US Pat. No. 10,112,121

TOY ASSEMBLY THAT CONVERTS BETWEEN A SPHERICAL SHAPE AND A FLYING DISC SHAPE

1. A toy assembly that is configurable between a ball shape and a disc shape, said toy assembly comprising:a first hub;
a first plurality of flaps radially extending from said first hub, wherein said first plurality of flaps are coupled to said first hub with a first set of hinge connections, and wherein said first plurality of flaps has a first set of hook structures formed thereon;
a second hub;
a second plurality of flaps radially extending from said second hub, wherein said second plurality of flaps are coupled to said second hub with a second set of hinge connections, and wherein said second plurality of flaps has a second set of hook structures formed thereon;
a resilient ring that is engaged by both said first set of hook structures and said second set of hook structures, wherein said resilient ring joins said first plurality of flaps to said second plurality of flaps and biases said first plurality of flaps and said second plurality of flaps into said ball shape where said first plurality of flaps partially overlaps said second plurality of flaps, and wherein said first plurality of flaps are joined to said second plurality of flaps only by said resilient ring; and
a temporary connector coupled to said first hub and said second hub that temporarily interconnects said first hub and said second hub for a period of time after said first hub and said second hub are pressed together.

US Pat. No. 10,112,118

RIDE SYSTEM

TAIT TOWERS MANUFACTURING...

1. A ride system comprising:a ride vehicle, the ride vehicle being operable to support a ride patron during a ride event during which the ride vehicle travels along an event path located within a volume;
a display arrangement for displaying a viewing script to the ride patron during a ride event, the viewing script having displayed content portions that are displayed for viewing by the ride patron, wherein, at a given reference instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path when the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle is at a first given sight orientation, a first group of these displayed content portions are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron, and, at a second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path when the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle is at a second sight orientation different than the first given sight orientation, a second group of these displayed content portions are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron;
a motive force assembly operatively connected to the ride vehicle, the motive force assembly being operable to provide at least one input of motive force to the ride vehicle that causes the ride vehicle to be propelled along at least one portion of the event path;
a device for detecting the status of a monitored property that varies in correspondence with a change in the orientation of the head of the ride patron relative to the ride vehicle; the status detecting device being operatively associated with the ride vehicle, the status detecting device having an initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the given reference instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path such that the status detecting device detects an initial status of the monitored property, and the status detecting device either being in the initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path or being at a variance from the initial orientation relative to the ride vehicle at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path, and the orientations of the status detecting device at the first given instance and at the second instance during the travel of the ride vehicle along the event path being taken into account in connection with displaying the viewing script viewed by the ride patron during the ride event such that the first group of the displayed content portions of the viewing script are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron at the first given instance and the second group of the displayed content portions of the viewing script are displayed within the instantaneous field of vision of the ride patron for viewing by the ride patron at the second instance.

US Pat. No. 10,112,111

SPECTATOR VIEW PERSPECTIVES IN VR ENVIRONMENTS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing virtual reality content for viewing by spectators, comprising,receiving, at a server, a virtual reality stream associated with interaction by a head mounted display (HMD) player wearing an HMD, the HMD player is configured to navigate a virtual reality environment, and the navigation of the virtual reality environment produces the virtual reality stream having an HMD player view;
receiving, at the server, a request via a device of a spectator to view the virtual reality stream via an HMD of the spectator;
sending, by the server, a feed of the virtual reality stream to the device of the spectator, the feed of the virtual reality stream providing an HMD spectator view into the virtual reality environment that is enabled to be a same view and distinct views relative to the HMD player view;
receiving, by the server, position information of the HMD of the spectator;
processing, by the server,
an up-scaling of a portion of the virtual reality environment when the position indicates that the HMD of the spectator has moved closer to content in the virtual reality environment;
a down-scaling of the portion of the virtual reality environment when the position indicates that the HMD of the spectator has moved further from content in the virtual reality environment.

US Pat. No. 10,112,110

INITIATING A GAME SESSION WITH BROADCAST SUBSCRIBERS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:a game server, the game server programmed to perform operations comprising:
serving video game content for an online game to a plurality of game clients;
receiving from a game client a request to invite one or more subscribers to a content stream of the online game to participate in a game session; and
transmitting a request for subscribers to participate in a session of the online game, the request for subscribers comprising a game identifier identifying a game, a game session identifier identifying a game session, and information identifying characteristics of subscribers; and
a broadcast streaming server, the broadcast streaming server programmed to perform operations comprising:
serving a content stream of the online game to a plurality of streaming server clients;
receiving the request for subscribers to participate in a session of the online game;
determining a subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session based at least in part on the game identifier and the identified characteristics;
transmitting to a user node having a streaming server client executing thereon associated with the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session, instructions to provide notice of the request for subscribers to participate in the game session;
receiving from the streaming server client associated with the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session a request to join the game session;
transmitting to the game server a request to join the game session, the request to join the game session comprising information identifying the subscriber who is authorized to participate in the game session;
determining instructions for launching a game client at the user node and for accessing the game session using the game client; and
transmitting to the user node the game session identifier identifying the game session and the determined instructions for launching a game client at the user node and for accessing the game session using the game client.

US Pat. No. 10,112,107

IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS

1. An identification apparatus for reading an ID of an identification object, comprising:a sensor face in which a plurality of sensor electrodes serving for detecting a change of electrostatic capacitance, and a ground portion provided separately from the sensor electrodes are provided on one and the same plane; wherein:
a conductive portion or conductive portions formed in the identification object is configured so that when the identification object is placed on the sensor face, the conductive portion or the conductive portions can electrically connect a corresponding one or corresponding ones of the sensor electrodes with the ground portion; and
a change of electrostatic capacitance occurring when the corresponding sensor electrode or electrodes are electrically connected with the ground portion is detected so that the ID of the identification object can be identified.

US Pat. No. 10,112,105

TABLE GAME SYSTEM

ANGEL PLAYING CARDS CO., ...

1. A table game system comprising:shuffled playing cards composed of playing cards made up of a plurality of number of decks shuffled to have a unique arrangement order, a uniquely identifiable shuffled card ID being attached to the shuffled playing cards as an ID code;
a card shoe apparatus that houses the shuffled playing cards in a card housing unit such that the said shuffled playing cards can be manually dealt one by one onto a game table and reads from the card a code printed on the card concerning the rank thereof via a card reading unit;
a barcode reader or an input means for information that identifies the shuffled card ID capable of identifying the shuffled card ID, and
a control unit that includes a memory for storing a plurality of association tables or a plurality of databases, each of which makes it possible to obtain the rank of each card based on the code of each card,
wherein each association table or database is recorded in association with the shuffled card ID, and one of the plurality of association tables or databases is identified by identifying the shuffled card ID, and based on the association table or database identified, the card reading unit reads the code when each card is drawn from the card housing unit and the rank of the card is identified based on that code.

US Pat. No. 10,112,103

SPLITBOARD JOINING DEVICE

1. A splitboard joining device comprising:a first attachment configured to attach to a first ski of a splitboard;
a second attachment configured to attach to a second ski of a splitboard;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a first configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are joined, thereby creating tension between the first attachment and the second attachment and compression between the first ski and the second ski;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a second configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are disengaged, thereby reducing tension between the first attachment and the second attachment, and reducing compression between the first ski and second ski;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment comprise a third configuration where the first attachment and the second attachment are fully disengaged such that the first ski and the second ski can be separated for use in tour mode;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment can only move to the third configuration from the second configuration, and wherein to move from the second configuration to the third configuration the first attachment is configured to move away from the second attachment in a direction generally parallel to the seam of the splitboard and in a direction generally in plane with the top of the first ski and the top of the second ski;
wherein the first attachment comprises a tensioning element movable in a plane generally parallel to the top of the first ski and second ski, and wherein the second attachment comprises a receiving element configured to engage the tensioning element of the first attachment wherein the receiving element is also configured to extend generally perpendicular to a tensioning direction and offset from a mounting position of the second attachment of the second ski;
wherein the tensioning element is movable between a first position and a second position, and wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured such that when the tensioning element is in the first position and engaged with the receiving element of the second attachment, the first attachment and second attachment are in the first configuration;
wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured such that when the tensioning element is in the second position and has reduced engagement with the receiving element of the second attachment, the first attachment and second attachment are in the second configuration;
wherein the splitboard joining device further comprises an adjustable tension element configured to adjustably control the tension between the first attachment and the second attachment and configured to adjustably control the compression between the first and second skis when coupled, when the first attachment and second attachment are in the first configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,112,101

INFORMATION-PRESENTATION STRUCTURE WITH IMPACT-SENSITIVE COLOR CHANGE AND SOUND GENERATION

1. An information-presentation (“IP”) structure comprising:an object-impact (“OI”) structure having an exposed surface for being impacted by an object during an activity, the OI structure comprising a variable-color (“VC”) region which extends to the exposed surface at a surface zone and normally appears along it largely as a principal color during the activity, an impact-dependent (“ID”) portion of the VC region responding to the object impacting the surface zone at an ID object-contact (“OC”) area spanning where the object contacts the surface zone by temporarily appearing along an ID print area of the surface zone largely as changed color materially different from the principal color if the impact meets threshold impact criteria, the print area at least partly encompassing, at least mostly outwardly conforming largely to, and being largely concentric with the OC area; and
sound-generating apparatus for selectively generating a specified audible sound in response to the object impacting the OC area so as to meet the threshold impact criteria, the specified sound being separate from any audible sound originating at the OC area due physically to the impact.

US Pat. No. 10,112,094

SOCCER TRAINING ARENA

1. A soccer training facility for use by a soccer player, comprising:an upstanding wall extending substantially around a training space positioned on a support surface;
said wall having an upper end, a lower end, an inner side and an outer side;
said wall further including:
(a) an elongated, horizontally disposed base plate positioned at said lower end of said wall and supported on the support surface; and
(b) an elongated, horizontally disposed top plate positioned at said upper end of said wall;
a plurality of horizontally spaced-apart recessed openings formed in said lower end of said wall;
each of said plurality of recessed openings having a generally rectangular-shape and having a lower end, an upper end, a first end and a second end; and further including
a pair of vertically disposed studs, each having a lower end and an upper end, and a pair of elongated, horizontal upper and lower support members, each respectively disposed between said lower and upper ends of said pair of vertically disposed studs;
wherein said lower end of each said pair of studs including:
a plurality of spring mounts;
a plurality of connector elements, each having an inner end and an outer end, movably positioned within a corresponding spring mount of the plurality of spring mounts with said outer end connected to the respective spring mount, the plurality of connector elements movable between an inner position and an outer position with respect to a respective spring mount;
a plurality of springs associated with said plurality of spring mounts and plurality of connector elements, each spring of the plurality of springs, yieldably urging the respective connector element to said inner position;
a pivotable, generally rectangular-shaped training target positioned in each of said plurality of recessed openings;
each of said plurality of training targets having an inner side, an outer side, a lower end, an upper end, a first end and a second end;
said inner end of each of the connector elements being secured to said first and second ends and upper and lower ends of each of said plurality of training targets;
wherein each of said plurality of training targets is movable with respect to each respective recessed opening between an outer position and an inner position;
wherein each spring of the respective plurality of springs, yieldably maintains the respective training target in said inner position;
each of said plurality of training targets being moved from said respective inner position to said respective outer position upon said respective inner sides thereof being struck by a soccer ball;
each of said plurality of target openings further including a light assembly associated therewith; each of said light assemblies including:
(a) a support frame secured within said recessed opening formed within said wall;
(b) an illumination means having an upper light member, a first side light member and a second side light member, wherein said illumination means is secured to said support frame and extends around a perimeter of each of said plurality of training targets; and
wherein said light assemblies illuminating said plurality of training targets when activated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,092

PIVOTING SOCCER GOAL AND GAME

1. A soccer goal comprising:a. an upright frame having a horizontally disposed bottom member, said member having a left end, a right end, an upstanding left arm connected to said left end of said horizontally disposed bottom member and an upstanding right arm connected to said right end of said horizontally disposed bottom member and a net fastened to said frame;
b. a base connected to a center portion of said horizontally disposed bottom member;
c. a turntable connected to said base and said turntable further comprising an upper turntable member connected to a lower turntable member;
d. a mat placed on the ground about said soccer goal and connected to said lower turntable member whereby said soccer goal rotates when subjected to forces such as a kicked soccer ball and a soccer ball can enter said net regardless of the direction from which said soccer ball approaches said soccer goal; and
e. a skirt detachably connected to a perimeter of said mat whereby said skirt provides a shallow low angle from the ground to the mat, whereby travel of the soccer ball into the soccer goal is facilitated.

US Pat. No. 10,112,087

GRIP AND METHOD OF MAKING A GRIP

1. A grip configured to be grasped by a user, said grip comprising:a tube having a body with a first end, a second end including a cover, a support surface positioned between said first and second ends and at least one raised portion extending outwards from said support surface and integrally formed with said support surface, said second end including a second end portion integrally formed with said support surface and extending radially outwards from said support surface, said second end portion extending from said cover at least about one half inch toward said first end around the circumference of said tube;
said at least one raised portion including an exposed surface, said at least one raised portion extending to an elliptical-like point positioned within one-third of the length of said tube from said first end, said second end portion and said at least one raised portion separated by said support surface;
a gripping member wrapped about and contacting said support surface and not said exposed surface of said at least one raised portion; and
wherein an outer surface of said gripping member and said exposed surface of said at least one raised portion cooperate to define a gripping surface positioned to be gripped by a user and wherein said outer surface of said gripping member and said second end portion extend substantially the same distance from said support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,112,083

GOLF CLUBS WITH ADJUSTABLE LIE AND LOFT AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUBS WITH ADJUSTABLE LIE AND LOFT

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body having a top rail portion, a sole portion, and a recess portion extending between the top rail portion and the sole portion;
a hosel comprising a first end configured to rotationally connect to the body and a second end configured to receive a shaft,
wherein the hosel comprises a front side, a toe side, a heel side, and a rear side,
wherein the hosel first end comprises a curvature from the hosel front side to the hosel rear side,
wherein the body further comprises a slot configured to receive the first end of the hosel,
wherein the slot comprises a top side, a front side, a toe side, a heel side, and a rear side,
wherein the slot top side comprises a curvature from the slot front side to the slot rear side,
wherein the hosel is connected in the slot with at least one pin extending through the body and engaged in a bore in the hosel, and
wherein the bore in the hosel defines an axis of rotation of the hosel relative to the body,
wherein the bore in the hosel extends from the heel side of the hosel through to the toe side of the hosel,
and
an insert configured to be inserted in the recess portion and coupled to the first end of the hosel,
the insert configured to be positioned in the recess portion at one rotational position of a plurality of different rotational positions corresponding to a plurality of different angles between the body and the shaft,
wherein the first end of the hosel comprises a bolt configured to be inserted through the insert and engaged with a threaded bore from the sole portion to fix the body relative to the shaft at the one rotational position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,081

GOLF BALL INCORPORATING POSITIVE HARDNESS GRADIENT THERMOSET POLYURETHANE OUTER COVER LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core having an outer surface, a geometric center, and a soft transition region adjacent to the outer surface, the soft transition region having a thickness of about 4 mm or less and comprising about 10 percent to about 45 percent of a trans-polybutadiene isomer; and
wherein the core has an outer surface hardness greater than a hardness at the geometric center to define a positive hardness gradient of about 12 Shore C to 68 Shore C; and a secondary gradient quotient, GQ?, from about 4 to 13, GQ? being defined by the equation:

where G? is the core positive hardness gradient in Shore C, T is the percent of trans-polybutadiene isomer at the core outer surface, and COR is the coefficient of restitution of the core measured at an incoming velocity of 125 ft/s; and
an outer cover layer formed from a thermoset polyurethane material throughout and having a treated region including at least a cover outer surface and an untreated region extending from a cover inner surface to the treated region;
wherein the treated region is contacted with a thermoset polyurethane microhardness-increasing solution consisting of an isocyanate portion and at least one non-aqueous solvent;
wherein the treated region comprises the isocyanate portion and has a microhardness M1 that is greater than a microhardness M2 of the untreated region, wherein the untreated region is not contacted with the thermoset polyurethane microhardness-increasing solution and does not comprise the isocyanate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,112,080

GOLF BALLS HAVING FOAM CENTER AND THERMOSET OUTER CORE LAYER WITH HARDNESS GRADIENTS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A core assembly for a golf ball, comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a foamed composition, the inner core layer having a diameter in the range of about 0.100 to about 1.100 inches, a specific gravity (SGinner), and an outer surface hardness (Hinner core surface) and a center hardness (Hinner core center), the Hinner core surface being greater than the Hinner core center to provide a positive hardness gradient;
ii) an outer core layer comprising a thermoset material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having a thickness in the range of about 0.100 to about 0.750 inches, a specific gravity (SGouter), and an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and an inner surface hardness (Hinner surface of OC), the Houter surface of OC being the same or less than the Hinner surface of OC to provide a zero or negative hardness gradient,
wherein the SGouter, is greater than the SGinner, and the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core center) is in the range of about 10 Shore C to about 60 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 40 Shore C to about 90 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,112,076

ROBOTIC ATHLETIC TRAINING OR SPORTING METHOD, APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Christopher DeCarlo, Fai...

1. A sporting robotic device apparatus comprising:at least one or more of:
a plurality of sporting devices coupled to at least one robot; or
a plurality of said at least one robots, wherein said plurality of robots each comprise a sporting device coupled to said each of said plurality of robots; and
wherein said at least one robot comprises:
a plurality of joint axes,
wherein each joint axis of said plurality of joint axes comprises:
at least one motor;
at least one structural member coupled to at least one of said each of said plurality of joint axes motors,
wherein each of said at least one motor is configured to move an associated coupled at least one of said at least one structural member; and
wherein the sporting robotic device apparatus further comprises:
at least one electronic user interface coupled to said at least one robot or said plurality of robots, configured to interact with a user to receive a selection of at least one sporting routine for moving said plurality of sporting devices or said sporting device;
at least one electronic computer processor, coupled to said at least one robot, or said plurality of robots;
at least one electronic input device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor;
at least one electronic output device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor;
at least one electronic memory device coupled to said at least one electronic computer processor; and
further comprising at least one or more of:
wherein said electronic user interface comprises at least one of:
an electronic display device,
said at least one electronic input device,
said at least one electronic output device,
an electronic keyboard, or
an electronic touchscreen;
wherein said at least one electronic computer processor is configured to save or retrieve said at least one sporting routine from said at least one memory;
wherein said at least one electronic computer processor is configured to randomize at least one challenge by said at least one sporting device; or
wherein said electronic computer processor is configured to at least one or more of:
combine a plurality of previously saved of said at least one sporting routine, or
shuffle a plurality of previously saved of said at least one sporting routine.

US Pat. No. 10,112,074

SIGNAL ANALYSIS AND RECHARGING SYSTEM

1. A golf club impact analysis system, including:a first piezoelectric element embedded in a club face of a golf club;
a first signal divider that receives a first power signal that is output from the first piezoelectric element based on both impact of the golf club with an object and vibrations, the first signal divider having a first output and a second output, wherein the first output is coupled to signal processing circuitry and the second output is coupled to an energy storage assembly that includes a battery; and
a processor that is configured to dynamically adjust a ratio of a first amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the first output to the signal processing circuitry versus a second amount of the first power signal the first signal divider sends through the second output to the energy storage assembly, wherein the processor is further configured to perform impact analysis of the impact of the golf club with the object.

US Pat. No. 10,112,073

GAMERS MULTI-DIGIT DEVICE FOR HAND EXERCISES

HARRISON LEGACY 301, LLC,...

1. A multi-digit hand exercise device comprising:a main body with three rings coupled at rest in a triangular configuration by a plurality of bridges, wherein a first one of three rings is located at one end of a base of the triangular main body, a second one of the three rings is located at an opposing end of the base of the triangular main body, and a third one of the three rings is located at an apex of the triangular main body, wherein the first ring is configured for a person's thumb and the second and third rings are configured for two fingers, wherein each ring's inside surface comprises a plurality of elevated and flexible ridges that run depthwise and configured for massaging the finger or thumb;
a first bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the first one of the three rings to the third one of the three rings;
a second bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the second one of the three rings to the third one of the three rings; and
a third bridge of the plurality of bridges connecting the second one of the three rings to the first one of the three rings, wherein the third bridge is greater in thickness than the first and second bridges for greater stiffness, wherein the plurality of bridges and an inside facing perimeter of each of the rings between corresponding bridges together define a substantially triangular center hole when at rest and that is configured to accommodate multiple digits of the person's hand.

US Pat. No. 10,112,069

CORE MUSCLE THERAPY APPARATUS

1. A core muscle therapy apparatus, comprising:a base comprising a first base frame and a second base frame;
a cage assembly positioned substantially between the first base frame and the second base frame, the cage assembly having an upper cage frame member, a lower cage frame member, a first side cage frame member, and a second side cage frame member, wherein the first side cage frame member is pivotally connected to the first base frame at a first connection point and the second side cage frame member is pivotally connected to the second base frame at a second connection point, wherein a first axis of rotation is defined coaxial with a line formed between the first and second connection points, and wherein the cage assembly is configured to rotate about the first axis of rotation;
a seat assembly rotationally connected to the upper cage frame member at a third connection point and the lower cage frame member at a fourth connection point, the seat assembly being configured to rotate about a second axis of rotation that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis of rotation, wherein the seat assembly comprises a seat configured to seat a user therein, and
a pneumatic piston operationally engaged with a portion of the cage assembly via a rocker arm, the pneumatic piston positioned such that operation of the pneumatic piston causes the rocker arm to rotate the cage assembly at least partially about the first axis;
wherein rotation of the cage assembly about the first axis of rotation moves the seat assembly from a substantially upright position to a predetermined reclined position angle, and
wherein rotation of the seat assembly about the second axis of rotation rotates the user in the seat about the second axis of rotation at the predetermined reclined position angle.

