US Pat. No. 10,248,254

DISPLAY PANEL, DISPLAY DEVICE AND FORCE TOUCH METHOD

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELETR...

1. A display panel, comprising:a plurality of force sensors disposed in a display area, each of the plurality of force sensors comprising four force electrodes sequentially interconnected end-to-end, which are a first force electrode, a second force electrode, a third force electrode and a fourth force electrode;
a touch electrode comprising a plurality of touch electrode blocks, wherein one or more of the plurality of touch electrode blocks are frame-shaped electrodes, and each of the plurality of force sensors corresponds to a respective one of the frame-shaped electrodes, each of the frame-shaped electrodes is provided with a hollow area, and each of the plurality of force sensors is disposed in the hollow area of the respective frame-shaped electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,248,253

DISPLAY PANEL WITH TOUCH DETECTION FUNCTION

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A display panel comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of gate signal lines extending in a first direction and formed on the substrate;
a plurality of data signal lines and a plurality of sensor electrode lines, which extend in a second direction different from the first direction;
a plurality of pixel electrodes arranged so as to respectively correspond to a plurality of pixels arrayed in the first direction and the second direction, the plurality of pixel electrodes being divided into a plurality of groups; and
a plurality of common electrodes arranged at a ratio of one to a plurality of pixel electrodes included in one of the plurality of groups, wherein:
each of the plurality of sensor electrode lines overlaps with a corresponding one of the plurality of data signal lines in a plan view;
each of the plurality of common electrodes has at least two overlapping portions spaced apart from each other, each of the overlapping portions overlapping a corresponding one of the plurality of sensor electrode lines in the plan view;
a first insulating film is formed on the substrate and to cover the plurality of gate signal lines;
the plurality of data signal lines are formed on the first insulating film;
a second insulating film is formed to cover the plurality of data signal lines;
a third insulating film is formed on the second insulating film;
the plurality of sensor electrode lines are formed on the third insulating film; and
a fourth insulating film is formed to cover the third insulating film and the plurality of sensor electrode lines,
wherein a through-hole is formed through a pan of the fourth insulating film,
wherein the plurality of common electrodes are formed on the fourth insulating film and inside the through-hole to electrically connect one of the plurality of sensor electrode lines and a corresponding one of the plurality of common electrodes to each other,
wherein a fifth insulating film is formed to cover the plurality of common electrodes,
wherein the plurality of pixel electrodes are formed on the fifth insulating film, and wherein the third insulating film has a greater thickness than the second insulating film.

US Pat. No. 10,248,250

HAPTIC COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, INTEGRATED TOUCH SENSING AND SIMULATING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR HAPTIC COMMUNICATION

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A haptic communication apparatus, comprising:a touch simulation device comprising a first controller and a first actuator coupled to each other;
a data receiver communicatively coupled to the touch simulation device and configured to receive a first touch command signal associated with simulating a touch on the touch simulation device;
a touch sensing device configured to detect a touch signal and a touch position information and convert the touch signal and the touch position information into the first touch command signal;
a data transmitter communicatively coupled to the touch sensing device and configured to receive the first touch command signal from the touch sensing device; and
a communication interface configured to establish a communication link between the data receiver and the data transmitter;
wherein the first controller is configured to receive the first touch command signal from the data receiver and control the first actuator to simulate the touch on the touch simulation device in response to the first touch command signal;
the first actuator comprises a plurality of touch simulating elements;
the first controller is coupled to each of the plurality of touch simulating elements and configured to provide a plurality of touch simulating signals respectively to the plurality of touch simulating elements;
each of the plurality of touch simulating elements comprises a first terminal and a second terminal, a distance between the first terminal and the second terminal capable of being actuated between a first value and a second value in response to one of the plurality of touch simulating signals, the second value being larger than the first value;
wherein the touch sensing device and the touch simulation device are configured to be connected to a computer network;
the data transmitter is configured to communicate the first touch command signal to the data receiver via the communication link; and
the touch sensing device comprises a plurality of first sensors, and a first processor coupled to each of the plurality of first sensors and configured to acquire a plurality of touch signals respectively from the plurality of first sensors and a plurality of touch positions respectively corresponding to the plurality of touch signals;
wherein the plurality of touch signals are a plurality of touch pressure signals;
the touch sensing device comprises a plurality of pressure sensors, each of which is configured to detect a pressure applied thereon and generate a touch pressure signal; and
the first processor is coupled to each of the plurality of pressure sensors and configured to acquire the plurality of touch pressure signals respectively from the plurality of pressure sensors and the plurality of touch positions respectively corresponding to the plurality of touch pressure signals;
wherein the touch sensing device further comprises:
a first base substrate;
a second base substrate; and
an elastic material layer on a side of the first base substrate distal to the second base substrate;
wherein the plurality of the pressure sensors are between the first base substrate and the second base substrate;
each of the plurality of pressure sensors comprises a pressure receiving surface and is configured to detect a pressure applied on the pressure receiving surface; and
the pressure receiving surface of each of the plurality of pressure sensors is in contact with the first base substrate;
wherein the touch sensing device further comprises a first pressure transferring layer comprising a plurality of first pressure transferring pads between the first base substrate and the elastic material layer; and
each of the plurality of first pressure transferring pads on a side of the pressure receiving surface of one of the plurality of pressure sensors proximal to the first base substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,248,249

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel comprising an array of a plurality of LCD pixel units; a respective one of the plurality of LCD pixel units comprising one or more LCD subpixels, at least some of the plurality of LCD pixel units comprising a semiconductor photodetector in at least one LCD subpixel for detecting biometric information; and
an active matrix organic light emitting display (AMOLED) panel comprising an array of a plurality of AMOLED pixel units, a respective one of the plurality of AMOLED pixel units comprising one or more AMOLED subpixels, each of which comprising an organic light emitting diode;
wherein a respective one of the one or more AMOLED subpixels is configured to provide back light for at least one of the one or more LCD subpixels of the respective one of the plurality of AMOLED pixel units;
upon a touch event, the AMOLED panel is configured to selectively provide back light to the LCD panel in an area substantially corresponding to a touch area and at the same time selectively turn off back light to the LCD panel outside the area substantially corresponding to the touch area; and
biometric information scanning is limited to the area substantially corresponding to the touch area.

US Pat. No. 10,248,246

PIEZOELECTRIC SENSOR AND TOUCH PANEL

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A piezoelectric sensor comprising:a piezoelectric film having a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposing the first principal surface, the first principal surface having a first edge;
a first conductor pattern on the first principal surface, the first conductor pattern having a lead out electrode extending to a position adjacent the first edge;
a substrate having a third principal surface and a fourth principal surface opposing the third principal surface, the third principal surface having a second edge, the third principal surface being attached to the second principal surface of the piezoelectric film in such a manner that the second edge overlaps the first edge; and
a second conductor pattern on the third principal surface, the second conductor pattern having a lead out electrode extending to a position adjacent the second edge;
wherein
the piezoelectric film defines a cutout portion adjacent the first edge through which at least part of the second conductor pattern is exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,245

RESOLVING TOUCH AND PRESS FOR MULTIPLE INPUT OBJECTS

Synaptics Incorporated, ...

1. A processing system for an input device, comprising:sensor circuitry configured to receive resulting signals from a plurality of force sensors of the input device; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a first position of a first input object and a second position of a second input object on a surface of the input device;
determine a plurality of force values based on the resulting signals;
partition the surface into a plurality of regions comprising a first region and a second region;
calculate a first aggregate force metric for the first region based on a first subset of the plurality of force values;
determine that the first region comprises an input force based on a first comparison comprising the first aggregate force metric;
calculate a first distance between the first position and the first region and a second distance between the second position and the first region; and
determine that the first input object is applying more force to the surface than the second input object in response to the first distance being smaller than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,248,242

FORCE-TOUCH SENSING APPARATUS WITH METAL TRACES

SUPERC-TOUCH CORPORATION,...

1. A force-touch sensing apparatus with metal traces, comprising:an upper substrate;
a metal trace layer arranged on a surface of the upper substrate, and the metal trace layer comprising a plurality of metal traces;
a transparent touch-electrode layer arranged on a side of the metal trace layer, and the transparent touch-electrode layer comprising a plurality of transparent touch sensing electrodes;
an insulating layer arranged between the metal trace layer and the transparent touch-electrode layer;
a transparent force-electrode layer arranged on a side of the transparent touch-electrode layer opposite to the insulating layer, and the transparent force-electrode layer comprising at least one transparent force sensing electrode;
a resilient dielectric material layer arranged between the transparent touch-electrode layer and the transparent force-electrode layer; and
a capacitance sensing circuit configured to sequentially or randomly apply a touch capacitance-exciting signal to a selected transparent touch sensing electrode and receive a touch sensing signal from the selected transparent touch sensing electrode for a touch sensing operation; the capacitance sensing circuit configured to further apply a force capacitance-exciting signal to the at least one transparent force sensing electrode, and sequentially or randomly apply a counter-exciting signal to the selected transparent touch sensing electrode and receive a force sensing signal from the at least one transparent force sensing electrode for a force sensing operation;
wherein an overlap percentage between a projection area of the transparent touch sensing electrodes and a projection area of the at least one transparent force sensing electrode is not less than 90%; and
wherein the capacitance sensing circuit is configured to apply a shieling signal having the same phase as that of the force capacitance-exciting signal to non-selected transparent touch sensing electrodes in the force sensing operation performed after the touch sensing operation.

US Pat. No. 10,248,241

DIGITAL SIGNAGE SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A digital signage system comprising:a transducer configured to transform pressure into an electrical signal;
a control apparatus configured to change information in association with the intensity of the electrical signal; and
an output apparatus configured to output the information to an output target based on a command of the control apparatus, wherein
the transducer includes
a first electrode,
a second electrode, and
an intermediate layer provided between the first electrode and the second electrode, the intermediate layer
being made from silicone rubber,
having a front surface and a back surface that are each subjected to a surface modification process and an inactivation process, such that the amount of siloxane bonds at the front surface is different from the amount of siloxane bonds at the back surface, and
wherein a hardness of the intermediate layer at a time of pressurizing the intermediate layer on the side of the first electrode is different from a hardness of the intermediate layer at a time of pressurizing the intermediate layer on the side of the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,248,240

TOUCH SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME, AND TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch substrate, comprising a touch region and a light-shielding region surrounding the touch region, wherein a light-shielding pattern is at the light-shielding region;the touch substrate further comprises a first touch electrode and a second touch electrode crossing each other and insulated from each other and virtual electrodes at regions defined by the first touch electrode and the second touch electrode, and each virtual electrode is spaced apart from the first touch electrode and the second touch electrode;
the first touch electrode, the second touch electrode and the virtual electrodes contact the light-shielding pattern directly;
the virtual electrodes are separated from each other, and portions of adjacent virtual electrodes at the light-shielding region are connected to each other via a first bridge, wherein the first bridge is insulated from the first touch electrode and the second touch electrode;
a first ground wire is at the light-shielding region, and the first ground wire is electrically connected to the virtual electrodes connected to each other via the first bridge; and
orthographic projections of the virtual electrodes onto a plane where the first touch electrode and the second touch electrode are located do not overlap the first touch electrode and the second touch electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,248,239

TOUCH SENSOR INTEGRATED TYPE DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

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

1. A touch sensor integrated type display device, comprising:a display panel including:
pixels connected to data lines and gate lines and division-driven into a plurality of panel blocks; and
a plurality of touch sensors connected to the pixels;
a display driving circuit configured to provide data of an input image to the pixels in a plurality of display periods divided from one frame period; and
a touch sensing circuit configured to drive the touch sensors and sense a touch input in a touch sensing period allocated between the display periods of the one frame period,
wherein adjacent panel blocks of the display panel are division-driven in the display periods that are separated from each other with the touch sensing period, in which the touch sensors are driven, interposed therebetween,
wherein the display driving circuit includes a shift register configured to:
shift a gate pulse in accordance with a shift clock timing, and
sequentially supply the gate pulse to the gate lines,
wherein an ith stage of the shift register includes:
a first pull-up transistor configured to increase a voltage of a first output terminal in response to a voltage of a Q node,
a first pull-down transistor configured to discharge the voltage of the first output terminal to a first low potential voltage in response to a voltage of a QB node,
a first transistor configured to charge the Q node in response to a voltage of a start pulse input terminal, and
a first discharge controller configured to discharge the Q node in response to a next signal in the display period; and
a second discharge controller configured to discharge the Q node in response to a reset signal input to a driving circuit outside the display panel in the display period,
where “i” is a natural number, and
wherein a variable low potential voltage line is configured to receive a high potential voltage during at least a portion of the touch sensing period and receive a low potential voltage during the display period.

US Pat. No. 10,248,238

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device having a display area and a touch sensor, comprising:signal lines formed in the display area of a substrate, including a plurality of video lines extending in a first direction and a plurality of scan lines extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction;
a plurality of common electrodes formed in the display area so as to extend in the first direction, for being used for video display and touch detection;
a video signal transmission line arranged along a first edge among edges of a signal line laying area where the video lines and the scan lines are arranged on the substrate, for transmitting a video signal to one end of two ends of each of the video lines, the one ends being arranged on a side where the video signal transmission line is arranged, the first edge being an edge with which the one ends of the video lines are aligned;
a scan circuit arranged on the substrate along a second edge among the edges of the signal line laying area, the second edge being an edge with which ends of the scan lines are aligned, for applying a scan signal to the scan line; and
a common drive circuit arranged on the substrate along the first edge among the edges of the signal line laying area, for applying a reference potential signal or a touch detection signal to the common electrode via an end of the common electrode on a side of the first edge,
wherein
the signal line laying area has a shape including a first overlapping edge where the first edge overlaps the second edge, and
in a part of a frame area positioned outside the signal line laying area on the substrate, the part adjacent to the first overlapping edge, the scan circuit is arranged more outward than the video signal transmission line and the common drive circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,237

TOUCH PANEL, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a touch panel, comprising:forming signal transmission lines that are connected with touch electrodes on the touch panel, and forming a ground wire that is arranged at a different layer from and insulated from the signal transmission lines, a projection of the ground wire onto a plane in which the signal transmission lines are located intersecting the signal transmission lines; and
forming an insulation medium layer between the signal transmission lines and the ground wire,
wherein a plurality of capacitor structures for storing static electricity is formed by the signal transmission lines and the ground wire at intersections;
the step of forming signal transmission lines that are connected with touch electrodes on the touch panel, and a ground wire that is arranged at a different layer from and insulated from the signal transmission lines comprises:
a line width of each signal transmission line is greater than or equal to 2.5 mm, and less than or equal to 4.5 mm;
the signal transmission lines are made of a metal material or a transparent conducting material;
the transparent conducting material comprises indium tin oxide or aluminum-doped zinc oxide, and the metal material comprises molybdenum, aluminum or copper; and
the insulation medium layer is a polypropylene film, a polyethylene film or air.

US Pat. No. 10,248,235

DISPLAY APPARATUS

DB HiTek Co., Ltd., Seou...

3. A display apparatus comprising:a panel in which a display operation and a touch sensing operation occur during one frame, the panel including gate lines, data lines, display pixels, and common electrodes, the display pixels including transistors connected to the gate lines and the data lines and pixel capacitors connected to the transistors, the common electrodes being connected to the pixel capacitors;
a data driver configured to provide a data signal to the data lines;
a first selector configured to provide any one of a guarding signal and the data signal to the data lines; and
a second selector configured to provide any one of a touch driving signal, a common electrode voltage, and an initialization signal to the common electrodes,
wherein the display operation further includes a first initialization, a display process and a second initialization, and the touch sensing operation includes a third initialization, a touch sensing process and a fourth initialization, and
the first initialization, the display process, and the second initialization are performed consecutively, the third initialization, the touch sensing process, and the fourth initialization are performed consecutively, and the second initialization and the third initialization are performed consecutively.

US Pat. No. 10,248,234

OPERATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND OPERATION PROCESSING METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE BASED ON ORIENTATION OF OUTPUT DIRECTION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An operation processing device, comprising:an input detector;
a display, wherein a position of the display is adjustable relative to a position of the input detector; and
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to:
receive operation information from the input detector;
determine an input direction on the input detector based on the received operation information;
determine an orientation of an output direction with respect to the input direction on the input detector,
wherein the orientation of the output direction with respect to the input direction is determined based on the position of the display relative to the position of the input detector; and
control the display to move an image based on the determined orientation of the output direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,232

PRESS SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A press sensor comprising:a frame body having an inner periphery defining an elliptical opening;
a plate covering the elliptical opening; and
a uniaxially stretched piezoelectric film having electrodes on opposed principal surfaces thereof adhered to the plate and extending over the opening in such a manner that a virtual line extending along a uniaxial stretch direction of the piezoelectric film passes through a center of the opening such that a uniaxial stretch direction of the piezoelectric film forms an angle of 45±10 degrees with respect to a long axis of the elliptical opening.

US Pat. No. 10,248,227

WEARABLE TERMINAL DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A wearable terminal device comprising:a display section configured to display an image; and
at least one processor configured to perform display control of the image displayed by the display section,
wherein the at least one processor performs processing for
displaying any one kind of information among information of a first information type to information of an N-th information type (N is an integer equal to or larger than 2) in each of a plurality of display regions including a first display region to an M-th display region (M is an integer equal to or larger than 2),
changing, when the image is switched from a first image to a second image, a size of an i-th display region (i is an integer equal to or larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than M) among the plurality of display regions from a first size to be displayed at a second size different from the first size and changing a size of an M-th display region among the plurality of display regions from the second size to be displayed at the first size, and
changing, when the image is switched from the first image to the second image, an information verbosity of information of a j-th information type (j is an integer equal to or larger than 1 and equal to or smaller than N) displayed in the i-th display region from a first information verbosity to a second information verbosity different from the first information verbosity and changing an information verbosity of an N-th information type displayed in the M-th display region from the second information verbosity to the first information verbosity.

US Pat. No. 10,248,226

CONFIGURING DIGITAL PENS FOR USE ACROSS DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method, performed by a computing device, comprising:providing a user interface (UI) presentation on a display device;
receiving a pen activation signal in response to a user activating an input mechanism provided by a particular digital pen;
identifying a location on the UI presentation that is estimated to be accessible to the user, based on one or more accessibility factors;
generating a pen configuration presentation;
presenting the pen configuration presentation on the UI presentation at the location that has been identified;
receiving a configuration input from the user in response to interaction by the user with the pen configuration presentation; and
in response to the configuration input, storing a configuration setting in a data store that governs a characteristic of ink strokes produced by the particular digital pen,
the configuration setting applying across at least two different applications executable by the computing device, and being paired in the data store with a pen identifier associated with the particular digital pen.

US Pat. No. 10,248,225

MOUSE DEVICE

CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUS...

1. A mouse device, comprising:a shell including a top shell;
a circuit board assembled in the shell for outputting electrical signals;
at least one electrical switch electrically equipped on the circuit board;
a key holder disposed to the shell, the key holder including at least one key corresponding to the at least one electrical switch, the at least one key having a touch element disposed to a front end of the at least one key, the touch element being corresponding to the at least one electrical switch, the at least one key being capable of selectively triggering the at least one electrical switch by virtue of the touch element moving downward to contact and moving upward to break away from the at least one electrical switch; and
at least one elastic element fastened to a rear end of the at least one key of the key holder and located to the top shell of the shell, the at least one elastic element elastically abutting against at least one of the top shell of the shell and the at least one key, after the touch element of the at least one key of the key holder is pressed downward towards the at least one electrical switch of the circuit board, the at least one elastic element being capable of increasing needed resilience force of the at least one key of the key holder for making the touch element of the at least one key of the key holder rebound to an original position.

US Pat. No. 10,248,224

INPUT BASED ON INTERACTIONS WITH A PHYSICAL HINGE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:a device having two display portions physically connected to each other by a hinge;
at least one processor; and
at least one computer-readable storage media storing instructions that are executable by the at least one processor to implement a gesture module configured to:
measure a first hinge angle of the hinge connecting the two display portions;
recognize a hinge gesture that comprises a sequence of two or more consecutive changes to the hinge angle of the hinge, wherein the hinge gesture comprises movement of the hinge angle from a first angle range to a second angle range, that is different from the first angle range, and then to a third angle range that is different from the first angle range and the second angle range; and
transition between a multitasking state and a single-tasking state based on the hinge gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,248,222

METHOD FOR PROCESSING EVENT SIGNAL AND EVENT-BASED SENSOR PERFORMING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An event signal processing method comprising:receiving an activation signal that indicates sensing of an event from a sensor array in a sleep mode;
determining whether a sensing area corresponding to the activation signal among a plurality of sensing areas of the sensor array is a flickering area; and
switching the sensor array from the sleep mode to an active mode based on a determination that the sensing area corresponding to the activation signal is not the flickering area.

