US Pat. No. 10,429,985

TOUCH TERMINAL, A NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATION METHOD AND SYSTEM OF THE TOUCH TERMINAL

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A near field communication method of a touch terminal, which is used for near field communication between a first touch terminal and a second touch terminal, the method comprising:the second touch terminal sending an interference source peripheral closing signal to a main control chip, and informing the main control chip to close an interference source peripheral when the second touch terminal receives a request of establishment of near-field wireless communication sent by the first touch terminal through a near-field electric field;
the second touch terminal establishing a wireless connection with the first touch terminal through the near-field electric field, and exchanging data with the first touch terminal;
wherein the interference source peripheral refers to a screen;
wherein the main control chip judging whether a communication frequency between the second touch terminal and the first touch terminal can avoid an interfering frequency of the interference source peripheral, if the judgment is YES, the first touch terminal and the second touch terminal establish a wireless connection through the near-field electric field, and exchange data; if the judgment is NO, the main control chip close the interference source peripheral, then, the first touch terminal and the second touch terminal establish a wireless connection through the near-field electric field, and exchange data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,983

METHOD FOR LAUNCHING APPLICATION AND TERMINAL DEVICE

Guangdong Oppo Mobile Tel...

1. A method for launching an application, comprising:determining, in response to detecting that a touch operation is performed on a touch display screen of a mobile terminal when the touch display screen is in a screen-off mode, whether the touch operation is a target touch operation;
determining, in response to determining that the touch operation on the touch display screen is the target touch operation, whether an occlusion exists in front of the touch display screen;
determining, in response to determining that no occlusion exists, whether the target touch operation corresponds to at least two applications installed in the mobile terminal according to a correspondence between touch operations and applications installed in the mobile terminal;
detecting, in response to determining that the target touch operation corresponds to the at least two applications, a movement of a target object relative to the touch display screen, wherein the target object is part of a human body facing the touch display screen; and
launching a target application in the at least two applications according to the movement of the target object relative to the touch display screen and a one-to-one correspondence between movements of the target object relative to the touch display screen and the applications installed in the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,982

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FORCE

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A method for detecting a force, comprising:acquiring a plurality of sample data of a first region of an input medium of a first electronic device, wherein the input medium of the first electronic device comprises a plurality of regions, each of the plurality of regions corresponding to at least one sensing electrode, each of the plurality of sample data of the first region comprises a preset force of the first region and raw data of the first region, the raw data of the first region is obtained by detecting an electrical signal of the first region, and the electrical signal of the first region is generated by a sensing electrode corresponding to the first region converting a deformation signal which is generated by applying the preset force of the first region on the first region;
determining a first R-F function of the first region according to the plurality of sample data of the first region, wherein the first R-F function denotes a corresponding relationship between a force applied to the first region and detected raw data of the first region; and
determining a second R-F function corresponding to a second region of an input medium of a second electronic device according to the first R-F function, wherein a curve corresponding to the second R-F function is obtained through left and right translation, up and down translation and/or up and down stretch and contraction of a first R-F curve corresponding to the first R-F function, the second R-F function is for allowing the second electronic device to determine a force corresponding to detected raw data of the second region when the second region is subjected to an acting force, and a position where the second region is located on the input medium of the second electronic device corresponds to a position where the first region is located on the input medium of the first electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,981

DETECTION DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A detection device comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
first electrodes that are provided in a display area of the substrate and that are configured to detect a position of an object being in contact with or in proximity to a first surface side of the substrate or pressure of the object being in contact with the first surface side in a touch detection period;
a plurality of second electrodes provided along at least one side of an outer periphery of the display area and configured to detect contact of an object in a pressure detection period;
a conductor that is provided on a second surface side of the substrate apart from the substrate, an electrostatic capacitor being generated between the conductor and the second electrodes;
a third electrode facing the first electrodes,
wherein
the first and third electrodes do not detect the position in the pressure detection period,
the position of the object being in contact with or in proximity to the first surface side is detected in the touch detection period, based on an electrostatic capacitor between the first electrodes and the third electrode,
a drive signal is supplied to the second electrodes in the pressure detection period, and
the third electrode is disposed in a layer different from a layer of the second electrodes, overlaps with the second electrodes in a vertical direction perpendicular to a main surface of the substrate, and is supplied with a guard signal which has a waveform synchronized with the drive signal in the pressure detection period.

US Pat. No. 10,429,980

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display panel, comprising:a plurality of sub-pixels arranged in an array, wherein the plurality of sub-pixels is defined by a plurality of scan lines and a plurality of data lines in a manner that the plurality of scan lines and the plurality of data lines intersect and are insulated from one another, wherein the plurality of scan lines extends in a first direction and is arranged in a second direction;
a pixel electrode layer comprising a pixel electrode corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-pixels;
a source-drain metal layer comprising a drain electrode corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-pixels;
an insulation layer comprising a first via hole corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-pixels;
a flat layer comprising a second via hole corresponding to each of the plurality of sub-pixels; and
a touch electrode layer comprising a plurality of touch electrodes arranged in an array, wherein an orthographic projection of each of the plurality of touch electrodes on a plane of the display panel overlaps more than one corresponding sub-pixels of the plurality of sub-pixels, each of the plurality of touch electrodes comprises a third via hole corresponding to and overlapping one first via hole, and an edge of each of the plurality of touch electrodes in the first direction is located between adjacent sub-pixels among the plurality of sub-pixels, the more than one sub-pixels comprise at least one first sub-pixel, and each of the at least one first sub-pixel is adjacent to an edge of the touch electrode in the first direction;
wherein the source-drain metal layer, the flat layer, the touch electrode layer, the insulation layer, and the pixel electrode layer are stacked sequentially in a direction perpendicular to the plane of the display panel; and
wherein as for the first via hole, the second via hole, and the third via hole corresponding to each first sub-pixel of the at least one first sub-pixel, a center point of the first via hole is deviated by more than 1 ?m away from a first edge relative to a center point of the second via hole in the first direction, and a center point of the third via hole is deviated by more than 1 ?m away from the first edge relative to the center point of the second via hole in the first direction, wherein the first edge is an edge of a touch electrode of the plurality of touch electrodes closest to said first sub-pixel in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,979

TOUCH FILM, TOUCH PANEL AND TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE

SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELE...

1. A touch film, comprisinga flexible substrate, wherein a material of the flexible substrate is polyimide;
a metal layer;
an organic film arranged between the metal layer and the flexible substrate, wherein a water drop contact angle of the organic film is less than 80°; and
a touch electrode layer comprising multiple groups of first touch electrodes and multiple groups of second touch electrodes, wherein the multiple groups of first touch electrodes are arrayed in a first direction and extend along a second direction; the multiple groups of second touch electrodes are arrayed in the second direction and extend along the first direction; each group of the first touch electrodes comprises a plurality of first touch electrodes arrayed in the second direction; each group of the second touch electrodes comprises a plurality of second touch electrodes arrayed in the first direction; and in each group of the second touch electrodes, adjacent second touch electrodes are electrically coupled; and
wherein the metal layer comprises metal connection lines; adjacent first touch electrodes in each group of the first touch electrodes are electrically connected through the associated metal connection line; and an insulating layer is arranged between the metal connection lines and the second touch electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,978

TOUCH PANEL STRUCTURE

Interface Technology (Che...

1. A touch panel structure, comprising:a conductive channel region, comprising:
a metal mesh being a conductive channel; and
a first dummy metal pattern, intersecting the metal mesh, wherein the first dummy metal pattern includes at least two breakpoints and at least one metal line, each of the at least two breakpoints is disposed at a vertex of the metal mesh, the at least one metal line is disposed in the metal mesh and extends from one of the at least two breakpoints to another one of the at least two breakpoints, and the metal mesh is separated from the first dummy metal pattern to be insulated there from at said at least two breakpoints; and
a second dummy metal pattern insulated from and disposed on two sides of the conductive channel region.

US Pat. No. 10,429,976

PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A method for manufacturing a panel, comprising:forming a first conductive pattern comprising a first portion and a second portion;
forming a second conductive pattern comprising a first bridging portion, wherein the first bridging portion connects between the first portion and the second portion;
forming an insulation pattern, located on the second conductive pattern and substantially covering a side surface of the second conductive pattern, wherein a horizontal distance between an outer side surface of the insulation pattern and an inner side surface adjacent to the second conductive pattern is less than 3 micrometers, wherein the insulation pattern comprises a first insulation portion located on the first bridging portion and substantially covering a side surface of the first bridging portion, and a horizontal distance between an outer side surface of the first insulation portion and an inner side surface adjacent to the first bridging portion is less than 3 micrometers; and
forming a third conductive pattern comprising two first sensing portions, two second sensing portions, and a second bridging portion, wherein the two first sensing portions are respectively electrically connected to the first portion and the second portion, the second bridging portion at least partially crosses over and contacts the first insulation portion, and the second bridging portion is connected to the two second sensing portions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,975

TOUCH PANEL, DISPLAY DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF TOUCH PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch panel, comprising,a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer configured to sense touch and an insulating layer located between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer;
a first ground wire disposed on a side of the insulating layer facing the first electrode layer, the first ground wire and the first electrode layer being including same material and provided in a same layer; and
a second ground wire disposed on a side of the insulating layer facing the second electrode layer, the second ground wire and the second electrode layer including same material and provided in a same layer;
wherein the first ground wire or the second ground wire are electrically connected with a grounding terminal; and the insulating layer is provided with a ground wire vias through which the first ground wire and the second ground wire are electrically connected with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,429,974

TOUCH SENSOR PANEL WITH TOP AND/OR BOTTOM SHIELDING

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A touch sensor panel stackup comprising:a first substrate layer;
a first electrode layer comprising one or more of a touch electrode and a trace configured to couple the touch electrode to sense circuitry, the first electrode layer located on a first side of the first substrate layer;
a second electrode layer located on the first side of the first substrate layer;
a passivation layer disposed in between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; and
a third electrode layer located on a second side of the first substrate layer, different from the first side of the first substrate layer,
wherein:
the first electrode layer is comprised of a first conductive material,
the second electrode layer is comprised of a second conductive material and is configured to shield the first electrode layer from first noise, the third electrode layer is comprised of a third conductive material and is configured to shield the first electrode layer from second noise, and
the touch sensor panel stackup does not include a second substrate layer between the first substrate layer and the second electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,972

TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL AND TOUCH DISPLAY APPARATUS THEREOF

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A touch display apparatus comprising:a substrate with a first surface and a second surface, the second surface opposite to the first surface;
a touch electrode layer formed on the first surface, the touch electrode layer having a plurality of touch electrodes arranged in a matrix; and
a color filter layer formed on the second surface, the color filter layer having a plurality of color filters;
wherein each of the plurality of touch electrodes comprises a plurality of sub-electrodes parallel with each other along a first direction; a number of the sub-electrodes per unit area is greater than a number of the plurality of color filters per unit area; when viewed along a direction perpendicular to the touch display apparatus, vision color filters captured by eyes of a view are completely covered by the plurality of sub-electrodes based on a refraction of light passing through the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,429,971

DISPLAY PANEL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A display panel, divided into a display area and a non-display area surrounding the display area at a periphery of the display area, wherein the display panel comprises:a display substrate, the display substrate having a display function;
an upper substrate, which is arranged on a display side of the display substrate and cell-assembled with the display substrate;
an adhesive layer, which is arranged between the upper substrate and the display substrate, wherein the adhesive layer is arranged in the display area and in the non-display area; and
a thin film layer which is arranged on a side of the upper substrate away from the display substrate, wherein a region of the thin film layer corresponding to the non-display area is an opaque area, and a region of the thin film layer corresponding to the display area is a transparent area.

US Pat. No. 10,429,970

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:an array substrate;
a counter substrate;
an image signal line;
a scan signal line;
a transistor connected to the image signal line and the scan signal line; and
an outgoing line for connecting a first electrode for capacitive touch detection to a detection circuit, and
a first power supply wiring disposed on a layer different from that of the outgoing line, wherein
the outgoing line includes:
a first wiring portion extended from the first electrode toward the detection circuit; and
a first capacitance adjusting wiring portion connected with the first wiring portion,
the first wiring portion intersects the first power supply wiring, and
the first capacitance adjusting wiring portion is overlapped with the first power supply wiring in planar view and extends along the first power supply wiring from the first wiring portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,969

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING MULTI-TOUCH INPUT AT TOUCH SCREEN TERMINAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for a touch screen on a multi-tasking device, the method comprising:determining a number of fingers in a flicking of one or more fingers in a currently-displayed application program on the touch screen;
if the determined number of fingers in the flicking is five and a not-currently-displayed application program exists, switching the touch screen from the currently-displayed application program to the not-currently-displayed application program; and
if the determined number of fingers in the flicking is five and the not-currently-displayed application program does not exist:
if scrolling is possible, scrolling content shown in the currently-displayed application program in a direction of movement of the flicking; and
if scrolling is not possible, performing no action.

US Pat. No. 10,429,968

RECONFIGURABLE MESSAGING ASSEMBLY

Visteon Global Technologi...

1. A reconfigurable messaging assembly comprising:a display attached to a vehicle, and operable to present content, wherein the content includes one of an image, a video, a text, or a combination thereof; a processor coupled to the display;
a storage device coupled to the display, and operable to store a primary content, a secondary content a primary video message and a secondary video message:
an interface device coupled to the display, wherein the interface device includes a camera operable to record video content and a touchscreen; and
a communicator coupled to the interface device and operable to communicate with a portable electronic device through a wireless connection;
wherein the processor is operable to:
store in the storage device the primary video message from the primary user as recorded by the camera;
receive a first input from a primary user via the touchscreen;
control the display to present the primary content from the storage device based on the first input from the primary user;
receive a second input from a secondary user via the communicator and the wireless connection from the portable electronic device regarding the primary content, the secondary user being different than the primary user;
control the display to update the primary content to the secondary content and present the primary video message from the storage device to the secondary user based on the second input from the secondary user;
store in the storage device the secondary video message from the secondary user as recorded by the portable electronic device and received via the communicator and the wireless connection;
receive a third input from the primary user from the touchscreen; and control the display to present the secondary video message from the storage device to the primary user in response to the third input from the primary user.

US Pat. No. 10,429,967

IN-CELL TOUCH TYPE LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

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

1. An in-cell touch type liquid crystal display (LCD) device, comprising:an LCD panel including:
a first touch block including:
a first set of gate lines; and
a first set of common lines; and
a second touch block including:
a second set of gate lines; and
a second set of common lines;
a gate driver for sequentially applying a high-potential gate driving signal to the first set of gate lines of the first touch block and the second set of gate lines of the second touch block for a single horizontal time period;
a common voltage generator for concurrently supplying common voltages (Vcom) of:
a first waveform to all the first set of common lines and the second set of common lines for a display time period during which an image is displayed by the LCD panel; and
a second waveform to the second set of common lines of the second touch block rather than the first touch block to which the high-potential gate driving signal is being currently applied through the first set of gate lines for detecting a touch input for a touch time period less than the single horizontal time period; and
a touch detection circuit for detecting a touched position on the liquid crystal (LC) panel through the second waveform common voltages,
wherein the first waveform common voltage is a direct current (DC) common voltage corresponding to a pixel voltage of a pixel provided at the LC panel,
wherein the second waveform common voltage is an alternating current (AC) common voltage including multiple repetitive square waveforms within the touch time period,
wherein, within the single horizontal period, the high-potential gate driving signal partially overlaps and precedes the second waveform common voltage, and
wherein the second waveform common voltage swings at constant intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,429,966

TOUCH INPUT DEVICE

SUNREX TECHNOLOGY CORP., ...

1. A touch input device comprising:a baseboard unit that has a distal end portion, and a coupling end portion opposite to said distal end portion;
a movable board unit that overlaps said base board unit, and that has a connecting end portion connected to said coupling end portion of said base board unit, and a free end portion being opposite to said connecting end portion and movable toward or away from said distal end portion of said base board unit;
an actuating unit that includes
a switch protruding from said free end portion of said movable board unit and having a peripheral section, and
an actuating member protruding from said distal end portion of said base board unit, said actuating member actuating said switch when said free end portion of said movable board unit moves to a position adjacent to said distal end portion of said base board unit; and
a ring-shaped noise reduction member that is flexible, and that has an inner side surface defining an inner hole, an outer side surface opposite to said inner side surface, and opposite top and bottom ring surfaces interconnecting said inner side surface and said outer side surface, said switch of said actuating unit extending into said inner hole, said peripheral section of said switch being retained between said noise reduction member and said free end portion of said movable board unit;
wherein when said free end portion of said movable board unit moves to the position adjacent to said distal end portion of said base board unit, said noise reduction member being compressed by said distal end portion of said base board unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,964

TOUCH PANEL, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING TOUCH PANEL, AND OPTICAL THIN FILM

ULVAC, INC., Chigasaki-S...

1. A touch panel comprising:a touch panel substrate;
a cover substrate provided to overlap the touch panel substrate; and
a white connection part including a white scattering layer laminated from the cover substrate side toward the touch panel substrate side and being provided between the touch panel substrate and the cover substrate in an area other than a display area, wherein
the white scattering layer is formed from a multilayered structure in which a first dielectric layer and a second dielectric layer are alternately laminated,
a film thickness of each of the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer is equal to or less than 10 nm, and
in the multilayered structure of the white scattering layer, the number of dielectric laminates formed of the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer is equal to or more than 50, and wherein
the white connection part includes the white scattering layer and a reflection layer formed to cover the white scattering layer,
the reflection layer is formed as a multilayered structure constituted of a first reflection layer and a second reflection layer,
the multilayered structure of the reflection layer is made of the same material as that of the multilayered structure of the white scattering layer,
a thickness of the first reflection layer is 10 times or more that of the first dielectric layer, and
a thickness of the second reflection layer is 10 times or more that of the second dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,963

USER NOTIFICATION METHOD, HANDWRITTEN DATA CAPTURE DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. A user notification method performed by a handwritten data capture device, the user notification method comprising:determining whether a pointing body is in a pen-up state or a pen-down state;
determining whether coordinate data of the pointing body on a touch sensor of the handwritten data capture device is already stored in a first area of a memory;
making a first user notification in response to determining that the coordinate data is already stored in the first area of the memory and that the pointing body is in the pen-up state; and
switching a storage destination of the coordinate data to a second area of the memory that is different from the first area in response to accepting a given user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,962

POSITION INDICATOR

WACON CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A position indicator, comprising:a first electrode, which, in operation, receives an input signal and transmits a reference signal;
an inverting amplifier having an input coupled to the first electrode, wherein the inverting amplifier, in operation, inverts and amplifies the input signal, wherein the inverting amplifier comprises:
an operational amplifier having an inverting input terminal, a non-inverting input terminal, and an output terminal;
a first resistance element coupled between the first electrode and the inverting input terminal; and
a second resistance element coupled between the output terminal and the inverting input terminal;
electrical isolation circuitry having an input coupled to an output of the inverting amplifier, wherein the electrical isolation circuitry, in operation, generates the reference signal based on the inverted and amplified input signal, wherein the electrical isolation circuitry comprises:
a photo-coupler;
a first inverter coupled between the output terminal of the operational amplifier and an input of the photo-coupler; and
a second inverter having an input coupled to an output of the photo-coupler and an output coupled to an input of the biasing circuit; and
a biasing circuit coupled between an output of the electrical isolation circuitry and the non-inverting input terminal of the operational amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,429,961

CONTROLLER DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A controller device capable of wirelessly communicating with an information processing device, the controller device comprising:a wireless module;
a display configured to display an image represented by image data received from the information processing device; and
at least one hardware processor configured to:
execute a predetermined program and output, for display, at least an image resulting from the execution of the program to the display, when a predetermined operation is performed on the controller device, wherein the predetermined program is a program for controlling, in accordance with an operation performed on the controller device, functionality of a display device independent from control of the information processing device, the display device being separate from the display of the controller device and configured to display images generated from the information processing device
transmit by using wireless module and to the information processing device, operation data obtained based on an operation performed on the controller device,
receive, by using wireless module and from the information processing device, image data generated in the information processing device through a process performed based on the operation data, wherein the image data is received irrespective of whether the predetermined program is being executed,
transmit, by using the wireless module and to the to the information processing device, data indicating that the predetermined program is being executed,
cause the display to lay an image resulting from the execution of the predetermined program over the image represented by the image data,
while the predetermined program is being executed, cause the display to display an image represented by the image data, together with the image resulting from the execution of the predetermined program,
transmit, using the wireless module and to the information processing device, operation data representing operations performed on user input devices of the controller device;
wherein the predetermined program is executed using, as an input, an operation performed on one or more of the user input devices; and
wherein when data indicating that the predetermined program is being executed is received, image data is generated by the information processing device by executing a process based on the operation data while invalidating operations performed on the one or more of the user input devices.

US Pat. No. 10,429,960

ADAPTABLE CONTROL-KNOB SYSTEM ON A SMARTPHONE OR ELECTRONIC TABLET

Continental Automotive Fr...

1. A control knob selection system comprising:a smartphone or an electronic tablet comprising a front face equipped with a display and with a video camera,
a carrier equipped with a control knob mounted so as to rotate about an axis A with respect to the carrier, and with a reception zone designed to receive and hold the smartphone or the electronic tablet, and,
when the smartphone or the electronic tablet is positioned in the reception zone,
an optical path between a light source emitted by the display and the video camera, with at least one reflection off an optical reflector, said optical path being able to be established or interrupted selectively depending on the angular position of the control knob about the axis A.

US Pat. No. 10,429,959

MINICOMPUTER WITH A ROTATING UNIT AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE MINICOMPUTER

Inventus Engineering GmbH...

