US Pat. No. 10,216,275

TOUCH AND HAPTICS DEVICE

NVF Tech Ltd, Cambridges...

1. A method comprising:requesting a user to touch a touch sensitive member of a touch sensitive device at one or more locations, said touch sensitive member coupled to a transducer of the touch sensitive device;
after the user touches the touch sensitive member in response to the requesting, determining a touch sensitivity algorithm for the transducer based on the requested touching, the touch sensitive algorithm defining a first transfer function between the touch sensitive member and an electrical signal generated by the transducer in response to the user's touch;
determining a haptic sensation algorithm for the transducer based on the touch sensitivity algorithm, wherein the haptic sensation algorithm defines a second transfer function between an electrical signal input to the transducer and a resulting haptic sensation experienced by the user in response to the user's touch, the first and second transfer functions being related by a constant scaling factor;
after determining the touch sensitivity algorithm and the haptic sensation algorithm, detecting the user's touch on the touch sensitive member with the transducer during use of the touch sensitive device;
modifying electrical signals generated by the transducer in response to the user's touch with the touch sensitivity algorithm; and
generating a haptic response with the transducer, the haptic response being responsive to the modified electrical signals, wherein the generating comprises providing electrical signals modified with the haptics sensation algorithm to the transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,274

SYSTEMS, ARTICLES, AND METHODS FOR WEARABLE HUMAN-ELECTRONICS INTERFACE DEVICES

NORTH INC., Kitchener (C...

1. A method of operating a wearable human-electronics interface device, the device comprising a band that in use is worn around an appendage of a user, a set of microelectromechanical systems (“MEMS”) microphones carried by the band and physically spaced apart from one another, a processor carried by the band and communicatively coupled to each MEMS microphone in the set of MEMS microphones, a wireless transmitter carried by the band and communicatively coupled to the processor, and a vibration source carried by the band, wherein the method comprises:detecting, by at least one MEMS microphone in the set of MEMS microphones, a vibration at the appendage of the user in response to a tapping gesture made by the user, the tapping gesture involving at least one finger of the user;
at least partially cancelling a background vibration at the appendage of the user, the background vibration caused by at least one ambient source other than the tapping gesture, by generating an interference vibration by the vibration source that destructively interferes with at least a portion of the background vibration at the appendage of the user;
providing at least one vibration signal from the at least one MEMS microphone that detects the vibration to the processor, wherein a composition of the at least one vibration signal depends at least in part on the at least one finger involved in the tapping gesture;
classifying, by the processor, the tapping gesture based at least in part on the at least one vibration signal; and
wirelessly transmitting at least one interfacial signal by the wireless transmitter based at least in part on classifying the tapping gesture by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,273

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EFFECTING A CONTROL ACTION IN RESPECT OF SYSTEM FUNCTIONS

BAE Systems plc, London ...

1. A control apparatus for effecting a control action in respect of a function within a virtual or mixed reality system, said control action corresponding to a predefined bodily movement of an authorised user of said function, wherein an authorised user of said function is defined by a predetermined criterion in respect of a selected body part and/or a passive device carried thereon;said authorised user of said function further defined by a predetermined criterion in respect of a garment worn by said user, said garment having a predefined spectral characteristic;
the apparatus comprising:
a detection module for detecting a predefined bodily movement made by a user to effect a control action in respect of a selected function of said system;
a storage module having stored therein data representative of one or more spectral characteristics corresponding to respective one or more authorised garments registered in respect of said virtual or mixed reality system;
a multi-spectral imaging system for capturing spectral reflectance and/or emission data at a plurality of wavelengths in respect of said selected body part of said user and/or a passive device carried thereon; and
an analysis module for analysing said spectral data, comparing at least a portion thereof with predetermined data corresponding to an authorised user of said selected function to determine if said predetermined criterion for that function is met, and outputting a signal to effect said control action in respect of said selected function only if said predetermined criterion is met;
wherein said analysis module includes a matching module for, in response to detection of a predefined bodily movement of a user;
receiving data representative of a spectrum derived from spectral reflectance and/or emission data captured by said multi-spectral imaging system in respect of said garment;
comparing said data with said stored data to determine a match with that of a registered authorised garment for a selected function in respect of which said bodily movement has been detected;
wherein said analysis module is configured to output said signal to effect said control action in respect of said selected function only if a match is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,216,272

STRAIN MEASUREMENT RING

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A device comprising:a semi-rigid band shaped to form a first portion of a strain measurement ring that is configured to be worn on a user's finger, the semi-rigid band having a first coupling end and a second coupling end;
a deformable band shaped to form a second portion of the strain measurement ring, the deformable band having a third coupling end and a fourth coupling end, the third coupling end coupled to the first coupling end and the fourth coupling end coupled to the second coupling end to form the strain measurement ring, the deformable band including:
a strain-sensitive element configured to output strain information in response to a deformation of the strain-sensitive element, wherein the strain information describes the deformation and the deformation is associated with a movement of the user's finger; and
wherein the semi-rigid band includes an actuator configured to move one of the coupling ends of the deformable band in response to a haptic command signal from a console.

US Pat. No. 10,216,270

SIGH LINE INPUT APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A sight line input apparatus comprising:a display portion that displays an input item at a position where the input item is viewable from a driver seat, the input item being specified by a driver of a vehicle;
a setup portion that sets a virtual input region at a position displaced from a display region of the display portion toward a driving visual field of the driver, the virtual input region being associated with the input item displayed on the display portion and the virtual input region not being displayed;
a detection portion that detects a sight line position of the driver; and
an input controller that performs an input process in accordance with the input item associated with the virtual input region, when the sight line position detected by the detection portion is in the virtual input region set by the setup portion,
wherein:
on condition that a predetermined operation by the driver is detected, the setup portion changes the virtual input region into a mode that permits the driver to gaze at the virtual input region with ease; and
the display portion is disposed in a center member of a dashboard located in front of the driver seat, the center member being located midway between the driver seat and a passenger seat.

US Pat. No. 10,216,269

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING INTENT OF USER BASED ON GAZE INFORMATION

1. A method for tracking intent of a user based on a gaze of the user in a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving gaze information associated with the gaze of the user;
based on the gaze information, determining whether a function of the vehicle was activated by the user;
in response to determining that the function was activated by the user, generating and storing historical gaze information in a database; and
in response to determining that the function was not activated by the user, calculating a probability that the function will be activated by the user during a processing cycle based on the gaze information and generating and storing the historical gaze information in the database based on the calculated probability and a size of the database,
wherein the generating and storing the historical gaze information based on the calculated probability and the size of the database comprises generating and storing the historical gaze information in the database in response to the calculated probability being greater than a predetermined value and the size of the database being greater than a predetermined size.

US Pat. No. 10,216,268

GAZE DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Tobii AB, Danderyd (SE)

1. A method for determining if a user's gaze is directed in the direction of a zone of interest in a 3D scene, the method comprising:providing a 3D scene containing a zone of interest;
associating a property with the zone of interest;
creating a bitmap representing a projected view of the 3D scene containing the zone of interest, each pixel of the bitmap to which the zone of interest is projected storing the property of the zone of interest;
detecting the direction of the user's gaze;
using the bitmap to determine if the detected user's gaze is directed in the direction of the zone of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,216,267

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A portable electronic equipment, comprising:a gaze tracking device configured to track an eye gaze direction of a user in a time interval;
a processing device coupled to the gaze tracking device and configured to
generate heat map data for the eye gaze direction, wherein the heat map data provides, for each one of a plurality of gaze points, information on the fraction of time within the time interval for which the user has been gazing towards this gaze point or towards an area around this gaze point;
generate saliency map data for a field of view of the user;
combine the heat map data with the saliency map data to provide a combined data map; and
identify at least one point of interest in the field of view based on the combined data map.

US Pat. No. 10,216,266

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEVICE INTERACTION BASED ON A DETECTED GAZE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A system for interacting with a device based on a detected gaze, comprising:one or more sensors configured to detect a triggering event when operating at a high power state, wherein the one or more sensors are also configured to operate in a low power state;
a display component;
an optical detection sensor module configured to capture one or more images at a first image capture rate and to capture one or more images at a second image capture rate, the optical detection sensor module being configured to capture at least one image when operating at the first image capture rate and at least one image when operating at the second image capture rate; and
one or more processors coupled to the one or more sensors, the display component, and the optical detection sensor module, the one or more processors configured to:
activate gaze detection upon detection of the triggering event;
upon detection of the triggering event by the one or more sensors and activation of the gaze detection, cause at least one of the one or more sensors to enter the low power state, wherein the one or more sensors consume less power in the low power state than in the high power state;
upon detection of the same triggering event by the one or more sensors and activation of the gaze detection, command the optical detection sensor module to increase from the first image capture rate for capturing at least one image to the second image capture rate for capturing at least one image and to perform the gaze detection, wherein the one or more sensors operate in the low power state and the optical detection sensor module uses the second image capture rate when the gaze detection is activated;
perform the gaze detection by detecting detect a gaze of a user based on the one or more images captured at the second image capture rate;
upon detection of the gaze of the user, cause the display component to enter an activated state from a deactivated state; and
after a predetermined amount of time when the gaze is no longer detected, cause the display component to enter the deactivated state.

US Pat. No. 10,216,265

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HYBRID OPTICAL/INERTIAL HEADTRACKING VIA NUMERICALLY STABLE KALMAN FILTER

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A hybrid headtracking system incorporating a numerically stable Kalman fitter, comprising:at least one platform-referenced inertial measurement unit (IMU) configured to be rigidly mounted to a mobile platform associated with a platform reference frame, the at least one platform-referenced IMU configured to provide platform-referenced position and orientation (pose) data;
at least one head-referenced IMU configured to be rigidly mounted to a head of a user, the head associated with a head reference frame, the at least one head-referenced IMU configured to provide head-referenced pose data;
at least one aiding device configured to be rigidly mounted to at least one of the mobile platform and the head and to provide first estimated pose data, the at least one aiding device including at least one aiding sensor configured to generate the first estimated pose data based on one or more fiducial markers;
and
a controller configured to be coupled to the platform-referenced IMU, the head-referenced IMU, and the at least one aiding device, the controller including at least one processor configured to:
receive the head-referenced pose data, the platform-referenced pose data, and the first estimated pose data;
determine at least one of a first error model associated with the head-referenced pose data, a second error model associated with the platform-referenced pose data, and a third error model associated with the first estimated pose data;
generate second estimated pose data based on the head-referenced pose data and the platform-referenced pose data;
generate, via the numerically stable Kalman filter, time-propagated pose data based on the second estimated pose data and one or more of the first error model and the second error model;
and
generate, via the numerically stable Kalman fitter, at least one of corrected pose data and a corrected error model based on the time-propagated pose data, the first estimated pose data, and the at least one third error model.

US Pat. No. 10,216,264

SIGNAL ACQUIRING DEVICE, VIRTUAL REALITY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A virtual reality apparatus, comprising: a signal acquiring device, a display an a controller, whereinthe signal acquiring device comprises a sensor, a signal converter and a signal transmitter, wherein
the sensor is connected with the signal converter, which is connected with the signal transmitter, and the sensor, the signal converter and the signal transmitter are all disposed on body of the virtual reality apparatus;
the sensor is used to detect action signals of part of a wearer on which the virtual reality apparatus is worn,
the signal converter is used to convert the action the signals into electrical signals, and
the signal transmitter is used to send the electrical signals to the virtual reality apparatus;
the display is connected with the controller;
the electrical signals comprises a first electrical signal and the controller is configured to receive the first electrical signal sent by the signal acquiring device, and is further configured to obtain a scene corresponding to the first electrical signal in accordance with the first electrical signal, and to allow the display to display the scene corresponding to the first electrical signal;
the virtual reality apparatus further comprises a brightness regulator that is disposed in the body of the virtual reality apparatus and connected with the controller; and
the virtual reality apparatus further comprises a collector connected with the controller and the brightness regulator, and used to collect internal environment brightness of the body of the virtual reality apparatus, the display brightness of the display and a current scene of the virtual reality apparatus, wherein
the brightness regulator is configured to receive the internal environment brightness of the body of the virtual reality apparatus, the display brightness of the display of the virtual reality apparatus and the current scene of the virtual reality apparatus collected by a collector;
the brightness regulator is further configured to obtain target internal environment brightness, which is corresponding to the current scene of the virtual reality apparatus, of the body of the virtual reality apparatus or target display brightness, which is corresponding to the current scene of the virtual reality apparatus, of the display of the virtual reality apparatus from a second preset memory based on the current scene of the virtual reality apparatus; and
the brightness regulator is further configured to regulate at least one of current internal environment brightness and color temperature of the virtual reality apparatus based on the target internal environment brightness or to regulate the display brightness of the display of the virtual reality apparatus based on the target display brightness of the display.

US Pat. No. 10,216,263

DISPLAY ACTIVE ALIGNMENT SYSTEMS UTILIZING TEST PATTERNS FOR CALIBRATING SIGNALS IN WAVEGUIDE DISPLAYS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method of display alignment tracking for a head-mounted device, the method comprising:sampling a first signal from a first waveguide;
sampling a second signal from a second waveguide;
combining the first signal and second signal optically into a combined optical signal;
detecting a test pattern within the combined optical signal, the test pattern being included within each of the first signal and the second signal, wherein the test pattern is provided by at least tagging image frames with test pattern metadata, wherein the test pattern is provided separately from the image frames, and wherein the test pattern is provided in response to detecting receipt of the test pattern metadata during rendering of the image frames; and
comparing at least a first physical position corresponding to the test pattern within the first signal and a second physical position corresponding to the test pattern with the second signal to identify a differential between the first physical position and the second physical position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,262

FORCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT INCLUDES A FORCE MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY, A VISUAL DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ONE OR MORE DATA PROCESSING DEVICES

Bertec Corporation, Colu...

1. A force measurement system, comprising:a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject, the force measurement assembly including:
a top surface for receiving at least one portion of the body of the subject; and
at least one force transducer, the at least one force transducer configured to sense one or more measured quantities and output one or more signals that are representative of forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject;
at least one visual display device having an output screen configured to at least partially circumscribe three sides of a torso of the subject, the at least one visual display device configured to display one or more scenes on the output screen so that the scenes are viewable by the subject, wherein the one or more scenes are configured to create a simulated environment for the subject, and wherein the output screen of the at least one visual display device comprises a bottom edge and a top edge;
one or more data processing devices operatively coupled to the force measurement assembly and the at least one visual display device, the one or more data processing devices configured to receive the one or more signals that are representative of the forces and/or moments being applied to the top surface of the force measurement assembly by the subject, and to convert the one or more signals into output forces and/or moments, the one or more data processing devices further configured to dynamically increase or decrease a speed of one or more displaceable components of the force measurement system in accordance with a visual element of the one or more scenes that are displayed on the output screen of the at least one visual display device while the subject navigates through the one or more scenes of the simulated environment on the output screen of the at least one visual display device;
wherein the visual element of the scene that is displayed on the output screen of the at least one visual display device comprises an obstacle disposed in a virtual walking path of the subject; and
wherein the one or more data processing devices are further configured to determine whether a foot of a virtual representation of the subject on the output screen clears the obstacle, and when the foot of the virtual representation of the subject does not clear the obstacle, generate and display a visual indicator on the output screen of the at least one visual display device that is indicative of the height that the foot must achieve to clear the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,216,261

METHOD OF SUPPRESSING VR SICKNESS, SYSTEM FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD , AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

COLOPL, INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A method comprising:defining a virtual space including a point-of-view;
displaying on a head-mounted device a field of view of the virtual space based on a location of the point-of-view in the virtual space; and
detecting a unit of an input from a user;
moving the point-of-view at a first speed in response to the detected unit of the input;
updating the image displayed on the head-mounted device in accordance with the first speed;
moving the point-of-view at a second speed slower than the first speed in response to the detected unit of the input;
updating the image displayed on the head-mounted device in accordance with the second speed.

US Pat. No. 10,216,260

SELECTIVE RENDERING OF SPARSE PERIPHERAL DISPLAYS BASED ON ELEMENT SALIENCY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer system used for display of computer-generated mixed-reality, virtual-reality or augmented-reality scenes comprising:one or more peripheral display portions surrounding a primary display;
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable hardware storage media having stored thereon computer-executable instructions, the computer-executable instructions being executable by the one or more processors to cause the computer system to selectively control when a peripheral display portion is activated to render a peripheral visualization based on various attributes associated with a given computer-generated scene by causing the computer system to:
set all pixels in the one or more peripheral display portions to a normally off configuration;
render the given computer-generated scene;
determine characteristics of at least one element associated with the given computer-generated scene, wherein the characteristics describe i) a role of the at least one element based on an event that involves the at least one element in relation to the given computer-generated scene, or ii) relative position that indicates whether the at least one element is either near or intersecting with an edge region of at least one peripheral display portion;
set a saliency threshold based on at least one or more of the determined characteristics, wherein the saliency threshold is either dynamically adjustable based on content included in the given computer-generated scene, or is adjustable by a user of the computer system;
based on one or more of the determined characteristics used to determine the saliency threshold, determine that the at least one element is salient, and determine a saliency magnitude of the at least one element;
determine that the at least one element's saliency magnitude meets or exceeds the saliency threshold; and
after determining that the at least one element's saliency magnitude meets or exceeds the saliency threshold, activate the pixels of the at least one peripheral display portion so as to render the peripheral visualization of the at least one element on the at least one peripheral display portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,259

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SIGNALS THAT CONTROL A DEVICE USING HUMAN BREATH

1. A method for interfacing a user device with an input device using human breath, the method comprising:in a user device that generates a graphical user interface (GUI) for display to a user,
receiving one or more signals from a user input device operable to function as a human interface device (HID), wherein said one or more signals are generated from a plurality of sensor signals output by a corresponding plurality of flow sensors of said user input device in response to simultaneous detection, by each flow sensor of said plurality of flow sensors, of a corresponding portion of a flow of human breath expelled by the user and directly onto a deflectable member of said respective flow sensor, without use of a channel to guide said flow of human breath from said user to said deflectable members of said plurality of flow sensors of said input device;
determining whether the received one or more signals are compliant with an HID profile supported by the user device;
passing the received one or more signals to interface software for processing HID compliant signals, if it is determined that the received one or more signals are compliant with the HID profile;
passing the received one or more signals to software for performing breath user interface processing, if it is determined that the received one or more signals are not compliant with the HID profile; and
displaying a first graphical object on said GUI of said user device at a location controlled by the user via said received one or more signals, by processing said received one or more signals to enable user navigation of the first graphical object to, and selection of, one or more other graphical objects of said GUI of said user device.

US Pat. No. 10,216,258

VEHICLE THERMAL SYSTEM FOR REDUCED FUEL CONSUMPTION

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A method of minimizing overall power consumption of a vehicle cooling system, the method comprising:performing a hardware selection phase, including:
selecting a plurality of hardware components for the vehicle cooling system, at least one hardware component having a plurality of types thereof, each type affecting a power consumption of that hardware component such that each type of that hardware component has a different power consumption at a first predefined driving condition;
determining all possible combinations of the selected hardware components and types thereof;
for each possible hardware component combination, determining a first overall power consumption at the first predefined driving condition;
comparing the determined first power consumptions of each of the possible hardware component combinations; and
selecting a hardware component combination from all the possible combinations that has the lowest determined first overall energy consumption;
performing an actuator position selection phase for the selected hardware component combination, including:
defining a plurality of actuator positions for one or more of the hardware components of the selected hardware component combination;
determining all possible actuator position configurations of the selected hardware component combination;
for each possible actuator position configuration, determining a second overall power consumption of the selected hardware components at a second predefined driving condition; and
selecting an actuator position combination from all the possible actuator position combinations that has the lowest determined second overall energy consumption; and
configuring the vehicle cooling system to operate the selected hardware component combination at the selected actuator position combination when the vehicle is operating at the second predefined driving condition.

US Pat. No. 10,216,257

POWER CONSUMPTION OPTIMIZATION USING INTERFERENCE MEASUREMENTS

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A processing system comprising:a sensing module comprising sensing circuitry configured to couple with a plurality of sensor electrodes,
wherein the sensing module is operable in at least a first low-power operational mode or a high-power operational mode and configured to:
apply a first set of values for at least one predefined sensing parameter while operating in the first low-power operational mode, the first set of values corresponding to a first power consumption level;
acquire a first interference measurement using the plurality of sensor electrodes while operating in the first low-power operational mode;
transition from the first low-power operational mode to the high-power operational mode upon determining that the first interference measurement exceeds a first interference threshold value; and
apply a second set of values for the at least one predefined sensing parameter while operating in the high-power operational mode, the second set of values corresponding to a second power consumption level that is greater than the first power consumption level.

US Pat. No. 10,216,256

POWER CONSERVATION OF COMPUTING COMPONENTS USING FORCED IDLE STATE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method implemented in a computing device having a processor executing instructions to provide an operating system with a scheduler configured to determine a time to execute a process thread by the processor, the method comprising:upon detecting, with the operating system, an operational event in the computing device, quiescing one or more applications currently executing on the computing device, the operational event including one or more of receiving an input from a user of the computing device to enter the computing device into a standby mode, invocation of a functionality of the computing device by the user, or execution of a program that does not expect direct user interaction for a threshold period; and
upon quiescing the one or more applications, ceasing scheduling additional process threads with the scheduler;
determining, with the operating system, whether at least one of the additional process threads is required to provide a functionality of the computing device currently requested by the user; and
in response to determining that none of the additional process threads is required to provide a functionality currently requested by the user, scheduling, with the scheduler, an idle threshold to be executed by the processor, the idle thread containing one or more commands execution of which puts the processor into a forced idle state, thereby conserving battery power in the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,216,255

LOW POWER STANDBY FOR A POWERED DEVICE IN A POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING ...

