US Pat. No. 10,191,577

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,576

TOUCH SCREEN LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,573

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

Sony Corporation, (JP)

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,571

SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,568

DEFORMABLE INPUT DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,564

SCREEN CONTROL METHOD AND DEVICE

Xiaomi Inc., Beijing (CN...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,563

MANIPULATION INPUT DEVICE THAT DETECTS A MANIPULATION FORCE TO MOVE A MANIPULATION MEMBER

Alps Electric Co., Ltd., ...

1. A manipulation input device comprising:a manipulative member;
a first detector and a second detector disposed at different positions on the manipulative member, the first detector and the second detector each detecting displacement of the manipulative member, the displacement being caused when the manipulative member receives a manipulation force; and
a processor performing processing to identify a position at which the manipulative member has received the manipulation force according to detection results obtained from the first detector and the second detector and to positions of the first detector and the second detector on the manipulative member; wherein:
the processor performs processing to identify intensity of the manipulation force in a first direction parallel to a straight line mutually connecting the first detector and the second detector and in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction;
the processor decides that:
if a distance between the identified position and a reference position is smaller than a predetermined value, a manipulation is to rotate the manipulative member,
if the distance between the identified position and the reference position is larger than or equal to the predetermined value and the identified intensity of the manipulation force in the first direction is larger than or equal to the identified intensity of the manipulation force in the second direction, the manipulation is to move the manipulative member in the first direction, and
if the distance between the identified position and the reference position is larger than or equal to the predetermined value and the identified intensity of the manipulation force in the first direction is smaller than the identified intensity of the manipulation force in the second direction, the manipulation is to move the manipulative member in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,558

MULTIPURPOSE CONTROLLERS AND METHODS

1. A wearable apparatus for a user to communicate with an electronic device, the apparatus comprising:memory;
one or more processors configured to receive
first user action information indicative of actions performed by the user using one or more first body parts of the user, and
Object of Interest Modification Driver (OMD) information indicative of at least one of motion and position of one or more second body parts of the user, wherein said one or more second body parts of the user are not the same as said one or more first body parts of the user;
one or more first sensors configured to provide at least a portion of said first user action information; and
a wearing component configured to enable the wearable apparatus to be worn by the user; wherein said one or more processors are further configured to:
determine performance of a first set of specified user actions performed by the user based on said first user action information;
generate one or more first signals to communicate to the electronic device when performance of said first set of specified user actions is determined by said one or more processors, said one or more first signals being based on said OMD information; and
not generate said one or more first signals when performance of said first set of specified user actions is not determined by said one or more processors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,556

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING INFORMATION IN RESPONSE TO A GESTURE

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A method comprising:displaying information associated with a first application on a touch-sensitive display of an electronic device;
receiving a notification associated with a second application while displaying the information associated with the first application, wherein the second application is different from the first application;
after receiving the notification, detecting a gesture on the touch-sensitive display, wherein the gesture indicates a request to preview information from the second application; and
without opening the second application, gradually displaying the information from the second application by gradually shifting the information from the second application onto the touch-sensitive display, wherein the gradual shifting occurs in accordance with movement of the gesture.

US Pat. No. 10,191,555

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

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,553

USER INTERACTION WITH INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEMS USING PHYSICAL OBJECTS

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,552

HAPTIC AUTHORING TOOL USING A HAPTIFICATION MODEL

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,547

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

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,545

CONTENT PRESENTATION

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A computer-implemented method executed by one or more processors and comprising:receiving brain activity data of a user from a brain wave sensor;identifying Alpha wave activity from the brain activity data;determining, based on the Alpha wave activity, a synchronization timing for presenting content to the user such that the content appears on a display device during a predetermined phase of the Alpha wave activity, the synchronization timing including a trigger point of the user's Alpha wave activity that indicates an onset of the predetermined phase;
determining a processing delay between triggering presentation of content and presenting the content on the display, wherein the synchronization timing accounts for the delay; and
in response to detecting the trigger point of the user's Alpha wave activity, causing the content to be displayed on the display device according to the synchronization timing, the content including a first content item and a second content item that is associated with the first content item.

US Pat. No. 10,191,541

AUGMENTING VIRTUAL REALITY CONTENT WITH REAL WORLD CONTENT

Sony Interactive Entertai...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,533

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

PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,528

SENSOR FOR DETECTING PRESENCE OF MATERIAL

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,527

BROWN-OUT DETECTOR

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,524

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

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,515

MOBILE DEVICE LIGHT GUIDE DISPLAY

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,512

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

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,508

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

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,499

GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITHIN TEMPERATURE DIFFERENTIATED ENVIRONMENTS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,490

MARINE VESSEL

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,489

CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS SUBMERSIBLE STRUCTURES

X Development LLC, Mount...

17. At least one non-transitory computer-readable storage medium encoded with executable instructions that, when executed by at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations comprising:receiving data from one or more sensors that detect one or more environmental parameters that are currently associated with an autonomous submersible structure that contains a particular species of live fish;
accessing a viability profile that is specific to the particular species of live fish contained in the autonomous submersible structure, and that indicates, for at least one of the environmental parameters, a respective range of values that is indicated as acceptable for the health or well-being of the particular species of live fish;
determining to reposition the autonomous submersible structure based at least on (i) the one or more environmental parameters that are currently associated with the autonomous submersible structure that contains the particular species of live fish, and (ii) the viability profile that is specific to the particular species of live fish contained in the autonomous submersible structure, and that indicates, for at least one of the environmental parameters, a respective range of values that is characterized as acceptable for the health or well-being of the particular species of live fish; and
based on determining to reposition the autonomous submersible structure, controlling a propulsion system of the autonomous submersible structure to reposition the autonomous submersible structure.

US Pat. No. 10,191,488

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH IMPROVED SIMULTANEOUS LOCALIZATION AND MAPPING FUNCTION

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,479

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR NETWORK-BASED DETECTION OF COMPONENT WEAR

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,477

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFICATION MANAGEMENT OF A CONFIGURATION SYSTEM

Yokogawa Electric Corpora...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,476

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

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,473

JOB PLAN DISPLAY SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,471

AUTOMATIC MONITORING OF THE ALIGNMENT AND WEAR OF VIBRATION WELDING EQUIPMENT

GM Global Technology Oper...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,469

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE FOR SAFETY APPROACH TO RESTARTING MACHINING POINT

FANUC Corporation, Minam...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,464

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

NuScale Power, LLC, Corv...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,462

VEHICLE ELECTRONIC RECEPTIONIST FOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT

International Business Ma...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,459

CONTROL DEVICE OF ELECTRICAL APPARATUS AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,457

AUTOMATIC PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONFIGURATION

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,455

WATCH TYPE TERMINAL

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,453

TIME TO DIGITAL CONVERTER AND PHASE LOCKED LOOP

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,451

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,448

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

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,447

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL PART THAT CORRECTS POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE BASED ON TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCE

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a development part that includes
a developer carrier to which a development voltage (V1) is applied and
a supply member to which a supply voltage (V2) is applied, the supply member supplying toner on a surface of the developer carrier;
a temperature detection part that detects an apparatus inner temperature that is measured inside or near the developer carrier; and
a control part that corrects a potential difference (?V) between the development voltage and the supply voltage based on a temperature difference (?T), wherein
the potential difference is an absolute value determined by:
?V=|(the development voltage)?(the supply voltage)|
the temperature difference is determined by:
?T=(the apparatus inner temperature)?(a glass transition starting temperature),
the glass transition starting temperature is defined as a temperature corresponding to an intersection between a base line and a glass transition start judgment tangent line, which are specified based on a differential curve of a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curve of the toner measured using a DSC method, herein
the horizontal axis of the DSC curve: temperature (° C.),
the vertical axis of the DSC curve: calorific differential value (?W/° C.),
the base line is a line along an initial section of the DSC curve in which the calorific differential value is approximately constant with respect to the calorific differential value,
the glass transition start judgment tangent line is a tangent line which is in contact with the differential curve at an intersection between the differential curve and a glass transition start judgment line that is a line of which the calorific differential values are 1.5 times greater than those of the base line.

US Pat. No. 10,191,446

PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER CARTRIDGE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,444

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,442

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,441

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,440

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,438

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,437

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

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,436

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,435

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

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,429

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A DRUM CARTRIDGE HAVING A DETECTION GEAR

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a main casing comprising:
a driving source;
a first sheet passage sensor for detecting a sheet; and
a detecting sensor;
a drum cartridge detachably mounted on the main casing, the drum cartridge comprising:
a photosensitive drum being rotatable about a first axis extending in a first direction;
a first detection gear being rotatable by receiving driving force from the driving source; and
a first detection protrusion being rotatable together with the first detection gear, the first detection protrusion being arranged to contact the first sheet passage sensor; and
a developing cartridge detachably mounted on the drum cartridge, the developing cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a second detection gear being rotatable by receiving driving force from the driving source; and
a second detection protrusion being rotatable together with the second detection gear, the second detection protrusion being arranged to contact the detecting sensor,
wherein the drum cartridge further comprises a transmission gear configured to transmit driving force from the driving source to the first detection gear and to engage the first detection gear;
wherein the transmission gear is rotatable about a second axis extending in the first direction; and
wherein the first detection gear is rotatable about a third axis extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,191,425

DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming device including at least one of a scanner and a printer, comprising:a memory storing:
level information that includes a plurality of energy saving levels according to energy consumption of the image forming device and a plurality of combinations of hardware resources that are supply targets for the plurality of energy saving levels among a plurality of hardware resources including at least one of the scanner and the printer of the image forming device, each of the plurality of energy saving levels being associated with one of the plurality of combinations of hardware resources in the level information, and
usage status information indicating whether hardware resource including at least one of the scanner and the printer of the image forming device is used, and
a processor configured to perform a method including the steps of:
first receiving, from an external device, a usage notification that one of the plurality of hardware resources including at least one of the scanner and the printer of the image forming device is used;
storing, in the memory, the usage status information of hardware resource including at least one of the scanner and the printer of the image forming device, that is indicated by the usage notification in response to receiving the usage notification;
second receiving, from the external device, an instruction for the image forming device to transition to an energy saving state;
selecting an energy saving level for the image forming device from the plurality of energy saving levels based on the usage status information and the level information that are stored in the memory in response to the second receiving, and
controlling a power supply of the plurality of hardware resources of the device including at least one of the scanner and the printer of the image forming device based on a combination of the hardware resources corresponding to a selected energy saving level.

US Pat. No. 10,191,422

HEATER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A heater, comprising:an insulator substrate;
a first member configured to generate heat on an upper surface of the insulator substrate across a first direction, wherein the first member has a first end opposite a second end;
a plurality of electrodes formed on both the first end and the second end of the first member, respectively, wherein each electrode is disposed in a direction perpendicular to the first direction; and
a second member configured to store heat, wherein the second member comprises a latent heat material having latent heat in a target temperature zone, and wherein the latent heat material is fixed to a side surface or a bottom surface of the insulator substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,420

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a first rotating body configured to be formed in a cylindrical shape and heat media on which toner images are formed at a heating temperature while rotating;
a second rotating body configured to be formed in a cylindrical shape and sandwich the media in cooperation with the first rotating body while rotating and configured to press the media in cooperation with the first rotating body;
a first heat supplying part configured to supply the first rotating body with heat with which the first rotating body heats the media;
a charging part configured to be positioned opposite to the first rotating body, charge the first rotating body, include a discharging electrode and an auxiliary electrode to form an electric field in cooperation with the discharging electrode, cause the discharging electrode to discharge in a state where the electric field is formed, and charge the first rotating body with a same polarity as polarity of toner;
a second heat supplying part configured to supply the discharging electrode with heat that enables a temperature of the discharging electrode to be higher than the heating temperature; and
a controller configured to control the second heat supplying part in a period in a non-fixing operation and execute heat supplying mode in which heat that allows the temperature of the discharging electrode to be higher than the heating temperature is supplied to the discharging electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,191,417

FIXING DEVICE HAVING A COVER MEMBER THAT COVERS A FIXATION ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member configured to heat, in a fixing nip, an unfixed toner image formed on a sheet with toner comprising a parting material;
a second rotatable member cooperative with said first rotatable member to form said fixing nip;
a cleaner configured to clean said first rotatable member; and
a covering member configured to cover said first rotatable member over a range from said cleaner to an entrance of said fixing nip along a rotational direction of said first rotatable member with a gap D of not less than 0.5 mm and not more than 3.5 mm, said covering member being provided with a projection extending toward said first rotatable member at one end portion of said covering member with respect to the rotational direction of said first rotatable member, and said projection extending along a longitudinal direction of said first rotatable member,
wherein the gap D (mm) between said covering member and said first rotatable member and a peripheral speed V of said first rotatable member (mm/s) satisfy
0.5?D?0.0059×V+0.72.

US Pat. No. 10,191,415

TRANSFER ROTATOR AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:at least one developing device to develop an electrostatic latent image to form a toner image;
an image bearer to bear the toner image formed by the at least one developing device;
a transfer rotator to transfer the toner image onto a recording medium at a transfer nip that is formed between the image bearer and the transfer rotator;
a blade contacting a surface of the transfer rotator; and
a controller to control the at least one developing device, the image bearer, and the transfer rotator to:
form a first toner pattern image on the image bearer, transfer the first toner pattern image onto the transfer rotator, and pass the first toner pattern image past the blade at least twice with rotation of the transfer rotator at start-up of the image forming apparatus, and
form a second toner pattern image on the image bearer after the start-up and during passage of a non-image area in which the toner image is not formed on the image bearer,
a range of the first toner pattern image being wider than a range of the second toner pattern image in a width direction perpendicular to a direction of travel of the image bearer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,405

ELECTROSTATIC CHARGING MEMBER

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A bias charging member comprising:a) a conductive core, and
b) an outer surface layer disposed on the conductive core, the outer surface layer comprising a hydroxyl terminated poly(oxetane) based fluorinated polyether and an aminoplast resin, wherein the hydroxyl terminated poly(oxetane) based fluorinated polyether is represented by:
wherein x is from about 1 to about 40, y is from about 1 to about 40, and a sum of x and y is from about 2 to about 80.

US Pat. No. 10,191,400

TONER FOR ELECTROSTATIC CHARGE IMAGE DEVELOPMENT

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A toner for electrostatic charge image development, comprising toner base particles including at least a binder resin,having a volume resistivity of 1.0×1014 ?·cm or more at 25° C. with 50% RH by a temperature change method, and
having a volume resistivity of 1.0×1015 ?·cm or less at 67° C. by the temperature change method.

