US Pat. No. 10,139,929

INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM INTERACTIVE TOTEMS

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

10. A totem system for accepting inputs to an information handling system, the totem system comprising:a main body sized to rest on a capacitive mat and move to plural positions on the capacitive mat;
an interactive portion coupled to the main body, the interactive portion movable relative to the main body and the capacitive mat, the interactive portion contacting the capacitive mat at different positions relative to the main body during movement relative to the main body; and
an input device controller stored in non-volatile memory and operable to execute on a processor to receive signals from the capacitive mat and distinguish inputs to the interactive portion by detecting a relative position of the interactive portion to the main body, the input device further operable to distinguish input based upon movement of the main body to different positions on the capacitive mat, wherein the movement of the main body provides an input separate from the relative position of the interactive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,928

ELECTRONIC PEN SENSING PANEL, ELECTRONIC PEN SENSING DEVICE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An electronic pen sensing device comprising:a substrate comprising a sensing region and a first sub sensing region, the first sub sensing region having a width smaller than a width of the sensing region;
a first closed loop line comprising:
a main pattern comprising a main coil disposed along edges of the sensing region and wound N times in a first rotation direction from a first node to a second node; and
a first sub pattern comprising a first auxiliary coil disposed along edges of the first sub sensing region and wound M times in the first rotation direction from the second node to the first node; and
a controller configured to calculate a location of an electronic pen based on a first induction current which is output through the first node,
wherein N and M are positive integers.

US Pat. No. 10,139,925

CAUSING SPECIFIC LOCATION OF AN OBJECT PROVIDED TO A DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method for sharing an object, the method comprising:receiving, by a shared device from a computing device, an object user-selected at the computing device for copying to the shared device;
displaying, on a display of the shared device, the object at an initial object position, the initial object position determined using a predetermined rule for a task the shared device is operating;
detecting, by the shared device and responsive to the receiving the object, a control position of the computing device from which the object was received using one or more cameras of the shared device to track the computing device;
detecting, by the shared device, a change in the control position of the computing device from which the object was received, the change in the control position corresponding to a user input to cause the object to move from the initial object position to an updated object position on the display;
updating, based at least in part on the detecting the user input, the object position of the object presented on the display of the shared device; and
locking the object at the updated object position on the display in response to a triggering event.

US Pat. No. 10,139,920

IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN SURGICAL AND INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL PROCEDURES

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A method for generating a display of a patient's internal anatomy in a surgical field during a medical procedure, comprising:a) importing a baseline three-dimensional image of a surgical field to a memory storage unit of a processing device, wherein the baseline image is a CT scan;
b) converting the baseline image into a Digitally Reconstructed Radiograph library;
c) in a first position, acquiring from an x-ray imaging device a first intraoperative image of a surgical tool located within a surgical field;
d) moving the x-ray imaging device, patient, or table from the first position;
e) tracking the movement of the x-ray imaging device, patient, or table relative to each other from the first position to a second position;
f) in the second position, acquiring from the x-ray imaging device a second intraoperative image of the surgical tool located within the surgical field;
g) registering the first intraoperative image and the second intraoperative image to the Digitally Reconstructed Radiograph library;
h) displaying a merged image of the first intraoperative image or the second intraoperative image on the baseline image, wherein the merged image is enhanced to reduce the visibility of the surgical tool on the baseline three-dimensional image to allow visualization of the anatomic feature underlying the surgical tool.

US Pat. No. 10,139,918

DYNAMIC, FREE-SPACE USER INTERACTIONS FOR MACHINE CONTROL

Leap Motion, Inc., San F...

1. A method of controlling a machine, comprising:sensing a variation of position of at least one control object using an imaging system;
determining from the variation of position, one or more primitives describing at least one motion made in space by the control object;
comparing the one or more primitives determined to one or more templates in a library of gesture templates;
selecting based upon a result of the comparing a set of templates of possible gestures corresponding to the one or more primitives; and
providing at least one of the set of templates of possible gestures as an indication of a command to issue to a machine under control responsive to the variation of position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,916

WIDE-FIELD RADAR-BASED GESTURE RECOGNITION

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:providing, by an emitter of a radar system, a radar field, the radar field comprising a contiguous radar field;
receiving, at a receiver of the radar system, a first set of reflection signals caused by a first interaction of a first human action performing a gesture within the contiguous radar field, the first set of reflection signals representing a first time period during which the first human action interacts with the contiguous radar field;
receiving, at the receiver of the radar system, a second set of reflection signals caused by a second interaction of a second human action performing the gesture within the contiguous radar field, the second set of reflection signals representing a second time period during which the second human action interacts with the contiguous radar field;
analyzing the first and second sets of reflection signals to determine a signal element common to the first and second sets of reflection signals, the analyzing comprising breaking the first and second sets of reflection signals into many signal elements and determining which of the many signal elements corresponds to both the first interaction of the first human action performing the gesture and the second interaction of the second human action performing the gesture, the determined signal element corresponding to the gesture; and
associating the determined signal element with the gesture effective to enable a later received reflection signal including the determined signal element caused by an interaction by a different human action to be associated with the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,139,914

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR USING THE HUMAN BODY AS AN INPUT DEVICE

Nod, Inc., Santa Clara, ...

1. An apparatus capable of interacting with at least one controllable device based upon a pose of at least a portion of a human body disposed within a space, the apparatus comprising:one or more sensors that are sized for wearing on the human body, each of the one or more sensors emitting sensor data; and
a detection unit that operates upon the sensor data to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body and is capable of interacting with the at least one controllable device, wherein the detection unit operates upon the sensor data from the at least some of the one or more sensors using a relative coordinate system, the detection unit including:
a memory that stores at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy that are associated with the human body using at least a partial skeletal rendering of a human; and
a detection processor, automatically operating under software control, that inputs, aggregates and fuses the sensor data from each of the one or more sensors using the at least one or more characteristics of human anatomy stored in the memory to determine the pose of at least the portion of the human body based upon a locality of said one or more sensors;
wherein at least some of the one or more sensors and the detection unit are packaged in an integrated mechanical assembly,
wherein the integrated mechanical assembly is sized for wearing on the portion of the human body whose pose is being determined,
wherein there are a plurality of integrated mechanical assemblies, with each of the plurality of the integrated mechanical assemblies including one or more sensors and a detection unit,
wherein each of the plurality of integrated mechanical assemblies are configured to operate with its own relative coordinate system within a particular sub-space of the space and not based upon absolute coordinates of the space and sized for wearing on the human body, and
wherein at least two of the plurality of same mechanical assemblies is each formed as a ring wearable on a human finger.

US Pat. No. 10,139,913

ROTATIONAL INPUT DEVICE

SUNREX TECHNOLOGY CORP., ...

1. A rotational input device to be operated by a user for generating an input signal, said rotational input device comprising:a device body;
a rotatable unit disposed at said device body and configured to rotate in response to operation by the user;
a sensing unit accommodated in said device body and configured to detect an amount of rotation of said rotatable unit, which is an arc length traveled by a point on a circumference of said rotatable unit during rotation of said rotatable unit in response to the operation by the user, and to generate a detection signal indicating the amount of rotation detected by said sensing unit; and
a processing unit accommodated in said device body, electrically connected to said sensing unit, and configured to
calculate, after said processing unit receives the detection signal generated by said sensing unit from said sensing unit, an angular acceleration of said rotatable unit based on the detection signal,
determine whether the angular acceleration calculated by said processing unit is greater than a predetermined threshold, and
when it is determined by said processing unit that the angular acceleration calculated by said processing unit is greater than the predetermined threshold, divide the amount of rotation detected by said sensing unit by a preset amount of rotation to obtain a first output value, determine a second output value that is greater than the first output value based on the first output value, and generate the input signal based on the second output value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,911

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING COMPLEX HAPTIC STIMULATION DURING INPUT OF CONTROL GESTURES, AND RELATING TO CONTROL OF VIRTUAL EQUIPMENT

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A system configured to provide stimulation to a user of a game, the system comprising:a touch sensitive electronic display having an interface surface accessible for engagement by the user, the electronic display being configured to generate output signals related to a position at which the interface surface is engaged, and to present views of the game to the user through the interface surface,
wherein the views presented through the interface surface include views of virtual equipment usable in the game, the virtual equipment having user selectable sections that are selectable by the user to interact with the virtual equipment by engaging the interface surface at the user selectable sections of the views of the virtual equipment;
an actuator configured to generate haptic stimulation to the user;
a non-transitory computer-readable medium; and
one or more processors communicatively coupled to the touch sensitive electronic display, the non-transitory computer-readable medium, and the actuator, the one or more processors configured to execute processor-executable instructions stored in the non-transitory computer-readable medium to:
determine operating parameters of the virtual equipment in the views or simulate operation of the virtual equipment based on a selection of a user selectable section of the virtual equipment, and wherein the user selectable sections of the virtual equipment correspond to sections of the virtual equipment analogous to a section of equipment that would be engaged in real life to configure operating parameters or operate the virtual equipment;
determine haptic stimulation to be generated associated with the operating parameters of the virtual equipment or simulated operation of the virtual equipment; and
control the actuator to generate the determined haptic stimulation.

US Pat. No. 10,139,910

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WITH ADAPTIVE FRICTION OF THE HOUSING

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A method for varying friction between a surface of a mobile communications device and one or more other surfaces, the method comprising:sensing a current surrounding environment of a mobile communications device,
determining an environmental context for the mobile communications device based on the sensed current surrounding environment; and
controlling the mobile communications device to vary a coefficient of friction based on the environmental context to increase or decrease the friction between the surface of the mobile communications device and the one or more other surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,139,906

RING HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE

1. A method comprising:wearing a ring on a first finger, the ring having a first contact region facing a second finger adjacent to the first finger, the ring having a second contact region facing a third finger adjacent to the first finger, the first contact region configured to detect a touch or proximity input from the second finger, the second contact region configured to detect a touch or proximity input from the third finger, each of the first and second contact regions having one or more touch or proximity sensors;
moving the first, second, and third fingers relative to each other;
detecting a touch or proximity input at the first contact region but not at the second contact region in response to a first finger and hand gesture in which the second finger touches the first contact region and the third finger does not touch the second contact region;
detecting a touch or proximity input at the second contact region but not at the first contact region in response to a second finger and hand gesture in which the third finger touches the second contact region and the second finger does not touch the first contact region; and
detecting touch or proximity inputs at both the first and second contact regions in response to a third finger and hand gesture in which the second finger touches the first contact region without sliding across the first contact region and the third finger touches the second contact region without sliding across the second contact region, and wherein the first finger, the second finger, and the third finger are on the same hand.

US Pat. No. 10,139,902

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING A FIELD OF VIEW WITHOUT SYNCHRONIZATION WITH MOVEMENT OF A HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY

COLOPL, INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A method, comprising:defining a virtual space within which a user is immersed;
defining a virtual camera in the virtual space, wherein the virtual camera defines a visual field;
generating a visual field image corresponding to the visual field to be visually recognized by the user;
displaying the visual field image on a head mounted display;
detecting movement of the head mounted display;
determining, using the head mounted display, to move a location of the virtual camera without synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display;
moving the location of the virtual camera within the virtual space from a first location to a second location without synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display;
determining, using an external controller, to move the location of the virtual camera without synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display in response to an input from the external controller;
determining, based on a context within which the virtual space is used, whether to move the location of the virtual camera automatically and without synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display or based on the input from the external controller;
generating a transitional image, having reduced information compared to the visual field image, in response to moving the location of the virtual camera without synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display
displaying the transitional image on the head mounted display during the movement of the location of the virtual camera;
changing an angular orientation of the virtual camera in synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display; and
updating the visual field image in response to changing the angular orientation of the virtual camera in synchronization with the detected movement of the head mounted display without displaying the transitional image.

US Pat. No. 10,139,901

VIRTUAL REALITY DISTRACTION MONITOR

Immersv, Inc., Emeryvill...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:storing on a client computing device, with a particular digital graphical virtual reality application, digital data identifying one or more particular areas of interest within the particular digital graphical virtual reality application;
tracking, through the particular digital graphical virtual reality application executing on the client computing device, a point of focus of a video display of the client computing device executing the particular digital graphical virtual reality application;
determining that the point of focus of the video display of the client computing device executing the particular digital graphical virtual reality application is different than any of the one or more particular areas of interest;
in response to the determining, causing execution of an application event through the particular digital graphical virtual reality application or a client computing device event through the client computing device, the application event comprising storing application metadata that identifies a virtual location of the client computing device in the virtual reality application.

US Pat. No. 10,139,900

MOBILE COMMUNICATOR DEVICE INCLUDING USER ATTENTIVENESS DETECTOR

MOBILE COMMUNICATION TECH...

1. A handheld mobile communicator comprising:a speed detection system for determining whether the handheld mobile communicator is moving faster than a threshold speed;
a processor; and
an image capture device in operable communication with the processor, the image capture device configured to provide an image of a user to the processor wherein the processor is configured to determine whether the user is inattentive;
wherein the image capture device is configured to provide to the processor at least one frame image of the user within a predetermined time period;
wherein the predetermined time period is configured to commence when the user attempts to use a functionality of the mobile handheld device when the mobile handheld device is in a turned on state;
wherein the processor is configured to analyze the at least one frame image of the user to determine a percentage of the predetermined time period that the user is looking at the handheld mobile communicator;
wherein the processor is configured to determine that the user is inattentive if the percentage of the predetermined time period that the user is looking at the handheld mobile communicator is below a threshold percentage;
wherein the processor is configured to ensure that a text input functionality of the handheld mobile communicator is in a turned off state when the speed detection system determines that the handheld mobile communicator is moving faster than the threshold speed and the processor determines that the user is inattentive.

US Pat. No. 10,139,899

HYPERCATCHING IN VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) SYSTEM

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A system for providing a dynamic physical interaction to a user during a virtual reality (VR) experience in a VR experience space, comprising:a VR system including a headset with a display screen and a VR rendering module generating a video output, wherein the display screen displays an image of a virtual world based on the video output;
a physical object moving in the VR experience space toward the user wearing the headset; and
in the VR system, an interaction module generating a predicted trajectory for the physical object in the VR experience space,
wherein the image of the virtual world includes an image of a virtual object corresponding to the physical object,
wherein the image of the virtual object is rendered such that the image of the virtual object moves along a travel path in the virtual world,
wherein the image of the virtual object follows a virtual object trajectory as the image of the virtual object moves along the travel path in the virtual world that differs in at least one aspect from the predicted trajectory for the physical object in the VR experience space, and
wherein the virtual object trajectory is time synchronized with the predicted trajectory whereby a virtual interaction between the user and the virtual object in the virtual world occurs simultaneously with a physical interaction between the user and the physical object in the VR experience space.

US Pat. No. 10,139,898

DISTRACTED BROWSING MODES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computing device, comprising:a display screen;
an audio output device;
at least one processor; and
memory including instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, enable the computing device to:
display content on the display screen;
obtain image data including a representation of a feature of a user of the computing device;
determine, based at least in part on a number of times the representation of the feature is obtained over a period of time, that the user is distracted;
convert the content displayed on the display screen into an audible speech representation of the content;
begin rendering the audible speech representation of the content using the audio output device;
determine that the user is no longer distracted; and
discontinue presenting the audible speech representation using the audio output device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,897

POWER-OPTIMIZED IMAGE CAPTURE AND PUSH

NOVI SECURITY, INC., Ore...

1. A security sensor comprising:a battery power supply;
a camera coupled to the battery power supply to receive power, the camera being placed in a camera sleep state and being wakeable to a camera awake state;
an activity sensor coupled to the battery power supply to receive the power, the activity sensor configured to detect activity within a zone proximate the security sensor;
a processor placed in a processor sleep state and wakeable to a processor awake state, the processor coupled to the battery power supply to receive power, and coupled to the camera to receive image data including images of the activity within the zone; and
a microcontroller coupled to the battery power supply to receive the power, coupled to the activity sensor to receive interrupts responsive to detection by the activity sensor of the activity within the zone proximate the security sensor, and coupled to a processor to send and receive data, and, responsive to receiving a first interrupt from the activity sensor, the microcontroller being configured to place the processor in an awake state and place the camera in an awake state, wherein
the camera, responsive to being placed in the camera awake state, captures a set of images of the activity within the zone and provides image data including the set of images to the processor,
responsive to the image data being provided to the processor, the camera is placed in the camera sleep state, and
responsive to the image data being transmitted to a remote network entity, the processor is placed in the processor sleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,139,896

APPARATUS FOR POWER CONSUMPTION REDUCTION IN ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Silicon Laboratories Inc....

1. An apparatus comprising:a first circuit having a normal mode of operation and a low-power mode of operation, the first circuit consuming more power in the normal mode of operation than in the low-power mode of operation;
a power-supply circuit to provide a normal supply voltage to the first circuit in the normal mode of operation, the power-supply circuit comprising a first non-linear circuit to provide a compressed supply voltage to the first circuit in the low-power mode of operation, wherein the normal supply voltage is greater than the compressed supply voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,895

TECHNIQUES TO MAINTAIN POWER FOR A FUNDAMENTAL FUNCTION ON A DEVICE

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory comprising instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to:
identify a request to enable execution of an extended function of a mobile device
determine a current power level of a power source,
determine whether the current power level of the power source is greater than a first threshold value, the first threshold value corresponding to a quantity of power needed to operate a fundamental function of the mobile device for a predetermined amount of time, and
permit operation of the extended function based on a determination that the current power level of the power source is greater than the first threshold value, or
determine whether the current power level of the power source is less than a second threshold value, the second threshold value lower than the first threshold value, and
prohibit operation of the extended function based on a determination that the current power level of the power source is less than the second threshold value to preserve operation of the fundamental function of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,892

FACILITATING POWER CONSERVATION FOR DEVICES BASED ON LIKELIHOOD OF POWER USAGE LEVEL

1. A method, comprising:determining, by a first device comprising a processor, that a mobile device is within an arrival portion of an airport and a vehicle is in a parking portion of the airport;
identifying, by the first device, that the vehicle is operating in an enhanced discontinuous reception mode of a wireless communication technology; and
after the determining and the identifying, facilitating, by the first device, modification of the enhanced discontinuous reception mode of the vehicle based on a determination of a likelihood of usage of a second power consumption operation by the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,889

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING RESUME TIMES FOR ROOT PORTS AND ROOT PORT INTEGRATED ENDPOINTS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system on a chip (SoC) comprising:a multicore processor;
a level-2 (L2) cache controller coupled to the multicore processor;
an L2 cache coupled to the L2 cache controller and the multicore processor;
an integrated memory controller; and
a serial point-to-point link interface to enable between the multicore processor and a device communication;
wherein the serial point-to-point link interface implements a protocol stack and includes a transmitter to transmit serial data to the device and a receiver to deserialize an incoming serial stream from the device;
wherein the protocol stack supports a plurality of power management states, including an active state, a first off state, in which a supply voltage is to be provided to the device, and a second off state, in which the supply voltage is not to be provided to the device;
wherein the protocol stack provides a default recovery time to allow the device to begin a transition from the first off state to the active state prior to accessing the device;
wherein, in response to an indication the device is ready to enter the active state, the protocol stack provides for accessing the device prior to expiration of the default recovery time to complete the transition; and
wherein the active state is an uninitialized active state and accessing the device prior to expiration of the default recovery time to complete the transition comprises sending a configuration access request.

US Pat. No. 10,139,888

DYNAMIC FREQUENCY SCALING BASED ON SUPPLY CURRENT MONITORING

Chaoyang Semiconductor Ji...

1. A system useful for controlling power consumption by integrated circuitry, comprising:a voltage regulator configured to provide regulated power to a load comprising integrated circuitry of a system-on-chip (SOC), the voltage regulator including circuitry for determining a digital signal indicative of load current based upon an average result over time of a comparison between an output voltage of the voltage regulator and a reference voltage;
phase-locked loop (PLL) circuitry configured to provide a plurality of clock signals based on a system clock signal, each of the plurality of clock signals at a different frequency signal that is a fraction of a frequency of the system clock signal and is indicative of current operating frequency used by the system-on-chip (SOC); and
a decision block configured to generate a selection signal for selecting one of the plurality of clock signals, for use by the load comprising integrated circuitry of the SOC, based on a currently selected clock signal and the digital signal indicative of load current.

US Pat. No. 10,139,887

METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method employed by an electronic device, comprising:reducing a power transmitted by the electronic device when a proximity detector in the electronic device detects that an object is proximate to the electronic device and a Hall sensor detects that a cover attached to the electronic device is open;
when the Hall sensor detects that the cover attached to the electronic device is closed, determining whether the electronic device is engaged in NFC transmission;
reducing the power transmitted by the electronic device when the determination is negative; and
maintaining a level of power transmitted at a default power level when the determination is positive.