15. A method of operating a minicomputer, the method comprising: providing the minicomputer with a processor, a display unit with a touch display, and a haptic operating device having a rotating unit; displaying a menu with selectable menu items on the touch display; selecting a menu item by touching a respective menu item on the touch display or by rotating the rotating unit; during a rotation of the rotating unit, dynamically changing a rotational resistance of the rotating unit by defining a plurality of latching points according to the menu items displayed on the display unit; haptically perceptively latching the rotating unit at the latching points during the rotation of the rotating unit, by selectively increasing the rotational resistance of the rotating unit at the latching points; and enabling the rotating unit to be endlessly and freely rotatable in a switched-off state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,958

WIRELESS DEVICE APPLICATION INTERACTION VIA EXTERNAL CONTROL DETECTION

OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LL...

1. A method, comprising:calculating a first distance based on a distance between a first position of the wireless device and a second position of the wireless device;
comparing the first distance to a first threshold distance stored in a memory to confirm the first distance exceeds a first minimum distance;
calculating a second distance based on a distance between the second position of the wireless device and a third position of the wireless device;
comparing the second distance to a second threshold distance stored in the memory to confirm the second distance does not exceed a first maximum distance; and
changing a current operating state of the wireless device to a different operating state if the first distance exceeds the first minimum distance and the second distance does not exceed the first maximum distance.

US Pat. No. 10,429,957

MECHANICAL OPTICAL POINTER

ORTHOsoft, Inc., Montrea...

1. A pointer device for digitizing locations within a coordinate system, the pointer device comprising:a first portion including a distal end and a proximal end, the first portion including a first tracking marker; and
a tracked probe including a proximal end configured to support an array of tracking markers, a distal end including a probe tip, and an intermediate section adapted to slidably engage the first portion, wherein the intermediate section extends along a longitudinal axis from the distal end to the proximal end;
wherein movement of the probe tip relative to the first portion between at least a first position and a second position can be monitored by tracking the first tracking marker relative to an intermediate point between the array of tracking markers, wherein a distance between the first tracking marker and the intermediate point is shorter along the longitudinal axis when the probe tip is at the second position than when the probe tip is at the first position, wherein movement of the probe tip into the second position indicates a location to be digitized at the probe tip through transgressing a threshold distance between the first tracking marker and the intermediate point.

US Pat. No. 10,429,956

CAPACITIVE STYLUS WITH DETACHABLE ERASER

Waltop International Corp...

1. A capacitive stylus used on a touch device, comprising:a pen housing comprising a rear end section and a thinning section, the thinning section being located before the rear end section, the rear end section having a thickness greater than a thickness of the thinning section;
a detachable eraser located at a rear end of the pen housing for emitting an erasing signal;
wherein an outer surface of the eraser includes a compressible latch, an inner surface of the rear end section includes an axial groove, and the latch is pushed through the axial groove to locate the latch in the thinning section, and the latch is rotated in the thinning section to complete the assembly with the pen housing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,955

POINTER, POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

Wacom, Co., Ltd., Saitam...

1. A pen-shaped position indicator configured to capacitively couple with a sensor surface, the pen-shaped position indicator comprising:a pen-shaped body having a pen-tip portion; and
at least three electrodes arranged at the pen-tip portion for transmitting signals, wherein one of the at least three electrodes is arranged on an axis of the pen-tip portion and another one of the at least three electrodes is arranged off the axis of the pen-tip portion;
wherein the at least three electrodes transmitting signals form capacitive relationships with a sensor surface, respectively, to generate detection signals in the sensor surface from which a first detection signal, a second detection signal, and a third detection signal distinguishable from each other are extracted and used to obtain angular information of the pen-shaped position indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,954

MULTI-STROKE SMART INK GESTURE LANGUAGE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system, comprising:an operating system (OS);
an application; and
an action input module implemented at least partially in hardware and configured to:
provide, via the OS or the application, a digital ink user interface that is associated with the application and that can receive a digital ink stroke made through a stylus, the digital ink stroke:
received through a display that is capable of receiving input from the stylus; and
received over the digital ink user interface, the digital ink user interface configured to receive the digital ink stroke and present, in real time, a visual representation of the digital ink stroke, the application configured to interpret the digital ink stroke as content input;
determine, based on a detected proximity to a prior-received digital ink stroke and a chronological immediacy time duration associated with a receipt of the digital ink stroke relative to the prior-received digital ink stroke currently presented in or over the digital ink user interface, that the digital ink stroke and the prior-received digital ink stroke represent a multi-stroke gesture associated with an action input; and
provide the action input to the application effective to cause the application to receive and react to the action input.

US Pat. No. 10,429,952

WIRELESS MOUSE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A wireless mouse, comprising:a mouse housing, and
an electric generating device mounted in the mouse housing, wherein the electric generating device comprises:
a first rotation shaft mounted pivotably in the mouse housing,
an eccentric wheel fixed on the first rotation shaft,
a first annular conductor fixed on the first rotation shaft, and
a first magnet fixed in the mouse housing,
wherein the first annular conductor is arranged in a magnet field generated by the first magnet, and is configured such that magnetic flux through an annular section of the first annular conductor changes when the first rotation shaft drives the first annular conductor to rotate, and
wherein the electric generating device further comprises: a second rotation shaft mounted pivotably in the mouse housing, and a first linkage slider mechanism connected to a mouse left key of the mouse housing and the second rotation shaft respectively for transmission of motion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,951

MOUSE DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE MOVING RESOLUTION

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

1. A mouse device in communication with a computer system for controlling movement of a cursor of the computer system, the mouse device comprising:a mouse casing comprising a base, an upper cover, a receiving recess, a first casing opening and a second casing opening, wherein the base is covered by the upper cover, the receiving recess is formed in the base and arranged between the base and the upper cover, the first casing opening is formed in the base, and the second casing opening is formed in the base and located near the first casing opening;
a circuit board located over the receiving recess;
a first sensing module disposed on the circuit board, wherein a part of the first sensing module is selectively exposed outside the second casing opening;
a second sensing module disposed on the circuit board, wherein a part of the second sensing module is selectively exposed outside the second casing opening; and
a switching module partially received within the receiving recess and partially exposed outside the first casing opening, wherein one of the first sensing module and the second sensing module is exposed outside the second casing opening under control of the switching module, so that a moving resolution of the mouse device is adjustable, wherein the switching module comprises:
a switching plate received within the receiving recess, wherein the switching plate is rotatable relative to the base;
a fixing bracket fixed on the upper cover or the base, and arranged between the upper cover and the base;
a connecting bracket arranged between the upper cover and the base, wherein the switching plate and the circuit board are connected with each other through the connecting bracket, wherein as the connecting bracket is rotated with the switching plate, the circuit board is rotated relative to the base;
a rotary element connected with the fixing bracket and the connecting bracket, and rotated with the switching plate;
a detecting element disposed on the circuit board, wherein when a rotating status of the switching plate is detected by the detecting element, a detecting signal is generated by the detecting element; and
a controlling unit disposed on the circuit board and electrically connected with the detecting element, the first sensing module and the second sensing module, wherein the controlling unit controls operations of the first sensing module and the second sensing module according to the detecting signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,950

DIFFUSIVE EMISSIVE DISPLAY

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A display comprising:a display stack to generate a digital display image;
a media layer that includes a plurality of diffusive emissive elements disposed in a predetermined pattern, wherein the diffusive emissive elements:
reside in a carrier material to emit a scattered signal;
induce a surface plasmon resonance in response to light incident to the media layer; and
provide information for a positional relationship between relative diffusive emissive elements to determine a location on the media layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,949

USER INTERACTION APPARATUS AND METHOD

HTC CORPORATION, Taoyuan...

1. A user interaction apparatus, comprising:an interface, being configured to receive a calibrated position from a positioning apparatus; and
a processor, being electrically connected to the interface and configured to determine that a virtual object shown on a display is under a control of a controller, wherein the interface further receives a plurality of movement values from the controller, the processor further calculates a plurality of applied force vectors according to the movement values, and the processor further determines that a specific applied force vector among the applied force vectors is greater than a first threshold,
wherein the interface further receives an orientation vector corresponding to the specific applied force vector from the positioning apparatus and determines that an angle between the specific applied force vector and the orientation vector is smaller than a second threshold,
wherein the interface further receives a control position corresponding to the specific applied force vector from the controller and the processor further defines a boundary according to one of the calibrated position of a positioning apparatus and the orientation vector, determines that the control position is outside the boundary, and controls a movement of a virtual object on a display after determining that the control position is outside the boundary, defines a plurality of areas according to the calibrated position, a first plane, and a second plane, wherein the first plane and the second plane intersect,
wherein the processor further determines that the control position is within a specific area among the areas, decides a movement path according to the specific area, and calculates an output vector for the virtual object on the display according to the specific area and the specific applied force vector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,948

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD

TOSHIBA CLIENT SOLUTIONS ...

7. A method to be performed by an electronic apparatus comprising a first body that comprises a front surface on which a display is provided, and a first corner and a second corner, and a second body that comprises an upper surface on which an input device is provided, and a third corner and a fourth corner, the first body and the second body being mechanically attachable to support an arrangement of the electronic apparatus for use in a first style that corresponds to a notebook mode where the first and third corners are positioned opposite to each other and the second and fourth corners are positioned opposite to each other or a second style that correspond to a quasi-tablet mode in which the upper surface of the second body is covered with a back surface of the display of the first body, the electronic apparatus includes a processor configured to control an orientation of a screen image displayed on the display according to the first style and the second style, and an acceleration sensor configured to detect an inclination of the first body, the method comprising:detecting the arrangement of the electronic apparatus being in the second style;
validating an input operation of changing an orientation of the screen image displayed on the display in response to (i) the electronic apparatus being detected to be in the second style and (ii) the inclination detected by the acceleration sensor is not greater than a certain value; and
restricting the validation of the input operation to a certain time period extending from a time of the second style being detected to a predetermined time passed.

US Pat. No. 10,429,947

OPTICAL NAVIGATION MECHANISM CAPABLE OF DYNAMICALLY LEARNING DIFFERENT MATERIALS OF DIFFERENT WORKING SURFACES

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A method capable of dynamically learning a material of a working surface on which an optical navigation device is moving, comprising:utilizing at least one light emitting unit to emit at least one light ray to the working surface to reflect and generate image (s) on an image sensor;
estimating and calculating at least one average image offset sensed by at least one sensing pixel of the image sensor according to at least one image motion information sensed by the at least one sensing pixel of the image sensor during a specific time; and
dynamically determining whether at least one image value sensed by the at least one sensing pixel corresponds to a fixed pattern or a feature image associated with movement of the optical navigation device according to the at least one average image offset and a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,429,946

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RENDERING SECONDARY CHARACTERS

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A method, comprising:detecting, by a user device, a first input;
determining, by the user device, that the first input is a press and hold input of a key of a keyboard of the user device, the keyboard including a plurality of keys configured to receive key inputs, each of the keys being associated with inputting a primary character and one or more secondary characters;
enabling a diacritic input mode based on the determination that the first input is the press and hold input; and
while the diacritic input mode is enabled,
displaying on a screen of the user device the one or more secondary characters;
detecting, by the user device, a second input;
determining, by the user device, that the second input is a drag input on the keyboard; and
displaying on the screen an indicator sequentially indicating selection of a secondary character among the one or more secondary characters while the drag input is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,429,945

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING IMAGE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A display device comprising:a calculator comprising calculating circuitry configured to calculate a number of horizontal pixels and a number of vertical pixels, which are recognized as one pixel by a viewer;
a determiner comprising determining circuitry configured to divide pixels of an image into a plurality of pixel groups, each pixel group being defined by the number of horizontal pixels and the number of the vertical pixels, to determine at least one pixel among the pixels included in each pixel group as a first pixel based on a pixel value of the pixels included in each pixel group, and to determine at least one pixel other than the first pixel among the pixels included in each pixel group as a second pixel;
a first image processor configured to perform an image-enhancement process on the first pixel via a first image enhancement factor at a first increase rate; and
a second image processor configured to perform an image-enhancement process on the second pixel via a second image enhancement factor at a second increase rate.

US Pat. No. 10,429,944

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEEP LEARNING BASED HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION IN FIRST PERSON VIEW

Tata Consultancy Services...

1. A processor-implemented method for hand-gesture recognition, the method comprising:receiving, via one or more hardware processors, a plurality of frames of a media stream of a scene captured from a first person view (FPV) of a user using at least one RGB sensor communicably coupled to a wearable Augmented reality (AR) device, the media stream comprising RGB image data associated with the plurality of frames of the scene, the scene comprising a dynamic hand gesture performed by the user;
estimating, via the one or more hardware processors, a temporal information associated with the dynamic hand gesture from the RGB image data by using a deep learning model, the estimated temporal information being associated with hand poses of the user and comprising a plurality of key-points identified on user's hand in the plurality of frames, wherein the plurality of key-points comprises twenty one hand key-points, and wherein each key-point of the twenty one key points comprises four key points per finger and one key-point close to wrist of the user's hand, and wherein estimating the temporal information associated with the dynamic hand gesture comprises:
estimating, a plurality of network-implicit 3D articulation priors using the deep learning model, the plurality of network-implicit 3D articulation priors comprising a plurality of key-points determined from a plurality of training sample RGB images of user's hand; and
detecting, based on the plurality of network-implicit 3D articulation priors, the plurality of key-points on the user's hand in the plurality of frames; and
classifying, by using a multi-layered Long Short Term memory (LSTM) classification network, the dynamic hand gesture into at least one predefined gesture class based on the temporal information associated with the plurality of key points, via the one or more hardware processors.

US Pat. No. 10,429,943

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF TRACKING MOVING HANDS AND RECOGNIZING GESTURAL INTERACTIONS

Ultrahaptics IP Two Limit...

1. A method of determining command input to a machine responsive to control object gestures in three dimensional (3D) sensory space, the method comprising:configuring a 3D model representing a control object by fitting one or more 3D capsules to observation information based on an image captured at time t0 of gestural motion of the control object in three dimensional (3D) sensory space;
responsive to modifications in the observation information based on another image captured at time t1, improving alignment of the 3D capsules to the observation information by:
determining variance between a point on another set of observation information based on the image captured at time t1 and a corresponding point on at least one of the 3D capsules fitted to the observation information based on the image captured at time t0 by:
pairing point sets from points on the observation information with points on the 3D capsules, wherein normal vectors to points on the observation information are parallel to normal vectors to points on the 3D capsules; and
determining the variance comprising a reduced root mean squared deviation (RMSD) of distances between paired point sets; and
responsive to the variance adjusting the 3D capsules and determining a gesture performed by the control object based on the 3D capsules as adjusted; and
interpreting the gesture as providing command input to a machine.

US Pat. No. 10,429,942

GESTURE INPUT DEVICE

OMRON CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A gesture input device comprising:a movement detection unit that detects a user movement;
an image projection unit that forms a zone image in space to present a region whereat the movement detection unit detects movement;
a determination unit that assesses whether or not the movement detected by the movement detection unit is an input action representing a predetermined input; and
an assessment result presentation unit that presents an assessment result from the determination unit, wherein
the image projection unit comprises:
a first light source; and
a first light guide plate comprising a light emitting surface and that directs light entering from the first light source so that the light exits from the light emitting surface and forms the zone image in space,
the assessment result presentation unit comprises:
a plurality of second light sources; and
a second light guide plate configured to direct light entering from the plurality of second light sources so that the light exits therefrom and forms an image in space, and
when the movement detected by the movement detection unit is an input action representing a predetermined input, the assessment result presentation unit activates a second light source among the plurality of second light sources corresponding to said input action to cause a different image corresponding to the input action to be formed in space.

US Pat. No. 10,429,941

CONTROL DEVICE OF HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY, OPERATION METHOD AND OPERATION PROGRAM THEREOF, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A control device of a head mounted display, that controls an operation of the head mounted display which is mounted on a head of a user and allows the user to recognize a virtual space, the control device comprising:a display control unit that displays a three-dimensional virtual object in the virtual space;
an operation recognition unit that recognizes a gesture operation performed on the virtual object with a hand of the user;
a selection processing unit that selects one of a plurality of options relating to a display form of the virtual object or a type of the virtual object in a case where a double tap operation in which an operation of lowering at least one finger other than a thumb toward the thumb and then raising the finger is consecutively performed twice is recognized as the gesture operation; and
a change processing unit that performs change processing of changing the display form of the virtual object displayed in the virtual space or the type of the virtual object displayed in the virtual space, based on the one option selected in the selection processing unit in a case where a slide operation of moving the hand with any of a wrist, an elbow, or a shoulder as a fulcrum is recognized as the gesture operation,
wherein the options include a display position, a display size, and a display orientation of the virtual object, as a type of the change processing.

US Pat. No. 10,429,940

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING HAND GESTURES USING TIME-OF-FLIGHT SENSING

STMicroelectronics SA, M...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a plurality of laser sources configured to direct laser radiation toward an object external to the electronic device;
a plurality of laser detectors configured to receive reflected laser radiation from the object; and
a controller coupled to the plurality of laser sources and the plurality of laser detectors, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine, for each respective laser detector of the plurality of laser detectors, a respective elapsed time between transmission of the laser radiation from the plurality of laser sources and reception of the reflected laser radiation at the respective laser detector;
determine, for each respective laser detector, a respective distance between the respective laser detector and the object;
determine, for each respective laser detector, a respective confusion matrix based on the respective distance, the respective confusion matrix being indicative of probabilities of a plurality of possible hand gestures as determined from a position of the respective laser detector, wherein respective confusion matrices of the plurality of laser detectors collectively form a set of confusion matrices; and
determine a hand gesture from among the plurality of possible hand gestures based on the set of confusion matrices.

US Pat. No. 10,429,939

APPARATUS FOR PROJECTING IMAGE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of operating an image projection apparatus, the method comprising:projecting an image;
sensing a user gesture in an area between an image screen area, in which an image screen corresponding to the projected image is displayed, and the image projection apparatus,
wherein the area between the image screen area and the image projection apparatus is divided into a plurality of areas including a first gesture area and a second gesture area,
wherein the first gesture area is an area within a predetermined distance from the image screen area,
wherein the second gesture area is an area outside the predetermined distance from the image screen area such that a distance between the first gesture area and the image screen area is less than a distance between the second gesture area and the image screen area, and
wherein both the first gesture area and the second gesture area are located in the area between the image screen area and the image projection apparatus; and
performing a control operation corresponding to the sensed user gesture such that a different control operation is performed according to one of the first and second gesture areas in which the user gesture is sensed,
wherein the sensing the user gesture comprises sensing a first user gesture or a second user gesture, wherein the first user gesture is sensed in the first gesture area and the second user gesture is sensed in the second gesture area,
wherein the performing the control operation comprises:
performing a first control operation when the sensed user gesture is the first user gesture,
wherein the first control operation is a control operation for controlling items displayed on the projected image; and
performing a second control operation when the sensed user gesture is the second user gesture,
wherein the second control operation is a control operation for controlling an attribute of content of the projected image without requiring displaying of the items on the projected image prior to performing the second control operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,938

INTERPRETING AND GENERATING INPUT AND OUTPUT GESTURES

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product for interpreting text entry for an input/output device, the computer program product comprising:one or more computer readable tangible storage media and program instructions stored on at least one of the one or more computer readable storage media, the program instructions readable/executable by one or more computer processors and further comprising:
program instructions to receive input from a set of sensors, wherein the sensors are grouped in segments corresponding to a finger of a user;
program instructions to identify input, by a user, of a gesture into a sensor of the set of sensors;
program instructions to determine a first alphanumeric character that corresponds to the identified gesture input by the user;
program instructions to generate an input stream of alphanumeric characters, the input stream comprising the determined first alphanumeric character that corresponds to the identified gesture and one or more additional alphanumeric characters determined from identified gestures input by the user;
program instructions to receive an output stream from a computing device;
program instructions to extract a second alphanumeric character from the output stream;
program instructions to determine a vibration sequence and a corresponding sensor of the set of the sensors that corresponds to the second alphanumeric character; and
program instructions to actuate the determined vibration sequence on the corresponding sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,936

REMOTE CONTROL METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VIRTUAL OPERATING INTERFACE

SHENZHEN TCL NEW TECHNOLO...