US Pat. No. 10,248,221

HOUSING AS AN I/O DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. Apparatus comprising:a display;
a housing with openings; and
a virtual keyboard comprising:
a plurality of sensors mounted within the housing, wherein the housing overlaps and hides the plurality of sensors from view, and wherein the plurality of sensors receive input through the housing; and
a plurality of output devices mounted within the housing, wherein the plurality of output devices generate output through the openings in the housing in response to the input received by the plurality of sensors through the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,248,217

MOTION DETECTION SYSTEM

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A motion detecting system, comprising:a first gesture sensor comprising a first image sensor configured to sense reflecting light of a first hand and the first gesture sensor configured to generate first image data;
a second gesture sensor comprising a second image sensor configured to sense reflecting light of a second hand and the second gesture sensor configured to generate second image data;
a navigation unit configured to calculate a displacement of a navigation device with respect to a surface; and
a control unit, coupled to the first gesture sensor, the navigation unit and the second gesture sensor, the control unit configured to
output a cursor control command for controlling a cursor movement according to the displacement calculated by the navigation unit,
identify a first posture of the first hand according to the first image data,
identify a position variation, for controlling the cursor movement, of the first posture according to the first image data after the first posture is identified, and
not identify the first posture of the second hand according to the second image data when the first posture is identified according to the first image data,
wherein dots of the cursor movement per inch position variation of the first posture identified according to the first image data generated by the first gesture sensor are larger than dots of the cursor movement per inch displacement calculated by the navigation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,216

METHOD FOR OPERATING TERMINAL DEVICE WITH GESTURE AND DEVICE

Tencent Technology (Shenz...

1. A method for operating a terminal device with gesture, comprising:obtaining a gesture video segment comprising a preset number of frames of images;
dividing each frame of image in the gesture video segment into multiple location areas; wherein each area comprises same number of pixels;
determining whether a finger of a user in each frame of the gesture video segment moves by determining whether actual locations of the finger of the user in each frame of the gesture video segment changes and whether a location area at which the finger is located is changed to another location area of the multiple location areas;
obtaining gesture track information of the user according to a location of the finger of the user in each frame of image of the gesture video segment when it is determined that actual locations of the finger of the user in each frame of the gesture video segment changes and the area, at which the finger locates, changes;
searching in a preset corresponding relationship between the gesture track information and an operation according to the gesture track information;
obtaining the operation corresponding to the gesture track information of the user; and
performing the operation;
wherein obtaining the gesture video segment comprising the preset number of frames of images comprises: obtaining a video stream via a video device; converting a format of the video stream; and obtaining the gesture video segment of a preset format; wherein the gesture video segment comprises the preset number of frames of images;
wherein obtaining the gesture track information of the user according to the location of the finger of the user in each frame of image of the gesture video segment comprises: taking a location parameter of the finger of the user in a first frame of image as a starting point; taking a changed location parameter of the finger of the user as a waypoint; and taking a location parameter which does not change in a period of time as an ending point.

US Pat. No. 10,248,215

WRIST-WORN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHODS THEREFOR

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method implemented in an electronic wristband wearable on a wrist of a user, the method comprising:receiving, at the electronic wristband, a notification request;
generating, by the electronic wristband, a user notification responsive to the notification request, the user notification indicating an incoming phone call;
after generating the user notification, detecting, by the electronic wristband, an arm or wrist gesture performed by the user; and
based on the user notification and the arm or wrist gesture, interpreting the arm or wrist gesture as a user input responsive to the user notification by:
interpreting the arm or wrist gesture as an instruction to accept the incoming phone call if the arm or wrist gesture corresponds to a first gesture comprising movement along a first axis; and
interpreting the arm or wrist gesture as an instruction to decline the incoming phone call if the arm or wrist gesture corresponds to a second gesture comprising movement along a second axis, different than the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,248,214

WEARABLE DEVICE FOR WRITING AND DRAWING

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, via a muscle activity sensor of a wearable information handling device worn by a user, a user motion, wherein the user motion comprises a motor movement of the user irrespective of movement of the wearable information handling device;
detecting, via a sensor different from the muscle activity sensor, motion of the wearable information handling device;
processing, via the wearable information handling device, the user motion and the motion of the wearable information handling device into user motion data;
determining, using a processor, that the user motion data is handwriting input; and
converting, using the processor, the user motion data into a digital handwriting input.

US Pat. No. 10,248,213

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFACES FEATURING SURFACE-BASED HAPTIC EFFECTS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A system comprising:a processor in communication with a haptic output device, configured to:
identify text displayed in a display area associated with a touch surface responsive to a search query;
highlight the identified text displayed in the display area;
determine a haptic effect to generate based on identifying a position of a touch and the highlighted identified text, wherein the haptic effect is configured to adjust a coefficient of friction of the touch surface; and
output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device, the haptic output device configured to output the haptic effect while the touch is occurring.

US Pat. No. 10,248,212

ENCODING DYNAMIC HAPTIC EFFECTS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to encode a haptic effect definition, the instructions comprising:receiving a first key frame;
receiving a second key frame;
generating a frame list block, wherein the frame list block is configured to store a first property of the first key frame and a second property of the second key frame; and
generating a haptic effect signal according to an order of key frames in the frame list block of the haptic effect definition, the haptic effect signal being configured to render one or more haptic effects.

US Pat. No. 10,248,211

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

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:an interface surface configured to receive a user input;
an input sensor positioned below the interface surface;
a haptic output element capacitively coupled to the input sensor and positioned above the input sensor and below the interface surface; and
a controller configured to ground-shift the input sensor to drive the haptic output element.

US Pat. No. 10,248,210

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAPTICALLY-ENABLED CONFORMED AND MULTIFACETED DISPLAYS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A system comprising:a touch-screen display comprising:
a first surface in a first plane, the first surface having a first edge;
a second surface in a second plane that is different from the first plane, the second surface having a second edge; and
a transition surface physically connecting the first edge of the first surface to the second edge of the second surface;
a processor communicatively coupled to the touch-screen display; and
a memory device comprising program code that is executable by the processor to cause the processor to:
transmit a display signal to the touch-screen display, the display signal configured to cause the transition surface to output a graphical object;
detect an interaction with a location on the transition surface corresponding to the graphical object;
determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the interaction;
generate a haptic signal based at least in part on the haptic effect; and
transmit the haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to a haptic output device, the haptic output device being configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.

US Pat. No. 10,248,207

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VARIABLE HAPTIC FEEDBACK

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A system for generating variable haptic feedback, the system comprising:a first haptic device configured to generate haptic feedback according to a first control signal;
a second haptic device configured to generate haptic feedback according to a second control signal;
an input device configured to receive an instruction signal from a remote source, the instruction signal comprising a haptic feedback output identifier;
a memory device for storing a plurality of haptic feedback profiles, the haptic feedback profiles defining haptic feedback patterns characterized by a duration and intensity of feedback to be generated by the first haptic device or the second haptic device, the haptic feedback profiles being respectively associated with haptic feedback output identifiers; and
a processor configured to generate and transmit the first control signal to the first haptic device according to one of the haptic feedback profiles associated with the received haptic feedback output identifier, the first control signal specifying a haptic feedback pattern defined by the associated haptic feedback profile; and
wherein at least one of the haptic feedback profiles defines a combined haptic feedback pattern of coordinated feedback, the haptic feedback pattern comprising the relative timing of haptic feedback from both the first and second haptic devices, each of the first and second haptic devices generating a different haptic feedback pattern according to the first and second control signal, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,248,205

APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AUDIO AND VIBRATION CONTENT OF EVENT

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at an electronic device, at a first input at least one first sensor signal from a first type of sensor, wherein the first type of sensor is outputting the at least one first sensor signal during capturing a physical event, the at least one first sensor signal having a first modality comprising an audio portion of the physical event having a first frequency response;
receiving, at the electronic device, at a second sensor input from a second type of sensor at least one second sensor signal, wherein the second type of sensor is outputting the at least one second sensor signal during capturing the physical event, the at least one second sensor signal having a second modality comprising a vibration portion of the physical event having a second frequency response wherein the second frequency response is different than the first frequency response; and
generating, at the electronic device, at least one meta signal comprising the at least one first sensor signal and the at least one second sensor signal, comprising providing the audio portion and the vibration portion of the physical event in the at least one meta signal as a plurality of channels based on the first type of sensor and the second type of sensor of the electronic device so as to reproduce the audio portion and the vibration portion of the physical event synchronously.

US Pat. No. 10,248,204

TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL APPARATUS, TACTILE STIMULUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A tactile stimulus control apparatus comprising:one or more processors that, when executing instructions, causes the apparatus to:
control, in a case where a moving operation performed by a manipulator on an input surface provided corresponding to a display unit is detected while an image is displayed by the display unit, a scrolling speed based on the moving operation;
determine an intensity of a tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator based on a scrolling speed in a scroll-displaying according to the moving operation; and
control to generate the tactile stimulus to be provided to the manipulator to generate the tactile stimulus with the determined intensity,
wherein in a case where another moving operation on the input surface is detected during the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation, the intensity is determined based on a difference between an operation speed of the other moving operation and the scrolling speed of the scroll-displaying according to the moving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,248,203

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PHYSICS-BASED TACTILE MESSAGING

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A method comprising:receiving a sensor signal from a sensor configured to sense a physical interaction with a messaging device;
determining an interaction between one or more virtual message objects and a virtual message environment, wherein the interaction between the one or more virtual message objects and the virtual message environment comprises a collision, the interaction based at least in part on the sensor signal and a virtual physical parameter of at least one of the one or more virtual message objects, the one or more virtual message objects each comprising a message and an associated data file, and wherein the virtual physical parameter is associated with the data file;
determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the interaction; and
generating a haptic signal configured to cause an actuator to output the haptic effect.

US Pat. No. 10,248,202

VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VR SICKNESS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A video display apparatus comprising:a display configured to reproduce a virtual reality video;
a processor configured to determine whether to generate a signal for applying an electrical stimulus to a user, based on a motion depicted in the video, and to generate the signal when a determination to generate the signal is made; and
a communicator configured to transmit the generated signal to an electrical stimulation apparatus,
wherein the processor is further configured to analyze the video and determine a viewpoint of the video based on the analyzed video, and
wherein the processor is further configured to:
generate the signal for applying the electrical stimulus to the user and control the communicator to transmit the signal to the electrical stimulation apparatus when the viewpoint of the video is determined to be a first-person viewpoint, and
generate a signal indicating that an electrical stimulus is not to be applied to the user and control the communicator to transmit the signal indicating that the electrical stimulus is not applied when the viewpoint of the video is determined to be a third-person viewpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,248,201

WOLVERINE: A WEARABLE HAPTIC INTERFACE FOR GRASPING IN VIRTUAL REALITY

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

16. A method for simulating a grasping by a hand of an object in a virtual environment, the method comprising:installing an input-output device on the hand, the device comprising:
a base configured to be mounted on the thumb of the hand; and
an exoskeleton structure, comprising at least one rod connected to the base, each rod comprising a sliding mount configured to be mounted on a fingertip, such that each rod directly connects the base to the sliding mount,
wherein the sliding mount comprises a brake configured to lock onto the rod and resist motion of the sliding mount relative to the base; and
grasping the object in the virtual environment, such that the device actuates one or more brakes thereby generating kinesthetic feedback and simulating a real world grasping sensation between the thumb and at least one fingertip.

US Pat. No. 10,248,199

GAZE DETECTION CALIBRATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method for calibrating an estimated gaze location of a viewer of a display device, the method comprising:monitoring the estimated gaze location of the viewer using gaze tracking data from a gaze tracking system;
receiving image data for display via the display device, the image data comprising at least one target visual and target visual metadata that identifies the at least one target visual;
without using another input from the viewer, using the target visual metadata to identify a target location of the at least one target visual;
based at least on analyzing one or more visual elements of the image data other than the at least one target visual, estimating a probability that the viewer is gazing at the target location; and
calibrating the gaze tracking system using the probability, the estimated gaze location and the target location to generate an updated estimated gaze location of the viewer.

US Pat. No. 10,248,197

SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGIES FOR REAL TIME EYE TRACKING FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE INTERACTION

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Fais...

1. A method for controlling an electronic device, the method comprising:acquiring, by a processor of the electronic device, a facial image, the facial image including a face of a user having one or more eyes;
detecting, in response to detecting an eye within the facial image, a center position of the eye;
detecting, in response to detecting an eye within the facial image, a pupil position corresponding to a center of a pupil of the eye;
determining, by the processor and based on the center position and the pupil position, an eye gaze position as a function of a displacement;
analyzing the eye gaze position in consecutively captured facial images, the analyzing including determining a difference between the pupil position in the consecutively captured facial images; and
performing a function at the eye gaze position in response to determining that the eye gaze position corresponds to a location of a touch function in the consecutively captured facial images when the determined eye gaze position is identical in the consecutively captured facial images, wherein the determining the displacement includes applying:
ValueScaled=MaxScaled×log10(ValueUnscaled+1)/log10(MaxUnscaled+1)where ValueScaled is the displacement, MaxScaled is an upper bound of a scaled range of displacement values, ValueUnscaled is a displacement value obtained from an eye region, and MaxUnscaled is the upper bound of an unscaled range of the displacement values.

US Pat. No. 10,248,196

SYSTEM FOR OCCLUSION ADJUSTMENT FOR IN-VEHICLE AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEMS

1. A computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer-usable medium including a computer-readable program, wherein the computer-readable program when executed on a computer of a vehicle causes the computer to:determine a type of interested object in an environment external to the vehicle using object priors describing known objects having known types;
determine an importance value associated with the type of interested object;
display an initial graphic on an electronic display of the vehicle;
determine that at least a portion of the interested object is occluded by an occluding object;
determine, based on the importance value, that the importance value meets or exceeds an importance threshold and
responsive to a determination that the importance value meets or exceeds the importance threshold (1) turn off the initial graphic so that the initial graphic is not displayed on the electronic display and (2) display, on the electronic display, a non-occluding graphic that does not overlay the occluding object or the interested object and that visually indicates to a driver a location of the interested object behind the occluding object when the driver is looking at the electronic display.

US Pat. No. 10,248,195

SHORT IMAGERY TASK (SIT) RESEARCH METHOD

The Nielsen Company (US),...

1. A system comprising:a first sensor to measure first biometric data from a first subject exposed to a first stimulus via a stimulus presentation device;
a second sensor to measure second biometric data from a second subject exposed to the first stimulus, the first subject and the second subject forming an audience;
a memory including machine executable instructions; and
at least one processor to execute the instructions to:
control the stimulus presentation device to present the first stimulus based on activation of the first sensor;
synchronize the first biometric data and the second biometric data, the first biometric data and the second biometric data time-stamped with respective time indicators indicative of a window of exposure of the first subject and the second subject to the first stimulus;
generate a synchrony score for the first stimulus based on the synchronization;
determine a first response score for the first subject based on the time-stamped first biometric data;
determine a second response score for the second subject based on the time-stamped second biometric data;
reconcile differences in frequencies between the first sensor and the second sensor by determining a combined response score for the window based on the first response score and the second response score;
calculate an engagement score for the first stimulus based on the synchrony score and the combined response score;
estimate an effectiveness of the first stimulus based on the engagement score; and
cause at least one of (1) at least a portion of the first stimulus or (2) a second stimulus to be presented based on the estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,248,194

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RETINAL RETROREFLECTION IMAGING

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) capturing, while an eye of a subject rotates, a set of retinal retroreflection images (RR images) of the retina of the eye, in such a way that rotational position of the eye varies from image to image in the set of images;
(b) calculating, for each respective RR image in the set of RR images
(i) direction of gaze of the eye, which direction of gaze occurs when the respective RR image is captured, and
(ii) the position, relative to the retina, of a retinal retroflection region (RR region) that reflected light, which light comprises a retinal retroflection recorded in the respective RR image; and
(c) performing a computation in order to calculate a digital image of a portion of the retina, which computation includes, for each respective pixel of the digital image, setting the intensity of the respective pixel equal to a value, which value is the sum of a set of light intensities that correspond to the respective pixel and that are recorded in the RR images.

US Pat. No. 10,248,193

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A PLURALITY OF DISPLAY DEVICES OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND MOTOR VEHICLE HAVING A SYSTEM FOR OPERATING A PLURALITY OF DISPLAY DEVICES

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating display devices of a motor vehicle, each of the display devices having a display region, said method comprising:detecting a gaze direction of a gaze of a driver of the motor vehicle;
using the gaze direction to check whether the gaze of the driver has been directed to the display region of one of the display devices for at least a predefined gazing duration;
activating an interaction mode, when the gaze of the driver has been directed to the display region of the one of the display devices for at least the predefined gazing duration, an operating device for controlling the one of the display devices being activated in the interaction mode;
storing an extended gazing duration, longer than the predefined gazing duration, the extended gazing duration being predefined for a head-up display device, the display region of the head-up display device being arranged completely above a lower edge of a windshield of the motor vehicle;
changing respective gazing durations of the display devices based on a driving speed of the motor vehicle; and
activating the interaction mode of the head-up display device only upon detection of the gaze of the driver directed to the display region of the head-up display device for at least the extended gazing duration.

US Pat. No. 10,248,192

GAZE TARGET APPLICATION LAUNCHER

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

15. A head-mounted display device comprising:an eye-tracking camera;
an input subsystem;
a see-through display;
a logic machine; and
a storage machine holding instructions executable by the logic machine to:
display, via the see-through display, one or more augmentation elements;
recognize, via the eye-tracking camera, a gaze target on a surface in a real-world environment viewed through the see-through display;
responsive to a user trigger detected via the input subsystem, display, via the see-through display, a positional preview of a graphical boundary of an application launcher overlaid on the surface of the real-world environment at the gaze target, the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher having a world-locked position relative to the real-world environment such that the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher does not appear to move relative to the real-world environment when the head-mounted display device moves, the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher providing an indication of position, size, and/or shape of the graphical boundary within which the application launcher will be displayed, and the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher occupying a region of the see-through display to allow for the one or more augmentation elements and one or more real-world objects in the real-world environment to be viewed outside of the graphical boundary of the application launcher through the see-through display,
responsive to a confirmation input detected via the input subsystem, replacing, via the see-through display, the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher with the application launcher by displaying, in place of the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher, the application launcher overlaid on the surface of the real-world environment at the gaze target where the positional preview of the graphical boundary of the application launcher was previously displayed, the application launcher having a world-locked position relative to the real-world environment such that the application launcher does not appear to move relative to the real-world environment when the head-mounted display device moves, the application launcher presenting a plurality of applications selectable for launching within the graphical boundary of the application launcher that occupies the region of the see-through display to allow for the one or more augmentation elements and the one or more real-world objects in the real-world environment to be viewed outside of the graphical boundary of the application launcher through the see-through display;
recognize a user selection of one of the plurality of applications; and
replace, via the see-through display, the application launcher with the selected one of the plurality of applications by displaying, in place of the application launcher, a graphical user interface of the selected one of the plurality of applications overlaid on the surface of the real-world environment where the application launcher was previously displayed such that the graphical user interface of the selected one of the plurality of applications is presented within the graphical boundary of the application launcher.

US Pat. No. 10,248,191

VIRTUAL RIGID FRAMEWORK FOR SENSOR SUBSYSTEM

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A near-to-eye display (NED) device comprising:a display subsystem to generate an image and to direct light representing the image to an eye of a user;
a target sensor coupled to the display subsystem;
a second sensor mounted on or proximate to the target sensor to measure a parameter that varies with a displacement of the target sensor, wherein the second sensor is a magnetic field sensor comprising a coil mounted to a lens barrel of the target sensor; and
a processor coupled to the second sensor and configured to compute the displacement of the target sensor based on the parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,248,190

MULTI-TRACK PLAYBACK OF MEDIA CONTENT DURING REPETITIVE MOTION ACTIVITIES

SPOTIFY AB, Stockholm (S...

