US Pat. No. 11,029,798

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a first signal transceiver;
a second signal transceiver installed at a position different from the first signal transceiver;
a display; and
a processor configured to:
control at least one of the first signal transceiver or the second signal transceiver to radiate a first electromagnetic wave of a first frequency;
based on at least one of the first signal transceiver or the second signal transceiver receiving a first reflected wave reflected from at least one detection object, control the first signal transceiver to radiate a second electromagnetic wave of a second frequency higher than the first frequency; and control the second signal transceiver to radiate a third electromagnetic wave of a third frequency higher than the first frequency;
determine a position of the at least one detection object based on a second reflected wave corresponding to the second electromagnetic wave and a third reflected wave corresponding to the third electromagnetic wave;
generate a control signal corresponding to the position of the at least one detection object; and
control the display to operate based on the control signal,
wherein the processor is further configured to control the first signal transceiver to transmit a fourth electromagnetic wave of a fourth frequency that is higher than the first frequency and lower than the second frequency and to control the second signal transceiver to transmit a fifth electromagnetic wave of a fifth frequency that is higher than the first frequency and lower than the third frequency,
wherein the first signal transceiver is configured to receive a fourth reflected wave corresponding to the fourth electromagnetic wave, and
wherein the second signal transceiver is configured to receive a fifth reflected wave corresponding to the fifth electromagnetic wave.

US Pat. No. 11,029,797

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRESSURE INPUT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

15. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium for storing a program comprising instructions that, when executed by a processor of an electronic device, cause the processor to perform:displaying a plurality of objects in a user interface on a touch screen display of the electronic device;
detecting a pressure level of a user input on or around the plurality of objects;
identifying, from among the plurality of objects, a first object corresponding to the pressure level of the user input; and
in response to identifying the first object:
changing visual attributes of second objects, except for the first object, from among the plurality of objects, and
identifying one of a plurality of operations related to the first object.

US Pat. No. 11,029,796

TOUCH PANEL

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A touch panel comprising:a substrate;
a third conductive layer over the substrate;
a fourth conductive layer apart from the third conductive layer on a same plane;
a liquid crystal layer over the third conductive layer and the fourth conductive layer;
a second conductive layer over the liquid crystal layer;
a first conductive layer over the second conductive layer; and
a sixth conductive layer apart from the first conductive layer on a same plane;
wherein the first conductive layer has a mesh shape comprising a plurality of openings,
wherein the sixth conductive layer has a mesh shape comprising a plurality of openings,
wherein the second conductive layer has a portion overlapping with the first conductive layer, a portion overlapping with the third conductive layer, and a portion overlapping with the fourth conductive layer,
wherein the third conductive layer comprises a portion overlapping with one of the plurality of openings of the first conductive layer,
wherein the fourth conductive layer comprises a portion overlapping with a region surrounded by the first conductive layer and the sixth conductive layer, and
wherein part of the first conductive layer is between the third conductive layer and the fourth conductive layer in a plan view.

US Pat. No. 11,029,795

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MEASURE CAPACITANCE OF CAPACITIVE SENSOR ARRAY

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method for detecting a feature of a conductive object on a capacitive sensor array, the method comprising:selecting a first electrode of the capacitive sensor array;
selecting a second electrode of the capacitive sensor array;
selecting a third electrode of said capacitive sensor array, wherein said second electrode and said third electrode intersect with said first electrode of said capacitive sensor array;
receiving:
a first current associated with a capacitance of said second electrode and said first electrode, the first current induced on the second electrode by a drive signal applied to the first electrode and capacitively coupled to the second electrode; and
a second current associated with another capacitance of said third electrode and said first electrode, the second current induced on the third electrode by the drive signal applied to the first electrode and capacitively coupled to the third electrode;
measuring a capacitance between said second electrode and said third electrode, based on a comparison of the first and second currents, the measuring of the capacitance including:
converting the result of the comparison of the first and second currents to a digital value, the digital value representative of the measured capacitance; and
detecting a touch feature proximate to said capacitive sensor array, based on the measured capacitance.

US Pat. No. 11,029,794

TOUCH PANEL, DISPLAY PANEL, AND DISPLAY UNIT

JAPAN DISPLAY INC., Toky...

1. A display panel comprising:a scan-side substrate;
a detection-side substrate;
a plurality of pixel electrodes;
a display function layer having a display function;
a plurality of common electrodes on the scan-side substrate, each of the common electrodes serving as a scan electrode of a touch sensor and comprising (a) a plurality of projection parts arranged in a first direction with gaps therebetween and (b) a plurality of middle parts arranged to bridge the projection parts across the gaps,
a plurality of detection electrodes facing the common electrodes and extending in parallel along a second direction crossing the first direction, the detection electrodes including (a) a first detection electrode extending in the second direction and (b) a second detection electrode extending in the second direction, the second detection electrode being disposed next to the first detection electrode in the first direction,
wherein,
a width of each projection part is larger than a width of each middle part, in the second direction,
the first detection electrode overlaps the projection parts of the common electrodes; and
the second detection electrode overlaps the middle parts of the common electrodes.

US Pat. No. 11,029,793

TOUCH DETECTING DEVICE AND TOUCH-DETECTION CAPABLE DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A touch detecting device comprising:a substrate;
a touch detection electrode provided on a plane parallel to the substrate and including a plurality of metal wires;
a plurality of conductive layers including
a first conductive layer that overlaps the metal wires and that is in direct contact with the metal wires, the first conductive layer having a first sheet resistance, and
a second conductive layer provided above the metal wires, the second conductive layer having a second sheet resistance;
a protective layer;
a polarizing plate; and
an insulating layer,
wherein
(a) the first conductive layer having the first sheet resistance that is less than a sheet resistance of the polarizing plate and that is no less than the second sheet resistance, (b) the metal wires having a third sheet resistance that is less than each of the first sheet resistance and the second sheet resistance, (c) the protective layer, (d) the insulating layer, (e) the second conductive layer having the second sheet resistance that is less than the sheet resistance of the polarizing plate and that is no more than the first sheet resistance, the second conductive layer being in direct contact with the polarizing plate, and (f) the polarizing plate, are sequentially stacked in this order on the substrate in a vertical direction perpendicular to the substrate,
allowing static electricity applied to the polarizing plate to flow to the second conductive layer that is in direct contact with the polarizing plate, and
allowing static electricity applied to the metal wires to flow to the first conductive layer that is in direct contact with the metal wires.

US Pat. No. 11,029,792

SENSOR AND TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY

SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOG...

1. A sensor, comprising: a plurality of touch units, each single touch unit of the plurality of touch units comprises: a plurality of driving electrodes and a plurality of sensing electrodes;at least one of the driving electrodes in the single touch unit is arranged in a first direction, and another one of the driving electrodes in the single touch unit is arranged in a second direction different from the first direction;
at least one of the sensing electrodes in the single touch unit is arranged in the first direction, and another one of the sensing electrodes in the single touch unit is arranged in the second direction;
wherein the plurality of driving electrodes in the single touch unit are electrically connected, and the plurality of sensing electrodes in the single touch unit are electrically connected;
wherein locations arranged for the driving electrodes and the sensing electrodes are related to locations of illuminants, and wherein the illuminants are on a display layer corresponding to the sensor;
wherein the driving electrodes and the sensing electrodes are non-transparent layers, the driving electrodes and the sensing electrodes are arranged in spaces between the illuminants; and
wherein a width of a driving electrode of the plurality of driving electrodes or a width of a sensing electrode of the plurality of driving electrodes is smaller than or equal to half a width of the spaces.

US Pat. No. 11,029,791

TOUCH PANEL INCLUDING A LAYERED STRUCTURE WITH FIRST AND SECOND MESH TERMINAL LAYERS DIRECTLY OVERLAID ON EACH OTHER AND TOUCH PANEL PRODUCTION METHOD

JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONIC...

1. A touch panel comprising:a substrate;
a layered structure formed in a sensing region defined on one side of the substrate, the layered structure including at least a first conductor layer made of a first hardened conductive ink, a second conductor layer made of a second hardened conductive ink and an insulating layer disposed therebetween; and
an external connection terminal formed outside the sensing region on the one side of the substrate;
wherein the external connection terminal comprises a first terminal layer made of the first hardened conductive ink and a second terminal layer made of the second hardened conductive ink, such that the first terminal layer and the second terminal layer are directly overlaid on each other at a most terminal end of a conductive path of the touch panel;
wherein the first terminal layer forms a first mesh of fine lines and the second terminal layer forms a second mesh of fine lines;
wherein each of the first mesh of fine lines and the second mesh of fine lines has a grid pattern having a pair of periodicity directions and a pair of grid periods corresponding thereto, such that the first mesh of fine lines and the second mesh of fine lines are identical to each other in terms of the pair of periodicity directions and the pair of grid periods; and
the first mesh of fine lines and the second mesh of fine lines are overlaid on each other in such a way that the first mesh of fine lines and the second mesh of fine lines are deviated from each other in both of the pair of periodicity directions, respectively by from ¼ to ¾, inclusive, of the grid period corresponding to the periodicity direction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,790

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE, PEN, TOUCH SYSTEM, TOUCH CIRCUIT, AND PEN RECOGNITION METHOD

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

1. A pen working in concert with a touch display device, comprising:a pen tip;
a processor configured to output a pen information signal through the pen tip,
wherein the pen information signal is output by the pen through the pen tip during a pen driving period including a first state period, a second state period, and a third state period,
wherein the pen information signal includes:
a first state signal being transmitted from the pen tip during the first state period,
a second state signal being transmitted from the pen tip during the second state period, and
a third state signal being transmitted from the pen tip during the third state period,
wherein the first state signal includes a plurality of first pulses,
wherein the second state signal includes a plurality of second pulses having a inversed phase with the plurality of first pulses, and
wherein the third state signal includes:
a predetermined DC voltage or a floating signal, or
a plurality of third pulses different from the plurality of first pulses and the plurality of second pulses.

US Pat. No. 11,029,789

TOUCH STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, TOUCH SUBSTRATE AND TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE

Wuhan BOE Optoelectronics...

1. A touch structure, comprising:a touch functional layer configured to identify a touch, wherein the touch functional layer includes a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer that are stacked, and the first conductive layer includes a plurality of electrodes spaced apart from each other; and
a first transparent layer, wherein orthographic projections of the plurality of electrodes and a region between any two adjacent electrodes of the plurality of electrodes on a plane perpendicular to a thickness direction of the touch functional layer is within a range of an orthographic projection of the first transparent layer on the plane, wherein
the first transparent layer is disposed at a side of the first conductive layer away from the second conductive layer, and a refractive index of the first transparent layer is greater than or equal to a refractive index of the first conductive layer, or
the first transparent layer is disposed between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer, a material of the first transparent layer is an insulating material, and the refractive index of the first transparent layer is equal to the refractive index of the first conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 11,029,788

DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING A FORCE SENSOR

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel;
a printed circuit board connected to the display panel;
an elastic element disposed between the display panel and the printed circuit board;
a first conductor disposed between the elastic element and the printed circuit board; and
a second conductor disposed between the elastic element and the display panel, and forming a capacitance with the first conductor,
wherein the printed circuit board comprises a first pad connected to the first conductor,
wherein the printed circuit board comprises a cover layer having an opening corresponding to the first pad, and the first conductor is directly connected to the first pad through the opening, and
wherein the display panel comprises a first portion comprising a display area, a second portion overlapping the first portion and a bending portion between the first portion and the second portion, and
the printed circuit board is directly connected to the second portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,787

HAPTIC FEEDBACK SYSTEM

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing feedback control, the method comprising:accessing, by one or more computing devices, data indicative of a feedback scheme associated with an input mechanism, wherein the feedback scheme is associated with one or more applications executed and displayed on a user interface of a display of a user computing device and comprises one or more feedback points associated with one or more respective colors of lighting feedback and one or more positions of a moveable portion of the input mechanism, wherein the input mechanism is configured to change position responsive to actuation of the input mechanism, and wherein the input mechanism is configured to provide a different intensity of vibratory feedback at each of the one or more feedback points associated with the one or more respective colors of lighting feedback displayed on the user interface of the display of the user computing device;
responsive to actuation of the input mechanism, determining, by the one or more computing devices, the one or more positions of the moveable portion of the input mechanism, wherein actuation comprises rotation of the input mechanism; and
controlling, by the one or more computing devices, operation of one or more feedback motors to provide haptic feedback in accordance with the feedback scheme based at least in part on the determined one or more positions of the input mechanism.

US Pat. No. 11,029,786

TOUCH SENSITIVE METHOD, APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEM FOR REDUCING INTERFERENCE FROM PIXEL REFRESHING

EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY I...

1. A touch sensitive method for reducing interference from pixel refreshing: comprising:performing a first detection via multiple sensing electrodes of a touch screen to generate multiple first detection values;
after a time interval, performing a second detection via the multiple sensing electrodes to generate multiple second detection values;
after the time interval, performing a third detection via the multiple sensing electrodes to generate multiple third detection values;
adding the first detection values, the second detection values and the third detection values with respect to the multiple sensing electrodes up as multiple sums of detection values;
determining that an external conductive object is approximating or touching the touch screen nearby a N-th sensing electrode among the multiple sensing electrodes according to the multiple sums; and
determining a position of the external conductive object locates with respect to the multiple sensing electrodes according to one of the first detection values, the second detection values and the third detection values,
wherein the multiple sensing electrodes are parallel to pixel horizontal axes of the touch screen.

US Pat. No. 11,029,785

METHOD FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY OF TOUCH SCREEN EVENT ANALYSIS BY USE OF SPATIOTEMPORAL TOUCH PATTERNS

QEEXO, CO., Mountain Vie...

1. A system for analyzing touch events based on characterization of features derived from the touch events, the system comprising:a touch sensitive surface for receiving touch events thereon;
at least one sensor for generating vibro-acoustic waveform signals associated with the touch events;
a touch event detector for detecting the touch events, including an initial touch event from an initial hand part and a subsequent touch event, on the touch sensitive surface;
a classifier module for:
converting the vibro-acoustic waveform signals into at least one domain signal;
extracting distinguishing features from the at least one domain signal; and
classifying the distinguishing features of the subsequent touch event by employing spatiotemporal data relating to historical patterns for different sequences of hand parts causing historical initial and subsequent touch events, wherein the classifying uses the spatiotemporal data to derive different likelihoods for different hand parts causing the subsequent touch event, which occurs after the initial hand part caused the initial touch event, to determine which subsequent hand part from the different hand parts caused the subsequent touch event, and wherein the different hand parts include a finger knuckle, a fingertip, a palm, and a fingernail.

US Pat. No. 11,029,784

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR APPLYING FREE SPACE INPUTS FOR SURFACE CONSTRAINED CONTROLS

Atheer, Inc., Santa Clar...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a processing device, a surface-constrained input standard for a surface-constrained input generated approximate to a physical surface;
determining, by the processing device, is a virtual boundary within an augmented reality construct;
defining, by the processing device, a first portion of the virtual boundary to receive a first input;
defining, by the processing device, a second portion of the virtual boundary to receive a second input;
sensing, by a sensor, a first input within the first portion of the virtual boundary;
sensing, by the sensor, a second input within the second portion of the virtual boundary;
generating, by the processing device, a device input that corresponds to the first input or the second input; and
sending the device input to a device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,783

OPTICAL TOUCH SYSTEM COMPRISING MEANS FOR PROJECTING AND DETECTING LIGHT BEAMS ABOVE AND INSIDE A TRANSMISSIVE PANEL

FlatFrog Laboratories AB,...

1. A touch sensing apparatus, comprising:a panel having a touch surface and a bottom surface;
a plurality of emitters arranged around a portion of the periphery of the touch surface to emit beams of light;
a diffusive reflecting surface of a non-transmissive frame component arranged around a portion of the periphery of the touch surface, said diffusive reflecting surface configured to spread out the emitted beams of light across the touch surface and form overlapping detection lines; said diffusive reflecting surface comprising a first edge proximal to a plane of the touch surface and a second edge distal to the plane of the touch surface, and wherein the second edge is closer to a center point of the touch surface than the first edge such that the diffusive reflecting surface forms an acute angle with the touch surface,
a plurality of light detectors arranged around a portion of the periphery of the touch surface, said plurality of light detectors configured to receive light from the plurality of emitters, wherein each of the plurality of light detector is arranged to receive light from more than one of the plurality of emitters; and
a processing element configured to determine, based on output signals generated from the plurality of light detectors, a position of an object on the touch surface.

US Pat. No. 11,029,782

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE (LED) TOUCH DISPLAY CIRCUIT

SigmaSense, LLC., Wilmin...

1. A touch display cell comprises:a light emitting diode (LED); and
an LED touch sensor including:
a data drive input circuit operable to generate an analog input signal based on a digital input, wherein the analog input signal includes a transmit signal component and a receive signal component;
a drive-sense circuit including:
a resistive network operable to:
receive the analog input signal from the data drive input circuit;
generate a reference signal voltage from the analog input signal; and
generate a data signal voltage from the analog input signal;
a difference detection circuit operable to output an analog output voltage based on a comparison of the reference signal voltage and the data signal voltage;
a bi-directional current source operable to generate an error correction current based on the output voltage, wherein the error correction current adjusts the data signal voltage in order to keep inputs to the difference detection circuit substantially equal;
and wherein when the transmit signal component is active, the data signal voltage forward biases the LED in accordance with a light intensity value of the transmit signal component such that the LED emits light; and
when the receive signal component is active, the data signal voltage:
reverse biases the LED such that the LED generates a current based on received light; and
an analog to digital converter (ADC) operable to convert the analog output signal into a digital representation of the current; and
a data output circuit operable to produce a digital representation of light intensity based on the digital representation of the current.

US Pat. No. 11,029,781

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING IMPERFECTIONS IN A SCREEN

ESW HOLDINGS, INC., Aust...

1. A method of detecting imperfections on a surface of a touchscreen of an electrical device, comprising:producing, by the touchscreen, an electric signal indicative of an object's contact with the touchscreen;
receiving an acoustic signal by an acoustic sensor, during the contact of the object with the touchscreen;
analyzing, by a processor, at least one of the electric signal and received acoustic signal,
wherein the analyzing includes:
referencing an initial group of labeled touchscreens, comprising at least one touchscreen with at least one known imperfection, and at least one touchscreen without imperfections, wherein:
at least one feature has been extracted from an electric signal relating to each touchscreen of the initial group of labeled touchscreens;
each touchscreen of the labeled group of touchscreens has been classified to classes according to said at least one feature;
each class is associated with touchscreens having or not having imperfections;
producing an additional electric signal, from an additional unlabeled touchscreen;
extracting, by a processor, the at least one feature from the additional electric signal of the additional unlabeled touchscreen; and
associating, by a processor, the additional touchscreen with a class of touchscreens having or not having imperfections; and
determining an existence of imperfections on the touchscreen's surface based on the analysis.

US Pat. No. 11,029,780

DYNAMIC RESCAN TO REDUCE LANDING ARTIFACTS

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A controller for an input device, comprising: processing circuitry; and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processing circuitry, causes the controller to: perform a first scan of an array of sensor electrodes over a plurality of iterations to acquire a frame of sensor data, wherein a different subframe of the sensor data is acquired from each iteration of the first scan; compare, during each iteration of the first scan, the subframe of sensor data acquired from the iteration of the first scan with a respective subframe of sensor data acquired prior to the iteration of the first scan; and selectively repeat one or more iterations of the first scan based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 11,029,779

CAPACITIVE SENSOR AND INPUT DEVICE

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A capacitive sensor for detecting a change in electrostatic capacitance caused by a change in position of an object in each of a plurality of sections that divide a region to which the object is approachable, comprising:a plurality of detection electrodes each including a plurality of partial electrodes connected in cascade via wiring;
a first layer in which the partial electrodes and the wiring are disposed; and
a second layer in which the wiring is disposed,
wherein each of the plurality of detection electrodes belongs to any one of three or more detection electrode groups,
the detection electrodes that belong to a same one of the detection electrode groups among the plurality of detection electrodes do not intersect one another,
the detection electrodes that belong to different ones of the detection electrode groups among the plurality of detection electrodes intersect one another while being in the first layer and the second layer, respectively,
three or more partial electrodes included in three or more different ones of the detection electrodes belonging to different ones of the detection electrode groups are located in each of the plurality of sections,
the three or more detection electrodes belonging to the different ones of the detection electrode groups intersect one another in an inner one of the sections surrounded by other sections,
the three or more partial electrodes located in the inner section include a single first partial electrode and at least two second partial electrodes,
the first partial electrode is connected in cascade to the partial electrode on one side via the wiring passing through the first layer or the second layer and is connected in cascade to the partial electrode on the other side via the wiring passing through the second layer, and
each of the second partial electrodes is connected in cascade to the partial electrode on one side via the wiring passing through the first layer and is connected in cascade to the partial electrode on the other side via the wiring passing through the second layer.

US Pat. No. 11,029,778

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING USER INPUT

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A method, comprising:playing, by a media player application, a track or a video through an output interface of a mobile device including a touchscreen;
detecting, by the touchscreen, a first swipe gesture over a media player interface that controls the playing of the track or the video along a first direction while the media player application is playing the track or the video;
in response to the first swipe gesture along the first direction, pausing, by the media player application, the playing of the track or the video;
detecting, by the touchscreen, a second swipe gesture over the media player interface that controls the playing of the track or the video along a second direction substantially opposite the first direction; and
in response to detecting the second swipe gesture over the same media player interface as the first swipe gesture and along the second direction substantially opposite the first direction, resuming, by the media player application, the playing of the track or the video.

US Pat. No. 11,029,777

TOUCH SENSING DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SILICON WORKS CO., LTD., ...