1. A remote control method for virtual operating interface, comprising:a to-be-controlled terminal obtaining a voice command according to a voice signal input by a user and sending the voice command to a control terminal; wherein the voice command corresponds to a preset virtual operating interface;
the control terminal projecting a corresponding virtual operating interface according to the voice command;
the control terminal collecting a graphic image formed by the virtual operating interface at preset time intervals;
the control terminal determining a remote command corresponding to a location within the virtual operating interface at which a fingertip of the user keeps operating according to the collected graphic image, and sending the remote command to the to-be-controlled terminal, thereby controlling the to-be-controlled terminal to perform corresponding remote operations;
wherein the operation of the control terminal determining a remote command corresponding to a location within the virtual operating interface at which a fingertip of the user keeps operating according to the collected graphic image, and sending the remote command to the to-be-controlled terminal, thereby controlling the to-be-controlled terminal to perform corresponding remote operations comprises:
the control terminal obtaining a first frame of image of the virtual operating interface when the projecting device projects the virtual operating interface, and setting the first frame of image as a template image;
the control terminal determining whether an absolute difference between a pixel value of the collected graphic image formed by the virtual operating interface successively collected at preset time intervals and a pixel value of the template image is greater than a first preset value;
the control terminal extracting a fingertip image within the currently collected graphic image if the absolute difference is greater than the first preset value;
the control terminal determining a button value input at the virtual operating interface by the user according to the fingertip image; and
the control terminal sending the remote command to the to-be-controlled terminal according to the button value input, thereby controlling the to-be-controlled terminal to perform the corresponding remote operations;
wherein the operation of the control terminal extracting a fingertip image within the currently collected graphic image further comprises:
calculating an area of the fingertip image;
determining whether an area of the fingertip image is greater than a maximum value of a preset range;
obtaining a curvature jumping point in the fingertip image according to a quasi-circular feature of the fingertip image if the area is greater than the maximum value, performing an image segmentation on the fingertip image according to the curvature jumping point to acquire a target image having a continuous arc, and replacing the fingertip mage with the target image; and
returning to the operation of determining the button value input at the virtual operating interface by the user according to the fingertip image, if the area is not greater than the maximum value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,935

TREMOR CORRECTION FOR GESTURE RECOGNITION

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:detecting, by a first computing device, a tremor in motion input obtained by one or more sensors;
determining, by the first computing device, whether to filter the obtained motion input, wherein the determining is based on:
one or more frequencies corresponding to predefined rhythmic gestures of valid user commands used by an application, and
a frequency of the detected tremor;
determining, by the first computing device, that a processing threshold has been satisfied, wherein the processing threshold is established based on a frequency of a rhythmic gesture command being higher than the frequency of the detected tremor;
sending, to a second computing device, a request for rhythmic filtering to suppress the detected tremor and generate a filtered motion input;
receiving, from the second computing device, the filtered motion input; and
transmitting, by the first computing device and based on a comparison of the filtered motion input with the one or more frequencies, one or more user commands to the application.

US Pat. No. 10,429,932

MOBILE TERMINAL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal comprising:a body;
a cover glass provided to a front side of the body;
a touch sensor configured to sense a touch input to the cover glass;
a display configured to display information;
a fingerprint sensor configured to sense a fingerprint of a user through the touch input to the cover glass;
a force sensor configured to sense a touch intensity of a touch input applied to the cover glass; and
a controller configured to:
control a first screen including an item having a view transition in stages to be displayed on the display according to a selected input,
control views related to the item to change when an intensity of a first touch input applied to the item exceeds a critical intensity, and
control a predetermined feedback to be output when a changed view is a view of a last stage among the stages,
wherein the predetermined feedback comprises displaying at least one thumbnail image corresponding to at least one view sequentially displayed prior to the last stage on the display,
wherein the controller is configured to display a view of the last stage along with the at least one thumbnail image on the display,
wherein the controller is configured to:
display a first layer in the entire area of the display,
display a second layer on the display such that the second layer overlaps with part of the first layer upon reception of a predetermined touch input,
control a view displayed on the first layer while display of the second layer is maintained when an intensity of a touch input applied to the second layer is changed, and
when the touch input applied to the second layer satisfies at least one of an input maintained for a predetermined time exceeding a predetermined intensity and an input applied to an item which requires authentication, activate a function of the fingerprint sensor to perform fingerprint authentication according to the touch input,
wherein the item is included in the second layer and includes information additionally provided after fingerprint authentication and the controller displays the additionally provided information on the first layer after the fingerprint authentication.

US Pat. No. 10,429,931

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIMEDIA TACTILE AUGMENTATION

Ralph Alan Harris, Houst...

1. A hardware instruction set infrastructure for interfacing with instances of local software executing on a plurality of corresponding local computers, comprising:a. a database infrastructure having a plurality of hardware instruction sets, each hardware instruction set including time flags corresponding to content in a supported multimedia event and being optimized for at least one supported local hardware device, wherein a subset of the plurality of hardware instruction sets include time flags corresponding to a given supported multimedia event, each of the hardware instruction sets in the subset being optimized for different types of supported local hardware devices; and
b. a web interface, the web interface being configured to:
1. receive media file information from at least one instance of local software executing on a local computer having a local hardware device attached thereto;
2. query the database infrastructure for local hardware instruction sets corresponding to the media file information and a particular local hardware device;
3. if a responsive local hardware instruction set is found, provide the responsive local hardware set to the requesting local software.

US Pat. No. 10,429,930

ACCESSIBLE TACTILE FEATURES FOR BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PIN ENTRY AND TOUCHSCREEN USAGE

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A tactile strip comprising:a back side of the tactile strip configured to be coupled to a Self-Service Terminal (SST), the SST including a touchscreen display;
a front side of the tactile strip located opposite of the back side;
a plurality of tactile features including a fixed geometric path located on the front side, the plurality of tactile features corresponding to locations of a plurality of displayed inputs, wherein the displayed inputs are selectable by a user on the touchscreen display, wherein the plurality of tactile features include a plurality of grooves separated by a plurality of raised tactile features, and each groove having a smooth surface and each groove corresponding to one of: a particular menu entry presented on the touchscreen display or a particular number of a number pad, wherein a first set of grooves corresponding to menu entries are shorter than a second set of grooves corresponding to numbers on the number pad, and wherein a particular groove of the second set of grooves includes a reference nub that corresponds to a predetermined number selected from the numbers; and
wherein a respective tactile feature of the plurality of tactile features physically guides a finger of the user along a length of the fixed geometric path from a location outside the periphery of the touchscreen display to a location on the touchscreen display to select a respective displayed input of the plurality of displayed inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,429,929

PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATOR APPARATUS AND METHODS

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A piezoelectric actuator assembly to provide tactile feedback to a user of an electronic device, the piezoelectric actuator assembly comprising:a support plate having a recessed surface extending partially between a first side of the support plate and a second side of the support plate;
a conductive contact directly attached to the recessed surface that provides an electrical connection to a piezoelectric element;
the piezoelectric element having a first layer composed of an electrically conductive material and a second layer adjacent the first layer and composed of a piezoelectric material, the first layer composed of the electrically conductive material being sandwiched between the conductive contact and the second layer composed of the piezoelectric material, a bottom surface of the first layer of the piezoelectric element being directly in contact with a top surface of the conductive contact, and the second layer being on top of the first layer;
a flexible conductive lead electrically coupling the second layer of the piezoelectric element to a ground; and
wherein the support plate includes a conductive trace, the conductive trace connecting the conductive contact and a connector adjacent an edge of the support plate, wherein a voltage is applied to the piezoelectric element through the connector and the conductive trace, and the conductive trace is fixed on the support plate and different than the flexible conductive lead.

US Pat. No. 10,429,928

SYSTEMS, ARTICLES, AND METHODS FOR CAPACITIVE ELECTROMYOGRAPHY SENSORS

CTRL-labs Corporation, N...

1. A method of fabricating an electromyography (“EMG”) sensor, the method comprising:forming at least a portion of at least one circuit on a first surface of a substrate;
forming a first electrode on a second surface of the substrate, the second surface of the substrate opposite the first surface of the substrate across a thickness of the substrate, wherein the first electrode comprises a first electrically conductive plate;
forming at least a first electrically conductive pathway through the substrate that communicatively couples the first electrode and the at least a portion of at least one circuit;
forming a second electrode on the second surface of the substrate, wherein the second electrode comprises a second electrically conductive plate;
forming at least a second electrically conductive pathway through the substrate that communicatively couples the second electrode and the at least a portion of at least one circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,927

EYE TRACKING FOR A HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY INCLUDING A PANCAKE LENS BLOCK

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A head mounted display (HMD) comprising:at least one processor;
an electronic display screen configured to display a virtual scene to a user wearing the HMD;
a lens block comprising:
a back curved optical element that includes a partially reflective layer configured to transmit a portion of light incident on the partially reflective layer and to reflect another portion of the light back towards the electronic display screen; and
a front curved optical element in optical series with the back curved optical element configured to reflect the portion of the light from the electronic display screen transmitted through the partially reflective layer of the back curved optical element back towards the back curved optical element, the partially reflective layer of the back curved optical element reflecting a second portion of the light from the front curved optical element back to the front curved optical element for transmission to an exit pupil of the HMD; and
an eye tracking system comprising:
a dichroic coating on a transmission surface of the electronic display screen configured to transmit light from the electronic display and reflect near-infrared spectrum light;
an image capturing element configured to receive the near-infrared spectrum light from the eye of the user that has been reflected off the dichroic coating on the electronic display screen; and
an infrared (IR) emitter configured to emit the near-infrared spectrum light towards the dichroic coating to illuminate the eye of the user wearing the HMD, wherein the lens block and the dichroic coating are configured in combination to cause the near-infrared spectrum light reflected from the eye of the user to be:
transmitted, by the partially reflective layer of the back optical element, toward the dichroic coating,
reflected, by the dichroic coating, back towards the partially reflective layer of the back optical element,
reflected, at least one second time by the partially reflective layer of the back optical element, back toward the dichroic coating, and
reflected, by the dichroic coating, to the image capturing element.

US Pat. No. 10,429,925

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A head-mounted display that displays an image representing appearance obtained when a menu object is viewed from a point of view disposed in a virtual three-dimensional space, the head-mounted display comprising:a detecting section configured to detect rotation of the head-mounted display, x-axis movement of the head-mounted display, and z-axis movement of the head-mounted display,
wherein each side of the menu object displays a different menu option selectable by a user of the head-mounted; and
a display control section configured to cause:
(a) in response to detected rotation of the head-mounted display, the menu object to rotate at a fixed position in the virtual three-dimensional space while a position and a location of the point of view is unchanged in response to the detected rotation by the detecting section, and
(b) in response to detected x-axis movement of the head-mounted display, a corresponding x-axis movement of the position of the point of view; and
(c) in response to detected z-axis movement, a corresponding z-axis movement in z-distance to the menu object,
wherein a movable range of the z-distance is limited to a minimum z-distance, z-min, and a maximum z-distance, z-max.

US Pat. No. 10,429,924

VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION SYSTEM

Human Mode, LLC, Oklahom...

1. A virtual reality simulation system for use with a sensory feedback system, comprising:a mobility simulation device comprising:
a frame having a base support and an upright support extending from the base support;
a first reciprocating foot platform movably connected to the upright support and suspended above the base support configured to allow movement in a predetermined direction;
a second reciprocating foot platform movably connected to the upright support and suspended above the base support configured to allow movement in a predetermined direction; and
a support ring connected to the frame,
wherein at least a portion of the frame is movably connected such that the first reciprocating foot platform, the second reciprocating foot platform, and the support ring are movable relative to at least a portion of the base support;
a movement detection mechanism having at least one sensor attached to the mobility simulation device, the movement detection mechanism configured to:
collect movement and position data of the first reciprocating foot platform in at least a first dimension and a second dimension; and,
generate a first signal indicative of the movement and position data of the first reciprocating foot platform in at least the first dimension and the second dimension; and
a controller computer processor unit configured to:
receive the first signal from the movement detection mechanism;
translate the first signal into a step metric; and,
generate a second signal indicative of the step metric.

US Pat. No. 10,429,923

INTERACTION ENGINE FOR CREATING A REALISTIC EXPERIENCE IN VIRTUAL REALITY/AUGMENTED REALITY ENVIRONMENTS

Ultrahaptics IP Two Limit...

1. A method of manipulating virtual objects using real motions of one or more hands in a three-dimensional (3D) sensory space, the method including:receiving in a real time physics engine (RTPE) including a simulation of rigid bodies in a physical system that satisfies a human visual system's expectations for interactions with virtual objects in a virtual environment, a set of virtual object definitions that define a set of virtual objects to the RTPE;
providing to the RTPE a capsule representation of at least one hand determined using a location of the hand sensed from a set of captured images of one or more hands, and selecting ones of the set of virtual objects determined to be within a threshold distance to specific points defined at least on digits of the hand determined from the set of captured images of one or more hands;
determining a one dimensional friction response to a soft contact collision between at least one of the set of virtual objects and a portion of a hand colliding in a single logical frame defined by the RTPE, including:
in a first simulation phase, determining a first solution of interactions between virtual objects in the set of virtual objects simulated as rigid bodies and the capsule representation of at least one hand including a one dimensional friction response to a soft contact collision between at least one of the set of virtual objects and a portion of the hand colliding, in opposite direction to a direction of motion being undertaken by the portion of the hand in colliding with the virtual object;
in a second simulation phase, determining a second solution of interactions between virtual objects in the set of virtual objects simulated as rigid bodies absent any effects of the hand;
in an integration phase, integrating the first solution of interactions between virtual objects in the set of virtual objects simulated as rigid bodies and the capsule representation of at least one hand with the second solution of interactions between the virtual objects in the set of virtual objects simulated as rigid bodies absent effects of the hand such that results of the second solution of interactions are prioritized over results of the first solution of interactions; thereby enabling the set of virtual objects simulated as rigid bodies to act in an integrated solution such that rigid body physical integrity is maintained;
determining a motion to apply to at least one virtual object as a rigid body based upon the integrating the first simulation phase and the second simulation phase; and
presenting across a display of a head mounted device a display of the hand and the virtual object as a rigid body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,922

POWER DOMAIN HAVING AN IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ON-CHIP VOLTAGE REGULATOR DEVICE

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. An on-chip electrical regulation system comprising:a positive power domain electrically coupled with a negative power domain through a power mesh comprising two or more loads;
wherein the positive power domain, the negative power domain, or both the positive power domain and the negative power domain comprise a power domain rail comprising a plurality of resistors distributed along a length of the power domain rail, the distributed plurality of resistors electrically coupled directly with a plurality of transistors also distributed along the length of the power domain rail;
wherein each of the plurality of transistors, in combination with the distributed plurality of resistors, are configured to dissipate an electrical power along the length of the power domain rail to reduce a voltage across the positive power domain, the negative power domain, or both the positive power domain and the negative power domain to a desired operating voltage at the power mesh;
wherein the power mesh comprises a plurality of interdigitated metal tracks electrically coupled with the two or more loads; and
wherein the plurality of transistors are comprised on the plurality of interdigitated metal tracks.

US Pat. No. 10,429,921

DATACENTER POWER MANAGEMENT OPTIMIZATIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A data center, comprising:a plurality of racks, each rack comprising a corresponding plurality of servers, wherein a particular rack is configured with a plurality of independently-controllable power domains including a particular power domain from which power is provided to a particular set of servers comprising two or more of the corresponding plurality of servers; and
at least one processor and memory configured to implement a power manager configured to monitor power usage at each of the power domains of the particular rack, wherein responsive to an indication at the power manager that a power consumption level at the particular power domain is below a threshold value, the power manager is configured to perform a power optimization operation comprising:
transfer of workload associated with each application executing within the particular power domain to one or more different servers obtaining power from a different power domain; and
after the workload is transferred to the one or more different servers, configure each server of the particular set of servers to a corresponding low-power state.

US Pat. No. 10,429,920

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A driving method, comprising:allocating a plurality of gray scale values to a plurality of first channel groups and a plurality of second channel groups;
determining, based on the gray scale values, a largest gray scale value difference of two adjacent gray scale values of each of the first channel groups, to determine a plurality of drive currents, wherein the drive currents are used to drive the first channel groups, and the drive currents are determined by:
obtaining, for a first group in the first channel groups, a plurality of first data values and a plurality of second data values in the gray scale values, wherein each of the first data values corresponds to a first gray scale value of the two adjacent gray scale values of the first group, and each of the second data values corresponds to a second gray scale value of the two adjacent gray scale values of the first group;
correspondingly subtracting the second data values from the first data values to determine a plurality of gray scale value differences;
determining the largest gray scale value difference according to the gray scale value differences; and
outputting a bias voltage control signal based on a comparison result of the largest gray scale value difference and at least one first predetermined threshold value, wherein the bias voltage control signal is used to determine at least one corresponding current in the drive currents that is used to drive the first group, and the larger the largest gray scale value difference is, the larger the at least one corresponding current is;
determining a first transient value and a second transient value that correspond to each of the second channel groups by:
obtaining, for the second channel groups, a plurality of third data values and a plurality of fourth data values, wherein each of the third data values and each of the fourth data values correspond to a second group in the second channel groups;
correspondingly subtracting the fourth data values from the third data values to obtain a plurality of first differences;
determining whether at least one of the first differences meets a first predetermined condition;
when at least one of the first differences meets the first predetermined condition, obtaining, by an adder, a sum of the at least one of the first differences that meets the first predetermined condition as the first transient value corresponding to the second group;
subtracting a reference value associated with a power saving operation from the third data values to obtain a plurality of second differences;
determining whether at least one of the second differences meets the first predetermined condition; and
when at least one of the second differences meets the first predetermined condition, obtaining, by the adder, a sum of the at least one of the second differences that meets the first predetermined condition as the second transient value corresponding to the second group; and
determining, based on the first transient value and the second transient value corresponding to each of the second channel groups, whether at least one of the second channel groups performs the power saving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,429,919

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LOOSE LOCK-STEP REDUNDANCY POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a first core;
a second core, wherein the first core and the second core are to execute a task redundantly;
a configuration register to store a first synchronization domain indicator to indicate that the first core and the second core are associated with a first synchronization domain for the redundant execution of the task; and
a power controller including a synchronization circuit to cause a dynamic adjustment to a frequency of at least one of the first core and the second core to cause the first core and the second core to operate at a common frequency to redundantly execute the task, based on the first synchronization domain indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,917

CALCULATING A THROTTLE RATE FOR BATTERY CURRENT LIMITING

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a controller, that a current drawn from a power supply exceeds a threshold level for longer than a threshold duration;
calculating, by the controller, a throttle rate for a system component based, at least in part on the current drawn from the power supply and a target current level; and
controlling, by the controller, the system component to operate based on the throttle rate to reduce the current drawn from the power supply to the target current level.

US Pat. No. 10,429,916

CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS A MEMORY AND POWER SAVING CONTROL METHOD FOR THE MEMORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a storage device having a memory array which stores data, a memory array driver which controls reading the data from the memory array and writing the data to the memory array, and a power controller which controls power supply to the memory array driver,
wherein the storage device is shifted in accordance with a first control signal from a first power state to a second power state, and
wherein power is supplied to the memory array driver and the memory array in the first power state, and power is supplied to the memory array but not to the memory array driver in the second power state;
a register that outputs a second control signal; and
a control circuit configured to output the first control signal and a clock signal that is input to the storage device, wherein the first control signal is input to the storage device,
wherein the control circuit stops outputting the clock signal that is input to the storage device based on receipt of the second control signal output by the register, and then outputs the first control signal to the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,915

ENHANCED DYNAMIC MEMORY MANAGEMENT WITH INTELLIGENT CURRENT/POWER CONSUMPTION MINIMIZATION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a plurality of volatile memory devices; and
a processing circuit coupled to the plurality of volatile memory devices, wherein the processing circuit is configured to perform dynamic memory management by
determining at least one of current leakage/power characteristics and/or dynamic power consumption characteristics of the memory devices in a system may be ascertained
obtaining a low-power state current/power consumption for each volatile memory device in the plurality of volatile memory devices and determining between at least two sets of volatile memory devices of the plurality of volatile memory devices which set has a lower low-power state current/power consumption when maintaining data, where obtaining the low-power state current/power consumption includes ascertaining dynamic power consumption of each volatile memory device;
copying data from a first set of the volatile memory devices, during a transition to a power-down state, to a second set of the volatile memory devices to reduce current/power consumption based on a determination that the second set of volatile memory devices has a lower low-power state current/power consumption to maintain data than the first set of volatile memory devices; and
placing the first set of volatile memory devices into the power-down state to reduce power consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,429,914

MULTI-LEVEL DATA CENTER USING CONSOLIDATED POWER CONTROL

Virtual Power Systems, In...

1. An apparatus for power control comprising:one or more batteries;
one or more DC power supplies;
one or more AC power supplies coupled to one or more AC-to-DC converters, where the coupling provides AC power to the one or more AC-to-DC converters;
one or more DC-to-AC converters coupled to an output of the one or more AC-to-DC converters;
a plurality of connectors between the one or more batteries, the one or more DC power supplies, and the one or more DC-to-AC converters, where the plurality of connectors provide DC power to the one or more DC-to-AC converters, wherein the one or more DC-to-AC converters provide power to one or more AC loads;
a plurality of power sensors coupled to the one or more batteries, the one or more DC power supplies, and the one or more AC power supplies;
a plurality of load sensors coupled to the one or more AC loads; and
one or more controllers that control the one or more batteries, the one or more DC power supplies, and the one or more AC power supplies, where the one or more controllers are responsive to the plurality of power sensors and the plurality of load sensors, and wherein the one or more controllers enable the one or more batteries, the one or more DC power supplies, and the one or more AC power supplies to provide adequate power to the one or more DC-to-AC converters to meet AC load requirements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,913

CONTROLLING POWER DELIVERY TO A PROCESSOR VIA A BYPASS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a processor comprising;
a plurality of processor cores formed on a first die, including a first processor core and a second processor core, the first and second processor cores to operate at a corresponding controllable voltage and frequency;
a first integrated voltage regulator formed on the first die, the first integrated voltage regulator having a first input to receive a first input voltage from a first voltage rail and a first output to provide a first regulated voltage to the first processor core via a first operating voltage rail, the first integrated voltage regulator comprising:
first control circuitry to produce a first plurality of gate control signals; and
a first plurality of p-type MOSFETs (pFETs) coupled to the first control circuitry, each of the first plurality of pFETs to receive a corresponding one of the first plurality of gate control signals, the first plurality of pFETs to generate the first regulated voltage by regulating the first input voltage based on the first plurality of gate control signals received from the first control circuitry;
a second integrated voltage regulator formed on the first die, the second integrated voltage regulator having a second input to receive a second input voltage from a second voltage rail and a second output to provide a second regulated voltage to the second processor core via a second operating voltage rail, the second integrated voltage regulator comprising:
second control circuitry to produce a second plurality of gate control signals; and
a second plurality of pFETs coupled to the second control circuitry, each of the second plurality of pFETs to receive a corresponding one of the second plurality of gate control signals, the second plurality of pFETs to generate the second regulated voltage by regulating the second input voltage based on the second plurality of gate control signals received from the second control circuitry;
first pass-through circuitry coupled to the first voltage rail and the first operating voltage rail;
second pass-through circuitry coupled to the second voltage rail and the second operating voltage rail; and
wherein, based on one or more first control signals, the first pass-through circuitry is to selectively couple the first voltage rail to the first operating voltage rail, the second pass-through circuitry is to selectively couple the second voltage rail to the second operating voltage rail, and the first and second integrated voltage regulators are to be disabled;
a system memory coupled to the processor;
at least one communication device coupled to the processor;
a mass storage coupled to the processor; and
an external voltage regulator coupled to the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,912

COMPUTING SYSTEM AND PROCESSOR WITH FAST POWER SURGE DETECTION AND INSTRUCTION THROTTLE DOWN TO PROVIDE FOR LOW COST POWER SUPPLY UNIT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

9. A computing system comprising:a power supply unit;
a processor having a path from an input of the processor to circuitry of the processor, the input to receive a throttle down value in response to a power draw of the processor beyond a rated maximum power of the power supply unit, the circuitry to throttle down a rate at which the processor executes instructions in response to the throttle down value to reduce the power draw of the processor below the rated maximum power within a predetermined time window that the power supply unit supplies power beyond the rated maximum power; and
sense circuitry having an output coupled to the input, the sense circuitry coupled to a circuit path, the circuit path to supply power to the processor, wherein the sense circuitry is to detect the power draw that exceeds the rated maximum power and generate the throttle down value in response.

