US Pat. No. 10,137,482

STRIPPING DEVICE AND DISPLAY SUBSTRATE PRODUCTION LINE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A stripping device, comprising a stripping chamber and a cleaning chamber, wherein,a stripping liquid having a set temperature is provided within the stripping chamber,
the stripping device further comprises a liquid jet component, the liquid jet component comprises a liquid supplying pipeline and a liquid jet head, the liquid supplying pipeline is configured to supply a cleaning liquid to the liquid jet head, the liquid jet head is configured to output the cleaning liquid, the liquid supplying pipeline is arranged in the stripping chamber, and the stripping liquid heats the cleaning liquid in the liquid supplying pipeline as the cleaning liquid flows through the liquid supplying pipeline arranged in the stripping chamber,
the cleaning chamber is provided outside of, and communicated with, the stripping chamber, and
in a direction from the stripping chamber to the cleaning chamber, the liquid supplying pipeline continuously extends from a first end of the stripping chamber to a second end, which is connected with the cleaning chamber and opposite to the first end, of the stripping chamber without disconnecting at a center portion of the stripping chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,137,481

METHODS OF REMOVING PARTICLES FROM OVER SEMICONDUCTOR SUBSTRATES

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method of removing particles from over a surface of a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:flowing a liquid in parallel with and across a horizontal surface of the substrate and the particles, the liquid having thickness over the substrate, the substrate having an undulating topography and the particles being less than 100 nm in cross-sectional diameter, a first region of the thickness being near the substrate and comprising particles, a second region of the thickness being further from the substrate than the first region and having more flow than the first region;
while the liquid is flowing, imparting an electric field across at least a region of the surface from electrodes spaced apart from one another and configured to form an electric field across at least the first region of the substrate; and
inducing movement of the particles from the first region to the second region using the electric field, wherein
the electric field is provided for a duration;
the electric field is maintained with an alternating current for part of the duration; and
the electric field is maintained with a direct current for another part of the duration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,480

METHOD FOR TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

LIFE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORA...

1. A method of treating a sensor array, the sensor array including a plurality of sensors and an isolation structure, a sensor of the plurality of sensors having a sensor pad exposed at a surface of the sensor array, wherein the exposed surface of the sensor pad defines a bottom surface of the isolation structure, the method comprising:exposing the exposed surface of the sensor pad to a non-aqueous organo-silicon solution including an organo-silicon compound and a first non-aqueous carrier;
applying an acid solution including an organic acid and a second non-aqueous carrier to the exposed surface of the sensor pad; and
rinsing the acid solution from the exposed surface of the sensor pad.

US Pat. No. 10,137,479

TEMPORAL MULTIPLEXED EXCITATION FOR MINIATURIZED, PLANAR FLUORESCENCE ACTIVATED CELL SORTING

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. A system comprising:at least two excitation lasers;
an objective that directs light from the at least two excitation lasers to a common point in an interrogation region of a fluidic channel via a first optical path, wherein the fluidic channel directs a flow of a plurality of fluorescently labeled particles through the interrogation region;
a beamsplitter that provides a side scatter beam comprising light from one of the at least two excitation lasers, wherein the side scatter beam is directed to the fluidic channel via a second optical path, and wherein the second optical path is different than the first optical path;
a side scatter detector for detecting side scattered light from particles in the fluidic channel passing through the side scatter beam;
at least one modulator that temporally multiplexes light from the at least two excitation lasers such that pulses of light from different lasers intersect the common point in the interrogation region of the fluidic channel at different times;
at least one fluorescence detector; and
at least one optical element optically coupled to the objective and the at least one fluorescence detector to direct light emitted from the plurality of fluorescently labeled particles and transmitted through the objective to the at least one fluorescence detector.

US Pat. No. 10,137,477

MODULAR ASSEMBLY FOR MULTIDIMENSIONAL TRANSDUCER ARRAYS

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A multidimensional transducer array system, the system comprising:first and second modules, each of the first and second modules comprising:
an adaptor having first and second planar surfaces oriented about 90 degrees relative to each other, the first planar surface connected with the multidimensional transducer array;
conductors in the adaptor, separate ones of the conductors electrically connected with separate elements of the multidimensional transducer array;
a printed circuit board having a top surface connected with the second planar surface of the adaptor, the conductors electrically connected with the printed circuit board; and
an integrated circuit connected with the printed circuit board such that signals on the conductors are provided at the integrated circuit;
the first module stacked with the second module such that the adaptors are in contact with each other and the adaptors are in contact with different parts of the multidimensional transducer array.

US Pat. No. 10,137,474

HIGH VISCOSITY FLUID DISPENSING SYSTEM

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for depositing a fluid over an interface, the method comprising:moving, by a dispensing device, the fluid within a chamber in a housing towards an exit of the chamber such that the fluid is dispensed through the exit of the chamber, wherein the chamber is configured to increase a tendency of the fluid to flow within the chamber;
receiving the fluid from the exit of the chamber at an input of a nozzle located at a first end of a body of the nozzle;
moving the fluid from the input through an arrangement of a plurality of channels located within the body such that the fluid exits the plurality of channels at an output of the nozzle located at a second end of the body, including:
moving the fluid through a center channel located along a center axis that extends through the first end and the second end of the body of the nozzle, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of the center channel varies along a length that extends along the center axis; and
moving the fluid through outer channels located away from the center axis around the center channel, wherein the cross-sectional diameter of each of the outer channels remains substantially constant along the center axis;
controlling a flow of the fluid through the plurality of channels by a configuration of the plurality of channels, wherein the configuration comprises a diameter profile that includes the cross-sectional diameter for each of the plurality of channels; and
depositing the fluid that exits the output of the nozzle over the interface to form a deposition having a desired shape.

US Pat. No. 10,137,473

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR APPLICATION OF POLYSILAZANE AND FLUOROACRYLATE COATING COMPOSITIONS

Newtech LLC, Cincinnati,...

1. A method comprising:receiving into a sprayer a curable coating comprised of a polysilazane and a fluoroacrylate copolymer;
receiving an air flow control signal;
receiving a position control signal;
enabling a Venturi spray head in accordance with the air flow control signal;
positioning a work piece relative to the Venturi spray head in accordance with the position control signal; and
applying the coating to the work piece via the Venturi spray head.

US Pat. No. 10,137,472

DUAL PATTERN SHIM ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HOT MELT ADHESIVE DISPENSING SYSTEMS

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A hot melt adhesive dispensing system, comprising:an underlying substrate; and
a dual pattern shim assembly comprising:
a first pattern shim having a first lower edge in which a plurality of first fluid application ports are formed, wherein the first pattern shim deposits a first hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a first material pattern, the first material pattern comprising a plurality of first deposition patterns, each first deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective first fluid application port of the plurality of first fluid application ports;
a second pattern shim having a second lower edge in which a plurality of second fluid application ports are formed, wherein the second pattern shim deposits a second hot melt adhesive material onto the underlying substrate in a second material pattern, the second material pattern comprising a plurality of second deposition patterns, each second deposition pattern deposited onto the underlying substrate from a respective second fluid application port;
a separation shim interposed between the first and second pattern shims for separating the first and second pattern shims from each other, the separation shim having an intermediate lower edge disposed between the first lower edge and the second lower edge;
a die plate disposed adjacent to the second pattern shim, the die plate having a rearwardly facing bottom edge terminating in an arcuately shaped portion; and
a die adaptor for receiving the first hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of first inlet ports from a source of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material in a plurality of second inlet ports from a source of the second hot melt adhesive material, wherein the die adaptor defines a housing having an undersurface portion, a vertical front wall portion which has first fluid outlet ports for discharging the first hot melt adhesive material and second fluid outlet ports for discharging the second hot melt adhesive material defined within the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, and a knife edge portion extending vertically downwardly within a vertical plane from the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor such that the knife edge portion is disposed beneath the undersurface portion of the die adaptor,
wherein the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor, the first and second fluid outlet ports, and the knife edge portion are substantially coplanar within a vertical plane,
wherein the first pattern shim is disposed in abutment with the vertical front wall portion of the die adaptor and the knife edge portion of the die adaptor and is configured to receive the first hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor,
wherein the second pattern shim is configured to receive the second hot melt adhesive material from the die adaptor through the first pattern shim and the separation shim,
wherein the first and second pattern shims, and the separation shim, as an assembly, are disposed immediately adjacent to the knife edge portion of the die adaptor such that the first and second hot melt adhesive materials are deposited onto the underlying substrate in an overlapping pattern relative to one another wherein at least one of a first deposition pattern of the plurality of first deposition patterns and a second deposition pattern of the plurality of second deposition patterns overlaps at least one of the other first deposition pattern and second deposition pattern,
wherein a first flow path for the first hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate in the first material pattern by the first pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor to the first pattern shim,
wherein a second flow path for the second hot melt adhesive material to be deposited onto the underlying substrate as the second material pattern by the second pattern shim is defined from the die adaptor, through the first pattern shim, through the separation shim, through the second pattern shim, to the die plate, and back to the second pattern shim,
wherein the first hot melt adhesive material is different than the second hot melt adhesive material,
wherein the underlying substrate is configured for movement along a path below the dual shim pattern assembly,
wherein the knife edge portion, the first lower edge, the intermediate lower edge, the second lower edge and a terminal edge of the arcuately shaped portion are disposed at a same elevational level, and
wherein the underlying substrate contacts the dual pattern shim assembly such that the underlying substrate is depressed by contact with the dual pattern shim assembly and one or more of the first hot melt adhesive material and the second hot melt adhesive material being deposited from the dual pattern shim assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,471

SYSTEMS FOR REINFORCING A MULTI-PANEL SUPPORT MAT

29. An automated system for providing a reinforcement weld over at least one seam formed between upper and lower panels of a support mat, the upper and lower panels having similar or dissimilar shapes and dimensions, the automated system comprising:at least one extruder configured to apply weld-forming material over the at least one seam to form at least one weld atop the at least one seam;
at least one automated robot configured to carry said at least one extruder and control the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam;
at least one controller electronically coupled to said at least one robot and configured to direct said at least one robot to vary and/or maintain the rate said at least one extruder applies weld-forming material atop the at least one seam; and
at least one force sensor associated with said at least one extruder and electronically coupled to said at least one controller, said at least one force sensor being configured to measure at least one among back-pressure resistance caused by said at least one extruder and push and pull on said at least one extruder during use of the system and communicate such data to said at least one controller,
wherein said at least one controller is configured to receive data from said at least one force sensor and determine, based upon such data, whether said at least one extruder is too close or too far from the mat and/or dispensing too much or too little weld-forming material as said at least one extruder reinforces the mat, and whether said at least one robot needs to make corrective adjustments to at least one among the position of said at least one extruder, the speed of movement of said at least one extruder and the rate of application of weld-forming material from said at least one extruder to the mat and, if so, determine the corrective adjustment(s) and direct said at least one robot to make such corrective adjustment(s).

US Pat. No. 10,137,470

SYSTEM FOR PAINTING OBJECTS

EISENMANN SE, Boeblingen...

1. A system for painting comprising:a) a painting booth;
b) at least one application device arranged in the painting booth, from which paint can be discharged onto objects;
c) a plurality of ring lines, which extend along the painting booth and each carry an operating medium needed for operation of the at least one application device;
d) at least one connecting device, via which at least some of the ring lines can be connected to the at least one application device as required;
wherein
e) each ring line is subdivided into at least two ring line regions;
f) the at least one connecting device has at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module, the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module being connected to the at least two ring line regions of each ring line, between each of the at least two ring line regions, to complete each ring line, the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module comprising
fa) at least as many ring line sections as there are ring lines, each ring line section having a terminal at each opposing end of the ring line section, wherein a first terminal of each ring line section connects to a first region of one ring line, and a second terminal of each ring line section connects to a second region of one ring line;
fb) for each ring line section, a branch line branching off from the latter;
fc) a terminal device, to which the branch lines lead and via which at least some of the branch lines can be connected to an outlet terminal;
g) at least one hose or a line connecting the outlet terminal of the at least one factory-prefabricated terminal module directly or indirectly to the application device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,469

COATING DEVICE AND WASHING METHOD FOR ITS NOZZLE

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A coating device comprising a barrel, a nozzle connected with the barrel, a waste sump and a washing bath and a washing component, wherein:the washing bath is provided at a side of the waste sump, and the nozzle is configured such that it can be positioned above the washing bath or the waste sump;
the washing component is provided in the washing bath, and is configured to discharge washing liquid and cleaning gas to the nozzle to wash the nozzle when the nozzle is moved to a position above the washing bath;
the washing component comprises a fork shaped bracket with two fingers, wherein the two fingers are provided with liquid outlets and gas outlets at ends thereof, wherein the liquid outlets are configured to discharge dilute liquid, and wherein the gas outlets are configured to discharge the cleaning gas; and
wherein the washing bath is provided with a guide rail therein, the guide rail is extended in a same direction as the washing bath, the fork shaped bracket is connected with the guide rail by a connection component, and the connection component is configured so that the fork shaped bracket is reciprocated along the guide rail.

US Pat. No. 10,137,468

DEVICE FOR SUPPLYING A SPRAYER WITH A LIQUID COATING PRODUCT AND TOOL FOR MOUNTING/DISMOUNTING SUCH A DEVICE

SAMES KREMLIN, Meylan (F...

1. A tool for mounting/dismounting a device for supplying at least one sprayer with a liquid coating product, the device comprising at least one valve controlling the flow of the coating product toward the sprayer, the valve comprising:a moving needle,
a valve body that defines a circulation volume for the coating product and a bearing seat for the needle in the closed configuration of the valve,
pneumatic driving means for translating the needle along an axis of separation/approach relative to the seat, the pneumatic driving means comprising a piston secured in translation to the needle and mounted sliding in a guide body,
a head mounted on the guide body and defining, with the latter and a face of the piston, a variable volume chamber in which an elastic return member is provided for returning the piston to its position,
wherein the head and the guide body are secured in rotation
using corresponding reliefs arranged on the head and on the guide body and that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the guide body opposite the needle, and protruding elements arranged on an outer radial surface of the head, and received in spaces defined between the slots or
using corresponding reliefs that comprise slots arranged on one edge of the head and protruding elements arranged on the guide body and received in spaces defined between the slots, and
wherein the guide body is screwed on the valve body, with its screwing axis combined with the axis of separation/approach, and wherein the head is equipped with reliefs driving rotation around the screwing axis of the guide body on the valve body,
wherein it comprises an end-piece, equipped with reliefs complementary to the driving reliefs equipping the head, as well as a maneuvering handle,
wherein the end-piece is equipped with axial retaining means of a subassembly comprising the guide body, and
wherein the axial retaining means comprise an O-ring mounted in a peripheral groove arranged around the end-piece and in that the O-ring is in contact with part of the subassembly, when the driving reliefs and the complementary reliefs cooperate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,467

TRIGGER-DISPENSING DEVICE FOR TWO OR MORE LIQUIDS

The Clorox Company, Oakl...

1. A trigger head for a dispensing device comprising:a trigger;
at least one pump;
a first delivery duct;
a second delivery duct; and
a nozzle group;
wherein the at least one pump is operable by the trigger and suitable for carrying out a predetermined pre-compression of at least two substances, separately and simultaneously before dispensing;
wherein both the first delivery duct and the second delivery duct comprise a flexible tube, and each of the flexible tubes are directly connected to the nozzle group to minimize any premixing of the at least two substances and the flexible tubes have a length suitable to compensate for movement with respect to the nozzle group; and
wherein each of the at least one pump comprises at least one pre-compression valve suitable to pass the respective substance from a pressure chamber to the respective delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber exceeds a predefined threshold pressure and suitable to prevent transit of the respective substance from the pressure chamber to the first delivery duct when the pressure of the respective substance in the pressure chamber is less than the predefined threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,466

DISCHARGE HEAD

APTAR RADOLFZELL GMBH, R...

1. A discharge head for a dispenser, comprising a securing element for coupling the discharge head to the dispenser, a housing having an outlet opening and a valve body, wherein the valve body closes the outlet opening when the pressure of a medium in the discharge head is below a threshold value, and, in a ready-for-use state, the valve body releases the outlet opening when the pressure of the medium in the discharge head is above the threshold value, and wherein the valve body, in the ready-for-use state, is displaceable along an adjustment path for releasing and closing the outlet opening, whereina locking handle is provided which is movable relative to the securing element, in order to transfer the discharge head to a locked state in which the adjustment path of the valve body is reduced to zero, and/or in order to transfer the discharge head from the locked state to the ready-for-use state, and
the housing is coupled to the securing element so as to be rotationally fixed and movable in the direction of the adjustment path, wherein the adjustment path of the valve body is dependent on a distance between the housing and the securing element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,465

ELECTRIC SPRAYER

SUZHOU CROSSTEC CO., LTD....

1. An electric sprayer, comprising:a water tank having an upper end, a front, a back and a bottom;
a spray device;
a trolley seat and a roller disposed on the trolley seat, with the water tank removably disposed on the trolley seat, and
wherein the water tank is provided at the upper end with a sealing cover,
wherein the water tank is provided at the front with a mounting seat on which a motor, a pump and an electric outlet are fixed,
wherein a power supply, which is a lithium battery pack, is removably disposed on the electric outlet, wherein the spray device is connected to a water outlet of the pump,
wherein the pump has a water inlet in communication with the water tank, and
wherein the trolley seat comprises a support seat, wherein the support seat is provided with a positioning hole inside with a threaded knob, and wherein the water tank is provided at the back with an inner threaded hole matching the threaded knob.

US Pat. No. 10,137,464

MULTI-FUEL-CANISTER INSECT REPELLENT SYSTEM

Thermacell Repellents, In...

1. A gas-fueled, portable device for dispensing a heat-volatilizable substance, comprising:(a) a plurality of canister receiving cavities, each of which is configured to receive and reversibly engage with a fuel canister, wherein engagement of each fuel canister with the canister receiving cavity opens an outlet valve in the fuel canister, opens a receiving valve in the canister receiving cavity, and thereby admits gaseous fuel into a pressure regulator valve;
(b) a valve switch operably connected to the pressure regulator valve and operable by a user, the valve switch having an off position and an on position, wherein movement of the valve switch by the user from the off position to the on position opens the pressure regulator valve, thereby permitting the gaseous fuel to flow into a pressure regulator in fluid communication with the pressure regulator valve;
(c) wherein the pressure regulator operates the pressure regulator valve so as to maintain a predetermined gas pressure downstream of the pressure regulator valve;
(d) a fuel combustion chamber downstream of and in fluid communication with the pressure regulator; and
(e) a sole plate in thermal communication with the fuel combustion chamber and having a heated surface;wherein the pressure regulator valve meters the flow of the gaseous fuel to the fuel combustion chamber at a predetermined pressure, so as to sustain a predetermined rate of fuel combustion which heats the sole plate to a predetermined temperature sufficient to dispense the heat-volatilizable substance from the heated surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,463

COATING AGENT LINE WITH GROUNDING ELEMENT

Durr Systems GmbH, Bieti...

1. A painting booth comprising: a booth wall that separates a booth interior from a booth exterior; a painting robot located in the booth interior and including a voltage cascade and a voltage connecting element to directly charge a coating agent before the coating agent is atomized; wherein said painting robot is a multi axis painting robot;a paint supply located in the paint booth exterior and having a ground side connecting element located in the paint booth exterior;
a coating agent line connected to the paint supply and the coating agent line is led through the painting robot, the coating agent line includes an inner space for conveying the coating agent and a line wall which encompasses the inner space; wherein the coating agent line runs from the booth exterior through the booth wall into the booth interior, the coating agent line directly connected to the voltage connecting element, said inner space is hollow, further wherein:
the coating agent line includes potential compensating element which is electrically conductive, located entirely in the hollow inner space, and connected to the ground side connecting element at one end and the potential compensating element at an opposite end having a free end; said free end extending axially into the inner space of the coating agent line providing a grounding interface and dividing the coating agent line into a voltage-side section and a around-side section,
the potential compensating element extends in an axial direction along the coating agent line,
the potential compensating element in the inner space is arranged separately from the line wall, and
the potential compensating element extends from the booth exterior through the booth wall so that the free end of the potential compensating element is located in the booth interior and upstream from the voltage connecting element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,462

DEBRIS SEPARATOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A centrifugal debris separator for removing debris from a gas turbine engine fuel system, comprising:a debris separator inlet;
a debris separator outlet; and
a separating chamber with a centreline extending in an axial direction and defined by an outer wall formed around the centreline, the separating chamber comprising:
a separating chamber inlet for receiving fluid;
a first separator outlet to the separating chamber;
a second separator outlet to the separating chamber provided to the outer wall of the separating chamber;
a third separator outlet to the separating chamber defined by a third separator outlet wall formed around the centreline of the separating chamber;
a flow straightener downstream of the first separator outlet; and
at least one filter downstream of the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet, wherein
the debris separator inlet is fluidly connected to the separating chamber inlet,
the debris separator outlet is fluidly connected to the first separator outlet, and
the flow from the first separator outlet, the second separator outlet and the third separator outlet is rejoined downstream of the flow straightener and the at least one filter and upstream of the debris separator outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,137,461

STATOR FOR FLOTATION MACHINES

1. A flotation machine comprising:a tank sized to retain a slurry;
a rotor having openings through which at least one gas is emitted; and,
a stator positioned in the tank adjacent the rotor, the stator having a plurality of vanes, each of the vanes having a plurality of slots formed therein; each of the vanes having a height (H) extending in an axial direction of the stator, a width (W) extending in a radial direction (R) of the stator, and a thickness which is transverse to said radial direction (R); each of the slots having a shape that is elongated in the radial direction (R) along the width (W) of its respective vane, each of the vanes of the stator being spaced apart from the other vanes to which that vane is adjacent,
the vanes being positioned in series adjacent a periphery of the stator to define a central opening within the stator which is configured to receive the rotor, each vane extending radially with respect to a center of the stator; the rotor being positioned in the central opening, the rotor being rotatable within the central opening of the stator;
wherein upper portions of the vanes are supported by a top member which is annular and connected to the vanes, and wherein lower portions of the vanes are supported by a base which is connected to the vanes wherein an outer diameter or inner diameter of the top member is different than a respective outer diameter or inner diameter of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,137,460

DRIVE MODULE AND ITS USES, A FLOTATION PLANT AND A METHOD OF CHANGING OF THE DRIVE MODULE

OUTOTEC (FINLAND) OY, Es...

