US Pat. No. 10,509,625

MAINTAINING COORDINATION FOLLOWING A WIRELESS RESET

EVA Automation, Inc., Me...

1. An electronic device, comprising:one or more antennas;
a clock circuit that is configured to provide a clock; and
an interface circuit communicatively coupled to the one or more antennas and the clock circuit, wherein the electronic device is configured to:
receive, from the one or more antennas, packets associated with a second electronic device, wherein a given packet includes a transmit time, based on a second clock in the second electronic device, when the second electronic device transmitted the given packet;
store receive times when the packets were received, wherein the receive times are based on the clock;
calculate, based on differences between the transmit times and the receive times, relative drift as a function of time between the clock and the second clock;
adjust, based on the relative drift, the clock circuit to eliminate the relative drift;
store adjustments to the clock circuit determined in the adjusting; and
when the interface circuit or a second interface circuit in the second electronic device is reset, adapt the clock circuit based on the stored adjustments to reduce the relative drift while the electronic device restores frequency lock with the second clock based on additional packets with additional transmit times that are received from the one or more antennas.

US Pat. No. 10,509,621

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF MUSIC AND OTHER FORMS OF USEFUL INFORMATION

1. A system for ordering digital audio information comprising;a portable battery powered electronic device which independently provides digital music storage and playback operations, the portable battery powered electronic device including a processor, an electronic memory, and a wireless data transmitter and wireless data receiver;
the portable battery powered device is configured to communicatively couple with a vehicle audio reproduction system to receive user selection control information and to transfer digital audio from electronic memory of the portable battery powered device to the vehicle audio reproduction system;
the electronic memory of the portable battery powered electronic device including machine instructions that when executed by the processor are configured to cause the wireless data transmitter of the portable battery powered electronic device to send an electronic communication to a server-based system that is transferred via the internet, wherein the electronic communication conveys a request for digital audio information based on user selection control information that is received in a communication from the vehicle audio reproduction system and held in a user selection control receiving electronic memory portion at the portable battery powered electronic device;
the server-based system is configured to receive and process the electronic communication and send digital audio information to the portable battery powered electronic device via internet communication that is then received at the wireless data receiver of the portable battery powered electronic device for adding new digital audio to the electronic memory of the portable battery powered device, the digital audio information corresponding to the request for digital audio information.

US Pat. No. 10,509,618

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display device comprising:a communication unit configured to connect with a terminal;
a display unit including pixels constituted by OLEDs; and
a controller configured to:
receive mirroring image data, which corresponds to a screen displayed on the terminal, through the communication unit,
control the display unit to display a mirroring image on an area of the display unit based on the received mirroring image data, and
control the display unit not to display the displayed mirroring image on the area based on an average picture level (APL) of the displayed mirroring image.

US Pat. No. 10,509,617

TERMINAL DEVICE, PROGRAM, METHOD FOR SHARING CONTENT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A terminal device, comprising:a display;
a hardware processor; and
a hardware memory that contains instructions that cause the hardware processor to:
send, to a conference server apparatus, a request for conference information;
display, on the display, a list of electronic conferences created from conference information received from the conference server in response to the request for conference information;
send, to the conference server apparatus, a request to participate in an electronic conference selected from the displayed list of electronic conferences;
receive questionnaire information from the conference server apparatus through an established communication session, the received questionnaire information including (i) first role information that associates a first role played by one or more terminal devices to first information that indicates a storage place for questionnaire summary screen data; and (ii) second role information that associates a second role played by one or more terminal devices to second information that indicates a storage place for questionnaire answer screen data;
receive a questionnaire start order from the conference server apparatus through the established communication session;
determine, after receiving the questionnaire start order from the conference server apparatus, that a role of the terminal device itself is the first role or the second role;
acquire, when the hardware processor determines that the role of the terminal device itself is the first role, the questionnaire summary screen data from the storage place for the questionnaire summary screen data, by referring to the first role information that associates the first role to the first information; and display the acquired questionnaire summary screen data on the display;
acquire, when the hardware processor determines that the role of the terminal device itself is the second role, the questionnaire answer screen data from the storage place for the questionnaire answer screen data, by referring to the second role information that associates the second role to the second information; and display the acquired questionnaire answer screen data on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,509,615

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING ACCESS OF FUNCTIONS IN A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PRINTER

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A method for managing access of functions in a Multi-Functional Printer (MFP), the method comprising:receiving, by an access manager of an MFP, information regarding occurrence of at least one error, in at least one MFP component of the MFP;
identifying, by the access manager, one or more functions operably dependent on the at least one MFP component and one or more functions operably independent of the at least one MFP component based on a pre-defined master error list; and
dividing, by the access manager, a display screen of the MFP into a plurality of display portions, wherein a first display portion of the plurality of display portions displays the one or more functions operable independently of the at least one MFP component, and wherein a second display portion of the plurality of display portions displays information associated with the at least one error that has occurred in the at least one MFP component of the MFP.

US Pat. No. 10,509,614

VIDEO DISPLAY APPARATUS-APPARATUS COMMUNICATION

MAXELL, LTD., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A video display apparatus provided with an apparatus-apparatus communication interface,wherein own apparatus information is held therein,
wherein in a case where a video input unit of the video display apparatus is connected to a video source apparatus via a first apparatus-apparatus communication interface and a video output unit of the video display apparatus is connected to an external video display apparatus via a second apparatus-apparatus communication interface,
external apparatus information of the external video display apparatus is obtained from the external video display apparatus via the second apparatus-apparatus communication interface, and
selected apparatus information is provided to the video source apparatus via the first apparatus-apparatus communication interface, and
wherein a first mode for providing the selected apparatus information that contains a parameter value of the external apparatus information and a second mode for providing the selected apparatus information that contains a parameter value of the own apparatus information are selectable as modes for providing the apparatus information,
wherein in the first mode, any of the parameter value of the external apparatus information, a common parameter value of the external apparatus information and the own apparatus information, and both parameter values of the external apparatus information and the own apparatus information when the external video display apparatus has higher performance than the video display apparatus is the selected apparatus information to be provided to the video source apparatus, and
wherein in the second mode, any of the parameter value of the own apparatus information, both parameter values of the own apparatus information and the external apparatus information, and a selected value from the both parameter values is the selected apparatus information to be provided to the video source apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,509,606

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS RETRIEVING ERROR SCREEN FROM WEB SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with a Web server via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:a display device;
a scanner device;
a storage device that stores error screen data to be displayed on the display device, wherein the error screen data is stored in the storage device in advance, and wherein the error screen data is not acquired from the Web server;
at least one processor; and
a memory device that stores a set of instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform the following operations of at least the following modules:
a web-based communication module configured to
send a first request for screen information to the Web server on the network,
receive a first Web page from the Web server in response to the first request,
display a scan operation screen based on the first Web page on the display device,
send a second request for performing scan processing using the scanner device to the Web server based on receiving an execution instruction for the scan processing from a user via the scan operation screen,
receive a second Web page from the Web server in response to the second request, and
display a scan execution screen based on the second Web page;
a job execution module configured to
receive a scan request instruction, as a response to the second request for performing the scan processing, from the Web server, and
execute a scan job for performing the scan processing using the scanner device based on the scan request instruction received from the Web server;
an event detection module configured to detect an occurrence of an event concerning the scan job being executed by the job execution module, wherein the execution of the scan job by the job execution module is caused by the scan request instruction received from the Web server, and the detected event concerning the scan job includes at least an error event indicating that a paper jam in the scanner device has occurred while the scan job is being executed and an error removal event indicating that the paper jam has been removed; and
a control module configured to automatically switch display on the display device from the scan execution screen based on the second Web page received from the Web server, being displayed on the display device, to an error screen based on the error screen data stored in the storage device of the image processing apparatus, based on the event detection module detecting the occurrence of the error event, and to automatically switch the display on the display device from the error screen based on the error screen data stored in the storage device of the image processing apparatus, being displayed on the display device, to a screen that is based on a Web page received from the Web server and is different from the scan execution screen, based on the event detection module detecting the occurrence of the error removal event,
wherein the event detection module notifies both of the Web server and the control module about the error event in a case where the error event is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,509,604

MULTI-PRINTER SYSTEM WITH A SCHEDULER AND A METHOD THEREOF

1. A print system comprising:a plurality of printers for printing print jobs, each printer of the plurality of printers comprising a print job scheduler for planning a print job schedule for print jobs submitted to the printer and an operational action scheduler for planning an operational action schedule of operational actions to be applied to the printer, each operational action requires operator intervention before or during a respective print job and being an operation action out of loading consumables, loading receiving material, loading finishing material, unloading an output holder and emptying a waste container for staples, perforation waste, ink and toner;
a user interface screen; and
a controller configured for:
a first merge of the print job schedule for each printer and the operational action schedule into a first merged schedule, the controller is configured to control for each printer a display of the first merged schedule on the user interface screen in a predetermined time frame; and
a second merge of the operational action schedules of the plurality of printers chronologically into a second merged schedule,
wherein the controller is configured to control a display of the second merged schedule along the first merged schedule on the user interface screen in one time line and in the predetermined time frame,
wherein the second merged schedule includes at least one indication item for each of the operational actions according to the operational action schedules of the plurality of printers at planned moments in time,
wherein the at least one indication item is distinguishable for each type of operational action and is located at the time the respective operational action is to occur,
wherein the predetermined time frame is indicated in an upper part of the user interface in the form of a plurality of time ticks, and
wherein the at least one indication item for each operational action includes two separate indication items representing the same operational action, a first indication item of the two separate indication items being located in the upper part of the user interface between two neighboring time ticks of the plurality of time ticks and adjacent to a time tick of the two neighboring time ticks that is corresponding to the time the respective operational action is to occur and a second indication item of the two separate indication items being located in the first merged schedule of the printer associated with the respective operational action.

US Pat. No. 10,509,603

HIERARCHICAL VARIABLE CODE RATE ERROR CORRECTION CODING

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A device comprising:at least one circuit configured to:
identify a row of a hierarchical portion of a generator matrix that corresponds to a determined code rate, wherein rows below the identified row correspond to one or more smaller code rates that are less than the determined code rate;
determine a number of information bits to apply to the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix based at least on the identified row;
apply the determined number of information bits to the identified row of the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix;
apply an output of the identified row of the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix to a subsequent row, from top to bottom, of the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix, when the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix comprises the subsequent row;
apply an output of a last row, from top to bottom, of the hierarchical portion of the generator matrix to a base portion of the generator matrix; and
provide a codeword output by the base portion of the generator matrix;
wherein the at least one circuit is thereby configured to identify the rows below the identified row to provide codeword outputs for the one or more smaller code rates without accessing another generator matrix separate from the generator matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,509,594

MEMORY MODULE AND MEMORY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A memory module comprising:a plurality of memory devices;
a plurality of data buffers suitable for receiving write data transferred from a memory controller and transmitting read data to the memory controller; and
a module controller comprising:
a buffer control signal generation circuit suitable for generating buffer control signals for controlling the plurality of data buffers, based on a command transferred from the memory controller;
a command delay circuit suitable for generating an effective command based on a delay of the command by a delay amount of the buffer control signal generation circuit in a read operation and a write operation;
a data processing circuit suitable for processing write data transferred from the plurality of data buffers and transferring the processed write data to the plurality of memory devices, and processing read data transferred from the plurality of memory devices and transferring the processed read data to the plurality of data buffers, in response to the effective command; and
a command buffer circuit suitable for transferring the effective command to the plurality of memory devices.

US Pat. No. 10,509,592

PARALLEL DATA TRANSFER FOR SOLID STATE DRIVES USING QUEUE PAIR SUBSETS

Pavilion Data Systems, In...

1. A method comprising:allocating, by a management controller included in a storage server, a first queue pair of a first solid state drive (SSD) of the storage server to a first input/output (I/O) controller in the storage server, the first queue pair comprising a first submission queue and a first completion queue;
allocating, by the management controller, a second queue pair of the first SSD to a second I/O controller in the storage server, the second queue pair comprising a second submission queue and a second completion queue;
sending, by the first I/O controller, a first command to the first SSD via the first submission queue of the first SSD that has been allocated to the first I/O controller, wherein the first command is a first read command or a first write command;
receiving, by the first I/O controller, a first acknowledgement from the first SSD that the first command has been completed via the first completion queue of the first SSD that has been allocated to the first I/O controller;
sending, by the second I/O controller, a second command to the first SSD of the storage server via the second submission queue of the first SSD that has been allocated to the second I/O controller, wherein the second command is a second read command or a second write command, and wherein the second I/O controller sends the second command to the first SSD in parallel to the first I/O controller sending the first command to the first SSD; and
receiving, by the second I/O controller, a second acknowledgement from the first SSD that the second command has been completed via the second completion queue of the first SSD that has been allocated to the second I/O controller;
wherein the management controller comprises a root complex for the storage server but is not in a data path for the storage server, wherein the first I/O controller lacks the root complex for the storage server, and wherein the second I/O controller lacks the root complex for the storage server.

US Pat. No. 10,509,587

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH PRIORITY BACKUP

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A coordination point for assigning clients to remote backup storages, comprising:a persistent storage storing gateway pool cache capacities of the remote backup storages; and
a processor programmed to:
obtain a data storage request for data from a client of the clients;
obtain an indirect cache estimate for servicing the data storage request;
select a remote backup storage of the remote backup storages based on the obtained indirect cache estimate using the gateway pool cache capacities; and
assign the selected remote backup storage to service the data storage request,
wherein the selected remote backup storage has a higher client load at a time of the selection of the remote backup storage than a second client load of a second remote backup storage of the remote backup storages.

US Pat. No. 10,509,579

MEMORY SYSTEM QUALITY THRESHOLD INTERSECTION ANALYSIS AND CONFIGURATION

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining quality measures for a memory population, wherein the quality measures comprise a histogram indicating counts of errors per memory unit in the memory population of a memory system;
converting the quality measures into logarithmic cumulative distribution function (CDF)-based data by computing a cumulative distribution function of the histogram;
formulating one or more comparisons of the CDF-based data to metrics for a quality analysis, by:
obtaining a threshold condition;
fitting a function to at least a portion of the CDF-based data; and
computing an intersection between the function and the threshold condition; and
applying results of the quality analysis to make improvements in the memory system by causing, based on the computed intersection, one or more actions in relation to the memory population, the one or more actions comprising a modification to operating parameters for the memory population.

US Pat. No. 10,509,565

APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUMS FOR ERASURE IN DATA PROCESSING

MEGACHIPS CORPORATION, O...

1. A memory device configured to be controlled by a host apparatus, the device comprising:a memory core comprising a storage area including a plurality of erasure unit areas each serving as a data erasure unit, to which output data output from the host apparatus is written;
a controller comprising circuitry configured to control the memory core; and
a first table configured to indicate a correspondence relationship between physical addresses and logical addresses, a respective physical address being assigned to a corresponding erasure unit area from the plurality of erasure unit areas,
wherein
operation modes of the controller include first to third modes,
upon receiving an erase command to perform data erasure, output from the host apparatus, and a first logical address that is the logical address output from the host apparatus together with the erase command, the controller in the first mode
sets an erasure unit area that is waiting for data erasure as an erasure waiting area for data without erasing data from the erasure unit area assigned with a first physical address that is the respective physical address associated with the first logical address in the first table,
replaces the first physical address with the respective physical address assigned to an erasure completion area that is the erasure unit area from which data has been erased in the first table,
sets the erasure completion area as an access area to which the host apparatus is configured to write data, and
upon receiving a write command to perform a data write, output from the host apparatus, and a second logical address that is the logical address output from the host apparatus together with the write command, write the output data output from the host apparatus to the access area assigned with a physical address associated with the second logical address in the first table,
the controller in the second mode
erases data from the erasure waiting area set by the controller in the first mode and sets the erasure waiting area as the erasure completion area, and
changes the operation mode from the second mode to the third mode upon receiving, from the host apparatus, a release command to release the second mode at some point in time of data erasure from the erasure waiting area, and
the controller operating in the third mode
erases un-erased data from the erasure waiting area, sets the erasure waiting area as the erasure completion area, and
changes the operation mode from the third mode to the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,560

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING FLEXIBLE DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for operating an electronic device having a flexible display, the method comprising:displaying a first graphic user interface (GUI) for character input on a first part of an execution screen of an application on the flexible display, wherein a length of one side of the first GUI for character input is equal to a length of one side of the flexible display;
detecting a first angle between a first area and a second area of the flexible display;
selecting a second GUI for character input corresponding to the first angle between the first area and the second area from among a plurality of GUIs for character input based on pre-stored association information between angles between the first area and the second area and the plurality of GUIs for the character input, wherein a length of one side of the second GUI for character input is equal to the length of the second area;
displaying the second GUI for character input on a second part of the execution screen of the application on the flexible display;
detecting a second angle between the first area and the second area of the flexible display;
selecting a third GUI for character input corresponding to the second angle between the first area and the second area from among the plurality of GUIs for character input based on the pre-stored association information, the third GUI being different from the second GUI for character input, wherein the third GUI for character input is a same type as the second GUI and has a smaller size than the second GUI for character input; and
displaying the third GUI for character input on a third part of the execution screen of the application on the flexible display.

US Pat. No. 10,509,559

MICRO-PILLAR METHODS AND APPARATUS

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising:(a) generating a digital model of an array of micro-pillars, in such a way that the digital model describes each respective micro-pillar in the array by only three parameters, which three parameters are members of a set of parameters, which set consists of (i) height of the respective micro-pillar, (ii) a first horizontal component of a vector of the respective micro-pillar, which vector starts at a base of the respective micro-pillar and ends at a tip of the respective micro-pillar, (iii) a second horizontal component of the vector of the respective micro-pillar, (iv) base thickness of the respective micro-pillar, (v) speed of tapering of the respective micro-pillar, and (vi) acceleration of tapering of the respective micro-pillar;
(b) outputting instructions for fabrication of the array in accordance with the digital model; and
(c) fabricating, with a 3D printer, the array in accordance with the instructions.

US Pat. No. 10,509,557

PROTOTYPE STORING METHOD

STUDIO XID KOREA, INC., ...

1. A prototype storing method executed by a computing device, the method comprising:selecting an inactive layer not assigned an interaction from among a plurality of layers included in a first prototype assigned at least one interaction;
determining whether an interaction has been assigned to at least one layer adjacent to the inactive layer and determining the at least one adjacent layer as a merge target if it is determined that no interaction has been assigned to the at least one adjacent layer;
generating a new layer by merging the inactive layer and the layer determined as the merge target; and
generating a second prototype comprising the new layer instead of the inactive layer and the at least one adjacent layer in response to a user's input to the first prototype,
wherein the determining of the at least one adjacent layer as the merge target comprises:
sequentially detecting inactive layers not assigned an interaction from a first layer to a second layer among the layers;
determining at least two inactive layers successive to each other in a direction toward the second layer as first merge targets; and
detecting at least one active layer which is adjacent to a last inactive layer among the first merge targets in the direction toward the second layer and to which an interaction has been assigned and determining at least two inactive layers adjacent to the at least one active layer and successive to each other in the direction toward the second layer as second merge targets,
wherein the generating of the new layer comprises generating a first new layer and a second new layer using the inactive layers included in the first merge targets and the second merge targets, and
wherein the generating of the second prototype comprising the new layer comprises converting the first prototype into the second prototype comprising the first new layer and the second new layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,554

METHOD FOR OUTPUTTING TARGET CONTENT AND TERMINAL THEREFOR

JRD Communication Inc., ...

1. A method for outputting a target content from a mobile terminal to a non-mobile terminal output device, the method comprising:acquiring, via the mobile terminal, the target content and displaying a target content logo on a display of the mobile terminal;
determining, via the mobile terminal, a type of the target content;
determining, via the mobile terminal, a plurality of output modes corresponding to the type of the target content;
displaying, via the display, a plurality of preset areas corresponding to the output modes around the target content logo, where each preset area, of the plurality of preset areas, is located at a position on the display that is proximate to a hardware port or a software mark corresponding to each output mode, of the plurality of output modes; and
outputting, via the mobile terminal, the target content to the non-mobile terminal output device based on a user selection of a preset area corresponding to the output device;
wherein, when an output mode cannot be represented in a position-associated manner in the form of a hardware port or a software mark, the output mode that cannot be represented in a position-related manner is represented by an operation command in a preset area that is not position associated with a hardware port or a software mark.

US Pat. No. 10,509,552

OUTPUT DEVICE CONTROL

Oath Inc., New York, NY ...

1. A method of controlling an output device, comprising:identifying an object comprising a plurality of data points;
extracting features from the plurality of data points;
identifying a set of data points from the plurality of data points based upon the set of data points having features corresponding to target features;
assigning marker elements to the set of data points;
using a mapping structure, mapping features to output indicators, to assign output indicators to marker elements; and
facilitating user navigation among the marker elements, wherein the facilitating user navigation comprises:
determining an input speed of the user navigation; and
at least one of:
in response to the input speed exceeding a first threshold speed:
generating a macro scale object comprising a second set of data points from the plurality of data points;
assigning macro marker elements to the second set of data points;
using the mapping structure to assign first output indicators to the macro marker elements; and
controlling an output device to provide at least one of the first output indicators assigned to the macro marker elements as the macro marker elements become a current focus of the user navigation; or
in response to the input speed falling below a second threshold speed:
generating a micro scale object comprising a third set of data points from the plurality of data points;
assigning micro marker elements to the third set of data points;
using the mapping structure to assign second output indicators to the micro marker elements; and
controlling the output device to provide at least one of the second output indicators assigned to the micro marker elements as the micro marker elements become the current focus of the user navigation.

US Pat. No. 10,509,551

ICON MANAGEMENT METHOD, APPARATUS, AND TERMINAL

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. An icon management method implemented by a terminal, the method comprising:setting, on a target icon of at least one target icon, different icon functions on the target icon according to a location of the target icon on a home screen and a proximity of the target icon to other target icons on the home screen;
displaying the home screen comprising the at least one target icon, wherein the target icon comprises at least two non-overlapping function regions wherein the non-overlapping function regions comprise the different icon functions, wherein the target icon comprises the icon function of the different icon functions and wherein the target icon is located at the location on the home screen, wherein the terminal comprises the home screen, and wherein the different icon functions comprise:
a first type of icon function that is different than an icon function of a first adjacent target icon based on:
a first location of the target icon; and
an adjacent position of the target icon to the first adjacent target icon, wherein the first type of icon function belongs to the target icon;
a second type of icon function that is different than an icon function of a second adjacent target icon based on:
a second location of the target icon; and
an adjacent position of the target icon to the second adjacent target icon, wherein the second type of icon function belongs to the target icon; and
a third type of icon function based on:
the first location or the second location; and
the target icon not in an adjacent position to the other target icons, wherein the third type of icon function belongs to the target icon, wherein each type of icon function of the first type of icon function, the second type of icon function, and the third type of icon function is different, wherein each location of the first location, and the second location is different, and wherein each of the first type of icon function, the second of icon function, and the third type of icon function belong to the target function;
receiving a first user instruction;
selecting, using the first user instruction, the target icon;
obtaining each of a selected target icon and a target non-overlapping function region from the non-overlapping function regions based on the selecting;
determining a target icon function of the icon functions corresponding to the target non-overlapping function region according to the location and the proximity of the target icon to other target icons on the home screen; and
executing the target icon function on the selected target icon.

US Pat. No. 10,509,548

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLEXIBLE CONFIGURATION OF A CONTROLLING DEVICE

Universal Electronics Inc...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable media having stored thereon instruction which, when executed by a processing device of a controlling device, configure the controlling device to command functional operations of an intended target appliance by performing steps comprising:receiving at the controlling device a non-appliance specific graphical user interface comprised of user interface elements that are associated with functional operations of a virtual equivalent of the intended target appliance;
causing the controlling device to obtain from the network ecosystem a data indicative of a physical node that is associated with the intended target appliance at a time subsequent to the non-appliance specific graphical user interface being received at the controlling device; and
using the data indicative of the physical node that is associated with the intended target appliance to automatically establish within the controlling device a link between the non-appliance specific graphical user interface and the physical node that is associated with the intended target appliance whereupon activation of those user interface elements of the non-appliance specific graphical user interface that were associated with functional operations of the virtual equivalent of the intended target appliance will cause the controlling device to transmit commands to the physical node to control corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,509,540

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING A MESSAGE

XIAOMI INC., Beijing (CN...

