US Pat. No. 10,248,215

WRIST-WORN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHODS THEREFOR

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,214

WEARABLE DEVICE FOR WRITING AND DRAWING

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,213

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFACES FEATURING SURFACE-BASED HAPTIC EFFECTS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,212

ENCODING DYNAMIC HAPTIC EFFECTS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,211

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

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,210

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAPTICALLY-ENABLED CONFORMED AND MULTIFACETED DISPLAYS

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,209

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein an information processing program executed by a computer included in an information processing apparatus for performing information processing based on an operation on an operation apparatus including a vibrator and a sensor for detecting a motion or an orientation of the operation apparatus, the information processing program causing the computer to execute:generating predetermined vibration data for vibrating the vibrator;
outputting the predetermined vibration data to the operation apparatus;
acquiring motion or orientation data based on a detection result of the sensor from the operation apparatus; and
performing predetermined information processing based on the motion or orientation data, wherein
generation the predetermined vibration data, when the motion or orientation data satisfies a predetermined condition in a period in which the predetermined vibration data for vibrating the vibrator is output, includes generations vibration data for temporarily changing the vibration of the vibrator and thereafter continuing the vibration of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,248,208

TACTILE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE SYSTEM HAVING SAME

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A tactile transmission device for transmitting a tactile sensation to a user's finger, comprising: a ring-type body which is put on a finger; a moving member which is formed such that the moving member can move with respect to the body; and a plurality of wire-type actuators which are formed so as to come in contact with the moving member, wherein each of the wire-type actuators is a solid-state actuator which changes in length when energy is applied thereto, wherein a force applied to the moving member as the plurality of wire-type actuators change in length causes the moving member to move with respect to the body, and wherein a contact part formed in the moving member comes into contact with a user's finger according to a movement of the moving member, so as to transmit a tactile sensation to the user; wherein the moving member comprises: a vertical moving member which moves with respect to the body in vertical direction toward skin of the finger; and a horizontal moving member which moves with respect to the vertical moving member in horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical direction, and wherein the contact part is formed in the horizontal moving member such that the contact part faces the finger.

US Pat. No. 10,248,207

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING VARIABLE HAPTIC FEEDBACK

Capital One Services, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,206

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIMEDIA TACTILE AUGMENTATION

XSYNC TECHNOLOGIES LLC, ...

1. A media tactile augmentation system for interfacing with a plurality of content providers, comprising:a. a portal server, the portal server in electronic communication with the plurality of content providers, the portal serving having access to a plurality of instruction sets corresponding to content items offered by the plurality of content providers, the portal server being accessible by at least one media appliance, the portal server being configured to:
1. provide content information from the plurality of content providers to a media appliance;
2. identify instruction sets corresponding to a content item requested by a media appliance;
3. provide at least a portion of the instruction set and content item to the requesting media appliance; and
b. at least one media appliance, comprising:
1. a processor coupled to a memory storing computer-executable instructions for a local application for augmenting content playback;
2. a first communication interface configured to communicate with the portal server;
3. a communication interface configure to communicate with at least one haptic hardware device externally located with respect to the media appliance; and
4. a display interface configured to output display information associated with content playback to a display.

US Pat. No. 10,248,205

APPARATUS FOR RECORDING AUDIO AND VIBRATION CONTENT OF EVENT

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,204

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,203

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PHYSICS-BASED TACTILE MESSAGING

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,202

VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING VR SICKNESS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,201

WOLVERINE: A WEARABLE HAPTIC INTERFACE FOR GRASPING IN VIRTUAL REALITY

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,200

WEARABLE DEVICES, WEARABLE ROBOTIC DEVICES, GLOVES, AND SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS INTERACTING WITH THE SAME

Drexel University, Phila...

1. A wearable device comprising:at least one compliant textile region adapted and configured to be placed over a joint of a subject; and
at least two flexible but less compliant textile regions coupled to opposite ends of the compliant region located on either side of the joint and encircling the joint;
wherein the at least two flexible but less compliant textile regions are steam hardened.

US Pat. No. 10,248,199

GAZE DETECTION CALIBRATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,197

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

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Fais...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,196

SYSTEM FOR OCCLUSION ADJUSTMENT FOR IN-VEHICLE AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEMS

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,195

SHORT IMAGERY TASK (SIT) RESEARCH METHOD

The Nielsen Company (US),...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,194

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RETINAL RETROREFLECTION IMAGING

Massachusetts Institute o...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,193

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

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,192

GAZE TARGET APPLICATION LAUNCHER

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,191

VIRTUAL RIGID FRAMEWORK FOR SENSOR SUBSYSTEM

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,190

MULTI-TRACK PLAYBACK OF MEDIA CONTENT DURING REPETITIVE MOTION ACTIVITIES

SPOTIFY AB, Stockholm (S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,189

PRESENTATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY OBJECT BASED ON ONE OR MORE CONDITIONS

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,188

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING WIRELESS SIGNALS AND CONTROLLING DIGITAL RESPONSES FROM PHYSICAL MOVEMENT

1. A system for creating a sensory output from a user's physical movements, the system comprising:a) one or more sensors, wherein at least one of the one or more sensors is located on or proximate to the user's foot, and wherein the one or more sensors are adapted to detect the user's movement and generate movement data in real-time, wherein the movement data comprises one or both of pressure wave data and acceleration curve data;
b) a radio transmitter unit comprising a transmitter and a microprocessor, wherein the microprocessor is coupled to the one or more sensors and the transmitter and is programmed with a peak-detection algorithm wherein the microprocessor is operable to detect peaks in the generated movement data and convert the movement data into discrete digital pulses, wherein the microprocessor further includes a clock function configured to isolate and transmit the digitized pulse of the detected peak as a first signal; and
c) a receiver coupled to a computing device, the receiver configured to receive the transmitted first signal, whereby the computing device converts the first signal to a second signal wherein the second signal manifests as a real-time sensory output comprising a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) signal,
wherein the first signal is generated, transmitted and converted to the second signal and sensory output in less than 50 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,248,187

ASYNCHRONOUS PROCESSOR

Eta Compute, Inc., Westl...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,186

PROCESSOR DEVICE VOLTAGE CHARACTERIZATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method executed by a printing apparatus in a case where the printing apparatus operating in a power saving mode receives a packet, the processing method comprising:determining whether the received packet satisfies a response condition that indicates a packet to which the printing apparatus is capable of responding while maintaining the power saving mode;
responding to the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a discard condition that indicates a packet needs to be discarded in the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the response condition;
discarding the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the discard condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a shift condition that indicates a packet for which the printing apparatus needs to be shifted from the power saving mode to a normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the discard condition; and
shifting the printing apparatus from the power saving mode to the normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the shift condition,
wherein the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition, at least in a case where the received packet is a GetRequest of a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) in which a particular object ID is designated.

