US Pat. No. 10,138,028

SELF-PRIMING-PUMP EQUIPPED PACKAGING BOTTLE

ANHUI JND PLASTIC PACKAGI...

1. A self-priming-pump-equipped packaging bottle, comprising: a tubular bottle body, a piston, an upper seal assembly, and a lower seal assembly; the piston being installed in a lower part of the tubular bottle body; the upper seal assembly being fixed in an upper part of the tubular bottle body; the lower seal assembly being fixed in a middle part of the tubular bottle body between the piston and the upper seal assembly; the upper seal assembly, the lower seal assembly and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-feeding chamber; and the lower seal assembly, the piston, and the tubular bottle body jointly forming a closed material-storing chamber;the lower seal assembly including a seal seat and an elastic sealing gasket, the seal seat having a through hole communicating the material-feeding chamber and the material-storing chamber, the elastic scaling gasket covering the through hole from a side corresponding to the material-feeding chamber; and the seed seat is in connection with the tubular bottle body; and
the upper seal assembly having an umbrella-shaped member, a hollow material-feeding column, a support post, and an end scaling cap; the end sealing cap being fixed inside the umbrella-shaped member through the support post; an outer wall of the hollow material-feeding column closely fitting the support post and extending inward from an opening at an upper end of the umbrella-shaped member; a bottom surface of the hollow material-feeding column, the support post, and the end sealing cap jointly forming a material outlet; and a lower end of the umbrella-shaped member being in interference fit with the seal seat; wherein the elastic sealing gasket includes a circular ring, a seal plate located at a center of the circular ring, and a connecting strip that connects the circular ring and the seal plate, in which the circular ring, the seal plate, and the connecting strip am integrated as a unit, and the seal plate is smaller than the circular ring in terms of thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,138,027

PLUG FOR BEVERAGE CONTAINER LID

StixToGo, Inc., Bothell,...

1. A beverage container packaging system, for temporarily sealing a drinking orifice in a lid of a beverage container, comprising:a beverage container having a rim around the bottom of the container, the rim creating a recessed area outside of the container and on the bottom of the container; and
a plug comprising
a body portion having an upper surface, a lower surface, and a cap portion disposed on the upper surface, the cap portion configured such that the cap portion's cross-sectional dimension exceeds the cross-sectional dimension of the body portion to provide a limit to the insertion of the plug into the orifice;
a first sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, and a second sidewall disposed between the upper surface and the lower surface of the body portion, the first and second sidewalls disposed on opposite sides of the body portion, the first sidewall having a first circumferential depression located in the sidewall; and
an elongate projection of uniform width extending from the lower surface to a length sized such that the plug fits inside the rim and within the recess of the beverage container.

US Pat. No. 10,138,026

RESEALABLE FLEXIBLE PACKAGE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

SONOCO DEVELOPMENT, INC.,...

1. A flexible package comprising:a first panel and a second panel that are formed by a flexible material, the first panel being attached to the second panel to form an interior cavity, between the first panel and second panel, in which content is stored; and
an activatable adhesive that is located on an exterior surface of the first panel or the second panel, the adhesive having an inactive state and an active state,
wherein the inactive state precludes the adhesive from bonding with a separate portion of the first or second panel,
wherein the active state is achieved by roughening, rubbing, heating, or scraping the adhesive and, when activated, enables the adhesive to bond with a separate portion of the first or second panel; and
a seal between the first panel and the second panel which defines an openable access point for the package,
wherein the activatable adhesive is disposed on an exterior of the first panel in the location of the seal, and
wherein when the package is in a resealed position, the activated adhesive is releasably bonded to an interior surface of the second panel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,017

LOADED PALLET CONTAINER

1. A loaded pallet container, comprising:a rectangular container body soleplate;
a front enclosure plate, a rear enclosure plate, a left enclosure plate, and a right enclosure plate, wherein the front enclosure plate, rear enclosure plate, left enclosure plate, and right enclosure plate are vertically disposed on the container body soleplate;
a rectangular accommodating cavity defined by the container body soleplate, the front enclosure plate, the rear enclosure plate, the left enclosure plate, and the right enclosure plate;
a cover being matched with and covering an upper opening of the accommodating cavity; and
a horizontal rotating shaft suspended on an outer wall surface of the rear enclosure plate close to the upper opening of the accommodating cavity,
wherein a horizontal long hole is provided on a left side surface and a right side surface of the cover corresponding to two ends of the horizontal rotating shaft, respectively, and the cover is rotationally connected to the horizontal rotating shaft through the horizontal long holes,
a bottom edge of each of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate horizontally extends outward to form a lower flange,
a bottom edge and two side edges of each of the left enclosure plate and the right enclosure plate horizontally extend outward to form a side enclosure plate lower flange and side enclosure plate side flanges, and
the lower flange is horizontally resisted against the side enclosure plate lower flange on a corresponding upper surface of the container body soleplate and kept in flexible connection thereto, and the side enclosure plate side flanges are horizontally resisted against corresponding inner side surfaces of the front enclosure plate and the rear enclosure plate and kept in flexible connection thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,138,007

UNIT AND METHOD FOR FILLING CONTAINING ELEMENTS OF SINGLE-USE CAPSULES FOR EXTRACTION OR INFUSION BEVERAGES

GIMA, S.P.A., Zola Predo...

1. A filling unit for filling containing elements (2) of single-use capsules (3) with a dose (33) of product for extraction or infusion beverages, comprising:a transport line (4) for transporting the containing elements (2) extending along a first movement path (P) and provided with a plurality of supporting seats (5) for the containing elements (2) arranged in succession along the first movement path (P);
a filling station (SR) for filling the above-mentioned containing elements (2) with a dose (33) of product;characterised in that the filling station (SR) comprises:at least one first containing seat (S1) designed to receive a dose (33) of product and movable along a second movement path (P1);
a forming substation (ST1) for forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1), provided with a releasing device (6) for releasing a predetermined quantity of product forming the dose (33) inside the at least one first containing seat (S1);
at least one second containing seat (S2) designed to receive the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) and movable along a third movement path (P2);
a transfer substation (ST2) for transferring the dose (33) of product from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2);
first devices (7) for moving the at least one first containing seat (S1) between the forming substation (ST1) and the transfer substation (ST2) and vice versa;
a release substation (ST3) for releasing the dose (33) of product from the at least one second containing seat (S2) to a containing element (2) transported by the transport line (4);
further second devices (8) for moving the at least one second containing seat (S2), designed to move the second containing seat (S2) along the third movement path (P2) from the transfer substation (ST2) to the release substation (ST3) and vice versa, the transfer substation (ST2) and the release substation (ST3) being positioned at a predetermined distance from one another along the third movement path (P2), the third movement path (P2) being parallel to the first movement path (P) of the transport line (4) at the release substation (ST3);wherein the at least one first containing seat (S1) is defined by lateral walls of a cavity (18) and by a bottom wall (F), the filling unit comprising, for each first containing seat (S1):a piston (13) movable between a lower position where it defines the bottom wall (F) of the at least one first containing seat (S1) and an upper position where it closes the top of the cavity (18);
means (14) for moving the piston (13), for moving the piston (13) between the lower and upper positions; andwherein the means (14) for moving the piston (13) are designed to position the piston (13) in a compacting position, which is intermediate between the lower position and the upper position, in a compacting region (R4), to compact the dose (33) of product; the filling unit further comprising a control and drive unit (15), connected to the means (14) for moving the piston (13) and configured for moving the piston (13) from the lower position to the upper position at the transfer substation (ST2) so as to transfer the dose (33) from the at least one first containing seat (S1) to the at least one second containing seat (S2).

US Pat. No. 10,137,999

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AIRFLOW CONTROL SURFACE SKEW CONDITIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:an aircraft wing;
a support linkage;
a flap coupled to the aircraft wing via the support linkage;
a sensor coupled to the flap at a location proximate to the support linkage, the sensor configured to generate first vibration data for the location; and
a detector communicatively coupled to the sensor, the detector to:
identify a change in a rotational constraint of the flap relative to the support linkage based on a shift in a peak of the first vibration data relative to a peak of second vibration data; and
detect a skew condition of the flap based on the change.

US Pat. No. 10,137,993

MIXING BLEED AND RAM AIR USING AN AIR CYCLE MACHINE WITH TWO TURBINES

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. An air cycle machine for an environmental control system for an aircraft, the air cycle machine comprising:a compressor configured to compress a first medium;
a turbine configured to receive second medium;
a mixing point downstream of the compressor and downstream of the turbine; and
a shaft mechanically coupling the compressor and the turbine;
a second turbine mounted on the shaft and configured to expand the first medium,
wherein the environmental control system comprises a fan driven by a third turbine driven by the second medium.

US Pat. No. 10,137,991

TRAY TABLE DEPLOYABLE FROM LOWER SEATBACK AREA

1. A passenger seat comprising:a tray table support bracket comprising:
at least one support arm haying a proximal end configured to hingedly couple to a passenger seatback, the at least one support arm operable to pivot between a stowed position in which a distal end of the at least one support arm is oriented to be substantially parallel to the seatback, and a deployed position in which the distal end of the at least one support aim is displaced away from the seatback,
a guide member extending between the distal end and the proximal end of the at least one support arm; and
a rocker actuator disposed at the distal end of the at least one support arm;
a tray table coupled to the tray table support bracket and configured to provide a substantially horizontal work surface when in a deployed state, the tray table comprising:
a hinge base portion in a slidable engagement relationship with the guide member and being rotatably coupled to the at least one support arm about a lateral axis of rotation when the hinge base is positioned proximate to the distal end of the at least one support arm, and
an extension portion configured to define a work surface, the extension portion being in a controlled slidable engagement relationship with the hinge base portion; and
a rocker latch pivotably coupled to the hinge base portion and operable to pivot between a locked position corresponding to a partially deployed state of the binge base portion and an unlocked position corresponding to a fully deployed state of the hinge base portion;
wherein the rocker actuator comprises a spring bias mechanism directed downward to engage a proximal end of the rocker latch in response to the hinge base portion rotating about the lateral axis of rotation toward the fully deployed state of the hinge base portion; and
wherein when in the locked position, a distal end of the rocker latch engages and retains the extension portion in a retracted position relative to the hinge base portion, and wherein when in the unlocked position, the distal end of the latch disengages the extension portion such that the extension portion is free to slide distally relative to the hinge base portion, the latch being configured to automatically unlock responsive to the hinge base portion rotating about the lateral axis of toward the fully deployed state.

US Pat. No. 10,137,989

CONSTRUCTION KIT AND METHOD FOR A HOUSING STRUCTURE OF A MONUMENT FOR A VEHICLE CABIN

Airbus Operations GmbH, ...

1. A vehicle cabin monument housing construction kit, the kit comprising:a plurality of integrally formed sandwich panels, each of the sandwich panels having a first and a second cover panel surrounding a core, and formed with panel connecting structures, each of the panel connecting structures formed as a plug region or as a mating plug region,
wherein the construction kit further comprises:
at least one fastening rail having a receiving space extending along the longitudinal direction of the at least one fastening rail, the receiving space being configured to receive and fasten mounting feet of fixing elements to the at least one fastening rail to fix the monument in position inside the cabin,
wherein the at least one fastening rail is formed with rail-to-panel connecting structures, each of the rail-to-panel connecting structures formed as a plug region or as a mating plug region, and
wherein the mating plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail is formed to be complementary to the plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail, and the plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail is formed to be complementary to the mating plug region of any of the sandwich panels and the at least one fastening rail, so that the at least one fastening rail is configured to be plugged together with at least one of the plurality of sandwich panels at least one of the plurality of sandwich panels with the plug region is configured to be plugged together with one of the plurality of sandwich panels with the mating plug region.

US Pat. No. 10,137,988

TOILET SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A toilet system comprising:a waste receptacle comprising an outlet configured to channel waste therethrough; and
a conveyor assembly comprising:
a housing that comprises an inlet and at least one outlet comprising a solid waste outlet and a liquid waste outlet, said inlet coupled in direct flow communication with said outlet of said waste receptacle such that both liquid waste and solid waste are received within said housing from said waste receptacle, said solid waste outlet positioned to receive solid waste transported by said transport mechanism, and said liquid waste outlet positioned to receive liquid waste separated from the solid waste; and
a transport mechanism positioned within said housing, said transport mechanism operable to actively transport the waste from said inlet towards said at least one outlet of said housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,987

MOBILE GALLEY CART WITH HEATING, COOLING AND BRAKING FUNCTIONALITY

1. An aircraft galley cart, comprising:a housing comprising a bottom, a top, two side walls, a first end wall, and a second end wall;
a first handle assembly mounted to an upper end of the first end wall;
a second handle assembly mounted to an upper end of the second end wall, wherein each of the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly includes an articulating member that moves between a first position when the handle assembly is grasped by a user and a second position when the handle assembly is not being grasped by the user;
at least four wheels, wherein each wheel of the at least four wheels is mounted proximate to a respective corner of four corners of the bottom of the housing;
at least one braking assembly configured to selectively engage or disengage a wheel brake on one or more of the at least four wheels; and
a cabling assembly connecting each of the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly to the at least one braking assembly, wherein the cabling assembly is configured to disengage the at least one braking assembly upon actuation of the articulating member of either of the first handle and the second handle to the first position, and to engage the at least one braking assembly upon actuation of the articulating member of both the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly to the second position, wherein the cabling assembly comprises:
a first cable routed from one end of the first handle assembly, down a first side of the first end wall, along the bottom of the housing and communicatively connecting to the at least one braking assembly, and up a second side of the first end wall to a second end of the first handle assembly; and
a second cable routed from one end of the second handle assembly, down a first side of the second end wall, along the bottom of the housing and communicatively connecting to the at least one braking assembly, and up a second side of the second end wall to a second end of the second handle assembly;
wherein the at least one braking assembly is configured for independent actuation by the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly, wherein
the at least one braking assembly engages the wheel brake on the one or more of the at least four wheels when the respective articulating member of both the first handle assembly and the second handle assembly are simultaneously in the second position, and
the at least one braking assembly disengages the wheel brake on the one or more of the at least four wheels when the respective articulating member of either the first handle assembly or the second handle assembly is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,986

AIRLIFT PACKAGE PROTECTION AIRBAG CONTAINER

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A container configured to protect an item during transport to a destination, the container comprising:an inflatable portion that includes inflatable sidewalls that connect an inflatable cover to an inflatable base, at least the inflatable sidewalls formed from an elongated tubular inflatable vessel arranged as a helix defining a non-pressurized internal cavity to secure the item therewithin, the elongated tubular inflatable vessel having a filling orifice to inflate the inflatable sidewalls, the inflatable cover, and the inflatable base with gas; and
two or more apertures through the inflatable cover that enable coupling arms to couple to the item in the non-pressurized internal cavity during transport while the elongated tubular inflatable vessel is inflated.

US Pat. No. 10,137,985

STEALTH AERIAL VEHICLE

Airbus Defence and Space ...

1. A method of operating an aerial vehicle, the method comprising the acts of:taking off the aerial vehicle in a second attitude in which a first side faces down, wherein the first side of the aerial vehicle has a landing gear bay, and wherein a second side of the aerial vehicle has no bays, has a smaller radar signature than the first side and is arranged opposite to the first side of the aerial vehicle;
retracting a landing gear into the landing gear bay that is arranged on the first side;
switching from the second attitude to a first attitude in which the second side faces in a direction of a threat during a portion of flight of the aerial vehicle;
switching from the first attitude to the second attitude in which the first side faces down;
extending the landing gear while the aerial vehicle is in the second attitude; and
landing the aerial vehicle in the second attitude in which the first side faces down.

US Pat. No. 10,137,984

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATING DRONES IN RESPONSE TO AN INCIDENT

State Farm Mutual Automob...

1. A response drone for detecting incidents within a coverage area including a plurality of zones, the response drone comprising a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and a sensor, wherein the processor is programmed to:detect a triggering activity associated with a first zone of the plurality of zones;
determine a navigation path to the first zone;
travel to the first zone based upon the determined navigation path;
collect sensor data using the sensor at the first zone;
detect items located within the first zone and associate each of the detected items with an identifier and a location within the first zone;
compare the detected items to a virtual inventory stored in the memory of items within the first zone;
identify a difference between the detected items and the stored items of the virtual inventory;
tag a point of interest within the first zone based upon a stored location of the difference by associating an identifier and a location with the point of interest and storing the identifier and the location within the memory;
trigger an insurance event based upon the tagged point of interest; and
transmit an alert to a user computing device associated with a user to notify the user of the triggered insurance event, wherein the alert includes the collected sensor data with the tagged point of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,137,979

AIRCRAFT AND MISSILE FOREBODY FLOW CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FLOW

Orbital Research Inc., C...

1. A method of stabilization and maneuvering a missile or aircraft comprising the steps ofa. estimating or determining side forces on a missile or an aircraft forebody based at least in part on a signal from at least one sensor; the missile or aircraft further comprising at least one deployable and retractable flow effector on the missile or aircraft forebody and a closed loop control system for controlling the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector at least in part by indirectly estimating or determining flow separation, or estimating or determining side forces on the forebody based on the signal from at least one sensor;
b. activating the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector to counteract or change the side forces by activation of the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector with the closed loop controller based on at least in part the signal of the at least one sensor;
c. re-estimating or determining side forces on the missile or aircraft forebody based at least in part on a signal from the at least one sensor; and
d. deactivating the at least one deployable and retractable flow effector by retracting the flow effector to a position at or beneath the surface of the missile or aircraft in response to reduced or changed side forces.

US Pat. No. 10,137,978

FOLDING WING TIP DEVICE WITH ROTATABLE LOCK

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An aircraft, comprising:an aircraft wing, the aircraft wing comprising a fixed wing and a wing tip device at the tip thereof, wherein the wing tip device is configurable between:
(i) a locked flight configuration for use during flight and (ii) a ground configuration for use during ground-based operations, in which ground configuration the wing tip device is moved away from the locked flight configuration such that the span of the aircraft wing is reduced, the aircraft wing further comprising a locking mechanism for locking the wing tip device in the locked flight configuration, the locking mechanism having a longitudinal axis and comprising a first part associated with one of the fixed wing and the wing tip device, and a second part associated with the other of the fixed wing and wing tip device,
the locking mechanism having a locked configuration, in which the first part is received in the second part such that the first part is prevented from being withdrawn from the second part along the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism, and an unlocked configuration, in which the first part is received in the second part such that the first part is free to be withdrawn from the second part along the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism is moved between the locked configuration and the unlocked configuration by rotation of at least one of the first part or second part around the longitudinal axis of the locking mechanism,
wherein the first part is a male locking pin having a longitudinal axis shared with the locking mechanism, with one or more flanges extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the locking pin,
wherein the second part is a female receiving portion, with an opening aperture shaped to allow passage of the male locking pin in a longitudinal direction when the locking mechanism is in the unlocked configuration, and
wherein the female receiving portion comprises at least one internal receiving chamber, the receiving chamber arranged to receive a flange of the male locking pin and prevent longitudinal movement of the male locking pin when the locking mechanism is in the locked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,974

MONUMENT FOR A CABIN OF A VEHICLE, AND FASTENING ARRANGEMENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH, ...

1. A monument for a cabin of a vehicle, comprising:an outer housing side; and
a fastening rail for fastening connection elements in a longitudinal direction of the fastening rail in order to fix the monument in position inside the cabin,
the fastening rail having a receiving space extending in the longitudinal direction of the fastening rail, which space is designed to receive and fasten a plurality of mounting feet of the connection elements to the fastening rail, and being embedded in the outer housing side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,973

PROPULSION CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MARINE VESSEL

1. A propulsion control system for controlling a marine vessel comprising a propulsion unit set which in turn comprises at least four propulsion units, the marine vessel comprising a longitudinal centre line and a transversal line, the transversal line extending in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal centre line and also extends through the steering axis of an aftmost of the propulsion units, the marine vessel comprising four quadrants defined by the longitudinal centre line and the transversal line, wherein a first and a second quadrant are located on the same side of the longitudinal centre line, the propulsion control system being adapted to receive an input command from a vessel steering control arrangement, wherein, if the input command is indicative of a combined sway and yaw motion being desired, the propulsion control system is adapted to control the propulsion unit set such that:each one of a first, a second, a third and a fourth propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction that forms an angle with the longitudinal centre line;
each one of the first, second and third propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction towards the first quadrant;
the fourth propulsion unit of the propulsion unit set produces a thrust in a direction towards the second quadrant, and
the magnitude of the thrust produced by each of the first and the fourth propulsion unit is greater than the magnitude of the thrust produced by each one of the second and the third propulsion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,969

FACE MASK WITH MOUNT FOR IMAGING DEVICE

Sport Dimension Inc., Ca...

