US Pat. No. 10,792,619

MEMBRANE MODULE

Evonik Degussa GmbH, Ess...

1. A process for manufacturing membrane modules comprising a polymeric nanofiltration or ultrafiltration membrane wherein the membrane is substantially unaffected by microwave radiation, a feed spacer, a permeate spacer, a permeate tube, and end caps, the process comprising the steps of:(a) applying glue lines of an epoxy adhesive containing one or more polarisable bonds to the polymeric nanofiltration or ultrafiltration membrane, wherein the polarisable bonds are capable of being excited by microwave radiation;
(b) positioning the polymeric nanofiltration or ultrafiltration membrane in its desired location within the membrane module and rolling the membrane and spacers to produce a green spiral wound membrane module ensemble with said adhesive not cured to a degree sufficient to guarantee structural integrity of the membrane ensemble; and
(c) applying microwave radiation to the green ensemble to cure the adhesive used to seal the module.

US Pat. No. 10,792,617

METHOD FOR THE DIRECT SYNTHESIS OF CU-CONTAINING SILICOALUMINATE MATERIAL WITH THE AEI ZEOLITE STRUCTURE, AND THE CATALYTIC APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Consejo Superior de Inves...

1. Process for the direct synthesis of a material with the copper-containing silicoaluminate form of the AEI zeolite structure, which comprises, at least, the following steps:(i) Preparation of a mixture containing, at least,
one source of water,
one source of copper,
one polyamine, selected from tetraethylenepentamine, triethylenetetramine, 1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane, 1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane, or mixtures thereof,
one source of tetravalent element Y, which is Si, and one source of trivalent element X, which is Al,
one cyclic ammonium cation with alkyl substituents as the OSDA, selected from N,N-dimethyl-3,5-dimethylpiperidinium (DMDMP), N,N-diethyl-2,6-dimethylpiperidinium (DEDMP), N,N-dimethyl-2,6-dimethylpiperidinium, N-ethyl-N-methyl-2,6-dimethyl¬piperi¬dinium, and combinations thereof, and one source of alkaline or alkaline-earth cations (A), comprising Na, where the synthesis mixture has the following molar composition:
YO2: a X2O3: b OSDA: c A: d H2O: e Cu: f Polyamine
where
a ranges between 0.001 and 0.2;
b ranges between 0.01 and 2;
c ranges between 0.01 and 0.8;
d ranges between 1 and 200;
e ranges between 0.001 and 1;
f ranges between 0.001 and 1;
(ii) Crystallisation of the mixture obtained in (i) in a reactor, and
(iii) Recovery of the crystalline material obtained in (ii).

US Pat. No. 10,792,616

ION EXCHANGED SYNTHETIC PHYLLOSILICATE AS SCR CATALYST

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. A method of preparing a catalyst comprising:hydrothermally synthesizing a phyllosilicate having a structure according to formula (2):
IyMz(AlmB)(X)q   (2)
wherein I is an interlayer monovalent cation selected from organic ammonium and NH4+;
y is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4;
M is a cation or mixture of cations selected from the group consisting of Zn+2, Mg+2, Cu+2, Fe+2, Fe+3, Al+2, Al+3, and Mn+2;
z is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4;
q is 2 or 4;
X is a monovalent ion selected from a fluoride ion, hydroxide ion, and mixtures thereof;
B is selected from the group consisting of Si3O10, Si2O10, Si2O5, and Si4O10;
m is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4; and
wherein the hydrothermally synthesized phyllosilicate is substantially free of alkali metal;
pillaring the hydrothermally synthesized phyllosilicate, the pillaring comprising calcining the hydrothermally synthesized phyllosilicate; and
exchanging a cation present in the pillared hydrothermally synthesized phyllosilicate with one or more metal cations, forming a pillared ion-exchanged hydrothermally synthesized phyllosilicate.

US Pat. No. 10,792,615

CATALYZED FILTERS WITH END COATING FOR LEAN ENGINE EXHAUST

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. A catalyzed particulate filter comprising:a plurality of porous walls extending longitudinally to form a plurality of parallel passages extending from an inlet end to an outlet end, wherein a quantity of the passages are inlet passages that are open at the inlet end and closed with an outlet plug at the outlet end, and a quantity of passages are outlet passages that are closed with an inlet plug at the inlet end and open at the outlet end, the outlet plug having a depth and an outlet plug end face, the outlet end defining an outlet end surface of the outlet passages including the outlet plug and the outlet plug end face;
a selective catalytic reduction catalyst applied to the porous walls of the particulate filter; and
a platinum group metal end coating covering the outlet end surface and the outlet end face of the plugs, the platinum group metal end coating which extends a distance less than 1.5 times the depth of the outlet plugs from the outlet end surface and having a platinum group metal local loading in the range of about 20 to about 200 g/ft3.

US Pat. No. 10,792,613

CLEANING DEVICE

Oshkosh Corporation, Osh...

1. A cleaning device comprising:a housing defining an inlet, an outlet, and an internal cavity connecting the inlet to the outlet, wherein the housing includes a door that is selectively openable;
an ozone generator positioned within the internal cavity;
a catalyst positioned within the internal cavity; and
an air driver positioned within the internal cavity, the air driver configured to draw contaminated air from an external environment into the inlet, across the ozone generator, and through the catalyst to facilitate decontaminating the contaminated air and emitting clean air out of the outlet into the external environment;
wherein the ozone generator is configured to convert at least a portion of oxygen within the contaminated air into ozone as the contaminated air flows across the ozone generator;
wherein at least one of the ozone or the catalyst is configured to interact with the contaminated air to produce the clean air; and
wherein the cleaning device is operable in (i) a first mode where the door is closed such that the contaminated air is cycled through the housing and the clean air is emitted from the outlet of the housing and (ii) a second mode where the door is open and the ozone is emitted from the housing through the door into the external environment such that the ozone bypasses the catalyst and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,792,611

AIR PURIFICATION DEVICE AND PROCESS

1. An apparatus for purifying air from pollutants, the apparatus comprising:at least one empty body defining a chamber adapted to receive an air flow to be purified, the at least one empty body having at least one inlet hole and at least one outlet hole for the air flow, the chamber comprising:
an electric field generator internal of the chamber;
a luminous radiation source internal of the chamber;
a photocatalyst adapted to be excited by luminous radiation from said luminous radiation source so as to cause photocatalysis;
a plurality of walls formed of an absorbent material, each of said plurality of walls lying on a plane, wherein said electric field generator and said photocatalyst and said plurality of walls are cooperative with each other internal of the chamber, wherein said plurality of walls are disposed radially around said photocatalyst such that the planes of said plurality of walls converge toward said photocatalyst, said plurality of walls defining a plurality of spaces within the chamber, the at least one inlet hole and the at least one outlet hole being arranged such that the air flow enters the chamber in correspondence to the convergence of the planes of said plurality of walls and passes through the plurality of plurality of spaces and passes outward of the at least one empty body through the at least one outlet hole.

US Pat. No. 10,792,610

PROCESS FOR GENERATING HIGHER VPSA PRODUCT PRESSURE

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

10. A pressure swing adsorption system for separating components of a feed gas mixture into at least a first component and a second component by selective adsorption of said first component into a bed of adsorbent particles during the adsorption steps of the cycle, said system comprising at least two adsorption vessels each containing a bed of adsorbent material that is selective for said first component, said adsorbent exhibiting an intrinsic diffusivity for said first component that is equal to or greater than 4.0×10?6 m2/sec at 27.55 psia and 300k, said system configured to raise the pressure of said feed gas to the bed of adsorbent particles during adsorption steps of the cycle to an adsorption pressure so as to enable adsorption of said first component by said adsorbent and to depressurize said bed during the desorption steps of said cycle to a desorption pressure so as to desorb said first component from said adsorbent; wherein the ratio of adsorption to desorption pressures ranges from about 1.5 to 3.5,wherein each bed is configured to be pressurized by pressurized feed gas and with no product pressurization.

US Pat. No. 10,792,609

NITROGEN CONSERVATION IN POLYMERIZATION PROCESSES

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

12. A method for recovering nitrogen during regeneration of a treater bed, the method comprising:contacting a feed stream to a polyethylene polymerization reactor with a treater bed to remove at least one component from the feed stream;
regenerating the treater bed to yield a treater bed regeneration effluent stream comprising nitrogen and at least one impurity;
contacting the treater bed regeneration effluent with an adsorbent bed to remove at least a portion of impurity from the treater bed regeneration effluent stream and provide a nitrogen product having a higher nitrogen purity than a nitrogen purity of the treater bed regeneration effluent stream; and
regenerating the adsorbent bed by depressurizing the adsorbent bed to a pressure below an adsorption pressure; introducing a gas comprising nitrogen into the depressurized adsorbent bed; and repressurizing the adsorbent bed to the adsorption pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,792,608

SCRUBBER FOR HVAC SYSTEM

enverid systems, inc., W...

1. A system for cleaning air from an enclosed environment, comprising:an air handling unit (AHU) including:
an external air inlet (EAI), and
a mixing chamber for allowing a mixing of air returned from an interior space (return air) of the enclosed environment with air entering via the EAI; and
a fastened-on scrubber (BOS) assembly, the BOS assembly comprising:
a housing;
an interface arranged on an exterior of the housing and including a return air inlet (RAI) and a treated air outlet (TAO), and
an adsorbent material configured to treat air received from the RAI,
wherein:
the interface is configured to mate with or otherwise couple to the EAI,
the RAI is configured to receive the return air via the EAI, the return air having traversed through the mixing chamber,
the adsorbent material is configured to treat the return air received via the RAI by adsorbing at least one contaminant contained therein, and
the treated air is expelled from the scrubber assembly back to the AHU via the EAI.

US Pat. No. 10,792,607

FLUX RECOVERY DEVICE, SOLDERING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING FLUX

SENJU METAL INDUSTRY CO.,...

1. A flux recovery device which recovers a flux from a gaseous mixture containing a flux component, the flux recovery device comprising:a separation unit configured to separate the flux from the gaseous mixture using water, and to discharge the water containing the flux;
a pipe including a second connection port, an inclined portion, and a first connection port, the water containing the flux flowing into the pipe from the second connection port, the inclined portion being positioned on a downstream side of the second connection port, and extending in a direction intersecting with a vertical line extending in a gravity direction, and the first connection port being positioned on an upstream side of the inclined portion; and
a pump configured to supply water from the first connection port.

US Pat. No. 10,792,606

VACUUM CLEANER

TTI (Macao Commercial Off...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a suction inlet and a suction source configured to draw debris through the suction inlet;
a conduit in fluid communication with the suction inlet, the conduit including a first magnetic member;
a filter having an inner volume configured to collect debris from the conduit, the filter having a valve releasably connected to a filter inlet opening, the valve including a second magnetic member, the first and second magnetic members being attracted to one another; and
the filter being moveable from a first position to a second position, wherein the filter in the first position is in fluid communication with the conduit with the valve being disengaged from and opening the filter inlet opening to collect the debris, and wherein the filter in the second position is disconnected from the conduit with the valve closing the filter inlet opening.

US Pat. No. 10,792,605

HONEYCOMB FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb filter comprising:a honeycomb structure body having porous partition walls arranged to surround a plurality of cells extending from an inflow end face to an outflow end face to form through channels for a fluid, and
a plugging portion disposed to plug either one of end portions of each of the cells on the side of the inflow end face or the side of the outflow end face,
wherein the honeycomb structure body has a plurality of cell rows in which two or more cells are linearly arranged along one direction, in a cross section of the honeycomb structure body which is perpendicular to an extending direction of the cells,
the plurality of cell rows include a first cell row and a second cell row,
the first cell row is a cell row constituted of inflow cells in which the plugging portions are arranged in end portions on the outflow end face side and which are opened on the inflow end face side,
the second cell row is a cell row of the cells linearly arranged along the one direction and including outflow cells in which the plugging portions are arranged in end portions on the inflow end face side and which are opened on the outflow end face side,
a width P1 (mm) of the first cell row and a width P2 (mm) of the second cell row satisfy a relation of Equation (1) mentioned below,
in the cross section perpendicular to the extending direction of the cells, each of the cells has a polygonal shape of which corner portions are formed in a curved shape of a curvature radius R, and
the width P1 (mm) of the first cell row, the width P2 (mm) of the second cell row and the curvature radius R (?m) satisfy a relation of Equation (2) mentioned below:
2?100?(P1/P2×100)?50, and  Equation (1):
0.4?(R/1000)/((P1+P2)/2)×100?20.  Equation (2):

US Pat. No. 10,792,604

HORIZONTAL COALESCING FILTER

TM Industrial Supply, Inc...

1. A gas coalescing filter unit for removing liquid from gas comprising:a first housing positioned in a substantially horizontal orientation and including an inlet and an outlet, said inlet configured for receiving a gas under pressure;
an impingement head located within the first housing and positioned inline with the inlet;
a plurality of vanes positioned subsequent to the impingement head, wherein the plurality of vanes are configured to force the gas outwardly in a centrifugal manner;
a vane separator located within the first housing and positioned inline with the inlet and the impingement head, said vane separator configured for removing liquid condensates from the gas, wherein the impingement head is located between the inlet and the vane separator and the plurality of vanes are positioned between the impingement head and the vane separator;
a second housing in fluid communication with the first housing, said second housing positioned in a substantially vertical orientation;
a coalescing filter located within the second housing for receiving the gas exiting the vane separator and for further removing the liquid condensates from the gas; and
a gas outlet associated with the second housing for allowing separated gas to exit the filter unit, wherein a lower portion of the coalescing filter is contained within the first housing.

US Pat. No. 10,792,603

OIL SEPARATOR UNIT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An oil separator unit configured to separate an oil mist contained in a blowby gas generated in an internal combustion engine, comprising:an upstream member disposed on an upstream side in a flow direction of the blowby gas and having an opening through which the blowby gas passes;
a downstream member disposed on a downstream side in the flow direction of the blowby gas and having a hit portion hit by the blowby gas; and
a porous member including a first surface facing the upstream member and a second surface facing the downstream member and formed in a substantially rectangular shape with a predetermined thickness so as to trap the oil mist contained in the blowby gas that has passed through the opening, wherein
the downstream member includes a downstream surface facing the second surface to support the second surface,
the upstream member includes
an upstream surface facing the first surface; and
a spacer projected from the upstream surface so as to generate a gap between the first surface and the upstream surface to support the first surface,
the spacer includes a support portion configured to support a side surface between the first surface and the second surface of the porous member at an end of the spacer,
the oil separator unit is configured in a height direction corresponding to a gravity direction, in a width direction perpendicular to the height direction and in a thickness direction perpendicular to the height direction and the width direction,
the width direction is a direction perpendicular to the first surface and the second surface,
the upstream member includes a recess at an outside of the spacer in the width direction on the upstream surface, and
the downstream member includes
a flange part fitted in the recess, and
a connecting part extending along the flow direction of the blowby gas that has passed through the opening and having a first end connected to the flange part and a second end connected to the downstream surface.

US Pat. No. 10,792,602

STERILIZING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Turbett Surgical, Inc., ...

13. A method of drying contents in a sterilization container, the method comprising:(a) placing the contents in a sterilization container having an enclosing wall and at least one door, the enclosing wall and door defining (i) a total surface area; and (ii) an interior volume between approximately 2,900 cubic inches and 30,600 cubic inches for receiving a plurality of instrument trays for retaining the contents;
(b) venting the sterilization container through a venting pass through area having a filter occluding the venting pass through area, wherein the venting pass through area is at least 5.7% of the total surface area;
(c) sterilizing the contents in the sterilization container with a sterilizing agent; and
(d) drying the contents in the sterilization container in less than 30 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,601

AIR FILTER DEVICE FOR HVAC AND/OR FURNACE SYSTEMS

1. An air filter device for HVAC and/or furnace systems, the device comprising:a rectangular sleeve defined by overlying flat sheets comprising filtering material for filtering air, the filtering material comprising reusable and machine washable microfiber material, the sleeve defining an outer surface thereof and an inner surface thereof between the overlying sheets and defining an inner open area, the outer surface defining a pair of opposite faces, outer peripheral edges between the opposite faces and outer corners between the outer peripheral edges, at least one outer peripheral edge being open and leading to the inner open area, the inner surface defining inner peripheral edges between the overlying sheets and inner corners between the inner peripheral edges; and
a rectangular insert for being removably inserted into the rectangular sleeve via the open outer peripheral edge, the rectangular insert comprising an outer rectangular frame defining peripheral edges and corners therebetween,
wherein when the rectangular insert is inserted within the sleeve, the peripheral edges and corners of the rectangular frame engage the inner peripheral edges and inner corners of the sleeve thereby providing support to the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,792,600

AIR FILTER DEVICE

1. An air filter device, comprising:a main member comprising a hollow space inside with a top opening, a first duct inside the space with a spiral shape, a first inlet, a first outlet, and a plug extended from a bottom side of the main member, where the plug has a vertical through channel inside connecting the first outlet;
a conduit member made of a flexible material comprising a second duct conforming to the shape of the first duct with a second inlet and a second outlet, where the conduit member is placed inside the space, the second duct is embedded in the first duct, the first and second inlets are overlapped in a same position, the first and second outlets are overlapped in another same position;
a sealing piece made of a flexible material placed in the space on top of the conduit member;
a pressurizing piece placed in the space on top of the sealing piece comprising a plurality of inlet holes on a top side and an outlet opening along the circumference, where the inlet holes and the outlet opening are connected, and the outlet opening is connected to the first and second inlets;
at least one filter element placed in the space on top of the pressurizing piece covering the inlet holes; and
a cap covering the top opening of the space with a greater diameter than that of the main member, comprising at least a pair of oppositely positioned protruding fastening elements configured around an inner wall and air flow paths formed between neighboring fastening elements, where, when the cap is detachably fastened to the main member, the air flow paths are connected to the top opening of the main member;
wherein external air flows into the space through the air flow paths of the cap, then sequentially through the filter element, the inlet holes and outlet opening of the pressurizing piece, the first and second inlets, the conduit member, the first and second outlets, and finally out from the through channel of the plug.

US Pat. No. 10,792,599

DUST COLLECTION METHOD, DUST COLLECTION DEVICE, AND LASER PROCESSING MACHINE

AFLAIR INC., Kanagawa (J...

1. A dust collection method using a dust collection device, the dust collection device comprising: a main body provided in a tubular shape; an exhaust tube having an opening inside the main body, the exhaust tube being provided so as to have an end which extends through and outside the main body, and having a distal end which begins at a mid-point within the main body, and so as to cooperate with a suction device to suck air inside the main body; a supply nozzle for supplying a liquid to inside of the main body; a vessel having an inlet with a fluid connection to the exhaust tube and an outlet with a fluid connection to the supply nozzle, the vessel being configured to recover the liquid from the main body; and a pump for returning the liquid from the vessel to the supply nozzle, the main body being arranged oblique so that the opening side of the exhaust tube faces upward,the dust collection method comprising:
a step of forming a rotating airflow by means of suction with the suction device, the rotating airflow progressing while spiraling along an inner wall surface of the main body;
a step of supplying the liquid from the supply nozzle;
a step of spreading out the liquid with the rotating airflow on the inner wall surface thereby to continuously form a liquid catcher, the liquid catcher rotating as a film of the liquid; and
a step of separating smoke and/or dust contained in air introduced to the inside of the main body by accelerating said smoke and/or dust towards the inner surface of the main body by centrifugal force due to the rotating airflow and capturing the smoke and/or dust with the liquid catcher.

US Pat. No. 10,792,598

BREATHER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle comprising a breather, the breather comprising:a breather chamber configured to allow airflow between an inside and an outside of a casing of an on-vehicle power unit or a transmission mechanism connected to the power unit through the breather chamber;
a tubular connecting portion provided with the casing and configured to introduce a fluid from the inside of the casing into the breather chamber through the tubular connecting portion; and
a cylindrical wall provided in the breather chamber and formed in a cylindrical shape having one closed end portion and another open end portion that is opened toward the tubular connecting portion such that the fluid from the tubular connecting portion flows into an inside of the cylindrical wall through the another open end portion arrives at the one closed end portion and returns into the casing from the inside of the cylindrical wall through the another open end portion, wherein
the tubular connecting portion has an upper end which is opened at a position below the another open end portion of the cylindrical wall in an upper direction which is defined as a direction from the tubular connecting portion toward the one closed end portion of the cylindrical wall.

US Pat. No. 10,792,597

SUCTION STRAINER

YAMASHIN-FILTER CORP., K...

1. A suction strainer provided in a tank configured to store oil, the suction strainer comprising:a first filtration portion having a substantially cylindrical shape and formed from a pleated thin plate;
a second filtration portion formed from a bundle of metal fibers, the second filtration portion having a substantially cylindrical shape and provided to an outer side of the first filtration portion, the second filtration portion being formed of a material having a plurality of spaces formed in a surface and interior of the material;
a middle tube disposed to partition between an outer circumferential surface of the first filtration portion and an inner circumferential surface of the second filtration portion, wherein middle tube holes are distributed over an entire surface of the middle tube;
an inner tube that is accommodated inside the second filtration portion, wherein inner tube holes are distributed over an entire surface of the inner tube;
an outer tube that accommodates the first filtration portion, wherein outer tube holes are distributed over an entire surface of the outer tube,
wherein:
a total area of the inner tube holes distributed over the entire surface of the inner tube is larger than a total area of the middle tube holes distributed over the entire surface of the middle tube;
the diameter of each of the inner tube holes is larger than a diameter of each of the middle tube holes;
the total area of the inner holes distributed over the entire surface of the inner tube is larger than a total area of the outer tube holes distributed over the entire surface of the outer tube; and
the diameter of each of the inner tube holes is larger than a diameter of each of the outer tube holes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,596

PIPELINE FILTER

AQUASTAR POOL PRODUCTS, I...

12. A pipeline filter assembly comprising:a) a base assembly comprising:
i) a filter base;
ii) a base plate upon which the pipeline filter assembly is configured to rest; and
iii) a support collar configured to couple to the base plate;
b) an outer wall having a lower end portion and an upper end portion, wherein the lower end portion is coupled to the base assembly and the upper end portion comprises a lower collar, the lower collar comprising at least one lock notch spaced around an exterior surface thereof; and
c) a lid assembly configured to couple to the lower collar of the outer wall, the lid assembly comprising:
i) an upper collar configured to threadedly mate with the lower collar, the upper collar comprising:
1) at least one housing that projects from the upper collar, the housing having an interior surface;
2) at least one biasing clip pivotally mounted within the housing for releasable engagement with the lock notch; and
3) at least one biasing spring wherein an end of the biasing spring abuts the interior surface of the housing and biases its corresponding biasing clip to a locked position around a corresponding lock notch; and
ii) an upper cover configured to secure to the outer wall via the mating of the lower collar and the upper collar.

US Pat. No. 10,792,595

DRUM FILTER FOR WATER FILTRATION AND METHOD THEREFOR

14. Method for providing a drum filter, comprising the following steps of:providing a housing;
arranging in the housing a filter drum which comprises a filter surface;
providing a shaft disposed through the filter drum, wherein the filter drum is arranged for rotation around the shaft;
carrying water for filtering from an outward facing side of the filter surface to the inner side of the drum filter for the purpose of collecting fouling on the outward facing side of the filter surface;
spraying the filter surface clean by spraying a fluid in a direction substantially parallel to said shaft over the outward facing side of the filter surface.

