US Pat. No. 10,688,736

COMPOSITE MATERIALS MOLDING METHOD, AND COMPOSITE MATERIALS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A method of molding a composite materials to be joined to a skin having a panel shape inclined at a first inclination angle with respect to an XZ plane from a Z-axis in a Y-direction in a three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate system, the method comprising:a shaping process of shaping a laminate having fiber sheets laminated over one another, by bending the laminate in an X-direction and the Y-direction such that a cross sectional shape of the laminate becomes the same along a Z-direction; and
a molding process of: mounting the laminate that has been shaped, onto a mold material having a change in shape from the Z-axis in the Y-direction; impregnating a resin material into the laminate while adjusting an amount of the resin material filled therein; and molding the composite materials that have not cured into a shape having a first inclined surface inclined at the first inclination angle with respect to the XZ plane from the Z-axis in the Y-direction, such that the composite materials that have cured have the panel shape of the skin, wherein
the mold material has a first inclination molding surface that molds the first inclined surface and serves as a joint surface to the skin, and a second inclination molding surface that molds a surface of the composite materials, the surface being opposite to the first inclined surface, into a second inclined surface having a second inclination angle smaller than the first inclination angle, and
the difference between the first inclination angle and the second inclination angle is substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 10,688,723

POWDER SPREADER HAVING AUTOMATIC POWDER RECOVERY

1. A paving apparatus for automatically recycling powder, configured to spread powder and recycle the powder in a three-dimensional (3D) printer, comprising:a paving unit including a platform, a shifter disposed on the platform, and a powder spreader assembled on the shifter and configured to pave the powder on the platform, wherein the platform includes a working hole configured to provide a laser emitter for processing a shaped object, and at least one recycling hole configured to recycle the powder;
a powder collecting unit disposed below the platform, wherein the powder collecting unit includes a body, a working tank disposed on the body and corresponding to the working hole for receiving the shaped object, and at least one recycling tank disposed on the body and corresponding to the at least one recycling hole; and
a moving unit including a base and a lifting mechanism, wherein the lifting mechanism is disposed on the base and configured to drive the body to lift or lower, so that the powder collecting unit and the platform are assembled or separated.

US Pat. No. 10,688,715

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF AN OBJECT

Stratasys Ltd., Rehovot ...

1. A method of additive manufacturing of a three-dimensional object, the method comprising:dispensing by inkjet technology at least one type of non-hardened building material in a configured pattern to form a non-hardened layer of the object;
hardening said at least one non-hardened building material by curing, thereby forming a hardened layer of the object; and
repeating said dispensing and said hardening at least once to sequentially form a plurality of layers;
wherein for at least one layer of said plurality of layers, said curing is initiated at least t seconds after commencement of curing of a layer immediately preceding said at least one layer, wherein said t is longer than an overall time required for a formation of said layer, inclusive of both said dispensing and said curing of said at least one layer of said layers, wherein for any layer of said at least one layer, there is a delay between a time at which said layer is dispensed and a time at which said curing of said layer begins, during which no radiation is applied to said at least one layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,706

HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE FORMING DIE

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A honeycomb structure forming die comprising:a first die which is disposed on an upstream side in an extruding direction of a kneaded material of a forming raw material and in which a central region on the side of a kneaded material discharging surface has a convex region projecting toward a downstream side in the extruding direction; and
a ring-shaped second die which is disposed on the downstream side of the first die and which possesses a shape complementary to the convex region,
wherein in the central region of the first die, first kneaded material introducing holes and latticed first slits communicating with the first kneaded material introducing holes are formed,
in a circumferential region surrounding the central region of the first die, the first kneaded material introducing holes are formed to pass through the circumferential region of the first die, and
in the ring-shaped second die, there are formed second kneaded material introducing holes into which the kneaded material discharged from the first kneaded material introducing holes formed in the circumferential region of the first die is introduced, and latticed second slits communicating with the second kneaded material introducing holes,
the honeycomb structure forming die having a clearance region to extrude the kneaded material into a ring shape, between an outer peripheral surface of the convex region of the first die and an inner peripheral surface of the ring-shaped second die,
the honeycomb structure forming die further comprising a reticulated member interposed between the first die and the second die, wherein the reticulated member has a cavity region corresponding to the convex region of the first die,
wherein movement of the kneaded material is performed between the first kneaded material introducing hole and the second kneaded material introducing hole through meshes of the reticulated member.

US Pat. No. 10,688,704

MOLD CLAMPING DEVICE AND METHOD

The Japan Steel Works, Lt...

1. A mold clamping device that moves, with an actuator, at least a second platen among first, second, and third platens provided on a base via a tie bar, and closes and opens first and second molds provided on the second and third platens, respectively, the mold clamping device comprising:servo motor(s) for the molds provided in at least one or both of the respective molds; and
digital mold opening/closing position detection means provided on the base and detecting a mold position of the second platen, wherein
one or both of the servo motors for the first and second molds are configured to be driven in synchronization with a digital mold opening/closing position signal from the digital mold opening/closing position detection means.

US Pat. No. 10,688,702

OPTICAL ASSEMBLY FABRICATED WITH LIQUID OPTICAL MATERIAL

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method of fabricating an optical assembly, the method comprising:positioning an optical structure between a first portion of a mold tool and a second portion of the mold tool;
providing a transparent liquid optical material into a first cavity of the mold tool and into a second cavity of the mold tool while the optical structure is positioned between the first portion of the mold tool and the second portion of the mold tool, wherein the first cavity is defined by the first portion of the mold tool and the second cavity is defined by the second portion of the mold tool; and
curing the transparent liquid optical material to form the optical assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,694

AUTOMATED FABRICATION OF LAYER-BY-LAYER TISSUE ENGINEERED COMPLEX TUBES

UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES,...

1. A method for producing a multilayered construct comprising the steps of:(a) dipping a template into a pre-polymerized solution comprising gelatin, a photo-initiator and alginate or salts or derivatives thereof, wherein the gelatin is chemically functionalized to be reactive to polymerization or cross-linking in the presence of free radicals, and wherein the amount of gelatin in the pre-polymerized solution is in the range of 1-20% w/v;
(b) exposing the pre-polymerized solution attached to the template to a wavelength of light, thereby stimulating the photo-initiator and causing the gelatin to polymerize or cross-link; and
(c) depositing a polymer fiber layer on the template at an equal or opposite angle to a naturally occurring fiber angle, wherein the template is rotated and moved up and down while depositing the polymer fiber layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,693

REINFORCED THERMOPLASTIC PRODUCTS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Johns Manville, Denver, ...

1. A reinforced thermoplastic product comprising:a cylindrical shaped main body formed via centrifugal casting a reactive thermoplastic resin within a mold, the cylindrical shaped main body having a hollow interior and a wall that is formed via polymerization of the reactive thermoplastic resin, the wall having an inner diameter and an outer diameter that define a wall thickness measured radially between the inner and outer diameter; and
a pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet positioned within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body, the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet extending at least partially along an axial length of the cylindrical shaped main body and extending circumferentially around the cylindrical shaped main body so as to form a reinforcing layer within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body, the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet including:
a plurality of fiber bundles that are oriented along a first direction and a second direction, the second direction having an angled orientation relative to the first direction; and
a polymerized thermoplastic material that is saturated within the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet such that the polymerized thermoplastic material fully impregnates each fiber bundle of the plurality of fiber bundles;
wherein the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet is positioned within the wall of the cylindrical shaped main body so that a gap exists between opposing axial ends of the pre-impregnated fabric reinforcing sheet and opposing axial ends of the cylindrical shaped main body.

US Pat. No. 10,688,683

METHOD OF REINFORCED CEMENTITIOUS CONSTRUCTION BY HIGH SPEED EXTRUSION PRINTING AND APPARATUS FOR USING SAME

Armatron Systems, LLC, S...

1. A full architectural-scale, slip-form molding apparatus, comprising:a slip-form printing reinforced concrete construction system comprising:
a cementitious material pump nozzle that dispenses cementitious material;
an external reinforcing containment sleeve;
wherein the containment sleeve is a flexible sheet of material;
a brick mold coupled to the pump nozzle that moves with the pump nozzle, wherein the brick mold is configured for receiving the cementitious material from the pump nozzle to extrude a slip-form printed brick having a slip-form printed brick shape;
wherein the external reinforcing containment sleeve is configured around the extruded slip-form printed brick;
wherein the external reinforcing containment sleeve moves through the brick mold as the cementitious material is dispensed from the pump nozzle into the brick mold to extrude an external containment sleeve reinforced slip-form printed brick.

US Pat. No. 10,688,679

DRIVING MODULE WITH IMPROVED MAGAZINE

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A fastener driving module comprising:a driving apparatus including a driving drive having a driving punch displaceable in a driving direction to respectively exert a driving forces on each of a plurality of fasteners received from one of two fastener belt rolls, each fastener belt roll including a plurality of fasteners interconnected by a connection mechanism to form a fastener belt that is rolled up to form the fastener belt roll;
a mounting portion configured to mount the driving apparatus to a workpiece bridge; and
a magazine connectable to the driving apparatus, the magazine including first and second fastener belt roll holders that are each configured to hold one of the two fastener belt rolls, the magazine having an exit portion through which the fastener belts can sequentially move out of the magazine, wherein the first and second fastener belt roll holders are each positionable to a dispensing position at which fasteners from the fastener belt roll held by that fastener belt roll holder are dispensable to the driving apparatus, wherein the first fastener belt roll holder is positionable in a first reserve position while the second fastener belt roll holder is positioned in the dispensing position, and wherein the second fastener belt roll holder is positionable in a second different reserve position while the first belt roll holder is positioned in the dispensing position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,676

CUTTING CHANNEL GUIDE

1. A cutting assist device, comprising:at least a first cutting board, the first cutting board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side;
a cutting channel open to the first side of the first cutting board, the cutting channel configured to allow a portion of a cutting device to be accommodated in the channel while a material placed on the first side is cut by the cutting device;
wherein the first cutting board includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end and wherein there is at least one receiving hole formed at the second end; and
further comprising a second cutting board, the second cutting board including at least one pin protruding from an end of the second cutting board, the at least one pin configured to engage the at least one receiving hole to attach the second cutting board to the first cutting board.

US Pat. No. 10,688,671

TWO WHEELED ROBOT WITH ENHANCED CLIMBING FEATURES

ReconRobotics, Inc., Edi...

1. A surveillance robot comprising:a pair of axially aligned tires, the tires having a maximum radius;
a housing extending between the wheels, the housing having a radius that is less than the maximum radius of the wheels and containing a transmitter, a receiver, a power supply, a drive system including at least one drive motor connecting to the wheels, the wheels rotatable in a forward direction by the at least one drive motor, thereby moving the surveillance robot in a forward direction, and a video camera connected to the transmitter;
a tail extending rearwardly from a central position on the housing;
wherein each of the tires has a main portion having a radius of approximately 1.0 inches to approximately 2.0 inches, the main portion having a circular outer periphery with a plurality of elastomeric paddles fixed onto and spaced circumferentially on the circular outer periphery and extending radially outward therefrom, each paddle having an arcuate shape that curves toward the forward direction of rotation, each of the paddles extending a radial distance of approximately 1.0 inch to approximately 2.0 inches from the circular outer periphery, and wherein the ratio of the radial length of each paddle to the radius of the tire is between approximately 1:1 and approximately 1:4.

US Pat. No. 10,688,663

AUTOMATION OF AIRFOIL PRESSURE TAPS FOR TESTING HOLES OF AN AIRFOIL

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. An air flow pressure tap system comprises:a rotatable plate having a first side and a second side, each of the first side and the second side comprising a mounting plate configured to anchor an airfoil for pressure tapping;
a robotic station comprising:
a robotic arm configured to execute an airflow inspection of an aircraft part, the robotic arm comprising:
a base portion anchoring the robotic arm to the robotic station; and
a translatable portion extending from and movable with respect to the base portion;
a vision system mounted on the translatable portion of robotic arm, the vision system configured to sense a pattern of holes in the airfoil; and
a pressure tapper mounted on the translatable portion of the robotic arm and configured to test individual holes in the pattern of holes in the airfoil;
an operator station accessible to a human operator, wherein the rotatable plate is secured such that rotation of the rotatable plate moves the mounting plates between the robotic station and the operator station;
a valve system located proximate the rotatable plate, the valve system configured to provide air flow to the rotatable plate;
an airflow system configured to provide air flow to the valve system; and
a controller in communication with the operator station, the robotic station, the mounting plate, the airflow system, and the valve system, the controller comprising one or more processors and computer-readable memory encoded with instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the controller to:
detect the pattern of holes in the airfoil with the vision system; and
find a first hole in the pattern of holes to pressure tap by comparing the pattern of holes to a pre-loaded program associated with the airfoil.

US Pat. No. 10,688,662

ROBOT NAVIGATION IN CONTEXT OF OBSTACLE TRAFFIC INCLUDING MOVEMENT OF GROUPS

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A system for improving navigation of robots in a space with a plurality of moving or movable obstacles, comprising:a traffic analysis unit including a traffic sensor sensing movement of obstacles in the space, wherein the traffic analysis unit further includes a processor running a flow module that processes output from the traffic sensor to generate traffic analysis results including density values for the obstacles in the space and motion information for the obstacles in the space; and
in the space, a robot comprising a controller communicating with the traffic analysis unit to receive the traffic analysis results and running a navigation module to select a navigation route between a current location of the robot and a target location in the space based on the traffic analysis results,
wherein the space is configured such that the obstacles have unregulated flow patterns in at least one area of the space and the navigation route passes through the at least one area of the space between the current and target locations,
wherein the robot comprises a mobile robot or driverless vehicle in wireless communications with the traffic analysis assembly to periodically receive the traffic analysis results,
wherein the navigation module selects the navigation route from a set of two or more potential routes by processing the traffic analysis results in conjunction with a set of navigation constraints,
wherein the motion information comprises direction and speed of individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles, and
wherein the set of navigation constraints include the robot traveling in a direction matching the direction of the individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles or include the navigation module not selecting any of the potential routes as the navigation route that are in a direction for the robot that is opposite the direction of the individual ones of the obstacles or of groups of the obstacles.

US Pat. No. 10,688,659

ROBOT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A controller controlling a robot including a base, a first arm that is coupled to the base and is rotated around a first rotation axis, a second arm that is rotated around a second rotation axis in a direction different from the first rotation axis, a first inertia sensor that is installed at the first arm, a first drive source that rotates the first arm through a first angular velocity command, and a first angle sensor that detects a rotation angle of the first drive source, comprising:a processor that is configured to feed back a first correction component, which is derived from a first angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis obtained from the first inertia sensor and a second angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis obtained from the first angle sensor, and controls the first drive source,
wherein the first angular velocity is ?A1, which is an angular velocity of the first arm around the first rotation axis,
the second angular velocity is ?A1m, which is obtained by dividing an angular velocity ?m1 of the first drive source that is calculated on the basis of a frequency of a pulse signal input from the first angle sensor by a reduction ratio between a motor of the first drive source and the first arm, and
the first correction component is obtained by taking a difference ?A1s between ?A1 and ?A1m, and multiplying the difference ?A1s by a gain Ka that is a predetermined factor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,656

DEVICES WITH LOW MELTING POINT ALLOY FOR CONTROL OF DEVICE FLEXIBILITY

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A continuum device/manipulator comprising:a first flexible tube;
a second flexible tube disposed within an inner opening of the first flexible tube;
a low melting point (LMP) alloy disposed between the first flexible tube and the second flexible tube; and
a temperature adjustment element comprising a helical spring, the temperature adjustment element being configured to apply heating to temperatures above a melting point of the LMP alloy or cooling to temperatures below the melting point of the LMP alloy to change a phase of the LMP alloy, wherein changing the phase of the LMP alloy controls a flexibility of the continuum device/manipulator by changing the LMP alloy between a liquid state and a solid state, the helical spring being coiled around the second flexible tube;
a plurality of wires comprising at least three wires and electrically connected to the helical spring to form electrically controllable segments between electrical connections of the plurality of wires to the helical spring, each wire of the plurality of wires being electrically connected to the helical spring at a different location on the helical spring; and
a controller configured to control a temperature of the temperature adjustment element at each segment by selectively energizing the wires of the plurality of wires;
wherein the helical spring, the plurality of wires, and the electrical connections between the plurality of wires are disposed between the first flexible tube and the second flexible tube and are embedded within and surrounded by the LMP alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,688,654

EXOSKELETON DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING ANTI-RADIATION PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

SOUTHEAST UNIVERSITY, Na...

1. An exoskeleton device for supporting anti-radiation protective clothing, comprising:a shoulder mechanism worn on a shoulder, wherein the shoulder mechanism comprises a pair of back support rods, a fixed transverse rod and a guide member arranged between the back support rods, and a pair of flexible straps fixed to the back support rods, wherein the guide member is located below the fixed transverse rod, left and right ends of the fixed transverse rod are respectively fixed to the back support rods at left and right sides, and left and right ends of the guide member are respectively slidably sleeved on the back support rods at left and right sides;
a waist mechanism worn on a waist, wherein the waist mechanism comprises waist support rods, a flexible waist strap installed on the waist support rods, and two straight cylindrical tension springs with a first of a first straight cylindrical tension spring being fixed to a left or a right side of the waist support rods and a first end of a second straight cylindrical tension spring being fixed to an opposite side, wherein the back support rods are respectively fixed to front ends of the waist support rods through two middle-convex drum-shaped springs, the guide member is fixed to front ends of the waist support rods through two first spherical hinges, the two first spherical hinges are disposed vertically and located between the two middle-convex drum-shaped springs and second ends of the straight cylindrical tension springs are respectively connected to an upper end of one of the two first spherical hinges located above the straight cylindrical tension springs through a steel rope; and
a leg mechanism worn on a leg, wherein the leg mechanism comprises straight thigh support rods and automatic switching devices, the straight thigh support rods are arranged at upper ends of the automatic switching devices and the automatic switching devices are arranged between the straight thigh support rods and straight calf support rods, the leg mechanism further comprises fasteners arranged on upper ends of the automatic switching devices, joint bearings arranged on the lower ends of the fasteners, bearing supports arranged at lower ends of the joint bearings, sliding members arranged at lower ends of the bearing supports, sliding bearings arranged in the sliding members, upper hinges and lower hinges respectively hingedly connected to the fasteners and the sliding members compression springs arranged between the upper hinges and the lower hinges and spring compression rods passing through the upper hinges, the compression springs, and the lower hinges in sequence, lower ends of the straight thigh support rods and upper ends of the joint bearings are fixedly connected through upper thread rods, the upper thread rods penetrate through holes in the fasteners, lower ends of the joint bearings are rotatably installed on the bearing supports, rod caps are arranged at upper ends of the spring compression rods and nuts are installed on lower ends of the spring compression rods, the upper hinges and the lower hinges are limited between the rod caps and the nuts of the spring compression rods; for the straight calf support rods arranged at the lower ends of the bearing supports, the straight calf support rods pass through insides of the sliding bearings, upper ends of the straight calf support rods are fixed in countersunk through holes of bases of the bearing supports by lower thread rods; straight sliding support rods are arranged inside the straight calf support rods and slide up and down in the straight calf support rods, two corresponding installation holes are respectively formed in upper ends of the straight sliding support rods and upper ends of the sliding member, upper pin shafts and lower pin shafts are inserted into the two installation holes to fix the straight sliding support rods and the sliding member, and the sliding bearings are limited between the upper pin shafts and the lower pin shafts; sliding slots are formed in sides of the straight calf support rods, the upper pin shafts and the lower pin shafts penetrate the installation holes of the sliding members, the sliding slots and the straight sliding support rods in sequence, and slide up and down in the sliding slots.

US Pat. No. 10,688,643

STAPLE INSERTION DEVICE

Source All Media, Inc, C...

1. A staple insertion device comprising:a staple drive chamber formed between a backing plate and a jam plate;
a staple reservoir extending from the backing plate of the staple drive chamber to a staple reservoir terminal plate, the staple reservoir being configured to receive and hold a plurality of staples;
a staple feed mechanism operatively connected to the staple reservoir and configured to feed the plurality of staples from the staple reservoir into the staple drive chamber through the backing plate; and
a staple drive member vertically oriented with respect to the staple drive chamber and configured to advance downwardly through the staple drive chamber such that, when a staple is positioned in the staple drive chamber, the staple drive member drives the staple downwardly out of the staple drive chamber,
wherein the jam plate is removably attached to the backing plate, thereby allowing the jam plate to be removed from the backing plate to remove jammed staples from the staple drive chamber, and wherein the staple reservoir comprises a pair of vertically spaced-apart rails extending from the terminal plate to the backing plate and a pair of horizontally spaced-apart rails extending from the terminal plate to the backing plate, the staple feed mechanism rides along the pair of vertically spaced-apart rails, and the pair of horizontally spaced-apart rails are configured to receive the plurality of staples by inserting the plurality of staples over an uppermost of the pair of vertically spaced-apart rails and between the horizontally spaced-apart rails.

US Pat. No. 10,688,636

DEVICE FOR UNFASTENING PIPE FASTENERS

1. A device for unfastening fasteners, comprising:an operation device, a cable unit and a working unit, the cable unit connected between the operation device and the working unit, the operation device having a first part, a second part and a pivot, the first and second parts being pivotably connected to each other at two respective middle portions thereof by the pivot, the first part including a first handle and a first extension respectively formed on two ends thereof, the second part including a second handle and a second extension respectively formed on two ends thereof, the first extension including a first hole, the second extension having a second hole;
the cable unit having a cable and a sheath through which the cable extends, a first end of the cable extending beyond a first end of the sheath and connected to the operation device, a second end of the cable extending beyond a second end of the sheath and connected to the working unit, the first end of the cable extending through the second hole and the first hole and connected to an end piece which contacts against the first extension, the first end of the sheath is connected with an insertion which includes a first segment and a second segment which is axially connected to the first segment, the first segment contacting the second extension, the second segment extending through the second hole and secured by a positioning member;
wherein, the first extension includes a first slot which communicates with the first hole, the second extension includes a second slot which communicates with the second hole, the cable passes through the first hole via the first slot, the cable passes through the second hole via the second slot, a width of the second slot is smaller than an outer diameter of the second segment, the operation device includes a stop member which is mounted to the first extension to stop the cable from disengaging from the first hole via the first slot; and
wherein the stop member includes a first side portion, a second side portion and a first connection portion, a room is defined in the stop member and receives a portion of the first extension, the first side portion faces the second side portion, the first connection portion is connected between the first and second side portions, the first side portion includes a first notch and a first recess defined in an inside thereof, the second side portion includes a second notch and a second recess defined in an inside thereof, the first notch is located corresponding to the second notch, the first recess is located corresponding to the second recess, the first and second notches communicate with a front side of the room, the first and second recesses communicate with a rear side of the room, the cable enters into the room via the first and second notches, the end piece enters into the first and second recesses and contacts against the first extension, a first transverse portion extends laterally from the first side portion and includes a first engaging portion on a distal end thereof which extends toward and contacts outside of the second side portion so as to connect the first and second side portions.

US Pat. No. 10,688,635

TORQUE WRENCH

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A torque wrench comprising:a head configured to rotate a fastener about a rotational axis;
a handle operable to rotate the head about the rotational axis;
a primary beam that couples the head and the handle for co-rotation about the rotational axis, the primary beam including a first end adjacent the head and a second end adjacent the handle;
a secondary beam coupled to the head for rotation with the head about the rotational axis and the secondary beam movable relative to the primary beam and the handle; and
a torque adjustment mechanism comprising a rack gear and operable to move the primary beam relative to the secondary beam to adjust a torque setting, the torque adjustment mechanism including a thumb adjustment wheel that a user rotates about a first axis to adjust the torque setting by moving the second end of the primary beam relative to the handle along a second axis that is offset from the first axis; and
a torque setting indicator that displays the torque setting to a user, wherein the rack gear linearly moves the torque setting indicator in response to rotation of the thumb adjustment wheel about the first axis and rotation of the thumb adjustment wheel about the first axis rotates the gear to move the primary beam along the second axis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,634

GEARLESS SPRING WASHER HIGH TORQUE DEVICE

ECA Medical Instruments, ...