1. A power distribution system comprising:a power providing device arranged for providing power,
a powered device, comprising a load, the powered device arranged for being detachably, electrically coupled to the power providing device, and further arranged for being powered by the power providing device; and
an electrical conductor arranged for detachably, electrically coupling the power providing device to the powered device, and further arranged for transferring the power from the power providing device to the powered device,
wherein the power providing device is further arranged for sensing a current flow from the power providing device to the powered device, and for providing power when, at least periodically, a current equal to or greater than a minimum current is sensed,
wherein the powered device is further arranged for operating in a standby mode wherein, at least part of the time, the load draws a current smaller than the minimum current, and in an operational mode wherein, at least part of the time, the load draws a current equal to or greater than the minimum current,
wherein the powered device further comprises a controllable switch, arranged for electrically decoupling at least part of the powered device, comprising a bulk capacitor, from the power providing device,
wherein the powered device further comprises a pulse generator circuit, arranged for drawing, for a pre-determined time period and with a pre-determined frequency, a pulse current equal to or greater than the minimum current from the power providing device, when the powered device is operating in the standby mode, through controlling at least the controllable switch; and
wherein the controllable switch is further arranged for decoupling the bulk capacitor when the pulse is generated to prevent the bulk capacitor from filtering out the pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,216,254

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY EXTRACTING AND LOADING REGISTER STATES

Altera Corporation, San ...

1. An integrated circuit on which an application is implemented, comprising:a plurality of registers, wherein a subset of the plurality of registers comprises critical registers that store critical register states; and
an extracting and loading circuit configured to migrate the application to another integrated circuit by extracting the critical register states from the critical registers and transferring the extracted critical register states to the another integrated circuit, wherein the extracting and loading circuit is not coupled to other non-critical registers in the plurality of registers, and wherein the application is hosted on the another integrated circuit after the migration.

US Pat. No. 10,216,253

UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS HUB AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

VIA Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A universal serial bus (USB) hub, coupled to a host or another USB hub through a USB bus, and the USB hub comprising:a control unit, detecting signals on the USB bus to determine whether the USB hub enters a suspend state;
a core circuit group, coupled to the control unit; and
a voltage conversion unit, built in the USB hub, and coupled to the control unit and the core circuit group of the USB hub, and controlled by the control unit to produce a normal working voltage when the USB hub is in a normal working state, and change the normal working voltage to a first suspend voltage when the USB hub is in the suspend state, wherein the core circuit group of the USB hub receives the first suspend voltage under the suspend state, and the first suspend voltage is lower than the normal working voltage,
wherein the core circuit group of the USB hub further comprises a first circuit group and a second circuit group, the first circuit group comprises a core circuit required to be operated under the suspend state, and the second circuit group comprises a core circuit that is unnecessary to be operated under the suspend state, wherein the first suspend voltage which is lower than a lowest operation voltage of the second circuit group and greater than or equal to a lowest operation voltage of the first circuit group is provided to both of the first circuit group and the second circuit group during the suspend state.

US Pat. No. 10,216,252

VOLTAGE AND FREQUENCY BALANCING AT NOMINAL POINT

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for determining voltage and frequency pairs, the computer system comprising:one or more computer processors, one or more computer readable storage media, and program instructions stored on the computer readable storage media for execution by at least one of the one or more processors, the program instructions comprising:
program instructions to identify an integrated circuit design;
program instructions to identify a timing model associated with the identified integrated circuit design;
program instructions to identify at least a nominal voltage, a nominal clock signal, and a voltage range associated with the integrated circuit design;
program instructions to receive a number n that defines the number of at least one alternate voltage within the voltage range;
program instructions to analyze the identified integrated circuit based on the received number n for each number n for at least one alternate voltage within the voltage range;
program instructions to perform a single statistical static timing analysis for the identified integrated circuit based on the received number n for each number n for at least one alternate voltage within the voltage range, wherein the single statistical static timing analysis calculates voltage sensitivity via finite differencing with respect to the identified timing model;
program instructions to create a canonical variability of frequency dependent tests, wherein the clock period and voltage are parameterized;
program instructions perform a multi-corner static timing analysis for the identified integrated circuit based on the received number n for each number n for the identified at least one alternate voltage within the voltage range;
program instructions to calculate a timing at a first voltage point and a timing second voltage point;
program instructions to calculate a sensitivity to voltage that is a difference between the timing at the first voltage point and the timing at a second voltage point;
program instructions calculate a nominal slack;
program instructions to calculate one or more clock periods based on the calculated nominal slack;
program instructions to solve a slack equation for a clock period;
program instructions to calculate the clock period for each number n by inserting each calculated voltage for each number n into the solved slack equation for the clock period;
program instructions to provide a report based on the calculated one or more clock periods;
program instructions to optimize a voltage and frequency pairing for a best power-performance balance, wherein the voltage and frequency pairing meets a maximum power and a minimum frequency; and
program instructions to manufacture an integrated circuit based upon an optimized integrated circuit design using the optimized voltage and frequency pairing.

US Pat. No. 10,216,251

CONTROLLING PROCESSOR PERFORMANCE SCALING BASED ON CONTEXT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a core to execute instructions;
a power controller to control an operating frequency of the core; and
a context filter logic coupled to the power controller to prevent a performance state change request for the core from being granted by the power controller based at least in part on a determination that a display of a system including the processor is inactive.

US Pat. No. 10,216,250

MEMORY APPARATUS AND ENERGY-SAVING CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

VIA Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A memory apparatus comprising:a plurality of non-volatile memory units; and
a control chip coupled to the non-volatile memory units and coupled to a host computer via a signal transmission interface, the control chip comprising:
a specific circuit group coupled to a clock generation unit;
a memory control unit coupled to the clock generation unit and the non-volatile memory units to control an access to the non-volatile memory units; and
an energy-saving control unit coupled to the clock generation unit, the specific circuit group, and the memory control unit, wherein in a normal mode and during a period of accessing the non-volatile memory units by the control chip, if the non-volatile memory units are in a busy state, the energy-saving control unit controls the clock generation unit to stop outputting an internal clock signal to the specific circuit group, so as to reduce power consumption of the control chip.

US Pat. No. 10,216,249

ELECTRICAL POWER CONTROL AND FAULT PROTECTION

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method, comprising:sensing, by a fault processing subsystem of an electronics assembly, a first alarm state at an output of a first active power distribution element of a plurality of active power distribution elements arranged in a hierarchy in the electronics assembly, the first element being at a level of the hierarchy other than the top level, and the first alarm state corresponding to a value at the output of the first element being different than an expected value at the output of the first element by at least a sum of a regulation margin of the first element, a noise margin of the first element, and a measurement accuracy of the fault processing system;
in response to sensing the first alarm state at the output of the first element, commanding, by the fault processing subsystem in communication with a control input of each element, the first element to disable;
sensing, by the fault processing subsystem, a subsequent alarm state at the output of the first element that was commanded to disable; and
in response to sensing the subsequent alarm state at the output of the first element that was commanded to disable, commanding, by the fault processing subsystem, an element at a next higher level in the hierarchy from the first element to disable.

US Pat. No. 10,216,248

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING POWER CONSUMPTION

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A method for controlling the power consumption of an electronic device by a power control device, comprising:determining a type of an operating system of the electronic device, wherein the operating system types comprise at least a foreground-background system or a real-time system supporting preemption and the types are mutually exclusive;
determining a monitoring scheme based on the type of operating system;
if the operating system type is a foreground-background system, monitoring in real time whether the operating system currently has a task to perform based on whether the task is currently triggered by an interrupting event, and switching the electronic device to a reduced power mode if there is no task currently triggered by an interrupting event;
if the operating system type is a real-time system, monitoring in real time whether a process, other than a switch to reduced power mode process, is triggered by an interrupting event, and switching the electronic device to a reduced power mode if there is no process other than a switch to a reduced power mode process triggered by an interrupting event; and
wherein switching the electronic device to the reduced power mode comprises ceasing power supply to a designated peripheral device and ceasing the power supply to a peripheral clock while lowering a frequency of a processing component, and lowering a supply voltage to the processing component, wherein the designated peripheral device is a peripheral device that is not in operation, and the peripheral clock and the designated peripheral device are connected to a processing component via a peripheral interface, and wherein the interrupting event has a highest priority in the real-time system and preempts the priority of a process to switch the electronic device to a reduced power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,216,247

SELF-POWERED DEVICES AND METHODS

Invent.ly, LLC, Woodside...

1. A device, the device comprising:a processor;
a memory storing instructions, which, when executed by the processor, implement one or more power management procedures for selecting one of a plurality of power-consumption modes of operation of said device, wherein the instructions for selecting one of the plurality of power-consumption modes of operation include instructions for conserving power by transitioning a portion or an entirety of one or more sub-systems of the device from at least a first power-consumption mode of operation to a second power-consumption mode of operation to meet a current power budget of said device; and
an energy collector configured to collect energy to power the device from an environment surrounding the device, wherein the energy collector is configured to operate at a pre-determined or adaptively-determined optimal operating point, such that an output voltage at a desired output current is designed to yield maximum power from available input energy collected by the collector from the environment.

US Pat. No. 10,216,246

MULTI-LEVEL LOOPS FOR COMPUTER PROCESSOR CONTROL

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a plurality of processing cores; and
a central control unit to:
concurrently execute an outer control loop and an inner control loop, wherein the outer control loop is to monitor the processor as a whole, and wherein the inner control loop is to monitor a first processing core included in the processor;
determine, based on an event of the processor as a whole detected by the outer control loop, a first control action for the first processing core included in the processor;
determine, based on an event of the first processing core detected by the inner control loop, a second control action for the first processing core included in the processor;
based on a comparison of the first control action and the second control action, select one of the first control action and the second control action as a selected control action, wherein the first control action is not applied prior to the comparison, wherein the second control action is not applied prior to the comparison; and
apply the selected control action to the first processing core included in the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,245

APPLICATION RAMP RATE CONTROL IN LARGE INSTALLATIONS

Cray Inc., Seattle, WA (...

1. A method for managing power within a computing system having a plurality of processors, comprising:providing controls to the system which allow for control of the plurality of processors prior to a plurality of predetermined processing operations; and
upon a request for any one of the plurality of predetermined processing operations, instructing the plurality of processors such that each processor will transition between a plurality of power states in a predetermined manner prior to execution of any one of the plurality of predetermined processing operations thus avoiding an abrupt power transition within the computing system, wherein the predetermined manner involves moving from a first power state to a second power state and staying at the second power state for a predetermined period of time, subsequently moving from the second power state to a third power state after the predetermined period of time has elapsed, and, after staying at the third power state for a second predetermined period, subsequently moving to a fourth power state which is greater than the third power state.

US Pat. No. 10,216,244

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing;
a connecting structure connected with a first portion of the housing and configured to be detachably connected with a portion of a user's body;
a display exposed through a second portion of the housing;
a display driver integrated circuit (IC) electrically connected with the display;
a power source;
a user space integrated into or separated from the display;
at least one sensor;
a processor electrically connected with the display, the display driver IC, the power source, the user space, or the at least one sensor; and
a memory electrically connected with the processor, and storing an operating system including a kernel and instructions,
wherein the instructions are configured to, when executed, enable the processor to:
identify a variation, using the user space or the at least one sensor, while the display is off,
activate the kernel without activating other components of the electronic device in response to the variation,
determine whether the display needs to be activated,
after determining that the display needs to be activated, activate the display driver IC,
after activating the display driver IC, activate the other components of the electronic device,
after activating the other components, receive data to be displayed on the display,
after receiving the data, determine whether the display is in an activation mode for displaying an image based on the data, and
after determining that the display is in the activation mode for displaying the image, provide the data to the display driver IC,
wherein the memory further stores instructions configured to, when executed, enable the processor to:
determine whether a screen output through the display needs to be initialized, and
when it is determined that the screen output through the display needs to be initialized, control the display driver IC to output a screen including a previously set color through the display.

US Pat. No. 10,216,243

METHOD, DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR WAKING UP HOME INTERCONNECTION DEVICE

ZTE Corporation, Shenzhe...

1. A method for waking up a home interconnection device, comprising:when the home interconnection device is in a state of standby, receiving, by the home interconnection device, a first beacon frame from a terminal through a wireless access point (AP) of a Wireless Fidelity (WIFI) module of the home interconnection device;
searching, by the home interconnection device, a pre-set field of the first beacon frame for a waking-up identification which is used for waking up the home interconnection device in the state of standby, wherein the pre-set field of the first beacon frame is a reserved bit of the first beacon frame which is previously consulted and determined by the home interconnection device with the terminal; and
when the pre-set field of the first beacon frame comprises the waking-up identification, switching, by the home interconnection device, from the state of standby of the home interconnection device to a state of work, and when the pre-set field of the first beacon frame does not comprise the waking-up identification, responding, by the home interconnection device, to a request corresponding to the first beacon frame;
wherein searching, by the home interconnection device, the pre-set field of the first beacon frame for the waking-up identification comprises:
parsing, by the home interconnection device, the first beacon frame to obtain contents in each field of the first beacon frame;
retrieving the contents in each field of the first beacon frame to obtain information in the pre-set field of the first beacon frame; and
determining the waking-up identification from the information in the pre-set field of the first beacon frame.

US Pat. No. 10,216,242

POWER SEQUENCING FOR EMBEDDED FLASH MEMORY DEVICES

SILICON STORAGE TECHNOLOG...

1. A power management unit comprising a first voltage source and a second voltage source configured to perform a power-on sequence, wherein:during a first time period, the voltage output from the first voltage source ramps upward and the voltage output from the second voltage sour ramps upward;
during a second time period immediately following the first time period, the voltage output from the first voltage source ramps upward and the voltage output from the second voltage remains at a constant level;
during a third time period immediately following the second time period, the voltage output from the first voltage source ramps upward and the voltage output from the second voltage sour ramps upward; and
during a fourth time period immediately following the third time period, the voltage output from the first voltage source ramps upward and the voltage output from the second voltage source remains at a constant level.

US Pat. No. 10,216,241

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SECURING COMMUNICATION OF INSTRUCTIONS TO MANAGE ANTENNA POWER OUTPUT

Dell Products, LP, Round...

1. An information handling system comprising:a standard absorption rate control register for storage of one or more code instructions executed to alter a power level of a transmission by an operably connected transmitting antenna;
a processor operably connected to the memory executing code instructions of an antenna power management security system to:
store a randomly generated number in a challenge register;
determine a first response value based on the randomly generated number;
read a second response value determined by the processor executing basic input output system code instructions and stored in a response register;
compare the first response value to the second response value;
if the first response value matches the second response value, receive a power management command to alter power supplied to the transmitting antenna from the processor executing basic input output system code instructions via a secure interface; and
store the power management command within the standard absorption rate control register within a preset time period for later execution by the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,240

CONFIGURABLE POWER SUPPLIES FOR DYNAMIC CURRENT SHARING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a plurality of cores, including a first core and a second core;
a distribution network comprising a plurality of regulators each to receive power from a power supply and output a voltage;
a plurality of switch circuits to receive the voltage from at least some of the plurality of regulators and having an adjustable output current distribution to:
provide, to the first core, first core power and provide, to the second core, second core power, wherein the first core power includes a first portion of first power from a first regulator and a first portion of second power from a second regulator and the second core power includes a second portion of the first power and a second portion of the second power; and
a power controller to adjust the first core power by adjustment of the first portion of the first power and adjustment of the first portion of the second power and to initiate change of an output voltage of one or more of the first regulator and the second regulator in response to a change in a first activity level associated with the first core that exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,216,239

REFERENCE VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT, RECEIVER, SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. A reference voltage generation circuit comprising:an internal reference voltage generator configured to change a level of a reference voltage according to a voltage set code;
a voltage level stabilizer configured to stabilize the reference voltage in response to an enablement signal; and
a level stabilization controller configured to generate the enablement signal based on the voltage set code.

US Pat. No. 10,216,238

POWER-ON RESET CIRCUIT

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

1. A power-on reset circuit to be provided to a semiconductor device comprising a first power supply pin and one or more N second power supply pins, the power-on reset circuit comprising:a voltage monitoring circuit structured to operate with a voltage at the first power supply pin as a power supply thereof, to compare each from among voltages supplied to the N second power supply pins with a corresponding threshold value, and to assert a trigger signal when the supplied voltage exceeds a corresponding threshold value for all the second power supply pins; and
a reset signal generating circuit structured to operate with the voltage at the first power supply pin as a power supply thereof, and to assert a reset signal in response to an assertion of the trigger signal,
wherein the voltage monitoring circuit comprises N voltage comparators that correspond to the respective N second power supply pins, and that are each structured to compare a power supply voltage at the corresponding second power supply pin with a corresponding threshold value,
wherein N is equal to or greater than 2,
wherein the voltage monitoring circuit further comprises a logic circuit structured to generate the trigger signal that corresponds to outputs of the N voltage comparators,
wherein the N voltage comparators each comprise an open-drain output stage or otherwise an open-collector output stage,
wherein the logic circuit comprises a current source or otherwise an impedance circuit coupled to a common output node of the outputs of the N voltage comparators, and is structured to generate the trigger signal that corresponds to an output of the common output node of the N voltage comparators.

US Pat. No. 10,216,237

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THERMAL MANAGEMENT GUIDANCE

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A repair management system, comprising:multiple temperature sensors that are adapted to be placed near a repair area,
wherein the repair area includes an area of a structure that was damaged;
a scanner that is adapted to scan a repair field of the structure,
wherein the repair field includes the repair area and parts of structure surrounding and underlying the repair area, and
wherein the scanner outputs structural information describing a structural composition of the repair field;
a data processing system that is coupled to the temperature sensors and the scanner, where the data processing system includes a processor that executes computer code to:
receive the structural information from the scanner;
generate a map of the repair area; and
analyze the structural information to determine suggested placements of the temperature sensors near the repair area.

US Pat. No. 10,216,236

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT IN WEARABLE DEVICES

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...

1. A wearable electronic device, comprising:glasses;
a camera;
a wireless transmitter;
a computer, the computer configured to:
capture an image using the camera;
transmit the image using the wireless transmitter at a transmission rate less than a transmission rate limit of the wireless transmitter;
first determine a temperature of the wireless transmitter while transmitting the image;
second determine a rate of temperature change based on the determined temperature;
third determine whether to increase or decrease the transmission rate limit of the wireless transmitter based on the temperature and the rate of temperature change;
adjust the transmission rate limit of the wireless transmitter based on the third determination; and
transmit using the wireless transmitter at a second transmission rate less than the adjusted transmission rate limit of the wireless transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,216,235

DATA STORAGE MOUNTING APPARATUS

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. An installing rack comprising:a tray comprising a bottom wall and a first sidewall extending from the bottom wall, the tray defining a receiving space above the bottom wall, the first sidewall defines a locking hole ;
an elastic locking piece fixed to an external side of the first sidewall, the locking piece defining a gap and comprising a locking portion located beside the gap;
a connecting piece fixed to a side of the bottom wall opposite to the receiving space, the connecting piece comprising a hook portion;
wherein the locking piece is deformable by the hook portion of an adjacent said installing rack, such that the hook portion can pass through the locking hole of the adjacent installing rack and hook onto the external side of the adjacent installing rack and be received in the gap of the locking piece to abut against the locking portion of the locking piece.

US Pat. No. 10,216,234

SECURING A TOUCH SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR A TOUCH BUTTON WITHIN A DEVICE

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. An apparatus for use in a device with at least one touch button defined on a touch button area of the device, the apparatus comprising:a touch sensor assembly including
a touch flex sensor, and
at least three alternating front-side and back-side spacer elements attached to the touch flex sensor, the spacer elements being flexible;
a touch sensor slot integral with the device at the touch button area, including front-side and back-side slot walls, to position the touch sensor assembly relative to the touch button area;
the touch flex sensor secured within the touch sensor slot, and spaced from the front-side and back-side slot walls by respectively the front-side and back-side spacer elements contacting respectively the front-side and back-side slot walls; and
an elastic insulator material introduced into the touch sensor slot surrounding the touch flex sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,232

TABLET NOTEBOOK FLIP DEVICE

Dongguan Bluefinger Elect...

1. A tablet notebook flip device comprises a base portion for a main body, biaxial shafts, a mounting connector, and an upper axis;wherein the previously mentioned main body is arranged above the base portion for the previously mentioned main body, having a keyboard above and the biaxial shafts on a side;
wherein configured above the biaxial shafts is a holder holding a tablet cover, and on the side of the biaxial shafts is a clamp plate with the previously mentioned mounting connector below;
wherein a support flap with a main body of the shaft on a side is configured below the mounting connector;
wherein a lower axis and the upper axis are configured within the main body of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,216,231

MOVING MAGNET ACTUATOR FOR HAPTIC ALERTS

NVF Tech Ltd, Cambridges...