1. A drive module selectively detachable from flotation tanks of a flotation plant, wherein the drive module is a self-supporting structure being transferable and hoistable as an integral entity, the drive module comprising:a self-supporting framework having a shape of a rectangular parallelepiped, the self-supporting framework defining an inner space within the self-supporting framework, and
at least two drive units, the at least two drive units being supported to the self-supporting framework in the inner space of the self-supporting framework, each of the at least two drive units including a drive shaft having a connection flange supported thereon, wherein the connection flange of each of the at least two drive units is located at the bottom of the inner space and is connectable to an external rotatable shaft for the rotation of the rotatable shaft, the rotatable shaft being located outside the drive module.

US Pat. No. 10,137,459

ION GENERATOR DEVICE

Naturion PTE. LTD., Buki...

1. An ion generating device comprising:a housing with at least one conductive surface and an opening;
an anode and a cathode disposed within the housing and having a space between them in fluid communication with the opening, and wherein the cathode is physically spaced from the at least one conductive surface;
a power source having a negative terminal and a positive terminal with a first connection between the negative terminal and the anode and a second connection between the positive terminal and the cathode;
an air mover disposed to direct air through the space toward the at least one conductive surface; and
a resistive element connected to the second connection and associated with the at least one conductive surface wherein when the power source is energized, an electrical field with negative ions is generated in the space and the negative ions are directed through the opening by the air mover with minimal charge build up.

US Pat. No. 10,137,458

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENTRAPPING MAGNETIC MATERIAL

Active Magnetics Research...

1. A mat assembly to remove magnetic material from shoes of a wearer passing over and engaging the mat assembly, the mat assembly comprising:an assembly base providing,
a base plate having an upper surface,
at least one magnetic cell fixed with respect to the base plate so as to be above the upper surface, and
a protective cover made of non-magnetic material and positioned above the cell to at least aid in protecting the cell; and
a mat portion of rectangular configuration so as to provide a pair of spaced longitudinal side edges and a pair of spaced transverse edges, the mat portion providing,
a non-magnetic trap base to be positioned above the assembly base and removably resting on the assembly base, the trap base having a working surface to be engaged by the shoes and in which the magnetic material can become embedded, with the cell attracting magnetic material from the shoes so that the magnetic material becomes embedded in the working surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,457

CRUSHING MACHINES

Terex GB Limited, Dungan...

1. An aggregate crushing machine comprising a base on which are mounted a feed conveyor, a screening unit, a crusher and a main conveyor, an arrangement of the machine being such that a material comprising an aggregate to be crushed will be fed from the feed conveyor to the screening unit for separation so that a finer material will be passed onto the main conveyor without passing through the crusher and a coarser material will be fed via the crusher to the main conveyor, the screening unit comprising a screen that vibrates when operative, the screening unit comprising a frame on which the screen is mounted, the frame being movable between an inoperative position in which the frame is substantially horizontal and an operative position in which the frame is angled relative to the substantially horizontal inoperative position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,456

REACTOR CONFIGURED TO FACILITATE CHEMICAL REACTIONS AND/OR COMMINUTION OF SOLID FEED MATERIALS

LLT International (Irelan...

1. An apparatus comprising:a chamber having a longitudinal axis;
a gas inlet configured to introduce a high-velocity stream of gas into the chamber, the gas inlet being disposed and arranged so as to effectuate a vortex of the stream of gas circulating within the chamber, the vortex rotating at a supersonic speed about the longitudinal axis of the chamber;
a material inlet configured to introduce a material to be processed into the chamber, the material inlet being disposed proximal to the gas inlet, the material being processed within the chamber by nonabrasive mechanisms facilitated by shockwaves within the chamber; and
an outlet configured to emit the gas and processed material from the chamber, the outlet being disposed at one end of the chamber that is opposite to a second end of the chamber where the gas inlet and the material inlet are disposed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,455

LOOSEFILL INSULATION BLOWING MACHINE WITH REDUCED SOUND RATINGS

Owens Corning Intellectua...

1. A machine for distributing loosefill insulation material from a package of compressed loosefill insulation material, the machine comprising:a chute having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end configured to receive compressed loosefill insulation material;
a lower unit having:
a shredding chamber configured to receive the compressed loosefill insulation material from the outlet end of the chute, the shredding chamber including a plurality of shredders configured to shred, pick apart and condition the loosefill insulation material thereby forming conditioned loosefill insulation material, the plurality of shredders driven by one or more motors;
a discharge mechanism mounted to receive the conditioned loosefill insulation material exiting the shredding chamber, the discharge mechanism configured to distribute the conditioned loosefill insulation material into an airstream;
a blower configured to provide the airstream flowing through the discharge mechanism; and
a sound chamber configured to receive the one or more motors and further configured to reduce the sound rating emanating from the machine, wherein the sound chamber is defined by an outer surface of a first low speed shredder of the plurality of shredders, an outer surface of an agitator guide, a floor, an inside surface of a left side panel, an inside surface of a front panel and an inside surface of a back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,454

MAINTENANCE PLATFORM OF JAW CRUSHER

Metso Minerals, Inc., He...

1. A maintenance platform of a jaw crusher, comprising:an adapter part configured to engage against a first wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in a jaw crusher cavity;
a support part configured to engage against a second wear part of the jaw crusher when the maintenance platform is in place in the jaw crusher cavity; and
a platform part for standing thereon, the platform part positioned between the adapter part and the support part, the platform part comprising a face section and a central section that is perpendicular to the face section, wherein the face section and the central section together define at least two grooves extending therebetween;
at least two hand-tightenable couplers configured to engage with the adapter part, wherein the at least two grooves are shaped such that the platform part is separable from the adapter part while the at least two hand-tightenable couplers are engaged with the adapter part, and wherein the adapter part is rigidly joinable to the platform part by positioning the at least two hand-tightenable couplers within the at least two grooves and tightening the at least to hand-tightenable couplers; and
an extension part that is coupled to the support part, wherein the extension part is slideably attachable to the platform part to adjust a distance between the adapter part and the support part,
wherein the maintenance platform is usable without the extension part in smaller jaw crushers or at lower platform position and is usable with the extension part in greater jaw crushers or at higher platform position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,453

STATIC-DEFEATING APPARATUS FOR PIPETTE TIPS

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A pipette tip tray comprising:a rack;
a pipette tip receptacle plate affixed to the rack, the pipette tip receptacle plate comprising an array of holes, a top surface and a bottom surface;
a flexible sheet comprising a first surface, a second surface and an array of holes, wherein:
each of the holes in the array of holes in the sheet comprises an edge, the second surface of the sheet is in contact with the top surface of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet is not adhered to the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the holes of the array of holes in the sheet each comprise a diameter or effective diameter,
the array of holes in the sheet are concentric with the array of holes in the pipette tip receptacle plate,
the sheet comprises a uniform thickness or substantially uniform thickness of about 0.005 inches to about 0.02 inches, and
the sheet is flexible relative to the pipette tip receptacle plate; and
an array of pipette tips adhered to the sheet, wherein:
the array of pipette tips is positioned in the array of holes of the pipette tip receptacle plate,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips comprises an exterior surface, a proximal region, a distal region, a proximal terminus, a distal terminus, and a junction between the proximal region and the distal region,
the distance between the proximal terminus to the junction is less than the distance between the distal terminus to the junction,
the proximal region of each of the pipette tips comprises a shoulder surface that protrudes from the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction,
each of the hole edges in the sheet contacts the exterior surface of the distal region at the junction of a pipette tip and the shoulder surface at the junction of the pipette tip contacts the first surface of the sheet,
the diameter or the effective diameter of each of the holes in the sheet is less than an outer diameter of the pipette tip exterior surface that contacts the hole edge,
each of the pipette tips in the array of pipette tips is retained in a corresponding hole of the sheet by an interference fit between the exterior wall of the pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in contact with the pipette tip, and
each of the pipette tips is adhered to the sheet by compression between the exterior wall of a pipette tip and the edge of each corresponding hole in the sheet in contact with the pipette tip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,450

MICROFLUIDICS CARTRIDGE WITH PIPETTING GUIDE

TECAN TRADING AG, Manned...

1. A disposable cartridge (1) for use in a digital microfluidics system (3) for manipulating samples in liquid portions or droplets (4); the digital microfluidics system (3) comprising a cartridge accommodation site (2) and a central control unit (7) for controlling the selection of individual electrodes (8) of an electrode array (5) located at said cartridge accommodation site (2) and for providing a number of said electrodes (8) with individual voltage pulses for manipulating liquid portions or droplets (4) by electrowetting; the disposable cartridge (1) comprising a hydrophobic working surface (10) and a rigid cover (11) with a second hydrophobic surface (12); said hydrophobic surfaces (10,12) facing each other and being separated or being separable in essentially parallel planes by a gap (13) with a gap height (14):wherein the disposable cartridge (1) further comprises a number of pipetting guides (17) for safe entering and/or withdrawing liquids into and/or from the gap (13) of the disposable cartridge (1) with a tip (18) of a pipette (19); at least one of the pipetting guides (17):
being located at a pipetting orifice (22) that reaches through the rigid cover (11), and
being configured to prevent a pipette tip (18) from touching the hydrophobic working surface (10), and
providing an abutting surface (20) that is sealingly admittable by a counter surface (21) of a pipette tip (18),
wherein the pipetting guide comprises a shoulder and a first conical wall with a narrow end at the shoulder that provides the abutting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,448

MICROFLUIDIC CHIP WITH COATING TO REDUCE FLUID DIFFUSION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

FluxErgy, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A microfluidic chip comprising:a body including at least one microfluidic pathway configured to receive a fluid sample, the at least one microfluidic pathway including a coating configured to reduce fluid diffusion and seal a surface of the at least one microfluidic pathway; and
a heating device located on the body and forming a heating zone within a portion of the at least one microfluidic pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,447

ERGONOMIC FLUID HANDLING TUBES

BIOTIX, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A fluid handling tube, comprising a tube body and a cap, wherein:the tube body comprises an exterior surface and an interior surface;
the cap comprises a proximal surface, a distal surface, a rim, a rim exterior surface, and a tubular sealing member protruding from the distal surface;
the sealing member comprises a distal terminus opposite the distal surface of the cap, an interior surface, and a substantially smooth exterior surface configured to seal with the interior surface of the tube body;
the cap comprises an anterior tube fastener member comprising an operator engagement surface;
the cap comprises a bore, which bore comprises a first bore interior side surface and an opposing second bore interior side surface;
the cap comprises two co-linear channels disposed on each side of the bore and disposed between the sealing member and the fastener member;
each of the channels comprises:
a latitudinal opening disposed on the proximal surface of the cap;
a channel floor;
a first channel terminus disposed at a rim exterior surface;
a second channel terminus disposed at the first bore interior side surface or the second bore interior side surface; and
a major length along the channel floor from the first channel terminus to the second channel terminus;
the fastener member of the cap comprises a protrusion configured to contact a surface of a fastener member counterpart of the tube body and releasably attach to the fastener member counterpart; and
the channels reduce the amount of force required for disassociation of the protrusion and the fastener member counterpart of the tube body, compared to the force required for the disassociation for a cap that does not include the channels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,446

DISPENSING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A dispensing device for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the dispensing device comprising:(a) a housing comprising:
a holding chamber comprising an open top, a chamber wall having one or more chamber snap fit elements on an interior thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber;
(b) a cannula affixed to a distal segment of the tubular member; and
(c) a spring loaded piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one pair of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the snap fit arms including one or more arm snap fit elements complementary to the one or more chamber snap fit elements;
a piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the holding chamber and the tubular member; and
a spring disposed around the piston rod, with two opposing ends thereof against the underside of the top pusher and the bottom of the holding chamber, respectively;
wherein the dispensing device is configured that engagement modes between the one or more arm snap fit elements on the at least one pair of snap fit arms of the push cap and the one or more chamber snap fit elements of the holding chamber control a venting position and an injection starting position, respectively, of the spring loaded piston; and an abutment of at least one part of the push cap with the piston stop in the holding chamber controls an injection ending position of the spring loaded piston.

US Pat. No. 10,137,445

SINGLE USE CAPILLARY MICROPIPETTE FOR DISPENSING A DEFINED VOLUME OF A LIQUID

1. A single use capillary micropipette for dispensing a defined volume of a liquid, the capillary micropipette comprising:(a) a housing comprising
an upper holding chamber having an open top, a chamber wall having at least one set of chamber snap fit elements on an inner side thereof, one or more piston stops, and a bottom with a central opening; and
a tubular member extending downward from the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber;
(b) a piston comprising
a push cap disposed at least partially in the upper holding chamber, the push cap including a top pusher and at least one set of snap fit arms extending downward from an underside of the top pusher; each of the at least one set of snap fit arms comprising at least one hook complementary to a corresponding chamber snap fit element; and in an assembled position of the capillary micropipette the at least one hook on each of the at least one set of snap fit arms being situated on top of corresponding chamber snap fit element; and
a piston rod having a piston head at a distal end thereof, the piston rod extending downward from the underside of the top pusher, coaxial with the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber and the tubular member; in the assembled position of the capillary micropipette, a venting space between the piston head and the central opening on the bottom of the upper holding chamber permitting air communication between the tubular member and atmosphere through the upper holding chamber; and
(c) a capillary tube having a proximal open end connected to the tubular member and an opposing distal open end; the capillary tube capable of aspirating a liquid through the distal open end by capillary action to the proximal open end thereof while the capillary micropipette permitting venting through the venting space during aspiration;
the push cap movable downward in response to a force applied thereon to an extent at which at least one part of the push cap abuts against the one or more piston stops of the upper holding chamber, and downward movement of the push cap causing the at least one hook on each of the snap fit arms of the push cap to irreversibly snap over corresponding chamber snap fit element and the piston head to slide in the tubular member in the absence of venting thereby resulting in dispensing a defined volume of the liquid aspirated in the capillary tube.

US Pat. No. 10,137,444

NANOLITER PIPETTING DEVICE

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A nanoliter pipette assembly, comprising:a housing having a working fluid chamber, the working fluid chamber being configured to contain a working fluid therein;
a tip portion having a diaphragm disposed therein, an adjustable interior cavity defined by a volume disposed between the diaphragm and a distal interior wall of the tip portion, and an orifice for aspirating and dispensing fluid, the orifice being located at and distal of the distal interior wall; and
a piston moveable within the housing to apply a force to a working fluid contained in the working fluid chamber to selectively move the diaphragm towards and away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion,
wherein the assembly is configured to operate to cause the diaphragm to contact fluid disposed at a location outside of the tip portion and subsequently draw the diaphragm away from the distal interior wall of the tip portion to draw at least a portion of the contacted fluid through the orifice and into the adjustable interior cavity, and
wherein the assembly is further configured to operate to advance the diaphragm towards the distal interior wall of the tip portion to displace at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity to a dispensing location outside of the tip portion, the at least a portion of the fluid previously passed into the adjustable interior cavity that is advanced to the dispensing location being as small as one nanoliter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,443

COMPOSITE CATALYST FOR THE PHOTOCATALYTIC ISOMERISATION OF NORBORNADIENE TO PREPARE QUADRICYCLANE AND PROCESS FOR MAKING THE CATALYST

TIANJIN UNIVERSITY, Tian...

1. A process of preparing a composite catalyst for photocatalytic isomerisation of norbornadiene to prepare quadricyclane, comprising the steps:(a) mixing a solution obtained by dissolving an organic photo-sensitizer in an organic solvent with a solid photocatalyst under sufficient stirring, wherein the weight ratio of the organic photo-sensitizer to the solid photocatalyst ranging from 0.5% to 20%, so that the organic photo-sensitizer is adsorbed onto a surface or a channel of the solid photocatalyst, wherein the solid photocatalyst is selected from WO3, Ta2O5 or SrTiO3; and the organic photo-sensitizer is selected from benzophenone, acetophenone, Michler's Ketone, tetraethyl Michler's Ketone, or diethyl Michler's Ketone; and
(b) filtering off redundant solution and vacuum drying the solid photocatalyst which adsorbed the organic photo-sensitizer;
wherein in the step (a), the organic photo-sensitizer is present in the solution in a concentration of 20% by weight, and the solid photocatalyst is dried at 100° C., and the stirring continues for 24 hours; and in the step (b), the vacuum drying is carried out at 100° C. for 5 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,137,442

CATALYST FOR PYROLYSIS OF FEEDSTOCK

BASF CORPORATION, Florha...

1. A method for producing monoaromatic products from a feedstock containing oxygen-containing polymers, the method comprising:assessing an oxygen content of said feedstock;
reacting said feedstock with a catalyst blend comprising:
about 40-85 wt % of a zeolite cracking catalyst comprising a mixture of at least one large pore zeolite and at least one small pore zeolite in a ratio of 5:1 to 1:5;
about 4-40 wt % of a heterogeneous transition metal water-gas shift catalyst comprising at least one metal oxide and a support that is optionally promoted; and
optionally about 3-20 wt % of at least one hydrogenation catalyst in one step or single stage; and
recovering said monoaromatic products.

US Pat. No. 10,137,440

CORE-SHELL COBALT CATALYSTS FOR FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS REACTION AND PREPARING METHOD THEREOF

KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENC...

1. A core-shell cobalt catalyst for a Fischer-Tropsch synthesis reaction, which comprisesa core composed of a spherical, cobalt-supported and sintered alumina particle having a diameter of 1-5 mm;
a shell composed of a zeolite powder having a SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio of 5-40 coated on the surface of the core to a thickness of 50-300 ?m through a mechanical alloying process; and
a bimodal porous structure with the core having mesopores with an average pore size of 10.5-21.1 nm and a pore volume of 0.18-0.37 cm3/g, and the shell having micropores with an average pore size of 0.6-0.82 nm and with a pore volume of 0.057-0.116 cm3/g.

US Pat. No. 10,137,435

METHOD FOR PREPARING A CATALYST MEDIATING H2 EVOLUTION, SAID CATALYST AND USES THEREOF

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER...

1. A method for the preparation of a catalyst onto a solid support of a conductive or semiconductive material, the method comprising:depositing said catalyst onto said solid support from a near-neutral aqueous solution containing at least one nickel or cobalt organic complex and at least one basic oxoanion, using a method selected from the group consisting of reductive electrodeposition, photochemical electrodeposition, and photoelectrochemical deposition,
wherein the catalyst consists of elemental cobalt/nickel covered or coated by a cobalt/nickel oxo/hydroxo-oxoanion layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,434

METHOD TO STABILIZE BASE METAL CATALYSTS BY OVERCOATING VIA ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION AND RESULTING PRODUCT

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A method of performing a heterogeneous catalytic reaction, the method comprising:conducting a condensed-phase, heterogeneously catalyzed reaction in the presence of a supported catalyst, wherein the supported catalyst comprises:
a metal or metal-containing particle supported on a surface; and
a protective thin film of a material of sufficient thickness to overcoat the metal or metal-containing particle and the surface, thereby yielding an armored surface, wherein the protective surface defines channels that expose a portion of the metal- or metal-containing particle to the surrounding environment; and
wherein the protective thin film comprises a material selected from the group consisting of AlOx HfOx, HfSiOx, LaOx, STO, TaOx, TiOx, ZnOx, ZrOx, WOx, CeOx, MgOx, AlNx, HfNx, SiNx, TaNx, TiNx, AlCx, ZrCx, TiCx, WCx, CeCx, and MgCx, wherein subscript “x” is a real, rational number greater than zero.

US Pat. No. 10,137,433

CATALYST AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A CATALYST

JOHNSON MATTHEY CATALYSTS...