US Pat. No. 10,792,594

DUAL PUMPING ARRANGEMENT FOR A HOLLOW FIBER FILTER

Replegin Corporation, Wa...

17. A fluid filtration assembly, comprising:a process vessel;
a filter housing having first and second ends, and fluidly communicating with the process vessel;
a filter element disposable within the filter housing;
a first pump coupled to the first end of the filter housing and a second pump coupled to the second end of the filter housing, the first and second pumps operable for pumping fluid from the process vessel through the filter element; and
a controller in communication with the first and second pumps configured to actuate the first and second pumps to cycle fluid between the first and second pumps and the process vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,792,593

METHOD FOR THE DE-AERATION OF FROTHS AND FOAMS

GLENCORE TECHNOLOGY PTY L...

9. A device for removing gas from a froth, the device comprising a housing including an inlet conduit adapted, at a first end thereof to be located in fluid communication with a suction spool of a pump, the suction spool of the pump receiving froth from a vessel, the housing comprising a central passage and a transverse flow passage, the transverse flow passage extending transversely to and through the central passage, the transverse flow passage being in fluid communication with an opposed second end of the inlet conduit, wherein, when a flow of liquid is provided through the flow passage, the froth is introduced into the liquid through the inlet conduit such that at least a portion of the gas in the froth is removed from the froth and entrained in the liquid to form a mixture of fluid and entrained gas.

US Pat. No. 10,792,592

INLET DEVICE FOR SEPARATING PHASES OF A LIQUID STREAM IN A VESSEL AND METHOD INVOLVING SAME

KOCH-GLITSCH, LP, Wichit...

17. A method of separating a gas phase from a liquid phase in a fluid stream using an inlet device of claim 1, comprising the steps of:flowing the fluid stream within the flow channel from the inlet end to the outlet ends;
delivering separate portions of the fluid stream from the outlet ends to the separation cans through the inlet openings in the cylindrical walls of the separation cans;
causing the separate portions of the fluid stream to swirl within the open interior regions so that a centrifugal force that results from the swirling of the separate portions of the fluid stream causes the liquid phase in the separate portions of the fluid stream to impact against the inner surfaces of the cylindrical walls and the gas phase to separate from the liquid phase and ascend upwardly;
removing the liquid phase from the inner surfaces of the cylindrical walls through the slots in the cylindrical walls and through the open lower ends of the open interior regions; and
removing the ascending gas phase through the open upper ends of the open interior regions.

US Pat. No. 10,792,591

OXYGEN REMOVAL UNIT WITH TORTUOUS PATH

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A gas removal unit comprising:a tube bundle formed of a plurality of tubes and having a hollow center, said tubes being formed of a material that allows passage of a gas from exterior of said tubes into an interior of said tubes, and resisting flow of at least some liquids through said tubes into said an interior of said tubes;
a plurality of inner chambers within said tube bundle and a plurality of outer chambers outward of said tube bundle;
a fluid inlet connected to a first of said inner or outer chambers, and a fluid outlet connected to a second of said inner and outer chambers, and an axial direction defined between said fluid inlet to said fluid outlet;
a tortuous path defined between said first and second of said inner and outer chambers such that a fluid will pass repeatedly from said inner chambers to said outer chambers, and from said outer chambers to said inner chambers as it moves along said axial direction from said fluid inlet to said fluid outlet;
wherein there is an inner layer of said tubes extending outwardly to an outer layer of said tubes, such that there are a plurality of layers of tubes;
wherein said plurality of layers of tubes are wrapped at an angle relative to said axial direction, such that said tube bundle resists flow in the axial direction, said angle being non-parallel to a central axis of said tube bundle; and
wherein said angle varies across said plurality of layers.

US Pat. No. 10,792,590

VACUUMING APPARATUS

General Electric Company,...

15. A vacuuming apparatus for removing bubbles from an oil immersed device containing components immersed in insulating oil, the vacuuming apparatus comprising:a supporting mechanism for supporting the oil immersed device;
a swinging mechanism for swinging the supporting mechanism and the oil immersed device supported thereby;
a vacuuming mechanism for vacuuming inside the oil immersed device; and
wherein the swinging mechanism comprises:
a pedestal below the supporting mechanism;
a support arranged on the pedestal below a first side of the supporting mechanism to support the supporting mechanism, wherein a supporting height of the support can be changed;
a connector arranged on the pedestal below a second side of the supporting mechanism and configured to connect the supporting mechanism with the pedestal in a manner that the two have motion redundancies with each other, the second side being opposite to the first side; and
a driving component coupled with the support and driving the supporting height of the support to change, causing a movement of the first side of the supporting mechanism in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,792,589

GAS LIQUID SEPARATOR FOR CHROMATOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS

WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A gas liquid separator, comprising:a chamber having a chamber wall, an inlet end, an outlet end and a chamber cross-section defined along a chamber axis extending between the inlet and outlet ends wherein an area of the chamber cross-section increases with increasing distance along the chamber axis from the inlet end, the chamber wall including a surface that extends from the inlet end to the outlet end;
a fluid mixture inlet in fluid communication with the chamber and disposed at the inlet end of the chamber to receive a flow of a fluid mixture;
a gas outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and disposed at the outlet end of the chamber to provide a flow of a gas separated from the fluid mixture;
a liquid outlet in fluid communication with the chamber and disposed at the outlet end of the chamber to provide a flow of the liquid separated from the fluid mixture; and
a channel on the surface of the chamber wall to conduct the liquid to the liquid outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,792,587

METHOD FOR AERATION OF A FLAMMABLE LIQUID TO EXTRACT FLAMMABLE VAPOR

TERRA PRIMORIS HOLDINGS, ...

1. A diesel distillation method comprising the steps of:(a) drawing contaminated fuel from a primary storage tank;
(b) exposing fuel drawn from the primary storage tank to gas;
(c) evaporating high-gravity hydrocarbons from said fuel;
(d) sampling fuel from the primary storage tank;
(e) running the sampled fuel through a combustion engine;
(f) testing quality of the fuel via a combustion engine with an onboard sensor;
(g) determining if further processing is required to decontaminate the fuel; and
(h) returning exposed fuel to the primary storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,792,586

FOLDED FRACTIONATION COLUMN AND PROCESS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

7. A system comprising:(a) a column for fractionating a first material from a feed stream of said first material and a second material, the column comprising:
a top, a bottom and a sidewall extending therebetween,
a dividing wall extending between the top and the bottom and between sides of the sidewall so as to divide a first side of the column from a second side of the column, each side of the column comprising a plurality of trays, wherein the first side comprises a first top tray and a first bottom tray, and the second side comprises a height between a second top tray and a second bottom tray,
a feed inlet in the sidewall for introducing the feed stream into the column on the first side at a feed inlet tray, wherein the feed inlet tray is between the first top tray and the first bottom tray, such that the first side comprises a first rectifying section disposed above the feed inlet and a stripping section disposed below the feed inlet,
a vapor discharge at the top of the column in the first side,
an uninterrupted vapor duct having a first end at the vapor discharge and a second end at a vapor entry at a bottom of the column in the second side, such that an entirety of the height of the second side comprises a second rectifying section, and wherein the first side of the column is not in fluid communication with the second side of the column through the dividing wall except by said uninterrupted vapor duct which extends a distance greater than the height of the second side, through the column, and through the dividing wall,
a liquid discharge at the bottom of the column in the second side,
a liquid duct having a first end at the liquid discharge and a second end at a liquid inlet at a top of the column in the first side,
a bottoms outlet in the bottom of the column in the first side, and
an overhead outlet in the top of the column in the second side;
(b) at least one processor;
(c) at least one non-transitory computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions; and
(d) at least one receiver configured to receive data associated with at least one line in fluid communication with the column for fractionating.

US Pat. No. 10,792,585

FOLDED FRACTIONATION COLUMN AND PROCESS

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

11. A fractionation system for fractionating a first material from a feed stream of the first material and a second material, the system comprising:a column comprising a top, a bottom and a sidewall extending therebetween;
a dividing wall extending all the way from the top to the bottom and between sides of the sidewall so as to divide a first side of the column from a second side of the column, each side of the column comprising a plurality of trays, wherein the first side comprises a first top tray and a first bottom tray, and the second side comprises a height between a second top tray and a second bottom tray;
a feed inlet in the sidewall for introducing the feed stream into the column on the first side at a feed inlet tray, wherein the feed inlet tray is between the first top tray and the first bottom tray, such that the first side comprises a first rectifying section disposed above the feed inlet and a stripping section disposed below the feed inlet;
a vapor discharge at the top of the column in the first side, an uninterrupted vapor duct having a first end at said vapor discharge, a second end of said uninterrupted vapor duct at a vapor entry at a bottom of the column in the second side, such that an entirety of the height of the second side comprises a rectifying section, and wherein the first side of the column is not in fluid communication with the second side of the column through the dividing wall except by said uninterrupted vapor duct which extends a distance greater than the height of the second side, through the column, and through the dividing wall;
a liquid discharge at the bottom of the column in the second side, a liquid duct having a first end at said liquid discharge, a second end of said liquid duct at a liquid inlet at a top of the column in the first side;
a bottoms outlet in the bottom of the column on the first side; and
an overhead outlet in the top of the column on the second side.

US Pat. No. 10,792,583

PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE SPLIT OF LIQUID REFLUX IN A DIVIDED WALL COLUMN

UOP LLC, Des Plains, IL ...

1. A fractionation process, comprising:feeding crude phenol to a dividing wall column, the dividing wall column having a dividing wall forming a feed side and a product side, the crude phenol being fed to the feed side at a point lower than a top of the dividing wall and above a bottom of the dividing wall;
collecting liquid reflux from a tray above the dividing wall, the liquid reflux forming an aqueous phase and an organic phase, wherein the liquid reflux is at least a portion of condensed vapor from the column;
separating the liquid reflux into two streams above the dividing wall, a first stream comprising primarily the aqueous phase and a second stream comprising primarily the organic phase;
passing at least a portion of the first stream to the product side of the dividing wall column at a point lower than the top of the dividing wall and above a bottom of the dividing wall;
dividing the second stream into a first portion and a second portion;
passing the first portion of the second stream to the feed side of the dividing wall column at a point lower than the top of the dividing wall and above the point where the crude phenol is fed;
passing the second portion of the second stream to the product side of the dividing wall column at a point lower than the top of the dividing wall and above the bottom of the dividing wall; and
removing a liquid sidecut stream from an outlet on the product side of the dividing wall column at a point lower than where the first stream and the second portion of the second stream are introduced and above a bottom of the dividing wall, the liquid sidecut stream forming two phases.

US Pat. No. 10,792,582

WATER TREATMENT AND STEAM GENERATION SYSTEM FOR ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY AND A METHOD USING SAME

GREAT OCEAN LTD., Calgar...

1. An evaporator operable at a pressure higher than atmospheric pressure for receiving a liquid stream and generating steam therefrom, the liquid stream comprising at least water, the evaporator comprising:a heating element comprising a liquid channel for receiving the liquid stream, and a heating channel for directing a high-temperature heat-exchange medium therethrough to heat the liquid stream in the liquid channel via heat exchange between the heating channel and the liquid channel;
a vapor drum for receiving the heated liquid stream from the heating element via a top connection pipe, and for generating steam from the heated liquid stream, the vapor drum comprising a steam outlet for discharging a generated steam, and a blowdown outlet for discharging a blowdown concentrate comprising un-vaporized liquid and impurities;
a heating source for heating said heat-exchange medium, the heating source comprising a solar power collector;
a blowdown recirculation cooler coupled to the blowdown outlet;
a hot-medium aerial cooler for cooling the heat-exchange medium; and
a heat-exchange medium circulation path for:
heating the heat-exchange medium by the heating source and directing the heat-exchange medium into the heating channel of the heating element;
discharging the heat-exchange medium from the heating element;
directing the heat-exchange medium discharged from the heating element to the hot-medium aerial cooler for cooling the heat-exchange medium;
directing the heat-exchange medium discharged from the hot-medium aerial cooler to the blowdown recirculation cooler for cooling the blowdown concentrate, and
returning the heat-exchange medium discharged from the blowdown recirculation cooler to the heating source.

US Pat. No. 10,792,581

SMART ROBOTIC THERAPEUTIC LEARNING TOY

QATAR UNIVERSITY, Doha (...

1. A modular toy, comprising:a plurality of detachable carriages;
a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen mounted on a first carriage of the plurality of carriages;
a bubble-generation mechanism installed on the first carriage;
a container disposed on a second carriage of the plurality of carriages that is attached to the first carriage; and
a robotic arm mounted on a third carriage of the plurality of carriages that is attached to the second carriage,
wherein the robotic arm comprises a set of controllable motors that are interfaced with a motor driver integrated circuit electrically connected to a microcontroller in the modular toy, and
wherein the microcontroller is wirelessly connected to a device external to the modular toy to provide control functions to operate the bubble-generation mechanism, to operate the robotic arm, and to move the modular toy.

US Pat. No. 10,792,580

MULTI-FUNCTION MODULAR ROBOT APPARATUS WITH STACKABLE, INTERCHANGEABLE AND INTERLOCKING MODULES

1. A multi-function modular robot apparatus comprising:a first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules, each of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules comprising: a module housing having a top face and a bottom face, said top face adapted to receive an interlocking mechanical and electrical communications component integral with said bottom face of another of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules, each of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules providing an entertainment or operational function of said modular robot apparatus; and
a robotic platform comprising: a housing and a plurality of wheels, said housing having a module interface cutout adapted to receive said bottom face of one of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules;
wherein one of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules is:
a display module containing a clear, domed display positioned at the top of the stack of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules and further comprises one or a combination of: video screen displays, avatars, heads, bobble-heads, toys-to-life figurines, arms, hands, sculptures, models, mini robots, animatronics or art;
a weapons module comprising one or a combination of: a laser beam, infra red (IR) beam, spit-ball launcher, projectile launcher, flame thrower, flash bomb, poison dart gun, poker, kicker, hammer, robot arm, or water gun; or
a tilting module comprising a hexapod; and
wherein each of said first plurality of stackable interlocking and interchangeable modules has a hole through the middle of said top face and said bottom face, said hole adapted to allow the pass-through of a bolt operable to securely mount heavier modules of said first plurality of stackable modules.

US Pat. No. 10,792,579

TOY ASSEMBLY WITH CHARACTER IN HOUSING AND MECHANISM TO OPEN HOUSING WITH TETHER

SPIN MASTER LTD., Toront...

1. A toy assembly, comprising:a housing having a main housing portion, and a first set of at least one removable housing portion that is at least partially removable from the main housing portion;
a first series of eyelets mounted to the first set of at least one removable housing portion;
an inner object inside the housing;
a motor that is connected to drive at least one drum;
a first anchor having a first anchor slot having a first exit and a second exit;
a first tether having a free end which has an engagement member that is unable to pass through the first exit of the first anchor slot but can pass through the second exit of the first anchor slot, wherein the first tether passes sequentially through each of the series of eyelets between the at least one drum and the first anchor;
wherein, in an initial state the engagement member is positioned in the first anchor slot at the first exit of the first anchor slot,
wherein, for each eyelet in succession in the first series of eyelets, a first segment of the first tether is angled relative to the eyelet and a final segment of the first tether is angled relative to the first anchor slot such that rotation of the motor to wind the first tether on the at least one drum pulls the free end of the first tether towards the first exit of the first anchor slot, and applies a first removal force on each eyelet in succession, wherein the first removal force is sufficiently strong to remove a portion of the first set of at least one removable housing portion from the main housing portion,
and wherein after applying the first removal force to a final eyelet from the first series of eyelets, the first tether is angled such that rotation of the motor to wind the first tether on the at least one drum pulls the free end of the first tether towards and through the second exit of the first anchor slot, so as to remove the first tether from the first anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,792,578

INTERACTIVE PLUSH CHARACTER SYSTEM

Thinker-Tinker, Inc., Pa...

1. An interactive plush toy, comprising:a body comprising an outer layer defining an outer surface of the plush toy and an interior space, further comprising stuffing within the interior space;
a pocket within or attached to the body, the pocket configured to receive an electronic computing device having a display screen through an opening of the pocket; and
at least one display opening associated with the pocket such that at least a portion of the display screen positioned within the pocket during use is visible from external of the plush toy through the at least one display opening,
wherein the display opening includes an occluding portion configured to occlude a portion of the display screen, wherein the occluding portion separates the display opening into a first opening portion and a second opening portion; and
the electronic computing device, the electronic computing device being configured to execute an application, and wherein the application is configured to:
present a user interface for presentation, the user interface being separated into a first user interface portion being visible through the first opening portion and a second user interface portion being visible through the second opening portion, wherein the application is configured to separately update the first user interface portion and second user interface portion; and
update the user interface in response to detection of a unique identifier transmitted from an accessory proximate to the interactive plush toy.

US Pat. No. 10,792,577

DISCOVERY AND DETECTION OF EVENTS IN INTERACTIVE CONTENT

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A system for discovery and detection of events in interactive digital content, the system comprising:at least one game network server that hosts a plurality of game titles and tracks real-time gameplay data in sessions involving the plurality of game titles, each session associated with a stream;
at least one server that:
stores one or more event criteria for each of a plurality of predefined events of interest, wherein the event criteria includes a comparison to historical data to identify time periods during which a cluster of factors may be are concentrated;
identifies an event when the tracked gameplay data for at least one of the identified time periods of one of the sessions meets the stored criteria;
sorts a list of available streams identified as including the identified event, wherein a subset of the available streams is identified as being at a top of the list;
provides a notification to a spectator device, the notification including a link to one of the streams in the subset; and
updates the stored criteria based on use of the link to access a portion of the linked stream corresponding to the at least one identified time period; and
an archive database that stores the linked stream, wherein the portion of the linked stream corresponding to the at least one identified time period is tagged regarding the identified event and the at least one server re-renders the portion of the linked stream and subsequent access to the linked stream includes the re-rendered portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,576

PLAYER TO SPECTATOR HANDOFF AND OTHER SPECTATOR CONTROLS

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for automatically switching roles between different devices during gameplay of a video game, the method comprising:generating a shared virtual environment associated with the video game;
assigning a first client device a player role within the video game, wherein the player role is associated with control over an aspect of the shared virtual environment;
streaming game data corresponding to the shared virtual environment to the first client device at a first latency in response to identifying that the first client device has the player role;
assigning a second client device a spectator role within the video game, wherein the spectator role is associated with a lack of control over the aspect of the shared virtual environment;
streaming the game data corresponding to the shared virtual environment to the first client device at a second latency in response to identifying that the first client device has the player role;
identifying that a trigger event has occurred;
switching the first client device from the player role to the spectator role within the video game automatically in response to identifying that the trigger event has occurred;
streaming the game data corresponding to the shared virtual environment to the first client device at a third latency in response to switching the first client device to the spectator role, wherein the third latency is higher than the first latency;
switching the second client device from the spectator role to the player role within the video game automatically in response to identifying that the trigger event has occurred; and
streaming the game data corresponding to the shared virtual environment to the second client device at a fourth latency in response to switching the second client device to the player role, wherein the fourth latency is lower than the second latency.

US Pat. No. 10,792,575

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZING CONTENT PACKETS BASED ON A DYNAMICALLY UPDATED LIST OF PROFILE ATTRIBUTES

DraftKings, Inc., Boston...

1. A method for providing content items identifying recommendations based on fantasy sports lineups, comprising:identifying, by a server including one or more processors, for a first user profile, at least one active fantasy sports lineup including a list of players included in a fantasy sports contest hosted by the fantasy sports server and one or more previous fantasy sports lineups, the fantasy sports contest associated with a plurality of real sporting events;
generating, by the server, using the at least one active fantasy sports lineup and the one or more previous fantasy sports lineups, for a user, a recommendation profile, the recommendation profile including a plurality of relevance scores based on the players included in the at least one active fantasy sports lineup and the one or more previous fantasy sports lineups;
identifying, by the server, a plurality of candidate recommendations relating to the plurality of real sporting events associated with the fantasy sports contest;
determining, by the server, for each candidate recommendation of the plurality of candidate recommendations, one or more of the relevance scores indicating a level of relevance between the recommendation profile and the candidate recommendation;
determining, by the server, using the corresponding relevance scores, for each of the plurality of candidate recommendations, a match score indicating a level of relevance between the candidate recommendation and the recommendation profile;
prioritizing, by the server, the plurality of candidate recommendations based on the relevance scores between each candidate recommendation and the recommendation profile;
providing, by the server, to a device associated with the first user profile, a content item identifying a selected candidate recommendation of the plurality of candidate recommendations based on the relevance score between the selected candidate recommendation and the recommendation profile.

US Pat. No. 10,792,574

GAME SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE E...

1. A game system, comprising:a first game apparatus operated by a first player; and
a second game apparatus operated by a second player,
wherein the first game apparatus and the second game apparatus are configured to communicate with each other,
the first game apparatus includes:
a first processor that decides a content of a fighting event according to an operation of the first player, the fighting event being generated in the second game apparatus; and
a first interface that transmits event information related to the content of the fighting event decided by the first processor,
the second game apparatus includes:
a second interface that receives the event information transmitted by the first interface; and
a second processor that generates the fighting event based on the event information received by the second interface,
the event information transmitted by the first interface includes:
object information related to one or more objects that are selected from objects of the first player and that fight against an object of the second player in the fighting event; and
mission information that is related to a mission assigned for the second player during the fighting event, and
the second processor progresses the fighting event in the second game apparatus without an operation of the first game apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,792,573

ACCESSORY FOR VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION

Centurion VR, Inc., New ...

1. A method of operating a virtual reality game, the method comprising:receiving projectile data including temporal data related to arrival of a virtual projectile within a predetermined volume adjacent to a virtual player in a virtual reality environment and spatial data related to a trajectory of the virtual projectile in the virtual reality environment;
receiving accessory data including movement of an accessory in a physical space, the accessory data corresponding to movement of a virtual accessory of the virtual player within the virtual reality environment, wherein the accessory is shaped as a bat having a handle at a first end thereof and a body extending from the handle;
determining, based on a comparison of the accessory data and the projectile data, a contact scenario between the virtual accessory and the virtual projectile within the virtual reality environment; and
based on the contact scenario, selectively actuating one or more solenoids coupled to the accessory to provide haptic feedback to a user grasping the accessory at the handle, the haptic feedback simulating contact between the accessory and a projectile, wherein selectively actuating the one or more solenoids further includes defining a number of discrete contact scenarios characterizing contact between the virtual accessory and the virtual projectile within the virtual reality environment at a number of different locations on the virtual accessory and selectively actuating the one or more solenoids according to one of the number of discrete contact scenarios most closely corresponding to a contact location estimated within the virtual reality environment.

US Pat. No. 10,792,572

VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION OF A LIVE-ACTION SEQUENCE

Centurion VR, Inc., New ...