1. A system, comprising:a device chassis comprising a back panel, the back panel comprising a haptic conduction interface;
an acoustic radiating panel attached to the device chassis, the acoustic radiating panel and back panel defining a space in a first direction between the acoustic radiating panel and back panel having a first dimension;
a moving magnet actuator positioned in the space and mechanically coupled to the acoustic radiating panel, the moving magnet actuator comprising an element having a thickness in the first direction smaller than the first dimension of the space, the moving magnet actuator being configured to vibrate the element in the first direction during operating of the device; and
an electronic control module coupled to the moving magnet actuator and programmed to activate the moving magnet actuator with a haptic signal that displaces the element in the first direction an amount sufficient to cause the element to contact the haptic conduction interface, the haptic signal having an amplitude and frequency sufficient to generate a haptic response in the device chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,216,230

WINDOW SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A window substrate, comprising:a plurality of glass substrates each including first and second surfaces opposite to each other, each of the glass substrates having a thickness of about 25 ?m to about 100 ?m;
a coating layer disposed on the first surface of each of the plurality of glass substrates, wherein each of the plurality of glass substrates includes SiO2, Al2O3 and Na2O, and a mole ratio of Al2O3/Na2O is equal to or smaller than 1; and
an optically transparent adhesive disposed between adjacent glass substrates of the plurality of glass substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,216,229

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FLEXIBLE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method of manufacturing a flexible display apparatus, the method comprising:arranging a film over a window, the window comprising a three-dimensional curved surface shape, the film being flexible;
arranging a plurality of pressure balls over the film; and
pressing the plurality of pressure balls towards the window with a pressure using a pressure plate such that the film is adhered onto the window according to the three-dimensional curved surface shape of the window,
wherein the plurality of pressure balls comprises first pressure balls and second pressure balls stacked over the first pressure balls along a direction from the window to the pressure plate, and
the second pressure balls are configured to transfer the pressure of the pressing to the first pressure balls.

US Pat. No. 10,216,228

MULTIPLE DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING A DISPLAY ON A ROTARY SHAFT

Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing;
a first body including a first touch display unit that is arranged on a first surface of the first body, wherein:
the first touch display unit has a display state and a non-display state, and
in a case that the first touch display unit is in the display state, the first touch display unit displays a first touch display content corresponding to an application running in a foreground in the electronic device; and
a second body located in an end of the housing,
wherein:
the second body comprises a rotary shaft and a second touch display unit,
the second touch display unit is configured to cover the rotary shaft and operable to rotate along with a rotation of the rotary shaft,
in a case that the first touch display unit is in the non-display state, the second touch display unit is configured to display a first information generated by a first type of trigger event,
in a case that the first touch display unit is in the display state:
the electronic device has a first working mode and a second working mode,
the electronic device is configured to switch between the first working mode and the second working mode based on a first angle between the electronic device and a horizontal plane,
in a case that the first angle is within a first preset range, (i) the electronic device is set to the first working mode, and (ii) the second touch display unit is configured to: (a) display contents corresponding to at least one application running in a background in the electronic device by dragging, via a touch operation, an icon corresponding to the at least one application from the first touch display unit in a direction of the second touch display unit, and (b) cancel displaying contents of the second touch display unit corresponding to the at least one application by dragging, via the touch operation, the icon from the second touch display unit in a direction of the first touch display unit, and
in a case that the first angle is within a second preset range that does not overlap the first preset range, (i) the electronic device is set to the second working mode and (ii) the second touch display unit is configured to display a second touch display content corresponding to and different from the first touch display content.

US Pat. No. 10,216,227

FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WITH THE SAME AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A foldable display device comprising: a first display screen;a second display screen; a third display screen; a first connector connecting the first display screen and the second display screen, and a second connector connecting the second display screen and the third display screen;
wherein the second display screen can rotate around the first connector and the third display screen can rotate around the second connector, and
wherein the foldable display device further comprises:
a first sensor which is used to sense whether the first connector is in a folded state or in an unfolded state;
a second sensor which is used to sense whether the second connector is in folded state or in unfolded state;
a display control module which is used to control whether the first display screen, the second display screen and the third display screen should display according to sense results of the first sensor and the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,226

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH STRUCTURAL LAYER

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. A device comprising:a structural layer that comprises a first side surface, an opposing, second side surface, and connectors;
a first glass-reinforced epoxy circuit board mounted to the first side surface of the structural layer;
a second glass-reinforced epoxy circuit board mounted to the opposing, second side surface of the structural layer;
components wherein the components comprise a processor, memory operatively coupled to the processor and a display operatively coupled to the processor; and
a housing material supported by the structural layer wherein the housing material comprises couplings that couple directly to the connectors of the structural layer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,225

PROTECTIVE CASE FOR USE WITH A MOBILE DEVICE

1. A protective case for use with a mobile device, the protective case comprising:an attachment device that is configured to couple to one of a handle assembly, a battery source, and a fascia plate when a void is provided on the protective case,
wherein, when the handle assembly is coupled to the protective case, the handle assembly is configured to pivot about the protective case for moving the handle assembly from a closed configuration to an open configuration, when the battery source is coupled to the protective case, the battery, source is configured to charge the mobile device, and, when the fascia plate is coupled to the protective case, the fascia plate is configured to fill the void that is otherwise filled by one of the handle assembly and the battery source, and
wherein the attachment device comprises a pair of pivot support members and a cap screw that is receivable within corresponding apertures defined through each of the pivot support members and a corresponding aperture defined through a pivot member disposed on each of the handle assembly and battery source; and
a plug that is insertable into the battery source and over the cap screw when the cap screw is engaged with the pivot member.

US Pat. No. 10,216,224

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display apparatus comprising:a case having a foldable portion;
a display panel comprising a first portion on a first side of the case, and a curved portion on a side surface of the case and a second side of the case that is different from the first side, the curved portion being curved about an axis extending in a width direction;
a window film on the first portion of the display panel; and
a cover window on the display panel and fixed to the case so as to cover the curved portion and a portion of the first portion of the display panel, the cover window being spaced apart in a length direction from the foldable portion,
wherein a portion of the cover window on the curved portion of the display panel that is on the side surface of the case is curved about an axis extending in the width direction so as to be round.

US Pat. No. 10,216,223

HINGE ASSEMBLY

First Dome Corporation, ...

1. A hinge assembly, comprising:a base unit including a base seat defining a receiving space;
a first linkage rod including a first pivot end and a first swingable end opposite to said first pivot end, said first swingable end having a first abutment surface that defines a first sliding groove and a first recess communicating with said first sliding groove;
a first fixing shaft mounted to said base seat and extending through said first pivot end to allow said first linkage rod to rotate relative to said base seat;
a second linkage rod including a second pivot end and a second swingable end opposite to said second pivot end;
a second fixing shaft connecting said second pivot end and said base seat to allow said second linkage rod to rotate relative to said base seat;
a cam including a first pivot portion pivotally connected to said first swingable end of said first linkage rod, a second pivot portion pivotally connected to said second swingable end of said second linkage rod, and a latch hole formed between said first and second pivot portions;
a kickstand support including a hollow pivot body pivotally connected to said second pivot portion of said cam, said hollow pivot body having a second abutment surface that defines a second sliding groove, and a second recess communicating with said second sliding surface;
a torque unit including a torque spindle extending through said second swingable end of said second linkage rod, said second pivot portion of said cam, and said hollow pivot body of said kickstand support, and a torque plate set interferentially fitted into said hollow pivot body and interferentially sleeved on said torque spindle, said torque plate set and said torque spindle cooperatively producing a friction force to position said kickstand support when said kickstand support is rotated together with said torque plate set by a predetermined angle relative to said torque spindle; and
a latch disposed in said latch hole,
wherein said latch hole is interposed between said first and second abutment surfaces of said first linkage rod and said kickstand support, said latch extending into said first and second abutment surfaces,
wherein, when said first and second linkage rods, said kickstand support, and said cam are received in said receiving space, said latch hole is communicated with said second recess, and said latch is in a first locking position, where said latch extends into said second recess to lock rotational movement of said kickstand support relative to said cam, and
wherein, when said second linkage rod is rotated outward of said receiving space by a torque and brings said first linkage rod to rotate relative to said cam until said latch hole communicates with both of said first and second recesses, said latch is pushed by said second abutment surface of said kickstand support to leave said second recess of said kickstand support, and moves into said first recess of said first linkage rod, thereby placing said latch in a second locking position, where said first linkage rod is limited from rotating relative to said cam.

US Pat. No. 10,216,222

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASE

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...

1. A portable electronic device case comprising:a keyboard case portion including a first base portion having a periphery including a first side, a second side, and a third side, the first side and the third side being substantially parallel with each other, the first side and second side being substantially perpendicular to each other;
a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the first base portion along the first side of the first base portion;
a first flap of a semirigid material having an unflexed state of the first flap and a flexed state of the first flap, the first flap in the unflexed state extending from the first wall portion a first length along a first dimension perpendicular to the first wall portion outwardly over the first base portion so positioned with a first gap between the first base portion and the first flap, the first flap in the flexed state extending from the first wall portion a second length along the first dimension wherein the second length is less than the first length; and
a display case portion hingedly coupled to the keyboard case portion, the display case portion including a second base portion and one or more second flaps so positioned with one or more second gaps between the second base portion and the one or more second flaps.

US Pat. No. 10,216,221

COMPUTER CASE INCORPORATING TRANSPARENT DISPLAY

American Future Technolog...

1. A computer enclosure comprising:a panel forming at least a part of one side of the computer enclosure, the panel having an opening;
a transparent panel, forming at least a portion of the panel, the transparent panel comprising a transparent display,
panel driver circuitry, disposed within the computer enclosure, but not adjacent to the panel, for causing images on the transparent display to change as directed by a computer;
electrical connectors, disposed within a hinge, comprising:
a set of exposed conductive plates, each of the conductive plates being one of a power supply connector for providing power to the transparent display and a display panel connector for transmitting data to be presented on the transparent display, and
a set of conductive connectors, each of the set of conductive connectors placed so as to contact one of the set of exposed conductive plates when the panel is affixed to the computer enclosure and when the panel is closed;
wherein the electrical connectors join the transparent display to a power supply and to the panel driver circuitry thereby linking the transparent panel to the computer; and
at least one backlight, disposed within the computer enclosure, for providing backlight to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,216,220

ACCURATE TIME CAPTURE AND TRANSFER BETWEEN CLOCK DOMAINS

Marvell Israel (M.I.S.L) ...

1. A method, comprising:sending, to first circuity from second circuitry, a first request signal that indicates a request for a time maintained by a clock implemented in the first circuitry, wherein the first circuitry utilizes a first clock signal derived from a first oscillator and the second circuitry utilizes a second clock signal derived from a second oscillator;
adjusting, in the first circuitry, a first time value from the clock to compensate for a first latency or jitter caused by converting the first request signal to a second request signal synchronized to the first clock;
sending, from the first circuity to the second circuitry, the adjusted first time value;
further adjusting, in the second circuitry, the adjusted first time value to generate a second time value that compensates for i) a second latency between sending the first request signal and receiving the adjusted first time value, and ii) a third latency or jitter caused by synchronizing the adjusted first time value to the second clock; and
providing, with the second circuitry, the second time value to third circuitry that uses the second time value.

US Pat. No. 10,216,219

MULTI-PROTOCOL CONFIGURABLE TRANSCEIVER INCLUDING CONFIGURABLE DESKEW IN AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Altera Corporation, San ...

1. A configurable transceiver comprising:a first deskew circuitry block;
a second deskew circuitry block;
a clock compensation circuitry block coupled in a data path between the first and second deskew circuitry blocks; and
a first configurable selection circuit having an input, a first output coupled to an input of the first deskew circuitry block, and a second output coupled to an input of the clock compensation circuitry, wherein the first configurable selection circuit has a first state in which the input of the first configurable selection circuit is coupled to the first output of the first configurable selection circuit and in which the first deskew circuitry block performs deskew processing operations for the data path, wherein the first configurable selection circuit has a second state in which the input of the first configurable selection circuit is coupled to the second output of the first configurable selection circuit to bypass the first deskew circuitry block, wherein the first configurable selection circuit is placed in the first state when data formatted according to a first communications protocol is routed over the data path and the first configurable selection circuit is placed in the second state when data formatted according to a second communications protocol is routed over the data path.

US Pat. No. 10,216,218

PROVIDING COUNT VALUE BETWEEN DOMAINS

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. An apparatus comprising:control circuitry to receive a first N-bit count value in a first domain, and to determine an M-bit increment indicating value based on the first N-bit count value and a reference value, wherein M boundary circuitry to provide the M-bit increment indicating value to a second domain; and
updating circuitry to update a second N-bit count value in the second domain based on an increment represented by the M-bit increment indicating value provided by the boundary circuitry;
wherein in response to a predetermined condition, the control circuitry is configured to encode an absolute value of the first N-bit count value as a plurality of M-bit values corresponding to the first N-bit count value to be provided to the second domain by the boundary circuitry; and
in response to said plurality of M-bit values, the updating circuitry is configured to set the second N-bit count value to the absolute value represented by the plurality of M-bit values provided from the boundary circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,216,217

ADAPTIVE COMPILATION AND EXECUTION FOR HARDWARE ACCELERATION

XILINX, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A method of hardware acceleration, comprising:selecting, using a processor, a kernel;
determining, using the processor, a clock frequency for the selected kernel;
programming, using the processor, a clock circuit to generate a clock signal having a clock frequency compatible with the selected kernel; and
implementing, using the processor, the selected kernel as a kernel circuit within a region of programmable circuitry, wherein the kernel circuit is clocked using the clock signal from the clock circuit having the compatible clock frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,216,216

LEVER UNIT

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A lever unit comprising:a lever rotatably provided on a shaft,
a ratchet restricting a movement direction of the lever to one direction, and
a reset piece releasing the restriction on the movement direction by the ratchet,
wherein the ratchet comprises:
a rotational body that rotates integrally with the lever and on which multiple teeth are formed on an outer edge thereof, and
multiple latch pieces having engaging portions that mesh with tooth depression portions between the teeth of the rotational body, and
the multiple latch pieces are set in an array along the outer edge of the rotational body so that each time the rotational body moves a single pitch of the teeth, only one of the engaging portions of all of the latch pieces meshes with one of the tooth depression portions.

US Pat. No. 10,216,215

SAFETY COVER FOR AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE PEDAL

1. An automotive safety brake pedal assembly comprising:a brake pedal having an upper surface including
a first lateral brake pedal edge facing a gas pedal,
a second lateral brake pedal edge opposite the first lateral brake pedal edge,
a first longitudinal brake pedal edge facing a driver's seat, and
a second longitudinal brake pedal edge opposite the first longitudinal brake pedal edge;
a safety cover including
a base member having
a first lateral cover outer edge flush with the first lateral brake pedal edge,
a second lateral cover outer edge located laterally outwardly of the second lateral brake pedal edge, wherein a space is defined between the second lateral cover outer edge and the second lateral brake pedal edge,
a first longitudinal cover outer edge located longitudinally outwardly of the first longitudinal brake pedal edge, and
a second longitudinal cover outer edge flush with the second longitudinal brake pedal edge; and
a fastening assembly configured to secure the safety cover to the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,216,214

WHEEL BUTTON STRUCTURE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A wheel button structure comprising:a case part comprising an upper case through which a guide hole is formed;
a wheel part rotating in the case part with respect to a rotation axis fixed to one side of the case part, and comprising a barrier wall formed on a surface facing the guide hole to wrap a plurality of times around the rotation axis; and
a stopper comprising a lower portion inserted between a first part of the barrier wall and a second part of the barrier wall adjacent to the first part of the barrier wall and an upper portion inserted into the guide hole,
wherein the stopper comprises a recess recessed inward to a lower end between the first part and the second part of the barrier wall, and the barrier wall comprises a protrusion formed a first end disposed adjacent to the rotation access and a second end disposed at a position more spaced apart from the rotation axis than the first end and inserted into the recess, and
wherein the stopper moves along the guide hole when the wheel part rotates.

US Pat. No. 10,216,213

METHODS AND APPARATUSES INCLUDING A PROCESS, VOLTAGE, AND TEMPERATURE INDEPENDENT CURRENT GENERATOR CIRCUIT

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a plurality of transistors coupled to a voltage source, wherein a gate of each of the plurality of transistors is coupled to a bias line;
a first circuit including first and second resistors and a first diode, the first circuit coupled to a first transistor of the plurality of transistors;
a second circuit including a third resistor and a second diode, the second circuit coupled to a second transistor of the plurality of transistors;
a voltage circuit coupled to a third transistor of the plurality of transistors, the voltage circuit including a fourth resistor, a fifth resistor, and a third diode, the voltage circuit configured to provide a bandgap voltage having a value based on the fourth resistor, the fifth resistor, and the third diode to the bias line;
an output node coupled to a fourth transistor of the plurality of transistors; and
an amplifier comprising a first input coupled to a node between the first transistor and the first circuit and a second input coupled to a node between the second transistor and the second circuit, the amplifier configured to provide an output voltage to the bias line responsive to a voltage differential between the first input and the second input,
wherein a resistance of the third resistor is based on a current through the second diode, such that a temperature slope of a sum of the current through the second diode and a current through the third resistor is substantially equal to zero, and
wherein a current through the fourth transistor provided responsive to the output voltage applied to the bias line remains, based on the first through third resistors, and further based on the fourth and fifth resistors and the third diode providing the bandgap voltage, substantially constant in temperature coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,216,212

OPERATING TEMPERATURE-BASED MASS STORAGE DEVICE MANAGEMENT

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A data center, comprising:a plurality of rack computer systems, wherein each rack computer system comprises:
a plurality of mass storage devices coupled to at least one power distribution system and configured to consume electrical power supplied by the at least one power distribution system;
a plurality of power sensors configured to measure individual electrical power consumption by individual ones of the plurality of mass storage devices, wherein each power sensor is electrically coupled to a separate corresponding mass storage device, of the plurality of mass storage devices, and is configured to generate measurement data indicating electrical power consumption by the corresponding mass storage device; and
a power monitoring system communicatively coupled to the plurality of power sensors, wherein the power monitoring system is configured to:
determine, based at least in part upon processing measurement data received from a particular one of the plurality of power sensors, a corresponding operating temperature of the corresponding one of the mass storage devices; and
controllably adjust an operating state of at least one component, which is configured to support computing operations performed in the data center, to increase a cooling flow toward the particular mass storage device responsive to a determination based at least in part on the measurement data, that the operating temperature of the particular mass storage device at least meets a threshold temperature value, such that the operating temperature of the particular mass storage device is reduced below at least one threshold temperature value as a result of the adjustment of the operating state of the at least one component.

US Pat. No. 10,216,211

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR VOLTAGE SWITCH CIRCUIT AND USB POWER DELIVERY

Silergy Semiconductor Tec...

1. A method, comprising:a) controlling an output voltage of a voltage switch circuit having first and second switch circuits to be switched from a first voltage that is received by said first switch circuit to a second voltage that is received by said second switch circuit, and to be no larger than a smaller one of said first and second voltages before said second switch circuit starts conducting;
b) switching said output voltage to said second voltage when said second switch circuit starts conducting, wherein outputs of said first and second switch circuits are coupled together to provide said output voltage;
c) controlling said first switch circuit to turn off after said second switch circuit conducts and when said output voltage is no larger than said smaller one of said first and second voltages;
d) controlling said first switch circuit to transition from a complete conducting state to an incomplete conducting state before said second switch circuit starts conducting; and
e) controlling said output voltage to decrease from said first voltage to a third voltage, wherein a value of said third voltage is equal to a difference between said smaller one of said first and second voltages and a predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,216,210

DUAL INPUT POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

O2MICRO INC., Santa Clar...

1. A dual input power management method, comprising:monitoring whether a first input terminal has a power supply and whether a second input terminal has a power supply, and accordingly generating a first monitor signal and a second monitor signal;
generating a priority signal based on the first monitor signal, the second monitor signal, and an enable signal, to determine an input priority of the first input terminal and the second input terminal;
generating a control signal based on a feedback signal indicative of an output voltage and a reference signal; and
regulating the output voltage based on the priority signal and the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,216,209

DIGITAL LOW DROP-OUT REGULATOR AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

SK Hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A digital Low Drop-Out (LDO) regulator, comprising: an event-driven circuit for generating a trigger signal by asynchronously detecting whether an output voltage is out of a threshold range or not, and generating a first error information signal and a first control signal based on the trigger signal; a time-driven circuit for generating a second error information signal by detecting a change in the output voltage in synchronization with a clock signal, and generating a second control signal by combining the first and second error information signals; a clock/trigger control circuit for generating the clock signal having a first cycle or a second cycle based on the trigger signal and the first and second error information signals; a first array driver for controlling a driving force of the is output voltage in response to the first control signal; and a second array driver for controlling the driving force of the output voltage in response to the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,216,208

LOAD CURRENT SENSING IN VOLTAGE REGULATOR

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A circuit comprising:a linear drop-out regulator including a pass transistor and a first error amplifier, wherein an output from the first error amplifier is coupled to a gate of the pass transistor;
a current sense transistor having a source coupled to a source of the pass transistor, wherein the output from the first error amplifier is also coupled to a gate of the current sense transistor;
a current sense output transistor having a source coupled to a drain of the current sense transistor;
a second error amplifier having a first input terminal coupled to a drain of the pass transistor and having a second input terminal coupled to the drain of the current sense transistor, wherein an output of the second error amplifier is coupled to a gate of the current sense output transistor, and wherein a drain of the current sense output transistor is an output current node for the circuit;
offset sampling circuitry configured to compensate for an offset voltage of the second error amplifier with a first kind of offset compensation operation; and
chopping circuitry configured to compensate for the offset voltage of the second error amplifier with a second kind of offset compensation operation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,207

OVERVOLTAGE CLAMP IN REGULATORS

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A regulator for providing a load current at a regulator output voltage to a load at an output of the regulator, wherein the regulator comprisesa differential input stage configured to provide a differential output voltage based on a reference voltage and based on the regulator output voltage;
an output driver comprising an auxiliary transistor and a lower driver transistor which are arranged in series between an input voltage and ground, wherein the output driver is configured to generate a control signal based on the differential output voltage, wherein the control signal is provided at a midpoint between the auxiliary transistor and the lower driver transistor, referred to as a control midpoint, and wherein a voltage applied to a gate of the lower driver transistor depends on the differential output voltage;
a pass transistor coupled to the input voltage, wherein the pass transistor is configured to provide the load current in dependence of the control signal; and
clamping circuitry comprising an upper sensing transistor and a lower sensing transistor which are arranged in series between the input voltage and ground, wherein gates of the lower driver transistor and the lower sensing transistor are coupled to one another, gates of the auxiliary transistor and the upper sensing transistor are coupled to one another, wherein the clamping circuitry is configured to
sense an overvoltage indication which indicates that the pass transistor is being turned off, wherein the overvoltage indication is provided at a midpoint between the upper sensing transistor and the lower sensing transistor; and
clamp the differential output voltage to a clamping voltage, if the overvoltage indication indicates that the pass transistor is being turned off.