US Pat. No. 10,248,184

SENSOR API FRAMEWORK FOR CLOUD BASED APPLICATIONS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,183

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,182

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

Intel Corporation, Santa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,181

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

Intel Corporation, Santa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,180

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

Futurewei Technologies, I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,179

METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR POWER THROTTLING UPON SYSTEM ON PORTABLE DEVICE, CORRESPONDING PORTABLE DEVICE, AND CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS

MediaTek Inc., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A method for power throttling upon a mobile system, comprising:obtaining at least one characteristic information of a power source providing energy for the mobile system;
determining an averagely available power range and immediately available power range for the mobile system according to the at least one characteristic information;
disabling a first portion of active operations of the mobile system when a power level consumed by the mobile system exceeds the averagely available power range; and
disabling a second portion of the active operations of the mobile system when the power level consumed by the mobile system exceeds the immediately available power range, the second portion being larger than the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,248,178

POWER CONSUMPTION LIMIT ASSOCIATED WITH POWER OVER ETHERNET (POE) COMPUTING SYSTEM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a power converter to draw power from Power over Ethernet (PoE) and power the system with an amount of PoE converted power;
a display including a backlight, wherein:
converted PoE power consumption of the display is limited based on a signal indicating that the total converted PoE power consumption of the system is to be limited;
the display derives power from a second voltage rail; and
the backlight to vary the brightness while maintaining a threshold level of brightness as converted PoE power provided via the second voltage rail to the backlight varies to limit the total converted PoE power consumption; and
a power meter to:
compare an amount of PoE converted power consumption on a first voltage rail to a threshold amount of power consumption, wherein the first voltage rail is different than the second voltage rail;
maintain assertion of the signal based on a determination that the amount of PoE converted power consumption is greater than the threshold amount of power consumption; and
de-assert the signal based on a determination that the amount of PoE converted power consumption is less than the threshold amount of power consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,248,177

DROOP DETECTION AND REGULATION FOR PROCESSOR TILES

Advanced Micro Devices, I...

1. A processor system comprising:a plurality of processor tiles, each comprising:
a supply adjustment circuit adapted to receive a supply voltage from an external voltage supply, the supply adjustment circuit comprising a plurality of selectable resistive elements for regulating an adjusted supply voltage based on said supply voltage and a first control signal;
a first regulator having an output for generating a charge injection signal based upon a detected droop when a droop level of said supply voltage falls below a droop threshold value;
a charge selection logic circuit having an input coupled to the output of the first regulator and configured to inject a charge to a corresponding processor tile when the charge injection signal is asserted wherein said charge selection logic circuit is coupled to said supply adjustment circuit; and
wherein said supply adjustment circuit is connected between said corresponding processor tile and at least one of said external voltage supply and circuit common or ground; and
a second regulator having inputs for receiving a target supply voltage indication and a plurality of voltage level indications from the plurality of processor tiles, the second regulator configured to produce a second control signal based upon the target supply voltage indication and an average of the plurality of voltage level indications wherein the charge selection logic circuit generates the first control signal based on the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,248,176

PEER TO PEER POWER MANAGEMENT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system of delivering power to a plurality of portable computing devices, comprising:a central power device in the form of an alternating current adapter including:
a power cord adapted to directly connect the central power device to a power outlet;
a control module configured to:
determine a power requirement of a first portable computing device;
determine a power requirement of a second portable computing device through a daisy chain configuration;
send information specifying a total amount of power that the first portable computing device is to receive from the central power device, wherein the total amount of power includes power to be delivered to the first portable computing device and the second portable computing device; and
control a supply of the total amount of power from the central power device to the first portable computing device, based on a power requirement of the first portable computing device and a power requirement of the second portable computing device; and
a plurality of power cords comprising:
a first connecting cable adapted to directly connect a chain receptor port of the first portable computing device to a power receptacle of the second portable computing device, wherein the first connecting cable includes a power tip comprising an interference selector key adapted to mate with a corresponding mating key of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device, and a plurality of voltage conductors forming a plurality of orientations with respect to the interference selector key, wherein each of the plurality of voltage conductors is adapted to route a corresponding and different voltage there through, and wherein the corresponding mating key of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device mating with the interference selector key of the first connecting cable and a voltage conductor of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device mating with a corresponding voltage conductor of the first connecting cable such that the power tip provides a voltage required by the second portable computing device in a first orientation while another orientation allows the power tip to provide a portable computing device having a different voltage requirement from that of the second portable computing device, such that the first connecting cable is configured to support a range of portable computing device voltage requirements corresponding to the plurality of orientations; and
a second connecting cable adapted to directly connect the central power device to a power receptacle of the first portable computing device, such that the central power device is configured to be connected to the first portable computing device and the downstream second portable computing device in the daisy chain configuration via the first connecting cable and the second connecting cable;
wherein the system is configured such that the total amount of power is transferred from the central power device to the first portable computing device, and a first portion of the total amount of power corresponding to the power requirement of the first portable computing device is used by the first portable computing device, and a remaining portion of the total amount of power corresponding to the power requirement of the second portable computing device is transferred from the first portable computing device to the second portable computing device through the first connecting cable.

US Pat. No. 10,248,175

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

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,174

PERSISTENT RESERVATIONS FOR VIRTUAL DISK USING MULTIPLE TARGETS

HEDVIG, INC., Santa Clar...

1. A method of reserving a virtual disk in a storage platform having a plurality of storage nodes on each of which are stored virtual disks, said method comprising:receiving a request at a first process on one of said storage nodes to reserve a specific virtual disk in said storage platform, said request originating at an iSCSI Initiator virtual machine of a remote computer and coming directly via an iSCSI Target virtual machine of said remote computer;
said first process requesting of a coordinator process on one of said storage nodes a lock for said specific virtual disk;
said coordinator process giving said lock to said first process;
said first process changing a current reservation holder field of persistent storage on one of said storage nodes pertaining to said specific virtual disk to identify said iSCSI Initiator virtual machine; and an application of said iSCSI Initiator virtual machine writing to, or reading from, said specific virtual disk only after receiving said lock;
receiving a second request at a second process on one of said storage nodes to reserve said specific virtual disk, said second request originating at a second iSCSI Initiator virtual machine of a second remote computer different from said remote computer and coming directly via a second iSCSI target virtual machine of said second remote computer; and
said second process requesting of said coordinator process said lock for said specific virtual disk.

US Pat. No. 10,248,173

DETERMINING THERMAL MARGINS IN A MULTI-DIE PROCESSOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,172

SPECTRALLY SELECTIVE RADIATION EMISSION DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,171

DESKTOP ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,170

VERY LOW DRAFT HOUSINGS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A housing, comprising:a plurality of faces and a plurality of surfaces, two of the plurality of surfaces having a draft angle of less than 1 degree;
wherein at least two of the plurality of surfaces are without parting lines formed by interfacing tool components.

US Pat. No. 10,248,169

HOUSING COMPONENTS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,168

RELIGIOUS APPLICATION FOR MOBILE AND WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,167

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING HEAT DISSIPATION ASSEMBLY AND BLOCKING MEMBER

GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing comprising an exterior wall of the electronic device and a heat dissipating portion having a plurality of heat dissipating holes formed in the exterior wall, wherein the exterior wall comprises an inner side facing an interior of the electronic device;
a heat dissipation assembly, disposed in the housing, comprising a plurality of cooling fins, a channel forming between every two adjacent cooling fins, each of the channels having a wind inlet port and a wind outlet port, the wind outlet ports positioned corresponding to a position of the heat dissipating portion, the cooling fins having a border side between the wind inlet ports and the wind outlet ports; and
a blocking member disposed at the inner side immediately adjacent to the heating dissipating holes and at a position of the border side adjacent to the wind outlet ports and abutting against a periphery of the heat dissipating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,248,166

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,165

FOLDABLE PLATE AND FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH THE SAME

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

1. A foldable display device, comprising: a display panel; and a cover window on the display panel, the cover window comprising: a first area comprising a first material having a first elastic modulus and a plate-like shape; a second area comprising the first material having a plate-like shape symmetrical with the first area, the second area being separate from the first area; and a third area comprising a second material having a second elastic modulus lower than the first elastic modulus, wherein the third area comprises: a first portion interposed between the first area and the second area, a second portion, extending from the first portion, contacting and covering upper and lower surfaces of the first area, and a third portion, extending from the first portion, contacting and covering upper and lower surfaces of the second area, and wherein the first and second areas are aligned with each other along a fan shape end portion thereof with a gap therebetween that can be folded or unfolded with the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,248,164

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

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,163

FLEXIBLE DISPLAY APPARATUS

E Ink Holdings Inc., Hsi...