1. A method for displaying a message, which is implemented by a terminal or a server, the method comprising:determining one or more screened messages;
receiving a first instruction which triggers a display page to present one or more new messages, and determining one or more messages included in the one or more new messages as to-be-presented messages according to the first instruction;
determining a first message of one or more to-be-presented messages as a target message, and deciding whether the target message is the screened message;
displaying the to-be-presented messages; and
sliding the target message out of the display page automatically if it is decided that the target message is the screened message;
wherein after the target message is slid out of the display page, the method further comprises:
receiving a second instruction for triggering the display page to present one or more new messages;
deciding that a sliding direction on the display page of the second instruction is opposite to a sliding direction on the display page of the first instruction;
deciding that a time interval between the second instruction and the first instruction is within a preset threshold in response to deciding that the sliding direction on the display page of the second instruction is opposite to the sliding direction on the display page of the first instruction; and
displaying the target message on the display page in response to deciding that the time interval between the second instruction and the first instruction is within the preset threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,509,535

PERFORMING VIRTUAL REALITY INPUT

Alibaba Group Holding Lim...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:presenting, by a virtual reality (VR) device, a virtual element in a VR scenario of a VR application;
determining an effective interaction region (EIR) of the virtual element that the virtual element can effectively interact with, the EIR having an area less than an area of the virtual element;
determining, based on a movement sensed by the VR device, coordinates of an operation focus of the VR application in an XY reference in the VR scenario;
generating, based upon the determined coordinates, a trajectory of the operational focus of the VR application in the VR scenario;
detecting, by the VR application, whether the trajectory passes through the EIR of the virtual element; and
selecting, by the VR device, the virtual element if a continuous V-shaped movement interaction between the trajectory of the operational focus and the EIR satisfies one or more conditions of interaction for triggering a selection event of the virtual element, the one or more conditions of interaction include initiation and termination of the continuous V-shaped movement interaction at locations outside of the area of the virtual element, and the trajectory of the operational focus intersects with the two parallel boundaries of the EIR more than four times within a predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 10,509,530

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING TOUCH INPUT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a touch screen including a flat area and a curved area extending from a peripheral edge of the flat area to form a sidewall area of the electronic device, wherein the curved area is functionally divided from the flat area;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the electronic device to:
receive a touch input on the touch screen,
process the touch input if a location of the touch input is in the flat area, and
disregard the touch input if the touch input is in the sidewall area and a pre-defined condition is satisfied,
wherein the pre-defined condition comprises that a duration of the touch input in the sidewall area exceeds a threshold duration, a size of a contact area of the touch input in the sidewall area exceeds a threshold size, and a shape of the contact area matches a predetermined shape.

US Pat. No. 10,509,518

TOUCH SUBSTRATE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A touch substrate, comprising a plurality of self-capacitive electrodes arranged in a plurality of electrode rows and a plurality of electrode columns, whereina planar shape of each self-capacitive electrode on a surface provided with the plurality of self-capacitive electrodes comprises a body section and a plurality of projections extending from a first side of the body section;
the plurality of projections extend along a first direction and sequentially arranged along a second direction, and the second direction is intercrossed with the first direction;
on the surface provided with the plurality of self-capacitive electrodes, a recessed portion is encircled by every two projections and the body section of each self-capacitive electrode; and in the recessed portion is provided with one of a plurality of projections of another self-capacitive electrode;
sizes of the plurality of self-capacitive electrodes in the second direction are same; and
the planar shapes of the plurality of self-capacitive electrodes are same, so as to allow the one of the plurality of projections of the another self-capacitive electrode to be provided in the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,509,517

SWITCHING DEVICE

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, Kob...

1. A switching device comprising:a circuit board that is provided with a plurality of electrodes, each electrode of the plurality of electrodes detecting a change in electrostatic capacitance that is caused by a touch operation of a user;
a laminated body that is laminated on the circuit board, the laminated body including a touch panel member that receives the touch operation; and
a plurality of air layers, each air layer being arranged at a position that corresponds to at least one electrode between the circuit board and the laminated body, the plurality of air layers being formed on a same circuit board layer,
the plurality of air layers keeping constant gaps between the plurality of electrodes and the touch panel member when the user introduces a touch input onto the touch panel member, wherein
each of the plurality of the air layers is isolated from each other, each of the plurality of the air layers covering, when viewed from a top of the switching device, one or more corresponding electrodes of the plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,516

TOUCH PANEL MANUFACTURING METHOD, TOUCH PANEL, TOUCH SCREEN AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for manufacturing a touch panel, comprising steps of:forming, on a transparent substrate, a non-opaque film layer with a plurality of micro-patterns;
forming an ink border on the non-opaque film layer with the micro-patterns;
forming a touch panel electrode on the non-opaque film layer; and
forming a planarization layer on the touch panel electrode,
wherein the non-opaque film layer is configured to vanish a shadow of the touch panel electrode;
the planarization layer is on a surface of the touch panel electrode away from the non-opaque film layer, and the planarization layer is in a physical contact with the touch panel electrode;
wherein the touch panel further comprises an ink border on the non-opaque film layer, the touch panel electrode is at a side of the ink border away from the non-opaque film layer;
the plurality of micro-patterns are separated from the touch panel electrode; and
the plurality of micro-patterns and the touch panel electrode are respectively arranged at a side of the ink border adjacent to the transparent substrate and a side of the ink border adjacent to the planarization layer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,510

TOUCH DISPLAY PANEL HAVING PRESSURE DETECTING FUNCTION, DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A touch display panel with pressure detecting function, comprising:an array substrate and an opposed substrate that are disposed opposite to each other;
a plurality of touch electrodes and touch electrode wirings each electrically connected to a respective touch electrode of the plurality of touch electrodes disposed on the opposed substrate;
a plurality of pressure detecting electrodes and pressure detecting electrode wirings each electrically connected to a respective pressure detecting electrode of the plurality of pressure detecting electrodes disposed on the opposed substrate or the array substrate;
wherein, any of the pressure detecting electrodes overlaps with at least one of the touch electrodes in a direction perpendicular to the opposed substrate; the touch electrodes are closer to a light exit side of the touch display panel with respect to the pressure detecting electrodes,
wherein, the pressure detecting electrodes are also used as common electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,505

IN-CELL TOUCH PANEL AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An in-cell touch panel, comprising an upper substrate and a lower substrate disposed oppositely, a plurality of self-capacitive electrodes independently of each other and located between the lower substrate and the upper substrate, a drive chip, and wires being configured to connect the self-capacitive electrodes to the drive chip,wherein, a plurality of sub-pixels arranged regularly and data lines located between adjacent twos of columns of sub-pixels are disposed between the upper substrate and the lower substrate, each of the sub-pixels is connected to the drive chip through a data line located on a side of it; sub-pixels of a red sub-pixel and a green sub-pixel or a blue sub-pixel and a green sub-pixel constitute one pixel, and the drive chip is configured to apply a data signal to corresponding sub-pixels through the data lines in a display period, so that one pixel shares a sub-pixel in another color of an adjacent pixel to form three primary colors;
the drive chip is also configured to judge a touch location by detecting a change in capacitance value of each of the self-capacitive electrodes in a touch period,
wherein, the plurality of sub-pixels is arranged as a plurality of pixel unit groups in a form of a matrix; wherein,
each of the pixel unit groups includes two columns of sub-pixels arranged in a staggered manner, three sub-pixels in different colors are included in each column in the pixel unit group, and color of any three sub-pixels adjacent to each other on the lower substrate differs;
each of the data lines is connected to sub-pixels located on a same side of the data line in correspondence.

US Pat. No. 10,509,503

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

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

1. A method of driving a display device, the method comprising:sensing a touch signal from a plurality of touch electrodes in a touch panel;
sensing a force signal from a force sensor;
based on the sensed touch signal, determining whether or not the touch panel is in a submerged state;
when the touch panel is determined to be in the submerged state, increasing sensing periods of the touch signal and the force signal;
detecting a baseline variation of the force sensor;
based on the detected baseline variation, changing a sensing reference value of the force sensor;
based on the increasing the sensing periods, sensing the force signal equal to or greater to the changed sensing reference value through the force sensor; and
when the force signal equal to or greater to the changed sensing reference value is sensed through the force sensor, decreasing the sensing periods.

US Pat. No. 10,509,500

TOUCH DISPLAY APPARATUS

Au Optronics Corporation,...

1. A touch display apparatus comprising:a first substrate;
a first sub-pixel disposed on the first substrate;
a spacer disposed on the first substrate;
a second substrate disposed opposite to the first substrate; and
a touch-sensing electrode disposed on the second substrate and having a first opening, wherein the spacer is located inside the first opening in an orthogonal projection direction, a distance D is defined between an outline of an orthogonal projection of the spacer on the first substrate and an outline of an orthogonal projection of the first opening on the first substrate, and D?5 ?m (micrometers).

US Pat. No. 10,509,496

TOUCH DRIVING CIRCUIT, TOUCH PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A touch driving circuit for driving a touch panel, comprising:an input subcircuit, configured to receive an input signal which scans forward or backward;
a shift register subcircuit, configured to shift register the input signal to generate an output control signal;
an enable signal input subcircuit, configured to control an output of an output enable signal of an integrated circuit according to the output control signal; and
an output subcircuit, configured to output a corresponding output signal for driving the touch panel according to the output enable signal,
wherein the shift register subcircuit comprises a first group of NAND gates and a second group of NAND gates that are connected in an end-to-end fashion,
the first group of NAND gates comprises a first NAND gate and a second NAND gate, the second group of NAND gates comprises a third NAND gate and a fourth NAND gate,
an input end of the first NAND gate is connected to a clock signal, another input end of the first NAND gate is connected to an output end of the second NAND gate, an output end of the first NAND gate is connected to an input end of the second NAND gate, an input end of the fourth NAND gate and an output end of the shift register subcircuit,
another input end of the second NAND gate is connected to an output end of the fourth NAND gate and an input end of the third NAND gate,
another input end of the third NAND gate receives the input signal outputted from the input subcircuit, and an output end of the third NAND gate is connected to another input end of the fourth NAND gate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,489

SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS FOR FACILITATING PEN INPUT IN A VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

1. A system for facilitating pen input in a virtual reality environment, the system comprising:an external camera, the external camera configured to communicate with a computer system;
a pad, the pad comprising:
a transparent touch part;
a pad tracking part;
a touch part frame coupled with an outer border area of the transparent touch part and coupled to a portion of the pad tracking part; and
a plurality of light sources that is disposed on an outside surface of the pad tracking part and that is configured to emit light that can be detected by the external camera;
a stylus pen, the stylus pen comprising:
a stylus grip;
a stylus tip detachably mounted to the stylus grip;
a stylus tracking part coupled to the stylus grip; and
a plurality of light sources that is disposed on an outside surface of the stylus tracking part and that is configured to emit light that can be detected by the external camera; and
a VR HMD (virtual reality head mounted display), the VR HMD configured to communicate with the computer system.

US Pat. No. 10,509,486

CAPACITIVE GAP SENSOR RING FOR AN ELECTRONIC WATCH

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. An electronic watch comprising:a housing defining a display opening and a crown aperture;
a display positioned within the display opening;
a crown positioned along a side of the housing at least partially within the crown aperture, the crown including a cap;
a first set of capacitive elements fixed with respect to the cap;
a second set of capacitive elements fixed with respect to the housing;
a compliant dielectric material that is configured to deform in response to movement of the cap; and
a processing unit that is electrically coupled to the second set of capacitive elements and is configured to:
detect an inward translational movement of the cap toward the housing based on a first change in capacitance between one or more of the first set of capacitive elements and one or more of the second set of capacitive elements; and
detect an outward translational movement away from the housing based on a second change in capacitance between the one or more of the first set of capacitive elements and the one or more of the second set of capacitive elements.

US Pat. No. 10,509,484

DETACHABLE MECHANICAL-BASED KEYBOARD FOR A LIGHT SENSITIVE KEYBOARD

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A physical keyboard comprising:a first keyboard comprising:
a plurality of light-sensing electrodes, wherein individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes of the plurality of light-sensing electrodes correspond to an individual key of the first keyboard; and
a microprocessor electrically coupled to individual ones of the light-sensing electrodes; and
a second keyboard comprised of a light-transmitting material and further comprising:
a plurality of keys, wherein individual keys of the plurality of keys comprise:
a scissors mechanism, wherein a bottom of the scissors mechanism is attached to a base;
a keycap attached to a top of the scissors mechanism; and
opaque material attached to a bottom surface of the keycap;
wherein, after the second keyboard is placed on top of the first keyboard, applying a predetermined amount of pressure on the keycap causes the scissor mechanism to move from a first height to a second height that is lower than the first height, causing the opaque material to obstruct light to a first light-sensing electrode of the plurality of light-sensing electrodes; and
wherein the microprocessor is configured to perform operations comprising:
determining that light to the first light-sensing electrode is obstructed by the opaque material for a predetermined period of time;
measuring an amount of light received by the first light-sensing electrode after the light is obstructed; and
sending, based on the amount of light received by the first light-sensing electrode, a signal indicating a selection of a first key corresponding to the first light-sensing electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,478

RADAR-BASED GESTURE-RECOGNITION FROM A SURFACE RADAR FIELD ON WHICH AN INTERACTION IS SENSED

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system comprising:a radar-based gesture-recognition system configured to sense gestures, the radar-based gesture-recognition system comprising:
(1) a microwave radio element configured to emit microwave radiation capable of substantially penetrating clothing and not substantially penetrating human tissue, and
(2) an antenna element or signal processor configured to differentiate gesture interactions caused by clothing from gesture interactions caused by human tissue;
one or more computer processors; and
one or more computer-readable storage media having instructions stored thereon that, responsive to execution by the one or more computer processors, perform operations comprising:
causing the radar-based gesture-recognition system to provide, using the microwave radio element, a localized radar field adjacent the system, the localized radar field corresponding to a surface radar field on which an interaction is sensed, the surface radar field conforming to a surface of an object and being divided into selectable control regions;
causing the radar-based gesture-recognition system to sense the interaction on the surface radar field, the interaction interrupting one or more of the selectable control regions of the surface radar field at or near the surface of the object;
determining a two-dimensional gesture or a three-dimensional gesture based on the sensed interaction on the surface radar field; and
outputting data corresponding to the determined gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,509,474

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHAPE INPUT AND OUTPUT FOR A HAPTICALLY-ENABLED DEFORMABLE SURFACE

Immersion Corporation, S...

1. A computing device comprising:a deformable housing;
a processor; and
a memory device comprising program code that is executable by the processor to cause the processor to:
detect that a predetermined surface of the computing device is facing toward a remote object based on a first sensor signal from a position sensor;
determine that the computing device is to interact with the remote object based on detecting that the predetermined surface of the computing device is facing toward the remote object;
detect a deformation in the deformable housing based on a second sensor signal from a deformation sensor;
interact with the remote object in a particular manner that is dependent on the deformation detected in the deformable housing and the predetermined surface of the computing device facing toward the remote object;
in response to the interaction with the remote object;
determine that a function of a particular type is to be performed based at least in part on the interaction;
cause the function to be executed; and
select a haptic effect from a plurality of haptic effects based at least in part of the function; and
transmit a haptic signal to a haptic output device that is coupled to or communicatively couplable to the computing device, the haptic signal being configured to cause the haptic output device to output the haptic effect associated with the interaction between the computing d device and the remote object.

US Pat. No. 10,509,466

HEADWEAR WITH COMPUTER AND OPTICAL ELEMENT FOR USE THEREWITH AND SYSTEMS UTILIZING SAME

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...

1. An apparatus comprising:a support structure for mounting on the head of a user;
a microcomputer carried by the support structure;
an inwardly-facing camera mounted on the support structure, the inwardly-facing camera producing eye tracking video of an eye that is processed by the microcomputer, wherein the microcomputer processes the eye tracking video to track pupil position;
an outwardly-facing camera mounted on the support structure, the outwardly-facing camera capturing images similar to images capturable by the left and right eyes of the user;
a display mounted on the support structure, wherein the microcomputer generates an image stream from the captured images of the outwardly-facing camera and causes the image stream to be displayed on the display as displayed data, wherein the microcomputer further alters the displayed data to cause a rendered object in the displayed data to move according to an eye movement of the user, based on the tracked pupil position; and
a transceiver coupled with the microcomputer, wherein the microcomputer executes a first part of a procedure to extract data from images captured by the outwardly-facing camera, and sends a second part of the procedure to a mobile computer via the transceiver for execution of the second part of the procedure on the mobile computer, the result of the second part of the procedure made available to the microcomputer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,459

SCENE-BASED SENSOR NETWORKS

SCENERA, INC., Palo Alto...

1. A computer-implemented method for specifying and obtaining a variety of sensor data and processed sensor data related to a Scene, the method comprising:communicating a SceneMode from an application to a sensor-side technology stack via a Scene-based application programming interface (API), the sensor-side technology stack comprising a group of one or more sensor devices; and
receiving SceneData from the sensor-side technology stack via the Scene-based API, in response to the communication of the SceneMode to the sensor-side technology stack, the SceneData organized into SceneShots that are samples of the Scene;
wherein:
the SceneData is generated by the sensor-side technology stack based on a plurality of different types of sensor data captured by the sensor group;
the SceneMode does not specify all of the sensor data captured by the sensor group; but the sensor-side technology stack determines, based on the SceneMode, the sensor data that is not specified by the SceneMode;
the SceneData includes SceneData that results from analysis of the captured sensor data; and
the SceneMode does not specify all of the analysis performed by the sensor-side technology stack; but the sensor-side technology stack determines, based on the SceneMode, the analysis not specified by the SceneMode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,456

SERVER RACK POWER MANAGEMENT

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

1. A method for power management by a rack management controller (RMC) of a server rack that comprises the RMC, a rack power supply unit connected to the RMC via a first power management bus (PMBus), and a plurality of servers including a first server, each of the plurality of servers having a baseboard management controller (BMC) to connect with the RMC via an intelligent platform management interface (IPMI) or a representational state transfer application programming interface (RESTful), comprising:collecting actual power consumption data from the rack power supply unit, wherein the collecting comprises determining voltages and currents of memory modules in each of the plurality of servers, and reading accumulated energy of the memory modules and memory channels associated with the plurality of servers;
sending the actual power consumption data to a management server;
receiving power requirements from the management server;
determining a power setting based on the actual power consumption data and the power requirements; and
requesting a first BMC of the first server to limit power consumption of the first server according to the power setting via the IPMI or the RESTful, wherein the power consumption of the first server is limited at least by managing a memory voltage regulator for a memory of the first server, and managing a CPU voltage regulator of a CPU of the first server.

US Pat. No. 10,509,442

FOLDABLE TERMINAL

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A foldable terminal, comprising a body, a magnetic attraction assembly and a magnetic buffer assembly;the body comprising an upper part, a bending part and a lower part, the upper part being coupled with the bending part, the bending part being coupled with the lower part;
the magnetic attraction assembly comprising a first magnetic attraction member and a second magnetic attraction member, the first magnetic attraction member being disposed to the upper part and away from the bending part; the second magnetic attraction member being disposed to the lower part and away from the bending part;
the magnetic buffer assembly comprising a first magnetic buffer member and a second magnetic buffer member, the first magnetic buffer member being disposed to the upper part and adjacent to the bending part; the second magnetic buffer member being disposed to the lower part and adjacent to the bending part;
wherein the foldable terminal further comprises four ferromagnetic shielding members surrounding circumferential surfaces of the first magnetic attraction member, the second magnetic attraction member, the first magnetic buffer member and the second magnetic buffer member correspondingly, and each of the ferromagnetic shielding member comprises foam and two iron frame casings, one iron frame casing is fitted in the other iron frame casing, and the foam is clamped between the two iron frame casings.

US Pat. No. 10,509,440

BENDABLE DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A bendable display device, comprising:a display element capable of displaying a visual output;
a plurality of layered elements comprising two successive elements having opposite side surfaces facing each other, the opposite side surfaces being in contact with only a sealed gas volume extending between the successive elements; and
a sealing affixed to the two successive elements and enclosing the sealed gas volume.

US Pat. No. 10,509,434

OSCILLATOR PROFILING FOR TIME SYNCHRONIZATION

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

6. A computer-implemented method, comprising:measuring operational state in an electronic device using at least one device sensor;
determining, based at least in part upon the operational state and an oscillator profile, a current amount of variation in a timing signal provided by an oscillator of the electronic device, the oscillator profile indicating variations in the timing signal for a range of operating states;
adjusting a virtual time of a paravirtual clock associated with a virtualization layer based at least in part on the oscillator profile; and
determining the current amount of variation exceeds a predetermined amount;
re-profiling the oscillator in response to determining the current amount of variation exceeds the predetermined amount;
determining a second current drift amount exceeds the predetermined amount;
relocating data of the electronic device to a second electronic device; and
determining, in response to determining the second current drift amount exceeds the predetermined amount, to perform at least one of a repair or a replacement of the electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,509,432

TOY CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM COMPRISING A REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE

1. A toy construction system comprising toy construction elements and at least one remote control device and one or more remote controllable actuators;said remote control device being configured for transmitting control signals for controlling said one or more remote controllable actuators;
said toy construction elements comprising coupling members for detachably interconnecting the toy construction elements to create spatial structures comprising said one or more remote controllable actuators;
said remote control device comprising a housing and one or more control units configured such that a user may activate the remote control device by activating said one or more control units;
wherein said one or more control units are adjustable, such that a user can change the orientation of the one or more controls unit with respect to the housing of the remote control device, and wherein said remote control device comprises one or more electromechanical interfaces and a transmitter;
said one or more control units being functionally connected to said one or more electromechanical interfaces which is functionally connected to said transmitter;
said one or more control units being connected to said one or more control bases, wherein the one or more control bases are arranged rotatable about an axis of rotation relative to the housing of the remote control device;
wherein said one or more control bases can rotate freely both clockwise and counterclockwise, said one or more control units together defining at least a first and a second functional position relative to the one or more control bases, said first and second functional positions being located radially on opposite sides of said axis of rotation of said one or more control bases, said one or more control units being configured, regardless of rotation of said one or more control bases, to produce a first control signal when activated at said first functional position and to produce a second control signal when activated at said second functional position;
said first control signal being configured to cause a first function having a first direction associated with it, and said second control signal being configured to cause a second function having a second direction associated with it, wherein said second direction is opposite said first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,428

CIRCUIT WITH MULTIPLE VOLTAGE SCALING POWER SWITCHES

NXP USA, INC., Austin, T...

1. A circuit comprising:a first power supply terminal;
a first circuit portion including a first power input node;
a second circuit portion including a second power input node;
a first voltage scaling power switch including a first current electrode coupled to the first power supply terminal and a second current electrode;
a second voltage scaling power switch including a first current electrode coupled to the first power supply terminal and a second current electrode;
a common power rail, wherein the circuit is configured to couple the common power rail to the first power input node during a voltage scaling mode of the first circuit portion and to the second power input node during a voltage scaling mode of the second circuit portion;
a feedback circuit including a first input coupled to the common power rail, a second input coupled to a reference voltage circuit, and an output configured to provide a feedback control signal based on a comparison between a voltage on the common power rail and a reference voltage of the reference voltage circuit;
a first voltage scaling control circuit corresponding to the first circuit portion and configured to provide the feedback control signal to a control input of the first voltage scaling power switch to provide a regulated voltage at the second current electrode of the first voltage scaling power switch for the first circuit portion during a voltage scaling mode of the first circuit portion; and
a second voltage scaling control circuit corresponding to the second circuit portion and configured to provide the feedback control signal to the control input of the second voltage scaling power switch to provide a regulated voltage at the second current electrode of the second voltage scaling power switch for the second circuit portion during a voltage scaling mode of the second circuit portion.

US Pat. No. 10,509,427

LOW POWER TUNABLE REFERENCE CURRENT GENERATOR

Ambiq Micro, Inc., Austi...

1. A method for compensating a circuit for temperature sensitivity, the circuit adapted to be configured in response to n-bit configuration control words, comprising:at a first temperature, for each of a first plurality of configuration control words:
measuring as a first state value a selected one of a first state current, a first state voltage, and a first state frequency; and
at a second temperature, for each of a second plurality of configuration control words:
measuring as a second state value a selected one of a second state current, a second state voltage, and a second state frequency; and
evaluating said first state value and said second state value as function of a predetermined criterion; and
if said first state value and said second state value substantially meet said predetermined criterion, selecting said configuration control word as a final configuration control word.