US Pat. No. 10,216,206

OPTICAL SENSOR DEVICE AND VOLTAGE REGULATOR APPARATUS WITH IMPROVED NOISE REJECTION CAPABILITY

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

4. A voltage regulator apparatus with a rejection capability for high frequency power noise, comprising:a low dropout linear regulator having at least one operational amplifier which is powered by a power source, the low dropout linear regulator being configured for receiving and regulating an input voltage signal to provide an output voltage signal for a load; and
a noise rejection circuit, coupled between the power source and the low dropout linear regulator, configured for providing a power noise rejection capability upon a high frequency part of a power signal of the power source to generate the power signal with less high frequency noise to the at least one operational amplifier;
wherein the noise rejection circuit comprises:
a transistor used as a noise rejection element, having a first terminal connected to the power source, a second terminal connected to a power input of the at least one operational amplifier, and a control terminal connected to a voltage bias signal; and
a bias circuit, coupled to the control terminal of the transistor, configured for providing the voltage bias signal to the control terminal of the transistor, the bias circuit being powered by the power signal and the voltage bias signal generated from the bias circuit being irrelevant to the input voltage signal.

US Pat. No. 10,216,205

LOW VOLTAGE TUBE CIRCUITS

1. A low voltage tube amplifier circuit using a vacuum tube comprising:the vacuum tube including a cathode terminal, a plate terminal, and a first grid including a first grid terminal, wherein the vacuum tube normally operates at a plate voltage of at least +12 volts;
an input terminal of the low voltage tube amplifier circuit that is coupled to the first grid terminal of the vacuum tube;
an output terminal of the low voltage tube amplifier circuit that is coupled to the plate terminal of the vacuum tube;
a plate power supply whose voltage is at zero volt or nearly zero volts with respect to the cathode terminal of the vacuum tube;
a load element which includes a first terminal and a second terminal;
coupling the cathode terminal of the vacuum tube to ground;
coupling the first terminal of the load element to the plate terminal of the vacuum tube;
coupling the plate power supply to the second terminal of the load element;
wherein coupling a first input signal to the first grid terminal of the vacuum tube provides an output signal at the plate terminal of the vacuum tube;
wherein the output signal is provided at the plate terminal of the vacuum tube when the plate power supply is provided at zero volt or nearly zero volts with respect to the cathode terminal of the vacuum tube.

US Pat. No. 10,216,204

DETERMINING SHEAR RATE AND/OR SHEAR STRESS FROM SONAR BASED VELOCITY PROFILES AND DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE

CiDRA Corporate Services ...

1. A system for controlling an injection of a chemical into the flow of a slurry in a pipe in a mining operation, comprising:a data gathering module having a velocity profile meter configured to respond to a flow in a pipe and provide signals containing information about a zeta profile of a shear rate related to one or more velocity profiles of the flow of a slurry having mature fine tailing (MFT) in the pipe, and also having a differential pressure module configured to respond to the flow in the pipe and provide associated signaling containing information about a Tau profile of a shear stress related to a pressure gradient of the flow over a length of the pipe; and
a signal processor comprising one or more modules configured to receive the signals containing information about the zeta profile of the shear rate and the associated signaling containing information about the Tau profile of the shear stress, determine corresponding signaling containing information about an injection of flocculation chemicals into the flow of the slurry having MFT in the pipe that depends on a ratio between the Tau profile of the shear stress and the zeta profile of the shear rate of the flow in the pipe, based at least partly on the signals and associated signaling received, and provide the corresponding signaling as control signaling to control the injection of the flocculation chemicals into the flow of the slurry having MFT in the pipe in the mining operation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,203

MIXING VALVE

Magarl, LLC, Naples, FL ...

1. A mixing valve comprising:a valve body providing a hot water inlet, a cold water inlet, a mixed water outlet, and an interior located within said valve body, the interior being in fluid communication with each said inlet and said mixed outlet, and
a valve member movable along a central axis in the interior between a first position restricting flow from said hot water inlet and a second position restricting flow from said cold water inlet, the second position being downstream of the first position, the valve member including a central region receiving a flow of hot water from the hot water inlet; and
a plurality of spaced apart fins, each said pair of adjacent fins receiving therebetween a flow of hot water from the central region and directing the received hot water downstream;
a thermostat located in a mixing region of the interior receiving cold water from said cold water inlet and the hot water directed by said fins, said thermostat coupled to said valve member to move said valve member in response to changes in temperature of the mixed water; and
a spring adapted and configured to urge said valve member toward said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,202

PRESSURE REGULATING VALVE

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A pressure regulating valve comprising:a pressure regulating chamber;
a piston movable in an axial direction in response to pressure in the pressure regulating chamber;
a valve element configured to move with movement of the piston; and
a seat located outside of the piston, the seat being configured to contact the valve element by movement of the piston and valve element in the axial direction, wherein:
the piston includes a piston hollow portion in an end of the piston on a first side closer to the seat relative to a second opposite side of the piston, the piston hollow portion being open towards the seat, the piston hollow portion having inner peripheral surfaces in parallel with each other when viewed in a cross-section taken along a central axis of the piston; and
the valve element includes:
a tip portion configured to contact the seat;
a columnar portion inserted in the piston hollow portion; and
a fit portion protruding radially outward from a first portion of an outer peripheral surface of the columnar portion, the fit portion being fitted in contact at a point of tangency between the fit portion and the inner peripheral surfaces of the piston hollow portion, the fit portion having a spherical shape.

US Pat. No. 10,216,201

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REGULATING THE PRESSURE OF A GAS

Pietro Fiorentini SPA, A...

1. A pressure regulating system suited to regulate the pressure of a gas, comprising:a regulating device suited to regulate the pressure of a first gas stream, provided with an inlet for the gas at a supply pressure and with an outlet for the gas at a regulated pressure lower than said supply pressure;
a vortex tube configured in such a way that it receives a gas stream through an inlet, separates it into a hot portion and a cold portion and delivers said hot and cold portions through corresponding outlets;
a heat exchanger coupled with said vortex tube in order to heat said first gas stream before it flows into said regulating device; and
a recovery duct suited to collect a first portion of said first gas stream at a collection point located downstream of said heat exchanger and to convey it to said inlet of said vortex tube.

US Pat. No. 10,216,200

DEVICES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS FOR WATER BALANCING

Honeywell International I...

1. A device for controlling a plurality of valves of a building, comprising:a memory; and
a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to:
select a subset of valves from among a plurality of valves of a number of systems of a building based on a point of each of the number of valves, wherein each of the points comprises a characteristic of at least one of a sensor input, a control output, a control value, and a sub-valve within a primary valve;
send a command from a building controller to balance the subset of the plurality of valves; and
simultaneously balance the subset of the plurality of valves associated with a plurality of building systems, based on the command.

US Pat. No. 10,216,199

RESERVOIR CONTROL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

South East Water Corporat...

1. A management system for controlling operations of at least one fluid tank, the management system comprising:a wireless transceiver in communication with a controller of a control device associated with the at least one fluid tank to allow the management system to communicate with the controller over a communications network, the controller being configured to provide feedback data relating to a previous discharge of fluid from the at least one tank;
a processor for:
determining weather data for a particular region, wherein the at least one fluid tank is associated with the region,
determining a threshold fluid level for the at least one fluid tank based on a capacity of the at least one fluid tank, the weather data, and the feedback data;
transmitting via the wireless transceiver a command signal to the controller, wherein the command signal includes operation instructions for activating at least one flow control mechanism associated with at least one fluid tank.

US Pat. No. 10,216,198

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO PERFORM OBSERVER-BASED CONTROL OF A VEHICLE

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:an error module to calculate a difference between a first state of a vehicle and a second state of the vehicle, the first state based on a bounded command, the second state based on a measurement from a sensor, the sensor including at least one of an acceleration sensor or a gyro sensor;
an observer module to determine a third state of the vehicle based on the difference, the observer module is to determine the third state by:
calculating a sum based on an observer error feedback gain and a gain command value applied to the first state; and
executing a transfer function using the sum to generate the third state, the transfer function including a first matrix and a second matrix, the first matrix corresponding to an identity matrix, the second matrix corresponding to a state matrix of an observer model;
a baseline control module to generate a first command based on the third state; and
a vehicle module to execute the first command to control the vehicle by moving a control surface from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,196

METHODS TO OPERATE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES TO PILOT VEHICLES IN GROUPS OR CONVOYS

Prosper Technology, LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:accessing, by a central computing device, sensor data from one or more autonomous escort vehicles in a convoy moving along a route;
detecting, by the central computing device, based on the sensor data, an environmental vehicle along or in proximity to the route of the convoy;
determining, by the central computing device, based on the sensor data movement of the convoy along the route, that the environmental vehicle should be prevented from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route;
identifying, by the central computing device, a particular one of the autonomous escort vehicles that is available to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route;
generating, by the central computing device, instructions for the particular one of the autonomous escort vehicles to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route; and
causing, by the central computing device, the instructions to be communicated to and executed by the particular one of the autonomous escort vehicles to modify its position to prevent the environmental vehicle from interfering with the movement of the convoy along the route.

US Pat. No. 10,216,195

APPLICATIONS FOR USING MASS ESTIMATIONS FOR VEHICLES

Peloton Technology, Inc.,...

1. A method, comprising:identifying a first vehicle and a second vehicle at a data processing center;
receiving at the data processing center sensor data from the first vehicle and the second vehicle, the sensor data useful for calculating a first mass estimation and a second mass estimation of the first vehicle and the second vehicle respectively;
performing, at the data processing center, calculations for the first mass estimation for the first vehicle and the second mass estimation for the second vehicle using the sensor data received from the first vehicle and the second vehicle respectively;
determining which of the first vehicle and the second vehicle are assigned a lead position and a following position in a platoon based on the first and the second mass estimations of the first vehicle and the second vehicle respectively; and
coordinating the platoon between the first vehicle and the second vehicle by:
directing the first vehicle and the second vehicle to rendezvous and engage in the platoon;
communicating to and sharing among the first vehicle and the second vehicle the assigned lead the following positions in the platoon as determined from the calculated mass estimations of the first vehicle and the second vehicle respectively, the communication and sharing of the assigned lead and following positions enabling the two vehicles to each know their assigned position at a point of contact of the rendezvous,
wherein the first vehicle and the second vehicle each assume their assigned position at the point of contact of the rendezvous.

US Pat. No. 10,216,194

USING EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM (EMS) VEHICLE TELEMATICS DATA TO REDUCE ACCIDENT RISK

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer system configured to use emergency response system (EMS) vehicle telematics data to reduce accident risk, the computer system comprising:at least one of one or more processors or one or more transceivers, the at least one of the one or more processors or the one or more transceivers located on or within an autonomous vehicle, the at least one of the one or more processors or the one or more transceivers configured to:
receive, at the autonomous vehicle via wireless communication or data transmission, the EMS vehicle telematics data associated with an EMS vehicle, the EMS vehicle telematics data including location data and at least one of acceleration data or deceleration data;
determine, at the autonomous vehicle based upon the EMS vehicle telematics data, whether a current route of the autonomous vehicle will interfere with a route of the EMS vehicle to an emergency location;
determine, at the autonomous vehicle based upon a relevance of the EMS vehicle, an alternate route for the autonomous vehicle to take to avoid interfering with the route of the EMS vehicle to the emergency location, the relevance of the EMS vehicle being based upon whether the current route of the autonomous vehicle will interfere with the route of the EMS vehicle to the emergency location;
direct, based upon the relevance of the EMS vehicle, the autonomous vehicle to one of (1) travel along the alternate route, or (2) pull over to a side of a road on the current route of the autonomous vehicle to allow the EMS vehicle to pass the autonomous vehicle; and
cause an insurance provider remote server to at least one of display, adjust, or generate an insurance discount associated with the autonomous vehicle based upon the autonomous vehicle including risk mitigation or prevention functionality associated with (1) receiving the EMS vehicle telematics data, and (2) directing corrective actions based upon the relevance of the EMS vehicle, so as to incentivize the insured customer to facilitate avoidance of collisions and safe travel for the EMS vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,216,193

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION PATH COMPENSATION

GREYORANGE PTE. LTD., Si...

1. A method for path correction of a vehicle travelling from a first marker to a second marker, the method comprising:computing, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, an offset in a location of the vehicle with respect to the first marker;
dividing a distance between the first maker and the second marker into a predetermined number of segments;
computing a speed profile of the vehicle based on the distance between the first marker and the second marker;
generating a compensation curve based on the computed offset and a plurality of interpolation points; and
modifying, upon each segment being traversed by the vehicle, the speed profile of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,216,192

MOVING OBJECT CONTROLLER, LANDMARK, AND MOVING OBJECT CONTROL METHOD

MEGACHIPS CORPORATION, O...

1. A moving object controller for controlling a mobile machine that moves in an environment in which at least one landmark set including two or more landmarks is arranged, the moving object controller being configured to perform processing for generating an environmental map expressed using information about the landmarks and perform processing for estimating an internal state of the mobile machine, the controller comprising:observation obtaining circuitry configured to obtain observation data collected from a sensor;
landmark detection circuitry configured to obtain, based on the observation data obtained by the observation obtaining circuitry, (1) a distance between the mobile machine and each of the two or more landmarks included in the landmark set as landmark distance information, and (2) an angle formed by a predetermined axis and a line connecting the mobile machine and each of the two or more landmarks included in the landmark set as landmark angle information;
candidate area obtaining circuitry configured to obtain candidate area information indicating candidate areas for a position of the mobile machine based on the landmark distance information obtained by the landmark detection circuitry, the candidate area information including information for a plurality of intersection points between circles centered on each of the two or more landmarks, each circle having a radius corresponding to the distance between the mobile machine and the corresponding landmark;
state estimation circuitry configured to estimate the internal state of the mobile machine based on the observation data obtained by the observation obtaining circuitry, the landmark distance information and the landmark angle information generated by the landmark detection circuitry, and the candidate area information obtained by the candidate area obtaining circuitry, and estimate the environmental map based on the candidate area information, the landmark distance information, and the positional coordinates landmark angle information; and
control circuitry configured to control the mobile machine for moving autonomously based on outputs of the state estimation circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,216,191

PROPERTY HUNTING IN AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

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

1. A method implemented in an autonomous vehicle (AV) for facilitating house hunting using the AV, the method comprising:displaying on a window of the AV, a listing of one or more houses for sale in a specific geographical area;
receiving a selection of one or more houses from the listing of the one or more houses for which an individual is prequalified to purchase;
identifying an optimized route from a current geolocation of the AV to a geolocation of each of the one or more houses selected, the optimized route being a route that is the shortest route to the one or more houses selected or a route that is a fastest route to the one or more houses selected;
automatically directing the AV to drive to the geolocation of a first house on the optimized route;
as the AV is driving to the geolocation of the first house, display on the window of the AV one or more of 1) information regarding noise levels along the optimized route, 2) information regarding crime in a neighborhood along the optimized route, 3) information regarding schools in the neighborhood along the optimized route, 4) information regarding transportation in the neighborhood along the optimized route and 5) information regarding shopping in the neighborhood along the optimized route; and
when the AV reaches the geolocation of the first house:
display on the window of the AV a view of an interior of the first house;
display on the window of the AV a current price of the first house, a current market value of the first house and a current annual property tax for the first house; and
display on the window of the AV an estimated monthly mortgage,
insurance and property tax payment for the first house.

US Pat. No. 10,216,190

MANAGING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES NEEDING ENERGY REPLENISHMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for managing autonomous vehicles, the computer system comprising:a bus system;
a storage device connected to the bus system, wherein the storage device stores program instructions; and
a processor connected to the bus system, wherein the processor executes the program instructions to:
collect autonomous vehicle energy data and travel data;
determine a plurality of autonomous vehicles that need energy replenishment within a defined geographic area;
determine a rank for each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles that need energy replenishment within the defined geographic area to meet passenger-defined travel destination time constraints; and
direct each autonomous vehicle to an energy station in a set of energy stations within the defined geographic area to meet the passenger-defined travel destination time constraints based on the rank of each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,216,189

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZING OBJECT PREDICTION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more processors, state data descriptive of at least a current or past state of a plurality of objects that are perceived by an autonomous vehicle;
determining, by the computing system, a priority classification for each object in the plurality of objects based at least in part on the respective state data for each object;
determining, by the computing system, an order at which the computing system determines a predicted future state for each object based at least in part on the priority classification for each object;
selecting, by the computing system, a future location prediction system based at least in part on a priority classification for at least one of the plurality of objects; and
determining, by the computing system, the predicted future state for each object based at least in part on the determined order, wherein determining the predicted future state for the at least one of the plurality of objects comprises using the selected future location prediction system.

US Pat. No. 10,216,188

AUTONOMOUS GROUND VEHICLES BASED AT DELIVERY LOCATIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system to transport an ordered item, the system comprising:a first autonomous ground vehicle (AGV) that is stationed at a first home base location at a first user's residence; and
a computing system comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and storing program instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to at least:
determine a meeting location which the first AGV will travel to for meeting a transportation vehicle;
receive a notification that indicates an estimated time of when the transportation vehicle is expected to arrive at the meeting location;
instruct the first AGV to travel from the first home base location to the meeting location to meet the transportation vehicle;
determine that a first item from the transportation vehicle has been placed in a storage compartment of the first AGV while the first AGV is at the meeting location; and
instruct the first AGV to travel from the meeting location to the first user's residence to deliver the first item.

US Pat. No. 10,216,187

UNMANNED VEHICLE OPERATING MODES

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
drive elements configured to drive movements of the frame; and
a computer configured to receive mission planning and manual commands and to control operations of the drive elements to operate in a safe mode in which mission commands are accepted but manual commands are refused, a manual mode in which mission commands are refused but manual commands are accepted and an enroute mode, the safe mode including a stationary mode characterized in that the frame is stationary relative to ground and the manual mode comprises a manual mode characterized in that the frame is movable relative to ground,
the computer being further configured to only allow mode transitions directly between the safe mode and the manual mode and directly between the safe mode and the enroute mode.

US Pat. No. 10,216,186

TASK ALLOCATION AND VARIABLE AUTONOMY LEVELS

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of flying an aircraft, comprising:receiving data from situational awareness sensors and performance sensors to determine a task workload necessary for completing a flight operation related to flying the aircraft, wherein the situational awareness sensors measure a flight condition of the aircraft and the performance sensors measure data with respect to performance of a flight crew;
allocating the task workload between the flight crew and one or more flight-assist agents;
monitoring a workload and performance of the flight crew in executing a portion of the task workload allocated to the flight crew, wherein monitoring the workload and performance of the flight crew further comprises determining a metric for performing a task allocated to the flight crew and comparing an action of the flight crew to the metric;
adjusting an allocation of the task workload between the flight crew and the one or more flight-assist agents based on the performance of the flight crew and a selected autonomy level; and
determining an intention of the flight crew from the action of the flight crew and creating and allocating a task to the one or more flight-assist agents to complement the intention of the flight crew.

US Pat. No. 10,216,185

METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A PLURALITY OF MOBILE-RADIO EQUIPPED ROBOTS IN A TALKGROUP

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A mobile-radio equipped robot that is a member of a first talkgroup, the first mobile-radio equipped robot comprising:a mechanical drive element;
a wireless communications interface comprising one of an infrastructure wireless communication interface for communicating with an infrastructure radio access network (RAN) and an ad-hoc wireless communication interface for communicating with an ad-hoc network;
a processor; and
data storage containing instructions executable by the processor for causing the mobile-radio equipped robot to carry out a set of functions, the set of functions comprising:
receiving, via the wireless communication interface, a group voice call containing a voice-command;
determining that the mobile-radio equipped robot is a target of the group voice call, and responsively text-converting the voice-command into an actionable text-based command; and
operating the mechanical drive element in accordance with the actionable text-based command.

US Pat. No. 10,216,184

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ITS OPERATION

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

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a certification sticker adhered to the housing, the certification sticker including an NFC tag embedded therein;
an NFC reader;
a controller operatively coupled to the NFC reader;
wherein the NFC reader is configured to:
receive certificate data from the NFC tag that is embedded in the certification sticker that is adhered to the housing of the apparatus;
provide said certificate data to the controller; and
wherein the controller is configured to:
receive said certificate data from the NFC reader;
verify whether the certificate data are valid;
enable operation of the apparatus if the certificate data are valid;
wherein the apparatus is a drone and the controller is a flight controller;
wherein the controller is further configured to set permissible zones of operation using the certificate data.

US Pat. No. 10,216,183

3D INTELLIGENT SCHEDULING METHOD BASED ON LOGISTICS SIMULATION SOFTWARE

Zhuhai Makerwit Technolog...