1. A system for multi-track playback of media content, comprising:a media device, including a processor;
a tempo logic, provided within the media device, configured to identify a cadence associated with a repetitive motion activity, and to provide a plurality of media content items associated with a tempo that corresponds to the cadence;
a user interface, provided at the media device, which displays a visual array of media options, wherein each media option is associated with one of the plurality of media content items provided by the tempo logic that can be played on the media device; and
a playback logic, provided within the media device, which is configured so that, while a selected region is determined by the user interface as being moved in response to user input, within the visual array of media options, the system determines media options that are proximate to the selected region, and adjusts playback parameters for media content items corresponding to the determined media options, by crossfading or otherwise combining playback to reflect the relative distances of the media options from the selected region.

US Pat. No. 10,248,189

PRESENTATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY OBJECT BASED ON ONE OR MORE CONDITIONS

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing;
at least one processor coupled to the housing;
a display coupled to the housing and accessible to the at least one processor; and
storage coupled to the housing and accessible to the at least one processor, the storage bearing instructions executable by the at least one processor to:
determine that at least one condition is satisfied for presentation of a virtual reality object to control a device different from the apparatus; and
responsive to the determination, present the virtual reality object on the display so that the virtual reality object appears to a user, while viewing the display, to be within arms-reach of the user relative to a current location of the user by presenting the virtual reality object on the display so that it appears to be disposed on an actual surface in three-dimensional space that is within arms-reach of the user relative to the current location of the user, the actual surface being different from the display, wherein a first portion of the actual surface is selected by the apparatus for use to present the virtual reality object based on identification of a real-world object as already being disposed at a second portion of the actual surface that is different from the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,248,187

ASYNCHRONOUS PROCESSOR

Eta Compute, Inc., Westl...

1. A computing device, comprising:an asynchronous processor operative from an operating voltage;
a memory coupled to the asynchronous processor, the memory storing instructions,
the asynchronous processor comprising a collection of asynchronous logic circuits that are collectively capable of executing the stored instructions at an execution speed that is controlled by a voltage level of the operating voltage,
the asynchronous processor to output a voltage request based on one or more predetermined time intervals for completing one or more corresponding tasks; and
a voltage regulator circuit that receives the voltage request from the asynchronous processor and outputs the operating voltage to the asynchronous processor as defined by the voltage request.

US Pat. No. 10,248,186

PROCESSOR DEVICE VOLTAGE CHARACTERIZATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method of altering power consumption of a computing apparatus, the method comprising:receiving a voltage characterization service over a communication interface of the computing apparatus, wherein the voltage characterization service is transferred by a deployment platform remote from the computing apparatus;
performing repeated booting of a processing device of the computing apparatus into an operating system and iteratively reducing at least one input voltage applied to the processing device;
for each iterative reduction in the at least one input voltage, executing the voltage characterization service to perform one or more functional tests that run one or more application level processes in the operating system and exercise processor core elements and input/output elements of the processing device in context with a plurality of peripheral devices which share at least one voltage domain as the at least one input voltage;
monitoring for operational failures of at least the processing device during execution of the voltage characterization service; and
based at least on the operational failures, determining at least one resultant input voltage for the processing device lower than a manufacturer specified operating voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,248,184

SENSOR API FRAMEWORK FOR CLOUD BASED APPLICATIONS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method in a mobile device for providing a common API (application programming interface), the method comprising:receiving, at the mobile device and from a first web-based server application, a first request for sensor data using the common API;
receiving, at the mobile device and from a second web-based server application unrelated to the first web-based server application, a second request for sensor data using the common API, wherein the first request for sensor data and the second request for sensor data are wirelessly received from different servers using the common API;
processing, in the mobile device, the first request for sensor data and the second request for sensor data on a sensor core processor and bypassing a client application processor in the mobile device;
receiving, at the sensor core processor, sensor data from a sensor;
replying, from the mobile device, to the first request for sensor data with a first response comprising the sensor data; and
replying, from the mobile device, to the second request for sensor data with a second response, separate from the first response, comprising the sensor data, wherein the first response comprising the sensor data and the second response comprising the sensor data are wirelessly sent to the different servers using the common API.

US Pat. No. 10,248,183

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory to store instructions executable by the processor to perform operations comprising:
identifying a power management event (PME) timeout;
directing a receiver in a physical layer (PHY) to turn off;
transitioning from a powered-on link state to a recovery state; and
resuming a detection state associated with a predetermined timeout associated with failing to receive a sequence from the electronic device, wherein the detection state is resumed before clearing a runtime-entry configuration bit for the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,182

TECHNIQUES FOR SELECTIVELY REDUCING POWER LEVELS OF PORTS AND CORE SWITCH LOGIC IN INFINIBAND SWITCHES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A non-transient machine-readable medium having instructions stored thereon for implementing a subnet management agent in an InfiniBand switch comprising a plurality of ports, each port comprising a physical interface (PHY) including an input port coupled to a receive buffer and an output port coupled to an transmit buffer, the InfiniBand switch further comprising memory operatively coupled to the receive buffers and the transmit buffers in the plurality of ports, and packet processing and switch logic, and at least one processing element operatively coupled to the memory, wherein execution of the instructions on a processing element in the InfiniBand switch enables the subnet management agent to:for each of the plurality of ports on the InfiniBand switch,
receive a power down management datagram (MAD) sent from a respective host server having a respective InfiniBand Host Channel Adaptor (IB HCA) linked in communication with the port, the power down MAD received by the port and indicating the respective host server is to transition to a reduced-power state; and
in response to receiving the power down MAD, coordinate a power reduction of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,248,181

ENABLING A NON-CORE DOMAIN TO CONTROL MEMORY BANDWIDTH IN A PROCESSOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A mobile device comprising:a processor;
memory coupled to the processor;
storage coupled to the processor; and
a display coupled to the processor;
wherein the processor comprises:
a plurality of cores of the processor, a first core of the plurality of cores to operate at a first voltage and a second core of the plurality of cores to operate at a second voltage, the second voltage independent of the first voltage;
the first core of the plurality of cores to be associated with a first frequency and the second core of the plurality of cores to be associated with a second frequency, wherein the first and second frequencies may be different from each other;
a graphics unit of the processor, wherein a driver of the graphics unit is to control execution on the graphics unit;
an interconnect of the processor to couple the first core of the plurality of cores, the second core of the plurality of cores and the graphics unit to a memory external to the processor; and
a power controller to control a frequency of the interconnect based at least in part on a frequency of the graphics unit, wherein the graphics unit is operable at a first plurality of frequencies and the interconnect is operable at a second plurality of frequencies, and the power controller is to update the frequency of the interconnect to another one of the second plurality of frequencies based at least in part on the frequency of the graphics unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,180

FAST SMP/ASMP MODE-SWITCHING HARDWARE APPARATUS FOR A LOW-COST LOW-POWER HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTIPLE PROCESSOR SYSTEM

Futurewei Technologies, I...

1. A multi-processor (MP) processing system having a first mode of operation and a second mode of operation, comprising:a first processor receiving a first clock signal and a first supply voltage, thereby being configured to receive and operate exclusively in accordance with the first supply voltage;
a voltage regulator circuit configured to receive the first supply voltage, generate a second supply voltage having a different voltage value from the first supply voltage, and selectively provide, based on a bypass signal, an output supply voltage of either the first supply voltage or the second supply voltage;
a controller coupled to the voltage regulator circuit, the controller configured to generate the bypass signal to the voltage regulator circuit; and
a second processor connected to the output supply voltage of the voltage regulator circuit, thereby being configured to receive and operate in accordance with the first supply voltage or the second supply voltage;
wherein, the first processor is further configured to receive and operate in accordance with the first clock signal and the first supply voltage during both the first mode and the second mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,248,175

OFF-LINE AFFINITY-AWARE PARALLEL ZEROING OF MEMORY IN NON-UNIFORM MEMORY ACCESS (NUMA) SERVERS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for zeroing pages of memory in a computing system where access to memory is non-uniform, the method comprising:receiving, via a system call, a request to delete a memory region;
forwarding the request to an intermediate software thread;
using the intermediate software thread to perform the request as a background process, comprising:
sorting one or more pages of the memory region according to each associated affinity domain of each page, wherein each affinity domain comprises a cluster of processors and memory local to the cluster of processors;
sending requests to zero the sorted one or more pages to one or more additional software threads that are attached to the respective affinity domain; and
receiving, from each of the one or more additional software threads, notifications that the requests to zero the sorted one or more pages have been processed; and
upon receiving a message from the intermediate software thread, returning to a system caller, while performing the request, via the intermediate software thread, continues in the background.

US Pat. No. 10,248,173

DETERMINING THERMAL MARGINS IN A MULTI-DIE PROCESSOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a first die including at least one core and at least one first die thermal sensor;
a second die including at least one memory and at least one second die thermal sensor; and
a power controller comprising a thermal controller to receive first thermal data from the at least one first die thermal sensor and second thermal data from the at least one second die thermal sensor, calculate a first thermal margin for the first die based at least in part on the first thermal data and a first thermal loadline for the first die and calculate a second thermal margin for the second die based at least in part on the second thermal data and a second thermal loadline for the second die, wherein the power controller is to throttle activity of at least one of the first die and the second die if a maximum operating temperature obtained from the first thermal data exceeds a first throttle threshold, wherein the thermal controller is to communicate a minimum thermal margin of the first thermal margin and the second thermal margin, and not a maximum thermal margin of the first thermal margin and the second thermal margin, to a platform controller coupled to the processor, to enable the platform controller to control a cooling solution.

US Pat. No. 10,248,172

SPECTRALLY SELECTIVE RADIATION EMISSION DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a display disposed within the housing;
one or more electrical components disposed within the housing; and
a spectrally selective radiation emission device disposed on an exterior surface of the housing and the display, including:
a first portion made from a first material disposed on the housing, the first material including a spectrally selective coating with metallic particles having a diameter smaller than 4 microns embedded therein, and configured to:
emit radiation at one or more wavelengths of electromagnetic energy corresponding to a far infrared spectrum; and
reflect radiation at other wavelengths of electromagnetic energy corresponding to a mid-infrared spectrum and a visible spectrum; and
a second portion made from a second material disposed on the display and configured to be visually transparent and emit radiation away from the apparatus at one or more wavelengths of electromagnetic energy corresponding to the far infrared spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,248,171

DESKTOP ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A desktop electronic device, comprising:a tubular shaped enclosure that is defined, in part, by a longitudinal axis, wherein the tubular shaped enclosure defines an internal volume having an overall shape that has a generally rectangular cross section and that is symmetric about the longitudinal axis, wherein the tubular shaped enclosure includes:
a first opening that allows passage of an acoustic output, and
a second opening opposite the first opening; and
components that are accessible by way of the second opening, the components including:
a printed circuit board (PCB) that is positioned within the internal volume such that the PCB is offset from and parallel to the longitudinal axis, the PCB having an active surface on which are mounted electronic circuits such that the electronic circuits are located in proximity to the second opening and facing the first opening, wherein one of the electronic circuits has a major dimension that is larger than a minor dimension and is mounted to the active surface of the PCB such that the major dimension is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, and
an air moving component in communication with the PCB and capable of moving air in a controlled manner towards the first opening, wherein the moving air provides the acoustic output.

US Pat. No. 10,248,169

HOUSING COMPONENTS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An enclosure for an electronic device, comprising: a continuous metal component formed from a metal sheet, comprising:a housing sidewall enclosing an internal volume, the housing sidewall having a generally uniform material thickness and defining a port, wherein:
the port is defined by a port sidewall that extends into the internal volume a distance that is greater than the generally uniform material thickness of the housing sidewall and that has a thickness that is less than the generally uniform material thickness; and
the housing sidewall and the port sidewall define a sharp corner where the port sidewall meets an external surface of the housing sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,248,168

RELIGIOUS APPLICATION FOR MOBILE AND WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES

1. A method of tracking a prayer session of a device user and notifying the device user regarding prayer session activity, the method comprising:receiving, by at least one processor, altitude information from an altimeter of the device while the device user is engaged in the prayer session;
determining, by the at least one processor, at least one of a prayer unit number and prayer position based on the received altitude information; and
outputting, by the at least one processor, to a notification device to notify the device user of at least one of the determined prayer unit number and prayer position,
wherein the determining the at least one of the prayer unit number and the prayer position comprises:
determining a standing altitude of the user in a standing position based on the received altitude information from the altimeter;
determining a prostration altitude by subtracting a relative difference value from the standing altitude;
determining a current altitude from the altimeter;
determining whether a difference between the current altitude and a previous altitude is greater than a predetermined amount; and
based on a determination that the difference between the current altitude and the previous altitude is greater than the predetermined amount, determining whether the current altitude is within a range of the standing altitude or within a range of the prostration altitude so as to determine the at least one of the prayer unit number and the prayer position.

US Pat. No. 10,248,166

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display module;
a first metal frame that holds the display module;
a second metal frame disposed on a surface opposite to a surface of the first metal frame where the display module is held;
a printed circuit board having a ground electrically connected to the first metal frame, mounting an electronic circuit, and disposed on a surface opposite to a surface of the second metal frame where the first metal frame is disposed;
an exterior that stores the printed circuit board inside; and
a conductive member connected to the first metal frame, and projected from the exterior or disposed inside a hole provided in the exterior,
wherein the printed circuit board is connected to the surface opposite to the surface of the second metal frame where the first metal frame is disposed so that an electro-static current diverges to the first metal frame and the second metal frame.

US Pat. No. 10,248,164

CHIP ON FILM, FLEXIBLE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A flexible display apparatus bendable along a bending direction extending from a first portion of the flexible display apparatus to a second portion of the flexible display apparatus; the first portion bent towards the second portion when the flexible display apparatus is bent along the bending direction; comprising:a plurality of chip on films arranged extending from the first portion to the second portion; each of the plurality of chip on films comprising a base film and an integrated circuit chip on the base film, each of the plurality of chip on films comprises an input wiring and an output wiring respectively connected to the integrated circuit chip;
a printed circuit board connected to the input wiring; and
a flexible display panel connected to the output wiring;
wherein a longitudinal central axis of the integrated circuit chip is substantially perpendicular to the bending direction; and
the input wiring is limited to be arranged on a first side with respect to the longitudinal central axis, and the output wiring is limited to be arranged on a second side with respect to the longitudinal central axis, the first side being opposite to the second side with respect to the longitudinal central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,248,161

CONTROL OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING DISPLAY AND KEYBOARD MOVEABLE RELATIVE TO THE DISPLAY

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A method of controlling an electronic device having a display moveable relative to a keyboard, between a first position in which the keyboard is not exposed and a second position in which the keyboard is exposed for use, the method comprising:detecting movement of the display relative to the keyboard, to one of a plurality of positions, between the first position and the second position, in which the keyboard is partially exposed, each of the plurality of positions between the first position and the second position associated with a respective one of a plurality of actions;
displaying a list of selectable icons on the display, the selectable icons associated with the plurality of actions, and enlarging an icon of the selectable icons to provide a visual indication in the list of the selectable items, the visual indication moving with movement of the keyboard by changing which of the selectable icons is enlarged to enlarge another of the selectable icons in response to the movement of the keyboard, and thereby identify an associated one of the plurality of actions;
determining a location of the display relative to the keyboard when the display is in the one of the plurality of positions relative to the keyboard;
in response to detecting that movement of the display relative to the keyboard is discontinued for a threshold period of time with the display in the one of the plurality of positions, identifying the respective one of the plurality of actions associated with the one of the plurality of positions;
in response to detecting further movement of the display relative to the keyboard, to the second position in which the keyboard is exposed for use, after movement of the display relative to the keyboard is discontinued for the threshold period of time and after identifying the respective one of the plurality of actions, performing the respective one of the plurality of actions associated with the one of the plurality of positions.

US Pat. No. 10,248,160

MONITOR WITH INTEGRATED KEYBOARD STORAGE

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A display device comprising:a display surface having a rectangular shape;
a bezel surrounding the display surface;
a first L-shaped arm;
a second L-shaped arm;
at least one cavity into which the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm are stored in a retracted position, the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm approximately flush with a bottom surface of the display device in the retracted position;
a first bump and a second bump located in the bezel, wherein a top most surface of each of the first bump and the second bump is approximately flush with an outer surface of the bezel; and
a release mechanism;
wherein:
selection of the release mechanism causes:
the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm to be released from the at least one cavity of the display device;
the first bump and the second bump to each protrude between about two centimeters to about eight centimeters from the bezel;
positioning the first L-shaped arm in a first position and positioning the second L-shaped arm in a second position enables a keyboard to be placed in the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm; and
the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm each include a telescoping mechanism that enables the first L-shaped arm and the second L-shaped arm to be extended, approximately perpendicular to the display surface, from between one centimeter to less than eighteen centimeters.

US Pat. No. 10,248,158

ENCLOSURE ASSEMBLY AND MONITOR DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An enclosure assembly of a monitor device, comprising:an enclosure cover having a cover wall extending substantially in a first plane between a plurality of sides, wherein the cover wall includes an interior surface and an opposing exterior surface;
a first stiffener wing and a second stiffener wing each having a plurality of mounting portions spaced apart from a plurality of stiffener portions to define a plurality of wing body ribs, wherein each mounting portion includes a mounting surface opposing a corresponding portion of the interior surface of the cover wall;
wherein the first stiffener wing and the second stiffener wing are separate from and affixable to the interior surface of the cover wall;
wherein for each of the first stiffener wing and the second stiffener wing, the plurality of mounting portions are located substantially in a second plane adjacent to the first plane, and the plurality of stiffener portions are located substantially in a third plane spaced apart from the first plane;
wherein the first stiffener wing includes a first wing body that extends toward a first side of the enclosure cover; and
wherein the second stiffener wing includes a second wing body that extends to a second side of the enclosure cover different from the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,248,156

DATA PROCESSING DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A data processing device comprising:a first body circuit and a first check circuit which are duplicated to each other in a first clock domain;
a second body circuit and a second check circuit which are duplicated to each other in a second clock domain which is asynchronous to the first clock domain; and
an asynchronous transfer circuit that transfers a payload signal between the first clock domain and the second clock domain,
wherein the asynchronous transfer circuit
includes a first body-side bridge circuit and a first check-side bridge circuit which are respectively connected to the first body circuit and the first check circuit and are duplicated to each other in the first clock domain, and a second body-side bridge circuit and a second check-side bridge circuit which are respectively connected to the second body circuit and the second check circuit and are duplicated to each other in the second clock domain, and
has control signals which are generated by first or second body-side bridge circuit which transmits the payload signal and indicate a timing at which the payload signal is stable on a reception side, compares the control signal and check control signal which are generated by the corresponding first or second check-side bridge circuit, and in a case of mismatch, detects as a failure.

US Pat. No. 10,248,155

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING CLOCK GENERATING CIRCUIT AND CHANNEL MANAGEMENT CIRCUIT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a first clock generating circuit including a first control circuit and a first clock gating circuit;
a first channel management circuit which communicates with the first clock generating circuit according to a full handshake method;
a second clock generating circuit including a second control circuit and a second clock gating circuit; and
a second channel management circuit which communicates with the second clock generating circuit according to the full handshake method,
wherein the first clock gating circuit outputs a first clock, and the second clock gating circuit outputs a second clock different from the first clock,
wherein the first channel management circuit transmits a second clock request signal to the first clock generating circuit in response to a first clock request signal, and the first clock generating circuit transmits a first clock acknowledgement signal to the first channel management circuit in response to the second clock request signal,
wherein the second channel management circuit transmits a fourth clock request signal to the second clock generating circuit in response to a third clock request signal, and the second clock generating circuit transmits a second clock acknowledgement signal to the second channel management circuit in response to the fourth clock request signal.

US Pat. No. 10,248,154

JOYSTICK ASSEMBLY

ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, LLC...

1. A joystick assembly for use with a device comprising a first magnet having north and south magnetic poles, comprising:a second magnet having north and south magnetic poles;
a movable elongated shaft having first and second opposing ends arranged along a major axis of the shaft, the first end fixedly coupled to the second magnet such that movement of the shaft results in movement of the second magnet relative to the first magnet such that a line between centers of the north and south magnetic poles of the second magnet is movable relative to a line between the north and south magnetic poles of the first magnet, wherein an attraction of the second magnet to the first magnet results in a restoring force upon the shaft; and
a handle coupled proximate to the second end of the movable elongated shaft, wherein the handle is foldable with respect to the shaft,
wherein the moveable elongated shaft comprises a recess configured to receive at least a portion of the handle when the handle is folded.