US Pat. No. 10,139,884

POWER LOSS PROTECTION FOR SOLID STATE DRIVES

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A solid state drive (SSD) comprising:an SSD controller comprising one or more memory device controllers;
a volatile memory in communication with the SSD controller;
a non-volatile memory in communication with the SSD controller, the non-volatile memory comprising a plurality of non-volatile memory devices arranged in a plurality of partitions, the one or more memory device controllers controlling the plurality of non-volatile memory devices; and
a power circuit in communication with the SSD controller and configured to supply a first power to the plurality of non-volatile memory devices during a normal operation of the SSD, to supply the first power to active partitions in the event of a power loss or failure of the SSD, and to reduce power-to inactive partitions in the event of the power loss or failure, wherein the active partitions corresponding to less than all of the plurality of partitions of the plurality of non-volatile memory devices, and wherein to reduce power comprises supplying a second power, less than the first power.

US Pat. No. 10,139,883

RESET SIGNAL GENERATION CIRCUIT

Alpine Electronics, Inc.,...

1. A reset signal generation circuit comprising:a reset signal generation unit which outputs a reset signal to a processing device when an input voltage is equal to or lower than a reset release voltage, releases outputting of the reset signal when the input voltage exceeds the reset release voltage, and outputs the reset signal to the processing device again after the input voltage exceeds the reset release voltage when the input voltage is equal to or lower than a reset detection voltage which is lower than the reset release voltage; and
a voltage conversion unit which sets a first voltage associated with a change of a power voltage as the input voltage before start of operation of the processing device and sets a second voltage which is associated with a change of the power voltage and is lower than the first voltage as the input voltage after the start of operation of the processing device;
wherein the voltage conversion unit is configured by using a voltage divider circuit which changes a voltage division ratio before the start of operation of the processing device and a voltage division ratio after the start of operation of the processing device, and
wherein the first and second voltages are generated by the voltage divider circuit dividing the power voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,881

INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM PORT POWER MANAGEMENT AND CABLE DETECT

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a housing;
a processor disposed in the housing and operable to execute instructions to process information;
a memory disposed in the housing and interfaced with the processor, the memory operable to store the information;
at least one communication port disposed in the housing, the at least one communication port operable to accept a cable configured for a communication protocol having power transfer through the cable;
a power connector disposed in the housing and operable to accept a power cable that provides power from an external power supply;
a power controller interfaced with the at least one communication port and the power connector to accept power for application to the processor and memory, the power controller simultaneously accepting power from both the communication port and the power connector; and
a motion detector interfaced with the power controller and operable to detect motion of a cable in the communication port, the motion detector communicating detected motion to the power controller;
wherein the power controller in response to detected motion manages current droop associated with power supplied at the power connector by adapting to supply power with reduced impedance from only the power connector without power from the communication port before loss of power from the communication port.

US Pat. No. 10,139,880

DATA STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD ANALYZING NON-SIGNAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A data storage system, comprising:a storage device;
a host connected to the storage device via a data line and a power line; and
a protocol analyzer, connected to the data line between the host and the storage device and not connected to the power line between the host and the storage device,
wherein the host is configured to communicate a non-signal to the storage device via the power line,
upon detecting the non-signal, the storage device is configured to return the non-signal to the host via the data line, and
the protocol analyzer is configured to monitor the non-signal via the data line from the storage device and determine whether the non-signal is normally transferred via the power line.

US Pat. No. 10,139,878

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EXTENDED POWER PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY DISCOVERY FOR A MODULAR CHASSIS

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A chassis comprising:a plurality of power supply units, configured to deliver electrical energy via a power grid to information handling resources disposed in the chassis, the power supply units comprising first power supply units configured to deliver electrical energy via a first grid and second power supply units configured to deliver, responsive to a failure of the first grid, electrical energy to the information handling resources via a redundant grid; and
a chassis management controller communicatively coupled to the first power supply units via a first bus, communicatively coupled to the second power supply units via a second bus, and configured to perform operations comprising:
sending one or more queries to the plurality of power supply units, wherein each query is associated with a corresponding power supply operational parameter;
receiving, from at least some of the plurality of power supply units, one or more responses to the one or more queries, wherein each of the one or more responses indicates a present state of a corresponding power supply operational parameter;
receiving user configuration parameters governing operation of chassis components;
analyzing the one or more responses indicating a present state of a corresponding power supply operational parameter and the user configuration parameters to determine whether enhanced power performance mode operation is indicated;
responsive to determining that enhanced power performance mode operation is not indicated, operating a particular power supply unit as an idle redundant power supply;
responsive to determining that enhanced power performance mode operation is indicated, determining if an aggregate power allocation to the information handling resources exceeds a threshold power; and
responsive to determining that the aggregate power allocation to the information handling resources exceeds a threshold power, operating the particular power supply unit in an enhanced power performance mode, wherein the particular power supply unit is oversubscribed to provide power to the information handling resources disposed in the chassis; and
wherein a particular power supply operational parameter comprises an oversubscription threshold for each of the plurality of power supply units, and further wherein when the particular power supply is operating in the enhanced power performance mode, and wherein the operations include:
allocating power to the particular power supply unit in accordance with the oversubscription threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,139,875

FAREWELL RESET AND RESTART METHOD FOR COEXISTENCE OF LEGACY AND NEXT GENERATION DEVICES OVER A SHARED MULTI-MODE BUS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A device, comprising:a first bus;
a second bus separate from the first bus;
a first set of devices coupled to the first bus and the second bus, the first set of devices configured to communicate over the first bus according to a first communication protocol, wherein the first set of devices is coupled to the first bus via at least one first connection and coupled to the second bus via at least one second connection, and wherein the at least one first connection is physically distinct from the at least one second connection; and
a second set of devices coupled to the first bus, the second set of devices configured to communicate over the first bus according to both the first communication protocol and a second communication protocol,
wherein
in a first mode of operation over the first bus, the first set of devices and second set of devices concurrently communicate over the first bus using the first communication protocol;
in a second mode of operation over the first bus, the second set of devices communicate with each other using the second communication protocol over the first bus, and the first set of devices are caused to stop operating over the first bus;
a disable command is sent over the first bus to cause the first set of devices to stop operating over the first bus while the second set of devices operate in the second mode over the first bus;
an enable command is sent over the second bus to cause the first set of devices to resume operating over the first bus while the first bus switches to operate in the first mode;
the first bus includes a plurality of lines, with N lines allocated for transmissions in the first mode, and M lines allocated for transmissions in the second mode; and
N and M are same integers greater than or equal to two (2) and a different number of logical transmission lanes are defined in the first and second modes.

US Pat. No. 10,139,870

CAPACITANCE SENSING ELECTRODE WITH INTEGRATED I/O MECHANISM

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:an annular region having both touch sensing and display functionality;
a central region inside the annular region having both touch sensing and display functionality, the annular and central regions coupled to first communication lines; and
a movable touch-sensitive element located along a periphery of the annular region and surrounding the annular region, the movable touch-sensitive element configured for detecting lateral movement of an object along the device and coupled to second communication lines different from the first communication lines;
wherein the annular region, the central region and the movable touch-sensitive element are configured for being independently actuated and generating first and second signals transmitting respectively through the first and second communication lines and corresponding to first and second distinct inputs to the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,869

CAPACITIVE SENSORS FOR GRIP SENSING AND FINGER TRACKING

ANALOG DEVICES, INC., No...

1. A capacitive sensing apparatus usable with an electronic device with a display screen for grip sensing and/or finger tracking, wherein the capacitive sensing apparatus comprises:first capacitive sensors comprising a first set of strips spatially arranged in a first line on a first edge of the electronic device, the first set of strips having respective lengths and spacings between the first set of strips spanning lengthwise across the first line, wherein each strip of the first set of strips is configured to generate a respective response to an object positioned near the first line; and wherein the respective response of each strip of the first set of strips is saturated and non-varying when an object is positioned along the length of a respective strip of the first set of strips, and the respective response of each strip of the first set of strips is varying and tapers off as an object moves away from either end of the length a respective strip of the first set of strips;
wherein the respective lengths of each of the first set of strips are predetermined to reduce a span in which a respective response of each strip of the first set of strips may be saturated, and the respective spacings of the first set of strips are predetermined such that a respective varying and tapering response between each strip of the first set of strips is calculated as a reciprocal of a distance of the object, at least in part;
one or more processors configured for:
receiving first capacitive sensor measurements generated by each strip of the first set of strips in response to an object positioned near the first line;
determining ratio values from the first capacitive sensor measurements wherein, the ratio values represent magnitudes of each strip of the first set of strips and are based on calculating one or more gain independent ratios of the first capacitive sensor measurements;
generating a cross-correlation matrix from at least one of the first capacitive sensor measurements and the ratio values;
inferring grip sensing information or finger tracking information based on at least one of the ratio values and the cross-correlation matrix; and
reporting the grip sensing information or finger tracking information.

US Pat. No. 10,139,865

APPARATUS HOLDING STRUCTURE

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A holding structure that holds, when an apparatus is placed on a placement surface, an orientation of the apparatus, the holding structure comprising:an axis portion;
a body portion configured to be rotatable about the axis portion and to hold the orientation of the apparatus; and
a stopping portion, wherein
the body portion is rotatable about the axis portion from a first position to a second position,
a part of the body portion initiates contact with the stopping portion at an intermediate rotational position during rotation of the body portion from the first position to the second position,
the intermediate rotational position is distinct from the first position and the second position, and
the first position is a closed state and the second position is an open state,
the stopping portion allows free rotation of the body portion between the first position and the intermediate position, and
the stopping portion stops rotation of the body portion in at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,863

STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING TERMINAL SCREEN FROM BEING DAMAGED DURING FALLING

ZTE CORPORATION, Guangdo...

1. A structure for preventing a terminal screen from being damaged during falling, comprising a terminal body, and an air duct and a sensor provided within the terminal body, wherein the air duct is provided with a fan therein, the sensor is electrically connected to the fan via a main control chip within the terminal body, the sensor is capable of receiving a signal indicating that the terminal body falls towards a ground and controlling a switch of the fan through the main control chip, two ends of the air duct are respectively provided with an air inlet and an air outlet, and the air outlet of the air duct is provided on the terminal body.

US Pat. No. 10,139,861

PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASE ACCESSORIES AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TARGUS GROUP INTERNATIONA...

1. A case for a computer tablet, the computer tablet comprising a back side and a display side, the case comprising:a base panel configured to rest on a work surface;
a support member pivotally coupled to the base panel and extending from the pivotal coupling; and
a holder to receive and support the computer tablet with the display side accessible; and
a rotatable connector coupled to the support member and the holder to enable rotational movement of the holder between portrait and landscape orientations,
wherein the base panel and support member are configured to pivot to a closed orientation wherein the holder faces the base panel and the display side is covered by the base panel and the support member extends along an exterior of the case and such that the base panel and the support member are substantially parallel to one another and retain at least a majority of the computer tablet, and
wherein the base panel and support member are further configured to pivot to an open orientation to support the holder and the computer tablet in an elevated position and such that the holder rests on the base panel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,860

POWER DISTRIBUTION IN A DOCKING STATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A docking station comprising:a housing;
a first connector to connect to a portable computing device;
a second connector to connect to an accessory;
a first circuit; and
a power circuit coupled to the first connector and the second connector to provide power to the first circuit from either the portable computing device or the accessory in a first mode, and to either not provide power to the first circuit or provide power to the first circuit from the portable computing device in a second mode,
wherein while in the first mode, the power circuit provides power to the first circuit from the portable computing device when a voltage provided by the portable computing device is higher than a voltage provided by the accessory, and the power circuit provides power to the first circuit from the accessory when a voltage provided by the portable computing device is lower than a voltage provided by the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,139,856

ACCESSORY ASSEMBLY

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. An accessory having a main body, the main body comprising:a case that defines an external appearance of the main body;
a main switch located within the case and configured to be pushed downward; and
an elastic operation portion that is located vertically above the main switch and extends radially outward toward an inner surface of the case, the elastic operation portion being configured to elastically deform downward to thereby push the main switch,
wherein the elastic operation portion includes:
a middle part located vertically above the main switch,
a first bent part extending radially outward from a first end of the middle part, the first bent part having a first curvature that is convex downward, and
a second bent part extending radially outward from a second end of the middle part opposite the first end, the second bent part having a second curvature that is convex downward.

US Pat. No. 10,139,854

DYNAMIC DISPLAY RESOLUTION MANAGEMENT FOR AN IMMERSED INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM ENVIRONMENT

DELL PRODUCTS L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:a processor operable to process information for presentation to a user as visual images;
memory interfaced with the processor and operable to store the information;
a graphics system interfaced with the processor and memory, the graphics system operable to generate the visual images at one or more display devices;
a display device interfaced with the graphics system and operable to present the visual images at a display area, the display device storing extended display identification data (EDID) that defines display device performance characteristics including at least one pre-existing EDID having a native resolution of the display device;
a resolution engine associated with the graphics system and operable to retrieve the EDID from the display device and apply the EDID to format the visual information as pixel values compatible with the display device; and
one or more sensors interfaced with the processor and operable to sense one or more conditions proximate the display device, the one or more conditions including at least an object disposed on the display device;
a resolution mapping engine interfaced with the one or more sensors;
wherein the resolution engine responds to one or more sensed conditions by defining a new non-native resolution having non-standard timing for presentation of information by the display device at less than all of the display area, storing the non-native resolution in EDID of the display device in association with the one or more sensed conditions, and applying the non-native resolution to present visual information as pixel values, the pixel values adapting the visual information to compensate for the one or more sensed conditions;
wherein the resolution engine defines non-native resolutions having non-standard timing by defining at least some pixel values to have black values and translating content to pixels other than those with black values; and
wherein the resolution mapping engine detects the one or more sensed conditions and compares the one or more sensed conditions stored in association with non-native resolutions to identify and apply in response to the one or more sensed conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,853

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIGHT EMITTING METAL KNOB

Jaeho Choi, (KR)

1. A method for manufacturing a light emitting metal knob comprising:a metal plate processing step of forming a light blocking metal plate in a cap shape including an upper plate portion and a side plate portion;
a display groove forming step of forming a light emitting display groove in an upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate;
a first resin layer coupling step of coupling a first resin layer, which is made of a light transmitting synthetic resin, to the upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate so as to fill the light emitting display groove;
an upper surface plane-cutting step of cutting the upper surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate such that the first resin layer filled in the light emitting display groove is remained;
an anodizing step of applying an anodic oxidation treatment to the light blocking metal plate and then applying an organic dye to realize a color;
a lower surface plane-cutting step of cutting a lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate such that the first resin layer coupled into the light emitting display groove is exposed from the lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate to form a light emitting display window; and
a second resin layer coupling step of coupling a second resin layer, which is made of a light transmitting synthetic resin, to the lower surface of the upper plate portion of the light blocking metal plate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,852

ASSISTIVE CONTROL ATTACHMENT FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An assistive control attachment for an appliance for communicating a mode of operation of the appliance to a user, the assistive control attachment comprising:a control attachment housing configured to be attached to an existing control of the appliance, wherein the existing control is mounted to a control panel of the appliance, and wherein a bezel is disposed between the existing control and the control panel, and wherein the control attachment housing has a bezel portion that is sized to overlay the bezel disposed between the existing control and the control panel so that the bezel portion of the control attachment housing is seated against or positioned substantially adjacent to a planar surface of the control panel;
a sensing device connected to the control attachment housing;
a communication interface connected to the control attachment housing, the communication interface configured to communicate the mode of operation of the appliance to the user; and
a controller connected to the control attachment housing and communicatively coupled with the sensing device and the communication interface, the controller configured to:
receive one or more signals from the sensing device indicative of a position of the assistive control attachment;
determine the position of the assistive control attachment based at least in part on the one or more signals;
determine the mode of operation of the appliance based at least in part on the position of the assistive control attachment; and
send one or more signals to the communication interface to communicate the mode of operation of the appliance to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,139,849

SIMPLE CMOS THRESHOLD VOLTAGE EXTRACTION CIRCUIT

Honeywell International I...

1. A circuit comprising:first circuitry comprising a first current mirror;
a first resistor; and
a second resistor, wherein the first resistor and the second resistor are substantially matched;
second circuitry comprising a second current mirror, wherein:
the second current mirror comprises a first transistor and a second transistor,
a width-to-length ratio of the second transistor is greater than a width-to-length ratio of the first transistor,
the circuit is configured to cause a first current through the first transistor to be substantially equal to a second current through the second transistor and to cause the second current to pass through the first resistor; and
a third transistor, wherein:
the second transistor and the third transistor are substantially matched,
the circuit is configured to cause a third current through the third transistor to be substantially equal to the second current through the second transistor and to cause the third current to pass through the second resistor, and
a gate-drain voltage of the third transistor is substantially equal to a voltage across the second resistor;
an output interface configured to output a drain-source voltage across the third transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,848

GENERATING LEAKAGE CANCELING CURRENT IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEMS

Motiv Power Systems, Inc....

1. A non-isolated charger module, comprising:a power converter having a plurality of input leads, a first output lead, and a second output lead, wherein the power converter is adapted to receive an Alternating Current (AC) supply onto the plurality of input leads and to generate a positive Direct Current (DC) supply signal and a negative DC supply signal, and wherein the positive DC supply signal is supplied onto the first output lead and the negative DC supply signal is supplied onto the second output lead; and
a leakage current cancelation circuit having a first input lead and a second input lead, wherein the first input lead is coupled to the first output lead of the power converter, wherein the second input lead is coupled to the second output lead of the power converter, wherein the leakage current cancelation circuit generates a leakage cancelation current, and wherein the leakage cancelation current is supplied onto the plurality of input leads of the power converter.

US Pat. No. 10,139,846

DC POWER GRID AND EQUIPMENT

1. A direct current electric power grid having multiple local connection points each of which locally sense grid voltage at the connection points, wherein a defined target voltage is used at one or more connection points such that when a connection sensed grid voltage is higher than the target voltage the grid condition at the connection point is HIGH and when the connection sensed grid voltage is lower than the target voltage the grid condition at the connection point is LOW;the grid comprising:
at each of at least two connection points at separate locations: a high priority load and a low priority load; and
at least two solar electric power input connection points;
wherein when the connection point is LOW the connection point provides power from the grid to the high priority load but not the low priority load, and when the connection point is HIGH, the connection point provides power from the grid to both the high priority load and the low priority load, and
wherein one or more nodes contain a current governor that limits current passing through wires from the one or more nodes to adjacent nodes by decreasing a pulsed duty cycle of the power passing through the wires, in response to sensed high current in the wires that approaches or exceeds a threshold current value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,843

WIRELESS THERMOSTATIC CONTROLLED ELECTRIC HEATING SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A wireless thermostat system for an electric heater, comprising:a thermostat having a first temperature sensor;
an equipment interface module (EIM) separate from the thermostat and wirelessly connected to the thermostat, the EIM comprising:
an antenna sub-system; and
a relay sub-system connected to the antenna sub-system; and
wherein:
the thermostat comprises a wireless transmitter;
the antenna sub-system comprises:
an antenna for detecting signals from the wireless transmitter; and
a first electronic circuit having a second temperature sensor and an input connected to the antenna;
the relay sub-system comprises:
a second electronic circuit having an input connected to an output of the first electronic circuit; and
a relay with an input connected to an output of the second electronic circuit, and having an output for connecting power to an input of an electric heater;
the EIM is configured to control the electric heater in response to control signals received from the thermostat, the control signals being based on temperature sensed with the first temperature sensor; and
the EIM is configured to control the electric heater independent of the thermostat when the second temperature sensor senses a temperature below a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,139,842

METHOD OF CORRECTING CONTROL LOGIC OF SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION CATALYST AND EXHAUST SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An exhaust system comprising:an engine adapted to generate exhaust gas while burning fuel and air;
an intake pipe connected to and supplying the air to the engine;
an exhaust pipe connected to the engine, the exhaust gas flowing through the exhaust pipe;
an SCR catalyst mounted on the exhaust pipe and adapted to reduce nitrogen oxide contained in the exhaust gas using a reducing agent;
a reducing agent supplier mounted on the exhaust pipe between the engine and the SCR catalyst and adapted to inject the reducing agent;
an input variable detector adapted to detect input variables; and
a controller including a control logic for calculating an injection amount of the reducing agent for the SCR catalyst and adapted to control the reducing agent supplier according to the injection amount of the reducing agent,
wherein the controller is adapted to discretize the input variables, to standardize the discretized input variables, and to correct the control logic in response to determining that the discretized input variables are within a correction range, and
wherein the controller discretizes the input variables by equations

wherein fTemp is discretized temperature of the SCR catalyst, TCat is the temperature of the SCR catalyst, T0 is reference temperature, ?TDiscret is unit temperature, fdm_EG is discretized exhaust flow rate, dm_EG is the exhaust flow rate, dm0 is reference exhaust flow rate, and ?dmDiscret is unit exhaust flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,841

OVERFILL PREVENTION VALVE ASSEMBLY

Clay and Bailey Manufactu...

