US Pat. No. 10,459,543

INPUT DEVICE USING MAGNETIC FIELD FOR INPUT DETECTION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

16. A method for generating signals at an input device, comprising:detecting, via a strain sensor, a strain that achieves a threshold, wherein the strain is based on a magnet sheet deforming via magnetic attraction to one or more of a plurality of teeth of a core of a wheel moving from a first position to a second position, wherein the plurality of teeth are composed of a ferrous or magnetic material;
generating, via a processor, an electronic signal based on the strain achieving the threshold; and
transmitting, via the processor, the electronic signal to a computing device using an interface between the computing device and the input device.

US Pat. No. 10,459,542

TRACKPAD WITH CAPACITIVE FORCE SENSING AND HAPTIC FEEDBACK

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A trackpad comprising:a substrate;
a circuit board coupled to the substrate for detecting a position of an object adjacent the substrate;
a haptic feedback component coupled to the circuit board;
a first plate coupled to the circuit board;
a second plate including a spring element, a spacer coupling the circuit board and the spring element to each other, the spring element facilitating first movement of the substrate, the circuit board and the first plate relative to the second plate, the spacer facilitating second movement of at least the substrate and the circuit board by the haptic feedback component; and
a capacitive force sensor that detects a capacitance of the first plate and the second plate.

US Pat. No. 10,459,541

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING STYLUS TILT IN RELATION TO A TOUCH-SENSING DEVICE

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A method, executed by a touch sensing system including a stylus and a touch-sensing device, the method comprising:receiving, at each of a plurality of receivers of the stylus, a signal from a first electrode of an electrode array of the touch-sensing device, wherein the plurality of receivers are located adjacent to a tip of the stylus;
determining, by a processor of the stylus, a signal strength of the signal at each of the plurality of receivers of the stylus, the signal having a different signal strength at each of the plurality of receivers; and
determining a tilt direction of the stylus by comparing the determined signal strength at two or more of the plurality of receivers, wherein the tilt direction comprises a direction from one or more of the plurality of receivers, associated with a first determined signal strength, towards another one or more of the plurality of receivers, associated with a second determined signal strength greater than the first determined signal strength.

US Pat. No. 10,459,540

STYLUS AND SENSOR CONTROLLER

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. A stylus comprising:a core body;
an electrode disposed adjacent to the core body; and
a controller, which is coupled to the electrode and which, in operation,
i) in response to the core body being in contact state, in which the core body is in contact with a predefined panel, transmits, from the electrode, first data at a first bit rate, and
ii) in response to the core body being in hover state, in which the core body is not in contact with the predefined panel, transmits, from the electrode, second data different from the first data at a second bit rate lower than the first bit rate.

US Pat. No. 10,459,539

ELECTRONIC PEN AND ELECTRONIC PEN MAIN BODY

WACOM CO., LTD., Saitama...

1. An electronic pen main body accommodated in a tubular housing of an electronic pen such that at least a pen tip of the electronic pen is projectable from an opening in an axial direction of the tubular housing, the electronic pen main body comprising:a core body having an end in the axial direction of the housing that serves as the pen tip; and
a magnetic core having a coil wound thereon,
wherein the magnetic core has a coil non-wound portion in an axial direction of the magnetic core on which the coil is not wound, provided at least at a pen tip side thereof, and
wherein, in operation, the end of the core body that serves as the pen tip projects from the opening of the housing to outside of the housing, and part of the coil non-wound portion of the magnetic core projects from opening of the housing to outside of the housing, and
wherein the coil non-wound portion of the magnetic core has a diameter that is smaller than a diameter of the opening of the housing, and a diameter of a portion at which the coil is wound including a portion of the coil is greater than the diameter of the opening of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,459,538

PRESSURE SENSITIVE STYLUS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A stylus device comprising:a stylus tip;
a capacitive force sensor having a capacitor and an output connection coupled to the stylus tip, the capacitive force sensor configured to detect a force dependent capacitive response representing force applied to the stylus tip and to output a force dependent capacitive response signal based on the force dependent capacitive response;
a force response electronic circuit including a variable capacitor electrically connected to the output connection of the capacitive force sensor to modify the force dependent capacitive response to yield a modified force dependent capacitive response signal from the capacitive force sensor, such that the modified force dependent capacitive response signal is more sensitive to a detected force in a low force range relative to a higher force range as compared to the force dependent capacitive response signal; and
an inking electronic circuit including an analog to digital converter electrically connected to the output connection of the capacitive force sensor and communicatively connected to the force response electronic circuit and configured to generate an inking signal for communication to a host device, the generated inking signal being based on the modified force dependent capacitive response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,459,537

ENCAPSULATED PRESSURE SENSOR

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A pressure sensor assembly, comprising:a mounting substrate having a surface and an input electrode on the surface;
a pressure sensor directly attached to the surface of the mounting substrate, the pressure sensor having a pressure sensing surface and an output electrode opposite the pressure sensing surface, the output electrode positioned on and electrically coupled to the input electrode on the surface of the mounting substrate;
a deformable encapsulating member directly attached to the surface of the mounting substrate and encapsulating the pressure sensor, the surface of the mounting substrate being a continuous surface in a region where the deformable encapsulating member and the pressure sensor are attached; and
a fluid encapsulated within the pressure sensor assembly by the deformable encapsulating member, and contacting the pressure sensing surface of the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,536

PORTABLE CARRIER WITH MOUSE SETTING DATA AND MOUSE DEVICE

DEXIN ELECTRONIC LTD., D...

1. A mouse device, comprising: a data receiver, receiving a mouse setting data; a memory unit; an operation interface, including a plurality of user-operated units; an indication unit; and a processor, connected to the data receiver, the memory unit and the operation interface, setting a plurality of functions of the mouse device according to the mouse setting data and storing the mouse setting data in the memory unit, wherein each of the functions of the mouse device corresponds to each of the user-operated units of the operation interface; wherein the data receiver includes a sensing unit, and the sensing unit detects and receives the mouse setting data stored in a portable carrier; wherein the data receiver starts detecting the mouse setting data stored in a portable carrier when a setting signal is received by the processor; and wherein one of the user-operated units of the operation interface is a setting button; when a user presses the setting button, the operation interface generates and transmits the setting signal to the processor, and the processor controls the sensing unit to detect the mouse setting data stored in the portable carrier according to the setting signal; wherein the data receiver further receives an identification data, the identification data is provided for the data receiver to determine whether the mouse setting data corresponds to one specific user, and the processor sets the functions of the mouse device according to the mouse setting data when the mouse device determines that the mouse setting data corresponds to the specific user; and wherein the processor does not set the functions of the mouse device when the mouse device determines that the mouse setting data does not correspond to the specific user; and the indication unit generates an indication signal after the processor sets the functions of the mouse device according to the mouse setting data; wherein the indication signal is a sound and/or a flickering light.

US Pat. No. 10,459,535

MULTI-SENSOR DEVICE WITH LOCATION AND ORIENTATION SENSORS FOR PROVIDING A USER INTERFACE

UltimatePointer, L.L.C., ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium or media storing computer-executable instructions for directing a computer to perform a method for controlling the contents of a computer-generated image in conjunction with an apparatus that comprises an enclosure configured to be handheld and wielded in mid-air by a user, the method comprising the steps of:receiving first data that is dependent on an output of at least one of:
an accelerometer contained in the enclosure;
a gyro contained in the enclosure;
a compass contained in the enclosure;
a sensing device contained in the enclosure for sensing three independent orientation coordinates and at least two independent position coordinates of the sensing device;
a digital camera contained in the enclosure; and
a user input device contained in the enclosure and configured to allow the user to provide two dimensional input; and
controlling the contents of the image based on the first data.

US Pat. No. 10,459,534

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LARGE DATA AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS ON SMARTGLASSES

THIRDEYE GEN, INC., Prin...

1. An augmented reality system for communication between a plurality of user devices including wearable devices and non-wearable user stations, the system comprisinga wearable device including a headset and a controller, the headset having a display, camera, earphone and microphone, the controller being configured with a local memory having a maximum video file size, the camera being configured to record video data and store the video data in the local memory;
a server configured for data communication with the plurality user devices, the server having a server memory and plurality of user accounts, each user account being associated with at least one of the plurality of user devices, the server being configured to establish data connection between the wearable device and at least one other user device;
a video management engine located on the controller, the video management engine being configured to determine whether the video data stored in the local memory equals the maximum video file size and in this event, the video management engine being configured to transfer the video data to the server for storage in the server memory and then delete the video data from the local memory; and
an image management engine located on the controller, the server being configured to transfer image data to the wearable device, the wearable device controller having a maximum image size, the image management engine being configured to determine if the image data exceeds the maximum image size and in this event, resize the image to less than the maximum image size.

US Pat. No. 10,459,533

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE L...

1. An information processing method, comprising:displaying an indicator at a first location on a display area of a first electronic device at a first timing, the first location matching with a pointing of a second electronic device on the display area of the first electronic device;
acquiring a first operation data corresponding to a second timing which is later than the first timing, and updating to display the indicator at a second location on the display area different from the first location in response to the first operation data, the second location matching with the pointing at the second timing;
when the second location is located on a border of the display area, acquiring a second operation data corresponding to a third timing which is later than the second timing, wherein the second operation data corresponding to the third timing characterizes an change of the pointing which goes beyond the border of the display area; and
performing a predetermined process such that the indicator is displayed at a third location on the display area when the pointing re-enters the display area at a fourth timing which is later than the third timing, the third location matching with the pointing at the fourth timing, wherein the step of performing a predetermined process comprises:
displaying the indicator at a location on the border of the display area where the pointing goes beyond the border of the display area;
analyzing a third operation data between the third timing and the fourth timing to acquire a first statistics result and a second statistics result, wherein the first statistics result characterizes the changed amplitude and direction of the pointing on a first coordinate axis in a coordinate system corresponding to the display area, and wherein the second statistics result characterizes the changed amplitude and direction of the pointing on a second coordinate axis in the coordinate system corresponding to the display area;
determining the coordinates of the third location in the coordinate system corresponding to the display area based on the changed amplitude and direction characterized by the first statistics result and the second statistics result with reference to the second location; and
updating to display the indicator on the display area based on the determined coordinates if the determined coordinates are located in a coordinate range corresponding to the display area,
or, wherein the step of performing a predetermined process comprises:
transmitting a first instruction to the second electronic device to indicate that the pointing goes beyond the border of the display area, and instruct the second electronic device to abort transmission of operation data which is achieved via wireless to the first electronic device until the arrival of the fourth timing where the second electronic device continues wireless transmission of the operation data,
wherein the third operation data between the third timing and the fourth timing characterizes that coordinates of the pointing in a coordinate system corresponding to the display area re-enters the coordinate range of the display area at the fourth timing.

US Pat. No. 10,459,532

CURSOR MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, CURSOR MOVEMENT CONTROL DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

EIZO CORPORATION, Hakusa...

1. A cursor movement control method performed by a cursor movement control device which controls a movement of a cursor position in a coordinate space of a display image region, wherein the display image region includes a plurality of regions to be allocated into a plurality of display regions displayed on one display screen of an image display device by a PinP display function, the cursor movement control method comprising:a reception step of receiving an instruction of activation or inactivation of the PinP display function for a simultaneous display or a non-simultaneous display of one display region and another display region on the one display screen; and
a control step of controlling the movement of the cursor position in the coordinate space of the display image region where one region and another region are arranged to be adjacent to each other, wherein the cursor position is moved in the coordinate space from and to the one region corresponding to the one display region and from and to the other region corresponding to the other display region according to the instruction of activation or inactivation of the PinP display function received in the reception step such that when the instruction for superposed display is received the cursor position will automatically move without input from a user from a position in the one region and to a position in the other region, and further in the control step:
the cursor position on the one region is moved onto the other region when the instruction for the simultaneous display is received in the reception step, such that the cursor displayed on the display screen appears in a position on the other display region which is superposedly displayed on the one display region, and
while the one display region and the other display region are simultaneously displayed on the display screen, the cursor position on the other region is moved onto the one region when the instruction for the non-simultaneous display is received in the reception step, such that the cursor displayed on the display screen appears in a position on the one display region without disappearing from the display screen,
wherein the display regions displayed on the one display screen and regions in the coordinate space are different from each other, and the display regions are included in an actual screen of a computing device and the regions in the coordinate space are virtual in the computing device, and an operating system of the computing device recognizes that the one region and the other region in the coordinate space are arranged to be adjacent to each other,
a position of a cursor displayed on the display screen is controlled according to the cursor position in the coordinate space.

US Pat. No. 10,459,530

CURSOR MODE SWITCHING

Ultrahaptics IP Two Limit...

1. A system for gesture-recognition, comprising:an image-capture device for obtaining digital images of an object in 3D space;
a processor-executable analysis module for computationally determining a path of movement of the object based on captured images;
a computer memory for storing a digital representation of the path of movement; and
a processor-executable mode-control module configured for:
analyzing the path of movement to determine an intent of a user to change modes of operation according to which user gestures are interpreted from a first mode of operation by:
determining an amount or direction of curvature of the path of movement; and
determining whether the amount or direction of curvature of the path of movement is sufficient to indicate an intent of the user to change modes of operation according to which user gestures are interpreted; and
upon determining the intent of the user to change modes of operation according to which user gestures are interpreted, interpreting user gestures in accordance with a second mode of operation;
wherein determining whether amount or direction of curvature of the path of movement is sufficient to indicate an intent of the user to change modes of operation includes determining whether the amount or direction of curvature along the path of movement crosses a threshold to overcome a hysteresis associated with the first mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,459,529

MULTI-SENSOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE SIGNALING CONTROL OF UNMANNED VEHICLES

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a plurality of wearable devices each having a multi-sensor detector to sense an operator gesture directed at an unmanned vehicle (UV), wherein each multi-sensor detector comprises:
a plurality of sensors including a sensor mounted on the wearable device proximal to an operator's finger to detect finger movement; and
another sensor to detect one of motion and direction of the operator gesture with respect to one or more operator hand movement, operator hand movement with respect to a planet's magnetic field, and rotational movement of an operator hand;
a set of controllers to monitor respective multi-sensor detectors to determine a corresponding operator gesture based on input data provided by the plurality of sensors of a respective wearable device, wherein each controller generates a respective command for the UV based on the corresponding operator gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,459,528

INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM ENHANCED GESTURE MANAGEMENT, CONTROL AND DETECTION

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a processor operable to execute instructions that process information;
a memory interfaced with the processor and operable to store the instructions and information;
a display interfaced with the processor and operable to present the information as visual images;
one or more sensors interfaced with the processor and display, the one or more sensors operable to detect movement of an end user proximate to the display;
a rotating input device interfaced with the processor and operable to accept end user inputs as rotational movement; and
a gesture engine interfaced with the one or more sensors and the rotating input device, the gesture engine operable to detect an end user motion defined as a gesture and, in response to the gesture, to re-assign inputs at the rotating input device from a first type to instead adjust an input associated with the gesture;
wherein the gesture engine is further operable to:
monitor the end user to detect maintenance of the gesture for a period of time;
assign inputs at the rotating input device as associated with the gesture during the period of time; and
re-assign inputs to the first type at the end of the period of time upon detecting the end user has stopped maintaining the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,459,527

TECHNIQUES FOR NOTEBOOK HINGE SENSORS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A computing device comprising:a housing including a base carrying a keyboard and a lid connected to the base by a hinge;
a display screen carried by the lid of the housing, the display screen to display a pointer;
a sensor in the hinge of the housing, the sensor to monitor an eye of a user and output data;
at least one processor; and
at least one storage device including instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to cause movement of the pointer on the display screen based on the data output by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,526

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GESTURE HANDLING IN A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VISUAL SCENE

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:displaying, on a client system associated with a user, a visual scene comprising one or more first objects and one or more second objects, wherein the one or more second objects are associated with an augmented reality (AR) context in the scene;
receiving, by a first touch event handler associated with an operating system (OS) running on the client system, a set of touch events;
sending, by the first touch event handler to a second touch event handler running on the client system, the set of touch events;
detecting, by the second touch event handler, a first subset of touch events in the set of touch events relating to the one or more second objects that are associated with the AR context in the scene;
processing, by the second touch event handler, the first subset of touch events relating to the one or more second objects;
sending, by the second touch event handler to the first touch event handler, a second subset of touch events in the set of touch events relating to the one or more first objects;
processing, by the first touch event handler, the second subset of touch events relating to the one or more first objects;
sending, to the client system associated with the user, instructions for updating the visual scene in response to the processing of the first subset of touch events or the processing of the second subset of touch events; and
updating, on the client system associated with the user, the visual scene for display in response to receiving the instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,459,525

GESTURE CONTROL

ELLIPTIC LABORATORIES AS,...

1. A method of operating a touchless user interface on an electronic device having a screen, the method comprising the electronic device:determining information regarding a movement of an input object in a touchless gesture input zone;
determining that said movement of the input object represents an engagement gesture which has been performed and that has crossed at least one boundary of the touchless gesture input zone at a point which is a predetermined lateral distance from an edge of said screen;
determining that a related input gesture has been performed; and
carrying out an operation on the device on the basis of the input gesture only if the engagement gesture has been recognised and if the input gesture is one of a subset of possible input gestures determined by the engagement gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,459,524

MULTI-SENSOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTE SIGNALING CONTROL OF UNMANNED VEHICLES

NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a set of wearable devices each having a multi-sensor detector to sense an operator gesture directed at an unmanned vehicle (UV), wherein each multi-sensor detector comprises:
a plurality of sensors including one of a sensor mounted on a respective wearable device proximal to an operator's finger to detect finger movement; and
another sensor to detect one of motion and direction of the operator gesture with respect to one or more operator hand movement, operator hand movement with respect to a planet's magnetic field, and rotational movement of an operator hand; and
a set of controllers to monitor respective multi-sensor detectors to determine a corresponding operator gesture based on input data provided by the plurality of sensors of a respective wearable device, wherein each controller generates a respective command for the UV based on the corresponding operator gesture;
a communications module configured to provide the respective command to the UV to control a flight path of the UV; and
a wearable display device to be worn on or about a head of an operator, the wearable display device being configured to receive flight path information for the UV from the communication module for display thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,459,523

INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITH TACTILE FEEDBACK

Tactile Displays, LLC, D...

1. An electronic device comprising:an interactive display that comprises:
an image display device disposed at a first surface of the electronic device, the image display device configured to display a plurality of imaged keys; and
a physical keypad disposed at a second surface of the electronic device, the physical keypad comprising a plurality of physical keys, wherein:
the interactive display has a keyboard-enabled mode in which the image display device displays 1) the plurality of imaged keys and 2) one or more selectable menus;
the interactive display has a keyboard-disabled mode in which the image display device does not display the plurality of imaged keys;
the plurality of physical keys perform a different function from the plurality of imaged keys so that the plurality of physical keys and the plurality of imaged keys form a combination keyboard, wherein the plurality of physical keys comprise only one of: 1) modifier, navigation, lock, and editing keys; or 2) alphanumeric keys, and the plurality of imaged keys comprise only one of the other of: 1) modifier, navigation, lock, and editing keys; or 2) alphanumeric keys.

US Pat. No. 10,459,522

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDUCING SOMATIC SENSE USING AIR PLASMA AND INTERFACE DEVICE USING THEM

KONKUK UNIVERSITY GLOCAL ...

1. A somatic sense induction system using air plasma, the system comprising:a laser radiation device for controlling parameters of a laser and generating the air plasma at one point in air by radiating the laser at the one point in the air;
a lens for inducing the generation of the air plasma by focusing the laser radiated from the laser radiation device on the one point in the air;
an information collection unit for collecting biological information of a driver or driving information of a vehicle; and
a drowsiness determination unit for receiving the biological information of a driver or the driving information of a vehicle and determining whether the driver is in a drowsy state,
wherein a shock wave and an electric field generated by the air plasma induce a state change in a medium existing in an area affected by the shock wave and the electric field, and
wherein if it is determined by the drowsiness determination unit that the driver is in a drowsy state, the laser radiation device generates air plasma by radiating a pulse laser at a point around the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,459,521

TOUCH SURFACE FOR SIMULATING MATERIALS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method of simulating a material using a touch-sensitive surface, comprising:locally controlling a temperature of a portion of the touch-sensitive surface using a temperature control device positioned directly beneath the touch-sensitive surface; and
vibrating the portion of the touch-sensitive surface using one of a set of actuators that are positioned directly beneath the touch-sensitive surface in contact with the touch-sensitive surface; wherein a temperature and vibration of the portion of the touch-sensitive surface simulates a temperature and feel of the material.

US Pat. No. 10,459,520

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF EYE TRACKING CONTROL

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method comprising:receiving a user input at a computing device;
while receiving the user input:
determining information about at least one point of regard indicating at least one location on a display of the computing device at which a user is looking; and
displaying, in response to the user input, a plurality of display objects on the display, each display object positioned at a different location within the display and associated with a respective performable operation;
determining that the user input has terminated; and
in response to termination of the user input:
determining a point of regard at a time when the user input has terminated;
identifying a display object of the plurality of display objects based on the determined point of regard; and
performing an operation associated with the identified display object.

