US Pat. No. 11,027,214

MAGNETIC CONSTRUCTION TOY

1. A magnetic construction toy comprising; elements in the form of polyhedrons with magnets placed inside each face and distinguished by the elements made in the form of at least one of tetrahedron, octahedron, cube, semi-tetrahedron formed by a tetrahedron division into equal parts along a vertical axis, or a semi-octahedron formed by a octahedron division into equal parts along the vertical axis, or a semi-octahedron formed by a octahedron division into equal parts along a horizontal axis, or a quarter-octahedron formed by division of semi-octahedron formed by octahedron division into two equal parts along the horizontal axis into two equal parts along the vertical axis; in the elements made in the form of tetrahedron, octahedron, cube, as well as in semi-tetrahedrons joint into tetrahedron and formed by tetrahedron division into equal parts along the vertical axis, and in semi-octahedrons joint into octahedron and formed by octahedron division into equal parts along at least one of the vertical axis and the horizontal axis, and in quarter-octahedrons formed by division of semi-octahedron formed by octahedron division into two equal parts along the horizontal axis into two equal parts along the vertical axis heteropolar magnets are located pairwise and symmetrical towards bisectors of face angles, as well as equally spaced from face edges that are the sides of these angles; magnets are located with polarity alternation; the elements face edges that are the sides of regular triangles, squares, bottoms of irregular isosceles triangles and hypotenuses of right triangles are equal in length; andincluding 4 magnets placed inside each rectangle face in the elements in the form of quarter-octahedron formed by division of semi-octahedron formed by octahedron division into two equal parts along the horizontal axis into two equal parts along the vertical axis.

US Pat. No. 11,027,213

MOBILE AGENTS FOR MANIPULATING, MOVING, AND/OR REORIENTING COMPONENTS

Digital Dream Labs, LLC, ...

1. A robot comprising:one or more actuators that are each configured to effect a physical movement of the robot;
one or more processors; and
one or more storage devices storing instructions that are operable, when executed by the one or more processors, to cause the robot to perform operations comprising:
prompting a user for a particular input;
obtaining a first personality parameter assigned to the robot, the first personality parameter being one of a plurality of maintained personality parameters;
obtaining a first emotion-specific action to which the first personality parameter is mapped for the prompted input;
determining that a user input does not match the prompted input; and in response to determining that a user input does not match the prompted input, executing the first emotion-specific action including issuing commands to the one or more actuators to cause the robot to perform one or more physical movements corresponding to the first emotion-specific action.

US Pat. No. 11,027,212

KART WITH MOVABLE VISUAL EFFECT

RAZOR USA LLC, Cerritos,...

1. A ridable vehicle comprising:a body comprising:
a rear portion comprising a seat; and
a front portion movably connected with the rear portion about a steering axis, the front portion extending forward of the rear portion, wherein the front portion comprises a forward extension arm;
a front wheel;
a first rear wheel assembly and a second rear wheel assembly, the first rear wheel assembly comprising a first swivel wheel and a first wheel mount and the second rear wheel assembly comprising a second swivel wheel and a second wheel mount, wherein the first and second rear wheel assemblies are coupled to the rear portion of the body, the first and second wheel mounts extending perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the rear portion of the body; and
a steering assembly connected to the forward extension arm of the front portion of the body at a position forward of the rear portion of the body, wherein a portion of the steering assembly is positioned lower than the seat;
wherein the rear portion of the body further comprises a first downwardly extending protrusion configured to receive at least a portion of the first wheel mount and a second downwardly extending protrusion configured to receive at least a portion of the second wheel mount.

US Pat. No. 11,027,211

SEQUENTIALLY OPERATED MODULES

May Patents Ltd., Hod-Ha...

1. A game set for sensing, and responding to, a physical phenomenon using three or more devices, the game set comprising:a first device comprising, in a first enclosure:
a first connector for electrically connecting to another device;
a second connector capable of mating with the first connector, for electrically connecting to another device; and
a sensor having an output coupled to the first or second connector for sensing a physical, chemical, or biological phenomenon;
a second device comprising, in a second enclosure:
a third connector that is identical to the first connector for electrically connecting to another device;
a fourth connector that is identical to the second connector capable of mating with the third connector, for electrically connecting to another device; and
a power source coupled to the third or fourth connector for powering another device;
and a third device comprising, in a third enclosure:
a fifth connector that is identical to the first connector for electrically connecting to another device;
a sixth connector that is identical to the second connector and is capable of mating with the fifth connector, for electrically connecting to another device; and
a payload coupled to the fifth or sixth connector to be electrically powered from the power source and for converting an electrical power from the power source to a non-electrical type of energy,
wherein the game set further comprising a switch connectable between the power source and the payload,
wherein upon electrically connecting the first, second, and third devices in any order using the connectors, the payload is operated or activated by switching electrical power from the power source to the payload via the switch in response to the physical phenomenon sensed by the sensor, and
wherein two or more of the connectors are operative to concurrently connect both power and digital data signals between the respectively connected devices.

US Pat. No. 11,027,210

MOTION GENERATING PLATFORM ASSEMBLY

Universal City Studios LL...

1. A Stewart platform assembly comprising:a first platform having a first surface;
a second platform having a second surface facing the first surface of the first platform; and
six legs extending between and coupling the first platform and the second platform, and configured to be actuated between a first arrangement in which adjustable lengths of the six legs, measured from the first platform to the second platform, are substantially equal to one another, and a plurality of second arrangements in which the adjustable lengths of the six legs are not substantially equal to one another, wherein each leg of the six legs forms, in the first arrangement, an angle of less than or equal to 45 degrees with a plane defined by the first platform;
wherein the first surface of the first platform comprises a first anchor position to which a first leg and a second leg of the six legs are coupled, a second anchor position to which a third leg and a fourth leg of the six legs are coupled, and a third anchor position to which a fifth leg and a sixth leg of the six legs are coupled;
wherein the second surface of the second platform comprises a fourth anchor position to which the third leg and the sixth leg are coupled, a fifth anchor position to which the second leg and the fifth leg are coupled, and a sixth anchor position to which the first leg and the fourth leg are coupled; and
wherein, in the first arrangement of the six legs, the first anchor position, the second anchor position, and the third anchor position are circumferentially aligned with the fourth anchor position, the fifth anchor position, and the sixth anchor position, respectively.

US Pat. No. 11,027,209

AMUSEMENT RIDE

1. An amusement ride comprising: a visitor compartment, equipped with a system of screens, an audio system, a lighting system, a controller, a control console, a video monitoring system, and a payment system, wherein the visitor comprises an elevator simulator car having sliding doors; wherein the elevator simulator car has a wall or walls and a ceiling; wherein the elevator simulator car is connected to pneumatic cylinders and to a compressor; wherein the pneumatic cylinders are located outside the elevator simulator car in at least one of a plurality of walls of the amusement ride; wherein the pneumatic cylinders are programmed for an asynchronous movement and rolls of the elevator simulator car; wherein the wall or walls and the ceiling of the elevator simulator car have cells with animatronic objects connected to pneumatic cylinders or servomotors, and the animatronic objects are hidden behind moving panels; wherein the elevator simulator car is equipped with a water-spray device, a device for supplying directed airflows, a photo camera and/or a video camera, a safety and emergency stop system of the amusement ride.

US Pat. No. 11,027,208

MECHANICAL WATER TRANSFER SYSTEM

Landscape Structures Inc....

1. A playground water feature comprising:a feature outlet;
a diaphragm valve configured to receive water flow from a water source;
a mechanical activator, configured to, when actuated, open a vent valve, that is fluidically coupled to the diaphragm valve, such that the diaphragm valve opens to allow the water flow to flow to the feature outlet when the vent valve is opened; and
a plug that plugs a second vent from a portion of a fluid stream after the diaphragm valve to the vent valve.

