US Pat. No. 10,191,591

ANALOG ELIMINATION OF UNGROUNDED CONDUCTIVE OBJECTS IN CAPACITIVE SENSING

MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCO...

1. A method for performing a touch determination with a capacitive sensor comprising a first electrode and a second electrode;initiating a self capacitance measurement of the first electrode and performing in parallel a mutual capacitance measurement including the first and second electrode, wherein after a start and before an end of the self capacitance measurement a pulse is fed to the second electrode, wherein a measurement circuit is designed such that grounding a sensor capacitance of the capacitive sensor has an opposite influence on self-capacitance measurement with respect to the mutual capacitance measurement and un-grounding the sensor capacitance has an equal influence on self-capacitance measurement and the mutual capacitance measurement.

US Pat. No. 10,191,588

COORDINATE INPUT DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE WITH THE SAME

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A touch panel comprising:a first coordinate electrode for detecting a touch coordinate;
a power source for supplying electric charges to the first electrode;
an electric charge storage capacitor electrically connecting the first coordinate electrode, and including a first capacitor electrode connecting the first coordinate electrode and a second capacitor electrode opposing to the first capacitor electrode;
a first switch electrically connecting between the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor and a reference voltage;
a second switch electrically connecting between the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor and a noise voltage; and
an amplifier for detecting electric charges which are transferred from the coordinate electrode to the electric charge storage capacitor via a third switch,
wherein the third switch directly connects between the first coordinate electrode and the amplifier in order to transfer the electric charges,
wherein the reference voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor before the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor,
wherein the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor for detecting the touch coordinate, and
wherein the third switch is configured to be turned ON at the same time as the noise voltage is applied to the second electrode of the electric charge storage capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,586

DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND POINTING DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a touch panel including a driving electrode and a sensing electrode that faces at least a part of the driving electrode across a dielectric substance, the touch panel being configured to output a detection signal from the sensing electrode in synchronization with a driving signal applied to the driving electrode;
a pointing circuit configured to point to a position on a touch surface of the touch panel;
a detection assisting circuit including an inverting circuit configured to obtain a detection driving signal corresponding to the driving signal detected by the pointing circuit and generate an inversion signal by inverting a phase of the detection driving signal, the detection assisting circuit being configured to output the inversion signal to the sensing electrode via the pointing circuit;
a touch-panel control circuit configured to apply the driving signal to the driving electrode, obtain the detection signal that is generated at the sensing electrode according to a mutual capacitance between the driving electrode and the sensing electrode and the inversion signal, and detect the pointing circuit in contact with or proximity to the touch panel based on the detection signal; and
a phase adjustment circuit configured to compare a phase of an auxiliary signal to be output to the sensing electrode via the pointing circuit with the phase of the detection driving signal, determine whether or not an amount of phase delay of the auxiliary signal relative to the detection driving signal is within a predetermined allowable range, and align the phase of the auxiliary signal with the phase of the detection driving signal when the amount of phase delay exceeds the predetermined allowable range.

US Pat. No. 10,191,585

OVERLAY FOR TOUCHSCREEN PIANO KEYBOARD

1. A touch screen overlay, whose top surface includes a plurality of hollows that block activation of the touch screen when lightly pressed, but not when more firmly pressed, each of said hollows being comprised of a plurality of openings of a size of between approximately 1/16 to ? inches, whereby, when lightly pressed, a person's finger does not activate said touch screen but when firmly pressed a portion of the person's finger passes through said openings to activate said touch screen.

US Pat. No. 10,191,584

REDUCING CONNECTIONS FROM A SENSING MODULE

Synaptics Incorporated, ...

1. An input device, comprising:a first glass layer;
a plurality of transmitter electrodes disposed on the first glass layer and configured for capacitance sensing;
a second glass layer;
a plurality of receiver electrodes disposed on the second glass layer and configured for capacitance sensing; and
a multiplexer disposed on the first glass layer and coupled to a plurality of sources and a sensing channel,
wherein the multiplexer selectively couples one of the plurality of sources to the sensing channel based on at least a control signal, and
wherein the plurality of sources comprises the plurality of transmitter electrodes and the plurality of receiver electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,191,583

TOUCH-CONTROL DISPLAY PANEL, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND TOUCH-CONTROL DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A driving method of a touch-control display panel including a first substrate including a first touch-control display region and a second touch-control display region arranged along a first direction, wherein the first touch-control display region and the second touch-control display region are arranged adjacent to each other; a plurality of touch-control driving electrodes disposed on the first substrate and extending along a second direction; a second substrate arranged opposite to the first substrate; and a plurality of touch-control detecting electrodes disposed on the second substrate, extending along the first direction, and overlapped with the plurality of touch-control driving electrodes, wherein the plurality of touch-control driving electrodes include a plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region and a plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, a number of the first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region is equal to a number of the second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, the plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes and the plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes include all the touch-control driving electrodes overlapped with the plurality of touch-control detecting electrodes, each first touch-control driving electrode of the plurality of first touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the first touch-control display region has a corresponding second touch-control driving electrode of the plurality of second touch-control driving electrodes distributed in the second touch-control display region, a distance from the each first touch-control driving electrode to the second touch-control display region is equal to a distance from the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode to the first touch-control display region, the each first touch-control driving electrode and the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode are scanned simultaneously, the driving method comprising:in a touch-control sensing period, scanning the each first touch-control driving electrode and the corresponding second touch-control driving electrode simultaneously,
wherein each display period of the touch-control display panel includes at least one touch-control sensing period, and
a scanning direction of the first touch-control driving electrodes in the first touch-control display region is opposite to a scanning direction of the second touch-control driving electrodes in the second touch-control display region.

US Pat. No. 10,191,582

TERMINAL WITH TOUCH CONTROL BUTTON

XIAOMI INC., Haidian Dis...

1. A terminal, comprising:a touch control button having a touch control sensor and a button cover plate, the button cover plate being located above a sensor sheet of the touch control sensor;
a processor electrically connected to the touch control sensor and configured to:
acquire a detection signal value of the touch control sensor, wherein the detection signal value of the touch control sensor increases as a sensing area of the sensor sheet increases, and a function of the touch control button varies with the sensing area of the sensor sheet;
determine a control instruction corresponding to a function of the touch control button according to pre-stored corresponding relationships between detection signal values and control instructions corresponding to different functions of the touch control button; and
execute the control instruction;
wherein the terminal comprises one touch control button, the touch control sensor comprises at least two sensor sheets, and the detection signal value of the touch control sensor comprises detection signal values corresponding to the at least two sensor sheets respectively;
wherein an indication icon is set on a position corresponding to each of the at least two sensor sheets on the button cover plate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,581

FOLDING DISPLAY DEVICE

SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELE...

1. A folding display device, comprising:a folding shaft
a display panel configured to be folded along the folding shaft;
wherein, the folding shaft is configured to partition the display panel into a first display portion and a second display portion, wherein
a folding state detecting electrode is provided on the first display portion and/or the second display portion, and the folding state detecting electrode is a capacitive detecting electrode,
wherein a first folding state detecting electrode is provided on a side of the first display portion that is close to the folding shaft, and a second folding state detecting electrode is provided on a side of the second display portion that is close to the folding shaft, and the first folding state detecting electrode and the second folding state detecting electrode are mutual-capacitive detecting electrodes,
wherein at least one of the first folding state detecting electrode and the second folding state detecting electrode comprises a plurality of first folding state detecting subelectrodes electrically independent.

US Pat. No. 10,191,580

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME IN TWO MODES

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A display device, comprising:a display panel comprising a first display substrate and a second display substrate facing the first display substrate;
scan line groups, each scan line group comprising a first scan line sub-group, a second scan line sub-group connected to the first scan line sub-group, and a third scan line sub-group disposed between the first scan line sub-group and the second scan line sub-group;
source line groups, each source line group comprising a first source line sub-group, a second source line sub-group connected to the first source line sub-group, and a third source line sub-group disposed between the first source line sub-group and the second source line sub-group;
a first driver configured to provide first scan signals to the scan line groups in a first mode and to provide second scan signals to the scan line groups in a second mode, a magnetic field being induced by a current path formed by the first scan line sub-group and the second scan line sub-group;
a second driver configured to provide first sensing signals corresponding to a variation in a capacitance from the source line groups in the first mode, and to provide second sensing signals according to a resonant frequency associated with an input device, the second sensing signals being provided from the source line groups in the second mode; and
a touch sensor configured to receive the first sensing signals and the second sensing signals and to determine coordinate information of an input position based on the first sensing signals and the second sensing signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,578

TOUCH SENSOR, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A touch sensor comprising:a touch substrate;
a plurality of first touch electrodes extending in a first direction;
a plurality of second touch electrodes extending in a second direction crossing the first direction; and
a plurality of minute protrusions on at least one of the plurality of first and second touch electrodes,
wherein the plurality of first and second touch electrodes are formed on the same surface of the touch substrate, or are formed on different surfaces of the touch substrate,
wherein each of the first and second touch electrodes comprises a first surface facing the touch substrate and a second surface located on the opposite side of the first surface,
wherein the plurality of minute protrusions are formed on the second surface, and
wherein the plurality of minute protrusions have a cilia shape.

US Pat. No. 10,191,577

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing comprising a first surface that faces in a first direction, and a second surface that faces in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the housing comprising a transparent plate forming at least a part of the first surface of the housing;
a display disposed between the transparent plate and the second surface of the housing, and comprising a first surface that faces in the first direction and a second surface that faces in the second direction;
at least one sensor disposed between the second surface of the display and the second surface of the housing, the sensor configured to be exposed to light passing through the display;
a processor electrically coupled with the display and the at least one sensor; and
a memory electrically coupled with the processor,
wherein the memory stores instructions and the processor is configured to execute the instructions to:
receive a user input for capturing an image facing the first direction;
in response to receiving the user input, activate the at least one sensor during a first time period to receive the light being passed through the transparent plate;
during the first time period, deactivate the display except for a first region in which the at least one sensor is disposed, and display a graphical object on the first region for applying a filter effect to the image;
in response to detecting that the first time period has elapsed from the time for receiving the user input, deactivate the at least one sensor during a second time period; and
during the second time period, activate the display including the first region for displaying the image to which the filter effect is applied;
wherein the first time period and the second time period are repeatedly alternating, and
wherein the filter effect is based on a shape of the graphical object.

US Pat. No. 10,191,576

TOUCH SCREEN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A touch screen comprising a display with integral touch sensing, the touch screen comprising:a first plurality of pixels, each having first and second electrodes and a common terminal, the common terminal of the first plurality of pixels electrically connected together along a first direction and configurable for providing a common voltage in a display mode of operation and for providing a stimulation signal in a touch sensing mode of operation;
a second plurality of pixels each having first and second electrodes and a common terminal, the common terminal of the second plurality of pixels electrically connected together along a second direction and configurable for providing a common voltage in the display mode of operation and for providing a touch sensing signal in the touch sensing mode of operation;
a plurality of data lines for transmitting display data; and
a plurality of switches, operative in the display mode of operation, for connecting the plurality of data lines to the first electrodes of the first plurality of pixels and the first electrodes of the second plurality of pixels;
a first group of the first plurality of pixels;
a first group of the second plurality of pixels disposed adjacent the first group of the first plurality of pixels;
a second group of first plurality of pixels adjacent the first group of the second plurality of pixels; and
a second group of the second plurality of pixels adjacent the second group of the first plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,191,575

IN-CELL TOUCH TYPE LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,573

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

Sony Corporation, (JP)

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
detect an operation point when an user operation is provided;
cause transition to a first mode if the operation point does not move for a predetermined period of time or longer from when the user operation is provided;
cause transition to a second mode in which content is movably displayed in accordance with the move of the operation point if the operation point moves within a predetermined period of time from when the user operation is provided;
determine as an indication point other than the operation point in the first mode; and
control to movably display the content in accordance with the move of the operation point in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,572

DISPLAY MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display module, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate disposed opposite to the first substrate;
a backlight module disposed at a side of the first substrate facing away from the second substrate;
a first electrode;
a second electrode disposed opposite to the first electrode for force touch;
an air-gap layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and disposed parallel to the first substrate; and
a frame assembly having a receiving space for at least receiving the backlight module, wherein the frame assembly includes at least one through-hole interconnected to the air-gap layer,
wherein the frame assembly further includes:
a bottom wall; and
a side wall connected to the bottom wall to form the receiving space, wherein a channel interconnecting the air-gap layer and the at least one through-hole is disposed between the side wall and the backlight module.

US Pat. No. 10,191,571

SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A substrate, comprising:a base; and
a signal line arranged on the base,
wherein the signal line comprises at least two main film layers, a first additional film layer arranged between every two adjacent main film layers of the at least two main film layers, and at least one of a second additional film layer arranged on one side of the signal line adjacent to the base and a third additional film layer arranged on the other side of the signal line away from the base, wherein an electrical conductivity of each of the at least two main film layers is larger than that of the first additional film layer; and a crystallinity of each of the at least two main film layers is lower than that of the first additional film layer, and the second additional film layer and the third additional film layer are configured to increase an adhesive force of the signal line, and the second additional film layer directly contacts an entirety of a surface of the signal line on the one side of the signal line adjacent to the base and has a same outermost boundary as that of the signal line, and the third additional film layer contacts an entirety of a surface of the signal line on the other side of the signal line away from the base and has a same outermost boundary as that of the signal line.

US Pat. No. 10,191,570

COMPUTER MOUSE HAND AND WRIST SUPPORT APPARTUS WITH ENHANCED COMFORT

1. A support apparatus configured to support a hand region of a user in a neutrally aligned position during use of a computer mouse on a flat surface, the support apparatus configured to permit freedom of movement of a thumb, index, middle, ring and pinky fingers of the hand region and conform to a palm portion and a wrist of the hand region, the support apparatus comprising:a main body comprising an upper concave surface and a lower surface; and
a cushion member coupled to the upper concave surface of the main body and comprising a pair of side walls continuously connected to a lower wall to form a generally U-shaped member, the U-shaped member comprising a front end and a rear end opposite the front end, the U-shaped member being asymmetrical due to a slanted cutout that extends from an intermediate portion of the front end of the U-shaped member to an intermediate portion of one of the pair of side walls of the cushion member, the slanted cutout forming a cutout edge in the cushion member that extends along a pathway directed entirely away from the one of the pair of side walls to the intermediate portion of the front end of the U-shaped member;
wherein the cushion member is configured to receive the hand region of the user so that the intermediate portion of the front end of the U-shaped member is aligned with the middle finger and positioned beneath a central area of the palm portion of the hand region, wherein the cushion member is configured to permit the pair of side walls of the U-shaped member to conform around the wrist, the lower wall of the cushion member is configured to conform to the palm portion with the fingers and thumb extending beyond the front end of the generally U-shaped member, thereby permitting the cushion member to support the hand region of the user in the neutrally aligned position as the fingers and thumb perform work with the computer mouse.

US Pat. No. 10,191,569

OPERATING TOOL, INPUT DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. An operating tool comprising:a holder to be fixed onto a detection surface of a touch panel;
a movable member movably supported by the holder;
a movable contact point that is provided on the movable member, and that moves, while making contact with the detection surface of the touch panel, as the movable member moves; and
a plurality of holder contact points that are provided on the holder, and that are to be in contact with the detection surface of the touch panel in a positional relationship of the plurality of holder contact points, the positional relationship corresponding to a function of the operating tool, wherein
the touch panel is a capacitance-type touch panel,
the movable member, the movable contact point, and the plurality of holder contact points are formed of electrically-conductive members,
the holder is formed of an electrically non-conductive member, and
the plurality of holder contact points are electrically connected to the movable member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,568

DEFORMABLE INPUT DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An input device comprising:a deformable tip that is adjustable from a first tip configuration to a second tip configuration that is more rigid than the first tip configuration; and
a hardness adjusting component operable to change an arrangement of components within the deformable tip and to transition the deformable tip between the first tip configuration and the second tip configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,191,566

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

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method for interactive control, the method comprising:detecting a first movement of a first controller associated with a virtual reality (VR) environment;
determining an angle of rotation based on the first movement;
determining a magnitude of force associated with the first movement;
determining a path in the VR environment that corresponds to the angle of rotation and the magnitude of force;
projecting the path in the VR environment;
detecting a second movement of a second controller associated with the VR environment; and
adjusting the path based on the second movement.

US Pat. No. 10,191,564

SCREEN CONTROL METHOD AND DEVICE

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

1. A screen control method, comprising:detecting, by a mobile terminal, a moving direction of the mobile terminal;
detecting, by the mobile terminal, an orientation of a screen of the mobile terminal;
receiving, by the mobile terminal, posture information sent by a wearable device, the posture information including a palm orientation of a user of the mobile terminal;
sending, by the mobile terminal, a screen recognition instruction to smart glasses when each of the moving direction, the orientation of the screen, and the palm orientation is in a first direction;
powering on the screen when screen recognition success information sent by the smart glasses is received; and
powering off the screen when each of the moving direction, the orientation of the screen, and the palm orientation is in a second direction, the second direction being different from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,562

POINTING SYSTEM, POINTING DEVICE, AND POINTING CONTROL METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A pointing system, comprising:a pointing device, wherein the pointing device is a spatial operation type input apparatus, the pointing device including:
a casing,
a tactile sense presentation section including a vibrating body configured to generate a vibration in an arbitrary axis direction, wherein the tactile sense presentation section is configured to present a tactile sense having tactile characteristics to the casing, and
a sensor section configured to detect an operation for the casing and output an operation signal for controlling a movement of a pointer on a screen; and
at least one processor programmed to:
set a first area that belongs to an inside of a display area of an object on the screen, a second area that belongs to an outside of the display area of the object, and a third area that belongs to a boundary portion between the first area and the second area;
calculate a position of the pointer on the screen based on the operation signal;
generate, in response to determining that the pointer has entered the first area, a first control signal by which the tactile sense presentation section is driven in a first drive mode;
generate, when the pointer is located in the third area, a second control signal by which the tactile sense presentation section is driven in a second drive mode, wherein the tactile characteristics of a first tactile sense presented by the tactile sense presentation section to the casing when driven in the first drive mode are different than the tactile characteristics of a second tactile sense presented by the tactile sense presentation section to the casing when driven in the second drive mode;
determine that the pointer is moving toward the object by an operation of the casing; and
generate, in response to determining that the pointer is moving toward the object, a third control signal by which the tactile sense presentation section is driven toward a moving direction of the casing;
generate, in response to determining that the pointer is moving away from the object by the operation of the casing, a fourth control signal by which the tactile sense presentation section is driven toward a direction opposite to the moving direction of the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,559

COMPUTER INTERFACE FOR MANIPULATED OBJECTS WITH AN ABSOLUTE POSE DETECTION COMPONENT

Electronic Scripting Prod...

1. A manipulated object cooperating with a first plurality of high optical contrast features disposed in a real three-dimensional environment, said manipulated object comprising:a) a photodetector configured to detect said first plurality of high optical contrast features and generate photodetector data representative of the positions of said first plurality of high optical contrast features;
b) a controller configured to identify a derivative pattern of said first plurality of high optical contrast features from said photodetector data, wherein said derivative pattern is indicative of the position of said photodetector; and
c) at least one component selected from the group consisting of an auxiliary motion detection component, an active illumination component and a scanning component.

US Pat. No. 10,191,557

USER INTERFACE DEVICE

PS-Tech B.V., Amsterdam ...

1. A hand-held unit for a wireless interaction system, the hand-held unit having a spherical, elastic and at least partially transparent outer housing, the housing comprising:a light source;
a pressure sensor for determining an external pressure exerted on the hand-held unit;
an orientation sensor for determining an orientation of the hand-held unit;
a wireless communication unit; and
a processing unit,
wherein the processing unit is configured to operate in at least one of three modes:
a two-dimensional mode in which the processing unit operates when the pressure sensor detects that the hand-held unit is rolled along a surface wherein signals from the orientation sensor are transmitted via the wireless communication unit to an external wireless receiver device; and
a three dimensional mode wherein the light source is emitting light for indicating the position of the hand-held unit to an external light detecting device, and
a hybrid mode, wherein signals from the orientation sensor are transmitted via the wireless communication unit and light is emitted through the light source, so that the position and movement of the hand-held unit are detected as a combination of the information received from the wireless communication unit and the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,191,555

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY DEVICE, AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A head-mounted display device that enables a user to simultaneously visually recognize a virtual image and an outside scene, the head-mounted display device comprising:a camera configured to:
photograph at least a part of a visual field of the user in a state in which the user wears the head-mounted display device: and
acquire a motion of the user, the camera starting photographing of the motion when it detects a preset start trigger, and stopping photographing of the motion when it detects a preset end trigger;
a storage medium configured to store a track for authentication, which is registered in advance by a proper user; and
a processor configured to:
acquire a track of the motion of the user from the motion photographed by the camera:
authenticate, using the acquired track, whether the user is a proper user of the head-mounted display device;
determine that the user is the proper user when similarity between the acquired track and the stored track is equal to or higher than a first threshold; and
determine that the user is not the proper user when similarity between the acquired track and a second track is equal to or higher than a second threshold larger than the first threshold, the second track being obtained by converting a past acquired track,
wherein the start trigger and end trigger are different from the acquired track, and at least one of the start trigger and the end trigger are detection of stillness of the motion of the user for a predetermined time or more.

