency for the touch control scanning in the first mode is smaller than that for the touch control scanning in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,891,001

TOUCH DETECTION APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH TOUCH DETECTION FUNCTION

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A touch detection apparatus comprising:a plurality of drive electrodes configured to detect an external object, at least one of the drive electrodes including a plurality of subdivided electrodes arranged at a finer pitch than an arrangement pitch of the drive electrodes;
a first shift register circuit for driving the drive electrodes;
a second shift register circuit for driving the subdivided electrodes; and
a selection circuit that supplies:
a signal of the first shift register circuit to a respective drive electrode in a first mode in which the drive electrodes are sequentially driven and the signal of the first shift register circuit is transmitted to the subdivided electrodes to cause the subdivided electrodes to function as at least one of the drive electrodes, and
a signal of the second shift register circuit to a respective subdivided electrode in a second mode in which the subdivided electrodes are sequentially driven.

US Pat. No. 10,891,000

MASSAGE CHAIRS WITH TOUCHSCREEN-BASED CONTROL SYSTEM

1. A touchscreen-based control system for a massage chair, said system comprising:a touchscreen device in operative communication with a massage chair that provides massage effects to a body of a user;
wherein said touchscreen device comprises a housing, touch-sensitive layer, a display layer, a printed circuit board (PCB), a digital processor, a software program that controls the touch sensitive layer and the display layer;
wherein, the software program allows the user to store at least one user's profile that can be recalled at a later time;
wherein the user's profile includes body scanning data generated through one or more detection sensors located within movable portions of the massage chair to detect the location of a particular body part of the user, the one or more detection sensors operate based upon pressure applied to the user through a portion of the massage chair.

US Pat. No. 10,890,999

SPRING-TYPE BATTERY CONTACT HAVING SENSOR PROTECTION

STABILO International Gmb...

1. An electronic pen comprising:a pen position recognition system comprising
at least one electrical voltage source,
at least one digital control unit,
a force transmission element,
at least one force sensor for measuring a writing pressure force, and
at least one resilient member configured to generate a force that opposes the writing pressure force acting on the at least one force sensor,
wherein the at least one resilient member is electrically conductive and a portion of the at least one resilient member is configured to be a pole contact to the at least one electrical voltage source.

US Pat. No. 10,890,998

INPUT SENSING UNIT AND DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

13. A display apparatus comprising:a display unit configured to display an image; and
an input sensing unit disposed on a surface of the display unit,
wherein the input sensing unit comprises:
first electrodes arranged in a first direction, each of the first electrodes extending in a second direction crossing the first direction;
second electrodes arranged in the second direction, each of the second electrodes extending in the first direction;
third electrodes arranged in the second direction, each of the third electrodes extending in the first direction;
first sensing lines respectively connected to the first electrodes;
second sensing lines respectively connected to the second electrodes; and
a third sensing line connected to the third electrodes, and
wherein the third sensing line is connected to a first side of a portion of the third electrodes and connected to a second side of each of a remaining portion of the third electrodes, the second side opposing the first side in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,997

DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

13. A display device comprising:a display panel comprising a light emitting element and an encapsulation layer covering the light emitting element; and
an input sensing unit disposed on the display panel,
wherein:
the input sensing unit comprises:
a second connection part disposed on the encapsulation layer;
an insulation layer covering the second connection part;
a first sensing electrode disposed on the insulation layer, the first sensing electrode comprising first sensing cells and a first connection part connecting the first sensing cells adjacent to each other, and extending in a first direction; and
a second sensing electrode disposed on a same layer as the first sensing electrode and comprising second sensing cells arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction and not contacting the first sensing electrode;
the second sensing electrode is formed by connecting the second sensing cells adjacent to each other through the second connection part;
a width of a first portion of the second connection part including a portion overlapping the first sensing electrode is less than a width of a second portion extending from the first portion;
each of the first sensing electrode and the second sensing electrode has a mesh pattern comprising a plurality of mesh lines defining a plurality of mesh holes; and
each of the first connection part and the second connection part comprises a plurality of the mesh lines.

US Pat. No. 10,890,996

TRANSPARENT DISPLAYS WITH CAPACITIVE TOUCH

Azena Medical, LLC, Waln...

1. A transparent electroluminescent display, comprising:a first transparent layer comprising a first plurality of rows of traces, the first plurality of rows of traces coupled with light emitting elements, at least a portion of the light emitting elements being associated with control objects that allow a user to select operational settings for an associated device;
a second transparent layer comprising capacitive touch elements that receive touch input from a user, the capacitive touch elements being associated with the control objects;
a third transparent structural layer disposed between the first transparent layer and the second transparent layer; and
a microprocessor configured to:
receive touch input from the capacitive touch elements; and
control illumination of the light emitting elements of the first transparent layer using a pulse skipping scheme applied to the first plurality of rows of traces so as to selectively illuminate the light emitting elements, in response to the touch input received from the capacitive touch elements.

US Pat. No. 10,890,995

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE AND DISPLAY PANEL WITH REDUCED SIGNAL NOISE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device comprising:an active area and a non-active area;
a plurality of data lines arranged in the active area;
a plurality of data link lines connected to the plurality of data lines;
an encapsulation layer having at least one organic layer and at least one inorganic layer;
a touch sensor having a plurality of driving touch electrodes and a plurality of sensing touch electrodes arranged on the encapsulation layer;
a plurality of driving touch lines arranged on a side surface of the encapsulation layer and applying driving signals to the plurality of driving touch electrodes; and
a plurality of sensing touch lines connected to the plurality of sensing touch electrodes and receiving sensing signals from the plurality of sensing touch electrodes,
wherein a dam is formed in the non-active area to prevent the encapsulation layer from collapsing, and at least one of the plurality of data link lines overlaps at least one of the plurality of driving touch lines and the dam in the non-active area,
wherein in the non-active area, none of the plurality of sensing touch lines overlaps any of the plurality of data link lines,
wherein the plurality of driving touch electrodes are arranged in a same direction as the plurality of data lines,
wherein a plurality of data pads are arranged to electrically connect the plurality of data link lines,
wherein a plurality of driving touch pads are arranged to electrically connect the plurality of driving touch lines, and a first group and a second group of the plurality of driving touch pads are arranged at both outer sides of the plurality of data pads,
wherein a plurality of sensing touch pads are arranged to electrically connect the plurality of sensing touch lines, and are arranged at an outer side of the first group or the second group of the plurality of driving touch pads, and
wherein each outer side is a side facing a direction parallel to an adjacent side of the active area and away from a center axis of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,994

TOUCH SENSOR INTEGRATED COLOR FILTER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LT...

1. A method of manufacturing a flexible color filter having touch sensor integrated therein, comprising the steps of:forming a separation layer by applying a composition for forming the separation layer on a carrier substrate;
forming a protective layer by applying a composition for forming the protective layer on the separation layer;
forming a black matrix (BM) layer on the protective layer;
forming a touch sensor layer on the BM layer;
forming a colorant layer on the touch sensor layer;
forming an insulation layer on the touch sensor layer and the colorant layer;
removing the carrier substrate; and
attaching a flexible base film on a side of the separation layer from which the carrier substrate is removed.

US Pat. No. 10,890,993

BRAILLE DISPLAY SYSTEM

Optelec Holding B.V., Ba...

1. A Braille display system comprising:a housing comprising:
a display portion comprising a plurality of dynamically changing Braille cells, each Braille cell at a set position within the housing; and
an input portion comprising a touch sensitive surface able to receive hand input gestures or commands adjacent to each Braille cell,the touch sensitive surface configured to serve as a Braille keyboard which can be aligned with any of the Braille cells,wherein the touch sensitive surface is paired with a processor, and the touch sensitive surface/processor pair is programmed for input finger detection to set the Braille keyboard at any position on the touch sensitive surface.

US Pat. No. 10,890,992

SYNCHRONIZING AUGMENTED OR VIRTUAL REALITY (AR/VR) APPLICATIONS WITH COMPANION DEVICE INTERFACES

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A service provider system comprising:an augmented or virtual reality (AR/VR) hub system implemented using a processing system and computer-readable storage medium of a computing device, the AR/VR hub system including:
a request manger module to receive a request via a network from a companion device for companion data that corresponds to an augmented or virtual reality (AR/VR) application configured for execution by an AR/VR device separate from the companion device;
a companion markup location module to locate, from storage, the companion data from a plurality of companion data;
a data transmission module to form a communication for transmission via the network to the companion device that includes the companion data; and
an AR/VR environment manager module to synchronize execution of the companion data by the companion device with execution of the AR/VR application by the AR/VR device, the synchronization including:
determining a portion of a markup file that corresponds to an AR/VR scene of a plurality of AR/VR scenes of the AR/VR application that is rendered by the AR/VR device;
communicating the portion of the markup file to the companion device as the companion data;
detecting a change from the AR/VR scene to another AR/VR scene of the plurality of AR/VR scenes; and
communicating another portion of the markup file to the companion device that corresponds to the other AR/VR scene.

US Pat. No. 10,890,991

USER INTERFACE MECHANICAL CONTROL APPARATUS WITH OPTICAL AND CAPACITIVE POSITION DETECTION AND OPTICAL POSITION INDICATION

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first structure that includes:
a plurality of optical sources;
a plurality of optical sensors; and
a capacitor plate structure;
a second structure configured to movably couple to the first structure that includes:
a reflective structure disposed to reflect light from a first subset of the plurality of optical sources to a first subset of the plurality of optical sensors when the first structure and the second structure are in a first orientation and to reflect light from a second subset of the plurality of optical sources to a second subset of the plurality of optical sensors when the first structure and the second structure are in a second orientation; and
a conductive structure disposed to produce a first capacitance at the capacitor plate structure when the first structure and the second structure are in the first orientation and to produce a second capacitance at the capacitor plate structure when the first structure and the second structure are in the second orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,890,990

ROTATION INPUT DEVICE FOR A CAPACITIVE SENSE CORD

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A capacitive sense cord comprising:a cable;
a cable jacket configured to cover the cable; and
a plurality of sensing wires disposed inside the cable jacket and around the cable throughout first and second portions of the cord,
the first portion of the cord including the plurality of sensing wires disposed proximate to a surface of the cord and positioned lengthwise along the cord to form a rotation input device configured to be capacitively sensitive to touch input, the rotation input device configured to enable rotational input based on a pattern of change in capacitance values corresponding to at least a subset of the plurality of sensing wires in the rotation input device; and
the second portion of the cord configured to be insensitive to touch input based on the plurality of sensing wires being twisted around one another within the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,890,989

TOUCH PAD DRIVING DEVICE AND TOUCH DRIVING METHOD

ITE Tech. Inc., Hsinchu ...

1. A touch pad driving device, configured to drive a touch pad for a self-capacitance touch sensing, wherein a plurality of sensing channels of the touch pad are arranged in a two-dimensional mode, and the touch pad driving device comprises:a channel selection unit, coupled to the sensing channels; and
a controller, coupled to the channel selection unit and configured to control the channel selection unit to scan the sensing channels, cause one selected sensing channel in the sensing channels receive a touch driving signal through the channel selection unit, cause all of sensing channels adjacent to or around the selected sensing channel in the sensing channels receive a shielding signal through the channel selection unit according to position information, and cause all of remaining sensing channels in the sensing channels receive a reference signal through the channel selection unit according to the position information, wherein the reference signal is different from the touch driving signal and the shielding signal,
wherein the controller obtains the position information through a shielding table corresponding to a layout of the sensing channels, wherein the shielding table comprises a first flag for representing the shielding signal and a second flag for representing the reference signal, wherein the controller obtains the position information according to the first flag and the second flag.

US Pat. No. 10,890,988

HIERARCHICAL MENU FOR APPLICATION TRANSITION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:detecting, by a computer device, pressure applied to an input location on an input device;
identifying, by the computer device, at least one opened application;
determining, by the computer device, an output location based on the input location, wherein the output location is a location on a display of the computer device;
constructing, by the computer device, an object based on the identified opened applications and the output location, wherein the object comprises at least a first layer and a second layer, the first layer indicates a number of devices running the identified opened applications, and the second layer indicates a number of opened applications among the identified opened applications;
outputting, by the computer device, the object on the display at the output location;
receiving, by the computer device, a selection of an opened application via the object, wherein the selected opened application is among the identified opened applications; and
outputting, by the computer device, the selected opened application on the display of the computer device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,987

STYLUS AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF FOR TRANSMITTING ELECTRICAL SIGNALS CARRYING PRESSURE INFORMATION

EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY I...

1. A stylus for transmitting electrical signals carrying pressure information, comprising:a first component with variable impedance reflecting a pressure, wherein the first component is configured for receiving first signals encoded by a pseudo-random number (PN) code in a first time period;
a second component with fixed impedance, wherein the second component is configured for receiving second signals encoded by the PN code in a second time period; and
a conductive tip section configured for:
receiving the first signals from the first component in the first time period;
receiving the second signals from the second component in the second time period;
transmitting electrical signals which is composed of the first signals in the first time period; and
transmitting electrical signals which is composed of the second signals in the second time period.

US Pat. No. 10,890,986

ELECTRONIC PEN, POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. An electronic pen comprising:a receiver which, in operation, receives tag information transmitted from an electronic tag transmitter;
a transmitter which, in operation, transmits a position detection signal for detecting a position of the electronic pen on a sensor of a position detection apparatus, to the position detection apparatus, the position detection apparatus being different from the electronic tag transmitter; and
a control circuit which, in operation, determines whether the electronic pen is in an area in which the electronic pen can communicate with the electronic tag transmitter, controls the transmitter to transmit the tag information to the position detection apparatus along with the position detection signal when the electronic pen is determined to be within the area in which the electronic pen can communicate with the electronic tag transmitter, and does not control the transmitter to transmit the tag information to the position detection apparatus along with the position detection signal when the electronic pen is not determined to be within the area in which the electronic pen can communicate with the electronic tag transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,890,985

MOUSE HAVING MOVABLE LIGHTING STRUCTURE

DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., G...

1. A mouse, comprising:a mouse body having a longitudinal axis defining a longitudinal axis direction and having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite to each other;
a movable lighting structure movably disposed on the mouse body and having an accommodating space formed therein, wherein the movable lighting structure is a hand rest portion of the mouse;
a lighting module disposed in the accommodating space and having at least one light-emitting element; and
a wire connected between the mouse body and the lighting module for supplying power required by the lighting module;
wherein a first slide rail assembly and a second slide rail assembly are disposed between the movable lighting structure and the mouse body, the first slide rail assembly and the second slide rail assembly define a predetermined movement path, and the movable lighting structure is guided by the first slide rail assembly and the second slide rail assembly to move along the predetermined movement path relative to the mouse body, and
wherein the mouse further includes a bracket member and a connecting seat, wherein the bracket member is connected to the rear side of the mouse body in the longitudinal axis direction, the bracket member extends along the longitudinal axis direction from the rear side of the mouse body toward a direction away from the mouse body, the connecting seat is connected to a rear end of the bracket member, the movable lighting structure is connected to the connecting seat, and the first slide rail assembly and the second slide rail assembly are disposed between the connecting seat and the movable lighting structure, wherein the bracket member includes two bottom plates, the bottom surfaces of the two bottom plates form a contact plane that is coplanar with the mouse body.

US Pat. No. 10,890,984

COMPUTER INPUT APPARATUS, POINTING DEVICE AND SETTING METHOD THEREOF

HADES-GAMING CORP., New ...

1. A computer input apparatus, comprising:a mouse pad, including an indicating unit, a light controller and a wireless reception unit; and
a pointing device, including:
a displacement sensing part, detecting a displacement of the pointing device;
a light sensing part;
a non-volatile memory, storing a set of predetermined parameters, wherein each of the predetermined parameters corresponds to a preset light mode; and
a processing part, connected to the displacement sensing part, the light sensing part and the non-volatile memory;
wherein the light controller controls the indicating unit working in different light modes having different light colors or different flashing frequencies or turning off the indicating unit according to a switching signal;
wherein the wireless reception unit is connected to the light controller, and the light controller wirelessly receives the switching signal from a mobile device through the wireless reception unit;
wherein the processing part of the pointing device wirelessly receives a setting signal from the mobile device and turns on the light sensing part according to the setting signal;
wherein when the pointing device is operated on the mouse pad and the setting signal is received by the processing part and the light sensing part is turned on, the light sensing part detects the light mode of the indicating unit and the processing part selects and sets one of the predetermined parameters as a working parameter of the pointing device according to the detected light mode of the indicating unit,
wherein when the light sensing part of the pointing device detects and determines that the light mode of the indicating unit is identical with one of the preset light modes, the processing part of the pointing device selects and sets the predetermined parameter corresponding to the preset light mode identical with the detected light mode as the working parameter of the pointing device; and
wherein the working parameter is defined as one of a sensing resolution of a mouse, a USB report rate of a mouse, a frame rate of a mouse or a shortcut instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,983

ARTIFICIAL REALITY SYSTEM HAVING A SLIDING MENU

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. An artificial reality system comprising:an image capture device configured to capture image data;
a head mounted display (HMD) configured to output artificial reality content;
a gesture detector comprising processing circuitry configured to identify, from the image data, a menu activation gesture comprising a configuration of a hand in a substantially upturned orientation of the hand and a pinching configuration of a thumb and a finger of the hand and identify, from the image data and subsequent to the menu activation gesture, a menu sliding gesture comprising the configuration of the hand in combination with a motion of the hand;
a user interface (UI) engine comprising processing circuitry configured to, in response to the menu activation gesture, generate a menu interface and a slidably engageable UI element at a first position relative to the menu interface, and in response to the menu sliding gesture, translate the slidably engageable UI element to a second position relative to the menu interface; and
a rendering engine comprising processing circuitry configured to render the artificial reality content, the menu interface, and the translation of the slidably engageable UI element from the first position relative to the user interface to the second position relative to the user interface for display at the HMD.

US Pat. No. 10,890,982

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTIPURPOSE INPUT DEVICE FOR TWO-DIMENSIONAL AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An input device comprising:a position sensor; and
a processor configured to:
determine whether the input device is in a vertical orientation or a horizontal orientation, wherein in the vertical orientation, a first lateral surface is disposed vertically with respect to a ground, and wherein in the horizontal orientation, the first lateral surface is disposed horizontally with respect to the ground,
switch between operation modes as a function of orientation measurements detected by the position sensor;
enter a three-dimensional (3D) input mode when the processor detects that the input device is in a first orientation, and
enter a two-dimensional (2D) input mode when the processor detects that the input device is in a second orientation,
wherein the 2D input mode is configured to provide 2D position data to a connected computer system, and wherein the 3D input mode is configured to provide 3D position data to the connected computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,890,981

GESTURE-BASED VEHICLE CONTROL

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A computer, comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to:receive data from an occupant wearable device;
detect a movement of the occupant wearable device relative to a steering wheel of a vehicle based on a movement classifier at least by detecting (1) a first rotation of the occupant wearable device about a first axis intersecting and defining an angle with a plane defined by a circumference of the steering wheel and (2) a second rotation of the occupant wearable device about a second axis tangent to the circumference of the steering wheel, wherein the movement classifier is created based on ground truth data indicating the movement of the occupant wearable device while an occupant's hand contacts the steering wheel of the vehicle;
cause a first action in the vehicle according to the detected first rotation and a second action according to the detected second rotation;
receive ground truth data synchronized with the data received from the occupant wearable device, the received ground truth data indicating movements of occupant wearable device;
calculate statistical features including at least one of a mean, maximum, minimum and standard deviation of the data received from the occupant wearable device;
determine one or more statistical features that correlate with the movements of the occupant wearable device based on the ground truth data; and
identify movement classifiers based at least on the determined one or more statistical features that correlate with the movements of the occupant wearable device, each movement classifier including at least an association of one of the movements of the occupant wearable device with respective one or more statistical features.