US Pat. No. 10,459,519

FUNCTION ALLOCATION FOR VIRTUAL CONTROLLER

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

20. A system comprising:a processor; and
a computer program product tangibly embodied in a non-transitory storage medium, the computer program product including instructions that when executed cause the processor to perform operations including:
associating, in a computer system, a first virtual controller with a first physical controller;
allocating a first function to the first virtual controller, the allocation providing for performance of the first function using the first physical controller;
associating a second virtual controller in the computer system with a second physical controller;
allocating a second function to the second virtual controller;
detecting a gesture performed using the first physical controller; and
in response to detecting the gesture, de-allocating the first function from, or allocating the second function to, the first virtual controller.

US Pat. No. 10,459,518

GAME WITH HAND MOTION CONTROL

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. A method for controlling an apparatus affixed in the form of a loop to an arm of to a human player, the human-mounted apparatus having a power source, a motion sensor, an electromagnetic receiver/transmitter, at least one of an audio speaker and/or a haptics transducer, and a processor, all conjoined for consolidated unitary motion with the arm of the human player on which the apparatus is affixed, the method comprising:by the processor, directing the electromagnetic transmitter to transmit to a gaming device a signal that encodes an identifier that is unique to the apparatus, wherein reception of the signal by the gaming device causes the gaming device to display a message to a person;
responsive to a confirmation action by the person at the gaming device, by the processor, configuring the apparatus to control games at the gaming device through a transmission of game control signals to the gaining device, wherein the gaming device is operable to receive game control signals from a plurality of devices, and wherein the configuring of the apparatus causes the gaming device to only react to game control signals received from the apparatus;
by the processor, receiving a signal from the motion sensor, wherein the signal indicates at least one motion of the apparatus;
by the processor, transforming the received motion sensor signal to a command to control activity of a game, the game being provided to the human player on the gaming device;
by the processor, directing the electromagnetic transmitter to transmit the command to the gaming device;
by the processor, receiving from the electromagnetic receiver instructions that have been received wirelessly by the electromagnetic receiver from the gaming device; and
responsive to the instructions, by the processor, driving the audio speaker and/or haptics transducer to provide information to the human player.

US Pat. No. 10,459,517

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR SCHEDULING SOFTWARE TASKS BASED ON CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT POWER CHARACTERISTICS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of scheduling processing tasks in a computing device having a group of low-power processor cores and other processor cores, the method comprising:identifying multiple application streams related to communication with a wireless local area network (WLAN);
computing a total WLAN throughput requirement for the multiple application streams;
determining whether the total WLAN throughput requirement is less than a first threshold value, wherein the first threshold value is based on power characteristics of the low-power processor cores; and
in response to determining that the total WLAN throughput requirement is not less than the first threshold value:
determining whether the total WLAN throughput requirement is less than a second threshold value, wherein the second threshold value corresponds to a change in a power profile curve measuring power consumption as a function of workload for the low-power processor cores; and
scheduling processing tasks for the multiple application streams by distributing the tasks across all of the low-power processor cores in response to determining that the total WLAN throughput requirement is not less than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,516

STAGED POWER DISTRIBUTION CONTROL

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:logic, at least a portion of the logic implemented in hardware, the logic to:
determine a voltage level of a power source has fallen below a threshold value, wherein fall of the voltage level below the threshold value is caused by an increase in current provided by the power source;
take a selected action based on the voltage level falling below the threshold value, the selected action to cause a reduction in electric power consumption by a component; and
indicate to a main processor circuit that the selected action was taken.

US Pat. No. 10,459,515

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN PROGRAM FOR SETTING CONNECTION INFORMATION

Fujitsu Client Computing ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a communication processor in which connection information to access a server of a network operator on a communication line is to be set to allow the information processing apparatus to connect to the communication line, and that includes a port, the communication processor allowing the connection information to be set in the communication processor when the communication processor is in a port opened state where the port is opened;
an operating system (OS);
a controller that makes the communication processor be in the port opened state without starting the OS when the information processing apparatus is powered on;
a setting processor that sets the connection information in the communication processor made into the port opened state without starting the OS by the controller through executing a program file to set the connection information;
a connector that is able to connect thereto a first recording medium that stores therein the program file; and
a reader that reads, when the first recording medium is connected to the connector at powering on the information processing apparatus, the program file from the first recording medium,
wherein the setting processor executes the program file read by the reader.

US Pat. No. 10,459,514

COORDINATED MULTI-DEVICE POWER MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

14. A device implemented method for power management across a plurality of devices comprising:establishing a communicative coupling to a second device;
inventorying a component of the second device having a redundancy with a component of the device;
eliminating the redundancy to reduce total power consumed by the plurality of devices; and
mapping the component of the second device to the device via the communicative coupling to allow the device to access the component of the second device.

US Pat. No. 10,459,513

FINANCIAL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A financial device comprising:one or more modules;
a storage unit to store the operation information of the one or more modules, when entering a power saving mode;
a main control controller to disconnect power to the one or more modules by providing the power saving mode entry command to the one or more modules after the operation information is stored in the storage unit, when entering the power saving mode;
a proximity sensor to sense whether a user accesses the financial device,
a display to display a financial transaction of the financial device and its entry or cancellation of the power saving mode is controlled by turning on or off a backlight by a backlight driver;
a power controller to control power disconnection and disconnection removal for the one or more modules by electrically or physically disconnecting or connecting power lines of the one or more modules when receiving a power-off command from the main control controller; and
a sensor controller to control the turning on and off of the display; and
wherein the main controller cancels the power saving mode based on a detection of the proximity sensor and a predetermined cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,459,512

POWER SAVING DURING A CONNECTION DETECTION

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

27. A method comprising:detecting, at a controller of a source device, an absence of a hot plug detect (HPD) signal from a sink device via a connector;
disabling a direct current (DC) voltage source in response to detecting the absence of the HPD signal; and
enabling a receiver sense circuit of the source device in response to detecting the absence of the HPD signal, wherein the receiver sense circuit detects whether the sink device is coupled to the source device via the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,459,511

DISPLAY DEVICE AND TERMINAL FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display device comprising:a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly transmit a packet or wirelessly receive a packet;
a memory configured to store information of at least one registered wake-up device; and
a controller configured to control the wireless communication unit to change to a wake-up mode or to not change to the wake-up mode based on whether specific information is stored in the memory,
wherein in response to power of the display device being turned off, the controller to:
determine whether the information of the at least one registered wake-up device is stored in the memory,
control the wireless communication unit to change to the wake-up mode when the information of the at least one registered wake-up device is determined to be stored in the memory, and
control the wireless communication unit to not change to the wake-up mode when the information of the at least one registered wake-up device is determined to not be stored in the memory, even when power of the display device is turned off,
wherein when the wireless communication unit is operating in the wake-up mode, the wireless communication unit is to output a first packet including information of the display device, wherein the first packet corresponds to an advertising packet,
wherein while the wireless communication unit is operating in the wake-up mode, the wireless communication unit to receive a second packet in response to the outputted first packet, and the controller to turn on the power of the display device based on the received second packet without the display device being wirelessly connected to a terminal that provides the second packet,
wherein the second packet corresponds to an advertising packet that is generated based on a wake-up request and is not generated in response to the first packet.

US Pat. No. 10,459,510

POWER CHAIN WITH DELAY ADAPTIVE SWITCHES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first plurality of power switch devices, wherein each of the first plurality of power switch devices comprises:
a delay line having a programmable time delay; and
a power switch coupled between a supply rail and a circuit block,
wherein the power switch has a control input coupled to the delay line; and
a switch manager configured to program the time delays of the delay lines in the first plurality of power switch devices based on a number of active circuit blocks in a system.

US Pat. No. 10,459,509

DUAL PATH SEQUENTIAL ELEMENT TO REDUCE TOGGLES IN DATA PATH

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:switching logic, at least a portion of which is in hardware, to cause signals for a single data path of a processor to be directed to at least two separate data paths,
wherein at least one data path of the at least two separate data paths is to be power gated to reduce signal toggles in the at least one data path, wherein the single data path is to comprise a plurality of clock domains, wherein each of the at least two separate data paths is to comprise a single clock domain, wherein both of the at least two separate data paths are to operate at a same frequency that is lower than an operating frequency of the single data path.

US Pat. No. 10,459,508

LOW FREQUENCY POWER MANAGEMENT BUS

Konica Minolta Laboratory...

1. A low frequency power management bus, the low frequency power management bus comprising:a bus;
a plurality of power nodes and at least one super power node connected to the bus, each of the plurality of power nodes and the at least one super node including power management control logic, a power regulator, and a power policy, and wherein the plurality of power nodes and the at least one super node are configured to be arranged in a plurality of configurable topologies, the super power node being configured to be connected either directly or through another power node to each of the plurality of power nodes within each of the plurality of configurable topologies; and
wherein the plurality of power nodes include three or more power nodes, the three or more power nodes being configurable to be connected to one another and transformable from a circular arrangement, a vertical relationship, a horizontal relationship, and/or a horizontal and vertical relationship to another of a circular arrangement, a vertical relationship, a horizontal relationship, and/or a horizontal and vertical relationship.

US Pat. No. 10,459,507

METHOD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR SETTING SCREEN TIMEOUT TIME

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. A method for setting a screen timeout time, applicable to an electronic device having a touch screen, wherein the method comprises the following steps:detecting touch operation performed by a user on the touch screen to generate a plurality of touch operation time periods, wherein a non-touch operation time period is between every two consecutive touch operation time periods, and wherein each of the non-touch operation time periods exceeds a predetermined idle time period;
calculating an average touch operation time period according to the touch operation time periods; and
setting the screen timeout time according to the average touch operation time period.

US Pat. No. 10,459,506

BATTERY STATE DETECTION BY USE OF VOLTAGE IN A SHARED POWER SYSTEM BACKGROUND

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A server computing system comprising:a battery;
a server computing device configured to:
receive a power signal from the battery, the received power signal changing over time,
operate in a first state of normal operation when the received power signal is at a first level,
detect when the received power signal is reduced to a second level, and
when the power signal is reduced to the second level, begin preparing to shutdown.

US Pat. No. 10,459,505

BATTERY VIRTUALIZATION

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

14. A computing device comprising:a physical battery having a defined battery capacity;
hardware resources comprising a memory and processor;
the computing device configured to support execution of a plurality of groups of applications, resident within the memory, each group of applications including one or more applications executable on the hardware resources, each group of applications executed using a different respective slice of the computing device, each slice associated with a respective virtual battery; and
a virtual battery manager, resident within the memory and when instantiated by the processor on the hardware resources, configured to control each group of applications based on a state of the virtual battery associated with the slice of the computing device within which the group of applications is executed, each virtual battery having a respective virtual capacity being a defined portion of a capacity of the physical battery and a respective virtual battery reserve less than or equal to the virtual capacity and representing an amount of energy that is available for use by the group of applications associated with the virtual battery, the capacity of the physical battery representing a maximum amount of energy that can be stored in the physical battery, the virtual battery manager further configured to update the virtual capacity of each of the virtual batteries during runtime of the group of applications associated therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,459,504

TELEMATICS SERVICE BUTTONS INTEGRATED WITH INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM USING AN UNINTERRUPTED POWER SUPPLY WITH OPTMIZED CONSUMPTION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system incorporated within a vehicle, the system being configured to initiate a telematics service call via a touch-based user interface, the system comprising:a telematics system configured to support communications relating to telematics services;
an infotainment center;
a touchscreen interface configured to present user-selectable controls for invoking services provided by:
the infotainment center, and
the telematics system;
a backup battery configured to supply power, during a disruption of power supply from a primary power supply, to:
the touchscreen interface,
the telematics system, and
a microphone and a speaker providing bi-directional audio communications with providers of telematics services; and
a backup battery mode control processor configured for:
sensing a disruption of power provided by the primary power supply, and
activating, in response to the sensing, a low-power operating mode for the touchscreen interface;wherein:the touchscreen interface includes one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons by which a vehicle occupant requests telematics services, including an emergency call service, in an event of an emergency;
the one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons remain active during a disruption in power;
the processor is configured to provide instructions for the one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons to remain active, while a remainder of the touchscreen interface is deactivated, during the low-power operating mode;
the processor is configured to, while in the low-power operating mode, power only a portion of a display of the touchscreen interface that produces visible images of the one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons, while not powering the remainder of the touchscreen interface;
the processor is configured to, while in the low-power operating mode, energize only pixels of a portion of a display of the touchscreen interface that produces visible images of the one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons, while not energizing pixels of the remainder of the touchscreen interface; and
the touchscreen interface uses a matrix of individually-switched self-illuminating diodes that are controllable to emit light without the use of a master backlight, and wherein the processor is configured to, while in the low-power operating mode, energize only pixels formed by triads associated with the one or more user-selectable graphical touch-screen soft buttons, while leaving the remainder of the touchscreen interface unpowered.

US Pat. No. 10,459,503

ELECTRONIC SYSTEM, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND FUNCTION EXPANSION DEVICE

Fujitsu Client Computing ...

1. An electronic system comprising:a first electronic device; and
a second electronic device that is connected to the first electronic device, and that receives an electric power supply from the same power supply as that of the first electronic device, the second electronic device including a battery,
wherein the first electronic device includes:
a load that consumes electric power, and
a processor configured to:
notify, when an amount of electric power consumption of the first electronic device is small, the second electronic device of a small electric power consumption state of the first electronic device,
in response to an instruction to start electric power supply to the load, notify the second electronic device of a limit of a charging current of the battery, and
in response to a limiting completion notification from the second electronic device, cause the electric power supply to the load to be started, and
the second electronic device includes a processor configured to:
decrease, when a notification of the small electric power consumption state of the first electronic device is received, an amount of electric power that can be used to charge the battery in response to receiving a notification of the limit of the charging current of the battery from the first electronic device, and
increase, when a notification of the small electric power consumption state of the first electronic device is received, the amount of electric power that can be used to charge the battery when the notification of the limit of the charging current of the battery is not received.

US Pat. No. 10,459,502

ADAPTIVE CHARGE LEVELING IN A DATA STORAGE DEVICE

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC, ...

10. A charge leveler system, comprising:a controller coupleable to an external power supply;
a storage component coupled to the controller; and
a charge leveler coupled to the controller, the charge leveler comprising:
a current limiter couplable to receive an input current from the external power supply, the current limiter configured to output a limited current at no more than a pre-determined level; and
a charge reservoir coupleable to the current limiter output to supplement the limited current when the pre-determined level is exceeded, and to replenish the charge reservoir with surplus limited current in excess of current requested by an external data storage device coupleable to the charge leveler system when the pre-determined level is not exceeded.

US Pat. No. 10,459,501

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUGMENTATION OF RESET RECOVERY OPERATION TIMING

WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOG...

1. A method to perform operations of an electrical device, comprising:performing operations during operation of a clock producing a clock signal;
asserting a reset of components performing operations for the electrical device;
after the reset of components is asserted, stopping the clock through a reset generation block for a number N cycles; and
performing the reset of components performing operations during the stopping of the clock through the reset generation block for the number N cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,459,500

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURABLE THERMAL MANAGEMENT

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions, which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:select one of a plurality of maximum junction temperature (Tjmax) values;
operate the processor within a thermal mode having a temperature limit corresponding to the selected one of the plurality of Tjmax values.

US Pat. No. 10,459,499

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT OF LIQUID COOLING UPGRADES WITH LIQUID COOLING ADAPTER CARD

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a plurality of information handling resources including a thermal manager; and
a liquid cooling adapter comprising:
fluidic conduits for conveying a refrigerant liquid between a cooling distribution unit external to the information handling system and at least one of the plurality of information handling resources;
a computer-readable medium configured to store information regarding the liquid cooling adapter; and
a sideband interface communicatively coupled between the computer-readable medium and the thermal manager such that the thermal manager is configured to receive the information regarding the liquid cooling adapter from the computer-readable medium and provide thermal control of the information handling system in accordance with the information regarding the liquid cooling adapter.

US Pat. No. 10,459,498

HEAT DISSIPATION IN A THREE CHAMBER CHASSIS OF A PERSONAL COMPUTER

Corsair Memory, Inc., Fr...

1. A computer chassis comprising:a chassis frame encompassing a chassis cavity, the computer chassis having a top chassis portion oriented in a first X-Y plane of the computer chassis, a bottom chassis portion oriented in a second X-Y plane of the computer chassis, a front chassis portion oriented in a first X-Z plane of the computer chassis, and a rear chassis portion oriented in a second X-Z plane of the computer chassis;
a right side outer panel oriented in a first Y-Z plane of the computer chassis;
a left side outer panel oriented in a second Y-Z plane of the computer chassis;
a central solid bulkhead in the chassis cavity, the central solid bulkhead occupying an entire cross sectional area of the chassis cavity and is oriented in a third Y-Z plane of the computer chassis, where the third Y-Z plane is located about midway in an X direction of the computer chassis,
wherein:
the central solid bulkhead runs from the top chassis portion to the bottom chassis portion and from the front chassis portion to the rear chassis portion; and
the central solid bulkhead divides the chassis cavity into a first chassis cavity portion and a second chassis cavity portion;
a chamber partition in the second chassis cavity portion, the chamber partition occupying an entire cross sectional area of the second chassis cavity portion and is oriented in an X-Y plane and divides the second chassis cavity portion to create a third chassis cavity portion;
wherein the first chassis cavity portion forms a first thermal chamber of the computer chassis, the second chassis cavity portion forms a second thermal chamber of the computer chassis; and the third chassis cavity portion forms a third thermal chamber of the computer chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,459,497

ELECTRONIC COMPUTING DEVICE AND AIR-GUIDING COVER THEREOF

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

13. An air-guiding cover, comprising:a cover body;
a first cover member; and
a second cover member, wherein the cover body is selectively connectable to one of the first cover member and the second cover member at a time, and wherein when the cover body is connected to the first cover member, the air-guiding cover is in a first guiding state, and the air-guiding cover separates an air flow into a first flow and a second flow, and when the cover body is connected to the second cover member, the air-guiding cover is in a second guiding state, and the air-guiding cover gathers the air flow into a third flow,
wherein the cover body comprises a first path structure and a second path structure, the first cover member comprises a first shielding wall and a guiding frame, the guiding frame defines a first cover opening, the first shielding wall connects to the guiding frame, an entrance notch is formed between the first shielding wall and the guiding frame, the first shielding wall corresponds to the first path structure, the entrance notch corresponds to the second path structure, and a central processing unit is in the first path structure.

US Pat. No. 10,459,496

MODULAR COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE

1. A modular computer system, comprising:a casing, wherein the casing is an enclosed structure having an exterior and an interior;
a door attached to the casing allowing access to the interior of the casing;
in the interior of the casing,
(a) a pair of slide grooves,
wherein each one of the slide grooves is disposed along opposite interior walls of the casing;
(b) a motherboard, wherein lateral edges of the motherboard are disposed in the slide grooves;
(c) a backplane disposed on the motherboard and arranged substantially perpendicular to the motherboard having at least one port connected to the motherboard;
(d) wherein the slide grooves permit an assembly including only the motherboard along with the backplane attached thereto to slide out from the interior of the casing through the door; and
(e) a power supply electrically connected to the motherboard;
in the exterior of the casing,
an opening permitting at least one hard drive to be freely inserted through the opening so that the hard drive extends into the interior and electrically connects it with the backplane such that the hard drive is substantially parallel with the motherboard while being substantially perpendicular with the backplane;
wherein the opening further permits the hard drive to be freely removed therefrom by pulling the hard drive without interference from any device inhibiting the pulling; and
wherein such free insertion and removing of the hard drive is capable of being done during operation of the modular computer system when fully assembled.

US Pat. No. 10,459,495

WEARABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES HAVING AN INWARD FACING INPUT DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

North Inc., Kitchener, O...

1. A wearable electronic device comprising:a body having an aperture there through, the aperture sized and shaped to receive a finger of a user;
an input area including:
at least one pressure sensing pad to detect a first input from the user; and
at least one capacitive pad to detect a second input from the user, the at least one capacitive pad at least partially overlapping the at least one pressure sensing pad; and
a transmitter coupled to the at least one pressure sensing pad and the at least one capacitive area to send electronic transmissions, the electronic transmissions corresponding to the first input and the second input.

US Pat. No. 10,459,494

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Inventec (Pudong) Technol...