US Pat. No. 10,191,553

USER INTERACTION WITH INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEMS USING PHYSICAL OBJECTS

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

1. A method for user interaction with information handling systems, the method comprising:acquiring image data associated with an information handling system;
identifying a plurality of physical objects from the image data including a first physical object used by a user;
identifying that the first physical object corresponds to a virtual input device from a set of virtual input devices accessible to the information handling system;
identifying a virtual input device category of the virtual input device from a set of virtual input device categories of the set of virtual input devices;
updating tracking information for the virtual input device corresponding to the first physical object, wherein the tracking information is based on a motion of the first physical object;
assigning the virtual input device as an active virtual input device associated with user input to the information handling system;
determining a gesture from a motion of the virtual input device performed by the user corresponding to the tracking information based on the virtual input device category;
identifying a user input command associated with the virtual input device based on the gesture from a set of user input commands accessible to the information handling system and the virtual input device category; and
executing the user input command on the information handling system based on the virtual input device category, wherein the set of virtual input device categories comprise a pointer category, a stylus category, and a dial category.

US Pat. No. 10,191,552

HAPTIC AUTHORING TOOL USING A HAPTIFICATION MODEL

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A method for using a learning model, the method comprising:receiving associations between portions of media and haptic effects from a haptic designer; and
constructing a learning model, according to the associations, such that the learning model uses classification and clustering techniques to determine additional associations;
determining, according to the learning model, one or more of the haptic effects for a new portion of media; and
rendering the new portion of media and the one or more of the haptic effects for the new portion of media.

US Pat. No. 10,191,551

TOUCH SENSITIVE DEVICE

NVF Tech Ltd, Cambridges...

1. A method comprising:sensing a movement of a hand held stylus over a touch screen;
calculating a velocity of the movement of the stylus on the touch screen; and
vibrating, in response to sensing, the touch screen with pulses using a vibration exciter coupled to the touch screen to produce a sensation for a user contacting the touch screen with the hand held stylus,
wherein a duration between pulses is based on the calculated velocity and an inter-fibre spacing of a modeled paper surface to simulate a sensation of writing on the modeled paper surface to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,191,550

FABRIC DEVICES WITH SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY WIRES THAT PROVIDE HAPTIC FEEDBACK

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a printed circuit board having at least one opening;
shape memory alloy wire that spans the opening and that has ends that are secured to the printed circuit board;
control circuitry that is configured to supply haptic output with the shape memory alloy wire by applying current to the shape memory alloy wire; and
fabric having conductive strands configured to carry the current to the shape memory alloy wire.

US Pat. No. 10,191,549

MULTIDIRECTIONAL CONTROLLER WITH SHEAR FEEDBACK

University of Utah Resear...

1. A multidirectional controller with shear feedback, comprising:a body;
a first tactor disposed in connection with the body, such that the first tactor has at least one degree of freedom of motion with respect to the body and is operable to engage a first target area of a user's skin;
a first opening defined in an outer surface of the body, an uppermost portion of a first contact surface of the first tactor being within the first opening or recessed below the first opening;
a first actuator capable of moving the first tactor;
a second tactor disposed in connection with the body and oriented in a different direction than the first tactor, such that the second tactor has at least one degree of freedom of motion with respect to the body and is operable to engage a second target area of a user's skin;
a second opening defined in the outer surface of the body, an uppermost portion of a second contact surface of the second tactor being within the second opening or recessed below the second opening; and
a second actuator capable of moving the second tactor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,548

OPERATION APPARATUS

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. An operation apparatus that is operable in a plurality of operation modes, the operation apparatus comprising:a touch sensor that generates an output based on an operation performed to the touch sensor by an operator;
a transducer attached to the touch sensor and configured to vibrate the touch sensor so as to give a touch feeling to the operator contacting the touch sensor; and
a controller configured to (i) determine a content of the operation performed to the touch sensor by the operator based on the output of the touch sensor and (ii) select one of the plurality of operation modes based on the determined content of the operation performed to the touch sensor by the operator, wherein
the controller causes the transducer to vibrate the touch sensor with different patterns of vibration so as to give different touch feelings to the operator contacting the touch sensor depending on the determined content of the operation performed to the touch sensor by the operator, the patterns of vibration resulting in a slippery touch feeling, a click touch feeling or a rough touch feeling depending on the operation mode, and
when an adjustment operation is performed after the operation mode is started, a predetermined touch feeling selected from the different touch feelings is given to the operator each time when an operation amount reaches a predetermined amount, the adjustment operation including an operation of drawing a circle or a line, the predetermined amount including an operation distance and a direction of the operation of drawing the cirlci or the line.

US Pat. No. 10,191,547

TACTILE SENSATION PROVIDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR TACTILE SENSATION PROVIDING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A tactile sensation providing apparatus comprising:a touch sensor configured to detect a touch input;
a plurality of support members configured to support the touch sensor;
a load detection unit configured to detect a pressure load on a touch face of the touch sensor;
a tactile sensation providing unit configured to vibrate the touch face; and
a control unit configured to control drive of the tactile sensation providing unit based on a pushed position and voltage adjustment information corresponding to the pushed position, when the pressure load detected by the load detection unit satisfies a standard to provide a tactile sensation, such that the tactile sensation is provided to an object pressing the touch face by vibration with constant amplitude,
wherein the voltage adjustment information is set for each of a plurality of areas of the touch screen, at least some of which vary in size along at least one edge of the touch face between corners of the at least one edge in accordance with the position of the plurality of support members, and the constant amplitude is same independent of the pushed position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,546

HAPTIC THEME FRAMEWORK

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to provide a haptic theme framework, the instructions comprising:creating one or more haptic effect definitions;
storing each haptic effect definition of the one or more haptic effect definitions within an effect file;
creating a mapping that maps the one or more haptic effect definitions to one or more user interface events, wherein the mapping is described according to a mapping language;
storing the mapping within a mapping file;
packaging the mapping file and the one or more effect files within a haptic theme, wherein the haptic theme comprises the mapping file, the one or more effect files, and a software layer file that provides a communication protocol between the haptic theme and an operating system of a device to output a haptic effect in response to a user interface event based on the mapping file and the at least one effect file;
dynamically aggregating a plurality of haptic themes comprising the haptic theme;
wherein the dynamically aggregating further comprises dynamically updating the aggregation of the plurality of haptic themes where one or more haptic themes are added or deleted;
selecting the haptic theme from the plurality of haptic themes as an active haptic theme;
creating a haptic theme component from the haptic theme, wherein the haptic theme component comprises at least one effect file of the one or more effect files and the mapping file, and wherein the creating the haptic theme component comprises packaging the at least one effect file and the mapping file within the haptic theme component;
transmitting the haptic theme component to the device;
capturing one or more physical properties over a sensing protocol;
analyzing the one or more physical properties and creating one or more haptic parameters based on the one or more physical properties;
converting the one or more haptic parameters to a new haptic effect definition; and
creating a new haptic theme comprising a new effect file that comprises the new haptic effect definition and a new mapping file that comprises a new mapping that maps the new haptic effect definition to a user interface event.

US Pat. No. 10,191,544

HAND GESTURE RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED DEVICES

Horsemoon LLC, San Jose,...

1. A hand gesture motion control system for remotely controlling a controlled device, comprising:a sensing device incorporated into wristband, said sensing device including sensors providing sensor signal inputs relating to the pitch and roll and yaw movements of the user's wrist about X, Y, and Z axes, respectively; and
a continuous feedback loop having a drift detector to receive the sensor signal inputs as well as a rotation matrix input and to use the inputs to calculate a numerical error, a proportional-integral controller to receive the calculated numerical error output from said drift detector and to output a control output to a drift adjuster, and at least one gyroscope providing an input to said drift adjuster with which to correct for instrument drift and to provide an output to conduct a kinematics and normalization calculation and to output a rotation matrix;
wherein said continuous feedback loop employs upper and lower bounds for the rotational matrix to eliminate grossly anomalous feedback numerical errors inputs to said sensing device due to sudden angle changes in pitch, roll, or yaw.

US Pat. No. 10,191,543

WEARABLE DEVICE TOUCH DETECTION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A wearable device comprising:at least one pressure sensor on an inner surface of the wearable device, the at least one pressure sensor being configured to detect pressure imparted on the inner surface of the wearable device by a user wearing the wearable device;
at least one other sensor configured to detect movement of the wearable device; and
at least one processor or hardware logic circuit configured to:
based at least on the pressure imparted on the inner surface of the wearable device being detected by the at least one pressure sensor, detect that the user is touching a surface other than the inner surface of the wearable device; and
activate the at least one other sensor responsive to detecting that the user is touching the surface other than the inner surface of the wearable device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,542

VISUAL DISPLAY WITH ILLUMINATORS FOR GAZE TRACKING

Tobii AB, Danderyd (SE)

1. A method of determining a gaze direction of an eye watching a visual display, the method comprising:selecting either a bright-pupil imaging mode or a dark-pupil imaging mode;
determining an image sensor to use for gaze direction determination;
selectively illuminating an eye of a user using a plurality of reference illuminators embedded beneath a screen of a display device;
determining a location of a reflection on the eye from at least one of the plurality of reference illuminators;
determining a particular reference illuminator of the plurality of reference illuminators to use for gaze direction determination based on:
whether the bright-pupil imaging mode or the dark-pupil imaging mode is selected;
the image sensor selected; and
the location of the reflection on the eye from the particular reference illuminator being nearer to a pupil center of the eye than a remainder of the plurality of reference illuminators; and
determining a gaze direction of the eye based on the image sensor selected and the reflection from the particular reference illuminator.

US Pat. No. 10,191,541

AUGMENTING VIRTUAL REALITY CONTENT WITH REAL WORLD CONTENT

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for changing a virtual reality scene displayed in a head mounted display (HMD), comprising:obtaining sensor data from sensors on the HMD, the sensors including inertial sensors;
processing the sensor data for determining that a criteria is met to transition from the virtual reality scene to an augmented virtual reality scene to be presented by the HMD, the criteria corresponding to predetermined indicators that are suggestive of disorientation of a user when wearing the HMD and being presented the virtual reality scene, the augmented virtual reality scene being a modified version of the virtual reality scene;
overlaying, based on said determining that the criteria is met, at least part of a real world object from a real world view into the virtual reality scene for the augmented virtual reality scene, the real world view being captured by one or more cameras of the HMD;
determining that the criteria is still met after said overlaying and continuing to sequentially overlay additional real world objects as long as the criteria is still met.

US Pat. No. 10,191,540

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A BLENDED REALITY USER INTERFACE AND GESTURE CONTROL SYSTEM

Rouslan Lyubomirov Dimitr...

1. A blended reality user interface and gesture control system, the system comprising:one or more sensors;
a head-mounted display; and
a blending engine, the blending engine being configured to:
receive a live reality feed;
receive a virtual reality feed;
track movement of a user using the one or more sensors;
detect a command based on the tracked movement;
blend the live reality feed and the virtual reality feed into a blended view based on the detected command by projecting the live reality feed onto the blended view at a projection distance from a location corresponding to a position of a camera capturing the live reality feed in a blended environment corresponding to the blended view; and
display the blended view on the head-mounted display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,539

USER AWARE ODOMETRY CORRECTION TECHNOLOGY

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a display;
a camera;
wireless interface circuitry;
a battery;
a housing including a wearable form factor;
one or more drift detectors to generate one or more first signals;
a perception monitor to generate one or more second signals;
one or more processors;
memory; and
one or more storage devices to store instructions, which when executed by at least one of the one or more processors, cause the system to:
detect a pose drift condition with respect to the display based on at least one of the one or more first signals;
detect a reduced perception state with respect to a wearer of the display based on at least one of the one or more second signals; and
trigger a correction of the pose drift condition during the reduced perception state that is to include a selection of a pre-assigned value based on a perception tolerance in the reduced perception state and an application of the pre-assigned value to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,538

ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYS AN IMAGE OF AN OBSTRUCTED TARGET

1. A method executed in a computer system in which two wearable electronic devices (WEDs) capture information while at a geographical location to display a three-dimensional (3D) image of a person that is obstructed from view to one of the two WEDs, the method comprising:capturing, with a first WED at the geographical location, an image of the person;
capturing, with a second WED at the geographical location, an object that blocks the person from being visible with the second WED;
determining, based on the image of the person captured with the first WED and the object captured with the second WED, a location where the person would be visible to the second WED if the person were not blocked by the object; and
displaying, with a display of the second WED at the geographical location, the 3D image of the person over the object at the location where the person would be visible to the second WED if the person were not blocked by the object.

US Pat. No. 10,191,537

SMART WEARABLE DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMIZED HAPTIC FEEDBACK

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A wearable sensor apparatus, comprising:(a) a processor;
(b) a plurality of sensors operably coupled to the processor, said sensors comprising at least one biological sensor configured to measure an internal physical condition of a wearer and at least one non-biological sensor configured to measure an external condition of a wearer;
(c) at least one haptic output coupled to the processor;
(d) a communications module operably coupled to the processor, the module having a transmitter and a receiver: and
(e) programming in a non-transitory computer readable medium and executable on the processor for performing steps comprising:
(i) designating a haptic output for possible sensor results of each sensor;
(ii) acquiring sensor data from at least one sensor worn by a user;
(iii) processing the acquired sensor data with possible sensor results;
(iv) initiating the designated haptic output for matching sensor data;
(v) communicating acquired sensor data to a remote computer;
(vi) executing program commands received from the remote computer;
(vii) identifying at least one possible sensor result from a sensor;
(viii) designating a recipient of a communication regarding the sensor result; and
(ix) sending the communication to the recipient over the communications module when the acquired sensor data and the possible sensor results match.

US Pat. No. 10,191,536

METHOD OF OPERATING A CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL SYSTEM THEREFORE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of operating a control system for controlling a device, the control system comprising a motion capture equipment, and a controller for providing control signals for controlling one or more device functions of the device, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, by the motion capture equipment, motion picture images of a space and providing the motion picture images to the controller;
performing a pattern recognition analysis on one or more of the motion picture images for distinguishing input from known and unknown users,
analyzing, by the controller, the motion picture images for detecting user input from a user in the space, comprising:
monitoring one or more gesture zones in said motion picture images, each gesture zone being associated with one respective device function of said one or more device functions,
determining the gesture zone wherein the gesture is detected for establishing the selected device function to control,
detecting by the controller a gesture performed by the user; and
providing, by the controller in response to said detecting of the gesture, a control signal to the device for controlling a selected device function of said one or more device functions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,535

REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN A COMPUTER SYSTEM THROUGH SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE COORDINATED CONTROL OF MULTIPLE POWER SUPPLIES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A computing system, comprising:a standby power supply electrically coupled to a sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to produce a sensor signal based on an output from the standby power supply during a standby mode of the computing system; and
a controller electrically coupled to the sensor, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive the sensor signal from the sensor,
when the sensor signal indicates that the output has reached or exceeded an output threshold, enable a main power supply to provide power to an external load removably attached to the computing system, and
determine whether the external, removably attached load is a memory device and provide an enable signal to the main power supply when the memory device has a capacity that is equal to or greater than a memory threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,191,534

STATIC POWER REDUCTION IN CACHES USING DETERMINISTIC NAPS

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A cache memory system, comprising:a cache memory including a tag memory array and a data memory array, wherein the data memory array includes a plurality of cache lines and being divided into a plurality of cache ways, wherein the cache memory is configured to access data in a plurality of addressable locations of the data memory array in response to cache access requests, each cache access request including a request address;
a plurality of pipeline stages, each pipeline stage receiving a respective request address corresponding to one of the cache access requests;
a plurality of buffers, each buffer receiving a respective request address corresponding to one of the cache access requests;
a plurality of decoders, each decoder receiving bits from a set field of a request address received at a respective one of either the pipeline stages or the buffers, and configured to decode the received bits of the set field to output a set of decoded output signals;
a plurality of logic gates to receive the sets of decoded output signals from each of the plurality of decoders, each logic gate outputting a respective power enable signal; and
a memory nap controller to track in-flight cache accesses and to control a desired power state of at least a first group of a plurality of contiguous cache lines of the data memory array, the first group of the plurality of contiguous cache lines being organized as a first power group, wherein the first power group is controllable to be in one of a first desired power state or a second desired power state in response to a first power group enable signal output by the memory nap controller, wherein the first power group receives a first voltage in the first desired power state and a second voltage in the second desired power state, the first voltage being greater than the second voltage, and wherein the first power group enable signal is generated based on a plurality of the power enable signals output by the plurality of logic gates, the plurality of the power enable signals upon which the first power group enable signal is generated including at least a subset of all of the power enable signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,533

METHOD OF ENABLING SLEEP MODE, MEMORY CONTROL CIRCUIT UNIT AND STORAGE APPARATUS

PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.,...

1. A sleep mode enabling method for a memory storage apparatus, wherein a potential signal on a device sleep signal pin of the memory storage apparatus is initially at a first logic level, the sleep mode enabling method comprising:setting a sleep pin connecting flag as a first value if the potential signal on the device sleep signal pin of the memory storage apparatus is at a second logic level opposite to the first logic level;
enabling a device sleep function of the memory storage apparatus if a device sleep function enabling command is received, the sleep pin connecting flag is set as the first value and the device sleep function flag is set as the first value, comprising:
determining whether the sleep pin connecting flag is set as the first value after setting the device sleep function flag as the first value; and
enabling the device sleep function of the memory storage apparatus if the sleep pin connecting flag is set as the first value; and
setting the device sleep function flag as the first value in response to the device sleep function enabling command received from a host system.

US Pat. No. 10,191,532

CONFIGURING POWER MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONALITY IN A PROCESSOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of processors;
a processor interconnect to communicatively couple two or more of the plurality of processors;
a system memory comprising a dynamic random access memory communicatively coupled to one or more of the plurality of processors over a memory interconnect;
at least one of the plurality of processors comprising:
a plurality of cores formed on a single semiconductor die, a core of the plurality of cores to execute one or more threads;
the core of the plurality of cores comprising a fetch unit to fetch instructions from an instruction cache, a decode unit to decode the instructions and a plurality of execution units to perform out-of-order execution of the instructions;
one or more control registers to store a first indication that two or more cores of the plurality of cores are to operate at independent performance states comprising active power states in which the two or more cores are to operate at different frequencies and a second indication that a first set of cores are to operate at a common performance state comprising an active power state in which the first set of cores are to operate at a common frequency;
a plurality of voltage regulators formed on the single semiconductor die, a voltage regulator of the plurality of voltage regulators associated with one of the plurality of cores;
a power controller formed on the single semiconductor die, the power controller to control the plurality of voltage regulators to provide a voltage and/or frequency to a first core of the plurality of cores independently of a voltage and/or frequency to one or more other cores and to determine whether to update the voltage and/or frequency of the first core based on a workload of the first core, thermal constraints, and activity counters; and
at least one additional voltage regulator formed on the single semiconductor die and associated with processor circuitry external to the plurality of cores, the at least one additional voltage regulator to allow the processor circuitry external to the plurality of cores to operate at a different voltage and/or frequency than one or more cores of the plurality of cores.

