US Pat. No. 10,365,683

FREQUENCY EXECUTION MONITORING IN A REAL-TIME EMBEDDED SYSTEM

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A method comprising:reading, by a processing resource, from a timer, a first count value associated with a first execution of a task of a real time operating system and a second count value associated with a second execution of the task;
calculating a test value based on a difference between the first count value and the second count value;
determining whether the test value is in a predetermined range of values; and
setting an error flag to be true if the test value is not within the predetermined range or setting the error flag to be false if the test value is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,365,678

MEASURING INTERNAL VOLTAGES OF PACKAGED ELECTRONIC DEVICES

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A packaged electronic device having:an internal switch and a first package pin;
an analog front end coupled to the internal switch and the first package pin;
an internal voltage source that is not directly connected to any package pin of the package electronic device; and
a second package pin that produces an output signal based on an input voltage of the analog front end,
wherein the packaged electronic device is configured to:
receive an instruction to activate the internal switch to connect to a reference ground of the internal voltage source to a first input of the analog front end;
receive an external ground potential voltage at the first package pin of the packaged electronic device;
generate a zero detector output signal for the packaged electronic device at the second package pin;
receive a second instruction to activate the internal switch to connect the first input of the analog front end to the internal voltage source;
receive a second voltage level at the first package pin that generates a second output signal at the second package pin that matches the zero detector output signal, wherein the second voltage level differs from the external ground potential voltage; and
receive trim instructions to trim an internal voltage generated by the internal voltage source to a voltage level that is closer to a target voltage level.

US Pat. No. 10,365,676

SECURED CONTROL OF CIRCUIT BREAKERS IN A DIGITAL SUBSTATION

ABB Inc., Carey, NC (US)...

1. A method, performed in at least one device in an electric power substation, the method comprising:receiving a command to open or close a circuit breaker from an apparatus control function of an Intelligent Electronic Device (IED) at a security layer module added to modify the IED, wherein the circuit breaker is connected to distribute electric power to at least three transmission lines in an electric power network of the electric power substation;
predicting, at the security layer module, one or more state parameters for each of the transmission lines in the electric power network, in response to receiving the command, the predicted one or more state parameters reflecting a predicted operating state assuming the received command is executed, wherein the one or more state parameters include a line loading level for each of the at least three transmission lines;
comparing, at the security layer module, the predicted one or more state parameters to corresponding operational limits for each of the transmission lines in the electric power network, wherein the corresponding operational limits include a thermal loading limit for each of the at least three transmission lines; and
outputting a message from the security layer module to a circuit break control function of the IED to block execution of the command in response to determining that one or more of the predicted state parameters violate the corresponding operational limits.

US Pat. No. 10,365,673

DIGITALLY CONTROLLED AC PROTECTION AND ATTENUATION CIRCUIT

Dolby Laboratories Licens...

1. A circuit for analog loads receiving a signal, the circuit comprising:a system controller monitoring at least one characteristic of the signal, wherein the at least one characteristic includes a current monitor signal and a voltage monitor signal, and wherein the system controller generates a pulse width modulated signal based on the at least one characteristic of the signal;
a switching stage connected to the signal and controlled by the system controller, wherein the switching stage is operable to attenuate the signal using the pulse width modulated signal from the system controller; and
an isolation stage connected between the system controller and the switching stage, the isolation stage providing electrical isolation between the system controller and the switching stage, thereby allowing the switching stage to electrically float with respect to a common ground reference of the system controller.

US Pat. No. 10,365,671

SENSOR WINDOW HEATING APPARATUS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A system comprising:an enclosure located within a refrigerated area and having an interior and an exterior;
a window of the enclosure having a first viewable area and a second viewable area, wherein the window acts as a barrier between the interior and the exterior of the enclosure;
a first camera and a second camera within the enclosure, the first camera proximate to the first viewable area and positioned to receive light in a first field of view that passes through the first viewable area of the window, the second camera proximate to the second viewable area and positioned to receive light in a second field of view that passes through the second viewable area of the window, the window comprising:
a substrate having an interior side and an exterior side, wherein the substrate is transmissive to at least a portion of incident light having a wavelength detectable by the first and second cameras;
arranged on the interior side of the substrate:
a first transparent heater element having a first shape and formed from indium tin oxide, wherein:
the first transparent heater element covers at least a portion of the first viewable area and has a first end and a second end,
the first field of view of the first camera passes through at least a portion of the first transparent heater element, and
the first shape of the first transparent heater element helps maintain a temperature of the first viewable area within a desired range; and
a second transparent heater element, wherein:
the second transparent heater element covers at least a portion of the second viewable area, and
the second field of view of the second camera passes through at least a portion of the second transparent heater element; and
a heater controller electrically connected to the first transparent heater element by a flexible printed circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,663

TETHER ORIENTATION SENSOR FOR CONTROLLING THE POSITION OF A TETHERED AIRCRAFT

Hoverfly Technologies, In...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising:a substrate;
a tether sensor mounted on the substrate, the tether sensor determining an orientation of a tether descending from the substrate relative to ground; and
a micro controller, receiving the measured orientation from the tether sensor, and determining an orientation of the tether relative to the substrate, and as a function of the orientation, determining a corrective value and outputting the corrective value to the unmanned aerial vehicle as at least one of a roll output and a pitch output control signal to correct a relative position of the substrate to a position in which the tether is normal to the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,365,660

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED INDOOR SURVEYING BY ROBOTS

Savioke, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A method comprising:determining, based on an initial map and one or more stored parameters, whether one or more portions of the initial map should be updated, wherein the initial map represents a plurality of locations within an environment, and wherein each location of the plurality of locations is associated with first sensor data;
in response to determining one or more portions of the initial map should be updated, causing:
calculating a route to one or more target locations corresponding to the one or more portions of the initial map;
a robot physically traversing the environment on the route;
during the traversing the environment on the route, the robot collecting second sensor data from one or more sensors of the robot at each target location of the one or more target locations;
generating updated map data associating each target location of the one or more target locations with respective updated sensor data based on the second sensor data.

US Pat. No. 10,365,656

ROBOT CHARGER DOCKING LOCALIZATION

Locus Robotics Corp., Wi...

1. A method for navigating a robot for docking with a robot charger docking station, comprising:receiving an initial pose associated with a robot charger docking station;
receiving a mating pose associated with the robot charger docking station;
performing a first navigation of a robot from a location to the initial pose using scan matching to a first map;
performing a second navigation of the robot from the initial pose to the mating pose using scan matching to a second map;
wherein upon arriving at the mating pose, thereby causing the electrical charging port of the robot to mate with an electrical charging assembly of the robot charger docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,365,648

METHODS OF CUSTOMIZING SELF-DRIVING MOTOR VEHICLES

1. A method of customizing a self-driving motor vehicle comprising the steps of: acquiring a user preference data set and a user profile data set;identifying a current user;
applying data of the current user in the user preference data set and in the user profile data set in operating the vehicle;
updating the data of the current user in the user preference data set and the user profile data set of the current user during driving;
applying the updated data of the current user in the user preference data set and in the user profile data set in operating the vehicle;
driving the vehicle based on the updated data of the current user in the user preference data set and in the user profile data set;
wherein the step of applying the data comprises:
finding a closest match between a current scenario and a scenario used in a training collection for acquiring data in the entry of the current user in the user preference dataset;
applying a user choice in the current scenario operating the vehicle if
minimum scenario similarity is smaller than a threshold value; or
generating a suggestion how to handle the current scenario based on the data in the entry of the current user in the user profile data set and
achieving an optimal solution by considering the suggestion together with other options generated by Al control subsystems based on non-user-specific analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,365,647

ENSURING OCCUPANT AWARENESS IN VEHICLES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of providing information to ensure occupant awareness in a vehicle, the method comprising:autonomously controlling, by the vehicle, operation of the vehicle;
determining, by one or more processors and concurrent with the vehicle autonomously controlling operation of the vehicle, an expected event is to occur, the expected event including transfer of control of the operation of the vehicle from the vehicle to an occupant;
determining, by the one or more processors and concurrent with the vehicle autonomously controlling operation of the vehicle, an extent of time remaining until an estimated occurrence of the expected event;
determining, by the one or more processors and concurrent with the vehicle autonomously controlling operation of the vehicle, a condition that triggers the expected event;
selecting, by the one or more processors and concurrent with the vehicle autonomously controlling operation of the vehicle, a process of a plurality of processes by which to inform the occupant of an operating context of the vehicle such that the process of the plurality of processes is capable of being performed within the determined extent of time, wherein a first subset of the plurality of processes are for higher levels of the determined extent of time compared to a second subset of the plurality of processes; and
performing, by the one or more processors and within the determined extent of time, the process of the plurality of processes by which to inform the occupant of the operating context of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,644

APPLICATION, SMART DEVICE, DRONE, SERVER, SYSTEM METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR AUTOMATICALLY CONTROL DRONE FLIGHT

OPTIM CORPORATION, Saga-...

1. A smart device that automatically controls drone flight and is connected with a drone, the smart device comprising:a camera;
a rechargeable battery; and
a processor that:
drives the camera;
acquires an image taken by the camera;
analyzes the acquired image;
controls the drone flight based on a result of the image analysis;
feeds power from the rechargeable battery to the connected drone; and
controls the speed of the drone based on the battery level of the rechargeable battery when feeding power.

US Pat. No. 10,365,643

SYSTEM RELIABILITY AND OPERATING LIFE ENHANCEMENT IN FIELD THROUGH THERMAL PROFILING

Honeywell International I...

1. A system comprising:a processing device;
a rack; and
a plurality of input/output module (IOM) configured to interface with a field device in an industrial process control and automation system,
wherein each IOM of the plurality of IOMs comprises:
a terminal block including a plurality of inputs or outputs, each of the inputs or outputs configured to send and receive signals to and from the field device;
a plurality of temperature sensors, each of the plurality of temperature sensors configured to measure a temperature in the vicinity of the temperature sensor within each IOM;
a connector configured to transmit the temperature measured by each of the plurality of temperature sensors to the processing device,
wherein the processing device compares each of the plurality of measured temperatures to a threshold,
wherein the plurality of temperature sensors are positioned evenly across a field side of the IOM and the temperature measured evenly across the rack where the plurality of IOMs are positioned, and
wherein the rack is configured to mount each of the plurality of IOMs, and the processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,365,638

SCHEDULING PROCESS FOR AUTOMATED MATTRESS MANUFACTURING

DREAMWELL, LTD., Las Veg...

1. A computer-implemented method for scheduling automated manufacturing of mattresses, the method comprising:receiving, by a processing device, a plurality of customer orders for mattresses, wherein each of the plurality of customer orders includes a due date;
organizing the plurality of customer orders into production batches based on the due dates;
analyzing a first production batch of the daily production schedule and responsively creating an optimized hour production batch;
based on a determination that the optimized first production batch exceeds a performance threshold, operating an automated manufacturing system to produce the first hourly production batch;
based on a determination that the optimized first hour production batch does not exceed the performance threshold:
analyzing a second production batch; and
modifying the optimized first production batch and the second production batch to create an optimized second production batch.

US Pat. No. 10,365,625

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

Strong Force IOT Portfoli...

1. A system for data collection, processing, and utilization of signals from at least a first element in a first machine in an industrial environment, the system comprising:a platform including a computing environment connected to a local data collection system having at least a first sensor signal and a second sensor signal obtained from at least the first machine in the industrial environment;
a first sensor in the local data collection system configured to be connected to the first machine;
a second sensor in the local data collection system; and
a crosspoint switch in the local data collection system having multiple inputs and multiple outputs including a first input connected to the first sensor and a second input connected to the second sensor, wherein the multiple outputs include a first output and a second output configured to be switchable between a condition in which the first output is configured to switch between delivery of the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and a condition in which there is simultaneous delivery of the first sensor signal from the first output and the second sensor signal from the second output, wherein each of multiple inputs is configured to be individually assigned to any of the multiple outputs, wherein unassigned outputs are configured to be switched off producing a high-impedance state, wherein the local data collection system is configured to manage data collection bands, and wherein the local data collection system is configured to create data acquisition routes based on hierarchical templates that each include the data collection bands related to machines associated with the data acquisition routes.

US Pat. No. 10,365,623

SERVER, USER TERMINAL, AND PROGRAM

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. A server, which is associated with a service facility, comprising:a notification unit that sends a power reduction request to a user terminal of a consumer; and
a controller that acquires smart meter information sent from the user terminal when the consumer accepts the power reduction request,
wherein
the smart meter information is information regarding a smart meter of a consumer facility that is a target for power reduction,
the controller determines actual reduced power of the consumer facility based on the smart meter information,
when power usage of the consumer facility is reduced in response to the power reduction request, the controller performs a process of giving an incentive corresponding to the actual reduced power to the consumer, and
when the consumer accepts the power reduction request, the incentive is given to the consumer based on an amount of money used in the service facility or time during which the consumer has stayed in the service facility.

US Pat. No. 10,365,615

WEARABLE APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A wearable apparatus, comprising:a mounting component configured to hold a relationship between relative positions of the wearable apparatus and its user;
a plurality of sensors;
a folding panel mounted on the mounting component, the folding panel including at least two display screens interconnected at a rotatable joint where said plurality of sensors are disposed; and
a controller, said controller being signal connected with individual display screens and the plurality of sensors respectively, the controller being configured to control corresponding display screens to turn on or turn off based on a state of the folding panel detected by the plurality of sensors;
wherein the at least two display screens comprise five display screens; wherein one of the five display screens is a rectangular display screen having four edges, while a remaining four display screens comprise circular arc edges; wherein the remaining four display screens are respectively connected to said four edges of the rectangular display screen in a rotatable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,365,614

WATCH AND ITEM OF JEWELLERY WITH INTERCHANGEABLE WRISTBAND

The Swatch Group Research...

1. An end link of a wristband for a watch or item of jewelry for removable fitting of a watch case or jewel setting, the end link comprising:an end piece including at least one complementary stud for a fixture to the watch case, the at least one complementary stud being configured to be inserted in at least one secondary transverse slot of the watch case, wherein the watch case includes at least one main longitudinal slot delimited by two main support surfaces parallel to a main plane and the at least one secondary transverse slot delimited by two secondary support surfaces parallel to a secondary plane defining a direction of insertion of the end link; and
at least one lock including,
a slide catch configured to be inserted in the at least one main longitudinal slot in a locking position, towards which the slide catch is moved by elastic restoring means belonging to said lock,
intrinsic unlocking means configured to be operated directly by a finger of a user to move the slide catch away from the main longitudinal slot of the watch case,
a pushbutton configured to control an unlocking of the at least one lock by retraction of the slide catch by an application of pressure to the pushbutton imposed by the finger of the user, the pushbutton including at least one cam or an oblique bevel configured to cooperate with a complementary cam or a complementary oblique bevel of the slide catch, and
a cover being a front guide of the slide catch close to the main slot forming a latch of the case configured to receive the end piece.

US Pat. No. 10,365,610

DISPLAY MECHANISM WITH ROLLERS FOR WATCHES

1. A timepiece display mechanism comprising:at least one roller pivoting about a roller axis, said roller comprising at least one flap pivoting about a flap axis parallel to said roller axis and distinct from said roller axis, said at least one flap comprising at least one first face and at least one second face;
first drive means for pivoting said roller about said roller axis;
second drive means distinct from said first drive means for pivoting at least one said flap about said respective flap axis, in at least one determined position of said flap axis relative to said roller axis,
wherein said second drive means comprise, at each said flap, at least one flap drive pinion centred on each said flap axis and arranged to cooperate with a control means, comprised in said display mechanism, to modify, on demand, the position of said at least one flap or when said at least one flap is a plurality of flaps, to modify, in sequence or continuously, the position of said successive flaps of said at least one roller.

US Pat. No. 10,365,607

HOLOGRAM DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A hologram display device, comprising a spatial light modulator, a lens assembly, and a plurality of backlights, whereinthe plurality of backlights are provided at a light incident side of the spatial light modulator, the lens assembly is provided between the plurality of backlights and the spatial light modulator;
the plurality of backlights are configured to emit light having different directions towards the lens assembly, respectively, the lens assembly is configured to guide received light having different directions to the spatial light modulator, and the spatial light modulator is configured to form images at different positions at a light emergent side of the spatial light modulator according to the light having different directions from the lens assembly, respectively;
the lens assembly comprises a plurality of first lenses having a one-to-one correspondence to the plurality of backlights and a second lens provided between the plurality of first lenses and the spatial light modulator, each first lens is configured to guide parallel surface coherent light emitted from a corresponding backlight to a predetermined position on the second lens, and the second lens is configured to guide light transmitted through respective first lenses to the spatial light modulator, and
each backlight comprises a light emitting assembly configured to emit parallel surface coherent light towards the spatial light modulator.

US Pat. No. 10,365,600

BELT DEVIATION CORRECTION DEVICE FIXING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND BELT DEVIATION CORRECTION METHOD

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt deviation correction device for correcting a deviation of an endless belt wound around a plurality of rollers, comprising:a pressing roller that is pressed from outside the endless belt wound around the plurality of rollers; and
a drive mechanism that drives a plurality of actuated parts that are different from each other in order to swing the pressing roller, wherein
the pressing roller is configured to swing in such a way as to be inclined with respect to the plurality of rollers,
a deviation of the endless belt in a direction of an axis of rotation of the plurality of rollers is corrected by swinging the pressing roller, and
the drive mechanism includes:
a single drive part to which a drive force is transmitted from a single drive source, and
a plurality of actuating parts provided on the single drive part so that in actuating a first actuated part and a second actuated part of the plurality of actuated parts separately with the drive force from the single drive part, a first action on the first actuated part and a second action on the second actuated part do not affect each other.

US Pat. No. 10,365,599

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH WRITE START TIMING DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is operable at a plurality of image forming speeds, comprising:a photosensitive member;
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans on a surface of the photosensitive member in a main scanning direction;
a developing unit configured to develop, with a toner, an electrostatic latent image, which is formed on the surface of the photosensitive member by the light beam, into a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image from the surface of the photosensitive member onto a bearing member or a recording medium that is conveyed by the bearing member;
a pattern detection unit configured to detect a registration correction pattern, which is transferred onto the bearing member by the transfer unit; and
a processor and a memory configured to function as:
a writing start timing determination unit configured to determine writing start timing at which the electrostatic latent image is started to be written on the photosensitive member by the light beam emitted from the light source, based on a detection result of the pattern detection unit;
a storage unit configured to store a correction amount for correcting the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit;
a density detection unit configured to detect a density correction pattern, which is transferred onto the bearing member by the transfer unit; and
a light intensity setting unit configured to set a light intensity of the light beam that is emitted from the light source, based on a detection result of the density detection unit,
wherein, in a case where a previous image forming speed when the registration correction pattern is detected by the pattern detection unit is the same as a next image forming speed at which a next image is formed, the next image is formed at the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit at the previous image forming speed, and
wherein, in a case where the previous image forming speed differs from the next image forming speed, the correction amount is corrected based on a difference between a light intensity of the light beam when the registration correction pattern is formed and a light intensity of the light beam when the next image is formed, the writing start timing that is determined by the writing start timing determination unit at the previous image forming speed is corrected based on a corrected correction amount and on a speed ratio of the previous image forming speed to the next image forming speed, and the next image is formed based on a corrected writing start timing.

US Pat. No. 10,365,597

ENDLESS BELT COMPRISING BORON NITRIDE NANOTUBES

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. An endless belt comprising:a substrate layer comprising polyimide made from precursors comprising at least one dianhydride and at least one diamine; and a plurality of boron nitride nanotubes dispersed in the polyimide, the boron nitride nanotubes having a surface area of from about 50 m2/g to about 500 m2/g as determined by BET analysis, and being in an amount ranging from about 0.01 wt. % to about 20 wt. %, based on the total weight of the substrate layer, the substrate layer having a Young's modulus of from about 4,000 MPa to about 10,000 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,365,594

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A FUSER ASSEMBLY OF AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING DEVICE

LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, IN...