1. A touch sensing device comprising:a plurality of buffers configured to buffer a difference between a reference signal and a reception signal received from a touch electrode through a touch sensing line and generate first and second currents corresponding to a buffered signal;
a plurality of current mirror units respectively connected to the plurality of buffers to generate a first output signal from a first mirror current generated through mirroring of the first current and a third mirror current generated through mirroring of the second current and generate a second output signal from a second mirror current generated through mirroring of the first current and a fourth mirror current generated through mirroring of the second current;
a plurality of filter circuits configured to generate a first filter signal and a second filter signal by removing common noise included in a first output signal output from an nth (where n is an integer of 2 or more) current mirror unit of the plurality of current mirror units and a second output signal output from an (n?1)th current mirror unit of the plurality of current mirror units; and
a plurality of integrators respectively connected to the plurality of filter circuits to integrate and output a difference between the first filter signal and the second filter signal respectively output from the plurality of filter circuits,
wherein the nth current mirror unit corresponds to a nth touch sensing line and the (n?1)th current mirror unit corresponds to a (n?1)th touch sensing line, and
wherein an output of the nth current mirror unit and an output of the (n?1)th current mirror unit are connected to a same filter circuit among the plurality of filter circuits and the same filter circuit removes noise commonly input through the nth touch sensing line and the (n?1)th touch sensing line.

US Pat. No. 11,029,776

TOUCH PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND ROLL SHEET OF TOUCH SENSOR

TPK Touch Solutions Inc.,...

1. A touch panel, comprising:a substrate comprising a display area and a peripheral area;
a catalytic layer formed on the peripheral area;
a peripheral trace formed on the catalytic layer, wherein the peripheral trace has a side wall and a top surface;
a mark formed on the catalytic layer, wherein the mark has a side wall and a top surface;
a first cover layer and a second cover layer, wherein the first cover layer covers the top surface of the peripheral trace, the second cover layer covers the top surface of the mark, the first cover layer and the second cover layer at least comprise metal nanowires, and the peripheral trace, the mark, the first cover layer and the second cover layer are formed on the peripheral area of the substrate; and
a touch sensing electrode formed on the display area of the substrate, wherein the touch sensing electrode is electrically connected with the peripheral trace via the first cover layer, wherein the touch sensing electrode, the first cover layer and the second cover layer are made of same metal nanowire layer.

US Pat. No. 11,029,775

POINTER DISPLAY DEVICE, POINTER DISPLAY DETECTION METHOD, POINTER DISPLAY DETECTION PROGRAM AND INFORMATION APPARATUS

Sony Corporation

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
detect an operation point when a user operation is provided;
determine if a past indication graphic is being displayed, and if so removing the past indication graphic from display;
control to display an indication point;
wherein the indication point is different than the operation point;
wherein a position of the indication point relative to a position of the operation point is based on a displayed target of indication; and
wherein the indication point and the operation point are on the same display.

US Pat. No. 11,029,774

TOUCH PANEL IN WHICH CATHODES SERVE AS TOUCH SENSE ELECTRODES AND A TOUCH SCREEN FORMED USING THE TOUCH PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch panel, comprising:a plurality of cathodes;
touch wires and touch driving chips individually corresponding to one of the cathodes; and
pixel circuits each disposed in one of pixel units, each of which comprises a light emitting device having one of the cathodes;
wherein:
in a display stage, each of the pixel circuits is configured to drive the light emitting device to emit light normally under control of control signal terminals; and
in a touch control stage, each of the touch driving chip is configured to apply a touch control signal to one of the cathodes through one of the touch wires, wherein each of the cathodes serves as a touch electrode, and apply control signals to the control signal terminals of one of the pixel circuit, wherein the control signals applied to the control signal terminals of one of the pixel circuit are modulated in the touch control stage and modulation of the control signals applied to the control signal terminals of one of the pixel circuit is synchronous with modulation of the touch control signal in the touch control stage, and the control signals applied to the control signal terminals comprises a reset signal, a scan signal, a light emission control signal, a initialization signal, a power signal, a ground power supply signal, and a data signal,
wherein the display stage and the touch control stage do not overlap.

US Pat. No. 11,029,773

DISPLAY MODULE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display module comprising:a base layer comprising a display area and a non-display area disposed outside the display area;
a circuit device layer comprising an intermediate inorganic layer overlapping the display area and the non-display area, an intermediate organic layer disposed on the intermediate inorganic layer to expose a portion of the intermediate inorganic layer within the non-display area in a plan view, and a circuit device, the circuit device layer being disposed on the base layer;
a display device layer disposed on the circuit device layer and comprising display devices disposed on the display area;
a thin film encapsulation layer disposed on the display device layer and comprising a first encapsulation inorganic layer, an encapsulation organic layer on the first encapsulation inorganic layer, and a second encapsulation inorganic layer on the encapsulation organic layer, at least one of the first encapsulation inorganic layer and the second encapsulation inorganic layer comprising a first region overlapping the display area and a second region overlapping the non-display area and having a thickness less than that of the first region and a film density lower than that of the first region; and
a touch sensing layer comprising a plurality of touch electrodes and a inorganic touch layer overlapping the display area and the non-display area and contacting the portion of the intermediate inorganic layer exposed by the intermediate organic layer, the touch sensing layer being disposed on the thin film encapsulation layer.

US Pat. No. 11,029,772

TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE LAMINATED STRUCTURE INCLUDING A FIRST CONDUCTIVE FILM AND FIRST ADHESIVE LAYER DISPOSED ON THE FIRST CONDUCTIVE FILM AND TOUCH PANEL

Cambrios Film Solutions C...

1. A transparent conductive laminated structure, comprising:a first conductive film comprising a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface;
a first adhesive layer disposed on the first surface of the first conductive film; and
a protective film disposed on the first adhesive layer,
wherein a peeling strength between the first adhesive layer and the first conductive film is greater than a peeling strength between the first adhesive layer and the protective film.

US Pat. No. 11,029,771

MANAGING PERIPHERALS OF A DUAL-BODY INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A computer-implemented method for managing peripherals of a dual-body information handling system, comprising:performing, at a first time, a calibration and configuration of a peripheral management model, including:
identifying contextual data including i) a hinge angle of the dual-body information handling system and ii) a posture mode of the dual-body information handling system;
training, based on the contextual data, the peripheral management model, including generating a configuration policy including configuration rules, the configuration rules for performing computer-implemented actions to automatically adjust one or more settings of an on-screen keyboard connected to the dual-body information handling system without user interaction;
performing, at a second time, a steady-state monitoring of the dual-body information handling system, including:
monitoring i) the hinge angle and ii) the posture mode of the dual-body information handling system;
determining, based on the monitoring, that the dual-body information handling system is in a table-top posture mode; and
in response to the dual-body information handling system being in the table-top posture mode, i) accessing the peripheral management model including the configuration policy, ii) identifying one or more of the configuration rules based on the table-top posture mode, and iii) applying the one or more configuration rules to automatically a) decrease a delay of digital representations of keys of the on-screen keyboard and b) increase a sensitivity of the digital representation of keys of the on-screen keyboard without user interaction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,770

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
determine that a first apparatus has an access right to perform a first process with respect to an image;
determine that a second apparatus does not have the access right to perform the first process with respect to the image;
execute the first process based on a first operation signal received from the first apparatus which has the access right to perform the first process with respect to the image;
generate an output image based on the first process; and
control projection of the generated output image.

US Pat. No. 11,029,769

PEN FOR USE WITH A TOUCH SCREEN

SigmaSense, LLC., Wilmin...

1. A pen for use with a touch screen, the pen comprises:a first AC coupling circuit operable to receive a sense signal from the touch screen;
a sense-regulation circuit operable to:
receive the sense signal from the first AC coupling circuit;
compare the sense signal to a reference signal to produce a comparison signal;
generate a regulation signal based on the comparison signal; and
regulate receiving of the sense signal based on the regulation signal;
a response circuit operable to generate a transmit signal based on the comparison signal and data; and
a second AC coupling circuit operable to transmit the transmit signal to the touch screen, wherein the touch screen is capable of interpreting the transmit signal as an input to the touch screen.

US Pat. No. 11,029,768

POSITION POINTER WITH CONNECTOR THAT ELECTRICALLY CONNECTS FIRST CIRCUITRY AND SECOND CIRCUITRY WHILE FIRST HOUSING AND SECOND HOUSING ARE MATED TO EACH OTHER

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. A position pointer that transmits a first signal that enables a position detection apparatus to detect a position pointed to by a core member of the position pointer on an input surface of the position detection apparatus, the position pointer comprising:a first housing and a second housing that are couplable with each other along their axial directions to form a tubular housing;
wherein the core member, in operation, extends outwardly from an axial end of the first housing along the axial direction to point to the input surface of the position detection apparatus;
a first circuitry housed in the first housing, wherein the first circuitry, in operation, generates the first signal that enables the position detection apparatus to detect the position of the position pointer on the input surface of the position detection apparatus, the first circuitry includes a resonance circuit, and an electric characteristic of the resonance circuit varies according to pressure applied to the core member; and
a second circuitry housed in the second housing and including an integrated circuit which, in operation, outputs information that is stored in the integrated circuit and identifies the position pointer,
wherein the resonance circuit of the first circuitry, in operation, receives from the position detection apparatus a synchronizing signal and the first circuitry transmits the first signal that enables the position detection apparatus to detect the position of the position pointer on the input surface of the position detection apparatus based on the synchronizing signal,
wherein the second circuitry includes a terminal and is electrically connected to a terminal of the first circuitry when the first housing and the second housing are coupled with each other along the axial direction of the tubular housing,
wherein the second circuitry, in operation, generates the second signal by controlling the resonance circuit, the second signal is different from the first signal that enables the position detection apparatus to detect the position of the position pointer on the input surface of the position detection, the integrated circuit housed in the second housing causes the resonance circuit to transmit the information that is stored in the integrated circuit to the position detection apparatus,
wherein the second circuitry is controlled by a signal transmitted from the position detection apparatus and received via the resonance circuit,
wherein the second circuitry housed in the second tubular housing is driven by a power supply circuit which, in operation, generates Direct Current (DC) power using Alternating Current (AC) power supplied by the resonance circuit of the first circuitry housed in the first tubular housing, and
wherein the integrated circuit included in the second circuit is operable when the first housing and the second housing are coupled with each other and the DC power to drive the integrated circuit housed in the second housing is suppliable from the power supply circuit via the terminal of second circuitry electrically connected to the terminal of the first circuitry.

US Pat. No. 11,029,767

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING 3D ORIENTATION OF A POINTING DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system for gesture recognition, comprising:a camera configured to image a real-world environment;
a computing device communicatively coupled with the camera, the computing device configured to:
process images of the real-world environment captured by the camera to track a three-dimensional movement of a handheld device separate from the computing device;
receive, from the handheld device, movement data measured by an inertial measurement unit (IMU) of the handheld device during the three-dimensional movement of the handheld device;
based on the images of the real-world environment captured by the camera and the movement data received from the handheld device, classify the three-dimensional movement of the handheld device as a recognized gesture; and
at the computing device, perform a control action in response to the recognized gesture of the handheld device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,766

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a central processing unit (CPU) configured to:
recognize a first irradiation position of a non-visible light marker emitted, on a projection image, by a laser pointer of a plurality of laser pointers, wherein
the projection image includes a plurality of objects,
the plurality of objects are different from the non-visible light marker,
the first irradiation position is recognized based on a difference between the projection image and a non-visible light captured image, and
the non-visible light captured image includes the non-visible light marker;
receive determination operation information from the plurality of laser pointers;
determine an object, from the plurality of objects, that corresponds to the first irradiation position of the non-visible light marker in the projection image as an operation target, wherein the object is determined as the operation target based on the received determination operation information;
acquire movement information of the plurality of laser pointers from the plurality of laser pointers,
wherein the acquired movement information of the plurality of laser pointers indicates movement of the plurality of laser pointers;
output a control signal based on the acquired movement information of the plurality of laser pointers; and
control movement of the object in the projection image based on the control signal and the determination of the object as the operation target, wherein
the movement of the object is similar to the movement of the plurality of laser pointers.

US Pat. No. 11,029,765

LIFT DETECTION METHOD FOR MOUSE AND APPARATUS THEREOF

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A method for determining when an optical mouse is in a lifted condition above a surface, the optical mouse comprising a pixel array and a light source, the method comprising:determining a surface quality value Psqual and determining a pixel average value Pavg of pixel values of the pixel array; comparing Psqual with a value PliftedsqualTH which is a threshold of the optical mouse being in a lifted condition; comparing Pavg with a value PliftedaccavgTH which is a threshold of average accumulated pixel values of the pixel array when the optical mouse is in a lifted condition; when Psqual is less than PliftedsqualTH and Pavg is less than PliftedaccavgTH, directly determining the optical mouse to be in a lifted condition; and when Psqual is equal to or greater than PliftedsqualTH and Pavg is equal to or greater than PliftedaccavgTH, accumulating the pixel values of the pixel array; comprising:
accumulating pixel values of a first column of the pixel array, the first column being closest to the light source; accumulating pixel values of a second column of the pixel array, the second column being different from the first column; comparing the accumulated pixel values of the first column with the accumulated pixel values of the second column; and when a difference between the accumulated pixel values of the first column and the accumulated pixel values of the second column is greater than a threshold value, determining the optical mouse to be in a lifted condition.

US Pat. No. 11,029,764

OPTICAL DETECTION DEVICE AND RELATED TURNTABLE WATCH

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

22. A turntable watch, comprising:a casing where inside a substrate, a plurality of pointers and a holder are disposed, the substrate being distant from the holder, the pointers being movably disposed on the holder;
a covering component disposed on the casing and adapted to cover the pointers, the covering component comprising:
a transparent body; and
a light rejecting layer disposed on a first surface of the transparent body to face the outside of the casing for rejecting an ambient optical signal with a specific wavelength; and
an optical detection device of detecting position of the pointers, the optical detection device comprising:
an optical emitter adapted to emit an optical detecting signal with the specific wavelength;
an optical receiver disposed on the substrate and adapted to receive an optical reflecting signal passing through the holder, wherein the optical detecting signal is projected onto one of the pointers to generate the optical reflecting signal; and
a processor electrically connected to the optical receiver, and adapted to compare the optical reflecting signal with several predefined conditions for determining whether the pointer is located above the optical receiver and distinguish one pointer from another pointer via the optical reflecting signals received by the same optical receiver.

US Pat. No. 11,029,763

INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD...

1. An input device, comprising:one or more force-receiving portions, configured to receive an external force applied by an operation object;
a moving portion in contact with a surface of the one or more force-receiving portions, corresponding to each force-receiving portion and configured to move in response to the external force received on a corresponding force-receiving portion satisfying a first condition;
a trigger portion disposed adjacent to the moving portion, corresponding to each moving portion and configured to generate an input signal after a motion of a corresponding moving portion satisfies a second condition;
one or more radiation portions disposed at a plurality of locations on the input device or within the input device, configured to transmit or receive a wireless signal; and
a switching component electrically connected to the one or more radiation portions and configured to switch a first set of radiation portions that communicates with a peer device to a second set of radiation portions in response to a trigger condition being satisfied; wherein:
the trigger condition is associated with a signal strength of a signal sent by the peer device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,762

ADJUSTING DIMENSIONING RESULTS USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Hand Held Products, Inc.,...

1. A dimensioning system, comprising:a three-dimensional (3D) sensor configured to capture dimensioning information of an object in a field of view;
a camera for capturing real-time image of the 3D object in the field of view;
a processor communicatively coupled to the 3D sensor and the camera, the processor configured to create augmented-reality feedback comprising (i) the real-time image captured by the camera, (ii) graphic elements comprising at least one wireframe that correspond to edges of the object in the field of view, the at least one wireframe corresponding to dimensioning information of the object, and (iii) a virtual tool for adjusting and/or selecting the at least one wireframe, the virtual tool comprising a tweezer for grabbing an edge of the at least one wireframe, wherein the at least one wireframe associated with the object is overlaid on the real-time image of the object using the virtual tool, so as to align the at least one wireframe with the real-time image of the object such that any deviation in an alignment of the at least one wireframe from the real-time image of the object indicates a dimensioning error;
in response to the indication of the dimensioning error, the processor is further configured to (i) recognize gestures of a user in the real-time images captured by the camera, wherein the gestures correspond to manipulation of the at least one wireframe in the created augmented-reality feedback (ii) adjust at least one axis of the at least one wireframe based on the recognized gestures of the user, and (iii) update the dimensioning information of the at least one wireframe based at least in part on the adjusted at least one axis; and
a display communicatively coupled to the processor for displaying the augmented-reality feedback to a user in real time.

US Pat. No. 11,029,761

CONTEXT BASED GESTURE CONTROL

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for operating smart devices using context based gesture control, comprising:observing, via a first device, a first gesture and a second gesture performed by a first user, wherein the first gesture is made with a first hand of the first user and the second gesture is made with a second hand of the first user;
identifying, by a processor, a first intended device based at least in part on the first gesture, wherein the first gesture includes the first user pointing at the first intended device;
identifying, by the processor, a first intended action to be performed by the first intended device based at least in part on the second gesture;
observing, via the first device, a third gesture and a fourth gesture performed by a second user, wherein the third gesture is made with a first hand of the second user and the third gesture is made with a second hand of the second user;
identifying, by the processor, a second intended device based at least in part on the third gesture, wherein the third gesture includes the second user pointing at the second intended device;
identifying, by the processor, a second intended action to be performed by the second intended device based at least in part on the fourth gesture;
obtaining, by the processor, a hierarchy of users;
instructing, by the processor, the first intended device to perform the first intended action based on a determination that the first user has a higher priority than the second user in the hierarchy of users; and
instructing, by the processor, the second intended device to perform the second intended action based on a determination that the second user has a higher priority than the first user in the hierarchy of users.

US Pat. No. 11,029,760

SIMULATING TOUCH IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A system comprising:virtual environment goggles to display a virtual environment to a user;
a touch simulation system including one or more circuits, the touch simulation system configured to:
receive an indicator of a sensed touch in the virtual environment displayed to the user via the virtual environment goggles;
determine, based on the indicator, an area of the sensed touch;
determine properties of a virtual object in the virtual environment displayed to the user via the virtual environment goggles that caused the sensed touch; and
generate, based at least in part on the properties of the virtual object, a simulated touch by applying a temperature to the area of the sensed touch.

US Pat. No. 11,029,759

HAPTIC MOVABLE DISPLAY FOR SPATIAL CORRELATION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:generating a composite model comprising a collected plurality of images, wherein each image among the collected plurality of images has an image that spans across a first and a second and an assigned value associated with a third dimension; and
determining an image of the generated composite model that serves as the image displayed in a starting position of a device based on a physical displacement of the device with respect to a reference position of the device and the generated composite model, wherein determining the image further comprises:
determining a range of displacement of the device;
mapping the generated composite model to the determined range of displacement;
identifying a location of the device within the range of displacement; and
identifying an image among the collected plurality of images corresponding to the identified location of the device within the range of displacement based on the mapped composite model.

US Pat. No. 11,029,758

DYNAMIC COMMAND REMAPPING FOR HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACE

Daniel Jonathan Milstein,...

1. A method comprising:activating a brain-computer interface (BCI) through which a computing device is in operative communication with a brain of a user;
defining a thought-command mapping according to which operation of the computing device is configured to be controlled through the BCI based on at least one brain signal of the user measured via one or more brain sensors coupled to the brain of the user, the thought-command mapping defining a plurality of thought variants each of which corresponding a command executable by the computing device, a first thought variant among the plurality of thought variants corresponding to a first command executable by the computing device;
detecting an operation context of the computing device during operation of the computing device; and
remapping the thought-command mapping based on the detected operation context during operation of the computing device such that the first thought variant corresponds to a second command executable by the computing device different from the first command,
wherein, in response to the remapping of the thought-command mapping, the operation of the computing device is configured to be controlled through the BCI based on the at least one measured brain signal according to the remapped thought-command mapping, and
wherein the operation context is associated with an application currently executing on the computing device, an external event occurring during operation of the computing device, and a user history associated with the computing device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,757

DETECTING POSITIONS OF MAGNETIC FLUX SENSORS HAVING PARTICULAR LOCATIONS ON A DEVICE RELATIVE TO A MAGNETIC FIELD GENERATOR LOCATED AT A PREDETERMINED POSITION ON THE DEVICE

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A device comprising:a magnetic field generator located at a predetermined position on the device, the magnetic field generator configured to generate a modulated magnetic field that is fixed in relation to the device;
a plurality of magnetic flux sensors located at particular locations on the device, the particular locations on different fingers of a user of the device, each magnetic flux sensor configured to: (1) generate a demodulated signal based on detecting the modulated magnetic field at the particular location, (2) detect a strength and a direction of the demodulated signal, and (3) generate an output signal based on the detected strength and the detected direction of the demodulated signal
one or more inertial measurement units (IMUs), each IMU being configured to generate a signal for an angular orientation of a particular magnetic flux sensor of the plurality of magnetic flux sensors, the particular magnetic flux sensor located on a finger of the user; and
a position analyzer coupled to each of the plurality of magnetic flux sensors, the position analyzer configured to determine spatial vectors representing a position of each magnetic flux sensor relative to the magnetic field generator, wherein:
the position of a magnetic flux sensor relative to the magnetic field generator is based on demodulating an output signal generated by the magnetic flux sensor, and
the position analyzer is configured to determine further positional information for at least some of the plurality of magnetic flux sensors located on the fingers of the user based on the signal generated by the one or more IMUS.

US Pat. No. 11,029,756

DISPLAY WITH PIXEL LEVEL EYE TRACKING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A display comprising:a plurality of display pixels, a first pixel of the plurality of display pixels including:
a light emitter to emit near infrared light; and
a light detector to output a first signal indicative of detection of reflection of the near infrared light from an eye of a user in response to emission of the near infrared light by the light emitter, the light detector to output a second signal in the absence of the reflected near infrared light; and
a processor in communication with the display to:
subtract the second signal from the first signal to generate an adjusted first signal;
determine, based on the adjusted first signal, that the first pixel is being observed by the user if a path of illumination of the near infrared light emitted by the light emitter is coaxial with an optical path associated with the reflection of the near infrared light off the eye of the user; and
detect, based on the adjust first signal, that the first pixel is not being observed by the user if the path of illumination of the near infrared light emitted by the light emitter of that pixel is not coaxial with the optical path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,755

USING PREDICTION INFORMATION WITH LIGHT FIELDS

Shopify Inc., Ottawa (CA...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:communicating, by a computing device, a first light field data to a user device, wherein the first light field data is limited to a first volume of space that represents a first plurality of views for display on the user device;
receiving, by the computing device, a sensor data associated with the user device;
predicting a behavior based at least in part from the received sensor data;
generating with the computing device a second light field data based at least in part on the predicted behavior, wherein the second light field data is limited to a second volume of space that is different from the first volume of space and represents a second plurality of views for display on the user device; and
communicating, by the computing device, the second light field data to the user device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,754

CALIBRATION METHOD, PORTABLE DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD., T...