US Pat. No. 10,112,068

EXERCISE APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An exercise apparatus, comprising:a flexible elastic portion comprised of at least one elastic member of elongate dimension; and
a pair of handles being attached to said elastic portion in spaced apart positions therealong in an elongated direction thereof, each of said handles having a handle grip portion extending along a handle grip axis and including a structural configuration which allows the alternate orientation of said elastic portion in a first attached position in which said elongated direction extends from said handle grip portion crosswise to said handle grip axis and a second attached position in which said elongated direction extends from said handle grip portion codirectional with said handle grip axis in order to achieve a configuration respectively suited to aerobic activity, or to resistance training and stretching.

US Pat. No. 10,112,067

EXERCISE MACHINE WITH MULTI-FUNCTION WHEEL BRAKE ACTUATOR AND OVER CENTER LOCKING MECHANISM

Foundation Fitness, LLC, ...

1. An exercise machine comprising:a frame supporting a rotating member;
a resistance element moveable between at least a first resistance element position and a second resistance element position, the first resistance element position associated with a first resistance on the rotating member and the second resistance element position associated with a second resistance on the rotating member, the second resistance being different than the first resistance; and
a resistance adjustment assembly comprising:
a shaft coupled to the resistance element and translatable relative to the frame between a first shaft position and a second shaft position, the first shaft position corresponding to the first resistance element position and the second shaft position corresponding to the second resistance element position; and
a lever assembly operably coupled with the shaft, the lever assembly independently rotatable from the shaft between a first lever position and a second lever position to translate the shaft between the first shaft position and the second shaft position.

US Pat. No. 10,112,062

AUTO BRAKE HAND DESCENT CONTROL DEVICE

Fire Innovations LLC, Pe...

1. A descent device, comprising:a body having an outer side and an inner side an upper side a lower side, a right side, and a left side;
an elongate handle integrally affixed to and extending from an inner portion of said upper side of said body, said handle and said body having a common longitudinal axis;
an attachment lug disposed on an outer portion of said body for attachment to a rope or lanyard;
a payout hole disposed through said body from said inner side to said outer side and having a central axis on and normal to said common longitudinal axis;
an anchor hole disposed above said payout hole through said body from said inner side to said outer side and having a central axis on and normal to said common longitudinal axis and parallel to the central axis of said payout hole, and wherein a portion of said anchor hole and a portion of said payout hole are conjoined;
right and left holes disposed through said body from said inner side to said outer side, each having a central axis normal to said common longitudinal axis, and configured such that a line drawn between said central axes of said right and left holes is normal to said longitudinal axis; and
shallow channels on said inner side of said body disposed between each of said left and right holes and said anchor hole to accommodate and constrain a rope or tubular webbing segment bent proud between one or the other of said side holes and said anchor hole;
wherein said payout hole, said anchor hole, and said right and left holes are configured for selective payout and locking of the rope or tubular webbing passed through said right hole, said left hole, and said anchor hole in a predetermined threading pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,112,060

ION BEAM EXTRACTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for imaging a tumor, comprising the steps of:providing ions with an ion source, said ion source comprising:
an electron resonance cyclotron ion source, said electron resonance cyclotron generating the ions, the ions comprising at least one of:
cations, said cations comprising at least one of:
protons;
C4+; and
C6+; and
anions;
and
imaging a tumor with a first two-dimensional imaging system using the ions extracted from said ion source; and
imaging the tumor with a second two-dimensional imaging system using X-rays, said steps of imaging the tumor with said first two-dimensional imaging system and imaging the tumor with said second two-dimensional imaging system overlapping in time.

US Pat. No. 10,112,057

NON-OCULAR PHOTO-BIOLOGICAL STIMULATION

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A system comprising:a first light source configured to provide non-ocular photo-biological stimulation to a user via a first light emission;
a second, artificial light source configured to provide ocular stimulation to the user via a second light emission illuminating the user's environment, the second light emission being configured to invoke a lighting atmosphere capable of being perceived by an eye of the user;
a controller configured to control the second light emission independently of the first light emission, and to control the first light emission in dependence on the control of the second light emission, wherein the controller is configured to control the first light emission to have a blue color or white color in response to detecting that the second light emission has a yellow color bias;
wherein the controller is configured to receive a user preference, and wherein the controller is configured to control the first light emission in dependence on the user preference in response to the controller detecting that the second light emission is different from the user preference, so as to counteract an effect on the user different from the user preference by the ocular stimulation provided by the second light emission.

US Pat. No. 10,112,054

DEFIBRILLATOR

Revive Solutions, Inc., ...

1. A defibrillator unit comprising:a connector suitable for facilitating connecting the defibrillator unit to a mobile communication device to facilitate receiving power from the mobile communication device;
electrocardiography circuitry for detecting electrical activity of a heart of a patient;
a capacitor unit capable of temporarily storing and discharging sufficient energy to deliver a defibrillation shock to a patient;
shock delivery circuitry for discharging the a capacitor unit to deliver the defibrillation shock;
a charging circuit that controls the transfer of energy from the mobile communication device to the capacitor unit to facilitate charging the capacitor unit to a level suitable to facilitate the delivery of the defibrillation shock to the patient, wherein the defibrillator unit is configured to automatically begin charging the capacitor unit when the defibrillator unit is initially connected to the mobile communication device; and
a defibrillator controller configured to determine whether a patient has a shockable heart rhythm based on the electrical activity of the heart of the patient detected by the electrocardiography circuitry, control the charging circuit to thereby control the charging of the capacitor unit, and control the shock delivery circuitry to thereby control the delivery of the defibrillation shock when it is determined that the patient has a shockable heart rhythm, wherein the determination of whether the patient has a shockable heart rhythm is independently made by the defibrillator controller without the receipt of any shock commands or analysis of the patient from the mobile communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,052

CONTROL AND/OR QUANTIFICATION OF TARGET STIMULATION VOLUME OVERLAP AND INTERFACE THEREFOR

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A computer-implemented method; comprising:determining, by a computer processor, a volume of activation (VOA) of tissue estimated to be activated by stimulation provided according to a set of stimulation parameters;
generating and outputting, by the processor, a first score for the VOA based on a) an amount by which the VOA overlaps another obtained volume and b) at least one of the following:
1) a size of an area formed by a combination of the VOA and the other obtained volume,
2) a size of a predetermined area excluding both the VOA and the other obtained volume, or
3) an amount of the VOA that does not overlap the other obtained volume; and
upon manipulation of a user-manipulable control, outputting a set of stimulation parameters corresponding to the VOA to initiate stimulation of patient tissue using a leadwire implanted in the patient tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,112,048

STIMULATION DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING DRY EYE

Oculeve, Inc., South San...

1. A method for treating dry eye in a patient in need thereof, comprising:contacting nasal mucosa of the patient with a first electrode; and
delivering current from the first electrode through tissue of the patient to a return contact,
wherein the first electrode is located on a nasal insertion prong of a stimulator probe of a stimulator, and the return contact is located on a stimulator body of the stimulator, and wherein the stimulator probe is reversibly attachable to the stimulator body.

US Pat. No. 10,112,046

BIONIC COCHLEA HAVING PIEZOELECTRIC NANOWIRES OF AN INTERNAL MEMBRANE

The United States of Amer...

1. A bionic cochlea comprising:a fluid filled vessel comprising walls;
a flexible first window disposed in one of the walls, the first window having a thickness and being comprised of a material selected so that the first window will flex when exposed to an acoustic pulse to produce an acoustic pressure pulse in the fluid inside the vessel;
a flexible membrane disposed within the fluid filled vessel;
a plurality of piezoelectric nanowires disposed within the fluid filled vessel and extending from at least one side of the flexible membrane, each of the nanowires having a first end fixed to the flexible membrane and an unattached second end extending into the interior of the vessel, wherein each of the nanowires has a length selected to vibrate in response to at least one predetermined wavelength in the acoustic pressure pulse, thereby producing an electrical signal; and
at least one electrical wire in communication with the plurality of piezoelectric nanowires and running along the flexible membrane to receive the produced electrical signals, the electrical wire passing through the walls of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,112,041

IMPLANTABLE CONNECTOR CLEANING SYSTEM

Cochlear Limited, Macqua...

1. A system, comprising:an implantable connector including first and second detachable mating parts configured:
to be implantable in living tissue;
to terminate at least a first segment of a cable; and
to have first and second interfacing surfaces, respectively; and
a cleaning structure configured to clean the first and second interfacing surfaces as the first and second mating parts are being engaged.

US Pat. No. 10,112,040

TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION USING NOVEL UNBALANCED BIPHASIC WAVEFORM AND NOVEL ELECTRODE ARRANGEMENT

Neurometrix, Inc., Walth...

1. Apparatus for providing transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to a user, said apparatus comprising:a stimulation unit for electrically stimulating nerves using asymmetric biphasic electrical pulses, wherein during the first phase and the second phase of an asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse, said stimulation unit generates a voltage at an anode that is higher than a voltage at a cathode so as to allow current to flow from the anode to the cathode, and wherein said stimulation unit delivers a larger amount of electrical charge in the second phase of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse than the amount of electrical charge delivered in the first phase of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse using the same anode voltage setting in both phases of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse to deliver the same current intensity by taking advantage of the electrical charge accumulated during the first phase of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse;
a control unit for controlling the electrical stimulation delivered by said stimulation unit; and
an electrode array connectable to said stimulation unit, said electrode array comprising a substrate and at least first and second electrodes, the at least first and second electrodes being mounted to said substrate with a predetermined arrangement, so that when said substrate is placed on one limb of the user, said first electrode overlays a first nerve on the limb of user but not a second nerve on the limb of the user and said second electrode overlays the second nerve on the limb of the user but not the first nerve on the limb of the user;
whereby, the first electrode activates the first nerve during the first phase of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse and the second electrode activates the second nerve during the second phase of the asymmetric biphasic electrical pulse.

US Pat. No. 10,112,037

BLOOD CIRCUIT CONNECTOR

NIPRO CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A blood circuit connector comprising;a main body having a cylindrical shape, the main body having a through hole provided therein to have one end provided with a first opening end and the other end provided with a second opening end;
a plug having a bottomed cylindrical shape and detachably attached to the first opening end; and
a connection part having flexibility and configured to connect the main body and the plug,
the plug including a side wall loosely fitted to an outer circumferential surface of the first opening end and a bottom facing the first opening end in an extending direction of an axis line of the main body in an attached state where the plug is attached to the first opening end,
the connection part including a first fixed end connected to the side wall of the plug, a second fixed end connected to an outer circumferential surface of the main body, and a curved part located between the first fixed end and the second fixed end and expanding in a direction away from the main body, and
in the attached state, the curved part being pushed in a direction approaching the outer circumferential surface of the main body such that the curved part extends, to cancel a loosely fitted state between the side wall of the plug and the outer circumferential surface of the first opening end, so as to remove the plug from the first opening end.

US Pat. No. 10,112,026

RESPIRATORY MASK

LOEWENSTEIN MEDICAL TECHN...

1. A respiratory mask comprising a mask body and an articulated connector that can be connected with a respiratory hose, wherein at least one exhalation gap is located in a vicinity of the mask body and a mechanical coding system is provided for joining the mask body and the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,112,023

BREATHING-GAS DELIVERY AND SHARING SYSTEM AND METHOD

The Research Foundation f...

1. A patient respiration isolation device, comprising:a movable partition having an actuating side on a first side of the movable partition, and a patient side on a second side of the movable partition;
a housing disposed about the movable partition, the housing having an ventilator orifice adaptable to be in pneumatic communication with a ventilator;
an inlet pressure regulator in fluid communication with the actuating side of the movable partition; and
an exhaust pressure regulator capable of controlling a positive-end-of-expiration pressure (“PEEP”) in fluid communication with the patient side of the movable partition;
further comprising a CO2 scrubber in fluid communication with the patient side of the movable partition.

US Pat. No. 10,112,019

DRY POWDER INHALER

1. An inhaler (I), comprising:an inlet into which air is drawn,
an outlet through which air exits,
a pharmaceutical medicament formed of a loose, dry powder formulation for suspension in the air and being entrained by an air flow of the air generated passively, by which a patient draws the air via inhalation to create the air flow and a resultant aerosol,
a chamber (3, 13) containing a pre-metered amount of the dry powder formulation (4, 14), which is in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet, such that at least some of the air is received from the inlet into the chamber to entrain substantially all of the pre-metered amount of the dry powder formulation and to carry the pre-metered amount of the dry powder formulation out through the outlet,
a valve (6) disposed in series with the chamber for varying an extent to which the air flow (8a, 18a) through the chamber (3, 13) may flow, and
a bypass (5, 15) coupled from the inlet around the combination of the chamber and the valve, to the outlet such that a total air flow is equal to the air flow through the chamber plus an air flow through the bypass, where the bypass (5, 15) permits at least some of the air to bypass the chamber (3, 13) and permits splitting the total air flow between a primary flow (8a, 18a) through the valve and chamber, and a bypass flow (8b, 18b) through the bypass,
wherein the valve (6) is located in the primary flow such that the valve (6) closes with increased total flow such that the valve and bypass cooperate for ensuring that the air flow through the bypass increases as the total air flow increases such that the primary flow (8a, 18a) through the chamber is at least essentially fixed or kept constant through the chamber (3, 13).

US Pat. No. 10,112,018

INJECTOR APPARATUS

OWEN MUMFORD LIMITED, Ox...

1. An injector apparatus for use with a container of therapeutic material to deliver a metered dose of therapeutic material therefrom, the apparatus comprising:a first body configured to be fixed relative to the container and defining a first conduit portion for the delivery of the therapeutic material from said container;
a second body slidably connected to the first body and defining a second conduit portion, in fluid communication with the first conduit portion, the second body being provided with or configured to receive a delivery needle at a forward end of the injector apparatus through which the therapeutic material is delivered in use from the container via a conduit defined by the first conduit portion and the second conduit portion, the first body and the second body being biased towards an extended position in which the volume of the conduit is maximized;
a first non-return valve configured to prevent flow from the conduit to the container;
a second non-return valve configured to prevent flow from the needle to the conduit; and
a catch configured to hold the first body and the second body in a retracted position against said bias,
wherein relative sliding motion between the first body and the second body results in the displacement of one of the conduit portions into the other conduit portion such that the volume of the conduit may be decreased.

US Pat. No. 10,112,015

CONTINUOUS USE SYRINGE FILTER

GE HEALTHCARE UK LIMITED,...

1. A device comprising:a housing comprising a first opening for connecting to a liquid source, a second opening for connecting with an apparatus for drawing in and expelling liquid, ribs extending down an inner surface of the housing, and a valve means comprising a filter carrier and a filter, the filter carrier supporting the filter and being movable within the housing, such that movement of the filter is constrained to movement of the filter carrier;
wherein the ribs continuously constrain movement of the filter carrier and the filter to a vertical direction, and wherein the valve means permits liquid that is drawn into the housing from the liquid source by the apparatus to enter the apparatus by bypassing the filter but which forces liquid that is pushed from the apparatus through the second opening into the housing to be filtered through the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,112,012

AUTOMATIC REGULATING SYSTEM FOR REGULATION OF LIQUID PRESSURE IN A HUMAN BODY

1. An automatic regulating system for regulation of liquid pressure in a body of a subject, the automatic regulating system configured to be connected to tissue of the subject, and comprising:a container configured to contain liquid;
a tubing configured to be connected between the tissue of the subject and said container, and including a first tube which is to be in fluid communication with the tissue of the subject and a second tube which is in fluid communication with said container;
a switch unit connected between said first tube and said second tube of said tubing;
a liquid pressure sensor connected to said switch unit and configured to measure liquid pressure in the tissue of the subject to obtain a liquid pressure value;
a level sensor connected to said container and configured to detect a liquid level of the liquid contained in said container; and
a control module electrically connected to said switch unit, said liquid pressure sensor and said level sensor;
wherein said switch unit is controllable to switch between a first conduction state, where fluid communication between said first tube and said second tube of said tubing is prevented while fluid communication between said first tube and said liquid pressure sensor is permitted for allowing said liquid pressure sensor to measure the liquid pressure in the tissue of the subject, and a second conduction state, where the fluid communication between said first tube and said liquid pressure sensor is prevented while the fluid communication between said first tube and said second tube is permitted so that the tissue of the subject is in fluid communication with said container; and
wherein said control module is programmed to control switching of said switch unit according to the liquid pressure value obtained by said liquid pressure sensor, and a variation in the liquid level detected by said level sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,112,010

INFUSION INJECTION SYSTEM

1. An infusion injection system comprising:a drip tube comprising an IC tag having readable information with respect to an infusion set to be connected to an infusion bottle; and
an automatic infusion device comprising a main body on which the drip tube is to be mounted,
wherein a drug solution stored in the infusion bottle is infused into a patient via the drip tube provided to the infusion set under conditions determined beforehand according to a control operation of the automatic infusion device,
wherein the automatic infusion device comprises:
a readout mechanism that starts readout of the information with respect to the infusion set held by the IC tag in response to proper mounting of the drip tube on the main body;
a storage mechanism that stores information input beforehand, which is to match the information with respect to the infusion set held by the IC tag;
an information verification mechanism that verifies information matching between the information read out by the readout mechanism and the information stored in the storage mechanism; and
a control mechanism that starts an operation, under the conditions determined beforehand, by the automatic infusion device in response to an operation start signal input by a user when the result of the verification obtained by the information verification mechanism is a match.

US Pat. No. 10,112,005

SIZE-EFFICIENT DRUG-DELIVERY DEVICE

STEADYMED, LTD., Tel Avi...

1. A drug delivery device comprising a substantially cylindrical drug-reservoir assembly, said substantially cylindrical drug-reservoir assembly comprising:a collapsible semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber, the chamber having an interior defined by a flexible upper wall, a rigid base wall and a joint region between said flexible upper wall and said rigid base wall;
a housing;
a rigid constraining ring, which constraining ring substantially surrounds outer boundaries of the flexible upper wall, the rigid base wall or a combination thereof of said collapsible semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber, and wherein:
the constraining ring is disposed within the housing,
the constraining ring is separate from the housing, and
the constraining ring is separate from the rigid base wall;
a drug administration unit in fluid communication with said semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber; and
a displacement-generating actuator, located proximally to said semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber, wherein the displacement-generating actuator moves perpendicular to a patient skin surface upon which the drug delivery device is placed;
whereby displacement generated by said displacement-generating actuator operationally connected to said semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber, causes said flexible upper wall to collapse, promotes folding or rolling of said flexible upper wall between the displacement actuating generator and the constraining ring as said flexible upper wall collapses against the rigid base wall of said semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber within the constraints of said rigid constraining ring surrounding a circumference of said flexible upper wall, which further causes substantially expelling drug contents of said semi-flexible drug reservoir chamber toward said drug administration unit thereby delivering said drug contents from said drug delivery device.

US Pat. No. 10,112,004

INTEGRATED INTRAVENOUS (IV) CLAMP AND POWER SUPPLY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. An intravenous (IV) pole assembly, comprising:a non-conductive support element;
distribution rails respectively disposed along a length of the non-conductive support element, the distribution rails being respectively configured for power distribution along the length of the non-conductive support element; and
a clamping element comprising a hinged clamp, which is attachable to the non-conductive support element at an attachment point defined along the length of the non-conductive support element, and a connector by which power is selectively transmittable from the distribution rails to a powered device supportable on the hinged clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,112,003

BLOOD COMPONENT SEPARATION DEVICE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a blood component separation device comprising:a centrifugal separator configured to separate a predetermined blood component from whole blood into a plurality of blood components; and
a container for containing the predetermined blood component centrifugally separated,
wherein the blood component separation device is configured to perform at least the following steps
(a) centrifugal separation step for introducing whole blood drawn from a donor into the centrifugal separator to separate whole blood into a plurality of blood components,
(b) circulation flow step for introducing a predetermined first blood component, among centrifugally separated blood components, separated by the centrifugal separation into the centrifugal separator together with whole blood,
(c) circulation/acceleration step, performed after a predetermined amount of the first blood component is separated in the circulation flow step, in which supply of whole blood to the centrifugal separator is stopped to introduce only the first blood component into the centrifugal separator to further circulate the first blood component for a predetermined period of time, and a circulation flow speed is then increased so that a second blood component is separated by the centrifugal separator and collected, and
(d) blood returning step for returning blood components remaining after collecting a predetermined amount of the second blood component in the circulation/acceleration step to the donor,
wherein the circulation/acceleration step includes a first collecting step for transferring a portion of the second blood component with a first concentration to a temporary storage container and
a second collecting step for collecting a portion of the second blood component with a second concentration higher than said first concentration,
wherein the second blood component with first concentration transferred to the temporary storage container is introduced into the centrifugal separator together with whole blood drawn in a following cycle, where the steps (a) to (d) constitute one cycle, and
wherein, as for the second collecting step, an amount of the second blood component with second concentration to be collected in a first cycle is set to be smallest among all cycles, and an amount of the second blood component with second concentration to be collected in a last cycle is set to be greatest among all the cycles.

US Pat. No. 10,111,997

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

1. An apparatus for accessing a thoracic duct of a patient's body, the thoracic duct including an outlet adjacent a confluence of an internal jugular vein and subclavian vein of the patient's body, comprising:a tubular member comprising a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a patient's vasculature, and an aspiration lumen extending between the proximal and distal ends; and
an expandable sealing member comprising:
a frame comprising a first arm and a second arm movable between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration;
a fluid-tight membrane comprising a first end coupled to the first arm and a second end coupled to the second arm such that the membrane is suspended between the first arm and the second arm free of additional supports, the membrane is expandable from a delivery condition sized for introduction into a patient's vasculature to a deployed condition in which the membrane defines a flexible concave outer contact surface extending between the first arm and the second arm and oriented away from the distal end, the outer contact surface configured to conform to a shape of a vessel wall surrounding the outlet of the thoracic duct for engaging a vessel wall surrounding the outlet of the thoracic duct to provide a fluid-tight seal isolating the thoracic duct from the internal jugular vein and the subclavian vein; and
an aspiration port in the outer contact surface communicating with the aspiration lumen for removing fluid from the thoracic duct through the aspiration port into the aspiration lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,111,996

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES

TC1 LLC, St. Paul, MN (U...