1. A flexible display apparatus, comprising:a flexible display unit, having a first region and a second region surrounding the first region;
a flexible film, disposed on the flexible display unit and only located within the first region, wherein the flexible film has a circumferential surface and at least one accommodating groove, the accommodating groove is sunken from the circumferential surface, and an orthogonal projection area of a portion of the flexible film on the flexible display unit is smaller than an area of the first region; and
a molding compound, disposed on the flexible display unit and covering the circumferential surface of the flexible film and the second region of the flexible display unit exposed by the flexible film and filling the accommodating groove, wherein the thickness of the molding compound filling the accommodating groove is the same as the thickness of the flexible film, and the molding compound has fluidity,
wherein a viscosity coefficient of the molding compound is proportional to a depth of the accommodating groove, and higher the viscosity coefficient of the molding compound, a deeper a required depth of the accommodating groove is.

US Pat. No. 10,248,162

LINKING-UP MECHANISM MODULE AND DOCKING STATION

GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

3. A docking station, adapted to repeatedly clasp in a clasping state and uplift in an uplifting state an electronic device, the docking station comprising:a shell having a first surface, a first opening and at least one second opening; and
a linking-up mechanism module, provided at the shell, the linking-up mechanism module comprising:
a switch;
a clasp element;
a linking-up structure, connected to the switch and the clasp element; and
an abutting element, connected to the linking-up structure;
wherein, in the clasping state, the switch is located at a first position, the clasp element is located at a clasping position, and the abutting element is located at a sunken position;
wherein the linking-up structure comprises:
a fixed seat, provided at the shell;
a driving element, having a first end portion and a second end portion, the second end portion being opposite the first end portion, the first end portion connected to the clasp element;
a first shaft, rotatably provided on the fixed seat, the first shaft individually connected to the switch and the second end portion of the driving element;
a second shaft, rotatably provided on the fixed seat; and
a driven element, having a third end portion and a fourth end portion, the fourth end portion being opposite the third end portion, the fourth end portion connected to the second shaft;
wherein the abutting element has a fifth end portion and a sixth end portion, the sixth end portion is opposite the fifth end portion, the fifth end portion is connected to the second shaft, and the sixth end portion uplifts the electronic device;
arranged such that when the switch is pressed to a second position to enter the uplifting state, the linking-up structure and the clasp element are synchronously driven, the clasp element first rotates to an unlocking position and then drives the linking-up structure to drive and uplift the abutting element from the sunken position to an uplifting position; and when the clasp element is located at the clasping position, the clasp element protrudes out of the first opening and hooks the electronic device; and when the claps element is located at the unlocking position, the clasp element is rotated to be located within the first opening, and the at least one abutting element is uplifted to the uplifting position and extends out from the at least one second opening to push the electronic device away from the first surface; and when the switch is located at the first position, the clasp element is located at the clasping position to cause the second end portion of the driving element to abut against the third end portion of the driven element, and the at least one abutting element is at the sunken position; and when the switch is pressed to the second position, the first shaft accordingly rotates to drive and rotate the driving element, the first end portion is away from the third end portion, the third end portion rotates along with the fourth end portion to rotate the second shaft to drive and rotate the at least one abutting element, such that the at least one abutting element uplifts from the sunken position to the uplifting position.

US Pat. No. 10,248,161

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

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,160

MONITOR WITH INTEGRATED KEYBOARD STORAGE

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,158

ENCLOSURE ASSEMBLY AND MONITOR DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,157

SAMPLE CLOCK SOURCE FOR DIGITAL DATA SYSTEMS

The United States of Amer...

1. A sample clock source comprising:an oscillator having an oscillator output that can provide a square wave at a predetermined frequency;
a digital counter having multiple digital counter outputs and a counter input in communication with said oscillator output to receive the square wave and to provide a reduced frequency square wave at a single counter output of the multiple digital counter outputs;
a first flip-flop having a flip-flop input in communication with said single counter output to receive the reduced frequency square wave and to provide a half frequency square wave at a first flip-flop output;
at least one additional flip-flop having an additional flip-flop input in communication with said first flip-flop output to receive the half frequency square wave and to provide a quarter frequency square wave at an additional flip-flop output;
a selector having a plurality of selector inputs in communication with at least two of said single counter output, said first flip-flop output, and said additional flip-flop output, said selector having a selector output and a selector means selectably connecting one of the selector inputs to the selector output; and
a pulse generator having a pulse generator output and a pulse generator input in communication with said selector output, said pulse generator producing a pulse having a known duration on receiving a state change at said pulse generator input whereby the pulse is provided as a sample clock source signal at said pulse generator output.

US Pat. No. 10,248,156

DATA PROCESSING DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,155

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING CLOCK GENERATING CIRCUIT AND CHANNEL MANAGEMENT CIRCUIT

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,154

JOYSTICK ASSEMBLY

ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, LLC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,153

SELF-CENTERING MECHANISM FOR A ROTATABLE SHAFT

Electrolux Home Products,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,152

PEDAL APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Dong Hee Industrial Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,151

SEAMLESS BUTTON

Ableton AG, Berlin (DE)

1. Seamless button, comprising a guiding element (1), a movable actuating element (2) and a switch (3) which is located on a mounting plate (15),characterized in that
the guiding element (1) includes a rigid outer wall (4) that defines an enclosure having an inner chamber (5) with a bottom opening and a top opening, wherein the rigid outer wall (4) is provided, on an outer side in an upper area, with an inwardly offset outer profile edge (4a) and with a pedestal (4b) extending horizontally and forming the transition between the upper outer profile edge (4a) and a remaining part of the outer wall (4);
the movable actuating element (2) is an elastic button element (2) made of elastic material and provided with a massive middle shaft (8) spaced from inner walls of the chamber (5) by an air gap (5a) and having a planar upper actuating surface (8a) that extends from a first plane that is perpendicular to the upper actuating surface (8a) and that is defined by the upper outer profile edge (4a) of the outer side of one portion of the rigid outer wall (4) to a second plane that is parallel to the first plane and that is defined by the upper outer profile edge (4a) of the outer side of an opposed portion of the rigid outer wall (4), the planar upper actuating surface (8a) having a movement crimp (9) surrounding an outer rim of the actuating surface (8a) above the air gap (5a), wherein the movement crimp (9) is designed in such a way that the elastic material in the area of the movement crimp (9) is relatively thin in a vertical direction and wherein the movement crimp (9) is located directly at an upper rim of the button and enclosing the air gap (5a) located underneath tightly outwardly such that the button is seamless, and with a profile area (10) arranged at an outer circumference of the movement crimp (9) and extending firstly horizontally outwardly and then downwardly and ending in a horizontally outwardly extending protrusion (10a);
wherein the horizontally outwardly extending portion of the profile area (10) rests on top of the outer wall (4), the downwardly extending portion of the profile area (10) rests on the outside of the outer profile edge (4a) and the protrusion (10a) rests on the pedestal (4b) covering the pedestal (4b) at least partially.

US Pat. No. 10,248,150

SLOPE ENHANCEMENT CIRCUIT FOR SWITCHED REGULATED CURRENT MIRRORS

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,148

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

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,147

POWER SUPPLY WITH VARIABLE CONFIGURABLE CURRENT LIMIT

Motorola Mobility LLC, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,146

SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC CONTROL WITH INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION TO OPTIMIZE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Honeywell International I...