US Pat. No. 10,429,911

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DETECTING DEVICE TYPES OF STORAGE DEVICES

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a drive-plane board comprising a plurality of connectors for coupling a plurality of storage devices to a power supply;
for each connector in the plurality of connectors, at least one circuit that:
is electrically coupled to the power supply;
comprises a resistor coupled between the power supply and ground;
comprises a switch connected in series between the resistor and ground;
when a storage device is connected to the power supply, outputs a signal that indicates, based on whether the switch is open or closed, a device type of the storage device; and
is electrically coupled to at least one physical processing device that:
detects the signal that is output by the circuit when the storage device is connected to the power supply;
determines, based at least in part on the signal output by the circuit, whether the device type of the storage device comprises a Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface (SAS) hard drive or a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard drive; and
directs the power supply to supply power to the storage device in accordance with the device type of the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,910

METHOD FOR ADJUSTING COOLING DEVICE BASED ON BATTERY PRESENCE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for adjusting operation of at least one cooling device, comprising:determining, with a processor in communication with a memory whether a component includes a battery;
determining whether the component is operating in a first environment or second environment, respectively;
determining an expected inlet temperature value based on whether the component includes a battery and a predetermined value, where the expected inlet temperature value is a first temperature value when the component is determined to include a battery and to be operating in the first environment, the expected inlet temperature value is a second temperature value when the component is determined to not include a battery and to be operating in the second environment, and the first temperature value is different from the second temperature value;
determining a temperature difference value;
determining an expected exhaust temperature value based on the temperature difference value and the expected inlet temperature value;
measuring an exhaust temperature value; and
adjusting an operation of the at least one cooling device based on a comparison of the measured exhaust temperature value and the expected exhaust temperature value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,909

MANAGING POWER IN A HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING SYSTEM FOR RESILIENCY AND COOLING

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A method of managing errors of a high performance computing system, the method comprising:detecting an error condition of the high performance computing system, the high performance computing system having a plurality of nodes with microprocessors and a cooling system operable in a first cooling mode and a second cooling mode different than the first cooling mode;
thermally conducting heat away from at least one of the plurality of nodes under the first cooling mode in response to the detected error condition exceeding a first threshold;
thermally conducting heat away from at least one of the plurality of nodes under the second cooling mode in response to the detected error condition exceeding a second threshold; and
reducing a processing speed of at least one of the microprocessors on at least one of the plurality of nodes in response to the detected error condition exceeding the first threshold and such that the detected error condition is maintained at or below the second threshold so as to prolong cooling under the first cooling mode, wherein the detected error condition comprises a temperature reading of at least one of the nodes, wherein the first threshold comprises a first temperature threshold, wherein the second threshold comprises a second temperature threshold greater than the first temperature threshold and wherein the processing speed of at least one of the microprocessors on at least one of the plurality of nodes is reduced in response to the temperature reading exceeding the first temperature threshold to maintain the temperature reading at or below the second temperature threshold so as to prolong cooling under the first cooling mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,908

BLACK BODY RADIATION IN A COMPUTING DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device comprising:a housing having an inner surface;
a heat generating component positioned within the housing;
a first coating layer disposed on the inner surface of the housing, the first coating layer having a first emissivity;
a thermal management device positioned within the housing, at a distance from the inner surface of the housing, the thermal management device comprising a phase change device and a heat spreader, the thermal management device having an outer surface, the outer surface of the thermal management device comprising a first portion and a second portion; and
a second coating layer disposed on the first portion of the outer surface of the thermal management device, the second coating layer having a second emissivity, wherein the second portion of the outer surface of the thermal management device has a third emissivity,
wherein the second emissivity is greater than the third emissivity, and the first emissivity is substantially the same as the second emissivity, and
wherein the phase change device extends away from the heat generating component to the heat spreader, such that the heat spreader is physically and thermally connected to the heat generating component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,907

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cooling structure for a portable electronic device configured to accommodate, within a case having a sealing structure, a substrate on which a heat-generating component that generates heat during operation is mounted, and provided with a heat sink that diffuses the heat from the heat-generating component to a first place away from the heat-generating component, whereinthe heat sink is arranged at an inner surface of a front cover of the case or an inner surface of a rear cover of the case, and
a flat heat pipe is disposed such that one end of the flat heat pipe is arranged at a position for receiving the heat from the heat-generating component and another end of the flat heat pipe is arranged so as to be in close contact with the heat sink,
the cooling structure for the portable electronic device further comprising a shield plate which comprises a top surface, a stepped portion, and a leg portion, and the top surface, the stepped portion, and the leg portion cover the heat-generating component,
the stepped portion is bent toward the substrate such that a thickness of the shield plate is smaller than a thickness of the heat-generating component at a second place shifted away from the heat-generating component in a width direction or a length direction of the heat-generating component, the one end of the flat heat pipe being sandwiched between the stepped portion and the heat sink, wherein
the leg portion extends from the top surface to the substrate,
a face of the stepped portion closest to the heat generating component is parallel to a face of the leg portion closest to the heat generating component,
wherein the leg portion extends from the substrate to the top surface in a direction perpendicular to the top surface and the substrate, and
wherein the shield plate is between the heat generating component and the heat sink,
wherein the stepped portion comprises a first leg portion, a surface portion and a second leg portion,
wherein the first leg portion and the second leg portion are parallel to the leg portion and are perpendicular to the surface portion,
wherein the surface portion comprises the flat heat pipe thereon and is spaced away from each of and is between the heat sink and the substrate,
wherein the first leg portion is extended from the heat sink to a first side of the surface portion,
wherein the second leg portion is extended from the substrate to a second side of the surface portion opposite to the first side, and
wherein the first leg portion and the second leg portion are extended from the surface portion in opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,906

MOTION DETECTION CIRCUITS, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

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

1. A motion-detection-circuit comprising:an audio-output-receiver configured to be coupled to an audio-output speaker and receive an audio-output-signal configured to be sent to the audio-output speaker;
a motion-signal-receiver-terminal configured to receive a received-motion-signal;
a preliminary-motion-detector configured to process the received-motion-signal in order to set a state of a prelim-motion-detected-signal based on the received-motion-signal;
an ADC having:
an ADC-input-terminal; and
an ADC-output-terminal configured to provide an ADC-output-signal that is a digital representation of a signal received at the ADC-input-terminal;
a two-state switch configured in a first state to connect (i) the audio-output-receiver to the ADC-input-terminal and in a second state to connect (ii) the motion-signal-receiver-terminal to the ADC-input-terminal wherein the first and second states are based on the state of the prelim-motion-detected-signal;
a digital-motion-detector configured to, based on the state of the prelim-motion-detected-signal, process the ADC-output-signal in order to set a state of a motion-detection-signal; and
a digital-audio-processor configured to, based on the state of the prelim-motion-detected-signal, process the ADC-output-signal in order to provide an audio-input-signal for an audio-output-module.

US Pat. No. 10,429,905

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING A HOLE AREA WITHIN SCREEN AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a housing comprising a first side in a first direction and a second side in a second direction which is opposite to the first direction;
a touch screen display configured to be disposed between the first side and the second side, to be exposed through the first side, the touch screen display comprising a main area and an enlarged area;
a hole area configured to be located in the enlarged area;
at least one processor configured to be in communication with the display; and
a memory configured to be electrically connected with the processor,
wherein the memory stores at least one command that is executed by the processor when a function is executed, and
wherein the processor is further configured to:
analyze an edge area of a selected content,
in response to analyzing the edge area, enlarge the selected content by at least one from among interference enlargement and non-interference enlargement, and
display the enlarged content on a display area.

US Pat. No. 10,429,902

CONNECTING MECHANISM AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first body comprising a connecting mechanism, the connecting mechanism comprising:
a base, having at least one opening;
at least one locking member, movably disposed in the base and comprising at least one locking portion;
a limiting member, movably disposed in the base and connected to the locking member; and
a driving member, connected to the limiting member; and
a second body, detachably assembled to the first body and having a through hole, wherein at least one of a plurality of inner sidewalls of the through hole has at least one locking hole,
wherein when the connecting mechanism of the first body is located in the through hole of the second body and the driving member is in a locked state, the locking portion of the locking member is protruded from the opening of the base and extended into the locking hole of the second body such that the second body is assembled on the first body, and when the driving member is actuated from the locked state to an unlocked state, the driving member drives the limiting member to move so as to drive the locking member moving relative to the base such that the locking portion is retracted into the base and the second body can be detached from the first body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,900

COUPLED STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. L...

1. A coupled structure including a first member coupled to a second member, comprising:a hook mechanism configured to engage the first member with the second member when the first member moves in one direction relative to the second member;
a locking part at the second member; and
an elastic part at the first member, the elastic part configured to bias the first member engaged with the second member in the one direction relative to the second member when the locking part locks the elastic part.

US Pat. No. 10,429,899

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

PEGATRON CORPORATION, Ta...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first body, one end of the first body comprising a supporting portion;
a second body, pivotally connected to a first side of the supporting portion and the second body comprising a sliding portion; and
a palm component, pivotally connected to a second side of the supporting portion and comprising a guiding portion, and the sliding portion slidably connected to the guiding portion,
wherein when the first body is pivotally rotated away from the second body, the second body is driven to make the sliding portion move along the guiding portion, and the second side of the supporting portion is rotated relative to the first side such that the palm component is protruded from the second body, a tilt angle is formed between the second body and the protruding palm component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,898

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing having an opening;
a connection terminal located in the opening;
a terminal cover including a first resin member having a first surface facing the connection terminal and a second surface located opposite to the first surface, and a second resin member located on the second surface,
at least a portion of the second resin member covering a depression located on the first surface of the first resin member, wherein the second resin member is immovably fixed to the first resin member, and
the second resin member includes a stopper located on one end of the second resin member and configured to be locked in the housing, and an engagement protrusion located on the other end of the second resin member and configured to removably engage with the housing, and
in a direction in which the stopper and the engagement protrusion are aligned, a depressed amount of the depression located on the one end is larger than a depressed amount of a depression located on the other end.

US Pat. No. 10,429,897

FOLDABLE TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A foldable terminal with a flexible screen, comprising: a housing, two main bodies, a flexible screen, a first air bag and a second air bag;the housing comprising two casings and a bendable portion, the bendable portion being capable of being bent and deformed and being connected between the two casings;
the two main bodies being fixed to the two casings correspondingly;
the flexible screen comprising two fixed regions and a bendable region, the two fixed regions being fixed to the two main bodies correspondingly, and the bendable region being connected between the two fixed regions;
the first air bag being arranged between the bendable portion and the bendable region, the second air bag being provided to the main body, and the first air bag being in communication with the second air bag and both filled with sealed gas;
when the foldable terminal is in a folded state, the sealed gas is in the second air bag, the second air bag is bulged while the first air bag is shrunken and pressed between the bendable region and the bendable portion; and when the foldable terminal is in an unfolded state, the sealed gas is moved from the second air bag into the first air bag, the second air bag is shrunken while the first air bag is bulged, and the first air bag supports an inner side of the bendable region;
the first air bag comprising a first bag wall and a second bag wall, the first bag wall is closer to the bendable region compared with the second bag wall; and
when the sealed gas is located in the first air bag, a central portion of the first bag wall protrudes towards the bendable region and is arched, and a central portion of the second bag wall protrudes towards the bendable portion and is arched.

US Pat. No. 10,429,896

OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE AND TERMINAL DEVICE

KEM HONGKONG LIMITED, Ts...

1. An opening and closing device for openably and closably coupling a first casing and a second casing, and forming an arc-shaped cross section in a closed state to support a flexible display panel provided over both the first casing and the second casing, said opening and closing device comprising:a first attaching member capable of being fixed to said first casing;
a first link member slidable relative to said first attaching member with rotation;
a second attaching member capable of being fixed to said second casing;
a second link member slidable relative to said second attaching member with rotation;
a central member provided between said first link member and said second link member, with one end portion thereof being slidable relative to said first link member with rotation, and other end portion thereof being slidable relative to said second link member with rotation;
first friction generating means provided between said first attaching member and said central member for applying a resistance force to a rotation of said central member relative to said first attaching member, and
second friction generating means provided between said second attaching member and said central member for applying a resistance force to a rotation of said central member relative to said second attaching member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,895

FLEXIBLE DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel including a folding area and a nonfolding area located around the folding area;
a panel bottom member under the display panel and overlapping with the folding area and the nonfolding area; and
a first pattern formed in the panel bottom member and overlapping with the folding area,
wherein the panel bottom member comprises a buffer member and a support member between the display panel and the buffer member, and the first pattern is recessed from a lower surface of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,429,894

BENDABLE MOBILE TERMINAL

SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOG...

1. A bendable mobile terminal comprising two bendable mechanisms, and the bendable mobile terminal being capable of being bent at the locations of the two bendable mechanisms; wherein one of the bendable mechanisms is located at a middle portion between two opposite ends of the bendable mobile terminal, and the other bendable mechanism is located at a middle portion between the one bendable mechanism and one end of the bendable mobile terminal;wherein the bendable mechanism comprises n bending portions and n?1 connecting portions, where n is an integer greater than or equal to two; two adjacent bending portions are rotatably connected through the connecting portion; the bendable mechanism is bent toward a first direction in an arc shape and positioned through the frictional force between the bending portions and the connecting portions; one side of the bendable mechanism opposite to the first direction forms a support surface;
wherein two opposite sides of the bending portion respectively define a groove, and two opposite sides of the connecting portion connected to the first end where the second hinge portions are located are received in two opposite grooves on two adjacent bending portions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,891

PIVOTABLE VEHICLE MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES

VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPOR...

1. A mounting device, comprising:a cradle comprising a first recess and configured to be mounted in a vehicle;
a pivotable hinge member coupled to the cradle; and
a docking tray coupled to the pivotable hinge member, wherein the docking tray comprises a second recess shaped and dimensioned to receive a rear surface of an electronic computing device,
wherein the docking tray is configured to alternate between a first position in which the docking tray is recessed within the first recess in the cradle, and a second position in which the docking tray is disposed at a distance away from the cradle in an area in front of the cradle,
wherein the first recess is shaped and dimensioned to receive a rear surface of the docking tray, and the rear surface of the docking tray is disposed within the first recess while the docking tray is in the first position,
wherein the docking tray alternates between the first position and the second position in response to activating the pivotable hinge member, and the pivotable hinge member is activated by pushing the docking tray in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the docking tray, and
wherein the second recess is parallel to the first recess.

US Pat. No. 10,429,890

LOCATION-BASED POWER SAVING SOLUTION FOR WIRELESS DOCKING PRODUCTS

Intel IP Corporation, Sa...

1. A docking station comprising:a power input configured to provide power to the docking station, the power input being coupled to a power source that selectively couples power to the power input based upon a triggering signal received from an external device, the triggering signal being sent by the external device in response to a docking wireless device entering a pre-configured coverage area associated with the docking station prior to the docking wireless device docking with the docking station,
wherein the docking wireless device and the docking station are different from the external device, and
wherein the power source is initially decoupled from the power input to cause the docking station to be powered off, the power source being further configured to couple power to the power input in response to receiving the triggering signal; and
a coupler antenna coupled to a transceiver,
wherein the coupler antenna is configured to facilitate data communication with the docking wireless device via the transceiver upon the power source coupling power to the power input to power on the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,429,889

INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM DOCKING WITH COORDINATED POWER AND DATA COMMUNICATION

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a housing;
a processor disposed in the housing, the processor operable to execute instructions for processing information;
memory disposed in the housing, the memory interfaced with the processor and operable to store the instructions and information;
a docking manager disposed in the housing, the docking manager operable to manage interactions with an external docking station through a docking port; and
a docking port disposed in the housing, the docking port having plural pins in electrical communication with the docking manager, the docking port having a power pin interface to receive power from the external docking station and plural data lane-pins interfaced with plural data lanes to communicate information with the external docking station, the docking manager operable to adapt the data lanes to a selected of plural protocols;
wherein the docking manager configures a switch that assigns one or more data lane pins to receive power from the external docking port in response to one or more predetermined condition, the one or more predetermined conditions including at least power demand associated with components disposed in the housing of within a predetermined amount of power available through the power interface.

US Pat. No. 10,429,887

MOBILE DATA CENTER

Michael Arnouse, Old Bro...

1. A readily mobile deployable data center (DDC), the mobile DDC comprising:a carrying case comprising a first portion and a second portion having open and closed states;
an interconnection mechanism removably disposed within the second portion of the carrying case, the interconnection mechanism comprising a region, the region defining an opening and at least two sidewalls;
a rack;
a backplane coupled to the rack;
a plurality of computing assemblies each including reader functionality and portable computing device functionality, each of said computing assemblies removably disposed within said rack; and
at least one power supply disposed on the rack and electronically coupled via at least one connector of the rack to said plurality of computing assemblies,
wherein:
the rack is removably disposed within the region of the interconnection mechanism via the opening, such that the plurality of computing assemblies are electrically coupled to the at least one connector via the backplane,
said plurality of computing assemblies are removed collectively from said carrying case by removal of said rack from said region of the interconnection mechanism,
the interconnection mechanism, the rack and the plurality of computing assemblies being contained in the carrying case for transportation when the first portion and the second portion of the carrying case are in the closed state,
the plurality of computing assemblies being accessible when the first portion and the second portion of the carrying case are in the open state,
one or more of the interconnection mechanism, the rack, and one or more of said plurality of computing assemblies being removable from the carrying case in the open state, and
the first portion and the second portion are coupled to each other by a latch.

US Pat. No. 10,429,886

ASSEMBLY AND HOUSING FOR TERMINAL DEVICE

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A housing, comprising: a main body having an external surface, a power storage unit, a support unit, and a plug unit; wherein the power storage unit, the support unit and the plug unit are positioned on one end of the external surface, the support unit is rotatably connected to the power storage unit, and the support unit is used to support the housing to be fixed at a certain angle, and the plug unit is rotatably connected to the support unit and is used to be plugged in to a power source to charge the power storage unit the power storage unit comprises: a bottom portion; and two side portions parallel and spaced apart from each other; the bottom portion and the side portions cooperatively forming a first groove, the first groove is configured to receive the support unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,885

LEANED AXIS, ASYNCHRONOUS, DUAL-AXLE DROP HINGE AND PORTABLE INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A hinge assembly rotationally coupled between a lid and a base of a portable information handling system (IHS), the hinge assembly comprising:an upper hinge axle coupled to the lid of the portable IHS;
a lower hinge axle coupled to the base of the portable IHS, wherein the lower hinge axle rotates, while the upper hinge axle remains stationary, when the lid is rotated from a closed position to a usage angle of approximately 180°;
a hinge cover encompassing the upper and lower hinge axles;
a fulcrum foot provided on the hinge cover, wherein the fulcrum foot initially contacts a support surface when the lid is rotated to a first usage angle and continues to support the portable IHS on the support surface as the lid is rotated further through a wide range of usage angles;
wherein a rear portion of the base lifts away from the support surface when the lid is rotated substantially beyond the first usage angle; and
wherein the upper and lower hinge axles are offset by an offset angle ? of approximately 10°-20° from a vertical axis to reduce an amount by which the rear portion of the base lifts away from the support surface over the wide range of usage angles.

US Pat. No. 10,429,883

CURVED MODULAR DISPLAY

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A modular display system, comprising:a center modular display, wherein the center modular display is bezel free on a left side and a right side; and
a curved modular display comprising a single bezel free side and a display area that is less than, or equal to, a display area of the center modular display, wherein the single bezel free side is in communication with the left side, or the right side, of the center modular display such that the center modular display and the curved modular display appear as a single display to a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,882

CLOCK GENERATOR AND PROCESSOR SYSTEM

MEGACHIPS TECHNOLOGY AMER...