US Pat. No. 10,191,531

HYBRID CONVERTER SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A voltage converter, comprising:a first set of silicon (Si)-based power devices coupled to a first direct current (DC) voltage source;
a second set of Si-based power devices coupled to a second DC voltage source;
a first set of silicon-carbide (SiC)-based power devices coupled to the first set of Si-based power devices and to the second set of Si-based power devices, wherein each SiC-based power device of the first set of SiC-based power devices is configured to switch at a higher frequency as compared to each Si-based power device of the first and second sets of the Si-based power electronic devices;wherein Si-based power devices in the voltage converter are twice that of SiC-based power devices in the voltage converter;wherein the voltage converter further comprises:a capacitor coupled to across the first set of SiC-based power devices;
wherein the first set of SiC-based power devices is connected across a first output terminal of the first set of Si-based power devices and a second output terminal of the second set of Si-based power devices; and
wherein the first and second output terminals of the first and second sets of Si-based power devices are obtained at interconnection points of Si-based power devices in the first and second sets respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,191,530

SELF-CONTAINED METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING A FIRST ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Orange, Paris (FR)

1. A method for managing a multimedia providing apparatus, the multimedia providing apparatus comprising a functional device that in operation provides multimedia data to a multimedia production apparatus for use by the multimedia reproduction apparatus and a management device, wherein the multimedia providing apparatus and the multimedia reproduction apparatus are locally connected, the method, carried out by the management device, comprising:transmitting, from the management device of the multimedia providing apparatus to the multimedia reproduction apparatus, a request for the status of the multimedia reproduction apparatus;
receiving, at the management device of the multimedia providing apparatus from the multimedia reproduction apparatus in response to the request, data indicating the activity status of the multimedia reproduction apparatus; and
changing, by the management device, the activity state of the functional device of the multimedia providing apparatus based on the activity status indicated by the received data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,529

REAL-TIME DATA MANAGEMENT FOR A POWER GRID

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES...

1. A method for data transfer in a power grid, the method comprising:monitoring, by a processor, a data transfer rate at which power grid data is communicated to data consumer instances via a communication bus, the communication bus configured to exchange the power grid data between data producers and the data consumer instances, the power grid data comprising data related to the power grid received from a plurality of different equipment operable as the data producers within the power grid;
identifying, by the processor, sub-processes of a data consumer instance that process power grid data only in parallel and sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in serial, wherein the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process the power grid data only in parallel comprise parallelizable threads and the sub-process of the data consumer instance that process the power grid data only in serial comprise non-parallelizable threads;
determining, by the processor, an estimated parallel processing time of the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in parallel and an estimated serial processing time of the sub-processes of the data consumer instance that process power grid data only in serial; and
controlling, by the processor, the data transfer rate based the estimated parallel processing time and the estimated serial processing time.

US Pat. No. 10,191,528

SENSOR FOR DETECTING PRESENCE OF MATERIAL

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A device comprising:one or more sensors configured to detect a material covering the device; and
logic coupled to the one or more sensors, the logic configured to:
detect one or more characteristics of the material covering the device, wherein the material has a first characteristic if the material is covering a first portion of the device from a first direction, and has a second characteristic if the material is covering the first portion of the device from a second direction different from the first direction, and
change an operating state of the device based on the detected one or more characteristics, wherein changing the operating state comprises:
in accordance with the material having the first characteristic, the device entering a first operating state, and
in accordance with the material having the second characteristic, the device entering a second operating state different from the first operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,191,527

BROWN-OUT DETECTOR

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. An integrated circuit, comprising:a first stage having first transistors and resistors arranged to receive an input voltage and provide a first voltage that is substantially independent of temperature while remaining related to the input voltage;
a second stage configured to provide a single-ended to differential up-converter circuit and having second transistors arranged to receive the input voltage and receive the first voltage from the first stage and up-convert the first voltage as the input voltage lowers, wherein the second stage is configured to provide a second voltage corresponding to a differential voltage of the input voltage and the first voltage; and
a third stage having third transistors arranged to receive the second voltage and provide a high-gain output voltage corresponding to an error signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,526

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA SIGNAL BASED ON DIFFERENT SUPPLY VOLTAGES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a pair of input transistors configured to generate an output differential data signal at output terminals based on an input differential data signal applied to control terminals of the pair of input transistors; and
a first pair of over-voltage protection transistors coupled in series with the pair of input transistors between the output terminals and a voltage rail, respectively, wherein the first pair of over-voltage protection transistors include control terminals configured to receive a first bias voltage based on a common mode voltage of the output differential data signal, and wherein the first bias voltage biases the first pair of over-voltage protection transistors to prevent over-voltage stress to the first pair of over-voltage protection transistors and the pair of input transistors, wherein the first bias voltage is at a first voltage level if the common mode voltage is formed using a supply voltage provided by a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) data sink device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,525

MODULES STORING POWER CONFIGURATION PARAMETERS

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRIS...

1. A method comprising:detecting a presence of a module in a socket;
based on detecting the presence of the module, supplying power to a memory of the module while restricting power to an integrated circuit of the module;
reading information stored in the memory of the module that specifies a power-on sequence for the integrated circuit of the module; and
applying power to the integrated circuit of the module according to the power-on sequence specified in the information when an alignment of the module with the socket is confirmed.

US Pat. No. 10,191,524

LOW-POWER TYPE-C RECEIVER WITH HIGH IDLE NOISE AND DC-LEVEL REJECTION

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. A device comprising:a receiver circuit coupled to a Configuration Channel (CC) line of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C subsystem, wherein the receiver circuit is configured to:
receive valid BMC-encoded data from an incoming signal on the CC line when the incoming signal has more than 250 mV of direct current (DC) offset with respect to a local ground; and
operate in the presence of a VBUS charging current that is specified in a USB-PD specification.

US Pat. No. 10,191,523

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGEMENT OF EXHAUST TEMPERATURE IN AN INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. An information handling system comprising:at least one information handling resource, including a first and a second information handling resource;
heat-rejecting media thermally coupled to the at least one information handling resource for transferring heat generated to an exterior of an enclosure housing the at least one information handling resource, wherein the heat-rejecting media is proximate to an exhaust of the enclosure such that the heat-rejecting media is subject to physical contact with a user of the information handling system via the exhaust while the information handling system is operational and while the enclosure is closed;
a temperature sensor for sensing an ambient temperature associated with the at least one information handling resource; and
a thermal management driver comprising a program of instructions embodied in non-transitory computer-readable media and executable by a processor, the thermal management driver configured to:
based on a first power consumed by the first information handling resource, a second power consumed by the second information handling resource, and thermal resistances associated with the heat-rejecting media, calculate an exhaust temperature and a second exhaust temperature of the heat-rejecting media proximate to, respectively, the exhaust of the enclosure and a second exhaust of the enclosure; and
based on a determination that at least one of the exhaust temperature and the second exhaust temperature is greater than a maximum temperature that is safe for human contact, control at least one of an operating frequency of the at least one information handling resource and a flow rate of fluid proximate to the heat-rejecting media to lower the at least one of the exhaust temperature and the second exhaust temperature to a new exhaust temperature that is below the maximum temperature that is safe for human contact.

US Pat. No. 10,191,522

DOCKING CONTROLLED ADAPTIVE HEATSINK

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

1. An Information Handling System (IHS), comprising:a cover enclosing a heatsink disposed over a planar surface of a processor; and
a docking plate fixed to the cover, wherein:
(a) the docking plate is positioned over the heatsink and forms an air gap between the docking plate and the heatsink;
(b) the docking plate approaches the heatsink in a direction perpendicular to the planar surface of the processor, separately from a static portion of the cover surrounding the docking plate, and reduces the air gap, using one or more springs, in response to the IHS being docked into a docking station; and
(c) the docking plate distances itself from the heatsink, independently from the static portion of the cover surrounding the docking plate, and increases the air gap, using the one or more springs, in response to the IHS being undocked from the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,191,521

HUB-LINK LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM

Coolanyp, LLC, Kirkland,...

1. A liquid cooling system, comprising: a first-heat spreading apparatus having a solid body defining a node-path network that includes a plurality of nodes and a plurality of paths, wherein individual paths of the plurality of paths are internal capillary channels and individual nodes of the plurality of nodes join two or more of the internal capillary channels: a two phase working fluid contained with the node-path network of the heat spreading apparatus: a cooling hub, in conductive thermal contact with the heat spreading apparatus: a cooling medium contained within a cooling loop that extends at least partially through the cooling hub: and a circulation pump configured to circulate the cooling medium within the cooling loop: wherein the node-path network of the heat spreading apparatus has a self-organized criticality for flow of the two-phase working fluid therein.

US Pat. No. 10,191,520

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF SWITCHING NODE MODULES

CELESTICA TECHNOLOGY CONS...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:at least two node modules;
a shared I/O module, having a first I/O interface connected with an external device and a second I/O interface electrically connected with the at least two node modules; and
a switching module connecting the at least two node modules and the shared I/O module, used to cause the shared I/O module to communicate with one node module in the at least two node modules through the second I/O interface according to a selection signal when receiving the selection signal;
the shared I/O module can be inserted in or drawn out individually;
each of the shared I/O modules comprises an exclusive fan unit, which is received inside the shared I/O module;
the shared I/O module comprises at least one shared I/O unit including a network card port, a USB port and a video port; and
the USB port and the video port are electrically connected with the node modules through the switching module, used to cause the USB port and the video port to be electrically connected with one node module according to a selection signal when receiving the selection signal, the selection signal is generated manually or generated according to a remote control instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,519

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH GASKET SEALING RECEPTACLE FOR TONGUE

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

16. An electronic device comprising:at least one processor;
a memory device coupled to the at least one processor;
a display coupled to the at least one processor;
a chassis surrounding the at least one processor and the memory device and supporting the display, at least a portion of the chassis being electrically conductive and defining a receptacle, the portion of the chassis defining the receptacle being integral with portions of the chassis surrounding the at least one processor and the memory device, the chassis including a protrusion extending into the receptacle;
a tongue extending through the receptacle, the tongue comprising at least one interior electrical contact coupled to the processor, at least one exterior contact configured to couple to a plug received by the receptacle, a thick portion, and a thin portion extending from the thick portion, the thin portion being adjacent to the protrusion; and
a gasket surrounding the tongue and inside the receptacle, the gasket being non-porous, electrically conductive, and compressible, a first side of the gasket being in continuous contact with the tongue, a second side of the gasket being in continuous contact with the chassis, the gasket forming a watertight seal with the tongue and the chassis to prevent water from entering the electronic device beyond the receptacle, the gasket and the electrically conductive portion of the chassis defining the receptacle forming a Faraday cage around the tongue.

US Pat. No. 10,191,518

SOLID STATE INPUT DEVICE

Logitech Europe S.A., La...

1. An input device comprising:a sensor layer; and
a collapsible layer coupled to the sensor layer, the collapsible layer including a plurality of vertical columns comprised of fibers knitted into a spacer fabric, the vertical columns of fibers of the collapsible layer configured to:
resist collapsing along a plane defined by an orientation of the vertical columns in response to receiving an application of force that is less than a collapsing force; and
buckle and collapse along the plane defined by the orientation of the vertical columns in response to the application of force being at or above the collapsing force; and
a keycap coupled to the collapsible layer,
wherein the sensor layer generates a control signal when the collapsible layer collapses, and
wherein the keycap does not move laterally when configured over an area of the collapsible layer that is buckling and collapsing.

US Pat. No. 10,191,517

FLEXIBLE DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A flexible device, comprising:a flexible display panel having a display area and a non-display area disposed adjacent to the display area;
a supporting member provided at a predetermined area of the flexible display panel adjacent to one side of the flexible display panel and extending in parallel to the one side of the flexible display panel; and
a flexible printed circuit board connected to the one side of the flexible display panel,
wherein the non-display area of the flexible display panel makes contact with a portion of the supporting member, surrounds the supporting member while being bent, the one side of the flexible display panel is not in contact with the supporting member, and the flexible printed circuit board is disposed to be spaced apart from the supporting member,
wherein the supporting member comprises a bar shape and at least one curved surface, and the curved surface of the flexible display panel and the curved surface of the supporting member make contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,191,516

FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A foldable display device comprising:a display panel including at least one folding part and non-folding parts;
a cover window attached to an image displaying surface of the display panel and including a foldable part corresponding to the folding part; and
a frame accommodating the display panel and the cover window and pulling the cover window to opposite directions to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,191,515

MOBILE DEVICE LIGHT GUIDE DISPLAY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing;
a light guide supported by the housing; and
a light engine disposed within the housing and optically coupled to the light guide to output a user interface including an augmentation that is viewable concurrently with at least a portion of the physical environment through the light guide;
wherein the light engine causes the light guide to project the user interface along an image plane focused at infinity, wherein a field of view of the user interface increases in reverse proportion to a distance between a user and the light guide, wherein a first amount of content of the user interface is in the field of view at a first distance between the user and the light guide, and a second amount of content of the user interface that is greater than the first amount of content is in the field of view at a second distance between the user and the light guide, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,191,514

TABLET COMPUTER WITH INTERFACE CHANNELS

HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.,...

1. A modular system for a tablet computer, comprising: channels affixed to a rear surface of a substantially rectangular housing of a tablet computer, the channels beginning at an edge of the rear surface and extending the length of the rear surface in the long direction of the housing between opposite edges of the rear surface; wherein the channels (i) slidably receive a plurality of accessories at the edges of the rear surface, and (ii) mount the accessories in series; wherein the channels affixed to the rear surface of the substantially rectangular housing of the tablet computer include an electrical contact; wherein the tablet computer includes a mating data connector located on a side portion of one of the edges of the housing from which the channels extend; wherein the mating data connector is configured to engage with one of the accessories to provide for data transmission when mounted; and wherein the electrical contact of the channels is configured for transmitting power to the plurality of accessories when mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,191,513

WATERPROOF DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

E Ink Holdings Inc., Hsi...

1. A waterproof display apparatus, comprising:an envelope comprising an inner enclosing surface that defines an accommodating space;
a display panel at least partially accommodated in the accommodating space of the envelope, the envelope comprising a light permeable portion that allows light from the display panel to travel out of the envelope; and
an adhesive structure located in the accommodating space, wherein the adhesive structure is adhered between the inner enclosing surface of the envelope and an entirety of the display panel, and wherein the adhesive structure is an annular structure that surrounds and adheres to the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,191,512

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DISPOSING OF WATER AND MOISTURE ACCUMULATED IN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A method for disposing of water and moisture applied in an electronic device, the electronic device comprising a processor, a battery, a heating plate, and at least one detector, the method comprising:detecting a value of electrical current flowing in the electronic device by the at least one detector;
acquiring the value of the electrical current from the at least one detector by the processor;
determining whether the value of the electrical current falls within a predetermined range; and
enabling a connection between the heating plate and the battery to cause the heating plate to micro-heat the electronic device if determining that the value of the electrical current falls within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,191,511

CONVERTIBLE DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION BASED ON ANGLE DATA

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of controlling a convertible device including a first processing module and a second processing module, the method comprising:storing mode information for a plurality of operational modes of the convertible device, and first angle data;
receiving an input for changing an angle different from an angle of the stored first angle data;
detecting second angle data according to the received input; and
outputting a predetermined user interface (UI) on an operational mode of the convertible device based on the first and second angle data and the stored mode information,
wherein the first and second angle data is defined as an angle between the first processing module and the second processing module of the convertible device,
wherein the convertible device operates in a first operational mode in a manner that the first processing module and the second processing module are overlapped with each other, and
wherein when a predetermined button installed in one side of the second processing module is pushed, the first processing module is slid from the second processing module such that the convertible device operates in a second or a third operational mode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,510

CONNECTOR SUBSTRATE ASSEMBLY, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. L...

1. An electrical connector?substrate assembly comprising:a electrical connector; and
a substrate on which the connector is mounted, wherein:
the connector is supported so as to be slidable with respect to the substrate, from a preparation position to a mounting position,
the connector partially projects outwardly, from an end portion of the substrate, at least at the mounting position, and
the connector, at the preparation position, slides outwardly from the end portion of the substrate to the mounting position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,509

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An information processing device comprising:a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory and configured to:
obtain a plurality of external times that are measured at different time points in another device and reported from the other device in order,
measure a plurality of internal times of the information processing device in response to obtaining each of the plurality of external times, and
correct a first external time that is obtained in a first time period of a plurality of sequential time periods based on a rate of a change in the plurality of internal times from a second external time to a third external time, the second external time being an external time at which a time difference between a corrected time of an external time obtained in a second time period and an internal time measured in response to obtaining the external time in the second time period is minimum in the second time period, the third external time being an external time at which a time difference between a corrected time of an external time obtained in a third time period and an internal time measured in response to obtaining the external time in the third time period is minimum in the third time period, each of the second time period and the third time period being one of the plurality of the sequential time periods, the second time period being prior to the third time period.

US Pat. No. 10,191,508

PERIPHERAL MODULE AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR A DIGITAL INPUT OF THE PERIPHERAL MODULE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A circuit arrangement for a digital input of an electronic peripheral module, comprising:an inlet connection forming a digital input;
a ground connection;
a semiconductor switching device arranged between the inlet connection and the ground connection, said semiconductor switching device limiting an input current;
a reference voltage source connected to a control input of the semiconductor switching device to control the semiconductor switching device; and
a regulator configured to regulate the reference voltage source depending on an input voltage at the inlet connection such that, for a first voltage value, the semiconductor switching device adjusts the input current for the input voltage to a first input current and, for a second voltage value, adjusts the first input current for the input voltage to a second input current;
wherein the first voltage value is greater than the second voltage value and the first input current is less than the second input current on account of the regulator;
wherein the semiconductor switching device comprises a first transistor with a collector, an emitter and a base, the base being connected to the control input, and the regulator including a second transistor with a collector, an emitter and a base, the base of the second transistor being connected to the collector of the first transistor via a voltage divider and the collector of the second transistor being connected to the control input; and
wherein the electronic peripheral module includes a means for level detection which is connected to the inlet connection.

US Pat. No. 10,191,507

TEMPERATURE SENSOR USING PROPORTIONAL TO ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SENSING AND COMPLEMENTARY TO ABSOLUTE TEMPERATURE SENSING AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first current generator configured to output a first mirroring current and a second mirroring current, with respect to a temperature variation, the first mirroring current having a current slope proportional to a current slope of a first reference current and the second mirroring current having a current slope proportional to a current slope of a second reference current;
a second current generator configured to output a third mirroring current and a fourth mirroring current, with respect to the temperature variation, the third mirroring current having a current slope proportional to the current slope of the first reference current and the fourth mirroring current having a current slope proportional to the current slope of the second reference current;
a third current generator including a first current mirror configured to generate a fifth mirroring current having a current slope proportional to the current slope of the first mirroring current with respect to the temperature variation, the third current generator being configured to output a first current having a level of a value obtained by subtracting a level of the fifth mirroring current from a level of the second mirroring current; and
a fourth current generator including a second current mirror configured to generate a sixth mirroring current having a current slope proportional to the current slope of the fourth mirroring current with respect to the temperature variation, the fourth current generator being configured to output a second current having a level of a value obtained by subtracting a level of the sixth mirroring current from a level of the third mirroring current.

US Pat. No. 10,191,505

HALL SENSOR CHIP WITH TIMING CONTROL

Diodes Incorporated, Pla...

1. A sensor system, comprising:a sensor element configured to generate a signal in response to an external stimulus;
a first signal converter configured to receive the signal from the sensing element and to convert the signal into a multiple-bit digital signal;
a power supply configured to supply power to the sensing element and to the converter sequentially; and
a timing unit configured to generate an active mode of the sensor system with a first clock pulse having a first clock edge to activate the sensor element and a second clock signal edge adjacent to the first clock edge to deactivate the sensor element to reduce the supplied power to the sensor element;
the timing unit further configured to generate a second clock pulse that overlaps the first clock pulse and having a first clock edge to activate the signal converter to receive the signal from the sensor element and a second adjacent clock edge to deactivate the signal converter; and
the timing unit further configured to maintain activation of the signal converter after the sensing element delivers the signal to the first signal converter and after the second clock edge of the first clock signal deactivates the sensor element and ends the active model.

US Pat. No. 10,191,504

LEAKAGE CURRENT COMPENSATION CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

ABLIC INC., Chiba-Shi (J...