9. A method for controlling energy consumption, comprising:receiving an energy consumption of one or more devices located in a space;
calculating amounts of energy consumption in areas of the space based on the energy consumption of the one or more devices;
generating a floor map of the space on the display that includes an energy consumption map that indicates the amounts of energy consumption in the areas of the space;
receiving a selection to change an amount of energy consumption in an area from the areas of the space to a value;
determining an optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration for a set of devices, from the one or more devices, configured in the area in response to receiving the selection to change the amount of energy consumption in the area;
receiving acknowledgment of the optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration via the user interface; and
changing one or more set points of the set of devices, after receiving the acknowledgment, such that the amount of energy consumption in the area is equal to the value and the set of devices operate according to the determined optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,248,145

VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH DRIVE VOLTAGE DEPENDENT ON REFERENCE VOLTAGE

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A voltage regulator configured to provide at an output node a load current at an output voltage, wherein the voltage regulator comprises,a pass transistor for providing the load current at the output node from an input node;
a driver stage configured to set a gate voltage at a gate of the pass transistor based on a drive voltage at a gate of a drive transistor;
voltage regulation means configured to set the drive voltage in dependence of an indication of the output voltage at the output node and in dependence of a reference voltage for the output voltage; wherein the driver stage comprises
the drive transistor and a diode transistor; wherein the diode transistor forms a current mirror with the pass transistor; and
a current amplifier which is configured to amplify a drive current through the drive transistor to provide an amplified current through the diode transistor; wherein the drive current is dependent on the drive voltage, and wherein the current amplifier comprises
a first current mirror having a first forward gain M; and
a second current mirror having a second forward gain N, such that the current amplifier exhibits a forward gain M·N.

US Pat. No. 10,248,143

ARCHITECTURE FOR THERMOSTAT CONTROL DURING TIME-OF-USE INTERVALS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,142

COOLING APPARATUS, COOLING METHOD, AND DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,141

NON-INVASIVE PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

Cameron International Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,140

PRESSURE REGULATOR AND HIGH PRESSURE SOURCE ASSEMBLY WITH THE SAME

1. A pressure regulator comprising:a main body adapted for being mounted on a high pressure source without intermediary and having
an inlet;
an outlet;
a high pressure chamber defined between the inlet and the outlet and communicating with the inlet; and
a regulated chamber defined between the inlet and the outlet and communicating with the outlet and the high pressure chamber;
a piston mounted moveably in the high pressure chamber and the regulated chamber and having
a first end toward the inlet of the main body;
a second end toward the outlet of the main body;
a sealing segment attached to the first end of the piston;
an elastic element mounted in the regulated chamber of the main body to prepossess the piston to move toward the outlet of the main body; and
an adjusting element comprising a single element, mounted adjustably in and selectively held in the high pressure chamber of the main body, and having a central opening formed axially through the adjusting element and communicating with the inlet to selectively allow a flow path from the inlet passing through the central opening of the adjusting element and past the sealing segment to the outlet,
wherein the flow path is co-linear with a longitudinal axis of the adjusting element and extends along the entire longitudinal axis of the adjusting element, and
wherein the adjusting element selectively abuts against the sealing segment and the central opening of the adjusting element is selectively blocked by the sealing segment to selectively close the flow path from the inlet to the outlet of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,248,139

APPARATUS FOR THE APPLICATION OF A LIQUID OR VISCOUS MEDIUM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,138

WATER SUPPLYING METHOD

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,137

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW RATE OF FLUID, MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE FOR EXECUTING METHOD, AND MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL SYSTEM UTILIZING MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method of controlling a flow rate of fluid by using a mass flow controller, the method comprising:measuring a flow rate of the fluid with a flow meter of the mass flow controller to obtain a measured value;
controlling a flow control valve of the mass flow controller with a controlling section of the mass flow controller based on the measured value to adjust the flow rate of the fluid;
storing, in a memory of the mass flow controller, the following:
a set value of the flow rate;
a controlled value of the flow rate corresponding to the set value of the flow rate;
a standby time W, which is a period from a change in the set value of the flow rate from zero to a value that is not zero until output of an opening signal to the flow control valve; and
a target value Tt of a controlled response time, which is a period of time for the measured value of the flow rate to reach the controlled value of the flow rate after the set value of the flow rate changes from zero to the value that is not zero;
starting, with the controlling section, measurement of an elapsed time when the set value of the flow rate changes from zero to the value that is not zero;
outputting, by the controlling section, the opening signal corresponding to the set value of the flow rate to the flow control valve when the elapsed time reaches the standby time W;
measuring, by the controlling section, a value of the elapsed time at a time when the measured value of the flow rate reaches the controlled value of the flow rate as a measured value Tm of the controlled response time;
calculating, by the controlling section, a value acquired by subtracting the measured value Tm from the target value Tt as a differential value ?W of the standby time W;
outputting, by the controlling section, a closing signal to the flow control valve, stopping the measurement of the elapsed time, and resetting the value of the elapsed time to zero when the set value of the flow rate changes from the value that is not zero to zero; and
updating, by the controlling section, a value of the standby time W to a value acquired by adding the differential value ?W to the standby time W.

US Pat. No. 10,248,136

FLOW REGULATOR AS WELL AS METHOD FOR SETTING A PREDEFINABLE VOLUME FLOW

LEVITRONIX GMBH, Zurich ...

1. A flow regulator for setting a predefinable volume flow of a fluid, comprising:a first sensor configured to determine a first actual value of a first flow parameter of the fluid;
a pre-pressure regulator configured to set a predefinable pre-pressure at a pre-pressure outlet of the pre-pressure regulator; and
a regulating pump in the form of a rotary pump,
the fluid capable of being supplied to the pre-pressure regulator at a plant pressure in an operating state via an inflow line and a pre-pressure inlet and capable of being conducted further to the regulating pump at the pre-pressure via a flow connection disposed between the pre-pressure outlet and the regulating pump, the pre-pressure outlet being connected to a high pressure connection of the regulating pump in a flow communicating manner via the flow connection such that the fluid is capable of being supplied from the pre-pressure regulator of the regulating pump and guided away from the regulating pump via a low pressure connection into an outflow line, a speed of rotation of the regulating pump capable of being set by a regulating control using a first desired value in dependence on the first actual value of the first flow parameter such that a limiting pressure acting against the pre-pressure is capable of being produced by the regulating pump so that the predefinable volume flow of the fluid is set in the outflow line.

US Pat. No. 10,248,135

METHOD FOR ADAPTIVELY DRIVING A STEPPER MOTOR, AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE

STMicroelectronics (Grand...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,134

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECONFIGURING A VEHICLE GEOMETRY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

18. An automotive vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body structure including a roof, a roof support system, and a main body;
a configuration system located in the vehicle body structure, the configuration system configured to alter a vehicle configuration;
at least one vehicle sensor configured to detect an occupancy status of the vehicle;
a communication system; and
a controller in communication with the at least one vehicle sensor, the configuration system, and the communication system, the controller configured to receive sensor data corresponding to an occupancy of an interior of the vehicle from the at least one vehicle sensor, determine the vehicle configuration based on the sensor data, generate a control signal based on the vehicle configuration, and automatically control the configuration system according to the control signal to alter the vehicle body structure from a first configuration to a second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,248,133

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

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,132

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUALIZATION OF AN ENVIRONMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSC...

1. A method of visualizing an environment of a motor vehicle using at least one vehicle-installed camera for detecting an environment of the motor vehicle, at least one display unit, and an evaluation and control unit, which depicts images of the environment on the display unit in dependence of images from the at least one camera,wherein at least one device is provided for detecting a head position of a vehicle passenger, wherein the depiction on the display unit is adapted depending on the detected head position and the position of the display unit, so that the vehicle passenger sees a depiction of the environment of the motor vehicle that the vehicle passenger would see if the display unit were a transparent window of the motor vehicle, wherein
the display unit is a component of a mobile device, wherein the position of the display unit is determined by an internal sensor system, wherein
the mobile device acquires images of the interior with a camera of the mobile device, and the position of the display unit is determined by comparing the images with previously saved images of the interior.