1. A virtual reality simulation method, the method comprising:generating a virtual reality environment including a virtual player in a setting;
receiving projectile data indicative of movement of a projectile launched by a player in a live-action sequence, wherein the projectile data includes a spin of the projectile estimated from contact between the projectile and a playing surface;
based on the projectile data, identifying a release point of the projectile by the player in the live-action sequence;
determining a motion of the virtual player in the virtual reality environment based on the projectile data and the release point; and
on a display of the virtual reality environment viewable by a user, displaying the virtual player moving according to the motion and a graphical representation of the projectile moving according to a temporal series of locations of the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,792,571

VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION OF A LIVE-ACTION SEQUENCE

Centurion VR, Inc., New ...

1. A virtual reality simulation method, the method comprising:generating a virtual reality environment including a virtual player in a setting;
receiving projectile data indicative of movement of a projectile launched by a player in a live-action sequence, wherein the projectile data includes a spin of the projectile estimated from a trajectory and a speed of the projectile;
based on the projectile data, identifying a release point of the projectile by the player in the live-action sequence;
determining a motion of the virtual player in the virtual reality environment based on the projectile data and the release point; and
on a display of the virtual reality environment viewable by a user, displaying the virtual player moving according to the motion and a graphical representation of the projectile moving according to a temporal series of locations of the projectile.

US Pat. No. 10,792,570

IMPERSONAL BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION, TRACKING, AND GAMING SYSTEM

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. An impersonal biometric identification system of a gaming facility, comprising:a biometric feature scanning device;
a processor coupled to the biometric feature scanning device; and
a memory coupled with and readable by the processor and storing therein a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
initiate, via the biometric feature scanning device, a biometric scan of an individual within a scanning zone of the biometric feature scanning device;
receive, from the biometric feature scanning device and based on the biometric scan, biometric information for the individual; and
store the biometric information for the individual in a template that defines measurement relationships of biometric features of the individual in a memory location for the individual on a memory device without storing an image of the biometric features of the individual on the memory device, wherein the template stored in the memory location for the individual is associated with an impersonal player identification (ID) that uniquely identifies the individual without any identity information other than the measurement relationships of the biometric features of the individual, and wherein the image of the biometric features of the individual cannot be recreated from the biometric information for the individual stored in the template.

US Pat. No. 10,792,569

MOTION SICKNESS MONITORING AND APPLICATION OF SUPPLEMENTAL SOUND TO COUNTERACT SICKNESS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method executed by a processor, comprising:monitoring physical characteristics of a user while the user is wearing a headmounted display (HMD) and the HMD is presenting a virtual reality with multimedia content, the multimedia content including video for presentation on a display of the HMD and audio, the physical characteristics including motions of the user;
determining if the user is experiencing motion sickness based on the monitoring of the physical characteristics of the user while the virtual reality is being presented, the physical characteristics include user head motion that is not expected based on presentation of the multimedia content, the user head motion is one of the physical characteristics used to determine that the user is experiencing motion sickness; and
when the user is experiencing motion sickness, delivering supplemental sound to the user, wherein the supplemental sound is combined with sound from the multimedia content for delivery to the user, the supplemental sound is transferred via bone conduction of the user only to influence reduction in the motion sickness experienced by the user, the sound for the multimedia content and the supplemental sound are delivered via separate devices.

US Pat. No. 10,792,568

PATH MANAGEMENT FOR VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving a request for a path to navigate a game character through a virtual game space, the request specifying a start point, an end point;
analyzing map information for the virtual game space to determine the path from the start point to the end point, the path contained within boundaries of the virtual game space;
sweeping a virtual sphere along the path to identify a bottleneck where a path width of the virtual game space is more than a variation threshold smaller than a previous diameter of the virtual sphere;
generating a set of path locations defining the path through the space, the set of path locations including coordinates for respective locations along the path, the set of path locations further including at least one bottleneck location including coordinates for the bottleneck and a determined radius of the virtual sphere that is able to pass through the bottleneck; and
providing the set of path locations, wherein the game character is able to be navigated through the virtual game space along the path as constrained by the bottleneck location and using kinematic information for the game character, independent of access to the map information.

US Pat. No. 10,792,567

TERMINAL DEVICE, SYSTEM, PROGRAM, AND METHOD

GungHo Online Entertainme...

1. A terminal device comprising:an interface configured to communicate with an external device, the external device including a real space camera located in a real space, the real space camera having an image sensor and a depth sensor;
a memory configured to store computer-readable instructions, a first virtual object, and a second virtual object different from the first virtual object, the first virtual object being operable based on an instruction input by a real player in the real space; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions so as to:
obtain an image object of the real player in response to an image captured by the real space camera, the image object having a depth value, the depth value corresponding to a distance between the real space camera and the real player in the real space;
obtain a virtual space image including the first and second virtual objects, the virtual space image being virtually captured by a virtual camera in a virtual space, the real space camera being located in the real space at a position corresponding to a position of the virtual camera in the virtual space, the first virtual object corresponding to the image object of the real player, the first virtual object being obtained by extracting the image object of the real player from the image captured by the real space camera in response to the depth value;
recognize a positional relationship between the second virtual object and one of the first virtual object and the virtual camera in the virtual space; and
change a display form of the second virtual object, when the positional relationship is a first predetermined positional relationship,
wherein, when the second virtual object is arranged within a predetermined distance from the virtual camera in the virtual space and the first virtual object is arranged outside of the predetermined distance from the virtual camera in the virtual space, the display form of the second virtual object is changed, and
wherein, when the first and second virtual objects are arranged outside of the predetermined distance from the virtual camera in the virtual space and the positional relationship between the first virtual object and the second virtual object is the first predetermined positional relationship in the virtual space, the display form of the second virtual object is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,792,566

SYSTEM FOR STREAMING CONTENT WITHIN A GAME APPLICATION ENVIRONMENT

ELECTRONIC ARTS INC., Re...

1. A computer-implemented method for streaming media content within a game application, comprising:by a hardware processor configured with computer executable instructions,
executing a game application comprising a game environment, the game environment comprising a plurality of environmental elements for display within the game environment, wherein each of the environmental elements comprise a mesh defining a shape of the environmental element;
determining priority information of a plurality of content assets of a content asset feed based at least in part on first gameplay information associated with a gameplay state of the game application, wherein the priority information identifies a decoding order of the plurality of content assets, an amount of content of each content asset that is to be decoded, and a priority level associated with each content asset, wherein the amount of content of each content asset identified by the priority information is a number of frames and each priority level identifies a minimum number of frames to be decoded for each content asset associated with the priority level, wherein each content asset of the content asset feed comprises video data that includes a plurality of sequential frames, wherein the video data of each content asset of the content asset feed comprises the same video content pre-rendered at a different resolution;
decoding frames of the plurality of content assets based at least in part on the priority information, wherein the frames of individual content assets are decoded sequentially to generate decoded frames;
selecting a first content asset of the plurality of content assets having a specific resolution for use within the game environment based at least in part on second gameplay information associated with a gameplay state of the game application;
designating a first mesh of a first environmental element of the plurality of environmental elements to receive the decoded frames of the first content asset as a texture, wherein the texture defines an appearance of the first environmental element within the game environment;
providing at least a first decoded frame of the first content asset during runtime of the game application within the game environment as the texture of the first mesh of the first environmental element, wherein decoded frames of the first content asset are provided sequentially to the first environmental element; and
rendering a game output frame for display to a user during runtime of the game application, the game output frame comprising at least a portion of the first decoded frame as the texture of the first mesh of the first environmental element.

US Pat. No. 10,792,565

COMPUTER SERVER, A METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A game server comprising:an input configured to receive user game data associated with a computer implemented game, the computer implemented game being played on a first user device by a first user, the user game data comprising information identifying a level of the computer implemented game, information indicating an initial configuration of the level of the computer implemented game being played on the first user device, and information about one or more discrete moves made responsive to user input during playing of the level of the computer implemented game on the first user device by the first user;
a first data store configured to store the user game data;
a second data store configured to store generic game data for each level of the computer implemented game;
at least one processor configured to retrieve the stored user game data and stored generic game data for the level to:
generate initial level data corresponding to the initial configuration of the level being played at the first user device using the user game data and the generic game data;
generate video data using the initial level data, the information about the one or more discrete moves, and the generic game data for the level, the video data re-creating playing of the level of the computer implemented game played on the first user device; and
an output configured to output the video data to a second user device, whereby a second user is able to watch a video on the second user device showing the computer implemented game as played by the first user on the first user device.

US Pat. No. 10,792,564

COORDINATION OF CONTENT PRESENTATION OPERATIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:one or more processors
one or more memories to store a set of instructions, which if executed by the one or more processors, causes the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
rendering a first object in a video game to be displayed on a client device;
sending the first object to the client device along with metadata; and
causing a second object in the video game to be rendered by the client device based, at least in part, on the metadata, wherein the first object and the second object are rendered in an image based on the second object being positioned at a deeper depth than the first object, wherein the metadata identifies a location of the first object within the image, and wherein the deeper depth of the second object is represented by culling rendering of the second object at the location of the first object.

US Pat. No. 10,792,563

COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM THAT STORES GAME PROGRAM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium that stores a game program configured to provide a user with a puzzle game, the game program causing a computer to execute:displaying a puzzle comprising one or more partial images so that each of the partial images is movable in a predetermined direction according to a touch operation detected by a predetermined input surface;
arranging the partial images according to the touch operation at predetermined positions to recognizably reconstruct a complete image; and
retrieving, when the reconstructing is achieved, (i) a game content that is usable in a different game or (ii) change information to change information set in a predetermined game content in the different game, as a reward that is given to the user for progress of the different game and is associated with the complete image;
wherein the retrieved game content or change information is usable only by the user in another puzzle game different from the puzzle game, and
wherein an attribute of the retrieved game content or change information contains at least one of strength or rarity of the retrieved game content or the predetermined game content, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,792,562

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, TERMINAL, AND COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. An information processing method, comprising:at an electronic device having one or more processors, memory, and a touch-sensitive surface:
displaying, in a game user interface, a first game scene including at least one game character and a skill release area including one or more skill icons;
displaying a skill selection object in the game user interface and outside the first game scene, the skill selection object includes a plurality of skill slots, and each slot includes a respective skill of a first set of skills selected from a plurality of skills;
while displaying the skill selection object in the game user interface,
detecting a first swipe gesture in the skill selection object in a first swipe direction across a predefined region of the touch-sensitive surface;
in response to detecting the first swipe gesture in the first swipe direction and during a finger contact of the first swipe gesture that moves along the first swipe direction on the touch-sensitive surface:
selecting one or more additional skills from the plurality of in accordance with the first swipe gesture;
showing the one or more selected additional skills in respective skill slots in the skill selection object; and
detecting a release of the finger contact of the first swipe gesture from the touch-sensitive surface;
in response to detecting the release of the finger contact of the first swipe gesture:
generating, in the skill release area, one or more skill icons corresponding to the one or more additional skills selected in accordance with the first swipe gesture;
detecting first movement of a contact from a location of a first skill icon represented in the skill selection object to a location away from the skill selection object; and
in response to detecting the first movement of the contact:
determining a first skill trajectory in accordance with the first movement; and
representing the first skill trajectory in the first game scene for the first skill icon;
while representing the first skill trajectory in the first game scene,
detecting movements of the contact from a location of a second skill icon represented in the skill selection object to a location away from the skill selection object; and
in response to detecting the second movement and third movement:
determining a second skill trajectory in accordance with the movements; and
representing the second skill trajectory in the first game scene for the second skill icon.

US Pat. No. 10,792,561

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An information processing system including a device fixed to a hand of a user, comprising:a finger position sensor configured to detect a direction of a fingertip regarding one of an index finger, a middle finger, a ring finger, and a little finger of the hand of the user;
acquisition means configured to acquire, on a basis of the direction of the fingertip regarding the one of the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger, and the little finger detected by the finger position sensor, information regarding an angle between the finger and a finger adjacent to the finger; and
estimation means configured to estimate, on a basis of a result of the acquisition, an angle between respective fingers of the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger, and the little finger of the hand of the user, wherein
information regarding the estimated angle between the respective fingers of the hand of the user is subjected to predetermined processing.

US Pat. No. 10,792,560

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING A COLLISION BETWEEN SUBJECTS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display; and
at least one processor configured to:
in response to receiving a request for executing an application, determine a range of motion of a user by predicting a movement of the user based on content of the application,
determine a location of at least one object which is present in an area near the user,
based on the range of motion of the user and the location of the at least one object, predict a possibility of a collision between the user and the at least one object, and
based on the predicted possibility of the collision, control the display to output warning information notifying the possibility of the collision.

US Pat. No. 10,792,559

ARCADE GAME WITH ALUMINUM CAN TARGETS

1. An arcade game, comprising:a housing;
a vacuum pick-up device including a circular suction cup having a suction cup diameter;
player controls for maneuvering the vacuum pick-up device;
a plurality of aluminum cans of beverage, inverted and arranged on a playing surface, the inverted aluminum cans having a bottom surface comprising an annular protruding rim and a circular smooth face having a diameter larger than the suction cup diameter;
wherein the player controls allows a player to maneuver the vacuum pick-up device over a selected one of the inverted aluminum cans so as to locate the pick-up device to place the suction cup on the aluminum can's circular smooth face and extract the aluminum can from the playing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,792,558

FOLDING DICE TOWER

1. A dice tower, which comprises:(a) a top end having a first opening that is configured to receive dice;
(b) a body section that includes an internal area that is contiguous with the first opening of the top end; and
(c) a bottom end having a second opening that is contiguous with the internal area and is configured to expel dice that have been dropped into the first opening, wherein the dice tower is configured to reversibly fold into a flattened state during non-use, wherein:
(i) the bottom end includes a slanted platform, which is configured to make contact with the dice and project the dice forward and out of the second opening; and
(ii) the top end further includes a cap, wherein the cap includes a first hinge and the first opening, wherein the cap is configured to reversibly swing into an open state and a closed state along the first hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,792,557

MEMORY PUZZLE SYSTEM

Gemiini Educational Syste...

1. A system comprising:a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-executable instructions; and
one or more hardware processors in communication with the computer-readable memory, wherein the executable instructions, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the one or more hardware processors to at least:
process a selection of one or more puzzle parameters;
obtain one or more media files associated with the one or more parameters;
determine an order in which to play the one or more media files;
cause a user interface to play the one or more media files in the determined order;
obtain a plurality of thumbnails associated with the one or more media files, wherein the plurality of thumbnails are displayed in the user interface in a second order different than the determined order after playback of the one or more media files is complete;
process an ordered selection of the plurality of thumbnails received via the user interface; and
generate a score based at least partly on the ordered selection of the thumbnails.

US Pat. No. 10,792,556

BASEBALL GAME BOARD

EPOCH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A baseball game board comprising:a main body unit simulating a baseball stadium and comprising an upper surface plate;
a pitching unit located at a substantially central position of the upper surface plate, the pitching unit including a shooting hole located in the upper surface plate and configured to shoot a ball in a substantially forward direction with respect to an orientation of the pitching unit on the upper surface plate;
a batting unit located on the upper surface plate in the forward direction from the pitching unit; and
a selection unit located in a rearward direction of the pitching unit, the selection unit including a plate-shaped member having a surface facing the pitching unit and operable to gradationally select a ball height of the ball at a time of the ball passing through the batting unit,
wherein in accordance with a selection result of the selection unit, a trajectory of the ball shot from the pitching unit is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,792,555

SECURE SUBSTRATE FOR SCRATCH-OFF PRODUCTS

Hydragraphix LLC, New Yo...

1. A method for manufacturing a secure Scratch-Off-Coating (SOC) protected document, wherein the document is composed of a separately manufactured secure substrate comprised of at least one lower opacity layer covering the entirety of the substrate that does not penetrate the substrate and at least one lower background layer applied on top of the lower opacity layer also covering the entirety of the substrate, a separate manufacturing process applies a printed indicia to the separately manufactured secure substrate with a series of secure SOC ink film layers also printed, the method comprising:(a) printing at least one indicia on the secure substrate;
(b) printing at least a protect and release layer, an upper opacity layer, and an upper background layer, together comprising the secure SOC ink film layers, that are printed on top of the separately manufactured secure substrate and at least one indicia; and
(c) measuring the transmission optical density of the composite separately manufactured secure substrate and secure SOC ink film layers to determine whether the measured transmission optical density meets or exceeds the defined minimum transmission optical density, such that the measured optical density is a function of both the separately manufactured secure substrate and the SOC ink film layers.

US Pat. No. 10,792,554

MULTIFORM COMBINATION GAME APPARATUS

1. A multiform combination game apparatus, comprising:at least one base, a plurality of connecting holes are provided on the base, and the two ends of each of the connecting holes are respectively provided with a recessed hole;
at least one connecting plate, each of the four corner outer sides of the connecting plate is respectively provided with a connecting rod, and the inner side of the connecting rod is provided with a protruding post; when the connecting rods are caused to pass through the connecting holes of the base, the protruding posts of the connecting rods are seated within the recessed holes on one side of the connecting holes, and the recessed hole on the other side of each of the connecting holes is used to contain a locking member.

US Pat. No. 10,792,553

SHUFFLING MACHINE

BINGOTIMES DIGITAL TECHNO...

1. A shuffling machine, having:a central accommodating compartment, a left accommodating compartment and a right accommodating compartment for accommodating playing cards, a card dispensing space disposed above the central accommodating compartment, the left accommodating compartment and the right accommodating compartment, and comprising:
a card guiding roller assembly provided at either side of a top end of the central accommodating compartment;
a translation plate being moveably disposed in the card dispensing space;
a driving mechanism being connected to the translation plate;
a card dispensing device, which is coupled with the translation plate and configured to dispense the playing cards in the card dispensing space, the card dispensing device including a fixed seat that is fixed to the translation plate and a dispensing block that is movably connected to the fixed seat, the fixed seat limiting a vertical displacement of the dispensing block within a predetermined distance, left and right sides of an underside of the dispensing block having beveled edges;
an upper magnetic member being provided at an underside of the fixed seat; and
a lower magnetic member being provided at a top of the dispensing block corresponding to the upper magnetic member, the upper magnetic member and the lower magnetic member being arranged with like poles thereof to repel each other so that the fixed seat is able to repel the dispensing block downward.

US Pat. No. 10,792,552

DISPOSAL BOX FOR USED PLAYING CARDS

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A disposal box comprising:a slit formed on a part of the disposal box through which a plurality of used playing cards are insertable into the disposal box, wherein the disposal box positioned on a game table and is removable from the game table together with the inserted used playing cards in a state in which the inserted used playing cards are contained in the disposal box.

US Pat. No. 10,792,551

SPACE SAVING DEVICE

1. A space saving device, comprising:a housing including a front side and a rear side;
a first set of apertures disposed on the front side of the housing;
a second set of apertures disposed on the rear side of the housing, wherein the first set of apertures align with the second set of apertures, wherein each aperture of the first set of apertures and the second set of apertures is coextensive with a vertex of the perimeter of the housing;
a plurality of display screens disposed on the front side of the housing;
a plurality of buttons disposed on the front side of the housing, each button of the plurality of buttons in operable communication with one display screen of the plurality of display screens;
a fastener disposed on the rear side of the housing;
a grip material disposed about a perimeter of the housing;
a microprocessor operably connected to a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,792,550

PRACTICE DEVICE

1. A practice device comprisinga base;
a support tube extending upward from the base, the support tube having a support tube longitudinal axis;
a post extending from the support tube, the post having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion engaged with the support tube and the second portion including a first arm;
an axle coupled to the first arm of the post, the axle having a rotation axis;
at least two practice balls;
at least two ball rods, wherein each of the ball rods is coupled to a respective one of the practice balls and extends between the respective practice ball and the axle; and
a brake positioned along the support tube longitudinal axis and disposed below the axle;
wherein, the ball rods are configured to rotate about the rotation axis of the axle and wherein when the ball rods rotate about the rotation axis, the practice balls contact the brake to slow the rotation of the ball rods such that the ball rods come to rest with one of the practice balls in contact with the brake and another of the practice balls in a hitting position above the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,792,549

BASKETBALL TRAINING ASSEMBLY

1. A basketball training assembly being configured to simulate a defensive player attempting to block a shot, said assembly comprising:a cart being rollable along a support surface wherein said cart is configured to be positioned a selected distance from a basketball hoop, said cart having a top side and a bottom side;
a plurality of rollers, each of said rollers being rotatably coupled to said cart for rolling on the support surface, each of said rollers being positioned on said bottom side and being aligned with a respective one of four corners of said cart;
a lift being coupled to and extending upwardly from said cart, said lift being turned on to extend a predetermined distance upwardly from a home position on said cart, said lift being turned off to return to said home position, said lift comprising:
a plurality of lower tubes, each of said lower tubes having a lower end and an upper end, said lower end of each of said lower tubes being coupled to said top side of said cart having each of said lower tubes being vertically oriented, each of said lower tubes being vertically aligned with and extending upwardly from a respective edge of said cart, said plurality of lower tubes including a rear lower tube, said rear lower tube having a bend positioned between said lower and upper ends of said rear lower tube thereby defining a first portion of said rear lower tube forming an angle with respect to a second portion of said rear lower tube, said second portion being horizontally oriented;
a plurality of upper tubes, each of said upper tubes having a bottom end and a top end, said upper end of each of said lower tubes slidably receiving said bottom end of a respective one of said upper tubes, each of said upper tubes having a bend thereon defining a primary section forming an angle with a secondary section, said secondary section of each of said upper tubes being horizontally oriented;
a control circuit being coupled to said cart, said control circuit receiving a lift input;
a plurality of actuators, each of said actuators being positioned within a respective one of said lower tubes, each of said actuators engaging said bottom end of said upper tube in said respective lower tube, each of said actuators elongating when said actuators are turned on thereby lifting each of said upper tubes a predetermined distance upwardly, each of said actuators retracting when said actuators are turned off thereby lowering each of said upper tubes;
a power source being coupled to said cart, said power source being in operational communication with each of said actuators for turning each of said actuators on, said power source being electrically coupled to said control circuit, said power source turning each of said actuators on when said control circuit receives said lift input, said power source turning each of said actuators off a predetermined duration of time after said control circuit receives said lift input;
a barrier being coupled to said lift, barrier having indicia being printed thereon, said indicia comprising an image of a defensive basketball player, said lift lifting said barrier said predetermined distance from said home position when said lift is turned on wherein said barrier is configured to simulate the defensive basketball player jumping to block a shot, said barrier being lowered to said home position when said lift is turned off, said barrier comprising:
a first frame comprising a plurality of intersecting first members such that said first frame has a rectangular shape, said intersecting first members including a top member, said top end of each of said upper tubes of said lift being coupled to a respective one of said first members such that said first frame lies on a plane being vertically oriented, said first frame being lifted upwardly when said actuators are turned on, said first frame being lowered into said home position when said actuators are turned off, said first frame having a front side and a back side, each of said upper tubes engaging said back side;
a second frame comprising a plurality of intersecting second members such that said second frame has a rectangular shape, said intersecting second members including a bottom member, said bottom member being pivotally coupled to said top member associated with said first frame, said second frame lying on a plane being vertically oriented when said second frame is positioned in a first position, said second frame being lying on a plane being oriented at an angle with said first frame when said second frame is positioned in a second position, said second frame having a forward side;
a plurality of hinges, each of said hinges being coupled between said top member associated with said first frame and said bottom member associated with said second frame, each of said hinges being biased to orient said second frame on said vertical plane, each of said hinges being movable to tilt said second frame; and
a panel having a rear surface and a front surface, said rear surface being coupled to said front side of said first frame and said forward side of said second frame, said panel having a height being equal to a height of said first and second frames, said indicia being printed on said front surface; and
a plurality of motion sensors, each of said motion sensors being coupled to said barrier wherein each of said motion sensors is configured to sense motion of a basketball player approaching said barrier, each of said motion sensors being electrically coupled to said lift, said lift being turned on when one or more of said motion sensors senses motion wherein said lift is configured to lift said barrier when the basketball player approaches said barrier to take a shot during basketball practice, each of said motion sensors being positioned on said front surface of said panel each of said motion sensors being aligned with a respective one of a top edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge of said panel.