1. A leakage current compensation circuit configured to compensate for a leakage current of a MOS transistor constructing an output circuit configured to output a current from a current source to an output terminal,the leakage current compensation circuit comprising:
a compensation MOS transistor having a drain and a source connected to each other, and a bulk connected to a ground terminal, and configured to generate a compensation current equal in magnitude to the leakage current; and
a current mirror circuit having an input terminal connected to the drain and the source of the compensation MOS transistor, and having an output terminal connected to the MOS transistor constructing the output circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,503

LINEAR REGULATOR WITH REDUCED OSCILLATION

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A power supply device comprising:a power supply input and a power supply output;
a first transistor connected between the power supply input and the power supply output;
a differential circuit having a first input corresponding to the power supply output voltage, a second input that receives a reference voltage, and an output connected to a gate of the first transistor;
a current monitoring circuit comprising a second transistor connected to the power supply input with a gate connected to the gate of the first transistor, the second transistor causing a monitor current corresponding to current flow in the first transistor to flow;
a comparator connected to the second transistor and compares monitor current from the second transistor to a reference current;
a zero-point circuit which is connected between the output and the second input of the differential circuit, and displaces phase characteristics of the power supply to an opposite side of a pole of the phase characteristics of the power supply device; and
a switch circuit which is between the zero-point circuit and the output or the second input of the differential circuit and is activated based on a comparison result of the comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,191,501

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POWER STEALING

Emerson Electric Co., St...

17. A method of providing climate control, the method comprising:connecting a thermostat with a climate control system, the thermostat having a power stealing circuit selectively configured to provide power to the thermostat and to one or more climate control system circuits ancillary to the thermostat from a power source external to the thermostat, the power stealing circuit configured to selectively connect a power supply circuit of the thermostat with heating and cooling subsystems of the climate control system, the heating and cooling subsystems external to the thermostat, the power stealing circuit having a selector switch configured in the power stealing circuit to selectively enable and/or disable power stealing, the selector switch connecting the heating circuit and the cooling circuit together and connecting both the heating and cooling circuits with the power supply circuit of the thermostat when power stealing is enabled, the power stealing circuit configured to provide power, from the power source external to the thermostat but not from any power source internal to the thermostat, to the power supply circuit through the selector switch and through at least one of the heating circuit and cooling circuit; and
operating the climate control system using the thermostat;
the method performed without having to connect the thermostat, through a common or neutral wire connection, with the external power source.

US Pat. No. 10,191,499

GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITHIN TEMPERATURE DIFFERENTIATED ENVIRONMENTS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A building comprising:a cold aisle from which one or more devices draw cooling air, thereby cooling the one or more devices;
a hot aisle into which the one or more devices exhaust waste heat produced by the one or more devices;
one or more cooling devices providing cooled air to the cold aisle and drawing in air from the hot aisle;
an airstream flowing from the cold aisle to the hot aisle, the airstream being created by both: (1) the one or more devices drawing the cooling air from the cold aisle and exhausting the waste heat into the hot aisle and (2) the one or more cooling devices providing the cooled air to the cold aisle and drawing in the air from the hot aisle;
delivery gas piping positioned in the hot aisle and providing gas to one or more gas-fueled power sources; and
interconnecting gas piping, interconnecting multiple of the delivery gas piping, the interconnecting gas piping positioned in a plenum space open to the hot aisle and located below the one or more devices and the one or more gas-fueled power sources;
wherein the airstream comprises a branch that extends into the plenum space below the one or more devices and the one or more gas-fueled power sources.

US Pat. No. 10,191,497

LAUNCH-CONTROLLED UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS

NIXIE LABS, INC., Palo A...

1. A computer-implemented method for operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comprising:detecting at least one parameter of a motion of the UAV, wherein the at least one detected parameter includes at least one of a velocity or an acceleration imparted to the UAV by a hand of a user as the user releases the UAV for flight;
based at least in part on the at least one detected parameter, establishing a flight path for the UAV; and
directing the UAV to fly the flight path.

US Pat. No. 10,191,496

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND A LANDING GUIDANCE METHOD USING THE SAME

Foundation of Soongsil Un...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a main body;
a plurality of motors connected to the main body, each of the plurality of motors having a rotor blade;
a plurality of ultrasonic sensors located at least one of the plurality of motors and the main body, and transmitting and receiving ultrasonic waves to and from a ground surface, and measuring distances from the ground surface;
a gyro sensor disposed at the main body and maintaining the UAV in a horizontal state; and
a controller disposed at the main body, detecting an unevenness of the ground surface based on the distances from the plurality of ultrasonic sensors to the ground surface, generating a control signal whether to land on the ground surface or not in response to the detection of the unevenness, and transmitting the control signal to the plurality of motors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,495

DISTRIBUTED CEILING-MOUNTED SMART CAMERAS FOR MULTI-UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLE ROUTING AND COORDINATION

Board Of Trustees Of The ...

1. An autonomous guided vehicle system that provides decentralized coordination and real-time environmental changes in a workspace comprising:a plurality of distributed cameras positioned in predetermined locations, each of said cameras having a field-of-view that covers a predetermined zone of the workspace and said cameras arranged to create overlapping fields-of-view of the workspace;
a plurality of guided vehicles, said vehicles in communication with said distributed cameras;
said distributed cameras adapted to collaboratively build and maintain a navigation map of the workspace; and
said cameras adapted to communicate with other cameras to coordinate the movement of said vehicles from a source to a destination.

US Pat. No. 10,191,494

VARIABLE REFERENCE FRAMES IN UNMANNED VEHICLES

1. An unmanned vehicle comprising:a chassis; a propulsion system configured to move the chassis; one or more sensors configured to sense features around the chassis; a memory storing a global reference frame associated with an environment within which the chassis is to move; a communication interface; and a processor configured to:
receive, using the communication interface, a command to move to a given coordinate in the global reference frame;
control the propulsion system to move the chassis to the given coordinate in the global reference frame based on the command;
when the chassis is at the given coordinate, determine, using the one or more sensors, that a given feature is detected; and, when the given feature is detected:
automatically cease controlling the propulsion system according to the global reference frame; and,
automatically control the propulsion system to move the chassis according to a local reference frame defined with reference to a point associated with the given feature.

US Pat. No. 10,191,492

PARALLEL TRAVEL WORK SYSTEM

Yanmar Co., Ltd., Osaka-...

2. A parallel travel work system, comprising:an autonomous travel work vehicle that includes a position calculator that determines a position of a vehicle body with the use of a satellite positioning system, a steering actuator that activates a steering system, a drive source controller, a speed change means, and a controller that controls said position calculator, said steering actuator, said drive source controller, and said speed change means;
the autonomous travel work vehicle being controlled to run autonomously along a preset travel path stored in the controller, and being controllable through a remote controller that is located on an accompanying travel work vehicle accompanying and operating with the autonomous travel work vehicle, the autonomous travel work vehicle running in front of the accompanying travel work vehicle and the accompanying travel work vehicle running directly behind or diagonally behind the autonomous travel work vehicle separately; and
the controller controlling the autonomous travel work vehicle to stop traveling when an actual position deviates from the preset travel path by more than a preset range; and
wherein, when the traveling is stopped, the controller transmits a cause of the stop to the remote controller provided in the accompanying travel work vehicle, to be shown on a display of the remote controller.

US Pat. No. 10,191,490

MARINE VESSEL

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A marine vessel comprising:a vessel body;
an engine located on the vessel body;
a propulsion unit that is driven by the engine and generates a thrust that moves the vessel body;
a distance detector that measures a distance to an object;
a speed detector that detects a vessel speed; and
a controller configured or programmed to execute a docking/moving away from shore assistance control during which a vessel operator uses a steering operator and/or a remote controller to dock the marine vessel or move the marine vessel away from shore, and in which the controller automatically controls the propulsion unit to generate a thrust that moves the vessel body in a direction opposite to a direction toward the object based on the distance to the object measured by the distance detector and the vessel speed detected by the speed detector.

US Pat. No. 10,191,488

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH IMPROVED SIMULTANEOUS LOCALIZATION AND MAPPING FUNCTION

1. An autonomous vehicle, comprising:driving means,
at least one environment sensing means for sensing an environment of the autonomous vehicle, and
a computing unit configured to perform a mapping function on the basis of a sensor signal supplied from the at least one environment sensing means to build up a map and a localization function configured to localize the autonomous vehicle within the map and generate respective localization information,
the autonomous vehicle further comprising a boundary wire sensor configured to generate a distance signal based on a determined signal strength of a boundary wire signal received from a boundary wire, wherein the distance signal is correlated to a distance between the autonomous vehicle and the boundary wire,
wherein the computing unit is configured to receive the distance signal, to perform the mapping function on the basis of the sensor signal and the distance signal by setting the distance signal as a stable reference when a map update is performed by the computing unit on the basis of the sensor signal, and to perform the localization function on the basis of the sensor signal and the determined signal strength by assigning the determined signal strength to one of areas or zones of equal signal strength within the map.

US Pat. No. 10,191,486

UNMANNED SURVEYOR

Aveopt, Inc., Ann Arbor,...

1. A system comprising:(A) an unmanned surveyor including:
(i) a vehicle;
(ii) a camera carried by the vehicle; and
(iii) a control system disposed on the vehicle and communicatively connected to the camera, the control system configured to:
capture a real-world scene via the camera;
wirelessly transmit an image signal representing the real-world scene; and
(iv) a laser range finder configured to lase a target in the real-world scene;
(B) a controller communicatively coupled to the unmanned surveyor via a wireless link, the controller including:
(i) a communication interface configured to wirelessly receive the image signal transmitted by the control system of the unmanned surveyor via the wireless link;
(ii) a headset configured to display the real-world scene based on the image signal;
(iii) an actuator configured to be actuated by a user;
(iv) a processor communicatively connected to the communication interface, the headset, and the actuator, the processor configured to: detect an actuation of the actuator; respond to the detected actuation by transmitting a command, via the communication interface, to cause the unmanned surveyor to lase the target in the real-world scene in order to determine a position of the target; and display, via the headset, an anchor point within the real-world scene at the position of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,191,485

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CENTRALIZED CONTROL OF VEHICLES

Flytrex Aviation Ltd., T...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,484

RIDER CONTROLLED TRACKLESS RIDE SYSTEM

Oceaneering International...

12. A method of dispatching a trackless vehicle along a set of predetermined ride paths of a trackless ride system comprising a ride path comprising a plurality of optional predefined paths; a controllable wireless, trackless ride vehicle dispatchable and maneuverable along the ride path, the wireless, trackless ride vehicle comprising a controllable, motive trackless ride vehicle track navigator and an independent vehicle controller operatively in communication with the track navigator; a communicator operatively in communication with the independent vehicle controller, the communicator comprising a vehicle mounted rider interface adapted to capture discrete input from a predetermined set of wireless, trackless ride vehicle riders associated with the trackless ride vehicle; and a central controller operatively in communication with the independent vehicle controller, the method comprising:a. using the independent vehicle controller to receive a rider path selection request from a rider associated with the trackless ride vehicle to advance the trackless ride vehicle onto an optional predefined path of a plurality of optional predefined paths via the vehicle mounted rider interface;
b. upon receipt of the rider selection request, validating the rider selection request against a predetermined set of validation criteria; and
c. upon validation, commanding the trackless ride vehicle to proceed onto the requested optional predefined path.

US Pat. No. 10,191,483

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MODIFYING A DEVICE FOR CLEANING A SUBMERGED SURFACE

Zodiac Pool Care Europe, ...

1. A system for controlling a self-propelled cleaner of a swimming pool, comprising:a. a wired link;
b. a control module configured to transmit a control signal to the self-propelled cleaner via the wired link; and
c. a modifying device (i) housed separately from the control module, (ii) electrically connected to the wired link between the control module and the self-propelled cleaner, (iii) configured to receive a wirelessly-transmitted request signal from a wireless transmitter housed separately from the control module, and (iv) upon receipt of the request signal, to interrupt transmission of the control signal and instead transmit a priority signal, based on the request signal, to the self-propelled cleaner via the wired link.

US Pat. No. 10,191,482

MOTOR CONTROLLER AND METHODS OF MONITORING MOTOR STATUS

Regal Beloit America, Inc...

1. A motor controller for controlling an electric motor, said motor controller comprising:at least one integrated sensor disposed on the electric motor, said at least one integrated sensor configured to collect sensor data associated with a status of the electric motor for a period of time, the period of time beginning at an activation time and extending at least until an installation time, wherein the activation time is a time at which the energy management system is activated to power said at least one integrated sensor;
an energy management system configured to power said at least one integrated sensor for at least a portion of the period of time; and
a memory device configured to store the sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,191,481

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER AND NUMERICAL CONTROL SYSTEM IN WHICH THE CONTROLLER IS CONNECTED BY NETWORK

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller having a data acquisition function that acquires trace data of a bus cycle of an internal bus, the numerical controller comprising:a bus trace circuit configured to fetch the bus cycle satisfying preset conditions;
an alarm history;
an alarm data acquisition table in which whether to acquire the trace data is recorded for each alarm; and
a trace circuit setting table in which fetching conditions of the bus cycle of the bus trace circuit are recorded for each alarm,
wherein the numerical controller identifies an alarm for which the trace data is to be fetched from the alarm history and the alarm data acquisition table, reads the fetching conditions of the bus cycle corresponding to the alarm from the trace circuit setting table, and sets the fetching conditions to the bus trace circuit and the bus trace circuit acquires the trace data of the bus cycle based on the fetching conditions that are set.

US Pat. No. 10,191,480

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF CLOSE-LOOP ANALYSIS TO ELECTRONIC COMPONENT FAULT PROBLEM

FIFTH ELECTRONICS RESEARC...

1. A system for performing close-loop analysis to an electronic component fault problem, comprising:a fault tree of physics of failure establishing module, configured to establish, according to common characteristics of electronic component's physics of failure, a fault tree of physics of failure of the electronic component;
a failure locating fault tree establishing module, configured to convert an event of physics of failure into an observable node event, according to the fault tree of physics of failure, and to convert the fault tree of physics of failure into a failure locating fault tree;
a fault dictionary establishing module, configured to establish, according to the failure locating fault tree, an electronic component fault dictionary with a cause of failure mechanism corresponding to failure characteristics; and
a close-loop analyzing module, configured to perform close-loop analysis to an electronic component fault problem, according to the fault tree of physics of failure and the electronic component fault dictionary;
wherein the fault dictionary establishing module further comprises:
a set of failure modes determining unit, configured to determine, according to the failure locating fault tree, a set of failure modes of the electronic component, the set of failure modes including multiple subsets of failure modes;
an observable node determining unit, configured to determine, according to the failure locating fault tree, an observable node for each failure mode in the subset of failure modes;
a characteristic value obtaining unit, configured to obtain, according to the failure locating fault tree, observable parameters from the observable node, and analyzing the observable parameters to obtain characteristic value of the observable node in a failure mode;
a characteristic vector obtaining unit, configured to determine, according to the characteristic value of the observable node, a characteristic vector of the electronic component in various failure modes;
a failure mechanism determining unit, configured to determine, according to the failure locating fault tree, the cause of failure mechanism of the electronic component; and
a fault dictionary establishing unit, configured to establish, according to the cause of failure mechanism and the characteristic value of the observable node, the electronic component fault dictionary with the cause of failure mechanism corresponding to failure characteristics of a node event.

US Pat. No. 10,191,479

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK-BASED DETECTION OF COMPONENT WEAR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A monitoring system for monitoring a plurality of components, said monitoring system comprising:a plurality of client systems, each client system of said plurality of client systems associated with at least one imaging device, said plurality of client systems configured to generate a plurality of component status reports, wherein the plurality of component status reports is associated with the plurality of components, wherein each component of the plurality of components is associated with a unique component identifier, and wherein each of the plurality of component status reports includes the corresponding component identifier and at least one image of the corresponding component; and
a component wear monitoring (“CWM”) computer device in communication with said plurality of client systems, wherein said CWM computer device includes a memory, said CWM computer device configured to:
receive the plurality of component status reports from said plurality of client systems;
generate component status information based on the plurality of component status reports;
aggregate the component status information to identify a plurality of images included in the component status information and associated with a first component of the plurality of components based at least in part on the component identifier associated with the first component;
compare the plurality of images associated with the first component, wherein the plurality of images represents the first component at different points in time;
determine a state of the first component based at least in part on the comparison; and
replace or repair the first component based on the determined state of the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,191,478

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING INVOLVING REMOTELY LOCATED EXPERT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A remote expert non-destructive testing system comprising a remote communications hub and a multiplicity of non-destructive testing equipment located at respective testing sites and networked to said remote communications hub by respective communication links, wherein:the remote communications hub comprises a network server, first and second remote work stations, and a local area network that interconnects the network server and the first and second remote work stations; and
the multiplicity of non-destructive testing equipment comprises first non-destructive testing equipment located at a first testing site and second non-destructive testing equipment located at a second testing site, the first and second non-destructive testing equipment being respectively in communication with the first and second remote work stations via the first network server and the local area network,
wherein the first and second non-destructive testing equipment respectively comprise first and second software, and the remote communications hub further comprises a system management server that is connected to the local area network, wherein the system management server is configured to determine when the first and second software need to be upgraded and then send software updates to the first and second non-destructive testing equipment via the local area network and the network server when the first and second software respectively need to be upgraded.

US Pat. No. 10,191,477

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFICATION MANAGEMENT OF A CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

1. A system comprising:a comparator configured to determine if a first modification item in a first instruction file is modified, and to determine if a second modification item in one of the first instruction file and a second instruction file is modified;
a record generator configured to create a first record and to store the first modification item in the first record in response to the first modification item being determined, by the comparator, to be modified, and to create a second record and to store the second modification item in the second record when the second modification item is determined, by the comparator, to be modified, the second record being different from the first record; and
a link generator configured to generate a first link between the first record and the first instruction file, and to generate a second link between the second record and one of the first instruction file and the second instruction file,
wherein the first instruction file is configured to define at least one first modification item for a configuration system, and the second instruction file is configured to define at least one second modification item for the configuration system, and
wherein the comparator, the record generator and the link generator are implemented by circuitry or one or more hardware processors with software components.

US Pat. No. 10,191,476

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING GEOMETRIC DATA FOR USE IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

1. Apparatus for generating geometric data for use in an additive manufacturing process, the apparatus comprising a processing unit, the processing unit programmed to:receive data defining surface geometry of a plurality of objects to be built together in an additive manufacturing process;
provide a user interface that allows a user to define a location of each object within a common build volume;
identify at least one selected object from a user selection of at least one of the plurality of objects located in the common build volume;
carry out a slicing operation on the at least one selected object located in the common build volume independently from at least one unselected object of the plurality of objects located in the common build volume such that sections of the at least one selected object are determined without carrying out a slicing operation on the at least one unselected object; and
output control data based upon the determined sections for controlling an additive manufacturing apparatus to build the plurality of objects,
wherein the user interface comprises a display and a user input device,
the user can select through the user input device the at least one selected object, and
the processing unit is programmed to at least one of determine and re-determine the sections of the at least one selected object whilst sections of the at least one unselected object remain at least one of undefined and previously defined, the processing unit causing the display to display the at least one selected object for which sections have been at least one of determined and re-determined together with the at least one unselected object such that relative positions of the objects can be observed by the user on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,191,475

VIRTUAL COMPONENT ALIGNMENT

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A system for the reworking of a three dimensional component to conform with pre-defined nominal dimensions and tolerances defined by a maximum tolerance and a minimum tolerance for any given region of the component, the system comprising:an optical scanner configured to capture dimensional data of the three dimensional component by measuring dimensions of the three dimensional component;
a CNC machine configured to remove material from the three dimensional component; and
a processor being in data communication with the device, the processor including a memory in which the pre-defined nominal dimensions and tolerances are stored as a nominal CAD model, the processor being configured to:
a) create a virtual digitised model of the three dimensional component based on the measured dimensions of the three dimensional component from the captured dimensional data;
b) align the virtual digitised model with the nominal CAD model based on a component datum system;
c) assess the correspondence of the virtual digitised model with the nominal CAD model;
d) compare one or more regions of the virtual digitised model with the nominal CAD model and identifying regions where the virtual digitised model does not exceed a predetermined tolerance minimum;
e) adjust the alignment of the virtual digitised model with the nominal CAD model to bring regions identified in step d) to a position where the one or more regions meet or exceed the tolerance minimum;
f) compare the one or more regions of the virtual digitised model with the nominal CAD model and identifying defective regions where the virtual digitised model exceeds a predetermined tolerance maximum; and
g) removing material, by the CNC machine, from the defective regions as identified in step f) such that the defective regions in the three dimensional component are corrected to comply with the tolerance maximum and the tolerance minimum.

US Pat. No. 10,191,474

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATING CLAMPING POINTS FOR A PART TO BE MANUFACTURED THROUGH COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL (CNC) MACHINING OPERATIONS WITH THE AID OF A DIGITAL COMPUTER

Sandvik Intellectual Prop...