US Pat. No. 10,248,131

MOVING OBJECT CONTROLLER, LANDMARK, AND MOVING OBJECT CONTROL METHOD

MEGACHIPS CORPORATION, O...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,130

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UNDERGROUND MACHINE LOCATION DETECTION

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,129

PITCH COMPENSATION FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,128

HAULAGE VEHICLE AND TRAVEL CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE SAME

Hitachi Construction Mach...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,127

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PILE SPACING

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,126

OBSTACLE AVOIDANCE WALKING METHOD OF SELF-MOVING ROBOT

Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd...

1. An obstacle avoidance walking method of a self-moving robot, in a walking area of the self-moving robot, a rectangular plane coordinate system is established with the horizontal direction as the X axis and the vertical direction as the Y axis, characterized in that, the method comprises the following steps:step 100: the self-moving robot walks along the Y axis, when the self-moving robot walks forwardly along the Y axis and detects an obstacle, an obstacle point at the current position is set as an upside obstacle point, and valid upside obstacle points are stored as upside recorded points; when the self-moving robot walks reversely along the Y axis and detects obstacle, an obstacle point at the current position is set as a downside obstacle point, and valid downside obstacle points are stored as downside recorded points;
step 200: the upside recorded points are classified into a current upside recorded point and previous upside recorded points according to the storage sequence of the upside recorded points, and the downside recorded points are classified into a current downside recorded point and previous downside recorded points according to the storage sequence of the downside recorded points;
step 300: if the current obstacle point is an upside obstacle point, it is determined whether there is before the current upside obstacle point a previous upside recorded point, the Y-axis coordinate of which is less than that of the current upside obstacle point; and if the current obstacle point is a downside obstacle point, it is determined whether there is before current downside obstacle point a previous downside recorded point, the Y-axis coordinate of which is larger than that of the current downside obstacle point;
step 400: if the determination result is positive, the previous upside recorded point or the previous downside recorded point is a turning point, the self-moving robot walks along the X axis from the current obstacle point toward the turning point to the X-axis coordinate of the turning point, deletes the coordinate of the turning point, and returns to the step 100 after completing traversal walking in an area between the turning point and the current obstacle point; and if the determination result is negative, the self-moving robot moves for a displacement M1 along the X axis;
step 500: the self-moving robot walks along a direction opposite to the former Y-axis walking direction, and returns to the step 100; and
step 600: the step 100 to the step 500 are repeated until traversal walking in the walking area is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,125

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,124

LOCALIZING VEHICLE NAVIGATION USING LANE MEASUREMENTS

MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOG...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,123

MOBILE APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,122

AUTONOMOUS CONCESSIONS ROBOTS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A concessions robot device, the device comprising:a body comprising a dispensing container for holding one or more items to be dispensed;
a motor within the body;
a plurality of wheels;
a communication interface configured to receive instructions sent over a communication network regarding a designated route; and
a processor configured to execute the received instructions, wherein execution of the instructions by the processor automatically:
powers up the motor, wherein the body is propelled forward, and
steers the wheels along the designated route, wherein the one or more items are dispensed at one or more points on the designated route, and
wherein the concessions robot moves autonomously along the designated route which is determined according to correlations between actual staff density and a historic staff density level.

US Pat. No. 10,248,121

MACHINE-LEARNING BASED AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,120

NAVIGABLE PATH NETWORKS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,119

INTERACTIVE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE COMMAND CONTROLLER

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a sensor disposed in an autonomous vehicle, a signal corresponding to an audible request to control a route of the autonomous vehicle;
extracting one or more words from the signal;
determining one or more generative probabilistic models for interpreting the one or more words;
determining, based at least in part on the one or more generative probabilistic models, a probability associated with a first word of the one or more words;
determining that the probability is equal to or below a threshold value;
sending, based at least in part on the probability being equal to or below the threshold value, the signal to a teleoperator system;
receiving, from the teleoperator system, a command to control the route of the autonomous vehicle system in accordance with the request;
determining a plurality of courses of action based on the command;
for each of the plurality of courses of action, determining at least one second probabilistic model;
based on the second probabilistic model, determining a confidence level for each of the plurality of courses of action;
forming a subset of the plurality of courses of action, each course of action in the subset having a confidence level of at least a threshold confidence level; and
executing a course of action from the subset at the autonomous vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,248,118

REMOTELY CONTROLLING A SELF-PROPELLED DEVICE IN A VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENT

Sphero, Inc., Boulder, C...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating a computing device, the method comprising:generating image data by a camera component of the computing device;
programmatically detecting, by the computing device, from the image data, a location of a self-propelled device relative to the computing device;
receiving, at the computing device, input from the self-propelled device, the input including sensor information that is obtained on the self-propelled device; and
generating, on the computing device, content based on the location of the self-propelled device as the self-propelled device moves, wherein the self-propelled device is remote from the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,117

RADIO CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, REMOTE CONTROLLER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH

DRONE-CONTROL, LLC, Wilm...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,116

REMOTE OPERATION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE IN UNEXPECTED ENVIRONMENT

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,115

PATROL-TYPE PREVENTIVE INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,114

PLANT PROCESS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH NORMALIZED ASSET HEALTH

Computational Systems, In...

1. An apparatus for evaluating health for a plurality of assets in a plant process management system, the apparatus comprising:a. an asset manager implemented as software running on a processor, and organizing the plurality of assets into a hierarchical arrangement of parent objects and child objects;
b. a plurality of asset monitoring components, each asset monitoring component comprising a sensor operatively connected to one of the assets, each asset monitoring component determining a condition value for the asset based on a parameter measured using the sensor,
c. a health normalization module implemented as software running on a processor, and calculating parametric health scores based on the asset condition values determined by the asset monitoring components, the parametric health scores normalized to a selected range of values, and
d. a user interface allowing selection of a parent object from the hierarchy,
e. wherein the asset manager:
i. computes a normalized asset health score for each child object underlying the parent object that is monitored by one of the asset monitoring components based on the normalized parametric health scores received from the connected asset monitoring component,
ii. computes a virtual health score as the normalized asset health score for each child object underlying the parent object from the normalized asset health score of each child object underlying the unmonitored parent object;
iii. computes a virtual health score for the selected parent object from the normalized asset health score of each child object depending from the selected parent object; and
iv. displays a visualization of the virtual health score for the parent object via the user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,248,113

ALERTING SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,112

PARCEL AND ARTICLE SORTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Tompkins International, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,111

OPERATIONAL PROGRAMMING OF A FACILITY

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A method of programming and operating a facility, comprising:(a) using a computer system that stores an operational programming application, wherein the operational programming application comprises an operational program for determining the operation of at least one facility;
(b) acquiring data from operational events of the at least one facility and entering the data into the operational program, wherein feasibility of the operational program is maintained, wherein the operational events of the at least one facility entered into the operational program are one of two types of events: defined operational events and undefined operational events, wherein a ratio of a number of the defined operational events to a number of the undefined operational events entered into the operational program changes with passage of time, wherein a ratio of a number of the defined operational events to a number of the undefined operational events entered into the operational program increases with passage of time;
(c) setting a scope of the data to be analyzed, wherein the scope of the analysis is defined based on at least one operational event of interest;
(d) assembling the data within the scope of the analysis in a structured and automated manner;
(e) processing the assembled data using a strategy-based procedure and obtaining results for the defined scope of the analysis, wherein the strategy-based procedure is based upon at least one of specific conditions, business drivers and uncertain parameters;
(f) disassembling the obtained results in a structured and automated manner according to the obtained results;
(g) adjusting the operational program by incorporating the obtained result into the program; and
(h) programming and operating the at least one facility according to the adjusted operational program.