US Pat. No. 10,191,397

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a conductive substrate and a photosensitive layer, whereinthe photosensitive layer is a single-layer photosensitive layer,
the photosensitive layer contains a charge generating material, a hole transport material, an electron transport material, and a binder resin,
the binder resin contains a polyarylate resin,
a combination of the polyarylate resin and the hole transport material is either:
a combination of a polyarylate resin represented by a chemical formula (R-2) and a hole transport material represented by a chemical formula (HTM2-1); or
a combination of a polyarylate resin represented by a chemical formula (R-3) and a hole transport material represented by a chemical formula (HTM6-1),
the photosensitive layer has a scratch resistance depth of no greater than 0.50 ?m,
the photosensitive layer has a Vickers hardness of at least 17.0 HV,
the scratch resistance depth of the photosensitive layer is measured by a measurement method using a scratching apparatus,
the scratching apparatus includes a scratching stylus and a fixing table having an upper surface in a rectangular shape,
the scratching stylus has a hemispherical sapphire tip end having a diameter of 1 mm, and
the measurement method includes:
fixing the electrophotographic photosensitive member onto the upper surface of the fixing table such that a longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive member is parallel to a longitudinal direction of the fixing table;
bringing the scratching stylus into perpendicular contact with a surface of the photosensitive layer;
forming a scratch on the surface of the photosensitive layer by the scratching stylus in a manner that the fixing table and the electrophotographic photosensitive member fixed on the upper surface of the fixing table are moved by 30 mm at a speed of 30 mm/minute while 10 g of a load is applied to the photosensitive layer through the scratching stylus in perpendicular contact with the surface of the photosensitive layer; and
measuring the scratch resistance depth that is a maximum depth of the scratch,

US Pat. No. 10,191,391

METROLOGY METHOD AND APPARATUS, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND LITHOGRAPHIC SYSTEM

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

6. A lithographic system comprising:a lithographic apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system arranged to illuminate a pattern; and
a projection optical system arranged to project an image of the pattern onto a substrate; and
a metrology apparatus comprising:
an optical system comprising a sensor, the optical system configured to measure a target on a substrate by illuminating the target with radiation and, using the sensor, detecting the radiation scattered by the target; and
an array of lenses configured to form an image on the sensor, the image comprising a plurality of sub-images, such that each of the sub-images is formed by a corresponding one of the lenses,
wherein the optical system is further configured to:
measure intensity asymmetry in corresponding higher orders of the scattered measurement radiation from said sub-images; and
determine, from each of the measurements of intensity asymmetry, a local measurement of target asymmetry, and
wherein the lithographic apparatus is arranged to use the local measurement of target asymmetry in applying the pattern to further substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,191,390

METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A MARK PATTERN TO A SUBSTRATE, A CALIBRATION METHOD, AND A LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:providing a reference substrate having a first mark pattern, with a first resist layer on the reference substrate, wherein the first resist layer has a minimal radiation dose needed for development of the first resist;
using a reference patterning device to impart a radiation beam with a second mark pattern in its cross-section to form a patterned radiation beam; and
exposing a target portion of the first resist layer of the reference substrate at least two times to the patterned radiation beam to create exposed areas in the target portion of the first resist layer in accordance with the second mark pattern that have been subjected to an accumulated radiation dose above the minimal radiation dose of the first resist layer, wherein the exposing is configured to position a resulting pattern in the first resist layer on the reference substrate closer to a desired position than would be the case with a single exposure.

US Pat. No. 10,191,388

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An exposure apparatus that exposes a substrate with illumination light via a projection optical system and liquid, the exposure apparatus comprising:a liquid immersion member provided to surround a plane-convex lens of a plurality of optical elements of the projection optical system, and to form a liquid immersion region with the liquid below the projection optical system, the plane-convex lens being located at a closest position to an image plane among the plurality of optical elements, the plane-convex lens having a planar surface, from which the illumination light is emitted, that is arranged to contact with the liquid;
a first stage system having a first holding member and a first drive system to move the first holding member in at least a first direction, the first direction being within a predetermined plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the projection optical system, the first holding member being arranged above the projection optical system and holding a mask that is illuminated with the illumination light, the first drive system having a first motor that drives the first holding member;
a detection system located away from the projection optical system at least in one sense of the first direction and to detect a mark of the substrate;
a second stage system having two second holding members and a second drive system to move the two second holding members in at least the first direction and a second direction, the second direction being within the predetermined plane and being orthogonal to the first direction, the two second holding members being arranged below the projection optical system and each configured to hold the substrate, the second drive system having a second motor that drives the two second holding members;
a measurement apparatus having a first measuring system to obtain positional information of the first holding member and having a second measuring system to obtain positional information of the two second holding members; and
a controller coupled to the first and second measuring systems and to the first and second drive systems, the controller being arranged to control the first and second drive systems based on measurement information of the first and second measuring systems such that, for an exposure process of the substrate via the projection optical system and the liquid of the liquid immersion region, an alignment process between the mask and the substrate is executed based on detection information of the detection system and such that a scanning exposure where the mask and the substrate are each moved relative to the illumination light is performed with the first direction being a scanning direction,
wherein, in a state in which one of the two second holding members is arranged opposite to the projection optical system, the controller controls the second drive system to move the other of the two second holding members in an opposite sense of the first direction so that the other of the two second holding members comes close to the one of the two second holding members, and
wherein, in a state in which the liquid immersion region is substantially maintained below the projection optical system, the controller controls the second drive system to move the close two second holding members in the opposite sense of the first direction relative to the liquid immersion member so that the other of the two second holding members is arranged opposite to the projection optical system in place of the one of the two second holding members.

US Pat. No. 10,191,387

REFLECTIVE MIRROR, PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Nikon Corporation, Tokyo...

1. A reflective mirror comprising:a base; and
a multilayer film configured to reflect at least a portion of incident light, the multilayer film including a first layer and a second layer that are laminated alternately on the base, the multilayer film having a periodic length defined as a sum of the thickness of the first layer and the thickness of the second layer,
wherein the base includes a first surface and a second surface, the first surface and the second surface formed with first and second height levels, respectively, relative to a surface of the multilayer film, wherein the first and second height levels are different from each other, and
wherein the multilayer film includes a first portion formed on the first surface and a second portion formed on the second surface, and further wherein the periodic length at the first portion is different from the periodic length at the second portion, and the periodic length at the first portion and the periodic length at the second portion are set such that a difference in reflectance between the first portion and the second portion is reduced, while the multilayer film is configured to reflect a portion of the incident light that is incident at a first angle on the first portion of the multilayer film, and reflect a portion of the incident light that is incident at a second angle on the second portion of the multilayer film, the second angle being different from the first angle.

US Pat. No. 10,191,374

RESIST UNDERLAYER FILM-FORMING COMPOSITION

NISSAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRIE...

1. A resist underlayer film-forming composition comprising a polymer having a structural unit of the following Formula (1):
wherein X is an arylene group, n is 1 or 2, and R1, R2, R3, and R4 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a C1-3 alkyl group, or a phenyl group, and a solvent.

US Pat. No. 10,191,363

PROJECTION-TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A projection-type image display apparatus comprising: a projection lens configured to magnify and project an optical image formed by a light source and an image display element, and a back surface side display configured to display a detail of an error of the projection-type image display apparatus and is attached to a back surface located opposite to a front surface of a housing of the projection-type image display apparatus to which the projection lens is attached, wherein a backlight of the back surface side display is configured to be turned off when an operation of the projection-type image display apparatus is in normal status and the backlight of the back surface side display is configured to be turned on when an error has occurred in the operation of the projection-type image display apparatus, wherein both a displayed content about the error displayed on the back surface side display and a method for displaying the error on the back surface side display are changed by a controller based on an installed orientation of the projection-type image display apparatus among a plurality of installed orientations including an installed orientation for being hung from a ceiling and an installed orientation for being placed on a table, wherein when an installed orientation of the projection-type image display apparatus is the installed orientation for being placed on a table, the back surface side display displays a detailed data about the error, in order for the detailed data to be viewed by a user at smaller distance away from the projection-type image display apparatus placed on a table than a user for the projection-type image display apparatus hung from a ceiling, and wherein when an installed orientation of the projection-type image display apparatus is the installed orientation for being hung from a ceiling, the back surface side display displays a type of the error in an enlarged manner, in order for the type of the error displayed in enlarged manner to be viewed by a user at more large distance away from the projection-type image display apparatus hung from a ceiling than a user for the projection-type image display apparatus placed on a table.

US Pat. No. 10,191,359

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:a solid state light source unit including a plurality of light emitting points that emits light and is arranged on a light emitting face;
a plurality of optical elements configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light emitting points to an illumination target face;
a heat conduction member arranged in a space different from a space between the light emitting face of the solid state light source unit and the plurality of optical elements, configured to conduct heat from the solid state light source unit; and
a cooling unit configured to supply a first fluid to the heat conduction member along a first flow path and supply a second fluid to the space between the light emitting face and the optical elements along a second flow path,
wherein the second fluid is a fluid from which dust or dust and moisture is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,191,355

LIGHT ADJUSTING APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A light adjusting apparatus comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate arranged in parallel at a predetermined distance to define a space between the first substrate and the second substrate, each of the first substrate and the second substrate including an opening formed to pass light;
a rotary shaft member rotatable around a central axis of rotation perpendicular to the first substrate and the second substrate;
a light adjusting section rotatably movable with the rotary shaft member, the light adjusting section being configured to move between an insertion position located in an optical path of light passing through the opening and a retracted position retracted from the optical path as the rotary shaft member rotates, to adjust and output incident light incident from the opening, the light adjusting section being configured to be movable in an axial direction of the rotary shaft member with the rotary shaft member; and
a holding member configured to restrict rotation from at least one of the insertion position and the retracted position of the light adjusting section when the light adjusting section is located in a first region of the space, and allow the light adjusting section to rotate when the light adjusting section is located in a second region of the space, wherein the space is divided into the first region and the second region at different positions in the axial direction such that the first region is closer to the first substrate than the second substrate and the second region is closer to the second substrate than the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,346

BLUE PHASE LIQUID CRYSTAL MODULES, BLUE PHASE LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICES, AND THE MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A blue phase liquid crystal module, comprising:an up substrate;
a down substrate opposite to the up substrate;
blue phase liquid crystals between the up substrate and the down substrate;
the down substrate comprising at least one insulation layer having a wave-shaped structure with respect to the up substrate and the down substrate, the down substrate comprising a reflective layer to divide the down substrate into a transmission area and a reflective area, the reflective layer being arranged in a portion of the down substrate, pixel electrodes and common electrodes are arranged alternately at valleys and at peaks of the wave-shaped insulation layer, and the blue phase liquid crystals are driven by at least one slant electrical field generated between the pixel electrode and the common electrode; wherein the insulation layer is of a saw-tooth-shaped structure, the common electrode is V-shaped and is arranged at the valley of the wave-shaped insulation layer, and the pixel electrode is inverse-V-shaped and is arranged at the peak of the wave-shaped insulation layer, an included angle between a saw-tooth edge of the insulation layer within the transmission area and the down substrate is smaller than the included angle between the saw-tooth edge of the insulation layer within the reflective area and the down substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,344

ACTIVE MATRIX SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY PANEL

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An active matrix substrate comprising:a plurality of gate lines that extend in a first direction in a display region;
a plurality of source lines that extend in a second direction in the display region, the second direction being different from the first direction;
pixel switching elements provided for pixels, respectively, in the display region and are connected to the gate lines and the source lines, the pixels being defined by the gate lines and the source lines;
a plurality of gate line driving circuits that are provided in the display region, in correspondence to each of the gate lines to control a potential thereof; and
a control signal line that supplies a control signal from outside the display region to the gate line driving circuits,
wherein each of the gate line driving circuits includes a plurality of driving switching elements for switching ON/OFF according to the control signal, and a capacitor that is connected to at least one of the driving switching elements,
at least part of the driving switching elements and the capacitor are arranged at positions closer to, not the gate line corresponding to the gate line driving circuit that includes the driving switching elements, but another gate line that is other titan the corresponding gate line, and
the another gate line is arranged between the at least part of the driving switching elements and the capacitor, and the gate line corresponding to the gate line driving circuit that includes the driving switching elements.

US Pat. No. 10,191,341

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY DEVICE

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A display device comprising:a thin film transistor;
a protective film formed on the thin film transistor;
a common electrode formed on the protective film;
a pixel electrode opposite to the common electrode, wherein
the common electrode has an opening enclosed by the common electrode,
the protective film has a first hole and a second hole formed in a same layer, and
the opening overlaps the first hole and the second hole in plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,191,340

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION,...

1. A curved display panel, comprising:a first substrate, a second substrate, and a display medium located between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a plurality of scan lines and data lines, located on the first substrate, wherein the scan lines and the data lines are interlaced with each other;
a plurality of pixel structures, located on the first substrate, wherein each pixel structure is connected to one of the scan lines and one of the data lines, each pixel structure comprises an active device and a pixel electrode, and each active device comprises a gate, a channel layer, a source, and a drain;
a plurality of color filter patterns, arranged on the first substrate, wherein the color filter patterns are disposed corresponding to the pixel structures;
a plurality of shielding patterns, arranged on the first substrate, wherein the shielding patterns are disposed parallel to the data lines, gaps are provided between the shielding patterns and the scan lines, and the shielding patterns are disposed corresponding to junctions of two adjacent color filter patterns; and
a plurality of filling structures, arranged on the first substrate, wherein the filling structures are disposed corresponding to the gaps, and each filling structure is a multi-layer structure comprising a first layer and a second layer;
wherein all of the second layer, the source, and the drain comprise a first material, and both the first layer and the channel layer comprise a second material.

US Pat. No. 10,191,337

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a first display panel that displays a color image, the first display panel including a plurality of transmission sections each of which transmits light having a predetermined color; and
a second display panel that displays a black-and-white image, wherein
each of the first display panel and the second display panel includes a plurality of pixels, the plurality of pixels being defined by two source lines adjacent to each other and two gate lines adjacent to each other in plan view,
the plurality of pixels of the first display panel include a first pixel corresponding to a first transmission section transmitting light having first color, a second pixel corresponding to a second transmission section transmitting light having second color, and a third pixel corresponding to a third transmission section transmitting light having third color,
the plurality of pixels of the second display panel include a fourth pixel overlapping the first pixel and a fifth pixel overlapping the second pixel and the third pixel, and
an area of the fourth pixel is different from an area of the fifth pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,191,335

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND MOTHER SUBSTRATE

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A liquid crystal display panel comprising:a TFT substrate,
a counter substrate facing the TFT substrate through a sealing member,
a liquid crystal layer is sandwiched between the TFT substrate and the counter substrate, and
a plurality of spacers formed on the counter substrate,
wherein
the TFT substrate has a first region, which is surrounded by the sealing member and overlapping with the liquid crystal layer, and a second region, which is not surrounded by the sealing member and not overlapping with the liquid crystal layer,
a first layer structure has a laminated structure of at least three layers, which includes a first layer made of a transparent conductive layer,
the first layer structure is formed in the first region of the TFT substrate at a position facing one or more spacers of the plurality of spacers,
a second layer structure, having at least the same laminated structure as the first layer structure, is provided in the second region of the TFT substrate at a position facing one or more spacers of the plurality of spacers, and
the first layer of the first layer structure is electrically separated from the first layer of the second layer structure.

US Pat. No. 10,191,332

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A liquid crystal display (LCD), comprisinga backlight unit;
an LCD panel;
a frame glue sealant used to connect to the backlight unit and the LCD panel; and
at least one gasket;
wherein the at least one gasket is arranged on a side of the LCD panel toward the backlight unit or the at least one gasket is arranged on a side of the backlight unit toward the LCD panel; andwherein the at least one gasket maintains a separation between the LCD panel and the backlight unit; wherein the at least one gasket is an electrostrictive gasket;wherein a first driving electrode corresponding to each gasket is arranged on the side of the LCD panel, and a second driving electrode corresponding to each gasket is arranged on the backlight unit; each gasket is connected to the LCD panel by the corresponding first driving electrode; each gasket is connected to the backlight unit by the corresponding second driving electrode; the first driving electrode corresponds to the second driving electrode one by one.