1. A method of controlling an implantable blood pump, the method comprising:storing preprogrammed patient specific settings within an implantable control unit;
communicating at least one of the preprogrammed patient specific settings from the implantable control unit to a non-implanted external control unit; and
controlling, by the non-implanted external control unit, operation of the implantable blood pump in accordance with the at least one of the preprogrammed patient specific settings communicated to the external control unit from the implantable control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,989

SPLASH-RETARDING FLUID COLLECTION SYSTEM

Medline Industries, Inc.,...

1. A splash retarding cover for a containment vessel, thesplash retarding cover comprising:
a centrally disposed suspended funnel;
a collar surrounding the centrally disposed suspended funnel;
a vessel mounting ring; and
a plurality of sloping facets circumscribing the collar and sloping outwardly from an outer circumference of the collar and terminating at the vessel mounting ring;
wherein:
the centrally disposed suspended funnel comprises a mouth and an exit port;
the collar is configured to suspend the centrally disposed suspended funnel such that an apogee of the mouth is disposed on a first side of a plane defined by the vessel mounting ring and the exit port is disposed on a second side of the plane defined by the vessel mounting ring.

US Pat. No. 10,111,988

POROUS THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE OF POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE (VERSIONS), DENTAL IMPLANT, VASCULAR IMPLANT AND TISSUE IMPLANT FOR SUBSTITUTION PLASTY OF SOFT TISSUES

1. A material for implantation made of a mixture of free-flow polytetrafluoroethylene and constrained-flow polytetrafluoroethylene, the free-flow polytetrafluoroethylene comprising granules having a size from 100 to 300 microns, the constrained-flow polytetrafluoroethylene comprising granules having a size to 20 microns;the material for implantation having a porous three-dimensional structure formed as a three-dimensional body;
the structure comprising open through pores and dead-ended pores uniformly distributed over inner surfaces of the open pores and connected with the inner surfaces;
wherein a cumulative volume of the open pores is greater than a cumulative volume of the dead-ended pores, and wherein an average size of the dead-ended pores ranges from 0.01 to 1.0 of an average size of the open pores.

US Pat. No. 10,111,978

ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Global Plasma Solutions, ...

1. A system for treatment of an airflow within a combustion air intake of an engine, the system comprising an air intake conduit, an exhaust conduit, and a filter housing positioned within the air intake conduit that houses an air filter, multiple bipolar ion generators are positioned within the filter housing and each bipolar ion generator having first and second electrodes, the first electrode generating positive ions and the second electrode generating negative ions, the multiple bipolar ion generators are spaced and positioned such that the electrodes of each bipolar ion generator face away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,111,977

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR GENERATING NON-THERMAL PLASMA

1. An air treatment apparatus comprising:an intake portion and an output portion;
a reaction chamber located between the intake portion and output portion,
wherein the reaction chamber comprises:
an anode rail assembly comprising:
an anode rail made of a first conductive material and having a longitudinal axis, and
a plurality of discharge anode elements, wherein
each of the plurality of discharge anode elements has a proximal end and a distal end,
the proximal ends of the discharge anode elements are fixed to the anode rail, and
each of the plurality of discharge anode elements are electrically coupled to each other and to the anode rail;
a cathode rail comprising a second conductive material, wherein the cathode rail is substantially parallel to the anode rail and further wherein the cathode rail is opposite the plurality of discharge anode elements; and
the anode rail assembly and the cathode rail being located relative to each other so as to form a space, wherein the space has a central longitudinal axis and further wherein the space separates the cathode rail from the plurality of discharge anode elements such that the discharge anode elements do not cross the central longitudinal axis of the space;
an intake blower located in the intake portion, wherein the intake blower is configured to draw air into the reaction chamber; and
an alternating current power supply that is coupled to both the anode rail and the cathode rail, wherein the alternating current power supply delivers sufficient energy to generate a non-thermal plasma field in the space between the anode rail assembly and the cathode rail.

US Pat. No. 10,111,972

MOBILE STERILIZATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

PMBS, LLC, Nutley, NJ (U...

1. A sterilization cabinet for use with an autoclave for sterilizing surgical equipment or a surgical tray, the sterilization cabinet comprising:a plurality of panels forming a chamber, the plurality of panels arranged such that a first side of the chamber comprises an open frame, wherein at least one of the plurality of panels is a floor panel at a bottom of the chamber, the floor panel having a lowest point configured to drain liquids from the chamber;
at least one door having a gasket, where the at least one door and the gasket are configured to secure to the open frame to create a closed configuration in which the at least one door seals the chamber;
a vent formed in at least one of the plurality of panels;
at least one first filter covering the vent and a filter cover configured to hold the at least one first filter against the vent;
wherein an entirety of the floor panel is pitched such that any condensate is directed by gravity towards the lowest point in the floor panel;
a second filter in fluid communication with the lowest point in the floor panel such that any condensate flowing on the entirety of the floor panel passes through the second filter; and
at least one rack structure removably positioned within the chamber and configured for supporting the surgical equipment or the surgical tray above the floor panel.

US Pat. No. 10,111,969

UPAR TARGETING PEPTIDE FOR USE IN PEROPERATIVE OPTICAL IMAGING OF INVASIVE CANCER

RIGSHOSPITALET, Copenhag...

1. A fluorophore labeled uPAR-targeting peptide conjugate comprising the formulaand pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,111,963

NANOPARTICLE DRUG CONJUGATES

Memorial Sloan Kettering ...

1. A nanoparticle drug conjugate (NDC) comprising:a non-mesoporous nanoparticle;
an enzyme sensitive linker moiety; and
a drug moiety,
wherein the non-mesoporous nanoparticle comprises a silica-based core and a silica shell surrounding a least a portion of the core,
wherein the NDC has a diameter less than 10 nm,
wherein the non-mesoporous nanoparticle is coated with an organic polymer, and
wherein the drug moiety and enzyme sensitive linker moiety form a cleavable linker-drug construct that is covalently linked to the non-mesoporous nanoparticle and that facilitates enzyme catalyzed drug release.

US Pat. No. 10,111,956

CORTICOSTEROID COMPOSITIONS

Tolmar, Inc., Fort Colli...

1. A pharmaceutical composition comprising:a mixture of solvent components, comprising propylene glycol monocaprylate and propylene glycol in a ratio from 90:10 to 25:75; and
a corticosteroid selected from hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate at 1.0% w/w to 5.0% w/w of the pharmaceutical composition, wherein the corticosteroid is dissolved in the solvent mixture at 1.25% w/w to 1.70% w/w of the solvent mixture;
wherein the pharmaceutical composition is a topical formulation selected from a cream, gel, and ointment.

US Pat. No. 10,111,955

PEG DERIVATIVE

Delta-Fly Pharma, Inc., ...

5. A pharmaceutical composition, comprising the compound according to claim 1, or a salt thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable salt.

US Pat. No. 10,111,951

HUMAN INKT CELL ACTIVATION USING GLYCOLIPIDS WITH ALTERED GLYCOSYL GROUPS

ACADEMIA SINICA, Taipei ...

1. A method for augmenting an immunogenicity of an antigen in a subject in need thereof, comprising co-administering said antigen with an adjuvant composition comprising a compound having a structure of Formula (I):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein:
R1 is —OH or halogen;
R2 is —OH or halogen;
R3 is hydrogen;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted alkoxy, an optionally substituted amino group, and optionally substituted acyl;
R5 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted carbocyclyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heterocyclyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted alkoxy, an optionally substituted amino group, and optionally substituted acyl;
n is an integer of 1 to 15, inclusive; and
m is an integer of 1 to 20, inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,111,947

VIRUS-CONTAINING FORMULATION AND USE THEREOF

Transgene S.A., Illkirch...

1. A freeze-dried formulation comprising (i) at least one attenuated or recombinant poxvirus-based material, (ii) between 5 g/L and 80 g/L of at least one polymer selected from the group consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone and derivatives thereof, (iii) between 20 g/L and 80 g/L of at least one disaccharide, (iv) arginine and glutamate, (v) between 0.1 g/L and 5 g/L of at least one pharmaceutical acceptable phosphate salt, and between 1 g/L and 5 g/L of at least one pharmaceutical acceptable monovalent salt and, optionally (vi) a pharmaceutical acceptable buffer wherein the pH of the formulation is comprised between about 7 and about 8.5.

US Pat. No. 10,111,902

POLYMERS FOR REVERSING HEPARIN-BASED ANTICOAGULATION

University of British Col...

1. A controlled release delivery device comprising:a support having a surface;
a heparin binding polymer attached to the surface, the heparin binding polymer comprising:
a first dendritic polyol;
one or more cationic moieties, at least one of the one or more cationic moieties attached to the first dendritic polyol; and
at least one cleavage site; and
heparin bound to the heparin binding polymer, wherein the heparin binding polymer has the structure of Formula (I):

wherein L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 comprise dendritic polyols.

US Pat. No. 10,111,893

CALMANGAFODIPIR, A NEW CHEMICAL ENTITY, AND OTHER MIXED METAL COMPLEXES, METHODS OF PREPARATION, COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS OF TREATMENT

PLEDPHARMA AB, Stockholm...

1. A method for treatment of oxidative stress associated with a pathological condition in a patient, the method comprising administering to the patient a pharmaceutical composition formed by suspending or dissolving a mixed metal complex of a compound of Formula I, or a salt thereof, in a liquid medium, the pharmaceutical composition being administered in an amount effective to reduce the oxidative stress, wherein the mixed metals comprise calcium and manganese, and wherein the molar ratio of calcium to manganese is 1-10:
wherein
X represents CH,
each R1 independently represents hydrogen or —CH2COR5;
R5 represents hydroxy;
each R2 independently represents ZYR6 wherein Z represents a bond, or a C1-3 alkylene or oxoalkylene group, optionally substituted by R7;
Y represents a bond or an oxygen atom;
R6 is a hydrogen atom, COOR8, alkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkyl, aryl or aralkyl group, optionally substituted by one or more groups selected from COOR8, CONR82, NR82, OR8, ?NR8, ?O, OP(O)(OR8)R7 and OSO3M;
R7 is hydroxy, optionally hydroxylated, optionally alkoxylated alkyl or aminoalkyl group;
R8 is a hydrogen atom or an optionally hydroxylated, optionally alkoxylated alkyl group;
M is a hydrogen atom or one equivalent of a physiologically tolerable cation;
provided that each ZYR6 includes a —CH2O— linkage to the respective pyridine ring;
R3 represents ethylene; and
each R4 independently represents hydrogen or C1-3 alkyl.

US Pat. No. 10,111,885

COMPOSITIONS AND THERAPEUTIC METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF COMPLEMENT-ASSOCIATED DISEASES

Resverlogix Corp., Calga...

1. A method for treating a complement-associated disease or disorder selected from paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, familial CD59 deficiency, cold agglutinin disease, hereditary angioedema, hemolytic anemia, and thrombocytopenia by modulating the complement system in a subject in need thereof comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of at least one compound of Formula I or a stereoisomer, tautomer, pharmaceutically acceptable salt, or hydrate thereof, wherein:
R1 and R3 are each independently selected from alkoxy, alkyl, amino, halogen, and hydrogen;
R2 is selected from alkoxy, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, amide, amino, halogen, and hydrogen;
R5 and R7 are each independently selected from alkyl, alkoxy, amino, halogen, and hydrogen;
R6 is selected from amino, amide, alkyl, hydrogen, hydroxyl, piperazinyl, and alkoxy, wherein the alkoxy is optionally substituted with one or more groups chosen from amide, amine, aryl, benzyloxy, carbamate, carboxy, heterocyclyl, hydroxyl, methoxy, and sulfonamide; and
W is CH or N.

US Pat. No. 10,111,881

INHIBITORS OF MACROPINOCYTOSIS IN PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE

Texas Biomedical Research...

1. A method for treating or preventing an infection in a subject, the method comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition having the general formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein the infection is an Ebolavirus infection or a Marburgvirus infection:

US Pat. No. 10,111,807

CARTRIDGE PORTION OF TRANSDERMAL DRUG DELIVERY APPARATUS AND METHODS

Sorrento Therapeutics, In...

1. A cartridge for supplying fluid in a transdermal drug delivery apparatus, the cartridge comprising:a body at least partially defining
an interior for containing the fluid,
a first cavity including a cylindrical section and a frustoconical section, the cylindrical section tapering to the frustoconical section,
a second cavity,
a passageway connected between the cylindrical section of the first cavity and the second cavity, and
first and second openings to the interior of the body,
wherein the first and second openings are respectively defined by opposite first and second ends of the body, wherein the first opening is contiguous with the first cavity, and the second opening is contiguous with the second cavity;
a self-sealing member at least partially closing the first opening; and
a movable member at least partially closing the second opening, wherein at least a portion of the movable member is configured for being urged into the interior of the body for increasing pressure within the interior of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,761

METHOD OF CONTROLLING PROSTHETIC DEVICES WITH SMART WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

International Business Ma...

1. A method for mode selection of a prosthesis, the method comprising:receiving, by a wearable device, a first input from a user, wherein (i) the wearable device is a ring that comprises a rotatable housing with a touch surface sensitive surface, and (ii) the first user input comprises the user touching the touch surface;
determining, by the wearable device, the first input indicates a change to a user-activated mode of operation of the prosthesis;
sending, by the wearable device, a first command to the prosthesis to change the user-activated mode of operation of the prosthesis;
in response to receiving the first command by the prosthesis, operating one or more control devices of the prosthesis to change a current user-activated mode of operation of the prosthesis based, at least in part, on the determined user-activated mode of operation associated with the received first input;
receiving, by the wearable device, a second input from a user;
determining, by the wearable device, the second input indicates an activation operation of the prosthesis;
sending, by the wearable device, a second command to the prosthesis to activate the prosthesis; and
in response to receiving the second command by the prosthesis, operating the one or more control devices of the prosthesis to perform an action associated with the current user-activated mode of operation of the prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,111,723

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE OF COLLISION OF ROBOTICALLY-CONTROLLED MEDICAL DEVICES

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method of operating a robotic control system that is configured to manipulate a medical device including one or more nodes and which includes an electronic control unit and a computer-readable memory coupled to the electronic control unit, said method comprising the steps of:providing, for each of the one or more nodes of the medical device, a respective position sensor configured to produce a respective signal from which respective node locations in a reference coordinate system can be determined;
generating a first virtual representation associated with the medical device using the one or more determined node locations;
generating a second virtual representation associated with an object;
determining, using said control unit, a collision metric indicative of a collision between said medical device and said object based on said virtual representations in accordance with a predetermined detection strategy.

US Pat. No. 10,111,720

MOTORIZED DEVICES

1. A mobile device comprising: a motor, wherein:a. the motor comprises a lead car, an intermediate car, and a trail car;
b. each of the lead car, the intermediate car, and the trail car comprises an electromagnet, wherein each of the electromagnets is independently operable;
c. the intermediate car weighs less than the lead car;
d. the intermediate car weighs less than the trail car;
e. the lead car weighs less than a combined weight of the intermediate car and the trail car; and
f. the trail car weighs less than a combined weight of the intermediate car and the lead car.

US Pat. No. 10,111,702

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An articulation assembly, comprising:a proximal pivoting member defining a first pivot axis;
an articulation member coupled to the proximal pivoting member, wherein movement of the articulation member rotates the proximal pivoting member about the first pivot axis;
a distal pivoting member defining a second pivot axis; and
at least one link operably coupling the proximal pivoting member and the distal pivoting member, a distal end of the proximal pivoting member and a proximal end of the distal pivoting member defining complementary surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,111,646

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT TO ASSESS TISSUE CHARACTERISTICS

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A method of removing a bone lesion from a bone, the method comprising:placing a hand-held ultrasonic device at least proximate a surface of the bone lesion, the hand-held ultrasonic device defining a longitudinal axis and including multiple emitting transducers and a dedicated receiving transducer, each of the multiple emitting transducers being configured to emit at least one acoustic signal;
emitting, with each emitting transducer of the multiple emitting transducers, the at least one acoustic signal into the bone lesion, each of the at least one acoustic signals being reflected by a boundary of the bone lesion, each of the reflected acoustic signals defining an echo;
separately detecting, with the dedicated receiving transducer, each of the echoes correlating to each of the at least one acoustic signals;
determining a time delay for each of the detected echoes, each of the time delays being calculated from the time of the emitting of each of the at least one acoustic signals and the detecting of each of the echoes;
assuming a speed for each of the at least one acoustic signals in the bone lesion;
calculating boundaries of the bone lesion by calculating depths thereof based on at least the determining of the time delays and the assumed speeds;
calculating an approximate volume of the bone lesion based on the calculating of the boundaries of the bone lesion and comparing the boundaries to one or more known geometric shapes of known volume; and
based on the calculated approximate volume, debriding the bone lesion to produce a cavity in the bone substantially free of the bone lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,645

PERCUTANEOUS, ULTRASOUND-GUIDED INTRODUCTION OF MEDICAL DEVICES

Muffin Incorporated, Wes...

1. A system for delivering a vascular filter to a target site in a patient, the system comprising:a sheath introducible through a percutaneous access site of the patient, the sheath having an inner lumen and a distal tip, the sheath having an echogenic marker located proximate the distal tip and a first series of visible indicia occurring along a first longitudinal region of the sheath, the first longitudinal region positioned to include a location aligned with a reference point external of the percutaneous access site when the distal tip of the sheath is at the target site;
an intravascular ultrasound device configured for slidable receipt through the inner lumen of the sheath and having an intravascular ultrasound probe in a distal region thereof for generating an ultrasound image signal for identifying the target site;
a filter introducer configured for slidable receipt through the inner lumen of the sheath, the filter introducer including a filter delivery instrument and a vascular filter carried by the filter delivery instrument;
wherein the vascular filter includes a first echogenic marker, and a second echogenic marker longitudinally spaced a distance from the first echogenic marker; and
wherein the filter includes a hub and plurality of struts emanating from the hub, and wherein the first echogenic marker is provided on the hub.

US Pat. No. 10,111,644

METHOD OF COHERENT FLOW IMAGING USING SYNTHETIC TRANSMIT FOCUSING AND ACOUSTIC RECIPROCITY

The Board of Trustees of ...

1. A method for acoustic imaging, the method comprising:providing an acoustic imaging system including an acoustic transducer array and a processor;
emitting collimated acoustic radiation from the acoustic transducer array at a target at three or more distinct incidence angles;
receiving scattered acoustic radiation from the target with the acoustic transducer array;
determining acoustic images of the target from the scattered acoustic radiation corresponding to each of the three or more incidence angles;
computing an angular coherence image with the processor by
i) averaging the acoustic images vs. angle to estimate an angular coherence function at each spatial point of the acoustic images;
ii) integrating the angular coherence function over a predetermined angular range to provide the angular coherence image;
providing the angular coherence image as an output.

US Pat. No. 10,111,642

POSITIONING OF A MOBILE X-RAY DETECTOR

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A positioning device for a mobile x-ray detector, comprising:at least one device selected from the group consisting of at least one marker and at least one sensor for determining a position of the positioning device;
a number of connection elements for establishing a mechanical connection between the positioning device and the mobile x-ray detector; and
an arm which is movable from a first position to a second position and back again, said arm having a free end at which at least one of said marker or said sensor is disposed, wherein at least one of said marker or said sensor has a greater distance from the mobile x-ray detector in the second position of said arm than in the first position of the arm.

US Pat. No. 10,111,640

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising:an imaging unit configured to transfer a radiation image generated based on radiation to a console;
a setting unit configured to set a first interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of reduced image data of the radiation image and a second interrupt determination time for determining an interrupt of transfer of whole image data of the radiation image data; and
a control unit configured to interrupt the transfer of the reduced image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the first interrupt determination time and to interrupt the transfer of the whole image data in a case where an elapsed time taken to transfer the radiation image exceeds the second interrupt determination time.

US Pat. No. 10,111,638

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REGISTRATION AND REPROJECTION-BASED MATERIAL DECOMPOSITION FOR SPECTRALLY RESOLVED COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An apparatus, comprising:processing circuitry configured to
obtain first projection data representing an intensity of first radiation incident at a plurality of detector elements, the first radiation having a first photon energy;
obtain second projection data representing an intensity of second radiation incident at the plurality of detector elements, the second radiation having a second photon energy;
register a reconstructed image of the second projection data to a reconstructed image of the first projection data;
update the second projection data using the registered reconstructed image of the second projection data; and
perform material decomposition using the updated second projection data and an updated first projection data or the first projection data.

US Pat. No. 10,111,637

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EMULATING DEXA SCORES BASED ON CT IMAGES

Zebra Medical Vision Ltd....

1. A computerized method for estimating a DEXA score from three dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) imaging data, comprising:receiving 3D imaging data of a CT scan of a body of a patient containing at least a 3D bone portion;
segmenting the 3D bone portion from the 3D imaging data of the CT scan;
computing at least one grade for the 3D bone portion based on pixel associated values from the 3D bone portion;
correlating the at least one grade of the 3D bone portion with at least one score representing a relation to bone density values in a population obtained based on a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan,
wherein the at least one grade for the 3D bone portion is computed from a calculation of sub-grades performed for each one or a set of pixels having at least one of a common medial-lateral axial coordinate and a common cranial-caudal axial coordinate along a dorsal-ventral axis of a volume representation of the 3D imaging data of the CT scan; and
presenting the at least one score correlated to the least one grade on a presentation unit for diagnosis of at least one of bone mineral density (BMD), osteoporosis, and osteopenia.

US Pat. No. 10,111,636

SYNTHETIC DATA-DRIVEN HEMODYNAMIC DETERMINATION IN MEDICAL IMAGING

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for hemodynamic determination in medical imaging, the method comprising:acquiring medical scan data representing an anatomical structure of a patient;
extracting a set of features from the medical scan data;
inputting, by a processor, the features to a machine-trained classifier, the machine trained classifier trained from synthetic data not specific to any patients; and
outputting, by the processor with application of the machine-trained classifier to the features, a hemodynamic metric.