US Pat. No. 10,890,980

OPERATING APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING AN OPERATION INTENTION INTENDED BY A FACE DIRECTION

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An operating apparatus comprising:a line-of-sight detector configured to detect a line of sight of an occupant of a vehicle;
a face direction detector configured to detect a face direction of the occupant; and
an estimator configured to estimate an operation intention intended by the face direction on the basis of the detected face direction, on condition that a change in the detected face direction is greater than a change in the detected line of sight by an amount that is greater than or equal to a predetermined amount,
wherein the estimator is configured to estimate the operation intention intended by the face direction (i) if the change in the detected face direction is greater than the change in the detected line of sight by the amount that is greater than or equal to the predetermined amount, and (ii) when the face direction changes in one direction and then changes in a return direction, if a change amount of the detected face direction per unit time when the face direction changes in the one direction is greater than a change amount threshold value and if a change amount of the detected face direction per unit time when the face direction changes in the return direction is greater than the change amount threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,890,979

CONTROLLING SYSTEM AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR VIRTUAL DISPLAY

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A controlling system for virtual display, comprising:a visual line tracking circuit configured to track a visual line of a user, wherein the visual line tracking circuit includes a pupil location detector, the pupil location detector is configured to detect a location of a pupil according to an infrared image of an eye, the visual line is recognized according to a location of the pupil;
a space forming circuit configured to form a virtual display space according to the visual line, wherein the virtual display space is changed with the visual line;
a hand information capturing circuit configured to obtain a hand location of the user's one hand in a real operation space;
a transforming circuit configured to transform the hand location to be a cursor location in the virtual display space, wherein the space forming circuit and the hand information capturing circuit are connected to the transforming circuit; and
a controlling circuit configured to control the virtual display according to the cursor location.

US Pat. No. 10,890,978

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AN INPUT DEVICE HAVING A HAPTIC ENGINE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic watch comprising:a housing;
a band coupled to the housing and configured to secure the housing to a user;
a touch-sensitive display at least partially enclosed by the housing;
a solid-state button positioned at a sidewall of the housing and configured to receive an input, the solid-state button comprising:
a force sensor configured to produce a signal that corresponds to an input force associated with the input; and
a haptic actuator positioned within the housing and configured to produce a haptic output along an exterior surface of the solid-state button; and
a processing device operably connected to the force sensor and the haptic actuator, the processing device configured to cause the haptic actuator to produce the haptic output in response to the signal exceeding an actuation threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,890,977

HAPTIC FEEDBACK DEVICE AND PROGRAM FOR VIRTUAL OBJECTS

Kurimoto, Ltd., Osaka (J...

1. A haptic feedback device for virtual objects, comprising:a display unit;
a display control unit, comprising a processor, configured to control a display included in the display unit;
a haptic feedback unit configured to provide haptic feedback to a user; and
a haptic information storage configured to store haptic information in association with a type of a selectable virtual object,
the display control unit including
a display controller configured to cause a selectable virtual object and a virtual object selector to appear on the display, the virtual object selector allowing the selectable virtual object to be selected with an operation performed by the user, and
a haptic information transmitter configured to read, when the selectable virtual object is selected by the virtual object selector, haptic information associated with a type of the virtual object selected, from the haptic information storage, and transmit the haptic information to the haptic feedback unit, and
the haptic feedback unit including
a movable portion movable with an operation performed by the user,
a movement resistance generator configured to apply movement resistance to the movable portion, and
a movement resistance controller configured to control the movement resistance to be applied by the movement resistance generator to the movable portion in accordance with the haptic information received from the haptic information transmitter,
wherein the movement resistance generator in the haptic feedback unit includes
a rotary portion configured to rotate in combination with the movable portion, and
a rotational resistance generator configured to apply rotational resistance to the rotary portion, and
the rotational resistance generator includes
an internal rotor configured to rotate together with the rotary portion,
a magnetic viscous fluid filling a clearance around the internal rotor, and
an electromagnet configured to apply a magnetic field onto the magnetic viscous fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,890,976

PRESSURE CONTROLLED KINETIC FEEDBACK PLATFORM WITH MODULAR ATTACHMENTS

1. An apparatus to be utilized by a user wearing a head mounted virtual reality device, the head mounted virtual reality device displaying a virtual environment to the user's eyes, said apparatus providing a plurality of physical motions in a concurrent fashion to the virtual environment being projected by the head mounted virtual reality device, said apparatus comprising:a base forming an enclosure, said enclosure including an interior, an electrical cord which passes through said enclosure to connect to an external power source, said enclosure further including a centrally disposed electric motor having a shaft which passes through said enclosure, said electric motor drawing power from the external power source, said base further including a Peripheral Computer (PC) interface,
said base including a top side with a first central aperture through which said motor shaft passes through;
a first platform having a second central aperture which said motor shaft passes through, said motor shaft is secured to said first platform at said second central aperture, said motor shaft having a terminal end;
an elastomeric bushing having a top side and a bottom side, said elastomeric bushing bottom side having a cylindrical aperture centrally located thereon, said cylindrical aperture sized to allow said motor shaft terminal end to be secured tightly therein, coupling said motor shaft terminal end to said elastomeric bushing;
a podium (90) having an upper side (92) and a lower side (94),
said top side attached centrally to a bottom (71) of a vibration motor system (70),
said podium upper side (92) includes a centrally disposed modular attachment interface thereon;
a pressure pad having weight sensors (102) located under said podium upper side (92);
a plurality of motor driven vibrating pads (73) located underneath said pressure pad;
said top side of said elastomeric bushing centrally attached to an underside of said plurality of said motor driven vibrating pads;
whereby the user stands on said upper side of said podium, and the user leans in any direction and said podium tilts in that direction, and said podium is rotated in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction through action of said centrally disposed electric motor rotating said podium, and where said plurality of motor driven vibrating pads generates vibrations.

US Pat. No. 10,890,975

HAPTIC GUIDANCE SYSTEM

Harman International Indu...

1. A system for providing guidance to a target location via haptic output, the system comprising:one or more haptic output devices configured to generate haptic output in response to one or more control signals; and
a processor configured to:
determine, via a first sensor, that a hand is proximate to the target location; and
in response to determining, via the first sensor, that the hand is proximate to the target location:
detect, via a second sensor, a current location of the hand, and
transmit the one or more control signals to the one or more haptic output devices, wherein the one or more haptic output devices generate the haptic output on the hand for guiding the hand from the current location of the hand to the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,890,974

ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATING A HAPTIC FEEDBACK SYSTEM

Microsoft Technology Lice...

7. An electronic device, comprising:a layer comprising one or more of a textile and/or a pliable polymer material;
a haptic actuator disposed beneath the layer, the haptic actuator comprising
an inductive coil comprising an unshielded power inductor;
a first layer of compressible material positioned transverse to an axis of the inductive coil;
a magnet disposed on a surface of the first layer of compressible material such that the magnet is movable relative to the inductive coil via compression of the first layer of the compressible material upon application of a control signal to the inductive coil; and
a second layer of compressible material disposed on the magnet on an opposite side relative to the first layer of compressible material; and
a controller electrically connected to the inductive coil and configured to control haptic feedback output by the haptic actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,890,973

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING MULTI-PHASE DRIVEN LINEAR HAPTIC ACTUATOR AND RELATED METHODS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:a linear haptic actuator comprising
a housing,
a plurality of coils carried by the housing, and
a field member linearly movable within the housing and comprising at least one permanent magnet cooperating with the plurality of coils; and
a controller configured to drive the plurality of coils in a multi-phase arrangement so that at least one coil is driven while at least one other coil is used to sense a position of the field member.

US Pat. No. 10,890,972

PREFRONTAL-BASED COGNITIVE BRAIN-MACHINE INTERFACING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Korea University Research...

1. A prefrontal-based cognitive brain-machine interfacing apparatus, comprising:a brainwave measurement device configured to measure a prefrontal brainwave signal of a subject;
a memory in which a cognitive brain-machine interface program is stored; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein upon execution of the cognitive brain-machine interface program, the processor pinpoints a brain cortical region corresponding to the prefrontal brainwave signal among previously assigned multiple subdivisions of a prefrontal area, measures a degree of corresponding brain activities, extracts a prefrontal activity pattern by measuring the degree of corresponding brain activities and calculating causal connectivity among two or more previously assigned brain regions based on a corresponding sensor-level brain activity, inputs the extracted prefrontal activity pattern into a classifier which is previously generated by machine learning of multiple prefrontal activity patterns of the subject to identify any of preset control conditions corresponding to the extracted prefrontal activity pattern among preset brain-machine interface control conditions, and generates and outputs a machine regulating signal corresponding to one of the preset control conditions identified by the classifier, and
the classifier is generated by machine learning of the prefrontal activity patterns labelled for contents of multiple intentions, respectively, based on the prefrontal brainwave signals of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,890,971

REAL TIME VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L., ...

1. A virtual reality (VR) system for providing a real time VR visualization of a target area of an aircraft, the system comprising:one or more reference targets established in known locations in the target area of an aircraft, wherein the one or more reference targets comprise target points located by means of holes;
hand gloves;
a plurality of sensing elements established on at least operator hand gloves,
wherein the sensing elements provide information about a location of an operator's hands,
a reception device adapted to receive the information provided by the sensing elements to provide relative locations of the sensing elements against the one or more reference targets established in said known locations, the reception device comprising:
processing means configured to build the real time VR visualization that represents at least the operator's hands against the target area of the aircraft based on the relative locations of the sensing elements; and
display means configured to display the real time VR visualization to the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,890,970

FLEX FORCE SMART GLOVE FOR MEASURING SENSORIMOTOR STIMULATION

LASARRUS CLINIC AND RESEA...

1. A method, comprising:receiving input in at least one sensor on a glove, said at least one sensor comprising at least one of a force sensor, a flex sensor, and a range-of-motion sensor;
sending the input from said at least one sensor on said glove to a first processor on the glove;
analyzing the input with said first processor affixed to said glove to determine an exercise being performed by a user of said glove in real-timer; and
sending the determined exercise from said first processor to a second processor affixed to said glove, the second processor configured to perform real-time graphic processing and display of information related to the determined exercise to the user of the glove.

US Pat. No. 10,890,969

INVOKING AUTOMATED ASSISTANT FUNCTION(S) BASED ON DETECTED GESTURE AND GAZE

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method implemented by one or more processors of a client device that facilitates touch-free interaction between one or more users and an automated assistant, the method comprising:receiving a stream of image frames that are based on output from one or more cameras of the client device;
processing the image frames of the stream using at least one trained machine learning model stored locally on the client device to monitor for occurrence of both:
an invocation gesture of a user captured by at least one of the image frames, and
a gaze of the user that is directed toward the client device,
wherein processing the image frames of the stream using the at least one trained machine learning model stored locally on the client device to monitor for occurrence of both the invocation gesture and the gaze comprises:
determining that a region of the image frames corresponds to an electronic display, and
in response to determining that the region corresponds to the electronic display, ignoring the region in monitoring for the occurrence of both the invocation gesture and the gaze;
detecting, based on the monitoring, occurrence of both:
the invocation gesture, and
the gaze; and
in response to detecting the occurrence of both the invocation gesture and the gaze:
causing at least one function of the automated assistant to be activated.

US Pat. No. 10,890,968

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH FOVEATED DISPLAY AND GAZE PREDICTION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a gaze tracking system configured to produce point of gaze information;
a display configured to output an image with regions of different resolutions or quality based on the point of gaze information; and
a gaze prediction system configured to analyze the point of gaze information produced by the gaze tracking system to subsequently predict a saccadic landing position, wherein the display is configured to update the image based on the predicted saccadic landing position and wherein the gaze prediction system is configured to categorize image data for the display as a selected one of image-based content and text-based content and predict the saccadic landing position based on the point of gaze information and based on the categorization of the image data as the selected one of image-based content and text-based content.

US Pat. No. 10,890,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING EYE GAZE TO BEND AND SNAP TARGETING RAYS FOR REMOTE INTERACTION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method for improving user interaction with a virtual environment, the method comprising:presenting the virtual environment to a user on a display;
measuring a gaze location of a user's gaze relative to the virtual environment;
casting an input ray from an input device;
measuring an input ray location at a distal point of the input ray; and
snapping a presented ray location to the gaze location when the input ray location is within a snap threshold distance of the gaze location without further input from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,890,966

GRAPHICS PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Arm Limited, Cambridge (...

1. A method of operating a graphics processing system that renders a sequence of frames each representing a view of a scene of one or more objects, and generates extrapolated frames by extrapolating object motion from rendered frames, the method comprising:generating a sequence of frames each representing a view of the same scene, wherein each frame in the sequence of frames represents a view of the scene at a respective point in time and based on a view orientation indicated by view orientation data received by the graphics processing system, and wherein the sequence of frames includes a first frame representing a view of the scene at a first point in time based on a view orientation indicated by first view orientation data received by the graphics processing system, and another frame representing a view of the scene at a second point in time based on a view orientation indicated by second view orientation data received by the graphics processing system;
generating, for each region of a set of plural regions that the first frame has been divided into, a signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame;
generating, for each region of a set of plural regions that the other frame has been divided into, a signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the other frame; and
generating an extrapolated frame that represents a view of the scene at a third point in time after first and second points in time;
wherein generating the extrapolated frame comprises:
for each of at least one region of the set of plural regions that the first frame has been divided into:
comparing the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame with the signature indicative of and derived from the content of a corresponding region of the other frame;
determining whether the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame is dissimilar to the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame using the comparison of the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame with the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame; and
generating a region of the extrapolated frame by:
when it is determined that the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame is dissimilar to the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame using the comparison of the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame with the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame:
determining whether the region of the first frame contains one or more objects, the motion of which needs to be extrapolated to generate the extrapolated frame; and
when it is determined that the region of the first frame contains one or more objects, the motion of which needs to be extrapolated to generate the extrapolated frame:
extrapolating the motion of the one or more objects contained within the region of the first frame; and
generating the region of the extrapolated frame using the extrapolation of the motion of the one or more objects contained within the region of the first frame; and
when it is not determined that the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame is dissimilar to the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame using the comparison of the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the region of the first frame with the signature indicative of and derived from the content of the corresponding region of the other frame:
omitting determining whether the region of the first frame contains one or more objects, the motion of which needs to be extrapolated to generate the extrapolated frame;
omitting extrapolating the motion of any objects contained within the region of the first frame; and
generating the region of the extrapolated frame without using extrapolation of motion of objects contained within the region of the first frame;
the method further comprising:
generating a transformed extrapolated frame representing a view of the scene at the third point in time after the first and second points in time based on a view orientation indicated by third view orientation data received by the graphics processing system by transforming the extrapolated frame based on the view orientation indicated by the third view orientation data received by the graphics processing system; and
displaying the transformed extrapolated frame.

US Pat. No. 10,890,965

DISPLAY ORIENTATION ADJUSTMENT USING FACIAL LANDMARK INFORMATION

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a display unit to display contents; and
one or more processors to execute a display management module, the display management module configured to:
detect a change in a device orientation of the apparatus;
receive information identifying and describing a facial landmark of a user, in response to the change in the device orientation;
perform a comparison of the information identifying and describing the facial landmark of the user with preregistered facial feature recognition information associated with the user;
determine a facial expression and a head orientation of the user based at least in part on the information identifying and describing the facial landmark, in response to the comparison of the information identifying and describing the facial landmark with the preregistered facial feature recognition information associated with the user;
determine the head orientation transgresses a threshold time value;
access a function of the apparatus associated with the facial expression and the head orientation, in response to the head orientation transgressing the threshold time value, the function including a security function; and
perform the security function associated with the facial expression and the head orientation, wherein the security function includes locking the display unit of the user device based on determining that the facial expression matches a facial expression from among the preregistered facial feature recognition information associated with the user.

US Pat. No. 10,890,964

INTENT BASED INPUTS AND FORCED FEEDBACK SYSTEM FOR A VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM

1. A system for providing an intent based input to a virtual reality system, the system comprising:at least one pressure and direction sensitive restraint, wherein said at least one pressure and direction sensitive restraint is configured to sense any or a combination of magnitude of pressure and direction of force exerted thereon when fastened to a user; and
a pressure and direction information receiving module, wherein said pressure and direction information receiving module is configured to receive any or a combination of the magnitude of pressure and the direction of force from said at least one pressure and direction sensitive restraint and wherein said pressure and direction information receiving module is further configured to interpret the magnitude of pressure and the direction of force to determine an intent of the user to be inputted to the virtual reality system to replicate intended actions of the user, wherein the intended actions of the user are replicated by moving a graphical representation of body parts of the user, wherein the movement of the graphical representation of the body parts of the user is a mirror representation of the direction and magnitude of the force applied by corresponding body parts of the user in a real environment.

US Pat. No. 10,890,963

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLATFORM SLEEP STATE ENHANCEMENTS USING NON-VOLATILE DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULES

Insyde Software Corp., T...

1. A computing device-implemented method for sleep state enhancement for a computing device using firmware and non-volatile dual inline memory modules (NVDIMMs), comprising:providing flash-backed Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) for all of platform memory for the computing device via one or more NVDIMMs in the computing device, each of the one or more NVDIMMs including DRAM and flash memory and not connected to a supercapacitor;
propagating all writes to DRAM to flash during operation of the computing device;
detecting a sleep state request;
generating a System Management Interrupt (SMI) based on the detected sleep state request;
invoking a System Management Mode (SMM) based on the SMI;
polling, with a firmware SMI handler operating in SMM, a status of a flash backup process responsible for propagating the writes to DRAM to flash;
identifying a completion of the backup process based on the polling;
powering off the one or more NVDIMMs prior to entering a sleep state associated with the sleep state request and after the completion of the backup process;
entering the sleep state; and
returning control of the computing device to an operating system when exiting the sleep state using the firmware.

US Pat. No. 10,890,962

POWER MANAGEMENT IN A CONFIGURABLE BUS

Avago Technologies Intern...

1. A system, comprising:a bus;
a first component to receive data, via the bus, the first component comprising a buffer to store the data, the first component consuming the data at a data consumption rate to empty the buffer; and
a second component comprising logic configured to:
determine a first duration for a burst transmission based on a size of the buffer of the first component;
send the data to the first component via the burst transmission for the determined first duration; and
enter the second component into a sleep mode for a second duration, the second duration based on the first duration and the data consumption rate.

