US Pat. No. 10,338,761

VARIABLE DE-EMPHASIS OF DISPLAYED CONTENT BASED ON RELEVANCE SCORE

PIXAR, Emeryville, CA (U...

1. A computer implemented method of providing a visual guide on a user interface, comprising:receiving content to display to a user, the content including a plurality of content items;
displaying the plurality of content items on a display;
after displaying the plurality of content items, receiving a content request for a subset of the plurality of the content items;
after receiving the content request, scoring the plurality of the content items based on the content request;
determining a first subset of the plurality of the content items based on the score of the content items in the first subset being less than a first threshold; and
visually deemphasizing the content items in the first subset relative to a base display level without fully removing the first subset of the plurality of the content items or any other content item of the plurality of the content items from the display, wherein the content request is generated based on information in a user profile.

US Pat. No. 10,338,760

TOUCH SENSOR UNIT AND TOUCH SENSOR DEVICE

TPK Universal Solutions L...

1. A touch sensor unit, comprising:a substrate;
a plurality of touch electrodes disposed on said substrate for generating sensing signals, wherein each of said plurality of touch electrodes comprises:
an electrically insulating layer that is light-transmissible, and
a plurality of nano-scale conducting wires distributed in said electrically insulating layer and electrically connected to one another, wherein each of said plurality of nano-scale conducting wires comprises a processed structure, and the processed structure comprises a layer-type light-absorbing member or a particle-type light-absorbing member, and
an anti-reflective element that has a first refractivity, wherein said first refractivity is lower than a second refractivity of said substrate, and said first refractivity is higher than a third refractivity of said plurality of touch electrodes, wherein said anti-reflective element is disposed between said substrate and said plurality of touch electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,338,759

SENSE ELECTRODE DESIGN

1. An apparatus, comprising:a touchscreen display comprising:
a layer containing a plurality of substantially transparent longitudinal drive electrodes separated from each other by a gap;
a layer containing a plurality of substantially transparent sense electrodes formed in the shape of spines running transverse to the drive electrodes; wherein each sense electrode spine comprises an end to couple to drive lines and a plurality of crossbars that generally run in the same direction as the drive electrodes;
a first plurality of conductive drive lines electrically connected to the plurality of drive electrodes;
a second plurality of conductive drive lines electrically connected to the plurality of sense electrodes;
a dielectric layer separating the layer of drive electrodes from the layer of sense electrodes; and
an underlying display configured to produce an image;
wherein the plurality of sense electrodes comprises at least two sense electrode spines wherein a first sense electrode spine is connected to drive lines at a first end of the first sense electrode spine, and a second sense electrode spine is connected to drive lines at a second end of the second sense electrode spine; wherein the first end and second end are on opposite sides;
wherein the first sense electrode spine and the second sense electrode spine are adjacent to each other;
wherein the plurality of crossbars generally increase in width;
wherein the crossbar of the first sense electrode spine that has the largest width runs adjacent to the crossbar of the second sense electrode spine that has the smallest width, and the crossbar of the first sense electrode spine that has the smallest width runs adjacent to the crossbar of the second sense electrode spine that has the largest width;
wherein the crossbar that has the smallest width is located closest to the end to couple to sense circuitry and the crossbar that has the largest width is located furthest away from the end to couple to sense circuitry; and
sense circuitry connected to the first and second plurality of conductive drive lines; the sense circuitry configured to detect and process the change in capacitance at one or more touch-sensor nodes to determine the presence and location of a touch input.

US Pat. No. 10,338,758

TOUCH SENSING ELECTRODE STRUCTURE AND TOUCH SENSOR INCLUDING THE SAME

DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LT...

1. A touch sensing electrode structure, comprising:a plurality of electrode lines each extending in a first direction as a zigzag line shape, the plurality of the electrode lines being arranged along a second direction that crosses the first direction, the plurality of electrode lines each comprising a first electrode pattern and second electrode pattern which are alternately repeated to form the zigzag line shape; and
connecting electrodes which extend straight in the second direction and electrically connect neighboring ones of the electrode lines to form a plurality of concave hexagonal patterns, the concave hexagonal patterns each defined by two neighboring first electrode patterns facing each other, two neighboring second electrode patterns facing each other, and two neighboring connecting electrodes facing each other,
wherein the touch sensing electrode structure is a self-capacitance type to be provided as a unit cell of a self-capacitance type touch sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,757

CONNECTOR INTEGRATION FOR SMART CLOTHING

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. An interactive object comprising:a plurality of conductive threads, the conductive threads having a first end and a second and opposite end, the conductive threads being substantially linear and parallel from the first end to the second end, the conductive threads being integrated into the interactive object;
an internal electronics module coupled to the plurality of conductive threads, the internal electronics module comprising a flexible substrate having a width and a length and a plurality of electrical contact pads positioned sequentially along the width of the flexible substrate, each electrical contact pad being connected to a respective conductive thread; and
a controller in electrical communication with each of the electrical contact pads, the controller being configured to detect a touch-input when user pressure is applied to the conductive threads, the controller also being configured to communicate touch-input data to a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,756

TOUCH SCREEN AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENT...

1. A touch screen for fingerprint identification, comprising:a touch panel comprising:
a cover plate;
a first sensing structure disposed on the cover plate and comprising a receiving electrode line; and
a second sensing structure disposed on the first sensing structure and comprising a transmitting electrode line;
a first circuit;
a processing chip; and
an ultrasonic probe comprising:
a first piezoelectric film attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the receiving electrode line; and
a second piezoelectric film attached to the touch panel and electrically coupled to the transmitting electrode line,
wherein the first is configured to send two first piezoelectric signals generated from the first piezoelectric film and the second piezoelectric film to the processing chip; the first circuit is configured to send two first fingerprint electrical signals generated from the first piezoelectric film and the second piezoelectric film to the processing chip; the first circuit is configured to send ultrasonic generated from the first piezoelectric film to the second piezoelectric film; and
wherein the processing chip is configured to process the two first piezoelectric signals to form a second piezoelectric signal; and the processing chip is configured to process the two first fingerprint electrical signals to form a second fingerprint electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,755

FABRIC SENSING DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

7. A touch-sensitive textile device comprising:a first set of conductive threads disposed in a first textile layer;
a second set of conductive threads disposed in a second textile layer, wherein the first textile layer is formed from a first set of nonconductive threads interwoven with the first set of conductive threads and the second textile layer is formed from a second set of nonconductive threads interwoven with the second set of conductive threads;
a spacer structure separating the first and second textile layers, the spacer structure configured to deflect in response to a touch on the first or second textile layer; and
a sensing circuit operatively coupled to the first and second set of conductive threads, wherein the sensing circuit is configured to:
apply a drive signal to the first set of conductive threads, and
detect a variation in resistance between any one of the first set of conductive threads and any one of the second set of conductive threads.

US Pat. No. 10,338,754

EDGE-EFFECT MITIGATION FOR CAPACITIVE SENSORS

Synaptics Incorporated, ...

1. An input device for capacitive sensing, comprising:a plurality of sensor electrodes, the plurality of sensor electrodes comprising a plurality of transmitter electrodes and a plurality of receiver electrodes, wherein the plurality of transmitter electrodes is configured to be driven by sensing signals and the plurality of receiver electrodes is configured to receive detected signals corresponding to respective sensing signals driven onto the plurality of transmitter electrodes;
a plurality of transmitter electrode vias, wherein each transmitter electrode via corresponds to a respective transmitter electrode of the plurality of transmitter electrodes; and
conductive shielding, configured to mitigate effects of the plurality of transmitter electrode vias on the detected signals received on one or more receiver electrodes of the plurality of receiver electrodes, wherein the conductive shielding comprises:
a first portion disposed above the plurality of transmitter electrode vias;
a second portion disposed outside the plurality of transmitter electrode vias; and
a third portion extending horizontally from the second portion away from the plurality of transmitter electrode vias;
wherein the first portion and the third portion are parallel, and/or wherein the second portion and the third portion are orthogonal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,753

FLEXIBLE MULTI-LAYER SENSING SURFACE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A flexible multi-layer sensing surface comprising:a first flexible sensing layer;
a second flexible layer comprising a second flexible sensing layer or a flexible output layer, wherein the first flexible sensing layer and the second flexible layer comprise a first part; and
a calibration module in a second part arranged to use the first flexible sensing layer to detect a relative position of the first flexible sensing layer and the second flexible layer and to update one or more stored operating parameters based, at least in part, on the detected relative position, wherein the one or more stored operating parameters comprises at least one offset parameter specifying a change in the relative position of the first flexible sensing layer and the second flexible layer in two perpendicular directions in a plane of the flexible multi-layer sensing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,338,752

TOUCH PANEL, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a touch panel, comprising:forming touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics on a substrate, wherein the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics are obtained by a topological treatment on a germanium (Ge) film with functionalized elements, and each of the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics is at a state of insulation in its interior portion but is at a conductive state at a surface or boundary; each of the touch electrodes has a single-layer structure;
the functionalized elements comprise fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine elements;
obtaining of the touch electrodes with topological semiconductor characteristics through the topological treatment on the Ge film with the functionalized elements includes: obtaining a germanium halide film with topological semiconductor characteristics by halogenation of the Ge film via the fluorine, chlorine, bromine or iodine elements,
wherein in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a liquid-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium bromide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of liquid bromine, in which a concentration of the liquid bromine is 1% to 10%, and a processing temperature is 40 to 80° C.;
in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a gas-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium iodide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of iodine gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 60-100° C.; or
forming a germanium bromide film after halogenating the Ge film in atmosphere of bromine gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 50-400° C.; or
forming a germanium chloride film after annealing the Ge film for 10 minutes in atmosphere of chlorine gas with a processing temperature of 50-400° C.;
in a case of halogenating the Ge film by a gas-phase process, halogenating of the Ge film includes:
forming a germanium chloride film after halogenation of the Ge film in atmosphere of BCl3 gas, with a gas pressure of 1-10 Pa and a processing temperature of 250-350° C., and annealing the Ge film in atmosphere of halogen gas with a temperature of 90-130° C.

US Pat. No. 10,338,751

TOUCH-CONTROL PATTERN STRUCTURE, MANUFACTURE METHOD THEREOF AND TOUCH PANEL CONTAINING THEREIN

TPK Touch Solutions (XIAM...

1. A touch-control pattern structure, comprising: a capacitive sensing layer comprising:a first electrode group comprising a first electrode cell and a second electrode cell;
a first wire extending in a first direction from said first electrode cell to said second electrode cell; and
a second electrode group comprising a third electrode cell and a fourth electrode cell;
an insulating layer located over said first wire;
a second wire located over said insulating layer and extending in a second direction from said third electrode cell to said fourth electrode cell, wherein
said insulating layer is located between said first wire and said second wire at an intersection of said first wire and said second wire,
said second wire comprises a sloped sidewall; and a reinforcing layer located over said second wire and in contact with said sloped sidewall of a second wire, wherein:
said reinforcing layer is made of a conductive material,
said reinforcing layer comprises one or more reinforcing elements, and
each of said reinforcing elements crosses no more than one edge of said insulating layer at said intersection of said first wire and said second wire,wherein, a first portion of said second wire extends from a top of said insulating layer to a top of said third electrode cell,a first reinforcing element of said one or more reinforcing elements and a second reinforcing element of said one or more reinforcing elements are in contact with said first portion of said second wire, said first reinforcing clement is spaced apart from said second reinforcing element in said first direction, andwherein: said intersection comprises a center region and edge regions, andsaid one or more reinforcing elements are located only in said edge regions.

US Pat. No. 10,338,750

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PROJECTOR, AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display section that displays an image;
a first detection section that detects a position of a first indicator on the image;
a second detection section that detects a position of a second indicator on the image;
a storage section that includes a first storage region corresponding to the first indicator, a second storage region corresponding to the second indicator, and a third storage region common to the first indicator and the second indicator;
a first storage control section that stores a first virtual object which is drawn according to a path of the first indicator or a path of the second indicator in the first storage region;
a second storage control section that stores a second virtual object which is drawn according to the path of the first indicator or the path of the second indicator in the second storage region;
a first pasting section that pastes the first virtual object stored in the first storage region to the image according to an operation of the first indicator;
a second pasting section that pastes the second virtual object stored in the second storage region to the image according to an operation of the second indicator; and
a switching section that switches operation modes of the first storage control section and the second storage control section to any one of a plurality of operation modes including a first mode and a second mode,
wherein
in the first mode, the first storage control section stores the first virtual object in the first storage region and the second storage control section stores the second virtual object in the second storage region, and
in the second mode, the first storage control section stores the first virtual object in the third storage region and the second storage control section stores the second virtual object in the third storage region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,749

OPTICAL DEVICE AND OPERATION INPUT APPARATUS

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. An optical device comprising:a light-guiding plate that guides light in a plane parallel to an emission surface that emits light; and
a sensor for detecting an object located on an emission surface side using light that passes through a back surface opposite to the emission surface and through the emission surface, the sensor being provided on the side opposite to the emission surface with respect to the light-guiding plate, wherein
the light-guiding plate has a plurality of light convergence portions provided on the back surface that receive light guided by the light-guiding plate and each of the plurality of light convergence portions has optical surfaces that cause light to be emitted from the emission surface in directions in which the light substantially converges at one convergence point or one convergence line in a space, or substantially scatters from one convergence point or one convergence line in the space,
each of the plurality of light convergence portions comprise multiple reflection surfaces that are substantially continuous in an x-axis direction of the back surface, and
the convergence points or the convergence lines for the plurality of light convergence portions are different from each other, and an image is formed in the space on the emission surface side by a collection of a plurality of the convergence points or the convergence lines.

US Pat. No. 10,338,748

REDUCTION OF TOUCH SENSOR PATTERN VISIBILITY USING BEAMSPLITTERS

1. An apparatus, comprising:a display;
a first touch-sensor layer comprising a first plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein the first plurality of conductive electrodes comprises a metal mesh and is disposed on a first substrate;
a second touch-sensor layer comprising a second plurality of conductive electrodes, wherein the first plurality of conductive electrodes and the second plurality of conductive electrodes are electrically connected to one or more tracks of conductive material;
a beamsplitter operable to reflect a first portion of light incident on the coating and transmit a second portion of light incident on the coating, wherein the first portion of light is in the range of 30% to 95%, and the second portion of light is in the range of 5% to 70%;
wherein the beamsplitter is disposed above the first touch sensor layer;
wherein the beamsplitter is on a side of the first touch sensor layer opposite the display;
a touch-sensor controller configured to detect and process the change in capacitance at one or more touch-sensor nodes to determine the presence and location of a touch-sensor input, and further configured to communicate information about the touch-sensor input to one or more components of the apparatus; and
a flexible printed circuit electrically connected to the touch-sensor controller, wherein the one or more tracks of conductive material on the substrate is electrically connected to the flexible printed circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,747

TOUCH SENSOR AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A touch sensor, comprising:a sensor part including a first electrode and a second electrode spaced apart from each other;
a signal receiving part including a first terminal connected to the first electrode and a second terminal connected to the second electrode;
an amplifier circuit part connected between the second electrode and the second terminal;
an analog-to-digital converter part including a third terminal connected to another terminal of the signal receiving part and a fourth terminal connected to the second terminal and configured to output a digital signal corresponding to a voltage difference between the third and fourth terminals; and
a processor configured to detect a touch input from the sensor part in response to the digital signal when operating in a first mode, and to output a gain control signal for calibrating a gain value of the amplifier circuit part in response to the digital signal when operating in a second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,338,746

MUTUAL CAPACITANCE SENSING USING MAGNITUDE NOISE SENSING WITH SINE AND COSINE MULTIPLIERS

STMicroelectronics Asia P...

1. A touch screen controller operable with a touch screen having force lines and sense lines, the touch screen controller, comprising:drive circuitry configured to drive the force lines with a force signal in a touch data sensing mode and to not drive the force lines in a noise sensing mode;
sense circuitry configured to sense data at the sense lines;
processing circuitry configured, for a plurality of frames during a noise sensing sub-frame, to perform steps of:
sampling the data at a plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
multiplying the data sampled at each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies by a sine multiplier to produce imaginary noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
summing the imaginary noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies to produce a separate sum for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
multiplying the data at each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies by a cosine multiplier to produce real noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies;
summing the real noise data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies to produce a separate sum for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies; and
determining separate noise magnitude values of the data for each of the plurality of different possible sampling frequencies as a function of the summed imaginary noise data and the summed real noise data.

US Pat. No. 10,338,745

MANAGEMENT OF A TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE OF A DEVICE

International Business Ma...

1. A method for management of a touchscreen interface of a device having a display, the method comprising:monitoring touchscreen interface function by logging data in a database relating to user interaction with locations of the touchscreen interface, wherein monitoring the touchscreen interface function include: monitoring and recording rotation of the device display between a portrait position and a landscape position in relation to the user interaction with the touchscreen interface;
analyzing the logged data to identify specific user interactions with a virtual button on the touchscreen interface with respect to both the portrait position and the landscape position;
identifying manual circumvention of an inactive area of the touchscreen interface based on determining that the specific user interactions with the virtual button comprises switching user interactions with the virtual button between the portrait position and the landscape position and recording a successful interaction with the virtual button in only one of the portrait position and the landscape position, and recording an unsuccessful interaction with the virtual button in the other position;
identifying the inactive area of the touchscreen interface based on the identified manual circumvention;
modeling remaining active areas of the touchscreen interface to form a modified interface; and
mapping an original touchscreen interface to the modified interface resulting in only use of the remaining active areas.

US Pat. No. 10,338,744

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH A TOUCH DETECTION FUNCTION

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of gate lines;
a plurality of first switches arranged in respective pixels in a display region, each of the first switches being coupled to one of the gate lines;
a plurality of second switches arranged in a frame region surrounding the display region, each of the second switches being coupled to one of the gate lines;
a first wire coupled to the respective second switches and supplying a detection drive signal to the respective gate lines through the respective second switches in a detection operation period;
a third switch arranged in the frame region and coupled to the first wire; and
a second wire coupled to the third switch and supplied with an off-state voltage,
wherein the first wire is arranged between the second switches and the display region, and
the off-state voltage of the first switches is supplied to the first wire in a display operation period different from the detection operation period.

US Pat. No. 10,338,743

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL TOUCH OPERATION ON MOBILE TERMINALS

NUBIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD...

1. An accidental-touch prevention method for a mobile terminal, wherein the mobile terminal includes a touch control unit having an application layer, a driver layer and a touch screen IC layer, the driver layer has an interface for the application layer to call, and a touch screen has a chamfered-rounded-angle area, the accidental-touch prevention method comprising:receiving, by the touch screen IC layer, a touch instruction from a user, and reporting a touch point on a touch track corresponding to the touch instruction to the driver layer;
determining, by the driver layer, whether the touch point is in the chamfered-rounded-angle area; and
when the touch point is in the chamfered-rounded-angle area, correcting, by the driver layer, coordinates of the touch point, wherein correcting the coordinates of the touch point includes:
receiving, by the driver layer, a horizontal coordinate of the touch point reported by the touch screen IC layer, and acquiring a length of an arc of the chamfered-rounded-angle in an X-axis direction; and
based on a pre-set offset index, the horizontal coordinate of the touch point, and the length of the arc of the chamfered-rounded-angle in the X-axis direction, calculating an actual horizontal coordinate of the touch point.

US Pat. No. 10,338,742

DETECTION METHOD FOR A DIGITIZER

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method comprising:transmitting a Continuous Wave Frequency Modulated (CWFM) signal on a first drive line of a grid based capacitive sensor;
transmitting the CWFM signal with an imposed delay on a second drive line of grid based capacitive sensor simultaneously with transmission of the CWFM signal on the first drive line, wherein the CWFM signal is dynamically selected as one of a linearly increasing signal and linearly decreasing signal over different transmission cycles;
correlating output on a receive line with the CWFM signal, wherein output on the receive line is correlated with both the linearly increasing and the linearly decreasing CWFM signal;
performing Fourier transformation on the correlation of the output; and
identifying coordinates of an object interacting with the grid based capacitive sensor based on frequency and phase information determined from the Fourier transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,338,741

FAILURE DETECTION DEVICE AND FAILURE DETECTION METHOD FOR INPUT INTERFACE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A failure detection method for detecting failures of a plurality of input interface devices each having a touch screen that detects and outputs input operations, the failure detection method comprising:acquiring and accumulating pieces of position information from each of the plurality of input interface devices, which indicate positions on the touch screen at which touch operations are performed;
counting a number of determinations that a first position indicated by the pieces of position information for an image on the touch screen output from a first interface device among the plurality of input interface devices is different from a second position indicated by the pieces position information for the image on the touch screen output from remaining input interface devices among the plurality of other input interfaces devices; and
determining that the first input interface device is in the abnormal state, as a result of determining that the number is a threshold value or more.