1. An assembly, comprising:a mask having a frame that includes a right lens frame attached to a left lens frame by a bridge that supports a nosepiece, with a lens retained inside each of the right lens frame and the left lens frame, the frame further including a top surface and a connection region that is cut out from the top surface of the frame at the location of the bridge;
a support piece seated inside the connection region; and
a filler piece that is adapted to be seated inside the connection region and secured inside the connection region by the support piece, the filler piece having a top surface that is flush with the top surface of the frame when the filler piece is secured at the connection region; and
a mount piece having a bottom section, and a mount support extending vertically from the bottom section, with two or more engagement tabs and a retainer engagement tab provided on the mount support and spaced apart so as to define open transverse slots therebetween suitable for the insertion of a camera mount, wherein the bottom section is adapted to be seated inside the connection region and secured inside the connection region by the support piece when the mount piece is secured to the connection region.

US Pat. No. 10,137,966

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING RECIRCULATION-BASED ALTERNATING BLOWDOWN SEA CHEST

12. A method for alternating recirculation-based blowdown of a sea chest comprising the steps of:selecting, by a user, a first mode of operation;
selecting, by the user, a time interval corresponding to the first mode;
initiating, utilizing a pump, suction to a sea chest system;
discharging fluid from a discharge port;
recirculating fluid from the discharge port to the sea chest system; and
switching, utilizing a processor, from the first mode to a second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,137,965

SNOWMOBILE WITH LEANING CAPABILITY AND IMPROVEMENTS THEREFOR

1. A rear snowmobile suspension, comprising:a torsion link structure;
a control arm pivotally connected to a first end of the torsion link structure;
a wheel assembly pivotally connected to a second end of the torsion link structure;
a first slide rail attached to the wheel assembly with a sliding mechanism;
further including a second slide rail attached to the wheel assembly opposite the first slide rail; and
a torsion tube disposed between the first slide rail and second slide rail, the torsion tube attached to the first slide rail, second slide rail, and control arm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,964

ELECTRICAL BICYCLE OPERATING SYSTEM, ELECTRICAL DERAILLEUR, AND ELECTRICAL SEATPOST ASSEMBLY

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

17. An electrical bicycle operating system comprising:a first switch to generate a first transmission control signal;
a second switch to generate a second transmission control signal; and
a control unit to electrically operate at least one of an electrical bicycle seatpost assembly, an electrical suspension, and a driving unit configured to output an assist force when both the first switch and the second switch are operated concurrently, wherein
the control unit is configured to generate a third signal to operate the at least one of the electrical bicycle seatpost assembly, the electrical suspension, and the driving unit when the control unit receives both the first transmission control signal and the second transmission control signal during more than an operation time period.

US Pat. No. 10,137,963

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A transmission of a bicycle comprising:an input rotating body to which a drive force is inputted, the input rotating body comprising an input gear;
a plurality of rotating bodies to which are transmitted rotation of the input rotating body, plurality of rotating bodies comprising an input side gear which meshes with the input rotating body;
a hollow shaft coaxially provided with the rotating bodies and rotatably supporting the rotating bodies; and
a clutch mechanism including a control shaft disposed inside the hollow shaft and being rotatably arranged relative to the hollow shaft, and configured to switch a coupling state between the rotating bodies and the hollow shaft by rotating the control shaft relative to the hollow shaft,
the clutch mechanism being configured to rotate the control shaft by transmitting a drive force that is applied to the input rotating body to the control shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,137,952

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A PICKUP TRUCK BED

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method of manufacturing a truck bed assembly comprising:extruding an aluminum tube;
extruding an aluminum reinforcement member having a channel with an interior surface;
spin-welding the tube to the interior surface of the reinforcement member;
roll-forming a cross-member;
forming a hole in the cross-member; and
inserting the tube through the hole in the cross-member while nesting the cross-member against the interior surface of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,945

DEPLOYABLE FAIRING FOR USE WITH VEHICLES

XStream Trucking Inc., B...

1. A fairing structure for use with vehicles, the fairing structure comprising:a deployable upper panel assembly comprising a deployable upper panel, a first upper wing panel and at least a second upper wing panel, the first upper wing panel and the second upper wing panel each pivotally coupled to the deployable upper panel, the deployable upper panel having a leading edge, a trailing edge, and pivotal about a horizontal axis to move between a retracted configuration of the fairing structure in which the deployable upper panel is tilted relatively downwards from the horizontal axis with the trailing edge of the deployable upper panel positioned relatively below the leading edge of the deployable upper panel and a deployed configuration of the fairing structure in which the deployable upper panel extends rearwardly of the horizontal axis and is tilted relatively upwards from the horizontal axis with the trailing edge of the deployable upper panel positioned relatively above the leading edge of the deployable upper panel;
at least a first deployable side panel, the first deployable side panel coupled to translate and pivot in moving between the retracted configuration of the fairing structure and the deployed configuration of the fairing structure; and
at least a second deployable side panel, the second deployable side panel coupled to translate and pivot in moving between the retracted configuration of the fairing structure and the deployed configuration of the fairing structure,
wherein the first deployable side panel is pivotable about an axis that extends parallel to the proximal edge of the first deployable side panel and the second deployable side panel is pivotable about an axis that extends parallel to the proximal edge of the second deployable side panel,
wherein the axis that the first deployable side panel is pivotable about is spaced from the proximal edge of the fist deployable side panel at least in the deployed configuration of the fairing structure and the axis that the second deployable side panel is pivotable about is spaced from the proximal edge of the second deployable side panel at least in the deployed configuration of the fairing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,941

VEHICLE BODY COMPONENT

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle body component comprising:a basic element;
a reinforcing element reinforcing the basic element, the reinforcing element being a fiber-reinforced plastics material and being joined form-fittingly at least in discrete locations to the basic element with at least one friction stir welded joint that joins the reinforcing element directly to a base, a flange, or a flank of the basic element without disturbing any fibers within the reinforcing element,
wherein the basic element is a pillar of a vehicle body or a roof element of a vehicle,
wherein the reinforcing element is bonded to the basic element by an adhesive layer that extends along the base and the flange of the basic element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,940

VEHICLE MEMBER JOINING STRUCTURE AND VEHICLE MEMBER JOINING METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle member joining structure comprising:a metal member that is part of a vehicle;
a resin member that is adjacent to the metal member; and
an adhesive that is provided between the metal member and the resin member and joins the metal member to the resin member, the adhesive having an elastic modulus that is lower than elastic moduli of the metal member and the resin member, wherein
a first through-hole is formed in the metal member, and a second through-hole is formed in the resin member coaxially with the first through-hole,
a fastening member that fastens the metal member and the resin member together is inserted through the first through-hole and the second through-hole,
a gap between a shaft of the fastening member and an inner periphery of at least one of the first through-hole and the second-through hole is larger than a difference in linear expansions of the metal member and the resin member at a time of heating of the vehicle member joining structure in a drying process of the adhesive,
the fastening member has (1) a first head that extends along the resin member from a first end of the shaft and anchors on the resin member, and (2) a second head that extends along the metal member from a second end of the shaft and anchors on the metal member, and
a surface area of a first region at which the metal member and the second head overlap as seen from an axial direction of the fastening member is larger than a surface area of a second region at which the resin member and the first head overlap as seen from the axial direction of the fastening member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,936

COLLAPSIBLE VEHICLE ROOF SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a body structure;
a side bracket secured to the body structure;
a spacer bracket secured to the side bracket and extending in a lateral direction toward an interior of the vehicle; and
a roof bow secured to the spacer bracket and extending in the lateral direction toward the interior of the vehicle, wherein the roof bow is secured to the spacer bracket through at least one fastener adapted to shear under a shear stress, and wherein the roof bow is secured to the spacer bracket such that a distal end of the roof bow is disposed in spaced relation relative to a distal end of the of the spacer bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,934

VEHICLE BODY FRONT STRUCTURE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle body-front structure comprising:a front side frame provided at a front portion of a vehicle body,
said front side frame including
a front frame extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body,
and a rear frame extending downward and rearward from a rear-end portion of said front frame,
wherein the front frame has a rear portion including
a front, bulkhead and a rear bulkhead which are longitudinally spaced apart from each other,
and a recessed portion including an outside wall disposed outside in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle body and recessed inward in the vehicle width direction,
and said recessed portion is positioned between said front bulkhead and said rear bulkhead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,931

REDUNDANT STEERING CONTROLS FOR AUTOMATED DRIVING

Continental Automotive Sy...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a brake system operable for controlling a steering system, including:
a primary brake control module for controlling fluid pressure in the brake system;
a secondary brake control module for controlling fluid pressure in the brake system independently of the primary brake control module;
at least one brake unit controlled by the primary brake control module or the secondary brake control module, the least one brake unit used for decelerating a vehicle;
at least one hydraulic motor controlled by the secondary brake control module;
a steering system used for steering the vehicle, the at least one hydraulic motor being part of the steering system;
at least one wheel being part of the steering system;
a virtual driver in electrical communication with the primary brake control module and the secondary brake control module;
a first mode of operation, the at least one wheel being configured to make a right-hand turn during the first mode of operation; and
a second mode of operation, the at least one wheel being configured to make a left-hand turn during the second mode of operation;
wherein the virtual driver is able to send commands to the secondary brake control module such that the secondary brake control module operates the at least one hydraulic motor in the first mode of operation to make the right-hand turn, and the secondary brake control module operates the at least one hydraulic motor in the second mode of operation to make the left-hand turn.

US Pat. No. 10,137,917

SHOPPING CART ITEM SECURING DEVICE

1. A shopping cart attachment comprising:an attachment brace comprising a first member and a second member attached together by a first connector at a first side and a second connector at a second side, wherein a circular opening sized to tightly fit around a handle bar of a shopping cart is defined in between the first member and the second member;
a support arm laterally extending from the second member of the attachment brace at an angle, the support arm comprising a distal end comprising a C-shaped head comprising terminal ends and defining an opening perpendicular to the circular opening; and
an accessory clasp comprising a lower member extending from the first member of the attachment brace and an upper member, wherein the upper member and the lower member are attached together by a hinge at a first side and releasably attached together by a latch at a second side, wherein an accessory opening is formed in between the lower member and the upper member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,901

INTOXICATED VEHICLE DRIVER ACCIDENT REDUCTION SYSTEM

1. An engine control device for use in a sobriety ignition interlock system comprises:a housing, an engine control processor (ECP), an electronic input port for connecting to an engine sensor assembly, an electronic output port for connecting to an engine control unit (ECU), and a wiring harness for connecting to a sobriety measuring device;
the ECP being positioned within the housing;
the electronic input port and the electronic output port being mounted into the housing;
the ECP being electronically connected in between the electronic input port, the electronic output port, and the wiring harness;
the ECP being configured to receive a sobriety signal from the sobriety measuring device;
the ECP being configured to intercept an engine signal transmitted from the engine sensor assembly to the ECU; and
the ECP being configured to manipulate the engine signal in response to the sobriety signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,900

METHODS FOR VEHICLE SPEED ACCURACY COMPENSATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method, comprising:adjusting a determination of speed of a motor vehicle responsive to character recognition of an image from an on-board camera of the vehicle, the image including a speed measurement source external to the vehicle, and controlling power output of a motor propelling the vehicle based in part on a difference between a desired vehicle speed and the adjusted determination of vehicle speed to achieve the desired vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,892

VEHICLE MONITORING SYSTEM

MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC., ...

1. A vehicle monitoring system, said vehicle monitoring system comprising:a central processor operable to receive data wirelessly communicated to said central processor from multiple vehicles, wherein said central processor is not part of any vehicle of the multiple vehicles;
wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with a plurality of vision sensors and a plurality of non-vision sensors;
wherein said plurality of vision sensors comprises (i) at least one forward viewing camera, (ii) at least one sideward viewing camera and (iii) at least one rearward viewing camera;
wherein said plurality of non-vision sensors comprises at least one of (a) a radar sensor and (b) a LIDAR sensor;
wherein each of the multiple vehicles is equipped with an electronics control unit (ECU);
wherein image data captured by said plurality of vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein sensor data sensed by said plurality of non-vision sensors of each of the multiple vehicles is provided to the ECU of the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein image data and sensor data provided to the ECU of each of the multiple vehicles is processed at that ECU to detect and classify objects external to the respective one of the multiple vehicles;
wherein the respective ECU wirelessly communicates (i) vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and (ii) environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is traveling;
wherein said central processor is operable to wirelessly receive, from each of the multiple vehicles, the respective vehicle data indicative of operation of the respective one of the multiple vehicles and the respective environment data indicative of the environment in which the respective one of the multiple vehicles is operating;
wherein, responsive to vehicle data and environment data wirelessly received at said central processor from the multiple vehicles, said central processor determines if one or more of the multiple vehicles is at or approaching a hazardous condition; and
wherein, responsive to the determination that one or more of the multiple vehicles is a threatened vehicle at a potentially hazardous condition, said central monitoring system at least one of (i) actuates an alert of the threatened vehicle to alert a driver of the threatened vehicle of the determined hazardous condition and (ii) controls a vehicle system of the threatened vehicle to mitigate the determined hazardous condition.

US Pat. No. 10,137,885

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operating a vehicle having different operating modes affecting emissions, comprising:activating, by a vehicle controller, at least one of the different operating modes affecting emissions selected in response to an estimated population density of a designated area associated with a current location or an anticipated future location of the vehicle, wherein the estimated population density is based on smartphone-based positions and velocity vectors of people within a specified estimation area.

US Pat. No. 10,137,880

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

5. A control apparatus that is applied to a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine that serves as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle, an electric motor that serves as a drive source of the hybrid vehicle, and a storage battery that supplies electric power to the electric motor, the hybrid vehicle being configured to perform regenerative braking with use of the electric motor and to charge the storage battery with electric power generated through the regenerative braking, the hybrid vehicle being also configured to charge the storage battery with electric power generated by using output power of the internal combustion engine, the control apparatus being configured to control the internal combustion engine and the electric motor such that a required driving force that is required from the hybrid vehicle is satisfied and a remaining amount of charge of the storage battery approaches a target remaining amount of charge set to a normal remaining amount of charge, the control apparatus comprising:a first memory to store map information;
circuitry configured to:
determine a scheduled travel route from a current location of the hybrid vehicle to a destination on the basis of the map information, the circuitry being configured to search for a target downhill section that satisfies a predetermined condition within the scheduled travel route on the basis of measured gradient information pertaining to a gradient and stored in the first memory for each road section that constitutes the scheduled travel route, and, when there is the target downhill section, determine, within a section from a downhill control start point that is located a predetermined first distance from a start point of the target downhill section to an end point of the target downhill section, a controlled section including at least a section from the downhill control start point to the start point of the target downhill section, and the circuitry being configured to, when the hybrid vehicle has traveled on a road section, acquire actual gradient information pertaining to an actual gradient of the road section from a sensor provided in the hybrid vehicle, and
when the hybrid vehicle travels on the controlled section, execute downhill control in which the target remaining amount of charge is changed to a first remaining amount of charge lower than the normal remaining amount of charge; and
a second memory to store the actual gradient information in association with the road section, wherein
the circuitry is configured to, when the actual gradient information of the road section that constitutes the scheduled travel route is stored in the second memory in a case of searching for the target downhill section, search for the target downhill section by using the actual gradient information instead of the measured gradient information for the road section of which the actual gradient information is stored.

US Pat. No. 10,137,868

BRAKING DEVICE FOR VEHICLES SUCH AS, FOR EXAMPLE, WALKING FRAMES, STROLLERS OR DISABLED WHEELCHAIRS

1. Braking device (100) for a vehicle such as, for example, a walking frame, a stroller or a disabled wheelchair, comprising:a hand grip (2) extending along an extension axis (X-X) adapted to be rotatably mounted on a handlebar of a vehicle;
a slide (3) operatively combined with a cable of a vehicle brake or lock;
said slide (3) being translatable between a locked position tensioning said cable and an unlocked position leaving loose the cable, and vice versa;
said slide (3) being translatable orthogonally to the extension axis (X-X) of said hand grip;
at least one pin element (4) engaged with a profile; said at least one pin element (4) sliding with respect to said profile to activate the translation of said slide; said at least one pin element (4) sliding with respect to said profile between a first position, in which said slide is in the unlocked position, and a second position, in which said slide is in the locked position, and vice versa;
said at least one pin element (4) or said profile (7) being integral with said hand grip so that the rotation of the hand grip activates the translation of said slide (3).

US Pat. No. 10,137,865

HEAT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

1. A heat distribution system configured to melt snow proximate wheels on an automobile; the heat distribution system comprising:a heat exchanger attached to the automobile and configured to heat air flowing past the heat exchanger creating hot air;
a fan, proximate the heat exchanger, and configured to move the hot air;
a manifold, proximate the heat exchanger and configured to receive the hot air from the fan;
a first duct, a second duct, and a transverse duct, joined to the manifold; wherein the first duct further comprises:
a first duct forward portion, directly connected to a first duct outward portion;
a first duct upward portion, directly connected to the first duct outward portion;
a first duct downward portion, directly connected to the first duct upward portion;
wherein the first duct downward portion is directly connected to the first duct nozzle;
a first duct nozzle, attached to an end of the first duct proximate a first wheel on the automobile;
a second duct nozzle, attached to an end of the second duct proximate a second wheel on the automobile;
a third duct, attached to the transverse duct;
a third duct nozzle, attached to an end of the third duct proximate a third wheel on the automobile;
wherein the hot air is pushed through the manifold and out the first duct nozzle, the second duct nozzle, and the third duct nozzle melting the snow proximate the first wheel, the second wheel, and the third wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,863

DETECTING FALSE POSITIONING SIGNALS BASED ON SURVEILLANCE SIGNALS

Honeywell International I...

1. A system, configured to mount on an ownship vehicle, the system comprising:a transceiver configured to:
receive positioning signals; and
receive surveillance signals including surveillance data from a second vehicle;
receive a first alert signal indicating that surveillance signals received by the third vehicle from the second vehicle included a discrepancy; and
processing circuitry configured to:
determine a location of the ownship vehicle based on the positioning signals received by the transceiver;
determine expected characteristics of the surveillance signals received by the transceiver from the second vehicle based on the surveillance data;
compare the expected characteristics and actual characteristics of the surveillance signals received from the second vehicle;
determine that the surveillance signals received by the transceiver from the second vehicle include a discrepancy indicative of false positioning signals in response to comparing the expected characteristics and the actual characteristics;
determine that the transceiver received the first alert signal;
determine the second vehicle received the false positioning signals in response to:
determining that the surveillance signals received by the transceiver from the second vehicle include the discrepancy; and
determining that the transceiver received the first alert signal; and
output a second alert signal indicating that the second vehicle received the false positioning signals in response to determining that the second vehicle received the false positioning signals.

US Pat. No. 10,137,862

METHOD FOR HANDLING TRANSMISSION OF FRAUDULENT FRAMES WITHIN IN-VEHICLE NETWORK

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An anti-fraud method for use in an in-vehicle network system including a plurality of electronic control units that exchange data frames, each having added thereto a message authentication code (MAC), in an in-vehicle network, the anti-fraud method comprising:receiving a data frame transmitted to the in-vehicle network, the data frame having added thereto a MAC;
generating a first MAC by using a MAC key and a value of a counter that counts a number of times the data frame is transmitted to the in-vehicle network;
performing verification that the data frame received has added thereto the first MAC;
incrementing a number of error occurrences when the verification has failed for the data frame, the data frame including a predetermined ID; and
executing, when the number of error occurrences exceeds a predetermined threshold, a process associated in advance with the predetermined ID.

US Pat. No. 10,137,853

VEHICLE AIRBAG DEVICE AND VEHICLE OCCUPANT RESTRAINT DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI,...