1. An overfill prevention system for use with a liquid storage tank, said system comprising:a valve assembly defining a downwardly open discharge opening configured to discharge liquid at least principally in a downward direction;
a pilot tube fixed relative to and projecting downwardly relative to the valve assembly,
said pilot tube defining an internal channel in fluid communication with the valve assembly,
said pilot tube further defining a discharge hole spaced downwardly from the valve assembly and in fluid communication with the internal channel and the tank;
a float buoyantly shiftable along the pilot tube between an open position in which the float exposes the discharge hole when liquid within the tank is below a predetermined level and a closed position in which the float covers the discharge hole when liquid within the tank reaches or exceeds the predetermined level; and
a flow diverter disposed between the discharge opening and the float,
said flow diverter configured to deflect liquid from the discharge opening away from the float,
said float engaging the flow diverter when the float is in the closed position, with the flow diverter limiting further upward shifting of the float.

US Pat. No. 10,139,840

SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR FLUID DISPENSING CONTROL

1. A system for fluid dispensing control, comprising:a) a fluid dispensing control device, comprising:
a processor;
a non-transitory memory;
an input/output component;
a dispensing controller;
a flow monitor; and
a parameterization manager; all connected via
a data bus;
b) a fluid dispenser; and
c) a fluid flow meter;
wherein the fluid dispensing control device communicates with the fluid dispenser to control dispensing of a fluid, such that the fluid dispensing control device communicates with the fluid flow meter to receive information on an actual fluid flow emitted from the fluid dispenser;
wherein the fluid dispensing control device is configured with a parameterized system response function, which calculates an estimated system response flow based on an input dispensing parameter setting;
such that the fluid dispensing control device is configured to control the fluid dispenser to attain a predetermined fluid dispensing target flow, via lookup in the parameterized system response function to compute the input dispensing parameter setting;
wherein the dispensing controller is configured to communicate with the fluid dispenser to control dispensing of a fluid, based on parameterization information obtained in communication with the parameterization manager; wherein the flow monitor is configured to communicate with the fluid flow meter to receive information on actual fluid flow from the fluid dispenser; and the parameterization manager is configured to store, update, and process the parameterized system response function.

US Pat. No. 10,139,839

FLOW-CONTROL VALVE

1. A flow-control valve for liquid-conducting heating or cooling systems, the flow-control valve comprising:a housing having an inlet port, an outlet port, and a connection fitting therebetween;
a flow-control assembly in the connection fitting of the housing between the inlet port and the outlet port;
a pressure-control assembly in the housing that maintains constant a pressure differential between the input and output pressures upstream of and downstream of the flow-control assembly in the connection fitting;
a spindle with an actuating element projecting out of the housing;
a first valve subassembly in the flow-control assembly having a first seat on the housing and a first valve body in the housing fixed on the spindle, engageable with the first seat, and acting on the flow-control assembly or on parts thereof; and
a second valve subassembly in the flow control assembly and formed from a second valve body on the spindle so as to be displaceable therealong and a second seat for the second valve body and formed in the first valve body, the second valve body being displaceable toward and away from the second seat of the first valve body such that a cross section of a flow passage through the connection fitting can be varied by the flow-control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,139,838

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MULTIPLE DRONE DELIVERY SYSTEM

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, by a processor, for managing drones, comprising:enabling a plurality of drones to couple to each other at a first location;
while the plurality of drones are coupled to each other, controlling the plurality of drones such that the plurality of drones travel from the first location to a second location;
enabling at least one of the plurality of drones to detach from the others of the plurality of drones at the second location;
controlling the at least one detached drone such that the at least one detached drone travels from the second location to a third location;
before the plurality of drones travel from the first location to the second location, enabling a respective product of a plurality of products to be loaded onto each of the plurality of drones; and
after the at least one detached drone travels from the second location to the third location, controlling the at least one detached drone to deliver the respective product to the third location.

US Pat. No. 10,139,837

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

Hangzhou Zero Zero Techno...

1. An aerial system, comprising:a body;
a lift mechanism coupled to the body and configured to controllably provide lift and/or thrust;
a processing system configured to control the lift mechanism to provide flight to the aerial system;
a camera coupled to the body and configured to obtain images of an environment proximate the aerial system; and,
a sensor module coupled to the body and including first and second sets of emitters and a receiver, each set of emitters including at least one emitter, the receiver being configured to sense data related to an ambient environment associated with the aerial system, the processing system being further configured to control a controllable parameter of the lift mechanism or one of the emitters as a function of the sensed data, the processing system being further configured to switch between the first and second sets of emitters as a function of the sensed data, the first set of emitters being associated with normal light conditions and the second set of emitters being associated with high-noise and/or low-light conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,836

AUTONOMOUS AERIAL POINT OF ATTRACTION HIGHLIGHTING FOR TOUR GUIDES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for highlighting a point of attraction, comprising the steps of:receiving, by a processor, a request to view a point of attraction;
determining, by the processor, an autonomous aerial vehicle from a plurality of autonomous aerial vehicles, based on preconfigured criteria, to be sent to the requested point of attraction;
tracing, by the processor, a circumference with a laser, wherein the circumference contains at least the point of attraction;
receiving, by the processor, video data from the determined autonomous aerial vehicle, wherein the video data hones in on the circumference by illuminating the circumference with lighting;
focusing, by the processor, on the point of attraction contained within the circumference; and
displaying, by the processor, the video data depicting the point of attraction as a respective output for each user of a plurality of users, wherein the displayed video data is distinct for each respective user of the plurality of users.

US Pat. No. 10,139,834

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROCESSING LOCAL AND CLOUD DATA IN A VEHICLE AND A CLOUD SERVER FOR TRANSMITTING CLOUD DATA TO VEHICLES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A control system for a vehicle, comprising:a vehicle sensing module configured to provide local data;
a cloud interface unit configured to provide remote data received from a cloud server, the cloud server is remote from the vehicle and processes data received from sources other than the vehicle;
a processing unit configured to process the local data and the remote data and to generate at least one vehicle control command based thereon; and
a vehicle control unit configured to control at least one vehicle feature based on the at least one vehicle control command,
wherein the remote data and the local data are associated with a processing priority level, wherein a first priority level is associated with the local data, and a second priority level is associated with the remote data, and the processing unit is configured to vary a frequency of processing of the remote data and the local data by decreasing the frequency of processing from the first priority level to the second priority level.

US Pat. No. 10,139,833

SIX-DIMENSIONAL POINT CLOUD SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A vehicle, comprising:at least one control system configured to control the vehicle; and
a six-dimensional point cloud system, comprising:
a multiple input multiple output radar system;
a memory; and
a processor communicatively connected to the multiple input multiple output radar system and the memory, the processor configured to:
receive, from the multiple input multiple output radar system, a current data frame comprising a point cloud, the point cloud including three-dimensional position information and Doppler data corresponding to an object detected by the multiple input multiple output radar system at each point in the point cloud;
calculate, for each point in the point cloud, a three-dimensional velocity of the respective point in the point cloud based upon the three-dimensional position information and Doppler data associated with the point in the current data frame and data from a previous data frame stored in them memory;
segment each point in the point cloud into one or more clusters of points based upon the three-dimensional position information associated with each respective point and the calculated three-dimensional velocity of each respective point;
compute a kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points, the kinematic state including a center of mass for the respective cluster of points, a reference velocity for the respective cluster of points, an angular velocity for the respective cluster of points, and contour points for the respective cluster of points;
determine an object type associated with each of the one or more cluster; and
determine a threat level and a response command based upon the determined object type and the kinematic state of each of the one or more clusters of points, wherein the response command causes the at least one control system to control the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,832

COMPUTER-ASSISTED OR AUTONOMOUS DRIVING WITH REGION-OF-INTEREST DETERMINATION FOR TRAFFIC LIGHT ANALYSIS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system for computer assisted or autonomous driving of an ego vehicle, comprising:a region-of-interest for traffic light analysis (ROIFTLA) identification component to receive a current pose of the ego vehicle, and to apply the current pose of the ego vehicle to a plurality of traffic light poses to identify a region-of-interest (ROI) in an image of a frontal view of the ego vehicle, for a determination of a current state of a traffic light to be taken into consideration in provision of assistance to, or autonomous operation of, the ego vehicle, the traffic light being within the ROI in the image, and is one of a plurality of traffic lights in the frontal view of the ego vehicle, wherein each traffic light pose comprises coordinates and orientation relative to an origin of a traffic light coordinate system that is different from a map's coordinate system employed by the system to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate, the ego vehicle to traverse a route, and wherein the current pose of the ego vehicle comprises coordinates and yaw relative to an origin of the map's coordinate system, employed by the system to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate the ego vehicle to traverse a route; and
a traffic light analysis component coupled to the ROIFTLA identification component to determine the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image, and output the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image for use to provide assistance to, or autonomously operate, the ego vehicle, wherein to apply the current pose of the ego vehicle to the plurality of traffic light poses to identify the ROI in the image of a horizon for the determination of the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image to be taken into consideration, the ROIFTLA identification component is to transform the coordinates and yaw of the current pose of the ego vehicle from relative to the origin of the map's coordinate system to relative to the origin of the traffic light coordinate system, and apply a distance and an orientation constraint to the transformed coordinates and yaw of the current pose of the ego vehicle and the coordinates and orientations of the plurality of traffic light poses to identify the ROI in the image for the determination of the current state of the traffic light within the ROI in the image to be taken into consideration.

US Pat. No. 10,139,831

VEHICLE SYSTEM AND VEHICLE CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A vehicle system, comprising:a processor coupled to a vehicle, the processor configured to store a lane change parameter; and
a feature sensor that detects a feature of a passenger in the vehicle, wherein
the processor is programmed to
control the vehicle to execute an assisted lane change based on the lane change parameter, the lane change parameter defining a characteristic of the assisted lane change,
communicate with the feature sensor to detect the feature of the passenger during the assisted lane change,
determine whether the passenger was comfortable during the assisted lane change based on the detected feature of the passenger, and
modify the lane change parameter upon determining that the passenger was uncomfortable, wherein
the processor uses a machine learning model to determine whether the passenger was comfortable during the assisted lane change,
the vehicle system further comprises a human-machine interface mounted in the vehicle, and
the processor is programmed to
receive a comfort rating for the assisted lane change from the passenger through the human-machine interface, and
train the machine learning model based on the detected feature and the received comfort rating.

US Pat. No. 10,139,827

DETECTING PHYSICAL THREATS APPROACHING A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for use at a vehicle, the method comprising:determining that the path of a first object is likely to cause the first object and a corresponding second object to travel near the vehicle based on filtered sensor data from one or more sensors externally mounted on the vehicle;
providing the filtered sensor data as input to a neural network;
receiving a threat classification from the neural network classifying the first object and the corresponding second object collectively as a non-vehicular threat to an occupant of the vehicle;
indicating the threat classification in the vehicle cabin; and
automatically maneuvering the vehicle to get away from the first object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 10,139,826

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

AUTONOMOUS SOLUTIONS INC....

1. An autonomous vehicle control system configured to guide an autonomous vehicle along a desired path, the autonomous vehicle control system comprising:a processor; and
a path controller in communication with the processor, the path controller configured to:
receive input signals comprising:
a normal error signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the normal error signal indicating an off-path deviation of the autonomous vehicle relative to the desired path;
a heading signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the heading signal indicating a current heading angle of the autonomous vehicle relative to at least one fixed point within a fixed coordinate system; and
a curvature signal associated with the autonomous vehicle, the curvature signal indicating a curvature associated with a current turn radius of the autonomous vehicle;
calculate a curvature rate output signal based on the input signals received at the path controller, the curvature rate output signal configured to guide the autonomous vehicle along the desired path, wherein at least one portion of the desired path comprises a clothoid segment having a continuously changing rate of curvature which varies linearly along the at least one portion of the desired path; and
communicate the curvature rate output signal to a steering control system that is configured to receive the curvature rate output signal and actuate at least one actuator of a steering system associated with the autonomous vehicle to control the direction of movement of the autonomous vehicle based on the curvature rate output signal received from the path controller, wherein the curvature rate output signal represents a continuously changing rate of curvature which varies linearly in order to guide the autonomous vehicle along the at least one portion of the desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,139,824

AUTOMATIC DRIVING VEHICLE AND PROGRAM FOR AUTOMATIC DRIVING VEHICLE

MICO LATTA INC., Tokyo (...

1. An automatic driving vehicle including an automatic driving mode in which autonomous traveling is carried out, the automatic driving vehicle comprising:a bus configured to receive a setup for a behavior of the automatic driving vehicle after a driver or a passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle, the setup for the behavior being input when the driver or the passenger gets out of the automatic driving vehicle; and
a controller configured to control conduct of the behavior of the automatic driving vehicle on a basis of the setup,
wherein the setup for the behavior of the automatic driving vehicle is selected from among a plurality of predetermined behaviors of the automatic driving vehicle, the plurality of predetermined behaviors being setup by the driver or the passenger in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,139,822

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

ZEROTECH (SHENZHEN) INTEL...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:an image capturing module disposed on the UAV, configured to capture image data; and
a controller chip coupled to the image capturing module to receive and process the image data, and the controller chip being configured to control the flight of the UAV;
a primary printed circuit board (PCB) on which the controller chip is mounted;
a secondary PCB on which the image capturing module is mounted;
a motion detecting module coupled to the controller chip and mounted on the secondary PCB, wherein the motion detecting module is configured to detect motion status of the UAV and transmit to the controller chip the detected motion status of the UAV;
an image signal processing module coupled between the image capturing module and the controller chip, and configured to receive the image data from the image capturing module to perform image signal processing on the image data, and transmit the processed image data to the controller chip, wherein the image signal processing module is disposed outside the controller chip;
an encoding module coupled to the controller chip, and configured to encode the image data in a predetermined video or picture format, wherein the encoding module is disposed outside the controller chip; and
a graphic processing module coupled to the controller chip, wherein the graphic processing module is disposed outside the controller chip and is configured to perform image stabilization on the image data based on the detected motion status of the UAV.

US Pat. No. 10,139,821

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUSLY NAVIGATING UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat, the working area being divided into at least a first area and a second area connected by a third area that is narrower than the first and second areas, the apparatus comprising:a magnetic sensor installed on the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to produce output indicating a magnetic field generated by an electric current passing through the boundary wire;
a position sensor that produces output indicating a position of the autonomously navigating utility vehicle; and
an electronic control unit having a CPU and a memory,
the CPU controls the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to circuit along the boundary wire in trace mode based on the output from the magnetic sensor, and generates a map of the working area comprised of an array of cells based on the output from the position sensor;
the CPU, in generating the map, identifies boundary cells of the cells in the array passed over by the autonomously navigating utility vehicle during the trace mode, and identifies third area cells of the boundary cells that are located in the third area based the third area cells being within a predetermined range from other ones of the boundary cells;
the CPU identifies the autonomously navigating utility vehicle positioned in the first area, identifies a final target position for the autonomously navigating utility vehicle in the second area, sets a first target position at a first one of the third area cells at an entrance of the third area that is adjacent to the first area and farthest from the second area, outputs control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the first area toward the first target position, sets a second target position at a second one of the third area cells at an exit of the third area, outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the third area toward the second target position, and outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the second area to the final target position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,819

VIDEO ENABLED INSPECTION USING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Innovative Signal Analysi...

1. A system for unmanned vehicle control, the system comprising:an image acquisition device configured to capture an image of an operational area remote from a ground control station, wherein the image acquisition device is located remote from the ground control station and a vehicle;
the vehicle configured to receive and execute a vehicle control command;
a control device configured to generate the vehicle control command comprising:
a display component configured to present the image obtained from the image acquisition device in substantially real-time;
an input component configured to receive an input indicating a particular position on the displayed image from the image acquisition device located proximate to the ground control station, wherein indicating a particular position comprise selecting a pixel within the displayed image;
a processor configured to obtain and display the image from the image acquisition device, on the display component, in substantially real-time, determine a coordinate address of the vehicle based on a detected location of a pixel corresponding to the vehicle within the image, and determine a coordinate address based on the received input indicating the particular position, based on the selected pixel, and generate the vehicle control command based on the determined coordinate address; and
a communication component configured to facilitate transmission of the vehicle control command to the vehicle, wherein the communication component comprises at least a ground control station configured to function as a relay for the transmission of the vehicle control command between the control device and the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,816

DEVICE FOR MANEUVERING GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT ON AN AIRPORT STAND

AIRBUS SAS, Blagnac (FR)...

1. A device for maneuvering ground support equipment on an airport stand, the device comprising:a moving apparatus having a system configured for coupling with the ground support equipment, and for maneuvering the ground support equipment according to a predetermined trajectory; and
a remote control configured for remotely controlling the movements of the moving apparatus according to the predetermined trajectory,
wherein the moving apparatus comprises at least one connection with an item of ground support equipment for providing an exchange of data between the moving apparatus and the ground support equipment,
wherein the data is communicated from the ground support equipment to the moving apparatus and corresponds to a ground support identifier wherein the predetermined trajectory is determined from the identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,139,814

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A BOARD BODY

1. A method for manufacturing a board body from a blank, the blank having a three dimensional shape comprising a concavity, the method comprising:collecting, with a handling robot, the blank having the three dimensional shape comprising the concavity from a loading area;
moving the blank to a scanning area;
scanning the three dimensional shape of the blank in three dimensions with a vision system, wherein the scanning produces a three dimensional virtual image of the blank;
storing the three dimensional virtual image of the blank in a memory;
calculating a three dimensional cutting path for milling the blank into the board body based on the three dimensional virtual image of the blank and user-selected parameters;
moving the blank to a machining area with the handling robot; and
milling the blank, along the three dimensional cutting path, with a machining robot configured to perform a milling machining operation, into the board body.

US Pat. No. 10,139,811

SMART DEVICE FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

ROCKWELL AUTOMATION TECHN...

1. An industrial automation device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory communicatively coupled to the processor, the memory having stored therein computer-executable components comprising:
a role component configured to determine an industrial automation role of the industrial automation device in a particular industrial automation process based on a type of the industrial automation device and a hierarchical position of the industrial automation device in a hierarchical model describing the industrial automation environment;
a profile generation component configured to generate a device profile for the industrial automation device that includes at least the industrial automation role and context information of the industrial automation device; and
a cloud interface component that communicatively connects the industrial automation device to a cloud platform and sends the device profile to the cloud platform.

US Pat. No. 10,139,808

PREDICTIVE SHIMMING OF JOINTS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for creating a shim for use in mounting a skin to a substructure, the skin defining an inner surface, an outer surface opposite the inner surface, and a skin thickness between the inner and outer surfaces, the substructure defining a mating surface for the skin, wherein a digital model associated with the skin includes a nominal map of the skin thickness, the shim to be configured to fill any gaps greater than a design allowance in a mating area between the inner surface of the skin and the substructure, the method comprising the steps of:a. nondestructively inspecting the skin at a plurality of locations of at least one of the inner and outer surfaces to gather a data set relating to the skin thickness;
b. calculating, using the data set, a set of as-built thickness values for the skin for at least a portion of the plurality of locations;
c. determining the mating area of the inner surface of the skin with the mating surface of the substructure; and
d. generating a set of shim dimension data by calculating in the mating area of the inner surface of the skin a set of deviations greater than the design allowance of the set of as-built thickness values from the nominal map of the skin thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,139,807

METHOD FOR CREATING A CUSTOMIZED ARTHROPLASTY RESECTION GUIDE UTILIZING TWO-DIMENSIONAL IMAGING

Somersault Orthopedics In...

1. A method for creating a cutting jig for an arthroplasty procedure, the method comprising: receiving a plurality of two-dimensional images of a patient's joint the subject of the arthroplasty procedure; reformatting the two-dimensional images to approximate a true anatomical coordinate of the patient's joint; locating a plurality of mating shapes within the reformatted plurality of two-dimensional images of the patient's joint, the plurality of mating shapes corresponding to a plurality of mating shapes of a cutting jig for use during the arthroplasty procedure; generating a milling program based at least on the placement of the mating shapes within the reformatted plurality of two-dimensional images of the patient's joint; and milling the cutting jig based at least on the milling program, wherein locating the plurality of mating shapes within the reformatted plurality of two-dimensional images comprises indicating a position of a first circular mating shape of a femoral portion of the cutting jig such that the first circular mating shape of the femoral portion contacts at least one femoral condyle within an anterior trochlear groove of the patient's joint as illustrated in a first one of the plurality of two-dimensional images of the patient's joint.