US Pat. No. 10,338,740

REDUCING BACKGROUND CAPACITANCE ASSOCIATED WITH A TOUCH SURFACE

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

11. A method for reducing background capacitance associated with a touch surface, comprising:driving a transmitter electrode of the touch surface with a waveform, wherein the waveform is periodic;
integrating, by receiver circuitry, a resulting signal from a receiver electrode of the touch surface;
subtracting, prior to completion of an integration period of the waveform, a first plurality of charge associated with background capacitance from the resulting signal using a capacitor,
wherein the integration period is approximately 1/N of a cycle of the waveform driving the transmitter electrode, and
wherein N is a natural number;
executing a first reload of the capacitor prior to completion of the integration period of the waveform;
subtracting, prior to completion of the integration period of the waveform, a second plurality of charge associated with background capacitance from the resulting signal using the capacitor after the first reload; and
detecting input in a sensing region of the touch surface based on the resulting signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,739

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETECT A PRESENCE OF A CONDUCTIVE OBJECT

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A method of stabilizing detected presence, comprising:responsive to a first scan operation by a capacitive sensor, detecting a first presence of a conductive object based on a first plurality of regions of a device interface having changes in sensor values that meet or exceed a threshold value;
determining a three dimensional shape for the detected first presence, the three dimensional shape comprising the first plurality of regions of the device interface having the changes in sensor values that meet or exceed the threshold value and a second plurality of regions of the device interface not having changes in sensor values that meet the threshold value;
using a processing device, calculating modified changes in sensor values for the second plurality of regions, based on a surface of the three dimensional shape, wherein the modified changes in sensor values meet the surface of the three dimensional shape;
responsive to a second scan operation by the capacitive sensor, detecting a second presence of the conductive object based on a third plurality of regions of the device interface having changes in sensor values that meet or exceed the threshold value, wherein a difference between the changes in sensor values of the detected first presence and the detected second presence is caused by at least one of electrical noise and movement of the conductive object;
using the processing device, assigning the three dimensional shape to the detected second presence; and
calculating a coordinate position of the detected first presence and the detected second presence based on the three dimensional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,338,738

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A touch display device, comprising:an array substrate and a color film substrate arranged opposite to the array substrate;
a touch electrode array disposed on the array substrate, the touch electrode array including a M×N matrix of touch electrodes, the touch electrodes being insulated from each other; and
a plurality of touch sensing electrodes arranged along a first direction and disposed on the color film substrate, each of the touch sensing electrodes extending along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, each of the touch sensing electrodes being insulated from other touch sensing electrodes; and
an integrated circuit and a plurality of touch scanning signal line sets, wherein
an orthographic projection of each of the touch electrodes to a plane where the touch sensing electrodes are located overlaps at least partially with one of the touch sensing electrodes,
each of the touch scanning signal line sets comprises at least one touch scanning signal line;
each of the touch electrodes is correspondingly connected to a first end of at least one of the touch scanning signal lines, a second end of each of the touch scanning signal lines is connected to the integrated circuit;
the integrated circuit is configured to provide the common voltage signal to the touch electrodes during the displaying period, to provide the touch scanning signal to the touch electrodes and provide touch sensing signals to the plurality of touch sensing electrodes during the touch scanning period, and to provide the pressure scanning signal to the touch electrodes and to receive the pressure sensing signals from the touch electrodes during the pressure detecting period;
the integrated circuit comprises a common voltage signal port, a touch scanning signal generating circuit, a pressure scanning signal generating circuit, a plurality of switches, and a controller for controlling an ON/OFF state of the plurality of switches;
each of the switches includes a first port, a second port, a third port, a fourth port, and a control port;
the first port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the second end of the respective touch signal line, the second port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the common voltage signal port, the third port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the touch scanning signal generating circuit, the fourth port of each of the switches is correspondingly connected to the pressure scanning signal generating circuit; and
the controller is configured to apply a control signal to a control port of each of the switches, such that the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the second port of the switch is turned on during the displaying period, the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the third port of the switch is turned on during the touch scanning period, and the connection between the first port of each of the switches and the fourth port of the switch is turned on during the pressure detecting period.

US Pat. No. 10,338,737

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display device with a touch panel, comprising:a display panel; and
a touch panel provided above the display panel;
wherein the touch panel includes:
X electrodes extended in a first direction;
Y electrodes extended in a second direction different from the first direction;
a plurality of connecting terminals; and
connecting wirings electrically connecting between connecting terminals and the X electrodes or between connecting terminals and the Y electrodes;
wherein both the X electrodes and the Y electrodes include:
intersection portions each formed where the X electrodes and the Y electrodes overlap each other; and
electrode portions each formed between the intersection portions;
wherein the electrode portions of one of the X electrodes is smaller in area than the electrode portions of one of the Y electrodes,
wherein the X electrodes and Y electrodes are made of a transparent conductive material,
wherein floating electrodes are formed close to the electrode portion of the one of the X electrodes or Y electrodes, and between the X electrode and Y electrode,
wherein the floating electrodes are made of a transparent conductive material, and
wherein the electrode portions of the X electrodes and the Y electrodes are formed in a same layer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,736

DEVICES, METHODS, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR MANIPULATING USER INTERFACE OBJECTS WITH VISUAL AND/OR HAPTIC FEEDBACK

P4TENTS1, LLC, Wilmingto...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a display;
a touch-sensitive surface;
one or more sensors to detect intensities of contacts with the touch-sensitive surface;
one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for:
displaying a first user interface on the display, wherein the first user interface includes:
a background with a first appearance; and
one or more foreground objects;
while displaying the first user interface on the display, detecting a first input by a first contact on the touch-sensitive surface at a location in the first user interface that corresponds to the background of the first user interface; and
in response to detecting the first input by the first contact, in accordance with a determination that the first contact has a characteristic intensity above a first intensity threshold, dynamically changing the appearance of the background of the first user interface without changing the appearance of the one or more foreground objects in the first user interface, wherein the dynamic change in the appearance of the background of the first user interface is based at least in part on the characteristic intensity of the first contact and wherein dynamically changing the appearance of the background of the first user interface includes displaying in sequence at least some of a plurality of images based at least in part on the characteristic intensity of the first contact.

US Pat. No. 10,338,735

TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. A touch display panel comprising:a first substrate;
a drive layer on the first substrate, the drive layer including a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of source lines intersected with the plurality of gate lines; the touch display panel defining at least two blocks, each of the at least two blocks including at least six of the plurality of gate lines; and
a driving circuit system comprising a gate driver coupled to the plurality of gate lines, the touch display panel comprising a plurality of drive cycles, the driving circuit system driving the at least two blocks in sequence during each of the plurality of drive cycles;
wherein each of the at least two blocks includes at least one display scanning period Ta and a touch scanning period Tb during each of the plurality of drive cycles;
wherein the gate driver is configured to scan the gate lines in sequence during each of the at least one display scanning period Ta; wherein for each of the at least two blocks, at least one of the at least six of the plurality of gate lines is scanned from an initial gate line to an interrupted gate line in sequence, and then the touch scanning period Tb starts; and wherein for one of the at least two blocks, the interrupted gate lines in different drive cycles are different;
wherein for one of the at least two blocks in successive drive cycles, each gate line of the one of the at least two blocks is selected as the interrupted gate line in an order that is same with an order the gate lines being arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,338,734

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to,
execute reception processing that includes receiving event information from a plurality of terminal devices,
execute conversion processing that includes converting the event information received in a predetermined time period to a multitouch event in a format describing a plurality of touch events that occur at same time; and
execute notification processing that includes notifying a target application of the multitouch event via an operating system,
wherein the multitouch event includes a plurality of array elements,
wherein the conversion processing is configured to store, in a first element of the multitouch event, a value derived from the event information, the first element being one element of the plurality of array elements and being located at an array index corresponding to a terminal device from which the event information is received.

US Pat. No. 10,338,733

INTERACTIVE TOUGH SYSTEM AND CONTROL TERMINAL

MERIM DIGITAL MEDIA, St ...

1. A control terminal comprising:a caisson comprising at least one door equipped with a closing device, the door further comprising a plurality of openings and pivotably mounted on a frame;
at least one interactive touch system, each interactive touch system comprising:
a touch pad, comprising a hard protective surface stuck to the touch screen of the pad projecting onto the pad and having a thickness adapted to fall into an opening flush with the external surface of the caisson, an electronic assembly of the corresponding pad being incorporated into the back of said touch pad, the supplies for the other equipment passing into the reinforcement bars of the caisson;
the electronic assembly, connected electronically to the touch pad, ensuring at least the provision of command and control signals of the pad and the data to be displayed on the screen of the pad, said electronic assembly comprising a network connection configured to receive the data to be displayed on the screen and program updates;
a conversion card for control signals of the touch pad, connected to the touch pad, being connected to an electric generator and also connected to and controlled by the electronic assembly, being configured to ensure the conversion of control signals originating from the electronic assembly, into video signals for the screen of the corresponding touch pad;
an electronic card configured to control the lighting of the backlighting system, being connected to the electric generator and also connected to and controlled by the electronic assembly; and
a touch controller connected to the touch pad is connected to the electronic assembly, enabling conversion of the signal, generated by the pad after the screen has been touched, into an electric signal which can be interpreted by the electronic assembly; and
complementary equipment including at least one of a barcode reader module, a printer, a payment system, the payment system comprising a bank card reader and an input, said complementary equipment being connected and controlled by at least one said electronic assembly and supplied by the electronic assembly or a power supply of the corresponding interactive touch system,
wherein
said electronic assembly, said electronic card of the lighting of the backlighting system, said conversion card of video signals and said touch controller are incorporated into the back of said touch pad and connected by connectors, and
wherein said interactive touch system and said complementary equipment are incorporated into the openings of the door.

US Pat. No. 10,338,732

DISPLAYING METHOD OF TOUCH INPUT DEVICE

HiDeep Inc., (KR)

1. A displaying method of a touch input device comprising a touch screen, a touch screen controller which detects a magnitude of a pressure of a touch input to a surface of the touch screen, and a controller which controls the touch screen on the basis of information detected by the touch screen controller, the displaying method comprising:detecting, by the touch screen controller, a magnitude of the pressure of the touch which is input to a first region when an object touches the first region of the surface of the touch screen in a state where a display of the touch screen is turned off;
displaying by controlling, by the controller, the touch screen such that, when the detected magnitude of the pressure is greater than that of a first reference pressure, a second region of the display of the touch screen is displayed and a remaining region excluding the second region of the display of the touch screen continues in the turned-off state; and
in the state where the second region is being displayed, turning-off, by the controller, the second region immediately after the magnitude of the pressure of the touch which is input to the first region becomes equal to or less than that of a predetermined third reference pressure,
wherein the predetermined third reference pressure is greater than 0 and is equal to or less than the first reference pressure; and
wherein, in the displaying, the controller controls a size of the second region to correspond to the magnitude of the pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,338,731

FINGERPRINT SENSOR INTEGRATED TYPE TOUCHSCREEN DEVICE

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

1. A fingerprint sensor integrated type touchscreen device, comprising:a sensor array including sensors disposed in a touch sensor area and in a fingerprint and touch sensor area, and sensor lines respectively coupled to the sensors in the touch sensor area and to the sensors in the fingerprint and touch sensor area, the sensor lines including Tx lines to which sensor driving signals are applied and Rx lines that extend in a direction transverse to the Tx lines; and
a touch integrated circuit (IC) that is coupled to the sensor lines in the touch sensor area and the fingerprint and touch sensor area and that senses a touch input in a touch recognition mode, based on a change in sensor signals received from the touch sensor area and the fingerprint and touch sensor area, and senses a fingerprint in a fingerprint recognition mode, based on a change in sensor signals received from the fingerprint and touch sensor area, the touch IC including a switch array having a plurality of first switches and a plurality of second switches, all of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area being electrically coupled to respective ones of the first switches, all of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area being electrically coupled to respective ones of the second switches,
wherein, in the touch recognition mode, the plurality of second switches electrically connects a portion of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area to a touch sensing circuit, and in the fingerprint recognition mode, the plurality of first switches electrically connects all of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area to respective fingerprint sensing circuits, the portion of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area being fewer in number than all of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area,
wherein all of the Rx lines in the fingerprint and touch sensor area are separated from the Rx lines in the touch sensor area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,730

DISPLAY DEVICE AND TIMING CONTROLLER

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

1. A display device comprising:a panel on which a plurality of subpixels are disposed;
a characteristic sensing circuit receiving a characteristic sensing signal corresponding to a voltage or a current between a gate and a source/drain of a driving transistor driving an organic light-emitting diode included in each of the plurality of subpixels, sensing a characteristic value of the plurality of subpixels using the characteristic sensing signal, calculating a compensation value to compensate for a change or a difference in the characteristic value, and generating coordinate data of the specific subpixel when a difference between the characteristic value of a specific subpixel among the plurality of subpixels corresponding to the characteristic sensing signal and a reference value exceeds a predetermined range; and
a host controller recognizing a user manipulation based on the coordinate data of the specific subpixel,
wherein the characteristic value of the plurality of subpixels includes at least one of a threshold voltage and a mobility of the driving transistor included in each of the plurality of subpixels, and
wherein the characteristic sensing circuit adjusts the predetermined range in accordance with a set value received from the host controller.

US Pat. No. 10,338,729

TOUCH CONTROLLER HAVING A DISPLAY SCREEN

OKIN Refined Electric Tec...

1. A touch controller having a display screen, comprising:a display screen,
a touch integrated module,
a control circuit, and
a housing;
wherein the display screen, the touch integrated module and the control circuit are separately fixed to the housing; wherein the touch integrated module is connected to the control circuit, and the touch integrated module can be triggered to send an instruction to the control circuit; wherein the display screen is connected to the control circuit, showing the operational information of the instruction after the data processing of the control circuit; wherein the touch controller having a display screen can simultaneously control at least two drivers, wherein the control circuit comprising:
a microcontroller,
a power circuit,
a touch circuit,
a control terminal, and
a LCD display circuit;
wherein the power circuit is connected to the microcontroller, providing power to the microcontroller; wherein the touch circuit is connected to the microcontroller so that an instruction can be sent to the microcontroller through the touch circuit; wherein the microcontroller can recognize the instruction sent by the touch circuit, and send the action instruction to a corresponding control terminal; wherein the control terminal comprises a motor control circuit; wherein the motor control circuit comprising:
a first relay,
a first diode,
a second relay,
a second diode, and
a voltage dependent resistor;
wherein the normally-closed terminal of the normally-closed contact of the first relay is connected to that of the second relay; wherein the normally-open terminal of the first relay and that of the second relay are connected to the forward voltage; wherein the common terminal of the first relay and that of the second relay are respectively connected to the driver; wherein the voltage dependent resistor is connected between the common terminal of the first relay and that of the second relay; wherein the two ends of the coil of the first relay and that of the second relay are connected to the power; wherein the first diode and the coil of the first relay are connected in parallel; wherein the negative electrode of the first diode is connected to the positive electrode of the power; wherein the second diode and the coil of the second relay are connected in parallel; wherein the negative electrode of the second diode is connected to the positive electrode of the power; wherein the LCD display circuit is connected to the microcontroller, showing the status information of the control terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,728

METHOD, COMPUTER, AND STAMP SYSTEM

KOTO CO., LTD, Kyoto (JP...

1. A method comprising the steps of:a) displaying, on a touch panel of a user terminal, trigger information prompting an input through a stamp type device which inputs positional information to the touch panel;
b) acquiring the positional information inputted through the stamp type device;
c) outputting guidance information for guiding an input to the user terminal in a case where the acquired positional information satisfies a predetermined condition, the input to the user terminal being different from the input through the stamp type device;
d) confirming, by the user terminal, an input in accordance with the guidance information in a case where the guidance information is outputted; and
e) outputting special information to the user terminal accompanying the input in accordance with the guidance information,
in the step (c), an imprint image representing an imprint corresponding to the stamp type device being displayed on the touch panel in the case where the acquired positional information satisfies the predetermined condition, and the guidance information being outputted in a case where the imprint image is displayed, and
the special information relating to either of both of the trigger information and the imprint image.

US Pat. No. 10,338,727

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING SAME

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a panel having a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines;
a data driver supplying data voltages to the plurality of data lines arranged in the panel;
a gate driver including a plurality of stage groups that are driven by independent external start signals to output scan signals to the plurality of gate lines, and
a timing controller configured to control the data driver not to output the data voltages to the plurality of data lines until (i) a start signal is supplied to one stage group of the plurality of stage groups, (ii) scan signals are output from the one stage group, and (iii) another start signal is supplied to another stage group,
wherein each of the plurality of stage groups comprises a stage disallowing a clock to be output as a scan signal responsive to receiving a stop signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,726

MOBILE DEVICE AND METHOD OF DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN DIFFERENT TOUCH FORCES

EverDisplay Optronics (Sh...

1. A method of distinguishing between different touch forces for a mobile device having a touch component, comprising steps of:(A) preloading an area of a maximum touch region of the touch component touched by a user's finger using at least one touch gesture with a maximum force, presetting a relationship among a current force, an area of a current touch region, the maximum force and the area of the maximum touch region, and presetting at least two force levels, wherein each of the at least two force levels corresponds to a respective range of a ratio of the current force to the maximum force, the relationship satisfies FNOW/FMAX)=(?SNOW/?SMAX), in which FNOW is the current force, FMAX is the maximum force, SNOW is the area of the current touch region, and SMAX is the area of the maximum touch region;
(C) detecting and calculating the area SNOW of the current touch region of the touch component when touched;
(D) according to the relationship, calculating the ratio FNOW/FMAX of the current force to the maximum force by using the area SNOW of the current touch region, so as to determine a corresponding one of the at least two force levels based on the calculated ratio FNOW/FMAX.

US Pat. No. 10,338,725

WET INK PREDICTOR

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A touchscreen display device, comprising:a processor,
a touchscreen,
a computer storage having computer executable instructions that when executed by the processor performs a method for assigning pressure data to contact points, comprising:
receiving a first contact point from the touchscreen and determining that the touchscreen is not providing pressure data in association with the first contact point, wherein the first contact point is on a path made by an object across a surface of the touchscreen;
determining a velocity of the object at the first contact point;
determining a pressure that corresponds to the velocity by at least calculating a vector of the velocity in XY coordinates and calculating the pressure as the logarithm of the vector's absolute value;
associating the pressure with the first contact point to generate an updated first contact point; and
using the updated first contact point to render a digital ink.

US Pat. No. 10,338,724

ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

Shanghai Tianma Micro-Ele...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface;
a touch control signal driving line and a touch control signal sensing line disposed on the first surface, wherein the touch-control signal driving line is insulated from the touch control signal sensing line and intersects with the touch control signal sensing line;
an isolation layer disposed on the first surface and covering the touch control signal driving line;
a via hole formed in the isolation layer;
a gate line disposed on the isolation layer, above and overlapping with the touch control signal driving line and the touch control signal sensing line along a direction from the opposing second surface to the first surface, the gate line being electrically connected to the touch control signal driving line through the via hole; and
a pixel electrode disposed above and overlapping with the touch control signal driving line, the touch control signal sensing line, the isolation layer and the gate line along the direction from the opposing second surface to the first surface, wherein:
the isolation layer comprises a shielding layer disposed above the touch control signal driving line and insulated from the touch control signal driving line, a first insulation layer disposed between the shielding layer and the touch control signal driving line and isolates the touch control signal driving line and the touch control signal sensing line, and a second insulation layer formed between the shielding layer and the gate line, and
the second insulation layer is a color filter layer disposed between the gate line and the touch control signal driving line.

US Pat. No. 10,338,722

TACTILE TOUCH SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD

SENSEL, INC., Mountain V...

1. A tactile touch sensor system comprising:an overlay associated with a functionality and capable of receiving a first force;
an identifier associated with the overlay;
a touch sensor array coupled to the overlay and comprising a first force sensing element and a second force sensing element configured to detect the first force; and
wherein
the overlay is capable of transmitting the first force to a touch area of the touch sensor array;
the first force sensing element is configured to detect a first magnitude of a first portion of the first force applied at a first portion of the touch area;
the second force sensing element is configured to detect a second magnitude of a second portion of the first force applied at a second portion of the touch area;
the first portion and the second portion of the first force are unequal; and
the touch sensor array generates a first touch data based on the force.

US Pat. No. 10,338,721

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY PANEL

Shanghai Tianma Micro-Ele...

1. A display substrate, comprising a display region and a non-display region surrounding the display region, wherein the non-display region includes:at least one display signal line;
at least one pressure sensor configured with two pressure signal output terminals; and
a first pressure signal output line and a second pressure signal output line that correspond to the at least one pressure sensor, and are electrically connected to the two pressure signal output terminals of the corresponding pressure sensor, respectively, wherein:
the first pressure signal output line includes at least one first line section and at least one second line section;
the at least one first line section and the at least one second line section are electrically connected by a first connecting section;
the second pressure signal output line includes at least one third line section and at least one fourth line section;
the at least one third line section and the at least one fourth line section are electrically connected by a second connecting section;
the at least one first line section, the at least one second line section, the at least one third line section, and the at least one fourth line section are configured in parallel to the at least one display signal line;
the at least one first line section and the at least one third line section have a first distance to the at least one display signal line;
the at least one second line section and the at least one fourth line section have a second distance to the at least one display signal line; and
the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,338,719

PRESSURE SENSING APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SAID PRESSURE SENSING APPARATUS

SHENZHEN NEW DEGREE TECHN...

1. A pressure sensing apparatus comprising:a first panel;
a second panel spaced apart from the first panel, wherein an accommodation space is formed between the first panel and the second panel;
a pressure sensing assembly placed in the accommodation space, the pressure sensing assembly comprising an elastic bearing plate and a pressure sensor, the elastic bearing plate and the first panel abutting against each other along a thickness direction of the first panel, the pressure sensing assembly being provided with a first mounting surface and a second mounting surface opposite to each other along the thickness direction of the first panel, the first mounting surface being provided thereon with a first support, the second mounting surface being provided thereon with plural second supports arranged to be spaced apart from each other, the first support being disposed in a region between the plural second supports; the pressure sensing assembly, the first support and the plural second supports constituting a beam structure, the pressure sensing assembly abutting against and between the first panel and the second panel via the first support and the plural second supports, and the first panel forming a pressing area in a region between the plural second supports;
a pressure-sensing detection circuit electrically connected with the pressure sensor and configured for receiving pressing signals detected by the pressure sensor; and
a processor electrically connected with the pressure-sensing detection circuit and configured for outputting an operation signal when receiving the pressure signal from the pressure-sensing detection circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,718

LIKELIHOOD DETECTION OF PRESSING FINGER IN TWO-FINGER TOUCH

SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED, ...