US Pat. No. 10,792,548

MECHANICAL STATIC AND DYNAMIC MEASURING DEVICE BASED ON A COMPOUND CANTILEVERED SYSTEM

Technorama Co., Ltd., Ka...

11. A method for measuring parameters of a sports equipment article, comprising:mounting the article onto a support disposed at one end of a first mounting base adjacent a swing arm connector that includes a spring;
securing an end portion of the article on an adjustable holding part disposed at another end of the first mounting base such that the article is cantilevered beyond the support over a second mounting base that is swingably connected to the first mounting base at the swing arm connector;
moveably supporting the first mounting base on a first weigh scale;
moveably supporting the second mounting base on a second weigh scale;
adjusting a position of a meter scale such that a true zero is aligned with a free end of the article;
providing a motion sensor disposed to measure a swing period of the first and second mounting bases relative to a base station;
inducing a swinging motion on the article and, during the swinging motion:
determining a weight of the article by monitoring the first and second weigh scales;
determining a center of gravity location of the article by monitoring the first and second weigh scales;
determining a length of the article based on the position of the meter scale; and
determining an inertia swing cycle of the article based on a period determined by a signal from the motion sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,792,547

GOLF BAG COLLAR

GOLFBAGPAL, INC., Lake M...

1. A golf bag collar for securing around a golf bag when attaching the golf bag to a golf cart, the golf bag collar comprising:a first arcuate side member having a first end and a free second end;
a second arcuate side member being a mirror image of the first arcuate member and positioned opposing the first arcuate member, the second arcuate member having a first end and a free second end; and
a back member connecting the first end of the first arcuate member to the first end of the second arcuate member to define a central aperture;
an outer cover over the first and second arcuate side members and the back member;
wherein the central aperture has a shape to fit around an outside of a golf bag and the first and second arcuate side members are held in place around the golf bag by a golf cart strap.

US Pat. No. 10,792,546

GOLF GRIP

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A golf grip, comprising:an elongated tubular body having an exterior surface, an interior surface, a butt end, a tip end, a length from the butt end to the tip end, and the golf grip has an overall density;
wherein a point along the length has a cross-section having a cross-sectional area, an exterior cross-sectional radius having a minimum exterior cross-sectional radius, and an interior surface radius having a minimum interior surface radius;
wherein the cross-section includes a first region, and a second region, the first region extending outward from the interior surface a first region thickness that is constant around interior surface, and thereby defining the second region as the balance of the cross-section between the exterior surface and the first region, wherein the first region thickness is equal to one-half of a difference between the minimum exterior cross-sectional radius and the minimum interior surface radius;
wherein a first region average density is determined for a first region test volume bounded by the interior surface, the second region, the cross-section, and an offset cross-section that is parallel to the cross-section and 1 cm away from the cross-section;
wherein a second region average density is determined for a second region test volume bounded by the exterior surface, the first region, the cross-section, and the offset cross-section;
wherein the first region average density is less than 0.6 g/cc and is less than the second region average density; and
wherein the elongated tubular body is formed of at least a first inner layer, having a first layer thickness, a first layer density, and a first layer quantity of blowing agent, and a second outer layer, having second layer thickness and a second layer density, wherein the first layer density is different than the second layer density, wherein the first inner layer and the second outer layer consist of rubber compounds cross-linked together under heat and pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,792,545

GOLF CLUB GRIP AND GOLF CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club grip comprising an outermost, layer, wherein at least a part of the outermost layer is formed from a rubber composition containing (A) a base rubber and (B) carbon black,(B) the carbon black has a DBP absorption amount in a range from 50 cm3/100 g to 140 cm3/100 g and a CTAB specific surface area in a range from 30 m2/g to 160 m2/g,
a product (amount×DBP absorption amount) obtained by multiplying an amount (g) of (B) the carbon black in the rubber composition with respect to 100 g of (A) the base rubber by the DBP absorption amount (cm3/100 g) ranges from 380 to 2600,
a product (amount×CTAB specific surface area) obtained by multiplying the amount (g) of (B) the carbon black in the rubber composition with respect to 100 g of (A) the base rubber by the CTAB specific surface area (m2/g) ranges from 425 to 3000, and
the part formed from the rubber composition has tan ?(30° C., 10 Hz) in a range from 0.100 to 0.280.

US Pat. No. 10,792,544

GOLF CLUB HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SAME

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A method comprising:(a) mechanically milling a striking face of a golf club head having a central region and a toe region thereby forming a plurality of generally parallel arcuate grooves that extend at least partially into the toe region;
(b) forming a plurality of scorelines in the striking face, the scorelines extending horizontally and comprising an average scoreline width, a scoreline heel-ward extent that is coincident with a central region heel-ward extent, and a scoreline toe-ward extent that is coincident with a central region toe-ward extent; and
(c) forming by material removal a plurality of horizontally-oriented lines at least in the central region interspersed between, and spaced from, the plurality of scorelines, the plurality of horizontally-oriented lines having an average line width less than the average scoreline width.

US Pat. No. 10,792,543

GOLF CLUB

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

17. A cavity-back or hollow iron-type golf club head comprising:a body comprising a heel portion, a sole portion, a toe portion, a face portion, and a top-line portion,
wherein the sole portion extends rearwardly proximate to a lower end of the face portion, the toe portion extends rearwardly proximate to a toe end of the face portion, and the top-line portion extends rearwardly proximate to an upper end of the face portion,
wherein the face portion includes an ideal striking location that defines an origin of a coordinate system in which an x-axis is tangential to the face portion at the ideal striking location and is parallel to a ground plane when the body is in a normal address position, a y-axis extends perpendicular to the x-axis and is also parallel to the ground plane, and a z-axis extends perpendicular to the ground plane, wherein a positive x-axis extends toward the heel portion from the origin, a positive y-axis extends rearwardly from the origin, and a positive z-axis extends upwardly from the origin;
two or more slots in the sole portion extending through an entire thickness of the sole portion into an open cavity behind the face portion;
one or more slots in toe portion extending through an entire thickness of the toe portion into the open cavity behind the face portion; and
one or more slots in the top-line portion extending through an entire thickness of the topline portion into the open cavity behind the face portion,
wherein the slots in the sole, toe, and top-line portions are configured to provide a maximum characteristic time (CT) proximate to the ideal striking location and to increase CT at a non-ideal striking location proximate the toe portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,542

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A STRESS REDUCING FEATURE AND SHAFT CONNECTION SYSTEM SOCKET

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A golf club head comprising:(i) a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis which intersects with a horizontal ground plane to define an origin point and a vertical shaft axis plane, wherein the bore is located at a heel side of the golf club head, and wherein a toe side of the golf club head is located opposite of the heel side;
(ii) a face positioned at a front portion of the golf club head where the golf club head impacts a golf ball, opposite a rear portion of the golf club head, wherein the face includes an engineered impact point, a top edge height, a lower edge height, a blade length measured horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head to the most distant point on the golf club head in this direction, wherein the blade length includes a heel blade length section measured in the same direction as the blade length from the origin point to the engineered impact point, and a toe blade length section;
(iii) a sole positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head;
(iv) a crown positioned at a top portion of the golf club head, whereby the face, the sole, and the crown define an outer shell;
(v) a center of gravity located:
(a) vertically toward the crown of the golf club head from the origin point a distance Ycg;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side of the golf club head a distance Xcg that is generally parallel to the face and the ground plane; and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the rear portion in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
(vi) a club moment arm from the CG to the engineered impact point;
(vii) a stress reducing feature extending into the outer shell and across a portion of the golf club head and having a length between a toe-most point and a heel-most point, and the length is at least as great as the Zcg distance, a leading edge having a leading edge offset, a trailing edge, a stress reducing feature width between the leading edge and the trailing edge, and a stress reducing feature depth, wherein the stress reducing feature has an aperture recessed from the sole and extending through the outer shell, the aperture having an aperture length between an aperture toe-most point and an aperture heel-most point that is at least fifty percent of the Xcg distance, and an aperture width separating an aperture leading edge from an aperture trailing edge;
(viii) a shaft connection system socket separated from the stress reducing feature and extending from the bottom portion of the golf club head into the interior of the outer shell toward the top portion of the club head and having a socket depth;
(ix) wherein the socket depth of at least a portion of the shaft connection system socket is larger than a greatest stress reducing feature width; and
(x) wherein the golf club head defines a head volume that is less than 500 cubic centimeters and has a characteristic time of at least 220 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,792,541

BALL STRIKING DEVICE HAVING A COVERING ELEMENT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface;
a rear cavity that is at least partially bounded by the rear surface of the ball striking plate;
a covering element having an exterior surface and an interior surface located behind the rear surface of the ball striking plate;
wherein the rear cavity comprises a rear wall that is formed by two corner portions, such that a first corner portion is located in a lower heel quadrant of the club head and a second corner portion is located in a lower toe quadrant of the club head;
wherein the covering element is affixed to the rear surface of the ball striking plate with a first double-sided tape having a first thickness and with a second double-sided tape having a second thickness different than the first thickness;
wherein the first double-sided tape covers a first region of the rear surface of the ball striking plate and the second double-sided tape covers a second region of the rear surface of the ball striking plate;
wherein the first region generally corresponds to a thickened portion projecting from the rear surface of the ball striking plate; and
wherein the exterior surface of the covering element is substantially planar.

US Pat. No. 10,792,540

WATER SPORTS NASAL GUARD

1. A water sports nasal guard comprising:a mouth guard;
an upper tongue shield;
a lower tongue shield;
a nostril shield;
the mouth guard comprising an arch-shaped body, an upper teeth receptacle and a lower teeth receptacle;
the arch-shaped body comprising a convex portion, a concave portion, a first arch end and a second arch end;
the upper teeth receptacle traversing into the arch-shaped body;
the lower teeth receptacle traversing into the arch-shaped body, opposite to the upper teeth receptacle;
the upper tongue shield being connected along the concave portion, adjacent to the upper teeth receptacle;
the lower tongue shield being connected along the concave portion, adjacent to the lower teeth receptacle;
the nostril shield being mounted adjacent to the convex portion;
the upper tongue shield and the lower tongue shield being oriented opposite to each other from the arch-shaped body;
the upper tongue shield traversing about the concave portion from the first arch end to the second arch end;
the lower tongue shield traversing about the concave portion between the first arch end and the second arch end;
an arc length of the upper tongue shield being larger than an arc length of the lower tongue shield by the upper tongue shield extending to the first arch end and to the second arch end and the lower tongue shield not extending to the first arch end and to the second arch end;
the nostril shield comprising a main plate, a first sill-bracing plate and a second sill-bracing plate;
the first sill-bracing plate being connected adjacent to the main plate;
the second sill-bracing plate being connected adjacent to the main plate, opposite to the first sill-bracing plate;
the first sill-bracing plate being oriented at a first obtuse angle with the main plate;
the second sill-bracing plate being oriented at a second obtuse angle with the main plate;
the first obtuse angle and the second obtuse angle being equal to each other; and
the main plate having no opening formed thereon so as to be configured to fully cover a user's nasal passages.

US Pat. No. 10,792,539

POWER MANAGEMENT IN EXERCISE MACHINE

Tonal Systems, Inc., San...

1. An exercise machine comprising:a motor;
an actuator coupled to the motor, wherein the actuator ultimately establishes resistance for a user in an exercise;
a torque controller coupled to a power supply and to the motor; and
an energy storage device indirectly coupled to the torque controller, wherein if a higher torque is requested by the torque controller than is possible from the power supply, the energy storage device is discharged to the motor in order to generate higher torque.

US Pat. No. 10,792,538

BIOELECTRICAL SIGNAL CONTROLLED EXERCISE MACHINE SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. A bioelectrical signal controlled exercise machine system, comprising:an exercise machine comprising a base and a movable part;
at least one actuator connected between the base and the movable part of the exercise machine, wherein the at least one actuator is configured to change an attitude of the movable part;
an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor, wherein the electroencephalography (EEG) sensor is configured to record brain waves generated by a brain of a human exerciser, wherein the brain waves measured by the (EEG) sensor are comprised of an alpha wave and a beta wave, and wherein the electroencephalography (EEG) sensor is configured to transmit an EEG signal comprising an alpha wave amplitude and a beta wave amplitude; and
a control unit in communication with the electroencephalography (EEG) sensor and the exercise machine, wherein the control unit is configured to receive the EEG signal from the electroencephalography (EEG) sensor, wherein the control unit determines a control signal based on the alpha wave amplitude relative to the beta wave amplitude and vice versa, and wherein the control unit controls the at least one actuator of the exercise machine to change the attitude of the movable part of the exercise machine based on the control signal when the alpha wave amplitude is greater or less than the beta wave amplitude and vice versa.

US Pat. No. 10,792,537

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A COACH WITH LIVE TRAINING DATA OF AN ATHLETE AS THE ATHLETE IS PERFORMING A TRAINING WORKOUT

FINISH TIME HOLDINGS, LLC...

1. A system comprising:a training log server configured to maintain a plurality of athlete profiles in a database, each athlete profile including a training record having a plurality of fields that store information about a training, the training log server configured to be synchronized with a device worn by an athlete so that data from the device worn by the athlete is entered into and stored in the training record during the athlete's training; and
a processor configured to generate a graphic user interface that associates a workout created by a coach with at least one of the athlete profiles, the processor configured to determine whether the coach is authorized by the athlete to associate the workout with the athlete profile by querying the training log server for the presence of a grant by the athlete for the coach to access the athlete profile and associate the workout with the athlete profile, the processor further configured to provide the coach with access to the training record during the athlete's training.

US Pat. No. 10,792,536

CLIMBING MACHINE

Dyaco International Inc.,...

1. A climbing machine, comprising:a support frame comprising two uprights;
two climbing devices coupling the two uprights, each of the two climbing device comprising a sliding tube for moving up and down along the corresponding upright;
a resistance device comprising an axle for providing a resistance for the two climbing devices;
a driving device, comprising:
an axial wheel set comprising a first axial wheel and a second axial wheel, wherein the first axial wheel and the second axial wheel are pivotally coupled to the axle and are rotated independently to each other, and each of the first axial wheel and the second axial wheel comprises a one-way bearing;
an upper wheel set disposed above the axial wheel set;
a lower wheel set disposed below the axial wheel set;
a first transmission member connecting the sliding tubes of the two climbing devices, the upper wheel set, and the first axial wheel;
a second transmission member connecting the sliding tubes of the two climbing devices and the lower wheel set;
a third transmission member connecting the second axial wheel and the lower wheel set;
whereby the alternate up and down movements of the sliding tube of the two climbing devices cause the upper wheel set and the lower wheel set to rotate in a first direction, the first axial wheel to rotate in a second direction, and the second axial wheel to rotate in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,792,534

USE OF FREE WEIGHTS FOR EXERCISE

1. A weight training system, comprising:a bent shaft having a first end and a second end;
an adapter disposed on the first end of the bent shaft;
a first retainer having a portion insertable into the adapter, the first retainer having a central opening set apart from the bent shaft;
a handle having a portion insertable into the adapter, the handle rotatable relative to the bent shaft;
a second retainer with an aperture to receive the second end of the bent shaft; and
a plurality of keys comprising a first key and a second key, wherein the first key is insertable into the adapter to set a position of either or both of the first retainer and the handle, wherein the second key is insertable into the bent shaft to set a position of the second retainer, and
wherein the handle comprises an inner core and an outer sleeve rotatable relative to the inner core.

US Pat. No. 10,792,533

WEIGHT BENCH TILT LOCKING MECHANISM SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

SOOL CORP, Barrington, I...

1. A weight bench comprising:a first frame member having a top, a bottom, a first side, a second side and at least one hollow channel;
a second frame member having a top, a bottom, a first side, a second side and at least one hollow channel;
a first movable bar having a top surface and at least one opening;
a second movable bar having a top surface and at least one opening;
a first locking pin passing through one of the at least one hollow channel of the first frame member and capable of entering one of the at least one opening of the first movable bar and capable of locking the first movable bar in at least a first and a second position with respect to the first frame member;
a first spring surrounding the first locking pin wherein the first spring becomes compressed when the first locking pin is removed from the one of the at least one opening of the first movable bar and wherein the first spring is less compressed when the first locking pin is located within the one of the at least one opening of the first movable bar;
a bench located on the top surface of the first movable bar;
a second locking pin passing through the second frame member and capable of entering one of the at least one opening of the second movable bar and capable of locking the second movable bar in at least a first and a second position with respect to the second frame member; and
wherein the first locking pin and the second locking pin concurrently both move either toward or away from each other by activating a handle and are incapable of moving in a same direction.

US Pat. No. 10,792,532

BELT SQUAT WITH CABLE-DRIVEN LEVER ARM

Arsenal Strength LLC, Kn...

1. A belt squat apparatus comprising:a frame having a pivot point;
a lever arm pivotally mounted to the frame at the pivot point such that a first elongate side of the lever arm is located on one side of the pivot point and a second elongate side of the lever arm is located on an opposite side of the pivot point;
a weight loading point located on and configured to move with the first elongate side of the lever arm;
an attachment point located on and configured to move with the second elongate side of the lever arm; and
a cable having a lever portion that is configured to mount to the lever arm via the attachment point and an opposing user portion that is configured to engage a user, wherein when the user pulls the cable the lever arm pivots about the pivot point to move the weight loading point from a lowered position to a raised position;
a user platform comprised of two foot platforms separated by a space, each foot platform configured to support a foot of said user;
a pulley system configured to route the cable from the attachment point of the lever arm along the frame to at least one pulley of the pulley system that is located below the user and then upwards through the space between the two foot platforms to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,792,531

RESISTANCE TRAINING EXERCISE MACHINES HAVING INERTIAL SWITCH-ACTUATED DAMPENING DEVICE

Life Fitness, LLC, Rosem...

1. An exercise machine comprising:a resistance mechanism that is movable with respect to a stationary frame into and between a rest position and an active position;
a pulley system coupled to the resistance mechanism and being operable by a user performing an exercise motion, wherein operation of the pulley system moves the resistance mechanism from the rest position to the active position, against a resistance force from the resistance mechanism, and wherein releasing the pulley system allows the resistance force to automatically move the resistance mechanism back towards the rest position;
a dampening device comprising an inertial switch that causes the dampening device to automatically dampen movement of the resistance mechanism from the active position towards the rest position when the pulley system is suddenly released;
wherein the pulley system comprises a pulley cable and a cam about which the pulley cable extends such that operation of the pulley system causes rotation of the cam, and such that when the user suddenly releases the pulley system the cam is rotated by the pulley cable;
wherein the inertial switch is coupled to the cam such that rotation of the cam causes rotation of the inertial switch; and
a hub that rotates along with the cam, wherein the inertial switch is located on an outer perimeter of the hub;
wherein the inertial switch further comprises a pawl that is movable into and between an engagement position in which the dampening device engages with the pulley system and a disengaged position in which the dampening device is disengaged from the pulley system; and wherein the inertial switch further comprises a spring providing a spring force that biases the pawl into the disengaged position, wherein suddenly releasing the pulley system when the resistance mechanism is in the active position causes an inertial force on the inertial switch sufficient to move the pawl into the engagement position against the spring force; and
wherein the dampening device further comprises a damper plate that is coupled to the dampening device, wherein in the engagement position the pawl engages with the damper plate so that the hub and damper plate rotate together and in the disengaged position the pawl is disengaged from the damper plate so that the hub rotates with respect to the damper plate.

US Pat. No. 10,792,530

SET OF DUMBBELLS

PowerBlock Holdings, Inc....

1. A dumbbell set, which comprises:(a) a plurality of dumbbells of different weights having a substantially common length; and
(b) a plurality of first adder weights of different weights, each first adder weight having a cavity of a substantially common length which exceeds the substantially common lengths of the plurality of dumbbells to permit any one of the plurality of dumbbells to be nested in the cavity of any one of the first adder weights such that an exercise mass provided to a user is a sum of the weight of the any one dumbbell and the weight of the any one first adder weight that have been nested together.

US Pat. No. 10,792,529

FITNESS EQUIPMENT AND FITNESS SYSTEM BASED ON FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Guangze Xiang, Wenzhou (...

1. A fitness equipment, comprising a fitness equipment terminal and a data terminal; wherein the fitness equipment terminal comprises a movable member and a damping device for controlling the damping intensity of the movable member, and further comprises a travel tracking module for feeding back motion data of the damping device a control module for controlling the damping device and a posture adjustment module for automatically adjusting positions of components of the fitness equipment to adjust a sitting posture of a user; the damping device comprises an electromagnetic induction assembly; the electromagnetic induction assembly comprises a stator core, a plurality of magnetic induction coils disposed in a lengthwise direction in the stator core, and a rotor damping shaft located at one side of the plurality of magnetic induction coils; the rotor damping shaft is connected to the movable member of the fitness equipment and is configured to control the damping intensity of the movable member; a plurality of rotor magnets having magnetisms disposed oppositely in sequence are disposed on the rotor damping shaft; the rotor damping shaft realizes reciprocating motion through electrification of the plurality of magnetic induction coils; the travel tracking module is configured to track motion data of the rotor damping shaft and feed back the motion data to the control module; the data terminal is configured to transmit a fitness scheme to the control module; and the control module controls the motion of the damping device according to the fitness scheme transmitted by the data terminal, and controls and adjusts the posture adjustment module according to the fitness scheme.

US Pat. No. 10,792,528

PILATES MACHINE TENSION DEVICE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Lagree Technologies, Inc....