1. A 3D intelligent scheduling method based on a logistics simulation software, comprising:installing the logistics simulation software on a scheduling control server, and establishing a logistics simulation model, wherein the logistics simulation model corresponds to an actual AGV (automated guided vehicle) logistics system, the AGV logistics system comprises at least one AGV, an automated equipment, and a plurality of card-reading points, and each of the card-reading points is distributed on an AGV path and is configured to record each AGV that passes by;
disposing a network communications module on the scheduling control server, and establishing, by the scheduling control server, a link to the at least one AGV and the automated equipment by using the network communications module;
sending, by the at least one AGV, a logistics task to the scheduling control server by using the network communications module, wherein the logistics task of the at least one AGV triggers a running of the logistics simulation model, wherein the running of the logistics simulation model cause the logistics simulation model to
obtain a traveling route of the at least one AGV through calculation, and trigger a simulated AGV corresponding to the at least one AGV;
send an analog control signal to the simulated AGV;
extract the analog control signal, convert the analog control signal to a control signal capable of being recognized by the at least one AGV, and send the control signal to the at least one AGV by using the network communications module; and
performing, by the at least one AGV, a corresponding action according to the received control signal, to complete the logistics task;
wherein when the method is used for a traffic control, the method further comprises:
disposing a first card-reading point at a crosspoint of two AGV paths, respectively disposing four card-reading points of which every two are connected to one another on the two AGV paths, wherein the four card-reading points comprise a second card-reading point, a third card-reading point, a fourth card-reading point, and a fifth card-reading point; and
performing the traffic control on a traffic control area that is surrounded by the second card-reading point, the third card-reading point, the fourth card-reading point, and the fifth card-reading point, wherein performing the traffic control comprises:
entering, by a first AGV, the traffic control area, reading a first card at any one of the second card-reading point, the third card-reading point, the fourth card-reading point, and the fifth card-reading point, and sending, by the card-reading point reading the first card, card-reading information of the first AGV to the logistics simulation model to trigger a first running of the logistics simulation model, wherein a simulated first AGV corresponding to the first AGV and simulated card-reading points corresponding to the second card-reading point, the third card-reading point, the fourth card-reading point, and the fifth card-reading point are provided in the logistics simulation model;
wherein the first running of the logistics simulation model cause the logistics simulation model to
drive the simulated first AGV to reach a corresponding simulated reading point and send an analog control instruction to the simulated first AGV,
read the analog control instruction, convert the analog control instruction to a control signal capable of being recognized by the first AGV, and send the control signal to the first AGV by using the network communications module;
if the first AGV has not left the traffic control area, reading, by a second AGV, a second card at any one of the second card-reading point, the third card-reading point, the fourth card-reading point, and the fifth card-reading point, sending, by the card-reading point reading the second card, card-reading information of the second AGV to the logistics simulation model to trigger a second running of the logistics simulation model, wherein a simulated second AGV corresponding to the second AGV is provided in the logistics simulation model;
wherein the second running of the logistics simulation model cause the logistics simulation model to
drive the second AGV to reach a corresponding simulated card-reading point, and suspend sending the analog control instruction to the simulated second AGV; and
after the first AGV leaves the traffic control area, control the second AGV to continue moving forward.

US Pat. No. 10,216,182

COMMAND AND CONTROL OF A ROBOT BY A CONTACT CENTER WITH THIRD-PARTY MONITORING

Avaya Inc., Santa Clara,...

1. A robot, comprising:a network interface; and
a microprocessor;
the robot being configurable to perform a customer service task comprising performance of an operation;
the microprocessor operates the robot in a first mode comprising one of an unmonitored mode or a monitored mode;
the microprocessor communicates data comprising at least one operational parameter to a third party via the network interface;
the microprocessor, upon receiving a signal via the network interface indicating the third party is receiving the data, operates the robot in the monitored mode; and
the microprocessor, upon an absence to receive the signal indicating the third-party is receiving the data, operates the robot in the unmonitored mode; and
wherein the robot is performance-curtailed for the performance of the operation while in the unmonitored mode and wherein the robot is performance-uncurtailed for the performance of the operation while the robot is in the monitored mode.

US Pat. No. 10,216,181

IMPLEMENTATION OF A RESCUE DRONE

International Business Ma...

1. A drone based rescue system comprising:an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) associated with and in proximity to an individual, said UAV comprising:
one or more sensor devices configured to detect a situation requiring a need to rescue said individual at a current location, and configured to generate a trigger signal in response to detecting the situation;
a recording device configured to record and store a message from the individual;
a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for receiving GPS signals to determine a current GPS location of said individual;
a navigation system configured to control said UAV to traverse a flight-path to a destination location;
a processor unit at said UAV configured to receive said trigger signal and automatically record a current GPS location of said individual and controlling a launching of said UAV to said destination location,
wherein said UAV is further configured to contemporaneously provide said stored recorded message and current GPS location of said individual to one or more playback devices associated with an emergency response authority to inform of said individual's situation and location.

US Pat. No. 10,216,180

FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF AN AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. A flight management system of an aircraft, comprising:a core module configured to implement one or more core functionalities related to a flight management of the aircraft, wherein the core module is implemented in a core partition;
a supplementary module configured to implement one or more supplementary functionalities, wherein the supplementary module is distinct from the core module and the supplementary module is implemented in a supplementary partition; and
an exchange interface configured to exchange messages between the core module and the supplementary module,
wherein the core module comprises a core interface configured to interface with an on-board system of the aircraft including a first generic man-machine interface,
wherein the supplementary module comprises a supplementary interface configured to interface with a second man-machine interface connected to the supplementary module
wherein the core partition and the supplementary partition are at least one of:
(a) temporally segregated such that activities of one of the core partition and the supplementary partition do not affect timings of activities of the other of the core partition and the supplementary partition, and
(b) spatially segregated such that one of the core partition and the supplementary partition is prevented from accessing a memory space of the other of the core partition and the supplementary partition.

US Pat. No. 10,216,179

MONITORING CONTROL SYSTEM AND WORK SUPPORT METHOD

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A monitoring control system comprising:a control device that includes an action execution unit that executes an action with respect to a plant after emergency shut-down of the plant, and controls devices provided in the plant based on process information obtained from the devices provided in the plant;
a safety control device that includes a safety control unit that performs the emergency shut-down of the plant in a case where an abnormality occurs in the plant, a state monitoring unit that monitors a state of the plant after the emergency shut-down of the plant, and a work progress monitoring unit that monitors a work progress after the emergency shut-down of the plant according to an execution situation of the action execution unit of the control device and that allows release of the emergency shut-down of the plant in a case where the work progress monitoring unit determines that work is completed; and
a display device that displays, in a case where the emergency shut-down of the plant is performed by the safety control device, an emergency shut-down screen including a monitoring result of the state monitoring unit and a monitoring result of the work progress monitoring unit.

US Pat. No. 10,216,178

LOCAL ANALYTICS AT AN ASSET

1. A computing device that is capable of being physically coupled to an asset, the computing device comprising:an asset interface configured to communicatively couple the computing device to one or more on-board components of the asset;
a network interface configured to facilitate wireless, network-based communication between the computing device and a computing system located remote from the computing device;
at least one processor;
a non-transitory computer-readable medium; and
program instructions stored on the non-transitory computer-readable medium that are executable by the at least one processor to cause the computing device to:
receive, via the network interface, a predictive model that is related to the operation of the asset, wherein the predictive model is defined by the computing system based on operating data for a plurality of assets;
receive, via the asset interface, operating data for the asset;
execute the predictive model based on at least a portion of the received operating data for the asset; and
based on executing the predictive model, execute a workflow corresponding to the predictive model, wherein executing the workflow comprises causing the asset, via the asset interface, to perform an operation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,177

FACILITATING DEVICE CONTROL

Kindred Systems Inc., Sa...

1. A method of deriving autonomous control information, the method comprising:receiving one or more sets of associated environment sensor information and device control instructions, wherein each set of associated environment sensor information and device control instructions comprises:
environment sensor information representing an environment associated with an operator controllable device; and
associated device control instructions configured to cause the operator controllable device to simulate at least one action taken by at least one operator experiencing a representation of the environment generated from the environment sensor information;
deriving autonomous control information from the one or more sets of associated environment sensor information and device control instructions, said autonomous control information configured to facilitate generating autonomous device control signals from autonomous environment sensor information representing an environment associated with an autonomous device, said autonomous device control signals configured to cause the autonomous device to take at least one autonomous action, said autonomous control information comprising a representation of an artificial intelligence model derived from the one or more sets of associated environment sensor information and device control instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,216,176

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

ASM IP HOLDING B.V., Alm...

1. A substrate processing apparatus comprising:a plurality of arms used for transferring a substrate;
a plurality of processing sections for processing said substrate; and
a processor for controlling movement of said plurality of arms and controlling processing in said plurality of processing sections, wherein
said processor is configured so that, using system parameters, at least one of said plurality of arms can be designated as a usable arm and at least one of said plurality of processing sections can be designated as a usable processing section,
different ones of said plurality of processing sections and different ones of said plurality of arms are used for different processing conditions,
and ones of said plurality of arms other than said usable arm and ones of said plurality of processing sections other than said usable processing section cannot be used regardless of content of a recipe.

US Pat. No. 10,216,175

CONVEYORS INCLUDING SENSORS FOR DETECTING ERROR CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PRODUCTS TRAVELING ON THE CONVEYORS

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for sorting and tracking products at a product distribution facility, the system comprising:a plurality of interconnected conveyors configured to move the products;
a first sensor positioned proximate a product advancement surface of at least one of the conveyors and configured to detect at least one identifying characteristic of at least one product moving on the product advancement surface;
a second sensor positioned proximate the product advancement surface and configured to detect at least one physical characteristic of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface;
an electronic database storing inventory management data including:
data indicating predefined identifying characteristic and physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the predefined identifying characteristic and physical characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when in a new condition and undamaged; and
data indicating actual identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the actual identifying characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when detected by the first sensor during movement of the at least one product along the product advancement surface;
data indicating actual physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product, the actual physical characteristic information corresponding to the at least one product when detected by the second sensor during movement of the at least one product along the product advancement surface;
a third sensor positioned proximate the product advancement surface and configured to detect a location of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface; and
a processor-based electronic inventory management device in communication with the first and second sensors and the electronic database, the electronic inventory management device being configured obtain the inventory management data stored in the electronic database and, based on the obtained inventory management data, to:
compare the data indicating the actual identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product detected by the first sensor during movement on the product advancement surface to the data indicating the predefined identifying characteristic information associated with the at least one product in order to determine an identity of the at least one product detected by the first sensor;
compare the data indicating the actual physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product detected by the second sensor during movement on the product advancement surface to the data indicating the predefined physical characteristic information associated with the at least one product in order to verify that the identity of the at least one product and that the condition of the at least one product detected by the second sensor is new and undamaged; and
redirect movement of the at least one product detected by the first and second sensors on the product advancement surface of the at least one of the conveyors in response to a determination, by the electronic inventory management device, that a verification of the identity of the at least one product failed or that the at least one product is not in a new condition or is in a damaged condition;
wherein the inventory management data stored in the electronic database further includes data indicating predefined route information associated with the at least one product; and
wherein the electronic inventory management device is configured to compare actual route information of the at least one product based on detection of the at least one product by the third sensor to the predefined route information associated with the at least one product in the electronic database in order to determine whether the actual route of the at least one product moving on the product advancement surface of the at least one of the conveyors is consistent with the predefined route information associated with the at least one product.

US Pat. No. 10,216,174

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNIVERSAL CONTROL OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

1. A method of manufacturing an integrated circuit configured for local communication with an electronic device, the electronic device and integrated circuit combination configured to communicate with a user through a network to allow remote operation and monitoring of the electronic device, comprising:selecting a value for a control type parameter associated with an electronic device from a hierarchal classification database;
selecting a value for a display type parameter associated with the electronic device from the hierarchal classification database;
selecting a value for an input type parameter for the electronic device from the hierarchal classification database;
selecting a value for an output type parameter for the electronic device from the hierarchal classification database;
receiving the selected values for the control type, display type, input type and output type parameters into a memory of a processor programmed by software commands to design a hardware integrated circuit and associated operating software for controlling the hardware integrated circuit to control the electronic device;
analyzing by the processor the selected values for the control type, display type, input type and output type parameters of the electronic device;
outputting by the processor a hardware integrated circuit design based on the selection of input and output characteristics of the electronic device, the hardware integrated circuit including a communication bus for communicating with the electronic device; and
outputting by the processor software programming commands to be executed by the hardware integrated circuit for controlling the electronic device in accordance with the selection of categorized input and output characteristics of the electronic device through the communication bus of the hardware integrated circuit using a communication protocol compatible with the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,216,173

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor control device comprising:a force command unit that designates a force to be applied to a workpiece to be machined by a machining device having a motor as a driving source;
a force detecting unit that detects the force applied to the workpiece;
a velocity-command calculating unit that calculates a velocity command based on the designated force and the detected force;
a torque-command calculating unit that calculates a torque command based on the velocity command and a velocity of the motor;
a motor control unit that controls the motor based on the torque command;
a determining unit that determines the state of plastic deformation of the workpiece; and
a gain changing unit that changes at least one of gains individually provided in the velocity-command calculating unit and the torque-command calculating unit in accordance with the determined state,
wherein the determining unit determines the state of plastic deformation in accordance with whether an input signal has a positive sign or a negative sign.

US Pat. No. 10,216,172

FUNCTIONAL 3-D: OPTIMIZED LATTICE PARTITIONING OF SOLID 3-D MODELS TO CONTROL MECHANICAL PROPERTIES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A computer-implemented method of optimized lattice partitioning of solid 3-dimensional models for additive manufacturing, the method comprising:receiving, by a computer, a 3-dimensional model of an object to be printed;
receiving, by the computer, functional specifications indicating desired stiffness properties for portions of the object;
generating, by the computer, a plurality of lattice template structures based on the 3-dimensional model;
generating, by the computer, a uniform grid structure of an internal surface of the object;
determining, by the computer, stiffness behaviors for each of the plurality of lattice template structures using the functional specifications; and
assigning, by the computer, the plurality of lattice template structures to locations in the uniform grid structure based on the stiffness behaviors of the lattice template structures, thereby yielding a printable lattice.

US Pat. No. 10,216,171

3-D PRINTING PROTECTED BY DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

Accenture Global Services...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a system that includes (i) a server that is configured to instruct a particular printer to print a particular printable object on behalf of a particular consumer in response to a determination by the server that a number of times that the particular printable object was indicated by a set of printers as having been successfully printed on behalf of the particular consumer is less than a number of prints specified by digital rights for printing the particular printable object on behalf of the particular consumer, (ii) a printable object designing device, (iii) a consumer device, (iv) a set of printers, and (v) a set of printer controllers that each control a printer of the set of printers and each include logic that causes the printer controller to provide an indication to the server that the particular printable object was successfully printed on behalf of the particular consumer in response to a determination that the particular printable object has finished being printed by the printer, at the server and from the printable object designing device, data defining the shape of the particular printable object;
receiving, at the server and from the printable object designing device, the digital rights that specify the number of prints for the particular printable object on behalf of the particular consumer;
receiving, at the server from the consumer device, a request for printable objects that are stored by the server;
providing, by the server to the consumer device, information describing the printable objects that are stored by the server and viewable by the consumer using the consumer device;
receiving, at the server from the consumer device, a request for digital rights for printing the printable objects that are stored by the server and viewable by the consumer using the consumer device;
providing, by the server to the consumer device, a description of the digital rights for printing the printable objects that are stored by the server and viewable by the consumer using the consumer device;
receiving, at the server from the consumer device, a request to print a particular printable object of the printable objects by a particular printer of the set of printers;
determining, by the server, whether the number of times that the particular printable object was indicated by the set of printers as having been successfully printed on behalf of the particular consumer is less than the number of prints specified by the digital rights for printing the particular printable object on behalf of the particular consumer;
in response to determining that the number of times that the particular printable object was indicated by the set of printers as having been successfully printed on behalf of the particular consumer is less than the number of prints specified by the digital rights for printing the particular printable object on behalf of the particular consumer; generating, from the data defining the shape of the particular printable object, printer instructions for printing the particular printable object;
providing the printer instructions to the printer controller that controls the particular printer;
receiving, by the server and from the printer controller that controls the particular printer, an indication that the particular printable object that was requested by the consumer device to be printed was successfully printed by the particular printer; and
in response to receiving, by the server and from the printer controller that controls the particular printer, the indication that the particular printable object that was requested by the consumer device to be printed was successfully printed by the particular printer, incrementing, by the server, a count of the number of times that the particular printable object was indicated by the set of printers as having been successfully printed on behalf of the particular consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,170

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER AND PROGRAM EDITING METHOD HAVING MACHINING CYCLE GENERATION FUNCTION

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller that performs machining control of a machine tool by using a numerical controller (“NC”) program, the numerical controller including a processor configured to perform a method for controlling the machining of a workpiece, the method comprising:recognizing, by the processor as a single machining process for a first tool, one or more blocks of machining commands for a first tool number previously designated by a first NC program based on a block for a tool change command for a second tool number being designated by the first NC program;
identifying, by the processor from a tool data list, a machining type and associated tool figure data based on the first tool number previously designated by the first NC program, wherein a machining type and associated tool figure data are predefined for each tool number of a plurality of tool numbers;
identifying, by the processor from a cutting conditions table, cutting conditions for the single machining process based on the identified machining type;
generating, by the processor, a machining area figure for the identified cutting conditions by extracting all cutting feed commands for the identified cutting conditions from one or more blocks of the first NC program for the single machining process;
generating, by the processor, a machining cycle command for the first tool from the recognized single machining process for the first tool based on the identified cutting conditions and generated machining area figure;
generating, by the processor, a new NC program in which the recognized single machining process for the first tool of the first NC program is replaced by the generated machining cycle command for the first tool, wherein the new NC program has a smaller number of blocks than blocks of the first NC program; and
controlling of the machine tool by using the new NC program.

US Pat. No. 10,216,169

AUTOMATIC PARAMETER ADJUSTMENT DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING PARAMETER CORRESPONDING TO PROCESSING CONDITION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. An automatic parameter adjustment device for automatically adjusting a control parameter of each of at least one drive axis of a machine tool, the control parameter being set to a numerical controller for controlling the machine tool, the automatic parameter adjustment device comprising:a processor configured to
determine a weighting coefficient of a processing time and a weighting coefficient of a processing accuracy of the machine tool, as evaluation criteria for automatically adjusting the control parameter,
change the control parameter,
transmit a test program used in automatically adjusting the control parameter to the numerical controller for executing the test program by the numerical controller,
obtain an execution result of said executing the test program, the execution result including a commanded trajectory and an actual trajectory of a representative point of the machine tool and an execution time of the test program,
store the execution result and a control parameter corresponding to the execution result,
evaluate the execution result based on the two weighted evaluation criteria, and
extract an optimum control parameter based on the evaluated execution result,
wherein the test program is executed multiple times while changing the control parameter, and the extracted control parameter corresponds to an execution result satisfying a predetermined condition among a plurality of execution results obtained by executing the test program multiple times.

US Pat. No. 10,216,168

OPERATION AWARE CONTROL OF PROCESSING MACHINE WITH REDUNDANT ACTUATORS

Mitsubishi Electric Resea...

1. A method for controlling an operation of a processing machine including redundant actuators for jointly positioning a worktool along each axis of motion, comprising:determining a reference trajectory defined in a spatial domain by points for positioning the worktool according to a processing pattern and defined in a time domain by a relative time for positioning the worktool on each point of the reference trajectory;
selecting a set of points forming a segment of the reference trajectory to be processed for a period of time;
determining constraints on motion of the redundant actuators processing the set of points using a mode of operation of the processing machine for the segment of the reference trajectory;
selecting a subset of points corresponding to a fraction of the period of time, where the subset of points is selected based on a state of the processing machine and locations of the points in the set such that the redundant actuators are capable to position the worktool at each point in the subset within the period of time and are capable to maintain the worktool at the last point of the subset after the period of time while satisfying the constraints on motion of the redundant actuators;
modifying the segment of the reference trajectory in the time domain by expanding units of time separating subsequent points in the subset to produce a modified segment of the reference trajectory having the subset of points processed for the period of time; and
controlling the operation of the redundant actuators using control inputs casing the worktool to track the modified segment of the reference trajectory, wherein at least some steps of the method are performed by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,167

POSITION DETECTION SYSTEM FOR A SLAT FLAP LEVER CONTROL

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A system for positional monitoring of a slat flap lever control assembly comprising:at least two radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags operatively coupled to a movable portion of the slat flap lever control assembly, the movable portion operatively coupled to a lever;
a RFID reader operatively coupled to a stationary portion of the slat flap lever control assembly and in operative communication with the at least two RFID tags; and
a controller comprising a processor operatively connected to the RFID reader, the processor configured to:
transmit a carrier signal via the RFID reader to the at least two RFID tags;
receive, via the RFID reader, at least two reflected signals from the at least two RFID tags, each of the at least two reflected signals comprising a different carrier frequency; and
determine, via the processor, based on the reflected signal from the at least two RFID tags, an angular position of the movable portion of the lever assembly relative to the stationary portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,166

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THIRD PARTY CREATION OF CONTROL LOGIC

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of providing control logic for automation controllers using a communication network, the method comprising:providing, by a first party that distributes control logic for an automation controller owned by a second party, at least one tool for a third party to develop control logic for the automation controller, the third party being an entity that does not directly deploy the control logic in its own business, the automation controller being remotely located from the communication network;
receiving, by the first party at the communication network, the control logic from the third party;
selecting a hardware platform on which to operate the control logic;
linking the control logic to at least one operational characteristic of the hardware platform such that the control logic is operable to perform at least one predetermined function of the automation controller using the hardware platform;
testing and validating the control logic at the communication network;
at the communication network, analyzing a result of the testing and the validating of the control logic according to a predetermined criteria; and
when the predetermined criteria is satisfied, releasing the control logic to a network-based web store operated by the first party at the communication network and subsequently presenting the control logic to the second party.

US Pat. No. 10,216,165

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A system for additively manufacturing a structure, comprising:an additive manufacturing machine;
a memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
cause the additive manufacturing machine to discharge a path of composite material;
make a determination regarding existence of support located at a side of the path of composite material; and
selectively cause the additive manufacturing machine to compact the path of composite material after discharge with a lower pressure when the path of composite material is unsupported and a greater pressure when the path of composite material is supported along at least one side.