US Pat. No. 11,027,207

AMUSEMENT RIDE WITH GONDOLAS MOUNTED ON A SUPPORT AND HAVING ROWS OF SEATS MOUNTED BY CARDAN SUSPENSION

1. An amusement ride comprising a base (1) to which is fastened at least one pivotable or rotatable support (2) holding rows of seats (4) mounted in at least one gondola (3, 8), wherein the at least one gondola (3, 8) is movable on the at least one support (2) with respect to the base, at least in a vertical direction, wherein the rows of seats (4) in the at least one gondola (3, 8) are rotatable or pivotable in at least two mutually perpendicular planes, wherein the at least one support (2) is formed by two parallel arms (17, 18) with the at least one gondola (3, 8) arranged between the parallel arms and supported by frames (5, 6, 7) which interlock in a Cardan suspension, such that the rows of seats (4) in the at least one gondola (3, 8) are mounted by Cardan suspension and are movable in three mutually perpendicular planes, wherein the at least one support (2) is an arcuate motor-driven support beam which is curved relative to the base and comprises upwardly swept ends, has said two parallel arms, and is mounted on the base in a central region (9) thereof, and is configured with the at least one gondola (3, 8) on one of the support beam's upwardly swept ends, and wherein the at least one gondola (3, 8) can be loaded and unloaded in its starting position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,206

MULTI-DEVICE GAMING INTERFACE

Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc...

1. A system comprising:an electronic device configured to:
present a user interface via which a user can select from a plurality of commands associated with a particular video game; and
in response to a selection of one of said plurality of commands, transmit said selected one of said plurality of commands to a user interface device, wherein:
said selected one of said plurality of commands causes said user interface device to transmit a corresponding one or more simulated user inputs to a game console associated with said video game.

US Pat. No. 11,027,205

VIDEO GAME PAGE PROVIDING INFORMATION AND FUNCTIONALITIES BASED ON VIDEO GAME LIFECYCLE AND USER CONTEXT

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method implemented by a computer system for presentation of video game-related information, the method comprising:determining a phase of a lifecycle of a video game, wherein a set of content and actions associated with the video game are generated specifically for the phase;
setting a layout of a page associated with the video game based on the phase, wherein the page is updated based on different phases of the lifecycle and is accessible in each of the different phases to a user;
receiving a request of the user for information about the video game;
determining a context of the user in association with at least one of the video game or a video game platform from which the video game is available;
populating the page with the content and the actions, wherein at least one of the content or the actions is customized based on the context; and
presenting, in response to the request, the page as populated and according to the layout.

US Pat. No. 11,027,204

INSTRUMENT GAME SYSTEM AND METHOD

Ubisoft Entertainment, R...

1. A system for instructing a user on playing a musical instrument, comprising:a sound input for interfacing with the musical instrument configured to receive analog sound data from the musical instrument and using a processing unit, convert the sound data into performance notes, each performance note corresponding to one or more discrete musical notes;
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing:
a digital representation of a song, said song comprising a plurality of phrases, each phrase of the plurality of phrases comprising a plurality of arrangement notes;
computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, perform a method of instructing the user on playing the musical instrument, the method comprising the steps of:
selecting, for a first phrase of the song, a first subset of the plurality of arrangement notes corresponding to the first phrase as cued notes for the first phrase;
presenting, to the user, a visual representation of the cued notes for the first phrase;
receiving, via the sound input, performance notes for the first phrase performed by the user in response to the visual representation of the cued notes for the first phrase,
updating an estimation of the user's skill level based on a comparison of the performance notes for the first phrase and the cued notes for the first phrase;
selecting, for a second phrase of the song, a second subset of the plurality of arrangement notes corresponding to the second phrase as cued notes for the second phrase;
wherein the cued notes for the second phrase are selected based on the updated estimation of the user's skill level; and
presenting, to the user, a visual representation of the cued notes for the second phrase.

US Pat. No. 11,027,203

GAME SYSTEM AND GAME PROVIDING METHOD USING THE SYSTEM

NHN Entertainment Corpora...

1. A game system comprising:a game server configured for providing an online game to a set of participating users;
an external server configured for providing a social network service to a general public, the external server not connected to the game server;
a recruiting user terminal configured for creating a party of the online game, transmitting the generated party to the game server, creating a party member recruitment announcement comprising information on a participation condition of the party, and transmitting the party member recruitment announcement to the external server; and
at least one participating user terminal of a potential participating user configured for receiving the party member recruitment announcement from the external server and transmitting user game information of the potential participating user for participating in the party to the game server in response to the received party member recruitment announcement,
wherein the game server is configured to receive the user game information of the potential participating user, determine whether the user game information of the potential participating user satisfies the participation condition, and transmit a participating admission message to the participating user terminal if the user game information of the potential participating user satisfies the participation condition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,202

COMPUTERIZED GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING THEREOF

PLAYTECH SOFTWARE LIMITED...

1. A method of operating a computer-based gaming system, the method comprising:generating, by the gaming system, a customized game engine data model (GEDM) configured to represent a math of a given game, wherein the customized GEDM is derived from a unified game engine data model (GEDM) by defining customizable parameters meeting a user's specification and related to the math of the given game, and wherein the unified GEDM specifies a math unified for all customized GEDM derivable from the unified data model by defining the customizable parameters related to the math;
generating, by the gaming system, a Game Engine Package comprising the customized GEDM and an executor thereof, wherein the executor is unified and applicable to any customized GEDM derivable from the unified data model;
validating the generated Game Engine Package; and
deploying the validated Game Engine Package to one or more instances of the gaming system;
wherein the validated Game Engine Package is configured as a single sealed unit comprising a logic for a one or more games.

US Pat. No. 11,027,201

COMPOSING AN IMAGE

KING.COM LTD., St. Julia...

1. A computer implemented method for controlling the display of a computer device to display randomly selected multiple tile images adjacent to each other to form a background image, the method comprising;storing in a computer memory at the computer device, image texture data, the image texture data comprising a plurality of sets of predefined masks, each set of predefined masks for forming a respective tile image comprising multiple portions, wherein each mask of the set draws the corresponding respective portion of the tile image to be rendered;
selecting at random multiple tile images for display from a plurality of tile images;
for each randomly selected tile image, determining the location where each mask in the set of predefined masks for forming each selected tile image is stored in the image texture data; and
supplying the image texture data and an indication of said location to a shader program executed on the computer device to control the shader program to use the set of predefined masks to form each selected tile image, each predefined mask being used by the shader program to draw the corresponding respective portion of the selected tile image thereby to compose the selected tile image; and
displaying the randomly selected tile images adjacent to each other on the display to form the background image.

US Pat. No. 11,027,200

GAME DEVICE, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CAPCOM CO., LTD., Osaka ...

1. A game device comprising:a virtual space generating unit for generating a virtual game space zoned by map units, each of which is a square and has a same size;
a storage unit for storing game sound;
a route searching unit for searching the shortest route from a sound source to a listener in a game;
a counting unit for counting the number of the map units in the shortest route between a first map unit where the sound source is located and a second map unit where the listener is located;
a calculating unit for calculating a distance from the sound source to the listener based on the number of the map units; and
a sound processing unit for loading the data of the game sound generated by the sound source from the storage unit and attenuating the volume level of the game sound based on the distance calculated by the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 11,027,199

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR NETWORK COUPLED GAMING

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

1. A method performed on a game controller, comprising:making a wireless connection to a computing device;
receiving network information associated with a wireless access point from the computing device via the wireless connection;
disconnecting from the computing device;
connecting to the wireless access point based on the received network information to communicate through a communication network with a game streaming service;
communicating with the game streaming service with respect to a game streaming service account;
receiving user input from a plurality of input controls; and
communicating the user input to the game streaming service via a first connection through the communication network that is separate from a second connection used by the game streaming service to communicate to a display device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,198

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SERVING GAME VIDEO FOR REMOTE PLAY

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method executed on gaming system, comprising:receiving a connection request from a remote client to access a player interface of the game system, the connection request being received via a computing network;
receiving a command for a video game from the remote client via the player interface executed by the gaming system, the command being received via the computing network;
executing the game based at least in part on the received command; and
sending compressed images from the gaming system via the computing network to the remote client, wherein the compressed images include partially rendered images that require additional rendering by the remote client;
the compressed images configured to be decompressed by the remote client; and
the remote client is configured to perform additional rendering for display of the decompressed images at the remote client;
wherein said partially rendered images require further textures to be added by the remote client during said additional rendering.