1. An exercise machine, comprising:a frame including a first rail, wherein the frame is an elongated structure having a first end and a second end;
a first end platform attached to the frame, wherein the first end platform is near the first end;
a carriage movably positioned upon the first rail, wherein the carriage is adapted to be movable in a reciprocating manner along at least a portion of an axis extending between the first end and the second end of the frame, and wherein the carriage includes a first edge that faces towards the first end of the frame and a second edge that faces towards the second end of the frame;
a selection member attached to the carriage near the second edge of the carriage, wherein the selection member includes a first slot and a second slot;
a first tension device connected to the frame, wherein the first tension device includes a first selection knob, wherein the first selection knob has a width greater than the first slot within the selection member, wherein the first slot within the selection member is adapted to receive the first tension device, wherein the first selection knob is adapted for selectively connecting to the selection member, and wherein at least a portion of the first selection knob extends outwardly past the second edge of the carriage when the first tension device is received within the first slot of the selection member;
a second tension device connected to the frame, wherein the second tension device includes a second selection knob, wherein the second selection knob has a width greater than the second slot within the selection member, wherein the second slot within the selection member is adapted to receive the second tension device, wherein the second selection knob is adapted for selectively connecting to the selection member, and wherein at least a portion of the second selection knob extends outwardly past the second edge of the carriage when the second tension device is received within the second slot of the selection member;
wherein the selection member is configured to allow repeated connection and disconnection of the tension devices; and
a reserve member connected to the frame, wherein the reserve member includes a first reserve slot and a second reserve slot, wherein the first reserve slot is adapted to receive the first tension device and wherein the second reserve slot is adapted to receive the second tension device;
wherein the reserve member is below the selection member;
wherein the first tension device is not connected to the carriage when positioned within the first reserve slot;
wherein the second tension device is not connected to the carriage when positioned within the second reserve slot.

US Pat. No. 10,792,527

EXERCISE APPARATUS HAVING A STAIR AND SLIDE ASSEMBLY

ProStairs Fitness, LLC, ...

1. A stair and slide assembly, comprising:a stair portion comprising a plurality of stairs;
a slide portion comprising a slide with an entrance and an exit, the slide comprising:
a linear main portion extending linearly from the entrance of the slide at an angle to a non-linear landing portion; and
the non-linear landing portion extending from the linear main portion to the exit of the slide, the non-linear landing portion comprising a single curve, the single curve transitioning the slide from the angle of the linear main portion to the exit of the slide, to slow a user sliding from the linear main portion as the user approaches the exit of the slide, thereby facilitating safely exiting the slide,
wherein the exit of the slide is configured to be positioned at a target height above a ground surface, the target height being between 18 inches and 30 inches, and
wherein the linear main portion and the non-linear landing portion allow the user to descend from the entrance to the exit of the slide and to slow the user as the user approaches the exit, thereby facilitating safely exiting the slide; and
a platform portion connecting the stair and slide assembly, wherein the stair and slide assembly is supported by a frame assembly, the frame assembly comprising at least a first frame subassembly, a second frame subassembly and a third frame subassembly, wherein the first, second and third frame subassemblies are releasably joined together, providing modularity to the stair and slide assembly;
wherein the first frame subassembly, the second frame subassembly, and third frame subassembly support the stair and slide assembly; and
further comprising one or more exercise devices or exercise equipment attached to the frame assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,792,526

ADJUSTABLE BRACKET AND HUB FOR FLEXIBLE HOSE SUPPORT

Anvil International, LLC,...

1. A flexible hose support bracket assembly comprising:a first bracket portion comprising a first leg coupled to a first bar element;
a second bracket portion comprising a second leg coupled to a second bar element, the second bar element engaging the first bar element; and
a hub assembly coupled to the first bar element, the hub assembly comprising:
a primary support defining a first primary support end and a second primary support end, the second primary support end defining a slot;
a secondary support defining a first secondary support end and a second secondary support end, the second secondary support end defining a first opening;
a pin hingedly coupling the first primary support end to the first secondary support end; and
a locking pin extending through the first opening, the locking pin defining a lower tab portion, the lower tab portion defining a first cross-section and a second cross-section, the first cross-section oriented perpendicular to the second cross-section, the first cross-section sized equal to or smaller than a width of the slot, the second cross-section sized larger than the width of the slot; and
wherein:
the first leg defines a proximal end and a distal end;
the proximal end defines a leg opening;
the leg opening receives the first bar element,
the proximal end defines a first centerline;
the distal end defines a second centerline; and
the first centerline is horizontally offset from the second centerline.

US Pat. No. 10,792,525

EXPLOSION INHIBITING PORTABLE FUEL CONTAINER AND METHOD OF INHIBITING EXPLOSIONS

No Spill Inc., Mission H...

1. A method of using a portable gasoline container, said method comprising:(a) filling the container with fuel, the container comprising
a fuel-receiving chamber,
a main container opening, and
a flash suppressor located proximate the main container opening, the flash suppressor being comprised of a synthetic resin material and including a plurality of perforations configured such that fuel can flow therethrough,
wherein during said filling fuel flows through the flash suppressor and into the fuel-receiving chamber at a rate of at least five gallons per minute; and
(b) dispensing fuel from the container, wherein during said dispensing fuel flows from the fuel-receiving chamber and through the flash suppressor,
wherein after said dispensing of step (b), the flash suppressor retain a sufficient quantity of fuel to prevent combustion within the flash suppressor.

US Pat. No. 10,792,524

SELF-RETRACTING LANYARD WITH FALL PROTECTION HARNESS TRACKER

1. A self-retracting lanyard system comprising:a self-retracting lanyard including a main body and a retractable line coupled to the main body so as to be extendible and retractable relative to the main body and to be restricted from extending relative to the main body in response to a user of the self-retracting lanyard falling;
a harness connected to the retractable line and wearable by the user of the self-retracting lanyard; and
an electronic device disposable on the harness, the electronic device including:
an accelerometer;
a processor or programmable circuit; and
a non-transitory program storage medium on which are stored instructions executable by the processor or programmable circuit to perform operations including receiving a measurement from the accelerometer, comparing the measurement to a threshold, detecting that the user of the self-retracting lanyard has fallen based on a result of the comparing, and instructing a wireless transmitter to transmit a wireless signal in response to the detection that the user has fallen.

US Pat. No. 10,792,523

CENTRIFUGAL BRAKE ASSEMBLY

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A self-retracting lifeline for fall protection, comprising:a pawl:
a rotor including a receiving portion configured and arranged to receive a portion of the pawl, the pawl being pivotable relative to the rotor between an engaged position and a disengaged position;
one of the pawl and the rotor having a curved slotted portion, another of the pawl and the rotor having an elongated curved protrusion, the elongated curved protrusion at least partially extending within the curved slotted portion and moving generally along the curved slotted portion when the pawl moves between the engaged position and the disengaged position: and
a spring that places a biasing force on the pawl toward the disengaged position, wherein the pawl includes the elongated curved protrusion and the rotor includes the slotted portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,522

INTERLOCKING ABRASION-PROTECTION DEVICE FOR LINEMEN FALL-PREVENTION SYSTEMS

AERIAL RIGGING SYSTEMS, I...

1. An interlocking abrasion-protection tool for linemen fall-prevention systems comprises:a plurality of belay-assistance links;
each of the plurality of belay-assistance links comprises a link body, a first interlocking mechanism, a second interlocking mechanism, and a plurality of rigging channels;
the link body comprises a first lengthwise edge and a second lengthwise edge;
the first lengthwise edge being positioned opposite to the second lengthwise edge, across the link body;
the first lengthwise edge being oriented parallel to the second lengthwise edge;
the first interlocking mechanism being mounted along the first lengthwise edge;
the second interlocking mechanism being mounted along the second lengthwise edge;
the first interlocking mechanism of an arbitrary link being hingedly attached to the second interlocking mechanism of an adjacent link, wherein the arbitrary link and the adjacent link are from the plurality of belay-assistance links;
the plurality of rigging channels traversing through the link body;
the plurality of rigging channels being oriented perpendicular to the first lengthwise edge and the second lengthwise edge; and
the plurality of rigging channels being distributed across the link body.

US Pat. No. 10,792,521

CONTROLLER FOR, AND METHOD OF, CONTROLLING A BREATHING APPARATUS

AVON POLYMER PRODUCTS LIM...

1. A controller for controlling a breathing apparatus that comprises a plurality of oxygen sensors, each for sensing an oxygen content of a gas in the breathing apparatus, the controller being configured to control the operation of the breathing apparatus based on the output of one or more of the oxygen sensors and additional information relating to the operation of the breathing apparatus;wherein the additional information comprises information relating to an oxygen sensor of the plurality of oxygen sensors stored in a memory of the breathing apparatus;
wherein the controller is configured to identify an oxygen sensor of the plurality of oxygen sensors as not functioning correctly based on the outputs of the plurality of oxygen sensors, using an electronic voting logic system that determines how to combine the outputs of the plurality of oxygen sensors to control the oxygen content of the gas in the breathing apparatus, wherein the electronic voting logic system uses predetermined criteria to determine which oxygen sensor outputs should be used for controlling the oxygen content of the gas in the breathing apparatus, and which, if any, should be disregarded; and
wherein the additional information is used to verify or check the identification of the oxygen sensor as not functioning correctly by the controller using the electronic voting logic system.

US Pat. No. 10,792,520

PERSONAL DESCENT SYSTEM

D B INDUSTRIES, LLC, Map...

1. A personal descent system comprising:a support structure coupling assembly configured and arranged to be coupled to a descent lifeline, the support structure coupling assembly comprising a latch arm mounting aperture;
a control descent device comprising a pivotally coupled latch arm selectively coupled at a proximal end to the support structure coupling assembly through the latch arm mounting aperture, wherein the control descent device is configured and arranged to be coupled to a safety harness donned by a user, wherein the latch arm is selectively pivotable to a locked position in which the control descent device is secured to the support structure coupling assembly, and wherein the latch arm is selectively pivotable to an unlocked position in which the control descent device is detachable from the support structure coupling assembly during a descent operation while controlling a payout of the descent lifeline interconnecting the support structure coupling assembly and the control descent device, wherein the latch arm comprises a lock aperture at a distal end; and
a lock pin slideably and removably received in the lock aperture of the latch arm to lock the latch arm in the locked position relative to the control descent device when the lock pin is positioned in the lock aperture and to release the latch arm so that it can pivot to the unlocked position when the lock pin is slideably removed from the lock aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,792,519

FOCUSED ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCER NAVIGATION SYSTEM

BRAINSONIX CORPORATION, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing configured to retain an ultrasonic device including a transducer for providing ultrasonic therapy to a brain of a patient;
an attachment mechanism configured to attach the housing to the patient; and
an alignment system configured to move the ultrasonic device in different x and y positions while the housing is attached to the patient and while maintaining alignment of the housing with respect to a focal position and minimizing changes in an angular relationship between a face of the transducer and focal regions on a surface of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,792,518

SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR IMPROVED ULTRASOUND CAVITATION MAPPING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A passive cavitation mapping method, comprising:a) capturing, using an ultrasound scanning device, channel signals from at least one ultrasound transducer in an array of ultrasound transducers;
b) isolating, using said ultrasound scanning device, cavitation signals in said channel signals, wherein said isolating comprises using a filtering method;
c) time-gating said channel signals about said cavitation signals;
d) computing time-delays between neighboring said cavitation signals in adjacent said channel signals, wherein said time-delays of said cavitation signals are accumulated to obtain arrival times of said cavitation signals;
e) computing a modified parabolic fit to the square of said arrival times, wherein said modified parabolic fit comprises a coordinate transformation using an x location of a leading edge of wavefronts of said cavitation signals and a maximum arrival time of said cavitation signals;
f) extracting a location of a cavitation signal source at a point (x, z) in said coordinate transformation;
g) computing a cavitation magnitude for each said cavitation signal source;
h) creating a passive cavitation map by convolving said cavitation magnitude and said location with an uncertainty function; and
i) using said passive cavitation map for therapeutic ultrasound applications.

US Pat. No. 10,792,517

CHARGED PARTICLE CANCER THERAPY BEAM STATE DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. An apparatus for determining state of a positively charged particle used in imaging a tumor of a patient, comprising:a first time of flight detector element;
a second time of flight detector element;
a main controller communicatively linked to both said first time of flight detector element and said second time of flight detector element, said main controller comprising a beam state determination system;
a beam transport path of the positively charged particle passing sequentially from an accelerator, through a nozzle system, above a patient positioning system, through said first time of flight detector element, and at least into said second time of flight detector element;
said beam state determination system configured to: (1) receive a first signal related to an initial time of passage of the positively charged particle through said first time of flight detector, (2) receive a second signal related to an arrival time of the positively charged particle to said second time of flight detector element, (3) calculate a difference in time between the initial time of the first signal and the arrival time of the second signal, and (4) determine a property of the positively charged particle with the difference in time, the property comprising at least one of:
(1) a velocity of the positively charged particle; and
(2) an energy of the positively charged particle, and
an energy degrading element positioned in said beam transport path between said first time of flight detector element and said second time of flight detector element.

US Pat. No. 10,792,516

BEAM IRRADIATION TARGET CONFIRMATION DEVICE

NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR Q...

1. A beam irradiation target verification apparatus comprising:an X-ray emitting unit configured to emit an X-ray;
an energy-level switching unit configured to switch an energy level of the X-ray to be emitted by the X-ray emitting unit;
an X-ray switching emission process unit configured to cause the energy-level switching unit to switch the energy level of the X-ray to be emitted by the X-ray emitting unit from a first energy level to a second energy level different from the first energy level, and to cause the X-ray unit to emit an X-ray at the second energy level;
an X-ray detection unit configured to detect the X-ray emitted from the X-ray emitting unit at the first energy level and the X-ray emitted from the X-ray emitting unit at the second energy level;
a location/angle drive process unit configured to match a relative location of a therapy patient to a relative location determined at a time of therapy planning based on first detection information, detected by the X-ray detection unit, of the X-ray emitted by the X-ray emitting unit at the first energy level, wherein the switch of the energy level of the X-ray to be emitted by the X-ray emitting unit is after the relative locations are matched;
a pre-therapy verification image generation process unit configured to generate a pre-therapy verification image based on the first detection information and second detection information, wherein the second detection information is detected by the X-ray detection unit after matching the relative locations;
a reference image acquisition unit configured to acquire a reference image obtained at a therapy planning stage;
a comparison process unit configured to make a comparison between the pre-therapy verification image and the reference image; and
a result output unit configured to output a comparison result obtained by the comparison process unit.

US Pat. No. 10,792,515

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A PATIENT SPECIFIC LOCALLY VARYING MARGIN

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method for determining a patient specific locally varying margin on a treatment target and/or an organ at risk in order to compensate for local intrafraction motion expected during a radiotherapy fraction to be delivered over a radiotherapy fraction time interval, wherein the patient specific locally varying margin is determined based on a displacement and/or an estimate for the displacement of at least a first location and a second location on the treatment target and/or organ at risk, the method comprising:acquiring a first medical image of the treatment target and/or the organ at risk, wherein the first medical image is a magnetic resonance image (MRI) suitable to be used for a generation of a pseudo CT image of the treatment target;
acquiring a second medical image of the treatment target and/or the organ at risk, wherein the time between the acquiring of the first medical image and the second medical image is approximately the same as the radiotherapy fraction time interval;
determining of positions of the first location and the second location in the first medical image and in the second medical image; and
using the determined positions for determining the patient specific locally varying margin around the treatment target and/or organ at risk, wherein the patient specific locally varying margin is determined based on multiple locations defining a first contour around the treatment target or organ at risk in the first medical image and defining a second contour around the treatment target or organ at risk in the second medical image.

US Pat. No. 10,792,514

AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF RADIATION TREATMENT PLAN OPTIMIZATION OBJECTIVES

Varian Medical Systems In...

1. An apparatus comprising:a memory having stored therein prescribed treatment instructions for a particular patient's radiation therapy, the treatment instructions specifying prioritized clinical metrics for goals pertaining to at least one treatment volume for the particular patient;
a control circuit operably coupled to the memory and configured to:
automatically convert the treatment instructions into resultant radiation treatment plan optimization objectives, wherein the automatic conversion can compatibly comprise a non-convex optimization objective;
automatically iteratively optimize a radiation treatment plan for the particular patient's radiation therapy as a function, at least in part, of the resultant optimization objectives to produce an optimized radiation treatment plan for the particular patient;
a radiation treatment platform operably coupled to receive the optimized radiation treatment plan and to use the optimized radiation treatment plan to administer therapeutic radiation to the particular patient.

US Pat. No. 10,792,513

TRAJECTORY OPTIMIZATION IN RADIOTHERAPY USING SECTIONING

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for radiation therapy treatment using a radiation delivery device, the method comprising:providing a patient model, dosimetric constraints, delivery motion constraints, and delivery coordinate space of the radiation delivery device, wherein the delivery coordinate space is defined by all unique beam's eye views (BEVs) achievable by the radiation delivery device, and in which the delivery coordinate space is further characterized by target region connectedness information within the unique BEVs comprising the delivery coordinate space;
selecting beam trajectories based on the target region connectedness information characterized over the delivery coordinate space;
and
delivering radiation using the radiation delivery device in accordance with the selected beam trajectories.

US Pat. No. 10,792,512

METALLIC MODULES AND ASSEMBLY SYSTEM FOR THE FORMATION OF SHIELDED WALLS, FLOOR AND CEILING FOR ROOMS USED FOR RADIOTHERAPY

1. A modular shielding structure for radiation protection in a radiotherapy room comprising:at least one wall structure comprising at least two rows;
the first wall row comprising a row of base modules including first and second base modules aligned along a common longitudinal axis in a sliding relationship such that a front face of a first base module and a rear face of a second base module abut, where further base modules are arranged to maintain the pattern of face abutment established by the first and second base modules until a row of predetermined length and where a bottom row of complementary modules are positioned to fill any gap on a lower side of a base module row;
second and subsequent wall rows comprising the arrangement of the first wall row placed on top of or adjacent to the first wall row successively and up to a desired wall height such that bottom surfaces of second or subsequent wall rows abut top surfaces of a preceding wall row;
a second wall base module aligned such that a longitudinal axis of the second wall base module is perpendicular to that of a wall base module located in a lower corner of the wall;
a front face of a second wall base module is contacting a first top row of complementary modules filling a gap on an upper side of a wall top; and
wherein, said base modules comprise two identical cuboids fused together, each of these cuboids having equally sized front and rear faces connected with four rectangular sides comprising left, right, top, and bottom sides and being positioned in parallel, side-by-side, along mutually facing rectangular side and where the cuboids are also mutually offset vertically and horizontally; and
wherein, said complementary modules comprise a single cuboid having equally sized rectangular front and rear faces connected with four rectangular sides comprising left, right, top, and bottom sides, the complementary modules having top and bottom edges equal in length to the length of the edges of base module faces and side edges one half the length of the edges base module faces, and the complementary modules comprise top and bottom sides equal in dimension to the dimensions of the sides of base module cuboids, left and right sides with length equal to the lengths of complementary module top and bottom sides, and widths equal to the dimension of side edges of complementary module faces.

US Pat. No. 10,792,511

SYSTEM FOR NON-INVASIVE HEART TREATMENT

Cyberheart, Inc., Menlo ...

1. A system for treatment of arrhythmia in a heart of a patient, the system comprising:an imaging system for imaging the heart;
a radiation source for generating a sequential series of radiation beams from outside the patient; and
a computer processor coupled to the radiation source and the imaging system, the computer processor configured to target one or more regions of the heart with one or more of the series of radiation beams and to repeatedly reposition the radiation source so as to orient another radiation beam toward the one or more regions from another angle, wherein the computer processor dynamically registers the source with the one or more regions responsive to the imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,792,510

METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS FOR TREATING BACTERIA WITH MECHANICAL STRESS ENERGY AND ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY

PHOTOSONIX MEDICAL, INC.,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a treatment device including an ultrasound transducer operable to generate and emit ultrasound energy, a light source operable to generate and emit electromagnetic energy, and a surface configured to be coupled into direct contact or indirect contact with bacteria and to transmit at least the ultrasound energy to the bacteria during the coupling,
wherein the ultrasound transducer and the light source are operable to treat the bacteria with a combination of the ultrasound energy and the electromagnetic energy to produce a killing effect on the bacteria without damaging the bacteria, and the ultrasound transducer is operable to generate the ultrasound energy with a pressure amplitude at the bacteria greater than or equal to 50 kPa and less than or equal to 1 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,792,509

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY SYSTEM

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display;
an image processor configured to generate a first image comprising sequential first frame data and a second image comprising sequential second frame data;
an image data generator configured to generate image data which comprises the first frame data and the second frame data alternately; and
a control signal generator configured to generate a shutter glasses control signal that opens shutters for both eyes of a first pair of shutter glasses when the first frame data is displayed on the display, and that closes the shutters for both eyes of the first pair of shutter glasses when the second frame data is displayed on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,792,508

QUADRUPLE BUTTERFLY COIL

Iowa State University Res...

1. A stimulation device; comprising:a first set of electromagnetic coils, including a first coil and a second coil, wherein a first angle between the first coil and the second coil is less than 180°; and
a second set of electromagnetic coils, including a third coil and a fourth coil, wherein a second angle between the third coil and the fourth coil is less than 180° and wherein the third coil is smaller in at least one dimension than the first coil and the fourth coil is smaller in at least one dimension than the second coil;
wherein the second set of electromagnetic coils is disposed between the first set of electromagnetic coils; and
wherein the first angle and the second angle share a common vertex.

US Pat. No. 10,792,507

VARIABLE SOUND SYSTEM FOR AUDIO DEVICES

PHYSIO-CONTROL, INC., Re...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a sound level calculation component configured to determine a sound level of an ambient environment of the electronic device;
a sound spectrum analysis component configured to determine a sound spectrum of the ambient environment of the electronic device;
an amplifier having an adjustable gain; and
a processor configured to:
determine the adjustable gain for the amplifier based on the sound level of the ambient environment;
determine that a frequency band in receive the sound spectrum of the ambient environment overlaps a sound spectrum of an audible cue;
alter the audible cue to comprise a harmonic of the sound spectrum of the audible cue, the harmonic being non-overlapping with the frequency band; and cause the electronic device to output, into the ambient environment, the altered audible cue with the applied adjustable gain.

US Pat. No. 10,792,506

RESCUE SERVICES ACTIVATION

ZOLL Medical Corporation,...

1. A system for providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation assistance to a caregiver when treating a patient, the system comprising:a computer tablet;
a plurality of sensors comprising:
a chest compression sensor configured to sense sternal motion of the patient and generate a sternal motion signal, and
one or more physiological sensors configured to collect patient information; and
a defibrillator configured to:
communicatively couple with the computer tablet and the plurality of sensors,
generate a defibrillator initialization signal indicative of an initialization of the defibrillator, and
transmit the defibrillator initialization signal, the patient information, and the sternal motion signal to the computer tablet, and
the computer tablet configured to:
communicatively couple with the defibrillator,
receive the defibrillator initialization signal, the patient information, and the sternal motion signal from the defibrillator,
output a caregiver alert indicative of the initialization of the defibrillator via at least one of a display or a speaker of the computer tablet,
receive a caregiver response to the caregiver alert,
and
provide caregiver feedback based on the sternal motion signal to adjust at least one of: rate, timing, force, or speed with which compressions and decompressions are performed on the patient,
receive caregiver input based on the received patient information and the caregiver feedback, and
send a command to the defibrillator to control at least one operation of the defibrillator based on the caregiver response to the caregiver alert and the caregiver input,
wherein the computer tablet and the defibrillator are configured to communicatively couple with one another via at least one of a short range wireless network and a long range wireless network.

US Pat. No. 10,792,505

LOW ENERGY CONVERSION OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA IN A SUBCUTANEOUS DEFIBRILLATOR

CARDIAC PACEMAKERS, INC.,...