US Pat. No. 10,248,153

SELF-CENTERING MECHANISM FOR A ROTATABLE SHAFT

Electrolux Home Products,...

1. A self-centering mechanism comprising:a first centering member defining a first arcuate slot and an opposed second arcuate slot;
a second centering member defining a first arcuate slot and an opposed second arcuate slot;
a rotatable shaft member extending through respective centers of the first and second centering members so as to be disposed between the first arcuate slots and the second arcuate slots;
a stationary pin extending through the first arcuate slots of the first and second centering members;
a support member extending radially from the rotatable shaft member, the support member being fixed with respect to the rotatable shaft member so as to be rotatable therewith and having an actuating pin extending therefrom and through the second arcuate slots of the first and second centering members; and
at least one biasing member arranged to rotationally bias the first and second centering member in opposed rotational directions to a registration position defined by interaction of the first arcuate slots with the stationary pin, wherein the actuating pin is responsive to rotation of the rotatable shaft member in one of the rotational directions to engage the second arcuate slot of one of the first and second centering members and to rotate the one of the first and second centering members with the actuating pin, and the one of the first and second centering members being responsive to the at least one biasing member to rotate back to the registration position upon release of the rotatable shaft member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,152

PEDAL APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Dong Hee Industrial Co., ...

1. A pedal apparatus, comprising:a pedal housing including an inner space;
a pedal pad configured to rotate relative to the pedal housing;
a pedal arm connected directly or indirectly to the pedal pad and including a hollow, the pedal arm configured to rotate based on a rotation of the pedal pad;
a magnet installed in the pedal arm; and
a sensing board having at least a portion inserted into the hollow and including a hole sensor configured to sense a magnetic force generated by the magnet.

US Pat. No. 10,248,150

SLOPE ENHANCEMENT CIRCUIT FOR SWITCHED REGULATED CURRENT MIRRORS

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A slope enhancement circuit in a switched regulated current mirror, comprising:an operational amplifier, wherein a non-inverting input is configured to receive a reference voltage, and an inverting input is configured to receive a feedback voltage;
a first, second, and third switch, wherein said first switch is connected between an output of said operational amplifier and said second switch, said second switch is connected to a gate of an NMOS follower, and said third switch is connected between said gate of said follower and ground; and
a first and second capacitor, wherein said first capacitor is connected to said output of said operational amplifier, and said second capacitor is connected to a junction of said first switch and said second switch.

US Pat. No. 10,248,148

CONVERTER FOR SYMMETRICAL REACTIVE POWER COMPENSATION, AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A converter for symmetrical reactive power compensation, the converter comprising:three phase paths including a first phase path, a second phase path and a third phase path, each connectable to an associated phase of a three-phase AC power supply, said three phase paths being connected to one another in an isolated star point circuit;
said first phase path being a sub module-free phase path and said second and third phase paths each including a phase module with a series circuit of two-pole sub modules;
each said sub module having an energy storage device and at least one power semiconductor and being actuatable such that the poles of said sub module have at least one positive sub module voltage, at least one negative sub module voltage or a voltage with a value zero dropping across them;
a feedback control device for regulating phase module currents, said control device being configured to determine voltages to be set on each said phase module, and said control device including a decoupling unit configured to compute correction voltages for each said phase module in dependence on:
a first supply voltage between the first and second phase paths;
a second supply voltage between the second and third phase paths; and
control voltages, each derived from a nominal current and a phase module current of said second and third phase paths, respectively;
so that the voltages to be set are derivable from the control voltages and the correction voltages;
said control device further including an averager, a subtractor, a frequency former and an adder;
said averager configured to form an average of energy store voltages of an associated phase module;
said subtractor having an input connected to an output of said averager and is configured to form a difference from the average of the energy store voltages and a DC voltage nominal value;
said frequency former having an input connected to an output of said subtractor; and
said adder having an input connected to an output of said frequency former.

US Pat. No. 10,248,147

POWER SUPPLY WITH VARIABLE CONFIGURABLE CURRENT LIMIT

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

1. A power supply, comprising:a connector;
a power conversion controller to generate a power supply signal at the connector; and
a communication and control processor to receive a set of current control parameters including a current limit over a communication link in the connector, receive measurements of current and voltage of the power supply signal, and generate a drive signal for controlling the power conversion controller based on the received current control parameters and the measurements of the current and the voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,248,143

ARCHITECTURE FOR THERMOSTAT CONTROL DURING TIME-OF-USE INTERVALS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A thermostat comprising:a housing;
one or more memory devices comprising a stored setpoint schedule, wherein the stored setpoint schedule comprises a plurality of setpoints;
one or more temperature sensors, each of the one or more temperature sensors being configured to provide temperature sensor measurements;
a processing system disposed within the housing, the processing system being configured to be in operative communication with the one or more temperature sensors to receive the temperature sensor measurements, in operative communication with the one or more memory devices to determine a setpoint temperature, and in still further operative communication with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to control the HVAC system based at least in part on the setpoint temperature and the temperature sensor measurements;
wherein the processing system is programmed or configured to control the HVAC system by performing operations comprising:
receiving an indication of a first time interval, wherein energy is available to the HVAC system at a first rate during the first time interval, energy is available to the HVAC system at a second rate during a second time interval that is outside of the first time interval, and the first rate is higher than the second rate;
identifying or adding one or more setpoints in the plurality of setpoints of the stored setpoint schedule that occur in, or within a threshold time of, the first time interval;
adjusting or setting the one or more setpoints to reduce energy usage during the first time interval;
receiving user changes to the operation of the thermostat during the first time interval;
executing a learning algorithm to update the stored setpoint schedule to be used in future occurrences of the first time interval by combining:
(i) the one or more setpoints that were adjusted to reduce energy usage during the first time interval; and
(ii) the user changes to the operation of the thermostat during the first time interval; and
controlling the HVAC system during the future occurrences of the first time interval using the setpoint schedule with one or more adjusted setpoints.

US Pat. No. 10,248,142

COOLING APPARATUS, COOLING METHOD, AND DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A cooling apparatus comprising:a pump that transports a refrigerant;
a controller that controls a discharge amount of the pump depending on a calorific value of a heat generating body;
a cooler that cools the refrigerant and then feed the refrigerant to a suction side of the pump;
a heat exchanger that includes first and second paths, and performs heat exchange between the refrigerant flowing through the first path and the refrigerant flowing through the second path;
a first pipe that communicates between a refrigerant outlet of the cooler and a suction port of the pump;
a flow regulating valve;
a second pipe that communicates between a delivery port of the pump and an inlet of the flow regulating valve;
a third pipe that communicates between an outlet of the flow regulating valve and an inlet of the first path of the heat exchanger;
a fourth pipe that communicates between an outlet of the first path of the heat exchanger and a refrigerant inlet of the cooler;
a fifth pipe that causes the refrigerant to flow from the second pipe to the fourth pipe, bypassing the heat exchanger, depending on an opening degree of the flow regulating valve;
a sixth pipe that communicates between an outlet of the second path of the heat exchanger and a refrigerant inlet of the heat generating body;
a seventh pipe that communicates between a refrigerant outlet of the heat generating body and an inlet of the second path of the heat exchanger;
a first sensor that detects a temperature of the refrigerant flowing in the sixth pipe;
a second sensor that detects a flow rate of the refrigerant flowing in the sixth pipe; and
a third sensor that detects a temperature of the refrigerant flowing in the seventh pipe,
wherein the controller calculates the calorific value of the heat generating body based on outputs of the first to third sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,248,141

NON-INVASIVE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system, comprising:a safety system comprising one or more valves configured to block a flow of fluid from a source to a destination;
a non-invasive pressure measurement system comprising a plurality of non-invasive pressure sensors configured to monitor a pressure of the fluid without directly contacting the fluid, wherein a non-invasive pressure sensor of the plurality of non-invasive pressure sensors comprises a strain gauge, and wherein the strain gauge is disposed in a recess formed in a conduit configured to flow the fluid from the source to the destination, wherein the recess is positioned downstream of the safety system with respect to the flow of the fluid through the conduit, wherein the strain gauge is configured to measure a mechanical stress to the conduit caused by the pressure of the fluid, and wherein the mechanical stress is indicative of the pressure of the fluid; and
a controller configured to receive feedback from the non-invasive pressure measurement system and to adjust a position of the one or more valves of the safety system based on the feedback.

US Pat. No. 10,248,139

APPARATUS FOR THE APPLICATION OF A LIQUID OR VISCOUS MEDIUM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

2. An apparatus for the application of a liquid to viscous medium onto an application surface, comprising:a port for providing a connection between the apparatus and a supply of said liquid to pasty medium upstream of the apparatus;
at least two volumetric delivery pumps for metering volumes of said medium, said volumetric delivery pumps being located downstream of said port,
each volumetric delivery pump being in fluid connection with an application valve of the apparatus, located downstream of the volumetric delivery pump for passing a metered volume of the medium from the delivery pump to said application valve,
wherein the apparatus comprises a flow meter in fluid connection with said volumetric delivery pumps, which flow meter is located upstream of said volumetric delivery pumps, and
wherein said apparatus is a hot melt adhesive application apparatus and the liquid to viscous medium is a hot melt adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,248,138

WATER SUPPLYING METHOD

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-S...

1. A method for supplying water based on a predetermined planned daily supply amount of water, the method comprising:measuring an accumulated amount of actually supplied water in real time with a predetermined periodicity;
acquiring record data about the accumulated amount of actually supplied water after the accumulated amount of actually supplied water is measured;
calculating a predicted daily demand amount of water based on the accumulated amount of actually supplied water according to a predetermined prediction method after the record data about the accumulated amount of actually supplied water is acquired;
setting a planned daily supply amount of water based on the predicted daily demand amount of water after the predicted daily demand amount of water is calculated;
supplying water from a water supply based on at least the planned daily supply amount of water;
determining whether a second time has been reached after a predetermined time passed from a first time while performing the supplying of the water;
measuring, when it is determined that the second time has been reached, an accumulated amount of the supplied water;
calculating a difference between the measured accumulated amount of the supplied water and the planned daily supply amount of water;
correcting the planned daily supply amount of water by adding the calculated difference to the planned daily supply amount of water; and
supplying water from the water supply based on the corrected planned daily supply amount of water,
wherein the method is performed under control of a controller, and
wherein the planned daily supply amount of water includes plan information about the amount of water to be supplied between a current time at which the planned daily supply amount of water is calculated and a midnight of a date including the current time.

US Pat. No. 10,248,135

METHOD FOR ADAPTIVELY DRIVING A STEPPER MOTOR, AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE

STMicroelectronics (Grand...

1. A method for driving a stepper motor, comprising:controlling the stepper motor in a current step driving mode of the stepper motor and in an acceleration phase of the stepper motor, the current step driving mode including a full-step driving mode, a half-step driving mode, and micro-stepping driving modes;
determining, if the current step driving mode is not the full-step driving mode and the stepper motor is being controlled in the acceleration phase, after each speed increase of the stepper motor whether a remaining computing power associated with controlling the stepper motor in the current step driving mode is sufficient for the stepper motor to remain being controlled in the current step driving mode; and
switching to one of the full-step, half-step, and micro-stepping driving modes having a closest coarser step in presence of a first switching condition in response to determining the remaining computing power is not sufficient for the stepper motor to remain being controlled in the current step driving mode, wherein switching to the one of the step full-step, half-step, and micro-stepping driving modes having a closest coarser step in presence of the first switching condition further includes said first switching condition including a correspondence of a current position of the motor in said current step driving mode with a position of the motor defined in said one of the full-step, half-step, and micro-stepping driving modes having the closest coarser step.

US Pat. No. 10,248,133

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MAPPING TERRAIN AND OPERATING AUTONOMOUS MACHINES USING MACHINE PARAMETERS

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A first machine comprising:a controller; and
a plurality of sensors in communication with the controller, the controller being to:
receive, from the plurality of sensors, a plurality of machine parameters indicative of sensed operations of the first machine as the first machine travels along a terrain,
the plurality of machine parameters including information associated with one or more of:
a steering parameter of the first machine,
a ground speed of the first machine, or
a payload weight of the first machine;
determine, based on the plurality of machine parameters, a geometry and a grade of a plurality of paths on the terrain along which the first machine travels;
create, based on the geometry and the grade, a site map indicating the plurality of paths;
determine at least one of an efficiency characteristic or a productivity characteristic of the first machine based on the plurality of machine parameters,
the at least one of the efficiency characteristic or the productivity characteristic of the first machine indicating at least one of a fuel efficiency or an amount of payload moved;
receive an update to the site map based on one or more paths on which a second machine travels;
compare the at least one of the efficiency characteristic or the productivity characteristic of the first machine with at least one of another efficiency characteristic or another productivity characteristic of the second machine;
select at least one path, from the plurality of paths, for the first machine to travel along in a future operation based on the update to the site map and based on comparing the at least one of the efficiency characteristic or the productivity characteristic of the first machine with the at least one of the other efficiency characteristic or the other productivity characteristic of the second machine; and
operate the first machine to travel along the at least one path.

US Pat. No. 10,248,131

MOVING OBJECT CONTROLLER, LANDMARK, AND MOVING OBJECT CONTROL METHOD

MEGACHIPS CORPORATION, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,130

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNDERGROUND MACHINE LOCATION DETECTION

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A machine operating at an underground mine site, the machine comprising:an engine;
a frame;
a vision assembly mounted on the machine, the vision assembly configured to generate a vision feed of a portion of a roof of the mine site, wherein the roof of the mine site has a plurality of bolts arranged in a predefined pattern, and wherein the vision assembly is configured to capture at least a portion of the predefined pattern of bolts based on a field of view of the vision assembly; and
a controller communicably coupled to the vision assembly, the controller configured to:
receive the vision feed of the portion of the roof of the mine site;
compare the vision feed with the predefined pattern of bolts; and
determine a current position of the machine at the mine site based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,248,129

PITCH COMPENSATION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, the method comprising:determining, by a controller onboard the vehicle, a lateral plan for operating the vehicle along a route;
obtaining, by the controller, pitch data pertaining to the lateral plan;
determining, by the controller, a longitudinal plan for operating the vehicle along the route based on the pitch data and the lateral plan, wherein the pitch data influences a planned rate of longitudinal movement of the vehicle at one or more points along the lateral plan, and wherein determining the longitudinal plan comprises:
calculating a derivative of roadway pitch at a first point of the one or more points based on a subset of the pitch data corresponding to the first point; and
calculating a velocity limit at the first point based on a relationship between the derivative of roadway pitch and a vertical acceleration threshold; and
autonomously operating, by the controller, one or more actuators onboard the vehicle in accordance with the longitudinal plan.

US Pat. No. 10,248,128

HAULAGE VEHICLE AND TRAVEL CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE SAME

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A haulage vehicle connected to a control server configured to implement fleet management over wireless lines and to autonomously travel while taking instructions from the control server into account, comprising:a GPS (Global Positioning System) to calculate an estimated position of its own vehicle; and
a travel control apparatus comprising a CPU (Central Processing Unit), a RAM (Random Access Memory), a ROM (Read Only Memory), an HDD (Hard Disk Drive), and an I/F (Interface) that are interconnected through a bus connected to the GPS;
wherein the travel control apparatus is programmed to:
calculate a position range which is centered around the estimated position in which the haulage vehicle is present with a predetermined expected probability;
calculate a maximum deviation amount indicating a highest value among the amounts of deviations between a target route of the haulage vehicle and each of points included in the position range;
set a target vehicle speed of the haulage vehicle to be relatively low when the maximum deviation amount is relatively large; and
perform control for the haulage vehicle to travel along the target route in compliance with the target vehicle speed, wherein
when the maximum deviation amount is within a range from equal to or higher than a minimum return vehicle-speed adoption threshold value which is a distance threshold value for determining whether a predetermined minimum return vehicle speed is adopted for returning to the target route, to less than a stop determination threshold value which is a distance threshold value for determining that returning to the target route is impossible, the stop determination threshold value being higher than the minimum return vehicle-speed adoption threshold value, the target vehicle-speed decision unit determines that the predetermined minimum return vehicle speed is applied as the target vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,127

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PILE SPACING

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A method for depositing piles of material, by a machine, in a work zone of a worksite, the method comprising:detecting, by a controller, a first area occupied by a first pile deposited in the work zone;
determining, by the controller, an available area in the work zone based on a comparison of the first area with an area of the work zone;
determining, by the controller, a remaining number of piles to be deposited in the available area based on the determination of the available area;
determining, by the controller, a location for each pile of the remaining number of piles to be deposited in the available area such that each pile of the remaining number of piles are evenly spaced from each other; and
generating, by the controller, a machine signal to operate the machine to form the remaining number of piles at the respective determined location.

US Pat. No. 10,248,125

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a body;
a driving portion configured to move the body;
at least one front light emitting portion configured to emit light forward from the cleaning robot;
at least one side light emitting portion configured to emit light sideward from the cleaning robot;
at least one upper light emitting portion configured to emit light upward from the cleaning robot;
one light receiving module configured to obtain an image signal of an obstacle by receiving the light emitted from at least one of the front light emitting portion, the side light emitting portion, and the upper light emitting portion that is reflected by the obstacle; and
a control portion configured to generate obstacle sensing information based on the image signal obtained by the light receiving module and control the driving portion based on the generated obstacle sensing information,
wherein an area of the light receiving module for obtaining the image signal based on the light emitted from the upper light emitting portion is different from an area of the light receiving module for obtaining the image signal based on the light emitted from the front light emitting portion and the side light emitting portion,
wherein the obstacle sensing information comprises at least one of a distance between the body and the obstacle, a position of the obstacle, a height of the obstacle, or a shape of the obstacle, and
wherein the at least one front light emitting portion, the at least one side light emitting portion, and the at least one upper light emitting portion are installed at different positions in the cleaning robot or at different heights from a ground surface.

US Pat. No. 10,248,124

LOCALIZING VEHICLE NAVIGATION USING LANE MEASUREMENTS

MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOG...

1. A system for correcting a position of a vehicle navigating a road segment, the system comprising:at least one processing device configured to:
determine, based on an output of at least one navigational sensor, a measured position of the vehicle along a predetermined road model trajectory, wherein the predetermined road model trajectory is associated with the road segment;
receive, from an image capture device, at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle;
analyze the at least one image to identify at least one lane marking, wherein the at least one lane marking is associated with a lane of travel along the road segment;
determine, based on the at least one image, a distance from the vehicle to the at least one lane marking;
determine an estimated offset of the vehicle from the predetermined road model trajectory based on the measured position of the vehicle and the determined distance; and
determine an autonomous steering action for the vehicle based on the estimated offset to correct the position of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,248,123

MOBILE APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. A mobile apparatus that moves in a specified range, comprising:a main body;
a laser range sensor that is mounted to the main body and configured to measure a distance between the main body and an object that is present at a position in a specified direction with respect to the main body;
a microprocessor having a CPU configured to generate a route data according to which the main body is moved; and
a drive wheel motor and a steering device which are configured to move the main body according to the route data generated by the microprocessor, wherein
the microprocessor is configured to:
generate a wide route data according to which the main body is moved from a first specified location to a second specified location, the first specified location and the second specified location being set in the specified range,
determine a location and a posture of a reference object that is located in the vicinity of the second specified location based on the measured distance received from the range sensor, and
generate, based on the determined location and posture of the reference object, an approaching route data according to which the main body is moved from the second specified location to a target location at which the main body is placed in a specified location and a specified posture with respect to the reference object,
wherein the mobile apparatus further comprises a route data switch configured to switch a traveling route for the main body from being based on the wide route data to the approaching route data after the approaching route data is generated,
wherein the microprocessor is further configured to generate the approaching route data while the main body is traveling according to the generated wide route data, and
wherein in the approaching route data a same speed is set for a terminal speed of the main body traveling according to the wide route data and an initial speed of the main body traveling according to the approaching route data.