US Pat. No. 11,027,197

SERVERLESS GAMING THROUGH ZERO-KNOWLEDGE PROOFS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method for processing a serverless video game, comprising:generating, at a first node, a notification to a second node to join play of the serverless video game;
confirming, by the first node, that the second node has joined to play the serverless video game, the joining by the second node creating a peer-to-peer communication process for executing an application layer for the serverless video game;
executing, at each of the first node and the second node a consensus algorithm for verifying moves processed by the application layer that runs game rules for the serverless video game, wherein said consensus algorithm at each of the first node and the second node respectively maintains a database for storing a history of said moves by each one of the first and second nodes, and said consensus algorithm is configured to independently process at each of the first and second nodes said verifying of each of the moves;
generating, at the first node, a first move, and responsive to the first move sending to the second node a message regarding the first move, such that the second node is configured to receive the message regarding the first move by the first node, wherein the consensus algorithm at the second node is configured to validate or invalidate the first move, and wherein an anonymized function of said consensus algorithm at the second node independently processes the first move against said game rules for said validating or invalidating of the first move; and
receiving, by the first node from the second node, a confirmation message regarding validity or invalidity of the first move by the first node.

US Pat. No. 11,027,196

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING TRANSACTIONS IN A MULTIPLAYER NETWORK GAMING ENVIRONMENT

TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFT...

1. A game server system, comprising:one or more client devices, each having a communications interface and a processor for executing an electronic game file; and
at least two game servers in operable communication with each client device via their communication interface for transmitting remote procedure calls with said client devices; and
a conductor that routes said client devices to said game servers,
wherein a first game server is dedicated to a first selection of domain specific applications of the electronic game file and a second game server is dedicated to a second selection of domain specific applications of the electronic game file being independent of the first selection of domain specific applications, said conductor authorizing access by providing an access token to a selected client device if an authorization ticket can be validated by the conductor when the selected client device requests access to either the first or the second selection of domain specific applications by transmitting to the conductor the authorization ticket including an identifier of the first or second game server.

US Pat. No. 11,027,195

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

18. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having embodied thereon a program, which when executed by a computer causes the computer to execute a method, the method comprising:acquiring a plurality of pieces of pointer information on a basis of one or a plurality of pieces of sensor data;
discriminating a respective input device of a plurality of input devices corresponding to each respective pointer of a plurality of pointers on a basis of characteristics of the plurality of pieces of pointer information; and
generating a predetermined haptic stimulation signal to be output to the respective input device corresponding to the respective pointer in a case in which a position of the respective pointer satisfies a predetermined condition,
wherein the characteristics of the plurality of pieces of pointer information used to discriminate each respective input device include a unique combination of one or more of a plurality of wavelengths, the unique combination corresponding to the respective input device,
wherein a number of the plurality of pointers is greater than a number of the plurality of wavelengths,
wherein the respective input device is discriminated based on the plurality of pieces of sensor data acquired from a plurality of cameras, and
wherein a number of the plurality of cameras is equal to the number of the plurality of wavelengths.

US Pat. No. 11,027,194

FORCE FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE GAMEPLAY

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A device comprising:at least processor programmed with instructions to:
receive a first signal from a computer simulation;
responsive to the first signal, apply a first force to at least a first manipulable mechanism on a computer simulation controller configured to control the computer simulation;
receive a second signal from the computer simulation; and
responsive to the second signal, apply a second force to the first manipulable mechanism on the computer simulation controller, wherein the first signal is associated with a simulated presence over a first target type and the second signal is associated with a simulated presence over a second target type, and the first force is greater than the second force.

US Pat. No. 11,027,193

TWO-ENVIRONMENT GAME PLAY SYSTEM

FLYINGTEE TECH, LLC, Tul...

1. A game-play environment, comprising:a physical tee box having a monitor;
a physical range surface extending from the tee box and having a plurality of physical markers; and
a physical golf ball;
wherein the monitor is configured to depict a virtual game-play environment, said game-play virtual environment comprising a plurality of virtual golf holes, each of said golf holes comprising a virtual tee box, a virtual fairway and a virtual green, said virtual game-play environment further comprising:
a virtual golf ball flight path of a virtual golf ball corresponding to an actual flight path of the physical golf ball from said tee box onto said range surface;
a plurality of visual components, wherein at least one of said visual components corresponds to features of said virtual golf holes, wherein one of the plurality of visual components is selected as a virtual target;
a plurality of visual cues, wherein each of the visual cues corresponds to a physical marker in the plurality of physical markers, wherein relative positions and distances between said plurality of physical markers are the same relative positions and distances depicted between said plurality of visual cues;
wherein said virtual game-play environment is configured to depict iterative targeting and game play from said virtual tee box to said virtual fairway and/or said virtual green of a desired physical marker corresponding to said visual cues, and wherein said virtual environment is further configured to depict each said virtual golf ball flight path during said iterative targeting and game play from said virtual tee box to said virtual fairway and said virtual green corresponding to said actual flight path of said physical golf ball relative to said desired physical marker; and wherein said monitor is further configured to redraw said virtual environment to depict a new position of said virtual golf ball after each successive iterative targeting and game play from said virtual tee box to said virtual fairway and/or said virtual green along each of said virtual golf holes;
wherein relative positions and distances between said desired physical markers are the same relative positions and distances depicted between said visual cues;
wherein the virtual game-play environment is configured to be selectively adjusted between each successive iterative targeting and game play from said virtual tee box to said virtual fairway and/or said virtual green along each of said virtual golf holes, where such adjustment between each successive iterative targeting and game play changes the proximity of a visual cue in the plurality of visual cues relative to a visual component within the plurality of visual components; and
wherein the orientation of the virtual game-play environment depicted on the monitor can be selectively adjusted on the monitor between each successive iterative targeting and game play such that the position of the visual components within the virtual game-play environment changes with respect to the visual cues to selectively align the virtual target with the visual cue that corresponds to the physical target.

US Pat. No. 11,027,192

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INTERACTIVE CONTROLLER

1. A controller for interacting with an interactive application, comprising:a base;
a shaft extending from a first end from the base; and
a handle extending from a second end of the shaft, the handle for holding by a first hand of a player, wherein the handle is contoured to be grasped by a player's hand; wherein the handle is rotatable with respect to the base for movement or viewing in a virtual environment, the handle having a planar surface, the planar surface having one or more controls, wherein the planar surface is a mounting platform, the mounting platform removably connected to the handle, the mounting platform attachable to opposite sides of the handle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,191

AUXILIARY CONTROL ELECTRONIC DEVICE OF MOBILE TERMINAL

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An auxiliary electronic controller of a mobile terminal, comprising:a main body having a seating portion configured to seat the mobile terminal at a top surface of the main body, and having a radiating structure disposed therein;
a first holding portion formed at one side of the main body; and
a second holding portion hinge-coupled to another side facing the one side of the main body to rotate to a bottom surface of the main body,
wherein the second holding portion includes a first control panel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,190

GAME CONTROLLER AND GAME SYSTEM

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A controller arrangement, comprising:a first game controller; and
a second game controller,
the first game controller comprising:
a housing having, at least, a first surface and a second surface, the housing of the first game controller configured to be operated by a first hand of a user as the user holds the first game controller;
a directional input positioned on the first surface of the housing of the first game controller and operable by a first digit of the first hand of the user as the user holds the first game controller;
a first operation button positioned on the second surface of the housing of the first game controller and operable by a second digit of the first hand of the user as the user holds the first game controller; and
processing circuitry operatively coupled to the directional input and the first operation button, and configured to process data in response to input made in association with the directional input and the first operation button, and generate first output data from the first game controller,
the second game controller comprising:
a housing having, at least, a first surface and a second surface, the housing of the second game controller configured to be operated by the user as the user hold the second game controller;
a directional input positioned on the first surface of the housing of the second game controller and operable by a first digit of the second hand of the user as the user holds the second game controller;
a first operation button positioned on the second surface of the housing of the second game controller and operable by a second digit of the second hand of the user as the user holds the second game controller; and
processing circuitry operatively coupled to the directional input and the first operation button, and configured to process data in response to input made in association with the directional input and the first operation button, and generate second output data from the second game controller, wherein
the first and second game controllers are configured to communicate the first and second output data to an information processing apparatus, and the first and second output data is usable in combination with data output from at least one inertial sensor for executing game processing using the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 11,027,189

ENTERTAINMENT METHOD FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An entertainment method for a self-driving vehicle, comprising:selecting and inputting a game type and a mode by a passenger through a game selection input section of a control unit;
applying an activation signal to a body pressure sensor module and a touch pad mounted on a seat while executing the game type and the mode selected by the passenger in a game execution control section of the control unit;
sensing a body pressure distribution and a touch pressure of the passenger in the body pressure sensor module and the touch pad;
computing a game proceeding operation of the passenger by receiving sensing signals of the body pressure sensor module and the touch pad in a game operation computing section of the control unit, and then inputting the computed result to the game execution control section; and
outputting a game execution screen and a sound according to the instruction of the game execution control section in a game output section,
wherein the game execution screen is displayed on a display based on the body pressure distribution signal sensed in the body pressure sensor when the passenger moves the upper body and the lower body in a state where the passenger is seated on the seat equipped with the body pressure sensor and the touch pad, and the touch pressure signal that touches the touch pad while moving the passenger's arm and the passenger's finger to provide various games related to the body pressure and the touch signal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,188

ROTATION POWERED VEHICLE

RXF MOTIONS, Lompoc, CA ...