US Pat. No. 10,216,164

FIRE ALARM INSPECTION APPLICATION AND USER INTERFACE

1. A system for inspection of fire alarm devices of a fire alarm system, comprising:a mobile computing device executing an inspection application and displaying a graphical user interface of the inspection application rendered on a touchscreen display of the mobile computing device, the graphical user interface comprising a testing pane for indicating the fire alarm devices currently under inspection and for receiving input from an inspector indicating results of the inspections; and
a connected services system for receiving and storing results of the inspections of the fire alarm devices;wherein devices are indicated by the testing pane in response to the inspector scanning barcodes of the devices or to the inspector reading radio-frequency identifications of the devices.

US Pat. No. 10,216,163

MANUFACTURING SYSTEM FOR DRIVING PLURAL TYPES OF MANUFACTURING APPARATUSES WITH PROGRAM BASED ON COMMON LANGUAGE SPECIFICATION

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A manufacturing system, comprising:plural manufacturing apparatuses driven by operation programs of which language specifications differ from each other;
a program generation apparatus generating operation programs to be executed in the manufacturing apparatuses;
sending apparatuses sending the operation programs generated by the program generation apparatus to the respective manufacturing apparatuses; and
communication apparatuses carrying out communications among the manufacturing apparatuses, wherein
a language specification common to the manufacturing apparatuses of which the language specifications of the operation programs differ from each other is predetermined,
the program generation apparatus includes
a reading part reading a common program generated based on the common language specification, and
a conversion part converting the common program into the operation programs of the respective manufacturing apparatuses,
the conversion part has a function of automatically adding a command to carry out a communication of information or a signal among the manufacturing apparatuses when the common program is converted into the operation programs of the manufacturing apparatuses, and
the manufacturing system further comprises a simulation apparatus executing a simulation of the common program input to the program generation apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,216,162

FLUID CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEM WITH A RELAY

HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd., ...

1. A fluid control and measurement system comprising:a fluidic device that controls or measures fluid;
an information processor; and
a relay that comprises a first port connected with the fluidic device and a second port connected with the information processor, and receives fluid-related data as data for controlling or measuring the fluid from the fluidic device via the first port as well as transmitting the fluid-related data to the information processor via the second port, or receives the fluid-related data from the information processor via the second port as well as transmitting the fluid-related data to the fluidic device via the first port,
the relay further comprising a third port that is connected with a diagnostic apparatus adapted to diagnose an operation state of the fluidic device, and receiving diagnostic data for diagnosing the operation state from the fluidic device via the first port as well as transmitting the diagnostic data to the diagnostic apparatus via the third port, wherein
a first communication line terminal connected with a first communication cable for communicating the fluid-related data is arranged in the first port,
a second communication line terminal connected with a second communication cable different from the first communication cable for communicating the diagnostic data is arranged in the first port, and
the first communication cable transmits the fluid-related data in accordance with a predetermined standard, the second communication cable transmits the diagnostic data in accordance with a standard different from the predetermined standard, and the fluid-related data and diagnostic data are transmitted separately and independently between the fluidic device and the relay.

US Pat. No. 10,216,161

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR HEATING VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) DEVICES

CARRIER CORPORATION, Jup...

1. A method for generating operational intelligence for a HVAC device, the method comprising:receiving, via a processor, a plurality of ambient parameters with respect to a building at periodic intervals from a plurality of sensors communicatively coupled to the processor, wherein the plurality of ambient parameters comprises an inside air ambient temperature, an outside air ambient temperature, and an inside air ambient relative humidity;
computing, via the processor, a plurality of performance parameters at the periodic intervals based on the plurality of ambient parameters, wherein the plurality of performance parameters comprises an inside air water vapor pressure and an inside air dew point temperature;
determining, via the processor, a plurality of operation parameters during an unoccupied period based on the plurality of ambient parameters and the plurality of performance parameters, wherein the plurality of operation parameters comprises a condensation occurrence point inside the building;
dynamically providing, via the processor, a recommendation regarding optimum operation for the HVAC device during the unoccupied period based on the plurality of operation parameters during the unoccupied period, wherein the recommendation comprises an operational state and a dynamic set point of operation;
and operating, via the processor, the HVAC device during the unoccupied period based on the recommendation.

US Pat. No. 10,216,160

MATCHING A BUILDING AUTOMATION ALGORITHM TO A BUILDING AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A computing device for matching a building automation algorithm to a building automation system, comprising:a memory; and
a processor configured to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to:
select a number of building automation algorithms from a pre-defined library of building automation algorithms, wherein:
each of the building automation algorithms included in the pre-defined library of building automation algorithms include a self-description specification; and
the number of building automation algorithms are selected from the pre-defined library of building automation algorithms based on the self-description specifications of the number of building automation algorithms matching pre-defined self-description specification requirements of the building automation system;
determine whether the selected building automation algorithms match a building information model associated with the building automation system by:
creating constraints for the selected building automation algorithms, wherein the constraints are formalized by a semantic web language; and
matching the constraints to characteristics of the building information model by matching graph patterns of the constraints for the selected building automation algorithms to graph patterns of the characteristics of the building information model;
prioritize a subset of the number of selected building automation algorithms determined to match the building information model, wherein the subset of the number of selected building automation algorithms are prioritized using the self-description specification; and
output, upon the selected building automation algorithms match the building information model, the selected algorithms.

US Pat. No. 10,216,159

PRODUCTION SYSTEM

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

1. A production system, provided with a production device, for allowing an operator to perform work related to production of the production device, the production system comprising:a memorizing means that memorizes performance information of work related to production of the production device performed by an operator such that the operator is identifiable;
a detecting means that detects lowered productivity of the production device;
an identifying means that, in a case in which lowered productivity of the production device is detected, identifies the operator who caused the lowered productivity based on the performance information;
a restricting means that applies a performance restriction on the identified operator for the work related to production of the production device; and
an entry means for the operator to perform entry operation required for the work related to the production of the production device, wherein
in a case in which the restricting means has not applied the performance restriction to the work, entry operations by the operator to the entry means are received, and
in a case in which the restricting means has applied the performance restriction to the work, entry operations by the operator to the entry means are not received.

US Pat. No. 10,216,158

HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING CAPACITY MONITOR

Honeywell International I...

1. An HVAC system capacity determining mechanism comprising:an outdoor thermometer;
an occupancy profile indicator of a space where an HVAC system provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning;
a relative degree days indicator for a location of the space;
a set point indicator of a thermostat connected to the HVAC system;
a runtime instrument for measuring accumulated runtime of the HVAC system;
a HVAC system capacity calculator connected to the set point indicator, the outdoor thermometer, the runtime instrument, the occupancy profile indicator, and the relative degree days indicator to determine an effective capacity ratio; and
an alert indicator connected to the capacity calculator.

US Pat. No. 10,216,157

ORDER FULFILLMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

APEX INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOG...

29. A method for fulfilling an order comprising:receiving an order for an item;
accessing a system including a frame having or defining a passageway, the system further including a tray positioned in the passageway, and a controller configured to selectively allow or block movement of the tray, wherein the system lacks a door pivotally coupled to the frame that can entirely cover the passageway;
moving the tray to a first position wherein the tray is positioned at least partially outside the frame on a first side thereof;
placing the item on the tray while the tray is in the first position; and
the controller receiving authorization information to enable the tray to be moved to a second position wherein the tray is positioned at least partially outside the frame on a second, opposite side thereof, to enable removal of the item from the system.

US Pat. No. 10,216,155

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ANALYSIS

Honeywell International I...

1. A method for building management system analysis, comprising:embedding a plurality of statistics associated with a building within a three dimensional graphical display of the building; and
displaying a timeline of the plurality of statistics within the three dimensional graphical display, wherein the timeline includes:
a highlighting of an abnormal statistic associated with the building corresponding to a time period of the abnormal statistic, wherein the highlighting is displayed as a length of a bar across the timeline, and wherein a thickness of the bar is adjusted based on severity of the abnormal statistic;
an urgency ranking of the highlighted abnormal statistic, wherein the highlighted abnormal statistic exceeds a threshold value; and
a playback function to select a span of a particular period of time on the timeline, wherein upon a selection of the span of the particular period of time on the timeline, a number of times an event occurs is displayed at a particular location where the event occurs within the three dimensional graphical display.

US Pat. No. 10,216,154

PLANT MONITORING CONTROL DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A plant monitoring control device, connected via a network to a process control device that implements control of a plant based on control information, that carries out monitoring control by acquiring plant data, which are various kinds of parameter indicating a state of the plant, from the process control device, the plant monitoring control device comprising:a receiving device into which a control command for the process control device is input;
a simulator that executes a control program that simulates an operation of the process control device and carries out an operation predicting plant data after a control based on the control command is implemented;
a plant model, having a database in which are accumulated plant data acquired from the process control device, that supplies plant data necessary when executing the control program to the simulator;
a determination unit that acquires predicted plant data that are a result of a predictive operation by the simulator, and determines whether or not to implement a control based on the control command; and
a processing circuitry to have a predictive operation necessity determination table in which is provided a standard for determining a necessity of a predictive operation by the simulator for each control process ID of the plant, to refer to the process ID in the predictive operation necessity determination table corresponding to control information in the control command with respect to a control command input into the receiving device, to acquire plant data necessary for a determination from the process control device, to determine whether or not the control command is a control command for which a predictive operation by the simulator is necessary, to notify the process control device of the control information in the control command when determining that no predictive operation is necessary with respect to the control command input into the receiving device, to notify the simulator of the control information in the control command and to request a predictive operation when determining that a predictive operation is necessary, and to notify the process control device of the control information in the control command when the determination unit determines that a control based on the control command is to be implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,216,153

METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OF A MULTI-PHASE DC/DC CONVERTER

AVL LIST GMBH, Graz (AT)...

1. A method for model predictive control of a multiphase DC/DC converter (12) having a half-bridge having two switches (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) for each strand of the multiphase DC/DC converter (12), wherein the switches (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) are controlled by a control unit (10) in order to produce a desired output variable (v2, i2), characterized in that: the optimization problem of the model predictive control is divided into two optimization problems by a model predictive output variable control and a model predictive choke current control being implemented in the control unit (10), wherein: the strands of the multiphase DC/DC converter (12) for the output variable control are combined into a single strand; a time-discrete state space model is produced therefrom and the output variable control predicts the input voltage (uv,k+1) of the next sampling step (k+1) for this single strand on the basis of a first cost function (Jv) of the optimization problem of the output variable control, said input voltage being given to the choke current control as a setpoint and the choke current control determining therefrom the necessary switch positions of the switches (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) of the strands of the multiphase DC/DC converter (12) for the next sampling step (k+1) on the basis of a second cost function (Ji) of the optimization problem of the choke current control.

US Pat. No. 10,216,152

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARAMETERIZING A SAFETY DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for parameterizing a safety-critical device with parameters from a first parameter list which ensures parameterization and increases a speed at which the safety-critical device becomes parameterized, comprising:checking to determine whether an external parameter token calculated externally based on the first parameter list matches an internal parameter token calculated internally by the safety-critical device which is to be parameterized based on the first parameter list; and
comparing a device token calculated externally and input into the safety-critical device with an internal device token calculated internally by the device which is to be parameterized based on a device ID of the device and the internal parameter token to validate the first parameter list in an event of a match between the external parameter token and the internal parameter token to ensure the parameterization of the safety-critical device occurs and to ensure the speed at which the safety-critical device becomes parameterized is increased;
wherein the external device token is calculated externally based on a device ID contained in the first parameter list and the external parameter token;
wherein the internal and external parameter tokens are calculated via a specified calculation function based on parameter ID's and parameter values of the parameters contained in the first parameter list; and
wherein the first parameter list is stored on an external data carrier and is read out from the external data carrier, which is separate from an external parameterizing apparatus, by a first calculation unit of the external parameterizing apparatus for calculation of the external parameter token.

US Pat. No. 10,216,151

POWER CONSUMPTION-AMOUNT ESTIMATION APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power-consumption-amount estimation apparatus that estimates a power consumption amount of an industrial machine including a motor, a machine that is driven by the motor, and an amplifier that drives the motor, the power-consumption-amount estimation apparatus comprising:a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs
an operation-pattern-information obtaining process of obtaining operation-pattern information that indicates an operation pattern of the machine or the motor;
a dynamics-information obtaining process of obtaining dynamics information that specifies dynamics of the machine and the motor;
a circuit-information obtaining process of obtaining amplifier information configured to include a resistance value of a rectifier, a capacitance of a smoothing capacitor, and a resistance value of a regenerative resistor, and motor information configured to include a winding resistance value of the motor, where the rectifier, the smoothing capacitor, and the regenerative resistor are included in the amplifier; and
a power-consumption-amount calculation process of executing a process of calculating power of each of the motor and the regenerative resistor on a basis of the operation-pattern information, the dynamics information, the amplifier information, the motor information, and a bus voltage simulated value that simulates a bus voltage that is a voltage to be applied to the smoothing capacitor and of calculating power of the industrial machine on a basis of the calculated power of each of the motor and the regenerative resistor and executing a process of updating the bus voltage simulated value on a basis of the calculated power of each of the motor and the regenerative resistor and on a basis of the calculated power of the industrial machine, over a specified period of time, and estimating a power consumption amount of the industrial machine by integrating the power of the industrial machine calculated over the specified period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,216,150

APPARATUS FOR ATOMIC CLOCK, ITS OPERATING METHOD AND ITS MANUFACTURING METHOD

MEMSCAP, Crolles (FR)

1. Apparatus for atomic clock comprising:first and second distinctive substrates, each having at least a planar surface substantially parallel therebetween;
a medium having particles capable of undergoing energetic transition between at least two energy levels, said medium being located in the space defined between said planar surfaces;
a magnetic device arranged to the planar surface of the first substrate and generating at least in the volume of the medium a predetermined static magnetic field B the direction of which is substantially parallel to a reference plane parallel or perpendicular to the planar surfaces;
an excitation device arranged to the second substrate and facing the medium, said excitation device generating an excitation magnetic field H at, at least an excitation frequency, the direction of said excitation magnetic field H in the volume of the medium being substantially orthogonal to said direction of the static magnetic field B.

US Pat. No. 10,216,149

PROTECTION FOR THE STRIPS OF A MECHANICAL WATCH RESONATOR

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A strip resonator for a mechanical movement of a watch arranged to be fixed to a plate of said movement or to form said plate, said resonator including a structure, arranged to be fixed to said plate or to form said plate, and with respect to which structure at least one inertial element is arranged to vibrate and/or to oscillate, and said resonator including at least one elastic strip extending between, at a first end, a first anchorage arranged on said structure, and at a second end, a second anchorage arranged on said at least one inertial element, and said strip being arranged to vibrate essentially in a main plane, wherein said at least one strip forms a bearing for said inertial element in said main plane, and wherein, for the anti-shock protection of said strips comprised therein, said resonator includes, on said first anchorage and/or on said second anchorage, at least one flat anti-shock device, arranged to protect each said at least one strip against rupture in the event of a shock, said flat, anti-shock device including at least a first prestressed flexible element, pretensioned with a prestressing force in said main plane, set at a predetermined safe stress value, wherein, for the three-dimensional anti-shock protection of said strips comprised therein, said resonator includes, in an axial direction perpendicular to said main plane, axial protection means, which include, axial banking members for limiting the axial travel of at least one inertial element, and an axial anti-shock device comprising a second axially prestressed flexible element.

US Pat. No. 10,216,148

WEARABLE DEVICE MADE BY AMORPHOUS ALLOY WITH ANTIBACTERIAL FUNCTION

DONGGUAN JIANYE MATERIAL ...

1. A wearable device made by amorphous alloy with antibacterial function, comprising:a functional part, adapted for implementing using functions of the wearable device; and
an amorphous alloy housing, configured out of the functional part and adapted for cladding the functional part to prevent the functional part from directly contacting with a user, wherein the amorphous alloy housing includes an amorphous alloy layer which comprises below compositions: Ag 2 wt %˜8 wt %; Eu 1 wt %˜3 wt %; Ce 1 wt %˜3 wt %; Mg 20 wt %˜40 wt %; Cu 40 wt %˜60 wt %; Zn 3 wt %˜10 wt %; and Al 1 wt %˜5 wt %.

US Pat. No. 10,216,146

INDICATOR ACTUATING ORGAN FOR A TIMEPIECE

PATEK PHILIPPE SA GENEVE,...

1. An actuating organ for actuating an indicator in a timepiece, said actuating organ comprising:a fixing portion,
a mobile portion,
a first elastic portion connecting the mobile portion to the fixing portion, said first elastic portion being arranged to guide the mobile portion relative to the fixing portion and to exert an elastic return action on the mobile portion,
an actuation portion arranged to engage with a toothed component of the timepiece upon actuation of the mobile portion relative to the fixing portion so as to actuate said toothed component, thereby actuating said indicator, and
a second elastic portion connecting the actuation portion to the mobile portion, said second elastic portion being arranged to guide the actuation portion relative to the mobile portion so as to allow the actuation portion to retract when leaving the toothed component after release of the mobile portion, said second elastic portion being also arranged to exert an elastic return action on the actuation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,145

INTERACTION BETWEEN MULTIPLE HOLOGRAMS

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:an identification module that identifies a first hologram being projected within a space, the first hologram projected by a first system;
a projection module that projects a second hologram within the space, the second hologram projected by a second system;
a detection module that detects movement and position of the first hologram; and
an interaction module that controls position and movement of the second hologram to dynamically interact with the first hologram, wherein the first hologram dynamically interacting with the second hologram comprises reactions of the second hologram in response to the detected movement and the position of the first hologram,
wherein said modules comprise one or more of hardware circuits, a programmable hardware device and executable code, the executable code stored on one or more computer readable storage media.

US Pat. No. 10,216,144

MULTIPLE LAMINAR FLOW-BASED PARTICLE AND CELLULAR SEPARATION WITH LASER STEERING

Premium Genetics (UK) LTD...

1. An apparatus to identify at least one selected component from a plurality of components in a fluid mixture, the apparatus comprising:a first channel into which a first flow is introduced, the first flow which contains the plurality of components; and
a plurality of buffer channels into which at least an additional flow of buffer solution is introduced; the plurality of buffer channels which are disposed on at least one side of the first' channel;
a flow rate regulator that controls and maintains the flow rate of the first flow and the additional flow;
wherein the first flow and the additional flow have a flow direction along a length of the apparatus from one end of the apparatus to another end of the apparatus and wherein from an initial point of contact the first flow and the additional flow are in substantially laminar flow; and
wherein the additional flow acts on the first flow with a pressure;
wherein the flow regulator maintains a differential flow rate between the first flow and the additional flow that aligns the plurality of components in the first flow; and
wherein the selected component and unselected component exit the apparatus through the first channel.

US Pat. No. 10,216,143

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A LUBRICANT AND DEVELOPER OF OPPOSITE POLARITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cartridge including an image bearing member and a developer bearing member that bears a developer, and
a detection unit configured to detect if the cartridge is new, wherein
a lubricant of a polarity opposite to a polarity of the developer is coated on the developer bearing member; and
if the cartridge is detected to be new, prior to start of an image forming operation, a discharging operation of discharging the lubricant from a surface of the developer bearing member onto the image bearing member is performed,
wherein the developer bearing member is configured to receive a developing bias, and when a predetermined time elapses from a start of the discharging operation and before an end of the discharging operation, (i) an absolute value of the developing bias is set greater than when the discharging operation is started and (ii) a potential difference between a surface potential of the image bearing member and a surface potential of the developer bearing member is set smaller than when the discharging operation is started.