1. A vehicle airbag device comprising:an airbag receiving gas supplied from an inflator and being adapted to be inflated and deployed in front of an upper body and above thighs of an occupant seated in a vehicle seat;
the airbag including, in the event that the gas has been supplied inside the airbag and the airbag inflates and deploys, an inflation section having an endless annular shape as viewed along a vehicle width direction, and a hollow section formed in a central portion of the inflation section;
the hollow section being in communication with an exterior of the airbag; and
air at the exterior flowing into the hollow section during inflation and deployment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,838

CART APPARATUSES WITH OPERABLE STEPS

Cannon Equipment LLC, Ca...

1. A cart apparatus comprising:a frame defining a cavity; and
steps coupled to the frame such that the steps are movable into and between an inoperable position in which the steps are nested in the cavity and an operable position in which the steps are at least partially outside the cavity; and
wherein one of the steps and the frame has a guide pin and wherein the other of the steps and the frame defines a slot in which the guide pin is slideable, wherein the slot is configured to guide the steps into and between the inoperable position and the operable position as the guide pin slides in the slot; and
wherein the slot has an upper portion between the first end and the second end that is vertically disposed above the first end of the slot, and wherein the guide pin vertically upwardly slides through the upper portion and then vertically downwardly in the slot toward the second end as the steps are moved from the inoperable position to the operable position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,833

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS, VEHICLE DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS, MOBILE TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile terminal, comprising:an output unit;
a wireless communication unit configured to receive at least one of object information associated with an object located adjacent to a vehicle and driving information associated with the driving of the vehicle from one or more external devices; and
a controller configured to:
detect a collision possibility between the object and the vehicle based on the driving information and the object information, and
control the output unit to output notification information regarding the collision possibility in response to the collision possibility being detected between the vehicle and the object,
wherein the output unit is configured to output the notification information in at least one manner of a visual, auditory and tactile manner, and
wherein the controller is further configured to change the output of the notification information from any one of the visual, auditory and tactile manner to another one thereof according to a degree of the collision possibility.

US Pat. No. 10,137,830

SELF-ADJUSTING LIGHTING BASED ON VIEWING LOCATION

Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. L...

1. An apparatus comprising:an image sensor;
an occupant viewing location module that determines an illuminable region corresponding to a viewing location of a vehicle occupant based on data from the image sensor;
an occupant recognition module that:
matches the vehicle occupant with one of a plurality of stored profiles, and
identifies a seat position of the vehicle occupant, the seat position being one of a driver seat, a front passenger seat, and a rear passenger seat;
a light level module that:
determines a light level for the illuminable region based on values in the matching profile and further based on the seat position, wherein the matching profile includes different light levels for the same illuminable region associated with different seat positions of the occupant, and
identifies an illumination limit for the illuminable region, the illumination limit based on a driver of the vehicle; and
an illumination control module that adjusts an illumination setting of at least one light associated with the illuminable region based on a lesser value of the determined light level and the illumination limit, in response to the determined seat position being one of the front passenger seat and the rear passenger seat.

US Pat. No. 10,137,826

PHOTOLUMINESCENT VEHICLE APPLIQUES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle applique, comprising:a decorative layer;
an over-mold positioned over the decorative layer, the over-mold being substantially transparent;
a light conversion layer positioned on an opposite side of the decorative layer from the over-mold and configured to convert ambient illumination; and
a reflective layer configured to reflect light into the light conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,825

VEHICLE LAMP ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A lamp assembly, comprising:a first light source disposed within a housing and operably coupled with a first light output window disposed on an outboard portion of the housing, the first light source configured to direct light through the first light output window and through a side window of a vehicle;
a second light source disposed within the housing and positioned substantially perpendicular to the first light source and configured to direct light through a bottom portion of the housing; and
a door ajar sensor operably coupled with the first light source, wherein emitted light is emanated from the first light output window through a window of the vehicle when the door ajar sensor detects a door is open.

US Pat. No. 10,137,820

EXPANDABLE HABITATION UNIT

1. A support apparatus for use with an expandable habitation unit having two side modules, a rear module and a roof module, the support apparatus comprising:a main frame independent of the habitation unit, the habitation unit surrounding substantially the entire main frame, the main frame having four upper horizontal bars, four lower horizontal bars, and four vertical bars connecting corners of the upper horizontal bars and the lower horizontal bars, two of the lower horizontal bars further include two arched wheel portions for location adjacent first and second wheels;
the roof module, the rear module and the two side modules being in communication with the main frame, each of the roof module, the rear module and the two side modules being actuated for movement relative to each other so as to vary the size of the habitation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,805

RECLINING BABY CAR SEAT

1. A reclining baby car seat comprising:a car seat base subassembly adapted to rest on a seat cushion of a vehicle and to securely fasten to the vehicle's lower anchors and tethers for children anchors;
a car seat passenger subassembly is slidably interconnected with the car seat base subassembly;
wherein the car seat passenger subassembly is able to move between an upright seating position and a reclining position;
wherein the car seat base subassembly comprises a car seat base, a left lower anchor strap, a right lower anchor strap, a left lower anchor connector, a right lower anchor connector, at least one gear rack, a left wheel channel, and a right wheel channel;
wherein a proximal end of the left lower anchor strap attaches securely to the left, rear section of the car seat base;
wherein a distal end of the left lower anchor strap attaches securely to the left lower anchor connector;
wherein a proximal end of the right lower anchor strap attaches securely to the right, rear section of the car seat base and a distal end of the right lower anchor strap attaches securely to the right lower anchor connector;
wherein the left lower anchor connector clips onto a vehicle left lower anchor and the right lower anchor connector clips onto a vehicle right lower anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,792

VEHICLE CONTROL BASED ON LITHIUM PLATING DETECTION IN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE BATTERY

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A vehicle comprising:a traction battery having a plurality of cells; and
a controller in communication with the traction battery and programmed to control the traction battery responsive to detection of lithium plating in at least one cell of the plurality of cells based on a differential cell voltage of the at least one cell relative to an associated threshold, wherein the controller is further programmed to identify a lithium plated cell based on a relationship between open circuit voltage and state of charge (SOC) of the traction battery for SOC values below a threshold after discharging of the traction battery for a predetermined time to allow completion of lithium stripping.

US Pat. No. 10,137,790

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NOISE REDUCTION IN ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE POWERTRAIN WITH MULTI-THREE-PHASE ELECTRIC DRIVE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:an electric machine configured with at least two sets of three phase windings;
a plurality of power switches configured to selectively couple voltage terminals to each of the phase windings; and
a controller programmed to operate the power switches according to a switching pattern, for each of the sets, updated at intervals defined by a switching frequency and defined so that each of the sets achieves a same reference voltage vector using switching patterns that are different during each one of the intervals.

US Pat. No. 10,137,788

POWER ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A power electronic device, comprising:at least one inductor configured to couple to a first capacitor and a second capacitor; and
a controller configured to control a first current conducting through the inductor and a second current conducting through the inductor, wherein the first and second currents conduct in opposite directions with respect to each other, and the first and second currents interact with each other through the inductor such that a net direct current (DC) component through the inductor is approximately zero, wherein the controller is configured to cause a spectrum to be created in a fifth current associated with the second capacitor via time interleaving, such that the first current is phase shifted with respect to the third current.

US Pat. No. 10,137,787

REGENERATIVE CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR, REGENERATIVE DRIVER FOR ELECTRIC MOTOR, AND POWER-ASSISTED VEHICLE

TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD., T...

1. A regenerative controller for an electric motor that supplies driving power to a vehicle and that regeneratively charges a power storage device in the vehicle, comprising:a wheel rotation detection unit to be provided on the vehicle detecting a rotation amount of one of wheels of the vehicle;
a crank rotation detection unit to be provided on the vehicle detecting a rotation amount of a crank that is configured to be rotatable by a user so as to drive one of the wheels of the vehicle; and
a controller that calculates a first value based on the detected rotation amount of said one of the wheels, a second value based on the detected rotation amount of the crank, and a control parameter based on at least the second value among the first value and the second value, the controller determining whether to perform regeneration charging of the power storage device via the electric motor based on a relative difference between the first value and the second value, and when the regeneration charging is determined to be performed, the controller determining a regeneration amount of the electric motor in accordance with said control parameter, and controlling the electric motor such that the electric motor regeneratively charges the power storage device at the determined regeneration amount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,786

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle control device, which is to be applied to a vehicle, the vehicle comprising a regenerative braking device configured to generate electric power by a wheel rotated by an external force and to recover the generated electric power to an in-vehicle battery, to thereby apply a regenerative braking force to the wheel,the vehicle control device comprising:
position setting means configured to set, when the vehicle is predicted to decelerate based on position information of the vehicle, a position at which the deceleration is predicted to be finished as a target deceleration end position;
regeneration enhancement control means configured to carry out regeneration enhancement control, which is control of using the regenerative braking device to decelerate the vehicle so that electric energy recovered to the in-vehicle battery when an accelerator pedal is released increases during deceleration of the vehicle to which the target deceleration end position is set as compared to deceleration of the vehicle to which the target deceleration end position is not set;
tuck-in suppression control means configured to carry out tuck-in suppression control, which is control of suppressing a tuck-in by decreasing a deceleration at which the vehicle decelerates by a return operation of the accelerator pedal in a case when a tuck-in will be caused by the return operation of the accelerator pedal during a turn of the vehicle; and
prioritization means configured to prioritize the tuck-in suppression control over the regeneration enhancement control so that the tuck-in suppression control by the tuck-in suppression control means and the regeneration enhancement control by the regeneration enhancement control means are not simultaneously carried out.

US Pat. No. 10,137,785

CURRENT COLLECTOR SYSTEM HAVING TELESCOPIC ARM FOR CRANES, CONTAINER CRANES, ERTGS, AND CONVEYING DEVICES

1. A current collector system for a vehicle which can be moved in a longitudinal direction along a power rail arrangement, the current collector system including:at least one current collector trolley;
one or more current collector contacts arranged on the at least one current collector trolley and configured to be connected to power rails of the power rail arrangement;
a telescopic arm configured to be fixed to the vehicle; and
an adjustment drive comprising at least one rigid chain arrangement and at least a first rigid chain drive,
wherein the adjustment drive is configured to extend and/or retract the telescopic arm, and
wherein the telescopic arm comprises at least one telescopable telescopic stage, wherein an end of the rigid chain arrangement is connected to a most extendible telescopic stage of the at least one telescopable telescopic stage or to the current collector trolley in a fixed manner or is configured to be connected by means of a locking mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,137,782

VEHICULAR POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicular power distribution system which distributes power from a power source to a plurality of systems in a vehicle and then supplies the powers to a plurality of electric devices via predetermined wire harnesses, comprising:a first power control box which is configured to distribute the power;
a second power control box which is configured to distribute the power; and
a main connection cable which electrically connects the first power control box and the second power control box, wherein
the second power control box includes a first voltage converter which generates output power of second voltage lower than a first voltage determined in advance from input power of the first voltage, and a second voltage converter which generates output power of third voltage higher than the first voltage from the input power of the first voltage,
the first power control box supplies the power of the first voltage to the main connection cable,
the second power control box receives the power of the first voltage from the main connection cable, and generates the output power of the second and third voltages by the first and second voltage converters based on the power of first voltage, and
a number of voltage levels of power passing through the main connection cable is smaller than each of a number of voltage levels outputted from the first power control box and a number of voltage levels outputted from the second power control box.

US Pat. No. 10,137,779

VEHICULAR IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND VEHICULAR IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicular image display device that controls a display of a display screen mounted at a position visible from a driver seat, comprising:a detection unit that detects a travel start of a vehicle in response to a detection of a driving load applied to a driver of the vehicle;
a setting image display unit that displays a setting image for setting a plurality of operation contents for a vehicle-mounted device, the plurality of operation contents in the setting image indicate different operations of the vehicle-mounted device which are allowed under the driving load currently applied to the driver;
an image change unit that changes the setting image of the display screen to a setting disable image indicating that the setting of the plurality of operation contents for the vehicle-mounted device is disabled and including a display of a vehicle speed when the detection unit detects the travel start of the vehicle; and
a previous notice execution unit that executes a previous notice display by continuously moving a boundary between an area in which the setting image is displayed and an area in which the setting disable image is displayed on the display screen so as to increase the area of the setting disable image, prior to a change to the setting disable image,
wherein
during a moving of the boundary between the area in which the setting image is displayed and the area in which the setting disable image is displayed,
the image change unit:
forbids a display of one or more of the plurality of operation contents which is not allowed to be operated under the driving load currently applied to the driver; and
displays remaining of the plurality of operation contents which is allowed to operate under the driving load currently applied to the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,775

VEHICLE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a driveshaft selectively coupled to outputs of first and second axles by first and second clutches, respectively; and
a controller programmed to, in response to a command to reconnect the driveshaft to the outputs of the first and second axles, close the second clutch to transfer loads from the second axle to the driveshaft, adjust a slip speed of the first clutch to within a target range, and close the first clutch.

US Pat. No. 10,137,771

CANISTER

AISAN KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A canister comprising:a canister case including a tank port configured to communicate with a fuel tank, a purge port configured to communicate with an intake passage of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle, and an atmospheric port opened to the atmosphere; and
an adsorbent disposed in the canister case and confiqured to adsorb and desorb fuel vapor from the tank port; wherein:
the canister case having a longitudinal axis and comprising:
a case body having a tubular peripheral wall portion extending in an axial direction and an end wall portion closing a first end of the peripheral wall portion; and
a cover having an end wall portion closing a second end of the peripheral wall portion of the case body;
two of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port are positioned side-by-side on the end wall portion of the case body or the end wall portion of the cover; and
the remaining one of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port, an accessory component mount portion configured to couple to an accessory component for communication with the remaining one of the tank port, the purge port and the atmospheric port, and a vehicle mount portion confiqured to be mounted to the vehicle are formed on the other of the end wall portion of the case body and the end wall portion of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,137,762

VEHICULAR ADSORPTION TYPE AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicular adsorption type air conditioning device comprising: a heater core and an interior heat exchanger that perform heat exchange between air inside a vehicle cabin and a heating medium; an exterior heat exchanger that performs heat exchange between air outside the vehicle cabin and the heating medium; a heating flow path section that circulates the heating medium between a heat source of the vehicle and the heater core; a plurality of adsorption vessels each including an adsorption section and an evaporation-condensation section, with an adsorbent and a refrigerant sealed within the adsorption vessels; and a flow path system that interchanges the heating medium between: the plurality of adsorption vessels and each of the heat source, the exterior heat exchanger, and the interior heat exchange, and that, while causing an adsorption process to take place in at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels, causes a desorption process to take place in at least one other adsorption vessel; the flow path system being capable of switching between a cooling mode in which the heating medium is circulated between the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on an adsorption process side and the interior heat exchanger, a first heating mode in which the heating medium is circulated between the interior heat exchanger and the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side or the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one other adsorption vessel on a desorption process side, or the heating medium is circulated between the interior heat exchanger and both the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side and the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side, and a second heating mode in which the heating medium is circulated in parallel: (i) between the interior heat exchanger and the adsorption section of the at least one of the plurality of the adsorption vessels on the adsorption process side, and (ii) between the interior heat exchanger and the evaporation-condensation section of the at least one other adsorption vessel on the desorption process side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,756

ROTARY DOOR FOR VENTILATION APPARATUS AND VENTILATION APPARATUS HAVING THE ROTARY DOOR

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A ventilation apparatus comprising:a case defining a main passage of airflow internally;
an evaporator accommodated in the main passage of the case,
a rotary door rotatably supported by the case and located on a downstream side of the evaporator in the main passage of the case, and
an auxiliary conduit connected with the case and defining auxiliary passage of airflow discharged from the main passage of the case, wherein
the rotary door includes a shaft and a deflector,
the shaft includes a tubular wall that extends along a center axis and has a tubular shape, and the tubular wall defines an inner passage therein,
the deflector extends from the shaft in a radial direction,
the shaft has (i) an end opening that is formed in at least one of axial ends of the shaft and (ii) a peripheral opening that is formed in the tubular wall,
the inner passage is in fluid communication with the both end opening and the peripheral opening, and
the peripheral opening is configured to face the evaporator to draw a portion of the airflow passing through the main passage of the case, wherein
the auxiliary passage of the auxiliary conduit is in fluid communication with the inner passage of the shaft through the end opening of the rotary door,
the peripheral opening extends in a circumferential direction in an opening angular range, and
the shaft has a first perimeter and a second perimeter, which define the opening angular range therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,137,748

VEHICLE WHEEL SUSPENSION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle wheel suspension comprising:a bearing element;
a carrier, said bearing element rotatably mounted on said carrier;
a spring damper strut connected to said carrier and supported on a vehicle structure;
a transverse control arm connected to the carrier and to the vehicle structure;
a control member connected at one end to the carrier and at the other end to the transverse control arm, said control member arranged relative to the transverse control arm such that in a front view of the control member and the transverse control arm, a force application line of the control member is inclined toward a transverse control arm axis defined by a point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the vehicle structure side and a point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, such that a point of intersection of the force application line of the control member and the transverse control arm axis in a predetermined static position is between the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the structure side and the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, between the end of the control member connected to the carrier and the point of articulation of the transverse control arm on the carrier side, and not between the end of the control member connected to the control arm and the end of the control member connected to the carrier, wherein between includes the respective ends of the control member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,731

WHEEL PAD

1. A wheel pad for moving an object across a surface, said wheel pad comprising:a contact pad having an outer skin defining an upper surface, a lower surface and a pad chamber disposed therebetween in which is enclosed a fluid and a torus bearing, said torus bearing having a plurality of adjacent bearings, each of said adjacent bearing being rotatably joined by a separator structured and arranged to allow each of said bearings to independently rotate in said pad chamber, said contact pad defining a lower end of said wheel pad;
a load bearing assembly comprising a load transfer mechanism and a load transfer device, said load transfer mechanism having a plurality of recirculating bearings moveably disposed in a ball chamber, said load transfer device structured and arranged to move independent of said load transfer mechanism while transferring the weight of the object from at or near an upper end of said wheel pad to said upper surface of said contact pad;
a housing positioned above said upper surface of said contact pad, said housing structured and arranged to enclose said load bearing assembly; and
a clamping assembly having a plurality of clamping members that secure said contact pad to said housing,
wherein said fluid and said torus bearing in said contact pad will transfer the weight of the object from said upper surface of said contact pad to said lower surface of said contact pad so as to distribute the weight of the object substantially evenly across said lower surface of said contact pad to provide omnidirectional movement for said wheel pad across the surface as a result of lateral forces applied to said load bearing assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,724

METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING A SINGLE-DETENT BINDER

1. A method for assembling a single-detent binder comprising:a) assembling ring shaped components and first and second baseplates to a housing, wherein the first and second baseplates are longitudinally adjacent and parallelly arranged and connected to each other, wherein the first and second baseplates comprises adjacent longitudinal edges and non-adjacent longitudinal edges, wherein the first and second baseplates are so assembled as to pivot around the adjacent longitudinal edges in order to open or close the ring shaped components, wherein the ring shaped components each comprise two half ring shaped elements, the half ring shaped elements each are fixed on the first and second baseplates and pass through the housing, the half ring shaped elements occlude to form a closed ring, and the half ring shaped elements disjoin to form an opened ring;
b) assembling the control component to the housing;
c) rotatively connecting at least one rotary locking piece to a pull rod;
d) subsequent to rotatively connecting the at least one rotary locking piece to the pull rod, rotatively connecting the at least one rotary locking piece to at least one of the first and second baseplates; and
e) operatively connecting the pull rod to the control component, wherein the control component comprises a handle, which enables the control component to rotate relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,722

CREASE STICKY NOTE

Miccudo Multimedia Co., L...

1. A crease sticky note, comprising:a sticky body, having an adhesion portion and a flexible portion disposed adjacent to the adhesion portion, the flexible portion including a front side and a back side;
an adhesive layer, disposed on the adhesion portion; and
at least one crease, disposed on the adhesion portion, or between the adhesion portion and the flexible portion, or on a stress hinders area of the flexible portion which is near the adhesion portion,
wherein the at least one crease is formed by a perforation cutter, and
wherein the flexible portion has a writable area including both of the front and back sides of the flexible portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,721

ILLUMINATED ASSEMBLY

1. An illuminated assembly comprising:a panel;
at least one sheet movably coupled to said panel, said sheet capable of overlaying engagement with said panel;
wherein said sheet comprises:
a sheet front surface opposite a sheet back surface; and
at least one light transmission portion disposed within said sheet, said light transmission portion communicating between said sheet front and back surfaces;
wherein said light transmission portion comprises an aperture element defining an aperture element opening communicating between said sheet front and back surfaces; and
a light source operatively coupled to said panel;
wherein said light source in an activated condition provides light to said panel; and
wherein said light is transmitted from said panel through said light transmission portion such that said light is viewable by a viewer of said sheet front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,719

BOOK BINDING APPARATUS

HORIZON INTERNATIONAL INC...

