US Pat. No. 10,712,819

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR RECREATIONAL SPORT HEADS-UP DISPLAY CONTROL

Dish Network L.L.C., Eng...

1. A heads-up display (HUD) system, comprising:a hand-worn input unit having a plurality of appendages sized and shaped to enclose appendages of a hand and including a plurality of input elements located on appendages of the hand-worn input unit that are configured to cause the hand-worn input unit to transmit input signals as a result of interactions involving the plurality of input elements; and
a head-mounted HUD unit, including:
a display device having a transparent screen through which a user views external scenery and configured to selectively display virtual image content to the user;
a communication interface including one or more communication transceivers,
one or more processors communicatively coupled to the communication interface, communicatively coupled to the display device, and configured to receive the input signals from the hand-worn input unit, and
memory storing a set of instructions that, as a result of execution by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
display by the display device a user interface as at least part of the virtual image content on the display device, and
update the user interface displayed by the display device in response to receiving a first input signal from the hand-worn input unit generated as a result of a first interaction between a first input element and a second input element of the plurality of input elements.

US Pat. No. 10,712,818

FIDUCIAL RINGS IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a fiducial device including a body that includes a plurality of fiducial markers that each are positioned at different locations on the body and that each emit light, the body configured to fit on a portion of a user's body;
an imaging device separate from the fiducial device and the user's body, the imaging device configured to capture one or more images of the fiducial device by capturing the light emitted from at least one of the fiducial markers; and
a console configured to:
determine that a virtual touch event occurred based on a movement of the portion of the user's body,
responsive to the determination, receive the one or more images including at least one image of at least one of the fiducial markers,
determine a position of the fiducial device in a virtual space based part on the at least one image of the at least one fiducial marker,
determine a position of the portion of the user's body in the virtual space, based on the determined position of the fiducial device, and
generate a haptic feedback signal comprising a haptic feedback for a user, based on the determined position of the portion of the user's body in the virtual space.

US Pat. No. 10,712,817

IMAGE RE-PROJECTION FOR FOVEATED RENDERING

Tobii AB, Danderyd (SE)

1. A method for improving a position of an image to be displayed, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a first estimation of a predicted gaze point, of a user on a display device, at a time when the image will be displayed, the first estimation of the predicted gaze point being determined before a start of rendering a portion of the image related to the first estimation of the predicted gaze point;
causing, by the processing device, the image, including said portion of the image, to be rendered based on the first estimation of the predicted gaze point;
receiving, by the processing device, a second estimation of the predicted gaze point at the time when the image will be displayed, the second estimation of the predicted gaze point is determined after rendering of said portion of the image has started; and
responsive to determining that the second estimation of the predicted gaze point is different from the first estimation of the predicted gaze point,
adjusting the rendered image based on the second estimation of the predicted gaze point, and
transmitting the adjusted rendered image to the display device for display.

US Pat. No. 10,712,816

OFF-AXIS GAZE TRACKING IN IN-VEHICLE COMPUTING SYSTEMS

Harman International Indu...

1. An in-vehicle computing system of a vehicle, the in-vehicle computing system comprising:a camera;
a light source;
a display;
a processor; and
a storage device storing instructions executable to:
direct light from the light source to an eye of one or more occupants of the vehicle, the camera and the light source being located outside of a line of sight of the one or more occupants of the vehicle;
receive, at the camera, light reflected from the eye of the one or more occupants of the vehicle;
determine a gaze direction of each of the one or more occupants of the vehicle; and
operate one or more of the in-vehicle computing system and another vehicle system based on the determined gaze direction.

US Pat. No. 10,712,815

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND DISPLAY METHOD

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A computer-readable non-transitory recording medium storing a program that causes a computer to execute a procedure, the procedure comprising:calculating a position of a line of sight of a user in a display screen of a display device, based on information on an eyeball portion of the user included in an input image;
setting, as a point region, a processing target region which is a target region of processing corresponding to an input operation by a line of sight;
setting, respectively in the display device, as two or more operation regions, two or more regions that are adjacent to the processing target region, the two or more operation regions are for receiving the input operation by the line of sight based on the position of the line of sight and information on a field of view of the user; and
when a line of sight is detected in one of the two or more operation regions:
displaying, on the display device, the point region including image information contained within the point region;
displaying, on the display device, the two or more operation regions adjacent to the point region, at least one of the two or more operation regions include the image information of the point region; and
moving a pointer within the point region in accordance with a positional relationship between the point region and the operation region that includes the detected line of sight.

US Pat. No. 10,712,814

MULTI-DEVICE VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY AND MIXED REALITY ANALYTICS

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:logging user actions in a virtual reality (VR) system, wherein the user actions comprise (i) a path traveled by a user in the VR system, and (ii) user interactions with objects in the VR system and wherein the VR system is an immersive VR system that relies on polygonal models and utilizes a headset that immerses the user in a VR environment, the headset having sensors configured to determine which direction the user's head is facing, and wherein logging user interactions comprises monitoring whether a user looks at an object at least in part based on a direction the user's head is facing;
aggregating logged user actions over a first user and a second user;
deriving modifications to the VR system based at least in part on the aggregated logged user actions, the modifications to the VR system comprising modifying an appearance of objects shown in the VR system, wherein modifying an appearance of objects shown in the VR system comprises rendering objects with a low number of user interactions at a lower visual fidelity than objects with a high number of user interactions, and wherein deriving modifications to the VR system based at least in part on the aggregated logged actions comprises applying crowd-guided assistance provided by a crowd assistance platform configured to allow a worker to share a request to a plurality of distributed experts and to allow an expert from the plurality of distributed experts to respond;
receiving data representing a request from the user to view an object of interest;
providing, via the virtual reality system, a 3D image of the object of interest;
receiving input from the user representing a specified area of interest associated with the object of interest; and
providing an enhanced interactive 3D image of at least a portion of the object of interest based on the received input.

US Pat. No. 10,712,813

TRACKING CONSTELLATION ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A tracking constellation assembly for use in a virtual reality system, comprising:a cover panel comprising an outward facing surface, an inward facing surface, and a mounting surface, the inward facing surface and the mounting surface each being opposite the outward facing surface, wherein at least a portion of the outward facing surface comprises a first surface finish and at least a portion of the inward facing surface comprises a second surface finish, wherein the first surface finish is different from the second surface finish;
a flexible circuit board comprising a first surface and an opposed second surface, wherein the first surface is connected to the mounting surface of the cover panel; and
an array of trackable markers disposed in a particular pattern on the flexible circuit board, wherein at least one trackable marker of the array of trackable markers is configured to emit light that is modified by the first surface finish and the second surface finish of the cover panel and emerges from the outward facing surface for tracking by at least one tracking camera, and wherein the at least one trackable marker is disposed inboard of the cover panel.

US Pat. No. 10,712,812

FOOT OPERATED NAVIGATION AND INTERACTION FOR VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCES

New York University, New...

1. An apparatus for creating movement in a virtual reality for a user comprising:a computer;
a virtual reality headset in communication with the computer that is worn on the head of the user so the user sees the virtual reality shown by the headset and produced by the computer in the headset; and
a foot controller in communication with the computer against which the user moves at least one of his feet to create control signals with the foot to cause movement in the virtual reality shown by the headset, the control signals from a time-varying pressure variation on the bottoms of the feet of the user are used by the computer to create a moving vehicle in virtual reality, the movement of the vehicle created by the computer in virtual reality is either a rolling, sliding, sailing, hovering or flying moving vehicle, the control signals provide controls that always maintain static balance for the user's body and are used together with visual feedback from visuals in the virtual reality created by the computer which convey a degree and direction of physical tilt and roll consistent with a reactive force to an illusory lateral movement that the user perceives as downward with respect to the user's body, control signals are created with isometric gestures with each individual foot of the user, the control signals are created using intermittent control gesture events by lifting one foot off of the foot controller and placing the foot back down onto the foot controller.

US Pat. No. 10,712,811

PROVIDING A DIGITAL MODEL OF A CORRESPONDING PRODUCT IN A CAMERA FEED

FACEBOOK, INC., Menlo Pa...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions thereon that, when executed by at least one processor, cause a computing device to:provide, for display by a networking system application on the computing device, a digital media feed comprising one or more posts shared by users of a social networking system associated with the networking system application;
provide, within the digital media feed displayed by the networking system application, digital media portraying a product, wherein the digital media comprises a first call-to-action associated with the product;
detect, via the networking system application, a selection of the first call-to-action associated with the product portrayed in the digital media; and
in response to detecting the selection of the first call-to-action:
retrieve a digital model of the product portrayed in the digital media;
activate a camera interface of the networking system application on the computing device, wherein activating the camera interface comprises capturing a camera stream and providing the camera stream within the camera interface on the computing device;
generate an augmented reality experience by rendering, within the camera interface of the networking system application on the computing device, the digital model of the product portrayed in the digital media in connection with the camera stream; and
provide, within the camera interface, a second call-to-action configured to cause the computing device to locally store the digital model of the product portrayed in the digital media on the computing device for access to the augmented reality experience while offline.

US Pat. No. 10,712,810

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE 360 VIDEO PLAYBACK BASED ON USER LOCATION

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method of recording a video and playing back the video to a viewer in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment, the method comprising:recording a geographical area with an omnidirectional video recording camera, wherein recording includes:
dividing the geographical area into a plurality of area portions; and
recording, in separate video sections, each of the area portions while moving the camera in multiple directions, wherein each video section comprises a video of a given area portion recorded while moving in a given direction;
associating time points in each video section with virtual locations of the viewer;
receiving an indication of a desired direction of movement from the viewer at a given time point in a given video section; and
presenting to the viewer, a video section corresponding to the virtual location of the viewer and the desired direction of movement associated with the given time point in the given video sections;
wherein recording each of the area portions comprises:
recording a first video section while moving the camera in a forward direction through the area portion; and
recording a second video section while moving the camera in a backward direction through the area portion;
wherein the method further comprises:
presenting the first video section to the viewer;
detecting that the viewer has reversed a field of view from the forward direction to the backward direction; and
presenting the second video section to the viewer at a virtual location corresponding to the time of the field of view reversal.

US Pat. No. 10,712,808

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING DISPLAY MODE THEREOF

Chiun Mai Communication S...

1. A method for switching a display mode of an electronic device comprising a display and a processor, the display operable in a full display mode, a partial display mode, and an off mode, and the processor operable in an operating mode and a sleep mode, the method comprising:controlling the display to operate in the full display mode to display a full color user interface;
detecting whether a first predetermined trigger event occurs;
controlling the display, when the first predetermined trigger event occurs, to switch from the full display mode to the partial display mode and stop displaying the full color user interface;
starting to time a first predetermined time duration when the display is switched to the partial display mode;
generating, by the processor, a partial interface and displaying the partial interface on the display;
starting to time a second predetermined time duration when the partial interface is displayed on the display and controlling the processor to switch from the operating mode to the sleep mode;
detecting whether a second predetermined trigger event occurs after the processor is switched to the sleep mode;
controlling the processor, when it is determined that the second predetermined trigger event occurs, to switch from the sleep mode to the operating mode, and controlling the display to switch from the partial display mode to the full display mode;
determining, when it is determined that the second predetermined trigger event does not occur, whether the first predetermined time duration has been reached;
controlling the display, when it is determined that the first predetermined time duration has been reached, to switch from the partial display mode to the off mode; and
waking up the processor, when the first predetermined time duration has not been reached and the second predetermined time duration has been reached, to generate an updated partial interface and display the updated partial interface on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,712,807

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SAVING ALWAYS ON (AON) ROUTING OF SIGNALS ACROSS CHIPS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for saving always on (AON) routing of signals across chips, the method comprising:turning ON a first power signal in a system on a chip (SOC) when a Power ON Reset (PoR) signal is asserted and a clamp control signal is asserted and wherein the PoR signal comprises the clamp control signal;
turning ON a second power signal in the SOC after the first power signal is turned ON, wherein the second power signal is placed in an asserted state;
de-asserting and delaying the PoR signal after the second power signal is turned ON;
latching a logic signal with a LOW clamp keeper cell if the logic signal is at a LOW logic level or with a HIGH clamp keeper cell if the signal is at a HIGH logic level; and
de-asserting the second power signal while a first section of the SOC routes the logic signal through a second section of the SOC, wherein the second power signal is placed in a de-asserted state in response to the latching the logic signal with the LOW clamp keeper cell if the logic signal is at the LOW logic level or with the HIGH clamp keeper cell if the signal is at the HIGH logic level.

US Pat. No. 10,712,806

MANAGEMENT OF POWER STATE TRANSITIONS OF A MEMORY SUB-SYSTEM

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

8. A system comprising:a memory component; and
a processing device, operatively coupled with the memory component, to:
establish a transitory idle state for a memory sub-system comprising an active state and a deep idle state, wherein a first transitional energy associated with the transitory idle state is less than a second transitional energy associated with the deep idle state;
determine an idle state optimization time for the transitory idle state;
receive, from a host system, a first command associated with transitioning the memory sub-system from the active state to the deep idle state;
transition the memory sub-system to the transitory idle state in response to receiving the first command; and
maintain the memory sub-system in the transitory idle state for a duration of the idle state optimization time.

US Pat. No. 10,712,805

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEMS

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system, comprising:at least one processor;
a plurality of displays communicatively coupled to the at least one processor;
a memory medium that is coupled to the at least one processor and that includes instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the information handling system to:
determine if a user is in contact with the information handling system;
if the user is not in contact with the information handling system, utilize a first thermal profile, the first thermal profile including a first predetermined maximum temperature for a surface of the information handling system;
if the user is in contact with the information handling system, determine if the user is in contact with a first display of the plurality of displays;
if the user is in contact with the first display, migrate processing of information from a first processing component associated with the first display to a second processing component associated with a second display of the plurality of displays; and
if the user is not in contact with the first display, migrate the processing of the information from the second processing component associated with the second display to the first processing component associated with the first display.

US Pat. No. 10,712,804

DYNAMIC SELECTION OF DISPLAY RESOLUTION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:a display panel;
one or more sensors, wherein the one or more sensors is to output data indicative of an estimation of a distance of a user from the apparatus;
a circuitry coupled to the display panel, wherein the circuitry is to:
select a display resolution of the display panel, based at least in part on the estimate of the distance of the user from the apparatus, and
cause display of content at a resolution different from a requested display resolution on the display panel,
wherein the circuitry is to consider factors prior to cause the display of content at a resolution different from the request display resolution,
wherein the factors include: bandwidth available between the apparatus and a server, a Quality of Service (QoS) agreement between the apparatus and the server, and load on the server, and
wherein the server is to provide the content for display on the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,712,803

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER RECEIVING DEVICE AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPO...

1. A power supply system comprising:a power supply device comprising a first USB connector that conforms to the USB Type-C standard; and
a power receiving device comprising a second USB connector that conforms to the USB Type-C standard,
wherein the second USB connector has a high current notification pin to notify that it is possible to receive power at a high current greater than a predetermined reference current,
wherein, when the second USB connector is coupled to the first USB connector, the power receiving device notifies the power supply device indicating that it is possible to receive power at a high current greater than the predetermined reference current, through the high current notification pin,
wherein, when receiving the notification from the power receiving device of the fact that it is possible to receive power at a high current, the power supply device determines that it is possible to start power supply to the power receiving device at a high current,
wherein the power receiving device further comprises a plurality of downstream ports for device connection in accordance with the USB Type-C standard,
wherein the second USB connector further comprises a number notification pin to notify of a number of a downstream port that needs charging,
wherein, when the second USB connector is coupled to the first USB connector, the power receiving device detects the number of the downstream port that needs charging of the downstream ports, and notifies the power supply device of the number of the downstream port that needs charging, through the number notification pin,
wherein a plurality of VBUS pins in the first USB connector are allocated to supply power to each of the downstream ports in the power receiving device, and
wherein, when receiving the notification from the power receiving device indicating the number of the downstream port that needs charging, the power supply device starts power supply to the downstream port that needs charging in the power receiving device, through the VBUS pin corresponding to the number of the downstream port in the first USB connector.

US Pat. No. 10,712,802

POWER-SAVING WIRELESS SENSING DEVICE AND SYSTEM THEREOF

CHAOYANG UNIVERSITY OF TE...

1. A wireless sensing device, comprising:a wireless transmitter module, a microprocessor unit, a wake-on unit, a memory unit, a high-frequency oscillator, and a low-frequency oscillator; the wireless transmitter module being electrically connected to the microprocessor unit and the wake-on unit, respectively, the microprocessor unit being electrically connected to the wake-on unit, the memory unit, the high-frequency oscillator, and the low-frequency oscillator; the wake-on unit being a real time clock (RTC) module; the high-frequency oscillator generating a clock that works as a duty clock for the microprocessor unit when the microprocessor unit is in an on-duty mode; the low-frequency oscillator generating a clock that works as a duty clock for the microprocessor unit when the microprocessor unit is in a hibernation mode; the memory unit allowing the microprocessor unit to store a logic program and sub-programs thereof that operate the on-duty mode, the hibernation mode, or a sleep mode therein;
wherein, when the wireless transmitter module receives a sensing signal from outside, and transmits it to the microprocessor unit, the microprocessor unit generates a hibernation command or a sleep command depending on a level of the sensing signal, so that the microprocessor unit enters the hibernation mode from the on-duty mode it is previously in according to the hibernation command, or the microprocessor unit enters the sleep mode from the on-duty mode it is previously in according to the sleep command;
wherein, when the wireless transmitter module receives a wake-on signal from outside, and transmits it to the wake-on unit, the wake-on unit generates a resume-from-hibernation duty clock and a resume-from-sleep duty clock depending on a level of the wake-on signal, and transmits them to the microprocessor unit, so that the microprocessor unit returns to the on-duty mode from the hibernation mode according to the resume-from-hibernation duty clock, or the microprocessor unit returns to the on-duty mode from the sleep mode according to the resume-from-sleep duty clock.

US Pat. No. 10,712,801

USB TYPE-C POWER DELIVERY MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A device for managing power, wherein the device comprises:a CPU, a USB-C port, and a switch;
wherein the CPU is programmed to detect a voltage pull-down on a CC pin of the USB-C port;
wherein, after a time delay, the CPU is programmed to increase a floor of a CPU power budget;
wherein the CPU is notified of said increasing the floor of the CPU power budget;
wherein the switch is to apply power to a Vbus pin of the USB-C port;
wherein the CPU is programmed to read a power contract negotiated with a second device connected to a USB-C cable connected to the USB-C port; and
wherein the CPU is programmed to set a new floor to the CPU power budget based on the power contract.

US Pat. No. 10,712,800

ALIGNING ACTIVE AND IDLE PHASES IN A MIXED WORKLOAD COMPUTING PLATFORM

Advanced Micro Devices, I...

1. A system comprising:a memory subsystem;
a processor subsystem coupled to the memory subsystem, wherein the processor subsystem comprises a plurality of components; and
a control unit configured to:
monitor an amount of time that each of the processor subsystem and the memory subsystem spend in an operational state without transitioning to a low-power state, said operational state including at least an active phase and an idle phase; and
responsive to detecting that the amount of time is greater than a first duration:
force a transition of at least a first subset of components into the idle phase for a second duration; and
force a transition of the first subset of components into the active phase after expiration of the second duration.

US Pat. No. 10,712,799

INTELLIGENT MANAGEMENT FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device comprising:one or more processors configured to run one or more applications on the electronic device; and
a first proximity sensor coupled to the processor, wherein the one or more processors are further configured to:
allocate system resources of the electronic device to the one or more applications based on whether or not first proximity data indicative of user presence is detected at the first proximity sensor:
in accordance with a determination that the first proximity data indicative of user presence is detected at the first proximity sensor, display a first application in a foreground of a display area; and
in accordance with a determination that the first proximity data indicative of user presence is not detected at the first proximity sensor, forgo displaying the first application in the foreground of the display area.

US Pat. No. 10,712,798

SENSOR PROCESSING METHOD OF MOBILE TERMINAL, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A sensor processing method for a mobile terminal, comprising:assigning a connection interface to an application when the application needs to use sensors, and adding the allocated connection interface to an active connection interface queue for the sensors, wherein the active connection interface queue for the sensors is configured to store a currently available sensor connection;
detecting whether the mobile terminal is playing a video;
traversing the active connection interface queue for the sensors in response to detecting that the mobile terminal is playing the video;
determining whether an application corresponding to a connection interface in the active connection interface queue satisfies a filtering condition, wherein the filtering condition comprises the application not releasing a sensor connection when the mobile terminal is playing the video; and
in response to determining that the application corresponding to the connection interface fails to satisfy the filtering condition, invoking a disable interface of the sensor, and removing the connection interface from the active connection interface queue to release the sensor connection corresponding to the connection interface;
wherein the method further comprises:
in response to detecting that the mobile terminal is playing the video, determining whether the mobile terminal quits playing the video within a predetermined time period;
in response to determining that the mobile terminal does not quit playing the video within the predetermined time period, traversing the active connection interface queue.