1. A calibration method comprising:a first step identifying a predetermined tilt with respect to a gravity direction based on an acceleration detected by a first acceleration sensor provided in a portable device;
a second step displaying, on a display of the portable device, a tilt adjusting image for adjusting a tilt of a spectacle-type electronic device, based on an image of a wearer of the spectacle-type electronic device captured by the portable device and the predetermined tilt that is identified; and
a third step performing a calibration of a second acceleration sensor provided in the spectacle-type electronic device under a condition that a tilt of the spectacle-type electronic device is adjusted, wherein
the first step identifies a horizontal direction as the predetermined tilt with respect to the gravity direction, and
the second step displays on the display the tilt adjusting image that simultaneously includes the image that is captured, and an image of a horizontal line in the horizontal direction that is identified.

US Pat. No. 11,029,753

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION SYSTEM AND HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION METHOD

XRSPACE CO., LTD., Taoyu...

1. A human computer interaction method, comprising:obtaining first motion sensing data based on a first sensor, wherein the first motion sensing data is related to a first operating portion of a user and generated based on a determination whether an analysis result of a motion of the first operating portion based on one of a first motion sensor and a first image sensor is reliable, the first sensor comprises the first image sensor and the first motion sensor, the first motion sensor is acted with the first operating portion of the user, and the first image sensor captures images of the first operating portion of the user, and the step of obtaining the first motion sensing data further comprises:
using the images captured from the first image sensor as the first motion sensing data in response to the analysis result of the first operating portion of the user based on the first image sensor being reliable; and
using data obtained from the first motion sensor as the first motion sensing data in response to the analysis result of the first operating portion of the user based on the first image sensor being unreliable;
obtaining second motion sensing data, wherein the second motion sensing data is related to a second operating portion of the user different from the first operating portion and generated based on a second sensor; and
triggering an event according to both the first motion sensing data and the second motion sensing data.

US Pat. No. 11,029,752

WEARABLE AUGMENTED REALITY HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY DEVICE FOR PHONE CONTENT DISPLAY AND HEALTH MONITORING

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A wearable device, comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of content for display;
a transceiver configured to receive the plurality of content from a connected device that includes a first display;
a second display configured to display the plurality of content; and
at least one processor coupled to the memory, the second display, and the transceiver, wherein the at least one processor is configured to:
control the second display to display a portion of the plurality of content that is organized in a first visual format at a display position on the second display, wherein the plurality of content, when shown on the first display of the connected device, is organized in a visual format that is different from the first visual format,
receive movement information based on a movement of the wearable device, and
adjust the display position to display another portion of the plurality of content according to the movement information of the wearable device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,751

ELECTRONIC SYSTEM CAPABLE OF SHARING PERIPHERAL DEVICE

Qisda Corporation, Taoyu...

1. An electronic system capable of sharing peripheral device comprising:a display device;
a first host device connected to the display device by a first cable, the first host device communicating with the display device and outputting a first picture to the display device, the first host device transmitting a link information to the display device through the first cable;
at least one peripheral device connected to the first host device; and
a second host device connected to the display device by a second cable, the second host communicating with the display device and outputting a second picture to the display device, the display device arranging the first picture and the second picture according to a picture arrangement manner, the second host device obtaining the link information and the picture arrangement manner from the display device through the second cable, the first host device obtaining the picture arrangement manner from the display device;wherein the second host device establishes a link with the first host device through a network without the first and second cables according to the link information, such that the at least one peripheral device is allowed to control the second host device through the first host device and the network.

US Pat. No. 11,029,750

APPARATUS FOR UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS 2.0 (USB2) COMBINED HIGH SPEED SQUELCH AND DISCONNECT DETECTION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for managing high speed Universal Serial Bus 2.0 (USB2) communications, comprising:a combination differential difference detector to receive first and second input signals detected on a USB2 bus, the combination differential difference detector to, in a receive mode:
sense a first voltage difference between the first and second input signals and output a squelch state signal when the first voltage difference is less than or equal to a first pre-defined value, the first voltage difference denoting either a squelch state or an un-squelch state;
and to, in a transmit mode:
sense a second voltage difference between the first and second input signals and output a disconnect state signal when the second voltage difference is greater than or equal to a second pre-defined value, the second voltage difference denoting either a connect state or a disconnect state, and the first and second pre-defined values being different pre-defined values;
wrapper logic coupled to the combination differential difference detector, the wrapper logic to initiate common mode (CM) adjustment training to enable the combination differential difference detector to be used for either the receive mode or the transmit mode, and to enable the combination differential difference detector to operate in either the receive mode or the transmit mode; and
a bias voltage and bias current generator, coupled to each of the combination differential difference detector and the wrapper logic, to provide a first reference current and first reference voltages to the combination differential difference detector in the receive mode, and to provide a second reference current and second reference voltages to the combination differential difference detector in the transmit mode, the first and second reference currents being different reference currents, and the first and second reference voltages being different reference voltages.

US Pat. No. 11,029,749

MODULAR CHASSIS WITH FABRIC INTEGRATED INTO THE LINE CARD

Platina Systems Corp., S...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of line cards arranged in a switch configuration or a router configuration, each line card having an integrated packet processing functionality and fabric functionality, each line card of the plurality of line cards comprising a plurality of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), wherein:
at least one of the plurality of ASICs is a switch ASIC configured to process data packets incoming to the line card and data packets outgoing from the line card using the integrated packet processing functionality of the plurality of line cards;
at least one of the plurality of ASICs is a fabric ASIC configured to move data between the plurality of line cards using only the integrated fabric functionality of the plurality of line cards; and
when using the integrated fabric functionality, a fabric ASIC of a first line card of the plurality of line cards is configured to move data between the fabric ASIC of the first line card and a fabric ASIC of a second line card of the plurality of line cards; and
a cable backplane coupling the plurality of line cards and having a plurality of parallel cables configured to carry data between the fabric ASIC of the first line card and the fabric ASIC of the second line card using only the integrated fabric functionality of the plurality of line cards.

US Pat. No. 11,029,748

ADAPTIVE PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS LINK SUBSTATE INITIATION FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE AND POWER SAVINGS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method performed by a controller of a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface, comprising:determining that a first burst of data is being transmitted on a PCIe link, wherein the data in the first burst of data is encapsulated in a plurality of packets configured in accordance with a PCIe bus protocol;
configuring a timer to signal when an entry latency period has elapsed after determining that the PCIe link has entered an idle state after completing transmission of a first packet in the plurality of packets;
causing one or more circuits of the PCIe interface to enter a low-power state when the timer signals that the entry latency period has elapsed before the PCIe link becomes active, wherein the PCIe link becomes active when a second packet in the plurality of packets is available for transmission;
increasing the entry latency period when a number of entries of the PCIe interface to the low-power state that occurs during transmission of the first burst of data exceeds a first threshold that defines a maximum number of entries into the low-power state per burst of data; and
updating the first threshold based on performance of the PCIe link, including the number of entries of the PCIe interface to the low-power state counted during transmission of the first burst, thereby obtaining an updated first threshold to be used in a subsequent second burst.

US Pat. No. 11,029,747

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRIORITY OF AN APPLICATION BASED ON ACTIVATIONS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a plurality of volatile memories that include a first memory and a second memory;
a current control circuit that performs a control to shut off supply of current to the second memory; and
a memory management circuit that allocates a memory region in either the first memory or the second memory based on a first threshold and preference information indicating a memory region that needs to be preferentially allocated in the first memory,
wherein
the preference information includes association between an application and a first priority, the application operating using the plurality of the volatile memories, the first priority being a degree at which a memory region to be used by the application needs to be preferentially allocated in the first memory,
the memory management circuit acquires a frequency at which the application is activated,
the memory management circuit calculates an adjusted first priority using the first priority associated with the application in the preference information and the frequency at which the application is activated, and calculates an adjusted first threshold using the first threshold and the frequency at which the application is activated, and
when the memory management circuit receives a request of allocation of the memory region from the application, the memory management circuit allocates the memory region in the first memory if the adjusted first priority associated with the application in the preference information is higher than the adjusted first threshold.

US Pat. No. 11,029,746

DYNAMIC POWER MANAGEMENT NETWORK FOR MEMORY DEVICES

MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining an operation type of each of a plurality of operations queued against one or more of a plurality of memory components;
determining that at least two of the plurality of operations can be performed in parallel;
determining that a first configuration of the plurality of memory components does not allow the at least two operations to be performed in parallel, the first configuration including a first set of power management cohorts; and
altering an interconnection of the plurality of memory components to change from the first configuration to a second configuration of the of the plurality of memory components, the second configuration including a second set of power management cohorts that allow the at least two operations to be performed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 11,029,745

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING INSTANTANEOUS CURRENT CHANGES IN PARALLEL PROCESSORS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

7. A system for controlling an instantaneous current change in a parallel processor, the system comprising:an array of computing elements of the processor, the computing elements configured to operate independently of each other in parallel;
a controller configured to determine a transition from a first activity level of the array to a second activity level of the array; and
the controller configured to control the array to minimize the instantaneous current change from the transition from the first activity level to the second activity level; the controller further comprises a clock rate controller configured to control the frequency of a core clock of the processor; the clock rate controller is further configured to first decrease the frequency of the core clock and then incrementally increase the frequency of the core clock, wherein the first activity level is an idle state and the second activity level is an active state.

US Pat. No. 11,029,744

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PROCESSOR BASED ON EFFECTIVE STRESS INFORMATION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:at least one core;
a stress detector coupled to the at least one core to receive at least one of a voltage and a temperature at which the processor is to operate, calculate an effective stress based at least in part thereon, and maintain an accumulated effective stress;
a clock circuit to calculate an elapsed lifetime duration of the processor in a platform, wherein the elapsed lifetime duration is a sum of a total active time of the processor and a total inactive time of the processor, the total inactive time comprising time in which the processor is in a power-off state;
a meter to receive the accumulated effective stress, obtain a stress model value from a stress model based at least in part on the elapsed lifetime duration, and generate a control signal based on a comparison of the accumulated effective stress and the stress model value; and
a power controller to control at least one parameter of a turbo mode of the processor based at least in part on the control signal.

US Pat. No. 11,029,743

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:a first processor;
a second processor different from the first processor;
a third processor different from the first processor and the second processor; and
circuitry configured to:
acquire, in a first mode of the information processing device, first sensing data from a sensor, wherein the first mode corresponds to a stop state of one of a user or an object;
process, in the first mode, the acquired first sensing data by the first processor;
change from the first mode to a second mode of the information processing device based on the processed first sensing data, wherein the second mode corresponds to a moving and stopping state of the one of the user or the object;
change from the first processor to the second processor based on the change from the first mode to the second mode, wherein the first processor corresponds to the first mode and the second processor corresponds to the second mode;
acquire, in the second mode, second sensing data from the sensor based on the change from the first mode to the second mode, wherein the second sensing data is different from the first sensing data;
determine, by the second processor in the second mode, that the one of the user or the object is in the stop state for a first number of times based on the acquired second sensing data, wherein the first number of times is less than a first threshold number of times;
determine, by the second processor in the second mode, that the one of the user or the object is in a moving state for a second number of times based on the acquired second sensing data, wherein
the second number of times is more than a second threshold number of times, and
the determination that the one of the user or the object is in the moving state for the second number of times is based on the determination that the one of the user or the object is in the stop state for the first number of times which is less than the first threshold number of times;
change from the second mode to a third mode of the information processing device based on the determination that the one of the user or the object is in the moving state for the second number of times which is more than the second threshold number of times,
wherein the third mode corresponds to a continuously moving state of the one of the user or the object;
change from the second processor to the third processor based on the change from the second mode to the third mode and the change from the first processor to the second processor, wherein the third processor corresponds to the third mode;
acquire, in the third mode, third sensing data from the sensor based on the change from the second mode to the third mode, wherein the third sensing data is different from the first sensing data and the second sensing data;
process, in the third mode, the acquired third sensing data by the third processor; and
determine motion of the one of the user or the object motion based on the processed third sensing data.

US Pat. No. 11,029,742

MITIGATING VOLTAGE DROOP

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:performing a first determination that a timing margin is less than a first threshold, wherein the first threshold comprises a high-edge threshold and a low-edge threshold, and wherein performing the first determination comprises:
generating a history of critical-path monitor sensor signals within a plurality of sampling windows, wherein the history comprises a plurality of high-edge critical-path monitor (CPM) signals and a plurality of low-edge CPM signals;
identifying the high-edge CPM signals based on the high-edge threshold and the low-edge threshold;
identifying the low-edge CPM signals based on the high-edge threshold and the low-edge threshold; and
determining that one of the low-edge CPM signals occurs after one of the high-edge CPM signals within the history;
performing a second determination that an increase in processor activity exceeds a second threshold;
determining that a voltage droop is indicated based on the first determination and the second determination; and
signaling a plurality of throttling circuits for a corresponding plurality of cores of a computer processor to actuate based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 11,029,741

DEACTIVATING A DISPLAY OF A SMART DISPLAY DEVICE BASED ON A VISION-BASED MECHANISM

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for control of a smart display device based on characteristics, the method comprising:receiving, from a remote server, a machine learning model for analyzing a plurality of characteristics of images associated with the smart display device, wherein the machine learning model is trained by the remote server;
receiving, from a light capture device, an image associated with the smart display device;
identifying a plurality of characteristics of the image received from the light capture device;
determining, utilizing the machine learning model, whether to deactivate a display of the smart display device based on the plurality of characteristics of the image, wherein the plurality of characteristics of the image include a portion of the image occupied by a person;
determining whether the portion of the image occupied by a face of the person is greater than a threshold portion; and
in response to determining to deactivate the display of the smart display device based on the plurality of characteristics of the image and the portion of the image occupied by the face of the person exceeding the threshold portion, deactivating the display of the smart display device.

US Pat. No. 11,029,740

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A power conversion device comprising:a power transistor including a control input terminal, a first terminal, and a second terminal, which supplies electric power to a predetermined load through the first terminal and the second terminal;
a driver that drives the control input terminal;
a control device including a temperature estimation unit, which controls on and off of the power transistor through the driver;
a voltage detection circuit that detects an inter-terminal voltage of the first terminal and the second terminal during an on-period of the power transistor; and
a voltage limiter that transmits the inter-terminal voltage to the voltage detection circuit with an upper limit thereof restricted,
wherein the temperature estimation unit previously holds correlation information between the inter-terminal voltage and inter-terminal current of the first terminal and second terminal and a junction temperature and estimates the junction temperature, based on the inter-terminal voltage obtained from the voltage detection circuit, a known inter-terminal current, and the correlation information,
wherein the voltage limiter includes a clamping transistor in which the second terminal is coupled to a second node and a clamp voltage of defining the upper limit is applied to a control input node,
wherein the power transistor is formed by some of a plurality of unit transistors formed in one semiconductor chip,
wherein the clamping transistor is formed by others of the unit transistors, using the same semiconductor chip as the power transistor, and
wherein the number of the unit transistors forming the clamping transistor is less than the number of the unit transistors forming the power transistors.

US Pat. No. 11,029,739

CONTINUOUSLY AVAILABLE POWER CONTROL SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

20. A computer system for controlling power distribution, the computer system comprising:one or more computer processors;
at least one computer readable storage medium that is not a transitory signal per se; and
program instructions stored on the at least one computer readable storage medium, the program instructions being executable by at least one computer processor of the one or more computer processors to cause the at least one computer processor to perform a method comprising:
determining, by one or more computer processors, a power budget for a portion of a topography for a power delivery system;
generating, by the one or more computer processors, a pool of worker programs for the portion of the topography;
generating, by the one or more computer processors, a first number of power management tasks to manage power consumption in the portion of the topography based on the power budget; and
sending, by the one or more computer processors, the first number of power management tasks to at least one worker program included in the pool of worker programs.

US Pat. No. 11,029,738

HEAT EXCHANGE MODULE AND SERIAL PUMP THEREOF

COOLER MASTER CO., LTD., ...

15. A heat exchange module, comprising:a pump body including an upper cover and a base sealingly connected to each other, wherein the upper cover includes:
a pumping hole and at least two drainage holes,
a first rotor chamber including a first inlet opening and a first outlet opening;
a second rotor chamber including a second inlet opening and a second outlet opening, the first rotor chamber and the second rotor chamber being isolated from each other,
a first impeller pivotally arranged in the first rotor chamber, and
a second impeller pivotally arranged in the second rotor chamber, the first and second impeller being coplanar;
a connecting channel defined between the upper cover and the base, the connecting channel in fluid communication with the first outlet opening and the second inlet opening;
a heat conductive block disposed below the pump body, wherein the base is located between the upper cover and the heat conductive block; and
a partition plate arranged between the upper cover and the base, wherein
the partition plate divides the pump body into a collection tank and a drainage tank,
the collection tank and the drainage tank are located below the first and second impellers, and
the drainage tank receives working fluid circulating in the heat exchange module from the second rotor chamber, and directs the working fluid to exit the heat exchange module through the at least two drainage holes.

US Pat. No. 11,029,737

PARTITIONING MEMBER, HARD DISK FIXING MECHANISM AND SERVER

CHENBRO MICOM CO., LTD., ...

1. A hard disk fixing mechanism, comprising: a casing having a first plate and a second plate, wherein a separation space is formed between the first plate and the second plate; a first stud located on the first plate; a second stud located on the second plate; a partitioning member connected to the first plate and the second plate so as to divide the separation space into two accommodating areas, wherein each of the accommodating areas is capable of accommodating a hard disk; a first side plate and a second side plate respectively formed by bending two opposite long sides of an elongated body of the partitioning member; a first position-limiting slot and a second position-limiting slot that are respectively formed on the first and second side plates of the partitioning member so that the first stud and the second stud are removably buckled on the position-limiting slots; and a fixing feature used to fix the partitioning member to the casing so as to block the first stud from being disengaged from the first position-limiting slot, and block the second stud from being disengaged from the second position-limiting slot; and the first position-limiting slot comprises a first groove and a first inlet, and the first inlet is communicated with the first groove; and the second position-limiting slot comprises a second groove and a second inlet, and the second inlet is communicated with the second groove, wherein the fixing feature fixes the partitioning member to the casing when the first stud enters the first groove from the first inlet, the second stud enters the second groove from the second inlet, and both the first stud and the second stud synchronously slide away from the first inlet and the second inlet in a first axial direction; and wherein the first groove penetrates through the first side plate, the first inlet is disposed at an edge of the first side plate, the second groove penetrates through the second side plate, and the second inlet is disposed at an edge of the second side plate.

US Pat. No. 11,029,736

SUPPORT APPARATUS

Lenovo Enterprise Solutio...

1. A support apparatus for supporting a disk drive relative to a computing system, the support apparatus comprising:a rail;
a primary bracket slidably coupled to the rail to form a primary kinematic pair;
a cage configured to hold the hard disk drive, the cage being coupled to a secondary bracket which is movably coupled to the primary bracket;
wherein the cage is movable relative to the rail from an operating position to a first cage position, wherein the operating position comprises the hard disk drive coupled to other components of the computing system to perform operational functions, and wherein the first cage position provides a clearance space behind the cage, and
wherein the secondary bracket and the cage are subsequently movable relative to the primary bracket from the first cage position toward a second cage position to provide a clearance space in front of the cage sufficient to remove the hard disk drive from the cage.

US Pat. No. 11,029,735

MANDREL FLEX CIRCUIT ROUTING

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A portable computing device, comprising: a first housing having a first electrical component and a curved surface; a second housing having a second electrical component; a hinge joining the first and second housings; a cable electrically coupling the first and second electrical components across a first width portion of the curved surface; a flexible cover having a first section concealing the cable from view of a user across the first width portion of the curved surface and a second section concealing the curved surface from view of the user across a second width portion of the curved surface, the cover being bendable over the cable in response to movement of the hinge.

US Pat. No. 11,029,734

CYCLING COMPUTER

Wahoo Fitness LLC, Atlan...

1. A cycling computer for mounting to a front of a bicycle, the cycling computer comprising:a computer housing for enclosing and protecting an electronics package, the computer housing including:
a front end having a wedge-shaped profile defined by a leading edge and a lower front surface extending rearward and downward from the leading edge to a bottom surface of the computer housing; and
a first coupling member formed into the bottom surface of the computer housing; and
a computer mount having a mounting adapter at a proximal end for coupling to the front of the bicycle, a cradle at a distal end for removably receiving the computer housing, and a bracket arm extending between the mounting adapter and the cradle, the cradle including:
a second coupling member formed into an upper side of the cradle and engageable with the first coupling member to removably secure the computer housing to the cradle, the computer mount positioning the computer housing forward from the front of the bicycle and aligned with a width of a handlebar of the bicycle; and
a curved underside surface extending rearward from a forward edge that is sized and shaped to align with the lower front surface of the computer housing and to form a continuous surface extending from the leading edge of the computer housing to a rear edge of the cradle when the computer housing is secured within the cradle.

US Pat. No. 11,029,733

DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a display module comprising a first area and a second area;
a support plate on a back surface of the display module, the support plate comprising a first support portion supporting the first area of the display module, and a plurality of support bars spaced apart from the first support portion in a first direction to support the second area, the plurality of support bars extending in a second direction intersecting the first direction;
a case receiving the display module and the support plate and configured to control a size of an opening, exposing the display module, by a sliding operation; and
a support unit coupled to the case and movable along the display module in the sliding operation,
wherein the support unit overlaps the plurality of support bars in a third direction substantially perpendicular to the first and second directions to directly support some of the plurality of support bars.

US Pat. No. 11,029,732

DISPLAY DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a first frame to which a first end of the display panel is fixed and supporting a back surface of the display panel; and
a second frame connected to the first frame, wherein the second frame is moveable with respect to the first frame using a linear motion in a first direction or a second direction that is opposite to the first direction,
wherein a second end of the display panel is in a moveable floating state guided by the second frame such that the second end of the display panel is movable with respect to the second frame,
wherein an area of an externally exposed surface of the display panel is widened when the second frame is moved in the first direction, and is narrowed when the second frame is moved in the second direction, and
wherein when a touch having a predetermined pattern is input to the externally exposed surface of the display panel, the second frame is moved in the first direction from the first frame.