US Pat. No. 10,248,121

MACHINE-LEARNING BASED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method of managing autonomous vehicles to address traffic anomalies, comprising:detecting, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, an existence of a traffic anomaly within a geographic area;
determining, by the computing system, at least one autonomous vehicle to address the traffic anomaly within the geographic area; and
providing, by the computing system, a communication to the at least one autonomous vehicle instructing the autonomous vehicle to enter into a traffic reduction operation mode to address the traffic anomaly,
wherein the traffic reduction operation mode is based at least in part on a profile associated with the traffic reduction operation mode, wherein the profile associated with the traffic reduction operation mode is stored onboard the at least one autonomous vehicle, and wherein the at least one autonomous vehicle is configured to operate in the traffic reduction operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,248,120

NAVIGABLE PATH NETWORKS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, over a communications network, an order for a purchase of an item from a customer, wherein the order specifies a destination for a delivery of the item;
identifying, by at least one server, a facility where the item is located;
determining, by the at least one server, a plurality of attributes of the item, wherein the plurality of attributes comprises a volume of the item and a mass of the item;
identifying, by the least one server, first information regarding a navigable path network within an environment, wherein the navigable path network comprises a plurality of points and a plurality of paths between the plurality of points, and wherein the facility corresponds to a first one of the plurality of points, and wherein the destination corresponds to a second one of the plurality of points;
identifying, by the at least one server, second information regarding a plurality of autonomous vehicles configurable for travel on at least a portion of the navigable path network;
selecting, by the at least one server, one of the plurality of autonomous vehicles for the delivery of the item from the facility to the destination, wherein the one of the autonomous vehicles is selected based at least in part on the volume of the item and the mass of the item;
determining, by the at least one server, an optimal route on the navigable path network for the selected autonomous vehicle, wherein the optimal route comprises a first path originating at the facility and a second path terminating at the destination;
sending, over the communications network, a first plurality of computer instructions for causing the selected autonomous vehicle to travel from the facility to the destination, wherein the first plurality of computer instructions comprises at least a first computer instruction for causing the selected autonomous vehicle to travel along the first path at a first speed and at least a second computer instruction for causing the selected autonomous vehicle to travel along the second path at a second speed; and
receiving, over the communications network, third information captured by at least one sensor provided on the selected autonomous vehicle while the selected autonomous vehicle is traveling on at least one of the first path or the second path,
wherein the third information comprises at least one of a course, a speed, a position or an altitude of the selected autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,248,117

RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH

DRONE-CONTROL, LLC, Wilm...

1. A method comprising:receiving a radio frequency (RF) signal from a remote control device, the RF signal to control a radio controlled (RC) aircraft;
generating motion data from at least one sensor of the RC aircraft based on motion of the RC aircraft; and
controlling the RC aircraft based on command data and the motion data, wherein the command data corresponds to a user command in a first coordinate system from a perspective of the remote control device and the command data is transformed into control data in a second coordinate system that is from a perspective of the RC aircraft, wherein the command data includes yaw-velocity command data, wherein the control data includes yaw-velocity control data, and wherein the yaw-velocity control data is related to the yaw-velocity command data;
wherein the user command includes a lift command that indicates a hovering state, and wherein controlling the RC aircraft includes controlling the RC aircraft to a hovering state in response to the lift command.

US Pat. No. 10,248,116

REMOTE OPERATION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN UNEXPECTED ENVIRONMENT

1. A computing device for an autonomous passenger vehicle comprising:one or more processors for controlling operations of the computing device;
a communications interface configured to communicate with a remote server over a network; and
a memory for storing data and program instructions used by the one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to:
identify an unexpected driving environment;
send information based on the unexpected driving environment received from one or more sensors disposed on the vehicle to a remote operator using the remote server, the information sent over the network being based at least in part on a quality metric of the network;
receive a command sent by the remote operator relating to one or more vehicle systems; and
send the command to the one or more vehicle systems for execution.

US Pat. No. 10,248,115

PATROL-TYPE PREVENTIVE INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES

TECOM CO., LTD., Hsin-Ch...

1. A patrol-type preventive inspection system for electromechanical devices, provided for an inspection personnel to perform patrol-type inspections upon a plurality of electromechanical devices along a patrol path, comprising:a portable inspection-device kit, provided for the inspection personnel to carry along the patrol path to a position of an electromechanical device for inspection out of the plurality of electromechanical devices, including:
at least one inspection device, configured to be mounted onto at least one portion of the electromechanical device to detect at least one inspection data of the electromechanical device;
an inspection-data collecting and transmitting device, communicatively coupled with the at least one inspection device, being to collect and transmit the at least one inspection data; and
a memory module, communicatively coupled with the inspection-data collecting and transmitting device to receive and store the at least one inspection data, recording a plurality of electromechanical-device positions respective to the plurality of electromechanical devices, recording a basic electromechanical-device information and at least one preventive inspection standard of each of the plurality of electromechanical devices, each of the at least one preventive inspection standard being respective to a rapid-screening confirmation item data, the rapid-screening confirmation item data recording a plurality of rapid-screening results, each of the plurality of rapid-screening results being respective to a preliminary treatment suggestion; and
a portable communication device, provided for the inspection personnel to carry with the portable inspection-device kit to the position, including:
a track-requirement analyzing module, communicatively coupled with the memory module and the inspection-data collecting and transmitting device, being to capture at least one rapid-screening confirmation item data and to define the electromechanical device as a special-track electromechanical device upon when the at least one inspection data reaches the at least one preventive inspection standard, being to define the electromechanical device as a regular-track electromechanical device upon when the at least one inspection data doesn't reach the at least one preventive inspection standard;
a user interface module, electrically coupled with the track-requirement analyzing module and the memory module, to display the rapid-screening confirmation item data, provided for the inspection personnel to perform an interactive operation to generate a real rapid-screening result out of the plurality of rapid-screening results, to display one of the plurality of preliminary treatment suggestions with respect to the real rapid-screening result for the inspection personnel to read, to perform a preliminary treatment operation and store data of the preliminary treatment operation into the memory module to form a processing historical data;
a maintenance-period evaluating module, electrically coupled with the track-requirement analyzing module, being to evaluate the at least one inspection data and the at least one preventive inspection standard to determine a priority maintenance period of the special-track electromechanical device upon when the track-requirement analyzing module analyzes that the at least one inspection data has reached the at least one preventive inspection standard, being to evaluate the at least one inspection data and the at least one preventive inspection standard to determine a regular maintenance period of the regular-track electromechanical device upon when the track-requirement analyzing module analyzes that the at least one inspection data has not reached the at least one preventive inspection standard, recording the priority maintenance period and the regular maintenance period into the memory module;
a positioning module, provided to position the plurality of electromechanical-device positions to obtain a plurality of electromechanical-device coordinates, provided to position the portable communication device to obtain a communication-device coordinate; and
a patrol-path planning module, electrically coupled with the maintenance-period evaluating module and the positioning module, being to re-plan the patrol path according to the communication-device coordinate, the plurality of electromechanical-device coordinates, the priority maintenance period or the regular maintenance period of the electromechanical device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,113

ALERTING SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A notification component of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, the notification component comprising:a sensor of an sensor arrangement, for the HVAC system, adapted to obtain one or more parameter values of an object of one or more objects of building equipment, the one or more parameter values having a predetermined bound and adapted to detect one or more events of equipment of the HVAC system, wherein an event is defined as a crossing of a threshold value of the predetermined bound of the one or more parameter values; and
a processor connected to the sensor arrangement that provides an alert indicating that one or more events corresponding to said event have occurred; and
wherein:
the one or more events each indicate a time of occurrence of the crossing of the threshold value;
when a parameter value of the one or more parameter values of an object reenters the predetermined allowed bound, the alert remains; and
when the parameter value of the one or more parameter values of the object again lies outside of the predetermined allowed bound, the alert remains and a latest time that the parameter value of the one or more parameter values of the object has been outside of the predetermined allowed bound is logged.

US Pat. No. 10,248,112

PARCEL AND ARTICLE SORTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Tompkins International, ...

20. A system comprising:a first article supply location, wherein the first article supply location includes a plurality of articles to be sorted that have been pulled from batched orders from a first location in a distribution center,
a second article supply location, wherein the second article supply location includes a plurality of articles to be sorted that have been pulled from batched orders from a second location in the distribution center,
wherein a product type of each article is determined by interacting with an information acquisition device at the respective first article supply location and second article supply location;
first and second computer controlled transport vehicles, each vehicle having a first position in which a selected article is stowed about the vehicle and a second position in which the selected article is deposited into a proximal container by manipulating a support of the vehicle that carries the selected article and deposits the selected article when in the second position;
a first platform elevated from a first surface, wherein the first computer controlled transport vehicle traverses the first platform and the selected articles are deposited into a destination container positioned about the first surface;
a control system configured to:
receive orders for a plurality of disparate articles, wherein the disparate articles are found within the first or second article supply location;
determine a first destination container of a plurality of destination containers to direct the first transport vehicle to deposit a first article from the first or second article supply location based on the determined product type, wherein the destination container corresponds with an order for a first business;
determine a second destination container of the plurality of destination containers to direct the second transport vehicle to deposit a second article from the first or second article supply location based on the determined product type, wherein the second destination container corresponds with an order for a second business;
direct an automated deposition of the first and second articles onto the first and second computer controlled transport vehicles respectively;
direct the first transport vehicle to transport and deposit the selected first article in the first destination container by manipulation of the first transport vehicle from the first position to the second position;
direct the second transport vehicle to transport and deposit the selected second article in the second destination container by manipulation of the support of the second transport vehicle from the first position to the second position; and
determine when at least one of the orders has been completed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,109

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING BASED ON A LICENSE

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving a schematic for an object to print using a 3D printer;
identifying, based on the schematic, at least one customizable characteristic of the object that is licensed to a user;
modifying the at least one customizable characteristic of the object to adjust print instructions customized for the object, wherein the modifying the at least one customizable characteristic of the object includes reducing, based on a license, service life, such that a service life of the modified object is less than a service life of the object described in the schematic; and
printing the modified object.

US Pat. No. 10,248,108

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING BASED ON A LICENSE

International Business Ma...

1. A system comprising:a processor; and a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith, the program instructions executable by the processor to cause the system to:
receive a schematic for an object to print using a 3D printer;
identify, based on the schematic, at least one customizable characteristic of the object that is licensed to a user;
modify the at least one customizable characteristic of the object to adjust print instructions customized for the object, wherein modifying the at least one customizable characteristic of the object includes reducing, based on the license, service life, such that a service life of the modified object is less than a service life of the object described in the schematic; and
print the modified object.

US Pat. No. 10,248,107

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL, AND MACHINE TOOL

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A control apparatus for a machine tool that replaces a tool and machines a workpiece based on a machining program, comprising:a CPU;
a non-transitory storage medium having data stored therein representing software executable by the CPU, the software, when executed by the CPU, performs the steps of,
analyzing the machining program and extracting measurement related information on size measurement of the tool from the machining program,
storing the measurement related information and rules for creating measurement programs; and
selecting one rule corresponding to the measurement related information and basic information on the tool and creating a measurement program for measuring a size of the tool based on the measurement related information the basic information of the tool inputted in advance and the selected rule.

US Pat. No. 10,248,106

WAVEFORM DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING LENGTH BY CONVERTING FREQUENCY INTO LENGTH ON MACHINED SURFACE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A waveform display device, comprising:a processor configured to execute a program to
acquire position information of a drive shaft of a machine tool in a time series manner;
acquiring acquire physical data that represents an operation status of the drive shaft in a time series manner;
designate a time section that is a display target in a time series of the physical data or the position information;
calculate an average tangent direction speed of a tool tip end point of the machine tool in the time section based on the position information and configuration information of the machine tool;
perform a frequency analysis of the physical data or the position information in the time section to output a frequency spectrum; and
convert a frequency of the frequency spectrum into a distance between two points on a machined surface of the machine tool that corresponds to the frequency using the average tangent direction speed; and
a display configured to display the distance between the two points.

US Pat. No. 10,248,105

MAIN CONTROLLER FOR TELEMATICS INTEGRATION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A system for use in welding-type operations, the system comprising:a welding supply source configured for providing welding outputs to drive a welding torch, the welding outputs comprising at least one of power or weld material;
an engine for driving the system; and
a controller configured to:
interface directly with an engine control unit (ECU) of the engine;
obtain telematics data comprising engine related data, wherein at least part of the telematics data is obtained from the ECU of the engine; and
process the telematics data to enable use of the telematics data by a remote entity for at least one of remote monitoring or management of at least one component of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,248,104

OPTIMIZING MACHINE OPERATIONS USING ACOUSTICS PROPERTIES

Industrial Technology Res...

1. A remote machining optimization system for a machine tool, comprising:an input unit configured to input a machining parameter including a spindle speed and a cut depth;
a receiving unit configured to receive a sound signal and a vibration signal from the machine tool;
a processing unit including:
a program generating module configured to generate a machining program according to the machining parameter inputted by the input unit;
a speed optimization module configured to modify the spindle speed according to the sound signal received by the receiving unit; and
a depth optimization module configured to modify the cut depth according to the sound signal received by the receiving unit;
a communication unit configured to send the machining program generated by the program generating module to the machine tool; and
a storage unit configured to store the spindle speed and the cut depth modified by the speed optimization module and the depth optimization module, respectively,
wherein the speed optimization module is configured to convert the sound signal by fast Fourier transform (FFT) and analyze to find the spindle speed which avoids occurrence of chatter,
wherein the depth optimization module is configured to increase the cut depth, and
wherein the processing unit further comprises a cut force calculating module configured to calculate a cut force according to the vibration signal.

US Pat. No. 10,248,103

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER DYNAMICALLY SWITCHING TIME CONSTANT FOR ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION FILTER

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller that controls axes in a machine based on a program to move a control target, the numerical controller comprising:a command analysis unit that looks ahead and analyzes commands indicated by a block contained in the program to output command data;
a time constant calculation unit that identifies a travel direction of the control target for each of the commands based on the command data to calculate a time constant based on the identified travel direction and a set value, using the following equation:

(where, an axis is denoted by ix);
a pre-interpolation acceleration and deceleration unit that performs a linear acceleration and deceleration process on the command data;
a time constant setting unit that sets a time constant for filter processing based on the time constant for each of the commands calculated by the time constant calculation unit;
a filter processing unit that performs filter processing on the command data subjected to the linear acceleration and deceleration process by the pre-interpolation acceleration and deceleration unit, based on the time constant for filter processing set by the time constant setting unit; and
an interpolation unit that calculates movement of each of the axes for each interpolation period based on the command data subjected to the filter processing by the filter processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,101

TOOL PATH GENERATION METHOD AND MACHINE TOOL USING RATE OF CHANGE OF CURVATURE BASED SMOOTHING

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A method of machining a workpiece with a machine tool using a second tool path generated by performing smoothing treatment with respect to a first tool path for machining the workpiece with the machine tool, the method comprising:generating the first tool path in which movement points, each associated with a coordinate value, are connected by straight lines;
a step of identifying the movement points in the first tool path;
a rate-of-change calculation step for calculating a rate of change in curvature of the first tool path at each of the movement points;
a weight calculation step for calculating a weight of a moving average at each of the movement points based on the rate of change in the curvature of the first tool path at each of the movement points;
the moving average being based on the respective movement point and a number of adjacent movement points on the first tool path and the weight, and the weight comprising a weight distribution that is adjusted so that smoothing increases as the corresponding rate of change of curvature increases;
a step of calculating a coordinate value of the moving average of each of the movement points by using the weight at each of the movement points and coordinate values of the movement point and the number of adjacent movement points;
setting the coordinate value of the moving average of each movement point as a coordinate value of a corresponding movement point of the second tool path; and
machining the workpiece along the second tool path.

US Pat. No. 10,248,100

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller that controls a machine which performs turning on a workpiece based on a program, the numerical controller comprising:a motor controller for controlling movement of a tool of the machine and rotation of spindle connected to the workpiece;
a processor configured to:
designate a machining condition of turning;
designate a machining condition of nicking;
generate an instruction sequence of a turning cycle operation based on the turning machining condition to continuously cut the workpiece to a predetermined cut depth along a predetermined cut length in an axial direction;
generate an instruction sequence of a nicking cycle operation based on the turning machining condition and the nicking machining condition to cut a nick to a predetermined nick depth into the workpiece at a predetermined nick location along the axial direction; and
instruct the motor controller to execute the instruction sequence of the nicking cycle operation by rotating the spindle and moving the tool in s first movement pattern prior to instructing the motor controller to execute the instruction sequence the turning cycle operation by rotating the spindle and moving the tool in a second movement pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,248,099

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER, ENGINEERING TOOL, AND ENGINEERING TOOL PROGRAM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A programmable logic controller for executing a sequential function chart program including a plurality of blocks, each including a first basic unit indicating an operation output and a second basic unit indicating a transition condition,the programmable logic controller comprising:
a device data collector to selectively collect device data of a device included in the first basic unit which is active among the first basic units for each scan at the time when the sequential function chart program is executed;
a device data storage to store the data collected by the device data collector; and
a device data outputter to output the data stored in the device data storage to a storage medium as a file for each of the first basic units or the blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,248,097

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A method for optimizing standard operating procedures for an industrial automation process control system having a plurality of field devices, including at least one of actuators and sensors, the method comprising:recording a sequence of control system operator actions, wherein one or more operator actions within the recorded sequence of control system operator actions are detected based on at least one operator input received at a processor implemented operator interface;
identifying a control system process corresponding to the recorded sequence of control system operator actions;
determining a set of key performance indicator values (KPI values) associated with the recorded sequence of control system operator actions, wherein one or more KPI values within the determined set of KPI values are determined based on state changes detected at said plurality of field devices;
retrieving a standard operating procedure associated with the identified control system process, wherein said standard operating procedure defines a sequence of control system operator actions;
retrieving a set of KPI values associated with the standard operating procedure;
determining a first set of deviations between (a) the recorded sequence of control system operator actions and (b) the sequence of control system operator actions defined by the standard operating procedure;
determining a second set of deviations between (c) the set of KPI values associated with the recorded sequence of control system operator actions and (d) the set of KPI values associated with the standard operating procedure; and
responsive to one or both of the first set of deviations and second set of deviations conforming to a predefined modification criteria, modifying the standard operating procedure to reduce deviation between (e) the recorded sequence of control system operator actions and (f) control system operator actions defined by said standard operating procedure,
wherein modifying the standard operating procedure comprises replacing said standard operating procedure with the recorded sequence of control system operator actions.

US Pat. No. 10,248,094

HOT CUTOVER BOX

Key Industrial Specialist...

1. A hot cutover box, comprising:a. a housing;
b. a power supply;
c. a processor disposed at least partially within the housing and operatively in communication with the power supply, the processor comprising:
i. a central processing unit (CPU);
ii. computer memory operatively in communication with the CPU;
iii. a datastore operatively in communication with the CPU; and
iv. software operatively resident on the datastore, the software comprising an ordered set of allowable process steps and a corresponding set of process step prerequisites;
d. a terminal block comprising:
i. a set of final control element (FCE) connections;
ii. a set of existing process control signal connections; and
iii. a set of new process control signal connections;
e. a first current measurement circuit operatively in communication with the set of new process control signal connections and the processor;
f. a cutover relay operatively in communication with the set of new process control signal connections, the set of existing process control signal connections, and the set of FCE connections;
g. an electrical flow detector circuit operatively connected to the set of FCE connections;
h. a set of processing circuits cooperatively in communication with the software, the set of processing circuits comprising:
i. a bootup circuit operatively in communication with the power supply, the bootup circuit comprising:
1. a state sensor operatively in communication with the processor, the set of new process control signal connections, the set of existing process control signal connections, and the set of FCE connections; and
2. a bootup state circuit operatively in communication with the processor and the state sensor;
ii. a verification circuit operatively in communication with the power supply, the verification circuit comprising:
1. a verification circuit latch operatively in communication with the processor, the set of new process control signal connections, the set of existing process control signal connections, the set of FCE connections, and the bootup circuit; and
2. a verify input relay operatively in communication with the verification circuit latch, the set of new process control signal connections, the set of existing process control signal connections, and the set of FCE connections;
iii. a removal process circuit operatively in communication with the power supply, the removal process circuit comprising:
1. a removal logic circuit operatively in communication with the electrical flow detector circuit, the verification circuit latch, and the state sensor; and
2. a latching removal circuit operatively in communication with the processor;
iv. a switch circuit operatively in communication with the power supply and the latching removal circuit, the switch circuit comprising a latching switch circuit operatively in communication with the cutover relay, the processor, and the latching removal circuit;
v. a connection circuit operatively in communication with the power supply, the connection circuit comprising a connection logic circuit operatively in communication with the switch circuit, the processor, the electrical flow detector circuit, and the state sensor; and
vi. a backout logic circuit operatively in communication with the electrical flow detector circuit, the power supply, the processor and the state sensor;
i. a probe operatively connected to the set of existing process control signal connections intermediate the terminal block and a FCE connection;
j. a process meter operatively connected to the probe and the processor; and
k. a display operatively in communication with the power supply and the software, the display disposed about, and at least partially visible from, an outer portion of the housing, the display operatively connected to the processor, the display comprising:
i. a plurality of predefined input regions; and
ii. a plurality of predefined output regions.