1. An imaging device for fusing toner to media sheets in a process direction of media travel, the imaging device connectable to a supply of AC power, comprising:first and second resistive traces of differing power sizes for heating; and
a controller coupled to connect said each of the resistive traces to the AC power to selectively apply half-cycles of the AC power including calculating a power level from zero power (0%) to full power (100%) to cause the each of the resistive traces to maintain a predetermined set-point temperature, but not applying the calculated power level to the each of the resistive traces and mapping the calculated power level to one of only five actual heating power levels for application to the each of the resistive traces.

US Pat. No. 10,365,592

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH PASSIVELY ROTATING FIXING DEVICE

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

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image carrier;
a transfer member configured to transfer an image on the image carrier to a continuous medium;
a fixing device configured to fix the image transferred to the medium; and
a transport member disposed downstream of the fixing device in a transport direction of the medium and configured to transport the medium,
wherein the fixing device comprises:
a first fixing member having an endless shape; and
a second fixing member having a substantially cylindrical shape; and
wherein, when the transport member transports the medium, the first and the second fixing members are passively rotated in accordance with movement of the medium.

US Pat. No. 10,365,590

BELT CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless belt member configured to bear an image and turn around; and
a steering roller configured to be tiltable and stretch the belt member, the steering roller including a roller configured to be rotatable with the belt member and a rubbing member configured to rub against the belt member to apply frictional force to the belt member, rotation of the rubbing member being regulated at both ends of the steering roller, the steering roller being tilted by frictional force acting on the rubbing member from the belt member,
wherein the rubbing member includes a recessed portion formed along an axial direction of the steering roller in an area opposed to an inner peripheral surface of the belt member, and
wherein a width of the recessed portion with respect to a circumferential direction of the steering roller is 300 ?m or more and a depth of the recessed portion is 100 ?m or more.

US Pat. No. 10,365,584

TONER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT INCLUDE A TONER CONTAINER CONTACTING SURFACE TO CONTACT WITH A DEVELOPING DEVICE ENGAGEMENT RELEASING STRUCTURE

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A toner container comprising:a container body to contain a toner and that is attachable to and detachable from a developing device;
an outlet to discharge the toner contained in the container body;
an outlet shutter to open and close the outlet, the shutter being movable in a direction of rotation; and
an operating structure to move the shutter in the direction of rotation of the shutter, the operating structure being rotatably attached to the container body, wherein
the operating structure includes an engaging structure that is rotatable in conjunction with rotation of the operating structure and that is rotatably supported by engagement with a support provided in the developing device, and
the engaging structure includes a rotation restricting structure that, in a state in which the engaging structure and the support are poorly engaged, interferes with the support and restricts rotation of the engaging structure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,581

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A developing device comprising:a developing container including a first conveying chamber, a second conveying chamber disposed in parallel to the first conveying chamber with a partition portion therebetween, and communicating portions for communicating the first conveying chamber and the second conveying chamber at both end portion sides of the partition portion in its longitudinal direction, the developing container storing two-component developer containing carrier and toner;
a first stirring and conveying member configured to stir and convey the developer in the first conveying chamber in its rotation shaft direction;
a second stirring and conveying member configured to stir and convey the developer in the second conveying chamber in a direction opposite to the first stirring and conveying member;
a developer replenishing port for replenishing the developing container with the developer;
a developer discharging portion configured to discharge excess developer from the developing container;
a developing roller supported by the developing container in a rotatable manner, so as to supply toner to an image carrier on which an electrostatic latent image is formed, in an opposed region between the developing roller and the image carrier;
a toner supply roller supported by the developing container in a rotatable manner, so as to carry the developer in the second conveying chamber on its surface and to supply the toner to the developing roller in an opposed region between the toner supply roller and the developing roller;
a regulating blade disposed to face the toner supply roller with a predetermined space therebetween;
a toner receiver member disposed to face the developing roller or the toner supply roller between the regulating blade and the image carrier in the developing container, so as to receive the toner dropped from the developing roller; and
a vibration generating device configured to vibrate the toner receiver member, wherein
the developing device is capable of executing a toner collecting mode in which the vibration generating device vibrates the toner receiver member so that the toner deposited on the toner receiver member is shaken off by vibration and is collected into the second conveying chamber, in a non-image formation period, and
the developing device is capable of executing a forced discharge mode in which the developer containing the collected toner collected from the toner receiver member into the second conveying chamber is forcibly discharged from the developer discharging portion to outside of the developing container, after the toner collecting mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,365,580

DEVELOPING MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing member comprising: a substrate, an elastic layer, and a surface layer in that order, the surface layer containing a urethane resin and a filler, the urethane resin having:the structure represented by structural formula (1) and at least one of the structures represented by structural formula (2) and structural formula (3), between two adjacent urethane linkages; and
the structure represented by structural formula (4) and the structure represented by structural formula (5), between two adjacent urethane linkages:

wherein in the urethane resin, the proportion of the total number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) and structural formula (5) relative to the total number of the structures represented by structural formulas (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5) is 25% to 75%, and
wherein the proportion of the number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) relative to the total number of the structures represented by structural formula (4) and structural formula (5) is 45% to 95%.

US Pat. No. 10,365,577

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member; and
a charging member that electrostatically charges a surface of the image bearing member,
wherein control is performed for increasing a voltage to be applied to the charging member in a stepwise manner every time a time period equivalent to one rotation of the image bearing member elapses so that the voltage becomes higher than when the image bearing member passes through a region where the image bearing member faces the charging member in a previous rotation, the control being performed as the image bearing member rotates while a single image region worth of image is being formed in an image region that is longer than a length equivalent to one rotation of the image bearing member in a rotational direction of the image bearing member, and
wherein an increment of the voltage to be applied to the charging member in the control is set based on a length of the image region in the rotational direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,365,572

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer configured to transfer a visible image formed by attaching toner to an electrostatic latent image on a photoconductive drum onto a sheet, to heat and press the sheet onto which the visible image is transferred so as to fix the visible image onto the sheet, and to thereby form an image on the sheet; and
a controller configured to
control the printer to form an image for a second surface on a sheet, and then to form an image for a first surface on a surface which is different from a surface on which the image for the second surface is formed, when the controller determines that duplex printing is set according to job data to provide an instruction for image formation,
wherein, in the duplex printing, decolorable toner is applied on the first surface which is a surface on which an image is first formed, of a front surface and a rear surface of a sheet, and toner having a fixing temperature higher than a decolorizing temperature of the decolorable toner is applied on the second surface, which is a surface on which an image is formed after the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,563

FILM FORMATION METHOD, DRY FILM MANUFACTURING METHOD AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of forming a film, comprising:a step of forming a resist film on an object to be applied,
a step of forming a layer of a protecting material removable by a first dissolving liquid on an upper surface of the resist film,
a step of removing the resist film from a region of the resist film not having, on the upper surface thereof, the layer of the protecting material by side rinsing with a second dissolving liquid capable of dissolving the resist film therein, and
a step of removing the protecting material remaining on the upper surface of the resist film by the first dissolving liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,365,560

RESIST COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING RESIST PATTERN

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A resist composition comprising:a resin having a structural unit represented by formula (I),
an alkali-soluble resin,
a resin (A3) including an alkaline-insoluble resin consisting of a structural unit having no acid-labile group,
an acid generator,
a solvent,
an adhesion improver selected from the group consisting of a sulfur-containing compound, an aromatic hydroxyl compound, a benzotriazol compound, and a triazine compound; and
at least one quencher represented by the formula (C1) or the formula (C2);

wherein Ri51 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group,
Ri52 and Ri53 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a C1 to C12 hydrocarbon group,
Ri54 represents a C5 to C20 alicyclic hydrocarbon group,
Ri55 in each occurrence independently represents a C1 to C6 alkyl group or a C1 to C6 alkoxy group, and
“p” represents an integer of 0 to 4;

wherein Rc1, Rc2 and Rc3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a C1 to C6 alkyl group, a C5 to C10 alicyclic hydrocarbon group or a C6 to C10 aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a hydrogen atom contained in the alkyl group and the alicyclic hydrocarbon group may be replaced by a hydroxy group, an amino group or a C1 to C6 alkoxy group, and a hydrogen atom contained in the aromatic hydrocarbon group may be replaced by a C1 to C6 alkyl group, a C1 to C6 alkoxy group or a C5 to C10 alicyclic hydrocarbon group;

wherein the ring W1 represents a nitrogen-containing heterocyclic ring, or a benzene ring having a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, and a hydrogen atom contained in the heterocyclic ring and benzene ring may be replaced by a hydroxy group or a C1 to C4 alkyl group;
A1 represents a phenyl group or a naphthyl group, and
nc represents an integer of 2 or 3; and
wherein the resist composition does not comprise a silicon-containing adhesion improver.

US Pat. No. 10,365,557

COMPACT OPC MODEL GENERATION USING VIRTUAL DATA

SYNOPSYS, INC., Mountain...

1. A method of building a fast lithography Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) model that predicts semiconductor manufacturing process outputs on silicon wafers comprising:providing a first principles model of the semiconductor manufacturing process;
providing a set of empirical data for storage in memory;
utilizing a processor to develop a rigorous model from the first principles model and the set of empirical data;
utilizing the processor running the rigorous model to generate emulated data; and
using the emulated data to develop a virtual model to predict the semiconductor manufacturing process outputs.

US Pat. No. 10,365,553

PROJECTOR-USE LUMINESCENT WHEEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROJECTOR-USE LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

NIPPON ELECTRIC GLASS CO....

1. A luminescent wheel for a projector comprising:a phosphor layer which has a first principal surface and a second principal surface located on an opposite side to the first principal surface and is capable of being excited by the entry of excitation light to emit fluorescence;
a first glass layer provided on the first principal surface of the phosphor layer so as to be in contact with the first principal surface; and
a second glass layer provided on the second principal surface of the phosphor layer so as to be in contact with the second principal surface,
wherein the phosphor layer contains a glass matrix and a phosphor dispersed in the glass matrix, and
wherein glass constituting the first glass layer or the second glass layer has a coefficient of thermal expansion in a range of a coefficient of thermal expansion of glass constituting the glass matrix?50×10?7/° C. to a coefficient of thermal expansion of glass constituting the glass matrix+50×10?7/° C.

US Pat. No. 10,365,540

SWITCHABLE IMAGER LENS COVER

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. An imager module for a vehicle comprising:an imager including an imager lens, the imager being configured to collect image data from at least one of inside and outside the vehicle; and
a cover disposed proximate the imager lens, the cover configured to allow the imager to capture image data through the cover, wherein the cover includes an electro-optic cell with a masking layer on a surface of the electro-optic cell, and wherein the cover is operable between:
a first condition wherein the imager is generally visible through the cover; and
a second condition wherein the imager is generally concealed from view by the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,365,538

QUANTUM COMPUTER AND QUANTUM COMPUTING METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A quantum computer comprising:a plurality of first physical systems provided in a cavity, the plurality of first physical systems including a first energy level, a second energy level, a third energy level, and a fourth energy level which are different from each other, the first energy level and the second energy level being used for a qubit, the plurality of first physical systems including a first transition between the fourth energy level and the first energy level, a second transition between the fourth energy level and the second energy level, and a third transition between the fourth energy level and the third energy level, the third transition being coupled to a common cavity mode of the cavity;
a second physical system provided in the cavity, the second physical system including a fifth energy level, a sixth energy level, and a seventh energy level which are different from each other, the second physical system including a fourth transition between the seventh energy level and the fifth energy level, and a fifth transition between the seventh energy level and the sixth energy level, the fifth transition being coupled to the common cavity mode; and
a light source unit configured to simultaneously irradiate two of the plurality of first physical systems with a first laser light beam and a second laser light beam to manipulate the two first physical systems, the first laser light beam resonating with the second transition of one of the two physical systems, the second laser light beam resonating with the second transition of the other of the two physical systems, the light source unit being configured to continuously irradiate the second physical system with a third laser light beam over a period when the two first physical systems are irradiated with the first laser light beam and the second laser light beam, the third laser light beam resonating with the fourth transition of the second physical system.

US Pat. No. 10,365,537

DIRECTIONAL SENSITIVE FIBER OPTIC CABLE WELLBORE SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A fiber optic cable assembly, comprising:an elongate housing;
a signal fiber placed inside the housing and extending longitudinally;
a strap to secure the fiber optic cable assembly outside a tubing in a wellbore formed in a formation; and
a plurality of sensing fibers placed inside the housing and extending longitudinally, wherein the plurality of sensing fibers are placed around the signal fiber, each of the plurality of sensing fibers carries a respective laser signal of a distinct frequency, and the signal fiber carries one or more evanescent coupling signals responsive to the laser signals in the plurality of sensing fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,533

ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

E Ink Corporation, Bille...

1. An electrophoretic display device, comprising:a first substrate on which a common electrode is provided, the common electrode comprising a sheet of conductive material, two or more connecting portions having a plate portion and a connector extending from the plate portion, a partitioning wall portion comprising at least two frame portions located between the sheet and the plate portions, and a conducting portion located within each frame portion and electrically connecting the plate portion of each connecting portion to the sheet;
a second substrate on which a pixel electrode and a plurality of terminals are provided; and
dispersion liquid that is provided between the first substrate and the second substrate and includes particles and a dispersion medium
wherein the connecting portions electrically connect two or more terminals among the plurality of terminals respectively to different points of the common electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,365,532

POWER DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS FOR ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICES

View, Inc., Milpitas, CA...

1. A system for monitoring and maintaining a power distribution network of optically switchable windows of a site, the system comprising:a control panel monitor configured to cause:
determining a control panel voltage and current at a terminal of a control panel;
sense circuitry configured to cause:
determining a first window controller voltage and current for a first window controller of a plurality of window controllers; and
one or more controllers configured to cause:
generating voltage network data based on a combination of the control panel voltage and current and the first window controller voltage and current,
determining an error condition in the power distribution network based on the voltage network data, and
determining a corrective action to address the error condition, the corrective action comprising decreasing a first voltage provided to the first window controller and increasing an amount of time during which the first voltage is provided to the first window controller.

US Pat. No. 10,365,530

POLARIZED WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window assembly, comprising:an electro-optic element, comprising:
a first substantially transparent substrate defining first and second surfaces, wherein the second surface comprises a first electrically conductive layer;
a second substantially transparent substrate defining third and fourth surfaces, wherein the third surface comprises a second electrically conductive layer;
a primary seal disposed between the first and second substrates, wherein the seal and the first and second substrates define a cavity therebetween; and
an electro-optic medium disposed in the cavity, the electro-optic medium being switchable such that the electro-optic element is operable between substantially clear and darkened states;
an absorptive layer positioned on the fourth surface of the electro-optic element; and
a reflective layer positioned on the absorptive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,527

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL

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

1. A liquid crystal display device, comprising:a liquid crystal display panel including red, white, blue, and green liquid crystal cells in m x n regions where m is a natural number that is a multiple of 3 and n is a natural number;
m/3 data lines and 3n gate lines intersecting each other at the liquid crystal display panel, wherein the liquid crystal cells are arranged in a pattern of 4×2 to a data line direction and a gate line direction and the pattern is repeated in at least a portion of the liquid crystal display panel according to Equation 1,

wherein, in Equation 1, the data line direction is a vertical direction, the gate line direction is a horizontal direction, and X1, X2, X3, and X4 indicate that a color of a color filter is one of red, white, blue, and green; and
a controller configured to control driving the liquid crystal cells through the data lines and the gate lines,
wherein the liquid crystal cells are arranged in a pattern of 8×4 to the data line direction and the gate line direction and the pattern is repeated in the at least a portion of the liquid crystal display panel, and
among the 8×4 liquid crystal cells, two liquid crystal cells above and below each of odd-numbered vertical lines are commonly connected to an odd-numbered gate line, wherein one of the two liquid crystal cells above and below each of odd-numbered vertical lines is connected to one of two data lines located on the left and right thereof and the other of two liquid crystal cells is connected to the other of two data lines located on the left and right thereof, and two liquid crystal cells above and below each of even-numbered vertical lines are commonly connected to an even-numbered gate line, wherein one of the two liquid crystal cells above and below each of even-numbered vertical lines is connected to one of two data lines located on the left and right thereof and the other of two liquid crystal cells is connected to the other of two data lines located on the left and right thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,365,520

WIRING STRUCTURE FOR DISPLAY DEVICE

Kobe Steel, Ltd., Kobe-s...

1. A wiring structure, comprising:a first layer of a first Al alloy which comprises at least one element X selected from the group consisting of Ta, Nb, Re, Zr, W, Mo, V, Hf, Ti, Cr, and Pt, and at least one rare earth metal element; and
a second layer of a nitride which comprises at least one element Y selected from the group consisting of Ti, Mo, Ta, Nb, Re, Zr, W, V, Hf, and Cr, or a nitride of a second Al alloy which comprises one or more of other metal elements and is the same as or different from the first Al alloy,
wherein
the first layer is formed on a substrate, and
the second layer is formed on the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,516

LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICE AND THE ARRAY SUBSTRATE THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. An array substrate, comprising:at least one data line and at least one pixel cell being arranged on the array substrate, wherein a gap is formed between the at least one data line and the at least one pixel cell, an electrode is arranged on the gap to cover the gap; and
an up substrate being arranged above the array substrate, wherein the up substrate comprises a black matrix and the common electrode, the black matrix being arranged above the at least one data line, and the common electrode covers the up substrate and the black matrix;
wherein the at least one data line connects to a first voltage, the electrode electrically connects to the common electrode to be a second voltage, the first voltage is different from the second voltage and the electrode is an Indium Tin Oxides (ITO) electrode; and
wherein a liquid crystal layer being arranged between the common electrode and at least one pixel cell, and between the common electrode and the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap; the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap, the at least one data line, and the at least one pixel cell are located at the same side of the liquid crystal layer; the common electrode is spaced apart from the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap, and located at one side of the liquid crystal layer that is opposite to the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap, and no voltage difference is generated between the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap and the common electrode;
liquid crystals within the liquid crystal layer between the electrode arranged on the gap to cover the gap and the common electrode are not twisted.

US Pat. No. 10,365,513

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING BACKLIGHT UNIT

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel;
a light source;
a frame at a rear of the display panel; and
a reflecting sheet between the display panel and the frame, the reflecting sheet having a rectangular shape with a first long side, a second long side opposite the first long side, a first short side adjacent to the first long side and the second long side, and a second short side opposite the first short side,
wherein the reflecting sheet includes a first horizontal area along the first long side, and a first vertical area along the first short side,
wherein at least one of the first horizontal area and the first vertical area includes:
a first area including a plurality of first dots, a second area including a plurality of second dots and a third area including a plurality of third dots,
wherein the second area is between the first area and the third area,
wherein a size of the first dots in the first area is the same, a size of the second dots in the second area is the same, and a size of the third dots in the third area is the same, and
wherein the size of the first dots in the first area is greater than the size of the second dots in the second area, and the size of the second dots in the second area is greater than the size of the third dots in the third area.

US Pat. No. 10,365,507

SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A semiconductor optical integrated circuit, comprising:a semiconductor layer in which an optical waveguide is provided, the optical waveguide including n heated sections I1 through In, where n is a natural number of not less than 2; and
(n+1) heater parts H0 through Hn configured to heat the heated sections I1 through In,
the optical waveguide being configured to meander such that the heated sections I1 through In are juxtaposed to each other, and
each heated section Ii (where i=1, 2, . . . , n) being arranged between a heater part Hi?1 and a heater part Hi which are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,365,505

SIDE PIECE STRUCTURE OF A PAIR OF GLASSES

1. A side piece structure of a pair of glasses, comprising:at least one temple, having a slot, a fastener hole, a pivot hole and a first mark; and
at least one side piece, having a bracket, a fastener bump, a pivot, a second mark and a side cover,
wherein the pivot hole is a groove not penetrating through the at least one temple, the pivot of the at least one side piece is inserted into the pivot hole from an inner side of the at least one temple, and the fastener bump is engaged with the fastener hole; the bracket is fitted into the slot, and the first mark is aligned with the second mark.