1. A processing system for a force sensing device, the processing system comprising:sensor circuitry configured to receive resulting signals from a plurality of force sensors; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a first location of a first input object and a second location of a second input object on a surface of the force sensing device;
determine a plurality of measured deflections associated with the plurality of force sensors based on the resulting signals;
obtain a first plurality of expected deflections associated with the plurality of force sensors based on an input force being applied at the first location;
obtain a second plurality of expected deflections associated with the plurality of force sensors based on an input force being applied at the second location;
calculate a first deviation between the first plurality of expected deflections and the plurality of measured deflections;
calculate a second deviation between the second plurality of expected deflections and the plurality of measured deflections; and
determine, based on the first deviation being less than the second deviation, that the first input object is applying more force to the surface than the second input object.

US Pat. No. 10,338,717

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a substrate including first and second touch blocks adjacent to each other, the first and second touch blocks including first and second sub-pixels;
a first electrode in each of the first and second sub-pixels;
a second electrode in each of the first and second touch blocks, wherein the second electrode of the first touch block and the second electrode of the second touch block are separated from each other; and
first and second data lines disposed at side portions of the first and second sub-pixels,
wherein the first and second sub-pixels are disposed between the first and second data lines, and a field blocking line is disposed between the first and second sub-pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,338,716

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel having flexibility;
a first support body and a second support body each supporting the display panel; and
a hinge connecting the first support body and the second support body to each other,
wherein:
the display panel comprises a first portion supported by the first support body, a second portion supported by the second support body, and a third portion between the first portion and the second portion,
the display panel comprises a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
the hinge has a rotation axis,
when an angle from a state where the first and second support bodies are horizontal is 0 degree, the rotation axis is located on the first surface side of the third portion,
when an angle from the state is 180 degrees, the rotation axis is located on the second surface side of the third portion, and
wherein the first support body and the second support body are capable of rotating on the rotation axis by an angle greater than 180 degrees from the state.

US Pat. No. 10,338,715

ARRAY SUBSTRATE FOR TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

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

1. An array substrate for a touch display device, comprising:a substrate having a pixel region;
a thin film transistor on the substrate in the pixel region;
a planarizing layer on the thin film transistor;
a metallic touch common line on the planarizing layer;
a first passivation layer on the touch common line, the first passivation layer having a touch common contact hole;
a transparent touch common electrode on the first passivation layer in the pixel region, the transparent touch common electrode contacting the metallic touch common line through the touch common contact hole;
a second passivation layer on the touch common electrode; and
a pixel electrode on the second passivation layer, the pixel electrode connected to the thin film transistor,
wherein the metallic touch common line is exposed by the touch common contact hole and whole area of the transparent touch common electrode are covered with the second passivation layer,
wherein the transparent touch common electrode is formed in the touch common contact hole so that the transparent touch common electrode is directly connected to the metallic touch common line.

US Pat. No. 10,338,714

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

1. A display device comprising:a first substrate including an insulating substrate, a color filter layer located above the insulating substrate, a signal line located between the insulating substrate and the color filter layer, a metal line located above the color filter layer, a first light-shielding layer stacked on the metal line, a common electrode located above the first light-shielding layer, a pixel electrode opposed to the common electrode;
a second substrate opposed to the first substrate; and
a liquid crystal layer held between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the display device further comprises a display area in which the metal line, the pixel electrode, and the common electrode are arranged, a non-display area surrounding the display area, and a relay electrode located above the insulating substrate in the non-display area, and
the metal line and the common electrode extend to the non-display area, are in contact with the relay electrode, and are electrically connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,338,713

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR TOUCH AND SPEECH INTERFACE WITH AUDIO LOCATION

Nureva, Inc., (CA)

1. Touch and speech input with audio location apparatus configured for one or more users to provide input to (i) a touch sensitive input device and (ii) a speech input device in a shared physical space, comprising:at least one memory storing a plurality of words in a global dictionary; and
at least one processor configured to:
receive an input from the touch sensitive input device in the shared physical space;
establish a touch time window with respect to the received input from the touch sensitive input device;
receive an input from the speech input device in the shared physical space;
determine whether the received input from the speech input device is present in the global dictionary;
determine a position location of a sound source in the shared physical space from the received input from the speech input device;
determine whether the received input from the touch sensitive input device and the position location of received input from the speech input device are both within a same region of the touch sensitive input device in the shared physical space;
if the received input from the speech input device is present in the global dictionary, determine whether the received input from the speech input device has been received within the established touch time window; and
if the received input from the speech input device has been received within the established touch time window, and the received input from the touch sensitive input device and the received input from the speech input device are both within a same region of the touch sensitive input device in the shared physical space, activate an action corresponding to both (i) the received input from the touch sensitive input device and (ii) the received input from the speech input device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,712

DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display substrate in which a plurality of sub-pixel areas is defined;
a light-emitting diode above the display substrate;
a touch sensor electrode above the display substrate and including at least one touch electrode;
touch sensor wirings which are respectively and electrically connected to the touch sensor electrode and reciprocally exchange electrical signals of the touch sensor electrode with an external device; and
a bank separating the plurality of the sub-pixel areas,
wherein each of the plurality of sub-pixel areas comprises a first area in which the light-emitting diode is disposed and a second area in which the touch sensor electrode is disposed,
wherein each of the plurality of sub-pixel areas is positioned in an opening surrounded by the bank, and
wherein a filling layer is arranged in the opening, the light-emitting diode and the touch sensor electrode are embedded in the filling layer, and the touch sensor wirings are electrically connected to the touch sensor electrode via a contact hole and are arranged on the filling layer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,711

DISPLAY DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND DRIVING CIRCUIT THEREOF

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

1. A display device comprising: a display panel including a pixel array, in which touch sensors are embedded;a timing generator configured to determine a normal driving mode and a low-speed driving mode based on a mode control signal and generate a first touch sync signal defining a display period and a touch period in each of a plurality of display frame periods in the low-speed driving mode, in which the plurality of display frame periods including at least one data hold frame is present between data write frames;
a display driver configured to write pixel data to the pixel array in response to the first touch sync signal only in the display periods of the data write frames in the low-speed driving mode; and
a touch driver configured to drive the touch sensors in response to the first touch sync signal in the touch periods of the data write frames and in at least a portion of the data hold frame in the low-speed driving mode,
wherein the data hold frame includes at least one touch period, and the pixel data is not written during the data hold frame in response to the first touch sync signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,710

IN-CELL TOUCH PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. An in-cell touch panel, comprising: a first substrate and a second substrate, disposed opposite to each other; a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines which are intersected with and insulated from each other and disposed on one side of the first substrate which side faces the second substrate; and a plurality of self-capacitance electrodes which are insulated from each other and disposed in a same layer on the one side of the first substrate which side faces the second substrate, or on one side of the second substrate which side faces the first substrate, wherein,each of the self-capacitance electrodes comprises a plurality of self-capacitance sub-electrodes, which are insulated from each other, and connecting lines for connecting the self-capacitance sub-electrodes;
an orthographic projection, on the first substrate, of each self-capacitance sub-electrode does not overlap with an orthographic projection, on the first substrate, of each gate line; and/or an orthographic projection, on the first substrate, of each self-capacitance sub-electrode does not overlap with an orthographic projection, on the first substrate, of each data line; and
wherein the self-capacitance sub-electrodes are disposed in a matrix;
the connecting lines in each self-capacitance electrode comprise: first connecting lines which are parallel to the gate lines and in a one-to-one correspondence with rows of self-capacitance sub-electrodes in the self-capacitance electrode and are configured for connecting each of the self-capacitance sub-electrodes in the corresponding row; and second connecting lines which are parallel to the data lines and are configured for connecting respective rows of self-capacitance sub-electrodes in the self-capacitance electrode; and
wherein the first connecting lines and the gate lines are disposed in a first layer, the second connecting lines and the data lines are disposed in a second layer, and wherein the first layer and the second layer are at different levels,
the in-cell touch panel further comprising a plurality of conductive lines which are in one-to-one correspondence with the self-capacitance electrodes and are configured for electrically connecting the corresponding self-capacitance electrodes and a touch detecting chip, wherein,
the first connecting lines in each self-capacitance electrode and the conductive lines corresponding to the self-capacitance electrodes are electrically and directly connected, or the second connecting lines in each self-capacitance electrode and the conductive lines corresponding to the self-capacitance electrodes are electrically and directly connected.

US Pat. No. 10,338,709

TOUCH DISPLAY DEVICE WITH INCONSPICUOUS TRANSPARENT ELECTRODES AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Shanghai Tianma Micro-Ele...

1. A touch display device comprising:a display unit and a touch unit,
wherein the touch unit comprises a transparent electrode arranged opposite to the display unit, and a pattern of the transparent electrode comprises a plurality of first touch electrodes and a plurality of dummy electrodes; and each of the first touch electrodes extends in a first direction,
wherein each of the dummy electrodes comprises at least two columns of dummy sub-electrodes, each of the columns of dummy sub-electrodes comprises a plurality of dummy sub-electrodes arranged along the first direction with each extending in the first direction, a sub-slit is formed between every two adjacent dummy sub-electrodes in each of the columns of dummy sub-electrodes, and at least a portion of the sub-slits of at least two adjacent ones of the columns of dummy sub-electrodes are arranged staggeredly in the first direction,
wherein the two adjacent columns of dummy sub-electrodes are a first column of dummy sub-electrodes and a second column of dummy sub-electrodes, the sub-slits of the first column of dummy sub-electrodes are defined as first sub-slits, the sub-slits of the second column of dummy sub-electrodes are defined as second sub-slits, and the first sub-slits and the second sub-slits are shaped differently, or shaped identically but extend in different and non-parallel directions, and
wherein
each of the first touch electrodes comprises a plurality of parallel first sub-touch electrodes extending in the first direction and arranged in a second direction, having a plurality of third slits in parallel with the plurality of parallel first sub-touch electrodes and each third slit being between two adjacent parallel first sub-touch electrodes,
each of the first touch electrodes is provided with an opening, wherein at least one of the plurality of dummy electrodes is arranged, with fourth slits formed between edges of the opening and ends of each of the columns of dummy sub-electrodes, and a length of the opening in the first direction is larger than a length of third slits arranged in a same column in the first direction,
the first sub-slits and the second sub-slits are folded lines, a folding direction of the first sub-slits being different from a folding direction of the second sub-slits, and
in addition to the plurality of parallel first sub-touch electrodes, a plurality of first electrodes are arranged across each third slit along the second direction and further connecting to adjacent parallel first sub-touch electrodes, and first electrodes in adjacent parallel third slits are arranged staggeredly along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,708

FLEXIBLE TOUCH SCREEN, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND TOUCH DEVICE

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. A flexible touch screen, comprising:a flexible substrate being provided with a main outer lead bonding area and a touch lead bonding area, wherein the main outer lead bonding area and the touch lead bonding area are both provided with flexible-printed-circuit-board bonding pads;
wherein the main outer lead bonding area and the touch lead bonding area are different areas defined on a same surface of the flexible substrate;
a touch control panel being connected to the flexible substrate via an adhesive layer; wherein the touch control panel has a bottom surface facing the flexible substrate and provided with a touch-control flexible circuit board, wherein the position of the touch-control flexible circuit board corresponds to the position of the touch lead bonding area; wherein the touch-control flexible circuit board is mounted on the bottom surface of the touch control panel and faces the touch lead bonding area of the flexible substrate;
in a bonding of the touch-control flexible circuit board, the touch-control flexible circuit board of the touch control panel is bonded to the flexible-printed-circuit-board bonding pads which are provided in the touch lead bonding area of the flexible substrate; the flexible substrate is bonded to a main flexible circuit board via the flexible-printed-circuit-board bonding pads which are provided in the main outer lead bonding area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,707

INTEGRATED FRONT LIGHT ASSEMBLY, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND REFLECTIVE DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. An integrated front light assembly, comprising:a protective substrate;
a touch-control layer, disposed on the protective substrate;
a light guide layer, disposed on the touch-control layer; and
a light source disposed on at least one side of the light guide layer, wherein
both of the touch-control layer and the light guide layer are integrated and directly disposed on the protective substrate in such a manner that no bonding agent is provided among the touch-control layer, the light guide layer, and the protective substrate,
the integrated front light assembly further comprises: a first insulating layer, disposed between the protective substrate and the touch-control layer,
the touch-control layer comprises: a first touch sensing layer, disposed on the first insulating layer; and a second insulating layer, disposed on the first touch sensing layer, wherein
a plurality of optical re-directional structures are disposed between the second insulating layer and the light guide layer in such a manner that a space between the optical re-directional structures located on a side close to the light source is greater than that of optical re-directional structures located on a side far away from the light source,
each of the optical re-directional structures comprises:
a first reflective pattern, disposed on the second insulating layer and protruded from a surface of the second insulating layer; and
a second reflective pattern, disposed on the first reflective pattern,
wherein the first reflective pattern and the second reflective pattern are stacked one on another and are parallel to each other, and
the first reflective pattern is made of a material with a low reflectivity and the second reflective pattern is made of a material with a high reflectivity, so that a reflectivity of the first reflective pattern is smaller than that of the second reflective pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,338,706

CONDUCTIVE STRUCTURE BODY PRECURSOR, CONDUCTIVE STRUCTURE BODY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

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

1. A method for manufacturing a conductive structure body comprising:preparing a conductive structure body precursor including a substrate, an amorphous transparent conductive layer provided on the substrate, and a metal layer provided on the amorphous transparent conductive layer;
heat treating the conductive structure body precursor to crystallize the amorphous transparent conductive layer; and
forming a metal oxide layer, a metal nitride layer or a metal oxy-nitride layer on the metal layer prior to the step of heat treating the conductive structure body precursor,
wherein the metal oxide layer, the metal nitride layer or the metal oxy-nitride layer is formed using a sputtering method, and
wherein the step of heat treating the conductive structure body precursor is irradiating infrared light on the metal oxide layer, the metal nitride layer or the metal oxy-nitride layer,
wherein the metal oxide layer, the metal nitride layer or the metal oxy-nitride layer includes an oxide, a nitride or an oxy-nitride of a metal selected from the group consisting of copper (Cu), aluminum (Al), silver (Ag), neodymium (Nd), molybdenum (Mo), nickel (Ni), and an alloy thereof, and
wherein a thickness of the metal oxide layer, the metal nitride layer or the metal oxy-nitride layer is greater than or equal to 40 nm and less than or equal to 60 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,338,705

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF CONTROLLING USER INTERFACE USING TOUCH SCREEN

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of displaying a plurality of icons for providing user interfaces (UIs) on a display area of a handheld device, the method comprising:determining a partial display area on the display area;
arranging and displaying the plurality of icons on the partial display area;
selecting at least two icons among the plurality of icons displayed on the partial display area;
displaying a menu to provide a rearrangement of the selected at least two icons, the menu comprising an item to adjust at least one of a size, an interval, or a position for each of the selected at least two icons on the partial display area;
obtaining a manual setting for adaptively rearranging the selected at least two icons within the partial display area based on an input by a user on the item; and
rearranging and displaying the selected at least two icons on the partial display area based on the obtained manual setting,
wherein the determining of the partial display area comprises:
identifying a touch area of the user on the display area,
obtaining one of a plurality of operation modes,
if a first operation mode is selected from the plurality of operation modes, determining one of a plurality of default areas on the display area as the partial display area,
if a second operation mode is selected from the plurality of operation modes, determining the touch area as the partial display area, and
if a third operation mode is selected from the plurality of operation modes, adjusting the touch area based on a user input, and determining the adjusted touch area as the partial display area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,704

MITIGATING DISPLAY NOISE FOR TOUCH AND PEN SENSING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An apparatus comprising:a display controller having a timing controller configured to drive frames on a display, wherein timing of the timing controller is based on a frame rate of the display; and
sensing circuitry to detect an object on or near the display, wherein the sensing circuitry senses for the object during sensing windows, wherein timing of the sensing windows is based on a repetition rate of the object, wherein the timing of the sensing windows and the timing of the timing controller are asynchronous in that the occurrence of the sensing windows in consecutive display frames occurs at different times within the display frames, and wherein the display controller is configured to pause driving a frame on the display during the sensing windows.

US Pat. No. 10,338,703

TOUCH PAD FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A touch pad for an electronic device, the touch pad comprising:a circuit board member; and
a detection member mounted in at least one area of the circuit board member to detect a user's contact,
wherein the detection member comprises:
a plurality of film layers; and
detection patterns disposed on at least two adjacent film layers, among the plurality of film layers, wherein the detection patterns at least partially overlap each other,
wherein the detection patterns comprise:
a first pattern formed on a first layer to constitute a part of the detection patterns; and
a second pattern formed on a second layer stacked adjacent to the first layer to constitute another part of the detection patterns,
wherein at least one area of the first pattern and at least one area of the second pattern form an overlapping area where the first and second patterns overlap each other, and at least one other area of the first pattern and at least one other area of the second pattern are spaced apart from each other in a plane direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,702

LOW-POWER AND LOW-FREQUENCY DATA TRANSMISSION FOR STYLUS AND ASSOCIATED SIGNAL PROCESSING

Wacom Co., Ltd., Kazo-sh...

1. An apparatus comprising:a timer;
a signal generator;
a signal activator input;
a switch configured to couple a power source to the signal generator and the timer; and
a controller comprising one or more computer-readable non-transitory storage media embodying logic that is operable when executed to:
initiate the coupling, in response to an actuation of the signal activator input, of the power source to the signal generator to thereby cause the signal generator to generate a signal; and
initiate the coupling, in response to the actuation of the signal activator input, of the power source to the timer to thereby activate the timer.

US Pat. No. 10,338,701

ACTIVE BRUSH STYLUS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising a brush stylus, wherein the brush stylus comprises a plurality of active bristles to provide data to the brush stylus, a computing device via the brush stylus, or both, when the brush stylus is in contact with a touchscreen of the computing device, wherein an active bristle from the plurality of active bristles comprises a structure comprising piezoelectric crystals to measure a bending pressure on the active bristle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,700

STYLUS INKWELL CHARGER INCLUDING A CAVITY HAVING A MAGNETIC PORTION TO FACILITATE ALIGNMENT OF A STYLUS' ELECTRICAL CONTACT WITH THE CHARGER'S ELECTRICAL CONTACT

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An inkwell charger, comprising:a tapered portion of a cavity comprising a ledge protruding from a surface of the tapered portion of the cavity including an electrical contact positioned on a top surface of the ledge to receive a corresponding tapered portion of a stylus comprising an electrical contact positioned within an indentation of the tapered portion of the stylus; and
a magnetic portion of the cavity positioned below the tapered portion of the cavity to align the tapered portion of the stylus with the tapered portion of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,338,699

VARIABLE DENSITY DEVICE PROFILE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device, comprising:a mesh structure with a density profile varying from a first relatively dense end of the mesh structure to a second relatively sparse end of the mesh structure; and
a relatively heavy component that is distinct from the mesh structure and positioned proximate the second relatively sparse end of the mesh structure, the relatively heavy component being counterbalanced by the first relatively dense end of the mesh structure,
wherein the mesh structure defines more interstitial spaces per unit area at the second relatively sparse end than at the first relatively dense end, or
wherein an average size of the interstitial spaces is greater at the second relatively sparse end than at the first relatively dense end.

US Pat. No. 10,338,698

INTERACTIVE INPUT CONTROLS IN A SIMULATED THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) ENVIRONMENT

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for interactive movement within a virtual environment, the method comprising:determining a first anchor point of a first path within a virtual reality (VR) environment based on a movement of a first controller, the first path starting at a position of a perspective of a user within the VR environment and ending at the first anchor point on a surface of the VR environment;
determining a second anchor point of a second path within the VR environment based on a movement of a second controller, the second path starting at the position of the user perspective within the VR environment and ending at the second anchor spot on a different surface of the VR environment;
calculating an intersection point within the VR environment based on the first anchor point and the second anchor point, wherein the intersection point is located on a line that connects the first anchor point and the second anchor point within the VR environment; and
detecting a subsequent interaction with the VR environment from one of the first controller or the second controller, wherein the subsequent interaction directs the user perspective within the VR environment to move towards the calculated intersection point.

US Pat. No. 10,338,697

POSITION DETECTOR AND POSITION POINTER

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A position indicator of a capacitive type, comprising:a core body protruding from a tip portion of a pen-shaped housing,
AC signal generation circuitry provided in the pen-shaped housing,
a first electrode and a second electrode provided near the tip portion of the pen-shaped housing, and
a first holder disposed in the pen-shaped housing,
wherein an AC signal generated by the AC signal generation circuitry, in operation, is supplied to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode,
the first electrode is disposed on a radially inner side of the first holder to extend along an axial center of the pen-shaped housing,
the second electrode is disposed on a radially outer side of the first holder to surround the axial center of the pen-shaped housing, and
the first holder has a through hole extending along the axial center of the pen-shaped housing and the core body is disposed to pass through the through hole, and the first electrode is formed around the through hole of the first holder to surround the axial center of the pen-shaped housing.