US Pat. No. 10,509,422

MASS FLOW CONTROLLER

Hitachi Metals, Ltd., To...

1. A mass flow controller comprising:a base;
a flow meter mounted on said base;
a mechanical pressure-regulating valve embedded in said base and disposed adjacent to and on an upstream side of said flow meter; and
a flow control valve mounted on said base and disposed on a downstream side of said flow meter
wherein;
said mechanical pressure-regulating valve comprises;
a pressure-regulating chamber which constitutes a part of a channel of a fluid in said mass flow controller; and
a diaphragm which separates an internal region of said pressure-regulating chamber from an external region of said channel; and
said mechanical pressure-regulating valve is configured to be opened by at least one part of said diaphragm being displaced to a side of said pressure-regulating chamber when pressure of said fluid in said pressure-regulating chamber is lower than a predetermined set pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,421

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WITHIN AN AUTOMATED DATA STORAGE LIBRARY

International Business Ma...

1. A method of controlling at least one environmental condition within a data storage library having an enclosure surrounding the data storage library, the data storage library enclosure formed of a plurality of surfaces including a first surface and a second surface, the method comprising:surrounding at least one ventilation opening on a first surface of the data storage library enclosure by mounting at least one primary enclosure on the first surface of the data storage library enclosure;
surrounding at least one ventilation opening on a second surface of the data storage library enclosure by mounting at least one secondary enclosure on the second surface of the data storage library enclosure;
providing at least one enclosure environmental conditioning unit having at least one supply duct and at least one return duct;
fluidly connecting the at least one enclosure environmental conditioning unit to the at least one primary enclosure via the at least one supply duct;
fluidly connecting the at least one enclosure environmental conditioning unit to the at least one secondary enclosure via the at least one return duct; and
providing air from the at least one enclosure environmental conditioning unit into the at least one primary enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,417

FLIGHT PLANNING FOR UNMANNED AERIAL TOWER INSPECTION WITH LONG BASELINE POSITIONING

1. A method to plan a flight to inspect a tower with an un-manned aerial vehicle comprisingdefining a reference base station,
receiving location correction messages from a plurality of continuously operating reference stations more than two tower heights away from said tower,
incorporating said correction messages in a location rover mounted on said unmanned aerial vehicle,
scanning said tower in three dimensions to create a three dimensional model of said tower relative to said reference base station,
determining a standoff distance using wind speed and stability of said unmanned aerial vehicle for said flight,
generating a plurality of flight segments from said model maintaining said standoff distance, positioned relative to said reference base station to inspect said tower.

US Pat. No. 10,509,412

MOVABLE BODY CONTROL SYSTEM

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

1. A movable body control system for controlling travel of a movable body, comprising:a plurality of beacon transmitters disposed around a traveling road on which the movable body travels;
at least one movable body including a beacon receiver for receiving beacon radio waves from the plurality of beacon transmitters; and
at least one processing equipment configured to:
generate a model for determining a position of the movable body based on beacon radio wave reception intensities of the beacon radio waves which the beacon receiver receives from the plurality of beacon transmitters, wherein the model is for determining an area in which the movable body travels based on a distribution of time-series measurement values of the beacon radio wave reception intensities; and
to control the travel of the movable body while determining an area in which the movable body travels at present, based on a distribution of the time-series measurement values at present of the beacon radio wave reception intensities and the model.

US Pat. No. 10,509,407

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A VEHICLE PLATFORM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A control system for a vehicle, comprising:a control module configured to:
receive sensor information from a plurality of sensors on the vehicle;
analyze the sensor information to perform an identification process for at least one object detected by the plurality of sensors; and
determine a response based on the at least one object identified; and
a communication module configured to communicate directly or indirectly with an electronic device, wherein the communication occurs without human intervention and includes at least some of the received sensor information, the analyzed sensor information, and/or the determined response,
wherein the at least one object detected is identified when the identification process results in a confidence level above a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,509,403

MOVABLE SMART FIRE EXTINGUISHING DEVICE

1. A movable smart fire extinguishing device for use with a fire detector disposed in a specific area to extinguish fire in the specific area, comprising:a main body including a base that includes a wheel set, and a frame that is mounted on said base;
a wheel-driving module disposed on said base for driving said wheel set to move said main body within the specific area;
an extinguisher placed in said frame and including
a container that stores an extinguishing agent therein,
an outlet that is connected to said container,
a tube that is spatially connected to and extends from said outlet and that includes a nozzle (33a), and
a valve that is disposed at said outlet, and that can be switched between a block position in which said valve blocks said outlet and a release position in which said valve opens up said outlet to allow the extinguishing agent to be discharged through said outlet and said tube;
an electronic switching module disposed on said frame and configured to drive said valve to switch between the block position and the release position;
a tube-driving module disposed on said frame and configured to move said nozzle (33a) of said tube in a vertical direction;
a thermal detecting module disposed on said frame, facing a same side as said nozzle (33a) of said tube, and configured to detect fire within a field of view of said thermal detecting module and to generate an image of the fire;
a wireless transmission module configured to receive a location signal associated with a first reference location in proximity of the fire detector; and
a processor electrically connected to said wheel-driving module, said electronic switching module, said tube-driving module, said thermal detecting module and said wireless transmission module,
wherein said processor is programmed to, in response to the location signal from said wireless transmission module,
generate a movement control signal based on the location signal, and transmit the movement control signal to said wheel-driving module for enabling said wheel-driving module to drive said wheel set to move said main body to the first reference location,
when it is determined that said main body is at the first reference location, control said thermal detecting module to detect fire and to generate a thermal image, and to calculate a target direction based on a line of sight of said thermal detecting module and the thermal image,
control said wheel-driving module to rotate said main body such that the line of sight of said thermal detecting module is aligned with the target direction, and then control said thermal detecting module to detect the fire and to generate a first reference image,
control said wheel-driving module to drive said wheel set to move said main body in the target direction by a predetermined distance to a second reference location, and then control said thermal detecting module to detect the fire and to generate a second reference image,
calculate a distance to fire between the fire and said main body at the second reference location, a height of the fire from the ground of the specific area based on image parts respectively of the first reference image and the second reference image that indicate a highest temperature,
control said wheel-driving module to drive said wheel set to move said main body to a location spaced apart from the fire by a distance within a predetermined range,
control said tube-driving module to move said nozzle of said tube to a spraying position based on the height of the fire, and
control said electronic switching module to switch said valve to the release position so as to discharge the extinguishing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,509,400

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system for an autonomous driving vehicle, comprising:a notification device configured to give notification to a driver;
an operation device configured to be operated by the driver; and
an electronic control unit comprising:
a driving control part configured to perform autonomous driving, the driving control part being configured to terminate autonomous driving and switch vehicle operation to manual driving when the driver operates the operation device during autonomous driving;
a reliability value calculation part configured to calculate an autonomous driving reliability value expressing a degree of reliability of autonomous driving during autonomous driving; and
a notification control part configured to control the notification device to notify a request for preparing for manual driving to the driver when the autonomous driving reliability value is equal to or smaller than a predetermined preparation request value during autonomous driving, the request for preparing for manual driving being one which requests the driver to establish conditions for preparing for manual driving while the driver is continuing with autonomous driving, and
to control the notification device to stop notification of the request for preparing for manual driving and notify a request for terminating autonomous driving to the driver when the autonomous driving reliability value is equal to or smaller than a termination request value which is set smaller than the preparation request value during autonomous driving, the request for terminating autonomous driving being one which requests the driver to operate the operation device to terminate autonomous driving.

US Pat. No. 10,509,396

SCALABLE ANALYTICS ARCHITECTURE FOR AUTOMATION CONTROL SYSTEMS

Rockwell Automation Techn...

11. A method, comprising:deploying analytic node devices across multiple levels of an industrial enterprise, wherein the deploying comprises deploying at least a first set of analytic node devices at a first level of the industrial enterprise and deploying a second set of analytic node devices at a second level of the industrial enterprise;
performing, by an analytic component of a first analytic node device of the analytic node devices, one or more first analytic operations on first industrial data collected from one or more industrial devices to yield first result data;
in response to determining that the first result data satisfies a notification criterion, sending, by a presentation framework component of the first analytic node device, the first result data to a client device;
in response to determining that a subset of the first result data satisfies a defined criterion indicating a relevance of the subset of the first result data to an industrial operation being executed by industrial devices being monitored by the second analytic node device, sending, by an application framework component of the first analytic node device, the subset of the first result data to a second analytic node device of the analytic node devices;
receiving, by the application framework component of the first analytic node device, at least one of second industrial data or second result data from the second analytic node; and
performing, by the analytic component or another analytic component of the first analytic node device, one or more second analytic operations on the second industrial data or the second result data received from the second analytic node device,
wherein the application framework component is configured to allow modular addition and modular removal of multiple analytic components that define respective multiple different analytic operations to be performed on the first industrial data.

US Pat. No. 10,509,391

MACHINE TOOL COLLISION AVOIDANCE METHOD AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A machine tool collision avoidance method applicable to a machine tool having a plurality of turrets, wherein the method comprises following steps and is executed by a processing circuit:(a) loading a plurality of processing codes corresponding to the operation of the turrets in a first session;
(b) simulating a plurality of path traces corresponding to the processing codes;
(c) estimating a plurality of execution periods within which the turrets run along the path traces;
(d) selecting a shortest execution period from the plurality of execution periods;
(e) determines whether the distance between the trace points on any two of the path traces is less than a safety distance within the shortest execution period;
(f) if the distance between a first trace point on a first path trace of the path traces and a second trace point on a second path trace of the path traces is less than the safety distance, estimating a first time point at which a first turret of the turrets runs to the first trace point and a second time point at which the second turret of the turrets runs to the second trace point; and
(g) determining whether the difference between the first time point and the second time point is lower than a tolerance value; and
(h) generating a collision warning if the difference between the first time point and the second time point is lower than the tolerance value.

US Pat. No. 10,509,389

WARM UP OPERATION PLANNING DEVICE AND WARM UP OPERATION PLANNING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A warm up operation planning device that generates a warm up operation plan for a machine tool for machining on a work as a machining target, comprising:a warm up operation program memory in which association is recorded between at least one warm up operation program, information on a work to be machined by the machine tool, and cycle time in the warm up operation program;
a working state recording memory in which at least a previous working duration of the machine tool is recorded;
a machining plan input unit that inputs a machining plan for the work including information on the work;
a warm up operation program selection unit that selects the warm up operation program recorded in the warm up operation program memory based on the machining plan;
a warm up operation duration determination unit that calculates a warm up operation duration based on the cycle time in association with the warm up operation program selected by the warm up operation program selection unit;
a warm up operation planning unit that generates a warm up operation plan for the machine tool by calculating start time and finish time of warm up operation based on the input machining plan and the warm up operation duration calculated by the warm up operation duration determination unit, wherein
the warm up operation duration determination unit further calculates the warm up operation duration in consideration of a previous working duration of the machine tool recorded in the working state recording memory; and
an operation duration correction unit that corrects the cycle time in the warm up operation program recorded in the warm up operation program memory in association with the warm up operation program.

US Pat. No. 10,509,385

METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENCODER PRINCIPLE AXIS SPEED SYNCHRONIZATION

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A method of controlling an encoder principle axis speed synchronization executed by a microprocessor, the method comprising:initializing a count value when a control period is commenced in order to synchronize the count value with the control period, wherein the control period is a time for calculating encoder pulse signals to be output during a next control period, and wherein an encoder pulse signal is longer than the control period;
increasing or decreasing the count value at every specific period;
latching the count value corresponding to an input time of the encoder pulse signal to a memory and calculating an interval between encoder pulse signals using the count value latched at the input time of each of the encoder pulse signals when the encoder pulse signal is received for the control period;
generating an output pulse using the interval between the encoder pulse signals being input during the control period according to latching times of the count value to the memory at the input time of each of the encoder pulse signals; and
mapping the output pulse to an output during a next control period of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,509,377

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Triatomic Environmental, ...

1. An indoor air quality management system comprising:an air quality management controller comprising one or more sensors for measuring air quality or levels of air contaminants and being operatively connected to one or more components of a HVAC system which has or uses an ultraviolet light (UV) light source as part of a light activated air filtration system, said air quality management controller configured to monitor and interact with a HVAC system control unit based on threshold values set relating to air quality of or levels of contaminants in a predetermined area, said air quality management controller configured to control at least operation of said UV light source, determine or monitor life cycle or operational status of said UV light source, and to move air to interact with at least said light activated air filtration systems based on said monitoring of said predetermined area; said air quality management controller comprising a zero point crossing detector which detects when power is on or off operatively connected to and sending information to a central processing unit (CPU), said CPU configured to monitor said zero point detector information through an interrupt, wherein activity is stopped if a power stoppage is detected and the time of said power stoppage is recorded; said air quality management controller further configured to communicate alert levels or other information relating to one or more functions of said HVAC system or said air quality management controller to one or more electronic devices or networks; and
at least one indoor air quality sensing unit containing one or more sensors for detecting various environmental factors associated with said predetermined area, said sensing unit independently positioned off said air quality management controller and in wireless communication with said air quality management controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,370

VAPOR CELL HEATING ASSEMBLY

GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED ...

1. A vapor cell heating assembly comprising:a vapor cell comprising exterior surfaces;
a slide disposed on at least one exterior surface of the vapor cell;
a heating element disposed on the at least one exterior surface, the heating element comprising a frame and a first opening in the frame to pass light through the frame to the at least one exterior surface; and
a shell disposed on the vapor cell to hold the slide and heating element to the vapor cell,
wherein the shell comprises a plurality of structural elements, each structural element disposed on a corresponding exterior surface of the vapor cell and aligned to adjacent structural elements at edges, and wherein each structural element comprises a second opening to pass light through the structural element to a respective exterior surface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,368

BOX INCLUDING A DEVICE FOR RETAINING A TIMEPIECE COMPONENT IN POSITION

ROLEX SA, Geneva (CH)

1. A device for retaining in position a timepiece component, the device including:a base;
a support comprising a first part and a second part, the first part being mounted so as to be mobile relative to the second part;
a first contact element adapted to come to bear against the timepiece component, the first contact element being mounted on the first part, and a second contact element adapted to come to bear against the timepiece component, the second contact element being mounted on the second part; and
a control member mounted so as to pivot on the base about a first axis and pivoting the first part about a second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,509,358

IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS INCLUDING LUBRICANT APPLICATION APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image formation apparatus having a lubricant application apparatus which applies lubricant to an image carrier in an image former which forms a toner image, whereinthe lubricant application apparatus comprises:
a lubricant stick obtained by solidifying powdery lubricant;
an application member disposed on an upstream side in an advancing direction of a surface of the image carrier with respect to a cleaning apparatus which presses lubricant supplied to the image carrier to form a film, the application member being for supplying lubricant scraped off from the lubricant stick to the image carrier and removing residual toner adhering to the image carrier; and
a recovery member which is in contact with the application member, the recovery member being for recovering toner adhering to the application member, and
the image formation apparatus comprises
a hardware processor which controls a lubricant amount on the image carrier by changing each of removability of residual toner on the image carrier by the application member, and recoverability of residual toner on the application member by the recovery member.

US Pat. No. 10,509,351

FIXING DEVICE FIXING DEVELOPING AGENT IMAGE TO SHEET BY ELECTROSTATICALLY SPRAYING CHARGED FIXING SOLUTION

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A fixing device for fixing a developing agent image to a recording sheet by electrostatically spraying a charged fixing solution toward the developing agent image on the recording sheet, the fixing device comprising:a container portion configured to store therein the fixing solution;
a plurality of nozzles in communication with the container portion and configured to spray the fixing solution toward the developing agent image;
a potential difference generating portion configured to generate a potential difference between the fixing solution stored in the plurality of nozzles and the recording sheet conveyed at a position separated from the plurality of nozzles;
a pressure applying portion configured to apply pressure to the fixing solution in the container portion;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature;
a controller configured to determine a value of a pressure to be applied to the fixing solution on a basis of the temperature detected by the temperature sensor; and
a storage configured to store a pressure table in which pressure corresponding to temperature is set,
wherein the controller is configured to determine the value of the pressure on a basis of the pressure table,
wherein the pressure in the pressure table is set corresponding to the temperature and a target amount of spray of the fixing solution,
wherein the pressure in the pressure table is set so that the pressure to be applied to the container portion increases as the temperature decreases,
wherein the pressure in the pressure table includes:
a first pressure required for spraying the target amount and within a pressure range enabling a state of spray to be normal; and
a second pressure lower than a pressure required for spraying the target amount and within the pressure range enabling a state of spray to be normal, and
wherein the second pressure is equal to a maximum pressure capable of maintaining Tayler cones of the fixing solution at tip ends of the plurality of nozzles.

US Pat. No. 10,509,347

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a detector that detects images formed on a first surface of a sheet or a second surface of the sheet opposite the first surface;
a heater that applies a predetermined heat amount to the sheet from a first surface side of the sheet to carry out erasing processing for erasing images formed on the sheet;
a conveyor device that conveys the sheet to the heater; and
a controller configured to:
determine which of the first and second surfaces has an image formed thereon on the basis of a detection result from the detector,
when the controller determines that only the first surface has an image formed thereon, control the conveyor device to convey the sheet to the heater and control the heater to apply a first heating amount to the sheet, and
when the controller determines that the second surface has an image formed thereon, control the conveyor device to convey the sheet to the heater and the heater to apply a second heating amount to sheet, and after the sheet passes through the heater, control the conveyor device to return the sheet to the heater and control the heater to apply a third heating amount to the sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,509,327

VARIABLE NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTER FOR MULTI-BEAM INTERFERENCE LITHOGRAPHY EXPOSURE

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A system comprising:a variable neutral density (ND) filter having a first surface and a second surface that is opposite the first surface, and the second surface is closer to an exposure region of a photosensitive film layer than the first surface, and the photosensitive film layer is disposed on a surface of a substrate layer, and the variable ND filter has an attenuation profile that modulates transmittance of light passing through the variable ND filter to the exposure region; and
one or more laser generators, each generating a coherent beam of light, the one or more laser generators arranged such that at least two of the generated coherent beams of light intersect with each other and form an intermediate interference exposure pattern that is modulated by the variable ND filter to form a target interference exposure pattern at the exposure region of the photosensitive film layer,
wherein the variable ND filter is a thin film having an attenuation profile that cancels out an uneven power distribution in the intermediate interference exposure pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,509,322

METHOD OF CUTTING CONDUCTIVE PATTERNS

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:providing a first layout of a first layer over a substrate, the first layer having a first metal pattern and a second metal pattern, and
generating a second layout of a cut mask having a cut pattern to be used in a first cut patterning step while the cut mask is in a first position relative to the substrate to remove material from a first region of the first metal pattern to divide the first metal pattern into a third metal pattern and a fourth metal pattern, such that the cut mask is to be used in a second cut patterning step while the cut mask is in a second position relative to the first layer over the substrate to remove material from a second region of the second metal pattern to divide the second metal pattern into a fifth metal pattern and a sixth metal pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,509,320

UNDERLYING COATING FORMING COMPOSITION FOR LITHOGRAPHY CONTAINING COMPOUND HAVING PROTECTED CARBOXYL GROUP

NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIE...

7. A method for forming a photoresist pattern for use in manufacture of a semiconductor device, comprising:applying an underlayer coating forming composition for lithography on a semiconductor substrate having holes arranged in an Iso pattern and having holes arranged a Dense pattern, wherein
the Iso pattern of holes is a pattern in which the distance from the center of a hole to the center of an adjacent hole is five times as long as the diameter of the hole, and
the Dense pattern of holes is a pattern in which the distance from the center of a hole to the center of the adjacent hole is one time as long as the diameter of the hole;
baking the semiconductor substrate to form an underlayer coating;
forming a photoresist layer on the underlayer coating;
exposing the semiconductor substrate covered with the underlayer coating and the photoresist layer to light; and
developing after exposing to light,
wherein the underlayer coating forming composition comprises:
a solvent;
a compound having two or more epoxy groups, wherein the compound having two or more epoxy groups comprises a polymer having a structural unit of formula (3):
wherein R5 is a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; anda compound having 2 to 6 protected carboxyl groups of formula (4):

wherein:
R1 and R2 are, independently of one another, a hydrogen atom or a C1-10 alkyl group, and R3 and R4 together form a ring;
X is a hydrogen atom;
m is an integer of 2 to 6;
n is an integer of 0 to 4;
m and n satisfy m+n=6;
the compound of formula (4) has a molecular weight of 1500 or less and is not a polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,509,318

CHEMICALLY AMPLIFIED POSITIVE-TYPE PHOTOSENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE WITH TEMPLATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PLATED ARTICLE

TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO., LTD...

6. A method for manufacturing a plated article, the method comprising plating the substrate with the template manufactured by the method according to claim 5 to form the plated article in the template.

US Pat. No. 10,509,312

APPROACH FOR ULTRA THIN-FILM TRANSFER AND HANDLING

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pellicle apparatus, comprising:a composite structure having a thickness of less than approximately 500 nanometers, the composite structure comprising:
a first pellicle layer having a first surface and a second surface;
a second pellicle layer having a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein the third surface interfaces with the second surface of the first pellicle layer, and wherein the second pellicle layer comprises polysilicon; and
a third pellicle layer having a fifth surface and a sixth surface, wherein the fifth surface interfaces with the fourth surface of the second pellicle layer; and
a pellicle frame connected to outer edges of the first surface of the first pellicle layer and configured to mount the composite structure to an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reticle, wherein the first surface and the sixth surface face opposite directions.

US Pat. No. 10,509,307

HIGH CONTRAST, GLASS-BASED, WRITEABLE/ERASABLE FRONT PROJECTION SCREENS

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A projection screen having a user-facing surface which faces a user during use of the projection screen, said projection screen comprising a transparent glass sheet and a diffusing element wherein:(a) the glass sheet has a front surface and a back surface separated by a distance d;
(b) the back surface of the glass sheet is in optical contact with the diffusing element;
(c) during use of the projection screen, the front and back surfaces of the glass sheet transmit image light from a projector to the diffusing element and the diffusing element reflects a portion of that light back through the glass sheet to a user;
(d) the glass sheet is configured to cause the projection screen to have a contrast of at least 75% based at least in part on the distance d being greater than 0.05 millimeters and less than 0.2 millimeters; and
(e) the user-facing surface of the projection screen is a writable/erasable surface.

US Pat. No. 10,509,298

OPTICAL DEVICE WITH ELECTROCHROMIC LENS CAP

Roo, Inc., New York, NY ...

1. A camera with an optical lens, the optical lens having an exterior covering wherein the covering is at least one electrochromic film that is electrically switchable between two states affecting image formation within said camera, which two states are a first, thoroughly opaque state, in which light does not pass through the optical lens, and a second, highly transparent state, when a charge is applied to the at least one electrochromic film, and wherein the presence of at least one of the two states is confirmed with a visible indicator;wherein said visible indicator is a patterned hue; and
wherein said electrochromic film forms said visible indicator.