1. A book binding apparatus comprising:one or more clampers movable along a predetermined path while gripping a book block in a standing state, each of the clampers including a pair of clamp plates movable between an open position in which the pair of clamp plates receives the book block therebetween and a closed position in which the pair of clamp plates grips the book block therebetween;
a series of processing units arranged along the path to carry out perfect binding; and
a book block supplying unit arranged at a book block supply position upstream of the series of processing units on the path to supply the book block to the pair of clamp plates of the clamper, wherein
when the clamper is arranged at the book block supply position, the book block is supplied from the book block supplying unit to a gap between the pair of clamp plates which takes the open position, and the pair of clamp plates takes the closed position, thereafter,
the book block is bounded while the clamper leaving the book block supply position and passing through the series of processing units, and
the book block supplying unit is arranged at one side of the book block supply position in a direction of the path, and includes a book block conveying surface extending at a right angle to and obliquely downward toward the pair of clamp plates at the book block supply position, the book block being conveyed to the pair of clamp plates on the book block conveying surface with a spine in the head thereof, wherein
the clamper includes:
a guide plate attached to a top end of one of the pair of clamp plates so as to be rotatable around a horizontal pivot extending at a right angle to a direction of conveying the book block by the book block conveying unit, the one of the pair of clamp plates being nearest to the book block supplying unit at the book block supply position, the guide plate being movable between a standing position in which the guide plate upwardly extends from and along the associated clamp plate and a tilted position in which the guide plate tilts outward from the standing position; and
a spring arranged between the guide plate and pivot to constantly bias the guide plate toward the standing position, wherein
the book binding apparatus comprises a guide plate drive mechanism arranged independently of or at the clamper to rotate the guide plate of the clamp plate from the standing position to the tilted position against the biasing force of the spring in such a manner that the guide plate is connected to the book block conveying surface when the pair of clamp plates takes the open position at the book block supply position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,718

METHOD FOR PRODUCING PRINTED PRODUCTS WITH INTEGRATED COVER

HUNKELER AG, Wikon (CH)

1. A method for producing printed products, in particular softcover books, with integrated cover, wherein the method comprises at least the following steps:(a) printing of a paper web or individually supplied paper sheets, preferably by means of digital printing;
(b) optional application of an adhesive to the paper web or the paper sheets;
(c) single or multiple folding and cutting of the paper web to form signatures or else single or multiple folding of the paper sheets to form signatures;
(d) optional application of an adhesive to the signatures signatures;
(e) stacking of the signatures to form a signature stack with at least one top and one bottom signature;
(f) folding open the top sheet of the top signature or else the bottom sheet of the bottom signature and applying an adhesive layer in at least the area of the folded-open sheet, which is intended to comprise at least the spine and/or an area of the signature stack adjacent to the spine;
(g) turning over the sheet folded open and provided with the adhesive layer around the spine of the signature stack, so that the cover for the printed product is formed; and
(h) optional pressing of the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,137,711

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING PLURALITY OF SHEET FEEDERS AND METHOD THEREFOR HAVING SWITCHING CONTROL FEATURES

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming system, comprising:a communication interface;
a standard sheet feeder configured to pick up sheet on a standard tray;
an auxiliary sheet feeder configured to pick up sheet on a second tray;
a motor configured to selectively apply a drive force to one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders;
a transmission assembly configured to switch transmission of the drive force selectively to the one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders, by switching a connection between the motor and the one of the standard and auxiliary sheet feeders;
an image forming device including a recording head; and
a controller configured to:
receive preceding data in a first transmission from the communication interface, wherein the preceding data includes data instructing preparation for printing and includes data advising that print job data will be subsequently transmitted, the subsequent transmission comprising control data;
after completing receipt of the first transmission, determine whether the sheet is present or absent in the standard and the auxiliary trays, and, based on determining that the sheet is absent in the standard tray and the sheet is present in the auxiliary tray, control the transmission assembly to initiate switching of the transmission of the drive force to the auxiliary sheet feeder; and
after completing receipt of the first transmission, receive the control data in a second transmission from the communication interface and control the image forming device to form an image on picked-up sheet based on the control data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,706

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head that includes a nozzle row which is provided with a plurality of liquid discharging nozzles discharging liquid to a medium along a medium transporting direction, and executes recording as one pass by discharging the liquid from the liquid discharging nozzles in accordance with movement in a scanning direction intersecting the medium transporting direction;
a transporting unit that transports the medium to a recording position which is a position facing the nozzle row; and
a controller that is capable of acquiring information relating to a length of the medium in the medium transporting direction, and controls the recording head and the transporting unit,
wherein the controller determines the liquid discharging nozzle being used for a recording operation as one pass in the beginning in accordance with the acquired length of the medium in the medium transporting direction, and executes a heading operation feeding the medium to a position facing the determined liquid discharging nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,695

PRINTHEAD PRIMING

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a conduit coupled to a printhead, where the conduit includes an inlet and an outlet; and
a divider that divides a pressurized gas flowing through the conduit such that a predetermined portion of a total volumetric flow rate of the pressurized gas is provided to an environment surrounding the divider and a remaining portion of the pressurized gas in the conduit is provided via the outlet of the conduit to the printhead at a predetermined pressure sufficient to prime an ink supply of the printhead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,693

PRINTING ASSEMBLY

1. A printing assembly (200), wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one frame (283) having at least two side walls (271), and wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one crossbar (272), which extends between the side walls (271) at least in a transverse direction (A), and wherein the printing assembly (200) has at least one supporting body (616) that is movable relative to the frame (283) in at least one throw-off direction (C), said supporting body extending between the side walls (271) at least in the transverse direction (A), and extending in the transverse direction (A) over at least 75% of the working width of the at least one printing assembly (200), characterized in that at least two print heads (221) are located on the at least one supporting body (616) and are movable together with the at least one supporting body (616), and in that at least one first contact point (617) located on the at least one supporting body (616) and at least one second contact point (618) located on the at least one crossbar (272) form at least one first pair of contact points (619), which lie opposite one another in the throw-off direction (C) and which are in contact and/or can be brought into contact with one another, and in that the at least one first pair of contact points (619) are located spaced from each side wall (271) in the transverse direction (A) by a respective distance that corresponds to at least 20% of the working width of the printing assembly (200), and in that at least one third contact point (621) located on the at least one supporting body (616) and at least one fourth contact point (622) located on the at least one crossbar (272) form at least one second pair of contact points (623), which are at least temporarily opposite one another, including at least in a supporting direction that is orthogonal to the throw-off direction (C) and orthogonal to the transverse direction (A), and which are in contact and/or can be brought into contact with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,137,692

WATER-BASED CLEANING LIQUID FOR INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS USE AND CLEANING METHOD

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A water-based cleaning liquid for inkjet recording apparatus use comprising:at least 0.10% by mass and no greater than 10.00% by mass of a nonionic surfactant;
at least 0.50% by mass and no greater than 30.00% by mass of a deliquescent agent; and
a pH adjuster, wherein
the nonionic surfactant contains polyoxyalkylene alkylamine,
the deliquescent agent includes at least one of sorbitol, trimethylolpropane, and 1,3-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-5,5-dimethylhydantoin,
the pH adjuster includes an alkali metal salt,
the water-based cleaning liquid for inkjet recording apparatus use has a pH of at least 7.5 and no greater than 8.5, and
wherein the polyoxyalkylene alkylamine has a structure represented by the following formula (1-1),

where in the formula (1-1), R1 represents a hydrocarbon group having a carbon number of at least 8 and no greater than 24, A1O and A2O each represent, independently of one another, at least one of an oxyethylene group and an oxypropylene group, and m1 and n1 each represent a number that is greater than 0 and that satisfies 0.5?(m1+n1)?100.

US Pat. No. 10,137,691

PRINTHEAD MAINTENANCE STATION AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME

1. A printhead maintenance station for cleaning a nozzle plate of a print unit that is movable parallel to a first axis and a second axis, comprising:a wiper bar having a wiper secured thereto;
a wiper cleaning assembly associated with the wiper, wherein the wiper is movable from a stored position in which the wiper is stored in the wiper cleaning assembly and a wiping position spaced apart from the stored position;
an actuator; and
a controller adapted to move a print medium, the printhead maintenance station, and the print unit parallel to the first axis;
wherein the printhead maintenance station is adapted to remain stationary when the print unit moves parallel to the second axis and, when not in use, the wiper is disposed at the stored position, and wherein during a maintenance cycle, the controller is adapted to operate the actuator to move the wiper bar to move the wiper from the stored position to the wiping position, and cause relative movement of the printhead maintenance station and the print unit to wipe the nozzle plate with the wiper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,685

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS HAVING COVER MEMBER WITH ENHANCED RIGIDITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:a recording element substrate having a discharge port forming face in which a plurality of discharge ports which form at least one row and which discharge a liquid are formed; and
a cover member which has a longitudinal shape in a first direction and which covers a part of the discharge port forming face,
wherein the cover member comprises:
two end regions being located at two ends in the first direction, and
two beam portions which extend in the first direction and connect the two end regions together and which, together with the two end regions, form a single opening that exposes the plurality of discharge ports, and
wherein when a width of the opening in a second direction that is orthogonal to the first direction is denoted as a [mm], a minimum length in the first direction of the end regions is denoted as c [mm], a modulus of longitudinal elasticity of the cover member is denoted as E [GPa], and a thickness of the cover member is denoted as t [mm], the following expression is established:

US Pat. No. 10,137,681

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS GENERATING PRINT DATA INCLUDING DOT FORMATION STATES FOR RESPECTIVE PIXELS BY USING IMAGE DATA

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:acquiring target image data;
generating print data using the target image data, the print data representing dot formation states for respective pixels in a printing area, the printing area including an edge printing area and an interior printing area inside the edge printing area, the edge printing area including an outer area outside a recording sheet; and
supplying the print data to a print execution machine, the print execution machine including a plurality of nozzles configured to eject ink droplets; a pressure applying section configured to apply pressure to ink to eject the ink droplets; and a drive section configured to supply a pulse signal to drive the pressure applying section,
wherein the generating print data comprises determining a dot type from a plurality of dot types including a first type dot and second type dot, each of the dot formation states being classified into one of the plurality of dot types,
wherein the first type dot is formed by a first process, the first process being for supplying the pressure applying section with a first drive pulse signal and an additional pulse signal subsequent to the first drive pulse signal, the first drive pulse signal being used to control one of the plurality of nozzles to eject an ink droplet, the additional pulse signal being used to apply pressure to the ink in the one of the plurality of nozzles in a direction opposite to an oscillating direction of a surface of the ink in the one of the plurality of nozzles,
wherein the second type dot is formed by a second process, the second process being for supplying the pressure applying section with a second drive pulse signal without supplying the additional pulse signal, the second drive pulse signal being used to control the one of the plurality of nozzles to eject an ink droplet,
wherein the determining determines that the first type dot is to be formed in the edge printing area, and
wherein the determining determines that the first type dot is not to be formed but the second type dot is to be formed in the interior printing area.

US Pat. No. 10,137,680

PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING INDIVIDUALLY MOVABLE SUB-DETECTOR ELEMENTS FOR PRINT HEAD PROTECTION

SPGPrints B.V., Boxmeer ...

1. A printing system comprising:a print module with one or more printheads covering a printing width in an x-direction; and
a substrate holder for supporting a substrate to be printed on by the print module;
wherein the substrate and print module are movable relative to each other in a y-direction that is perpendicular to the x-direction,
wherein each printhead in a print position is positioned spaced at a first distance from the substrate holder in a z-direction that is perpendicular to the x- and y-direction,
wherein a detection mechanism is provided for detecting obstructions on the substrate holder, like crumples in the substrate, the detection mechanism comprising a detection element that extends along the printing width, and that, in the print position, is positioned spaced at a second distance from the substrate holder in the z-direction, which second distance is smaller than the first distance,
wherein a control unit is provided for stopping further relative movement in the y-direction between the substrate and the print module when an obstruction has been detected by the detection mechanism,
wherein the detection element of the detection mechanism comprises at least a first set of individually movable sub-detection elements that are positioned adjacent each other or staggered along the printing width for together cover the printing width in the x-direction, and
wherein the individually movable sub-detection elements are designed to have a detection signal send out to the control unit when one of the sub-detection elements gets moved out of a starting position by an obstruction trying to pass it.

US Pat. No. 10,137,644

PROCESSING OBJECT DATA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system for generating a three-dimensional object from three-dimensional object data, comprising:a processing system to:
obtain characteristic data including one or more of a scaling factor corresponding to an ambient temperature during manufacturing, data defining an age of a build material, data defining a humidity level of a build material, data defining a particle size of a powdered build material, and data defining characteristics of a coalescing agent;
perform a geometrical transformation on the three-dimensional object data based on the characteristic data to compensate for distortions introduced by the additive manufacturing system during the generation of the three-dimensional object; and
generate a plurality of slice images from the transformed three-dimensional object data, each slice image defining a portion of a layer of build material where a coalescing agent is to be delivered during generation of the three-dimensional object; and
a manufacturing system to generate the three dimensional object based on the slice images.

US Pat. No. 10,137,642

METHODS TO FORM 3D OBJECTS USING CROSS-LINKABLE OR SINTERABLE MATERIALS

1. A method comprisingforming a boundary line, wherein the boundary line forms a close curve;
forming a layer in the inner area defined by the boundary line, wherein the boundary line and the layer comprise different materials or different material properties;
treating the layer;
repeating forming the boundary line, forming the layer, and treating the layer until an object is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,634

HYBRID ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTER USING LASER FUSING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printer comprising:an intermediate transfer surface;
development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer layers of different materials combined together to said intermediate transfer surface, said different materials comprise at least two different build materials and a support material;
a transfer station adjacent said intermediate transfer surface, said transfer station is positioned to receive said layers as said intermediate transfer surface moves past said transfer station;
a platen moving relative to said intermediate transfer surface, said intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of said different materials combined together to said platen each time said platen contacts one of said layers on said intermediate transfer surface at said transfer station to successively form a freestanding stack of said layers on said platen;
a fusing station positioned to apply light to said layer after said layer is transferred from said transfer station to said platen, said fusing station selectively applies different amounts of said light to said different build materials to sinter said different build materials differently within said layer, said fusing station controls said light to prevent said light from heating said support material within said layer, to leave said support material as a loose, unbound material; and
a material removal station positioned to remove said support material as said loose, unbound material, and leave said different build materials fused as a 3-D printed part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,612

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MANUFACTURE OF OPHTHALMIC LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method of removing a contact lens from a lens mold portion carrying a contact lens, the method comprising reciprocally displacing a region of the mold portion to thereby cause an edge portion of the contact lens to become detached from the mold portion, wherein the reciprocal displacement comprises a plurality of cycles, each cycle comprising motion in a first direction, followed by motion in a second, opposite direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,539

WELDING CLAMPING DEVICE

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. A welding clamping device, comprising a base plate and two positioning sliding blocks; wherein each of the positioning sliding blocks comprises a sliding seat and a cam, each sliding seat comprises a support plate, and two cam holders arranged opposite to each other and fixed at two ends of the support plate of the each sliding seat; each cam is rotatably installed, via its own respective camshaft, between the two cam holders of its respective positioning sliding block, and each cam is configured to press fit a respective work piece to be welded; the base plate is provided with a slide slot, and the two positioning sliding blocks are slidably installed in the slide slot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,469

COATING DEVICE AND WASHING METHOD FOR ITS NOZZLE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A coating device comprising a barrel, a nozzle connected with the barrel, a waste sump and a washing bath and a washing component, wherein:the washing bath is provided at a side of the waste sump, and the nozzle is configured such that it can be positioned above the washing bath or the waste sump;
the washing component is provided in the washing bath, and is configured to discharge washing liquid and cleaning gas to the nozzle to wash the nozzle when the nozzle is moved to a position above the washing bath;
the washing component comprises a fork shaped bracket with two fingers, wherein the two fingers are provided with liquid outlets and gas outlets at ends thereof, wherein the liquid outlets are configured to discharge dilute liquid, and wherein the gas outlets are configured to discharge the cleaning gas; and
wherein the washing bath is provided with a guide rail therein, the guide rail is extended in a same direction as the washing bath, the fork shaped bracket is connected with the guide rail by a connection component, and the connection component is configured so that the fork shaped bracket is reciprocated along the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,137,468

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A SPRAYER WITH A LIQUID COATING PRODUCT AND TOOL FOR MOUNTING/DISMOUNTING SUCH A DEVICE

SAMES KREMLIN, Meylan (F...

1. A tool for mounting/dismounting a device for supplying at least one sprayer with a liquid coating product, the device comprising at least one valve controlling the flow of the coating product toward the sprayer, the valve comprising:a moving needle,
a valve body that defines a circulation volume for the coating product and a bearing seat for the needle in the closed configuration of the valve,
pneumatic driving means for translating the needle along an axis of separation/approach relative to the seat, the pneumatic driving means comprising a piston secured in translation to the needle and mounted sliding in a guide body,
a head mounted on the guide body and defining, with the latter and a face of the piston, a variable volume chamber in which an elastic return member is provided for returning the piston to its position,
wherein the head and the guide body are secured in rotation
using corresponding reliefs arranged on the head and on the guide body and that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the guide body opposite the needle, and protruding elements arranged on an outer radial surface of the head, and received in spaces defined between the slots or
using corresponding reliefs that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the head and protruding elements arranged on the guide body and received in spaces defined between the slots, and
wherein the guide body is screwed on the valve body, with its screwing axis combined with the axis of separation/approach, and wherein the head is equipped with reliefs driving rotation around the screwing axis of the guide body on the valve body,
wherein it comprises an end-piece, equipped with reliefs complementary to the driving reliefs equipping the head, as well as a maneuvering handle,
wherein the end-piece is equipped with axial retaining means of a subassembly comprising the guide body, and
wherein the axial retaining means comprise an O-ring mounted in a peripheral groove arranged around the end-piece and in that the O-ring is in contact with part of the subassembly, when the driving reliefs and the complementary reliefs cooperate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,467

TRIGGER-DISPENSING DEVICE FOR TWO OR MORE LIQUIDS

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A trigger head for a dispensing device comprising:a trigger;
at least one pump;
a first delivery duct;
a second delivery duct; and
a nozzle group;
wherein the at least one pump is operable by the trigger and suitable for carrying out a predetermined pre-compression of at least two substances, separately and simultaneously before dispensing;
wherein both the first delivery duct and the second delivery duct comprise a flexible tube, and each of the flexible tubes are directly connected to the nozzle group to minimize any premixing of the at least two substances and the flexible tubes have a length suitable to compensate for movement with respect to the nozzle group; and
wherein each of the at least one pump comprises at least one pre-compression valve suitable to pass the respective substance from a pressure chamber to the respective delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber exceeds a predefined threshold pressure and suitable to prevent transit of the respective substance from the pressure chamber to the first delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber is less than the predefined threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,466

DISCHARGE HEAD

APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH, R...

1. A discharge head for a dispenser, comprising a securing element for coupling the discharge head to the dispenser, a housing having an outlet opening and a valve body, wherein the valve body closes the outlet opening when the pressure of a medium in the discharge head is below a threshold value, and, in a ready-for-use state, the valve body releases the outlet opening when the pressure of the medium in the discharge head is above the threshold value, and wherein the valve body, in the ready-for-use state, is displaceable along an adjustment path for releasing and closing the outlet opening, whereina locking handle is provided which is movable relative to the securing element, in order to transfer the discharge head to a locked state in which the adjustment path of the valve body is reduced to zero, and/or in order to transfer the discharge head from the locked state to the ready-for-use state, and
the housing is coupled to the securing element so as to be rotationally fixed and movable in the direction of the adjustment path, wherein the adjustment path of the valve body is dependent on a distance between the housing and the securing element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,464

MULTI-FUEL-CANISTER INSECT REPELLENT SYSTEM

Thermacell Repellents, In...