1. A system for locating clamping points for a part to be manufactured through computer numerical control (CNC) machining operations with the aid of a digital computer, comprising:a storage of digital information comprising:
a model of a part to be machined, the model defining the part's surfaces and a constraint volume; and
parameters for a CNC machining tool, the parameters comprising a plurality of orientations at which the tool is able to longitudinally traverse a rotating cutting edge; and
a computer comprising a processor and memory operatively coupled to the storage, comprising:
an identification module that identifies fixturable regions comprising locations on the part's surfaces that cannot be approached by either the CNC tool in motion or a clamp;
an evaluation module that evaluates reachable locations comprising collisions with the CNC tool through ray intersections from locations in the fixturable regions and sweeps of the CNC tool in each approach from the locations, wherein the storage denotes a position and unit inward surface normal at the reachable locations;
a clamp module that specifies that a clamp located at each of the reachable locations exerts a known force along a vector from the unit inward surface normal at the reachable location, wherein the clamp at reachable location i exerts a force fi along ni, where pi and ni comprise vectors that denote the position and unit inward surface normal at the reachable locations indexed by I, such that, in the presence of friction, assuming a Coulomb model and a coefficient of friction ?, a non-slipping tangential force fij along a tangent direction j at location i satisfies the expression:
?fij????fi?
and a net non-slipping force acting at any point contact location is:
wherein limit points of a set of non-slipping tangent forces lie on a circle of radius ??fi? and a set fij+fi of resultant vectors form a cone that is called the Coulomb friction cone;a mapping module that determines a maximum possible non-slipping applied force at each of the reachable locations, and to map the applied force to a wrench at a triangle normal for each of the reachable locations;
a generator module that generates fixturable locations by finding form closure based on those reachable locations on the part's surface that do not result in a ray intersection; and
a programming module that programs the CNC tool with process plans downloaded by the computer and comprising machining operations by the CNC tool with the part fixtured using the fixturable locations, wherein the CNC tool operates per the machining operations in the downloaded process plans by machining off the removal volumes through longitudinal traversals of the rotating cutting edge over the surfaces of the part.

US Pat. No. 10,191,473

JOB PLAN DISPLAY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A job plan display system comprising:a display; and
a processor programmed to:
display a job plan on the display, the job plan including a plurality of unit jobs that are performed by a plurality of machine tools to manufacture a product;
display a component thumbnail corresponding to at least one unit job for manufacturing the product, the component thumbnail representing image information on the product in a display area of the job plan, the image information of the component thumbnail being based on Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) design data corresponding to characteristics of the manufactured product;
determine whether or not the component thumbnail is required to be updated based on at least one of: (i) an input command by a designer who is changing the CAD design data, (ii) a predetermined update time, (iii) progress information on the CAD design data created, and (iv) a relationship between a changing part of the CAD design data when the CAD design data is changed and viewpoint coordinates when creating the component thumbnail;
in response to determining that the component thumbnail is required to be updated, display the updated component thumbnail in the display area of the job plan; and
in response to determining that the component thumbnail is not required to be updated, the component thumbnail is not changed in the display area of the job plan, whereby an increase in a system load of the job plan display system is suppressed.

US Pat. No. 10,191,472

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER PROVIDED WITH PROGRAM PRE-READING FUNCTION

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical controller which executes a plurality of numerical control (“NC”) programs at a same time in parallel by successively pre-reading blocks of the plurality of NC programs from a memory or from a storage device connected via a network so that the generation of an alarm or an immediate axes stop due to the pre-reading failing to be performed in time becomes less liable to occur, the numerical controller comprising:non-transitory computer readable memory;
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the numerical controller to perform operations comprising:
storing execution times of the respective blocks in the plurality of NC programs;
reading out, when one block in an NC program among the plurality of NC programs is pre-read, the execution time of the pre-read block, and calculates a sum total of the execution time of the pre-read block and the execution times of other blocks in the NC program which have been pre-read;
extracting, from the plurality of NC programs, one NC program having the smallest sum total of the execution times calculated; and
subsequently performing pre-reading of one block of the NC program which is extracted and has the smallest sum total of the execution times among those of the plurality of NC programs.

US Pat. No. 10,191,471

AUTOMATIC MONITORING OF THE ALIGNMENT AND WEAR OF VIBRATION WELDING EQUIPMENT

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of monitoring a status condition of vibration welding equipment, wherein the vibration welding equipment includes a welding horn and a welding anvil, the method comprising:determining, via a host machine, a first time period representing an amount of time elapsed since an evaluation of the status condition of the vibration welding equipment was completed, and a number of welds performed since an evaluation of the status condition of the vibration welding equipment was completed;
comparing, via the host machine, the first time period to a predetermined threshold time period, and the number of welds performed to a predetermined threshold number of welds;
determining, via the host machine, if a threshold condition is met, wherein the threshold condition is met when at least one of the first time period exceeds the predetermined threshold time period and the number of welds exceeds the predetermined threshold number of welds;
commanding, with the host machine, a welding robot to move the welding horn and the welding anvil to a check station when the threshold condition is met;
repositioning the welding horn and welding anvil at the check station, with the welding robot;
measuring, at the check station with at least one displacement sensor disposed on the vibration welding equipment, a first distance between the welding horn and the welding anvil at a first evaluation point, and returning a first signal representing the first distance to the host machine, wherein measuring the first distance at the first evaluation point further includes clamping the welding horn onto a gauge tool at the first evaluation point, such that the first distance is defined as the displacement of the welding horn measured by the at least one displacement sensor when the welding horn is moved from an idle position to a clamped position;
measuring, at the check station with the at least one displacement sensor disposed on the vibration welding equipment, a second distance between the welding horn and the welding anvil at a second evaluation point and returning a second signal representing the second distance to the host machine;
calculating, via the host machine, a difference between the first distance and the second distance, wherein the status condition corresponds to the difference between the first distance measured by the at least one displacement sensor and the second distance measured by the at least one displacement sensor;
evaluating, via the host machine, the calculated difference between the first distance and the second distance by comparing the calculated difference between the first distance and the second distance to a plurality of threshold operating values for the calculated difference between the first distance and the second distance contained in one of a first look-up table and a second look-up table; and
executing a control action with respect to the vibration welding equipment when the difference between the first distance and the second distance exceeds the corresponding threshold operating value contained in one of the first look-up table and the second look-up table.

US Pat. No. 10,191,470

WELDING MACHINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

AMADA HODLINGS CO., LTD.,...

1. A welding machine comprising:a camera that photographs a master product to obtain a photographed master image and that photographs a workpiece to obtain a photographed workpiece image;
an operation unit by which an operator indicates coordinates on the photographed master image;
a computer that
performs operations using the photographed master image, comprising:
receiving first coordinates on the photographed master image, the first coordinates being indicated on a master constant surface by the operation unit, the master constant surface being a region of the master product determined to lack a positional deviation with respect to a master welding point on the master product, the master welding point being a welding point set by a processing program for welding the master product;
extracting a master edge image of the master product from the photographed master image;
acquiring a master constant surface region of the master constant surface including the first coordinates; and
acquiring a master constant edge image based on the master edge image and the master constant surface region, the master constant edge image including a first edge image of the master constant surface region; and
performs operations using the photographed workpiece image, comprising:
extracting a workpiece edge image of the workpiece from the photographed workpiece image;
acquiring a workpiece constant surface region including second coordinates of a position on the photographed workpiece image, the second coordinates being obtained based on the first coordinates;
acquiring a workpiece constant edge image based on the workpiece edge image and the workpiece constant surface region, the workpiece constant edge image including a second edge image of the workpiece constant surface region;
performing pattern-matching between the master constant edge image and the workpiece constant edge image so as to match the first edge image and the second edge image to acquire a first deviation amount between the master constant edge image and the workpiece constant edge image as a correction amount for a workpiece welding point, wherein the workpiece welding point is set by the processing program and is a point at which the workpiece is welded; and
correcting the workpiece welding point by the correction amount to generate a corrected processing program for welding the workpiece; and
a welding robot that welds the workpiece based on the corrected processing program.

US Pat. No. 10,191,469

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE FOR SAFETY APPROACH TO RESTARTING MACHINING POINT

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

1. A numerical control device for moving a tool to a restarting machining point when restarting machining after machining interruption based on machining program, the numerical control device comprising:an approach path calculation unit configured to calculate an approach path to the restarting machining point of the tool;
a manual operation approach command unit configured to receive a manual operation approach instruction by an operator; and
an approaching operation switching unit configured to switch automatic operation approach and manual operation approach, wherein approaching operation switching unit is further configured to determine when the tool is within a predetermined approach region for safely moving the tool to the restarting machining point by automatic operation, the predetermined approach region is an area based on both (i) the restarting machining point and (ii) a manual operation starting point, the manual operation starting point being a point when the operator stops the automatic operation approach during the automatic operation approach to conduct manual operation approach,
wherein the approaching operation switching unit is configured to receive switching request from the operator during the manual operation approach and switch to the automatic operation approach, or receive manual intervention by the operator during the automatic operation approach and switch to the manual operation approach.

US Pat. No. 10,191,468

TOOL TRACK DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING TRACK OF TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A tool track display device which displays a track of a tool of a machine tool wherein a workpiece is machined through reciprocal and relative movement between the tool and the workpiece by at least one drive axle using a numerical control device, comprising;a position information acquisition unit which acquires position information created in the numerical control device at a predetermined control cycle or position information of the at least one drive axle from the position sensor,
a tool coordinate calculation unit which calculates coordinate values of the tool based on the position information of the at least one drive axle and information regarding the mechanical structure of the machine tool,
a display attribute modification unit assigning a display attribute to the position information of the at least one drive axle from the position sensor based on the motion direction of the tool,
a display unit which displays the track of the tool based on the coordinate values of the tool calculated by the tool coordinate calculation unit and the display attribute assigned by the display attribute modification unit;
an inverse position acquisition unit which acquires an inverse position in which the motion direction of the tool is inverted from the numerical control device or an operation program of the machine tool, wherein said display attribute modification unit modifies the display attribute of the tool track in accordance with the inverse position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,467

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an acceleration sensor configured to detect acceleration;
a magnetic sensor configured to detect magnetism;
a controller configured to determine a type of a moving state of a user of the electronic device, based on the acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor and the magnetism detected by the magnetic sensor; and
a communication unit configured to perform communication with an external device, wherein
the controller is configured to,
in response to,
a determination (i), based on the acceleration detected by the acceleration sensor, that the moving state of the user is not a moving state by vehicle, and
a determination (ii) that a last determined moving state of the user, which was determined based on the magnetism detected by the magnetic sensor before the determination (i), was a moving state by train,
make a determination (iii), after the determination (ii) and based on a number of steps the user has walked, whether
the user has got off a train, or
the moving state of the user is the moving state by train,
the controller is configured to determine that the type of the moving state is the moving state by train further based on a result of detection as to whether the communication unit performs communication with the external device,
the electronic device is a mobile phone,
the external device is an automatic ticket gate at a train station, and
the communication unit is configured to communicate with the automatic ticket gate by non-contact IC communication.

US Pat. No. 10,191,466

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SYNCHRONIZING EXECUTION OF RECIPE SETS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method comprising:sending by a command controller to a master controller a recipe set;
sending by the master controller the recipe set for execution by a sub-system controller of a plasma system, wherein said sending the recipe set from the master controller to the sub-system controller is performed during a first clock cycle of a clock signal;
generating by the command controller a recipe event signal;
sending by the command controller to the sub-system controller the recipe event signal indicating a time of execution of the recipe set by the sub-system controller, wherein the time of execution occurs during a second clock cycle that follows the first clock cycle, wherein the second clock cycle is of the clock signal;
sending by the command controller to the master controller an additional recipe set; and
sending by the master controller the additional recipe set to the sub-system controller for execution by the sub-system controller of the plasma system, wherein said sending the additional recipe set from the master controller to the sub-system controller is performed during a portion of the second clock cycle of the clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,464

NOTIFICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING THE OPERATION OF A MODULAR POWER PLANT

NuScale Power, LLC, Corv...

1. A system for managing notifications for a modular power plant that includes one or more power-generation module (PGM) assemblies and one or more common-systems (CS), the system comprising:a transceiver that receives data over a network;
a display device that displays a graphical display;
a memory that stores at least instructions; and
a processor device that executes instructions that perform actions, the actions comprising:
receiving power plant data over the network, wherein the power plant data includes signals generated by one or more sensors included in at least one of the PGM assemblies or one of the CS;
detecting an event based on the power plant data and one or more notification thresholds;
in response to the event, determining a notification type based on the data and the one or more notification thresholds;
providing a notification to a user via the graphical display based on the notification type and the event;
enabling the user to acknowledge the notification;
selecting an icon that is included in the graphical display based on the notification type;
incrementing an unacknowledged events counter associated with the icon;
incrementing a total events counter associated with the icon; and
updating at least one of a behavior or a color of the icon based on the event.

US Pat. No. 10,191,463

MACHINE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR OPTICAL ENDPOINT CONTROL OPTIMIZATION

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A machine system optical endpoint control optimization comprising:a machine capable of movement in at least one direction, wherein the machine is configured such that, during a calibration phase, a steerable retroreflective system is mounted upon the machine for movement therewith, the steerable retroreflective system comprising:
a retroreflector for reflecting at least some light incident thereupon; and
a positioner for moving said retroreflector;
a controller configured to control movement of the machine in the at least one direction; and
wherein the machine system is configured to adjust a feedrate of the machine, upon determining that a velocity required for the positioner to move the retroreflector to a desired position exceeds a certain segment feedrate threshold, such that an incident beam of light can maintain constant contact with the retroreflector throughout movement of the machine from a first position to a second position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,462

VEHICLE ELECTRONIC RECEPTIONIST FOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT

International Business Ma...

11. A system for communications management in driving vehicles, comprising:one or more computer processors;
one or more computer-readable storage media;
program instructions, stored on the one or more computer-readable storage media, which when implemented by the one or more processors, cause the computer system to perform:
determining driving context of a moving vehicle;
estimating a risk factor related to the operation of the vehicle based on the driving context;
receiving an incoming communication directed to a mobile communication device within the vehicle;
analyzing the incoming communication to determine a communication factor; and
determining an electronic action in response to the incoming communication based on the driving context, the risk factor and the communication factor,
wherein determining the electronic action includes machine learning based on past driver performance correlated with the corresponding driving context, the risk factor and the communication factor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,461

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING INPUT/OUTPUT UNITS OF A CONTROLLER

WAGO VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCH...

1. Controller comprising a control unit which communicates with at least one input and/or output unit via a data transmission channel for exchange of process data, whereinthe controller has predetermined power-saving process data for power-saving states of the input/output units assigned to the input/output units, and is adapted to access the predetermined power-saving process data instead of the exchanged process data when being in the power-saving state,
wherein the predetermined power-saving process data are assigned to individual channels of the at least one input and/or output unit, and
wherein the control unit is adapted, by means of the power-saving process data, to switch selected channels, with bus members connected thereto, of the input/output units into a power-saving state, by accessing the assigned predetermined power-saving process data for the selected channel instead of using process data of the respective channel in order to switch the input/output units and the bus members into a power-saving state,
wherein by defining power-saving profiles for individual channels particular bus members can be transferred into power-saving states without knowledge of the particular bus members, and
the switchover into the power-saving state for selected input/output units and their channels is carried out by activation of a predetermined power-saving profile.

US Pat. No. 10,191,460

CONTROL DEVICE FOR MACHINE TOOL

MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO...

1. A control device of a machine tool which machines a workpiece by relatively moving a tool and the workpiece, the control device of the machine tool comprising:a display part which displays information associated with a machine tool;
a first layer generation part which generates a first layer containing machining information associated with machining of the workpiece;
a second layer generation part which generates a second layer containing an image associated with the machining information of the first layer; and
a third layer generation part which generates a third layer containing a handwritten note; wherein
the machining information includes numerical values with respect to a reference point of other coordinate system which differs from a machine coordinate system having a predetermined point of the machine tool as an origin, and
the display part superposes an image in which the second layer and the third layer are superposed, on the first layer, and displays the superposed image outside of an area in which the numerical values with respect to the reference point of the other coordinate system are displayed in the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,459

CONTROL DEVICE OF ELECTRICAL APPARATUS AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control device of an electrical apparatus configured to receive power from a facility that receives a supply of power from a system power supply, the facility including an energy management system that manages a power feeding schedule according to a first management function provided for managing the power feeding schedule for feeding power to the electrical apparatus, the control device comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
communicate with the energy management system;
manage the power feeding schedule according to a second management function provided for managing the power feeding schedule in the control device;
determine whether the electronic control unit or the energy management system of the facility will manage the power feeding schedule by comparing the first management function of the energy management system and the second management function of the control device; and
cause the electrical apparatus to receive the power from the facility as managed by the determined one of the electronic control unit and the energy management system of the facility so as to avoid interference between the first and second management functions;
wherein, upon a user participating in an incentive system that implements an incentive-based demand response:
(i) the energy management system of the facility manages the power feeding schedule upon the first management function supporting the incentive-based demand response and the second management function not supporting the incentive-based demand response;
(ii) the electronic control unit manages the power feeding schedule upon the first management function not supporting the incentive-based demand response and the second management function supporting the incentive-based demand response; and
(iii) either the electronic control unit or the energy management system of the facility manages the power feeding schedule, based on whether the first management function and the second management function support rate-based demand response and upon either (a) both of the first management function and the second management function support the incentive-based demand response, or (b) neither one of the first management function and the second management function support the incentive-based demand response.

US Pat. No. 10,191,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INTERFACING A PLURALITY OF REMOTE DEVICES TO A PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLER (PLC)

3-CI Partnership, Calgar...

1. An apparatus for interfacing a plurality of remote devices to a programmable logic controller (PLC), the apparatus comprising:a plurality of input/output circuits, each of the input/output circuits having a connector for coupling to a particular one of the remote devices;
a central controller; and
an internal bus to which each of the input/output circuits and the central controller are coupled;
wherein each input/output circuit communicates with the central controller via the internal bus regarding state changes of the particular remote device coupled to that input/output circuit;
the central controller communicates with the programmable logic controller (PLC) through a communication path different than the internal bus regarding state changes of all the remote devices;
the input/output circuits are coupled to the internal bus in a series starting with a first input/output circuit and finishing with a last input/output circuit;
a power line of the internal bus provides power to each of the input/output circuits;
the apparatus includes a plurality of switches intermediate each of the input/output circuits through which the power line of the internal bus is daisy chained;
at a start of an initialization phase, the switches are configured such that only the first input/output circuit has power turned on, and the central controller assigns a unique address to the first input/output circuit; and
during the initialization phase, each of the switches are configured one by one such that only a next input/output circuit in the series has power turned on and the central controller then assigns a unique address to the next input/output circuit, the initialization phase continuing until the last input/output circuit has been assigned a unique address;
whereby, after the initialization phase is finished, the central controller can individually send commands to and receive data from each input/output circuit via the internal bus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,457

AUTOMATIC PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONFIGURATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. At a network-side device configuration service, a method for automatically configuring a portable electronic device, the method comprising:receiving input information identifying a portable electronic device;
generating a computer-readable authorization code based at least on the input information identifying the portable electronic device, the computer-readable authorization code encoded with computer-readable data capable of being electronically stored in the portable electronic device, the computer-readable authorization code comprising a computer-readable visual symbol;
transmitting the computer-readable authorization code from the network-side device configuration service to a device other than the portable electronic device;
receiving a response message from the portable electronic device subsequent to the portable electronic device reproducing the computer-readable authorization code from the other device, the response message at least being based upon the computer-readable data encoded within the computer-readable authorization code; and
based at least on the response message received, transmitting an authorization from the network-side device configuration service to the portable electronic device authorizing the portable electronic device to use configuration parameters to automatically configure itself for operation.

US Pat. No. 10,191,456

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SOFTWARE DEFINED METALLURGY

Desktop Metal, Inc., Bur...

1. A system for generating a user-adjustable thermal processing parameter profile for use by a furnace, comprising:a user interface configured to receive one or more materials properties provided by a user;
a processor;
a memory with computer code instructions stored thereon, the memory operatively coupled to the processor such that, when executed by the processor, the computer code instructions cause the system to implement:
communicating with the furnace to ascertain one or more thermal processes associated with the furnace;
identifying one or more part characteristics associated with a part to be processed by the furnace; and
determining a thermal processing parameter profile of at least one thermal processing parameter corresponding to each of the one or more thermal processes, based on (i) the one or more part characteristics and (ii) the one or more materials properties, the thermal processing parameter profile characterizing a cycle of the each of the one or more thermal processes; a binder trap configured to store binder hydrocarbon products; and a valve that controls a path from the binder trap to the furnace, such that through the valve, the binder hydrocarbon products are selectively introduced to the furnace to control a carbon potential of the furnace environment.