US Pat. No. 10,890,961

METHOD, POWER MONITOR MICROCONTROLLER, AND APPARATUS OF NON-LINEAR COMPENSATION AND MONITORING OF POWER FOR POWER SUPPLY UNITS

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCO...

1. A method for monitoring input power supplied to a power supply, the power supply including an EMI filter, the method comprising:measuring a line frequency within the power supply at a first location protected by the EMI filter;
measuring a line voltage within the power supply at a second location protected by the EMI filter;
retrieving formula coefficient values from a memory wherein the coefficient values indicate a relationship between the input power to the power supply and observed power values at a power monitor within the power supply; and
calculating a plurality of power compensation factors based on the measured line frequency, the measured line voltage and the retrieved formula coefficient values;
wherein the calculation of power compensation factors utilizes formulas that model nonlinear responses of the power supply to changes in the input power to the power supply, the nonlinear responses of the power supply arising from nonlinear responses in the EMI filter; and
the method further includes applying the power compensation factors to correct a measurement of input of the power supply;
wherein the formulas that model the non-linear response of the power supply calculate a change in an active power gain at the power monitor as a function of the measured line frequency and calculate a change in frequency offset of an active power at the power monitor as a function of the measured line voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,890,960

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIMITING RACK POWER CONSUMPTION

INSPUR ELECTRONIC INFORMA...

1. A method for limiting rack power consumption, comprising:determining a rack power consumption limitation threshold;
determining a current power consumption limitation mode;
acquiring current switch power consumption, current fan-wall power consumption, and current power conversion efficiency loss power consumption;
calculating a total power consumption limit for nodes in a rack based on the current switch power consumption, the current fan-wall power consumption, the current power conversion efficiency loss power consumption and the rack power consumption limitation threshold according to an equation p=98% p0?pa?pb?pc, wherein p represents the total power consumption limit for the nodes in the rack, p0 represents the rack power consumption limitation threshold, pa represents the switch power consumption, pb represents the fan-wall power consumption, and pc represents the power conversion efficiency loss power consumption;
calculating a power consumption threshold for each of the nodes based on the current power consumption limitation mode, the rack power consumption limitation threshold and the total power consumption limit for the nodes in the rack; and
transmitting the power consumption threshold for each of the nodes to the each of the nodes, to enable the each of the nodes to limit power consumption according to the received power consumption threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,890,959

VOLTAGE CORRELATION CALCULATION

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A system comprising:an energy storage device including a plurality of cells and a sensor per cell to provide the voltage of each cell; and
a device to read the voltages of each cell, calculate a correlation between the voltages of each cell, store a result of the calculation, and set a threshold for the result, wherein in response to the result meeting the threshold, the device to send a notification including a message stating a potential failure of the energy storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,958

CENTRALIZED POWER METER AND CENTRALIZED POWER CALCULATION METHOD

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A centralized power meter, comprising:M sample buffers, each configured to buffer samples respectively from at least one of N sources, and trigger a request for power calculation of the buffered samples in response to the buffered samples, the request having a corresponding priority;
a switch, configured to route the requests from the M sample buffers to at least one power calculation core; and
the at least one power calculation core, each configured to retrieve the samples from the sample buffer in an order of their corresponding priorities, in response to the routed requests; and to perform power calculation of the retrieved samples,
wherein N and M are integers, wherein M is greater than 1, and N is no less than M.

US Pat. No. 10,890,957

LOW-POWER TYPE-C RECEIVER WITH HIGH IDLE NOISE AND DC-LEVEL REJECTION

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A device comprising:a receiver circuit coupled to a Configuration Channel (CC) line of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C subsystem, wherein the receiver circuit is configured to:
reject an incoming signal on the CC line when the incoming signal comprises noise with a magnitude of more than 300 mVpp; and
operate in the presence of a VBUS charging current that is compliant with a USB-PD specification.

US Pat. No. 10,890,956

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERSATILE DEVICE MOUNTING IN A DESKTOP INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A system for cooling a device while obscuring the device behind a bezel mounted to a case of an information handling system, wherein the bezel comprises an open design defined by a first plurality of openings to facilitate convective heat transfer from the case to an ambient environment, the system comprising:a front panel of the case having a second plurality of openings formed in an array relative to a heat source, wherein each opening of the second plurality of openings facilitates the convective heat transfer from the case; and
a bracket comprising a third plurality of openings formed in two or more arrays, wherein an area defined by the two or more arrays of the third plurality of openings is less than a total area of the device, wherein each opening of the third plurality of openings is formed in the bracket to facilitate convective heat transfer from the device,
wherein the bracket is positioned relative to the front panel such that a portion of the area of the device less than the total area of the device is visible through the third plurality of openings in the bracket, the second plurality of openings in the front panel, and the first plurality of openings in the bezel, and
wherein the third plurality of openings in the bracket, the second plurality of openings in the front panel of the case and the first plurality of openings in the bezel facilitate the convective heat transfer from the device to the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 10,890,955

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WITHIN AN AUTOMATED DATA STORAGE LIBRARY

International Business Ma...

1. A system comprising:a data storage library having a frame that encloses the contents of the data storage library, the frame having a service opening for servicing the data storage library;
at least one enclosure forming a chamber to permit a person to service the data storage library, the enclosure separate from the data storage library frame and partially surrounding a portion of the data storage library frame that contains the service opening;
at least one environmental conditioning unit external of the enclosure; and
at least one duct fluidly connecting the at least one environmental conditioning unit to the enclosure,
wherein the at least one environmental conditioning unit is configurable to control at least one environmental condition within the at least one enclosure and within the data storage library.

US Pat. No. 10,890,954

COMPUTING DEVICES WITH FORMED EDGES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device, comprising:a display and a support structure; the support structure comprising: an input device connected to the display;
the support structure further comprising:
a first edge, a second edge, and a third edge; and
a cover permanently adhered to the support structure at the first edge, the second edge, and the third edge, the cover extends to or beyond the first edge of the support structure forming a gap of no more than 100 microns but greater than 0 microns over a length of the first edge of at least 100 mm,
wherein the cover has a cover edge and a cover surface, at least one of the cover edge and the cover surface having an edge feature; wherein the edge feature extends along an entirety of the edge of the computing device, by no more than 400 microns wide and 700 microns deep; wherein the edge feature further including a plurality of steps, the plurality of steps including at least three steps and forms an angle tangential relative to the plurality of steps; at least one of the steps having a depth no less than 70 microns; the edge feature further including a chamfer defining a radius between the cover edge and the cover surface.

US Pat. No. 10,890,953

CAPACITANCE SENSING ELECTRODE WITH INTEGRATED I/O MECHANISM

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A touch sensing device configured to communicate with an electronic device, the touch sensing device comprising:an input surface including
an annular region having touch sensing functionality, the annular region responsive to movement of an object at the input surface and configured for generating a plurality of first signals on first communication lines upon detection of the movement, and
a central region inside the annular region having touch sensing functionality, the central region responsive to a touching of the object at the input surface and configured for generating at least one second signal on second communication lines different from the first communication lines upon detection of the touching; and
a processor communicatively coupled to receive at least one of the first and second signals from the input surface and configured to transmit data to the electronic device to enable one or more functions associated with the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,952

COVER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device cover for a computing device having a display screen, the electronic device cover comprising:a cover attached to the computing device, the cover comprising:
a first section having a keyboard electrically connected to the computing device, the keyboard comprising a set of keys;
a second section linked to the computing device;
a hinge joining the first and second sections; and
a closure mechanism;
wherein in a first configuration of the cover relative to the computing device, the cover covers the display screen of the computing device and the closure mechanism triggers a disabled mode of the keyboard, the disabled mode being configured to put the keyboard to sleep independently from powering off the computing device;
wherein in a second configuration of the cover relative to the computing device, the first section extends away from the display screen of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,951

PORTABLE INFORMATION DEVICE WITH A FOLDABLE CHASSIS

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. L...

1. A portable information device, comprising:a first chassis having one edge portion;
a second chassis having one edge portion adjacent to the one edge portion of the first chassis;
a hinge device rotatably connecting the one edge portions of the first chassis and the second chassis;
a display seamlessly covering the first chassis and the second chassis and is foldable; and
a cover member covering a side of the hinge device,
wherein the hinge device connects the first chassis and the second chassis so as to be foldable from a usage form, in which a top surface of the first chassis and a top surface of the second chassis are on substantially the same plane, to a storage form in which the top surfaces of the first chassis and the second chassis face each other,
wherein the cover member is contained inside the first chassis and the second chassis in the usage form and covers a side of a gap formed by separation of the one edge portions of the first chassis and the second chassis in the storage form,
wherein the cover member comprises:
an attaching part attached to the hinge device; and
a cover plate part in a side of the hinge device, and
in the storage form, a tip surface is near a bending part of the display and extends beyond the bending part in a direction towards opposite edges of the display,
wherein the hinge device comprises:
a first base plate fixed to the first chassis;
a second base plate fixed to the second chassis;
a first link arm having a first end portion rotatably connected to the first base plate through a first shaft;
a second link arm having a first end portion rotatably connected to the second base plate through a second shaft; and
a coupling plate having a first end portion rotatably connected to a second end portion of the first link arm through a third shaft, and a second end portion rotatably connected to a second end portion of the second link arm through a fourth shaft,
wherein the attaching part of the cover member is attached to the coupling plate, and the cover plate part is disposed lateral to the first base plate, the second base plate, the first link arm, the second link arm, and the coupling plate.

US Pat. No. 10,890,950

DUAL-TORQUE HINGE MECHANISM AND RELATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A dual-torque hinge mechanism, comprising:a rotary shaft;
a first bridging component connected to the rotary shaft;
a second bridging component rotatably disposed on the rotary shaft;
a first resistance component rotatably disposed on the rotary shaft, the first resistance component having a first driving portion;
a second resistance component abutting against the first resistance component and rotatably disposed on the rotary shaft and connected to the second bridging component, the second resistance component and the second bridging component being simultaneously rotated relative to the rotart shaft; and
a torque generating component fixed to the rotary shaft, the torque generating component having a second driving portion, the second driving portion not actuating the first driving portion and the first resistance component being not rotated with rotation of the torque generating component when the first driving portion is pushed by the second driving portion rotated in a first rotary direction, the first resistance component being rotated with the rotation of the torque generating component when the first driving portion is pushed by the second driving portion rotated in a second rotary direction different from the first rotary direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,949

HINGE MECHANISM BY GEAR SET WITH SLIDER FOR FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A foldable electronic device, comprising:a processor;
a memory;
a first housing having a first end portion and a second end portion, a first length extending between the first end portion and the second end portion of the first housing;
a second housing having a first end portion and a second end portion, a second length extending between the first end portion and the second end portion of the second housing, the second length being different than the first length;
a flexible display disposed on the first housing and the second housing; and
a hinge assembly coupled to the first housing and the second housing for relative rotation of the first housing and the second housing, the hinge assembly including a slider and a set of gears disposed within the slider, wherein the first end portion of the first housing is distal to the hinge assembly and the second end portion of the first housing is proximate to the hinge assembly, wherein the first end portion of the second housing is proximate to the hinge assembly and the second end portion of the second housing is proximate to the hinge assembly, and wherein the slider is configured to:
upon the relative rotation occurring in a first direction, move translationally with respect to the second housing and cause the first housing to translationally move in a first linear direction away from the second housing and to cause a distance between the second end portion of the first housing and the first end portion of the second housing to increase, and
upon the relative rotation occurring in a second direction, move translationally with respect to the second housing and cause the first housing to translationally move in a second linear direction toward the second housing and to cause the distance to decrease, the second linear direction being opposite to the first linear direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,948

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Acer Incorporated, New T...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first body;
a second body;
a rotating shaft, connected with the first body and the second body, the first body and the second body rotating relatively to be folded or unfolded via the rotating shaft;
at least one driving member, movably pivoted to the rotating shaft;
a third body, movably disposed at the second body, the third body being located on a moving path of the driving member, and the third body and the driving member rotating relative to the first body to be folded or unfolded along with the second body; and
a flexible display, disposed at the first body and the third body, wherein the driving member drives the third body to move close to or away from the first body in a rotating folding or unfolding process,
wherein the rotating shaft comprises an external thread, the driving member comprises an internal thread, the external thread is adapted to the internal thread, and the driving member, when rotating relative to the rotating shaft, moves along an axial direction of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,890,947

DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A device, comprising:a roller;
a flexible display assembly coupled to the roller, wherein the flexible display assembly is manipulatable between a rolled configuration in which the flexible display assembly is wound about the roller and an unrolled configuration in which the flexible display assembly is unwound from the roller;
a head bar coupled to the flexible display assembly; and
a support rod directly connected to the head bar.

US Pat. No. 10,890,946

STACKING STRUCTURE FOR FLEXIBLE DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A stacking structure for a flexible display assembly, comprising a flexible display panel; a lower protection film disposed on a lower surface of the flexible display panel, an edge of the lower protection film comprising a protruding portion protruding from an edge of the flexible display panel, the lower protection film disposed on a lower surface of the flexible display panel; and an upper protection film disposed on an upper surface of the flexible display panel, an edge of the upper protection film being flush with the edge of the flexible display panel; wherein the flexible display panel comprises a reserved region and an edge removal region surrounding the reserved region, and a boundary line between the reserved region and the edge removal region is a laser cutting line; and wherein the stacking structure for the flexible display assembly further comprises a support board disposed between the flexible display panel and the lower protection film; wherein the protruding portion is removeable from the boundary line by a waste removal device after a laser cutting.

US Pat. No. 10,890,945

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH DISPLAY PANEL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

20. An electronic device, comprising:a display panel comprising a display area, a plurality of image pixels disposed across an entirety of the display area, the display area defining a slot extending therethrough in a thickness direction of the display panel;
two cameras received in the slot and configured to obtain images from objects outside the electronic device;
at least one light sensor received in the slot; and
a receiver received in the slot;
wherein centers of the two cameras are connected into a line segment, the at least one light sensor and the receiver are oppositely arranged with respect to the line segment.

US Pat. No. 10,890,944

TABLET SUPPORT STAND

1. Tablet support stand comprising:a left keyboard;
a right keyboard;
a left keyboard hinge plate;
a right keyboard hinge plate;
an adjustable support arm;
a support arm base plate;
a magnetic tablet holding plate;
a steel tablet plate;
said adjustable support arm including a first member, a second member, a third member and a fourth member;
said first, second, third and fourth adjustable support members attached to each other via frictional post and hole rotatable joints;
said first support member attached via a post rotatable joint to said support arm base plate;
said fourth adjustable support member terminating at its distal end in said tablet holding magnetic plate;
said steel tablet plate fixedly and centrally attached to the back side of a standard tablet;
said tablet holding magnetic plate removably attachable to said steel tablet plate;
said right and left keyboards attached via said right and left keyboard hinges right and left side hinge plates;
said hinge plates terminating in sockets, each capable of receiving a post;
said support arm base plate including left and right sockets located at the far end of said base plate, each socket capable of receiving said post enabling said right and left hinge plates to be spread at an angle from said left and right keyboards;
said first and second adjustable support members having a hollow construction and being open on one side allowing said second support arm to fold into said first support arm and said third support arm to fold into said second support arm; and
said support arms capable of folding and nesting between said right and left keyboards when said keyboards are folded in the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,943

HOLDING DEVICE FOR A HANDHELD COMPUTER UNIT FOR CONTROLLING A MACHINE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A holding device for a handheld computer configured to control a machine, the holding device comprising:a support element;
a holder moveable relative to the support element and configured to hold the handheld computer; and
at least one integrated safety switch integrated into the support element and configured to control a safety function of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,890,942

INFERRED UNDOCKING FOR HYBRID TABLET COMPUTER

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A convertible tablet computer, comprising:a tablet, comprising:
a multicore Intel processor;
a liquid crystal display (LCD) touchscreen;
a dynamic random access memory (DRAM);
a flash memory storage having stored thereon a touchscreen-capable Microsoft Windows operating system;
a motherboard comprising an integrated graphics card;
a stereo audio system comprising two speakers;
an IEEE 802.11-compatible wireless network adapter;
a microphone;
a front-facing webcam;
a rear-facing webcam;
a plurality of universal serial bus (USB) ports;
an alternating current (AC) adapter port to receive an AC power input;
a rechargeable battery and a regulator to recharge the battery from the AC power input;
a rigid external casing; and
an electrical and mechanical interface configured to receive a detachable keyboard, the electrical and mechanical interface located on a bottom edge of the rigid external casing in a landscape orientation and comprising a permanent magnetic coupling, wherein the rigid external casing further has a top edge on an edge removed from the bottom edge; and
a detachable keyboard, comprising:
an electrical and mechanical interface configured to connect to the electrical and mechanical interface of the tablet and comprising an attractive magnetic coupling to the magnetic coupling of the tablet module;
an integrated touchpad; and
a Microsoft Windows-compatible keyboard;
wherein the storage has stored therein executable instructions to instruct the processor to determine that a user has taken an undock action on the detachable keyboard without applying a Windows eject safely software feature to the detachable keyboard, and responsive to the undock action, trigger undock software within the operating system to logically undock the detachable keyboard from the tablet.

US Pat. No. 10,890,941

AUGMENTED AND/OR VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A headset, comprising:a housing defining an interior cavity;
optical components disposed in the interior cavity of the housing;
a front face rotatably coupled to a front portion of the housing;
a fastening device fastening the front face in a closed position relative to the housing;
a slot defined between the front portion of the housing and the front face in the closed position of the front face relative to the housing, the slot configured to receive a computing device including a display;
a plurality of near field communication (NFC) tags disposed in the front face, which include:
a first NFC tag arranged in the front face, wherein the first NFC strip is elongated such that the first NFC tag extends along a longitudinal direction in the front face, from a first lateral end portion of the front face to a second lateral end portion of the front face opposite the first lateral end portion thereof; and
a second NFC tag arranged in the front face, separated from and aligned parallel to the first NFC tag, wherein the second NFC strip is elongated such that the second NFC tag extends along the longitudinal direction in the front face such that the second NFC tag extends from the first lateral end portion to the second lateral end portion of the front face;
a face pad removably coupled to the housing; and
an adjustable head strap assembly coupled to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,940

DISPLAY SCREEN, TERMINAL DISPLAY SCREEN ASSEMBLY, AND MOBILE TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A display screen, defining a first through hole penetrating the display screen in a thickness direction of the display screen, and comprising:a display module, comprising a display face and a non-display face opposite to each other;
a frame, comprising a first face and a second face opposite to the first face, wherein the display module is arranged on the first face with the non-display face facing towards the first face, the first through hole penetrates both the display module and the frame, and is configured to receive an optical device; and
a positioning structure arranged on the second face and located around the first through hole; wherein the positioning structure is formed directly by extending outward from the second face of the frame in a direction from the first face towards the second face, and the positioning structure is configured to position the optical device;
wherein the first through hole is located in a display area of the display screen, and the display area is configured to display a screen of the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,890,939

RECOVERY OF REFERENCE CLOCK ON A DEVICE

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A method for generating a not-yet (NYET) signal in a recovered reference system for recovering a device reference clock on a device, wherein the NYET signal indicates that the device is not yet ready for transition into a low power mode, in order to improve a quality of a recovered reference clock representative of a host reference clock of a host communicatively coupled to the device, the method comprising:detecting receipt of start-of-frame markers from the host to the device;
responsive to detecting receipt of the start-of-frame markers, determining whether a condition for NYET generation is being met;
responsive to the condition for NYET generation being met, generating the NYET signal to cause the host to continue generating the start-of-frame markers; and
responsive to the condition for NYET generation not being met, causing the device to generate an acknowledge signal for transition of the device into the low power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,890,938

CLOCK DUTY CYCLE ADJUSTMENT AND CALIBRATION CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A clock circuit comprising:a set of level shifters configured to output a first set of phase clock signals having a first duty cycle, each level shifter of the set of level shifters being configured to output a corresponding phase clock signal of the first set of phase clock signals;
an adjustment circuit coupled to the set of level shifters, and configured to:
generate a first clock output signal responsive to a first phase clock signal of the first set of phase clock signals and a second phase clock signal of the first set of phase clock signals, the first clock output signal having a second duty cycle different from the first duty cycle, and
adjust the first clock output signal and the second duty cycle responsive to at least a set of control signals; and
a calibration circuit coupled to the adjustment circuit, and configured to perform a duty cycle calibration of the second duty cycle of the first clock output signal based on an input duty cycle, and to generate the set of control signals responsive to the duty cycle calibration.