US Pat. No. 10,111,635

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:storage circuitry to store therein a fluid resistance database correlating templates of vascular shapes with fluid resistances; and
processing circuitry configured to:
extract, from three-dimensional image data in which a blood vessel of a subject is rendered, vascular shape data representing a shape of the blood vessel;
divide the vascular shape data into a plurality of segments;
perform pattern matching between each of the segments of the vascular shape data and the templates included in the fluid resistance database to obtain respective fluid resistances;
form, based on the obtained fluid resistances, a vascular network expressing one-dimensional fluid resistances; and
perform fluid analysis by using the formed vascular network to derive a functional index related to a blood circulation state in the blood vessel of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,111,634

NUCLEAR MEDICINE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

10. An image processing method, comprising:counting radiation emitted from radioisotopes in an imaging region of an object;
setting a region of interest (ROI) in the imaging region; and
providing a table associating count values of the counted radiation and pixel values used for display pixels for the ROI;
changing an average and the range of the pixel values in the table in accordance with an average and a variance of the count values of the display pixels corresponding to the ROI, respectively, and determining an association between the count values and the pixel values of the display pixels corresponding to the ROI by using the changed table; and
generating an image of the ROI, wherein generating the image comprises calculating the pixel values of the respective display pixels corresponding to the ROI based on the determined association between the count values and the pixel values.

US Pat. No. 10,111,633

LOCAL FFR ESTIMATION AND VISUALISATION FOR IMPROVED FUNCTIONAL STENOSIS ANALYSIS

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An image processing system, comprising:an input port for receiving at least one image including a projection view of an object of interest;
a segmenter configured to segment the image to obtain an object segmentation for the object as per the projection view;
a partitioner configured to partition the segmentation into components;
an adaptation unit configured to adapt at least one of a plurality of local effect transfer functions to a local geometry of the object as recorded in respective ones of the components to obtain a plurality of global effect transfer functions;
a combiner configured to combine the plurality of global effect transfer functions into a composite transfer function for the object;
an evaluator configured to compute from the composite transfer function a fractional flow reserve (FFR) estimate for a fluid flowing through the object, wherein the evaluator operates to compute a range of FFR estimates by varying physical and physiological parameters;
a visualizer configured to render for display on a display unit the range of FFR estimates as a function of at least one the physical and physiological parameters; and
the display unit operating to display the range of FFR estimates in their functional dependence,
wherein the physical and physiological parameters include at least one of pressure and flow rate, and wherein the range of FFR estimates is displayed as a function of the at least one of pressure and flow rate.

US Pat. No. 10,111,632

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BREAST CANCER DETECTION IN X-RAY IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for breast cancer detection with an x-ray scanner, scanner, the method comprising:scanning a patient with the x-ray scanner, the scanning providing a frame of data representing breast tissue in the patient;
classifying patches of the frame of data as of interest or not based on intensity;
determining a probability of breast cancer for the patches that are of interest using a deep learnt regression at least partially trained on non-x-ray data, the probability not determined for the patches not of interest, the determining comprising inputting the patches that are of interest into the deep learnt regression, the deep regression outputting feature values;
classifying the patches with the probability over a threshold using a machine-learnt classifier and not classifying the patches with the probability below the threshold; and
displaying an indication of breast cancer for the patient based on an output of the classifying using the machine-learnt classifier.

US Pat. No. 10,111,630

X-RAY DIAGNOSIS APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X-ray diagnosis apparatus, comprising:a holding device configured to be movable by a moving operation and hold an X-ray tube;
a route specify unit configured to specify a movement route;
a drive unit configured to drive the holding device along the specified movement route;
an operation direction detector configured to detect an operation direction, the operation direction being a direction of the moving operation that the holding device has received; and
a drive controller configured to control the drive unit to stop a driving force when the operation direction differs from a movement direction, the movement direction being a direction of the movement route,
wherein the holding device is further configured to receive the moving operation when the drive controller controls the drive unit to stop driving.

US Pat. No. 10,111,627

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. A radiation diagnostic apparatus comprising:an X-ray tube;
a plurality of radiation detecting elements configured to detect X-rays radiated from the X-ray tube;
a plurality of signal processing substrates configured to perform processing including at least A/D conversion processing on outputted signals of the plurality of radiation detecting elements and to output processed signals as the outputted signals after being subjected to the processing including at least A/D conversion; and
processing circuitry configured to
identify a non-observing element or a non-observing substrate based on information on an imaging region included in imaging conditions of an object, the non-observing element being a radiation detecting element of the plurality of radiation detecting elements which corresponds to a region other than the imaging region, and the non-observing substrate being a signal processing substrate of the plurality of signal processing substrates which corresponds to the non-observing element, and
control an operation of the non-observing element or an operation of the non-observing substrate in imaging under the imaging conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,111,626

X-RAY CT APPARATUS

Toshiba Medical Systems C...

1. An X-ray computed tomography (CT) apparatus comprising:collection circuitry configured to collect a signal derived from X-rays emitted from an X-ray tube and transmitted through a subject;
control circuitry configured to calculate a value of tube current to be supplied to the X-ray tube in a main scan, based on a first image acquired through a first reconstruction process, the first reconstruction process using the signal and a first image-processing filter, the signal being collected by the collection circuitry in a localizer scan; and
image generation circuitry configured to generate a second image as a localizer image through a second reconstruction process, the second reconstruction process using the signal and a second image-processing filter, the signal being collected by the collection circuitry in the localizer scan.

US Pat. No. 10,111,625

BIOPSY APPARATUS AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A biopsy apparatus comprising:a radiation source for irradiating radiation toward a subject to be examined from a tube;
a radiation detector for detecting radiation which has been irradiated from the radiation source and passed through the subject so as to generate a radiographic image;
a stereotactic image generator for generating a stereotactic image, which consists of two radiographic images generated by the radiation detector and is represented by a stereotactic coordinate system, by irradiating radiation from the tube disposed at two stereotactic tube positions each having a different angle relative to the subject;
a tomosynthesis image generator for generating a tomosynthesis image, which is represented by a tomosynthesis coordinate system, by irradiating radiation from the tube disposed at a plurality of tomosynthesis tube positions each having a different angle relative to the subject and performing reconstruction of a plurality of tomographic images from a plurality of radiographic images generated by the radiation detector;
a biopsy needle driver for driving a biopsy needle based on a biopsy coordinate system calibrated with respect to the stereotactic coordinate system so as to insert the biopsy needle into the subject; and
a processor configured to:
identify a position of a target designated based on the tomosynthesis image as a first designated position; and
obtain two projection positions by virtually projecting the first designated position to the image detector from two calibrated-stereotactic tube positions which have been calibrated into the tomosynthesis coordinate system, and converting the first designated position into a second designated position in the stereotactic coordinate system based on the stereotactic tube positions and the projection positions.

US Pat. No. 10,111,624

MEASURING ELECTRODE IMPEDANCE IN AN IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT CIRCUIT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A circuit comprising:an excitation source;
a sense circuit;
a first electrode;
a second electrode;
a first switch coupled between a terminal of the excitation source and the first electrode;
a second switch coupled between the first electrode and a terminal of the sense circuit;
a third switch coupled between the terminal of the excitation source and the second electrode; and
a fourth switch coupled between the second electrode and the terminal of the sense circuit,
wherein the sense circuit is configured to close both the first switch and the second switch during measurement of an impedance.

US Pat. No. 10,111,622

EVALUATION OF THE QUALITY OF ELECTRODE CONTACT WITH A SKIN SURFACE

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A system comprising:an injection, a sense and a return skin-contacting electrode;
a current source, wherein the current source applies an AC test current to the injection skin-contacting electrode, the AC test current having a first polarity and a first magnitude,
a driven return coupled between the sense skin-contacting electrode and the return skin-contacting electrode, wherein the driven return accepts a return of the AC test current through the return skin-contacting electrode, wherein the driven return operates to keep a voltage at the sense skin contacting electrode centered at an isolated ground potential, and wherein the driven return generates a return current that is supplied to the injection skin-contacting electrode, the return current having a polarity opposite to the first polarity;
a processor, the processor executing instructions for performance of a simultaneous test to determine the quality of skin contact of both the injection and return skin-contacting electrodes, wherein execution of the instructions cause the processor to:
determine both a first differential voltage between the injection and sense skin-contacting electrodes and a second differential voltage between the sense and return skin-contacting electrodes after application of the AC test current and the return current; and
determine a first and second magnitude of a contact impedance for each of the injection and return skin-contacting electrodes, respectively, based on the first and second differential voltages, wherein the first and second magnitudes of contact impedance are representative of a quality of skin contact of the injection and return skin-contacting electrodes, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,111,620

ENHANCED MOTION TRACKING USING TRANSPORTABLE INERTIAL SENSORS TO DETERMINE THAT A FRAME OF REFERENCE IS ESTABLISHED

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first inertial sensor mounted on a portable device of a user;
a second inertial sensor mounted on a tracking device of the user being carried by a moving platform; and
a computer-readable storage medium storing executable instructions configured to:
receive, from the portable device, input that indicates the portable device is affixed or secured to the moving platform,
receive, from the first inertial sensor, a signal useable to determine an established frame of reference based at least in part on the portable device being affixed or secured to the moving platform,
receive, from the second inertial sensor, a signal useable to determine movement of the tracking device within the established frame of reference;
provide a notification,
receive a response to the notification, and
based on the response indicating an acceptance, process the signal received from the second inertial sensor and the signal received from the first inertial sensor to determine the movement of the tracking device within the established frame of reference.

US Pat. No. 10,111,619

SMART SPORTS PROTECTIVE APPARATUS INCLUDING USER DATA COLLECTING CIRCUIT

1. A smart sports protective apparatus, comprising:a base body device for covering at least a part of a user's body to relieve an impact of an external force to at least the part of the user's body when the user is playing sports;
a circuit device for collecting user data, including the user's biological data, motion status data, and body gesture data, from the user in real time when the user is playing sports, at least a part of the circuit device being arranged inside the base body device; and
a power supply device for supplying an electric power to the circuit device, the power supply device being arranged inside the base body device, the circuit device and the power supply device being formed integrally and being tiled in the base body device,
the circuit device comprising:
a data collecting unit for collecting the user data, and the data collecting unit including
a biosensing module for collecting the user's biological data,
a gesture sensing module for collecting the user's body gesture data, and
a motion sensing module for collecting the user's motion status data; and
a first processing unit for controlling the collecting operations of the data collecting unit,
at least a part of the biosensing module being arranged on an inner surface of the base body device contacting with the user's body, and the biosensing module comprising at least one of:
a heart rate sensor for detecting data of a real-time heart rate of the user,
an electrocardio sensor for detecting data of a real-time electrocardo of the user,
a pulse sensor for detecting data of a real-time pulse of the user,
a blood oxygen sensor for detecting data of a real-time blood oxygen of the user,
a body temperature sensor for detecting data of a real-time body temperature of the user,
a myoeletricity sensor for detecting data of a real-time myoeletricity of the user, and
a blood pressure sensor for detecting data of a real-time blood pressure of the user,
at least one of the heart rate sensor, the electrocardio sensor, the pulse sensor, and the blood oxygen sensor comprising
an optical transceiver which, when the base body device covers at least the part of the user's body, emits and receives light in a closed space formed by the base body device and at least the part of the user's body without being influenced by external light,
the circuit device further comprising:
a first wireless communication unit for transmitting the user data to a mobile terminal wirelessly;
a second wireless communication unit for transmitting the user data to a server wirelessly via a base station apparatus, at least a part of the second wireless communication unit being arranged not to be blocked by insulators in the smart sports protective apparatus; and
a second processing unit for controlling the wireless transmission operation of the second wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,618

DUAL PURPOSE WEARABLE PATCH FOR MEASUREMENT AND TREATMENT

VivaLnk, Inc., Campbell,...

1. A dual purpose wearable patch, comprising:a stretchable and permeable substrate;
a sensing unit mounted in the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the sensing unit includes a bottom portion adapted to be in direct contact with a user's skin, wherein the sensing unit comprises a temperature sensor in thermal contact with the bottom portion to conduct a measurement of a user to produce a measurement signal;
one or more electrodes respectively attached to the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the one or more electrodes are configured to be in electrical contact with the user's skin and are configured to apply a voltage across the user's body;
a circuit substrate on the stretchable and permeable substrate, wherein the circuit substrate comprises a circuit electrically connected with the one or more electrodes and the sensing unit; and
a semiconductor chip mounted on the circuit substrate and in connection with the circuit, wherein the semiconductor chip is configured to receive the measurement signal from the sensing unit, wherein the semiconductor chip is configured to produce a treatment control signal to control the one or more electrodes to apply a voltage across the user's body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,617

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR EEG MONITORING

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A medical monitoring system, comprising:an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor array comprising a plurality of electrodes configured for EEG monitoring, wherein the plurality of electrodes are configured to be disposed about a patient's head, and wherein the plurality of electrodes comprise a ground electrode, a reference electrode, and a plurality of sensing electrodes; and
an EEG monitor operatively coupled to the EEG sensor array, wherein the EEG monitor comprises:
input circuitry configured to receive EEG signals from the plurality of sensing electrodes;
a processor configured to:
determine a plurality of depth of anesthesia indices based at least in part on the EEG signals, wherein the depth of anesthesia indices comprise bispectral indices; and
generate a topographic color map of the depth of anesthesia indices based on a color scale, wherein the color scale comprises a predetermined set of colors, wherein each color of the predetermined set of colors represents a predetermined depth of anesthesia index; and
a display configured to display the topographic color map;
wherein the EEG monitor is configured to receive a user selection of one or more regions of the patient's head to monitor, wherein the display is configured to display an anesthesia index for each of the one or more regions, and wherein the processor is configured to determine a correlation between depth of anesthesia indices associated with a first region of the patient's head and depth of anesthesia indices associated with a second region of the patient's head, and wherein the processor is configured to detect a clinically adverse event based at least in part upon the correlation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,611

PERSONAL EMOTIONAL PROFILE GENERATION

Affectiva, Inc., Boston,...

1. A computer-implemented method for mental state analysis comprising:obtaining mental state data from an individual, wherein the mental state data is extracted, using one or more processors, from facial images of an individual captured as they respond to stimuli;
analyzing the mental state data extracted from facial images to produce mental state information;
correlating the mental state information of the individual with mental state information from a plurality of people, wherein the mental state information from the plurality of people is determined as a function of at least one historical environmental condition measured from ambient conditions affecting at least one of the plurality of people and stored as historical contextual information;
categorizing, using one or more processors, the individual with others from the plurality of people based on the correlating and a rate of change of a plurality of expressions of the individual, wherein the rate of change is evaluated during exposure to specific stimuli and wherein the categorizing is part of a profile;
determining at least one recent environmental condition by measuring an ambient condition affecting the individual during the exposure to specific stimuli and storing the measurement as recent contextual information; and
predicting a future reaction to a stimulus, based on the profile, the historical contextual information, and the recent contextual information.

US Pat. No. 10,111,609

METHOD FOR DETECTING A MALFUNCTION OF A SENSOR FOR MEASURING AN ANALYTE CONCENTRATION IN VIVO

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. A method for detecting a malfunction of a sensor for measuring an analyte concentration in vivo, comprising:producing a series of measuring signals, by means of the sensor;
determining successively a value of a noise parameter from the measuring signals, the noise parameter indicating how severely the measurement is impaired by interference signals;
determining the rate of change of the values of the noise parameter by calculating a time derivative of the noise parameter, wherein the rate of change of the noise parameter is determined on a smoothened series of values of the noise parameter; and
analyzing the rate of change of the noise parameter in order to detect a malfunction,
wherein in calculating the value of the noise parameter it is determined which portion of a measuring value is based on the interference signals such that a given measuring value is the sum of a useful signal that corresponds to the analyte concentration and the interference signal, and
wherein a recursive filter is used to separate a noise portion from the useful portion of the measurement signal.

US Pat. No. 10,111,607

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING LESION SIZE IN CATHETER-BASED ABLATION TREATMENT

1. A system for visualizing lesions on target tissue, the system comprising a data acquisition and processing unit configured to:receive signals from a force sensor of an elongated flexible catheter comprising an ablation head, said force sensor signals being in reaction to forces exerted against said ablation head by said target tissue;
produce a sequence of contact force values based on said force sensor signals acquired over a time period of energization of said ablation head;
determine in real time a force-time integral based on said sequence of contact forces;
characterize a lesion based on said force-time integral; and
generate for display a visualization representing said characterization of said lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,606

INTEGRATED CONDENSER FOR COLLECTING DROPLETS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An integrated condenser, comprising:a substrate; and
a sampler surface disposed on the substrate configured to receive a gas-phase sample, wherein the sampler surface further comprises:
an outer surface region configured to:
facilitate condensing at least a portion of the received gas-phase sample into liquid-phase droplets on the sampler surface; and
facilitate aggregating and moving the condensed droplets radially toward a center of the sampler surface;
wherein the outer surface region is micro-patterned to create a wettability gradient which is distributed axisymmetrically,
wherein the micro-pattern comprises a set of micro-patterned concentric rings,
wherein a given micro patterned concentric ring of the set of micro-patterned concentric rings comprises a set of radially oriented wall-groove pairs, and
wherein the number of wall-groove pairs in the given micro-patterned concentric ring increases from the outermost ring toward the innermost ring; and
an inner surface region within the outer surface region, wherein the inner surface region is configured to receive the condensed droplets collected by the outer surface region.

US Pat. No. 10,111,605

POSITIONING CUSHION FOR A MEDICAL IMAGING EXAMINATION, AND MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS WITH A POSITIONING CUSHION

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A positioning cushion for positioning a subject at a positioning site, said positioning cushion comprising:a first positioning unit comprising a foam material;
a second positioning unit comprising a fluid cushion having a port allowing selective filling, at said positioning site, of said fluid cushion with a fluid;
a third positioning unit connected to each of said first and second positioning units and being situated between said first and second positioning units, said third positioning unit comprising a stabilizer that has a macroscopic shape;
said second positioning unit comprising a deformable wall connected to said stabilizer, with said deformable wall and said stabilizer in combination forming an interior of said fluid cushion into which said fluid is received and held in order to form said fluid cushion; and
said first second and third positioning units being adapted to receive a subject thereon to position said subject at said positioning site, with said stabilizer retaining said macroscopic shape when said subject is received thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,111,604

PORTABLE APPARATUS FOR DETECTING BREAST CANCER

1. A portable breast cancer screening device comprising:a measurement sensor configured to measure a biological potential in a first breast area of a subject;
a reference sensor configured to measure a biological potential in a second breast area corresponding to a position at which the measurement sensor is attached; and
a detector electrically connected to a peripheral sensor configured to measure a biological potential around the position at which the measurement sensor is attached, and configured to measure a biological potential generated in a body,
wherein the detector comprises:
an overvoltage/overcurrent protection circuit configured to block a leakage current from being introduced to the detector;
a differential amplifier configured to amplify a voltage input from a sensor among the measurement sensor, the reference sensor, and the peripheral sensor;
an active low pass filter configured to pass only a signal frequency of a low frequency band among signals transmitted from the differential amplifier;
a driver amplifier configured to amplify a signal passed through the active low pass filter;
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter configured to convert the signal amplified by the driver amplifier into a digital signal; and
a ground operating circuit electrically connected to the differential amplifier,
wherein the ground operating circuit comprises:
an operational amplifier having two input terminals that are electrically connected to the differential amplifier and a reference voltage, respectively;
a resistor electrically connected between the operational amplifier and an output voltage;
a first capacitor electrically connected between the differential amplifier and the output voltage; and
a second capacitor electrically connected between the operational amplifier and the output voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,111,603

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRE-ACTION THERAPY

1. An apparatus for therapy of a user's impaired body part comprising:a user interface device for interfacing with a user's non-impaired body part and for receiving a user action and for transmitting electrical signals representing the user action;
a display device for displaying at least one virtual body part image of the user's impaired body part undergoing therapy;
a body part device for physically modeling the user's impaired body part undergoing therapy wherein the body part device includes a means for receiving movement control signals, and a mechanical means for producing movement of the body part device;
a computing device operatively connected to the user interface device, the display device, and the body part device, wherein the computing device includes a memory device that stores a plurality of instructions which, when executed by the computing device, cause the computing device to:
generate, via a virtual body part manager, a virtual body part image for display on the display device, and wherein the virtual body part image represents the user's impaired body part;
receive user selections, via a selection manager configured to receive one or more selections from the user interface device, wherein the user selections correspond to one or more portions of the virtual body part image;
receive user action directions, via an action manager configured to receive one or more action directions from the user interface device, wherein the user action directions correspond to one or more actions of the virtual body part image;
generate and display virtual body part action, via the action manager configured to generate one or more display control signals that cause a displayed action of the virtual body part image, in accordance with the received user selections and the received user action directions; and
generate, via a body part device computing manager configured to interface with the body part device, one or more movement control signals based upon the one or more received user action directions from the user interface device, whereby the body part device is caused to move simultaneously with the displayed action of the virtual body part image.