US Pat. No. 10,712,797

TWO-PHASE DEPLOYMENT-INITIATED WAKEUP MECHANISM FOR BODY-MOUNTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A mountable device deployment system comprising:a body-mountable electronic device including:
a motion sensor adapted to detect a first deployment indicator, the first deployment indicator comprising an acceleration event indicative of deployment of the body-mountable electronic device, and
control circuitry adapted to transition the body-mountable electronic device from a sleep state to a wakeup verification state responsive to the first deployment indicator, and to transition the body-mountable electronic device from the wakeup verification state to an operational state responsive to detecting a second deployment indicator; and
a deployment applicator having the body-mountable electronic device retained therein, the deployment applicator including a deployment mechanism adapted to launch the body-mountable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,712,796

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO GENERATE AND USE POWER, THERMAL AND PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF NODES TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND REDUCING WAIT TIME FOR JOBS IN THE QUEUE

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having stored thereon instructions, the instructions being executable by one or more processors to perform operations including:receiving, by a calibration module executed by the one or more processors, a calibration request including (i) a workload type, (ii) a list of compute nodes belonging to a distributed computer system, and (iii) frequencies at which the compute nodes are to operate;
responsive to identifying the workload type as a clustered workload type, instructing a plurality of compute nodes on the list of compute nodes to begin processing a workload of the workload type;
responsive to identifying the workload type as a clustered workload type, instructing each compute node on the list of compute nodes to process the workload of the workload type at each of the frequencies in the calibration request and sample a plurality of measurements at predetermined time intervals for each of the frequencies processing the workload at each compute node;
responsive to beginning processing of the workload of the workload type, sampling one or more measurements of one or more components of each compute node processing the workload to collect measurements at each of the frequencies in the calibration request,
wherein the sampling includes:
collecting the measurements of the one or more components of a first compute node on the list of compute nodes by the first compute node,
transmitting, at a predetermined time interval during the collecting, the collected measurements to a head node of the distributed computer system, and
processing, during the collecting, the measurements by the head node; and
generating calibration results based on the sampled measurements at each of the frequencies for each compute node and adjusting a power allocated for a job based on the calibration results.

US Pat. No. 10,712,794

ACCURATE CALCULATION OF CONSUMPTION POWER OF A PROCESSOR CAUSED BY EXECUTION OF A PROGRAM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An apparatus to calculate consumption power of a processor caused by execution of a program, based on sampling data acquired by event-based sampling, the apparatus comprising;a memory; and
the processor coupled to the memory, the processor configured to:
determine whether the processor is in an idle state, by using the sampling data of a clock event, the clock event being an event which generates an interrupt at fixed time intervals when the processor is not in the idle state, and which generates the interrupt when a state of the processor changes from the idle state to a non-idle state, and
in a case where the processor is in the idle state, calculate a first amount of consumption power of the processor in the idle state, based on a second amount of consumption power calculated using a consumption power model and a third amount of consumption power included in the sampling data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,793

EXTERNAL DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEM

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. An external graphics card device, comprising:at least one first connector;
a signal transmission module, electrically connected to the at east one first connector; and
a power module, electrically connected to the at least one first connector and outputting power via the at least one first connector,
wherein the at least one first connector is adapted to transmit both a non universal serial bus (non USB) signal and power,
wherein when the non USB signal is transmitted via the at least one first connector, the external graphics card device outputs the power via the at least one first connector,
wherein when a USB 3.1 signal is transmitted via the at least one first connector, the external graphics card device receives the power via the at least one first connector.

US Pat. No. 10,712,791

PHOTOVOLTAIC POWERED THERMAL MANAGEMENT FOR WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A head-mounted display device, comprising:a display to generate imagery within a field-of-view of a user;
a housing assembly having an outer shell that at least partially encloses one or more computing components that emit heat during operation, wherein the housing assembly is mechanically coupled to the display to support the display within the field-of-view of the user;
a support element that is mechanically coupled to the housing assembly to enable the housing assembly to be mounted to a head of the user to maintain the display within the field-of-view of the user; and
one or more photovoltaic cells that are mechanically coupled to the housing assembly that at least partially encloses the one or more computing components that emit heat during operation, wherein the one or more photovoltaic cells are positioned to reduce a solar gain of the housing assembly by blocking solar radiation from at least a portion of the outer shell of the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,712,790

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING TEMPERATURE CYCLING RISK ON AN INFORMATION HANDLING RESOURCE

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a circuit board;
a device communicatively coupled to the circuit board on a front side of the circuit board via an electrical interface;
a temperature sensor for sensing a measured temperature associated with the device;
an air mover;
a heating element thermally coupled to the electrical interface; and
a thermal control system configured to:
receive a temperature signal from the temperature sensor indicative of the measured temperature;
responsive to the measured temperature being above a maximum threshold temperature, control the air mover to generate airflow sufficient to at least reduce the measured temperature to below the maximum threshold temperature; and
responsive to the measured temperature being below a minimum threshold temperature, control the heating element to cause the measured temperature to be maintained above the minimum threshold temperature;
wherein the heating element is coupled to a back side of the circuit board, and wherein the circuit board includes one or more vias configured to transmit heat from the heating element to the device and the electrical interface.

US Pat. No. 10,712,789

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT THERMAL THROTTLING WITH WORKLOAD ADAPTED THERMAL SENSOR MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus to control temperature of an integrated circuit (IC), the apparatus comprising:a plurality of thermal sensors, each of the plurality of thermal sensors being located in an area of a die of the IC to record the die temperature at a location in its associated area; and
a thermal controller coupled to the plurality of thermal sensors to perform thermal throttling of the IC to reduce the temperature of the IC in response to the die temperature recorded by any one temperature sensors of the plurality of thermal sensors being greater than an individual temperature threshold for said any one temperature sensor, the individual temperature threshold for each temperature sensor being based on a maximum temperature allowed for the area of the die in the IC in which said each thermal sensor is located and power supplied to a plurality of areas of the IC, wherein the individual temperature threshold for each temperature sensor is based on a difference between the maximum temperature allowed for the area in the IC in which said each thermal sensor is located and power supplied to the plurality of areas of the IC.

US Pat. No. 10,712,788

EXTENDABLE STRUCTURE FOR PROTECTING ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS

International Business Ma...

1. An apparatus comprising:an enclosure that includes one or more components, wherein a portion of the one or more components protrudes out of a first side of the enclosure, wherein the one or more components are electrical connectors that join to a first wall of an equipment chassis;
a first extendable member assembly coupled to a lower interior surface of the enclosure, wherein the first extendable member assembly includes:
a first structure coupled to a first compressible member, wherein a force applied to the first structure at the first side of the enclosure translates to the first compressible member;
a pin coupled to the first structure, wherein the first structure rotates around a central axis of the pin; and
a lower edge of the first structure located below a lower edge of the one or more components, wherein a length of the first structure in an extended state is longer than a length of the protruding portion of the one or more components.

US Pat. No. 10,712,786

MULTIFUNCTIONAL DEVICE

1. A multifunctional device, comprising a base (1), a housing (4) releasably secured to the base (1), a casing (2) concealed by the housing (4), and a toy (3) concealed by the casing (2) wherein:the base (1) includes a base plate (14), a tray (13) on the base plate (14), a printed circuit board (PCB) (12) on the tray (13), and a cover (11) releasably secured to the base plate (14) to conceal both the PCB (12) and the tray (13);
the cover (11) includes a circular cavity (111) on a top, and a closed groove (112) on edges of the top;
the PCB (12) includes a direct current (DC) connector 1(21) and a plurality of Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (122);
the tray (13) includes two slides (131) on two sides respectively, and a handle (132) on a front end so that the tray (13) is configured to push into the base (1) or pull out of the base (1) to position the handle (132) externally of the base (1);
after the tray (13) has been pulled out, a tablet computer (6) or a mobile phone (7) is configured to position and tilt on a gap between the handle (132) and the base (1);
the casing (2) includes first and second pad members (21, 22) arranged symmetrically;
the second pad member (22) includes a hollow half spherical member (25) having an internal space (251), a hollow half spherical element (23) complementarily disposed in the space (151) and having an internal space (231) and a plurality of wells (232) on an outer surface; and a ring member (24) including a central hole (241), a plurality of latches (242) on a bottom, a plurality of projections (243) on a top, and a plurality of recesses (244) alternating with the projections (243) and being complimentary to the projections (243) respectively;
the latches (242) are fastened in the wells (232) to fasten the hollow half spherical element (23), the hollow half spherical member (25), and the ring member (24) together;
the first and second pad members (21, 22) are configured to separate from each other and place below a rear end of a bottom of a notebook computer (5), the tablet computer (6), or the mobile phone (7) so as to tilt the notebook computer (5), the tablet computer (6), or the mobile phone (7);
the toy (3) is disposed in the space (231) and includes first and second half bodies (31, 32) arranged symmetrically, and a joining member (33);
the first half body (31) includes two opposite rotary bearings (311) on a bottom, an intermediate groove (312), and an upper groove (313);
the joining member (33) includes first and second pivots (331, 332) on either end and disposed in the rotary bearings (311, 322) to assemble the first and second half bodies (31, 32) and the joining member (33) so that the toy (3) is configured to unfold or fold;
when the toy (3) is folded, a cable (8) is configured to wind therearound;
when the toy (3) is unfolded, the tablet computer (6) or the mobile phone (7) is configured to rest on the intermediate groove (312) of one of the first and second half bodies (31, 32);
the housing (4) includes an open top (41), a blind bottom (42), a first flange (43) around the open top (41), and a second flange (44) around the blind bottom (42); and
the second flange (44) is fitted in the groove (112) to secure the housing (4) and the base (1) together.

US Pat. No. 10,712,785

HINGE STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A hinge structure, comprising:a torsion element, having a first through portion;
a shaft, passing through the first through portion;
a hinge cover, covering the shaft and the torsion element;
a bracket, disposed at a side of the torsion element and having a second through portion; and
a fixing element, having a third through portion and a fixing portion, the fixing element being fixed at one of the torsion element and the bracket by the fixing portion,
wherein the shaft further passes through the second through portion and the third through portion to arrange the first through portion, the second through portion and the third through portion locating adjacent to each other, and the torsion element is configured to rotate with the fixing element in relative to the bracket through the shaft as an axle center to generate torsion, or the bracket is configured to rotate with the fixing element in relative to the torsion element through the shaft as an axle center to generate torsion,
wherein the third through portion is in form of a ring shape and disposed around the shaft, the fixing portion is an engaging opening, the fixing element comprises a plurality of the fixing plates, the fixing plates form a spring surrounding the shaft, and the fixing plates are either disposed overlapping each other and fixed at said one of the torsion element and the bracket, or the fixing plates are connected and formed as one piece and fixed at said one of the torsion element and the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,712,784

FLEXIBLE INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM DISPLAY

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system hinge structure comprising:first and second hinges, each hinge having five geared rotational portions that translate rotational motion through gear interactions, the first and second hinges configured to rotationally couple first and second housing portions to each other, the first and second housing portions rotating between a tablet position having the five geared rotational portions of each hinge coplanar with the first and second housing portions and a closed position having the five geared rotational portions rotated to a semicircular configuration;
first and second interconnect bars, the first interconnect bar fixedly coupled to a central geared rotational portion of the first hinge, the second interconnect bar fixedly coupled to a central geared rotational portion of the second hinge; and
a shape memory alloy support disposed between the first and second hinges and fixedly coupled to the first and second interconnect bars, the shape memory alloy bending in response to rotation of the hinges.

US Pat. No. 10,712,783

KEYBOARD ACCESSORY FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An accessory device for use with an electronic device, the accessory device comprising:a cover section that defines a receiving surface for the electronic device, the cover section comprising:
electrical contacts located on the receiving surface, the electrical contacts configured to electrically couple to the electronic device,
a first segment having a first size,
a second segment rotatably coupled to the first segment, the second segment having a second size less than the first size;
a cover magnet located in the cover section, the cover magnet capable of magnetically coupling with a device magnet in the electronic device; and
a keyboard section rotatably coupled to the cover section, the keyboard section comprising a keyboard and a channel, the channel capable of receiving the electronic device when the electronic device is coupled to the cover section.

US Pat. No. 10,712,782

FRONT COVER ASSEMBLY AND TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A front cover assembly, comprising:a frame, having a first wall and a second wall connecting to the first wall, and defining a receiving cavity;
a cover glass partially received in the receiving cavity of the frame, the cover glass having a lateral face facing the frame, the cover glass having a step portion at the lateral face, the step portion having a first flat face and a second flat face, a first gap being defined between the first flat face of the step portion and the first wall of the frame, a second gap being defined between the second flat face of the step portion and the second wall of the frame; and
a waterproof glue, located at the first flat face and the second flat face of the step portion of the cover glass, at the first wall and the second wall of the frame, wherein the waterproof glue fills the first gap and the second gap,
wherein the first flat face and the second flat face of the step portion form a first obtuse angle therebetween, and the first obtuse angle faces the first wall and the second wall of the frame;
wherein the waterproof glue and the step portion engage each other by interference fit;
wherein the step portion further comprises a third face extending from the second flat face, the third face and the second wall define a third gap therebetween, a length of interference of the waterproof glue extending from the second gap to the third gap ranges from 0.03 mm to 0.10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,712,781

CASING ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A casing assembly of an electronic device, configured to connect a connecting assembly, comprising:a metal casing; and
an injection-molded frame, made of a high-molecular polymer, including an outer frame, a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface being adhered to the metal casing via an adhesive, the second surface being configured with at least two connecting structures being fixed to the connecting assembly, and the connecting assembly being assembled to the metal casing via the at least two connecting structures;
wherein one of the at least two connecting structures is a screwing structure integrally configured on the outer frame, and another one of the at least two connecting structures is a clip-on structure integrally configured on the second surface;
wherein, after the first surface is adhered to the metal casing, the at least two connecting structures protrude toward a direction away from the metal casing.

US Pat. No. 10,712,780

DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A method for manufacturing a display device, comprising:providing a display panel including a first area, a second area, and a bending portion provided between the first area and the second area;
bending the bending portion to make the first area overlap the second area and to form a space between the first area and the second area that overlap each other, wherein at least one of the first area and the second area includes pixels for displaying an image;
after the bending, applying a supporter forming material into at least the space and to the bending portion; and
after the applying, curing the supporter forming material to form a supporter.

US Pat. No. 10,712,778

MODULAR EMBEDDED COMPUTE APPLIANCE DOCKING BOARD, AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE SAME

Management Services Group...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a docking board configured to be removably coupled to a processor board that does not function when not operatively coupled to the docking board, the docking board configured to send power to and receive a control signal from the processor board when operatively coupled to the processor board, the docking board configured to not send power and not receive a control signal when not operatively coupled to the processor board,
the docking board configured to be removably coupled to an expansion board that is configured to perform a computer function that is not performed by the processor board and the docking board,
the docking board configured to send power and a control signal to the expansion board when the docking board is operatively coupled to the processor board and the expansion board, the docking board configured to not send power and not send a control signal to the expansion board when the docking board is not operatively coupled to the processor board and the expansion board, and
the docking board, the processor board and the expansion board collectively defining a portable computer when the docking board is operatively coupled to the processor board and the expansion board,
the docking board is configured to send the power in a first configuration to the expansion board when the expansion board is operatively coupled to a peripheral device of a type and configured to send the power in a second configuration to the expansion board when the expansion board is not operatively coupled to a peripheral device of the type.

US Pat. No. 10,712,777

ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT DETECTS A WEARABLE OBJECT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A portable electronic device, comprising:a housing that carries operational components that include:
a magnetic field sensor capable of ROM detecting relative motion of a wearable object with respect to the housing, and providing, in response to detecting the relative motion, a corresponding detection signal, and
a processor in communication with the magnetic field sensor, wherein the processor is capable of receiving the corresponding detection signal, and executing instructions in accordance with the relative motion.

US Pat. No. 10,712,776

DISPLAY TERMINALS AND WEARABLE DEVICES

1. A display terminal, comprising:a hard body, configured to mount components;
two bendable parts, respectively located on two sides of the hard body and spliced on a plane to form a bendable body;
a flexible display, covering the outer surface of the hard body and the bendable body;
wherein the hard body is disposed obliquely with respect to a rectangular side of the flexible display, and the shape of the two bendable parts are all triangular or trapezoidal, or the shape of one of the two bendable parts is triangular, the shape of the other is trapezoidal.

US Pat. No. 10,712,775

DICHROIC COMBINER BACKLIGHT USED IN A HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel; and
a backlight including:
an LED assembly including:
a first LED emitting a first light at a first wavelength;
a second LED emitting a second light at a second wavelength;
a third LED emitting a third light at a third wavelength; and
a dichroic combiner, including:
a substrate to propagate the first, second, and third light, the substrate including a polymer material, the substrate including: a first surface for receiving the first light from the first color LED; a second surface for receiving the second light from the second color LED; a third surface for receiving the third light from the third color LED; and a fourth surface for outputting the first, second, and third light at a first direction into a light guide for illuminating the display panel;
a first dielectric layer disposed within the substrate, the first dielectric layer configured to: receive the first light propagating at a second direction from the first surface of the substrate; transmit the first light propagating at the second direction to a second dielectric layer; receive the second light propagating at a third direction from the second surface of the substrate; and reflect the second light to propagate at the second direction to the second dielectric layer; and
the second dielectric layer disposed within the substrate, the second dielectric layer configured to: receive the first light propagating at the second direction from the first dielectric layer; reflect the first light to propagate at the first direction to the fourth surface; receive the second light reflected from the first dielectric layer propagating at the second direction; reflect the second light to propagate at the first direction to the fourth surface; receive the third light propagating at the first direction from the third surface of the substrate; and transmit the third light at the first direction to the fourth surface.

US Pat. No. 10,712,774

ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH STRUCTURAL GLASS MEMBERS

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A mobile phone comprising:an enclosure defining an interior volume and comprising:
a glass member formed from a single piece of glass and defining:
a front wall of the mobile phone;
at least a portion of a first sidewall of the mobile phone and at least a portion of a second sidewall of the mobile phone, the portion of the second sidewall parallel with the portion of the first sidewall; and
at least a portion of a third sidewall of the mobile phone and at least a portion of a fourth sidewall of the mobile phone, the portion of the fourth sidewall parallel with the portion of the third sidewall; and
a display positioned within the interior volume of the enclosure and defining, along a contiguous surface:
a first portion configured to produce a first graphical output visible through the front wall;
a second portion configured to produce a second graphical output visible through the first sidewall; and
a third portion configured to produce a third graphical output visible through the second sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,712,773

SYSTEMS WITH LOW-FRICTION MATTE FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUITS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing having an upper housing portion and a lower housing portion, wherein the housing has an opening between the upper housing portion and the lower housing portion;
a hinge that connects the upper housing portion to the lower housing portion;
first circuitry in the upper housing portion;
second circuitry in the lower housing portion; and
a flexible printed circuit that is coupled between the first circuitry in the upper housing portion and the second circuitry in the lower housing portion, wherein the flexible printed circuit has a first region with a low-friction hydrophobic coating and a second region with a matte coating, and wherein the matte region is exposed by the opening between the upper housing portion and the lower housing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,712,772

DATA PROCESSING CIRCUITS

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

1. A data-processing-circuit comprising:a clock-input-terminal configured to receive a clock-signal;
a data-output-terminal configured to provide a data-output-signal;
an adjustable-driver-buffer configured to:
receive a data-signal; and
apply a driver-strength-value to the data-signal in order to provide a data-output-signal,
wherein a current level of the data-output-signal is based on the driver-strength-value; and
a driver-control-module comprising:
a time-alignment-module configured to:
process the clock-signal and the data-output-signal in order to determine a timing-delay-signal that is representative of a time delay between: a transition in the clock-signal; and a transition in the data-output-signal; and
provide the driver-strength-value for the adjustable-driver-buffer based on the timing-delay-signal and a target-delay-signal,
wherein the driver-strength-value is for reducing a difference between: the timing-delay-signal; and the target-delay-signal by varying the current level of the data-output-signal based on the driver strength-value.

US Pat. No. 10,712,771

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZED PLAYBACK OF STREAMING DIGITAL CONTENT

NETFLIX, INC., Los Gatos...