1. A disposable torque limiting device comprising:a generally hollow cylindrical body with a partially closed distal end;
an upper shank formed inside the partially closed distal end of the cylindrical body; a circumferential rim formed on the inside of the partially closed dial end;
an upper torque-limiting interface formed on the inside of the partially closed distal end having a axial bore;
a lower shank component comprising a proximal end, a distal end, a drive shaft extending from the distal end a drive socket connecting the proximal end and the distal end, and a lower torque-limiting interface disposed on the proximal end;
wherein the lower shank component is rotatable within the cylindrical body and the upper shank component and the lower shank component are aligned along an axis in the direction of the axial bore, the lower shank component is rotatable with in the cylindrical body and the drive socket with the first torque-limiting interface in contact with the second torque-limiting interface;
a Multiple Belleville Washer Assembly “MBWA” is placed above the lower shank on at least partially around a tool shaft configured to apply compressive force along the axis to compress the first torque-limiting interface against the second torque-limiting interface;
a tool collar with a flange extending radially, a front on one side of the flange, a square leg formed on the opposite of the flange and a shaped channel there through rotatably fit into the circumferential rim;
the tool shaft has a threaded back portion and a front end having a tool channel therein;
catches formed on the tool shaft configured to mate with the shaped channel whereby the tool shaft can be inserted through the tool collar and restrict rotation within the shaped channel;
a threaded retaining member configure to engage the threaded back portion;
wherein the tool shaft and threaded retaining member cooperate to apply a predetermined force to the lower and upper shanks via affixation of the tool shaft through the tool collar, the axial bore, the drive socket and the MBWA and affixing the retaining member thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,688,630

RATCHET, RATCHET ACCESSORY, AND KIT INCLUDING THE SAME

Milwaukee Electric Tool C...

1. A socket accessory comprising:a first portion comprising a first end and a first aperture located at the first end, the first aperture configured to receive a tool head;
a second portion comprising a second end and a second aperture located at the second end, the second aperture configured to receive and to engage a workpiece;
a longitudinal axis extending from the first end to the second end;
a wall portion located between and transitioning from the second portion to the first portion;
a tipping point disposed between the first portion and the second portion; and
a center of mass defined at a location closer to the first end than the second end such that, when the tool accessory is rested on a surface with the longitudinal axis oriented in a horizontal direction, the center of mass causes the socket accessory to tip at the tipping point and to rest on a portion of the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,616

CUTTING APPARATUS

DISCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A cutting apparatus comprising:a chuck table configured to hold a workpiece;
cutting means having a cutting blade for cutting said workpiece held on said chuck table;
cutting water supplying means for supplying a cutting water to said cutting blade;
an elastic wave detecting sensor provided in said cutting means for detecting an elastic wave due to the rotation of said cutting blade;
and control means for identifying abnormal processing of the cutting means, said control means comprising a processor and memory;
said control means including:
a reference data storing section configured to store reference data as a set of reference processing elastic wave data detected in previous processing of one or more prior workpieces under predetermined processing conditions and reference idling elastic wave data detected in previous processing in the condition where said cutting blade is idling without cutting said one or more prior workpieces and supplying said cutting water before processing,
a threshold value storing section configured to store a threshold value set on the basis of an average value in a predetermined frequency band of said reference processing elastic wave data,
an idling elastic wave data storing section configured to store idling elastic wave data detected in the predetermined frequency band in the condition where said cutting blade is idling without cutting said workpiece and supplying said cutting water for a period of time and to store the period of time of detection,
a ratio calculating section configured to calculate a first ratio of an average value of said idling elastic wave data at the period of time in the predetermined frequency band to an average value of said reference idling elastic wave data in the predetermined frequency band,
and a determining section configured to divide an average value of processing elastic wave data detected during processing of said workpiece in the predetermined frequency band by said first ratio to thereby obtain a corrected processing elastic wave data value and then determine that the processing is abnormal when said corrected processing elastic wave data value is greater than said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,688,615

TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A temperature control system, adapted to a machine tool, the temperature control system comprising:a cooling circulation, comprising;
a pump, driven by a variable frequency motor so as to drive a liquid coolant to flow in the cooling circulation and to flow through a spindle of the machine tool;
a cooler, serially connected to the pump to cool the liquid coolant; and
a solenoid valve, connected to an inlet and an outlet of the cooler, wherein when the solenoid valve is turned on, the liquid coolant flowing through the spindle does not flow back to the cooler; when the solenoid valve is turned off, the liquid coolant is only pumped through the pump and the cooler; and
a controller, electrically connected to the variable frequency motor, the cooler, and the solenoid valve, the controller adapted to be connected to the machine tool to detect a spindle load, a spindle speed, a spindle temperature and a body temperature of the machine tool in order to control the variable frequency motor, the cooler and the solenoid valve.

US Pat. No. 10,688,613

DUST COLLECTOR AND WORK TOOL PROVIDED WITH DUST COLLECTOR

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A power tool and a dust collector for collecting dust generated during an operation performed by the power tool on a workpiece, the dust collector being removably attached to the power tool, wherein:the power tool comprises (a) a tool body (1) having a front end region to which a tool accessory having a longitudinal axis is coupled and (2) housing a motor and a driving mechanism that translates output from the motor to the tool accessory for the tool accessory to perform the operation and (b) a handle that is connected to a rear end region of the tool body distant from the front end region and does not house the motor and the driving mechanism,
the dust collector comprises a dust collecting part having an opening for collecting dust and a body that is connected to the dust collecting part and the handle of the power tool,
the dust collector is attached to the power tool by connecting the body directly to the handle,
the body has a handle connection part that is directly connected to the handle, a dust collector motor and a fan that is rotated by the dust collector motor,
the body is configured to collect dust through the opening of the dust collecting part by utilizing an air flow generated by rotation of the fan, and
the dust collector, when attached to the power tool, is supplied with power from the handle via the handle connection part, so that the dust collector motor is driven.

US Pat. No. 10,688,611

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND PROCESSING A VARIETY OF PART SHAPES USING ROBOTIC TENDING

VersaBuilt, Inc., Boise,...

1. A part gripping device to retain a workpiece for processing it in a workstation located in a CNC machine and for repositioning it with a robotic tender, the workpiece defining longitudinal workpiece axis and including first and second workpiece sides, the first and second workpiece sides forming opposing ends of the workpiece and having corresponding first and second workpiece surface portions that are perpendicular to the longitudinal workpiece axis, the part gripping device comprising:a first side inducing a first mechanical coupling for an end of arm tool of the robotic tender configured to engage and release (i) in one instance, the part gripping device and (ii) in another instance, the workpiece with the part gripping device at a location away from the workstation located in the CNC machine;
a second side, different from the first side, including a second mechanical coupling for an actuatable workstation fastener that is operatively coupled to the CNC machine and is configured to restrain the part gripping device at the workstation; and
a third side, perpendicular to the first side and different from the second side, defining a part gripping surface by which to confront and engage the first workpiece side and thereby unobstructedly present the second workpiece side for processing the second workpiece side in the workstation located in the CNC machine.

US Pat. No. 10,688,605

FIXING DEVICE FOR POSITION-ADJUSTING JIG

Jiyounglinsystem Co., Ltd...

1. A fixing device for a position-adjusting jig, the fixing device comprising:a driving cylinder which includes a piston having a predetermined stroke;
a jig-position-fixing unit which is coupled to the piston of the driving cylinder;
a guide block which fixes and assists the jig-position-fixing unit operated by the stroke of the piston of the driving cylinder; and
a position-fixing bracket which is coupled to a position-adjustable jig so that the corresponding position-adjustable jig is fixed by the jig-position-fixing unit,
wherein the jig-position-fixing unit further includes:
first and second stoppers which come into contact with a partial surface of the position-fixing bracket;
a first spring which is coupled to the first stopper;
a second spring which is coupled to the second stopper; and
a power transmission member into which the first and second stoppers are inserted and which is coupled to the piston of the driving cylinder and transmits power of the driving cylinder to the first and second stoppers, and
the first and second stoppers are operated by the stroke of the piston of the driving cylinder and come into contact with an outer circumferential surface of the position-fixing bracket, such that the position-adjustable jig to which the position-fixing bracket is coupled is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,688,604

PLATFORM BASE AND STAND ADJUSTING DEVICE USED IN COMBINATION WITH A WELDERS SHIELD ENCLOSURE AND WELDER'S GUN AND/OR TORCH

1. A combination of a protective welding shield with a welding tool and an adjusting device for calibrating, adjusting and/or presetting a position of a welding tip of the welding tool relative to the protective welding shield,the protective welding shield having a central longitudinal axis and comprising:
a hollow welding shield body having an outer wall defining a welding enclosure for housing the welding tip of the welding tool, the outer wall having a bottom edge defining an open bottom of the protective welding shield;
a weld viewer mounted to the hollow welding shield body, the weld viewer including at least one welding filter plate; and
a fastening device for adjustably securing the welding tool to the hollow welding shield body;
the adjusting device including a platform base having a central longitudinal axis and comprising:
a floor member;
a wall member extending outwardly from and surrounding the floor member; and
a sub-floor slot formed in the floor member and extending coaxially with the central longitudinal axis of the platform base;
the sub-floor slot having a planar sub-floor surface spaced inwardly from a planar floor surface of the floor member in the direction orthogonal to the floor surface;
the outer wall of the protective welding shield configured to be mounted to the floor member of the platform base so that the bottom edge of the hollow welding shield body is disposed within the wall member of the platform base and the welding tip of the welding tool faces the sub-floor slot of the platform base.

US Pat. No. 10,688,598

PORTABLE LASER ENGRAVING/CUTTING APPARATUS

MUHERZ LIMITED, New Taip...

1. A portable laser engraving/cutting apparatus for engraving or cutting a pattern on a working surface of a workpiece, said portable laser engraving/cutting apparatus comprising:a casing, comprising a front panel having a window and an inner wall;
a controlling circuit, being fixed in the casing and being for receiving an information associated with the pattern;
a working laser source, being fixed on the inner wall of the front panel and electrically connected to the controlling circuit, the working laser source being controlled by the controlling circuit to emit a laser beam;
a first axis galvanometric unit, being fixed on the inner wall of the front panel and electrically connected to the controlling circuit, the first axis galvanometric unit comprising a first reflector;
a lens unit, being fixed on the inner wall of the front panel and electrically connected to the controlling circuit, the lens unit being capable of moving with respect to the working laser source or moving together with the working laser source with respect to the first axis galvanometric unit; and
a second axis galvanometric unit, being fixed on the inner wall of the front panel and electrically connected to the controlling circuit, the second axis galvanometric unit comprising a second reflector;
wherein the controlling circuit adjusts, according to the information associated with the pattern, a distance of the lens unit with respect to the working laser source or the first axis galvanometric unit, adjust a first target rotation angle of the first reflector and a second target rotation angle of the second reflector to control a position and an energy of the laser beam passing through the window and onto the working surface.

US Pat. No. 10,688,595

LASER WELDING OVERLAPPING METAL WORKPIECES

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of remote laser welding a workpiece stack-up that includes at least two overlapping steel workpieces, the method comprising:providing a workpiece stack-up that includes two or three overlapping steel workpieces, the workpiece stack-up comprising a first steel workpiece that provides a top surface of the stack-up and a second steel workpiece that provides a bottom surface of the stack-up, wherein every faying interface in the workpiece stack-up between the top and bottom surfaces provided by the first and second steel workpieces is a zero-gap interface, and wherein at least one of the two or three steel workpieces in the workpiece stack-up is a zinc-coated steel workpiece;
directing a laser beam at the top surface of the workpiece stack-up to form a keyhole that extends into the workpiece stack-up from the top surface of the workpiece stack-up, the keyhole being surrounded by a molten steel weld pool; and
conveying the laser beam relative to the top surface of the workpiece stack-up along a predefined weld pattern that includes one or more nonlinear inner weld paths and an enclosed outer peripheral weld path that surrounds the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths, the keyhole fully penetrating the workpiece stack-up when being conveyed along the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths and partially-penetrating the workpiece stack-up when being conveyed along the enclosed outer peripheral weld path, the conveyance of the laser beam and the keyhole along the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths leaving behind a trail of re-solidified workpiece material along each of the one or more nonlinear inner weld paths that fusion welds the two or three steel workpieces together.

US Pat. No. 10,688,588

CONTINUOUS FEED SPINDLE ATTACHMENT

Raytheon Technologies Cor...

1. A spindle attachment comprising:a static assembly; and
a rotating assembly mounted on and extending through the static assembly, the rotating assembly comprising:
a spindle having an upper end and an application tip, wherein the spindle extends through the static assembly and the application tip projects out of a lower end of the static assembly, the spindle configured to rotate on a spindle axis relative to the static assembly;
a material supply mounted on the spindle to rotate with the spindle; and
a wire feeder disposed within the spindle, the wire feeder configured to engage a wire extending from the material supply and to draw the wire from the material supply through the spindle;
wherein the spindle is movable along the spindle axis to adjust a position of a portion of the wire extending from the application tip relative to a substrate;
wherein the spindle is configured to rotate on the spindle axis relative to the static assembly to generate frictional heat between the portion of the wire extending from the application tip and the substrate to cause the wire to plasticize; and
wherein a cooling jacket is disposed between the wire and an angular bearing and the cooling jacket circumferentially surrounds a portion of the wire coaxial with the spindle axis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,583

WELDING POWER SUPPLIES HAVING ADJUSTABLE CURRENT RAMPING RATES

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. The welding power supply, comprising:a switched mode power supply configured to convert primary power to welding-type power having an output current based on a current control loop;
a voltage sensing circuit configured to measure a weld voltage;
a voltage comparator configured to determine whether the weld voltage corresponds to a welding arc condition or a short circuit condition; and
a control circuit configured to:
select a current ramping rate; and
execute the current control loop to control the output current to the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) process, the control circuit configured to, while the weld voltage corresponds to the short circuit condition, increase the output current at the current ramping rate, wherein the control circuit is configured to execute the current control loop by, in response to determining that the weld voltage corresponds to the short circuit condition:
calculating a voltage error based on a difference between a reference voltage and the weld voltage;
multiplying the voltage error by a value proportional to the current ramping rate to determine a current adjustment;
scaling the current adjustment to determine a scaled current adjustment;
integrating the scaled current adjustment into a prior value of the scaled current adjustment to determine an updated scaled current adjustment; and
adding the updated scaled current adjustment to a commanded output current to determine the output current.

US Pat. No. 10,688,582

ARC SENSOR ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND ARC SENSOR ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Fanuc Corporation, Yaman...

1. An arc sensor adjustment device in a welding system comprising:a welding torch;
a welding power source configured to supply power to the welding torch;
an oscillation device configured to cause the welding torch to oscillate; and
an arc sensor configured to obtain a welding current or a welding voltage generated when copying control is carried out while power is supplied to the welding torch from the welding power source and the welding torch is caused to oscillate in a left-right direction,
wherein the arc sensor adjustment device is further configured to carry out a calibration operation while the welding torch is caused to oscillate in an up-down direction, the calibration operation including:
obtaining the welding current or the welding voltage while power is supplied to the welding torch from the welding power source and the welding torch is caused to oscillate in the up-down direction,
calculating an adjustment value on the basis of a time delay between the welding current or welding voltage and a displacement of the welding torch due to the oscillating in the up-down direction, and
calculating a correction amount for correcting a position of the welding torch in the copying control on the basis of the adjustment value, and
wherein based on the correction amount calculated during the calibration, the arc sensor adjustment device is further configured to adjust synchronization between the welding current or welding voltage generated during welding and the oscillating movement of the welding torch while causing the welding torch to oscillate in the left-right direction.

US Pat. No. 10,688,579

SOLDERING IRON

Taiyo Electric Ind. Co., ...

1. A soldering iron comprising:an iron main body; and
an iron tip having a leading end configured to fuse solder, the iron tip comprising:
an iron tip main body of a thermal conductive material, the iron tip main body having a longitudinal axis;
a heater configured to heat the iron tip main body, and
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the iron tip,
wherein the iron tip main body has a first hole and a second hole that are separate in a lateral direction orthogonal to the longitudinal axis and distinct from each other,
the heater is accommodated in the first hole,
the temperature sensor is accommodated in the second hole,
a wall of the thermal conductive material provided extending along the longitudinal axis and is disposed between the first hole and the second hole in the lateral direction, the wall having first and second faces facing opposite each other and a wall body sandwiched between the first face and the second face in the lateral direction, the first face extending along the longitudinal axis and facing the first hole in the lateral direction, the second face extending along the longitudinal axis and facing the second hole in the lateral direction, the first and second holes having, respectively, first and second center axes along the longitudinal axis, the wall body being disposed between the first center axis and the second center axis in the lateral direction, and
an insulator material is disposed between the heater and the wall and is disposed between the temperature sensor and the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,688,574

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE SYSTEM DURING THE CUTTING OF A WORKPIECE ALONG A CUTTING LINE

Hilti Aktiengesellschaft,...

1. A method for controlling a device system during the cutting of a workpiece along a cutting line between a first end point and a second end point using a saw head movable on a guide rail in a positive advancing direction and a negative advancing direction, the cutting line including a total length extending from the first end point to the second end point, the method comprising:arranging the saw head on the guide rail in a starting position between the first end point and the second end point, the starting position separating the total length in a first partial length extending from the starting position to the first end point and in a second partial length extending from the starting position to the second end point;
before moving the saw head on the guide rail, entering in a remote control of the device system, a value of a distance of the first partial length and a direction of the first partial length, the direction of the first partial length being the positive advancing direction or the negative advancing direction;
before moving the saw head on the guide rail, calculating by a first control unit of the saw head or a second control unit of the remote control, based on the starting position, on the value of the distance of the first partial length and on the direction of the first partial length, the position of the first end point; and
moving, by an advancing motor, the saw head on the guide rail alternately in the positive advancing direction and the negative advancing direction between the calculated position of the first end point and the second end point.

US Pat. No. 10,688,567

RETRACTING CHUCK

KITAGAWA IRON WORKS CO., ...

1. A retracting chuck comprising:a body comprising a rear body disposed on an axial rear side and a moving body disposed on an axial front side;
a plunger configured to be moveable axially in the body; and
a master jaw configured to be moveable in a radial direction in response to movement of the plunger while being guided by the body,
wherein the moving body is configured to be moveable axially relative to the rear body,
wherein the rear body is so constructed that a plate spring is disposed to extend between first seats provided at a distance from each other on the rear body, and that the plate spring is fastened by first bolts to each of the first seats, and
wherein the moving body is so constructed that the plate spring is fastened between the first seats and second seats provided in a rear face of the moving body by second bolts.

US Pat. No. 10,688,560

METHOD OF MAPPING MELT PATTERN DURING DIRECTED ENERGY FABRICATION

United States of America ...

1. A method of mapping a melt pattern of material created during directed energy fabrication, comprising the steps of:providing a directed energy fabrication system to include a controllable energy beam source for generating an energy beam along a directed path;
providing a meltable material in said directed path wherein a selected portion of said meltable material melts to thereby generate a pattern of melted material;
providing an infrared camera and a video camera, said infrared camera having a recording rate of X frames per second and said video camera having a recording rate of Y frames per second wherein Y>X, said video camera configured to be sensitive only to infrared wavelengths indicative of melting of said meltable material;
recording, using said infrared camera, a first time sequence of first images of said pattern of melted material;
recording, using said video camera, a second time sequence of second images of said pattern of melted material, said first time sequence and said second time sequence occurring in coincidence;
providing said first images and said second images to a processor;
processing, using said processor, each frame of said first images to generate a first map of pixels identifying pixels indicative of a highest temperature greater than or equal to a liquidus temperature of said meltable material achieved during said first time sequence;
processing, using said processor, each frame of said second images to generate a second map of pixels identifying pixels indicative of a highest temperature greater than or equal to said liquidus temperature of said meltable material achieved during said second time sequence; and
overlaying, using said processor, said first map of pixels and said second map of pixels wherein a third map of pixels is generated, said third map of pixels being indicative of a hybrid image of said pattern of melted material.

US Pat. No. 10,688,551

HAT-SHAPED CROSS-SECTION COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD

NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION,...

1. A method for manufacturing a hat-shaped cross-section component, the manufacturing method comprising:a gripping process of disposing a pair of vertical walls of an elongated preliminarily formed component, formed by a preliminary forming process, and that has been formed into a hat-shaped cross-section profile at a width direction outer side of a punch, and gripping a top plate of the preliminarily formed component using the punch and a pad;
a bending and stretching process of, after the gripping process, moving a die provided on both width direction sides of the pad toward a punch side relative to the preliminarily formed component, and using the die to bend and stretch the vertical walls toward an opposite side to the top plate at one side in a length direction of the preliminarily formed component; and
a bend back process of, after the gripping process, moving a holder provided on both width direction sides of the punch toward a pad side relative to the preliminarily formed component, and using the holder to bend back the vertical walls toward a top plate side at another side in the length direction of the preliminarily formed component thereby forming the hat-shaped cross-section component.

US Pat. No. 10,688,547

BRAKING SYSTEM FOR DECELERATING LONG PRODUCTS, SUCH AS BARS, EXITING FROM A ROLLING MILL CONFIGURED TO MANUFACTURE SAID LONG PRODUCTS AND METHOD TO OPERATE THE SAME

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES IT...

1. An eddy current contactless braking system for decelerating metal products exiting a rolling mill that is configured to manufacture the products, the system comprising:at least one braking module comprising a plurality of electromagnets arranged in a series along a braking line, each of the electromagnets being configured to induce a magnetic field and comprising an open magnetic core and a coil around the magnetic core, wherein each open magnetic core comprises a gap formed by two opposed poles between which the magnetic field flows,
the electromagnets of the braking module are configured such that the gap of each open magnetic core is located and sized to receive and let contactlessly slide therethrough each metal product exiting the rolling mill and such that a magnetic braking force is exercised on the metal product by the electromagnets when the metal product contactlessly slides through the gap, wherein the braking magnetic force is opposite to a direction of movement of the metal product exiting the rolling mill;
for the braking module the electromagnets are disposed in a staggered array along the braking line in an alternating arrangement of a first row and a second row to form an alternating arrangement with each other along the braking line, wherein the electromagnets of the first row and the electromagnets of the second row are offset from each other in a direction transverse to the braking line in a configuration wherein all of the gaps formed by the two opposed poles of each magnetic core are lined up for enabling the contactless passage of a metal product through the gaps of the series of electromagnets.

US Pat. No. 10,688,542

PORTABLE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING WASTE TO BE PLACED IN LANDFILL

Perry Ridge Landfill, Inc...

1. A method for processing waste so that it can be made landfill-ready, the waste initially containing free liquids and requiring a solidification process, comprising the steps of:very rapidly, both discharging a solid component of the waste from trucks to one or more portable solid feed devices and then also feeding the waste solid into a portable pugmill, without any substantial delay between the truck-discharge and pugmill-feeding steps, and without the need for using any long-term storage device for the waste solid;
providing one or more portable liquid teed devices for transporting a liquid waste to the portable pugmill;
mixing the solid and liquid waste within the portable pugmill at one or more predetermined, desired ratios; so that the mixture is landfill-ready; and
transporting the landfill-ready waste directly from the pugmill either: (a) into haul trucks and then into an active cell of the landfill; or (b) directly into an active cell of the landfill;
wherein the one or more portable solid feed devices and the one or more portable liquid feed devices are each mounted on one or more transportable sleds, or one or more trailers, or one or more wheeled structural devices.

US Pat. No. 10,688,540

ADVANCING UNIT FOR A PIPE CLEANING MACHINE, PIPE CLEANING MACHINE, AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

Rothenberger AG, Kelkhei...