1. A catalyst comprising a porous, ceramic support body having at least a portion of a surface of the ceramic support body being coated with a layer of a catalytically active washcoat coating, wherein the support body further comprises a layer of a permanent catalytically inactive material comprising at least one catalytically inactive inorganic component, and wherein the layer of the permanent catalytically inactive material:a) is at least partially present as a layer between the surface of the porous ceramic support body and the catalytically active washcoat coating; and/or
b) is impregnated in the pores of the ceramic support body underneath the surface of the ceramic support body and beneath the catalytically active washcoat coating, such that the porosity of the surface of the ceramic support body beneath the catalytically active washcoat coating is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,137,432

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING WATER-ABSORBING POLYMER PARTICLES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for producing water-absorbing polymer particles, comprising:processing an aqueous polymer gel from polymerization of a monomer solution or suspension,
drying the aqueous polymer gel in a conveyer dryer, wherein
the conveyer dryer has a circulating conveyer belt and the aqueous polymer gel is conveyed on the circulating conveyer belt, and wherein
the circulating conveyer belt is formed as a circulating plate conveyer belt, comprising a number of belt plates separated by a hinge line of a hinge assembly and each belt plate having a surface for receiving the aqueous polymer gel,
wherein
said hinge assembly comprises a knuckle joint with the hinge line in form of a straight hinge line, and
a separate circulating plate conveyer belt in form of the circulating plate conveyer belt is assigned to a drying zone of the conveyer dryer and wherein the separate circulating plate conveyer belt has a first return end and a second return end wherein the first and/or second return end is located outside of the drying zone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,431

MULTICAPILLARY MONOLITH

1. A process for preparing a monolithic porous material based on amorphous silica or activated alumina comprising rectilinear capillary channels parallel to one another, comprising the steps of:providing a bundle of channel precursor fibres whose diameter is equal to the diameter of the capillary channels,
forming a porous matrix of amorphous silica or activated alumina around the fibres,
eliminating the fibres so as to form the capillary channels extending through the porous matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,137,430

ALKYLAMINE FUNCTIONALIZED METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS FOR COMPOSITE GAS SEPARATIONS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of composite gas separations, the method comprising:(a) providing a mixture of gases for separation;
(b) adsorbing acid gases from the mixture of gases on a porous metal-organic framework (MOF) adsorbent, the framework comprising:
(i) a framework of M2(dobpdc) where M is selected from the group of metals consisting of Mg, Ca, Mn, Cr, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn, the framework having coordinatively unsaturated metal centers; and
(ii) a plurality of ligands disposed within pores of the metal-organic framework to produce a functionalized framework, said ligands having a ligand bridge with at least one first functional group capable of adsorbing a gas and at least one second functional group coupled to at least one metal center of said metal-organic framework;
(iii) wherein contact of the functionalized framework with a volume of gases produces a stepped adsorption isotherm; and
(iv) wherein gas adsorption properties before and after each step cannot be modeled as a continuous Langmuir function;
(c) separating residual gases with reduced acid gas concentrations; and (d) releasing the adsorbed acid gases from the framework.

US Pat. No. 10,137,428

ZEOLITE PARTICLES FOR ADSORPTION AND/OR DESORPTION OF GASES AND LIQUIDS

1. A plurality of adsorbent particles, wherein the particles comprise zeolite powders bound with a silica binder, wherein the zeolite has a silica to alumina (SiO2/Al2O3) ratio of less than 6 and wherein the silica binder content in the particles is at least 5 wt %, based on the total weight of the particles; wherein the adsorbent particles have a mean diameter of greater than 800 microns anda) a zeolite crystal density within a loose bed sufficient to provide an effective zeolite crystal mass loading within the bed of at least 52 g/100 cc, and/or
b) a zeolite crystal density within a loose bed sufficient to provide an effective zeolite crystal volume loading within the bed of at least 36 cc/100 cc, or
c) a volumetric capacity for CO2 of at least 13.4 g CO2/100 cc of adsorbent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,427

NANOPARTICLE PREPARATION DEVICE USING LASER

SHONANO CO., LTD, Ulsan ...

1. A nanoparticle preparation device using laser, comprising;a laser emitter;
a reaction chamber where nanoparticles are prepared by a laser beam irradiated from said laser emitter to a source material gas;
a glove box for collecting the nanoparticles flowed in from said reaction chamber, the glove box including:
a collecting box disposed inside the glove box; and
a collector for collecting the nanoparticles, disposed inside the collecting box, and including an upper cap, a lower cap, a plurality of grid frames disposed between the upper and lower caps, and a filter covering outside surfaces of the plurality of grid frames; and
a transfer tube connected to the reaction chamber and the collector for a flow of the nanoparticles and a carrier gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,426

SCREENING ASSAYS AND METHODS

President and Fellows of ...

1. A method of producing a microarray of cell-derived products comprising:(a) reversibly sealing a moldable slab to a surface of a substrate, said moldable slab comprising an array of microwells, each microwell having a side or diameter of less than 100 microns and containing not more than a single or a few cell(s), at least one of said microwells containing the single or few cell(s), wherein the single or few cell(s) produce a cell-derived product in a volume of 10 nanoliters or less of fluid in each said microwell containing the single or a few cell(s); wherein the surface of the substrate facing each said microwell is modified such that it acts to retain the cell-derived product on the surface of the substrate; and
(b) allowing said single or few cell(s) to produce said cell-derived product in said volume such that the cell-derived product produced by the single or few cell(s) in said volume is retained in a detectable amount on the surface of the substrate sealed to the moldable slab.

US Pat. No. 10,137,424

DISTRIBUTOR AND DOWN FLOW CATALYTIC REACTOR COMPRISING SAME

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

1. A distributor comprising an inside downcomer which has a first flow space;an outside downcomer which is disposed so as to surround at least some area of the inside downcomer and has a second flow space partitioned from the first flow space of the inside downcomer;
an outside cap which has a plurality of first slots and is mounted on said inside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the first slots can flow into the first flow space; and
an inside cap which has a plurality of second slots and is mounted on said outside downcomer so that a fluid passing through the second slots can flow into the second flow space.

US Pat. No. 10,137,423

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MEASURING ANALYTE CONCENTRATION

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A device for sensing an analyte, the device comprising:a membrane that allows diffusion of an analyte;
an active measuring area for measuring a concentration of the analyte;
a sensing chamber situated between the membrane and the active measuring area, the sensing chamber including a wall and comprising a mediating fluid, the sensing chamber being defined by the membrane, the active measuring area and the wall; and
an element for producing convection within the mediating fluid to facilitate mixing of the analyte diffusing through the membrane in the mediating fluid to thereby reduce a response time for the active measuring area to measure the presence of the analyte in the mediating fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,137,422

SHAKER

WISTRON CORP., New Taipe...

1. A shaker, comprising:a base;
a holder movably disposed on the base; and
a drive assembly, comprising:
a first eccentric shaft, comprising a first part and a second part which are non-coaxial, and the first part pivoted on the holder;
a second eccentric shaft, comprising a third part and a fourth part which are non-coaxial, and the third part pivoted on the holder;
a drive shaft, two opposite ends of the drive shaft respectively corresponding to the second part and the fourth part;
a plurality of magnetic members respectively disposed on the second part, the fourth part and two opposite ends of the drive shaft; and
a power source used for rotating the first eccentric shaft, and rotating the second eccentric shaft through the magnetic members and the drive shaft,
wherein a rotational axis of each of the magnetic members disposed on the drive shaft is orthogonal to both a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the second part of the first eccentric shaft and a rotational axis of the magnetic member disposed on the fourth part of the second eccentric shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,137,421

STATIC MIXER

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A static mixer for mixing exhaust gases to be supplied to a selective catalytic reduction device located at the back of a boiler, the static mixer comprising:a gas accommodation part having a first inlet and a plurality of second inlets partitioned from each other to introduce gases having different temperatures thereinto so that the gases introduced through the first inlet and the plurality of second inlets flow to a plurality of divided sections;
a discharge part communicating with the gas accommodation part to collect and discharge the gases, the discharge part including a hollow portion; and
a mixing plate part having a plurality of unit plates disposed on the upper and lower portions of the hollow portion of the discharge part in such a manner as to have a predetermined angle with respect to flow directions of the exhaust gases discharged,
wherein the plurality of second inlets are formed independently of each other in a length direction of the gas accommodation part, the length direction being perpendicular to a direction of gas flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,420

MIXING APPARATUS WITH STATOR AND METHOD

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A mixer, comprising:a shaft for driving the mixer, the shaft disposed within and extending through a housing, the housing comprising a fluid inlet adjacent one axial end of the shaft, an additive inlet adjacent an opposite axial end of the shaft, and a tangential outlet intermediate the fluid inlet and the additive inlet, the housing defining a mixing chamber in fluid communication with the fluid inlet, the additive inlet, and the outlet;
an impeller disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber, wherein, when rotated, the impeller draws fluid through the fluid inlet in an axial direction;
a slinger disposed on the shaft in the mixing chamber and configured to receive the fluid from the impeller and to receive an additive inlet from the additive inlet in an axial direction opposite the axial direction of the fluid, wherein, when rotated, the slinger slings the fluid and the additive radially outwards toward the tangential outlet of the housing; and
a shearing ring stator disposed at least partially around the slinger, the stator comprising first and second annular portions stacked together and vanes spaced circumferentially apart so as to define flowpaths therebetween;
wherein the housing, the impeller, the slinger and the stator are configured to prevent air received through the additive inlet from entrainment in the fluid received from the impeller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,419

METHOD FOR PURIFYING WATER

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method for membrane and desalinating salt water for water purification, comprising:the step of filtering the salt water through a polygraphene membrane to form purified water, wherein the polygraphene membrane is porous and is prepared by a process comprising the steps of:
mixing graphite and sodium nitrate into sulfuric acid to form a first mixture;
adding potassium permanganate solution into the first mixture to form a second mixture;
adding hydrogen peroxide solution to the second mixture to form a mixture including soluble manganese ions;
filtering the mixture including soluble manganese ions to form an aqueous suspension;
centrifuging the aqueous suspension;
performing ultrasonication of the suspension to obtain graphene oxide sheets;
acylating the graphene oxide sheets with thionyl chloride to prepare an acylated graphene oxide sheet;
polymerizing the acylated graphene oxide sheet to prepare a polygraphene material, wherein the acylated graphene oxide sheet is polymerized by mixing with at least one of an amine, an amine derivative, a thiol, a thiol derivative, an amide, and an amide derivative; and
further comprising polymerizing the polygraphene material with a second polymer to form the polygraphene membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,417

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING POROUS BODY

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A method for manufacturing a porous body comprising:heating a raw material solution including a metal ion and an organic ligand to synthesize an interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer; and
after synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer, synthesizing a non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer under conditions in which concentrations of the metal ion and the organic ligand in the raw material solution and/or a heat temperature are lower than that in synthesizing the interpenetrated metal-organic framework, to obtain a porous body including the interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer and the non-interpenetrated metal-organic framework layer stacked together.

US Pat. No. 10,137,416

FILTER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SPIRAL WOUND MEMBRANE MODULE AND BRINE SEAL

DOW GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES L...

1. A filter assembly adapted for insertion into an inner chamber of a pressure vessel, wherein the assembly comprises: a spiral wound membrane module (2) comprising at least one membrane envelope (4) and feed spacer sheet (6) concentrically wound about a central permeate tube (8) extending along an axis (X) forming an inlet scroll face (30) and outlet scroll face (32) and a cylindrical outer peripheral surface (38), and a brine seal (65) disposed concentrically about a portion of the outer peripheral surface (38); characterized by the brine seal (65) comprising:i) a radially extending flexible lip (70) defining a maximum outer diameter adapted to engage the inner chamber of the pressure vessel,
ii) an end cap surface (72) sealed to the inlet scroll face (30) which restricts flow through a majority of the inlet scroll face (30), and
iii) at least one opening (76) in the end cap surface (72) adjacent the permeate collection tube (8) for permitting fluid to flow through the inlet scroll face (30) and into the feed spacer sheet (6) of the module (2) wherein the end cap surface (72) covers at least 75% of the inlet scroll face (30) and restricts feed flow to areas located near the permeate collection tube (8) and spaced away from the outer peripheral surface (38); and
iv) an outward radial flow path extending through the feed spacer sheet (6) wherein the majority of feed flow enters the module (2) near the permeate tube (8), flows in a radial direction relative to the permeate collection tube (8) and exits the module (2) from: i) the outer peripheral surface (38) or ii) outlet scroll face (32) near the outer peripheral surface (38) of the module (2).

US Pat. No. 10,137,415

RECLAIMING DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECOVERY UNIT OF CO2, H2S, OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A reclaiming device comprising:a reclaimer configured to introduce and store a part of an absorbent regenerated in an absorbent regenerator of a recovery unit that recovers CO2 or H2S in a gas;
a first alkaline agent supply section configured to supply an alkaline agent to the reclaimer;
a heating section configured to heat the absorbent stored in the reclaimer and to which the alkaline agent has been mixed to obtain recovered vapor;
a second vapor cooler configured to cool the recovered vapor discharged from the reclaimer through a vapor line;
a first gas-liquid separator configured to separate a coexisting substance entrained in the cooled recovered vapor into recovered absorption agent vapor and a liquid coexisting substance by gas-liquid separation;
a cooler configured to cool the separated recovered absorption agent vapor;
a second gas-liquid separator configured to separate the recovered absorption agent vapor after cooling into a low-boiling point substance flue gas and a recovered absorbent by gas-liquid separation;
a heat exchanger configured to perform heat exchange of the liquid coexisting substance separated in the first gas-liquid separator with vapor condensed water from vapor supplied to the reclaimer to increase a temperature;
a CO2 absorber configured to bring the liquid coexisting substance after increase in the temperature and a CO2 gas in contact;
a second alkaline agent supply section configured to supply the alkaline agent to the liquid coexisting substance after absorption of CO2; and
a distiller configured to distill the liquid coexisting substance to which the alkaline agent has been supplied while introducing the CO2 gas thereinto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,414

DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST AND USE THEREOF IN DIESEL AND ADVANCED COMBUSTION DIESEL ENGINE SYSTEMS

BASF Corporation, Florha...

1. An oxidation catalyst composite for abatement of exhaust gas emissions from an engine comprising:a carrier substrate having a length, an inlet end and an outlet end, a diesel oxidation catalyst catalytic material on the carrier, the diesel oxidation catalyst catalytic material including a first washcoat layer and a second washcoat layer,
the first washcoat layer comprising a palladium (Pd) component supported by a first refractory metal oxide support including cerium, the first washcoat layer being substantially free of a molecular sieve and being substantially free of barium, lanthanum, and platinum; and
the second washcoat layer comprising a second refractory oxide support, a platinum component and a molecular sieve, the second washcoat layer being substantially free of palladium and being substantially free of barium and lanthanum.

US Pat. No. 10,137,413

DIESEL OXIDATION CATALYST HAVING A CAPTURE REGION FOR SULFUR CONTAINING IMPURITIES

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. An oxidation catalyst for treating an exhaust gas produced by a diesel engine, wherein the oxidation catalyst comprises:a substrate;
a capture material for capturing at least one sulfur containing impurity in the exhaust gas produced by the diesel engine; wherein the capture material comprises a metal for reacting with an oxide of sulfur in the exhaust gas and particles of a refractory oxide, and
wherein the particles of the refractory oxide have a mean specific surface area less than or equal to 50 m2/g; and
a catalytic region disposed on the substrate;
wherein the catalytic region comprises a catalytic material comprising a platinum group metal (PGM) selected from the group consisting of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd) and a combination of platinum (Pt) and palladium (Pd).

US Pat. No. 10,137,412

FILTER

Johnson Matthey Japan G.K...

1. A filter comprising a base material and a catalytic substance provided within the base material,wherein the base material comprises a plurality of cells forming gas flow paths and having a gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion, the base material has a length wherein the length is the distance from the gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion, and a plurality of porous partition walls defining said cells, the end portions of some of the cells being closed off, wherein only one of the gas inflow-side end portion and outflow-side end portion is partially closed off, the catalytic substance is present on the gas inflow portion of the base material, and the void occupancy of the catalytic substance within the pores of the partition walls is 10% or less.

US Pat. No. 10,137,411

METHOD OF PREPARING AN STT-TYPE ZEOLITE FOR USE AS A CATALYST IN SELECTIVE CATALYTIC REDUCTION REACTIONS

Pacific Industrial Develo...

1. A method for preparing a metal containing catalyst that includes a crystalline STT-type zeolite having a mole ratio of an oxide of a tetravalent element to an oxide of a trivalent element between 10:1 and 30:1, said method comprising:forming an aqueous reaction mixture comprising a source of the oxide of tetravalent element; a source of the oxide of the trivalent element; a source of alkali metal; an organic structure directing agent comprising N,N,N-trimethyl-1-adamantammonium hydroxide;
stirring the aqueous reaction mixture to form a homogeneous aqueous slurry;
subjecting the homogeneous aqueous slurry to crystallization conditions that include heating the slurry under pressure at a temperature between 150° C. and 160° C. for a period of 4 to 7 days;
maintaining the homogeneous aqueous slurry under crystallization conditions sufficient to crystallize crystals of the STT-type zeolite having an x-ray diffraction pattern with 2 theta peaks at: 8.26, 8.58, 9.28, 9.54, 10.58, 14.52, 15.60, 16.43, 17.13, 17.74, 18.08, 18.46, 19.01, 19.70, 20.12, 20.38, 20.68, 21.10, 21.56, 22.20, 22.50, 22.78, 23.36, 23.76, 23.99, 24.54, 24.92, 25.16, 25.58, 25.80, 26.12, 26.94, 27.38, 27.92, 28.30, 28.60, 29.24, 29.48, 30.08, 30.64, 31.20, 31.46, 31.80, 32.02, 32.60, 33.60, and 34.43;
recovering the STT-type zeolite crystals;
dealuminating the STT-type zeolite with nitric acid;
impregnating or ion-exchanging the dealuminated STT-type zeolite with an aqueous metal salt solution; and
incorporating a metal selected as one from the group of Cu, Fe, Co, Zr, Ti, or a mixture thereof into the framework sites of dealuminated STT-type zeolite to form a metal-containing catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,137,410

METHOD OF DEACIDIZING A GASEOUS EFFLUENT BY AN ABSORBENT SOLUTION WITH VAPOR INJECTION INTO THE REGENERATED ABSORBENT SOLUTION AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAME

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of deacidizing a gaseous effluent containing acid compounds, comprising:a) contacting the gaseous effluent with an absorbent solution in an absorption column to obtain a gaseous effluent depleted of acid compounds and an absorbent solution laden with acid compounds, the absorbent solution forming two separable liquid phases when an amount of acid compounds have been absorbed and is heated;
b) separating the absorbent solution laden with acid compounds into a first liquid fraction depleted of acid compounds and a second liquid fraction enriched with acid compounds;
c) regenerating the second liquid fraction in a regeneration column to release part of the acid compounds and to obtain a regenerated absorbent solution, by injecting vapor resulting from a partial vaporization in a reboiler of a first part of the regenerated absorbent solution withdrawn from the regeneration column, the vapor injection being in a liquid reserve including a second part of the regenerated absorbent solution located in a bottom of the regeneration column to provide stirring of the second part of the regenerated absorbent solution; and
d) recycling the first liquid fraction obtained in b) and the regenerated absorbent solution obtained in c) as the absorbent solution in a); and wherein the vapor is injected into the liquid reserve at a superficial velocity and the superficial velocity is controlled by separating the partly vaporized absorbent solution from the reboiler into a first stream forming the vapor injected into the liquid reserve and into a second vapor stream injected above the liquid reserve which controls the first and second streams to prevent decanting of the liquid reserve.

US Pat. No. 10,137,409

SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING ION CONCENTRATION GRADIENT, AND TEMPERATURE-RESPONSIVE ELECTROLYTE MATERIAL

Kyushu University, Nation...

1. A system for producing an ion concentration gradient, comprising a temperature-responsive electrolyte, a first source and a second source, wherein the first source and the second source give, to the temperature-responsive electrolyte, different temperatures that are respectively on both sides of the phase transition temperature of the temperature-responsive electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 10,137,408

EQUIPMENT AND METHOD FOR CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED SEMIDRY SIMULTANEOUS DESULFURIZATION AND DENITRATION OF SINTERING FLUE GAS

INSTITUTE OF PROCESS ENGI...

1. An equipment for combined desulfurization and denitration of sintering flue duct gas by circulating fluidized bed semidry process, comprising: an ozone generator (2), a diluting blower (1), a mixing buffer tank (3), an ozone distributor (4) and a circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9);the ozone generator (2) and diluting blower (1) are connected to an inlet of the mixing buffer tank (3);
the ozone distributor (4) is mounted in a flue duct (4?), and a connection port is set outside the flue duct (4?) and connected to an outlet of the mixing buffer tank (3), wherein the connection port is contacted with the flue duct (4?);
a flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is connected to the flue duct (4?) arranged with the ozone distributor (4), wherein the length of the flue duct (4?) between the position of the ozone distributor (4) and the flue duct gas inlet (5) of the circulating fluidized bed reaction tower (9) is 15-30 m.