1. A method for playing a digital content title synchronously across a plurality of endpoint devices, the method comprising:transmitting, to a content server, a playback session identifier that uniquely identifies a session of two or more sessions, of which each session facilitates synchronous playback of the digital content title across multiple endpoint devices;
transmitting, from a first endpoint device and to the content server, an event request that includes: (1) a playback command initiated at the first endpoint device at a first time and associated with the digital content title, and (2) a specified time subsequent to the first time when the playback command is to be executed, wherein the specified time is determined by the first endpoint device based on: (1) a first latency associated with transmission of the event request from the first endpoint device to the content server via the communications network, (2) a second latency associated with transmission from the content server back to the first endpoint device via the communications network, and (3) a third latency associated with transmission from the content server to a second endpoint device via the communications network, wherein the first endpoint device and the content server comprise different machines coupled to one another via the communications network, and wherein the second endpoint device and the content server comprise different machines coupled to one another via the communications network;
receiving, by the first endpoint device and from the content server, an event command that includes the playback command and the specified time;
scheduling, by the first endpoint device in response to the event command, the playback command for execution at the specified time based on a local time signal that has been synchronized to a time reference signal;
receiving, by the first endpoint device and from the content server, a second event command that includes a second playback command associated with the digital content title and initiated at the first endpoint device; and
scheduling, by the first endpoint device in response to the second event command, the second playback command for execution based on the local time signal and one or more timestamps associated with one or more portions of the digital content title being played in response to the playback command being executed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,770

CLOCK PHASE ALIGNER FOR HIGH SPEED DATA SERIALIZERS

XILINX, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A multiplexer-clock phase-alignment system for an integrated circuit, the system comprising:a) a replica multiplexer (RMUX) configured to receive a replica of input data bus to generate a replica serial data output signal (RDout) in response to a multiphase RMUX control input;
b) a duty cycle calibration (DCC) processing circuit configured to receive the replica serial data output signal RDout and the multiphase RMUX control input, wherein the DCC processing circuit is further configured to generate a delay control signal in response to sensing duty cycle errors in the multiphase RMUX control input;
c) an adjustable delay line circuit (ADL) configured to update the multiphase RMUX control input received by the replica multiplexer by selectively delaying component signals of the multiphase RMUX control input in response to the delay control signal; and,
d) a main multiplexer (MMUX) fabricated on a common substrate with the RMUX and configured to replicate the multiplexer operation of the RMUX in response to the multiphase RMUX control input.

US Pat. No. 10,712,769

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLOCK SIGNAL DISTRIBUTION

Oracle International Corp...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a first communications circuit; and
a clock distribution network coupled to the first communications circuit, wherein the clock distribution network comprises:
a clock source; and
a current mode logic (CML) driver coupled to receive a differential clock signal generated by the clock source and configured to transmit the differential clock signal over a differential signal path, wherein the CML driver includes a differential input coupled to receive the differential clock signal from the clock source, a CML output, and further includes AC coupling capacitors coupled between the differential input and the CML output;
a CML receiver coupled to receive the differential clock signal; and
a swing detection circuit coupled to the differential signal path, wherein the swing detection circuit is configured to regulate a current provided by a current source of the CML driver based on a signal swing on each line in the differential signal path, wherein the current source of the CML driver is a single current source coupled to provide a tail current for both portions of the differential signal path.

US Pat. No. 10,712,768

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING FREQUENCY RANGE OF A CIRCUIT AND FOR OVER-CLOCKING AND UNDER-CLOCKING

Intel Corporation, Santa...

15. A system comprising:a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor includes:
a first phase locked loop (PLL) having a divider, wherein the first PLL is to receive a reference clock and to compare the reference clock with a feedback clock, wherein the feedback clock is output from the divider, and wherein the first PLL is to generate an output clock;
a second PLL to receive a version of the output clock; and
a logic to adaptively adjust a divider ratio for the divider such that the first PLL remains locked while the logic is to adjust the divider ratio; and
a connectivity interface coupled to the processor.

US Pat. No. 10,712,767

CLOCK GENERATOR AND CLOCK GENERATION METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A clock generator comprising:a frequency divider which generates a divided frequency clock of a frequency lower than a frequency of a source clock by performing mask processing on part of a pulse train of the source clock;
wherein the frequency divider selectively generates the divided frequency clock by selectively using one of a plurality of different bit string patterns stored in a memory to mask the pulse train of the source clock at fixed periods, wherein the plurality of bit strings mask different numbers of pulses of the pulse train.

US Pat. No. 10,712,766

HYPERVISORS TIMER TECHNIQUES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, perform a method, comprising:
accessing timer information for a first timer associated with a virtual machine, wherein the timer information comprises information relating to an enable bit for the first timer;
generating, at a host machine, a second timer based on the timer information, wherein generating the second timer comprises setting an enable bit of the second timer based on the timer information for the first timer;
resuming execution of the virtual machine;
receiving a request to set a timer from the virtual machine; and
generating, at the host machine, a third timer based on the request, wherein generating the third timer comprises automatically setting an enable bit of the third timer to indicate the third timer is enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,712,764

VARIABLE FORCE ELECTRONIC VEHICLE CLUTCH PEDAL

CTS Corporation, Lisle, ...

1. An electronic vehicle clutch pedal comprising:a housing;
a pedal arm coupled to and rotatable relative to the housing in response to the application of a foot force against the pedal arm in a first vehicle clutch pedal engagement direction and defining a contact surface including a plurality of surface segments;
a force lever pivotable about the housing and abutted against the contact surface on the pedal arm; and
a compressible member having a first end abutted against the pedal arm and a second end abutted against the force lever;
whereby the application of the foot force against the pedal arm in the first vehicle clutch pedal engagement direction results in the pivoting of the force lever and the sliding of the force lever along the plurality of surface segments of the pedal arm for generating a force of increasing, then decreasing, and then increasing magnitude on the pedal arm in the first vehicle clutch pedal engagement direction of the pedal arm.

US Pat. No. 10,712,763

SUB-BANDGAP REFERENCE VOLTAGE SOURCE

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

1. A sub-bandgap reference source circuit, comprising:a current mirror source arranged to supply a same current to
a first branch comprising a first bipolar junction transistor, BJT, and a second branch comprising a second bipolar junction transistor, BJT,
wherein the first BJT has an emitter current density, which is lower than the emitter current density of the second BJT,
wherein the first branch and the second branch are connected at a first node, which is coupled to ground,
a first voltage divider comprising a first resistance and a second resistance coupled in series, wherein the first resistance is coupled between a base terminal of the first BJT and a second node, wherein the second resistor is coupled to ground;
a second voltage divider comprising a third resistance and a fourth resistance coupled in series, wherein the third resistance is coupled between the second node and a base terminal of the second BJT, wherein the fourth resistance, is coupled to the first node; and
an output terminal coupled to the second node.

US Pat. No. 10,712,762

SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR SYSTEM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor circuit, comprising:a bandgap reference voltage generation circuit including an operational amplifier to amplify a differential voltage between a first node and a second node;
a first startup circuit which receives input of an output signal of the operational amplifier from an output voltage node of the bandgap reference voltage generation circuit and pulls up the second node; and
a second startup circuit which pulls down the output voltage node, wherein the second startup circuit includes a transistor controlled by an inverted voltage level of a startup node, and
a ground voltage is provided to the output voltage node when the transistor is turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,712,761

MULTI-BIT DIGITALLY CONTROLLED ACCURATE CURRENT SOURCE CIRCUIT

AMPLIPHY TECHNOLOGIES LIM...

1. A multi-bit digitally controlled accurate current source circuit, comprising:a reference current detection unit having a resistor, coupled with a reference current source and configured to generate a first bias voltage according to a reference current of the reference current source, wherein the generated first bias voltage comprises an unchanging first bias voltage;
a voltage buffer unit, coupled with the reference current detection unit and configured to receive the first bias voltage of the reference current detection unit and to generate a buffer voltage according to the first bias voltage at the same time, wherein the generated buffer voltage comprises an unchanging buffer voltage;
a digital logic control unit, coupled with the voltage buffer unit and configured to receive the buffer voltage of the voltage buffer unit and to generate a digital control signal according to the buffer voltage at the same time, wherein the digital logic control unit is powered by the buffer voltage of the voltage buffer unit;
a switch array unit, coupled with the digital logic control unit and configured to receive the digital control signal of the digital logic control unit and to generate an on-off signal controlling a current source array unit according to the digital control signal at the same time; and
the current source array unit, coupled with the switch array unit and the reference current detection unit, and configured to receive and respond to the on-off signal of the switch array unit so as to control turn-on and turn-off of a current source in the current source array unit.

US Pat. No. 10,712,760

LOW-TEMPERATURE VOLTAGE REFERENCE USING COULOMB BLOCKADE MECHANISM

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE)

1. A method of generating a reference voltage, comprising:providing a first single-electron transistor (SET) and a second SET connected in series with the first SET;
biasing the first SET and the second SET using a same biasing current (Ib);
operating the first SET at a slope of a first Coulomb peak, wherein the slope of the first Coulomb peak is of a slope type selected from a rising slope, a peak maximum, and a falling slope;
operating the second SET at a slope of a second Coulomb peak, wherein the second Coulomb peak is different from the first Coulomb peak, and wherein the slope of the second Coulomb peak is of the same slope type as the slope of the first Coulomb peak; and
generating the reference voltage (Vref) based on a difference between a gate-to-source voltage (Vgs1) of the first SET and a gate-to-source voltage (Vgs2) of the second SET.

US Pat. No. 10,712,759

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING BANDWIDTH OF LOW-DROPOUT REGULATORS USING POWER TRANSMISSION LINES FOR HIGH SPEED INPUT OUTPUT DRIVERS

GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH COR...

1. A power delivery system for providing power to I/O circuits, the power system comprising:a. a power source;
b. a voltage regulator module (VRM) connected to the power source;
c. a low dropout voltage regulator (LDO) connected in series with the VRM, the LDO connected to the I/O circuits; and
d. a single dimension power delivery network (PDN) comprising:
i. a power transmission line (PTL); and
ii. a reference plane that forms an uninterrupted return path with the PTL; and
e. a capacitor,wherein the PTL with the capacitor are connected to and placed between the VRM and the LDO, connecting the LDO and VRM in series, the PTL causing a low impedance resonance null in a PSR peaking range of the LDO, leading to a minimal power supply noise at an input of the LDO without affecting the overall system level noise rejection performance, wherein the VRM and the LDO operate together at the same time, and wherein the combination of the VRM, LDO, and PDN allow the LDO to deliver clean power to the I/O circuits while maintaining energy efficiency.

US Pat. No. 10,712,757

PROCESS CONTROLLER WITH AN INTEGRATED OPTICAL DETECTOR

Watlow Electric Manufactu...

1. A system comprising:at least one optical probe; and
a processor controller comprising:
at least one optical sensor integrated in the process controller, the at least one optical sensor being communicably coupled to the at least one optical probe, wherein the at least one optical sensor includes an optical source, an optical detector, and a cable interface, wherein the cable interface is configured to connect to a fiber-optic cable and couples the at least one optical probe to the at least one optical sensor by way of the fiber-optic cable, wherein the optical source emits light toward the at least one optical probe via the cable interface and the fiber-optical cable, and the optical detector receives a return light profile from the at least one optical probe via the cable interface and the fiber-optic cable, and the optical detector outputs an electronic signal based on the return light profile, and
a control unit in communication with the at least one optical sensor, wherein the control unit measures and stores a condition of an object based on the electronic signal and controls a controlled device based on the measured condition.

US Pat. No. 10,712,756

MIXING VALVE ARRANGEMENT FOR A HYDRAULIC SYSTEM, INCLUDING AN OIL COOLING SYSTEM AND COMPRESSOR SYSTEM

GARDNER DENVER DEUTSCHLAN...

1. A mixing valve arrangement for a hydraulic system, the mixing valve arrangement comprising:a cavity in which a mixing cylinder, at least one first and second inlet chamber as well as an outlet are provided, said first and second inlet chambers being axially offset and each in communication with a respective supply channel and supply channel and in communication with the mixing cylinder, whereby via the supply channels at least two components are supplied for their mixing;
a mixing piston, which is axially mounted and movable in the mixing cylinder, presenting at least one flow path which, according to the axial position of the mixing piston, communicates the first and/or the second inlet chamber with the outlet;
a thrust rod, which is axially mounted and movable and connected to the mixing piston in order to change the axial position thereof; and
a drive, said drive being connected as an actuator to the thrust rod for the axial movement thereof; characterized in that the drive is an electrical motor, which is completely arranged inside the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,712,755

LINEAR SOLENOID VALVE

JATCO LTD, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A linear solenoid valve, comprising:a spool that strokes to one side in an axis direction by conduction of current to a coil;
an urging member that urges the spool to the other side in the axis direction; and
a control part for controlling the conduction of the current to the coil,
wherein an oil pressure in a hydraulic circuit is controlled by adjusting a discharge amount of an oil from a pressure adjusting port communicating with the hydraulic circuit by the spool that strokes in the axis direction,
wherein the control part includes:
a determination unit for determining start of an operation to remove foreign substances by the spool;
a command value setting unit for setting a command value for the current conducted to the coil; and
a dither current setting unit for setting a dither current superimposed on the command value of the current, and
wherein when the determination unit determines the start of the foreign substance removing operation,
the dither current setting unit changes an oscillation frequency of the dither current superimposed on the command value of the current to an oscillation frequency lower than an oscillation frequency at a current point in time, and
the command value setting unit periodically increases and reduces the command value on which the changed oscillation frequency is superimposed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,754

PRESSURE REGULATING SHUT-OFF VALVE

MICROTECNICA S.R.L., Tur...

1. A pressure regulating shut-off valve comprising a valve body, a regulating piston, a shut-off piston, a solenoid valve, and a pressure relief valve; wherein the valve body defines an inlet and an outlet, and comprises at least a portion formed by an additive manufacturing process;wherein the valve body comprises a front portion comprising the inlet, a centre portion, and a rear portion comprising the outlet;
wherein the centre portion is disposed between the front portion and the rear portion;
wherein one or more of the front portion, the centre portion and the rear portion are formed by the additive manufacturing process and the additive manufacturing of the portion(s) includes forming internal passageways or ducts;
wherein the front portion houses the shut-off piston and the rear portion houses the regulating piston;
wherein the shut-off piston and the regulating piston are each separately actuable to prevent fluid communication from the inlet to the outlet; and
wherein the front portion is formed by the additive manufacturing process and comprises a duct internal to the valve body, the duct being defined entirely within a wall of the front portion and formed during the additive manufacturing process, wherein the duct extends within the wall from the solenoid valve to the inlet and thereby connects the solenoid valve and the inlet so that all fluid communication from the inlet to the solenoid valve is within the wall of the valve body, the duct configured to pneumatically supply the solenoid valve from the inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,712,752

HIGH AUTHORITY STABILITY AND CONTROL AUGMENTATION SYSTEM

1. A method for increasing the authority of a stability and control augmentation system, comprising:providing a first actuator;
grouping robust inputs into a first group of inputs;
grouping non-robust inputs into a second group of inputs;
processing the first group of inputs into trusted commands for the actuator;
processing the second group of inputs into un-trusted commands for the actuator;
providing a set of limits for the un-trusted commands;
limiting the contribution of the un-trusted commands based on the set of limits to form limited un-trusted commands; and
summing the trusted commands with the limited un-trusted commands,
wherein the robust inputs are monitored.

US Pat. No. 10,712,751

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TERRAIN SIMULATION FLYING OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHN...

1. A method for terrain simulation flying of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), comprising:acquiring a vertical distance between the UAV and a ground;
acquiring an oblique distance between the UAV and the ground;
acquiring an angle between the vertical distance and the oblique distance; and
a step of adjusting a terrain simulation flying state of the UAV according to the angle, the vertical distance and the oblique distance;
wherein the step of adjusting the terrain simulation flying state of the UAV according to the angle, the vertical distance and the oblique distance comprises:
calculating one or more items of judgment data by using the angle and the vertical distance;
composing one or more judgment data ranges by the one or more items of judgment data; and
a step of adjusting the terrain simulation flying state of the UAV according to one of the judgment data ranges within which the oblique distance falls.

US Pat. No. 10,712,750

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE FLEET SERVICE AND SYSTEM

Zoox, Inc., Foster City,...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
computer-readable memory comprising computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to:
receive sensor data from an autonomous vehicle autonomously transiting via an outdoor road network from a first geographic location to a second geographic location via a planned path, the sensor data indicating an event encountered by the autonomous vehicle;
receive a request for guidance from the autonomous vehicle;
generate substantially simultaneously, and based at least in part on the request for guidance, multiple candidate trajectories for the autonomous vehicle to maneuver from a current trajectory, each of the multiple candidate trajectories using an alternate path configured to reduce impact of the event on operation of the autonomous vehicle and return the autonomous vehicle to the planned path;
calculate confidence levels associated with each of the multiple candidate trajectories, the confidence levels being indicative of a respective degree of certainty that a respective candidate trajectory reduces a probability that the event impacts operation of the autonomous vehicle;
select a particular candidate trajectory from among at least a subset of the multiple candidate trajectories to be used as a guided trajectory; and
transmit the guided trajectory from the system to the autonomous vehicle for use in maneuvering the autonomous vehicle from the current trajectory in response to the event.

US Pat. No. 10,712,749

DISCOVERY AND MONITORING OF AN ENVIRONMENT USING A PLURALITY OF ROBOTS

Daedalus Blue LLC, Bronx...

1. An apparatus for navigating a plurality of robots in an environment to be navigated, the apparatus comprising:a memory; and
at least one hardware device, coupled to the memory, operative to:
determining a plurality of navigation buffers for said corresponding plurality of robots; and
allowing each of said plurality of robots to navigate within said environment to be navigated while maintaining a substantially minimum distance from other robots, wherein said substantially minimum distance corresponds to a size of said navigation buffers, wherein said size of each of said navigation buffers is reduced based on a ratio of space remaining to be navigated relative to an initial size of said environment.

US Pat. No. 10,712,748

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR GENERATING TRAVEL FORECASTS FOR VEHICLE PAIRING

PELOTON TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

19. A method of identifying potential platoon partners from among a plurality of vehicles, the method comprising:a) retrieving from memory associated with a processor a first travel forecast for a first vehicle from among the plurality of vehicles;
b) retrieving from memory associated with a processor a plurality of other travel forecasts for other vehicles in the plurality of vehicles, wherein each of the other travel forecasts is for a respective vehicle distinct from the first vehicle;
c) comparing the respective first travel forecast to each of the other travel forecasts to identify a set of physical road segments, each physical road segment of the set being common to the first travel forecast and one of the plurality of other travel forecasts;
d) in a processor, determining from the first travel forecast and each of the other travel forecasts whether the first and each of the respective vehicles will arrive in respective locations sufficiently close to at least one of the physical road segments from the set of road segments, at times sufficiently close to permit the first and each of the respective vehicles to form a platoon; and
e) responsive to d), selecting a platoon partner for the first vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,712,747

DATA PROCESSING METHOD, APPARATUS AND TERMINAL

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A method, comprising:at a computing system comprising one or more processors and memory, the computing system is attached to a moving vehicle traveling along a road:
collecting road data while the computing system is in motion, the road data comprising a two-dimensional streetscape image, a three-dimensional point cloud, and inertial navigation data;
performing region segmentation on the two-dimensional streetscape image;
extracting a ground region image based on a spatial position relation of the two-dimensional streetscape image, the three-dimensional point cloud, and the inertial navigation data;
detecting at least one target road traffic marking in the ground region image; and
controlling motion of the moving vehicle in accordance with three-dimensional coordinates of the at least one target road traffic marking that are calculated based on the spatial position relation of the two-dimensional streetscape image, the three-dimensional point cloud, and the inertial navigation data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,746

METHOD AND SYSTEM TO CONSTRUCT SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES TO MAKE DRIVING DECISIONS

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:in response to sensor data received from a plurality of sensors mounted on an autonomous vehicle, perceiving a surrounding environment based on the sensor data, and
identifying a plurality of sub-environments surrounding the autonomous vehicle in the surrounding environment, comprising dividing the surrounding environment into the plurality of sub-environments based on the sensor data-based perception, wherein each of the plurality of sub-environments is associated with a specific purpose or driving scenario;
for each of the sub-environments,
identifying one of a plurality of driving scenario handlers associated with the sub-environment, each driving scenario handler corresponding to one of a plurality of driving scenarios, wherein each of the plurality of driving scenario handlers provides one or more application programming interfaces (APIs) and provides driving parameters indicating how the autonomous vehicle should move within the corresponding sub-environment based on the sensor data, wherein the plurality of driving scenario handlers comprise a first set of driving scenario handlers handling specific driving scenarios and a second set of driving scenario handlers handling common driving scenarios, wherein the second set of driving scenario handlers comprises: a first handler to handle a traffic signal scenario; a second handler to handle a stop sign scenario; and a third handler to handle a yield sign scenario, and wherein each driving scenario handler in the second set is capable of being invoked by any of the driving scenario handlers in the first set, and
invoking the identified driving scenario handler to determine an individual driving condition within the corresponding sub-environment;
determining an overall driving condition for the surrounding environment based on the individual driving conditions provided by the identified driving scenario handlers;
planning a route segment based on the overall driving condition of the surrounding environment, generating planning and control data; and
controlling the autonomous vehicle based on the planning and control data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,745

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMMUNICATING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SCENARIO EVALUATION AND INTENDED VEHICLE ACTIONS

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. A computer-implemented method for communicating autonomous vehicle operations, comprising:obtaining, by the computing system, data indicative of a motion plan of an autonomous vehicle, wherein the motion plan comprises one or more planned vehicle motion actions of the autonomous vehicle;
determining, by the computing system, a relevant planned vehicle motion action from among the plurality of planned vehicle motion actions of the motion plan; and
outputting, by the computing system via one or more output devices onboard the autonomous vehicle, an audible vehicle indication that is indicative of the relevant planned vehicle motion action,
wherein the audible vehicle indication is outputted in a manner that is indicative of one or more locations associated with the relevant planned vehicle motion action, and wherein the one or more output devices correspond to the one or more locations associated with the planned vehicle motion action, and
wherein the audible vehicle indication is indicative of a type of the planned vehicle motion action or a direction of the relevant planned vehicle motion action.