US Pat. No. 10,509,294

DUAL SIDED ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. A display comprising:a first and second layer comprising encapsulated fluid containing a first set of positively charged particles and a second set of negatively charged particles;
a common conductor positioned between the first and second layer; and
a front and rear light-transmissive electrode, the first and second layer positioned between the front and rear light-transmissive electrode,
wherein the first set of charged particles within the first layer have a color similar to the first set of charged particles within the second layer,
the second set of charged particles within the first layer have a color similar to the second set of charged particles within the second layer, and
wherein the front electrode, rear electrode, and common conductor are configured such that the front and rear electrodes are capable of being maintained at a more negative potential than the common conductor to drive the first set of particles in the first and second layer away from the common conductor and the front and rear electrodes are capable of being maintained at a more positive potential than the common conductor to drive the second set of particles in the first and second layer away from the common conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,509,289

DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A transparent display device comprising:a liquid crystal display panel, comprising a first substrate, a second substrate, and a liquid crystal layer positioned between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the liquid crystal layer includes a polymer network formed of polymerizable monomers;
a light guide component, located on a side of the first substrate opposite to the second substrate, wherein the light guide component has a first main surface facing the liquid crystal display panel, and a second main surface opposite to the first main surface, and a side surface connecting the first main surface and the second main surface; and
a light source, located on a side of the light guide component and configured to emit light to enter into the light guide component via the side surface,
wherein the light guide component is configured such that light from the light source is emitted out from the first surface of the light guide component into the liquid crystal display panel, and in a case that no voltage is applied to the liquid crystal layer, light from the light source is totally reflected at the liquid crystal display panel without being emitted out from a side of the second substrate opposite to the first substrate into the outside air,
wherein the first substrate is a first base substrate and the second substrate is a second base substrate, and light from the light source enters the first base substrate of the liquid crystal display panel with an incident angle greater than or equal to a total reflection critical angle of the second base substrate of the liquid crystal display panel to the outside air,
wherein the light guide component includes a light guide plate and a transparent filling layer; the transparent filling layer is filled between the light guide plate and the liquid crystal display panel and in direct contact with the light guide plate and the liquid crystal display panel; a refractive index of the filling layer is larger than a refractive index of the outside air and smaller a refractive index of the light guide plate,
wherein the light guide plate includes a light guide plate body and a plurality of optical microstructures formed on a surface of the light guide plate body facing the liquid crystal display panel,
the optical microstructures are configured such that light from the light source exits the light guide plate body therefrom,
wherein an average value of angles between respective tangential planes of a surface of the optical microstructure and a surface of the light guide plate body is larger than arccos (n1/n2) and less than arccos (n4/n3), wherein, the first substrate and the second substrate are identical in refractive index, n1 is a refractive index of the transparent filling layer, n2 is the refractive index of the light guide plate, n3 is the refractive index of the first and the second substrate, n4 is a refractive index of the outside air; and among n1-n4, n2 is the largest, and n4 is the smallest.

US Pat. No. 10,509,281

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A display panel, comprising:an opposed substrate and an array substrate which are stacked together and disposed opposite to each other; and
a flexible printed circuit provided on a side of the opposed substrate and the array substrate which are stacked together,
wherein the opposed substrate comprises a conductive layer, which is configured for electrostatic prevention, the flexible printed circuit comprises a first conductive structure and a second conductive structure, the first conductive structure is electrically connected to the conductive layer from the side, the second conductive structure is electrically connected to the array substrate and configured for transmitting a driving signal to the array substrate, and the conductive layer is grounded through the first conductive structure.

US Pat. No. 10,509,274

BLUE PHASE LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A blue phase liquid crystal display panel, comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate which are disposed at an interval and are parallel, and blue phase liquid crystals disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the first substrate includes a first base, the second substrate includes a second base, and the blue phase liquid crystal display panel includes multiple transmissive display regions and multiple reflective display regions, the multiple transmission display regions and the multiple reflective display regions are disposed alternately and at intervals;
wherein each of the multiple transmissive display regions includes multiple first base platforms sequentially disposed at a side of the first base which is adjacent to the second substrate, each of multiple first electrodes sequentially and correspondingly disposed on each of the multiple first base platforms, and multiple second electrodes disposed on the first base and the second base, wherein the multiple first electrodes and the multiple second electrodes are disposed alternately on different horizontal planes in order to form a first horizontal electric field;
wherein each of the multiple reflective display regions includes a second base platform disposed on the side of the first base which is adjacent to the second substrate, multiple third electrodes disposed on the second base platform, and multiple fourth electrodes disposed on the second base in order to form a second electric field, wherein the first substrate is provided with a reflective layer corresponding to the each of the multiple reflective display regions; and
each of the multiple first electrodes is spaced from the first base by a first distance and each of the multiple third electrodes is spaced from the second base by a second distance, which is equal to the first distance, such that when first light and second light respectively pass through the transmissive display region and the reflective display region, phase delays of the first light and the second light are identical
wherein electric signal polarities applied on the first electrodes are the same and electric signal polarities applied on the second electrodes are the same and are opposite to the electric signal polarities applied on the first electrodes; and electric signal polarities applied on the third electrodes are the same and electric signal polarities applied on the fourth electrodes are the same and are opposite to the electric signal polarities applied on the third electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,271

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE COMPRISING A SEMICONDUCTOR FILM HAVING A CHANNEL FORMATION REGION OVERLAPPING WITH A CONDUCTIVE FILM IN A FLOATING STATE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a first substrate;
a conductive film over the first substrate;
a first insulating film over the conductive film;
a semiconductor film comprising a channel formation region over the first insulating film;
a gate insulating film over the semiconductor film;
a gate electrode over the semiconductor film with the gate insulating film therebetween;
a source wiring electrically connected to the semiconductor film,
a common electrode over the first substrate;
a wiring over and electrically connected to the common electrode;
a second insulating film over the common electrode;
a pixel electrode over the second insulating film;
a liquid crystal over the pixel electrode; and
a second substrate over the liquid crystal,
wherein the conductive film is in a floating state,
wherein the channel formation region overlaps with the conductive film,
wherein the source wiring overlaps with the conductive film,
wherein the common electrode has light-transmitting property,
wherein the pixel electrode and the common electrode overlaps with each other at least partly, and
wherein the common electrode is shared by a plurality of pixels aligned in a source wiring direction.

US Pat. No. 10,509,269

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising:an array substrate, comprising:
a base substrate;
a gate line located on the base substrate; and
a common electrode and a pixel electrode arranged on the base substrate in sequence and insulated from each other, a layer where the pixel electrode locates being located above a layer where the gate line locates,
wherein the array substrate further comprises a strip shaped shielding electrode located above the gate line, the shielding electrode being transparent and electrically conductive, and
wherein an outer contour of a projection of the shielding electrode as a whole on the base substrate surrounds a projection of the gate line as a whole on the base substrate, and the shielding electrode is insulated from both the pixel electrode and the gate line;
a counter substrate arranged opposite to the array substrate;
a liquid crystal layer located between the array substrate and the counter substrate; and
a black matrix disposed on a side of the counter substrate facing the array substrate,
wherein an orthographic projection of the black matrix as a whole on the base substrate does not overlap with an orthographic projection of the gate line as a whole on the base substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,509,267

SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHODS THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A substrate, comprising:a substrate body; and
a planarization layer arranged on the substrate body,
wherein a groove or notch penetrating through the planarization layer is provided at a surface of the substrate facing a liquid crystal layer, at least a portion of the groove or notch is located at a region where a sealant is applied, and a waterproof material is filled within the groove or notch,
wherein in a direction perpendicular to a plane where an end surface of the substrate body is located, a width of the groove or notch is greater than a width of the region where the sealant is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,509,264

CELL ALIGNMENT DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A cell alignment device for aligning a first substrate and a second substrate of a display panel, comprising:a first platform and a second platform disposed oppositely;
a light emitting unit disposed on a surface of the first platform facing the second platform and configured to emit light toward the second platform;
a light sensing unit disposed on a surface of the second platform facing the first platform and configured to sense a light intensity of light emitted by the light emitting unit; and
a control unit configured to, when the sensed light intensity is greater than or equal to a preset light intensity, adjust a position of at least one of the first platform and the second platform until the sensed light intensity is smaller than the preset light intensity, wherein
the cell alignment device is further configured to receive the first substrate on a surface of the light emitting unit facing the light sensing unit and receive the second substrate on a surface of the light sensing unit facing the light emitting unit during cell alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,509,258

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF DISPLAY PANEL AND WIRE-GRATING POLARIZER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A manufacturing method of a display panel, comprising:arranging a plurality of wire-grating structures at intervals on a first substrate, wherein a plurality of transparent zones of the first substrate are defined among the plurality of wire-grating structures;
adopting the wire-grating structure as a mask plate to form a black matrix on the transparent zone;
providing a second substrate and a liquid crystal layer;
arranging the first substrate, the second substrate, and the liquid crystal layer to form the display panel,
wherein a step of arranging the plurality of wire-grating structures at intervals on the first substrate comprises:
forming a wire-grating material layer on the first substrate;
coating a photoresist material on the wire-grating material layer to form a photoresist layer;
imprinting the photoresist layer to expose a portion of the wire-grating material layer;
etching the exposed portion of the wire-grating material layer; and
removing the photoresist layer,
wherein the wire-grating structure comprises a plurality of wire gratings; the plurality of wire gratings are arranged at intervals; an interval of between the wire-grating structures ranges from 50 micrometers (?m) to 1000 ?m; an interval between two wire gratings ranges from 50 nanometers (nm) to 1000 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,509,245

MULTI-CHANNEL LASER SYSTEM INCLUDING AN ACOUSTO-OPTIC MODULATOR (AOM) WITH BEAM STABILIZER AND RELATED METHODS

HARRIS CORPORATION, Melb...

1. A laser system comprising:a laser source configured to generate a laser light beam;
a beam stabilizer downstream from the laser source;
an ion trap;
a first beamsplitter configured to split the laser light beam into a first front side laser light beam and a back side laser light beam for a back side of the ion trap;
a multi-channel acousto-optic modulator (AOM) comprising
a second beamsplitter to split the first front side laser light beam into a plurality of second front side laser light beams from the second beamsplitter,
a common acousto-optic medium configured to receive the plurality of front side laser light beams, and
a respective plurality of electrodes coupled to the common acousto-optic medium for each of the second front side laser light beams;
a plurality of radio frequency (RF) drivers each configured to generate respective RF drive signals for each of the plurality of electrodes;
an input telescope configured to direct the front side laser light beam to the second beamsplitter; and
an output telescope configured to direct the plurality of second front side laser light beams to a front side of the ion trap.

US Pat. No. 10,509,240

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE GLASSES, CONTROL SYSTEM FOR MULTIPLE LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE GLASSES, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

NEOFECT CO., LTD., Yongi...

1. A pair of light emitting diode eyeglasses comprising:an eyeglass frame that comprises:
a control unit;
a front frame comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes; and
a pair of leg frames, each of which includes a first end attached to the front frame and a second end that is opposite to the first end and configured to be positioned on each ear of a user; and
a communication module configured to communicate one or more pattern data with a control terminal unit,
wherein each second end of the pair of leg frames comprises a power supply unit, and the power supply unit is configured to supply electric power to the plurality of light emitting diodes of the front frame, the communication module, and the control unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to control the plurality of light emitting diodes of the front frame to display the pattern data over the plurality of light emitting diodes,
wherein the front frame comprises a plurality of openings for securing a field of view of a front side of the user,
wherein the plurality of openings are arranged in a plurality of lines, each line of the lines of openings is parallel along a lengthwise direction of the front frame, the lines of openings are positioned at each of a left-center portion and a right-center portion of the front frame, the left-center portion and right-center portion are configured to correspond to a left eye position and right eye position of the user, respectively, and the lines of openings are positioned with a first longitudinal interval,
wherein the plurality of light emitting diodes are arranged as a matrix shape with a second transverse interval and a second longitudinal interval, and
wherein each line of the lines of openings is arranged between each line of the plurality of light emitting diode by the first longitudinal interval that is same as the second longitudinal interval.

US Pat. No. 10,509,238

ELECTROWETTING OPTHALMIC OPTICS INCLUDING GAS-PERMEABLE COMPONENTS

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An electrowetting contact lens comprising:an electrowetting cell comprising:
first and second optical windows, each having an inside surface and an outside surface and joined around their perimeter to form a sealed enclosure between the inside surfaces of the first and second optical windows,
a first gas-permeable electrode formed on the first optical window, the first gas-permeable electrode comprising an electrically conductive layer and at least one dielectric layer, the electrically conductive layer being sandwiched between the first optical window and the at least one dielectric layer,
a second gas-permeable electrode formed on the second optical window, the second gas-permeable electrode comprising an electrically conductive layer,
an oil layer positioned in the sealed enclosure so that the oil layer is in contact with the inner surface of the first optical window and with the first gas-permeable electrode, and
a saline solution layer positioned in the sealed enclosure so that the saline solution layer is in contact with the oil layer, with the inner surface of the second optical window, and with the second gas-permeable electrode,
a protective coating surrounding and completely enclosing the electrowetting cell; and
a contact lens material, distinct from the protective coating, surrounding and completely enclosing the protective coating.

US Pat. No. 10,509,232

STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE USING SPATIAL-DIVISIONAL DRIVING AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

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

1. A stereoscopic image display device, comprising:a display panel including a plurality of pixels arranged in odd-numbered pixel lines and even-numbered pixel lines;
a patterned retarder configured to transmit light from the display panel as a first polarization component and a second polarization component;
a data driving circuit configured to drive data lines of the display panel;
a gate driving circuit configured to drive gate lines of the display panel, the gate lines including a plurality of odd-numbered gate lines and a plurality of even numbered gate lines;
a three-dimensional (3D) formatter configured to:
receive a frame of input 3D image data having a first eye image data and a second eye image data alternately arranged;
separate the frame of input 3D image data into the first eye image data and the second eye image data; and
arrange the separated first eye image data and second eye image data according to a vertical k-divisional operation to generate a top and down type original frame, where k is a positive even number, the top and down type original frame comprising:
the first eye image data arranged in a first set of contiguous lines; and
the second eye image data arranged in a second set of contiguous lines, the second set of contiguous lines beginning immediately subsequently to the first set of contiguous lines; and
a timing controller configured to:
receive timing signals at an input frame frequency f from a 3D processor;
divide the top and down type original frame from the 3D formatter directly into k sub-fields with time-divisional driving so that each odd-numbered sub-field has at least a portion of the arranged first eye image data and each even-numbered sub-field has at least a portion of the arranged second eye image data; and
control the data driving circuit and the gate driving circuit at a frame frequency N×f based on the k sub-fields, where N is a positive number equal to or greater than 2, such that:
at a first time period in one frame, the gate driving circuit sequentially supplies odd-numbered scan pulses respectively to the odd-numbered gate lines only in a first sub-field to display the arranged first eye image data in the first sub-field on the odd-numbered pixel lines of the display panel in the first sub-field only, without supplying any scan pulse to any of the even-numbered gate lines; and
then, at a second time period in the one frame and subsequent to the first time period, the gate driving circuit sequentially supplies even-numbered scan pulses respectively to the even-numbered gate lines only in a second sub-field to display the arranged second eye image data in the second sub-field on the even-numbered pixel lines of the display panel in the second sub-field only, without supplying any scan pulse to any of the odd-numbered gate lines.

US Pat. No. 10,509,231

OPPOSED GRATINGS IN A WAVEGUIDE DISPLAY

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. An output waveguide comprising:one or more gratings configured to couple image light propagating along an input wave vector into a waveguide body that includes a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface;
a first grating coupled to the first surface of the waveguide body; and
a second grating coupled to the second surface of the waveguide body and positioned opposite to the first grating, at least one of the first grating and the second grating configured to output the image light to an eyebox, the output image light propagating along an output wave vector that matches the input wave vector, wherein wave vectors associated with the one or more gratings, the first grating, and the second grating include at least two wave vectors that have different magnitudes.

US Pat. No. 10,509,225

TRANSMISSION TYPE SCREEN AND HEAD-UP DISPLAY DEVICE USING SAME

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A transmission type screen comprising:a first surface; and
a second surface opposed to the first surface;
wherein the first surface is equipped with a microlens array including a plurality of microlenses;
wherein the second surface is equipped with a light diffusion surface;
wherein the microlens array and light diffusion surface each have a diffusion angle defined as a full width at half maximum that is a difference between two angles at half of the maximum scattered light intensity of a light perpendicularly entering into, and emerging from, the transmission type screen; and
wherein a diffusion angle ratio of the diffusion angle of the light diffusion surface relative to the diffusion angle of the microlens array is not less than 0.2 and not more than 0.4.

US Pat. No. 10,509,215

LIGHT-FIELD MICROSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light-field microscope comprising:an illumination optical system that radiates excitation light onto a sample;
a detection optical system including an objective lens that collects fluorescence generated in the sample as a result of the sample being irradiated with the excitation light by the illumination optical system, an image-acquisition element that acquires an image of the fluorescence collected by the objective lens, and a microlens array disposed between the image-acquisition element and the objective lens; and
a processor configured to generate a three-dimensional fluorescence image of the sample based on a single fluorescence image acquired by the image-acquisition element,
wherein the illumination optical system radiates a beam of the excitation light onto the sample in a direction substantially perpendicular to an optical axis of the objective lens, the beam having a predetermined beam width in a direction of the optical axis, and the predetermined beam width including a focal plane of the objective lens and being adapted to a depth of the three-dimensional fluorescence image.