US Pat. No. 10,248,110

GRAPH THEORY AND NETWORK ANALYTICS AND DIAGNOSTICS FOR PROCESS OPTIMIZATION IN MANUFACTURING

TIBCO Software Inc., Pal...

1. A computer-implementable method for predicting characteristics of unmeasured batches in a manufacturing operation, comprising:identifying, using one or more computing device processors, manufacturing units of a manufacturing operation;
characterizing, using the one or more computing device processors, the manufacturing units as nodes associated with a manufacturing operation graph representation;
characterizing, using the one or more computing device processors, at least one of an input material, a supplier, a part, or another input associated with the manufacturing operation as nodes associated with the manufacturing operation graph representation;
characterizing, using the one or more computing device processors, manufacturing steps associated with the manufacturing operation as connections associated with the manufacturing operation graph representation;
generating, using the one or more computing device processors, the manufacturing operation graph representation using the characterized nodes and connections;
measuring, using the one or more computing device processors, a characteristic of a batch associated with the manufacturing operation;
identifying, using the one or more computing device processors, connections between the measured batch and an unmeasured batch associated with the manufacturing operation;
computing, using the one or more computing device processors, based on the identified connections associated with the manufacturing operation graph representation, a degree of connectedness between the measured batch and the unmeasured batch; and
predicting, using the one or more computing device processors, based on the degree of connectedness, a characteristic of the unmeasured batch.

US Pat. No. 10,248,109

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING BASED ON A LICENSE

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,108

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING BASED ON A LICENSE

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,107

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL, AND MACHINE TOOL

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,106

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

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,105

MAIN CONTROLLER FOR TELEMATICS INTEGRATION

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,104

OPTIMIZING MACHINE OPERATIONS USING ACOUSTICS PROPERTIES

Industrial Technology Res...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,103

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER DYNAMICALLY SWITCHING TIME CONSTANT FOR ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION FILTER

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,102

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER OF MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller for controlling a machine tool including a spindle motor formed of an induction motor, the numerical controller comprising:a storage unit that stores a maximum acceleration at which the spindle motor can operate when a magnetic flux amount of the spindle motor reaches its maximum;
a magnetic flux amount acquisition unit that acquires a present magnetic flux amount of the spindle motor; and
an acceleration change unit that changes an acceleration of a position command based on a maximum acceleration of the spindle motor stored in the storage unit according to a magnetic flux amount at the start of movement of the spindle motor acquired by the magnetic flux amount acquisition unit when the spindle motor is operated by position control using a position command.

US Pat. No. 10,248,101

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

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,100

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,099

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER, ENGINEERING TOOL, AND ENGINEERING TOOL PROGRAM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,098

PLC APPARATUS

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive, from a user, an ambient temperature of a PLC;
a memory configured to store a life expectancy of a part depending on the ambient temperature, wherein the part is a capacitor;
a diagnosing unit configured to predict a PLC life expectancy according to the following equation,
L=T?10×Log2Lo/Lc
where, L comprises the PLC life expectancy, T comprises a part maximum use temperature, Lo comprises a PLC reference life, and Lc comprises a part life at a corresponding temperature, to calculate a PLC residual life by subtracting a PLC used time from the PLC life expectancy, and to compare the PLC used time and the PLC life expectancy to determine whether or not the PLC used time exceeds the PLC life expectancy;
a control unit configured to control an operation of the input unit, the memory and the diagnosing unit and to store a point of time in the memory when the PLC residual life becomes zero; and
an alarm unit configured to produce an alarm sound or alarm light, wherein the control unit is configured to control the alarm unit to be operated if the PLC used time exceeds the PLC life expectancy.

US Pat. No. 10,248,097

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,096

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMON EXCHANGE OF QUALITY DATA BETWEEN DISPARATE SYSTEMS

Sparta Systems, Inc., Ha...

1. A method executed by one or more computing devices of a first Enterprise Quality Management (EQM) computer system for data interchange on a computer network, the method comprising:generating, by the first EQM computer system, a first EQM communication configured to pass EQM data between the first EQM computer system and a second EQM computer system on the computer network, the first EQM communication being in a first data format that is not interpretable by the second EQM computer system;
transmitting, by the first EQM computer system, the first EQM communication to the second EQM computer system via a data interconnection system on the computer network, wherein the data interconnection system is disposed as an intermediary node on the computer network that is configured to receive asynchronous network communications passing between two or more EQM computer systems on the computer network, determine whether each asynchronous network communication is in a destination data format interpretable by a destination EQM computer system associated with the asynchronous communication, and transform the asynchronous communication into the destination data format when the asynchronous network communication is not in the destination data format; and
receiving, by the first EQM computer system, a second EQM communication comprising EQM response data from the second EQM computer system in response to the first EQM communication, the second EQM communication being transmitted by the second EQM computer system in a second data format that is not interpretable by the first EQM computer system and being transformed into the first data format by the data interconnection system prior to receipt by the first EQM computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,248,095

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED SERVO CONTROL PERFORMANCE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical control device comprising:a CPU for outputting a position command value of a servomotor;
an integrated circuit including a servo controller for outputting a current command value to an amplifier for driving the servomotor, and another processor; and
a DSP for reading the position command value and controlling the servomotor such that the servomotor moves to a position indicated by the position command value, wherein
the CPU and the integrated circuit are connected through a plurality of serial interfaces,
the integrated circuit has a first integrated circuit internal bus connected to one of the plurality of serial interfaces, and a second integrated circuit internal bus connected to another one of the plurality of serial interfaces,
the servo controller is connected to the first integrated circuit internal bus, and
the other processor is connected to the second integrated circuit internal bus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,094

HOT CUTOVER BOX

Key Industrial Specialist...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,093

COMPLIANT FORCE CONTROL MODULE

ANDROSROBOTICS, LLC, Cam...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of plates disposed in parallel;
at least a first elastic member disposed between a first plate and a second plate of the plurality of plates;
a position sensor configured to measure a change in distance between at least the first plate of the plurality of plates and the second plate of the plurality of plates;
a driver for a brushless motor driving an actuator communicated with the first plate and the second plate; and
a microcontroller programmed to execute a closed loop torque control of the motor responsive to feedback from the position sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,248,092

ARCHITECTURE FOR THERMOSTAT CONTROL DURING PEAK INTERVALS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A thermostat comprising:a housing;
one or more memory devices comprising a stored setpoint schedule, wherein the stored setpoint schedule comprises a plurality of setpoints;
one or more temperature sensors, each of the one or more temperature sensors being configured to provide temperature sensor measurements;
a processing system disposed within the housing, the processing system being configured to be in operative communication with the one or more temperature sensors to receive the temperature sensor measurements, in operative communication with the one or more memory devices to determine a setpoint temperature, and in still further operative communication with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to control the HVAC system based at least in part on the setpoint temperature and the temperature sensor measurements;
wherein the processing system is programmed or configured to control the HVAC system by performing operations comprising:
receiving an indication that a total instantaneous energy usage rate for a structure in which the thermostat is installed is projected to exceed a threshold amount;
altering the stored setpoint schedule to reduce an energy usage rate of the HVAC system in response to receiving the indication that the total instantaneous energy usage rate for the structure in which the thermostat is installed is projected to exceed the threshold amount; and
controlling the HVAC system using the altered setpoint schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,248,091

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE VIA A NETWORK

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,090

TRACE DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM, CONTROLLER, MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, OPERATION TERMINAL, AND TRACE DATA COLLECTION METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa ...