US Pat. No. 10,890,937

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING CLOCK-UNGATING INDUCED VOLTAGE DROOP

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. A method for reducing clock-ungating induced voltage droop, the method comprising:using one or more external events to determine a maximum frequency value, wherein the maximum frequency value is associated with an output clock waveform;
modifying a clock frequency of the output clock waveform for a first time duration to generate a first modified clock frequency of the output clock waveform, wherein the first time duration is associated with a first Boolean function, wherein the first modified clock frequency is used for the reducing clock-ungating induced voltage droop in a circuit, and wherein the first modified clock frequency of the output clock waveform is different from the maximum frequency value; and
determining if the first Boolean function should be changed.

US Pat. No. 10,890,936

COLLECTIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A ROTORCRAFT

Essex Industries, Inc., ...

1. A control system for attachment to the collective lever of a rotorcraft, the control system comprising:a generally planar lower surface for attachment to an end of a collective lever;
a main body having a generally convex form generally squircle in cross section;
a horn portion extending from a corner of said main body; and
a plurality of controls, wherein a first control in said plurality of controls is arranged on said main body and a second control in said plurality of controls is arranged on said horn portion;
wherein, said control system is configured to be grasped in an open spherical grip by a human hand with fingers of said human hand on said main body and the thumb of said human hand on said horn portion;
wherein said control system is configured for said human hand grasping said control system to move said collective lever without removing said fingers of said human hand from said main body and said thumb of said human hand from said horn portion; and
wherein said horn portion overhangs said main body.

US Pat. No. 10,890,935

BANDGAP CURRENT ARCHITECTURE OPTIMIZED FOR SIZE AND ACCURACY

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A low voltage bandgap reference circuit comprising:a first current generator comprising first and second circuit branches respectively comprising first and second bipolar transistors having different sizing reference values for generating a first current at a first resistor in response to a reference voltage, wherein said first current varies proportionally as a function of temperature;
a second current generator comprising a third circuit branch comprising one or more field effect transistors and no bipolar transistors for generating a second current to counteract for the variation of said first current, wherein said second current varies inversely as a function of temperature; and
a third circuit configured to generate a bandgap reference current in response to the first current and the second current, wherein the third circuit comprises a resistor connected between a ground reference and a common node directly connected to the first, second, and third circuit branches.

US Pat. No. 10,890,933

VOLTAGE REGULATOR ERROR DETECTION AND CORRECTION

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

1. A voltage regulator, comprising:an input arranged to receive a trim signal used to specify a target voltage at an output of the regulator;
a comparator arranged to compare a voltage derived from the trim signal to the voltage at the output of the regulator;
a filter arranged to filter an output of the comparator;
a checksum module comprising first and second portions arranged to calculate first and second checksums respectively from a plurality of states associated with the voltage regulator and to provide an error signal equal to the difference between the first and second checksums; and
an adjustment module arranged to receive the error signal and adjust one or more of the plurality of states if the error signal is non-zero.

US Pat. No. 10,890,932

ELECTRICAL NETWORK CONFIGURED TO MAGNETICALLY COUPLE TO A WINDING AND TO CONTROL MAGNETIC SATURATION IN A MAGNETIC CORE

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. An apparatus for a load tap changer, the apparatus comprising:a first primary winding electrically connected to a first contact, the first contact configured to connect to one of a plurality of taps in a load tap changer;
a second contact, the second contact configured to connect to one of the plurality of taps in the load tap changer;
a magnetic core; and
a control circuit comprising:
a secondary winding configured to magnetically couple to the first primary winding and the magnetic core; and
an electrical network electrically connected to the secondary winding, the electrical network being configured to prevent magnetic saturation of the magnetic core during switching of the first or second contact.

US Pat. No. 10,890,931

MEMORY MODULE THERMAL MANAGEMENT

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A method comprising:implementing a scheme to configure thermal management control for a memory device resident on a memory module for a computing platform, the scheme based on:
a configuration of the memory module to include a thermal sensor to monitor the memory module's temperature; and
thermal information associated with a given memory module with thermal sensor configuration, the thermal information including thermal characteristics, the thermal characteristics to include:
a resolution of the thermal sensor;
an accuracy of the thermal sensor;
a first offset value related to the memory device in a low workload mode;
a second offset value related to the memory device in a high workload mode; and
a theta value related to a given increase in temperature for a given increase in power consumed by the memory device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,930

PNEUMATIC CIRCUIT FOR SUPPLYING AIR TO AT LEAST ONE DISCHARGE VALVE AND TO AT LEAST ONE DEVICE FOR DEPRESSURIZING AN OIL ENCLOSURE IN A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A pneumatic circuit for supplying air to at least one discharge valve that is pneumatically actuated and to at least one depressurizing device for depressurizing an oil enclosure in a turbine engine, the pneumatic circuit comprising:a pneumatic control unit having at least one solenoid valve supplying compressed air to a discharge valve of a compressor of the turbine engine; and
at least one depressurizing device for depressurizing an oil enclosure of the turbine engine, the device including
a compressed air ejector for depressurizing the oil enclosure; wherein
the pneumatic circuit further comprises a pneumatic bistable member that is supplied with compressed air by different first and second compressed air sources and that is suitable for supplying the pneumatic control unit and the depressurizing device with the compressed air coming from the first or the second compressed air source as a function of an operating speed of the turbine engine.

US Pat. No. 10,890,929

REMOTE MONITORING FOR FLUID APPLICATOR SYSTEM

Graco Minnesota Inc., Mi...

1. A remote monitoring system for use with a fluid applicator system configured to pump two or more fluids, the fluid applicator system including an A-side fluid system with a A-side pump and A-side heater, and a B-side fluid system with a B-side pump and a B-side heater, wherein the A-side heater and the B-side heater may be comprised of the same heater, the remote monitoring system comprising:a communications module in communication with the fluid applicator system, the communications module including a communications module processor configured to retrieve a first data set comprising at least one commanded pressures or temperatures of the A-side or B-side pumps or heaters, respectively, and further configured to produce a second data set and transmit the second data set from a transceiver via a communication network, the second data set comprising duty data from the fluid applicator system and event codes indicating events and errors experienced by at least one of the fluid handling subsystem and the communications module;
an end user interface disposed to provide a graphical user interface for displaying the second data set, wherein the end user interface receives the second data set sent by the transceiver; and
a cellular device running an appropriate task-specific software application configured to display the end user interface;
wherein the transceiver is configured to transmit the second data set via a cellular communication network to the end user interface;
wherein the commanded pressures and temperatures are communicated via the cellular communication network to a fluid handling processor configured to control a fluid handling subsystem of the fluid applicator system.

US Pat. No. 10,890,928

FLYING VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND FLYING VEHICLE NAVIGATION METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A flying car navigation system comprising:a flying car; and
a control system configured to control a flight of the flying car,
wherein the flying car is configured to:
determine a three-dimensional position of the flying car;
transmit position data showing the three-dimension position of the flying car to the control system; and
transmit destination data showing a destination of the flying car to the control system when the destination is set to the flying car,
wherein the control system is configured to:
select a takeoff section from among a plurality of takeoff and landing sections based on the position data of the flying car and the destination data, the plurality of takeoff and landing sections comprising a takeoff and landing section that includes a part of a car exclusive road fixed on the ground;
select a three-dimensional road that is an exclusive track set in a specific region of the air based on the position data of the flying car and the destination data; and
transmit to the flying car a flight plan that contains the selected takeoff section and the selected three-dimensional road,
wherein the flying car is configured to begin the flight by automatic operation when the flying car is positioned in the takeoff section,
wherein the control system is configured to, in the flight of the flying car, guide the flying car such that the flying car takes off from the takeoff section, flies in the three-dimensional road, and lands on a landing section,
wherein operations of the flying car from the takeoff from the takeoff section to the landing on the landing section are automatically carried out under a control by the control system,
wherein the flying car is configured to display the flight plan on a display device, and
wherein the takeoff section is displayed on a display screen of the display device on which the flight plan is displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,890,927

PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND LAUNCH/RECOVERY PLATFORM SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING WITH SECURE COMMUNICATION, SENSOR SYSTEMS, TARGETING SYSTEMS, LOCATING SYSTEMS, AND PRECISION LANDING AND STABILIZATION SYSTEMS

The United States of Amer...

1. A persistent surveillance and launch/recovery system comprising:an aerial vehicle (AV) comprising:
an airframe;
a propulsion system coupled to said airframe that comprises at least one propeller configured to provide lift for said AV to maintain flight;
at least one electric motor coupled to the at least one propeller;
a flight control system configured to orient and control the at least one propeller or fan system based on flight control inputs;
at least one landing gear structure adapted to support the AV in a stable configuration when landing;
an electrical power system coupled to said airframe that comprises at least one power input that provides power to said electric motor;
a guidance, flight instrumentation, and navigation system comprising a controller, memory, altimeter, geospatial position sensor, machine instructions for controlling the flight control system;
a sensor system coupled to said airframe that comprises:
at least one camera;
a camera position control system to orient the camera field of view in a direction based on position control commands;
one or more AV lasers; and
at least one gimbal stabilizer, wherein the gimbal stabilizer is coupled to said camera and said camera is configured to record images and transmit said images to a heads-up display; and
a computer system coupled to said airframe;
one or more communications systems, wherein the communications system is configured to provide communications between said AV and at least some of its onboard systems and a ground station, wherein the computer system comprises a controller configured to receive control inputs for the AV to control one or more onboard systems from the ground station and update or execute machine readable instructions stored on at least the computer system;
a deployable operating platform system comprising:
a first module;
a second module coupled to the first module on or adjacent to a first side of the second module, the second module comprising:
a second module control system mounted on or within the second module, the second module control system further includes at least one I/O interface and a controller or processor, a communication system, and a data storage system;
a power system comprising a plurality of electrical power storage cells and a power transfer system comprising a tether coupled to the AV system that delivers power from the plurality of electrical power storage cells to the AV upon demand; and
wherein said second module comprises a launch and recovery base station, a tether, and a slip ring assembly, wherein said AV rests on said launch and recovery base station, wherein said AV is coupled to an end of said tether, and a second portion of said tether is coiled around a rotation mechanism, wherein said rotation mechanism comprises a feed guide motor, wherein said feed guide motor is coupled to and rotates said rotation mechanism allowing said tether to be wound or unwound from said rotation mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,890,926

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXECUTING AIRCRAFT TAKE-OFF AND LANDING EVENTS

Bell Helicopter Textron I...

1. A method comprising, by a computer system in an aircraft:receiving an advance indication of a take-off or landing event to be executed by the aircraft in proximity to a landing area, the landing area comprising an arrangement of a plurality of emitters of electromagnetic radiation;
responsive to the receiving, detecting, via a sensor in communication with the computer system, emission states of at least some of the plurality of emitters;
transforming the detected emission states into an instruction set for the take-off or landing event, wherein the instruction set indicates a first region of the landing area for the take-off or landing event;
initiating monitoring of the aircraft relative to the instruction set as the aircraft executes the take-off or landing event in proximity to the landing area;
monitoring the plurality of emitters for emission changes;
responsive to the monitoring, detecting an emission change in at least one emitter of the plurality of emitters;
responsive to the detected emission change, detecting current emission states of at least selected emitters of the plurality of emitters;
transforming the current emission states into a new instruction set, wherein the new instruction set indicates a second region of the landing area for the take-off or landing event such that the second region is different from the first region; and
initiating monitoring of the aircraft relative to the new instruction set.

US Pat. No. 10,890,925

VEHICLE LEVELING SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR LEVELING VEHICLES USING SMART DEVICES

Command Electronics, LLC,...

1. A system for leveling a vehicle, the system comprising:a sensor device secured to a vehicle to sense an inclination of the vehicle in both a pitch direction and a roll direction when the vehicle is parked on an uneven surface of the ground, the sensor device comprising a printed circuit board that includes:
a digital accelerometer that permits calculation in both the pitch direction and roll direction, and
a processor to process data collected by the digital accelerator; and
a smart device in wireless communication with the sensor device, the smart device including a display screen;
wherein, based on the inclination of the vehicle as sensed by the sensor device, at least one of the sensor device and smart device is configured to determine adjustment pairs, each adjustment pair including a height adjustment amount and a corresponding adjustment direction needed to level a respective section of the vehicle by movement of the respective section of the vehicle with respect to the uneven surface of the ground by the height adjustment amount in the corresponding adjustment direction;
wherein the display device of the smart device is configured to display at least one image representative of the vehicle and showing the respective sections of the vehicle and to simultaneously display the height adjustment amount and corresponding adjustment direction of each adjustment pair adjacent to each respective section of the vehicle shown in the at least one image; and
wherein the smart device is further configured to update the display screen, substantially in real time, as one or more of the height adjustment amounts are changed.

US Pat. No. 10,890,924

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ROTORCRAFT OFFSHORE APPROACH

TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.,...

1. A rotorcraft comprising:a rotor system comprising a plurality of blades;
a control assembly operable to receive commands from a pilot;
a flight control system (FCS), the flight control system operable to control flight of the rotorcraft by changing an operating condition of the rotor system;
a flight management system (FMS) in signal communication with the control assembly and the FCS, the FMS being operable to:
receive a target location and a plurality of approach parameters from the control assembly;
generate a missed approach point (MAP) based on the target location and the plurality of approach parameters, wherein the MAP is generated independent of a current location of the rotorcraft;
after generating the MAP, receive a command to engage in an approach maneuver from the control assembly;
after receiving the command to engage in the approach maneuver, generate a plurality waypoints between the current location of the rotorcraft and the MAP based on the target location, the current location of the rotorcraft, and the plurality of approach parameters; and
in response to the command to engage in the approach maneuver, instruct the FCS to fly to the MAP; and
a go-around button in signal communication with the FCS, wherein the FCS is operable to engage in a go-around procedure in response to the go-around button being engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,890,923

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CHARGE CONTROL

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A charge control system, comprising:a lithium battery configured to provide lithium battery power to a set of electrical loads;
a user signaling device; and
control circuitry coupled with the lithium battery and the user signaling device, the control circuitry being operative to:
detect availability of charge from an external charger,
in response to detection of the availability of charge from the external charger and prior to controlling the external charger to adjust the amount of charge stored by the lithium battery, perform a set of pre-charging assessment operations, and
based on the set of pre-charging assessment operations, provide a user notification via the user signaling device, the user notification indicating whether the lithium battery is properly setup for charge adjustment;
wherein the control circuitry, when performing the set of pre-charging assessment operations, is operative to:
test whether any of a plurality of battery management system (BMS) protection fault conditions exist, and
generate a pre-charging assessment indication based on whether any of the plurality of BMS protection fault conditions exist; and
wherein the control circuitry, when testing whether any of the plurality of BMS protection fault conditions exist, is operative to:
read lithium battery temperature and voltage measurements from the lithium battery, and
compare the lithium battery temperature and voltage measurements to a set of predefined thresholds to determine whether any of the plurality of BMS protection fault conditions exist.

US Pat. No. 10,890,922

AUTOMATED MULTI-VEHICLE ALIGNMENT STEERING

AGJUNCTION LLC, Scottsda...

1. A guidance system, comprising:a hardware processor to:
calculate a path based on a heading of a lead vehicle as the lead vehicle travels along a way line, wherein the calculated path is parallel with a leading vehicle path;
calculate a lateral distance between a following vehicle and the calculated path, wherein the calculated lateral distance comprises cross-track error;
calculate a longitudinal distance between the following vehicle and a target point along the calculated path, wherein the calculated longitudinal distance comprises along-track error;
generate a first set of navigation commands for the following vehicle to minimize the cross-track error during a first time period and align the following vehicle with the calculated path, and
generate a second set of navigation commands to vary a speed of the following vehicle relative to the lead vehicle to minimize the along-track error during a second time period that is after the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,890,921

ROBOT AND DRONE ARRAY

Carla R. Gillett, Sacram...

1. A robot and drone array comprising:a mobile robot cooperating with a drone device respectively, or a hybrid robot-drone comprising a mobile robot integrated with a drone device;
said mobile robot and said drone device, when connected, are capable of handling one or more task objectives as peers, such that both can assist one another to carry a payload, both can manipulate target objects via teamwork, both can become airborne; when disconnected, each are capable of handling one or more task objectives, such that each can carry a payload individually or each can manipulate target objects individually;
the mobile robot or the drone device may include framework and autonomous drive system components which may include vehicle framework components, humanoid robot components, aerial framework components, aerospace framework components, amphibious framework components, or a combination thereof;
a landing platform configured for connecting or disconnecting said mobile robot to/from said drone device;
one or more drive wheel arrangements;
an AI system said AI system associated with one or more processors configured to control a balance maneuver, a steering maneuver, or braking of said footing arrangement or said drive wheel arrangement;
one or more processors configured for controlling power, via a motor controller, linked to one or more motors;
one or more processors configured for controlling the various tools associated with locating, obtaining, and manipulating one or more target objects;
an autonomous coupling system associated with an autonomous charging system;
said one or more processors in communication with memory or Cloud network;
I/O devices which may include a sensor system, GPS, a built-in smartphone element;
a communication network utilizing BLUETOOTH, WIFI, Cloud networks, applications from the internet of things (IoT);
a control station remotely configured for managing mechanical operations and/or managing task objectives of said mobile robot, said drone device, said hybrid robot-drone via execution of one or more instructions;
an adaptive robot control system (ARCS) systematically configured for controlling the handling of a target object by various tools or appliances;
said sensor system utilizing sensors which may include LIDAR, RADAR, and cameras configured for obtaining target object data, accelerometers and sensors with respect to sensing a movement, a speed, or a charging process.

US Pat. No. 10,890,920

VEHICLE MAP-DATA GATHERING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Aptiv Technologies Limite...