US Pat. No. 10,509,213

APPARATUS FOR OBSERVING, ACQUIRING AND SHARING OPTICAL IMAGERY PRODUCED BY OPTICAL IMAGE SOURCES

1. A mobile apparatus for optically and mechanically adapting itself to universally interface with any one of a large variety of different types of afocal optical image sources and focal optical image sources, said mobile apparatus configured of combinations of selected functional modules from a menu of said functional modules comprising:a clamping mechanism module;
an extension module;
a camera lens mount module;
a zoom lens module; an eyepiece module;
a field lens module;
a macro zoom lens module;
an electronic image sensor array camera module;
an electronic circuits module;
an end cap module;
wherein said mobile apparatus is configurable as any one of the following combinations of said functional modules:
a 1st combination,
a 2nd combination,
a 3rd combination,
a 4th combination,
a 5th combination,
a 6th combination,
a 7th combination, or
an 8th combination;
wherein the choice of which one of said combinations of said functional modules to configure to use for interfacing to the particular said optical image source immediately at hand is made by an observer based on the particular interfacing needs of that particular said optical image source to be interfaced to, as follows:
a) said 1st combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said afocal optical image sources having a 1st original equipment eyepiece, and a 1st optical axis, and a 1st mechanical axis, and a 1st afocal optical imagery, and a 1st entrance pupil, and a 1st exit pupil, for acquiring said 1st afocal optical imagery from said 1st original equipment eyepiece of said afocal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st afocal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
b) said 2nd combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said afocal optical image sources having a 1st barrel enclosure, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st afocal optical imagery, and said 1st entrance pupil, and said 1st exit pupil, for acquiring said 1st afocal optical imagery from said afocal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st afocal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
c) said 3rd combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having said 1st barrel enclosure, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
d) said 4th combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having said 1st barrel enclosure, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
e) said 5th combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having a camera lens mount, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
f) said 6th combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having said 1st barrel enclosure, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
g) said 7th combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having said 1st barrel enclosure, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
h) said 8th combination of functional modules, is configured for interfacing to any one of said focal optical image sources having said camera lens mount, and said 1st optical axis, and said 1st mechanical axis, and said 1st focal optical imagery, and said 2nd entrance pupil, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source types, and for transmitting said 1st focal optical imagery from said mobile apparatus to said observer and to said observer's audience;
wherein: a) said 1st combination of functional modules, is mounted on said afocal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said clamping mechanism module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st afocal optical imagery;
b) said 2nd combination of functional modules, is mounted on said afocal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said extension module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st afocal optical imagery;
c) said 3rd combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said clamping mechanism module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
d) said 4th combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said extension module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
e) said 5th combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said camera lens mount module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
f) said 6th combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said optical axis using said clamping mechanism module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
g) said 7th combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said 1st optical axis using said extension module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
h) said 8th combination of functional modules, is mounted on said focal optical image source and positioned along said optical axis using said camera lens mount module, for preventing vignetting of said 1st focal optical imagery;
wherein said 1st combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said clamping mechanism module and said zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 2nd combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said extension module and said zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 3rd combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said clamping mechanism module and said field lens module and said macro zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 4th combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said extension module and said field lens module and said macro zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 5th combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said camera lens mount module and said field lens module and said macro zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 6th combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said clamping mechanism module and said eyepiece module and said zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 7th combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said extension module and said eyepiece module and said zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said 8h combination of functional modules, is comprised of: an ordered pre-determined connected modular sequence of: said camera lens mount module and said eyepiece module and said zoom lens module and said electronic image sensor array camera module and said electronic circuits module and said end cap module;
wherein said clamping mechanism module is, comprised of:
a clamping mechanism, for mounting said mobile apparatus to said optical image source, and
a 2nd enclosure, configured for coaxially mounting and housing said clamping mechanism;
wherein said extension module is, comprised of:
a 1st enclosure, configured as a hollow cylinder having pre-determined inside and outside diameters for mounting said mobile apparatus to said optical image sources;
wherein said camera lens mount module, is comprised of:
a camera lens mount, for mounting said mobile apparatus to said optical image source, and
an 11th enclosure, configured for coaxially mounting and housing said camera lens mount;
wherein said 11th enclosure, is configured with:
an 11th front end, for joining said 11th enclosure with the rear end of other said functional modules, and
an 11th rear end, for joining said 11th enclosure with the rear end of other said functional modules;
wherein said front end of said 11th enclosure faces the direction of said optical image source;
wherein said front end of said 11th enclosure, is configured with:
a screw type connector, for joining said 11th enclosure with said optical image source,
a bayonet type connector, for joining said 11th enclosure with said optical image source,
a breech lock type connector, for joining said 11th enclosure with said optical image source,
a double bayonet type connector, for joining said 11th enclosure with said optical image source, or
a tab lock type connector, for joining said 11th enclosure with said optical image source;
wherein said zoom lens module, is comprised of:
a zoom lens, for acquiring said 1st afocal optical imagery, and
a 3rd enclosure, configured for mounting and housing said zoom lens;
wherein said zoom lens, is comprised of:
an entrance pupil, for
a) locating said exit pupil produced by said afocal optical image source, or
b) locating said exit pupil produced by said eyepiece module;
wherein said zoom lens is a commercial off the shelf item;
wherein said zoom lens is chosen by said observer for having said entrance pupil location close at hand optically near to the front optical element of said zoom lens, and for minimizing any said zoom lens structural interferences in the object space before said front optical element for optimizing the freedom to locate said exit pupil coincident with said entrance pupil;
wherein said eyepiece module, is comprised of:
an eyepiece, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery, and
a 9th enclosure, configured for mounting and housing said commercial off the shelf eyepiece;
wherein said eyepiece is a commercial off the shelf item, comprised of:
an eye relief, for locating an exit pupil of said focal optical image source at said entrance pupil of said zoom lens;
wherein said eyepiece is a commercial off the shelf item chosen by said observer for having a long predetermined said eye relief for locating said exit pupil at the entrance pupil of said zoom lens module and for controlling the size of said exit pupil;
wherein the eyepiece module is used to make the entrance pupil of the zoom lens module optically accessible to the exit pupil in each of the following configurations of the mobile apparatus: the 6th combination of functional modules, the 7th combination of functional modules, and the 8th combination of functional modules to prevent vignetting;
wherein said field lens module, is comprised of:
a field lens, configured for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery and
an 8th enclosure, for mounting and housing said field lens;
wherein said field lens is a commercial off the shelf item chosen by said observer for imaging said entrance pupil of said focal optical imaging source for producing an exit pupil of said focal optical imaging source located at said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module and for controlling the size of said exit pupil;
wherein the field lens module is used to make the entrance pupil of the macro zoom lens module optically accessible to the exit pupil in each of the following configurations of the mobile apparatus: the 3rd combination of functional modules, the 4th combination of functional modules, and the 5th combination of functional modules to prevent vignetting;
wherein said macro zoom lens module, is comprised of:
a macro zoom lens, for acquiring said 1st focal optical imagery, and
a 10th enclosure, configured for mounting and housing said macro zoom lens;
wherein said macro zoom lens is, comprised of:
a macro zoom lens entrance pupil, for receiving said exit pupil of said 1st focal optical imagery;
wherein said macro zoom lens is a commercial off the shelf item for receiving said exit pupil produced by said field lens module at said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module;
wherein said electronic image sensor array camera module, is comprised of:
an electronic image sensor array camera, for capturing said 2nd focal optical imagery, and
a 4th enclosure, for mounting and housing said electronic image sensor array camera;
wherein said electronic image sensor array camera is comprised of:
an electronic image sensor array, for transforming said 2nd focal optical imagery into a 1st electronic imagery signal;
wherein said electronic circuits module is, comprised of:
an electronics circuits, for acquiring said 1st electronic imagery signal from said electronic image sensor array,
a 5th enclosure, configured for mounting and housing said electronic circuits;
wherein said 1st enclosure; said 2nd enclosure; said 3rd enclosure; said 4th enclosure; said 5th enclosure;
said 8th enclosure; said 9th enclosure; said 10th enclosure; are each configured with:
a 1st front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 1st rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 2nd front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 2nd rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 3rd front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 3rd rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 4th front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 4th rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 5th front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 5th rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
an 8th front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
an 8th rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 9th front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 9th rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures,
a 10th front end, for joining with the rear end of adjacent said functional module enclosures, and
a 10th rear end, for joining with the front end of adjacent said functional module enclosures;
wherein said front end of each said enclosure faces said optical image source;
wherein said rear end of said 1st enclosure and said 2nd enclosure; and said front end and said rear end of said 3rd enclosure, and said 4 enclosure, and said 5t enclosure, and said 8t enclosure, and said 9th enclosure, and said 10 enclosure and said 11th enclosure are each configured with:
a 2nd mechanical means, for joining and connecting said functional modules together in a predetermined arrangement;
wherein said 2nd mechanical means is comprised of:
a) a snap-fit snap together connector, for connecting adjacent said functional modules, or
b) a screw thread connector, for connecting adjacent said functional modules;
wherein said 1st enclosure, and said 2nd enclosure, and said 3rd enclosure, and said 4th enclosure, and
said 5th enclosure, and said 8th enclosure, and said 9th enclosure, and said 10th enclosure, and said 11th enclosure are each configured with:
said 2nd mechanical means, for enabling said observer to immediately sequentially join and connect said functional modules of said mobile apparatus together into said combination suitable for universally adapting said mobile apparatus to optically and mechanically interface with any one of a variety of different types of said optical image sources, and providing for modular interchangeability among said functional modules;
wherein said clamping mechanism module, is configured for: attaching, centering, aligning, gripping and locking said mobile apparatus to said optical image source;
wherein said extension module, is configured for: mounting and slip fitting said mobile apparatus on to said optical image source;
wherein said camera lens mount module, is configured with one of: said screw type connector, said bayonet type connector, said breech lock type connector, said double bayonet type connector, or said tab lock type connector for mounting said mobile apparatus to said optical image source;
wherein said zoom lens module, is configured for:
a) receiving said 1st exit pupil from said original equipment eyepiece of said afocal optical image source at said entrance pupil of said zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting,
b) for transforming said 1st afocal optical imagery from said afocal optical image source into an 2nd focal optical imagery,
c) receiving said 2nd afocal optical imagery from said eyepiece module of said mobile apparatus, and for transforming said 2nd afocal optical imagery into a 2nd focal optical imagery,
d) for receiving said 1st exit pupil from said eyepiece module of said mobile apparatus at said entrance pupil of said zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting, and
e) adjusting said 2nd focal optical imagery size on said electronic image sensor array to fill said electronic image sensor array for covering the entire field of view of said optical image source;
wherein said eyepiece module, is configured for:
a) transforming and transferring said 1st focal optical imagery from said focal optical image source to an 2nd afocal optical imagery to said zoom lens module at the said entrance pupil of said zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting,
b) imaging and locating and setting said 2nd entrance pupil of said focal optical image source to said entrance pupil of said zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting,
c) for imaging and setting the size of said 2nd entrance pupil of said focal optical image source to equal the size of the said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module, to optimize the brightness of said 2nd focal optical imagery when said observer deems necessary,
d) whereby enabling said observer to use said mobile apparatus on a variety of different types of said afocal optical image sources that have said original equipment eyepieces that can be and are removed from said optical image sources, and
e) whereby enabling said observer to use said mobile apparatus on a variety of different types of said focal optical image sources that have no said original equipment eyepiece at all;
wherein said field lens module, is configured for:
a) transferring said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source to the entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module,
b) for imaging and locating and setting said 2nd entrance pupil of said focal optical image source to said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting, and
c) for imaging and setting the size of said 2nd entrance pupil of said focal optical image source to equal the size of the said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module, to optimize the brightness of said 2nd focal optical imagery;
wherein said macro zoom lens module, is configured for:
a) receiving said 1st focal optical imagery from the image plane of said focal optical image source from said field lens module,
b) transforming said 1st focal optical imagery into a 2nd focal optical imagery,
c) receiving the image of said 2nd entrance pupil of said focal optical image source from said field lens module at said entrance pupil of said macro zoom lens module, for preventing vignetting, and
d) adjusting said 2nd focal optical imagery size on said electronic image sensor array to fill said electronic image sensor array for covering the entire field of view of said optical image source;
wherein said electronic image sensor array camera module, is configured for:
a) receiving said 2nd focal optical imagery from said zoom lens module for said afocal optical image sources, and for electronically transforming said 2nd focal optical imagery into a 1s electronic imagery signal,
b) receiving said 2nd focal optical imagery from said zoom lens module for said focal optical image sources, and for electronically transforming said 2nd focal optical imagery into a 1s electronic imagery signal, and
c) receiving said 2nd focal optical imagery from said macro zoom lens module for said focal optical image sources, and for electronically transforming said 2nd focal optical imagery into said 1st electronic imagery signal;
wherein said electronic circuits module, is configured for acquiring said 1st electronic imagery signal from said electronic image sensor array camera module, and for transmitting said 1st electronic imagery signal to said observer and to said observer's audience;
wherein each said macro zoom lens of each said macro zoom lens module, is configured with:
f) a range of magnification adjustability for filling said electronic image sensor array;
wherein each said macro zoom lens module, is interchangeable with each of another said macro zoom lens module having at least:
a) the same said range of magnification adjustability, or
b) a different said range of magnification adjustability;
wherein each said field lens of each said field lens module, is chosen from a selection of commercial off the shelf field lenses having a range of different effective focal lengths, for preventing vignetting;
wherein each said field lens module, is interchangeable with each of another said field lens module, having at least: a) the same said effective focal length, or b) a different said effective focal length;
wherein each said zoom lens of each said zoom lens module, is configured with: a range of magnification adjustability, for filling said optical sensor array with the full field of view of said optical image source;
wherein each said zoom lens module, is interchangeable with each of another said zoom lens module, having at least:
a) the same said range of magnification adjustability, or
b) a different said range of magnification adjustability;
wherein each said eyepiece of each said eyepiece module, is chosen from a selection of eyepieces having a range of different effective focal lengths, for preventing vignetting;
wherein each said eyepiece module, is interchangeable with each other said eyepiece module having at least:
a) the same said effective focal length, or
b) an different said effective focal length; wherein said electronics circuits is, comprised of: a RF antenna, configured for radiating said 1st electronic imagery signal and wirelessly transmitting said 1st electronic imagery signal to said observer and to said observer's audience, or
a WIFI antenna, configured for radiating said 1st electronic imagery signal and wirelessly transmitting said 1st electronic imagery signal to said observer and to said observer's audience;
wherein said electronics circuits of said electronics circuits module is, comprised of:
a 1st microprocessor, configured for running:
a 1st software, for enabling said observer to perform and store a voice recognition data, for each of said 1st audio electronic signal from said observer and said 2nd audio electronic signal from said observer's audience for generating:
a 1st text file archive, for storing audio archival data, and
a 1st firmware, for enabling said observer to perform and store said voice recognition data, for each of said 1st audio electronic signal from said observer and said 2nd audio electronic signal from said observer's audience for generating said 1st text file archive, for storing audio archival data;
wherein said end cap module is, comprised of:
a 6th enclosure, for mounting the physical elements,
an electronic microphone, for producing said 1st audio electronic signal from said observer,
an electronic speaker, for converting said 2nd audio electronic signal from said observer's audience for voice communication with said observer,
a label, for identifying which side of said mobile apparatus is up,
a heat sink, for cooling said electronic circuits module,
a power on/off switch, for controlling the distribution of voltage,
an electrical connector port, for inputting external electrical power to said mobile apparatus for charging said battery,
a 1st hard wire cable port, for enabling bi-directional hard wire coaxial signal cable to be connected to said mobile apparatus,
and a 1st fiber optics cable port, for enabling bi-directional fiber optics signal cable to be connected to said mobile apparatus; wherein said end cap module is joined and connected mechanically and electrically to said electronic circuits module;
wherein said end cap module is configured with:
a wireless bi-directional communication link, for wirelessly communicating content with said observer and said observer's audience;
wherein said 6th enclosure is configured with:
a 6th closed front end surface, for sealing and for protecting said electronics circuits of said electronics circuits module;
wherein said electronic microphone is mounted on said 6th closed front end surface of said 6th enclosure;
wherein said electronic microphone is configured for hearing:
a 1st sound, for communicating background sound from the vicinity of said optical image source during said observer's observing session to said observer and to said observer's audience,
a 1st audio, for communicating voice content from said observer in said vicinity of said optical image source during said observer's observing session to said observer's audience, and for transforming said 1st sound into:
a 1st sound electronic signal, for electronically communicating said 1st sound from the vicinity of said optical image source to said observer and to said observer's audience, and
a 1st audio electronic signal, for electronically communicating said 1st audio from the vicinity of said optical image source to said observer and to said observer's audience;
wherein said electronic speaker is mounted on said 6th closed front end surface of said 6th enclosure for said observer receiving: a 2nd audio, for communicating voice content from said observer's audience;
wherein said label is for a instructions for said observer for identifying to said observer which side is up for aligning said electronic image sensor array camera module to the top side of said 2nd focal optical imagery;
wherein said heat sink is mounted to said 6th enclosure for removing heat from said electronics circuits module;
wherein said power on/off switch is for turning on and off a source of electrical power to said mobile apparatus;
wherein said electrical connector port is for charging said battery from said source of electrical power which is external to said mobile apparatus;
wherein said 1st hard wire cable port is for transmitting said 1st electronic imagery signal to said observer and to said observer's audience via a hard wire cable medium;
wherein said 1st fiber optics cable port is for transmitting said 1st electronic imagery signal to said observer and to said observer's audience via a fiber optics cable medium; wherein said end cap module is interchangeable with each of another said end cap module;
wherein said mobile apparatus is further comprised of:
an audio amplifier, for adjusting and buffering said audio signals of said microphone,
a speaker, for transforming audio electronic signals into sounds,
a servo electronics package, for receiving an electronic control signals from said observer,
a unidirectional signal line, for carrying an analog video and said analog audio signals,
a unidirectional signal line, for carrying said analog video encoded streams of signals and said analog audio encoded streams of signals,
a bidirectional data bus, for delivering said encoded audio content and said encoded video content,
a bidirectional fiber optic port for transmitting content, and for transmitting and receiving administrative data via fiber optic protocol to any external fiber optic network,
a D.C. power bus, supplied by said USB port for supplying electric power to charge said battery,
a mechanical swivel, for pointing said antenna during set-up and initialization time by said observer, for adjusting said antenna's radiation pattern to maximize the signal communicated to and from said antenna to said observer to maximize signal to noise content,
a notch, configured into said mobile apparatus' enclosure out of harms' way to protect said mechanical swivel and said antenna, and reduce the need for said swivel and for said antenna maintenance,
a bidirectional control signal line, for carrying an administrative control commands,
an administrative bi-directional data link, for controlling the power-up cycle, and for reading the state of said battery life remaining, and a time to fully charge said battery, and a cumulative time on said battery, a means configured for multiple mobile apparatuses to be used simultaneously in close proximity to one another with respect to their WiFi coverage, and
a system controller electronics, configured for hard wired, fiber optics and wireless bi-directional communication capability, and for holding an operating radio frequency configuration file;
wherein said applications software and firmware is for:
a) managing the connectivity to said USB, Ethernet and fiber optics ports,
b) enabling each of the multiplicity of said mobile apparatuses to communicate to said observer the best choice of said radio frequencies for said observer to use for each one of said multiplicity of the mobile apparatuses operating in proximity to one another in order to minimize a radio frequency interference created between said multiplicity of the mobile apparatuses operating in proximity to one another,
c) enabling the observer to remotely or locally reset said radio frequencies used by each of said mobile apparatuses to minimize the potential interference, and
d) enabling the observer to re-poll each of said mobile apparatuses over and over again at said observer's command to determine the effectiveness of said observer's new chosen radio frequency settings;
wherein each mobile apparatus is configured with said applications software and firmware for enabling said observer to control said multiple mobile apparatuses simultaneously to transmit and receive signals in the form of digital data packets;
wherein each said mobile apparatus is configured with said system controller electronics for controlling all of said functions of said mobile apparatus;
wherein said microprocessor, is further configured for:
a) managing the wireless transmission of said electronic audio signals to said observer and to said observer's audience,
b) managing the wireless receiving said electronic audio signals from said observer's audience, under the control of said observer,
c) managing the electronic storing of said electronic audio signals from said observer's audience under the control of said observer, and
d) managing the electronic retrieval of said observer's audience said electronic audio signals from said microprocessor memory on demand by said observer's audience, under the control of said observer;
wherein each of said multiplicity of said mobile apparatuses is configured with said applications software enabling each of said multiplicity of said mobile apparatuses to be commanded by said observer to communicate to said observer the best choice of said radio frequencies for said observer to use for each one of the multiplicity of said mobile apparatuses operating in proximity to one another in order to minimize said radio frequency interference effects created between the multiplicity of the other said mobile apparatuses operating in proximity to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,509,203

IMAGE PICKUP LENS

HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTR...

1. An image pickup lens comprising:a first lens having a negative refractive power;
a second lens having a positive refractive power;
a third lens having a negative refractive power;
a fourth lens having a positive refractive power;
a fifth lens having a negative refractive power; and
an imaging plane;
wherein the first lens, the second lens, the third lens, the fourth lens, the fifth lens, and the imaging plane are arranged in that sequence from an object side to an image side of the image pickup lens, the first lens, the second lens, the third lens, the fourth lens, and the fifth lens have a same optical axis;
wherein, the first lens comprises a first surface facing the object side, and a second surface facing the image side, a portion of the first surface close to where the optical axis passes through is a convex surface, a portion of the second surface close to where the optical axis passes through is a concave surface;
wherein, the fourth lens comprises a seventh surface facing the object side, and an eighth surface facing the image side, a portion of the seventh surface close to where the optical axis passes through is a convex surface, a portion of the eighth surface close to where the optical axis passes through is a convex surface;
wherein, the fifth lens comprises a ninth surface facing the object side, and a tenth surface facing the image side, at least one of the ninth surface and the tenth surface is an aspherical surface;
wherein the image pickup lens satisfies the following formula:
1.6 where f2 denotes a focal distance of the second lens, and f4 denotes a focal distance of the fourth lens.

US Pat. No. 10,509,202

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS SYSTEM, IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd...

1. An optical imaging lens system comprising six lens elements, the six lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side:a first lens element having negative refractive power;
a second lens element;
a third lens element;
a fourth lens element having an image-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof;
a fifth lens element having positive refractive power; and
a sixth lens element having an object-side surface being convex in a paraxial region thereof;
wherein the optical imaging lens system has a total of six lens elements, a focal length of the optical imaging lens system is f, an axial distance between the third lens element and the fourth lens element is T34, an axial distance between the fifth lens element and the sixth lens element is T56, an axial distance between an object-side surface of the first lens element and an image-side surface of the sixth lens element is TD, a central thickness of the fifth lens element is CTS5, a central thickness of the sixth lens element is CT6, and the following conditions are satisfied:
0 0 1.20

US Pat. No. 10,509,189

TRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A FIBER OPTIC SYSTEM

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A tray assembly for a fiber optic system to organize optical fibers, the tray assembly comprising:a backbone structure including a plurality of backbone segments that are connected together and are positioned along an expansion/contraction axis of the backbone structure; and
a stack of fiber management trays connected to the backbone structure, each of the fiber management trays being pivotally connected to the backbone segments at a pivot axis;
the backbone segments being moveable relative to one another along the expansion/contraction axis to allow the backbone structure to be moved between an expanded state and a contracted state, the backbone structure having a longer length measured along the expansion/contraction axis in the expanded state as compared to the contracted state, the pivot axes of the fiber management trays being closer together when the backbone structure is in the contracted state as compared to the expanded state.

US Pat. No. 10,509,186

THERMALLY-DRAWN FIBER INCLUDING DEVICES

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A fiber comprising:a fiber body comprising a fiber body material and having a longitudinal axis along a fiber body length;
a plurality of discrete devices disposed as a linear sequence of devices within the fiber body along at least a portion of the fiber body length, each device including at least one electrical contact pad, said fiber body material including fiber body material regions disposed between adjacent devices in the linear sequence of devices, separating adjacent devices with fiber body material;
wherein at a common fiber draw temperature, the fiber body material has a viscosity that is less than about 107 Poise and each device within the fiber body has a viscosity that is greater than about 108 Poise; and
at least one electrical conductor disposed within the fiber body along at least a portion of the fiber body length, the electrical conductor being electrically connected to an electrical contact pad of devices in the plurality of devices within the fiber body.

US Pat. No. 10,509,182

OPTICAL COUPLING SYSTEMS FOR OPTICALLY COUPLING LASER DIODES TO OPTICAL FIBERS

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. An optical coupling system comprising:a first optical fiber end having a first core;
a second optical fiber end having a second core; and
a laser diode optically coupled to the first core of the first optical fiber end and the second core of the second optical fiber end at an optical coupling location, wherein:
the laser diode emits a light beam having an asymmetrical cross-sectional light beam profile comprising a fast axis diameter and a slow axis diameter;
the fast axis diameter is longer than the slow axis diameter; and
the first optical fiber end and the second optical fiber end are adjacently positioned along the fast axis diameter of the asymmetrical cross-sectional light beam profile of the laser diode at the optical coupling location such that the first core and the second core are within the asymmetrical cross-sectional light beam profile at the optical coupling location.

US Pat. No. 10,509,173

OPTICAL NOTCH FILTER SYSTEM WITH INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF COUPLED DEVICES

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. An optical notch filter system comprising:a first racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable an input light signal to couple from a first waveguide;
a second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a first output light signal to couple from the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a second waveguide;
a first primary heating unit, positioned to heat a first primary region including a first portion of the first racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a first portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the first output light signal;
a third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, positioned to enable the input light signal to couple between the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure and the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure, and further positioned to enable a second output light signal to couple from the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure to a third waveguide; and
a second primary heating unit, positioned to heat a second primary region including a first portion of the third racetrack resonant waveguide structure and a second portion of the second racetrack resonant waveguide structure, to change a central frequency and a passband width for the system to select a wavelength comprising the second output light signal, and
wherein the first primary heating unit is controlled by a first primary controller and the second primary heating unit is controlled by a second primary controller.

US Pat. No. 10,509,166

TUNABLE OPTICAL SOURCE AND OPTICAL MODULE

FUJITSU OPTICAL COMPONENT...

2. A tunable optical source comprising:a substrate;
a light source disposed on the substrate;
a wavelength selecting element configured to select light of a specific wavelength as output light, from light emitted from the light source, in accordance with a control signal;
a wavelength filter including a plurality of output ports, the wavelength filter being disposed on the substrate and being configured to receive a part of the output light and to output light beams to the respective output ports;
a photodetector disposed on the substrate so as to receive the light beam output from one of the plurality of output ports;
an inspection waveguide connecting to the photodetector at one end;
an inspection light input unit for inputting inspection light, the inspection light input unit being provided at another end of the inspection waveguide; and
a control part configured to generate the control signal and to output the control signal to the wavelength selecting element, the control signal being generated based on an inspection signal obtained from the photodetector, and the wavelength selecting element being controlled by the control signal such that a wavelength of the output light becomes equal to a target wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,509,158

2D PUPIL EXPANDER USING HOLOGRAPHIC BRAGG GRATING

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A device comprising:a waveguide; and
a super grating, wherein:
the super grating comprises a plurality of gratings;
the plurality of gratings are superimposed;
the plurality of gratings are each configured to couple light out of the waveguide; and
the super grating varies spatially so that the super grating has a first set of pitches at a first location and a second set of pitches at a second location to out couple some wavelengths of light for a given input angle from the waveguide at the first location and out couple other wavelengths of light for the given input angle from the waveguide at the second location.

US Pat. No. 10,509,148

IRRADIATION MARKING OF RETROREFLECTIVE SHEETING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A prismatic retroreflective sheeting comprising:a front side; and
a back side including a first set of cube corner elements having a first property, and a second set of the cube corner elements have a second property, different from the first property;
wherein the first set of cube corner elements form a normally nearly invisible mark that can be seen when viewed with coaxial illumination.

US Pat. No. 10,509,141

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A FRACTURE APERTURE IN A WELLBORE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining a fracture aperture of at least a fracture in a wellbore, wherein the method comprises:Measuring a resistivity of the wellbore with a downhole tool in a wellbore for obtaining an image of the wellbore,
Detecting at least a fracture in the wellbore,
Calculating a fracture aperture of the detected fracture according to a predetermined model of the wellbore, the model being set up based on at least an hypothesis relative to the configuration of the wellbore,
Estimating a first correction to the predetermined model when a first hypothesis is not met,
Estimating a second correction to the predetermined model when a second hypothesis is not met,
Based on at least a measured parameter relative to the wellbore and on the first and second corrections, determining an uncertainty range for the fracture aperture
taking a drilling, completion or cementing action in view of the fracture aperture and the uncertainty range.

US Pat. No. 10,509,132

FLASH MEMORY-BASED RADIATION SENSING

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:an output interface;
a sensing circuit;
a flash memory coupled to the sensing circuit, wherein the sensing circuit is configured to detect a change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory;
a processor coupled to the output interface, sensing circuit and flash memory, wherein the processor is configured to execute instructions;
a device memory coupled to the processor and having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive a measurement indicative of an amount of radiation exposure of the flash memory, the measurement based on the detected change of value of at least one cell of the flash memory by the sensing circuit;
compare, at the electronic device, the measurement with a radiation exposure threshold;
generate, at the electronic device, an output indicative of the comparison; and
provide, via the output interface, an output indicative of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,509,114

PHOTODETECTION DEVICE WITH SYNCHRONOUS AND NON-SYNCHRONOUS LIGHT DETECTION FOR REDUCING NOISE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photodetection device comprising:a light emitting element that emits pulsed light;
a light receiving element that receives, from a detected object, reflected light transmitted light of the pulsed light and outputs a light reception signal;
a synchronous detection unit that detects existence/non-existence of the pulsed light by detecting existence/non-existence of the light reception signal which is synchronous with light emitting drive timing in a synchronous detection period which is defined by the light emitting drive timing of the light emitting element in a detection period,
a first determination unit that determines that a value of the light reception signal exceeds a predetermined first threshold;
a second determination unit that determines that value of the light reception signal becomes less than a predetermined second threshold;
a non-synchronous detection unit that detects existence of the light reception signal which is not synchronous with the light emitting drive timing in at least one of a case where it is determined that the value of the light reception signal exceeds the predetermined first threshold and a case where the value of the light reception signal becomes less than the predetermined second threshold in a non-synchronous detection period except the synchronous detection period in the detection period; and
a detection result maintaining unit that, in a case where existence of the light reception signal which is not synchronous with the light emitting drive timing is detected by the non-synchronous detection unit, maintains a result of the detection of the existence./non-existence of the light reception signal by the synchronous detection unit in a subsequent detection period.

US Pat. No. 10,509,110

VARIABLE RESOLUTION LIGHT RADAR SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a light source that emits a laser beam during an operation of the light source;
a scanning system that directs the laser beam to a target region and sets a scan angle of the laser beam while scanning of the target region occurs;
a focusing system that sets a divergence of the laser beam while scanning of the target region occurs, wherein the focusing system comprises:
a first lens on an optical axis, wherein the laser beam passes through the first lens along the optical axis; and
a second lens moveable on the optical axis, wherein the laser beam passes through the second lens after passing through the first lens and, wherein, the divergence of the laser beam directed to the target region is changed by movement of the second lens along the optical axis;
wherein changing at least one of an amount of change in the scan angle or the divergence of the laser beam while scanning the target region changes a resolution within the target region, and wherein the scanning system and focusing system are configured to scan different locations within the target region with different resolutions in a same scan of the target region, wherein resolution is inversely proportional to the amount of change in the scan angle and divergence of the laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,509,105

RADAR DEVICE AND FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE CANCELLATION METHOD THEREOF

Digital Edge Inc., Anyan...