US Pat. No. 10,191,330

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL, FABRICATION METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising: an opposed substrate and an array substrate arranged opposite to each other, and a liquid crystal layer filled between the opposed substrate and the array substrate, wherein,alignment films having opposite friction directions are provided on opposing surfaces of the opposed substrate and the array substrate, respectively;
the liquid crystal display panel has a plurality of pixel units which are arranged in array, and each of the pixel units comprises two pixel regions along the friction direction of the alignment film;
in each of the pixel units, a surface of the opposed substrate facing the liquid crystal layer or a surface of the array substrate facing the liquid crystal layer within at least one of the two pixel regions is inclined, so that a mean value of included angles between long axes of liquid crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer within one of the two pixel regions and a horizontal plane where the opposed substrate and the array substrate are located and a mean value of included angles between long axes of liquid crystal molecules in the liquid crystal layer within the other of the two pixel regions and the horizontal plane where the opposed substrate and the array substrate are located has a same absolute value and a sum of zero, wherein
in each of the pixel units, the inclined surface includes a high point located at the boundary of the two pixel regions, and the film layer in the pixel region without the inclined surface has a same height as the high point, so that the film layer is continuous in the two pixel regions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,322

DISPLAY AND ELECTRONIC UNIT

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A display comprising:a reflective display panel; and
an optical laminate disposed on the display panel, the optical laminate including a plurality of anisotropic scattering films including at least:
a first film that has a first transmittance in a first scattering central axis direction of the first film when light enters the first film in the first scattering central axis direction; and
a second film that has a second transmittance in a second scattering central axis direction of the second film when light enters the second film in the second scattering central axis direction,
wherein the first transmittance is higher than a transmittance of the first film when light enters the first film in a direction different from the first scattering central axis direction,
wherein the second transmittance is higher than a transmittance of the second film when light enters the second film in a direction different from the second scattering central axis direction, and
wherein the first transmittance is at least four times the second transmittance.

US Pat. No. 10,191,320

FILTER SHEET, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A filter sheet, comprising:a first medium film, a second medium film and a third medium film attached to each other,
wherein the filter sheet comprises a first pixel region, a second pixel region and a third pixel region;
a portion of the first medium film in the first pixel region of the filter sheet is removed, a portion of the second medium film in the second pixel region of the filter sheet is removed, and a portion of the third medium film in the third pixel region of the filter sheet is removed;
the first medium film reflects light in a first wavelength range and transmits light outside the first wavelength range; the second medium film reflects light in a second wavelength range and transmits light outside the second wavelength range; and the third medium film reflects light in a third wavelength range and transmits light outside the third wavelength range, each of the first, second and third medium films comprises a plurality of cycles, and each of the cycles is formed by alternately arranging at least two medium layers with different refractive indices;
wherein a fourth medium film is a same one as any one of the first, second and third medium films, and a reflection wavelength range of the fourth medium film is from L1 to L2;
in an incident light direction, if the low refractive index medium layer is arranged before the high refractive index medium layer, then in the fourth medium film:
a thickness of the low refractive index medium layer in a i-th cycle satisfies a formula: d1i=[L1+k(2i?1?1)]/4n1,
a thickness of the high refractive index medium layer in the i-th cycle satisfies a formula: d2i=[L1+k(2i?1)]/4n2; and
in the incident light direction, if the low refractive index medium layer is arranged behind the high refractive index medium layer, then in the fourth medium film:
a thickness of the low refractive index medium layer in a i-th cycle satisfies a formula: d1i=[L1+k(2i?1)]/4n1;
a thickness of the high refractive index medium layer in the i-th cycle satisfies a formula: d2i=[L1+k(2i?1?1)]/4n2,
wherein k is an increasing coefficient and 0.5?k?16, i is a natural number and 0?i?Z/2, Z is the total number of the low refractive index medium layer and the high refractive index medium layer in the fourth medium film, n1 is a refractive index of the low refractive index medium layer, and n2 is a refractive index of the high refractive index medium layer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,312

RUBBER FRAME COMPONENT, BACKLIGHT MODULE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A rubber frame component, comprising:a rubber frame body for surrounding edges of a backlight module and fixing the backlight module;
pointy projections made of a metal for attracting static charges in a periphery of a display panel; and
a reinforcing part disposed in the rubber frame body for supporting the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,191,311

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,309

MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES FOR LIQUID CRYSTAL PARAMETERS INCLUDING TWIST ELASTIC CONSTANT WITHOUT LIGHT MEASUREMENT

1. A method for measuring the twist elastic constant (K22) of a liquid crystal mixture under test, the method comprising:providing a liquid crystal test cell having a pair of electrodes;
placing the liquid crystal mixture under test into the liquid crystal test cell;
applying an electrical driving signal to the electrodes of the liquid crystal test cell;
measuring an electrical response signal from the electrodes; and
based on the electrical driving signal and the electrical response signal, and in the absence of measuring light transmitted through or reflected off of the liquid crystal test cell, determining the twist elastic constant (K22) for the liquid crystal mixture under test by determining a parameter related to a geometry of the liquid crystal test cell and wherein the twist elastic constant is proportional to the product of the parameter and the electrical response signal and wherein the determining includes using the following equation: K22=(Vth)2 (??)?2 (?0|??|), where Vth is the threshold minimum voltage that causes liquid crystal molecules to turn, ? is a feature factor that is a function of the test cell geometry, ?0 is the vacuum permittivity, and |??| is the dielectric anisotropy.

US Pat. No. 10,191,307

OPTICAL TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An optical transmission device comprising:an optical modulator configured to include a first waveguide and a second waveguide, each of the first waveguide and the second waveguide modulating carrier light by using a modulation drive signal having multiple intensity levels;
a phase shifter configured to provide a predetermined phase difference between a first optical signal output from the first waveguide and a second optical signal output from the second waveguide;
a photodetector configured to detect a portion of a multilevel optical signal acquired by multiplexing the first optical signal and the second optical signal between which the phase difference is provided, and apply photoelectric conversion to the portion; and
a first controller configured to provide a first bias voltage and a second bias voltage to the first waveguide and the second waveguide, respectively, based on an output signal from the photodetector, wherein
the first controller comprises:
a signal amplitude detector configured to receive an output of the photodetector and output signal amplitude information of the output of the photodetector; and
a second controller configured to input the signal amplitude information and correcting at least one of the first bias voltage to be provided to the first waveguide and the second bias voltage to be provided to the second waveguide, based on a quadrature state between the first waveguide and the second waveguide of the optical modulator, the quadrature state being represented by the signal amplitude information.

US Pat. No. 10,191,305

OPHTHALMIC LENS

Signet Armorlite, Inc., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,304

ELECTRONIC EYEGLASSES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., ...

1. An electronic eyewear, comprising:a temple;
an electronic lens;
a first electronic module and a second electronic module disposed in the temple;
a tube made of heat resistant materials and disposed in the temple; and
an electrical conductor inserted into the tube, wherein the electronic lens and the first electronic module are electrically connected to each other, and wherein the first electronic module is electrically connected to the second electronic module by the electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,191,290

VEHICLE, HEAD-UP DISPLAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING HEIGHT OF PROJECTION IMAGE THEREOF

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, (CN...

1. A head-up displaying system, configured to be applied in a vehicle, and comprising:a projector, disposed in the vehicle, and configured to project a projection image onto a front windshield such that the projection image is reflected into eyes of a driver;
a camera, fixedly disposed in the vehicle and in front of the eyes of the driver, and configured to detect an image having locations of the eyes of the driver and a predetermined reference point;
a seat detecting module, configured to detect a position of a seat of the driver in the vehicle so as to obtain an actual horizontal distance between the eyes of the driver and the predetermined reference point in a horizontal direction; and
a head-up controller, configured to obtain the image detected by the camera and the actual horizontal distance detected by the seat detecting module, to process the image so as to obtain a position relation between the eyes of the driver and the predetermined reference point in the image, to generate an actual vertical distance between the eyes of the driver and the predetermined reference point according to the position relation and the actual horizontal distance, and to adjust a height of the projection image from the projector automatically according to the actual vertical distance,
wherein the projector comprises a display component, and a three-mirror optical assembly positioned in an optical path of an emergent light of the display component and configured to reflect the projection image projected by the display component onto the front windshield such that the front windshield reflects the projection image into the eyes of the driver and comprising:
a zoom lens assembly;
an image quality compensation lens assembly; and
a front windshield compensation lens assembly, configured to compensate for an image distortion caused by the front windshield and to adjust an angle of the emergent light,
wherein the front windshield compensation lens assembly comprises:
a housing;
a bracket, rotatably disposed on the housing;
an angle adjusting component, disposed on the housing and connected to the bracket, and configured to drive the bracket to rotate under control of the head-up controller; and
a front windshield compensation lens, disposed on the bracket, and configured to compensate for the distortion caused by the front windshield and to adjust the angle of the emergent light,
wherein the angle adjusting component comprises an adjusting housing, an electric motor, a gear train and a pusher; wherein
the electric motor, the gear train and the pusher are disposed in the adjusting housing;
the electric motor is connected to the head-up controller and comprises a screw shaft, the screw shaft is engaged with the gear train;
the pusher has a pushing end connected to a back surface of the bracket and an engaging end engaged with the gear train; and
a rotary motion of the gear train is converted into a liner motion of the pusher.

US Pat. No. 10,191,288

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING A SOURCE IMAGE

Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkoche...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,281

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY FOR VISUALLY RECOGNIZING INPUT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,271

IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,250

OPTICAL IMAGING LENS ASSEMBLY, IMAGE CAPTURING UNIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LARGAN PRECISION CO., LTD...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,245

IMAGE SENSOR

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. An image sensor comprising:a first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion element that is adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion element and receives light entering through a microlens placed in common with the first photoelectric conversion element;
a first transfer transistor that reads charge from the first photoelectric conversion element;
a second transfer transistor that reads charge from the second photoelectric conversion element;
a first read timing signal line that supplies a first read timing signal being common to the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor;
a first output line that outputs an output signal generated based on charge read through the first transfer transistor;
a second output line that outputs an output signal generated based on charge read through the second transfer transistor;
a first amplification transistor that amplifies a first voltage generated by charge output through the first transfer transistor and outputs an amplified first voltage to the first output line;
a second amplification transistor that amplifies a second voltage generated by charge output through the second transfer transistor and outputs an amplified second voltage to the second output line;
a fifth photoelectric conversion element;
a sixth photoelectric conversion element that is adjacent to the fifth photoelectric conversion element and receives light entering through another microlens placed in common with the fifth photoelectric conversion element;
fifth transfer transistor that reads charge from the fifth photoelectric conversion element, and outputs a fifth voltage generated by the read charge from the fifth photoelectric conversion element to the second amplification transistor;
a sixth transfer transistor that reads charge from the sixth photoelectric conversion element;
a third read timing signal line that supplies a third read timing signal being common to the fifth transfer transistor and the sixth transfer transistor and enabled at different timing from the first read timing signal; and
a third output line that outputs an output signal generated based on charge read through the sixth transfer transistor, the third output line being different from the first output line and the second output line,
wherein the fifth voltage generated by charge output through the fifth transfer transistor is amplified by the second amplification transistor and output to the second output line.

US Pat. No. 10,191,244

IMAGING APPARATUS AND POSITION DETECTION METHOD

Olympus Corporation, Tok...

1. An imaging apparatus having a lens, that is capable of movement in an optical axis direction, provided inside a lens barrel that includes a photographing lens, comprising:an operation member,
a detection element that outputs analog signals in accordance with position of the operation member,
an A/D converter that carries out A/D conversion to convert the analog signals to digital values, and
a controller that causes execution of A/D conversion by the A/D converter at a given time intervals, detects position of the operation member based on the digital values, and controls position of the lens based on the position, wherein
the controller, when it is determined that the operation member is stopped, compares an average value of a first number of digital values with a first threshold value, and determines that the operation member is moving if it has been determined that the average value is greater than the first threshold value, and
the controller, when it is determined that the operation member is moving, compares a difference between a newest digital value and a digital value that was acquired a second number previously with a second threshold value, and determines that the operation member has stopped if it is determined that the difference is smaller than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,191,241

IMAGING DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging device comprising:an imaging lens which is held by a lens barrel and forms an image of a photographic subject;
an imaging element which captures the image of the photographic subject which is formed by the imaging lens; and
an intermediate member which is made of a material having a linear expansion coefficient different from that of the lens barrel, and has, on an inner peripheral surface of one end thereof, a flange portion which comes into contact with the lens barrel, and the flange portion holds the lens barrel by joining a surface on the photographic subject side of the lens barrel and a surface on the imaging element side of the flange portion to each other,
wherein the flange portion is made integrally with the intermediate member and is made of a material as same as the intermediate member.

US Pat. No. 10,191,240

LENS BARREL

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,239

HYBRID CABLE TRANSITION ASSEMBLY

CommScope Technologies LL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,191,232

OPTICAL MODULE

OE SOLUTIONS CO., LTD., ...

1. An optical module comprising:an optical transmitter configured to output a first optical signal;
an optical receiver configured to receive a second optical signal;
a holder including an optical fiber on which the first optical signal is incident and from which the second optical signal is emitted;
a first optical filter disposed between the optical transmitter and the holder to transmit the first optical signal and reflect the second optical signal;
a first parallel light lens disposed between the first optical filter and the optical transmitter;
a second parallel light lens disposed between the first optical filter and the holder;
a case into which the optical transmitter, the optical receiver, and the holder are inserted and in which the first optical filter, the first parallel light lens, and the second parallel light lens are disposed;
an isolator disposed between the first parallel light lens and the optical transmitter;
a reflector which is configured to reflect the second optical signal reflected by the first optical filter toward the optical receiver;
a second optical filter disposed between the reflector and the optical receiver; and
an adjustment member which is configured to couple the optical transmitter to the case,
wherein the holder is configured to accommodate the first parallel light lens, the second parallel light lens, the first optical filter, the reflector, and the second optical filter, and
wherein the adjustment member comprises a first adjustment member coupled with the case and a second adjustment member inserted into the first adjustment member and coupled with the optical transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,191,230

OPTICAL CONNECTORS WITH REVERSIBLE POLARITY

Senko Advanced Components...

1. A reversible polarity fiber optic connector comprising:at least first and second optical ferrules;
a connector housing at least partially surrounding the first and second optical ferrules and having a first exterior wall positioned above the first and second optical ferrules and a second exterior wall positioned beneath the first and second optical ferrules;
a latch coupling positioned on each of the first and second exterior walls of the housing;
a removable latch for engaging either of the first and second exterior wall latch couplings on the connector housing;
wherein positioning the removable latch on the first exterior wall of the connector housing yields a fiber optic connector with a first polarity and positioning the removable latch on the second exterior wall of the housing yields a fiber optic connector with a second polarity, the second polarity being opposite to the first polarity.

US Pat. No. 10,191,228

OPTICAL CONNECTORS AND COMPLIMENTARY OPTICAL RECEPTACLES HAVING MAGNETIC ATTACHMENT

Corning Optical Communica...

1. An optical device, comprising:a connector housing comprising:
a first portion comprising one or more magnetic pockets for receiving one or more second magnetic materials; and
a second portion coupled to the first portion, wherein the connector housing comprises one or more alignment features configured as protrusions; and
an optical body integrally formed with the first portion of the connector housing, the optical body comprising:
at least one optical channel having an optical interface portion,
a total internal reflection (TIR) surface for turning the optical signal of the at least one optical channel,
at least one fiber lead-in aligned to the TIR surface, wherein the optical body forms a portion of the connector housing for directly mating with an complimentary device, and
one or more openings for receiving one or more first magnetic materials.

US Pat. No. 10,191,225

OPTICAL CONNECTOR

Yazaki Corporation, Toky...

1. An optical connector comprising:a connection end part to be provided at a tip end of an optical fiber;
a housing which houses the connection end part and includes an opening part in a top surface;
a lid part which is attached to the housing so as to cover the opening part; and
a plate-shaped pressure crimping member which includes a recess part where the optical fiber is placed,
wherein
the plate-shaped pressure crimping member is provided in such a manner that an opening of the recess part opens toward a bottom surface of the housing, and
the plate-shaped pressure crimping member is configured such that when the lid part is attached to the housing, the optical fiber is sandwiched and pressed between the pressure crimping member and the bottom surface, such that the optical fiber is prevented from moving along a lengthwise direction of the optical fiber and which cover part is not pierced.