US Pat. No. 10,712,744

ACTIVE OFF-VEHICLE NOTIFICATION TO AUTONOMOUS-DRIVING VEHICLE

Pony AI Inc., Grand Caym...

1. A system for an autonomous-driving vehicle, comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
detect a first wireless push signal transmitted from a signal transmitter accompanied by an off-vehicle passer and received by a signal receiver of the autonomous-driving vehicle, the first wireless push signal comprising information about a motion capability level of the off-vehicle passer;
determine a position and the motion capability level of the off-vehicle passer at least based on the first wireless push signal;
control a locomotive mechanism of the autonomous-driving vehicle based on the determined position and motion capability level of the off-vehicle passer;
detect a second wireless push signal transmitted from a signal transmitter accompanied by a stationary object and received by the signal receiver of the autonomous-driving vehicle, the second wireless push signal including information about a location of the stationary object; and
determine a position of the stationary object at least based on the second wireless push signal, wherein the locomotive mechanism of the autonomous-driving vehicle is controlled also based on the determined position of the stationary object.

US Pat. No. 10,712,743

AUGMENTATIVE CONTROL OF DRONES

1. A method comprising:monitoring location information of a drone;
identifying an authorized zone based on the location information;
confirming that the authorized zone is associated with a digital signature indicating that the authorized zone is established by an authorized entity;
determining, based on the location information, that the drone has or will commit a violation of a rule associated with the authorized zone; and
in response to the violation, augmenting control of the drone to alter operation of the drone,
wherein the location information includes at least one of a current location of the drone or predicted future location of the drone.

US Pat. No. 10,712,742

PREDICTIVE SENSOR ARRAY CONFIGURATION SYSTEM FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE

UATC, LLC, San Francisco...

1. An autonomous vehicle (AV) comprising:a LIDAR sensor generating sensor data corresponding to a surrounding environment of the AV; and
a control system comprising one or more processors executing an instruction set, causing the control system to:
analyze a current sub-map comprising previously recorded surface data of a current route of the AV to predict one or more imminent reflectance anomalies for a future location of the AV on the current route of the AV;
store, in a database, a lookup table (LUT) comprising a plurality of sensor configurations for the LIDAR sensor;
based on the one or more predicted imminent reflectance anomalies, perform a lookup in the LUT to determine a set of configurations for the LIDAR sensor; and
preemptively execute the set of configurations on one or more adjustable parameters of the LIDAR sensor as the AV approaches the future location of the AV on the current route of the AV.

US Pat. No. 10,712,741

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system for an autonomous vehicle, comprising:an engine that generates a drive force by burning fuel;
a motor having a generating function;
a battery that is charged by electricity delivered from the motor;
a state of charge detector that detects a state of charge level of the battery;
a first clutch that selectively interrupts power transmission between the engine and the motor;
a second clutch that selectively interrupts power transmission between the motor and the drive wheels;
a road grade detector that estimates a grade of a road on which the vehicle travels;
a brake system that applies braking torque to wheels;
a steering system that turns the wheels; and
a controller that controls the engine, the first clutch and the second clutch,
wherein the vehicle is adapted to be operated autonomously without requiring a driver by controlling at least the engine, the battery, the motor, the first clutch, the second clutch, the brake system and the steering system,
wherein the vehicle is allowed to coast by manipulating the first clutch and the second clutch, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine execution of autonomous operation of the vehicle, satisfaction of a predetermined condition to allow the vehicle to coast, the state of charge level of the battery, and the grade of the road on which the vehicle travels;
select a fourth coasting mode in which the engine is stopped and the first clutch and the second clutch are engaged, in a case that the predetermined condition is satisfied during autonomous operation of the vehicle, that the state of charge level of the battery is lower than a first threshold level, and that a downhill grade of the road is steeper than a first threshold grade;
select a fifth coasting mode in which the engine is stopped and the first clutch and the second clutch are disengaged, in a case that the predetermined condition is satisfied during autonomous operation of the vehicle, that the state of charge level of the battery is higher than the first threshold level, and that the downhill grade of the road is milder than the first threshold grade; and
select a sixth coasting mode in which the engine is stopped, the first clutch is disengaged, and the second clutch is engaged, in a case that the predetermined condition is satisfied during autonomous operation of the vehicle, that the state of charge level of the battery is higher than the first threshold level but lower than a second threshold level, and that the downhill grade of the road is milder than the first threshold grade.

US Pat. No. 10,712,740

AUTOMATED DRIVING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

7. An automated driving system comprisingat least one electronic control unit configured to:
recognize ambient surroundings of a vehicle and at least one obstacle around the vehicle;
create a traveling plan of the vehicle, based on a result of recognition of the ambient surroundings and a result of recognition of the at least one obstacle;
control the vehicle using an actuator installed on the vehicle, based on the traveling plan;
recognize a blind area included in the ambient surroundings, around the vehicle, the blind area being an area in which it is difficult to recognize the at least one obstacle; and
perform an overwriting operation to exclude at least a part of the blind area from the result of recognition of the ambient surroundings, according to an input from a user, wherein the overwriting operation is performed during an automated driving mode,
wherein
the at least one electronic control unit is configured to switch from the automated driving mode in which the vehicle is controlled based on the traveling plan to a manual driving mode in which the vehicle is controlled based on an operation of the user, based on the result of recognition of the at least one obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,712,739

FEEDBACK TO FACILITATE CONTROL OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES (UAVS)

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:displaying, by one or more processors, video of a structure received from a UAV;
generating, by the one or more processors, one or more UAV commands in response to a user input indicating a selection of the one or more portions of the structure where additional video needs to be acquired; and
transmitting, by the one or more processors, the one or more UAV commands to the UAV to cause the UAV to capture the additional video.

US Pat. No. 10,712,738

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS DATA COLLECTION FOR VIBRATION SENSITIVE EQUIPMENT

Strong Force IoT Portfoli...

1. A system for monitoring vibration sensitive industrial equipment, the system comprising:a data acquisition circuit structured to interpret a plurality of detection values, each of the plurality of detection values corresponding to input received from at least one of a plurality of input sensors, the plurality of input sensors comprising a detection package, each of the plurality of input sensors operatively coupled to at least one component of a plurality of components of the vibration sensitive industrial equipment;
a signal conditioning circuit structured to process a subset of the plurality of detection values on multiples of a key frequency associated with at least one of the plurality of components;
a vibration analysis circuit structured to identify vibration in the at least one component of the plurality of components;
a data analysis circuit structured to analyze the plurality of detection values and determine a status parameter value of the at least one of the plurality of components; and
an analysis response circuit structured to take an action in response to the status parameter value; and
a data storage that stores at least one hierarchical template, each hierarchical template comprising at least one data collection route, each data collection route comprising a data collection routine for one of the plurality of input sensors, and wherein the data acquisition circuit is responsive to a selected hierarchical template.

US Pat. No. 10,712,737

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EFFICIENT DYNAMIC ALARM CONSTRUCTION

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of dynamically displaying a list of alarms, the method implemented by an alarm server including at least one processor programmed to execute steps comprising:establishing, by the at least one processor, a first hierarchy of a first list of alarms, said first list of alarms comprising a network of alarms;
receiving, by the at least one processor, a state of each alarm in the first list of alarms over a network, wherein the state of each alarm in the first list of alarms is received from one or more Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) for Process Control (OPC) Unified Architecture (UA) clients through a standard interface of an Object Linking and Embedding for Process Control (OPC) Alarms and Events (OPC AE) protocol, communicating with the at least one processor;
dynamically changing, by the at least one processor automatically in response to the received state of each alarm in the first list of alarms, the first hierarchy of the first list of alarms to obtain a second hierarchy of a second list of alarms; and
presenting, by the at least one processor on a display in communication with the at least one processor, the second list of alarms to an operator based on the second hierarchy.

US Pat. No. 10,712,736

CONTROLLING AN AIRCRAFT COMPRISING A PLURALITY OF LOADABLE CONFIGURATION SEVER DATA BASED ON DETECTING ONE OR MORE DIAGNOSTIC TEST INTERFACES

HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPOR...

1. A sever system, comprising:a non-volatile storage device comprising a plurality of loadable configuration data; and
a configurable sever logic circuit coupled to a plurality of modules, each of the modules comprising a local module sever logic circuit with one or more diagnostic test interfaces to support local testing of the modules, the configurable sever logic circuit configured responsive to a transfer of the loadable configuration data to perform a plurality of operations comprising:
mapping a plurality of module-level sever logic inputs to a plurality of module-specific sever logic functions as defined in the loadable configuration data;
monitoring the module-level sever logic inputs by the configurable sever logic circuit based on the module-specific sever logic functions for a sever condition, wherein the module-level sever logic inputs comprise results of one or more diagnostic tests received from the one or more diagnostic test interfaces of the modules; and
triggering at least one sever command to disconnect one or more outputs of the modules based on the module-specific sever logic functions and the module-level sever logic inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,712,735

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE-MONITORING CONTROL

ASCO POWER TECHNOLOGIES, ...

1. A method for providing a visual representation of system events occurring in a system monitored by an infrastructure-monitoring control system, the method comprising:depicting, by the infrastructure-monitoring control system a plurality of items of equipment of the system and a plurality of power paths, wherein each respective power path is between a respective item of equipment and one or more of the other items of equipment;
providing, by the infrastructure-monitoring control system, in substantially real-time, a visual representation of at least one system power-quality event occurring in the system, wherein the visual representation comprises a color-coded visual representation of the plurality of items of equipment and the plurality of power paths that depicts the at least one system power-quality event and propagation of the at least one system power-quality event through the system, wherein propagation of the at least one system power-quality event through the system includes a first system power-quality event occurring in at least one of the plurality of items of equipment of the system, leading to a second system power-quality event occurring in at least another one of the plurality of items of equipment of the system;
storing, by the infrastructure-monitoring control system, the visual representation in response to the infrastructure-monitoring control system detecting the at least one system power-quality event being of a given level that prompts the infrastructure-monitoring control system to begin storing the visual representation until the system returns to normal operation; and
providing, by the infrastructure-monitoring control system, playback of the same visual representation after a given amount of time since the at least one system event.

US Pat. No. 10,712,734

CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF A MODEL IN AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER SIMULATION STATION

CAE Inc., St-Laurent, QC...

1. A method for continuous monitoring of a model in an interactive computer simulation station, the model comprising a plurality of interrelated parameters defining a dynamic behavior of a simulated interactive object in an interactive computer simulation when inputs are provided on one or more tangible instruments of the interactive computer simulation station, the method comprising:during a diagnostic period of time of the interactive computer simulation station, performing a frequency sweep of the model, in the interactive computer simulation station, for measuring the dynamic behavior of the simulated interactive object;
during the frequency sweep, causing each of the one or more tangible instruments in the interactive computer simulation station to be automatically mechanically moved in accordance with an input function defining an input range variation at a related frequency, the frequency sweep, upon completion, providing an actual frequency response function for the one or more tangible instruments defining the dynamic behavior of the simulated interactive object; and
determining that the interactive computer simulation station requires maintenance when the dynamic behavior of the simulated interactive object, measured by the frequency sweep, is outside of a target dynamic behavior range for the simulated interactive object in the interactive computer simulation station.

US Pat. No. 10,712,733

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DISCOVERY OF PROGNOSTIC SUBSEQUENCES IN TIME SERIES

Mitsubishi Electric Resea...

1. A system for managing an impending failure of a machine by determining a pattern in time series data representing an operation of the machine, comprising:a computer readable memory includes stored data, the stored data includes predictive patterns determined from a set of training data examples generated by a sensor in communication with a training machine, each training data example represents an operation of the training machine for a period of time ending with a failure of the training machine, such that the set of training data examples are unprocessed data such that regions of normal operation and abnormal operation in them are unknown, wherein the stored predictive patterns are previously determined, by a training processor, the training processor is configured to:
sequentially, select a length of a period of time for a current time series for the abnormal state region within each training data example, by considering in sequence every possible splitting point in the time series in turn;
partition for the currently selected splitting point, each training data example in the set of training data examples into the normal state region and the abnormal state region having the length of the period of time for the current time series, to identify a pattern in the set of training data examples, such that the pattern is different from any other patterns present in all normal state regions of the set of training data examples, and is similar to exactly one pattern in each abnormal state region of the set of training data examples;
select the pattern as the predictive pattern indicative of a predictive estimate of an impending failure of the training machine, and if the pattern is found, store the predictive pattern in the computer readable memory;
increment the estimated time moment of start of the abnormal operation by one, and proceed with a next iteration of sequential partitioning the current time series, until the estimated time moment of the start of the abnormal operation reaches the end of the current time series;
an input interface to receive sensor data, the sensor data includes test data examples obtained from a sensor in communication with the machine;
a processor in communication with the computer readable memory and the input interface, is configured to:
determine, based on at least one stored predictive pattern in the computer readable memory, whether one or more test data example extracted from the test data examples matches a pattern of the machine that corresponds to the at least one stored predictive pattern, and use the match as an indication of an impending failure of the machine, if the pattern is found; and
manage the machine, according to the predictive estimate of the impending failure of the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,712,732

SLAVE DEVICE, MASTER DEVICE, AND INDUSTRIAL NETWORK SYSTEM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A slave device, which is related to an end effector replacement in which an end effector before replacement is removed from the slave device and an end effector after replacement is mounted on the slave device, comprising:a processor being configured to,
communicate with the end effector after replacement mounted on the slave device after the end effector replacement;
store, with regard to each of a plurality of attachable end effectors that are attachable to the slave device, communication information related to a communication form between the slave device and the attachable end effector; and
automatically change a communication setting in the processor according to the communication information which corresponds to the end effector after replacement in a timing of the end effector replacement when the end effector after replacement is one of the plurality of attachable end effectors,
the processor is further configure to control priority of tasks for the communication setting, and
when the time for changing the communication setting in the processor is longer than the time required for the movement of the slave device conducted in the end effector replacement, the processor raises the priority of the tasks for the communication setting.

US Pat. No. 10,712,731

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A control device for controlling a driving machine, comprising:a memory which stores address information published to an external machine and defines logical addresses of variables comprised in a control program of the driving machine;
a processor which refers to the logical addresses in the address information to acquire the variables comprised in the control program after receiving an access request from the external machine;
a determining section which determines publishing priority levels of the variables comprised in the control program to the external machine in accordance with a predetermined rule;
a monitoring section which monitors free capacity of the memory; and
an address managing section which, with respect to one or more public variables that are permitted to be published to the external machine among the variables comprised in the control program, adds a logical address of each of the one or more public variables to the address information in order of the publishing priority levels as long as the free capacity does not fall below a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,712,730

METHODS OF SYNCHRONIZING MANUFACTURING OF A SHIMLESS ASSEMBLY

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method of manufacturing an assembly comprising a first part and a second part, the method comprising:predicting a set of predicted manufacturing dimensions within a range of predetermined allowances for the first part using a historical dataset from a plurality of previously-built parts;
manufacturing the first part;
scanning the first part to determine a set of actual manufacturing dimensions for the first part;
manufacturing the second part, wherein the second part is manufactured based on the set of predicted manufacturing dimensions for the first part such that the second part is configured to engage the first part, wherein the manufacturing the second part is at least partially performed before the scanning the first part is completed;
comparing the set of predicted manufacturing dimensions to the set of actual manufacturing dimensions to check for any non-compliant deviances between the set of predicted manufacturing dimensions and the set of actual manufacturing dimensions;
detecting one or more non-compliant deviances between the set of predicted manufacturing dimensions and the set of actual manufacturing dimensions; and
modifying the second part to accommodate the one or more non-compliant deviances, such that the second part engages the first part when assembled, within predetermined tolerances.

US Pat. No. 10,712,729

SETTING SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR SETTING OPERATIONAL PARAMETER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A setting support system for setting an operational parameter that stipulates an operation of mounting an electronic component onto a substrate by a component mounting apparatus, wherein the component mounting apparatus is configured to unload the electronic component from a component supply unit including a tape feeder that supplies a carrier tape holding the electronic component and to transfer the electronic component to the substrate for mounting the electronic component to the substrate, the setting support system comprising:a controller of the component mounting apparatus that includes an input unit into which a setting value of a component parameter that includes at least one of component information relating to the electronic component and tape information relating to the carrier tape, and a setting value of an operational parameter relating to the operation of mounting the electronic component onto the substrate by the component mounting apparatus, which is linked to the component parameter, are input;
a storage configured to store a correlation table linking the component parameter to the operational parameter; and
a creation processor that creates a rule table from the setting value of the component parameter and the setting value of the operational parameter which are input into the input unit, and from the correlation table that is stored in the storage,
wherein the component mounting apparatus is configured to perform the operation of mounting an electronic component onto a substrate by the component mounting apparatus based on the rule table created by the creation processor,
wherein the component mounting apparatus further includes a mounting head including a suction nozzle configure to unload the electronic component from the carrier tape,
wherein the component information is price information of the electronic component,
wherein the carrier tape includes a joint portion that joins the carrier tape to another carrier tape, and
wherein the operational parameter includes a value of at least one of the number of times that a suction operation by the suction nozzle or a recognition operation of the electronic component is re-performed, an operation setting for re-performing the suction operation by the suction nozzle or the recognition operation, and a feeding operation setting which relates to an operation when the joint portion is fed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,727

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MACHINE LEARNING PREDICTIONS OF MANUFACTURE PROCESSES

XOMETRY, INC., Gaithersb...

1. A system for predictions of manufacturing processes, comprising:a graphical user interface tool including computerized instructions for receiving, at a compute device, an electronic file including a digital model representative of a physical object to be manufactured;
an object analysis engine including computerized instructions for generating, from the digital model, a first set of parameters associated with the physical object;
a first machine learning engine including computerized instructions for generating a second set of parameters associated with the physical object from at least the first set of parameters; and
a second machine learning engine including computerized instructions for producing at least one predictive outcome associated with manufacturing the physical object, based at least in part upon the second set of parameters, and based at least in part upon one or more neural network machine learning models;
wherein at least one of the one or more neural network machine learning models is a regression model;
wherein the at least one predictive outcome corresponds to a manufacturing process; and
wherein the graphical user interface tool further includes computerized instructions for providing to a user responsive information associated with manufacturing the physical object, the responsive information being based upon the at least one predictive outcome.

US Pat. No. 10,712,726

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a monitoring apparatus configured to monitor a modeling apparatus configured to form a three-dimensional object, wherein the modeling apparatus performs forming processing of a plurality of three-dimensional objects according to a plurality of jobs by a forming device of the modeling apparatus; and
a management system configured to communicate with the monitoring apparatus via a network,
wherein the monitoring apparatus includes:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a number of layers recorded in a storage unit of the modeling apparatus, wherein the number of layers indicates a cumulative number of layers stacked in the forming processing of the plurality of three-dimensional objects corresponding to the plurality of jobs by the forming device of the modeling apparatus,
a generation unit configured to generate a message including identification information for identifying the modeling apparatus and information indicating the cumulative number of layers stacked in the forming processing of the plurality of three-dimensional objects corresponding to the plurality of jobs by the forming device of the modeling apparatus, and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the message generated by the generation unit to the management system as usage data of the modeling apparatus, and
wherein the management system receives the message from the monitoring apparatus and stores the identification information and the information indicating the cumulative number of layers included in the received message in a storage service.