US Pat. No. 10,111,601

EXTENDED WEAR ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY MONITOR OPTIMIZED FOR CAPTURING LOW AMPLITUDE CARDIAC ACTION POTENTIAL PROPAGATION

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. An ambulatory electrocardiography and physiology monitor optimized for capturing low amplitude cardiac action potential propagation, comprising:a disposable extended wear electrode patch comprising:
a flexible backing comprising stretchable material defined as an elongated strip with a narrow longitudinal midsection, each end of the flexible backing comprising an adhesive contact surface;
a pair of electrocardiographic electrodes comprised on the contact surface of each end of the flexible backing, each electrocardiographic electrode conductively exposed for dermal adhesion;
a non-conductive receptacle affixed to a non-contacting surface of the flexible backing and comprising an electro-mechanical docking interface, the docking interface comprising a first set of electrical contact mating pads, a second set of electrical contact mating pads, and at least one additional electrical contact mating pad;
a battery within a compartment on a bottom surface of the non-conductive receptacle and electrically interfaced to the first set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface; and
a flexible circuit comprising a pair of flexible circuit traces affixed at each end of the flexible backing with each circuit trace connecting one of the electrocardiographic electrodes to one of the electrical contact mating pads of the second set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface; and
a physiology sensor adapted to sense physiological data and connecting to the at least one additional electrical contact mating pad; and
an ambulatory electrocardiography monitor recorder comprising:
a wearable housing adapted to securely fit into the non-conductive receptacle;
an external connector comprising a set of electrical contacts protruding from a surface of the wearable housing that fits within the non-conductive receptacle, the set of electrical contacts electrically and mechanically contacting the first set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface, the second set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface, and the additional electrical contact mating pad; and
electronic circuitry provided within the wearable housing and removably connected via the external connector to the electrocardiographic electrodes via the second set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface, to the battery via the first set of the electrical contact mating pads of the docking interface, and to the physiology sensor via the additional electrical contact mating pad, the electronic circuitry further comprising:
a low power micro-controller interfaced to the physiology sensor via the external connector and operable to execute over an extended period under modular micro program control as specified in firmware and to draw power from the battery via the external connector;
an electrocardiographic front end circuit under the control of the micro-controller adapted to sense cardiac electrical potential differentials through the electrocardiographic electrodes, which are provided to the micro-controller as electrocardiographic signals representative of amplitudes of the action potential propagation; and
a non-volatile memory electrically interfaced with the micro-controller and operable to continuously store samples of the electrocardiographic signals and samples of the physiological data throughout the extended period until the non-volatile memory is filled and to draw power from the battery via the external connector.

US Pat. No. 10,111,600

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SENSING FETAL ACTIVITY

Nuvo Group Ltd., Tel Avi...

1. A computer-implemented method,wherein the method determines the health of a fetus,
wherein the method comprises:
receiving, by at least one computer processor executing specific programmable instructions configured for the method, raw Electrocardiogram (ECG) signals data from at least one pair of ECG sensors;
wherein the at least one pair of ECG sensors are positioned on an abdomen of a woman carrying a fetus;
wherein the raw ECG signals data comprise data representative of a plurality of raw ECG signals which are being acquired in real-time from the at least one pair of ECG sensors;
detecting, by the at least one computer processor, maternal heart peaks in each of the ECG signals in the ECG signals data;
subtracting, by the at least one computer processor, from each of the plurality of ECG signals of the ECG signals data, a maternal ECG signal, by utilizing at least one non-linear subtraction procedure to obtain corrected ECG signals data which comprise data representative of a plurality of corrected ECG signals, each of the plurality of corrected ECG signals corresponding to one of the ECG signals, wherein the at least one non-linear subtraction procedure comprises:
iteratively performing:
i) dividing each of the plurality of ECG signals into a plurality of ECG signal segments,
1) wherein each ECG signal segment of the plurality of ECG signal segments corresponds to a beat interval of a full heartbeat, and
2) wherein each beat interval is automatically determined based, at least in part, on detecting an onset value and an offset value of the respective beat interval;
ii) modifying each of the plurality of ECG signal segments to form a plurality of modified ECG signal segments, wherein the modifying is performed using at least one inverse optimization scheme based on a set of parameters, wherein values of the set of parameters are determined based on:
iteratively performing:
 1) defining a global template based on a standard heartbeat profile of an adult human being,
 2) setting a set of tentative values for a local template for each of the ECG signal segments,
 3) utilizing at least one optimization scheme to determine an adaptive template for each of the ECG signal segments based on the local template being matched to the global template within a pre-determined similarity value; and
iii) eliminating each of the modified ECG signal segments from the corresponding one of the ECG signals, by subtracting the adaptive template from the one of the ECG signals thereby generating each corrected ECG signal;
extracting, by the at least one computer processor, fetal ECG signals data from the ECG signals data based on the corrected ECG signals data, wherein the fetal ECG signals data comprises a plurality of fetal ECG signals, each of the fetal ECG signals corresponding to one of the ECG signals;
detecting, by the at least one computer processor, fetal heart peaks in the fetal ECG signals data;
calculating, by the at least one computer processor, based on the detected fetal heart peaks, at least one of:
i) a fetal heart rate,
ii) a fetal heart curve,
iii) a beat-2-beat fetal heart rate, and
iv) fetal heart rate variability; and
outputting, by the at least one computer processor, a result of the calculating step, wherein the result of the calculating step is used to determine the health of the fetus.

US Pat. No. 10,111,599

SHIELDED TWISTED PAIR OF CONDUCTORS USING CONDUCTIVE INK

1. A method for manufacturing an electrical infrastructure of a medical device, said method comprising:printing a base layer comprising electrically conductive material in a predefined pattern by depositing an electrically conductive ink on a surface of the medical device, wherein printing said predefined pattern of said base layer comprises forming a plurality of sinusoidal-shaped segments separated by a plurality of gaps wherein each sinusoidal-shaped segment does not contact the other sinusoidal-shaped segments;
printing a masking layer comprising electrically nonconductive material directly over a portion of said first layer of conductive material by depositing an electrically nonconductive ink, wherein printing said masking layer comprises depositing nonconductive ink in said gaps to electrically insulate a portion of said segments positioned within said gaps; and
printing a bridge layer comprising electrically conductive material directly over a portion of said base layer and a portion of said masking layer by depositing electrically conductive ink,
wherein said plurality of gaps comprises a first plurality of gaps and a second plurality of gaps different from said first plurality of gaps and wherein forming said plurality of sinusoidal-shaped segments comprises forming first sinusoidal-shaped segments separated by said first plurality of gaps and forming second sinusoidal-shaped segments different from said first sinusoidal-shaped segments where said second sinusoidal-shaped segments are separated by said second plurality of gaps and wherein said second sinusoidal-shaped segments are positioned within said first plurality of gaps, and wherein said printing said bridge layer comprises depositing said electrically conductive ink in said first and second plurality of gaps so as to electrically connect said first sinusoidal-shaped segments to form a first electrical conductor and to electrically connect said second sinusoidal-shaped segments to form an electrically separate second electrical conductor to thereby form an electrically separate and isolated pair of conductors in a twisted configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,111,597

ELECTRODEPOSITION OF PLATINUM/IRIDIUM (PT/IR) ON PT MICROELECTRODES WITH IMPROVED CHARGE INJECTION PROPERTIES

University of Southern Ca...

1. A Pt/Ir microelectrode comprising:a metal base of a selected metal composition; and
an electroplated Pt/Ir film on the metal base, wherein the Pt/Ir film has a desired composition ratio of Pt to Ir;
wherein the Pt/Ir film has an electrochemical impedance magnitude that is less than both of Pt and Ir alone as shown on an impedance magnitude Bode plot along a frequency region of about 100 hertz or less.

US Pat. No. 10,111,594

COMPACT OPTICAL IMAGING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

The Trustees of Columbia ...

1. A compact optical imaging system, comprising:an imaging probe having a plurality of illumination sources and a plurality of detectors disposed on an interrogation face of said probe, each of the illumination sources operating at a respective substantially monochromatic wavelength; and
a processor configured to use signals from the detectors to indicate a degree of contact of the interrogation face with a tissue surface,
wherein the plurality of detectors are disposed at respective detection locations spaced from each other on the interrogation face,
the plurality of illumination sources are disposed at respective illumination locations spaced from each other and said detection locations on the interrogation face, and
the interrogation face is configured to be brought into contact with an object to be imaged such that light from the light sources is scattered and/or partially absorbed by said object prior to detection by one or more of the plurality of detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,111,593

MONITORING SYSTEM FOR MONITORING A PATIENT AND DETECTING DELIRIUM OF THE PATIENT

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A monitoring system for automated monitoring of a patient and detecting delirium of the patient, comprising:a monitoring unit for obtaining image data of the patient over time,
an image analysis unit for detecting motion events of the patient from the obtained image data,
an evaluation unit for classifying the detected motion events into delirium-typical motion events and non-delirium-typical motion events, wherein said evaluation unit is configured to determine high and/or low movement counts of detected motion events, and
a delirium determination unit for determining a delirium score from the duration of high or low movement counts and/or the duration, intensity, type, location and/or occurrence of delirium-typical motion events, said delirium score indicating the likelihood and/or strength of delirium of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,111,592

BIOSENSOR

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A biosensor comprising:a wiring board;
a light emitting element and a light receiving element disposed on a principal surface of the wiring board;
a light-emitting-element sealer disposed on the principal surface of the wiring board and adjacent to the light emitting element to seal the light emitting element;
a light-receiving-element sealer disposed on the principal surface of the wiring board and adjacent to the light emitting element to seal the light receiving element;
a light shielding portion disposed between the light-emitting-element sealer and the light-receiving-element sealer; and
a cover with light transmitting properties disposed in parallel with the wiring board with the light emitting element, the light receiving element and the light shielding portion disposed therebetween,
wherein the cover comprises a roughened bottom surface that faces towards the light emitting element and the light receiving element and that is configured to scatter light passing through the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,111,591

REAL-TIME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS IN A HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

NANTHEALTH, INC., Culver...

1. An apparatus for real-time monitoring of a patient, comprising:a memory element that stores data;
a processor that executes instructions associated with the data;
an interface that receives sensor data from a sensor;
a latency calculator that calculates a latency threshold that varies according to at least a health status of the patient and latency sensitivity factors;
a timer that continuously monitors the sensor's measurement latency;
a comparator that compares the sensor's measurement latency with the calculated latency threshold; and
a feedback module that generates an alert if the sensor's measurement latency varies from the calculated latency threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,111,590

HEALTH MONITORING DEVICE

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

1. Health monitoring device, comprising:a single-use structure comprising:
a set of sensors configured to generate a set of health sensor data based on a body surface;
a communications circuit configured to receive the set of health sensor data based on the body surface; and
a first near-field antenna, coupled to the circuit, and configured to be conformally coupled to the body surface, wherein the set of sensors and the first near-field antenna are externally powered passive circuits; and
a re-useable structure, wherein the re-usable structure is wearable, the re-usable structure comprising:
a near-field reader configured to process the set of health sensor data based on the body surface;
a second near-field antenna configured to communicate with the first near-field antenna in the single-use structure, wherein the second near-field antenna is configured to be conformally coupled to the body surface; and
wherein the first near-field antenna and the second near-field antenna are aligned to an axis of the body surface circumference, wherein the alignment to the axis of the body surface circumference provides proper angular alignment between the first and second near-field antennas,
wherein the single-use structure is wholly powered by a near-field signal from the re-useable structure.

US Pat. No. 10,111,585

VISION TESTING DEVICE AND HEAD MOUNT TYPE DISPLAY DEVICE

CREWT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, IN...

1. A vision testing device, comprising:a planar display device that displays a visual target for a testee who receives a vision test; and
a display optical system provided on an optical axis between an eyeball position where an eyeball of the testee is placed and a display surface of the planar display device, the display optical system being configured by a f-? optical system including at least an aspherical lens having a proportional relationship between an incident angle ? of a principal ray when the testee views the visual target from the eyeball position through the display optical system and an image height Y on the display surface of the planar display device.

US Pat. No. 10,111,582

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD TO IDENTIFY DISEASE IN AN OCULAR FUNDUS IMAGE

KOWA COMPANY, LTD., (JP)...

1. An image processing device comprising:enhancement processing means configured to enhance a speckle pattern in an ocular fundus tomographic image;
region-of-interest setting means configured to set a desired region in the ocular fundus tomographic image with the enhanced speckle pattern as a region-of-interest;
feature value extracting means configured to extract a feature value of the speckle pattern in the region-of-interest; and
disease determining means configured to make disease determination for an ocular fundus on a basis of the feature value; and
mapping means configured to map, in the ocular fundus tomographic image, a site of the ocular fundus that is determined to have a disease by the disease determining means.

US Pat. No. 10,111,580

FIBER SENSOR

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A fiber sensor comprising:at least one optical fiber having one or more sensing parts;
a light emitter configured to cause light to enter the at least one optical fiber; and
a light receiver configured to receive light emitted from the at least one optical fiber, wherein
the at least one optical fiber is laid in a detection target at least a part of which is bendable and is arranged along a longitudinal direction of the detection target in a detection target range which is the at least the part of the detection target,
the fiber sensor is configured to detect light guided through the at least one optical fiber and thereby detect a state of the detection target range of the detection target,
when anticipated inflection points are inflection points of a shape of the detection target range and are anticipated from one of a possible shape of the detection target range of the detection target and a state detectable in the detection target range, the at least one optical fiber has the sensing parts whose number is the number of the anticipated inflection points+one or more,
the number of the anticipated inflection points is decided based on one of a functional limit and a structural limit which limit a degree of freedom in a bending shape of the detection target,
a space L1 between the anticipated inflection points is
L1=r1·?1 wherein r1 is a curvature radius at a maximum bending of the detection target range of the detection target, ?1 is a central angle of an arc created by the space between the anticipated inflection points at the maximum bending, and ?1??/2.

US Pat. No. 10,111,579

ENDOSCOPE HAVING AN ILLUMINATION SYSTEM SHIFTED WITH RESPECT TO AN IMAGING SYSTEM TO REDUCE GENERATION OF HEAT AT A FRONT-END PORTION OF THE ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an imaging system; and
an illumination system,
wherein:
the illumination system includes a light guide and at least one illumination lens,
the imaging system includes an objective lens unit and an image pickup element,
when a direction along a long side of the image pickup element is set to be a first direction, and a direction along a short side of the image pickup element is set to be a second direction, the illumination system is disposed at a position shifted in the second direction with respect to the imaging system, and
the endoscope satisfies the following conditional expressions (1), (2), and (3):
1.35 1 1.5<(rV?LV)/(rH?LH)?3.17  (3),
where:
A denotes a value calculated by the following expression when an aspect ratio long side:short side of an area of the image pickup element corresponding to a display image range is set to be H:V
A=H/V,
LH denotes a dimension corresponding to the first direction of an end surface on an illumination lens side of the light guide,
LV denotes a dimension corresponding to the second direction of the end surface on the illumination lens side of the light guide,
rH denotes an outer-diameter dimension corresponding to the first direction of the illumination lens, and
rV denotes an outer-diameter dimension corresponding to the second direction of the illumination lens.

US Pat. No. 10,111,578

HYBRID APPARATUS FOR FLUID SUPPLY FOR ENDOSCOPIC IRRIGATION AND LENS CLEANING

ERBE-USA, INC., Marietta...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a cap configured to be coupled to a fluid source, the fluid source defining a chamber configured to contain a fluid;
a gas tube coupled to the cap such that a lumen defined by the gas tube is in fluid communication with the chamber of the fluid source when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, the gas tube configured to fluidically couple a gas source to the fluid source;
a filter operably coupled to the gas tube to prevent material from entering the chamber;
a first tube configured to extend through a first opening in the cap such that, when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, at least a portion of the first tube is received in the chamber of the fluid source and an end of the first tube is disposed in the fluid therein, the first tube configured to convey fluid out of the chamber of the fluid source to an endoscope; and
a second tube configured to extend through a second opening in the cap such that, when the cap is coupled to the fluid source, at least a portion of the second tube is received in the chamber of the fluid source and an end of the second tube is disposed in the fluid therein, the second tube configured to convey fluid out of the chamber of the fluid source to the endoscope;
wherein the first tube is configured to convey the fluid from the fluid source to the endoscope through the first tube during a first time period, the second tube is configured to convey the fluid from the fluid source to the endoscope through the second tube during a second time period, at least a portion of the second time period is concurrent with at least a portion of the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,111,577

ENDOSCOPIC INSTRUMENT WITH AN LED ILLUMINATION MODULE

Richard Wolf GmbH, Knitt...

1. An endoscopic instrument comprising a shank, at least one instrument channel or free channel opening to a distal end of the shank, at least one image sensor, at least one LED illumination module having at least one LED (38) arranged at a distal end of the instrument, and an electrical connection lead (8) attached to the at least one LED, wherein the connection lead (8) comprises a coaxial cable which extends from the distal end to a proximal end of the instrument and is designed for leading away waste heat produced by the LED (38), wherein a portion of the waste heat is dissipated from a periphery of the connection lead (8) to the shank, and from the shank to outer surroundings of the shank, the coaxial cable having at least one outer electrical conductor (20) surrounding at least one inner electrical conductor (18), and wherein at least one of the inner and outer electrical conductors (18, 20) is directly connected to the LED (38) in a heat-conducting manner.

US Pat. No. 10,111,576

BOTTLE WASHER ASSEMBLY FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A bottle washer assembly for a dishwasher appliance, the bottle washer assembly comprising:a main conduit defining a main passage along a longitudinal axis for flowing wash fluid therethrough;
a tine base connected to the main conduit, the tine base defining a base passage in fluid communication with the main passage for flowing wash fluid from the main passage therethrough;
a check valve disposed within the base passage, the check valve movable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the check valve permits wash fluid flow therepast and in the closed position the check valve prevents wash fluid flow therepast; and
a spray tine, the spray tine comprising a conduit defining a passage for flowing wash fluid therethrough, the spray tine removably connectable to the tine base,
wherein the spray tine further comprises a plurality of contact tabs arranged in a waveform extending circumferentially about the longitudinal axis to permit wash fluid through a plurality of recesses defined between the plurality of contact tabs, the contact tabs defining a first end of the spray tine.

US Pat. No. 10,111,575

DISHWASHING APPLIANCE HAVING A DOOR LINKAGE ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance defining a mutually-orthogonal vertical direction, lateral direction, and transverse direction, the dishwashing appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, the cabinet comprising a pair of opposing sidewalls, a top wall, and a rear wall;
a tub disposed inside the cabinet and defining a front opening;
a door rotatably positioned at the front opening and providing selective access to the wash chamber of the cabinet;
a spring linkage biasing the door toward a closed position, the spring linkage extending from a first end to a second end, the first end being mounted to the cabinet, the second end including a fastener selectively attached to the door;
a linkage latch extending laterally from one of the pair of opposing sidewalls below the door along the vertical direction, the linkage latch defining a latch channel to selectively receive the spring linkage when the fastener is detached from the door; and
a guide wheel rotatably mounted to the cabinet, wherein the guide wheel defines a diameter extending from a top portion to a bottom portion, wherein the spring linkage is disposed along the bottom portion of the guide wheel, and wherein the linkage latch is positioned between the top portion and the bottom portion of the guide wheel along the vertical direction to maintain tension on the spring linkage when the fastener is received at the linkage latch,
wherein the fastener includes a rigid body defining a bore hole to receive a linkage removal tool.

US Pat. No. 10,111,574

METHOD FOR TREATING DISHWARE

1. A method for treating dishware comprising the steps of:providing a treatment composition comprising a photoactive component;
contacting in an appliance said treatment composition with said dishware; and
irradiating said treatment composition with visible light;
wherein the step of irradiating said treatment composition with visible light is performed with a dispenser that comprises a source of light and a reservoir releasably containing said treatment composition, wherein said dispenser is tool free insertable into and removable from said appliance, and wherein said source of light has a power source independent of said appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,111,573

ADAPTER AND SPRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An adapter for flowing wash fluid to a spray arm in a dishwasher appliance, the adapter defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the adapter comprising:a base unit, the base unit comprising an inlet housing defining an inlet annulus, a first conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet, and a second conduit extending from the inlet housing and comprising a passage defined between an inlet and an outlet, wherein the entire passage of the first conduit and the entire passage of the second conduit each extend at a discrete, non-parallel angle to the axial direction of less than or equal to 60 degrees,
wherein the inlet of the first conduit is radially spaced apart from the inlet of the second conduit above the inlet annulus, and wherein the outlet of the second conduit surrounds the outlet of the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,111,571

AUTOMATIC CLEAN MACHINE CONTROL METHOD AND AUTOMATIC CLEAN MACHINE

PixArt Imaging Inc., Hsi...

1. A computer readable recording media, recording at least one program, an automatic clean machine control method is performed if the program is executed, which comprises:(a) controlling the automatic clean machine to acquire a map;
(b) directly selecting a region to be cleaned on the map by a user, wherein the map is determined by the user; and
(c) controlling the automatic clean machine to perform a first clean operation to the region to be cleaned;
wherein the automatic clean machine control method further comprises:
providing at least one guiding device;
controlling the automatic clean machine to perform a second clean operation according to a guiding signal generated by the guiding device; and
taking back the guiding device via the automatic clean machine after the second clean operation is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,111,570

AUTONOMOUS FLOOR CLEANER

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. An autonomous floor cleaner comprising:a base adapted for movement over a surface to be cleaned;
a top coupled with the base;
a drive system associated with the base and configured to move the base over the surface to be cleaned;
a collection chamber associated with the base;
a sweeping element associated with the top and comprising a brush at least partially in register with the surface to be cleaned, wherein the brush is rotatable about a brush axis;
a dirt inlet at a periphery of the base, wherein the dirt inlet is at least partially defined by a ramp on the base, wherein a portion of the brush is in register with the ramp; and
a dirt opening at an end of the ramp leading into the collection chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,111,569

CLEARING FABRIC ASSEMBLY USED FOR AN AUTOMATIC CLEANING MACHINE

1. A cleaning fabric assembly used for an automatic cleaning machine, comprising:an outer unit, wherein a plurality of openable portions, which extend from the peripheral portion of the outer unit to the center of the outer unit, are provided on top of the outer unit, and wherein a space is formed between the openable portions and the outer unit;
an assembly unit and a fixing unit, wherein the assembly unit is disposed between the water absorbent unit and the openable portions, characterized in that a positioning opening is centrally provided in the fixing unit and that at least a male engagement piece is provided on the fixing unit, characterized in that at least an opening is provided in each of the openable portions; and
a water absorbent unit, disposed inside the space.
wherein the assembly unit comprises:
a positioning seat, wherein a connective portion is centrally provided on the positioning seat and an engagement portion, which spatially corresponds to each of the openings, is circumferentially provided on the positioning seat, wherein the connective portion comprises an inner space, a plurality of connective slots, an opening, an installation opening and a plurality of engagement slots, characterized in that each of connective slots is a through slot, characterized in that each of the connective slots passes through the side wall of the connective portion and the opening is a through opening on top of the connective portion, and characterized in that the engagement slots are circumferentially disposed in the inner space near the opening;
a positioning portion, fitted inside the inner space of the connective portion, wherein the positioning portion comprises an outer ring and an engagement opening piece, characterized in that the outer ring is circumferentially provided around the positioning portion and has a plurality of engagement protrusions, which engages with the engagement slots, and characterized in that the engagement opening piece passes through the top and bottom of the positioning portion;
a connective portion, wherein the connective portion comprises a positioning piece and a retaining piece, characterized in that the positioning piece is fitted through the engagement opening piece and that the retaining piece presses against the underside of the engagement opening piece;
a bottom portion, wherein the bottom portion comprises a positioning ring piece and a plurality of engagement pieces, characterized in that the positioning ring piece is centrally provided inside the bottom portion and the engagement pieces are circumferentially provided around the bottom portion, characterized in that through the engagement pieces and connective slots, the positioning portion and connective portion are properly secured inside the inner space of the connective portion;
a supportive portion, fitted in between the connective portion and the bottom portion, characterized in that a positioning protrusion is provided on the bottom of the supportive portion;
a supportive spring, fitted in between the supportive portion and the bottom portion, characterized in that the lower end of the supportive spring is fitted to the positioning ring piece and the upper end of the supportive spring is fitted to a peripheral portion of the positioning protrusion; and
a positioning spring, characterized in that the lower end of the positioning spring is fitted to the positioning ring piece and its upper end presses against the lower side of the outer ring.