1. A method of terminating an arrhythmia by delivery of therapy from an implantable medical device comprising:identifying a ventricular tachycardia occurring in the heart of a patient;
configuring an anti-tachycardia pacing therapy for the patient;
delivering the configured anti-tachycardia pacing therapy to the patient using first and second electrodes both disposed in the patient without entering or touching the heart; wherein:
the anti-tachycardia pacing therapy comprises at least a first therapy pulse and one or more additional therapy pulses;
the step of configuring the anti-tachycardia pacing therapy comprises setting a first pace interval to be used for determining when to deliver the first therapy pulse, and identifying a cycle length for the ventricular tachycardia and setting one or more parameters defining a duration between the first therapy pulse and at least one of the one or more additional therapy pulses as a percentage of the cycle length;
the step of delivering the configured anti-tachycardia pacing therapy comprises:
detecting a cardiac cycle by comparing a captured cardiac signal to a threshold and declaring a cardiac cycle when the threshold is exceeded by the captured cardiac signal, the cardiac signal having been captured using electrodes implanted without entering or touching the heart;
identifying a synchronization reference point from the detected cardiac cycle by searching for a peak relative to the point in time when the threshold is exceeded by the captured cardiac signal; and
delivering the first therapy pulse at a point in time set relative to the synchronization reference point by waiting for the first-pace interval to expire after the synchronization reference point; and
the first-pace interval is set as a percentage of a cycle length of the ventricular tachycardia.

US Pat. No. 10,792,504

MALLEABLE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

COCHLEAR LIMITED, Macqua...

1. An apparatus comprising:a hermetic enclosure;
an elastomer encasing the hermetic enclosure,
wherein the elastomer forms a pedestal extending from a first side of the apparatus; and
wherein the pedestal is configured to be separated from the elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,792,503

IMPLANTABLE MAGNET ARRANGEMENTS

COCHLEAR LIMITED, MacQua...

1. An implantable medical device, comprising:an implant body;
an induction coil disposed adjacent to the implant body;
a threaded bone fixture configured to be screwed into a skull bone of a recipient within an outer perimeter of the induction coil, and
an implantable magnet configured to be magnetically attached to the bone fixture to facilitate physical separation of the implantable magnet from the bone fixture.

US Pat. No. 10,792,502

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING A NEUROSTIMULATION THERAPY

ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION ...

1. A neurostimulation (NS) system, comprising:a lead having an array of electrodes positioned within a patient;
a memory having a pharmacokinetic-stimulation (PS) profile, wherein the PS profile provides a plurality of profile regions with each region defining a plurality of profile points that each represent a weighting factor for stimulation; and
a controller circuit configured to respond to instructions stored on a non-transient computer-readable medium, to:
deliver a NS therapy to a portion of the electrodes proximate to neural tissue of interest that is associated with a target region, wherein the NS therapy is defined by stimulation parameters;
determine a trigger event indicative of a drug being administered to the patient, the drug configured to affect at least one of the neural tissue of interest or the target region; and
adjust one or more of the stimulation parameters for each profile point in the PS profile, wherein the controller circuit adjusts the one or more of the stimulation parameters by scaling a pulse amplitude for each respective generated pulses according to a corresponding profile point in the plurality of profile points for the respective regions of the plurality of profile regions.

US Pat. No. 10,792,501

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTING MRI-COMPATIBLE STIMULATION PARAMETERS

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMO...

1. A system for creating a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible stimulation program for electrical stimulation of a patient using an implantable electrical stimulation system comprising an implantable pulse generator and a lead having a plurality of electrodes, the system for creating the MRI-compatible stimulation program comprising:a processor configured to:
receive a first set of stimulation parameters of a first stimulation program, wherein the first set of stimulation parameters indicates a first set of electrodes for delivery of electrical stimulation;
generate an MRI-compatible stimulation program based at least in part on the received first set of stimulation parameters, wherein the MRI-compatible stimulation program comprises a second set of stimulation parameters that indicates a second set of electrodes from the plurality of electrodes for delivery of electrical stimulation, wherein generating the MRI-compatible stimulation program comprises modifying the first set of stimulation parameters by the processor to generate the second set of stimulation parameters by at least one of 1) reducing a value of at least one stimulation parameter of the first set of stimulation parameters or 2) replacing, in the first set of electrodes, a case electrode of the electrical stimulation system with at least one of the electrodes of the lead; and
initiate a signal that provides the implantable pulse generator of the electrical stimulation system with the MRI-compatible stimulation program for producing electrical stimulation to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,792,500

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRO-THERAPY TREATMENT

1. A method of electro-therapeutically treating a patient comprising:receiving data indicative of electrical activity of the autonomic nervous system of the patient;
comparing the data with a stored model;
outputting a diagnostic signal based on the comparing of the data with a stored model;
energizing at least one stimulatory device structured to electromagnetically couple with the nervous system of the patient, at a stimulation frequency, responsive to the diagnostic signal; and
controlling the energizing of the at least one stimulatory device so as to encode a treatment signal at a treatment signal frequency that is equal to or less than the stimulation frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,792,499

TRANSVASCULAR NERVE STIMULATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Lungpacer Medical Inc., ...

1. A method for treating a patient, the method comprising:activating the patient's diaphragm by applying therapeutic electrical stimulation from a first electrode pair positioned within the patient's neck; and
activating the patient's diaphragm by applying therapeutic electrical stimulation from a second electrode pair positioned within the patient's neck, wherein the first electrode pair shares exactly one electrode in common with the second electrode pair.

US Pat. No. 10,792,498

EFFICIENT BACK TELEMETRY TRANSMISSION IN COCHLEAR IMPLANT SYSTEMS

Advanced Bionics AG, Sta...

1. A system comprising:a cochlear implant configured to be implanted within a patient and comprising:
an integrated circuit configured to generate electrical stimulation for application to a cochlea of the patient, the integrated circuit including a driver coupled to a power supply node and to a ground node, the driver configured to generate at an output of the driver a back telemetry signal encoded with information to be transmitted over a wireless communication link to a sound processor located external to the patient; and
a filter network comprising an input node serially coupled to the output of the driver, an output node, and a first plurality of impedance components including
a damping resistor connected between the input node of the filter network and an internal node of the filter network,
a first impedance component connected between the internal node of the filter network and the output node of the filter network, and
a second impedance component connected between the output node of the filter network and the ground node.

US Pat. No. 10,792,497

FREQUENCY THERAPY DEVICE

Akemi Nishimura, Tokyo (...

1. A frequency therapy device comprising: at least a pair of electrode pads capable of being in contact with a human body with an affected part being interposed therebetween; a main device unit that passes, between the pair of electrode pads, a current corresponding to a voltage waveform in which a direction thereof is reversed at regularly repeated time intervals and a voltage increases and decreases alternately on a positive side and a negative side; a display unit connected to the main device unit for displaying a magnitude of a voltage applied between the pair of electrode pads; and an operation/display panel for operating the main device unit, whereinthe main device unit includes: a waveform memory that stores a plurality of voltage waveforms at different frequencies; and
a central control unit configured to selectively read the plurality of voltage waveforms stored in the waveform memory, and repeatedly and successively use the read voltage waveform to pass a current between the pair of electrode pads,
the waveform memory stores the voltage waveform, for each of the plurality of frequencies, as waveform data comprising a square wave with a sampling frequency of 192 kHz or higher and a number of quantization bits of 24 bits or more, and
the central control unit is configured to read the waveform data from the waveform memory for each frequency, convert the waveform data to an analog waveform by a D/A converter during a preset time for the frequency, and pass a current corresponding to the voltage waveform between the pair of electrode pads, the waveform data stored in the waveform memory has, within a single waveform period, a waveform ranging from a rise part heading toward a positive region during a rise transition period, through a sharp-pointed top peak part having an overshoot shape at an end of the rise, a high-level part having a smaller value than that of the sharp-pointed top peak part, a fall part heading toward a negative region during a fall transition period, a sharp-pointed bottom peak part having an undershoot shape at an end of the fall, and a low-level part having a larger value than that of the sharp-pointed bottom peak part, to a next rise part, and in a frequency range of at least 1000 Hz or lower, the waveform data stored in the waveform memory has, within a single waveform period, a waveform ranging from a rise part heading toward a positive region from a 0-V level during a rise transition period, through a sharp-pointed top peak part, Tp, having a spike shape at an end of the rise and having a pulse width Wtp of 30 ?sec to 200 ?sec, a high-level part in which the voltage is larger than 0 V and smaller than or equal to 5 V, a fall part heading toward a negative region during a fall transition period, a sharp-pointed bottom peak part, Bp, having a spike shape at an end of the fall and having a pulse width Wbp of 30 ?sec to 200 ?sec, and a low-level part in which the voltage is smaller than 0 V and larger than or equal to ?5 V, to a next rise part.

US Pat. No. 10,792,496

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PERCUTANEOUSLY BLOCK PAINFUL SENSATIONS

Avent, Inc., Alpharetta,...

1. A method to percutaneously block nerve conduction, the method comprising:delivering high-frequency electrical stimulation having one or more primary frequency harmonics between about 15 KHz and about 100 KHz to one or more exposed conductive regions of a percutaneous lead defining one or more electrodes, wherein the high-frequency electrical stimulation is predominantly a sinusoidal waveform, a square waveform, a triangular waveform, a sine waveform, a noisy waveform, or a chirp waveform, wherein the lead has a distal tip that has been percutaneously inserted into tissue of a subject at a treatment site along one side of a peripheral nerve so as to penetrate through tissue proximal to a peripheral nerve to place the one or more electrodes proximal to a side of a long axis of the peripheral nerve and without direct contact to the nerve, wherein the one or more electrodes when placed has an overlapping nerve region with the peripheral nerve of greater than about 3 millimeters,
wherein the high-frequency electrical stimulation when applied to the one or more electrodes reversibly and temporarily blocks nerve conduction of the peripheral nerve at the treatment site in not causing damage or altering neural structure of the peripheral nerve.

US Pat. No. 10,792,495

NEUROMODULATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USE

Thimble Bioelectronics, I...

1. A neuromodulation treatment apparatus, comprising:a controller programmed to transmit one or more pulse waveforms having a spike and a primary phase following the spike,
wherein the spike has a first amplitude of up to 100 V and which is independent of an effect of variations in load impedance and a first duration time of between 1-5 ?s and the primary phase has a second amplitude which is also independent of the effect of variations in load impedance and a second duration time,
wherein the first amplitude is greater than the second amplitude and the first duration time is less than the second duration time such that the spike has an intensity which is greater than an average intensity of the primary phase, and
wherein an electric field of the spike has a strength sufficient to produce a conformational change in cellular components of a tissue region of interest and an electric field of the primary phase has a strength sufficient to maintain the conformational change induced by the electric field of the spike.

US Pat. No. 10,792,494

EXERCISE INSTRUMENT CONTROLLER AND EXERCISE INSTRUMENT CONTROL PROGRAM

MTG CO., LTD., Nagoya, A...

1. An exercise instrument controller comprising:a communication processing unit that receives information via a predetermined communication means from an exercise instrument used for physical exercise;
a type determination unit that specifies, from among a plurality of types, the type of exercise for which the exercise instrument is used based on the information that has been received;
an association determination unit that specifies association between a body part that is exercised and the exercise instrument based on the type that has been specified;
a setting processing unit that sets an operation detail of the exercise instrument based on manipulation input by the user via a manipulation means;
an instrument control unit that controls, by transmitting information indicating the operation detail via the predetermined communication means for each exercise instrument based on the association between the body part and the exercise instrument that has been specified and the operation detail that has been set, exercise by the exercise instrument; and
a display control unit that controls screen display related to the association between the body part and the exercise instrument, the operation detail, and an exercising status,
wherein, based on a plurality of types of exercise specified for a plurality of exercise instruments, the association determination unit can specify association of the plurality of body parts respectively with different exercise instruments,
wherein the setting processing unit can set different operation details respectively for the plurality of body parts,
wherein the communication processing unit receives information from a plurality of types of exercise instruments, the information that is received having different details for each type of the exercise instruments,
wherein the type determination unit stores, for each type of the exercise instruments, the type of exercise that can be done using an exercise instrument of the type in advance and specifies the type of the exercise by specifying the type of the exercise instrument based on the information that is received, and
wherein the association determination unit stores, for each type of the exercise, one or more body parts that can be exercised according to the type in advance and specifies, in a case where there are a plurality of body parts that can be exercised according to the type of exercise, association between any of the body parts and the exercise instrument based on manipulation input entered via the predetermined manipulation means by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,792,493

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLANTABLE CARDIAC LEAD INTEGRITY ANALYSIS

Lambda Nu Technology LLC,...

1. An apparatus for detecting conductor migration, damage, or externalization within an implantable cardiac lead implanted proximate and in electrical communication with a heart of a patient comprising:a microcontroller having a plurality of analog inputs and microcontroller outputs;
at least one voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) connected to one microcontroller output of the microcontroller;
a high-frequency (HF) multiplier connected to a VCO output of the at least one VCO through a resistor;
a direct-current (DC) blocking capacitor connected to an HF multiplier output of the HF multiplier;
a first input of a Quadrature Demodulator (QD) connected to a DC blocking capacitor output of the DC blocking capacitor;
a conductor connected to the VCO output of the at least one VCO having a terminus at a second input of the QD;
a sense resistor connected to the VCO output of the at least one VCO wherein a first conductor at a sense output of the sense resistor is connected to a conductor under test, a second conductor at the sense output of the sense resistor is connected to a second input of the QD, wherein prior to the first input and the second input of the QD an impedance matching inductor-capacitor (LC) network is provided;
an amplifier having a first input connected to the output of the at least one VCO and having a second input connected to the sense output of the sense resistor;
a first diode, a first resistor and a first capacitor provided to isolate, rectify, and smooth a sensed current signal, the first diode connected to an amplifier output of the amplifier, the first capacitor and the first resistor connected to a diode output of the first diode and both the first capacitor and the first resistor connected to a ground, and the sensed current signal fed to a first analog input of the microcontroller; and
a second diode, a second resistor and a second capacitor provided to isolate, rectify, and smooth a VCO voltage, the second diode connected to the VCO output of the at least one VCO, the second capacitor and the second resistor connected to a diode output of the second diode and both the second capacitor and the second resistor connected to the ground, and the VCO voltage fed to a second analog input of the microcontroller;
wherein the QD outputs a real component of the sensed current signal via a first QD output and an imaginary component of the sensed current signal via a second QD output, the real component of the sensed current signal fed to a third analog input of the microcontroller and the imaginary component of the sensed current signal fed to a fourth analog input of the microcontroller.

US Pat. No. 10,792,492

METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR DETERMINING PHYSIOLOGIC STATUS PARAMETERS USING SIGNALS DERIVED FROM MULTISPECTRAL BLOOD FLOW AND PERFUSION IMAGING

East Carolina University,...

1. A method for calculating a MetaKG signal, the method comprising:illuminating a region of interest in a sample with at least one multi-wavelength light source, wherein the multi-wavelength light source is a near-infrared (NIR) light source and/or a visible light source;
acquiring multi-spectral images of the region of interest using a multi-wavelength camera;
processing the acquired multi-spectral images to obtain metadata associated with the acquired multi-spectral, images; and
calculating the MetaKG signal from the metadata associated with the acquired multi-spectral images,
wherein calculating the MetaKG signal comprises:
calculating the MetaKG signal using average intensity of speckle contrast images derived from the acquired multi-spectral images to provide an average intensity MetaKG signal;
calculating a frequency MetaKG signal using frequency analysis;
calculating a time-frequency MetaKG signal using time-frequency analysis; and/or
calculating a multi-spectral MetaKG signal using multi-spectral signal processing to remove motion artifacts and improve signal quality;
wherein calculating the time-frequency MetaKG comprises:
separating the MetaKG signal into a cardiac related signal and a respiratory related signal to provide a cardiac MetaKG and a respiratory MetaKG;
determining a specific frequency range for two-dimensional frequency time signals using a power spectral density analysis of the MetaKG signal; and
reconstructing each MetaKG by averaging the determined specific frequency range of the two-dimensional frequency-time signals; and
wherein at least one of illuminating, acquiring, processing and calculating is performed by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,792,491

PULSED PASSIVE CHARGE RECOVERY CIRCUITRY FOR AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A pulse generator, comprising:a plurality of direct current (DC) blocking capacitors;
a plurality of electrode nodes, wherein each electrode node is configured to be coupled to one of a plurality of electrodes in contact with a patient's tissue via one of the DC blocking capacitors;
a reference voltage;
a plurality of switches, wherein each of the switches is configured to couple the reference voltage to a different one of the electrode nodes;
stimulation circuitry configured to provide stimulation pulses to two or more of the electrode nodes; and
control circuitry configured to repeatedly close and open at least some of the plurality of switches during a time period when the stimulation circuitry is not providing stimulation pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,792,490

OPEN CHANNEL IMPLANT TOOLS AND IMPLANT TECHNIQUES UTILIZING SUCH TOOLS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implant tool system for implanting an implantable medical lead within a patient, the implant tool system comprising:the implantable medical lead; and
an implant tool configured to tunnel through tissue of the patient, the implant tool comprising:
a handle including a distal end, a proximal end, and a handle body extending longitudinally from the distal end to the proximal end of the handle; and
a shaft coupled to the handle and adjacent the handle, the shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and an open channel that extends on an exterior surface of the shaft proximally from the distal end of the shaft towards the handle along at least a majority of a length of the shaft from the distal end of the shaft to the distal end of the handle, the open channel having a width that is approximately equal to an outer diameter of the implantable medical lead at a location along a length of the implantable medical lead such that when the implantable medical lead is placed within the open channel there is an interference fit between the shaft and the implantable medical lead at the location,
wherein a portion of the handle body extends longitudinally, in a proximal direction, beyond a proximal end of the open channel and the proximal end of the shaft, wherein the length of the shaft is approximately 5 inches to approximately 11 inches from the distal end of the handle to the distal end of the shaft, and wherein the shaft is configured to tunnel through the tissue of the patient with the distal end of the shaft leading.

US Pat. No. 10,792,489

BIO-ELECTRODE COMPOSITION, BIO-ELECTRODE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE BIO-ELECTRODE

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A bio-electrode composition comprising an ionic material and a resin, whereinthe ionic material is a lithium salt, a sodium salt, a potassium salt, or a calcium salt of sulphonamide represented by the following general formula (1),
[R1—C(?O)—N?—SO2—Rf1]nMn+  (1)
wherein,
R1 represents
a linear, a branched, or a cyclic monovalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 40 carbon atoms, or
a linear, a branched, or a cyclic monovalent group having 1 to 40 carbon atoms, which is substituted with or contains a heteroatom;
Rf1 represents a linear or a branched alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms or a phenyl group, having one or more fluorine atoms or a trifluoromethyl group;
Mn+ represents a cation selected from a lithium ion, a sodium ion, a potassium ion, and a calcium cation, and
“n” is 1 when Mn+ represents a cation selected from a lithium ion, a sodium ion, and a potassium ion, and n is 2 when Mn+ represents a calcium ion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,488

MINIMALLY INVASIVE IMPLANTABLE NEUROSTIMULATION SYSTEM

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A device for delivering a neuromodulation therapy, comprising:an implantable medical device configured to be implanted on a surface of a tissue layer superficial to a tibial nerve of a patient, the implantable medical device comprising:
a housing;
at least one fixation member coupled to the housing, the at least one fixation member configured to engage the tissue layer and secure the implantable medical device at an implant site;
a plurality of electrodes; and
a pulse generating circuit enclosed in the housing and coupled to the plurality of electrodes, the pulse generating circuit configured to generate stimulation pulses for delivery as electrical stimulation therapy via the plurality of electrodes to the nerve through the tissue layer,
wherein at least one of the plurality of electrodes is located on an exterior surface of the housing configured to contact the tissue layer superficial to the tibial nerve of the patient when the implantable medical device has been implanted at the implant site, and
wherein the at least one fixation member comprises a flexible material configured to allow the at least one fixation member to assume a first position when the implantable medical device is received in an implantation tool and to extend to a second position when expelled from the implantation tool to engage the tissue layer at the implant site.

US Pat. No. 10,792,487

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BASE ELEMENT OF A MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A method of manufacturing a base element of a medicament delivery device:in a first molding shot, forming a rigid base portion of the molded base element with a first material to have at least one cutout or hole;
in a second molding shot, forming a disc portion around the base portion with a second material, the second material filling the at least one cutout or hole, thereby facilitating bonding between the base portion and the disc portion; and
securing a patient cannula to the rigid base portion with a wedge.

US Pat. No. 10,792,486

MEDICAL CONNECTOR

ICU Medical, Inc., San C...

1. A medical connector for permitting fluid flow between a first medical device and a second medical device, the medical connector comprising:an upper housing comprising an upper end configured to receive a first medical device and at least two downward projections centered about a central longitudinal axis of the upper housing, the at least two downward projections each having a first angular width at a base and alignment surfaces that each extend from a side edge of the downward projection to an edge at a lower tip of the projection;
a seal element fixed to the upper housing; and
a lower housing comprising a lower end configured to receive a second medical device, at least two upward projections centered around a central longitudinal axis of the lower housing, each upward projection having two alignment surfaces that each extend from a side edge of the upward projection to an edge at an upper tip of each projection, and at least two gaps having a second angular width and bounded on either side by adjacent upward projections;
wherein the upper and lower housings are configured to be joined together, each downward projection configured to fit within one of the at least two gaps; and
wherein the alignment surfaces of the downward and upward projections comprise matching helical surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,792,485

RADIOPAQUE AND SEPTUM-BASED INDICATORS FOR A MULTI-LUMEN IMPLANTABLE PORT

C. R. Bard, Inc., Frankl...

1. A method for power injection of fluids through an access port, comprising:implanting the access port in a patient, the access port comprising:
a housing defining a first reservoir and a second reservoir;
a first septum covering the first reservoir, the first septum including a first sub-pattern of protrusions;
a second septum covering the second reservoir, the second septum including a second sub-pattern of protrusions; and
a radiographic indicator including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion including information pertaining to the first sub-pattern of protrusions, the second portion including information pertaining to the second sub-pattern of protrusions;
palpating the access port to locate the first sub-pattern of protrusions and the second sub-pattern of protrusions;
imaging the access port to identify the radiographic indicator;
inserting a needle connected to a power injection machine through the first septum to establish fluid communication between a lumen of the needle and the first reservoir; and
introducing contrast media into the patient through the access port at a rate in a range from about two milliliters per second to about five milliliters per second.

US Pat. No. 10,792,484

VASCULAR ACCESS PORTS AND PROCESSES FOR THEIR MANUFACTURE

Praxis Powder Technology,...

1. A vascular access port adapted to be implanted subcutaneously, said vascular access port comprising:a hollow main port structure forming a reservoir above a floor;
a septum sealing said reservoir in a fluid-tight manner;
a port outlet, said port outlet including a male projection having an external surface adapted for attachment to a catheter, said port outlet being in fluid communication with said reservoir via a flow path having an internally textured surface separate from said external surface adapted for attachment to a catheter, said internally textured surface causing fluid flowing through said flow path to develop vortices or become turbulent.