1. A portable electronic device, comprising:a main body comprising a first casing, a second casing and a hinge, with the hinge connecting the first casing and the second casing so as to allow the first casing to be flipped relatively to the second casing; and
an antenna comprising:
a radiation structure comprising a first metal layer and a second metal layer, with the first metal layer disposed at the first casing, the second metal layer disposed at the second casing, and a slot formed between the first metal layer and the second metal layer; and
an excitation circuit disposed in the first casing, and comprising an electromagnetic wave emitting portion configured to emit an electromagnetic wave towards the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,459,493

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING PLURALITY OF HOUSINGS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first housing comprising a first lateral side;
a second housing comprising a second lateral side facing the first lateral side;
at least one first magnetic member configured to be rotatably disposed inside the first housing and adjacent to the first lateral side; and
at least one second magnetic member configured to be rotatably disposed inside the second housing, configured to rotate corresponding to a rotation of the first magnetic member, and adjacent to the second lateral side,
wherein the first housing and the second housing are rotatably coupled to each other by a magnetic force between the at least one first magnetic member and the at least one second magnetic member.

US Pat. No. 10,459,492

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. An electronic device, comprising,a first machine body;
a second machine body;
a hinge structure, configured to pivot the first machine body and the second machine body, wherein the first machine body is capable of rotating 360 degrees relative to the second machine body by the hinge structure;
a moving component, movably disposed in the first machine body; and
a towing structure, disposed in the first machine body and coupled to the hinge structure and the moving component, the towing structure is configured to be driven by the hinge structure to drive the moving component to move relative to the first machine body,
wherein the moving component is driven by the towing structure to move relative to the first machine body to expose or cover a plurality of first opening holes on a side of a first inner surface,
wherein one side of the first machine body has a plurality of first opening holes, the moving component is disposed corresponding to the first opening holes, and the moving component is driven by the towing structure to move relative to the first machine body to expose or cover the first opening holes,
wherein the moving component has a plurality of second opening holes configured to be respectively aligned to the first opening holes or misaligned to the first opening holes when the moving component is driven by the towing structure to move relative to the first machine body.

US Pat. No. 10,459,491

HOUSING FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY KIT FOR A HOUSING

1. A housing (1) for an electronic device (15), comprisingfirst and second housing shells (2), the first housing shell (2) is constructed as a lower shell (3) and the second housing shell (2) is constructed as an upper shell (4) which is positionable on the lower shell (3),
at least one of a viewing or activation window (6) which is closed with a display protection film (5) constructed in the upper shell (4), and
a peripheral seal (7) that seals a connection between the housing shells (2) the peripheral seal (7) is comprised of at least two sealing segments (8, 9, 10, 11) which are separate from each other and which are placed against each other in an extent direction of the peripheral seal (7).

US Pat. No. 10,459,490

FOLDABLE TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A foldable terminal, comprising a body, a flexible screen assembly, a magnetic attraction assembly and a magnetic buffer assembly;the body comprising an upper part, a bending part and a lower part sequentially coupled, the body comprising an upper end and a lower end opposite to each other, the lower part being electrically connected to the upper part;
the flexible screen assembly being disposed to a surface of the body;
the magnetic attraction assembly comprising a first magnetic attraction member and a second magnetic attraction member, the first magnetic attraction member being disposed to the upper part and adjacent to the upper end; the second magnetic attraction member being disposed to the lower part and adjacent to the lower end; and when an included angle between the upper part and the lower part is 0 degree, the first magnetic attraction member being attracted to the second magnetic attraction member;
the magnetic buffer assembly comprising a first magnetic buffer member and a second magnetic buffer member, the first magnetic buffer member being disposed to the upper part and adjacent to the bending part; the second magnetic buffer member being disposed to the lower part and adjacent to the bending part; and when the included angle between the upper part and the lower part is greater than or less than 180 degrees, the first magnetic buffer member and the second magnetic buffer member repelling each other, allowing a user to perceive repulsive force between the first magnetic buffer member and the second magnetic buffer member as long as the upper part is bent relative to the lower part, so as to prevent the foldable terminal from being inadvertently closed;
the first magnetic buffer member and the second magnetic buffer member being both strip-shaped; or the first magnetic buffer member being strip-shaped, and the second magnetic buffer member being cylindrical; and
the bending part being a sheet made of materials which are capable of being bent repeatedly and have elasticity, the bending part being connected between the upper part and the lower part, and the bending part being disposed opposite to the flexible screen assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,459,489

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

20. A method of forming a display panel of a display apparatus, comprising:preparing a display panel which generates and displays an image, the display panel comprising:
a substrate including a display area in which a plurality of display pixels are disposed;
the substrate extending in a first direction from the display area to define each of:
a first non-display area of the substrate disposed adjacent to the display area, and
a second non-display area of the substrate opposite to the display area thereof in the first direction with respect to the first non-display area; and
further defining for the second non-display area of the substrate:
a bendable portion of the substrate at which the display panel is bent about a bending axis extending in a second direction which crosses to the first direction; and
a non-bending portion of the substrate at which the display panel is not bent, the bendable portion disposed between the non-bending portion and the first non-display area of the substrate in the first direction;
wherein
a first width is defined as a total width of the display area of the substrate and the first non-display area of the substrate which is disposed adjacent to the display area, in the second direction; and
a second width is defined as a total width of the bendable portion of the second non-display area of the substrate, in the second direction;
the display panel bent about the bending axis defines within the bendable portion, a stress concentration portion of the substrate which is aligned with the bending axis in the first direction,
a third width is defined as a total width of the stress concentration portion of the substrate which is aligned with the bending axis, in the second direction, and
the third width is less than each of the first width and the second width, in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,459,487

SUPPORT FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

1. A support for an electronic device defining a device first surface, a device second surface opposite the device first surface, and four edge joining the device first and second surfaces together, the support comprising:an elongated main body defining:
a main body first surface;
a main body second surface opposite the main body first surface;
a main body first end; and
a main body second end opposite the main body first end;
a first grasping portion extending from the main body first end in a direction away from the main body first surface;
a second grasping portion extending from the main body second end in a direction away from the main body first surface, the first and second grasping portions together defining a grasping passage; and
a device securing portion extending from the elongated main body in a direction away from the main body second surface, the device securing portion together with the elongated main body defining a first securing notch and a second securing notch for receiving the electronic device, the device securing portion comprising:
a securing main portion extending from the elongated main body and defining:
a securing main portion distal end;
a securing main portion first surface; and
a securing main portion second surface;
a first portion extending from the securing main portion distal end in a direction away from the securing main portion first surface, the first securing portion together with the securing main portion first surface and part of the main body second surface defining the first securing notch, the first securing portion defining a first securing portion inner surface being at a first angle with the securing main portion first surface; and
a second securing portion extending from the securing main portion distal end in a direction away from the securing main portion second surface, the second securing portion together with the securing main portion second surface and part of the main body second surface defining the second securing notch, the second securing portion defining a second securing portion inner surface being at a second angle with the securing main portion second surface;
wherein when the electronic device is received within the first securing notch;
the main body second surface interface with part of one of: the device first surface and the device second surface;
part of the securing main portion first surface interface with part of one of the four edges; and
part of the first securing portion inner surface interface with part of the other one of: the device first surface and the device second surface; and
further wherein when the electronic device is received within the second securing notch:
the main body second surface interface with part of one of: the device first surface and the device second surface;
part of the securing main portion second surface interfaces with part of one of the four edges; and
part of the second securing portion inner surface interfaces with part of the other one of: the device first surface and the device second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,459,486

MOTORIZED HORIZONTAL DOCKING STATION HAVING INTEGRATED LOCKING MECHANISM

Brydge Technologies LLC, ...

1. A method for detecting misalignment between a plurality of plugs in a motorized docking station and a corresponding plurality of ports on an electronic device, the method comprising:applying an electrical charge to a motor, the motor connected to a drive train and the drive train connected to the plurality of plugs of the motorized docking station, the plurality of plugs disposed in relative positions to interface with the corresponding plurality of ports on the electronic device;
monitoring by a sensor an electrical property of the electrical charge to detect the misalignment between the plurality of plugs in the motorized docking station; and
removing by a processor the electrical charge from the motor if the electrical property exceeds a predetermined threshold;
wherein the processor is further configured to apply a reverse electrical charge to the motor when the electrical property exceeds the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,485

ATTACHABLE ARTICLE WITH SIGNALING, SPLIT DISPLAY AND MESSAGING FEATURES

FLEXTERRA, INC., Skokie,...

1. A display system, comprising:an article having a substrate and a flexible display disposed over a portion of the substrate;
a display driver electronically connected to the flexible display for providing image content to the flexible display;
a user signaling element disposed on the article;
a processor coupled to the display driver;
a memory that stores a messaging routine that, when executed on the processor, operates to:
detect receipt of an incoming message,
upon detecting receipt of the incoming message, send an activation signal to the user signaling element to generate a user signal sensible by a user,
initiate a first detection iteration to detect whether a first predetermined action has been taken by the user, with respect to the article, within a predetermined period of time after generating the user signal,
display an indication of the incoming message on a portion of the flexible display of the article when the first predetermined action is detected within the predetermined period of time,
initiate a second detection iteration to detect whether a second predetermined action has been taken by the user, with respect to the article, and
modify the predetermined period of time when the second predetermined action is detected; and
one or more sensors, wherein the messaging routine uses said one or more sensors to:
detect the first predetermined action by detecting one or more of a first motion of the article, a positioning of the article in a first predetermined position, or a change of an orientation of the article to a first predetermined orientation; and/or
detect the second predetermined action by detecting one or more of a second motion of the article, a positioning of the article in a second predetermined position, or a change of an orientation of the article to a second predetermined orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,459,484

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASE WITH HANDLE ASSEMBLY

PIONEER SQUARE BRANDS, IN...

1. A case comprising:a first case portion shaped and sized as a front frame to receive and engagingly frame a tablet-shaped computing device without visually concealing a display of the tablet-shaped computing device; and
a second case portion including a retractable handle, a first channel, a second channel, and an outer periphery, a portion of the outer periphery being an outer ledge extending between the first channel and the second channel,
the retractable handle including a grip, a first band, and a second band,
the grip including a first end and a second end, the first band coupled to the first end and the second band coupled to the second end,
the retractable handle including a retracted position and an extended position,
the retracted position including the grip being substantially in adjacent contact with the outer ledge, the first band being at least in part retracted into the first channel and the second band being at least in part retracted into the second channel,
the extended position including the grip being substantially spaced from the outer ledge along a first direction, the first band being extended at least in part from the first channel at least in part along the first direction and the second band being extended at least in part from the second channel at least in part along the first direction,
the outer ledge, the first channel and the second channel being oriented substantially perpendicular to the first direction,
the second case portion configured to removably couple with the first case portion to contain the tablet-shaped computer device as engagingly framed by the first case portion,
wherein the second case portion has an upper edge with the outer ledge being recessed from the upper edge such that the grip is flush with the upper edge when in retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,459,483

FUNCTIONAL DEVICE AND MOBILE TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A functional device for a mobile terminal, comprising:a frame, defining a cavity;
a driving assembly, housed in the cavity, the driving assembly comprising a motor, a lead screw, and a slider, the lead screw being connected to a rotating shaft of the motor, and the slider being sleeved on the lead screw; and
a sliding base slidably connected to the frame and having a magnetic attraction with the slider, configured to hold a functional component, when the rotating shaft driving the lead screw to rotate, the slider driving the sliding base to move relative to the frame to extend the functional component out of the frame or retract into the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,459,482

PROJECTED NEUTRAL BEND AXIS HINGE

1. A method for folding a device along a hinge connecting two case pieces that projects the neutral bend axis to a flexible layer mounted on an outer surface of the case pieces wherein the hinge is comprised of two hinge layers, wherein each hinge layer is comprised of one or more link segments, wherein the link segments within each hinge layer are connected to one another and the case pieces at hinge pins, wherein each hinge layer contains the same number of link segments, wherein each segment in the first hinge layer is paired with a link segment in the second hinge layer, wherein the relative location of the center points of paired link segments is held constant, and wherein the lengths of the link segments in the first hinge layer can be varied and the length of the link segments in the second hinge layer can be varied, such that the flexible layer experiences neither a tension nor compression force when the device is folded.

US Pat. No. 10,459,481

MOBILE DEVICE WITH FRONT CAMERA AND MAXIMIZED SCREEN SURFACE

inodyn NewMedia GmbH, Ne...

3. A mobile electronic device having a front-facing optical sensor, a maximized screen surface, and minimized outer dimensions, said mobile electronic device comprising:a) a display panel with at least a first cutout at the upper-left corner and a second cutout at the upper-right corner, said display panel having an upper display panel edge, a left display panel edge, and a right display panel edge, wherein:
i) said upper display panel edge, located between said first cutout and said second cutout, is bent to the rear of said display panel, so that the outer vertical measurement of said display panel is reduced while keeping the utilizable surface area of said display panel,
ii) said left display panel edge, located below said first cutout, and said right display panel edge, located below said second cutout, are bent to the rear of said display panel, so that the outer horizontal measurement of said display panel is reduced while keeping the utilizable surface area of said display panel,
whereby said first cutout and said second cutout prevent the upper-left corner and the upper-right corner of said display panel from getting crumpled due to the bent upper display panel edge,
b) at least one front-facing optical sensor disposed, at least in part, in the area of said first cutout or in the area of said second cutout,
c) a computer system connected to said display panel and said front-facing optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,480

TOUCH-SENSITIVE SCREEN

e.Solutions GmbH, (DE)

1. A touch-sensitive screen comprising:a rigid cover layer with a roughened surface directly formed thereon, wherein the rigid cover layer is a glass substrate,
a polarization layer arranged beneath the rigid cover layer and bonded to an underside of the rigid cover layer by means of an adhesive layer,
a touch sensor layer arranged beneath the polarization layer, and
a display of the touch-sensitive screen.

US Pat. No. 10,459,479

DATA STORAGE DEVICE CALIBRATING PREAMP CLOCK USING SYSTEM CLOCK

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A data storage device comprising:a disk;
a head a head actuated over the disk;
preamp circuitry coupled to the head, wherein the preamp circuitry comprises a preamp clock and a clock counter configured to count cycles of the preamp clock; and
system circuitry coupled to the preamp circuit over a serial interface, wherein the system circuitry comprises a system clock and the system circuitry is configured to:
transmit a start command over the serial interface to the preamp circuitry to begin counting a number of cycles of the preamp clock;
receive a preamp command over the serial interface from the preamp circuitry, wherein the preamp command is based on the clock counter in the preamp circuitry;
generate a frequency adjustment command based on the preamp command; and
transmit the frequency adjustment command over the serial interface to the preamp circuitry in order to adjust a frequency of the preamp clock.

US Pat. No. 10,459,478

DIGITAL SENSOR WITH EMBEDDED REFERENCE CLOCK

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A circuit comprising:a sensor circuit configured to sense a local voltage and a local temperature, wherein the sensor circuit includes:
a first ring oscillator having a first circuit topology;
a first counter coupled to receive a first output signal from the first ring oscillator, wherein the first counter is configured to determine a frequency of the first output signal;
a second ring oscillator having a second circuit topology different from the first circuit topology;
a second counter coupled to receive a second output signal from the second ring oscillator, wherein the second counter is configured to determine a frequency of the second output signal;
a local clock circuit configured to provide a clock signal exclusively to circuitry within the sensor circuit including the first and second counters; and
a shift register coupled to receive the clock signal from the local clock circuit, and further coupled to receive a first count value from the first counter and a second count value from the second counter.

US Pat. No. 10,459,477

COMPUTING SYSTEM WITH POWER VARIATION ATTACK COUNTERMEASURES

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. A method comprising:generating a range of different frequencies with at least one oscillator of a clock module;
providing a first clock frequency to a controller with a channel selector of the clock module in response to a dither control circuit;
executing a system operation with the controller;
changing the first clock frequency to a second clock frequency during the execution of the system operation as directed by the dither control circuit, the second clock frequency chosen from the range of different frequencies;
executing a third clock frequency as directed by the dither control circuit, the third clock frequency chosen from the range of different frequencies in relation to the first and second clock frequencies to mitigate a net frequency reduction, the net frequency reduction corresponding with the third clock frequency having a time domain that balances a previously executed first clock frequency and second clock frequency; and
returning to the first clock frequency at the conclusion of the execution of the system operation.

US Pat. No. 10,459,476

ACTUATOR MANUAL OVERRIDE DEVICE

Aktiebolaget SKF, Gothen...

1. An override device for an actuator having a casing, a motor disposed within the casing and having a shaft rotatable about a central axis, and an output member drivably coupled with the motor shaft, the override device comprising:a body having an outer portion engageable with the casing to couple the body with the actuator and an inner portion coaxially engageable with the motor shaft such that angular displacement of the override body angularly displaces the shaft about the shaft central axis so as to drive the output member.

US Pat. No. 10,459,475

METHOD AND MECHANISMS TO USE PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL TO IMPROVE OCCUPANT COMFORT IN AUTOMOBILES

1. An apparatus structured to be positioned in vehicle passenger compartment, the apparatus comprising:an outer shell having a wall defining an interior of the outer shell, the outer shell wall having an exterior surface structured and positioned for physical contact with a skin surface of a vehicle occupant, the outer shell wall also having a plurality of through-holes formed therein;
a phase change material element positioned within the outer shell interior, the phase change material element including a stretchable, thermally-conductive outer wall and a quantity of phase change material positioned within, and in physical contact with, the phase change material element outer wall; and
a pressurization mechanism operatively coupled to the phase change material element, the pressurization mechanism being structured to pressurize the phase change material element so as to force portions of the phase change material element to extend from the interior of the outer shell into associated through holes of the plurality of through holes and past the outer shell wall exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,459,474

CURRENT SENSOR

VIA LABS, INC., New Taip...

1. A current sensor, comprising:a current sensing resistor having a first terminal and a second terminal respectively coupled to a first input terminal and a second input terminal of the current sensor;
a first transistor having a first terminal, a second terminal, and a control terminal, wherein the first terminal of the first transistor is coupled to the first input terminal of the current sensor, and the second terminal of the first transistor is coupled to an output terminal of the current sensor;
a second transistor having a first terminal, a second terminal and a control terminal, wherein the first terminal of the second transistor is coupled to the second input terminal of the current sensor;
a bias voltage generating circuit, coupled to the control terminal of the first transistor to provide a first bias voltage, and coupled to the control terminal of the second transistor to provide a second bias voltage, wherein the first bias voltage and the second bias voltage depend on a voltage of the first input terminal of the current sensor or a voltage of the second input terminal of the current sensor, wherein the bias voltage generating circuit comprises a third transistor, a current source, a first resistor and a second resistor, a first terminal of the third transistor is coupled to the first input terminal of the current sensor or the second input terminal of the current sensor, a second terminal of the third transistor is coupled to a control terminal of the third transistor, the current source is coupled to the second terminal of the third transistor, a first terminal of the first resistor is coupled to the control terminal of the first transistor to provide the first bias voltage, a second terminal of the first resistor is coupled to the control terminal of the third transistor, a first terminal of the second resistor is coupled to the control terminal of the second transistor to provide the second bias voltage, and a second terminal of the second resistor is coupled to the control terminal of the third transistor; and
a current mirror having a first current terminal and a second current terminal, wherein the first current terminal of the current mirror is coupled to the second terminal of the second transistor, and the second current terminal of the current mirror is coupled to the second terminal of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,473

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR ROUTING POWER ACROSS MULTIPLE MICROGRIDS HAVING DC AND AC BUSES

Science Applications Inte...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable program instructions for managing the operation of a plurality of microgrid modules, the computer executable program instructions comprising:first program instructions for receiving power flow data sensed by a sensor indicating a first microgrid module is receiving power on a DC bus, converting the power to AC power, and supplying the power directly to a load which is a second microgrid module on an AC output bus via an inter-microgrid connection;
second program instructions for receiving demand data sensed by a sensor indicating a demand for additional power from the load;
third program instructions for comparing the demand data to rules stored in a computer readable memory, determining a command to send to a controllable element of the first microgrid module, and sending the command to the controllable element to control an operation of the first microgrid module,
wherein the non-transitory computer executable program instructions are executed on a computer comprising a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,459,472

MODEL PREDICTIVE CONTROL OPTIMIZATION FOR POWER ELECTRONICS

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A model predictive control for power electronics, the model predictive control comprising:a plurality of switching matrices defining potential states of a plurality of power converter switches in a multi-level power converter, the multi-level power converter comprising one or more input lines and one or more output lines in power electronics connected to a load or source; and
a control that is configured to perform:
selecting a current switching matrix from the switching matrices that models the multi-level power converter in a current state;
determining a targeted switching matrix from the switching matrices that best aligns with a targeted state based on alignment with a multi-objective function and changes with respect to the current state, wherein the targeted switching matrix is determined by applying a switching weight penalty function that assigns weighting factors based on a position of each of the power converter switches in the multi-level power converter;
adjusting a switch state of the power converter switches based on the targeted switching matrix to control a voltage level between the one or more input lines and the one or more output lines of the multi-level power converter; and
setting the current switching matrix to the targeted switching matrix and monitoring for changes with respect to the multi-objective function and the current state to meet one or more demands of the load or source.