US Pat. No. 10,712,725

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, ROBOT TRANSFER TIME ESTIMATION METHOD, AND ROBOT TRANSFER TIME ESTIMATION DEVICE

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a robot transfer time estimation program for causing a computer to execute a process, the process comprising:acquiring transfer times of a plurality of straight transfer paths for a hand of a vertical articulated robot having at least four controlled axes;
calculating a vector of each of the plurality of straight transfer paths;
comparing a direction of a vector of a target path for which a transfer time is to be estimated with a direction of the vector of each of the plurality of straight transfer paths, and identifying, among the plurality of straight transfer paths, a transfer path most similar in vector direction to the target path; and
estimating a transfer time of the target path, in accordance with a scalar quantity of a vector of an identified transfer path, a scalar quantity of the vector of the target path, and a transfer time of the identified transfer path.

US Pat. No. 10,712,724

FAILSAFE AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A failsafe automation system, comprising:a motion controller for at least one of (i) controlling and (ii) regulating a plurality of drives, each of said plurality of drives being respectively associated with a respective area of a plurality of areas; and
a number of failsafe processors equal to a number of areas, said number of failsafe processors being interconnected with each other via a failsafe data connection, each processor of the interconnected number of processors being respectively associated with the respective area of the plurality of areas, a first and a second failsafe processor of said number of failsafe processors operating in a master/slave relationship to provide redundancy;
wherein each respective area of the plurality of areas includes a respective assigned safety level including an assigned monitoring time comprising a period of time at which a trigger signal occurs to a moment in time at which an action of a respective drive of the plurality of drives occurs; and
wherein the respective areas of the plurality of areas are arranged physically adjacently to one another and are assigned to a respective processor of said number of processors.

US Pat. No. 10,712,723

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF COMPILING AND ORGANIZING POWER CONSUMPTION DATA AND CONVERTING SUCH DATA INTO ONE OR MORE USER ACTIONABLE FORMATS

Generac Power Systems, In...

1. A system for monitoring electricity consumption in a home of a user, the home comprising multiple electricity consuming appliances, the system comprising:an electricity sensor configured to measure aggregate electricity consumption of said appliances;
a mobile computing device;
a processor in the mobile computing device configured to:
receive a signal from the electricity sensor representative of the aggregate electricity consumption of said appliances;
record the signal over a plurality of time resolutions and periods;
forecast, using the signal, a predicted aggregate electricity consumption pattern of the home for each time resolution and period; and
monitor specific triggers in real-time power consumption of the home to detect a change in one of the predicted aggregate electricity consumption patterns as a result of an electricity consumption pattern change at the home; and
a user interface on the mobile computing device configured to display to the user a notification of the detected electricity consumption pattern change based on the detected change, and display a current operating condition of one or more of said appliances along with potential consequences of leaving the one or more of said appliances in its current operating condition, whereby the user changes the current operating condition of the one or more of said appliances in the home in response to the notification being displayed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,722

SYSTEMS AND ARTICLES FOR ENHANCING WELLNESS ASSOCIATED WITH HABITABLE ENVIRONMENTS

Delos Living LLC, New Yo...

1. An environmental control system, comprising:a plurality of active subsystems operable to effect a condition in a habitable space;
a first number of sensors that collect habitable space wellness data that includes, for at least the habitable space, at least one wellness parameter indicative of a wellness associated with the respective habitable space; and
a control subsystem including at least one processor and at least one nontransitory processor-readable medium communicatively coupled to the at least one processor and which stores at least one of instructions or data including at least collected personal wellness data, the at least one of instructions or data executable by the at least one processor to control the active subsystems, the first number of sensors that collect habitable space wellness data communicatively coupled to the at least one processor, the control subsystem which: identifies at least one pattern in the collected personal wellness data via at least one machine learning technique, identifies at least one pattern in the collected habitable space wellness data via at least one machine learning technique, determines at least one adjustment to at least one operational parameter based on the identified at least one pattern in the collected personal wellness data and the collected habitable space wellness data, dynamically adjusts at least one operational parameter of at least one of the active subsystems based on both the collected habitable space wellness data and on collected personal wellness data, and adjusts a baseline set of operational parameters of the one or more active subsystems based on at least one of the collected habitable space wellness data or the collected personal wellness data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,721

NETWORK DRIVEN ACTUATOR MAPPING AGENT AND BUS AND METHOD OF USE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system for mapping interactions between environments, comprising:at least one sensor configured to sense an event in a first environment;
a plurality of actuators configured to perform an action in any of a plurality of second environments; and
a mapping manager configured to:
use one or more mappings to determine one of the plurality of actuators to be engaged;
map the sensed event onto the engaged actuator to provide a custom interaction throughout the plurality of second environments;
determine that the engaged actuator of the plurality of actuators is unable to perform a first action corresponding to the sensed event; and
perform a mapping for the engaged actuator of the plurality of actuators, the mapping comprising reducing content of the sensed event into a second action which the engaged actuator is able to perform in response to the engaged actuator being unable to perform the first action corresponding to the sensed event,
wherein the reducing the content of the sensed event into the second action is performed by abstracting the first action corresponding to the sensed event into an observable phenomenon such that an amount of information of the first action corresponding to the sensed event is reduced to the observable phenomenon.

US Pat. No. 10,712,720

SEISMIC EVENT RESPONSIVE ALERT AND UTILITIES CONTROL SYSTEM HAVING A UTILITIES CONTROL UNIT

E-SEISMIC SOLUTIONS, LLC,...

1. A seismic event responsive alert and utilities control system comprising a ground-based physical seismic event monitoring system adapted to detect physical seismic effects produced by a seismic event, a satellite-based atmospheric seismic event monitoring system, one or more broadcasting systems, one or more utilities control units, one or more utilities metering devices, and one or more utilities control mechanisms;wherein said physical seismic effects comprise geological, surface and near-surface effects produced by the seismic event, and wherein said atmospheric seismic effects comprise one or more high atmospheric LAI effects which are not detectable by said ground-based physical seismic event monitoring system, said one or more high atmospheric LAI effects chosen from the group of high atmospheric LAI effects consisting of electromagnetic radiation disrupting or altering electromagnetic fields, ionosphere plasma and high-energy particles;
a data analysis processor system adapted to interpret information received from either or both of said ground-based physical seismic event monitoring system and said satellite-based atmospheric seismic event monitoring system, determine the likelihood of potential surface damage resulting from said seismic event within less than proximately two hours, determine the likely region to be adversely affected by the seismic event, and initiate an immediate alert protocol whereby alert and utilities control signals are distributed to said one or more broadcasting systems;
said one or more broadcasting systems adapted to deliver alert and utilities control signals to said one or more utilities control units within the likely region to be adversely affected by the seismic event in response to a seismic event, said one or more utilities control units adapted to control said one or more utilities control mechanisms; said one or more utilities metering devices adapted to monitor utilities usage; and said one or more utilities control mechanisms adapted to stop the flow of utilities, said utilities chosen from the group of utilities consisting of gas, water, electricity, and oil, and wherein said one or more utilities control units and said one or more utilities metering devices are also controlled by communications from a utilities provider;
wherein said on more utilities control units each comprise one or more signal receiving devices adapted to receive said alert and utilities control signals from said one or ore broadcasting systems and a central processing unit module in communication with said one or more signal receiving devices and said one or more utilities control mechanisms, said one or more utilities control units further comprising a physical vibration sensor in communication with said central processing unit module, such that upon sensing vibrations from a seismic event, said physical vibration sensor delivers a signal to said central processing unit module, and said central processing unit module initiates an actuation signal to said one or more utilities control mechanisms, thereby stopping the flow of utilities;
wherein each of said one or more utilities metering devices comprise a housing and a transmitter/receiver device wireless communication with said utilities provider, and wherein each of said one or more utilities control units are disposed within said one or ore utilities metering housings; and further wherein said one or more utilities control mechanisms are disposed apart front said one or more utilities metering housings;
such that upon receipt of said alert and utilities control signals said one or more signal receiving devices communicate said alert and utilities control signal to said central processing unit module, and said central processing unit module initiates an actuation signal to said one or more utilities control mechanisms, thereby stopping the flow of utilities.

US Pat. No. 10,712,719

TESTING MACHINE WITH GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION, ...

1. A testing machine for testing a test specimen, the testing machine comprising:an actuator assembly having an actuator configured to be coupled to the test specimen;
a computing device configured to control the actuator assembly, the computing device including a graphical user interface that renders a simulated visual representation of a limit in association with a visual representation or simulated visual representation of the actuator to which the limit pertains, wherein the simulated visual representation of the limit relates to movement of the actuator or a load applied by the actuator, the simulated visual representation of the limit corresponding to an actual limit value stored in a controller of the testing machine, wherein the simulated visual representation of the limit is adjustable in the graphical user interface; and wherein the computing device controls the testing machine according to the limit.

US Pat. No. 10,712,718

BUILDING AUTOMATION REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE WITH IN-APPLICATION MESSAGING

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A mobile device for programming an HVAC controller of an HVAC system, wherein the HVAC controller is distinct from the mobile device, the mobile device comprising:a touch screen display configured to display information and to receive user-entered information;
a network connection configured to communicate with a remote server that is itself in operative communication with the HVAC controller;
a controller in operative communication with the touch screen display and the network connection, the controller configured to execute an operating system of the mobile device and execute an application program comprising application program code for execution by the operating system, the application program for the operating system is configured to cause the network connection to receive two or more HVAC messages that are related to alerts of the HVAC system from the remote server via the network connection, and to cause the touch screen display to display the two or more HVAC messages, wherein the controller is configured to periodically poll the HVAC controller to determine if a geofencing feature or auto changeover feature has not been used;
wherein the application program for the operating system is configured to change, in response to the user-entered information, one or more control parameters of the HVAC controller via the remote server and to implement an HVAC message center for displaying the two or more HVAC messages related to alerts of the HVAC system, wherein, to implement the HVAC message center, the application program for the operating system is configured to cause the touch screen display to display the two or more HVAC messages related to alerts of the HVAC system in the HVAC message center in a list format; and
wherein, to cause the touch screen display to display the two or more HVAC messages, the application program is configured cause the touch screen to display a recommendation of the geofencing feature or auto changeover feature when the controller has determined that the geofencing feature or auto changeover feature has not been used, and, in response to a selection of the recommendation, the application program for the operating system is configured to cause the touch screen display to display additional information regarding how to use the geofencing feature or auto changeover feature.

US Pat. No. 10,712,717

CONDITION-BASED VALIDATION OF PERFORMANCE UPDATES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for condition-based validation of performance updates of an asset, comprising:operating, by a processor, the asset under updated settings;
ascertaining, by a processor, ambient conditions of the asset;
matching, by a processor, the ambient conditions to a condition range in a data matrix, the condition range comprising one or more combinations of the ambient conditions;
determining, by a processor, whether data completion criteria for the condition range are satisfied, the data completion criteria comprising a predetermined minimum number of data points that equal the one or more combinations of the ambient conditions; and
based at least in part on the determination, selectively switching, by a processor, between using the updated settings for operating the asset and using baseline settings for operating the asset while collecting data points for a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,712,716

CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control unit comprising:a plurality of arithmetic units, each arithmetic unit is assigned to a core that is different from the core assigned to all other arithmetic units and configured to execute a task, wherein:
a first arithmetic unit is configured to receive a target value as input via a first input port and execute a first task to generate a first output;
a second arithmetic unit is configured to receive a sensor value via a second input port and perform a second task to generate a second output, wherein the second arithmetic unit is configured to store the second output in a third storage;
a third arithmetic unit is configured to receive a third input from the third storage and execute a third task to generate a third output, wherein the third arithmetic unit is configured to:
execute an arithmetic operation using formula 3 to generate a main output; and
u=r*Cimc(s)?y*Cdis(s)*Cimc(s)+u*e?TsM(s)*e?Tse?(L?4T)s*e?TsCdis(s)*e?TsCimc(s)  [Formula 3]
(wherein in the formula 3, u is a manipulation amount, r is a target value, y is a sensor value Cimc(s) is an internal model controller (IMC) filter transfer function, Cdis(s) is disturbance compensator transfer function, e?Ts is a delay element (D), M(s) is a transfer function element of a prediction model, L is dead time, T is one control period, 4T is four control periods, e?(L?4T)s is a dead time element converted into a rational function by Pade approximation)
store the main output in a fourth storage;
a fourth arithmetic unit is configured to receive a fourth input from the fourth storage and execute a fourth task to generate a fourth output, wherein the fourth arithmetic unit is configured to store the fourth output in a fifth storage;
a fifth arithmetic unit is configured to receive a fifth input from the fifth storage and execute a fifth task to generate a fifth output, wherein the fifth arithmetic unit is configured to store the fifth output in a sixth storage;
a sixth arithmetic unit is configured to receive a sixth input from the sixth storage and execute a sixth task to generate a sixth output, wherein the sixth arithmetic unit is configured to store the sixth output in a seventh storage;
a seventh arithmetic unit is configured to receive a seventh input from the seventh storage and execute a seventh task to generate the seventh output; and
in a start control period, a value of each of the third storage, fourth storage, fifth storage, sixth storage and seventh storage is set to zero;
in each control period:
all of the arithmetic units receive a respective input simultaneously and generate a respective output; or
at least part of a task execution of each arithmetic unit overlaps with the task execution of all other arithmetic units.

US Pat. No. 10,712,715

CONTROLLER ENCLOSURE, MOUNTING AND ORIENTATION OF SAME

ECOLAB USA INC., Saint P...

1. An orientation adjustable controller enclosure for use in environments with exposure to water, comprising:an enclosure housing one or more electronic components in a water sealed environment;
a display carried by the enclosure;
a DC control circuit for controlling back light dimming of the display, said DC control circuit comprising:
a. a DC output current adapted for powering a lamp associated with the display; and
b. a capacitance filter for filtering the output current to the lamp by pulse width modulation;
an opening passing through the enclosure, the opening adapted for routing a cable into communication with a connection associated with an electronic component within the enclosure; and
a coupling bracket having orientation means for positioning the display for viewing and the opening generally downwardly to limit water contact at the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,712,714

ANTENNA DEVICE AND TIMEPIECE

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An antenna device comprising:an antenna which is made of metal and receives radio wave;
a substrate;
a plurality of first electrodes and at least one second electrode provided on the substrate,
wherein the plurality of first electrodes and the at least one second electrode are positioned on a circumference of a circle centering on a center of the antenna, wherein the plurality of first electrodes and the at least one second electrode are circumferentially spaced from one another on the substrate, and
wherein the plurality of first electrodes comprises a connection target first electrode and the at least one second electrode comprises a connection target second electrode; and
a connection section which connects the connection target first electrode to the antenna and connects the connection target second electrode to the antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,712,713

SMART WATCH

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A smart watch comprising:a case;
a window disposed at a front side of the case;
a display unit mounted in the case and comprising a center hole;
a movement disposed at a rear side of the display unit and comprising a shaft configured to be passed through the center hole;
a watch hand disposed between the display unit and the window and configured to be rotated about the shaft; and
a main board configured to control the display unit and the movement,
wherein the display unit comprises:
a liquid crystal panel;
a light guide plate disposed at a rear side of the liquid crystal panel, wherein the light guide plate includes a protruding first end of the light guide plate and a protruding second end of the light guide plate; and
a first light source providing light to the first end of the light guide plate and a second light source providing light to the second end of the light guide plate,
wherein the center hole is centrally located between the first and second light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,712,712

TIMEPIECE

SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ...

1. A timepiece capable of selecting a timepiece mode and a chronograph mode, the timepiece comprising:an hour hand, a minute hand, and a second hand which indicate a current time in a case where the timepiece mode is selected; and
a control unit that performs control so as to start measuring time by simultaneously starting hand operations of at least two hands of the hour hand, the minute hand, and the second hand in a case where the chronograph mode is selected,
wherein when the hand operation of one hand of the at least two hands is stopped, the control unit performs control so as to indicate the time when the hand operation of one hand of the at least two hands is stopped, and to continue to measure the time by continuing the hand operation of the other hand of the at least the two hands.

US Pat. No. 10,712,711

DRUM CARTRIDGE IN WHICH FIRST STORAGE MEDIUM OF TONER CATRIDGE AND SECOND STORAGE MEDIUM OF DRUM CATRIDGE ARE ALIGNED IN MOUNTING DIRECTION, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO WHICH DRUM CATRIDGE IS MOUNTABLE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A drum cartridge mountable to an image forming apparatus in a mounting direction, the drum cartridge comprising:a frame having an opening, the frame allowing a toner cartridge to be attached, and the toner cartridge including a housing configured to accommodate therein a toner and a first storage medium including a first electric contact;
a photosensitive drum; and
a second storage medium including a second electric contact and located at an outer surface of the frame,
wherein; in a state where the toner cartridge is mounted to the frame, the first storage medium is exposed via the opening and the second storage medium is aligned with the first storage medium in the mounting direction of the drum cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,712,710

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported by the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;
a first gear operatively connected to the developer roller;
a second gear in meshing engagement with the first gear; and
a coupling member operatively connected to the second gear, the coupling member having an axis L2 about which the coupling member is rotatable and a free end portion for receiving a rotational force, the free end portion including at least two projections that are positioned at least partly outside of the casing, each of the at least two projections being open to the axis L2, and the coupling member being operatively connected to the developer roller via the first and second gears in order to be capable of transmitting of transmitting the rotational force to the developer roller,
wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is substantially parallel to and offset from the axis L1 of the developer roller, (ii) a second position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position, and (iii) a third position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position in a direction opposite to the direction the coupling member is inclined when in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,709

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:a casing;
developer contained within the casing;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported by the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and
a coupling member having an axis L2 about which the coupling member is rotatable and a free end portion for receiving a rotational force, the free end portion including at least two projections that are positioned at least partly outside of the casing, each of the at least two projections being open to the axis L2 and having a slanted surface with respect to a plane perpendicular to the axis L2, the coupling member being operatively connected to the developer roller in order to be capable of transmitting the rotational force to the developer roller,
wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is substantially parallel to and offset from the axis L1 of the developer roller such that the axis L2 does not pass through the developer roller, (ii) a second position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position, and (iii) a third position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the position of the axis L2 when the coupling member is in the first position in a direction opposite to the direction the coupling member is inclined when in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,708

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a developing roller for developing a latent image on the photosensitive drum, the developing roller being movable between (i) a first position in which the developing roller is positioned proximate to the photosensitive drum such that the developing roller can develop the latent image on the photosensitive drum and (ii) a second position in which the developing roller is spaced apart from the photosensitive drum;
a transmission gear operably connected to the developing roller; and
a clutch comprising:
a first drive transmission member capable of receiving a rotational force; and
a second drive transmission member operably connected to the transmission gear, the second drive transmission member being capable of operably connecting to the first drive transmission member and transmitting the rotational force from the first drive transmission member to the developing roller via the transmission gear,
wherein the first drive transmission member and the second drive transmission member are operably connected to each other when the developing roller is in the first position, and the first drive transmission member and the second drive transmission member are not operably connected to each other when the developing roller is in the second position, and
wherein at least a part of the second drive transmission member is inside of the transmission gear when the developing roller is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,707

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING A POSITIONING PORTION CAPABLE OF POSITIONING A DRIVING FORCE RECEIVING PORTION OF A COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:(i) a first unit including a photosensitive drum and a positioning portion;
(ii) a second unit movable relative to the first unit, the second unit including:
(ii-i) a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum,
(ii-ii) a rotatable member for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller, the rotatable member having an axis in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller,
(ii-iii) a coupling member provided on the rotatable member, the coupling member including a driving force receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the driving force receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable member in a direction crossing the axis of the rotatable member, and
(ii-v) a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the driving force receiving portion so as to be movable together with the driving force receiving portion relative to the rotatable member in the direction crossing the axis of the rotatable member; and
(iii) an urging portion for urging the driving force receiving portion and the supporting portion toward the positioning portion,
wherein the positioning portion is capable of positioning the driving force receiving portion through contacting the supporting portion, and
wherein a point of contact between the positioning portion and the supporting portion is outside an outer periphery of the photosensitive drum on a plane perpendicular to the axis of the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 10,712,706

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A cartridge comprising:a housing configured to accommodate developer therein,
a developing roller rotatable about a first axis extending in an extending direction,
a supply roller rotatable about a second axis extending in the extending direction, the supply roller including a supply roller shaft extending in the extending direction,
a developing electrode for applying a developing bias to the developing roller, and
a supply electrode for applying a supply bias to the supply roller, the supply electrode including
a supply connection part electrically connected to the supply roller shaft, the supply roller shaft inserted into the supply connection part; and
a supply protrusion electrically connected to the supply roller shaft, the supply protrusion protruding in the extending direction, the supply protrusion spaced apart from the supply connection part.

US Pat. No. 10,712,705

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an exterior housing;
an image forming unit disposed in the exterior housing, to form an image on a sheet;
a scanner to read the image on a document;
a first region in the exterior housing, the image forming unit being disposed in the first region in view from a front side of the exterior housing;
a second region arranged side by side with the first region in a lateral direction in the exterior housing in view from the front side of the exterior housing, the scanner being disposed in the second region; and
an opening defining a space in a front face of the exterior housing, the opening extending across the first region and the second region in a lower part of the exterior housing below the image forming unit and the scanner.