US Pat. No. 10,137,407

COMPLEX AMINE ABSORBENT, AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REMOVING ONE OR BOTH OF CO2 AND H2S

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A complex amine absorbent for absorbing one or both of CO2 and H2S in a gas, the complex amine absorbent comprising1) monoethanolamine (MEA),
2) 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol, and
3) at least one selected from the group consisting of N,N?-dimethylethylenediamine, N,N?-diethylethylenediamine, and N,N?-dimethylpropanediamine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,406

TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED NITROGEN GENERATION SYSTEM

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A nitrogen generation system comprising:a heat exchanger for receiving supply air and cooling air and providing temperature conditioned supply air;
a first flow control valve for controlling a flow of the cooling air through the heat exchanger;
an air separation module for receiving the temperature conditioned supply air and generating nitrogen-enriched air;
a first sensor upstream of the air separation module for measuring a parameter of the temperature conditioned supply air selected from the group consisting of a temperature, a flow rate, an oxygen concentration, and combinations thereof;
a second sensor downstream of the air separation module for measuring a parameter of the nitrogen-enriched air selected from the group consisting of a temperature, a flow rate, an oxygen concentration, and combinations thereof; and
a controller connected to the first sensor, the second sensor, and the first flow control valve, wherein the controller is for controlling the flow of the cooling air through the heat exchanger based on the parameter of the temperature conditioned supply air measured by the first sensor, and for controlling the flow of the temperature conditioned supply air based on the parameter of the nitrogen enriched air measured by the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,405

POROUS CARBON, HUMIDITY CONTROL ADSORBENT, ADSORPTION HEAT PUMP, AND FUEL CELL

TOYO TANSO CO., LTD., Os...

1. A porous carbon characterized by comprising mesopores and micropores and having a mesopore volume of from 0.9 mL/g to 2.0 mL/g and a water vapor adsorbed amount ratio of 2.0 or higher, the water vapor adsorbed amount ratio being defined by the following expression:Water vapor adsorbed amount ratio=water vapor adsorbed amount at a relative humidity of 90%/water vapor adsorbed amount at a relative humidity of 70%.

US Pat. No. 10,137,404

METHOD OF ABSORBING ACID COMPOUNDS CONTAINED IN A GASEOUS EFFLUENT USING AN AMINE-BASED AQUEOUS SOLUTION

IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES, ...

1. A method of absorbing acid compounds contained in a gaseous effluent comprising the following stages:contacting the gaseous effluent with an aqueous solution comprising at least one amine and at least one amine degradation inhibiting compound,
determining a corrosion resistance of each of a plurality of stainless steels of grades 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 upon contact with a triazole or tetrazole derivative comprising at least one substituent having a sulfur atom,
selecting a stainless steel of grade 1.4462 or 1.4410 or 1.4547 based on the determination of the corrosion resistances of the plurality of stainless, and
using equipments whose surfaces in contact with said aqueous solution are made from the selected stainless steel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,403

METHOD FOR THE TREATMENT OF A FLUE GAS STREAM

ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC...

1. A method for the treatment of flue gas stream to remove heavy metals therefrom, comprising the steps of:pneumatically conveying a sorbent composition from a storage unit to a point of injection; and
injecting the sorbent composition into a flue gas stream;
wherein the sorbent composition comprises powered activated carbon and an effective amount of a solid particulate additive such that the sorbent composition has a Basic Flow Energy of not greater than about 350 mJ.

US Pat. No. 10,137,402

GAS CONCENTRATION DEVICE

OXUS CO., LTD., Gyeonggi...

1. A gas concentration device comprising:an air supplier supplying pressurized air;
a plurality of adsorption beds which separate pressurized air supplied from the air supplier into product gas and purge gas by a pressure swing adsorption method and discharge the separated product gas and purge gas;
a flow passage regulating valve unit which regulates flow passages so as to allow the pressurized air to be supplied to the adsorption bed from the air supplier and so as to reduce pressure of the adsorption bed so that a nitrogen adsorption process and a nitrogen desorption process are alternately performed; and
a pressure boosting unit which is configured to be fed with the purge gas and the product gas discharged from the adsorption bed and is configured to pressurize the product gas in multi-stage sequentially using the purge gas and the product gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,401

OXYGEN SEPARATOR WITH RAPID DIAGNOSTIC

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

11. A method for separating oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, the method comprising the steps of:operating an oxygen separator for generating an oxygen-enriched gas, the oxygen separator comprising at least two oxygen separation devices to separate oxygen from an oxygen comprising gas, wherein the at least two oxygen separation devices each comprise a first end for receiving the oxygen comprising gas and a second end for delivering the oxygen-enriched gas;
equalizing the oxygen separator by generating an equalization flow of oxygen-enriched gas in an equalization duct, the equalization duct fluidically coupling each of the second ends of the at least two separation devices to one another to equilibrate an internal pressure of the at least two oxygen separation devices;
monitoring with a first gas sensor provided in the equalization duct a concentration of at least one component of the oxygen-enriched gas in the equalization duct; and
controlling the oxygen separator based on the determination by the first gas sensor via a control device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,400

RECYCLING PROCESS FOR ADSORBER REGENERATION

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A process for regenerating an adsorber, the process comprising:a) converting a liquid stream (S2l) comprising at least one alkane from liquid phase into gaseous phase, to obtain a gaseous stream (S2g);
b) regenerating an adsorber by contacting the adsorber with the gaseous stream (S2g) in a range of 230 to 270° C.;
c) cooling the adsorber by contacting the adsorber with a portion of the gaseous stream (S2g) obtained in a) to a temperature in a range of 90 to 15° C.;
d) optionally cooling the adsorber to a temperature below 80° C. by contacting the adsorber with the liquid stream (S2l) without prior conversion into gaseous phase; and
e) recycling an outflow (S2*) of the adsorber as obtained in c) or optionally in d), wherein the outflow (S2*) is at least partially recycled to at least one of a) to d).

US Pat. No. 10,137,399

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED OPERATING METHOD FOR USE DURING A SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN A NUCLEAR INSTALLATION

AREVA GmbH, Erlangen (DE...

1. A ventilation system for an operating space accessible to operators in a nuclear installation, the ventilation system comprising:an external inlet;
a supply air line guided from said external inlet to the operating space;
a first fan connected in said supply air line;
a first inert gas adsorber column connected in said supply air line;
an external outlet;
an exhaust air line guided from the operating space to said external outlet;
a second fan connected in said exhaust air line;
a second inert gas adsorber column connected in said exhaust air line;
a switching device for interchanging roles of said first and second inert gas adsorber columns;
a circulating-air line;
a CO2 adsorber column connected in said circulating-air line; and
a circulating-air fan connected in said circulating-air line, said circulating-air line leading away from and back to the operating space, said second fan being able to be connected into said circulating-air line as said circulating-air fan.

US Pat. No. 10,137,398

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TREATMENT OF EXHAUST GAS

7. A method of scrubbing exhaust gas, the method comprising:passing an exhaust gas into a venturi section;
mixing a primary wash liquid with the exhaust gas in the venturi section and in a downcomer which is fluidly coupled thereto;
discharging a partially scrubbed gas from the downcomer into a primary collection tank;
creating a vortical gas flow from the partially scrubbed gas by injecting a high pressure secondary wash liquid through a plurality of secondary mixing throats, which are arranged at an inclination to the vertical direction, to forcibly draw the partially scrubbed gas from the primary collection tank into a polishing section;
polishing the vortical gas flow to remove residual pollutants therefrom; and
removing entrained wash liquid mist from the polished gas.

US Pat. No. 10,137,397

FILTER SYSTEMS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

4. A system, comprising:at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors mounted between a filter and a support member of a filter housing,
wherein the filter housing supports the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors and the filter, the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are provided between the filter housing and the filter, and
wherein the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors sense a direct measurement of an increased force applied by the filter on the support member of the filter housing, as the filter becomes blocked,
each of the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors comprises crystals which generate piezoelectricity when their static structure is deformed from their original dimension, and
the at least two piezoelectric pressure sensors are directly mounted to the filter.

US Pat. No. 10,137,396

FILTER ELEMENT, DUST COLLECTOR, AND METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter element retainer for a filter element having opposite, axial flow faces; the retainer comprising:(a) a base plate defining an opening sized to expose a flow face of the filter element;
(b) a fastener arrangement configured to attach to a tube sheet; the fastener arrangement constructed and arranged to exert an axial force against the base plate and form a seal between the filter element and the tube sheet, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; and
(c) an accumulator secured to the base plate and oriented to retain a pulse of gas over the flow face of the filter element, when the filter element is operably positioned therein; the accumulator including a hood secured to the base plate of the filter element retainer; the hood including a wall extending above the opening in the base plate; the wall having an end secured to the base plate and defining an open mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,137,395

GREASE FILTER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND COOKING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A grease filter comprising:a first baffle plate including a plurality of inlet portions through which an air flows in and a plurality of first guide members by which the air flowing through the plurality of inlet portions is guided towards a second baffle plate, and
the second baffle plate arranged to face the first baffle plate, the second baffle plate including a plurality of outlet portions through which the air flows out and a plurality of second guide members by which the air flowing out through the plurality of outlet portions is guided,
wherein the second baffle plate is separable from the first baffle plate in entirety by slidably moving only in a horizontal direction with respect to the first baffle plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,394

INTERLACED FILTRATION BARRIER

Nano and Advanced Materia...

19. A filtration barrier, comprising:a barrier layer that includes a plurality of nanofibers that are interlaced with a plurality of microfibers in the barrier layer; and
a substrate layer that is attached to the barrier layer and that includes polypropylene,
wherein the nanofibers and the microfibers are made of a combination of cellulose acetate (CA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO), the barrier layer includes the combination of the CA and the PEO at a weight of 0.8 gsm, the nanofibers account for 60%-70% by weight of the barrier layer, the nanofibers are electrospun nanofibers, the microfibers are electrospun microfibers, and the nanofibers and the microfibers are interlaced to form the barrier layer having a pore size of 100-10000 nanometers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,393

METHODS FOR FABRICATING POROUS MEDIA WITH CONTROLLABLE CHARACTERISTICS

1. A method of making porous media with controllable characteristics for use in enhanced oil recovery, the method comprising:removing humidity from glass beads by placing them in an oven for 30 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius;
cooling the glass beads to room temperature and categorizing the glass beads according to size, rock porosity and permeability;
selecting a cylindrical container capable of withstanding temperature up to 1200 degrees Celsius;
sealing one end of the cylindrical container and packing the cooled glass beads into the container so as to achieve predetermined porosity and permeability;
fastening the sealed end of the cylindrical container with a metal network sheet;
connecting the sealed end of the cylindrical container to a vacuum pump via a plurality of plastic tubes of different sizes;
applying a vacuum to the cylindrical container with the vacuum pump;
placing the container in a furnace until a retention time is reached at a predefined rate of temperature enhancement to thereby convert the glass beads packed into the cylindrical container into fabricated porous media;
removing the container from the furnace after the retention time is reached;
separating the fabricated porous media from the container; and
cutting top and bottom ends of the fabricated porous media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,392

FIBER WEBS COATED WITH FIBER-CONTAINING RESINS

1. An article, comprising:a non-woven web comprising a plurality of fibers; and
a resin comprising a plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed therein, wherein the plurality of fibrillated fibers distributed within the resin coats at least a portion of the plurality of fibers within an interior of the non-woven web, and wherein the weight percent of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is greater than or equal to about 0.5 wt % and less than or equal to about 5 wt %, and the weight percentage of the plurality of fibrillated fibers within the resin is based on dry resin solids.

US Pat. No. 10,137,391

ENHANCED FILTER SUPPORT BASKET

PECOFacet (US), Inc., Fr...

1. A filtration vessel, comprising:an outer housing defining a filtration chamber, the housing having an inlet port and an outlet port;
a partition plate in the housing dividing the filtration chamber into an inlet chamber communicating with the inlet port and an outlet chamber communicating with the outlet port;
a hole defined in the partition plate;
a sleeve mounted in the hole in the partition plate, the sleeve having a solid ring portion lining the hole to provide a radial seal surface, the solid ring portion lining the hole such that the radial seal surface extends through the hole in the partition plate, and the sleeve further having an apertured portion with a plurality of flow apertures, the solid ring portion securing the apertured portion to the partition;
a filter element removably installed into the sleeve, the filter element having a seal sealing radially against the radial seal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,390

FILTER DEVICE, ESPECIALLY LIQUID FILTER

1. A liquid filter device for filtering oil or fuel, comprising:a hollow cylindrical filter element for arrangement in a filter housing that is radially to be flowed through by the oil or fuel to be purified;
wherein an open interior of said filter element forms an axial flow space for said oil or fuel in said open interior;
said filter element further comprising
a terminal disk arranged on an axial end face of the filter element, the terminal disk having an open central portion opening through said terminal disk into said open interior;
a first axially projecting annular socket having a first axial end secured onto said terminal disk and projecting axially outwardly to an opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket, said first axially projecting annular socket including an axially outwardly projecting annular wall circumferentially surrounding the open central portion;
a second axially projecting annular socket having a second axial end secured onto said terminal disk and arranged concentrically to and surrounded by said first axially projecting annular socket, said second axially projecting annular socket including a second axially outwardly projecting annular wall surrounding the open central portion, said second axially projecting annular socket projecting axially outwardly to an opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket, wherein the second axially projecting annular socket projects axially outwardly a smaller axial distance than the first axially projecting annular socket;
a U-shaped sealing element of a sealing material, having:
a first bulbous sealing member formed by a first end of the U-shaped sealing element, the first bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing free end of the first axially projecting annular socket;
a second bulbous sealing member formed by an opposite second end of the U-shaped sealing element, the second bulbous sealing member arranged directly on and covering an axial end face of the opposing second free end of the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element extends from the first bulbous sealing member, axially inwardly on a radially inner surface of the first axially projection annular socket, continuing across an intermediate outer surface of the terminal disk, extending axially outwardly on a radially outer surface of the second axially projection annular socket to terminate at the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the first bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the first axially projecting annular socket towards the second bulbous sealing member;
wherein the second bulbous sealing member projects radially inwardly from the second axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the bulbous sealing members have a greater wall thickness than other portions of the U-shaped sealing element;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element ends at the first and second bulbous sealing members, the U-shaped sealing element covering only one radial side of each axially projecting annular socket;
wherein the U-shaped sealing element is operative to form a seal between said terminal disk and said filter housing to seal between a raw side and a clean side of said filter element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,389

HIGH CAPACITY FILTERING SCREEN

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

14. A filtering assembly comprising:a screen housing having two sidewalls and two end walls, defining a perimeter with a length and a width, a top face and a bottom face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the top face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the top face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the top face;
a plurality of screen segments disposed on the bottom face of the screen housing, the plurality of screen segments on the bottom face providing a screening surface area less than a total surface area of the bottom face;
a first opening located on the top face of the screen housing defined by a first pair of ribs; and
a second opening located on the bottom face of the screen housing defined by the first pair of ribs,
wherein a width of the first opening is different from a width of the second opening or a perimeter of the first opening is different from a perimeter of the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,137,388

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND CONTENT (BOD) OF SLUDGE AND OTHER PRODUCTS OF A WASTE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

ClearCove Systems, Inc., ...

1. An enhanced primary treatment (EPT) system for treating wastewater comprising:an EPT settling tank having at least one influent feed system (IFS) fluidly coupled to an influent fluid pump which pumps an influent fluid having a biochemical oxygen demand content (BOD) into said IFS, said IFS having an IFS outflow which fills a settling volume of said EPT settling tank, a sludge drain disposed under said EPT settling tank, said sludge drain to discharge a sludge including BOD from said EPT settling tank and a clarified effluent discharge to recover decanted fluid from said EPT settling tank;
a controller having at least one computer processor;
a sludge sensor communicatively coupled to said controller, said sludge sensor to provide a sludge BOD concentration measurement, or a measurement from which said sludge BOD concentration is calculated;
a sludge valve or a sludge pump, said sludge valve or said sludge pump communicatively coupled to said controller to control a sludge discharge from said EPT settling tank by gravity, or a sludge pump communicatively coupled to said controller to control the discharge of the sludge including BOD by pumping;
a process algorithm configured to run on said controller, said process algorithm to control said sludge valve communicatively coupled to said controller to control the discharge of the sludge including BOD from said sludge drain by gravity or by pump in response to data from said sludge sensor of said sludge BOD concentration; and
an influent fluid sensor communicatively coupled to said controller to provide an influent fluid BOD concentration measurement, or a measurement from which an influent fluid BOD concentration is calculated by said controller, an influent flowmeter, and a sludge flowmeter communicatively coupled to said controller wherein said process algorithm configured to run on said controller further controls a flowrate of the influent fluid by controlling said influent fluid pump and wherein a volume of fluid in said EPT settling tank and a flow rate of said sludge discharge is controlled in response to a measured or calculated BOD concentration of said influent fluid and a measured or calculated BOD concentration of said sludge.

US Pat. No. 10,137,387

DEAERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEAERATION

1. A method for deaerating a liquid, comprising the steps of:pressurizing the liquid to a pressure P0,
depressurizing the liquid to a pressure P1, above the boiling point of the liquid,
injecting the liquid through a liquid inlet into a separation vessel along a trajectory, such that the liquid impacts a stop plate arranged in the separation vessel,
guiding the liquid from the liquid inlet arranged in a first end of the separation vessel towards a liquid outlet arranged in a second end of the separation vessel, the second end being in an opposed end of the separation vessel as compared to the inlet,
subjecting the liquid to the pressure P1 while the liquid is in the separation vessel, such that the liquid is prevented from boiling, and
by using a recovery system:
deaerating liquid leaving through a gas outlet arranged in the separation vessel to recover liquid from the gas outlet, and
guiding the recovered liquid via a recovery line back to the deaerated liquid, upstream or downstream the liquid outlet,
wherein the pressure drop, P0-P1, is in the range of 2 to 5 bar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,386

SEPARATION OF IONIC LIQUIDS IN COALESCING DEVICES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen am...

1. A process for separating a phase (A) comprising at least one ionic liquid from a phase (B), wherein the phase (A) has a higher viscosity than the phase (B) and wherein the phase (B) comprises at least one hydrocarbon, which comprises the following steps:a) providing a stream (S1) comprising a dispersion (D1) in which the phase (A) is dispersed in the phase (B);
b) introducing the stream (S1) into a coalescing filter (KV), wherein the inflow rate of the stream (S1) is from 0.05 to 150 kg/(cm2*h) based on the average cross-sectional area of the coalescing filter (KV), wherein the packing density of the coalescing filter (KV) is from 50 to 500 kg/m3, wherein the coalescing filter (KV) contains filter material wherein the filter material comprises at least 50% by weight of acrylic phenolic resin;
c) separating the phase (A) from the phase (B) in the coalescing filter (KV);
d) discharging a stream (S2) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (A) from the coalescing filter (KV); and
e) discharging a stream (S3) comprising at least 70% by weight of phase (B) from the coalescing filter (KV).

US Pat. No. 10,137,385

DEVICE FOR EXTRACTION OF POLLUTANTS BY MULTICHANNEL TUBULAR MEMBRANE

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A device for extraction of pollutants in a fluid, the device comprising at least one multichannel tubular membrane containing two or more fluid channels allowing the fluid to go through a feed inlet to an outlet end wherein the membrane comprises at least one extraction channel and molten salt, the at least one extraction channel and the two or more fluid channels are parallel, the at least one extraction channel being filled with the molten salt configured to adsorb said pollutants having to be extracted from the said fluid by diffusing from the two or more fluid channels to the molten salt placed in the parallel extraction channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,384

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WATER DESALINIZATION

MICRONIC TECHNOLOGIES, IN...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a housing having an inlet portion and an outlet portion, the housing defining a flow path between the inlet portion and the outlet portion configured to receive a flow of a gas;
a first atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path of the housing at a first position, the first atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of a solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the first atomizer being mixed with the flow of the gas to produce a first mixture of the gas and the solution;
a second atomizer at least partially disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the flow path at a second position, downstream of the first position in a direction of flow in the flow path, the second atomizer configured to receive an inlet flow of the solution and to output an atomized flow of the solution, the atomized flow of the solution from the second atomizer being mixed with the flow of the first mixture to produce a second mixture of the gas and the solution, the housing, the first atomizer, and the second atomizer being constructed and arranged such that the flow path proceeds, in order, from the first position to the second position, and from the second position to the outlet portion; and
a separator configured to be fluidically coupled to the outlet portion of the housing, the separator configured to (1) receive the second mixture of the gas and the solution and (2) produce a first outlet flow and a second outlet flow, the first outlet flow including a portion of the gas and a vaporized portion of a solvent from the solution, the second outlet flow including a liquid portion of the solvent from the solution and a solute from the solution; wherein a surface of the housing is configured such that, in use, the gas flowing at the first position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a first direction and the gas flowing at the second position within the flow path has an axial velocity component having a second direction, the second direction substantially opposite the first direction; wherein the surface comprises a wall portion extending into an interior of the housing and positioned in the flow path between the first atomizer and the second atomizer, the wall portion being configured and arranged to define a bend in the flow path to result in a reversal of a direction of the axial velocity component; wherein the flow path is a serpentine path; wherein the serpentine path is defined by at least one baffle positioned between the first atomizer and the second atomizer; and further comprising a condenser, configured and arranged to receive and condense the first outlet flow.