US Pat. No. 10,365,498

ILLUMINATION DEVICE, PROJECTION APPARATUS AND PROJECTION-TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. An illumination device comprising an optical device that varies an incidence angle of a coherent light beam at each position on an illumination zone with time, wherein the optical device comprises, in this order:an irradiation unit;
a hologram recording medium comprising a plurality of recording areas; and
an illumination zone;
wherein the illumination zone is a virtual plane that is illuminated by a coherent light beam whose angle of incidence changes with time;
wherein the irradiation unit irradiates the coherent light beam to the hologram recording medium so that the coherent light beam scans the hologram recording areas of the hologram recording medium;
wherein each of the plurality of recording areas diffracts the coherent light beam incident from the irradiation unit and illuminates a respective part of the illumination zone among a plurality of parts of the illumination zone as the angle of incidence changes with time, wherein one part of the illumination zone is different from another part of the illumination zone; and
wherein when the coherent light beam from the irradiation unit scans the plurality of recording areas, each of the plurality of recording areas scanned diffracts the coherent light beam so that, at each position on the plurality of recording areas, the coherent light beam illuminates a corresponding part of the illumination zone in its entirety as the coherent light beam is superimposed.

US Pat. No. 10,365,497

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND AUTOSTEREOSCOPIC 3D DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

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

1. A backlight unit comprising:a 3D (three-dimensional) light guide plate including first light output patterns to output light;
first light sources irradiating light to at least one side of the 3D light guide plate;
a 2D (two-dimensional) light guide plate arranged below the 3D light guide plate and including second light output patterns to output light; and
second light sources irradiating light to at least one side of the 2D light guide plate,
wherein the first light output patterns are a plurality of line prism patterns spaced apart from each other,
wherein the first light output patterns are aligned and overlapped with some of the second light output patterns,
wherein each of the plurality of line prism patterns of the first light output patterns includes a plurality of triangular prisms extending in an alignment direction of the first light sources,
wherein the plurality of line prism patterns of the first light output patterns are arranged in an extending direction crossing the alignment direction of the first light sources, and
wherein the plurality of line prism patterns of the first light output patterns arranged in the extending direction are inclined at a predetermined angle greater than zero with respect to one side of the 3D light guide plate that is perpendicular to the alignment direction of the first light sources.

US Pat. No. 10,365,489

SEMI-TRANSMISSIVE REFLECTION SHEET, LIGHT GUIDE PLATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

Dai Nippon Printing Co., ...

1. A semi-transmissive reflection sheet comprising:a first optical shape layer including unit optical shapes; and
a second optical shape layer laminated on the first optical shape layer, from a side of a surface formed by the unit optical shapes;
wherein the unit optical shapes have a first surface that is inclined with respect to a light emergent side surface of the second optical shape layer, wherein the light emergent side surface of the second optical shape layer is opposed to the first optical shape layer, and wherein the unit optical shapes have a second surface that is not parallel to the light emergent side surface of the second optical shape layer; and
wherein a reflection layer that reflects at least a part of image light traveling in the semi-transmissive reflection sheet is provided only on part of the first surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,486

HEAD UP DISPLAY

LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUAN...

1. A head up display comprising:a housing having an opening;
a transmission mechanism disposed in the housing;
a cover connected to the transmission mechanism and movable between a closed position wherein the cover hides the opening and an opened position wherein the cover is located within the housing by the transmission mechanism; and
a drive mechanism configured to drive the transmission mechanism;
wherein while the cover moves from the closed position to the opened position, the cover moves to an intermediate position below the opening in a vertical way, and moves away from the intermediate position below the opening to the opened position in sequence,
wherein the transmission mechanism comprises a gear rack movably disposed in the housing and having a guide rail, the cover comprises a guide pin slidably disposed in the guide rail, and the drive mechanism is configured to drive the gear rack; and
wherein when the drive mechanism drives the gear rack, the cover is driven to move through a connection between the guide rail of the gear rack and the guide pin,
wherein the guide rail comprises a first parallel section, a second parallel section and an inclined section connecting the first parallel section and the second parallel section;
wherein when the cover is located at the closed position, the guide pin is located within the first parallel section; when the cover is located at the intermediate position and the opened position, the guide pin is located within the second parallel section.

US Pat. No. 10,365,485

DISPLAY DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A display device for a vehicle, comprising:an irradiation unit configured to project a first display light onto a reflection member through a single opening formed in an instrument panel of the vehicle, the opening facing the reflection member, and the irradiation unit configured to display information to a driver, the opening being defined by inner side surfaces of the instrument panel; and
a display section configured to display information to the driver and disposed on a first inner side surface, the first inner side surface being one of the inner side surfaces of the instrument panel defining the opening formed in the instrument panel, the display section being disposed such that the driver views the display section through the opening formed in the instrument panel,
wherein the irradiation unit comprises:
a first display unit configured to emit the first display light, and
a mirror configured to reflect the first display light emitted from the first display unit toward the reflection member and project the first display light onto the reflection member, and
wherein the display section comprises a second display unit configured to emit a second display light, the second display unit being separate from the first display unit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,484

HEAD-UP DISPLAY DEVICE

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A head-up display device comprising:an image generator that emits light; and
a display member comprising:
a projection surface onto which the light is projected, wherein
when the light is emitted to the projection surface, the light is reflected from the projection surface to display a real image passing through the display member and a virtual image; and
a plate material comprising:
a pair of optical surfaces, one positioned nearer to an observer side than the other, and either of which can serve as the projection surface;
an end surface connecting peripheries of the pair of optical surfaces; and
an end main surface formed at a predetermined distance from the end surface to a reference line passing through a reference point on the projection plane and being orthogonal to a tangent plane at the reference point, monotonically decreasing from the optical surface positioned nearer to the observing side to the other optical surface, in a cross-section of the display member taken along a virtual plane orthogonal to the tangent plane, passing through the reference point, and extending in a vertical direction, wherein
the tangent plane is positioned at the reference point on a line passing through a midpoint of the projection surface and extending in a horizontal direction along the projection surface,
the end main surface occupies at least 70% of the end surface in a thickness direction of the display member, and
the following formula is satisfied in the cross-section:
?e?(arcsin(nd×sin(?n??c))+arcsin(nd×sin(?2×?n??c)))/2  (1)
wherein,
?e: an angle (°) between the reference line and an intended line of sight of an observer of the head-up display device,
?n: an angle (°) between a line normal to any point on the end main surface and the reference line,
nd: a refractive index of the display member at a wavelength 555 nm, and
?c: critical angle (°)=arcsin (1/nd).

US Pat. No. 10,365,482

LIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM

Rockwell Collins, Inc., ...

1. A system for controlling light, comprising:a vehicle display including a light source configured to emit light with wavelengths having a specified spectral output; and
a light filter utilizing chromatic separation techniques applied to a substrate separate from the display, the light filter coordinated with the display to: (i) block light with wavelengths within the specified spectral output and light with wavelengths reflected off a left side or a right side of an interior of a vehicle, (ii) reduce an amount of the light with wavelengths having the specified spectral output within the vehicle, and (iii) allow light with wavelengths outside of the specified spectral output to pass through the light filter,
wherein the substrate includes a surface of a canopy mounted blast shield of an aircraft separating a first pilot from a second pilot.

US Pat. No. 10,365,475

OSCILLATING STRUCTURE WITH PIEZOELECTRIC ACTUATION, SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. An oscillating structure with piezoelectric actuation, comprising:a first torsional elastic element and a second torsional elastic element constrained to respective portions of a fixed supporting body and defining an axis of rotation;
a mobile element arranged between, and connected to, said first and second torsional elastic elements, the mobile element being rotatable about the axis of rotation as a consequence of a torsion of the first and second torsional elastic elements;
wherein said mobile element comprises a central body, a first connection region between the central body and the first torsional elastic element, and a second connection region between the central body and the second torsional elastic element;
wherein each of the first and second connection regions has a constant of torsional stiffness higher than a constant of torsional stiffness of each of the first and second torsional elastic elements; and
a first control region coupled to the mobile element and housing a first piezoelectric actuator that is configured to cause, in use, a local deformation of the first control region that generates the torsion of the first and second torsional elastic elements;
wherein said first control region is fixed with respect to the first and second connection regions and separated from the central body by a first trench.

US Pat. No. 10,365,460

PHOTOGRAPHING LENS ASSEMBLY, IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN Precision Co., Ltd...

1. A photographing lens assembly comprising seven lens elements, the seven lens elements being, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element, a sixth lens element and a seventh lens element, the second lens element having positive refractive power, the seventh lens element having an image-side surface being concave in a paraxial region thereof, and the image-side surface of the seventh lens element having at least one convex shape in an off-axis region thereof;wherein a focal length of the photographing lens assembly is f, a curvature radius of an object-side surface of the second lens element is R3, a curvature radius of an image-side surface of the second lens element is R4, a curvature radius of an object-side surface of the sixth lens element is R11, a curvature radius of an image-side surface of the sixth lens element is R12, an axial distance between an object-side surface of the first lens element and an image surface is TL, an entrance pupil diameter of the photographing lens assembly is EPD, an axial distance between the sixth lens element and the seventh lens element is T67, and the following conditions are satisfied:
|f/R11|+|f/R12|<0.95;
(R3+R4)/(R3?R4)<1.80;
TL/EPD<2.80; and
2.0

US Pat. No. 10,365,457

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS

GENIUS ELECTRONIC OPTICAL...

1. An optical imaging lens, comprising a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element, a sixth lens element, and a seventh lens element arranged in sequence from an object side to an image side along an optical axis, each of the first lens element to the seventh lens element comprising an object-side surface facing the object side and allowing imaging rays to pass through and an image-side surface facing the image side and allowing the imaging rays to pass through, whereinthe first lens element has positive refracting power, and the image-side surface of the first lens element has a concave portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the first lens element;
the third lens element has negative refracting power, and the image-side surface of the third lens element has a concave portion in a vicinity of a periphery of the third lens element;
at least one of the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fourth lens element is an aspheric surface;
at least one of the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the fifth lens element is an aspheric surface;
the sixth lens element has positive refracting power; and
the image-side surface of the seventh lens element has a concave portion in a vicinity of the optical axis;
wherein the optical imaging lens satisfies:
(T6+G67+T7)/(T1+T4)?1.65, and
V3?35.00,
T1 is a thickness of the first lens element along the optical axis, T4 is a thickness of the fourth lens element along the optical axis, T6 is a thickness of the sixth lens element along the optical axis, T7 is a thickness of the seventh lens element along the optical axis, G67 an air gap from the sixth lens element to the seventh lens element along the optical axis, and V3 is an Abbe number of the third lens element; and
lens elements having refracting power of the optical imaging lens are only the first lens element to the seventh lens element.

US Pat. No. 10,365,454

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A zoom lens consisting of, in order from an object side:a first lens group that remains stationary with respect to an image plane during zooming and has a positive refractive power;
two or three movable lens groups that are moved by changing distances between the movable lens groups and adjacent groups in a direction of an optical axis during zooming; and
a final lens group that remains stationary with respect to the image plane during zooming and has a positive refractive power,
wherein the final lens group consists of, in order from the object side, a front group and a rear group separated by an air distance from the front group,
wherein the front group has, successively in order from a position closest to the object side, two or less positive lenses and one first front group negative lens, and a second front group negative lens that is different from the first front group negative lens at a position closest to an image side and is concave toward the image side,
wherein a stop is provided between the movable lens group adjacent to the final lens group and the first front group negative lens,
wherein the rear group consists of a positive lens and a rear group negative meniscus lens that is convex toward the image side,
wherein assuming that a distance on an optical axis from an image side surface of the first front group negative lens to an image side surface of the second front group negative lens is D1n and a distance on the optical axis from a surface closest to the object side to a surface closest to the image side in the front group is D1, Conditional Expression (1) is satisfied,
0.1 wherein assuming that a focal length of the final lens group is fR and a focal length of the front group is fR1, Conditional Expression (3) is satisfied,
0.1

US Pat. No. 10,365,452

ACTUATOR OF CAMERA MODULE

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. An actuator of a camera module, comprising:a shape memory alloy (SMA) wire group comprising first SMA wires driving a first lens module and second SMA wires driving a second lens module; and
a driver configured to drive a pair of SMA wires driving different lens modules of the first and the second lens modules among the first and the second SMA wires during a same function, and configured to sequentially provide driving signals to wires driving one of the first lens module and the second lens module in one time period.

US Pat. No. 10,365,451

LENS ARRAY AND CAMERA MODULE INCLUDING SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A lens array, comprising:a plurality of lenses arranged in an optical-axis direction between an object side and an image side;
a first spacer disposed between the lenses and having an inner width and an outer width, wherein the inner width is smaller than the outer width, first and second lenses of the plurality of lenses being side by side in the optical-axis direction and having different widths; and
an elastic member disposed between the first spacer and at least one of the first and second lenses wherein the elastic member includes a first elastic member and a second elastic member, and
wherein the first elastic member is attached to the inner width of the first spacer and the second elastic member is attached to the outer width of the first spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,448

OPTICAL MODULE HAVING TWO LENS SYSTEM AND MONITOR PHOTODIODE BETWEEN TWO LENSES

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A transmitting optical module comprising:a semiconductor laser diode (LD) that emits a divergent optical beam;
a first lens optically coupled with the LD, the first lens converting the divergent optical beam into a collimated optical beam;
a beam splitter (BS) optically coupled with the first lens, the beam splitter splitting the collimated optical beam into a collimated monitored beam and a collimated signal beam, the beam splitter including a glass member; and
a semiconductor photodiode (PD) having a semiconductor substrate made of indium phosphide (InP) and a semiconductor stack including a semiconductor layer made of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) on the semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor substrate having a back surface and a top surface opposite to the back surface, the back surface facing the glass member in the BS and receiving the collimated monitored beam, the top surface forming a Fresnel interface against the InGaAs semiconductor layer in the semiconductor stack provided thereon, the semiconductor substrate having a thickness causing multiple reflections between the top surface and the back surface thereof for the collimated monitored beam,
wherein the PD is mounted on the BS and attaches an anti-reflection film thereto, the anti-reflection film being made of silicon nitride (SiN) having refractive index of 2.05 to 2.35.

US Pat. No. 10,365,445

OPTICAL MODULES INTEGRATED INTO AN IC PACKAGE OF A NETWORK SWITCH HAVING ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS EXTEND ON DIFFERENT PLANES

Mellanox Technologies, Lt...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an Integrated Circuit (IC), which is mounted on a substrate and is configured to exchange one or more communication signals with one or more electro-optical transducers, and to exchange one or more control signals with external circuitry; and
an array of electrical interconnections soldered to the IC, the array comprising:
first electrical connections, which extend on a plane parallel to the substrate, and are configured to conduct the communication signals; and
second electrical connections, which extend on one or more planes not parallel to the substrate, and are configured to conduct the control signals.

US Pat. No. 10,365,444

OPTICAL RECEPTACLE AND OPTICAL MODULE

Enplas Corporation, Sait...

1. An optical receptacle configured to be disposed between a photoelectric conversion device and one or more optical transmission members, the photoelectric conversion device including one or more photoelectric conversion elements and one or more detecting elements for monitoring emittance light emitted from the photoelectric conversion element, the optical receptacle being used for optically coupling a photoelectric conversion element of the one or more photoelectric conversion elements and an end surface of an optical transmission member of the one or more optical transmission members, the optical receptacle comprising:one or more first optical surfaces that allow emittance light emitted from the photoelectric conversion element to be incident on a first optical surface of the one or more first optical surfaces, or that cause reception light emitted from the end surface of the optical transmission member and passing through inside to be emitted toward the photoelectric conversion element;
one or more second optical surfaces that cause emittance light incident on the first optical surface to be emitted toward the end surface of the optical transmission member, or allow reception light emitted from the end surface of the optical transmission member to be incident on a second optical surface of the one or more second optical surfaces;
a light separating section disposed on an optical path of light between the first optical surface and the second optical surface, the light separating section separating emittance light incident on the first optical surface into monitoring light and signal light directed toward the end surface of the optical transmission member, or the light separating section causing at least one part of reception light incident on the second optical surface to be reflected toward the first optical surface side;
a reflecting surface that internally reflects monitoring light separated by the light separating section; and
one or more third optical surfaces that cause the monitoring light reflected by the reflecting surface to be emitted toward the detecting element;
wherein:
the light separating section includes a plurality of separating units that each include: a first divided reflecting surface that is an inclining surface with respect to an optical axis of emittance light incident on the first optical surface, and a second divided reflecting surface that is an inclining surface inclined at a different angle to the first divided reflecting surface with respect to the optical axis of the emittance light;
the first divided reflecting surface internally reflects a part of emittance light incident on the first optical surface toward the second optical surface side as the signal light, or internally reflects a part of reception light incident on the second optical surface toward the first optical surface side;
the second divided reflecting surface internally reflects a part of emittance light incident on the first optical surface toward the reflecting surface side as the monitoring light; and
an entire optical path between the first optical surface, the light separating section and the second optical surface is located inside the optical receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,438

BACKLIGHT UNIT, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A backlight unit, comprising:a backlight source and a diffraction grating provided on the backlight source;
wherein each of monochromatic light emitting units in the backlight source corresponds to N grating patterns on the diffraction grating, where N is a natural number greater than 1, wherein the diffraction grating is a sinusoidal phase grating, if its inclination angle is ?G, its grating constant is ?, its grating length is L, its thickness is d, its complex amplitude projection coefficient is:

where q represents the diffraction order of the diffraction grating, Jq represents the first class Bessel function of order q; u=1/? represents the spatial frequency of the grating; rq=(?q, ?q, ?q) represents the directional cosine of the emitting light; the intensity of the emitting light is modulated by v=2??nd/?, ?n represents the refractive index of the grating, ? represents the wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,365,435

SURFACE GRATINGS, PHOTONICS CIRCUIT, AND METHOD FOR WAFER-LEVEL TESTING THEREOF

INPHI CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A surface grating coupler for polarization splitting comprising:a planar layer;
an array of scattering elements arranged in a portion of the planar layer at a plurality of intersections of a first set of concentric elliptical curves crossing with a second set of concentric elliptical curves rotated proximately 90 degrees to form a two-dimensional (2D) grating;
a first extra grating formed in the planar layer outside a first concave side of the 2D grating;
a second extra grating formed in the planar layer outside a second concave side of the 2D grating;
a first waveguide formed in the same planar layer connecting a first convex side of the 2D grating to a first output port, the first convex side being opposite to the first concave side; and
a second waveguide formed in the same planar layer connecting a second convex side of the 2D grating to a second output port, the second convex side being opposite to the second concave side.

US Pat. No. 10,365,431

OPTICAL INTERCONNECT STRUCTURE

International Business Ma...

1. An optical interconnect structure, comprising:a plate on which a mirror is formed; and
a waveguide structure comprising a waveguide core and an opening,
wherein the plate is mounted on the waveguide structure such that the mirror is inserted in the opening for light coupling (i) from the waveguide core to an optical element positioned on a side of the plate opposite to the mirror and (ii) to the waveguide core from the optical element positioned on the side of the plate opposite to the mirror, the optical element in communication with at least one electronic device positioned on the side of the plate.

US Pat. No. 10,365,429

MULTICORE FIBER AND OPTICAL CABLE

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A multicore fiber comprising:three or more cores that transmit in single-mode transmission;
a common clad that covers a periphery of the three or more cores; and
a low-refractive index portion that has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the clad,
wherein
the multicore fiber includes two or more regions,
the three or more cores are arranged annularly in a cross-section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction,
each of the three or more cores is disposed in one of the two or more regions,
a plurality of cores of the three or more cores in a same region are coupled cores,
transmission modes are mutually independent of each other between the regions, and
at least a portion of the low-refractive index portion is arranged inside a minimum inscribed circle of two adjacent cores within the same region.