US Pat. No. 10,139,803

INSTRUCTION VALUE GENERATION DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An instruction value generation device comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the hardware processor, cause the hardware processor to:
predictively calculate, by using an instruction response calculator, on a basis of a model of a control target on a calculator, a parameter of the model of the control target on the calculator, and a parameter of a control device controlling the control target, a response path along which the control target is actually operated when an instruction path is given;
determine a target path that is an ideal path of the control target on a basis of shape data to which speed data on each part of a workpiece finished shape provided by the control target is added, a time constant, and a dwell rotation number and a clearance distance at a time of starting and ending an operation of the control target;
regenerate a temporary instruction path such that an error between the target path and a temporary instruction response path calculated by the instruction response calculator when the temporary instruction path is given to the instruction response calculator is smaller than a current value;
receive the target path and determine, on the basis of the shape data, a convergence determination condition in each zone of the target path, the convergence determination condition being changeable and being used in a determination processing of determining whether the error between the temporary instruction response path and the target path is converged; and
perform the determination processing on a basis of the convergence determination condition, wherein
the instructions further cause the hardware processor to repeat the regeneration of the temporary instruction path and the calculation of the temporary instruction response path by the instruction response calculator until the hardware processor determines that the convergence determination condition is met, and in response to the hardware processor determining that the convergence determination condition is met, the hardware processor outputs the temporary instruction path to the control device, as the instruction path for operating the control target, to cause the control device to control physical movement of the control target along the instruction path to thereby machine a workpiece.

US Pat. No. 10,139,800

DECENTRALIZED OPTIMAL DISPATCH OF PHOTOVOLTAIC INVERTERS IN POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS

Regents of the University...

1. A method, the method comprising:storing, with a control device of a power distribution network, an optimal inverter dispatch (OID) model for controlling the real and reactive power produced by photovoltaic inverters installed at respective customer sites and connected to a utility by the power distribution network, wherein the model includes data representing estimated voltages at nodes within the power distribution network and an amount of active and reactive power currently being produced by each of the photovoltaic inverters, and wherein the OID model specifies a set of one or more cost constraints for the utility;
receiving, with the control device, messages from customer controllers at each of the customer sites, wherein each of the messages specify current measurements for the amount of active and reactive power currently being produced by the photovoltaic inverter installed at the respective customer site;
determining, by the control device and based on the OID model and the current measurements, set points for the active and reactive power to be produced by each of the photovoltaic inverters of the customer sites by performing a minimization operation over the cost constraints for the utility; and
communicating, by the control device, to the customer controllers at each of the customer sites, the updated set points for the active and reactive power to photovoltaic inverters.

US Pat. No. 10,139,799

CONTROLLER TO MODIFY AN EXECUTION CONDITION DURING PROGRAM EXECUTION

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A controller that controls a target apparatus, the controller comprising:a memory comprising a storage section configured to store a plurality of programs including a user program and task information indicating an execution condition for a task; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor configured by the plurality of programs to perform operations comprising operation as a control section configured to execute the plurality of programs periodically in accordance with the execution condition indicated by the task information,
wherein:
the execution condition for the task indicated by the task information comprises a cycle of the task to be executed and a priority of the task to be executed,
the user program comprises a setting instruction for modifying the execution condition for the task, the setting instruction comprising at least one of an instruction for modifying the priority of the task and an instruction for modifying the cycle of the task such that the priority level of the task and the length of the cycle are set in inverse relation,
the processor of the controller is configured by the plurality of programs to perform operations such that operation as the control section further comprises operation as the control section to:
control the target apparatus by periodically executing the user program,
updating the task information in the storage section by executing the setting instruction contained in the user program, and
executing the plurality of programs in accordance with the modified execution condition for the task.

US Pat. No. 10,139,796

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STATE-TRANSITION-CONTROLLED PROCESSING OF OBJECTS

SWISS REINSURANCE COMPANY...

1. A method for state-transition-controlled decentralized processing of objects, wherein by a control system, an object is selected and processed following a state-structured process flow comprising a plurality of process states, and for each process state one or more process tasks are executed by the control system, and wherein the selected object is processed from one process state to a subsequent process state, the method comprising:capturing state parameters of the selected object by capturing means of the control system, and determining a process state based on the captured state parameters and assigned to the selected object;
generating, based on the process state and/or state parameters of the selected object or initiated by an assigner unit or assignee unit, at least one process task by the control system, wherein each process task comprises at least an assigner unit and an assignee unit, and wherein for a specific process state, a generated process task is activated in dependence of the task parameters assigned to a process task;
generating and expendably assigning one or more operating tags to a process task by the control system, the operating tags comprising dynamically alterable operating parameters controlling operation of an associated process task by the control system and/or adding operational constraints to the processing of the process task and/or expanding or indicating task states, wherein the operating tags are expendably settable by authorized assigner units or assignee units or the control system;
wherein the operating tags comprise an encapsulated data structure, wherein controlled access to the operational tag is provided by the control system for authorized assigner units or assignee units by the encapsulated data structure of a tagged process task, and wherein the encapsulated data structure at least partly comprises the dynamically alterable operating parameters and/or the operational constraint parameters and/or the expanding or the indicating parameters of task states; and
further comprising dynamically operating the state-structured process flow by the control system, wherein by the control system, an object is processed from the determined process state to a subsequent process state by executing the assigned process tasks based upon the operating parameters of the operating tags by the assignee unit or the control system.

US Pat. No. 10,139,795

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method to provide prognosis and diagnosis of passenger cabin environmental control system maintenance, the method comprising:imaging, with at least one imaging unit, in real time at least one portion of a passenger cabin environmental control system in operation, wherein real time images register a dynamic feature of a dynamic predetermined characteristic of the at least one portion of the environmental control system;
comparing, with a controller, the real time images of the at least one portion of the passenger cabin environmental control system with stored images of the at least one portion of the passenger cabin environmental control system in operation to identify a change in the dynamic feature of the dynamic predetermined characteristic of the at least one portion of the passenger cabin environmental control system; and
determining, with the controller, whether an abnormality exists in the at least one portion of the passenger cabin environmental control system based on the identified change in the dynamic feature between the real time images and the stored images of the at least one portion of the passenger cabin environmental control system.

US Pat. No. 10,139,794

METHOD FOR DETERMINING A MOVEMENT LIMIT

1. A movement system for simulators configured for carrying out a method for determining a movement limit of the movement system, wherein the movement system comprises:a platform which can be moved in several degrees of freedom with respect to a fixed reference plane by actuators,
wherein the actuators are arranged in an articulated fashion both in the fixed reference plane and on the movable platform and are designed to change length in order to move the movable platform, and
microprocessor-controlled computing unit which receives information from the actuators and is configured for:
a) defining a degree of freedom of the movement system for which the movement limit is to be determined,
b) making available a current movement system state of the movement system with respect to a predefined coordinate system,
c) calculating an articulation trajectory for each upper articulation point of the actuators at the movable platform along the fixed degree of freedom taking into account the current movement system state in the predefined coordinate system,
d) calculating a maximum possible position of each upper articulation point on its calculated articulation trajectory in the direction of the defined degree of freedom as a function of an extreme deflection of the corresponding actuator of the respective upper articulation point, and
e) calculating the movement limit of the movement system with respect to the defined degree of freedom as a function of the maximum possible positions of the upper articulation points on their articulation trajectorieswhereby the movement limit is calculated deterministically and in real time, in order to thereby configure real-time-capable controlled-loop control while taking into account the available movement limit within the movement system.

US Pat. No. 10,139,791

MOTORIZED WINDOW TREATMENT MONITORING AND CONTROL

Lutron Electronics Co., I...

1. A method for controlling a motorized window treatment in a space, the motorized window treatment comprising a covering material and configured to adjust a position of the covering material in response to received messages, the method comprising:storing in memory, by at least one control circuit, daylight intensities determined from measurements made by at least one sensor over a period of time;
storing in the memory, by the at least one control circuit, motorized window treatment control information reflecting control of the motorized window treatment over the period of time,
wherein the motorized window treatment control information comprises a plurality of control states over the period of time, and a plurality of positions to which the covering material was adjusted over the period of time, wherein each position of the plurality of positions is associated with at least one of the plurality of control states and is further associated with at least one of the daylight intensities;
receiving, by the at least one control circuit from a computing device via a communications network, a request for the motorized window treatment control information and the daylight intensities, wherein the request comprises the period of time associated with the motorized window treatment control information and the daylight intensities;
accessing from the memory, by the at least one control circuit, the motorized window treatment control information and the daylight intensities associated with the period of time;
accessing, by the at least one control circuit, motorized window treatment control parameters for the period of time, wherein the motorized window treatment was controlled according to the motorized window treatment control parameters over the period of time;
displaying, by the at least one control circuit via a graphical user interface on the computing device, the accessed motorized window treatment control information, the accessed daylight intensities, and at least one of the motorized window treatment control parameters;
receiving, by the at least one control circuit from the computing device, an adjustment to at least one motorized window treatment control parameter;
based at least in part on the adjustment to the at least one motorized window treatment control parameter, determining, by the at least one control circuit, a position of the covering material for the motorized window treatment; and
communicating, by the at least one control circuit to the motorized window treatment via a communications network, a message that includes the determined position, wherein the motorized window treatment adjusts the covering material to the determined position in response to the message.

US Pat. No. 10,139,790

POWERED FACEPLATE INTEGRATION

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. A method for operating a security and/or automation system using one or more powered faceplates mounted on a surface, comprising:identifying, by a processor, an active communication connection with a first powered faceplate from one or more powered faceplates;
receiving, by the processor, a first set of automation data captured from the first powered faceplate;
receiving, by the processor, a second set of automation data from at least one of an automation sensor, or an automation system component, or a user device;
determining, by the processor, a sequence of capturing the first set of automation data and the second set of automation data;
determining a movement of an object or entity from a first location to a second location based at least in part on the sequence of capturing the first and second sets of automation data;
analyzing, by the processor, the first set of automation data and the second set of automation data; and
initiating, by the processor, an operation relating to the security and/or automation system based at least in part on the analyzing and determining the sequence and movement, wherein initiating the operation further comprises:
generating a notification based at least in part on the analyzing and determining the sequence and movement;
sending the notification to a user, wherein the notification is sent in real time, at a designated time, or based at least in part on the determined sequence and movement.

US Pat. No. 10,139,780

MOTION COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A system for computer generated image (CGI) motion communication capability, comprising:a display silhouette device;
a module for creating a computer-generated character for projection onto the display silhouette device;
a module for creating the positions and motions required for physical language signs and gestures in a 3-dimensional view space;
a module operative to select one or more of said created signs and gestures to convey information to a viewer;
a module operative to present the one or more selected signs and gestures as an information projection;
a module directing said computer-generated character to form said selected signs and gestures;
where the information projection of said selected signs and gestures are delivered as a holographic projection onto the rear surface of the display silhouette device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,779

IMAGE RECOGNITION USING HOLOGRAMS OF SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTICS THEREOF

1. A method of using spectral components of one or more spatial cross sections of pixels of an image for recognizing a similar image, the method comprising:generating a first hologram of spectral characteristics of one or more spatial cross-sections of pixels of a first image;
generating a second hologram of spectral characteristics of one or more spatial cross-sections of pixels of a second image;
comparing the first hologram to the second hologram by:
a) scanning the one or more spatial cross-sections of pixels of the first image to create first complex waveforms; and,
b) using the first complex waveform to modulate a reference beam to interrogate the second hologram.

US Pat. No. 10,139,777

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the main assembly including a main assembly side drive transmission member and a main assembly side urging member, the process cartridge comprising:(i) a rotatable photosensitive member;
(ii) a rotatable developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member, the developing roller being capable of contacting to and spacing from the photosensitive member;
(iii) an urging force receiving portion configured to receive, from the main assembly side urging member, an urging force for spacing the developing roller from the photosensitive member;
(iv) a cartridge side drive transmission member capable of the coupling with the main assembly side drive transmission member and configured to receive, from the main assembly side drive transmission member, a rotational force for rotating the developing roller; and
(v) a decoupling member capable of decoupling the cartridge side drive transmission member from the main assembly side drive transmission member with reception of the urging force by the urging force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,772

WASTE TONER DETECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A waste toner detection mechanism comprising:a stirring shaft that stirs waste toner;
a transmission member that transmits rotation to the stirring shaft, the transmission member moving in an axial direction of the stirring shaft based on a load that acts on rotation of the stirring shaft; and
a flag member that moves along with movement of the transmission member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,771

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of image forming units including a first image forming unit and a second image forming unit;
a rotatable and endless intermediate transfer member configured to transfer an image formed by each of the plurality of image forming units; and
a conductive metal plate,
wherein the first image forming unit is arranged downstream of a transfer position, at which the image transferred onto the intermediate transfer member is transferred onto a recording material, with respect to a rotational direction of the intermediate transfer member, and is arranged most upstream among the plurality of image forming units with respect to the rotational direction, and the second image forming unit is arranged adjacent to the first image forming unit and is arranged downstream of the first image forming unit with respect to the rotational direction,
wherein the first image forming unit comprises:
a first image bearing member;
a first developing device having a first developing container which contains a first developer including a toner of first color and a carrier, the first developing device having a first developing rotary member configured to bear and convey the first developer to a position at which an electrostatic image formed on the first image bearing member is to be developed,
a first magnetic permeability sensor arranged on the first developing device and configured to detect magnetic permeability of the first developer so as to detect a toner density of the first developer, the first magnetic permeability sensor including a first base portion and a first detecting portion which is arranged on the first base portion along a rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member to detect the magnetic permeability of the first developer; and
a first cleaning unit configured to remove residual toner from the first image bearing member, the first cleaning unit having a first cleaning blade configured to contact with the first image bearing member to remove the residual toner from the first image bearing member and a conductive first metal support plate configured to support the first cleaning blade,
wherein the second image forming unit comprises:
a second image bearing member;
a second developing device having a second developing container which contains a second developer including a toner of second color and a carrier, the second developing device having a second developing rotary member configured to bear and convey the second developer to a position at which an electrostatic image formed on the second image bearing member is to be developed, the second developing device arranged downstream of the first cleaning unit with respect to the rotational direction so as to be adjacent to the first cleaning unit;
a second magnetic permeability sensor arranged on the second developing device and configured to detect magnetic permeability of the second developer so as to detect a toner density of the second developer, the second magnetic permeability sensor including a second base portion and a second detecting portion which is arranged on the second base portion along a rotation axis direction of the second developing rotary member to detect the magnetic permeability of the second developer; and
a second cleaning unit configured to remove residual toner from the second image bearing member, the second cleaning unit having a second cleaning blade configured to contact with the second image bearing member to remove the residual toner from the second image bearing member and a conductive second metal support plate configured to support the second cleaning blade,
wherein, when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction of the second developing rotary member, a shortest distance between the first metal support plate and the second detecting portion is equal to or less than 10 mm, and
wherein, when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member, the conductive metal plate overlaps the first detecting portion with respect to the rotation axis direction of the first developing rotary member and a shortest distance between the conductive metal plate and the first detecting portion is equal to or less than 10 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,139,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a plurality of image forming units configured to form images, each having a different color;
an intermediate transfer member to which a pattern formed by the plurality of image forming units is transferred, the pattern being used for detecting color misregistration;
a sensor configured to measure reflected light from the pattern on the intermediate transfer member to output an output value in accordance with a measurement result;
a comparator configured to compare the output value output from the sensor with a threshold value; and
a controller configured:
to control the plurality of image forming units to form a plurality of patterns, each having a different color, on the intermediate transfer member,
to control the sensor to measure reflected light from the plurality of patterns,
to compare an output value corresponding to the plurality of patterns output from the sensor with the threshold value using the comparator,
to detect an amount of color misregistration, related to a relative position of a pattern having a reference color among the plurality of patterns and a color pattern having another color among the plurality of patterns based on a comparison result of the comparator, and
to correct an image forming position of the other color based on the amount of color misregistration,
wherein, in a case where a first output value from the sensor satisfies a predetermined condition, the controller sets a fixed value as the threshold value, the first output value corresponding to a measurement result of reflected light from another pattern which differs from each of the plurality of patterns, and
wherein, in a case where the first output value does not satisfy the predetermined condition, the controller sets the threshold value based on the first output value and a second output value from the sensor, the second output value corresponding to a measurement result of reflected light from the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,763

IMAGE FORMATION DEVICE WITH LIFE DETERMINATION SECTION FOR REPLACEABLE UNIT

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. An image formation device including an image information process section having a photoreceptor configured to carry a toner image and a developer configured to form the toner image on a surface of the photoreceptor, the photoreceptor and the developer being configured as replaceable units, the image formation device comprising:a development bias application section configured to apply a development bias to between the photoreceptor and the developer;
a stabilization control section configured to perform image stabilization control of determining a development bias value to be used in future by changing the development bias while measuring a density of the toner image formed by the developer, thereby obtaining the toner image with a target density;
a life determination section configured to determine expiration of use of at least one of the replaceable units of the image information process section when the development bias value determined by the stabilization control falls outside a preset acceptable range, and
a photoreceptor use amount counting section configured to count a cumulative use amount of the photoreceptor,
wherein the acceptable range used by the life determination section is set to shift downward in a case of a great cumulative use amount of the photoreceptor as compared to a case of a small cumulative use amount of the photoreceptor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,754

TONER RECEIVING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner receiving device comprising:a toner receiving port configured to receive toner supplied from a toner case;
an elastic seal member provided on a peripheral edge of the toner receiving port;
an opening/closing member configured to close and open the toner receiving port by moving between a closing position at which to close the toner receiving port while contacting the seal member and an opening position at which to open the toner receiving port, the opening/closing member moving from the closing position to the opening position in conjunction with an attachment operation in which the toner case is attached to a predetermined attachment position; and
a support mechanism including a guide rail and a plurality of guide pieces and supporting the opening/closing member such that the opening/closing member can move between the closing position and the opening position, the guide rail extending in an opening and closing direction of the opening/closing member, and being inserted between the plurality of guide pieces, wherein
the guide rail includes:
a first rail portion configured to be inserted between the plurality of guide pieces when the opening/closing member is at the closing position; and
a second rail portion configured to be inserted between the plurality of guide pieces when the opening/closing member is at the opening position, and
the first rail portion is formed to be thinner than the second rail portion so that a play in an up-down direction between the opening/closing member and the support mechanism is larger when the opening/closing member is at the closing position than when the opening/closing member is at the opening position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,752

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, TONER CASE ATTACHABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a toner case including a shutter member configured to move between an opening position and a closing position, wherein when the shutter member is at the opening position, a toner discharge port formed in a bottom portion of the toner case is opened, and when the shutter member is at the closing position, the toner discharge port is closed; and
a case attachment portion configured to support the toner case inserted therein toward a predetermined attachment position such that the toner case is attached at the attachment position in a detachable manner, wherein
the shutter member includes:
a compatible key projecting downward from the shutter member and provided at a compatible position that corresponds to a type of the toner case; and
an engaged portion provided at a position separated from the compatible key in a direction opposite to an insertion direction in which the toner case is inserted in the case attachment portion,
the case attachment portion includes:
a compatible member rockably supported at a position that faces the shutter member during a process in which the toner case is inserted in the case attachment portion, the compatible member including a first contact portion and a first engaging portion, the first contact portion being located on a forward side of a rocking fulcrum in the insertion direction, the first engaging portion being located on a backward side of the rocking fulcrum in the insertion direction,
in a state where the toner case is not inserted in the case attachment portion, the compatible member is disposed at a first position where the first engaging portion is separated from an insertion path of the compatible key, and the first contact portion intersects the insertion path, and
during the process in which the toner case is inserted in the case attachment portion, the compatible member is disposed at a second position where the compatible key comes in contact with the first contact portion and causes the compatible member to rock so that the first contact portion is separated from the insertion path and the first engaging portion is engaged with the engaged portion, and the shutter member moves from the closing position to the opening position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a process cartridge including:
a drum frame including:
a photosensitive drum; and
a drum coupling configured to rotate the photosensitive drum; and
a housing configured to accommodate toner therein, the housing including:
a developing roller; and
a developing coupling configured to rotate the developing roller,
wherein the housing is movable relative to the drum frame between a first position and a second position,
wherein a surface of the developing roller is in contact with a surface of the photosensitive drum in a case where the housing is at the first position,
wherein the surface of the developing roller is spaced apart from the surface of the photosensitive drum in a case where the housing is at the second position,
wherein the photosensitive drum is rotatable about a first axis extending in an extending direction, and
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a first coupling configured to couple to the drum coupling, the first coupling being movable between a third position and a fourth position in the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,740

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML NETHERLANDS B.V., V...