US Pat. No. 10,712,704

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VARIABLE SUPPLY OF FATTY ACID METAL SALT

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

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image carrying unit that carries a toner image on a surface of the image carrying unit along with rotation of the image carrying unit to transfer the toner image onto a target transfer unit;
a supply unit that supplies a larger amount of fatty acid metal salt to the image carrying unit as a rotation speed of the image carrying unit increases;
a charging unit that charges the image carrying unit;
an exposing unit that exposes the image carrying unit to light to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrying unit; and
a developing unit that develops the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrying unit with toner containing the fatty acid metal salt by receiving a developing bias potential applied to the developing unit,
wherein the supply unit is configured to increase a supply rate of the fatty acid metal salt to the image carrying unit as the rotation speed of the image carrying unit increases, and
wherein the supply unit supplies the larger amount of the fatty acid metal salt to the image carrying unit as the rotation speed increases by setting, when image formation is not performed on the image carrying unit, a potential difference between the developing bias potential and a charging potential of the surface of the image carrying unit charged by the charging unit to a first potential difference larger than a second potential difference that is set when the image formation is performed on the image carrying unit.

US Pat. No. 10,712,703

SENSING DEVICE CAPABLE OF DETECTING PAPER JAM CONDITIONS AND OFFICE APPARATUS THEREWITH

AVISION INC., Hsinchu (T...

1. A sensing device adapted for detecting paper jam conditions, the sensing device comprising:a housing;
a supporting component movably disposed on the housing;
a grating module installed inside the housing, the grating module comprising:
a grating wheel rotatably disposed on the supporting component;
a light emitting component for emitting light;
a light receiving component for receiving the light emitted by the light emitting component to generate a corresponding sensing signal;
a first roller disposed coaxially with the grating wheel and for driving the grating wheel to rotate;
a second roller contacting with the first roller and for driving the first roller to rotate, when a media contacts with the second roller, the second roller driving the first roller to move the supporting component relative to the housing according to a thickness of the media, so as to adjust positions of the first roller and the grating wheel relative to the housing, and the second roller driving the first roller to rotate the grating wheel when the media drives the second roller to rotate; and
a control unit electrically connected to the light emitting component and the light receiving component, the control unit determining whether the media proceeds at a predetermined speed according to the corresponding sensing signal generated by the light receiving component during rotation of the grating wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,712,702

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a conveying member configured to convey paper along a paper path;
an image reading unit configured to read a surface of the paper conveyed by the conveying member along the paper path; and
a color sample member, wherein
the conveying member, the image reading unit, and the color sample member have a first arrangement in which the image reading unit reads the surface of the paper conveyed by the conveying member along the paper path,
the conveying member, the image reading unit, and the color sample member have a second arrangement in which the image reading unit reads the color sample member, and
the conveying member is configured to change the paper path in front of the image reading unit for switching from the first arrangement to the second arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,712,701

COMMUNICATION DEVICE OUTPUTTING INFORMATION ON A PLURALITY OF PRINTING DEVICES THAT EXECUTE PRINTING OPERATIONS USING PRINTING AGENT ACCOMMODATED IN CARTRIDGE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A communication device capable of communicating with a plurality of printing devices including a first printing device and a second printing device, the first printing device including: a first mounting portion in which a first cartridge accommodating printing agent is mounted; a tank configured to accommodate printing agent supplied from the first cartridge; and a first printing portion configured to execute printing operations using printing agent supplied from the tank, the second printing device including: a second mounting portion in which a second cartridge accommodating printing agent is mounted; and a second printing portion configured to execute printing operations using printing agent supplied from the second cartridge, the second printing device having no tank between the second mounting portion and the second printing portion, the communication device comprising a processor configured to perform:(a) acquiring a plurality of sets of device information on respective ones of the plurality of printing devices, the plurality of sets of device information including first device information corresponding to the first printing device and second device information corresponding to the second printing device, the first device information indicating a first residual state of printing agent in the first printing device, the first residual state being classified into a first condition, a second condition, and a third condition, the first condition indicating that the first cartridge and the tank accommodate printing agent, the second condition indicating that the first cartridge is out of printing agent while the tank accommodates printing agent greater than or equal to a first reference quantity, the third condition indicating that the first cartridge is out of printing agent and the tank accommodates printing agent less than the first reference quantity, the second device information indicating a second residual state of printing agent in the second printing device, the second residual state being classified into a fourth condition, a fifth condition, and a sixth condition, the fourth condition indicating that the second cartridge accommodates printing agent greater than or equal to a second reference quantity, the fifth condition indicating that the second cartridge accommodates printing agent less than the second reference quantity and greater than or equal to a third reference quantity smaller than the second reference quantity, the sixth condition indicating that the second cartridge accommodates printing agent less than the third reference quantity;
(b) identifying a first group printing device belonging to a first group and a second group printing device belonging to a second group in accordance with the plurality of sets of device information, the first group printing device and the second group printing device being identified from among the plurality of printing devices; and
(c) outputting device information corresponding to the first group printing device and device information corresponding to the second group printing device in a distinguishable manner,
wherein the (b) identifying identifies the first printing device in the second condition and the second printing device in the fifth condition as the first group printing device, and identifies the first printing device in the second condition, the first printing device in the third condition, and the second printing device in the sixth condition as the second group printing device.

US Pat. No. 10,712,700

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SYSTEM INCLUDING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET DISCHARGE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a system having an image forming apparatus to form an image onto a sheet based on an image forming job, and a sheet discharge apparatus to discharge the sheet to a sheet stacking tray, the control apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the control apparatus to:
receive configuration information of the system and generate a system configuration image based on the configuration information,
receive stacking state information including a stacking amount of sheets stacked as a sheet bundle, on the sheet stacking tray and generate a sheet bundle image representing the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking tray based on the stacking state information,
display, on a display, a screen in which the sheet bundle image is mapped at a sheet stacking portion, corresponding to the sheet stacking tray, of the system configuration image,
receive job identification information of an image forming job of sheets to be picked up, wherein the image forming job which is identified by the job identification information is a job selected from an execution history list of a plurality of image forming jobs which have been executed and which have not yet been removed from the sheet discharge apparatus, and
generate a first thumbnail image and a last thumbnail image, wherein the first thumbnail image is a thumbnail image of an image which is formed on a first discharged sheet of the image forming job selected from the execution history list and the last thumbnail image is a thumbnail image of an image which is formed on a last discharged sheet of the image forming job selected from the execution history list,
wherein the processor simultaneously displays, on the display, a first sheet bundle image of the image forming job selected from the execution history list, a second sheet bundle image corresponding to an image forming job which is not selected from the execution history list, the first thumbnail image, and the last thumbnail image, and
wherein the processor displays the first sheet bundle image and the second sheet bundle image in different display forms.

US Pat. No. 10,712,699

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING TONER CHARGE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

4. A method for measuring a toner charge comprising:moving, by a first image formation unit among a plurality of image formation units, first toner on a first toner bearer to a first image bearer to form a first toner image on the first image bearer, the first toner image being a predetermined pattern of defining a reference toner image;
transferring the first toner image on the first image bearer onto an intermediate transfer body based on a first transfer bias current;
moving, by at least one second image formation unit downstream of the first image formation unit, second toner on a second toner bearer to a second image bearer to form a second toner image on the second image bearer;
transferring the second toner image on the second image bearer onto the intermediate transfer body based on a second transfer bias current;
measuring a total charge of the first toner included in the reference toner image based on a developing current that flows in response to moving the first toner from the first toner bearer to the first image bearer;
measuring an adhered amount of the first toner included in the reference toner image that is transferred from the first image bearer onto the intermediate transfer body;
measuring a first toner charge per unit mass based on the total charge and the adhered amount; and
setting, with respect to the second-transfer bias current, a first current value for measuring the first toner charge per unit mass and a second current value for forming an image on a print medium, the first current value being lower than a current value of the first transfer bias current, and the first current value being different from the second current value.

US Pat. No. 10,712,698

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of image forming portions each including an image bearing member which is rotatable, a charging member which comes into contact with the image bearing member and charges a surface of the image bearing member, and a developer carrying member which supplies toner to the image bearing member to form a toner image when moved to a developing position relative to the image bearing member and does not supply toner to the image bearing member when moved to a separating position relative to the image bearing member, the image forming portions being configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member to which the toner image formed on the image bearing member is transferred;
a transferring member which transfers, to a recording material, the toner image having been transferred to the intermediate transfer member;
a charging voltage applying unit which applies a charging voltage to the charging member; and
a control unit which controls the charging voltage applying unit,
wherein the image forming portions are each configured to, in an image forming operation of forming the toner image on the recording material, recover toner remaining on the image bearing member without being transferred to the intermediate transfer member, using the developer carrying member,
wherein, in the image forming operation, when the toner image is not formed in the image forming portion, which is a part of the plurality of image forming portions, the control unit controls the charging voltage applying unit so that a second charging voltage is applied to the charging member of the image forming portion that does not form the toner image, the second charging voltage having a smaller absolute value than a first charging voltage that is a charging voltage for forming the toner image, and having a same polarity as the first charging voltage,
wherein the developer carrying member is moved to the developing position in a first image forming portion, of the plurality of image forming portions, that forms the toner image, and
wherein the developer carrying member is moved to the separating position in a second image forming portion, of the plurality of image forming portions, that does not form the toner image.

US Pat. No. 10,712,697

ENDLESS SHAPED FIXING BELT AND HEAT FIXING DEVICE HAVING ENDLESS BELT SHAPE HEATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A fixing belt having an endless belt shape of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:a substrate; and
an elastic layer on the substrate, the elastic layer containing a rubber and fillers dispersed in the rubber,
wherein:
assuming that five binarized images each of which has a size of 150 ?m ×100 ?m on any positions of a first cross-section in a plane in a thickness-peripheral direction of the elastic layer, and five binarized images each of which has a size of 150 ?m×100 ?m on any positions of a first cross-section in a plane in a thickness-axial direction of the elastic layer are obtained, in each of the binarized images, the fillers are represented as white, and the rubber is represented as black,
among the fillers in the binarized images, fillers having a circle-equivalent diameter of 5 ?m or more are defined as large-particle diameter fillers, and fillers having a circle-equivalent diameter of less than 5 ?m is defined as small-particle diameter fillers,
and assuming that area ratios (%) of which total areas of the large-particle diameter fillers with respect to respective binarized images' areas are calculated to obtain an area ratio of the large-particle diameter fillers for each of the binarized images, and area ratios (%) of which total areas of the small-particle diameter fillers with respect to the respective binarized images' areas are calculated to obtain an area ratio of the small-particle diameter fillers for each of the binarized images,
an average value of the area ratios of the large-particle diameter fillers is 20% to 40%, and the large-particle diameter fillers have an average array degree fL of 0.00 to 0.15,
an average value of the area ratios of the small-particle diameter fillers is 10% to 20%,
the small-particle diameter fillers have an average array degree fS of 0.20 to 0.50, and
the small-particle diameter fillers have an average array angle ?S of 60° to 120°.

US Pat. No. 10,712,696

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A HEAT SUPPLY PART AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixing device comprising:an endless belt;
a heat supply part that is disposed inside the endless belt, contacts an inner circumferential surface of the endless belt, and supplies heat to the endless belt; and
a pressure member that contacts an outer circumferential surface of the endless belt to form a nip portion, and conveys a recording medium while nipping the recording medium together with the endless belt,
the heat supply part comprising:
a heater having a plurality of heating sections arranged in a widthwise direction of the endless belt, and
a thermal diffusion member that extends in the widthwise direction between the heater and the endless belt, and is disposed so that one surface of the thermal diffusion member contacts the inner circumferential surface of the endless belt, and the other surface of the thermal diffusion member contacts the plurality of heating sections,
wherein a plate thickness t (mm) between the one surface and the other surface of the thermal diffusion member, and a thermal diffusivity D (mm2/s) of the thermal diffusion member satisfy the relationship:
t×D?6.7.

US Pat. No. 10,712,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO CONTROL A LIGHTING DUTY OF A HEAT GENERATOR

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a body
a heating device installed in the body, the heating device including a heat generator, the heating device configured to provide information indicating a resistance value of the heat generator;
a resistance value acquisition device on the body, the resistance value acquisition device configured to acquire the resistance value of the heat generator from the heating device;
a detector configured to detect detachment and attachment of the heating device from and to the body; and
an electric power controller in the body, the electric power controller configured to control the heat generator by,
causing the resistance value acquisition device to acquire the resistance value of the heat generator when the detector detects the detachment and attachment of the heating device, and
changing a lighting duty of the heat generator when the resistance value acquired from the heat generator is different from the resistance value prior to detection of the detachment and attachment of the heating device.

US Pat. No. 10,712,694

TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT OF HEATING ELEMENTS IN FIXING DEVICE

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming device;
an image fixing device configured to fix a toner image formed on a medium by the image forming device, the image fixing device including a plurality of heating elements arranged along a direction crossing a medium conveyance direction; and
a temperature measuring device configured to measure a temperature of each of the heating elements, the temperature measuring device including:
an array of temperature measuring elements, each of the temperature measuring elements being configured to measure a temperature of a corresponding one of the heating elements;
a plurality of light guides, each of the light guides being positioned to guide an infrared ray radiated from a corresponding one of the heating elements toward a corresponding one of the temperature measuring elements via a reflection surface thereof that is positioned to reflect the infrared ray at a same reflection angle; and
a condenser lens configured to direct the infrared rays guided by the light guides to the temperature measuring elements, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,712,693

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PROTECTION OF FIXING UNIT WHEN MAIN ASSEMBLY IS OPENED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main assembly;
an opening/closing member capable of opening and closing relative to said main assembly;
an image forming portion accommodated in said main assembly and configured to form an image on a recording material;
a fixing portion accommodated in said main assembly and configured to fix the image formed on the recording material, said fixing portion including a heat generation member configured to heat the recording material carrying the image, a nip forming member forming a nip configured to nip and feed the recording material, an electric energy supply connector for supplying electric energy to said heat generation member, and a shutter capable of opening and closing an entrance of said fixing portion which leads to said nip; and
a link connecting said opening/closing member and said shutter with each other to move said shutter in interrelation with movement of said opening/closing member,
wherein when said opening/closing member moves from a closed state to an open state, said link moves in a direction crossing with a surface of said nip to cause said shutter to move from a first position for opening said entrance to a second position for closing said entrance,
wherein in a state that said shutter is in the second position, substantially an entirety of said electric energy supply connector is covered by said link, as viewed from an upstream side with respect to a recording material feeding direction in the nip.

US Pat. No. 10,712,692

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING SHEET LOOP CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a transfer portion configured to transfer the toner image borne on the image bearing member onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image which has been transferred onto the sheet by the transfer portion to the sheet;
a loop detector configured to detect an amount of a loop formed on the sheet at a position between the transfer portion and the fixing unit;
rotary members disposed downstream in a sheet conveyance direction of the fixing unit and configured to convey the sheet; and
a controller configured to control a sheet conveyance speed of the fixing unit based on a detection result of the loop detector and control a rotational speed of the rotary members based on an area ratio which is a ratio of an area in which the toner image is formed by the transfer portion within a predetermined region set on a printing surface of the sheet onto which the toner image is transferred,
wherein the predetermined region is located at a position distant from a leading edge of the sheet more than a distance between the transfer portion and the fixing unit in the sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 10,712,691

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a medium, comprising:a heating rotating member that is rotatably supported;
a heater configured to heat the heating rotating member;
a pressing member arranged at an inside of the heating rotating member and configured to abut against an inner peripheral surface of the heating rotating member;
a pressing rotating member configured to be pressed against the pressing member across the heating rotating member, the pressing rotating member and the heating rotating member forming a nip through which the medium passes;
a support member configured to movably support the pressing member in a direction orthogonal to a rotation axis of the pressing rotating member;
a lubricant supply member arranged between the support member and the pressing member, the lubricant supply member impregnated with a lubricant; and
a sliding sheet arranged between the pressing member and the heating rotating member and having an opening on an upstream side in a rotation direction of the heating rotating member.

US Pat. No. 10,712,690

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TRANSFER UNIT

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

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transfer unit that nips a recording medium by using an image retaining unit, which retains an image by using a charged imaging particle, and a transfer member and that generates a transfer electric field from the image-retaining-unit side in a transfer region between the image retaining unit and the transfer member so as to electrostatically transfer the image retained by the image retaining unit onto the recording medium; and
at least one contact unit provided at each of an upstream side and a downstream side of the transfer region of the transfer unit in a transport direction of the recording medium, and the contact unit at the upstream side being a positioning member, wherein at least one of the contact units at the upstream side comes into contact with the recording medium while the recording medium passes through the transfer region, so as to function as an electrode leading to a ground, and at least another one of the contact units at the upstream side being a positioning member that positions the recording medium,
wherein a resistance leading to the ground for each contact unit is lower than a resistance of the transfer member of the transfer unit,
wherein the transfer unit switches the transfer member from a grounded state to a non-grounded state when a low-resistance recording medium is used as the recording medium, and
wherein the contact units respectively provided at the upstream side and the downstream side of the transfer region in the transport direction of the recording medium are separated from each other by a distance shorter than a length of the recording medium in the transport direction.

US Pat. No. 10,712,689

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image carrier, comprising:a first unit that includes a transfer member which is rotatable and abuts against the image carrier and a first urging member for urging the transfer member against the image carrier, and that is movable from a position at which the transfer member comes into contact with the image carrier to a position at which the transfer member is separated from the image carrier,
wherein, when the first unit is disposed at the position at which the transfer member comes into contact with the image carrier, the first unit is urged in a first urging direction intersecting a movement direction of a second unit by a second urging member disposed between the first unit and the second unit being movable between a first attachment position with respect to an image forming apparatus body and a second attachment position different from the first attachment position,
wherein the first unit includes a power supply terminal which is engaged with a body power supply terminal provided in the image forming apparatus body and supplies power to the transfer member, at an end surface of a portion of the first unit in a longitudinal direction, and
wherein the second urging member is disposed to urge the first unit in a second urging direction along the longitudinal direction of the first unit, so that the power supply terminal is urged toward the body power supply terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,712,688

LAYER THICKNESS IN PRINT AGENT CONCENTRATION APPARATUS

HP Indigo B.V., Amstelve...

1. A method comprising:providing a print agent comprising chargeable particles in a carrier fluid to a print agent concentration apparatus;
passing the print agent between a conveyor and an electrode, wherein a potential is applied to cause the particles to be attracted to the conveyor and to form a concentrated layer of particles on the conveyor;
separating a proportion of the carrier fluid from the concentrated layer of particles;
measuring a thickness of a remaining layer on the conveyor;
determining if the measured thickness of the layer meets predetermined criteria; and, if not,
adjusting an operational parameter of the print agent concentration apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,712,687

DEVELOPER CONTAINER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A developer container comprising:a container main body that stores a developer, has an outlet for discharging the developer to a downstream side in a conveyance direction in which the developer is conveyed, has a sidewall having a circular cross-section perpendicular to the conveyance direction, and has a first ridge that continuously or intermittently continues to the downstream side in a helical form in a certain winding direction and is formed on an inner surface of the sidewall; and
a limiter disposed at a downstream end that is an end on the downstream side of the container main body, to secure a space between the limiter and the sidewall, the space extending to an upstream side of the outlet in the conveyance direction and extending from the upstream side to the outlet,
wherein one of the limiter and the sidewall has a second ridge for reducing an area of a cross-section of the space perpendicular to the conveyance direction at a first position to a smaller area than an area of a cross-section of the space perpendicular to the conveyance direction at a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,712,686

TONER CARTRIDGE WITH MEMORY FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A color image forming method comprising:acquiring identification data stored in a memory of a toner cartridge when the toner cartridge is mounted on an image forming apparatus;
reading color information from the memory when the acquired identification data matches identifying data previously stored in the image forming apparatus, and not reading the color information from the toner cartridge when the acquired identification data does not match the identifying data; and
changing an image formation process parameter based on the color information that depends on optically measured color coordinates of toner in the toner cartridge when the acquired identification data matches the identifying data, and not changing the image formation process parameter based on the color information when the acquired identification data does not match the identifying data.

US Pat. No. 10,712,685

DEVELOPING ROLLER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A developing roller comprising a roller main body,wherein, on an outer circumferential surface of the roller main body, a plurality of recesses that are disposed at predetermined pitches in a circumferential direction and an axial direction in the outer circumferential surface are provided, and a pitch PA between the plurality of recesses in the axial direction and a pitch PC between the plurality of recesses in the circumferential direction satisfy Formula (1):
PA/PC>1.1  (1).