US Pat. No. 10,365,428

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, IMAGE READING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. A light emitting device comprising:at least one light-guide member that extends in one direction and that is fixed to a housing in such a manner as to be capable of expanding and contracting in the one direction;
at least one light emitting element that is disposed in such a manner as to face an end surface of the light-guide member and that radiates light onto the end surface of the light-guide member;
a rigid board that is disposed such that the light emitting element is interposed between the rigid board and the light-guide member and on which the light emitting element is mounted, the rigid board being movable in the one direction with respect to the housing; and
a pressing member that presses the light emitting element against the end surface of the light-guide member via the rigid board.

US Pat. No. 10,365,427

BACK LIGHT UNIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel;
a light guide panel having a surface facing the display panel;
a cover bottom coupled to the light guide panel; and
a light source device at a side of the light guide panel, at least two surfaces of the light source device in contact with the cover bottom, the light source device for providing back light to the display panel, comprising:
a mounting board comprising:
a top surface at a first side of the mounting board,
a bottom surface at a second side of the mounting board, the bottom surface in direct contact with the cover bottom,
electrical lines on the top surface, and
a plurality of walls on the first side of the mounting board, the plurality of walls and at least a portion of the top surface defining a groove at the first side of the mounting board, a top surface of the walls in direct contact with a side surface of the light guide panel, wherein the top surface of the walls is facing a same direction as the top surface of the mounting board; and
one or more light source modules disposed on the top surface of the mounting board inside the groove of the mounting board and configured to receive power via the electrical lines, a thickness of the light source modules smaller than a depth of the groove,
wherein the cover bottom includes an extension portion extending in a direction in which one surface of the light source device contacts the cover bottom, and a guide panel is fastened to the cover bottom while surrounding the extended portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,426

DIRECTIONAL BACKLIGHT

RealD Spark, LLC, Beverl...

1. A directional illumination apparatus, comprising:at least two optical valves for guiding light, wherein each optical valve further comprises:
a first light guiding surface, wherein the first light guiding surface is substantially planar; and
a second light guiding surface, opposite the first light guiding surface, further comprising a plurality of guiding features and a plurality of extraction features,
wherein the plurality of extraction features are operable to allow light to pass with substantially low loss when the light is propagating in a first direction;
wherein the plurality of extraction features are oriented to cooperate with light sources to direct illumination light provided from different light sources along different directions, wherein different directions comprise at least different angular directions, and wherein at least one of the optical valves has a nonuniform thickness between the light guiding surfaces, and
wherein the optical valves are arranged in a stacked configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,365,424

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a liquid crystal display panel for displaying;
a light guide plate arranged behind the liquid crystal display panel and including a main surface and a side surface;
a light source including a front side surface opposed to the side surface;
a frame including an inner side opposed to the side surface; and
an optical sheet disposed between the liquid crystal display panel and the light guide plate,
wherein light is emitted from the front side of the light source, input into the light guide plate through the side surface, and output from the main surface,
the optical sheet extends from the light guide plate to the inner side of the frame,
the inner side of the frame has a plurality of protruding portions, and
the optical sheet overlaps the plurality of protruding portions.

US Pat. No. 10,365,423

LIGHT GUIDE BODY COMPRISING AN INJECTION-MOULDED MAT AND LIGHT CHANNELS

1. A light guide mat for the production of a block- or cuboid-shaped light guide body, which mat is arranged in a casting mold and can be sealed in a pourable, curable casting compound, wherein the light guide mat consists at least to some extent of a light-conducting plastic, and light guide elements consisting of an at least partially light-conducting plastic are integrally formed on said light guide mat, one of the end faces of the light guide elements being formed as light-emitting surfaces on the upper face of the light guide body, and at least longitudinal struts of the light guide mat are formed as light channels for receiving point-like, light-generating elements, wherein the light channels are integrally formed on the face of the light guide element near to the bottom, wherein the light guide mat consists of longitudinal and transverse struts connected to one another in the form of a grid, and the profiled light guide elements are integrally formed at the point of intersection of the longitudinal and transverse struts, and the light-generating elements are designed as LED elements, which are arranged on a mounting bar which is held in the light channel, the mounting bar and the light channel extending longitudinally in the same direction as the longitudinal struts.

US Pat. No. 10,365,419

POLARIZING PLATE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A polarizing plate comprising:a polarizer; and
an optical element that rotates a polarization plane of polarized light emitted from the polarizer,
wherein an orientation direction on a surface of the optical element on a polarizer side is parallel to an absorption axis of the polarizer,
an orientation direction on a surface of the optical element opposite to the polarizer is perpendicular to the absorption axis of the polarizer, and
values for ?nd and a birefringence parameter RH of the optical element are in a range of a region surrounded by Point A at which ?nd is 400 nm and the birefringence parameter RH is 0 degrees, Point B at which ?nd is 400 nm and the birefringence parameter RH is ?11.6 degrees, Point C at which ?nd is 600 nm and the birefringence parameter RH is ?24.9 degrees, and Point D at which ?nd is 600 nm and the birefringence parameter R1 is 0 degrees; wherein in an orthogonal coordinate system, values for ?nd are indicated along a vertical axis and values for the birefringence parameter RH are indicated along a lateral axis; and
wherein the region refers to an area bounded by a straight line connecting Point A and Point B, a straight line connecting Point B and Point C, a straight line connecting Point C and Point D, and a straight line connecting Point D and Point A.

US Pat. No. 10,365,418

RETROREFLECTIVE SHEET, LICENSE PLATE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A retroreflective sheet, comprisinga retroreflective layer, and
a polyurethane surface protecting layer,
wherein the surface protecting layer contains at least a reaction product of a polyol with either a polyester backbone or a polycarbonate backbone and a trifunctional or higher aliphatic isocyanate, and the glass transition temperature Tg of the surface protecting layer is 50° C. or higher, and the tan ? of the loss tangent at 120° C. is 0.1 or less;
wherein the retroreflective sheet further comprises an infrared light absorbing agent, and wherein the retroreflective layer comprises optically active regions and optically inactive regions.

US Pat. No. 10,365,413

DEVICE FOR DIRECTING LIGHT BEAMS, ILLUSTRATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING A DEVICE AND AN ILLUSTRATION DEVICE

LUXEXCEL HOLDING B.V., K...

1. A method for producing a device:wherein, in a first production step, a translucent substrate is prepared, and wherein, in a second production step, a transparent material is printed onto the translucent substrate by a printing method,
wherein in the second production step, applications in the form of droplets of transparent material are arranged on the translucent substrate,
wherein in the second production step, an element which is formed from multiple applications and further applications is generated,
wherein the droplets to generate the element are deposited circularly in concentric rings, and wherein outermost deposited droplets have a first diameter, and wherein the droplets deposited at a center have a second diameter that is different from the first diameter to build up a light-directing structure comprising a plurality of optical prisms forming a Fresnel structure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,409

SUBSTRATE WITH ANTIREFLECTION COATING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

SCHOTT AG, Mainz (DE)

1. A method for producing a coated substrate, comprising:depositing a multilayer antireflection coating to at least one side of a substrate, the coating comprising successively deposited layers having different refractive indices, with layers having a higher refractive index alternating with layers having a lower refractive index,
wherein the layers having the lower refractive index consist of silicon oxide with a proportion of aluminum and a ratio of aluminum to silicon determined according to a relationship: n(Al)/(n(Si)+n(Al)) that is greater than 0.05, but with an amount of silicon predominant relative to an amount of aluminum,
wherein the multilayer antireflection coating comprises an upper surface formed by a layer of the lower refractive index that has the proportion of aluminum providing a particularly good antireflection effect and avoiding rapid abrasion of the upper surface; and
wherein the step of depositing the multilayer antireflection coating comprises depositing the layers having the higher refractive index consisting of silicon nitride with a proportion of aluminum and a second ratio of an amount of aluminum to an amount of silicon determined according to the relationship that is greater than 0.05.

US Pat. No. 10,365,405

METHOD FOR DETERMINING FORMATION PROPERTIES BY INVERSION OF MULTISENSOR WELLBORE LOGGING DATA

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method for determining properties of a formation traversed by a well or wellbore, the method comprising:on a data processing system, obtaining measured sonic data, resistivity data, and formation density data for an interval-of-interest within the well or wellbore;
on the data processing system, deriving a formation model that describes properties of the formation at the interval-of-interest, wherein the formation model is based on the measured sonic data, resistivity data, and formation density data for the interval-of-interest;
on the data processing system, using the formation model as input to a plurality of petrophysical transforms and corresponding tool response simulators that derive simulated sonic data, resistivity data, and formation density data for the interval-of-interest; and
on the data processing system, using the measured sonic data, resistivity data, and formation density data for the interval-of-interest and the simulated sonic data, resistivity data, and formation density data for the interval-of-interest to refine the formation model and determine properties of the formation at the interval-of-interest.

US Pat. No. 10,365,403

AUTOMATED CALIBRATION OF A STRATIGRAPHIC FORWARD MODELLING (SFM) TOOL USING A NEIGHBORHOOD ALGORITHM WITH EXPLICIT ESCAPE CLAUSES

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method for obtaining multiple calibrated stratigraphic forward models of a geological evolution and fill of a sedimentary basin for basin modeling or reservoir prediction for hydrocarbon exploration, the method comprising the steps of:a) obtaining geological data for the sedimentary basin;
b) analyzing the geological data for determining a set of geological processes that are indicative of the geologic evolution and fill of the sedimentary basin;
c) analyzing the geologic data for identifying a plurality of input parameters consistent with the set of geological processes, identifying the input parameters that are uncertain, and estimating a range of geologically realistic values for the uncertain input parameters;
d) providing a process-based Stratigraphic Forward Modeling (SFM) tool capable of simulating the set of geological processes;
e) defining calibration constraints from the geological data, and a calibration error threshold for each of the calibration constraints;
f) providing a set of input parameters to the SFM tool;
g) producing a set of stratigraphic forward models from the set of input parameters;
h) determining a calibration error for each of the set of stratigraphic forward models by comparing to the calibration constraints;
i) providing a conditional sampling algorithm, wherein the conditional sampling algorithm samples a neighborhood of the sets of input parameters that produced stratigraphic forward models with best agreement to the calibration constraints;
j) providing a local minima explicit escape clause for the conditional sampling algorithm to forbid oversampling of local minima, wherein the local minima explicit escape clause identifies local minima, wherein the local minima are combinations of input parameters in a densely sampled region with a calibration error greater than the calibration error threshold, thereby allowing the conditional sampling algorithm to continue sampling in other regions of probable admissible solutions of input parameters;
k) providing an admissible solution explicit escape clause for the conditional sampling algorithm to prevent oversampling of admissible solutions, wherein the admissible solution explicit escape clause identifies admissible solutions, wherein admissible solution are combinations of input parameters with a calibration error less than the calibration error threshold, thereby allowing the conditional sampling algorithm to continue sampling in other regions of probable admissible solutions of input parameters; and
i) repeating steps g)-k), wherein the sets of input parameters is modified by the local minima explicit escape clause and the admissible solution explicit escape clause, until a plurality of admissible solutions are obtained, hereby providing multiple calibrated stratigraphic forward models of the geological evolution and fill of the sedimentary basin that can be used for basin modeling or reservoir prediction for hydrocarbon exploration.

US Pat. No. 10,365,402

TELEMETRY METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUBSURFACE WELL AND RESERVOIR LOGGING DATA

Baker Hughes, a GE Compan...

1. A method of handling data obtained in a borehole comprising:a. receiving data in the form of a bit stream;
b. organizing the bit stream into a data block that is based on a predefined bit-to-channel routing, and that comprises a string of symbols;
c. generating a symbol block from the data block that comprises a multiplicity of symbol sequences, each symbol sequence comprising a plurality of the symbols;
d. using a clock and phase reference to map each of the symbol sequences into a sequence of in-phase pulses, and mapping each of the symbol sequences into a sequence of in-quadrature synchronized sequences that are synchronized with the clock and phase reference; and
e. transmitting signals from the borehole to surface that represent the sequence of in-phase pulses and in-quadrature synchronized sequences.

US Pat. No. 10,365,395

MULTI-COMPONENT INDUCTION LOGGING SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING BLENDED-MODEL INVERSION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method that comprises:disposing a logging tool into a borehole, wherein the logging tool comprises a transmitter and at least one receiver spaced from the transmitter, and wherein transmitter comprises:
a winding form, wherein the winding form encircles an inner tubular;
at least one coil disposed on an x-axis of the winding form, a y-axis of the winding form, and a z-axis of the winding form;
firing a signal from the transmitter at a frequency into a formation;
measuring the signal with the at least one receiver to form a multi-component transmitter receiver coupling measurement;
deriving, by at least one processor, from said measurements a first set of one or more formation parameter estimates based on a first formation model;
using the first set of formation parameter estimates to determine within a sliding window each of: an average dip angle, a dip angle variance, and a strike angle variance; and
identifying as selected formation regions those sliding window positions having a dip angle variance below a first predetermined threshold, coupled with a strike angle variance below a second predetermined threshold or an average dip angle below a third predetermined threshold;
deriving in response to an error or variance analysis of the first set of formation parameter estimates, by the at least one processor, a second set of one or more formation parameter estimates for one or more selected formation regions, wherein said deriving the second set of one or more formation parameter estimates is based on a second formation model different from the first formation model;
producing, by the at least one processor, a third set of one or more formation parameter estimates based at least in part on the first and second sets, each formation parameter estimate in the first, second, and third sets being determined as a function of position along the borehole; and
displaying, by a display device, a visual representation of at least one formation parameter estimate from the third set as formation logs having multiple tracks each displaying a formation parameter's dependence on depth or borehole position,
wherein each formation parameter estimate in the third set depends on a corresponding formation parameter estimate from the second set for the one or more selected formation regions,
wherein each formation parameter estimate in the third set depends only on a corresponding formation parameter estimate from the first set for one or more formation regions outside the one or more selected formation regions, and
wherein each of the first, second, and third sets of one or more formation parameter estimates includes a resistivity estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,365,391

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MAKING AZIMUTHAL RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENTS WITH OFF-SET DIRECTIONAL ANTENNAS

Well Resolutions Technolo...

1. A resistivity measuring tool used in a drillstring having a drill bit on a distal end for drilling a wellbore in a formation, the tool comprising:a tool body having a longitudinal axis;
a pair of transmitter antennas having magnetic moments parallel to the longitudinal axis of the tool body; and
a pair of receiver antennas radially spaced from the longitudinal axis of the tool body and having transverse magnetic moment components pointed in opposite directions, wherein at least one of the receiver antennas has a transverse magnetic moment angled with respect to a component normal to the longitudinal axis of the tool body, wherein each of the receiver antennas comprises an antenna body having a longer axis disposed longitudinally in the tool body, wherein each of the receiver antennas comprises a wire coil disposed around the antenna body, and wherein a central axis of the wire coil forms an angle with respect to the longer axis of the antenna body, wherein the angle is in a range from greater than zero degrees to 45 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,365,389

MEMS-BASED TRANSDUCERS ON A DOWNHOLE TOOL

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system, comprising:a downhole tool;
a plurality of microelectromechanical (MEM) transmitters disposed proximate an outer surface of the downhole tool for outputting one or more acoustic or ultrasonic signals toward a wellbore; and
a plurality of MEM receivers disposed proximate the outer surface of the downhole tool for receiving a portion of the one or more acoustic or ultrasonic signals reflected back from the wellbore;
wherein the plurality of MEM transmitters, the plurality of MEM receivers, or both are disposed in arrays, wherein the arrays are either:
circular arrays, each circular array being positioned at a different circumferential location around the downhole tool, wherein each circular array comprises a plurality of MEM transmitters and/or MEM receivers that are: spaced from each other circumferentially around a center point of the circular array; and each located equidistant from the center point of the circular array; or
rectangular arrays, each rectangular array being positioned at a different circumferential location around the downhole tool, wherein a space in a circumferential direction about the downhole tool between adjacent rectangular arrays is greater than a space in a circumferential direction between adjacent MEM transmitters and/or MEM receivers located in any one of the rectangular arrays.

US Pat. No. 10,365,385

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SPARSE DETECTOR

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. An apparatus comprisinga sparse detector, the sparse detector comprising:
an array of scintillator crystals generating scintillation in response to radiation, at least a portion of the scintillator crystals being spaced apart according to at least one sparsity rule; and
an array of photodetector elements configured to generate an electrical signal in response to the scintillation,
wherein at least a portion of the array of photodetectors are coupled to the array of scintillator crystals, and
a processor configured to:
obtain imaging data from the sparse detector;
generate a plurality of virtual scintillator units according to the at least one sparsity rule related to the sparse detector;
calculate efficiencies of the virtual scintillator units;
calculate an efficiency of a line of response based on the efficiencies of the virtual scintillator units; and
generate, based on the efficiency of the line of response and the imaging data, an image.

US Pat. No. 10,365,384

RAY DETECTOR

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A ray detector, comprising:a ray conversion layer for converting a ray incident on the ray detector into visible light;
a photoelectric conversion layer for receiving the visible light and converting the visible light into a charge signal;
a pixel array having a plurality of pixels for detecting the charge signal; and
a substrate below the photoelectric conversion layer, at least for directly or indirectly carrying the photoelectric conversion layer, wherein the photoelectric conversion layer is made from a two-dimensional semiconductor material,
wherein each pixel in the pixel array includes a pixel switch, a pixel electrode and a common electrode, wherein both the common electrode and the pixel electrode contact the photoelectric conversion layer and are located on a same side of the photoelectric conversion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,383

STRUCTURED DETECTORS AND DETECTOR SYSTEMS FOR RADIATION IMAGING

Minnesota Imaging and Eng...

1. A detector module comprising:a first layer of scintillator elements, each extending in a first direction along the first layer;
a second layer of scintillator elements, each extending in a second direction along the second layer, wherein the second direction is oriented transverse to the first direction such that the scintillator elements in the first and second layers are crossed;
at least one intermediate scintillator layer disposed between and optically coupled to the first and second layers; and
a plurality of photodetectors including at least one of strip photodetectors with discrete pixel readout or readout at both ends or continuous area photodetectors with readout at four corners, the photodetectors configured to convert optical signals generated by the scintillator elements into output characterizing radiation interacting in at least one of the first, second and at least one intermediate layers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,382

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND IMAGE ACQUISITION METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. An image acquisition apparatus comprising:a fiber optic member including a plurality of optical fibers arrayed two-dimensionally, and transmitting an optical image, being input from an input end face constituted by one end faces of the plurality of optical fibers, to an output end face constituted by the other end faces of the plurality of optical fibers;
an imaging device including a plurality of pixels arrayed two-dimensionally, being optically coupled to the output end face of the fiber optic member, imaging the optical image output from the output end face, and outputting an acquired image; and
an image processing device performing flat field correction, for correcting a fixed pattern noise due to the fiber optic member and the imaging device, for the image output from the imaging device, wherein
the image processing device sets a first switching point of the flat field correction on the basis of a noise peak point in a variation in a fixed pattern noise intensity with respect to a variation in an output intensity in the pixel included in the image to be corrected, and
with respect to the flat field correction on each of the plurality of pixels in the image, performs the flat field correction by a predetermined correction pattern in a case where the output intensity from an object pixel is lower than a first switching intensity at the first switching point, and does not perform the flat field correction in a case where the output intensity from the object pixel is higher than the first switching intensity.

US Pat. No. 10,365,380

PHOTON COUNTING DEVICE AND METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A photon counting device for counting photon interactions in a piece of converter material, comprising:a plurality of energy discriminators and a pulse detector, each being arranged to receive a pulse generated by a photon interacting with the piece of converter material, and
a plurality of counters , each of the counters being coupled to one of the energy discriminators, for counting photon interactions with energy discrimination according to an energy level of the coupled energy discriminator,
wherein the pulse detector is arranged to provide a pulse logic signal upon receiving an input of a predetermined energy level, the predetermined energy level being lower than the energy levels of the energy discriminators,
wherein the photon counting device further comprises a prevention circuitry arranged to receive a neighboring logic signal indicating an input of the predetermined energy level in at least one neighboring piece of converter material,
wherein the prevention circuitry is arranged to selectively prevent a pulse from being counted by any one of the plurality of counters in case the pulse logic signal and the neighboring logic signal are present together in a coincidence window of predetermined size.