US Pat. No. 10,248,091

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE VIA A NETWORK

1. A method comprising:receiving, via a processor of a communications network operated by a network service provider, data that is captured by at least one sensor deployed at a location, wherein the data is associated with at least one parameter of an equipment, wherein the equipment is deployed at the location;
receiving, via the processor, atmospheric data for the location;
monitoring, via the processor, the at least one parameter of the equipment and the atmospheric data for the location;
determining, via the processor, for the at least one parameter of the equipment, whether an update to a risk measure associated with the equipment is needed, when a deviation from a baseline is detected that is greater than a threshold for a maximum deviation from the baseline that is established for the at least one parameter;
performing, via the processor, the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment, when the update to the risk measure associated with the equipment is determined to be needed; and
generating, via the processor, a ticket for a remedial action based on the risk measure associated with the equipment, when the risk measure associated with the equipment triggers a scheduling of the remedial action.

US Pat. No. 10,248,088

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING HVAC AND LIGHTING FUNCTIONALITY

1. A communicating system for modeling a building having a plurality of rooms with a plurality of entry points, comprising:at least one occupancy detector located within the building;
a system controller associated with the building, the system controller including a non-volatile memory equipped communication-enabled device having a building management controller, the building management controller being equipped to access an automatically generated building spatial model, a sensor configuration database, and a building occupant's behavioral model;
the sensor configuration database including state data of a plurality of occupancy sensors relative to the occupancy of the building by occupants, the at least one occupancy detector being one of the plurality of occupancy sensors;
the building occupant's behavioral model including a database of behavioral models of the occupants;
the device receiving a plurality of sensor signals, each of the plurality of sensors signals originating from a respective plurality of sensors located within the building, the plurality of occupancy sensors forming a subset of the plurality of sensors;
the system generating the building occupant's behavior model based on room type by pattern recognition of activities of occupants based on time and location data received from the plurality of sensors;
based on the relative difference associated with multiple sensor signals of the plurality of sensor signals, the system calculating the relative three-dimensional position of each sensor of the plurality of sensors with respect to the plurality of sensors;
the system informing the building spatial model of the relative positions of the sensors, thereby creating a three-dimensional spatial model of the building which utilizes different patterns of occupancy and an identification of the plurality of entry points to determine the room type of each of the plurality of rooms; and
the building management controller being equipped to actuate conditioning in the building by sending signals in anticipation of an occupant's behavior as derived by the building occupant's behavior model.

US Pat. No. 10,248,086

ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AIR CONDITION BASED ON LOCATION INFORMATION AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a communication module; and
a processor configured to:
receive, using the communication module, first sensing information from at least one first sensor located in an indoor area, wherein the first sensing information includes information on an air condition of the indoor area;
receive, using the communication module, second sensing information from at least one second sensor among a plurality of sensors located in an outdoor area, wherein the second sensing information includes information on an air condition of the outdoor area;
identify the air condition of the indoor area and the air condition of the outdoor area, based on the first sensing information and the second sensing information; and
transmit, using the communication module, a control signal to control at least one air control device located in the indoor area for managing the air condition of the indoor area, based on the air condition of the indoor area and the air condition of the outdoor area,
wherein the at least one second sensor is selected based on a location of the electronic device,
wherein when the at least one air control device includes a smart door and an air conditioner, the processor determines whether to open or close the smart door, and whether to activate or deactivate the air conditioner, based on the first sensing information and the second sensing information, and
wherein the processor is further configured to identify the air condition of the indoor area using a reference air condition determined based on an usage pattern of the at least one air control device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,085

COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN OF ROBOTS FROM HIGH-LEVEL TASK SPECIFICATIONS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A system for automating design of a robot, comprising:a motion optimization module, run by a processor, processing a rough design of a robot including a number of limbs for the robot and further processing a user-specified task for the robot to generate an optimized motion for the robot to perform the user-specified task; and
a link length optimization module, run by a processor, processing the optimized motion to generate a set of link lengths for each of the limbs of the robot,
wherein the user-specified task includes contact positions for the robot, and
wherein the optimized motion is generated to minimize contact forces for the robot while performing the user-specified task based on the contact positions.

US Pat. No. 10,248,082

TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT, MECHANICAL TIMEPIECE, AND METHOD FOR RELEASING PAWL LEVER FROM ENGAGEMENT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A timepiece movement comprising:a barrel wheel;
a ratchet wheel;
a rotary weight;
a transmission wheel that causes the ratchet wheel to rotate;
a pawl lever, which engages with the transmission wheel, is interlocked with the rotary weight, and performs forward/backward movement in directions of approaching and moving away from the transmission wheel;
a base panel; and
a wheel train bearing provided between the base panel and the rotary weight,
wherein the pawl lever and the transmission wheel are positioned between the base panel and the wheel train bearing,
wherein the transmission wheel is pivotally supported by the wheel train bearing, and
wherein the wheel train bearing is provided with a release portion for releasing the pawl lever and the transmission wheel from engagement therebetween by moving the pawl lever.

US Pat. No. 10,248,081

HOLOGRAPHIC PHASE AND AMPLITUDE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A holographic display, comprising:a pixel array including one or more pixels, each pixel including a liquid crystal host structure and a dye guest structure mixed with the liquid crystal host structure;
a holographic data source configured to supply a holographic drive signal, the holographic drive signal including, for each pixel in each of a plurality of time-varying holographic image frames, a phase component defining phase modulation for the pixel and an amplitude component defining amplitude modulation for the pixel;
a drive array configured to, for each pixel, during each holographic image frame, modulate the liquid crystal host structure according to the phase component and modulate the dye guest structure according to the amplitude component; and
a light source configured to output coherent light to illuminate the one or more pixels of the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 10,248,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING VORTEX TUBE THAT GENERATES COLD AIR TO COOL A RECORDING MEDIUM AND WARM AIR TO HEAT A MEMBER INSIDE THE IMAGE FORMING APAPRATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming section configured to form a toner image;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image, formed by the image forming section onto a recording medium;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, which is transferred by the transfer portion, on the recording medium, by heating the toner image;
a vortex tube that is configured to receive a supply of compressed air generated by a compressor to generate cold air having a temperature that is less than a temperature of the compressed air, and warm air having a temperature that is greater than the temperature of the compressed air; and
a cooling portion that is configured to receive a supply of the cold air generated by the vortex tube to cool the recording medium on which the toner image has been fixed by the fixing portion,
wherein a member inside of the image forming apparatus is heated by the warm air generated by the vortex tube.

US Pat. No. 10,248,078

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a drum cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction, the photosensitive drum having a circumferential surface;
a cleaner configured to remove toner from the circumferential surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a conveyance pipe for conveying toner removed by the cleaner; and
a developing cartridge detachably mounted on the drum cartridge, the developing cartridge comprising:
a developing roller rotatable about a second axis extending in the first direction, the developing roller being adjacent to the photosensitive drum in a state where the developing cartridge is mounted on the drum cartridge, the developing roller and the photosensitive drum being aligned in a second direction different from the first direction in a state where the developing cartridge is mounted on the drum cartridge;
a toner storage portion configured to store toner to be supplied to the photosensitive drum by the developing roller; and
a waste-toner storage portion configured to store toner conveyed through the conveyance pipe, the waste-toner storage portion having a main portion and a protruding portion protruding from the main portion in the first direction,
the drum cartridge having a guide portion configured to guide the protruding portion of the waste-toner storage portion when the developing cartridge is being mounted on the drum cartridge, the guide portion comprising:
a first guide extending in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction; and
a second guide continuing from the first guide, the second guide being located closer to the photosensitive drum than the first guide is, the second guide extending in the second direction;
wherein the protruding portion of the waste-toner storage portion has a reception port for receiving toner conveyed through the conveyance pipe into the waste-toner storage portion in a state where the developing cartridge is mounted on the drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,248,077

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable on an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a first unit that includes a photosensitive drum and
a first frame supporting the photosensitive drum so that the photosensitive drum is rotatable;
a second unit that includes a developing roller configured to supply developer to the photosensitive drum and
a second frame supporting the developing roller so that the developing roller is rotatable;
an attachment attached to one end of the first unit in a direction of an axis of rotation of the photosensitive drum,
the attachment including:
a first surface extending in a direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation,
a first projection portion projecting, toward an outside in the direction of the axis of rotation, further than the first surface,
a second surface extending in the direction orthogonal to the axis of rotation and recessed from the first surface toward an inner side in the direction of the axis of rotation, and
a second projection portion provided in the second surface, the second projection portion projecting further than the second surface toward the outside in the direction of the axis of rotation; and
an urging member configured to urge the developing roller against the photosensitive drum, one end and the other end of the urging member being configured to engage with the second projection portion of the attachment and a part of the second unit, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,248,076

CARTRIDGE WITH MOVABLE JOINT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a sheet feeding tray;
a scanner unit facing the sheet feeding tray in a longitudinal direction;
a main body having an opening, the opening being positioned between the sheet feeding tray and the scanner unit in the longitudinal direction;
a front cover movable between an opening position to open the opening and a close position to close the opening, the front cover being positioned between the sheet feeding tray and the scanner unit in the longitudinal direction;
a cartridge comprising:
a joint rotatable about an axis extending in an extending direction and movable between a first position and a second position;
a developing roller rotatable with the joint; and
a guide rib extending from the opening toward an inside of the main body, the guide rib configured to guide the cartridge toward an inside of the main body via the opening; and
a driving force transfer member,
wherein the joint is movable from the first position toward the second position, and
wherein the joint moves from the second position toward the first position while the cartridge is moved, along the guide rib, from the opening of the main body to a mounting position at which a printing control is executed in a state where the front cover is at the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,248,075

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACT SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a frame;
a plate including a first electrical contact portion and a second electrical contact portion, at least a portion of the first electrical contact portion being movable relative to the plate, the at least a portion of the first electrical contact portion being separated farther from the plate than the second electrical contact portion is from the plate; and
a developing cartridge detachably mountable to the frame, the developing cartridge comprising:
a storage medium including a first electrical contact surface and a second electrical contact surface; and
a pressing portion configured to press the first electrical contact surface toward the first electrical contact portion to bring the first electrical contact surface into contact with the first electrical contact portion and to press the second electrical contact surface toward the second electrical contact portion to bring the second electrical contact surface into contact with the second electrical contact portion in a state where the developing cartridge is mounted to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,248,074

DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH GEAR INCLUDING PROTRUSION

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developer cartridge comprising:a casing configured to accommodate developer therein;
a small-diameter gear positioned at an exterior surface of the casing, the small-diameter gear being rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction;
a large-diameter gear positioned at the exterior surface of the casing, the large-diameter gear being rotatable about the first axis, the large-diameter gear positioned farther from the exterior surface than the small-diameter gear in the axial direction;
a first gear positioned at the exterior surface of the casing and configured to engage the small-diameter gear, the first gear rotatable about a second axis extending in the axial direction, the second axis being different from the first axis, the first gear including a first end face facing the exterior surface in the axial direction, and a second end face opposite to the first end face in the axial direction positioned closer to the exterior surface than the large-diameter gear, a portion of the second end face and a portion of the large-diameter gear being aligned along the axial direction; and
a first protrusion having a first surface positioned farther from the second end face than the large-diameter gear in the axial direction, the first protrusion being movable in accordance with a rotation of the first gear.

US Pat. No. 10,248,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body including an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
an openable member having a hook portion and configured to be opened with respect to the apparatus body;
a lock portion disposed in the apparatus body and movable between a lock position to lock the openable member in a closed state and a release position to permit opening of the openable member; and
a movable portion disposed in the apparatus body and configured to move with movement of the openable member such that the movable portion is located at a first position if the openable member is opened and at a second position if the openable member is closed, the movable portion including a block portion that is configured to block a movement of the lock portion from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the first position and that permits the lock portion to move from the release position to the lock position if the movable portion is located at the second position; and
an urge portion configured to urge the movable portion to the first position,
wherein the hook portion is configured to abut with and hold the movable portion at the second position in a state where the openable member is closed, and to be separated from the movable portion in a state where the openable member is open.

US Pat. No. 10,248,071

DRIVE TRANSMITTER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE DRIVE TRANSMITTER

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A drive transmitter comprising:a first coupler mounted on an axial end of a first rotary shaft and provided with extensions, which extend in an axial direction thereof and are arranged at intervals in a rotation direction thereof;
a second coupler mounted on an axial end of a second rotary shaft and provided with contact parts to which respective extensions contact between the first rotary shaft and the second rotary shaft upon drive transmission; and
reinforcing ribs provided to the respective extensions and reinforcing the respective extensions, wherein a rotation center part of the reinforcing ribs projects closer to the second coupler than the extensions, wherein a top surface of each of the extensions and a top surface of each of the reinforcing ribs on a side of the second coupler tilt at a substantially equal angle to each other, relative to a top surface in a longitudinal direction of each of the extensions.

US Pat. No. 10,248,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit that includes an image bearing member and a development device, the development device including a developer container and a developer bearing member, the developer container containing a developer including toner and carrier, the developer bearing member bearing the developer for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a developer replenishment unit configured to replenish the developer container with the developer;
an image density sensor configured to detect a density of a patch image formed by the image forming unit;
an inductance sensor configured to detect a toner density of the developer contained in the developer container as a ratio of the toner to the carrier on a basis of a magnetic permeability of the developer contained in the developer container; and
a controller,
wherein the controller determines an amount of the developer supplied to the developer container by the developer replenishment unit on a basis of the toner density, detected by the inductance sensor, of the developer contained in the developer container and on a basis of a target toner density that is a target of the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container so that the toner density of the developer contained in the developer container becomes equal to the target toner density,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density between an upper limit value and a lower limit value on a basis of the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and on a basis of a reference density of the patch image,
wherein the controller sets the target toner density such that the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image is lower than the target toner density set when the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is lower than the reference density of the patch image,
wherein, in a case where the set target toner density is the lower limit value, the controller is able to execute a mode of changing the lower limit value of the target toner density,
wherein, in the execution of the mode, the controller is configured to
(i) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where an absolute value of a difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is less than a first threshold value,
(ii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a second lower limit value that is less than the first lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the first threshold value and is less than a second threshold value that is greater than the first threshold value, and
(iii) set the lower limit value of the target toner density into a third lower limit value that is less than the second lower limit value in a case where the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor is higher than the reference density of the patch image and where the absolute value of the difference between the density of the patch image detected by the image density sensor and the reference density of the patch image is equal to or greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,248,067

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING COOPERATING MEMBER THAT MOVES TO AN ACTIVATED POSITION WHERE COOPERATING MEMBER IS ENABLED TO COOPERATE WITH COVER WHEN COVER IS OPENED FOR FIRST TIME AFTER DELIVERY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a cover configured to open and close an aperture in a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a cooperating member configured to move to an activated position when the cover is opened for the first time after delivery of the image forming apparatus, the activated position being a position where the cooperating member is enabled to cooperate with the cover;
a switching member configured to move in cooperation with the cover through the cooperating member in the activated position as the cover is opened and closed;
a detector configured to detect an open state or a closed state of the cover according to the movement of the switching member; and
a controller configured to determine that image formation is enabled when the detector has detected the closed state of the cover, wherein
the cooperating member is movable between an inactivated position where the cooperating member is contained in the switching member and the activated position where the cooperating member protrudes from the switching member into the aperture, and
the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a biasing member configured to bias the cooperating member in a direction from the inactivated position to the activated position; and
a protrusion provided on the cover and configured to keep the cooperating member retracted in the inactivated position against biasing force of the biasing member before the cover is opened for the first time after delivery of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,064

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY EXECUTED PRINTING AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a print job acquisitor that acquires a print job;
a hardware processor that calculates, before starting printing based on the print job, a distance in a paper conveying direction in which the printing is continuously executed, and in a case where the distance is equal to or greater than a predetermined distance, allows a user to select at least one image as a print image out of a first image generated on the basis of the print job and a second image different from the first image; and
a printing part that prints the print image selected by the user on paper.

US Pat. No. 10,248,063

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image forming system, comprising:a sheet feeding section which includes a plurality of sheet feed trays each of which stores a plurality of sheets, and feeds sheets stored in the sheet feed tray one sheet by one sheet;
a conveyance section which includes a conveyance passage, and conveys a sheet fed from the sheet feeding section on the conveyance passage;
an image forming section which forms an image on a conveyed sheet;
a plurality of discharge sections each of which discharges a sheet having been subjected to image formation; and
a processor configured such that in a case where a plurality of sheet sets each including a plurality of sheets with sequentiality are stored in a first sheet feed tray of the plurality of sheet feed trays, and in a case where conveyance abnormality of a sheet has occurred on the conveyance passage in course of execution of a print job which uses sheets included in the sheet set and discharges a sheet having been subjected to image formation to a first discharge section of the plurality of discharge sections, the processor stops conveyance of a causal sheet having caused the conveyance abnormality, and discharges sheets having been being conveyed on the conveyance passage on an upstream side than the causal sheet to other discharge section other than the first discharge section, and thereafter, continuously, the processor feeds sheets located, in the sheet set, before a sheet to be fed first at a time of performing recovery printing after elimination of conveyance abnormality, from the first sheet feed tray, and discharges the sheets to the other discharge section.

US Pat. No. 10,248,062

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTING TONER DENSITY IN AN IMAGING DEVICE

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

1. A method of printing in an imaging device, comprising:setting a default toner density for printing;
developing a first toned image having the default toner density;
printing the first toned image on a first page of a print job; and
before printing a second page of a print job:
determining whether a duty cycle state of a photoconductive member in the imaging device has changed; and
upon a positive determination, developing a second toned image having a toner density derived from the default toner density and printing the second toned image on the second page.

US Pat. No. 10,248,061

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO FORM AN IMAGE ON CONTINUOUS PAPER WITH A BLANK BETWEEN JOBS

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on continuous paper;
an amount-of-blank setting unit configured to set an amount of blank to be inserted between a plurality of jobs, by user operation; and
a control unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form the image such that a blank of the amount of blank set by the amount-of-blank setting unit is inserted between the plurality of jobs.

US Pat. No. 10,248,058

MOUNTED FIXING APPARATUS FOR FIXING AN IMAGE FORMED ON A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a tubular film;
a heater provided at an inside of the film;
a protection element provided at the inside of the film, the protection element including two terminals and a switch that turns off to shut off power to the heater when the heater abnormally generates heat;
a first conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the first conductive member being electrically connected to one of the terminals of the protection element;
a second conductive member provided at the inside of the film, a first end of the second conductive member being electrically connected to the other of the terminals of the protection element; and
a holder configured to hold the heater and provided in the inside of the film,
wherein an unfixed image formed on a recording medium is fixed on the recording medium by the heat of the heater via the film,
wherein the first and second conductive members are not coated with an insulator,
wherein a second end of the first conductive member projects from a first end of the film in a longitudinal direction of the film,
wherein the second conductive member is folded at an intermediate point, a second end of the second conductive member also projecting from the first end of the film,
wherein the holder includes a wall portion provided between the first and second conductive members, and
wherein the wall portion is made of an electrically insulating material.