1. A lithographic apparatus comprising:a projection system configured to project a patterned radiation beam onto a target portion of a substrate;
an alignment system configured to perform, for each of one or more alignment marks that are present on the substrate, a plurality of alignment mark position measurements for the alignment mark by applying a respective plurality of different alignment measurement parameters, to obtain a plurality of measured alignment mark positions for the alignment mark; and
a processing unit configured to:
determine, for each of the plurality of alignment mark position measurements, a positional deviation as a difference between an expected alignment mark position and a measured alignment mark position, the measured alignment mark position being determined based on the respective alignment mark position measurement;
define a set of functions as possible causes for the positional deviations, the set of functions including a substrate deformation function representing a deformation of the substrate, and at least one mark deformation function representing a deformation of the one or more alignment marks;
generate a matrix equation PD=M*F wherein a vector PD comprising the positional deviations is set equal to a weighted combination, represented by a weight coefficient matrix M, of a vector F comprising the substrate deformation function and the at least one mark deformation function, wherein weight coefficients associated with the at least one mark deformation function vary depending on applied alignment measurement;
determine a value for the weight coefficients of the matrix M;
determine an inverse or pseudo-inverse matrix of the matrix M to obtain a value for the substrate deformation function as a weighted combination of the positional deviations; and
apply the value of the substrate deformation function to perform an alignment of the target portion with the patterned radiation beam.

US Pat. No. 10,139,734

IMAGING OPTICAL UNIT AND PROJECTION EXPOSURE APPARATUS FOR PROJECTION LITHOGRAPHY, HAVING SUCH IMAGING OPTICAL UNIT

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

18. An imaging optical unit configured to image an object field into an image field, the imaging optical unit comprising:a plurality of mirrors,
wherein:
the imaging optical unit is a catoptric imaging optical unit;
the imaging optical unit has an obscured pupil;
during use of the imaging optical unit, a chief ray of a central field point passes through a center of the obscured pupil of the imaging optical unit;
the plurality of mirrors comprises a last mirror upstream of the image field along a beam path of imaging light through the imaging optical unit during use of the imaging optical unit;
the last mirror has an opening along the beam path of the imaging light;
an edge surface of a reflection surface of the last mirror is configured to contiguously reflect the imaging light during use of the imaging optical unit;
the plurality of mirrors comprises a penultimate mirror upstream of the image field along the beam path of the imaging light;
the penultimate mirror has a reflection surface that does not have an opening along the beam path of the imaging light;
the opening in the last mirror is configured so that, during use of the imaging optical unit, the opening in the last mirror generates a pupil obscuration region which does not lie centrally in the obscured pupil of the imaging optical unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,725

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. An apparatus for shielding a reticle for lithography, the apparatus comprising:a pellicle; and
at least one actuator configured to induce a movement of the pellicle with respect to the reticle, during an exposure of the reticle, to average an intensity variation of radiation received at the reticle over an exposure time and over a patterned surface of the reticle to obtain a substantially uniform intensity distribution of the radiation received at the reticle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,719

AERIAL IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An aerial image display device which comprises an optical plate having a plurality of reflective surfaces orthogonal to each other in plan view, and which, by directing light to be incident on the optical plate and having the light reflected by the plurality of reflective surfaces to collect the light in air on a side which is opposite to a light-incident side with respect to the optical plate, forms a real image in the air, the aerial image display device further comprising:a projection device which emits projection light representing an image;
a screen which is irradiated with the projection light; and
a mirror which reflects incident light,
wherein
the mirror includes a counter mirror disposed on a side opposite to an image-forming side where the real image is formed, with respect to the optical plate, with a space between the counter mirror and the optical plate,
the projection device and the screen are disposed on the side opposite to the image-forming side with respect to the optical plate so as to sandwich there between an optical path between the counter mirror and the optical plate,
the projection light emitted from the projection device is incident on the screen after being reflected by the counter mirror, and is then incident on the optical plate after being reflected by the screen and then by the same counter mirror, and
the optical plate forms the real image of the image projected on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,139,716

DUAL-COLOR LASER LIGHT SOURCE AND LASER PROJECTOR

HISENSE CO., LTD., Shand...

1. A dual-color laser light source, wherein, the laser light source comprises a first blue laser transmitter, a second blue laser transmitter, a red laser transmitter, a fluorescent wheel, a light collecting component and a light combining component, wherein the fluorescent wheel is provided with a green fluorescent region and a transmission region;the light combining component is arranged between the first blue laser transmitter and the fluorescent wheel, wherein the fluorescent wheel is arranged between the light combining component and the red laser transmitter, and the light collecting component and the second blue laser transmitter are respectively arranged on both sides of the light combining component, and a connection line between the first blue laser transmitter and the fluorescent wheel is perpendicular to a connection line between the light collecting component and the second blue laser transmitter;
the light combining component is used to transmit first blue laser emitted by the first blue laser transmitter to the fluorescent wheel, and to reflect a green fluorescence to the light collecting component after receiving the green fluorescence generated by the first blue laser irradiating the green fluorescent region;
the light combining component is also used to receive a second blue laser emitted by the second blue laser transmitter, and to transmit the second blue laser to the light collecting component;
the light combining component is also used to receive a red laser which is emitted by the red laser transmitter and transmitted through the transmission region, and to reflect the red laser to the light collecting component.

US Pat. No. 10,139,715

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND PROJECTOR

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light source device comprising:a light-emitting element configured to emit excitation light;
a base that includes a plurality of segment regions and that is controllable so that the excitation light from the light-emitting element sequentially enters the respective segment regions;
a first fluorescent member that is provided in at least a first one of the segment regions and that includes a fluorescent material that is excitable by the excitation light from the light-emitting element and configured to emit a first fluorescence with a different wavelength from the excitation light emitted from the light-emitting element;
a second fluorescent member that is provided in at least a second one of the segment regions and includes a fluorescent material that is excitable by the excitation light from the light-emitting element and configured to emit a second fluorescence with a different wavelength from the first fluorescence and the excitation light emitted from the light-emitting element
a first filter that is provided so as to correspond to the first fluorescent member, the first filter being configured to transmit at least a part of the first fluorescence, and being configured to transmit a part of the excitation light that is transmitted through the first fluorescent member; and
a second filter that is provided so as to correspond to the second fluorescent member, the second filter being configured to transmit at least a part of the second fluorescence, and being configured to transmit a part of the excitation light that is transmitted through the second fluorescent member,
wherein an intensity of an emission peak wavelength of the excitation light transmitted through the first filter is less than or equal to an intensity of an emission peak wavelength of the first fluorescence transmitted through the first filter, and
wherein an intensity of an emission peak wavelength of the excitation light transmitted through the second filter is less than or equal to an intensity of an emission peak wavelength of the second fluorescence transmitted through the first filter.

US Pat. No. 10,139,714

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS INCLUDING FORCE REDUCING SUPPORTING SECTION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:a light source section including a contacted surface formed at a predetermined position;
a member that is attached to the light source section and in contact with the contacted surface; and
a support section configured to support the member so as to reduce a force applied to the contact surface in a predetermined direction and to reduce another force applied in a direction opposite the predetermined direction, wherein
the support section includes
a first contact surface configured to be in contact with the member and be in a first direction against the predetermined direction, and
a second contact surface configured to be in contact with the member and be in a second direction against the first direction that is opposite of the predetermined direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,708

ADJUSTABLE CAMERA MOUNT FOR A VEHICLE WINDSHIELD

Mobileye Vision Technolog...

1. A camera mount for angular adjustment of a camera mountable inside a windshield of a vehicle, the camera mount comprising:a curved element attached to the windshield and enclosing the camera between the curved element and the windshield; and
a securing mechanism configured to secure a rear bottom point that is opposite to a front tip point on the camera to the curved element, the securing mechanism being slidable along the curved element during an adjustment of an angle of the camera relative to the front tip point, the front tip point of the camera being fixed with respect to the windshield during the adjustment of the angle of the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,139,705

ENCLOSURE DEVICE

LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC., Ci...

1. An enclosure device, said enclosure device comprising:a light source casing;
a laser positioned within the light source casing;
a flap positioned adjacent to a first end of the light source casing, wherein the flap is substantially planar in orientation;
an actuator and an actuator arm, wherein the actuator is configured to actuate the flap between a first open position and a second closed position via the actuator arm; and
a plate frame having an actuator aperture and a casing aperture,
wherein the first open position of the flap and the second closed position of the flap are substantially perpendicular to one another,
wherein the laser positioned within the light source casing is configured to measure distances when the flap is in the first open position, and
wherein the enclosure device is configured to be mounted to an arm of a robot having a weld tip for welding.

US Pat. No. 10,139,704

HIGH-SPEED ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A high-speed analog-to-digital converter, comprising:an optical amplitude modulator configured to modulate an input optical pulse train using an analog input electrical signal to produce a first modulated optical pulse train;
an optical splitter configured to split the first modulated optical pulse train into a plurality of modulated optical pulse trains;
a plurality of optical path delays configured to stagger in time the modulated optical pulse trains to form a plurality of time-staggered modulated optical pulse trains;
a plurality of demodulators configured to detect and filter the time-staggered modulated optical pulse trains to form a respective plurality of time-averaged voltages;
a plurality of analog-to-digital converters configured to output a respective plurality of digital time series representative of the respective plurality of time-averaged voltages, the analog-to-digital converters further configured to trigger simultaneously using a single timing reference derived from the input optical pulse train;
an interleaver configured to aggregate the digital time series to form a digital signal representative of the analog input electrical signal, the digital signal having a sample rate greater than a repetition rate of the input optical pulse train;
a beam splitter configured to split a clock optical pulse train from the input optical pulse train, wherein the input optical pulse train has a pulse repetition rate and the clock optical pulse train has the pulse repetition rate;
a photodetector configured to convert the clock optical pulse train to a clock electrical pulse train; and
an electrical filter configured to convert the clock electrical pulse train to the timing reference, the timing reference having at least one frequency that corresponds to the pulse repetition rate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,702

WAVELENGTH CONVERSION DEVICE

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. A wavelength conversion device, comprising:an excitation source that is excited at a repetition frequency and emits an excitation light;
a laser medium that is in-place between an input mirror and an output mirror, the laser medium comprising an optic resonator, the laser medium emitting a laser beam excited by the excitation light from said excitation source;
a saturable absorber that is in-place between said input mirror and said output mirror and increases a transmittance thereof along with an absorption of the laser beam from said laser medium;
a wavelength conversion element that converts a fundamental wave of the laser light from said output mirror to a higher harmonic; and
a control element that generates a phase-matched signal to adjust the phase-matching between said fundamental wave and said higher harmonic based on an output from said wavelength conversion element and a laser output setting value and controls the laser output by outputting said phase-matched signal to said wavelength conversion element, the phase-matched signal being generated automatically without absorbing or reflecting the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,139,701

OPTICAL PARAMETRIC OSCILLATOR FOR GENERATING TERAHERTZ RADIATION

MICROTECH INSTRUMENTS, IN...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) an optical resonator comprising two or more mirrors and arranged so as to support one or more resonant optical modes at a specified signal wavelength; and
(b) a nonlinear optical medium positioned within the resonator and arranged so as to provide optical parametric gain, when optically pumped with pump radiation, at a specified pump wavelength, that is substantially collinear with the one or more resonant optical modes in the nonlinear optical medium, for (i) signal radiation, at the specified signal wavelength, in the one or more resonant optical modes, and (ii) idler radiation, at a specified idler wavelength, that is substantially collinear with the one or more resonant optical modes,
(c) wherein the nonlinear optical medium is further arranged so that the specified idler wavelength corresponds to an idler frequency, which corresponds to a difference frequency between the pump wavelength and the signal wavelength, between about 0.3 THz and about 10 THz.

US Pat. No. 10,139,698

ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An electrophoretic display (EPD), comprising: an upper substrate and a lower substrate arranged opposite to each other, and an electrophoretic medium disposed between the upper substrate and the lower substrate,wherein the EPD is provided with a plurality of pixels; each pixel includes at least two sub-pixels; colored charged particles of different colors are disposed in different sub-pixels of each pixel; and a first wall electrode and a second wall electrode are respectively disposed on two opposite sides of each sub-pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,695

VARIABLE TRANSMITTANCE OPTICAL DEVICES

SWITCH MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A self-powered variable transmittance optical device film comprising:(a) a first and second substantially transparent substrate;
(b) a switching material flexibly disposed on at least one of the first and second substantially transparent substrates, the switching material capable of transitioning between a light state and a dark state based at least in part on application of an electric voltage;
(c) a first and second electrode both disposed on the first substantially transparent substrate, both disposed on the second substantially transparent substrate, or each disposed on one of the substantially transparent substrates;
(d) an energy-harvesting power source flexibly disposed on the device film; and
(e) an electrical system configured to receive power from the energy-harvesting power source and to provide power to the first electrode and the second electrode for application of the electric voltage, the electrical system disposed on the device film.

US Pat. No. 10,139,689

PIXEL STRUCTURE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL PANEL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

7. A liquid crystal panel comprising a pixel structure,the pixel structure comprising a data line, a pixel electrode, a gate line, and at least two thin film transistors connected in series between the pixel electrode and the data line, the at least two thin film transistors having their gates connected to the gate line,
wherein the at least two thin film transistors are thin film transistors with a same shape and size,
wherein each of the at least two thin film transistors comprises a gate which is formed of a portion of the gate line; an active layer, a source and a drain which are all formed over the portion of the gate line; and an extension direction of the portion of the gate line intersects with an extension direction of the data line;
the thin film transistors comprise a first thin film transistor and a second thin film transistor, the first thin film transistor comprises a first U-shaped source and a first I-shaped drain, and the first U-shaped source partially surrounds one end of the first I-shaped drain;
the second thin film transistor comprises a second U-shaped source and a second I-shaped drain, and the second U-shaped source partially surrounds one end of the second I-shaped drain; and
the first I-shaped drain is connected with the second U-shaped source of the second thin film transistor and is also extended from the second U-shaped source of the second thin film transistor of the second thin film transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,688

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY INCLUDING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A liquid crystal display panel that comprises an FFS liquid crystal display panel, comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate located so as to face each other; and
liquid crystals sealed between said first substrate and said second substrate, wherein
said first substrate includes
an insulating substrate,
a plurality of gate lines located on said insulating substrate, and
a plurality of source lines located so as to intersect said plurality of gate lines,
a plurality of pixels partitioned by said plurality of gate lines and said plurality of source lines include a display pixel in a display region and a dummy pixel in a dummy pixel region,
each of said plurality of pixels includes
a switching element located close to a position where each of said gate lines and each of said source lines intersect each other,
a pixel electrode connected to said switching element, and
a common electrode that is located in a layer above said pixel electrode with an insulating film between said pixel electrode and said common electrode and that drives said liquid crystals together with said pixel electrode,
an area of said display pixel per one pixel is greater than an area of said dummy pixel per one pixel,
said common electrode in said display pixel has a slit, and
a ratio of an area in which said pixel electrode and said common electrode overlap each other in said dummy pixel to an area of the pixel electrode of the dummy pixel is higher than a ratio of an area in which said pixel electrode and said common electrode overlap each other in said display pixel to an area of the pixel electrode of the display pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,685

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a base substrate;
a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines disposed on the base substrate and configured to define a plurality of pixel regions;
pixel electrodes and common electrodes disposed in each pixel region and arranged in different layers; and
shielding electrodes at least formed in regions corresponding to the data lines on the base substrate, arranged in different layers from the common electrodes, and not electrically connected with the pixel electrodes and the common electrodes, wherein the shielding electrodes do not overlap the common electrodes in a direction perpendicular to the base substrate, and the shielding electrodes comprise a protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,683

METHOD OF CUTTING LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A mother substrate assembly, comprising:a first mother substrate and a second mother substrate formed with a plurality of unit liquid crystal panels; and
a plurality of sealants formed between and combining the first mother substrate and the second mother substrate, each of the plurality of unit liquid crystal panels being enclosed by a different sealant among the plurality of sealants,
wherein a first sealant among the plurality of sealants seals liquid crystal molecules within a circumference of a first unit liquid crystal panel among the plurality of unit liquid crystal panels, the first sealant comprising:
a first irradiation line formed therein;
a second irradiation line formed therein, the second irradiation line being closer to the first unit liquid crystal panel than at least a majority of the first irradiation line;
a third irradiation line formed in the first sealant, the third irradiation line being closer to the first unit liquid crystal panel than the first irradiation line and the second irradiation line; and
an outer edge, the at least the majority of the first irradiation line and the second irradiation line being closer to the outer edge than the first unit liquid crystal panel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,682

RUBBING ALIGNMENT EQUIPMENT

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. Rubbing alignment equipment, comprising a rubbing roller, which comprises a roll shaft and rubbing cloth wound on the outer surface of the roll shaft, wherein the rubbing cloth is doped with quantum dots, the rubbing alignment equipment further comprises an excitation light source, which can excite the quantum dots to emit light to detect whether the surface of the rubbing cloth has badness or not.

US Pat. No. 10,139,681

ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines, the plurality of gate lines and the plurality of data lines defining a plurality of sub-pixels arranged in an array, each of the sub-pixels being provided with a pixel electrode; and
a common electrode located over the plurality of sub-pixels and comprising a plurality of first sub-common electrodes and a plurality of second sub-common electrodes, and the plurality of first sub-common electrodes are in one-to-one correspondence with the plurality of sub-pixels;
wherein each second sub-common electrode is connected between two adjacent first sub-common electrodes which correspond to two sub-pixels respectively;
each of the first sub-common electrodes is provided with first slits therein, and the second sub-common electrode is provided with second slits therein; and there is an angle between an extension direction of the second slits and an extension direction of the first slits.

US Pat. No. 10,139,679

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising:an array substrate and an opposite substrate, which are arranged to be opposite to each other,
a polarized light source structure disposed on a side of the array substrate and capable of emitting a linearly polarized light; and
a polarization sheet disposed on the opposite substrate;
wherein the polarized light source structure comprises a first electrode layer, a second electrode layer and a quantum rod contained layer between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; the quantum rod contained layer is configured to emit the linearly polarized light when a voltage is applied across the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer; and, a polarization direction of the linearly polarized light is parallel to an absorption axis of the polarization sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,139,676

LIGHT CONVERSION DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

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

1. A light conversion device comprising:a light source; and
a light conversion film provided on one surface of the light source,
wherein the light conversion film includes a wavelength converting material converting a wavelength of light emitted from the light source and a light transmitting polymer resin in which the wavelength converting material is dispersed, and the light conversion film is formed with two or more layers and each of the layers independently has a different maximum light emission wavelength, and
wherein the light conversion film has at least a first light conversion film having a maximum light emission wavelength from 500 nm to 550 nm and a second light conversion film having a maximum light emission wavelength from 600 nm to 660 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,139,675

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display apparatus comprising:an image display panel that displays an image thereon;
a planar light source that is disposed on a back side of the image display panel and that includes a light guide plate having an incident surface and a plurality of light sources of sidelight type lights along a side of the light guide plate, the light sources irradiating a plurality of divided areas of the image display panel through the incident surface of the light guide plate; and
a signal processor that drives the light sources individually based on input signals of the image, the input signals being calculated using predetermined lookup tables each indicating a light intensity distribution of the divided areas when respective ones of the light sources irradiate the light guide plate and light travels therethrough, thereby to control brightness of the individual divided areas,
wherein the signal processor performs image display on the image display panel using output signals obtained by lowering brightness of a dark region in the image represented by the input signals,
wherein the signal processor performs a histogram analysis on the input signals and lowers the brightness of the dark region in accordance with characteristics corresponding to a result of the histogram analysis to obtain the output signals, and
wherein, in accordance with the result of the histogram analysis, the signal processor performs image processing such that:
for a region in which brightness of an original image is equal to or higher than a certain brightness threshold, brightness of the original image is maintained; and
for a region in which brightness of the original image is lower than the certain brightness threshold, decrease in brightness after the image processing relative to decrease in brightness of the original image becomes gradually larger as the brightness of the original image decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,139,668

CURVED SURFACE ADS DISPLAY PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A curved surface ADS display panel, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate facing the first substrate and having a first surface far away from the first substrate;
a liquid crystal layer sandwiched between the first substrate and the second substrate; and
a glass light guide plate completely adhered on the first surface of the second substrate,
wherein the glass light guide plate has a thickness of D1, and the first substrate, the liquid crystal layer, and the second substrate have a total thickness of D2, wherein |D1?D2|/D1?30%.