1. A gas-fueled, portable device for dispensing a heat-volatilizable substance, comprising:(a) a plurality of canister receiving cavities, each of which is configured to receive and reversibly engage with a fuel canister, wherein engagement of each fuel canister with the canister receiving cavity opens an outlet valve in the fuel canister, opens a receiving valve in the canister receiving cavity, and thereby admits gaseous fuel into a pressure regulator valve;
(b) a valve switch operably connected to the pressure regulator valve and operable by a user, the valve switch having an off position and an on position, wherein movement of the valve switch by the user from the off position to the on position opens the pressure regulator valve, thereby permitting the gaseous fuel to flow into a pressure regulator in fluid communication with the pressure regulator valve;
(c) wherein the pressure regulator operates the pressure regulator valve so as to maintain a predetermined gas pressure downstream of the pressure regulator valve;
(d) a fuel combustion chamber downstream of and in fluid communication with the pressure regulator; and
(e) a sole plate in thermal communication with the fuel combustion chamber and having a heated surface;wherein the pressure regulator valve meters the flow of the gaseous fuel to the fuel combustion chamber at a predetermined pressure, so as to sustain a predetermined rate of fuel combustion which heats the sole plate to a predetermined temperature sufficient to dispense the heat-volatilizable substance from the heated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,463

COATING AGENT LINE WITH GROUNDING ELEMENT

Durr Systems GmbH, Bieti...

1. A painting booth comprising: a booth wall that separates a booth interior from a booth exterior; a painting robot located in the booth interior and including a voltage cascade and a voltage connecting element to directly charge a coating agent before the coating agent is atomized; wherein said painting robot is a multi axis painting robot;a paint supply located in the paint booth exterior and having a ground side connecting element located in the paint booth exterior;
a coating agent line connected to the paint supply and the coating agent line is led through the painting robot, the coating agent line includes an inner space for conveying the coating agent and a line wall which encompasses the inner space; wherein the coating agent line runs from the booth exterior through the booth wall into the booth interior, the coating agent line directly connected to the voltage connecting element, said inner space is hollow, further wherein:
the coating agent line includes potential compensating element which is electrically conductive, located entirely in the hollow inner space, and connected to the ground side connecting element at one end and the potential compensating element at an opposite end having a free end; said free end extending axially into the inner space of the coating agent line providing a grounding interface and dividing the coating agent line into a voltage-side section and a around-side section,
the potential compensating element extends in an axial direction along the coating agent line,
the potential compensating element in the inner space is arranged separately from the line wall, and
the potential compensating element extends from the booth exterior through the booth wall so that the free end of the potential compensating element is located in the booth interior and upstream from the voltage connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,461

STATOR FOR FLOTATION MACHINES

1. A flotation machine comprising:a tank sized to retain a slurry;
a rotor having openings through which at least one gas is emitted; and,
a stator positioned in the tank adjacent the rotor, the stator having a plurality of vanes, each of the vanes having a plurality of slots formed therein; each of the vanes having a height (H) extending in an axial direction of the stator, a width (W) extending in a radial direction (R) of the stator, and a thickness which is transverse to said radial direction (R); each of the slots having a shape that is elongated in the radial direction (R) along the width (W) of its respective vane, each of the vanes of the stator being spaced apart from the other vanes to which that vane is adjacent,
the vanes being positioned in series adjacent a periphery of the stator to define a central opening within the stator which is configured to receive the rotor, each vane extending radially with respect to a center of the stator; the rotor being positioned in the central opening, the rotor being rotatable within the central opening of the stator;
wherein upper portions of the vanes are supported by a top member which is annular and connected to the vanes, and wherein lower portions of the vanes are supported by a base which is connected to the vanes wherein an outer diameter or inner diameter of the top member is different than a respective outer diameter or inner diameter of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,137,459

ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Naturion PTE. LTD., Buki...

1. An ion generating device comprising:a housing with at least one conductive surface and an opening;
an anode and a cathode disposed within the housing and having a space between them in fluid communication with the opening, and wherein the cathode is physically spaced from the at least one conductive surface;
a power source having a negative terminal and a positive terminal with a first connection between the negative terminal and the anode and a second connection between the positive terminal and the cathode;
an air mover disposed to direct air through the space toward the at least one conductive surface; and
a resistive element connected to the second connection and associated with the at least one conductive surface wherein when the power source is energized, an electrical field with negative ions is generated in the space and the negative ions are directed through the opening by the air mover with minimal charge build up.

US Pat. No. 10,137,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENTRAPPING MAGNETIC MATERIAL

Active Magnetics Research...

1. A mat assembly to remove magnetic material from shoes of a wearer passing over and engaging the mat assembly, the mat assembly comprising:an assembly base providing,
a base plate having an upper surface,
at least one magnetic cell fixed with respect to the base plate so as to be above the upper surface, and
a protective cover made of non-magnetic material and positioned above the cell to at least aid in protecting the cell; and
a mat portion of rectangular configuration so as to provide a pair of spaced longitudinal side edges and a pair of spaced transverse edges, the mat portion providing,
a non-magnetic trap base to be positioned above the assembly base and removably resting on the assembly base, the trap base having a working surface to be engaged by the shoes and in which the magnetic material can become embedded, with the cell attracting magnetic material from the shoes so that the magnetic material becomes embedded in the working surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,457

CRUSHING MACHINES

Terex GB Limited, Dungan...

1. An aggregate crushing machine comprising a base on which are mounted a feed conveyor, a screening unit, a crusher and a main conveyor, an arrangement of the machine being such that a material comprising an aggregate to be crushed will be fed from the feed conveyor to the screening unit for separation so that a finer material will be passed onto the main conveyor without passing through the crusher and a coarser material will be fed via the crusher to the main conveyor, the screening unit comprising a screen that vibrates when operative, the screening unit comprising a frame on which the screen is mounted, the frame being movable between an inoperative position in which the frame is substantially horizontal and an operative position in which the frame is angled relative to the substantially horizontal inoperative position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,456

REACTOR CONFIGURED TO FACILITATE CHEMICAL REACTIONS AND/OR COMMINUTION OF SOLID FEED MATERIALS

LLT International (Irelan...

1. An apparatus comprising:a chamber having a longitudinal axis;
a gas inlet configured to introduce a high-velocity stream of gas into the chamber, the gas inlet being disposed and arranged so as to effectuate a vortex of the stream of gas circulating within the chamber, the vortex rotating at a supersonic speed about the longitudinal axis of the chamber;
a material inlet configured to introduce a material to be processed into the chamber, the material inlet being disposed proximal to the gas inlet, the material being processed within the chamber by nonabrasive mechanisms facilitated by shockwaves within the chamber; and
an outlet configured to emit the gas and processed material from the chamber, the outlet being disposed at one end of the chamber that is opposite to a second end of the chamber where the gas inlet and the material inlet are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,455

LOOSEFILL INSULATION BLOWING MACHINE WITH REDUCED SOUND RATINGS

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A machine for distributing loosefill insulation material from a package of compressed loosefill insulation material, the machine comprising:a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end configured to receive compressed loosefill insulation material;
a lower unit having:
a shredding chamber configured to receive the compressed loosefill insulation material from the outlet end of the chute, the shredding chamber including a plurality of shredders configured to shred, pick apart and condition the loosefill insulation material thereby forming conditioned loosefill insulation material, the plurality of shredders driven by one or more motors;
a discharge mechanism mounted to receive the conditioned loosefill insulation material exiting the shredding chamber, the discharge mechanism configured to distribute the conditioned loosefill insulation material into an airstream;
a blower configured to provide the airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism; and
a sound chamber configured to receive the one or more motors and further configured to reduce the sound rating emanating from the machine, wherein the sound chamber is defined by an outer surface of a first low speed shredder of the plurality of shredders, an outer surface of an agitator guide, a floor, an inside surface of a left side panel, an inside surface of a front panel and an inside surface of a back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,450

MICROFLUIDICS CARTRIDGE WITH PIPETTING GUIDE

TECAN TRADING AG, Manned...

1. A disposable cartridge (1) for use in a digital microfluidics system (3) for manipulating samples in liquid portions or droplets (4); the digital microfluidics system (3) comprising a cartridge accommodation site (2) and a central control unit (7) for controlling the selection of individual electrodes (8) of an electrode array (5) located at said cartridge accommodation site (2) and for providing a number of said electrodes (8) with individual voltage pulses for manipulating liquid portions or droplets (4) by electrowetting; the disposable cartridge (1) comprising a hydrophobic working surface (10) and a rigid cover (11) with a second hydrophobic surface (12); said hydrophobic surfaces (10,12) facing each other and being separated or being separable in essentially parallel planes by a gap (13) with a gap height (14):wherein the disposable cartridge (1) further comprises a number of pipetting guides (17) for safe entering and/or withdrawing liquids into and/or from the gap (13) of the disposable cartridge (1) with a tip (18) of a pipette (19); at least one of the pipetting guides (17):
being located at a pipetting orifice (22) that reaches through the rigid cover (11), and
being configured to prevent a pipette tip (18) from touching the hydrophobic working surface (10), and
providing an abutting surface (20) that is sealingly admittable by a counter surface (21) of a pipette tip (18),
wherein the pipetting guide comprises a shoulder and a first conical wall with a narrow end at the shoulder that provides the abutting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,448

MICROFLUIDIC CHIP WITH COATING TO REDUCE FLUID DIFFUSION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

FluxErgy, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A microfluidic chip comprising:a body including at least one microfluidic pathway configured to receive a fluid sample, the at least one microfluidic pathway including a coating configured to reduce fluid diffusion and seal a surface of the at least one microfluidic pathway; and
a heating device located on the body and forming a heating zone within a portion of the at least one microfluidic pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,447

ERGONOMIC FLUID HANDLING TUBES

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A fluid handling tube, comprising a tube body and a cap, wherein:the tube body comprises an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the cap comprises a proximal surface, a distal surface, a rim, a rim exterior surface, and a tubular sealing member protruding from the distal surface;
the sealing member comprises a distal terminus opposite the distal surface of the cap, an interior surface, and a substantially smooth exterior surface configured to seal with the interior surface of the tube body;
the cap comprises an anterior tube fastener member comprising an operator engagement surface;
the cap comprises a bore, which bore comprises a first bore interior side surface and an opposing second bore interior side surface;
the cap comprises two co-linear channels disposed on each side of the bore and disposed between the sealing member and the fastener member;
each of the channels comprises:
a latitudinal opening disposed on the proximal surface of the cap;
a channel floor;
a first channel terminus disposed at a rim exterior surface;
a second channel terminus disposed at the first bore interior side surface or the second bore interior side surface; and
a major length along the channel floor from the first channel terminus to the second channel terminus;
the fastener member of the cap comprises a protrusion configured to contact a surface of a fastener member counterpart of the tube body and releasably attach to the fastener member counterpart; and
the channels reduce the amount of force required for disassociation of the protrusion and the fastener member counterpart of the tube body, compared to the force required for the disassociation for a cap that does not include the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,445

SINGLE USE CAPILLARY MICROPIPETTE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A single use capillary micropipette for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the capillary micropipette comprising:(a) a housing comprising
an upper holding chamber having an open top, a chamber wall having at least one set of chamber snap fit elements on an inner side thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber;
(b) a piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the upper holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one set of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the at least one set of snap fit arms comprising at least one hook complementary to a corresponding chamber snap fit element; and in an assembled position of the capillary micropipette the at least one hook on each of the at least one set of snap fit arms being situated on top of corresponding chamber snap fit element; and
a piston rod having a piston head at a distal end thereof, the piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber and the tubular member; in the assembled position of the capillary micropipette, a venting space between the piston head and the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber permitting air communication between the tubular member and atmosphere through the upper holding chamber; and
(c) a capillary tube having a proximal open end connected to the tubular member and an opposing distal open end; the capillary tube capable of aspirating a liquid through the distal open end by capillary action to the proximal open end thereof while the capillary micropipette permitting venting through the venting space during aspiration;
the push cap movable downward in response to a force applied thereon to an extent at which at least one part of the push cap abuts against the one or more piston stops of the upper holding chamber, and downward movement of the push cap causing the at least one hook on each of the snap fit arms of the push cap to irreversibly snap over corresponding chamber snap fit element and the piston head to slide in the tubular member in the absence of venting thereby resulting in dispensing a defined volume of the liquid aspirated in the capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,137,444

NANOLITER PIPETTING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A nanoliter pipette assembly, comprising:a housing having a working fluid chamber, the working fluid chamber being configured to contain a working fluid therein;
a tip portion having a diaphragm disposed therein, an adjustable interior cavity defined by a volume disposed between the diaphragm and a distal interior wall of the tip portion, and an orifice for aspirating and dispensing fluid, the orifice being located at and distal of the distal interior wall; and
a piston moveable within the housing to apply a force to a working fluid contained in the working fluid chamber to selectively move the diaphragm towards and away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion,
wherein the assembly is configured to operate to cause the diaphragm to contact fluid disposed at a location outside of the tip portion and subsequently draw the diaphragm away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion to draw at least a portion of the contacted fluid through the orifice and into the adjustable interior cavity, and
wherein the assembly is further configured to operate to advance the diaphragm towards the distal interior wall of the tip portion to displace at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity to a dispensing location outside of the tip portion, the at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity that is advanced to the dispensing location being as small as one nanoliter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,440

CORE-SHELL COBALT CATALYSTS FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS REACTION AND PREPARING METHOD THEREOF

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A core-shell cobalt catalyst for a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction, which comprisesa core composed of a spherical, cobalt-supported and sintered alumina particle having a diameter of 1-5 mm;
a shell composed of a zeolite powder having a SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio of 5-40 coated on the surface of the core to a thickness of 50-300 ?m through a mechanical alloying process; and
a bimodal porous structure with the core having mesopores with an average pore size of 10.5-21.1 nm and a pore volume of 0.18-0.37 cm3/g, and the shell having micropores with an average pore size of 0.6-0.82 nm and with a pore volume of 0.057-0.116 cm3/g.

US Pat. No. 10,137,435

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CATALYST MEDIATING H2 EVOLUTION, SAID CATALYST AND USES THEREOF

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER...

1. A method for the preparation of a catalyst onto a solid support of a conductive or semiconductive material, the method comprising:depositing said catalyst onto said solid support from a near-neutral aqueous solution containing at least one nickel or cobalt organic complex and at least one basic oxoanion, using a method selected from the group consisting of reductive electrodeposition, photochemical electrodeposition, and photoelectrochemical deposition,
wherein the catalyst consists of elemental cobalt/nickel covered or coated by a cobalt/nickel oxo/hydroxo-oxoanion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,434

METHOD TO STABILIZE BASE METAL CATALYSTS BY OVERCOATING VIA ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION AND RESULTING PRODUCT

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A method of performing a heterogeneous catalytic reaction, the method comprising:conducting a condensed-phase, heterogeneously catalyzed reaction in the presence of a supported catalyst, wherein the supported catalyst comprises:
a metal or metal-containing particle supported on a surface; and
a protective thin film of a material of sufficient thickness to overcoat the metal or metal-containing particle and the surface, thereby yielding an armored surface, wherein the protective surface defines channels that expose a portion of the metal- or metal-containing particle to the surrounding environment; and
wherein the protective thin film comprises a material selected from the group consisting of AlOx HfOx, HfSiOx, LaOx, STO, TaOx, TiOx, ZnOx, ZrOx, WOx, CeOx, MgOx, AlNx, HfNx, SiNx, TaNx, TiNx, AlCx, ZrCx, TiCx, WCx, CeCx, and MgCx, wherein subscript “x” is a real, rational number greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,137,432

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING WATER-ABSORBING POLYMER PARTICLES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing water-absorbing polymer particles, comprising:processing an aqueous polymer gel from polymerization of a monomer solution or suspension,
drying the aqueous polymer gel in a conveyer dryer, wherein
the conveyer dryer has a circulating conveyer belt and the aqueous polymer gel is conveyed on the circulating conveyer belt, and wherein
the circulating conveyer belt is formed as a circulating plate conveyer belt, comprising a number of belt plates separated by a hinge line of a hinge assembly and each belt plate having a surface for receiving the aqueous polymer gel,
wherein
said hinge assembly comprises a knuckle joint with the hinge line in form of a straight hinge line, and
a separate circulating plate conveyer belt in form of the circulating plate conveyer belt is assigned to a drying zone of the conveyer dryer and wherein the separate circulating plate conveyer belt has a first return end and a second return end wherein the first and/or second return end is located outside of the drying zone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,431

MULTICAPILLARY MONOLITH

1. A process for preparing a monolithic porous material based on amorphous silica or activated alumina comprising rectilinear capillary channels parallel to one another, comprising the steps of:providing a bundle of channel precursor fibres whose diameter is equal to the diameter of the capillary channels,
forming a porous matrix of amorphous silica or activated alumina around the fibres,
eliminating the fibres so as to form the capillary channels extending through the porous matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,137,427

NANOPARTICLE PREPARATION DEVICE USING LASER

SHONANO CO., LTD, Ulsan ...

1. A nanoparticle preparation device using laser, comprising;a laser emitter;
a reaction chamber where nanoparticles are prepared by a laser beam irradiated from said laser emitter to a source material gas;
a glove box for collecting the nanoparticles flowed in from said reaction chamber, the glove box including:
a collecting box disposed inside the glove box; and
a collector for collecting the nanoparticles, disposed inside the collecting box, and including an upper cap, a lower cap, a plurality of grid frames disposed between the upper and lower caps, and a filter covering outside surfaces of the plurality of grid frames; and
a transfer tube connected to the reaction chamber and the collector for a flow of the nanoparticles and a carrier gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,426

SCREENING ASSAYS AND METHODS

President and Fellows of ...

1. A method of producing a microarray of cell-derived products comprising:(a) reversibly sealing a moldable slab to a surface of a substrate, said moldable slab comprising an array of microwells, each microwell having a side or diameter of less than 100 microns and containing not more than a single or a few cell(s), at least one of said microwells containing the single or few cell(s), wherein the single or few cell(s) produce a cell-derived product in a volume of 10 nanoliters or less of fluid in each said microwell containing the single or a few cell(s); wherein the surface of the substrate facing each said microwell is modified such that it acts to retain the cell-derived product on the surface of the substrate; and
(b) allowing said single or few cell(s) to produce said cell-derived product in said volume such that the cell-derived product produced by the single or few cell(s) in said volume is retained in a detectable amount on the surface of the substrate sealed to the moldable slab.

US Pat. No. 10,137,424

DISTRIBUTOR AND DOWN FLOW CATALYTIC REACTOR COMPRISING SAME

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

1. A distributor comprising an inside downcomer which has a first flow space;an outside downcomer which is disposed so as to surround at least some area of the inside downcomer and has a second flow space partitioned from the first flow space of the inside downcomer;
an outside cap which has a plurality of first slots and is mounted on said inside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the first slots can flow into the first flow space; and
an inside cap which has a plurality of second slots and is mounted on said outside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the second slots can flow into the second flow space.