1. A trace data collection system, comprising:a motor control device configured to drive a motor and collect a first set of trace motor data;
an operation terminal; and
a controller in communication with the motor control device, the controller configured to execute a mechanical control program, transmit a control command to the motor control device based on instructions in the mechanical control program, and collect a second set of trace motor data from the motor control device,
wherein the controller comprises:
a trace start signal transmission determination unit configured to determine a condition for when to transmit a trace start signal to the motor control device to start collecting the first set of trace motor data;
a trace start signal transmission unit configured to transmit the trace start signal to the motor control device instructing the motor control device to start collecting the first set of trace motor data; and
a second trace data collection unit configured to collect the second set of trace motor data while the motor is being driven,
wherein the operation terminal comprises:
a graph display unit configured to display as a graph, at least the second set of trace motor data; and
a trace start signal transmission condition setting unit configured to set the condition for transmitting the trace start signal on the graph of the second set of trace motor data,
wherein the motor control device comprises:
a control command execution unit configured to operate the motor based on the control command received from the mechanical control program;
a trace start signal reception unit configured to receive the trace start signal sent from the trace start signal transmission unit;
a trace start determination unit configured to determine if a trace start signal has been received; and
a first trace data collection unit configured to collect the first set of trace motor data after it is determined that the trace start signal has been received from the controller,
wherein
the trace start signal transmission determination unit is configured to use a time relationship between the first set of trace motor data and the second set of trace motor data, as the condition for transmitting the trace start signal to the motor control device,
the motor control device is configured to control power to be input to the motor based on the command received from the mechanical control program to drive the motor,
the first set of trace motor data is more detailed than the second set of trace motor data.

US Pat. No. 10,248,088

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING HVAC AND LIGHTING FUNCTIONALITY

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,087

SYSTEM AND DEVICE USING SPECTRUM-IMPACT-SMOOTHED CHANNEL SEQUENCING AND DEFERRED ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Hall Labs LLC, Provo, UT...

1. A pair of wireless communications devices operational at intermediate ranges, one of said pair of wireless communication devices being a stream-producer and the other being a stream-receiver, said devices utilizing a set of discrete radio frequencies upon which are organized a set of spectrum-impact-smoothed (SIS) channels each having a distinct digital spread spectrum frequency sequence, each SIS channel specifying a unique frequency to be used in the transmission of a packet preamble relative to all of the other SIS channels within the set, each of said pair of wireless communication devices comprising:a transceiver functional for wireless communication using the frequency sequence of the spectrum-impact-smoothed channels; and
an electronic circuit implementing a state machine immutable to power-transient events;
wherein said state machine of each device is configured to sequence through a set of states to implement functions (a) and (b):
(a) configuring said transceiver of a particular device to transmit or receive a packet on a channel having distinct communication parameters,
(b) exchanging a stream of packets with the other of said pair of wireless communication devices using a schedule of SIS channels, wherein both of said pair of wireless communication devices either transmits or receives that stream of packets using channels as specified by that schedule;
wherein said state machine of a stream-producing device is configured to sequence through a set of states to implement functions (c)-(f):
(c) for each of a stream of packets exchanged using a schedule of SIS channels, transmitting each packet with a packet identifier,
(d) following the transmission of a stream of packets, requesting from a stream-receiving device a deferred acknowledgment,
(e) receiving a deferred acknowledgment from a stream-receiving device specifying individual packets of a stream that were or were not received, and
(f) retransmitting individual packets identified in a deferred acknowledgment that were not received by a stream-receiving device; and
wherein said state machine of said stream-receiving device is configured to sequence through a set of states to implement functions (g)-(j):
(g) for each of a stream of packets exchanged using a schedule of SIS channels, recording receipt of a packet identified by a packet identifier contained within each packet,
(h) receiving a request from a stream-producing device for a deferred acknowledgment,
(i) transmitting a deferred acknowledgment specifying identifiers of individual packets of a stream that were or were not received, and
(j) receiving retransmissions of individual packets identified in a deferred acknowledgment that were not received by said stream-receiving device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,086

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

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,085

COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN OF ROBOTS FROM HIGH-LEVEL TASK SPECIFICATIONS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,084

CONTROLLER, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A controller having an auto-tuning function, comprising:a manipulated value determination unit that selectively determines a first manipulated value for causing a first change in a controlled value of a controlled object or a second manipulated value for causing a second change opposite to the first change in the controlled value, in accordance with a preset parameter, so that a process value obtained from the controlled object follows a target value; and
a tuning unit that alternately outputs the first manipulated value and the second manipulated value in accordance with the process value, and that modifies the preset parameter from a response characteristic obtained through the alternate output,
wherein the tuning unit successively changes a magnitude of the first manipulated value each time output is switched during the alternate output of the first manipulated value and the second manipulated value, and
wherein the tuning unit modifies the preset parameter from a response characteristic obtained when determined that the first change in the controlled value to the first manipulated value has linearity.

US Pat. No. 10,248,083

REFERENCE TIME GENERATOR

1. A reference time generator, comprising:a first clock source including a reference synthesizer and cesium atomic clock configured to produce a cesium reference signal and a cesium QOT metric;
a second clock source including a reference synthesizer and rubidium atomic clock configured to produce a rubidium reference signal and a rubidium QOT metric,
wherein the reference time generator selects a reference signal to transmit based on the best QOT metric.

US Pat. No. 10,248,082

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

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,081

HOLOGRAPHIC PHASE AND AMPLITUDE SPATIAL LIGHT MODULATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,080

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,079

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH URGING MEMBER FOR URGING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image-forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, the image-forming apparatus comprising:a main body comprising:
an upper wall having a tray that is recessed downward for catching the sheet;
a first wall having a first access opening; and
a second wall having a second access opening;
a toner cartridge attachable to the main body in a first direction through the first access opening, the toner cartridge accommodating toner and having a first opening;
a waste toner container attachable to the main body in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction through the second access opening;
a process cartridge including a photosensitive drum, the process cartridge being attachable to the main body in an axial direction along an axis of the photosensitive drum, the process cartridge having a second opening, the process cartridge further comprising:
a cleaning member configured to remove toner from the photosensitive drum; and
a discharge tube having a third opening, the discharge tube being configured to discharge the toner removed by the cleaning member toward the waste toner container through the third opening;
a positioning part positioned above the process cartridge in a state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body, the positioning part being configured to fix the process cartridge in position relative to the main body in the state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body; and
a transfer belt positioned above the process cartridge in the state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,248,078

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,077

CARTRIDGE AND COVER MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,076

CARTRIDGE WITH MOVABLE JOINT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,075

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACT SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,074

DEVELOPER CARTRIDGE PROVIDED WITH GEAR INCLUDING PROTRUSION

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,072

CLEANING ROLLER PROVIDED WITH SHAFT AND ELASTIC BODY WOUND THEREABOUT

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A cleaning roller comprising:a shaft extending in an axial direction in which a center axis of the shaft extends, the shaft defining a radial direction and having a circumferential surface; and
an elastic body helically wound about the shaft and defining a helical direction, the elastic body having a widthwise dimension in a widthwise direction orthogonal to the helical direction and to the radial direction, a pitch of the elastic body in a center portion of the elastic body in the axial direction being greater than that in an end portion of the elastic body in the axial direction, the elastic body having:
a base end portion extending in the helical direction, the base end portion being in contact with the circumferential surface and fixed thereto; and
a distal end portion extending in the helical direction, the distal end portion being positioned farthest from the circumferential surface in the radial direction,
the widthwise dimension being gradually reduced from the base end portion to the distal end portion in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,071