1. A system comprising:a sensor configured to collect perception data of an area of a roadway from a perspective of a vehicle;
a receiver configured to receive other perception data of the area from another sensor mounted on another vehicle, the other perception data of the area having been collected from another perspective of the other vehicle that is different than the perspective of the vehicle;
a controller operatively connected to the sensor and the receiver, the controller configured to:
determine, based on the perception data from the sensor and the other perception data from the other sensor, composite data that identifies one or more objects in the area; and
generate, based on the composite data, a control message including instructions to control a relative position of the other vehicle with respect to the vehicle to optimize at least one of the perception data from the sensor or the other perception data from the other sensor; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the control message to the other vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,919

CALCULATING VELOCITY OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE USING RADAR TECHNOLOGY

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method performed by a computing system configured to control an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:while the autonomous vehicle is moving on a road, receiving, by the computing system, from two or more radar sensors mounted at different locations on the autonomous vehicle, radar data representative of a physical environment of the autonomous vehicle;
based on the radar data, detecting, by the computing system, at least one scatterer present in the environment; and
based on a determination of a likelihood that the at least one scatterer is stationary with respect to the autonomous vehicle:
calculating, by the computing system, a velocity of the autonomous vehicle using at least a portion of the radar data from the two or more radar sensors that represents the at least one scatterer, wherein the calculated velocity comprises an angular velocity and a linear velocity, and
controlling, by the computing system, the autonomous vehicle based on the calculated velocity of the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,918

PERFORMANCE ARENA FOR ROBOTS WITH POSITION LOCATION SYSTEM

Innovation First, Inc., ...

1. A performance arena system for vehicles that perform in a performance space, the performance arena system comprising:a coded strip that includes a sequence of code marks comprising dark blocks interspersed with light blocks along a code center line, some of the dark blocks and light blocks being positioned above the code center line and some other of the dark blocks and light blocks being position below the code center line in such a manner that there is a light block under the code center line below each dark block above the code center and that there is a dark block under the code center line below each light block above the code center line such that intersecting corners of dark blocks above the code center line with corners of dark blocks below the code center line form feature points on the code center line; and
processor programmed to identify the code center line in an image of a portion of the coded strip by the feature points formed by the intersecting corners of dark blocks above the code center line with corners of dark blocks below the code center line.

US Pat. No. 10,890,917

VEHICLE CONTROLLER

Mazda Motor Corporation, ...

1. A vehicle controller configured to control traveling of a vehicle, comprising:a processor configured to execute:
a nearby-object detection module to detect a nearby object;
a first route computation module to compute a first target travel route specifying a route on which the vehicle is to travel and a speed at which the vehicle is to travel along the route;
a second route computation module to compute a second target travel route specifying a route on which the vehicle is to travel and a speed at which the vehicle is to travel along the route, so as to prompt the vehicle to avoid the detected nearby object; and
a control module to control at least one of a traveling speed and steering of the vehicle so as to prompt the vehicle to travel on one of the first target travel route and the second target travel route, wherein
the first route computation module computes the first target travel route so as to prompt the vehicle to travel with lower energy consumption,
the control module switches the target travel route to the second target travel route when the nearby object to be avoided is detected within a range at a certain distance from the vehicle, and
the second route computation module specifies a plurality of discrete speed limit distributions in which allowable discrete upper limits of a relative speed are designated to areas around the nearby object to be avoided detected by the nearby-object detection module, and computes the second target travel route conforming to the plurality of discrete speed limit distributions.

US Pat. No. 10,890,916

LOCATION-SPECIFIC ALGORITHM SELECTION FOR OPTIMIZED AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

STRADVISION, INC., Pohan...

1. A learning method for performing a seamless parameter switch by using a location-specific algorithm selection, to thereby allow a subject vehicle to perform an optimized autonomous driving in each of regions, comprising steps of:(a) instructing, by a learning device, when one or more K-th training images corresponding to at least one K-th region are acquired, at least one K-th convolutional layer of a K-th Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) included therein to apply at least one K-th convolution operation to the K-th training images, to thereby generate one or more K-th feature maps;
(b) instructing, by the learning device, at least one K-th output layer of the K-th CNN to apply at least one K-th output operation to the K-th feature maps, to thereby generate one or more pieces of K-th estimated autonomous driving source information;
(c) instructing, by the learning device, at least one K-th loss layer of the K-th CNN to generate at least one K-th loss by using the K-th estimated autonomous driving source information and its corresponding K-th Ground-Truth (GT) autonomous driving source information, and then to perform backpropagation by using the K-th loss, to thereby learn at least part of K-th parameters of the K-th CNN;
(d) storing, by the learning device, the K-th CNN in a database after tagging K-th location information of the K-th region to the K-th CNN,
wherein the K-th CNN is one of a first CNN to an M-th CNN, and wherein M is an integer larger than 1, and K is an integer from 1 to M;
(e) by the learning device, (i) acquiring information on each of a (K_1)-st CNN to a (K_N)-th CNN, selected among the first CNN to the M-th CNN, corresponding to each of a (K_1)-st region to a (K_N)-th region whose distance from the K-th region is smaller than a first threshold, and then (ii) calculating similarity scores including a (K_1)-st similarity score between the K-th parameters and (K_1)-st parameters of the (K_1)-st CNN to a (K_N)-th similarity score between the K-th parameters and (K_N)-th parameters of the (K_N)-th CNN; and
(f) generating, by the learning device, generating a K-th representative CNN corresponding to a K-th extensive region including the K-th region by referring to at least part of (i) one or more specific CNNs, among the (K_1)-st CNN to the (K_N)-th CNN, whose similarity scores are larger than a second threshold and (ii) the K-th CNN, and
wherein N is an integer larger than 0.

US Pat. No. 10,890,915

SOLUTION PATH OVERLAY INTERFACES FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Nissan North America, Inc...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a solution path overlay system, vehicle data and external data from a vehicle control system of a vehicle, wherein the vehicle data is associated with the vehicle and includes a vehicle location and a vehicle destination, and the external data includes a location and a movement path for each of a plurality of external objects;
determining, by the solution path overlay system, a solution path between the vehicle location and the vehicle destination using the vehicle data and the external data;
generating, by the solution path overlay system, a solution path overlay interface that includes an indicator of the solution path, an indicator of a solution path overlay that corresponds to the solution path, an indicator of a roadway, a representation of the vehicle traversing along the solution path via the roadway, and an indicator for each of at least some of the plurality of external objects, the solution path overlay representing outer edges of the solution path based on a width of the vehicle;
outputting, by the solution path overlay system, the solution path overlay interface for display to an operator of the solution path overlay interface;
in response to detecting a change associated with the movement path of any of the plurality of external objects, receiving, by the solution path overlay system, a command from the operator of the solution path overlay interface, the command including a drawing gestured directly onto the solution path overlay interface and an indication of one or more stop points;
updating, by the solution path overlay system, the solution path overlay interface based on the received command to provide an updated solution path and an updated solution path overlay that corresponds to the updated solution path; and
transmitting, by the solution path overlay system, the updated solution path and the updated solution path overlay to the vehicle for execution to navigate to the vehicle destination.

US Pat. No. 10,890,914

TRIGGER LOGIC TO TRIGGER SENSORS OF AN AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE FOR CAPTURING DATA

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A sensor unit utilized in an autonomous driving vehicle, the sensor unit comprising:a sensor interface to be coupled to a plurality of sensors mounted on a plurality of locations of an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV);
a host interface to be coupled to a host system, wherein the host system is configured to perceive a driving environment surrounding the ADV based on sensor data obtained from the sensors and to plan a path to autonomously drive the ADV; and
a plurality of sensor control modules, each corresponding to one of the plurality of sensors, wherein each of the sensor control modules comprises:
a delay time control logic to receive a pulse time adjustment (PTA) value from the host system via the host interface,
a delay adjustment logic to
receive a pulse signal that has a plurality of pulses from a pulse generator of the sensor control module,
receive a trigger time adjustment (TTA) value from the host system via the host interface, the TTA value is utilized to determine which of the pulses of the pulse signal should be modified, while remaining pulses of the pulse signal remain unchanged, and
modify timing of at least a portion of the plurality of pulses of the pulse signal based on the PTA value and the TTA value to produce a modified pulse signal, and
a trigger signal generator to generate a trigger signal based on the modified pulse signal and to transmit the trigger signal to a corresponding sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,890,913

DIFFERENTIAL DRIVE ROBOTIC PLATFORM AND ASSEMBLY

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A platform comprising:a chassis having a fore end and an aft end;
a driven wheel assembly comprising:
a caster wheel positioned at the aft end of the chassis, and mounted to an axle for rotation about a drive axis and steering about a substantially vertical steering axis;
a drive shaft extending along the steering axis from a first end to a second end;
a drive motor:
positioned at the fore end of the chassis,
coupled to the second end of the drive shaft, and
rotating about a substantially vertical drive motor axis that extends substantially parallel to the steering axis;
a steer shaft extending longitudinally along the steering axis; and
a bevel gear connecting the first end of the drive shaft to the axle; and
a steer assembly comprising a steer motor:
positioned at the aft end of the chassis, and
controlling the steer shaft to steer the caster wheel, which in turn steers the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,890,912

ROBOTIC PLATFORM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING MULTIPLE FUNCTIONS IN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

RowBot Systems LLC, Minn...

1. An autonomous agricultural vehicle configured for real-time adjustment of an application of fertilizer to planted crops based on a sensed condition of the planted crops, the autonomous agricultural vehicle comprising:a chassis having a width so dimensioned as to be insertable through the space between adjacent rows of planted crops;
a navigation module configured to receive orientation information for an agricultural field;
at least one plant condition sensor configured to sense conditions of the planted crops;
a fertilizer application module configured to apply a fertilizer to the planted crops; and
a microprocessor in communication with the navigation module, the at least one plant condition sensor and the fertilizer application module, the microprocessor configured for real-time adjustment of an application of the fertilizer applied to the planted crops based on the sensed condition of the planted crops, while autonomously navigating the autonomous agricultural vehicle within the agricultural field.

US Pat. No. 10,890,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUSLY DELIVERING COMMODITY TO THE RECIPIENT'S PREFERRED ENVIRONMENT

AUTOX, INC., Grand Cayma...

1. A system for autonomously transporting one or more commodities from a drop-off point to recipient preferred environment, comprising:an autonomous vehicle comprising a computing device including means for executing artificial intelligence device (AI) software and map data;
an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor configured to generate IMU data;
a sensor assembly in communication with the computing device comprising one or more sensors configured to collect environmental data around the autonomous vehicle;
an input assembly in communication with the computing device configured to receive input from the recipient,
wherein the computing device comprises a processor and a memory unit, wherein the memory unit stores a set of program modules, wherein the processor in communication with the memory unit, configured to execute the set of program modules, wherein the set of program modules comprise:
a control module,
a motion planning module operatively connected to the control module to manipulate a movement of the autonomous delivery vehicle,
an obstacle detection module operatively connected to the control module comprising one or more sensors configured to collect environmental data of at least a portion of an environment around the autonomous delivery vehicle to detect one or more obstacles located therein,
a face authorization module operatively to the control module configured to receive authentication data from the recipient,
a human detection module operatively connected to the control module and one or more camera,
a human interface module configured to detect a request provided by the recipient on authentication of recipient data,
a human tracking module configured to track the recipient to obtain a trajectory of the recipient, and
a point of interest generator module,
wherein when an another request containing a destination is received at or before the drop off point, controlling the autonomous vehicle to deliver the one or more commodities from the drop-off point to the destination;
wherein when the request provided is a command to follow the recipient to a location, the control module and the motion planning module are configured to manipulate the autonomous delivery vehicle to follow the recipient to deliver the commodities using a path data generated by the control module and the motion planning module base on the trajectory of the recipient, the map data, and the IMU data, and the point of interest generator module is configured to store the path data used to follow the recipient, and
wherein when the request provided is a specific location to deliver the commodities and when a path data of the specific location is stored in the memory, the control module and the motion planning module are configured to manipulate the autonomous delivery vehicle to reach the location provided by the recipient utilizing the stored path data.

US Pat. No. 10,890,910

DRONE FOR RECOGNIZING AND TESTING MONITORING SYSTEM SENSORS

Alarm.com Incorporated, ...

1. A drone comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more storage devices, wherein the storage devices include a plurality of instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the drone to perform operations, the operations comprising:
capturing, by the drone, an image while navigating along a path towards a location of a property;
providing, by the drone, the image as input to a machine learning model trained to identify a likelihood that a given image includes one or more sensors associated with a monitoring system of the property;
obtaining, by the drone and from the machine learning model, data indicating that the image likely includes a particular sensor;
based on obtaining the data indicating that the image likely includes a particular sensor:
interrupting, by the drone, navigation through the property along the path, and
performing, by the drone, a test on the particular sensor;
determining, by the drone, whether the particular sensor is properly functioning based on results of the test that was performed on the particular sensor;
providing, by the drone and for output, data indicating whether the particular sensor is properly functioning; and
after providing the data indicating whether the particular sensor is properly functioning for output, continuing, by the drone, navigation through the property along the path.

US Pat. No. 10,890,909

AUTOMOBILE DRIVING MODE DETERMINATION

International Business Ma...

1. An automated vehicular mode switching improvement method comprising:receiving from a vehicle in motion, by a processor of a hardware device located externally from said vehicle, detected road conditions, traffic condition data, a current time, weather related data, and current GPS coordinates associated with said vehicle in motion;
analyzing, by said processor, said detected road conditions, the traffic condition data, the current time and said weather related data;
first receiving, by said processor, an indication that said vehicle is currently operating in an autonomous driving mode;
receiving, by said processor, historical driving mode switching data associated with road conditions similar to said detected road conditions;
determining, by said processor in response to results of said analyzing and based on said historical driving mode switching data associated with the road conditions, that said vehicle in motion should be switched to a manual driving mode;
generating, by said processor based on historical data associated with previous vehicles switching to manual driving mode at said current GPS coordinates, an alert indicating that said vehicle in motion should be switched to said manual driving mode;
presenting, by said processor to a driver of said vehicle, said alert;
second receiving, by said processor, a notification indicating if said vehicle has been switched to said manual driving mode;
recording, by said processor, a decision executed by the driver with respect to switching to said manual driving mode, wherein results of said second receiving indicates that said vehicle has been switched to said manual driving mode;
receiving from said vehicle in motion, by said processor, additional detected road conditions, additional weather related data, and additional current GPS coordinates associated with said vehicle in motion;
analyzing, by said processor, said additional detected road conditions and said additional weather related data;
determining, by said processor in response to results of said analyzing said additional detected road conditions and said additional weather related data, that said autonomous driving mode is currently available;
generating, by said processor based on said historical data associated with previous vehicles switching to autonomous driving mode at said current GPS coordinates, an additional alert indicating that said vehicle in motion will be switched from said manual driving mode to said autonomous driving mode;
presenting, by said processor to said user, said additional alert;
determining, by said processor, that a specified time period has elapsed since said presenting said additional alert;
receiving, by said processor, indication data specifying that said vehicle has been switched to said autonomous driving mode; and
recording, by said processor, a decision executed by the driver with respect to switching to said autonomous driving mode.

US Pat. No. 10,890,908

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM AND ACTION PLAN SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH SAME

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A control system for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of sensors that acquire physical measurement values of an environment outside of the vehicle;
a plurality of actuators that control motion of the vehicle; and
a processor that is communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors and the plurality of actuators;
wherein the processor is configured to:
calculate a first trajectory of the vehicle based on the physical measurement values acquired by the plurality of sensors, wherein a driver of the vehicle is permitted to control the vehicle while moving along the first trajectory,
detect a failure in at least one of the plurality of sensors while traveling along the first trajectory and the plurality of actuators while traveling along the first trajectory, and when the failure is detected:
calculate an emergency trajectory based on the physical measurement values acquired by the plurality of sensors, wherein the emergency trajectory deviates from the first trajectory,
control, using the plurality of actuators, the vehicle by changing the first trajectory to the emergency trajectory, by suppressing at least one vehicle control input, the at least one vehicle control input configured to control the vehicle while the vehicle moves according to the emergency trajectory,
determine whether the current trajectory is in a safe trajectory, wherein the safe trajectory is a portion of the emergency trajectory in which at least one of a steering angle of a steering wheel and a steering angle of the vehicle body is less than or equal to a predetermined angle in the emergency trajectory, and wherein the vehicle enters the safe trajectory subsequent to entering the emergency trajectory;
if the current trajectory is determined to be in the safe trajectory, cancel suppression of the vehicle control input, and audibly outputs an amount of time until the vehicle is controlled according to the safe trajectory, wherein suppression of the vehicle control input is then automatically cancelled;
else when the current trajectory is determined not to be in the safe trajectory, calculate the safe trajectory wherein suppression of the vehicle control input will be cancelled and transfer a control of the vehicle from the processor to the driver of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,907

VEHICLE COMPONENT MODIFICATION BASED ON VEHICULAR ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION DATA

1. A method for an ego vehicle, comprising:generating report data associated with a collision of a remote vehicle, wherein the report data includes one or more of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) data describing a first set of V2X wireless messages received prior to an occurrence of the collision and event data describing one or more driving events that are observed by the ego vehicle;
receiving modification data that describes a modification for a vehicle control system of the ego vehicle, wherein the modification data is generated based on the report data through a vehicular accident reconstruction analysis; and
modifying an operation of the vehicle control system based on the modification data.

US Pat. No. 10,890,906

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

9. A control method of an electronic device, the method comprising:providing a first user interface (UI) for setting a reconnaissance target of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); and
based on the reconnaissance target being selected through the first UI, providing a second UI for selecting a flight path for reconnoitering the reconnaissance target,
wherein the second UI comprises a plurality of images corresponding to a plurality of different flight paths for reconnoitering the reconnaissance target,
wherein each of the plurality of images comprises a flight space for reconnoitering the reconnaissance target represented as a figure of a predetermined shape and each of the plurality of different flight paths is represented as a directional line in the figure,
wherein the predetermined shape comprises a three-dimensional shape, and
wherein the flight space indicates a movement range of the UAV in which the UAV moves according to a control of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,890,905

ADVANCED ARRESTING GEAR CONTROLLER

Electro Standards Laborat...

20. A control system for use in an aircraft arrestment system comprising:(A) an engage phase controller system for use in an engage phase based on either a first topology using a linear quadratic Gaussian/loop transfer recovery (LQG/LTR) controller an inertial compensation unit, a feedforward torque generator block, and a gain scheduling block, or a second topology using a gain scheduled servo controller with integral and proportional gains, a reduced order observer, the inertial compensation unit, the feedforward torque generator block, and the gain scheduling block;
(B) an arrest phase controller system for use in an arrest phase comprising:
(1) a reference error subsystem generating a set of error signals associated with a position of a port shaft and a position of a starboard shaft;
(2) a gain scheduling subsystem receiving at least a first set of input signals, the first set of input signals representing a dynamic state of the arrest phase controller system, the first input signal used to determine a plurality of control gains; and
(3) the LQG/LTR controller used in (A) receiving as input the set of error signals in A(1) and the plurality of control gains in A(2), the LQG/LTR controller computing, based on received inputs, a linear state space version of a nonlinear arresting gear system that is linearized at one or more specific operating points, wherein a linearized controller design model represents a plurality of states used to represent dynamic behavior of the arrest phase controller system; and
(C) a trajectory generator, wherein the desired position of the port shaft ?*p, the desired position of the starboard shaft ?*s, the desired speed of the port shaft ?*p, and the desired speed of the starboard shaft ?*s are generated by the trajectory generator, wherein such parameters for the port shaft and the starboard shaft are continuously being updated and provided to the controller starting at a time of a trigger signal and ending at a completion of an arrestment, and wherein measurements captured at the time of the trigger signal are used to forward predict shaft speed and position trajectories needed to bring the aircraft to a halt at a required distance and with a prescribed, constant or variable, deceleration profile, along a straight line or otherwise desirable path, as determined by the aircraft estimated position and direction at the time of the trigger signal, and wherein the trajectory generator further outputs a snapshot of an effective skew angle (?) and a snapshot of the aircraft speed (?), wherein such values are used to estimate part of the aircraft state.