US Pat. No. 10,137,383

LAWN ORNAMENT HAVING FLUID AND/OR WIND DRIVEN INNER AND OUTER FRAMES

1. A lawn ornament, comprising:an inner frame; and
an outer frame that is orbitally-arranged with respect to the inner frame, the outer frame being in fluidic communication with a fluid source to receive the fluid, wherein the outer frame has:
at least one first orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a first direction outwardly therefrom to cause rotation of the outer frame about a longitudinal axis; and
at least one second orifice to discharge a portion of the fluid in a second direction inwardly therefrom and external to the outer frame to contact an outer surface of and thereby cause rotation of the inner frame about the same longitudinal axis as the outer frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,382

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORMING REULEAUX SHAPES

1. A method of forming a Reuleaux shape from a material comprising:placing the material into a container;
moving the container along an orbit a plurality of times until the motion of the container along the orbit causes the material to assume a Reuleaux shape; and
removing the Reuleaux shape from the container, wherein the Reuleaux shape is a Reuleaux triangle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,381

TOY COMPRISING A ROTOR

1. A toy comprising:a rotor; and
a centrally arranged capsule;
wherein the capsule comprises an actuator mechanism configured to cooperate with a launch element and an actuator means;
wherein the actuator means is configured for engaging with the actuator mechanism to transfer a momentum to the rotor, whereby the rotor can rotate and be launched from the launch element;
wherein the capsule is a separate part relative to the rotor; and
wherein the capsule comprises at least two capsule parts, a first capsule part connecting on one end to the launch element and on another end to a second capsule part, whereby the two capsule parts can be opened when the rotor and the capsule are separated, and wherein the rotor, the capsule and the actuator mechanism are connected to each other to the effect that the momentum from the actuator means is transferred to the actuator mechanism that conveys the momentum from the capsule to the rotor, when the at least two capsule parts are closed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,380

TOP

Shin-Kyu Choi, Seoul (KR...

1. A top comprising:a metal wheel;
a rotary force generating part configured to generate a rotary force to rotate the metal wheel;
a fixing part fixing the metal wheel to the rotary force generating part;
a bush disposed inside the fixing part;
a shaft disposed inside the metal wheel; and
a resonating part installed at a lower part of the metal wheel to be fixed on the fixing part and having an outer diameter that is smaller than the inner diameter of the metal wheel,
wherein the bush is configured to prevent the shaft from idling, in response to the shaft being coupled to the fixing part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,379

SIX DEGREE OF FREEDOM (DOF) MOTION PLATFORM WITHOUT NON-REDUNDANT LOAD PATHS

DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.,...

1. A motion platform apparatus for supporting an object and for moving the supported object with six degree of freedom (DOF) motion, the apparatus comprising:a motion platform;
a base with an upper surface facing and spaced apart from a lower surface of the motion platform; and
an actuation system coupled with the lower surface of the motion platform and with the upper surface of the base,
wherein the actuation system operates to move the motion platform with six DOF motion,
wherein the actuation system is free of non-redundant load paths,
wherein the actuation system is pivotally coupled, via four platform coupling components, with the lower surface of the motion platform at four coupling locations that are arranged in a rectangular pattern, and
wherein the actuation system comprises four actuator assemblies that are independently and concurrently operable to provide the six DOF motion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,378

MIST PRODUCING DEVICE FOR PLAYGROUND WITH SUN SHADE APPARATUS

1. A mist device for a play set which comprises a framework on a playground area, comprising:a mist frame unit for coupling at and extending along said framework of said play set, wherein said mist frame unit has a water channel;
a water inlet provided at a first end of said mist frame unit arranged for connecting to a water source and enabling water flowing from said water source through said water channel of said mist frame unit;
a plurality of mist producing units provided along said mist frame unit defining a mist surrounding area for producing mist over the playground;
means for coupling said mist frame unit to said framework of said play set in such a manner that mist is produced by said mist producing units at said mist surrounding area over the playground,
a sunshade unit mounted onto said play set for shading said play set; and
at least a mist control for adjusting a mist pattern produced by said mist producing units, wherein said mist frame unit comprises a flexible hose member detachably mounted onto the framework of the play set, thereby said mist frame unit is detachable from and repositionable in the framework of the play set, wherein said means comprises a plurality of connector units connecting said flexible hose member and the framework of the play set, thereby said flexible hose member is universal and applicable to any play set through securing into position by said connector unit, wherein each said connector unit comprises a hose receiving member at a center of said connector unit arranged for receiving said flexible hose member; and a framework biasing member extended from said hose receiving member at the center outwardly to two sides defining two end portions of said framework biasing member such that said framework biasing member is capable of biasing a rod-like body of the framework of the play set to anchor and secure said flexible hose member in said hose receiving member onto said framework through a biasing effect provided by said two sides of said framework biasing member and a clipping effect provided by said two end portions of said framework biasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,377

VARIABLE VEHICLE RIDE SWITCH

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A vehicle ride, comprising:a variable vehicle ride switch comprising:
a base configured to rotate with respect to a ride surface;
a base controller configured to receive an activation signal to cause the base to rotate; and
at least one conveyor positioned on the base and configured to rotate together with the base and configured to actuate relative to the base to move a ride vehicle onto or off of the base;
a plurality of vehicle pathways, wherein the variable vehicle ride switch is positioned at a junction of the plurality of vehicle pathways; and
a ride controller programmed with instructions to provide the activation signal to the base controller to cause the base to rotate to at least partially align the at least one conveyor with a vehicle pathway of the plurality of vehicle pathways, wherein the activation signal causes the base to rotate to at least partially align the at least one conveyor with a first vehicle pathway of the plurality of vehicle pathways when a first ride vehicle is on the at least one conveyor and to cause the base to rotate to at least partially align the at least one conveyor with a second vehicle pathway of the plurality of vehicle pathways when a second ride vehicle is on the at least one conveyor subsequent to the first ride vehicle, and wherein the first vehicle pathway is different from the second vehicle pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING AND STREAMING AUGMENTED GAME SESSIONS

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A system for facilitating streaming of augmented game sessions created via augmentation during reproduction of previous game sessions, the system comprising:one or more physical processors programmed with one or more computer program instructions which, when executed, cause the one or more physical processors to:
obtain game play information associated with a previous game session of a game, wherein the game play information defines previous game play of the previous game session, and the previous game play includes one or more first in-game actions that were executed on behalf of a first player in the previous game session based on one or more first user inputs received from the first player;
execute the one or more first in-game actions to reproduce the previous game play of the previous game session after the previous game session, wherein execution of the one or more first in-game actions creates a reproduced game session;
add augmentation content to the reproduced game session based on one or more second user inputs received from a user during the reproduced game session, wherein the addition of the augmentation content to the reproduced game session creates an augmented game session; and
stream one or more views of the augmented game session, wherein the one or more views of the augmented game session are streamed, in real-time, to one or more viewers as the augmentation content is added to the reproduced game session.

US Pat. No. 10,137,375

CENTER DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a network interface operating to communicate in respective paired relationships with one or more controller devices operated by one or more users, respectively, via wired communication or wireless communication selected by the one or more users; and
circuitry configured to output light emission controls to the paired one or more controller devices, wherein the one or more controller devices each include at least one light emitter that responds to the light emission controls by emitting a selected one of a plurality of colors,
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a first light emission control to a first of the one or more controller devices that first achieves the paired relationship, and wherein the first light emission control operates to cause a particular first color among the plurality of colors to emit, and
wherein the circuitry configured to output light emission controls outputs a second light emission control to a second of the one or more controller devices that next achieves the paired relationship after the first of the one or more controller devices, and wherein the second light emission control operates to cause a particular second color among the plurality of colors to emit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,374

METHOD FOR AN AUGMENTED REALITY CHARACTER TO MAINTAIN AND EXHIBIT AWARENESS OF AN OBSERVER

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for causing a virtual character to demonstrate awareness of a portable device's position or activity, the method comprising, detecting a position of a portable device, the portable device including a camera that captures a real-world scene, and identifying an anchor within the real-world scene, the anchor being tracked during movement of the portable device;generating an augmented reality scene formed by inserting a virtual character into the real-world scene as captured by the camera, the virtual character being positioned in the augmented reality scene in relation to the identified anchor, the virtual character configured to perform an action indicating awareness of the position or activity of the portable device;
displaying the augmented reality scene on a display;
wherein the action indicating awareness comprises adjusting a view direction, in the augmented reality scene, of the virtual character;
wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character is in the direction of the position of the portable device and is defined by adjustment from a current view direction to an adjusted view direction towards the portable device, and wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character changes a relationship of the view direction to the anchor, wherein the adjustment of the view direction of the virtual character includes adjustment of a head of the virtual character so as to look in the direction of the portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,373

RECORDING MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory recording medium in which an information processing program is recorded, the program causing an information processing device including a display, a hardware key and a touch panel on the display to provide operation comprising:a display processing for performing processing of displaying, on the display, an image concerning a processing result of an application and an operation receiving image for receiving an operation related to the application;
a first operation reception for receiving an operation associated with the operation receiving image by detecting contact with the operation receiving image through the touch panel;
a second operation reception for receiving an operation equivalent to the operation associated with the operation receiving image through operation for the hardware key; and
an information processing for performing information processing concerning the application in response to operation received by the first operation reception or the second operation reception, wherein:
the display processing makes the operation receiving image non-display when the second operation reception receives an operation; and
the display processing displays the operation receiving image at a time of activating the application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,372

VIRTUAL SCENE LIGHTING WITH LIGHT PROBE CULLING BASED UPON VISIBILITY

SQUARE ENIX LIMITED, Lon...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining an illumination component for a selected point in a multi-dimensional space, comprising:identifying a set of probes associated with the selected point, the probes located in the multi-dimensional space;
for each selected one of the probes, determining which of a plurality of zones for the selected probe contains the selected point and determining visibility of said determined zone from the selected probe, wherein the zones for each selected probe are defined by intersections of pre-defined occlusion planes for the selected probe; and
deriving an illumination component at the selected point by combining scene irradiance data associated with those of the probes from which the corresponding determined zone is determined to be visible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,371

METHOD OF RECORDING AND REPLAYING GAME VIDEO BY USING OBJECT STATE RECORDING METHOD

MINKONET CORPORATION, Se...

1. A method of recording and replaying a game video by using an object state recording method in a computer system, wherein the game video is a video of a game developed using a game development tool whereby things, characters, and backgrounds appearing in virtual space defined three-dimensionally within the game are defined as objects and states of the objects displayed on a screen in the virtual space are created as image frames at predetermined time intervals and displayed on the screen, the method comprising:(a) while the game is being played, when a new object appears in the virtual space, recording an identification number of the object, numerical data of position coordinates and a direction of the object in the virtual space, and a serial number of an image frame in which the object appeared, in a replay data file as appearance information;
(b) when the object that appeared in step (a) moves in the virtual space, recording numerical data defining a motion of the object for each serial number of the image frame, in the replay data file as motion state information;
(c) when the object that appeared in step (a) exits from the virtual space, recording the identification number of the exiting object and a serial number of an image frame in which the object exits, in the replay data file as exit information; and
(d) searching for shape information of the object corresponding to the identification number of the object recorded in the replay data file, in a library of the game so as to dispose the object in the virtual space based on the appearance information corresponding to the serial number of the image frame, constructing the object moving based on the motion state information, in the virtual space, and creating a replay image frame in which the object is removed from the virtual space based on the exit information and rendering the replay image frame on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,370

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CORRECTION METHOD, CONTROL METHOD, CORRECTION PROGRAM, CONTROL PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An information processing device, comprising:an operation acquisition unit configured to acquire an input value in accordance with an inputting operation from an operation apparatus;
a correction value calculation unit configured to calculate a correction value on a basis of an input amount which is an integrated value of the input value acquired by the operation acquisition unit when the inputting operation for rotating a point of view of rendering in a virtual space by a given angle is performed and a reference amount set in advance as an input amount for rotating the point of view by the given angle;
an operation correction unit configured to correct a rotation angle corresponding to the acquired input value on a basis of a correction value retained in advance;
and
a processing unit configured to rotate a point of view of rendering in a virtual space in accordance with the corrected rotation angle,
wherein the operation apparatus detects an acceleration value upon an inputting operation,
the operation acquisition unit acquires the acceleration value as the input value, and
the correction value calculation unit acquires an integration value of a speed based on the acceleration value acquired within a time period of an inputting operation within which the point of view is rotated by the given angle as the input amount when the inputting operation for rotating the point of view by the given angle is performed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,369

CELLULAR PHONE GAMES BASED TELEVISION ARCHIVES

Winview, Inc., Redwood C...

1. A method of playing a game based on streaming content, comprising:a. receiving streaming content and one or more game data files;
b. operating a program on a web-connected device to display one or more video clips and game data from the streaming content and the one or more game data files, wherein the streaming content and the one or more game data files are simultaneously streamed to all participants at a specific time; and
c. playing the game by selecting one or more choices related to the one or more video clips.

US Pat. No. 10,137,368

BILLING A SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES ASSOCIATED WITH AN ONLINE GAMING ENVIRONMENT RENDERED ON THE SUBSET OF MOBILE DEVICES

1. A system, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
selecting a group of mobile devices for a session of an online application associated with a gaming environment based on first data received from the online application and second data received from the group of the mobile devices;
updating, based on the session of the online application, the first data and the second data to generate updated first data and updated second data; and
billing the group of the mobile devices based on the updated first data, the updated second data, and advertisement data representative of an advertisement that is generated based on condition data representative of a condition associated with the session of the online application.

US Pat. No. 10,137,367

CAPTURE NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, CAPTURE NOTIFICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A capture notification system comprising:a capture request receiving section configured to receive a capture request of an image indicating content of execution of a program from a capture requesting user requesting capture of the image; and
a notifying section configured, when a capture object user who is not the capture requesting user has denied approval to the capture object user's image being included in the image, to notify the capture object user that the image is to be captured in response to the receipt of the capture request.

US Pat. No. 10,137,366

DUAL JOYSTICK CONTROLLER

1. A joystick system for operating a main electronic controller, the joystick system comprising:(a) a first joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a first switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the first switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a first cylindrical structure, the first cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the first joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the first joystick device; and
(b) a second joystick device comprising:
(i) a casing configured to be gripped by a hand;
(ii) at least one trigger switch on the casing configured to operable by a forefinger;
(iii) a thumb activated switch on an upper end of the casing;
(iv) a second switch cluster on a side of the casing configured to be operable by a thumb, the second switch cluster being arranged on an end face of a second cylindrical structure, the second cylindrical structure having a cylindrical edge wall attached adjacently to the casing; and
(v) at least one microprocessor within the second joystick device configured to process signals from the switches on the second joystick device;
wherein the first joystick device is in communication with the second joystick device; and wherein at least one of the joystick devices is configured to communicate remotely with the main electronic controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,365

GAME CONTROLLER AND GAME SYSTEM

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system, comprising:an information processing apparatus having a processing system that includes at least one processor and communication circuitry configured to wirelessly communicate data; and
a controller arrangement, comprising:
a first controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a first hand of a user, the first controller including:
a first inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the first controller,
first communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the first communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the first controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a first button located on a first surface of the housing of the first controller, the first button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the first controller; and
a second controller having a housing that is dimensioned and shaped in order to be held by a second hand of the user, the second controller including:
a second inertial sensor configured to output data related to motion and/or attitude of the second controller,
second communication circuitry configured to conduct wireless communication, the second communication circuitry further configured to wirelessly communicate data between the second controller and the information processing apparatus, and
a second button located on a first surface of the housing of the second controller, the second button configured to be operated by the user while the user holds the housing of the second controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,364

GAME CONTROLLER WITH REMOVABLE MAGNETIC BUTTON

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A game controller comprising:an electronic input sensor; and
a moveable mounting platform including a magnet, the moveable mounting platform configured to removably affix a selected button accessory to the game controller through a magnetic attraction between the magnet and the selected button accessory, the selected button accessory being one of a plurality of differently configured button accessories removably affixable to the game controller through magnetic attraction to the magnet, the moveable mounting platform sandwiched between the selected button accessory and the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is removably affixed to the moveable mounting platform, wherein the movable mounting platform including the magnet moves together with the selected button accessory relative to the electronic input sensor when the selected button accessory is pressed, and wherein the electronic input sensor generates an activation signal responsive to the movement of the moveable mounting platform.

US Pat. No. 10,137,363

GESTURE BASED USER INTERFACES, APPARATUSES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS

1. A computer implemented method of controlling an electronic device by a user, the computer implemented method comprising:receiving facial expression information (FE Info) indicative of one or more facial expressions on the face of the user;
receiving body information (Body Info) indicative of at least one of motion and position of one or more body parts of the user, wherein the Body Info is different from the FE Info, and wherein the one or more body parts of the user are at least one of arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot, toe, head, jaw, tongue, torso, chest, abdomen and shoulder of the user;
waiting for detection of a period of limited activity (POLA) based on the Body Info, wherein the POLA comprises the Body Info being steady within a specified range-for at least a specified minimum time duration;
after detection of the POLA:
(1) start comparing at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info with one or more predefined user gestures to detect a first matching portion of a recognized user gesture, wherein the recognized user gesture is one of the one or more predefined user gestures, and wherein the first matching portion is disposed at the start of the recognized user gesture and the first matching portion comprises all or part of the recognized user gesture;
(2) if the first matching portion of the recognized user gesture is detected, generating command signals for the electronic device based on at least one of the FE Info and the Body Info until the recognized user gesture is no longer detected; and
(3) if the first matching portion is not detected within a waiting period, restart the waiting for detection of a POLA.

US Pat. No. 10,137,362

EXO-TENDON MOTION CAPTURE GLOVE DEVICE WITH HAPTIC GRIP RESPONSE

1. A motion capture and haptic glove system comprising:a. A glove portion to be worn on top of a user's hand, the glove having finger portions for the fingers and thumb of the user;
b. a plurality of anchoring finger caps circumscribed around the extremities of the finger portions;
c. a plurality of anchor points configured to generate sensor data identifying a flexion/extension and an abduction/adduction of the finger portions;
d. a plurality of tendon-like cables configured to transmit the flexion/extension and the abduction/adduction data to a plurality of measuring devices for processing;
e. a plurality of return force providers to ensure flexion and tension in the tendon-like cable elements;
f. a housing structure residing on the forearm and connected to the glove portion via the plurality of tendon-like cables; and
g. at least one vibrating motor to be placed within at least one of the anchoring finger caps to relay the sensations of shape and structure of an object within the hand upon the alignment of the finger caps in the palm.

US Pat. No. 10,137,361

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING REDUCED HOPS TO GENERATE AN AUGMENTED VIRTUAL REALITY SCENE WITHIN A HEAD MOUNTED SYSTEM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A head mounted display for game play via a game cloud system, the head mounted display comprising:a communications circuit of the head-mounted display for sending real-world media to a game program via the Internet, the game program being executed by the game cloud system and the real-world media is captured via a camera of the head mounted display, the communications circuit of the head-mounted display is configured to communicate with the game cloud system via a router that connects to the Internet without using a computer to communicate with the router and the Internet;
a decoder in the head-mounted display coupled to the communications circuit, wherein the decoder is configured to decode compressed computer-generated interactive media received from a compressor of the game cloud system via the Internet and the router to provide decoded computer-generated interactive media; and
a game processing circuit driving a portion of interactivity associated with the game program by superimposing a portion of the decoded computer-generated interactive media on the real-world media, the compressed computer-generated interactive media generated based on the real-world media.

US Pat. No. 10,137,360

TABLETOP DISC GAME ASSEMBLY

Wild Sales, LLC, Westfie...

1. A tabletop disc game assembly arranged to be positioned upright on a flat surface, comprising:a first target, said first target comprising:
a first side edge;
a second side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said first side edge;
a fastening means operatively arranged to abut said first side edge against said second side edge;
a top side edge connecting said first side edge and said second side edge;
a bottom side edge displaced from and substantially parallel with said top side edge, said bottom side edge including a cut out;
a disc operatively arranged to be received within said first target; and,
a flexible member arranged to direct said disc into said first target; said flexible member being substantially planar.

US Pat. No. 10,137,359

PLAYING CARD SHUFFLERS AND RELATED METHODS

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A method of shuffling cards, comprising:providing a set of cards to be shuffled on a support surface such that an edge of each card is supported by the support surface, the support surface having a slot therethrough sized to enable only one card to drop through the slot at a time;
randomly positioning a support structure such that only a first card of the set of cards drops through the slot and stops on a card stop beneath the support surface such that the first card partially remains in the slot, wherein a trailing edge of the first card is positioned such that other cards of the set of cards can slide over the slot but no additional card can enter the slot, wherein the support structure is positionable on first and second sides of the set of cards to be shuffled;
randomly positioning the support structure to move the set of cards laterally across the support surface and to align a randomly selected second card with the slot; and
removing the first card from the card stop to allow the second card to drop through the slot and contact the card stop beneath the support surface such that the second card partially remains in the slot, wherein a trailing edge of the second card is positioned such that other cards of the set of cards can slide over the slot but no additional card can enter the slot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,358

METHODS OF ADMINISTERING A WAGERING GAME INCLUDING A DEALER PAYOUT

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A method of administering a wagering game performed in the following order, comprising:accepting an ante wager from a player to participate in a poker game by receiving at least one tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated ante wager area on a play surface of a play table;
accepting an optional bonus wager from the player to participate in a bonus game by receiving at least another tangible, monetarily valuable gaming chip in a designated bonus wager area on the play surface of the play table;
delivering a set of player cards to the player in a player card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from a deck of physical cards comprising a set of at least one 52-card deck of standard playing cards utilizing a card-handling device configured to present randomized cards for delivery;
delivering a set of dealer cards to the dealer at a dealer card receiving area on the play surface of the play table from the card-handling device;
accepting a play wager from the player in response to offering the player a choice whether to place the play wager or fold;
paying the player a payout on the bonus wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the bonus game;
paying a dealer payout to at least one of a dealer and a dealer pool when the player obtains one of a plurality of predetermined winning outcomes according to the rules of the bonus game, wherein the dealer does not make a wager to receive the dealer payout; and
paying the player a payout on the ante wager when the player obtains a winning outcome according to rules of the poker game and taking each gaming chip associated with the ante wager when the player does not obtain a winning outcome according to the rules of the poker game.