US Pat. No. 11,029,731

CRADLES AND CASES FOR MOBILE DEVICES INCORPORATING GUIDE ELEMENTS OR MODULAR COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING

National Products, Inc., ...

1. An arrangement, comprising:a case for a mobile device and having an exterior, the case comprising
a cover defining a cavity configured for receiving and holding the mobile device and comprising a guide protrusion extending away from the cavity and a remainder of the cover; and
an adapter disposed at least partially within the cover, the adapter comprising a plurality of first contacts disposed on the exterior of the case, a male plug extending into the cavity defined by the cover and configured for insertion into a female socket of the mobile device, and a plurality of second contacts disposed on the male plug and electrically coupled to the first contacts of the adapter; and
a docking cradle comprising
a cradle body configured to receive a mobile device disposed in the case;
a connector disposed on the cradle body, configured to engage the case, and comprising contacts configured to electrically couple to the first contacts of the adapter of the case;
a latch housing coupled to the cradle body; and
a latch that is slidable relative to the latch housing between a retention position and an unloading/loading position, wherein the latch, in the retention position, is configured to be at least partially disposed over the cover of the case to retain the mobile device and case received in the docking cradle, wherein the latch, in the unloading/loading position, is configured to permit receiving the mobile device into, or removing the mobile device from, the cradle body, wherein a portion of the latch defines a guide indentation having a shape complementary to the guide protrusion of the cover to laterally guide the case and mobile device into the docking cradle when in the unloading/loading position.

US Pat. No. 11,029,730

SYSTEM FOR DISCHARGING HEAT OUT OF HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY BASED ON HYBRID FAN

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A head-mounted display (HMD) comprising:a fan having a center axis extending from a rear side of the HMD to a front side of the HMD, the fan configured to push air through a slit between a front cover of the HMD and a side cover of the HMD;
a circuit board with at least one processor separated from the fan, the at least one processor generating heat during operation of the HMD; and
a metal frame acting as a heat sink that receives the heat and dissipates the heat, the circuit board directly mounted onto a side of the metal frame.

US Pat. No. 11,029,729

ADJUSTABLE STRAP ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAYS

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A strap assembly comprising:a first lateral strap member configured to extend along a first side and a back of a user's head;
a second lateral strap member configured to extend along a second side and the back of the user's head, the first and second lateral strap members each comprising:
a proximal portion configured to be coupled to a head-mounted-display device;
a distal end disposed away from the proximal portion; and
a first and second arcuate biasing sections that arcs from the proximal portion to the distal end of the first and second lateral strap members, the first and second arcuate biasing sections comprising a resilient material, wherein:
the first and second arcuate biasing sections peripherally surround at least a portion of a reduced region when the first and second arcuate biasing sections are in a relaxed state;
the first and second arcuate biasing sections are automatically tensioned by the resilient material and deflected outward by the user's head when the first and second lateral strap members are worn with the head-mounted-display device by the user such that the first and second arcuate biasing sections peripherally surround at least a portion of an increased region that is greater in size than the reduced region and such that at least a portion of the first and second arcuate biasing sections are biased toward the user's head; and
the first and second arcuate biasing sections maintain contact between overlapping portions of the first and second arcuate biasing sections.

US Pat. No. 11,029,728

CASE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC COMPUTING DEVICE

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...

1. A case assembly for a tablet computer and for a keyboard folio, the case assembly comprising:(I) a frame including(A) a first wall including a first length,
(B) a second wall including a second length, and
(C) a third wall including a third length,
(i) the first wall extending along the first length of the first wall parallel to the third length of the third wall,
(ii) the first wall extending along the first length of the first wall perpendicularly to the second length of the second wall,
(iii) the first wall including
(a) at least one coupling area,
(b) a door panel portion with a door panel length, and
(c) a shelf panel portion with a shelf panel length,
(iv) the third wall including
(a) at least one coupling area,
(b) a door panel portion with a door panel length and
(c) a shelf panel portion with a shelf panel length;(II) a door panel including(A) an interior surface and
(B) an exterior surface,
(i) the door panel
(a) positionable to be removably couplable to the at least one coupling area of the first wall of the frame and
(b) positionable to be removably couplable to the at least one coupling area of the third wall of the frame
(c) wherein as the door panel being in at least one coupled position, the door panel
being coupled to the at least one coupling area of the first wall of the frame and
being coupled to the at least one coupling area of the third wall of the frame, and
(d) wherein as the door panel being in at least one uncoupled position, the door panel
being uncoupled from the at least one coupling area of the first wall of the frame and
being uncoupled from the at least one coupling area of the third wall of the frame,
(ii) as the door panel being in the at least one coupled position, the door panel positioned
to extend alongside of the door panel length of the door panel portion of the first wall and
to extend alongside of the door panel length of the door panel portion of the third wall,
(iii) as the door panel being in the at least one coupled position,
the door panel portion of the first wall extending perpendicularly to the interior surface of the door panel in a first direction, and
and the door panel portion of the third wall extending perpendicularly to the interior surface of the door panel in a first direction,
(iv) as the door panel being in the at least one coupled position,
the door panel portion of the first wall extending perpendicularly to the exterior surface of the door panel in a second direction, and
the door panel portion of the third wall extending perpendicularly to the exterior surface of the door panel in a second direction,
the first direction being opposite of the second direction; and(III) a shelf panel including(A) an interior surface and
(B) an exterior surface,
(i) the shelf panel coupled to the shelf panel portion of the first wall of the frame,
(ii) the shelf panel coupled to the shelf panel portion of the third wall of the frame,
(iii) the shelf panel portion of the first wall extending perpendicularly to the interior surface of the shelf panel in the first direction,
(iv) the shelf panel portion of the third wall extending perpendicularly to the interior surface of the shelf panel in the first direction,
(v) the shelf panel portion of the first wall extending perpendicularly to the interior surface of the shelf panel in the first direction, and
(vi) the shelf panel portion of the third wall extending perpendicularly to the exterior surface of the shelf panel in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,727

CASE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC COMPUTING DEVICE

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...

1. A case for an electronic laptop computing device having a display assembly and a keyboard assembly, the case comprising:(I) a keyboard case structure including but not limited to:
(A) a baseplate portion including a recessed area and one or more apertures,
(B) a first side portion,
(C) a first wall extending from the first side portion,
(D) a second side portion,
(E) a second wall extending from the second side portion,
(F) a fourth side portion,
(G) a fourth wall extending from the fourth side portion, and
(H) a third side portion,
wherein the first wall, the second wall and the fourth wall being sized and shaped to detachably engage with the keyboard assembly;
(II) a display case structure including
(A) a baseplate portion including a recessed area and one or more apertures,
(B) a first side portion,
(C) a first wall extending from the first side portion,
(D) a second side portion,
(E) a second wall extending from the second side portion,
(F) a fourth side portion,
(G) a fourth wall extending from the fourth side portion, and
(H) a third side portion,
wherein the first wall, the second wall and the fourth wall being sized and shaped to detachably engage with the display assembly;
(III) a hinge case structure including
(A) a panel-like portion,
(B) a first engagement flap extending from the panel-like portion, the first engagement flap being sized and shaped to engage with the recessed area of the baseplate portion of the keyboard case structure, and
(C) a second engagement flap including one or more apertures, the second engagement flap extending from the panel-like portion, the second engagement flap being sized and shaped to engage with the recessed area of the baseplate portion of the display case structure,
wherein the panel-like portion being sized and shaped to allow the first engagement flap to engage with the recessed area of the baseplate portion of the keyboard case structure and to allow the second engagement flap to engage with the recessed area of the baseplate portion of the display case structure,
wherein
(A) the first engagement flap includes one or more apertures,
(B) the second engagement flap includes one or more apertures,
(C) the baseplate portion of the keyboard case includes one or more apertures, and
(D) the baseplate portion of the display case includes one or more apertures,
wherein
the panel-like portion being sized and shaped to allow for positioning of the hinge case structure with respect to the keyboard case structure and with respect to the display case structure to allow for alignment of the one or more apertures of the baseplate portion of the keyboard case with the one or more apertures of first engagement flap and to allow for alignment of the one or more apertures of the baseplate portion of the display case with the one or more apertures of the second engagement flap;
(IV) one or more first fasteners being sized and shaped to be received by the one or more apertures of the baseplate portion of the keyboard case structure and the one or more apertures of the first engagement flap; and
(V) one or more second fasteners being sized and shaped to be received by the one or more apertures of the baseplate portion of the display case structure and the one or more apertures of the second engagement flap.

US Pat. No. 11,029,726

CASE FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC COMPUTING DEVICE

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...

1. A case for an electronic laptop computing device, the device having a display assembly with a first side and keyboard assembly with a first side hingedly coupled by a hinge with the first side of the display assembly, an obstructed portion of the first side of display assembly being obstructed from view by the hinge and a second portion of the first side of the display assembly being unobstructed from view by the hinge, a first portion of the first side of keyboard assembly being obstructed from view by the hinge and a second portion of the first side of the keyboard assembly being unobstructed from view by the hinge, a first portion of the case comprising: (I) a first frame portion including (A) a first side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, (iii) a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, (iv) an end portion being positioned on one or more of the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion, and (v) one or more first connectors positioned adjacent to the end portion, wherein the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion structurally arranged to form a first channel, (B) a second side portion extending substantially perpendicular from the first side portion, the second side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, and (iii) a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, wherein the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion structurally arranged to form a second channel, and (C) a third side portion being substantially perpendicular to the second side portion, the third side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion without a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, (iii) an end portion positioned on one or more of the base wall portion and the first wall portion, and (iv) one or more second connectors positioned adjacent to the end portion, wherein the base wall portion, and the first wall portion structurally arranged to form a third channel having an L-shaped cross-sectional shape to allow for coupling of the third channel with the second portion of the first side of the display assembly of the electronic laptop computing device without the coupling being hindered by the hinge, and (II) a second frame portion including (A) a first side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, and (iii) a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, (iv) an end portion positioned on one or more of the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion, and (v) one or more first connectors positioned adjacent to the end portion, wherein the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion structurally arranged to form a first channel, (B) a second side portion extending substantially perpendicular from the first side portion, the second side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, and (iii) a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, wherein the base wall portion, the first wall portion, and the second wall portion structurally arranged to form a second channel, and (C) a third side portion being substantially perpendicular to the second side portion, the third side portion including (i) a base wall portion, (ii) a first wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion without a second wall portion extending substantially perpendicular from the base wall portion, (iii) an end portion positioned on one or more of the base wall portion and the first wall portion, and (iv) one or more second connectors positioned adjacent to the end portion, wherein the base wall portion, and the first wall portion structurally arranged to form a third channel having an L-shaped cross-sectional shape to allow for coupling of the third channel with the second portion of the first side of the display assembly of the electronic laptop computing device without the coupling being hindered by the hinge, wherein the one or more first connectors of the first frame portion positioned to engage with the one or more first connectors of the second frame portion as the first frame portion is coupled with the second frame portion, wherein the one or more second connectors of the first frame portion positioned to engage with the one or more second connectors of the second frame portion as the first frame portion is coupled with the second frame portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,725

FOLDABLE FOLIO

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

10. A folio for a portable information device, the folio comprising:a first flat portion attached to the portable information device;
a second flat portion not attached to but in contact with the portable information device;
a connecting portion that connects the first flat portion with the second flat portion; and
a hinge that connects the first flat portion with the second flat portion, wherein
the connecting portion is bendable along a longitudinal axis of the connecting portion,
a first end of the hinge is fastened to the first flat portion, and
a second end of the hinge is slidably attached to the second flat portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,724

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH PRESSURE SENSOR

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel; and
a sensor disposed on one surface of the display panel to detect external pressure,
wherein the sensor has a sensing region and a non-sensing region and comprises:
a first base substrate having flexibility and including a flexible region having a first flexibility enhancing part formed in the sensing region;
a plurality of first conductive patterns extending in a first direction in the sensing region of the first base substrate;
a second base substrate facing opposite to the first base substrate, the second base substrate having flexibility and including a flexible region having a second flexibility enhancing part formed in the sensing region;
a plurality of second conductive patterns extending in a second direction intersecting the first conductive patterns disposed on a surface of the second base substrate;
a pressure sensitive material layer disposed in a space formed between the first and second conductive patterns and substantially filing the space without any gaps, the pressure sensitive material layer having a resistance that varies in response to pressure; and
an adhesive layer connecting the first and second base substrate, the adhesive layer being disposed in the same layer as the pressure sensitive material layer,
wherein the first flexibility enhancing part is formed on a surface on which the first conductive patterns on the first base substrate and the pressure sensitive material layer are not disposed.

US Pat. No. 11,029,723

KEYBOARD DEVICE

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. L...

1. A keyboard device comprising:a first unit having a plurality of first key tops and a stepwise first side face;
a second unit having a plurality of second key tops and a stepwise second side face to abut and mesh with the first side face, the second unit being disposed adjacent to the first unit;
a base member having a top face on which the first unit and the second unit are disposed, the base supporting the first unit and the second unit for relative movement on the top face;
a unit driving mechanism configured to move the first unit and the second unit between a storage position and a usage position by turning and moving the first unit and the second unit in a same direction so that the first unit and the second unit move along an arc from the storage position to the usage position; in the storage position, the first side face and the second side face mesh with each other while being displaced in a front-rear direction of the keyboard device; in the usage position, the first side face and the second side face mesh with each other without being displaced in the front-rear direction whereby the first and second units are placed side by side in a left-right direction of the keyboard device to define a single keyboard; and
an operating member having an operating part exposed on the top face of the base member, the operating member being configured to move the first unit and the second unit between the usage position and the storage position in response to a user's operation of the operating part to move the unit driving mechanism;
wherein the operating part is always at least partially exposed on the top face regardless of position of the first unit and the second unit.

US Pat. No. 11,029,722

NOTEBOOK COMPUTER AND KEYBOARD DECORATIVE PANEL THEREOF

GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORAT...

1. A keyboard decorative panel, adapted to conceal a hinge and a fastening hole of a keyboard module, the keyboard decorative panel comprising:a first cover for concealing the fastening hole of the keyboard module; and
a second cover for concealing the hinge, wherein the first cover and the second cover are capable of repeatedly bending toward each other and away from each other,
wherein a flexible member with flexibility is disposed between the first cover and the second cover, the first cover is bendable upward relative to the second cover because of the flexible member, so as to expose the fastening hole of the keyboard module.

US Pat. No. 11,029,721

ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING LIGHT EMITTING FREQUENCY, COMPUTER SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING LIGHT EMITTING FREQUENCY OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

GIGA-BYTE TECHNOLOGY CO.,...

1. A computer system, comprising:a main board, comprising at least: a central processing unit, a system chip set and a first connection port connected to the central processing unit through the system chip set
a plurality of electronic devices, respectively connected to the main board through the first connection port; wherein each of the plurality of electronic devices comprises:
an oscillator, used to generate an oscillation signal;
a second connection port, connected to the first connection port;
a microcontroller, connected to the oscillator and connected to the central processing unit of the main board through the second connection port and the first connection port, wherein the microcontroller is used to receive the oscillation signal to calculate a time elapse, define that a quantity of oscillation times of the oscillator within a unit time period is an original quantity of oscillation times, and set a correspondence between a switching period and the original quantity of oscillation times; and
a light emitting module, connected to the microcontroller, wherein the microcontroller is configured to control on or off of the light emitting module according to the switching period and the time elapse, wherein the microcontroller further comprises:
a counting module, used to count, after the microcontroller receives a correction trigger signal through the second connection port and the first connection port, a total quantity of oscillation times of the oscillator according to the oscillation signal; and
an adjustment module, used to obtain a corrected quantity of oscillation times within the unit time period according to the total quantity of oscillation times counted by the counting module within a sampling time period, and reset a correspondence between the switching period and the corrected quantity of oscillation times;
wherein, the central processing unit sends the correction trigger signal through the first connection port to the plurality of electronic devices, and the correction trigger signal is a continuous signal within the sampling time period to tag a beginning of the sampling time period and an end of the sampling time period.

US Pat. No. 11,029,720

AREA-EFFICIENT SCALABLE MEMORY READ-DATA MULTIPLEXING AND LATCHING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first circuitry having an output coupled to a shared-read-data signal path, and the first circuitry either driving its output to a value based on a sensed memory bit, or not driving its output;
a second circuitry having a first clocked inverter and a second clocked inverter cross-coupled with the first clocked inverter, an input of the first clocked inverter being coupled to the shared-read-data signal path, and an output of the first clocked inverter being coupled to an inverse-data signal path; and
a third circuitry having an inverter with an input coupled to the inverse-data signal path and an output coupled to a data signal path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,719

CONTROL ARRANGEMENT CONSISTING OF AN ACTUATING ELEMENT WITH AN INPUT SURFACE AND ROTARY ACTUATOR ARRANGED ON SAID INPUT SURFACE

PREH GMBH, Bad Neustadt ...

12. An evaluation method for an operating assembly consisting of a carrier, an actuating element that is mounted movably relative to the carrier and so as to return into a rest position and which defines an input surface and has a detector for detecting a touch on the input surface, at least one rotary adjuster, which is disposed on the input surface and is mounted rotatably relative to the input surface, a matrix of force sensors between the carrier and the actuating element for measuring an actuating force acting upon the actuating element, and an evaluator, the evaluation method comprising:determining a position of touch on the input surface from a signal obtained from the detector;
identifying the actuating force on the rotary adjuster based on the signals of the matrix of force sensors;
verifying by comparing the position of the touch on the input surface from the signal obtained by the detector, with a location of the actuating force on the rotary adjuster determined based on the signals of the matrix of force sensors; and
switch control from the input surface to the at least one rotary adjuster, based on the verification of the actuating force on the rotary adjuster in a direction parallel to an axis of rotary displacement of the rotary adjuster.

US Pat. No. 11,029,718

LOW NOISE BANDGAP REFERENCE APPARATUS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first supply node;
a second supply node;
a first transistor coupled to the first supply node, wherein the first transistor is to provide a first current which is complementary to absolute temperature (CTAT);
a second transistor coupled to the first supply node, wherein the second transistor is to provide a second current which is proportional to absolute temperature (PTAT);
a resistive device coupled in series at a node with the first and second transistors, and coupled to the second supply node, wherein the node is to sum the CTAT and the PTAT currents; and
a current mirror coupled to the first supply node and connected to the first and second transistors such that respective gate terminals of the first and second transistors are connected to separate nodes of the current mirror, wherein the separate nodes are connected to a same transistor of the current mirror.

US Pat. No. 11,029,717

PROGRAMMABLE POWER SUPPLIES FOR CELLULAR BASE STATIONS AND RELATED METHODS OF REDUCING POWER LOSS IN CELLULAR SYSTEMS

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A power supply system for a cellular base station, comprising:a second power supply that has an input that is configured to receive a first direct current (“DC”) power signal from a first power supply, the second power supply comprising a DC-to-DC power supply that is configured to output to a radio via a cabling connection connected to an output of the second power supply a second DC power signal in response to the first DC power signal, and the second power supply further comprising a current sensor that is configured to measure a current of the second DC power signal,
wherein the current sensor comprises a resistance and a voltage meter that is configured to measure a voltage drop across the resistance, and
wherein the second power supply is configured to adjust a voltage of the second DC power signal as the current of the second DC power signal changes.

US Pat. No. 11,029,716

PROVIDING LOW POWER CHARGE PUMP FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Silicon Laboratories Inc....

1. An apparatus comprising:an amplifier to compare a reference voltage to a feedback voltage and to output a comparison signal based on the comparison;
a loop circuit coupled to the amplifier, wherein the loop circuit is to receive the comparison signal and provide a regulated voltage to the amplifier as the feedback voltage in a first mode of operation, and in a second mode of operation to provide a predetermined feedback ratio point to the amplifier as the feedback voltage;
the loop circuit comprising an output device coupled to the amplifier, wherein the output device is to receive a supply voltage and the comparison signal and output the regulated voltage at an output node based at least in part on the comparison signal;
a current source coupled to the amplifier; and
a switch coupled to the current source, wherein in the first mode of operation the switch is enabled to cause the current source to provide a boost current to the amplifier, and in the second mode of operation the switch is disabled to decouple the current source from the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 11,029,715

REFERENCE-FOLLOWING VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Rambus Inc., San Jose, C...

1. A voltage converter comprising:a first input to receive a supply voltage from a power supply component;
a second input to receive a reference voltage from the power supply component, the supply voltage being higher than the reference voltage by a scaling factor of at least five;
a filter capacitor; and
control circuitry to iteratively charge the filter capacitor to produce a converted voltage that follows the reference voltage by switchably coupling the first input to the filter capacitor while the converted voltage is less than the reference voltage to raise the converted voltage, and switchably decoupling the first input from the filter capacitor while the converted voltage exceeds the reference voltage to enable the converted voltage to decay.

US Pat. No. 11,029,714

FLIPPED GATE CURRENT REFERENCE AND METHOD OF USING

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A current reference comprising:a tracking voltage generator, the tracking voltage generator comprising:a flipped gate transistor;a first transistor, the first transistor having a first leakage current, wherein the first transistor is coupled with the flipped gate transistor in an arrangement wherein a difference between a gate-source voltage (Vgs) of the flipped gate transistor and the first transistor is approximately equal to a bandgap voltage of a semiconductor material from which the tracking voltage generator is formed;
an output node configured to output a tracking voltage, the tracking voltage having a positive or negative temperature dependency based on the flipped gate transistor and the first transistor; and
a second transistor connected to the output node, the second transistor having a second leakage current;an amplifier configured to receive the tracking voltage and to output an amplified signal;a control transistor configured to receive the amplified signal and to conduct a reference current therethrough; anda control resistor connected in series with the control transistor,the current reference thereby being configured so that a temperature dependency of the tracking voltage is substantially equal to a temperature dependency of a resistance of the control resistor, thereby maintaining the reference current at a constant value.

US Pat. No. 11,029,713

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EXPANDING THE RANGE OF WORKING ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH A 3-D OR DEPTH SENSOR CAN OPERATE WITHOUT DAMAGING OR DEGRADING THE MEASUREMENT PERFORMANCE OF THE SENSOR

Liberty Reach Inc., Clea...