US Pat. No. 10,111,568

ELECTRIC VACUUM CLEANING APPARATUS

1. An electric vacuum cleaning apparatus, comprising:an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner adapted to autonomously move on a surface to be cleaned and collect dust from the surface; and
a station fluidly connectable to the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner;
wherein the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner includes a container that accumulates the dust collected by the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner and has a bottom wall that has a disposal port for disposing of the dust, and a disposal lid for opening and closing the disposal port,
the station includes a dust transfer pipe coupled to the disposal port, a secondary dust container adapted to accumulate dust disposed of from the container body through a dust transfer pipe, and a secondary electric blower adapted to generate suction negative pressure in the dust transfer pipe via the secondary dust container, and
at least one ventilation groove that causes air to flow below the dust accumulated in the container body under negative pressure generated by the secondary electric blower is provided on an inner surface of the bottom wall of the container body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,565

BACKPACK BLOWER VAC COLLECTION BAG

1. A collection bag for a blowervac comprising:a collection bag adapted to be attached to a blowervac through a hose;
at least one shoulder strap secured to the collection bag to allow the collection bag to be carried on a user's back;
wherein the collection bag has a user side adjacent the user's back, a front side opposite the user's side and side portions connecting the user's side to the front side, the collection bag being made of non-air permeable material except for a grill portion on a lower portion of the front side being made of an air permeable material.

US Pat. No. 10,111,563

MECHANISM FOR CLEANING SOLAR COLLECTOR SURFACES

SUNPOWER CORPORATION, Sa...

1. A robotic cleaning device configured to clean a row of inclined solar collectors, the robotic cleaning device configured to traverse across the row of inclined solar collectors, each of the inclined solar collectors having a collector surface, and to cross gaps between adjacent solar collectors in the row, the robotic cleaning device comprising:a first cleaning module configured to be swept along a portion of a collector surface of a solar collector, the first cleaning module comprising:
a first liquid dispenser mounted on a leading edge of the first cleaning module and configured to deliver a first spray of cleaning liquid to the portion of the collector surface, and
a brush element having a longitudinal side oriented along a first direction that is perpendicular to a direction in which the first cleaning module is swept, the brush element being disposed adjacent to the first liquid dispenser; and
a second cleaning module configured to be swept at a constant interval behind the first cleaning module, the second cleaning module comprising:
a first squeegee element oriented along the first direction and mounted at a leading edge of the second cleaning module, a first cleaning area being defined as an area between the first liquid dispenser of the first cleaning module and the first squeegee element of the second cleaning module;
a second squeegee element oriented along the first direction and mounted on a trailing edge of the second cleaning module to form a second cleaning area between the first and second squeegee elements; and
a second liquid dispenser mounted between the first and second squeegee elements and configured to deliver a second spray of liquid to the portion of the collector surface within the second cleaning area;
a frame having a front end and a back end, the back end being configured to be disposed at a top of the row of inclined solar collectors and including a guide mechanism to prevent the robotic cleaning device from sliding from the row of inclined solar collectors;
a front continuous track mechanism disposed at the front end of the frame, the front continuous track mechanism comprising a first rolling support, the front continuous track mechanism extending along a length of the frame in the first direction; and
a rear continuous track mechanism disposed at the back end of the frame, the rear continuous track mechanism comprising a second rolling support, the rear continuous mechanism extending along the length of the frame in the first direction;
wherein, via the first and second rolling supports, the front and rear continuous track mechanisms are configured to:
convey the first and second cleaning modules in a sweep direction along top surfaces of the row of inclined solar collectors, and
convey the first and second cleaning modules across gaps between adjacent solar collectors in the row of inclined solar collectors,
wherein the first liquid dispenser is configured to deliver the first spray within the first cleaning area and the second liquid dispenser is configured to deliver the second spray within the second cleaning area as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across collector surfaces of solar collectors in the row of inclined solar collectors, and
wherein the robotic cleaning device further includes:
a front sensor disposed at the front end of the frame, the front sensor being configured to produce a front sensor response signal in response to detecting the gap between adjacent solar collectors of a row of solar collectors as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across collector surfaces of the row of solar collectors;
a rear sensor disposed at the back end of the frame, the rear sensor being configured to produce a rear sensor response signal in response to detecting the gap between the adjacent solar collectors of the row of solar collectors as the first and second cleaning modules are swept across the collector surfaces of the row of solar collectors in use; and
a phase-locked loop control circuit configured to:
compare relative timings of the first sensor response signal and the rear sensor response signal, and
adjust the relative speed of the first and rear continuous track mechanisms based on the comparison of the relative timings of the front sensor response signal and the rear sensor response signal.

US Pat. No. 10,111,562

VACUUM CLEANER

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a motor configured to suction matter into the vacuum cleaner through an input port of the vacuum cleaner;
a collection receptacle for receiving matter collected by the vacuum cleaner;
a lid adapted to cover the collection receptacle;
a filter carrier adapted to connect at least one filter to the lid and positioned so that, during operation of the vacuum cleaner, matter collected by the vacuum cleaner is filtered from at least one fluid stream in the vacuum cleaner; and
at least one support member adapted to hold the lid stably in an access orientation that allows manual access to the at least one filter for removal from the filter carrier or cleaning of the at least one filter while the at least one filter is connected to the lid and located over the collection receptacle, the at least one support member being positionable with respect to the lid or the collection receptacle so as to free the lid to move from the access orientation to a closed orientation with respect to the collection receptacle; and at least one catch that is engageable by the at least one support member when the lid is oriented in the access orientation, the catch being adapted to resist removal of the at least one support member from the catch and also being adapted to provide stability for the lid in the access orientation.

US Pat. No. 10,111,559

HARDWARE ASSEMBLY

LIBERTY HARDWARE MFG. COR...

1. A hardware assembly, comprising:first and second bases each having a first surface and an opposed planar second surface, the first surface for contacting a support surface, the first and second surfaces having substantially similar areas, the first and second bases having first and second longitudinal axes, respectively, the first longitudinal axis transecting the first and second surfaces of the first base, and the second longitudinal axis transecting the first and second surfaces of the second base;
first and second planar rings each having an outer edge directly contacting the planar second surfaces of the first and second bases along the first and second longitudinal axes, respectively, the first and second planar rings each having an aperture formed about an axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis; and
a hardware component mounted to the first and second planar rings in a plane that includes the first and second longitudinal axes.

US Pat. No. 10,111,557

FOOD PROCESSOR DAMPEN SYSTEM

Capbran Holdings, LLC, L...

1. A vibration damper system in a food processor to reduce vibration, comprising:a motor suspended from a motor mounting ceiling that is mounted on a housing of a motor base through a plurality of bolted joints;
each bolted joint is surround by a vibration dampening block;
the vibration dampening block is defined by an upper portion, a middle portion, a lower portion, and a vertical bore through the center of the vibration dampening block; wherein the middle portion is smaller than the upper portion and the lower portion; wherein a recess is defined in which the motor mounting ceiling is received such that said ceiling is positioned between the upper portion and the lower portion; and the lower portion further comprises a plurality of petal members surrounding the bore; and,
a safety switch residing between a higher position and a lower position, wherein said safety switch, when pressed to said lower position, allows the motor to operate.

US Pat. No. 10,111,554

SYSTEMS FOR AND METHODS OF CONTROLLED LIQUID FOOD OR BEVERAGE PRODUCT CREATION

Meltz, LLC, Ipswich, MA ...

1. A beverage dispenser comprising:a chamber configured to hold a receptacle;
a non-diluting heater configured to impinge a heated fluid on at least a portion of an external surface of the receptacle when held in the chamber to heat frozen contents in the receptacle without the heated fluid of the non-diluting heater contacting the frozen contents in the receptacle when held in the chamber;
a reservoir configured to contain a liquid, the reservoir including a reservoir outlet configured to withdraw the liquid from the reservoir;
a product outlet configured to withdraw a food or beverage liquid product from the receptacle when held in the chamber;
a controller and a computer readable memory comprising instructions that when executed by the controller cause the beverage dispenser to selectively perform one or more of:
impinge the heated fluid on the at least a portion of the external surface of the receptacle using the non-diluting heater, or
withdraw the liquid from the reservoir through the reservoir outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,111,553

PACKAGE ASSEMBLY FOR FORMING BEVERAGE PODS

1. A method of manufacturing a package assembly and forming a beverage pod, comprising:forming a package assembly comprising the steps of:
providing water permeable material;
forming substantially circular lower and upper portions hingedly connected to each other, from the water permeable material;
shaping the lower portion to form a downward concave cup shape to receive and hold a brewing material;
forming an annular rim surrounding the concave cup shape of the lower portion, therein the upper portion is configured to fold along the hinge over the lower portion and onto the annular rim to seal with the lower portion to form a single pod;
providing the package assembly to an individual user;
manufacturing a single beverage pod by the user, comprising the steps of:
positioning a pod making apparatus on a support surface;
positioning the lower portion of the package assembly in a receptacle of a base of the pod making apparatus;
filling the concave cup shape of the lower portion of the package assembly with the brewing material;
folding the upper portion of the package assembly over the lower portion;
heating a heat sealing surface of a hinged sealing tool of the pod making apparatus;
pivoting the hinged sealing tool over the base of the pod making apparatus to sandwich the upper portion of the annular rim of the lower portion of the pod packaging material between the heat sealing surface and the base; and
heat sealing the upper portion to the lower portion to form a single beverage pod.

US Pat. No. 10,111,552

COMBINATION COOKER WITH SOUS VIDE FUNCTIONALITY

Anova Applied Electronics...

1. A combination cooking range comprising:one or more burners communicatively coupled to a fluidic temperature control device and configured to support a container;
the fluidic temperature control device including, a heater controller, a temperature sensor, a fluid agitation device, and a heating element, wherein the fluidic temperature control device is releasably attached to the container,
wherein the temperature sensor is configured to control the heater controller to independently modulate a heat output of the one or more burners, and to independently modulate heat output of the heating element;
and the temperature sensor is further configured to actuate the fluid agitation device.

US Pat. No. 10,111,551

HOLDER STRUCTURE FOR A CONTROL CORD OF A CURTAIN

1. A holder structure for a control cord of a curtain, comprising:a base seat, the base seat including a tablet attachable to a wall face, two receiving sockets protruding from a connection section of a front face of the tablet and engagement blocks disposed on outer sides of the receiving sockets for engaging with an outer cover, a platform being integrally connected between the two receiving sockets, a circular perforation being formed through the platform between upper and lower faces thereof, a middle line of the platform being formed with a cord slit;
the outer cover assembled with an outer end of the base seat, the outer cover having a space for receiving the receiving sockets of the base seat and a circular perforation corresponding to the circular perforation of the platform of the base seat, the outer cover being formed with a cord passage in communication with an inner circumference of the circular perforation and an outer edge of the outer cover, the cord passage of the outer cover being aligned with the cord slit of the base seat;
two elastic members respectively received in the receiving sockets of the base seat and the internal space of the outer cover; and
two fixing members passed through the outer cover from the outer edge of the outer cover to connect the base seat on the wall face and keep the circular perforation of the base seat misaligned from the circular perforation of the outer cover, wherein a thin connection block is formed at an inner end of the cord slit of the base seat to block the cord slit, the thin connection block able to be cut apart to form a cut slit in communication with the circular perforation and the outer side of the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,111,550

STICK-ON HANGERS FOR BARRIER ASSEMBLY

1. A barrier assembly for substantially blocking movement of a potentially debris-carrying airflow in a building structure having a ceiling and a floor and comprising:(a) an elongated flexible barrier sheet having an upper edge and a lower edge and having a drape height to extend from the ceiling to the floor therebelow;
(b) a connector tab having an opening therethrough to receive a suspension member for connection of the barrier sheet to the ceiling;
(c) the tab including a pair of flexible adhesive panels extending from the connector tab, the panels having respective inner surfaces;
(d) each of the adhesive panels having an adhesive on a respective inner surface thereof; and
(e) the panels being angularly separable to enable adhesive engagement of the inner surfaces thereof with the barrier sheet to support the barrier sheet between the ceiling and the floor.

US Pat. No. 10,111,549

STAND

1. A stand comprising:a hollow, cylindrical base portion having a side wall, a bottom member and an open top;
at least one support leg extending from the base portion;
a securing portion, the securing portion being a singularly formed hollow sphere with a cylindrical collar formed with the hollow sphere defining a receiving aperture, the securing portion having a lower end and an upper end, wherein a hemisphere of the hollow sphere is disposed at the lower end of the securing portion and the cylindrical collar is disposed at the upper end of the securing portion;
a plurality of brace members disposed within the base portion configured to form a socket for receiving a securing portion so that the securing portion rests on the plurality of brace members disposed on an interior wall of the base portion, the plurality of brace members comprising protrusions disposed radially around an inner circumference of the base portion, each of the plurality of brace members having a height dimension, a length dimension aligned with a radius of the base portion, and a width dimension smaller than the height dimension and the length dimension;
at least one locking member configured to lock the securing portion is a desired orientation within the socket; and
at least one fastening member disposed on the collar configured to secure an object within the securing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,548

MAILBOX AND BARRIER MEMBER THEREFOR

SOLAR GROUP, INC., Taylo...

1. A barrier member for a mailbox, said mailbox comprising a floor member, a wrap member coupled to said floor member, a panel member coupled to said wrap member and said floor member, and a door pivotably coupled to said floor member, said door being structured to pivot between an open position and a closed position, said barrier member comprising:a first segment;
a second segment opposite and disposed substantially parallel to said first segment; and
a band connecting said first segment to said second segment,
wherein said barrier member is structured to sealingly cooperate with said door; wherein said band comprises a first side, a second side disposed opposite said first side, and a tab connecting said first side to said second side; wherein said first side extends from said first segment; wherein said second side extends from said second segment; and wherein said tab is equidistant from said first segment and said second segment.

US Pat. No. 10,111,547

THEFT-RESISTANT WALL MOUNT MAILBOX

1. A wall mount mailbox, comprising:a housing having a front side and a back side;
a rotatable mail deposit pivotably attached to the front side of the housing and comprising a mail delivery door and an inner panel, said inner panel comprising a substantially flat surface affixed on a proximate end at an angle to a bottom of the mail delivery door;
a safety arm comprising a substantially flat surface affixed at a further angle at an end of the substantially flat surface of the inner panel opposite the mail delivery door;
a mail slot formed as an opening within a front surface of the housing when the rotatable mail deposit is in a fully open position allowing mail to be deposited through the opening over each of the inner panel and the safety arm; and
a mail retrieval door located below the rotatable mail deposit and pivotably attached to the front side of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,546

ORGANIZER WITH SUSPENDED STAPLER HOLDER

HSN, INC., St. Petersbur...

1. An organizer comprising:a generally planar back member;
a hanging assembly coupled to said back member and structured to be further coupled to a vertical support;
a retention assembly including a number of retention elements;
each retention element structured to maintain an object adjacent to said back member;
said number of retention elements including a suspended stapler holder, said suspended stapler holder structured to suspend a stapler with minimal contact;
wherein said suspended stapler holder includes a suspension assembly;
said suspension assembly coupled to said back member;
said suspension assembly including a number of elongated suspension elements;
wherein each said suspension element is a tension member;
wherein said suspended stapler holder includes a rigid support element;
said rigid support element structured to contact a stapler perpendicular portion;
wherein said suspension assembly includes a number of bands;
each said band including a first end and a second end;
each said band first end coupled to said back member;
each said band second end coupled to said rigid support element;
wherein each band includes an elastic portion;
wherein said suspension assembly is structured to move between a suspended, first position, wherein each elastic portion is not substantially stretched, and a use, second position, wherein each elastic portion is substantially stretched; and
wherein said suspension assembly is structured to maintain a stapler in an upright orientation when said suspension assembly is in said first position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,545

SELF-LOCKING FIGURE EIGHT HOOK

1. A self-locking hook, comprising:a rigid S shaped member having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, a first portion for receiving a support member and a second portion for supporting an object;
a pivot pin extending through an opening in the S shaped member and extending from the first surface and the second surface;
a first locking member held by the pivot pin to pivot against the first surface from a position where the first locking member is disposed to define an opening so that the first portion of the S shaped member can be placed upon the support member, to a second position where the first locking member and the first portion form a closed loop to surround the support member; and
a second locking member held by the pivot pin to pivot against the second surface from a position where the second locking member is disposed to define an opening so that the second portion of the S shaped member can receive an object to be supported, to a second position where the second locking member and the second portion form a closed loop to support the object.

US Pat. No. 10,111,542

SIMPLE HOLDER

1. A simple holder comprising an elastic first sheet structure, wherein said first sheet structure comprises:a first side;
a second side opposite to said first side;
a hole located between said first side and said second side;
a first cutting slit formed by cutting from the edge of said first side inwards; and
a second cutting slit formed by cutting from the edge of said second side inwards;
a center of said hole being located between said first cutting slit and said second cutting slit;
wherein said first sheet structure can be bent to make said first cutting slit slotting into said second cutting slit and thus interlocked, and under this state, a part of said first sheet structure, which is located between said first cutting slit and said second cutting slit, is bent and rolled into a cylinder, and a part of said first sheet structure, which contains said hole, is bent and rolled to form a groove for placing articles;
and wherein both ends of said first sheet structure have a first slot and a second slot respectively, and after said first sheet structure is bent, said first slot and said second slot can be penetrated by a first reinforcing sheet;
and wherein said first reinforcing sheet has a same shape as that of said hole.

US Pat. No. 10,111,541

PAPER PICTURE FRAME, BLANK THEREFOR, AND METHOD FOR HOLDING A PICTURE IN A PAPER PICTURE FRAME SUPPORTED ON A PAPER STAND

1. A paper picture frame formed from a blank of foldable sheet material, the paper picture frame comprising:(a) a blank body having a front surface and a rear surface;
(b) a central rectangular portion provided at a central portion of the blank body and adapted to form thereon on the front surface thereof a print;
(c) two opposite first wing portions extending from two opposite first margins of the central rectangular portion respectively; and
(d) two opposite second wing portions extending from two opposite second margins of the central rectangular portion respectively;
(e) wherein each of the first and second wing portions comprises four parallel fold lines parallel with respect to the margin from which the wing portion extends, and defines an elongate frame-simulation panel, a first elongate lock panel, a second elongate lock panel and an elongate end panel in an order from the margin; each elongate frame-simulation panel being printed thereon with a frame-simulating printing simulating a frame surface of a conventional photo frame;
(f) wherein the four wing portions are foldable rearwards about the fold lines to a folded position where the four end panels rest on the four margins of the central rectangular portion at the rear surface thereof respectively, thereby forming four rectangular tubular frame sections extending along the four margins of the central rectangular portion at the rear surface thereof;
wherein the paper picture frame further comprises:
an elongate panel extension extending from each opposite end of each second elongate lock panels of the two opposite first wing portions, and flippable about a transverse fold line formed between the elongate panel extension and the opposite end of the second elongate lock panel of the two opposite first wing portions;
a slit formed along each transverse fold line at a middle portion thereof; and
a tab formed at each opposite end of each second elongate lock panel of the two opposite second wing portions;
wherein after the two opposite first wing portions are folded into the folded position, the four elongate panel extensions are flippable 90 degrees about the transverse fold lines towards the two opposite second margins such that the elongate panel extensions are held within the two tubular frame sections formed after the two opposite second wing portions are folded into the folded position, and wherein the four tabs are inserted into and engaged with the four slits respectively at four corners of the folded frame, thereby locking the four tubular frame sections in the folded position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,538

PRODUCT DISPLAY UNIT

1. Product display unit, which serves the purpose of the accommodation and presentation of products to be cooled, comprising:a case defining a receiving space accessible via an opening defined by the case and through which the products can be transferred selectively into and selectively out of the receiving space;
a guide assembly connected to the case and including a lower guide rail elongating in a horizontal direction, the guide assembly including an upper guide rail elongating in a horizontal direction and spaced apart from the lower guide rail in a vertical direction that is perpendicular to the horizontal direction;
a first upper guide carriage is mounted in a manner so as to be displaceable in the horizontal direction along the upper guide rail;
a first lower guide carriage is mounted in a manner so as to be displaceable in the horizontal direction along the lower guide rail, the first lower guide carriage being configured to slidably engage the lower guide rail during displacement of the first lower guide carriage along the lower guide rail in the horizontal direction;
a plurality of doors, each door being pivotally mounted relative to the case so as to be pivotable around a swivel axis, which is defined by a respective bolt, which is carried by one of the case, the first upper guide carriage and the first lower guide carriage, each of the plurality of doors being so pivotally mounted around the swivel axis between a filling position permitting access to the receiving space via the opening in the case and an operating position denying access to the receiving space via the opening in the case; and
a first detent including a retaining element fixing via a biasing force one of the first upper guide carriage and the first lower guide carriage to the case whereby a respective one of the plurality of doors mounted pivotably around the swivel axis of the respective bolt can be fixed in the operating position and whereby after the respective one of the plurality of doors is pivoted away from the operating position and toward the filling position then the respective one of the plurality of doors can be moved by manual movement alone to overcome the biasing force theretofore fixing the respective door in the operating position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,537

QUICK RELEASE SENSOR FOR MERCHANDISE DISPLAY

InVue Security Products I...