US Pat. No. 10,365,379

COLORIMETRIC RADIATION DOSIMETRY

International Business Ma...

1. A dosimetry device, comprising:a first chamber, including:
a first decomposable barrier sensitive to radiation; and
a first chemical component; and
a second chamber, including:
a second decomposable barrier sensitive to radiation; and
a second chemical component;
wherein, upon a radiation event, decomposition of the first and second barriers of the first and second chambers permits a mixing of the first and second chemical components to cause a visible change of the dosimetry device.

US Pat. No. 10,365,376

PROTECTED POSITIONING, NAVIGATION, OR TIMING SIGNALS RESISTANT TO SPOOFING

iPosi, Inc., Denver, CO ...

1. A method for verifying authenticity of radio navigation signals, comprising:storing, at a secure receiver, information regarding a pseudo-random offset timing regime comprising a covert offset time, wherein the covert offset time corresponds to a delay between transmission of a first open radio navigation signal and transmission of a first closed radio navigation signal;
transmitting the first open radio navigation signal and the first closed radio navigation signal from a LORAN transmitter chain utilizing the covert offset time;
receiving, at the secure receiver, a first received open radio navigation signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,375

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IONOSPHERE DEPLETION DETECTION

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. A method of detecting a plasma depletion in the ionosphere by a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, the method comprising:receiving, by an antenna system of the GPS receiver, at least one GPS signal along a line of sight that passes through at least a portion of the ionosphere, the at least one GPS signal including at least two signal components at different frequencies;
receiving, by the antenna system, broadcast ionosphere grid point (IGP) data;
extracting, by an initialization module of the GPS receiver, phase data from the at least one GPS signal to provide a phase input;
determining, by the initialization module, an IGP-predicted temporal slope of delay at an ionosphere pierce point (IPP) along the line of sight based at least in part on the IGP data;
determining, by the initialization module, a local temporal slope of delay at the IPP based at least in part on the phase data; and
determining, by a detector module of the GPS receiver, whether the portion of the ionosphere through which line of sight passes is undergoing a plasma depletion based at least in part on the IGP-predicted temporal slope of delay and the local temporal slope of delay.

US Pat. No. 10,365,374

DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHODS USING ANGLE OF ARRIVAL MEASUREMENTS FOR ADS-B AUTHENTICATION AND NAVIGATION

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A method of measuring an Angle of Arrival (AOA), comprising:cycling a commutating solid state switch between each antenna element of a multi-element array antenna based on a synchronization signal that determines a speed at which the commutating solid state switch switches between each antenna element;
receiving at least one signal at the multi-element array antenna so that a time multiplexed RF signal is received at an output of the commutating solid state switch;
converting the time multiplexed RF signal at an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter based on the synchronization signal into a plurality of antenna element specific digital samples for each discrete signal, wherein the synchronization signal controls sampling times of the A/D converter;
de-multiplexing the plurality of antenna element specific digital samples into discrete digital data streams for each antenna element of the multi-element array antenna; and
determining a measured AOA of the at least one signal based on measuring a relative phase of a carrier signal identified in each discrete digital data stream of the respective antenna elements of the commutating multi-element array antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,365,372

SURVEYING PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS AND MONITORING PHYSICAL EVENTS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for surveying indoor physical environments comprising:receiving surveying data from a proximity barrier survey device, said proximity barrier survey device being mounted to a package, said package being located within a physical environment;
identifying, based on said surveying data, an impact event wherein said package experiences a shock greater than a predetermined threshold;
generating a three-dimensional map based on said surveying data wherein said surveying data comprises dimensions for said physical environment, dimensions for objects within said physical environment and dimensions of placement of the objects placed within said physical environment; and
tracking movement of said package within said physical environment based on said map and said surveying data.

US Pat. No. 10,365,367

4D DATA ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM AND CORRESPONDING CONTROL PROCESS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

12. An apparatus, comprising:first and second storage cells arranged in a group of one of a column or a row; and
a controller coupled to the first and second storage cells and configured
to cause the first storage cell to store a first value at a first time in response to a first signal generated by a first transducer element in response to a third signal from a location,
to cause the second storage cell to store a second value at a second time in response to a second signal generated by a second transducer element in response to the third signal, and
to cause the first and second storage cells to provide the first and second values simultaneously to a single read line,
wherein the first time is different than the second time.

US Pat. No. 10,365,365

ENHANCED WEATHER RADAR MAPPING

Honeywell International I...

1. A device comprising:one or more memory devices; and
one or more processors operably coupled to the one or more memory devices and configured to:
generate a two-dimensional weather map based at least in part on three-dimensional volumetric weather data for a volume of airspace, wherein the two-dimensional weather map indicates levels of convection and levels of risk of other hazardous weather applicable to the volume of airspace, wherein the two-dimensional weather map represents weather conditions of vertical columns in the volume of airspace as a position on the two-dimensional weather map; and
output the two-dimensional weather map for transmission to a receiving system.

US Pat. No. 10,365,361

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DERIVING SPATIAL SEQUENCE OF MULTIPLE OBJECTS ON AN INTERACTIVE SURFACE

1. A system for deriving spatial sequence of multiple objects on an interactive surface, comprising:an interactive surface embedded with an RF module, an antenna, a host, an adjustable matching network, and a channel switch;
a plurality of objects placed within a finite three-dimensional space on the interactive surface, each object embedded with an RFID tag;
wherein, the host instructs the channel switch to change the parameters of the components of the adjustable matching network to generate a series of resonance frequencies,
and wherein, the host instructs the antenna to read RFID tags at the series of resonance frequencies, with an effective reading range of the antenna changing as the resonance frequency changes,
and wherein, the host receives information of multiple sets of RFID tags in multiple readings, and derives a spatial sequence of the objects placed on the interactive surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,359

AMBIGUOUS RADAR RANGE RESOLUTION USING RANGE LOOKUP TABLE

RAYTHEON COMPANY, Waltha...

1. A method, executed by a radar system, for determining range to targets using an M-of-N range resolver, the method comprising:a) transmitting multiple coherent processing interval (CPI) signals with different pulse repetition frequencies (PRFs) towards the targets;
b) receiving and storing a plurality of threshold hits from prior N?1 CPIs, where N is an integer greater than 1;
c) receiving a plurality of current threshold hits from a current CPI;
d) converting the plurality of received threshold hits from the prior N?1 CPIs to range unfolded threshold hits;
e) converting the plurality of received current threshold hits from the current CPI to range unfolded threshold hits;
f) generating a lookup table of the plurality of range unfolded threshold hits that are within one range bin tolerance of each other from the prior N?1 CPIs, based on the CPI of each range unfolded threshold hit and a range of each range unfolded threshold hit of the prior N?1 CPIs, wherein each cell of the lookup table contains a list of the range unfolded threshold hits from each of the prior N?1 CPIs that are within one range bin tolerance of each other;
g) determining the number of the prior N?1 CPIs in which a range unfolded threshold hit from the current CPI has at least one range coincident range unfolded threshold hit from the prior CPI, utilizing the lookup table;
h) generating a range resolved threshold hit when the number of the prior N?1 CPIs in which a range unfolded threshold hit from the current CPI has the at least one range coincident range unfolded threshold hit from the prior CPI determined in step g is greater than or equal to M?1, where M is an integer greater than 1;
i) repeating steps g and h for each of the plurality of range unfolded threshold hits from the current GPI;
j) accumulating a plurality of range resolved threshold hits over one or more CPIs; and
k) determining the range to the targets, using the accumulated plurality of range resolved threshold hits over said one or more CPIs.

US Pat. No. 10,365,358

LOW LATENCY DECODING IN MULTI-INPUT MULTI-OUTPUT RADAR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of performing low-latency decoding in a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) radar system, the method comprising:transmitting a different linear frequency-modulated continuous wave (LFM-CW) transmit signal from each of N transmit elements of the MIMO radar system, each transmit signal associated with each of the N transmit elements including a respective code;
receiving symbols which are reflections associated with each of the transmit signals from each of the N transmit elements at each receive element of the MIMO radar system, wherein each symbol corresponds with each received reflection; and
processing each symbol on a symbol-by-symbol basis to obtain a respective decoded signal prior to receiving all the symbols corresponding with all the N transmit elements, wherein the processing includes using a Hadamard matrix with N columns in which each column is associated with the respective code transmitted by each of the N transmit elements.

US Pat. No. 10,365,357

LOCATION ESTIMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS USING ACCESS POINT IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of operation for a location estimation apparatus communicating with an access point (AP) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving a first received signal strength indicator (RSSI) signal measured at a first AP via a second AP, and generating a first RSSI vector corresponding to the first RSSI signal;
calculating a path loss exponent using a distance between the first AP and the second AP and the first RSSI vector, and generating a second RSSI vector for each of multiple sub-regions constituting an entire region based on the path loss exponent; and
generating a radio map for the entire region based on the first RSSI vector and the second RSSI vector.

US Pat. No. 10,365,355

METHOD FOR COLLECTIVE CALIBRATION OF MULTIPLE VEHICLE SAFETY SYSTEM SENSORS

Hunter Engineering Compan...

1. A vehicle service system for servicing a vehicle having at least one onboard safety system sensor configured to track an external object relative to the vehicle, comprising:a set of sensors for acquiring measurements associated with a spatial position and an orientation of at least one component of a vehicle undergoing inspection service;
a processing system configured to receive said acquired measurements, said processing system further configured with software instructions to establish a vehicle-movement spatial frame of reference from said acquired measurements; and
wherein said processing system is further configured to convey a representation of said vehicle-movement spatial frame of reference to a vehicle sensor control system onboard the vehicle undergoing service, said vehicle sensor control system configured to utilize said representation to convert external object track data, received from at least one onboard vehicle safety system sensor, from a frame of reference of said at least one onboard vehicle safety system sensor associated with said received external object track data, into said vehicle-movement spatial frame of reference.

US Pat. No. 10,365,352

DISTANCE MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENT WITH SCANNING FUNCTION

Trimble AB, Danderyd (SE...

1. A measurement instrument, comprising:an alidade, a base, and a center unit, wherein the center unit is mounted on the alidade for rotation about a first axis and on the base for rotation about a second axis,
a first controllable drive for rotating the center unit about the first axis,
a second controllable drive for rotating the alidade about the second axis,
a front lens assembly having an optical path along an instrument optical axis,
a distance measurement module operative to transmit optical radiation from an optical transmission point along a transmit path and receive optical radiation at an optical reception point along a receive path,
a deflection module located optically between the distance measurement module and the front lens assembly and operative to deflect at least one of the transmit path or the receive path across the instrument optical axis so as to provide a scanning function, wherein the optical transmission point, the optical reception point, and the deflection module are located in the center unit, and
a synchronizer to synchronize operation of the first controllable drive, the second controllable drive, the deflection module, and the distance measurement module so as to obtain a grid of distance measurements having a selected angular spacing.

US Pat. No. 10,365,351

VARIABLE BEAM SPACING, TIMING, AND POWER FOR VEHICLE SENSORS

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A system comprising:at least one substrate comprising a plurality of angled facets along a front edge, wherein the at least one substrate further comprises a die attach location corresponding to each angled facet, wherein the plurality of angled facets provides a corresponding plurality of elevation angles, wherein a set of angle differences between adjacent elevation angles comprises at least two different angle difference values; and
a plurality of light-emitter devices, wherein respective light-emitter devices are coupled to respective die attach locations according to a respective elevation angle of the respective angled facet, wherein the plurality of light-emitter devices is configured to emit light into an environment along the plurality of elevation angles toward respective target locations.

US Pat. No. 10,365,350

NEURAL NETWORK-BASED RADAR SYSTEM HAVING INDEPENDENT MULTIBEAM ANTENNA

NIDEC CORPORATION, Kyoto...

1. A radar system comprising:an independent multibeam antenna which outputs at least one reception signal in response to at least one arriving wave; and
a signal processing circuit in which a learned neural network has been established; wherein
the signal processing circuit includes:
a neural network circuit in which the learned neural network is implemented, and
an arriving wave estimation circuit to estimate an angle or angles indicating a direction or directions of arrival of the at least one arriving wave and output a signal indicating a result of estimation; and
the signal processing circuit:
receives the at least one reception signal from the independent multibeam antenna;
inputs the at least one reception signal or a secondary signal generated from the at least one reception signal, to the learned neural network;
performs, in the neural network circuit, computation by using the at least one reception signal or secondary signal and data of the learned neural network; and
outputs a signal indicating a number of the at least one arriving wave from the neural network, and
receives, in the arriving wave estimation circuit, the at least one reception signal or secondary signal, and the signal indicating a number of the at least one arriving wave from the neural network circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,349

RADAR DEVICE

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A radar device comprising:a radar transmitter which, in operation, generates Nt radar signals by modulating Nt transmission code sequences and transmits the generated Nt radar signals via Nt transmission antennas that are different from each other, Nt being three or greater; and
a radar receiver which, in operation, receives reflection wave signals that are the radar signals reflected by a target via Nr reception antennas and performs Doppler frequency analysis, Nr being greater than 1, wherein:
the radar transmitter stores a predetermined pulse sequence and Nt orthogonal code sequences, wherein the Nt orthogonal code sequences are different from each other,
each of the Nt orthogonal code sequences has an even number of elements, elements of a second half of an Nt orthogonal code sequence are identical to elements of a first half of an Nt orthogonal code sequence but are arranged in an order reverse to the elements of the first half of the Nt orthogonal code sequence, and
the radar transmitter generates each of the Nt transmission code sequences by multiplying each element of each Nt orthogonal code sequence by all of elements of the predetermined pulse sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,365,344

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus comprising:MRI system components including a static field magnet and a gradient magnetic field coil, a radio frequency (RF) coil, RF transmitter and receiver circuits and at least one programmed computer connected to control said MRI system components so as to
perform a prescan acquiring signals from said RF coil which provide a sensitivity distribution of said RF coil;
perform a main scan acquiring signals from said RF coil which provides a magnetic resonance image;
correct the sensitivity distribution in accordance with a distortion contained in the magnetic resonance image and that results from performing the main scan; and
generate an output magnetic resonance image, using the corrected sensitivity distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,365,342

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A CHANGE OVER TIME IN A BIOMARKER IN A REGION TO BE EXAMINED

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A method for determining a change over time in a biomarker in a region to be examined of a patient from magnetic resonance data, comprising:extracting a first item of information from a first magnetic resonance data of the region, the first magnetic resonance data being obtained from excitation of a first magnetic resonance signal in the region using a first magnetic resonance measuring sequence for detecting at least one property of the biomarker in the region, the first item of information relating to the at least one property;
producing a first biomarker value from the first item of information;
storing the first biomarker value in association with patient information;
extracting a second item of information from a second magnetic resonance data of the region, the second magnetic resonance data being obtained from excitation of a second magnetic resonance signal in the region using a second magnetic resonance measuring sequence for detecting the at least one property of the biomarker in the region in a follow-up examination, the second item of information relating to the at least one property;
producing a second biomarker value from the second item of information;
storing the second biomarker value in association with the patient information;
determining a change between the first and the second biomarker values; and
storing or outputting the change between the first and the second biomarker values,
wherein the biomarker includes at least one of,
a correlation between individual areas of a brain of the patient,
a perfusion behavior in the brain, and
a morphology of an area of the brain, with the at least one property being a size of an area of the brain.

US Pat. No. 10,365,341

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method comprising:defining image regions on an object arranged on a table that is movable, each of the image regions defined to be positioned so that a break is formed between adjacent image regions;
setting imaging conditions for the defined image regions; and
acquiring MR images for the defined image regions according to the imaging conditions,
wherein the setting the imaging conditions comprises displaying information about the defined image regions and setting the imaging conditions for the defined image regions based on the displayed information,
wherein the acquiring the MR images for the image regions comprises:
applying a radio frequency (RF) pulse to the defined image regions while controlling the table to move at a pre-defined speed for each of the defined image regions, respectively, and
controlling the table to move at a higher speed than each pre-defined speed while skipping an application of the RF pulse, for regions including the break.

US Pat. No. 10,365,338

SUPERCONDUCTING COIL SUPPORT DEVICE AND METHOD AND APPARATUS INCLUDING SUPERCONDUCTING COIL SUPPORT DEVICE

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:at least a first electrically superconductive coil having at least first and second coil sections which are axially separated and axially spaced apart from each other; and
a support structure disposed to support the first and second coil sections, wherein the support structure is configured to maintain relative axial positions of the first and second coil sections to be fixed when the first electrically conductive coil is energized and de-energized, and to allow each of the first and second coil sections to expand radially when energized;
a first support element which has a first portion which is disposed at a first site on the first coil section, and a second portion which is disposed at a first site on the second coil section, wherein the first support element axially, radially, and rotationally fixes the first site on the first coil section with respect to the first site on the second coil section;
a second support element which has a first portion which is disposed at a second site on the first coil section, and a second portion which is disposed at a second site on the second coil section, wherein the second support element axially and rotationally fixes the second site on the first coil section with respect to the second site on the second coil section, and allows radial movement of the first and second coil sections;
a third support element which has a first portion which is disposed at a third site on the first coil section, and a second portion which is disposed at a third site on the second coil section, wherein the third support element axially fixes the third site on the first coil section with respect to the third site on the second coil section, and allows radial and rotational movement at the third sites of the first and second coil sections; and
a fourth support element which has a first portion which has a first portion which is disposed at a fourth site on the first coil section, and a second portion which is disposed at a fourth site on the second coil section, wherein the fourth support element axially fixes the fourth site on the first coil section with respect to the fourth site on the second coil section, and allows radial and rotational movement at the fourth sites of the first and second coil sections.

US Pat. No. 10,365,337

SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET COIL ARRANGEMENT

Siemens Healthcare Limite...

1. A superconducting magnet coil arrangement comprising:a plurality of superconducting coils;
at least one of said superconducting coils having a secondary coil comprised of insulated resistive wire mechanically attached to a surface of said at least one superconducting coil; and
said insulated resistive wire being insulated by a braid selected from the group consisting of a glass braid and a polymer braid.

US Pat. No. 10,365,336

CONTINUOUSLY DIGITALLY ADJUSTABLE PHASE ACTUATOR

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A phase actuator for a continuously adjustable phase displacement at a first frequency, the phase actuator comprising:a signal input;
a signal output;
a reference mass; a first inductance with a tapping point;
a first continuously variable capacitance; and
a transformation network,
wherein the signal input and the signal output are electrically connected by the first inductance,
wherein the first continuously adjustable capacitor is connected in parallel to the first inductance,
wherein the tapping point is connected via a transformation network to the reference mass, and
wherein an impedance value of the transformation network corresponds to a quarter wave transform of a capacitance value of the first continuously variable capacitance at the first frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,365,335

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS, RECEIVING COIL, COUCH, AND RELAY DEVICE

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a couch on which a subject is placed;
a gantry that supports a static magnetic field magnet and a gradient coil;
a receiving coil that receives a magnetic resonance signal emitted from the subject;
a converter that converts a magnetic resonance signal output from the receiving coil into a digital signal, thereby generating magnetic resonance signal data; and
a collector that collects the magnetic resonance signal data, wherein
the couch or the gantry includes a coil port that connects the receiving coil and the collector to each other, and
the converter is provided in the coil port.