US Pat. No. 10,191,455

WATCH TYPE TERMINAL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

16. A method of controlling a watch-type terminal comprising a first sensor and a second sensor, the method comprising:performing a wireless communication function that comprises an antenna unit providing a radio signal to an electrode;
displaying a window for identifying presence of a mark on a user's wrist; selecting the first sensor or the second sensor based on a control command from the user entered via the displayed window; and
determining whether the user wears the terminal by using the determined first sensor or second sensor by:
sensing a capacitance change generated by the user's wrist; and sensing light reflected by the user's wrist.

US Pat. No. 10,191,454

METHODS AND RELATED SYSTEMS OF ULTRA-SHORT PULSE DETECTION

William Marsh Rice Univer...

11. An electrical device comprising:a substrate that defines a length and width;
an antenna disposed on the substrate, the antenna has a center frequency above 10 GigaHertz (GHz), the antenna configured to detect a series of pulses of electromagnetic waves, the series of pulses having a repetition frequency of greater than 100 Mega-Hertz, and the detection creates a pulse signal;
a broadband amplifier disposed on the substrate, the broadband amplifier defines an input lead and an output lead, the input lead coupled to the antenna;
a non-linear electrical device disposed on the substrate, the non-linear electrical device defines an input lead and an output lead, the input lead of the non-linear electrical device coupled to the output lead of the broadband amplifier, the non-linear electrical device configured to self-mix the pulse signal and thereby create a modulated signal;
an electrical filter disposed on the substrate, the electrical filter defines an input lead and an output lead, the input lead of the electrical filter coupled to the output lead of the non-linear electrical device, and the electrical filter has upper cutoff frequency of about 10 GHz, the electrical filter configured to filter the modulated signal and thereby recover a clock signal having a frequency being the repetition rate; and
a baseband amplifier disposed on the substrate, the baseband amplifier defines an input lead and an output lead, the input lead of the baseband amplifier coupled to the output lead of the electrical filter.

US Pat. No. 10,191,453

TIME TO DIGITAL CONVERTER AND PHASE LOCKED LOOP

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

15. A proximity radar comprising:a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar element; and
a phase locked loop, the phase locked loop comprising:
a digital loop filter;
a digitally controlled oscillator;
a time to digital converter, the digital loop filter coupled to the digitally controlled oscillator, a phase locked loop output of the phase-locked loop coupled to the time to digital converter to provide an input signal, wherein the time to digital converter determines a timing difference between a reference clock and the input signal based on the phase locked loop output, and the digital loop filter provides a control input to the digitally controlled oscillator based on a time to digital converter output of the time to digital converter;
a frequency divider that receives the output of the phase locked loop and outputs the input signal to the time to digital converter;
a frequency control block that controls the operation of the frequency divider, wherein the frequency control block comprises a sigma-delta modulator for fractional-n frequency control; and
a quantisation noise cancelling filter, configured to receive a signal based on the output of the time to digital converter and to reduce quantisation noise arising from quantisation in the frequency control block, the time to digital converter comprising:
a synchronisation block comprising a reference oscillating signal input configured to receive a reference oscillating signal and an input oscillating signal input to receive an input oscillating signal, the synchronisation block configured to output a voltage pulse with duration based on a time difference between the reference oscillating signal and the input oscillating signal; a charge pump arranged to receive the voltage pulse and to convert the voltage pulse into a current pulse;
an integrator comprising an integrator capacitor, the integrator being configured to receive the current pulse and integrate the current pulse as a charge on the integrator capacitor, resulting in an integrator output voltage; and
a successive approximation register of N bits from a most significant bit (MSB) to a least significant bit (LSB), the successive approximation register configured to determine the integrator output voltage with respect to a reference voltage by adjusting the charge on the integrator capacitor so as to reduce the integrator output voltage to within an amount representing the least significant bit (LSB) of the reference voltage by successive approximation, and configured to output the determined integrator output voltage as a digital signal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,452

DEVICE FOR AN ATOMIC CLOCK

Orolia Switzerland SA, (...

1. A device for an atomic clock, the device comprising:a printed circuit board, said printed circuit board comprising a conductive piece for both interrogating and heating a gas in a cell of an atomic clock, the piece being a hollow cylinder or a hollow prism, the piece comprising a gap, and being arranged for containing the cell, and so as to directly touch the cell in at least one point,
a heating source for generating heat, and arranged to be connected to the piece,
microwave conductive means arranged to be connected to the piece so as to send to the piece a microwave signal for interrogating the atoms of the gas in the cell,wherein the printed circuit board comprises:a conductive piece trace arranged around the piece so as to connect the piece with at least one other conductive trace of the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 10,191,451

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A LIGHT GUIDE HAIRSPRING FOR A TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT

1. A method of manufacturing a hairspring of a timepiece movement, comprising:producing a malleable elongated element under a fiber or ribbon form, from a first heated material capable of guiding light,
conforming said malleable elongated element into a spiral form, and
handling processing said spiral form thus created to obtain a hairspring for providing both a mechanical oscillating function in a balance wheel and a light guiding function arranged for in situ adjusting of a mechanical performance of said hairspring,
wherein the conforming comprises coiling the malleable elongated element around a rotating mobile conformation tool, and receiving said malleable elongated element in a guiding channel within a guiding mechanism and guiding said received malleable elongated element via mobile equipment turning on an inner periphery of the guiding mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,191,449

VISUAL SECURITY FEATURE

HP INDIGO B.V., Amstelve...

1. A visual security feature comprising:a media;
a security feature printed on the media, the security feature comprising a field of printed material surrounding a security code printed on the media, the security code defined by an absence of the printed material inside the field; and
a holographic image embossed in printed material of the field of the printed security feature;
wherein the printed material of the security feature comprises dried electrophotographic ink, and wherein the holographic image is embossed directly on the printed ink.

US Pat. No. 10,191,448

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VENTILATION GUIDES FOR EXHAUSTING AIR AND METHOD ASSOCIATED WITH THE SAME

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixing portion;
a first exterior member disposed above the fixing portion, the first exterior member comprises a first opening portion opened to an outside of the image forming apparatus, the first exterior member is disposed above the fixing portion, the first opening portion takes in air from outside of the image forming apparatus;
a first ventilation guide disposed between the fixing portion and the first exterior member, the first ventilation guide forms a first space communicating with the first opening portion, wherein the first space is between the first exterior member and the first ventilation guide, wherein the first space is positioned along an inner surface of the first exterior member;
a second ventilation guide disposed between the fixing portion and the first ventilation guide, the second ventilation guide comprises a second opening portion positioned closer to the fixing portion than a position of the first space, the second ventilation guide forms a second space communicating with the second opening portion, wherein the second space is between the first ventilation guide and the second ventilation guide, the second space is separate from the first space; and
a blower that exhausts air to the outside of the image forming apparatus from inside the first space and the second space.

US Pat. No. 10,191,446

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cartridge usable with a developing unit, the developing unit including a developing roller configured to carry toner, an accommodating portion configured to accommodate the toner, an agitator configured to stir the toner in the accommodating portion, and an opening provided in a side surface of the accommodating portion crossing with a rotational axis of the agitator and sealed by a sealing member, the cartridge comprising:a frame;
a photosensitive drum rotatably supported by the frame;
a mounting portion to which the developing unit is detachably mountable; and
a lever provided at an end portion of the frame with respect to a rotational axis direction of the photosensitive drum, the lever being rotatable between a first position and a second position,
wherein, when the developing unit is mounted and set in the mounting portion, the lever in the first position permits the developing unit to be retained in a mounted position in which the developing roller contacts the photosensitive drum,
wherein, when the lever is rotated from the first position to the second position in a state that the developing unit is in the mounted position, the lever urges the developing unit to move the developing unit relative to the frame, and
wherein in the first position at least a part of the lever overlaps with the opening in a case where the part of the lever is projected to the side surface in a direction along the rotational axis of the photosensitive drum in the state that the developing unit is in the mounted position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable unit including a regulating portion for regulating a position of a developing unit for supporting a developer carrying member and movable between a contact position for permitting contact of said developer carrying member with an image bearing member and a spaced position for permitting spacing of said developer carrying member from said image bearing member;
a driving member for moving said movable unit from the contact position to the spaced position, said driving member being displaceable between a contact phase for permitting location of said movable unit at the contact position and a spaced phase for maintaining said movable unit at the spaced position;
an openable member for opening and closing an opening provided for demounting said developer carrying member and/or said image bearing member from a main assembly of said image forming apparatus; and
a pressing member for pressing and moving said movable unit by being moved in interrelation with an opening operation of said openable member,
wherein when said driving member is displaced from the contact phase to the spaced phase, said movable unit is moved by a first movement amount from the contact position to a first spaced position, and
wherein when said openable member is opened, said pressing member presses and moves said movable unit to a second spaced position from the contact position by the first movement amount and a second movement amount smaller than the first movement amount.

US Pat. No. 10,191,444

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH INCLUDES A DETACHABLE CARTRIDGE CONFIGURED TO AVOID A COLLISION BETWEEN AN EXPOSING MEMBER AND THE CARTRIDGE WHEN MOUNTING THE CARTRIDGE TO A SUPPORTING MEMBER OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one cartridge including an image bearing member and a frame, the frame having at least two protruding portions protruding from an end of the frame; and
a supporting member for supporting the at least one cartridge configured to move between an inside position situated inside a main unit of the image forming apparatus and an outside position situated outside of the main unit, the supporting member comprising:
a mounting portion to which the at least one cartridge is mountable along a direction orthogonal to an axial direction of the image bearing member;
a pair of opposing and parallel-oriented vertical sidewalls connected to opposing sides of the mounting portion;
at least one image exposing member, positioned between and orthogonal to the pair of opposing vertical sidewalls, configured to form a latent image on the image bearing member by emitting light from a light emitting surface toward the image bearing member, the at least one image exposing member protruding from a bottom of the supporting member and being inserted from an opening into the cartridge when the cartridge is mounted to the mounting portion;
at least two guide portions, each formed as a groove provided on each of the vertical sidewalls so that an open-side of the groove faces inward into the supporting member, configured to engage the at least two protruding portions to guide the at least one cartridge to move toward the mounting portion; and
at least one regulating portion, formed in an upper edge of each of the vertical sidewalls, configured to regulate a rotation position of the cartridge when the at least two protruding portions are at a position in contact with the at least one regulating portion and not engaged with the at least two guide portions, the rotation having rotation axis which is parallel to the axial direction,
wherein a gap is formed between (i) a part of a bottom surface of the frame which is opposed to the light emitting surface and (ii) the light emitting surface when the rotation position of the cartridge is regulated by the at least one regulating portion being in contact with the at least two protruding portions and is not engaged with the at least two guide portions in a state in which the opening is opposed to a plane perpendicular to protruding direction of the at least one image exposing member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,443

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an openable member rotatable relative to a main assembly of the image forming apparatus; and
a supporting member connected between said main assembly of the image forming apparatus and said openable member and configured to support said openable member when said openable member is opened,
wherein said supporting member includes a first arm member and a second arm member which are slidable relative to each other, a pinion provided on said first arm member, a viscous damper mounted on a rotation shaft of said pinion, a rack provided on said second arm member and engaged with said pinion, and
wherein by opening said openable member, relative slide movement is caused between said first arm member and said second arm member so that said pinion engaged with said rack rotates and a braking force is produced by said viscous damper.

US Pat. No. 10,191,442

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit including:
a toner image forming unit that forms a toner image; and
a toner storing portion including a first supply toner storing portion that stores a first supply toner, a waste toner storing portion that stores a waste toner, and a movable partition that separates the first supply toner storing portion and the waste toner storing portion; and
a toner cartridge that is removably attached to the image forming unit and includes a second supply toner storing portion that stores a second supply toner having the same color as the first supply toner,
wherein the image forming unit further includes:
a first supply portion for supplying the first supply toner stored in the first supply toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit;
a second supply portion for supplying the second supply toner stored in the second supply toner storing portion to the toner image forming unit; and
a first conveying member that conveys the first supply toner supplied through the first supply portion and the second supply toner supplied through the second supply portion, to the toner image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,441

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a bottle attaching portion which is supported to be movable in an up-down direction and to which a bottle configured to store powdery developer is removably attached in a state where a longitudinal direction of the bottle is horizontally oriented;
a driving mechanism configured to rotate the bottle attached to the bottle attaching portion by engaging with a first end of the bottle in the longitudinal direction;
a cover member supported in such a way as to be able to open and close an opening of a body of the image forming apparatus from which the bottle is inserted, the cover member being positioned facing a second end of the bottle in the longitudinal direction attached to the bottle attaching portion;
an elastic member configured to apply an upward elastic force to the bottle attaching portion;
a level sensor configured to detect a position of the bottle attaching portion in the up-down direction; and
a signal processing device configured to execute an abnormality notifying process when a detection signal of the level sensor during operation of the driving mechanism satisfies an abnormality condition that includes either or both of a predetermined amplitude condition and a cycle condition for a rotation cycle of the bottle, wherein
the signal processing device is configured to execute a full-state notifying process when the detection signal during operation of the driving mechanism fails to satisfy the abnormality condition, and a position indicated by the detection signal is lower than a predetermined reference position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,440

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first controller including:
a first processor configured to, based on print target image data, obtain information indicating toner amount supplied to a photoconductor by a developer unit to form an image,
wherein an image forming area along a scanning direction of a laser that exposes the photoconductor is divided into a plurality of regions, and the obtained information includes at least information indicating toner amount on one of the plurality of regions; and
a second controller including:
a generation unit configured to, based on the information obtained by the first processor, generate patch data for cleaning the photoconductor, and
a second processor configured to control the developer unit to execute image formation, and to execute image formation based on the patch data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the information indicating toner amount on a part of the plurality of regions is transmitted from the first controller to the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,191,438

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member for bearing a developer image;
an optical sensor including a light emitting portion for emitting light to a surface of said image bearing member, a light receiving portion for receiving the light reflected by the surface of said image bearing member, and a cover member, having a light-transmissive property, for covering said light emitting portion or said light receiving portion;
a cleaning member for cleaning said cover member in contact with said cover member, said cleaning member being movable; and
a supporting member for supporting said optical sensor, said supporting member being movable between a proximity position, where said optical sensor opposes said image bearing member with a predetermined distance, and a spaced position, where said optical sensor is spaced from said image bearing member by a distance more than the predetermined distance to form a cleaning space for permitting said cleaning member to move thereinto for cleaning of said cover member with said cleaning member between said optical sensor and said image bearing member,
wherein, when said supporting member is in the proximity position, said cleaning member is in a retracted position and, in the retracted position said cleaning member (i) is retracted from an opposing space between said optical sensor and said image bearing member and (ii) is in a space of a gap between said image bearing member and said supporting member, and
wherein, when said supporting member is in the spaced position, said cleaning member moves toward a cleaning position from the retracted position for cleaning said cover member with said cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,437

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a cylindrical intermediate transfer belt;
a photosensitive drum which is in contact with an outer circumference surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a primary transfer member sandwiching the intermediate transfer belt between the primary transfer member and the photosensitive drum;
a secondary transfer member which is in contact with the outer circumference surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
a first backup member sandwiching the intermediate transfer belt between the first backup member and the secondary transfer member;
a first power supply electrically connected to the primary transfer member and to the secondary transfer member; and
a first resistor electrically connected to the first power supply and to the primary transfer member,
wherein a first current route, in which the first resistor, the primary transfer member, and the photosensitive drum are connected in series in that order, is connected to the first power supply and to a basis potential,
a second current route, in which the secondary transfer member and the first backup member are connected in series, is connected to the first power supply and to the basis potential, and
the first current route is connected in parallel to the second current route.

US Pat. No. 10,191,436

PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT, ASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive drum unit comprising:a photosensitive drum having a cylinder provided with a photosensitive portion at a peripheral surface thereof;
a rotational force receiving member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the photosensitive drum, the rotational force receiving member including a rotational force receiving portion for receiving the rotational force at one end portion side thereof and a portion-to-be-engaged at another end portion side thereof;
a spherical member including a spherical portion, a projected portion projected from the spherical portion, and an engaging portion for engaging with the portion-to-be-engaged;
a drum flange provided at one end portion of the cylinder and accommodating the spherical member, the drum flange including (i) a hole portion capable of accommodating the spherical portion and having an opening that opens outwardly in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder, (ii) a groove portion that continues from the hole portion and is capable of accommodating the projected portion for receiving the rotational force from the projected portion, and (iii) a limiting portion for limiting inward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder; and
a closing member capable of partially covering the opening of the hole portion and capable of being mounted to the drum flange to limit outward movement of the spherical portion in the longitudinal direction of the cylinder,
wherein one of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a male screw portion and the other of the engaging portion and the portion-to-be-engaged includes a female screw portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,435

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND CONTROL PROGRAMS FOR EXECUTING IMAGE FORMATION AND IDENTIFYING ERRORS

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image formation part that forms an image on a paper sheet;
a conveyor that includes a plurality of conveying members and conveys the paper sheet;an input unit receiving user indication of a smudge location on a paper sheet on which an image has been formed by the image formation part; anda hardware processor that acquires information on a smudge from the input unit pertaining to the user indication of the smudge location on the paper sheet on which an image has been formed by the image formation part, and identifies, from the plurality of conveying members, one or more dirty conveying members that may have caused the smudge based on at least one of the information on the smudge, information on the conveying members, and information on a job for image formation executed by the image formation part.

US Pat. No. 10,191,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an image by using a developer;
a mounting unit to which a container is mounted, wherein the container is configured to contain a developer, and
wherein the container supplies the developer to the image forming unit;
a cover configured to be opened to replace the container mounted to the mounting unit, and to be closed to cover the container mounted to the mounting unit;
a detector configured to detect the container mounted to the mounting unit,
the detector being capable of detecting the container mounted to the mounting unit in a state where the cover is closed or in a state where the cover is opened;
a controller configured to determine whether a remaining amount of the developer contained in the container mounted to the mounting unit is more than a predetermined amount; and
a display unit configured to:
display, in a case where the container in which the remaining amount of developer is more than the predetermined amount is removed from the mounting unit, a first screen to prompt re-mounting of the removed container,
display a second screen different from the first screen in a case where the cover is closed without detecting the container by the detector after the first screen is displayed, and
display a third screen different from the second screen after the second screen is displayed in a case where the container is not mounted to the mounting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,428

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PERFORMING MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL BASED ON DETECTION RESULTS OF DETECTION PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a forming unit configured to form a detection pattern on a rotationally drivable image carrier, the forming unit including a photosensitive member;
a detection unit configured to detect the detection pattern; and
a control unit configured to perform misregistration correction control based on a detection result of the detection pattern by the detection unit,
wherein the detection pattern includes a plurality of basic patterns arranged at a first interval in a sub scanning direction, which is a rotation direction of the image carrier,
each of the plurality of basic patterns includes N image groups (N being an integer of at least 3) arranged at a second interval in the sub scanning direction,
in the N image groups, a first image group including an image at a first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, and a second image group including an image at a second angle different from the first angle relative to the sub scanning direction, are arranged alternately in the sub scanning direction,
the first interval corresponds to a distance that a surface of the image carrier moves in a period of M (M being an integer of at least 2) times a first period corresponding to a rotation period of a rotational member included in the forming unit,
the second interval corresponds to a distance that the surface of the image carrier moves in a period of 1/(N?1) of the first period,
the forming unit is further configured to form a toner image on the photosensitive member, and transfer the toner image from the photosensitive member to the image carrier, thereby forming the detection pattern on the image carrier, and
the rotational member is the photosensitive member or a motor configured to drive the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,423

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A FIXING DEVICE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first roller;
a second roller including an elastic layer as an outer circumferential layer;
a fixing belt stretched taut across at least the first roller and the second roller;
a pressure rotator to press against the second roller via the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between the pressure rotator and the fixing belt, the fixing nip through which a recording medium bearing a toner image is conveyed;
a clearance detector to detect a clearance between the first roller and the second roller;
a mover to move the pressure rotator with respect to the second roller in a pressing direction in which the pressure rotator presses against the second roller via the fixing belt and a separation direction in which the pressure rotator separates from the second roller; and
a controller to control an amount of movement of the pressure rotator moved by the mover toward the second roller based on the clearance detected by the clearance detector.