1. A merchandise display security system for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise, the merchandise display security system comprising:a merchandise bracket configured to be secured to the article of merchandise; and
a sensor configured to releasably engage the merchandise bracket and to detect unauthorized removal of the merchandise bracket or the sensor from the article of merchandise,
wherein the sensor is configured to be releasably engaged with the merchandise bracket such that the sensor is removable from the merchandise bracket while the merchandise bracket remains secured to the article of merchandise and without disassembling the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,111,536

TRAVEL CHANGER SYSTEM

1. A travel changer system comprising:a folding frame comprising;
a pair of locking telescopic support cross beams having:
a first end
a second end;
exactly four pivoting hinge members, each of said exactly four pivoting hinge members located at mid-point of each said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams;
exactly eight stabilizing locks, each of said exactly eight stabilizing locks located at said mid-point of each said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams;
a first-locking-changing surface support beam;
a second-locking-changing surface support beam;
a changing surface; and
a safety belt having;
a fastener;
wherein said first end of said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams mechanically engage said first-locking-changing surface support beam and said second-locking-changing surface support beam;
wherein said second end of said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams is in contact with a planar surface during use;
wherein said first-locking-changing surface support beam and said second-locking-changing surface support beam are parallel to one another on opposing sides of said changing surface within a sleeve;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are located under said changing surface when configured to use;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are configured in an x-shape for folding and unfolding repeatedly;
wherein said pair of locking telescopic support cross beams are structured and arranged to be inserted from an outer perimeter of said changing surface, said first-locking-changing surface support beam, and said second-locking-changing surface support beam, and support the outer perimeter of said changing surface;
wherein said safety belt comprises and said fastener structured and arranged to secure a baby upon a top surface of said changing surface when used; and
wherein said folding frame is structured and arranged to support the baby at a thigh height of a user during changing and further structured and arranged to collapse for storing.

US Pat. No. 10,111,534

MATTRESS CONTAINING MICROENCAPSULATED PHASE CHANGE MATERIAL

1. A mattress comprising:a core section, wherein the core section comprises a first side and an opposing second side connected by at least one side wall;
a high loft non-woven layer having an inner side, an outer side, a length, and a width, wherein the high loft non-woven layer at least partially covers the first side of the core section, wherein the high loft non-woven layer is oriented such that the inner side of the high loft non-woven layer faces the first side of the core section, and wherein the high loft non-woven layer comprises a plurality of heat and flame resistant fibers, bulking fibers, and binder fibers;
a pattern coated layer having a thickness and comprising a blend of microencapsulated phase change material (PCM) and a binder in a pattern, wherein the PCM is fully encapsulated by the binder and wherein the pattern coated layer overlays at least a portion of the outer side of the high loft non-woven layer, wherein the pattern is a regular, repeating pattern having a pattern density, wherein the pattern is continuous or discontinuous, and wherein at least one of the pattern coated layer thickness and pattern density vary over at least one of the length and width of the high loft non-woven layer; and,
a ticking layer having an inner side and an outer side, wherein the ticking layer at least partially covers the high loft non-woven layer, wherein the ticking layer is oriented such that the inner side of the ticking layer faces the outer side of the high loft non-woven layer, and wherein the ticking layer comprises a textile layer.

US Pat. No. 10,111,529

SINGLE-UNIT CONVERTIBLE BED, DESK, AND COUCH FURNITURE WITH EXTENSIBLE BED FRAME

1. An item of furniture convertible between day bed, desk, and couch configuration, comprising:an external box frame having two opposing sides and a backrest and having a low profile consistent with a profile of a conventional couch;
a bed frame rotatably coupled to the external box frame; a configurable mattress-cushion;
a desk rotatably coupled to the bed frame and disposed below the bed frame such that the desk is raised or lowered when the bed frame is raised or lowered respectively;
a first triangular link pivotally connected to the bed frame and the desk;
a connecting rod pivotally connected to the external box frame and the desk;
the bed frame pivotally connected to the external box frame;
wherein the triangular link and a first pivot connecting the connecting rod to the desk are substantially in the same vertical plane;
wherein a bed pivot connecting the bed frame to the external box frame and a second pivot connecting the connecting rod to the external box frame are substantially in the same plane; and
the bed pivot located within a perpendicular flange extending above a horizontal upper surface of the bed frame;
wherein a first lowered configuration the bed frame serves as a supporting surface for a day bed and the convertible mattress-cushion is positioned horizontally as a mattress, and
wherein a second lowered configuration the bed frame serves as a seating surface for a couch and the convertible mattress-cushion is folded and positioned as a backrest; and
wherein a raised configuration the bed frame is rotated into a vertical storage position and the desk is raised to a desk height within the box frame while remaining horizontally oriented.

US Pat. No. 10,111,528

ELASTOMERIC WEBBING SHEET ATTACHMENT TO METAL FRAME

1. A seating product comprising:a metal frame having four sides, each of the sides comprising an angle iron having a generally L-shaped cross-section and including a top wall and a side wall extending downwardly from the top wall, at least two sides each including a plurality of frame holes extending through the top wall of the angle iron;
an elastomeric sheet webbing having first and second end loops each including a plurality of end loop holes;
first and second stabilizer rods extending through the first and second end loops, respectively; and
a plurality of c-rings having first and second ends, the first ends extending through corresponding end loop holes in one of the first end loop or the second end loop and the second ends extending through corresponding frame holes in the metal frame, wherein at least one of the c-rings contacts the respective stabilizer rod wherein each of the c-rings is oriented such that the ends of the c-ring are below a central portion of the c-ring, the second ends of the c-rings being below the top wall of the angle iron and the first ends of the c-rings being below the stabilizer rods.

US Pat. No. 10,111,527

BENDABLE PANEL FOR FURNITURE AND SOFA HAVING SAME

Xiamen Innovation Metal P...

1. A bendable panel for furniture, comprising:a panel formed with one or more bending lines, wherein
the one or more bending lines divide the panel into a panel body and one or more panel extensions; and
a respective panel extension in the one or more panel extensions is bendable with respect to the panel body along a corresponding bending line in the one or more bending lines between a first angle and a second angle,
wherein:
the one or more panel extensions comprises a first panel extension;
the one or more bending lines comprises a first bending line between the panel body and the first panel extension; and
the first bending line comprises a plurality of slits, wherein
(i) adjacent slits are spatially separated from each other;
(ii) each slit in the plurality of slits comprises a plurality of slots;
(iii) adjacent slots in the plurality of slots are connected to each other at ends thereof; and
(iv) when the first panel extension is bent with respect to the panel body along the first bending line at the second angle, the first bending line produces one or more inter-fitted protrusions and recesses at the first panel extension and the panel body, with an upper or lower surface of the panel body at a respective protrusion abutting a bottom surface of a corresponding recess.

US Pat. No. 10,111,526

PRESSURE-RELIEF PILLOWS

BANYAN LICENSING L.L.C., ...

1. A device for reducing pressure, comprising:a body having a first, second and third lateral sides, a first surface, and a second surface, at least a portion of the first surface defining a first aperture therein and at least a portion of the first surface defining a second aperture therein, wherein the body extends along the entire perimeter of the second aperture, and wherein at least a portion of the first aperture impinges at least a portion of the second aperture; and
a first lobe extending from the body approximate the intersection of the first and second lateral sides so to define a first corner, the first lobe defining a first surface and a second surface and wherein the first lobe has a thickness comprising the distance between the closest points of the first surface and the second surface of the first lobe;
a second lobe extending from the body approximate the intersection of the second and third lateral sides so to define a second corner, the second lobe defining a first surface and a second surface and wherein the second lobe has a thickness comprising the distance between the closest points of the first surface and the second surface of the second lobe;
wherein the thickness of the second lobe is less than the thickness of the first lobe and wherein the second surface of the first and second lobes are substantially planar with the respective portion of the second surface of the body that is adjacent the first and second lobes, respectively, to thereby provide stability and support for a user sitting on the device by reducing movement of the device; and
a gel pack structured to be inserted into at least one of the first aperture and second aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,111,522

MOUNTING CLIP FOR ADJUSTABLE SHELF SYSTEMS

1. A mounting clip for adjustable shelf systems having a shelf rail tube (27) with opening slots (30) and a wall thickness on which the mounting clip is mountable, comprising:the self rail tube (27), a back part (1) having a lower part and an upper part, a lower edge located on a base (6) of the lower part, an upper edge located on a top (7) of the upper part, and a first edge opposite a second edge, the first and second edges extending vertically upward from the lower edge of the lower part to the upper edge of the upper part of the back part (1);
a base plate (3) connected to the base (6) of the lower part of the back part (1) and extending outward, away from the back part (1); and
back wings (2), an upper part of a first of the back wings (2) being joined to an upper part of the first edge of the back part (1) and an upper part of a second of the back wings being joined to an upper part of the second edge of the back part (1), the upper parts of the first and second back wings (2) and the upper of the back part (1) together in cross-section forming a substantially U shape profile,
wherein i) a lower part of the first of the back wings (2) is spaced apart from a lower part of the first edge of the back part (1) thereby forming a first slit (5) between the lower part of the back part (1) and the lower part of the first of the back wings (2) and ii) a lower part of a second of the back wings (2) is spaced apart from a lower part of the second edge of the back part (1) thereby forming a second slit (5) between the lower part of the back part (1) and the lower part of the second of the back wings (2),
wherein each of the first and second slits (5) have a height extending along a corresponding one of the lower parts of the first and second edges and a width, the width of each of the first and second slits (5) being greater than the wall thickness of the rail tube at least at a part of the first and second slits (5), and
wherein each of the lower part of the first and second back wings is flexible to allow, during mounting of the clip into the opening slots of the shelf rail tube, the lower part of the first and second back wings to bend from an unmounted first, relaxed separation distance to a second distance during the mounting with the first and second back wings passing through the opening slots, and then snap-return to the first relaxed separation distance when the clip is mounted and locked in a snap in fixation to the shelf rail tube.

US Pat. No. 10,111,519

EXPANDABLE FURNITURE

1. A storage structure comprising at least one extendable wall, wherein the extendable wall comprises at least three slidably engaged panels, wherein:at least a first panel and a second panel are co-planar, wherein the first and second panels are located at opposing sides of a centrally located third panel;
either the third panel is hollow and receives at least part of both the first and second panels, or the first and second panels are hollow and each receive at least part of the third panel;
a fourth panel, which is hollow and slidably engaged to receive at least a part of the first, second and third panels;
the first and second panels are movable relative to each other panel in order to adjust a dimension of the wall; and
a linkage mechanism connects the first and the second panels to each other and is configured to allow relative movement between the panels while maintaining the first and second panels in the same plane as each other.

US Pat. No. 10,111,518

ADJUSTABLE ERGONOMIC WORKSTATION

1. An adjustable ergonomic workstation comprising:a base, a leg assembly, a first platform and a second platform;
the leg assembly being coupled to and extending between the base and the first platform, and being adjustable to move the first platform between at least a lowered position and a first raised position;
the leg assembly further comprising two pair of L-shaped legs coupled to the base and to the first platform and having outer portions that overlap;
a height adjustment assembly having at least one gas cylinder directly pivotally connected at a first end to one L-shaped leg of at least one of the pairs of L-shaped legs and directly pivotally connected at a second end to the second L-shaped leg of the at least one of the pairs of L-shaped legs, wherein the at least one gas cylinder is shielded by the overlap of the outer portions of the at least one pair of L-shaped legs to which it is connected, wherein the gas cylinder assists in supporting the first platform when moving the first platform between the lowered position and the first raised position;
the second platform being coupled to and positioned below the first platform; and
the coupling of the second platform to the first platform including a tilt adjustment assembly wherein the second platform is adjustable between at least a first angular position and a second angular position relative to the first platform and the tilt adjustment assembly further comprises at least a clamping mechanism spaced apart from a pivot that is in a fixed location relative to the first and second platforms, and the clamping mechanism and pivot in the fixed location relative to the first and second platforms together control the relative angular position of the second platform relative to the first platform.

US Pat. No. 10,111,517

COLLAPSIBLE BISTRO TABLE

Zhuhai Shichang Metals Lt...

1. A collapsible table comprising:a tabletop having a width and comprising a top surface and a bottom surface opposite the top surface, wherein the top surface of the tabletop has a shape that is circular or elliptical;
a first pair of collapsible legs comprising a first leg having a top end portion, a second leg having a top end portion, the first and second legs having a length that is greater than the width of the tabletop;
a second pair of collapsible legs comprising a third leg having a top end portion, a fourth leg having a top end portion, the third and fourth legs having a length that is greater than the width of the tabletop,
wherein the first and second pairs of collapsible legs are operable to move to a use position in which the legs extend from the bottom surface of the tabletop to support the tabletop,
wherein the first and second pairs of collapsible legs are operable to move to a storage position in which at least the top end portions of each of the legs are disposed adjacent to the bottom surface of the tabletop;
a first support bar that is pivotally connected to the bottom surface of the tabletop and that connects the first leg to the second leg adjacent their top end portions;
a second support bar that connects the third leg to the fourth leg adjacent their top end portions;
a third support bar spaced apart from the second support bar that connects the third leg to the fourth leg; and
a first pair of brackets disposed at a first location adjacent the bottom surface of the tabletop that removably secures the second support bar at the first location in the use position and that removably secures the third support bar at the first location in the storage position.

US Pat. No. 10,111,516

ASSEMBLY TECHNOLOGY FOR ANY SHAPE DISK BRUSH WITH METAL WIRES AND CONICAL

1. A cosmetic applicator brush comprising:a plurality of discs assembled relative to one another with each disc having a body with a plurality of bristles or combs extending radially therefrom;
a conical portion; and
a plurality of wires,
wherein the plurality of wires pass through a wire passage of each of the plurality of discs,
the plurality of discs are stacked or linked without any angular offset so that alignment of bristles for the stacked discs is uniform,
after the plurality of discs are stacked or linked, the plurality of wires are twisted at a bottom portion of the cosmetic applicator brush so that the discs are securely linked or stacked, and
the plurality of wires do not change the angular offset of the plurality of discs that are stacked or linked.

US Pat. No. 10,111,515

NUMBER OF BRISTLE FOR ANY SHAPE'S DISC BY MANO INJECTION MOLDING

1. A method for manufacturing a cosmetic applicator brush, the cosmetic applicator brush comprising a plurality of discs assembled relative to one another, each disc having a body with a plurality of bristles extending radially therefrom, comprising the step of:forming the cosmetic applicator brush by a mono-injection molding,
wherein adjacent discs are maintained at an angular relationship with respect to one another independent of a disc specific keying element to show a plurality of design variations of the cosmetic applicator brush,
wherein each disc body has a first face with a projection extending therefrom and an opposed second face with an indentation defined therein, wherein the projection and indentation are angularly offset from one another and the interaction of a projection of one disc with the indentation of an adjacent disc maintains the angular relationship between the adjacent discs,
wherein angular offset of the projection and the indentation of each disc is between 0° and 360°, and
wherein the angular offset is different for at least two of the discs.

US Pat. No. 10,111,514

RIGGING BAG

1. A rigging bag comprises:a dual-compartment body;
a first fastening mechanism;
an at least one second fastening mechanism;
a first strap;
a second strap;
the dual-compartment body comprises a first panel section, a middle panel section, and a second panel section;
the first panel section and the second panel section being positioned opposite to each other across the middle panel section;
a first lateral edge of the middle panel section being laterally connected along the first panel section;
a second lateral edge of the middle panel section being laterally connected along the second panel section;
the first fastening mechanism being perimetrically integrated in between the first panel section and the middle panel section;
the second fastening mechanism being perimetrically integrated in between the second panel section and the middle panel section;
the first strap and the second strap being positioned opposite to each other along the dual-compartment body;
the first strap being externally mounted to the dual-compartment body; and
the second strap being externally mounted to the dual-compartment body; wherein the at least one second fastening mechanism comprises a first zipper and a second zipper; the second panel section comprises a fourth lateral edge, a third end edge, and a fourth end edge; the fourth lateral edge being positioned parallel and opposite to the second lateral edge of the middle planer section, across the second panel section; the third end edge and the fourth end edge being positioned parallel and opposite to each other across the fourth lateral edge; the fourth end edge being positioned adjacent to the second strap; the first zipper extending along the third end edge; and the second zipper extending along the fourth lateral edge and the fourth end edge.

US Pat. No. 10,111,513

EYELINER GUIDE AND METHOD

1. An eyeliner guide comprising:a handle portion having a top portion and a bottom portion, said top portion defining a neck member attached to one end of said handle portion, and said bottom portion including a contoured grip member with a rounded base;
a first eyelid contact member, comprising a hollow interior and a generally smooth arcuate rim forming a cushion portion on an outer face of the eyelid contact member so that the cushion portion comes into contact with a user's eyelid during use; the first eyelid contact member having a first end and a second end, said arcuate rim being shaped to accommodate the form of a user's eyelid, and said arcuate rim being removably attached to said neck member at a point about halfway between said first end and said second end and wherein the hollow interior fully surrounds the neck member when attached thereto;
wherein the attachment of said neck member and said first eyelid contact member lies in a plane disposed through a generally central portion of said rim and said first eyelid contact member; and
wherein said first eyelid contact member is angularly adjustable with respect to said neck member via a series of mating détentes and recesses on one of said neck member and said first eyelid contact member, so that said first eyelid contact member may be rotated in either a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion and secured at a desired angle in a generally transverse direction with respect to said handle portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,510

SYSTEMS AND DEVICES FOR COSMETIC POWDER ACCUMULATION MANAGEMENT

1. A cosmetic powder accumulation management system, comprising:a sifter having an upper surface and a plurality of apertures configured for pass-through of cosmetic powder; and
a cover member positioned adjacent to the upper surface of the sifter, the cover member having a first sweeper projecting toward the sifter,
wherein the first sweeper is configured to direct the cosmetic powder on the upper surface toward the plurality of apertures upon rotation of the cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,111,507

WHEELED SUITCASE WITH BEVERAGE HOLDER

1. A wheeled suitcase comprising:an extendable handle and a main chamber;
a beverage container holder configured for a removable engagement with a single disposable hot drinks cup or drinks can in a substantially fixed position relative to the suitcase, wherein
the holder in said removable engagement with a beverage container held thereby engages around a surface area of a periphery edge of said beverage container at only a lower portion of said beverage container;
an upper portion of said periphery edge of said beverage container opposite said lower portion in said removable engagement, at least partly extends above the beverage container holder;
when the suitcase is rested on its wheels in a substantially upright position such that the handle is substantially vertical a beverage container in said removable engagement with the holder is held at an angle of 30 degrees or less to the vertical;
the suitcase further comprising a beverage container cover removably positionable to a location adjacent to said upper portion of said beverage container, said container cover in said location forming a shield for the beverage container retained in the holder.

US Pat. No. 10,111,504

WEARABLE DEVICE AND WRISTBAND THEREOF

HTC CORPORATION, Taoyuan...

1. A wearable device, comprising:a wristband comprising:
a housing having a first end, a second end, and an accommodating space between the first end and the second end; and
a band having a first end extending from the first end of the housing, and a free second end opposite to the first end of the band;
an electronic module disposed within the accommodating space; and
a connector disposed either at the second end of the housing, or at a first end of the electronic module that is closer to the second end of the housing than to the first end of the housing, wherein the free second end of the band is insertable through or into the connector to fix the band to the connector,
wherein there is free of any band between the second end of the housing and the connector and between the first end of the electronic module and the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,111,503

MODULAR MILITARY RIBBON HOLDER ASSEMBLY

1. A modular military ribbon holder assembly kit comprising:a rack having a back surface defining a rack length and a rack width;
a connector having a connect length and a connector width and being configured to engage a portion of the back surface of the rack, wherein the connector length is less than the rack length and the connector width is less than the rack width;
at least two engagement members extending outward from one of the back surface or the connector; and
at least two apertures defined by the other of the back surface or the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,111,502

CIRCUMFERENCE OR LENGTH DECREASING DEVICE

1. A device used to decrease a circumference of a worn garment comprising:a substantially flat, rectangular body with an upper edge and a bottom free edge;
two substantially parallel prongs spaced apart from each other and each having a first portion extending upward from the upper edge of the substantially flat, rectangular body, a second bulbous curved portion extending outward from the first portion, a third portion extending downward from the second bulbous curved portion wherein the third portion is spaced apart and substantially parallel to the substantially flat, rectangular body and a rounded edged end portion angled outward and away from the substantially flat, rectangular body; and
a plurality of nodules or protrusions positioned on an inside surface of the two substantially parallel prongs and an inside surface of the substantially flat, rectangular body, wherein the nodules or protrusions are configured to securely grip the worn garment when inserted between the prongs and the substantially flat rectangular body.

US Pat. No. 10,111,501

SELF-BINDING STRAP DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING SAME

1. A separable self-wrapping strap device comprising:an upper layer of hook material in attachment with a lower layer of loop material to form a cavity there-between, which is substantially closed along its edges;
an eyelet affixed to at least one end of the separable self-wrapping strap device, further securing the upper layer of hook material to the lower layer of loop material;
a bi-stable spring band positioned within the cavity, wherein the bi-stable spring band is configured to alternate the shape of the separable self-wrapping strap device between a substantially flat, straight configuration and a substantially coiled, wrapped configuration;
wherein the wrapped configuration, a substantial portion of the upper layer of hook material is pressed against a substantial portion of the lower layer of loop material by coiling action of the bi-stable band, such that in the wrapped configuration, the separable self-wrapping strap device forms a substantially closed loop capable of resisting a weighted force of at least 50 pounds.