1. An advancing unit for a cleaning spiral of a pipe cleaning machine, which spiral can rotate about its longitudinal axis driven by a motor, the unit comprising:a housing;
a drive device that can produce an advancing movement of the cleaning spiral, the drive device having at least two clamping parts which can be brought into a clamping position against the cleaning spiral, in such a manner that the clamping parts press against the cleaning spiral, so that when the cleaning spiral rotates, an advancing movement of the cleaning spiral is produced;
a control device for controlling the advancing movement of the cleaning spiral by moving a first of the at least two clamping parts;
a safety device, by which the first or a second of the at least two clamping parts can be brought out of its clamping position against the cleaning spiral;
a handle part, wherein the control device and the drive device and/or the safety device can be activated by said handle part,
wherein the handle part is rotatable and pivotally mounted to the housing so as to rotate about a first axis in a rotating motion and to pivot about a second axis in a pivoting motion, the second axis being different from the first axis,
wherein one of the rotating motion or the pivoting motion is utilized for at least one of activation of the drive device or triggering of the safety device, and
a different one of the rotating motion or the pivoting motion is utilized for activation of the control device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,533

ELIMINATOR FOR DETECTING AND REMOVING PRODUCTS SUCH AS VEGETABLES AND FRUIT SINGULATOR AND SORTING SYSTEM PROVIDED THEREWITH AS WELL METHOD THEREFOR

1. An eliminator for detecting and removing products, which are oversized and/or have undesired properties, prior to sorting of the products with a sorting device, wherein the eliminator comprises:a feed system for supplying products;
a detector configured to determine dimensions and/or product properties of a product of the supplied products;
a controller operatively connected to the detector and configured to determine on the basis of the determined dimensions and/or product properties of the product whether the product is suitable for processing in the sorting device; and
a remover operatively connected to the controller for separating products which are not suitable for processing in the sorting device from products which are suitable for processing in the sorting device,
wherein the remover comprises a knock-out element and is provided with an arm arranged rotatably around a pivot shaft of the remover and/or the eliminator such that a rotation movement can be performed by the knock-out element in a direction substantially at a right angle in a lateral direction to a regular supply direction of the products.

US Pat. No. 10,688,530

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FASTENING A SCREEN ON A GYRATORY SIFTER WITH AN INTEGRATED SCREEN SEAL

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

1. A system comprising:a screen that separates solids from liquid from a slurry passing through the screen;
a rod threaded through the screen;
a receptacle that receives the rod wherein a protrusion extends from the receptacle to compress against the rod;
a sealing gasket on the screen wherein the protrusion compresses against the gasket to retain the rod in the receptacle;
a junction beneath the screen wherein the rod compresses against the protrusion and the junction; and
an air bag that expands to cause the junction to compress the rod and the sealing gasket toward the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,519

ROBOTIC NOZZLE

1. A sprinkler apparatus in a distributed irrigation system, the apparatus comprising:an irrigation sprinkler enclosure wherein the enclosure houses the majority of components of the apparatus and is installed in the ground;
an inlet water pipe connected to a water source controlled by a valve that supplies water to many apparatuses;
an outlet water nozzle that raises above the ground upon activation of said valve and sprays water on the ground;
a position-controlled electric motor for rotating said nozzle to a desired position or for controlling the flow rate through the nozzle based on received control signals;
a computer which controls the direction of the nozzle via transmitted control signals; and
a sound system capable of producing music synchronized with motion of the nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,688,510

SPRAY GUN CUPS, RECEPTACLES, AND METHODS OF USE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A spray gun cup receptacle comprisingan open end for receiving a liner within a cavity;
a base end opposite the open end, the base end being positionable with respect to a work surface (W) with the open end facing upwards such that a base plane passing through the base end is parallel to the work surface;
a sidewall surrounding the cavity and connecting the open end to the base end, the sidewall comprising two apertures through which the cavity is visible from outside the spray gun cup receptacle, the two apertures being divided one above the other by a brace member, at least a portion of which is disposed at a brace member angle ? relative to the base plane; and
a tactile feedback member positioned on the sidewall directly adjacent an aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,688,503

HYBRID ROTOR FOR A CENTRIFUGE, SET COMPRISING A HYBRID ROTOR AND A CENTRIFUGE CONTAINER, AND CENTRIFUGE CONTAINER

Thermo Electron LED GmbH,...

1. A hybrid rotor for a centrifuge having a drive shaft for rotating the hybrid rotor about a rotation axis (R), the hybrid rotor comprising:a rotor base body having a receptacle side, a drive side, and a lateral wall;
a plurality of receptacles arranged on the receptacle side of the rotor base body, each having an insertion opening for a respective one of a plurality of centrifuge containers, wherein the receptacle side is a side of the rotor base body configured for a user to insert one of the plurality of centrifuge containers into a respective one of the plurality of receptacles, and wherein the drive side is a side of the rotor base body located opposite the receptacle side and is configured for a user to fix the drive shaft to the rotor base body; and
an open structure provided in an outer periphery of the rotor base body on the drive side and in the lateral wall, the open structure being configured to allow respective free ends of the plurality of centrifuge containers to protrude from the rotor base body,
wherein at least one receptacle comprises both a rotary bearing for rotatably mounting a swinging container and a fixed bearing for fixedly mounting a fixed angle container in the receptacle,
wherein the fixed bearing comprises a planar support for receiving a collar of a fixed angle container, the planar support being arranged around the respective insertion opening,
wherein the rotary bearing comprises two rounded recesses for receiving a respective trunnion of a swinging container, which recesses are arranged opposite each other adjacent the respective insertion opening, and
wherein the two rounded recesses are arranged in a region of the planar support of the fixed bearing and sunk into the planar support.

US Pat. No. 10,688,488

FLUIDIC DEVICES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ILLUMINA, INC., San Dieg...

1. A method, comprising:providing a working stack having a first substrate layer, a second substrate layer, and a radiation-absorbing material disposed between the first and second substrate layers, the working stack including a cavity therein having a designated liquid, wherein a bonding interface is defined between the radiation-absorbing material and at least one of the first substrate layer or the second substrate layer, the bonding interface having a film of the designated liquid;
directing radiation onto the bonding interface along a predetermined path to form a perimeter seal, the perimeter seal positioned to separate the cavity from an outer area of the bonding interface; and
directing the radiation onto the outer area of the bonding interface to secure the first and second substrate layers together, the perimeter seal impeding an ingress of bubbles from the outer area into the cavity as the radiation is directed onto the outer area.

US Pat. No. 10,688,487

LATERAL FLOW ASSAY DEVICE

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

1. A lateral flow device comprising:a wicking pad composed of a porous material, the wicking pad having a planar region for contacting a substrate comprising immobilized analytes; and
wherein the wicking pad has a first end, a second end and two lateral edges;
a base comprising two or more reservoirs having top openings and that are spatially separated from each other by reservoir walls, wherein each of the reservoirs receives and is in fluid communication with the first end of the wicking pad, wherein the first end of the wicking pad is received from the top openings of each reservoir and passes over the reservoir walls, wherein at least a part of the wicking pad is bonded to the base; and
a pump comprising an absorbent pad contacting the second end of the wicking pad.

US Pat. No. 10,688,477

PROCESS FOR REACTING OXYGEN CARRYING REGENERATED CATALYST PRIOR TO USE IN A FLUIDIZED BED REACTOR

Dow Global Technologies L...

1. A process to react an oxygen containing regenerated catalyst stream prior to use in a fluidized bed reactor comprising:regenerating a used catalyst stream to produce a regenerated catalyst stream comprising a regenerated catalyst and at least 0.001 wt % oxygen;
reacting the regenerated catalyst stream with a fuel source at a temperature of from at least 400° C. and a reaction time of from 0.1 to 60 seconds thereby forming oxides and reducing the amount of oxygen in the regenerated catalyst stream to produce an oxygen-minimized regenerated catalyst stream; and
injecting the oxygen-minimized regenerated catalyst stream into a hydrocarbon fluidized bed reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,461

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND CONTROLLING BED HEIGHT IN FLUIDIZED BED REACTORS

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A system for detecting and/or controlling the level of solids in a fluidized bed reactor, the system comprising:a fluidized bed reactor having a top end, a spaced-apart bottom end, a height, an outer surface, an inner surface, an interior space, and further comprising:
a reaction zone comprising a cylindrical portion extending from the bottom end toward the top end and having a reaction zone circumference, and
an expansion zone above the reaction zone and having an expansion zone circumference at each vertical distance along the expansion zone that is greater than the reaction zone circumference;
a plurality of nuclear radiation sources disposed along the outer surface of the fluidized bed reactor between the top end and the bottom end, each at a different vertical distances from the bottom end; and
a detector array comprising a plurality of radiation detectors disposed along the outer surface of the fluidized bed reactor between the top end and the bottom end, each at a different vertical distance from the bottom end,
wherein a line between each radiation detector and each nuclear radiation source passes through the interior space of the fluidized bed reactor, and
wherein the plurality of nuclear radiation sources includes at least one radiation source having a radioactivity of 5000 mCi located on the outer surface of the reaction zone, the expansion zone, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,688,459

DEVICE FOR MIXING POWDERS BY CRYOGENIC FLUID AND GENERATING VIBRATIONS

1. Device for mixing powders by a cryogenic fluid, comprising:a chamber for mixing the powders, comprising a cryogenic fluid, provided with means for forming a fluidised powder bed,
a chamber for supplying powders in order to allow the powders to be introduced into the mixing chamber,
a chamber for supplying cryogenic fluid in order to allow the cryogenic fluid to be introduced into the mixing chamber,
a system for generating vibrations in the fluidised powder bed,
a system for controlling the system for generating vibrations.

US Pat. No. 10,688,457

ICE FISHING HOLE PRESERVATION APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for reducing formation of ice in an ice fishing hole, the apparatus comprising:an elongated tubular housing having an inlet formed in a lower end of the housing and having a plurality of apertures extending through a sidewall of the elongated tubular housing, the plurality of apertures forming a matrix of rows and columns of apertures that in combination define an outlet of the housing;
a motor contained within the housing and having a shaft extending from the motor;
an impeller coupled to an end of the shaft of the motor, the impeller being positioned within the housing entirely above the inlet of the housing;
a height adjustable housing mount arm removably coupled to an exterior of the elongated tubular housing; and
a casing for a variable speed motor controller for electrically coupling to the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,688,455

HIGH SPEED INJECTOR APPARATUS WITH DUAL THROTTLE BODIES

ANDRITZ AKTIEBOLAG, Orns...

1. An apparatus for mixing a first fluid into a flow path of a second fluid, said apparatus comprising:a chamber enclosing the flow path, the chamber including a second fluid first inlet for receiving the second fluid, a second inlet arranged downstream of the second fluid first inlet and receiving the first fluid, and an outlet arranged downstream of the second inlet for discharging a mixture of the first fluid and the second fluid,
the flow path extending from the second fluid first inlet to the outlet,
the second inlet flows into the flow path and is formed by a shared fluid injector mounted transverse to a flow direction of the second fluid and the mixture of the first fluid and the second fluid through the chamber,
the flow path including two throttle bodies, each of the throttle bodies is pivotally arranged inside the chamber and attached to opposite sides of the chamber for controlling the flow area of the flow path; and
pivoting means for pivoting each throttle body for said controlling of the flow area, the pivoting means being adapted to pivot the two throttle bodies so that the flow area decreases with a decreasing flow rate of the second fluid and increases with an increasing flow rate of the second fluid to maintain a flow velocity of the second fluid at the second inlet within a predetermined range,
wherein each respective throttle body is in the form of a flap that has a first end that is pivotally arranged in the chamber and a second end that is free, the second end being directly adjacent the second inlet so that the flap maintains the flow rate of the second fluid at the second inlet in a desired range.

US Pat. No. 10,688,438

ELECTRODIALYSIS MODULE AND ELECTRODIALYSIS SYSTEM

Industrial Technology Res...

1. An electrodialysis module, comprising:at least one base unit, comprising:
a working tank;
a first ion-exchange membrane, located in the working tank;
a second ion-exchange membrane, located in the working tank, wherein the first ion-exchange membrane and the second ion-exchange membrane together divide the working tank into two electrode compartments and a desalination compartment located between the two electrode compartments;
at least one first electrode, disposed in the desalination compartment, wherein the at least one first electrode has the same polarity as the first ion-exchange membrane and the second ion-exchange membrane; and
at least two second electrodes, disposed in each of the electrode compartments respectively, wherein the at least two second electrodes and the at least one first electrode have different polarities,
wherein the at least one first electrode is an anode, and the at least one first electrode has an overpotential for oxygen evolution of 1.5 V to 2 V in a sodium hypochlorite solution.

US Pat. No. 10,688,437

FILTER STRUCTURE FOR CHEMICAL SOLUTION USED IN MANUFACTURING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPLYING CHEMICAL SOLUTION INCLUDING FILTER STRUCTURE FOR CHEMICAL SOLUTION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A filter structure for chemical solution used in manufacturing an integrated circuit, the filter structure comprising:a first membrane structure comprising a plurality of membrane units, each comprising a cathode comprising a plurality of first openings, an anode comprising a plurality of second openings, and an insulating layer between the cathode and the anode; and
a filter housing configured to receive the first membrane structure therein, the filter housing comprising an inlet through which the chemical solution is introduced and an outlet through which the chemical solution is discharged,
wherein the first membrane structure is configured such that when an electric field is applied between the cathode and the anode while the chemical solution introduced through the inlet passes through the first membrane structure, impurities having both positively charged particles and negatively charged particles in the chemical solution are trapped in the first membrane structure.

US Pat. No. 10,688,432

FILTER MEDIUM AND FILTER UNIT

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A filter medium comprising a first porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane, a first air-permeable support member, a second porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane, and a second air-permeable support member that are stacked in this order and bonded to one another, whereina surface of the filter medium is formed by the first porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane,
a bond strength, as measured by a 180° peel test, between the first porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane and the first air-permeable support member is higher than 1.2 N/25 mm and equal to or less than 2.5 N/25 mm,
the first air-permeable support member is an embossed non-woven fabric having one or more recessed portions and one or more projecting portions,
the one or more recessed portions correspond to melted regions of the non-woven fabric,
the one or more projecting portions correspond to un-melted regions of the non-woven fabric,
a ratio of the area of the recessed portion or the total area of the recessed portions to the area of the embossed non-woven fabric serving as the first air-permeable support member is more than 15%,
the bond strength between the first porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane and the first air-permeable support member is defined as a bond strength A1,
a bond strength, as measured by the 180° peel test, between the first air-permeable support member and the second porous polytetrafluoroethylene membrane is defined as a bond strength A2,
the difference between the bond strength A1 and the bond strength A2 is in the range of 0.2 to 2.3 N/25 mm, and
wherein the bond strength A1 is higher than the bond strength A2.

US Pat. No. 10,688,414

FILTERING UNIT WITH AUTOMATIC BACKWASHING

ALFA LAVAL CORPORATE AB, ...

1. A filtering unit comprising:a filtering component having an inner wall, an outer wall arranged around the inner wall so as to define an inner space between the inner wall and the outer wall, and a filtering mesh partitioning the inner space into a pre-filter chamber and a post-filter chamber, at least said pre-filter chamber being circumferentially compartmented in sectors, at least one of said inner wall and outer wall having passages respectively communicating with corresponding ones of the sectors;
a divider arranged coaxially with the filtering component and inside a cylindrical space defined by the inner wall of the filtering component, the divider having a plurality of fins distributed circumferentially which are in contact with the inner wall of the filtering component and define distinct distribution columns communicating with said passages; and
a rotary backwashing distributor having a shutter provided with a discharge opening, the rotary backwashing distributor being mounted to rotate so that said discharge opening is periodically and selectively put into communication with each distribution column, whereby each distribution column periodically and selectively establishes communication between the discharge opening and respective ones of the passages,
wherein the rotary backwashing distributor is in direct contact with the divider, and the shutter of the rotary backwashing distributor is in direct contact with end surfaces of the plurality of fins of the divider.

US Pat. No. 10,688,413

GAS STRIPPER SYSTEM

GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLO...

6. A column for a gas stripper system for purification of a primary coolant contaminated in cooling a nuclear reactor, the column comprising:a top section;
a bottom section;
a middle section;
a distributor member disposed in the top section and configured to evenly distribute the liquid phased contaminated primary coolant as it flows from the top section to the bottom section;
a re-boiler disposed in the bottom section and configured to heat the liquid phased contaminated primary coolant to a gaseous phase; and
a separation element disposed in the middle section and comprising corrugated metallic sheets and structured packing; and
a return line provided between the bottom section of the column and the distributor member, and a pump, a heat exchanger, a cooler and a three-way valve along the return line;
wherein the three-way valve is configured to allow impurity-free primary coolant to exit the return line.

US Pat. No. 10,688,406

REUSABLE PIñATA SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED METHOD OF OPERATION

1. A reusable pinata assembly, comprising:a container having a front wall, an internal compartment, an open bottom, and a flap that selectively covers said open bottom, wherein said flap is selectively positionable between a closed position that covers said open bottom and an open position that enables access to said internal compartment;
a plurality of box holes formed through said front wall of said container;
a plurality of fingers extending from said flap of said container, wherein at least some of said plurality of fingers are separated by gaps, wherein said plurality of fingers have key holes formed therethrough that align with some of said plurality of box holes in said front wall when said flap is in said closed position; and
a plurality of pull tabs that are separate and distinct from said container, wherein said plurality of pull tabs are positioned to extend through said plurality of box holes in said front wall of said container, and wherein some of said plurality of pull tabs extend into said key holes on said plurality of fingers, therein temporarily locking said flap into said closed position, and some of said plurality of pull tabs extend into said gap spaces between some of said plurality of fingers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,402

UNIVERSAL ELECTRONIC CABLE AND CORD ORGANIZATION, MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE DESIGN CONFIGURATIONS AND PERMUTATIONS

Paradigm Sourcing, LLC, ...

1. A cord management device comprising:a first section including a USB blade opening configured to receive and securely contain a blade of a USB plug, and
a second section connected to the first section, the second section including one or more protrusions configured to support and confine an elongated, wrapped electronic cord connected the blade of a USB plug when the blade is positioned in the USB blade opening.

US Pat. No. 10,688,401

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CONTROL ENTERTAINMENT FIGURES

Universal City Studios LL...

1. An entertainment figure system, comprising:an entertainment figure comprising an attachment point;
a bogie coupled to a track and to the attachment point of the entertainment figure via a cable, wherein the bogie is configured to translate along the track; and
a winch coupled to the cable and configured to adjust a length of the cable extending from the winch and thereby modify a distance between the attachment point and the bogie such that the attachment point moves relative to at least one portion of the entertainment figure to change an arrangement of the entertainment figure.

US Pat. No. 10,688,398

USER REGISTRATION

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. A method comprising:receiving by at least one processor from a user via a computing system in use by the user a request to receive a lock status of an account of the user, the account being associated with a service provider that provides gaming services;
responsive to receiving the request, communicating by at least one processor to the user a report, wherein the report includes amounts the user has won and amounts the user has lost in playing games provided by the service provider; and
communicating, by at least one processor, that the user needs to complete registration with the service provider by performing an identity verification, and wherein the user has limited access to the gaming services until the user completes the identity verification.

US Pat. No. 10,688,396

SECOND SCREEN VIRTUAL WINDOW INTO VR ENVIRONMENT

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for observing a virtual reality environment of a virtual reality player, comprising,establishing, by a handheld device of an observer, a connection with a computer executing the virtual reality environment being presented to the virtual reality player using a head mounted display (HMD);
capturing, by a first camera of the handheld device, a current position of the virtual reality player in a real world space;
capturing, by a second camera of the handheld device, a face position of the observer, the face position being monitored to determine a viewing direction to a screen of the handheld device, the screen of the handheld device is configured to present the virtual reality environment and at least part of the virtual reality player interacting in the virtual reality environment, wherein a current position of the handheld device and the face position of the observer being continually shared with the computer executing the virtual reality environment presented to the virtual reality player; and
receiving, from the computer, a video stream of the virtual reality environment that includes at least part of the virtual reality player adjusted for the current position of the virtual reality player in the real world and the viewing direction of the observer to the screen of the handheld device.

US Pat. No. 10,688,390

CROWD-SOURCED CLOUD GAMING USING PEER-TO-PEER STREAMING

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:executing, by a cloud gaming machine, a session of a cloud video game, the session configured to generate gameplay video;
streaming the gameplay video from the cloud gaming machine over a network to a primary user device, the primary user device configured to render the gameplay video to a primary display;
wherein the primary user device is configured to stream the gameplay video over a peer-to-peer network to one or more secondary user devices, each of said secondary user devices being configured to render the gameplay video, respectively, to one or more secondary displays;
wherein the primary user device is configured to process primary inputs, that are generated from interactive gameplay associated with the primary user device, and secondary inputs, that are generated from interactive gameplay associated with the one or more secondary user devices, to generate aggregated inputs;
receiving, over the network by the cloud gaming machine, the aggregated inputs from the primary user device;
wherein executing the session of the cloud video game includes applying the aggregated inputs to update a game state of the cloud video game that is processed to generate the gameplay video.

US Pat. No. 10,688,385

IN-APPLICATION UNIVERSAL STOREFRONT APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS

PLAYSPAN INC., San Franc...

1. A processor-implemented universal in-game storefront application method for virtual goods purchasing and in-game instantiation of purchased items, comprising:receiving, via a processor, an in-game inventory manifest, wherein the manifest includes a plurality of virtual items for in-game purchase;
storing the in-game inventory manifest in a data store;
receiving, from an in-game storefront loading application component instantiated within a running game application having no existing in-game storefront, a request to provide an instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront, said instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront provides a user-interactive graphical user interface (GUI), in a separate lightbox front end GUI reserved for the instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront, wherein the user-interactive GUI is seamlessly integrated into the running game application customized with the instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront, while the processor providing backend support for the instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront;
providing, via the processor, the plurality of virtual items from the stored in-game inventory manifest for in-game purchase via the instantiateable in-game virtual item purchase storefront;
reordering, via the processor, payment methods in an order that is most likely to have a user complete a purchase based on demographic information, historic data and payment method preferences around users purchasing activity, behavior, location, and language of the user of the running game application;
receiving a request to purchase an in-game virtual item from the instantiated in-game virtual item purchase storefront within the user-interactive GUI; and
providing an in-game virtual item purchase response to complete the request.

US Pat. No. 10,688,384

PUZZLE AND A METHOD OF MAKING THEREOF

14. A puzzle comprising:a background puzzle surface having a background puzzle image provided thereon, said background puzzle image including image areas corresponding to predefined sections of a source image and blank areas corresponding to complementary sections of said source image which are non-overlapping with said predefined sections and are complementary to said predefined sections;
at least one puzzle piece formed from at least one transparent material, said at least one puzzle piece having a mirror-reversed copy of at least one puzzle piece image provided thereon, said at least one puzzle piece image corresponding to at least one region on said source image and including image areas corresponding to said complementary sections of said source image located in said region and transparent areas corresponding to said predefined sections of said source image located in said region, such that said at least one puzzle piece image covers an entirety of said region on said source image,
wherein when said at least one puzzle piece is placed overlying said background puzzle surface in a particular location with a particular orientation, said at least one puzzle piece image together with the image areas of said background puzzle image on said background puzzle surface, visible through said transparent areas in said at least one puzzle piece, form an image generally identical to said region of said source image.

US Pat. No. 10,688,378

PHYSICAL-VIRTUAL GAME BOARD AND CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM

12. A physical-virtual gaming system comprising means for:using a game overlay comprising a layout of logical locations to guide the movement of game pieces in accordance with a game;
using a game board comprising a layout of physical locations, whereupon the game overlay comprising logical locations is placed, to detect the physical locations of game pieces;
associating a game piece with a player and automatically determining the progress of a player in accordance with a game based at least in part on electronically determining a physical location of the game piece and translating the physical location into a logical location;
providing virtual content, information or electronic control signals in accordance with the game based at least in part upon the determined progress of the player, where the virtual content, information or electronic control signals affect any one of, or any combination of a shared game app and computing device, a private game app and computing device, or a game device including interactive wearables, and
providing virtual content and information as either a visual secret message output to a player wearing active glasses or an audio secret message output to a player using private speakers.

US Pat. No. 10,688,377

SYSTEMS FOR MOUNTING ACCESSORIES ON SKATEBOARDS

Tedy Fugel, Los Angeles,...

1. A system for mounting accessories on skateboards including:a mounting baseplate having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, a first support and a second support extending from the second side of the mounting baseplate, at least two mounting holes in the mounting baseplate from the first side to the second side, the mounting holes being substantially perpendicular to a plane of the second side of the mounting baseplate and spaced apart from each other at a distance equal to a distance of truck mounting bolts for mounting a skateboard truck to a skateboard;
a receiving port having a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is proximate to the mounting baseplate and is a closed end, wherein the receiving port is defined by the first support and the second support, wherein the second support includes a threaded retention element, the receiving port angled at an acute mounting angle; and
a securing element extending through the first support and the second support and engaging the threaded retention element.