1. A radar device comprising:an antenna unit for transmitting a radar transmission signal to a periphery and receiving a reception signal reflected from a target;
an RF unit for generating the radar transmission signal, converting frequencies of the radar transmission signal and the reception signal, and amplifying the reception signal;
a signal processing unit for generating a control signal to generate the radar transmission signal, and cancelling a frequency interference from the reception signal of the RF unit; and
a control unit for generating radar detection information by using an output signal of the signal processing unit, and generating tracking information by accumulating the radar detection information,
wherein the signal processing unit includes a frequency interference cancellation unit for identifying frequency interference characteristics by comparing an envelope detection value of the reception signal of the RF unit with a predetermined threshold level to cancel a ghost target and the frequency interference that increases a noise level according to the identified frequency interference characteristics,
the frequency interference cancellation unit cancels the ghost target by counting a minimum number of targets that commonly exist in a frequency hopping repetition interval as a reference of a number of actual targets and cancelling remaining target counts, if a value detected due to generation of the ghost target is equal to or less than the threshold level, and
the frequency interference cancellation unit reduces the noise level, which is increased due to the frequency interference, by cancelling an interference signal through zero padding during a frequency interference signal time interval and recovering the reception signal into a continuous signal by using an extrapolation scheme, if the detected value exceeds the threshold level due to an increase in the noise level caused by the frequency interference.

US Pat. No. 10,509,103

RADAR DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A radar device, comprising:a receiver which, in operation, receives one or more radar transmission signals transmitted from another radar device, in an interference measurement segment, the interference measurement segment being a segment of time in which transmission of all transmission signals from the radar device is stopped;
A/D conversion circuitry which, in operation, converts the one or more radar transmission signals from the other radar device received by the receiver from one or more analog signals into one or more digital signals;
interference detection circuitry which, in operation, performs a correlation calculation between each of one or more discrete samples that is the one or more digital signals and a prescribed coefficient sequence to detect one or more prescribed frequency components included in the one or more digital signals, as one or more interference signal components;
interference determination circuitry which, in operation, compares each of the detected one or more interference signal components with a prescribed determination level in the interference measurement segment in which transmission of all transmission signals from the radar device is stopped, determines that one or more interference components are not present when each of the one or more interference signal components is equal to or less than the prescribed determination level, and determines that the one or more interference components are present when any of the one or more interference signal components exceeds the prescribed determination level; and
respective-angle interference component detection circuitry which, in operation, when the interference determination circuitry has determined that the one or more interference components are present, performs direction estimation based on phase differences between reception antennas and calculates an interference component for each of a plurality of beam angles, in the interference measurement segment in which transmission of all transmission signals from the radar device is stopped.

US Pat. No. 10,509,091

EPR METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Colorado Seminary, which ...

1. A system for detecting electron spins using electron paramagnetic resonance, the system comprising:an excitation signal generator configured to generate a polyphase continuous excitation signal that is not a pulsed signal;
a crossed-loop resonator configured to excite an object with the polyphase continuous excitation signal and isolate a detection signal produced by the excitation of the object; and
a detection device configured to detect electron spins of the object using the detection signal isolated by the crossed-loop resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,509,075

DIAGNOSTIC METHOD FOR AN ENGINE-GENERATOR SET

Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (...

1. A method for performing a diagnostic test on a backup power system, the method comprising:starting, by a controller, a stationary electrical backup system that includes a generator and an internal combustion engine that drives the generator to produce electricity;
controlling, by the controller, a throttle of the engine to adjust an engine speed of the engine from a first speed to a second speed;
determining, by the controller, a transition time indicative of an amount of time taken by the engine to adjust from the first speed to the second speed; and
generating a fault indication based on the transition time.

US Pat. No. 10,509,063

ELECTRICAL SIGNAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE USING REFERENCE SIGNAL

FLUKE CORPORATION, Evere...

1. An electrical parameter measurement device, comprising:a voltage test input terminal operatively coupled to voltage measurement circuitry of the electrical parameter measurement device;
a common input terminal operatively coupled to the voltage measurement circuitry of the electrical parameter measurement device; and
reference signal circuitry, comprising:
a common mode reference voltage source which, in operation, generates an alternating current (AC) reference voltage having a reference frequency, wherein the common mode reference voltage source is electrically coupled to the common input terminal;
detection circuitry that, in operation,
detects a first signal present at the voltage test input terminal; and
detects a second signal present at the common input terminal; and
processing circuitry that, in operation,
receives the first and second signals from the detection circuitry;
processes the first and second signals; and
determines at least one electrical characteristic of a device under test that is electrically coupled to the voltage test input terminal and the common input terminal based at least in part on the processing of the first and second signals.

US Pat. No. 10,509,051

PHYSICAL QUANTITY SENSOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A physical quantity sensor that is configured to detect at least one of acceleration or angular velocity, the physical quantity sensor comprising:a detection element that outputs a sensor signal in accordance with at least one of acceleration or angular velocity as a physical quantity; and
a mount member on which the detection element is mounted, wherein:
the detection element includes
a sensor portion that has a first surface and that includes a movable electrode and a fixed electrode, the movable electrode is displaceable in a surface direction of the first surface in accordance with a physical quantity, the surface direction extends parallel to the first surface of the sensor portion, and the fixed electrode is disposed to oppose the movable electrode in the surface direction of the first surface, and the sensor portion outputs the sensor signal based on a capacitance between the movable electrode and the fixed electrode, and
a cap portion that has a first surface and that is bonded with the sensor portion in a state where the first surface of the cap portion opposes the first surface of the sensor portion;
each of the first surface of the sensor portion and the first surface of the cap portion is mounted on the mount member so as to be orthogonal to a first surface of the mount member, and the detection element detects the physical quantity in a normal direction to the first surface of the mount member; and
a first electrode, which is electrically connected with the movable electrode and electrically connected with a circuit portion to perform a predetermined process, and a second electrode, which is electrically connected with the fixed electrode and electrically connected with the circuit portion, are provided on a side surface of the cap portion adjacent to the first surface of the cap portion and parallel to the first surface of the mount member, wherein:
the side surface of the cap portion adjacent to the first surface of the cap portion and parallel to the first surface of the mount member includes a first side surface and a second side surface,
the first side surface of the cap portion is farther from the first surface of the mount member than the second side surface of the cap portion,
the first electrode and the second electrode are located on the first side surface of the cap portion, and
each of the first electrode and the second electrode is electrically connected with the circuit portion via each conductive member.

US Pat. No. 10,509,031

QUALITY/PROCESS CONTROL OF A LATERAL FLOW ASSAY DEVICE BASED ON FLOW MONITORING

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic...

1. A method for processing a lateral flow assay device, the lateral flow assay device comprising a substrate having at least one sample addition zone, a first detection zone downstream of the at least one sample addition zone, at least one wash zone down stream of the at least one sample addition zone and up stream of the first detection zone, and at least one wicking zone disposed downstream of the first detection zone wherein the at least one wicking zone includes a second detection zone, each of the zones being fluidly connected along a flow path in which a sample flows from the at least one sample addition zone to the at least one wicking zone, said method comprising the steps of:adding a quantity of a sample to the at least one sample addition zone of the lateral flow assay device;
combining the sample and a reagent, wherein the sample and reagent may be combined prior to the adding of the sample to the at least one sample addition zone or on the assay device, the reagent including a detection material that produces a detectable signal that flows through the remainder of the lateral flow assay device along the flow path; and
triggering a process-related wash event including a dispense of at least one wash fluid into the at least one wash zone based upon the detection of the detectable signal in at least the first detection zone and a second signal at the second detection zone.

US Pat. No. 10,509,030

ARTIFICIAL CELL MEMBRANE COMPRISING SUPPORTED LIPID BILAYER CONNECTED WITH PROBES HAVING CONTROLLABLE MOBILITY AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING INTERACTION BETWEEN MOLECULES USING THE SAME

BioNano Health Guard Rese...

1. An artificial cell membrane, comprising:a substrate; and
a supported lipid bilayer (SLB) disposed on the substrate, wherein the supported lipid bilayer, within which some or all lipids are capable of shifting position, comprises a plurality of molecules of a first lipid bound with a first ligand and a third lipid bound with a plurality of molecules of a third ligand which is the same as or different from the first ligand,
a first metal particle comprising a second ligand specifically binding to the first ligand at a density of 100 to 100,000/?m2, wherein the first metal particle is bound to at least two of the plurality of molecules of the first lipids through the binding between the first ligand and the second ligand, so as to decrease the mobility of the first metal particle in the supported lipid layer to 0 to 0.5×10?8 cm2/s, and
a second metal particle comprising a fourth ligand specifically binding to the third ligand, wherein the second metal particle binds to at least one of the plurality of molecules of the third lipids through the interaction between the third ligand and the fourth ligand, and has higher mobility than that of the first metal particle.

US Pat. No. 10,509,027

URINE SAMPLE ANALYZER AND URINE SAMPLE ANALYZING METHOD

SYSMEX CORPORATION, Kobe...

1. A urine sample analyzer comprising:a flow cell through which a measurement specimen containing a urine sample flows;
a light source that applies light onto the measurement specimen flowing through the flow cell;
a light receiver that receives light from particles contained in the urine sample, and outputs a signal corresponding to a magnitude of the received light; and
an analysis unit comprising a processor configured with a program to perform operations comprising:
obtaining, for each signal waveform with a peak, a first parameter representing a rise time of the signal waveform and a second parameter representing a fall time of the signal waveform;
counting particular waveforms that are to be given certain coordinates in response to being plotted on a two-dimensional plane with axes of the first parameter and the second parameter, wherein the certain coordinates comprise: (i) a group of coordinates having the first parameter relatively greater than the second parameter; and (ii) a group of coordinates having the second parameter relatively greater than the first parameter; and
determining a presence of sperms in the urine sample, based on-the number of particular waveforms counted.

US Pat. No. 10,509,020

MARKER COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS FOR MAKING AND USING SAME

United Color Manufacturin...

1. A method of identifying marked hydrocarbon fluids that have been laundered, wherein unlaundered marked hydrocarbon fluids contain a gas chromatography marker and a spectroscopic marker, the gas chromatography marker including a pyrrolidinone, the method comprising:a) introducing a first portion of a marked hydrocarbon fluid sample that is suspected of having been laundered into a gas chromatography system, thereby resulting in a gas chromatography report of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample;
b) spectroscopically analyzing a second portion of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample, thereby resulting in a spectroscopic report of the marked hydrocarbon fluid sample;
c) identifying a presence or absence of the gas chromatography marker using the gas chromatography report and identifying a presence or absence of the spectroscopic marker using the spectroscopic report; and
d) based on the identifying of step c):
if the gas chromatography marker and the spectroscopic marker are identified as present, then indicating that the hydrocarbon fluid sample is marked and unlaundered; and
if the gas chromatography marker is identified as present and the spectroscopic marker is identified as absent, then indicating that the hydrocarbon fluid sample is marked and laundered.

US Pat. No. 10,509,019

METHOD FOR DETERMINING SOIL MOISTURE

1. A method for determining soil moisture, comprising(a) measuring an initial electrical conductivity and an initial dielectric constant of a training sample of a soil;
(b) adjusting the training sample's water content by adding a fixed amount of water and obtaining a plurality of adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants from the adjusted training sample;
(c) entering the initial and adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants into a computing device;
(d) obtaining a regression value from the initial and adjusted electrical conductivities and dielectric constants of the training sample;
(e) measuring a final electrical conductivity and a final dielectric constant from a real sample of the soil; and
(f) determining the soil moisture of the soil using the regression value and the final electrical conductivity and dielectric constant of the real sample.

US Pat. No. 10,509,014

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE TESTING OF ULTRASOUND PROBES

1. A method of testing an ultrasound probe having a plurality of transducer element/lead pairs, the method comprising:selecting an interrogation protocol from a plurality of interrogation protocols, each of the plurality of interrogation protocols specifying an order in which voltage pulses are sent from transmitters of a plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits to the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs;
sending voltage pulses according to the selected interrogation protocol; and
registering voltage pulses received by receivers of the plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits according to the selected interrogation protocol,
the selected interrogation protocol detecting crosstalk between any two transducer element/lead pairs of the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs by:
i. selecting an individual transducer element/lead pair of the plurality of transducer element/lead pairs,
ii. sending a voltage pulse to the individual transducer element/lead pair,
iii. registering voltage pulses received by each of the receivers of the plurality of transmitter/receiver circuits,
iv. repeating i)-iii) until a voltage pulse is sent to each individual transducer element/lead pair, and
v. producing a report of detected crosstalk based on results from i) to iv).

US Pat. No. 10,509,010

VACUUM PROCESSING APPARATUS AND MASS SPECTROMETER

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

5. A mass spectrometer comprising:a processing chamber that can bring an inside of the processing chamber into a vacuum state;
a load lock chamber that is coupled to the processing chamber and that is switchable between an atmospheric state and the vacuum state;
a communication unit configured to communicate the processing chamber with the load lock chamber;
a stage on which a processing object is placed, the stage being movable between the processing chamber and the load lock chamber through the communication unit; and
a sealing unit fixed to the stage, the sealing unit being larger than an opening of the communication unit on a processing chamber side;
a plate-shaped member rotatably provided on a horizontal axis placed above the opening of the communication unit on the processing chamber side in an inner wall of the processing chamber, the plate-shaped member being switchable between a closed state in which the plate-shaped member abuts on the inner wall and an opened state in which the plate-shaped member is detached from the inner wall; and
a penetration opening formed in the plate-shaped member to allow the stage to pass, wherein:
an opening end of the penetration opening on the inner wall side is formed at a position corresponding to the opening of the communication unit on the processing chamber side when the plate-shaped member is in the closed state, while the penetration opening is inclined obliquely downward as the penetration opening goes away from the inner wall,
an inclined portion inclined obliquely downward at an angle equal to that of the penetration opening is formed at an end of the stage on a side on which the sealing unit is fixed as it approaches the sealing unit,
the sealing unit is larger than an opening end of the penetration opening on a side opposite to the inner wall, and
in a state in which the stage is located on a load lock chamber side, the inclined portion of the stage is disposed inside the penetration opening, and the sealing unit abuts on the plate-shaped member to bring the plate-shaped member into the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,509,008

BIOLOGICAL DEVICE AND BIOSENSING METHOD THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device comprising:a substrate comprising:
a source region and a drain region;
a channel region disposed on a same plane as the source region and the drain region and between the source region and the drain region in a first lateral direction on the plane;
a body region; and
a sensing region disposed at least on the same plane as the channel region and between the channel region and the body region in a second lateral direction on the plane different from the first lateral direction, wherein the sensing region is configured to bind target molecules;
a gate electrode disposed on the substrate;
a sensing well disposed at least adjacent to the sensing region; and
a gate dielectric disposed between the sensing region and the gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,509,007

MEASUREMENT OF GASES

Aeroqual Limited, Auckla...

1. Apparatus comprising:an instrument adapted for measurement of one or more target gases in a sample of ambient air, further comprising:
an input for the sample of ambient air,
a first path having a first inlet and a first outlet,
at least one additional second path having a second inlet and a second outlet,
at least one multiple-way valve having a first input port connected to the first outlet, having a second input port connected to the second outlet and having an output port,
a connection connected to the output port,
a electrochemical gas sensor connected to the connection for receiving the sample of ambient air,
a humidity buffer directly connected between the output port of the multiple-way valve and the electrochemical gas sensor,
a flow inducer connected to the instrument for flowing the one or more target gases with the sample of ambient air in the first and the second paths through the multiple-way valve, the connection and the electrochemical gas sensor,
a selective gas scrubber in the second path for removing a target gas from the sample of ambient air,
a gas flow divider configured as a T having an inlet gas flow port at a bottom of the T and an outlet gas flow port at a top of the T for selectively supplying the sample of ambient air to the first input port or the second input port, and
wherein the bottom of the T is connected to the input for the sample of ambient air and wherein one end of the top of the T is connected to the first inlet and another opposite end of the top of the T is connected to the second inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,508,999

SAMPLE HOLDER

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A sample holder that is used in common by an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and holds a sample to be analyzed, the sample holder comprising:a holder body; and
a pair of films attached to the holder body;
wherein,
when an analysis of a sample is conducted with the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, the sample is irradiated with X-rays through one of the pair of films while being sandwiched between the pair of films, and
when an analysis of a sample is conducted with the Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, the sample is irradiated with infrared rays not through the pair of films while not being sandwiched between the pair of films.

US Pat. No. 10,508,981

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSING AND TRAPPING NANOPARTICLES WITH PLASMONIC NANOPORES

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A particle sensor, comprising:a conductive transparent layer;
a conductive film aperture layer mounted to a substrate, the aperture layer comprising a plurality of nanopores for trapping nanoparticles contained in a fluid situated between the transparent layer and the aperture layer, the nanoparticles functionalized with a target protein, the nanopores functionalized with an antibody of the target protein;
a light source configured to illuminate the nanopores to induce a flow of the nanoparticles towards the nanopores; and
an electric field source connected between the transparent layer and the aperture layer.

US Pat. No. 10,508,979

PURE BENDING MECHANICAL TEST DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

1. A device for performing a mechanical four-point bending test on a test piece, said device comprising:a) a bearing for holding a first end of the test piece and means for holding a second end of the test piece;
b) traction means and converting means for converting a translational movement of said traction means into a rotational movement; and
c) a first Cardan joint for converting said rotational movement into bending deformation of the test piece, the first Cardan joint being connected to the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,978

STRAIN ENERGY-BASED METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE THE COEFFICIENT OF RESILIENCE OF LOST CIRCULATION MATERIALS

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. An apparatus for determining the coefficient of resilience of a lost circulation material (LCM), comprising:a test cell having an interior chamber configured to contain a sample of the LCM, the test cell having an open end and closed end defining the interior chamber;
a probe configured to insert into the open end of the test cell, the probe comprising a disc-shaped probe foot and a probe leg;
an arm coupled to the probe and configured to apply a load to the probe such that a force is applied to the LCM sample via movement of the probe over a first displacement during a compression cycle, the arm further configured to release the load applied to the probe such that the force is removed via movement of the probe over a second displacement during a decompression cycle;
a processor;
a non-transitory computer-readable memory accessible by the processor, the memory having executable code stored thereon, the executable code comprising a set of instructions that causes the processor to perform operations comprising:
determining a strain energy absorbed by the LCM sample during the compression cycle using the first displacement;
determining a strain energy released by the LCM sample during a decompression cycle using the second displacement; and
determining a coefficient of resilience by dividing the released strain energy by the absorbed strain energy.

US Pat. No. 10,508,976

GAS SAMPLING DEVICE AND METHOD

ADVANCED MICRO INSTRUMENT...

1. A gas sampling device comprisinga liquid separator block, a gas analyzer block, and a metering valve connected together to provide a gas passageway through the blocks and metering valve from an inlet to an outlet along a predetermined flow path through the device,
said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block each having planner faces that are adjacent and in contact with and abutting each other, and
said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block each including a passageway leg of the gas passageway, said passageway legs each respectively terminating in an opening in the exterior faces of said gas analyzer block and liquid separator block,
said flow path proceeding from the inlet through the liquid separator block, and then through the gas analyzer block and out the outlet through sealed connection points along the passageway where faces of the adjacent gas analyzer block and liquid separator block abut and contact each other and the openings in their respective faces are aligned,
thereby eliminating tubing connections between adjacent blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,508,973

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE REFRACTIVE INDEX PROFILE OF A CYLINDRICAL OPTICAL OBJECT, PARTICULARLY A PREFORM FOR AN OPTICAL FIBER

1. Method for determining a radial refractive-index profile of a cylindrical optical object which has a cylinder longitudinal axis around which at least one layer k with a layer radius rk and with a layer refractive index nk extends radially symmetrically, the method comprising:measuring a deflection angle distribution ?(y), measuring of the deflection angle distribution ?(y) comprising directing an entry beam at an entry point into the cylindrical optical object in a direction transverse to the cylinder longitudinal axis, wherein deflection angle ? is defined as the angle between an exit beam relative to the entry beam, and y is the distance between the cylinder longitudinal axis and the entry point of the entry beam in a Cartesian coordinate system; and
reconstructing the refractive index profile therefrom on the basis of a model, the model comprising the following measures:
(a) adjusting the measured deflection angle distribution ?(y), including an extreme value determination of the deflection angle distribution and including regions of a refractive index step, wherein an adjusted deflection angle distribution ??(y) is obtained and wherein the adjusting of the measured deflection angle distribution comprises a correction in which the origin of the deflection angle distribution is adjusted,
(b) transforming the adjusted deflection angle distribution ??(y) into an adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r),
(c) evaluating the adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r) for fixation of orientation values, the orientation values comprising an orientation value r*k for the layer radius and an orientation value n*k for the layer refractive index of a hypothetical refractive-index profile n*(r),
(d) creating a simulated refractive-index profile n?(r) by generating a simulated deflection angle distribution ??(y) on the basis of the hypothetical refractive-index profile n*(r) with the orientation values r*k and n*k, and transforming said deflection angle distribution into the simulated refractive-index profile n?(r),
(e) fitting the simulated refractive index profile n?(r) to the adjusted refractive-index profile n?(r) by iterative adaptation of the orientation values r*k and n*k, wherein a fitted, simulated refractive-index profile n*(r)fit is obtained which is defined by adapted parameters r*k,fit and n*k,fit, and
(f) obtaining the refractive index profile as the hypothetical refractive-index profile with the adapted parameters r*k,fit and n*k,fit.

US Pat. No. 10,508,972

FIBER-OPTIC TESTING SOURCE AND FIBER-OPTIC TESTING RECEIVER FOR MULTI-FIBER CABLE TESTING

VIAVI SOLUTIONS INC., Sa...

1. A fiber-optic testing source for testing a multi-fiber cable, the fiber-optic testing source comprising:a laser source communicatively coupled to a plurality of optical fibers connected to a connector; and
at least one photodiode communicatively coupled to one or more selective optical fibers of the plurality of optical fibers by at least one corresponding splitter to implement a communication channel between the fiber-optic testing source and a fiber-optic testing receiver, wherein the communication channel is operable independently from a polarity associated with the multi-fiber cable, and wherein a number of the one or more selective optical fibers is less than a total number of the plurality of optical fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,508,966

WATER FLOW ANALYSIS

HOMESERVE PLC, Walsall (...

1. A method of determining water consumption at a site, comprising:recording a temperature of a part of a water supply system between a water main and a site as a function of time;
analysing the recorded temperature as a function of time to determine a property indicative of the water consumption at the site; and
recording the temperature of respective parts of the water supply system between a water main and a plurality of sites as a function of time and wherein the site is a one of the plurality of sites.

US Pat. No. 10,508,964

SOLENOID VALVE ASSEMBLY WITH PILOT PRESSURE CONTROL

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

19. A method of testing a solenoid valve assembly, the solenoid valve assembly including a valve body defining a supply port and a control port each fluidly connected to an interior cavity, the solenoid valve assembly including a selectively energizable coil attached to the valve body and defining an interior core, the method comprising:energizing or deenergizing the coil to responsively move an armature assembly within the interior cavity of the valve body from a first position to a second position, the armature assembly and the valve body being cooperatively configured to regulate fluid flow from the supply port to the control port when the armature assembly is in at least one of the first or second positions; and
identifying an inadvertent leak of a fluid seal between the valve body and a pole piece at least partially disposed within the interior core of the coil adjacent the armature assembly, the pole piece including a pole piece body with a flange projecting from the pole piece body, the flange abutting the valve body and including a chamfered portion,
wherein the chamfered portion of the pole piece and the valve body cooperatively define a fluid leak path that passes air therethrough responsive to the inadvertent leak of the fluid seal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,960

LOAD DETERMINING SYSTEM FOR A ROLLING ELEMENT BEARING

1. A load-determining system comprising:a sensorized rolling element bearing in a hub unit for wheels, the bearing including a first ring and a second ring as an inner ring and an outer ring, the system including:
at least one magnetic field sensor attached to the first ring that interacts with a target ring attached to the second ring; and
a signal processing unit configured to receive a magnetic field sensor output of the at least one magnetic field sensor, wherein the signal processing unit is configured to determine at least axial forces acting on the bearing based on an amplitude of the magnetic field sensor output;
wherein a pitch wavelength of the target ring is 4 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,508,959

FORCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE

ACTIVBODY, INC., Aliso V...