US Pat. No. 10,137,421

STATIC MIXER

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A static mixer for mixing exhaust gases to be supplied to a selective catalytic reduction device located at the back of a boiler, the static mixer comprising:a gas accommodation part having a first inlet and a plurality of second inlets partitioned from each other to introduce gases having different temperatures thereinto so that the gases introduced through the first inlet and the plurality of second inlets flow to a plurality of divided sections;
a discharge part communicating with the gas accommodation part to collect and discharge the gases, the discharge part including a hollow portion; and
a mixing plate part having a plurality of unit plates disposed on the upper and lower portions of the hollow portion of the discharge part in such a manner as to have a predetermined angle with respect to flow directions of the exhaust gases discharged,
wherein the plurality of second inlets are formed independently of each other in a length direction of the gas accommodation part, the length direction being perpendicular to a direction of gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,420

MIXING APPARATUS WITH STATOR AND METHOD

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A mixer, comprising:a shaft for driving the mixer, the shaft disposed within and extending through a housing, the housing comprising a fluid inlet adjacent one axial end of the shaft, an additive inlet adjacent an opposite axial end of the shaft, and a tangential outlet intermediate the fluid inlet and the additive inlet, the housing defining a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the fluid inlet, the additive inlet, and the outlet;
an impeller disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber, wherein, when rotated, the impeller draws fluid through the fluid inlet in an axial direction;
a slinger disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber and configured to receive the fluid from the impeller and to receive an additive inlet from the additive inlet in an axial direction opposite the axial direction of the fluid, wherein, when rotated, the slinger slings the fluid and the additive radially outwards toward the tangential outlet of the housing; and
a shearing ring stator disposed at least partially around the slinger, the stator comprising first and second annular portions stacked together and vanes spaced circumferentially apart so as to define flowpaths therebetween;
wherein the housing, the impeller, the slinger and the stator are configured to prevent air received through the additive inlet from entrainment in the fluid received from the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,419

METHOD FOR PURIFYING WATER

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for membrane and desalinating salt water for water purification, comprising:the step of filtering the salt water through a polygraphene membrane to form purified water, wherein the polygraphene membrane is porous and is prepared by a process comprising the steps of:
mixing graphite and sodium nitrate into sulfuric acid to form a first mixture;
adding potassium permanganate solution into the first mixture to form a second mixture;
adding hydrogen peroxide solution to the second mixture to form a mixture including soluble manganese ions;
filtering the mixture including soluble manganese ions to form an aqueous suspension;
centrifuging the aqueous suspension;
performing ultrasonication of the suspension to obtain graphene oxide sheets;
acylating the graphene oxide sheets with thionyl chloride to prepare an acylated graphene oxide sheet;
polymerizing the acylated graphene oxide sheet to prepare a polygraphene material, wherein the acylated graphene oxide sheet is polymerized by mixing with at least one of an amine, an amine derivative, a thiol, a thiol derivative, an amide, and an amide derivative; and
further comprising polymerizing the polygraphene material with a second polymer to form the polygraphene membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,417

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS BODY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a porous body comprising:heating a raw material solution including a metal ion and an organic ligand to synthesize an interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer; and
after synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer, synthesizing a non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer under conditions in which concentrations of the metal ion and the organic ligand in the raw material solution and/or a heat temperature are lower than that in synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework, to obtain a porous body including the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer and the non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer stacked together.

US Pat. No. 10,137,416

FILTER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE MODULE AND BRINE SEAL

DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES L...

1. A filter assembly adapted for insertion into an inner chamber of a pressure vessel, wherein the assembly comprises: a spiral wound membrane module (2) comprising at least one membrane envelope (4) and feed spacer sheet (6) concentrically wound about a central permeate tube (8) extending along an axis (X) forming an inlet scroll face (30) and outlet scroll face (32) and a cylindrical outer peripheral surface (38), and a brine seal (65) disposed concentrically about a portion of the outer peripheral surface (38); characterized by the brine seal (65) comprising:i) a radially extending flexible lip (70) defining a maximum outer diameter adapted to engage the inner chamber of the pressure vessel,
ii) an end cap surface (72) sealed to the inlet scroll face (30) which restricts flow through a majority of the inlet scroll face (30), and
iii) at least one opening (76) in the end cap surface (72) adjacent the permeate collection tube (8) for permitting fluid to flow through the inlet scroll face (30) and into the feed spacer sheet (6) of the module (2) wherein the end cap surface (72) covers at least 75% of the inlet scroll face (30) and restricts feed flow to areas located near the permeate collection tube (8) and spaced away from the outer peripheral surface (38); and
iv) an outward radial flow path extending through the feed spacer sheet (6) wherein the majority of feed flow enters the module (2) near the permeate tube (8), flows in a radial direction relative to the permeate collection tube (8) and exits the module (2) from: i) the outer peripheral surface (38) or ii) outlet scroll face (32) near the outer peripheral surface (38) of the module (2).

US Pat. No. 10,137,415

RECLAIMING DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECOVERY UNIT OF CO2, H2S, OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A reclaiming device comprising:a reclaimer configured to introduce and store a part of an absorbent regenerated in an absorbent regenerator of a recovery unit that recovers CO2 or H2S in a gas;
a first alkaline agent supply section configured to supply an alkaline agent to the reclaimer;
a heating section configured to heat the absorbent stored in the reclaimer and to which the alkaline agent has been mixed to obtain recovered vapor;
a second vapor cooler configured to cool the recovered vapor discharged from the reclaimer through a vapor line;
a first gas-liquid separator configured to separate a coexisting substance entrained in the cooled recovered vapor into recovered absorption agent vapor and a liquid coexisting substance by gas-liquid separation;
a cooler configured to cool the separated recovered absorption agent vapor;
a second gas-liquid separator configured to separate the recovered absorption agent vapor after cooling into a low-boiling point substance flue gas and a recovered absorbent by gas-liquid separation;
a heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange of the liquid coexisting substance separated in the first gas-liquid separator with vapor condensed water from vapor supplied to the reclaimer to increase a temperature;
a CO2 absorber configured to bring the liquid coexisting substance after increase in the temperature and a CO2 gas in contact;
a second alkaline agent supply section configured to supply the alkaline agent to the liquid coexisting substance after absorption of CO2; and
a distiller configured to distill the liquid coexisting substance to which the alkaline agent has been supplied while introducing the CO2 gas thereinto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,413

DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST HAVING A CAPTURE REGION FOR SULFUR CONTAINING IMPURITIES

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An oxidation catalyst for treating an exhaust gas produced by a diesel engine, wherein the oxidation catalyst comprises:a substrate;
a capture material for capturing at least one sulfur containing impurity in the exhaust gas produced by the diesel engine; wherein the capture material comprises a metal for reacting with an oxide of sulfur in the exhaust gas and particles of a refractory oxide, and
wherein the particles of the refractory oxide have a mean specific surface area less than or equal to 50 m2/g; and
a catalytic region disposed on the substrate;
wherein the catalytic region comprises a catalytic material comprising a platinum group metal (PGM) selected from the group consisting of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd) and a combination of platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd).

US Pat. No. 10,137,411

METHOD OF PREPARING AN STT-TYPE ZEOLITE FOR USE AS A CATALYST IN SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION REACTIONS

Pacific Industrial Develo...

1. A method for preparing a metal containing catalyst that includes a crystalline STT-type zeolite having a mole ratio of an oxide of a tetravalent element to an oxide of a trivalent element between 10:1 and 30:1, said method comprising:forming an aqueous reaction mixture comprising a source of the oxide of tetravalent element; a source of the oxide of the trivalent element; a source of alkali metal; an organic structure directing agent comprising N,N,N-trimethyl-1-adamantammonium hydroxide;
stirring the aqueous reaction mixture to form a homogeneous aqueous slurry;
subjecting the homogeneous aqueous slurry to crystallization conditions that include heating the slurry under pressure at a temperature between 150° C. and 160° C. for a period of 4 to 7 days;
maintaining the homogeneous aqueous slurry under crystallization conditions sufficient to crystallize crystals of the STT-type zeolite having an x-ray diffraction pattern with 2 theta peaks at: 8.26, 8.58, 9.28, 9.54, 10.58, 14.52, 15.60, 16.43, 17.13, 17.74, 18.08, 18.46, 19.01, 19.70, 20.12, 20.38, 20.68, 21.10, 21.56, 22.20, 22.50, 22.78, 23.36, 23.76, 23.99, 24.54, 24.92, 25.16, 25.58, 25.80, 26.12, 26.94, 27.38, 27.92, 28.30, 28.60, 29.24, 29.48, 30.08, 30.64, 31.20, 31.46, 31.80, 32.02, 32.60, 33.60, and 34.43;
recovering the STT-type zeolite crystals;
dealuminating the STT-type zeolite with nitric acid;
impregnating or ion-exchanging the dealuminated STT-type zeolite with an aqueous metal salt solution; and
incorporating a metal selected as one from the group of Cu, Fe, Co, Zr, Ti, or a mixture thereof into the framework sites of dealuminated STT-type zeolite to form a metal-containing catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,137,410

METHOD OF DEACIDIZING A GASEOUS EFFLUENT BY AN ABSORBENT SOLUTION WITH VAPOR INJECTION INTO THE REGENERATED ABSORBENT SOLUTION AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of deacidizing a gaseous effluent containing acid compounds, comprising:a) contacting the gaseous effluent with an absorbent solution in an absorption column to obtain a gaseous effluent depleted of acid compounds and an absorbent solution laden with acid compounds, the absorbent solution forming two separable liquid phases when an amount of acid compounds have been absorbed and is heated;
b) separating the absorbent solution laden with acid compounds into a first liquid fraction depleted of acid compounds and a second liquid fraction enriched with acid compounds;
c) regenerating the second liquid fraction in a regeneration column to release part of the acid compounds and to obtain a regenerated absorbent solution, by injecting vapor resulting from a partial vaporization in a reboiler of a first part of the regenerated absorbent solution withdrawn from the regeneration column, the vapor injection being in a liquid reserve including a second part of the regenerated absorbent solution located in a bottom of the regeneration column to provide stirring of the second part of the regenerated absorbent solution; and
d) recycling the first liquid fraction obtained in b) and the regenerated absorbent solution obtained in c) as the absorbent solution in a); and wherein the vapor is injected into the liquid reserve at a superficial velocity and the superficial velocity is controlled by separating the partly vaporized absorbent solution from the reboiler into a first stream forming the vapor injected into the liquid reserve and into a second vapor stream injected above the liquid reserve which controls the first and second streams to prevent decanting of the liquid reserve.

US Pat. No. 10,137,409

SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ION CONCENTRATION GRADIENT, AND TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE ELECTROLYTE MATERIAL

Kyushu University, Nation...

1. A system for producing an ion concentration gradient, comprising a temperature-responsive electrolyte, a first source and a second source, wherein the first source and the second source give, to the temperature-responsive electrolyte, different temperatures that are respectively on both sides of the phase transition temperature of the temperature-responsive electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,137,404

METHOD OF ABSORBING ACID COMPOUNDS CONTAINED IN A GASEOUS EFFLUENT USING AN AMINE-BASED AQUEOUS SOLUTION

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of absorbing acid compounds contained in a gaseous effluent comprising the following stages:contacting the gaseous effluent with an aqueous solution comprising at least one amine and at least one amine degradation inhibiting compound,
determining a corrosion resistance of each of a plurality of stainless steels of grades 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 upon contact with a triazole or tetrazole derivative comprising at least one substituent having a sulfur atom,
selecting a stainless steel of grade 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 based on the determination of the corrosion resistances of the plurality of stainless, and
using equipments whose surfaces in contact with said aqueous solution are made from the selected stainless steel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,403

METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF A FLUE GAS STREAM

ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC...

1. A method for the treatment of flue gas stream to remove heavy metals therefrom, comprising the steps of:pneumatically conveying a sorbent composition from a storage unit to a point of injection; and
injecting the sorbent composition into a flue gas stream;
wherein the sorbent composition comprises powered activated carbon and an effective amount of a solid particulate additive such that the sorbent composition has a Basic Flow Energy of not greater than about 350 mJ.

US Pat. No. 10,137,402

GAS CONCENTRATION DEVICE

OXUS CO., LTD., Gyeonggi...

1. A gas concentration device comprising:an air supplier supplying pressurized air;
a plurality of adsorption beds which separate pressurized air supplied from the air supplier into product gas and purge gas by a pressure swing adsorption method and discharge the separated product gas and purge gas;
a flow passage regulating valve unit which regulates flow passages so as to allow the pressurized air to be supplied to the adsorption bed from the air supplier and so as to reduce pressure of the adsorption bed so that a nitrogen adsorption process and a nitrogen desorption process are alternately performed; and
a pressure boosting unit which is configured to be fed with the purge gas and the product gas discharged from the adsorption bed and is configured to pressurize the product gas in multi-stage sequentially using the purge gas and the product gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,401

OXYGEN SEPARATOR WITH RAPID DIAGNOSTIC

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

11. A method for separating oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, the method comprising the steps of:operating an oxygen separator for generating an oxygen-enriched gas, the oxygen separator comprising at least two oxygen separation devices to separate oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, wherein the at least two oxygen separation devices each comprise a first end for receiving the oxygen comprising gas and a second end for delivering the oxygen-enriched gas;
equalizing the oxygen separator by generating an equalization flow of oxygen-enriched gas in an equalization duct, the equalization duct fluidically coupling each of the second ends of the at least two separation devices to one another to equilibrate an internal pressure of the at least two oxygen separation devices;
monitoring with a first gas sensor provided in the equalization duct a concentration of at least one component of the oxygen-enriched gas in the equalization duct; and
controlling the oxygen separator based on the determination by the first gas sensor via a control device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,400

RECYCLING PROCESS FOR ADSORBER REGENERATION

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for regenerating an adsorber, the process comprising:a) converting a liquid stream (S2l) comprising at least one alkane from liquid phase into gaseous phase, to obtain a gaseous stream (S2g);
b) regenerating an adsorber by contacting the adsorber with the gaseous stream (S2g) in a range of 230 to 270° C.;
c) cooling the adsorber by contacting the adsorber with a portion of the gaseous stream (S2g) obtained in a) to a temperature in a range of 90 to 15° C.;
d) optionally cooling the adsorber to a temperature below 80° C. by contacting the adsorber with the liquid stream (S2l) without prior conversion into gaseous phase; and
e) recycling an outflow (S2*) of the adsorber as obtained in c) or optionally in d), wherein the outflow (S2*) is at least partially recycled to at least one of a) to d).

US Pat. No. 10,137,398

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF EXHAUST GAS

7. A method of scrubbing exhaust gas, the method comprising:passing an exhaust gas into a venturi section;
mixing a primary wash liquid with the exhaust gas in the venturi section and in a downcomer which is fluidly coupled thereto;
discharging a partially scrubbed gas from the downcomer into a primary collection tank;
creating a vortical gas flow from the partially scrubbed gas by injecting a high pressure secondary wash liquid through a plurality of secondary mixing throats, which are arranged at an inclination to the vertical direction, to forcibly draw the partially scrubbed gas from the primary collection tank into a polishing section;
polishing the vortical gas flow to remove residual pollutants therefrom; and
removing entrained wash liquid mist from the polished gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,397

FILTER SYSTEMS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

4. A system, comprising:at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors mounted between a filter and a support member of a filter housing,
wherein the filter housing supports the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors and the filter, the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are provided between the filter housing and the filter, and
wherein the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors sense a direct measurement of an increased force applied by the filter on the support member of the filter housing, as the filter becomes blocked,
each of the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors comprises crystals which generate piezoelectricity when their static structure is deformed from their original dimension, and
the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are directly mounted to the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,396

FILTER ELEMENT, DUST COLLECTOR, AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter element retainer for a filter element having opposite, axial flow faces; the retainer comprising:(a) a base plate defining an opening sized to expose a flow face of the filter element;
(b) a fastener arrangement configured to attach to a tube sheet; the fastener arrangement constructed and arranged to exert an axial force against the base plate and form a seal between the filter element and the tube sheet, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; and
(c) an accumulator secured to the base plate and oriented to retain a pulse of gas over the flow face of the filter element, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; the accumulator including a hood secured to the base plate of the filter element retainer; the hood including a wall extending above the opening in the base plate; the wall having an end secured to the base plate and defining an open mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,137,394

INTERLACED FILTRATION BARRIER

Nano and Advanced Materia...

19. A filtration barrier, comprising:a barrier layer that includes a plurality of nanofibers that are interlaced with a plurality of microfibers in the barrier layer; and
a substrate layer that is attached to the barrier layer and that includes polypropylene,
wherein the nanofibers and the microfibers are made of a combination of cellulose acetate (CA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO), the barrier layer includes the combination of the CA and the PEO at a weight of 0.8 gsm, the nanofibers account for 60%-70% by weight of the barrier layer, the nanofibers are electrospun nanofibers, the microfibers are electrospun microfibers, and the nanofibers and the microfibers are interlaced to form the barrier layer having a pore size of 100-10000 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,393

METHODS FOR FABRICATING POROUS MEDIA WITH CONTROLLABLE CHARACTERISTICS

1. A method of making porous media with controllable characteristics for use in enhanced oil recovery, the method comprising:removing humidity from glass beads by placing them in an oven for 30 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius;
cooling the glass beads to room temperature and categorizing the glass beads according to size, rock porosity and permeability;
selecting a cylindrical container capable of withstanding temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius;
sealing one end of the cylindrical container and packing the cooled glass beads into the container so as to achieve predetermined porosity and permeability;
fastening the sealed end of the cylindrical container with a metal network sheet;
connecting the sealed end of the cylindrical container to a vacuum pump via a plurality of plastic tubes of different sizes;
applying a vacuum to the cylindrical container with the vacuum pump;
placing the container in a furnace until a retention time is reached at a predefined rate of temperature enhancement to thereby convert the glass beads packed into the cylindrical container into fabricated porous media;
removing the container from the furnace after the retention time is reached;
separating the fabricated porous media from the container; and
cutting top and bottom ends of the fabricated porous media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,390

FILTER DEVICE, ESPECIALLY LIQUID FILTER

1. A liquid filter device for filtering oil or fuel, comprising:a hollow cylindrical filter element for arrangement in a filter housing that is radially to be flowed through by the oil or fuel to be purified;
wherein an open interior of said filter element forms an axial flow space for said oil or fuel in said open interior;
said filter element further comprising
a terminal disk arranged on an axial end face of the filter element, the terminal disk having an open central portion opening through said terminal disk into said open interior;
a first axially projecting annular socket having a first axial end secured onto said terminal disk and projecting axially outwardly to an opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket, said first axially projecting annular socket including an axially outwardly projecting annular wall circumferentially surrounding the open central portion;
a second axially projecting annular socket having a second axial end secured onto said terminal disk and arranged concentrically to and surrounded by said first axially projecting annular socket, said second axially projecting annular socket including a second axially outwardly projecting annular wall surrounding the open central portion, said second axially projecting annular socket projecting axially outwardly to an opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket, wherein the second axially projecting annular socket projects axially outwardly a smaller axial distance than the first axially projecting annular socket;
a U-shaped sealing element of a sealing material, having:
a first bulbous sealing member formed by a first end of the U-shaped sealing element, the first bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket;
a second bulbous sealing member formed by an opposite second end of the U-shaped sealing element, the second bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element extends from the first bulbous sealing member, axially inwardly on a radially inner surface of the first axially projection annular socket, continuing across an intermediate outer surface of the terminal disk, extending axially outwardly on a radially outer surface of the second axially projection annular socket to terminate at the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the first bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the first axially projecting annular socket towards the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the second bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the bulbous sealing members have a greater wall thickness than other portions of the U-shaped sealing element;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element ends at the first and second bulbous sealing members, the U-shaped sealing element covering only one radial side of each axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element is operative to form a seal between said terminal disk and said filter housing to seal between a raw side and a clean side of said filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,389

HIGH CAPACITY FILTERING SCREEN

M-I L.L.C., Houston, TX ...

14. A filtering assembly comprising:a screen housing having two sidewalls and two end walls, defining a perimeter with a length and a width, a top face and a bottom face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the top face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the top face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the top face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the bottom face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the bottom face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the bottom face;
a first opening located on the top face of the screen housing defined by a first pair of ribs; and
a second opening located on the bottom face of the screen housing defined by the first pair of ribs,
wherein a width of the first opening is different from a width of the second opening or a perimeter of the first opening is different from a perimeter of the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,137,387

DEAERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEAERATION

1. A method for deaerating a liquid, comprising the steps of:pressurizing the liquid to a pressure P0,
depressurizing the liquid to a pressure P1, above the boiling point of the liquid,
injecting the liquid through a liquid inlet into a separation vessel along a trajectory, such that the liquid impacts a stop plate arranged in the separation vessel,
guiding the liquid from the liquid inlet arranged in a first end of the separation vessel towards a liquid outlet arranged in a second end of the separation vessel, the second end being in an opposed end of the separation vessel as compared to the inlet,
subjecting the liquid to the pressure P1 while the liquid is in the separation vessel, such that the liquid is prevented from boiling, and
by using a recovery system:
deaerating liquid leaving through a gas outlet arranged in the separation vessel to recover liquid from the gas outlet, and
guiding the recovered liquid via a recovery line back to the deaerated liquid, upstream or downstream the liquid outlet,
wherein the pressure drop, P0-P1, is in the range of 2 to 5 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,386

SEPARATION OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN COALESCING DEVICES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A process for separating a phase (A) comprising at least one ionic liquid from a phase (B), wherein the phase (A) has a higher viscosity than the phase (B) and wherein the phase (B) comprises at least one hydrocarbon, which comprises the following steps:a) providing a stream (S1) comprising a dispersion (D1) in which the phase (A) is dispersed in the phase (B);
b) introducing the stream (S1) into a coalescing filter (KV), wherein the inflow rate of the stream (S1) is from 0.05 to 150 kg/(cm2*h) based on the average cross-sectional area of the coalescing filter (KV), wherein the packing density of the coalescing filter (KV) is from 50 to 500 kg/m3, wherein the coalescing filter (KV) contains filter material wherein the filter material comprises at least 50% by weight of acrylic phenolic resin;
c) separating the phase (A) from the phase (B) in the coalescing filter (KV);
d) discharging a stream (S2) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (A) from the coalescing filter (KV); and
e) discharging a stream (S3) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (B) from the coalescing filter (KV).