1. A rotation powered vehicle, comprising:a rigid chassis;
a rigid platform which is pivotally secured to the chassis such that the platform may undergo a rotational motion with respect to the chassis in a first angular direction or the platform may undergo a rotational motion with respect to the chassis in a second angular direction;
a first linkage pivotally secured to the chassis at a first pivot point on the first linkage, the first linkage having a first linkage slot;
a first coupler link pivotally secured to the platform; and the first coupler link pivotally secured to a second pivot point on the first linkage;
a first rack which is slidably secured to the chassis, the first rack having a first rack pin which is engaged with the first linkage slot;
a first gear which is operatively coupled to the first rack;
a first ratchet which is coupled to the first gear, the first ratchet being configured to engage the first gear and rotate with the first gear when the first gear rotates in the first angular direction, and the first ratchet being configured not to engage the first gear when the first gear rotates in the second angular direction;
a second linkage pivotally secured to the chassis at a first pivot point on the second linkage, the second linkage having a second linkage slot;
a second coupler link pivotally secured to the platform, and the second coupler link pivotally secured to a second pivot point on the second linkage;
a second rack which is slidably secured to the chassis, the second rack having a second rack pin which is engaged with the second linkage slot;
a second gear which is operatively engaged with the second rack;
a second ratchet which is coupled to the second gear, the second ratchet being configured to engage the second gear and rotate with the second gear when the second gear rotates in the first angular direction, and the second ratchet being configured not to engage the second gear when the second gear rotates in the second angular direction;
a drive axle which is coupled to the first and second ratchets, the drive axle rotating if either the first or second ratchets rotate; and
a first and second wheel which are engaged with the drive axle and which rotate in the first angular direction during a first half power cycle wherein the platform is rotated in the first angular direction thereby causing the first linkage to rotate and to translate the first rack over the first gear such that the first gear turns in the first angular direction with the first ratchet being engaged with and rotating with the first gear resulting in the rotation of the drive axis in the first angular direction, the first and second wheel also rotating in the first angular direction during a second half power cycle wherein the platform is rotated in the second angular direction thereby causing the second linkage to rotate and to translate the second rack over the second gear such that the second gear turns in the first angular direction with the second ratchet being engaged with and rotating with the second gear resulting in the rotation of the drive axle in the first angular direction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,187

ELECTRICALLY POWERED TRANSPORT VEHICLE WITH A LIGHTING SYSTEM

NEUTRON HOLDINGS, INC., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a wireless remote control that has a wheel for controlling a speed of a personal transport vehicle, where the personal transport vehicle has one or more motors that are configured to be powered by one or more batteries, where the personal transport vehicle has a deck configured to support a weight of an operator standing on the deck while operating the personal transport vehicle, where the deck has a light indicator system disposed in a groove around an entire perimeter of the deck, where the wireless remote control that has a wireless communication circuit with a transmitter circuit and the personal transport vehicle has a receiver circuit to receive a signal from the wireless remote control, where the signal is configured to control the speed of the personal transport vehicle based upon a position of the wheel on the wireless remote control, where the light indicator system is activated by an on-board navigational system to communicate navigational directions to the operator.

US Pat. No. 11,027,186

PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR FOR SPORTS PARTICIPANTS, ESPECIALLY BASEBALL FIELDERS

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRO...

1. A protective headgear for a baseball or softball player, the protective headgear comprising:a rigid outer protective shell that is generally U-shaped and defined by a brim, a first side wing that extends rearwardly and terminates in a first rear edge and includes a first top edge that is separately distinct from the first rear edge and intersects a top of the first rear edge, and an opposing second side wing that extends rearwardly and terminates in a second rear edge and includes a second top edge that is separately distinct from the second rear edge and intersects a top of the second rear edge,
wherein the brim, the first side wing and second side wing are formed as a single unitary structure,
wherein the rigid outer protective shell has a variable wall thickness and is open along a top portion and a rear portion of the outer protective shell between the first and second side wings, the rigid outer protective shell including a curved front portion that is formed above the brim and defines at least in part a top edge of the rigid outer protective shell,
wherein a front edge of the brim defines a front end of the outer protective shell, the top edge of the outer protective shell lying in at least two different planes with the top edge of the curved front portion lying in a first plane above a second plane that contains at least a first portion of the first top edge of the first side wing and at least a second portion of the second top edge of the second side wing,
wherein the second plane intersects the first plane and passes through the curved front portion at a location above the brim,
wherein each of the first top edge of the first side wing, and the second top edge of the second side wing, extends in a direction from the respective first and second rear edges towards the brim which lies in a third plane that intersects the first and second rear edges of the first and second side wings,
wherein the first side wing has an ear portion formed along a bottom edge of the first side wing for covering an ear of the player, the first top edge extending above the ear portion and further extending forward of the ear portion towards the brim and rearward of the ear portion towards the first rear edge;
an impact absorption material disposed along an inner surface of the rigid outer protective shell including along the curved front portion; and
a mechanism for adjusting a size of the rigid outer protective shell;
wherein the impact absorption material comprises:
a copolymer honeycomb matrix impact absorption layer that is formed of two different polymers including a co-extruded polycarbonate material, wherein the copolymer honeycomb matrix impact absorption layer is coupled along a first surface to the inner surface of the outer protective shell, and
a non-Newtonian foam layer that is coupled to, and has a first surface in direct contact with, a second surface of the copolymer honeycomb matrix impact absorption layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,185

ROBOTIC BATTING TEE SYSTEM

Robosport Technologies, L...

1. A batting tee system, comprising:a vertical tee system comprising:
a housing;
a ball holder for holding a ball;
a neck movable along a vertical axis, the neck coupled at a first end to the housing, and further coupled at a second end to the ball holder;
a first actuator positioned in the housing and operable to move the neck along the vertical axis thereby increasing and decreasing a distance between the ball holder and the housing;
a first control system operable to cause the first actuator to move the neck to a first random position along the vertical axis, wherein the control system is further operable to cause the first actuator to move the neck from the first random position along the vertical axis to a second random position along the vertical axis, different than the first random position along the vertical axis, after the ball is hit from the ball holder when the neck is in the first random position along the vertical axis;
a horizontal tee system comprising:
a base;
a first carriage moveably coupled to the base;
a second carriage moveably coupled to the first carriage, the second carriage operable to hold the vertical tee system;
a second actuator coupled to the base and operable to move the first carriage and the second carriage along a first horizontal axis relative to the base;
a third actuator coupled to the first carriage and operable to move the second carriage along a second horizontal axis relative to the base and the first carriage; and
a second control system operable to:
cause the second actuator to move the first carriage and the second carriage to a first random position along the first horizontal axis;
cause the third actuator to move the second carriage to a first random position along the second horizontal axis;
cause the second actuator to move the first carriage and the second carriage from the first random position along the first horizontal axis to a second random position along the first horizontal axis, different than the first random position along the first horizontal axis, after the ball is hit from the ball holder when the first carriage and the second carriage are in the first random position along the first horizontal axis; and
cause the third actuator to move the second carriage from the first random position along the second horizontal axis to a second random position along the second horizontal axis, different than the first random position along the second horizontal axis, after the ball is hit from the ball holder when the second carriage is in the first random position along the second horizontal axis; and
one or more connectors operable to releasably couple the vertical tee system to the second carriage of the horizontal tee system.