1. A method of expanding the range of working environments in which a 3-D or active depth sensor can operate without damaging or degrading the measurement performance of the sensor, the sensor having a rigid, thermally conductive, sensor rail and a plurality of optoelectronic components including a pattern emitter capable of projecting a known pattern of radiation and one or more cameras or detectors configured to view the projected known pattern of radiation, each of the components being mounted on and in thermal contact with the sensor rail which distributes heating or cooling to the components, the method comprising the steps of:providing an airtight, thermally-insulated enclosure for the sensor, wherein the enclosure includes an optically transparent window through which the pattern emitter projects and the one or more cameras or detectors receive visible and near-visible radiation;
receiving an electrical signal indicative of a temperature of an interior of the enclosure;
determining whether the temperature of the interior is within an operational temperature range of the sensor;
activating at least one thermoelectric device disposed outside the enclosure to either cool or heat the interior of the enclosure based on whether the determined temperature is above or below the range, respectively; and
pumping heat either into or out of the enclosure between the sensor rail and the at least one thermoelectric device to either heat or cool the interior of the enclosure, respectively, based on whether the determined temperature is below or above the range, respectively, to regulate the internal temperature of the sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,029,711

DRAIN ASSEMBLY FOR FLUID TANK AND RELATED METHODS

Michael Utter, Arcadia, ...

1. A drain assembly for a fluid tank having a drain hole therein, the drain assembly comprising:a hollow first member to be coupled with the drain hole, the hollow first member having at least one opening therein; and
a hollow second member slidably coupled with the hollow first member and movable along a longitudinal axis of the hollow first member between first and second positions;
wherein the hollow second member is configured to seal the at least one opening in the hollow first member when in the first position to define an upper spillover level for fluid within the tank, and wherein the hollow second member is configured to unseal the at least one opening in the hollow first member when in the second position to define a lower spillover level for fluid within the tank below the upper spillover level.

US Pat. No. 11,029,710

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REAL-TIME TRACKING OF A MOVING TARGET OBJECT

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method of real-time tracking of a moving target object in an environment, the method comprising:detecting, by an object tracking system, an occlusion in a view of real-time tracking of a moving target object, wherein the occlusion comprises one of a complete occlusion and a partial occlusion in the view of the real-time tracking; and
performing, by the object tracking system, upon the detection and until the moving target object is retraced by overcoming the occlusion, the steps of:
determining, by the object tracking system, at least one subsequent movement of the object tracking system for retracing the moving target object,
(i) based on predefined number of potential locations associated with the moving target object, during the complete occlusion, wherein the potential locations are historic data indicative of nearest locations visited by the moving target object from a current location in the environment; and
(ii) based on one or more preceding movements and one or more preceding positions of the real-time tracking of the moving target object, and movement data associated with the occlusion, during the partial occlusion, wherein the one or more preceding movements and the one or more preceding positions of the moving target object are determined using Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (VSLAM) technique that logs one or more paths and one or more locations associated with the moving target object, before the detection of occlusion; and
varying, by the object tracking system, direction of movement of the object tracking system based on the at least one subsequent movement, for the real-time tracking of the moving target object.

US Pat. No. 11,029,709

ADAPTIVE WIND ESTIMATION, TRAJECTORY GENERATION, AND FLIGHT CONTROL FOR AERIAL SYSTEMS USING MOTION DATA

United States of America ...

1. A computer program embodied on a non-transitory computer-readable medium, the program configured to cause at least one processor to:perform adaptive wind estimation by identifying aerodynamic drag coefficients in still-air flight of an aircraft and estimating wind components in moving and variable air based on the identified aerodynamic drag coefficients;
generate a feasible trajectory based on the estimated wind components;
generate motor and thrust commands based on said feasible trajectory, wherein said motor and thrust commands compensate for wind disturbances; and
control the aircraft based on the generated motor and thrust commands.

US Pat. No. 11,029,708

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE, INTERIOR INSPECTION OF CAVITIES USING AN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM

Versatol, LLC, McDonough...

1. An unmanned aircraft for autonomously inspecting an interior surface comprising:a computer;
at least one distance sensor;
wherein the computer monitors the at least one distance sensor in near-real time to measure a distance of the unmanned aircraft from at least one interior surface; and
wherein the computer utilizes the at least one distance measured by the at least one distance sensor in near-real time to autonomously position the unmanned aircraft in more than one dimension relative to the at least one interior surface.

US Pat. No. 11,029,707

MOVING OBJECT, MOVING OBJECT CONTROL METHOD, MOVING OBJECT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MOVING OBJECT CONTROL PROGRAM

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An information processing device for processing information for a moving object, comprising:a control circuitry configured to:
acquire, by a first acquisition unit of the moving object, first location information obtained based on a positioning process of a terminal;
acquire, by a second acquisition unit of the moving object, second location information obtained based on a positioning process of the moving object, the moving object and the terminal being located at a same site;
calculate, by a calculating unit of the moving object, difference information between a terminal location indicated by the first location information and a moving-object location indicated by the second location information;
acquire, by a third acquisition unit of the moving object, third location information obtained based on the positioning process of the terminal after the terminal moves; and
set, by a setting unit of the moving object, information of a moving range for the moving object according to information of a target location calculated based on the third location information and the difference information.

US Pat. No. 11,029,706

FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A FAULT BASED ON ERROR BETWEEN A MEASURED AND AN ESTIMATED ANGLE OF ATTACK

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A flight control system for an aircraft including a plurality of displays, the flight control system comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory storing data comprising a database and program code that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the flight control system to:
receive a signal indicating a total pressure, wherein the total pressure is measured by a plurality of pitot tubes;
determine a measured angle of attack that is based on a raw angle of attack and a true airspeed of the aircraft;
receive as input an estimated angle of attack that is based on a total pressure;
compare the measured angle of attack with the estimated angle of attack to determine an error;
in response to determining that the error between the measured angle of attack and the estimated angle of attack exceeds a threshold value, determine the presence of a fault with an angle of attack value and provide the estimated angle of attack to the plurality of displays;
determine a measured dynamic pressure based on the total pressure and a static pressure;
determine an estimated dynamic pressure based on data collected from a plurality of control surfaces, inertial, and angle of attack sensors;
compare the measured dynamic pressure and the estimated dynamic pressure with one another to determine a difference;
in response to determining the difference between the measured dynamic pressure and the estimated dynamic pressure exceeds another threshold value for a threshold amount of time, determine the presence of a common mode fault of the measured dynamic pressure; and
in response to determining the presence of the common mode fault of the measured dynamic pressure, determine the measured angle of attack based on the estimated dynamic pressure.

US Pat. No. 11,029,705

AIRCRAFT CAPABLE OF HOVERING

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. An aircraft comprising:a propulsion unit with a first rotor for providing a propulsion force on the aircraft;
a fuselage unit extending along a rotation axis of the first rotor and having a rotational symmetrical shape with respect to the rotation axis of the first rotor; and
a landing gear movably attached to the fuselage unit and configured to support the aircraft upon landing on the Earth's surface, the landing gear comprising a plurality of landing supports,
wherein the fuselage unit has a suspension at a first end by which the fuselage unit is coupled to the first rotor so that the fuselage unit is spaced apart from the first rotor along the rotation axis;
wherein a detection unit for the detection of environmental information is provided in the area of a second end of the fuselage unit;
wherein the propulsion unit is configured to keep the aircraft in a hovering flight condition, so that a relative position of the aircraft with respect to a reference point on the Earth's surface remains unchanged;
wherein the first rotor has at least two rotor blades, whose profile shape remains unchanged over a longitudinal extension direction of the rotor blades, and
wherein the plurality of landing supports is configured to fold toward the first rotor.

US Pat. No. 11,029,704

SELF-PROPELLED CONSTRUCTION MACHINE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SELF-PROPELLED CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Wirtgen GmbH

1. A self-propelled construction machine comprising:a machine frame having working means arranged thereon;
a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver configured to receive satellite signals from a GNSS;
a reflector for optical measurement by means of a total station;
a total station data receiver configured to receive total station data from the total station, and a transmitter configured to transmit data to the total station;
a processor configured to determine GNSS position data describing a position of a reference point on the construction machine in a first coordinate system that is independent of the construction machine, based on the satellite signals;
a controller configured in a GNSS control mode to actuate a drive means based on the described position of the reference point on the construction machine in the first coordinate system, such that the reference point on the construction machine moves along a set target travel path;
the processor configured in the GNSS control mode, to prepare a total station control mode in which the construction machine is not intended to be controlled on the basis of the satellite signals from the GNSS, to
calculate a position of a standpoint and an orientation of the total station in the first coordinate system from GNSS position data determined at different positions of the construction machine, and from first total station data which describe a direction and/or distance of the reflector at the different positions of the construction machine and are received by the total station data receiver, and
to transmit the calculated position of a standpoint and an orientation of the total station via the transmitter to the total station for calibration thereof;
the processor configured in the total station control mode to receive second total station data from the total station describing the position of the reflector on the construction machine in the first coordinate system from the previously calculated position of the standpoint and the orientation of the total station, and a direction and distance of the reflector measured by the total station in the total station control mode; and
the controller configured in the total station control mode to actuate the drive means based on the position of the reference point on the construction machine determined in the total station control mode, such that the reference point on the construction machine moves along a set target travel path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,703

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES THAT PROVIDE A VEHICLE SERVICE TO USERS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:obtaining, by a computing system that comprises one or more computing devices onboard an autonomous vehicle, data indicative of a location associated a user that has requested a vehicle service, wherein the autonomous vehicle has been assigned to provide the user with the vehicle service;
controlling, by the computing system, the autonomous vehicle to travel to the location associated with the user;
obtaining, by the computing system, location data associated with a user device of the user;
determining, by the computing system, a heading of the user based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device;
determining, by the computing system, an estimated time at which the user will arrive at the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the location data associated with the user device and the heading of the user;
determining, by the computing system, an unlock time at which to unlock a vehicle door of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the estimated time at which the user will arrive at the autonomous vehicle; and
issuing, by the computing system and based at least in part on the unlock time, a control signal to unlock the vehicle door.

US Pat. No. 11,029,702

VEHICLE SERVICE CONTROLLER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:receiving authentication of an operator of a hand-held service controller configured to control a vehicle instead of physical controls in the vehicle, whereby the vehicle is controllable without the physical controls for steering, braking, and acceleration, from a server computer;
identifying the vehicle for control by the hand-held service controller, whereby the hand-held service controller is configured to control operation of one or more of vehicle powertrain, vehicle steering or vehicle braking by scanning a physical code with the hand-held service controller;
pairing the hand-held service controller with the vehicle;
receiving permission to operate the vehicle at the hand-held service controller from a server computer based on comparing a first vehicle identity based on scanning the physical code with a second vehicle identity based on pairing the hand-held service controller with the vehicle; and
operating the vehicle by a command from the hand-held service controller.

US Pat. No. 11,029,701

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR NAVIGATION CONTROL

GREY ORANGE PTE. LTD., S...

1. An information processing apparatus for controlling movement of a plurality of vehicles along transportation paths, the information processing apparatus comprising:a communication interface configured to communicate with the plurality of vehicles; and
circuitry configured to:
(i) receive, from one of the plurality of vehicles via the communication interface, first marker information that is generated based on a first marker being detected by the one of the plurality of vehicles, the first marker being one of a plurality of markers located at predetermined positions,
(ii) determine a second marker of the plurality of markers to which the one of the plurality of vehicles is to be moved from the first marker,
(iii) generate first control information to control movement of the one of the plurality of vehicles from the first marker to the second marker based on the first marker information and predetermined navigation information associated with the first marker, the predetermined navigation information indicating the location of the second marker relative to the first marker, and
(iv) transmit, via the communication interface, the first control information to the one of the plurality of vehicles,
wherein a transportation path between the first marker and the second marker is divided into a plurality of path segments,
wherein upon the one of the plurality of vehicles reaching an end of a path segment of the plurality of path segments, the circuitry is further configured to receive, from the one of the plurality of vehicles, vehicle position feedback information recorded by the one of the plurality of vehicles as the one of the plurality of vehicles travels between segments of the plurality of segments, the vehicle position feedback information corresponding to a wheel counter of the one of the plurality of vehicles that keeps track of a number of rotations of the wheels of the one of the plurality of vehicles as the one of the plurality of vehicles travels between segments of the plurality of segments, and
wherein, based on the received vehicle position feedback information, the circuitry is further configured to (i) calculate control information to control the movement of the one of the plurality of vehicles at a start of a next path segment of the plurality of path segments and (ii) transmit the calculated control information to the one of the plurality of vehicles at a start of the next path segment of the plurality of path segments.

US Pat. No. 11,029,700

MOBILE ROBOT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaner comprising:a main body having a suction opening;
a cleaning unit provided within the main body and that sucks a cleaning target through the suction opening;
a driving unit that moves the main body;
a camera sensor that is attached to the main body and captures a first image;
an operation sensor that senses information related to movement of the main body; and
a controller that detects information related to an obstacle on a basis of at least one of the captured the image or the information related to movement, and controls the driving unit on a basis of the detected information related to the obstacle,
wherein the controller segments the captured first image into a plurality of image regions, and detects first information related to the obstacle from the segmented image regions of the first image, and
wherein when a preset time interval has lapsed since the first image was captured:
the camera sensor captures a second image, and
the controller converts the first image, projects the converted image to the second image to generate a third image, and compares the generated third image with the second image to detect second information related to the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 11,029,699

NAVIGATING A VEHICLE BASED ON A DETECTED BARRIER

MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOG...

1. A vehicle navigation system for a vehicle, the vehicle navigation system comprising:a memory including instructions; and
one or more processors that, when in operation, are configured by the instructions to:
estimate, by use of a machine learning system, a future path of the vehicle ahead of a current location of the vehicle;
analyze at least one of a plurality of images to identify a lane of the vehicle in which the vehicle travels, the plurality of images captured by a camera of the vehicle;
identify, based on the at least one of the plurality of images, a lane marking separating a current lane of the vehicle and an adjacent lane;
identify a candidate vehicle forward of the vehicle in the lane in which the vehicle travels; and
cause the vehicle to traverse the lane marking to change to the adjacent lane in response to identifying the candidate vehicle as an obstacle forward of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 11,029,698

METHOD FOR TRACKING MOVEMENT OF A MOBILE ROBOTIC DEVICE

AI Incorporated, Toronto...

1. A method for tracking movement of a robotic device comprising:capturing a plurality of images of a driving surface by each of at least two optoelectronic sensors of the robotic device moving within the environment;
obtaining with one or more processors of the robotic device, a plurality of images by each of the at least two optoelectronic sensors;
determining, with one or more processors of the robotic device, based on images captured by each of the at least two optoelectronic sensors, linear movement of each of the at least two optoelectronic sensors from a first x, y coordinate position to a second x, y coordinate position, each position given by an x, y coordinate; and
determining, with one or more processors of the robotic device, rotational movement of the robotic device based on an angle between a first and a third line of a right-handed triangle defined by:
the first line connecting a first x, y coordinate position of a first optoelectronic sensor and a second x, y coordinate position of a second optoelectronic sensor;
a second line extending from the second x, y coordinate position of the second optoelectronic sensor towards a line passing through the first x, y coordinate position of the first optoelectronic sensor and a first x, y coordinate position of the second optoelectronic sensor, the line being perpendicular to the second line; and
the third line connecting the first x, y coordinate position of the first optoelectronic sensor to the second line, the third line being perpendicular to the second line;
wherein a length of the first line is the distance between the first and the second optoelectronic sensors and a length of the second line is determined by a difference in the first and the second y coordinate position of the second optoelectronic sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,029,697

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VEHICULAR NAVIGATION

Toyota Research Institute...

1. A system for vehicular navigation, the system comprising:one or more sensors to produce sensor data;
one or more processors; and
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
an obstacle-avoidance module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to:
generate a reference path for a vehicle for at least a portion of a route, wherein the reference path is a polyline including a plurality of nodes connected by line segments, the plurality of nodes including an origin node;
store a representation of the polyline in a data structure that includes a plurality of cells, the plurality of cells corresponding, respectively, to the plurality of nodes, each cell in the plurality of cells having a corresponding index and storing contents including a signed arclength to the origin node;
detect, based on the sensor data, a plurality of obstacles ahead of the vehicle along the route;
identify one or more obstacle gates among the plurality of obstacles using path coordinates relative to the reference path, each obstacle gate including at least one cluster of obstacles, the path coordinates of a given obstacle in the plurality of obstacles including an index corresponding to a particular cell in the plurality of cells, the signed arclength to the origin node stored in the particular cell, and a lateral offset from the reference path;
identify one or more gaps within each of the one or more obstacle gates; and
determine an obstacle-avoidance path for the vehicle that passes through a particular one of the one or more gaps in each of the one or more obstacle gates; and
a control module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to control one or more aspects of operation of the vehicle based, at least in part, on the obstacle-avoidance path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,696

METHOD, SYSTEM AND RELATED DEVICE OF IMPLEMENTING VEHICLE AUTOMATICALLY WEIGHING

TUSIMPLE, INC., San Dieg...

1. A vehicle controller comprising:a communication unit configured to receive and send information; and
a control unit comprising a processor and at least one memory, wherein the at least one memory stores at least one machine executable instruction, which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
control the vehicle to drive automatically and stop at a weighing position;
control the vehicle to leave the weighing position in response to receiving weighing end information, wherein the weighing end information contains indication information indicating the vehicle to drive to the payment position;
control the vehicle to drive from the weighing position to a payment position;
control an on-board camera of the vehicle to scan a two-dimensional code corresponding to a payment terminal corresponding to the payment position;
pay a payment amount automatically in response to the receiving, through the communication unit, the payment amount sent from the payment terminal; and control the vehicle to leave the payment position in response to receiving, through the communication unit, leaving indication information sent from the payment terminal;
wherein the vehicle controller invokes a third-party payment software to pay the payment amount.

US Pat. No. 11,029,695

ACCELERATION CONTROLS FOR A MOBILE DRIVE UNIT

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A mobile drive unit having a linear acceleration value and an angular acceleration value, the mobile drive unit comprising:a chassis assembly including a pair of drive wheel assemblies, each drive wheel assembly comprising a motor;
a front caster and a rear caster each connected to the chassis assembly;
a support structure mounted on the chassis assembly;
a payload housing mounted on the support structure, the payload housing comprising a top surface;
a controller communicatively coupled to the pair of drive wheel assemblies; and
memory storing instructions that cause the controller to effectuate operations, the operations comprising:
determining a mass of a payload located on the top surface;
defining a permissible maximum linear acceleration based on the linear acceleration value and the mass of the payload;
determining a prior directional movement of the mobile drive unit, the prior directional movement indicative of a direction of the front caster and the rear caster;
determining a next directional movement of the mobile drive unit, the next directional movement indicative of a travel direction;
defining a permissible maximum angular acceleration and a maneuver angle based on the prior directional movement and the next directional movement, wherein determination of the maneuver angle is based at least in part on the front caster and the rear caster aligned with the travel direction after completion of the maneuver angle;
if the next directional movement comprises a turn, causing the mobile drive unit to operate at the permissible maximum angular acceleration for at least the maneuver angle; and
if the next direction movement comprises a linear movement, causing the mobile drive unit to operate under the permissible maximum linear acceleration.

US Pat. No. 11,029,694

SELF-AWARE VISUAL-TEXTUAL CO-GROUNDED NAVIGATION AGENT

salesforce.com, inc., Sa...

1. A computing device comprising:a memory containing machine readable medium storing machine executable code; and
one or more processors coupled to the memory and configurable to execute the machine executable code to cause the one or more processors to:
receive a navigation instruction for instructing a mobile automated system to navigate an environment in which the mobile automated system is located;
receive visual information for the environment, the visual information comprising one or more images observed for the environment as the mobile automated system is navigated therethrough;
generate an instruction grounding based at least in part on the navigation instruction, the instruction grounding identifying which part of the navigation instruction has been completed by the mobile automated system and which part of the navigation instruction is outstanding;
generate a visual grounding based at least in part on the visual information, the visual grounding identifying a direction in which the mobile automated system should proceed; and
using the instruction grounding and the visual grounding, generate an action for the mobile automated system to perform for navigating the environment.

US Pat. No. 11,029,693

NEURAL NETWORK BASED VEHICLE DYNAMICS MODEL

TUSIMPLE, INC., San Dieg...

1. A system comprising:a data processor; and
a memory storing a vehicle dynamics modeling module, executable by the data processor to:
train a machine learning system with a training dataset corresponding to a desired autonomous vehicle simulation environment;
receive vehicle control command data and vehicle status data;
by use of the trained machine learning system, generate predicted vehicle acceleration data based on the vehicle control command data and the vehicle status data;
generate simulated vehicle dynamics data comprising the predicted vehicle acceleration data;
provide the simulated vehicle dynamics data to an autonomous vehicle simulation system implementing the autonomous vehicle simulation environment; and
conduct an iteration process periodically, wherein the iteration process comprises:
receiving the vehicle status data modified by data produced by the autonomous vehicle simulation system; and
by use of the trained machine learning system, generating modified simulated vehicle dynamics data based on the vehicle control command data and the modified vehicle status data.

US Pat. No. 11,029,692

ROBOTIC DEVICE FOR PROVIDING VERTICAL MOBILITY

InnovBot, LLC, Yorktown ...

1. A robotic device for providing vertical mobility, the robotic device comprising:a housing with a housing perimeter, the housing enclosing a vacuum chamber that is exposed to an opening on a lower surface of the housing;
a flexible seal that circumscribes the housing perimeter to form the vacuum chamber;
a plurality of rod and spring pairs configured to apply a downward force to the flexible seal;
a vacuum motor assembly operatively connected to the vacuum chamber;
a means for moving the robotic device across a surface, the means for moving being at least one wheel or at least one tank tread;
wherein actuation of the vacuum motor assembly creates a vacuum in the vacuum chamber that pulls the housing toward the surface such that the means for moving is pressed against the surface and wherein the flexible seal defines a seal perimeter and the means for moving is disposed within the seal perimeter.

US Pat. No. 11,029,691

NONHOLONOMIC ROBOT FIELD COVERAGE METHOD

LEFT HAND ROBOTICS, INC.,...