US Pat. No. 10,459,471

APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR COLLECTION, CHARGING AND DISTRIBUTING POWER STORAGE DEVICES, SUCH AS BATTERIES

Gorogo Inc., Hong Kong (...

1. A method of operating a distribution, collection and charging machine for portable electrical energy storage devices, the method comprising:identifying by a control subsystem at least one first portable electrical energy storage device currently removably located at the distribution, collection and charging machine to be charged at an accelerated rate relative to one or more second portable electrical energy storage devices currently removably located at the distribution, collection and charging machine;
charging by a charging subsystem the first portable electrical energy storage device via an electrical service, wherein the electrical service has an associated limiting rating; and
charging, at the accelerated rate, by the charging subsystem the first portable electrical energy storage device via energy supplied from one or more of the second portable electrical energy storage devices and via the electrical service.

US Pat. No. 10,459,470

VOLTAGE REGULATOR AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN OUTPUT VOLTAGE WITH REDUCED VOLTAGE RIPPLE

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A digital voltage regulator configured to regulate an output voltage at an output node based on an input voltage; wherein the regulator comprisesa driver stage comprising N driver slices, with N>1; wherein each of the N driver slices can be activated or deactivated individually; wherein a driver slice comprises a current source configured to provide an output current component to the output node, if the driver slice is activated;
a control unit configured to activate a number n of the N driver slices, based on a deviation of a feedback voltage from a reference voltage; wherein the feedback voltage is dependent on the output voltage; and
clamping circuitry which is configured to bypass the control unit for activating one or more of the N driver slices, subject to a drop of the output voltage at or below a trigger voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,459,469

CONSTANT-VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND MEASURING APPARATUS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A constant-voltage generating apparatus comprising a plurality of constant-voltage circuits connected in series, each of the constant-voltage circuits having:a positive-side power supply node;
a negative-side power supply node; and
a control unit that controls voltage between the positive-side power supply node and the negative-side power supply node to be constant voltage, wherein
the positive-side power supply node in the constant-voltage circuit at a preceding stage is connected to the negative-side power supply node in the constant-voltage circuit at a subsequent stage, and
each control unit is configured to determine an applied voltage of the corresponding constant-voltage circuit so that the plurality of constant-voltage circuits connected in series each have 1% or less fluctuation of voltage between the positive-side power supply node and the negative-side power supply node in case of being exposed to a radiation dose of 2 kGy or more in a ?-ray atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,459,468

LOAD CURRENT SENSE CIRCUIT

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A low dropout regulator circuit, comprising:a pass transistor;
a first sense transistor;
a second sense transistor;
a driver circuit coupled to, and configured to generate a drive signal to control, the pass transistor, the first sense transistor, and the second sense transistor;
sense circuitry coupled to the pass transistor, the first sense transistor, and the second sense transistor, and comprising:
a first sense circuit configured to generate an output current proportional to a current flowing in the pass transistor; and
a second sense circuit coupled to the driver circuit and configured to set the drive signal to a predetermined voltage responsive to a voltage across the pass transistor being less than a threshold voltage; and
an error amplifier coupled to the pass transistor and the driver circuit, and configured to control a voltage at an output of the pass transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,467

SWITCHING REGULATOR WITH SOFT START CIRCUIT AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

FCI INC., Bundang-Gu, Se...

1. A switching regulator with a soft start circuit for suppressing an in-rush current, comprising:a peak detector configured to receive a clock signal and detect a peak voltage of the clock signal;
a comparator configured to generate a soft start signal for controlling a soft start of the switching regulator based on a result of comparing a level of the peak voltage of the clock signal to a preset reference voltage level;
a counter configured to switch a state of the soft start signal at a time point when a preset soft start time arrives; and
a ramp voltage generation unit configured to generate a ramp voltage by adjusting a resistance of a variable resistor based on the soft start signal.

US Pat. No. 10,459,466

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING CONSTANT CURRENT

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a bandgap reference circuit comprising:
an amplifier including first and second inputs and an output; and
a bandgap transistor coupled to the output of the amplifier and the first and second inputs of the amplifier at an electrode thereof to form a feedback path, wherein the feedback path includes first and second transistors having respective gates coupled to the output of the amplifier;
an output transistor coupled to the output of the amplifier and configured to provide a first current that is constant relative to changing temperature;
a current mirror circuit coupled to the bandgap transistor and further coupled to the output transistor to receive the first current, the current mirror circuit configured to provide a current mirror signal that is based on the first current provided by the bandgap transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,459,465

POWER-DOWN DISCHARGER

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. A low dropout (LDO) regulator that comprises:an output transistor that couples a DC input voltage pin to a DC output voltage pin;
an operational amplifier that drives the output transistor in response to a difference between a feedback signal and a reference voltage from a capacitor;
a soft-start circuit that ramps the reference voltage from an initial voltage;
a discharge transistor that discharges the capacitor when driven to a conducting state; and
a power-down discharger that includes:
an internal capacitance;
a diode, or transistor configured as a diode, connecting the DC input voltage pin to the internal capacitance to charge the internal capacitance;
a sense transistor connecting the internal capacitance to a gate of the discharge transistor to drive the discharge transistor to the conducting state when a voltage on the DC input voltage pin drops below a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,464

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DISTRIBUTION OF POWER

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT COR...

1. An apparatus for controlling application of power to a plurality of devices including a master device and at least one controlled device, the apparatus comprising:a power inlet constructed and arranged to receive power from a power source;
a plurality of power outlets including a master power outlet and at least one controlled power outlet;
a control circuit configured to sense a characteristic of power delivered to the master power outlet and having an output configured to provide an output control signal;
a relay circuit coupled to the control circuit, the power inlet and to the at least one controlled power outlet; and
a power supply configured to provide DC power to the control circuit and to the relay circuit, the power supply having an input coupled to the output of the control circuit to receive the output control signal, the power supply being further configured to adjust a DC voltage level of a first output voltage generated by the power supply based on a state of the output control signal, the power supply being further configured to generate a second output voltage using the first output voltage, the power supply including a buck converter configured to generate the first output voltage, and a linear regulator having an input to receive the first output voltage and an output that provides the second output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,459,463

WATER FLOW CONTROL VALVE

HAIN YO ENTERPRISES CO., ...

1. A water flow control valve comprising a valve shell, a sliding block, an movable valve piece, a fixed valve piece, a valve base and a check valve;wherein the sliding block, the movable valve piece and the fixed valve piece are stacked from top to bottom and are positioned inside the valve shell; the sliding block has a valve rod which is formed at an upper portion thereof and sticking out of the valve shell, and a bottom portion of the sliding block is engaged with the movable valve piece such that, through operating the valve rod, the sliding block is configured to drive and have movements with the movable valve piece concurrently to perform different aligning patterns between the movable valve piece and the fixed valve piece, thereby enabling the water control valve to control on/off operation of a faucet, the amount of water flow and the mixing ratio of hot/cold water; the valve base is configured to block a bottom portion of the valve shell, thereby preventing the sliding block, the movable valve piece and the fixed valve piece from falling out of the valve shell; the valve base comprises a water inlet chamber, and the check valve is installed therein;
wherein the valve shell comprises a housing chamber formed therein, and an upper opening is formed at the upper end of the valve shell; the sliding block, the movable valve piece and the fixed valve piece are configured to be positioned inside the housing chamber of the valve shell in sequence, and the valve rod is configured to stick out of the valve shell through the upper opening; the housing chamber comprises at least a water outlet opening penetrating through a lateral wall of the valve shell;
wherein the movable valve piece has a mixing hole vertically penetrating through a central portion thereof, and a top surface of the movable valve piece has at least a horizontal water channel which is communicated with the mixing hole;
wherein the fixed valve piece has a first water inlet hole and a second water inlet hole, which are formed at corresponding positions and respectively penetrate through a bottom portion of the fixed valve piece; a first water outlet hole vertically penetrating through the fixed valve piece is located between the first water inlet hole and the second water inlet hole;
wherein the valve base comprises the water inlet chamber and a water outlet chamber, which are separately formed at an interior space of the valve base; a cold water inlet hole and a hot water inlet hole respectively penetrate through a top portion of the valve base to communicate with the water inlet chamber, and a second water outlet hole penetrates through the top portion of the valve base to communicate with the water outlet chamber; the movable valve piece and the fixed valve piece are overlapped and positioned inside the housing chamber, and the valve base is configured to support and engage with the fixed valve piece; the cold water inlet hole, the hot water inlet hole and the second water outlet hole are configured to be respectively aligned with the first water inlet hole, the second water inlet hole and the first water outlet hole; before the valve rod is operated, the mixing hole of the movable valve piece is positioned at a position misaligned with the first water inlet hole and the second water inlet hole of the fixed valve piece such that both of cold water and hot water are configured to be blocked by the movable valve piece and the faucet is closed; and
wherein the check valve has two symmetric housing members which are configured to fit together to secure a fixed tube, a movable valve core and two springs therein; each of the housing members has a passage, a water inlet end and a water outlet end, which are communicated with each other; the two passages are configured to communicate with each other to form an accommodating space for the fixed tube, the valve core and the two springs; the check valve is configured to be positioned inside the water inlet chamber of the valve base, and the two water outlet ends of the two housing members are respectively aligned and communicated with the cold water inlet hole and the hot water inlet hole; the fixed tube has at least a sealing ring disposed on an outer periphery thereof, and two first openings formed at the outer periphery of the fixed tube are respectively located close to two ends of the fixed tube; two axial compartments respectively formed at two ends of the valve core are separated by a partition, and each of the compartments has a second opening formed at an outer periphery thereof; when cold water and hot water flow into the check valve, the valve core is configured to have movement relative to the fixed tube to change a relative position between the first opening and the second opening such that the check valve is configured to balance the water pressure difference generated from the cold water and hot water; the two springs are respectively positioned inside the two compartments of the valve core, and each spring has a first end and a second end respectively; said first end abutting against a sidewall of the housing member and said second end abutting against the partition; and the valve core abutted by the springs is configured to keep at a central position of the accommodating space before water flows into the check valve.

US Pat. No. 10,459,462

SENSOR FUSION FEEDBACK FOR CONTROLLING FLUID PRESSURES IN A MACHINE

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria...

1. A method of using sensor fusion feedback in the control of fluid pressures in a machine, comprising:receiving, with at least one processor, from each of a plurality of Inertial Measurement Units (IMU's) mounted on different components of the machine, a time series of signals indicative of acceleration and angular rate of motion measurements for each of the components of the machine on which one or more of the plurality of IMU's are mounted;
receiving, with at least one processor, from at least one non-IMU sensor, a signal indicative of at least one of position, velocity, or acceleration of at least one of the machine components, position, velocity, or acceleration of any potential obstacles or other features at a job site where the machine is operating, a fluid pressure, an engine speed, a fluid relief pressure, a maximum pump output pressure, or an operator input;
for each one of the IMU's on a separate component of the machine, fusing the signals received from the IMU with a separate Kalman filter module of the at least one processor, the fusing of the signals from each one of the plurality of IMU's comprising:
combining an acceleration measurement and an angular rate of motion measurement from the IMU to estimate an output joint angle for the component of the machine on which the IMU is mounted during a timestep of a series of timesteps;
generating an a priori estimate of the output joint angle for the component in a subsequent timestep based on an estimate of the output joint angle from a previous timestep;
combining the a priori estimate of the output joint angle with an estimate of the accuracy of the a priori estimate and a current measurement value received from the IMU to produce a refined a posteriori estimate of the output joint angle;
fusing the refined a posteriori estimates of the output joint angles for a plurality of the components of the machine with each other, with a signal from the at least one non-IMU sensor, and in reference to a machine reference frame to determine best estimates of current output joint angles for each of the plurality of components of the machine with reference to the machine reference frame;
solving a kinematic equation using the best estimates of current output joint angles for the components of the machine and structural design information characterizing the machine;
determining from the solution of the kinematic equation whether a higher fluid pressure to a fluid actuation cylinder connected between two of the machine components is required to avoid stalling of one of the two machine components relative to the other of the two machine components under load after each successive timestep of the series of timesteps;
determining from the solution of the kinematic equation whether an adjustment to a pressure cut off for a fluid pump on the machine is required for an operation; and
applying a determination from the solution of the kinematic equation in an implementation of a controlled adjustment to a fluid pressure supplied to the fluid actuation cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,459,461

MOBILE ZIPPER UNIT

COMMANDO PRESSURE CONTROL...

1. A zipper manifold comprising: a mixing block having a buffer chamber, a chamber cross-sectional area a first inlet, a second inlet, a first outlet, and a second outlet, the first inlet being positioned on a proximal end of the mixing block, the second inlet being positioned on a distal end of the mixing block, the buffer chamber being positioned between the first inlet and the second inlet the first outlet and the second outlet being positioned on a first sidewall of the buffer chamber between the first inlet and the second inlet, the first inlet and the second inlet being open inlets, the mixing bock being positioned between the wellhead and the frac missile; wherein the first inlet has a first cross-sectional area and a second inlet has a second cross-sectional area, the first inlet and the second inlet being fluidly coupled to the frac missile; wherein a first cumulative cross-sectional area being a summation of the first cross-sectional area and the second cross-sectional area is less than the chamber cross-sectional area; wherein the first outlet has a third cross-sectional area and the second outlet has a fourth cross-sectional area, the first outlet and the second outlet being fluidly coupled to the wellhead; wherein a second cumulative cross-sectional area being a summation of the third cross-sectional area and the fourth cross-sectional area is greater than the first cumulative cross-sectional area; a first fluid stream entering the buffer chamber through the first inlet, a second fluid stream entering the buffer chamber through the second inlet; wherein the first and second fluid streams have a laminar flow upon entering the buffer chamber, wherein the first outlet and the second outlet are fluidly connected to at least one wellbore; a second sidewall extending from the first inlet to the second inlet, the first sidewall and the second sidewall being positioned one hundred eighty degrees apart from each other, wherein the second sidewall is a continuous sidewall with no inlet between the first inlet and the second inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,459,460

PRODUCT RESERVOIR VALIDATION SYSTEM

GOJO Industries, Inc., A...

1. A product dispenser, comprising:a product reservoir for containing a dispensable product, the product reservoir having an outlet;
a dispenser housing for retaining the product reservoir, wherein the product reservoir is removable from the dispenser housing;
a pump fluidly coupled to the outlet of the product reservoir for dispensing product;
a pump actuator for causing the pump to dispense product;
a read-write data storage device secured to the product reservoir, the read-write data storage device storing product reservoir status data; and,
a dispenser control having a first logic processor and dispenser memory, wherein the logic processor receives at least one piece of status data from the data storage device and writes at least one piece of status data to the data storage device; and
wherein the dispenser memory contains at least one piece of predetermined threshold data and the logic processor compares the status data to the threshold data and allows the pump actuator to initiate dispensing product after comparing the at least one piece of status data to the at least one piece of predetermined threshold data if the status data falls within the threshold data and prevents the pump actuator from dispensing product if the status data falls outside of the threshold data.

US Pat. No. 10,459,459

PRODUCT DISPENSING SYSTEM

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A product dispensing system comprising:a flow control device configured to regulate a first ingredient;
a flow measuring device configured to provide a feedback signal based upon a volume of the first ingredient flowing within the flow control device;
a pump module configured to be coupled to a supply of a second ingredient; and
a controller configured to provide a first control signal to the flow control device for controlling a supply of a first quantity of the first ingredient and to provide a second control signal to the pump module for controlling the supply of a first quantity of the second ingredient, wherein the controller further configured to receive the feedback signal.

US Pat. No. 10,459,458

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE TYPE FLOW METER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A mass flow controller comprising:a flow meter configured to provide a measured flow rate of a fluid based on:
a value of a first pressure that is a pressure of said fluid on an upstream side of a differential pressure generation means interposed in a path of said fluid; and
a value of a second pressure that is a pressure of said fluid on a downstream side of said differential pressure generation means;
a flow control valve configured to control the flow rate of said fluid; and
a control means configured to output a control signal to said flow control valve such that the measured flow rate matches a set flow rate that is a target value of the flow rate of said fluid;
wherein said mass flow controller further comprises:
a recording means configured to record both, or either one of, an opening pressure value and a closing pressure value;
wherein the opening pressure value is a value of said second pressure during a time period after said flow control valve changes from a closed state to an open state and control of the flow rate is started until said measured flow rate becomes stable;
wherein the closing pressure value is a value of said second pressure during a time period after said flow control valve changes from the open state to the closed state and control of the flow rate is stopped until said measured flow rate becomes zero; and
a diagnostic means configured to diagnose that an abnormality has occurred in said flow meter when an absolute value of a difference between a measured controlled value and an initial controlled value exceeds a predetermined threshold;
wherein the measured controlled value is a controlled value acquired based on both, or either one of, said opening pressure value and said closing pressure value;
wherein the initial controlled value is said controlled value when the abnormality has not occurred in said flow meter; and
wherein said controlled value is both, or either one of, the maximum value of an absolute value of a value obtained by differentiating said opening pressure value with respect to time and the maximum value of an absolute value of a value obtained by differentiating said closing pressure value with respect to time.

US Pat. No. 10,459,457

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LIMITING OR KEEPING CONSTANT A FLOWING QUANTITY OF LIQUID

VITAPLUS NEDERLAND B.V., ...

1. Method for producing one or more injection-moulded products, wherein the injection-moulded product is manufactured in a mould for producing one or more injection-moulded products, wherein at least a part of a counter-mould within a cavity of the mould is movable and adjustable such that at least one of a size and shape of a mould cavity is adjustable, the method comprising:moving, between the manufacture of two injection-moulded products, at least a part of the mould such that a dimension of the counter-mould and at least one of a size and shape of the mould cavity is adjusted,
wherein the movable part of the counter-mould is adjusted from an outer side of the mould,
wherein the movable part is adjusted subject to a variation in at least one of thickness and composition of a valve element;
producing a flow limiter, as the injection-moulded product, for limiting flow of a fluid flowing therethrough;
producing a housing provided with an inlet, an outlet and a throughflow opening; and
producing a resilient plate-like valve element, mounted in the housing, substantially able to close the throughflow opening by resilient movement in a direction of a valve seat arranged adjacency of the throughflow opening in the housing, wherein the valve element is fixed on one side and the valve element is resiliently movable on the opposite side in the direction of the valve seat.

US Pat. No. 10,459,456

AUTONOMOUS HELICOPTER POSTURE REGULATION TO MOVING REFERENCE FRAMES

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of flying an aircraft, comprising:determining a trajectory of a moving object relative to the aircraft;
determine, from the trajectory of the moving object, a reference frame of the moving object;
flying the aircraft via a processor to maintain the aircraft at a selected offset from the moving object for the determined trajectory of the moving object;
implementing a flight command to fly the aircraft along a flight path using calculations performed with respect to the determined reference frame;
tracking a rotation of the moving object about an axis of the moving object; and
performing one of mimicking the rotation of the moving object at the aircraft and mimicking the rotation of the moving object at a slung load conveyed by the aircraft.

US Pat. No. 10,459,455

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a display unit;
a wireless communication unit configured to transmit and receive a message to and from at least one other vehicle positioned within a predetermined range from the vehicle;
at least one processor; and
a computer-readable medium coupled to the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:
receiving, via the wireless communication unit, the message from the other vehicle;
receiving user input comprising control input that activates or deactivates a group driving mode of the vehicle;
determining that the group driving mode is active; and
instructing the display unit to display a graphical representation of the at least one other vehicle positioned within the predetermined range to be added to a driving group comprising one or more member vehicles,
wherein the operations further comprise:
instructing the display unit to display a map indicating a position of the vehicle,
based on no member vehicle of the driving group being displayed in the map while the group driving mode is active, instructing the display unit to change a scale of the map such that a maximum area for searching for the at least one other vehicle is displayed in the map, and
based on the member vehicles of the driving group being displayed while the group driving mode is active, instructing the display unit to change the scale of the map based on a relative position of the member vehicles of the driving group.

US Pat. No. 10,459,454

PLATOON CONTROL

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

1. A method, to be executed by a processor, for controlling a vehicle travelling in a platoon comprising:receiving a first set of information at a first vehicle in the platoon, the first set of information relating to at least one other vehicle in the platoon;
selecting one of a plurality of control algorithms in dependence on a type of data included in the first set of information, wherein each of the plurality of control algorithms correspond to a respective platoon communication topology, wherein the type of data included in the first set of information is required by the platoon communication topology to which the selected control algorithm corresponds; and
controlling the first vehicle in response to the first set of information and the selected one of the control algorithms.