US Pat. No. 10,216,142

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CARTRIDGE HAVING REGULATION PORTION FOR GUIDING MOVEMENT OF CLEANING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image on a recording medium, comprising:a cartridge, which includes a photosensitive drum being rotatable and a regulation portion, and is detachably mounted to a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a light emitting device, comprising:
a plurality of light emitting points, which are arrayed in a direction intersecting a rotation direction of the photosensitive drum and are configured to emit light in accordance with image information so as to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a lens, which is configured to image light emitted from the plurality of light emitting points on the surface of the photosensitive drum and has a light emission surface configured to emit the light from the plurality of light emitting points and arranged opposite to the surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a movement unit configured to reciprocate the light emitting device between an exposure position and a retracted position, the exposure position being a position for formation of the electrostatic latent image and being a position at which the light emission surface is positioned closer to the surface of the photosensitive drum with respect to the regulation portion of the cartridge, the retracted position being a position retracted from the exposure position and being a position at which the light emission surface is positioned on a side of the regulation portion of the cartridge that is opposite to the surface of the photosensitive drum,
wherein the regulation portion of the cartridge regulates a cleaning member, which includes a cleaning portion configured to rub and clean the light emission surface by a sliding movement of the cleaning member in a longitudinal direction of the light emitting device on the light emission surface of the light emitting device positioned at the retracted position, so as to prevent the cleaning member from being brought into contact with the surface of the photosensitive drum and so as to bias the cleaning portion against the light emission surface to prevent the cleaning portion from being separated from the light emission surface in the longitudinal direction of the light emitting device during the sliding movement of the cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 10,216,141

FUSER ARCHITECTURE FOR ENABLING INTERCHANGEABILITY IN AN IMAGING DEVICE

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

1. An imaging device, comprising:a housing;
an access door on the housing having a media guide member attached thereto, the access door manually movable between a closed position and an open position, the access door substantially forming a first side of the image forming device when in the closed position and permitting access to an interior of the housing when in the open position;
a frame configured to separately receive a first fuser assembly of a first type having a first fuser frame and a second fuser assembly of a second type having a second fuser frame; and
a drive gear for interfacing with one of the first and second fuser assemblies, the first fuser assembly including a first backup roll rotatably mounted to the first fuser frame and a first gear coupled to the first backup roll and positioned to receive a rotational force from the drive gear when the first fuser assembly is installed in the imaging device at a first operative position, and the second fuser assembly including a second backup roll rotatably mounted to the second fuser frame and a second gear coupled to the second backup roll and positioned to receive the rotational force from the drive gear when the second fuser assembly is installed in the imaging device at a second operative position different from the first operative position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,140

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH CONTACTING-SEPARATING MEMBER CAPABLE OF MOVING DEVELOPING ROLLER RELATIVE TO PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing cartridge detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a frame;
a developing roller;
an urging member configured to urge a bottom part of the frame; and
a contacting member being in contact with the urging member and including a protrusion, the protrusion being configured to be contacted by a contacting-separating member of the image forming apparatus to move the developing roller from a separated position where the developing roller is spaced apart from a photosensitive drum of the image forming apparatus to an adjacent position where the developing roller is adjacent to or in contact with the photosensitive drum when the contacting-separating member moves relative to a casing of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,216,139

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TANDEM TYPE PHOTOSENSITIVE UNIT

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;a main body casing;
a developing cartridge including a developing roller including a developing roller shaft extending in a first direction; and
a process frame configured to receive attachment of the developing cartridge, the process frame being slidable relative to the main body casing between a drawn-out position in which the process frame is drawn out of the main body casing and a mounted position in which the process frame is mounted to the main body casing,
wherein the developing cartridge is pivotable about the developing roller shaft relative to the process frame between a first position and a second position in response to sliding of the process frame from the drawn-out position to the mounted position, and
wherein the developing cartridge is configured to receive a pressing force from the main body casing as the process frame moves from the drawn-out position to the mounted position and prior to the process frame reaching the mounted position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,138

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE INCLUDING FIRST PROTRUSION AND SECOND PROTRUSION

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a casing configured to accommodate therein developing agent;
a lever movable relative to the casing between a first position and a second position, the lever being positioned at an outer surface of the casing;
a first urging member configured to urge the lever toward the first position;
a first gear rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction, the first gear being positioned at the outer surface of the casing;
a second gear rotatable about a second axis extending in the first direction from a first rotational position to a second rotational position and further from the second rotational position to a third rotational position, the second gear being positioned at the outer surface, the second gear rotating in accordance with rotation of the first gear in a case where the second gear is in engagement with the first gear;
a first protrusion rotatable together with the second gear, the first protrusion having a first contact surface configured to contact the lever; and
a second protrusion rotatable together with the second gear, the second protrusion being positioned away from the first protrusion in a rotational direction of the second gear, the second protrusion having a second contact surface extending in the rotational direction, the second contact surface being configured to contact the lever,
wherein, in a case where the second gear rotates from the first rotational position to the second rotational position, the first contact surface contacts the lever to move the lever from the first position to the second position against urging force of the first urging member, and then the lever moves at a first speed from the second position to the first position in a state where the first contact surface contacts the lever,
wherein, in a case where the second gear is positioned at the second rotational position, the contact between the first contact surface and the lever is released,
wherein, in a case where the second gear rotates from the second rotational position to the third rotational position, the second contact surface contacts the lever to move the lever from the first position to the second position against the urging force of the first urging member, and
wherein, in a case where the second gear is positioned at the third rotational position, the contact between the second contact surface and the lever is released, and the lever moves at a second speed higher than the first speed from the second position to the first position by the urging force of the first urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,216,137

OPENING-CLOSING MEMBER DETECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An opening-closing member detecting device that operates a switch with an opening-closing operation of an opening-closing member and detects an opened-closed state of the opening-closing member,the opening-closing member detecting device comprising:
(a) a frame that supports the switch;
(b)a link provided between the opening-closing member and the switch; and
(c) an urging member for urging the link,
the link having a first fulcrum forming portion supported at a first support portion of the frame to form a first fulcrum, a power-point portion pushed by the opening-closing member, a second fulcrum forming portion supported at a second support portion of the frame to form a second fulcrum, and a switch operation portion that presses the switch,
the frame having a regulating portion that regulates movement of the switch operation portion in a direction of pressing the switch,
the first fulcrum forming portion being separable with respect to the first support portion, and the urging member urging the first fulcrum forming portion toward the first support portion, and
the link being pushed at the power-point portion by the opening-closing member to move in a direction, in which the switch operation portion presses the switch, around the first fulcrum serving as a fulcrum,
wherein movement of the switch operation portion in a direction of pressing the switch is regulated by the regulating portion, with the link being pushed at the power-point portion by the opening-closing member to move around the second fulcrum serving as a fulcrum in a direction of separating the first fulcrum forming portion from the first support portion against the urging member.

US Pat. No. 10,216,136

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a movable unit relatively movable to the apparatus body between a first position at which the movable unit is positioned when an image is formed and a second position which is away from the first position;
a lock portion configured to lock the movable unit to the apparatus body, the lock portion comprising:
a locked member provided on one of the movable unit and the apparatus body; and
a locking member provided on the other of the movable unit and the apparatus body and configured to move between a lock position and a retracting position, the lock position being a position at which the locking member engages with the locked member to lock the movable unit, the retracting position being a position to which the locking member is retracted from the lock position;
an urging portion configured to urge the movable unit located at a position between the first position and the second position, toward the first position, the position between the first position and the second position being a position at which the locking member in the lock position and the locked member contact each other;
a catch unit comprising a first catch portion provided on the movable unit and a second catch portion provided on the apparatus body, the catch unit being configured such that the second catch portion holds the first catch portion to hold the movable unit not to release the movable unit from the apparatus body and releases the first catch portion in response to a movement of the movable unit from the first position toward the second position,
wherein the first catch portion comprises a held member that is held by the second catch portion and supported such that the held member can move relative to the movable unit, and
the urging portion comprises an elastic member arranged between the held member and the movable unit.

US Pat. No. 10,216,135

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING INSERTION PORTION AND RECEIVING PORTION TO CONNECT FRAMES, AND SHEET TRANSFER APPARATUS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion for forming an image on a sheet;
a first frame, having a first surface portion, for supporting the image forming portion; and
a second frame having a second surface portion contacting the first surface portion,
wherein the first surface portion has first and second insertion portions, the second surface portion has first and second receiving portions into which the first and second insertion portions are configured to be inserted respectively, the first insertion portion is bent in a first direction which crosses the second surface portion, and the second insertion portion is bent in a second direction which crosses the second surface portion and the first direction, and
wherein the first surface portion further includes a surface hole, the second surface portion further includes a screw hole, and the surface hole is sandwiched between a screw and the screw hole.

US Pat. No. 10,216,134

IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STARTING IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image formation device comprising:a power controller configured or programmed to control transition to an energy-saving mode to reduce power consumption in a standby state and startup out of the energy-saving mode;
a display which is not activated in the energy-saving mode; and
a timer in which a timing schedule that starts up the image formation device out of the energy-saving mode is set; wherein the power controller is configured or programmed to control the image formation device to be in a first state when forming an image; and
the power controller is configured or programmed to control the image formation device to be in a second state in which the display is activated, having an energy consumption lower than an energy consumption of the first state, when the image formation device is started up out of the energy-saving mode according to the timing schedule set in the timer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,133

BELT SLIPPAGE CORRECTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A belt slippage correcting device comprising:a belt moving part that moves a belt in a width direction of the belt;
a slippage detector that detects a slippage of the belt in the width direction;
a hardware processor that controls a movement of the belt caused by the belt moving part based on the slippage of the belt detected by the slippage detector; and
an acquisitor that acquires paper sheet conveying property, wherein
the hardware processor controls an amount of movement of the belt caused by the belt moving part based on the paper sheet conveying property acquired by the acquisitor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,132

LIQUID ELECTRO-PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTING

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A printer, comprising:a photoconductor;
a charging device to charge the photoconductor;
a photoimaging device to form latent images on the photoconductor;
a controller to operate the photoimaging device to discharge select areas of the photoconductor to form a first latent image;
a first developer applying a first ink to the photoconductor to develop the first latent image into a developed first image, the developed first image having an outer region composed predominantly of carrier liquid and an inner region composed predominantly of charged toner particles;
a discharging device to discharge the photoconductor and the outer region of the developed first image, without discharging the inner region of the developed first image, wherein the charging device to then re-charge the photoconductor and the outer region of the developed first image prior to the controller operating the photoimaging device to form a second latent image overlapping at least a part of the developed first image on the photoconductor; and
a second developer to develop the second latent image on the photoconductor while the first developed image remains on the photoconductor.

US Pat. No. 10,216,130

HEATING ROTATING MEMBER AND HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tubular film used for a fixing apparatus, the film comprising:a heat generating layer;
a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer provided, respectively, at one end and another end of the film in a longitudinal direction of the film so as to contact the heat generating layer, the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer both having a lower volume resistivity than that of the heat generating layer; and
a low-resistance layer formed in an area of the heat generating layer between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer in the longitudinal direction so as not to contact the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer, the low-resistance layer having a lower volume resistivity than that of the heat generating layer, and extending in a circumferential direction of the heat generating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,129

INTERMEDIATE LAYER COMPRISING CNT POLYMER NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS IN FUSERS

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A fuser member comprising:a substrate;
a resilient layer comprising silicone rubber disposed over the substrate;
an intermediate layer disposed over the resilient layer, wherein the intermediate layer comprises a plurality of carbon nanotubes dispersed in a polymer matrix, wherein the polymer matrix comprises a vinylidene fluoride-containing fluoroelastomer cross-linked with a curing agent that is selected from a group consisting of a bisphenol compound, a diamino compound, an aminophenol compound, an amino-siloxane compound, an amino-silane and phenol-silane compound; and
a surface layer disposed directly on the intermediate layer, the surface layer being different from the intermediate layer and comprising a perfluoroalkoxy fluoroplastic having a crystalline structure, wherein the intermediate layer is capable of reducing degradation of the resilient layer during the curing compared to the amount of degradation that would otherwise occur if the intermediate layer was not disposed over the resilient layer,
wherein the intermediate layer further comprises one or more filler particles comprising metal oxides, silicon carbides, boron nitrides, and graphites, wherein the metal oxides are selected from the group consisting of silicon oxide, aluminum oxide, zirconium oxide, zinc oxide, tin oxide, iron oxide, magnesium oxide, manganese oxide, nickel oxide, copper oxide, antimony pentoxide, indium tin oxide, and mixtures thereof;
wherein the plurality of carbon nanotubes are present in an amount from about 0.01 percent to about 20 percent by weight of the intermediate layer, and
wherein the perfluoroalkoxy fluoroplastic is selected from the group consisting of (a) a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and perfluoro(propyl vinyl ether), (b) a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and a perfluoro(ethyl vinyl ether) and (c) a copolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and perfluoro(methyl vinyl ether).

US Pat. No. 10,216,128

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixing device, comprising:a first unit that includes:
a first belt that is movable in a first direction;
a first pressing member that presses the first belt;
a first pressing member support that supports the first pressing member variably in attitude relative to the first pressing member support;
a first rotating member that is in contact with the first belt and that is rotatable in a first rotation direction; and
a first rotating member support that supports the first rotating member variably in position relative to the moving member;
a second unit that includes a moving member and that faces the first unit in a second direction, the moving member being able to come into contact with the first belt and being movable in the first direction, and
a third unit that faces the second unit with the first unit positioned in between in the second direction and supported by the second unit and the third unit movably in the second direction between the second unit and the third unit.

US Pat. No. 10,216,127

FIXING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:a belt comprising a conductive layer;
an induction current generator that faces the belt and heats the conductive layer through an electromagnetic induction system;
a magnetic material that faces the induction current generator across the belt;
a measurement section that measures a state of the magnetic material; and
a controller that controls a frequency applied to the induction current generator based on a measurement result of the measurement section in a standby state in which the fixing apparatus does not execute a fixing operation, the standby state being equivalent to a state in which a MFP does not receive a print request, wherein
in the standby state, the controller stops a rotation of the belt,
thereafter, acquires a temperature of the belt,
thereafter, refers to a table,
thereafter, determines a frequency applied to the induction current generator based on the temperature of the belt,
thereafter, sets the determined frequency as the frequency applied to the induction current generator.

US Pat. No. 10,216,126

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH DIVIDES IMAGE DATA INTO A PLURALITY OF REGIONS AND CONTROLS FIXING TEMPERATURE ACCORDINGLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photoconductor;
an exposing unit configured to expose the photoconductor for forming a latent image on the photoconductor based on image data;
a developing unit configured to develop, by using toner, the latent image;
a transferring unit configured to transfer the image to a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix toner image transferred onto the sheet; and
a control unit configured to divide the image data into a plurality of regions in a sub-scanning direction based on an attribute of the sheet, determine a target temperature for each region from a result of analyzing the region, and control a temperature of the fixing unit based on the determined target temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,216,125

SOLID LUBRICANT, SOLID LUBRICANT APPLICATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A solid lubricant to be applied onto an image carrier of an image forming apparatus of an electrophotographic system,wherein the solid lubricant comprises a metal soap and resin particles,
the resin particles have a particle main body constituted by a rigid resin other than fluorine-based resins, and fluorine atoms carried on the surface of the particle main body, and
the abundance ratio of the fluorine on the resin particles is 5 to 60 atom %.

US Pat. No. 10,216,124

CARBON NANOPARTICLE AND FLUORPOLYMER FUSER COATING

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A method for making a fuser, the method, comprising:providing a substrate;
flowcoating a coating composition onto the substrate, the coating composition comprising:
a fluoropolymer;
a first particle comprising a first perfluorosulfonated polymer and carbon nanotubes; and
a second particle comprising a second perfluorosulfonated polymer and graphene; and
heating the coating composition on the substrate at a baking temperature to form a fuser outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,216,123

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:an accommodating casing configured to accommodate a developer;
a rotatable developer carrying member provided in said accommodating casing and configured to develop, in a developing region, an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a regulating portion provided below said developer carrying member with respect to a vertical direction and configured to regulate an amount of the developer on said developer carrying member;
a magnetic flux generating portion provided inside said developer carrying member and including a first magnetic pole provided downstream of the developing region with respect to a rotational direction of said developer carrying member and a second magnetic pole which is provided adjacently downstream of said first magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction and which has a polarity identical to a polarity of said first magnetic pole; and
a cover portion provided downstream of the developing region and upstream of a maximum magnetic flux density position of said second magnetic pole with respect to the rotational direction, said cover portion being disposed between said casing and said developer carrying member over a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying member with a gap between itself and said casing and with a gap between itself and said developer carrying member,
wherein as measured in the rotational axis direction, a dimension of said cover portion at an upstream end with respect to the rotational direction is smaller than a dimension of said cover portion in at least a region positioned downstream of the upstream end with respect to the rotational direction.

US Pat. No. 10,216,122

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
an intermediate transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary transfer portion, onto a transfer material at a secondary transfer portion;
a primary transfer member configured to primarily transfer a toner image from the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a primary transfer power source capable of switching a voltage with an opposite polarity and a voltage with a same polarity and applying the voltages to the primary transfer member;
a charge device configured to charge a toner on the intermediate transfer member at a charging portion downstream of the secondary transfer portion and upstream of the primary transfer portion with respect to a moving direction of the intermediate transfer member, the toner charged by the charge device being moved at the primary transfer portion from the intermediate transfer member to the image bearing member;
a charge power source capable of switching a voltage with the same polarity as an original charging polarity of the toner and an opposite voltage with a polarity opposite to the original charging polarity of the toner and applying the voltage to the charge device; and
a controller configured to execute a control of switching the polarity of the voltage to be applied from the charge power source to the charge device from the opposite polarity to the same polarity before termination of the secondary transfer of all of toner images in a job, and moving residual toner,
wherein the controller controls the charge power source so that a position on the intermediate transfer member which passes through the charging portion at a time when a polarity of the voltage applied to the charge device is switched reaches the primary transfer portion when and after termination of the primary transfer for all of the toner images in the job, and
wherein the controller controls the primary transfer power source to apply the voltage with the opposite polarity to the primary transfer member when the position on the intermediate transfer member which passes through the charging portion during application of the voltage with the opposite polarity to the charge device passes through the primary transfer portion, and controls the primary transfer power source to apply the voltage with the same polarity to the primary transfer member when the position on the intermediate transfer member which passes through the charging portion during application of the voltage with the same polarity to the charge device passes through the primary transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,121

TRANSFER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A transfer unit comprising:a transfer roller configured to be pressed against an image carrier to form a transferring nip and to transfer a toner image from the image carrier to a sheet at the transferring nip;
a guide configured to guide the sheet along a conveying direction toward the transferring nip;
a holder configured to support a rotating shaft of the transfer roller in a rotatable manner and to support the guide; and
a lever configured to support the holder in a turnable manner around the rotating shaft so as to press the transfer roller against the image carrier,
wherein the lever includes a pin,
the guide includes a hole into which the pin is fitted, the hole being configured to allow the pin to move along the conveying direction and to restrict the pin from being moved in a direction perpendicular to the conveying direction, and
the pin and the hole are located at the farthest positions from an axial center of the rotating shaft on side faces of the lever and the guide, respectively,
wherein an engagement of the pin with the hole prevents a turning of the guide with respect to the lever.

US Pat. No. 10,216,119

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ADJUSTMENT OF POTENTIAL FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image bearing member that bears a developer image;
an endless belt that rotates while being in contact with the image bearing member, the developer image borne by the image bearing member being subjected to primary transfer, the belt subjecting the primary-transferred developer image to secondary transfer onto a recording material;
a support member that supports an inner peripheral surface of the belt;
a current supply member that is in contact with the belt at a position opposed to the support member through the belt and that is provided with a voltage to pass current through a contact portion contacting with the belt, the current supply member being provided with a secondary transfer voltage, so that a potential difference for the secondary transfer is formed between the support member and the current supply member while the recording material is nipped by the contact portion;
a voltage applying portion that applies the voltage to the current supply member; and
a potential adjusting portion that is capable of variably maintaining a potential of the support member at a prescribed sustaining potential and capable of changing the sustaining potential to change a potential of the belt,
the voltage applying portion carrying out constant current control for applying the voltage to the current supply member so that an amount of current passed from the current supply member to the support member is equal to a prescribed amount, and applying a prescribed level of fixed voltage before the constant current control is started,
the fixed voltage being a voltage corrected according to the sustaining potential maintained by the potential adjusting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,216,118

PROCESS UNIT INCLUDING MAIN UNIT AND TONER CARTRIDGE INCLUDING TONER SUPPLY PIPE AND SHUTTER

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A process unit comprising:a main unit comprising:
a drum unit having a photosensitive drum; and
a developing unit having:
a developing roller; and
a developing frame supporting the developing roller, the developing frame having an insertion opening; and
a toner cartridge configured to be mounted on the main unit, the toner cartridge comprising:
a toner supply pipe having a toner supply opening, the toner supply pipe being configured to, when the toner cartridge is mounted onto the main unit, move through the insertion opening from an outside position at which the toner supply opening is located outside the developing frame to an inside position at which the toner supply opening is located inside the developing frame; and
a first shutter provided at the toner supply pipe, the first shutter being configured to move relative to the toner supply pipe between an open position at which the toner supply opening is opened and a closed position at which the toner supply opening is closed,
the first shutter being configured to move relative to the toner supply pipe from the closed position to the open position in a state where the toner supply pipe is located at the inside position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,117

TONER CARTRIDGE PRINTER SYSTEM AND DEVICE THAT OVER PRINTS AND UNDER PRINTS

UI Technologies, Inc., L...

1. A CMYX color toner printer system that is configured to both over print in a single pass and under print in a single pass and that is configured to switch between over and under printing, the system comprising:a color toner printer comprising four toner printing cartridge slots: a front slot, a second slot, a third slot, and a rear slot;
four toner printing cartridges comprising three color toner printing cartridges and a non-standard toner printing cartridge that are configured to matingly engage with said four toner printing cartridge slots; and
a raster image processor software;
wherein said color toner printer is configured to over print when said non-standard toner printing cartridge is in said rear slot;
wherein said color toner printer is configured to under print when said non-standard toner printing cartridge is in said front slot;
wherein said raster image processor software is configured to (1) remap said color toner printer to reflect an actual placement of said four toner printing cartridges and (2) allows said color toner printer to under print in a single pass or over print in a single pass;
wherein said color toner printer is configured to (1) over print in a single pass, (2) under print in a single pass, and (3) switch between being configured to over print and under print.