US Pat. No. 10,688,376

PORTABLE GYROSCOPIC DEVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OBJECTS OR INDIVIDUALS AND SET OF PORTABLE GYROSCOPIC DEVICE AND ACCESSORIES FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF OBJECTS OR INDIVIDUALS COMPRISING IT

1. A set of portable gyroscopic device and accessories for the transportation of objects or individuals, comprising:a portable gyroscopic device that is configured to transport at least one of an object and individuals a portable receptacle having a frame structure comprised of a rigid material and having a plurality of elements forming a housing; a first support fixed to and extending from a first side of the housing and a second support, which is independent of the first support, fixed to and extending from a second side of the housing; an axle mounted at one end on the first support and at a second end on the second support; a gyroscopic element that includes one or more masses or flywheels arranged entirely within the frame and mounted on the axle, at least one electric motor configured to actuate at least one of the masses and the flywheels of said gyroscopic element; a source of electric power, and an electronic control configured to manage said electric motor; and
a transportation platform including mechanical bearings that are configured to aid in movement of said platform.

US Pat. No. 10,688,366

GOLF BALL WITH ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:an epoxy sphere comprising a body and an electrical component, the body composed of an epoxy material, wherein the body encompasses the electrical component, wherein the electrical component is flexible and is wrapped around at least one battery;
a core layer disposed on the epoxy sphere; and
a cover layer disposed over the core layer.

US Pat. No. 10,688,365

SPORT (GOLF) HANDS

1. A device for assisting a person having insufficient control of one or more hands to strengthen and improve coordination using a sporting element for effectively striking a ball, the device comprising:a pair of gloves designed mechanically attach to a grip or shaft of the sporting element;
a upper bracket having an elongated open-end, and a tube funnel having a hollow interior portion adapted to be secured to the shaft of the sporting element;
wherein the hollow interior portion of the upper bracket houses an upper portion of the grip or shaft of the sporting element;
a fastener for attaching the upper bracket to one of the gloves of the pair of gloves;
a lower bracket having two spaced apart opposing side walls; wherein the lower bracket is C-shaped; adapted to be secured to a lower portion of the grip or shaft of the sporting element;
a fastener for attaching the lower bracket to a second glove of the pair of gloves; and
wherein the upper bracket and lower bracket each have a shape that mate with each other to align the brackets correctly; and an elongated post extending from the upper bracket to aid holding, the grip, or the shaft of the sporting element.

US Pat. No. 10,688,364

GOLF TRAINING AID AND RELATED METHOD

1. A golf training club comprising:a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the shaft defining a longitudinal axis;
a club head coupled to the distal end, the club head having a sole, a club face, and an upper surface; and
an address alignment gauge extending along the longitudinal axis of the shaft,
wherein the club face defines a closed face angle about the longitudinal axis of the shaft with respect to the address alignment gauge that is between about 20 degrees and about 40 degrees, and
wherein a lie angle between the shaft and ground surface is between about 55 and 75 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,688,352

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

1. A golf club head having a sole, crown and striking face, comprising:a frame having at least one sole opening in the sole, the frame being made at least in part of a metal or metal alloy;
a sole insert made of a polymeric material;
a weight track made of a moldable material which is joined to the sole insert to form a sole insert unit, the weight track retaining one or more slideable weights which are selectively moveable within the weight track to adjust a center of gravity of the club head;
wherein the one or more slideable weights are located on an external surface of the sole;
wherein the sole insert unit is joined to the frame to cover the at least one sole opening.

US Pat. No. 10,688,347

SWIMMING FLIPPER

DMC Industries PTY LTD, ...

10. A swimming flipper comprising:a foot portion, and
a substantially flat blade portion extending from said foot portion,
said blade portion having provided on each longitudinal side thereof at least two opposed rails, each of said two opposed rails extending inwardly towards the plane of said blade portion and at an angle less than 90 degrees to the plane of said blade portion, wherein said rails are mirror opposites of each other in profile and extend substantially the length of each longitudinal edge of said blade portion forming the shape of a sideways V when viewed inwardly from front blade edge of the flipper, and
said blade portion having provided at least two ridges extending longitudinally from the foot portion.

US Pat. No. 10,688,346

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A method for controlling one or more exercise devices, the method comprising:providing, to a first exercise device of a first exercise device type and to a second exercise device of a second exercise device type that is different from the first exercise device type, a universal workout file including a first actuator control command and a second actuator control command, the first exercise device including a first processing unit, the first exercise device further including a first movable member and a first actuator, the first actuator configured to selectively adjust a first operating parameter of the first movable member, the first exercise device further including a second movable member and a second actuator, the second actuator configured to selectively adjust a second operating parameter of the second movable member, the second exercise device including a second processing unit, the second exercise device further including a third movable member and a third actuator, the third actuator configured to selectively adjust a third operating parameter of the third movable member;
analyzing, by the first processing unit, the universal workout file to determine that the first actuator control command is compatible with the first actuator, that the first actuator control command is incompatible with the second actuator, that the second actuator control command is compatible with the second actuator, and that the second actuator control command is incompatible with the first actuator;
controlling, by the first processing unit, the first movable member by executing the first actuator control command to cause the first actuator to adjust the first operating parameter of the first movable member according to the first actuator control command;
controlling, by the first processing unit, the second movable member by executing the second actuator control command to cause the second actuator to adjust the second operating parameter of the second movable member according to the second actuator control command;
analyzing, by the second processing unit, the universal workout file to determine that the first actuator control command is incompatible with the third actuator and that the second actuator control command is compatible with the third actuator; and
controlling, by the second processing unit, the third movable member by executing the second actuator control command to cause the third actuator to adjust the third operating parameter of the third movable member according to the second actuator control command.

US Pat. No. 10,688,334

STRETCH EXERCISE SYSTEM

1. A stretch exercise system, comprising:a waist harness having a ventral portion and a dorsal portion;
an upper limb extension unit having a right upper limb elastic strap and a left upper limb elastic strap symmetrically configured at the dorsal portion, wherein each of the upper limb elastic straps has a wrist loop;
a lower limb extension unit having a right lower limb elastic strap unit configured at the ventral portion, and having a left lower limb elastic strap unit configured at the ventral portion;
two Achilles tendon retro-stretch angle units each having at least a bottom surface and a sole contact surface, wherein the bottom surface and the sole contact surface are not parallel to each other to form a diverging end and a converging end respectively, the right lower limb elastic strap unit connects with the diverging end of one of the two Achilles tendon retro-stretch angle units, and the left lower limb elastic strap unit connects with the diverging end of the other of the two Achilles tendon retro-stretch angle units; and
two sole fastening units respectively configured on the Achilles tendon retro-stretch angle units to hold feet of a user on the sole contact surfaces and align toes of the feet of the user with the diverging ends respectively, whereby a static balance is reached by the user with an upper push force applied on the upper limb extension unit and a lower push force applied on the Achilles tendon retro-stretch angle units.

US Pat. No. 10,688,331

POLE VAULT PIT CONSTRUCTION

MFAC, LLC, West Warwick,...

1. A pole vault pit construction that is formed of multiple resilient foam blocks that are secured in a unitary manner and that is comprised of a front cutout section defining a recess for receiving a pole engager, said front cutout section having an open front end and an inner end, and a contiguous rear landing section, each of the front cutout section and contiguous rear landing section including a plurality of foam blocks, each of the foam blocks including a lower surface and an upper surface, adjacent ones of said foam blocks being secured together, said plurality of foam blocks of the front cutout section including at least one pair of opposed position blocks each having a tapered surface commencing from the upper surface downwardly to the lower surface and in a direction toward the opposed position block so that a cross-section of the recess is trapezoidal, the rear landing section including at least a center foam block having a tapered surface commencing from the upper surface downwardly to the lower surface and in a direction toward the open front end of the recess, the tapered surface on the center foam block being uninterrupted so as to form a single tapered surface at the inner end of the recess, wherein each of the pair of opposed position blocks has a member with a side edge that engages with an edge of the tapered surface of the center foam block.

US Pat. No. 10,688,325

EYE-PROTECTIVE SHIELD WITH HEAD UP DISPLAY

Wilcox Industries Corp., ...

1. An eye shield for a respirator mask of the type having a face piece adapted to fit over the face of a user, the eye shield comprising:a visor assembly including a visor surrounded by a frame, the visor assembly configured to be removably mounted in an opening in the face piece;
a sealing surface disposed on the frame which sealingly engages a surface on the face piece when the eye shield is attached to the face piece;
one or more fastener elements on the frame for removably securing the visor assembly to the face piece;
the visor formed of a transparent material which filters electromagnetic energy emissions at one or more preselected wavelengths; and
at least one head up display assembly attached to the visor assembly and disposed on an exterior facing side of the eyeshield for projecting a human viewable image to the visor, wherein the at least one head up display assembly includes one or more manually actuable input devices disposed on a housing of the at least one head up display assembly, the one or more manually actuable input devices for controlling operation of the at least one head up display assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,688,323

SAFETY DEVICE WITH FALL ARREST AND DESCENDING MODES

D B INDUSTRIES, LLC, Map...

1. A safety device having first and second operating modes, comprising:a housing having a first cavity and a second cavity in fluid communication via a bore interconnecting the first and second cavities;
a drum rotatably operatively connected to the housing within the second cavity;
a lifeline having an intermediate portion interconnecting a first end and a second end, the first end being operatively connected to the drum;
a shaft operatively connected to the drum in the second cavity and extending through the bore and into the first cavity;
a first brake assembly operatively connected to the drum, the first brake assembly configured and arranged to frictionally control a payout of the lifeline, wherein the first brake assembly includes a first spur gear;
a second brake assembly operatively connected to the drum, the second brake assembly including a ratchet disk, at least one friction disk engaged with the ratchet disk, and a second spur gear engaged with the at least one friction disk;
at least one first pawl operatively connected to the drum and configured and arranged to engage the ratchet disk when the drum rotates at a predetermined rate of speed;
a pinion gear engaged with the second spur gear such that when the pinion gear rotates the second spur gear rotates and when the pinion gear does not rotate the second spur gear does not rotate; and
a control operatively connected to the first brake assembly and having a first position and a second position, the first position selectively engaging the first brake assembly and the second position selectively disengaging the first brake assembly, wherein the control is further operatively connected to the second brake assembly, the first position setting a controlled descending mode that activates the first brake assembly by allowing the pinion gear to rotate in relation to the housing, rotation of the pinion gear further causing at least a portion of the second brake assembly to not be activated since the second spur gear rotates with the pinion gear, the second position setting a fall arrest mode that activates the second brake assembly by locking the pinion gear in relation to the housing such that when the at least one first pawl engages the ratchet disk the first spur gear prevents the drum from rotating in relation to the housing since the second spur gear is engaged with the pinion gear.

US Pat. No. 10,688,313

ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION TARGETING DEVICES, ASSEMBLIES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ROCOMP GLOBAL, L.L.C., H...

1. An assembly for targeting electromagnetic radiation at one or more sites including:a first member including a first opening defined by a first inner surface operationally configured to receive electromagnetic radiation therein from an electromagnetic radiant source, a second opening defined by a second inner surface in radiant communication with the first opening, the first member having transformation optics housed therein;
a second member attachable to the first member, the second member including a first body portion defining a first opening in radiant communication with the first opening of the first member, a fluid opening, a transparent member housed within the first body portion operationally configured to fluidly seal the second member from the first member, and an outlet in radiant communication with the first opening of the first member and in fluid communication with the fluid opening; and
a third member including an inlet attachable to the second member and an outlet operationally configured to emit electromagnetic radiation received by the first member and fluid received by the second member;
wherein the second opening of the first member is operationally configured to receive the first body portion of the second member in a mated position within the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,688,306

PROGRAMMING SYSTEMS FOR DEEP BRAIN STIMULATOR SYSTEM

Deep Brain Innovations LL...

1. A method comprising the steps of:operating a clinical programmer on a computational and memory device having a wireless communication device configured to wirelessly communicate with a neurostimulator;
providing instructions: (a) to the neurostimulator through the clinical programmer, said instructions defining electrical current to include a non-regular pulse train consisting of a plurality of pulses having non-regular, non-random, differing inter-pulse intervals therebetween, and (b) by an interactive user interface operated on the computational and memory device;
applying electrical current to targeted neurological tissue region according to the instructions;
repeating the applying step in succession to treat a neurological condition;utilizing the clinical programmer to modify the electrical current;configuring the user interface to include:an interactive progress line displaying a progression of tasks for the neurostimulator;
an interactive status bar displaying information related to the current task, the interactive status bar having at least one of:
an advance button;
a pulse stimulation button;
an amplitude button;
an advanced programming screen task button;
a stimulation on-off button; and
a save button;
wherein the modified electrical current includes a second non-regular pulse train consisting of a plurality of pulses having non-regular, non-random, differing inter-pulse intervals therebetween that are different from the non-regular pulse train and wherein the displayed information also includes:
an advanced programming screen button; and
a screen lock button.

US Pat. No. 10,688,305

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING ECTOPIC ELECTROCARDIOGRAM SIGNALS DURING PULSED ELECTRIC FIELD ABLATION

Farapulse, Inc., Menlo P...

1. A system, comprising:a first controller configured to generate a pulsed waveform and deliver the pulsed waveform in synchrony with a set of pacing pulses to an ablation device; and
a second controller configured to:
generate the set of pacing pulses and deliver the set of pacing pulses to a pacing device for cardiac stimulation of a heart;
receive cardiac signal data of the heart;
confirm pacing capture of the heart based on the cardiac signal data;
monitor for ectopic activity of the heart by analyzing frequency components associated with the cardiac signal data; and
generate and send a set of signals to the first controller based on the confirming and the monitoring.

US Pat. No. 10,688,302

METHODS FOR APPLYING EPIDURAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

University of Louisville ...

1. A method for electrical epidural stimulation to a patient, comprising:providing an implantable electrode array comprising a plurality of electrodes, wherein at least one of the plurality of electrodes is configured to deliver one or more electric pulses, wherein each pulse includes a frequency, a pulse width, an amplitude, an onset time, and an end time;
grouping electrodes configured to deliver electric pulses with identical onset times, identical end times, identical frequencies, and identical pulse widths into at least one cohort;
grouping at least one cohort configured to deliver electric pulses with identical onset times and identical end times into at least one sequence, wherein each electrode is not grouped into more than one cohort within each sequence;
grouping at least one sequence into a program, the program configured to deliver electrical epidural stimulation causing the patient to perform a specific motor function or physiological response; and
delivering electrical stimulation to the patient, via the electrodes, according to the program.

US Pat. No. 10,688,291

MEDICAL SKIN APPLICATOR APPARATUS

ZUREX PHARMA, INC., Midd...

1. An apparatus for applying a fluid, consisting essentially ofa hollow main body having an open main body proximal end, a main body mid portion, and an open main body distal end, wherein said interior of said main body mid portion has therein an opener element,
an applicator component, and
a fluid housing having a closed fluid housing proximal end and a fluid housing distal end having a fluid housing operable door, wherein the fluid housing operable door has therein a bottom portion peeled element and a top portion peeled element, wherein the top portion peeled element is thicker than the bottom portion peeled element;
wherein said main body distal end is engaged with said applicator component,
wherein said fluid housing is positioned within the interior of the main body such that the fluid housing operable door is positioned in the vicinity of the opener element such that a distal movement of the fluid housing will result in an insertion of the opener element into the fluid housing operable door thereby releasing the contents of the fluid housing into interior of the main body and into the applicator component,
wherein said insertion of the opener element into the fluid housing operable door involves a detachment of the bottom portion peeled element and a flexing of the top portion peeled element such that the operable door engages the opener element and remains open,
wherein said fluid housing proximal end has thereon fluid housing proximal end lips,
wherein the main body proximal end has thereon main body proximal end recesses,
wherein said fluid housing is positioned within the interior of the main body such that the fluid housing proximal end lips are positioned within the main body proximal end recesses, wherein said positioning of said fluid housing proximal end lips within the main body proximal end recesses prevents unintentional movement of the fluid housing positioned within the main body,
wherein said fluid housing is positioned within the interior of the main body such that at least a portion of the fluid housing proximal end is flush or recessed relative to the main body proximal end.

US Pat. No. 10,688,288

CATHETER DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF MEDICAL DEVICES IN THE AORTA

ITSO Medical AB, Helsing...

1. A catheter device for transvascular delivery of a medical device including an artificial heart valve prosthesis to a target aortic heart valve region of a patient including an aortic cardiac valve; said device comprisingan elongate catheter sheath with a lumen for receiving a medical device delivery system for said artificial heart valve prosthesis, a proximal end, a distal end, and a distal end portion including said distal end for being positioned at said target aortic heart valve region and downstream said aortic cardiac valve, and
a cover sheath mounted coaxially on the outside of said elongate catheter sheath;
said elongate catheter sheath having said distal end and being transvascularly navigateable through said vascular system upstream the patient's aorta to a position in said aorta downstream said aortic cardiac valve;
wherein said cover sheath ends proximal of said catheter sheath's distal end; said cover sheath including at least one radially expandable unit arranged proximate said distal end of said catheter sheath and at an exterior of said catheter sheath when coaxially arranged; wherein at least one of said at least one radially expandable unit is configured to be in apposition with the interior vessel wall in the ascending aorta downstream said aortic valve and upstream all side branch vessels of said aortic arch;
wherein said at least one radially expandable unit is arranged for expanding to temporarily position said distal end of said elongate catheter sheath in relation to said cardiac valve;
whereby said at least one radially expandable unit is arranged to allow for blood flow outside said cover sheath and past at least one lobe of said at least one radially expandable unit when said elongate catheter sheath is in a position for delivering said artificial heart valve prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,688,282

MEDICAL DEVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A medical device delivery system, comprising:a support catheter having proximal and distal sections and a lumen having an inner shoulder separating the proximal and distal sections, the catheter lumen having a larger diameter in the proximal section than in the distal section, wherein the distal section of the catheter and at least part of the proximal section of the catheter are each configured to be positioned within the vasculature of a patient;
an introducer sheath having proximal and distal sections and a lumen extending therethrough, the sheath having a larger cross-sectional profile in the proximal section than in the distal section, the sheath being advanceable within the catheter lumen of the catheter proximal section to contact a distal end portion of the sheath against the catheter inner shoulder to stabilize the sheath within the catheter while the distal section of the sheath is wholly disposed within the catheter lumen and the proximal section of the sheath is at least partially disposed within the catheter lumen, the sheath distal section lumen diameter being about equal to the catheter distal section lumen diameter; and
a core member having a proximal section and a distal section configured to carry a medical device thereon, the distal section cross-section profile being less than the sheath distal section lumen inner diameter to allow the core member distal section to be advanced along the sheath distal section, wherein the core member proximal section has a cross-sectional profile that is greater than the catheter distal section lumen diameter and the sheath distal section lumen diameter,
wherein the sheath proximal section has a length of at least 100 cm and the sheath distal section has a length of at least 30 cm.

US Pat. No. 10,688,275

DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING COFFEE-DERIVED VOLATILES

Jorge Neval Moll Neto, P...

1. A device for delivering coffee-derived volatiles to a user comprising:a housing body;
a quantity of coffee substance disposed within the housing body such that coffee-derived volatiles are collectable within the housing body from the coffee substance without a use of heat wherein the quantity of coffee substance is provided in a removable cartridge, the cartridge having at least one puncturable wall; and
an actuatable mechanism for allowing user actuated delivery of a discrete dose of the coffee-derived volatiles from the housing body to the user's olfactory system, the actuable mechanism comprising a protrusion configured to puncture the at least one puncturable wall upon actuation so as to allow the delivery of the coffee-derived volatiles, wherein the delivered dose and composition of the coffee-derived volatiles allow for olfactory stimulation of a ventral tegmental area or nucleus accumbens of a brain reward system of the user in an intensity equivalent to that produced by use of an addictive drug.

US Pat. No. 10,688,269

GAS SENSOR FOR ANESTHETIC GASES AND ITS USE

1. A capacitively coupled field effect transistor gas sensor comprising:a first, gas-sensitive, receptor layer with positive charge centers, wherein the first receptor layer is comprised of titanium nitride and titanium+ cations;
a second, gas-sensitive, receptor layer with positive charge centers, wherein the second receptor layer is comprised of copper phthalocyanine;
an insulation layer;
a substrate;
a drain;
a source;
a channel area located between the drain and the source;
a gate electrode; and
a sensor electrode, wherein the channel area is spatially in connection with the gate electrode and at least the drain, the source and the channel area are arranged within the substrate; wherein the gate electrode is connected electrically conductively to the sensor electrode and an air gap is present between the sensor electrode and the first receptor layer, and the sensor electrode and the first receptor layer are otherwise separated by the insulation layer; and wherein the sensor electrode and the first receptor layer are configured such that an analyte gas flows through the air gap, and the analyte gas is an anesthetic gas.

US Pat. No. 10,688,253

NEEDLE MODULE FOR A DRIVE-CONTROLLED APPARATUS FOR REPEATEDLY PIERCING HUMAN OR ANIMAL SKIN, AND HANDHELD UNIT

MT.DERM GMBH, Berlin (DE...

1. A needle module for a drive-controlled handheld unit for repeatedly piercing human or animal skin, comprising:a housing;
a needle holder, which is arranged in the housing such that it can be moved back and forth in a longitudinal direction of the housing;
a piercing device, which is arranged on the needle holder in such a way that the piercing device can be moved, on account of the movement of the needle holder, between a proximal and a distal position, in which a piercing tip of the piercing device is arranged outside the housing;
a coupling component, which is coupled to the needle holder in such a way that a driving movement provided with a repetition frequency by a drive device that can be coupled to the coupling component can be introduced onto the needle holder;
a membrane received on the housing and forming an interlocking connection with the coupling component; and
a damping component different from the membrane, wherein the damping component is arranged between the needle holder and the coupling component and is configured to damp a transfer of force therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,688,251

SELF-RIGHTING TIP CAP

NeoMed, Inc., Woodstock,...

1. A self-righting tip cap comprising:a cap body comprising a generally oblate spheroid external geometry with a first end and a second end at opposite sides of the cap body;
a base surface at the first end defining a generally planar rim surrounding the base surface;
a coupling element accessible from the second end, the coupling element providing for removable engagement with a connector of a syringe; and
at least one clip extending from an inner portion of the cap body towards the second end, an interior face thereof comprising an indent protruding therefrom, the at least one clip being configured to provide for a non-rotational snap fit coupling engagement with the connector of the syringe,
wherein the coupling element is sealingly engagable with the connector of the syringe without any rotation of the cap body, the at least one clip being at least partially flexible so as to allow for at least some temporary displacement thereof during axial, non-rotational attachment of the coupling element with the connector of the syringe.

US Pat. No. 10,688,247

INJECTION DEVICE WITH FLEXIBLE DOSE SELECTION

Haselmeier AG, St. Galle...

1. A dose setting mechanism comprising:a floating spline;
a dose knob;
a dose selector; and
a snap element, where the snap element comprises a fixed set of splines and a protrusion that engages a plurality of dose stops located on an inner surface of the dose selector,
wherein the floating spline is positioned around an outside surface of the snap element such that the floating spline can rotate relative to the snap element,
wherein the floating spline is engaged with a corresponding set of splines on the dose selector during dose setting and dose delivery,
wherein the floating spline is engaged with splines on the dose knob during dose delivery but not during dose setting.

US Pat. No. 10,688,246

SPACE SAVING DRUG INJECTION DEVICE

Sanofi, Paris (FR)

1. An injection device for setting and dispensing a dose of a medicament, the injection device comprising:a cartridge containing the medicament and comprising a piston;
an elongate housing to accommodate the cartridge;
a piston rod extending along a first axis and being threadedly or slidingly engaged with the housing to apply a distally directed thrust to the piston of the cartridge,
a drive member rotationally or threadedly engaged with the piston rod and having a wheel section or geared section; and
a drive sleeve extending along a second axis angled relative to the first axis and having a wheel section or geared section to mesh with the wheel section or geared section of the drive member,
wherein a first radial distance between the first axis and the second axis at a distal end of the drive sleeve differs from a second radial distance between the first axis and the second axis at a proximal end of the drive sleeve,
wherein the cartridge extends along a third axis radially offset from and parallel to the second axis and is configured to be assembled inside the housing,
wherein the first axis and the third axis substantially overlap at a virtual crossing point and form a non-zero angle, and
wherein the virtual crossing point is located distally from a distal end of the piston rod.