US Pat. No. 10,459,453

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND METHODS OF ZONE DRIVING

1. An autonomous vehicle, comprising:a powertrain driving a set of wheels, and further including steering and braking systems;
a memory for storing roadgraph information including driving rules and parameters associated with a roadgraph coordinate system;
a localization system operative to determine the location of the vehicle is relative to the roadgraph coordinate system;
an obstacle detection system;
an on-board computer interfaced to the powertrain, and steering and braking subsystems to execute commanded driving missions using the roadgraph information and localization and obstacle detection systems;
each mission being defined by a set of destinations or checkpoints that the vehicle is scheduled to visit; and
wherein the on-board computer is further operative to execute a mission commanding the autonomous vehicle to visit destinations or checkpoints in a plurality of zones, each zone being defined by a sub-roadgraph with its own set of zone-specific driving rules and parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,459,452

METHOD FOR DETECTING A WORKING AREA OF AN AUTONOMOUS WORKING DEVICE, AND A WORKING DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for identifying a position of an autonomous robotic vehicle relative to a boundary conductor surrounding a defined zone, the method comprising:providing a pseudo-random boundary signal and a modulation signal;
generating a pseudo-random current signal based on the pseudo-random boundary signal, which is amplitude-modulated with the modulation signal such that the pseudo-random current signal is amplitude-modulated;
feeding the pseudo-random current signal to the boundary conductor to generate an alternating electromagnetic field;
detecting magnetic field variations that originate from the alternating electromagnetic field based on a voltage induced by the magnetic field variations, and generating a receive signal from the magnetic field variations;
evaluating the receive signal to generate a reconstructed boundary signal;
providing a reference signal that is substantially identical to the pseudo-random boundary signal;
executing a correlation-based pattern recognition to ascertain a correlation value between the reference signal and the reconstructed boundary signal; and
determining the position of the autonomous robotic vehicle at least one of inside the defined zone and outside the defined zone based on the ascertained correlation value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,451

METHOD FOR PROCESSING A FLOOR

1. A method for processing a floor (2) of a room using an automatically movable processing device (1), comprising the following steps:calculating a three dimensional coordinate within a world coordinate system for each point of a plurality of points of the room and/or of an obstacle (7) arranged in the room,
generating a map of the room from the calculated three-dimensional coordinates, and
displaying the map (3) to a user of the processing device (1), the map being configured so that the user can select at least one sub-region of the room in which the processing device (1) is to process or refrain from processing the floor (2),
wherein the map (3) is displayed as two-dimensional map comprising coded, height information (6), wherein the height information (6) is height information (6) of an obstacle (7), and wherein codes of obstacles of different heights differ.

US Pat. No. 10,459,450

ROBOT DELIVERY SYSTEM

Autonomy Squared LLC, Me...

1. A system for delivering an article from a first location to a second location, comprising a robot configured to navigate an outdoor transportation network for transporting the article from the first location to the second location, the robot having a closeable transport container for housing the article during transport, a closeable recipient container at the second location for receiving the article, at least one computer in the system configured to navigate the robot over the outdoor transportation network from the first location to the second location, the robot having a robot article transport mechanism controlled by the at least one computer for removing the article from the transport container at the second location and the recipient container having a recipient article transport mechanism for moving the article inside the recipient container.

US Pat. No. 10,459,449

VIRTUAL MOVING SAFETY LIMITS FOR VEHICLES TRANSPORTING OBJECTS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:receiving sensor data from one or more sensors on a vehicle that is controlled by a remote control system to move while carrying a load;
determining a load weight and one or more load dimensions based on the sensor data;
determining an envelope of permissible pairs of angular velocity values and forward velocity values for the vehicle while carrying the load, based at least in part on the load weight and the one or more load dimensions, to prevent vehicle load failure; and
providing for display of a representation of the envelope of permissible pairs of angular velocity values and forward velocity values on a user interface of the remote control system for the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,459,448

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A driving assistance apparatus comprising one or more processors functioning as:a location detection unit configured to detect, as an assistance location candidate, a location at which driving assistance for a vehicle is necessary in a driving area of the vehicle;
a registration processing unit configured to register the assistance location candidate as an assistance location if the assistance location candidate detected by the location detection unit satisfies a registration condition;
a driving assistance unit configured to provide driving assistance to the vehicle at the assistance location registered by the registration processing unit; and
a region segmentation unit configured to segment the driving area to set a first activity region in which a reference position is included and an activity frequency of the vehicle is estimated to be relatively high and a second activity region in which the activity frequency of the vehicle is estimated to be relatively low, wherein
in a case where the assistance location candidate falls in the second activity region, the registration processing unit eases the registration condition compared to a case of falling in the first activity region.

US Pat. No. 10,459,447

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING PARTITIONED SWATHS

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A control system for an agricultural work vehicle comprising:a controller comprising a memory and a processor, wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a plurality of partitions based, at least in part, on a map of an agricultural field;
determine a partition list of the plurality of partitions based, at least in part, on a set of bounding characteristics of each of the plurality of partitions;
determine an order of the plurality of partitions based on the partition list of the plurality of partitions;
determine one or more swath paths for each of the plurality of partitions; and
output a signal indicative of a travel path for the agricultural work vehicle based on the partition list of the plurality of partitions, the order of the plurality of partitions, and the one or more swath paths for each of the plurality of partitions;
wherein the one or more swath paths of at least one of the plurality of partitions comprises a plurality of swath paths, and the controller is configured to determine the plurality of swath paths by:
determining a set of angled swath paths for a plurality of incremental angles for the plurality of swath paths;
determining a length of each swath path of the set of angled swath paths for each of the plurality of incremental angles;
determining a lowest difference between a shortest swath path and a longest swath path for each set of angled swath paths for each incremental angle; and
selecting the set of angled swath paths having the lowest difference between the shortest swath path and the longest swath path.

US Pat. No. 10,459,446

AUTONOMOUS OPERATION VERIFICATION DEVICE AND AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM

HITACHI, LTD., Chiyoda-K...

1. An autonomous system of autonomous vehicles, comprising:a processor configured to:
measure an internal state value of a vehicle;
measure an external state of the vehicle;
set an operation-time constraint limiting a possible range that could be taken by the internal state value until a predetermined time point;
set an operation-time precondition limiting a possible range that could be taken by the external state until a predetermined time point by using the external state;
set a safety requirement constraining a relationship between the internal state and the external state;
set an expected operation for commanding an operation to be executed by the system in question;
calculate a planned operation for the purpose of achieving the expected operation;
convert all of the operation-time constraint, the operation-time precondition, the safety requirement, the expected operation, the planned operation into a constraint form with a quantifier; and
determine whether there is a satisfying solution for the constraint form with the quantifier,
wherein the processor provides a satisfiability determination solution of the constraint form with the quantifier when the vehicle is operating based on the planned operation, and
wherein the autonomous system further comprises a presenting device having a display screen and configured to:
illuminate an abnormality lamp in a case where there is no safety of the planned operation;
display, on the display screen, a target performing a dangerous operation violating the operation-time precondition on the screen; and
display, on the display screen, an alternative planned operation that satisfies the safety requirement under the operation-time precondition.

US Pat. No. 10,459,445

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Intel IP Corporation, Sa...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle, comprising:one or more sensors configured to gather thermal information associated with a vicinity of the unmanned aerial vehicle; the one or more sensors comprising at least one infrared camera configured to generate thermal images having thermal data associated therewith and at least one depth camera configured to generate depth images having depth information associated therewith;
one or more processors configured to:
determine one or more map elements representing one or more heat obstacles, wherein the determination of the one or more map elements comprises:
mapping the thermal images and the depth images to one another and assigning position data and the thermal data to one or more gaseous objects in the vicinity of the unmanned aerial vehicle;
predicting a movement of the one or more gaseous objects to determine predicted positions of the one or more gaseous objects;
generate a voxel map representing the vicinity of the unmanned aerial vehicle, the voxel map comprising the one or more map elements;
control flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle based on ray tracing the one or more heat obstacles in the voxel map to avoid the one or more heat obstacles; and
one or more memories configured to store the voxel map.

US Pat. No. 10,459,443

SEMI-AUTONOMOUS FARM TRANSPORT VEHICLE FOR PICKED PRODUCE

1. A device for transporting produce picked by a picker from at least one row of plants in a field, comprising:a vehicle having a frame for carrying the picked produce from the at least one row of plants;
at least three wheels coupled to the frame;
at least one motor coupled to at least one of the wheels;
a power unit connected to the frame;
a number of sensors, wherein the number of sensors includes at least one proximity sensor coupled to both a front side and a back side of the frame to identify movement of the picker; and
a control unit connected to the frame and coupled between the motor, at least one sensor, and a power unit to autonomously move the vehicle to follow the picker by sensing when the picker moves and autonomously stop the vehicle when the picker stops;
memory to record movements of the vehicle following the picker;
at least one produce sensor to sense a weight of picked produce placed on the vehicle;
wherein the control unit is constructed to continue to follow the picker until the weight of picked produce reaches a threshold weight;
wherein the control unit is constructed to autonomously move the vehicle when the weight of picked produce reaches a threshold weight to a distribution location based on retracing the recorded movements of the vehicle; and
wherein the produce sensor is constructed to sense when the weight of the picked produce placed on the vehicle has been removed; and
wherein the control unit is constructed to autonomously move the vehicle to retrace the recorded movements of the vehicle after the above element; and
repeating the above.

US Pat. No. 10,459,442

GENERATING AND TRANSMITTING PARKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTONOMOUS AND NON-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Allstate Insurance Compan...

1. A parking analysis system, comprising:a plurality of first sensors associated with one or more vehicles;
a plurality of second sensors associated with one or more structures;
a processor; and
memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause a parking analysis computing device to:
receive, from the plurality of first sensors, data associated with at least one location of the one or more vehicles;
receive, from the plurality of second sensors, data associated with one or more potential parking locations;
receive, from a trip assignment server, an expected future trip for a first vehicle of the one or more vehicles; and
generate, based on the data associated with the at least one location of the one or more vehicles, based on the data associated with the one or more potential parking locations, and based on the expected future trip, a recommended first parking location for the first vehicle to park until the expected future trip;
generate, for the first vehicle, instructions to travel from a current location to the recommended first parking location; and
transmit, to the first vehicle, the instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,459,440

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOTELY ASSISTING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A system comprising:an autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle comprising:
one or more sensors; and
an onboard computer that:
collects sensor data from, at least, the one or more sensors;
identifies a scenario, from the collected sensor data, requiring remote assistance to the autonomous vehicle; and
generates an assistance request that identifies the scenario and at least some of the collected sensor data;
wherein the onboard computer includes an assistance router that is disposed onboard the autonomous vehicle and is configured to automatically route the assistance request of the autonomous vehicle to one or more assistance providers;
a remote assistance interface that is communicatively coupled to the assistance router of the onboard computer and is configured to:
receive the assistance request from the autonomous vehicle via the assistance router onboard the autonomous vehicle; and
provide an assistance response to the assistance request of autonomous vehicle after processing the scenario and the collected sensor data identified in the assistance request.

US Pat. No. 10,459,439

METHOD FOR PROVIDING AT LEAST ONE SPECIFIC VEHICLE STATE OF A VEHICLE

DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE ...

1. A method for executing a vehicle function based on at least one vehicle state of a vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, by a processor from at least one data source, a combination of basic parameter values, the combination of basic parameter values being values of a plurality of basic parameters of the vehicle;
determining, by the processor, a specific vehicle state corresponding to the acquired combination of basic parameter values by comparing the combination of acquired basic parameter values with a comparison list in which predefined combinations of basic parameter values are coupled with predefined vehicle states;
determining, by the processor, at least one vehicle function in a function queue that corresponds to the specific vehicle state by comparing the specific vehicle state to one or more vehicle functions in the function queue; and
clearing the at least one determined vehicle function in the function queue for execution,
wherein the at least one vehicle function in the function queue that corresponds to the specific vehicle state includes two or more functions that correspond to the specific vehicle state, and
clearing the at least one determined vehicle function in the function queue for execution includes clearing the two or more functions that correspond to the specific vehicle state according to a priority of the two or more functions,
wherein the priority of the two or more functions is established by assigning a priority value to each of the two or more functions,
wherein the acquired combination of basic parameter values includes a GPS signal value indicating that the vehicle is in a home location and an ignition status of off, and
wherein the specific vehicle state is a secure and parked vehicle state.

US Pat. No. 10,459,438

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A PARKING SPACE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

13. A non-transitory computer readable medium on which are stored instructions that are executable by a processor of a first one of a plurality of base stations arranged in a parking facility and that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform a method, the first base station operating at a power level by which the first base station has a first radio range within which transmissions by the first base station are able to reach a vehicle, the method comprising:identifying the first radio range;
identifying a second radio range, which is a radio range within which transmissions of a second one of the base stations are able to reach the vehicle;
based on the identified first and second radio ranges, identifying an area of the parking facility that is external to each of, and is, in a traveling direction of the vehicle, between, the first and second radio ranges;
based on the identified area, ascertaining data for guiding the vehicle in the identified area; and
performing a transmission, by the first base station, based on which the vehicle is controlled to remain within the first radio range until the ascertained data, which is transmitted in the transmission, is received by the vehicle from the first base station.

US Pat. No. 10,459,437

AIR-GROUND HETEROGENEOUS ROBOT SYSTEM PATH PLANNING METHOD BASED ON NEIGHBORHOOD CONSTRAINT

WUHAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIEN...

1. A path planning method of an air-ground heterogeneous robot system based on a neighborhood constraint, wherein the air-ground heterogeneous robot system is formed at least by a ground mobile robot and an air flying robot, and the method comprises:the ground mobile robot and the air flying robot start from a start point at the same time, successively access N sub-task points for executing sub-tasks, and finally reach a destination together;
in order to save energy, the ground mobile robot serves, in a set time period, as a mobile platform for carrying the air flying robot to move, when having received a sub-task, the air flying robot automatically takes off from the ground mobile robot to execute the sub-task, and after completing the sub-task, the air flying robot returns to the ground mobile robot to supplement energy, and accompanies with the ground mobile robot to move together so as to continuously complete a next sub-task;
when the air robot flies to execute a certain sub-task, the ground mobile robot matching therewith moves on so as to coordinate and synchronize with the air flying robot;
after all tasks are completed, all air flying robots return and land on ground mobile robots respectively matching therewith; in this process, it is necessary to calculate path points of the ground mobile robot and an entire track point where the flying robot takes off from the ground robot platform, and then returns after executing all the sub-tasks;
by introducing a binary variable, each sub-task point is accessed successively, movement constraints for the ground robot and the air robot are built respectively, so as to establish a mixed integer planning model by taking minimum total time for access to all the sub-task points as a target function; and
the set time period is set as a period which is out of the sub-tasks executed by the air flying robot among whole task, and on a premise of enabling the air flying robot and the round mobile robot to identify and position each other, each period of time for the air flying robot to execute a sub-task must be shorter than maximum hovering time of the air flying robot.

US Pat. No. 10,459,436

ASYMMETRIC SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR FAIL-OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle systems controller having an asymmetric system architecture, comprising:a primary controller having a memory unit containing a primary set of software applications and a processor configured to execute the primary set of software applications to generate primary command instructions, wherein the primary controller is configured to self-detect faults and fail-silent if a fault is detected;
a secondary controller having a memory unit containing a secondary set of software applications and a processor configured to execute the secondary set of software applications to generate secondary command instructions; and
a vehicle system having pre-identified vehicle functions, wherein the vehicle system is configured to simultaneously receive the primary and secondary command instructions while defaulting to the primary command instructions and switching to the secondary command instructions if the primary controller becomes fail-silent,
wherein the secondary set of software applications are a subset of the primary set of software applications and are employed for the continued operation of the pre-identified vehicle functions of the vehicle system;
wherein the vehicle systems controller is configured to generate an alert signal if the primary controller becomes fail-silent and shut down the operating secondary controller after the sooner of (i) receiving an input resulting from the alert signal and (ii) after a predetermined amount of time has lapsed from the time the primary controller becoming fail-silent,
wherein the secondary controller is configured to self-detect faults and fail-silent if a fault is detected, and wherein the vehicle systems controller is further configured to send an alert signal if the secondary controller fail-silent and shut down the operational primary controller after the sooner of (i) receiving an input resulting from the alert signal and (ii) after a predetermined amount of time has lapsed from the time the secondary controller becoming fail-silent,
wherein the vehicle systems controller is further configured to send an alert signal if both the primary and secondary controllers become fail-silent,
wherein the alert signal activates at least one of a visual alert and audio alert to alert the human driver of a vehicle systems controller fault and to instruct the human driver to take manual control of the vehicle, and
wherein the memory unit of the primary controller includes a sub-set of software applications that generates an output that has an extended time value that is greater than the predetermined amount of time, and the primary controller is configured to communicate the extended time value output to the secondary controller, and the secondary controller is further configured to communicate the extended time value output to the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,459,435

TEST MANAGER FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION CONTROLLERS

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. An engineering tool for testing a process control system, the engineering tool comprising:one or more test manager instances, wherein each test manager instance includes first circuitry configured to:
receive at least one test case and associated test request from a source of test cases;
identify, from a plurality of targets, a target for each test request, wherein the plurality of targets include a physical controller, a logic simulator, and a controller simulator;
translate each test request into a series of instructions for the identified target;
check each test request for validity of the identified target before its associated test case is executed;
identify one or more database instances for use with each test case including identifying a work database that has not been compiled for use when the logic simulator is the identified target and identifying a master database that has been compiled for use when at least one of the physical controller and the controller simulator is the identified target;
read variables for each test case from the one or more database instances after its associated test request is checked for validity;
check validity of data to be written to the identified target for each test case;
initiate execution of each test case;
check validity of data read from the identified target for each test case;
monitor subscribed data generated by the identified target for each test case;
compute a difference between the subscribed data at a first point in time and the subscribed data at a second point in time; and
generate a notification when the computed difference is greater than a first predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,434

INSPECTION TOOL FOR MANUFACTURED COMPONENTS

BOMBARDIER INC., Montrea...

1. A computer-implemented method for inspecting a manufactured component to be assembled with other components, the method comprising:receiving measurement data for the manufactured component as measured on the manufactured component;
comparing the measurement data to tolerance data for at least one feature of the manufactured component and determining a pass/fail status based on the comparison, wherein measurement data within the tolerance data obtains a pass status and measurement data outside of the tolerance data obtains a fail status;
for a fail status, identifying an impact resulting from assembling the manufactured component having a fail status with the other components by considering an interaction of the manufactured component with the other components in an assembly;
displaying the pass/fail status for each one of the at least one feature and displaying the impact associated with the fail status; and
displaying a graphical representation of the measurement data on an image of the component by modifying a scale of the measurement data to correspond to a scale of the component on the image and tracing lines on the image to represent the measurement data.

US Pat. No. 10,459,433

CABLE PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

KOMAX HOLDING AG, Dierik...

1. A cable processing equipment having a plurality of processing stations for fitting-out a cable by performing processing processes on the cable and a central control unit directly controlling the processing stations to perform a production operation including the processing processes on the cable, comprising:a feed unit for feeding the cable to the processing stations;
at least one of the processing stations including a local control unit for performing a setting-up process on the at least one processing station by an operator operating the local control unit, wherein the setting-up process includes setting up parameters of the at least one processing station prior to a start of the production operation under the control of the central control unit; and
wherein the local control unit does not control the at least one processing station during the production operation;
wherein the at least one processing station is a crimping station for producing a crimp connection on the cable by a crimping press, and the local control unit has an input device including independent controls for setting an axial position and a horizontal position of a gripper receiving an end of the cable from the feed unit, the gripper holding the cable end of the cable in the crimping press;
wherein the local control unit includes a trigger input device for initializing the processing process by the at least one processing station and an approval input device for approval of whether the processing process is to be executed, and wherein the processing process is executed only when the trigger input device and the approval input device are actuated simultaneously or when the approval input device is actuated after the trigger input device is actuated;
wherein the approval input device is locally separated from the trigger input device sufficient to prevent simultaneous operation of the approval input device and the trigger input device by one human hand.

US Pat. No. 10,459,432

SLICING AND MERGING PRODUCTION EVENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:modeling, via a user interface, a plurality of production processes as a plurality of intervals of time which are visually displayed as overlapping one another on a graph over a predetermined period of time, each modeled production process displaying sequence of one or more events;
dividing the displayed graph into a plurality of slices of time based on timings of events within the plurality of production processes;
a slice of time on the graph from among the plurality of slices within the predetermined period of time;
identifying an event that is displayed in an interval of time of each production process during the selected slice of time on the graph based on the visually displayed overlapping plurality of intervals of time; and
storing the identified events of each production process together as a group along with an identification of the selected slice of time.

US Pat. No. 10,459,431

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PRINTING AND RELEASING THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORKPIECE

YOUNG OPTICS INC., Hsinc...