1. A field coverage method for a nonholonomic robot to process a field using parallel lanes, comprising:receiving field data defining (a) a plurality of geographical locations along a field boundary of the field and (b) a plurality of geographical locations along an obstacle boundary for each obstacle in the field;
converting the field data to two-dimensional coordinates defining the field boundary and each of the obstacle boundaries;
generating at least one headland lap relative to, and within, the field boundary, the headland lap defining at least one path around the field boundary for the nonholonomic robot to follow;
generating one soft boundary relative to, and within, the field boundary, the soft boundary defining lane end points that provide space for the nonholonomic robot to turn between lanes without traversing the field boundary;
for each of the obstacles, generating (a) at least one obstacle lap relative to and around the obstacle boundary, and (b) one soft boundary relative to, and around, the obstacle boundary defining lane end points that provide space for the nonholonomic robot to turn between the lanes without traversing the obstacle boundary;
determining, using a cellular decomposition algorithm, a plurality of cells each having a plurality of parallel lanes bounded by the soft boundaries;
determining, within each of the plurality of cells, permutations of lane processing orders that allow the nonholonomic robot to transition between a finishing point of one lane and a starting point of a next lane based upon a minimum turning radius of the nonholonomic robot, wherein each lane processing order defines, for that permutation, a starting vertex of a first lane in the lane processing order and a finishing vertex of a last lane in the lane processing order;
generating a cell graph connecting the plurality of cells based upon the permutations of lane processing orders of each cell;
determining, based upon a modified travelling salesperson algorithm, a shortest path through each cell graph that visits each of the plurality of cells once;
generating a step list defining movement of the nonholonomic robot along each lane in each cell of the shortest path through the cell graph;
generating transits between the plurality of cells on the shortest path and adding the transits to the step list;
adding transits between the lanes of the lane processing order for each cell to the step list;
adding laps to the step list; and
generating, based upon the step list, a path program to control the nonholonomic robot to process the field.

US Pat. No. 11,029,690

STEERING CONTROLLER FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH STABILITY REGULATION

AGCO International GmbH, ...

1. A mobile machine comprising:a chassis;
a plurality of ground-engaging elements for supporting the chassis on a ground surface and propelling the chassis relative to the ground surface, each of the plurality of ground-engaging elements being at a fixed angle relative to the chassis;
a plurality of actuators for driving movement of the ground-engaging elements, each of the actuators being configured to drive movement of at least one of the ground-engaging elements independently of the other ground-engaging elements; and
a controller for controlling each of the actuators to cause the mobile machine to follow a reference path, the controller configured to—
implement a cascading control loop for controlling movement of the mobile machine, the cascading control loop including—
an outer loop configured to determine a set heading for reducing a distance between the mobile machine and the reference path, the set heading being determined using an error slope parameter, the set heading causing the mobile machine to follow a path with varying radii of curvature, including a portion of the path with a smallest radius of curvature, and
an inner loop configured to drive the actuators so that the mobile machine follows the set heading determined by the outer loop, and
automatically adjust the error slope parameter so that the rate of change of the set heading does not exceed the mobile machine's maximum yaw rate and, after the mobile machine has traversed the portion of the path with the smallest radius of curvature, the set heading change is the lesser of the maximum error slope and the mobile machine's maximum yaw rate as the mobile machine approaches the reference path.

US Pat. No. 11,029,689

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control system for use with a vehicle having: a prime mover; a brake device that applies braking force to a wheel; a steering system that turns the wheels; a lighting device that emits a light; an external sensor that detects external conditions; and a controller that controls the prime mover, the brake device, and the steering system based on information about the external conditions detected by the external sensor, so as to operate the vehicle autonomously without requiring a manual operation, the vehicle control system comprising:a network interface that communicates with: (a) a first database stored in the vehicle, and (b) a second database stored in an external facility, both the first and second database containing a map database; and
the controller being configured to:
detect whether an object having road information is present in a vicinity of the vehicle via the external sensor,
determine whether information about the road information of the detected object is not available in the map database of both the first database of the vehicle and the second database of the external facility via the network interface,
change the orientation of the lighting device toward the detected object when: (i) the lighting device is turned on, and (ii) the information about the road information of the detected object is not available in the map database of both the first database of the vehicle and the second database of the external facility, and
further change the orientation of the lighting device towards the detected object in a case when a detection accuracy of the external sensor is reduced as a result of orienting the lighting device toward the detected object, including:
determining that the detection accuracy of the external sensor is reduced when the detected object is a light emitting object or a reflection object,
further changing the orientation of the lighting device such that light is emitted to only a portion of the detected object that does not include a light emitting portion when the detected object corresponds to the light emitting object, and
further changing the orientation of the lighting device such that light is emitted to only a portion of the detected object that does not include a reflecting portion when the detected object corresponds to the reflection object.

US Pat. No. 11,029,688

RUMBLE STRIP FOLLOWING FOR AUTOMATED VEHICLE STEERING

Motional AD LLC, Boston,...

1. A rumble-strip following system for automated vehicle steering, said system comprising:a vibration-detector of a host-vehicle configured to detect vibration experienced by the host-vehicle traveling a roadway;
a steering-device configured to steer the host-vehicle; and
a controller-circuit in communication with the vibration-detector and the steering-device, said controller-circuit configured to determine that the vibration is indicative of a tire of the host-vehicle contacting a rumble-strip arranged parallel to a heading of the roadway, and operate the steering-device so the tire follows the rumble-strip, wherein the controller-circuit is configured to determine a vibration-amplitude of the vibration and operate the steering-device to maximize the vibration-amplitude.

US Pat. No. 11,029,687

TRAJECTORY ASSISTANCE FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method comprising:based on sensor input, detecting, by an autonomous vehicle, a condition in which the autonomous vehicle is impeded from traveling according to a first trajectory;
transmitting, by a communication unit of the autonomous vehicle and by way of a wireless network, an assistance signal to an assistance center that is remote from the autonomous vehicle, wherein the assistance signal indicates that the autonomous vehicle seeks assistance traveling according to the first trajectory;
receiving, by the communication unit of the autonomous vehicle and by way of the wireless network, a response to the assistance signal, wherein the response includes a representation of a second trajectory; and
instructing, by a control unit of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle to travel according to the second trajectory.

US Pat. No. 11,029,686

AUTOMATIC LOCATION PLACEMENT SYSTEM

1. A method for automatically navigating a marine vessel in relation to a memorized lateral reference point on an external object, the method comprising:sensing, using at least one transducer, a sensed lateral reference point on the external object;
transmitting information representing the sensed lateral reference point on the external object to a processor control unit;
receiving, by the processor control unit, the information representing the sensed lateral reference point on the external object;
at the processor control unit, memorizing the information representing the sensed lateral reference point on the external object as the memorized lateral reference point information, whereby the memorized lateral reference point is the same point as the sensed lateral reference point;
automatically navigating the marine vessel to a lateral position in relation to the memorized lateral reference point on the external object;
stopping the marine vessel at a default distance relative to the external object; and
maintaining the default distance between the marine vessel and the external object.

US Pat. No. 11,029,685

AUTONOMOUS RISK ASSESSMENT FOR FALLEN CARGO

CARTICA AI LTD., Tel Avi...

1. A method for detecting fallen cargo, the method comprises:receiving by a computerized system, sensed information related to driving sessions of multiple vehicles;
applying a machine learning process on the sensed information to detect multiple fallen cargo items and to classify each of the multiple fallen cargo items to a fallen cargo class out of fallen cargo classes;
estimating, from the sensed information, an impact of each fallen cargo class of at least two of the fallen cargo classes on a behavior of each vehicle of at least two of the multiple vehicles; and
determining, based on the impact, at least one suggested vehicle behavior as a response to a detection of each fallen cargo class of the at least two fallen cargo classes;
wherein the estimating of the impact comprises estimating a level of danger associated with each fallen cargo class of at least two of the fallen cargo classes; and
wherein for each vehicle of the at least two of the multiple vehicles, the estimating of the level of danger is responsive to a rate of deviation of the vehicle from a previous propagation direction of the vehicle, wherein the previous propagation direction of vehicle is a direction of propagation of the vehicle before reaching a fallen cargo of a class of at least two of the fallen cargo classes.

US Pat. No. 11,029,684

SAFETY SYSTEM FOR OPERATION OF AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

AEROVIRONMENT, INC., Sim...

1. A system for operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a UAV having a processor and addressable memory, the processor configured to:
determine a remaining battery state of charge needed by the UAV to return to and land at a launch location based on a location of the UAV determined by at least one sensor;
command the UAV to return to and land on the launch location if the determined remaining battery state of charge is within a set limit; and
command the UAV to return to and land on the launch location if a first activator and a second activator on a display of a controller are selected simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 11,029,683

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TARGET TRACKING

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A method of tracking a target with an imaging device onboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the method comprising:identifying one or more targets in a first image captured by the imaging device, the imaging device coupled to the UAV via a carrier configured to permit the imaging device to move relative to the UAV;
receiving a user selection of a target to be tracked from the one or more targets in the first image, wherein the first image is displayed on a remote controller;
generating target information for the target to be tracked based on the user selection of the target, the target information comprising:
initial information generated based on coordinates and pixel size of the target in the first image, the initial information including an initial target position of the target in the first image and an initial target size of the target in the first image; and
expected information generated based on information about the target and specifying characteristics that the target is expected to meet in images captured by the imaging device, the characteristics including a target position of the target in the images captured by the imaging device and/or a target size of the target in the images captured by the imaging device, and the expected information including:
an expected target position of the target in the images captured by the imaging device, the expected target position being away from the initial target position by a predetermined offset; and/or
an expected target size of the target in the images captured by the imaging device, the expected target size equaling the initial target size multiplied by a predetermined ratio;
detecting the target in a second image captured by the imaging device based on the initial information;
detecting a deviation of a detected position and/or a detected size of the target in the second image from the expected target position and/or the expected target size; and
adjusting at least one of the UAV or the carrier based on the deviation, to reduce the deviation to maintain the target to have a relative position and/or a relative size within a field of view of the image device that corresponds to the expected target position and/or the expected target size.

US Pat. No. 11,029,682

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CENTRALIZED CONTROL OF VEHICLES

Flytrex Aviation Ltd., T...

1. An apparatus for centralized control of a vehicle, comprising:a processing circuitry; and
a memory, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processing circuitry, configure the apparatus to:
establish control of a vehicle, wherein establishing the control further includes determining a set of instructions for controlling the vehicle, wherein the apparatus is configured to control the vehicle based on the determined set of instructions;
determine, for a node, a subset of the set of instructions for controlling the vehicle;
generate a mission plan for the vehicle based on a request from the node when the request is valid, wherein the request indicates a requested navigation from a first location to a second location, wherein the request is not valid when the requested navigation is not in the subset of instructions; and
send, to the vehicle, control instructions for navigating to the first location and control instructions for navigating from the first location to the second location based on the mission plan.

US Pat. No. 11,029,681

SEMI-AUTONOMOUS PAYLOAD RETRIEVAL SYSTEM

1. A semi-autonomous work machine comprising:an operator compartment with a user-input interface;
a machine CAN bus configured to receive a local user-input signal from the user-input interface;
a controllable subsystem communicatively coupled to the machine CAN bus;
a gateway interface controller configured to receive a remote user-input signal from a remote controller remotely located from the work machine, the gateway interface controller further configured to generate a CAN signal based on the remote user-input signal to command and actuate the controllable subsystem using the machine CAN bus,
wherein the local user-input signal overrides the remote user-input signal and,
wherein the machine CAN bus is configured to receive the remote user-input signal and generating a corresponding first CAN signal to command a first controllable subsystem and receive the local user-input signal and generate a second CAN signal to a second controllable subsystem at the same time.

US Pat. No. 11,029,680

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTION IN AN INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS DATA COLLECTION ENVIRONMENT WITH FREQUENCY BAND ADJUSTMENTS FOR DIAGNOSING OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT

Strong Force IoT Portfoli...

1. A monitoring system for data collection in an industrial environment, the system comprising:a data collector communicatively coupled to a plurality of input channels connected to data collection points operatively coupled to at least one of an oil production component or gas production component;
a data storage structured to store a plurality of diagnostic frequency band ranges for the at least one of the oil production component or gas production component;
a data acquisition circuit structured to interpret a plurality of detection values from the plurality of input channels;
a data analysis circuit structured to analyze the plurality of detection values to determine measured frequency band data and compare the measured frequency band data to the plurality of diagnostic frequency band ranges, and to diagnose an operational parameter of the least one of the oil production component or gas production component in response to the comparison; and
at least one of a machine-learning or expert system configured to provide at least a portion of the plurality of diagnostic frequency band ranges to a self-organizing marketplace.

US Pat. No. 11,029,679

REMOTE PUMPING STATION MONITORING

MULTITRODE PTY LTD.

1. A method for monitoring and operating a plurality of remote pumping stations, the method comprising:requesting, using a computational device, a pumping station profile from the remote pumping station, the pumping station profile including:
a mode of operation of a pumping station including a filling mode and an emptying mode;
an indication of well water level for the pumping station;
an activation set point for at least one pump in the pumping station;
a deactivation set point for the at least one pump in the pumping station;
one or more level alarms associated with the well water level;
wherein the computational device is configured to receive pumping station profiles from a plurality of remote pumping stations;
receiving, with the computational device and in response to requesting the pumping station profile, the pumping station profile;
updating based on current operating conditions, using the computational device, the pumping station profile based on a user selected one of a number of possible pumping station profiles to produce an updated pumping station profile;
sending, using the computational device via the Internet, the updated pumping station profile to the remote pumping station;
reconfiguring the remote pumping station to operate according to the updated pumping station profile by updating a configuration of a controller of the remote pumping station according to the updated pumping station profile; and
operating, using the controller, the at least one pump and at least one sensor of the remote pumping station according to the updated pumping station profile.

US Pat. No. 11,029,678

ANALYSIS SYSTEM

bnn Holding AG, Weggis (...

1. An analysis system for machine-aided analysis of an operating condition of a vehicle operating system, comprising:a data connection to the vehicle operating system and/or to an input device for retrieving/inputting values of operation parameters of the vehicle operating system, said data connection designed for transmitting the values of operation parameters of the vehicle operating system to a processing logic of an analysis system, which processing logic comprises a model of the vehicle operating system, which model comprises sets of operation parameters and correlated operating conditions or classes of the vehicle operating system, said analysis system configured to:
a) retrieve via the data connection and/or the input device the values of only a part of the operation parameters of the vehicle operating system which can be transmitted via the data connection,
b) form an initial parameter set from the values of the retrieved operation parameters or from the value at least of one operation parameter calculated from the retrieved operation parameters,
c) compare the initial or an expanded parameter set by means of the model with correlated operating conditions or classes stored in the model,
d) determine for the initial or expanded parameter set at least one correlated operating condition or class with a corresponding probability of coincidence,
e) determine the operating condition or class with a highest associated probability of coincidence as a matching operating condition or class,
f) check by the processing logic, whether it is true that, aside from the matching operating condition or class, other matching operating conditions or classes with a similar probability of coincidence exist and/or whether the probability of coincidence of the matching operation condition or class is below a predefined threshold value,
g) obtain, if the check in step f) true, by the processing logic by means of the model at least one further operation parameter being correlated with at least one of the operating conditions or classes with similar probability of coincidence, and
h) retrieve the value of said further operation parameter either directly from the vehicle operating system or by means of the input device and supplies to step c) an expanded set of operation parameter values, said expanded set comprising the initial or previous parameter set plus said further operation parameter,
i) indicate on a display and/or transmit to a controller of the vehicle operating system, by the processing logic, if the check in step f) is not true or after an abort criterion has been achieved, the at least one operating condition or class with the highest associated probability of coincidence as the matching operating condition or class.

US Pat. No. 11,029,677

METHOD OF ASSESSING RELIABILITY OF ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLIES UNDER DRILLING VIBRATION CONDITIONS

1. A method for assessing reliability of an electronic component under downhole vibration conditions, comprising:mounting one or more electronic components on a printed circuit board to form a test vehicle;
measuring a natural vibration frequency of the test vehicle;
choosing a test vibration frequency range that includes the natural vibration frequency of the test vehicle;
determining an overstress limit of the test vehicle, wherein the overstress limit has a power spectral density (PSD) value of 0.6 G2/Hz;
determining a step stress profile for testing the test vehicle, wherein the step stress has a maximum value lower than the overstress limit of the test vehicle;
testing the test vehicle according to the step stress profile until one or more of the plurality of electronic components on the test vehicle fails;
measuring an electrical resistance of the failed electronic component without a vibration load;
when the electrical resistance of the failed electronic component remains large, cross-sectioning the failed electronic component; and
examining the cross-sectioned electronic component to identify a failure mode,
wherein testing the test vehicle according to the step stress profile comprises applying to the test vehicle a stress of PSD value ranging from 0.1 G2/Hz to 0.3 G2/Hz.

US Pat. No. 11,029,676

SAFETY MONITORING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEM

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A safety monitoring method for an industrial control system, the method comprising:obtaining first data, the first data being data generated during a process of operating the industrial control system;
performing first statistics on the first data, the first statistics including time statistics compiled on at least one first characteristic of the first data, time statistic results of at least one first characteristic being usable by a user to identify an abnormal behavior in the industrial control system;
providing a result of the first statistics to the user, wherein providing a result of the first statistics includes displaying the result to the user on a touchscreen;
obtaining an operation performed by the user on the result of the first statistics, wherein obtaining the operation performed by the user on the result of the first statistics includes obtaining a touch operation performed on the touchscreen by the user on the displayed result of the first statistics, wherein the operation is performed by the user when an abnormal behavior in the industrial control system is suspected, and wherein the operation is used for selecting a data range for further analysis;
determining, based on the operation, a target time period related to the first statistics and second data satisfying a preset condition in the first data;
obtaining a result of second statistics over the target time period, the second statistics including time statistics compiled on at least one second characteristic of the second data, and a time statistic result of the at least one second characteristic is used by the user to analyze the abnormal behavior in the industrial control system; and
performing a safety analysis on the industrial control system based on the result of the second statistics in the target time period, wherein the at least one second characteristic is for an in-depth analysis of identified abnormal behavior and is different from the at least one first characteristic.

US Pat. No. 11,029,675

EXTENSIBLE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS PLATFORM

sensemetrics, Inc., San ...

1. A method for generating a new device integration definition to be used for configuring a device type for interoperability with an industrial internet of things platform, the method comprising:providing, by processing circuitry for presentation to a user at a remote computing device, first presentation data for presenting a first user interface for creating the new device integration definition, wherein
the first presentation data comprises a plurality of controls, each control configured to accept user input for a different device parameter of a plurality of device parameters;
receiving, by the processing circuitry from the remote computing device, respective first user input from each of at least a portion of the plurality of controls, wherein the first user input comprises at least one input corresponding to a communication parameter for communicating with the device type of the new device integration definition;
adding, by the processing circuitry, the communication parameter to the new device integration definition, wherein
the new device integration definition is stored in a programming language syntax, and
the new device integration definition is arranged in a standardized format including a plurality of configurable parameters, wherein
the plurality of configurable parameters comprises the plurality of device parameters;
providing, by the processing circuitry for presentation to the user at the remote computing device, second presentation data for presenting a second user interface for creating the new device integration definition, wherein the second presentation data comprises
a plurality of code hook templates, each code hook template supplying a program language syntax stub for a different code hook for communicating with the device type, and
a user interface region for editing the program language syntax stub of a selected code hook template;
receiving, by the processing circuitry from the remote computing device, second user input comprising code hook syntax corresponding to at least one code hook template, the code hook syntax for each code hook template representing an edited version of a respective code hook template;
saving, by the processing circuitry, the code hook syntax to the new device integration definition;
receiving, by the processing circuitry from the remote computing device, third user input comprising identification of a communication link between an aggregator device configured to communicate with the IIOT platform and a test device of the device type;
downloading, by the processing circuitry to the aggregator device via the communication link, a device configuration file, wherein
the device configuration file is based on the new device integration definition, and
the device configuration file comprises the code hook syntax; and
enabling, by the processing circuitry for the user at the remote computing device, testing of the code hook syntax on the test device via the second user interface, wherein enabling testing comprises enabling communication between the aggregator device and the test device using the communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 11,029,674

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An information processing device, comprising:a calculation part, calculating a production index representing quality of a product based on data acquired from a production device that produces the product using a member of at least one of a material and a component;
a generation part, generating a model curve of a model showing a relationship between cumulative production quantity of the product and the production index based on the production index obtained by the calculation part in a plurality of the maintenance cycles of the member;
a setting part, setting a threshold based on the model curve, each maintenance cycle is classified into a first section and a second section based on the threshold;
a determination part, determining, based on the threshold that is set based on the model the model curve, whether the production index belongs to either the first section or the second section contained in one maintenance cycle of the member, wherein a change in the production index is larger in the second section than in the first section; and
an execution part, executing at least one of first processing in which the production index determined to belong to the first section and the model curve are used and second processing in which the production index determined belong to the second section and the model curve are used, wherein the execution part predicts a remaining production quantity that is produced by the member based on the model curve in the second section as the second processing.

US Pat. No. 11,029,673

GENERATING ROBUST MACHINE LEARNING PREDICTIONS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

PDF Solutions, Inc., San...

1. A method for generating a robust predictive model for a semiconductor process, comprising:identifying a first plurality of inputs associated with at least one feature of interest in the semiconductor process;
running each of a plurality of machine learning models using a first test set of input data including the first plurality of inputs, the plurality of machine learning models each configured with a different method for predicting a production result for the selected feature based on the first test set of input data;
capturing a first set of temporal dependencies corresponding to the first plurality of inputs and analyzing any correspondence between the first set of temporal dependencies and one or more variances in the first plurality of inputs;
creating at least one new test set of input data for the plurality of machine learning models, the new test set of input data incorporating the first set of temporal dependencies when a defined criteria for at least one of the first plurality of inputs exceeds a threshold; and
deploying one or more of the plurality of machine learning models trained with the new test set of input data into a production environment.

US Pat. No. 11,029,671

INTEGRATED WIRE HARNESS BATCH PRODUCTION USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Automated Wiring Systems,...