US Pat. No. 10,792,483

TUMOR VACCINATION

XAX KFT., Paty (HU)

1. A method for non-invasive treatment of primary cancer and its metastases or for non-invasive prevention of relapse of a cancer disease or for non-invasive vaccination of patient with increased risk to develop cancer, consisting of administering a non-specific immune stimulant to a patient in association with radiofrequency waves applied non-invasively using capacitive coupling in a condenser arrangement,wherein said cancer is colon cancer or breast cancer, the non-specific immune stimulant is Xiao-Aiping, and the frequency of the radiofrequency waves is between 10 kHz and 50 MHz.

US Pat. No. 10,792,482

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING FLUID TO A WOUND THERAPY DRESSING

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A system for delivering fluid to a wound therapy dressing, the system comprising:a pump comprising a vacuum port and a positive pressure port, the vacuum port adapted to be in fluid communication with the wound therapy dressing;
an expandable member in fluid communication with the positive pressure port, wherein the expandable member is configured to exert a force on a fluid within a fluid reservoir to expel the fluid from the fluid reservoir, the fluid reservoir adapted to be in fluid communication with the wound therapy dressing; and
a valve in fluid communication with the positive pressure port and the expandable member, wherein positive pressure from the positive pressure port is provided to the expandable member through the valve, and wherein the valve is configured to vent pressure to atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,792,481

IMPLANTABLE DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

NANO PRECISION MEDICAL, I...

1. An implantable drug delivery device, said device comprising:a capsule suitable for implantation;
a reservoir encapsulated by the capsule;
at least one nanoporous membrane in fluid contact with the reservoir;
a therapeutic agent, which is hydrated in a body fluid; and
a quantity of gas to promote hydration of the therapeutic agent in the body fluid, wherein the therapeutic agent and the quantity of gas are contained within the reservoir, and wherein the quantity of gas comprises one or more gases with a solubility in water at a temperature of 37° C. and a pressure of 1 atmosphere that is greater than the solubility of air in water at a temperature of 37° C. and a pressure of 1 atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,792,480

SHUNT FLUSHERS AND RELATED METHODS

Anuncia, Inc., Lowell, M...

1. A shunt system, comprising:a catheter having a primary flow port and an auxiliary flow port; and
a flusher configured to emit a flushing cough or pulse of fluid through the catheter;
wherein the shunt system is operable in a restricted mode in which:
(i) a flush generated by the flusher is insufficient to open the auxiliary flow port; or
(ii) the flusher is prevented from emitting the flush;
wherein the shunt system is operable in an unrestricted mode in which:
(i) a flush generated by the flusher is sufficient to open the auxiliary flow port; or
(ii) the flusher is not prevented from emitting the flush; and
wherein the flusher includes a control operable to switch the flusher between the restricted mode and the unrestricted mode; and
wherein the control reduces the pressure of the flush in the restricted mode and increases the pressure of the flush in the unrestricted mode.

US Pat. No. 10,792,479

FLUSHABLE DRAINAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

1. A flushing device comprising:(a) an inlet port adapted to be connected with a source of bodily fluid;
(b) a drainage port adapted to be connected to a drainage container;
(c) a flushing port adapted to be connected to a fluid reservoir containing a flushing fluid;
(d) a pump adapted to pump the flushing fluid into the flushing port;
(e) a valve including a flange, where in a first configuration a drainage flow path is defined from the inlet port through the flushing device and through the drainage port, and the inlet port is isolated from the flushing port, and where in a second configuration a flushing flow path is defined from the flushing port through the flushing device and through the inlet port, and the inlet port is isolated from the drainage port, and where activating the valve moves the flange to change the valve from the first configuration to the second configuration;
(f) wherein the flange is configured to rotate about a hinge disposed on a side of the flushing port closer to the drainage port than to the inlet port;
(g) wherein the flange is biased into the first configuration; and
(h) wherein when the valve is in the first configuration the drainage flow path is direct and uninterrupted so that a passive flow of bodily fluids can flow passively along the drainage flow path from the inlet port through the flushing device and out of the drainage port.

US Pat. No. 10,792,478

INTRAVASCULAR DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS TO ADDRESS EYE DISORDERS

1. A method, comprising:accessing an artery in communication with an ophthalmic artery of a subject;
advancing a microcatheter along the accessed artery so as to align a distal end of the microcatheter with an ostium of the ophthalmic artery, wherein the microcatheter includes a lumen having a guidewire positioned therein;
proximally withdrawing the guidewire relative to the microcatheter so as to enable a distal portion of the microcatheter to assume a curved relaxed configuration; and
cannulating the ostium with the distal portion of the microcatheter when the distal portion is in the curved relaxed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,792,477

DRUG ELUTING BALLOON

OrbusNeich Medical PTE. L...

1. A medical device, comprising a balloon, a biocompatible matrix and an expandable polymer cover, wherein the biocompatible matrix is disposed between the balloon and the expandable polymer cover, wherein the expandable polymer cover encloses the balloon and the biocompatible matrix, wherein the balloon comprises a plurality of pleats when the balloon is not inflated, wherein permeability of the expandable polymer cover when the balloon is inflated is greater than the permeability of the expandable polymer cover when the balloon is not inflated, wherein the biocompatible matrix comprises a thin film having a thickness ranging from 3 ?m to 250 ?m, wherein the biocompatible matrix comprises:(a) dextran, alginate, amylose, amylopectin, carrageenan, carboxymethyl cellulose, gellan, guar gum, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, carboxymethyl cellulose, amylopectin, hyaluronic acid, xantan, xyloglucan, chitosan-based hydrogel, peptidoglycan, proteoglycans, glucose, polysaccharides, maltose, lactose, fructose, sucrose, galactose, glucosamine, galactosamine, muramic acid, glucuronate, gluconate, fucose, trehalose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, polyoxyethylene derivatives, elastin, polyvinyl amine or poly(L-lysine), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC), amylopectin, hyaluronic acid, pullulan, or combinations thereof, and
(b) a macrolide drug encapsulated in a microsphere, liposome, nanogel, nanoparticle, or mixtures thereof,wherein the macrolide drug is released into an aqueous environment for at least 25 days after the balloon is inflated.

US Pat. No. 10,792,476

GUIDE WIRE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A guide wire comprising:a flexible long wire main body; and
a coil comprised of a plurality of wires wound in a spiral shape, and disposed about an outer periphery of a distal portion of the wire main body to cover the distal portion of the wire main body,
wherein the coil includes:
a coil distal portion disposed on a distal side, the coil distal portion being comprised of one of the plurality of wires that possesses a first wire diameter and that is wound in the spiral shape so that the coil distal portion includes a plurality of adjacent windings of the wire that possesses the first wire diameter, the one of the plurality of wires possessing the first wire diameter extending to a proximal-most end of the coil distal portion,
a coil proximal portion disposed on a proximal side in comparison to the coil distal portion, the coil proximal portion being comprised of one of the plurality of wires that possesses a second wire diameter and that is wound in the spiral shape so that the coil proximal portion includes a plurality of adjacent windings of the wire that possesses the second wire diameter, the one of the plurality of wires possessing the second wire diameter extending to a distal-most end of the coil proximal portion, the second wire diameter being uniform throughout the coil proximate portion, and
a coil intermediate portion disposed between the coil distal portion and the coil proximal portion, the coil intermediate portion being comprised of one of the plurality of wires that possesses a third wire diameter and that is wound in the spiral shape so that the coil intermediate portion includes a plurality of adjacent windings of the wire that possesses the third wire diameter, the wire that possesses the third wire diameter extending throughout the coil intermediate portion from a proximal-most end of the coil intermediate portion to a distal-most end of the coil intermediate portion, the third wire diameter throughout the coil intermediate portion being smaller than the first wire diameter and smaller than the third wire diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,792,475

MEDICAL TUBE AND MEDICAL DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical tube comprising:a connection portion that is removably attached to an end of a catheter, the catheter including a guide wire lumen through which is insertable a guide wire;
a tube main body that includes a lumen through which is insertable the guide wire, the connection portion being provided at one end of the tube main body;
the tube main body including a bellows shaped portion which includes a mountain portion protruding outward in a radial direction and a valley portion recessed inward in the radial direction in relation to the mountain portion; and
the lumen in the tube main body communicating with the guide wire lumen through the connection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,792,474

GUIDEWIRE

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...

1. A guidewire comprising: a core shaft;a coil body disposed around an outer periphery of the core shaft; and
a resin layer including:
a proximal end part disposed around an outer periphery of the coil body,
a distal end part located between the core shaft and the coil body distal to the proximal end part, the distal end part having an outer diameter that is smaller than an outer diameter of the proximal end part, and
a tapered part located between the proximal end part and the distal end part and having an outer diameter that decreases in a distal direction,
wherein a distal end of the coil body is not covered with the resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,792,473

CORE WIRE HAVING A FLATTENED PORTION TO PROVIDE PREFERENTIAL BENDING

ST. JUDE MEDICAL COORDINA...

1. A guide wire configured for intravascular insertion, the guide wire comprising:a core wire (208) comprising, in a direction from a distal end of the core wire (208) to a proximal end of the core wire (208):
a first portion (208A) that is located at a distal-most end of the core wire (208), wherein the first portion (208A) has a circular or ovular cross-section,
a second portion (208B) configured to allow the core wire (208) to preferentially bend in at least one plane that passes through a longitudinal axis of the core wire (208), wherein the second portion (208B) comprises:
a first flattened portion (208B(1)) that extends proximally from the first portion (208A), wherein the first flattened portion (208B(1)) is a round-to-flat transition portion,
a second flattened portion (208B(2)) that extends proximally from the first flattened portion (208B(1)), wherein the second flattened portion (208B(2)) becomes progressively more flat from a distal end of the second flattened portion (208B(2)) to a proximal end of the second flattened portion (208B(2)), and wherein a cross-sectional area of the core wire (208) at the distal end of the second flattened portion (208B(2)) is less than a cross-sectional area of the core wire (208) at a proximal end of the first portion (208A),
a third flattened portion (208B(3)) that is located directly adjacent to the second flattened portion (208B(2)) and extends proximally from the second flattened portion (208B(2)), wherein the third flattened portion (208B(3)) has a substantially constant cross-section, and wherein a cross-sectional area of the core wire (208) at a distal end of the third flattened portion (208B(3)) is less than a cross-sectional area of the core wire (208) at the distal end of the second flattened portion (208B(2)),
a fourth flattened portion (208B(4)) that is located directly adjacent to the third flattened portion (208B(3)) and extends proximally from the third flattened portion (208B(3)), wherein the fourth flattened portion (208B(4)) is a flat-to-round transition portion, and
a third portion (208C) that is located directly adjacent to the fourth flattened portion (208B(4)) and extends proximally from the fourth flattened portion (208B(4)), wherein the third portion (208C) has a circular or ovular cross-section.

US Pat. No. 10,792,472

APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGIES FOR CREATING A STOMA

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical apparatus configured to be used in an ostomy procedure, comprising:an introducer having a tapered distal end portion configured for atraumatic distal insertion into a tissue opening; and
a dilator including:
an elongate body having a distal portion disposed within the introducer and being axially movable in a proximal direction relative to the introducer from a first position to a second position;
at least one extension movably coupled to the elongate body, wherein the at least one extension is movable from a retracted state to an expanded state in response to proximal movement of the elongate body of the dilator relative to the introducer from the first position to the second position, wherein when the at least one extension is in the retracted state the at least one extension is disposed within the introducer, and when the at least one extension is in the expanded state the at least one extension projects laterally outward from the distal portion of the elongate body; and
a biasing member disposed within the elongate body, wherein the biasing member biases the at least one extension toward the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,792,471

EXPANDABLE SHEATH

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A sheath comprising:a circumferentially continuous elastic outer tubular layer defining an initial elastic lumen extending axially therethrough, the initial elastic lumen having an initial diameter, the outer tubular layer including at least one longitudinal rod embedded in and extending from an inner surface of the outer tubular layer into the initial elastic lumen; and
an inner tubular layer having a thick wall portion integrally connected to a thin wall portion, wherein the thick wall portion has a C-shaped cross section with a first longitudinally extending end and a second longitudinally extending end and wherein the thin wall portion extends between the first and second longitudinally extending ends so as to define an expanded lumen extending axially through the inner tubular layer, the expanded lumen having an expanded diameter larger than the initial diameter of the initial elastic lumen and;
wherein the inner tubular layer, in a compressed condition, extends through the initial elastic lumen of the elastic outer tubular layer with the first longitudinally extending end of the inner tubular layer under the second longitudinally extending end of the inner tubular layer; and
wherein the inner tubular layer, in a locally expanded condition, has the first and second longitudinally extending ends radially expanded apart into a less overlapping condition with the thin wall portion extending therebetween to form the expanded lumen;
wherein the inner tubular layer is configured to be urged by the outer elastic tubular layer into the compressed condition after passage of an implant through the expanded lumen, and
wherein the at least one longitudinal rod spaces the inner tubular layer from the outer tubular layer and provides a bearing surface to facilitate relative movement between the inner tubular layer and the outer tubular layer when moving between the locally expanded condition and the compressed condition.

US Pat. No. 10,792,470

FLEXIBLE MEDICAL ARTICLE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Smiths Medical ASD, Inc.,...

1. A medical article having a flexible, tubular member with at least one lumen, the tubular member being formed by a process comprising:forming a tubular member of a medical article by extruding a polycarbonate urethane copolymer;
annealing the extruded tubular member to increase flexibility of the tubular member; and
coupling a hub to a first end of the annealed tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,792,469

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING CATHETERS OR OTHER MEDICAL DEVICES TO LOCATIONS WITHIN A PATIENTS BODY

VASOINNOVATIONS INC., So...

1. A catheter system comprising: an outer catheter comprising at least one lumen; a transporter catheter located in the at least one lumen of the outer catheter, the transporter catheter comprising a shaft, said shaft comprising a proximal end, a distal end, at least one orienting balloon and at least one anchoring balloon; the at least one orienting balloon positioned on the shaft adjacent to the distal end of the shaft, the at least one orienting balloon comprising a hydrophilic coating; the at least one anchor balloon located on the shaft between the at least one orienting balloon and the proximal end of the shaft, the at least one anchor balloon upon full inflation configured to press against an inner surface of the at least one lumen of the outer catheter thereby anchoring the transporter catheter to the outer catheter; and wherein when the at least one orienting balloon and the at least one anchor balloon are both fully inflated the transporter catheter is configured to be pushed and/or torqued to advance and maneuver the outer catheter through the patient's vasculature.

US Pat. No. 10,792,468

GUIDE CATHETER WITH STEERING MECHANISMS

Medtronic Vascular, Inc.,...

1. An endovascular guide catheter comprising:a flexible guide tube having a distal end portion configured to deflect via actuation of a pull wire; and
a handle coupled to the guide tube and comprising a steering assembly configured to actuate the pull wire to deflect the distal end portion of the guide tube, the steering assembly comprising:
an actuator configured to rotate about a longitudinal axis of the guide catheter, the actuator having a locking feature adapted to lock rotation of the actuator;
a non-self-locking lead screw coupled to the actuator for rotation therewith; and
a slider coupled to the lead screw and having the pull wire attached thereto, the slider and lead screw being coupled such that rotation of the lead screw causes translation of the slider, wherein the locking feature comprises a biased element having a tapered outer surface adapted to engage one or more mating features of the handle to arrest rotation of the actuator, wherein the actuator is configured to be actuated generally axially along the longitudinal axis in one of a proximal or distal direction to disengage the tapered outer surface from the one or more mating features of the handle to allow for rotation of the actuator, and wherein the actuator is rotatable to drive translating movement of the slider.

US Pat. No. 10,792,467

STEERABLE CATHETER WITH PULL WIRE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A method comprising:providing a catheter device having a shaft, a pull wire extending through the shaft, and an axially non-compressible pull-wire sleeve, wherein the pull-wire sleeve comprises a proximal end portion extending outside of and alongside the shaft and a distal end portion extending within the shaft, the pull wire extending at least partially through the pull-wire sleeve and extending proximally past the proximal end portion of the pull-wire sleeve, the pull wire and the pull-wire sleeve being radially offset from a central axis of the shaft, wherein the shaft comprises a proximal portion and a distal portion;
inserting the catheter device into the body of a patient; and
applying tension to the pull wire to adjust the curvature of the distal portion of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,792,466

SHAFT ACTUATING HANDLE

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A handle configured to drive movement of a bronchoscopy instrument, the handle extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end of the handle and comprising:a casing having an inner surface defining an internal volume including a biasing element housing portion;
a proximal handle member positioned at least partly within a proximal portion of the internal volume of the casing and including a first helical cam interface, the proximal handle member configured to couple to a proximal end of an elongate jacket extending beyond the distal end of the handle, the elongate jacket configured to be inserted into a luminous passage of a patient and housing a biopsy needle;
an actuation sleeve positioned at least partly within a distal portion of the internal volume of the casing and including:
a proximal portion having a second helical cam interface engaging the first helical cam interface,
a rotation grip extending distally from the proximal portion of the actuation sleeve, wherein rotation of the rotation grip in a first direction is configured to cause extension of the biopsy needle from a distal end of the elongate jacket and rotation of the rotation grip in a second direction is configured to cause retraction of the biopsy needle back into the distal end of the elongate jacket, and
a plunger grip formed by a distal surface of the actuation sleeve; and
a biasing element having a first end secured within the biasing element housing portion of the casing and a second end engaging the proximal portion of the actuation sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,792,465

QUICK-RELEASE HUBS FOR MEDICAL DEVICES

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. An introducer sheath assembly comprising:an introducer sheath comprising:
a first tubular member configured to be at least partially inserted into a patient, the first tubular member at least partially defining a lumen that extends therethrough; and
an introducer sheath hub coupled to the first tubular member and disposed adjacent the proximal end of the first tubular member, wherein the introducer sheath hub comprises a first semi-annular ridge, a second semi-annular ridge disposed circumferentially less than 180 degrees from the first semi-annular ridge, and a semi-annular opening disposed on a perimeter of the introducer sheath hub between the first and second semi-annular ridges; and
a dilator comprising:
an elongate shaft that is configured to be at least partially disposed within the lumen that extends through the first tubular member, the elongate shaft defining a longitudinal axis; and
a dilator hub coupled to the elongate shaft and disposed adjacent a proximal end of the elongate shaft, wherein the dilator hub is configured to selectively couple to the introducer sheath hub without rotating the dilator hub relative to the introducer sheath hub, the dilator hub comprising a first semi-annular input portion and a second semi-annular input portion disposed opposite of the first semi-annular input portion and connected to the dilator hub,
wherein the first semi-annular input portion comprises at least one distally extending catch disposed at a perimeter of the first semi-annular input portion,
wherein the at least one distally extending catch is disposed through the opening and engaged with the first semi-annular ridge when the dilator hub is coupled to the introducer sheath hub,
wherein deflection of the first input portion toward the second input portion causes the at least one catch to deflect tangentially to the perimeter of the first semi-annular input portion, and
wherein the deflection of the first input portion causes the at least one catch to disengage from the first semi-annular ridge of the introducer sheath hub.

US Pat. No. 10,792,464

TOOL AND METHOD FOR USING SURGICAL ENDOSCOPE WITH SPIRAL LUMENS

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. An elongated medical device comprising:a hypotube backbone running through the device;
a spiral lumen spiraled around the backbone along the length of the backbone, the spiraled lumen having a variable pitch section in which a pitch of the spiral lumen spiral spiraled around the backbone varies; and
a pull wire extending through the spiral lumen, the pull wire configured to induce articulation of the elongated medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,792,463

EXPANDABLE SHEATH

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. An expandable sheath comprising:an elongated annular member comprising an inner surface and an outer surface, the annular member further including a bridge member extending between opposing first and second base members spaced around a circumference of the annular member, and
an outer layer extending over the annular member,
wherein the expandable sheath is radially movable between an expanded state and a non-expanded state,
wherein in the non-expanded state, the annular member includes a first longitudinally extending channel defined between the bridge member and the first base member, the first channel extending inwardly from the outer surface toward a longitudinal axis of annular member, and a second longitudinally extending channel defined between the bridge member and the second base member, the second channel extending outwardly from the inner surface away from the longitudinal axis of the annular member, and
wherein in the expanded state, the bridge member extends in a direction around the circumference of the annular member increasing a distance between the first and second base members,
wherein the outer layer comprises a material having a higher elastic modulus than the annular member and the annular member comprises a material having a greater lubricity than the outer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,792,462

CONTEXT-SENSITIVE SOUNDSCAPE GENERATION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, a user target cognitive state indicia identifying a target cognitive state of a user, and receiving a user cohort indicia identifying other persons having one or more common conditions or indicia in common with said user;
determining, by the one or more processors, a present user context, in response to said receiving a user target cognitive state indicia and the user cohort indicia;
performing a machine-learning procedure, by the one or more processors, to map the target cognitive state to a set of audio output characteristics based upon one or more parameters of the identified other persons from the received user cohort indicia and the present user context, said parameters comprising parameters obtained from an identified social media network associated with the user; and
generating a context-sensitive soundscape with the set of audio output characteristics, based on the user target cognitive state indicia.

US Pat. No. 10,792,461

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GATHERING AND ANALYZING HUMAN BIOLOGICAL SIGNALS

EIGHT SLEEP, INC., New Y...

1. A system for regulating a temperature of a portion of a bed device, comprising:at least one sensor that is a part of said bed device, wherein said at least one sensor is positioned in said portion of a bed device and is configured to detect a biological signal of a user of said bed device when said user is positioned in said portion of said bed device;
a temperature control device operatively coupled to said portion of said bed device, wherein said temperature control device is configured to regulate said temperature of said portion of said bed device; and
a processor communicatively coupled to said at least one sensor and said temperature control device, wherein said processor is configured to identify said user from a plurality of users of said bed device based on said biological signal, and regulate said temperature of said portion of said bed device by said temperature control device based on said user's identity,
wherein biological signal data to identify each user of said plurality of users is stored for access by said processor, wherein said biological signal data of each user is associated with said bed device based upon the detection by said at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,792,460

VALVE WITH INTERNAL MEMBER

1. A valve configured for use in positive airway pressure therapy, the valve comprising:a body with an interior surface defining a passageway, the body configured to be positioned in-line with a flow of respiratory gases;
one or more ports through the body to provide fluid communication between the passageway and an environment, the one or more ports disposed around at least part of a circumference of the body; and
at least one internal member attached to the body at two or more discontinuous attachment positions on the internal member, the attachment positions being generally at the same location along a length of the valve as the one or more ports;
wherein the at least one internal member is in an open configuration that allows gas to pass from the passageway to the environment when a gas pressure in the valve is at or below a threshold pressure, the at least one internal member being biased radially inward away from the interior surface;
wherein the at least one internal member is in a closed configuration that occludes the one or more ports when the gas pressure in the valve is above the threshold pressure, the at least one internal member moving radially outward toward the interior surface to occlude the one or more ports.

US Pat. No. 10,792,459

VENTILATION APPARATUS AND USES THEREOF

Chang Gung Memorial Hospi...