US Pat. No. 10,688,244

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHODS FOR DELIVERING DRUGS TO INFANTS AND CHILDREN

kaleo, Inc., Richmond, V...

1. A method, comprising:placing a distal end surface of a medical injector into contact with a target location of a patient, the medical injector including a housing, an energy storage member and a medicament container containing a dose of epinephrine effective for administration to the patient experiencing anaphylaxis, the medicament container coupled to a needle via a carrier, the carrier including a retention portion and defining a coupling volume, the retention portion of the carrier configured to retain a distal end portion of the medicament container in a first container position within the coupling volume, the distal end portion of the medicament container fluidically isolated from a proximal tip of the needle when the medicament container is in the first container position, the distal end portion of the medicament container configured to move to a second container position within the coupling volume in response to an actuation force, the distal end portion of the medicament container fluidically coupled to the proximal tip of the needle when the medicament container is in the second container position, the retention portion including an annular protrusion defining a bleed passageway from the coupling volume towards a proximal end portion of the carrier; and
actuating the medical injector after the placing such that the energy storage member produces the actuation force to move the needle from a first needle position to a second needle position, a distal tip of the needle extending from the distal end surface by a distance of at least 6.35 millimeters when the needle is in the second needle position, the actuation force further moving the medicament container from the first container position to the second container position, a portion of the actuation force exerted to expel the dose of epinephrine from the medicament container when the needle is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,688,241

MULTI-MODE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A PORTABLE INFUSION DEVICE

MEDTRUM TECHNOLOGIES INC....

1. A multi-mode power supply system for a portable infusion device, comprising:A Battery I, a Battery II, the Battery I is coupled with the Battery II, the Battery I is further coupled with a control unit, the Battery II is further coupled with a driving unit;
wherein,
the Battery I is able to constantly charge the Battery II constituting a charging circuit, configured to maintain the voltage of the Battery II at a certain level;
the Battery I powers the control unit independently constituting a power supply circuit A, configured to ensure the infusion control of the portable infusion device by the control unit;
the Battery II powers the driving unit independently constituting a power supply circuit B, configured to drive the drug infusion;
the power supply circuit A and the power supply circuit B are independent from each other;
the charging circuit adopts one of multiple charging modes depending on different drug infusion conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,688,235

PERITONEAL DIALYSIS SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS

NxStage Medical, Inc., L...

1. A system for performing peritoneal dialysis, the system comprising:a peritoneal catheter for infusing a fluid into an abdomen of a patient during a fill cycle and withdrawing the fluid from the abdomen of the patient during a drain cycle, the withdrawn fluid being a waste fluid;
a peritoneal fill line having a distal end and a proximal end opposite the distal end, the peritoneal catheter being connected at the distal end of the peritoneal fill line and the proximal end of the peritoneal fill line being connected to a fluid circuit switch;
the fluid circuit switch, wherein the fluid circuit switch selectively connects the peritoneal fill line at least to a source of the fluid and to a drain for receiving the waste fluid that has been withdrawn from the abdomen of the patient, wherein the fluid flows through the peritoneal fill line in a distal direction during the fill cycle in a proximal direction during the drain cycle;
a controller;
a distal pressure sensor at the distal end configured to apply a distal pressure signal to the controller, the distal pressure sensor being configured to permit measurement of pressure of the fluid flowing in the proximal direction and also in the distal direction; and
a proximal pressure sensor at the proximal end configured to apply a proximal pressure signal to the controller, the proximal pressure sensor being configured to permit measurement of pressure of the fluid flowing in the proximal direction and also in the distal direction, wherein
the controller is configured to detect a difference in pressures represented by the proximal pressure signal and the distal pressure signal during the fill cycle and during the drain cycle thereby to detect a condition where the difference in pressures exceeds a predefined threshold and to generate a first output based on the difference in pressures.

US Pat. No. 10,688,231

CARDIAC PUMP IMPLANTATION DEVICE AND METHOD

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. An installation tool for a ventricular assist device comprising a tool body having a proximal end and a distal end, a proximal to distal axis extending therebetween, and a passage extending between the proximal end and the distal end of the tool body along the proximal to distal axis, the distal end of the tool body being configured to releasably engage an anchor ring assembly, the tool body including a major portion having a slot extending between the proximal end and the distal end of the tool body and a elongated strip releasably received in the slot; and the installation tool further includes a plurality of arms movably mounted to the tool body and a slide plate configured to move the plurality of arms.

US Pat. No. 10,688,222

LYOPHILIZED MOLDABLE IMPLANTS CONTAINING AN OXYSTEROL

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A lyophilized implant configured to fit at or near a bone defect to promote bone growth, the lyophilized implant comprising a biodegradable polymer in an amount of about 1 wt. % to about 15 wt. % of the implant, mineral particles in an amount from about 10 wt. % to about 51 wt. % of the implant, and (3S,5S,6S,8R,9S,10R,13S,14S,17S) 17-((S)-2-hydroxyoctan-2-yl)-10, 13-dimethylhexadecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene-3,6-diol (Oxy133) monohydrate in an amount of about 5 wt. % to about 41.5 wt. % of the implant, wherein the biodegradable polymer comprises porcine-derived collagen, the mineral particles comprising a mixture of beta tri-calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite in a ratio of 85:15, and the Oxy133 has a particle size of from about 5 microns to about 100 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,688,204

MICROWAVE PLASMA STERILISATION SYSTEM AND APPLICATORS THEREFOR

CREO MEDICAL LIMITED, Ch...

1. An integrated cable assembly for transporting simultaneously microwave energy and gas to an electrosurgical instrument, the integrated cable assembly comprising a coaxial transmission line inside a sheath, the coaxial transmission line being formed from an inner conductor, an outer conductor and a dielectric material separating the inner conductor from the outer conductor,wherein the inner conductor has a longitudinal bore therethrough for transporting gas to the electrosurgical instrument, and
wherein the integrated cable assembly comprises a longitudinal passageway formed between an outer wall of the outer conductor and an inner wall of the sheath for transporting residual gas away from the electrosurgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,688,203

METHODS OF PERFORMING BRACHYTHERAPY

Board of Regents, The Uni...

1. A method of performing brachytherapy, the method comprising:disposing a composition within a biological compartment,
wherein the composition comprises a plurality of radioactive nanoparticles, at least one of the plurality of radioactive nanoparticles comprising:
a metal nanoparticle core;
an outer metal shell disposed over the metal nanoparticle core; and
a metallic radioisotope disposed within the metal nanoparticle core or within the outer metal shell,
wherein the radioactive nanoparticle has a size of 30-500 nm in three dimensions, and
wherein the at least one radioactive nanoparticle has a radioactivity of 0.4 to 400 Bq.

US Pat. No. 10,688,194

CELL PENETRATING PEPTIDES FOR INTRACELLULAR DELIVERY OF MOLECULES

Aadigen, LLC, Pacidic Pa...

1. A method of delivering a cargo molecule into an individual, comprising administering a nanoparticle or complex into the individual, wherein the nanoparticle or complex comprises a VEPEP-3 cell-penetrating peptide and said cargo molecule, and wherein the VEPEP-3 cell-penetrating peptide comprises an amino acid sequence of:a) X3X4X1X2X5X4X1X2X6X7X1X8X9X10X11X12X13 (SEQ ID No: 11), wherein X1 in positions 3, 7, and 11 are, independently from each other, F or W, X2 in positions 4 and 8 are, independently from each other, F, W or Y, X3 is beta-A or S, X4 in positions 2 and 6 are, independently from each other, K, R or L, X5 is E, R or S, X6 is R, T or S, X7 is E, R or S, X8 is none, F or W, X9 is P or R, X10 is R or L, X11 i is K, W or R, X12 is R or F and X13 is R or K;
b) X3KX14WWERWWRX14WPRKRK (SEQ ID No: 9), wherein X3 is a beta-alanine or a serine, X14 in positions 3 and 11 are, independently from each other, a non-natural amino acid, and there is a hydrocarbon linkage between the two non-natural amino acids; or
c) X3RWWX14LWWRSWX14RLWRR (SEQ ID No: 10), wherein X3 is a beta-alanine or a serine, X14 in positions 5 and 12 are, independently from each other, a non-natural amino acid, and there is a hydrocarbon linkage between the two non-natural amino acids.

US Pat. No. 10,688,192

CLEAVABLE CONJUGATES OF ANTIBIOTICS AND AN ANTIBACTERIAL CELL-PENETRATING PEPTIDE

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A method of treating a microbial infection in a patient, wherein the method comprises administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound of formula:a stereoisomer, tautomer, solvate, pharmaceutically acceptable salt, or derivative thereof,whereinR1 is an antibiotic moiety;
R2 and R3 are each independently H, a C1-C8 branched or unbranched alkyl chain, or a C3-C8 cyclic alkyl;
R4 is H, a C1-C8 branched or unbranched alkyl chain, or a C3-C8 cyclic alkyl;
L3 is C1-C8 branched or unbranched alkyl chain, or a C3-C8 cyclic alkyl;
Z is a linker comprising a disulfide bond (S—S bond); and
n is 3-8, wherein the microbial infection is an infection caused by pathogen S. aureus, S. epidermidis, P. aeruginosa, A. baumannii, K. pneumoniae, E. faecium, enterobacteriaceae, or any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,688,150

TREATMENTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS CONDITIONS

The Univserity of Vermont...

1. A method, comprising:administering, to a subject at risk of genetically-linked familial pulmonary fibrosis, an inhibitor of GSTP, wherein the inhibitor comprises gamma-glutamyl-S-(benzyl)cysteinyl-R-phenyl glycine diethyl ester, wherein the subject has an identified risk factor of developing pulmonary fibrosis, and wherein the risk of pulmonary fibrosis is genetically linked.

US Pat. No. 10,688,125

NANOPARTICLES AND THEIR USE IN CANCER THERAPY

Midatech Ltd., Abingdon,...

1. A method of treatment of a squamous cell carcinoma in a mammalian subject in need thereof, said method comprising administering to said subject a therapeutically effective amount of a nanoparticle comprising a core comprising gold; and a corona comprising a plurality of ligands covalently linked to the core, the plurality of ligands including at least a first species of ligand comprising amine-functionalized oligo (ethylene glycol) and at least a second species of ligand comprising a monosaccharide selected from the group: galactose, glucose and N-acetylglucosamine said nanoparticle killing one or more cancer cells ini) the absence of any cytotoxic drug or toxin bound to the nanoparticle core or corona and
ii) in the absence of applied radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,688,105

METHOD OF TREATING REFRACTORY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ASSOCIATED WITH P53 MUTATION

MACAU UNIVERSITY OF SCIEN...

1. A method of treating a subject suffering from apoptosis-deficient refractory rheumatoid arthritis, wherein the subject harbors a p53 mutant and is resistant against methotrexate, the method comprising the step of administering an effective amount of a quinonemethide triterpenoid or a pharmaceutically tolerable salt, solvate or anhydrate thereof to the subject, wherein the quinonemethide triterpenoid has a structure of Formula (I):wherein represents a single or double bond;
R1 is selected from —CH3, —CH2OH, —OH or —H;
R2 is selected from —CH3, —CH2OH, —OH, —COOH, —COOCH3, ?CH2 or —H;
R3 is selected from —OH, =0 or —H;
R4 is selected from —OH or —H;
R5 is selected from —OH or —H.

US Pat. No. 10,688,096

METHODS FOR TREATMENT OF SLEEP-RELATED BREATHING DISORDERS

The University of Chicago...

1. A method of treating or reducing incidence of a central sleep apnea syndrome (CSAS) disorder in an individual diagnosed with CSAS comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of DL-propargylglycine (PAG), beta cyano L-alanine (BCA), or combinations thereof, wherein the individual is not suffering from anatomically compromised airway patency of an obesity individual.

US Pat. No. 10,688,087

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS AND THERAPEUTIC METHODS EMPLOYING A COMBINATION OF A MANGANESE COMPLEX COMPOUND AND A NON-MANGANESE COMPLEX FORM OF THE COMPOUND

PLEDPHARMA AB, Stockholm...

1. A method of reducing uptake of manganese to the brain of a patient when a pathological condition in a patient caused by superoxide radicals is treated by administration of manganese N,N?-bis-(pyridoxal-5-phosphate)-ethylenediamine-N,N?-diacetic acid (MnDPDP) or a salt thereof in an amount effective to treat the pathological condition, the method comprising administering, as a second component, N,N?-bis-(pyridoxal-5-phosphate)-ethylenediamine-N,N?-diacetic acid (DPDP) or a salt or non-manganese complex thereof in an amount effective to reduce uptake of manganese to the brain of the patient as compared with administration of MnDPDP in the absence of the second component, wherein the second component is administered in an amount of about 1 to 20 ?mol/kg body weight, wherein MnDPDP and the second component are included in a MnDPDP:second component molar ratio in the range of about 1:1 to 1:10, and wherein the administration of MnDPDP and/or the administration of the second component are optionally together with one or more physiologically acceptable carriers and/or excipients.

US Pat. No. 10,688,082

AMINOPYRAZINE COMPOUNDS WITH A2A ANTAGONIST PROPERTIES

1. A compound, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, of Formula (I):
wherein:
R1 is: halogen; or linear, branched or cyclic alkoxy of up to 6 carbon atoms which is optionally substituted on an alkyl carbon thereof by one or more: (i) halogen; (ii) —OH (iii) alkoxy, or (iv) heterocyclyl moiety, which heterocyclyl moiety is optionally substituted by an aryl moiety, which aryl moiety is optionally substituted with a halogen, or linear-, branched- or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which alkyl substituent is optionally substituted by one or more halogen, lower-alkoxy or —OH;
R2 is: (a) —H; (b) halogen; or (c) linear, branched or cyclic alkoxy of up to 6 carbon atoms which is optionally substituted on an alkyl carbon thereof by one or more: (i) halogen; (ii) —OH (iii) alkoxy; or (iv) heterocyclyl moiety, which heterocyclyl moiety is optionally substituted by an aryl moiety, which aryl moiety is optionally substituted with a halogen, or liner-, branched- or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which alkyl substituent is optionally substituted by one or more halogen, lower-alkoxy or —OH; andZ is:(I) a moiety of the Formula R3—CH2—, wherein R3 is:
(a) aryl, which may optionally be substituted with one or more:
(i) halogen;
(ii) heterocyclyl, which may optionally be substituted by one or more: (iia) a linear, branched, or cycloalkyl moiety comprising up to about 6 carbon atoms; (iib) (RIa)—O—(C?O)—, wherein: RIa is a linear-, branched-, or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms; or (iic) —OH;
(iii) (RIb)2N—, wherein: RIb is independently: —H; or is a linear-, branched-, or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, or wherein both RIb are taken together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a C3-6-cyclo-amine;
(iv) linear, branched, or cycloalkyl moiety comprising up to about 6 carbon atoms, which is optionally substituted with one or more: (iva) halogen: (ivb) aryl; or
(ivc) lower alkoxy which is optionally substituted with one or more halogen;
(v) —CN;
(vi) heteroaryl: which may optionally be substituted with one or more: (via) alkyl wherein said alkyl is a linear-, branched-, or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms: or (vib) heterocyclyl, which heterocyclyl may optionally be substituted by one or more linear-, branched-, or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms; or
(vii) RIc—O—, wherein: RIc is aryl or a linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which may optionally be substituted on any carbon atom thereof with one or more halogen;
(b) heteroaryl, optionally substituted with one or more: (i) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms; or (ii) heterocyclyl which is optionally substituted with linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms:
(c) heterocyclyl, optionally substituted with one or more: (i) —OH; or (ii) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms;
(d) arylheterocyclyl, optionally substituted with one or more of: (i) ?O; (ii) halogen; or
(e) heteroarylheterocyclyl; or
(II) a heteroaryl moiety bonded to the pyrazolo-quinazolinyl core through any available ring carbon therein, which heteroaryl moiety comprises 2, 3, or 4 carbon atoms and 1 to 3 heteroatoms which are independently N, S, or O, and wherein, said heteroaryl moiety may optionally be substituted with:
(a) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which may optionally be substituted with aryl or heteroaryl;
(b) (RId)2N—, wherein: RId is —H or linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, or wherein both RId together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded form C3-6-cyclo-amino, and wherein said alkyl may optionally be substituted on one or more carbon atoms thereof by phenyl which is optionally substituted by one or more halogens;
(c) aryl;
(d) heteroaryl; or
(e) heterocycle, which may optionally be substituted with one or more:
(i) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms; (ii) aryl, which may optionally be substituted with one or more halogen; or
(III) a moiety of the Formula R4—(C?O)—, wherein R4 is:
(a) heterocyclyl, which may optionally be substituted by one or more: (i) (RIe)—O—(C?O)—, wherein RIe is linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms; (ii) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which alkyl may optionally be substituted with one or more aryl, which aryl may optionally be substituted with one or more halogens: (iii) aryl which may optionally be substituted with one or more halogens; or (iv) heteroaryl;
(b) a spiroheterocyclyl comprising at least 1 heteroatom in each of the fused rings and up to 5 carbon atoms comprising each of the fused rings, which spiroheterocyclyl may optionally be substituted with: (i) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, which may optionally be substituted on one or more carbon atoms thereof with aryl; (ii) aryl; or (iii) (RIf)—O—(C?O)—, wherein RIf is -linear-, -branched-C1-6-alkyl, or -cyclic-C3-6-alkyl; or
(c) (RIg)2N—, wherein: RIg is independently for each occurrence:
(i) —H;
(ii) aryl, which may optionally be substituted with one or more halogen;
(iii) heteroaryl
(iv) linear, branched or cyclic-alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms, wherein said alkyl is optionally substituted on one or more carbon atoms thereof with one or more: (iva) aryl, which aryl may optionally be substituted with one or more halogens; or (ivb) heteroaryl;
(v) both R together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded form C3-6-cyclo-amino, and wherein the alkyl portion of said cyclo-amino may optionally be substituted with one or more halogens; or
(vi) one RIg is a protecting group and the other is —H or linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl of up to 6 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 10,688,079

COMPOUNDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCERS ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS

Piramal Enterprises Limit...

1. A method of treating a human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancer in a subject infected with HPV, the method comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof;
wherein the HPV-associated cancer is selected from anal cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer, penile cancer, cervical cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer, and cancer of the conjunctiva.

US Pat. No. 10,688,005

CREMATION STORAGE DEVICE AND SYSTEM, METHODS OF FORMING CREMATION STORAGE DEVICE AND SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF OPERATION OF CREMATION STORAGE DEVICE AND SYSTEM

1. A repository system for storing cremains, comprising:a first elongated capsule adapted to store cremains coupled to a first repository panel, the first elongated capsule extending in a first axis of extension;
a second elongated capsule adapted to store cremains coupled to the first repository panel, the second elongated capsule extending in a second axis of extension; and
a third elongated capsule adapted to store cremains coupled to a second repository panel, the third elongated capsule extending in a third axis of extension;
wherein a portion of the third elongated capsule is positioned between a portion of the first elongated capsule and a portion of the second elongated capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,687,994

ABSORBENT ARTICLE WITH MULTI-LAYER FOLDED ABSORBENT CORE

ATTENDS HEALTHCARE PRODUC...

1. An absorbent core comprising a longitudinally folded absorbent laminate, the longitudinally folded absorbent laminate comprising:an upper laminate layer;
a lower laminate layer; and
an absorbent layer positioned between the upper laminate layer and the lower laminate layer, the absorbent layer comprising greater than about 90 percent by weight super absorbent polymer (SAP);
wherein the longitudinally folded absorbent laminate is folded to form a longitudinally folded multi-layer absorbent laminate of at least five layers of laminate;
wherein the longitudinally folded multi-layer absorbent laminate has two lateral laminate sides and a width extending between the laminate sides, a first one of the layers spans the entirety of the width, a second one of the layers is disposed above the first layer and spans between 80 percent and 92 percent of the width, third and fourth layers are disposed between the first and second layers and each span less of the width than does the second layer, and a fifth layer is disposed between the third and fourth layers and spans less of the width than does at least one of the third and fourth layers; and
wherein laterally opposing portions of at least the second and third layers define a longitudinally-extending channel above at least the first layer.

US Pat. No. 10,687,991

ABSORBENT ARTICLE HAVING A LOTIONED TOPSHEET

1. An absorbent article comprising:A) a liquid impervious backsheet;
B) a liquid pervious topsheet joined to said backsheet, said topsheet having an inner surface oriented toward the interior of said absorbent article and an outer surface oriented toward the skin and hair of the wearer when said absorbent article is being worn, wherein at least a portion of said topsheet outer surface comprises an effective amount of a lotion coating having a HLB value below 7; and
C) an absorbent core positioned between said topsheet and said backsheet.

US Pat. No. 10,687,989

DISPOSABLE WEARING ARTICLE

UNICHARM CORPORATION, Eh...

1. A disposable wearing article having a longitudinal direction and a lateral direction, the article comprising a chassis including a body facing surface, a non-body facing surface, a first waist region which is one of front and rear waist regions, a second waist region which is another of the front and rear waist regions and a crotch region extending between the first and second waist regions, an absorbent panel disposed on a side of the body facing surface of the chassis, and both side seams respectively coupling both side edges of the first waist region and both side edges of the second waist region, respectively, wherein:the absorbent panel includes an absorbent core extending to the front and rear waist regions centering on the crotch region, a pair of outer flaps extending longitudinally along both side edges of the absorbent core,
at least the first waist region of the first and second waist regions includes a waist elastic area which is elastically contractible in the lateral direction, and a pair of elastic strips which is elastically contractible in the lateral direction,
each of the pair of elastic strips has an inner fixing end fixed to the outer flap of the absorbent panel and an outer end fixing end fixed to the body facing surface of the chassis.

US Pat. No. 10,687,982

ONE-STEP TYMPANOSTOMY TUBE AND METHOD FOR INSERTING SAME

Domestic Legacy Limited P...

19. A method for inserting a tympanostomy tube into and for continued residence in a tympanic membrane having an interiorly facing surface in the tympanic cavity and an exteriorly facing surface in the auditory canal, comprising:providing a tympanostomy tube comprising a body including a first end portion, a second end portion, a central portion disposed between the first and second end portions, and an axially extending passageway having a first open end disposed adjacent the first end portion, and a second open end disposed adjacent the second end portion, and an axis extending between the first open end and second open end, the first end portion including a relatively enlarged diameter generally radially extending flange, the central portion including a reduced diameter portion sized for extending through and residing in tissue of the tympanic membrane, and the second end portion including at least first and second moveable legs having first ends coupled to the first end portion, and second ends, the second ends including sharpened toothed surfaces;
placing the toothed surfaces against the exteriorly facing surface of the tympanic membrane;
moving the tympanostomy tube in a back and forth direction to cause the toothed surfaces to engage the tympanic membrane and saw through the tympanic membrane; and
positioning the tympanostomy tube in the tympanic membrane so that the tympanostomy tube resides in the tympanic membrane with the passageway operable to conduct air between the tympanic cavity and the auditory canal.

US Pat. No. 10,687,981

HEADWORN SUPPORTS WITH PASSIVE VENTING AND REMOVABLE LENS

Oakley, Inc., Foothill R...

1. A headworn support comprising:a lens having a posterior surface adjacent to a face of a wearer when worn and an anterior surface opposite the posterior surface;
a frame comprising a plurality of contact points configured to contact the lens; and
a retention assembly attached to the frame, the retention assembly configured to secure the lens to the frame so that the lens contacts the frame at the plurality of contact points,
wherein, when the lens is secured in the headworn support, an upper edge of the lens and a lower edge of the frame are spaced apart between contact points to allow venting of the lens and a total, continuous chord length of the upper edge of the lens that is spaced apart from the frame is at least 20% of the total chord length of the upper edge of the lens,
wherein a posterior surface of the frame between contact points extends a protrusion distance beyond a posterior extension of the posterior surface of the lens, wherein the protrusion distance is less than or equal to about 4 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,687,960

ASSEMBLED VERTEBRAL BODY

SECOND AFFILIATED HOSPITA...