US Pat. No. 10,338,696

VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM HAVING INTERACTIVE SENSORY SUIT AND GYROSCOPIC SUPPORT

1. An apparatus for physical training comprising:wherein the apparatus for physical training comprises a gyroscope, a body suit, and a control system;
wherein the participant wears the body suit while being placed within the gyroscope;
wherein the body suit secures the participant within the gyroscope;
wherein the control system operates the apparatus for physical training; wherein the apparatus for physical training is configured for use with a computer generated reality system;
wherein the computer generated reality system creates a computer generated reality;
wherein the computer generated reality system is further defined with control signals;
wherein the apparatus for physical training is configured for use with a participant;
wherein the apparatus for physical training is a peripheral device that interfaces with the computer generated reality system to create a physical representation of the created computer generated reality;
wherein the apparatus for physical training responds to control signals that are generated by the computer generated reality system; wherein the apparatus for physical training supplements the visual and audio stimuli generated provided by the computer generated reality system with tactile stimuli appropriate to the computer generated reality that is being rendered wherein the gyroscope controls the position of the participant relative to the force of gravity;
wherein the body suit applies pressure against the participant; wherein the gyroscope is a physical structure that the participant is placed within;
wherein the gyroscope changes the orientation of the participant relative to the force of gravity;
wherein the gyroscope comprises a pedestal, a slewing bearing, a ring mount, a ring, a slewing bearing motor, and a ring motor;
wherein the slewing bearing attaches the pedestal to the ring mount;
wherein the ring attaches to the ring mount;
wherein the slewing bearing motor is a motor that changes the orientation of the ring relative to the force of gravity;
wherein the ring motor is a motor that changes the orientation of the ring relative to the force of gravity.

US Pat. No. 10,338,695

AUGMENTED REALITY EDUGAMING INTERACTION METHOD

MING CHUAN UNIVERSITY, T...

1. An augmented reality edugaming interaction method, comprising the steps of:creating at least one database in a processing device and at least one target value in the database and linking the target value to a plurality of different data values separately;
defining a plurality of interactive object images and at least one controllable object image in the processing device;
setting a plurality of interaction statuses for the interactive object image, at least one interactive instruction for the controllable object image, and at least one color recognition value for the processing device;
selecting one of the target values by the processing device, so that the data value corresponding to the target value depends on the corresponding interactive object image;
capturing an image by an image capturing device;
analyzing the image captured by the image capturing device, and defining the image with the range of the color block as a characteristic area the processing device, if the image captured by the image capturing device has a color block corresponding to the color recognition value, and letting the controllable object image depend on and be controlled in the characteristic area;
projecting an image corresponding to the interactive object image, the controllable object image, the characteristic area, the selected target value and its corresponding data value by a projection device, wherein a visual dependence exists between the interactive object image and the image with its dependent data value; and
defining an interactive instruction by the processing device when at least one characteristic area and at least one interactive object image are superimposed, so that the interactive object image depends on and is controlled by the interactive instruction to switch the interactive status.

US Pat. No. 10,338,694

MULTIPLE FOCUS CONTROL

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An apparatus comprising:first and second focus managers to manage first and second focus owners, respectively, the first and second focus owners corresponding to components of media planes displayable on at least one of a plurality of output display devices, the first and second focus managers associating first and second key events generated by first and second input devices, respectively, to the respective first and second focus owners, wherein the first and second focus managers restrict transfers based on the components of media planes having a common root in a hierarchical structure; and
a hardware router coupled to the first and second focus managers, the router having a routing table that stores information of association (i) between a first connection and the first focus manager and (ii) between a second connection and the second focus manager, the router routing one of the first and second key events originating from the first and second connections, respectively, to a corresponding focus manager using the information of association stored in the routing table, wherein the first and second key events are delivered to the routing table through a same physical connection port but via different logical connections, wherein routing one of the first and second key events is based on Internet socket identification, wherein the media planes are distributed between a first output and a second output, wherein the first output comprises a first plurality of graphics planes, a first video plane and a first background plane, and the second output comprises a second plurality of graphics planes, a second video plane and a second background plane.

US Pat. No. 10,338,693

VISUAL COLLABORATION INTERFACE

Oblong Industries, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:generating gesture data of a first edge device by using a sensor;
a hardware gestural application server system receiving the generated gesture data;
the first edge device providing inertial data of the first edge device to the hardware gestural application server system;
the hardware gestural application server system generating a first gesture signal by using the gesture data and the inertial data; and
the hardware gestural application server system controlling a plurality of display devices in response to the first gesture signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,691

GESTURE IDENTIFICATION

PayPal, Inc., San Jose, ...

1. A system comprising:a non-transitory memory; and
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to execute instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the system to perform operations comprising:
receiving a first input of a first gesture motion made by a user via a sensor associated with a user device;
creating a first current gesture mapping based on the first gesture motion;
accessing, from a database, a table lookup that stores a portion of a plurality of stored gesture mappings and that prioritizes the portion of the plurality of stored gesture mappings for determining correspondence with a current gesture mapping based on a frequency the portion of the plurality of stored gesture mappings are accessed;
determining, based on the accessing, that the table lookup does not include a first stored gesture mapping that corresponds with the first current gesture mapping;
determining that the first current gesture mapping corresponds with the first stored gesture mapping that is included in the database and that is associated with a first action for the user device; and
performing the first action associated with the first stored gesture mapping that corresponds with the first current gesture mapping.

US Pat. No. 10,338,690

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INTERACTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory that stores a target region image generated in the past that indicates a distance to a target object; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to
calculate a hand region within a range image obtained after the target region image has been generated, the range image indicating a distance to a hand and the target object,
detect a movement of the target object by comparing the target region image with an image that is the range image with the hand region deleted therefrom,
when a movement of the target object is not detected, generate a complemented image by complementing, using the target region image, a portion that corresponds to the hand region within the image from which the hand region has been deleted,
when a movement of the target object is not detected, update the target region image with the complemented image, and
when a movement of the target object has been detected, update the target region image with the image from which the hand region has been deleted.

US Pat. No. 10,338,689

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDIRECTING CONTENT BASED ON GESTURES

OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LL...

1. A method, comprising:receiving content into a mobile device;
using one or more content parameters of the content as a lookup to determine whether any preferences exist for the one or more content parameters;
if the preferences include one or more automatic redirection preferences for the content, automatically redirecting the content to an external device in accordance with the one or more automatic redirection preferences without presenting the content to the user on the mobile device;
if there are no automatic redirection preferences for the content, detecting a user gesture with at least one gesture recording device associated with the mobile device;
processing the user gesture, in the mobile device, to determine a redirection instruction associated with the user gesture;
providing the redirection instruction from the mobile device to a content server, the redirection instruction indicating to the content server an external device to redirect content to;
redirecting a better quality version of the content from the content server to the external device in accordance with the redirection instruction;
detecting at least one further user gesture with the at least one gesture recording device;
processing the at least one further physical user gesture to determine a manipulation instruction associated with the at least one further physical user gesture;
providing the manipulation instruction to the content server;
manipulating the better quality version of the content at the content server in accordance with the manipulation instruction; and
providing the manipulated better quality version of the content from the content server to the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,688

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a source configured to generate a magnetic field;
a motion detector configured to obtain a coordinate of a user's hand based on the generated magnetic field; and
a virtual reality providing device configured to reflect the coordinate of the user's hand received from the motion detector in a virtual reality environment based on a change of a location of the source due to a movement of the user,
wherein the virtual reality providing device is further configured to display an object resembling a type of an accessory coupled to the motion detector together with the user's hand,
wherein the source and the virtual reality providing device are implemented as a hardware device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,687

TELEPORTATION IN AN AUGMENTED AND/OR VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

23. A method, comprising:generating a virtual rendering of a first virtual location at a first virtual scale for display in a virtual environment;
receiving an input in response to a detected actuation of an input device, including:
receiving selection of a second virtual location based on a virtual beam directed from the input device at the second virtual location; and
receiving selection of a second virtual scale for the second virtual location, the second virtual scale being different than the first virtual scale;
shifting a teleport arrival position relative to the selected second virtual location in response to a detected physical shifting movement of the input device and corresponding virtual shift of the virtual beam, including at least one of:
detecting a physical movement of the input device corresponding to a virtual shift of the virtual beam in a lateral direction; or
detecting a physical movement of the input device corresponding to a virtual shift of the virtual beam in a forward and rearward direction; and
teleporting to the shifted teleport arrival position relative to the second virtual location at the second virtual scale in response to the selection input, including generating a virtual rendering of the second virtual location at the second virtual scale for display in the virtual environment.

US Pat. No. 10,338,686

CONTROL SYSTEM USING AESTHETICALLY GUIDED GESTURE RECOGNITION

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A method for authoring gesture definitions for use in gesture-based control systems, comprising:during performance of a gesture by a performer with a plurality of sensors, generating a plurality of sets of raw sensor data each corresponding to differing parameters of the performance of the gesture;
displaying a graphical user interface (GUI) on a display device, wherein the GUI includes graphical plots of the plurality of sets of raw sensor data;
receiving director input identifying a subset of the parameters and storing the identified subset of parameters in a gesture definition, thereby first authoring the gesture definition;
for the graphical plots of the plurality of sets of sensor data corresponding to each of the parameters in the subset of the parameters in the gesture definition, receiving director input defining at least two of a starting position, an ending position, a maximum value, and a minimum value and storing the defined at least two of the starting position, the ending position, the maximum value, and the minimum value in the memory in the gesture definition, thereby second authoring the gesture definition;
receiving additional director input modifying the definition of at least one of the starting position, the ending position, the maximum value, and the minimum value for at least one of the parameters in the subset of the parameters of the gesture definition; and
receiving director input defining for at least one of the graphical plots associated with the subset of the parameters used in the gesture definition at least one of a must pass window and a must not pass window defining an area a plot of sensor data must pass or must not pass, respectively, for gesture recognition.

US Pat. No. 10,338,685

METHODS AND APPARATUS RECOGNITION OF START AND/OR STOP PORTIONS OF A GESTURE USING RELATIVE COORDINATE SYSTEM BOUNDARIES

Nod, Inc., Santa Clara, ...

1. An apparatus capable of interacting with at least one controllable device based upon a pose of at least a portion of a human body, the apparatus comprising:one or more sensors that are sized for wearing on the human body, each of the one or more sensors emitting sensor data and being packaged in an integrated mechanical assembly;
and
a detection unit that operates upon the sensor data to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body and is capable of interacting with the at least one controllable device, the detection unit including:
a memory that stores at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy that are associated with the human body using at least a partial skeletal rendering of a human; and
a detection processor, automatically operating under software control, that inputs, aggregates and fuses the sensor data from each of the one or more sensors using the at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy stored in the memory to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body based upon a locality of said one or more sensors, wherein the detection processor begins to input, aggregate and fuse the sensor data for gesture recognition upon certain sensor data indicating that the at least one of the one or more sensors within the integrated mechanical assembly have intersected into a relative coordinate system boundary to thereby initiate a gesture start signal and wherein the detection processor ceases to input the sensor data for gesture recognition upon receipt of a gesture stop signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,684

MECHANISM TO ENHANCE USER EXPERIENCE OF MOBILE DEVICES THROUGH COMPLEX INPUTS FROM EXTERNAL DISPLAYS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A computing device for mapping user movements captured by a capture device external to the computing device, to input events on the computing device, the computing device comprising:a display to display video data of an application executing on the computing device;
at least one processor;
a storage device comprising instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, configure the at least one processor to:
establish a video channel between the computing device and a receiver device external to the computing device;
establish an input channel between the computing device and the receiver device;
transmit, over the video channel, the video data of the application to the receiver device; and
receive gesture data associated with the application, over the input channel, the gesture data based on movements of a user captured from a capture device, external to the computing device, communicatively coupled to the receiver device;
map the gesture data into an input event on the computing device; and
provide data simulating the input event to a sensor of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,683

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR VISUAL PROCESSING OF SPECTROGRAMS TO GENERATE HAPTIC EFFECTS

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
receive an input signal from an input device;
generate a spectrogram based at least in part on the input signal;
determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the spectrogram, wherein determining a haptic effect comprises for each of a plurality of frequency ranges:
analyzing the spectrogram over a frequency range for a characteristic; and
determining a haptic effect corresponding to the characteristic; and
transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to a haptic output device configured to output the haptic effect.

US Pat. No. 10,338,682

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING MULTI-POINT HAPTIC FEEDBACK TEXTURE SYSTEMS

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A tactile device comprising:a transparent grille having a predefined pattern of openings therethrough, wherein the transparent grille comprises a touch-sensitive surface configured to sense an input;
a haptic deformable material layer coupled to the transparent grille and configured to receive an activating signal based on the input sensed by the touch-sensitive surface and to partially change shape in accordance with the activating signal and the predefined pattern of openings; and
a deformation mechanism coupled to the haptic deformable material layer and configured to provide haptic force feedback to control the haptic deformable material layer in accordance with the transparent grille and create a vacuum between the transparent grille and the haptic deformable material layer to pull a portion of the haptic deformable material layer through at least one opening of the predefined pattern of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,338,681

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTI-OUTPUT ELECTROSTATIC HAPTIC EFFECTS

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A system comprising:an electrostatic force (ESF) device positioned at a contact point on a device, wherein the ESF device comprises a plurality of ESF cells configured to output a plurality of ESF haptic effects perceivable by an object proximate to the contact point, and wherein each of the ESF cells includes a conductor configured to output a respective ESF haptic effect by generating an electrostatic charge between the conductor and the object in response to an electrical signal;
a processor; and
a memory on which instructions executable by the processor are stored to cause the processor to:
determine an event;
determine a haptic effect based on the event, wherein the haptic effect includes each of the plurality of ESF haptic effects being sequentially generated in a predetermined order to create a flow sensation; and
transmit one or more electrical signals based on the haptic effect, wherein the one or more electrical signals are configured to cause each ESF cell among the plurality of ESF cells to be sequentially and individually actuated in the predetermined order to generate one of the plurality of ESF haptic effects associated with the haptic effect.

US Pat. No. 10,338,680

OPERATING APPARATUS HAVING FEEDBACK MECHANISM

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. An operating apparatus comprising:a panel unit having a display whose surface is an operating surface;
a detecting member comprising a sensor configured to detect that the operating surface is pushed;
a vibrating force feedback mechanism positioned on the panel unit, the vibrating force feedback mechanism configured to apply a vibrating feedback force to the panel unit in a direction substantially parallel to the operating surface; and
a plurality of supporting metal plates configured to fix the panel unit to a base,
wherein each of the supporting metal plates comprises a first mounting piece to be fixed to one of the panel unit and the base, a second mounting piece to be fixed to another of the panel unit and the base, and an intermediate plate between the first mounting piece and the second mounting piece, the first mounting piece, the second mounting piece, and the intermediate plate being integrally formed,
wherein a plate face of the first mounting piece is disposed substantially parallel to the operating surface, and at least part of a plate face of the second mounting piece is disposed substantially perpendicularly to the operating surface,
wherein, the intermediate plate can be elastically deformed in a push direction when the operating surface is pushed, and
wherein, the second mounting piece can be bent in a direction intersecting the plate face of the second mounting piece when the vibrating feedback force in the direction substantially parallel to the panel unit is applied to the apparatus main body by the feedback mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,338,679

INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

INFINITE KINGDOMS, LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:an interactive environment comprising one or more sensors, processors, and/or transmitters; and
a costume or puppet comprising one or more sensors, processors, and/or transmitters, and an animatronic feature, wherein the costume or puppet stores information regarding a wearer of the costume or puppet,
wherein the sensors of the interactive environment detect signals transmitted by the costume or puppet that comprise the information regarding the wearer,
wherein the sensors of the puppet or costume detect signals transmitted by the interactive environment,
wherein, in response to detecting, by the sensors of the interactive environment, the signals transmitted by the costume or puppet, the one or more processors of the interactive environment determine an appropriate response to be produced in the interactive environment based on the information regarding the wearer; and
wherein, in response to detecting, by the sensors of the costume or puppet, the appropriate response produced in the interactive environment, operating, by the one or more processors of the costume or puppet, the animatronic feature of the costume or puppet to physically interact with the wearer of the costume or puppet in a direction of the appropriate response in the interactive environment.

US Pat. No. 10,338,678

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RECOGNITION OF START AND/OR STOP PORTIONS OF A GESTURE USING AN AUXILIARY SENSOR

NOD, INC., Santa Clara, ...

1. An apparatus capable of interacting with at least one controllable device based upon a pose of at least a portion of a human body, the apparatus comprising:one or more sensors that are sized for wearing on the human body, each of the one or more sensors emitting sensor data;
an auxiliary sensor sized for wearing on the human body that receives a first specific input based on one of a tactile switch and capacitive touch input and generates a gesture start signal; and
a detection unit that operates upon the sensor data to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body and is capable of interacting with the at least one controllable device, the detection unit including:
a memory that stores at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy that are associated with the human body using at least a partial skeletal rendering of a human; and
a detection processor, automatically operating under software control, that inputs, aggregates and fuses the sensor data from each of the one or more sensors using the at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy stored in the memory to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body based upon a locality of said one or more sensors, wherein the detection processor begins to input, aggregate and fuse the sensor data upon receipt of the gesture start signal and ceases to input the sensor data upon receipt of a gesture stop signal;
wherein at least some of the one or more sensors, the auxiliary sensor, and the detection unit are packaged in an integrated mechanical assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,338,677

ADJUSTING IMAGE FRAMES BASED ON TRACKING MOTION OF EYES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A system comprising:a light emitter to emit light toward an eye of a subject, the eye having a retina and a cornea;
a camera to capture images of the cornea of the eye having glints produced by reflection of the light from the cornea;
a display device operated by a display module to sequentially display image frames; and
a processor to:
determine, based at least in part on a first captured image of the cornea, first locations of the glints at a first time, while the display device is displaying an image frame, and a first gaze direction, and generate a first virtual cornea sphere based on the first locations, with the first virtual cornea sphere having a first center;
determine, based at least in part on a second captured image of the cornea, second locations of the glints at a second time, while the display device is displaying the image frame, and a second gaze direction, and generate a second virtual cornea sphere based on the second locations, with the second virtual cornea sphere having a second center;
generate a virtual sphere having a center, using the first and second centers;
determine a retinal velocity of the eye corresponding to differences between the first gaze direction and the second gaze direction, the determined retinal velocity being velocity of the image frame projected onto the retina, measured in a retinal coordinate frame using the center of the virtual sphere; and
provide signals to the display module to change a display time for the image frame based, at least in part, on the retinal velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,338,676

GAZE-BASED OBJECT PLACEMENT WITHIN A VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method performed by a head mounted display (HMD) device that supports rendering of a virtual reality environment that excludes real world objects and includes existing virtual objects, comprising:obtaining sensor data describing a real world physical environment adjoining a user of the HMD device;
using the sensor data, reconstructing a geometry of the real world physical environment;
tracking the user's head and gaze in the real world physical environment using the reconstructed geometry to determine a field of view and view position within the virtual reality environment;
projecting a gaze ray outward from the view position;
identifying a point at which the projected gaze ray intersects with the virtual reality environment;
operating the HMD device to place a virtual object at the identified point; in response to the placed virtual object being clipped along an edge of the field of view, rotating the projected gaze ray independent of movement and positioning of the user's head, eyes, or body, such that the rotating of the projected gaze ray is performed by the HMD device irrespective of the user's actions;
locating a point at which the rotated gaze ray intersects with the virtual reality environment; and
repositioning the virtual object at the located point for the rotated gaze ray so that the virtual object is no longer clipped along the edge of the field of view.

US Pat. No. 10,338,673

TOUCHSCREEN HOVER DETECTION IN AN AUGMENTED AND/OR VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, comprising:generating, by a head mounted electronic device operating in an ambient environment, a virtual environment;
displaying a virtual alert as a virtual image in response to a detection of an incoming event that is separate from the virtual environment, the virtual alert including a user input window;
detecting, by a camera of the head mounted electronic device, a physical object in a foreground of a mono-chromatic screen on a handheld electronic device operating in the ambient environment, the mono-chromatic screen being generated in response to the display of the visual alert, the mono-chromatic screen being overlaid on a user interface within a touchscreen display of the handheld electronic device such that the user interface is not visible through the mono-chromatic screen overlaid on the user interface, while maintaining touchscreen functionality of the user interface, the detecting of the physical object including:
capturing an image of the handheld electronic device, the captured image including the physical object in the foreground of the mono-chromatic screen displayed on the handheld electronic device; and
segmenting, from the captured image, an image of the physical object from the mono-chromatic screen surrounding the physical object;
determining, by a processor of the head mounted electronic device, a position of the detected physical object relative to the user interface overlaid by the mono-chromatic screen based on a detected position of the physical object in the foreground of the mono-chromatic screen;
displaying, on a display of the head mounted electronic device, a virtual image of the user interface and a virtual image of the detected physical object, including displaying the segmented image of the detected physical object at a position relative to the virtual image of the virtual user interface corresponding to an actual position of the detected physical object relative to the user interface overlaid by the mono-chromatic screen;
detecting a touch input on the touchscreen display, the detected touch input corresponding to an element of the user interface overlaid by the mono-chromatic screen; and
executing a command corresponding to the element of the user interface in response to the detected touch input.

US Pat. No. 10,338,672

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING OBJECTS IN A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

Business Objects Software...

1. A computer-implemented method for manipulating objects in a graphical user interface for a display device, the method comprising:detecting a start of a path selection mode;
detecting a first path traversed by a cursor in the graphical user interface;
displaying a curve corresponding to the first path in the graphical user interface; and
upon detecting an end of the path selection mode, updating a selection state of one or more objects displayed in the graphical user interface based on the displayed curve, the selection state including a selected state and a deselected state, the updating of the selection state of the one or more objects comprising, for each of the one or more objects:
determining a total number of times that the displayed curve passes across the object;
toggling the selection state of the object based on the number of times being an odd number; and
not toggling the selection state of the object based on the number of times being an even number.

US Pat. No. 10,338,671

POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

HONGFUJIN PRECISION INDUS...