1. A ventilation apparatus, comprising:a casing with a first vent and a second vent;
a fixed spacer disposed within the casing; and
a movable spacer in operative connection with a power mechanism,
a first conduit for coupling the first vent to the chest of a subject and a second conduit for coupling the second vent to the upper airway of the subject,
wherein the movable spacer and the fixed spacer divide the casing into a first space and a second space,
wherein the first vent and the second vent are positioned on each side of the fixed spacer, and
wherein the movable spacer rotate in a first direction and simultaneously generate a negative pressure in the first vent and a positive pressure in the second vent, and the movable spacer rotate in reverse of the first direction and simultaneously deliver a positive pressure ventilation in the first vent and a negative pressure ventilation in the second conduit, wherein the negative pressure ventilation is configured to create a sub-atmospheric pressure within the subject's upper airway or lung.

US Pat. No. 10,792,458

RAINOUT CONTROL IN A PRESSURE SUPPORT SYSTEM

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

11. A method of controlling rainout in a pressure support system for delivering a flow of breathing gas to an airway of a patient through an airflow path, wherein the pressure support system includes a pressure generating device structured to generate the flow of breathing gas and provide the flow of breathing gas at an output of the pressure generating device, and wherein the airflow path is coupled to the output of the pressure generating device and structured to receive and carry the flow of breathing gas generated by the pressure generating device, the method comprising:generating a first sensed signal comprising a direct measurement of humidity within the airflow path determining based on an output of by a humidity sensor provided in the airflow path a first measurement indicative of an amount of water vapor in the airflow path or an amount of condensation in the airflow path;
generating a number of control signals structured to control an environmental control device structured to control an environmental parameter in an environment outside of the pressure support system, wherein the number of control signals are generated based on at least the first measurement sensed signal and are configured to cause the environmental control device to adjust the environmental parameter in a manner that will reduce a degree or a likelihood of rainout in the airflow path; and
transmitting the number of control signals to the environmental control device.

US Pat. No. 10,792,457

COLLAPSIBLE HUMIDIFIER

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A humidifier for an airway pressure support system, comprising:a base;
a number of side walls extending from the base;
a top wall provided opposite the base, wherein the base, the number of side walls, and the top wall are made from an elastomeric material and at least partially define an internal chamber for receiving and holding a liquid; and
a plurality of support structures provided on or within the humidifier, each support structure extending along at least the number of side walls, wherein the humidifier is structured to collapse from an initial, expanded condition to a collapsed condition when a compressive force is applied to the top wall in the initial, expanded condition and to automatically return to the initial, expanded condition when the force is removed,
wherein the number of side walls include a first side wall extending from a first side of the base, a second side wall extending from a second side of the base, wherein the top wall is provided between the first side wall and the second side wall, and wherein each support structure extends from the first side of the base to the second side of the base along the first side wall, the top wall and the second side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,792,456

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR THE IN-VITRO AND IN-VIVO TREATMENT OF BRONCHIAL TUMORS

SRH Wald-Klinikum Gera gG...

1. A method for in-vitro and in-vivo treatment of a lung tumor by using an apparatus comprising:a ventilation and respirator system configured to provide at least a part of the lung containing a tumor with a gas for respiration purposes, the gas including oxygen;
a system configured for the controlled ventilation and flooding with a liquid said part of the lung;
a therapy system comprising;
at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer on a mount provided with a motor and configured for aiming an ultrasound beam generated by the at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer, and a beam-forming unit configured to focus the ultrasound beam;
an imaging-monitoring system configured to generate tumor localization data to locate location points of tissue of a lung tumor spatial point by spatial point; and
a temperature-monitoring system configured to measure temperature of the lung tumor tissue and to generate tumor tissue temperature data indicating a distribution of the temperature of the tumor tissue;
a central control unit having data-transferring connections to the motor, the beam-forming unit, the ventilation and respirator system, the system configured for controlled ventilation and flooding, the imaging-monitoring system, and the temperature-monitoring system,
wherein the ventilation and respirator system and the system configured for controlled ventilation and flooding have respective gas- and liquid-conducting tubes which comprise respective lumens of a lung tube, the lung tube is configured to be inserted into a lung containing a lung tumor in an intratracheal manner, and the central control unit is configured to compare the measured temperature distribution of the tumor tissue with a predetermined target temperature distribution of the tumor tissue and control the focus, the all1iog and performance of the ultrasound beam generated by the at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer based on the tumor tissue localization data, the tumor tissue temperature data transferred through the data-transferring connection to the at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer and the predetermined target tissue temperature distribution, and so that the at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer scans the location points of the tumor, heats the tumor tissue to a temperature greater than 55° C. by the thermal effect of the focused ultrasound beam, and destroys the tumor tissue by acoustic-thermal effects of the focused ultrasound beam, and wherein the central control unit is configured so that in areas scanned by at least one therapeutic focusable ultrasound transducer in which the measured distribution of temperatures of the tumor tissue is below or above the target distribution performance of the at least one therapeutic ultrasound transducer is increased or decreased, respectively, and the measured temperature distribution of the tumor tissue is iteratively adjusted to the target temperature distribution of the tumor tissue;
the method comprising:
arranging the lung tube so that the lung tube communicates with a lung containing a tumor and isolating the lumens of the lung tube from each other with respect to liquid and gas, the tumor having tumor tissue defining a tumor volume comprising spatial points of the tumor;
saturating, through one of the lumens of the lung tube connected to the ventilation and respirator system, at least a part of the lung containing the tumor by ventilation with oxygen or air;
flooding, through the other one of the lumens of the lung tube, the part of the lung containing the tumor with liquid to provide a flooded part of the lung while controlling pressure and volume of the liquid, the liquid being physiologically compatible and essentially acoustically identical to lung tissue of the lung and continuing the ventilation with a non-flooded part of the lung;
terminating, during the flooding, the ventilation with oxygen and increasing pressure of the liquid in the lung containing the tumor;
terminating the flooding with liquid when a threshold of pressure or volume of the liquid is reached;
effecting targeted, controlled emission of therapeutic doses of focused ultrasonic energy through the lung tissue of the lung and the liquid in the flooded part of the lung into the tumor tissue, spatial point by spatial point of the tumor volume, thereby to heat the tumor tissue by the thermal effect of the focused ultrasonic energy to a temperature greater than 55° C. and destroy the tumor tissue by acoustic-thermal effects of the focused ultrasonic energy; and
reconnecting the flooded part of the lung to ventilation, during which the liquid, which remains in the lung, is resorbed into a body of a person whose lung is the subject of the lung tumor treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,792,455

SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN DELIVERY SYSTEM

STAMFORD DEVICES LIMITED,...

1. A supplemental oxygen delivery system for delivery of supplemental oxygen from an oxygen supply to a patient, the system comprising:a delivery tube for delivery of supplemental oxygen from a supply toward a patient;
an aerosol generator for delivery of aerosol into the delivery tube; and
a humidifier for humidifying the supplemental oxygen, wherein the aerosol is delivered into the humidifier.

US Pat. No. 10,792,454

HEATED RESPIRATORY HOSE ASSEMBLY

GlobalMed, Inc., Trenton...

1. An undermold coupling to couple a hose to a hose fitting comprising:a tubular portion that defines a cylindrical external surface that is sized to be inserted into a hose interface of the hose fitting, and having a passage formed through the tubular portion between a first open end and a second open end opposite the first open end;
threads formed on an inner surface defined within the first open end of the tubular portion to engage a support helix on an external surface of an end of the hose as a set of threads to retain the end of the hose within the tubular portion; and
a first grating coupled to a portion of the cylindrical external surface of the tubular portion, and comprising a first plurality of elongate portions that are shaped and sized to intermesh with a corresponding second plurality of elongate portions of a second grating of the hose interface of the hose fitting to retain the tubular portion of the undermold coupling within the hose interface of the hose fitting in a position that puts the interior of the hose in communication with an interior of the hose fitting through the passage, wherein:
each of the elongate portions of the first plurality of elongate portions is curved to follow a curvature of the cylindrical shape of the tubular portion of the undermold coupling;
the elongate portions of the first plurality of elongate portions extend in parallel with each other and define a first plurality of slots;
each of the elongate portions of the second plurality of elongate portions is curved to parallel a curvature of the hose interface that follows the curvature of the cylindrical shape of the tubular portion of the undermold coupling;
the elongate portions of the second plurality of elongate portions extend in parallel with each other and define a second plurality of slots; and
when the first grating is intermeshed with the second grating, the first plurality of elongate portions of the first grating extend into the second plurality of slots defined by the second plurality of elongate portions of the second grating, and the second plurality of elongate portions extend into the first plurality of slots defined by the first plurality of elongate portions.

US Pat. No. 10,792,453

OXYGEN GAS CONCENTRATOR WITH OUTLET ACCUMULATOR

INOGEN, INC., Goleta, CA...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a product tank that is fluidly coupled to at least one sieve bed;
a product gas accumulator tank that is fluidly coupled to the product tank via a first conduit and to an outlet port via a second conduit; and
at least one controller disposed to control gas flow in the first conduit,
wherein the first conduit and the second conduit are disposed to allow at least a portion of product gas to flow from the product tank to the outlet port, and the apparatus is configured to produce a targeted spontaneous gas flow to a respiratory ventilation device, wherein the targeted spontaneous gas flow to the respiratory ventilation device is more than 20 liters per minute.

US Pat. No. 10,792,452

AIR DELIVERY CONDUIT

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. An air delivery system for treatment of sleep disordered breathing by providing pressurized gas to a patient's airways, by way of a patient interface, the air delivery system comprising:the patient interface; and
a conduit configured to convey the pressurized air to the patient interface for treatment of sleep disordered breathing,
wherein the conduit includes a tubular wall structure comprising textile material,
wherein at least a portion of the wall structure comprising the textile material directly conveys the pressurized air and forms an outer surface disposed so as to be exposed directly to ambient air,
wherein the conduit includes a non-metallic reinforcing member disposed on the outer surface of the wall structure and configured to prevent collapse of the wall structure.

US Pat. No. 10,792,451

PATIENT INTERFACE AND ASPECTS THEREOF

16. A patient interface comprising:a mask for covering at least nostrils of a user in use, and including a seal body and a frame connected with the seal body, the frame or the seal body comprising a laterally extended support adapted to press on a lower facial portion of a user outside a periphery of the seal body;
wherein the seal body comprises an inflatable seal with an air supply aperture and a pair of protruding nostril locators protruding from the inflatable seal, each of said protruding nostril locators including an outlet aperture; and
wherein the inflatable seal comprises a first region immediately adjacent and including the pair of nostril locators and a second region adjacent and surrounding the first region, the first region being stiffer than the second region,
the inflatable seal further comprising a central portion, a first side portion, and a second side portion, the first and second side portions extending away from respective lateral sides of the central portion, the first and second side portions including first and second inward faces and first and second outward faces, respectively, the first and second inward faces connected to the first and second outward faces, respectively, by a supple peripheral edge portion, wherein the first and second outward faces are thicker than the first and second inward faces, and each of the first and second outward faces includes a portion that tapers from a first thickness to a second thickness at the supple peripheral edge portion, the first thickness being greater than the second thickness, and
wherein the central portion includes an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion extending above the air supply aperture and the lower portion extending below the air supply aperture, the upper and lower portions each having a forward portion adjacent the air supply aperture and extending from the forward portion away from the air supply portion to a perimeter portion, the forward portion thicker than the perimeter portion, and
wherein the first and second inward faces of the first and second side portions comprise portions of the second region and are configured to conform to and wrap around contours of respective outer side surfaces of a user's nose in use.

US Pat. No. 10,792,450

DEVICE FOR RETAINING HUMIDITY IN A PATIENT INTERFACE

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A patient interface for sealed delivery of a flow of air at a continuously positive pressure with respect to ambient air pressure to an entrance to the patient's airways including at least an entrance of a patient's nares, wherein the patient interface is configured to maintain a therapy pressure in a range of about 4 cmH2O to about 30 cmH2O above ambient air pressure in use, throughout the patient's respiratory cycle, while the patient is sleeping, to ameliorate sleep disordered breathing, said patient interface comprising:a seal-forming structure configured to contact and pneumatically seal against the patient's face at an area surrounding the entrance to the patient's airways;
a positioning and stabilising structure configured to maintain the seal-forming structure in sealing contact with the area surrounding the entrance to the patient's airways while maintaining a therapeutic pressure at the entrance to the patient's airways;
a plenum chamber configured to be pressurised at a pressure above ambient pressure in use, the seal-forming structure and the plenum chamber forming, at least in part, a breathing chamber when the seal-forming structure is in sealing contact with the area surrounding the entrance to the patient's airways;
a connection port positioned on the plenum chamber and configured to deliver the flow of air to the breathing chamber;
an elbow configured to fluidly communicate with the connection port; and
a vent configured to wash out gas from the breathing chamber; and
a device positioned within the breathing chamber,
wherein the device divides the breathing chamber into a posterior chamber proximal to the patient and an anterior chamber distal to the patient in use,
wherein the device is shaped and dimensioned such that at least a portion of an outer peripheral edge region of the device substantially conforms to an internal surface of at least one of the seal-forming structure and the plenum chamber,
wherein at least one gap is formed between the outer peripheral edge region of the device and the internal surface of at least one of the seal-forming structure and the plenum chamber, and
wherein the device comprises a plurality of apertures having a predetermined size, the plurality of apertures configured to:
reduce the velocity of the flow of air that is directed from the anterior chamber, through the plurality of apertures, and into the posterior chamber such that turbulence of the air in the posterior chamber is less than turbulence of the air in the anterior chamber, and
reduce the velocity of an expiratory flow of gas from the patient's airways that is directed from the posterior chamber, through the plurality of apertures, and into the anterior chamber such that turbulence of the air in the posterior chamber is less than turbulence of the air in the anterior chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,792,449

PATIENT INTERFACE WITH INTEGRATED JET PUMP

Breathe Technologies, Inc...

1. A patient interface for providing ventilation to an individual, the patient interface comprising:a manifold housing defining at least one gas pathway;
at least one jet pump assembly coupled to the manifold housing and comprising:
a jet pump housing defining at least one entrainment port in fluid communication with ambient air; and
a jet nozzle cooperatively engaged to the jet pump housing, the jet nozzle defining a high-pressure jet nozzle outlet port and a low-pressure jet nozzle outlet port disposed in side-by-side relation to each other with the high-pressure jet nozzle outlet port disposed at a point on the jet nozzle that is forward relative to the low-pressure jet nozzle outlet port, at least the high-pressure jet nozzle outlet port being operative to facilitate air entrainment through the entrainment port and mixing of the entrained air with gas concurrently introduced into the gas pathway from the high and low-pressure jet nozzle outlet ports; and
at least one sensing tube extending into fluid communication with the gas pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,792,448

MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM FOR RESPIRATORY APPARATUS

ResMed Pty Ltd, (AU)

1. A respiratory apparatus comprising:a power supply coupled to a bus, the bus comprising a direct current line and a ground line;
a blower configured to generate a flow of breathable gas, the blower including a motor powered by the power supply via the bus, wherein the motor generates energy at certain times during operation; and
a transient absorption diode circuit that serves as a voltage clamp across the direct current line and the ground line, and absorbs energy generated due to deceleration of the motor at a predetermined rate, the transient absorption diode circuit being coupled to the direct current line of the bus and the ground line of the bus, and
wherein a period of the deceleration of the motor is on an order of hundreds of milliseconds and wherein one or more transient absorption diodes of the transient absorption diode circuit are configured to absorb said energy of the period.

US Pat. No. 10,792,447

BREATH ACTUATED INHALER

NORTON (WATERFORD) LIMITE...

1. A breath actuated metered dose inhaler comprising:a canister fire system configured to provide a canister actuation force to fire a medicament containing canister in response to patient inhalation, the canister fire system comprising a pneumatic force holding unit and having:
a rest configuration in which a metering valve of the canister is in a refill configuration;
a prepared configuration in which a canister actuation force is retained by a difference in pressure between an enclosed volume within the pneumatic force holding unit and atmospheric pressure, and in which prepared configuration the canister fire system is actuatable by patient inhalation induced airflow;
and a fire configuration in which the metering valve is in a dose delivery position;
wherein, in the prepared configuration, the force retained by the pneumatic force holding unit reduces but by less than about 6% over a period of 5 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,792,446

COMPACT SPACER FOR METERED DOSE INHALER

Blue Ocean Group, LLC, I...

1. A spacer device for a metered dose inhaler, comprising:an aerosol chamber comprising a forward shell, a rear shell, and an extendable barrel in between; wherein the aerosol chamber has a compressed configuration and an extended configuration;
a mounting bracket for holding the metered dose inhaler; wherein the mounting bracket comprises a support wall that is substantially parallel and flush against the aerosol chamber;
a swivel adapter that is configured to swivel the aerosol chamber from a folded-up configuration to a folded-down configuration;
wherein the extendable barrel comprises a flexible sheath supported by a coiled wire spring; wherein the extendable barrel has a compressed configuration and an extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,792,445

SPACER CHAMBER COMPRISING AN OPERATING MEANS FOR AN INHALER

Pari GmbH Spezialisten fu...

1. A spacer chamber for an inhaler, comprising:a housing chamber;
a mouthpiece arranged on a first end of the housing chamber;
a connecting means arranged on a second end of the housing chamber and configured to connect to a mouthpiece of the inhaler, the mouthpiece of the inhaler being configured for insertion in an oral cavity of a patient and through which an aerosol is inhalable by the patient; and
an operating means held on the housing chamber which is movable to two positions and has an active surface that is arranged in such a manner that the active surface is configured to act on an activation element of the inhaler in any one of the two positions of the operating means, if the inhaler is connected to the connecting means,wherein:the operating means includes a lever means;
the lever means includes a lever element and a lever carrier carrying the lever element;
the lever element is movable in a swivelable manner relative to the lever carrier; and
the lever carrier is fastened to the housing chamber adjacent to the mouthpiece of the housing chamber, so that the lever element extends away from the mouthpiece of the housing chamber along a middle axis of the housing chamber in a direction towards the second end of the housing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,792,444

DOSE INDICATOR OR DOSE COUNTER

Kindeva Drug Delivery L.P...

1. A dose indicator comprising,an indexable first display unit indexable about a first display axis,
an indexable second display unit indexable about a second display axis, the second display axis being transverse to the first display axis, and
a chassis comprising a chassis frame, a displacement portion comprising a drive member to engage the first display unit, and at least one hinge directly connecting the displacement portion and chassis frame.

US Pat. No. 10,792,443

COMPOSITE MICRO-VAPORIZER WICKS

Blackship Technologies De...

1. A composite wick for use in a vaporizer having a vaporizer body in which is disposed a vaporizable fluid reservoir and a vaporization chamber with a heating element at least partially disposed therein, the composite wick comprising:a wick body having an upstream surface and a downstream surface and being positionable within the vaporizer body so that the upstream surface is in fluid communication with the vaporizable fluid reservoir and the downstream surface is disposed within the vaporization chamber in opposition to a surface of the heating element, the wick body comprising
at least two base wick structures each having a plurality of tortuous passages that collectively provide a capillary effect to draw vaporizable fluid from the vaporizable fluid reservoir and transport it toward the downstream surface, and
at least one active material layer positioned so that vaporizable fluid drawn through the wick body contacts and interacts with the active material, the active material being selected to impart a predetermined characteristic that is retained by the vaporizable fluid after contact and interaction with the active material,
wherein the upstream surface and the downstream surface collectively define there-between a uniform thickness dimension of the wick body,
wherein the at least two base wick structure layers and the at least one active material layer are positioned in an alternating sequence, and
wherein the upstream and downstream surfaces are parallel to one another and each base wick structure layer and each active material layer are parallel to the upstream and downstream surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,792,442

BENT CAPILLARY TUBE AEROSOL GENERATOR

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

19. A method for generating an aerosol, comprising the steps of:supplying fluid to an aerosol generator comprising a capillary tube comprising more than one bend, first and second fluid inlets and an outlet along a bend of the more than one bend; and
heating the capillary tube to heat the fluid to a temperature sufficient to volatilize the fluid to form a volatized fluid, such that the volatilized fluid discharges from the outlet of the capillary tube to form an aerosol wherein the fluid comprises different liquids supplied to the first and second fluid inlets or the fluid comprises a liquid supplied to the first inlet and a gas supplied to the second inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,792,441

RECORDING UNIT

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A recording unit arranged to be connected to a medicament delivery device, which recording unit comprises:a generally elongated housing having dimensions so as to enclose at least a distal part of the medicament delivery device,
a support element positioned inside the housing and located at a distal end of the housing, where the support element comprises a transversal wall,
the recording unit comprising a recording mechanism provided with an electronic circuit and arranged at a distal end inside the housing,
a compression spring having a proximal end abutting the transversal wall and having a distal end abutting the recording mechanism such that the spring exerts a force on the support element biasing the support element in a proximal direction,
the electronic circuit comprising an activation element operably arranged to activate the electronic circuit when the medicament delivery device is inserted in the housing,
the electronic circuit comprising a sensor element capable of sensing status changes of said medicament delivery device during use.

US Pat. No. 10,792,440

INFUSION PUMP METHOD AND SYSTEMS

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. An infusion pump system comprising:at least one infusion pump;
a companion device, the companion device in wireless communication with the at least one infusion pump; and
a user interface on the companion device, the user interface comprising a touch screen display,
wherein the user interface further comprising a home screen comprising visual indication of a gauge to the action of the insulin currently in the user and last bolus delivered, the last bolus delivered comprising the time elapsed since delivery completed and the amount delivered.

US Pat. No. 10,792,439

SAFETY NEEDLE DEVICES

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A safety needle device comprising:a hub having a proximal end that can be coupled to a syringe, the hub having a needle cannula extending therefrom in a distal direction, the needle cannula having a longitudinal axis and a distal tip;
a housing having a proximal end, a distal end, and a housing body, the hub being attached to the housing and the distal tip extending past the distal end of the housing;
a needle cannula cover comprising an elongate sleeve having a distal end that contacts a patient's skin upon insertion of the needle cannula into the patient, the needle cannula cover slidably moveable in the distal direction and a proximal direction inside the housing and being biased to move in the distal direction toward the distal tip of the needle cannula, the needle cannula cover having an initial starting position at which the distal tip of the needle cannula is exposed, an intermediate position at which the needle cannula cover is moved in the proximal direction to move the distal end of the needle cannula cover a distance further from the distal tip of the needle cannula, and an extended position at which the distal end of the needle cannula cover extends past the distal tip of the needle cannula to cover the distal tip;
an activation component slidably engaged with the needle cannula cover and positioned intermediate the housing and the needle cannula cover; and
wherein when the distal end of the elongate sleeve contacts the patient's skin during the insertion of the needle cannula until when the needle cannula cover is the extended position, the needle cannula cover contacts the patient's skin but does not rotate against a patient's skin during withdrawal of the needle cannula, and wherein the housing includes a first ledge that cooperates with at least one radial protrusion on the activation component to maintain the activation component and the needle cannula cover in the initial position and the at least one radial protrusion comprises a first L-shaped radial protrusion, wherein a first portion of the first L-shaped radial protrusion engages the first ledge when the needle cannula cover is in the initial position and a second portion of the first L-shaped radial protrusion slides within a first housing channel on an inner surface of the housing, allowing the activation component to slide in the distal direction and the proximal direction with respect to the housing.