1. A clock generator, comprising:random number generator circuitry configured to generate random numbers;
direct digital synthesis circuitry configured to output a processor clock to processing circuitry for use in a content protection system; and
phase accumulator circuitry included in the direct digital synthesis circuitry, the phase accumulator circuitry being configured to
receive a setup value from the random number generator circuitry, the setup value changing based on the random numbers generated by the random number generator circuitry;
receive a reference clock; and
accumulate the received setup value in synchronization with the received reference clock, wherein
the setup value is composed of a plurality of bits,
a predetermined number of high order bits of the plurality of bits are set by the processing circuitry, the processing circuitry receiving the processor clock outputted from the direct digital synthesis circuitry and the processing circuitry using the processor clock as an operation reference, and
values of the predetermined number of the high order bits remain constant after being initialized.

US Pat. No. 10,429,877

LOW-VOLTAGE REFERENCE CURRENT CIRCUIT

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A current reference circuit comprising:a current source;
a first p-channel metal oxide semiconductor (PMOS) transistor having a source coupled to a first supply voltage, a gate, and a drain coupled to the current source;
an n-channel MOS (NMOS) transistor having a drain coupled to a second supply voltage, a gate coupled to the drain of the first PMOS transistor; and
a first resistive element having a first terminal coupled to a source of the NMOS transistor and a gate of the first PMOS transistor and a second terminal coupled to a ground potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,876

REFERENCE CURRENT GENERATING CIRCUIT WITH PROCESS VARIATION COMPENSATION

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A reference current generation circuit comprising:a current source circuit configured to generate a reference current based on a resistor of the current source circuit; and
a compensation circuit which comprises a first compensation circuit, the first compensation circuit comprising:
a first compensation resistor;
a second compensation resistor;
a first current to voltage (I/V) conversion circuit comprising the first compensation resistor connected between an output terminal of the current source circuit and a ground, wherein the first compensation resistor is configured to convert the reference current into a first internal voltage;
a first buffer configured to output the first internal voltage as a first output voltage;
a first voltage to current (V/I) conversion circuit comprising the second compensation resistor connected between an output terminal of the first buffer and the ground, wherein the second compensation resistor is configured to convert the first output voltage into a first internal current; and
a first current mirror configured to perform current mirroring for the first internal current of the first V/I conversion circuit to generate a first output current,
wherein the first compensation resistor and the second compensation resistor are configured to convert the reference current into the first output current and are configured to compensate for process variation of the current source circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,875

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO MINIMIZE SWITCHING NOISE DISTURBANCE

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a main reference voltage circuit operative to generate a main reference voltage;
one or more voltage reference circuits, each configured to receive the main reference voltage and operative to output a reference voltage in an enabled state;
wherein the one or more voltage reference circuits each comprise:
a voltage setting circuit operative to generate the reference voltage from the main reference voltage in the enabled state;
a first current limiting transistor;
a second current limiting transistor;
a control circuit operative to enable the voltage reference circuit to switch to the enabled state via an intermediate state,
wherein, in the intermediate state, the first current limiting transistor and the second current limiting transistor are connected in a current mirror configuration; and
wherein, in the enabled state, the second current limiting transistor is disconnected from the first current limiting transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,429,874

REFERENCE VOLTAGE CIRCUIT WITH CURRENT BUFFER

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

1. A reference voltage circuit with current buffer, comprising:a low voltage reference to output a low voltage;
a first resistor-capacitor (RC) filter to filter the low voltage;
a buffer circuit to output a current to be used by a load;
a second RC filter associated with the load; and
a capacitor in parallel with the buffer circuit configured to increase a rise time of the buffer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,873

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT, POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT GENERATION METHOD, AND POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT CONTROL METHOD

SEMICONDUCTOR MANF. INTL....

1. A power supply circuit, comprising:a bandgap voltage reference Bandgap;
a real-time detection and control module; and
an alternate voltage source module;
wherein the real-time detection and control module is connected to the Bandgap and the alternate voltage source module, and the real-time detection and control module is configured to adjust an output point voltage of the alternate voltage source module according to an output voltage of the Bandgap; and
wherein when the output point voltage of the alternate voltage source module reaches a target voltage, the real-time detection and control module is configured to make the Bandgap enter a non-power supply state, and to supply power using the alternate voltage source module.

US Pat. No. 10,429,872

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND DATA PACKETS FOR MESSAGING FOR ELECTRIC POWER GRID ELEMENTS OVER A SECURE INTERNET PROTOCOL NETWORK

CAUSAM ENERGY, INC., Ral...

1. A system for electric power grid management and communications, comprising:at least one grid element constructed and configured in network-based communication with a server via at least one coordinator;
wherein the at least one grid element is operable to communicate Internet Protocol (IP)-based messages with the server via the at least one coordinator in real time or less than 15 minutes interval;
wherein the IP-based messages comprise an initial message for registration of the at least one grid element;
wherein the initial message comprises a unique grid element identifier, an equipment identifier, a class of service information, capability, capacity, function information, geodetic information, an attachment point, an IP address information, communication format and content information, security, authentication information, and combinations thereof,
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to transform the at least one grid element into at least one active grid element after communication of the IP-based messages with the server via the at least one coordinator;
wherein the at least one active grid element is operable to participate actively in an electric power grid, wherein the participation is selected from the group consisting of supplying power to the electric power grid, consuming power from the electric power grid, and curtailing power consumption as a supply to the electric power grid;
wherein the IP-based messages further comprise at least one IP packet including a content, a priority, a security, and a transport route;
wherein the content comprises an amount of power supply available for the electric power grid or an amount of power curtailment available at an attachment point for each of the at least one active grid element based on revenue grade metrology; and
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to select one or more active grid elements of the at least one active grid element and control participation of the one or more active grid elements in the electric power grid based on capability, capacity, function information, geodetic information, and/or the attachment point of each of the one or more grid elements.

US Pat. No. 10,429,869

WIRELESS POWER, LIGHT AND AUTOMATION CONTROL

Kortek Industries Pty Ltd...

1. A power control device for controlling an electrical apparatus, said power control device utilizing a peer-to-peer link between said power control device and a mobile communications device so as to control a supply of electricity to the electrical apparatus, the mobile communications device having a processor, a memory, a user interface, and a wireless communications transceiver, said power control device comprising:a microprocessor having a memory;
a power control circuit within said power control device, said power control circuit being configured to implement a command from said microprocessor to vary the supply of electricity to the electrical apparatus; and
a wireless communications transceiver operable for two-way, peer-to-peer communication with the mobile communications device, said microprocessor being configured to always send, using said wireless control transceiver, a discovery message without passing through a wireless router or access point, the discovery message being sent to initiate contact with the mobile communications device to open a peer-to-peer wireless communications link with the mobile communications device, said wireless control transceiver being configured to operate by simulating a network access point in establishing a peer-to-peer link with the mobile communications device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,854

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLING A FOLLOWING VEHICLE WITH A SCOUT VEHICLE

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A method for automatically controlling at least one following vehicle, the method comprising:producing a scout trajectory for a scout vehicle and the scout vehicle is guided along the scout trajectory;
capturing scout environmental data by scout sensors;
producing a desired trajectory for a following vehicle, wherein following vehicle environmental data are captured by following vehicle sensors;
producing reference trajectory data based on the scout trajectory and reference environmental data based on the scout environmental data;
transmitting the reference trajectory data and the reference environmental data to the following vehicle;
determining a trajectory similarity by a trajectory comparison based on the desired trajectory produced and the transmitted reference trajectory data;
determining an environment similarity by an environmental data comparison based on the captured following vehicle environmental data and the transmitted reference environmental data; and
activating automatic control of the following vehicle along the desired trajectory depending on the trajectory similarity and the environment similarity.

US Pat. No. 10,429,852

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING SELF-BALANCING VEHICLE TO PARK

Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Sof...

1. A method for controlling a self-balancing vehicle to park, the method being performed by the self-balancing vehicle and comprising:sending, by the self-balancing vehicle, a message of requesting for parking assistance to a surveillance camera device for controlling the self-balancing vehicle to park;
receiving, by the self-balancing vehicle, a first response message returned from the surveillance camera device according to the message of requesting for parking assistance, the first response message including parking instruction information for controlling the self-balancing vehicle to travel from a current location of the self-balancing vehicle to a target location; and
controlling the self-balancing vehicle to travel from the current location to the target location and to park according to the parking instruction information.

US Pat. No. 10,429,841

VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING DECISION-MAKING MODEL

BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECH...

1. A vehicle control method, executed by a computer or processor, comprising:during travel of an unmanned vehicle, acquiring current external environment information and map information in real time;
determining, by a decision making model, vehicle state information corresponding to the external environment information and map information acquired each time, wherein the decision-making model is obtained by pre-training and reflects correspondence relationship between the external environment information, map information and vehicle state information; and
controlling a travel state of the unmanned vehicle according to the determined vehicle state information;
wherein the external environment information comprises information of surrounding vehicles and information of surrounding pedestrians;
wherein the map information is acquired based on a high-precision map; and
wherein the vehicle state information comprises at least one of the following: vehicle speed, acceleration, steering wheel angle, angular speed of the steering wheel, a state of a steering indicator light, a state of the high-beam light, and a state of a dipped headlight.

US Pat. No. 10,429,840

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An autonomous vehicle comprising:an input unit configured to receive selection input of at least one of a plurality of modes;
a suspension apparatus configured to change a height of the vehicle;
a suspension driver configured to perform electronic control of the suspension apparatus of the vehicle;
a power source driver configured to control an engine comprising a supercharger and a turbocharger; and
a controller that is configured to control the power source driver to turn the supercharger or the turbocharger on or off according to a selected mode among the plurality of modes and that is configured to control the suspension driver according to the selected mode,
wherein the plurality of modes include at least one of a time mode, a fuel efficiency mode, a safety mode, or a comfort mode,
wherein the controller is further configured to:
based on the fuel efficiency mode being selected, control the suspension driver to lower the height of the vehicle during driving the vehicle to a destination, and
based on the safety mode or the comfort mode being selected, control the suspension driver to change at least one of a left side height or a right side height of the vehicle during driving the vehicle along a curved route or at a turn.

US Pat. No. 10,429,835

SURFACE TREATMENT ROBOTIC SYSTEM

ECOVACS ROBOTICS CO., LTD...

1. A surface treatment robotic system, comprising a surface treatment robot and a remote controller, wherein the surface treatment robot comprises a control unit and a driving unit, the control unit receives remote control instructions from the remote controller and controls the driving unit to perform corresponding actions, the surface treatment robotic system being characterized in that,the surface treatment robot is provided with a direction sensor for determining a reference direction regardless of a current moving direction of the surface treatment robot;
the direction sensor is coupled to the control unit, and the direction sensor transmits the determined reference direction to the control unit;
the control unit determines a moving direction of the robot by using the reference direction as a reference and according to the remote control instructions input by an input terminal of the remote controller; and
the input terminal of the remote controller is provided with direction buttons, and a moving direction indicated by the direction button is according to the reference direction,
wherein the surface treatment robot is a tilted surface treatment robot, and the direction sensor is a gravity sensor through which a vertical direction is determined as the reference direction, and
when the surface treatment robot is a horizontal surface treatment robot, the remote control instructions comprise an instruction for walking in the east, west, south or north direction with the south direction as a reference.

US Pat. No. 10,429,816

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller for machining a workpiece by controlling a machine including at least one axis based on a machining program, the numerical controller comprising:a processor configured to: predict a reference machining time corresponding to a machining time not considering a delay time of servo control and machine motion based on the machining program;
extract combinations of program commands included in the machining program by analyzing the machining program, each of the combinations including commands from at least two different blocks of the machining program;
store, in a memory device, information related to an actual delay time of servo control and machine motion measured in actual machining by the machine for of the combinations;
calculate a correction time for correction of the reference machining time based on each of the combinations and information related to an actual delay time of servo control and machine motion for each of the combinations;
calculate a predicted machining time obtained by correcting the reference machining time using the correction time; and control at least one of a servo motor or a spindle motor of the machine based on the predicted machining time; and
measure an actual delay time of servo control and machine motion for each combination of program commands and update the information related to the actual delay time of servo control and machine motion for each combination of the program command types stored in the memory device based on the measured actual delay time of servo control and machine motion for each combination of program commands.

US Pat. No. 10,429,814

NUMERICAL CONTROL APPARATUS

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical control apparatus for controlling a machine tool and which enables specification of a movement trajectory of a circular arc shape by a circular arc interpolation command which is included in a machining program, the numerical control apparatus comprising:a program analysis unit which analyzes the machining program so as to acquire command data;
a command argument determination unit which (i) analyzes a form of an argument of a circular arc interpolation command included in the command data and (ii) determines, based on the analyzed form of the argument, whether the circular arc interpolation command specifies a vector originating from a certain point along a straight line connecting a start point and an end point of a circular arc shape and leading to a point along the circular arc shape, the certain point being displaced from a center point of the straight line connecting the start point and the end point of the circular arc shape;
a circular arc shape forming unit which forms a circular arc shape based on the machining program, the start point of the circular arc shape, the end point of the circular arc shape, and a direction and a length of the vector, the start point of the circular arc shape, the end point of the circular arc shape, and the vector being specified by the argument of the circular arc interpolation command, when the command argument determination unit determines that the circular arc interpolation command specifies the vector, wherein the circular arc shape forming unit is configured to:
obtain a start point of the vector based on (i) the start point of the circular arc shape, (ii) the end point of the circular arc shape, and (iii) a distance from the start point of the circular arc shape to the certain point along the straight line connecting the start point of the circular arc shape and the end point of the circular arc shape from which the vector originates,
obtain the point along the circular arc shape to which the vector leads based on (i) the start point of the vector, (ii) the direction of the vector, and (iii) the length of the vector, and
form the circular arc shape to pass through the (i) the start point of the circular arc shape, (ii) the end point of the circular arc shape, and (iii) the point along the circular arc shape to which the vector leads;
a tool trajectory forming unit which forms a tool trajectory of a machine tool based on the circular arc shape; and
a distribution processing execution unit which controls at least one motor of the machine tool based on the tool trajectory formed by the tool trajectory forming unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,813

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A communication system comprising a communication device functioning as a master device and a plurality of slave devices communicably connected to the communication device via a communication line, the communication device comprising a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:operation as a setting unit that sets an address in an added slave device from an original address to a prescribed address based on a position of the added slave device in a topology that is composed of a plurality of the slave devices;
operation as a judging unit that judges whether a change has occurred in the topology in response to the prescribed address being set in the added slave device by the setting unit;
operation as a specifying unit that, in response to an erroneously set slave device having an address that was erroneously set by the setting unit, specifies the erroneously set slave device, in response to the judging unit judging that the change has occurred in the topology; and
operation as a resetting unit that resets the address set in the erroneously set slave device specified by the specifying unit to an original address of the erroneously set slave device.

US Pat. No. 10,429,801

ADAPTIVE CONTROL METHODS FOR BUILDINGS

Edison Labs, Inc., San F...

1. A method for controlling a first switch terminal of a building occupied by one or more building occupant using a computer system comprising: using a first computer system coupled to the first switch terminal of the building at a first location of the building, the first computer system running on at least one platform, and a second computer system coupled to a second switch terminal of the building at a second location of the building, the second computer system running on at least one platform, the first and second computer systems being in communication with each other;using a first plurality of sensors coupled to the first switch terminal and the first computer system and a second plurality of sensors coupled to the second switch terminal and the second computer system, at least a portion of the sensors are configured to provide signal data to the first or second computer systems respectively, each of the first and second computer systems producing an output that relates to one of: a command output for a local control system, a command output for a different system, a data output for a different system, a command output for a non-local device or a data output that is a non-local device, the second switch terminal supplementing information obtained from the first switch terminal to allow the first and second switch terminals to interact with each other and execute additional capabilities to provide outputs about patterns of a building occupant, the first switch terminal configured to receive from the second switch terminal an output used to create a command output that relates to the first switch terminal or a non-local device;
wherein the outputs of the first and second switch terminals are used to send signals to control operation of appliance or electronic devices in the building based on results from the plurality of sensors and the first computer system and the second computer system; and
wherein the data input includes at least one of: a building occupant's presence in a room; a light level; system information relative to the switch terminal; and wherein at least a portion of the sensors receive raw sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,795

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OPERABLE WITH A CARTRIDGE HAVING A MEMORY AND A TERMINAL

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in conjunction with a cartridge, the cartridge comprising a photosensitive drum configured to carry an image thereon, a developer roller configured to supply toner to the photosensitive drum, a passive coupling, a memory and a terminal arranged on a downward surface of the cartridge, the terminal being electrically connected with the memory, the image forming apparatus comprising:a housing having an opening, through which the cartridge is detachably attachable to the housing;
a controller arranged inside the housing; and
a supporter configured to support the cartridge at an attachment position,
the supporter comprising
a first frame comprising a driving coupling configured to supply a driving force to the passive coupling of the cartridge, and a guiding portion configured to guide the cartridge to be moved from the opening of the housing to the attachment position and to guide the terminal of the cartridge to approach and contact a memory electrode of the supporter,
a second frame comprising a bias electrode configured to supply power to the developer roller of the cartridge, the second frame being arranged to face the first frame across the attachment position, and
a third frame arranged between the first frame and the second frame, the third frame comprising the memory electrode, which protrudes upward to extend above an upper surface of the third frame, the memory electrode being electrically connected with the controller and disposed on the third frame at a position that is closer to the first frame than the second frame;
wherein, when the cartridge is attached to the supporter at the attachment position, a separation between a position where the passive coupling of the cartridge couples with the driving coupling and the third frame is larger than a separation between a position where the terminal of the cartridge contacts the memory electrode and the third frame.

US Pat. No. 10,429,781

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND HEATER FOR USE IN IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in an image heating device, the heater comprising:a substrate;
a first heating block provided on the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a second heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first heating block in a longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a third heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first and second heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto;
a fourth heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the position of the first, second and third heating blocks in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and configured to generate heat by electric power supplied thereto, the first to fourth heating blocks are controllable independently of each other;
a first temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the first heating block;
a second temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the second heating block;
a third temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the third heating block;
a fourth temperature sensor provided on the substrate at a position corresponding to the fourth heating block;
a first conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first temperature sensor;
a second conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the second temperature sensor;
a first common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the first and second temperature sensors;
a third conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third temperature sensor;
a fourth conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the fourth temperature sensor;
a second common conductive pattern provided on the substrate and electrically coupled to the third and fourth temperature sensors;
a first electrode provided on the substrate at one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first conductive pattern;
a second electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second conductive pattern;
a first common electrode provided on the substrate at the one end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the first common conductive pattern;
a third electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the third conductive pattern;
a fourth electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the fourth conductive pattern; and
a second common electrode provided on the substrate at the other end portion of the substrate in the longitudinal direction of the substrate and electrically connected to the second common conductive pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,429,768

PRINTING LIQUID DEVELOPER

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A printing liquid developer for a printing system, comprising:a developer roller comprising:
a hollow tubular base body formed of a material comprising conductive carbon fiber;
a conductive, compliant layer around an outer surface of the hollow tubular base body; and
an electrically conductive support separate from the hollow tubular base body and electrically contacted to a surface of the hollow tubular base body.

US Pat. No. 10,429,754

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:a support;
a charge-generating layer on the support;
a charge-transporting layer on the charge-generating layer; and
a protective layer on the charge-transporting layer, the protective layer comprising components (?), (?), and (?):
(?) a polymer of a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (A)

where Z1 to Z3 independently represent an optionally substituted aryl group, and a substituent of the aryl group comprises a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a halogen atom or a polymerizable functional group, provided that the hole-transportable compound represented by the formula (A) has one or more polymerizable functional groups each serving as the substituent;
(?) a polycarbonate resin having a structural unit represented by formula (B)

where R11 to R14 independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group or an ethyl group, and X1 represents a single bond, an oxygen atom or a divalent hydrocarbon group; and
(?) a hole-transportable compound represented by formula (C)

where Ar1 and Ar2 independently represent a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, Ar3 represents an n-valent aromatic group and n represents an integer of 1 to 3, provided that component (?) is free from any polymerizable functional group, wherein
a content of component ((3) in the protective layer is 0.01 to 4.0 mass % with respect to a content of component (a) in the protective layer,
a content of component (?) in the protective layer is 0.001 to 3.0 mass % with respect to the content of component (a) in the protective layer, and
the charge-transporting layer contains component (?).