US Pat. No. 10,111,500

SELF-ALIGNING, QUICK CONNECT AND DISCONNECT MAGNETIC END CONNECTORS

1. A self-aligning strap end connector system, comprising,a. a first end connector that includes a body with a distal end, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis, a first surface and a second surface, a strap bar and a strap slot formed on said body near said proximal end, said body includes a lip section near said distal end that and includes an abutment surface perpendicularly and transversely aligned with said longitudinal axis, said body includes a void area adjacent to said abutment surface configured to receive a lip section on a second end connector when said second end connector is longitudinally aligned with said first end connector;
b. at least one projecting element formed on said abutment surface of said first end connector, said projecting element being perpendicularly aligned with said abutment surface of said first end connector;
c. at least one magnet located on said abutment surface on said first end connector;
d. a second end connector that includes a body with a distal end, a proximal end, a longitudinal axis, a first surface and a second surface, a strap bar and a strap slot formed on said body near said proximal end, said body includes a lip section formed near said distal end, said lip section includes an abutment surface transversely aligned with said longitudinal axis, said body includes a void area adjacent to said abutment surface configured to receive said lip section on said first end connector when said first end connector is longitudinally aligned with said second end connector and said abutment surfaces are aligned parallel and abutted;
e. at least one receiver hole formed on said abutment surface of said second end connector, said receiver hole configured to receive said projecting element on said first end connector when said first end connector and said second end connector are longitudinally aligned and said abutment surface on the first end connector and said abutments surface on said second end connector are parallel and abut and configured resist side-to side movement of said end connectors; and
f. at least one magnet located on said abutment surface of said second end connector configured to be magnetically attracted to said magnet on said abutment surface of said first end connector when said first end connector and said second end connector are longitudinally aligned and said projecting element is inserted into said receiver hole.

US Pat. No. 10,111,499

BUCKLE ASSEMBLY FOR A BELT STRAP

Fidlock GmbH, Hannover (...

1. A buckle assembly for a belt webbing, comprising:a buckle body including at least one abutment portion and at least one stay, the buckle body being connectable with at least one belt webbing, wherein in a connected condition at least one first abutment part of the at least one belt webbing extends about the at least one stay and rests against the at least one abutment portion,
a clamping loop arranged on the buckle body, which is circumferentially closed along a circumferential direction and defines an opening, the clamping loop being formed elastic such that the clamping loop is elastically extensible along the circumferential direction,
wherein the clamping loop is arranged on the abutment portion around the buckle body such that the buckle body extends through the opening, and is formed to act upon the at least one first abutment part with a tensioning force pointing towards the at least one abutment portion, the tensioning force being directed transverse to a main loading direction which a loading force acts on the at least one belt webbing in a loaded condition of the buckle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,111,498

TAPERED BELT BUCKLE

1. A tapered belt buckle for use in fastening a belt by a user and which is also able to detachably secure a credit card or a driver's license card or a personal identification card or a similarly sized card thereto, comprising:(a) an outer member that includes an exterior surface and an opposite interior surface;
(b) an inner member to be disposed a predetermined distance away from said outer member, said inner member for being disposed proximate a waist of the user during use;
(c) a compartment that is disposed between said outer member and said inner member, wherein said compartment includes an opening at one end, thereof, and a pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls that include a first width between a first end of each of said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls and wherein said first end of each of said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls is disposed proximate said opening and a second width between an opposite second end of each of said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls and wherein said second end of each of said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls is disposed distally away from said first end and distally away from said opening, wherein said first width is greater than said second width, and wherein said first width is equal to or greater than a width or a length of the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card, and wherein said second width is less than said width or said length of the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card;
wherein when the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card is progressively inserted into said compartment a portion of the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card is progressively forced to bow to accommodate a narrowing distance between said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls, and wherein friction between the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card and said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls is sufficient to retain the credit card or the driver's license or the personal identification card or the similarly sized card in said compartment;
(d) a vertical opposite end member disposed maximally away from said opening, said vertical opposite end member disposed between said pair of opposing angled vertical sidewalls; and
(e) means for attaching a first end of the belt to the tapered belt buckle and means for attaching an opposite second end of the belt to the tapered belt buckle.

US Pat. No. 10,111,497

BUTTON BACK AND BUTTON

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A metallic button back comprising a cylindrical part and an umbrella part extending radially outward from one axial end of the cylindrical part,wherein the umbrella part includes a first bending part which extends radially outward from the one axial end of the cylindrical part and then bends on the opposite side of the cylindrical part,
wherein an outer periphery, including a radially outer end, of the first bending part has a polygonal shape including at least three corners and sides which extend between two circumferentially adjacent corners,
wherein the umbrella part includes flat plates extending radially outward from the radially outer end, corresponding to the sides, of the first bending part.

US Pat. No. 10,111,496

DRIVE MECHANISM FOR AUTOMATED FOOTWEAR PLATFORM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A footwear apparatus comprising:an upper portion including a lace cable for tightening the footwear apparatus;
a lower portion coupled to the upper portion and including a cavity to receive a middle portion of the lace cable; and
a lacing engine positionable within the cavity to engage the lace cable, the lacing engine comprising:
a housing including a superior surface, an inferior surface, and an enclosed volume between the superior surface and the inferior surface;
a lace spool including an axis of rotation perpendicular to the superior surface of the lace spool and at least partially disposed within a recess in the superior surface of the lacing engine, the lace spool further including a lace channel bisecting a superior portion of the lace spool to receive the middle portion of the lace cable and route the lace cable onto a spool recess portion of the lace spool upon rotation of the lace spool; and
a drive mechanism comprising:
a gear motor;
a gear box coupled to a motor shaft extending from the gear motor, the gear box including a drive shaft extending axially in a direction opposite the gear motor;
a worm drive coupled to the drive shaft to control rotation of the worm drive in response to gear motor activation, wherein the worm drive is slidably keyed to the drive shaft to transfer axial loads away from the gear box and motor; and
a worm gear to translate rotation of the worm drive transversely to rotation of the lace spool to tighten or loosen the lace cable.

US Pat. No. 10,111,490

HUMAN LOCOMOTION ASSISTING SHOE

1. Footwear comprising:(a) a footwear body;
(b) a rotatable yoke capable of rotating in the sagittal plane in dorsi flexion and plantar flexion relative to the footwear body;
(c) a tension spring element suspended posteriorly between the yoke and the footwear body;
(d) a means for rotation between the yoke and footwear body such that axis of rotation is along or in near proximity to axis of sagittal plane rotation of ankle joint of a user;said yoke including:i. a leg contact member positioned at an anterior portion of the yoke, to receive a user's lower leg's anterior surface above the ankle and below the knee, and
ii. at least one anchor for the tension spring element, positioned at a posterior portion of the yoke, and wherein
iii. the means for rotation that provides rotatable connection between the yoke and the footwear body;wherein the tension spring element stores elastic potential energy while the user is dorsiflexing their foot prior to heal lift and returns kinetic energy to aid the user following heal lift during plantar flexion wherein the tension spring element is anchored to the yoke at posterior portions, the yoke having an open back.

US Pat. No. 10,111,489

SHOE INSERT ASSEMBLY

1. A shoe insert assembly being configured to support an arch of a foot thereby enhancing comfort of a shoe, said assembly comprising:a panel being configured to be positioned in a shoe, said panel having an opening therein wherein said opening is configured to be aligned with a heel when the shoe is worn thereby facilitating pressure to be relieved from the heel said panel having a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral edge extending therebetween, said peripheral edge having a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a front side and a back side, said panel being elongated between said front side and said back side, said back side being concavely arcuate between each of said first lateral side and said second lateral side, said front side being concavely arcuate between said first lateral side and said second lateral side;
a cushion being positioned within said panel wherein said cushion is configured to absorb pressure exerted by a foot onto the shoe thereby enhancing comfort of the shoe;
a pad being coupled to said panel wherein said pad is configured to be aligned with an arch in the foot when the shoe is worn thereby enhancing comfort of the shoe, said pad having a first surface and a second surface, said first surface being coupled to said top wall of said panel, said pad being aligned with said first lateral side of said panel, said pad being positioned between said opening and said front side of said panel, said second surface being substantially planar and parallel to said top wall of said panel.

US Pat. No. 10,111,488

DISPOSABLE, LOW FRICTION, BREATHABLE BOOTIE FOR SKI BOOT

1. A bootie to be worn by a human foot to facilitate donning and doffing ski boots, comprising:a thin, flexible, low friction plastic sheet material in a generally tubular form having an open upper end, a closed lower end, an interior and an exterior, the tubular form sized to receive the human foot between the upper end and the lower end, the tubular form having a foot portion, a lower leg portion, and an ankle portion therebetween,
the foot portion having an upper arch portion, a lower arch portion, a ball portion, and a distal toe portion, corresponding to respective portions of the human foot when positioned within the bootie,
the lower leg portion having a front side, a rear side, and lateral and medial sides, a top edge, and
the ankle portion having an ankle portion and a lower heel portion,
the sheet material including at least one set of air vents to provide breathability between the exterior of the tubular form and the human foot at the interior of the tubular form, the at least one set of air vents selected from:
(i) a first set of air vents located on a top side of the foot portion of the bootie beginning behind the toe portion and extending toward the lower leg portion to an area on the top side of the foot portion just past where the ball of the foot portion of the bootie ends,
(ii) a second set of air vents located on the bottom side of the foot portion at a location past where the ball portion proximally ends and the arch portion begins and then extending for the length of the arch portion to an area where the arch portion transitions into the heel portion, and
(iii) at least a third set of air vents located on one or more of the front, rear, medial and lateral sides of the lower leg portion above the ankle portion and below the top edge.

US Pat. No. 10,111,483

SUN PROTECTIVE HEADWARE SYSTEM

1. A device, comprising:a headwear including a semi-cylindrical body portion, wherein the body portion defines a head opening adapted to receive an upper portion of a head of a human wearer, wherein the head opening communicates to a body inner portion of the headwear;
a first layer disposed along the body inner portion, wherein the first layer comprises recycled water bottles;
a brim portion disposed about a periphery of the head opening, wherein the first layer is disposed along a brim inner portion of the brim portion;
a second layer of material connected to the first layer; and
a closing mechanism comprising a male fastener aligned to a plurality of spaced apart female fasteners, wherein the closing mechanism is disposed along the second layer of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,111,475

SWIMWEAR APPARATUS

1. A swimwear apparatus comprising:an upper portion having an upper base layer and an upper bikini layer configured to be attached to the upper base layer; and
a lower portion having a lower base layer and a lower bikini layer having two leg holes, the lower bikini layer being configured to be attached to the lower base layer;
wherein the lower base layer extends beyond at least one of the two leg holes of the lower bikini layer; and
wherein the lower base layer comprises a pad disposed at an upper thigh area below at least one leg hole of the lower bikini layer.

US Pat. No. 10,111,473

FABRIC TAPE BRASSIERE

1. A breast support element for a single-use brassiere, comprising:a shaped form for removable-adhesion to a breast to form a brassiere thereon comprising a first layer including an elastically deformable material having a top surface and a bottom surface, a second layer including an adhesive in contact with the bottom surface of the first layer, the adhesive having a first surface permanently adhered to the bottom surface of the first layer and a second surface, and a third layer including a removable release layer in removable contact with the second surface of the second layer,
wherein the shaped form includes an elastic therapeutic tape, and
wherein the breast support element includes at least one demarcation line provided on a rear surface of the breast support element to indicate an overlap region of the breast support element over another breast support element.

US Pat. No. 10,111,471

OFFICIALS CLOTHING WITH MAGNETIC WHISTLE HOLDER

1. An official's clothing assembly comprising:an official's outer shirt having a neck opening;
a whistle carried by a lanyard; the lanyard having a neck opening aligned with the neck opening of the official's shirt;
an undershirt having a magnetic whistle holder disposed at a first portion of material; the undershirt adapted to be worn by the official under the official's outer shirt;
the first portion having an inner surface and an outer surface;
a first magnet disposed against the inner surface of the first portion of material;
a second magnet disposed against the outer surface of the first portion of material;
the first and second magnets attracting each other with magnetic force to hold themselves to the first portion of material;
a first patch disposed over the first magnet; the first patch being connected to the first portion of material entirely about the first magnet;
a second patch disposed over the second magnet; the second patch being connected to the first portion of material entirely about the second magnet; and
the whistle being held in position with respect to the official's shirt by the magnetic whistle holder.

US Pat. No. 10,111,469

VAPORIZERS HAVING TOP AIR INTAKE AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE HAVING THE SAME

SHENZHEN KANGER TECHNOLOG...

1. A replaceable vaporizer assembly, comprising:a top vapor tube mount;
an air intake tube defining a first air intake opening, a second air intake opening, a first E-liquid opening, and a second E-liquid opening;
a vapor tube;
a connecting ring;
an E-liquid storage medium;
a heating element having a positive terminal and a negative terminal; and
a vaporizer assembly base defining a first air gap, a second air gap, a first E-liquid opening, and a second E-liquid opening,
wherein the heating element is installed inside the E-liquid storage medium, and the E-liquid storage medium is installed inside the vaporizer assembly base between the connecting ring and the vaporizer assembly base.

US Pat. No. 10,111,467

WEARABLE ELECTRONIC SIMULATED SMOKING DEVICE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE VAPORIZATION CARTRIDGES

1. A wearable electronic simulated smoking device, comprising:an elongated tubular body configured to at least partially encompass a portion of a user's body, said tubular body having at least one bendable portion, at least one fixedly arcuate shaped portion and a linearly extended cartridge receiving chamber formed in the tubular body;
a power supply disposed in said tubular body, said power supply being formed by a plurality of battery cells each being individually displaceable to conform to an interior space of one of the arcuate shaped portion or the bendable portion;
a vaporization cartridge removably received within said cartridge receiving chamber; and
a controller disposed in said tubular body and coupled to said power supply, said controller outputting an energization signal to said vaporization cartridge to control power delivered thereto,
wherein said vaporization cartridge includes:
a housing configured for releasable coupling to said cartridge receiving chamber, said housing having a perforate first end configured for electrical coupling to said controller, a suction opening at an opposing second end and a fluid flow path extending therebetween;
a vaporizer including a heat source and a supply of a vaporizable material, said heat source vaporizing said vaporizable material responsive to said energization signal, said vaporizer being disposed in fluid communication with said fluid flow path for dispensing vapors from vaporizable material to said fluid flow path.

US Pat. No. 10,111,464

BROILER-TYPE HEATING DEVICE FOR ELECTRONIC VAPING

HEALTHIER CHOICES MANAGEM...

1. A heating device for an electronic smoking device, comprising a heating element disposed above an internal storage area, the internal storage area configured to receive inhalant material to be at least partially heated by the heating element, and including an access door disposed about the internal storage area to facilitate access to the internal storage area.

US Pat. No. 10,111,461

ELECTRONIC VAPING MATERIAL CONTAINER

HEALTHIER CHOICES MANAGEM...

1. An inhalant material container for use with an electronic smoking device, comprising a cup-shaped housing having an open top and a closed bottom, the container delimiting an internal storage area wherein the inhalant material is disposed, the inhalant material container removably inserted inside a heating chamber of the electronic smoking device, wherein a heating element disposed in the heating chamber is not in direct contact with the internal storage area of the inhalant material container.

US Pat. No. 10,111,447

MACHINE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A COOLED CONFECTIONERY PRODUCT WITH AERATED TEXTURE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A machine for preparing a cooled food product, the machine comprising:a receiving seat configured to accommodate a container, the receiving seat comprising a heat exchange element having a heat exchange contact surface arranged to be in contact with an outer surface of a side wall of the container when the container is placed in the machine;
a cooling unit arranged for cooling the heat exchange element;
a stirring unit connectable to a stirring member and arranged for driving the stirring member according to a combination of movements, the combination of movements comprising a first rotational movement of the stirring member about a longitudinal axis of the stirring member arranged offset to a central longitudinal axis of the receiving seat and/or of the container and a closed loop movement of the stirring member about the central longitudinal axis of the container or the receiving seat,
wherein a direction and an amount of velocities of the first rotational movement and of the closed loop movement of the stirring member are set depending on the cooled food product to produce; and
a connection member connecting the stirring member to the stirring unit, the connection member comprising a first driving member that rotates the stirring member about the longitudinal axis of the stirring member, the connection member further comprising a second driving member that engages a support shaft of the stirring member to drive the support shaft in orbital rotation about a central axis of the support shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,111,435

HERBICIDAL COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING N-(1,3,4-OXADIAZOL-2-YL)-ARYL CARBOXYLIC ACID AMIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A herbicidal composition comprising(A) one or more compounds of formula (I) or salts thereof as component A

in which
A is CY,
R is (C1-C4)-alkyl, cyclopropyl, methoxymethyl, or methoxyethyl,
X is halogen or (C1-C6)-alkyl,
Y is OR1 or S(O)nR2,
Z is halo-(C1-C6)-alkyl or S(O)nR2,
R1 is (C1-C6)-alkyl or (C1-C6)-haloalkyl,
R2 is (C1-C6)-alkyl, and
n is 1 or 2,
and
(B) synergistically effective amounts of one or more herbicides selected from the group consisting of B1, B2, B4, B5, B8, and B11 as component B:
B1 1,3-diketo compounds selected from the group consisting of tembotrione and pinoxaden at a weight ratio of component A to the 1,3-diketo compound of from 1:4 to 8:1,
B2 (sulfon)amides selected from the group consisting of foramsulfuron, iodo-sulfuron-methyl-sodium, mesosulfuron-methyl, and thiencarbazone-methyl at a weight ratio of component A to the (sulfon)amide of from 1:10 to 400:1,
B4 azoles selected from the group consisting of pyrasulfotole, and isoxaflutole at a weight ratio of component A to the azole of from 1:40 to 1:1.25,
B5 an herbicide that is flurtamone at a weight ratio of component A to flurtamone of from 1:128 to 1:8,
B8 phenyl ethers selected from the group consisting of aclonifen and fenoxaprop-P-ethyl at a weight ratio of component A to the phenyl ether of from 1:64 to 1:2.5, and
B11 a triazine selected from the group consisting of indaziflam and metribuzin at a weight ratio of component A to the triazine of from 1:200 to 1:4.

US Pat. No. 10,111,432

PICOLINAMIDE N-OXIDE COMPOUNDS WITH FUNGICIDAL ACTIVITY

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A composition for the control of a fungal pathogen including a mixture comprising:a) one or more of the compounds of Formula I,

wherein:
R1 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R6;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C5 alkyl or cycloalkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R6;
R3 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl or heteroaryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R6;
R4 is hydrogen, halo, hydroxyl, alkyl, or alkoxy;
R5 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, alkoxy, aryloxy, heteroaryloxy, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R6;
R6 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R7;
R7 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl;
R8 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R6; and
b) a phytologically acceptable carrier material.

US Pat. No. 10,111,424

RELEASE OF BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE AGENTS FROM POLYMERIC COMPOSITE PARTICLES

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A polymeric composite particle comprisinga) a porous polymeric core particle comprising a washed and dried polymerized product of a reaction mixture comprising:
i) a first phase comprising either
1) water and a polysaccharide dissolved in the water; or
2) a surfactant and a compound of Formula (I)

wherein n is an integer equal to at least 1, or a mixture thereof; and
ii) a second phase dispersed in the first phase, wherein a volume of the first phase is greater than a volume of the second phase and wherein the second phase comprises
1) a monomer composition comprising a first monomer of Formula (II)

wherein
the monomer of Formula (II) is not miscible with the first phase;
p is an integer is no greater than 30;
R1is hydrogen or alkyl; and
2) a poly(propylene glycol) having a weight average molecular weight of at least 500 grams/mole,
wherein the poly(propylene glycol) is removed from the polymerized product to provide the porous polymeric core;
b) a biologically active agent positioned within the porous polymeric core, wherein the biologically active agent is not covalently bonded to the porous polymeric core; and
c) a coating layer around the porous polymeric core particle, wherein the coating layer comprises a thermoplastic polymer, a wax, or a mixture thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,111,419

MULTI-MODAL BIOPSY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHODS

1. A biopsy sample storage device, the device comprising:a first collection compartment, said first collection compartment comprising a tray having at least one cell for collection of a sample, wherein the cell is sized to enclose only a portion of a single sample, wherein when a first sample portion of the single sample is in the cell, a second sample portion of the single sample is protruding out from the cell;
a second collection compartment positionable adjacent to said first collection compartment wherein the second collection compartment is a hollow chamber having a biochemical preservation substance therein, said second collection compartment configured to hold the second sample portion which is protruding out from the cell while the first sample portion is simultaneously also positioned within the cell of the first collection compartment; and
a cutting mechanism for separating the first sample portion positioned within the first collection compartment from the second sample portion positioned within the second collection compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,111,416

WIRELESS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC RODENT TRAPS

WOODSTREAM CORPORATION, ...

1. A remote notification electronic rodent trapping system that enables a user with a computing or other smart device to monitor status of a trapping device without having to be in physical proximity to the trap comprising:at least one automatically rearming electronic rodent trapping device having a high-voltage output circuit with at least two plates and an RF transceiver configured to send, an alert notification as an RF transmission following activation of the output circuit and completion of a killing cycle, said trap, after activation, waiting a delay period before sending the alert notification and confirming whether impedance across the plates indicates presence or absence of a rodent after the killing cycle;
a base station at a distance from said trapping device and in communication therewith; and
a cloud server in communication with said base station, said base station being configured to receive said RP transmission indicating tract activation and to forward an activation notification to the cloud server of a change in trap state from a set state to a kill alert state, said cloud server storing a trap state data history that is accessible to the user, said trap state data history including the activation notification.