1. A power supply system comprising:a motherboard;
a switching power source;
a switch circuit electrically connected to the motherboard; and
a control circuit having:
a photocoupler electrically connected to the switching power source, and
a comparator electrically connected to the switch circuit and the photocoupler; and
wherein the switch circuit is configured to:
be turned off when the motherboard is in a normal state, and
be turned on when the motherboard is in a standby state;
wherein the switching power source is configured to output a power supply voltage through the control circuit when the switch circuit is turned off;
wherein the comparator outputs a first control signal to the photocoupler when the switch circuit is turned on;
wherein the photocoupler is configured to output a first driving signal to the switching power source after receiving the first control signal;
wherein the switching power source is configured to reduce the power supply voltage after receiving the first driving signal;
wherein the control circuit further comprises a regulator, the regulator is electrically connected to the comparator, and the regulator is configured to provide a reference voltage to the comparator when the switch circuit is turned off; and
wherein the power supply voltage is divided into a first voltage, the first voltage is provided to a negative input terminal of the comparator, and the reference voltage is provided to a positive input terminal of the comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,338,670

INPUT VOLTAGE REDUCTION FOR PROCESSING DEVICES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method of determining operating voltages for a processing device, the method comprising:in a computing assembly comprising the processing device, executing a voltage adjustment process to determine at least one supply voltage for the processing device lower than a manufacturer specified operating voltage;
for each incremental application of supply voltages in the voltage adjustment process:
applying an incrementally adjusted voltage level to a selected voltage domain of the processing device while maintaining voltage levels for other voltage domains of the processing device;
booting the computing assembly into an operating system using at least the processing device;
operating the processing device according to a functional test comprising an application or script executed in at least the operating system on the processing device, wherein the functional test exercises power consumption above a threshold level for the processing device for at least the selected voltage domain along with associated system elements of the computing assembly external to the processing device that share at least the selected voltage domain; and
monitoring for operational failures of at least the processing device during application of the incrementally adjusted voltage level; andresponsive to the operational failures during the functional test, determining a value of a corresponding incrementally adjusted voltage level, and establishing the at least one supply voltage for a corresponding selected voltage domain based at least in part on the value of the corresponding incrementally adjusted voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,338,669

CURRENT SENSE ACCURACY IMPROVEMENT FOR MOSFET RDS (ON) SENSE BASED VOLTAGE REGULATOR BY ADAPTIVE TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION

Dell Products, L.P., Rou...

1. An Information Handling System (IHS) having temperature-compensated power control, the IHS comprising:a computing component;
a voltage regulation (VR) module comprising:
an integrated circuit die;
a power stage component contained in the integrated circuit die and comprising a high side driver and a low side driver both electrically connected to power the computing component with voltage-regulated power;
a current sensor contained in the integrated circuit die to measure a monitored current (Imon) value of the voltage-regulated power; and
a temperature sensor contained in the integrated circuit die and which measures a temperature value at one location of the integrated circuit die, wherein the temperature value sensed at the location has a nonlinear temperature coefficient relationship with a second temperature of the high side driver; and
a VR controller in communication with the current sensor and the temperature sensor and which executes instructions that configure the VR controller to:
receive the Imon value from the current sensor;
receive the temperature value from the temperature sensor;
determine a temperature-compensated Imon value based at least in part on the Imon value, the temperature value, and an empirically-derived temperature coefficient defined at the Imon value and the temperature value, the empirically-derived temperature coefficient being determined by a testing phase wherein a testing system:
identifies an identifier (ID) for a power stage (Pstage) of the integrated circuit;
performs an iterative process for thermal coefficient tuning, which records temperature and an Iout matrix;
empirically captures sample values as an integrated circuit die temperature of the VR module continues to rise across an operating temperature range of the VR module;
samples output current (Iout) and forms an output current matrix as an array, based on sampled output voltage and defined temperature points; and
in response to completion of the iterative process, generates, by the testing system, a nonlinear thermal coefficient, current offset curve by performing one of: (i) calculating piecewise linear values to extrapolate between sampled values stored within an empirical database; or (ii) performing high-order polynomial curve fitting to extrapolate between the sampled values within the empirical database, wherein the empirical database is processed to create a look-up table that stores temperature coupling coefficients that provides fine-tuned temperature compensation for Imon across a VR operation range; and
control the voltage-regulated power at least in part based on the temperature-compensated Imon value determined at least in part by the empirically-derived temperature coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,338,668

WEARABLE COMPUTER WITH POWER GENERATION

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. L...

1. A wearable computer comprising:a body temperature power generation device configured to generate electric power by using a body temperature of a wearer;
a vibration power generation device configured to generate electric power by using motion of the wearer;
wherein the body temperature power generation device and the vibration power generation device are always in an operating state;
a secondary battery that stores electric power from the body temperature power generation device and from the vibration power generation device;
a motion sensor that detects motion of the wearable computer;
a temperature sensor that detects a body temperature of the wearer;
a timer section that stores a falling-asleep time and a waking-up time;
a determination unit that determines whether the wearer is sleeping or not sleeping based on:
a change of rate of the body temperature in a predetermined period;
a time received from the timer section is within or outside a period from the falling-asleep time to the waking-up time; and
wherein, when the body temperature rate of change equals or exceeds a threshold, and the body temperature has a tendency of decrease in the predetermined period, the determination unit determines that the wearer is sleeping;
an operation mode selecting unit that selects an operation mode from a high power consumption mode and a low power consumption mode,
wherein the operation mode selecting unit selects the low power consumption mode when the determination unit determines that the wearer is sleeping,
wherein the body temperature power generation device generates electric power in at least the period in which the determination unit determines that the wearer is sleeping, and
wherein the vibration power generation device generates electric power in at least a period in which the determination unit determines that the wearer is not sleeping.

US Pat. No. 10,338,667

APPARATUS FOR DRIVING A TOUCH PAD AND A PORTABLE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display component;
a second processor electrically coupled with a touch input detection component to detect a touch input; and
a first processor electrically coupled with the second processor,
wherein the first processor is configured to:
switch a state of the first processor from an inactive state to an active state based on receiving an interrupt signal while the first processor and the second processor are in the inactive state, and
while the first processor is in the active state and the second processor is in the inactive state, provide an activating signal for activating the second processor to the second processor,
wherein the second processor is configured to:
switch a state of the second processor from the inactive state to the active state based on receiving the activating signal from the first processor while the second processor is in the inactive state,
receive a touch input signal based on the touch input via the touch input detection component while the second processor is in the active state, and
provide a control signal, based on the received touch input signal, to the first processor in the active state, and
wherein the first processor is further configured to control an operation of the electronic device based on the control signal received from the second processor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,666

POWER MODE CONFIGURATION FOR TOUCH SENSORS

Atmel Corporation, Chand...

1. A system, comprising:a touch sensor comprising a plurality of electrodes;
a plurality of measurement circuits respectively coupled to the plurality of electrodes of the touch sensor; and
a monitoring circuit coupled to each measurement circuit of the plurality of measurement circuits, wherein the monitoring circuit is configured to perform operations in a first power mode comprising:
receiving a signal from each measurement circuit of the plurality of measurement circuits; and
generating an output signal that is proportional to a sum of the signals received from the plurality of measurement circuits, a value of the generated output signal indicating whether activity has occurred on the touch sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,338,665

MICROCONTROLLER POWER REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A microcontroller, comprising:a processor configured to:
operate synchronously in a synchronous operating mode and asynchronously in an asynchronous operating mode; and
generate a processor idle status signal indicative of the processor operating in a reduced power mode, and generate a programming signal; and
a system controller configured to:
generate an asynchronous mode signal based on the programming signal and the processor idle status signal, the asynchronous mode signal including:
a target mode signal corresponding to an upcoming operation mode of the processor, the target mode generated based on the programming signal; and
a current mode signal to instruct the processor to begin operating in the upcoming operation mode, the current mode signal being generated based on the target mode signal and the processor idle status signal; and
provide the asynchronous mode signal to the processor to control the processor to selectively operate in the synchronous operating mode and in the asynchronous operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,338,664

CONTROL MODULE FOR DATA RETENTION AND METHOD OF OPERATING CONTROL MODULE

M2 COMMUNICATION INC., Z...

1. A control module used with a peripheral unit having a configuration information through a system bus, comprising:a storage unit configured to store a program;
a state machine unit configured to operate under the program; and
an event detector configured to receive a hardware interrupt signal from the peripheral unit via an additional wire, wherein the event detector triggers the state machine to perform one of storing and retrieving the configuration information respectively to and from the storage unit via the system bus, wherein:
the peripheral unit includes a flip-flop register to contain the configuration information when it is powered on, and the control module further includes:
a master interface configured to access the flip-flop register on the system bus by issuing one of a store and a restoration command;
a slave interface configured to be controlled by a master device on the system bus; and
a control register configured by the master device via the slave interface to store a task arrangement, a trigger event mask setting and a status of the control module; and
the event detector is configured to trigger the state machine by at least one of events being one selected from a group consisting of a general purpose input output, a timer expiration and an interrupt.

US Pat. No. 10,338,663

ENERGY SAVING METHOD AND APPARATUS OF MOBILE TERMINAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An energy saving method of a mobile terminal, comprising:monitoring whether the mobile terminal loads a webpage data stream;
determining webpage complexity of the webpage data stream, when the webpage data stream is loaded;
determining one or more set parameter values, from among a plurality of parameter values of a set of regulation parameters, based on a correspondence relationship among the regulation parameters used for adjusting a frequency of a processor, the regulation parameters including a webpage complexity-related parameter;
setting one or more set regulation parameters based on the one or more set parameter values;
adjusting the frequency of the processor based on the one or more set regulation parameters; and
loading the webpage data stream at the adjusted frequency such that the mobile terminal completes loading of the webpage data stream in a set time range with reduced energy consumption,
wherein the determining webpage complexity comprises determining the webpage complexity based on at least one of a size of the webpage data stream, a number of types of labels included in the webpage data stream, a total number of the labels, the types of the labels included in the webpage data stream, a number of each of the types, or a size of each of the types.

US Pat. No. 10,338,662

LOW POWER DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a display;
a first sensor configured to detect an approach of an object to the electronic device;
a second sensor configured to detect a posture of the electronic device; and
a first processor configured to:
based on detecting the approach of the object to the electronic device, determine whether a change in the posture of the electronic device is detected for a preset period of time, and
based on determining that the change in the posture of the electronic device is not detected for the preset period of time, provide first information corresponding to the detected approach to a second processor; and
the second processor configured to:
based on the first information corresponding to the detected approach, control the display to display second information.

US Pat. No. 10,338,661

PLANNING AND MANAGING THE POWER UTILIZATION OF A BATTERY-POWERED DEVICE

International Business Ma...

1. A method for managing a battery-powered device, the method comprising:identifying, by one or more computer processors, a first plan of activities to be performed by a battery-powered device, wherein an activity includes utilization of a software application on the battery-powered device, wherein the first plan of activities includes a list of a plurality of software applications installed on the battery-powered device and a corresponding sequence to utilize the plurality of software applications, and wherein the first plan of activities includes an estimated first power consumption to complete the first plan of activities;
determining, by one or more computer processors, a level of power of a first battery of the battery-powered device;
generating, by one or more computer processors, a first set of implementation details that manage power consumption within the battery-powered device while performing the first plan of activities, based on the estimated first power consumption and the determined power level of the first battery of the battery-powered device, wherein the first set of implementation details includes one or more implementation details respectively associated with each activity, and wherein the one or more implementation details respectively associated with each activity manages the consumption of power associated by the battery-powered device while utilizing one or more functional services of the battery powered device, one or more components of the battery powered device, and a software application respectively utilized during each activity; and
in response to initiating the first plan of activities, applying, by one or more computer processors, the first set of implementation details to the battery-powered device based on a status associated with each activity of the first plan of activities, wherein the status associated with an activity indicates whether the activity is started and a percent of completion of the activity, and wherein applying the first set of implementation details to the battery-powered device further comprises:
determining, by one or more computer processors, a corresponding power level of the first battery prior initiating each activity; and
applying, by one or more computer processors, to the battery-powered device, at least one implementation detail that manages the respective consumption of power associated with each activity based on the power level corresponding to the first battery prior to initiating each activity and a percentage of completion for each activity of the first plan of activities.

US Pat. No. 10,338,660

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMIC SLEEP MODE BASED ON PREDICTED COMMUNICATION ACTIVITY

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for communicating system activity in a communication system, comprising:receiving communication beam activity information, the communication beam activity information related to communication information destined for a user device on a communication beam, the communication beam activity information comprising information relating to a number of communication subframes over which data inactivity is predicted for the user device on the communication beam; and
using the communication beam activity information to determine a period within which the user device may enter an inactive state.

US Pat. No. 10,338,659

POWER CONTROL FOR USE OF VOLATILE MEMORY AS NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device comprising:a volatile memory logically partitioned into a plurality of portions;
a non-volatile storage device, wherein content of a portion of the plurality of portions is transferable to the non-volatile storage device by a memory transfer operation;
wherein the computing device is configured to:
in response to receiving data indicative of a transition from utility to battery power, suspend power to a first core of a processor, wherein power to a first uncore of the processor is maintained at least until the memory transfer operation is completed; and
prevent the processor from receiving interrupt signals while allowing the processor to receive a signal indicative that the memory transfer operation is complete.

US Pat. No. 10,338,658

POWER SUPPLY UNIT HAVING AN EXTENDED HOLD-UP TIME

Dell Products, L.P., Rou...

1. A power supply comprising:a rectifier circuit that receives alternating current (AC) input power;
a power factor correction circuit coupled to an output of the rectifier circuit, the power factor correction circuit including a bulk capacitor;
an extended hold-up capacitor coupled in parallel to the bulk capacitor, via a first electronic switch, the first electronic switch having a first terminal coupled to the bulk capacitor and a second terminal coupled to the extended hold-up capacitor, wherein the extended hold-up capacitor applied to function as a boost converter to release energy to the bulk capacitor in the event where input power is reduced or interrupted, and further functions to reduce re-rush current when AC input power is restored;
a control circuit coupled to a third terminal of the first electronic switch, the control circuit operable to control the operation of the first electronic switch;
an extended hold-up circuit comprising the extended hold-up capacitor and coupled to an output terminal of the power factor correction circuit; and
a digital signal controller coupled to the extended hold-up circuit, the digital signal controller operable to control the operation of the extended hold-up circuit;
wherein the control circuit is operable to open the first electronic switch, and when the AC input power is interrupted, the control circuit causes the first electronic switch to be opened and the extended hold-up circuit functions as a boost converter in constant voltage mode to release energy from the extended holdup capacitor to the bulk capacitor, and when the AC input power is restored, the first electronic switch is closed and the extended hold-up circuit functions as a buck converter to charge the extended hold-up capacitor in a constant current mode, wherein a re-rush current is reduced due to the operation of the extended holdup circuit as the buck converter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,657

USE OF VOLATILE MEMORY AS NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing device comprising:one or more processors that cause the computing device to at least:
receive information indicative of an amount of energy in a battery, the energy available for use by the computing device;
determine, based at least in part on an amount of energy needed to perform a memory transfer operation, a number of pages whose content is transferable to a non-volatile storage device using the amount of energy available for use by the computing device; and
configure pages of volatile memory of the computing device as non-volatile memory, wherein a number of the configured pages is based on the determined number of pages whose content is transferable.

US Pat. No. 10,338,656

USB TYPE-C SIGNAL INTERFACE CIRCUIT

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A device comprising a USB-C controller instantiated as a first integrated circuit, the USB-C controller comprising:a first set of terminals to be coupled to host controllers;
a second set of terminals to be coupled to sets of D+/D? terminals of a type-C receptacle;
a D+/D? multiplexer to selectively couple the first set of terminals to the second set of terminals;
an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuit coupled between the D+/D? multiplexer and the second set of terminals; and
a charger detector circuit coupled between a positive data system terminal and a negative data system terminal of the first set of terminals, the charger detector circuit to detect whether the second set of terminals is coupled to a USB charger through the type-C receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,655

ADVANCED FALL THROUGH MECHANISM FOR LOW POWER SEQUENCERS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for DC power management, the method comprising:executing a first command, wherein the first command is associated with a unique group tag;
comparing the unique group tag to a master group tag;
determining if an interrupt is detected, wherein if the interrupt is detected, all commands associated with the unique group tag are executed prior to executing a second command;
locking the master group tag to yield a locked master group tag;
executing the second command, wherein the second command is associated with the locked master group tag;
determining that an end of commands in the locked master group tag is reached and
executing a sequence jump through command to put a processor back to a regular power state.

US Pat. No. 10,338,653

POWER DELIVERY TO RACK-MOUNTED FIELD REPLACEABLE UNITS USING AC AND/OR DC INPUT POWER SOURCES

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

1. A system for delivering direct current (DC) power to field replaceable units (FRUs) of a computing rack, comprising:a rectifier comprising:
a plurality of input nodes for receiving a respective plurality of mains power supplies; and
at least one output node for outputting a DC power supply; and
an electrical bypass mechanism comprising:
an input node electrically interconnected to the output node of the rectifier;
a first output node;
a second output node;
a first conductive path electrically connecting the input node and the first output node; and
a second conductive path electrically interconnectable between a) the first input node of the electrical bypass mechanism or the first conductive path, and b) the second output node, wherein the first and second output nodes are configured to output respective DC voltages irrespective of whether the system receives one or more mains power sources and/or one or more DC input power sources, wherein the second conductive path comprises a removable jumper.

US Pat. No. 10,338,652

HIGH VOLTAGE PROTECTION SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING DUTY CYCLE BY USING PULSE WIDTH MODULATION SIGNAL

Prolific Technology Inc.,...

1. A high voltage protection system, comprising:a high voltage processing circuit configured to receive and processes a high voltage, comprising:
a first resistor comprising:
a first terminal configured to receive the high voltage; and
a second terminal;
a second resistor comprising:
a first terminal coupled to the second terminal of the first resistor; and
a second terminal coupled to a ground terminal;
a third resistor comprising:
a first terminal coupled to the first terminal of the second resistor; and
a second terminal;
a fourth resistor comprising:
a first terminal configured to receive a voltage corresponding to a first direct current; and
a second terminal coupled to the second terminal of the third resistor;
a fifth resistor comprising:
a first terminal; and
a second terminal coupled to a ground terminal;
an adder comprising:
a first terminal coupled to the second terminal of the fourth resistor;
a second terminal coupled to the first terminal of the fifth resistor; and
an output terminal configured to output a cumulative voltage to a pulse width modulation signal outputting circuit; and
a sixth resistor comprising:
a first terminal coupled to the second terminal of the adder; and
a second terminal coupled to the output terminal of the adder;
the pulse width modulation signal outputting circuit coupled to the high voltage processing circuit and configured to generate a pulse width modulation signal;
a driving circuit coupled to the pulse width modulation signal outputting circuit and configured to receive the pulse width modulation signal and generate a driving voltage accordingly; and
a coil module coupled to the driving circuit and operated according to the driving voltage;
wherein the pulse width modulation signal outputting circuit generates the pulse width modulation signal to protect the coil module according to an intensity of the high voltage through the high voltage processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,651

COMPUTING DEVICE LOCATION

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

1. A client device comprising:a timing engine to:
obtain reset information associated with a plurality of computing devices located at a plurality of locations, wherein each computing device comprises a timer, and
obtain timer values of the timers of the plurality of computing devices; and a location engine to:
determine, based at least on the reset information and the timer values, the location of at least one of the plurality of computing devices,
wherein the reset information comprises a reset sequence according to which the timers of the plurality of computing devices are reset, and
wherein each of the timers is to reset when at least one of i) auxiliary power is provided to the computing device comprising the timer; and ii) a control coupled to the computing device comprising the timer is manually activated.

US Pat. No. 10,338,650

CHASSIS OUTER SURFACE SUPPLEMENTAL PASSIVE COOLING SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A chassis outer surface passive supplemental cooling system, comprising:a first chassis that defines a first chassis housing and that includes a first chassis wall having a first chassis outer surface that is located opposite the first chassis wall from the first chassis housing;
a heat producing component that is located in the first chassis housing and that is configured to generate heat;
a heat transfer device that is located in the first chassis housing and that engages the heat producing component and the first chassis wall, wherein the engagement of the heat producing component, the heat transfer device, and the first chassis wall provides for the transfer of heat from the heat producing component, through the heat transfer device, and through the first chassis wall to the first chassis outer surface in order to enable supplemental passive cooling of the heat producing component via the first chassis outer surface;
a heat dissipation aperture that is defined by the first chassis and that extends through the first chassis to the first chassis housing;
a heat dissipation device that is located in the first chassis housing adjacent the heat dissipation aperture and that engages the heat transfer device, wherein the engagement of the heat dissipation device and the heat transfer device provides for the transfer of heat from the heat transfer device to the heat dissipation device;
a forced convection device that is located in the first chassis housing adjacent the heat dissipation structure, wherein the forced convection device is configured to generate an airflow past the heat dissipation structure and out of the first chassis through the heat dissipation aperture to enable primary active cooling of the heat producing component; and
a second chassis that defines a second chassis housing and that includes a second chassis wall having a second chassis outer surface that is located opposite the second chassis wall from the second chassis housing, wherein the first chassis is located in the second chassis housing such that the first chassis outer surface engages the second chassis wall, and wherein the engagement of the first chassis outer surface and the second chassis wall provides for the transfer of heat from the first chassis outer surface and through the second chassis wall to the second chassis outer surface in order to enable supplemental passive cooling of the heat producing component via the second chassis outer surface.