US Pat. No. 10,890,904

MODEL PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM FOR BUILDING EQUIPMENT

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A model predictive maintenance system for building equipment, the model predictive maintenance system comprising:an operational cost predictor configured to predict a first cost of operating the building equipment over a duration of a time including an optimization period as a function of maintenance performed on the building equipment during the time;
a maintenance cost predictor configured to predict a second cost of performing the maintenance on the building equipment over the duration of the time;
an objective function optimizer configured to optimize an objective function to predict a third cost associated with the building equipment over the duration of the time and determine one or more times during the optimization period to perform the maintenance on the building equipment by comparing a decrease to the first cost of operating the building equipment resulting from performing the maintenance at the one or more times with an increase to the second cost of performing the maintenance on the building equipment resulting from performing the maintenance at the one or more times, and determine one or more operating parameters of the building equipment, the objective function comprising the first cost of operating the building equipment and the second cost of performing maintenance on the building equipment; and
an output manager configured to cause a user interface of a user device to display a notification to perform the maintenance on the building equipment at the one or more times, an indication of the one or more operating parameters of the building equipment, and one or more control interface elements, wherein user interaction with the one or more control interface elements via the user device controls operation of the building equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,890,903

REAL-TIME GAS TURBINE SIMULATION SYSTEM AND EXECUTION METHOD THEREOF

1. A real-time gas turbine simulation system that simulates a gas turbine to verify a gas turbine control system (hereinafter, referred to as “GTCS”) for controlling a gas fuel through an actuator/sensor module and controlling a safety integrity level (hereinafter, referred to as “SIL”) protection function through a protection module for the gas turbine, the real-time gas turbine simulation system comprising:a hardwire-in-the-loop (hereinafter, referred to as “HIL”) simulator connected to the actuator/sensor module and the protection module through one or more hardwires to simulate a time critical portion of the gas turbine in real time; and
a network simulator connected to the GTCS through a network to simulate a non-time critical portion of the gas turbine in real time.

US Pat. No. 10,890,902

POWER PLANT ANALYSIS DEVICE, POWER PLANT ANALYSIS METHOD, AND PROGRAM

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...

1. A power plant analysis device comprising:an operation data acquisition unit configured to acquire, from an operation data storage unit configured to store operation data collected every first period from a power plant owned by a customer, the operation data collected during a latest second period that is longer than the first period;
a utilization rate calculation unit configured to calculate a utilization rate of the power plant based on the operation data that has been acquired; and
a unit profit amount calculation unit configured to calculate an average amount of profit per unit time in relation to a unit amount of performance improvement of the power plant based on the utilization rate of the power plant.

US Pat. No. 10,890,901

CONTROL UNIT AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEM COMMUNICATION NETWORK COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for operating an industrial automation system communication network comprising a plurality of communication devices, the method comprising: controlling, by a plurality of control units redundant with respect to each other, functions of a plurality of associated communication devices, mutually redundant control units of the plurality of control units comprising identically configured state machines, which in an error-free state generate identical output variables from identical input variables, the plurality of associated communication devices being assigned to a Software Defined Network (DPN) comprising a communication control plane designated as a Control Plane (CP) and a data transmission plane designated as a Data Plane (DP), and the plurality of control units being assigned to the Control Plane and the plurality of associated communication devices being assigned to the Data Plan; determining, by each control unit of the plurality of control units, for user-side communication service requests, a path between a first communication device at a first end node and a second communication device at a second end node via third communication devices which comprise at least one of (i) routers and (ii) switches, the plurality of control units specifying flow tables, from which at least one of (i) routing tables and (ii) forwarding tables are derived for third communication devices respectively assigned to the plurality of control units; determining, by the plurality of control units, whether necessary system resources are available along the determined paths during a scheduled usage period; reserving, by the plurality of control units, system resources necessary for the communication service requests in an event of each positive verification result and controlling routing or switching functions of the third-party communication devices in accordance with determined paths; transferring, by the plurality of associated communication devices, communication-specific input variables to all mutually associated redundant control units of the plurality of control units; checking the output variables generated by the mutually redundant control units for deviations from each other; and performing a switchover to reserve control units in an event of deviations or deactivating control units of the plurality of control units having output variables which deviate with respect to a majority of mutually redundant control units of the plurality of control units in an event the deviations.

US Pat. No. 10,890,900

CLIENT DEVICE FOR DATA ACQUISITION AND PRE-PROCESSING OF PROCESS-RELATED MASS DATA FROM AT LEAST ONE CNC MACHINE OR INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

BIG DATA IN MANUFACTURING...

1. A client device comprising:at least one first data communication interface configured to be connected to at least one controller of an external device, the at least one first data communication interface comprising at least one hard-realtime data channel via which hard-realtime data is configured to be received and at least one non-realtime data channel via which non-realtime data is configured to be received;
a memory;
at least one processor configured to store, in the memory, the hard-realtime data, received via the at least one hard-realtime data channel, as time-stamped hard-realtime data and configured to store, in the memory, the non-realtime data, received via the at least one non-realtime data channel, as time-stamped non-realtime data, wherein the processor is further configured to order the time-stamped hard-realtime data with the time-stamped non-realtime data; and
at least one second data communication interface configured to transmit, to a cloud-based server, the ordered time-stamped hard-realtime data and ordered time-stamped non-realtime data and configured to receive, from the cloud-based server, additional data,
wherein the external device comprises at least one computer numerical control (CNC) machine or an industrial robot.

US Pat. No. 10,890,899

METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM OF CAUSING COMPUTER TO EXECUTE DESIGN METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Ebara Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A design method of a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus comprising:creating a program setting file storing setting information of a program necessary for executing a process with respect to the semiconductor manufacturing apparatus based on a requirement specification from a user;
creating a program installer for introducing the program into a controller of the semiconductor manufacturing apparatus from the program setting file;
operating a processing unit of the semiconductor manufacturing apparatus;
specifying a sensor corresponding to the processing unit based on the operation of the processing unit;
creating a sensor setting file storing information obtained by specifying the sensor;
comparing a content of the requirement specification and a content of the sensor setting file to confirm a consistency between the content of the requirement specification and the content of the sensor setting file; and
introducing the program into a memory of the controller by the program installer when the content of the requirement specification and the content of the sensor setting file are consistent with each other,
wherein specifying the sensor comprises:
rotating a plurality of polishing tables at different rotational speeds, in a state of connecting a table torque sensor to at least one of the polishing tables in the processing unit;
confirming the presence or absence of output of the sensor data of the table torque sensor; and
determining whether or not the table torque sensor is connected to each of the polishing tables based on the presence or absence of output of the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,890,898

TRACEABILITY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Drishti Technologies, Inc...

1. A method comprising:receiving one or more given indicators of a subject;
accessing a work model for the subject, the work model including a plurality of Model elements and dependencies between the model elements;
determining a given model element associated with the one or more given indicators;
determining one or more related model elements associated with the given model element by one or more of the dependencies between the model elements;
accessing one or more given data sets based on the one or more given indicators, wherein the one or more given data sets include one or more indicators of at least one of one or more cycles, one or more processes, one or more actions, one or more sequences, one or more objects and one or more parameters indexed to corresponding portions of one or more sensor streams associated with blockchained;
accessing the corresponding portions of one or more sensor streams indexed by the one or more indicators of at least one of one or more cycles, one or more processes, one or more actions, one or more sequences, one or more objects and one or more parameters of the one or more given data sets;
establishing traceability which includes automatically analyzing the given data sets including the corresponding portions of sensor streams in real time to detect anomalies;
outputting the work model including an identification of the given model element associated With the one or more given indicators, identification of one or more related model elements associated with the given model element, and pointers to the one or more indicators of at least one of one or more cycles, one or more processes, one or more actions, one or more sequences, one or more objects and one or more parameters and corresponding portions of the one or more sensor streams for the given one or more data sets; and
correlating information with entities and forwarding results of the analysis to the entities including real time alerts.

US Pat. No. 10,890,897

ASSEMBLY OF A MODULAR STRUCTURE

International Business Ma...

1. A method for assembling a modular structure from a plurality of components configured to be fitted together to create the modular structure in accordance with a construction plan, each component comprising: a communication interface; and an output interface configured to generate sensory signals, said method comprising:the plurality of components communicating, via the communication interface of each component, with a controller to establish an availability of the plurality of components for the modular structure;
determining, at the controller, a target component from the plurality of components based on the construction plan and the availability of the plurality of components, wherein the target component is a starting component used for initiating creation of the modular structure in accordance with the construction plan;
sending, by the controller to the target component, a first communication that the target component is the starting component used for initiating creation of the modular structure in accordance with the construction plan;
in response to the target component having received the first communication from the controller, generating, by the output interface of the target component, a first sensory signal indicating to a user that the target component is the starting component used for initiating creation of the modular structure in accordance with the construction plan;
after said generating the first sensory signal, detecting, by a motion sensor, that a first component of the plurality of component is currently moving which is indicative of the first component being interacted with by the user; and
generating, by the output interface of the currently moving first component, a fourth sensory signal indicating whether or not the currently moving first component is the target component.

US Pat. No. 10,890,896

MONITORING DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF

KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUST...

1. A monitoring device for managing at least one applicator fixture installed on an applicator which has a magnetic body and connects a terminal to a wire via up and down movement, the monitoring device comprising:a magnetic sensor configured to be installed in the applicator and sense movement of the magnetic body;
at least one slave module configured to receive identification information of the applicator fixture and mobility information of the magnetic body sensed by the magnetic sensor;
a master module configured to receive the identification information of the applicator fixture and the mobility information of the magnetic body in real time from the at least one slave module; and
an interface module configured to generate a monitoring interface showing a degree of use of the at least one applicator fixture using the identification information of the applicator fixture and the mobility information of the magnetic body.

US Pat. No. 10,890,895

POSITION OR VELOCITY CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A system comprising:control circuitry having an inner velocity control loop and an outer position control loop, in which:
the inner velocity control loop has a reference velocity input and a first control output and is configured to:
responsive to the reference velocity input, generate a velocity error; and
responsive to the velocity error, control the first control output according to a control function; and
the control circuitry has a second control output and a dithering generator and is configured to control the second control output responsive to a sum of the first control output and an output of the dithering generator; and
an inverter having an input and an output, the input of the inverter coupled to the second control output, the output of the inverter adapted to be coupled to a machine, and the inverter configured to control a position of the machine and a velocity of the machine responsive to the second control output;
in which the outer position control loop has a reference position input and a machine position input, the machine position input is adapted to be coupled to the machine, and the outer position control loop is configured to control the position of the machine by causing the control circuitry to adjust the second control output responsive to the reference position input and the machine position input; and
in which the control circuitry is configured to: responsive to the machine position input, adjust the second control output according to a machine position dependent waveform shaping function.

US Pat. No. 10,890,894

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER AND MISINPUT DETECTING METHOD

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller capable of handling at least two ofpieces of information including a machining method, a machining shape, and a use tool, the numerical controller comprising:
a machining program input unit configured to receive as an input (i) a machining program and (ii) information on at least two of the items including the machining method, the machining shape, and the use tool, corresponding to the machining program; and
a machining content verification unit configured to detect inconsistency of a combination of at least two of the items including the machining method, the machining shape, and the use tool, based on a predetermined criterion for determination.

US Pat. No. 10,890,893

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING GEOMETRIC DATA FOR USE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-und...

1. Apparatus for generating geometric data for use in an additive manufacturing process, the apparatus comprising a processing unit arranged to receive data defining surface geometry of objects to be built together in an additive manufacturing process, define each of the objects using a hierarchy of data structures, each data structure of the hierarchy defining at least one further attribute type of the objects and attributes of each object defined by a corresponding instance of each data structure of the hierarchy, the instance of each non-terminal data structure capable of defining at least one attribute common to a plurality of objects, and carry out a slicing operation for determining sections of at least one of the objects, wherein the slicing operation is carried out on an object definition provided by the corresponding instance of one of the non-terminal data structures of the hierarchy.

US Pat. No. 10,890,892

ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM ENCODED WITH A PROGRAM, ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND ABNORMALITY DETERMINATION METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An abnormality determination apparatus which determines abnormality of a temperature sensor in a machine tool, the abnormality determination apparatus comprising:a temperature pattern storage unit which stores at least one normal pattern indicating temperature change relative to machining time since a machining start time for every machining classification of the machine tool;
a temperature data acquisition unit which acquires temperature data since the machining start time outputted by the temperature sensor provided to the machine tool;
a machining classification determination unit which determines a machining classification of the machine tool in accordance with a predetermined determination criterion set in advance;
a comparison data acquisition unit which extracts the at least one normal pattern relative to a machining classification determined by the machining classification determination unit from the temperature pattern storage unit;
a comparison unit which compares the at least one normal pattern extracted by the comparison data acquisition unit, and an acquired pattern indicating temperature change relative to machining time according to the temperature data acquired by the temperature data acquisition unit; and
an abnormality determination unit which determines abnormality of a temperature sensor based on a comparison result by the comparison unit.

US Pat. No. 10,890,891

METHOD FOR REGULATING A FACILITY FOR PROCESSING A SERIES OF CONTAINERS AND CORRESPONDING FACILITY

SIDEL PARTICIPATIONS, Oc...

1. A method for regulating a facility for processing a series of containers (4) comprising: rotating, during an operating phase, a first machine (8) and a second machine (10), where:the first machine (8) is configured for processing containers (4) equipped with a number of first stations (28A, 28B, 38C, 28D), the second machine (10) is configured for processing containers (4) equipped with a number of second stations (36A, 36B, 36C, 360, 36E, 36F, 36G, 36H),
and the facility has a transfer point of each of the containers from the first to the second processing machine,
synchronizing, during the operating phase, the speeds of rotation of the first and second processing machines such that the frequency of passage from the two first successive stations to the transfer point is equal to the frequency of passage from the two second successive stations to the same transfer point,
pairing, during the operating phase, the synchronized rotation of the first and second machines is using a repetitive series of pairing partners at the transfer point, with each pairing partner comprising a first station (28i) arriving at the transfer point at the same time as a second station (36j) in such a way as to make it possible to transfer a container from the first station of the pairing partner to the second station of the pairing partner,
detecting the presence of containers (4) in one or the other of the first processing machine (8) and second processing machine (10),
and if one or the other of the first processing machine (8) and second processing machine (10) comprises at least one container (4):
putting on stand-by the desynchronized pairing step,
emptying the containers (4) from one or both processing machines (8, 10),
and carrying out the desynchronized pairing step wherein the driving in rotation of the first processing machine is done by means of a first drive motor, the driving of the second processing machine is done by means of a second drive motor that is separate from the first motor, with the regulating method comprising a desynchronized pairing step during which the first processing machine and/or the second processing machine is/are driven in rotation in desynchronized operation in such a way as to time a first station and a second station of one of the pairing partners to arrive at the same time at the transfer point.

US Pat. No. 10,890,890

SMART ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

COSEN MECHATRONICS CO., L...

1. A smart adjustment system, comprising:a cloud computing device, comprising a neural network model, wherein the cloud computing device saves model data of a plurality of machine tools, and estimated increase percentages of each of the machine tools in a plurality of cutting parameters; and
a data acquisition device, configured to receive a model data of a target machine tool;
wherein the cloud computing device compares the model data of the target machine tool with the model data of the machine tools via the neural network model to calculate an estimated cutting parameter having an estimated increase percentage and controls the target machine tool to perform a machining process by the estimated cutting parameter, wherein the estimated increase percentages of each of the machine tool in different cutting parameters are obtained by a training process in advance; the data acquisition device receives an actual increase percentage of the target machine tool from the target machine tool when the target machine tool is performing the machining process and the cloud computing device performs a comparison process to compare the estimated increase percentage with the actual increase percentage in order to generate a comparison result.

US Pat. No. 10,890,889

METHOD OF MONITORING AND ASSESSING THE OPERATION OF AN INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION DRIVEN BY A PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLER AND EQUIPMENT IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

TLOGIC AUTOMATION, Belfo...

1. A method of monitoring and assessing an industrial installation driven by a programmable controller (C) by instructions programmed in a user program of the controller (C), the user program comprising internal variables for coordinating automatic execution of the instructions at every indefinitely repeated cycle turn (TCi) of the controller (C), allowing operation of at least a section of the industrial installation, the method comprising:implanting one or several autonomous specific monitoring modules (MSy), at a core of the user program of the controller (C), at one or several chosen locations,
assigning one or several internal variables (V1 to Vn) to be monitored to each of the specific monitoring modules (Msy), the number of specific modules (MSy) and the number of variables to be monitored being not limited by the method, but only by memory capacities and available cycle time of the controller (C),
implanting each of the specific monitoring modules (MSy) as close as possible to a writing of the variables (V1 to Vn) to be monitored, that is to say after the writing of the variables in the user program, and preferably immediately after the writing,
the variables (V1 to Vn) to be monitored being chosen from the group consisting of inputs/outputs of sensors, components, machines, internal variables of the user program, variables of the industrial installation, communication variables, Boolean variables, numerical variables, complex variables of a character string type,
during the automatic execution of the instructions in an instantaneous cycle turn (TCi), and when each of the specific monitoring modules (MSy) is automatically activated and executed by the user program, reading in real-time, via a reading unit (UL), a logic state of the variables (V1 to Vn) in the instantaneous cycle turn (TCi),
comparing, via a control unit (UC), the logic state of the variables (V1 to Vn) of the instantaneous cycle turn (TCi) with a previously recorded logic state of the same variables (V1 to Vn) of the previous cycle turn (Tci?1),
and only in case of a change of the logic state, reading the time data (Tj) corresponding to the instantaneous cycle turn (Tci), via a time-stamping unit (UH), and recording, via a recording unit (UE), a new read logic state of the variables (V1 to Vn) associated to the time data (Tj) of the instantaneous cycle turn (TCi), to form a metadata, in a global memory unit (UM_G) of the controller (C), and
analyzing, with a dedicated assessment device, the metadata recorded in the global memory unit (UM_G) of the controller (C) to visualize, in real-time, the operation of the user program and/or of the industrial installation and identifying a possible malfunction in the user program and/or in the industrial installation.