US Pat. No. 10,365,333

TRANSFORMATION RELAY AND BATTERY VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM USING SAME

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

1. A battery voltage measurement system using a transformer relay, comprising:a transformer transforming voltage of a voltage measurement signal according to a wiring ratio of a first wiring and a second wiring;
a relay transferring voltage of a battery while an operation state is changed to an On state when the transformed voltage of the voltage measurement signal is input; and
a measurement unit measuring a battery voltage value by receiving the voltage of the battery from the relay,
wherein the relay is a metal oxide silicon field effect transistor (MOSFET) including a gate terminal, a source terminal, and a drain terminal,
wherein a secondary side of the transformer is connected to the gate terminal to input the transformed voltage of the voltage measurement signal,
wherein the battery is connected to the source terminal to input the voltage of the battery, and
wherein the measurement unit is connected to the drain terminal to output the voltage of the battery input in the source terminal to the measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,330

BATTERY FUEL GAUGE CIRCUIT

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. Battery fuel gauge circuit for determining the state of charge of a rechargeable battery, the circuit comprising:a coulomb counter for providing values that are indicative of a charging current or discharge current provided to/by the battery;
a voltage sensor for providing voltage samples of a voltage provided by the battery;
a first pre-processing unit being adapted to provide a current change estimate based on the values provided by the coulomb counter, said current change estimate indicating an unforced drop of charging/discharge current being detected at point of time t0;
an event filter unit adapted to confirm whether the current change estimate exceeds a certain threshold;
an electromotive force unit adapted to determine an electromotive force value of the battery based on voltage and current information before and after a confirmed current change estimate indicating a drop of charging/discharge current at point of time t0;
a state of charge estimator unit being adapted to determine the state of charge of the battery based on the electromotive force value provided by the electromotive force unit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,329

MEASUREMENTS IN SWITCH DEVICES

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A device comprising:a switch including a control terminal, a first load terminal, and a second load terminal,
an amplifier,
a magnetoresistive sensor bridge comprising a plurality of magnetoresistive sensors and configured to measure a current flowing between the first load terminal and the second load terminal, wherein a first magnetoresistive sensor of the plurality of magnetoresistive sensors includes a plurality of selectable taps along the first magnetoresistive sensor, and wherein the plurality of selectable taps are switchable to couple to the amplifier, and
a current mirror based sensor to measure the current between the first load terminal and the second load terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,327

DETERMINATION AND CORRECTION OF PHYSICAL CIRCUIT EVENT RELATED ERRORS OF A HARDWARE DESIGN

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable components; and
a processor that executes the computer executable components stored in the memory, wherein the computer executable components comprise:
a simulation component that injects a fault into a latch and a combination of logic of an emulated hardware design, wherein the fault is a biased fault injection that mimics an error caused by a physical circuit event error vulnerability; and
an observation component that determines one or more paths of the emulated hardware design that are vulnerable to physical circuit event related errors based on the biased fault injection.

US Pat. No. 10,365,322

WEAR-OUT MONITOR DEVICE

ANALOG DEVICES GLOBAL, H...

1. An integrated circuit device comprising a wear-out monitor device configured to record an indication of wear-out of a core circuit separated from the wear-out monitor device, the wear-out monitor device comprising a reservoir and a diffusion region, wherein the indication is associated with localized diffusion of a diffusant from the reservoir into the diffusion region in response to a wear-out stress that causes the wear-out of the core circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,321

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING DEFECTS IN A CHEMICAL SENSOR ARRAY

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an array of field effect transistors including:
a plurality of chemical sensors, each chemical sensor coupled to a corresponding reaction region for receiving at least one reactant, and
a plurality of reference sensors, each reference sensor including a reference transistor with a first terminal directly coupled to a first reference select switch to bias the reference transistor and directly coupled to a second reference select switch to couple the first terminal of the reference transistor to a column line;
an access circuit for accessing the chemical sensors and the reference sensors, wherein the access circuit includes a plurality of reference lines coupled to a gate terminal of each reference transistor in a corresponding set of reference sensors;
a controller to:
apply bias voltages to the reference lines to select a corresponding set of reference sensors;
acquire output signals from the selected reference sensors; and
identify one or more defects in the access circuit based on differences between the acquired output signals and expected output signals.

US Pat. No. 10,365,318

TESTING AND SETTING PERFORMANCE PARAMETERS IN A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD THEREFOR

1. A method of providing a temperature value from a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) device, comprising the steps of:receiving a test mode command that activates a temperature value output mode of operation;
providing the temperature value to an output buffer circuit;
providing an enable signal to the output buffer circuit;
outputting the temperature value that indicates a temperature range, the temperature value is outputted from the output buffer circuit to at least one terminal that is electrically connected external to the DRAM device; and
selectively providing the temperature value to the output buffer circuit based on the test mode command wherein the DRAM device is configured to process more than one test mode command; and
wherein the temperature value includes at least 5 binary bits.

US Pat. No. 10,365,313

BROKEN CONDUCTOR DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A broken conductor detection method comprising:receiving, from at least one of a plurality of devices located at nodes of a distribution system respectively, a signal indicating that a measured voltage of a distribution feeder of the distribution system is less than a voltage threshold used for the distribution feeder system and includes a broken conductor;
determining, based on the received signal, that the distribution feeder in the distribution system includes a broken conductor;
searching, from all the nodes of the distribution system, for two neighboring nodes wherein the signal indicating that the distribution feeder includes the broken conductor is only received from one of the two neighboring nodes; and
determining that the broken conductor of the distribution feeder appears between the two neighboring nodes, wherein
the voltage threshold used for the distribution feeder is calculated based on a mean value of measured voltage values of other distribution feeders in the distribution system.

US Pat. No. 10,365,312

METHOD FOR DETECTION OF SHORT CIRCUITS WITHIN AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a short circuit within an energy store, the method comprising:registering a current (Ic), detected by a current sensor, which flows through the energy store,
registering, on a capacitor (C) connected to the energy store via a parallel connected diode and switch, a first voltage (Un-1) which is made available by the energy store at a first time (tn-1),
registering a second voltage (Un) which is made available by the energy store at a second time (tn) following the first time (tn-1),
comparing the second voltage (Un) to the first voltage (Un-1) registered on the capacitor (C),
determining whether the energy store is in a state of charge, a discharge state or in an open-circuit state, on the basis of the registered first current (Ic),
executing a first, second or third detection step on the basis of the determined state of charge, wherein
in the first detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the open-circuit state, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1) minus a first constant (?1),
in the second detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the state of charge, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1), and
in the third detection step, which is executed when the energy store is in the discharge state, the short circuit is detected as being present if the second voltage (Un) is lower than the first voltage (Un-1) minus a differential voltage (?U)); and
when the short circuit is detected, a central controller switches off a battery system which includes the energy store;
wherein the short circuit is detected when a very low spatially limited electrically conductive connection occurs between a cathode and an anode of the energy store, and the short circuit is detected quickly enough to prevent thermal runaway or damage to the energy store; and
wherein the switch is open in the charge state and closed in the discharge state.

US Pat. No. 10,365,311

ON-BOARD SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING THE SEVERITY OF A LIGHTNING STRIKE

Airbus Operations SAS, T...

6. A slave device, configured to be comprised in an on-board system for evaluating the severity of a lightning strike undergone by an airplane, the system comprising at least one master device, the slave comprising:a processor, a memory, and a magnetic-field sensor placed on a porthole of the airplane, and the slave device being configured for:
continuously recording a magnetic field measured by the magnetic-field sensor,
determining whether lightning has struck the aircraft by detecting, depending on the measured magnetic field, a moment corresponding to a bolt of lightning,
selecting a portion of the continuous recording, depending on the detected moment, and
transmitting only the selected portion of the continuous recording to a master device.

US Pat. No. 10,365,308

WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE BROADBAND CURRENT MODE LINEAR DETECTOR CIRCUITS FOR HIGH POWER RADIO FREQUENCY POWER AMPLIFIER

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.,...

1. A power detector with a detection signal input connectable to a source of a radio frequency signal, and a detected power level output, the power detector comprising:a differential amplifier detector circuit with an input connected to the detection signal input, and an output corresponding to the detected power level output;
a feedback network connected to the input and the output of the differential amplifier detector circuit; and
a mirror circuit connected to the differential amplifier detector circuit, a root mean square current corresponding to a power level of the radio frequency signal from the source being mirrored and integrated, with a direct current voltage level being generated therefrom and output to the detected power level output, the direct current voltage being within a first predetermined voltage range between a low end and a high end and corresponding to the power level of the radio frequency signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,306

DETECTION CIRCUIT

LAPIS Semiconductor Co., ...

1. A detection circuit provided in a gamma buffer circuit configured to include at least one transistor that receives application of a first voltage and to generate gradation voltages on the basis of a plurality of gamma voltages, the detection circuit comprising:a first comparison circuit for comparing a largest gamma voltage having a largest voltage value among the plurality of gamma voltages with a substrate potential of the transistor and outputting a first comparison result signal which is indicative of a result of the comparison,
a second comparison circuit, including an inverter which is operable under a second voltage as a source voltage, for comparing a threshold voltage of the inverter with the substrate potential and outputting a second comparison result signal which is indicative of a result of the comparison; and
a detection result output circuit for outputting a detection result showing if voltage decrease or power discontinuity of the first voltage is occurring on the basis of the first comparison result signal and the second comparison result signal.

US Pat. No. 10,365,303

SHUNT STRIP

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A shunt resistor strip comprising:a plurality of shunt resistors arranged in a grid, a first row of shunt resistors in the grid being spaced from a second row of shunt resistors in the grid by a shunt-gap; and
a plurality of tabs directly connecting the shunt resistors in the first row to the shunt resistors in the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,365,300

TRIGGER ON FINAL OCCURRENCE

Tektronix, Inc., Beavert...

1. A test and measurement instrument comprising:an input circuit configured for receiving one or more input signals;
an analog-to-digital converter configured for converting an input signal of the one or more input signals to a digital signal;
an acquisition memory structured to store the digital signal; and
a trigger subsystem having one or more event decoders operative responsive to one or more features of the one or more input signals or the digital signal to detect that a series of events occurred, and structured to generate a trigger signal in response to detecting that a final event in the series of events occurred,
wherein the series of events is a series of recurring events, and a total number of recurring events in the series of events is unknown to the trigger subsystem prior to the detection of the occurrence of the final event in the series of events.

US Pat. No. 10,365,298

OPTICAL KNIFE-EDGE DETECTOR WITH LARGE DYNAMIC RANGE

1. A system for monitoring change in the direction of incidence of a light beam having a predetermined effective diameter, comprising:a pair of optical reflecting surfaces disposed such that said light beam traverses between them, and aligned generally perpendicular to the direction in which said change in said direction of incidence of said light beam is to be monitored; and
a pair of juxtaposed photodetector elements disposed at one end of said pair of optical reflecting surfaces, the boundary between said juxtaposed pair being aligned such that the illumination spot of said beam passes from one photodetector element to the other as the direction of incidence of said light beam changes,
wherein said pair of optical reflecting surfaces are spaced and disposed such that change in the direction of incidence at which said light beam enters said pair of optical reflecting surfaces, results in said light beam switching between reaching said photodetector elements (a) without reflection from either optical reflecting surface, and (b) with reflection from at least one of said optical reflecting surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,365,296

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COMPENSATING FOR THE ABSENCE OF A SENSOR MEASUREMENT IN A HEADING REFERENCE SYSTEM

13. A method for compensating for a loss of a temperature sensor measurement in an attitude and heading reference system on a vehicle, the method comprising:detecting a temperature sensor measurement loss from at least one temperature sensor mounted on the vehicle, wherein the temperature measurement is otherwise used to calculate the vehicle's true airspeed;
detecting a turn by the vehicle;
in response to detecting the turn, calculating a first vehicle bank angle using at least one gyroscope mounted on the vehicle;
estimating a first static air temperature using the first vehicle bank angle and at least one pressure sensor mounted on the vehicle;
estimating a second static air temperature independently of the first vehicle bank angle;
computing an adjusted static air temperature using the first and second static air temperatures; and
compensating for a gyro-bias drift rate, wherein compensating for the gyro-drift rate includes augmenting a sensor measurement model using the adjusted static air temperature in an absence of a measurement from the at least one temperature sensor mounted on the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,295

INTEGRATED FIBER BRAGG GRATING ACCELEROMETER IN A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. In a teleoperated system including a master control and a slave instrument, the master control being teleoperatively coupled to the slave instrument to move the slave instrument, a method comprising:sensing high frequency content of an interaction between the slave instrument and a surgical working environment using an accelerometer on a distal portion of the slave instrument, the accelerometer comprising a cantilever beam and an optic fiber, the cantilever beam being formed in a wall of a distal portion of a tube body of the slave instrument, the cantilever beam being a portion of the wall positioned in a through-opening in the tube body, the optic fiber being affixed to the cantilever beam, and the optic fiber comprising a first Fiber Bragg Grating;
sensing low frequency force content of an interaction between the slave instrument and the surgical working environment using a force transducer on the distal portion of the slave instrument;
outputting information to a user of the master control based on sensed high frequency content; and
outputting force feedback to the user based on sensed low frequency force content.

US Pat. No. 10,365,287

METHOD FOR DETERMINING BIOPOLYMER USING NANOPORE, AND SYSTEM AND KIT THEREFOR

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A system for determining an alignment of monomers constituting a biopolymer, wherein the system comprises:a first solution vessel and a second solution vessel partitioned by a membrane;
a pair of electrodes configured to move the biopolymer between the first solution vessel and the second solution vessel through the nanopore, wherein the pair of electrodes in the first solution vessel and the second solution vessel is connected to a voltage source configured to bring about a voltage gradient by the electrodes between the first solution vessel and the second solution vessel;
a first introduction port configured to introduce the biopolymer, which has a first stopper molecule bound to one end of the biopolymer that is an object of measurement, into the first solution vessel, wherein the first stopper molecule is larger than a diameter of the nanopore;
a second introduction port configured to introduce a second stopper molecule, which is bound to the other end of the biopolymer having passed through the nanopore, into the second solution vessel, wherein the second stopper molecule is larger than a diameter of the nanopore;
an ammeter operatively connected to the pair of electrodes, wherein the ammeter detects a signal generated along with the movement of the biopolymer made by the pair of electrodes; and
a data processor programmed to:
apply a voltage gradient between the pair of electrodes to cause the biopolymer to migrate from the second solution vessel to the first solution vessel for a first interval of time;
automatically switch polarity of the pair of electrodes when the ammeter measures a decrease in current passing though the nanopore that is caused by approach of the first or second stopper molecule to the nanopore;
apply a voltage gradient between the pair of electrodes to cause the biopolymer to migrate from the first solution vessel to the second solution vessel for a second interval of time;
measure a temporal change in the signal detected by the ammeter;
calculate the signal as data dependent on species of monomers constituting the biopolymer; and
determine the alignment of the monomers constituting the biopolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,284

KIT FOR DETECTING TARGET MATERIAL AND METHOD OF DETECTING TARGET MATERIAL USING THE SAME

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. A kit for detecting a target material, comprising:a hollow tube-shaped body;
a sample injection port;
a sample injection member;
a first support;
a first sample reaction unit; and
a second support,
wherein a front end of the body is provided with the sample injection port,
a portion of the front end of the body, other than the sample injection port, is closed,
a rear end of the body is formed with an opening into which the sample injection member is inserted,
the body includes the first support, the first sample reaction unit and the second support, which are inserted therein,
the first sample reaction unit is disposed between the first support and the second support,
the first support is disposed so that the first sample reaction unit is not exposed to the front end of the body and the sample injection port,
the second support is disposed so that the first sample reaction unit is not exposed to the opening of the body,
the first sample reaction unit is a polymer thin film including magnetic nanoparticles on which an antibody specifically binding to the target material is immobilized,
the polymer thin film is wound in a roll shape so as to form a hollow hole in a center thereof, and
a central axis of the hollow hole is positioned perpendicular to a direction of injection of a sample.

US Pat. No. 10,365,274

IMMUNOCHROMATOGRAPHIC KIT

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An immunochromatographic kit detecting a test substance in a specimen liquid, comprising:an inspection strip that includes an insoluble carrier spreading the specimen liquid, a label-holding pad including a label substance modified with a first substance bondable to the test substance fixed on the insoluble carrier, a liquid-sending pad in contact with one end of the insoluble carrier and sending a first amplification liquid to the insoluble carrier, and an absorption pad in contact with another end of the insoluble carrier, and the inspection strip sequentially having an inspection region including a second substance bonded to the test substance, a confirmation region including a substance bondable to the first substance, and an amplification index region including a substance that reacts with the first amplification liquid, from a label-holding pad side between the label-holding pad and the absorption pad of the insoluble carrier;
a first pot disposed below the liquid-sending pad and enclosing the first amplification liquid;
a second pot disposed above the absorption pad and enclosing a second amplification liquid; and
a housing case containing the inspection strip, the first pot, and the second pot and having a pore for dropwise addition of the specimen liquid facing the label-holding pad,
wherein the first pot has one surface including a sheet member,
wherein the surface including the sheet member of the first pot is disposed against the liquid-sending pad,
wherein a movable member is disposed at a location facing the sheet member of the first pot through the liquid-sending pad and presses and displaces the liquid-sending pad in response to an external pressing force to break the sheet member of the first pot and press the liquid-sending pad into the first pot, and
wherein the immunochromatographic kit further comprises a movement prevention mechanism restricting movement of the movable member toward an original position side after pressing the liquid-sending pad into the first pot.

US Pat. No. 10,365,273

FLUORESCENCE IMMUNOASSAY SENSOR CHIP AND FLUORESCENCE IMMUNOASSAY METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A fluorescence immunoassay sensor chip for use in fluorescence immunoassay for detecting and/or measuring markers contained in a sample solution, comprising:a dielectric member having a main surface with a first part and a second part;
a metal thin film formed on the first part of the main surface of the dielectric member and not present on the second part of the main surface;
a first sensor part formed in a predetermined position on the metal thin film on the first part of the main surface; and
a second sensor part formed in a predetermined position directly on the dielectric member on the second part of the main surface, wherein a ligand immobilized in the first sensor part and a ligand immobilized in the second sensor part capture different types of markers.

US Pat. No. 10,365,267

METHODS AND ASSAYS RELATING TO SEPIAPTERIN REDUCTASE INHIBITION

1. A method of treating pain or inflammation in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising:administering a dose of a sepiapterin reductase inhibitor (SPRi);
measuring, by mass spectroscopy, fluorescent detection, or ELISA, the level of sepiapterin in a sample obtained from the subject;
administering an additional dose of the SPRi if the level of sepiapterin is undetectable; and
administering a decreased dose of the SPRi if the level of sepiapterin is detectable.

US Pat. No. 10,365,261

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING STRATIGRAPHIC LOCATION AND AREAL EXTENT OF TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON USING AN INTEGRATED STRATIGRAPHIC APPROACH

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., San...

1. A method, comprising:performing a geochemical analysis method to create a geochemical dataset, the geochemical analysis method comprising at least one of: (a) performing a production analysis of organic matter in the past on a sample extracted from a rock formation; (b) determining an amount of sediment dilution in the rock formation; or (c) performing a redox analysis on the sample extracted from the rock formation;
performing a chronostratigraphic method to create a chronostratigraphic dataset, the chronostratigraphic method comprising at least one of: (1) performing a paleomagnetic (PMAG) procedure using a magnetic measuring device to measure changes in direction of magnetism in the rock formation; (2) performing a biostratigraphy procedure to determine time or age of deposition of sediment using flora or fauna dating, or both, if fauna or flora, or both, is found in the rock formation; (3) performing a bentonite analysis procedure; (4) performing a cyclostratigraphy procedure; or (5) performing a Rhenium-Osmium (Re—OS) chronology procedure if an amount of total organic carbon (TOC) or Pyrite determined using the geochemical analysis method is equal to or greater than approximately 1.5%;
measuring changes in preserved organic carbon ?13Corg or changes in dissolved inorganic carbon ?13Ccarb, or both, to recognize global changes in oceanic dissolved inorganic carbon;
performing a graphic correlation of the chronostratigaphic dataset;
determining a sequence stratigraphic model based on the graphic correlation; and
generating a palaeogeographic reconstruction through time by integrating the sequence stratigraphic model with the geochemical dataset to construct a predictive depositional model and determine a location and areal extent of total organic carbon of shale within the rock formation at present day.