US Pat. No. 10,429,679

DISPLAY DEVICE

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A display device, comprising:a backlight module configured to generate an emitting light having a first light distribution pattern which has a luminous intensity exceeding a predetermined value within a first view angle range in a first direction;
a switchable diffuser disposed on the backlight module and switchable between a transparent mode and a diffusion mode, wherein the emitting light passing through the switchable diffuser has a diffusion angle in the first direction greater than diffusion angles in other directions in a case the switchable diffuser is switched to the diffusion mode;
a display panel disposed on the switchable diffuser, wherein the emitting light passes through the switchable diffuser and the display panel to generate an image, the emitting light passes through the switchable diffuser and is maintained to the first light distribution pattern in a case the switchable diffuser is switched to the transparent mode, the emitting light passes through the switchable diffuser and is diffused to have a second light distribution pattern which has a luminous intensity exceeding the predetermined value within a second view angle range in the first direction, and the second view angle range is wider than the first view angle range; and
a semi-transparent view-angle-limiting filter disposed in an optical path of the backlight module, the switchable diffuser and the display panel, wherein the semi-transparent view-angle-limiting filter has a light transmittance gradually decreased along a normal line of the semi-transparent view-angle-limiting filter toward the first direction, the light transmittance exceeds a pre-set value within a third view angle range, and the third view angle range is wider than the first view angle range and narrower than the second view angle range,
wherein the semi-transparent view-angle-limiting filter comprises a first polarizer having a first transmission axis, a second polarizer having a second transmission axis parallel to the first transmission axis, and a first phase retardation membrane sandwiched between the first polarizer and the second polarizer, the first phase retardation membrane has a first liquid crystal polymer layer, liquid crystal polymer of the first liquid crystal polymer layer has a first optical axis, the first optical axis has a first projection on the first polarizer and the second polarizer axially parallel or perpendicular to the first transmission axis and the second transmission axis, and the first projection is axially perpendicular to the first direction,
wherein the semi-transparent view-angle-limiting filter further comprises a second phase retardation membrane comprising a second liquid crystal polymer layer and a third polarizer having a third transmission axis, the second phase retardation membrane is located between the first polarizer and the third polarizer, liquid crystal polymer of the second liquid crystal polymer layer has a second optical axis perpendicular to a surface of the second phase retardation membrane, and the third transmission axis is parallel to the first transmission axis and the second transmission axis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,678

PANEL REVERSING APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL DISPLAY ELEMENT

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

4. An apparatus for reversing a panel, the apparatus comprising:a panel support unit which supports the panel;
a rotating unit which rotates the panel support unit so as to reverse a direction, in which one surface of the panel supported by the panel support unit faces, and a direction, in which the other surface of the panel faces; and
an absorbing means comprising a plurality of suction holes,
wherein the panel support unit includes a single surface contact unit which is in contact with only one surface between the one surface and the other surface of the panel,
wherein the single surface contact unit includes a head which is in contact with a center of a contact surface of the panel, and at least one pair of radial arms extending in an outwardly radial direction from the head to be in contact with at least a part of the contact surface of the panel and positioned in a diagonal line of the contact surface of the panel, and
wherein the plurality of suction holes are arranged in the head and radial arms of the single surface contact unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,658

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM AND PROJECTION APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. An illumination system, comprising:a first light source, wherein the first light source is a laser light source and adapted to provide a first color beam;
a first beam-splitting element, disposed on a transmission path of the first color beam and used to separate the first color beam into a first sub-beam and a second sub-beam, wherein a portion of the first color beam transmitted to an optical wavelength converting element via the first beam-splitting element forms the first sub-beam, and the other portion of the first color beam transmitted to a second beam-splitting element via the first beam-splitting element forms the second sub-beam;
the optical wavelength converting element, disposed on a transmission path of the first sub-beam and used to convert the first sub-beam into a second color beam and reflect the second color beam back to the first beam-splitting element;
a second light source, adapted to provide a third color beam, and
the second beam-splitting element, disposed on a transmission path of the second sub-beam and located between the second light source and the first beam-splitting element, wherein the second sub-beam of the first color beam is reflected back to the first beam-splitting element by the second beam-splitting element, wherein the third color beam passes through the second beam-splitting element and is transmitted to the first beam-splitting element, wherein the second sub-beam of the first color beam, the second color beam and the third color beam are combined into an illumination beam by the first beam-splitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,429,650

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A head-mounted display, comprising:a transparent display, configured to emit an image light beam;
a liquid crystal lens, disposed near the transparent display; and
a first Fresnel lens, wherein the transparent display is disposed between the liquid crystal lens and the first Fresnel lens, the liquid crystal lens and the first Fresnel lens are physically separated and respectively disposed at different sides of the transparent display, the first Fresnel lens is adapted to receive an ambient light beam, and wherein the head-mounted display is adapted to allow at least a part of the image light beam emitted from the transparent display passing through a pupil by phase modulating of at least a part of the liquid crystal lens, and wherein the phase modulating in a part of the liquid crystal lens is performed by electric power provided by the head-mounted display in a first mode, and the phase modulating in an entirety of the liquid crystal lens is performed by electric power provided by the head-mounted display in a second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,429,606

LENS DRIVE UNIT

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A lens drive unit comprising:an actuator, the actuator including:
a piezoelectric element configured to be capable of extending and contracting in one direction;
a weight joined with one end face of the piezoelectric element in a direction of extension and contraction of the piezoelectric element; and
a shaft joined with the other end face of the piezoelectric element in the direction of extension and contraction of the piezoelectric element;
a friction engagement member frictionally engaging an outer periphery of the shaft of the actuator;
a lens frame coupled to the friction engagement member;
a base member including a holding portion recessed to have a shape of the weight of the actuator to thereby house the weight, the base member being configured to fix the actuator in the holding portion;
a pair of electrodes disposed on the weight, the pair of electrodes being electrically connected with a pair of electrodes disposed in the piezoelectric element;
a pair of electric wires disposed on an inner lateral surface of the holding portion, the pair of electric wires contacting the pair of electrodes disposed on the weight; and
at least two protrusions disposed on an inner lateral surface of the holding portion, the two protrusions each contacting the weight housed in the holding portion.

US Pat. No. 10,429,601

COMB LASER ARRAYS FOR DWDM INTERCONNECTS

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A photonic integrated circuit package, comprising:a silicon interposer;
a first array of two or more comb laser modules bonded to the silicon interposer, wherein the comb laser modules of the first array have a common spectral output range;
a second array of two or more comb laser modules bonded to the silicon interposer, wherein the comb laser modules of the second array have a common spectral output range;
an optical coupler provided within the silicon interposer, the optical coupler optically coupled to each of the first and second arrays of comb laser modules; and
an ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) bonded to the silicon interposer, the ASIC electronically coupled to each comb laser module of the first and second arrays, wherein the ASIC is further configured to detect failure of one of the two or more comb laser modules in the first array or the second array, and switch operation to another of the two or more comb laser modules in the same array as the detected failure.

US Pat. No. 10,429,595

CLOSURE WITH AXIAL PULL PROTECTION FOR CONNECTORIZED CABLES

CommScope Connectivity Be...

1. A telecommunications closure comprising:a base;
a cover that cooperates with the base to define an interior;
a cable input to the base;
a plurality of cable outputs from the base;
the cover supporting the cable outputs in the form of at least one row/layer of fiber optic plug connectors from axial pull by engagement with projecting walls which engage projecting end surfaces of the plug connectors in an axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,429,578

PLASTIC FRAME ASSEMBLY, BACKLIGHT SOURCE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A backlight source comprising: a plastic frame assembly, and a LED lamp strip connected to the plastic frame assembly through a lamp strip adhesive, wherein the plastic frame assembly comprises a plastic frame and a heat-conducting component which are connected with each other to result in an integrated structure; wherein, the plastic frame comprises an engagement structure comprising convex portions and concave portions alternately provided with one another; and, the heat-conducting component comprises a heat-conducting member and a plurality of protrusions protruded from a surface of the heat-conducting member, the protrusions being inserted into the plastic frame at the engagement structure thereof, wherein, the heat-conducting component further comprises a plurality of heat dissipation-purposed through holes formed in the heat-conducting member; and, the through holes are exposed in the concave portions of the engagement structure, respectively, to form a plurality of heat dissipation-purposed hollow passages in the plastic frame assembly; wherein the LED lamp strip is disposed inside each of the concave portions of the engagement structure, and, each of the through holes is located inside a projection of the corresponding LED lamp strip onto the heat-conducting component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,572

LIGHT SOURCE MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A display device comprising:a light source module comprising:
a first backlight module having a first side and a second side opposite to each other, the first backlight module comprising:
a first light guide plate having a first light incident surface; and
a first light source disposed beside the first light incident surface;
a second backlight module disposed at the second side of the first backlight module, the second backlight module comprising:
a second light guide plate having a second light incident surface; and
a second light source disposed beside the second light incident surface;
a first turning film disposed at the first side of the first backlight module, the first turning film comprising a plurality of reverse prisms extending along an extension direction;
a first absorptive polarizer film disposed between the first backlight module and the second backlight module, the first absorptive polarizer film having a first polarizing transmission axis; and
one or more second absorptive polarizer films located between the first absorptive polarizer film and the second backlight module, each of the second absorptive polarizer films has a fourth polarizing transmission axis, wherein an axial direction of the fourth polarizing transmission axis of the second absorptive polarizer film is different from an axial direction of the first polarizing transmission axis of the first absorptive polarizer film; and
a display panel located at one side of the light source module; the display panel comprising:
a first polarizer film;
a second polarizer film having a second polarizing transmission axis; and
a liquid crystal layer disposed between the first polarizer film and the second polarizer film, wherein the second polarizer film is located between the liquid crystal layer and the first turning film of the light source module, and an included angle between an axial direction of the first polarizing transmission axis and an axial direction of the second polarizing transmission axis substantially falls within a range from 0 degree to 60 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,429,568

DYNAMIC RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY

ALSON TECHNOLOGY LIMITED,...

1. A dynamic random access memory, including:a main body, having a substrate, a light-emitting module and a light-guiding portion, the substrate provided with a memory module, the light-emitting module having a carrier board detachably connected to the substrate and a light-emitting portion disposed on the carrier board, the light-guiding portion being arranged corresponding to the light-emitting portion, at least a part of light from the light-emitting portion being projected to outside of the dynamic random access memory through the light-guiding portion;
a transmission port, integrally disposed on the substrate and electrically connected with the memory module;
wherein the substrate and the light-emitting module are separatably connected with each other;
wherein the carrier board includes two lateral wings which respectively protrude on two opposite ends of the carrier board, each lateral wing is thinner than the carrier board, and two fasteners are detachably disposed through the two lateral wings respectively and fixed to the substrate;
wherein the substrate and the light-guiding portion are plate-shaped, the substrate, the carrier board and the light-guiding portion are aligned with one another at top end, and the substrate and the light-guiding portion partially overlap with each other, and the light-emitting portion is sandwiched between the substrate and the carrier board.

US Pat. No. 10,429,525

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PET DATA CORRECTION

SHENZHEN UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method implemented on at least one computing device each of which has at least one processor and storage for correcting PET data, the method comprising:acquiring first PET data at a time interval;
acquiring a first normalization coefficient corresponding to the first PET data;
determining a scale factor based at least partially on the first normalization coefficient;
determining second PET data based on the first PET data, the scale factor, and the first normalization coefficient;
determining a first dead time correction coefficient corresponding to the second PET data;
determining third PET data based on the second PET data and the first dead time correction coefficient; and
reconstructing a first image based on the third PET data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,466

MRI APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An MRI apparatus, comprising:at least one receiving coil configured to receive magnetic resonance signals from an object; and
processing circuitry configured to
generate an image based on the received magnetic resonance signals,
calculate a weighting map of the image based on at least one of a sensitivity characteristic of the at least one receiving coil and a distance from a magnetic field center, and
generate a quantitative susceptibility image, which quantitatively indicates magnetic susceptibility inside a body, from the image by using the calculated weighting map,
wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to generate the quantitative susceptibility image from a phase image indicative of phase information of the image, by performing weighted optimization processing based on the weighting map.

US Pat. No. 10,429,434

ON-CHIP RELIABILITY MONITOR AND METHOD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit chip comprising:a substrate; and
a reliability monitor on the substrate and comprising: a test circuit comprising a test device; a reference circuit comprising a reference device; and a comparator circuit connected to the test circuit and the reference circuit,
wherein, when the integrated circuit chip is powered on, the reliability monitor is alternatingly operable in stress and test modes,
wherein, during each stress mode, the test device is subjected to stress conditions that emulate operating conditions of a functional device and the reference device is unstressed, and
wherein, during each test mode, the stress conditions are removed from the test device and the comparator circuit compares a test parameter of the test device to a reference parameter of the reference device and outputs a status signal based on a difference between the test parameter and the reference parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,429,432

METHOD FOR DETECTING A FAULTY CONNECTION OF AN AUXILIARY BATTERY

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FR...

1. A method for detecting a faulty connection of a low-voltage auxiliary battery incorporated in an auxiliary network of a motor vehicle supplied by said low-voltage auxiliary battery and by a non-reversible current source, the non-reversible current source being voltage-controlled to supply an output voltage which is a function of a control setpoint voltage of said non-reversible current source, the method comprising:determining at least one minimum or maximum voltage value, which cannot be reached by voltage at terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery, based on measured or estimated parameters of the low-voltage auxiliary battery;
assigning the function of the control setpoint voltage corresponding to the minimum or maximum voltage value;
controlling the non-reversible current source at the assigned control setpoint voltage that corresponds to the minimum or maximum voltage value that cannot be reached by the voltage at the terminals of the low-voltage auxiliary battery only when a faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery is to be detected;
measuring the voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network;
comparing the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network with the control setpoint voltage; and
determining the faulty connection of the low-voltage auxiliary battery when it is determined that there is a match between the measured voltage at the terminals of the auxiliary network and the control setpoint voltage, in the comparing the measured voltage with the control setpoint voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,431

CODELESS RECEPTACLE TESTER

ECM Industries, New Berl...

1. A single line codeless receptacle tester comprising:a single line outlet tester circuitry configured to perform a plurality of electrical outlet testing functions; and
a housing having
a first end,
a second end opposite the first end, and
an enclosure that encloses the single line outlet tester circuitry, and
an indicator section including five codeless wiring condition indicators and five dedicated light sources that are electrically connected to the single line outlet tester circuitry,
wherein each codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators is indicative of only one wiring condition of a plurality of wiring conditions of a single line electrical outlet,
wherein the each codeless wiring condition indicator corresponds to only a respective one of the five dedicated light sources,
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control a first dedicated light source of the five dedicated light sources to emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, the emission of light by the first dedicated light source being dedicated to a first codeless wiring condition indicator of the five codeless wiring condition indicators, and
wherein the single line outlet tester circuitry is configured to control the five dedicated light sources to not emit light based on the plurality of electrical outlet testing functions, a lack of emission of light by the five dedicated light sources being dedicated to a first wiring condition indicator, wherein the first wiring condition indicator is different from the first codeless wiring condition indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,429,430

METHOD FOR OPERATING A CAPACITIVE SENSOR ARRANGEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

16. A sensor system of a motor vehicle having at least one capacitive sensor arrangement for determining a distance to a measurement object and having a control unit for controlling the sensor arrangement, the sensor arrangement having at least one electrode and a connection arrangement which is assigned to the electrode and has a connecting line and, in a manner coupled to the latter, a connection on the electrode side and a connection on the control unit side, the control unit controlling the electrode during a measurement routine and determining the resulting distance values on the basis of a measurement capacitance formed by the electrode with respect to a reference potential, the control unit checking the electrical connection state of the electrode with regard to the connection to the control unit during a diagnostic routine, wherein the control unit checks the connection state during the diagnostic routine on the basis of the input capacitance between the connection on the control unit side and the reference potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,429

DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION METHOD, DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION DEVICE AND DIFFERENTIAL PROTECTION SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A differential protection method for monitoring a line of a power grid, the method comprising:measuring current phasor values in each case with measuring devices at ends of the line, the current phasor values indicating an amplitude and a phase angle of a phase current flowing at a respective end of the line, the measuring devices having local timers and allocating a timestamp to the current phasor values indicating a time of a measurement thereof;
transmitting at least the current phasor values measured at one end via a communication connection to an evaluation device;
forming a differential current value through vectorial addition in the evaluation device with current phasor values from the end of the line temporally allocated to one another, using time delay information that is being calculated continuously indicating a time delay between the local timers of the measuring devices for the temporal allocation of the current phasor values measured at different ends of the line;
generating a fault signal indicating a fault affecting the line when the differential current value exceeds a predefined threshold value;
carrying out a check using measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another which have been measured at the different ends of the line and a line-specific parameter relating to the line running between the ends in order to determine whether the time delay information indicates an actual time delay between the respective local timers, wherein the measured electrical quantities are selected from the group consisting of: amplitudes of current phasor values temporally allocated to one another and voltage phasor values temporally allocated to one another;
determining a comparative phase angle in order to check the time delay information using the measured electrical quantities and the line-specific parameter, wherein the comparative phase angle is determined by extending the measured electrical quantities temporally allocated to one another by an amount of the line specific parameter and using an angle between extended amplitudes as the comparative phase angle;
using the comparative phase angle to check the time delay information;
when erroneous time delay information is detected in the check, generating a time error signal; and
in response to generating the time error signal, blocking the fault signal and thereby, preventing shutdown of the line.

US Pat. No. 10,429,428

ECU GROUND FAULT ISOLATION FOR A DELAY SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of detecting a ground fault in a faulty electronic control unit from among a plurality of electronic control units, the method comprising:enabling a ground fault detection technique executed by a processor;
determining, by the processor, a message count for each respective electronic control unit transmitted during a ground offset condition over a predetermined time period, the message count including messages communicated within a communication bus having a measured voltage at least a predetermined voltage value above an expected voltage value;
normalizing the message counts for each respective electronic control unit to thereby generate a normalized message count for each respective one of the plurality of electronic control units, the normalized message count being a number of the messages having the measured voltage to a total number of the messages;
identifying the faulty electronic control unit as a function of the normalized message counts; and
outputting a fault signal to identify the fault electronic control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,427

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE STATE OF AN ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLED VALVE

11. An electrically switched hydraulic device comprising:a moveable subassembly configured to move between a first position and a second position; and
an electrical control device configured to actuate the moveable subassembly with a time-varying control signal, the electrical control device comprising a first switching transistor actuated by a first control input to generate the time-varying control signal applied to the moveable subassembly, and a second switching transistor actuated by a second control input to control an on/off state of the moveable subassembly;
wherein the electrical control device determines the time-varying control signal by comparing a first signal indicating a desired value of at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device with a second signal indicating a current value of the at least one state characteristic value;
wherein the electrical control device comprises an evaluation unit that determines the at least one state characteristic value of the electrically switched hydraulic device by the time-varying control signal; and
wherein the at least one state characteristic value includes a measure of a current position of the moveable subassembly and a velocity of the moveable subassembly as the moveable subassembly moves between the first position at a first time and the second position at a second time.

US Pat. No. 10,429,426

SETUP AND METHOD FOR NOISE PARAMETER MEASUREMENT

1. An on-wafer noise parameter measuring system, being controlled by a computer, for measuring noise parameters and s-parameters of a semiconductor chip on a wafer comprising: a measurement setup,wherein the measurement setup comprises
a noise measurement path for measuring the noise parameters of the chip, and
an s-parameter measurement path for measuring s-parameters of the chip,
said noise measurement path including,
a cascade of calibrated noise source, input impedance tuner, input DC bias network, a first subset of wafer probes, output DC bias network, noise receiver and RF cables;
and said s-parameter measurement path including,
a second subset of wafer probes, input and output DC bias networks, RF cables and a vector network analyzer connected to the second subset of wafer probes,
and wherein
the bias networks of both paths are connected to DC bias supplies.

US Pat. No. 10,429,425

METHOD FOR DETECTING SURFACE ELECTRIC FIELD DISTRIBUTION OF NANOSTRUCTURES

Tsinghua University, Bei...

10. A method for detecting surface electric field distribution of nanostructures, the method comprising the following steps of:providing a nanostructure sample located on an insulated surface of a substrate, and a vapor-condensation-assisted optical microscope system comprising a vapor-condensation-assisted device and an optical microscope comprising a stage, wherein the vapor-condensation-assisted device configured to provide vapor;
locating a sample on the stage;
spraying first charged nanoparticles to the insulated surface; and
blowing vapor to the insulated surface to image the first charged nanoparticles via an optical microscope.

US Pat. No. 10,429,424

WIRELESS TERMINAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

ANRITSU CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A wireless terminal measurement apparatus comprising:a measurement antenna which is fixed at a predetermined position in a measurement space in which entrance of a radio wave from the outside and internal reflection of the radio wave are suppressed; and
a terminal holding rotation mechanism that includes a terminal holding section that holds, using a position that is spaced away from the measurement antenna by a predetermined distance as a standard point in the measurement space, a wireless terminal that is a measurement target on one surface side of a bottom plate of a predetermined area in a state where a terminal antenna of the wireless terminal is positioned at the standard point, and a rotation mechanism that rotates the terminal holding section around the standard point,
wherein a characteristic of the wireless terminal is obtained by the wireless terminal measurement apparatus performing transmission and reception of a radio wave between the measurement antenna and the wireless terminal while changing a posture of the wireless terminal with respect to the measurement antenna, and
wherein a distance from the standard point to the one surface of the bottom plate of the terminal holding section is set so that a reflectivity of a reflection wave that is output from one of the measurement antenna and the wireless terminal, is reflected from the one surface of the bottom plate of the terminal holding section, and is input to the other one thereof is equal to or smaller than a value of a predetermined allowable limit.

US Pat. No. 10,429,422

EMI TESTING DEVIATION CORRECTION SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI) testing deviation correction system, comprising:an EMI testing facility;
a signal provisioning device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a first power connector coupling and a first networking port that is coupled to the first power connector coupling via cabling;
a signal generator that is included in the EMI testing facility and that includes a power connector that is connected to the power connector coupling on the signal provisioning device, wherein the signal generator is configured to generate signals having first signal characteristics and provide the signals through the power connector, and wherein the cabling, the first power connector coupling, and the first networking port included in the signal provisioning device are configured to provide a pass-through such that the signals generated by signal generator have the first signal characteristics when transmitted through the first networking port;
an Impedance Stabilization Network (ISN) device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is configured to couple to the first networking port on the signal provisioning device to receive signals that are provided by the signal generator through power connector and that are transmitted through the signal provisioning device from the first power connector coupling to the first networking port; and
a signal receiver device that is included in the EMI testing facility and that is coupled to the ISN device and configured to receive signals transmitted through the signal provisioning device and the ISN device, wherein the signals received by the signal receiver device include second signal characteristics that are different than the first signal characteristics, and wherein the difference between the second signal characteristics and the first signal characteristics provides an indication of at least one correction for the EMI testing facility.