US Pat. No. 10,137,384

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WATER DESALINIZATION

MICRONIC TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, the housing defining a flow path between the inlet portion and the outlet portion configured to receive a flow of a gas;
a first atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path of the housing at a first position, the first atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of a solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the first atomizer being mixed with the flow of the gas to produce a first mixture of the gas and the solution;
a second atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path at a second position, downstream of the first position in a direction of flow in the flow path, the second atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of the solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the second atomizer being mixed with the flow of the first mixture to produce a second mixture of the gas and the solution, the housing, the first atomizer, and the second atomizer being constructed and arranged such that the flow path proceeds, in order, from the first position to the second position, and from the second position to the outlet portion; and
a separator configured to be fluidically coupled to the outlet portion of the housing, the separator configured to (1) receive the second mixture of the gas and the solution and (2) produce a first outlet flow and a second outlet flow, the first outlet flow including a portion of the gas and a vaporized portion of a solvent from the solution, the second outlet flow including a liquid portion of the solvent from the solution and a solute from the solution; wherein a surface of the housing is configured such that, in use, the gas flowing at the first position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a first direction and the gas flowing at the second position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a second direction, the second direction substantially opposite the first direction; wherein the surface comprises a wall portion extending into an interior of the housing and positioned in the flow path between the first atomizer and the second atomizer, the wall portion being configured and arranged to define a bend in the flow path to result in a reversal of a direction of the axial velocity component; wherein the flow path is a serpentine path; wherein the serpentine path is defined by at least one baffle positioned between the first atomizer and the second atomizer; and further comprising a condenser, configured and arranged to receive and condense the first outlet flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,383

LAWN ORNAMENT HAVING FLUID AND/OR WIND DRIVEN INNER AND OUTER FRAMES

1. A lawn ornament, comprising:an inner frame; and
an outer frame that is orbitally-arranged with respect to the inner frame, the outer frame being in fluidic communication with a fluid source to receive the fluid, wherein the outer frame has:
at least one first orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a first direction outwardly therefrom to cause rotation of the outer frame about a longitudinal axis; and
at least one second orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a second direction inwardly therefrom and external to the outer frame to contact an outer surface of and thereby cause rotation of the inner frame about the same longitudinal axis as the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,382

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING REULEAUX SHAPES

1. A method of forming a Reuleaux shape from a material comprising:placing the material into a container;
moving the container along an orbit a plurality of times until the motion of the container along the orbit causes the material to assume a Reuleaux shape; and
removing the Reuleaux shape from the container, wherein the Reuleaux shape is a Reuleaux triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,381

TOY COMPRISING A ROTOR

1. A toy comprising:a rotor; and
a centrally arranged capsule;
wherein the capsule comprises an actuator mechanism configured to cooperate with a launch element and an actuator means;
wherein the actuator means is configured for engaging with the actuator mechanism to transfer a momentum to the rotor, whereby the rotor can rotate and be launched from the launch element;
wherein the capsule is a separate part relative to the rotor; and
wherein the capsule comprises at least two capsule parts, a first capsule part connecting on one end to the launch element and on another end to a second capsule part, whereby the two capsule parts can be opened when the rotor and the capsule are separated, and wherein the rotor, the capsule and the actuator mechanism are connected to each other to the effect that the momentum from the actuator means is transferred to the actuator mechanism that conveys the momentum from the capsule to the rotor, when the at least two capsule parts are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,380

TOP

Shin-Kyu Choi, Seoul (KR...

1. A top comprising:a metal wheel;
a rotary force generating part configured to generate a rotary force to rotate the metal wheel;
a fixing part fixing the metal wheel to the rotary force generating part;
a bush disposed inside the fixing part;
a shaft disposed inside the metal wheel; and
a resonating part installed at a lower part of the metal wheel to be fixed on the fixing part and having an outer diameter that is smaller than the inner diameter of the metal wheel,
wherein the bush is configured to prevent the shaft from idling, in response to the shaft being coupled to the fixing part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,379

SIX DEGREE OF FREEDOM (DOF) MOTION PLATFORM WITHOUT NON-REDUNDANT LOAD PATHS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A motion platform apparatus for supporting an object and for moving the supported object with six degree of freedom (DOF) motion, the apparatus comprising:a motion platform;
a base with an upper surface facing and spaced apart from a lower surface of the motion platform; and
an actuation system coupled with the lower surface of the motion platform and with the upper surface of the base,
wherein the actuation system operates to move the motion platform with six DOF motion,
wherein the actuation system is free of non-redundant load paths,
wherein the actuation system is pivotally coupled, via four platform coupling components, with the lower surface of the motion platform at four coupling locations that are arranged in a rectangular pattern, and
wherein the actuation system comprises four actuator assemblies that are independently and concurrently operable to provide the six DOF motion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,378

MIST PRODUCING DEVICE FOR PLAYGROUND WITH SUN SHADE APPARATUS

1. A mist device for a play set which comprises a framework on a playground area, comprising:a mist frame unit for coupling at and extending along said framework of said play set, wherein said mist frame unit has a water channel;
a water inlet provided at a first end of said mist frame unit arranged for connecting to a water source and enabling water flowing from said water source through said water channel of said mist frame unit;
a plurality of mist producing units provided along said mist frame unit defining a mist surrounding area for producing mist over the playground;
means for coupling said mist frame unit to said framework of said play set in such a manner that mist is produced by said mist producing units at said mist surrounding area over the playground,
a sunshade unit mounted onto said play set for shading said play set; and
at least a mist control for adjusting a mist pattern produced by said mist producing units, wherein said mist frame unit comprises a flexible hose member detachably mounted onto the framework of the play set, thereby said mist frame unit is detachable from and repositionable in the framework of the play set, wherein said means comprises a plurality of connector units connecting said flexible hose member and the framework of the play set, thereby said flexible hose member is universal and applicable to any play set through securing into position by said connector unit, wherein each said connector unit comprises a hose receiving member at a center of said connector unit arranged for receiving said flexible hose member; and a framework biasing member extended from said hose receiving member at the center outwardly to two sides defining two end portions of said framework biasing member such that said framework biasing member is capable of biasing a rod-like body of the framework of the play set to anchor and secure said flexible hose member in said hose receiving member onto said framework through a biasing effect provided by said two sides of said framework biasing member and a clipping effect provided by said two end portions of said framework biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND STREAMING AUGMENTED GAME SESSIONS

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A system for facilitating streaming of augmented game sessions created via augmentation during reproduction of previous game sessions, the system comprising:one or more physical processors programmed with one or more computer program instructions which, when executed, cause the one or more physical processors to:
obtain game play information associated with a previous game session of a game, wherein the game play information defines previous game play of the previous game session, and the previous game play includes one or more first in-game actions that were executed on behalf of a first player in the previous game session based on one or more first user inputs received from the first player;
execute the one or more first in-game actions to reproduce the previous game play of the previous game session after the previous game session, wherein execution of the one or more first in-game actions creates a reproduced game session;
add augmentation content to the reproduced game session based on one or more second user inputs received from a user during the reproduced game session, wherein the addition of the augmentation content to the reproduced game session creates an augmented game session; and
stream one or more views of the augmented game session, wherein the one or more views of the augmented game session are streamed, in real-time, to one or more viewers as the augmentation content is added to the reproduced game session.

US Pat. No. 10,137,375

CENTER DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a network interface operating to communicate in respective paired relationships with one or more controller devices operated by one or more users, respectively, via wired communication or wireless communication selected by the one or more users; and
circuitry configured to output light emission controls to the paired one or more controller devices, wherein the one or more controller devices each include at least one light emitter that responds to the light emission controls by emitting a selected one of a plurality of colors,
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a first light emission control to a first of the one or more controller devices that first achieves the paired relationship, and wherein the first light emission control operates to cause a particular first color among the plurality of colors to emit, and
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a second light emission control to a second of the one or more controller devices that next achieves the paired relationship after the first of the one or more controller devices, and wherein the second light emission control operates to cause a particular second color among the plurality of colors to emit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,374

METHOD FOR AN AUGMENTED REALITY CHARACTER TO MAINTAIN AND EXHIBIT AWARENESS OF AN OBSERVER

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for causing a virtual character to demonstrate awareness of a portable device's position or activity, the method comprising, detecting a position of a portable device, the portable device including a camera that captures a real-world scene, and identifying an anchor within the real-world scene, the anchor being tracked during movement of the portable device;generating an augmented reality scene formed by inserting a virtual character into the real-world scene as captured by the camera, the virtual character being positioned in the augmented reality scene in relation to the identified anchor, the virtual character configured to perform an action indicating awareness of the position or activity of the portable device;
displaying the augmented reality scene on a display;
wherein the action indicating awareness comprises adjusting a view direction, in the augmented reality scene, of the virtual character;
wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character is in the direction of the position of the portable device and is defined by adjustment from a current view direction to an adjusted view direction towards the portable device, and wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character changes a relationship of the view direction to the anchor, wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character includes adjustment of a head of the virtual character so as to look in the direction of the portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,373

RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory recording medium in which an information processing program is recorded, the program causing an information processing device including a display, a hardware key and a touch panel on the display to provide operation comprising:a display processing for performing processing of displaying, on the display, an image concerning a processing result of an application and an operation receiving image for receiving an operation related to the application;
a first operation reception for receiving an operation associated with the operation receiving image by detecting contact with the operation receiving image through the touch panel;
a second operation reception for receiving an operation equivalent to the operation associated with the operation receiving image through operation for the hardware key; and
an information processing for performing information processing concerning the application in response to operation received by the first operation reception or the second operation reception, wherein:
the display processing makes the operation receiving image non-display when the second operation reception receives an operation; and
the display processing displays the operation receiving image at a time of activating the application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,371

METHOD OF RECORDING AND REPLAYING GAME VIDEO BY USING OBJECT STATE RECORDING METHOD

MINKONET CORPORATION, Se...

1. A method of recording and replaying a game video by using an object state recording method in a computer system, wherein the game video is a video of a game developed using a game development tool whereby things, characters, and backgrounds appearing in virtual space defined three-dimensionally within the game are defined as objects and states of the objects displayed on a screen in the virtual space are created as image frames at predetermined time intervals and displayed on the screen, the method comprising:(a) while the game is being played, when a new object appears in the virtual space, recording an identification number of the object, numerical data of position coordinates and a direction of the object in the virtual space, and a serial number of an image frame in which the object appeared, in a replay data file as appearance information;
(b) when the object that appeared in step (a) moves in the virtual space, recording numerical data defining a motion of the object for each serial number of the image frame, in the replay data file as motion state information;
(c) when the object that appeared in step (a) exits from the virtual space, recording the identification number of the exiting object and a serial number of an image frame in which the object exits, in the replay data file as exit information; and
(d) searching for shape information of the object corresponding to the identification number of the object recorded in the replay data file, in a library of the game so as to dispose the object in the virtual space based on the appearance information corresponding to the serial number of the image frame, constructing the object moving based on the motion state information, in the virtual space, and creating a replay image frame in which the object is removed from the virtual space based on the exit information and rendering the replay image frame on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,370

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CORRECTION METHOD, CONTROL METHOD, CORRECTION PROGRAM, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An information processing device, comprising:an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an input value in accordance with an inputting operation from an operation apparatus;
a correction value calculation unit configured to calculate a correction value on a basis of an input amount which is an integrated value of the input value acquired by the operation acquisition unit when the inputting operation for rotating a point of view of rendering in a virtual space by a given angle is performed and a reference amount set in advance as an input amount for rotating the point of view by the given angle;
an operation correction unit configured to correct a rotation angle corresponding to the acquired input value on a basis of a correction value retained in advance;
and
a processing unit configured to rotate a point of view of rendering in a virtual space in accordance with the corrected rotation angle,
wherein the operation apparatus detects an acceleration value upon an inputting operation,
the operation acquisition unit acquires the acceleration value as the input value, and
the correction value calculation unit acquires an integration value of a speed based on the acceleration value acquired within a time period of an inputting operation within which the point of view is rotated by the given angle as the input amount when the inputting operation for rotating the point of view by the given angle is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,368

BILLING A SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES ASSOCIATED WITH AN ONLINE GAMING ENVIRONMENT RENDERED ON THE SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
selecting a group of mobile devices for a session of an online application associated with a gaming environment based on first data received from the online application and second data received from the group of the mobile devices;
updating, based on the session of the online application, the first data and the second data to generate updated first data and updated second data; and
billing the group of the mobile devices based on the updated first data, the updated second data, and advertisement data representative of an advertisement that is generated based on condition data representative of a condition associated with the session of the online application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,367

CAPTURE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, CAPTURE NOTIFICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A capture notification system comprising:a capture request receiving section configured to receive a capture request of an image indicating content of execution of a program from a capture requesting user requesting capture of the image; and
a notifying section configured, when a capture object user who is not the capture requesting user has denied approval to the capture object user's image being included in the image, to notify the capture object user that the image is to be captured in response to the receipt of the capture request.

US Pat. No. 10,137,366

DUAL JOYSTICK CONTROLLER

1. A joystick system for operating a main electronic controller, the joystick system comprising:(a) a first joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a first switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the first switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a first cylindrical structure, the first cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the first joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the first joystick device; and
(b) a second joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a second switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the second switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a second cylindrical structure, the second cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the second joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the second joystick device;
wherein the first joystick device is in communication with the second joystick device; and wherein at least one of the joystick devices is configured to communicate remotely with the main electronic controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,365

GAME CONTROLLER AND GAME SYSTEM

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system, comprising:an information processing apparatus having a processing system that includes at least one processor and communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate data; and
a controller arrangement, comprising:
a first controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a first hand of a user, the first controller including:
a first inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the first controller,
first communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the first communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the first controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a first button located on a first surface of the housing of the first controller, the first button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the first controller; and
a second controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a second hand of the user, the second controller including:
a second inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the second controller,
second communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the second communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the second controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a second button located on a first surface of the housing of the second controller, the second button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,364

GAME CONTROLLER WITH REMOVABLE MAGNETIC BUTTON

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A game controller comprising:an electronic input sensor; and
a moveable mounting platform including a magnet, the moveable mounting platform configured to removably affix a selected button accessory to the game controller through a magnetic attraction between the magnet and the selected button accessory, the selected button accessory being one of a plurality of differently configured button accessories removably affixable to the game controller through magnetic attraction to the magnet, the moveable mounting platform sandwiched between the selected button accessory and the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is removably affixed to the moveable mounting platform, wherein the movable mounting platform including the magnet moves together with the selected button accessory relative to the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is pressed, and wherein the electronic input sensor generates an activation signal responsive to the movement of the moveable mounting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,137,363

GESTURE BASED USER INTERFACES, APPARATUSES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

1. A computer implemented method of controlling an electronic device by a user, the computer implemented method comprising:receiving facial expression information (FE Info) indicative of one or more facial expressions on the face of the user;
receiving body information (Body Info) indicative of at least one of motion and position of one or more body parts of the user, wherein the Body Info is different from the FE Info, and wherein the one or more body parts of the user are at least one of arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot, toe, head, jaw, tongue, torso, chest, abdomen and shoulder of the user;
waiting for detection of a period of limited activity (POLA) based on the Body Info, wherein the POLA comprises the Body Info being steady within a specified range-for at least a specified minimum time duration;
after detection of the POLA:
(1) start comparing at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info with one or more predefined user gestures to detect a first matching portion of a recognized user gesture, wherein the recognized user gesture is one of the one or more predefined user gestures, and wherein the first matching portion is disposed at the start of the recognized user gesture and the first matching portion comprises all or part of the recognized user gesture;
(2) if the first matching portion of the recognized user gesture is detected, generating command signals for the electronic device based on at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info until the recognized user gesture is no longer detected; and
(3) if the first matching portion is not detected within a waiting period, restart the waiting for detection of a POLA.

US Pat. No. 10,137,362

EXO-TENDON MOTION CAPTURE GLOVE DEVICE WITH HAPTIC GRIP RESPONSE

1. A motion capture and haptic glove system comprising:a. A glove portion to be worn on top of a user's hand, the glove having finger portions for the fingers and thumb of the user;
b. a plurality of anchoring finger caps circumscribed around the extremities of the finger portions;
c. a plurality of anchor points configured to generate sensor data identifying a flexion/extension and an abduction/adduction of the finger portions;
d. a plurality of tendon-like cables configured to transmit the flexion/extension and the abduction/adduction data to a plurality of measuring devices for processing;
e. a plurality of return force providers to ensure flexion and tension in the tendon-like cable elements;
f. a housing structure residing on the forearm and connected to the glove portion via the plurality of tendon-like cables; and
g. at least one vibrating motor to be placed within at least one of the anchoring finger caps to relay the sensations of shape and structure of an object within the hand upon the alignment of the finger caps in the palm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,361

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING REDUCED HOPS TO GENERATE AN AUGMENTED VIRTUAL REALITY SCENE WITHIN A HEAD MOUNTED SYSTEM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A head mounted display for game play via a game cloud system, the head mounted display comprising:a communications circuit of the head-mounted display for sending real-world media to a game program via the Internet, the game program being executed by the game cloud system and the real-world media is captured via a camera of the head mounted display, the communications circuit of the head-mounted display is configured to communicate with the game cloud system via a router that connects to the Internet without using a computer to communicate with the router and the Internet;
a decoder in the head-mounted display coupled to the communications circuit, wherein the decoder is configured to decode compressed computer-generated interactive media received from a compressor of the game cloud system via the Internet and the router to provide decoded computer-generated interactive media; and
a game processing circuit driving a portion of interactivity associated with the game program by superimposing a portion of the decoded computer-generated interactive media on the real-world media, the compressed computer-generated interactive media generated based on the real-world media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,360

TABLETOP DISC GAME ASSEMBLY

Wild Sales, LLC, Westfie...

1. A tabletop disc game assembly arranged to be positioned upright on a flat surface, comprising:a first target, said first target comprising:
a first side edge;
a second side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said first side edge;
a fastening means operatively arranged to abut said first side edge against said second side edge;
a top side edge connecting said first side edge and said second side edge;
a bottom side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said top side edge, said bottom side edge including a cut out;
a disc operatively arranged to be received within said first target; and,
a flexible member arranged to direct said disc into said first target; said flexible member being substantially planar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,358

METHODS OF ADMINISTERING A WAGERING GAME INCLUDING A DEALER PAYOUT

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A method of administering a wagering game performed in the following order, comprising:accepting an ante wager from a player to participate in a poker game by receiving at least one tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated ante wager area on a play surface of a play table;
accepting an optional bonus wager from the player to participate in a bonus game by receiving at least another tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated bonus wager area on the play surface of the play table;
delivering a set of player cards to the player in a player card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from a deck of physical cards comprising a set of at least one 52-card deck of standard playing cards utilizing a card-handling device configured to present randomized cards for delivery;
delivering a set of dealer cards to the dealer at a dealer card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from the card-handling device;
accepting a play wager from the player in response to offering the player a choice whether to place the play wager or fold;
paying the player a payout on the bonus wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the bonus game;
paying a dealer payout to at least one of a dealer and a dealer pool when the player obtains one of a plurality of predetermined winning outcomes according to the rules of the bonus game, wherein the dealer does not make a wager to receive the dealer payout; and
paying the player a payout on the ante wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the poker game and taking each gaming chip associated with the ante wager when the player does not obtain a winning outcome according to the rules of the poker game.

US Pat. No. 10,137,356

TRANSPORTATION DEVICE WITH PIVOTING AXLE

LEVERAGE DESIGN LTD., Un...