US Pat. No. 10,137,357

SKATEBOARD DECKS AND METHODS FOR CONSTRUCTING SKATEBOARD DECKS

LITHE INDUSTRIES, LLC, H...

1. A skateboard deck, comprising:a first composite layer;
at least two wood layers; and
a second composite layer;
wherein said first composite layer comprises at least one first composite sheet and at least two first tipfills;
wherein said second composite layer comprises at least one second composite sheet and at least two second tipfills;
wherein said at least two wood layers each comprise at least one wood sheet and at least two third tipfills;
wherein an epoxy is applied to said first composite layer, said at least two wood layers, and said second composite layer;
wherein said at least two wood layers are stacked between said first composite layer and said second composite layer;
wherein said first composite layer, said at least two wood layers, and said second composite layer are pressed together in a mold and said epoxy cures to create an uncut skateboard deck;
wherein said uncut skateboard deck is cut and smoothed.

US Pat. No. 10,137,356

TRANSPORTATION DEVICE WITH PIVOTING AXLE

LEVERAGE DESIGN LTD., Un...

1. A device for transportation comprising:a platform comprising:
a forward portion;
an intermediate portion;
a rearward portion;
an upper surface; and
a lower surface;
wherein the platform tapers inwardly along the intermediate portion from the forward portion to the rearward portion, wherein the forward portion has a first width and the rearward portion has a second width, the first width being larger the second width;
a plurality of wheels connected with the platform, the plurality of wheels comprising a first wheel and a second wheel adjacent the forward portion and a third wheel disposed at least partially within the rearward portion; and
a brake configured to engage with at least one of the plurality of wheels, the brake comprising:
a contact portion; and
an actuation portion, the actuation portion extending at least partially through the upper surface of the platform;
the brake configured to move between a first position and a second position, wherein:
in the first position the contact portion engages at least one of the plurality of wheels, thereby exerting a braking force on the at least one of the plurality of wheels; and
in the second position the contact portion does not engage the at least one of the plurality of wheels;
the brake being biased toward the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,355

LAND PADDLE

Brennan Innovation Inc., ...

1. A land paddle apparatus for support and propulsion, the apparatus comprising:a shaft comprising an upper portion and a lower portion;
a spring element with an upper and a lower end, the upper end of the spring element coupled to the lower portion of the shaft; and
a swing arm comprising an upper end and a lower end, the upper end of the swing arm coupled to the lower portion of the shaft, and the lower end of the swing arm coupled to an intermediate portion of the spring element.

US Pat. No. 10,137,354

GOLF GLOVES

1. A glove comprising:a body comprising a palmar portion, a dorsal portion and a distal lateral edge, wherein the palmar portion and the dorsal portion meet at the distal lateral edge; and
a plurality of digital segments projecting from the distal lateral edge of the body, the plurality of digital segments including a first digital segment designed to cover a middle finger and comprising an aperture located along a proximal phalanx portion of the digital segment when the glove is worn; and,
wherein said plurality of digital segments further comprises a second digital segment, a third digital segment and a fourth digital segment;
wherein said second digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire ring finger, and wherein said third digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire pinkie finger, and wherein said fourth digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire thumb when the glove is worn; and
wherein said glove further comprises a terminal edge at the distal lateral edge of the body designed to allow a forefinger to extend past the terminal edge to completely expose the forefinger when the glove is worn, thereby providing a glove without a digital segment for a forefinger.

US Pat. No. 10,137,353

SYSTEM FOR TIMING AND SCORING AQUATIC SPORTS IN POOLS

EVERLAST CLIMBING INDUSTR...

1. A system configured to provide timing and scoring for aquatic sports in pools, the system comprising:a plurality of nodes, each of the plurality of nodes comprising a location relative to a pool; and
at least one control device node having a display screen, the at least one control device node connected to at least one of the plurality of nodes, the at least one control device node configured to:
access spatial knowledge related to at least one of:
the location of the plurality of nodes,
a position of the pool, and
reference points of the pool;
generate and display at the display screen at least one representation of the plurality of nodes and the pool based on the spatial knowledge;
receive a selection of a plurality of the plurality of nodes to set up at least one event based on the at least one representation;
configure the selected plurality of nodes for the at least one event; and
execute the at least one event based on the configured plurality of nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,137,352

GOLF PUTTING TRAINING DEVICE

1. A golf putting training device comprising:a base configured for positioning on a substantially horizontal surface, said base comprising a pair of first tubes and a second tube, said second tube being coupled to and extending perpendicularly between said first tubes, said second tube being positioned substantially equally distant from a first end and a second end of each said first tube;
a post coupled to and extending perpendicularly from said base, said post comprising a plurality of nested sections such that said post is selectively extensible;
a line guide coupled to a front of said base;
a frame coupled to said post distal from said base, said frame extending from said post toward said front of said base, said frame being open-bottomed such that said frame is configured for bracketing both shoulders of a user positioned between said post and said front of said base; and
wherein said line guide is positioned on said base such that said line guide is configured for directing a swing of a putter positioned in hands of the user, wherein said frame is positioned on said post such that said frame is configured for contacting a torso of the user for notifying the user of an improper putting stroke.

US Pat. No. 10,137,351

ENHANCED GOLF SIMULATION SYSTEM

Full-Swing Golf, Inc., C...

1. A green simulation apparatus having a configurable upper surface with a changeable contour, the apparatus comprising:a covering forming the upper surface;
a covering support assembly configured to support the covering, the support assembly comprising:
a plurality of movable positioning elements having the covering resting thereon, the plurality of positioning elements being positioned in an array extending in a reference plane; and
a movement actuator configured to move at least one of the positioning elements independently of other positioning elements in the array;
wherein at least one of the positioning elements comprises a head contacting an inner surface of the covering forming the upper surface and a support frame supporting the head in manner permitting movement of the head movable along an axis extending substantially perpendicular to the reference plane, the support frame including at least two frame members pivotally connected together such that convergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a first direction with respect to the reference plane and divergence of the frame members produces movement of the head in a second direction with respect to the reference plane.

US Pat. No. 10,137,349

GOLF TRAINING AID

1. A golf training aid comprising:an adjustable upper arm band adapted to releasably fasten;
a linear flexible strip having a first closed end and a second closed end, wherein the flexible strip is attached to the adjustable upper arm band at substantially a midpoint between the first end and the second end;
a first band of a first predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end;
a second band of a second predetermined length, having a first closed end and a second closed end
a plurality of connector secured to the first closed end, the second closed end of the first band and the first closed end, and the second closed end of the second band, wherein the connectors secured to the first closed end of the first band and the first closed end of the second band are detachably connected to the first closed end and the second closed end of the linear flexible strip
a belt clip, wherein the connector secured to the second closed end of the first band and a connector secured to the second closed end of the second band are connected to the belt clip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,348

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOW RESOLUTION GOLF SWING IMAGE CAPTURE ANALYSIS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for generating a golf swing analysis output of a golfer's swing, comprising:obtaining a plurality of images from at least one camera;
calculating relative position or motion data between two or more different portions of a golfer, a golf club, or a golf ball from each of a plurality of the obtained images using a computer;
generating a swing analysis output from the calculated position or motion data, the swing analysis output identifying at least one of swing characteristic information and/or swing profile information associated with the golfer's swing; and
providing a swing improvement recommendation based upon the generated swing analysis output.

US Pat. No. 10,137,347

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A SENSOR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club comprising:a shaft and a golf club head, the shaft having a first end connected to the golf club head and a second end connected to a grip;
a sensor connected to the golf club, the sensor comprising:
an inertial measurement unit, the inertial measurement unit comprising an accelerometer capable of measuring linear accelerations along a first axis, along a second axis, and along a third axis and a gyroscope capable of measuring an angular rate of rotation about the first axis, about the second axis, and about the third axis, wherein the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis comprise an orthogonally oriented sensor coordinate system;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to at least:
acquire linear acceleration data from the accelerometer of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the linear acceleration data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
acquire angular rate of rotation data from the gyroscope of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the angular rate of rotation data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
transform the linear acceleration data into transformed linear acceleration data with respect to a golf club coordinate system that comprises a fourth axis is oriented in a heel-to-toe direction, a fifth axis is oriented in a front-to-back direction, and a sixth axis is oriented in a bottom-to-top direction;
transform the angular rate of rotation data into transformed angular rate of rotation data with respect to the golf club coordinate system;
calculate an orientation of the golf club from the transformed linear acceleration data;
compare the calculated orientation of the golf club to a first set of predetermined criteria, wherein the first set of predetermined criteria corresponds to the golf club being oriented in a rational golf club address position and wherein the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the calculated orientation of the golf club matches the rational golf club address position;
upon determining that the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data to a second set of predetermined criteria, wherein the second set of predetermined criteria comprises a range of transformed angular rate of rotation values and wherein the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the transformed angular rate of rotation data falls within the range of transformed angular rate of rotation values;
upon determining that the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, output an indication that the golf club is in the rational golf club address position and an indication that the transformed angular rate of rotation data represent a golf swing, and calculate a slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data about the fourth axis, the fifth axis, and the sixth axis;
compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis and the sixth axis to a third set of predetermined criteria, wherein the third set of predetermined criteria comprises a fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and a sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and wherein the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the sixth axis is greater than the sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis to a fourth set of predetermined criteria;
wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria comprises a fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation, and wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis is less than the fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed linear acceleration data along the fifth axis to a fifth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis, and wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the linear acceleration data is greater than the specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis;
upon determining that the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis to a sixth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified value for angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis and wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the specified value for the angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis; and
upon determining that the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, transmit a signal that an impact between a golf ball and the golf club has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,137,346

BALL PITCHING TRAINING DEVICE

Claybon Williams, Smyrna...

1. A ball pitching training device comprising:a flexible cylindrical inner rod having a top end and a bottom end;
a handle disposed on the bottom end;
an adjustable connection head protruding from the top end, the connection head having an exterior edge and an interior edge, wherein the connection head is attached to the top end at the interior edge;
a plurality of adjustment apertures vertically aligned on the connection head, the plurality of adjustment apertures extending from a position proximal the exterior edge to a position proximal the interior edge;
a support cushion centrally disposed and encircling a portion of the inner rod;
a body strap attachably disposed on the inner rod, the body strap having a first end and a second end, the body strap having a pair of rings, wherein one of the pair of rings is attached to a respective one of the first end and the second end, wherein the rings secure the body strap to the inner rod;
an adjustment clip disposed on the body strap, the adjustment clip being configured to adjust a length of the body strap; and
an attachable ball comprising:
a resistance band having a clip attachment portion and a ball attachment portion;
a circular attachment clip disposed on the clip attachment portion; and
a throwing ball disposed on the ball attachment portion of the resistance band;
wherein the attachment clip is configured to engage one of the plurality of apertures, wherein a user wears the body strap to secure the device on the user's body, wherein the user grasps the throwing ball and simulates a throwing movement, wherein the resistance band and flexible inner rod provide resistance against the throwing movement.

US Pat. No. 10,137,345

GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING GOLF CLUBS WITH HOSEL INSERTS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club comprising:a golf club head comprising:
a club head body comprising a first metallic material having a first density and further comprising:
a hollow interior;
a strike face;
a crown portion comprising a crown hole opening into the hollow interior;
a sole portion; and
a support structure located between the crown portion and the sole portion, the support structure comprising a structure hole aligned with the crown hole, and the structure hole having a first aperture opening into the hollow interior toward the crown hole and a second aperture opposite the first aperture and opening into the hollow interior away from the crown hole;
a shaft comprising a shaft tip; and
a hosel insert comprising a second metallic material having a second density;
a hollow tubular body;
a first hosel portion configured to receive the shaft tip; and
a second hosel portion adjacent to the first hosel portion; and
a barrier;
wherein the barrier separates and isolates the first hosel portion from the second hosel portion;
such that the shaft tip abuts the barrier when the shaft is inserted into the hosel insert;
wherein:
the second density is less than the first density;
the crown hole is configured to receive the first hosel portion; and
the structure hole is configured to receive the second hosel portion;
wherein the hosel insert has a first end proximate the crown hole and a second end proximate the support structure and a sidewall located between the first end and the second end;
wherein the hosel insert comprises a plurality of voids in non-end portions of the sidewall of a hosel insert surface;
wherein the hosel insert is fixedly attached to the club head body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,344

ASYMMETRICAL ICE HOCKEY STICK HANDLE

Wm. T. Burnett IP, LLC, ...

1. An ice hockey stick including a blade attached to a handle, the handle providing improved grip and tactile feel to a player, said handle extending along a longitudinal axis and said blade extending at an angle therefrom in a first direction, the handle comprising a hexagonal cross-section uniformly defining said handle along all or part of its length, said hexagonal cross-section further comprising an irregular hexagon symmetric about a theoretical first centerline and asymmetric about a theoretical second centerline orthogonal to said first centerline, said irregular hexagon having a first pair of opposing sides including a front side and a back side shorter than said front side and parallel thereto and to said second centerline, and two long sides and two concave sides between each of said front side and back side, wherein said two concave sides converge toward said back side, and said two converging concave sides join said back side at obtuse angles.

US Pat. No. 10,137,343

GOLF BALL ELEVATOR WITH FLAGSTICK AND MEDIA DISPLAY

1. A system to facilitate retrieval of a golf ball after the ball is stroked by a golfer into a cylindrical golf hole cup comprising a webbing structure formed by web elements projecting inwardly from an inner cylindrical cup wall and having voids formed between the web elements and comprising a center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain a flagstick assembly wherein the flagstick assembly comprises a ferrule that may be slid into and out of the center cylindrical aperture, the system comprising:a golf ball elevator mounted to the golf hole cup, comprising:
a motorized telescoping shaft assembly, the motorized telescoping shaft assembly having a telescoping shaft and a motor coupled to the telescoping shaft;
a cylindrical cup element to receive and retain a golf ball stroked into the golf hole cup, the cylindrical cup element having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
a plate attached to the telescoping shaft, wherein the telescoping shaft extends through one of the voids in the webbing structure for attachment to the plate the plate having an aperture through which the ferrule of the flagstick assembly may be extended into the center cylindrical aperture formed in the webbing structure to retain the flagstick assembly in the golf hole cup;
at least one spring interconnected between the cylindrical cup element and the plate to mount the cylindrical cup element to the plate; and
a switch mounted to the plate and connected to the motorized telescoping shaft assembly, wherein the switch is actuated when the weight of a golf ball in the cylindrical cup element causes the at least one spring to be compressed to actuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to extend the telescoping shaft to raise the cylindrical cup element containing the golf ball until the telescoping shaft is fully extended and wherein the switch is deactuated when the golf ball is retrieved from the cylindrical cup element to cause the at least one spring to decompress to deactuate the switch to activate the motor to cause the motor to retract the telescoping shaft to lower the cylindrical cup element into the golf hole cup until the telescoping shaft is fully retracted; wherein the golf ball may fall into the cylindrical cup element while the flagstick assembly is retained in the golf hole cup; and
wherein the motorized telescoping shaft assembly causes the aperture in the cylindrical cup element and the plate to move axially with respect to the flagstick assembly when the flagstick assembly is retained in the center cylindrical aperture of the golf hole cup without raising or lowering the flagstick assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,342

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVEABLE WEIGHT

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head including a weight member, comprising:a club head body having a hollow construction defined by a face defining a ball-striking surface, a sole, a crown, and a skirt, wherein the sole extends aftward from a lower edge of the face, wherein the crown extends aftward from an upper edge of the face, and wherein the skirt extends between the sole and the crown around a perimeter of the body;
a weight mount disposed on at least one of the sole, the crown, and the skirt, wherein the weight mount defines a perimeter wall, wherein a portion of the perimeter wall defines an undercut having an undercut depth Ru; and
a weight member that includes a weight body defining a side wall, a bore, and a spring feature, wherein at least a portion of the spring feature is movably coupled to the weight body so that it is movable between a first configuration and a second configuration, wherein in the first configuration a portion of the spring feature extends outward from a side wall of the weight body by a first distance R1, wherein in the second configuration a portion of the spring feature extends outward from a side wall of the weight body by a second distance R2, wherein the spring feature is a cantilevered arm that includes a fixed end coupled to the weight body and a cantilevered end, wherein the bore of the weight body receives a portion of the cantilevered arm,
wherein the undercut depth Ru is less than the first distance R1 and greater than the second distance R2 so that the spring feature abuts the undercut of the perimeter wall of the weight mount, and wherein the spring feature is at least partially flexed by the abutment of the spring feature with the perimeter wall when the weight member is installed in the weight mount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,340

GOLF PUTTER WITH ANIMAL BONE INSERT

1. A putter head comprising:a striking face formed from a first material, the striking face including a central cavity; and
an insert formed from a second material that is different from the first material, wherein the second material comprises animal bone, the insert including a front face and a back face, the back face fittingly engaged within the central cavity to align the front face with the striking face surrounding the central cavity thereby establishing a continuous surface along the striking face.

US Pat. No. 10,137,339

GOLF CLUB HAVING REMOVABLE FACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body including a recess having a heel side wall, a toe side wall, and a sole side wall defining a face support slot that is opened to a top line portion of the body, wherein the body defines a threaded bore in a toe portion of the body;
a face member disposed in the face support slot and defining a ball striking surface, wherein a plurality of score lines are recessed into the face member from the ball striking surface;
a top line key that forms a portion of a top line of the golf club head and extends in a heel to toe direction, wherein the top line key defines an aperture in a toe portion of the top line key that aligns with the threaded bore of the body; and
a threaded fastener that extends through the aperture of the top line key and is threaded into the threaded bore of the body,
wherein the fastener extends through the top line key and into the body to couple the top line key to the body, and
wherein the top line key closes the opening of the face support slot, so that the face member is circumscribed by the heel side wall, the toe side wall, the sole side wall and the top line key.

US Pat. No. 10,137,338

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising a head main body, a weight member and a fixing member, wherein:a specific gravity of the weight member is larger than a specific gravity of the head main body and larger than a specific gravity of the fixing member,
the head main body is provided in its outer surface with a concave portion,
the weight member is disposed in the concave portion so that a part of the outer surface of the weight member fits to the concave portion,
the fixing member is fixed to the concave portion from outside of the golf club head so that a part of said outer surface of the weight member is covered with the fixing member,
the fixing member is provided with a through hole having an opening located in the outer surface of the fixing member, and
a part of the weight member protrudes into the through hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,337

GOLF CLUB HEAD

BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., L...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a head body including
a body face;
a sole; and
a crown; and
a face member joined to an opening formed in the body face,
wherein a depression is provided between the opening and the sole in the head body, wherein a minimum thickness of a portion of the sole between the depression and a bottom surface of the head body is greater than a minimum thickness of an entirety of the sole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,336

GOLF HEAD CLUB

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head having a hollow structure, the golf club head comprising a face portion, a crown portion, and a sole portion;wherein in the sole portion, a first groove and a second groove are formed extending in a toe-heel direction and recessed toward the inside of the sole portion,
the first groove being disposed on a face side relative to the second groove,
the first groove including a first main inner wall and at least one of a first sub inner wall shorter than the first main inner wall, constituting an inner wall forming the first groove,
the second groove including a second main inner wall and at least one of a second sub inner wall shorter than the second main inner wall, constituting an inner wall forming the second groove,
the first main inner wall and the second main inner wall being inclined so as to point upward toward the face side, and
the second main inner wall, when the sole portion has been placed on a ground plane, being inclined more steeply than the first main inner wall relative to the ground plane in a side cross-sectional view,
wherein L2/L1 is ?0.4 and L2/L1 is ?0.8, where L1 is a length of the head in a face-back direction and L2 is a length in the face-back direction from a frontmost point of the head to an edge on the face side of the second groove on a cross-sectional plane passing through a face center and orthogonal to the toe-heel direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,335

EMBEDDED HIGH DENSITY CASTING

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A method of manufacturing a golf club head comprising:forming a high density metal piece;
placing the high density metal piece in a wax injection mold;
positioning a tool in abutment with the high density metal piece, the tool including a lip that receives at least a portion of the high density metal piece;
injecting wax into the wax injection mold to at least partially embed the high density metal piece within the wax, wherein the portion of the high density metal piece received by the lip is exposed outside of the wax;
removing the tool from the wax injection mold such that a gap is formed between the portion of the high density metal piece that was received by the lip and the wax;
coating the wax and at least one portion of the high density metal piece with a ceramic material forming a ceramic shell, wherein the gap is occupied by the ceramic material;
melting the wax to form a hollow region between the ceramic shell and the high density metal piece, wherein the high density metal piece is held rigidly in place via the ceramic filled gap;
pouring metal into the hollow region, the metal forming a body of the golf club head and at least partially surrounding the high density metal piece wherein the ceramic filled gap prevents the high density metal piece from translating along or in an x or y-axis and from rotating about a z-axis; and
removing the ceramic, such that the high density metal piece and a portion of the body of the golf club head again form the gap,
wherein the high density metal piece is made of a material selected from a group consisting of tungsten, tantalum, rhenium, osmium, iridium, and platinum.