US Pat. No. 10,191,222

OPTICAL CONNECTOR APPARATUS

JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONIC...

1. An optical connector connectable with a connection member along a predetermined direction, the connection member comprising at least two grip portions each having conductivity, and the optical connector comprising a connector housing, a first ferrule having a first end surface, and a second ferrule having a second end surface, wherein:the connector housing arranges the first ferrule and the second ferrule along a direction perpendicular to the predetermined direction,
the first end surface and the second end surface face a same orientation as each other in the predetermined direction, and the first end surface and the second end surface do not face each other,
the first ferrule is provided with a first conductive portion,
when the optical connector is connected to the connection member, one of the grip portions grips the first conductive portion so as to be electrically connected with the first conductive portion,
the second ferrule is provided with a second conductive portion,
when the optical connector is connected to the connection member, the other one of the grip portions grips the second conductive portion so as to be electrically connected with the second conductive portion, and
in the predetermined direction, a distance between the first end surface and the first conductive portion is different from another distance between the second end surface and the second conductive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,221

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY WITH COVER TO BASE OPTO-MECHANICAL COUPLING

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. An optical assembly, comprising:a base sub-assembly comprising a mounting point for an optical socket connector; and
a cover sub-assembly to be coupled to the base sub-assembly, and
a carrier to receive an optical fiber ferrule and permit opto-mechanical coupling between the optical fiber ferrule and the optical socket connector when the base-sub assembly is coupled to the cover sub-assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,191,218

OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL CONNECTOR

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. An optical element coupled to a ferrule that holds an optical fiber for single mode, the optical element comprising:a glass-made optical portion;
a plurality of lenses disposed in the optical portion; and
a resin-made holder that holds the optical portion, wherein
the lenses are disposed with respect to an end portion of the optical fiber, using at least a part of the holder, wherein
a shaft is inserted in the ferrule,
the optical portion has a notch,
and the optical element is coupled to the ferrule by engaging the shaft with the notch and the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,191,217

STRUCTURE FOR COUPLING A PHOTONIC CIRCUIT TO AN EXTERNAL DEVICE

1. A device comprising first and second photonic circuits, each one of the first and second photonic circuits comprising a structure of coupling to an outer device, the structure comprising:a main waveguide having a rectangular transverse cross-section; and
four secondary waveguides, each secondary waveguide having a first portion substantially parallel to the main guide arranged in the vicinity of the main guide to perform an evanescent wave coupling between the main guide and the secondary guide, the first portion extending in a second portion having an end opposite to the first portion defining a coupling surface of the secondary guide, emerging at the level of an external surface of the circuit, wherein the first portions of the four secondary guides are, in transverse cross-section, arranged around the main guide on the diagonals of the main guide, and
wherein the coupling surfaces of the four secondary guides of the first circuit are respectively placed against the coupling surfaces of the four secondary guides of the second circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,210

OPTICAL SHEET AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

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

1. An optical sheet comprising:a plate-shaped optical sheet body having an active area and a non-active area; and
a plurality of fixing portions provided at corners of the optical sheet body in the non-active area,
wherein each fixing portion protrudes from the corresponding corner of the optical sheet body,
wherein each fixing portion is a unitary member that is provided without apertures,
wherein each fixing portion is provided in a respective buffer region of a guide panel,
wherein each buffer region has a predetermined depth that conforms to the shape of the respective fixing portion and has a shape that conforms to an outer surface of the respective fixing portion to fix the fixing portion thereto, and
wherein each buffer region is a gap that allows the guide panel to fluctuate in size.

US Pat. No. 10,191,196

BACKLIGHT UNIT FOR HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY APPARATUS AND HOLOGRAPHIC DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A backlight unit (BLU) comprising:a light source unit that emits illumination light;
a light guide plate that is transparent and comprises a light incidence surface, on which the illumination light emitted by the light source unit is incident, and a light emission surface through which the illumination light is emitted;
an input coupler that directs the illumination light from the light source unit into the light guide plate; and
an output coupler that is disposed on the light emission surface of the light guide plate, wherein the illumination light is emitted from the light guide plate through the output coupler,
wherein the light source unit comprises a beam deflector that controls an incidence angle of the illumination light incident onto the light guide plate,
wherein the beam deflector is selectively controlled to change a traveling direction of the illumination light onto the light guide plate based on changes in positions of pupils of an observer,
wherein the light guide plate has a flat panel shape such that the light guide plate totally internally reflects the illumination light emitted by the light source unit,
wherein the light guide plate has an upper surface and a lower surface, and
wherein the illumination light entering into the light guide plate is totally internally reflected between the upper surface and the lower surface.

US Pat. No. 10,191,187

OUTDOOR DISPLAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An outdoor display apparatus comprising:a display panel;
a transparent panel disposed in front of the display panel;
a light-blocking layer disposed on a front surface of the transparent panel by a sputtering process and configured to block a portion of light transmitted to the display panel;
an anti-graffiti layer disposed on a front surface of the light-blocking layer;
a light-absorbing layer disposed on a rear surface of the transparent panel and in front of the display panel and between the transparent panel and the display panel; and
an anti-fog layer disposed on a rear surface of the light-absorbing layer,
wherein the light-blocking layer is disposed between the anti-graffiti layer and the transparent panel,
wherein the light-absorbing layer comprises a polarizing film having a front surface and a rear surface, and a ?/4 film having a front surface and a rear surface, and
wherein the front surface of the polarizing film is attached to the rear surface of the transparent panel, the front surface of the ?/4 film is attached to the rear surface of the polarizing film, and the anti-fog layer is attached to the rear surface of the ?/4 film.

US Pat. No. 10,191,173

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EVALUATING ANNULAR MATERIAL USING BEAMFORMING FROM ACOUSTIC ARRAYS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprising:placing a logging tool into a cased well, the logging tool coupled to an array of acoustic transmitters and an array of acoustic receivers;
insonifying, by a plurality of sets of transmitters of the array of acoustic transmitters, each set including at least two transmitters, a casing of the well with a plurality of acoustic signals at a plurality of angles relative to a normal of the casing, wherein each signal of the plurality is generated by one of the sets of the plurality, wherein the plurality of signals are varied over a suitable range of angles relative to the normal of the casing, and wherein insonifying the casing with each of the plurality of acoustic signals further comprises:
applying, by the logging tool, a predetermined time gating of the corresponding set of transmitters in order to pulse each of the transmitters of said set with a selected delay relative to a reference time; and generating an associated acoustic signal based on respective transmissions by transmitters of said set according to said time gating, wherein the sum of the respective transmissions by transmitters of said set creates the associated acoustic signal,
receiving, by a plurality of sets of receivers of the array of acoustic receivers, a plurality of response signals corresponding to the insonification with the plurality of acoustic signals;
based on the plurality of response signals, detecting and selectively exciting a plurality of Lamb modes with specific acoustic signals having specific angle relative to the normal of the casing, and
determining, by the logging tool based at least in part on the specific response signals corresponding to the insonification with the specific acoustic signals, one or more properties associated with an annulus between the casing and a formation of the cased well.

US Pat. No. 10,191,167

CORRECTING THE EFFECTS OF DEVIATION AND DISPERSION ON SONIC LOG MEASUREMENTS OF DEVIATED WELLS IN LAMINATED FORMATIONS

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:a) defining, by a processor, Thomsen parameters for each log measurement depth using at least one of one or more formation constituents, one or more predetermined formation constraints, one or more predetermined formation type cut-offs and maximum Thomsen parameters for the formation;
b) correcting, by the processor, shear wave travel time (DTS) and compressional wave travel time (DTC) simultaneously for deviation and dispersion on sonic log measurements of deviated wells using the Thomsen parameters and a non-linear solver;
c) calculating, by the processor, dispersion, shear wave velocity with horizontal polarizations at 90 degrees (VSH90), shear wave velocity with horizontal polarizations at 0 degrees (VSH0), compressional wave velocity at 0 degrees (VP0), compressional wave velocity at 90 degrees (VP90), shear wave velocity at ? degrees (VSV?), and new Thomsen parameters based on the corrected sonic log measurements; and
d) plotting, by the processor, the actual log measurements and the calculated dispersion, VSH90, VSH0, VP0, VP90, VSV?, new Thomsen parameters on separate respective graphs;
e) building, by the processor, a model of the deviated well using the calculated dispersion, VSH90, VSH0, VP0, VP90, VSV?, and new Thomsen parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,191,160

STAGGERED DETECTOR ARRAY FOR LOCATING RADIOACTIVE SOURCES

1. A detector array for locating a radioactive source, comprising:at least twenty slab-shaped detectors configured to detect particles from the radioactive source, each detector being positioned parallel to an aiming plane that runs centrally from the back to the front of the detector array, wherein said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors are stacked face-to-face, wherein said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors are arranged in an alternating sequence of frontward and rearward detectors, and wherein each rearward detector is offset from one or more adjacent frontward detectors by a distance of 1 to 3 times the thickness of each of said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors, and wherein the thickness of each of said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors is 1 to 3 times the average interaction distance of the particles therein; and
a processor configured to be communicatively coupled to said at least twenty slab-shaped detectors and further configured to determine a front-versus-back position of the radioactive source by comparing a frontward detection peak associated with the frontward detectors with a rearward detection peak associated with the rearward detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,159

RADIATION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

1. A radiation measurement device, comprising:a radiation detector that detects radiation to thereby output a detection current signal;
a metering instrument that has: a signal converter for performing signal conversion of the detection current signal; a signal processor for processing a signal converted by the signal converter; a calculator for calculating an engineering value from a value processed by the signal processor; a selector which can operationally select a normal mode or a test mode; and a test-current generator for generating, when a DC voltage is supplied thereto from a power supply, a test current signal simulated for the detection current signal, and then inputting to the detection current signal, the test current signal to be superimposed thereon; and
a signal input line that connects the radiation detector and the metering instrument to each other, and has an input terminal placed between the radiation detector and the metering instrument, for inputting from the test-current generator;
wherein, when the test mode is operationally selected, the test current signal is superimposed on the detection current signal by the test-current generator, and then they are subjected to signal conversion by the signal converter, and when the normal mode is operationally selected, only the detection current signal is subjected to signal conversion by the signal converter; and
wherein, when the normal mode is operationally selected, the test-current generator interrupts inputting of the test current signal from the test-current generator to the input terminal, and diverts the test current signal to a potential same as a potential at the input terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,191,158

GNSS RECEIVER CALCULATING A NON-AMBIGUOUS DISCRIMINATOR TO RESOLVE SUBCARRIER TRACKING AMBIGUITIES

1. A receiver for tracking a GNSS positioning signal comprising a carrier modulated by a subcarrier and a spreading code, the receiver comprising:at least one tracking loop configured to calculate a first pseudo range from said GNSS positioning signal,
a first discrimination circuit configured to calculate an ambiguous discriminator value from the subcarrier and the spreading code of said GNSS positioning signal,
a calculation circuit configured to calculate a non-ambiguous value representative of a tracking error of said tracking loop,
a second discrimination circuit configured to select alternately one of said ambiguous discriminator value and said value calculated by the calculation circuit, and to generate a first non-ambiguous discriminator value, an amplitude of which is based on an amplitude of the selected value, and a sign of which is a sign of said value calculated by the calculation circuit, the first pseudo range being calculated using said first non-ambiguous discriminator.

US Pat. No. 10,191,152

LOW-COST LIGHTWEIGHT INTEGRATED ANTENNA FOR AIRBORNE WEATHER RADAR

Honeywell International I...

1. A weather radar system comprising an integrated radar antenna, the integrated radar antenna comprising a multi-layer circuit board comprising:a slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the slotted array waveguide antenna comprises a substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) antenna;
radar transmitter electronics in signal communication with the slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the radar transmit electronics, in conjunction with the slotted array waveguide antenna, are configured to output radar signals;
radar receiver electronics in signal communication with the slotted array waveguide antenna, wherein the radar receiver electronics are configured to receive from the slotted array waveguide antenna radar reflections corresponding to the outputted radar signals.

US Pat. No. 10,191,148

RADAR SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AZIMUTH THEREIN

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A system for blocking a reflection signal from a ground surface or from an elevation angle direction, the system comprising:two or more main reception antennas configured to receive echo signals reflected from a target, and generate a main reception signal based on the received echo signals;
a single side lobe suppression antenna configured to receive a side lobe suppression reception signal reflected from the ground surface or from the elevation angle direction; and
a radar configured to
compare a magnitude of the main reception signal with a magnitude of the received side lobe suppression reception signal, and
calculate an azimuth angle of the target by using the received main reception signal when the magnitude of the main reception signal is larger than the magnitude of the side lobe suppression reception signal,
wherein the azimuth angle is calculated by using the speed of light, a measured phase difference of the received echo signals, a distance between the two or more main reception antennas, and a frequency of the main reception signal, and
wherein
each main reception antenna of the two or more main reception antennas includes a phase delay unit installed in a center of a line of the each main reception antenna, and configured to adjust, by using the phase delay unit, a first phase and a second phase of the received echo signals with reference to the center of the line of the each main reception antenna, to have the same phase, in the radar, and
the side lobe suppression antenna includes a vertical connection part installed in a center of a line of the side lobe suppression antenna, and configured to adjust, by using the vertical connection part, a first phase and a second phase of the side lobe suppression reception signal with reference to the center of the line of the side lobe suppression antenna, to have 180 degree phase difference, in the radar.

US Pat. No. 10,191,147

ULTRASOUND BASED CONFIGURATION DETECTION OF A MULTIPART ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a first portion having an ultrasound emitter;
a second portion having an ultrasound sensor, the first portion and the second portion arranged to be movable with respect to each other thereby allowing distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor to vary, wherein the first portion and the second portion are arranged to be foldable with respect to each other in a folding angle;
a measurement unit configured to measure current propagation delay of an ultrasound wave from the ultrasound emitter to the ultrasound sensor; and
a calculation unit configured to:
calculate current distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor based on the measured current propagation delay of the ultrasound wave from the ultrasound emitter to the ultrasound sensor; and
determine a current folding angle based on the calculated current distance between the ultrasound emitter and the ultrasound sensor and further based on configuration information about the first portion and the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,143

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CALIBRATING AN IQ MODULATOR

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A method for calibrating an IQ modulator, the method comprising:a) setting one or more control values of the IQ modulator corresponding to a desired constellation point of a constellation diagram to generate an IQ modulating signal;
b) mixing the IQ modulating signal with a carrier signal to generate an IQ modulated transmit signal;
c) transmitting the IQ modulated transmit signal towards a predefined object at a predefined location;
d) receiving a reflection of the IQ modulated transmit signal from the predefined object;
e) mixing the received reflection of the IQ modulated transmit signal with the carrier signal to generate a down-converted receive signal;
f) comparing an amplitude and/or phase of the down-converted receive signal with the desired constellation point of the constellation diagram; and
g) adjusting the one or more control values of the IQ modulator until a deviation between the amplitude and/or phase of the down-converted receive signal and the desired constellation point falls below a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,191,133

MR IMAGING USING MULTI-ECHO SEGMENTED K-SPACE ACQUISITION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V, ...