1. A force measurement system, comprising:a housing body comprising a plurality of surface regions configured to receive forces exerted thereupon, wherein at least two individual ones of the plurality of surface regions are configured to move relative to one another responsive to application of the forces;
one or more force sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the forces;
a power supply; and
an electronics assembly including one or more processors, wherein the electronics assembly is operatively coupled to the one or more force sensors and the power supply, and wherein the force sensors, the power supply, and the electronics assembly are housed by the housing body;
wherein the one or more processors are configured by machine readable instructions to:
process the sensor output signals to convert provided voltages into force values; and
communicate the force values to a remote computing device not housed by the housing body; and
wherein the one or more force sensors comprise a plurality of load cells using strain gauges, wherein the load cells are spaced apart in peripheral regions of the housing body so as to provide a force sensing area corresponding to a shape and/or size of one or more of the plurality of surface regions and comprising an area where the force values are substantially the same regardless of a location in the force sensing area where the forces are received, and wherein the plurality of load cells comprise cantilever beams each having a fixed end and a free end, the system further comprising:
a frame assembly to which the plurality of load cells are fixedly attached, wherein the frame assembly is housed within, and floating with respect to, the housing body; and
a plurality of activation members located such that at least one activation member is positioned between the free end of each cantilever beam and the housing body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,958

SEMICONDUCTOR PRESSURE SENSOR WITH PIEZO-RESISTIVE PORTIONS WITH CONDUCTIVE SHIELDS

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having provided therein a hollowed portion;
a plurality of piezo-resistive portions constituting a Wheatstone bridge circuit provided in a region of the semiconductor substrate above the hollowed portion;
an insulating film provided above the piezo-resistive portion; and
a plurality of conductive shield films provided above respective ones of the plurality of piezo-resistive portions with the insulating film intervening therebetween,
wherein
two different parts of each conductive shield film among the plurality of conductive shield films are connected to different potentials so that current flows in the plurality of conductive shield films.

US Pat. No. 10,508,957

THERMAL DETECTION CIRCUIT

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A circuit comprising:a first differential input pair and a second differential input pair, wherein
the first differential input pair is configured to be activated according to an output of the second differential input pair, and the second differential input pair is configured to be activated according to an output of the first differential input pair, and
the first differential input pair and the second differential input pair each comprising an input configured to receive an output signal;
a capacitive element configured to be charged according to the output of the first differential input pair, and configured to be discharged according to the output of the second differential input pair, in order to generate the output signal;
a first switching unit coupled between the first differential input pair and a first active load, and configured to be turned on by at least one control signal for controlling a switching circuit to couple the capacitive element to be charged and discharged alternately; and
a second switching unit coupled between the second differential input pair and a second active load, and configured to be turned on by the at least one control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,508,955

SENSOR DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE INTERIOR TEMPERATURE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH LATCHING MEANS

PREH GMBH, Bad Neustadt ...

1. A sensor device for measuring an interior temperature of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle comprising an inner trim which comprises an aperture and latching springs, the sensor device comprising:a housing configured to be inserted in an insertion direction into the aperture of the inner trim of the motor vehicle;
a circuit board arranged in the housing;
at least one electrical temperature sensor element arranged on the circuit board; and
latching lugs arranged on the housing which are configured to form an engagement with the latching springs formed on the inner trim,
wherein,
the engagement of the latching lugs with the latching springs forms a latching arrangement which fixes the housing when inserted into the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,508,953

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATE BY CHEMICAL SOLUTION IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING FABRICATION

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for processing a substrate, comprising:supplying a flow of a chemical solution into a processing chamber, configured to process the substrate, via a first dispensing nozzle;
producing a first thermal image of the flow of the chemical solution without positioning the substrate in the processing chamber;
performing an image analysis on the first thermal image; and
moving the substrate into the processing chamber when the result of the analysis of the first thermal image is within an allowable deviation from a baseline.

US Pat. No. 10,508,952

OPTIMUM SPECTRAL BANDS FOR ACTIVE VISION SYSTEMS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. An active vision system for monitoring areas of interest, the vision system comprising:an illumination source outputting energy to the areas of interest in at least one spectral band in which solar radiation is reduced substantially due to absorption by atmospheric constituents, the at least one spectral band being selected from the group consisting of less than 0.3, 0.90-0.95 ?m, 1.10-1.15 ?m, 1.35-1.50 ?m, 1.80-2.06 ?m, and 2.50-3.05 ?m;
an optics system receiving an optical input in the at least one spectral band from the areas of interest and outputting an optics signal; and
a processing system receiving the optics signal, the processing system configured to measure the optics signal, the processing system configured to output a resultant signal in response to the measurements in the at least one spectral band,
wherein the optics system comprises at least one detector configured to measure radiance in the at least one spectral band adjacent to a crossover point of the imaginary part of the index of refraction of liquid water and ice, the at least one detector configured to measure the radiance in the first band portion of the at least one spectral band having wavelengths on a first side of the crossover point and output a first band signal, the at least one detector configured to measure the radiance in a second band portion of the at least one spectral band having wavelengths on a second side of the crossover point and output a second band signal, the second side of the crossover point being opposite of the first side; and
the processing system configured to detect the presence of water, snow, frost, ice, and water/ice mixtures using non-transitory software and look-up tables to estimate the surface condition and output an alert when a predetermined condition is detected based on the radiance measurements in the first band portion and the second band portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,946

WET SCREED HARDWARE APPARATUS

Stego Industries, LLC, S...

1. A screed hardware apparatus for adjusting a grade height in screeding concrete poured over a post extending vertically from a horizontal surface, comprising:a cap configured to attach to a base, the cap including:
a bottom portion including a post mount to engage and mount the cap to the post,
a top portion including a grade surface disposed opposite the post mount, and
one or more flexible antenna that extend from the grade surface.

US Pat. No. 10,508,943

THERMAL MASS FLOW RATE MEASUREMENT METHOD, THERMAL MASS FLOW METER USING SAID METHOD, AND THERMAL MASS FLOW CONTROLLER USING SAID THERMAL MASS FLOW METER

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

4. A thermal mass flow meter comprising:a passage through which a gas flows;
a bypass which is prepared in the middle of said passage;
a flow sensor which comprises:
a sensor tube that branches from said passage on an upstream side of said bypass and joins said passage again on a downstream side of said bypass; and
a pair of sensor wires which is disposed so as to be not in direct contact with said gas which flows through said sensor tube, but be able to conduct heat with the gas which flows through said sensor tube, an upstream one of the pair of sensor wires is positioned along the sensor tube proximate to the upstream side of the bypass and a downstream one of the pair of sensor wires is positioned along the sensor tube proximate to the downstream side of the bypass;
a power supply which is configured to supply an input signal to said pair of sensor wires for generating heat from said pair of sensor wires to heat the gas in the sensor tube with energy given by the input signal,
a sensor circuit which comprises a bridge circuit including said pair of sensor wires the sensor circuit configured to provide the input signal simultaneously to both the upstream one of the pair of sensor wires and the downstream one of the pair of sensor wires, and the sensor circuit is configured to provide an output signal with a magnitude that is proportional to a difference between a resistance of the upstream one of the pair of sensor wires and a resistance of the downstream one of the pair of sensor wires; and
a first control part configured to control said power supply and said sensor circuit, said first control part is further configured to calculate a flow rate of said gas by:
supplying pulses to form, as said input signal to said pair of sensor wires, a pulse signal, wherein the pulse signal alternates between a first intensity for each of the pulses and a 0 (zero) intensity between the pulses;
acquiring, as an output signal intensity, a signal intensity of the output signal which results from said first intensity of said input signal simultaneously heating the pair of sensor wires and heat from the upstream one of the sensor wires being conveyed to the downstream one of the sensor wires via the gas passing through the sensor tube to produce the output signal with a magnitude that is proportional to a mass flow rate of the gas;
wherein the output signal intensity is detected when a range of fluctuation of the signal intensity of the output signal per unit time is not more than a predetermined threshold value, and wherein the output signal intensity is detected from among output signals outputted from said sensor circuit; and
calculating a mass flow rate of said gas based on said output signal intensity that results from the temperature difference between the upstream one of the sensor wires and the downstream one of the sensor wires, wherein the pulses occur multiple times to simultaneously heat both of the sensor wires in a measurement period that is a time period required for reaching a thermal equilibrium state and the output signal intensity becoming stable.

US Pat. No. 10,508,936

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RELIABLY DETERMINING THE POSITION OF AN OBJECT

1. Apparatus for reliably determining the position of an object (1) regarding a relative movement between the object (1) and a path (2), the apparatus comprising:a detector (3) attached to or integrated in the object (1),
at least one marker (4) located along the path (2),
generating means for providing a definable graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence, and
evaluating means (6) for verifying a coincidence or relationship of the provided graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence with corresponding data detected by the detector (3) for verifying whether a software within the detector (3) is correctly functioning, is frozen or hung, or has a time shift or delay,
wherein:
the at least one marker (4) is detected by the detector (3) within its spatial detection range (5) for determining the position of the object (1) relative to the marker (4),
said graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence is detected by the detector (3) within its spatial detection range (5);
the generating means comprise at least one light source (9, 10) emitting at least one definable light color or light color spectrum for illuminating a correspondingly colored graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence provided by the generating means, such that dependent on the at least one illuminating light color or light color spectrum, the graphic representation (7, 8) or a part of the graphic representation is either: visible by the detector (3) with at least one of a predefined intensity or color, or not visible by the detector (3); and
the colored graphic representation (7, 8) or graphic representation sequence and the at least one marker (4) are identical and are realized by a data matrix code or data matrix codes.

US Pat. No. 10,508,933

COMPOSITE DETECTION SENSOR AND SENSOR CABLE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A composite detection sensor, comprising:a sensor cable comprising not less than three conductive electrode wires and a resilient insulation covering collectively the not less than three electrode wires and holding the electrode wires that are circumferentially spaced from each other; and
a capacitance measurement unit for measuring capacitance between each two electrode wires and between at least one of the electrode wires and the ground,
wherein the three electrode wires comprise a first electrode wire, a second electrode wire and a third electrode wire, and
wherein the composite detection sensor further comprises an arithmetic unit that determines whether or not the sensor cable is pressed, the arithmetic unit making the determination by comparing ?C obtained from the following formula (1) with a predetermined threshold value,
?C=(C1+C2)?2×C3  (1)based on capacitance C1 between the first electrode wire and the second electrode wire, capacitance C2 between the first electrode wire and the third electrode wire, and capacitance C3 between the second electrode wire and the third electrode wire.

US Pat. No. 10,508,910

OPTICAL MODULE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

ADVANCED SEMICONDUCTOR EN...

1. An optical module, comprising:a carrier;
a light source disposed on an upper side of the carrier;
an optical sensor disposed on the upper side of the carrier; and
a housing disposed on the upper side of the carrier over the light source and the optical sensor, the housing defining a first aperture exposing at least a portion of the light source and defining a second aperture exposing at least a portion of the optical sensor, an outer sidewall of the housing comprising at least one singulation portion adjacent to the upper side of the carrier and substantially perpendicular to the upper side of the carrier,
wherein the first aperture defines a first space between the housing and the light source and the second aperture defines a second space between the housing and the optical sensor;
wherein the singulation portion of the housing is a first portion of the housing, the housing further comprises a second portion, and a surface of the singulation portion of the housing is rougher than a surface of the second portion of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,508,893

FLATNESS DETECTOR

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A flatness detector comprising:a positioning plate;
a positioning assembly arranged on a top surface of the positioning plate, the positioning assembly comprising a first positioning rod and a second positioning rod perpendicularly coupled together and pin-jointed;
a dial indicator arranged on the positioning assembly, the dial indicator comprising a detecting post maintained as a plumb line by the positioning assembly; and
a sliding block defining a groove for conforming to the detecting post;
wherein a measurement value of the dial indicator is obtained when the groove of the sliding block is conformed to the detecting post.

US Pat. No. 10,508,888

REINFORCED FABRIC

1. A reinforced fabric, used in the making of clothes and bags and comprising an inner lining cloth, protective cloth arranged on one side of said inner lining cloth, outer lining cloth arranged on one side of said protective cloth opposite to said inner lining cloth, and bulletproof cloth arranged between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, wherein an accommodation space just for the configuration of said bulletproof cloth is formed between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth, and the density of said protective cloth is equal to or larger than 1.3 g/cm3,wherein said protective cloth is attached to the one side of said inner lining cloth with a layer of adhering glue; and
wherein said protective cloth that is attached to said inner lining cloth with said adhering glue is at least partly spaced from said outer lining cloth to define said accommodation space therebetween and said bulletproof cloth is removably received in said accommodation space to be located between said protective cloth and said outer lining cloth.

US Pat. No. 10,508,880

FIREARM ROTATION LIMITER AND METHOD

6. An apparatus comprising:a firearm comprising an upper assembly and a sub-assembly; and
a rotation block comprising a housing; a sliding abutment coupled to the housing and coupled to an actuator; and an attachment coupled to the housing and coupled to the upper; wherein the sliding abutment is configured to move relative to the housing;
wherein the sliding abutment is configured to move between a first position and a second position; in the first position, the sliding abutment prevents full rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly by abutting the sub-assembly after a partial rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly; and in the second position, the sliding abutment does not interfere with the rotation of the upper assembly in relation to the sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,878

BLAST SHIELD ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

1. A blast shield attachment system, comprising:a collar having one or more locking notches formed at least partially therethrough and one or more engagement pins extending therefrom; and
a blast shield having a collar receiving recess, wherein one or more engagement grooves extend from a first end of said blast shield, wherein one or more levers are pivotably attached or coupled to said blast shield, wherein each lever is pivotable for releasable engagement with a corresponding one of said locking notches of said collar, and wherein when at least a portion of said collar is appropriately received within said collar receiving recess, at least one of said one or more engagement pins is aligned within at least one of said one or more engagement grooves and each said lever is releasably engaged with a corresponding one of said locking notches of said collar.

US Pat. No. 10,508,870

B-TUBE REFORM FOR IMPROVED THERMAL CYCLE PERFORMANCE

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. A tube for a heat exchanger, the tube comprising:an upper portion;
a base portion spaced from the upper portion; and
a wall depending downwardly from the upper portion toward the base portion, the wall spaced from the base portion in a first section of the tube and the wall contacting the base portion in a second section of the tube to form a partition, wherein the tube is formed by bending a first end region of a sheet toward a second end region of the sheet to form a tubular structure including the upper portion and the base portion, wherein the first end region of the sheet cooperates with the second end region of the sheet to form the wall, wherein the first end region and the second end region of the sheet each contact the base portion in the second section of the tube, and wherein the first end region and the second end region are each spaced from the base portion in the first section while also overlapping each other in a height direction of the tube.

US Pat. No. 10,508,857

HOME APPLIANCE DEVICE

BSH Hausgeraete GmbH, Mu...

1. A home appliance device, comprising:at least one inner liner defining at least one storage space and having at least one first wall section and at least one second wall section with at least one gap between the first wall section and the second wall section; and a separate cover unit which is connected to the inner liner and is arranged outside the storage space, said cover unit covering the gap;
said cover unit including a cover element which has a cover element longitudinal axis oriented at least substantially parallel to a gap longitudinal axis of the gap;
said cover unit including at least one cap element which at least partly covers at least one axial end portion of said cover element; and
said inner liner having at least one seam arranged below the gap; and
said cap element featuring at least one seam cover element which partly engages around at least one axial end portion of the seam.

US Pat. No. 10,508,842

HEAT PUMP DEVICE WITH SEPARATELY SPACED COMPONENTS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

16. A heat pump device, comprising:a compressor configured to compress refrigerant;
a motor configured to drive the compressor;
a shell housing the compressor and the motor;
a discharge muffler being outside of the shell;
a first pipe connecting the compressor to the discharge muffler;
a first heat exchanger including a refrigerant inlet, the first heat exchanger being configured to exchange heat between the refrigerant and a liquid heating medium;
a second pipe connecting the discharge muffler to the refrigerant inlet of the first heat exchanger;
a housing having a first space and a second space therein; and
a blower,
wherein the shell, the first heat exchanger, and the discharge muffler are disposed in the first space,
wherein the blower is disposed in the second space,
wherein the discharge muffler is entirely located within a space between the shell and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises an evaporator configured to evaporate the refrigerant,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a bulkhead configured to separate the first space and the second space from each other, the evaporator being located in the second space,
wherein the heat pump device further comprises a thermal insulating material positioned so as to at least partially cover the discharge muffler and the first heat exchanger,
wherein the thermal insulating material includes a first section at least partially located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger and also includes a second section not having a portion located in a space between the bulkhead and the discharge muffler or the first heat exchanger, and
wherein the first section has higher thermal resistance than the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,841

COOLING CIRCUIT FOR A VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVE

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A cooling circuit for a variable frequency drive (VFD) in a heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) system, the HVACR system including a condenser, an evaporator, an expansion device, and a compressor fluidly connected, the cooling circuit having a working fluid, the compressor being driven by the VFD, the cooling circuit comprising:a pump fluidly connected to the condenser and configured to receive the working fluid in liquid form from the condenser;
a bypass flow control device fluidly connected to the pump, a heat sink, the condenser, and a location in the HVACR system at which the working fluid is at a relatively lower temperature than a temperature of the working fluid in liquid form in the condenser;
the heat sink being in a heat exchange relationship with the VFD such that the VFD rejects heat to the working fluid when the HVACR system is in operation; and
a sensor and a controller, wherein the controller determines a value representative of an operating condition from the sensor and selectively enables and/or disables the bypass flow control device such that the location fluidly communicates with the heat sink when the bypass flow control device is enabled, and fluid communication between the heat sink and the location is prevented when the bypass flow control device is disabled.

US Pat. No. 10,508,829

WATER HEATER

Rinnai Corporation, Nago...

1. A water heater comprising a casing including a casing body having an opening in a front portion, and a door configured to open and close the opening, whereinthe casing accommodates:
a burner body including a flat burner having a downward combustion surface;
a fan case being in communication with the burner body and lying on its side;
a vertical shaft fan disposed in the fan case and configured to supply a mixture gas containing combustion air and fuel gas to the burner body; and
an ignition electrode disposed below the flat burner, wherein
the burner body includes:
a main burner body unit having an introduction port through which the mixture gas is supplied in a substantially central portion of an upper surface thereof, and the flat burner on a lower surface thereof; and
an introducing unit being in communication with the introduction port, protruding upward from the upper surface of the main burner body unit, and laterally having an inlet port being in communication with the fan case, wherein
an inner surface of an opposite wall section facing the inlet port in a peripheral wall of the introducing unit has a substantially vertical surface, and
a discharging portion of the ignition electrode is disposed within a projection plane when the peripheral wall of the introducing unit is projected downwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,508,789

HOLLOW LIGHT GUIDE LUMINAIRE

LOOM INC., Penticton, Br...

1. A luminaire (100) comprising:a light ingress surface (110) coincident to a principal axis (190) of a nominally hollow light guide (102) with a narrow portion and a wide portion,
the light guide (102) providing means of transporting light via total internal reflection within the light guide (102), such that when a light source (300) is positioned at the narrow portion (104), light passes along the light guide (102) to the wide portion (106) wherefrom light is emitted from the light guide (102) into an environment surrounding the luminaire (100).

US Pat. No. 10,508,780

MODULAR LIGHTING SYSTEM

ARTEMIDE S.P.A., (IT)

1. A modular lighting system comprising:at least one module and auxiliary components which can be assembled together, the module comprising:
a support core extending along an axis;
a plurality of LEDs arranged on at least one face of the support core and axially spaced along the axis; and
a light body positioned in front of the LEDs and at least partly around the LEDs;
wherein the modules and the auxiliary components are joined to one another by respective concealed mechanical and electrical connection devices, the connection devices being completely housed and concealed inside at least one of:
the modules; or
the auxiliary components; and
wherein the modules and the auxiliary components have respective lighting surfaces which transmit light emitted by the LEDs and which are continuously joined to one another and conceal the connection devices.

US Pat. No. 10,508,750

HAMMER UNION BACK PRESSURE REGULATOR

DDS Investments, LLC, Ju...

1. A back pressure regulator, comprising:a regulator body defining a flow inlet, a flow outlet, and a flow passage communicating the flow inlet with the flow outlet;
a bonnet coupled to the regulator body with a hammer union nut;
a flow restrictor assembly configured to prevent flow from the flow inlet to the flow outlet until a predetermined pressure is reached at the flow inlet;
a flow control member configured to adjust the predetermined pressure, the flow control member and an inner surface of the bonnet defining an annular space therebetween; and
a lip seal filling the annular space.

US Pat. No. 10,508,747

APPARATUS TO BIAS SPOOL VALVES USING SUPPLY PRESSURE

FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATI...

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing of a spool valve, the housing having a supply port, a first adjacent port, a second adjacent port, a first outside port, and a second outside port, the first and second adjacent ports disposed on opposite sides of the supply port, the first adjacent port disposed between the first outside port and the supply port, the second adjacent port disposed between the second outside port and the supply port;
a spool within the housing, the spool having a first land, a second land, and a third land, a position of the spool within the housing defining a flow path through the spool valve for a fluid received at the supply port, a variable input force acting on a first end of the spool to urge the spool in a first direction within the housing, a biasing force acting on a second end of the spool to urge the spool in a second direction within the housing opposite the first direction, when the position of the spool corresponds to a null position: (1) the first land blocks a first opening associated with the first outside port, (2) the second land blocks a second opening associated with the supply port, and (3) the third land blocks a third opening associated with the second outside port;
a first fluid line to carry the fluid at a supply pressure to the supply port of the housing; and
a second fluid line branching off the first fluid line to carry the fluid at the supply pressure to the second end of the spool, the biasing force based on the supply pressure of the fluid, the variable input force based on a range of proportions of the supply pressure of the fluid, the range of proportions of the supply pressure including a first proportion, a second proportion that is greater than the first proportion, and a third proportion that is greater than the second proportion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,732

SHIFT DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RI...