US Pat. No. 10,365,259

HYDROGEN SENSOR INCLUDING PAIR OF ELECTRODES AND METAL OXIDE LAYER AND METHOD OF DETECTING HYDROGEN WITH HYDROGEN SENSOR

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A hydrogen sensor comprising:a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a metal oxide layer disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, the metal oxide layer including a bulk area and a local area surrounded by the bulk area, a degree of oxygen deficiency of the local area being higher than that of the bulk area;
a first insulation film covering the first electrode, the second electrode, and the metal oxide layer, the first insulation film having an opening reaching the second electrode; and
a second insulation film being in contact with the second electrode in the opening,
wherein:
an upper surface of the local area and an upper surface of the bulk area are in direct contact with a bottom surface of the second electrode, and
a bottom of the local area does not directly contact an upper surface of the first electrode, wherein the bulk area is configured to generate the local area when voltage is applied to the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,365,258

METHODS FOR DETERMINING OXIDATION PERFORMANCE OF OXIDATION CATALYST DEVICES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for determining a hydrocarbon (HC) oxidation performance of an oxidation catalyst device (OC) having an inlet and an outlet, the method comprising:communicating exhaust gas to the OC inlet over a time frame, wherein the exhaust gas comprises NOx and HC species;
measuring a NOx content of an OC outlet gas using a NOx sensor over the time frame, wherein a temperature of the OC increases over the time frame; and
correlating an increased NOx measurement over the time frame to an increased OC HC oxidation performance,
wherein the NOx sensor is operated in a low temperature mode during the time frame characterized by an operating temperature at which a NO:NO2 equilibrium is kinetically driven.

US Pat. No. 10,365,257

BATTERY INCLUDING GAS DETECTOR FOR DETECTING GAS IN VOID BETWEEN SEAL AND POWER GENERATOR

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A battery comprising:a first power generator including a first electrode layer and a first counter electrode layer;
a first current collector that is in contact with the first electrode layer;
a second current collector that is in contact with the first counter electrode layer;
a first seal that seals a first gap and that is entirely between the first current collector and the second current collector;
a first void disposed between the first seal and the first power generator; and
a first gas detector that detects a first gas type,
wherein the first gas detector detects the first gas type in the first void.

US Pat. No. 10,365,256

HEATED TRANSFER LINE

Thermo Fisher Scientific ...

1. A flexible gas chromatography transfer line for transferring a sample from a gas chromatography column into a spectrometer for analysis, having an entry end for connecting to the gas chromatography column and an exit end for connecting with a spectrometer, the transfer line comprising:a flexible transfer capillary for receiving therein an end portion of a gas chromatography column or a capillary connected to said end portion; and
a flexible resistive heating arrangement, surrounding the transfer capillary;
the resistive heating arrangement being connectable to a power supply for providing current to the resistive heating arrangement to heat the resistive heating arrangement and thereby heat the flexible transfer capillary;
wherein the resistive heating arrangement is divided into at least one central zone and at least one exit zone,
wherein the resistive heating arrangement is adapted to provide different heat emission per unit length in said at least one central zone than in said exit zone,
wherein the flexible gas chromatography transfer line is foldable, a displacement force in each direction (x, y, z) needed to move the transfer line exit end when the entry end is fixed being less than 10 N.

US Pat. No. 10,365,255

VIBRATION ANALYSIS DEVICE WHICH CALCULATES CYCLE OF VIBRATION OF TOOL WITH RESPECT TO WORKPIECE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A system comprising:a controller having a processor configured to control a machine tool to move along a drive axis; and
a vibration analysis device which calculates a vibration cycle at which a tool vibrates with respect to a workpiece during a period in which the workpiece is processed by the machine tool controlled by the controller, the vibration analysis device comprising:
a processor configured to:
acquire positional information of the drive axis in time series,
calculate a velocity in a tangential direction of a movement path of a processing point by using the positional information,
calculate a first movement distance of the processing point on the movement path by using the velocity in the tangential direction,
acquire a previously measured interval between streaks on the workpiece,
calculate a vibration cycle corresponding to the streaks on the basis of the interval between the streaks and the first movement distance of the processing point,
calculate a second movement distance of the processing point on the basis of at least two of the intervals between the streaks,
calculate a cross-correlation function of the first movement distance and the second movement distance, and
calculate the vibration cycle corresponding to the streaks on the basis of the cross-correlation function.

US Pat. No. 10,365,254

ASSESSMENT OF BLOOD COAGULATION USING AN ACOUSTIC RADIATION FORCE BASED OPTICAL COHERENCE ELASTOGRAPHY (ARF-OCE)

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of using an optical coherence elastography (OCE) under acoustic radiation force (ARF) excitation comprising:inducing a shear wave in a blood sample by use of an ultrasound beam from an ultrasonic transducer;
measuring an elastic property of the blood sample by use of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) beam; and
assessing the clot formation/dissolution kinetics and strength,
wherein the OCT beam is orientated orthogonally relative to the ultrasound beam to dynamically measure the shear wave in the blood sample during coagulation.

US Pat. No. 10,365,252

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SENSING A SAMPLE

1. A method for sensing a sample, the method comprising:directing a light beam onto the sample, the light beam being at least partially transmittable through sample to form the transmitted light beam;
receiving the transmitted light beam at an acoustic transducer, the acoustic transducer absorbing at least a portion of the transmitted light beam and in response generating an acoustic wave; and
generating an electrical signal at a piezoelectric element of the acoustic transducer, the electrical signal generated based on at least a portion of the acoustic wave.

US Pat. No. 10,365,249

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OUTER JOINT MEMBER OF CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT AND ULTRASONIC FLAW DETECTION-INSPECTION METHOD FOR A WELDED PORTION

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

5. An ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method for a welded portion of an outer joint member of a constant velocity universal joint,the outer joint member comprising:
a cup section having track grooves formed in an inner periphery of the cup section, which are engageable with torque transmitting elements; and
a shaft section formed at a bottom portion of the cup section,
the outer joint member being constructed by forming the cup section and the shaft section as separate members, and by welding a cup member forming the cup section and a shaft member forming the shaft section to each other to form a workpiece,
the ultrasonic flaw detection-inspection method comprising:
forming an outer surface of the workpiece including the welded portion into a cylindrical smooth surface having a surface roughness of Ra 2.0 ?m or less by turning; and
carrying out a circumferential angle beam flaw detection method including irradiating ultrasonic waves to the cylindrical smooth surface of the welded portion with one probe in a direction parallel to turning marks formed by the turning and at an incident angle which prevents total reflection of the ultrasonic waves, wherein
the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method including a plurality of steps each of which comprises positioning the one probe in an X-axis direction that is perpendicular to a predetermined diameter line in a cross section of the workpiece perpendicular to an axis of the workpiece, in a Y-axis direction that is parallel to the predetermined diameter line and in a Z-axis direction that is parallel to the axis of the workpiece while making an axis of an ultrasonic transmission pulse to be transmitted from the one probe perpendicular to the predetermined diameter line and offset in the Y-axis direction with respect to a longitudinal section of the workpiece including the axis of the workpiece, transmitting the ultrasonic transmission pulse from the one probe to the workpiece and receiving a reflection echo from the workpiece,
wherein, in the plurality of steps of the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method, a position of the one probe in the Z-axis direction is different in each of the plurality of steps, and
the circumferential angle beam flaw detection method further includes repeating the plurality of steps a plurality times, and changing a position of the one probe in the X-axis direction so as to set a focal point of the ultrasonic waves of the one probe to a different position within a thickness of the welded portion each of the plurality of times the plurality of steps is performed to thereby inspect an entire region of the welded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,247

MOVABLE MEMBER ASSEMBLY HAVING A SENSOR ASSEMBLY

HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPO...

1. A movable member assembly, comprising:a body extending between a first end towards a second end along a body axis;
a movable member slidably disposed within the body, the movable member provided with a first position feature and a second position feature axially spaced apart from the first position feature; and
a sonic sensor assembly disposed proximate the first end, the sonic sensor assembly having a first sonic sensor and a second sonic sensor, configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting a position of at least one of the first position feature and the second position feature, wherein the first position feature is configured as a first sheet that defines a first reflection surface provided with a plurality of openings that interrupt the first reflection surface.

US Pat. No. 10,365,246

ULTRASOUND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REPRESENTING THE PROPAGATION OF ULTRASOUND WAVES IN A GUIDE OF LINEARLY VARIABLE THICKNESS

Centre National de la Rec...

1. A device for the representation, in a frequency-wavenumber frame, of the propagation of an ultrasound wave in a dihedral guide, the device comprising:ultrasound emitters referenced by Ej with j an integer varying between 1 and N, N a strictly positive integer;
ultrasound receivers referenced by Ri with i an integer varying between 1 and M, M a strictly positive integer; and
means for processing and outputting the signal received by the receivers, originating from the emitters, wherein
the receivers are disposed spatially over a first segment of a straight line according to a regular pitch A that is a scalar length value,
the processing means comprise means for calculating a modified discrete spatial Fourier transform, for a spatial integration variable x, centered in the middle of said first segment and traversing the receivers in the direction of increasing x, and for a spatially-varying wave vector k(x) equal to a product k.P(x),
k is a wavenumber coefficient which is constant in x and lies between wave vector values 0 and 2*Pi/A,
2*Pi/A is a wave vector value defined by diving 2*Pi by the regular pitch A,
P(x) is a polynomial in x, of coefficient of degree 0 in x equal to 1 and of coefficient C of degree 1 in x such that C.A lies between ?1/10 and +1/10, and
C.A is a scalar value defined by multiplying the coefficient C of degree 1 in x by the regular pitch A.

US Pat. No. 10,365,245

GATING ELEMENT IN ION MOBILITY SPECTROMETERS

1. A gating element for modulating or switching the ion current in an ion mobility spectrometer, comprising a plate having at least three electrode layers with conductivity of more than 106 S/m and insulating layers with a conductivity of less than 105 S/m between the electrode layers, said layers being bonded to one another, wherein the plate has a plurality of apertures for the passage of ions.

US Pat. No. 10,365,244

ION-SENSITIVE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. Ion-sensitive structure comprising:a semiconductor structure; and
a layer stack disposed on the semiconductor structure, the layer stack having a doped intermediate layer comprising a doping material and comprising a first metal oxide material;
wherein the semiconductor structure is configured to change an electric characteristic based on a contact of the ion-sensitive structure with a liquid electrolyte comprising ions; and
wherein the intermediate layer comprises a mass fraction of the doping material which is greater than or equal to 0.03% and less than or equal to 20% with regard to a mass fraction of the metal oxide material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,241

SENSING SYSTEM FOR A HUMIDITY SENSOR

Veris Industries, LLC, T...

1. A method for sensing humidity comprising providing a humidity sensing system and further comprising:(a) providing a humidity sensitive material;
(b) providing a sensing circuit associated with said humidity sensitive material causing the sensing circuit to estimate the humidity based upon said humidity sensitive material;
(c) providing a heating element associated with said humidity sensitive material;
(d) providing a first temperature sensor associated with said humidity sensing system capable of sensing the temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material and providing a second temperature sensor associated with said humidity sensing system capable of sensing an ambient temperature an environment relative to said humidity sensitive material;
(e) providing a temperature circuit, causing the temperature circuit to temporarily increase the temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material, causing the sensing circuit to take a first estimate of the humidity based upon said humidity sensor, causing the temperature circuit to maintain the increased temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material if the first estimate of the humidity is not sufficiently low, causing the sensing circuit to take a second estimate of the humidity based upon said humidity sensor, causing the temperature circuit to discontinue the increased temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material and thereafter causing said sensing circuit to estimate said humidity when temperature proximate said humidity sensitive material is sufficiently close to an ambient temperature based upon said sensing by said first temperature sensor proximate said humidity sensitive material and said second temperature sensor in said environment relative to said humidity sensitive material.

US Pat. No. 10,365,240

FLEXIBLE AND STRETCHABLE SENSORS FORMED BY PATTERNED SPALLING

International Business Ma...

1. A structure comprising:a flexible and stretchable sensor embedded within a flexible substrate, said flexible and stretchable sensor comprising a single crystalline spring-like structure coupling a neighboring pair of resistor structures together.

US Pat. No. 10,365,239

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IN-SITU IDENTIFICATION OF WORKING FLUIDS

EXXONMOBIL RESEARCH AND E...

1. A system for in-situ identification of a working fluid disposed in at least one piece of equipment, said system comprising:a working fluid reservoir that contains said working fluid;
an in-situ sensor disposed in said working fluid reservoir such that it detects properties of said working fluid or computes properties from the generated spectra of said working fluid;
a transmitter that transmits a detected spectra of said working fluid and equipment identification information; and
a cloud computing system that receives said detected spectra and said equipment identification information transmitted from said transmitter,
wherein said cloud computing system compares said detected spectra and equipment identification information against a reference database to determine whether or not the detected spectra of the working fluid substantially matches the stored reference spectra associated with the expected or specified fluid for said equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,365,238

DIESEL FUEL QUALITY INSPECTION APPARATUS AND INSPECTION METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A diesel fuel quality inspection apparatus, which is mounted to a lower end portion of a moisture storing part coupled to a lower portion of a filter portion and a filter portion for filtering foreign materials contained to fuel for inspecting moisture contained to diesel fuel to identify quality of fuel, including:a body portion coupled to the lower end portion of the moisture storing part;
a guide portion formed with a hollow type circular cylinder shape on a bottom surface in the body portion; and
a first inspection portion formed to be fixed with a predetermined height in the guide portion.

US Pat. No. 10,365,237

NMR SENSOR DEVICE FOR THE ANALYSIS OF FLUID DISTRIBUTION IN ABSORBENT ARTICLES

1. A device for the analysis of fluid distribution in an absorbent article, the device comprising:a. a frame;
b. a pressure chamber disposed in contacting and mating engagement with said frame, said pressure chamber comprising a top plate and a bladder, said absorbent article being disposed between said top plate and said bladder;
c. a NMR sensor in cooperative engagement with said frame and said pressure chamber, said NMR sensor being disposed proximate to said pressure chamber, said NMR sensor measuring said fluid distribution in said absorbent article when said absorbent article is disposed between said top plate and said bladder of said pressure chamber and said NMR sensor is disposed proximate to a surface of said absorbent article; and
d. a deposition assembly, said deposition assembly providing an insult to a surface of said absorbent article disposed proximate to said NMR sensor when said absorbent article is disposed between said top plate and said bladder.

US Pat. No. 10,365,236

NMR MEASUREMENT CELL AND NMR MEASUREMENT ASSEMBLY

1. A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurement cell in solution enabling the introduction of a gas into said solution, the measurement cell being designed to be placed in a static magnetic field such as the field of an NMR spectrometer, and comprising:at least one measurement chamber of the solution in which a radiofrequency electromagnetic field will be applied and/or measured,
a network of conduits including a gas introduction zone, the gas introduction zone comprising a gas inlet to generate bubbles only in the gas introduction zone, the network of conduits forming a closed loop circuit for circulation of the solution between the measurement chamber and the gas introduction zone, the gas inlet being arranged so as to set up circulation of the solution in the network of conduits between the gas introduction zone and the measurement chamber, the measurement chamber comprising a conduit in the network of conduits called the measurement conduit, and
a radiofrequency system arranged to apply and/or detect a radiofrequency electromagnetic field in the measurement conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,365,232

HIGH ACCURACY OF RELATIVE DEFECT LOCATIONS FOR REPEATER ANALYSIS

KLA-Tencor Corp., Milpit...

1. A system configured to transform positions of defects detected on a wafer, comprising:an inspection subsystem comprising at least an energy source and a detector, wherein the energy source is configured to generate energy that is directed to a wafer, wherein the detector is configured to detect energy from the wafer and to generate output responsive to the detected energy, wherein the output comprises multiple swaths of frames of output for each of multiple dies on the wafer, and wherein each of multiple instances of a reticle printed on the wafer comprises at least two instances of the multiple dies; and
one or more computer subsystems configured for:
detecting defects on the wafer by applying a defect detection method to the output generated by the detector, wherein positions of the defects are reported by the defect detection method in swath coordinates;
aligning the output for a first of the frames in a first of the multiple swaths in a first of the multiple dies in a first of the multiple instances of the reticle printed on the wafer to the output for corresponding others of the frames in corresponding others of the multiple swaths in corresponding others of the multiple dies in others of the multiple instances of the reticle printed on the wafer,
determining different swath coordinate offsets for each of the frames, respectively, in the others of the multiple instances of the reticle based on differences between swath coordinates of the output for the frames and swath coordinates of the output for the first of the frames aligned thereto in the aligning step; and
applying one of the different swath coordinate offsets to the swath coordinates reported for the defects detected on the wafer, wherein which of the different swath coordinate offsets is applied to the swath coordinates reported for the defects is determined based on the others of the multiple instances of the reticle in which the defects were detected, thereby transforming the swath coordinates reported for the defects from swath coordinates in the others of the multiple instances of the reticle to swath coordinates in the first of the multiple instances of the reticle.

US Pat. No. 10,365,228

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRACKING DEFECTS IN SHEET MATERIALS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A tracking arrangement for the tracking of a material defect in a sheet material comprising a container material or a product-packaging material, said tracking arrangement comprising:a defect sensor configured to detect a material defect in a sheet material moving thereby or therethrough;
a first structure sensor configured to detect at least one inherent structural feature of the sheet material itself in the region of the material defect, which at least one inherent structural feature being usable as a reference for determining the position of the material defect; and
a control arrangement configured to receive data from said first structure sensor, and thereby prepare and store a first structure data record representing the at least one inherent structural feature as detected by said first structure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,226

MICROFLUIDIC OPTICAL FLUID SENSOR

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method comprising:forming a substrate;
forming microfluidic channel upon the substrate;
forming a bubble jet inertial pump upon the substrate to pump fluid through the microfluidic channel;
forming an optical sensor upon the substrate to receive light passing through the microfluidic channel; and
forming a light emitter on the substrate to pass light across the microfluidic channel into the optical sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,223

ANALYTICAL METHOD USING SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY AND COMPOSITION FOR THE METHOD

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An identification method, for determining whether a sample of an unknown composition is a sample of a known composition to which a known amount of a SERS-active taggant compound has been added comprises the steps of:a) obtaining a sample of said unknown composition;
b) adding to said composition a plurality of SERS particles to form a mixture, each SERS particle comprising:
i. a core comprising a nanoparticle having a plasmonic surface,
ii. a SERS-active internal standard compound adjacent said plasmonic surface, wherein the SERS-active internal standard compound is not an isotopically-altered version of the SERS-active taggant compound, and
iii. a shell, said shell encapsulating said core and said SERS-active internal standard compound;
c) obtaining a SERS spectrum from said mixture
d) comparing the SERS response ratio SATC:SAISC from the SERS spectral response of the SERS-active taggant compound and the SERS spectral response of the SERS-active internal standard compound in the unknown composition with the SERS response ratio SATC: SAISC from said known composition.

US Pat. No. 10,365,221

RAMAN SPECTRUM PLANE IMAGING DEVICE

Institute of Materials, C...

1. A Raman spectrum plane imaging device, comprising:a laser generation apparatus,
a light filtering apparatus, and
a planar array detector,
wherein laser light beams emitted by the laser generation apparatus irradiate on a preset region of a surface of a sample in a planar illuminating manner, and
wherein Raman scattered light, generated by the sample under excitation of the laser light beams and incident on the light filtering apparatus, selectively passes through the light filtering apparatus and is then imaged on the planar array detector, to be received by the planar array detector, wherein an output wavelength of the laser generation apparatus is adjustable,
wherein the Raman spectrum plane imaging device further comprises a dichroscope, wherein the laser light beams emitted by the laser generation apparatus are incident on the dichroscope and reflected by the dichroscope, and then irradiate on the preset region of the surface of the sample, and the Raman scattered light, which is generated by the sample under the excitation of the laser light beams, is incident on the dichroscope, transmitted through the dichroscope, and then incident on the light filtering apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,365,218

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR 4-D HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING

VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC,...