1. A computer-aided wire harness assembly system using augmented reality, comprising:a) a wire harness assembly table comprising at least two assembly table modules, each of the at least two assembly table modules being configured to receive one or more circuit elements and other wire harness assembly components;
b) an augmented reality (AR) device being configured and adapted to present an augmented reality (AR) display, the AR display being adapted to superimpose, on an actual view of the assembly table and the at least two assembly table modules, a virtual representation of a proper placement location for the one or more circuit elements and other wire harness assembly components, wherein the superimposition of the virtual representation of the proper placement location for the one or more circuit elements and other wire harness assembly components on the AR display indicates to a wire harness assembler appropriate connections of the one or more circuit elements with one or more of the other wire harness assembly components; and
c) a plurality of jigs, wherein each jig in the plurality of jigs is an interface between one of the wire harness assembly components and one of the at least two assembly table modules, and wherein each jig in the plurality of jig comprises:
1) an enclosure;
2) a single board computer that interfaces with one of the at least two assembly table modules;
3) a cable configured to connect the single board computer to one of the at least two assembly table modules; and
4) a pushbutton switch mounted on the enclosure, the pushbutton switch being adapted and configured to allow the wire harness assembler to respond to prompts.

US Pat. No. 11,029,670

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A component mounting system including a plurality of component mounting devices in the component mounting line in which the component mounting devices are connected to one another, and a management apparatus that manages works to supply components to the plurality of component mounting devices, the component mounting system comprising:a to-be-supplied component decision portion that performs processing for deciding components that should be supplied based on component remaining number information acquired from monitoring a remaining number of components in each component mounting device and determining whether the component remaining number is smaller than a remaining number threshold;
a worker information storage portion that stores worker information including a working range of each of workers in the component mounting line;
a work sequence decision portion that generates work sequence information indicating a work sequence of a plurality of component supply works for each of the workers based on the worker information, and component remaining number information about a plurality of components acquired by the component remaining number information acquisition portion within a predetermined period of time; and
an information transmission portion that transmits the work sequence information to the workers who should perform the works such that the workers execute a supply work of the components in accordance with the work sequence information;
a display screen that receives the work sequence information;
wherein the display screen displays work sequence information include that a target line that shows the component mounting line where the works should be performed and a table that shows a component supply portion to which the components should be supplied in the component mounting line.

US Pat. No. 11,029,669

PINE STRAW PROCESSING AND BAGGING SYSTEM

Swift Straw II, LLC, Atl...

1. A method of packaging pine straw comprising:providing an electronically-controlled system configured for packaging pine straw, the system including system logic that controls conveying, fluffing, cleaning, compressing and packaging of the pine straw, and
using the system to compress a mass of pine straw into a rectangular mass of pine straw and enclose the rectangular mass of pine straw within a flexible plastic sheet thereby forming a substantially rectangular packaged mass of compressed pine straw.

US Pat. No. 11,029,668

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING SCALAR FIELD CONTRIBUTION VALUES FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF SENSORS INCLUDING A TEMPERATURE VALUE OF AN ELECTROSTATIC CHUCK AND ESTIMATING TEMPERATURE DISTRIBUTION PROFILES BASED ON CALIBRATED VALUES

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of sensors;
an interface configured to receive a first plurality of feedback signals from the plurality of sensors, wherein at least some of the plurality of sensors are disposed in an electrostatic chuck, and wherein the first plurality of feedback signals are indicative respectively of a plurality of fields of a heating plate of the electrostatic chuck; and
one or more controllers configured to, based on the plurality of fields and a plurality of sets of calibration values, estimate values of a first field respectively for a plurality of points on a substrate,
wherein
the plurality of fields includes the first field,
each of the plurality of sets of calibration values corresponds respectively to one of a first plurality of actuators,
the plurality of sets of calibration values for each of the plurality of sensors are indicative of thermal energy contributions corresponding respectively to the first plurality of actuators,
the calibration values, in each of the plurality of sets of calibration values, define amounts of contribution provided by a respective one of the first plurality of actuators to the first field for the plurality of points,
each of the plurality of sets of calibration values includes calibration values corresponding respectively to the plurality of points, and
the one or more controllers is configured to change physical states of the first plurality of actuators based on the estimated values of the first field of the plurality of points to provide a predetermined temperature distribution profile across the electrostatic chuck.

US Pat. No. 11,029,667

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ASSEMBLY FOR PROCESSING LIQUID FOOD PRODUCTS

KRONES AG, Neutraubling ...

1. A method for operating an assembly for processing liquid food products, comprising:reading, via a mobile terminal, machine-readable pieces of information attached to various elements forming the assembly for processing liquid food products, the machine-readable pieces of information identifying at least one of the various elements,
confirming that predetermined manual steps for assembling or adjusting the various elements have been executed by reading out the machine-readable pieces of information on at least one predetermined element of the various elements by way of the mobile terminal,
updating a display on the mobile terminal to indicate an execution status of the at least one predetermined element of the various elements,
transmitting the execution status of the at least one predetermined element of the various elements to a control device, and
automatically executing, via the control device, the automatically executable steps, where the automatic execution takes into account an execution status of the steps to be manually executed, where if the execution status of the steps to be manually executed is set to “not executed” or “executed incorrectly”, the control device prevents the automatically executable steps from starting.

US Pat. No. 11,029,666

FABRICATION OF PROCESS-EQUIVALENT TEST SPECIMENS OF ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A method of fabricating process-equivalent test specimens of an additively manufactured component, the method comprising:generating a processing history model of a component, wherein the processing history model comprises a thermal history model of the component;
dividing the processing history model of the component into a plurality of regions based on input data variations in processing history, wherein each region of the plurality of regions is characterized by an identified range of input data, the input data including thermal conditions of the component within each of a plurality of build layers;
determining test specimen additive manufacturing processing parameters needed to additively manufacture a plurality of test specimens such that each test specimen of the plurality of test specimens has a processing history that matches a processing history of a respective region of the plurality of regions sufficiently that the test specimen and the respective region are metallurgically equivalent, wherein the additive manufacturing processing parameters comprise laser power, laser speed, hatch distance, layer thickness, beam offset, and beam focus; and
fabricating the plurality of test specimens using the test specimen additive manufacturing processing parameters determined, wherein the test specimen additive manufacturing processing parameters are different than processing parameters used to fabricate the component.

US Pat. No. 11,029,665

DENSITY RANK MATRIX GENERATION FOR THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method for density rank matrix generation for three-dimensional printing, the method comprising:determining, based on a skeleton line specification of a lattice structure and a density rank matrix size specification, dimensions of a density rank matrix, the density rank matrix including a minimum distance for each element of the density rank matrix to a line of a line skeleton of the lattice structure;
determining, based on the dimensions of the density rank matrix, a number of elements of the density rank matrix;
sorting, by a processor, the elements based on an analysis of a property of each of the elements relative to the lattice structure; and
generating, based on the sorting of the elements, the density rank matrix.

US Pat. No. 11,029,664

COMPUTER-ASSISTED DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF KINETIC WIRE MECHANISMS

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A system for design and fabrication of kinetic wire mechanisms, comprising:a data storage storing a skeletal animation of an object;
a system controller running a design module processing the skeletal animation to generate a model of the object; and
a wire bending machine,
wherein the design module receives user input identifying a set of keyframes in the skeletal animation defining poses for the object,
wherein the design module processes the set of keyframes to determine locations for entities on the model of the object that can be actuated to be elastically deformed into two or more positions,
wherein the data storage further stores a database of templates of the entities that can be formed of a length of wire, by bending with a machine to have the spring functionality of the entities,
wherein the design module identifies a set of the templates for each of the determined locations,
wherein the wire bending machine operates to bend the length of wire based on the model of the object to fabricate a kinetic wire mechanism including a plurality of the entities with locations and configurations matching those of the templates inserted into the model of the object.

US Pat. No. 11,029,663

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING A PRODUCTION MACHINE OR MACHINE TOOL CONTROL PROGRAM WHICH IS SOLELY DESIGNED FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A method for automatically generating a control program, which is designed for diagnostic purposes, for a production machine or machine tool, the method comprising:generating the control program with an algorithm which comprises freely selectable parameters or machine-specific parameters, or both;
defining with the automatically generated control program a movement profile for at least one test run for at least one axis of the respective production machine or machine tool:
producing with the at least one test run an axis excitation of the at least one axis suitable for determining at least one mechatronic characteristic variable of the at least one axis, and
determining a number of acceleration jumps along a predetermined limited travel distance for the at least one test run;
wherein the at least one test run comprises the determined number of acceleration jumps and a constant speed travel before and after each acceleration jump.

US Pat. No. 11,029,662

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENABLING DATA TO BE TRANSMITTED BETWEEN PROGRAM MODULES BASED ON COMPLIANCE WITH RULES

AO Kaspersky Lab, Moscow...

1. A method for enabling data to be transmitted between program modules based on compliance with rules, the method comprising:monitoring, by a security module executable by a processor, an interaction between a first program module and a second program module to determine whether the interaction complies with at least one rule, wherein the first program module is a source of data being exchanged with the second program module which is a recipient of the data, wherein the first program module and the second program module are segregated to include, respectively, a first code and data segment and a second code and data segment, wherein the segregation is based on at least one of:
the first code and data segment being for an execution of a first function and the second code and data segment being for an execution of a different second function,
the first code and data segment and the second code and data segment having different vulnerabilities,
the first code and data segment and the second code and data segment having different criticality for an execution system of a Programming Logic Controller (PLC);
when the interaction does not comply with the at least one rule, modifying the data being exchanged between the source and the recipient of the data, wherein the modification changes a format of the data being exchanged to a format defined by the security module, the format specifying, in an interface definition language selected by the security module, structures of messages being exchanged for the interaction between the first program module and the second program module and fields of the messages; and
when the interaction complies with the at least one rule, allowing the data to be transmitted to the recipient.

US Pat. No. 11,029,661

REMOTE USER INTERFACE ACTUATION USING A PIEZOELECTRIC GRID

Avaya Inc., Basking Ridg...

1. A method of remotely actuating a user interface of a computing device, the method comprising:receiving actuation information for a targeted portion of the user interface;
determining control signals for a piezoelectric grid that direct application of electricity to the piezoelectric grid to deform the piezoelectric grid for actuation of the targeted portion of the user interface; and
transferring the control signals to the piezoelectric grid.

US Pat. No. 11,029,660

SAFETY INPUT SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A SENSOR IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Rockwell Automation Asia ...

9. An industrial automation system comprising:a sensor for providing a signal indicating a state or condition;
first and second processors in communication with one another; and at least one input module in communication with the sensor and the first and second processors, the input module comprising:
a terminal coupled to the sensor for receiving the signal from the sensor; first and second detection circuits coupled to the terminal, the first and second detection circuits differing from one another, the first and second detection circuits being configured to receive, in tandem, the signal from the sensor at the terminal, and to produce, in tandem, first and second outputs to the first and second processors, respectively, according to the signal,
wherein the first detection circuit is configured to:
(a) produce the first output having a first state upon the signal exceeding a voltage threshold; and
(b) produce the first output having a second state upon the signal failing to exceed the voltage threshold, and
wherein the second detection circuit is configured to:
(a) produce the second output having a first state upon the signal exceeding either a second voltage threshold or a current threshold; and
(b) produce the second output having a second state upon the signal failing to exceed either the second voltage threshold or the current threshold,
wherein the first processor determines the state or condition of the sensor based on the first output from the first detection circuit and communication from the second processor,
wherein the communication from the second processor includes the second output from the second detection circuit, and
wherein the first and second processors control test signals for testing the first and second detection circuits.

US Pat. No. 11,029,659

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE FIELD PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAY PROCESSING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a hardware fabric controller of a first computing node, the fabric controller to:
receive, from a second computing node via a network fabric that couples the first computing node to the second computing node, a request to execute a kernel on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) of the first computing node;
instruct the FPGA to execute the kernel; and
send a result of the execution of the kernel to the second computing node via the network fabric.

US Pat. No. 11,029,658

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

1. A system for additively manufacturing a structure, comprising:an additive manufacturing machine;
a memory having computer-executable instructions stored thereon; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-executable instructions to:
determine a characteristic of an existing point to be used as an anchor for a path of composite material discharged by the additive manufacturing machine based on input received from one or more peripherals of the additive manufacturing machine; and
selectively cause the additive manufacturing machine to discharge the path of composite material with a first ratio or a second ratio of matrix-to-fiber while in motion at the existing point based on the characteristic.

US Pat. No. 11,029,657

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRIORITIZING DEMAND RESPONSE DISPATCH BASED ON OCCUPANCY

Enel X North America, Inc...

1. An apparatus for prioritizing a demand response program event based on occupancy for one or more buildings of one or more building types participating in a demand response program, the apparatus comprising:a network operations center, comprising a central processing unit, transitory memory, and non-transitory read-only memory having computer code disposed therein, said computer code comprising:
a first application program, executable to perform functions of an occupancy estimator, configured to receive energy consumption and outside temperature streams Ei(h, T) corresponding to a portion of the one or more buildings, said streams provided by streaming consumption sources, and configured to receive occupancy components from occupancy stores, and configured to employ said occupancy components for each of the one or more buildings within said portion to process said streams to generate occupancy levels corresponding to the one or more buildings within said portion and configured to assign said occupancy levels to remaining ones of the one or more buildings not in said portion, said occupancy components comprising:
a lower bound of energy consumption, ?(T), as a function of outside temperature, T, when a corresponding one of said one or more buildings is at minimum occupancy;
a normalized occupancy profile component, ƒ(h) as a function of a prescribed time increment, h;
a marginal energy consumption component, D(T) as a function of T; and
a daily occupancy level component, ?i for each of a first plurality of days, i;wherein ?i is determined according to the following equation:and wherein ?i(h,T)=Ei(h,T)??(T); anda second program code for providing a dispatch controller, configured to optimize execution of the demand response program event by employing said occupancy components to maintain a global energy use model for the one or more buildings to prioritize energy reduction control messages to the one or more buildings, and configured to reduce energy consumption of the one or more buildings by a prescribed amount for a prescribed period of time by transmitting said energy reduction control messages to selected ones of the one or more buildings to selectively advance or defer actuation times of electrical devices located within the one or more buildings, to achieve objectives of the demand response program event.

US Pat. No. 11,029,656

OCCUPANCY BASED DEMAND RESPONSE DISPATCH PRIORITIZATION SYSTEM

Enel X North America, Inc...

1. An apparatus for prioritizing a demand response program event based on occupancy for one or more buildings of one or more building types participating in a demand response program, the apparatus comprising:a network operations center, comprising a central processing unit, transitory memory, and non-transitory read-only memory having computer code disposed therein, said computer code comprising:
a first application program, executable to perform functions of an occupancy estimator, configured to receive energy consumption and outside temperature streams Ei(h,T) corresponding to a portion of the one or more buildings, and configured to receive occupancy components from occupancy stores, and configured to employ said occupancy components for each of the one or more buildings within said portion to process said streams to generate occupancy levels corresponding to the one or more buildings within said portion and configured to assign said occupancy levels to remaining ones of the one or more buildings not in said portion, said occupancy components comprising:
a lower bound of energy consumption, ?(T), as a function of outside temperature, T, when a corresponding one of said one or more buildings is at minimum occupancy;
a normalized occupancy profile component, f(h) as a function of a prescribed time increment, h;
a marginal energy consumption component, D(T) as a function of T; and
a daily occupancy level component, ?i for each of a first plurality of days, i;
wherein ?i is determined according to the following equation:

and wherein ?i(h,T)=Ei(h,T)??(T); and
second program code for providing a dispatch controller, configured to optimize execution of the demand response program event by employing said occupancy components to maintain a global energy use model for the one or more buildings to prioritize energy reduction control messages to the one or more buildings, and configured to reduce energy consumption of the one or more buildings by a prescribed amount for a prescribed period of time by transmitting said energy reduction control messages to selected ones of the one or more buildings to selectively advance or defer actuation times of electrical devices located within the one or more buildings, to achieve objectives of the demand response program event.

US Pat. No. 11,029,655

PROGRESSIVE PROFILING IN AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. A computer-implemented method for progressively profiling each occupant of a premises, the method comprising:analyzing data related to the premises and an occupant of the premises;
performing one or more observations based on the analysis of the data, at least one of the one or more observations being based at least in part on the occupant previously performing one or more actions under a plurality of conditions at a time;
predicting the plurality of conditions associated with the one or more observations;
generating a communication indicating to the occupant that the plurality of conditions in which the occupant has been observed to take the one or more actions have been predicted;
offering, in the generated communication, to perform the one or more actions previously performed by the occupant under the predicted plurality of conditions before the plurality of conditions occur; and
upon receiving a confirmation from the occupant in the affirmative, performing the one or more actions.

US Pat. No. 11,029,654

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH SEARCHING USING ALIASED POINTS FROM EQUIPMENT DEFINITIONS

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A building management system comprising:one or more building systems including equipment configured to serve one or more spaces in a building;
one or more circuits configured to:
receive an input to invoke a control strategy to modify a condition of the one or more spaces;
define an output of the control strategy, wherein the output relates to a modification that impacts at least one of a location, an equipment type, or a point type, the point type indicating a type of operational parameter of the equipment;
perform a query of the one or more building systems to identify one or more operational parameters associated with the output, wherein the one or more operational parameters are defined in terms of at least one of the location, the equipment type, or the point type; and
automatically modify one or more values of the one or more operational parameters to implement the control strategy.

US Pat. No. 11,029,653

DYNAMIC AND GEO-FENCED MANIPULATION OF INSECTS WITH DEVICE SCREENS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer program product for operating a mobile device, the computer program product comprising a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith, the program instructions executable by a processor to cause the processor to perform a method comprising:obtaining a data regarding an insect proximate to a touch screen of the mobile device;
determining, from the data, a type of insect; and
performing an action at the mobile device based on the type of insect in order to manipulate a behavior of the insect,
wherein the action comprises displaying light of a selected color on the touch screen to attract the insect and moving a region at which the selected color is displayed to a different location of the touch screen to encourage the insect to move to the different location of the touch screen.

US Pat. No. 11,029,652

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR MANAGING/CONTROLLING ENERGY PRODUCTION AND/OR ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS

REPOSIT POWER PTY LTD., ...

1. A method for controlling an energy storage system, the method comprising:receiving time-series data and customer specific data;
developing a customer specific control model based at least in part on the time-series data and/or the customer specific data;
training the customer specific control model based at least in part on a first portion of the time-series data and at least a portion of the customer specific data;
testing the customer specific control model based at least in part on a second portion of the time-series data and at least a portion of the customer specific data; and
deploying the customer specific control model to the customer for use by the customer to determine which of a plurality of modes the energy storage system should be in.

US Pat. No. 11,029,651

MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE, AND MACHINE LEARNING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine learning device that performs machine learning with respect to a control device of a machine tool, the control device controlling synchronous operation of a spindle motor and a feed axis motor,the machine learning device comprising:
a first memory configured to store a first program; and
a first processor configured to execute the first program and control the machine learning device to:
cause the control device to execute a tapping program to acquire from the control device, state information including at least a torque command value with respect to the spindle motor, a drive state including deceleration of the spindle motor, and a ratio of a movement distance in acceleration and a movement distance in deceleration of the spindle motor;
output action information, including adjustment information of the ratio of the movement distance in acceleration and the movement distance in deceleration of the spindle motor included in the state information, to the control device;
output a reward value in reinforcement learning based on a torque command value in deceleration and a target torque command value in deceleration; and
update an action value function based on the reward value, the state information, and the action information.

US Pat. No. 11,029,650

MACHINE LEARNING DEVICE, CONTROL SYSTEM, AND MACHINE LEARNING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A machine learning device that performs machine learning of optimizing coefficients of a filter provided outside a servo control unit and provided in a motor control device that controls the rotation of a motor on the basis of measurement information of an external measuring instrument provided outside the motor control device and a control command input to the motor control device, the machine learning device comprising:a state information acquisition unit that acquires state information including the measurement information, the control command, and the coefficients of the filter;
an action information output unit that outputs action information including adjustment information of the coefficients included in the state information to the filter;
a reward output unit that outputs a reward value for reinforcement learning using a value function based on a difference between the measurement information and the control command; and
a value function updating unit that updates an action value function on the basis of the reward value output by the reward output unit, the state information, and the action information.

US Pat. No. 11,029,649

DEVICE FOR TIMEPIECE, CLOCKWORK MOVEMENT AND TIMEPIECE COMPRISING SUCH A DEVICE

LVHM SWISS MANUFACTURES S...

1. A device for timepieces comprising a monolithic mechanism which comprises:a support;
at least one inertial regulating member;
an elastic suspension linking said at least one inertial regulating member to the support and having a specific overall stiffness;where said at least one inertial regulating member is suited to oscillate at a frequency f relative to the support;wherein the elastic suspension comprises an elastic adjustment link having a first end linked to said at least one inertial regulating member and a second end which is directly connected to the support by a frequency adjustment device suited to modify the position of the second end of said elastic adjustment link relative to the support, so as to change the overall stiffness of the elastic suspension and therefore said frequency f.

US Pat. No. 11,029,648

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AT LEAST ONE PARAMETER RELATING TO AN ANGULAR MOVEMENT OF AN ARBOR COMPRISING A ROTATING REFLECTOR WITH CONTIGOUS OBLIQUE CHAMFERS

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A system (6) for determining at least one parameter relating to an angular movement of an arbor (4), particularly a stem (4) integral with a timepiece (1) crown (2), the system (6) comprising:an arbor (4) configured to be able to rotate on itself around a longitudinal direction (D1);
a rotating reflector (8) mounted on the arbor (4), around said arbor (4)
two emitter/detector pairs (10A, 10B), the two pairs (10A, 10B) being disposed on either side of the rotating reflector (8), facing the reflector (8), each emitter/detector pair (10A, 10B) comprising a light source (16) intended to illuminate one part of the reflector (8), and a light detector (18) intended to receive a reflected light beam (24) from the reflector (8) and to generate an electrical signal (26A, 26B) representative of said beam (24); and
a processor configured to process each of the electrical signals generated by the detectors (18), and to determine, as a function of the processing result, said at least one parameter relating to the angular movement of the arbor (4);
characterized in that the rotating reflector (8) is formed from a cylinder of revolution, on the edges of which are arranged several contiguous, oblique chamfers (14), the outer surface (12) of the non-chamfered part of the reflector (8) seen from each emitter/detector pair (10A, 10B) forming an active reflective portion of the reflector (8) for said pair, which changes when the reflector (8) rotates on itself, such that the representative electrical signal (26A, 26B) generated by said detector (18) of the pair (10A, 10B) has a substantially sinusoidal shape when the reflector (8) rotates on itself in a regular manner in a same direction of rotation (S1, S2).