US Pat. No. 10,139,666

DISPLAY DEVICE ARRAY SUBSTRATE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device array substrate comprising:first and second substrates that comprise a display area and a dummy area around the periphery of the display area, and that face each other;
a color filter disposed on the first substrate;
a data line disposed between the first substrate and the color filter;
a liquid crystal layer disposed on the color filter; and
a dummy color filter disposed in the dummy area, the dummy color filter extending around the display area,
wherein the color filter comprises a first color filter and a second color filter adjacent to the first color filter,
wherein the first color filter and the second color filter overlap each other in the display area and do not overlap each other in the dummy area,
wherein the first color filter and the second color filter overlap each other on the data line,
wherein a height of the color filter from an upper surface of the data line in the display area is greater than a height of the color filter from the upper surface of the data line in the dummy area,
wherein the second color filter is spaced apart from the dummy color filter in the dummy area,
wherein a side surface of the second color filter and a side surface of the dummy color filter define a gap between the second color filter and the dummy color filter,
wherein the display device further comprises a black matrix disposed on the dummy color filter and the second color filter,
wherein the black matrix extends around a periphery of the display area in the dummy area, and
wherein the black matrix directly contacts an upper surface of the dummy color filter, an upper surface of the second color filter, the side surface of the second color filter and the side surface of the dummy color filter.

US Pat. No. 10,139,665

MULTIPLE VIEWING-FIELD DISPLAY COMPONENT, PATTERNED SHIELDING LAYER AND MULTIPLE VIEWING-FIELD DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A multiple viewing-field display component, comprising:a plurality of multiple viewing-field pixels each comprising a plurality of sub-pixels corresponding to a plurality of viewing fields, each sub-pixel having a substantially triangular shape,
wherein N triangular sub-pixels being in a one-to-one correspondence to N viewing fields form one polygon having N sides, where N is an integer greater than or equal to three.

US Pat. No. 10,139,661

DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A display device comprising:a display panel having a display area which displays an image and a non-display area positioned around the display area;
a backlight assembly which emits light towards the display panel;
a housing member which houses the backlight assembly;
a cover member having an opening portion corresponding to the display area, and which covers a portion of the display panel; and
a mold frame coupled to the housing member,
wherein the display panel is bonded to the cover member, and at least a portion of the cover member is disposed in a space between the housing member and the mold frame, to couple the cover member to the housing member and the mold frame.

US Pat. No. 10,139,656

ALIGNMENT FILM DETECTING DEVICE AND ALIGNMENT FILM DETECTING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An alignment film detecting device realized by a computer for detecting alignment grooves formed on an alignment film of a substrate, the alignment film detecting device comprising:an imaging circuit configured to obtain a grey scale stripe image of the alignment grooves on the alignment film of the substrate; and
an image processing circuit configured to determine whether there is a defect in the alignment grooves on the alignment film through measuring depth values or width values of respective alignment grooves on the alignment film of the substrate by conducting an identification process on the grey scale stripe image based on the grey scale stripe image, and connected to the imaging circuit,
wherein the imaging circuit comprises:
a ray source configured to generate rays that are to be transmitted through the substrate comprising the alignment film; and
a receiving circuit arranged to be opposite to a position of the ray source relative to the substrate, and configured to receive the rays having been transmitted through the substrate and generate a grey scale stripe image, wherein the grey scale stripe image comprises first grey scale image regions corresponding to the alignment grooves on the alignment film and second grey scale image regions corresponding to portions between every two neighboring ones of the alignment grooves, and the first grey scale image regions and the second grey scale image regions are arranged alternately.

US Pat. No. 10,139,652

EYELUMINATORS

1. An improved pair of glasses comprising:a main frame including:
a top bar portion;
wherein said top bar portion is adapted to be positioned above and across a pair of eyes of a user;
two rim portions;
wherein said two rim portions are attached to a bottom portion of said top bar portion, are spaced from one another, and are adapted to surround respective eyes of said pair of eyes of said user;
a bridge portion;
wherein said bridge portion is connected between edge portions of said two rim portions, and is adapted to rest upon a nose of said user;
two temple portions;
wherein each of said two temple portions includes an earpiece portion on a distal end thereof adapted to be placed around a respective ear of a user;
wherein said two temple portions are respectively attached at proximal ends thereof to edge portions of respective said two rim portions;
two lens members;
wherein said two lens members are respectively placed within and releasably connected to said two rim portions and adapted to cover said respective eyes of said pair of eyes of said user;
at least one light member;
wherein said at least one light member is attached to a top portion of said top bar portion and adapted to shine light in a forward direction of said user;
at least one power source;
wherein said at least one power source is attached to said main frame and electrically connected to and adapted to power said at least one light member; and
a power switch member;
wherein said power switch member is attached to one of said two temple portions, is electrically connected to and between said power source and said at least one light member, and is adapted to allow a user to turn on and off said at least one light member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,651

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE FORMED BY ADDITIVE FABRICATION AND METHOD THEREOF

Additive Ophthalmic Optic...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising an ophthalmic lens consisting of a plurality of lamina, at least two of the plurality of lamina defining an optical surface of the ophthalmic lens, each of the plurality of lamina having a thickness of less than 10 microns, wherein each of the plurality of lamina is built of a multitude of particulates having a dimension of less than 10 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,139,649

EYEWEAR RETENTION DEVICE

CABLZ, INC., Birmingham,...

1. An eyewear retention device comprising:(a) two temple retainers, each having an opening for receiving an eyeglass temple, and
(b) a cable, each end of the cable being secured to one of the temple retainers, such that when each said opening is attached to the end of an eyeglass temple and the eyeglasses are worn over the ears of a wearer, the cable does not rest upon the wearer's head and forms an arc suspended off the neck or shoulders wherein said cable rotates with respect to at least one of said temple retainers.

US Pat. No. 10,139,645

TILTED DICHROIC POLARIZING BEAMSPLITTER

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A tilted polarizing beam splitter, comprising:a first prism comprising a first diagonal face;
a second prism comprising a second diagonal face;
and a plurality of spaced apart reflective polarizers stacked between and bonded to each other and the first and second diagonal faces and comprising:
a first reflective polarizer configured to reflect a first polarization state of a first color light, transmit an orthogonal second polarization state of the first color light, and transmit the first polarization state of second and third colors;
a second reflective polarizer configured to reflect the first polarization station of the second color light, transmit the second polarization state of the second color light, and transmit the first polarization state of the third color; and
a third reflective polarizer configured to reflect the first polarization station of the third color light and transmit the second polarization state of the third color light,
wherein at least one of the first, second and third reflective polarizers is titled with respect to the other two.

US Pat. No. 10,139,644

HEAD MOUNTED PROJECTION DISPLAY WITH MULTILAYER BEAM SPLITTER AND COLOR CORRECTION

Tilt Five, Inc

1. A head-mounted projection display, comprising:an image source having a circular polarization;
a polarizing beam splitter to direct output images to a retroreflective screen and transmit returning reflected retroreflective images for viewing by a user;
an optically retarding film formed on the surface of said polarizing beam splitter facing said retroreflective screen, to adjust the polarization of the output images to reduce loss of brightness when reflected from said beam splitter to said retroreflective screen and further to reduce loss of brightness of received retroreflected images as said images pass through said beam splitter to be viewed by said user, wherein said image source projects upon said optically retarding film on said surface of said polarizing beam splitter configuring an optical path passing through said optically retarding film three times in total.

US Pat. No. 10,139,638

COMMON APERTURE OPTICAL SYSTEM AND SELECTIVE IMAGING METHOD

WAVEFRONT RESEARCH, INC.,...

1. An optical system, comprising:a number of optical imaging subsystems configured to transmit and direct electromagnetic radiation
a number of optical sub-systems optically disposed to receive the electromagnetic radiation from the optical imaging subsystems; each optical sub-system from the number of optical sub-systems comprising a sensor; wherein an imager is a subsystem configured to transmit and direct light; and
a beam splitting device disposed at an optical path between the number of optical imaging subsystems and the number of optical sub-systems, wherein the beam splitting device is optically disposed to receive the electromagnetic radiation from one optical imaging subsystem from the number of the optical imaging subsystems and separate the received electromagnetic radiation into a number of portions, each separated portion of the received electromagnetic radiation being directed to one optical sub-system from the number of optical sub-systems;
wherein the beam splitting device comprises a first beam splitter and a second beam splitter, the first and second beam splitters being configured to be movable such that one of the first and second beam splitters replaces another one of the first and second beam splitters at the optical path between the number of optical imaging subsystems and the number of optical sub-systems in order to reconfigure the optical path;
wherein said optical system is configurable such that when said first beam splitter is located at the optical path between said number of optical imaging subsystems and said number of optical sub-systems, light from a first optical imaging subsystem in said number of optical imaging subsystems is substantially transmitted to said number of optical sub-systems, and light from the remaining optical imaging subsystems in said number of optical imaging subsystems is substantially blocked from said number of optical sub-systems; and
wherein said optical system is also configurable such that when said second beam splitter is located at the optical path between said number of optical imaging subsystems and said number of optical sub-systems, light from a second optical imaging subsystem in said number of optical imaging subsystems is substantially transmitted to said number of optical sub-systems, and light from the remaining optical imaging subsystems in said number of optical imaging subsystems is substantially blocked from said number of optical sub-systems.

US Pat. No. 10,139,636

METHODS FOR AUGMENTED REALITY

Essilor International, C...

1. A method to determine a value of a virtual distance of visualization by a wearer of computer-generated information content displayed by a head-mounted display device, wherein said method comprises the steps of:(i) determining a value of comfort amplitude of accommodation of the wearer by first determining a maximal amplitude of accommodation at a punctum proximum defining the closest visible point for the wearer, comprising:
computing said value of comfort amplitude of accommodation based upon an age of the wearer, or
performing one or more measurements of said value of comfort amplitude of accommodation, by first providing as a measured distance a maximal amplitude of accommodation at a punctum proximum defining the closest visible point for the wearer;
(ii) assessing the wearer's accommodative facility under dynamic test conditions, by switching between a visualization of a first display and a visualization of a second display by the same wearer's eye, wherein the second display is situated within the wearer's comfort amplitude of accommodation, comprising:
(ii-a) setting a first value of visualization distance of the first display;
(ii-b) setting a second value of visualization distance of the second display situated within the wearer's comfort amplitude of accommodation; and
(ii-c) assessing the wearer's ability to accommodate during switching for the same wearer's eye between the visualization of the first display situated at a distance having the first value, and the visualization of the second display situated at distance having the second value; and
(iii) determining a suitable value of the virtual distance based on the results of steps (i) and (ii).

US Pat. No. 10,139,633

EYEBOX EXPANSION AND EXIT PUPIL REPLICATION IN WEARABLE HEADS-UP DISPLAY HAVING INTEGRATED EYE TRACKING AND LASER PROJECTION

THALMIC LABS INC., Kitch...

1. A wearable heads-up display (“WHUD”) comprising:a support frame that in use is worn on a head of a user;
a laser module carried by the support frame, the laser module including an infrared laser diode to output an infrared light and at least one visible light laser diode to output a visible light;
a scan mirror carried by the support frame and aligned with an output of the laser module to receive both the infrared light and the visible light output by the laser module, the scan mirror to controllably reflect both the infrared light and the visible light;
an optical splitter aligned to:
receive both the infrared light and the visible light from the scan mirror;
transmit the infrared light therethrough without influencing the infrared light; and
separate the visible light into angle-separated copies;
a wavelength-multiplexed holographic optical element (“HOE”) carried by the support frame and positioned within a field of view of at least one eye of the user when the support frame is worn on the head of the user, the wavelength-multiplexed HOE aligned to receive both the infrared light and the angle-separated copies of the visible light from the optical splitter and to redirect both the infrared light and the angle-separated copies of the visible light towards the at least one eye of the user when the support frame is worn on the head of the user, wherein the wavelength-multiplexed-HOE includes a first hologram that is responsive to the angle-separated copies of the visible light and unresponsive to the infrared light and a second hologram that is responsive to the infrared light and unresponsive to the angle-separated copies of the visible light, and wherein the wavelength-multiplexed HOE is substantially transparent to environmental light; and
an infrared detector carried by the support frame and aligned to receive at least a portion of infrared light reflected from the at least one eye of the user when the support frame is worn on the head of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,139,629

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIDEO IMAGE REGISTRATION AND/OR PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL DATA IN A HEADS UP DISPLAY

Science Applications Inte...

1. A method of processing video, comprising:receiving a first video signal from a first video source;
receiving a second video signal from a second video source;
identifying a region of a first image from the first video source with a region of a second image from the second video source;
comparing data associated with the identified region of the first image and data associated with the identified region of the second image;
selecting, based on the comparing, a part of the first image and a part of the second image that represent a related portion of the external environment; and
displaying at least a portion of the first image and the selected part of the second image such that the selected part of the second image replaces the selected part of the first image and is in registration with a region of the first image surrounding the selected part of the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,139,627

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY SYSTEM AND COMPONENTS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A display system comprising:a contact lens having a first region and a second region adjacent the first region;
an eyewear lens having an inner surface facing the contact lens and having an outer surface opposite the inner surface; and
an illuminator configured to produce an imaged light output directed toward the inner surface of the eyewear lens,
wherein the eyewear lens is disposed proximate the contact lens and proximate the illuminator such that a first imaged light ray produced by the illuminator is incident on the inner surface and is reflected by the eyewear lens to the first region, the first region is configured to transmit the first imaged light ray, the second region is configured to reflect or absorb a second imaged light ray produced by the illuminator and reflected from the eyewear lens, the eyewear lens is configured to transmit an ambient light ray incident on the outer surface to the second region, and the second region is configured to transmit the ambient light ray.

US Pat. No. 10,139,623

VIRTUAL OBJECT ORIENTATION AND VISUALIZATION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method for rendering a shared virtual object in a see-through head mounted display, comprising:receiving object location data and consumption data for the shared virtual object, the object location data including at least an object geographic location respective to a global coordinate system, and the consumption data including a sole consumption position and a sole consumption orientation for consuming the shared virtual object with respect to a local coordinate system of a consumption device;
displaying a virtual marker associated with the shared virtual object at a marker position corresponding to the object geographic location at least when the consumption device is distal from and pointed in a direction of the object geographic location, the marker position being the sole geographic location from which the shared virtual object may be viewed;
determining a geographic location of the consumption device relative to the marker position;
determining a consumption device position and a consumption device orientation in the local coordinate system; and
outputting the shared virtual object on the consumption device in response to the consumption device position and the consumption device orientation respectively matching the sole consumption position and the sole consumption orientation, and in response to the geographic location of the consumption device matching the marker position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,620

HEAD-UP DISPLAY

NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD., ...

1. A head-up display of directing image light of a display image which is displayed on a display surface to a transmission reflection surface to thereby cause a viewer to visually recognize a virtual image of the display image,the display surface having:
a first display surface to emit first image light, which is disposed so that an optical path length of the first image light leading up to the viewer is large; and
a second display surface to emit second image light, which is disposed so that an optical path length of the second image light leading up to the viewer is smaller than the optical path length of the first image light,
the head-up display comprising:
a first concave reflector to reflect the first image light and the second image light, having a concave reflection surface; and
a second concave reflector to reflect towards the transmission reflection surface the first image light and the second image light that have been reflected by the first concave reflector,
wherein the first concave reflector crosses the first image light and the second image light to each other in a vertical direction between the first concave reflector and the second concave reflector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,618

MULTI-MIRROR ARRAY

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. A multi-mirror array, comprising:a multiplicity of displaceable mirror elements, each mirror element comprising a reflection area;
a multiplicity of actuators configured to displace the mirror elements; and
a multiplicity of passive electrical damping mechanisms configured to damp disturbances of displacement positions of the mirror elements,
wherein:
to displace one of the mirror elements, each actuator comprises an actuator electrode configured so that an actuation signal can be applied thereto via a signal line;
each damping mechanism is connected in series with an actuator electrode;
the damping mechanisms comprise at least mechanism selected from the group consisting of antiparallel-connected diodes, switched capacitor structures and transistor circuits; and
at least one of the following conditions holds:
i) each damping mechanism comprises structures having an area of at most 10% of the reflection area of the associated mirror element;
ii) the multi-mirror array further comprises a low-pass filter having a cut-off frequency of 1000 Hz and a damping of at least 25 dB starting from a frequency of 10 kHz in an actuator path; and
iii) the damping mechanisms are variably adjustable, and each damping mechanism comprises structures having an area of at most 10% of the reflection area of the associated mirror element;
iv) the multi-mirror array further comprises a low-pass filter having a cut-off frequency of 1000 Hz and a damping of at least 25 dB starting from a frequency of 10 kHz in an actuator path, wherein the damping mechanisms are variably adjustable; and
v) the multi-mirror array further comprises a low-pass filter having a cut-off frequency of 1000 Hz and a damping of at least 25 dB starting from a frequency of 10 kHz in an actuator path, wherein each damping mechanism comprises on-ASIC structures.

US Pat. No. 10,139,617

REACTION COMPENSATED STEERABLE PLATFORM

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A reaction compensated steerable platform device, comprising:a base;
a steerable platform movably coupled to the base;
a reaction mass movably coupled to the base;
a primary actuator to cause movement of the steerable platform;
a trim actuator coupled to the reaction mass and the base; and
a sensor coupled to the base and configured to be disposed between the base and a support structure for the reaction compensated steerable platform device, the sensor being operable to provide feedback for actuation of the trim actuator,
wherein the reaction mass is configured to move by actuation independent of the trim actuator to compensate for a first portion of a load induced by the movement of the steerable platform, and
wherein actuation of the trim actuator is controlled by the sensor, such that the reaction mass moves to compensate for a second portion of the load induced by the movement of the steerable platform.

US Pat. No. 10,139,607

LIGHTWEIGHT 3D STEREOSCOPIC SURGICAL MICROSCOPE

Visionnaire Medtech Co., ...

1. A lightweight 3D stereoscopic surgical microscope having:a body having
a wheel seat having a top;
a housing securely mounted on the top of the wheel seat and having a top side; and
a host computer mounted in the housing and having a program processing interface;
a robot set connected to the body, electrically connected to the host computer, and having
a base securely mounted on the top side of the housing above the wheel seat and having a top end;
a transversal lever rotatably mounted around the top end of the base to transversally move relative to the base, and having a mounting end opposite to the base;
a lifting arm pivotally connected to the mounting end of the transversal lever, and having
a pivot end pivotally connected to the mounting end of the transversal lever; and
a connecting end opposite to the mounting end of the transversal lever; and
a rotating arm rotatably connected to the connecting end of the lifting arm, and having
a top end rotatably connected to the connecting end of the lifting arm; and
a bottom end;
an image set connected to the robot set, electrically connected to the body, and having
an outer casing securely mounted on the bottom end of the rotating arm and having
a bottom side; and
an outer side;
at least one objective lens mounted in the outer casing and facing the bottom side of the outer casing;
a main display screen securely mounted on the outer side of the outer casing and electrically connected to the host computer of the body; and
an auxiliary display screen electrically connected to the host computer beside the body; and
an operating set connected to the robot set, electrically connected to the body and the image set, and having two operating bars securely mounted on the rotating arm beside the main display screen of the image set.

US Pat. No. 10,139,606

ZOOM LENS FOR FORMING HIGH-DEFINITION IMAGE AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side,
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a sixth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a seventh lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein when zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end, the second lens unit, the third lens unit, the fourth lens unit, the fifth lens unit, and the sixth lens unit are configured to move from the reduction conjugate side to the enlargement conjugate side while a space between lens units adjacent to each other changes, and
wherein a conditional expression below is satisfied:
2.3<|f1|/fw<4.0,
where fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end and f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,604

COMPACT ANAMORPHIC OBJECTIVE LENS ASSEMBLY

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. An objective lens assembly comprising:a first anamorphic lens group including at least a first cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in a first dimension, a second cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in a second dimension substantially orthogonal to the first dimension, and a fifth cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in the first dimension, the first anamorphic lens group being positioned to receive visible light along an optical path extending therethrough, and the second cylindrical lens being interposed between the first cylindrical lens and the fifth cylindrical lens along the optical path;
a second anamorphic lens group positioned along the optical path to receive the visible light from the first anamorphic lens group, the second anamorphic lens group including at least a third cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in the first dimension and a fourth cylindrical lens having a surface optically powered in the second dimension; and
an aperture stop centered about the optical path in a vertical direction relative to the optical path and interposed between the first anamorphic lens group and the second anamorphic lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,139,600

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging lens comprising, in order from an object side:a first lens group that has a positive refractive power;
a second lens group that has a negative refractive power; and
a third lens group that has a positive refractive power,
wherein during focusing from an object at infinity to a closest object, only the second lens group moves in a direction of an optical axis,
wherein a lens closest to the object side in the first lens group and a lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on an image side have positive refractive powers,
wherein the second lens group includes two or three lenses,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied,
0 15 65 0.0 where CT11 is a center thickness of the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group on the optical axis,
CT12 is a center thickness of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group on the optical axis,
AT is an air gap on the optical axis between the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group and the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side,
?11 is an Abbe number of the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group,
?12 is an Abbe number of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group, and
?gF12 is a partial dispersion ratio of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group between a g line and an F line.