US Pat. No. 10,216,116

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:a deflector configured to deflect a light beam from a light source to cause the light beam to scan a surface to be scanned in a main scanning direction;
an incident optical system that includes a single incident optical element and is configured to guide the light beam from the light source to the deflector; and
an image-forming optical system configured to condense the light beam having been deflected by the deflector as condensing points on the surface to be scanned,
wherein at least one of the incident optical system and the image-forming optical system includes a diffractive surface, and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:
1.6?|(s??S?s??M)/(s?xS?s?xM)|?5.0where s??M and s??S are displacement amounts of the condensing points formed by the image-forming optical system respectively in a main scanning section and a sub scanning section when a wavelength of the light beam from the light source varies by 10 nm, and s?xM and s?xS are displacement amounts of the condensing points respectively in the main scanning section and the sub scanning section when the light source or the incident optical element moves 100 ?m in an optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 10,216,115

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FORMING AN ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE ON A PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER ACCORDING TO AN IMAGE SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a driving source configured to rotate the photosensitive member;
a charging roller configured to charge the photosensitive member to a predetermined surface potential at a charging position;
a first power source configured to apply to the charging roller a charging voltage of a direct current, wherein the charging voltage includes a first voltage and a second voltage, and wherein an absolute value of the first voltage is higher than zero volts and not higher than a discharge start voltage and an absolute value of the second voltage is higher than the discharge start voltage;
an image exposure device configured to form an electrostatic image on the photosensitive member by exposing, according to an image signal, the charged photosensitive member to which the second voltage is applied;
a development device including a development sleeve and configured to supply toner to the electrostatic image on the photosensitive member at a development position to form a toner image;
a second power source configured to apply to the development sleeve a development bias containing a direct-current component;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image on the photosensitive member onto a transfer-target member at a transfer position;
a pre-exposure member configured to irradiate the photosensitive member with light at a pre-exposure position located downstream of the transfer position and upstream of the charging position in a rotation direction of the photosensitive member; and
a control unit configured to cause, in a case where the charging roller charges the photosensitive member after the driving source starts rotating the photosensitive member, after causing the charging voltage to rise to the first voltage, the charging voltage to rise from the first voltage to the second voltage so that a temporal change in an absolute value of the charging voltage has a predetermined rise shape and configured to cause the development bias to rise so that an absolute value of the direct-current component of the development bias has the rise shape when a charged region of the photosensitive member passes through the development position, the control unit performing control to satisfy
TVa+tVa?TVb tVa is a time from the point when the application of the first voltage is started to a point when a rise of the first voltage is completed,
TVb is a time from the point when the irradiation is started to a point when application of the second voltage is started, and
tVb is a time from the point when the application of the second voltage is started to a point when a rise of the second voltage is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,216,114

CHARGING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A charging device configured to apply electric charge to an image carrier provided outside the charging device, the charging device comprising:a cored bar member; and
a conductive resin layer provided on a surface of the cored bar member,
wherein:
the conductive resin layer has a film thickness of 200 ?m or less,
filtered maximum waviness in an axial direction of the cored bar member is 8 ?m or less in a range of 60 mm, and
a waviness curve element average length in the axial direction of the cored bar member is 60 mm or more in the range of 60 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,216,112

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a developing unit which forms a toner image on a surface of a photosensitive member and which collects toner which remains on the surface of the photosensitive member after the developed toner image is transferred to a transfer member, the image forming apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a set of instructions;
at least one processor that is in communication with the memory, the processor executes the instructions to:
perform a cleaning operation for cleaning the surface of the photosensitive member when a measured downtime of the image forming apparatus, which is a period of time after an image forming operation for forming the toner image is terminated and before a next image forming operation is started, is equal to or longer than a predetermined period of time, and to not perform the cleaning operation when the measured downtime is shorter than the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,216,108

TONER PRODUCTION METHOD AND POLYMER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner production method comprising:a melt-kneading step of melt-kneading a resin composition including a binder resin, a colorant, a wax, and a wax dispersant to obtain a melt-kneaded product; and
a pulverizing step of pulverizing the melt-kneaded product, wherein
?18?[Tk?Tm]?10 where a temperature of the melt-kneaded product at an end of the melt-kneading step is Tk (° C.), and a softening point of the wax dispersant is Tm (° C.),
the wax dispersant is a polymer in which a styrene acrylic polymer is grafted to a polyolefin,
the styrene acrylic polymer has a monomer unit derived from ?-methylstyrene and a monomer unit derived from a cycloalkyl (meth)acrylate,
the monomer unit derived from the cycloalkyl (meth)acrylate is represented by formula (2)

where R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 represents a cycloalkyl group, and
the monomer unit derived from ?-methylstyrene is represented by formula (4)

US Pat. No. 10,216,106

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a toner, comprising:a step (1) of forming resin microparticles in an aqueous medium in the presence of a surfactant;
a step (2) of aggregating the resin microparticles to form aggregated particles; and
a step (3) of heating the aggregated particles and allowing the aggregated particles to coalesce to form toner particles,
wherein a resin component in the resin microparticles contains an olefinic copolymer and resin A,
wherein the olefinic copolymer contains:
unit Y1 represented by formula (1), and
unit Y2 that is at least one selected from the group consisting of a unit represented by formula (2) and a unit represented by formula (3),
the olefinic copolymer has a melt flow rate equal to or more than 5 g/10 minutes and equal to or less than 30 g/10 minutes,
the resin A has an acid value of 1 mgKOH/g or more and 50 mgKOH/g or less,
the olefinic copolymer has a SP value of 16.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or more and 19.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or less,
the resin A has a SP value of 19.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or more and 21.0 (J/cm3)0.5 or less,
the resin component has an olefinic copolymer content of 50% by mass or more with respect to the total mass of the resin component,
the resin component has a resin A content of 10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less with respect to the total mass of the resin component, and
the olefinic copolymer has a unit Y2 content of 3% by mass or more and 35% by mass or less with respect to the total mass of the olefinic copolymer,
where R1 denotes H or CH3, R2 denotes H or CH3, R3 denotes CH3 or C2H5, R4 denotes H or CH3, and R5 denotes CH3 or C2H5.

US Pat. No. 10,216,105

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisa, T...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:a support member; an electroconductive layer; and a photosensitive layer in this order,
wherein the electroconductive layer contains a binder and particles, the particles each including a core made of a substance represented by general formula (1), and a coating layer coating the core and containing an electrically conductive material:
M1M2O3  (1)
wherein M1 represents an element selected from the group consisting of Sr, Li, Na, K, and Ba, and M2 represents an element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Nb, Ta, and Zr.

US Pat. No. 10,216,104

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region formed on a substrate by using a mold having a pattern region on which the pattern is formed, the method comprising:deforming at least one of a shape of the pattern region and a shape of the shot region in accordance with a deformation amount determined to make the shapes of the pattern region and the shot region more similar;
obtaining a shift amount between each of a plurality of marks provided on the pattern region and a corresponding one of a plurality of marks provided on the shot region, the shift amount being obtained based on the deforming the at least one of the shape of the pattern region and the shape of the shot region;
selecting marks to be used for controlling an overlay between the pattern region and the shot region based on the shift amounts obtained in the obtaining, such that a preset condition is satisfied; and
performing feedback control for the overlay between the pattern region and the shot region based on detection results on positions of the marks selected in the selecting, after deforming the at least one of the shape of the pattern region and the shape of the shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,216,103

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of an imprint material on a shot region of a substrate by a mold having a pattern region in which a pattern has been formed, each of the shot region and the pattern region including a mark, the method comprising:a deformation step of deforming at least one region among the pattern region and the shot region, based on information indicating a relative shape difference between the pattern region and the shot region measured in advance, such that the relative shape difference comes close to a target shape difference;
an estimation step of estimating a positional deviation between the mark in the pattern region and the mark in the shot region, which is to be generated in a case of overlaying the pattern region and the shot region while deforming the at least one region by; and
an alignment step of performing alignment between the pattern region and the shot region, based on the estimated positional deviation and detection results of a relative position between the mark in the pattern region and the mark in the shot region, such that the estimated positional deviation is formed in the relative position.

US Pat. No. 10,216,102

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus comprising:a first component having a first surface;
a second component having a second surface;
a sensor system configured to provide a beam of radiation onto a target area and detect radiation from the target area, wherein the target area is provided at the first surface or the second surface;
at least one opening provided at the first surface or the second surface, the at least opening configured to provide a flow of gas therefrom to establish a gas curtain that encloses the target area and encloses part of a protected volume of gas between the first and second surfaces and that reduces or prevents an inflow of ambient gas into the protected volume of gas; and
a control system configured to control the gas flow such that a characteristic of the gas curtain is different in at least part of a phase of relative motion between the first and second components during a sensing phase using the sensor system compared to another phase of relative motion between the first and second components.

US Pat. No. 10,216,101

REFLECTOR

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A reflector comprising:a plate supported by a substrate,
wherein the plate has a reflective surface and the plate is secured to the substrate by, adhesive free bonding,
wherein a cooling channel array is provided in the reflector,
wherein channels of the cooling channel array are formed from open channels in a surface of the substrate, the open channels being closed by an intermediate plate to create the channels, and
wherein the reflector further comprises a second cooling channel array, channels of the second cooling channel array being formed from open channels in the intermediate plate, the open channels being closed by the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,216,100

INSPECTION SUBSTRATE AND AN INSPECTION METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An inspection substrate for inspecting a component of an apparatus for processing production substrates, the inspection substrate comprising:a body having dimensions similar to a production substrate so that the inspection substrate is compatible with the apparatus;
an illumination device embedded in the body;
a sensor embedded in the body, the sensor configured to generate inspection information relating to a parameter of a component of the apparatus proximate to the inspection substrate; and
a storage device embedded in the body, the storage device configured to store the inspection information,
wherein the sensor comprises an imaging device and the inspection information comprises image data.

US Pat. No. 10,216,099

SUBSTRATE PROCESSING APPARATUS

SCREEN Semiconductor Solu...

1. A substrate processing apparatus that is arranged to be adjacent to an exposure device and configured to perform processing before and after exposure processing by the exposure device, the apparatus comprising:an indexer block into and out of which a storage container that stores a plurality of substrates is carried;
a processing block that subjects the substrates to predetermined processing; and
an interface block for transferring the substrates between the exposure device and the processing block,
wherein the indexer block includes
a container platform on which the storage container is placed, and
first and second transport mechanisms that concurrently transport the substrates between the storage container placed on the container platform and the processing block,
the processing block includes a third transport mechanism that transports the substrates,
a first substrate platform on which the plurality of substrates are temporarily placed is provided between the first transport mechanism and the third transport mechanism,
a second substrate platform on which the plurality of substrates are temporarily placed is provided between the second transport mechanism and the third transport mechanism,
the processing block includes an upper processor and a lower processor that are provided in a vertical direction,
the third transport mechanism includes an upper transport mechanism provided at the upper processor and a lower transport mechanism provided at the lower processor,
the interface block includes a fourth transport mechanism that transports the substrates,
the first substrate platform includes
a first upper platform that is provided between the first transport mechanism and the upper transport mechanism, and
a first lower platform that is provided between the first transport mechanism and the lower transport mechanism,
the second substrate platform includes
a second upper platform that is provided between the second transport mechanism and the upper transport mechanism, and
a second lower platform that is provided between the second transport mechanism and the lower transport mechanism,
a third upper platform is provided between the upper transport mechanism and the fourth transport mechanism,
a third lower platform is provided between the lower transport mechanism and the fourth transport mechanism,
one or both of the first and second transport mechanisms are configured to alternately transport the substrates before the processing from the storage container to the first upper platform and the first lower platform,
the fourth transport mechanism is configured to alternately receive the substrates from the third upper platform and the third lower platform and alternately transport the substrates to the upper processor and the lower processor,
another or both of the first and second transport mechanisms are configured to alternately receive the substrates after the processing from the second upper platform and the second lower platform and transport the substrates after the processing to the storage container, and
the first, second, third and fourth transport mechanisms transport the substrates such that an order of the substrates transported from the indexer block to the processing block is matched with an order of the substrates transported from the processing block to the interface block, and an order of the substrates transported from the interface block to the processing block is matched with an order of the substrates transported from the processing block to the indexer block.

US Pat. No. 10,216,097

POLARIZATION-MODULATING ELEMENT, ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND EXPOSURE METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An illumination optical apparatus which illuminates an object with illumination light, the illumination optical apparatus comprising:a fly's eye lens arranged in an optical path of the illumination light so that a rear focal plane of the fly's eye lens is substantially located on an illumination pupil plane of the illumination optical apparatus;
a plurality of optical elements arranged in the optical path on an incidence side of the fly's eye lens so as to be movable relative to each other, which transforms a beam of the illumination light to form a light intensity distribution of the illumination light on the illumination pupil plane by moving the plurality of optical elements relative to each other, the light intensity distribution on the illumination pupil plane being in a state in which a light intensity in a region being away from an optical axis of the illumination optical apparatus is larger than a light intensity on the optical axis on the illumination pupil plane;
a polarization modulating member made of an optical material with optical activity and provided with different thicknesses of the optical material in a direction of the optical axis at different positions on an entrance surface of the polarization modulating member, the polarization modulating member being arranged in the optical path on the incidence side of the fly's eye lens to rotate a polarization direction of the illumination light and forming a linearly polarized state of the illumination light on the illumination pupil plane by rotating the polarization direction of the illumination light, the linearly polarized state having polarization directions being substantially coincident with an azimuthal direction about the optical axis or a radial direction centered around the optical axis in the region away from the optical axis; and
an optical system including a lens element arranged in the optical path of the illumination light from the fly's eye lens,
wherein the polarization modulating member is arranged so that a direction of an optic axis of the optical material is substantially coincident with a direction of the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,216,096

PROCESS-SENSITIVE METROLOGY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A lithography system, comprising:an illumination source including an off-axis illumination pole, wherein the off-axis illumination pole is separated from an optical axis by a known offset distance along an offset direction, wherein the pattern mask includes a first pattern element segmented with a focus-sensitive pitch along a segmentation direction and a second pattern element segmented with a focus-insensitive pitch along the segmentation direction; and
a set of projection optics configured to expose a sample with an image corresponding to the pattern mask based on illumination from the illumination source to generate exposed features, wherein the focus-sensitive pitch is selected based on the known offset distance such that illumination from the off-axis illumination pole diffracted by the pattern mask based on the focus-sensitive pitch is asymmetrically distributed in a pupil plane of the set of projection optics, wherein widths of segments of the first pattern element are selected such that at least some segments of the first pattern element along the segmentation direction are separated by a sub-resolution distance smaller than a resolution of the set of projection optics, wherein segments of the first pattern element separated by the sub-resolution distance are exposed as merged features, wherein exposed features on the sample corresponding to the first pattern element include one or more indicators of a focal position of the sample during exposure, wherein the focus-insensitive pitch is selected based on the known offset distance such that illumination from the off-axis illumination pole diffracted by the pattern mask based on the focus-insensitive pitch is symmetrically distributed in the pupil plane, wherein exposed features on the sample corresponding to the second pattern element are independent of the focal position of the sample during exposure, wherein differences between the first pattern element and the second pattern element along the segmentation direction with respect to the one or more indicators are indicative of the focal position of the sample during exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,216,095

IMMERSION LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. An immersion lithographic apparatus, the immersion lithographic apparatus configured to subject a photo-sensitive layer on a substrate to a patterned beam of radiation via a liquid, the immersion lithographic apparatus comprising:a fluid handling system configured to control a presence of the liquid in a volume restricted by a surface of a moveable object, the fluid handling system, and a free surface of the liquid, the free surface extending between the surface and the fluid handling system; and
a heating system configured to locally heat a portion of the liquid in the free surface on a receding side of a periphery edge of the volume in contact with the surface of the moveable object, where the object is receding from the volume along a direction of movement of the object relative to the fluid handling system.

US Pat. No. 10,216,094

SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING LENS AND SUPPORT COMPONENT FOR SUPPORTING FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT

NATIONAL APPLIED RESEARCH...

1. A support device for supporting a lens, the support device comprising:a support component comprising:
a main body;
a plurality of first support portions disposed on the main body, wherein each of the plurality of first support portions has a first support position thereon having a first height, and is configured to rigidly support the lens; and
a plurality of second support portions disposed on the main body, wherein each of the plurality of second support portions is disposed between respective adjacent two of the plurality of first support portions, has a second support position thereon having a second height, and is configured to flexibly support the lens, wherein:
when a configuration relationship between the support component and the lens becomes a decoupling relationship, the second height is larger than the first height; and
when the configuration relationship is changed to a coupling relationship, an absolute difference value between the first and the second heights is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,216,093

PROJECTION SYSTEM AND MINOR AND RADIATION SOURCE FOR A LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A projection system configured to project a beam of radiation onto a target portion of a substrate within a lithographic apparatus, the projection system comprising:a mirror comprising an actuator configured to position the mirror and/or configure a shape of the mirror, and to provide active damping to the mirror;
a controller configured to generate actuator control signals for controlling the actuator; and
a low pass filter and a high pass filter configured to separately filter the generated actuator control signals,
wherein the generated actuator control signals are decoupled, depending upon a frequency of the actuator control signals, into first actuator control signals for controlling the actuator when positioning the mirror and/or configuring the shape of the mirror and second actuator control signals for controlling the actuator when providing active damping to the mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,216,092

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, ILLUMINATION DEVICE, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. An apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit a light flux from an emission region; and
a condenser configured to condense the light flux so as to allow the light flux to exit to the outside,
wherein the condenser includes a plurality of reflection mirrors each having a reflecting surface for reflecting the light flux emitted from the emission region,
each reflecting surface of each of the plurality of reflection mirrors is rotationally symmetrical about an axis, and the plurality of reflection mirrors is disposed so as to surround the emission region,
at least two of the plurality of reflection mirrors are elliptical surface reflection mirrors of which the reflecting surface is elliptical having a focal point in the light emitting region,
at least one of the plurality of reflection mirrors is a spherical surface reflection mirror of which the reflecting surface is spherical having a central point in the emission region,
the at least two elliptical surface reflection mirrors and the at least one spherical surface reflection mirror are alternately arranged in the direction of the axis, and a light flux reflected by one spherical surface reflection mirror is further reflected by one elliptical surface reflection mirror oppositely disposed across the emission region so as to allow the light flux to be incident on the optical system, and
a position of at least one of the plurality of reflection mirrors in the direction of the axis is changeable.

US Pat. No. 10,216,091

FACET MIRROR FOR AN ILLUMINATION OPTICAL UNIT FOR PROJECTION LITHOGRAPHY

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An illumination optical unit, comprising:a field facet mirror, comprising:
a plurality of used facets; and
a change subunit comprising a plurality of change facets and a facet carrier,
wherein:
each used facet is configured to reflect an illumination light partial beam when the field facet mirror is used in an optical unit for projection lithography;
the change facets are arranged jointly on a facet carrier;
for each change facet, the change facet is positionable alternatively at a location of use of exactly one of the used facets;
for a first used facet that is changeable via the change subunit:
along a direction, there is a distance between the first used facet and a used facet that is not changeable via the change subunit; and
along the direction, a used facet that is adjacent to the first used facet has an extent that is at least five times the distance; and
the illumination optical unit is an illumination optical unit for projection lithography.

US Pat. No. 10,216,089

METHODS OF FORMING FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING MEMBERS

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A method for providing a flexographic printing member, comprising:developing an imagewise exposed flexographic printing member precursor with an aqueous flexographic developer to provide a relief image in a flexographic printing plate,
wherein the aqueous flexographic developer comprises:
a) a fatty acid composition consisting of one or more saturated or unsaturated fatty acids or alkali metal salts thereof, each saturated or unsaturated fatty acid or alkali metal salt thereof independently having 12 to 20 carbon atoms, the fatty acid composition being present in an amount of at least 0.25 weight % and up to and including 2.0 weight %,
wherein at least 85 weight % of the fatty acid composition is composed of one or more C18 mono- or poly-unsaturated fatty acids or alkali metal salts thereof;
b) one or more aminopolycarboxylic acids or alkali metal salts thereof in an amount of at least 0.05 weight % and up to and including 0.30 weight %;
c) a buffer compound in an amount of at least 0.05 weight % and up to and including 0.60 weight %; and
d) water in an amount of at least 97 weight % and up to and including 99.5 weight %;
all amounts being based on the total weight of the aqueous flexographic developer; and
replenishing the aqueous flexographic developer with a replenisher developer composition having the same or a greater concentration of one or more of components a) through c).

US Pat. No. 10,216,087

EBEAM UNIVERSAL CUTTER

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A blanker aperture array (BAA) for an e-beam tool, the BAA comprising:a first column of openings along a first direction; and
a second column of openings along the first direction and staggered from the first column of openings, the first and second columns of openings together forming an array having a pitch in the first direction, wherein a scan direction of the BAA is along a second direction, orthogonal to the first direction, and wherein the pitch of the array corresponds to half a minimal pitch layout of a target pattern of lines for orientation parallel with the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,216,086

METHOD FOR CREATING SURFACE TEXTURE ON FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING ELEMENTS

MacDermid Graphics Soluti...

1. An apparatus for making a relief image printing element from a photosensitive printing blank, the apparatus including a plurality of rollers for transferring a defined topographical pattern into at least one photocurable layer of the photosensitive printing blank, wherein the photosensitive printing blank comprises a backing layer, at least one uncured photocurable layer disposed on the backing layer, and a laser ablatable mask layer disposed on the at least one uncured photocurable layer, the laser ablatable mask layer having been selectively laser ablated to create an in situ mask and uncover portions of the at least one uncured photocurable layer, the plurality of rollers comprising:a) a textured roller, said textured roller comprising a matte finish on an outer surface thereof, wherein the matte finish is transferrable to a surface of the at least one uncured photocurable layer to transfer a desired surface roughness to the surface of the at least one uncured photocurable layer, and
b) a backing roller spaced apart from the textured roller configured to support the backing layer of the photosensitive printing blank while the surface of the at least one uncured photocurable layer is in contact with the textured roller and to facilitate transportation of the photosensitive printing blank through a nip formed between the textured roller and the backing roller and designed for passage of the photosensitive printing blank,
wherein when the photosensitive printing blank is transported through the nip, the textured roller contacts the in-situ mask and the uncovered portions of the at least one uncured photocurable layer, wherein a defined topographical pattern is transferred from the textured surface of the roller to at least the uncovered portions of the at least one uncured photocurable layer; and
a first source of actinic radiation that is capable of exposing the at least one uncured photocurable layer to actinic radiation through the in-situ mask to crosslink and cure portions of the at least one photocurable layer not covered by the in-situ mask, and
a second source of actinic radiation arranged directly opposite the first source of actinic radiation on an opposite side of the photosensitive printing blank,
wherein the first source of actinic radiation and the second source of actinic radiation are arranged immediately following the textured roller and the backing roller.