1. A device for transportation comprising:a platform comprising:
a forward portion;
an intermediate portion;
a rearward portion;
an upper surface; and
a lower surface;
wherein the platform tapers inwardly along the intermediate portion from the forward portion to the rearward portion, wherein the forward portion has a first width and the rearward portion has a second width, the first width being larger the second width;
a plurality of wheels connected with the platform, the plurality of wheels comprising a first wheel and a second wheel adjacent the forward portion and a third wheel disposed at least partially within the rearward portion; and
a brake configured to engage with at least one of the plurality of wheels, the brake comprising:
a contact portion; and
an actuation portion, the actuation portion extending at least partially through the upper surface of the platform;
the brake configured to move between a first position and a second position, wherein:
in the first position the contact portion engages at least one of the plurality of wheels, thereby exerting a braking force on the at least one of the plurality of wheels; and
in the second position the contact portion does not engage the at least one of the plurality of wheels;
the brake being biased toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,354

GOLF GLOVES

1. A glove comprising:a body comprising a palmar portion, a dorsal portion and a distal lateral edge, wherein the palmar portion and the dorsal portion meet at the distal lateral edge; and
a plurality of digital segments projecting from the distal lateral edge of the body, the plurality of digital segments including a first digital segment designed to cover a middle finger and comprising an aperture located along a proximal phalanx portion of the digital segment when the glove is worn; and,
wherein said plurality of digital segments further comprises a second digital segment, a third digital segment and a fourth digital segment;
wherein said second digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire ring finger, and wherein said third digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire pinkie finger, and wherein said fourth digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire thumb when the glove is worn; and
wherein said glove further comprises a terminal edge at the distal lateral edge of the body designed to allow a forefinger to extend past the terminal edge to completely expose the forefinger when the glove is worn, thereby providing a glove without a digital segment for a forefinger.

US Pat. No. 10,137,353

SYSTEM FOR TIMING AND SCORING AQUATIC SPORTS IN POOLS

EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTR...

1. A system configured to provide timing and scoring for aquatic sports in pools, the system comprising:a plurality of nodes, each of the plurality of nodes comprising a location relative to a pool; and
at least one control device node having a display screen, the at least one control device node connected to at least one of the plurality of nodes, the at least one control device node configured to:
access spatial knowledge related to at least one of:
the location of the plurality of nodes,
a position of the pool, and
reference points of the pool;
generate and display at the display screen at least one representation of the plurality of nodes and the pool based on the spatial knowledge;
receive a selection of a plurality of the plurality of nodes to set up at least one event based on the at least one representation;
configure the selected plurality of nodes for the at least one event; and
execute the at least one event based on the configured plurality of nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,351

ENHANCED GOLF SIMULATION SYSTEM

Full-Swing Golf, Inc., C...

1. A green simulation apparatus having a configurable upper surface with a changeable contour, the apparatus comprising:a covering forming the upper surface;
a covering support assembly configured to support the covering, the support assembly comprising:
a plurality of movable positioning elements having the covering resting thereon, the plurality of positioning elements being positioned in an array extending in a reference plane; and
a movement actuator configured to move at least one of the positioning elements independently of other positioning elements in the array;
wherein at least one of the positioning elements comprises a head contacting an inner surface of the covering forming the upper surface and a support frame supporting the head in manner permitting movement of the head movable along an axis extending substantially perpendicular to the reference plane, the support frame including at least two frame members pivotally connected together such that convergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a first direction with respect to the reference plane and divergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a second direction with respect to the reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,349

GOLF TRAINING AID

1. A golf training aid comprising:an adjustable upper arm band adapted to releasably fasten;
a linear flexible strip having a first closed end and a second closed end, wherein the flexible strip is attached to the adjustable upper arm band at substantially a midpoint between the first end and the second end;
a first band of a first predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end;
a second band of a second predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end
a plurality of connector secured to the first closed end, the second closed end of the first band and the first closed end, and the second closed end of the second band, wherein the connectors secured to the first closed end of the first band and the first closed end of the second band are detachably connected to the first closed end and the second closed end of the linear flexible strip
a belt clip, wherein the connector secured to the second closed end of the first band and a connector secured to the second closed end of the second band are connected to the belt clip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,346

BALL PITCHING TRAINING DEVICE

Claybon Williams, Smyrna...

1. A ball pitching training device comprising:a flexible cylindrical inner rod having a top end and a bottom end;
a handle disposed on the bottom end;
an adjustable connection head protruding from the top end, the connection head having an exterior edge and an interior edge, wherein the connection head is attached to the top end at the interior edge;
a plurality of adjustment apertures vertically aligned on the connection head, the plurality of adjustment apertures extending from a position proximal the exterior edge to a position proximal the interior edge;
a support cushion centrally disposed and encircling a portion of the inner rod;
a body strap attachably disposed on the inner rod, the body strap having a first end and a second end, the body strap having a pair of rings, wherein one of the pair of rings is attached to a respective one of the first end and the second end, wherein the rings secure the body strap to the inner rod;
an adjustment clip disposed on the body strap, the adjustment clip being configured to adjust a length of the body strap; and
an attachable ball comprising:
a resistance band having a clip attachment portion and a ball attachment portion;
a circular attachment clip disposed on the clip attachment portion; and
a throwing ball disposed on the ball attachment portion of the resistance band;
wherein the attachment clip is configured to engage one of the plurality of apertures, wherein a user wears the body strap to secure the device on the user's body, wherein the user grasps the throwing ball and simulates a throwing movement, wherein the resistance band and flexible inner rod provide resistance against the throwing movement.

US Pat. No. 10,137,345

GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club comprising:a golf club head comprising:
a club head body comprising a first metallic material having a first density and further comprising:
a hollow interior;
a strike face;
a crown portion comprising a crown hole opening into the hollow interior;
a sole portion; and
a support structure located between the crown portion and the sole portion, the support structure comprising a structure hole aligned with the crown hole, and the structure hole having a first aperture opening into the hollow interior toward the crown hole and a second aperture opposite the first aperture and opening into the hollow interior away from the crown hole;
a shaft comprising a shaft tip; and
a hosel insert comprising a second metallic material having a second density;
a hollow tubular body;
a first hosel portion configured to receive the shaft tip; and
a second hosel portion adjacent to the first hosel portion; and
a barrier;
wherein the barrier separates and isolates the first hosel portion from the second hosel portion;
such that the shaft tip abuts the barrier when the shaft is inserted into the hosel insert;
wherein:
the second density is less than the first density;
the crown hole is configured to receive the first hosel portion; and
the structure hole is configured to receive the second hosel portion;
wherein the hosel insert has a first end proximate the crown hole and a second end proximate the support structure and a sidewall located between the first end and the second end;
wherein the hosel insert comprises a plurality of voids in non-end portions of the sidewall of a hosel insert surface;
wherein the hosel insert is fixedly attached to the club head body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,343

GOLF BALL ELEVATOR WITH FLAGSTICK AND MEDIA DISPLAY

1. A system to facilitate retrieval of a golf ball after the ball is stroked by a golfer into a cylindrical golf hole cup comprising a webbing structure formed by web elements projecting inwardly from an inner cylindrical cup wall and having voids formed between the web elements and comprising a center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain a flagstick assembly wherein the flagstick assembly comprises a ferrule that may be slid into and out of the center cylindrical aperture, the system comprising:a golf ball elevator mounted to the golf hole cup, comprising:
a motorized telescoping shaft assembly, the motorized telescoping shaft assembly having a telescoping shaft and a motor coupled to the telescoping shaft;
a cylindrical cup element to receive and retain a golf ball stroked into the golf hole cup, the cylindrical cup element having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
a plate attached to the telescoping shaft, wherein the telescoping shaft extends through one of the voids in the webbing structure for attachment to the plate the plate having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
at least one spring interconnected between the cylindrical cup element and the plate to mount the cylindrical cup element to the plate; and
a switch mounted to the plate and connected to the motorized telescoping shaft assembly, wherein the switch is actuated when the weight of a golf ball in the cylindrical cup element causes the at least one spring to be compressed to actuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to extend the telescoping shaft to raise the cylindrical cup element containing the golf ball until the telescoping shaft is fully extended and wherein the switch is deactuated when the golf ball is retrieved from the cylindrical cup element to cause the at least one spring to decompress to deactuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to retract the telescoping shaft to lower the cylindrical cup element into the golf hole cup until the telescoping shaft is fully retracted; wherein the golf ball may fall into the cylindrical cup element while the flagstick assembly is retained in the golf hole cup; and
wherein the motorized telescoping shaft assembly causes the aperture in the cylindrical cup element and the plate to move axially with respect to the flagstick assembly when the flagstick assembly is retained in the center cylindrical aperture of the golf hole cup without raising or lowering the flagstick assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,340

GOLF PUTTER WITH ANIMAL BONE INSERT

1. A putter head comprising:a striking face formed from a first material, the striking face including a central cavity; and
an insert formed from a second material that is different from the first material, wherein the second material comprises animal bone, the insert including a front face and a back face, the back face fittingly engaged within the central cavity to align the front face with the striking face surrounding the central cavity thereby establishing a continuous surface along the striking face.

US Pat. No. 10,137,339

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVABLE FACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body including a recess having a heel side wall, a toe side wall, and a sole side wall defining a face support slot that is opened to a top line portion of the body, wherein the body defines a threaded bore in a toe portion of the body;
a face member disposed in the face support slot and defining a ball striking surface, wherein a plurality of score lines are recessed into the face member from the ball striking surface;
a top line key that forms a portion of a top line of the golf club head and extends in a heel to toe direction, wherein the top line key defines an aperture in a toe portion of the top line key that aligns with the threaded bore of the body; and
a threaded fastener that extends through the aperture of the top line key and is threaded into the threaded bore of the body,
wherein the fastener extends through the top line key and into the body to couple the top line key to the body, and
wherein the top line key closes the opening of the face support slot, so that the face member is circumscribed by the heel side wall, the toe side wall, the sole side wall and the top line key.

US Pat. No. 10,137,337

GOLF CLUB HEAD

BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., L...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a head body including
a body face;
a sole; and
a crown; and
a face member joined to an opening formed in the body face,
wherein a depression is provided between the opening and the sole in the head body, wherein a minimum thickness of a portion of the sole between the depression and a bottom surface of the head body is greater than a minimum thickness of an entirety of the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,335

EMBEDDED HIGH DENSITY CASTING

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing a golf club head comprising:forming a high density metal piece;
placing the high density metal piece in a wax injection mold;
positioning a tool in abutment with the high density metal piece, the tool including a lip that receives at least a portion of the high density metal piece;
injecting wax into the wax injection mold to at least partially embed the high density metal piece within the wax, wherein the portion of the high density metal piece received by the lip is exposed outside of the wax;
removing the tool from the wax injection mold such that a gap is formed between the portion of the high density metal piece that was received by the lip and the wax;
coating the wax and at least one portion of the high density metal piece with a ceramic material forming a ceramic shell, wherein the gap is occupied by the ceramic material;
melting the wax to form a hollow region between the ceramic shell and the high density metal piece, wherein the high density metal piece is held rigidly in place via the ceramic filled gap;
pouring metal into the hollow region, the metal forming a body of the golf club head and at least partially surrounding the high density metal piece wherein the ceramic filled gap prevents the high density metal piece from translating along or in an x or y-axis and from rotating about a z-axis; and
removing the ceramic, such that the high density metal piece and a portion of the body of the golf club head again form the gap,
wherein the high density metal piece is made of a material selected from a group consisting of tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

US Pat. No. 10,137,333

CORES MADE FROM THERMOSET AND PLASTICIZED THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A core assembly for a golf ball, comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a first thermoplastic material, the inner core having an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient;
ii) an outer core layer comprising a second thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient, the second thermoplastic material comprising:
a) an add copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates;
b) a plasticizer; and
c) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the material; and
iii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset rubber material, the intermediate layer being disposed between the inner core and outer core and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of Inter Core) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of Inter Core), the Houter surface of the Inter Core being greater than the Hmidpoint of the Inter Core to provide a positive hardness gradient;
wherein the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core surface) is in the range of about 10 Shore C to about 70 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 20 Shore C to about 95 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,332

USE OF HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYSILOXANE FOR GOLF BALLS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a center core;
an outer core disposed over the center core;
an inner mantle layer disposed over the outer core, the inner mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch, the inner mantle layer composed of an ionomer material, the inner mantle layer material having a plaque Shore D hardness ranging from 65 to 71;
an outer mantle layer disposed over the inner mantle layer, the outer mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.070 inch to 0.090 inch;
and
a cover layer composed of a blend of (a) 20 to 99 wt % of a thermoplastic resin, (b) 1 to 80 wt % of a high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane having a molecular weight (Mn) of at least 10,000 and not more than about 1,000,000 (Mn,), wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane is blended with 3 to 35 weight percent of a silica, wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane has pendant groups, terminal groups or mixtures of pendant groups and terminal groups selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, trimethyl, dimethyl, methyl, phenyl, fluoro, amino, vinyl, hydroxyl, and methacrylate;
wherein the cover layer is disposed over the outer mantle layer, the cover layer has a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch;
wherein the cover layer has a lower Shore D hardness than the outer mantle layer, the outer mantle layer has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer, the outer core has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer and the center core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,331

SWIMMING FIN FOR THE DISABLED

1. A swimming fin for a disabled person, comprising:a flipper having:
a bottom fin portion; and
a boot portion having an upper attached to the bottom fin portion, the upper having a heel portion and defining an opening for inserting a disabled person's foot into the boot portion and defining a toe hole, the bottom fin portion having a width fanning outward extending away from the boot portion;
a post having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being pivotally attached to the flipper near the heel portion of the boot;
a leg strap pivotally attached to the post, the leg strap being adapted for being fastened around a leg of a disabled person; and
a handle attached to the upper end of the post;
wherein using the handle to move the upper end of the post away from the disabled person followed by pulling the upper end of the post back towards the disabled person pivots the disabled person's leg in a leg kick motion while swimming.

US Pat. No. 10,137,330

SIX-WEBBED GLOVE

1. A six-webbed glove comprising:a main body having
a palm segment, two opposite ends of the palm segment being respectively a finger end and an arm end;
five finger segments mounted on the finger end of the palm segment, arranged apart from each other along a horizontal direction, communicating with the palm segment, and the five finger segments including three inner finger segments and two outer finger segments; the three inner finger segments disposed between the two outer finger segments;
an arm segment mounted on the arm end of the palm segment, communicating with the palm segment, and having
a wearing opening formed on an end of the arm segment away from the palm segment;
four middle webs respectively mounted between every two adjacent said finger segments and each filling up a gap between said two finger segments;
two outer webs respectively mounted on two opposite sides of the main body, and respectively connected to the two outer finger segments; one of two ends of each one of the two outer webs connected to an end of the corresponding outer finger segment, the other end of said outer web connected to a side of the arm segment, and said outer web connected to the corresponding outer forger segment, the palm segment, and the arm segment along a contour of the corresponding side of the main body;
two finger-supporting boards respectively mounted inside the two outer finger segments, each one of the two finger-supporting boards extending to the end of the corresponding outer finger segment;
an arm-supporting board mounted inside the arm segment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,329

SMART WALKING RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A smart walking recommendation apparatus, comprising:an information obtaining module configured to obtain destination information and appointed arrival time information;
a positioning module configured to obtain a start position of a user;
a central processing module configured to:
calculate a distance for a selected walk from the start position to a destination based on the start position and the destination information; and
determine whether to recommend walking the selected walk based on the distance from the start position to the destination, an empirical speed, and the appointed arrival time information, wherein the empirical speed is updated based on the user's health data associated with previous walks, and deviations in said user's health data from normal standard range data; and
an output module configured to output a walking recommendation to the user in response to the central processing module determining to recommend walking the selected walk.

US Pat. No. 10,137,326

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device comprising:a vertical support tube;
a base section operatively attached at a bottom end of the vertical support tube, the base section further comprising:
a base brace attachable to the vertical support tube;
a base mounting plate attachable to the base brace; and
a leg operatively attached to the base mounting plate, the leg being at least partially rotatable about a leg mounting bolt connected to the base mounting plate;
a middle section removably attachable to the vertical support tube, the middle section being movable about the vertical support tube, the middle section further comprising:
a middle brace adjustably positionable about the vertical support tube;
a middle mounting plate attached to the middle brace;
a front bar operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the front bar being at least partially rotatable about a front bar mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an arm support operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the arm support being at least partially rotatable about an arm support mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an upper section attachable to a top end of the vertical support tube, the upper section further comprising:
an upper handle;
a first securement tube attached to a first side of the vertical support tube; and
a second securement tube attached to a second side of the vertical support tube;
wherein the leg, the front bar, and the arm support are rotatable to at least a down position and an up position;
wherein the upper section further comprises an upper support tube extending from a first upper support tube end to a second upper support tube end;
wherein the upper support tube comprises an upper support tube bend between the first upper support tube end and the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end is approximately orthogonal to the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end of the upper support tube is attachable to the vertical support tube;
wherein the first securement tube receives the first upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the first securement tube, and the second upper support tube end receives the second upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the second securement tube;
wherein the upper handle extends from an upper handle support end to an upper handle distal end;
wherein the upper handle is bent between the upper handle support end and the upper handle distal end; and
wherein the upper handle support end is approximately orthogonal to the upper handle distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,323

GUIDED TYPE FALL ARRESTER—BODY CONTROL SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A fall arrester for use in a climbing protection system to protect a user of a ladder, a platform or the like from falls wherein the fall arrester is adapted to be used with, and to be movable along, a guide rail having catching stops engageable by the fall arrester in response to a fall by the user, the fall arrester comprising:a body;
a pawl comprising a pawl tooth, the pawl mounted to the body for movement relative to the body between an engaging position wherein the pawl tooth will engage a catching stop in the guide rail and a disengaged position wherein the pawl tooth will not engage the catching stops in the guide rail;
a first connecting element comprising a first connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the first connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the first connecting feature; and
a second connecting element comprising a second connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the second connecting feature spaced from the first connecting feature, the second connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the second connecting feature; wherein
the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a first predetermined force applied to the first connecting element in a first direction, and the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a second predetermined force applied to the second connecting element in a second direction that is different than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,321

FILTERING FACE-PIECE RESPIRATOR HAVING AN INTEGRALLY-JOINED EXHALATION VALVE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A filtering face-piece respirator that comprises:a harness;
a mask body that comprises:
a filtering structure; and
a support structure comprising a longitudinally-movable, transversely-extending member that extends from a first living hinge disposed on a first side of the mask body to a second living hinge disposed on a second side of the mask body; and
an exhalation valve that comprises a valve seat that is integral to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,320

RESPIRATOR FLOW CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An air flow control system for a respirator, the control system comprising:a shell defining a breathable air zone for a user;
a plurality of air delivery conduits within the shell of the respirator and having an air flow inlet end extending through an air inlet opening of the shell, wherein the conduits are separable from the shell, wherein each air delivery conduit of the plurality of air delivery conduits defines an air flow outlet within the shell to provide air flow into the breathable air zone, and wherein each air delivery conduit receives air flow from a common air flow inlet;
a valve member moveable relative to the plurality of air delivery conduits and within the shell to vary the amount of air flow through the air flow outlet of each air delivery conduit to the breathable air zone; and
a valve actuator outside of the shell of the respirator that is manipulatable by a user of the respirator while wearing the respirator to control movement of the valve member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,319

CARRYING SYSTEM FOR BREATHING APPARATUS

1. A carrying system for use with breathing apparatus, the carrying system comprising:a backplate configured to receive a breathing apparatus mounted thereto, the backplate comprising a unitary, one-piece plate formed of a plastic material, the plate having a predetermined shape including an upper end region and a lower end region, the plate having an inner side and an opposite outer side, the inner side facing a user when the carrying system is worn by the user, the plate being configured to provide impact protection to the user during use by at least one of absorbing or dispersing impact forces, the plate being configured to deform resiliently in response to external forces imposed by at least one of bending or twisting of the user during use and return substantially to its predetermined shape when not subjected to an external force;
an attachment member mounted on the outer side of the plate, the attachment member configured to releasably mount a breathing apparatus that includes an air cylinder along the outer side such that the plate is disposed between the breathing apparatus and the user;
two shoulder straps attached to the plate of the backplate at the upper end region; and
a waist strap attached to the plate of the backplate at the lower end region, the waist strap including an attachment segment thereof, the attachment segment being attached to the plate and overlying the lower end region of the plate, the waist strap and the shoulder straps configured to hold the backplate on a back of the user when the carrying system is worn by the user such that when the user's back undergoes a twisting movement, the waist strap and the shoulder straps impose a torsional force on the plate causing the plate to deform torsionally.