1. An assembled vertebral body used in a cervical reconstruction operation, comprising: an upper connecting element, an artificial vertebral body element and a lower connecting element, wherein the upper connecting element is disposed at an upper part of the artificial vertebral body element, wherein the lower connecting element is disposed at a lower part of the artificial vertebral body element, wherein the artificial vertebral body element is nestedly connected with the upper connecting element and the lower connecting element, respectively, wherein the upper connecting element comprises a first nesting part disposed at a lower part of the upper connecting element, wherein the lower connecting element comprises a second nesting part disposed at an upper part of the lower connecting element, wherein the artificial vertebral body element comprises a third nesting part disposed at the upper part of the artificial vertebral body element and a fourth nesting part disposed at the lower part of the artificial vertebral body element, wherein the first nesting part is nestedly connected with the third nesting part, wherein the second nesting part is nestedly connected with the fourth nesting part, wherein a nest connection in between the first nesting part and the third nesting part is an anti-axial rotation nested connection, wherein a nest connection in between the second nesting part and the fourth nesting part is an anti-axial rotation nested connection, wherein the first nesting part, the second nesting part, the third nesting part and the fourth nesting part have a non-circular shape, wherein the non-circular shape is an ellipse or a rounded rectangle, wherein the upper connecting element further comprises a coupling plate and a fixing plate, wherein the fixing plate of the upper connecting element is disposed at an upper part of the coupling plate of the upper connecting element, wherein the first nesting part is disposed at a lower part of the coupling plate of the upper connecting element, wherein the lower connecting element further comprises a coupling plate and a fixing plate, wherein the fixing plate of the lower connecting element is disposed at a lower part of the coupling plate of the lower connecting element, wherein the second nesting part is disposed at an upper part of the coupling plate of the lower connecting element, wherein the upper connecting element further comprises a transverse portion, wherein the first nesting part is disposed at a lower part of the transverse portion, wherein the lower connecting element further comprises a transition portion and a mating portion, wherein the mating portion is disposed at a lower portion of the transition portion, wherein the second nesting part is disposed at an upper portion of the transition portion, a front end surface and/or a rear end surface of the transition portion is a polished structure, and the rest of the surfaces of the transition portion are distributed with a spongy microporous structure, the lower surface of the transition portion is a matte surface, the transition portion is a hollow structure, the hollow structure is a bone graft channel, a size of the transition portion is equal to a size of the artificial vertebral body element, a length of the mating portion is equal to a length of 1 to 2 cervical spines, a width of the mating portion is greater than the width of the transition portion.

US Pat. No. 10,687,958

SIX DEGREE SPINE STABILIZATION DEVICES AND METHODS

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method of stabilizing two adjacent bones of a joint, the method comprising: inserting an implant between the bones of the joint, the implant having a first engagementplate comprising a first core engagement surface, wherein a first aperture extends through the first core engagement surface; a second engagement plate comprising a second core engagement surface, wherein a second aperture extends through the second core engagement surface; and a core positioned between the first engagement plate and the second engagement plate, wherein the core comprises a first flanking segment for engaging the first core engagement surface and a second flanking segment for engaging the second core engagement surface, wherein the core comprises an aperture in an upper surface that leads into a hollow interior of the core, wherein the first aperture of the first engagement plate, the second aperture of the second engagement plate, and the hollow interior of the core are aligned along an axis, and wherein the first engagement plate includes a projection that extends from the first core engagement surface and is enclosed by the core to limit movement;
wherein at least one of the first and second engagement plates is able to move relative to the core, thereby enabling a natural kinematic relative movement of the bones,
wherein an inflection region, substantially narrower than the first flanking segment and the second flanking segment, separates the first flanking segment and the second flanking segment, and wherein the inflection region is configured to allow angular displacement of the first flanking segment and the second flanking segment, wherein the inflection region is capable of bending, and
wherein the hollow interior of the core includes a first portion proximate to the first engagement plate, a second portion proximate to the second engagement plate, and a central portion connecting the first and second portions, wherein the central portion is narrower than the first and second portions.

US Pat. No. 10,687,946

DEVICE FOR STABILISING JOINTS

Betterguards Technology G...

1. A device for stabilizing joints, comprising:a receptacle of the device for stabilizing joints, wherein the receptacle is filled with a filling medium,
a first body for interaction with the filling medium, wherein the first body is arranged displaceably in the receptacle,
a force transmitter configured to directly transmit an external force onto the first body,
a second body for interaction with the filling medium, wherein the second body is arranged displaceably in the receptacle,
wherein the second body is coupled elastically to the first body via a coupling element disposed between the first body and the second body,
wherein at least one of the second body and the first body have at least one outlet opening through which the filling medium can flow,
wherein the first body forms a valve body of a valve and the second body forms a valve seat of the valve, and the first body and the second body are configured to open to allow or close to prevent a flow of the filling medium between one side of the receptacle and another side of the receptacle through the at least one outlet based on an open or closed position of the valve, wherein the second body divides the receptacle into the one side of the receptacle and another side of the receptacle, and
wherein the valve is configured such that the position of the valve is open when the first body is out of contact with the second body and is closed when the first body moves towards and contacts the second body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,945

CHANNEL IMPLANT

Poriferous, LLC, Newnan,...

1. A channel implant used for surgical reconstruction and/or repair, comprising two porous sheets of material; and a channel formed between the two porous sheets of material, the channel configured for fixation plate insertion, the porosity of the two porous sheets of material changing to non-porous along at least some areas of the channel during thermal processing of the sheets with heat and pressure, forming an at least partially non-porous channel; wherein the resulting channel implant has a substantially uniform cross-sectional thickness along the channel implant that is 1.75 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,687,944

PENIS IMPLANT, PARTICULARLY FOR FEMALE-TO-MALE TRANSSEXUAL

ZEPHYR SURGICAL IMPLANTS,...

1. A penile implant comprising an elongate erectile body supported by a symphyseal anchoring mount, comprising a mounting plate presenting a bearing face, the erectile body extending from the face opposite the bearing face, the implant being characterized in that the mounting plate extends in a plane and in that the erectile body extends in a direction that forms an angle of inclination with a plane of the bearing face, which angle lies in a range of from 5° to 30°, the erectile body comprising at its end that is opposite the end provided with the symphyseal anchoring mount, a bulbous portion forming a glans.

US Pat. No. 10,687,939

PROSTHETIC VALVE FOR REPLACING A MITRAL VALVE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A prosthetic valve for implanting at a native mitral or tricuspid valve region of the heart, the native valve region having a native valve annulus and native leaflets, the prosthetic valve comprising:a radially compressible and expandable frame comprising a double-body structure including an annular inner frame portion and an annular outer frame portion overlapping the inner frame portion, the inner and outer frame portions being connected to each other with sutures, and the outer frame portion being more flexible than the inner frame portion;
an outer fabric skirt extending around an outer surface of the outer frame;
a plurality of prosthetic leaflets supported within the inner frame portion for regulating the flow of blood in one direction through the frame; and
a plurality of ventricular anchors located outside of the outer skirt and extending from the inner frame portion, the ventricular anchors having a length to extend behind and engage native valve leaflets in a ventricle of the heart downstream of the native valve annulus.

US Pat. No. 10,687,924

COUPLING DEVICE FOR CONNECTING A WATER POWERED APPARATUS TO A FAUCET

INIZIATIVA CENTRO SUD S.R...

1. A coupling device for connecting a water powered apparatus to a faucet having a mouth to which a cylindrical aerator housing having a stepped portion is mounted, the coupling device comprising:an aerator, which is located inside the cylindrical aerator housing, the aerator including
i) an upper cylindrical portion,
ii) a lower cylindrical portion,
iii) arms that join the upper cylindrical portion to the lower cylindrical portion, the arms converging in a water flow direction, and
iv) ventilation openings located between the arms, the ventilation openings for aerating flowing water;
an aerator holder fitting mounted inside the cylindrical aerator housing resting on the stepped portion of the cylindrical aerator housing;
engagement means integral with the aerator holder fitting; and
an attachment for water powered apparatus,
said attachment for water powered apparatus including connecting means for coupling with the engagement means of the aerator holder fitting,
wherein a top of said aerator is provided with a flange which is sustained by the aerator holder fitting supported by the stepped portion of said cylindrical aerator housing,
wherein said aerator holder fitting includes the engagement means that couples to said connecting means of the attachment for water powered apparatus, and
wherein said engagement means of the aerator holder fitting are a plurality of inwards projecting radial pins, and said connecting means of the attachment for water powered apparatus are in the form of L-shaped grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,687,923

INTERDENTAL CLEANER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

SUNSTAR SUISSE S.A., Eto...

1. An interdental cleaning comprising:a carrier rod formed of plastic, the carrier rod having opposing proximal and distal ends and a longitudinal axis which extends through the carrier rod and between the proximal and distal ends thereof;
a cleaning device disposed over a distal portion of the carrier rod, the cleaning device including a cover and at least one net fabric part;
the cover is formed from a soft, elastic plastic and covers an exterior surface of the distal portion which includes the distal end of the carrier rod and an outer surface of the cover includes a plurality of projecting elements;
the at least one net fabric part extends along a longitudinal length of the cover and has mutually intersecting thread systems comprising warp threads and weft threads, wherein the warp threads and the weft threads extend at an angle in the range of 20 to 70 degrees with respect to the longitudinal axis and the at least one net fabric part is embedded in the carrier and the cover part such that the at least one net fabric part passes radially through the carrier and the cover and projects from the carrier and the cover on opposite lateral sides thereof; and
wherein, during use, the carrier rod and cleaning element are inserted into an interdental space and moved to and fro to clean or remove particles therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,687,922

CASTING JIG FOR CHAIR-SIDE MANUFACTURE OF CUSTOMIZABLE SCULPTABLE ANATOMICAL HEALING CAPS

ESTHETIC IMPLANT SOLUTION...

1. A casting jig for manufacture of customizable sculptable anatomical healing caps, the casting jig comprising:a body including one or more wells within the body, each well being open at a proximal end thereof and having a negative shape corresponding to an anatomical healing cuff body of a given tooth position, each respective anatomical healing cuff body negative shape having a cross-section and a surface so that an anatomical healing cuff body having said shape provides substantially custom filling of at least an emergence portion of a void where a natural tooth once emerged from the void or where a tooth would have emerged from a void; and
a socket at a distal end of each well configured to releasably receive therein a dental implant or dental implant analog wherein an upper portion of the well defines lateral buccal and lingual handle extensions so that a manufactured anatomical healing cap includes a laterally extending buccal handle extension and an oppositely disposed laterally extending lingual handle extension, the buccal and lingual handle extensions being integrally formed with the healing cuff body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,917

USING IMMERSIVE PHOTOGRAPHS TO GUIDE PLACEMENT OF ORTHODONTIC BRACKETS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Dental SmartMirror, Inc.,...

1. A computer-implemented method for positioning orthodontic brackets, comprising:(a) receiving, by at least one processor, an input indicating a location selected on an image by a health care professional to indicate a position to place an orthodontic bracket on a patient's tooth, wherein the image is rendered with respect to a viewport mapped onto an immersive photographic model of a patient's mouth;
(b) extending, by the at least one processor, a ray from a focal point of the viewport at a direction determined based on the input; and
(c) determining, by the at least one processor, an intersection of the ray in a three-dimensional space, the intersection indicating the position to place the orthodontic bracket with respect to the immersive photographic model, such that the determining step enables placement of the orthodontic bracket at the position on the patient's tooth; and
(d) placing the orthodontic bracket on the patient's tooth at the indicated position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,907

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ABSOLUTE THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENTS USING A TWIST-INSENSITIVE SHAPE SENSOR

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A surgical system comprising:a flexible surgical instrument having a distal portion and a proximal portion;
a reference fixture positioned in a first reference frame;
a shape sensor extending from the distal portion through the proximal portion, to the reference fixture, wherein the shape sensor provides shape information for the flexible surgical instrument relative to the first reference frame; and
a processor configured to perform a registration step to register the first reference frame to a fixed world reference frame, wherein the registration step includes:
receiving a set of the shape information of the shape sensor with a distal point of the flexible surgical instrument located at an at least one patient reference point of a plurality of patient reference points, wherein a first portion of the shape sensor is arranged in a known geometrical shape at a fixed location along a length of the shape sensor, and wherein the known geometrical shape is arranged by mechanically constraining the first portion of the shape sensor in the known geometrical shape;
computing a location of the at least one patient reference point based on the set of the shape information and the known geometrical shape of the first portion of the shape sensor; and
computing a pose of the first reference frame relative to the fixed world reference frame based on the set of the shape information, the known geometrical shape of the first portion, and the location of the at least one patient reference point.

US Pat. No. 10,687,885

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTROSURGICAL HF APPARATUS AND HF APPARATUS

AESCULAP AG, Tuttlingen ...

8. An electrosurgical high-frequency (HF) device comprising:an electrosurgical instrument; and
an HF generator for generating an HF current,
the HF generator being electrically connected to the electrosurgical instrument to deliver the HF current to the electrosurgical instrument in response to a user-side activation,
the HF generator operable in a locked state in which the HF generator cannot be activated by a user, and an unlocked state in which the HF generator can be activated by the user,
the HF generator being configured to automatically switch to the unlocked state after selection of a user-side input of an application type to be performed by the electrosurgical instrument,
the HF generator being configured to automatically switch to the locked state after the HF generator is activated by the user for carrying out the application type to be performed by the electrosurgical instrument, and
the HF generator being configured to automatically switch to the locked state after the HF generator has not been activated by the user during a pre-defined period of time after the user sets the application type to be performed by the electrosurgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,687,884

CIRCUITS FOR SUPPLYING ISOLATED DIRECT CURRENT (DC) VOLTAGE TO SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A system for managing radio frequency (RF) and ultrasonic signals output by a generator, comprising:a surgical instrument comprising a direct current (DC) motor load, an ultrasonic energy output, and a circuit;
wherein the circuit is configured to:
receive a combined RF and ultrasonic signal from the generator, the combined signal comprising RF signal content and ultrasonic signal content; the RF signal content comprising an RF signal frequency component and an RF signal amplitude component; the ultrasonic signal content comprising an ultrasonic signal frequency component, and an ultrasonic signal amplitude component;
generate an ultrasonic filtered signal by filtering the combined signal to extract the ultrasonic signal content from the combined signal;
generate DC voltage by filtering the combined signal to extract the RF signal content from the combined signal;
provide the DC voltage to the DC motor load; and
provide the ultrasonic filtered signal to the ultrasonic energy output.

US Pat. No. 10,687,878

IMPLANT FOR THE FIXATION OF BONE ELEMENTS

SPINE ARCH BREVET, Obers...

1. Surgical implant for the fixation of at least two bone elements of a patient, comprising:a curved rod configured to be firstly inserted in a bore practised within the at least two bone elements, said curved rod defining a longitudinal axis which is curved in a relaxed state of the curved rod; and
at least one distinct helical element configured to be mounted on said rod, the at least one distinct helical element including a single filled solid element of a helical shape forming plural coils,
wherein the at least one distinct helical element forms a helical space extending along the at least one helical element from an innermost surface of the at least one helical element to an outermost surface of the at least one helical element, and
wherein a portion of an outer surface of the curved rod is located within the helical space.

US Pat. No. 10,687,863

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE OSTEOSYNTHESIS OF SACROILIAC LUXATIONS/FRACTURES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICH...

1. A method for minimally invasive osteosynthesis of sacroiliac luxations/fractures, the method comprising:providing a surgical system comprising:
a work surface;
a reduction arm mounted to the work surface at a proximal region of the reduction arm, wherein the reduction arm is articulatable relative to the work surface, and the reduction arm is lockable in position relative to the work surface;
a reduction handle mounted to the reduction arm at a distal region of the reduction arm, wherein (i) the reduction handle is adapted to attach to a surgical subject, and (ii) the reduction handle comprises (A) a reduction rod comprising an insertion pin at a distal end of the reduction rod, (B) a reduction tube adapted to receive the reduction rod therethrough, and (C) a reduction sleeve slidably mounted to a distal end of the reduction tube, the reduction sleeve being formed from a flexible material and having a tapered distal tip with longitudinal slots permitting expansion of the tapered distal tip:
a fixation arm mounted to the work surface at a proximal region of the fixation arm, wherein the fixation arm is articulatable relative to the work surface, and the fixation arm is lockable in position relative to the work surface;
a fixation drill guide mounted to the fixation arm at a distal region of the fixation arm, wherein the fixation drill guide is adapted to receive a fixation screw therethrough for insertion into the surgical subject; and
an image acquisition unit directed toward the work surface, wherein the image acquisition unit is lockable in position relative to the work surface;
placing a surgical subject on the work surface of the surgical system;
attaching the reduction handle to the surgical subject;
positioning and orienting the surgical subject using the reduction arm and the reduction handle;
visually confirming proper position and orientation of the surgical subject using the image acquisition unit;
locking the reduction arm in place relative to the work surface;
inserting the fixation drill guide into the surgical subject at a position for minimally invasive osteosynthesis of a sacroiliac luxation or fracture in the surgical subject;
positioning and orienting the fixation drill guide using the fixation arm;
visually confirming proper position and orientation of the fixation drill guide using the image acquisition unit;
locking the fixation arm in place relative to the work surface; and
inserting a fixation screw through the fixation drill guide and into the surgical subject.

US Pat. No. 10,687,853

EXTERNAL BONE FIXATION SYSTEM

DNE, LLC, Slatington, PA...

1. An external bone fixation system, comprising:a cylindrical fracture fusion tube comprising at least one recess along its length; and
multiple bracket/clamp assemblies removably attached to the fracture fusion tube, wherein each of the bracket/clamp assemblies comprises:
only one bracket slideably mounted on the fracture fusion tube via a bracket throughbore, wherein the bracket includes a threaded bracket support aperture;
a single screw threaded through the bracket support aperture;
only one pin collet clamp fixed to the bracket via the single screw that extends through a threaded clamp support aperture of the pin collet clamp, wherein the pin collect clamp further comprises a clamp throughbore, and wherein the pin collet clamp is rotatable, relative to the bracket and before the single screw is tightened, around an axis defined by the collet clamp support aperture, the bracket support aperture, and the single screw; and
only one ball collet rotatably disposed within the clamp throughbore of the pin collet clamp and defining a ball collet aperture for receiving a bone pin, wherein the ball collet is free to rotate in multiple planes within the clamp throughbore to allow a direction of the ball collet aperture to be independently adjusted in the multiple planes;
wherein tightening the single screw simultaneously tightens the bracket over the fracture fusion tube, tightens the bracket and pin collet clamp together so that they cannot rotate relative to one another, and compresses the clamp throughbore, which thus crushes the ball collet, thus preventing the ball collet from rotating within the clamp throughbore and tightening the ball collet aperture over the bone pin.

US Pat. No. 10,687,849

MATERIALS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME TO IMPROVE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF A WALL OF A MAMMALIAN LUMINAL ORGAN

1. A method for reinforcing a wall of a luminal organ, comprising the steps of:inserting a guidewire into a blood vessel;
advancing a distal end of the guidewire within the blood vessel;
advancing at least part of an engagement catheter over the guidewire and into the blood vessel, wherein a distal end of the engagement catheter contacts the wall of the luminal organ;
providing suction through a lumen of the engagement catheter so that the distal end of the engagement catheter suctionally engages the wall of the luminal organ;
inserting at least part of a needle into the blood vessel of a patient, wherein the at least part of the needle is inserted into the at least part of the engagement catheter, which is then present within the blood vessel of the patient;
advancing a distal end of the needle within the blood vessel to a location adjacent to a wall of the luminal organ;
piercing the wall of the luminal organ using the needle so that a tip of the needle is present within the wall of the luminal organ;
injecting a substance through the needle and out of a distal portion of the needle while the suction is being provided through the lumen of the engagement catheter, so that at least some of the substance is present outside of the needle and inside of the wall of the luminal organ to reinforce the wall of the luminal organ; and
withdrawing the distal portion of the needle from the wall of the luminal organ.

US Pat. No. 10,687,847

ACCESS DEVICE HAVING MODULAR INSERTS AND SUPPORTING ACCESSORIES USED IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Axcess Instruments Inc., ...

1. A percutaneous access device for use in minimally invasive surgery, comprising:an elongated body having a proximal portion and an opposing distal portion, the proximal portion having a proximal bore extending therethrough and the distal portion having a distal bore extending therethrough, wherein the distal portion of the elongated body is hingedly connected to the proximal portion in a first percutaneous access position in which the distal and proximal bores are linearly aligned along an axis of the elongated body when at least one surgical instrument is inserted into both the proximal and distal bores and a second anchoring position in which the entire distal bore is angularly displaced to a side from the proximal bore when the at least one surgical instrument is removed from the distal portion, wherein the proximal portion of the elongated body includes an O-ring seal configured to slideably engage with an outer surface of the elongated body.

US Pat. No. 10,687,845

TRAJECTORY GUIDANCE DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Integrity Implants Inc., ...

1. A precision trajectory guidance instrument for use in conjunction with a surgical tool requiring X-ray imaging for guiding said surgical tool to a surgical target site comprising: a precision trajectory guidance instrument having a radiolucent body, said radiolucent body constructed for attachment to said surgical tool at a position and orientation that causes X-rays associated with said X-ray imaging to pass through said radiolucent body at a known angle, said radiolucent body including at least one front sight constructed from a radiopaque material and at least one rear sight constructed from a radiopaque material, said at least one front sight and said at least one rear sight positioned on said radiolucent body to provide an angular relationship of said radiolucent body, and thus an angular trajectory of said surgical tool with respect to a portion of an animal anatomy in an X-ray image, wherein said surgical tool is a jamshidi needle, said precision trajectory guidance instrument secured to said jamshidi needle as an outrigger extending outwardly and generally perpendicular from a cannula portion of said jamshidi needle.

US Pat. No. 10,687,843

METHOD AND TOOLS FOR CLEARING THE EPIDURAL SPACE IN PREPARATION FOR MEDICAL LEAD IMPLANTATION

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A method of implanting a paddle lead into an epidural space, comprising:passing a guidewire through a window to the epidural space created within the spinal column;
passing a tool through the window and into the epidural space by passing the guidewire through a lumen of the tool, the tool having a distal tip on a distal end of an elongated body with the distal tip having a width greater than a largest diameter of the elongated body, the elongated body of the tool being exposed directly to the window created within the spinal column;
cleaning the epidural space by moving the tool further into the epidural space and then retracting the tool;
removing the guidewire and tool from the epidural space; and
after removing the guidewire and tool from the epidural space, inserting the paddle lead through the window and into a desired position within the epidural space.

US Pat. No. 10,687,836

SNARING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

SPECTRANETICS LLC, Color...

1. A snaring system for engaging an object within a patient's body, the system comprising:a sheath having a longitudinal axis and a distal end, the sheath comprising:
a wall forming an inner surface, an outer surface and a cross sectional area between the inner surface and the outer surface;
a lumen disposed in the cross sectional area of the wall of the sheath, wherein the lumen comprises a distal end; and
a central lumen formed by the inner surface of the wall, wherein the central lumen comprises a distal end, wherein the central lumen and the lumen are substantially parallel; and
an elongate element having a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the elongate element is slidable relative to the sheath,
whereupon sliding the distal end of the elongate element distally of the distal end of the lumen to a first axial position, the distal end of the elongate element comprises an open loop distally of the lumen and the central lumen in an open position,
whereupon sliding the distal end of the elongate element proximately of the distal end of the lumen to a second axial positon, a portion of the open loop extends into the central lumen in a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,687,827

TISSUE COLLECTION AND DELIVERY DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

1. A method of tissue repair comprising:cutting tissue to create tissue fragments;
aspirating fluid and the tissue fragments through a cannulated shaft of a resection system to a filter assembly, the resection system comprising a handpiece having a proximal end, a distal end, and a passageway therethrough, the cannulated shaft being attached to the distal end of the handpiece in fluid communication with the passageway, the filter assembly removeably attached to the proximal end of the handpiece in fluid communication with the cannulated shaft via a tube extending from the proximal end of the handpiece such that a distal end of the filter assembly is spaced apart from the proximal end of the handpiece, the filter assembly comprising a housing allowing direct visualization of an internal volume of the housing and a filter disposed within the internal volume of the housing; and
separating the tissue fragments having a pre-selected size from the fluid using the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,687,822

THICKNESS-ADJUSTABLE HEMOSTATIC CLIPS, CLIP APPLIERS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

1. A thickness-adjustable hemostatic clip comprising:a first clip arm having a first clip arm distal end, and a second clip arm having a second clip arm distal end, said second clip arm opposes and is connected to said first clip arm at a shared proximal end configured as an elastic normally-opened joint portion, each one of said first and second clip arms includes an outer clip arm member connected to an inner clip arm member having a tissue contacting surface, and configured with a gap between said inner clip arm member and said outer clip arm member, such that said inner clip arm member elastically deforms or/and shifts towards a respective one of said outer clip arm member when said first and second clip arms are closed against, and mutually apply compression and clamping forces to, a bodily organ or tissue; and
a locking mechanism configured for locking said first clip arm distal end to said second clip arm distal end;
wherein a first one of said inner clip arm member is connected to a first one of said outer clip arm member, via at least one first arm joining portion, and includes both a distal end portion and a proximal end portion that freely extend from said at least one first arm joining portion.