US Pat. No. 10,191,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED TONER DISCHARGE AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device that develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a toner bottle which is configured to supply the developing device with toner, and having a storage portion storing the toner and a discharge portion made of resin and discharging the toner stored in the toner storage portion, with the storage portion configured to rotate relatively to the discharge portion;
an attachment portion configured to be attached with the toner bottle;
a driving portion configured to drive the storage portion in a state that the toner bottle is attached to the attachment portion;
a controller controlling the driving portion;
a memory disposed in the toner bottle and memorizing information regarding component dimensions of a molded discharge portion of the toner bottle; and
an information reading portion that reads information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion;
wherein the controller controls the driving portion so that a discharge amount of the toner from the discharge portion becomes a specific toner amount targeted based on the information regarding the component dimensions of the molded discharge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,404

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging member comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
a resin layer on the electroconductive substrate,
wherein the charging member has an area on a surface of the charging member,
the area including a compound represented by the following formula (1):

in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each represent a linear or branched alkyl group having carbon atoms of 3 or more and 16 or less, wherein the area being formed by applying an emulsion containing the compound to a surface of the resin layer, and wherein the compound is contained in the emulsion with a concentration of 30% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less based on the total mass of the emulsion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,402

METHOD FOR FORMING DEVELOPER COMPOSED WITH MOTHER PARTICLES CONTAINING EXTERNAL ADDITIVE

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A method for forming a developer composed with a plurality of mother particles containing a coloring agent and an external additive by:fusing a first group of external additive particles of the external additive on and at least partially inside mother particles during a pre-external addition process in which the first group of external additive particles is added to a precursor of the developer before pulverization of the precursor, the first group of external additive particles of the external additive being 60% or more of a total amount of the external additive particles of the external additive added; and
fusing a second group of external additive particles of the external additive on the mother particles during a post-external addition process in which the mother particles are stirred with the second group of external additive particles after the pulverization of the precursor, the second group of external additive particles of the external additive being 40% or less of the total amount of the external additive particles of the external additive added, wherein
an average circularity degree of the developer is ranged within 0.955 to 0.970, and
the developer thus formed is configured to have a peeling rate (%) of the external additive calculated by a following formula (1) is 30.6% or less, being calculated when ultrasonic waves are applied to a polyoxyethylene lauryl ether solution in which the developer is dispersed,
peeling rate (%)=[1?(X/Y)]×100  (1)
wherein X is an amount (weight %) of the external additive included in the developer after the ultrasonic waves are applied,
Y is an amount (weight %) of the external additive included in the developer before the ultrasonic waves are applied,
the polyoxyethylene lauryl ether solution is set such that a density=5% and a temperature=32° C., and
the application of the ultrasonic waves is set such that strength=40 kHz and time=10 minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,191,395

THERMAL CONDITIONING UNIT, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Neatherlands B.V., ...

1. A thermal conditioning unit to thermally condition a substrate, the thermal conditioning unit comprising:a thermal conditioning element comprising a first layer, in use, facing the substrate and comprising a material having a thermal conductivity of 100 W/m·K or more, a second layer and a heat transfer component positioned between the first and second layers; and
a stiffening member which is stiffer than the thermal conditioning element and configured to support the thermal conditioning element so as to reduce mechanical deformation thereof, the stiffening member arranged such that the second layer is positioned between the heat transfer component and the stiffening member,
wherein the thermal conditioning element is supported on the stiffening member in a non-contacting manner.

US Pat. No. 10,191,389

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A device manufacturing method comprising:projecting, with a projection system, a patterned beam of radiation onto a target portion of a substrate held by a substrate table, said substrate table including
an edge seal member configured to at least partly surround an edge of said substrate, an object positioned on said substrate table, or both, and
a hydrophobic layer adjacent an edge portion of said edge seal member and adjacent said at least one of said substrate and said object, said hydrophobic layer arranged to face an opposite side of said edge seal member to said projection system and to face an opposite side of said at least one of said substrate and said object to said projection system, and
providing a liquid, through which said patterned beam of radiation is projected, to a space between said projection system and said substrate, said object, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,191,384

DISCRETE SOURCE MASK OPTIMIZATION

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:generating, by a computer device, an initial discrete pupil profile from a desired non-discrete pupil profile designed for imaging a portion of a design layout onto a substrate using a lithographic projection apparatus;
selecting, using the computer device, a discrete change to the discrete pupil profile;
applying, by the computer device, the selected discrete change to the discrete pupil profile; and
generating electronic instructions, based on the discrete profile to which the selected discrete change has been applied, for use in configuring an optical component of, or for, a lithographic projection apparatus illumination system.

US Pat. No. 10,191,383

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate with illumination light via a projection optical system, the apparatus comprising:a body having a metrology frame to support the projection optical system;
an alignment system provided at the metrology frame, spaced from the projection optical system, the alignment system detecting a mark of the substrate;
a first stage system that has a first stage and a first drive system, and is capable of moving the first stage at least within a predetermined plane orthogonal to an optical axis of the projection optical system, the first stage being disposed above the projection optical system and holding a mask illuminated with the illumination light, and the first drive system including a first motor to drive the first stage;
a first encoder system that measures positional information of the first stage;
a second stage system that has a second stage and a second drive system, the second stage being disposed below the projection optical system and the alignment system, the second stage including a holder to hold the substrate and a first fiducial and a second fiducial that are disposed with the holder in between in a direction intersecting a first direction and a second direction orthogonal to each other within the predetermined plane, and the second drive system including a second motor to drive the second stage;
a second encoder system that has four heads provided at the second stage, and measures positional information of the second stage by irradiating a scale member from below with a measurement beam via each of the four heads, the scale member being provided at the metrology frame to be substantially parallel to the predetermined plane, wherein
the scale member has a first scale plate and a second scale plate, the second stage that is moved within a first movement area being placed facing the first scale plate in an exposure operation of the substrate, the second stage that is moved within a second movement area being placed facing the second scale plate in a detection operation of the mark with the alignment system, and the second movement area being different from the first movement area,
the first scale plate has four sections in each of which a reflective grating is formed, and a first opening that is substantially surrounded by the four sections, and the first scale plate is provided at the metrology frame so that the projection optical system is located in the first opening, and
the second scale plate has four sections in each of which a reflective grating is formed, and a second opening that is substantially surrounded by the four sections, and the second scale plate is provided at the metrology frame so that the alignment system is located in the second opening; and
a controller coupled to the first and the second stage systems and the first and the second encoder systems, the controller controlling the first and the second drive systems based on measurement information of the first and the second encoder systems so that, in the exposure operation, alignment between the mask and the substrate is performed based on detection information of the alignment system and scanning exposure in which the mask and the substrate are each moved relative to the illumination light is performed with the first direction serving as a scanning direction,
wherein the first movement area includes a first area, a second area, a third area, a fourth area and a fifth area,
in the first area, three heads of the four heads excluding a first head respectively facing three sections of the four sections of the first scale plate excluding a first section,
in the second area, three heads of the four heads excluding a second head different from the first head respectively facing three sections of the four sections excluding a second section different from the first section,
in the third area, three heads of the four heads excluding a third head different from the first and the second heads respectively facing three sections of the four sections excluding a third section different from the first and the second sections,
in the fourth area, three heads of the four heads excluding a fourth head different from the first, the second and the third heads respectively facing three sections of the four sections excluding a fourth section different from the first, the second and the third sections, and
in the fifth area, the four heads respectively facing the four sections, and
wherein the controller controls the second drive system so that marks of the substrate and the first fiducial are detected with the alignment system in the detection operation, and the second stage is moved from one area of the first, the second, the third and the fourth areas to another area of the first, the second, the third and the fourth areas, via the fifth area, the another area being different from the one area,
in the one area, three heads of the four heads respectively facing three sections of the four sections of the first scale plate,
in the fifth area, another head, of the four heads, that is different from the three heads used in the one area facing another section, of the four sections, that is different from the three sections, and
in the another area, the another head being used instead of one head of the three heads used in the one area.

US Pat. No. 10,191,376

CROSS SCAN PROXIMITY CORRECTION WITH EBEAM UNIVERSAL CUTTER

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A column for an e-beam direct write lithography tool, the column comprising:a first blanker aperture array (BAA) comprising a staggered array of openings having a pitch along an array direction, the array direction orthogonal to a scan direction, wherein each opening has a first dimension in the array direction; and
a second BAA comprising a staggered array of openings having the pitch along the array direction, wherein each opening has a second dimension in the array direction, the second dimension greater than the first dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,191,367

PELLICLE FOR PHOTOMASK AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE PELLICLE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A pellicle for a photomask, which protects the photomask from external contamination, the pellicle comprising:a pellicle membrane spaced apart from the photomask; the pellicle membrane including a semiconductor having a two-dimensional (2D) crystalline structure, the pellicle membrane further including at least one of an n-type dopant and a p-type dopant.

US Pat. No. 10,191,338

IN-CELL TOUCH DISPLAY APPARATUS

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. An in-cell touch display apparatus comprising:a thin film transistor (TFT) array structure with a touch electrode layer and a grounded portion;
a color filter structure oppositely facing the TFT array structure;
a liquid crystal layer between the color filter structure and the TFT array structure; and
a sealant between the color filter structure and the TFT array structure, and surrounding the liquid crystal layer;
wherein the color filter structure comprises an anti-ESD protection layer; the anti-ESD protection layer directly contacts the sealant; the anti-ESD protection layer, the sealant, and the ground portion form an electro statics discharge (ESD) path to discharge electrostatic charges in the in-cell touch display apparatus; the anti-ESD protection layer discharges the electrostatic charges in the in-cell touch display apparatus to the ground portion; the color filter structure comprises a first substrate and a color filter layer located between the first substrate and the liquid crystal layer; wherein the anti-ESD protection layer is between the first substrate and the color filter layer; the anti-ESD protection layer comprises an extending portion; the extending portion is substantially L-shaped; the extending portion covers a side surface of the color filter, and a surface of the first substrate; wherein the extending portion directly contacts the sealant.

US Pat. No. 10,191,334

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A liquid crystal display comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate opposed to the first substrate;
a liquid crystal layer between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a light-shielding layer including a first light-shield formed along a first direction and a second light-shield formed along a second direction and crossing the first light-shield; and
a spacer which maintains a gap between the first substrate and the second substrate,
wherein
the spacer overlaps a crossing region where the first light-shield and the second light-shield cross each other and includes an exposed region outside the light-shielding layer in a planar view,
the first substrate comprises a first pixel electrode,
the spacer includes a first overlapping region overlapping the first pixel electrode,
the first overlapping region includes the exposed region,
the first pixel electrode comprises a reflecting electrode and a transparent protecting electrode stacked on the reflecting electrode,
the protecting electrode covers an upper surface and a side surface of the reflecting electrode, and
an area of a region where the spacer and the reflecting electrode overlap each other is less than that of a region where the spacer and the protecting electrode overlap each other, and is greater than that of the exposed region.

US Pat. No. 10,191,333

DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

JAPAN DISPLAY INC., Toky...

7. A display device comprising:a pair of substrates facing each other;
a pixel section between the substrates;
a frame region around the pixel section;
a thin film transistor on one of the substrates in the pixel section, the thin film transistor including a gate insulating film;
an organic insulating film in the frame region and the pixel region; and
an inorganic insulating film covering an entire surface of the organic insulating film,
wherein,
the inorganic insulating film is not in direct contact with the gate insulating film,
the thin film transistor is entirely covered by the organic insulating film, and
the gate insulating film and the inorganic insulating film extend beyond the edge of the organic insulating film in the frame region.

US Pat. No. 10,191,328

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED COOLING EFFICIENCY

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A backlight unit, comprising:a light guide element to guide light to a liquid crystal display panel;
a circuit substrate;
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) on the circuit substrate to emit the light toward the light guide element;
a first heat transmission member formed with both a first portion and a second portion, the first portion formed along a direction opposite a longitudinal axis of the light guide element and facing at least one of the plurality of LEDs and the circuit substrate and the second portion integrally extending from a longitudinal end portion of the first portion along a direction opposite a longitudinal axis of the first portion and parallel to the light guide element;
a second heat transmission member configured to be coupled to the first heat transmission member, the second heat transmission member formed to accommodate the light guide element, the circuit substrate and the plurality of LEDs and the second heat transmission member having a first portion and a second portion, the first portion and the second portion of the second heat transmission member being disposed parallel to the first portion and the second portion of the first heat transmission member, respectively;
an intervening element disposed between the circuit substrate and the first portion of the first heat transmission member to receive heat from the plurality of LEDs through the circuit substrate and transmit the received heat to the second heat transmission member through the first heat transmission member; and
a reflection element disposed between the light guide element and the second portion of the first heat transmission member to reflect the light toward the liquid crystal display panel through the light guide element,
wherein the first heat transmission member and the second heat transmission member are made from a metallic material, and
wherein a surface area of the second portion of the second heat transmission member which is parallel to the light guide element is larger than a corresponding surface area of the second portion of the first heat transmission member which integrally extends from the longitudinal end portion of the first portion and is parallel to the light guide element.

US Pat. No. 10,191,321

REFLECTIVE POLARIZING MODULE HAVING PARTICLES AND BACKLIGHT UNIT INCLUDING SAME

LMS CO., LTD, Pyeontaek-...

1. A reflective polarizing module comprising:a reflective polarizer sheet formed by stacking a plurality of layers having different refractive indexes, and selectively transmitting light;
a first light-condensing sheet having first structuralized patterns in which first unit light-condensing objects are continuously repeated and each have a transverse cross-sectional area gradually decreased toward an upper portion thereof, wherein an upper tip portion of each of the first unit light-condensing objects is bonded to a lower portion of the reflective polarizer sheet so as to have a first width in a transverse direction thereof; and
a coating layer disposed on an upper surface of the reflective polarizer sheet and having a plurality of particles diffusing light transferred through the reflective polarizer sheet, wherein at least some of the plurality of particles have a diameter smaller than the first width.

US Pat. No. 10,191,319

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING A PHOTOCHROMIC LAYER

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display panel having a subpixel region and an inter-subpixel region, comprising:a base substrate; and
a photochromic layer on the base substrate at least partially in the subpixel region for preventing light leakage in the subpixel region;
wherein the photochromic layer comprises a plurality of photochromic blocks;
the display panel has a spacer region configured to receive a spacer for maintaining a gap between a first display substrate and a second display substrate facing the first display substrate;
the spacer region is in a light leakage preventing region; and
one of the plurality of photochromic blocks is in the light leakage preventing region.

US Pat. No. 10,191,318

TRANSPARENT DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A transparent display device comprising:a transparent display panel including a plurality of transmissive areas transmitting incident light and a plurality of emissive areas emitting light; and
a light control device on a rear surface of the transparent display panel, the light control device configured to be driven in a transmissive mode where the incident light is transmitted and a light shield mode where the incident light is blocked,
wherein
the light control device comprises:
a first base film and a second base film facing each other;
a plurality of liquid crystal cells provided between the first base film and the second base film; and
a plurality of partition walls maintaining respective cell gaps of the plurality of liquid crystal cells, and
the plurality of partition walls are at respective positions corresponding to the plurality of emissive areas and are absent at areas corresponding to the transmissive areas.

US Pat. No. 10,191,311

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display device comprising a display panel, a backlight source and a rechargeable battery, wherein the display panel has an upper substrate and a lower substrate disposed opposite to the upper substrate, the backlight source is situated on a side of the display panel facing the lower substrate, and the rechargeable battery is configured to supply power to the display device, and the display device further comprises:a transparent solar battery arranged at the upper substrate and configured to recharge the rechargeable battery of the display device;
a photosensitive coating disposed in a non-transparent region of the display panel and configured to sense light from the backlight source; and
a signal processing unit connected to the photosensitive coating and the transparent solar battery, wherein the signal processing unit detects changes of the signal from the photosensitive coating, determines a working state of the display device, and makes the transparent solar battery recharge or not recharge according to the working state of the display device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,308

OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SMART WINDOW COMPRISING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An optoelectronic device comprising:a substrate;
an electrode member disposed on the substrate, wherein the electrode member comprises a first electrode and a second electrode;
an active layer located between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
an ionic liquid covering the active layer, the first electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,305

OPHTHALMIC LENS

Signet Armorlite, Inc., ...

1. An ophthalmic lens, comprising:an optical lens having a front surface and a back surface;
a thin film coating on the front surface comprising alternating layers of high and low index materials, the coating attenuating transmission of light and having a spectral reflectance curve comprising a reflectance of at least 80% from 320 nm to 420 nm, between 40% to 60% at 440 nm, and 20% or less from 480 nm to 700 nm, and wherein the spectral reflectance curve is monotonically decreasing between 420 nm to 450 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,191,296

LASER POINTER WITH REDUCED RISK OF EYE INJURY

Beam Engineering for Adva...

1. A transmittive method of protecting an optical sensor from damaging effects of laser pointers and laser illuminators, the method comprising:imposing a circular polarization state on radiation of the laser pointers and the laser illuminators said circular polarization handedness being one of right-hand or left hand; and
incorporating with the optical sensor a thin layer of a material capable of blocking light:
(a) within a spectral range encompassing the wavelengths of laser pointers and the laser illuminators;
(b) having the circular polarization handedness imposed on the laser pointers and the laser illuminators; and
(c) said material transmitting light of circular polarization handedness opposite to the circular polarization handedness imposed on radiation of the laser pointers and the laser illuminators.

US Pat. No. 10,191,295

ADVANCED RETROREFLECTING AERIAL DISPLAYS

Looking Glass Factory, In...

1. A retroreflecting display comprising:a first light source that generates a first light output;
a first beam splitter module; and
a retroreflector module opposite the first light source;
wherein the first light source transmits the first light output to the first beam splitter module; wherein the first beam splitter module splits the first light output into a first reflected component and a second transmitted component of the first light output;
wherein the first beam splitter module transmits the second transmitted component to the retroreflector module; wherein the retroreflector module retroreflects the second transmitted component back to the first beam splitter module; wherein the first beam splitter module splits the second transmitted component into a third reflected component and a fourth transmitted component; wherein the third reflected component converges to a first visible real image in free space; further comprising a second light source and a second beam splitter module, the second light source oriented at a ninety-degree angle relative to the first light source ; wherein the second beam splitter module is oriented at a ninety-degree angle relative to the first beam splitter module; wherein, prior to reaching the first beam splitter module, the first light output is transmitted in part by the second beam splitter module; wherein the second light source transmits the second light output to the second beam splitter module; wherein the second beam splitter module splits the second light output into a fifth reflected component and a sixth transmitted component of the second light output; wherein the second beam splitter module reflects the fifth reflected component to the first beam splitter module; wherein the first beam splitter module splits the fifth reflected component into a seventh reflected component and an eighth transmitted component; wherein the retroreflector module retroreflects the eighth transmitted component back to the first beam splitter module; wherein the first beam splitter module splits the eighth transmitted component into a ninth reflected component and a tenth transmitted component; wherein the ninth reflected component converges to a second visible real image in free space.

US Pat. No. 10,191,291

MAGNIFIED-LOOK DIAMOND JEWELRY

H.K. DESIGNS INC., New Y...

1. A jewelry setting, comprising:a magnifying lens having a given diametrical size;
a band configured to hold and support the magnifying lens;
a precious stone having a diametrical size substantially smaller than the diametrical size of the magnifying lens and a table surface facing the magnifying lens, said precious stone being located centrally below the magnifying lens, the precious stone being spaced away from the magnifying lens;
a precious stone setting configured to stationarily support the precious stone directly below the magnifying lens, at such position relative to the magnifying lens as to produce a magnified image of the precious stone at a top surface of the magnifying lens; and
the precious stone setting being affixed to the band that holds the magnifying lens by a plurality of prongs, each said prong having one end attached to the band and another end attached to a stone setting which physically holds the precious stone.

US Pat. No. 10,191,288

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A SOURCE IMAGE

Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkoche...