US Pat. No. 10,712,684

DEVELOPING ROLLER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing roller, comprising:a substrate and an electro-conductive layer on the substrate;
an outer surface of the developing roller having an electrical insulating first region and an electro-conductive second region adjacent to the first region; and
the first region having a plurality of domains independent from each other, wherein
at least 50% of a total number of domains included in a square region 300 ?m on each side placed on the outer surface of the developing roller have a circle equivalent diameter of 3 to 15 ?m, and
at least one of the domains having a circle diameter of 3 to 15 ?m has a plurality of grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,712,683

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., Mi...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image holding body that holds an image to be transferred to a recording material;
a developing unit that causes a mixture, in which a plurality of kinds of developers are mixed, to adhere to the image holding body and that forms an image on the image holding body;
a transfer unit that transfers an image formed on the image holding body to a recording material; and
a change portion that changes a transfer condition that is a condition under which the transfer unit performs transfer so that a ratio of the plurality of kinds of developers in the image to be transferred to a recording material becomes close to a predetermined ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,712,682

TONER AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, whereinthe toner particles contain a polymer containing a structural unit formed from a monomer having an azobenzene group and a polymerizable group, and
the polymerizable group comprises a (meth)acryloyl group, an epoxy group, or a vinyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,712,681

TONER, TONER STORAGE UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A toner comprising:a crystalline polyester resin comprising a polycondensed resin of a dicarboxylic acid represented by the following formula (1) with a diol represented by the following formula (2),
wherein a content of a cyclic ester represented by the following formula (3) in the toner, measured by a thermal extraction gas chromatographic mass spectrometry at a thermal extraction temperature of 160° C., is from 1 to 200 ppm in terms of toluene:

where n represents an integer of from 2 to 12;

where m represents an integer of from 2 to 12; and

where n represents an integer of from 2 to 12, m represents an integer of from 2 to 12, and m+n?6 is satisfied,
wherein said toner is in the form of a particle.

US Pat. No. 10,712,680

WHITE TONER FOR ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPMENT, ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE DEVELOPER, TONER CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

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

1. A white toner for electrostatic image development, the toner comprising:toner particles containing a binder resin, which contains at least a crystalline polyester resin and an amorphous polyester resin, and a white pigment,
wherein a loss tangent tan ? at 30° C. determined by dynamic viscoelasticity measurement is 0.2 or more and 1.0 or less, and
wherein the crystalline polyester resin is formed from dodecanedioic acid and hexanediol.

US Pat. No. 10,712,679

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTORECEPTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. An electrophotographic photoreceptor comprising:a conductive substrate;
an undercoat layer on the conductive substrate, the undercoat layer containing a first perinone compound represented by formula (1) and a second perinone compound represented by formula (2) below, metal oxide particles of at least one type selected from the group consisting of aluminum oxide particles, iron oxide particles, copper oxide particles, magnesium oxide particles, calcium oxide particles, and silicon dioxide particles, and a binder resin, the undercoat layer having a thickness of 1 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer:

in formula (1), R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, R17, and R18 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, an aryloxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, an aryloxycarbonylalkyl group, or a halogen atom; R11 and R12 may be bonded to each other to form a ring, so may R12 and R13, and so may R13 and R14; and R15 and R16 may be bonded to each other to form a ring, so may R16 and R17, and so may R17 and R18,
in formula (2), R21, R22, R23, R24, R25, R26, R27, and R28 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, an aryloxy group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an aryloxycarbonyl group, an alkoxycarbonylalkyl group, an aryloxycarbonylalkyl group, or a halogen atom; R21 and R22 may be bonded to each other to form a ring, so may R22 and R23, and so may R23 and R24; and R25 and R26 may be bonded to each other to form a ring, so may R26 and R27, and so may R27 and R28,
wherein a total amount of the first perinone compound and the second perinone compound relative to a total solid content of the undercoat layer is 50 mass % or more and 70 mass % or less, and a total content of the metal oxide particles contained in the undercoat layer relative to a total content of the first perinone compound and the second perinone compound contained in the undercoat layer is 20 mass % or more and 70 mass % or less.

US Pat. No. 10,712,678

IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An imprint lithography apparatus comprising:an imprint template support structure configured to hold an imprint template; and
a plurality of measurement sensors configured to measure a change of size and/or shape of the imprint template, wherein the measurement sensors are configured to measure a change of position of portions of a perimeter of the imprint template by way of reflectors extending from a side face of the imprint template distinct from an imprint pattern surface thereof, the reflectors substantially surrounding respective actuators of the support structure,
wherein the apparatus is configured to at least cause the size and/or shape of the imprint template to be changed to conform with a size and/or shape of a pattern already present on a substrate and to imprint an imprint pattern with the imprint template onto the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,712,677

PROJECTION EXPOSURE SYSTEM FOR SEMICONDUCTOR LITHOGRAPHY, COMPRISING ELEMENTS FOR PLASMA CONDITIONING

CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH, Obe...

1. A projection exposure apparatus for semiconductor lithography, comprising:at least one partial volume that is closed off from surroundings and has a purge gas arranged therein; and
at least one conditioning element,
wherein the at least one conditioning element at least partially neutralizes plasma in the at least one partial volume generated by electromagnetic radiation used for projection exposure acting on the purge gas, and
wherein the at least one conditioning element is attached to an optical element arranged in the at least one partial volume.

US Pat. No. 10,712,674

METHOD OF DETERMINING AN OVERLAY ERROR, MANUFACTURING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING OF A MULTILAYER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURED THEREBY

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE V...

1. A method of determining an overlay error during manufacturing of a multilayer semiconductor device, wherein said manufacturing of the semiconductor device comprises the steps of:forming a stack of material layers comprising depositing of at least two subsequent patterned layers of semiconductor material, the patterned layers comprising a first patterned layer having a first marker element and a second patterned layer having a second marker element; and wherein the determining of the overlay error comprises:
determining relative positions of the first and second marker elements in relation to each other such as to determine the overlay error between the first patterned layer and the second patterned layer;
wherein for determining the overlay error, in addition to said step of determining said relative positions of the first and second marker element, the method comprises a step of:
determining, by performing an imaging step on at least one of said first and second patterned layers, relative positions of the respective first or second marker element and a pattern feature of a device pattern comprised by said respective first and second patterned layers, the pattern feature being a functional feature of the multilayer semiconductor device.

US Pat. No. 10,712,673

METHOD OF DETERMINING A PROPERTY OF A STRUCTURE, INSPECTION APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method of determining a property of a structure, the method comprising:causing an optical system to collect radiation modified by interaction with the structure;
causing an observation of a distribution of the collected radiation in a capture plane of the optical system, wherein a condition error associated with the optical system and associated with an observation itself is variable between observations; and
calculating the property of the structure based on at least one observed distribution of radiation, the calculating including a correction for a deviation of the distribution due to the condition error specific to the observation.

US Pat. No. 10,712,672

METHOD OF PREDICTING PATTERNING DEFECTS CAUSED BY OVERLAY ERROR

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:determining a first color pattern and a second color pattern associated with a hot spot of a design layout pattern, the design layout pattern configured for transfer to a substrate; and
predicting, by a hardware computer system, whether there would be a defect at the hot spot on the substrate caused by overlay error, based at least in part on a measured overlay error between the first color pattern and the second color pattern from a physical substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,712,671

DENSE LINE EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LITHOGRAPHY SYSTEM WITH DISTORTION MATCHING

NIKON CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An extreme ultraviolet lithography system that transfers a pattern of parallel lines onto a workpiece that includes an existing pattern, the lithography system comprising:a workpiece stage assembly that retains and moves the workpiece;
an EUV illumination system that directs an extreme ultraviolet beam at a patterning element that defines the pattern of parallel lines;
a projection optical assembly that projects and transfers an image of the the plurality of parallel lines, within an exposure field, onto the workpiece as the workpiece is moved relative to the exposure field during a first scan, the exposure resulting in a first stripe of the imaged plurality of lines extending generally along a first axis; and
a control system that controls the workpiece stage assembly to move the workpiece relative to the exposure field along a first scan trajectory that is generally along the first axis during the first scan;
wherein the control system selectively adjusts a control parameter during the first scan of the workpiece stage assembly so that the first stripe of parallel lines becomes distorted so as to overlay and more accurately match a distortion of the portion of existing pattern positioned under the first stripe of parallel lines relative to if the control parameter is not adjusted.

US Pat. No. 10,712,670

VARIABLE NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTER FOR MULTI-BEAM INTERFERENCE LITHOGRAPHY EXPOSURE

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method, comprising:disposing a photosensitive film layer on a surface of a substrate layer;
placing a variable neutral density (ND) filter such that a surface of the variable ND filter faces an exposure region of the photosensitive film layer, wherein the variable ND filter is a thin film that has an attenuation profile that modulates transmittance of light passing through the variable ND filter to the exposure region to cancel out an uneven power distribution in an intermediate interference exposure pattern at the exposure region of the photosensitive film layer; and
arranging one or more laser generators such that at least two generated beams of light from the one or more laser generators intersect with each other and form the intermediate interference exposure pattern that is modulated by the variable ND filter to form a target interference exposure pattern at the exposure region of the photosensitive film layer.

US Pat. No. 10,712,669

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIRECT WRITE MASKLESS LITHOGRAPHY

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. An exposure apparatus comprising:a substrate holder constructed to support a substrate;
a patterning device configured to provide a plurality of beams of radiation modulated according to at least two sub patterns of a pattern using a plurality of radiation sources, the plurality of radiation sources producing radiation beams of at least two spot sizes such that each of the radiation beams having a same spot size of the at least two spot sizes is used to produce one of the at least two sub patterns;
a projection system configured to project the plurality of beams onto the substrate;
an actuator configured to provide relative motion between the substrate and the plurality of radiation sources, in a scanning direction to expose the substrate; and
a control system configured to cause the radiation beams of the at least two spot sizes to expose the same substrate during relative motion between the substrate and the plurality of radiation sources.

US Pat. No. 10,712,668

SHUTTER DEVICE USED FOR EXPOSURE IN LITHOGRAPHY MACHINE, AND METHOD FOR USE THEREOF

SHANGHAI MICRO ELECTRONIC...

1. A shutter device for use in exposure by a photolithography machine, comprising: a shutter blade; a rotating motor for driving the shutter blade to rotate; a controller in electric connection with the rotating motor; and a supporter for supporting the rotating motor, the shutter blade comprising at least one open portion, at least one shielding portion and a rotation center of the at least one open portion and the at least one shielding portion, the rotation center coupled to the rotating motor, the rotating motor driving the shutter blade to rotate so that the shutter device is opened and closed to enable and disable exposure, wherein the shielding portion comprises an inner hollow portion and an outer shielding portion that is concentric with the inner hollow portion with respect to the rotation center,wherein during driving, by the rotating motor, of the shutter blade to form an exposure-enabled region and an exposure-disabled region, the motor and/or the shutter blade rotate at a non-zero speed, and wherein a speed reducer is disposed between the rotation center of the shutter blade and the rotating motor.

US Pat. No. 10,712,667

OPTICAL DEVICE AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEM

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An alignment system, comprising:a beam delivery system configured to pass a beam of electromagnetic radiation;
a diffractive optical system configured to:
receive the beam passed by the beam delivery system;
project onto a detection plane an image representative of the beam intersecting a reference plane;
a detection system configured to detect the projected image at the detection plane; and
a controller configured to:
control the diffractive optical system;
determine a position of the beam relative to a reference position in the reference plane; and
determine a direction of the beam relative to a reference direction in the reference plane; and
wherein the diffractive optical system comprises a first lens and second lens and a diffraction grating to diffract the electromagnetic radiation into different diffraction orders, such that the first lens is operative to create a first projection of a first specific one of the different diffraction orders onto a first location in the detection plane and the second lens is operative to create a second projection of a second specific one of the different diffraction orders onto a second location in the detection plane different from the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,712,666

EXTREME ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT GENERATION DEVICE

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...

1. An extreme ultraviolet light generation device comprising:a target supply unit configured to output a plurality of targets along a trajectory toward a plasma generation region;
a laser device configured to emit laser light toward the plasma generation region;
an image capturing unit having an image capturing direction non-orthogonal and non-parallel to the trajectory, the image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a region including the plasma generation region, and output image data;
an illumination unit configured to output illumination light to the region including the plasma generation region;
an image capturing position change unit configured to change an image capturing position of the image capturing unit along the image capturing direction;
a movement amount determination unit configured to determine a movement amount of the image capturing position based on the image data; and
a control unit configured to control the image capturing position change unit based on the movement amount determined by the movement amount determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,712,665

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID CRYSTAL ANTENNA

BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONI...

1. A method for manufacturing an array substrate, comprising:sequentially depositing a metal material layer and a photoresist material layer on a substrate, and forming a plurality of metal patterns and a plurality of photoresist patterns on the plurality of metal patterns by a patterning process;
forming a light-shielding material between at least two adjacent metal patterns; wherein the light-shielding material and the plurality of photoresist patterns have opposite hydrophobicity-hydrophilicity; and
curing the light-shielding material to form at least one light-shielding pattern such that a thickness of the at least one light-shielding pattern is the same as a thickness of the plurality of metal patterns, and removing the plurality of photoresist patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,712,664

FORMING CONDUCTIVE VIAS USING A LIGHT GUIDE

International Business Ma...

8. A process comprising:providing a via in a base material, comprising at least two copper lines and at least one insulator layer separating the at least two copper lines, in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the base material,
wherein the via intersects the at least two copper lines;
applying a photoresist layer to an interior surface of the via;
inserting a light guide into the via,
wherein a portion of an outer surface of the light guide is masked;
exposing, via the light guide, a portion of the photoresist layer to light, thereby resulting in an exposed portion of the photoresist layer and an unexposed portion of the photoresist layer; and
removing a portion of the photoresist layer.

US Pat. No. 10,712,663

HIGH-PURITY DISPENSE UNIT

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. An apparatus for fluid delivery, the apparatus comprising:a hydraulic fluid housing defining a chamber having an elongate bladder positioned within the chamber, the elongate bladder extending from a chamber inlet opening to a chamber outlet opening, the chamber including a bladder expansion constraint that permits expansion of the elongate bladder to a predetermined volume that is less than a volume of the chamber and prevents expansion of the elongate bladder beyond the predetermined volume, the bladder expansion constraint spanning a length of the bladder and including a plurality of perforations on walls thereof to allow flow of hydraulic fluid in and out of the bladder expansion constraint;
the elongate bladder defining a fluid flow path that is linear between the chamber inlet opening and the chamber outlet opening, the elongate bladder being configured to laterally expand and laterally contract within the chamber such that when the elongate bladder contains process fluid, a volume of the process fluid within the elongate bladder is increasable and reducible;
the chamber configured to contain the hydraulic fluid in contact with an exterior surface of the elongate bladder;
the hydraulic fluid housing including a displacement chamber in fluid connection with the chamber, the displacement chamber including a displacement member that is insertable into the displacement chamber and retractable from the displacement chamber; and
a controller configured to activate a volume-control system that selectively decreases hydraulic fluid pressure on the elongate bladder by retracting a portion of the displacement member from the displacement chamber causing expansion of the elongate bladder, the controller configured to activate the volume-control system that selectively increases hydraulic fluid pressure on the elongate bladder by inserting a portion of the displacement member into the displacement chamber causing contraction of the elongate bladder,
wherein the bladder expansion constraint is an elongate sleeve that is rigid and that is positioned around the elongate bladder, and
the elongate sleeve defines one or more openings for ingress and egress of hydraulic fluid within the bladder expansion constraint.

US Pat. No. 10,712,662

METHODS OF FORMING PATTERNS USING COMPOSITIONS FOR AN UNDERLAYER OF PHOTORESIST

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of forming a pattern, comprising:preparing a composition that includes a solvent and a polymer including a repeating unit in which at least one isocyanurate unit having a first structure is connected to another isocyanurate unit having a second structure different from the first structure;
applying the composition on a substrate to form an underlayer;
forming a photoresist layer on the underlayer;
etching the photoresist layer to form a photoresist pattern; and
patterning the substrate or a layer on the substrate using the photoresist pattern,wherein the repeating unit is represented by Chemical Formula 1:
wherein, in Chemical Formula 1, R1 and R2 each independently represents a C1-C10 chain-shaped or ring-shaped hydrocarbon group, and the hydrocarbon group is saturated or includes at least one unsaturated bond,
wherein X and Y each represents the self-crosslinking side chain moiety, X and Y each independently represents a C1-C12 chain-shaped or ring-shaped hydrocarbon group, at least one of X or Y includes a hetero atom, and X and Y are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,712,661

NEGATIVE TONE PHOTOSENSITIVE COMPOSITIONS

PROMERUS, LLC, Brecksvil...

1. A negative tone photoimagable composition comprising:a) a polymer having a pendent acidic group, which is selected from the group consisting of:
i) a polymer of formula (Ia):

ii) a polymer comprising a repeating unit of formula (Ib) derived from a monomer of formula (IB):

wherein represents a position at which the bonding takes place with another repeat unit;
R4 is selected front the group consisting of —(CH2)y—CO2R4a, —(CH2)v—Ar—OH, —(CH2)y—C(O)—Ar—OH, —(CH2)y—OC(O)—Ar—OH, —(CH2)y—C(O)O—Ar—OH and —C(O)O(CH2)y—Ar—OH, where each v is Independently an integer from 4) to 4, and R4a is hydrogen, Ar Is substituted or unsubstituted phenyl or napthenyl where substituents if present are selected from the group consisting of halogen, (C1-C4)alkyl, fluorinated or perfluorinated (C1-C4)alkyl, (C1-C4)alkoxy and fluorinated or perfluorinated (C1-C4)alkoxy; and
iii) a polymer comprising one or more distinctive monomer repeating units of formula (Ic) derived from a monomer of formula (IC) and maleic anhydride-type repeating units of formulae (Id1) and (Id2) derived from a maleic anhydride monomer of formula (ID):

wherein:
represents a position at which the bonding takes place with another repeat unit;
g is 0;
R5, R6, R7 and R8 are the same or different and independently of each other selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, methyl, ethyl, a fluorinated or perflourinated methyl, ethyl and a linear or branched substituted or unsubstituted (C3-C25)hydrocarbyl group;

wherein:
represents a position at which the bonding takes place with another repeat unit;
R9 is selected from the group consisting of methyl, ethyl, a fluorinated or perfluorinated methyl or ethyl a linear or branched (C3-C9) hydrocarbyl and a linear or branched fluorinated or perfluorinated (C3-C9)hydrocarbyl group;
R10 and R11 are the same or different and are selected from hydrogen, methyl and ethyl;
b) one or more olefinic functional group containing compound selected from the group consisting of:
i) a compound of formula (IIa):

where
each b is independently an integer from 1 to 6;
K is CH2; and
X is O;
ii) a compound of formula (IIb):

where
K is CH2;
X is SiR2R3, —(CZ2)b— where Z is hydrogen, —C(O)—, —CH?CH— or —C?C— where R2 and R3 are each independently methyl or ethyl; and
each b is independently an integer from 1 to 8;
ii) a compound of formula (IIc):

where
b is an integer from 1 to 6; and
K is CH2 or CH2—CH2;
iv) a compound of formula (III) selected from the group consisting of:

1,3-di(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl)propane;

5,5?-(2-(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-ylmethyl)propane-1,3-diyl)bis(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene);

bis(4-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl)phenyl)methane; and

tris(4-bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl)phenyl)methane; and
v) a compound of formula (IV) selected from the group consisting of:

4-(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-yl)phenyl acetate;

5-decylbicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene;

5-undecylbicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene;

5-dodecylbicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene;

1,3-bis(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-2-ylmethoxy)benzene;

bis(bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-en-2-ylmethyl) carbonate; and
c) a photoacid generator.

US Pat. No. 10,712,660

TEMPLATE FOR IMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY INCLUDING A RECESSION AND AN APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING THE TEMPLATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A template for imprint lithography comprising:a body including a base surface and a recession extending from the base surface, wherein the recession has:
steps including a distal step that is farther from the base surface as compared to any other step, each step having a corresponding step height; and
a feature including:
the step height corresponding to the distal step is higher than an average step height corresponding to remaining steps, wherein the step height is defined as a distance between a top of that step and a top of the adjacent step.

US Pat. No. 10,712,659

METHOD FOR FORMING A CARBON NANOTUBE PELLICLE MEMBRANE

IMEC VZW, Leuven (BE) Im...