US Pat. No. 10,338,649

FAN CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

ENERMAX TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A fan control apparatus comprising:a power port configured to receive a main power source and an auxiliary power source;
a control unit connected between the power port and a processor mounted on a main board;
a drive unit connected to the control unit; and
a trigger switch connected to the control unit;
wherein the control unit is configured to receive a pulse-width modulation signal with a duty cycle outputted from the processor, and the control unit is configured to determine whether the duty cycle is greater than at least one threshold value set by the control unit, wherein the duty cycle is varied according to a number of triggering of the trigger switch; when the duty cycle is greater than the at least one threshold value, the control unit is configured to control a plurality of fans through the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,648

KEY-VALUE DRIVE ULTRATHIN SATA CONNECTOR

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A SATA connector comprising: a connector body having a first receptacle formed therein to accommodate at least a portion of a mating SATA connector and a second receptacle; a plurality of elongated conductors positioned partially within the second receptacle, each having a first end extending partially out of the second receptacle and into the first receptacle for connection with a corresponding contact of the mating SATA connector, a second end that extends out of the connector body for connection with an external conductor, and a body portion connecting the first end and the second end, wherein the body portion has a U-shaped bend of at least about 180 degrees at a distal end of the elongated conductor in an insertion direction of the mating SATA connector and said U-shaped bend is located completely within the second receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,647

HOUSING ASSEMBLY FOR A COMPUTER SYSTEM AND COMPUTER SYSTEM

Fujitsu Client Computing ...

1. A housing assembly for a computer system comprising: at least one first shielding casing with a first plurality of ventilation openings in an area of a first housing wall of the first shielding casing; and at least one second shielding casing with a second plurality of ventilation openings in an area of a second housing wall of the second shielding casing, wherein a first contact area of the first housing wall of the first shielding casing borders directly on a corresponding second contact area of the second housing wall of the second shielding casing, and at least one of the first housing wall of the first shielding casing and the second housing wall of the second shielding casing comprises a recess, which is enclosed by the first and second contact areas, and in which the first and second plurality of ventilation openings of the respective shielding casing is formed, so that the first plurality of ventilation openings of the first shielding casing is spaced apart from the second plurality of ventilation openings of the second shielding casing.

US Pat. No. 10,338,646

RADIO FREQUENCY AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT AND MOBILE TERMINAL HAVING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:a main transmitter to amplify and transmit a first signal of a first frequency band through a first path and a second path;
an auxiliary transmitter to amplify and transmit a second signal of a second frequency band through a third path; and
a controller to control a distortion signal by combining the amplified first signal and the amplified second signal with each other when the distortion signal is to occur in frequency bands adjacent to the first frequency band, and
wherein the main transmitter operates in the first frequency band that is a narrow band,
wherein the auxiliary transmitter operates in the second frequency band that is a wide band, and
wherein the second frequency band is set to include the first frequency band.

US Pat. No. 10,338,644

DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device comprising:a lower substrate;
an upper substrate above the lower substrate,
wherein the lower substrate has an accommodation space at a bottom surface thereof in a non-display area, the accommodation space configured to receive at least a portion of a camera therein, and
wherein the upper substrate has a transparent area corresponding to the accommodation space of the lower substrate; and
a low reflective film attached to a bottom surface of the upper substrate in the accommodation space to minimize glittering effects caused by light reflections caused by the camera,
wherein the low reflective film is of a tape-type,
wherein the low reflective film includes a transparent adhesive layer attached to the bottom surface of the upper substrate, a low reflective layer disposed under the transparent adhesive layer, and a protective layer under the low reflective layer to protect the low reflective layer from the camera, and
wherein the protective layer allows the camera to contact therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,338,643

MAGNETIC ELECTRONIC DEVICE

HOLYGO CORPORATION, Taip...

1. A magnetic electronic device, comprising:a first body comprising a first case and a magnetic member disposed inside the first case; and
a second body comprising a second case and comprising a magnetic sensor, a magnetism guiding member and a switch control component all disposed inside the second case, the second case movably connected to the first body, the magnetic sensor disposed on the magnetism guiding member, the switch control component electrically connected to the magnetic sensor, the magnetism guiding member configured to guide a magnetic flux caused by the magnetic member, and the magnetic sensor configured to detect the magnetic flux caused by the magnetic member,
wherein the first body is pivotally connected to the second body so that the first body is movable relatively to the second body between a first position and a second position, when the first body is at the second position, the magnetic sensor is disposed on a surface of the magnetism guiding member and between the magnetism guiding member and the magnetic member, when the magnetic flux of the magnetic member detected by the magnetic sensor is larger than a first value, the switch control component controls the switching-on-or-off of an electronic component, and
wherein the magnetism guiding member comprises a permeance body and an extended member, and the extended member extends from a side of the permeance body, an edge of the extended member on a side far from the permeance body comprises a first edge segment, a second edge segment and a third edge segment, two ends of the second edge segment are respectively connected with the first edge segment and the third edge segment, the first edge segment and the third edge segment are connected with the permeance body, the first edge segment, the second edge segment and the third edge segment extend along the same plane, and an extension direction of the first edge segment and an extension direction of the third edge segment have an angle therebetween, and a range of the angle is between 40 degrees and 130 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,338,642

HALL SWITCH WITH ADAPTIVE THRESHOLD

Honeywell International I...

1. A position sensor, comprising:a Hall-effect sensor;
an adaptation electronic stage coupled to the Hall-effect sensor that outputs a comparison threshold signal based on peak detecting an output of the Hall-effect sensor using a long term adjustment and resetting the long term adjustment to a current output of the Hall-effect sensor in response to a short term adjustment, wherein the adaptation electronic stage comprises:
a rapid adaptation stage comprising:
a first comparator;
a counter operatively coupled to the first comparator; and,
a reset signal generation stage operatively coupled to the counter; and,
a peak and hold stage comprising:
a peak-and-hold and decrement register operatively coupled to the reset signal generation stage; and,
a switch electronic stage coupled to the Hall-effect sensor and to the adaptation electronic stage that switches to output a logic active value in response to the output of the Hall-effect sensor exceeding the comparison threshold output,
wherein an input of the first comparator is operatively coupled to the output of the Hall-effect sensor and an output of the peak and hold stage, such that the first comparator is configured to output a switch output signal indicative of a comparison between the output of the Hall-effect sensor and a fraction of the output of the peak and hold/decrement register,
wherein the counter is configured to increment on each transition of the switch output signal,
wherein the reset signal generation stage is configured to generate the short term adjustment to reset the peak and hold/decrement register in response to the counter exceeding a predefined value.

US Pat. No. 10,338,641

SMART BRACELET

SHENZHEN ROYOLE TECHNOLOG...

1. A smart bracelet, comprising:a pedestal;
a rotating assembly rotatably coupled to the pedestal; and
a flexible display screen supported by the pedestal and the rotating assembly, when the rotating assembly is folded relative to the pedestal, the flexible display screen is bent and has a first display area, when the rotating assembly is unfolded relative to the pedestal, the flexible display screen is unfolded and has a second display area, and the second display area is larger than the first display area.

US Pat. No. 10,338,640

HEAD MOUNTED DISPLAY

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A head mounted display comprising:a storage;
an interface unit configured to be connected with a cartridge being different from the storage;
a determinator configured to determine whether the head mounted display is inside a specific area or not when the cartridge is connected to the interface unit; and
at least one controller configured to execute, when the determinator determines that the head mounted display is inside the specific area, the an application based on first data that is acquired from the cartridge, and to execute, when the determinator determines that the head mounted display is not inside the specific area, another application for displaying second data that is acquired from the cartridge, wherein
the at least one controller is further configured to acquire the second data according to the execution of the application based on the first data, and write the acquired second data in the cartridge through the interface unit, and
the head mounted display is contained within a pair of eyeglasses comprising two temples and a front, each temple having one end portion connected to the front via a hinge, and
the cartridge is configured to be installed in an opening provided in one surface of contact of one of the end portions connected with the front.

US Pat. No. 10,338,639

MOBILE DEVICE PROCESSOR UNIT

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:at least one mobile device processor unit for a mobile device comprising a wireless transceiver configured to communicate via a wireless network connection to a network, the mobile device processor unit comprising a communicatively coupled set of mobile device components that are configured to execute at least one mobile device program of instructions that are configured to receive data over the wireless network connection, the communicatively coupled set of mobile device components corresponding to a limited selection of components of an individual complete mobile device, the individual complete mobile device comprising the wireless transceiver; and
a mobile device unit support chassis comprising a slot space and configured to receive the at least one mobile device processor unit into the slot space to communicatively couple the at least one mobile device processor unit with a remotely-located computer system supporting a remotely-located user via a reverse tethering connection to a communication network;
wherein the mobile device processor unit is configured to, based at least in part upon a user interaction with the mobile device processor unit, initiated by the remotely-located user, over the reverse tethering connection to the communication network:
execute the at least one mobile device program of instructions to receive the data over the reverse tethering connection instead of the wireless network connection, and
generate a display signal, based at least in part upon the execution of the at least one mobile device program of instructions, to present a mobile device user interface on a display of the remotely-located computer system supporting the remotely-located user, wherein the mobile device user interface corresponds to a mobile device user interface presented on a display of the complete mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,638

WEARABLE SMART DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A wearable smart device, comprising:a flexible display unit;
a first frame configured to support the flexible display unit, the first frame being configured to be recoverably deformed to have first curvature to be worn on a body of a user; and
a second frame configured to be recoverably deformed to have a second curvature greater than the first curvature, the second frame being configured to be movably coupled with the first frame to relatively move with respect to the first frame while being deformed,
wherein the second frame is configured to control an amount of deformation of the wearable smart device, and
wherein the second frame is configured to form a space to accommodate components for driving the wearable smart device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,636

COMPUTING DEVICE WITH KEYBOARD MODE

Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. L...

1. A device comprising:a processor;
memory operatively coupled to the processor;
a display housing that comprises a display operatively coupled to the processor;
a keyboard housing that comprises a keyboard;
a hinge assembly that operatively couples the display housing and the keyboard housing for transitions between a closed orientation, an open orientation and a folded orientation;
an orientation sensor, wherein the orientation sensor comprises a spatial orientation sensor that determines orientation of the device with respect to gravity; and
wireless communication circuitry that, in a wireless keyboard mode of the folded orientation, operatively couples to the keyboard.

US Pat. No. 10,338,635

PANEL VIBRATION TYPE SOUND GENERATING ACTUATOR AND DOUBLE-FACED DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

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

1. A double-faced display device comprising:a first display panel and a second display panel providing a front surface and a rear surface of the display device, respectively;
a sound generating actuator connected to the first display panel and the second display panel to simultaneously vibrate the first display panel and the second display panel to generate sound waves; and
a support part configured to support the sound generating actuator, the first display panel, and the second display panel,
wherein the first display panel is configured to be vibrated by the sound generating actuator to generate sound waves with different frequency characteristics from sound waves being generated by the second display panel,
wherein the sound generating actuator comprises:
a bobbin having at least one opening part;
a plate having at least one through-hole;
a magnet disposed on the plate;
a center pole located at a center of the lower plate; and
a coil wound around an outside of a portion of the bobbin, and
wherein the bobbin further comprises at least one connection part connecting an upper part and a lower part of the bobbin and being located between the at least one opening part, the connection part being inserted through the through-hole of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,338,634

SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE HAVING A SUPPORT MEMBER FOR A MEMORY CONTROLLER

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A semiconductor storage device comprising:a substrate having first, second, third, and fourth lateral sides and a connector interface on the first lateral side;
a nonvolatile semiconductor memory disposed on a surface of the substrate between the first lateral side and the second lateral side, which is opposite to the first lateral side;
a memory controller disposed on a surface of the substrate between the first lateral side and the second lateral side; and
a support for the memory controller disposed on a surface of the substrate to support at least one side of the memory controller, wherein
the memory controller and the support are disposed on a same surface of the substrate,
the support includes a portion between the memory controller and the third lateral side that extends along an entire side surface of the memory controller,
the support further includes a portion between the memory controller and the first lateral side that extends only partially along a side surface of the memory controller, and the support includes a first portion attached to the substrate and a second portion that is formed on the first portion and has a thermal conductivity lower than that of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,633

SLEW-DRIVEN CLOCK TREE SYNTHESIS

Drexel University, Phila...

1. A system for performing slew-driven clock tree synthesis for selecting a merging point location for a set of existing nodes comprising the steps:pair selection and cost metric definition considering physical distance between nodes for efficient sink clustering;
slew and skew-aware merging point computation for routing; and
slew and insertion slew-aware net splitting;
wherein pair selection, slew and skew-aware merging point computation, and slew and insertion slew-aware net splitting merge pairs of nodes into a new node and the steps are repeated for pairs from the set of nodes and a set of new nodes until the number of nodes from the set of nodes and new nodes equals one node, wherein the one is the merging point location, wherein the repeating of the steps is an iteration.

US Pat. No. 10,338,632

ADAPTIVE VOLTAGE CONVERTER

Ambiq Micro, Inc., Austi...

1. In an ultra-low power sub-threshold integrated circuit comprising a transistor having a threshold voltage Vth, a voltage conversion method adapted to deliver to a load a regulated voltage having a selected one of a first current capability and a second current capability less than the first current capability, said method comprising the steps of:[1.1] selectively developing a first voltage having the first current capability;
[1.2] selectively developing a second voltage having the second current capability; and
[1.3] selecting as the regulated voltage one of the first and second voltages as a function of a current consumption of the load;dynamically adjusting at least one of the first and second voltages as a function complementary to absolute temperature; andselecting at least one of the first and second voltages to be a selected one of a sub-threshold voltage less than said threshold voltage of said transistor (Vdd

US Pat. No. 10,338,631

SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATED WATER SAMPLE JAR TESTING

Clearcorp, Longmont, CO ...

1. A portable system for testing a water and coagulant sample, the system comprising:a user-removable chamber for holding the water and coagulant sample wherein:
the chamber comprises:
a substantially square shaped horizontal cross section;
at least one see-through side wall; and
an aperture located in a top portion of the chamber;
the chamber is configured for:
receiving the water and coagulant sample through the aperture; and
manually disposing the water and coagulant sample through the aperture; and
an instrument configured for insertion partially into the water and coagulant sample in the chamber, wherein:
the instrument is portable;
the instrument is configured for:
manual vertical insertion of a first instrument part through the aperture;
manual vertical insertion of the first instrument part into the water and coagulant sample in the chamber;
manual vertical movement of a second instrument part parallel to the outside of the see-through wall when the first instrument part is manually inserted into the water and coagulant sample in the chamber; and
viewing suspended particles in a region of the water and coagulant sample in the chamber wherein the region is in the bottom half of the user-removable see-thru walled chamber;
the instrument comprises a first light source configured for:
vertical manual submersion into the region in the chamber; and
illumination of the particles in the region from a first side;
the instrument comprises a second light source configured for:
vertical manual submersion into the region in the chamber at the same elevation as the first light source; and
illumination of the particles in the region from a second side that is opposite to the first side;
the instrument comprises a contrast plate wherein:
the contrast plate is configured for manual vertical submersion into the region in the chamber;
the contrast plate is located on a third side of the region at the same elevation as the first light source and the second light source wherein the third side is perpendicular to the first and second sides; and
the contrast plate comprises a dark opaque material;
the instrument comprises a digital optical camera wherein:
the digital optical camera is located on a second instrument part that is configured to stay outside of the removable chamber when the first instrument part is inserted into the aperture;
the digital optical camera is configured for being located outside of the chamber and facing the chamber with a horizontal view of the region from a fourth side of the region wherein:
the fourth side is opposite of the third side;
the view is at the same elevation as the first light source, the second light source and the contrast plate; and
the view is through the see-through wall;
the digital camera is located on the opposite side of the see-through wall from the first light source, the second light source, and the contrast plate; and
the digital camera is configured for recording a plurality of digital images of the illuminated suspended particles;
the instrument comprises a mixing unit that comprises a mixing paddle and a mixer motor wherein:
the mixing paddle is configured for submersion into the water and coagulant sample in the chamber at the same elevation as the first light source, the second light source, and the contrast plate;
the mixing paddle comprises at least one blade that is configured to be located at approximately the same vertical location as the region;
the mixing paddle is connected and responsive to the shaft of the mixer motor; and
the mixer motor comprises a stepper motor;
the contrast plate is located between the mixing paddle and the region;
the instrument comprises a user-programmable controller wherein:
the first light source, the second light source, the digital camera, and the mixing motor are responsive to the user-programmable controller;
the controller is configured for receiving image data from the digital camera during:
a flocculation phase when the mixer motor is on; and
a settling phase when the mixer motor is off, wherein the settling phase occurs after the flocculation phase;
the controller comprises a real time clock;
the instrument comprises a user-programmable input device wherein:
the controller is responsive to the input device;
the mixing speed during the flocculation phase is stored by the controller and responsive to the input device; and
the duration of flocculation phase is stored by the controller and responsive to the input device and the real time clock;
the instrument comprises a display wherein:
the display is responsive to the controller; and
the display is configured for presenting a graph of a floc characteristic as a function of time during the flocculation phase and the settling phase, wherein the floc characteristic is selected from the group of:
floc particle count wherein the floc particle count comprises a count of the quantity of suspended floc particles divided by a volume of the region;
computed average floc particle volume;
floc volume concentration wherein the floc volume concentration comprises the ratio of a volume of the suspended particles in the region divided by the total volume of the region; and
equivalent average spherical floc particle diameter; and
wherein the floc characteristic has been computed by computer code in the controller in response to the image data and time data from the real time clock.

US Pat. No. 10,338,630

OPTICAL COMPUTING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A photonic computing system comprising:a continuous optical interference region, said continuous optical interference region being confined within edges and having an inner area within said edges, said edges being reflective of an optical input signal;
an input waveguide configured to couple the optical input signal to the continuous optical interference region and to create an optical interference pattern in the continuous optical interference region, the interference pattern having an optical power distribution; and
readout circuitry arranged in the inner area of the continuous optical interference region and configured to detect an optical readout signal of the optical power distribution at an arbitrarily located readout position of the inner area of the continuous optical interference region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,629

OPTIMIZING NEUROSYNAPTIC NETWORKS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method comprising:reading a neural network description describing a neural network, wherein the neural network comprises at least one neuron and the neural network description comprises a parameter indicating whether a timing of the at least one neuron should be preserved during optimization;
identifying one or more functional unit of the neural network;
optimizing the one or more functional unit of the neural network;
writing an optimized neural network description based on the optimized functional unit.

US Pat. No. 10,338,628

MULTI-MODE GIMBAL TRANSMITTER

Horizon Hobby, LLC, Cham...

1. A multi-mode transmitter comprising:a shell;
a left control stick and a right control stick, wherein each control stick is coupled to the shell and each control stick includes a mode adjuster;
a mode-selector switch coupled to each mode adjuster;
wherein the mode-selector switch is operable to adjust the mode adjuster to engage one of a plurality of operational modes, and
wherein the operational modes cause adjustments to the operation of the respective control stick to enable or disable vertical return-to-center and a vertical position-limiter.

US Pat. No. 10,338,627

VEHICLE INTERIOR STRUCTURE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A vehicle interior structure comprising:an instrumental panel support member to which an instrumental panel is fixed, the instrumental panel support member extending in a vehicle width direction;
a pedal-backward-preventive bracket against which a supporting portion of a control pedal abuts when the control pedal controlled by a foot of a driver moves backward, the pedal-backward-preventive bracket being fixed to the instrumental panel support member;
a mount bracket on which a head-up display is mounted, the mount bracket being fixed to the instrumental panel support member; and
a load transfer portion that is provided between the pedal-backward-preventive bracket and the mount bracket to transfer a rearward load input to the pedal-backward-preventive bracket to the mount bracket via the supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 10,338,626

ROLLING HINGE ASSEMBLY

Linemaster Switch Corpora...

1. A hinge assembly, comprising:a base member with a front surface;
a pivoting body with a front end and a rear end, the pivoting body being attached to and pivotable relative to the base member about an axis that is rear of the base front surface, the pivoting body including a friction reducing member biased against the base front surface, and the friction reducing member being retractable relative to the pivoting body in a rear-to-forward direction, wherein
the friction reducing member is maintained by a plate that is maintained in a slidable relationship within a track in the pivoting body, and
the front surface has a first inclined portion and the pivoting body is maintained in a rest position with the friction reducing member abutting an apex in the front surface, the pivoting body is pivotable in a first direction which causes the friction reducing member to move along the first inclined portion while retracting forward relative to the pivoting body.

US Pat. No. 10,338,625

VOLTAGE REGULATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POWER TO A LOAD

Infineon Technologies Aus...

1. A voltage regulation system for providing power to a load, the voltage regulation system comprising:a voltage regulator operable to:
set an operating voltage of the load at a first voltage level which corresponds to a first voltage requirement of the load;
receive a second voltage requirement of the load which is different than the first voltage requirement; and
produce a voltage ramp signal which transitions from the first voltage level to a second voltage level which corresponds to the second voltage requirement at a defined ramp rate; and
a compensation circuit configured to compensate the voltage ramp signal by adding a post-ramp offset to the end of the voltage ramp signal, the post-ramp offset comprising an offset amplitude and a hold-time.

US Pat. No. 10,338,624

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND REDUCING ENERGY USAGE IN THE HOME

1. A system for detecting, monitoring, and reporting energy use in a home having an HVAC device, said system comprising:a thermal sensor device in communication with the HVAC device and operable to detect and collect run-time data indicative of an energy consumption event, said thermal sensor device having a processor and a non-volatile memory configured to store said collected run-time data;
wherein said collected run-time data includes:
real time data including a start time and an end time regarding said energy consumption event;
only non-quantifiable data unrelated to electrical current or voltage or volume of natural gas or propane;
wherein said thermal sensor device includes a run-time sensor and operable for detecting in real time when the HVAC switches on or off;
an application running on a local computing device in data communication with said thermal sensor device and configured to receive said collected run-time data;
a remote computing device located remote from and in electronic communication with said application so as to receive said collected run-time data from said application, said remote computing device including a remote processor and a non-volatile memory having data structures and programming;
programming in said remote memory that, when executed by said remote processor, causes said remote processor to derive an energy use profile based on said received collected run-time data and said associated real time data and to deliver said derived energy use profile to said application;
wherein said application is configured to actuate an output member of the local computing device to display said derived energy use profile;
programming in said remote memory that, when executed by said remote processor, causes said remote processor to derive a proposed reduction of said energy use profile;
wherein said application is configured to actuate an output member of the local computing device to display said derived proposed reduction of said energy use profile and to deliver said derived proposed reduction of said energy use profile to said application;
wherein said application is operable to cause said HVAC device to start and stop according to said proposed reduction of said energy use profile;
wherein:
said collected energy use data includes variation data of thermal step response data indicative of a variation in time from an end of a respective “on period” and a next start time relative to activation of the energy consuming device;
said programming causes said remote processor to determine targeted advice data from said recommendation data based on said variation data derived from said collected energy use data, said real time data, said thermal step response data.