US Pat. No. 10,687,820

UNILATERAL SPINAL CORD COMPRESSION

1. An apparatus for unilateral spinal cord compression, comprising:a fixed member, comprising:
a fixed arm having two ends; and
a planar member having an aperture,
wherein a first end of the two ends is a curved base end and the planar member is fixed onto a second end of the fixed arm;
a movable member, comprising a plate parallel to the planar member having a lateral slit to pass through the fixed arm; and
a linear actuating mechanism, comprising:
a fastener, configured to move upward and/or downward through the aperture in a direction toward the curved base end responsive to a screwing movement or a turning movement of the fastener;
a first coupler fixed around the aperture on the planar member, the first coupler configured to couple the fastener perpendicularly on to the planar member; and
a ball bearing fixed onto the movable member aligned to the first coupler, the ball bearing configured to:
couple the fastener to the movable member;
translate the screwing movement or the turning movement of the fastener to a longitudinal movement of the movable member along the fixed arm; and
compress a portion of spinal cord encompassed between the movable member and the curved base end responsive to the longitudinal movement of the movable member toward the curved base end.

US Pat. No. 10,687,810

STEPPED STAPLE CARTRIDGE WITH TISSUE RETENTION AND GAP SETTING FEATURES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A staple cartridge assembly for use with a surgical stapling instrument including an anvil, wherein the staple cartridge assembly comprises:a cartridge body, comprising:
a proximal portion;
a distal portion;
an elongate slot extending between the proximal portion and the distal portion; and
a cartridge deck, comprising:
a first deck surface defining a first deck height; and
a second deck surface defining a second deck height, wherein the second deck surface is laterally offset from the first deck surface in a direction away from the elongate slot, and wherein the second deck height is shorter than the first deck height;
a plurality of staple cavities, comprising:
a first row of staple cavities defined in the first deck surface; and
a second row of staple cavities defined in the second deck surface, wherein the first row of staple cavities is closer to the elongate slot than the second row of staple cavities;
a plurality of staples housed in the cartridge body, the plurality of staples comprising:
first staples deployable from the first row of staple cavities into tissue; and
second staples deployable from the second row of staple cavities into the tissue; and
cleats configured to resist movement of the tissue relative to the cartridge deck, wherein the cleats comprise:
first cleats extending from the first deck surface, wherein each of the first cleats comprises a first cleat height, wherein the first cleats are arranged in a first pattern with respect to the first row of staple cavities; and
second cleats extending from the second deck surface, wherein the second cleats are laterally offset from the first cleats in a direction away from the elongate slot, wherein the second cleats are arranged in a second pattern with respect to the second row of staple cavities, wherein the second pattern is different than the first pattern and is configured to provide a different degree of tissue traction than the first pattern, wherein each of the second cleats comprises a second cleat height, and wherein the first cleat height is different than the second cleat height, wherein each of the cleats comprises:
a base defined in the cartridge deck; and
a peak narrower than the base, wherein the peaks define a plane substantially parallel to the cartridge deck.

US Pat. No. 10,687,806

ADAPTIVE TISSUE COMPRESSION TECHNIQUES TO ADJUST CLOSURE RATES FOR MULTIPLE TISSUE TYPES

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical cutting and stapling instrument comprising:at least one processor and operatively associated memory, the instrument configured to:
store a parameter, wherein the parameter comprises a rate of average tissue pressure change;
store an acceptable value for the parameter, wherein the acceptable value includes a predetermined threshold value for the rate of average tissue pressure change;
store a first control measure associated with the parameter; and
determine, in response to determining that a measured value of the rate of average tissue pressure change is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold value, that a second control measure be identified,
wherein the second control measure is associated with a closure rate of a first jaw and a second jaw of the instrument, and the second control measure comprises decreasing the closure rate during a closing phase based on a reference closing speed in response to determining that the measured value of the rate of average tissue pressure change is equal to or greater than the predetermined threshold value,
wherein the second control measure is modified by setting forth a new acceptable value.

US Pat. No. 10,687,798

SOFT ANCHOR MADE FROM SUTURE FILAMENT AND SUTURE TAPE

Linvatec Corporation, La...

1. An anchor for placement in or against tissue, the anchor having an undeployed state and a deployed state, the anchor comprising:a flat fibrous construct having a first end and a second end, wherein:
in the undeployed state, the fibrous construct has a first fibrous construct width or thickness and a first fibrous construct length;
in the deployed state, the fibrous construct has a second fibrous construct width or thickness and a second fibrous construct length; and
the second fibrous construct width or thickness being greater than the first fibrous construct width or thickness, the second fibrous construct length being shorter than the first fibrous construct length; and
a filament having a first end and a second end passing through the fibrous construct in two locations including a first passing location nearest a first end of the fibrous construct, a second passing location nearest a second end of the fibrous construct, the filament remaining free to slide through the first passing location and the second passing location such that the filament can be removed from the flat fibrous construct from the first end of the fibrous construct and the second end of the fibrous construct.

US Pat. No. 10,687,786

ULTRASOUND INSPECTION APPARATUS, ULTRASOUND INSPECTION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An ultrasound inspection apparatus configured to inspect an inspection object using an ultrasonic beam, the apparatus comprising:a probe having a plurality of elements arrayed therein, the probe being configured to transmit the ultrasonic beam, receive an ultrasonic echo reflected by the inspection object, and output an analog element signal corresponding to the received ultrasonic echo;
a transmitter configured to cause, a plurality of times, the probe to transmit the ultrasonic beam in such a way as to form a predetermined transmission focus using the plurality of elements;
in accordance with transmission of each ultrasonic beam, a receiver configured to receive the analog element signal output from the plurality of elements and to perform predetermined processing on the analog element signal;
an A/D converter configured to subject the analog element signal processed by the receiver to A/D conversion to produce a piece of first element data constituted by a digital element signal;
a sound velocity determiner configured to determine a sound velocity value inside the inspection object; and
an element data processing section configured to generate a piece of second element data from at least two pieces of the first element data using the sound velocity value inside the inspection object, the piece of second element data corresponding to any of the at least two pieces of first element data;
an image generator configured to generate an ultrasound image based on the piece of second element data generated in the element data processing section; and
a processor,
wherein the element data processing section includes a delay time calculator configured to calculate a delay time of each of the at least two pieces of first element data using the sound velocity value inside the inspection object, and a superimposition processor configured to generate the piece of second element data by superimposing the at least two pieces of first element data based on each calculated delay time and a position of an element of the probe at which receiving has been carried out,
wherein the element data processing section is performed by the processor,
wherein the piece of second element data is generated by carrying out delay time correction for one or more pieces of first element data of one or more adjacent element adjacent to element of interest which is selected from the plurality of elements, centering on the piece of first element data of the element of interest, and in addition, phase matching the one or more pieces of first element data of one or more adjacent element in accordance with the difference in element position with the element of interest, and superimposing the two or more pieces of first element data,
wherein the piece of second element data is obtained based on each of the plurality of elements which is selected as the element of interest,
wherein the ultrasound image is generated based on the piece of second element data having a high brightness value and selected from the pieces of second element data obtained, and
wherein the sound velocity determiner obtains an optimum sound velocity value by optimizing the sound velocity value, the sound velocity value being used when the piece of second element data is created from the at least two pieces of first element data in the element data processing section.

US Pat. No. 10,687,785

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTROMECHANICAL ACTIVATION OF ARRHYTHMIAS

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A method for mapping electromechanical activity during an arrhythmia, comprising:obtaining image information of a heart of a subject using an imaging device;
generating a strain map of the heart from the image information;
determining from the strain map occurrences of a first electromechanical event of the heart and a second electromechanical event;
generating a spatio-temporal map of atrial and ventricular mechanics of the heart by tracking an onset of the first and second events for each pixel of a heart wall of the subject identified from the image information, wherein an onset of ventricular contraction is identified by determining a zero-crossing of an incremental strain occurring after an onset of a P-wave;
identifying, using the spatio-temporal map, a representative mechanical cycle associated with a contraction of the heart; and
determining a focal rhythm and a type of cardiac arrhythmia present in the heart using the spatio-temporal map.

US Pat. No. 10,687,780

ULTRASONOGRAPH

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An ultrasonograph comprising:an image processing circuit configured to generate an ultrasonic image based on an ultrasonic signal from an ultrasonic probe;
a control circuit; and
a display comprising:
a first display area;
a second display area; and
a touch panel that is provided at least in the second display area, the second display area comprising a touch pad area that is displayed at a same constant position and in a same constant size in the second display area during a drag operation;
wherein the control circuit is configured to control the display to display the ultrasonic image and a cursor in the first display area only;
wherein the control circuit controls the display to display, in the second display area, the touch pad area on which the drag operation is performed to move the cursor displayed on the ultrasonic image in the first display area, the drag operation comprising a drag motion;
wherein the control circuit continues to move the cursor displayed in the first display area when the drag motion enters an area of the second display area that is outside of the touch pad area.

US Pat. No. 10,687,778

POSITIONING OF AN EXAMINATION OBJECT FOR AN IMAGING METHOD

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A method for positioning of an examination object for an imaging method, comprising:recording an external image of externally visible features of the examination object via an external-image recording unit;
determining at least one of a position and an orientation of at least one part of the examination object assigned to the externally visible features of the examination object based upon the external image recorded;
checking whether or not the at least one of the position and the orientation determined, of the at least one part of the examination object, conforms to a respective at least one of a reference position and a reference orientation; and
correcting the at least one of the position and the orientation determined, of the at least one part of the examination object, in response to the checking indicating that the at least one of the position and the orientation determined, of the at least one part of the examination object, does not conform to the respective at least one of the reference position and the reference orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,687,771

X-RAY DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS COMPRISING A POSITION SPECIFYING UNIT AND A CONTROL UNIT

Canon Medical Systems Cor...

1. An X-ray diagnostic apparatus comprising:a bed including a top;
an X-ray tube configured to generate an X-ray;
an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-ray which has been generated by the X-ray tube and has passed through an object placed on the top of the bed;
a holding mechanism configured to hold the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector, and movable on a floor surface of an examination room;
position specifying circuitry configured to specify a position of the holding mechanism in the examination room and a position of the bed in the examination room; and
control circuitry configured to control the holding mechanism in order to change the position and an angle of the holding mechanism based on the position of the holding mechanism and the position of the bed, wherein
the holding mechanism includes:
an arm holding mechanism configured to rotatably hold the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector, and
a cart, which is configured to hold the arm holding mechanism movably in the examination room,
the control circuitry controls at least one of the arm holding mechanism and the cart in order to change the position and an angle of the arm holding mechanism with respect to the too based on the position of the holding mechanism and a plurality of positions on the bed, and
the control circuitry controls the arm holding mechanism and the cart, which is configured to hold the arm holding mechanism movably in the examination room, in descending order of priority.

US Pat. No. 10,687,766

SYSTEM TO DETECT FEATURES USING MULTIPLE RECONSTRUCTIONS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A system comprising:an interface configured to:
receive first image data of a patient volume;
a processor configured to execute processor-executable program code that causes the processor to:
generate, using a first image generation technique, a first image based on the first image data;
receive, at an input device, one or more indications of features in the first image of the patient volume identified by an operator of the input device;
generate, using a second image generation technique, a second image based on the first image data;
perform automated feature extraction on the second image to automatically extract information associated with features of the patient volume; and
generate a feature report of the patient volume based on the one or more indications of features and the information associated with features;
a display configured to display the first image to the operator; and
an input device configured to receive the one or more indications of features from the operator.

US Pat. No. 10,687,765

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR PARALLEL ELECTROANATOMICAL MAPPINGS

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A system, comprising:a display; and
a processor, configured:
to display on the display in a graphical user interface (GUI), while a plurality of electrogram signals are acquired from a heart, a plurality of widgets corresponding to different respective electroanatomical maps generated from the electrogram signals,
each of the electroanatomical maps being associated with a respective set of suitability criteria such that any one of the electrogram signals is used to generate the map only if the signal satisfies the set of suitability criteria, and
to display in the GUI, in response to a user selecting any one of the widgets, a status of a most recently acquired one of the electrogram signals with respect to at least one criterion in the set of suitability criteria associated with the electroanatomical map to which the selected widget corresponds.

US Pat. No. 10,687,753

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING BODY AND OBJECT INTERACTIONS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a contact pressure map at a contact interface where at least a portion of a body is in physical contact with a surface of an object, the contact pressure map being a first representation of the contact interface and being expressed as P (xi, yi, zi) where (xi, yi, zi) denotes surface locations of the contact interface;
obtaining a coefficient of friction (COF) map at the contact interface, the coefficient of friction map being a second representation of the same contact interface and being expressed as COF (xi, yi, zi) where (xi, yi, zi) denotes surface locations of the contact interface and COF (xi, yi, zi) denotes the respective coefficient of friction of one or more materials at the contact interface; and
calculating, via a processor, a friction force map based on the obtained contact pressure map and the obtained coefficient of friction map, the friction force map being a third representation of the same contact interface and being expressed as F(xi, yi, zi) as a function of the first and second representations P (xi, yi, zi) and COF (xi, yi, zi).

US Pat. No. 10,687,745

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A physiological monitoring device comprising:a plurality of light-emitting diodes configured to emit light in a first shape;
a material configured to be positioned between the plurality of light-emitting diodes and tissue on a wrist of a user when the physiological monitoring device is in use, the material configured to change the first shape into a second shape by which the light emitted from one or more of the plurality of light-emitting diodes is projected towards the tissue;
a plurality of photodiodes configured to detect at least a portion of the light after the at least the portion of the light passes through the tissue, the plurality of photodiodes further configured to output at least one signal responsive to the detected light;
a surface comprising a dark-colored coating, the surface configured to be positioned between the plurality of photodiodes and the tissue when the physiological monitoring device is in use, wherein an opening defined in the dark-colored coating is configured to allow at least a portion of light reflected from the tissue to pass through the surface;
a light block configured to prevent at least a portion of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes from reaching the plurality of photodiodes without first reaching the tissue; and
a processor configured to receive and process the outputted at least one signal and determine a physiological parameter of the user responsive to the outputted at least one signal.

US Pat. No. 10,687,744

PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Masimo Corporation, Irvi...

1. A physiological measurement device comprising:a plurality of light-emitting diodes configured to emit light in an initial pattern, wherein at least one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes is configured to emit light at a first wavelength and at least one of the plurality of light-emitting diodes is configured to emit light at a second wavelength, the second wavelength being different than the first wavelength;
an optical transmission material configured to be positioned between the plurality of light-emitting diodes and tissue of a user, wherein the optical transmission material is configured to redirect at least a portion of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes to shape an output pattern by which the emitted light is directed toward the tissue of the user, wherein the output pattern comprises a different shape than the initial pattern;
a plurality of photodiodes configured to detect at least a portion of the light after the at least the portion of the light passes through the tissue, the plurality of photodiodes further configured to output at least one signal responsive to the detected light;
a light block configured to prevent at least a portion of the light emitted from the plurality of light-emitting diodes from reaching the plurality of photodiodes without first reaching the tissue;
a surface comprising a dark-colored coating, the surface configured to be positioned between the plurality of photodiodes and the tissue, wherein an opening defined in the dark-colored coating is configured to allow at least a portion of light reflected from the tissue to pass through the surface; and
a processor configured to receive and process the outputted at least one signal and determine a physiological parameter of the user responsive to the outputted at least one signal.

US Pat. No. 10,687,742

USING INVARIANT FACTORS FOR PULSE OXIMETRY

ChroniSense Medical Ltd.,...

1. A method for performing a pulse oximetry, the method comprising:receiving, by an optical sensor of a wearable device configured to be worn by a patient:
a red light signal reflected from a human tissue of the patient, the human tissue including a pulsatile tissue and a non-pulsatile tissue, the red light signal being associated with a red wavelength;
an infrared light signal reflected from the human tissue, the infrared light signal being associated with an infrared wavelength; and
a third light signal reflected from the human tissue, the third light signal being associated with a third wavelength, the third wavelength being different from the red wavelength and the infrared wavelength;
determining, by a processor communicatively coupled with the sensor and based on the red light signal, a first value of a first function invariant to an oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor and based on the infrared light signal, a second value of a second function invariant to the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor and based on the third light signal, a third value of a third function invariant to the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
determining, by the processor, a first additive component in the red light signal and a second additive component in the infrared light signal, wherein the determining is based on the first value, the second value, and the third value, and wherein the first additive component and the second additive component are due to a reflection from the non-pulsatile tissue;
removing, by the processor, the first additive component from an intensity of the red light signal to estimate a first corrected intensity;
removing, by the processor, the second additive component from an intensity of the infrared light signal to estimate a second corrected intensity;
calculating, by the processor and based on the first corrected intensity and the second corrected intensity, a ratio of a red light absorption coefficient and an infrared light absorption coefficient;
determining, by the processor and based at least partially on the ratio, at least the oxygen saturation in the pulsatile tissue;
acquiring, by the processor, a reference photoplethysmogram (PPG) waveform;
determining, by the processor, first similarity measures between a pre-determined number of waveforms of the red light signal and the reference PPG waveform;
determining, by the processor, second similarity measures between a pre-determined number of waveforms of the infrared light signal and the reference PPG waveform, the waveforms of the infrared light signal being detected concurrently with the waveforms of the red light signal;
calculating, by the processor, an average of products Ai×Bi to estimate an adequacy of the red light signal and the infrared light signal, wherein Ai are the first similarity measures, Bi are the second similarity measures, and i=1, . . . , N, wherein N is the pre-determined number of waveforms of the red light signal;
estimating, by the processor, an estimate of the adequacy of the red light signal and the infrared light signal, based on the average of products;
collecting, by the processor and for a period of time, data concerning the red light signal, the infrared light signal, the third light signal, the adequacy, and the oxygen saturation;
analyzing, by the processor, the data to detect trends in the oxygen saturation; and
providing, by the processor and based on the trends in the oxygen saturation, reports regarding a health status of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,687,740

ADVANCED CONTINUOUS ANALYTE MONITORING SYSTEM

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A system for continuous measurement of an analyte in a host, the system comprising:an electrochemical continuous analyte sensor configured for transcutaneous implantation in the host for measuring analyte values; and
a sensor electronics module coupled to the continuous analyte sensor, the sensor electronics module comprising a switch configured to switch the sensor electronics module between a first low power mode and a second higher power mode,
wherein the switch is configured to switch from the first low power mode to the second higher power mode when the sensor electronics module detects a signal output of the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor above a predetermined threshold, wherein the predetermined threshold is selected based on values that would indicate the sensor electronics module is not operatively connected to the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor and/or the electrochemical continuous analyte sensor is not implanted in the host,
wherein the detecting comprises the sensor electronics module performing a sensor measurement in the first low power mode.

US Pat. No. 10,687,734

SERVER, CLIENT, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A server comprising:a processor that is configured to include
a communicator that is configured to receive data at an application level from a client and receive connection AP information and priority information from the client before reception of the data is started, the client being one of a first client and a second client, the first client being a terminal that has already started data transmission to the server at a timing when a decision processing is started, the second client being a terminal that is standing by for the data transmission to the server at the timing when the decision processing is started, the connection AP information indicating an access point to which the client is being connected, the priority information indicating a priority of the client;
a decision unit that is configured to determine whether or not a first condition is satisfied and determine whether or not any one of a second condition and a third condition is satisfied in the decision processing, and decide to cause the first client to stop the data transmission in the decision processing in a case in which the first condition and the second condition are satisfied, or decide to cause the second client to stand by for the data transmission in the decision processing in a case in which the first condition and the third condition are satisfied, the first condition indicating that an access point indicated by the connection AP information received from the first client is the same as an access point indicated by the connection AP information received from the second client, the second condition indicating that a priority indicated by the priority information received from the first client is lower than a priority indicated by the priority information received from the second client, the third condition indicating that the priority information has not been received from the second client; and
a communication control unit that is configured to transmit first control information to the first client by using the communicator in a case in which the decision unit decides to cause the first client to stop the data transmission and transmit second control information to the second client by using the communicator in a case in which the decision unit decides to cause the second client to stand by for the data transmission, the first control information indicating an instruction to stop data transmission via an access point to which the first client is being connected, the second control information indicating an instruction to stand by for data transmission via an access point to which the second client is being connected,
wherein the decision processing decides to stop or start the transmission based on the conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,687,733

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR TISSUE BIOPSY SYSTEM

SenoRx, Inc., Franklin L...

1. A screen providing a graphical user interface (GUI) for a tissue biopsy system having a tissue cutting member, the tissue cutting member adapted for cutting one or more tissue specimens from tissue at a target site within a patient, the screen providing the graphical user interface comprising:a circular area; and
a plurality of GUI areas of variable size located in the circular area, the plurality of GUI areas including:
a. a first GUI area configured to represent a first region of the target site from which at least one tissue specimen has been separated from tissue at the target site by the tissue cutting member, the first GUI area having a plurality of portions, wherein at least one portion of the plurality of portions is a curvy band portion;
b. a second GUI area, visually distinguishable from the first GUI area, configured to represent a second region from which the tissue cutting member may separate one or more additional tissue specimens from tissue at the target site; and
c. a third GUI area, visually distinguishable from the first and second GUI areas, configured to represent a third region in which the tissue cutting member is deployed to separate a tissue specimen from tissue at the target site.

US Pat. No. 10,687,732

SELECTING SLICE CONFIGURATION OF MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS

Shanghai Neusoft Medical ...

1. A method of selecting a slice configuration, comprising:when a region to be scanned is a heart, determining, by a medical imaging apparatus, maximum and minimum values of scanning time for scanning the heart by the medical imaging apparatus with each of a plurality of candidate slice configurations according to a length of the heart and an electrocardiogram of the heart;
selecting, by the medical imaging apparatus, one or more first slice configurations for each of whom the maximum value of the scanning time is less than a preset time threshold from the plurality of candidate slice configurations;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected scanning length for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected redundant scanning dose for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations according to the expected scanning length for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations and a scanning length of the region; and
selecting, by the medical imaging apparatus, a target slice configuration according to the redundant scanning dose for scanning the region with each of the first slice configurations, wherein the region is to be scanned by the medical imaging apparatus with the target slice configurations;
wherein determining the maximum and minimum values of the scanning time for scanning the heart with each of the plurality of candidate slice configurations according to the length of the heart and the electrocardiogram of the heart comprises:
for each of the plurality of candidate slice configurations,
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, a number of RR intervals in which the medical imaging apparatus completes one scan with the candidate slice configuration according to the electrocardiogram of the heart;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, an expected number of steps according to a scanning coverage range for the medical imaging apparatus scanning with the candidate slice configuration and the length of the heart;
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, a RR interval of the heart displayed on the electrocardiogram; and
determining, by the medical imaging apparatus, the maximum and minimum values of the scanning time for scanning the heart with the candidate slice configuration according to the determined number of RR intervals, the expected number of steps, and the RR interval of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,687,729

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A VALUE OF A PHYSIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTIC

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A measurement apparatus, comprising:a transmit antenna for emitting radio frequency (RF) radiation, wherein the transmit antenna is placed in proximity to a body part of a subject such that a variation in an amount of fluid present in the body part of the subject causes a variation in an impedance of the transmit antenna;
an RF signal generator;
a transmission line connecting the RF signal generator to the transmit antenna;
a detector configured to measure a variation of a parameter correlated with the variation in the impedance of the transmit antenna during a measurement period; and
a controller, in communication with the RF signal generator and the detector, and configured to:
cause the RF signal generator to provide an RF signal to the transmit antenna such that the transmit antenna emits the RF radiation during the measurement period;
receive measurements of the variation of the parameter during the measurement period from the detector; and
calculate a value of a physiological characteristic of the subject based on the measurements,
wherein the parameter correlated with the variation in the impedance of the transmit antenna is a level of RF power reflected by an interface between the transmit antenna and the transmission line.