1. A method for forming a carbon nanotube pellicle membrane for an extreme ultraviolet lithography reticle, the method comprising:bonding together overlapping carbon nanotubes of at least one carbon nanotube film by pressing the at least one carbon nanotube film between a first pressing surface and a second pressing surface, thereby forming a carbon nanotube pellicle membrane,
wherein at least one of the first pressing surface or the second pressing surface is provided with a protruding pattern, and
wherein the protruding pattern has a pitch smaller than an average length of the overlapping carbon nanotubes of the at least one carbon nanotube film or bundles of carbon nanotubes of the at least one carbon nanotube film.

US Pat. No. 10,712,655

MASK BLANK, TRANSFER MASK, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TRANSFER MASK, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

HOYA CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A mask blank, comprising a light-shielding film on a transparent substrate,wherein the light-shielding film has an optical density for ArF excimer laser exposure light of 2.5 or more,
wherein the light-shielding film has a stack of at least three layered structures, each of the at least three layered structures having a high nitrided layer and a low nitrided layer,
wherein the high nitrided layer and the low nitrided layer are each formed of a material including silicon and nitrogen, or a material including silicon, nitrogen, and one or more elements selected from metalloid elements and non-metallic elements,
wherein the high nitrided layer has a content of nitrogen of 50 atom % or more, and has a thickness of 10 nm or less,
wherein the low nitrided layer has a content of nitrogen of less than 50 atom %, and
wherein a thickness of the low nitrided layer is twice or more as large as the thickness of the high nitrided layer.

US Pat. No. 10,712,654

PHOTOMASK BLANK

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A photomask blank comprising a transparent substrate, a second film formed on the substrate optionally via a first film, a third film being a hard mask film formed contiguous to the second film, and a fourth film formed contiguous to the third film, whereinthe first and third films are formed of materials which are resistant to chlorine base dry etching and removable by fluorine base dry etching,
the second and fourth films are formed of materials which are resistant to fluorine base dry etching and removable by chlorine base dry etching,
the second and fourth films are constructed such that an etching clear time of the fourth film on chlorine base dry etching under one condition is longer than an etching clear time of the second film on chlorine base dry etching under said one condition, wherein
the third film is thinner than the second film, and
the thickness of the third film is up to ? of the thickness of the second film.

US Pat. No. 10,712,650

SCREEN AND PROJECTION IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A screen that diffuses and reflects image light projected by a projector to display an image, the screen comprising:an uneven half mirror structure body including a first transparent substrate and a semitransparent reflective layer, the first transparent substrate having an uneven shape on one surface of the first transparent substrate, the semitransparent reflective layer being provided on the surface of the uneven shape and configured to reflect a part of light and transmit the remaining light; and
a second transparent substrate bonded to the uneven half mirror structure body on the surface of the uneven shape with a transparent material,
wherein:
one of the first transparent substrate and the second transparent substrate disposed closer to a projection side than the semitransparent reflective layer is made of a material exhibiting birefringence of less than or equal to 500 nm;
the first transparent substrate is made of a material exhibiting birefringence of greater than 500 nm,
the second transparent substrate is made of a material exhibiting birefringence of less than or equal to 500 nm,
the first transparent substrate is bonded to the second transparent substrate with the transparent material, and
the image light from the projector is projected onto the second transparent substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,712,649

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND PROJECTOR

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:an excitation light source that outputs excitation light;
a wavelength conversion layer on which the excitation light is incident and which converts a wavelength of the excitation light to emit fluorescence;
a plurality of traveling direction changers that are formed in the wavelength conversion layer and change a traveling direction of the fluorescence; and
a substrate on which the wavelength conversion layer is provided,
wherein the substrate is rotated around an axis of rotation to change a position on which the excitation light is incident on the wavelength conversion layer over time, and
an interval between the plurality of traveling direction changers is smaller than a size of a region on which the excitation light is incident, the excitation light being incident within the region without being incident on areas outside the region.

US Pat. No. 10,712,648

WAVELENGTH-CONVERTING WHEEL AND PROJECTION APPARATUS

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A wavelength-converting wheel having a light incident side, and the wavelength-converting wheel comprising:a disc, having an inner ring portion and an annular portion, wherein the annular portion is connected to an outer edge of the inner ring portion, the annular portion comprises a protrusion structure region, and a plurality of protrusions are disposed in the protrusion structure region and protrude toward the light incident side;
a heat conductive glue, disposed on the protrusion structure region;
a reflective layer, disposed on the heat conductive glue; and
a wavelength-converting layer, disposed on the reflective layer and having a light receiving surface facing the light incident side.

US Pat. No. 10,712,647

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:a light source;
a wavelength conversion element configured to rotate and to convert wavelength of light from the light source;
a first condenser lens configured to collect illumination light including light from the wavelength conversion element;
a first lens array including a plurality of lens cells and configured to divide the illumination light from the first condenser lens into a plurality of light fluxes;
a second lens array including a plurality of corresponding lens cells configured to receive the light flux from each of the plurality of lens cells in the first lens array;
a second condenser lens configured to superimpose the plurality of light fluxes from the second lens array on an illuminated surface; and
an aperture stop disposed closer to the illuminated surface than the first lens array,
wherein the illumination apparatus satisfies a condition in which a surface apex of a first lens cell disposed on an optical axis side in the first lens array is more eccentric from a contour center of the first lens cell than that of a second lens cell disposed on a peripheral side of the first lens cell so as to collect the light flux toward the position on the optical axis side of the corresponding lens cell.

US Pat. No. 10,712,646

PHOSPHOR WHEEL, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A phosphor wheel comprising:a base plate;
an annular phosphor layer provided on the base plate, the annular phosphor layer including a first area and a second area;
a reflective coating provided on the first area of the annular phosphor layer; and
an anti-reflection coating provided on the second area,
wherein the first area and the second area of the annular phosphor layer are coplanar, and
wherein the anti-reflection coating is between the first area and the reflective coating.

US Pat. No. 10,712,645

PROJECTION APPARATUS AND ILLUMINATION SYSTEM

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A projection apparatus, comprising:an illumination system, comprising:
a light source, adapted to emit a light beam;
at least one light-diffusion element, disposed on a transmission path of the light beam from the light source, wherein the at least one light-diffusion element and a reference plane perpendicular to the transmission path of the light beam from the light source have an inclined angle therebetween, so that the at least one light-diffusion element is inclined to the transmission path of the light beam from the light source; and
a wavelength conversion module, disposed on a transmission path of the light beam from the at least one light-diffusion element inclined, wherein a long axis direction of a light spot projected on the wavelength conversion module is perpendicular to an extending direction of a boundary between the reference plane and the at least one light-diffusion element, the wavelength conversion module comprises a light conversion area and a light un-conversion area, and is adapted to rotate, wherein when the light conversion area is rotated into a transmission path of the light beam, the light beam illuminating the light conversion area is a first portion of the light beam, and the first portion of the light beam from the at least one light-diffusion element is converted into a converted light beam, and when the light un-conversion area is rotated into the transmission path of the light beam, the light beam illuminating the light un-conversion area is a second portion of the light beam, and the converted light beam and the second portion of the light beam from the at least one light-diffusion element form an illumination light beam;
at least one light valve, disposed on a transmission path of the illumination light beam and adapted to convert the illumination light beam to an image beam; and
a projection lens, disposed on a transmission path of the image beam.

US Pat. No. 10,712,644

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image projection apparatus, the image projection apparatus comprising:an optical system including a polarization converter, a fluorescent body wheel, a light source, and a short focus lens that projects an image on a projection face;
an air intake port through which air is caused to flow into an inside of a housing including the optical system, the air intake port being provided on a first face of the housing;
an air discharge port that is provided on a second face of the housing and through which the air inside the housing is discharged, the second face being opposite to the first face;
a cooling fan inside the housing, the cooling fan being closer to the first face of the housing than the polarization converter in the optical system; and
an air discharge fan that is provided along an air discharge flow path from the air intake port toward the air discharge port, wherein
the air cools the optical system in an order of the polarization converter, the fluorescent body wheel, and the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,712,643

PROJECTOR WITH COOLING SYSTEM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

2. A projector comprising:a light source device configured to emit light;
a light modulator configured to modulate the light emitted from the light source device in accordance with an image signal;
a projection optical device configured to project the light modulated by the light modulator; and
a cooler configured to cool a cooling target based on transformation of a refrigerant into a gas, the cooler including:
a refrigerant generator configured to generate the refrigerant, the refrigerant generator including:
a moisture absorbing/discharging member configured to rotate,
a first air blower configured to deliver air to a first portion of the moisture absorbing/discharging member in a first region of the moisture absorbing/discharging member,
a heat exchanger connected to the refrigerant sender,
a heater configured to heat a second portion of the moisture absorbing/discharging member in a second region of the moisture absorbing/discharging member different from the first region of the moisture absorbing/discharging member, and
a second air blower configured to deliver air that has heated the second portion of the moisture absorbing/discharging member to the heat exchanger; and
a refrigerant sender configured to send the generated refrigerant toward the cooling target;
wherein the heat exchanger generates the refrigerant from the air having flowed into the heat exchanger by cooling the air having flowed into the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,712,642

OPTICAL PROJECTION MODULE WITH IMPROVED HEAT DISSIPATION

TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHE...

1. An optical projection module comprising:a circuit board having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface;
a semiconductor substrate mounted on the first surface of the circuit board, the semiconductor substrate comprising a third surface facing the first surface and a fourth surface opposite to the third surface;
a light source mounted on the fourth surface of the semiconductor substrate;
an optical member mounted on the fourth surface of the semiconductor substrate, the optical member comprising a lens holder, at least one escaping hole, and a heat dissipation block received in each of the escaping hole, the lens holder further comprising a receiving space wherein the light source is received in the receiving space.

US Pat. No. 10,712,641

IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS

HTC Corporation, Taoyuan...

1. A projection apparatus, comprising:a light source configured to provide an illumination beam;
a light reflective member configured to reflect the illumination beam;
a light valve configured to convert the illumination beam reflected by the light reflective member into an image beam; and
a light beam adjusting member optically coupled between the light source and the light reflective member and comprising a collimating lens module, the collimating lens module having a light entering surface and a light leaving surface respectively at opposite sides thereof, wherein the light entering surface and the light leaving surface respectively have a first optical axis and a second optical axis extending along different directions.

US Pat. No. 10,712,640

SPECKLE REDUCED LASER PROJECTION WITH COLOR GAMUT OPTIMIZATION

McMaster University, Ham...

1. A method of image projection, comprising:selecting a set of desired chromaticity coordinates of a projection system, the projection system including a plurality of laser sources;
determining a set of operational parameters of an expected operational environment, the set of operational parameters including a standard deviation of surface height fluctuation of a projection surface, an incident angle, and an observation angle; and
configuring a power ratio and a power spectrum density function of each laser source, the plurality of power ratios and power spectrum density functions generating a normalized power spectrum density function of the projection system having the set of desired chromaticity coordinates and a wavelength diversity factor of at least 2 in the expected operational environment.

US Pat. No. 10,712,639

CAMERA SHOE RECEIVING DEVICE

MGMD BRAINPOWER LLC, Tuc...

1. A clamp assembly for securing a shoe plate of a camera accessory, the clamp assembly comprising:a bracket comprising a first end and an opposite second end and defining a longitudinal axis;
a lever ring disposed around the bracket between the first end and the second end, wherein the lever ring is configured to rotate around the longitudinal axis between an open position and a closed position, the lever ring comprising an annular inner surface having one or more threads; and
a base plate comprising at least one side surface having one or more threads that correspond to the one or more threads of the lever ring, wherein the base plate is disposed at least partially within the bracket between the first end and the second end and at least partially within the annular inner surface, the base plate configured to move along the longitudinal axis between a first position and a second position when the lever ring is rotated about the longitudinal axis, and wherein when the lever ring is in the closed position, the base plate is in the second position so as to secure the shoe plate between the base plate and the first end of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,712,638

CAMERA ACCESSORY

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A camera accessory that can be detachably mounted to a camera body that includes a camera body mount, the camera accessory comprising:a cylindrical unit;
a plurality of tabs that project outward from a circumference of the cylindrical unit and are configured to fix a position of the camera accessory in an optical axis relative to the camera body mount with a bayonet structure;
a restricting member configured to prevent at least one of reverse rotation and over rotation of the plurality of tabs relative to the camera body mount; and
a lock pin hole through which a lock pin disposed at the camera body is insertable in an optical axis direction in response to the camera accessory being mounted to the camera body, wherein:
the plurality of tabs includes a first tab and a second tab different from the first tab;
the restricting member is disposed adjacent to the first tab of the plurality of tabs that, when the camera accessory is mounted to the camera body, is closest to a line that connects the lock pin hole and the optical axis;
when the camera accessory is mounted to the camera body and the camera body is held in a lateral orientation, the second tab is disposed at a topmost position of the plurality of tabs and so as to intersect a twelve o'clock direction at the camera accessory when viewed from a rear side of the camera accessory;
the first tab intersects the line that connects the lock pin hole and the optical axis; and
when a length of the first tab in a circumferential direction is divided by the line intersecting the first tab into a shorter portion and a longer portion, the restricting member is disposed near the shorter portion of the first tab.

US Pat. No. 10,712,637

ADAPTER DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND ACCESSORY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adapter device comprising a first mount on one side and a second mount on another side, where the first mount is detachably mountable to a first imaging apparatus, and the second mount is detachably mountable to a first accessory,wherein the first mount has a first mount recess, a first mount claw, a second mount recess, a second mount claw, a third mount recess, and a third mount claw, disposed following a circumferential direction of the first mount,
wherein the second mount has a fourth mount claw, a fourth mount recess, a fifth mount claw, a fifth mount recess, a sixth mount claw, and a sixth mount recess, disposed following the circumferential direction of the second mount,
wherein each of the first, second and third mount recesses is disposed between any two mount claws of the first, second and third mount claws in the circumferential direction of the first mount,
wherein each of the fourth, fifth and sixth mount recesses is disposed between any two mount claws of the fourth, fifth and sixth mount claws in the circumferential direction of the second mount,
wherein the first, second, and third mount claws are insertable into corresponding mount recesses provided on the first imaging apparatus,
wherein the fourth, fifth, and sixth mount claws are insertable into mount recesses provided to the first accessory, andwherein a smallest angle range out of angle ranges of the first, second, and third mount recesses is equal to or smaller than a smallest angle range out of angle ranges of the fourth, fifth, and sixth mount claws.

US Pat. No. 10,712,636

POLARIZATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An adapter apparatus configured to allow an image capturing system including an interchangeable lens and an image capturing apparatus to perform image capturing using polarized light, the adapter apparatus comprising:a variable polarization axis element in which a direction of its polarization transmission axis is variable;
a driver configured to operate the variable polarization axis element so as to change the direction of the polarization transmission axis;
a communicator configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus;
a first mount to which the image capturing apparatus is detachably attachable; and
a second mount to which the interchangeable lens is detachably attachable,
wherein the driver operates the variable polarization axis element so as to change the direction of the polarization transmission axis to at least three directions when the image capturing is performed multiple times, and
wherein the communicator is configured to send information indicating a completion of setting the direction of the polarization transmission axis to an initial direction in response to a half-press operation of an image capturing instruction button of the image capturing system to the image capturing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,712,635

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS MOUNT INSERT

Beastgrip, Co, Des Plain...

1. An interchangeable lens mount insert comprising:an aperture shroud;
a single shroud channel;
the aperture shroud comprising an aperture hole, a lateral shroud wall and a cover panel;
the lateral shroud wall being perimetrically connected to the cover panel;
the aperture hole traversing through the cover panel;
the aperture hole being concentric with the cover panel;
the single shroud channel laterally traversing into and surrounding the lateral shroud wall; and
the single shroud channel being oppositely positioned to the cover panel.

US Pat. No. 10,712,634

DIGITAL CAMERA INCLUDING FOCAL PLANE SHUTTER

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A digital camera comprising:a camera body of which one end portion is formed as a grip region;
a lens or a lens mount that is provided on a front subject side of the camera body;
a display unit that is provided on a back of the camera body;
an image sensor that is provided in the camera body;
a focal-plane shutter unit which is square, includes a drive unit for a shutter curtain, provided at one end portion of a base plate including an exposure aperture, the shutter curtain opening and closing the exposure aperture, and is disposed immediately in front of the image sensor in the camera body, and of which the drive unit is disposed in the grip region, which includes a protruding portion protruding toward the subject side and functions as a finger hook, the grip region configured to receive a hand of a user to grip the camera body at a time of handheld imaging; and
a battery that is disposed between the image sensor and the display unit in the camera body, and is disposed at an end portion of the camera body opposite to the end portion of the camera body forming the grip region.

US Pat. No. 10,712,632

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTICAL COMPUTING AND AMPLIFYING

9. An optical device comprising:a loop of superconducting material including a photonically controlled weak link provided in the loop of superconducting material;
a Faraday material in proximity to the loop of superconducting material; and
at least one magnet providing a magnetic field in which the loop of superconducting material and Faraday material are immersed.

US Pat. No. 10,712,631

DIFFRACTION DEVICE COMPRISING FIRST AND SECOND DIFFRACTION UNITS EACH HAVING A LIQUID CRYSTAL LAYER DISPOSED BETWEEN A DIFFRACTION LENS AND AN ELECTRODE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A diffraction device comprising a first diffraction unit, the first diffraction unit comprising:a first substrate, provided with a first polarizer on one side thereof and a first electrode on the other side thereof;
a first diffraction lens provided on the first electrode;
a second substrate provided opposite to the first substrate, a second electrode is provided on a side of the second substrate facing to the first substrate; and
a first liquid crystal layer, provided between the second electrode and the first diffraction lens, and having liquid crystal therein configured to be in a state in which the liquid crystal has a long axis direction parallel to an axial direction of a transmission axis of the first polarizer, or in a state in which the liquid crystal has a long axis direction perpendicular to an axial direction of a transmission axis of the first polarizer, and
a second diffraction unit comprising:
a third electrode, provided on a side of the second substrate away from the first substrate;
a third substrate, provided symmetrical with the first substrate relative to the second substrate, and provided with a fourth electrode on a side thereof facing to the second substrate and a second polarizer on a side thereof away from the fourth electrode;
a second diffraction lens, provided on the fourth electrode, and
a second liquid crystal layer, provided between the second diffraction lens and the third electrode, and having liquid crystal therein configured to be in a state in which the liquid crystal has a long axis direction parallel to an axial direction of a transmission axis of the second polarizer, or in a state in which the liquid crystal has a long axis direction perpendicular to an axial direction of a transmission axis of the second polarizer.

US Pat. No. 10,712,630

DISPLAY DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A display device comprising:an electronic paper display imageable by receiving charges on an imaging surface of the electronic paper display;
a counter-electrode opposite to the imaging surface of the electronic paper display;
a floating electrode capacitively coupled to the counter-electrode; and
a patterned layer on the floating electrode to provide mechanical protection for the floating electrode while enabling an air discharge to the floating electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,712,629

DISPLAY WITH ADJUSTABLE TRANSPARENCY

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A portable computing device, comprising:a keyboard;
a lid coupled to the keyboard, the lid having a first side and a second side opposing the first side;
a first adjustable transparency layer on the first side of the lid, the first adjustable transparency layer to be transparent in response to the lid being in a first position relative to the keyboard and to be opaque in response to the lid being in a second position relative to the keyboard;
a second adjustable transparency layer on the second side of the lid, the second adjustable transparency layer to be opaque in response to the lid being in the first position and to be transparent in response to the lid being in the second position; and
a transparent display layer positioned between the first adjustable transparency layer and the second adjustable transparency layer.

US Pat. No. 10,712,628

DISPLAY CONTROL IN DISPLAY DEVICES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A display control film for a display device, comprising:an adhesive layer; and
a display control layer over the adhesive layer, the display control layer comprising:
a first set of channels filled with a first electrochromic material to control a view angle of a display from the display device; and
a second set of channels filled with a second electrochromic material to control absorption of blue/ultraviolet (UV) light from the display device, wherein each adjacent pair of channels of the second set sandwiches a channel of the first set.

US Pat. No. 10,712,627

CONTROLLING TRANSITIONS IN OPTICALLY SWITCHABLE DEVICES

VIEW, INC., Milpitas, CA...

1. A method of making tint decisions for a tintable window, the method comprising:(a) determining a level of tint for the tintable window using scheduling information for a building having the tintable window, the scheduling information comprising a sun location using a time of day and a day of a year, wherein determination of the level of tint utilizes (I) microclimate information at the tintable window, which microclimate information is determined using signals received from one or more sensors and/or (II) a relationship between the scheduling information and the level of tint, which relationship specifies the level of tint for the tintable window based at least in part on whether the tintable window is transitioning {i} from a darker tint to a lighter tint or {ii} from a lighter tint to a darker tint;
(b) providing instructions to change tint of the tintable window to the level of tint determined in (a); and
(c) applying voltage or current to the tintable window to drive the change in the tint pursuant to the instructions provided in (b).