US Pat. No. 10,139,597

CAMERA LENS

AAC ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A camera lens comprising, arranged sequentially from an object side to an image side:a first lens with positive refractive power;
a second lens with negative refractive power;
a third lens with negative refractive power;
a fourth lens with positive refractive power;
a fifth lens with negative refractive power; and
a sixth lens with negative refractive power, wherein the camera lens satisfies following conditions (1)˜(2):
0.35?f1/f?0.50  (1)
1.50?(R5+R6)/(R5?R6)?3.00  (2)
where,
f: overall focal distance of the camera lens;
f1: focal distance of the first lens;
R5: curvature radius of the third lens' object side surface;
R6: curvature radius of the third lens' image side surface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,595

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY FOR A COMPACT WIDE FIELD OF VIEW DIGITAL CAMERA WITH LOW FIRST LENS DIAMETER TO IMAGE DIAGONAL RATIO

Navitar Industries, LLC, ...

1. An optical assembly for a point action camera having a wide field of view, comprising from object end to image end:a first optical group including two or more lens elements configured to collect and reduce a field angle of light incident at a field of view in excess of 120 degrees;
a second optical group including two or more spaced apart lens elements;
a third optical group including two or more lens elements, wherein at least one lens element of the third optical group includes an aspheric surface that is configured to correct higher order astigmatism; and
an aperture stop between said second and third optical groups
wherein a ratio of a diameter of a first lens element at the object end of the optical assembly to an image diagonal is less than approximately 3,
wherein the optical assembly comprises a MTF at Nyquist frequency approximately 200 line pairs per millimeter above 0.35 and a MTF at half Nyquist frequency approximately 100 line pairs per millimeter above 0.55.

US Pat. No. 10,139,594

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd...

1. An optical imaging lens system comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens element having positive refractive power;
a second lens element having negative refractive power;
a third lens element; and
a fourth lens element having an object-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, wherein at least one of the object-side surface and an image-side surface of the fourth lens element has at least one inflection point;
wherein the optical imaging lens system has a total of four lens elements, a central thickness of the first lens element is CT1, a central thickness of the second lens element is CT2, a central thickness of the fourth lens element is CT4, a focal length of the optical imaging lens system is f, a ratio of the focal length of the optical imaging lens system to a focal length of the first lens element is P1, a ratio of the focal length of the optical imaging lens system to a focal length of the second lens element is P2, a ratio of the focal length of the optical imaging lens system to a focal length of the third lens element is P3, a ratio of the focal length of the optical imaging lens system to a focal length of the fourth lens element is P4, a curvature radius of the image-side surface of the fourth lens element is R8, and the following conditions are satisfied:
0 0 (|P3|+|P4|)/(|P1|+|P2|)<0.63; and
|R8/f|<7.0.

US Pat. No. 10,139,593

OPTICAL IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS ...

1. An optical image capturing system, in order along an optical axis from an object side to an image side, comprising:a first lens having positive refractive power;
a second lens having negative refractive power;
a third lens having positive refractive power; and
an image plane;
wherein the optical image capturing system consists of the three lenses with refractive power; each lens among the first lens to the third lens has an object-side surface, which faces the object side, and an image-side surface, which faces the image side;
wherein the optical image capturing system satisfies:
1?f/HEP?10;
0 deg 0.9?2(ARE/HEP)?2.0;
where f is a focal length of the optical image capturing system; HEP is an entrance pupil diameter of the optical image capturing system; HOS is a distance between an object-side surface of the first lens and the image plane on the optical axis; HAF is a half of a maximum view angle of the optical image capturing system; for any surface of any lens, ARE is a profile curve length measured from a start point where the optical axis passes therethrough, along a surface profile thereof, and finally to a coordinate point of a perpendicular distance where is a half of the entrance pupil diameter away from the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,139,591

ASPHERICAL MIRROR FOR FOCUSING LASER BEAM IN LINEAR PATTERN AND LASER SURGERY DEVICE EQUIPPED WITH SAME

Korea University Research...

1. An aspherical mirror for focusing a laser beam in a linear pattern, the aspherical mirror comprising:a convex surface structured to diffusely reflect an irradiated laser beam; and
a concave surface structured to reflect the laser beam such that the laser beam is focused at one point, wherein
the convex surface is so structured such that the laser beam reflected from the convex surface forms a long line beam as an angle of reflection with respect to a curvature of the convex surface changes, and
the concave surface is so structured such that the laser beam reflected from the concave surface is focused at one point on the line beam as an angle of reflection with respect to a curvature of the concave surface changes.

US Pat. No. 10,139,586

LENS DRIVING DEVICE

TDK TAIWAN CORP., Yangme...

1. A lens driving device, comprising:a frame;
a lens holder movably disposed in the frame;
a spring sheet having an outer periphery portion, an inner periphery portion, and at least one arm portion, wherein the outer periphery portion is connected to the frame, the inner periphery portion is connected to the lens holder, the arm portion is provided between the outer periphery portion and the inner periphery portion and directly connected to the outer periphery portion and the inner periphery portion, so that the outer periphery portion and the inner periphery portion are directly connected by the arm portion; and
at least one damping element arranged in a space between the arm portion of the spring sheet and the frame or the lens holder, the damping element being directly connected and directly adhered to the arm portion and the frame or the lens holder.

US Pat. No. 10,139,585

MULTI-LENS CAMERA MODULE AND ASSEMBLING PROCESS THEREOF

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

8. A multi-lens camera module, comprising:a casing;
a first circuit board fixed on the casing and accommodated within the casing;
a first photosensitive element installed on a top surface of the first circuit board;
a first lens module fixed on the top surface of the first circuit board and aligned with a top side of the first photosensitive element, wherein the first lens module comprises a first lens element and a first lens holder, the first lens element is supported by the first lens holder, and the first lens element has a first optical axis;
a second circuit board fixed on the casing and accommodated within the casing;
a second photosensitive element installed on a top surface of the second circuit board; and
a second lens module fixed on the top surface of the second circuit board and aligned with a top side of the second photosensitive element, wherein the second lens module comprises a second lens element and a second lens holder, the second lens element is supported by the second lens holder, and the second lens element has a second optical axis, wherein the second optical axis of the second lens element is in parallel with the first optical axis of the first lens element,
wherein the second lens holder is penetrated through a receiving opening of the casing, a lower connection part of the second lens holder is located below the receiving opening and adhered onto the casing through a bottom glue, and an upper connection part of the second lens holder is located above the receiving opening and adhered onto the casing through a top glue.

US Pat. No. 10,139,584

LENS APPARATUS AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:a first lens holder configured to hold a first lens and including a plurality of first contacting portions and a second contacting portion; and
a base member configured to support the first lens holder and including a plurality of first receiving portions and a second receiving portion,
wherein, the first lens holder and the base member are connected to each other,
each of the first receiving portions is disposed so as to sandwich each of the first contacting portions in a circumferential direction of the first lens,
the second receiving portion is disposed so as to sandwich the second contacting portion in an optical axis direction in which an optical axis of the first lens extends,
the first contacting portions are a plurality of rollers,
at least one of the first contacting portions is an eccentric roller including an eccentric portion eccentric with respect to a rotation center of the eccentric roller for a change of a position of the first lens holder with respect to the base member in a plane orthogonal to the optical axis direction by a rotation of the eccentric roller, the eccentric portion contacting one of the first receiving portions,
the second contacting portion contacts the second receiving portion so as to position the first lens holder with respect to the base member in the optical axis direction and to suppress the first lens holder from tilting with respect to the base member,
the base member includes multiple extending portions extending in the optical axis direction disposed at mutually different positions in the circumferential direction,
the multiple extending portions each include a first receiving portion and the second receiving portion,
each of the first receiving portions is defined by paired wall portions contacting with the each of the first contacting portions and the second receiving portion is defined by a groove portion of each of the multiple extending portions and the second contacting portion is a protrusion engaging with the groove portion,
an end portion of each of the multiple extending portions includes a part which houses one of the first contacting portions and is opened toward a side of the first lens holder, and
the paired wall portions are provided on an inner surface of the part and the groove portion is provided in the part.

US Pat. No. 10,139,583

OPTICAL FIBER CABLE

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An optical fiber cable comprising:a cable main body comprising:
a core including optical fibers,
at least a pair of tension members that face each other with the core interposed therebetween, and
an inner sheath that covers the core and the tension members;
a cylindrical outer sheath that accommodates the cable main body;
a reinforcing sheet provided between the cable main body and the outer sheath, wherein
the reinforcing sheet surrounds an entire circumference of the cable main body,
the reinforcing sheet includes an overlapping portion in which portions of the reinforcing sheet overlap each other in a portion in a circumferential direction of the cable main body, and
the reinforcing sheet is formed of a metal; and
a rip cord provided between the reinforcing sheet and the cable main body,
wherein the overlapping portion of the reinforcing sheet and the rip cord are provided at different positions in the circumferential direction of the cable main body.

US Pat. No. 10,139,581

PATCH PANEL

SANWA DENKI KOGYO CO., LT...

1. The patch panel on which a plurality of mounting frames (1A,1B), to which various kinds of adapters including a SC adapter (Q2) and a LC adapter (Q1) for electrical or optical communication, and a modular adapter (Q3) for telephone are attached by appropriately combining the adapters (1A,1B), are mounted in an insertable manner through a window opening (12) from the front side of the patch panel (11),wherein the patch panel (11) is provided with the window opening (12) set to a predetermined length dimension so that the mounting frames (1A,1B) having a port specification different from one another can be mounted by combining the mounting frames (1A,1B) in array by a reasonable number.

US Pat. No. 10,139,575

MALE TO MALE AND FEMALE TO FEMALE CONNECTORS

1. A male to male connector comprising:a probing portion;
an accepting portion, wherein said accepting portion comprises an accepting portion flange;
a center portion disposed between said probing portion and said accepting portion, wherein said center portion comprises a center portion flange; and
a fiber extending through said probing portion, said center portion, and said accepting portion, wherein said fiber terminates in a male connector at said probing portion and terminates in a male connector at said accepting portion;
wherein said accepting portion flange and said center portion flange are securely held disposed flush against one another.

US Pat. No. 10,139,571

OPTICAL CONNECTOR

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A connector comprising a light coupling unit configured to receive light from an input side of the light coupling unit and transmit the received light to a mating connector from an output side of the light coupling unit along a direction different than a mating direction of the connector, such that the light coupling unit rotates when the connector mates with the mating connector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,565

END-FACE COATING OF A WAVEGUIDE

1. An optical waveguide having a front face provided with a coating, the coating comprising one or more organic fluorine compounds, wherein the front face of the optical waveguide is treated with plasma whereby there is produced on the front face etching-generated grass.

US Pat. No. 10,139,564

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED OPTOELECTRONICS PACKAGE FOR MEMS DEVICES

1. An integrated assembly comprising:a MEMS/optoelectronic module comprising a photonic circuit;
one or more emitter modules, wherein each emitter module comprises one or more vertically emitting light sources, wherein each vertically emitting light source is directly optically connected to a portion of the photonic circuit and configured to provide an optical input signal to the photonic circuit, wherein each emitter module is displaced in a direction normal to a plane of the photonic circuit, and wherein an optical axis of each vertically emitting light source is substantially parallel to the normal to the plane of the photonic circuit; and
one or more detector modules, wherein each detector module comprises one or more vertically integrated photodetectors, wherein each vertically integrated photodetector is directly optically connected to a portion of the photonic circuit and configured to receive an optical output signal from the photonic circuit and to transmit an electrical output signal, wherein each detector module is displaced in the direction normal to the plane of the photonic circuit, and wherein an optical axis of each vertically integrated photodetector is substantially parallel to the normal to the plane of the photonic circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,557

DISPLAY DEVICE WITH BACKLIGHT MODULE USING ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE ADHESIVE AND GROUNDING WIRE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel;
a backlight module comprising:
a light guide plate;
a light bar; and
wherein the light bar is arranged at a side face of the light guide plate;
an electrically conductive adhesive tape adhering the display panel to the backlight module so as to transfer electrostatic charges in the display panel to the backlight module; and
a first wire disposed in the light bar leading electrostatic charges generated in at least one of the backlight module and the display panel away therefrom; and
wherein the electrically conductive adhesive tape is adhered to the light bar and electrically contacts the first wire.

US Pat. No. 10,139,551

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH LIGHT-GENERATING SOURCES TO ILLUMINATE AN INDICIUM

1. An electronic device, comprising:a housing having disposed therein:
a first display having a light diffusion direction,
an indicium oriented to be illuminated in a direction opposite the light diffusion direction of the first display,
an array of light-generating sources (LGSs) deposited on a circuit substrate and having a light emission direction, the light emission direction being opposite the light diffusion direction, and the array of LGSs and the substrate having a combined profile height of less than 0.25 millimeters, and
a controller that is configured to control actuation states of the LGSs so as to:
cause a first subset of the LGSs to illuminate the indicium in an active state, and
cause a second subset of the LGSs, including LGSs distinct from the first subset of the LGSs, to be in an inactive state so that the first display is not illuminated,
wherein the actuation states vary in accordance with a plurality of predetermined conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,549

LIGHT GUIDE BODY, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND AMUSEMENT MACHINE

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A light guide body configured to guide light that enters therein, comprising:a light exit surface through which light from at least one light source exits; and
a plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups, each of which comprises a plurality of linearly arranged first reflection patterns that reflect the light from the at least one light source toward the light exit surface,
wherein at least one of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups differs from at least another of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups in light amount difference, the light amount difference being a difference between an amount of light which reaches an observer of the light exit surface after being reflected by each of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups and an amount of light which reaches the observer through a region which is adjacent to each of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups, or
wherein the at least one of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups differs from at least another of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups in color difference between the light which reaches the observer of the light exit surface after being reflected by each of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups and the light which reaches the observer through the region which is adjacent to each of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups,
wherein the light guide body displays, on the light exit surface, line objects corresponding to the respective plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups, and by causing a difference in perspective between the line objects corresponding to the respective plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups which differ in light amount difference or color difference, the light guide body allows the observer to stereoscopically visually recognize the line objects,
wherein the difference in perspective is a difference in sense of distance from the observer to the line objects, the sense being perceived by the observer by an aerial perspective, and
wherein the at least one of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups differs from the another of the plurality of linearly arranged pattern groups in width of reflection surfaces of the plurality of first reflection patterns in an in-plane direction of the light exit surface when the plurality of first reflection patterns are seen from a direction perpendicular to the light exit surface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

US Pat. No. 10,139,545

FRONT LIGHT DISPLAY DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING THEREOF

E Ink Holdings Inc., Hsi...

1. A front light display device, comprising:a reflective display module;
a light guide plate having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface, and a third surface adjacent to the first surface and the second surface, wherein the light guide plate is made of a material comprising glass;
an optical clear adhesive located between the reflective display module and the first surface of the light guide plate;
a plurality of microstructures located on the first surface of the light guide plate;
a light source facing the third surface of the light guide plate; and
a touch sensing layer between the microstructures and the first surface of the light guide plate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,530

DECORATIVE SHEET

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A decorative sheet comprising a first bead coat layer including a resin and particles having a median diameter of from 20 ?m to 60 ?m, a second bead coat layer which covers the first bead coat layer and includes a resin and particles having a median diameter of from 20 ?m to 60 ?m, wherein the particles in the second bead coat layer are at least partially protruded upward, a design layer, and an adhesive layer, wherein the first bead coat layer and the second bead coat layer are unpatterned and are formed independently as separate layers, and the median diameter of the particles contained in the second bead coat layer is greater than the median diameter of particles contained in the first bead coat layer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,529

DEFORMABLE LENS STRUCTURE FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS DEVICES

ADAPTICA S.R.L., Padua (...

1. A lens structure for adaptive optics devices, which comprises:an optical axis along which, in the use of said lens structure, a light beam (L) is transmitted;
a first layer elastically deformable in response to an applied force, said first layer having a first outer surface and a first inner surface, opposite said first outer surface, said first layer comprising a first central portion transparent to said light beam (L);
a second layer positioned spaced with respect to said first layer, said second layer having a second inner surface, facing said first inner surface, and a second outer surface, opposite said second inner surface, said second layer comprising a second central portion transparent to said light beam (L), said first and second central portions defining an optical aperture of said lens structure;
a spacer element positioned between said first inner surface and said second inner surface and integrally connected to said first and second layer, said spacer element being arranged so that the separation distance between said first and second inner surface is in the range between 25 ?m and 100 ?m;
an inner chamber at least partially defined by said first and second layer and by said spacer element, said inner chamber containing an electrically insulating apolar liquid, transparent to said light beam (L) and in contact with said first and second layer, said inner chamber being closed with respect to the outside environment so as to maintain the volume of said transparent liquid constant, when said first layer is deformed;
one or more first electrostatic actuators transparent to said light beam (L), said first electrostatic actuators being operatively associated with said first layer and positioned at said first central portion;
one or more second electrostatic actuators transparent to said light beam (L), said second electrostatic actuators being operatively associated with said second layer and positioned at said second central portion;
wherein the first and second electrostatic actuators are closer to a center of the lens structure than the spacer;
wherein said first and second electrostatic actuators are adapted to supply control voltages (to generate at least one electrostatic force field (E), between said first and second layer, capable of causing a deformation of said first central portion;
wherein, in the use of said lens structure, said first central portion is deformed according to profiles such as to compensate optical aberrations of an order greater than or equal to 2, excluding defocus, of the wavefront of said light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,139,528

COMPOUND OBJECTIVES FOR IMAGING AND SCATTEROMETRY OVERLAY

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An objective lens in an optical system of a metrology tool, the objective lens comprising a central region configured for imaging and a peripheral region configured for scatterometry, wherein the central region has a numerical aperture of 0.7 NA and the peripheral region has a numerical aperture of greater than 0.7 NA to 0.93 NA.

US Pat. No. 10,139,526

LENS MODULE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

1. A lens module, comprising an optical lens assembly, wherein the optical lens assembly comprises at least two optical elements, one of the optical elements is a plastic lens element, and in order from an optical axis of the plastic lens element to an edge thereof, the plastic lens element comprises:an effective optical portion; and
a peripheral portion, comprising:
a plurality of strip-shaped rib structures, wherein each of the strip-shaped rib structures has a strip shape along a corresponding radial direction of the optical axis, and the strip-shaped rib structures are arranged around the effective optical portion and indirectly connected to the effective optical portion; and
an object-side abutting surface disposed on a surface of the peripheral portion facing an object, wherein at least another one of the optical elements is abutted with the object-side abutting surface, the strip-shaped rib structures are disposed on the surface of the peripheral portion facing the object, and the strip-shaped rib structures are farther from the effective optical portion than the object-side abutting surface is from the effective optical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,139,525

OPTICAL LAMINATE HAVING HARD COAT LAYER COMPOSITION WITH SPECIFIED QUANTITIES OF MONOFUNCTIONAL MONOMER AND VARIED (METH)ACRYLOYL GROUP CONTAINING COMPOUNDS

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. An optical laminate for an image display apparatus, comprising:a base material layer formed of a (meth)acrylic resin film;
a hard coat layer formed by applying, to the (meth)acrylic resin film, a composition for forming a hard coat layer containing a curable compound and inorganic nanoparticles; and
a penetration layer having a thickness of 1.2 ?m or more and wherein an upper limit for the thickness of the penetration layer is (thickness of the (meth)acrylic resin film×70% ?m), the penetration layer being formed between the base material layer and the hard coat layer by penetration of the composition for forming a hard coat layer into the (meth)acrylic resin film,
wherein a content of the inorganic nanoparticles is 1.5 wt % to 30 wt % with respect to a total of the curable compound and the inorganic nanoparticles, and
wherein the composition for forming a hard coat layer contains a curable compound having 2 to 4 (meth)acryloyl groups, and a content of the curable compound having 2 to 4 (meth)acryloyl groups is 85 wt % or less with respect to all curable compounds in the composition for forming a hard coat layer
wherein the composition for forming a hard coat layer further contains a curable compound having 5 or more (meth)acryloyl groups, and a content of the curable compound having 5 or more (meth)acryloyl groups is 15 wt % to 70 wt % with respect to all curable compounds in the composition for forming a hard coat layer, and
wherein the composition for forming a hard coat layer further contains a monofunctional monomer, and a content of the monofunctional monomer is 40 wt % or less with respect to all curable compounds in the composition for forming a hard coat layer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,523

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display substrate, comprising a base substrate, wherein at least two refractive layers are provided on the base substrate, and a gate electrode is provided on the refractive layers,wherein a refractive index of one of two adjacent refractive layers close to the base substrate is less than a refractive index of the other of two adjacent refractive layers away from the base substrate, and thicknesses of the refractive layers are n?+?/4, where ? is a wavelength of incident light, and n is a nonnegative integer, thereby reflective light rays are superposed on each other, generating a light counteraction effect and reducing reflectance,
wherein the other of two adjacent refractive layers is directly located on the one of two adjacent refractive layers, and
wherein refractive indexes of the at least two refractive layers gradually increase along a direction from the refractive layer close to the base substrate to the refractive layer away from the base substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,522

SILICONE ELASTOMER-SILICONE HYDROGEL HYBRID CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A silicone elastomer-silicone hydrogel hybrid contact lens comprising:a) a silicone elastomer layer comprising an anterior side and a posterior side; and
b) a silicone hydrogel layer adhered to the posterior side of the silicone elastomer layer; wherein a delamination-resistant bond is present between the silicone elastomer layer and the silicone hydrogel layer, and wherein the silicone hydrogel layer has a percent swell of from about ?5% to less than 10%.