US Pat. No. 10,137,333

CORES MADE FROM THERMOSET AND PLASTICIZED THERMOPLASTIC MATERIALS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A core assembly for a golf ball, comprising:i) an inner core layer comprising a first thermoplastic material, the inner core having 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 second thermoplastic material, the outer core layer being disposed about the inner core layer and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of OC) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of OC), the Houter surface of OC being greater than the Hmidpoint of OC to provide a positive hardness gradient, the second thermoplastic material comprising:
a) an add copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates;
b) a plasticizer; and
c) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the material; and
iii) an intermediate core layer comprising a thermoset rubber material, the intermediate layer being disposed between the inner core and outer core and having an outer surface hardness (Houter surface of Inter Core) and a midpoint hardness (Hmidpoint of Inter Core), the Houter surface of the Inter Core being greater than the Hmidpoint of the Inter Core to provide a positive hardness gradient;
wherein the center hardness of the inner core (Hinner core surface) is in the range of about 10 Shore C to about 70 Shore C and the outer surface hardness of the outer core layer (Houter surface of OC) is in the range of about 20 Shore C to about 95 Shore C to provide a positive hardness gradient across the core assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,332

USE OF HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT POLYSILOXANE FOR GOLF BALLS

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf ball comprising:a center core;
an outer core disposed over the center core;
an inner mantle layer disposed over the outer core, the inner mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch, the inner mantle layer composed of an ionomer material, the inner mantle layer material having a plaque Shore D hardness ranging from 65 to 71;
an outer mantle layer disposed over the inner mantle layer, the outer mantle layer having a thickness ranging from 0.070 inch to 0.090 inch;
and
a cover layer composed of a blend of (a) 20 to 99 wt % of a thermoplastic resin, (b) 1 to 80 wt % of a high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane having a molecular weight (Mn) of at least 10,000 and not more than about 1,000,000 (Mn,), wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane is blended with 3 to 35 weight percent of a silica, wherein the high molecular weight polydimethylsiloxane has pendant groups, terminal groups or mixtures of pendant groups and terminal groups selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, trimethyl, dimethyl, methyl, phenyl, fluoro, amino, vinyl, hydroxyl, and methacrylate;
wherein the cover layer is disposed over the outer mantle layer, the cover layer has a thickness ranging from 0.025 inch to 0.040 inch;
wherein the cover layer has a lower Shore D hardness than the outer mantle layer, the outer mantle layer has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer, the outer core has a higher Shore D hardness than the inner mantle layer and the center core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,331

SWIMMING FIN FOR THE DISABLED

1. A swimming fin for a disabled person, comprising:a flipper having:
a bottom fin portion; and
a boot portion having an upper attached to the bottom fin portion, the upper having a heel portion and defining an opening for inserting a disabled person's foot into the boot portion and defining a toe hole, the bottom fin portion having a width fanning outward extending away from the boot portion;
a post having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end being pivotally attached to the flipper near the heel portion of the boot;
a leg strap pivotally attached to the post, the leg strap being adapted for being fastened around a leg of a disabled person; and
a handle attached to the upper end of the post;
wherein using the handle to move the upper end of the post away from the disabled person followed by pulling the upper end of the post back towards the disabled person pivots the disabled person's leg in a leg kick motion while swimming.

US Pat. No. 10,137,330

SIX-WEBBED GLOVE

1. A six-webbed glove comprising:a main body having
a palm segment, two opposite ends of the palm segment being respectively a finger end and an arm end;
five finger segments mounted on the finger end of the palm segment, arranged apart from each other along a horizontal direction, communicating with the palm segment, and the five finger segments including three inner finger segments and two outer finger segments; the three inner finger segments disposed between the two outer finger segments;
an arm segment mounted on the arm end of the palm segment, communicating with the palm segment, and having
a wearing opening formed on an end of the arm segment away from the palm segment;
four middle webs respectively mounted between every two adjacent said finger segments and each filling up a gap between said two finger segments;
two outer webs respectively mounted on two opposite sides of the main body, and respectively connected to the two outer finger segments; one of two ends of each one of the two outer webs connected to an end of the corresponding outer finger segment, the other end of said outer web connected to a side of the arm segment, and said outer web connected to the corresponding outer forger segment, the palm segment, and the arm segment along a contour of the corresponding side of the main body;
two finger-supporting boards respectively mounted inside the two outer finger segments, each one of the two finger-supporting boards extending to the end of the corresponding outer finger segment;
an arm-supporting board mounted inside the arm segment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,329

SMART WALKING RECOMMENDATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A smart walking recommendation apparatus, comprising:an information obtaining module configured to obtain destination information and appointed arrival time information;
a positioning module configured to obtain a start position of a user;
a central processing module configured to:
calculate a distance for a selected walk from the start position to a destination based on the start position and the destination information; and
determine whether to recommend walking the selected walk based on the distance from the start position to the destination, an empirical speed, and the appointed arrival time information, wherein the empirical speed is updated based on the user's health data associated with previous walks, and deviations in said user's health data from normal standard range data; and
an output module configured to output a walking recommendation to the user in response to the central processing module determining to recommend walking the selected walk.

US Pat. No. 10,137,328

PROGRAMMED EXERCISE BICYCLE WITH COMPUTER AIDED GUIDANCE

Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.,...

1. A stationary bike, comprising:a frame that is configured to allow a rider to ride in sitting and standing positions;
a direct drive mechanism that couples a pedal assembly and a flywheel and that facilitates a smooth transition between sitting and standing positions;
a set of handlebars that is coupled to the frame and that provides the rider with at least one hand position;
a mechanism that provides resistance to the flywheel and that is manually adjustable by the rider to vary the pedaling resistance;
a computer that is coupled to the stationary bike, that is configured to connect with the internet or other computer network to access a collection of exercise routines, wherein the exercise routines include instructions regarding cadence, pedaling resistance, and riding position including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the computer is configured to measure the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence and is configured to calculate power exerted by the rider based on the pedaling resistance and the rider's cadence; and
a display that is coupled to the computer, that displays an exercise routine from the collection of exercise routines so that the rider is provided with instructions for the rider to manually adjust pedaling resistance, and instructions for the rider to vary cadence and riding positions including sitting and standing positions;
wherein the display displays cadence, pedaling resistance and the power exerted by the rider.

US Pat. No. 10,137,327

SENSING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A PROJECTILE ON SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Robert Marc Goldberg, Fa...

1. Sports equipment, comprising:a frame with a top and a bottom and forming a central open region, the frame having an opening at the bottom;
an elongated shaft having a first end coupled to the bottom of the frame at the opening;
netting disposed on the frame forming a pocket area in the central open region that supports a ball, the pocket area being configured to allow a majority of the ball to enter the frame as measured relative to an edge of the frame; and
a sensor member in position to generate a signal corresponding with presence or absence of the ball in the pocket area, the sensor member comprising an emitter and a detector, one each disposed on opposing sides of the frame, the emitter configured to generate a light beam across the central open region and the detector configured to receive the light beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,326

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. An exercise device comprising:a vertical support tube;
a base section operatively attached at a bottom end of the vertical support tube, the base section further comprising:
a base brace attachable to the vertical support tube;
a base mounting plate attachable to the base brace; and
a leg operatively attached to the base mounting plate, the leg being at least partially rotatable about a leg mounting bolt connected to the base mounting plate;
a middle section removably attachable to the vertical support tube, the middle section being movable about the vertical support tube, the middle section further comprising:
a middle brace adjustably positionable about the vertical support tube;
a middle mounting plate attached to the middle brace;
a front bar operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the front bar being at least partially rotatable about a front bar mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an arm support operatively attached to the middle mounting plate, the arm support being at least partially rotatable about an arm support mounting bolt connected to the middle mounting plate; and
an upper section attachable to a top end of the vertical support tube, the upper section further comprising:
an upper handle;
a first securement tube attached to a first side of the vertical support tube; and
a second securement tube attached to a second side of the vertical support tube;
wherein the leg, the front bar, and the arm support are rotatable to at least a down position and an up position;
wherein the upper section further comprises an upper support tube extending from a first upper support tube end to a second upper support tube end;
wherein the upper support tube comprises an upper support tube bend between the first upper support tube end and the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end is approximately orthogonal to the second upper support tube end;
wherein the first upper support tube end of the upper support tube is attachable to the vertical support tube;
wherein the first securement tube receives the first upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the first securement tube, and the second upper support tube end receives the second upper support tube end of the upper handle by insertion into the second securement tube;
wherein the upper handle extends from an upper handle support end to an upper handle distal end;
wherein the upper handle is bent between the upper handle support end and the upper handle distal end; and
wherein the upper handle support end is approximately orthogonal to the upper handle distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,137,325

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEACTIVATION AND DISPOSAL OF A PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORM

1. A system for disposing of a pharmaceutical dosage form, the system comprising:a container;
an oxidant selected from the group consisting of non-chlorine, stabilized peroxide compounds; stable chlorine-based oxidizing agents; and metal oxides, wherein the oxidant is contained in a first water soluble package;
a transition metal complex of a tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand as activating agent; and
an immobilizing agent;
wherein (i) the activating agent and the immobilizing agent are contained in second and third water soluble packages, or (ii) the activating agent and the immobilizing agent are provided as a mixture in a second water soluble package, or (iii) the activating agent is provided in a second water soluble package and the container comprises the immobilizing agent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,323

GUIDED TYPE FALL ARRESTER—BODY CONTROL SYSTEM

Honeywell International I...

1. A fall arrester for use in a climbing protection system to protect a user of a ladder, a platform or the like from falls wherein the fall arrester is adapted to be used with, and to be movable along, a guide rail having catching stops engageable by the fall arrester in response to a fall by the user, the fall arrester comprising:a body;
a pawl comprising a pawl tooth, the pawl mounted to the body for movement relative to the body between an engaging position wherein the pawl tooth will engage a catching stop in the guide rail and a disengaged position wherein the pawl tooth will not engage the catching stops in the guide rail;
a first connecting element comprising a first connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the first connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the first connecting feature; and
a second connecting element comprising a second connecting feature configured to receive an attachment to a user, the second connecting feature spaced from the first connecting feature, the second connecting element operably connected to the pawl to transmit force to the pawl from a user attached to the second connecting feature; wherein
the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a first predetermined force applied to the first connecting element in a first direction, and the pawl is configured to move from the disengaged position to the engaging position in response to a second predetermined force applied to the second connecting element in a second direction that is different than the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,137,322

SAFETY HARNESS

D B Industries, LLC, Map...

1. A safety harness configured to arrest a user during a fall event, said safety harness comprising:shoulder straps;
a dorsal D-ring connected to the shoulder straps;
a waist strap; and
a weight distribution assembly interconnecting the shoulder straps proximate the dorsal D-ring and the waist strap, the weight distribution assembly being positioned proximate a user's spine when in use, the weight distribution assembly configured to be loaded in compression and transfer a significant weight from a load suspended from the dorsal D-ring from proximate the shoulder straps to proximate the waist strap.

US Pat. No. 10,137,321

FILTERING FACE-PIECE RESPIRATOR HAVING AN INTEGRALLY-JOINED EXHALATION VALVE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A filtering face-piece respirator that comprises:a harness;
a mask body that comprises:
a filtering structure; and
a support structure comprising a longitudinally-movable, transversely-extending member that extends from a first living hinge disposed on a first side of the mask body to a second living hinge disposed on a second side of the mask body; and
an exhalation valve that comprises a valve seat that is integral to the support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,320

RESPIRATOR FLOW CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An air flow control system for a respirator, the control system comprising:a shell defining a breathable air zone for a user;
a plurality of air delivery conduits within the shell of the respirator and having an air flow inlet end extending through an air inlet opening of the shell, wherein the conduits are separable from the shell, wherein each air delivery conduit of the plurality of air delivery conduits defines an air flow outlet within the shell to provide air flow into the breathable air zone, and wherein each air delivery conduit receives air flow from a common air flow inlet;
a valve member moveable relative to the plurality of air delivery conduits and within the shell to vary the amount of air flow through the air flow outlet of each air delivery conduit to the breathable air zone; and
a valve actuator outside of the shell of the respirator that is manipulatable by a user of the respirator while wearing the respirator to control movement of the valve member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,319

CARRYING SYSTEM FOR BREATHING APPARATUS

1. A carrying system for use with breathing apparatus, the carrying system comprising:a backplate configured to receive a breathing apparatus mounted thereto, the backplate comprising a unitary, one-piece plate formed of a plastic material, the plate having a predetermined shape including an upper end region and a lower end region, the plate having an inner side and an opposite outer side, the inner side facing a user when the carrying system is worn by the user, the plate being configured to provide impact protection to the user during use by at least one of absorbing or dispersing impact forces, the plate being configured to deform resiliently in response to external forces imposed by at least one of bending or twisting of the user during use and return substantially to its predetermined shape when not subjected to an external force;
an attachment member mounted on the outer side of the plate, the attachment member configured to releasably mount a breathing apparatus that includes an air cylinder along the outer side such that the plate is disposed between the breathing apparatus and the user;
two shoulder straps attached to the plate of the backplate at the upper end region; and
a waist strap attached to the plate of the backplate at the lower end region, the waist strap including an attachment segment thereof, the attachment segment being attached to the plate and overlying the lower end region of the plate, the waist strap and the shoulder straps configured to hold the backplate on a back of the user when the carrying system is worn by the user such that when the user's back undergoes a twisting movement, the waist strap and the shoulder straps impose a torsional force on the plate causing the plate to deform torsionally.

US Pat. No. 10,137,318

AIRCRAFT DEMAND REGULATOR AND DILUTION REGULATION METHOD

Zodiac Aerotechnics, Pla...

1. An aircraft breathing device comprising a demand regulator and a source of breathable gas including high rate oxygen, the demand regulator comprising:a respiratory chamber supplied with respiratory gas comprising breathable gas and dilution gas,
a breathable gas supply line to be connected to the source of breathable gas and supplying the respiratory chamber with breathable gas,
a dilution gas supply line to be connected to a source of dilution gas and supplying the respiratory chamber with dilution gas,
a first adjusting device adjusting the pressure in the respiratory chamber, and
a second adjusting device adjusting the rate of dilution gas in the respiratory gas supplied to the respiratory chamber, the second adjusting device comprising a dilution valve disposed in the dilution gas supply line and the dilution valve being movable between a retracted position and a protruded position,
wherein (i) the first adjusting device is of non-electrical, pneumatic type, (ii) the second adjusting device comprises a sensor and an electrical control unit, the electrical control unit receiving a signal from the sensor and the electrical control unit adjusting the rate of dilution gas in the respiratory gas by controlling the dilution valve in function of said signal, and the sensor being selected from at least one of (a) an absolute pressure sensor sensing cabin or aircraft altitude, (b) a saturation sensor sensing an oxygen saturation in blood of a user of the device, (c) a flow meter sensing flow in the breathable gas supply line, the dilution gas supply line, or a respiratory gas supply line shared by a downstream portion of the breathable gas supply line and a downstream portion of the dilution gas supply line, (d) a gas sensor sensing a rate of oxygen flow in the respiratory gas supply line, or (e) a position sensor sensing position of the dilution valve, and (iii) the electrical control unit is configured to cause the dilution valve to move to any of the retracted position, the protruded position, or a plurality of positions intermediate the retracted and protruded positions, in response to receipt of the signal from the sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,317

AIRCRAFT AIR SUPPLY SYSTEMS FOR REDUCING EFFECTIVE ALTITUDE EXPERIENCED AT SELECTED LOCATIONS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

15. A method for delivering oxygen enriched air to a flight deck on an aircraft and to a selected location on the aircraft, the method comprising:outputting a flow of the oxygen enriched air from a gas separation system;
outputting a flow of conditioned air from an environmental control system;
directing the flow of the oxygen enriched air, using a first duct, to a third duct;
directing a first portion of the flow of the conditioned air, using a second duct, to the third duct;
directing a second portion of the flow of the conditioned air, using a fourth duct, to a main cabin of the aircraft;
mixing the first portion of the flow of the conditioned air and the flow of the oxygen enriched air in the third duct;
directing the mixed conditioned and oxygen enriched air to the flight deck and to at least one dispensing station at the selected location;
dispensing the mixed conditioned and oxygen enriched air to users of the at least one dispensing station; and
controlling the flow of the oxygen enriched air to the third duct in order to reduce an effective altitude of the flight deck and of the at least one dispensing station.

US Pat. No. 10,137,316

CHARGED PARTICLE TREATMENT, RAPID PATIENT POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

6. A method for using a charged particle cancer therapy system to treat a tumor of a patient, comprising the steps of:positioning the patient relative to a support, wherein a longitudinal axis of said support comprises a first angle less than thirty degrees off of a vertical axis; and
co-transitioning the support and the patient through an angle forty-five degrees off of a vertical axis; and
orientating the support and the patient at a second angle less than thirty degrees off of a horizontal axis;
using an actuator system to move: (1) a first foil, comprising a first thickness of 10 to 150 micrometers, toward a beam path of positively charged particles at a first time to extract first charged particles from an accelerator at a first energy and (2) a second foil, comprising a second thickness of 150 to 250 micrometers, toward the beam path at a second time to extract second charged particles from said accelerator at a second energy, the second energy higher than the first energy; and
after said step of orientating, using the positively charged particles from said accelerator to treat a tumor of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,315

DETERMINING AN IRRADIATION REGION FOR RADIOTHERAPY BASED ON MODEL PATIENT DATA AND PATIENT IMAGE DATA

Brainlab AG, Munich (DE)...

1. A method of determining a radiotherapy treatment plan for radiotherapy treatment of a treatment body part of a patient's body, the method being executed by a computer and comprising the following steps:a) acquiring treatment body part position data indicating a position of the treatment body part and treatment target position data comprising treatment target position information describing the position of a treatment target to be treated by radiotherapy in the treatment body part;
b) acquiring statistic model target region position data comprising statistic model target region position information describing the position of a model target region in a model body part corresponding to the treatment body part,
wherein the statistic model target region position data has been generated based on model target position data comprising model target position information describing the positions of model treatment targets in a plurality of model bodies which display a medical condition corresponding to the medical condition to be treated,
wherein the statistic model target region position data comprises spatial target region cluster data comprising spatial target region cluster information describing at least one spatial cluster that defines a geometric concentration of the model treatment targets in at least one specific anatomic region in all of the plurality of model bodies, and
wherein the spatial target region cluster data is determined based on combining sets of medical image data comprising the model target region position information for each individual one of the plurality of model bodies;
c) determining, by mapping the statistic model target region position data to the treatment body part position data irradiation region position data comprising irradiation region position information describing the position of an irradiation region to be treated by irradiation with treatment radiation in the treatment body part; and
d) controlling activation of an irradiation unit based on the irradiation region position data.

US Pat. No. 10,137,314

ROBUST RADIOTHERAPY TREATMENT PLAN GENERATION

RAYSEARCH LABORATORIES AB...

1. A method for generating a robust radiotherapy treatment plan for a subject at least partly on the basis of a region of interest in said subject, the method comprising the steps of:accessing a set of scenarios comprising at least a first scenario and a second scenario, where each scenario in the set of scenarios represents a specific realization of the uncertainty of one or more parameters relevant for treatment planning;
determining two or more mappings of said region of interest, the two or more mappings comprising at least a first mapping based on said first scenario and a second mapping based on said second scenario;
identifying a number of scenarios of said set of scenarios under which a specific sub-region is located within a corresponding mapping of said region of interest;
calculating a weight for the specific sub-region, at least partly on the basis of the number of scenarios identified; and
optimizing the treatment plan by optimizing an optimization function evaluated over the set of scenarios, wherein the evaluation comprises the use of said weight.

US Pat. No. 10,137,313

DISPLAY APPARATUS, PORTABLE DISPLAY TERMINAL APPARATUS, AND METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A display apparatus comprising:an imager that captures an image of a user;
a display that displays the captured image of the user captured by the imager;
a light source that emits light including treatment light toward a front side of the display, the treatment light producing a treatment effect; and
a controller that controls the display, the light source, and the imager, wherein:
the controller controls the light source and the imager to capture a first captured image of the user when the treatment light is emitted, and a second captured image of the user when the treatment light is not emitted, and
the controller corrects, in terms of a hue, the first captured image based on the second captured image so as to cause the display to display a corrected first captured image obtained by correcting the first captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,137,312

METHODS OF IMPROVING A PATIENTS RECOVERY AFTER A NEURO-ISCHEMIC EVENT

AUTONOMIC TECHNOLOGIES, I...

1. A method of improving a patient's recovery after a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, the method comprising the steps of:placing an electrode in electrical communication with a parasympathetic structure of a cranium of a patient who has suffered from a stroke or a transient ischemic attack;
applying an electrical signal to the parasympathetic structure in the patient's cranium during the patient undergoing a task-oriented therapy to improve the patient's recovery after the stroke or the transient ischemic attack.