US Pat. No. 11,027,184

SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR TRAINING A SPORTS SWING

1. A system for training a user in a sports swing, comprising:a waist wrap having an elongated shape configured for wrapping around a user's waist with an inside surface and an outside surface, wherein the inside surface has at least one waist securing region at one end of the elongated shape, and the outside surface has a plurality of securing regions along the elongated shape;
a first training block having a polygonal shape and one attachment face having a matching securing region configured for selective attachment to one of the plurality of securing regions on the outside surface; and
a second training block having a polygonal shape and one attachment face having a matching securing region configured for selective attachment to one of the plurality of securing regions on the outside surface, wherein the second training block has a laterally extending guideline oriented perpendicular to the attachment face on a guide face adjacent to the attachment face.

US Pat. No. 11,027,183

WALL CLIMBING STRUCTURE

Brewers Ledge Inc., Rand...

1. A climbing structure comprising:a) a support frame;
b) a wall assembly comprising a chain arranged as a loop with an array of climbing panels attached to the chain so as to maintain a configuration that rotates the climbing panels downward as the user climbs to achieve a continuous climbing experience; and
c) a lower shaft assembly comprising:
1) a shaft that rotates based on an angle of the wall assembly;
2) a sprocket that maintains tension on the chain as the climbing panels rotate downward, the sprocket being mounted to the shaft such that the shaft and the sprocket rotate independently;
3) a cable hub assembly rigidly attached to the shaft and securing a cable that is attached to the support frame; and
4) a disc braking system comprising a disc rigidly attached to the shaft and a caliper mounted on bearing bolts such that the disc braking system fixes the angle of the wall assembly without affecting the continuous climbing experience.

US Pat. No. 11,027,182

SPORTS EQUIPMENT FOR FUNCTIONAL TRAINING

Andrea Maria Mainini, Pi...

1. Sports equipment for use in simulating moves typical of a sword battle comprising:a handle having a first end formed as a first flange, and a second end formed as a second flange, said first flange and said second flange increasing a weight of said handle and protecting a hand of a user;
at least one stem having a proximal end connected to said first end and a distal end opposite said first end relative to a longitudinal dimension of said at least one stem, said distal end being free and connected directly to said handle only by said proximal end;
said at least one stem comprises an inner stiffening core an outer body receiving said core in an interior cavity thereof, said outer body made of a light and soft closed-cell expanded material, such that when said outer body makes an action against an object or person the action is entirely harmless;
wherein the weight of said handle is greater than that of said at least one stem, the weight of said handle being between 1 and 10 kg and the weight of said at least one stem being less than 1 Kg;
wherein a center of mass of said sports equipment is at a point located between the first end of said handle and the second end of said handle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,181

NET STRUCTURE WITH A SLIDE HINGE APPARATUS

TRIAD SPORTS GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A net apparatus, comprising:a support portion having a first end and a second end;
first and second base extensions;
a first base extension hinge coupled to the first end of the support portion, wherein the first base extension is received by the first base extension hinge and is adapted to pivot about a first pivot of the first base extension hinge, the first base extension hinge comprising at least one locking mechanism, a pivot pin, and a channel, wherein the pivot pin translates within the channel from a first position to a second position to a locked state when locked, wherein the first base extension is configured to engage a first locking mechanism such that the first base extension is displaced from the first pivot if engaged with the locking mechanism;
a second base extension hinge coupled to the second end of the support portion, wherein the second base extension is received by the second base extension hinge and is adapted to pivot about a second pivot of the second base extension hinge;
a first flexible rod removably coupled to the first base extension hinge;
a second flexible rod removably coupled to the second base extension hinge; and
a net, received by at least the first and second flexible rods and by at least the support portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,180

ASYMMETRIC BASKETBALL NET TO SUPPORT BALL RETURN

1. An asymmetric basketball net assembly comprising:an asymmetric net comprising at least one cord, wherein the at least one cord comprises a plurality of segments;
said asymmetric net having an upper end and a lower end, wherein the upper end is broader than the lower end;
said asymmetric net having at least one fore section comprising one or more of the plurality of segments, at least one rear section comprising one or more of the plurality of segments, and at least two side sections each comprising one or more of the plurality of segments;
wherein at least a portion of the one or more segments in each of the at least two side sections have varying elasticity, wherein one or more of the segments more proximate to the at least one fore section are less elastic than one or more of the segments more proximate to the at least one rear section; and
wherein at least one of the at least two side sections comprises a panel of solid material, wherein at least a portion of two or more of the plurality of segments contained within the given side section are molded into at least a portion of the solid material.

US Pat. No. 11,027,179

PORTABLE TAILSPORTS GAME

1. A compact, multi-level beer pong table game assembly for use in a game including at least one ping pong game ball and a plurality of ball receiving open topped beverage cups, each cup having a nominal height h and a maximum lip diameter d1, wherein said table game assembly comprises:a first table forming a substantially circular upwardly facing flat/smooth horizontal playing surface and a circumferentially continuous outwardly facing edge having a nominal diameter of dimension D1;
a second table forming a second substantially circular upwardly facing flat/smooth horizontal playing surface, a bottom surface and a circumferentially continuous outwardly facing edge having a nominal diameter of dimension D2, wherein dimension D1 is greater than the sum of dimension D2 plus two times the cup maximum lip diameter d1;
a vertically adjustable support member concentrically rigidly interconnecting the first table playing surface with the second table bottom surface, said support member having a maximum lateral dimension equaling D2 and vertically interspacing the first and second table playing surfaces by a dimension approximately equaling nominal beverage cup height h;
a plurality of circumferentially arranged cup positioning markers disposed within associated play segments formed on said first and second table playing surfaces for locating said beverage cups thereon, said cup positioning markers located on said first table playing surface being disposed radially intermediate said first table outwardly facing edge and said second table outwardly facing edge;
a circumferentially opposed pair of neutral play segments formed on said first table playing surface; and
an elongated barrier or net assembly extending vertically above said first and second playing surfaces and extending horizontally between said opposed pair of neutral play segments bisecting said first upwardly facing playing surface and said second upwardly facing playing surface, said vertical barrier operative to define discrete opposed team play areas enabling a plurality of teams to play simultaneously on opposed sides of said barrier and to prevent horizontal travel of ping pong balls between opposing team play areas, said barrier supported by a plurality of vertically elongated support stanchions, each stanchion dimensioned for removable slip-fit within an associated blind bore formed within said playing surfaces to enable selective removal and insertion thereof.

US Pat. No. 11,027,178

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH IMPROVED INERTIA PERFORMANCE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club comprised of a golf club head, a shaft having a shaft axis coupled to the golf club head at a first end of the shaft and a grip coupled to the shaft at a second end of the shaft, wherein the golf club head comprises:a frontal portion further comprising a striking face having a face center, located at a forward portion of said golf club head;
a rear portion located aft of said striking face comprising a crown at an upper portion of said golf club head and a sole on a bottom portion of said golf club head; and
wherein an x-axis is defined as a horizontal axis tangent to said face center with the positive direction towards a heel of said golf club head, a y-axis is a vertical axis orthogonal to said x-axis with a positive direction towards said crown of said golf club head, and a z-axis being orthogonal to both said x-axis and said y-axis with a positive direction towards said frontal portion of said golf club head,
at least one first weighting member located substantially in line with a vertical plane extending through said face center and along the z-axis; and
wherein said golf club head has a moment of inertia about said y-axis (MOI-Y) through a center of gravity (CG) of said golf club head, and said golf club head has a moment of inertia about said z-axis (MOI-Z) passing through the CG, and said golf club head has a MOI-Y to MOI-Z ratio of greater than about 2.