US Pat. No. 10,139,521

SILICONE ELASTOMER-HYDROGEL HYBRID CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A silicone elastomer-hydrogel hybrid contact lens comprising:a) a silicone elastomer layer comprising an anterior side and a posterior side; and
b) a hydrogel layer adhered to the posterior side of the silicone elastomer layer, wherein the hydrogel layer is formed by curing a polymerizable composition comprising an elastomer-swellable monomer having an HLB value of less than 4 or a molecular weight of up to 1,200 daltons or both; and
c) a delamination-resistant bond between the silicone elastomer layer and the hydrogel layer, wherein the delamination-resistant bond is formed by the elastomer-swellable monomer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,520

METHOD OF USING A HEAT-TREATED TITANIUM NITRIDE FILM

CPFilms Inc., Fieldale, ...

1. A method for applying a titanium nitride film to a transparent contoured substrate, said method comprising:i. heating said titanium nitride film in a substantially uniform temperature environment for a specified period and at a specified temperature to form a uniformly heat-treated titanium nitride film, wherein said heating step is performed at a temperature of between 60° C. and 130° C. for a period of from 15 to 120 minutes; and
ii. applying the uniformly heat-treated titanium nitride film to the transparent contoured substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,139,519

METHOD FOR AUTOMATED ROCK PHYSICS MODELING

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A computer-implemented method for automated rock physics modeling, comprising:(a) pre-processing log data obtained from a suite of logging tools and corresponding auxiliary information over a range of depth of a subterranean formation, the pre-processing including;
(i) dividing the log data and the corresponding auxiliary information into zones within the range of depth,
(ii) coarsening the log data and the corresponding auxiliary information by determining an average value for the log data and the corresponding auxiliary information for each zone to produce a coarsened log data and a coarsened corresponding auxiliary information over the range of depth;
(b) solving an inverse problem associated with the rock physics model with a method comprising,
(i) identifying a list of parameters associated with the range of depth within the subterranean formation,
(ii) dividing the list of parameters into a set of at least two subgroups of parameters,
(iii) perform a local inversion for each of the at least two subgroups of parameters identified in step (b)(ii) to obtain optimum values for all parameters belonging to a given subgroup,
(iv) collect the optimal values of parameters obtained in step (iii) to determine the optimal values for the list of parameters identified in step (b)(i) by comparing the local inversions from step (b)(iii) with the pre-processed log data from step (a) to identify the subgroup of parameters as the optimum set of parameters for use in a forward run of the rock physics model; and
(c) computing a set of rock mechanical properties, comprising
(i) a forward run of the rock physics model using the optimal parameters obtained in step (b)(iv) to calculate at least one of density log, a compressional velocity log and a shear velocity log,
(ii) calculating an optimized set of rock mechanical properties for the range of depth use the at least one of the calculated density, compressional velocity and shear velocity logs of step (c)(i) in a rock physics model.

US Pat. No. 10,139,510

3D BLENDING AND ILLUMINATION OF SEISMIC VOLUMES FOR AUTOMATIC DERIVATION OF DISCONTINUITIES

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:selecting plural attributes for annotating images generated from, and for interpretation of, seismic amplitude volume;
generating plural images from a set of layers of a seismic cube, each image generated using a different attribute of the plural attributes;
blending the plural images, using customized palettes and initial parameters for each of the plural images, the blending creating a blended image that illuminates discontinuities in the set of layers;
iteratively determining optimal parameters for automatic derivation of fault discontinuities on an interpreter-selected edge-enhanced sub-volume, wherein iterations are controlled and terminated based on inputs from an interpreter;
applying the optimal extraction parameters to an entire edge-enhanced volume;
isolating important extracted fault discontinuities using commercial filtering tools;
refining extracted fault patches based on received manual interpretation from the interpreter; and
converting patch results to traditional fault objects for further interpretation and refinement.

US Pat. No. 10,139,506

SEISMIC SENSOR

BP EXPLORATION OPERATING ...

1. A seismic survey apparatus comprising:a body;
a proof mass;
at least one sensor arranged to detect movement of the proof mass relative to the body, wherein the sensor comprises one or more piezoelectric elements arranged to detect the movement of the proof mass:
electronic circuitry connected to the at least one sensor, the electronic circuitry being configured to receive and process an output of the sensor; and
a power supply configured to provide electrical power to the electronic circuitry, wherein the power supply is an integral part of the proof mass, and wherein at least 75% of the proof mass by weight or by volume is provided by the power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,139,496

MULTI-RADIATION IDENTIFICATION AND DOSIMETRY SYSTEM AND METHOD

MIRION TECHNOLOGIES (CANB...

1. A multi-radiation identification and dosimetry system comprising:(a) segmented silicon drift detector (SSDD);
(b) radiation scintillation detector (RSD);
(c) radiation detection chamber (RDC);
(d) time stamping differentiator (TSD); and
(e) computing control device (CCD);
wherein:
said SSDD is attached to said RSD with a SSDD-to-RSD mechanical coupler;
said SSDD and said RSD are contained within said RDC;
said SSDD comprises a plurality of segmented detection regions (SDR);
said SSDD comprises an anode side and a cathode side;
said SSDD cathode side is directed toward a radiation inspection surface (RIS) to be inspected for radiation contamination;
said SSDD anode side is configured to contact said SSDD-to-RSD mechanical coupler;
said TSD is electrically coupled to said SSDD and said RSD and configured to collect and time-stamp charge data collected from directly absorbed radiation within each of said SDR and visual photons in said RSD that reach all of said SDR simultaneously; and
said CCD is configured to determine a radiation type associated with said time-stamped charge data collected from said TSD and present counts associated with said radiation type on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,495

SHELVING AND PACKAGE LOCATING SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERY VEHICLES

Hand Held Products, Inc.,...

1. A delivery-vehicle shelving system, comprising:a vehicle for transporting packages;
one or more shelves within the vehicle for storing the packages during delivery, each package associated with corresponding delivery-location information, the one or more shelves having indicators comprising a light source and bearing decodable indicia corresponding to respective locations on the one or more shelves;
an indicia-reading device for (i) scanning the packages that are loaded onto the one or more shelves, (ii) scanning the decodable indicia to associate each package with the package's shelf location on the one or more shelves wherein the shelf location is coded within the decodable indicia, (iii) transmitting the corresponding package shelf location information, and (iv) transmitting the corresponding package delivery-location information;
a GPS receiver for detecting a location of the vehicle and transmitting corresponding vehicle-location information; and
a computer in communication with the indicia-reading device and the GPS receiver, the computer including a central processing unit and memory;
wherein the computer's central processing unit is configured to receive (i) the package shelf location information for the packages that have been loaded onto the vehicle from the indicia-reading device, (ii) the delivery-location information for the packages that have been loaded onto the vehicle from the indicia-reading device, and (iii) the vehicle-location information from the GPS receiver;
wherein, in response to receiving the vehicle-location information, the central processing unit is configured to identify the package shelf location information for one of the packages when that package's delivery-location information is within a predetermined geographic range of the vehicle-location information received; and
wherein the central processing unit is configured to provide a prompt comprising the identified package shelf location information to a driver of the vehicle via, at least, the indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,139,492

RADAR SYSTEMS WITH DUAL FIBER COUPLED LASERS

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A apparatus, comprising:a dual wavelength fiber-optic transmitter and receiver system that includes:
first and second lasers coupled to provide a combined beam to an input/output optical fiber,
a reference length coupled to receive a portion of the combined beam and to couple a reference beam to a reference fiber, and
a thermally controlled enclosure configured to retain at least the reference length; and
a beam shaping optical system coupled to receive the combined beam from the input/output optical fiber of the dual wavelength fiber-optic transmitter and receiver system, the beam shaping optical system including a beam focusing lens and at least one translatable focus adjustment optical element configured to focus a dual wavelength probe beam at a target surface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,490

FAULT TOLERANT POWER LIFTGATE OBSTRUCTION DETECTION SYSTEM

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method for detecting an obstruction in the path of a vehicle access control member moving from an open position to a closed position, comprising the steps of:transmitting a detection signal along an edge of the vehicle access control member towards a reflective surface mounted on the vehicle access control member, the detection signal including a first sequence of pulses, each pulse of the first sequence of pulses having a different amplitude and the amplitudes of the first sequence of pulses varying linearly moving from a first pulse of the first sequence of pulses to a final pulse of the first sequence of pulses;
receiving a detection response signal corresponding to the detection signal following reflection of the detection signal by one of the reflective surface and the obstruction, the detection response signal including a second sequence of pulses each having an amplitude; and,
generating an obstruction signal indicative of whether or not the obstruction is in the path of the vehicle access control member responsive to differences in amplitude between amplitudes of adjacent pulses in the second sequence of pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,139,485

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COLLISION RISK MANAGEMENT FOR VEHICLES

1. A method for collision risk management pertaining to a vehicle comprising portions projecting outside a basic configuration of said vehicle, comprising the steps of:determining a surrounding configuration as basis for collision risk determination;
determining a total vehicle configuration based on presence of portions projecting outside said basic configuration;
determining if collision risk is present at the thus determined surrounding configuration and the thus determined total vehicle configuration;
for an operator of the vehicle, indicating the thus determined collision risk;
determining suggested measures for managing the thus determined collision risk; and
presenting the thus determined suggested measures for said operator, wherein said suggested measures comprise changes of the propulsion of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,139,484

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS DISTANCE MEASUREMENT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for operating a second wireless device in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving a first signal for distance measurement transmitted from a first wireless device;
receiving a reflected signal, wherein the reflected signal is the first signal reflected by a reflector;
estimating a distance between the second wireless device and the reflector, wherein:
the first signal comprises a beam signal transmitted to the reflector and a sidelobe signal of the beam signal, and
the distance is estimated based on a reception time difference between the sidelobe signal and the reflected signal;
determining an accuracy for the distance based on a correlation peak regarding the reflected signal; and
displaying the estimated distance on a screen of the second wireless device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,481

RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND DISTANCE MEASURING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A radio communication system in which radio communication is carried out between an in-vehicle communication device, mounted in a vehicle, and a radio communication terminal to detect a relative distance therebetween, the radio communication system comprising:an output control unit configured to send an output intensity maintaining request that requests a sending radio wave intensity of the radio communication terminal be maintained at a predetermined intensity;
a communication portion, provided in the radio communication terminal, configured to: communicate according to a protocol of general-purpose communication network, make variable the sending radio wave intensity, set the sending radio wave intensity at predetermined intensity when the output intensity maintaining request is received, and send a measuring signal according to the protocol; and
a measuring unit, provided in the in-vehicle communication device, configured to calculate a distance to the radio communication terminal based on a reception radio wave intensity of the measuring signal that is sent from the radio communication terminal with the predetermined intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,139,479

SUPERPIXEL ARRAY OF PIEZOELECTRIC ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS FOR 2-D BEAMFORMING

QUALCOMM INCORPORATED, S...

1. An apparatus comprising:an array of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducer elements, the array including a plurality of superpixel regions, each superpixel region including at least two pixel sets, a first pixel set of the at least two pixel sets being disposed in a central portion of the superpixel region, and at least a second pixel set being disposed in an outer portion of the superpixel region;
transceiver electronics; and
an electrical coupling between the transceiver electronics and the array; wherein
the transceiver electronics is configured to operate the array in a selectable one of a first mode and a second mode;
in the first mode, the array generates a substantially plane ultrasonic wave having a first acoustic pressure;
in the second mode, the array generates, from each superpixel region, a focused beam having a second acoustic pressure that is substantially higher than the first acoustic pressure;
the superpixel region includes seven pixels arranged on a hexagonal lattice so as to form a hexagon;
the first pixel set includes one center pixel disposed proximate to a center of the hexagon;
the second pixel set includes six pixels, each disposed in the outer portion of the superpixel region approximately equidistant from the center pixel;
the transceiver electronics and the array includes a first fixedly configured conductive path connecting pixels in the first pixel set with a first drive input terminal and a second fixedly configured conductive path connecting pixels in the second pixel set with a second drive input terminal, the first drive input terminal and the second drive input terminal being coupled with the transceiver electronics; and
the first pixel set is actuated separately from the second pixel set with a transmission signal having a controllable phase and/or time delay.

US Pat. No. 10,139,478

TIME VARYING GAIN IN AN OPTICAL DETECTOR OPERATING IN A LIDAR SYSTEM

LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A lidar system comprising:a light source configured to emit a light pulse; and
a receiver configured to detect light from the light pulse scattered by a remote target, the receiver including:
a photodetector that detects an optical signal corresponding to the light; and
a light pulse-detection circuit configured to convert the optical signal to an electrical signal and to detect whether the converted electrical signal is indicative of the light pulse scattered by the remote target, the light pulse-detection circuit including:
a gain circuit configured to amplify the converted electrical signal by a predetermined amplification amount that varies according to an amount of time that has elapsed since the light pulse has been emitted, wherein within a threshold time period T1 since the light pulse has been emitted the gain circuit operates in a low-gain mode having the predetermined amplification amount below a threshold value, and within a threshold time period T2 after the threshold time period T1 has elapsed, the gain circuit switches to a high-gain mode having the predetermined amplification amount at or above the threshold value, and
a comparison circuit configured to compare the amplified electrical signal to a threshold amount to determine whether the amplified electrical signal is indicative of the light pulse scattered by the remote target.

US Pat. No. 10,139,477

ERRONEOUS DETECTION RESTRAINING CIRCUIT FOR LASER RANGE FINDER

OPTEX CO., LTD., Shiga (...

1. An erroneous detection restraining circuit for a laser range finder in which each reflected light reflected by at least one object of pulsed laser light emitted by a light emitting element reaches a light receiving element, and distance information to the at least one object is acquired based on an amount of time from a light emission starting time for the pulsed laser light to an output starting time from the light receiving element,the erroneous detection restraining circuit comprising:
a comparator configured to receive as inputs a threshold and a light-reception output from the light receiving element;
a time measuring section configured to measure time elapsed since the light emission starting time for the pulsed laser light; and
a setting changing section configured to change either one or both of the threshold and an amplification factor of the comparator for the light-reception output in accordance with a time measurement value obtained by the time measuring section.

US Pat. No. 10,139,476

ROTARY SCANNER, OPTO-MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY THEREFORE, AND METHOD OF MODIFYING AN ELEVATION ANGLE OF AN OPTICAL BEAM

1. A rotary scanner comprising:a housing;
a motor fixedly mounted relative to the housing;
a structure being rotatably mounted to the housing so as to be rotatable about a rotation axis by the motor during use;
a reflector assembly being mounted to the structure via a pivot joint so as to be pivotable around a pivot axis between a rest angle and at least one other angle, the reflector assembly being biased to the rest angle, the pivot axis being perpendicular to the rotation axis, the reflector assembly having a reflector plane parallel to the pivot axis, the reflector assembly having a body, a reflector receiver and a reflector received in the reflector receiver, the body having a moment of inertia relative to the rotation axis which is substantially greater than a moment of inertia of both the reflector receiver and the reflector;
an optical source fixedly mounted relative to the housing and being operable to emit an optical beam along the rotation axis and towards the reflector assembly during use; and
a control interface being configured to control a rotation speed of the motor between a first rotation speed and at least one other rotation speed, the reflector assembly being configured to remain biased to the rest angle when the rotation speed of the motor is the first rotation speed and being configured to pivot from the rest angle to the at least one other angle when the rotation speed of the motor is the at least one other rotation speed.

US Pat. No. 10,139,471

SUPPORTING A COLLABORATIVE COLLECTION OF DATA

HERE Global B.V., Eindho...

1. A method comprising, performed by at least one apparatus:obtaining fingerprints that have been collected by a plurality of mobile devices at a particular site for supporting a positioning of other mobile devices, each fingerprint comprising results of measurements on radio signals of at least one communication node at a particular location and an indication of the particular location;
generating feedback information based on the obtained fingerprints as a whole for coordinating a collection of fingerprints by the plurality of mobile devices, wherein the feedback information relates to a coverage of the obtained fingerprints collected from the plurality of mobile devices; and
transmitting the feedback information to the plurality of mobile devices for presentation to users of the mobile devices.

US Pat. No. 10,139,465

METHOD FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING WITH CONTROLLED ALIASING

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A method for producing an image of a subject by operating a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to acquire data from spins in a volume-of-interest, the steps of the method comprising:(a) generating a radio frequency (RF) excitation field using at least one RF transmit coil of the MRI system, the RF excitation field rotating a net magnetic moment of spins in a volume-of-interest in a subject;
(b) acquiring data from the volume-of-interest using at least one RF receive coil of the MRI system while sampling k-space along a plurality of corkscrew-shaped k-space trajectories, wherein each corkscrew-shaped k-space trajectory is defined by magnetic field gradients that are simultaneously generated by the MRI system during a data acquisition window, and wherein starting points for each of the plurality of corkscrew-shaped k-space trajectories are distributed on a grid of k-space points such that different ones of the plurality of corkscrew-shaped k-space trajectories are centered on different k-space points in the grid of k-space points;
(c) reconstructing an image of the subject from the data acquired in step(b), wherein the image depicts the volume-of-interest in the subject; and
wherein the magnetic field gradients that are simultaneously generated by the MRI system during the data acquisition window include:
a first magnetic field gradient generated along a first direction;
a second magnetic field gradient generated along a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction; and
a third magnetic field gradient generated along a third direction that is orthogonal to the first direction and the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,459

PASSIVE MRI-GUIDED TRACKING OF METALLIC OBJECTS USING ARTIFACT-REDUCED IMAGING WITH SELECTIVE EXCITATION

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method using 2D multi-spectral imaging (2DMSI) for MRI imaging of a metallic object and region surrounding the metallic object within an imaging field of view of an MRI apparatus, the method comprising:segmenting the imaging field-of-view into spatial-spectral bins, where the segmenting is based on off-resonance frequency induced by the metallic object and the slice location;
selectively exciting each spatial-spectral bin by inverting a slice selection gradient between excitation and refocusing pulses;
performing repeated acquisition with different radiofrequency modulations to produce acquired images of adjacent frequency bins;
composing a 2DMSI image by combination of the acquired images of adjacent bins;
highlighting in the 2DMSI image an area of off-resonance bins based on 2DMSI off-resonance information by thresholding image intensity in frequency bins, thereby indicating a contour of the metallic object.

US Pat. No. 10,139,458

SENSOR FOR DETECTION OF MAGNETIC PARTICLES

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTR...

1. A sensor probe for detecting a magnetic particle, the sensor probe comprising:at least one magnetic sensor for measuring flux density and for sensing a fluctuation in a surrounding magnetic field, the magnetic sensor comprising at least one tunnelling magnetoresistor, supporting circuitry, and at least one output for outputting an output signal proportional to the resistance of the at least one tunnelling magnetoresistor;
an electromagnet supporting the at least one magnetic sensor, wherein the electromagnet comprises a magnetic core with a conductive coil wrapped around the core and wherein the magnetic core has a core aperture extending through the magnetic core, with a shaft received within the core aperture and spaced from a defining wall of the core aperture, wherein the magnetic sensor is supported by the shaft; and
a signal generator input for receiving an input signal from a signal generator for generating a current in the electromagnet thereby generating a sensor probe magnetic field which forms at least a part of the surrounding magnetic field.