1. A method of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of an object placed in an examination volume of a MR device, the method comprising the steps of:subjecting the object to a number of shots of a multi-echo imaging sequence, a train of echo signals being generated by each shot,
acquiring the echo signals, wherein each echo signal represents a k-space profile, wherein k-space is divided into a central k-space part and one or more peripheral k-space parts, wherein the central k-space part is sampled by a single shot of the multi-echo imaging sequence, and wherein the peripheral k-space parts are sampled by one or more further shots of the multi-echo sequence,
wherein sampling of the peripheral k-space parts starts at a position in k-space where the sampling of the central k-space part starts and/or the sampling of the peripheral k-space parts ends at a position in k-space where the sampling of the central k-space part ends,
wherein the k-space profiles acquired from adjacent positions in k-space have adjacent or identical echo index numbers, the echo index number indicating the position of each echo signal within the train of echo signals generated by each shot of the multi-echo imaging sequence, and
reconstructing a MR image from the k-space profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,191,128

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LOOPS-OVER-LOOPS MRI COILS

Life Services, LLC, Minn...

1. An apparatus for receiving radio-frequency (RF) signals suitable for magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) from radio-frequency (RF) antenna loops that are overlapped and/or concentric, in order to receive signal and improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the received signal, the apparatus comprising:a substrate having a first major surface and a second major surface;
a plurality of pairs of RF antenna loops affixed to the substrate including:
a first pair of RF antenna loops,
a second pair of RF antenna loops, and
a third pair of RF antenna loops,
wherein each pair of RF antenna loops in the plurality of pairs of RF antenna loops includes a first RF antenna loop and a second RF antenna loop located such that a center point of the first antenna loop and a center point of the second antenna loop are both located on a single line perpendicular to a plane of the first RF antenna loop,
wherein the first pair of RF antenna loops and the second pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another,
wherein the first pair of RF antenna loops and the third pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another, and
wherein the second pair of RF antenna loops and the third pair of RF antenna loops are partially overlapped with one another;
a first plurality of pairs of RF receiver units affixed to the substrate including:
a first pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the first pair of RF antenna loops,
a second pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the second pair of RF antenna loops, and
a third pair of RF receiver units connected to receive signals from the third pair of RF antenna loops,
wherein each one of the first plurality of pairs of RF receiver units includes:
a first RF receiver unit operatively connected to the first RF antenna loop of the corresponding pair of RF antenna loops, and
a second RF receiver unit operatively connected to the second RF antenna loop of the corresponding pair of RF antenna loops; and
a first plurality of electronics units mounted on the substrate, wherein the first plurality of electronics units includes:
a first electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the first pair of RF receiver units,
a second electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the second pair of RF receiver units, and
a third electronics unit connected to receive and add signals from the third pair of RF receiver units, andwherein each one of the first plurality of electronics units adds the signals from the corresponding pair of RF receiver units in order to generate a decoded output signal that has improved SNR to form a first plurality of output signals;and
electronics operatively coupled to receive the first plurality of output signals from the first plurality of electronics units and configured to process the first plurality of output signals to generate MRI image slices of a patient being imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,191,125

SENSOR UNIT HAVING MAGNETIC SENSORS RESPECTIVELY INCLUDING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTPUT TERMINALS, AND MAGNETIC COLLECTOR MODULE INCLUDING THE SAME

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A sensor unit comprising:a plurality of magnetic sensors, each of which includes:
a magnetic sensing element, which senses a magnetic field;
an encapsulating portion, which encapsulates the magnetic sensing element;
a primary terminal group, which includes a plurality of terminals that project from a primary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion, wherein the primary terminal forming part is one side of the encapsulating portion; and
a secondary terminal group, which includes a plurality of terminals that project from a secondary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion, wherein the secondary terminal forming part is an opposite side of the encapsulating portion, which is opposite from the primary terminal forming part of the encapsulating portion about a center line centered between the primary terminal forming part and the secondary terminal forming part; and
a circuit board that has a common surface, to which the plurality of magnetic sensors is mounted, wherein:
among the plurality of magnetic sensors, two adjacent magnetic sensors, which are oriented in a common direction and arranged side by side such that the two adjacent magnetic sensors are placed one after another in a perpendicular direction, which is perpendicular to the center line of each of the two adjacent magnetic sensors and is parallel to a plane of the common surface of the circuit board, and the secondary terminal group of one of the two adjacent magnetic sensors is directly opposed to the primary terminal group of another one of the two adjacent magnetic sensors in the perpendicular direction;
the plurality of terminals of the primary terminal group of each of the plurality of magnetic sensors includes a primary output terminal configured to output an output signal generated based on a measurement value of the magnetic sensing element of the respective magnetic sensor;
the plurality of terminals of the secondary terminal group of each of the plurality of magnetic sensors includes a secondary output terminal configured to output the output signal such that both the primary and secondary output terminals output the output signal of that respective magnetic sensor; and
the primary output terminal and the secondary output terminal are placed asymmetrically to each other with respect to the center line centered between the primary terminal forming part and the secondary terminal forming part in each of the plurality of magnetic sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,191,121

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VOLTAGE REGULATOR SELF-BURN-IN TEST

QUANTA COMPUTER INC., Ta...

1. A computer-implemented method for enabling a self-burn-in test of a power supply device (PSD) that comprises a modulation controller and a plurality of power stages, comprising:sending a first signal to switch a specific power stage of the plurality of power stages to an On state;
sending at least one second signal to switch other power stage(s) of the plurality of power stages to a Tri-state, wherein the other power stage(s) functions as a load during a time period that the specific power stage is in the On state; and
collecting output voltage, output current and temperature data from the specific power stage.

US Pat. No. 10,191,120

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING DEFECT OF ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM

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

1. An apparatus for detecting a defect of an electric power system, the apparatus comprising:a first state signal output mechanism configured to output a first state signal corresponding to a magnetic force generated at a periphery of a line;
a second state signal output mechanism configured to output a second state signal based on a magnitude of a line current and an increase ratio thereof;
a defect determination mechanism configured to determine whether the electric power system is defective based on the first state signal and the second state signal; and
an optical signal conversion mechanism disposed between the first state signal output mechanism and the defect determination mechanism and configured to convert the first state signal into an optical signal when the first state signal is output from the first state signal output mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,191,119

INSPECTING APPARATUS AND INSPECTING METHOD FOR NONCONTACT POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An inspecting apparatus for a noncontact power transfer system that includes:a transmitting device including:
a first electrode and a second electrode, and
an alternating-current voltage generating circuit configured to apply an alternating-current voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a receiving device including:
a third electrode and a fourth electrode,
a receiving circuit configured to convert an alternating-current voltage generated between the third electrode and the fourth electrode to a direct-current voltage, and
a load circuit connected to the receiving circuit,
wherein the noncontact power transfer system is configured to transfer electric power from the transmitting device to the receiving device by a first coupling capacitance formed between the first electrode and the third electrode and a second coupling capacitance formed between the second electrode and the fourth electrode,
the inspecting apparatus comprising:
a coupling capacitance varying unit configured to vary at least one of the first coupling capacitance and the second coupling capacitance when the receiving device is positioned on the transmitting device; and
a monitoring circuit configured to monitor at least one of the alternating-current voltage generated between the third electrode and the fourth electrode of the receiving device, the direct-current voltage or a load current supplied to the load circuit, the alternating-current voltage generated between the first electrode and the second electrode of the transmitting device, and an input voltage or an input current of the alternating-current voltage generating circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,191,106

TECHNIQUES TO IDENTIFY A PROCESS CORNER

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for identifying a process corner of an integrated circuit having a first asymmetrical ring oscillator (ARO1) including pull-up transistors that have a low threshold voltage (LVT) and pull-down transistors that have a regular threshold voltage (RVT), and a second asymmetrical ring oscillator (ARO2) including pull-up transistors that have an RVT and pull-down transistors having an LVT, comprising:applying an ultra-low power supply voltage to the ARO1 and the ARO2, wherein the applied ultra-low power supply voltage causes the integrated circuit to operate near a verge of malfunction;
measuring an output frequency of the ARO1;
measuring an output frequency of the ARO2;
calculating a calculated ratio of the output frequency of the ARO1 and the output frequency of the ARO2; and
comparing the calculated ratio to a fiduciary ratio, wherein the fiduciary ratio is of the output frequency of the ARO1 and the output frequency of the ARO2 at a typical-typical (TT) process corner, a slow-slow (SS) process corner, or a fast-fast (FF) process corner, and wherein if the calculated ratio is more than a first number of times the fiduciary ratio or less than a second number of times the fiduciary ratio, then a value of a manufactured process variation of the integrated circuit is substantially at an asymmetric process corner.

US Pat. No. 10,191,105

METHOD FOR MAKING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING THRESHOLD VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT CIRCUITRY

ATOMERA INCORPORATED, Lo...

1. A method for making a semiconductor device comprising:forming active circuitry on a substrate and comprising a plurality of differential transistor pairs; and
forming threshold voltage test circuitry on the substrate and comprising
a pair of differential test transistors replicating the differential transistor pairs within the active circuitry, each test transistor having a respective input and output, and
at least one gain stage configured to amplify a difference between the outputs of the differential test transistors for measuring a threshold voltage thereof;
wherein the plurality of differential transistor pairs and the pair of differential test transistors each comprises spaced apart source and drain regions, a channel region extending between the source and drain regions, and a gate overlying the channel region;
wherein each of the channel regions comprises a superlattice, the superlattice comprising a plurality of stacked groups of layers with each group of layers comprising a plurality of stacked base semiconductor monolayers defining a base semiconductor portion and at least one non-semiconductor monolayer thereon constrained within a crystal lattice of adjacent base semiconductor portions.

US Pat. No. 10,191,104

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INSPECTION DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INSPECTION METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A system for inspecting a semiconductor device serving as a device under test, the system comprising:a light source configured to generate light to be irradiated to the semiconductor device;
a tester configured to apply a test signal to the semiconductor device;
a light detector configured to detect the light reflected by the semiconductor device and output a detection signal;
a first analyzer configured to measure first phase information;
a second analyzer configured to measure second phase information;
a time base signal generator electrically coupled to the first analyzer and the second analyzer and configured to generate a time base signal and input the time base signal to the first analyzer and the second analyzer; and
a computer electrically coupled to the first analyzer and the second analyzer and configured to determine phase information at a predetermined frequency based on the first phase information and the second phase information,
wherein the detection signal is input to at least one of the first analyzer and the second analyzer.

US Pat. No. 10,191,101

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING GROUND FAULT IN A DC SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A ground fault detection system for locating a ground fault in a direct current (DC) power transfer system comprising:a ground fault detection component comprising:
a first switch and a second switch;
a first resistive element and a second resistive element;
wherein, the first switch is electrically coupled to the first resistive element and the second switch is electrically coupled to the second resistive element in a series configuration respectively,
a current sensor operatively coupled to a load and configured to measure a fault current at the load upon switching at least one of the first switch or the second switch to a conducting state; and
a DC grounding component coupled to the ground fault detection component in a parallel configuration between a positive rail and a negative rail of a first DC bus, wherein the DC grounding component is configured to provide a balanced ground reference voltage at a neutral point;
wherein the DC grounding component comprises a third resistive element and a fourth resistive element, a first capacitive element and a second capacitive element, or a combination thereof for providing the balanced ground reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,191,098

ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT DEVICE

1. An electronic measurement device, comprising:a signal generation unit, which is configured to generate a signal that is applied to an input node of a device under test;
a controlling unit which is configured to control the signal generation unit in that the generated signal is at least adjustable in its signal frequency;
a sweeping unit, which obtains a predefined start frequency value, a predefined stop frequency value, and a predefined step-width value to adjust a signal frequency of the generated signal that is applied to the input node of the device under test; and
at least a receiving unit, wherein the receiving unit retrieves a signal from an output node of the device under test in time domain and has a broadband input bandwidth,
wherein a high impedance probe is applied to an input node of the receiving unit,
wherein the electronic measurement device is configured to perform a normalization procedure prior to a comparing step in order to avoid the influence of one or more internal errors of the electronic measuring device, and
wherein the normalization procedure comprises the following steps:
shorting of an appropriate signal probe that is connected to the receiving unit for retrieving the signal from the output node of the device under test;
stepwise adjusting a signal value of the generated signal;
measuring the retrieved signal with the shorted probe; and
storing a measured value for each adjusted signal value.

US Pat. No. 10,191,089

CURRENT SENSING ASSEMBLY EMPLOYING MAGNETIC SENSORS

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A current sensing assembly comprising:a conductor having a first curled portion and a second curled portion, the first curled portion being arranged such that current flowing in a first direction through the conductor flows through the first curled portion in a clockwise direction and the second curled portion being arranged such that current flowing in the first direction through the conductor flows through the second curled portion in a counter-clockwise direction; and
a sensor assembly including a first magnetic sensor disposed in the first curled portion and a second magnetic sensor disposed in the second curled portion.

US Pat. No. 10,191,076

AIRFLOW SENSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Board of Trustees of the ...

1. An airflow sensing system, comprising:a first cantilever having a first beam, wherein a bluff body is formed at an end of the first beam for generating aerodynamic forces in response to an airflow;
a second cantilever having a second beam, wherein a second bluff body is formed at an end of the second beam for generating aerodynamic forces in response to the airflow;
a first piezoelectric element positioned on the first cantilever and configured to provide a first electrical signal indicative of a vibration of the first cantilever;
a second piezoelectric element positioned on the second cantilever and configured to provide a second electrical signal indicative of a vibration of the second cantilever;
a control element coupled to the first and second piezoelectric elements and configured to receive the first and second electrical signals, the control element further configured to determine, based on the first and second electrical signals, a velocity of an airflow causing each of the first and second cantilevers to vibrate;
an output device configured to provide an output based on the velocity; and
a shield positioned adjacent to the first cantilever for shielding the first beam from the airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,191,073

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AT LEAST ONE SAMPLE

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

1. An apparatus for processing at least one sample, the apparatus comprising:a processing chamber;
a first input for inputting at least a first vessel into the processing chamber;
a second input for inputting at least a second vessel into the processing chamber, wherein the second input is different from the first input;
a rotor, wherein the rotor is formed as a segment of a cylinder, the rotor comprising at least a first compartment located at a first angular position along the rotor cylinder for receiving the first vessel from the first input and a second compartment located at a second angular position along the rotor cylinder for receiving the second vessel from the second input;
a gripping device adapted to at least grip the first vessel and to transport the first vessel from the first input to the first compartment of the rotor; and
a pipetting device adapted to at least pipette a sample from the first vessel and/or the second vessel, wherein the rotor is rotatable at least between a first processing position, at which the first vessel is transportable to the first compartment of the rotor by the gripping device, a second processing position, at which the second vessel is loadable into the second compartment of the rotor from the second input, and a third processing position, at which the sample of the first vessel and/or the second vessel is aspiratable by the pipetting device.

US Pat. No. 10,191,072

REAGENT AND SAMPLE HANDLING DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC TESTING SYSTEM

Abbott Laboratories, Abb...

1. An apparatus comprising:a loading platform of a diagnostic analyzer, the loading platform having a slot to receive a carrier;
a sensor to detect a presence of the carrier in the slot, the sensor including:
an arm pivotably coupled to the loading platform, the arm extending at least partially into the slot, the arm pivoted when the carrier is disposed in the slot and engages the arm; and
an optical detector to detect a position of the arm and determine a presence or absence of the carrier based on the position of the arm; and
a status indicator that provides a first display when the carrier is not present in the slot and provides a second display when the sensor detects the carrier in the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,191,066

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS USING IGFBP FRAGMENTS

HYTEST LTD., Turku (FI)

6. A cardiac test kit, said kit comprising:1) an anti insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 4 (IGFBP-4) fragment antibody that binds the N-terminal fragment from IGFBP-4 having SEQ ID NO 1,
2) an anti IGFBP-4 fragment antibody that binds the C-terminal fragment from IGFBP-4 having SEQ ID NO 2; and
3) at least one reagent that measures another marker of major adverse cardiovascular event prediction selected from the group consisting of cholesterol fraction, C-Reactive Protein (CRP), cardiac troponin I, cardiac troponin T, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), BNP precursor peptide (proBNP), N-terminal proBNP (NT-proBNP), Lipo-protein associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), placental growth factor (PlGF), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), homocysteine (HCY), choline, ischemia modified albumin (IMA), soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and myeloperoxidase (MPO),
wherein antibody 1) is suitable for determination of the amount of intact IGFBP-4+IGFBP-4 N-terminal fragment in the sample,
wherein said antibody 1) and antibody 2) combined are suitable for determination of the amount of intact IGFBP-4.