US Pat. No. 10,338,623

POWER AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR MEDIUM VOLTAGE APPLICATIONS

ABB SCHWEIZ AG, Baden (C...

1. A power and control device for medium voltage applications, which comprises:a power and control unit having a first feeding port electrically coupleable with electric power supply means;
a first controller, which in operation is electrically connected to said first feeding port and said power supply means, said first controller being configured to prevent the electrical feeding of said power and control unit through said first feeding port, in response to the operating temperature of said power and control device being lower than a first threshold value (TH1) indicative of a minimum operating temperature provided for said power and control unit; and
a second controller, which in operation is electrically connected to a second feeding port and an electric energy storage means, said second controller being configured to prevent the electrical feeding of said power and control unit through said first feeding port, in response to the operating temperature of said power and control device being lower than a second threshold value (TH2) indicative of the minimum operating temperature provided for said electric energy storage means;
wherein TH1 is different from TH2.

US Pat. No. 10,338,622

POWER ADJUSTMENT DEVICE, POWER ADJUSTMENT METHOD, POWER ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM, POWER STORAGE DEVICE, SERVER, PROGRAM

PANASONIC CORPORATION, O...

1. A power adjustment device configured to supply power received from a power grid and power of a power storage apparatus to an electric load in a consumer's facility, the power adjustment device comprising:a prediction portion configured to obtain a prediction value of demand power that is power to be consumed in the electric load in a planning period, the planning period being a period in which the power storage apparatus is charged and discharged;
a planning portion configured to determine a control content of charging of and discharging by the power storage apparatus in the planning period depending on the prediction value of the demand power under a condition that any one of an amount of power to be received from the power grid, a compensation for power to be received from the power grid, and an emission amount of carbon dioxide is minimized;
a controller configured to control the power storage apparatus in accordance with the control content; and
a verification portion configured to estimate a prediction error of the prediction value obtained by the prediction portion,
the planning portion being configured to set the planning period based on:
a maximum value of the demand power in which the prediction error is considered, and
a minimum value of generated power that is generated by a solar power generation apparatus installed in the consumer's facility in which the prediction error is considered.

US Pat. No. 10,338,621

VOLTAGE REGULATOR IN USB POWER DELIVERY INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. An integrated circuit (IC), comprising:an output; and
a voltage regulator comprising:
an amplifier having a first input coupled to a reference voltage source and a second input coupled to the output;
a first resistor coupled to the output and coupled to a ground terminal;
a metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) having a gate coupled to an output of the amplifier and a drain coupled to the output; and
a second resistor coupled to a source of the MOSFET and coupled to the ground terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,620

FEEDBACK CIRCUIT FOR REGULATION LOOPS

Infineon Technologies AG,...

16. A method comprising:sensing a voltage step in a reference voltage signal received at a first input of an amplifier circuit;
generating a voltage step across a soft-shaper circuit approximately equal to the voltage step in the reference voltage signal in response to sensing the voltage step in the reference voltage signal;
delivering a feedback signal from the soft-shaper circuit to the amplifier circuit, wherein the feedback signal includes the voltage step across the soft-shaper circuit; and
ramping, after generating the voltage step across the soft-shaper circuit, a voltage level across the soft-shaper circuit to zero.

US Pat. No. 10,338,619

VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH PERFORMANCE COMPENSATION

NXP B.V., San Jose, CA (...

1. A voltage regulation system, comprising:a digitally-assisted voltage regulator that receives a supply voltage and a reference voltage, and generates a regulated voltage signal and at least one control signal;
a variable strength gate driver circuit connected to the digitally-assisted voltage regulator for receiving the regulated voltage signal, a load compensation signal, and a control enable signal, and generating a gate driver signal;
a gate driver transistor connected between the supply voltage and ground, and having a gate that receives the gate driver signal; and
a compensation circuit connected to the digitally-assisted voltage regulator for receiving the at least one control signal, using the at least one control signal to estimate a load profile of a load connected to the voltage regulation system and generating a regulator compensation signal and the load compensation signal based on a digital reference code stored in a memory in order to adjust the regulated voltage signal to compensate for differing process and temperature conditions,
wherein the regulator compensation signal is provided to the digitally-assisted voltage regulator to adjust a level of the reference voltage in order to regulate the voltage level of the regulated voltage signal, and the load compensation signal is provided to the variable strength gate driver circuit to control a ramp-rate of the gate driver signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,618

LOW DROPOUT REGULATOR CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VOLTAGE OF A LOW DROPOUT REGULATOR CIRCUIT

ams AG, Unterpremstaette...

1. A low dropout regulator, LDO, circuit comprising:a pass element configured to generate at an output terminal an output voltage depending on a gate signal received at a gate control terminal and on an input voltage received at an input terminal;
an input stage configured to generate a steering signal based on a deviation between a first reference signal and a feedback signal, the feedback signal being based on the output voltage;
a current sink continuously controlled by the steering signal and connected between the gate control terminal and a reference terminal;
a comparator configured to compare the steering signal to a second reference signal and to generate a switch signal based on the comparison; and
a control circuit comprising a first current path, the first current path coupled between the input terminal and the gate control terminal, the control circuit being configured to temporarily suspend the first current path depending on the switch signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,617

REGULATOR CIRCUIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A regulator circuit that is configured to receive a power voltage from a power supply unit to a first power line and output a constant voltage from an output terminal according to a reference voltage, the regulator circuit comprising:a reference voltage generating circuit that is configured to generate the reference voltage;
an operational amplifier that is configured to compare the reference voltage and a feedback voltage and output an op-amp output voltage from an op-amp output terminal, the feedback voltage being fed back according to the reference voltage and a regulator output voltage of the output terminal of the regulator circuit;
a buffer stage that includes a first transistor and a second transistor, the first transistor having a control terminal connected to the op-amp output terminal, and the second transistor being connected in series to a first main energization path of the first transistor;
an output transistor that is connected posterior to the buffer stage, is connected to the second transistor to form a current mirror, and has an output main energization path between the first power line and the output terminal of the regulator circuit;
a feedback circuit that is connected in series to the output main energization path and is configured to output the feedback voltage according to the regulator output voltage; and
an overcurrent controlling circuit that includes an overcurrent detection transistor having a control terminal commonly connected to the control terminal of the first transistor of the buffer stage and having a detection main energization path, wherein
the overcurrent controlling circuit is configured to apply the op-amp output voltage to the control terminal of the first transistor and allow a normal operation of the first transistor when an energization current of the output main energization path, which is detected by the overcurrent detection transistor, is less than a predetermined value, and
the overcurrent controlling circuit is configured to control the op-amp output voltage to a predetermined control voltage according to a detection current flowing in the detection main energization path when the energization current of the output main energization path is equal to or greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,338,616

REFERENCE GENERATION CIRCUIT

Microsemi Semiconductor (...

1. A reference generation circuit comprising:a voltage output;
a current output;
a voltage/current biasing circuitry;
a first transistor sourced by a common voltage rail, a gate and drain of said first transistor coupled to a first output of said voltage/current biasing circuitry;
a second transistor sourced by the common voltage rail, a gate and drain of said second transistor coupled to said voltage output;
a resistor coupled between said second transistor and a second output of said voltage/current bias circuitry; and
a third transistor sourced by the common voltage rail, a gate of said third transistor coupled to said voltage output and a drain of said third transistor coupled to said current output,
wherein said voltage/current bias circuitry is arranged, in cooperation with said first and second transistors, to:
generate a first current and a first voltage at said first output thereof; and
generate a second current and a second voltage at said second output thereof, the magnitude of said generated first current equal to the magnitude of said second generated current times a predetermined value, said predetermined value different than one,
wherein the magnitude of said first voltage equal to the magnitude of said second voltage, and
wherein the magnitude of a third current flowing through said third transistor is a predetermined function of the magnitude of said generated second current.

US Pat. No. 10,338,614

LOW DROPOUT LINEAR REGULATOR WITH INTERNALLY COMPENSATED EFFECTIVE SERIES RESISTANCE

Analog Devices, Inc., No...

1. A voltage regulator circuit having an internally compensated effective series resistance, the circuit comprising:a control circuit to generate an output current at a regulated output voltage based on a reference voltage, the control circuit compromising:
a first amplifier circuit,
a feedback element coupled to feedback the output voltage to an input of the first amplifier circuit, and
a compensation circuit coupled to the control circuit and to the feedback element to couple the internally compensated effective series resistance into the control circuit, the compensation circuit comprising:
a first device, arranged to generate a first sensed current proportional to a current through an N-type pass-device,
a second device, coupled to the feedback element and to the input of the first amplifier circuit, the second device being arranged to generate a second sensed current proportional to the current through the N-type pass-device, and
a bias circuit coupled to sink the first sensed current and the second sensed current to reduce a bias voltage across the feedback element below a threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,338,613

CIRCUITS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING POWER AND DATA COMMUNICATION IN ISOLATED SYSTEM ARCHITECTURES

Triune Systems, L.L.C., ...

1. A switch controller, comprising:a microcontroller external to said switch controller;
a monolithic substrate;
a first and second drive circuit located on said monolithic substrate and configured to drive a respective first and second power switch, wherein said respective first and second power switch drives a respective first and second load;
a diagnostics block located on said monolithic substrate and configured to provide diagnostic signals indicating at least one attribute associated with said first and second power switch; and
a control block located on said monolithic substrate and configured to drive said first and second drive circuits in response to separate first and second control signals from said external microcontroller based on said diagnostic signals.

US Pat. No. 10,338,612

MACHINE TOOLS AND METHODS OF OPERATION THEREOF

Fives Landis Limited, Yo...

1. A fluid temperature control assembly in combination with a machine tool, wherein the assembly is arranged to adjust the temperature of a fluid being supplied to the machine tool to maintain the fluid at a setpoint temperature at a location downstream of the assembly, and the assembly comprises:a fluid inlet for receiving a flow of the fluid at a temperature below the setpoint temperature;
a radio frequency (RF) or microwave energy source to supply energy to the fluid as it passes through the assembly to heat the fluid;
a fluid outlet for outputting the fluid;
a fluid conduit arrangement which is coupled to the fluid outlet to carry the fluid to the machine tool;
a temperature sensing arrangement for outputting a temperature signal responsive to the temperature of the fluid at the downstream location; and
a controller configured to receive the temperature signal and control the energy source with reference to the temperature signal to heat the fluid so as to maintain the fluid at the setpoint temperature at the downstream location,
wherein the controller is configured to receive an input signal providing an operating parameter of the machine tool, the operating parameter being a speed of a moving element of the machine tool, and to adjust the setpoint temperature with reference to the input signal.

US Pat. No. 10,338,611

REGULATOR

UNILOK CORPORATION, Inch...

1. A regulator controlling a pressure of fluid, comprising:a body having a cavity formed therein, an inlet through which the fluid flows, an outlet through the fluid discharged, and a pilot fluid inlet;
a first diaphragm located in the cavity and partitioning the cavity into a first chamber and a second chamber, the first chamber being in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet, the second chamber being in fluid communication with the pilot fluid inlet;
a first biasing mean located in the first chamber and configured to bias the first diaphragm; and
a second biasing mean located in the second chamber and configured to bias the first diaphragm by being displaced based on pilot fluid pressure of the pilot fluid,
wherein the first biasing mean includes:
a seat disposed in a flow path connecting the inlet and the outlet in the first chamber;
a seat holder to fix the seat;
a poppet which is connected to the first diaphragm, which is in contact with the seat to close the flow path, and which is spaced from the seat to open the flow path; and
a poppet spring to elastically support the poppet toward the seat;
wherein the second biasing mean includes:
an actuator body partitioning the second chamber into a first region and a second region along a first direction perpendicular to the first diaphragm;
a first piston located in the first region and sliding in a first direction based on the pilot fluid introduced into the first region; and
a second piston located in the second region and sliding in the first direction based on the pilot fluid introduced into the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,610

AERIAL DISPLAY VISUALIZATION

Intel IP Corporation, Sa...

1. A method for distributing a plurality of drones to form an aerial image, the method comprising:receiving, at a computing device comprising a processor, location data and drone data, the location data defining aspects of an aerial image to be formed by a plurality of drones, the drone data include a number of drones within the plurality of drones;
distributing, by the computing device, the plurality of drones based on the aspects of the aerial image such that, during flight, the plurality of drones form the aerial image; and
exporting, by the computing device, coordinates for each of the plurality of drones, the coordinate for each of the plurality of drones defining a location for a respective drone within the aerial image.

US Pat. No. 10,338,609

AUTHORIZING DRONE ACCESS TO FULFILLMENT CENTERS

T-Mobile USA, Inc., Bell...

1. A method performed by an authorization system of an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) for providing a drone with access to the airborne fulfillment center, the method comprising:receiving a request for access to the airborne fulfillment center by a drone located within a geographical region that includes the airborne fulfillment center;
sending a request to the drone for virtual access credentials associated with the drone;
upon receiving the virtual access credentials from the drone, determining whether the virtual access credentials match virtual access credentials stored in a database of the authorization system,
wherein the database of the authorization system includes a data structure that relates drones known to the airborne fulfillment center with access credentials for the known drones;
if the virtual access credentials match access credentials stored in the database of the authorization system, sending a request to the drone to provide physical access credentials;
determining whether the physical access credentials match a physical access verification device associated with the authorization system based on determining whether a certain configuration of pins extending from a probe of the drone couples to an input component of the physical access verification device; and
if the physical access credentials match the physical access verification device, authorizing the drone with access to the airborne fulfillment center.

US Pat. No. 10,338,608

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND WATER SAMPLING METHOD THEREOF

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A water sampling method comprising:controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering above a water surface of a sampling site;
acquiring, by the unmanned aerial vehicle, a sampling depth at which a water sample is to be taken, the sampling depth being sent by a portable electronic device or being a preset default depth;
calculating a descending distance based on a sum of the sampling depth and a distance between a bottom of the unmanned aerial vehicle and the water surface;
controlling the water sampler to descend for the descending distance;
sampling, by the water sampler, a water sample; and
sending a sampling result to a ground station or the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,607

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

MICRODRONES GMBH, Siegen...

1. A method of self-positioning an unmanned aerial vehicle comprising the steps of:providing an unmanned aerial vehicle including a global positioning system including a GPS module and an antenna for receiving GPS signals from a plurality of satellites, said unmanned aerial vehicle further including a magnetic compass, a vehicle positioning module, a control unit and a vehicle propulsion system;
operating said global positioning system to receive and process GPS signals, to generate an actual or current position coordinate signal as a function of said GPS signals and to route the actual or current position coordinate signal to the vehicle positioning module;
operating the vehicle positioning module to compare the actual or current position coordinate signal with a previously input desired position coordinate signal, to generate a first piece of directional information as a function of the range or distance between the actual position and the desired position of the unmanned aerial vehicle when the difference there between exceeds a predetermined threshold value;
further operating the vehicle positioning module to receive a compass signal regarding the current orientation of the unmanned aerial vehicle relative to the earth's magnetic field and generating a second piece of direction information transmitted to the control unit to actuate the propulsion system for corrective motion of said unmanned aerial vehicle;
initiating a corrective motion of the unmanned aerial vehicle in the direction of the desired position as a function of a first piece of direction information intersecting the initial actual position and the desired position of the unmanned aerial vehicle; and
iteratively repeating the previous method steps,
characterized in that at the end of the corrective motion the first piece of directional information is completely superseded by the second piece of directional information.

US Pat. No. 10,338,606

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FLIGHT CONTROL OF TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT

Textron Innovations Inc.,...

1. A flight control system for controlling the flight of a tiltrotor aircraft while the aircraft is in flight that is at least partially rotor-borne, the aircraft having a fuselage, a wing, and at least two tiltable rotors, each rotor having adjustable-pitch blades controlled by cyclic swashplate controls and collective swashplate controls, the flight control system comprising:a first rotor rotatably mounted to the wing;
a second rotor rotatably mounted to the wing;
software-implemented control laws for automatically tilting the rotors in response to a longitudinal-velocity control signal so as to produce a longitudinal thrust-vector component for controlling longitudinal velocity of the aircraft; and
software-implemented control laws for automatically actuating the cyclic swashplate controls for each rotor so as to maintain the fuselage in a desired pitch attitude;
wherein the first rotor and the second rotor pivot about the wing between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation; and
wherein the cyclic swashplate controls control the pitch attitude independently from the controlling of longitudinal velocity, such that the flight control system controls and adjusts longitudinal movement of the aircraft while maintaining the fuselage in the desired pitch attitude.

US Pat. No. 10,338,605

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE COLLISION MITIGATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Uber Technologies, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented method implemented for controlling an autonomous vehicle, the method comprising:obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more first computing devices in communication with one or more first sensors, from an autonomy system that is separate from the computing system and comprises one or more second computing devices in communication with one or more second sensors, data indicative of a planned trajectory of the autonomous vehicle through a surrounding environment, wherein the planned trajectory is based at least in part on sensor data from the one or more second sensors;
determining, by the computing system, a region of interest in the surrounding environment based at least in part on the planned trajectory;
controlling, by the computing system, the one or more first sensors to obtain data indicative of the region of interest;
identifying, by the computing system, one or more objects in the region of interest based at least in part on the data obtained by the one or more first sensors; and
providing, by the computing system, data indicative of the one or more objects in the region of interest to the autonomy system of the autonomous vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,604

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A vehicle control system comprising:a controller configured to determine a communication loss between a first vehicle and one or more of a second vehicle or a monitoring device in a vehicle system that also includes the first vehicle, the controller configured to determine an operational restriction on movement of the vehicle system based on the communication loss that is determined,
wherein the controller also is configured to obtain a transitional plan that designates operational settings of the vehicle system at one or more different locations along a route being traveled by the vehicle system, different distances along the route being traveled by the vehicle system, or different times, and
wherein the controller is configured to automatically change the movement of the vehicle system according to the operational settings designated by the transitional plan to reduce the movement of the vehicle system to or below the operational restriction determined by the controller responsive to the communication loss being detected.

US Pat. No. 10,338,603

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A MATERIAL HANDLING VEHICLE NETWORK

The Raymond Corporation, ...

1. A management system for a fleet of material handling vehicles, the management system comprising:a management server system enabled for communication over a management network, including management server;
a first material handling vehicle with a first telematics controller and a processor device;
a second material handling vehicle with a second telematics controller, and a second-vehicle vehicle identification;
the processor device of the first material handling vehicle being configured to:
determine that the second material handling vehicle is in proximity to the first material handling vehicle;
obtain the second-vehicle vehicle identification from the second material handling vehicle;
based upon the second-vehicle vehicle identification, determine whether the second material handling vehicle is a missing vehicle; and
log multiple material handling vehicles of the fleet that have been determined to be in proximity to the first material handling vehicle; and
report the log to the management server via at least one of:
a mesh network that includes the first material handling vehicle; and
a direct communications link between the first material handling vehicle and a mobile device; and
wherein the first telematics controller is a multi-channel controller configured to communicate with the second telematics controller over a first channel and to communicate with the management server over a second channel.

US Pat. No. 10,338,601

METHOD FOR GENERATING A SURROUNDINGS MAP OF A SURROUNDING AREA OF A MOTOR VEHICLE, DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Valeo Schalter und Sensor...

1. A method for generating a surroundings map of a surrounding area of a motor vehicle comprising:detecting an object in the surrounding area using a sensor device of the motor vehicle;
determining a position value that describes a position of the object on the basis of sensor data of the sensor device, using by means of a control device of the motor vehicle;
transferring the determined position value into the surroundings map; and
determining a vector between the object and a predetermined reference point of the motor vehicle that forms an origin of a vehicle coordinate system, the determined vector being transformed from the vehicle coordinate system into a global coordinate system of the surroundings map,
wherein the position value in the surroundings map is determined on the basis of the transformed vector,
wherein the origin of the vehicle coordinate system is transformed into the global coordinate system and the transformed origin of the vehicle coordinate system is indicated in the surroundings map, and
wherein on the basis of the transformed origin of the vehicle coordinate system, an area for indicating the position value in the global coordinate system is predetermined.

US Pat. No. 10,338,600

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. An autonomous driving control apparatus provided at a movable apparatus, the autonomous driving control apparatus comprising:a storage configured to store a plurality of pieces of data;
an image acquirer configured to acquire an image of a surrounding; and
a controller configured to:
receive a first image and a second image acquired by the image acquirer,
extract feature points from the first image and the second image,
detect a moving object from each of the first image and the second image based on the plurality of pieces of data,
divide an area of each of the first image and the second image into a detection area in which the moving object is detected and a surrounding area of the detection area,
compare feature points in the surrounding area of the first image with feature points in the surrounding area of the second image to determine an invalid feature point,
remove feature points of the moving object and the invalid feature point from the feature points of the first image and the second image to acquire valid feature points from each of the images, and
recognize a position of the movable apparatus based on the valid feature points in the first image and the valid feature points in the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,338,599

POOL CLEANING SYSTEM AND METHOD TO AUTOMATICALLY CLEAN SURFACES OF A POOL USING IMAGES FROM A CAMERA

Aqua Products, Inc., Ced...