US Pat. No. 10,248,057

FIXING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A fixing device, comprising:an endless belt;
a roller being in contact with an outer surface of the endless belt;
a nip plate disposed in the endless belt;
a supporting member disposed in the endless belt and supporting the nip plate;
a spring member disposed in the endless belt between the nip plate and the supporting member, the spring member urged in a first direction away from the nip plate toward the supporting member;
a sliding sheet having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the sliding sheet being nipped with the endless belt between the nip plate and the roller, the first surface being in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt and the second surface of the sliding sheet being in contact with the nip plate; and
a protrusion extending from the nip plate through the spring member in the first direction and contacting the supporting member;
wherein the sliding sheet is fastened to a facing surface of the spring member that is facing toward the supporting member and away from the nip plate, and the second surface contacts the spring member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,056

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing member configured to be heated by a heat source, to come into contact with a recording medium on which a toner image is formed, and to heat the toner image;
a pressuring member configured to pressure the recording medium passing between the fixing member and the pressuring member; and
a temperature sensing part arranged in a non-contact state with the fixing member, and configured to include an infrared sensing element sensing infrared rays radiated from the fixing member and a condensing member condensing the infrared rays to the infrared sensing element,
wherein detection temperature of the fixing member is calculated on the basis of a sensing value by the infrared sensing element,
the detection temperature or control temperature of the heat source is corrected on the basis of temperature deference between the infrared sensing element and the condensing member,
heating of the fixing member is controlled on the basis of the corrected detection temperature and the control temperature or the detection temperature and the corrected control temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,248,055

FIXING DEVICE INCLUDING A LUBRICANT HOLDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing belt rotatable in a predetermined direction;
a heater to heat the fixing belt;
a pressure rotator in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt;
a nip formation pad disposed inside a loop formed by the fixing belt and pressed against the pressure rotator via the fixing belt to form a fixing nip through which a sheet is conveyed; and
a pair of guides in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt at both ends of the fixing belt in a width direction of the fixing belt, to maintain a substantially cylindrical posture of the fixing belt, each of the guides including:
a guide portion in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt; and
a lubricant holder holding a lubricant, disposed adjacent to the guide portion and not in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the fixing belt.

US Pat. No. 10,248,054

FUSER HAVING RESIN FRAME AND METAL FRAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fuser comprising:a rotating body;
a roller having a rotational axis extended in an axial direction, configured to convey a sheet in a conveyance direction which is perpendicular to the axial direction in a state of nipping the sheet between the rotating body and the roller;
a pair of bearings supporting the roller;
one side frame made of a resin, supporting one of the pair of bearings;
another side frame supporting the other of the pair of bearings, and arranged at a distance from the one side frame in the axial direction; and
a center frame made of a metal, including a main-body portion arranged on an opposite side of the rotating body with respect to the roller, wherein
one end portion in the axial direction of the main-body portion includes a first fixing portion which is fixed to the one side frame, and a second fixing portion which is arranged on an upstream side of the first fixing portion in the conveyance direction, and is fixed to the one side frame.

US Pat. No. 10,248,053

TRANSFER ASSIST MEMBERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A transfer assist member comprising a plurality of layers, one of said layers being a check film layer comprising a mixture of an aminoplast resin and a hydroxyl terminated poly(oxetane) based fluorinated polyether.

US Pat. No. 10,248,052

RESISTANCE DETECTION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

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

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transfer unit configured to transfer an image to a continuous recording medium;
a resistance detection unit configured to detect a resistance of the recording medium at a position upstream of the transfer unit in a transport direction of the recording medium; and
a changing unit configured to change a transfer condition of the transfer unit in accordance with a detection result of the resistance detection unit,
wherein the changing unit is configured to change a transfer voltage or a transfer current applied to the transfer unit, and
wherein the changing unit is configured to, in response to the detected resistance of the recording medium being lower than a reference value, increase the transfer voltage or the transfer current applied to the transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,051

DEVELOPING METHOD IN A DEVELOPER DEVICE HAVING A MECHANISM TO REDUCE SCATTERING OF TONER

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A developing method in a developer device having a developing roller configured to rotate within a housing, the developing roller having a first portion that is exposed through an opening of the housing, a second portion at which developer attached to the developing roller separates from the developing roller and a third portion between the first and second portions, and an elastic sheet in contact with the developing roller between the second and third portions of the developing roller, the method comprising:guiding airflow along a first airflow passage, which is formed in the housing and partially facing the second portion of the developing roller; and
guiding airflow along a second airflow passage facing the third portion of the developing roller and adjacent to the first airflow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,248,050

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING MAGNETIC SEALING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container configured to accommodate a developer;
a rotatable developer carrying member configured to carry the developer;
a magnetic field generator provided inside said developer carrying member and configured to generate a magnetic field;
magnetic members configured to be magnetized by an ambient magnetic field, wherein said magnetic members are provided at respective end portions of said developer carrying member with respect to an axial direction of said developer carrying member with a gap to an outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member; and
magnet members configured to generate a magnetic field, wherein said magnet members are provided at the respective end portions with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, and wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, said magnet members are provided outside said magnetic members and are provided opposed to said magnetic members with gaps to said magnetic members so as to magnetize said magnetic members,
wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, the outer peripheral surface of said developer carrying member includes a first region including a developing region corresponding to an image forming region and a second region outside and adjacent to the first region and having lower developer feeding power than in the first region or having substantially no feeding power, and wherein with respect to the axial direction of said developer carrying member, the first region is larger than a region between outside surfaces of said magnetic members and is smaller than a region between inside surfaces of said magnet members.

US Pat. No. 10,248,049

TONER CASE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner case comprising:a case main body in which a toner is contained;
a rotating member which is disposed in the case main body and is rotatable around a rotation axis;
a transmitting member which rotates along an outer face of a side wall of the case main body on one side in a direction of the rotation axis so as to transmit a rotation to the rotating member; and
a cover which covers at least a portion of the transmitting member,
wherein the transmitting member includes a movable part which moves as the transmitting member rotates, and
the cover has a hole part through which the movable part is exposed,
wherein the cover includes:
a main wall part facing an outer face of the transmitting member;
a guide wall part protruding outward in the direction of the rotation axis from a center portion of the main wall part,
a support wall part protruding inward in the direction of the rotation axis from the guide wall part and supporting the transmitting member, and
the hole part is formed in the main wall part in vicinity of the guide wall part and the support wall part.

US Pat. No. 10,248,048

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING DEVICE HAVING A REPLACEABLE UNIT THAT INCLUDES AN ENGAGEMENT MEMBER FOR POSITIONING A MAGNETIC SENSOR

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

1. An electrophotographic image forming device, comprising:a replaceable unit including:
a housing having a top, a bottom, a front, and a rear positioned between a first side and a second side of the housing, the housing having a reservoir for storing toner;
a rotatable shaft positioned within the reservoir and having an axis of rotation;
a magnet in the reservoir movable in response to rotation of the shaft; and
an engagement member positioned on an exterior of the top of the housing, the engagement member is aligned with a point in a path of movement of the magnet in the reservoir, the engagement member has a front surface that is unobstructed to contact and push a housing in the image forming device supporting a magnetic sensor to an operating position of the magnetic sensor during insertion of the replaceable unit into the image forming device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,047

TONER CASE INCLUDING PROJECTION OR RECESS TO IDENTIFY COLOR OF TONER STORED THEREIN AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, TONER KIT INCLUDING TONER CASE AND PACKAGING BOX

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner case comprising:a case main body storing a toner; and
a cover covering a face of the case main body at one end side in a longitudinal direction of the case main body,
wherein an inside projection or an inside recess is provided on an inner face of the cover at a position to be touchable from an outside, and
a number of the inside projection or the inside recess is determined based on a color of the toner stored in the case main body,
wherein an outside projection or an outside recess is provided on an outer face of the cover at a position corresponding to the inside projection or the inside recess, and
a number of the outside projection or the outside recess is identical to the number of the inside projection or the inside recess.

US Pat. No. 10,248,046

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image processor configured to convert an image signal value included in image data based on a conversion condition;
an image former configured to form an image using toner based on the converted image signal value, and transfer the image to a sheet while conveying the sheet;
a sensor configured to measure a measurement image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
control a process condition to form the image by the image former,
control the image former to form a measurement image on the sheet based on measurement image data,
control the sensor to measure the measurement image, and
generate a control amount for controlling the process condition based on a measurement result of the measurement image,
wherein the controller is further configured to generate a profile of a toner adhesion amount in a sheet conveying direction based on the image signal value to control the process condition based on the control amount corresponding to the profile,
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a first gradation correction to an image signal through ? conversion and to derive a toner adhesion amount distribution of the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied, and
wherein the controller is further configured to perform a second gradation correction by multiplying the image signal to which the first gradation correction is applied by a correction value which is derived based on the toner adhesion amount distribution and which varies in the sheet conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER FLUIDITY MEASUREMENT

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming device forming an image via an image forming process using a developer, comprising:a fluidity measuring unit measuring fluidity of the developer;
a process control unit selecting, on the basis of the fluidity, a process condition to be changed from a plurality of process conditions related to the image forming process, and changing the selected process condition;
a correction amount computing unit computing a fluidity correction amount for correcting the fluidity measured by the fluidity measuring unit, and correcting the fluidity on the basis of the fluidity correction amount;
wherein the process control unit selects, on the basis of the fluidity correction amount, the process condition to be changed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,044

STATIC ELIMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

3. An image forming apparatus comprising:an annular transfer belt rotating in a predetermined rotational direction;
a plurality of photosensitive drums arranged along the rotational direction of the transfer belt;
a plurality of primary transferring parts transferring images formed on the plurality of photosensitive drums to the transfer belt;
a plurality of static eliminating parts discharging electric potential by irradiating the plurality of photosensitive drums with static eliminating light; and
a plurality of cleaning parts removing toner remained on the plurality of photosensitive drums,
wherein each static eliminating part is arranged between each primary transferring part and each cleaning part, includes a light guide body elongated in an axial direction of each photosensitive drum and a light source arranged at one end side in a longitudinal direction of the light guide body, and is configured so as to irradiate an upstream side and a downstream side from the light guide body in the rotational direction of the transfer belt with the static eliminating light,
the image forming apparatus further comprises at least any one of a first light shading part and a second light shading part,
the first light shading part is arranged between the photosensitive drum at a downstream side from the light guide body in the rotational direction of the transfer belt and the light guide body to adjust pre-transfer static eliminating light quantity from the light guide body to the photosensitive drum at the downstream side,
the second light shading part is arranged between the photosensitive drum at an upstream side from the light guide body in the rotational direction of the transfer belt and the light guide body to adjust post-transfer static eliminating light quantity from the light guide body to the photosensitive drum at the upstream side,
the first light shading part and/or the second light shading part are/is configured to have different light shading amounts depending on a position in the axial direction of the photosensitive drum so that static eliminating light quantity from the static eliminating part to the photosensitive drum becomes uniform in the axial direction of the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 10,248,043

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS TONER CHARGED WITH POLARITY OPPOSITE NORMAL CHARGING POLARITY FROM BEING COLLECTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a charging power supply configured to apply a voltage to the charging member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to develop a toner image on the photosensitive member by supplying toner;
an intermediate transfer member configured to form a transfer portion by contacting the photosensitive member and to receive the toner image transferred from the photosensitive member in the transfer portion; and
a potential forming unit configured to form a potential of the intermediate transfer member in the transfer portion,
wherein, in a case where a collection mode in which the exposure unit forms a first potential on the photosensitive member and the developing unit collects discharging toner discharged from the developing unit to a position where the first potential is formed is executed, the potential forming unit forms a potential having a polarity same as a normal charging polarity of toner and an absolute value greater than an absolute value of the first potential on the intermediate transfer member, and the charging power supply applies a voltage having a polarity same as the normal charging polarity and an absolute value greater than the absolute value of the first potential to the charging member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,042

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic roller, comprising an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive elastic layer as a surface layer on the electro-conductive substrate,wherein the elastic layer comprises a binder and retains a bowl-shaped resin particle having an opening in the state where the opening is exposed on a surface of the electrophotographic roller,
the surface of the electrophotographic roller comprises
a concave portion derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface and
a convex portion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle exposed on the surface,
a part of the surface of the electrophotographic roller is constituted by the elastic layer,
when the electrophotographic roller is pressed on a glass plate so that a load per unit area of a nip formed by the electrophotographic roller and the glass plate is 6.5 g/mm2 or more and 14.3 g/mm2 or less, and a square region having a side whose length is equal to a length of the nip in a direction along a circumferential direction of the electrophotographic roller is put in the nip,
in the square region,
the convex portion and the glass plate are in contact with each other, and a number of the contact portion is 8 or more, an average value Save of areas of the contact portion is 10 ?m2 or more and 111 ?m2 or less,
a variation coefficient S of the areas of the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (1), and
a variation coefficient D of areas of Voronoi regions each including the contact portion satisfies the following Expression (2):
0.68?S?1.00  Expression (1)
0.85?D?1.20.  Expression (2)

US Pat. No. 10,248,041

DEVELOPING UNIT, IMAGE FORMING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A developing unit comprising:a body; and
a displacement member that is to be held by the body in a first mode in a first mounting state, and is to be held by the body displaceably between the first mode and a second mode in a reversible fashion in a second mounting state, the displacement member comprising a rotating member that is rotatable around a first rotation axis in both a first rotation direction and a second rotation direction, the second rotation direction being opposite to the first rotation direction, the first mode being a mode in which the displacement member rotates in the first rotation direction, and part or all of the displacement member is protruded from the body, and the first mounting state being a state in which a first toner cartridge is mounted on the developing unit, the first toner cartridge including a protrusion which limits rotation of the rotating member in the second rotation direction in the first mode, the second mounting state being a state in which a second toner cartridge is mounted on the developing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,248,040

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrostatic latent image developing carrier comprising a plurality of carrier particles each including a carrier core, a first coat layer, and a second coat layer, the first and second coat layers covering a surface of the carrier core, whereinthe first and second coat layers give a layered structure in which the first coat layer and the second coat layer are layered in order from the surface of the carrier core,
the first coat layer contains a fluororesin,
the second coat layer contains a silicone resin and a fluorine silane in an amount of at least 1% by mass relative to a mass of the silicone resin, and
an area SA and an area SB satisfy a relationship represented by “0.05?SB/(SA+SB)?0.50”, the area SA being an area of a region of a surface region of the first coat layer that is covered with the second coat layer, the area SB being an area of a region of the surface region of the first coat layer that is not covered with the second coat layer.

US Pat. No. 10,248,038

GRAPHENE-CONTAINING TONERS AND RELATED METHODS

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A graphene-containing toner comprising a core comprising graphene, a crystalline polyester resin, and an amorphous polyester resin, the toner further comprising a shell over the core.

US Pat. No. 10,248,035

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus comprising:a projection system configured to project a beam of radiation onto a substrate at an exposure station;
a first table configured to support a substrate;
a second table, not being configured to support a substrate, comprising a sensor unit configured to sense a property of a beam of radiation from the projection system;
a liquid supply system configured to supply a liquid to a space between the projection system and the substrate, the first table, and/or the second table;
a sensor system at a measurement station which is different from the exposure station, the sensor system comprising a level sensor and/or an alignment sensor;
a first positioning system configured to move the first table; and
a second positioning system configured to move the second table;
wherein the second positioning system is configured to position the second table into the exposure station in synchronism with removal of the first table from the exposure station by the first positioning system when the first table is at the exposure station.

US Pat. No. 10,248,034

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic projection apparatus, comprising:a projection system configured to project an exposure beam of radiation onto a target portion of a substrate, the projection system comprising an optical member through which the exposure beam is directed onto the substrate;
a liquid handling system configured to at least partly fill a space between the optical member and the substrate with a liquid to form a liquid reservoir, the liquid handling system comprising a liquid confinement structure configured to make contact with the liquid, the liquid confinement structure having an outlet configured to remove fluid from the space; and
a passage formed between the liquid confinement structure and a surface, through which the exposure beam does not pass, of the optical member, wherein the liquid handling system is configured to supply a suction to cause liquid in the passage to move upwardly and an opening of the passage to the space is located inwardly, relative to a path of the exposure beam through the space, of the outlet and is located at or below a bottom surface of the optical member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,033

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus comprising:a substrate table constructed to hold a substrate;
a projection system configured to project a patterned radiation beam onto a target portion of the substrate;
a liquid supply system configured to at least partly fill a space between the projection system and the substrate with a liquid, the liquid supply system comprising a liquid confinement structure configured to at least partly confine the liquid within the space; and
an evacuation system comprising a chamber and configured to draw a mixture of gas and liquid from the space into the chamber through an inlet in a bottom surface of the chamber, the chamber having an opening of a line to exhaust primarily gas from the chamber, the opening of the line located above the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,248,032

DUAL CONE-BASED POLARIZER

Gooch and Housego PLC, S...

11. A photolithography apparatus, comprising:an illumination system for supplying a projection beam of radiation;
a first object table provided with a mask holder for holding a photomask, and connected to first positioner;
a second object table provided with a substrate holder for holding a substrate, and connected to second positioner;
a projection system for imaging an irradiated portion of said photomask onto a target portion of said substrate, and
a cone-based polarizer in a projection beam path between said illumination system and said photomask, said cone-based polarizer comprising:
a beam splitter device including a front side (FS) part and a back side (BS) part adapted for receiving a first beam portion and a second beam portion, respectively, wherein said FS part comprises two prisms including parallel first and second FS hypotenuses, and wherein said BS part comprises two prisms including parallel first and second BS hypotenuses;
a first total internal reflection (TIR) cone positioned on top of said beam splitter device and a second TIR cone positioned on a bottom of said beam splitter device,
wherein said first and said second TIR cones are aligned to have an essentially common cone axis direction and are both configured to add a structured polarization upon retroreflecting;
wherein said first and said second FS hypotenuses have a FS TIR interface in-between and are angled at about 45° relative to said cone axis direction, and wherein said first and said second BS hypotenuses have a BS TIR interface in-between and are angled at about 90° relative to said first and said second FS hypotenuses.

US Pat. No. 10,248,031

MULTIPLE CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND MULTIPLE CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM PATTERN WRITING METHOD

NuFlare Technology, Inc.,...

1. A multiple charged particle beam lithography apparatus comprising:dose modulation data calculation processing circuitry configured to calculate, for each of a plurality of pixel regions to be regions obtained by dividing a setting region of a size that does not exceed double size of multiple charged particle beams as a whole by a predetermined quantization dimension into a grid shape, a first dose modulation value of a beam into a target pixel region that corrects, by modulating a dose, a positional displacement of an irradiation pattern caused by a positional displacement of a beam with which the target pixel region is irradiated following a pattern writing sequence and a second dose modulation value to allocate a dose to at least one pixel region around the target pixel region;
dose modulation map creation processing circuitry configured to create a dose modulation map in which a dose modulation value groups is defined for each of the pixel regions in the setting region such that, for each of the pixel regions, the first dose modulation value calculated of the beam to the target pixel region is defined in a position of the target pixel region and the second dose modulation value to allocate a dose to the at least one pixel region around the target pixel region is defined in a position of the at least one pixel region around the target pixel region by associating with the position of the target pixel region;
dose operation processing circuitry configured to, in a case that a pattern is written into a pattern writing region sufficiently larger than the setting region in a target object by using the multiple charged particle beams following the pattern writing sequence, operate an incident dose of a beam to each position intended inside the pattern writing region by continuously using repeatedly data of dose modulation value groups defined for a plurality of pixel regions of a same block among a plurality of blocks obtained by dividing the dose modulation map for each preset number of pixel regions without switching to data of dose modulation value groups of other blocks; and
a pattern writer configured to write a pattern to the target object using the multiple charged particle beams such that the each position is irradiated with a beam of the incident dose operated for each.

US Pat. No. 10,248,030

PROCESS RECIPE EVALUATION METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, ASSISTING DEVICE FOR PROCESS RECIPE EVALUATION, AND LIQUID PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method for evaluating a process recipe used in a liquid processing apparatus that performs a liquid processing by supplying a processing liquid from a nozzle to a substrate while rotating a holding part horizontally holding the substrate about a vertical axis, comprising:storing the process recipe in a first storage part, the process recipe including time-series data of a first combination of parameter values including a position of the nozzle and a rotation speed of the substrate;
reading the process recipe from the first storage part;
reading a pre-prepared risk data from a second storage part, the pre-prepared risk data being determined by associating a second combination of parameter values with a risk information corresponding to a liquid splash risk; and
displaying an assisting data as a liquid splash risk information for the first combination of parameter values in the process recipe, based on the process recipe read from the first storage part and the pre-prepared risk data read from the second storage part.

US Pat. No. 10,248,029

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTION AND METROLOGY

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a measured radiation intensity distribution for a target measured using an optical component at a gap from the target; and
determining a value of a parameter of interest using the measured radiation intensity distribution and a mathematical model describing the target, the model comprising an effective medium approximation for roughness of a surface of the optical component or a part thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,248,028

SOURCE OPTIMIZATION FOR IMAGE FIDELITY AND THROUGHPUT

Mentor Graphics Corporati...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a sequence of instructions that when executed by a computer causes the computer to perform a method, the instructions comprising:instructions for receiving all or a portion of a layout database from which a target pattern of features to be created via a photolithographic process is selected;
instructions for generating first corrected features of the layout database with a resolution enhancement technique to reduce imaging errors between the target pattern of features and an image produced on a wafer using the first corrected features; and
instructions for selecting and assigning first pixel intensity values to be produced by a pixilated illumination light source having a number of pixels with different pixel intensities, wherein the first pixel intensity values are selected to reduce imaging errors between the target pattern of features and the image produced on the wafer using the first pixel intensity values.