1. A shift device comprising:a supporting body that is provided at a vehicle body side;
a shift body that is supported by the supporting body and that is moved to change a shift position;
a detection section that is provided at the shift body;
a printed wiring board that is provided at the supporting body and that detects the detection section so as to detect the shift position of the shift body;
a facing portion that is provided at the shift body;
a facing hole that is provided so as to penetrate the printed wiring board; and
an insertion hole that is provided through the supporting body,
wherein a pair of the facing portions and a pair of the facing holes are respectively provided, and one of the facing portions and one of the facing holes have central axes respectively,
wherein the one of the facing portions is movable relatively with respect to the one of the facing holes from a non-coaxial position with the one of the facing holes to a coaxial position with the one of the facing holes, and the one of the facing portions is disposed at the coaxial position with the one of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to a specific position,
wherein another of the facing portions is movable relatively with respect to another of the facing holes from a non-facing position with the other of the facing holes to a facing position with the other of the facing holes, and the other of the facing portions is disposed at the facing position with the other of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to the specific position,
wherein the insertion hole is disposed between the one of the facing portions and the one of the facing holes or between the other of the facing portions and the other of the facing holes when the shift body has been moved to the specific position,
wherein sizes of the one of the facing holes and the other of the facing holes are different, and
wherein the one of the facing portions and the one of the facing holes have a same minimum diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,508,722

ELECTRIC LINEAR MOTION ACTUATOR AND ELECTROMECHANICAL BRAKE SYSTEM

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. An electric linear motion actuator comprising:a housing;
a cylindrical outer ring member having a center axis, and mounted in the housing;
a rotary shaft arranged on the center axis of the outer ring member, and configured to be rotated by an electric motor;
a carrier including opposed first and second disks configured to be rotatable about the rotary shaft, and a plurality of pillar members retaining the first and second disks at a predetermined distance from each other;
a plurality of planetary rollers mounted between an outer diameter surface of the rotary shaft and an inner diameter surface of the outer ring member, and rotatably supported by the carrier;
wherein the outer ring member is formed, on the inner diameter surface of the outer ring member, with a helical rib, and each of the planetary rollers is formed, in an outer diameter surface of the planetary roller, with either circumferential grooves or a helical groove in which the helical rib is engaged; and
a plurality of thrust roller and retainer assemblies each mounted between one of the planetary rollers and a surface of the first disk of the carrier that is opposed to the one of the planetary rollers such that thrust loads applied to the planetary rollers are supported by the respective thrust roller and retainer assemblies,
wherein the electric linear motion actuator is configured such that when the rotary shaft rotates, due to frictional contact of the planetary rollers with the rotary shaft, the planetary rollers rotate about axes of the respective planetary rollers while revolving around the rotary shaft so that the outer ring member and the carrier axially linearly move relative to each other; and
wherein the electric linear motion actuator further comprises a common annular raceway disk common to all of the thrust roller and retainer assemblies, the common annular raceway disk being mounted between the thrust roller and retainer assemblies and a surface of the first disk that is opposed to the thrust roller and retainer assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,508,717

PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A planetary gear train apparatus of an automatic transmission for a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:an input shaft receiving an engine torque;
an output shaft outputting a shifted torque;
a first planetary gear set having a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element;
a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element;
a third planetary gear set having a seventh rotation element, an eighth rotation element, and a ninth rotation element;
a fourth planetary gear set having a tenth rotation element, an eleventh rotation element, and a twelfth rotation element;
a fifth planetary gear set having a thirteenth rotation element, a fourteenth rotation element, and a fifteenth rotation element;
a first shaft fixedly connected to the second rotation element and the input shaft;
a second shaft fixedly connected to the fourteenth rotation element and the output shaft;
a third shaft fixedly connected to the third rotation element and the fourth rotation element;
a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth rotation element and the thirteenth rotation element;
a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth rotation element;
a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh rotation element and the fifteenth rotation element;
a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the first rotation element and the fifth rotation element;
an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth rotation element, the seventh rotation element, and the tenth rotation element; and
a ninth shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth rotation element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,709

VIBRATION DAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING THE SAME

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A vibration damping device including a support member that rotates, together with a rotary element to which torque from an engine is transferred, about a center of rotation of the rotary element, a restoring force generating member that is coupled to the support member and that is swingable as the support member rotates, and an inertial mass body that is coupled to the support member via the restoring force generating member and that swings, with motion of the restoring force generating member, about the center of rotation as the support member rotates, whereinmoments of inertia J1, J2, mass m, and distances L3 and L4 are determined so that torque fluctuation of an object for which vibration is to be damped, which is derived based on angular displacement ? and angles ? and ? obtained by solving the following expressions (1) and (2), is equal to a target value
[Expression 1]
J1·?+(J2+m?L42)·(?+?)+m·L32·(?+??·?+??·?2)+m·L4·L3·[2·?+(1+??)·?+??·?2]·cos(???)?m·L4·L3·[2·(?+?)+(1+??)·?]·(1???)·?·sin(???)+k·?=Td·cos ?·r  (1)
(J2+m?L42)·(?+?)+m·L32·??·(?+??·?+??·?2)+m·L4·L3·[(1+??)·?+2·??·?+??·?2]·cos(???)+m·L4·L3·[(?+?)2???·?2]·(1+??)·sin(???)=0  (2)
where “L3” represents a distance between a center of gravity of the restoring force generating member and a fulcrum of swinging of the restoring force generating member with respect to the inertial mass body,
“L4” represents a distance between the fulcrum and the center of rotation,
“J1” represents a moment of inertia of the rotary element and the support member,
“J2” represents a moment of inertia of the inertial mass body,
“m” represents mass of the restoring force generating member,
“k” represents stiffness of a system from the engine to the rotary element,
“?” represents an angular velocity of steady rotation of the rotary element,
“?” represents angular displacement of the rotary element from a steady rotation state,
“?” represents an angle formed by a reference line defined on the support member and extending in a radial direction of the support member through the center of rotation and a line segment from the fulcrum of swinging of the restoring force generating member with respect to the inertial mass body to the center of gravity of the restoring force generating member,
“?” represents an angle formed by the reference line and a line segment from the center of rotation to the fulcrum,
“Td” represents torque that is transferred from the engine to the rotary element, and
“?” represents a frequency of vibration that is transmitted from the engine to the rotary element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,708

TORQUE FLUCTUATION INHIBITING DEVICE

EXEDY CORPORATION, Neyag...

1. A torque fluctuation inhibiting device configured to inhibit torque fluctuations in a rotor to which a torque is inputted, the torque fluctuation inhibiting device comprising:a mass body disposed to be rotatable in accordance with the rotor and be rotatable relative to the rotor; and
a plurality of centrifugal elements radially movable, each of the plurality of centrifugal elements disposed to receive centrifugal force generated by rotation of the rotor and the mass body,
wherein each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is provided with a respective cam follower,
each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is provided with and guided by a respective pair of guide members while supported by one of the rotor and the mass body, the respective cam follower is disposed on a respective first straight line connecting the respective pair of guide members,
each of the plurality of centrifugal elements has a respective first circumferential end and a respective second circumferential end opposite and spaced from the respective first circumferential end,
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, a respective first one of the respective pair of guide members is disposed at the respective first circumferential end and a respective second one of the respective pair of guide members is disposed at the respective second circumferential end,
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, each of the respective pair of guide members is separated by a respective gap from a respective guide protrusion extending from the rotor such that each of the plurality of centrifugal elements is rotatable about a respective center of the respective cam follower, and
for each of the plurality of centrifugal elements, a respective cam is provided on the other of the rotor and the mass body and the respective cam interacting with the respective cam follower to define a respective cam mechanism, the respective cam mechanism converting the centrifugal force into a respective circumferential force by the respective cam follower moving along the respective cam when a relative displacement is produced between the rotor and the mass body in a rotational direction, the respective circumferential force directed to reduce the relative displacement.

US Pat. No. 10,508,707

BEARING SYSTEM

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A bearing system comprising:in particular for bearing a motor vehicle assembly at a motor vehicle body, a fluid operating chamber that is in flow connection, by way of at least one fluid channel, with a fluid equilibration chamber, which is present in a housing of the bearing system, wherein the fluid operating chamber and the fluid equilibration chamber are separated by a separating element, in which the at least one fluid channel is present, wherein the separating element is decoupled from the housing by means of an elastic element, which surrounds the separating element in the peripheral direction, wherein the housing has a cover, which accommodates the fluid equilibration chamber, and a supporting part, which holds a spring element of the bearing system, wherein the cover engages between the supporting part and the elastic element in such a way that, as viewed in the radial direction with respect to a central longitudinal axis of the bearing system, the elastic element, the cover, and the supporting part follow one another in succession, wherein an elastic membrane is fastened to the separating element, which membrane separates a fluid damping chamber rheologically from the fluid operating chamber, wherein the fluid damping chamber is in flow connection, by way of a throttle channel, with an outer surrounding of the bearing system, wherein the fluid damping chamber is arranged in the separating element, and wherein the throttle channel is arranged in a protrusion, which is at least annularly encompassed by the fluid equilibration chamber and protrudes towards the separating element.

US Pat. No. 10,508,704

AIR SPRING FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, F...

1. An air spring for a motor vehicle comprising:a load receiver;
a roll-off piston;
a rolling bellows filled with a gas under pressure, a first end of the rolling bellows being connected to the load receiver and a second end of the rolling bellows being fastened to the roll-off piston, wherein the load receiver and the roll-off piston are moveable relative to one another based at least in part on a force impinging on the load receiver toward the roll-off piston;
a sensor device arranged inside the rolling bellows by which a distance between the load receiver and the roll-off piston can be detected and a corresponding electric signal can be generated;
a sensor track of the sensor device;
a pressure piece extending in a direction of the roll-off piston arranged at the load receiver; and
a sensor body configured as a permanent magnet that is movably drivable directly or indirectly along the sensor track of the sensor device by an end region of the pressure piece facing the roll-off piston,
wherein the sensor device generates an electric signal corresponding to a position of the sensor body on the sensor track,
wherein the sensor track is arranged concentric to a rotational axis of a shaft on a sensor track support, and the sensor body is arranged at an end of the shaft remote of the pressure piece.

US Pat. No. 10,508,703

LATERAL SUPPORT ELEMENTS, GAS SPRING ASSEMBLIES, SUSPENSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Firestone Industrial Prod...

19. A gas spring assembly comprising:a flexible wall having a longitudinal axis and extending peripherally about said longitudinal axis between a first end and a second end spaced longitudinally from said first end, said flexible wall including an inner surface and an outer surface with said inner surface at least partially defining a spring chamber; and,
a lateral support element including an element wall with an exterior surface and an interior surface that at least partially defines an element chamber;
a portion of said flexible wall extending around said lateral support element and permanently attached along said exterior surface said element wall such that said lateral support element is at least partially embedded within said flexible wall.

US Pat. No. 10,508,701

VEHICLE SUSPENSION BUSHING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

The Pullman Company, Mil...

1. A vehicle suspension bushing assembly including:an inner sleeve extending longitudinally between a first inner sleeve end and a second inner sleeve end, said inner sleeve defining a longitudinal axis;
a bearing extending annularly about said inner sleeve;
an intermediate sleeve extending annularly about said bearing;
an outer sleeve extending annularly about said intermediate sleeve in a radially spaced relationship;
a bushing including a body portion that is disposed radially between said outer sleeve and said intermediate sleeve;
at least one axial retainer extending annularly about one of said first inner sleeve end and said second inner sleeve end, said axial retainer being separate from and not contiguously formed with said bushing and longitudinally moveable relative to said inner sleeve between an uncompressed position and a compressed position; and
said at least one axial retainer having a preload feature that is resilient and operable to deflect from an unbiased position when said axial retainer is in said uncompressed position to a biased position when said axial retainer is in said compressed position, said preload feature of said axial retainer operably applying a longitudinal preload force to at least one of said intermediate sleeve and said bearing in said biased position.

US Pat. No. 10,508,682

COMPOSITE TORQUE TUBE END FITTING ATTACHMENT METHOD

Moog Inc., East Aurora, ...

1. A composite tube assembly comprising:a tube formed of a wound fiber-reinforced composite material;
a metallic end fitting including a stem and a transmission coupling at a distal end of the stem;
the stem including a grip region having a plurality of external surfaces;
a plurality of individual compression inserts;
wherein each of the plurality of external surfaces is associated with only one of the plurality of compression inserts, and each of the plurality of compression inserts is associated with only one of the plurality of external surfaces;
wherein an end portion of the tube is wound around the grip region of the stem and the compression inserts;
wherein the plurality of external surfaces are flat surfaces; and
wherein each of the plurality of compression inserts has a circular segment shape including a planar base facing a respective one of the plurality of flat external surfaces and a rounded surface intersecting with the planar base, and the end portion of the tube wound around the compression inserts has a round outer cross-sectional shape.

US Pat. No. 10,508,675

METHOD FOR ANCHORING AN EXPANSION ANCHOR IN A BOREHOLE

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A method for anchoring an expansion anchor in a borehole, wherein the expansion anchor includes:an anchor bolt with a longitudinal axis and an expansion body on a first terminal section of the anchor bolt;
an actuator disposed on a second terminal section of the anchor bolt; and
an expansion sleeve disposed around the anchor bolt;
wherein the expansion body, on a radial outside in a transfer zone, has a plurality of first points that are located at a maximum distance from the longitudinal axis and a plurality of second points that are located at a minimum distance from the longitudinal axis such that the transfer zone is corrugated or serrated, wherein the transfer zone is conical;
comprising the steps of:
hammering the expansion anchor into the borehole in an insertion direction; and
actuating the actuator to screw the expansion body outwardly in a direction that is opposite the insertion direction such that the expansion body expands the expansion sleeve radially outwardly and such that the corrugated or serrated transfer zone expands the expansion sleeve to result in the expansion sleeve being expanded to a first extent by the plurality of first points and being expanded to a second extent by the plurality of second points, wherein the first extent is greater than the second extent.

US Pat. No. 10,508,673

SECURING DEVICE FOR A FURNITURE FITTING

JULIUS BLUM GMBH, Hoechs...

1. A securing device for securing a furniture fitting to a piece of furniture, wherein the furniture fitting can be secured to the piece of furniture with the securing device selectively with a left-hand furniture fitting side or a right-hand furniture fitting side, the securing device comprising:a connecting element, wherein the connecting element has two connecting element regions for securing the furniture fitting to the piece of furniture, and
a securing body having a through opening, wherein the securing body is adapted to be positioned in an interior of the furniture fitting between the left-hand furniture fitting side and the right-hand furniture fitting side, the connecting element is at least partly in the through opening, and the connecting element is moveable relative to the securing body,
wherein the connecting element has at least one abutment element which is limitedly moveable relative to the connecting element,
wherein the connecting element has two abutments fixed with respect to the connecting element, the two abutments being adapted such that one of the two abutments bears against the at least one abutment element in an assembly position, and
wherein, in the assembly position, one of the two connecting element regions is adapted to project beyond the left-hand furniture fitting side or the right-hand furniture fitting side.

US Pat. No. 10,508,670

STRUCTURAL MEMBER AND JOINT

Robert G. Tegel, Huntley...

1. A joint for joining structural elements, comprising:a primary element, formed as an elongate member;
a first bore extending transversely through opposing sides of said elongate member;
a tension bore extending inwardly from a surface of said primary element and intersecting said first bore; and
a compression bore, defined coaxial with said tension bore extending inwardly from an opposite surface of said primary element and intersecting said first bore;
a secondary element adapted to be received in said first bore, said secondary element having an aperture defined through a transverse dimension thereof and substantially coaxial with said tension bore and said compression bore;
a tension element, adapted to be received through said tension bore, aperture, and said compression bore: and
a compression element, operably connected to said tension element, wherein said compression element and said tension element are operable to urge said secondary element in abutment with an inner surface of said first bore.

US Pat. No. 10,508,661

GAS TURBINE COMPRESSOR

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. A compressor for a gas turbine, the compressor comprising:a plurality of arrays of flow-directing elements serially disposed in a through flow direction from a compressor inlet to a compressor outlet;
the plurality of arrays including at least one upstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements and at least one downstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements each having at least two types of flow-directing elements differing structurally from one another, and
all of the rotor blades of a furthest downstream rotor blade array, in the through flow direction, and downstream of the downstream mistuned array of flow-directing elements, being mutually identically constructed.

US Pat. No. 10,508,656

CIRCULATING PUMP UNIT AND SOLAR THERMAL PLANT

1. A circulation pump assembly comprising:a circulation pump, a fluid storage being connected to the circulation pump assembly via a heating circuit;
an electric drive motor;
a control device integrated into the circulation pump assembly; and
at least one internal temperature sensor arranged in the circulation pump assembly to detect a temperature of a medium delivered by the circulation pump assembly and issue a corresponding temperature signal to the control device, wherein the control device comprises one or more electronic components configured, on the basis of the temperature signal of the internal temperature sensor, to determine the approximate temperature of fluid in the fluid storage, wherein the control device is configured in a manner such that with a standstill of the electric drive motor, on the basis of a temperature signal which is issued previously by the internal temperature sensor on operation of the electric drive motor, in the further temporal course, the one or more electronic components being further configured to determine the approximate temperature of the fluid in the fluid storage connected to the circulation pump assembly via the heating circuit, wherein no temperature sensor is arranged in or on the fluid storage.

US Pat. No. 10,508,652

AXIAL FAN FOR CONVEYING COOLING AIR, IN PARTICULAR FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

MAHLE International GmbH,...

1. An axial fan for conveying cooling air for an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle, the axial fan comprising:a hub; and
a plurality of fan blades arranged on the hub, the plurality of fan blades extending radially outward, and each of which has a trailing blade edge, a contour of the trailing blade edge of the fan blades extending curved in a circumferential direction with respect to a plane spanned by an axis of rotation of the axial fan and a longitudinal extent of the fan blade,
wherein in a radial extent of the trailing blade edge, the contour of the trailing blade edge is divided into a first, second, and third section,
wherein the second section is a middle section that is substantially straight, and the first and third sections are each curved sections and each join respective ends of the second section, the first section being an outer section facing away from the hub and the third section being an inner section joining the hub, and
wherein the first section extends over a greater portion of a radial extent of the fan blade than the second section and the third section.

US Pat. No. 10,508,643

TOOL AND A METHOD FOR MOVING A WIND TURBINE DRIVETRAIN COMPONENT

1. A horizontal axis wind turbine, comprising:a nacelle including a nacelle structure;
a rotor defining a rotational axis;
a drivetrain component connected to the rotor; and
a tool for moving the drivetrain component in the nacelle, the tool including:
at least one drive unit for moving the component in relation to the nacelle in a direction parallel to the rotational axis of the rotor, wherein the at least one drive unit generates a motive force that causes the movement of the component in relation to the nacelle, and
a plurality of position adjustment devices adapted to be located between the nacelle structure and the component, and distributed so that rotational movement of the component can be provided by coordinated control of the position adjustment devices, wherein at least one of the position adjustment devices is arranged below an uppermost aspect of the component.

US Pat. No. 10,508,629

ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE FOR INTAKE MANIFOLD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An assembling structure for an intake manifold that is provided between a first cylinder head on a first bank-side and a second cylinder head on a second bank-side in a V-shaped internal combustion engine and is configured to supply intake air from outside to a first suction port of the first cylinder head and a second suction port of the second cylinder head, the assembling structure comprising:a first downstream portion including a first downstream passage connected with the first suction port, the first downstream portion being connected with the first cylinder head;
a second downstream portion including a second downstream passage connected with the second suction port, the second downstream portion being connected with the second cylinder head;
an upstream portion including a first upstream passage and a second upstream passage, the upstream portion being connected with upstream sides of the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion in an intake airflow direction, the first upstream passage communicating with the first downstream passage, the second upstream passage communicating with the second downstream passage;
a connecting member that connects the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion with each other; and
a plate-shaped stay, wherein
the connecting member is fixed to the first downstream portion and the second downstream portion by a bolt, and
an other member that is a member other than the intake manifold is fixed to the intake manifold through the stay at least either between the connecting member and the first downstream portion, or between the connecting member and the second downstream portion.

US Pat. No. 10,508,626

AUXILIARY POWER UNIT INLET ASSEMBLY WITH FILTER

1. An inlet assembly for an auxiliary power unit for an aircraft, the assembly comprising:a duct configured to provide fluid communication from an environment of the aircraft to an inlet of an engine of the auxiliary power unit; and
a filter received in and extending across the duct, the filter including:
a first filter portion permeable to air, the first filter portion extending from a side wall of the duct across only part of a span of the duct and defining a transverse edge in the duct,
a second filter portion permeable to air extending in a downstream direction along the duct from the transverse edge to a downstream end located downstream of the transverse edge, the first and second filter portions being non-parallel, and
a collection member impermeable to water extending from the downstream end across a remainder of the span of the duct, the second filter portion and the collection member being non-parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,623

FILTER SYSTEM WITH AN INSULATING BODY, INSULATING BODY, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING AN INSULATING BODY

1. A filter system for filtering a fluid, comprising:a filter housing comprising:
an axially elongated housing outer wall surrounding an interior chamber;
an end wall closing an axial end of the axially elongated housing outer wall of the filter housing; and
a housing connection port arranged centrally on the end wall of the filter housing and projecting axially outwardly away from the filter housing;
wherein the connection port is a fluid inlet or fluid outlet of the filter housing;
an exchangeable hollow filter element arranged in the interior chamber of the filter housing, a hollow interior of the exchangeable hollow filter element connected to the housing connection port;
an insulating body formed of a flat insulation material;
wherein the flat insulation material is a multilayer material comprising:
a fabric layer and/or a support layer;
a heat reflecting layer forming an infrared mirror, reflecting infrared radiation away from the filter housing;
the insulating body arranged on the outer walls of the filter housing so as to surround an outer contour of the filter housing, the insulating body forming a heat shield reducing convective heat transfer and reflecting infrared radiation away from the filter housing;
wherein the insulating body at the end wall of the filter housing forms a conic projection, the conic projection projecting axially outwardly from the end wall of the filter housing and enclosing the housing connection port in the insulating body.

US Pat. No. 10,508,619

METHOD AND A CONTROL DEVICE FOR OPERATING A TANK VENTING SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GM...

1. A method for determining the loading of a fuel vapor retention filter in a fuel vaporization restraint system of an internal combustion engine and accounting for that loading in operation of the internal combustion engine, the method comprising:activating a scavenge air pump disposed in a regeneration line with the fuel vapor retention filter;
upon reaching a constant speed of an impeller of the scavenge air pump conveying the scavenge air, detecting a pressure upstream of the scavenge air pump and a pressure downstream of the scavenge air pump;
calculating a differential pressure across the scavenge air pump;
determining the degree of loading of the fuel vapor retention filter based at least in part on the differential pressure; and
adjusting a fuel injection time based on the degree of loading.

US Pat. No. 10,508,615

ENGINE WITH A PISTON HEATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATION THEREOF

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for operation of an engine, comprising:determining a variation between compression ratios in a first combustion chamber and a second combustion chamber; and
operating a piston heating system to apply a targeted amount of heat to a first piston assembly based on the variation between the compression ratios, the first piston assembly including at least a first piston positioned within the first combustion chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,508,608

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ENGINE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device for an engine, wherein the engine includes a fuel injector and an air-fuel ratio sensor that detects an air-fuel ratio of exhaust in an engine exhaust pipe, the control device comprising:a drive circuit that outputs a drive signal to the fuel injector; and
an input circuit that inputs an output signal of the air-fuel ratio sensor,
wherein the control device is configured to provide notification of an abnormality in the air-fuel ratio sensor or cause at least a portion of engine control to run in a fail-safe mode, and change the air-fuel ratio of the exhaust in the engine exhaust pipe, when an amplitude of the output signal of the air-fuel ratio sensor at a predetermined frequency while the air fuel ratio is changed is equal to or more than a predetermined amplitude value, and a required time or a required angle to arrive at a predetermined value of the output signal from a reference time point or a reference position of a parameter related to a phase of the engine is equal to or more than a predetermined time or angle value, and
wherein the control device is further configured to oscillate the air-fuel ratio at a frequency equal to or more than a predetermined oscillation frequency, and oscillate the output signal of the air-fuel ratio sensor in a two-rotation cycle of the engine by shifting only a fuel injection quantity correction value of one cylinder by a predetermined amount from air-fuel ratios of the other cylinders.

US Pat. No. 10,508,599

GAS TURBINE ENGINE EXHAUST SYSTEM

1. An exhaust system for a gas turbine engine, comprising a pressure vessel having an annular wall circumscribing an exhaust plenum for evacuating exhaust gases from the gas turbine engine, the annular wall including a circumferential array of tubes extending longitudinally along a central axis of the pressure vessel, adjacent ones of the tubes being sealed to one another along a longitudinal direction of the tubes to collectively form a longitudinally extending surface along a full circumference of the annular wall of the pressure vessel, the tubes being exposed on a first side to the exhaust gases in the exhaust plenum and on a second side to gases outside the pressure vessel, a source of cooling air in fluid flow communication with an inlet end of the tubes at a first upstream longitudinal end of the pressure vessel, and a heat exchanger positioned in the exhaust plenum and in fluid flow communication with an outlet end of the tubes at a second downstream longitudinal end of the pressure vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,508,597

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ICING DETECTION OF COMPRESSORS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:a controller coupled to an inlet bleed heat system of a compressor, wherein the controller is configured to:
detect an icing condition of an inlet portion of the compressor, wherein detecting the icing condition comprises:
determining a current compressor efficiency value of the compressor based at least in part on sensed compressor values of the compressor;
comparing the current compressor efficiency value to a compressor efficiency model of the compressor; and
providing an icing indication to the inlet bleed heat system in response to a difference between the current compressor efficiency value and the compressor efficiency model being greater than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,508,593

CONTROL ARRANGEMENT OF AN EXHAUST-GAS TURBOCHARGER

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A control arrangement (9) of an exhaust-gas turbocharger (1), witha regulating unit (4) which has a regulating rod (5) having a free end with a bore extending between first and second surfaces, and
a guide piece (6) which is inserted through the bore whereby a first guide piece part projects from the regulating rod first surface and a second guide piece part projects from the regulating rod second surface, the guide piece (6) connected to the free end region (8) of the regulating rod (5)by way of a spring clip (10), wherein the spring clip (10) has mutually spaced-apart first and second spring rings (11, 12) which are connected to one another by means of a connecting bracket (13), wherein the first spring ring (11) is clamped to regulating rod first surface and the second spring ring (11) is clamped to regulating rod second surface to engage around the free end region (8) of the regulating rod (5) and which spring clip (10) first spring ring (11) engages the guide piece (6) first guide piece part projecting from the first surface and the second spring ring (12) engages the guide piece (6) second guide piece part projecting from the second surface,and
wherein the first and second spring rings (11, 12) each have outer rings (14, 15) and spring tongues (11A-11F; 12A-12F) which are arranged along and fixed to the inner circumference (IU14; IU15) of one or the other of the outer rings (14, 15).