1. A three-dimensional printing apparatus, comprising:a liquid tank, comprising a bearing member and a side wall, the bearing member connecting to at least the side wall to form an accommodating space, the bearing member having a first side corresponding to the accommodating space and a second side opposite thereto, the bearing member being air proof and no removable solid release material is disposed thereon;
a curing platform, disposed at the first side for allowing a workpiece to be cured on a surface thereof; and
a light source device, disposed at the second side for providing a curing light beam,
a first liquid, being a light curing material; and
a second liquid, being a liquid form release material;
wherein, a curing process is adopted to be processed by the three-dimensional printing apparatus, the curing process comprises the steps of: accommodating the first liquid material and the second liquid by the accommodating space; curing at least part of the liquid material on the surface of the curing platform by the curing light beam via the bearing member; and releasing the cured material by increasing distance between the curing platform and the light source, while no removable solid release material film is utilized in the whole curing process,
wherein, in the curing process, the second liquid is disposed between the light source device and the first liquid, a separation interface is formed between the first liquid and the second liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,459,430

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE DATA PRINTING IN A 3D PRINT SYSTEM

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method of producing a variable data design file for use in production of a personalized copy of a three-dimensional (3D) object, the method comprising:by a processing device:
receiving a plurality of fixed structural parameters for a reference 3D object;
receiving information for creation of a plurality of variable structural parameters corresponding to a plurality of variable data regions on the reference 3D object, wherein the information comprises mapping information for associating each of the plurality of variable data regions with one or more data sources;
using the plurality of fixed structural parameters to develop an instruction set that is configured to, when executed by a processor of a 3D printing device, cause the 3D printing device to form a 3D object that exhibits the plurality of fixed structural parameters;
including, in the instruction set, instructions for creating the plurality of variable structural parameters based on the received information, that when executed by the processor of the 3D printing device, will cause the 3D printing device to render at least one of the plurality of variable data regions in the 3D object, wherein the at least one variable data region differs from a corresponding region of the reference 3D object;
saving the instruction set to a variable data design file; and
causing a 3D printing device to use the variable data design file to print a plurality of personalized copies of the reference 3D object, wherein each personalized copy of the reference 3D object is a 3D object that exhibits the plurality of fixed structural parameters and comprises at least one variable data region that differs from a corresponding region of the reference 3D object.

US Pat. No. 10,459,429

HIGHLY AUTOMATED APPLICATION OF DIGITAL FINISH MATERIAL TO 3D DATA

DASSAULT SYSTEMES 3DEXCIT...

1. A computer-implemented method of displaying a computer-aided design (CAD) model with material finishes in a CAD system, the method comprising:defining, in memory of the CAD system, a three-dimensional (3D) CAD model representing a real-world physical object, the CAD model comprising a plurality of parts;
via one or more processors:
obtaining unstructured spreadsheet data in a plurality of data types storing information in cells, wherein at least one of the plurality of data types is an image data type and the unstructured spreadsheet data relates material finishes with item numbers;
reformatting the obtained unstructured spreadsheet data into a structured relational database by executing conditional programming that is a function of the plurality of data types of the unstructured spreadsheet data, the conditional programming dictating where to store the information from the cells of the unstructured spreadsheet data in pre-specified tables of the structured relational database based on the plurality of data types;
receiving indications, separate from the unstructured spreadsheet data, associating the parts of the CAD model with the item numbers; and
automatically displaying, in the CAD system, the CAD model with the parts having the material finishes based on the structured relational database and the received indications of item numbers associated with the parts of the CAD model.

US Pat. No. 10,459,428

OPTIMAL CLOSED-LOOP INPUT DESIGN FOR IDENTIFICATION OF FLAT-SHEET PROCESS MODELS

Honeywell Limited, Missi...

1. A method of closed-loop identification of process models for the model predictive control (MPC) by a profile analyzer, of an industrial sheetmaking system having a plurality of actuators arranged in the cross-direction (CD) and a scanning sensor supported on a supporting frame wherein the profile analyzer manipulates the actuators to control the sheet parameters in a spatially distributed sheet process, the method comprises the steps of:(a) receiving from the scanning sensor, data indicative of the magnitude of a measured sheet property of the spatially-distributed sheet process;
(b) selecting by the profile analyzer a process model for the spatially-distributed sheet process wherein the process model is defined by a matrix;
(c) converting the matrix into a non-causal transfer function;
(d) converting the non-causal transfer function into a causal model that has an equivalent spectrum;
(e) using the causal model to design an optimal input spectrum for process excitation;
(f) transforming a frequency domain representation of the optimal input spectrum to a time domain realization which is a sequence of actuator movements;
(g) providing signals by the profile analyzer to the plurality of actuators, of the sequence of actuator movements and collecting data via the scanning sensor changes in cross-directional sheet properties due to the sequence of actuator movements to determine measured actuator response profiles;
(h) analyzing by the profile analyzer, the data to extract new model parameters; and
(i) using the new model parameters for selecting the process model.

US Pat. No. 10,459,427

NUMERIC CONTROLLER WITH NOTIFICATION OF A CAM SYSTEM IN THE EVENT OF A CHANGE IN THE SUBROUTINE

1. A method for operating a numeric controller using a subroutine executable by the numeric controller and generated by a CAM processor, said subroutine being configured to control a production machine and including subprogram calls which may be calls to subprograms having program statements that are stored as part of the subroutine or may be parameterized calls to subprograms having program statements that are stored independent of the subroutine, said method comprising the steps of:loading the subroutine into memory accessible to the numeric controller;
entering a command into the numerical controller that selects at least one program statement of the subroutine using an operator interface;
outputting a parameterized description of said selected program statement or of a sequence of program statements containing said selected program statement to the operator of the numeric controller using an operator interface;
inputting a change in the parameterized description to the numerical control unit using an operator interface;
storing a modified subroutine corresponding to the changed parameterized description in the numeric controller;
compulsorily sending a message that identifies the original subroutine and the change made therein to a predetermined address so that the CAM system that was used to create the subroutine can autonomously and automatically use the message to ascertain a data set underlying the original subroutine and to selectively modify the data set in accordance with the change that was made in the parameterized description as well as storing the modified subroutine in response to an update authorization decision provided by a CAM operator, the message that identifies the original subroutine and the change made in the parameterized description being in a form that is automatically evaluable.

US Pat. No. 10,459,426

ASSIGNMENT OF SENSORS TO MACHINE PARTS

1. A sensor assignment device, comprising:a movement instruction generator configured to generate and submit a movement instruction to a distinct one of a plurality of actuators to move a distinct one of a plurality of machine parts;
a sensor data receiver configured to receive sensor data based on movements of machine parts of three ceiling-mounted machines, acquired by a subset of a plurality of sensors, with each machine having a pushrod as a machine part;
a degree of correlation determiner configured to determine sensor-specific degrees of correlation between the detected sensor data and the movement instruction; and
a sensor assigner which, when obtaining a reliable map of affiliations between sensors and machine parts, assigns those sensors to the distinct one of the plurality of machine parts whose sensor-specific degrees of correlation exceed a predetermined threshold, and which, when obtaining an insufficiently reliable map of affiliations between sensors and machine parts, causes the sensor assignment device to repeat the steps of generating and submitting a movement instruction, receiving sensor data, and determining sensor-specific degrees of correlation;
said sensor assignment device moving the machine parts using the distinct one of the plurality of actuators based on the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,459,425

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A numerical control device comprising:processing circuitry configured to
accept a tolerance for correction amounts for tool-attitude vectors;
determine, on the basis of tool attitudes calculated from rotation-axis angles before smoothing and of the tolerance for correction amounts for tool-attitude vectors, a tolerance for correction amounts for the rotation-axis angles;
smooth the rotation-axis angles before smoothing so that change in the rotation-axis angle becomes smooth, thereby calculating rotation-axis angles after smoothing; and
correct the rotation-axis angles after smoothing so as to fall within the tolerance for correction amounts for rotation-axis angles from the rotation-axis angles before smoothing.

US Pat. No. 10,459,424

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING TAPPING

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller that executes a rigid tap by starting synchronization between the rotational speed of a spindle and the feed rate of a rigid tap without stopping the spindle at a point R of which the height is set higher than a top of a workpiece, comprising:a workpiece top detection unit that detects a position of the workpiece top; and
a synchronization error monitoring unit that starts monitoring for determining whether or not an error amount of a synchronization error in the synchronization exceeds a predetermined threshold value at the position of the workpiece top.

US Pat. No. 10,459,423

EYEGLASS LENS PROCESSING APPARATUS AND EYEGLASS LENS PROCESSING PROGRAM

NIDEK CO., LTD., Gamagor...

1. An eyeglass lens processing apparatus comprising:a processing tool configured to process a periphery of a lens;
a movement portion configured to change a relative position between the lens and the processing tool;
a processor;
memory storing computer readable instructions, which executed by the processor, causing the eyeglass lens processing apparatus to execute:
acquiring positional data related to a corner portion of an edge of the lens before the lens is finished and after the lens is roughed;
acquiring corner portion processing control data for removing a chip adhering to the lens through roughing, based on the acquired positional data; and
controlling the a movement portion based on the corner portion processing control data so as to remove the chip adhering to the lens; and
wherein
finishing control data for finishing the lens is acquired based on lens shape data acquired by measuring the shape of the lens by using a lens shape measuring portion after the chips adhering to the lens are removed by the processing tool, and
the movement portion is controlled based on the finishing control data to finish of the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,459,422

SERVOMOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, SERVOMOTOR CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A servomotor control device, comprising:a servomotor;
a driven body adapted to be driven by the servomotor;
a connection mechanism for connecting the servomotor and the driven body, and transmitting power of the servomotor to the driven body;
a position command generation unit for generating a position command value for the driven body;
a motor control unit for controlling the servomotor using the position command value;
a force estimation part for estimating a drive force acting on the driven body at a connecting part with the connection mechanism;
a switching part for switching between a first force estimated value estimated by the force estimation part, and a second force estimated value of a fixed value; and
a compensation amount generation part for generating a compensation amount for compensating the position command value generated by the position command generation part, based on the first force estimated value or the second force estimated value which was switched by the switching part.

US Pat. No. 10,459,421

METHOD OF PREPARING A CUTTING PATH FOR MACHINE CUTTING

Tomologic AB, Stockholm ...

1. A method of preparing a cutting path for machine cutting of a plurality of parts from a sheet material using beam cutting technology, wherein each one of the plurality of parts is formed by one of a plurality of two dimensional free form shapes, comprising at least a first shape, the method comprising:identifying at least one segment of the at least one first shape, which segment makes it difficult for a part of the at least one first shape to be positioned and cut so close to another shape in the plurality of shapes so that only one cut of the cutting beam is found between the parts,
modifying the segment of the at least one first shape to provide a modified first shape, comprising a modified segment, configured such that the modified segment allows a part of the modified first shape to be positioned and cut so close to another shape in the plurality of shapes so that only one cut of the cutting beam is found between the parts whenever the shape of the parts allows it;
wherein a cutting beam of the machine will have an influential zone that extends on both sides of the cutting beam during cutting, and wherein the identifying of at least one segment that makes it difficult for a part of the at least one first shape to be positioned and cut so close to another shape in the plurality of shapes so that only one cut of the cutting beam is found between the parts involves identifying interference of the influential zone of the cutting path; and
wherein the modifying the segment of the at least one first shape to provide a modified first shape involves modifying the segment such that interference of the influential zone is decreased.

US Pat. No. 10,459,420

METHOD FOR SETTING FEED RATE OF ROTATING CUTTING TOOL IN REAL TIME AND CONTROL DEVICE

DOOSAN MACHINE TOOLS CO.,...

1. A method for setting a feed rate of a rotating cutting tool in real time, the method comprising:sensing, by one or more sensors including electrical circuits and installed in a machine tool, vibration of a shaft mounted in the machine tool to collect vibration data by generating vibration information based on the sensed vibration of the shaft;
deducing a chatter vibration trend diagram (G), wherein the chatter vibration diagram (G) is deduced by
sensing a variation amplitude of the chatter vibration in size and width over a time frame based on the collected vibration data,
determining whether an inclination of the chatter vibration is increased or decreased during the predetermined period of the time frame based on the sensed variation amplitude of the chatter vibration in size and width, and
simplifying (i) the chatter vibration to be a first type diagram of the chatter vibration trend diagram (G) when the inclination of the chatter vibration is determined to be increased during the predetermined period of the time frame, and (ii) the chatter vibration to be a second type diagram of the chatter vibration trend diagram (G) when the inclination of the chatter vibration is determined to be decreased during the predetermined period of the time frame; and
setting a feed rate of a rotating cutting tool in real time by controlling the rotating cutting tool to
adjust the feed rate of the rotating cutting tool to be decreased when the chatter vibration trend diagram (G) is determined to be the first type diagram, or
adjust the feed rate of the rotating cutting to be increased when the chatter vibration trend diagram (G) is determined to be the second type diagram.

US Pat. No. 10,459,419

WEB JAM DETECTOR

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

11. A method of detecting a jam of feedstock material in a scrap chopper, the method comprising the steps of:determining a duration of one chopper cycle by monitoring position of the scrap chopper;
supplying direct current to a plurality of web detection fingers on a web detection bar;
monitoring voltage of the web detection fingers over one chopper cycle;
determining if a jam of the feedstock material in the scrap chopper exists based on the voltage of the web detection fingers monitored over one chopper cycle;
returning to said step of supplying direct current to the plurality of web detection fingers on the web detection bar for processing a subsequent chopper cycle if no jam exists; and
shutting down the scrap chopper if a jam exists.

US Pat. No. 10,459,417

AUTOMATION OPERATING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Beet, LLC, Plymouth, MI ...

1. A system for controlling automation, the system comprising:a machine comprising:
a first controller;
a first element actuable by the first controller at machine start-up to perform a first cycle characterized by a first cycle time;
a second element actuable by the first controller at the machine start-up to perform a second cycle characterized by a second cycle time;
wherein the first cycle time is longer in duration than the second cycle time;
wherein the first controller, at the machine start-up, is configured to:
at the machine start-up, actuate the first element to perform the first cycle;
at the machine start-up, delay by a first delay time, actuation of the second element to perform the second cycle;
at a delayed start time relative to the machine start-up, actuate the second element to perform the second cycle such that performance of the second cycle is completed prior to completion of performance of the first cycle; and
wherein the sum of the duration of the first delay time and the second cycle time is less than the first cycle time.

US Pat. No. 10,459,416

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND REGULATED POWER CONTROLLER FOR SAME

1. An environmental control system, comprising:a regulated power controller having a power input for receiving electrical power input from a power source, a plurality of power regulators that each provide a respective regulated electrical output to a respective one of a plurality of environmental control components, wherein each of the plurality of environmental control components control a respective unique environmental condition, wherein among the plurality of power regulators there are at least two that regulate their respective regulated outputs according to a schedule of a profile indicating a preferred setting that varies based on a time of day; and
a toggle sensor having a toggle output coupled to a toggle input of the regulated power controller and which provides a toggle signal to the regulated power controller in response to a user input received at the toggle sensor;
wherein, in response to receiving the toggle signal, the regulated power controller is configured to change the regulated output of one of the at least two power regulators that regulate their respective outputs according to the schedule from the preferred setting according to the schedule to a preselected output, and wherein the regulated power controller is further configured to revert the regulated output of the at least one of the at least two power regulators from the preselected output to the preferred setting according to the schedule upon again receiving the toggle signal, and the regulated power controller is further configured to revert the regulated output of the at least one of the at least two power regulators from the preselected output to the preferred setting according to the schedule upon expiration of a time out period if the toggle signal is not again received before expiration of the timeout period.

US Pat. No. 10,459,415

CONTROL PROGRAM AUTOMATIC CREATION SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A control program automatic creation system, comprisinga control program creator, having a block diagram data storage, an executable code storage, and a display; wherein the control program creator stores a block diagram which shows an arrangement of a plant instrument in the block diagram data storage, creates a control program of the plant instrument based on the block diagram which is stored in the block diagram data storage, and further stores the created control program in the executable code storage,
a controller, having a process input output (PIO) device and a memory, the controller receiving a process signal from the plant instrument which is to be connected with the PIO device, and
a network, connecting the control program creator and the controller,
wherein
the control program creator transmits the control program which is stored in the executable code storage by way of the network, and
when the controller receives the control program by way of the network, the controller stores the control program in the memory, and further executes the control program, and transmits a computational decision of the control program by way of the network, and
when the control program creator receives the computational decision of the control program by way of the network from the controller, the control program creator superimposes the computational decision on the block diagram which the display section displays and displays the superimposed decision.

US Pat. No. 10,459,414

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION ADAPTOR, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION PARAMETER RESPONSE METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A communication adapter for connecting with an electrical device, the communication adapter comprising:a response time measurer configured to measure an amount of time that elapses from when a control instruction is sent to the electrical device until a response to the control instruction returns from the electrical device; and
a communication parameter responder configured to, upon receipt from a control device of a communication parameter request-command, acquire and save a current operation state of the electrical device, send to the electrical device a control instruction corresponding to content of the communication parameter request-command, and send as a communication parameter to the control device, an amount of time that elapses until a response to the control instruction returns measured by the response time measurer,
wherein the communication parameter responder is further configured to, upon return from the electrical device of the response to the control instruction, send to the electrical device a control instruction for reverting to the operation state,
the communication adapter being configured to electrically connect to the electrical device through a standardized serial communication interface, the electrical device being a household appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,459,413

MULTI-PROTOCOL GATEWAY WITH CONTROL IN A PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

Schneider Electric System...

1. A system for enabling control of devices in a process control system, comprising:at least one first interface configured to support communication of first electronic data among the devices via at least one electronic data communications network according to a first electronic data communication protocol;
at least one second interface configured to support communication of second electronic data among the devices via the at least one electronic data communications network according to a second electronic data communication protocol; and
a device integrator processor, said processor comprising a primary module and a shadow module, the primary module and the shadow module each configured to couple to the electronic data communications network via the first and second interfaces, the primary processor module including a primary master core assigned to communicate with a first set of devices and a primary remote core assigned to communicate with a second set of devices, the shadow processor module including a shadow master core and a shadow remote core, each master core of the primary and shadow processor modules being related via a redundancy scheme and each remote core of the primary and shadow processor modules being related via a redundancy scheme that is different than the redundancy scheme between the primary master core and the shadow master core, the redundancy scheme between the primary master core and the shadow master core comprising tightly coupling the primary master core and the shadow master core to provide fault tolerant control to the devices, and the primary module configured to receive and transmit the first and second electronic data on the electronic data communications network according to the first and second electronic data communication protocols simultaneously to control communications on the electronic data communication network during operation of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,459,412

CONVERGENCE STRUCTURE FOR CONTROL AND DATA ANALYTICS SYSTEMS

Ademco Inc., Golden Vall...

1. A convergence mechanism comprising:a first data collector;
a second data collector;
a data storage module connected to the first data collector and the second data collector; and
one or more data analytics system services modules connected to the data storage module; and
wherein:
the first data collector comprises one or more sensors and meters that provide data from a structure, connected site, process unit, piece of equipment, or device;
the second data collector comprises connections to sources that provide data external to the structure, connected site, process unit, piece of equipment, or device; and
the data storage module comprises memory hardware connected to the first data collector and the second data collector,
the convergence mechanism further comprising:
a data provider connected to the one or more analytics system services modules;
a local control system connected to the data provider; and
a real-time controller connected to the local control system,
wherein:
the one or more data analytics system services modules:
maintain a database of data points collected from multiple same or similar connected sites or devices;
estimate relevant characteristics for each connected site or device; and
cluster connected devices based on the relevant characteristics to create control groups;
the data provider communicates a control command to devices within one control group; and
the local control system or the real-time controller adjusts operation of a connected device based on a received command,
wherein the one or more analytics system services module:
based on data, update parameters of a predictive model for a first variable dependent on one or more other variables; and
execute the predictive model to estimate the first variable,
wherein:
the data provider communicates an estimate of the first variable from the one or more data analytics system services module
the data provider communicates the estimate of the first variable to the local control system and to the real-time controller; and
the real-time controller computes and applies a control action to the structure, connected site, process unit, piece of equipment, or device, through one or more actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,459,410

AUTOMATIC TRACKING OF A SPECIMEN HOLDER MOVED FROM ONE SPECIMEN RACK TO ANOTHER

Shazi Iqbal, Danville, C...

1. A method, comprising:providing first and second specimen racks that each include a plurality of rack slots that receive specimen holders, each specimen holder including an RFID tag with an RFID unique identifier and a barcode unique identifier that are stored in a database in association with one another;
receiving, by the second specimen rack, a specimen holder previously located in the first specimen rack and which is designated as the newly inserted specimen holder, the second specimen rack being situated on a specimen reader;
optically scanning, by the specimen reader, a matrix of optical sensing regions corresponding to the plurality of rack slots of the second specimen rack to determine the particular rack slot at which the newly inserted specimen holder is located, thus indicating an optically determined insertion change event; and
determining, by the specimen reader, the RFID unique identifier of the newly inserted specimen holder, wherein the determining includes:
transmitting, by the specimen reader in response to the optically determined insertion change event, an RF interrogation signal to specimen holders located in the plurality of rack slots of the second specimen rack;
transmitting, in response to the RFID interrogation signal, respective RFID response signals by RFID tags of specimen holders in the second specimen rack, the RFID response signals including respective RFID unique identifiers;
receiving, by the specimen reader, the RFID response signals, thus providing currently received RFID unique identifiers; and
comparing, by the specimen reader, the currently received RFID unique identifiers with prior received RFID unique identifiers to identify the RFID unique identifier of the newly inserted specimen holder.