US Pat. No. 10,687,726

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING ECG RECORDINGS FROM MULTIPLE PATIENTS

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for processing ECG recordings from multiple patients, the system comprising:a pre-processing database containing unprocessed ECG recordings from multiple patients, wherein each ECG recording is a time series of ECG data recorded from a patient;
a reporting database containing processed ECG recordings from multiple patients;
a processor;
a triage module executable on the processor to:
assess each of the unprocessed ECG recordings from the multiple patients in the pre-processing database to detect a presence or absence of at least one known abnormality and determines at least one abnormality identifier based on the detected known abnormality;
identify at least one abnormality group of ECG recordings from multiple patients based on the abnormality identifier;
identify a normal group of ECG recordings from multiple patients that are not in the abnormality group; and
store the normal group of ECG recordings in the reporting database with an associated normal identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,687,724

USER'S PHYSIOLOGICAL CONTEXT SENSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a physiological context measurement module including first and second electrodes, to obtain one or more parameters of physiological context of a user in response to a provision of contact of the first and second electrodes with a body of the user while the physiological context measurement module is powered on;
a third electrode coupled with the physiological context measurement module, to detect contact between a first portion of the user's body and the third electrode; and
a fourth electrode coupled with the physiological context measurement module, to provide a common reference signal for the first and second electrodes, wherein the physiological context measurement module is to be powered on in response to the detection of contact between the user's first body portion and the third electrode, wherein the first, third, and fourth electrodes are disposed on a first surface of the apparatus that comprises an outer surface of a body of the apparatus, to provide simultaneous contact of the user's first body portion with the first, third, and fourth electrodes, wherein the second electrode is disposed on a second surface of the apparatus that is opposite the first surface and comprises an inner surface of the apparatus body, to provide contact of a second body portion of the user with the second electrode, and to facilitate collection of the one or more parameters of the physiological context while a simultaneous contact between the first and second portions of the user's body and the first and second electrodes respectively is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,687,710

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PALPATION OF TISSUES FOR CHARACTERIZATION AND MECHANICAL DIFFERENTIATION OF SUBCUTANEOUS STRUCTURES

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A palpation device for palpation of tissue of a patient for identification of an object embedded therein by visual inspection through the palpation device, the device comprising:a frame formed from a substantially rigid material and comprising an opening;
a tonometric lens extending through the opening of the frame, the tonometric lens comprising a surface configured to be applied to the tissue of the patient to at least partially impinge the tissue, and configured to be looked through to view a topography of the surface of the tonometric lens when the lens is applied to the tissue to identify one or more objects embedded in the tissue of the patient based, at least in part, on the view of the topography of the surface of the tonometric lens, the lens comprising a body having a reflective coating on an outer surface thereof; and
a radiation source positioned to illuminate the reflective coating such that the topography of the surface of the tonometric lens can be observed,
wherein the body comprises a body material that is as stiff or stiffer than the tissue of the patient and less stiff than the embedded object.

US Pat. No. 10,687,698

DIRECT ENDOLUMINAL- AND/OR ENDOVASCULAR-ILLUMINATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

EnlightenVue LLC, Denver...

1. A method of imaging an interior of a vessel, the method comprising:advancing an endoscope within a vessel to a target location, the endoscope comprising:
a hub;
a shaft extending from the hub and comprising a distal tip;
an image sensor within the distal tip, the image sensor having a field of view external from the endoscope;
an expandable cuff disposed on at least a portion of the shaft, the expandable cuff being movable between a contracted configuration and a deployed configuration, an outer surface of the expandable cuff being disposed further away from a longitudinal axis of the shaft when the expandable cuff is in the deployed configuration than when the expandable cuff is in the contracted configuration; and
a working channel;
expanding the expandable cuff to the deployed configuration so that the expandable cuff and at least the portion of the shaft occupy all or substantially all of an interior area of a cross section of the vessel, whereby fluid flow is inhibited, reduced, or prevented in the vessel at the target location;
collecting an image of the interior of the vessel at the target location while the fluid flow is inhibited, wherein the image is sensed by the image sensor; and
deploying an instrument from the working channel of the endoscope, wherein at least a portion of the working channel passes between the expandable cuff and a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, wherein deploying the instrument comprises distending an inner surface of the expandable cuff with an outer surface of the working channel.

US Pat. No. 10,687,697

ENDOSCOPIC LIGHT SOURCE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Stryker Corporation, Kal...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source comprising a first light device for emitting light in the red wavelength spectrum, a second light device for emitting light in the blue wavelength spectrum, a third light device for emitting light in the green wavelength spectrum, and a fourth light device for emitting infrared light, and a user operable switch for switching between a first light emission mode and a second light emission mode, wherein in the first light emission mode light in the red wavelength spectrum, light in the green wavelength spectrum and light in the blue wavelength spectrum are emitted and light in the infrared wavelength spectrum is not emitted, and in the second light emission mode light in the infrared wavelength spectrum, light in the green wavelength spectrum and light in the blue wavelength spectrum are emitted and light in the red wavelength spectrum is never emitted throughout the second light emission mode;
an endoscope in communication with the light source, the endoscope being capable of receiving light from the light source and emitting the light onto a patient site and receiving reflected light and emitted fluorescent light from the patient site and transmitting the received light;
a receiving device in communication with the endoscope and comprising a splitting filter capable of splitting a light mixture into separate wavelength rays, a first image sensor capable of detecting light in a green wavelength spectrum and converting the green light to a first image signal, a second image sensor capable of detecting light in a blue wavelength spectrum and converting the blue light to a second image signal, and a third image sensor capable of detecting light in a red wavelength spectrum and in an infrared wavelength spectrum and converting the red light and infrared light to a third image signal;
a coupler for connecting the receiving device to the endoscope;
a notch filter in the endoscope or coupler capable of blocking light of a specific wavelength range in the infrared spectrum and allowing other light in the infrared spectrum to pass therethrough; and
a processor in electronic communication with the receiving device and disposed to receive the first image signal, the second image signal, and the third image signal, and to process the signals to create a display signal to be sent to a display apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,687,695

BENDING TUBE AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS INCLUDING BENDING TUBE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an inserting section comprising a bending tube comprising:
a first bending piece comprising:
a link portion; and
a receiving portion formed near the link portion and comprising a first slide surface; and
a second bending piece configured to rotate relative to the first bending piece about an axis of rotation, the second bending piece comprising:
an engagement portion rotatably engaged with the link portion and contactable with the receiving portion during rotation, the engagement portion comprising a second slide surface configured to slide relative to the link portion,
wherein:
the axis of rotation extends through the link portion, and
the first slide surface is approximately perpendicular to the axis of rotation, nearly parallel to a central axis of the first bending piece, and slidably engaged with the engagement portion during rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,687,694

WIRE-DRIVEN MANIPULATOR

Canon U.S.A., Inc., Melv...

1. A linear-member-driven manipulator comprising:a bendable member that is bendable along a bending plane and includes a plurality of bendable portions;
a linear member used to bend at least one of the bendable portions;
at least one guiding member that guide the linear member that is driven; and
a plurality of support members, each support member extending from one of the guiding members to the bendable member,
wherein the at least one guiding member is swingable with respect to the bendable member; and
wherein, for each support member, a projection distance between the linear member and the support member on the bending plane is greater than or equal to a projection distance between the linear member and a bending neutral line of the bendable member on the bending plane.

US Pat. No. 10,687,687

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SUCTION UNIT

1. A domestic dishwasher, comprising:a wash container having a loading opening,
a door configured to close the wash container; and
a suction apparatus configured to suck off steam and/or air escaping from the loading opening,
wherein the suction apparatus has one or several inlet windows at least in an upper region of the wash container or the door, and
wherein the one or several inlet windows is/are only accessible for intake of steam and/or air escaping from a wet chamber of the wash container when the door is opened, such that the one or several inlet windows is/are not accessible to a washing water, stream, and/or air that is inside of the wash container when the door is closed.

US Pat. No. 10,687,659

BEVERAGE PREPARATION DEVICE WITH PUMP AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PUMP

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A beverage preparation device designed for preparing a beverage upon injection of fluid into an ingredients-containing cartridge, the beverage preparation device comprising:an electrically operated pump coupled between a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet for pumping the fluid from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet;
a processing unit for the electrically operated pump configured to control an operation of the electrically operated pump in response to an electrical energy, the electrical energy having a wave form;
the processing unit is configured to determine respective selected half cycles in which the electrically operated pump is energized based on:
a target ratio, wherein the target ratio is a ratio between a target flow rate and a predefined maximum flow rate of the electrically operated pump, and
calculation of an activation ratio, wherein the activation ratio is a ratio between a number of past half cycles for which the electrically operated pump was energized to a number of overall half cycles during a respective beverage preparation process.

US Pat. No. 10,687,657

BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Societe des Produits Nest...

1. A food or beverage preparation machine comprising a controller and a control panel, the control panel comprising a set of actuators and a corresponding set of pressure sensors, the control panel is configured for a user to select a volume value, and each of the actuators and each of the corresponding pressure sensors are associated with a different volume value than the other actuators and the other pressure sensors, the set of actuators are each pressure-sensitive and comprise a first end with a first deformable surface which is configured to receive a press action from a user, a second end with a second deformable surface which is in physical contact with the corresponding pressure sensor, and a first elongated portion connecting the first end and the second end, the first elongated portion is configured to transfer to the second end a pressure that has been generated at the first end, such that when the press action is applied to the first deformable surface, the corresponding pressure is transferred to the second deformable surface by the first elongated portion and is applied to the pressure sensor, the pressure sensor is configured to detect the pressure and generate a pressure signal, the pressure sensor is electronically connected to the controller and configured to communicate the pressure signal to the controller, the controller is configured to detect the press action applied to set of actuators based on the pressure signal to set the volume value, wherein the first elongated portion is non-deformable and comprises a hollow cavity filled with a fluid, wherein the first elongated portion comprise a material configured to reflect light, and a reflective index of the material configured to reflect light is greater than a reflective index of the fluid in the hollow cavity, and a machine head having a receptacle for accommodating a portioned beverage ingredient and in which a fluid is injected for preparing a food or a beverage, and a machine body comprising a water pump and a water heater, wherein the control panel is situated at the machine head, and the set of pressure sensors is situated at the machine body, wherein machine head and the machine body are separated by a leak-tight wall.

US Pat. No. 10,687,656

COFFEE MACHINE

RANCILIO GROUP S.p.A., V...

12. A coffee machine for preparation of an espresso beverage, the coffee machine comprising:a button that when actuated triggers automatic preparation by the machine of the espresso;
controls activated by pressing the button that operate the coffee machine to automatically prepare the espresso beverage, including powder preparation and water treatment;
a housing comprising at least a first compartment and a second compartment, the first compartment separated from the second compartment by a partition wall;
the first compartment comprising a first set of components, including a powder preparation component, at least one brewing group, and a dispensing component for dispensing the espresso beverage in a container for consumption;
the second compartment comprising a second set of components including a first boiler, a second boiler, a pump and water line for generation and supply at least of hot water under pressure and steam under pressure to one or more components of the first set of components for the espresso preparation, wherein the pump generates water under pressure sufficiently and supplies the water under pressure to the dispensing component for the espresso preparation,
the first boiler configured for the supply of the hot water under pressure to the dispensing component for espresso preparation and the second boiler configured for the supply of steam under pressure,
the second compartment comprising a carrier to which the second set of components are mounted, wherein the carrier is slidably removable from corresponding electrical and water connections within the second compartment as a module, together with the first boiler and the second boiler and the pump; and
wherein the pump feeds both the first boiler for the supply of hot water and the second boiler for the supply of steam under pressure to the at least one brewing group and the espresso is dispensed by the dispensing component for espresso preparation.

US Pat. No. 10,687,654

METHOD FOR OPERATING A SINGLE AUTOMATIC BEVERAGE DISPENSER FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF BEVERAGE DISPENSERS

1. A method for operating a single automatic beverage dispenser, from among a plurality of automatic beverage dispensers, that dispense at least one of hot and cold beverage, by using a mobile device also having a corresponding communication unit, each of the automatic beverage dispensers having respectively one control panel and respectively one communication unit for operation, wherein each of the automatic beverage dispensers is adapted to establish communication links with a plurality of mobile devices, the method comprising steps of:a) making available a respective dataset including at least one recipe personalized for a respective user for at least one of hot and cold beverages on the respective mobile device;
b) automatically establishing a communication link between the single automatic beverage dispenser and one of the mobile devices when a user with the one mobile device approaches the single automatic beverage dispenser;
c) transmitting the dataset for the at least one user personalized recipe for the at least one hot and cold beverage from the one mobile device to the single automatic beverage dispenser;
d) temporarily storing the dataset in a data store belonging to the single automatic beverage dispenser;
e) displaying the at least one user personalized recipe as at least one selection option, respectively, on the control panel of the single automatic beverage dispenser, wherein the displaying includes displaying only those recipes and/or activating only those recipes which can also be prepared in the single automatic beverage dispenser;
f) triggering a preparation sequence on the single automatic beverage dispenser of the hot or cold beverage by selecting one of the user personalized recipes on the control panel;
g) preparing and dispensing a personalized beverage from the single automatic beverage dispenser based on the selected one of the user personalized recipes; and
h) deleting or overwriting the temporarily stored dataset from the data store of the single automatic beverage dispenser following a severing the communication link between the single automatic beverage dispenser and the one mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,687,651

ELECTRIC DISPENSING KETTLE SYSTEM

Fellow Industries Inc., ...

1. An electric dispensing kettle system comprising:a) a dispensing kettle with a body, a handle, a pouring spout and a coupling structure on a bottom surface that is electrically coupled to a heating element within the body of the dispensing kettle;
b) a control station with a matched coupling member that electrically couples to the heating element through the coupling structure when the kettle is seated on or docket to the electric control station and that provides controlled power to the heating element to heat a steeping liquid within the body of the dispensing kettle: and
c) a PID controller or control loop feedback circuit that continuously modulates power from the control station to the heating element to heat the steeping liquid to a selected temperature or target temperature and to maintain the steeping liquid at the selected temperature or the target temperature wherein the kettle further comprises a counter-balance weight within the handle that weighs 25% or more of the total weight of the dispensing kettle.

US Pat. No. 10,687,649

HANDHELD CITRUS JUICER WITH ROTATING ELEMENT

1. A handheld citrus juicer comprising:first and second arms comprising respective inner ends and respective outer ends spaced from the respective inner ends, said inner ends of said first and second arms pivotally connected such that said outer ends are manually movable relative to each other on an arc centered on a pivot axis;
said first and second arms comprising respective gripping portions adapted to be gripped by an associated user with one hand to squeeze said first and second arms toward each other;
said first arm comprising a support opening comprising internal threads;
a rotatable element connected to said first arm and rotatable relative to said first arm about an axis of rotation, said rotatable element including: (i) an upper portion including a grip adapted to be grasped by a user for manually rotating said rotatable element relative to said first arm; and, (ii) a lower portion including a citrus fruit reamer that projects outwardly from the upper portion, wherein said reamer comprises a tapered outer surface that converges to a tip as said reamer extends away from the upper portion of the rotatable element;
said upper portion of said rotatable element further comprising a threaded region located between said grip and said reamer, said threaded region comprising a diameter that is larger than said tip of said reamer, wherein said threaded region of said upper portion is located in said support opening such that external threads of said rotatable element are mated with the internal threads of the support opening and such that said grip of said rotatable element projects from a first side of said support opening and said reamer projects from a second side of the support opening toward said second arm;
said second arm comprising a bowl connected thereto, said bowl aligned with said reamer of said rotatable element such that said reamer is aligned with and received in said bowl when said first and second arms are pivoted adjacent each other about said pivot axis;
said reamer of said rotatable element adapted to engage an associated cut-half of citrus fruit located in the bowl, said reamer rotatable with said rotatable element about said rotational axis relative to said first arm and relative to said bowl;
said rotatable element threadably connected to said first arm by said mated external and internal threads such that rotation of said rotatable element about said rotational axis in first and second rotational directions relative to said first arm induces axial movement of the rotatable element and reamer relative to said first arm along said rotational axis in respective first and second axial directions, wherein said outer ends of said first and second arms are configured to move toward each other on said arc about said pivot axis simultaneously with said rotatable element being axially moveable in said first and second axial directions relative to said first arm along said rotational axis in response to rotation of said rotatable element relative to said first arm in said first and second rotational directions;
wherein said rotatable element is located adjacent said inner end of said first arm between said inner end of said first arm and a mid-point of said first arm, wherein said mid-point of said first arm is located halfway between said inner end of said first arm and said outer end of said first arm.

US Pat. No. 10,687,637

PROMOTION DEVICE

ERD EASY B.V., Veenedaal...

1. A promotion device for communicating information regarding a row of products on display for retail, wherein the row of products on display is suspended from a hook or rod that is part of a display system, said device comprising:a mounting part, wherein:
the mounting part is configured to be attached directly to the hook or rod from which the row of products is suspended, and the mounting part is further configured to be removably attachable to the hook or rod by hand, toollessly,
an arm extending from said mounting part to a foremost product of the row of products suspended from said hook or rod, and
a frame attached to an end of said arm, wherein:
the frame provides a cadre around the foremost product of the row of products suspended from said hook or rod, and
the frame is configured to allow removal of said foremost product from said hook or rod through the frame, and
the frame is attached only to the arm, the arm is otherwise attached only to the mounting part, and the mounting part is otherwise attached only to the hook or rod from which the row of products is suspended.

US Pat. No. 10,687,631

CONVERTIBLE BED FRAME AND CONVERTIBLE COVER

1. A capably joinable and capably disjoinable bed frame and capably movable and capably rotating cover, comprising;a beam wherein said beam is an elongated member and wherein said beam is connected to a plane of a plate along a longitudinal axis of said plate and wherein each opposing end of said beam is connected to a column comprising of rigid material,
elongated rod members wherein one elongated rod member is capably pivotally connected at one end to a column and the opposing end of said elongated rod member is connected to a receptacle and the other elongated rod member Is capably pivotally connected at one end to the other column and the opposing end of said elongated rod member is connected to a receptacle wherein said receptacles are rigid members with rigid pegs protruding from each opposing end of each said receptacle,
receptacle frames wherein each said receptacle is situate within a receptacle frame wherein protruding from each opposing end of each of said receptacle frame is a rigid peg and wherein said receptacle's said rigid pegs protrude from each opposing end of said receptacle to capably pivotally connect to each opposing end of said receptacle frame,
upright members wherein each said receptacle frame is situate between upright members wherein said receptacle frame's said rigid pegs capably move within longitudinal slots of said upright members,
mechanical devices wherein each said receptacle frame is connected to a first mechanical device wherein said first mechanical device is capable of producing vertical movement,
combinations of a cylindrical member and a wall each said combination comprising a cylindrical member and a wall wherein a plane of said wall is connected to a plane of said cylindrical member;
a roof wherein connected to one end of said roof is said wall of one of said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall and connected to the other end of said roof is said wall of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein one said elongated rod member is situate wherein said elongated rod member capably traverses through an elongated opening of said wall and said cylindrical member of one said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein both ends of said elongated rod member are simultaneously situate outside both a plane of said wall and a plane of said cylindrical member of one said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall and the other said elongated rod member is situate wherein the other said elongated rod member capably traverses through an elongated opening of said wall and said cylindrical member of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall wherein both ends of the other said elongated rod member are simultaneously situate outside both a plane of said wall and a plane of said cylindrical member of the other said combination of a cylindrical member and a wall,
roof guides wherein each said roof guide is an elongated member and wherein each roof guide is connected to a roof guide-way wherein said roof guide-way is a structural member and wherein said roof guide-way is connected to said roof by a guide bar wherein said guide bar is an elongated member capably movably connected at each longitudinal end of said guide bar to one of two of said roof guides wherein said guide bar capably moves along each of said roof guide's longitudinal axis,
a door wherein said door is capably pivotally connected to said guide bar along a longitudinal axis of said guide bar wherein said door is capably stowable on said roof guides and wherein said door is capably pivotable wherein each longitudinal end of said door capably movably connects to each wall and wherein two opposing ends of each said wall extend beyond the width of said plate,
rotational treads wherein each said cylindrical member is capably connected to a rotational tread wherein said rotational tread capably produces bi-directional rotational movement wherein each said cylindrical member is capably rotatable and wherein each said rotational tread is connected to a second mechanical device wherein said second mechanical device capably produces vertical movement,
cross supports wherein each said cross support is an elongated housing structure and wherein each said cross support is connected to said plane of said plate wherein said cross support and said beam connect to said plane of said plate,
push-pull assemblies wherein said push-pull assembly comprises an elongated member and wherein said push-pull assembly capably moves within said cross support and wherein said push-pull assembly capably extends out of said cross support and wherein said push-pull assembly capably extends into and capably connects to a cross support of a capably joinable and capably disjoinable bed frame and capably movable and capably rotating cover unit,
a mattress attachment wherein said mattress attachment comprises of a mattress capably connectable to an end of a hanger assembly wherein said hanger assembly is an elongated member wherein pivotally connected to the other end of said hangar assembly comprises a wheel wherein said wheel capably moves along a wheel path of said cross support and wherein said mattress attachment is capably pivotable between a first position wherein a side of said mattress attachment is beyond a plane of said plate to a second position wherein is a stowed position wherein a side of said mattress attachment is beyond the other plane of said plate, and
a support frame wherein said support frame is connected to an end of each of said upright members wherein said support frame is capably connected to a plurality of wheels capably producing omnidirectional movement wherein said support frame capably moves omnidirectionally and wherein capably connected to said support frame is each of said first and second mechanical devices.

US Pat. No. 10,687,630

MATTRESS FOUNDATIONS, KITS AND RELATED METHODS

1. A method of assembling a foundation for a mattress; the method comprising:receiving a kit comprising:
a first side rail having a slat-rest;
a second side rail for positioning parallel to the first side rail and, having a slat-rest;
a first end rail configured to interface with the first side rail and the second side rail;
a second end rail configured to interface with the first side rail and the second side rail;
and
a plurality of slats;
a corner between each of the interfaces of the side rails and end rails, wherein the corner is formed by the overlap of at least one of the end portions of the end rails and at least one of the end portion of the side rails, and wherein an opposite end portion of the side rail and an opposite end portion of the end rail meet flush with one another,
positioning the first side rail, and the second side rail in parallel;
interfacing the first end rail with the first side rail and the second side rail,
interfacing the second end rail with the first side rail and the second side rail,
positioning the plurality of slats on the plurality of slat-rests,
including the overlap of at least one of the end portions and the meeting of an opposite end portion of the side rail and the opposite end portion of the end rail at a flush position to be separated by a spacer and an end support block positioned below the plurality of slat-rests and between a top interface of the side rails and end rails and a bottom interface of the side rails and end rails at the corner.

US Pat. No. 10,687,629

FLOATATION MATTRESS ASSEMBLY

1. A floatation mattress assembly being configured to float on water or supply a compressible sleeping surface, said assembly comprising:a mat being comprised of a resiliently compressible material wherein said mat is configured to be slept upon, said mat being comprised of a buoyant material wherein said mat is configured to float on water thereby facilitating a user to lie on said mat to float on a body of water, said mat having a top surface, a bottom surface and a perimeter surface extending therebetween, said perimeter surface having a front side, a back side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, said mat being elongated between said front and back sides, each of said front and back sides being rounded, each of said first and second lateral sides curving outwardly between said back side and said front side wherein said mat is configured to have the ornamental appearance of a flip flop article of footwear;
a first tube being pivotally coupled to said mat, said first tube being positionable in a deployed position having said first tube arcing upwardly over said mat, said first tube being positionable in a stored position having said first tube lying on said mat;
a second tube being coupled to said first tube and slidably extending through said mat, said second tube curving upwardly between said mat and said first tube when said first tube is positioned in said deployed position wherein each of said first and second tubes is configured to have the ornamental appearance of foot straps on the flip flop article of footwear, said second tube being urgeable downwardly through said mat for urging said first tube into said stored position; and
a net being removably attached to each of said first and second tubes, said net forming a hemispherical dome over said mat when said first tube is positioned in said deployed position.