US Pat. No. 11,027,177

GOLF CLUB HEADS WITH ENERGY STORAGE CHARACTERISTICS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a hollow body formed between a sole and a crown;
a strikeface extending between the sole and the crown and being operative to impact a golf ball;
a heel region;
a toe region opposite the heel region; and
wherein a ground reference plane is defined such that the ground reference plane is tangential to and in contact with at least a portion of the sole, and a front reference plane is defined such that the front reference plane is perpendicular to the ground reference plane and both tangential to and in contact with a forward most point of the strikeface; and
wherein the sole defines a cavity on an outer surface of the sole and behind the strikeface, the cavity extending inward from an outer profile of the sole, the cavity comprising:
a front edge coincident with the outer profile of the sole;
a rear edge coincident with the outer profile of the sole;
a front cavity surface extending from the front edge toward the strikeface;
a rear cavity surface extending from the rear edge toward the strikeface, the rear cavity surface connecting with the front cavity surface at an apex of the cavity; and
wherein, within a cross-sectional plane that is perpendicular to both the front reference plane and the ground reference plane:
the apex is a forward-most point of the cavity:
the apex is located between the front reference plane and the front edge:
the front edge is located between the front reference plane and the rear edge:
the front cavity surface tapers from a thicker portion to a comparatively thinner portion, the thicker portion being located between the comparatively thinner portion and the front edge;
the rear cavity surface has a height, measured relative to the ground reference plane, that decreases from the apex to the rear edge of the cavity; and
the rear surface has a curvature extending from the apex to the rear edge such that the rear surface is concave with respect to the cavity.

US Pat. No. 11,027,176

GOLF CLUB HEAD WITH HOSEL SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Callaway Golf Company, C...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body comprising a sole, a heel side, a toe side, a front wall, a rear side opposite the front wall, a return portion extending away from the front wall towards the rear side, a hollow interior, and an upper opening;
a hosel connected to the body at the heel side, the hosel comprising a tube portion and a shaft receiving bore;
a flange region defined as an interface between the tube portion and the body;
a crown affixed to the body to close the upper opening and enclose the hollow interior;
and
a support rod disposed within the hollow interior,
wherein the support rod extends from the sole to the return portion proximate the flange region, and
wherein the support rod reduces stress in the flange region when the hosel is bent.

US Pat. No. 11,027,175

ADJUSTABLE INTERCHANGEABLE COMPONENT GOLF CLUB HEAD

Mod Golf Technologies, LL...

1. An adjustable interchangeable golf club head, comprising:a faceplate-based platform capable of receiving various performance enhancing interchangeable adjustment components, the faceplate-based platform including a back surface and a face surface, the face surface defining a surface plane, at least a portion of the face surface of the faceplate made with embossing yielding a total surface depth of less than 180 micro inches, thereby adding additional roughness while remaining in compliance with USGA regulations;
an interchangeable, independent one-piece hosel adapter received by the face surface of the faceplate-based platform, whereby the loft of the club can be adapted by interchanging the one-piece hosel adapter, such that the relative placement of weight is shifted down to the faceplate which realigns the weight to the center of the club; and
a bounce angle adjustment flange removably and adjustably attachable to the back surface of the faceplate-based platform, said bounce angle adjustment flange including an interchangeable rear flange, providing the ability to modify the bounce angle of the club upon swinging the club.

US Pat. No. 11,027,174

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, an envelope layer, an intermediate layer and a cover, wherein the core is formed primarily of a base rubber and has a diameter of at least 30 mm; the envelope layer and the intermediate layer are each formed of a resin material and the cover is formed primarily of a urethane resin; the envelope layer is formed into two layers—an inner layer and an outer layer; the core has a center hardness and a surface hardness, the sphere obtained by encasing the core with the inner envelope layer (inner envelope layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness, the sphere obtained by encasing the inner envelope layer-encased sphere with the outer envelope layer (outer envelope layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness, the sphere obtained by encasing the outer envelope layer-encased sphere with the intermediate layer (intermediate layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness and the ball has a surface hardness which together satisfy the following relationship in which the hardnesses are Shore C hardness values:core center hardnessball surface hardness;
and the Shore C hardness value obtained by subtracting the core center hardness from the surface hardness of the outer envelope layer-encased sphere is 36 or more, and
wherein the core is formed of a rubber composition comprising:
(a) a base rubber,
(b) a co-crosslinking agent that is an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid or a metal salt thereof or both,
(c) a crosslinking initiator, and
(d) a lower alcohol having a molecular weight of less than 200.

US Pat. No. 11,027,173

POOL NOODLE, ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF USE

12. A water noodle comprising an elongated body extending along a longitudinal axis and terminating at first and second ends, each of the first and second ends disposed at an acute angle with respect to the longitudinal axis of the elongated body, the elongated body defining a central bore therethrough that is axially aligned with the longitudinal axis, an outer surface of the elongated body including a plurality of protrusions extending therefrom and radially therearound, each of the plurality of protrusions including side walls tapering continuously and outwardly from the outer surface of the elongated body and converging at a point to define non-interlocking ridges, wherein the water noodle is fabricated from a closed cell foam.

US Pat. No. 11,027,172

DEVICE AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED RESISTANCE TRAINING

1. An exercise device comprising:a body having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is configured to receive a handle attachment;
a first connection component disposed at the second end of the body and configured to attach the exercise device to a first resistance component,
a sensor coupled to the first connection component;
a processing circuit disposed in the body of the exercise device communicatively coupled to the sensor; and
a rotatable display communicatively coupled to the processing circuit and configured to rotate along one or more axes and display information based on an output of the sensor,
wherein the processing circuit is programmed to:
detect a change in force during a movement of the exercise device;
subtract a hysteresis value from a target force once a detected force equals the target force;
while the detected force is above the target force less the hysteresis value, increment a time-under-tension clock; and
in response to detecting that the detected force falls below the target force less the hysteresis value, stop the time-under-tension clock.

US Pat. No. 11,027,171

TENSILE FORCE SENSOR FOR RECORDING AND MONITORING PHYSICAL EXERCISE

ESTEL, S.L., Barcelona (...

1. A tensile force sensor adapted for recording and monitoring of physical exercise, said tensile force sensor comprising at least one strain gauge (3), said tensile force sensor further comprising:a. a tensioner (1) comprising a straight central segment (11) defining a rectilinear form having a plane and a longitudinal axis, said straight central segment having a first thickness, and two angled bends (10) serving as arms set on opposing ends of said straight central segment, said angled bends forming angles offset from said plane, said arms each having a second thickness, both the central segment and two angled bends made from a hard material with predetermined constant of elasticity, each of said angled bends coupled to said straight central segment on interior ends of each of said arms, and coupled to affixing extremities at opposing ends of each of said arms; wherein said second thickness is significantly greater than said first thickness adapted to allow the straight central segment to bend under longitudinal tension forces while the arms are not appreciably bent;
b. wherein said at least one strain gauge (3) disposed on said straight central segment (11) in such a way to monitor dimensional deformation of said straight central segment perpendicular said plane;
wherein tensile forces applied in a force parallel said plane causes transformation of force vectors perpendicular said plane to cause said straight central segment to bend into a U-shaped distortion of the straight central segment (11), said at least one strain gauge adapted to measure the distance of elastic distortion of said straight central segment perpendicular said plane.

US Pat. No. 11,027,170

MULTI-PLANAR ROTATIONAL PLATFORM AND SUSPENSION EXERCISE DEVICE

International Business Al...

1. An exercise device, comprising:a base body comprising a base plate and a generally circular wall extending upwardly from the base plate to define an interior cavity of the base body;
at least three spaced apart roller assemblies disposed within the interior cavity of the base body, each roller assembly comprising a spherical roller at least partially disposed within a roller housing so as to freely rotate therein; and
a motion platform assembly partially disposable within the interior cavity of the base body, the motion platform assembly comprising a generally convex dome at a lower portion thereof and a support platform at an upper surface thereof;
wherein the dome extends into the interior cavity of the base body so as to contact the at least three spaced apart roller assemblies to allow the motion platform assembly to tilt, slide and rotate as force is applied to the support platform; and
wherein a lip extending downwardly from a circumference of the motion platform assembly contacts an upper rim of the wall of the base body as the motion platform assembly is tilted or rotated sufficiently to bring the lip into contact with the upper rim of the wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,169

ELECTRIC TREADMILL

OMA FITNESS EQUIPMENT CO....