US Pat. No. 11,029,647

METHOD OF METALLISING OPTICAL ELEMENTS COMPRISING SURFACE RELIEF STRUCTURES

1. A method comprising:forming a metallic structure on an optical element comprising a surface relief structure, by printing or coating a metal-containing ink onto said surface relief structure,
wherein the metal-containing ink comprises an organic solvent, and a metal-containing component selected from the group consisting of a homogeneously soluble metal salt, a metal complex, and combinations thereof; wherein printing or coating the metal containing ink on to said surface relief structure comprises one or more of: inline printing, on demand printing, in-register printing, dispensing, inkjet printing, aerosol jet, offset printing, screen printing, pad printing, gravure printing, flexography, stencil printing, imprinting, xerography or lithography.

US Pat. No. 11,029,646

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGING OF A SINGLE PLANE OF AN OBJECT USING POLARIZATION-SENSITIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT

CellOptic, Inc., Rockvil...

1. A holographic method for detecting interference of electromagnetic waves emitted exclusively from a single previously isolated plane of a three dimensional object, the method comprising:receiving, at an optical arrangement including an objective lens, an optical relay system, and a polarization-sensitive optical element electromagnetic waves from the previously isolated plane of the three dimensional object;
relaying a back pupil plane of the objective lens to a plane containing the polarization-sensitive optical element;
for each point of a plurality of points in the said isolated single plane of the three dimensional object:
forming, by use of the polarization-sensitive optical element in the optical arrangement, a first beam of electromagnetic waves and a second beam of electromagnetic waves from electromagnetic waves emitted exclusively from said each point; and
detecting exclusively a pattern of interference between the first beam and the second beam; and
reconstructing an image using the detected patterns corresponding to the said plurality of points in the said single plane.

US Pat. No. 11,029,645

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the casing; and
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, the coupling member including (i) a cylindrical portion, (ii) a first projection at least partially positioned inside of the cylindrical portion, (iii) a second projection at least partially positioned inside of the cylindrical portion, and (iv) an aligner at least partially positioned inside of the cylindrical portion, the aligner including a surface that faces the rotational axis of the coupling member,
wherein a distance between at least one of the first and second projections and the aligner is changeable,
wherein, along a line perpendicular to the rotational axis of the coupling member, the first projection is open to the rotational axis of the coupling member, and
wherein, along a line perpendicular to the rotational axis of the coupling member, the second projection is open to the rotational axis of the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 11,029,644

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit for a cartridge, the drum unit comprising:a cylindrical photosensitive drum having an axis L1; and
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including:
(i) a drum flange provided at an end of the photosensitive drum, a part of the drum flange being positioned inside of the photosensitive drum, and
(ii) a connecting part operatively connected to the drum flange, the connecting part including:
(ii-i) a cap positioned adjacent to the drum flange,
(ii-ii) an arm portion extending from the cap in a direction of the axis L1, and
(ii-iii) a projection projecting from the arm portion in a direction perpendicular to and toward the axis L1 such that at least a part of the projection is closer to the axis L1 than the arm portion is to the axis L1, with at least a part of a surface of the projection facing the axis L1,
wherein the arm and the projection are movable relative to the drum flange and the cap.

US Pat. No. 11,029,643

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum unit for a cartridge, the drum unit comprising:(i) a photosensitive drum having a first end and a second end opposite to the first end; and
(ii) a coupling member provided adjacent to the first end of the photosensitive drum, the coupling member being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, the coupling member being operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including an arm portion, and a projection projected from the arm portion in a direction towards the rotational axis of the coupling member, with a part of the projection inclined relative to the rotational axis of the coupling member, and a part of the projection extending from the inclined part in a direction away from the second end of the photosensitive drum,
wherein the arm portion extends in a circumferential direction of the coupling member, and
wherein, as measured in a direction perpendicular to the rotational axis of the coupling member, a distance between the inclined part of the projection and the rotational axis of the coupling member increases as the distance in the direction of the rotational axis of the coupling member to the second end of the photosensitive drum decreases.

US Pat. No. 11,029,642

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
toner contained in the casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the casing about a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the toner;
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including an arm portion and a projection projecting from the arm portion, the arm portion being capable of transmitting driving force from the projection towards the photosensitive drum;
a cleaning blade configured to remove toner from a surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a charging roller configured to charge the photosensitive drum,
wherein the photosensitive drum is rotatable such that a part of the surface of the photosensitive drum moves from an upstream position where the part of the surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the cleaning blade to a downstream position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the developing roller via an intermediate position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the charging roller, and
wherein the arm portion of the coupling member extends (i) from a point that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum towards a point that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum, and (ii) such that an end of the arm portion that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum is closer to the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum than an end of the arm portion that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 11,029,641

DRUM UNIT, CARTRIDGE AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a casing;
toner contained in the casing;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the casing about a rotational axis of the photosensitive drum;
a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive drum with the toner;
a coupling member operatively connected to the photosensitive drum, the coupling member including an arm portion and a projection projecting from the arm portion;
a cleaning blade configured to remove toner from a surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a charging roller configured to charge the photosensitive drum,
wherein the photosensitive drum is rotatable such that a part of the surface of the photosensitive drum moves from an upstream position where the part of the surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the cleaning blade to a downstream position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the developing roller via an intermediate position where the part of surface of the photosensitive drum is adjacent to the charging roller, and
wherein the arm portion of the coupling member extends (i) from a point that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum towards a point that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum, and (ii) such that an end of the arm portion that is downstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum is closer to the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum than an end of the arm portion that is upstream in the rotational direction of the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 11,029,640

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process cartridge, comprising:a photosensitive member unit; and
a developing unit that is attachable to and detachable from the photosensitive member unit,
wherein the photosensitive member unit includes:
a photosensitive drum on which an electrostatic latent image is formed;
a frame that supports the photosensitive drum; and
a pressing member that presses the developing unit toward the photosensitive member unit,
the developing unit includes:
a developing roller that supplies toner to the photosensitive drum and collects the toner remaining on a surface of the photosensitive drum;
a housing in which a holding space that holds the toner is formed; and
a pressing receiving portion that receives pressing force from the pressing member,
the housing includes:
a first bottom portion that has an arc shape and that projects toward an outer side of the holding space and
a second bottom portion that has an arc shape and that projects toward the outer side of the holding space, in a state in use, and
when viewed in a direction of a rotation axis of the developing roller, at least part of the pressing receiving portion is located in a space surrounded by the first bottom portion, the second bottom portion, and a tangent line tangent to both an outer wall of the first bottom portion and an outer wall of the second bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,639

PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:a process cartridge attachable to and detachable from the image forming apparatus in a first direction; and
a toner cartridge having a toner chamber for storing toner and a waste toner chamber for storing waste toner,
wherein the process cartridge comprises:
a photosensitive drum rotatable about a drum axis extending in a second direction;
a developing unit having a developing chamber configured to store toner to be supplied to the photosensitive drum, the developing unit comprising:
a developing roller for supplying toner to a peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum; and
a toner receiving portion comprising an arc shape wall, the arc shape wall having a toner receiving opening fluidly communicable with the developing chamber;
a cleaner for collecting waste toner from the peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum;
a waste toner conveyance tube configured to convey the waste toner collected by the cleaner, the waste toner conveyance tube extending in the first direction and having a waste toner exhausting opening; and
a waste toner shutter movable along the waste toner conveyance tube in the first direction between:
a first closed position at which the waste toner shutter closes the waste toner exhausting opening; and
a first opened position at which the waste toner exhausting opening is opened, and
wherein the toner cartridge comprises:
a toner supplying portion comprising a cylindrical wall extending in the second direction, the cylindrical wall having a toner supply opening fluidly communicable with the toner chamber; and
a toner shutter rotatable along a surface of the cylindrical wall between:
a second closed position at which the toner shutter closes the toner supply opening; and
a second opened position at which the toner supply opening is opened,
wherein the developing roller is located at a position between the waste toner chamber and the photosensitive drum in the first direction, and
wherein a first height between a top end and a bottom end of the developing roller overlaps with a second height between a top end and a bottom end of the waste toner chamber in a horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,638

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a housing;
a drawer movable between an inside position at which the drawer is located inside the housing, and an outside position at which the drawer is located outside the housing;
a drum cartridge mountable on the drawer and comprising a photoconductive drum rotatable about a first axis; and
a developing cartridge mountable on the drawer and comprising a developing roller rotatable about a second axis,
wherein the drum cartridge comprises a first developing-roller guide pivotable between (i) a first position at which the first developing-roller guide guides the developing roller when the developing cartridge is mounted on the drawer in a state in which the drum cartridge is mounted on the drawer, and (ii) a second position at which the first developing-roller guide guides the developing roller in a state in which the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge are mounted on the drawer, and
wherein the second axis of the developing roller is located below the first axis of the photoconductive drum in a state in which the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge are mounted on the drawer, and the first developing-roller guide is located at the second position.

US Pat. No. 11,029,637

POSITIONING STRUCTURE BETWEEN SHEET FEEDER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO BE INSTALLED ONTO TOP OF THE SHEET FEEDER

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A positioning structure between a sheet feeder and an image forming apparatus to be installed onto a top of the sheet feeder,the image forming apparatus having a skeleton frame including a horizontal beam at a lower end thereof, the horizontal beam having a positioning hole formed in a lower surface thereof,
the sheet feeder having a skeleton frame including a horizontal beam at an upper end thereof, the horizontal beam having a positioning hole formed in an upper surface thereof,
the positioning structure comprising:
a positioning aiding member attached to the horizontal beam of the sheet feeder and having a positioning hole formed at an opposed portion thereof opposed to the horizontal beam of the sheet feeder;
a first positioning pin coupled with the positioning aiding member and configured to engage with the positioning hole formed in the horizontal beam of the image forming apparatus; and
a second positioning pin fitted in both the positioning hole formed in the horizontal beam of the sheet feeder and the positioning hole of the positioning aiding member to position the positioning aiding member relative to the horizontal beam of the sheet feeder,
wherein the positioning aiding member has a guide part configured to, when the image forming apparatus is installed onto the top of the sheet feeder, guide the horizontal beam of the image forming apparatus such that the positioning hole formed in the lower surface of the horizontal beam of the image forming apparatus approaches the first positioning pin coupled with the positioning aiding member as viewed in an extending direction of the horizontal beam of the sheet feeder.

US Pat. No. 11,029,636

GEAR MECHANISM INCLUDING GEAR AND BEARING PORTION HAVING NOTCHED PORTION, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A gear mechanism comprising:at least one gear comprising a gear body and a rotation shaft extending in an axial direction, the at least one gear being capable of meshing engagement with another gear, a force being applied to the at least one gear from the another gear due to the meshing engagement with the another gear; and
at least one bearing portion comprising:
a collar portion allowing the rotation shaft to be inserted therethrough to rotatably support the rotation shaft; and
a notched portion allowing a portion of the rotation shaft to be exposed to an outside, the notched portion being formed by partially cutting away the collar portion,
wherein the at least one bearing portion has a first region and a second region opposite the first region with respect to a first imaginary plane, the first region and the second region being defined by dividing the bearing portion by the first imaginary plane, the first imaginary plane extending in the axial direction and containing a first linear line, the first linear line passing through a center of the rotation shaft inserted through the collar portion and perpendicular to a direction of a line of action of the force, the first region being positioned downstream of the first linear line in the direction of the line of action of the force, and
wherein the notched portion is formed in the second region and defines a gap length in a circumferential direction of the collar portion, the gap length increasing as going radially outward of the collar portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,635

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main body housing having an opening;
a cover movable between an opening position at which the opening is opened and a closing position at which the opening is closed;
a drawer movable in a first direction through the opening between an inner position at which the drawer is located inside the main body housing and an outer position at which the drawer is located outside the main body housing;
a drum cartridge attachable to and detachable from the drawer, the drum cartridge including a photosensitive drum and a drum cleaner for removing waste toner from a peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum;
a waste toner container for accommodating waste toner removed from the peripheral surface of the photosensitive drum by the drum cleaner; and
a waste toner conveying tube for conveying the waste toner,
wherein, when the drum cartridge is attached to the drawer and the drawer is at the inner position, the waste toner is conveyed from the drum cartridge to the waste toner container through the waste toner conveying tube,
wherein, when the drum cartridge is attached to the drawer and the drawer is at the inner position, the waste toner conveying tube is movable in a second direction intersecting with the first direction between a first connection position at which the waste toner conveying tube is connected to the drum cartridge and a first disconnection position at which the waste toner conveying tube and the drum cartridge are disconnected,
wherein, when the drum cartridge is attached to the drawer and the waste toner conveying tube is at the first disconnection position, the drawer is movable from the inner position to the outer position, and
wherein, when the drum cartridge is attached to the drawer, the drawer is at the inner position, and the waste toner conveying tube is at the first connection position, the drawer is not movable from the inner position to the outer position.

US Pat. No. 11,029,634

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a first casing housing an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet, the first casing including a sheet discharge tray configured to support the sheet discharged by a discharge roller;
a second casing disposed above the first casing, the second casing housing an image scanner configured to scan an image on a document;
a support portion disposed at a top surface of the first casing such that the support portion support raises the second casing, the support portion partially defining an open portion that enables an access to the sheet discharged on the sheet discharge tray;
a control panel disposed at the second casing, a downstream end portion of the control panel being positioned downstream of the discharge roller in a discharging direction, the control panel being positioned at an end portion of the second casing in a width direction perpendicular to the discharging direction and not overlapping, when viewed from the top, with the sheet discharge tray, the control panel configured to enable operations of the image forming unit and the image scanner; and
a USB port configured to receive a USB device, the USB port being positioned above the sheet discharge tray and overlapping, when viewed from the top, with the sheet discharge tray.

US Pat. No. 11,029,633

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:a rotatable fixing belt stretched taut around a plurality of supports;
a pressure rotator configured to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt and the pressure rotator;
a belt polishing mechanism configured to polish a surface of the fixing belt,
the belt polishing mechanism including:
a polishing roller configured to separably contact the fixing belt and slide over the surface of the fixing belt when the polishing roller is pressed against the fixing belt;
a contact and separation driver configured to press the polishing roller to the fixing belt and configured to separate the polishing roller from the fixing belt;
an opposed member disposed opposite the polishing roller via the fixing belt and disposed opposite the pressure rotator via the fixing belt proximate to the fixing nip, the opposed member being configured to form a polishing nip between the polishing roller and the fixing belt; and
a polishing roller rotation mechanism configured to rotate the polishing roller,
the polishing roller rotation mechanism including a first rotator disposed coaxially with the polishing roller and a second rotator disposed coaxially with the opposed member,
wherein a rotational speed of the second rotator is different from a rotational speed of the opposed member, and
wherein the polishing roller is configured to rotate at a speed different from a rotational speed of the surface of the fixing belt.

US Pat. No. 11,029,632

FIXING APPARATUS PROVIDING A FIXING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SUPPRESSING A TEMPERATURE RISE IN A NON-SHEET-PASSING PORTION WITHOUT DEGRADING FIRST PRINT OUT TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:a rotatable cylindrical film;
a heater including a heat generating resistor formed on a substrate, the heater having a first surface in contact with an inner peripheral surface of the film and a second surface disposed on an opposite side of the first surface;
a support member configured to support the heater;
a pressure member configured to form a nip with the heater through the film to heat the toner image and fix the toner image onto the recording material at the nip;
a thermal conductive member having a thermal conductivity higher than the thermal conductivity of the substrate, the thermal conductive member being disposed above the second surface; and
a thermal-resistant member disposed between the thermal conductive member and the substrate, a thermal resistance in a thickness direction of the thermal-resistant member being higher than the thermal resistance in the thickness direction of the thermal conductive member, wherein the thermal conductivity in the thickness direction of the thermal-resistant member is less than or equal to 2 [W/mK].

US Pat. No. 11,029,631

HEATING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE HEATING UNIT

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A heating device, comprising:a cylindrical film arranged to be rotated about an axis;
a heater having a first side facing an inner surface of the cylindrical film, wherein
the heater extends along a longitudinal direction parallel to the axis and comprises a plurality of heating elements arranged in a line along the longitudinal direction, and the heating elements include a center heating element and a pair of end heating elements that are independently controllable with respect to the center heating element;
a heat conductor on a second side of the heater opposite the first side, the heat conductor extending along the longitudinal direction; and
a first grease layer between the heat conductor and the second side of the heater and having a consistency grade less than or equal to three.

US Pat. No. 11,029,630

FUSER UNIT HEATER SUPPORT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A support of a heater in a fuser, the support comprising:two parallel sides and a back side, the three sides forming a U shaped cross section, the cross section having a non-uniform wall thickness in which the two parallel sides have a wall thickness along a majority of a length thereof that is greater than any wall thickness of the back side.

US Pat. No. 11,029,629

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a fixing roller configured to convey a sheet by rotation and to fix a recording material formed on the sheet to the sheet;
a heater configured to heat the fixing roller;
a heater controller configured to control a temperature of the heater;
a roller controller configured to control a rotation speed of the fixing roller, wherein when a fixing part temperature indicating a temperature of the fixing roller satisfies a predetermined condition indicating that the fixing roller is not suitable for an operation, the roller controller increases a rotation speed to be higher than a rotation speed in a case in which the fixing part temperature does not satisfy the predetermined condition; and
a temperature determination part configured to determine whether or not an operation mode received from a user is executable based upon the fixing part temperature,
wherein the heater controller controls the temperature of the heater based upon the operation mode, and
wherein the roller controller controls the rotation speed of the fixing roller based upon a determination result of the temperature determination part.

US Pat. No. 11,029,628

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming device configured to receive image data and control a laser scanning beam based on the image data to form a toner image on a sheet;
a heater configured to heat the sheet, the heater including a plurality of heater elements arranged in direction corresponding to a main scanning direction of the laser scanning beam; and
a controller configured to:
count a number of exposure pixels in each of a plurality of sub-image regions based on the image data, the sub-image regions corresponding to divisions of an image region in the main scanning direction and a sub-scanning direction; and
selectively control the heater elements to be energized at an energization timing based on the counted number of exposure pixels in each of the sub-image regions and a signal from the image forming device indicating a start of scanning of the laser scanning beam in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,627

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:an image heating portion which has a heater including a substrate and a plurality of heat generating elements provided on the substrate and aligned in a longitudinal direction of the substrate, a cylindrical film that rotates while an inner surface thereof comes into contact with the heater, and a pressing member that comes into contact with an outer surface of the film and rotates, the image heating portion heating an image formed on a recording material using heat of the heater while sandwiching and transporting the recording material at a nip portion between the film and the pressing member; and
an energization control portion which selectively controls energization to the plurality of heat generating elements so as to selectively heat a plurality of heating areas in accordance with information of the image, wherein
the image heating apparatus includes an acquisition portion which acquires a cumulative amount of heat generation of the heat generating element in each of the plurality of heating areas, a cumulative rotation time of the pressing member, and information about the recording material that passes through the nip portion, and
the energization control portion sets a control target temperature of each of the plurality of heating areas when controlling energization to the plurality of heat generating elements on the basis of the information acquired by the acquisition portion.

US Pat. No. 11,029,626

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless belt configured to carry a toner image transferred at a first transfer position;
an outer roller contacting an outer peripheral surface of said belt and configured to transfer the toner image from said belt onto a recording material at a secondary transfer position;
a plurality of stretching rollers configured to stretch said belt, wherein said stretching rollers include an inner roller provided correspondingly to the secondary transfer position and an upstream roller provided on a side downstream of the first transfer position and upstream of said inner roller with respect to a rotational direction of said belt;
a voltage source configured to apply a transfer bias, to said outer roller or said inner roller, for transferring the toner image from said belt onto the recording material;
a supporting member contactable to an inner peripheral surface of said belt on a side upstream of said inner roller and downstream of said upstream roller with respect to the rotational direction of said belt;
a moving mechanism configured to move said supporting member between a first position and a second position different from the first position in a plane substantially perpendicular to a rotational axis direction of said inner roller;
a sensor configured to detect a current value or a voltage value when a bias is applied from said voltage source to said outer roller or said inner roller; and
a controller capable of executing an operation in a first mode in which an image is formed on the recording material in a state in which said supporting member is disposed at the first position and an operation in a second mode in which the image is formed on the recording material in a state in which said supporting member is disposed at the second position, and capable of executing an operation in a test mode in which, during non-image formation, the transfer bias is adjusted on the basis of a detection result of said sensor acquired under application of a test bias from said voltage source to said outer roller or said inner roller,
wherein on the basis of a first detection result of said sensor acquired under application of the test bias in the state in which said supporting member is disposed at the first position, said controller determines a first transfer bias to be applied from said voltage source to said outer roller or said inner roller during the operation in the first mode, and
on the basis of a second detection result of said sensor acquired under application of the test bias in the state in which said supporting member is disposed at the second position, said controller determines a second transfer bias to be applied from said voltage source to said outer roller or said inner roller during the operation in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 11,029,625

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM BUSINESS INNOVAT...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier configured to carry an image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image to a medium; and
a cleaner configured to remove deposits on a surface of the image carrier after passing through a position of the transfer unit, wherein
when a type of a medium to be used is a first medium, the cleaner improves an ability to remove the deposits from the image carrier by changing operating characteristics of the cleaner, as compared with a case where the medium to be used is a second medium having a lower transfer sensitivity than the first medium,
wherein the first medium is a medium having a lower density than the second medium.

US Pat. No. 11,029,624

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a casing for accommodating developer therein;
a developing roller rotatable about an axis extending in a first direction;
a storage medium having an electrical contact surface; and
a holder movable relative to the casing, the holder having an outer surface at which the electrical contact surface is positioned, the holder being positioned at a side of the casing in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 11,029,623

POWDER AMOUNT DETECTOR INCLUDING A PAIR OF MEASURING ELECTRODES

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A powder amount detector configured to detect an amount of powder in a powder container of a cylindrical shape arranged horizontally, the powder amount detector comprising:a pair of measuring electrodes configured to detect capacitance between the pair of measuring electrodes to detect the amount of powder,
the pair of measuring electrodes disposed outside the powder container,
one of the pair of measuring electrodes having a flat shape, and
another of the pair of measuring electrodes having an arc shape following a shape of the powder container.

US Pat. No. 11,029,622

DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer carrying member comprising a base member and a surface layer,wherein the surface layer includes a urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a carbonate bond and includes a tertiary amine structure.