US Pat. No. 10,248,027

PROJECTION SYSTEM

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A projection system for a lithographic apparatus, the projection system comprising:an optical path that is operable to receive an input radiation beam and to project an output radiation beam onto a substrate to form an image, the optical path comprising a plurality of optical elements, the plurality of optical elements comprising a first set of at least two optical elements and a second set of at least one optical element;
a plurality of sensors, each sensor being associated with one of the plurality of optical elements and operable to determine a position of that optical element;
a first set of actuators, each actuator in the first set of actuators being associated with one of the second set of optical elements and operable to adjust that optical element; and
a controller, wherein the controller is configured to use the first set of actuators to adjust the second set of optical elements in dependence on the determined position of the first set of optical elements so as to at least partially compensate for line-of-sight errors caused by the positions of the first set of optical elements,
wherein the controller is configured to reduce the line-of-sight errors below a specified alignment threshold level.

US Pat. No. 10,248,026

METHOD FOR ETCHING PROTECTIVE FILM, METHOD FOR PRODUCING TEMPLATE, AND TEMPLATE PRODUCED THEREBY

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A method for etching a protective film, comprising the steps of:preparing a substrate having a protective film formed on a front surface and a recess in a back surface opposite the front surface;
forming a resist pattern on the protective film; and
etching the protective film using plasma while applying a bias voltage, using the resist pattern as a mask;
the bias voltage being increased according to the manner of decrease in the dielectric constant of a region of the substrate corresponding to a covered region of the front surface at which the protective film is present in the protective film etching step, resulting from an increase in a percentage of a volume occupied by the recess within a volume of the region of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,248,025

CONCENTRATED AND WORKING STRENGTH AQUEOUS FLEXOGRAPHIC DEVELOPERS

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, R...

1. A flexographic developer concentrate for processing an imaged flexographic printing member precursor, comprising:a) a fatty acid composition consisting of one or more saturated or unsaturated fatty acids or alkali metal salts thereof, each saturated or unsaturated fatty acid or alkali metal salt thereof independently having 12 to 20 carbon atoms, the fatty acid composition being present in an amount of at least 10 weight % and up to and including 60 weight %,
wherein at least 85 weight % of the fatty acid composition is composed of one or more C18 mono- or poly-unsaturated fatty acids or alkali metal salts thereof;
b) one or more aminopolycarboxylic acids or alkali metal salts thereof in an amount of at least 1.5 weight % and up to and including 15 weight %;
c) a buffer compound in an amount of at least 3.5 weight % and up to and including 25 weight %; and
d) water in an amount of up to and including 85 weight %, based on the total weight of the flexographic developer concentrate,
all amounts being based on the total weight of the flexographic developer concentrate,
the flexographic developer concentrate having a pH of at least 9.8 and up to and including 11.2 and a viscosity of at least 100 centipoises and up to and including 900 centipoises, and further comprising at least 1.5 weight % and up to and including 15 weight % of a glycol and poly-glycol mono-ether co-solvent having a molecular weight of less than 150, the amount being based on the total weight of the flexographic developer concentrate.

US Pat. No. 10,248,023

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device comprising:coating a first resist containing a photoacid generator or a thermal acid generator on a semiconductor substrate;
forming a first opening portion in the first resist by optical exposure;
subjecting a shrink agent containing an acid to a crosslinking reaction by the heat treatment to form a thermoset layer on an overall surface of the first resist;
coating a second resist on the semiconductor substrate and the thermoset layer; and
forming a second opening portion located above the first opening portion and larger than the first opening portion in the second resist by optical exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,248,022

SULFONIUM COMPOUND, MAKING METHOD, RESIST COMPOSITION, AND PATTERN FORMING PROCESS

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A sulfonium compound having the formula (1):
wherein R1, R2 and R3 are each independently a C1-C20 straight, branched or cyclic monovalent hydrocarbon group which may contain a heteroatom, p and q are each independently an integer of 0 to 5, r is an integer of 0 to 4, in case of p=2 to 5, two adjoining groups R1 may bond together to form a ring with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, in case of q=2 to 5, two adjoining groups R2 may bond together to form a ring with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, and in case of r=2 to 4, two adjoining groups R3 may bond together to form a ring with the carbon atoms to which they are attached.

US Pat. No. 10,248,019

PATTERN FORMING METHOD, ACTINIC RAY-SENSITIVE OR RADIATION-SENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION AND RESIST FILM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

8. A pattern forming method, comprising:(i) forming a film from an actinic ray-sensitive or radiation-sensitive resin composition that contains (A) a compound capable of generating an acid upon irradiation with an actinic ray or radiation and decomposing by an action of an acid to decrease a solubility of the compound (A) for an organic solvent, said compound being capable of decomposing an acid-decomposable structure;
(ii) exposing the film; and
(iii) performing development by using a developer containing an organic solvent,
wherein the compound (A) is a compound represented by the following formula (II-4) or (II-5):

wherein each X+independently represents a counter cation;
Rf represents an alkyl group having at least one fluorine atom, a cycloalkyl group having at least one fluorine atom, or an aryl group having at least one fluorine atom;
each of Xf1 and Xf2 independently represents a fluorine atom or an alkyl group substituted with at least one fluorine atom;
each of R11, R12, R21 and R22 independently represents a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom or an alkyl group, and when a plurality of R11's, R12's, R21's or R22's are present, each may be the same as or different from every others;
each L1 in formula (II-4) represents a divalent linking group selected from the group consisting of —COO—, —OCO—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, an alkylene group, a cycloalkylene group, an alkenylene group, and a linking group formed by combining a plurality of these members, and when a plurality of L1's is present, each may be the same as or different from every other;
each L2 in formula (II-5) represents a divalent linking group selected from the group consisting of —COO—, —OCO—, —CO—, —O—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2—, an alkylene group, a cycloalkylene group, an alkenylene group, and a linking group formed by combining a plurality of these members, and when a plurality of L2's are present, each may be the same as or different from every other;
each of Cy1 and Cy2 independently represents an alicyclic group, an aryl group or a heterocyclic group;
provided that at least one of Xf1, R11, R12, L1 and Cy1 is substituted with a group having a structure in which a moiety capable of decomposing by an action of an acid to produce an alcoholic hydroxyl group or a carboxyl group is protected with a leaving group capable of decomposing and leaving by an action of an acid; and that at least one of Xf2, R21, R22, L2, Cy2 and Rf is substituted with a group having a structure in which a moiety capable of decomposing by an action of an acid to produce an alcoholic hydroxyl group or a carboxyl group is protected with a leaving group capable of decomposing and leaving by an action of an acid;
each of x1 and x2 independently represents an integer of 1 to 20;
each of y1 and y2 independently represents an integer of 0 to 10; and
each of z1 and z2 independently represents an integer of 0 to 10;
wherein the moiety capable of decomposing by an action of an acid to produce a hydroxyl group or a carboxyl group is represented by at least one formula selected from the group consisting of the following formulas (I-1) and (I-5):

wherein
in formula (I-1), each R1 independently represents a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic group, and two R1's may combine with each other to form a ring; and
R2 represents a monovalent organic group, and one R1 and R2 may combine with each other to form a ring;
in formula (I-5), each R7 independently represents a hydrogen atom or a monovalent organic group, and R7's may combine with each other to form a ring; and
in formulae (I-1) and (I-5), * represents a bond.

US Pat. No. 10,248,018

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate by using a mold including a pattern surface on which a pattern is formed, comprising:a driver configured to relatively drive the mold and the substrate to change a relative position and a relative orientation of the mold and the substrate; and
a controller configured to control the driver to:
arrange the mold and the substrate based on a target relative position set in advance, in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction for bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other,
incline the mold so that a surface of the substrate and the pattern surface have a target relative inclination, and then
bring the mold and the imprint material on the substrate into contact with each other in a state where the mold is inclined relative to the substrate,
wherein before bringing the mold and the imprint material into contact with each other, the controller is configured to estimate a shift amount by which a mark on the mold shifts relative to the substrate in the second direction due to the inclining of the mold, based on an inclination angle of the mold, and to cause the driver to relatively drive the mold and the substrate in the second direction so as to correct for the estimated shift amount.

US Pat. No. 10,248,017

STRUCTURE DESIGN GENERATION FOR FIXING METAL TIP-TO-TIP ACROSS CELL BOUNDARY

International Business Ma...

1. A method for semiconductor structure design comprising:performing, by a processor, error processing of an initial design file layout;
detecting, by the processor, a tip-to-tip (T2T) structure design violation at a design cell boundary for a metal layer above (Ma) a via (Vx) at a tip of the Ma for the initial design file layout for a semiconductor structure based on a library of pattern rules;
upon detection of the T2T structure design violation, retargeting, by the processor, the Vx for generating a resulting design file layout of the semiconductor structure; and
generating a physical semiconductor structure based on the resulting design file layout of the semiconductor structure.

US Pat. No. 10,248,016

REFLECTION TYPE SCREEN

ARISAWA MFG. CO., LTD., ...

1. A reflection type screen comprising:a base portion which is tabular; and
a plurality of prism portions which are provided on one surface of the base portion, extending in one direction and lined up in a direction intersecting the one direction, wherein
the plurality of prism portions each have:
a pair of surfaces, at least one of the pair of surfaces being inclined with respect to a normal direction of the one surface of the base portion and intersecting the other of the pair of surfaces; and
a reflecting layer, being formed on the one of the pair of surfaces and reflecting light, and
the reflecting layer includes, on the one of the pair of surfaces, a first thin portion, a thick portion and a second thin portion in this order from a side of an intersection line of the one of the pair of surfaces and the other of the pair of surfaces, and
a front surface of the reflecting layer is a non-flat surface.

US Pat. No. 10,248,015

DYNAMIC BLACKBODY SCENE DISPLAY

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. An apparatus for displaying a scene using blackbody light, the apparatus comprising:a sheet of nano-structures comprising a first side and a second side opposing the first side, the first side being configured to receive light from an environment facing the first side and the second side and emit light to the environment facing the first side and the second side, the second side being configured to receive light from an environment facing the first side and the second side and emit light to the environment facing the first side and the second side, wherein each nano-structure is configured to receive light in a first range of wavelengths resulting in heating the nano-structure and to emit blackbody light corresponding to a range of infrared wavelengths due to the heating to display the scene using the blackbody light;
a substrate coupled to the first side and/or the second side of the sheet of nano-structures, the substrate being transparent to a selected range of wavelengths, wherein the substrate is coupled to the first side of the sheet of nano-structures, and the substrate is opaque to wavelengths of the emitted blackbody light in order to prevent light leakage from the second side of the sheet of nano-structures to the facing environment of the first side of the sheet of nano-structures;
a projector configured to irradiate the nano-structures on one of the sides with light in the first range of wavelengths that form the scene to be displayed with the blackbody light emitted from the sheet of nano-structures; and
an imager configured to detect an image of the displayed scene, wherein the projector is configured to irradiate the first side of the sheet of nano-structures and the imager is configured to image the scene displayed on the second side of the sheet of nano-structures.

US Pat. No. 10,248,014

WAVELENGTH CONVERSION DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A wavelength conversion device comprising:a wavelength conversion layer, that is a phosphor layer, having a plurality of pores, and excited by light in a first wavelength band to thereby generate light in a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band;
a transparent member adapted to fill in a recessed section occurring on a surface of the wavelength conversion layer due to the pore;
a reflecting member formed on the surface of the wavelength conversion layer and a surface of the transparent member; and
a base member disposed on an opposite side to the wavelength conversion layer of the reflecting member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,013

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:a light source array including a plurality of first light emitting devices and a plurality of second light emitting devices; and
a light branching element that causes a first light ray flux emitted from the plurality of first light emitting devices and a second light ray flux emitted from the plurality of second light emitting devices to travel in directions different from each other,
wherein the light source array is formed of a plurality of series circuits including a first series circuit and a second series circuit, and
the first series circuit and the second series circuit each include at least one of the plurality of first light emitting devices and at least one of the plurality of second light emitting devices.

US Pat. No. 10,248,011

PROJECTION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
a projection unit configured to project an image on a projection surface based on the light emitted by the light source;
a projection control unit configured to control the light source and the projection unit;
a control unit configured to control the projection control unit based on schedule information in which an operation of the projection apparatus and a time at which the operation is to be performed are associated in advance; and
a storage unit configured to store a number of operations of turning on or turning off the light source and a total lighting time of the light source,
wherein, in a case where the control unit performs a power-off operation of the projection apparatus based on the schedule information, the control unit performs control whether to turn off the light source based on the power-off operation based on the number of the operations and the total lighting time.

US Pat. No. 10,248,009

CAMERA POLE

1. A camera pole for elevating and controlling a camera, comprising:a pole, said pole having a base section and a least one telescoping section which extends from said base section, wherein a final telescoping section is a top section that is highest and said base section is closest to ground level;
a stand to receive said pole and support said pole in a vertical position;
a camera control assembly comprising:
a tension cable with a free end and a stop end, said stop end including a stop;
a camera mount rotatably mounted to said pole at an axis of rotation, said camera mount having a front on one side of said axis of rotation and a back on an other side of said axis of rotation that is opposite said front such that said front and rear rotate about said axis of rotation, said camera mount including a mount arm and a camera support plate extending from said mount arm, said camera support plate adapted to receive the camera, said mount arm having forward upper section extending forward from said axis of rotation at said front and a rear lower section extending downward and rearward from said forward section on said other side of said axis of rotation to meet said camera support plate such that said camera support plate is adapted to use the weight of the camera to rotate said camera mount one direction about said axis of rotation, said forward upper section including a through hole that is a tension cable port to receive said free end of said tension cable so that pulling of said tension cable against said forward upper section causes rotation of the camera mount in a direction opposite of the weight of the camera; and
a handle assembly, said handle assembly including a handle and a handle mount, said handle mount rotatably attached to said base section of said pole, said handle attached to said handle mount, said handle including cable attachment section forward of said handle mount, said cable attachment section having a cable length adjustment hole to receive said free end of said tension cable and a cable securement hole to receive said free end of said tension cable after placement through said cable length adjustment hole.

US Pat. No. 10,248,007

MOUNTING DEVICE AND IMAGING UNIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mounting device that enables an imaging device configured to transmit an image to an external display device to be detachable from an external device, the mounting device comprising:a first mounting portion configured to be mounted on the imaging device;
a second mounting portion configured to be mounted on the external device; and
a rotation mechanism through which the first mounting portion and the second mounting portion are rotatable; and
a mounting exclusion mechanism configured to disable mounting of the second mounting portion on another predetermined device,
wherein the rotation mechanism is rotatable using a connection direction of the imaging device as a rotation center, and a rotation torque of the first mounting portion is different from a rotation torque of the rotation mechanism using the connection direction of the imaging device as the rotation center.

US Pat. No. 10,248,006

IMAGING APPARATUS WITH DISPLAY AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a single main body having a rectangular solid shape and a flat board shape;
a display panel provided on a first surface of the single main body;
a touch panel provided on a surface of the display panel; and
a release button arranged in a second surface of the single main body, the second surface differing from the first surface,
wherein the release button and a multifunction key are arranged in a side surface of the single main body.

US Pat. No. 10,248,005

CAMERA INTEGRATED WITH DIRECT AND INDIRECT FLASH UNITS

1. A method of providing flash illumination for a camera with a direct flash unit within the housing capable of projecting direct illumination, a first indirect flash unit and a second indirect flash unit each within the housing and capable of projecting indirect illumination including the steps of:receiving an input to initiate the capture of an image;
determining orientation of the camera, through an orientation sensor in the camera, and selecting one of the first indirect flash unit or the second indirect flash unit to power based on the orientation;
capturing a feed of image data;
analyzing, by a processor running a set of software instructions stored on memory in the housing, the lighting of the feed image data during a preflash illumination of the selected indirect flash unit;
determining, using the software, the amount of light to be provided by the selected indirect flash illumination based upon the feed analysis; and
controlling the selected indirect flash unit to provide the determined amount of indirect illumination while capturing the image.

US Pat. No. 10,248,004

METHOD FOR THE INSCRIPTION OF SECOND-ORDER NONLINEAR OPTICAL PROPERTIES INTO AN AMORPHOUS OR VITREOUS MATERIAL

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX, ...

1. A method for inscription of second order non-linear optical properties on a support comprising an inorganic amorphous material, the method comprising:heating the support within a temperature range allowing a movement of charges inside said support;
applying a structured electrode to said support generating an electrical field configured to induce a localised accumulation of electrical charges in at least one first zone of the surface of said structured electrode when said structured electrode is supplied by a voltage, said localised accumulation of charges generating at least one anisotropy structuring a second zone of the support in the form of non-linear optical properties inscribed on the surface of said support;
cooling the support under the application of the electrical field generated and maintained for a predetermined duration by the application of the structured electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,248,003

NON-LINEAR OPTICAL CRYSTAL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND TERAHERTZ-WAVE GENERATOR AND TERAHERTZ-WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A non-linear optical crystal comprising:pyridinium represented by the following Formula (1); and
4-substituted phenylsulfonate represented by the following Formula (2a) and 2,4,6-substituted phenylsulfonate represented by the following Formula (2b),

In Formula (1), R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent a methyl group or an ethyl group,

In Formula (2a), X represents a halogen atom, and in Formula (2b), R4, R5, and R6 each independently represent a methyl group or an ethyl group, wherein
the non-linear optical crystal generates terahertz waves with a suppressed local decrease in output intensity in emitted light near 1 THz compared to a crystal made of a salt of the pyridinium represented by Formula (1) and the 2,4,6-substituted phenylsulfonate represented by Formula (2b),
the non-linear optical crystal comprises a mixed crystal of two salts, a first of the two salts being the pyridinium represented by Formula (1) and 4-substituted phenylsulfonate represented by Formula (2a), and a second of the two salts being pyridinium represented by Formula (1) and 2,4,6-substituted phenylsulfonate represented by Formula (2b).

US Pat. No. 10,248,002

OPTICAL CIRCUIT, AND OPTICAL SWITCH USING SAME

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An optical circuit comprising:a first Mach-Zehnder-type component including a first branch waveguide, a first branching/combining unit connected to one end of the first branch waveguide, and a second branching/combining unit connected to another end of the first branch waveguide and having a branch configuration different from that of the first branching/combining unit; and
a second Mach-Zehnder-type component including a second branch waveguide, a third branching/combining unit connected to one end of the second branch waveguide, and a fourth branching/combining unit connected to another end of the second branch waveguide and having a branch configuration different from that of the third branching/combining unit,
wherein the first branch waveguide and the second branch waveguide each include a thermo-optical phase difference adjuster,
wherein in the second branching/combining unit and the third branching/combining unit, light coupling between two basic modes with a phase inverted and a higher-order mode is smaller than that in the first branching/combining unit and the fourth branching/combining unit,
wherein the first Mach-Zehnder-type component and the second Mach-Zehnder-type component are connected with each other through the second branching/combining unit and the third branching/combining unit,
wherein an OFF state of the optical circuit is provided by an absence of current applied to the thermo-optical phase difference adjuster for setting a phase difference of ? between arms of the first and the second Mach-Zehnder type components, and
wherein an ON state of the optical circuit is provided by a presence of current applied to the thermo-optical phase difference adjuster for setting a phase difference of 0 between arms of the first and the second Mach-Zehnder type components.

US Pat. No. 10,248,000

SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A semiconductor optical element, comprising:a mesa-shaped optical waveguide formed on a substrate;
a modulation electrode formed on the optical waveguide;
a first resin layer that buries side surfaces of the optical waveguide;
a bonding pad formed on the first resin layer; and
a connecting wiring line that connects the modulation electrode and the bonding pad, wherein
side surfaces of the bonding pad are partially covered with a second resin layer provided on the first resin layer, and
the connecting wiring line extends on the second resin layer.

US Pat. No. 10,247,999

ELECTRO-OPTIC MODULATION STRUCTURES

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A method of increasing the sensitivity of an electro optic modulator by:disposing metallic electrodes in direct contact with a slab of electro optical material which, in use, supports an optic mode; and
shaping at least one of the metallic electrodes and said slab of electro optical material to urge the optical mode therein away from said metallic electrodes.