US Pat. No. 10,191,054

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE FOR FULL BLOOD COUNT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A microfluidic device for performing a full blood count from a whole blood sample from a finger-prick, the full blood count including measurements of white blood cell differential count, platelet count, red blood cell counts and hemoglobin, the microfluidic device comprising:a first inlet for providing the whole blood sample;
a second inlet for providing a first lysis agent to count white blood cells, the second inlet being located downstream from the first inlet and being connected to a first junction;
a third inlet for providing a quench solution, the third inlet being located downstream from the second inlet and being connected to a second junction;
a first pair of channels connected to and split from the first inlet and meeting at the first junction,
a second pair of channels connected to and split from the third inlet and meeting at the second junction;
a first snake mixing stage configured to mix the first lysis agent and the whole blood sample, the first snake mixing stage being located between the second and third inlets;
a second snake mixing stage configured to mix the quench solution and the mixture of the first lysis agent and the whole blood sample mixed at the first snake mixing stage, the second snake mixing stage being serially connected to the first snake mixing stage and located downstream from the first snake mixing stage and the third inlet, wherein an input of the first snake mixing stage is connected to the first junction, to the second inlet and to the first pair of channels, and wherein an output of the first snake mixing stage is connected to the second junction, to an input of the second snake mixing stage, and to the second pair of channels for providing the quench solution to the input of the second snake mixing stage from the second pair of channels split from the third inlet and meeting at the second junction; and
a channel for providing a second lysis agent to measure the hemoglobin, the channel including a fourth inlet located downstream from the first inlet for providing the second lysis agent into the channel to measure the hemoglobin.

US Pat. No. 10,191,044

FLUSHABLE TEST STRIP

1. A diagnostic test strip comprising:a length and a width, wherein the length is greater than the width;
a substrate layer, wherein the substrate layer comprises a material that is water-soluble or water-dispersible;
a first hydrophobic coating; and
a plurality of reaction pads wherein each of the plurality of reaction pads comprises a reagent that participates in a chemical reaction in the presence of an analyte, wherein each of the plurality of reaction pads comprise a liquid absorbent material, and wherein the first hydrophobic coating is between the first side of the substrate layer and the plurality of reaction pads,
wherein a vertical cross-section of the reaction pads comprises at least two sides that are slanted relative to a vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,191,017

DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC CALCULATION APPARATUS AND ITS METHOD FOR MACHINE TOOL

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An apparatus calculating a dynamic characteristic of a machine tool that executes an interrupted machining of a workpiece by moving a rotational tool having one or plural tool tips relative to the workpiece comprising:a vibration detector configured to detect a vibration property of said rotational tool mounted on the machine tool when said rotational tool is excited to vibrate by a target member prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece; and
a processor configured to:
calculate a natural frequency of said rotational tool mounted on the machine tool on a basis of said detected vibration property,
replace a pre-excitation natural frequency stored in a memory with said calculated natural frequency, said pre-excitation frequency being determined based on constructional information of said machine tool before said rotation tool is excited to vibrate by the target member, and
generate a command for said machine tool to change a rotational velocity of said rotational tool in said interrupted machining based upon said calculated natural frequency, wherein
said machine tool includes a driving device configured to move said rotational tool relative to said workpiece; and
said rotational tool is excited to vibrate, prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece, by contacting said rotational tool with said target member mounted on said machine tool without use of man power by driving said driving device without said rotational tool being rotated, or
said rotational tool is excited to vibrate prior to the interrupted machining of the workpiece by contacting said rotational tool with said target member by driving said driving device while said rotational tool is rotated in a counter rotational direction against a rotational direction of the tool when machining.

US Pat. No. 10,191,011

RUGGEDIZED APPARATUS FOR ANALYSIS OF NUCLEIC ACID AND PROTEINS

NetBio, Inc., Waltham, M...

1. An apparatus for processing a sample of biomolecular analyte, the apparatus comprising:a holder for supporting a test module, said test module comprising a transparent plate comprising one or more channels, at least one channel in fluid communication with the sample;
an electrophoresis device connected to the holder and for providing energy to the test module;
a light source for emitting a light beam that excites fluorescence in the sample of biomolecular analyte;
a light detector; and
a plurality of optical devices rigidly mounted to a base plate, the base plate being supported by a frame including at least one damping device to reduce the transmission of vibrations generated below the frame to base plate.

US Pat. No. 10,191,007

SULFUR OXIDES DETECTION SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A sulfur oxides detection system comprising:a device part arranged in an exhaust passage of an internal combustion engine and comprising a first electrochemical cell having a first solid electrolyte layer having oxide ion conductivity, a first electrode arranged on one surface of the first solid electrolyte layer so as to be exposed to gas to be measured, and a second electrode arranged on an other surface of the first solid electrolyte layer so as to be exposed to the atmospheric air, and a diffusion regulating layer to regulate diffusion of the gas to be measured;
a power supply to supply voltage across the first electrode and the second electrode;
a detector to detect a first current correlation parameter correlated with a current flowing between the first electrode and the second electrode; and
an electronic control part to control the power supply and to acquire the first current correlation parameter from the detector, wherein
the electronic control part is to control the power supply so that a first voltage which is a decomposition start voltage of water and sulfur oxides or greater is to be applied across the first electrode and the second electrode and to calculate a concentration of sulfur oxides in the gas to be measured based on the first current correlation parameter detected by the detector if the first voltage is applied across the first electrode and the second electrode and
the electronic control part is to judge whether a concentration of water in the gas to be measured is stable and does not calculate the concentration of sulfur oxides in the gas to be measured if the electronic control part judges that the concentration of water in the gas to be measured is not stable.

US Pat. No. 10,191,004

MICROCANTILEVER BASED SELECTIVE VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) SENSORS AND METHODS

University of South Carol...

1. A system for identifying a volatile organic compound; the system comprising:a fluid flow path configured for carrying a volatile organic compound;
a power source configured for supplying a driving voltage; and
a triangular microcantilever held in electrical communication with the power source, the microcantilever comprising a first arm extending from a base, a second arm extending from the base, and a tip at a junction of the first arm and the second arm, the first arm having a cross section that decreases in size with a first regular taper, the first regular taper beginning at the base and extending to the tip, the second arm having a cross section that decreases in size with a second regular taper, the second regular taper beginning at the base and extending to the tip, the tip being in the fluid flow path, wherein upon contact between the microcantilever and the volatile organic compound in conjunction with application of the driving voltage to the microcantilever, the first arm exhibits a first electrical resistance, the second arm exhibits a second electrical resistance, and the tip exhibits a third electrical resistance, the third electrical resistance differing from the first and second electrical resistances.

US Pat. No. 10,190,999

NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE AND SATURATION WELL LOGS FOR DETERMINING FREE WATER LEVEL AND RESERVOIR TYPE

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

5. A method for determining characteristics of a hydrocarbon reservoir, the method comprising:conducting, using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging tool, a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logging operation of a targeted reservoir section of a wellbore extending into a hydrocarbon reservoir to generate a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) log of the targeted reservoir section;
conducting, using a resistivity logging tool, a resistivity logging of the targeted reservoir section to generate an uninvaded water saturation (Sw) log of the targeted reservoir section;
determining, by a control unit, for each of a plurality of depths in the targeted reservoir section, a T2 cutoff point for the depth based on values of the NMR log and the uninvaded water saturation (Sw) log for the depth;
identifying, by the control unit, a subset of the T2 cutoff points that exhibit a hyperbolic trend;
determining, by the control unit, a theoretical cutoff curve corresponding to the subset of the T2 cutoff points;
determining, by the control unit, a free water level (FWL) of the reservoir based on the theoretical cutoff curve; and
determining, by the control unit, a rock type of the reservoir based on the theoretical cutoff curve.

US Pat. No. 10,190,997

X-RAY DEVICE, METHOD, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR STRUCTURE, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH PROGRAM IS RECORDED

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. An X-ray device comprising:an irradiator configured to irradiate an X-ray to a measuring object;
a detector configured to detect transmission X-ray transmitted through the measuring object; and
a controller connected to the irradiator and the detector, and configured to:
generate first information, based on an image reconstructed from a result of detecting the transmission X-ray, the first information including information of an area in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray detected falls within a first range and information of an area in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray detected falls within a second range that is different from the first range;
acquire ratio information indicating a ratio between a first substance and a second substance included in the measuring object;
based on the ratio information and the first information, generate second information including information of an area which corresponds to the first substance and in which an absorption coefficient of X-ray falls within a third range obtained by merging the first range and the second range, so that a frequency distribution of signal intensity representing the absorption coefficient within the first range and the absorption coefficient within the second range is reconstructed to a frequency distribution of signal intensity representing the absorption coefficient within the third range; and
generate a modified image in which an area corresponding to the first substance is determined based on the second information.

US Pat. No. 10,190,994

APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR INSPECTION OF AT LEAST SIDE FACES OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. An apparatus for inspecting at least side faces of a semiconductor device comprising:a camera, defining an imaging beam path;
a mirror block, having a first mirror, a second mirror, a third mirror, and a fourth mirror, the mirrors being arranged such that they surround a free space in the form of a rectangle, and the opposing first mirror and third mirror are fixedly mounted and the opposing second mirror and fourth mirror are movably mounted; and
a tilted mirror, for directing an image of at least the side faces semiconductor device from the mirror block to the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,190,987

METHOD FOR INLINE MEASUREMENT ON SIMULATED MOVING BED UNITS OR HYBRID UNITS FOR SEPARATION BY SIMULATED MOVING BED AND CRYSTALLIZATION, AND APPLICATION TO THE CONTROL AND REGULATION OF SAID UNITS

IFP Energies Nouvelles, ...

1. A method for measuring concentrations of species present at at least one point during a separation process operating as a simulated moving bed (SMB) reactor, or a hybrid separation operating as a simulated moving bed (SMB) separation and a further crystallization, said method employing:an immersion probe placed at a point of the reactor or at a point located on a stream entering or leaving said reactor (termed the measurement point),
a thermocouple placed at a distance between an immersed end of the probe and the thermocouple which is at most 30 cm from the measurement point,
a sampling point downstream of the measurement point for analysis by a reference analytical technique during a calibration step,in a manner such as to provide, a Raman spectrum and a temperature simultaneously for each measurement point, said method comprising:a) calibration by inline acquisition of Raman spectra for different mixtures covering a range of concentrations of the species which are to be measured and under temperature and pressure conditions which are representative of an industrial unit and sampling, simultaneously in situ at the sampling point, of moving mixture for analysis by a reference technique, enabling one or more mathematical model(s) to be constructed per constituent as a function of its content;
b) analysis by inline signal processing of the Raman spectrum obtained at each measurement point by means of a chemometric mathematical method employing the or said models constructed during the calibration for each constituent, taking into account the temperature (Tspl) at the measurement point under consideration as well as the range of concentrations Cj of the species present at said measurement point, in order to obtain the concentration Ci of each species present, in which, for each of a) and b), the acquisition of each Raman spectrum is carried out by:
sending a monochromatic signal through a first optical fibre connected to the immersion probe, originating from a laser source with a wavelength of 785 nm plus or minus 1 nm,
retrieving, through a second optical fibre also connected to the immersion probe, a signal corresponding to the Raman effect termed the Raman signal, which is sent to a spectrometer,
retrieving the Raman spectrum of the signal under consideration at the output from the spectrometer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,985

SPECTROMETRY DEVICE AND SPECTROMETRY METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A spectroscopic measurement apparatus for measuring luminous efficiency of a measurement object which outputs up-conversion light by input of excitation light, the apparatus comprising:a light source configured to output the excitation light with a wavelength of 980 nm;
an integrator including an internal space in which the measurement object is disposed, a light input portion configured to input the excitation light from the light source to the internal space, and a light output portion configured to output light from the internal space to the outside;
a filter unit having a transmission spectrum in which an attenuation rate for the excitation light is larger than an attenuation rate for the up-conversion light, and configured to attenuate the light output from the light output portion in accordance with the transmission spectrum;
a spectroscopic detector configured to disperse the light attenuated and output by the filter unit, and acquire spectroscopic spectrum data; and
an analysis unit configured to analyze the luminous efficiency of the measurement object on the basis of transmission spectrum data of the transmission spectrum of the filter unit and the spectroscopic spectrum data.

US Pat. No. 10,190,979

METROLOGY IMAGING TARGETS HAVING REFLECTION-SYMMETRIC PAIRS OF REFLECTION-ASYMMETRIC STRUCTURES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A metrology target comprising:at least one reflection-symmetric pair of structures, wherein the at least one reflection-symmetric pair includes a first reflection-asymmetric structure and at least an additional reflection-asymmetric structure, wherein at least one of the first reflection-asymmetric structure or the at least an additional reflection-asymmetric structure includes a series of periodically spaced target elements, wherein at least some of the periodically spaced target elements are reflection-asymmetric.

US Pat. No. 10,190,977

METHOD OF MEASUREMENT OF MULTILAYER STRUCTURES

LUMETRICS, INC., Rochest...

1. A method of identifying the material composition of each layer in a multilayer structure comprising m layers where m is an integer greater than 1, the method comprising the steps of:a) providing an interferometer apparatus with a low-coherence tunable light source;
b) aligning a portion of the multilayer structure with respect to a measurement region of the interferometer apparatus;
c) using the interferometer apparatus to observe layers in the multilayer structure, and to measure the optical thickness of each of the observed layers in the multilayer structure as a function of center wavelength of the low-coherence tunable light source;
d) determining the number of layers m in the multilayer structure by setting m equal to the maximum number of observed layers measured using the low coherence interferometer as a function of center wavelength of the low-coherence tunable light source;
e) calculating normalized group index of refraction dispersion curves for each of the m layers in the multilayer structure by selecting one center wavelength of the tunable light source as a reference wavelength and calculating the ratio of the measured optical thickness at each measurement wavelength to that measured at the selected reference wavelength for each of the m layers in the multilayer structure; and
f) for each of the m layers, identifying the material composition for that layer by comparing its calculated normalized group index of refraction dispersion curve to a reference data base of known materials group index of refraction dispersion curves and finding the best fit material for that layer.

US Pat. No. 10,190,975

LEAKED GAS DETECTION DEVICE AND LEAKED GAS DETECTION METHOD

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A leaked gas detection device comprising:an infrared image acquisitor that acquires an infrared image of a target area;
a hardware processor that extracts a gas cloud image area of a gas cloud formed with a leaked gas on the basis of the infrared image of the target area acquired in the infrared image acquisitor; and
a gas cloud temperature acquisitor that acquires a gas temperature of the gas cloud,
the hardware processor obtaining a concentration-thickness product of the gas cloud, and obtaining a reliability degree that is an index representing the degree of reliability with respect to the concentration-thickness product of the gas cloud obtained in the hardware processor on the basis of a background temperature in the gas cloud image area extracted in the hardware processor and the gas temperature acquired in the gas cloud temperature acquisitor.

US Pat. No. 10,190,959

SORTING FLOW CYTOMETER

Beckman Coulter, Inc., B...