1. A hyperspectral imaging system, comprising:a sample holder configured to hold a sample;
a light source configured to emit excitation light having one or more wavelengths;
a two-dimensional (2-D) imaging array; and
an optical system comprising:
a first spatial light modulator (SLM);
a first spectral separator; and
a second spectral separator;
wherein the optical system is configured to (i) structure the excitation light, using the first SLM, into a predetermined two-dimensional excitation pattern at a conjugate plane of a focal plane in the sample; (ii) spectrally disperse, using the first spectral separator, the excitation pattern; (iii) use the excitation pattern to illuminate the sample with the one or more wavelengths dispersed along a first direction within the focal plane; (iv) collect, from the sample, emission light; (v) spectrally disperse, using the second spectral separator, the collected emission light; and (vi) provide the collected emission light in-focus to the imaging array such that the collected emission light is spectrally dispersed along a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,365,215

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING AN EARTH SAMPLE OF A GEOLOGICAL FORMATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. Method for analyzing at least an earth sample of a geological formation, comprising:Performing a Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectrometry measurement on an earth sample collected in the formation by:
Irradiating the sample with infrared energy
Measuring a spectrum representative of the infrared energy absorbed by the sample,
Analyzing the measured spectrum and obtaining from the analyzed measured spectrum a reconstructed spectrum corresponding to a combination of a plurality of standard spectra representative of elements contained in the earth sample,
comparing the measured spectrum and the reconstructed spectrum in at least a wavelength zone situated between 1500 and 1700 cm?1 wherein comparing the measured spectrum and the reconstructed spectrum comprise subtracting the reconstructed spectrum from the measured spectrum to obtain a resulting spectrum, and deriving from the comparison an indicator accounting for the absorbance of the resulting spectrum in the wavelength zone,
Based at least partially on the indicator, detecting a tar layer in the geological formation, wherein the earth sample is taken in a layer situated above the tar layer.

US Pat. No. 10,365,214

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTION AND SPATIAL MAPPING OF MERCURY CONCENTRATION IN WATER SAMPLES

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A system for analyzing a water sample for mercury with a mobile electronic device having a camera comprising:a reader configured for securement to the mobile electronic device over the camera, the reader further comprising:
a sample solution holder and a control solution holder;
a power source operatively coupled to a first light source and a second light source configured to illuminate the sample solution holder and the control solution holder with a First Color and a Second Color;
a mask interposed between the first and second light sources and the sample solution and control solution holders, the mask comprising a first set of apertures disposed over the sample solution holder and the control solution holder and configured to be illuminated by the first light source and a second set of apertures disposed over the sample solution holder and the control solution holder and configured to be illuminated by the second light source;
a lens disposed in the reader and positioned adjacent to the camera;
a solution containing sodium chloride, nanoparticles, and thymine-rich aptamer contained in both the sample solution holder and the control solution holder, the sample solution holder also containing the water sample therein; and
wherein the mobile electronic device is configured to capture an image of transmitted light passing through the control solution holder and the sample solution holder from the first and second light sources, wherein the image contains four separate regions of interest (First ColorSample, First ColorControl, Second ColorSample, and Second ColorControl) and wherein the mobile electronic device outputs a concentration of mercury within the water sample based on a normalized color ratio obtained from a measured average intensity level obtained at each of the four separate regions of interest (First ColorSample, First ColorControl, Second ColorSample, and Second ColorControl), wherein the normalized color ratio comprises a ratio of First ColorSample/Second ColorSample and First ColorControl/Second ColorControl.

US Pat. No. 10,365,211

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR METROLOGY BEAM STABILIZATION

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:an illumination source configured to generate an amount of illumination light;
one or more illumination optical elements configured to receive the amount of illumination light from the illumination source and project an illumination measurement beam to a specimen under measurement along an illumination beam path;
a detector configured to generate a plurality of output signals indicative of a response of the specimen to the incident illumination measurement beam;
one or more collection optical elements configured to collect an amount of collected light from the surface of the specimen and project a collection measurement beam from the specimen to the detector along a collection beam path;
a rotating optical polarizer element located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both;
a beam position sensor located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both, after the rotating optical polarizer element, wherein the beam position sensor generates output signals indicative of a location of the measurement beam;
an active beam compensating element located in the illumination beam path, the collection beam path, or both, between the rotating optical polarizer element and the beam position sensor; and
a computing system configured to:
receive the output signals indicative of the location of the measurement beam; and
communicate a command signal to the active beam compensating element that causes the active beam compensating element to adjust a location of the measurement beam toward a desired location as measured by the beam position sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,210

POLARIMETRIC DETECTION OF FOREIGN FLUIDS ON SURFACES

Polaris Sensor Technologi...

1. A method of detecting a foreign fluid on a surface, the method comprising:recording raw image data of the surface using a polarimeter to obtain polarized images, where the recording raw image data using a polarimeter is not dependent on an external light source, including sunlight, and is not dependent on the brightness of available light;
computing IR and polarization data products from the polarized images;
converting the IR and polarization data products to a multi-dimensional data set to form multi-dimensional imagery;
applying contrast enhancement algorithms to multi-dimensional imagery to form enhanced contrast images;
detecting foreign fluid on the surface from the enhanced contrast images.

US Pat. No. 10,365,204

LONG PATH CELL

1. A long path cell (10), in particular a Herriott cell, with(a) a primary mirror (12) and
(b) a secondary mirror (14),
characterized in that
(c) the primary mirror (12) has
a first primary mirror segment (42.1) and
at least one second primary mirror segment (42.2), which radially surrounds the first primary mirror segment (42.1),
whereby the primary mirror segments (42) differ in their curvatures (R42.1, 42.2) or focal lengths,
(d) the secondary mirror (14) has
a first secondary mirror segment (44.1) and
at least one second secondary mirror segment (44.2) which radially surrounds the first secondary mirror segment (44.1),
whereby the secondary mirror segments (44) differ in their curvatures (R42.1, R42.2) or focal lengths,
(e) the first primary mirror segment (42.1) and the first secondary mirror segment (44.1) are arranged in relation to each other such that a light beam is reflected back and forth between the two, and that
(f) the second primary mirror segment (42.2) and the second secondary mirror segment (44.2) are arranged in relation to each other such that a light beam is reflected back and forth between the two.

US Pat. No. 10,365,203

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED WHOLE BLOOD SAMPLE ANALYSES FROM MICROSCOPY IMAGES

Abbott Point of Care, Inc...

1. An apparatus for identifying types of white blood cells within a fluid sample of undiluted whole blood quiescently residing within a chamber, comprising:an objective lens;
a sample illuminator having an epi-fluorescence light source and a transmission light source;
an image dissector configured to detect light from the epi-fluorescence light source and from the transmission light source, and produce signals representative of such detected light; and
a programmable analyzer in communication with the sample illuminator, the image dissector, and with stored executable instructions, which instructions when executed cause the analyzer to:
control the sample illuminator and the image dissector to produce at least one epi-fluorescence light image and at least one transmission light image of the fluid sample quiescently residing within the chamber using the signals from the image dissector representative of the detected light;
identify white blood cells (WBCs) within the images; and
identify a type of each identified WBC within the images using one or more predetermined quantitatively determinable features, wherein each of said predetermined quantitatively determinable features is defined by one or more quantitative values, and each quantitative value is determinable from the at least one epi-fluorescence light image and the at least one transmission light image of the fluid sample.

US Pat. No. 10,365,201

PRESSURE LOSS ANALYSIS METHOD, A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM, AND A PRESSURE LOSS ANALYSIS APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING PRESSURE LOSS IN A HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A pressure loss analysis method for analyzing a pressure loss in a honeycomb structure for a case where a fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure, the honeycomb structure including porous partition portions that form a plurality of inflow-side cells and a plurality of outflow-side cells using a pressure loss analysis apparatus comprising: a computing apparatus, which includes a transient analysis device and a pressure loss deriving device:the pressure loss analysis method comprising:
a transient analysis step, in the transient analysis device, of repeatedly performing a particulate-layer-distribution deriving process, in which transient distribution information that represents an accumulation distribution of a particulate layer on an inflow-side inner circumferential surface is derived by performing a fluid analysis for the case where the fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure on the basis of object information that simulates the honeycomb structure with a plurality of mesh portions and by deriving, for each of the mesh portions corresponding to the inflow-side inner circumferential surface that is an inner circumferential surface of each of the inflow-side cells among a surface of the partition portion, a state of the particulate layer, which is a layer in which particulate matter contained in the fluid has accumulated, at a time point after a short time interval, and of deriving post-transient-analysis distribution information that represents the accumulation distribution at a time point after the particulate-layer-distribution deriving process has been performed a plurality of times, by performing the fluid analysis during the particulate-layer-distribution deriving process performed for the second and following times while taking into account the transient distribution information derived in an immediately preceding particulate-layer-distribution deriving process; and
a pressure loss deriving step, in the pressure loss deriving device, of deriving a pressure loss for the case where the fluid flows inside the honeycomb structure, by performing a fluid analysis on the basis of the object information and the post-transient-analysis distribution information,
wherein the pressure loss derived in the pressure loss deriving step is used to evaluate a honeycomb structure.

US Pat. No. 10,365,200

METHOD FOR DETERMINING UNCONVENTIONAL LIQUID IMBIBITION IN LOW-PERMEABILITY MATERIALS

SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY...

1. A method of determining a rate of fluid imbibition into a low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a sample with a length L and a cross-sectional area A obtained from the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix for a spontaneous imbibition test with a fluid, the fluid operable for use in hydraulic fracturing of the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix;
conducting the spontaneous imbibition test on the sample, the test including placing an end of the sample into the fluid with an upper portion of the sample exposed to air;
recording cumulative imbibition of the fluid into the sample over time, the step of recording comprising the use of nuclear magnetic resonance;
generating a graphical display of a set of data of the log of the cumulative imbibition of the fluid into the sample over time versus a set of data of the log of time;
determining an unconventional flow index, the unconventional flow index representing unconventional flow, and the unconventional flow index being assimilated by fitting the graphical display to the equation
wherein the power function of the equation (1/(n+1)) is the slope of the line;measuring volumetric liquid content spatial distribution along the sample after the spontaneous imbibition test using the area A and a position x along the length L;
determining a transport parameter of the sample responsive to: the volumetric liquid content spatial distribution along the sample after the spontaneous imbibition test; an initial liquid content of the sample before the spontaneous imbibition test; and the unconventional flow index; and
determining the rate of fluid imbibition into the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing matrix over time, as a mechanism for liquid uptake by the rock matrix during a well shut-in period, responsive to the unconventional flow index and the transport parameter by calculating liquid content per time by the equation
where ? is liquid content, t is time, q is liquid flux, D(?) is the transport parameter, and n is the unconventional flow index, to show increased liquid content per time caused by imbibition into the low-permeability, hydrocarbon-bearing rock matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,365,198

PARTICLE CHARACTERIZATION

Malvern Panalytical Limit...

1. A particle characterisation apparatus for performing a static light scattering measurement or a dynamic light scattering measurement, comprising:a light source for illuminating a sample with a light beam;
a detector arranged to detect scattered light from the interaction of the light beam with the sample;
a focus tuneable lens arranged to collect the scattered light for the detector from a scattering volume and/or to direct the light beam into the sample, wherein the focus tuneable lens comprises a deformable lens or a material in which a refractive index may be varied by application of a stimulus, and the focus tuneable lens adjusts a location of the scattering volume by changing the focal length of the focus tuneable lens; and
a focussing lens between the focus tuneable lens and the sample, wherein a focal point of the focussing lens is coincident with a principle plane of the focus tuneable lens.

US Pat. No. 10,365,195

PROCESS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE THE DEGREE OF SEPARATION OF TWO SOLUTION STREAMS

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A method for determining the degree of separation (DOS) of a polymer solution into a polymer-rich stream and a solvent-rich stream, said method comprising the following:adding to a liquid-liquid separation vessel the polymer solution, which comprises a polymer, a solvent and an anti-solvent, the liquid-liquid separation vessel having no sonic transponder;
separating the polymer solution into a polymer-rich stream and a solvent-rich stream;
removing at least some the polymer-rich stream from at least one outlet P on the vessel, and measuring the actual solution density of this polymer-rich stream using a first flow and density meter at outlet P;
removing at least some of the solvent-rich stream from at least one other outlet S on the vessel, and measuring the actual density of the solvent-rich stream using a second flow and density meter at outlet S; and
wherein the degree of separation (DOS) is determined by the following equation (Eqn. 1):
DOS =[actual solution density (polymer-rich steam) ?actual solution density (solvent-rich stream)]/[theoretical solution density (polymer-rich stream) ?theoretical solution density (solvent-rich stream)]tm (Eqn. 1).

US Pat. No. 10,365,192

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RAPID SCREENING OF MATERIAL PROPERTIES IN A PLURALITY OF ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED TEST SPECIMENS

General Electric Company,...

1. An apparatus for rapid screening of material properties in a plurality of additively manufactured test specimens, the apparatus comprising:a build plate having a body, a first planar surface and an opposing second planar surface, the first planar surface defining a build plane;
the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens disposed on and adhered to the first planar surface;
at least one actuator, translationally displacing at least one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens along an axis to test material properties of at least one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens; and
a plurality of sensors, wherein each of the plurality of sensors is coupled to a respective one of the plurality of additively manufactured test specimens.

US Pat. No. 10,365,183

ABNORMALITY DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM OF AIR-FUEL RATIO SENSOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An abnormality diagnosis system, comprising:an exhaust purification catalyst provided in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine;
an upstream air-fuel ratio sensor provided in the exhaust passage at an upstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst in a direction of flow of exhaust gas;
a downstream air-fuel ratio sensor provided in the exhaust passage at a downstream side of the exhaust purification catalyst in the direction of flow of the exhaust gas; and
a diagnosis device configured to repeatedly diagnose the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor for abnormality based on output values of the upstream and downstream air-fuel ratio sensors, wherein
when the output value of the upstream air-fuel ratio sensor indicates a rich air-fuel ratio richer than a stoichiometric air-fuel ratio at a first time, the diagnosis device is configured to
continuously monitor the output value of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor, such that when the diagnosis device detects a change of the output value of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor
from a first output value indicating an air-fuel ratio richer than a lean judged reference air-fuel ratio that is leaner than the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio
to a second output value indicating an air-fuel ratio leaner than the lean judged reference air-fuel ratio at a second time,
the diagnosis device determines that the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor has an abnormality and generates, at the second time, a signal indicating the abnormality of the downstream air-fuel ratio sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,365,180

NON-DESTRUCTIVE LEAK SOURCE DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION FOR COMPLEX BAGGING IN CONJUNCTION WITH FLOW MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A leak identification system comprising:a flexible breather;
a spine in connection with the flexible breather so as to provide rigidity to the flexible breather, the spine having a first end; and
a plurality of vacuum straws of varying lengths disposed along the spine from the first end and terminating at spaced locations along the spine, wherein:
the breather, spine, and straws are configured to be inserted as a unit into a vacuum bag.

US Pat. No. 10,365,179

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TESTING THE TIGHTNESS OF LARGE-VOLUME CONTAINERS

KHS GmbH, Dortmund (DE)

1. A method comprising causing matter to leak out of a container that has been closed with a valve by placing a bell-shaped test head over a mouth of said container, sealing said container against said bell-shaped test head, accommodating at least a portion of said container in a testing chamber within said test head, and causing an increase in a pressure difference between a pressure that is within said testing chamber and an internal pressure that is within said container, using a camera that is separated from said testing chamber by a pane through which said camera is pointed to see into said test chamber to monitor at least one of a region of said container and said test chamber, while monitoring said at least one of said region of said container and said test chamber, identifying one of evidence of matter having emerged into said testing chamber and evidence of matter having undergone foaming in said testing chamber, each of which is indicative of matter that has been caused to leak out of said container and that has, subsequent to having exited said container, entered said testing chamber, and, in response to having identified said one of evidence of matter having emerged into said testing chamber and evidence of matter having undergone foaming in said testing chamber, providing a signal indicative of a leak in said container, wherein causing said increase in said pressure difference comprises connecting said test chamber to a source of reduced pressure, and wherein said container is selected from the group consisting of a keg and a barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,365,177

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING A TOOL

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A calibration system comprising:a housing;
a drive shaft within the housing extending to a connection point on a wall of the housing;
a load application apparatus operatively connected to the drive shaft to apply a force to the drive shaft; and
a plurality of housing transducers operatively connected to the drive shaft to measure a prevailing torque of the drive shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,365,175

SURFACE PRESSURE MEASURING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A surface pressure measuring device configured to measure a local surface pressure of a surface of a target, the surface pressure measuring device comprising:an abutting plate configured to abut the target and including a hole in an abutting surface that abuts the target;
a probe having a tip surface to be exposed at an abutting surface side and configured to be movably inserted through the hole of the abutting plate in an axial direction of the hole;
a first actuator configured to cause the target to abut the abutting surface with a predetermined load or configured to cause the target to abut the abutting surface such that the target is compressed to a predetermined thickness;
a second actuator configured to support the probe and to hold a state in which the tip surface of the probe is flush with the abutting surface as the probe resists a repulsive force received from the target while the first actuator causes the target to abut the abutting surface;
a load sensor configured to measure a load applied to the probe when the second actuator holds the state in which the tip surface of the probe is flush with the abutting surface; and
a controller configured to calculate a surface pressure applied to the tip surface of the probe from a measured value of the load sensor and an area of the tip surface of the probe.

US Pat. No. 10,365,174

LOAD DETECTION APPARATUS HAVING A STRAIN DETECTION ELEMENT ATTACHED TO A CONNECTION PORTION OPPOSITE THE CIRCUIT BOARD

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. A load detection apparatus comprising:an input member for receiving input of a load;
a tubular body having a strain element configured to generate a strain due to the load inputted to the input member;
a strain detection element fixed to a face of the strain element, the face being opposite to another face of the strain element, said another face coming into contact with the input member, the strain detection element being configured to detect the strain generated in the strain element;
a circuit board mounted to oppose the strain detection element in a tube axis direction of the tubular body, the circuit board being configured to receive input of detection information of the strain detection element;
a connection member having a first connection portion to be electrically connected to the strain detection element and a second connection portion to be electrically connected to the circuit board;
an attaching portion of the strain detection element to be attached to the first connection portion being provided to oppose the circuit board;
an attaching portion of the circuit board to be attached to the second connection portion being provided in a face of the circuit board opposite a further face of the circuit board which faces the first connection portion; and
a fixation member to which the circuit board is fixed provided between the strain element and the circuit board, wherein
the fixation member is supported to the tubular body via an elastic member.

US Pat. No. 10,365,172

TACTILE SENSOR THAT INCLUDES TWO SHEETS EACH HAVING AT LEAST EITHER FLEXIBILITY OR ELASTICITY

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A tactile sensor comprising:a first sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity; and
a second sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity and having a first surface facing the first sheet and a second surface opposite to the first surface,
wherein the second surface includes a plurality of protruding shapes,
each of the plurality of protruding shapes has an enclosed space inside, the enclosed space being defined by the first surface of the second sheet and the first sheet,
at least one first electrode pattern is disposed on the first sheet in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes,
at least one second electrode pattern is disposed on the first surface in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes, and
in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes, the at least one first electrode pattern includes a plurality of first electrode patterns and/or the at least one second electrode pattern includes a plurality of second electrode patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,365,169

TEMPERATURE/VOLTAGE SENSOR CALIBRATION

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method comprising:by sensor calibration circuitry,
receiving temperature sensor data or voltage sensor data output by sensor circuitry that is configured to generate temperature and voltage sensor data;
calculating a trim parameter value based on the temperature sensor data or the voltage sensor data output by the sensor circuitry; and
calibrating, using the trim parameter value, the sensor circuitry to compensate error in the temperature sensor data or the voltage sensor data introduced from variation in a voltage reference of the sensor circuitry.