US Pat. No. 10,429,421

METHOD OF OPERATING A HEARING AID SYSTEM AND A HEARING AID SYSTEM

1. A method of operating a hearing aid system comprising the steps of:identifying a receiver type of the hearing aid system,
providing a threshold frequency based on the identified receiver type,
measuring the electrical impedance of a receiver of the hearing aid system for a range of frequencies hereby providing a measured receiver impedance spectrum,
determining at least one of a peak frequency and a valley frequency from the measured receiver impedance spectrum,
triggering an action in response to a frequency threshold test applied to the determined peak frequency or valley frequency indicating that the peak frequency or valley frequency exceeds the threshold frequency, wherein
the threshold frequency is selected such that the action is triggered when a sound output of a hearing aid is at least partially congested.

US Pat. No. 10,429,419

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ITERATIVE CONDITION MONITORING AND FAULT DIAGNOSIS OF ELECTRIC MACHINES

The University of Akron, ...

1. A method of detecting a fault comprising the steps of:providing a 3-phase AC (alternating current) motor coupled to a voltage source inverter;
coupling a control feedback module to said voltage source inverter including:
a motor controller;
a stationary frame module to convert voltage output signals of said motor controller into frame voltage signals; and
a SVPWM (space vector pulse width modulation) generator to receive said frame voltage output signals, said SVPWM generator configured to generate a 3-phase signal for supplying to said 3-phase AC motor, and wherein said motor controller monitors 2 phases of said 3-phase signal;
detecting said 2 phases of said 3 phase signal to identify a motor current spectrum signature;
identifying n fault characteristic frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein n is a positive integer value;
identifying m random noise frequency signatures from said motor current spectrum signature, wherein m is a positive integer value equal to n;
comparing an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures with an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
generating at least one initial detection matrix including at least one matrix element, such that each said matrix element is associated with said comparison of an amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures and an amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures;
assigning a first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said n fault characteristic frequency signatures is greater than said amplitude of said m random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a fault, or assigning a second binary number different from said first binary number to said matrix element if said amplitude of said fault characteristic frequency signatures is less than said amplitude of said random noise frequency signatures to identify the presence of a non-fault;
generating a probability distribution based on said at least one initial detection matrix;
applying a predetermined threshold value to said probability distribution of said at least one initial detection matrix to generate a binary decision element;
generating an intermediate detection matrix that includes said binary decision element, wherein said second generating step and said applying step are performed for said intermediate decision matrix to generate a final binary decision value, and wherein said threshold value applied to said intermediate decision matrix is different from said threshold value applied to said at least one initial detection matrix; and
determining whether a fault is present in the 3-phase AC motor based on said final binary decision value.

US Pat. No. 10,429,418

FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT DEVICE, FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT METHOD AND UNDER FREQUENCY LOAD SHEDDING DEVICE

Schneider Electric Indust...

1. A frequency measurement device, comprising:a sampling module unit that outputs a voltage sampling value in accordance with a voltage to be sampled and a sampling frequency input thereto;
an angle shift computation unit based on single-cycle Discrete Fourier Transform DFT that computes and outputs a first angle shift based on the single-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift computation unit based on multi-cycle DFT that computes and outputs a second angle shift based on the multi-cycle DFT, in accordance with the voltage sampling value input from the sampling module unit;
an angle shift selection unit that selects and outputs one of the first angle shift and second angle shift an absolute value of which is smaller as a selected angle offset, in accordance with the first angle shift and second angle shift input thereto;
a sampling frequency computation and outputting unit that computes a sampling frequency in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto, and outputs the sampling frequency to the sampling module unit as a new sampling frequency; and
a frequency measurement value computation and outputting unit that computes and outputs a frequency measurement value in accordance with the selected angle offset input thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,429,415

METHOD FOR IMPROVING COMMON MODE REJECTION IN A ROGOWSKI COIL-BASED CIRCUIT

1. A sensor for use in an electricity meter comprising:a non-magnetic core having a first winding wrapped thereon, the first winding having a center-tap coupled to a reference voltage; and
a common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to the first winding, the common mode rejection circuit operably coupled to reference the reference voltage, the common mode rejection circuit comprising
a differential amplifier having a first input, a second input and an output;
a first resistive path coupled from a first end of the first winding to the first input;
a second resistive path coupled from a second end of the first winding to the second input;
a first capacitive path coupled from the first input to the output;
a second capacitive path coupled from the second input to the reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,429,414

MULTIPLE CONTACT PROBE HEAD DISASSEMBLY METHOD AND SYSTEM

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method for disassembling a multiple contact probe head including a plurality of contact probes positioned by a first die at a first end of the plurality of probes and a second die at a second end of the plurality of probes, the method comprising:applying a force to the plurality of contact probes in position in the first die across an opposing side of the first die from the second die; and
removing the second die from the plurality of contact probes by extracting the plurality of contact probes from one or more openings in the second die.

US Pat. No. 10,429,413

COAXIAL PROBE STRUCTURE

WIN SEMICONDUCTORS CORP.,...

1. A coaxial probe structure, comprising:a support member, comprising a first connecting member;
a connector, comprising a second connecting member for connecting to the first connecting member of the support member;
a coaxial probe, connecting with a connecting end of the coaxial probe to a bottom of the connector and extending downwards from the bottom of the connector to a probe tip, and an included angle formed at a junction of the probe tip and the connecting end; and
an elastic body, having one end connected to the support member and another end connected to the junction of the connecting end and the probe tip of the coaxial probe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,412

TEST CIRCUIT, TEST METHOD, ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A test circuit, comprising a plurality of to-be-tested units and a plurality of test electrodes connected to the to-be-tested units, wherein the plurality of to-be-tested units are arranged in a matrix, at least one of the test electrodes is multiplexed by the plurality of to-be-tested units in a row direction, and at least one of the test electrodes is multiplexed by the plurality of to-be-tested units in a column direction, whereinthe plurality of to-be-tested units in any row direction multiplex two of the test electrodes, and the plurality of to-be-tested units in any column direction multiplex one of the test electrodes; or
the plurality of to-be-tested units in adjacent two rows multiplex one of the test electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,411

NEAR FIELD SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, PROBE FOR SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPE, AND SAMPLE OBSERVATION METHOD

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A near-field scanning probe microscope comprising:a measurement probe configured to relatively scan a test sample;
an excitation light irradiation system;
a near-field light generation system configured to generate near-field light in a region comprising the measurement probe in response to irradiation with excitation light from the excitation light irradiation system; and
a scattered light detection system configured to detect Rayleigh scattering and Ramen scattered light of the near-field light from the sample, generated between the measurement probe and the sample,
wherein the near-field light generation system comprises a cantilever with a chip coated with a noble metal, and a tip of the chip is provided with a nanowire wire group comprising a plurality of carbon nanowires with a noble metal provided at ends thereof; and
wherein the nanowire wire group comprises a main carbon nanowire for measurement, the main carbon nanowire being the carbon nanowire closest to the sample and being used to determine a measurement resolution, and adjacent to the main carbon nanowire, a plurality of auxiliary carbon nanowires is disposed in a predetermined arrangement to act as an antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,429,410

WHEEL SENSOR INTERFACE APPARATUS

Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd., ...

1. A wheel sensor interface apparatus, comprising:a wheel sensor interface unit configured to supply power to a wheel sensor of a vehicle, sense an output current of the wheel sensor and transmit the sensed current to a microprocessor unit of the vehicle; and
an over-current detection unit comprising: a reference current generation unit configured to generate a reference current using a voltage across a resistor through which the output current flows; and a voltage level decision unit configured to decide a voltage level according to the reference current,
wherein the reference current generation unit comprises:
a first NPN transistor having a base terminal connected to one end of the resistor;
a first PNP transistor having an emitter terminal connected to an emitter terminal of the first NPN transistor;
a second NPN transistor having a base terminal connected to the other end of the resistor and a collector terminal connected to a collector terminal of the first NPN transistor;
a second PNP transistor having an emitter terminal connected to an emitter terminal of the second NPN transistor and a base terminal connected to a base terminal of the first PNP transistor; and
wherein the over-current detection unit determines whether the output current is an over-current, according to the voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,429,408

VEHICLE MONITORING MODULE

DANLAW INC., Novi, MI (U...

1. A portable system for monitoring vehicle driving conditions of a vehicle comprising:a processor;
an accelerometer unit in communication with the processor to provide accelerometer data for a first accelerometer axis, a second accelerometer axis, and a third accelerometer axis;
a gyroscope unit in communication with the processor to provide gyroscope data for a first gyroscope axis, a second gyroscope axis, and a third gyroscope axis;
a housing unit enclosing the processor, the accelerometer unit, and the gyroscope unit, the processor being configured to determine a gravity plane perpendicular to the gravity direction using rate of angular change data of the gyroscope for a plurality of turns when the vehicle is moving before determining a primary axis of the vehicle or a transverse axis of the vehicle, and after determining the gravity plane determining the primary axis or transverse axis of the vehicle based on the gravity plane the processor being configured to determine an orientation based on the primary axis or transverse axis of the vehicle relative to the accelerometer unit and the gyroscope unit based on the accelerometer data for the first accelerometer axis, the second accelerometer axis, and the third accelerometer axis and the gyroscope data for the first gyroscope axis, the second gyroscope axis, and the third gyroscope axis.

US Pat. No. 10,429,407

THREE-AXIS INERTIAL SENSOR FOR DETECTING LINEAR ACCELERATION FORCES

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

1. An inertial sensor comprising:a proof mass spaced apart from a planar surface of a substrate, said proof mass having a first section and a second section, said first section having a first mass that is greater than a second mass of said second section;
an anchor coupled to said planar surface of said substrate; and
a spring system interconnected between said anchor and said first and second sections of said proof mass, said spring system being configured to enable translational motion of said first and second sections of said proof mass in response to linear acceleration forces imposed on said inertial sensor in any of three orthogonal directions.

US Pat. No. 10,429,406

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL STRUCTURE WITH FRAMES

MURTA MANUFACTURING CO., ...

1. A microelectromechanical structure, comprising:a first capacitive detection element, a first frame, and a second frame patterned into a material layer of the microelectromechanical structure; wherein
the first capacitive detection element includes a stator and a rotor, wherein the stator is anchored to a support to form a stationary electrode, and the rotor is suspended to a support to form a mobile electrode;
the rotor has a degree in freedom for translation in a first direction that is parallel to the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure;
the stationary electrode and the mobile electrode form a capacitor, capacitance of which is changed by motion of the mobile electrode in the first direction;
the first frame is anchored to the support and circumscribes the stator and the rotor of the first capacitive detection element in the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure;
the second frame is anchored to the support and circumscribes the stator and the rotor of the first capacitive detection element in the material layer of the microelectromechanical structure between the first capacitive detection element and the first frame;
the second frame is electrically isolated from the first frame; and
the rotor and the second frame are galvanically coupled to have a same electric potential.

US Pat. No. 10,429,405

VIBRATING BEAM ACCELEROMETER

Honeywell International I...

1. A system comprising:a first resonator coupled between a proof mass and a support base on a first side of the proof mass and the support base;
a second resonator coupled between the proof mass and the support base on a second side of the proof mass and the support base, wherein the first and second resonators comprise double-ended tuning forks (DETFs);
a first oscillator configured to generate a first drive signal at a first frequency based on a first resonant mode of the first resonator;
a second oscillator configured to generate a second drive signal at a second frequency based on a second resonant mode of the first resonator;
a third oscillator configured to generate a third drive signal at a third frequency based on a first resonant mode of the second resonator;
a fourth oscillator configured to generate a fourth drive signal at a fourth frequency based on a second resonant mode of the second resonator;
a first drive mechanism configured to cause the first resonator to resonate at the first and second resonant modes based on the generated first and second drive signals;
a second drive mechanism configured to cause the second resonator to resonate at the first and second resonant modes based on the generated third and fourth drive signals; and
a processing device configured to generate an acceleration value based on signals outputted by the first and second resonators.

US Pat. No. 10,429,404

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING IMPACT DETECTING FUNCTION

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An electronic device installed in a machine where there is a possibility of occurrence of vibration or impact, comprising:an acceleration sensor configured to detect acceleration in a predetermined time interval;
a processor for controlling an operation of the machine, the processor configured to:
1) compare an acceleration value of acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor to a predetermined first acceleration threshold value,
2) in response to determining that the acceleration value detected by the acceleration sensor exceeds the predetermined first acceleration threshold value, calculate a second acceleration threshold value as a fraction of a maximum acceleration value among acceleration values of plural accelerations detected by the acceleration sensor over the predetermined time interval,
3) compare subsequent acceleration values detected by the acceleration sensor to the second acceleration threshold value,
4) in response to determining that a number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second acceleration threshold value is a predetermined number or less, determine the impact as a single-type impact, and
5) in response to determining that the number of the subsequent acceleration values exceeding the second threshold value exceeds the predetermined number, determine the impact as a multiple-type impact; and
an audio output device or a visual output device outputting a signal in response to the processor determining that the impact is the multiple-type impact.

US Pat. No. 10,429,403

HEAD DEVICE FOR MOUNTING DISPENSING TIP THEREON, AND MOVEMENT DEVICE USING SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A head device for mounting a dispensing tip, the head device comprising:a mechanism to generate suction force and discharge force;
a first frame comprising a tubular rod including a tubular space in fluid communication with the mechanism, and including, at a lower end of the tubular rod, a tip mounting portion;
a first frame movement device to move the first frame in an up-down direction;
a second frame to guide the movement of the first frame in the up-down direction; and
a controller to control operation of the mechanism to generate the suction force and the discharge force in the tubular space and the operation of the first frame movement device, by executing
a first control to control the mechanism to generate the suction force and the discharge force in the tubular space, and
a second control of controlling the first frame movement device such that the tip mounting portion passes a lower end part of the second frame in the up-down direction by upward movement of the first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,429,402

WASHING/DRYING APPARATUS, SCREENING APPARATUS, WASHING/DRYING METHOD, AND SCREENING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A cleaning and drying apparatus for a plate having a biochip, the cleaning and drying apparatus comprising:a cleaner that is configured to clean the plate in an upright condition;
a dryer that is configured to dry the plate in an upright condition, the dryer being arranged above the cleaner; and
a rotational operator that is configured to rotate the uncleaned plate in a horizontal condition to an upright condition and then to rotate the dried plate in an upright condition to a horizontal condition again.

US Pat. No. 10,429,401

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TUBE INSPECTION AND LIQUID LEVEL DETECTION

Beckman Coulter, Inc., B...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processor, container identification data from a container inspection unit that analyzes a container containing a liquid;
determining, by a liquid level detection unit, liquid level detection raw data including a height of a liquid content layer within the container by rotating the container about a z-axis of the container as the container is held by a robotic arm, and obtaining multiple angular readings of the liquid around the container;
receiving, by the processor, the liquid level detection raw data from the liquid level detection unit that analyzes the container containing the liquid;
determining a liquid level detection result for the liquid in the container, based at least on the container identification data and the liquid level detection raw data;
receiving, by the processor, additional data from the container inspection unit;
cross-checking, by the processor, the liquid level detection result with the additional data received from the container inspection unit; and
determining if the liquid level detection result is erroneous as a result of the cross-checking.

US Pat. No. 10,429,400

CHEMICAL ASSAY TO VERIFY THE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF SESQUITERPENE LACTONE DERIVATIVES

South Dakota Board of Reg...

1. A method for authenticating a medication comprising:obtaining an antimalarial medication;
combining a reactive system and the antimalarial medication, wherein the reactive system comprises a solvent comprising ethyl lactate, and an acid, wherein the solvent has a Hildebrand solubility of less than 24 MPa1/2; and wherein the acid has a pKa of less than 4.75;
allowing the reactive system and the antimalarial medication to react for less than 30 minutes at a temperature of between about 20° C. to about 35° C.; wherein the solvent reacts with the antimalarial medication to produce a color change; and
identifying whether the antimalarial medication is counterfeit or efficacious based on the color change.

US Pat. No. 10,429,398

VITAMIN D METABOLITE DETERMINATION UTILIZING MASS SPECTROMETRY FOLLOWING DERIVATIZATION

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining an amount of one or more vitamin D metabolites in a sample by mass spectrometry, the method comprising:(i) adding one or more internal standards to a sample;
(ii) extracting one or more vitamin D metabolites and the one or more internal standards from the sample;
(iii) subjecting the one or more vitamin D metabolites and one or more internal standards to 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione (PTAD) derivatization;
(iv) purifying by solid phase extraction (SPE);
(v) ionizing the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites derivatives and the one or more PTAD-derivatized internal standards to generate one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolite ions, wherein the one or more ions comprise ions selected from the group consisting of ions with a m/z ratio of 570.3±0.5, 558.3±0.5, and 298.1±0.5; and
(vi) determining an amount of the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites and the one or more PTAD-derivatized internal standards by mass spectrometry, wherein the amount of the one or more PTAD-derivatized vitamin D metabolites is determined from the amount of ions from step (v).

US Pat. No. 10,429,397

CELL PERMEABLE ATP ANALOG FOR KINASE-CATALYZED BIOTINYLATION

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY, ...

1. A cell permeable ATP analog having the following formula:
or a physiologically or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:

n, o, p are each independently 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5;
X is O, S, NH, or CH2;
R1 is H or C1-6 alkyl,
R2 is H, C1-6 alkyl, C6-30 aryl, C5-32 heteroaryl, or C7-32 alkylaryl; and
R3, R4 are each independently H, C1-6 alkyl, C6-30 aryl, C5-32 heteroaryl, or C7-32 alkylaryl, wherein R3, and R4 can be combined together to form a ring structure.

US Pat. No. 10,429,396

MASS SPECTROMETRY ASSAY FOR CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

Quest Diagnostics Investm...

1. A method for determining the amount of 17-OH progesterone in a sample by mass spectrometry, the method comprising:(i) ionizing the sample under conditions suitable to produce one or more 17-OH progesterone ions detectable by mass spectrometry;
(ii) determining by tandem mass spectrometry the amount of the one or more 17-OH progesterone ions; and
(iii) using the determined amount of the one or more ions to determine the amount of 17-OH progesterone in the sample, wherein the method has a limit of quantitation of 6 ng/dL.

US Pat. No. 10,429,395

GLUCOSE SENSOR SIGNAL STABILITY ANALYSIS

Medtronic Minimed, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a series of samples of at least one sensor signal that is responsive to a blood glucose level of a patient wherein the at least one sensor signal is generated by a glucose sensor during a time that the glucose sensor is in contact with the patient;
determining, using the series of samples and using one or more processors, at least one metric assessing an underlying trend of a change in responsiveness of the at least one sensor signal to the blood glucose level of the patient over time;
assessing a reliability of the at least one sensor signal to respond to the blood glucose level of the patient using the at least one metric assessing the underlying trend and using the one or more processors; and
in response to the assessing the reliability of the at least one sensor signal, altering an infusion treatment for the patient, or transmitting notification to the patient or a healthcare provider indicative of the reliability of the at least one sensor signal,
wherein the assessing the reliability of the at least one sensor signal comprises comparing the at least one metric with at least a first predetermined threshold and a second predetermined threshold,
wherein the at least one sensor signal is assessed to not be drifting or the at least one sensor is assessed to be stable, or both, if an absolute value of the underlying trend is less than the first predetermined threshold,
wherein the at least one sensor signal is assessed to be drifting or the at least one sensor is assessed to be unstable, or both, if the absolute value of the underlying trend is between the first and second predetermined thresholds,
wherein the at least one sensor is assessed to be dying, if the absolute value of the underlying trend is greater than the second predetermined threshold, and
wherein the determining of the at least one metric assessing the underlying trend comprises determining the at least one metric using a slope of a linear regression that is derived at least partly from the series of samples of the at least one sensor signal.

US Pat. No. 10,429,393

TUMOR DECONSTRUCTION PLATFORM FOR THE ANALYSIS OF INTRA-TUMOR HETEROGENEITY

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CELL ...

7. A method for monitoring tumour cell populations, which method employs the steps of:(i) obtaining a sample of tumour-derived single cell suspension, wherein said sample is from established cell lines or primary tumor samples;
(ii) optionally fixing and permeabilizing said tumour-derived single cell suspension;
(iii) combinatorial staining or labelling said tumour-derived single cell suspension with a binding dye, a fluorophore and/or antibodies specific to a marker on or in the tumour cells;
(iv) concurrently and simultaneously resolving each cell in said labelled tumour-derived single cell suspension through multivariant flow cytometry or fluorescence activated cell sorting to three levels of resolution of its cellular components involving tumour proliferative or regenerative hierarchy, DNA content, and cell cycle phase;
(v) detecting the frequency and identifying the profile of said levels of resolution of the tumour-derived single cell suspension; and
(vi) subjecting said frequency and profile detected in step (v) to combinatorial analyses, wherein the first level of resolution is based on tumour proliferative or regenerative hierarchy; the second level is based on varying DNA content; and the third level is based on cell cycle phases.

US Pat. No. 10,429,382

IMMUNOLOGICAL TEST ELEMENT WITH CONTROL ZONE FOR IDENTIFYING HOOK EFFECT

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. A method for identifying the presence of the Hook effect during the immunochromotographic determination of an analyte in a liquid sample, the method comprising:contacting the sample with a reagent zone of an immunochromatographic device comprising the reagent zone, a detection zone and a control line, and allowing the sample to migrate from the reagent zone to the detection zone and the control line, wherein
the reagent zone comprises a labeled conjugate comprising an analyte binding partner and a label in migratable form and is dissolvable in the liquid sample;
the detection zone comprises a first permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte; and
the control line comprises a second permanently immobilized binding partner for the analyte or complexes containing the analyte and a permanently immobilized binding partner for the labeled conjugate, and
detecting the signal associated with the labeled conjugate immobilized in the detection zone and the control line, wherein the lack of signal in the detection zone and the control line indicates the presence of the Hook effect.