1. A sorting flow cytometer comprising:a fluid nozzle configured to receive a fluid input and generate a fluid stream along a fluid path;
a laser configured to generate a laser beam and positioned to direct the laser beam at the fluid stream;
acquisition electronics including a sensor analyzer arranged and configured to detect light from the laser after the laser beam has intersected the fluid stream;
a computing device in data communication with the acquisition electronics;
a computer readable data storage device storing data instructions that, when executed by the computing device, cause the computing device to perform the following steps:
identify segments of the fluid stream, including a first segment and a second segment that are directly adjacent to each other;
generate preliminary sort decisions that assign preliminary charges to segments of the fluid stream including a first preliminary sort decision that assigns a first preliminary charge to the first segment and a second preliminary sort decision that assigns a second preliminary charge to the second segment;
evaluate the first preliminary sort decision and the second preliminary sort decision;
generate final sort decisions that include a modification to the first preliminary sort decision or the second preliminary sort decision to assign a neutral charge for at least one of the first segment or the second segment; and
generate a sort control signal according to the final sort decisions;
sort control electronics in data communication with the computing device, configured to receive the sort control signal from the computing device and selectively apply charges to the segments of the fluid stream prior to a drop break off point; and
deflection plates arranged adjacent to the fluid path to sort drops formed from the segments of the fluid stream into a plurality of containers.

US Pat. No. 10,190,956

TRUE DENSITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MicrotracBEL Corp., Osak...

1. A true density measurement device for measuring a true density of an object to be measured with a gas phase substitution method, the true density measurement device comprising:a sample chamber that houses the object to be measured, and is pressurized by introducing an inert gas into the sample chamber;
an expansion chamber into which the inert gas having been introduced into the sample chamber is released;
a capacity changing member that can be housed in the expansion chamber; and
a notifying section that recommends use of the capacity changing member based on a relationship between a previously obtained capacity of the expansion chamber and a measurement error, wherein;
the expansion chamber is opened and closed by a lid which can be attached or detached under normal usage conditions, and has a variable capacity that is changed by inserting or removing the capacity changing member.

US Pat. No. 10,190,950

SEMI-AUTOMATED SAMPLING SYSTEM FOR ASEPTIC SAMPLING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A semi-automated sampling assembly configured for aseptic sampling at one or more instances from a sample source having a biological inoculum, the semi-automated sampling assembly comprising:a sampling conduit comprising a first port and a second port, wherein the first port of the sampling conduit is configured to be coupled to the sample source, wherein the second port of the sampling conduit is configured to be coupled to a purging fluid source;
a recovery conduit comprising a first port and a second port, wherein the first port of the recovery conduit is configured to be coupled to the sample source, wherein the second port of the recovery conduit is coupled to the sampling conduit at a junction;
a sampling loop comprising a portion of a tubing of the semi-automated sampling assembly disposed between the first port of the sampling conduit, the junction, and the first port of the recovery conduit, and wherein the biological inoculum is circulated in the sampling loop and returned to the sample source via the recovery conduit prior to a sampling instance;
one or more sampling kits coupled to the sampling conduit; and
a motorized pump coupled to the sampling conduit, wherein the motorized pump is configured to draw the purging fluid source, or a sample, or both, in the sampling conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,190,928

FLEXIBLE SENSOR FOR MEASURING FLEX OR TORQUE

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A sensor comprising:a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a slot extending from an outer edge of the PCB to an inner portion of the PCB, the slot defining a first inner-slot surface and a second inner-slot surface facing, across the slot, the first inner-slot surface, the first and second inner-slot surfaces being separated by a gap when the PCB is in an unflexed state, the slot being configured to permit the PCB to flex so as to vary a relative position of the first inner-slot surface with respect to the second inner-slot surface;
a capacitive structure on the PCB comprising:
a first electrode on a portion of the first inner-slot surface of the PCB; and
a second electrode on a portion of the second inner-slot surface of PCB, the second electrode aligned with the first electrode across the slot; and
mechanical coupling sites arranged on the PCB such that mechanical variations in a structure to which the sensor is attached cause the PCB to flex and vary a relative position of the first electrode with respect to the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,927

TACTILE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING TOUCH FEELING

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPO...

1. A tactile sensor, comprisinga sensor part that is formed in a substrate, wherein
the sensor part includes:
a frame that includes a side part of the substrate;
a contact that is disposed in parallel to the substrate so that a tip of the contact projects from a side face of the substrate;
a suspension that supports the contact to the frame; and
a displacement detector that detects displacement of the contact.

US Pat. No. 10,190,918

CIRCUIT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND MOVING OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A circuit apparatus comprising:a voltage output circuit that outputs a first output voltage when a first current of first temperature characteristics flows in a resistance element, and a second output voltage when a second current of second temperature characteristics different from the first temperature characteristics flows in the resistance element, wherein the voltage output circuit includes
a first transistor configured to selectively provide the first current to the resistance element in a first period such that the voltage output circuit outputs the first output voltage in the first period, and
a second transistor configured to selectively provide the second current to the resistance element in a second period such that the voltage output circuit outputs the second output voltage in the second period;
an A/D conversion circuit that outputs a first digital value by performing A/D conversion on the first output voltage, and outputs a second digital value by performing A/D conversion on the second output voltage; and
a processing unit that obtains temperature data by digital calculation processing based on the first digital value and the second digital value.

US Pat. No. 10,190,907

CONVEX WARM SHIELD FOR THERMAL IMAGING DEVICE

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A warm shield as part of a thermal imaging system, comprising:a reflecting surface comprising a convex curvature when positioned relative to an opening of a thermal imaging system, wherein thermal energy originating from the opening of the thermal imaging system that is incident on the convex curvature is reflected in a direction away from the opening of the thermal imaging system; and
an aperture formed in the reflecting surface positioned to facilitate passage therethrough of external thermal energy in a direction towards the opening of the thermal imaging system, at least some of the thermal energy originating from within the thermal imaging system in a direction away from the thermal imaging system, wherein the convex curvature of the reflecting surface is tuned to compensate for an artifact displayed in the thermal imaging system caused by thermal energy originating from a component within the thermal imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,190,903

DIGITAL FISHING NET SCALE CONFIGURED FOR INTEGRATION INTO A HOTSPOT SYSTEM

1. A digital fishing net scale for weighing a fish contained in the net, the scale comprising a hoop, a fishing net configured to contain a fish and connected to the hoop, a handle connected to the hoop and configured for holding the net during fishing and weighing, and a digital scale connected to the handle;wherein hoop, handle and their connection are configured with sufficient strength and rigidity for holding the net weighted by a fish;
wherein the scale is a digital scale that is comprised in a housing connected to the handle;
wherein the digital scale comprises computer executable code stored in non-volatile memory, a processor, a memory, a measuring component, a weighing module, a display, a storage component for data, and a communication component;
wherein the digital scale components are operably connected and are configured to perform the following steps:
measure the weight of a fish contained in the net over an amount of time;
provide one or more number value in a unit corresponding to the one or more weight measurement, or to an average thereof;
show the number value and its unit on the display;
store the number value and its unit, optional catch related data, and optional hotspot related data, at least until it is uploaded; and
upload the number value, optional related data, and optional hotspot related data via the communication component to an external data store.

US Pat. No. 10,190,887

MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVISION METHOD, INFORMATION PROVISION CODE, AND INFORMATION PROVISION SYSTEM

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A mobile electronic device comprising:a storage configured to store a plurality of items of information including a first item of information and a second item of information;
a display configured to display the first item of information and the second item of information; and
a controller configured to
cause the display to display a screen,
in response to that a movement state of the mobile electronic device is determined to be a first movement state,
cause the display to maintain displaying the screen and to start displaying an item based on the first item of information in accordance with the first movement state among the plurality of items of information at a first position on the screen, and
in response to that a movement state of the mobile electronic device is determined to be a second movement state,
cause the display to maintain displaying the screen and to start displaying, instead of the item based on the first item of information, an item based on the second item of information in accordance with the second movement state among the plurality of items of information at the first position on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,190,880

ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An electronic timepiece comprising:a first indicating hand;
a second indicating hand;
a receiver that receives position identification information for identifying a current position;
a magnetic sensor; and
a controller that determines a direction to a destination based on the position identification information received by the receiver, an output from the magnetic sensor, and destination information representing a position of the destination and determines a distance to the destination based on the position identification information and the destination information,
wherein the first indicating hand indicates the direction to the destination, and the second indicating hand displays the distance to the destination.

US Pat. No. 10,190,877

LEVEL APPARATUS

1. An electronic level mechanism comprising:a device housing;
at least one printed circuit board;
an inhibitor housing;
an inhibitor comprising:
a triangular portion, wherein the triangular portion comprises an attachment aperture;
at least two arms, wherein each individual of the at least two arms comprises a ninety degree aperture;
wherein a first of the at least two arms extends vertically on a first side of the inhibitor and wherein a second of the at least two arms extends vertically on a second side of the inhibitor;
a substantially rectangular body comprising at least two forty five degree apertures;
a base comprising a rectangular protrusion and a aperture for horizontal leveling;
an emitter comprising at least one optocoupler and a transmitter for transmitting at least one beam;
a receiver comprising at least one optocoupler;
wherein the inhibitor housing, emitter and receiver are located inside the device housing;
a power switch;
a match switch;
a power LED;
a match LED;
an LED located on the device housing;
at least one printed circuit board (“PCB”) comprising a first amplifier and a second amplifier;
wherein actuation of the power switch allows power to flow through the main PCB and to return to first PCB conditioned and allows the LED to be activated and that indicate system ready for use and provide a match condition at a set of angles; and
wherein subsequent actuation of the match switch allows power to flow to the first amplifier and the second amplifier for comparison of the output from the receiver to see when the inhibitor has passed infrared (“IR”) energy to the receiver or when IR energy reaches the receiver and exceeds a threshold of the second amplifier, the second amplifier's output activates the Match LED as the level mechanism is oriented at different levels on a work piece and the emitter passes the at least one beam through the appropriate opening in the inhibitor when the predetermined selected position is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,190,874

METROLOGY OF MULTIPLE PATTERNING PROCESSES

KLA-Tencor Corporation, ...

1. A method comprising:providing a first amount of illumination light to a first plurality of measurement sites on a semiconductor wafer, wherein each of the first plurality of measurement sites includes at least one multiple patterned metrology target characterized by at least one parameter of interest generated by at least two patterning steps of a multiple patterning process, wherein a pitch of the at least one multiple patterned target fabricated by the multiple patterning process is a multiple of a pitch of a mask of a lithography system employed as part of the multiple patterning process, wherein the at least one parameter of interest is indicative of a geometric error that results from the multiple patterning process, wherein at least one of the multiple patterned metrology targets located at one or more of the first plurality of measurement sites is different from at least one of another of the multiple patterned metrology targets;
detecting an amount of light from each of the first plurality of measurement sites in response to the first amount of illumination light provided to each of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer, the detected amount of light comprising a first amount of optical measurement data;
receiving the first amount of optical measurement data associated with the measurements of the first plurality of measurement sites on the semiconductor wafer;
determining a value of the at least one parameter of interest associated with each of the first plurality of measurement sites based on the first amount of measurement data and a signal response metrology (SRM) model, wherein the SRM model is an input-output model measurement model that directly relates the received optical measurement data to a value of the at least one parameter of interest; and
storing the value of the at least one parameter of interest in a memory.

US Pat. No. 10,190,871

PRECISION POSITIONING SYSTEM USING A WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LASER

Zygo Corporation, Middle...

1. A method for determining a characteristic of a test cavity, the method comprising:for each of a plurality of optical frequencies within a bandwidth of a tunable laser, measuring interference signals from the test cavity and a reference cavity having a known characteristic;
determining values for the plurality of optical frequencies from the measured interference signals of the reference cavity and the known characteristic of the reference cavity, and
determining the characteristic of the test cavity using the determined values of the plurality of optical frequencies,
wherein measuring the interference signals comprises sweeping through the plurality of optical frequencies within the bandwidth of the tunable laser as a function of time and measuring the interference signals for both the test cavity and the reference cavity for each of multiple, different times during the sweeping so that the measured signals for the test and reference cavities at each of the multiple, different times correspond to different ones of the plurality of optical frequencies within the bandwidth of the tunable laser.

US Pat. No. 10,190,863

METHOD FOR MEASURING THE THICKNESS OF A LAYER OF RUBBER-LIKE MATERIAL

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. A method for measuring a thickness of a layer of rubber-like material that includes a free face in contact with air and a face joined to an adjacent reinforcement made of elements electrically insulated from one another, each of the elements containing at least one hysteretic material having a magnetic permeability greater than a magnetic permeability of air, the method comprising steps of:causing a sensitive element, which emits an alternating magnetic field, to be moved towards the layer of rubber-like material;
measuring hysteretic losses in the adjacent reinforcement, the hysteretic losses being measured at terminals of the sensitive element; and
evaluating a thickness of the layer of rubber-like material based on the hysteretic losses.

US Pat. No. 10,190,862

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HIGH PRECISION CABLE LENGTH MEASUREMENT IN A COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Marvell World Trade Ltd.,...

1. A method for cable length measurement in a communication system, the method comprising:transmitting, at a transmitter, a plurality of data symbols at a first data rate via a wired data communication link;
in response to the transmitting, receiving, at a receiver, a reflection signal from the wired data communication link;
obtaining, at a signal sampler, a phase shift number of shifting sampling phases for sampling the received reflection signal;
sampling, at the sampler, the received reflection signal based on the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases to generate reflection samples, each reflection sample corresponding to a sampled value of the received reflection signal shifted by a sampling phase from the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases;
combining the reflection samples with different sampling phases to generate a phase shift number of reflection samples corresponding to a second data rate higher than the first data rate;
for each data symbol of the plurality of data symbols, generating a phase shift number of data symbols with different shifted phases corresponding to the phase shift number of shifting sampling phases, and
for each respective data symbol of the phase shift number of data symbols, subtracting the respective data symbol from a respective reflection sample of the phase shift number of reflection samples, respectively, to obtain a plurality of reflection response samples at the second data rate;
determining, at a cable length calculation unit, a delay parameter indicative of a transmission time for a signal to transmit from the transmitter to an end of the wired data communication link based on values of the plurality of reflection response samples of reflection response samples; and
generating, at the cable length calculation unit, an estimate of a length of the data communication link based at least in part on the determined delay parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,190,855

BULLET COLLECTING BOX CAPABLE OF STACKING AND INSTALLING, AND BULLET COLLECTING SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING OCCURRENCE OF LEAD FUME IN INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE USING THE BULLET COLLECTING BOX

1. A bullet collecting system comprising:a gun firing position which fires bullets from a gun using a bullet in an indoor shooting range;
a target which is spaced apart by a first distance from the gun firing position;
a bullet collecting unit which is located in a rear side of the target and which collects bullets that are fired by the gun and flying, an internal space of which is filled with rubber powder filling materials having a particle size of 0.1-3 mm;
air suction ducts which are installed in at least two places on a bottom surface of the indoor shooting range between the gun firing position and the bullet collecting unit and which suck gunpowder smokes and dusts including lead fume generated when firing bullets from the gun; and
an induction blower which is connected with the air suction ducts, and which can discharge gunpowder smokes and dusts, including the lead fume, outside the indoor shooting range by moving air within the air suction ducts,
wherein the bullet collecting unit includes:
a beaten zone structure frame which is fabricated so as to occupy a three dimensional space by combining metal material-made square pipes in a lattice shape, in which a first inclined installation pipes located on the front is installed to be inclined at an angle of 45-90° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a pipe protective pad for protecting square pipes without damage when the bullets collide with the square pipes, by wrapping the square pipes forming the beaten zone structure frame;
a second inclined installation pipe which is installed in a lower side of the first inclined installation pipes so as to be inclined at an angle of 20-80° with respect to the bottom surface of the indoor shooting range;
a fire protection plate which is installed to be inclined with respect to the bottom surface by mounting to the second inclined installation pipe;
a front rubber plate which covers the front portion of the beaten zone structure frame and which is supported by the first inclined installation pipes;
a bullet collecting space which is formed by a space between the front rubber plate and the fire protection plate; and
a rubber powder filling material filled in the bullet collecting space,
whereby the bullet collecting system prevents occurrence of lead fume in the indoor shooting range.