DRIVE TRANSMITTER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING THE DRIVE TRANSMITTER

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,070

TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A transportation apparatus comprising:a first transportation unit that transports a paper sheet from a mounting portion on which the paper sheet is mounted;
a second transportation unit that transports the paper sheet transported by the first transportation unit being positioned on a downstream side of the first transportation unit in a transportation direction;
a processing unit that executes predetermined processing with respect to the paper sheet transported by the second transportation unit; and
a controller that controls driving of the first transportation unit and the second transportation unit,
wherein the controller measures a transportation time of an Nth paper sheet (N is an integer of 1 or more) from when the second transportation unit starts to transport the Nth paper sheet until when the processing unit finishes processing with respect to the Nth paper sheet, determines a specific time which is shorter than the transportation time of the Nth paper sheet on the basis of the transportation time of the Nth paper sheet, causes the first transportation unit to start transportation of an (N+2)th paper sheet at a time when the specific time has elapsed after the second transportation unit starts to transport an (N+1)th paper sheet, and repeats the process of measuring the transportation time, determining the specific time and causing to start transportation by the first transportation unit for the (N+1)th and subsequent paper sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,248,069

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A RIB PORTIONED CONVEYANCE SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer containing toner and carrier to a developing position where the developer bearing member develops an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developer container configured to circulate the developer being supplied to the developer bearing member between a first chamber and a second chamber divided from the first chamber by a partition wall;
a first communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction from the second communicating portion to the first communicating portion;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction from the first communicating portion to the second communicating portion; and
a permeability sensor configured to detect a permeability of the developer accommodated in the developer container for detecting a density of the developer accommodated in the developer container, the permeability sensor comprising a base portion and a detection portion which is arranged on the base portion along the second direction and is configured to detect the permeability of the developer accommodated in the developer container,
wherein the detection portion is arranged below a rotational axis of the second conveyance screw when the developer bearing member is positioned at the developing position, and
wherein a rib portion formed so as to protrude in a radial direction from a rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw for supplying the developer toward the detection portion is arranged at an area on the second conveyance screw overlapping with the detection portion in the second direction, the rib portion being arranged between a blade portion of the second conveyance screw and an adjacent blade portion, and
wherein the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a first portion of the rib portion is longer than the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a second portion of the rib portion and is longer than the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a third portion of the rib portion, the first portion of the rib portion being provided downstream in the second direction of the second portion of the rib portion and upstream in the second direction of the third portion of the rib portion, when the rib portion being positioned at a position where the rib portion is supplying the developer toward the detection portion is viewed in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis direction of the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,248,068

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,067

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

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,066

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND AUTHENTICATION SERVER

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming system, comprising:a first image forming apparatus;
at least one second image forming apparatus; and
an authentication server that performs user authentication of the at least one second image forming apparatus;
wherein the first image forming apparatus, the second image forming apparatus and the authentication server are capable of connecting to each other using a network;
the first image forming apparatus comprises a first control unit configured to (a1) make a substitution printing request to the second image forming apparatus available to perform printing based on a print instruction from a user and (a2) receive an authentication ID from the requested second image forming apparatus if the user is not managed by the authentication server that manages the requested second image forming apparatus and notify the user of the received authentication ID, when the first image forming apparatus cannot perform the printing based on the print instruction, the authentication ID issued for temporary authentication of the user;
the second image forming apparatus comprises a second control unit configured to (b1) request the authentication server to issue the authentication ID, (b2) receive the issued authentication ID and notify the first image forming apparatus of the received authentication ID, and (b3) receive inputting the authentication ID from the user and perform printing based on the print instruction if the inputted authentication ID is identical to the received authentication ID; if the authentication server cannot authenticate the user who is not managed by the authentication server when the second image forming apparatus receives the substitution printing request from the first image forming apparatus;
the authentication server is configured to issue the authentication ID when receiving a request to issue the authentication ID from the second image forming apparatus; and
wherein the first control unit of the first image forming apparatus searches for the second image forming apparatus available to perform printing based on the print instruction before making the substitution printing request, and selects the second image forming apparatus to be requested on the basis of the search result; said search being based on the paper type used in the second forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,065

IMAGE FORMATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. An image formation control apparatus comprising:a setting reception section that collectively receives settings of a plurality of adjustment factors with respect to image formation;
an instruction section that instructs an image forming apparatus main body to perform adjustments with respect to the settings of the adjustment factors, which are received by the setting reception section;
an adjustment result reception section that receives results of the adjustments of the respective adjustment factors, which are instructed by the instruction section, in the image forming apparatus main body; and
a controller that performs control such that the results of the adjustments of the respective adjustment factors, which are received by the adjustment result reception section, are stored in company with a recording medium accommodation unit that accommodates a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,248,064

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR CONTINUOUSLY EXECUTED PRINTING AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,063

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

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,062

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTING TONER DENSITY IN AN IMAGING DEVICE

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,061

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

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,060

FIXING DEVICE INCLUDING A FRICTION REDUCING SHEET AND A HEAT EQUALIZING SHEET AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A fixing device, comprising:a fixing belt that is endless and rotatable;
a heating member that heats the fixing belt;
a pressure member that is rotatable and presses the fixing belt from outside;
a pad member that forms a fixing nip by sandwiching the fixing belt with the pressure member;
a support member that supports the pad member;
a friction reducing sheet that is provided between the fixing belt and the pad member and reduces friction with the fixing belt; and
a heat equalizing sheet that is provided between the friction reducing sheet and the pad member and heats the fixing belt at the fixing nip uniformly in a width direction of a paper sheet passing through the fixing nip.

US Pat. No. 10,248,059

FIXATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixation unit comprising:a first roller;
a second roller disposed facing the first roller, the first roller pressed against the second roller;
an endless heating member that is provided around the second roller and configured to heat developer on a medium while passing through a contact area between the first roller and the second roller;
a temperature detector that contacts with the heating member at a position upstream of the contact area in a rotation direction of the heating member and is configured to detect temperature of the heating member; and
a discharging member that releases electric charge of the heating member, wherein the discharging member is disposed between the temperature detector and the contact area in the rotation direction of the heating member,
a guide member disposed downstream of the temperature detector in the rotation direction of the heating member and configured to guide the heating member; and
a pressure member disposed upstream of the contact area in the rotation direction of the heating member and configured to press the heating member against the first roller, wherein
the discharging member is disposed between the guide member and the pressure member in the rotation direction of the heating member,
the discharging member is disposed to keep a predetermined push amount against the heating member,
in a side cross section of the fixation unit, the push amount is a length by which a distal end portion of the discharging member protrudes beyond a straight line joining a contact point between the heating member and the pressure member and a contact point between the heating member and the guide member, and
the push amount falls within a range of minus 0.5 mm to plus 0.5 mm, inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,248,058

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,057

FIXING DEVICE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,056

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,055

FIXING DEVICE INCLUDING A LUBRICANT HOLDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,054

FUSER HAVING RESIN FRAME AND METAL FRAME

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,053

TRANSFER ASSIST MEMBERS

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,052

RESISTANCE DETECTION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,051

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

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,050

DEVELOPING DEVICE HAVING MAGNETIC SEALING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,049

TONER CASE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,048

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

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,047

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

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,046

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPER FLUIDITY MEASUREMENT

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,044

STATIC ELIMINATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,043

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,042

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ROLLER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,041

DEVELOPING UNIT, IMAGE FORMING UNIT, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,040

ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE DEVELOPING CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,038

GRAPHENE-CONTAINING TONERS AND RELATED METHODS

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,035

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,034

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

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

US Pat. No. 10,248,033

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

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