US Pat. No. 10,890,888

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL PROGRAM, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a control target, comprising:a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:
operation as an acquisition unit configured to acquire at least first and second measurement values related to the control target; and
operation as a determination unit configured to perform real-time detection comprising determining whether the control target is in a predetermined state based on the first and second measurement values acquired at a predetermined point in time, or based on temporal changes in the first and second measurement values acquired during a predetermined period of time; and
a delay time adding unit configured to enable the determination unit to perform the real-time detection by adding a predetermined delay time to at least one of the first and second measurement values, wherein
the delay time is calculated based on at least one of:
design data that indicates properties of mechanisms or processes of the control target, and parameters that indicate operational states of the mechanisms or processes of the control target, and
a period of time between a disturbance that has a predetermined feature occurring in a first mechanism or a first process of the control target and a feature corresponding to the disturbance appearing in a second mechanism or a second process of the control target.

US Pat. No. 10,890,887

PLATFORM FOR CONTINUED USE OF EXISTING SOFTWARE FOR THE ACTUATION OF INDUSTRIAL FIELD DEVICES

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A platform for actuation of at least one industrial field device in an industrial installation having control software, comprising:an execution environment, in which the control software is runnable; and
an external interface configured to communicate between the control software and the at least one industrial field device,
wherein the execution environment has virtual hardware which, from a point of view of the control software, behaves in a manner of the at least one industrial field device,
wherein a switching unit is connected between the virtual hardware and the external interface, the switching unit being configured to bidirectionally translate data, interchanged between the control software and the virtual hardware, for communication with the at least one industrial field device via the external interface
wherein the execution environment is specific to a type of control unit for which the control software was written,
wherein the virtual hardware is specific to an actuated industrial field device of the at least one industrial field device, and
wherein the switching unit is specific to a combination of the actuated field device and a communication standard used for connection via the external interface, but is independent of the type of control unit for which the control software was written.

US Pat. No. 10,890,886

CONTROLLER FOR MANAGING SWITCHED HIERARCHICAL CONTROL STATES

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. An input-output apparatus which is used in a process control system, the input-output apparatus comprising:a lower level interface to which a field device in a plant is connected;
a second higher level interface to which a controller that is configured to control the field device in the plant is connected;
a third maintenance interface to which an external setting apparatus is connected;
a first switch which switches between a first connection of the second higher level interface to the first lower level interface and a second connection of the third maintenance interface to the first lower level interface;
a control device which controls the first switch; and
a second switch which is controlled by the control device and is disposed between the third maintenance interface and the control device,
wherein the control device causes the input-output apparatus to enter to one of a first state in which the second higher level interface is connected to the first lower level interface by the first switch and the third maintenance interface is connected to the control device by the second switch, a second state in which the third maintenance interface is connected to the first lower level interface by the first switch and the third maintenance interface is connected to the control device by the second switch, and a third state in which the second higher level interface is connected to the first lower level interface by the first switch but the third maintenance interface is disconnected from the control device by the second switch, and
wherein the input-output apparatus further comprises:
an engineering mode for engineering of the process control system allowing the input-output apparatus, when a setting apparatus sends a request for connection to the control device via the third maintenance interface, to transit from the first state to the second state for settings and/or adjustments on the field device and on the input-output apparatus and allowing the input-output apparatus to transit back to the first state when the settings and/or adjustments are completed; and
an operating mode for performing process control of the process control system when the input-output apparatus is in the third state.

US Pat. No. 10,890,885

MANAGING POWER OF AERIAL VEHICLES

LOON LLC, Mountain View,...

1. A system for managing power of an aerial vehicle, the system comprising:an aerial vehicle including:
a power storage module, and
a plurality of components; and
a computing device communicatively coupled to the aerial vehicle, the computing device including a processor and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the computing device to:
receive data indicating a state of charge of the power storage module,
receive data indicating a rate of power consumption of the plurality of components,
receive a goal,
generate a power command based on at least one of the state of charge of the power storage module, the rate of power consumption of the plurality of components, or the goal, and
transmit the power command to the aerial vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,884

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND ROBOT CONTROL SYSTEM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A control apparatus for a movable apparatus that includes an imaging unit and a drive unit, the control apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
generate a specific information used for specifying a search range in which the movable apparatus searches for a predetermined object, the search range having been designated as a partial region of a captured image obtained by the imaging unit, wherein the partial region of the captured image including the predetermined object and another object in a region surrounding the predetermined object, and three-dimensional position information of the another object was previously stored in a storage unit of the movable apparatus; and
transmit the specific information to the movable apparatus to read the three-dimensional position information of the another object from the storage unit and to calculate the search range for searching the predetermined object based on the stored three-dimensional position information of the another object.

US Pat. No. 10,890,883

BATTERY MONITORING

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A management method used in a management system comprising a power storage apparatus configured to accumulate power, and a control apparatus configured to communicate with the power storage apparatus, the management method comprising:transmitting, from the power storage apparatus to the control apparatus via a network of a consumer's facility, at least one first message indicating an existence or non-existence of a function of notifying a rated output of the power storage apparatus,
transmitting, from the control apparatus to the power storage apparatus via the network, at least one second message requesting notification of the rated output of the power storage apparatus, based on the at least one first message received from the power storage apparatus,
transmitting, from the power storage apparatus to the control apparatus via the network, a third message comprising a first rated output of the power storage apparatus in a grid connection state in which the power storage apparatus is connected to a grid, based on the at least one second message,
transmitting, from the power storage apparatus to the control apparatus via the network, a fourth message comprising a second rated output of the power storage apparatus in a self-sustained state in which the power storage apparatus is disconnected from the grid, based on the at least one second message,
controlling, by the control apparatus via the network, a charge and/or discharge of the power storage apparatus based on the first rated output in the grid connection state indicated by the third message, and
controlling, by the control apparatus via the network, a charge and/or discharge of the power storage apparatus based on the second rated output in the self-sustained state indicated by the fourth message.

US Pat. No. 10,890,882

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DESIGNING MODEL-BASED CONTROL HAVING SPATIAL ROBUSTNESS FOR MULTIPLE ARRAY CROSS-DIRECTION (CD) WEB MANUFACTURING OR PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR OTHER SYSTEMS

Honeywell International I...

1. A method comprising:obtaining one or more models associated with a model-based controller in an industrial process having multiple actuator arrays; and
performing spatial tuning of the controller, wherein the spatial tuning comprises identifying weighting matrices that suppress one or more frequency components in actuator profiles of the actuator arrays, wherein the weighting matrices are based on bending and picketing, the weighted matrices are further based on scalar weights and a bending moment matrix with dimension for each actuator profile.

US Pat. No. 10,890,881

PREMISES MANAGEMENT NETWORKING

iControl Networks, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:a premises device located at a premises; and
a gateway device located at the premises and in communication with the premises device, wherein the gateway device is configured to:
receive, from a remote server located external to the premises, data indicative of a current mode associated with the premises;
receive, from the premises device, premises data;
determine, based on a rule associated with the current mode, a type of message; and
send, based on the type of message, a data message indicative of the premises data.

US Pat. No. 10,890,880

SAFETY CONTROL UNIT, SAFETY CONTROL METHOD, AND SAFETY CONTROL PROGRAM

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A safety control unit comprising:a memory that stores a system program for safety control, a control program for safety control comprising a sequence command computation program and a user program, and control data; and
a computation control part configured to execute safety control using the control data, the system program, the sequence command computation program, and the user program; and
an input and output unit connecting the computation control part to a safety input device and an output device to be safely controlled, wherein
the system program comprises a data refresh program for executing a data refresh for safety control comprising: refreshing safety input data in the control data stored in the memory via the safety input device; and outputting safety computation results via the output device, and
the computation control part is configured by programming to perform operations comprising:
receiving a change of the sequence command computation program or a change of the user program;
determining whether a safety control continuation setting is set; and
in response to determining that the safety control continuation setting is set:
stopping execution of the sequence command computation program and the user program in response to receiving the change of the sequence command computation program or the user program while continuing to execute the data refresh program;
unloading the sequence command computation program and the user program from the memory;
loading, to the memory, the sequence command program and the user program including the change of the sequence command computation program or the user program while continuing to execute the data refresh program; and
resuming execution of the sequence command computation program and the user program including the change of the sequence command program or the user program while continuing to execute the data refresh program.

US Pat. No. 10,890,879

ELECTRONIC WATCH AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL SYSTEM

CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., ...

1. An electronic clock, comprising:a power generator;
a secondary battery, which is configured to be charged with electric power generated by the power generator;
a balance information transmitter configured to transmit, to a computer, balance information relating to a transition of a power generation amount or a charging balance of the secondary battery;
a connection time period setting module configured to set a connection time period of a connection with the computer based on the balance information; and
a communication controller configured to control a start and an end of communication to/from the computer based on the connection time period.

US Pat. No. 10,890,878

STRIKE MODE AND TUNE SELECTOR FOR A WATCH OR TIMEPIECE

Blancpain SA, Le Brassas...

1. A striking mechanism including a movement, said striking mechanism being capable of operation in at least two distinct passing strike modes and on at least two distinct sets of gongs, said striking mechanism including a mode selector mechanism combined with a mechanism for selecting a tune or set of gongs, said mode selector mechanism including a user-accessible mode selector allowing the user to choose which strike mode to use, and at least one means for selecting a tune or set of gongs controlled by said movement for a passing strike, and/or accessible to the user for the selection of a tune or of a set of gongs, for performing passing strike functions or for a minute repeater function, said striking mechanism including at least one said means for selecting a tune or set of gongs distinct from said mode selector, wherein said striking mechanism includes a tune selector cam, which is arranged to cooperate with at least a first tune lever and a second tune lever, which are both arranged to cooperate with a tune selector arranged to control different trips for operating strike hammers, said first tune lever and said second tune lever each including an intermediate feeler beak arranged to move over the periphery of said tune selector cam, which includes a pin driving a fork of a tune selection feeler arm, a first finger of which follows the periphery of a tune-selection-by-mode cam, whose angular position is directly or indirectly controlled by said mode selector, and a second finger of which is arranged to limit the travel of a petite sonnerie lever.

US Pat. No. 10,890,877

HOROLOGY PAWL SYSTEM

ROLEX SA, Geneva (CH)

1. A horology movement comprising:an automatic movement,
a drivetrain configured for winding a horology barrel, and
a pawl system for a wheel of the drivetrain configured for winding the horology barrel, the pawl system comprising:
a pawl having at least one tooth intended to collaborate with a toothset of the wheel; and
an element for activating and deactivating the pawl;
the activation and deactivation element being movable between a first, activation configuration and a second, deactivation configuration, and the activation and deactivation element being arranged so that, when the activation and deactivation element is in the first configuration, the at least one tooth of the pawl collaborates with the toothset directly or indirectly, and, when the activation and deactivation element is in the second configuration, the at least one tooth of the pawl does not collaborate with the toothset or a return force returning the at least one tooth of the pawl against the toothset is reduced,
wherein, when the horology movement is assembled in an operating configuration, the activation and deactivation element is in the second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,890,876

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, TONER CONTAINER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a toner container configured to be attached at an attachment position that is specified inside the housing; and
a container supporting portion configured to support the toner container such that the toner container is movable between the attachment position and a pull-out position that is separated from the attachment position by a specific distance toward a specific first surface of the housing that is positioned at an outermost side of the housing, wherein
an exterior member of the toner container is flush with an exterior of the first surface of the housing when the toner container is in an attached state in which the toner container is held at the attachment position by the container supporting portion, and
the exterior member is made with a same material as the housing, and has a same color as the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,890,875

CONNECTING MEMBER

GENERAL PLASTIC INDUSTRIA...

1. A connecting member comprising:a tube portion defining a first imaginary axis;
a bottom portion provided at an end of the tube portion;
an opening provided at the other end of the tube portion;
two resilient arms spacedly extending from the bottom portion toward the opening, each of the resilient arms being spaced at a predetermined distance from an inner wall surface of the tube portion; and
two pin holes disposed in the two resilient arms, respectively, and aligned in a second imaginary axis that is not parallel to the first imaginary axis.

US Pat. No. 10,890,874

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ORIENTATION SETTING MECHANISM FOR USE WITH EXPOSURE UNITS DISPOSED ON APPARATUS COVER

OKI DATA CORPORATION, To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an apparatus cover that opens or closes by pivoting about a rotation fulcrum with respect to an apparatus body, the apparatus cover including an inner surface that opposes the apparatus body when the apparatus cover is in a closed state;
a first exposure unit disposed at a first position on the inner surface of the apparatus cover, the first position being spaced apart from the rotation fulcrum;
a second exposure unit disposed at a second position on the inner surface of the apparatus cover, the second position being closer than the first position to the rotation fulcrum; and
an orientation setting mechanism provided on the inner surface of the apparatus cover, the orientation setting mechanism setting an orientation of the first exposure unit and an orientation of the second exposure unit in accordance with an opening angle of the apparatus cover;
the orientation setting mechanism setting the orientation of the first exposure unit to a first direction approaching the apparatus body when the apparatus cover is in the closed state,
the orientation setting mechanism setting the orientation of the first exposure unit to a second direction and setting the orientation of the second exposure unit to a third direction when the apparatus cover is open and the opening angle is a first angle, the second direction being a direction further away than the first direction from the rotation fulcrum, the third direction being a direction between the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,873

PROCESS UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process unit comprising:a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed;
a charger that charges an outer circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum to a predetermined polarity and a predetermined potential;
a cleaner that removes residual toner from the outer circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum;
a process frame that holds the photosensitive drum and is provided with the cleaner; and
a charger cover that is connected to the process frame via a rotating shaft and that holds the charger, the charger cover being supported on the process frame so as to rotate around the rotating shaft and to move the charger away from or closer to the photosensitive drum, wherein
in a state where the process unit has been placed on a horizontal plane so as to be in such a position that the cleaner is located below the photosensitive drum, the charger cover is rotatable with respect to the process frame from a first position that the charger cover assumes in moving the charger closer to the photosensitive drum to a second position that the charger cover assumes in moving the charger away from the photosensitive drum and turning the charger upward,
the cleaner includes
a cleaning blade that scrapes the residual toner away from the photosensitive drum,
a cleaning blade attacher, formed as part of the process frame, to which the cleaning blade is detachably fitted, and
a waste toner receiver that accommodates residual toner scraped away by the cleaning blade,
in a state where the process unit has been placed on the horizontal plane so as to be in such a position that the cleaner is located below the photosensitive drum, the charger cover is rotatable with respect to the process frame from the first position or the second position to a third position that the charger cover assumes in moving the charger away from the photosensitive drum and turning the charger in a direction opposite to the photosensitive drum,
in a state where the charger cover has been placed in the first position, the process frame is placed in a fourth position on the horizontal plane,
in a state where the charger cover has been placed in the third position, the process frame is placed in a fifth position on the horizontal plane,
in a state where the process frame has been placed in the fourth position, the cleaning blade attacher forms a first angle with the horizontal plane,
in a case where the process frame has been placed in the fifth position, the cleaning blade attacher forms a second angle with the horizontal plane, and
the second angle is smaller than the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,890,872

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a storage unit configured to store a recording medium;
a feeding unit configured to feed the recording medium from the storage unit;
a first photosensitive drum on which a color toner image is to be formed;
a second photosensitive drum on which a black toner image is to be formed;
an intermediate transfer member to which the color toner image and the black toner image are to be transferred;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner images having been transferred on the intermediate transfer member to the recording medium;
a mechanism configured to bring the intermediate transfer member into a first state in which the intermediate transfer member is in contact with the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum and a second state in which the intermediate transfer member is separated from the first photosensitive drum and in contact with the second photosensitive drum;
a detector configured to detect the recording medium fed by the feeding unit; and
a controller,
wherein the image forming apparatus is operable in:
a first image forming mode of bringing the intermediate transfer member into the first state and forming an image by using the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum;
a second image forming mode of bringing the intermediate transfer member into the second state and forming an image by using only the second photosensitive drum; and
a third image forming mode of bringing the intermediate transfer member into the first state and forming an image by using only the second photosensitive drum, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine an occurrence of a recording medium conveyance delay in which a recording medium is not detected by the detector within a predetermined time period;
in a case in which the recording medium conveyance delay occurs, perform restarting a feeding operation by the feeding unit and perform an image forming retry involving an operation of cleaning the transfer portion; and
in a case in which the image forming retry is to be performed in the third image forming mode, change over the third image forming mode to the second image forming mode without stopping rotation of the second photosensitive drum and perform an image formation on a recording medium fed by restart of the feeding operation after the third image forming mode is changed over to the second image forming mode.

US Pat. No. 10,890,871

SHEET HOUSING DEVICE WITH PIVOT ROTATION MECHANISM FOR USER ACCESS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A sheet housing device, comprising:a sheet cassette;
a frame configured to support the sheet cassette such that the sheet cassette is movable relative to the frame between a closed position and a drawn-out position along a first direction different from a gravity direction;
a support member configured to support the frame such that the frame is rotatable around a pivot axis extending in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction and the gravity direction; and
a holding mechanism configured to guide the sheet cassette moving toward the closed position to the closed position and hold the sheet cassette at the closed position, the holding mechanism including a first tapered surface positioned to contact a first corner of the sheet cassette and a second tapered surface positioned to contact a second corner of the sheet cassette opposite to the first corner in the gravity direction, when the sheet cassette is at the closed position, wherein
the pivot axis is disposed at a position between a gravity center of the sheet cassette at the closed position and a gravity center of the sheet cassette at the drawn-out position, and
the sheet cassette rotates around the pivot axis, according to a weight of the sheet cassette, in a first rotational direction when the sheet cassette is moved towards the drawn-out position and in a second rotational direction opposite to the first rotational direction when the sheet cassette is moved towards the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,890,870

ITM DENT IDENTIFICATION UTILIZING INTEGRATED DEFECT MAPS

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A system to a detect dent defect on an intermediate transfer member (“ITM”), comprising:a scanned image engine, to access a set of scanned images, wherein each of the scanned images is a scan of one of a set of distinct printouts of a subject image, the distinct printouts produced utilizing an ITM at a printing device;
a defect map engine, to create a set of defect maps that include indicate areas, wherein each defect map is created by comparing one of the scanned images to reference data for the subject image;
an integration engine, to combine the set of defect maps into an integrated defect map to combine the indicate areas into luminosity areas; and
a dent identification engine, to identify a dent defect on the ITM utilizing the integrated defect map to identify a first luminosity area that is at a particular luminosity level outside of a second luminosity area intended to be printed with a luminosity level above a luminosity threshold, wherein the first luminosity area corresponds to the dent defect.

US Pat. No. 10,890,869

FIXING MEMBER, HEAT FIXING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic fixing member comprising:a substrate; and
an elastic layer on an outer circumference of the substrate,
the elastic layer containing fillers each of which contains an inorganic oxide, wherein
(1) when a binarized image on a first cross-section in a thickness-circumferential direction of the elastic layer, and a binarized image on a second cross-section in a thickness-axial direction of the elastic layer are obtained, and when a shape of each of the fillers observed in the respective binarized images is approximated to an ellipse,
among the fillers,
an area proportion of a first fillers each having a major axis/minor axis of smaller than 1.5 is represented by A, and
an area proportion of a second fillers each having a major axis/minor axis of 1.5 or larger is represented by B,
A and B satisfy the following relation
1.0?(A/B)?2.0 and 0.40?(A+B)?0.50 are satisfied; and
(2) an average orientation angle of the second fillers with respect to a thickness direction of the elastic layer is defined as ?Ave, ?Ave is 50° or more and 90° or less.