US Pat. No. 10,459,409

ELECTRONICS TIMEPIECE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING LOCATION INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An electronic timepiece, comprising:a clock that keeps a current time;
a radio wave receiver that receives radio waves transmitted from positioning satellites;
an operation receiving unit that receives input operations; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit calculates, on the basis of the current time kept by the clock, a local time or local times in one or a plurality of setting regions including at least a current region in which the electronic timepiece is currently located,
wherein when the radio wave receiver performs reception operations that attempt to receive the radio waves, the control unit makes the radio wave receiver perform either one of a date and time reception process that attempts to obtain date and time information from the radio waves without obtaining additional information from the radio waves needed to determine a current location of the electronic timepiece or a positioning reception process that attempts to obtain all of information from the radio waves that is needed to determine the current location of the electronic timepiece,
wherein when the operation receiving unit receives a prescribed input operation that affects the current region and, if the prescribed input operation manually changes a current region setting, when the control unit is not set to prioritize said manually changed current region setting, the control unit makes the radio wave receiver perform the positioning reception process at least once before a prescribed location updating event that determines a current location of the electronic timepiece occurs, the prescribed location updating event being when the current location of the electronic timepiece is determined by a communication with an external device or by successfully performing the positioning reception process that occurs immediately or a prescribed time period after the reception of the prescribed input operation, whichever occurs first after the reception of the prescribed input operation, and
wherein when the prescribed location updating event occurs, the control unit makes the radio wave receiver stop the reception operations that attempt to receive the radio waves or the control unit makes the radio wave receiver perform only the date and time reception process when performing the reception operations until another prescribed input operation that affects the current region is received.

US Pat. No. 10,459,408

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.,...

1. An electronic timepiece, comprising:a counter which counts a time;
a display section which performs time display based on the counted time;
a first processor;
a second processor which performs a predetermined processing operation of acquiring time information; and
a power supply section which supplies electric power to each section from a battery, wherein
when an output voltage from the power supply section decreases to less than a predetermined first reference voltage, the first processor stops a display operation by the display section,
when the time information is acquired by the processing operation of the second processor, the first processor corrects the time counted by the counter based on the acquired time information and causes the display section to display the corrected time, and
when the output voltage decreases to less than the first reference voltage following an acquisition operation of the time information by the second processor, the first processor does not stop a time display operation during a predetermined pending period.

US Pat. No. 10,459,407

DTC BASED CARRIER SHIFT—ONLINE CALIBRATION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A digital to time converter (DTC) system, comprising:a DTC circuit configured to generate a DTC output clock signal at a DTC output frequency, based on a DTC code; and
a calibration circuit comprising:
a period error determination circuit configured to determine a plurality of period errors respectively associated with a plurality of consecutive edges of the DTC output clock signal, wherein each period error of the plurality of period errors comprises a difference in a measured time period between two consecutive edges of the DTC output clock signal from a predefined time period; and
an integral non-linearity (INL) correction circuit configured to determine a correction to be applied to the DTC code based on a subset of the determined period errors.

US Pat. No. 10,459,406

INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO TIMEPIECE COMPONENTS

The Swatch Group Research...

1. A timepiece mechanism comprising:at least a first component and a second component configured to cooperate with each other in a relative motion on a trajectory in an interface area,
wherein a first path of the first component includes first actuation means configured to exert a contactless stress on second complementary actuation means comprised in a second path belonging to the second component,
wherein, throughout a monotonous relative movement of the second path with respect to the first path, a change of interaction energy between the first component and the second component based on a change of a relative angle has a variable and a linear non-zero gradient, the gradient having at least one change point, the change point of the gradient corresponding to a transition angle, a level of the contactless stress being changed at the transition angle, and
wherein the relative angle is formed by the first component and the second component when the second component pivots to the first component, the second component being configured to adjust a position at the transition angle independent of the contactless stress applied to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,459,405

TUNING FORK MECHANICAL OSCILLATOR FOR CLOCK MOVEMENT

THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH...

1. A timepiece having a mechanical clock movement comprising:a tuning fork oscillator,
wherein said oscillator includes an assembly having two prongs and a base connecting said prongs,
wherein said oscillator includes a rod connected to said base, the oscillator being connected by said rod to a fastening member connected to the movement, a first end of said rod being connected to the fastening member and a second end of said rod being connected to the base, said rod being configured to oscillate transversely in a symmetrical oscillation mode and oscillate longitudinally in an antisymmetrical oscillation mode,
wherein said assembly includes a material A, said material A having low internal friction,
wherein said movement includes a mechanical impulsion element able to act on one of the two prongs so as to induce and sustain oscillation of said oscillator,
wherein said oscillator includes a material which is able to oscillate both in the antisymmetrical oscillation mode and the symmetrical oscillation mode, and
wherein a quality factor Q2 of the symmetrical oscillation mode of said oscillator is reduced in relation to a quality factor Q1 of the antisymmetrical oscillation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,459,404

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING IMAGE FORMATION WITH DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE AND CARTRIDGE DETACHABLE FROM IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a formation unit configured to form an image, the formation unit including a plurality of cartridges that are detachable from the image forming apparatus, each cartridge having a storage unit and a member; and
a controller configured to set an image forming condition for image formation,
wherein
the controller reads identification information from each storage unit of at least two cartridges from among the plurality of cartridges, the identification information indicating a version of a corresponding cartridge, and
the controller reads a correction value stored in at least one of the storage units, and sets the image forming condition based on the correction value, the correction value corresponding to a combination of versions of the at least two cartridges.

US Pat. No. 10,459,403

END MEMBER, PHOTORECEPTOR DRUM UNIT, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Mitsubishi Chemical Corpo...

1. An end member which is disposed in an end portion of a columnar rotating body, the end member comprising:a shaft member; and
a bearing member to which the shaft member is attached, wherein:
the shaft member includes
a rotating shaft,
a rotating force receiving portion which is provided on one end side of the rotating shaft, is engageable with a rotating force applying portion of an image forming apparatus main body, and receives a rotating force from a driving shaft in an engaged posture,
a base end portion which is disposed on the other end side of the rotating shaft, and
a rotating force transmission pin for transmitting the rotating force to a bearing member:
a hole through which the rotating force transmission pin passes is provided in the base end portion, and the shaft member is capable of swinging as the hole is greater in size with respect to the rotating force transmission pin; and
the bearing member includes
a tubular body,
a holding portion which is disposed on an inside of the tubular body, and is a recess portion that holds the rotating force transmission pin,
a projection-like regulating member which extends in the circumferential direction for regulating attachment and detachment of the rotating force transmission pin, and
a groove which extends in a circumferential direction in order to enable the projection-like regulating member to flex in a radial direction when a biasing force is applied to the projection-like regulating member via the rotating force transmission pin.

US Pat. No. 10,459,402

CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge mountable, along a predetermined mounting path, to a main assembly of the electrophotographic image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member on which a latent image is capable of being formed and including a main assembly driving shaft, wherein the cartridge is movable in the main assembly between a developing position at a terminal end of the mounting path and a retracted position retracted from the developing position in a direction different from the mounting path, the cartridge comprising:a developer carrying member capable of developing the latent image while being in contact with the photosensitive member when the cartridge is in the developing position; and
a coupling member capable of inclining relative to a rotational axis of the developer carrying member, wherein the coupling member is capable of taking (i) a reference attitude in which a drive transmission is capable from the main assembly driving shaft to the developer carrying member when the cartridge is in the developing position, (ii) an at-mounting attitude inclined relative to the rotational axis of the developer carrying member to engage with the main assembly driving shaft when the cartridge moves along the mounting path, and (iii) an at-spaced attitude inclined relative to the rotational axis of the developer carrying member in a direction different from that in the at-mounting attitude.

US Pat. No. 10,459,401

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body to which a cartridge including a photosensitive drum, a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer and a container configured to store the developer is detachably attached;
a light emission unit disposed close to the photosensitive drum, provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotational shaft direction of the photosensitive drum, and configured to irradiate the photosensitive drum with light to form a latent image;
a supporting member having a regulation portion configured to, when inserting the cartridge into the apparatus main body, regulate a movement in a direction perpendicularly intersecting with an insertion direction of the cartridge until an insertion of the cartridge is completed; and
a belt configured to come in contact with the photosensitive drum during image formation,
wherein the light emission unit is disposed upstream from the belt in the insertion direction, and
wherein, in a state where the insertion of the cartridge into the apparatus main body is completed, in a normal direction to the surface of the belt, a distance from a surface of the belt to a rotational shaft of the photosensitive drum is equal to or longer than a distance from the surface of the belt to an image forming position where light emitted by the light emission unit forms an image on a surface of the photosensitive drum, and the light emission unit is disposed in a space formed by the photosensitive drum, the container and the belt and is not disposed within the photosensitive drum.

US Pat. No. 10,459,400

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer;
a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body being positioned adjacent to a first end of the developer accommodating body, the developer discharging body having a discharge opening, the discharge opening being configured to form at least a part of a discharge passageway through which developer may be discharged to outside of the developer supply container, with an end of the discharge passageway being positioned at a bottommost side of the developer supply container, and with the developer accommodating body being rotatable about a rotational axis thereof relative to the developer discharging body,
wherein the developer accommodating body is provided with a gear portion provided about the rotational axis; and
a track provided at each of opposite sides of the developer discharging body, each track including (i) a first part ascending away from a bottom of the developer supply container as a distance to a second end of the developer accommodating body that is opposite from the first end of the developer accommodating body decreases and (ii) a second part extending from an end of the first part such that a plane perpendicular to the rotational axis and passing through the second part passes through the end of the discharge passageway when the discharge passageway through which developer is discharged to outside of the developer supply container is formed,
wherein a plane parallel to the rotational axis and passing through the second parts of the tracks is between the rotational axis and the discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 10,459,399

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE INCLUDING SHAFT AND CAM HAVING CAM SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a casing configured to accommodate developer therein;
a developing roller rotatable about a first axis extending in an axial direction;
a shaft extending along a second axis extending in the axial direction, the shaft being movable along the second axis; and
a cam movable along the second axis in response to axial movement of the shaft, the cam having a cam surface non-parallel with the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,459,398

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING ELECTRIC CONTACT SURFACE

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A developing cartridge attachable to an image forming apparatus, the developing cartridge comprising:a developing roller rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction;
a housing configured to accommodate a developing agent, the housing being pivotable about the developing roller between a first position and a second position with respect to the image forming apparatus in a state where the developing roller is positioned at one end portion of the housing in a second direction and the developing cartridge is attached to the image forming apparatus; and
a storage medium including an electric contact surface, the electric contact surface being movable relative to the housing in response to the pivotal movement of the housing about the developing roller, the electric contact surface being out of contact with an electric connector of the image forming apparatus in a state where the housing is at the first position, the electric contact surface being in contact with the electric connector of the image forming apparatus in a state where the housing is at the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,459,397

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a body cover that allows opening and closing with respect to the apparatus body;
a plurality of photoreceptor drums, each of the photoreceptor drums being rotated about a predetermined axis and having a peripheral surface that allows formation of an electrostatic latent image and supports a toner image corresponding to the electrostatic latent image;
a plurality of developing devices, each of the developing devices being configured to supply the photoreceptor drum with toner to visualize the electrostatic latent image in the toner image;
a plurality of toner containers, each of the toner containers being configured to accommodate the toner to be replenished to the developing device;
a plurality of container covers to be exposed to outside of the apparatus body by the body cover being opened, each of the container covers being switchable between an open state in which attachment and detachment of the toner container with respect to the apparatus body are allowed, and a closed state in which detachment of the toner container from the apparatus body is prevented;
a plurality of lock release mechanisms, each of the lock release mechanisms including a locking part that locks the container cover in the closed state, the lock release mechanism being configured to release the lock of the container cover by the locking part and to make the container cover in the open state;
a plurality of pressing units, each of the pressing units being configured to press the toner container toward the container cover within the apparatus body;
a plurality of latching parts, each of the latching parts being configured to latch the toner container against pressing force of the pressing unit at a replenishment position where the toner is replenishable to the developing device within the apparatus body; and
a plurality of interlocking mechanisms, each of the interlocking mechanisms being configured to move the toner container from the replenishment position to a side of the container cover by the pressing force of the pressing unit by releasing the latch of the latching part to the toner container in conjunction with the lock release of the container cover by the lock release mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,459,396

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body having a mounting portion; and
first and second units individually mountable to and detachable from the mounting portion,
wherein the apparatus main body includes:
a switching member movable between a first position and a second position, the first position being a position in which attachment and detachment of the first unit with respect to the apparatus main body is allowed and attachment and detachment of the second unit with respect to the apparatus main body is restricted, and the second position being a position in which the attachment and detachment of the first unit is restricted and the attachment and detachment of the second unit is allowed;
an opening through which the first and second units are detachably attachable to the mounting portion; and
an opening and closing member movable between an open position where the opening is not covered by the opening and closing member and a closed position where the opening is covered by the opening and the closing member,
wherein the switching member is configured to move from the second position to the first position in conjunction with movement of the opening and closing member from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,459,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main casing;
a fixing device accommodated in the main casing; and
a drum cartridge configured to be mounted on the main casing in a mounting direction, the drum cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum; and
a drum cover configured to cover a first part of the photosensitive drum, the drum cover comprising:
a shaft, the drum cover being configured to rotate about the shaft between:
a first position at which the drum cover covers the first part of the photosensitive drum and
a second position at which the drum cover does not cover the first part of the photosensitive drum,
the main casing comprising:
a guide configured to guide the drum cartridge when the drum cartridge is mounted onto the main casing,
the guide comprising:
an upstream end and a downstream end in a mounting direction in which the drum cartridge moves when the drum cartridge is mounted onto the main casing,
the downstream end of the guide being located between the upstream end of the guide and the fixing device,
the drum cartridge comprising:
a guided portion configured to be guided by the guide, the guide being configured to guide the guided portion from the upstream end of the guide to the downstream end of the guide when the drum cartridge is mounted onto the main casing,
wherein, when the drum cartridge is mounted onto the main casing, the drum cartridge is configured to move from a first guide position through a second guide position to a third guide position,
the first guide position of the drum cartridge being a position at which the guided portion is located at the upstream end of the guide,
the second guide position of the drum cartridge being a position at which the guided portion is located at the downstream end of the guide, and
the third guide position of the drum cartridge being a position at which the drum cartridge is rotated, in a particular rotational direction, from the second guide position about the guided portion located at the downstream end.

US Pat. No. 10,459,394

SHEET STACKING UNIT, AND SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EACH INCLUDING THE SHEET STACKING UNIT

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A sheet stacking unit comprising:a placement body;
a sheet stacking plate on which sheets are to be stacked together with the placement body;
a cursor which is movable on an upper surface of the placement body in a widthwise direction perpendicular to a sheet conveyance direction and which is brought into contact with widthwise side faces of the sheets placed on the sheet stacking plate to align the sheets;
a rack coupled to the cursor and extending along the widthwise direction;
a pinion provided in the placement body to make up a rack and pinion mechanism in cooperation with the rack;
a detection sensor which is placed opposite the rack and which has a light-emitting portion and a light-receiving portion;
a plurality of detection-object parts which are placed in the rack along the widthwise direction and which are to be detected by the detection sensor while the cursor is set in specified positions; and
a controller which detects a position of the cursor in correspondence to an output of the detection sensor to thereby identify a widthwise size of the sheet, wherein
the plurality of detection-object parts have optical characteristics of transmissivities, which are different from one another, with respect to light emitted from the light-emitting portion,
the controller identifies the widthwise size of the sheet on a basis of output values from the detection sensor which detects light transmitted by the detection-object parts,
in the detection sensor, light emitted from the light-emitting portion and transmitted by any one of the detection-object parts is received by the light-receiving portion,
the rack has rack teeth formed on a side face of a rack body,
the rack is provided with a plurality of opening portions that penetrate the rack body from an upper surface thereof in a thickness direction thereof and that are arranged at predetermined intervals on a straight line extending in the width direction, and
the plurality of detection-object parts are arranged at the plurality of opening portions, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,459,393

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

HP PRINTING KOREA CO., LT...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a printing media cassette to receive printing media, the printing media cassette being movably coupled to the apparatus body;
a first lever provided at the printing media cassette;
a second lever provided in the apparatus body, the second lever including,
a first actuating arm that includes a groove to be coupled to the first lever, and when the printing media cassette is closed, the second lever being turned and the groove separated from the first lever, and
a second actuating arm rotatable about same axis as the first actuating arm and to be contacted and pushed by the first lever when the printing media cassette is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,459,392

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DISCHARGING TONER, AND PROGRAM FOR DISCHARGING TONER

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier that carries a toner image;
a developing part that accommodates two-component developer containing toner and a carrier, and supplies the toner to the image carrier;
a transferor that transfers the toner image on the image carrier onto paper;
a cleaning member that removes the toner remaining on the image carrier; and
a hardware processor that controls toner discharge operation in the developing part according to a toner discharge condition,
wherein the hardware processor sets the toner discharge condition so that a replacement time of the cleaning member overlaps with a replacement time of another consumable.

US Pat. No. 10,459,391

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH FUNCTION TO SPECIFY ERROR CAUSING PART

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:causal part candidates that are candidates of parts of the image forming apparatus that can cause an occurrence of an error in the image forming apparatus;
an associated component that is relevant to at least one of the causal part candidates and of which a state change is detectable;
a detector configured to detect the state change of the associated component;
a memory configured to store the state change of the associated component detected by the detector in association with a detected time; and
at least one processor configured to execute functions as follows:
an error detecting function that detects the occurrence of the error; and
a specifying function that specifies an error causing part that is the part causing the occurrence of the error from among the causal part candidates based on a time at which the occurrence of the error is detected and information stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,459,390

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING REDUCED SENSITIVITY TO LEAK LIGHT AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image former configured to form an image on a sheet based on an image forming condition;
a transfer belt, onto which the image former forms a measurement image;
a sensor, including a substrate, a light emitting element provided on the substrate, a light receiving element provided on the substrate, and a shielding member provided between the light emitting element and the light receiving element on the substrate, and configured to measure a reflected light from the measurement image on the transfer belt and output a signal value according to an intensity of the reflected light, wherein the light emitting element is configured to emit a light based on a driving current;
a memory configured to store reference data related to a relationship between a plurality of driving currents and a plurality of correction values, wherein the reference data is used for correcting an error of the signal value occurred by a leak light of the sensor;
a controller configured to:
perform a driving current control in which the driving current is adjusted;
control the light emitting element of the sensor based on the driving current adjusted in the driving current control to obtain a measurement image signal value corresponding to the reflected light from the measurement image;
determine a correction value from the driving current adjusted in the driving current control based on the reference data stored in the memory; and
control the image forming condition based on the correction value and the measurement image signal value.

US Pat. No. 10,459,389

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a transporter that transports a sheet;
an image former that forms an image;
a transferrer that is provided downstream of the image former along a transportation direction in which the transporter transports the sheet and transfers the image formed by the image former to the sheet; and
a controller that selects an image adjustment chart used to adjust a transportation direction magnification for the image varying in the transportation direction and adjusts the transportation direction magnification for the image formed by the image former based on the image adjustment chart and a job condition of a job to be executed currently, the image adjustment chart being formed by the image former and transferred to the sheet by the transferrer.

US Pat. No. 10,459,388

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
only a single light source configured to emit light;
an image capturing unit configured to capture light emitted by the single light source and reflected by the recording material as a surface image including a plurality of pixels; and
a control unit configured to obtain a first feature quantity from differences among output values of a plurality of pixels arranged in a first direction out of the plurality of pixels included in the surface image captured by the image capturing unit, and obtain a second feature quantity from differences among output values of a plurality of pixels arranged in a second direction intersecting the first direction out of the plurality of pixels included in the surface image used to obtain the first feature quantity, determine a fiber direction with respect to a conveyance direction of the recording material by comparing the first feature quantity with the second feature quantity, and control an image forming condition of the image forming unit based on the determined fiber direction.

US Pat. No. 10,459,387

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a display unit having a screen, and an input unit that is arranged on said display unit and specifies a designated position on said screen, andhaving a trial copy function of producing, in response to an instruction to produce multiple set of copies of a document, a trial copy to allow a user to confirm that said trial copy is well; wherein
when said trial copy function is designated and a position of a copy start key set displayed on said screen is specified by said input unit, after said trial copy is produced, a first key that starts production of an additional trial copy regardless of whether or not a setting has been changed, and a second key that produces copies of a remaining number of a set number of copies are displayed on said screen.