1. An optical system configured to transmit a source image from which light having a field angle spectrum emanates, the optical system comprising:an optical waveguide arrangement in which the light can propagate by total internal reflection;
a diffractive optical input coupling arrangement configured to couple the light emanating from the source image into the optical waveguide arrangement; and
a diffractive optical output coupling arrangement configured to couple the light that has propagated in the optical waveguide arrangement out from the optical waveguide arrangement,
wherein:
the input coupling arrangement comprises:
a first input coupling element configured to couple light from a first subfield of the source image having field angles from a first field angle range of the field angle spectrum into the optical waveguide arrangement;
a second input coupling element configured to couple light from a second subfield of the source image having field angles from a second field angle range;
the second subfield is at least partly different from the first subfield;
the second field angle range is at least partly different from the first field angle range;
the transmitted first subfield and the transmitted at least one second subfield are at least partly superimposed on each other after coupling out from the optical waveguide arrangement; and
at least one subfield selected from the group consisting of the first subfield and the second subfield is at least partly arcuately bounded before coupling into the optical waveguide arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,191,287

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An optical element comprising:a plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors that are provided so as to be parallel to each other with a space therebetween, reflect a part of image light incident from an incidence portion, and make the other part of the image light transmit therethrough; and
a light-transmittance member that supports the plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors,
wherein the light-transmittance member includes an incidence surface on which the image light is incident and an emission surface from which the image light is emitted,
wherein each of the plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors is disposed to be inclined with respect to the incidence surface and the emission surface,
wherein the plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors include a plurality of regions having different reflectivity in an inclination direction,
wherein the plurality of regions of each of the plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors include at least a low reflectivity region that is positioned on a side far away from the emission surface in the inclination direction and a high reflectivity region that is positioned on a side closer to the emission surface than the low reflectivity region in the inclination direction and has a higher reflectivity than reflectivity of the low reflectivity region, and
wherein an occupation area of the high reflectivity region in the reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirror that is positioned on a side far away from the incidence portions is larger than an occupation area of the high reflectivity variation region of the reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirror that is positioned on a side close to the incidence portions in the plurality of reflectivity variation partially reflecting mirrors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,286

OPTICAL IMAGING STRUCTURE AND VIRTUAL REALITY SPECTACLES

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An optical imaging structure, comprising:an eyeglass component for observation by left and right eyes; and
at least one light guide wall distributed along an edge of the eyeglass component, wherein, two opposite end faces of the at least one light guide wall are respectively a light incoming face and a light outgoing face, and the light outgoing face of the at least one light guide wall faces towards an observation side of the optical imaging structure;
wherein, the at least one light guide wall protrudes over the eyeglass component in a direction from the light incoming face to the light outgoing face of the at least one light guide wall, an inner rim of the light outgoing face of the at least one light guide wall joins the edge of the eyeglass component and extends in an optical axis direction of the eyeglass component, and, the light outgoing face of the at least one light guide wall is gradually distanced from the eyeglass component from the inner rim to an outer rim of the light outgoing face; and
wherein, the at least one light guide wall comprises at least a first light guide wall and a second light guide wall respectively disposed at left and right sides of the eyeglass component.

US Pat. No. 10,191,283

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR EYEBOX EXPANSION DISPLAYS IN WEARABLE HEADS-UP DISPLAYS

NORTH INC., Kitchener (C...

1. A wearable heads-up display comprising:a support structure that in use is worn on a head of a user;
a holographic combiner carried by the support structure, wherein the holographic combiner is positioned within a field of view of an eye of the user when the support structure is worn on the head of the user;
a scanning laser projector carried by the support structure, the scanning laser projector comprising a laser module to produce light signals and at least one scan mirror to reflect the light signals to select regions of the holographic combiner;
an exit pupil selector carried by the support structure and positioned in an optical path between the at least one scan mirror and the holographic combiner, the exit pupil selector controllably switchable into and between respective ones of N different discrete orientations, where N is an integer greater than 1, wherein in each one of the N different discrete orientations the exit pupil selector is positioned and oriented to receive at least one light signal generated by the scanning laser projector and redirect the at least one light signal towards the holographic combiner effectively from a respective one of N discrete spatially-separated virtual positions for the scanning laser projector, and wherein the holographic combiner comprises at least one hologram positioned and oriented to, for each one of the N different discrete orientations of the exit pupil selector, converge light signals received from the exit pupil selector to a respective one of N discrete exit pupils at or proximate the eye of the user; and
an eye tracker carried by the support structure and communicatively coupled to the exit pupil selector, the eye tracker positioned and oriented to determine a gaze direction of the eye of the user, wherein the exit pupil selector is controllably switchable into and between respective ones of the N different discrete orientations based on the gaze direction of the eye of the user determined by the eye tracker.

US Pat. No. 10,191,281

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY FOR VISUALLY RECOGNIZING INPUT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A head-mountable display device, comprising:a display screen; and
circuitry configured to:
communicate with an input device that is independent of the head-mountable display device,
wherein the input device includes at least one touch sensor, and
wherein the at least one touch sensor is beneath an input operation surface of the input device;
control the display screen to display a primary image, an operation image, and an auxiliary image,
wherein the operation image is overlaid on the primary image,
wherein the auxiliary image is overlaid on the operation image,
wherein the operation image of a first size is displayed at a first display position on the display screen,
wherein the auxiliary image indicates three-dimensional positional information of a target object relative to the input operation surface of the input device, and
wherein the three-dimensional positional information of the target object includes a distance of the target object from the input operation surface of the input device;
change the first display position of the operation image of the first size to a second display position of the operation image of a second size on the display screen, based on at least an object included in the primary image,
wherein the second display position is different from the first display position; and
control the display screen to further display the operation image of the second size at the second display position.

US Pat. No. 10,191,280

GLASS PANEL FOR DISPLAY SYSTEM

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD...

13. The glazing as claimed in claim 1, wherein the two hydroxyl groups are in para position on the benzene ring.

US Pat. No. 10,191,279

EYE IMAGING IN HEAD WORN COMPUTING

Osterhout Group, Inc., S...

1. A head-worn computer with a see-through computer display through which a user is able to see a surrounding environment and upon which a user is able to see digitally presented content, comprising:an eye imaging camera mounted in the head-worn computer at a position to capture an image of an eye of the user;
an eye illumination system mounted in the head-worn computer at a position to illuminate the eye such that an eye glint is produced and reflected from the eye of the user towards the eye imaging camera;
a processor, in the head-worn computer, adapted to compute a position of the eye from the image of the eye, as determined by a relative position of the eye glint to a portion of the eye, and to compare the position of the eye with dimensions of a field of view of the see-through computer display to determine a position of the eye with respect to the field of view;
the processor further adapted to establish a virtual target line in a direction that intersects a forward direction of the eye and the field of view, forming a field of view intersection; and
causing content to display at the field of view intersection such that the content is aligned with a viewing perspective of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,191,272

ELECTROWETTING ASSEMBLY TECHNIQUE AND CELL STRUCTURE

ABL IP HOLDING LLC, Cony...

1. A method, comprising steps of:preparing a light transmissive member including: a well having a sealed distal end, an opening at a proximal end of the well, and an electrode landing zone around the opening at the proximal end of the well;
forming control channel electrodes electrically isolated from each other on the light transmissive member, each control channel electrode comprising a first part formed on a respective portion of an interior wall surface of the well and a second part formed on a respective portion of the electrode landing zone;
forming a dielectric layer including a first portion covering the first parts of the control channel electrodes on the portions of the interior wall surface of the well and a second portion covering some but not all of the second parts of the control channel electrodes on portions of the electrode landing zone;
installing a flexible circuit board over at least some of the second parts of the control channel electrodes on the electrode landing zone, wherein a surface of the flexible circuit board facing the electrodes includes electrical contacts isolated from each other, each electrical contact being located on the flexible circuit board to contact a part of a respective control channel electrode not covered by the dielectric layer;
installing a flexible seal on the second portion of the dielectric layer, the flexible seal surrounding and having an opening aligned around the proximal end of the well;
installing first and second fluids in the well such that the first fluid is at the sealed distal end of the well and the second fluid fills a remainder of the well to the opening at the proximal end of the well, wherein: the first fluid is relatively non-conductive, the second fluid is relatively conductive, and the first and second fluids are immiscible with respect to each other;
forming a common electrode on at least a portion of a light transmissive plate; and
installing the light transmissive plate over the flexible seal, in such a manner that:
the light transmissive plate covers the opening at the proximal end of the well,
the light transmissive plate forms a contact seal with the flexible seal around the opening at the proximal end of the well, and
the common electrode contacts the second fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,191,271

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image pickup system comprising:a light source apparatus configured to sequentially emit lights with a plurality of mutually different wavelength bands as illumination light for illuminating an object;
an objective optical system configured to form an image of light from the object illuminated by the illumination light;
an image pickup device provided with an image pickup surface formed by two-dimensionally arranging a plurality of pixels for receiving the light formed by the objective optical system and photoelectrically converting the received light to generate electric signals;
a judging portion configured to perform a judgment process for judging: the object is observed in which of a distant view and a near view; and
an image pickup control portion configured to perform control for setting a reading mode of the image pickup device to either a single pixel reading mode which is a mode for sequentially reading the electric signals generated by the respective pixels arranged on the image pickup surface one by one, or a pixel addition reading mode which is a mode for, with electric signals generated by one pixel group constituted by a plurality of pixels arranged mutually adjoining one another on the image pickup surface as electric signals corresponding to one pixel, sequentially reading the electric signals corresponding to one pixel, according to a judgment result obtained by the judgment process of the judging portion; wherein
the light source apparatus is configured to be able to sequentially emit light of a red wavelength band, light of a green wavelength band and light of a blue wavelength band as the illumination light; and
the image pickup control portion performs control for setting the reading mode of the image pickup device to the single pixel reading mode when a judgment result that the object is observed in the distant view is obtained, and it is detected that the light of the blue wavelength band is emitted from the light source apparatus as the illumination light; and performs control for setting the reading mode of the image pickup device to the pixel addition reading mode when the judgment result that the object is observed in the distant view is obtained, and it is detected that the light of the red wavelength band is emitted from the light source apparatus as the illumination light.

US Pat. No. 10,191,254

WIDE-ANGLE LENS AND IMAGING UNIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A wide-angle lens, comprising:a first lens group that has positive refractive power;
an aperture stop;
a second lens group that has negative refractive power; and
a third lens group that has positive refractive power, wherein
the first lens group, the aperture stop, the second lens group, and the third lens group are arranged in order from an object side toward an image side,
a focusing operation is based on a movement of the second lens group toward the image side upon variation in subject distance from infinite to proximity,
the first lens group includes a negative lens, a first lens that has negative refractive power, a second lens that has positive refractive power, and at least one cemented lens,
the negative lens, the first lens, the second lens, and the at least one cemented lens are arranged in order from the object side toward the image side,
the negative lens is closer to the object side than remaining lenses of the first lens group and the negative lens has a convex surface that faces the object side, and
the following conditional expression is satisfied,
0.5 where f1 is a focal distance of the first lens group in a condition that the infinite is in focus, and f is a focal distance of a whole system in the condition that the infinite is in focus.

US Pat. No. 10,191,250

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY, IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

1. An optical imaging lens assembly comprising six lens elements, the six lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element;wherein the first lens element has negative refractive power, the second lens element has positive refractive power, the third lens element has an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof and an image-side to surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, the fifth lens element has positive refractive power, the sixth lens element has an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, and the image-side surface of the sixth lens element has at least one inflection point;
wherein an axial distance between an object-side surface of the first lens element and an image surface is TL, a focal length of the optical imaging lens assembly is f, a curvature radius of an object-side surface of the fourth lens element is R7, a curvature radius of an image-side surface of the fourth lens element is R8, and the following conditions are satisfied:
1.53?TL/f<2.85; and
0<(R7+R8)/(R7?R8)<5.0.

US Pat. No. 10,191,247

IMAGING LENS HAVING FOUR LENS ELEMENTS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An imaging lens comprising first, second, third, and fourth lens elements arranged from an object side to an image side in the given order, each of the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements having an object-side surface facing toward the object side and an image-side surface facing toward the image side, wherein:the image-side surface of the first lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the first lens element;
the image-side surface of the second lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the second lens element;
the third lens element has a positive refractive power and the object-side surface of the third lens element comprises a concave portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the third lens element;
the object-side surface of the fourth lens element comprises a convex portion in a vicinity of an optical axis of the fourth lens element;
the imaging lens has a fixed focal length and does not include any lens element with refractive power other than the first, second, third, and fourth lens elements; and
the imaging lens satisfies
1.30?Gaa/(G12+G23)?1.83, where
Gaa represents a sum of a distance between the image-side surface of the first lens element and the object-side surface of the second lens element at the optical axis, a distance between the image-side surface of the second lens element and the object-side surface of the third lens element at the optical axis, and a distance between the image-side surface of the third lens element and the object-side surface of the fourth lens element at the optical axis,
G12 represents a distance between the image-side surface of the first lens element and the object-side surface of the second lens element at the optical axis,
G23 represents a distance between the image-side surface of the second lens element and the object-side surface of the third lens element at the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,191,246

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A zoom lens consisting of, 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;
a third lens group that has a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens group that has a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens group that has a positive refractive power,
wherein all intervals between the lens groups adjacent to each other change during zooming,
wherein an aperture diaphragm is disposed between a surface of the second lens group closest to an image side and a surface of the fourth lens group closest to the object side,
wherein the first lens group and the fifth lens group each consist of two or less lenses,
wherein a lens of the second lens group closest to the object side is a meniscus lens which has a negative refractive power and of which an object side surface has a convex shape,
wherein a lens of the fourth lens group closest to the image side is a meniscus lens which has a negative refractive power and of which an image side surface has a convex shape, and
wherein the following conditional expression (3) is satisfied,
?0.35 where f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens group, and
f1 is a focal length of the first lens group.

US Pat. No. 10,191,243

EXPANDABLE MIRRORS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

5. A mirror implementable in a vehicle, comprising:a first pane having a first reflective surface;
a second pane having a second reflective surface;
a third pane having a third reflective surface,
a mechanism connected with each of the first and second panes, wherein the mechanism is configured, when actuated, to expand a viewing area of the mirror from a first size to a second size larger than the first size, the expanded viewing area comprising the first and second reflective surfaces; and
a positioning motor configured to integrally position the first pane and the second pane as a whole for adjusting an orientation of the viewing area of the mirror,
wherein the mechanism comprises a plurality of guiding rails connecting the first, second and third panes, and wherein the mechanism is configured to expand the viewing area of the mirror by sliding the second and third panes along the plurality of guiding rails to expose each of the first, second and third reflective surfaces such that the viewing area of the mirror comprises the first, second and third reflective surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,191,242

MOVEABLE MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE CASE

Scandit AG, Zurich (CH)

1. A case for a portable electronic device having a display screen on a front of the portable electronic device, the case comprising:a housing having a shape fitted at least in part to a shape of at least a portion of an exterior of the portable electronic device and arranged to receive and hold the at least the portion of the portable electronic device, the housing comprising:
a first opening on a front surface of the housing to correspond to a position of the display screen on the front of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing;
a protrusion extending from a back surface of the housing and integrated with the housing, the protrusion having a protrusion top surface, the protrusion being arranged to extend away from a back of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing;
at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the protrusion from the housing; and
at least one optical element, disposed within the protrusion from the housing, to convey light between the at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the housing and the back of the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing, the at least one optical element comprising at least one light-redirecting component arranged in the protrusion so as to redirect light entering the at least one second opening in the protrusion top surface of the protrusion, when the portable electronic device is disposed in the housing, to a camera disposed on the back of the portable electronic device,
wherein:
the protrusion comprises one or more mounting elements, disposed inside the protrusion, to provide a mount that is angled with respect to the back of the portable electronic device and angled with respect to the protrusion top surface; and
the at least one light-redirecting component is mounted on the one or more mounting elements so as to be mounted angled with respect to the back of the portable electronic device and angled with respect to the protrusion top surface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,240

LENS BARREL

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A lens barrel, comprising:a frame body for holding an optical element;
a frame body holding member holding the frame body; and
a mounting member arranged on an object side or an image side of the frame body, mounted on the frame body holding member and having a reference portion on which another member is to be mounted,
wherein the mounting member includes an opening portion open to penetrate from the object side to the image side,
wherein the frame body includes a frame main body portion for holding the optical element, and adjusters arranged at positions spaced apart from each other in a circumferential direction of the frame main body portion for adjusting the position of the frame body with respect to a predetermined axis of the frame body holding member to adjust the orientation of an optical axis in the optical element and the position of the optical element in a direction of the optical axis,
wherein the adjusters are arranged at respective positions that are each adjustable from the opening portion, each of the adjusters including a biasing member for biasing the frame main body portion toward the image side in the optical axis direction, and a bolt-like engaging member held in the frame main body portion and being operable from the opening portion for moving the frame main body portion toward an object side of the optical axis direction against biasing force provided by the biasing member,
wherein the frame body holding member includes main body mounting pieces, each main body mounting piece being configured to receive a respective bolt-like engaging member, the main body mounting pieces being fixed to the frame body holding member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,239

HYBRID CABLE TRANSITION ASSEMBLY

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. An assembly for breaking out hybrid power/fiber cable, comprising:a hybrid power/fiber cable comprising a plurality of conductors and a plurality of optical fibers, wherein first lengths of the conductors and the optical fibers are circumferentially surrounded by an armor layer, and wherein a portion of the armor layer is circumferentially surrounded by a cable jacket, and wherein second lengths of the conductors and the optical fibers are free of the armor layer and the cable jacket;
a breakout sleeve having an internal bore, a portion of the cable jacket and a portion of the armor layer residing in the internal bore, and portions of the second lengths of the conductors and optical fibers residing in the internal bore;
wherein the breakout sleeve is fixed to the cable jacket and includes arcuate, flexible electrical contacts in the internal bore, and wherein the electrical contacts engage the armor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,238

FIBER OPTIC CABLE MANAGEMENT KIT AND CHASSIS

DMSI International, Veni...

1. A fiber optic cable management kit, comprising:a plate adapted to secure to a chassis floor, the plate comprising a plurality of slide-lock apertures disposed through a top face of the plate, the plurality of slide-lock apertures comprising a first group of slide-lock apertures and a second group of slide-lock apertures spaced apart from the first group of slide-lock apertures, wherein each of the first and second groups of slide-lock apertures comprise first slide-lock apertures oriented in a first direction and second slide-lock apertures orientated in a second direction opposite the first direction;
a cable tie down adapted to slide-lock engage the plate, the cable tie down comprising a slide-lock engagement feature and a compliant mechanism each adapted to engage in one of the plurality of slide-lock apertures of the plate, the cable tie down further comprising opposing first and second rows of spaced apertures adapted to receive cable tie downs therethrough; and
a fiber organizer adapted to slide-lock engage the plate, the fiber organizer comprising a slide-lock engagement feature and a compliant mechanism each adapted to engage in one of the plurality of slide-lock apertures of the plate, the fiber organizer further comprising a plurality of spaced parallel arcuate walls each capped with a cable retention feature configured to retain at least one cable between adjacent ones of the spaced parallel arcuate walls, the cable retention feature comprising first and second spaced projections extending perpendicularly from a respective parallel arcuate wall in a direction of an adjacent parallel arcuate wall.

US Pat. No. 10,191,236

HIGH-SPEED MULTI-CHANNEL OPTICAL TRANSMITTER MODULE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

TrueLight Corporation, T...

1. A high-speed multi-channel optical transmitter module, comprising:a casing, having thereinside an accommodation space;
an MT ferrule, located in the accommodation space, having thereof a front end surface exposed out of the casing and a rear end surface having an optical fiber array including a plurality of bare optical fibers;
a waveguide sub-module, located in the accommodation space by closing to the MT ferrule, further including a front portion, a plurality of waveguide structures and a rear portion, the front portion having a recessed portion, the rear portion having a photo-transceiving component accommodation area, and the plurality of waveguide structures located inside the waveguide sub-module and extending between the recessed portion and the photo-transceiving component accommodation area, the recessed portion having a plurality of V-shape grooves extending in a front-rear direction, each of the bare optical fibers being positioned by one said corresponding V-shape groove, such that an end of said each of the bare optical fibers is to contact a contact surface on the recessed portion of the waveguide sub-module and to optically couple one said corresponding waveguide structure;
at least one LD sub-module, located in the photo-transceiving component accommodation area, optically coupled with at least one said corresponding waveguide structure;
at least one PD sub-module, located in the photo-transceiving component accommodation area, optically coupled with at least one said corresponding waveguide structure; and
a circuit board, located in the accommodation space by closing to the rear portion of the waveguide sub-module, electrically coupled with the at least one LD sub-module and the at least one PD sub-module, further having a tail portion thereof exposed out of the casing.