US Pat. No. 10,890,868

FIXING MEMBER, FIXING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A fixing member comprising:a substrate layer including a resin;
a first metal layer that is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the substrate layer and includes Cu;
a second metal layer that is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the first metal layer so as to be in contact with the first metal layer, includes Ni, and has crystal orientation indexes of from 1.0 to 1.8 for a (111) plane, from 0.5 to 1.3 for a (200) plane, and from 1.0 to 1.6 for a (311) plane; and
an elastic layer that is provided on an outer circumferential surface of the second metal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,890,867

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF INCREASING GLOSS OF AN IMAGE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image former which forms an image on a recording medium;
a pressure member;
a fixing member which is pressed against the pressure member to form a nip portion and comes into contact with the image formed on said recording medium conveyed at said nip portion; and
a hardware processor which causes one member, which is either the pressure member or the fixing member, to function as a driving member which conveys the recording medium in a normal mode and causes the other member of the pressure member and the fixing member to perform an assist operation for reducing torque of the driving member compared to the normal mode to increase gloss of the image in a high-gloss mode.

US Pat. No. 10,890,866

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A transfer device comprising:a transfer section that nips a recording medium between the transfer section and an image carrier, which carries an image on a surface thereof, with a variable pressure and that transfers the image on the image carrier to the recording medium; and
a transport section that transports the recording medium while the recording medium passes through a transfer region between the image carrier and the transfer section, the transport section transporting the recording medium with a first transport ability when the pressure is a first pressure and with a second transport ability that is lower than the first transport ability when the pressure is a second pressure that is higher than the first pressure,
wherein the transfer section nips the recording medium with the first pressure when a leading end of the recording medium reaches the transfer region, and the transfer section changes the pressure, for nipping the recording medium, to the second pressure as the leading end leaves the transfer region.

US Pat. No. 10,890,865

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEDIUM

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An intermediate transfer medium, comprising:a substrate; and
a transfer layer comprising a first intermediate layer, a second intermediate layer and a receiving layer,
wherein the first intermediate layer contains a (meth)acrylic polyol resin having a glass transition temperature of 80° C. or higher;
wherein the second intermediate layer contains a polyester having a glass transition temperature of 45° C. or higher and a filler having a mean particle diameter of 2 ?m or more and 5 ?m or less; and
wherein the content of the filler in the second intermediate layer is 0.5% by mass or more and 5% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 10,890,864

BELT DEVICE, BELT REGULATOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A belt device, comprising:a belt configured to rotate;
a plurality of stretch rollers configured to stretch the belt, wherein the belt is wound around the plurality of stretch rollers; and
a belt alignment mechanism configured to align the belt, wherein
at least one stretch roller of the plurality of stretch rollers litwing has a diameter at a center greater than diameters at both ends in an axial direction of the at least one stretch roller, and
the diameter at the center and the diameters at both ends of the at least one stretch roller are different than a diameter of et-lief another stretch roller of the plurality of stretch rollers.

US Pat. No. 10,890,863

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a developing device, the developing device including,a frame configured to store developer,
a developer carrying member configured to carry the developer, the developer carrying member being rotatably supported by the frame,
a regulating member including a regulating portion configured to regulate the developer carried on the developer carrying member, and a support portion configured to support the regulating portion, the support portion being fixed to the frame, and
a storage member configured to store the developer, the storage member being mounted on the regulating member,
wherein a storage portion configured to store the developer and a first opening communicating with the storage portion are formed between the storage member and the regulating member, the first opening is opposed to an exposed portion of the developer carrying member, and the exposed portion is exposed to an outside of the frame,
the remanufacturing method comprising:
forming a communicating hole communicating with the storage portion; and
removing the developer from the storage portion.

US Pat. No. 10,890,862

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a housing capable of accommodating therein toner;
a developing roller rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction;
a supply roller rotatable about a second axis extending in the axial direction and configured to supply the toner accommodated in the housing to the developing roller;
a coupling rotatable about a third axis extending in the axial direction;
a developing roller gear rotatable about the first axis together with the developing roller;
a supply roller gear rotatable about the second axis together with the supply roller;
a large-diameter gear rotatable about the third axis together with the coupling and meshing with the developing roller gear;
a small-diameter gear rotatable about the third axis together with the coupling, having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the large-diameter gear and located at a position different from the large-diameter gear in the axial direction, and
an idle gear rotatable about a fourth axis extending in the axial direction and meshing with the supply roller gear and the small-diameter gear.

US Pat. No. 10,890,861

POWDER STORAGE HEIGHT DETECTION DEVICE AND POWDER REPLENISHING DEVICE

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A powder storage height detection device comprising:a main body that has a transport path configured to transport powder;
a powder transport unit configured to rotate in the transport path,
wherein the powder transport unit includes a transporter provided spirally around a rotational shaft;
a swinging unit configured to contact a surface of the powder transported in the transport path, and configured to swing by following at least a storage height of the surface; and
a detection unit configured to detect a state of swinging of the swinging unit,
wherein the powder transport unit includes a non-transport portion in which the transporter is not present,
wherein the swinging unit is configured to swing in the non-transport portion,
wherein the swinging unit comprises an upper portion located above a contact portion configured to contact the powder, and
wherein the upper portion comprises an upward convex curved surface.

US Pat. No. 10,890,860

SENSOR UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotating member configured to rotate and bear a toner image;
a sensor unit provided with a sensor configured to detect the toner image borne on said rotating member, an exposure opening exposing a detection surface of said sensor, and a casing accommodating said sensor;
a fan configured to feed air; and
a duct portion, provided in said sensor unit, configured to feed the air fed from said fan to a space between said sensor and said rotating member,
wherein said sensor is provided outside of said duct portion and an exhaust opening of said duct portion is provided upstream of the detection surface of said sensor with respect to a rotating direction of said rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,890,859

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A developing device comprising:a developer carrier configured to carry a developer to be supplied to an image carrier on which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed;
a conveying unit configured to convey the developer containing a toner and a carrier;
a regulating member configured to regulate the developer carried by the developer carrier to a specified amount;
a developer accumulating member disposed upstream of the regulating member in a rotation direction of the developer carrier, the developer accumulating member forming an accumulating portion in which the developer accumulates; and
a rotation member disposed between the developer accumulating member and the developer carrier, the rotation member being rotated to allow the developer to pass through a space between the developer accumulating member and the rotation member,
wherein the rotation member has a shape extending in a direction of a rotation axis of the rotation member, and the shape is not a spiral shape, and
wherein a shape of the rotation member includes one of a paddle shape and includes a plurality of radially extending portions that extend in a radial direction on a transverse plane thereof, a blade shape including a plurality of circumferentially extending portions that extend in a circumferential direction on a transverse plane thereof, or a rod-shaped member that has irregularities on a surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,890,858

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A development device comprising:a housing configured to store toner;
a development roller supported by the housing, the development roller being rotatable around an axis extending along an axial direction of the development roller, the development roller being configured to carry the toner from the housing on a circumferential surface of the development roller; and
a layer thickness regulating blade supported by the housing, the layer thickness regulating blade comprising:
a support sheet metal having a distal end portion and a base end portion in a width direction of the support sheet metal, the base end portion being attached to the housing, the support sheet metal having a first end portion, a second end portion, and a center portion between the first end portion and the second end portion, in the axial direction, wherein the support sheet metal has a slit extending along the axial direction, the slit extending from the first end portion of the support sheet metal towards the center portion of the support sheet metal in the axial direction for an extending range;
a blade rubber section supported by the center portion of the support sheet metal in the axial direction, the blade rubber section being configured to contact the circumferential surface of the development roller; and
a first side edge seal supported by the first end portion of the support sheet metal in the axial direction, the first side edge seal being adjacent to the blade rubber section in the axial direction, the first side end seal being configured to contact the circumferential surface of the development roller, the first side edge seal being pinched and compressed between the support sheet metal and the development roller,
wherein, in the width direction, the first end portion of the support sheet metal in the axial direction is shorter than the center portion of the support sheet metal in the axial direction, the width direction being a direction from the base end portion of the support sheet metal toward the distal end portion of the support sheet metal,
wherein, in the width direction, a distal-end edge of the first end portion of the support sheet metal is closer to the base end portion of the support sheet metal than a distal-end edge of the blade rubber section is to the base end portion, the distal-end edge of the first end portion of the support sheet metal being an edge closer to the distal end portion of the support sheet metal among two edges of the first end portion in the width direction, the distal-end edge of the blade rubber section being an edge closer to the distal end portion of the support sheet metal among two edges of the blade rubber section in the width direction, and
wherein a boundary between the first side edge seal and an end face the blade rubber section in the axial direction is within the extending range of the slit when viewed from the width direction.

US Pat. No. 10,890,857

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING ELECTRODE CONTACTABLE WITH ANOTHER ELECTRODE BY PIVOT MOTION OF THE CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge attachable to and detachable from a drum unit, the developing cartridge comprising:a casing in which developing agent is accommodatable, the casing having an outer surface;
a developing roller movable together with the casing and comprising a developing roller shaft extending along a first axis extending in a first direction, the developing roller being rotatable about the first axis;
a first electrode positioned at one end portion in the first direction of the developing roller shaft, and electrically connected to the developing roller shaft; and
a boss positioned at one end portion in the first direction of the outer surface, the boss extending in the first direction, the boss being spaced apart from the first electrode,
wherein a part of the first electrode is configured to contact with a second electrode of a drum unit after pivotal movement of the developing cartridge about the boss relative to the drum unit in a case where the developing cartridge is attached to the drum unit.

US Pat. No. 10,890,856

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer unit that prints an image on a sheet using a line head in which a plurality of light emitting devices are arranged;
a storage that stores information regarding light amounts corresponding to the light emitting devices of the line head;
a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory to:
generate a mask pattern based on the information regarding the light amounts obtained from the storage and a target light amount, and
execute mask processing on halftone image data that is in positional correspondence with the light emitting devices using the generated mask pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,890,855

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING MALFUNCTION OR LOAD ABNORMALITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:a power supply circuit configured to generate a bias voltage and output the bias voltage to a load, the power supply circuit being configured to output a determination signal and a detection current signal, the determination signal being binarized and representing a result obtained by comparing a voltage value according to the bias voltage with a threshold, the detection current signal indicating a current value of a load current flowing between the power supply circuit and the load, the load current flowing in response to outputting of the bias voltage to the load; and
a controller configured to control generation of the bias voltage generated by the power supply circuit, and determine a malfunction of the power supply circuit and an abnormality in the load, based on the determination signal and the detection current signal,
wherein:
the controller causes the power supply circuit to generate the bias voltage having a first voltage value at which the load current does not flow at a first timing, and causes the power supply circuit to generate the bias voltage having a second voltage value at which the load current flows at a second timing, and
the controller determines a malfunction of the power supply circuit and an abnormality in the load, based on the determination signal and the detection current signal at a third timing and the determination signal and the detection current signal at a fourth timing, the third timing being a timing during time in which the power supply circuit is caused to generate the bias voltage having the first voltage value, the fourth timing being a timing during time in which the power supply circuit is caused to generate the bias voltage having the second voltage value.

US Pat. No. 10,890,854

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

FUJI XEROX CO.. LTD., To...

1. An imide compound represented by Formula (1A):
(in Formula (1A), Ar represents an aromatic group having 6 to 18 carbon atoms except for a tetravalent perylene group, X1 and X2 each independently represent a nitrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted carbon atom, and Y1 and Y2 each independently represent an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, a selenium atom, or NH, and R1 and R2 each independently represent-a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic group, and the monovalent organic group each independently represents a group formed by halogen atom, an aryl group, an alkoxy group, or an ester group, or the monovalent organic group each independently represents a group formed by combining two or more kinds of a halogen atom, an aryl group, an aliphatic hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group, and an ester group).

US Pat. No. 10,890,853

EXPOSURE DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. An exposure device, comprising:an exposure head that radiates an exposure beam onto a substrate on a stage of the exposure device;
a support provided on the stage to support the exposure head;
a chamber that accommodates the stage, the exposure head, and the support;
first protrusions disposed on an outer circumference of the support adjacent to an inner wall of the chamber; and
second protrusions disposed on the inner wall of the chamber surrounding the outer circumference of the support,
wherein the first and second protrusions are disposed to overlap each other in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,890,852

SIGNAL RECOGNITION DURING SUBSTRATE PATTERNING VIA DIGITAL PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method of patterning a substrate using an imaging apparatus, comprising:applying, based on an imaging program stored in a non-transitory memory of the imaging apparatus and executable by a processor, a plurality of laser beams from the imaging apparatus across at least a portion of a substrate, the substrate being in an initial position, wherein the substrate comprises one or more layers;
receiving, by a plurality of sensors of the imaging apparatus, in response to applying the plurality of laser beams, a plurality of signals reflected off of the substrate, each signal being defined by a plurality of shape descriptors, wherein one or more shape descriptors of the plurality of shape descriptors are associated with features of subsurface layers of the substrate;
determining which layer of the one or more layers of the substrate a first signal of the plurality of signals is received from by analyzing the plurality of shape descriptors; and
performing at least one of the following actions:
in response to the determination that the first signal was distorted by subsurface features and therefore received from a subsurface layer and not from a top surface of the substrate, maintaining an initial position of a stage;
in response to the determination that the first signal was distorted by subsurface features and therefore received from a subsurface layer and not from the top surface of the substrate, transforming the first signal;
in response to the determination that the first signal was not distorted by subsurface features and therefore received from the top surface of the substrate, adjusting the initial position of the stage to a second position; or
in response to the determination that the first signal was not distorted by subsurface features and therefore received from the top surface of the substrate, maintaining the initial position of the stage.

US Pat. No. 10,890,851

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

7. An imprint lithography apparatus, comprising:an imprint lithography template arrangement for use in imprinting a pattern into a layer of imprintable medium provided on a substrate;
abutment points to fix at least three degrees of freedom of the imprint lithography template arrangement;
an actuation arrangement to position and/or deform the imprint lithography template arrangement, the actuation arrangement comprising:
a first actuator located, in a use, at a first position of the imprint lithography template arrangement,
a second actuator located in a use, at a second, opposite position of the imprint lithography template arrangement, and
a signal amplifier to amplify a control signal applicable to both the first actuator and the second actuator, and
a control system to control a force provided by the first and/or second actuator, the control system configured to ensure that the provided force is such that the force applied to or through one or more of the abutment points is less than 5% of the total force applied; and
a substrate stage to hold the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,890,850

OPTICAL IMAGING ARRANGEMENT WITH ACTIVELY ADJUSTABLE METROLOGY SUPPORT UNITS

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An optical imaging arrangement, comprising:an optical projection system;
a support structure system; and
a control device,
wherein:
the optical projection system comprises a group of optical elements supported by the support structure system;
the group of optical elements is configured to transfer, in an exposure process using exposure light along an exposure light path, an image of a pattern of a mask onto a substrate;
the group of optical elements comprises first and second optical elements;
the control device comprises a sensor device and an active device;
the sensor device comprises a sensor unit configured to capture mechanical disturbance information representative of a mechanical disturbance acting on the first optical element in at least one degree of freedom;
the control device is configured to control the active device based on the mechanical disturbance information and a stored numerical model so that the active device acts on at least the second optical element to at least partially correct an optical imaging error of the optical imaging arrangement during the exposure process resulting from the mechanical disturbance acting on the first optical element;
the stored numerical model is representative of an imaging error alteration of the imaging error in response to the mechanical disturbance captured by the sensor device;
the sensor unit is mechanically connected to an optical imaging arrangement component of the optical imaging arrangement at a sensor location;
a disturbance path exists, along which the mechanical disturbance propagates fastest towards the first optical element;
the sensor location is on the disturbance path;
the mechanical disturbance, along the disturbance path, has a disturbance runtime from the sensor location to the first optical element;
the control device has a control reaction time from capturing the mechanical disturbance information to acting on at least the second optical element to at least partially correct the imaging error;
the sensor location is located, along the disturbance path, at a sensor location distance from the first optical element; and
the sensor location distance is selected such that the control reaction time is smaller than or equal to the disturbance runtime, and
wherein at least one of the following holds:
the active device comprises an active support unit of the support structure system, the active support unit supports the second optical element, and the active support unit is configured to adjust a deformation of the second optical element in at least one degree of freedom; and
the active device comprises an active deformation device assigned to the second optical element, and the active deformation device is configured to adjust a deformation of the second optical element in at least one degree of freedom.

US Pat. No. 10,890,849

EUV LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM FOR DENSE LINE PATTERNING

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. An exposure apparatus comprising:a mask having a pattern thereon;
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate said mask with illumination radiation to generate a first beam in a positive order of diffraction of said illumination radiation at said mask and a second beam in a negative order of diffraction of said illumination radiation at said mask;
a projection optical system including
a convex mirror configured to reflect said first beam at a first reflective area of said convex mirror to form a reflected first beam, and to reflect said second beam at a second reflective area of said convex mirror to form a reflected second beam, and
a concave mirror configured to receive and reflect said reflected first beam and said reflected second beam to form respectively third and fourth beams that are propagated between the first and second reflective areas of the convex mirror towards an image plane of the projection optical system and that are overlapped at said image plane.

US Pat. No. 10,890,848

MATERIAL FOR DETECTING PHOTORESIST AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor device, the method comprising:a forming step of forming a photoresist layer comprising a first part and a second part on a wafer,
a removing step of removing the first part and leaving the second part of the photoresist layer,
a bonding step of bonding a material for detecting photoresist on a surface of the second part, and
an inspecting step of inspecting the second part to detect the photoresist,
wherein the material for detecting photoresist comprises a macrocyclic molecule having a hollow structure and a fluorescent substance which is labeled on the macrocyclic molecule,
wherein the macrocyclic molecule is at least one selected from the group consisting of cyclodextrin, cucurbituril, calixarene, pillararene, and catenane,
wherein the second part is (a) a photoresist pattern obtained by the removing step or (b) a photoresist residue that was intended to have been removed by the removing step, and
wherein the inspecting step comprises (a1) detecting a shape of the photoresist pattern or (b1) detecting the photoresist residue.

US Pat. No. 10,890,845

CHEMICALLY AMPLIFIED POSITIVE-TYPE PHOTOSENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd...

1. A chemically amplified positive-type photosensitive resin composition, comprising:(A) an acid generator that produces an acid when irradiated with an active ray or radiation;
(B) a resin whose solubility in alkali increases under an action of acid;
(C) a mercapto compound; and
(D1) a novolak resin as a (D) alkali-soluble resin, wherein the (C) mercapto compound is contained in an amount of 0.01 to 5 parts by mass relative to the total mass of 100 parts by mass of the (B) resin and the (D) alkali soluble resin, wherein the (C) mercapto compound is represented by the following formula (1):
HS—Y—(R)u  (1)wherein R represents an acid decomposition group whose solubility in alkali increases under the action of acid; Y represents a linking group having a valency of u+1; and u represents an integer of 1 to 3.