US Pat. No. 10,459,386

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a first mode, in which a job can be processed at a first printing speed, and a second mode, in which the job can be processed at a second printing speed faster than the first printing speed, the apparatus comprising:(A) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions:
(a) to receive a reservation of a period in which the image forming apparatus will operate in the second mode;
(b) to control the image forming apparatus to operate in the second mode, rather than the first mode, in accordance with the reservation;
(c) to set a function in which the image forming apparatus operates in the second mode to be one of disabled and enabled; and
(d) to enable the reservation to be received based on the set function being changed from disabled to enabled.

US Pat. No. 10,459,385

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. A fixing device, comprising:a first pressing member that is heated and that presses a recording medium moving along a recording medium transport path;
a second pressing member that is disposed opposite the first pressing member across the recording medium transport path and presses the recording medium, the second pressing member including an opposing portion opposing the first pressing member, the opposing portion having, at a part, a pressed portion pressed against the first pressing member; and
a heat receiver that is disposed to oppose an upstream portion of the opposing portion, the upstream portion of the opposing portion being located upstream of the pressed portion and upstream of a point where the fixing unit first presses the recording medium in a direction in which the recording medium moves, and configured to receive heat from the first pressing member.

US Pat. No. 10,459,384

FUSER INCLUDING BELT AND SLIDING SHEET

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fuser comprising:a rotatable member;
a belt comprising:
an inner peripheral surface; and
an outer peripheral surface facing the rotatable member;
a heater arranged to heat the rotatable member;
a pressure member configured to, with the rotatable member, sandwich the belt to form a nip portion; and
a sliding member comprising a portion sandwiched between the inner peripheral surface of the belt and the pressure member at a position corresponding to the nip portion, the sliding member comprising a front surface facing the inner peripheral surface of the belt and a back surface facing the pressure member,
wherein the front surface comprises a plurality of dimples which are arranged at a predetermined area corresponding to at least part of the nip portion, the plurality of dimples comprising:
a first dimple;
a second dimple adjacent to and spaced from the first dimple to form a first ridge portion between the first dimple and the second dimple; and
a third dimple arranged to intersect all imaginary first lines passing between the first dimple and the second dimple and through the first ridge portion without intersecting the first dimple or the second dimple.

US Pat. No. 10,459,383

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixing device comprising:a belt unit; and
a pressure member, wherein a medium is passed through a contact position between the belt unit and the pressure member so that a developer image is fixed onto the medium, wherein
the belt unit includes:
a supporter;
an endless belt that is movably supported by the supporter and includes an outer surface which comes in contact with the pressure member;
a heater that is disposed inside the endless belt; and
a thermal diffusion member that transmits heat generated by the heater to the endless belt,
the thermal diffusion member includes:
a first surface in contact with the heater;
a second surface in contact with an inner surface of the endless belt;
a first wall provided upstream of the heater in a transport direction of the medium; and
a second wall provided downstream of the heater in the transport direction,
the supporter includes:
a first groove in which the first wall is provided; and
a second groove in which the second wall is provided,
in a state where a pressing force toward the supporter is applied to the outer surface of the endless belt by the pressure member, the thermal diffusion member and the heater are in contact with each other while being pressed toward a contact surface of the supporter.

US Pat. No. 10,459,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming a toner image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus main body;
a guide configured to guide an attachable and detachable unit attachable to and detachable from the apparatus main body; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image formed on a sheet to the sheet, the fixing unit including a shutter configured to open or close a sheet inlet of the fixing unit,
wherein in a case where the attachable and detachable unit is attached to the apparatus main body when the shutter is located at a first position at which the sheet inlet is closed, the shutter moves from the first position to a second position at which the sheet inlet is opened, according to an attaching operation,
wherein the apparatus main body includes a link mechanism that the attachable and detachable unit contacts, and a regulating portion configured to regulate movement of the shutter,
and in a case where the attachable and detachable unit is further pushed in an attaching direction when the shutter is located at the second position, the link mechanism allows to move the attachable and detachable unit in the attaching direction while keeping a position of the shutter at the second position by the regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 10,459,381

ENERGY SAVINGS IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a fixation member;
a pressurization member that is pressure-contacted with the fixation member;
a heat source that heats the fixation member;
a drive unit configured to provide a drive force to the fixation member;
a measurement unit configured to measure a load applied when the fixation member is driven; and
a control unit configured to cause the drive unit to temporarily drive the fixation member and cause the measurement unit to measure the load applied when the fixation member is temporarily driven, according to reception of an instruction to perform image forming processing, to cause the heat source to start heating the fixation member, as an operation prior to performing the image forming processing, after the load applied is measured, to cause the drive unit to start to drive the fixation member after a temperature of the fixation member reaches a first control temperature, if the load applied does not exceed a predetermined threshold and to cause the drive unit to start to drive the fixation member after the temperature of the fixation member reaches a second control temperature that is higher than the first control temperature, if the load applied exceeds the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,380

HEAT REFLECTION USING REFLECTOR IN FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A fixing device comprising:a belt having a cylindrical shape;
a roller positioned to be in contact with an outer peripheral surface of the belt so as to form a nip between the roller and the belt;
a heater disposed within an inner circumference of the belt;
a reflector disposed within the inner circumference of the belt and in contact with the belt and configured to reflect heat generated by the heater toward an inner surface of the belt; and
a peeling unit configured to peel a sheet that has been fed into the nip and pressed against the belt by the roller,
wherein the reflector is in contact with an overhanging portion of the belt which is located adjacent to the peeling unit.

US Pat. No. 10,459,379

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE MOUNTED WITH HEATER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image heating device for heating an image formed on a recording sheet, comprising:a heater, the heater includes a substrate having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction, a first heating block provided on the substrate, and second heating block provided on the substrate at a position different from the first heating block in the lengthwise direction of the substrate;
a first temperature detecting element configured to detect the first heating block;
a second temperature detecting element configured to detect the second heating block;
a third temperature detecting element configured to detect the first heating block at an end area of the first heating block in the lengthwise direction of the substrate, and
a controller configured to control power supplied to the first and second heating blocks,
wherein power control of the first and second heating blocks can be performed independent of each other by the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,459,378

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM COMPENSATING FOR ECCENTRIC COMPONENTS

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a driving roller that conveys a paper sheet;
a detector that detects a desired point on the driving roller;
a reader that reads a pattern image formed on the paper sheet; and
a hardware processor that:
acquires a waveform signal indicating one of a change in an image forming position with respect to the paper sheet and a change in a sheet conveyance velocity;
extracts a synchronous waveform signal from the waveform signal acquired by the hardware processor, the synchronous waveform signal being synchronized with one revolution of the driving roller, the one revolution being detected by the detector;
inputs a drive signal to a drive source of the driving roller, the drive signal being input to weaken an amplitude of the synchronous waveform signal extracted by the hardware processor; and
acquires a position waveform signal from a difference value obtained as a result of comparison between a predetermined ideal image forming position and a position of the pattern image read by the reader.

US Pat. No. 10,459,377

PEELING MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A peeling member comprising a peeling sheet formed by a base material having a plate shape, and a resin coating film formed on at least a surface of the base material at a paper passing side, the peeling member being configured to peel a paper from a fixing member of an electronic photographic device by arranging a distal end portion, which is an end portion at a side of one long side of the peeling sheet and at an upstream side in a paper passing direction, to be contacted with or close to the fixing member,wherein a width of the base material is not less than half of a length of the fixing member in an axial direction and is equal to or slightly longer than the length of the fixing member in the axial direction,
wherein the resin coating film comprises a matrix resin and fluororesin powder,wherein the resin coating film comprises a plurality of recessed portions on a surface of the resin coating film at the paper passing side, and a recess is not formed on the base material as a base part of the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,459,376

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing member that heats and presses a toner image formed on a recording material to fix the toner image on the recording material;
a cleaning member that abuts on the fixing member to clean the fixing member;
a web that cleans the cleaning member;
a first drive mechanism that moves the cleaning member so as to abut on or separate from the fixing member;
a rotation drive unit capable of rotatingly driving the cleaning member when the cleaning member separates from the fixing member; and
a control unit that performs control such that, in a case where a cleaning mode for cleaning the cleaning member using the web is selected, the cleaning member moves to separate from the fixing member and is rotatingly driven, and the web abuts on the cleaning member to clean the cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 10,459,375

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive members configured to bear a toner image, each photosensitive member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin; and
an intermediate transfer member configured to secondarily transfer the toner image having been primarily transferred from the plurality of photosensitive members onto a transfer material, the intermediate transfer member having a surface layer containing acrylic resin, wherein
a ten-point average roughness Rz of the surface layer of the intermediate transfer member is larger than a ten-point average roughness Rz of the surface layer of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,459,374

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming part that forms a developer image on a developer carrier that is rotatable,
a transfer member that is rotatable and in contact with the developer carrier at a primary transfer position and to which the developer image is transferred from the image forming part,
a carrying part that is in contact with the transfer member at a secondary transfer position and carries a recording medium to which the developer image, which was transferred to the transfer member, is further transferred,
a control part that
controls the image forming part, the transfer member and the carrying part, and
controls an image forming operation through which the developer image is transferred onto a prescribed portion of the recording medium at the secondary transfer position,
a contact/separation part that performs two operations at the secondary transfer position at operation timings wherein these operations are:
a separation operation through which the transfer member and the developer carrier become relatively separated, the separation operation being performed at a separation timing, which is one of the operation timings, and
a contact operation through which the transfer member and the developer carrier, which are separated, become in contact each other at a contact timing, which is the other of the operation timings, and
a contact/separation timing control part that controls the operation timings performed by the contact/separation part, wherein
before the control part finishes transferring the developer image to the recording medium at the secondary transfer position, the contact/separation timing control part sets the separation timing, and the contact/separation performs the separation operation at the separation timing.

US Pat. No. 10,459,373

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. A transfer device comprising:a transfer member configured to transfer an image, which has been formed on a surface of an image carrier and carried by the image carrier, from the image carrier to a recording medium that passes through a space between the transfer member and the image carrier when a voltage is applied between the transfer member and the image carrier;
a first member that is electrically connected to the transfer member;
a downstream member that is located downstream of the transfer member in a direction in which the recording medium moves, that is electrically connected to the transfer member via the first member, and that transfers the recording medium to a second member that is located downstream of the downstream member in the direction in which the recording medium moves and that is electrically insulated from the downstream member; and
a first electric potential controller that, when the recording medium is changed to a recording medium having a bending strength higher than a bending strength of the recording medium before being changed, is configured to change an electric potential of the downstream member to an electric potential that is higher than an electric potential of the downstream member before the recording medium is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,459,372

BINARY INK DEVELOPER (BID) ASSEMBLY FOR LIQUID ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY (LEP) PRINTING DEVICE

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A binary ink developer (BID) assembly for a liquid electrophotography printer (LEP), comprising:a developer roller that is rotatable;
an electrically insulating exterior coating of the developer roller to receive ink from an ink supply and to transfer the received ink to a photoconductive imaging cylinder in accordance with an electrostatic image on the imaging cylinder, as the developer roller rotates; and
a charge roller in contact with the electrically insulating exterior coating to place a charge on the exterior coating prior to the exterior coating receiving the ink,
wherein the developer roller is not voltage-biased within the BID assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,459,371

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING DRUM CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a body;
a drum cartridge installable into the body;
a developing cartridge installable into the body; and
a shutter attached to the body,
wherein the shutter is movable between a first position to prevent installation of the developing cartridge while allowing installation of the drum cartridge with the drum cartridge and the developing cartridge being removed from the body, and a second position to allow installation of the developing cartridge with the drum cartridge being installed in the body,
wherein the body includes a drum guide configured to guide the drum cartridge in a case that the drum cartridge is installed into the body, a developing guide configured to guide the developing cartridge in a case that the developing cartridge is installed into the body, an inlet of the drum guide and an inlet of the developing guide being arranged side by side on the body, and
wherein the shutter closes the inlet of the developing guide at the first position, without closing the inlet of the drum guide.

US Pat. No. 10,459,370

TONER CONTAINER HAVING PROTRUSIONS PROJECTING FROM OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE TONER CONTAINER

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A system, comprising:a container including a protrusion; and
a receiver to receive the container, the receiver including:
a slide part including two surfaces, a first surface, initially contacted by the protrusion of the container during insertion of the container into the receiver, having a first slope to resist movement of the container towards the receiver, and a second surface, subsequently contacted by the protrusion of the container during the insertion of the container into the receiver, having a second slope to interact with the protrusion of the container to assist movement of the container towards the receiver, wherein
the container includes an outlet to discharge toner from the container downward in a vertical direction outside the container, and the protrusion of the container is disposed above the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,459,369

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
at least one image forming unit configured to form a toner image; and
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image onto a sheet,
wherein the image forming unit includes:
a photoreceptor drum rotated about a predetermined axis and having a peripheral surface that allows formation of an electrostatic latent image and supports the toner image corresponding to the electrostatic latent image;
a developing device configured to supply the photoreceptor drum with toner to visualize the electrostatic latent image in the toner image, the developing device including a toner replenishing port for internally receiving the toner; and
a toner replenishing unit disposed above the developing device and configured to replenish the developing device with the toner through the toner replenishing port,
the toner replenishing unit includes:
a first toner container extending along an axial direction of the photoreceptor drum and configured to store and discharge the toner;
a second toner container extending along the axial direction and configured to store and discharge the toner;
a first container mounting unit disposed with a space above the developing device in the apparatus body, the first container mounting unit allowing the first toner container to be mounted along the axial direction and receiving the first toner container;
a second container mounting unit disposed above the developing device and below the first container mounting unit in the apparatus body, the second container mounting unit allowing the second toner container to be mounted along the axial direction and receiving the second toner container; and
a toner conveyance unit configured to convey the toner discharged from the first toner container mounted in the first container mounting unit and the second toner container mounted in the second container mounting unit to the developing device.

US Pat. No. 10,459,368

POWDER DETECTOR, CONTROL METHOD OF SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A powder detector comprising:a driver to drive a motor;
a stirrer to stir powder in a vessel;
a vibration plate disposed in the vessel and vibrated by a flip of the stirrer rotated by the motor; and
circuitry configured to:
detect a vibration of the vibration plate;
estimate an amount of powder based on a detection result of the vibration; and
cause the driver to drive the motor from a starting point, so as to move the stirrer to a preset halt position, and cause the driver to stop drive of the motor before the stirrer has moved one complete rotation from the starting point, the starting point being a rotation angle of the motor at a time of detection of the vibration.

US Pat. No. 10,459,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SUPPLY OF DEVELOPER

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photoconductor;
a developing device including a developing roller configured to form a developer image on the photoconductor;
a developer storage storing developer;
a supplier configured to supply the developer from the developer storage to the developing device; and
a controller configured to, when performing a printing operation, execute
a developing process of developing an electrostatic latent image on the photoconductor,
a usage-amount obtaining process of obtaining a usage amount of the developer, the usage amount being an amount of the developer used in the developing process,
a first supplying process of supplying the developer stored in the developer storage to the developing device by operating the supplier by a first driving amount every time the usage amount becomes greater than or equal to a first threshold, and
a second supplying process of supplying the developer stored in the developer storage to the developing device by operating the supplier by a driving amount greater than the first driving amount when the usage amount of the developer from a time point of beginning of use of the developer storage becomes greater than or equal to a second threshold that is greater than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,459,366

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE HAVING ELECTRODE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:a developing roller rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction, the developing roller including a developing roller shaft;
a supply roller rotatable about a second axis extending in the first direction, the supply roller including a supply roller shaft;
a housing configured to accommodate developer therein, the housing having a first outer surface and a second outer surface spaced apart from the first outer surface in the first direction;
a developing electrode electrically connected to the developing roller shaft, the developing electrode being positioned at the first outer surface of the housing, the developing electrode including a developing contact part extending in the first direction; and
a supply electrode electrically connected to the supply roller shaft, the supply electrode being positioned at the first outer surface of the housing, the supply electrode including:
a supply contact part extending in the first direction;
an insertion part through which the supply roller shaft is inserted; and
a coupling part coupling the supply contact part and the insertion part,
wherein the developing contact part is positioned closer to the supply contact part than the developing roller shaft is to the supply contact part, the developing contact part being positioned farther from the second outer surface of the housing than the coupling part is from the second outer surface of the housing in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,459,365

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, the image forming unit comprising:a first receptor configured to receive image data;
a light source configured to output light based on the image data received by the first receptor;
a photosensitive member;
a rotational polygon mirror having a plurality of reflection faces, and configured to be rotated to scan the photosensitive member by deflecting light output from the light source by using the plurality of reflection faces;
a light receiving unit including a light receiving element for receiving the light deflected by the rotational polygon mirror;
an identifier configured to identify a reflection face used for scanning the photosensitive member from among the plurality of reflection faces; and
a generator configured to generate a signal including a signal of a first level and a signal of a second level, the generator generating the signal based on information about the reflection face identified by the identifier to cause a period of the first level of the signal corresponding to the identified reflection face to be longer than a period of the first level of the signal corresponding to a reflection face other than the identified reflection face from among the plurality of reflection faces, and
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a second receptor configured to receive the signal;
a first detector configured to detect a first change in which a level of the signal received by the second receptor is changed from the second level to the first level;
a second detector configured to detect a second change in which a level of the signal received by the second receptor is changed from the first level to the second level;
a determiner configured to determine whether the first change detected at a first timing is a change corresponding to the identified reflection face based on time period from the first timing at which the first change is detected to a timing at which the second change is firstly detected after the first timing;
a corrector configured to correct image data corresponding to a scanning line of the light with correction data corresponding to the reflection face corresponding to the scanning line based on a determination result of the determiner; and
an output unit configured to output image data corrected by the corrector to the image forming unit,
wherein, when the first change is newly detected in a predetermined period starting from the first timing serving as a starting point, based on a time period from a second timing at which the first change is newly detected in the predetermined period to a timing at which the second change is firstly detected after the second timing and a time period from the first timing as the starting point of the predetermined period that includes the second timing to a timing at which the second change is lastly detected before the second timing, the determiner determines whether the first change detected at the first timing as the starting point of the predetermined period is a change corresponding to the identified reflection face, and
wherein the output unit outputs image data corrected by the corrector to the image forming unit when the first detector detects the first change in a period other than the predetermined period, and does not output the corrected image data even if the first detector detects the first change within the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 10,459,364

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPTICAL PRINT HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a photosensitive drum configured to be capable of rotating as to an apparatus main body;
an optical print head having a plurality of lenses from which light to expose the photosensitive drum is emitted;
a first rail formed on the optical print head along a longitudinal direction of the optical print head, the first rail being formed on one side of the optical print head in a perpendicular direction perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction of the optical print head and an optical axis direction of the lenses;
a second rail formed on the optical print head along a longitudinal direction of the optical print head, the second rail being formed on another side of the optical print head in the perpendicular direction; and
a guide portion into which a rod-shaped cleaning member is inserted from outside of the image forming apparatus, the guide portion guiding a move of the inserted cleaning member,
wherein the guide portion is provided as a body separate from the optical print head upstream of the first rail formed on the optical print head and the second rail formed on the optical print head in a direction of insertion of the cleaning member,
wherein the cleaning member includes
a rubbing portion that rubs and cleans light emission faces of the lenses,
a first engaging portion configured to restrict the rubbing portion from moving in a direction away from the light emission faces, by engaging the first rail and abutting the first rail from a side opposite to a side of the first rail at which the photosensitive drum is disposed, and
a second engaging portion configured to restrict the rubbing portion from moving in a direction away from the light emission faces, by engaging the second rail and abutting the second rail from a side opposite to a side of the second rail at which the photosensitive drum is disposed, and
wherein the cleaning member inserted into the guide portion moves in the direction of insertion while being guided by the guide portion, and the first engaging portion engages with the first rail in the direction of insertion and the second engaging portion engages with the second rail in the direction of insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,459,363

PRINTING EQUIPMENT, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND TONER CARTRIDGE UNIT THEREOF

AVISION INC., Hsinchu (T...

1. A printing equipment, comprising:a electrophotographic apparatus including an OPC drum unit and a toner cartridge unit, the OPC drum unit has an organic photoconductor, a first memory and a first electrical connector, the first electrical connector is coupled to the organic photoconductor and the first memory, the toner cartridge unit has a developing roller, a second memory and a second electrical connector, the second electrical connector is coupled to the developing roller and the second memory, wherein the first electrical connector is contacted to the second electrical connector directly and physically; and
a host including a controller, a data carrier transporting module and a third electrical connector, the third electrical connector is coupled to the controller, wherein the third electrical connector is contacted to one of the first electrical connector or the second electrical connector directly and physically;
wherein the first electrical connector has a first surface and a second surface, the first surface is configured with conductive terminals, the second surface is configured with conductive pads, and the conductive terminals of the first surface are contacted to the second electrical connector directly and physically, the conductive pads of the second surface are contacted to the third electrical connector directly and physically.