US Pat. No. 10,429,381

CHEMICALLY-SENSITIVE FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING AND USING THE SAME

1. A chemically-sensitive field effect transistor having a multi-layered structure, comprising:a substrate layer having an extended body;
a first and second insulating layer positioned above the extended body of the substrate layer, the second insulating layer being positioned above the first insulating layer;
a source electrode and a drain electrode each having one or more surfaces, the one or more surfaces defining a boundary between an interior portion and an exterior portion of each electrode, at least a portion of the one or more surfaces of the source and drain electrodes being disposed at least partially within the first insulating layer, the source electrode being separated from the drain electrode by a distance;
a graphene layer positioned between the first and second insulating layers and contacting at least the exterior portion of the one or more surfaces of each of the source and drain electrodes, the graphene layer extending a length a first exterior portion of the source electrode to a first portion of the drain electrode thereby forming a channel between the source and drain electrodes; and
one or more surface structures forming a gate that overlaps at least a portion of the source and the drain electrodes, the one or more surface structures being at least partially positioned in the second insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,429,377

COAGULATION TEST DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF USE

COAGULATION SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A system comprising:a cartridge comprising a whole blood sample, the cartridge including a plurality of test chambers and a metal sphere in each test chamber;
a device configured to receive the cartridge, the device including
a plurality of sensors, each sensor positioned adjacent to one of the test chambers, and
a controller configured to
activate a vacuum source to move a portion of the whole blood sample into each of the test chambers,
move the cartridge,
receive signals from each of the sensors while the cartridge is moving,
determine whether the metal sphere is moving in the test chamber, and
determine whether the whole blood sample in each test chamber exhibits coagulopathy, and
output an indicator whether coagulopathy is present in the whole blood for each test chamber on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,429,376

MICROFLUIDIC ISOLATION OF TUMOR CELLS OR OTHER RARE CELLS FROM WHOLE BLOOD OR OTHER LIQUIDS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF L...

1. A microfluidic device for capturing or isolating circulating tumor cells from a liquid, the microfluidic device comprising:a substrate comprising a common fluid input and a common fluid output, a plurality of parallel channels configured to capture or isolate circulating tumor cells and fluidically connected to the common fluid input and the common fluid output, wherein the circulating tumor cells have a mean diameter, and wherein:
a. a cross-section of each of said plurality of parallel channels has a height and width taken in direction perpendicular to a length of the channels, and the length extends longitudinally from the common fluid input to the common fluid output;
b. the width of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells, and is not greater than about twice the mean diameter of the circulating tumor cells;
c. the height of each of said plurality of parallel channels is at least about three times the width of each respective channel;
d. at least part of the surface within each of said plurality of parallel channels is covalently linked to one or more capture elements; wherein said capture elements comprise antibodies or aptamers that selectively bind molecules on the membranes of the circulating tumor cells; and
e. each of said plurality of parallel channels has a sinusoidal or quasi-sinusoidal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,429,375

EXPORTING MEASUREMENTS OF NANOPORE ARRAYS

Roche Sequencing Solution...

1. A nanopore based sequencing system, comprising:an array of cells, wherein a cell comprises a nanopore sensor;
a circuitry configured to:
make a plurality of measurements of an electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor;
process the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor; and
perform data reduction to the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic associated with the nanopore sensor, comprising:
determining that a first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic correspond to a single base call event at the nanopore sensor;
determining a summary for the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic, wherein determining the summary comprises: representing the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic such that consecutive measurements of the electrical characteristic are mapped to a single magnitude value and either (i) a time duration or (ii) a count of the consecutive measurements of the electrical characteristic; and
exporting the summary for the first portion of the plurality of measurements of the electrical characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,429,373

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ROLLING DEVICE

NSK LTD., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for diagnosing a rolling device comprising an outer member, an inner member, and a rolling element, the method comprising:providing a lubrication film between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, wherein when the outer member and the rolling element contact each other and/or the inner member and the rolling element contact each other at a metallic contact part, the metallic contact part forms a resistor R2 in an electric circuit formed between the outer member and the rolling element, and/or between the rolling element and the inner member, the lubrication film and the metallic contact part being connected in parallel in the electric circuit;
applying an alternating voltage to the electric circuit;
measuring an impedance and a phase of the electric circuit when the alternating voltage is applied to the electric circuit, and
calculating a lubrication film thickness between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on a measured impedance and a measured phase, and
calculating a metallic contact ratio between the outer member and the rolling element and/or between the inner member and the rolling element, based on the measured impedance and the measured phase.

US Pat. No. 10,429,372

SMART WATER FLOODING PROCESSES FOR INCREASING HYDROCARBON RECOVERY

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method for measuring liquid-rock and liquid-liquid interfaces, the method comprising the steps of:performing at least one measurement technique proximate a subterranean rock sample and an interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction, where a liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the subterranean rock sample are combined to exhibit a first interface between the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the subterranean rock sample, producing the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction; and
performing at least one measurement technique proximate the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction and a brine solution, where the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the brine solution are combined to exhibit a second interface between the liquid hydrocarbon fraction and the brine solution, and where the measurement techniques result in measurements of the interfacial liquid hydrocarbon fraction at macro, micro to nano, nano to sub-nano, and sub-nano scales, and result in measurements of the second interface at macro and micro to nano scales.

US Pat. No. 10,429,371

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXTRACTING GAS OR GAS MIXTURES FROM A LIQUID FOR PERFORMING DISSOLVED GAS OR GAS MIXTURE ANALYSIS

Vaisala Oyj, Vantaa (FI)...

1. A system for extracting gas from a liquid for performing dissolved gas analysis, the system comprising:a container for storing at least one of a liquid and a gas,
a bidirectional liquid pump which is connected to the container,
a piping which is connected to the container and the bidirectional liquid pump, and wherein the system is configured to extract the gas from the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional liquid pump in a first direction along a closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container, and
wherein the system is configured to dissolve the gas back into the liquid by circulating the liquid with the bidirectional pump in a second direction different than the first direction along the closed flow channel formed by the piping, the bidirectional liquid pump, and the container.

US Pat. No. 10,429,369

INTEGRATED USER INTERFACE FOR STATUS AND CONTROL OF A SUBMERSIBLE MULTI-PARAMETER SONDE

IN-SITU, INC., Fort Coll...

1. A submersible multi-parameter sonde having an integrated user interface comprising:a water-tight housing defining a water-tight volume, wherein said water-tight housing is at least partially optically transparent;
a central processing unit (CPU);
a display electronically connected to said CPU;
an accelerometer electronically connected to said CPU;
a measurement subsystem in electronic contact with said CPU and that provides an input to said CPU from a plurality of sonde sensors; wherein
said CPU, display, accelerometer and measurement subsystem are positioned in said water-tight volume; and
said accelerometer is configured to detect: a change in orientation including by a tilting of the sonde by a user thereof, and an exerted force including by a tapping or double tapping of the sonde by the user, to generate an input to said CPU; and
said CPU is configured to process said input and control an output display configuration of said display based on said input to implement, absent any external electronics, selections of the user for display configuration and sonde function of the sonde.

US Pat. No. 10,429,368

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING THIOCYANATE IONS IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Roger Williams University...

3. A method for detecting thiocyanate in a liquid, comprising the steps of:providing a conductive glass substrate with anatase titanium dioxide which is deposited and cured on the conductive glass substrate;
silanating the anatase titanium dioxide;
chemically coupling a metalloporphyrin moiety to at least one electrode, wherein the at least one electrode is interconnected to the conductive glass substrate;
contacting the liquid with the conductive glass substrate interconnected with the least one electrode; and
measuring a concentration of thiocyanate in the liquid by both photometric detection and electrochemical detection of thiocyanate in the liquid when thiocyanate ions in the liquid coordinate to a metal center of the metalloporphyrin moiety,
wherein the liquid is seawater.

US Pat. No. 10,429,367

MULTI-PARAMETRIC ENVIRONMENTAL DIAGNOSTICS AND MONITORING SENSOR NODE

Qatar University, Doha (...

1. A multi-parametric environmental diagnostics and monitoring sensor node, comprising:a base having opposed upper and lower faces and an opening formed therein;
a plurality of environmental air quality sensors, each of the sensors having opposed upper and lower surfaces;
a connector engaging each of the lower surfaces of the environmental sensors, wherein each of the connectors are mounted on at least one auxiliary harvesting module;
a microcontroller mounted on the upper face of the base, the environmental air quality sensors being in communication with the microcontroller;
a power storage module in communication with the environmental air quality sensors and the microcontroller;
an external photovoltaic cell mounted within the base, the external photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the base;
a cover attached to the upper face of the base, the cover having an opening defined therein;
the at least one auxiliary harvesting module in communication with the power storage module;
an internal photovoltaic cell mounted on the cover, the internal photovoltaic cell being exposed through the opening in the cover; and
a power management circuit connected to the power storage module, the power management circuit having a plurality of switches configured for selectively controlling communication between the power storage module and the external photovoltaic cell, the internal photovoltaic cell, and the at least one auxiliary harvesting module to charge the power storage module either separately or simultaneously from multiple sources, the internal and the external photovoltaic cells each being in communication with the power storage module for electrical charging thereof, the base being adapted for mounting on a support surface such that the external photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an external source and the internal photovoltaic cell is selectively exposed to light from an internal source.

US Pat. No. 10,429,366

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTION OF NON-VOLATILE SOLUTES

Dionex Corporation, Sunn...

23. A method for detecting and measuring a non-volatile solute that is dissolved in a liquid solution comprising a liquid solvent comprising:generating an aerosol of droplets of the liquid solution;
transporting a portion of the droplets to a charging chamber through one or more conduits comprising a diffusion screen that preferentially removes, from the portion of the droplets, droplets having diameters less than a minimum diameter, wherein the transporting is such that the solvent fully evaporates during the transporting so as to generate a plurality of solid particles from the non-removed droplets;
imparting electric charge to the solid particles within the charging chamber; and
measuring a quantity of charge imparted to the solid particles by a detector,
wherein the removal of droplets by the diffusion screen is such that particles having diameters greater than 10 nm comprise more than 50 percent of all particles received by the detector.

US Pat. No. 10,429,365

CHROMATOGRAM DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A chromatograph system comprising:a chromatograph for collecting three-dimensional chromatogram data having time, signal intensity and another third dimension collected for a sample to be analyzed, the chromatograph comprising a converter for converting detected signals to digital data;
a chromatogram data processing system for processing the three-dimensional chromatogram data based on the digital data received from the converter, the system comprising a processor configured to:
calculate at least one auxiliary vector orthogonal to a principal vector, the principal vector being a multidimensional vector expressing a spectrum which shows or can be regarded as a relationship between the third dimension and the signal intensity for a target component to be observed,
designate the at least one auxiliary vector as a filter for impurity extraction;
calculate an inner product of a process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated as the filter, the process-target multidimensional vector expressing a process-target spectrum obtained or derived from the three-dimensional chromatogram data obtained for the sample to be analyzed; and
determine a presence or absence of an impurity other than the target component in the process-target spectrum based on the inner product of the process-target multidimensional vector and the at least one auxiliary vector designated; and
a display connected to the chromatogram data processing system for displaying the process-target spectrum and the impurity determination.

US Pat. No. 10,429,364

DETECTING LOW LEVEL LCMS COMPONENTS BY CHROMATOGRAPHIC RECONSTRUCTION

THERMO FINNIGAN LLC, San...

1. A method for analyzing a sample, comprising: performing a survey scan at a first gain setting of an ion detector to identify high intensity features corresponding to high abundance compounds within a sample, the survey scan indicating the presence of ions at various m/z and retention time values: generate a transmission matrix defining regions of retention time and m/z space for which ions should be transmitted which excludes of the retention time and mass-to-charge zones occupied by high intensity features: separating components of the sample using the chromatographic column: obtaining a first mass data set using the mass analyzer at a second gain setting of the ion detector in accordance with the transmission matrix, wherein the high abundance compounds are excluded from the analysis to prevent overloading the detector, the second gain setting more sensitive than the first gain setting; generating an inclusion list of features of the first mass data set, the inclusion list including low abundance compounds not detectable in the survey scan; fragmenting ions corresponding to features of the inclusion list; obtaining a second mass data set from the fragmented ions; and identifying and/or quantifying the low abundance compounds based on the second mass data set; wherein the low abundance compounds are at a concentration of not greater than 0.01% of the high abundance compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,429,361

VALVE AND SPLITTING SYSTEM FOR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL LIQUID ANALYSIS

Regents of the University...

1. A multi-dimensional liquid analysis system, comprising:a first separation system including a first separation column, the first separation column configured to chromatographically separate a sample within a liquid mobile phase and to provide a first dimension outflow having a first outflow rate;
a flow splitter fluidly coupled to the first dimension outflow, the flow splitter configured to split the first dimension outflow into a first split outlet flow and a second split outlet flow;
a second separation system including a sample loop and a second separation column, wherein the second separation system is configured that the sample loop receives a sample volume from the second split outlet flow, and wherein the second separation column is configured to chromatographically separate the sample volume from the second split outlet flow; and
a flow control pump fluidly coupled to and located downstream of one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow, the flow control pump configured to withdraw the one of the first split outlet flow and the second split outlet flow from the flow splitter at a controlled withdrawal flow rate to obtain, in the sample volume from the second split outlet flow, a representative sampling of compounds in the first dimension outflow for separation in the second separation system.

US Pat. No. 10,429,360

LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL SYSTEM AND LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPH CONTROL METHOD

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A liquid chromatograph control method in which a sample is analyzed using a liquid chromatograph provided with a function of switching columns, according to a schedule table in which analysis conditions and execution order of a plurality of analyses are described, the control method comprising the steps of:a) reading out two analysis conditions consecutively executed in the schedule table;
b) comparing columns used in the two read-out analysis conditions;
c) creating an insertion method file to the effect that a flow rate of a mobile phase sent to the column used in later one of the two analyses is increased in stages from a flow rate lower than a target flow rate determined for the later analysis toward the target flow rate, in a case where the compared columns are different from each other; and
d) inserting the insertion method file into immediately before the later analysis in the schedule table.

US Pat. No. 10,429,359

AUTOMATED MULTI-STEP PURIFICATION SYSTEM

GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCE...

1. An automated multi-step chromatography purification system arranged to perform a plurality of isolated multi-step purification cycles for purifying target molecules from separate feed sources, comprising:a system controller comprising a memory storing instructions for controlling components of the system,
two or more purification sections, each representing a purification step with one of the purification sections being a capture section comprising a first capture column and a second capture column and another one of the purification sections being a subsequent purification section comprising a purification column,
at least one pump for driving the purification,
a valve arrangement for controlling the fluid flow in the system, wherein the valve arrangement comprises a source valve connected to the at least one pump,
a capture flow path, a capture column eluent flow path, and a purification column eluent flow path all share the same source valve,
wherein: the capture columns and the source valve is arranged to simultaneously
(i) connecting, through the capture flow path the second capture column to one of the separate feed sources for capturing the respective target molecule, and
(ii) eluting, through the capture column eluent flow path a captured target molecule from the first capture column to the purification column and for preparing the eluted first capture column for a subsequent capture phase,
wherein the subsequent purification section comprises a smaller number of purification column eluent flow paths compared to the number of capture columns, each purification column eluent flow path comprising a purification column, whereby eluent flow from each of the capture column is separately purified in said purification column eluent flow path with intermediate cleaning of the purification column eluent flow path to keep subsequent purifications isolated, and
wherein each purification section being in direct fluidic communication with the subsequent purification section without an intermediate sample storage component.

US Pat. No. 10,429,358

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSPECTING DELAMINATION OF LAMINATED BODY

NON-DESTRUCTIVE INSPECTIO...

1. A delamination inspection method for a laminated body, including: causing an ultrasonic wave to enter the laminated body obtained by laminating a plurality of members, from a sensor disposed on one side of the laminated body; receiving the ultrasonic wave having propagated through the laminated body; and evaluating the received ultrasonic wave to inspect whether or not an inter-layer delamination is present,the sensor including: a transmission probe configured to cause the ultrasonic wave to enter the laminated body at a predetermined refraction angle; a reception probe configured to receive a propagation wave having propagated while having been repeatedly reflected by interfaces of the plurality of members; and a probe holding means configured to hold the transmission probe and the reception probe with a predetermined interval therebetween, and
the method comprising:
disposing the transmission probe and the reception probe on a sound part of the laminated body, with a preset probe interval therebetween by using the probe holding means, receiving the propagation wave having propagated through the sound part, and obtaining, as a reference detection length, a detection length over which an echo height of the received propagation wave through the sound part is detected as being equal to or greater than a predetermined value;
disposing the transmission probe and the reception probe so as to sandwich an inspection target part of the laminated body with an interval same as the preset probe interval by using the probe holding means, receiving the propagation wave having propagated through the inspection target part, and measuring a measured detection length over which an echo height of the received propagation wave through the inspection target part is detected as being equal to or greater than the predetermined value; and
comparing the measured detection length with the reference detection length to inspect whether or not an inter-layer delamination is present in the inspection target part.

US Pat. No. 10,429,357

MODEL CREATION METHOD AND DEVICE, AND INSPECTION DEVICE USING THE SAME

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A model creation method executed by a processing device to create a model of an analysis region used in numerical analysis, the method comprising:a step of designating a crystal growth direction for a region including crystallinity having acoustic anisotropy in the analysis region;
a step of selecting partial image data to which the crystallinity of the region is reflected; and
a step of rotating and operating the partial image data along the crystal growth direction; and
a step of creating image data covered in the region designated using the rotated partial image data.

US Pat. No. 10,429,356

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING AN ULTRASONIC WEDGE AND A PROBE

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:an ultrasonic wedge having a back wall;
a probe comprising a phased array transducer, wherein the probe is mounted to a probe interface wall of the ultrasonic wedge; and
an ultrasonic inspection station connected to the probe by a probe cable, wherein the ultrasonic inspection station comprises a display, a microprocessor, a memory coupled to the microprocessor, and one or more executable instructions stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the processor, the executable instructions including instructions for:
determining a first ultrasonic signal gate, wherein the first ultrasonic signal gate is determined by the processor based on a first theoretical Z distance Z1TH between a first transducer element of the phased array transducer of the probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge, and a last theoretical Z distance ZnTH between a last transducer element of the phased array transducer of the ultrasonic probe and the back wall of the ultrasonic wedge;
displaying the first ultrasonic signal gate on the display;
locating a second ultrasonic signal gate above a start of the first ultrasonic signal gate;
firing an ultrasonic signal from each of the transducer elements;
determining an operating status of each transducer element in the phased array transducer of the probe as live or dead, wherein each of the transducer elements that did not trigger the first ultrasonic signal gate and each of the transducer elements that triggered the first ultrasonic signal gate and also triggered the second ultrasonic signal gate are determined to be dead transducer elements and the remaining transducer elements are determined to be live transducer elements; and
calibrating, based on the identification of the dead and live transducer elements, the ultrasonic wedge and probe.

US Pat. No. 10,429,354

RECONFIGURABLE DEVICE FOR CHECKING A COMPOSITE STRUCTURE USING ULTRASOUND

AIRBUS, Blagnac (FR)

1. An ultrasonic control device to inspect a structure made of composite material during its production, the structure being produced in a space limited by an inner face of a first form and by an inner face of a second form, the device comprising:a plurality of ultrasound sensors arranged in a vicinity of the structure, each ultrasound sensor emits an ultrasound wave into the structure and picks up an echo returned by the structure;
a layer of piezoelectric material, an inner face of the piezoelectric material is placed on an outer face of the second form; and
a replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material arranged to be pressed against an outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material, the replaceable film of electrically insulating flexible material comprises, on a face in contact with the layer of piezoelectric material, a plurality of electrodes, each electrode is configured to be excited separately by a control signal transmitted via a conductor;
a conductive surface of said each electrode is arranged to be in contact with the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material such that said each electrode forms, with an area of the layer of piezoelectric material facing which said each electrode is placed, a distinct ultrasound sensor;
wherein an arrangement of the plurality of ultrasound sensors is modifiable by altering the arrangement of the plurality of the electrodes; and
wherein the ultrasonic control device is reconfigurable by replacing or repositioning the replaceable film on the outer face of the layer of piezoelectric material to alter the arrangement of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,429,353

PHOTOACOUSTIC MICROSCOPE AND PHOTOACOUSTIC SIGNAL DETECTION METHOD

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. A photoacoustic microscope, comprising:a light source which generates pulse light;
a focusing optical system which focuses the pulse light emitted from the light source and irradiates a sample with the focused pulse light;
a photoacoustic signal detection sensor which detects an acoustic signal generated from the sample through irradiation of the pulse light; and
a controller configured to:
form an image signal of the sample based on the acoustic signal;
one of generate or store information representing a relation between intensity of the pulse light entering the sample and intensity of the acoustic signal generated from the sample;
change intensity of the pulse light from the light source based on the information;
calculate, based on the information, as a threshold, pulse light intensity with which the intensity of the acoustic signal relative to the intensity of the pulse light starts to increase;
change, based on the calculated threshold, the intensity of the pulse light from the light source to be equal to or more than the threshold; and
change the intensity of the pulse light from the light source such that the following Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied:
1.05 where IT is the calculated threshold and IP is a peak value of intensity at a focus position of the pulse light after the change.