1. A pool cleaning system for cleaning debris from a submerged surface of a swimming pool comprising:a self-propelled pool cleaner having rotatably-mounted supports for supporting and guiding the cleaner on the pool surface;
a filter configured to retain the debris collected from the submerged surface of the swimming pool;
an electric motor for enabling the rotation of the rotatably-mounted supports on the pool surface;
at least one camera to capture imagery of the pool surface;
a controller, in electronic communication with the at least one camera, to determine a cleanliness characteristic of the pool surface on which the cleaner has passed based on the camera imagery and generate a control signal to direct movement of the cleaner based on the cleanliness characteristic of the pool surface; and
a portable electronic device configured to present a graphic on a display, the graphic depicting the submerged surface of the pool and those portions of the surface that remain uncleaned as the cleaner traverses the pool surface.

US Pat. No. 10,338,598

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AUTOMATICALLY DRIVEN, DRIVERLESS MOTOR VEHICLE AND MONITORING SYSTEM

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method, comprising:operating an automatically guided, driverless motor vehicle, wherein sensor data detected by environmental sensors, including at least one camera, of the motor vehicle are evaluated with respect to objects to be taken into account in trajectory planning, which objects can be classified as an obstacle or not an obstacle using at least one classifier evaluating the detected sensor data;
in response to an object that cannot be classified at all or cannot be classified with sufficient certainty as an obstacle or not an obstacle and/or in response to at least one object preventing further automatic guidance of the motor vehicle to a current destination, taking at least one camera image of the object using the at least one camera;
transmitting the at least one camera image to a portable mobile communication device carried along by a user of the motor vehicle, wherein the at least one camera image is displayed on the portable mobile communication device and wherein an input of the user classifying the object as an obstacle or not an obstacle is accepted as classification information;
receiving, at the motor vehicle, the classification information; and
taking into account the classification information in the further automatic guidance of the motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,597

SELF-TRAVELING ARTICULATED ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A self-traveling articulated robot for working in a production factory, comprising:a carriage having at least two operation shafts and a plurality of servomotors, each operation shaft being driven by a different servomotor of the plurality of servomotors, and the carriage being configured to self-travel in a two-dimensional plane;
a robotic arm supported by the carriage and having at least one operation shaft driven by a servomotor and constituting a joint;
an end effector provided to a tip portion of the robotic arm;
a positioning unit configured to detect an absolute position of the carriage; and
a control unit provided in the carriage and for controlling the operation shaft of the robotic arm and the operation shafts of the carriage, wherein
the control unit has a plurality of control modes including:
a working mode in which the control unit controls a position of the operation shaft of the robotic arm and positions of the operation shafts of the carriage by calculating a current position of a control point in a three-dimensional space from rotational positions of the servomotor of the robotic arm and the servomotors of the carriage, the control point being defined in one of the robotic arm and the end effector, generating, based on the current position of the control point in the three-dimensional space, a control signal by which the control point reaches a target position in the three-dimensional space by cooperation of the operation shaft of the robotic arm and the operation shafts of the carriage, and supplying drive currents corresponding to the control signal to the servomotor of the robotic arm and the servomotors of the carriage; and
a traveling mode in which the control unit controls the positions of the operation shafts of the carriage by calculating a carriage reference point from a current position of the carriage in a two-dimensional plane, the carriage reference point being defined in one of the carriage, the robotic arm, and the end effector, the current position of the carriage in the two-dimensional plane being detected by the positioning unit, generating a control signal by which the carriage reference point reaches a target position in the two-dimensional plane; and supplying drive currents corresponding to the control signal to the servomotors of the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,338,596

POSITIONING OF A MOBILE PLATFORM USING A BUMPER

iTRACK LLC, Rochester, M...

6. A system for precise positioning of a mobile platform at a station, said system comprising:a stationary bumper at said station; and
an autonomous mobile platform with a plurality of non-collinearly positioned contact stops, a drive shaft, and sensors for measuring contact with said stationary bumper, said mobile platform having a locking mechanism for preventing movement of the drive shaft in response to simultaneous input from at least three points of contact of the sensors for measuring contact with said stationary bumper to provide the precise positioning of said mobile platform.

US Pat. No. 10,338,595

METHOD FOR TREATING A FLOOR SURFACE AND FLOOR TREATING APPARATUS

1. A method for treating a floor surface using a self-propelled and self-steering floor treating apparatus, wherein the treatment of the floor surface is based on a pattern along which the floor treating apparatus is moved, wherein the pattern has paths in side-by-side relationship to one another and wherein when the floor treating apparatus travels a path, a respective treatment area is covered and treated by the floor treating apparatus, wherein a control unit of the floor cleaning apparatus adapts the pattern to at least one of the size and contour of the floor surface such that boundaries of the floor surface opposite each other have in each case a path extending therealong with a treatment area adjacent to the boundary for performing close-to-the-edge treatment and the control unit arranges intermediate paths such that full-coverage treatment of the floor surface is realized, wherein the control unit arranges the relative position of at least two paths in side-by-side relationship to one another such that the treatment areas thereof overlap at least in sections thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,338,593

HYDRAULIC SLIP COMPENSATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR SYSTEMS, INC., Wils...

13. A system comprising:a logic device configured to receive one or more sensor and/or control signals and determine a virtual rudder estimate for use in controlling a hydraulic steering system coupled to a mobile structure, wherein the logic device is configured to:
receive a pump control signal for the hydraulic steering system and determine a linear rudder speed based, at least in part, on the pump control signal;
determine an elasticity estimate for the hydraulic steering system;
determine the virtual rudder estimate from a corrected rudder speed, wherein the corrected rudder speed is based, at least in part, on the linear rudder speed, the pump control signal, and/or the elasticity estimate; and
transmit an updated pump control signal based, at least in part, on the virtual rudder estimate, to the hydraulic steering system.

US Pat. No. 10,338,592

HIGH ACCURACY REMOTE COORDINATE MACHINE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A method of calibrating a structure comprising:securing a first end of a tether to a device fixed to a location on an external surface of the structure;
attaching an unmanned aerial vehicle to the second end of the tether;
moving the unmanned aerial vehicle in a trajectory around the structure while the tether is extended and in tension;
scanning the external surface of the structure over a course of the trajectory using the unmanned aerial vehicle to obtain a mapping of the external surface of the structure;
determining a position of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respect to the fixed device;
calibrating, using a calibration module of a control unit, the structure based on i) the determined position of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respect to the fixed device, and ii) the mapping of external surface of the structure, and
wherein the fixed device includes a laser scanner and the unmanned aerial vehicle includes a mounted reflector, and the laser scanner and mounted reflector together establish a position of the unmanned aerial vehicle relative to the fixed device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,591

METHODS FOR AUTONOMOUSLY NAVIGATING ACROSS UNCONTROLLED AND CONTROLLED INTERSECTIONS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method for autonomously navigating along a first crosswalk at an intersection by an autonomous vehicle, wherein the method comprises:at a first time, autonomously navigating along a first sidewalk toward the first crosswalk at the intersection, wherein the first crosswalk coincides with a navigation route assigned to the autonomous vehicle;
recording optical data of a scene proximate the autonomous vehicle via an optical sensor integrated into the autonomous vehicle;
detecting the first crosswalk in the optical data;
aligning an anteroposterior axis of the autonomous vehicle to the first crosswalk detected in the optical data;
detecting a first pedestrian proximate the intersection in the optical data;
determining that the first pedestrian has entered the first crosswalk at a second time based at least in part on the optical data, wherein the second time follows the first time;
in response to determining that the first pedestrian has entered the first crosswalk at the second time,
predicting right of way of the autonomous vehicle to enter the intersection; and
in response to predicting the right of way of the autonomous vehicle to enter the intersection,
autonomously navigating from the first sidewalk into the first crosswalk; and
autonomously navigating along the first crosswalk to a second sidewalk according to the navigation route.

US Pat. No. 10,338,590

TRAJECTORY PLANNING METHOD FOR ASCERTAINING A CONTROL PROFILE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A trajectory planning method for ascertaining a control profile for a motor vehicle, from which a steering function and a speed function of the motor vehicle along a path to be traveled are determined and used to control movement of the motor vehicle using one or more actuators, the method comprising the acts of:providing a first position set, the first position set having at least one piece of information with respect to a starting condition of a trajectory at a trajectory start of the trajectory;
providing a second position set, the second position set having at least one piece of information with respect to an end condition at a trajectory end of the trajectory;
providing a first control set, the first control set having at least one piece of information with respect to a first control condition of the motor vehicle at the trajectory start;
providing a second control set, the second control set having at least one piece of information with respect to a second control condition of the motor vehicle at the trajectory end;
providing a vehicle movement modeling function, the vehicle movement modeling function having a kinematic movement model of the motor vehicle;
providing a solver;
ascertaining a control profile information set by applying the solver to the vehicle movement modeling function dependent on the first position set, on the second position set, on the first control set and on the second control set, the control profile information set having two profile information values, wherein the two profile information values are indicative of the trajectory; and
determining a control profile for the motor vehicle dependent on the control profile information set without a concrete determination of the trajectory, wherein the control profile is indicative of the trajectory, wherein
the first position set has two first spatial coordinates indicative of a spatial position of the trajectory at the trajectory start, andthe second position set has two second spatial coordinates indicative of a spatial position of the trajectory at the trajectory end.

US Pat. No. 10,338,589

CONTROLLER, DRIVING CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A controller that controls driving of an autonomously moving vehicle, the controller comprising:a first sensor that detects an obstacle present in a periphery of the vehicle, and detects a direction of travel of the vehicle; and
a processor that
sets a virtual region surrounding the periphery of the vehicle, the processor configured to stop the vehicle when changing from a state where the obstacle is not detected within the virtual region to a state where the obstacle is detected within the virtual region,
determines whether or not the obstacle is present in the direction of travel of the vehicle,
determines whether or not the vehicle has been stopped for a predetermined amount of time or longer when the obstacle is determined to be present in the direction of travel of the vehicle,
reduces a length of the virtual region in the direction of travel to provide an adjusted virtual region when the vehicle is determined to have been stopped for the predetermined amount of time or longer,
causes the vehicle to drive when the obstacle is not detected within the adjusted virtual region, and
stops the vehicle when changing from a state where the obstacle is not detected within the adjusted virtual region to a state where the obstacle is detected within the adjusted virtual region.

US Pat. No. 10,338,588

CONTROLLING ACCESS TO COMPARTMENTS OF A CARGO TRANSPORTATION UNIT

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A controller comprising:at least one processor configured to:
direct transport of a cargo transportation unit (CTU) to a plurality of pickup locations or a plurality of destination locations in response to requests of a plurality of requesters; and
control access to a plurality of compartments in the CTU, wherein controlling the access comprises selecting respective compartments of the plurality of compartments in which to place cargo items for the requests, and the at least one processor is configured to select a first compartment of the plurality of compartments for a first cargo item of the cargo items based on a first characteristic of the first compartment and a first characteristic of the first cargo item, and select a second compartment of the plurality of compartments for a second cargo item of the cargo items based on a second characteristic of the second compartment and a second characteristic of the second cargo item, the second characteristic of the second compartment different from the first characteristic of the first compartment, and the second characteristic of the second cargo item different from the first characteristic of the first cargo item, wherein the first and second characteristics of the first and second cargo items are selected from among one or more of a type of a cargo item, a weight of a cargo item, a fragility of a cargo item, and a perishable status of a cargo item, and wherein the first and second characteristics of the first and second compartments are selected from among one or more of a type of cargo items that a compartment can accommodate, an air conditioning capability of a compartment, and a shock absorption capability of a compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,338,587

CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for controlling a third motor vehicle, comprising:scanning, by a first motor vehicle, surroundings of the first motor vehicle and determining a traffic situation on the basis of the scanned information;
transmitting the determined traffic situation from the first motor vehicle to a central office;
scanning, by a second motor vehicle, surroundings of the second motor vehicle and determining a traffic situation on the basis of the scanned information, the surroundings of the first motor vehicle overlapping with the surroundings of the second motor vehicle;
transmitting the determined traffic situation from the second motor vehicle to a central office;
determining, by the central office, a traffic situation in the area of the first motor vehicle and the second motor vehicle on the basis of the transmitted information;
transmitting the determined traffic situations for the surroundings of the first and second motor vehicles to the third motor vehicle to enable consideration of the traffic situations thus determined; and
at the third motor vehicle, activating an automatic steering unit to physically control a movement of the third motor vehicle on the basis of the determined traffic information determined for the surroundings of the first and second motor vehicles, wherein the third motor vehicle is incapable of transmitting any communication to the first motor vehicle and to the second motor vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,338,586

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTONOMOUS VALET SYSTEM PATHING FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

Dura Operating, LLC, Aub...

1. A method for autonomously driving a motor vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a map having a first temporary obstruction zone;
determining a starting location of the motor vehicle on the map;
selecting a destination location within the map, wherein the first temporary obstruction zone is located between the starting location and the destination location;
setting the first temporary obstruction zone as operative or inoperative, wherein the first temporary obstruction zone does not contain an object;
generating a path from the starting location to the destination location, wherein generating the path comprises the steps of:
(a) generating a first set of nodes from the starting location of the motor vehicle;
(b) assigning a cost to each node of the first set of nodes;
(c) selecting a lowest cost node from the first set of nodes;
(d) generating another set of nodes from the selected node;
(e) assigning a cost to each of the newly generated nodes, wherein the cost is equal to an inherited cost plus a base cost and a change cost, wherein the change cost is a function of a previously generated node;
(f) selecting a lowest cost node from all of the nodes;
(g) repeating steps (d)-(f) until a lowest cost node is located at the destination location; and
(h) setting a path from the starting location of the motor vehicle to the destination location comprising the last selected lowest cost node and parent nodes connected to the last selected lowest cost node,
wherein nodes are not generated in the first temporary obstruction zone when set as operative and nodes are generated in the first temporary obstruction zone when set as inoperative; and
driving the motor vehicle autonomously along the path from the starting location of the motor vehicle to the destination location.

US Pat. No. 10,338,584

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

TOYOT JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI K...

1. An autonomous driving control system for a vehicle which is able to switch between manual driving and autonomous driving, the system comprising:a driver condition sensor for detecting a condition of a driver;
a display part which the driver can view; and
an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to:
control the autonomous driving;
calculate an autonomous driving output reliance expressing a reliance of an output of the autonomous driving;
calculate a driver vigilance expressing a vigilance of the driver for the autonomous driving based on the condition of the driver detected by the driver condition sensor; and
control the display part to display the autonomous driving output reliance and the driver vigilance simultaneously on the display part.

US Pat. No. 10,338,583

DRIVING ASSISTANCE DEVICE

MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION, ...

1. A driving assistance device for use in a vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities, the device comprising:a degree of internal focus estimating unit configured to estimate a driver's degree of internal focus on driving;
a deactivation predicting unit configured to predict deactivation of autonomous driving; and
a driving assistance unit configured to provide driving assistance for the driver in such a way as to increase the driver's degree of internal focus on driving if the degree of internal focus on driving is estimated to be low by the degree of internal focus estimating unit when the deactivation of the autonomous driving is predicted by the deactivation predicting unit, wherein
the driving assistance unit performs a control of increasing sensitivity to a change in the vehicle's state in response to driving operations.

US Pat. No. 10,338,582

VEHICULAR AWAKENING SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular awakening system, comprising:a drive control section capable of switching a drive state of a vehicle between automatic drive and manual drive;
a pressing section capable of protruding from a seat back such that, when shoulder blades of a driver are in contact with the seat back, the pressing section presses a standard position between the shoulder blades of the driver; and
a pressing control section that activates the pressing section when the drive state of the vehicle is automatic drive or when the drive state of the vehicle is switched from automatic drive to manual drive by the drive control section.

US Pat. No. 10,338,581

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE, FLIGHT CONTROL METHOD, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a camera that captures video viewed from the unmanned aerial vehicle;
a communicator that communicates with a control device used to remotely control the unmanned aerial vehicle;
a controller; and
a position measurer that acquires a current position of the unmanned aerial vehicle,
wherein the controller performs operations including
calculating a distance from the unmanned aerial vehicle to the control device,
determining whether the unmanned aerial vehicle is beyond a visual range within which the unmanned aerial vehicle is visible to an operator on the basis of the calculated distance,
when it is determined that the unmanned aerial vehicle is beyond the visual range, determining whether the operator is controlling the unmanned aerial vehicle by using the control device while viewing, on a display device, the video captured by the camera,
controlling flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle in accordance with control information for controlling the unmanned aerial vehicle when it is determined that the operator is controlling the unmanned aerial vehicle by using the control device while viewing the video on the display device, and
not controlling flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle in accordance with the control information when it is determined that the operator is not controlling the unmanned aerial vehicle by using the control device while viewing the video on the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,338,580

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING VEHICLE ORIENTATION IN A VEHICLE CONSIST

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:a sensor assembly configured to generate an output representative of a direction in which a fluid flows within a first on-road vehicle that is included in a vehicle consist with a second on-road vehicle; and
one or more processors configured to determine an orientation of the first on-road vehicle relative to the second on-road vehicle based at least in part on the output generated by the sensor assembly,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to change movement of the first on-road vehicle responsive to one or more processors determining the orientation of the first on-road vehicle relative to the second on-road vehicle to move the first on-road vehicle and the second on-road vehicle in a common direction.

US Pat. No. 10,338,579

METHOD TO OPERATE A PORTABLE INPUT DEVICE THAT CONTROLS A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a portable input device to control a motor vehicle comprising:generating an actuating force on a pressure-sensitive touchscreen of an input device to provide control signals that control the vehicle, wherein a pressure value of the actuating force is captured by the touchscreen; and
transmitting the control signals to the motor vehicle to control the vehicle, the control signals including a parameter having a value representative of a magnitude of the pressure value, the parameter being assigned to control a speed of the vehicle according to the magnitude of the pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,338,578

METHODS, APPARATUSES, AND SYSTEMS FOR HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE (HMI) OPERATIONS

Transocean Innovation Lab...

1. A computing system for implementing a human machine interface (HMI) application, the computing system comprising:a memory device; and
at least one processor configured to enable the display of a graphical user interface (GUI) comprising one or more graphical elements configured to implement, using the at least one processor, one or more software applications stored on one or more servers, the one or more software applications configured to:
initiate a session of the HMI application by receiving a user input on a user interface running or stored on a hardware device comprising at least one processor;
enable the display of a plurality of non-overlapping zones comprising an action zone and one or more of:
a high-level navigation zone comprising one or more selectable navigation options; and
a system header zone;
enable the display of a plurality of selectable action options in the action zone, the action zone comprising a plurality of non-overlapping subzones, the subzones comprising:
an interface control subzone,
an information subzone, and
a system control subzone;
enable the display of one or more selectable action options, the one or more selectable action options being displayed in predesignated subzones, wherein the plurality of selectable action options is modified based on a selection of the one or more selectable navigation options, wherein the selection is one or more of a user selection and a default selection;
receive, at the hardware device, data representing a user selection of one of the one or more selectable action options; and
control an operating state of one or more physical offshore drilling rig components based on the user selection.

US Pat. No. 10,338,577

SENSOR-BASED AUTOMATED TRANSIT MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

Cubic Corporation, San D...

1. A transit maintenance system comprising:a plurality of sensors located at a plurality of transit locations within a transit system, wherein the plurality of sensors are configured to collect a plurality of sensor measurements of at least one transit location device;
a transit server comprising one or more processors, wherein the one or more processors are configured to perform operations comprising:
receiving sensor data comprising the plurality of sensor measurements;
determining, based on the sensor data, that a current or future defect exists within the transit system;
determining a transit location of the plurality of transit locations at which the defect is located;
generating virtual and non-virtual maintenance instructions for addressing the defect; and
sending the non-virtual maintenance instructions to a portable electronic device and the virtual maintenance instructions to one of the at least one transit location device at the transit location; and
a display device located at the transit location, wherein the display device is configured to display a scannable code such that the portable electronic device is configured to access the virtual maintenance instructions upon reading the scannable code.

US Pat. No. 10,338,576

INTELLIGENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR BALANCE OF PLANT

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for determining and responding to a malfunction of a feedwater pump, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more computer processors, real-time plant parameters;
correlating, by one or more computer processors, the plant parameters to historical operational values;
based at least partially on the correlating, identifying, by one or more computer processors, that a malfunction in a feedwater pump may occur;
prior to the malfunction in the feedwater pump occurring, based at least partially on the plant parameters, predicting, by one or more computer processors, at least a drum pressure and a steam flow associated with a steam drum;
prior to the malfunction in the feedwater pump occurring, based at least partially on the drum pressure and the steam flow, predicting, by one or more computer processors, a drum level in the steam drum;
prior to the malfunction in the feedwater pump occurring, based at least in part on a predicted drum level, determining at least a high level drum setpoint and a low level drum setpoint;
and
prior to the malfunction in the feedwater pump occurring, based at least partially on the identifying, controlling operation of a bypass valve or a second feedwater pump.

US Pat. No. 10,338,575

PRODUCTION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRODUCTION PROCESSING METHOD, AND WORK MANUFACTURING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A production processing apparatus, comprising:a first robot arm capable of conveying a work;
a plurality of first tilt tables on each of which the work conveyed by the first robot arm is mountable,
wherein the plurality of first tilt tables is tilted at a first angle from a horizontal surface at first positions on a circumference of a first circle with the first robot arm as a center, and
wherein the work is subjected to production processing in a first state where the work is mounted on one of the plurality of first tilt tables; and
a plurality of first horizontal tables on each of which the work conveyed by the first robot arm is mountable,
wherein the plurality of first horizontal tables is parallel to the horizontal surface at positions closer to the first robot arm than the plurality of first tilt tables, and
wherein the work is subjected to the production processing in a second state where the work is mounted on one of the plurality of first horizontal tables.