US Pat. No. 10,190,851

WINDAGE MECHANISM

1. A sight comprising:a frame having an opening formed therein;
a boss, wherein a portion of the boss is positioned within the opening and selectively held by the frame;
a knob rotatably attached to a first end of the boss;
a sight pin mount having a stem, the stem located within a bore formed in the boss;
a sight pin attached to the sight pin mount and engaged with the boss and the knob; and
wherein movement of the boss within the frame moves the sight pin laterally; and
wherein the knob is in threaded engagement with the stem such that when the knob is rotated in a first direction the sight pin moves in first lateral direction; and when the knob is rotated in a second direction the sight pin moves in second lateral direction.

US Pat. No. 10,190,850

SNIPER DASHBOARD

1. A sniper dashboard comprising:a support arm including a clamping member configured to be removably mounted to a rail interface system of a firearm, the support arm comprising a raised mounting surface having two v-shaped grooves formed thereon, the two v-shaped grooves being disposed orthogonally, and a threaded bore defined at an intersection of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting block comprising a v-shaped protrusion shaped to selectively fit within either of the two v-shaped grooves and an unthreaded bore defined by the mounting block such that the unthreaded bore aligns with the threaded bore of the support arm when the v-shaped protrusion fits within either of the two v-shaped grooves;
a mounting screw configured to threadedly engage the threaded bore;
a compression spring disposed about a shaft of the mounting screw and between a head of the mounting screw and the mounting block;
a display panel rotatably mounted to the support arm; and
an attachment mechanism for removably attaching a ballistics data card or calculator to the display panel,
wherein the compression spring maintains engagement of the v-shaped protrusion with one of the two v-shaped grooves and upon a rotating force being applied to the mounting block, the compression spring yields to allow rotation of the v-shaped protrusion between the other of the two v-shaped grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,190,847

RECOIL SPRING GUIDE MOUNTED TARGET MARKER

Crosman Corporation, Blo...

1. An electronic device for use with a firearm, comprising:a circuit board having a first end and a second end;
a laser module having an outer surface;
a lead joined between the first end of the circuit board and the laser module to position the outer surface of the laser module in a longitudinal relation to the second end; and,
a first portion of a firearm component having an exterior surface and an interior with a first opening shaped to receive the laser module outer surface and a second opening longitudinally separated from the first opening;
wherein the first opening and the interior of the first portion of the firearm component are configured to allow the second end of the circuit board to be inserted through the first opening into the interior with the interior being shaped to interact with the outer surface of the laser module to position the second end at a predetermined longitudinal relation with respect to the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,190,843

PROJECTILE MAGAZINE AND SIMULATED WEAPON HAVING SAME

1. A magazine for projectiles in a simulated weapon, the magazine comprising:a housing defining an internal chamber, the housing further including a gas inlet situated at an inlet portion of the internal chamber and an outlet situated at an outlet portion of the internal chamber, the internal chamber of the housing shaped to accommodate a series of projectiles; and
a restraining element positioned at the outlet portion of the internal chamber, the restraining element configured to restrain a leading projectile of the series of projectiles against pressure from pressurized gas applied to the gas inlet, the restraining element configured to release the leading projectile as pressure across the leading projectile rises;
a bypass passage for gas to flow past the leading projectile when the leading projectile is restrained by the restraining element.

US Pat. No. 10,190,840

FIREARM SUPPORT

1. A support for attachment to a firearm having a lower rail, the support comprising:a body member having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front, a rear, a first side, and a second side;
a pair of parallel rails extending across the top surface from the rear to the front to form a channel configured to receive and hold the lower rail;
a pair of first extensions extending from the front and terminating in a pair of forward-facing surfaces, wherein the pair of first extensions are symmetrical about a plane defined by a set of points equidistant from the first outer wall and the second outer wall;
a two-pronged claw extending from the bottom surface proximate the front, each prong of the claw terminating in a bottom edge, wherein the bottom edges and the forward-facing surfaces form a plane;
a second extension extending from the bottom surface proximate the rear and terminating in a rounded lip;
wherein the pair of first extensions and the two-pronged claw form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces, and
wherein the two-pronged claw and second extension form a substantially concave surface configured to receive curved surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,190,833

MECHANICALLY CONFORMABLE MICRO-HEAT EXCHANGERS AND METHODS FOR USE IN THERMAL MANAGEMENT OF TARGET COMPONENTS

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, for use in managing temperature of a subject component, comprising:a heat-transfer fluid including nanoparticles, the heat-transfer fluid being surface functionalized to, in operation, cool or heat a subject component in a predetermined manner;
a physically flexible substrate configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation; and
a physically flexible fluid tube being connected to the substrate and also configured to change shape easily by manual manipulation;
wherein:
the nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid have more particle dispersion, or are more isolated, than nanoparticles of the heat-transfer fluid if not surface functionalized;
the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger can be changed manually from an initial shape to a first shape to conform to a first-subject-component shape of the subject component;
the fluid tube comprises a fluid-tube opening and a fluid-tube exit, and a heat-transfer tube section positioned between the fluid-tube opening and the fluid-tube exit;
the fluid tube is configured to receive the heat-transfer fluid via the fluid-tube opening and channel the heat-transfer fluid, from the fluid-tube opening, through the heat-transfer tube section, and to the fluid-tube exit; and
the heat-transfer fluid is configured to cool or heat the subject component when, in operation of the mechanically conformable micro-heat exchanger, the heat-transfer fluid is channeled through the heat-transfer tube section.

US Pat. No. 10,190,830

THERMAL MODULE ASSEMBLING STRUCTURE

ASIA VITAL COMPONENTS CO....

1. A thermal module assembling structure comprising:a base seat formed with a channel and at least one hole, the channel being recessed and formed on one side of the base seat and having an inner lateral wall dislodged by the at least one hole towards a centerline of the channel, the inner lateral wall ending at the one side in at least one projecting claw section, and the inner lateral wall further having at least one protrusion section between the at least one projecting claw section and the at least one hole in the lateral direction of the channel, the at least one hole being recessed and formed on the one side of the base seat in adjacency to the channel and corresponding to the at least one protrusion section and the at least one projecting claw section formed on the lateral inner wall of the channel; and
a heat pipe, one end of the heat pipe being received in the channel, the heat pipe having at least one insertion recess dislodged by the at least one protrusion section and formed on an outer side of the one end of the heat pipe, the at least one protrusion section being integrally fitted and inserted in the at least one insertion recess such that one side of the one end of the heat pipe is received in and attached to the channel and such that an other side is flush with the one side of the base seat.

US Pat. No. 10,190,825

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING TEMPERATURE OF A METAL MELT IN AN ELECTRIC ARC FURNACE

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for determining a tapping time for a metal melt in an electric arc furnace (EAF), wherein at least one electrode is provided for melting the metal melt until it reaches a target tapping temperature, wherein the EAF further comprises a slag and smoke layer on a surface of the metal melt, wherein an electromagnetic stirrer is provided for stirring the metal melt, the method comprising:a) supplying a power to the electrode in order to melt a scrap to the metal melt,
b) stirring the metal melt in the EAF using the electromagnetic stirrer,
c) arranging a lance unit dedicatedly configured to include an inert gas,
d) blowing away the slag and smoke from the surface of the metal melt using the inert gas from the dedicatedly arranged lance unit,
e) non-contactingly measuring a temperature of the metal melt,
f) receiving the measured temperature,
g) calculating a temperature profile based on the measured temperature using a temperature control unit,
h) estimating a tapping temperature at a first time point based on the calculated temperature profile using the temperature control unit, and
i) determining the tapping time based on the estimated tapping temperature at the first time point, the target tapping temperature, and the power supplied to the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,190,819

ARGON CONDENSATION SYSTEM AND METHOD

PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY, INC.,...

1. A method of condensing argon reflux within an air separation unit having an argon column, a lower pressure column and a higher pressure column, said method comprising the steps of:extracting a crude argon feed stream from the lower pressure column;
distilling the crude argon feed stream in the argon column to produce an argon-rich vapor column overhead;
directing at least a portion of the argon-rich vapor column overhead to a plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
condensing the argon-rich vapor streams within condensation passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers such that argon-rich vapor streams composed of argon-rich vapor column overhead are condensed within condensation passages of the once-through heat exchangers to produce an argon-rich liquid product stream and argon-rich liquid reflux stream
returning the argon-rich liquid reflux stream to the argon column as reflux;
introducing one or more streams of crude liquid oxygen column bottoms from the higher pressure column into vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers to partially vaporize the crude liquid oxygen streams through indirect heat exchange with the argon-rich vapor streams to produce partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams
introducing the partially vaporized crude liquid oxygen streams into the lower pressure column;
sensing liquid flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams directed from the bottom of the higher pressure column to the vaporization passages of the plurality of once-through heat exchangers;
controlling the flow rates of the crude liquid oxygen streams to the plurality of once-through heat exchangers in response to the sensed liquid flow rates and the level of the crude liquid oxygen bottoms in the higher pressure column; and
controlling a feed stream flow rate of the crude argon feed stream in response to an air flow rate into the air separation unit and by controlling the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux by:
(i) decreasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is above a feed stream set point to thereby cause the argon-rich liquid reflux to back up into the condensation passages of the once-through heat exchanger causing an increase in pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column; and
(ii) increasing the reflux flow rate of the argon-rich liquid reflux stream when the feed stream flow rate is below a feed stream set point to thereby cause a decrease in the pressure of the argon-rich vapor stream and within the argon column.

US Pat. No. 10,190,813

REFRIGERATOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A refrigerator comprising:a cabinet including a refrigerating compartment and a freezing compartment provided at a lower section of the refrigerating compartment;
a refrigerating compartment door configured to selectively open or close the refrigerating compartment;
a freezing compartment door configured to selectively open or close the freezing compartment;
a partition wall provided between the refrigerating compartment and the freezing compartment;
an insulation material provided within the partition wall;
a compartment recessed from a top surface of the partition wall, wherein the compartment extends a predetermined length in a first direction, the first direction extending from a front of the refrigerator toward a rear of the refrigerator;
a compartment lid provided above the compartment and configured to selectively open or close the compartment;
a receiving portion formed in the insulation material;
a heater mounted on the receiving portion, wherein the heater extends a predetermined length in the first direction such that the heater is provided underneath a majority of the compartment;
a refrigerator temperature sensor detecting a temperature of the refrigerating compartment or the freezing compartment of the refrigerator; and
a control unit adjusting an operation factor or output of the heater on the basis of a temperature value detected by the refrigerator temperature sensor, wherein the insulation material includes:
a first insulation part provided between an upper portion of the heater and a bottom of the compartment; and
a second insulation part provided between a lower portion of the heater and a bottom of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 10,190,812

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF VEHICLE HEAT EXCHANGER FREEZING

Ford Global Technologies,...

14. A vehicle system, comprising:an evaporator including evaporator fins;
a compressor in fluidic communication with the evaporator;
a condenser in fluidic communication with the evaporator and the compressor;
grille shutters; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for:
adjusting a temperature threshold in response to a grille shutter position of the grille shutters,
in response to a temperature of the evaporator fins being within a predetermined temperature of the temperature threshold and a rate of change of the temperature of the evaporator fins exceeding a threshold rate of change, performing an action to reduce a possibility of evaporator fin freezing; and
adjusting the temperature threshold in response to ambient temperature, where the adjustment based on the grille shutter position is a larger adjustment than the adjustment in response to the ambient temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,190,811

POSITIVE AIR PRESSURE ICE MAKING AND DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A method for making ice in an ice maker having an ice producing subsystem and an ice storage device including a door, comprising:(a) receiving water from a water supply;
(b) creating ice, in the ice producing subsystem, using the received water;
(c) creating and maintaining, using a fan, a positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine, the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine being an environment having an air pressure greater than an air pressure of ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(d) activating the fan, when a measured air pressure within the ice producing subsystem is below a predetermined air pressure, to maintain the positive air pressure environment within the ice making machine;
(e) providing an air shield between the ice producing subsystem and the ice storage device, the air shield having an open position and a closed position, the air shield being biased to the closed position, the air shield being in the closed position when the air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is equal to the air pressure in the ice storage device;
(f) maintaining, when the air shield is in the closed position, a positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem, the positive air pressure environment within the ice producing subsystem being an environment having an air pressure greater than the air pressure of the ambient air outside the ice making machine;
(g) transferring the created ice from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device when the air shield is in the open position; and
(h) transitioning, when an air pressure in the ice producing subsystem is greater than an air pressure in the ice storage device is caused by the door of the ice storage device transitioning to an opened position, the air shield from the closed position to the open position to enable air flow from the ice producing subsystem to the ice storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,190,809

ACCUMULATOR

FUJIKOKI CORPORATION, To...

1. An accumulator comprising:a tank having an inflow port and an outflow port therein, the tank having a depth in an axial direction and being configured to store a liquid inside including liquid phase refrigerant and oil accumulated in the tank;
an outflow pipe arranged in the tank in alignment with the outflow port; and
lines of first protrusions formed to run spirally or straight in the axial direction around an outer peripheral surface of the outflow pipe within an axial range extensive along the outflow pipe within which a phase surface separating the liquid-phase refrigerant and the oil accumulated in the tank of the accumulator is located.

US Pat. No. 10,190,808

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM WITH PURGE AND ACID FILTER

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A centrifugal chiller system, comprising:a compressor;
a condenser;
an expansion device;
an evaporator;
the compressor, the condenser, the expansion device, and the evaporator are fluidly connected to form a refrigeration circuit;
a purge fluidly connected to the condenser to receive a chiller refrigerant flowing through the centrifugal chiller system from the condenser, the purge configured to remove one or more non-condensable gases from the chiller refrigerant, the chiller refrigerant being a low pressure refrigerant that operates at less than atmospheric pressure; and
an acid filter operatively connected to the purge, the acid filter configured to remove one or more acids from the chiller refrigerant,
wherein the acid filter is disposed within the purge, or is located fluidly between the condenser and the purge.

US Pat. No. 10,190,802

SOLAR HEATING APPARATUS

King Saud University, Ri...

1. A solar heating apparatus, comprising:at least one optical element;
a drive assembly configured for selectively moving the at least one optical element along multiple axes of rotation, the drive assembly having an elevation shaft and an azimuth rotation shaft;
a support frame positioned in communicating relation with the drive assembly, the support frame having:
a main shaft having a first extension member, a second extension member, an a pin extending between the first extension member and the second extension member;
a wheel positioned on the pin;
at least one branch holder rotatably attached to the main shaft, the at least one optical element being mounted on the at least one branch holder; and
at least one belt drive configured for rotating the at least one branch holder, the at least one belt drive being rotated by the elevation shaft; and
an azimuth motion circular plate, the main shaft of the support frame being mounted on the azimuth motion circular plate for rotation therewith;
an azimuth tracking motor driving rotation of the azimuth rotation shaft;
a rotation motion gear mounted on the azimuth rotation shaft;
a rotation motion worm gear driven by the rotation motion motor, the worm gear driving the rotation motion gear to rotate the azimuth rotation shaft; and
an attachment member having one end pivotally connected to the elevation shaft and an opposing end pivotally connected to the wheel.