US Pat. No. 10,137,311

LIGHT THERAPY GLASSES AND MOBILE APPLICATION

1. A portable light therapy device configured to be worn by a patient proximate to the eyes of the patient, the device comprising:a front frame including a pair of eye frame sections coupled to each other by a bridge, the bridge being configured to be supported on a nose of a patient when worn such that each of the eye frame sections is positioned in front of a respective eye of the patient;
a pair of side frames coupled to opposing ends of the front frame such that, when the device is worn by the patient, the side frames extend generally perpendicularly to a plane defined by the front frame;
a pair of light modules, each of which is attached to a respective one of the side frames, each light module including a light source configured to emit light toward the front frame, and a battery configured to provide power to the light source; and
a pair of diffuse reflectors, each mounted on a respective one of the side frames proximate the respective light source, wherein the diffuse reflector is configured to direct and diffuse the light emitted by the respective light source into a corner of a retina of a respective eye of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,137,310

BODY HAIR LUMINESCENCE AESTHETIC DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An optical cosmetic device for body hair, comprising:an optical system configured to emit cosmetic light for body hair, wherein:
the optical system includes a light source configured to emit light comprising a spectrum, a control unit configured to control at least one of a voltage and a current supplied to the light source, and an optical filter configured to change the spectrum of the light emitted from the light source and to generate the cosmetic light for body hair, which comprises:
an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 400 to 700 nm is larger than an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 700 to 1200 nm,
an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 400 to 500 nm is smaller than an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body in a wavelength range of 500 to 600 nm,
an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 500 to 530 nm is larger than an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 570 to 600 nm,
an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 400 to 500 nm is larger than an intensity integral of the cosmetic light for body hair in a wavelength range of 600 to 700 nm, and
the cosmetic light for body hair is configured to inhibit hair growth in a living body or remove hair from a living body, and is further configured to inhibit unwanted side effects including skin inflammation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,309

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROLIFERATION OF STEM CELLS IN CELLULAR TISSUE

1. A system for proliferation of stem cells, in cellular tissue in vivo or grown in vitro in repositories or cellular cultures laboratories, by local application of an extremely low frequency magnetic field, said system comprising a generator for producing a constant sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal, and at least one resonating medium connected to the generator, wherein:the generator comprises:
a quartz oscillator which generates a rectangular signal, initially of a high precision frequency,
a first integrated circuit which successively divides the rectangular signal to output a desired frequency between 3 and 30 Hz,
an 8 order Butterworth filter integrated circuit which converts the divided rectangular signal into a sinusoidal signal, and
a multi-stage attenuator which provides a current value to produce an induction of the magnetic field in a range from 0.25 mT-2 mT at an emitter of the at least one resonating medium, each stage of the attenuator leading to an increase of 0.25 mT of the induction of the magnetic field;
the at least one resonance medium comprising the emitter and at least one coil member having a number of loops wound about the emitter, the emitter being made of magnetic material, the at least one resonance medium being subjected to said sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal produced by the generator;
the sinusoidal extremely low frequency current signal having a value of IRMs=0.195 A and a predetermined frequency chosen from a range between 7.65 Hz and 7.75 Hz with harmonics inferior to 0.2%, and an induction of the magnetic field having a value BRMs=0.75 mT at a distance of 3 mm from a solenoid surface of the at least one resonating medium; and
said magnetic field being applied in a transversal direction to a localized region of the stem cells.

US Pat. No. 10,137,308

ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY TRIGGERED TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

The Florida International...

1. A system, comprising:a hardware component comprising an integrated circuit;
a software component stored on a computer-readable medium and in operable communication with the hardware component: and
a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) machine capable of producing magnetic stimulation,
the integrated circuit being in operable communication the TMS machine,
the software component being configured to receive waveforms from electrocardiography (ECG) hardware and to compute a determination factor based on the received waveforms such that if the determination factor is outside a predetermined range, the software component sends an abort signal to the TMS machine to cease any magnetic stimulation,
the software component being further configured to accept an input from a user and to send a control signal to the hardware component to perform an operation on the TMS machine based on the input from the user,
the software component comprising a graphical user interface with which the user interacts to provide the input,
the TMS machine comprising a first pedal corresponding to aborting magnetic stimulation, a second pedal corresponding to decreasing intensity of a magnetic pulse, a third pedal corresponding to triggering a magnetic pulse with a predefined intensity, and a fourth pedal corresponding to increasing intensity of a magnetic pulse,
the hardware component further comprising a first solenoid disposed adjacent to the first pedal of the TMS machine,
the system being configured such that, if the user input indicates that magnetic stimulation is to be aborted the hardware component presses the first pedal of the TMS machine by activating the first solenoid, and
the system being configured such that detection of a highest peak of an R wave by the ECG hardware is synchronized with triggering of the TMS machine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,307

IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL TARGET SITES FOR TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION APPLICATIONS

Beth Israel Deaconess Med...

1. A method of operating a computing device comprising at least one processor to identify target sites for application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to a patient, the method comprising:by the at least one processor:
receiving a plurality of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images obtained over a duration of time while the patient is in a resting state, wherein the plurality of fMRI images include voxels of the patient's brain and values for the voxels that are indicative of intrinsic brain activity of the patient;
identifying, in at least one fMRI image of the plurality of fMRI images, a portion of the voxels as at least one region of interest of the patient's brain, wherein stimulating the at least one region of interest affects at least one of a neurological or psychiatric condition of a person;
analyzing the plurality of fMRI images to determine at least one target TMS stimulation site in a target region of the patient's brain that is functionally connected to the at least one region of interest of the patient's brain, wherein determining the at least one target TMS stimulation site comprises:
generating a seed map that includes the at least one region of interest and voxels outside the at least one region of interest that are functionally connected to the at least one region of interest;
modifying the seed map by subtracting voxels corresponding to the target region of the patient's brain; and
comparing, over the duration of time, values for voxels corresponding to the modified seed map and values for voxels corresponding to the target region to identify a group of voxels in the target region that correlates negatively with the modified seed map over the duration of time; and
generating an output comprising the at least one determined target TMS stimulation site as a region of the patient's brain corresponding to the identified group of voxels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,305

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BEHAVIORALLY RESPONSIVE SIGNAL DETECTION AND THERAPY DELIVERY

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method for operating a leadless cardiac pacemaker implanted into a patient, the patient having two or more predefined behavioral states including a first predefined behavioral state and a second predefined behavioral state, the method comprising:the leadless cardiac pacemaker detecting a change in the behavioral state of the patient from the first predefined behavioral state to the second predefined behavioral state, and in response, the leadless cardiac pacemaker changing a sampling rate of a sensor signal generated by a sensor of the leadless cardiac pacemaker from a first sampling rate to a second sampling rate;
the leadless cardiac pacemaker using the sampled sensor signal at the second sampling rate to determine an updated pacing rate of the leadless cardiac pacemaker; and
the leadless cardiac pacemaker providing pacing to the patient at the updated pacing rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,304

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE CHANNEL INDEPENDENT RATE CONTROL

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for delivering electrical stimulation therapy to a patient, the method comprising:delivering, by a stimulation generation circuit, first electrical stimulation pulses at a first programmed rate on a first channel; and
delivering, by the same stimulation generation circuit, second electrical stimulation pulses at a second programmed rate on a second channel, wherein the second programmed rate is different than the first programmed rate, and wherein the second programmed rate is independent of the first programmed rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,303

CORTICAL INTERFACE FOR MOTOR SIGNAL RECORDING AND SENSORY SIGNAL STIMULATION

Second Sight Medical Prod...

1. An implantation system comprising:an implantable device comprising:
a hermetic package enclosing an electronic circuit suitable to be implanted within a head,
a flat flexible circuit, including a polymer base layer, conductive traces and a polymer top layer, and including a plurality of electrodes electrically coupled to the electronic circuit suitable to record neural activity, the flexible circuit forming a plurality of flexible fingers with electrodes disposed directly on each of the flexible fingers, each flexible finger including a tip at an opposite end of the flexible circuit from the hermetic package, and a flexible feature, defining a void, at the tip suitable to accept an implantation tool, and
a wireless transceiver electrically coupled to the electronic circuit for sending data derived from the neural activity and receiving sensory data; and
the implantation tool including a plurality of features configured to engage the voids in each of the fingers and press the plurality of fingers into tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,137,302

HEARING SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a hearing system comprising an implantable device and an external device configured to transmit an encoded signal to the implantable device, the external device comprising a microphone system and a processor system, the method comprising:receiving at the microphone system acoustic signals,
converting the acoustic signals to electrical signals via the microphone system, where the conversion includes dividing the signal into a plurality of bands,
determining for each of the plurality of bands an energy level and generating a wireless signal based on the plurality of energy bands,
transmitting the wireless signal from the external device to the implantable device,
wherein the generation of the wireless signal further comprises creating a compressed signal having reduced data for at least one energy level.

US Pat. No. 10,137,300

INGESTIBLE ELECTRICAL DEVICE FOR STIMULATING TISSUES IN A GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT OF AN ORGANISM

Carnegie Mellon Universit...

1. A method performed by an ingestible, electrical device, comprising:following a dissolution of an outer casing of the ingestible, electrical device, expanding a form factor of one or more electrodes included in the ingestible, electrical device;
wherein at least one of the one or more electrodes comprises a biocompatible conducting material and a biocompatible insulating material; and
wherein the dissolution occurs in an organism that ingests the ingestible, electrical device;
activating, based on exposure to an aqueous environment in the organism, a generator of the ingestible, electrical device, the generator being connected to the one or more electrodes;
following activation of the generator, delivering one or more of a current or a voltage across the one or more electrodes of the ingestible, electrical device;
stimulating, based on delivery of the one or more of the current or the voltage, one or more internal cells of the organism that ingests the ingestible, electrical device; and
ceasing to deliver the one or more of the current or the voltage across the one or more electrodes after a predetermined time;
wherein the ingestible, electrical device is configured to break down following a cease in delivery of the one or more of the current or the voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,137,299

ENGAGING THE CERVICAL SPINAL CORD CIRCUITRY TO RE-ENABLE VOLITIONAL CONTROL OF HAND FUNCTION IN TETRAPLEGIC SUBJECTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method of improving motor control and/or strength in a hand of a subject with a neuromotor disorder affecting motor control of the hand, said method comprising:neuromodulating a cervical spinal cord of said subject by administering transcutaneous stimulation to the cervical spinal cord or a region thereof; and/or
neuromodulating the cervical spinal cord of said subject by administering epidural stimulation to the cervical spinal cord or a region thereof; and/or
by administering to said subject at least one monoaminergic agonist: and wherein said method additionally comprises physical training of said subject where said physical training comprises:
hand contraction against a resistance: and/or
tracing a displayed pattern by hand manipulation of a hand controller.

US Pat. No. 10,137,298

HAND-HELD DEVICE FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED SKIN TREATMENT

Swiss Spa System Ltd., H...

1. A hand-held device for electrically powered skin treatment, comprising:a first outer electrode which is contactable with a hand of a user when the device is held in the hand for use;
a second outer electrode which is placeable on an area of skin to be treated;
at least one battery, wherein the at least one battery is electrically connected to the first outer electrode and the second outer electrode during operation of the device and wherein the at least one battery is rechargeable;
a compartment, wherein the at least one battery is disposed in the compartment, wherein the compartment is covered by a shell-like housing cover, and wherein an outside of the housing cover is a section of an exterior area of the device housing;
wherein the compartment is covered by a removable compartment cover, wherein an inner side of the compartment cover is directed toward the at least one battery in the compartment and wherein a connector socket with at least two poles is disposed on an outer side of the compartment cover;
wherein the compartment cover is located within the housing cover; and
a charging circuit coupled between the at least one battery and the at least two poles of the connector socket.

US Pat. No. 10,137,297

DETECTING VENTRICULAR LEAD DISLODGEMENT DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of detecting dislodgement of a ventricular lead coupled to an implantable medical device, the method comprising:sensing, by sensing circuitry of the implantable medical device, a near-field cardiac signal via the ventricular lead;
detecting, by processing circuitry, a ventricular fibrillation episode based on the sensed near-field cardiac signal;
determining, by the processing circuitry, an amount of variability of detected RR intervals and an amplitude of the near-field cardiac signal in response to the ventricular fibrillation episode being detected;
detecting, by the processing circuitry, dislodgement of the ventricular lead based on the amount of variability satisfying a variability threshold and the amplitude satisfying an amplitude threshold; and
withholding, by the processing circuitry, delivery of a ventricular defibrillation therapy by the implantable medical device to treat the detected ventricular fibrillation based on detecting the dislodgement of the ventricular lead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,296

ACTIVE CARDIAC ELECTRICAL LEAD

SHANGHAI MICROPORT MEDICA...

1. An intermediate connection mount for use with a distal end of an active cardiac lead and connectable with a ring electrode located proximally of the intermediate connection mount, the intermediate connection mount comprisinga medial separator;
a distal fitting extending from the medial separator in a distal direction; and
a proximal fitting extending from the medial separator in a proximal direction and connectable to a ring electrode, the proximal fitting including a plurality of radially-extending tabs spaced from the medial separator to define an annular recess between at least one tab and the medial separator, wherein
at least two of the plurality of radially-extending tabs each includes a first side surface having a width extending at a tangent from a surface of the proximal fitting and the first side surfaces of the at least two of the plurality of radially-extending tabs are parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,295

IMPLANTABLE EXTRAVASCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION LEAD HAVING IMPROVED SENSING AND PACING CAPABILITY

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An implantable medical electrical lead comprising:an elongated lead body having a distal portion and a proximal end;
at least one pace/sense electrode located along the distal portion of the elongated lead body;
a defibrillation electrode located along the distal portion of the elongated lead body, wherein the defibrillation electrode includes a first defibrillation electrode segment and a second defibrillation electrode segment spaced proximal to the first defibrillation electrode segment, and wherein the distal portion of the elongated lead body is arranged such that, when the implantable medical electrical lead is implanted in a substernal location in a patient, the defibrillation electrode is substantially over a surface of a cardiac silhouette of a heart of the patient as observed via an anterior-posterior (AP) fluoroscopic view of the heart, and the at least one pace/sense electrode is over a surface of a silhouette of a ventricle of the heart as observed via the AP fluoroscopic view of the heart.

US Pat. No. 10,137,294

FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM INCLUDING FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLOW INITIATING MECHANISM

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. A method of protecting a pressure transducer from fluid pressure damage using a pressure isolation mechanism comprising an inlet port, an isolation port, and an internal cavity wherein a free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member is disposed and adapted to engage a seal seat in the internal cavity, and a flow initiating mechanism is associated with the isolation port, the method comprising:associating the pressure transducer with the isolation port;
placing a pressurizing device for delivering fluid under pressure in fluid connection with the inlet port;
actuating the pressurizing device to cause fluid flow in the inlet port such that the free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member engages the seal seat to attain a closed position, to prevent fluid flow between the inlet port and the isolation port, and to prevent overpressure in the isolation port; and
reading hemodynamic pressure signals with the pressure transducer transmitted at least in part through a body of the valve member or a portion thereof in the closed position,
wherein upon actuation of the pressurizing device, the flow initiating mechanism initiates flow around the valve member such that the valve member operates to the closed position upon fluid flow initiation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,293

MEDICAL STOPCOCK VALVE

Board of Supervisors of L...

1. A medical stopcock valve comprising:a hollow body having a plurality of through holes around a perimeter of the hollow body;
an outer ring encapsulating the perimeter, the outer ring having a plurality of external ports;
the outer ring being rotatable around the perimeter to open and close access between the external ports and the through holes;
at least three through hole;
at least three exterior ports;
eight possible stable on/off positions of the outer ring as the outer ring rotates around the perimeter; and
eight unstable intermediate positions between the stable on/off positions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,292

WATER RESISTANT CATHETER COVER

1. A catheter covering device comprising:a sleeve formed of a water resistant and breathable polymer and comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the first end comprises a rim forming an opening into the sleeve;
an adhesive film comprising a first side and a second side, wherein the first side is attached to the rim of the sleeve and the second side comprises an adhesive, wherein the adhesive film comprises an inner edge forming an opening leading into the sleeve;
a water indicator comprising a ring shape having a first side, a second side, an inner edge and an outer edge, wherein the first side of the water indicator is attached to the second side of the adhesive film, wherein an opening formed by the inner edge aligns with the opening of the adhesive film and leads into the sleeve, wherein an outer edge of the adhesive film extends beyond the outer edge of the water indicator so that the adhesive is exposed; and
a desiccant paper attached to the water indicator, wherein the water indicator is sandwiched in between the adhesive film and the desiccant paper.

US Pat. No. 10,137,291

VALVED CONNECTOR FOR MEDICAL LINES

INDUSTRIE BORLA S.P.A., ...

1. A valved male luer connector comprising:a casing, a tubular member having an inlet portion and an outlet portion with an open terminal end,
an elastic hollow element secured to the casing and enclosing the tubular member, said elastic hollow element having a terminal wall, which normally seals closed said terminal end of the outlet portion of the tubular member and having a cut,
a collar interposed between the casing and the elastic hollow element and axially displaceable, following thrust engagement by a female connector connectable to said male connector, causing a stretching deformation of said elastic hollow element and consequent opening of the flow passage between said inlet portion and said outlet portion of the tubular member, and
a priming cap releasably connectable to the casing of the connector to provide stretching deformation of said elastic element and to keep said terminal end of the outlet portion of the tubular member in communication with the atmosphere through a liquid-impermeable barrier,
said priming cap comprising a skirt and a tubular part, said skirt arranged outside the casing and configured to engage said casing, said tubular part coaxial to said skirt,
said tubular part comprising said liquid-impermeable barrier and said tubular part arranged to interact with said collar interposed between the casing and the elastic hollow element to cause said collar to move to contact said elastic hollow to deform said hollow element and allow fluid to flow from said inlet portion of said tubular member to said outlet portion of said tubular member to an interior of an outer tubular portion of said priming cap, said interior bounded by said liquid-impermeable barrier.

US Pat. No. 10,137,290

ULTRASONIC DISPERSION OF COMPOSITIONS IN TISSUE

Sonescence, Inc., Santa ...

1. A method of treating an infection comprising:identifying a treatment field associated with the infection;
subcutaneously injecting a solution comprising a therapeutic dose of a drug dissolved therein to the treatment field and in a vicinity of the infected tissue, wherein the infection comprises a methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus infection with a minimum inhibitory concentration of at least 64 micrograms/ml with respect to Cefazolin and wherein the drug comprises Cefazolin; and
applying ultrasound transcutaneously toward the treatment field associated with the infected tissue and the subcutaneously injected solution, wherein the transcutaneously applied ultrasound is applied for 5 minutes or less at a power density of 2.5 to 4 W/cm2 and at a frequency of less than 5 MHz such that the ultrasound interacts with the subcutaneously injected solution to disperse the solution with the therapeutic dose of drug dissolved therein through the treatment field and into the infected tissue via microstreaming or by cavitation, the therapeutic dose of drug dissolved in the solution being dispersed through the infected tissue at therapeutically effective concentrations for treating the infection; and wherein the concentration of drug in the infected tissue is therapeutically effective against the infection while maintaining serum concentration of the drug to less than 10 micrograms/ml one hour after the application of transcutaneous ultrasound; and
monitoring a temperature during application of the transcutaneous ultrasound with a temperature monitor to identify a need to cease the broadcast of ultrasound toward the treatment field when a monitored temperature exceeds a temperature threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,137,289

MICRONEEDLE CARTRIDGE AND NOSECONE ASSEMBLY

Esthetic Education LLC, ...

1. A microneedle cartridge comprisinga first cylinder component comprising an upper cylindrical section forming an outer cartridge cylinder, a lower cylindrical section of smaller radius than the upper cylindrical section forming a connection cylinder for connecting the cartridge to a microneedling device, and an inner baffle cylinder section; and
a second cylinder component comprising an outer baffle cylinder having an upper platform for holding a microneedle array and a connecting rod extending downward from the platform;
wherein the first and second cylinder components are concentric, the outer baffle cylinder surrounds the inner baffle cylinder, and the cylinders are dimensioned to a close fit that permits reciprocal movement of the outer baffle cylinder between the outer cartridge cylinder and the inner baffle cylinder; and
a piston rod attachment cradle comprising an inverted cup configured to receive a polymer piston rod and housing and provide a shroud over the piston rod housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,288

DRUG DEVICE CONFIGURED FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Pop Test Abuse Deterrent ...

1. An ingestible drug delivery device, formed by a device manufacturer, and configured for wireless communication, said drug delivery device comprising:a capsule body comprising:
a sensor for sensing at least one biologic condition within a patient;
a bioactive substance module comprising a container for holding a volume and/or quantity of bioactive substance therein and a microactuator for dispensing said bioactive substance from said container to a location outside of said capsule body;
an electronics module, coupled to said sensor and said bioactive substance module, said electronics module comprising a processor, a transponder and a memory, said memory configured for storing data related to a unique device ID and to a patient identification and configured for storing respective flags set by the device manufacturer and a pharmacist;
a power source coupled to said sensor, said bioactive substance module and said electronics module; and
wherein said processor activates said microactuator to dispense said bioactive substance only if said processor verifies the following conditions:
(a) a first flag is set by the device manufacturer;
(b) a second flag is set by the pharmacist; and
(c) a match exists between said patient identification stored in said memory and a patient identification transmitted from an external patient interface device that communicates with said ingested drug device; andwherein said processor does not activate said microactuator to dispense said bioactive substance if any one of said conditions (a) (c) is not verified.