1. An electric treadmill, comprising:a base comprising a front frame, a rear frame and a connecting assembly, wherein tread boards are provided within the front frame and the rear frame, and the front frame and the rear frame are hinged together by the connecting assembly to enable the base to be folded; and
an armrest comprising a vertical tube and a cross tube, wherein one end of the vertical tube is connected to the cross tube, and an other end of the vertical tube is rotatably coupled to the base to fold the armrest with respect to the base,
wherein the vertical tube comprises an armrest tube, a side rest is detachably connected with the armrest tube, and a connecting portion is provided on the armrest tube, corresponding to the side rest;
wherein the side rest comprises a main body, a spring is provided at an end of the main body, and a ball connected to the spring; and the ball is abutted against a connecting portion by a force of the spring;
wherein the vertical tube further comprises a hollow tube, and a controllable gas spring, wherein the armrest tube is disposed in the hollow tube, one end of the controllable gas spring is connected to the armrest tube, and an other end of the controllable gas spring is connected to the hollow tube, and the armrest tube is telescoped relative to the hollow tube to adjust a length of the armrest; and
wherein a tab is further provided at the end of the main body; a slot is provided on the connecting portion; and the tab is inserted into the slot to connect the main body to the connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,168

MANUAL TREADMILL WHICH CAN BE SET TO AN EXERCISE SPEED

Johnson Health Tech. Co.,...

1. A manual treadmill, comprising:a frame having a fixed portion and a mobile portion, a position of the mobile portion being changeable relative to the fixed portion;
a continuous belt coupled to the mobile portion of the frame for a user walking or running on a top surface thereof to drive the continuous belt rotating around the mobile portion of the frame cyclically;
a sensing apparatus, sensing a parameter corresponding to a current rotating speed of the continuous belt and generating a corresponding speed signal;
an inputting apparatus, generating an indication signal corresponding to one or more indications inputted by the user, wherein at least one indication comprises a target rotating speed of the continuous belt;
a resistance adjusting apparatus, generating a resistance to impede the rotation of the continuous belt;
an elevation angle adjusting apparatus mounted between the fixed portion and the mobile portion for changing an elevation angle of the mobile portion relative to the fixed portion; and
a control unit, receiving the corresponding speed signal to get a current speed value and receiving the indication signal to get a target speed value, the control unit configured for generating a first control signal for controlling the resistance adjusting apparatus and a second control signal for controlling the elevation angle adjusting apparatus;
wherein the control unit controls the resistance adjusting apparatus via the first control signal to decrease the resistance when the current speed value is lower than the target speed value and to increase the resistance when the current speed value is higher than the target speed value;
wherein when the current speed value is lower than the target speed value and the resistance has reached a lower limit of available resistance settings, the control unit controls the elevation angle adjusting apparatus to increase the elevation angle via the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 11,027,167

SLIDING GRIP RESISTANCE EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A fitness device comprising:a curved bar having first and second horizontal bars and a ventral bar attached transversely thereto;
said first horizontal bar being connected at a first end of said curved bar, said ventral end connected at a second end of said curved bar and said second horizontal bar being between said first and second ends of said curved bar,
said first and second horizontal bar having rubber pegs respectively mounted at each of the lateral ends thereof configured to rest against a door frame;
said ventral bar further comprising:
rubber pegs mounted medially on said ventral bar;
two slots along a length of said ventral bar on each side of said medially mounted pegs;
the slots having “T” shaped apertures spaced along said slots, said apertures having a top arm with depending arm extending vertically down, at each lateral end of said top arm;
a locking cap at each lateral end thereof;
a cavity with two springs housed within said cavity;
said springs supported by means for compressing said springs, said means will be placed at the lateral ends of each said spring;
two handgrips, each handgrip movably mounted to a respective slot of said two slots against a bias of a respective spring of said two springs such that the handgrips are configured to travel within the slots on a horizontal plane and are configured to rotate up or down on a vertical plane within said “T” shaped apertures to lock said handgrips in place; and
tracks on a top surface of said ventral bar and bottom surface of said ventral bar, to stabilize and support movement of hand grips along said ventral bar.

US Pat. No. 11,027,166

PORTABLE WEIGHT-BASED EXERCISE SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A portable weight-based exercise system, comprising:a carrying case including:
a housing, and
a handle assembly comprising a center bar and first and second end bars, the handle assembly configured to selectively and reversibly adopt a mounted configuration in which first ends of said first and second end bars are removably mounted within said housing and second ends of said first and second end bars are removably connected to said center bar, and further in which the center bar provides a gripping area to assist a user in transporting the portable weight-based exercise system, and an exercising configuration in which the handle assembly is detached from the housing and usable as a lifting weight; and
a plurality of weight training components removably mounted within said housing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,165

ATHLETIC TIRE TRAINING DEVICE AND METHODS

The Prophet Corporation, ...

1. A method of using an athletic tire training device comprising:(a) grasping a compressible body weighing at least 20 pounds; the body having a flat surfaced top, a flat surfaced base having at least one handle, a flat surfaced base being handle-free, a surrounding wall extending between the top and base, and an interior wall extending between the top and base; the surrounding wall having a plurality of flat sides and at least one handle; the interior wall surrounding an open interior volume;
(b) moving the body to a position in which the handle-free base is facing upward and the flat surfaced top is facing downward; and
(c) jumping onto the handle-free base.

US Pat. No. 11,027,164

EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE TRAMPOLINE

1. An easy-to-assemble trampoline, comprising:a flexible mat;
a frame; and
a plurality of resiliently flexible rods with top end and bottom end, said top of said flexible rod is arranged at a periphery or at a bottom of said flexible mat, and said bottom end of said flexible rods are retained on said frame, thereby said flexible mat is installed above said frame;
wherein said top end of said flexible rods are fixedly installed at said periphery or said bottom of said flexible mat by a buckle structure; said buckle structure includes a mounting member, a flexible belt and at least one clamping member; one end of said belt is fixed on said flexible mat, said clamping member is fixed on said belt, and said mounting member is provided with a through hole; said belt can pass through said through hole, and said clamping member holds said belt at an outlet of said through hole so that said belt can not be pulled back from said through hole; said top end of said flexible rod is fixedly contained in said mounting member;
wherein said bottom end of said flexible rod is fixed and retained in said frame through an installation structure; said installation structure includes a pair of an upper inserting hole on an upper side of said frame and a lower inserting hole on a lower side of said frame, each pair of said upper inserting hole and said lower inserting hole are staggered setting; said flexible rod is inserted into a pair of said upper inserting hole and said lower inserting hole;
wherein said installation structure also has a first sleeve corresponding to each pair of said upper inserting hole and said lower inserting hole, said first sleeve is inserted into a pair of said upper inserting hole and said lower inserting hole, and said bottom end of said flexible rod is inserted into said sleeve.

US Pat. No. 11,027,163

PREACTION SPRINKLER VALVE ASSEMBLIES, RELATED DRY SPRINKLER DEVICES AND FIRE PROTECTION SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

VICTAULIC COMPANY, Easto...

1. A combination for a fire protection system connected to a piping of a building, the combination comprising:a valve having
a body, an open state, and a closed state;
an annular seal; and
a support assembly configured to maintain the valve in the closed state, the support assembly comprising a lever supporting the annular seal;
an activation component including
a base,
a movable member movable with respect to the base,
a bias member providing a biasing force to the movable member to bias the movable member from a preactivation position to an activated position, and
a thermally responsive element providing a retaining force to retain the movable member in the preactivation position only until a first predetermined thermodynamic condition is reached, the thermally responsive element being configured to lose structural integrity under the first predetermined thermodynamic condition, permitting the movable member to move from the preactivation position to the activated position;
a flexible connector including
a flexible hollow outer cable housing with a first end configured to be stationarily connected with respect to the valve and a second end, configured to be stationarily connected with respect to the base, and
a flexible inner member slidably located inside the flexible hollow outer cable housing for only sliding movement within the outer cable housing and having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured for mechanical connection with the support assembly, and the second end being configured to be stationarily connected with the movable member so as to be moved with respect to the flexible hollow outer cable housing by movement of the movable member with loss of structural integrity by the thermally responsive element at the first predetermined thermodynamic condition;wherein the first end of the flexible inner member is operatively connected to the support assembly such that motion of the flexible inner member in response to movement of the movable member acts on the support assembly to move the lever such that the valve changes from the closed state to the open state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,162

METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE HIT ACCURACY OF FIRE-FIGHTING SYSTEMS CONTROLLED BY INFRARED AND VIDEO FIRE DETECTION

1. A method for improving hit accuracy of fire detection systems controlled by infrared and video fire detection by means of a first IR/video camera system for a first detection unit (D1) to ensure continuous fire detection and a second IR/video camera system for a second detection unit (D2) to ensure automatic target tracking with respect to the source of fire, as well as to an extinguisher launcher (A) rigidly connected to the second detection unit (D2), comprising the steps:in a first step, a deviation (F1) of a centre point of an extinguishing agent jet (F) in a direction of rotation (C) of the extinguisher launcher (A) to a centre point (M) of a detection area (E) of the second detection unit (D2) is determined,
in a second step, coarse alignment of the extinguisher launcher (A) with the source of fire is performed, by means of the position of the source of fire (G) as determined with the first detection unit (D1),
in a third step, a deviation (G1) of a centre point of the source of fire (G) to the centre point (M) of the detection area (E) of the second detection unit (D2) is determined by means of the second detection unit (D2),
in a fourth step, settling is brought about by means of the extinguisher launcher (A) in its rotation (C) towards zero,
in a fifth step, a width of a horizontal angular range is determined, namely the width of the detected source of fire (G), by means of the second detection unit (D2), wherein
the extinguisher launcher (A) is moved until it is displaced with the centre point (M) of the detection area (E) of the second detection unit (D2) from a side of the source of fire (G) to another side of the source of fire (G), or
an angular range from a horizontal number of image points of a thermal image describing the width of the source of fire (G) is set in relation to a number of all heat images available in a horizontal direction, with an associated detection angle,
in a sixth step, a coincidence of the centre point (M) of the detection area (E) of the second detection unit (D2) with the centre point of the extinguishing agent jet (F) is detected, wherein
when horizontal and vertical intervals (X) and (Y) of an exit of an extinguishing agent of the extinguisher launcher (A) towards the source of fire (G) are known a tilting of the extinguisher launcher (A) is calculated based on a trajectory determined empirically a single time, inasmuch as the extinguisher launcher (A) is set in such a way that said launcher is aligned to a maximal theoretically and necessary throwing width and the throwing width deviation between an actual value and a setpoint value from which a real throwing parabola is calculated, is determined by a single triggering of an extinguishing process, or
when a horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) distance of the exit of the extinguishing agent of the extinguisher launcher (A) towards the source of fire (G) is not known, the distance is measured by triangulation and calculated by means of trigonometric functions based on alignment angles (?; ?) of the first detection unit (D1) and the second detection unit (D2) with respect to the source of fire (G),
in a seventh step, an adjustment is performed by means of the movement of the extinguisher launcher (A) in its tilting towards the center of the source of fire (G).

US Pat. No. 11,027,161

CONCEALABLE WINDOW SPRINKLER

VICTAULIC COMPANY, Easto...

7. A concealable sprinkler comprising:a sprinkler frame comprising:
a body mountable to a fire suppression liquid source, the body defining a proximal inlet, a distal outlet and an internal fire suppression liquid passageway extending therethrough;
a pair of frame arms axially extending away from the body;
a pair of corresponding drop pins each being slidably engaged with a respective frame arm;
a thermal trigger supported within the sprinkler frame and configured to support a sealing plug in a sealing position to seal the internal fire suppression liquid passageway and maintain the sprinkler head in a non-spraying state, wherein activation of the thermal trigger releases the sealing plug from the sealing position,
a directional fluid deflector secured to the pair of drop pins, the fluid deflector including a generally horizontal surface, the pair of drop pins extending substantially orthogonally from the horizontal surface, and an inclined surface extending angularly upwardly from the horizontal surface toward the sprinkler frame,
wherein the generally horizontal surface comprises a central horizontal portion bookended by two opposing side portions each directly connected to the central horizontal portion,
wherein each of the side portions is angled relative to the central horizontal portion in a direction away from the pair of frame arms and
wherein the central horizontal portion includes a hemispherical projection located approximately midway between the opposing side portions and generally axially aligned with the internal fire suppression liquid passageway;
a concealing cup having a generally horizontal upper wall attached to, and horizontally outwardly projecting from, the body of the sprinkler frame, a skirting side wall extending axially distally therefrom, and an open base end, the pair of frame arms being positioned within the concealing cup; and
a cover plate attached to the concealing cup, covering the open distal end of the concealing cup and maintaining the sprinkler frame in a compressed, non-activated position, wherein the pair of drop pins and the deflector are positioned within the concealing cup, the cover plate being removable from the concealing cup at a predetermined temperature, permitting the pair of drop pins and the deflector to axially slide out of the concealing cup through the open distal end thereof into an extended operational position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,160

FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM

Firebird Sprinkler Compan...

1. An over-head fire suppression system configured to disperse a stream of liquid water in a downward trajectory onto a coverage area, said system comprising:an elongated tubular supply line configured as a conduit to carry liquid water, said supply line having a longitudinal centerline, said supply line having right and left sides separated by a vertical plane passing through said longitudinal centerline,
a plurality of side-discharge fire sprinklers coupled directly to said supply line, each said fire sprinkler receiving liquid water from said supply line, each said fire sprinkler including a deflector configured to disperse the liquid water in a jet stream having a downward trajectory over a non-circular coverage area defined by a major diameter and a shorter minor diameter, each said side-discharge fire sprinkler including a dedicated temperature-sensitive trigger that when activated permits the water to flow in a liquid spray from said side-discharge fire sprinkler only toward said side coverage area,
said plurality of fire sprinklers arranged so that half of said fire sprinklers are disposed on said right side of said supply line and the other half of said fire sprinklers are disposed on left side of said supply line in alternating fashion such that every other said fire sprinkler is disposed on said right side of said supply line with the other said fire sprinklers disposed in interleaved fashion on said left side of said supply line, said fire sprinklers disposed on said right side of said supply line being spaced apart one from the next by a spacing distance (S), and said fire sprinklers disposed on said left side of said supply line being spaced apart one from the next by the same said spacing distance (S).

US Pat. No. 11,027,159

WATER CURTAIN HEAD FOR PREVENTING FIRE SPREAD BETWEEN FLOORS IN CURTAIN WALL BUILDING

Paratech Company Limited,...

1. A water curtain head comprising:a head body connected to a water supply pipe installed inside a building and having a water releasing opening; and
a deflector disposed to be adjacent to the water releasing opening to allow water discharged by the water releasing opening to pass therethrough,
wherein the deflector includes:
a first spray nozzle formed on a front surface of the deflector to penetrate through the front surface;
a plurality of second spray nozzles depressed inwards from a side surface of the deflector by a predetermined section; and
a cover covering the head body and the deflector,
wherein the deflector has a shape of a disk,
wherein the plurality of second spray nozzles are formed in a circumferential direction of the disk,
wherein the plurality of second spray nozzles are formed only in a partial region excluding an upper region of a circumference of the disk,
wherein the deflector is formed to get thicker from center to outside,
wherein the deflector is formed to thicken in a direction towards the water releasing opening, and
wherein the water releasing opening is configured to discharge water horizontally,
wherein the head body includes
a first body, and
a second body formed in a direction perpendicular to the first body and having the water releasing opening,
wherein the first spray nozzle is formed to discharge water in a same direction as the discharge of water from the water releasing opening,
wherein the plurality of second spray nozzles are formed to discharge water in a direction perpendicular to the discharge of water from the first spray nozzle,
wherein the cover icludes
a front surface corresponding to the direction in which water sprayed through the first spray nozzle, and
a lower surface formed in a direction perpendicular to the front surface of the cover and corresponds to the direction in which water sprayed through the plurality of second spray nozzles, and
wherein the cover includes a first heat sensing hole formed at a position of the front surface of the cover corresponding to the first spray nozzle and a second heat sensing hole formed at a position of the lower surface of the cover corresponding to the plurality of second spray nozles.

US Pat. No. 11,027,158

FIRE RETARDANT PROPORTIONING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS

1. A fire retardant concentrate proportioning system and apparatus for proportioning and mixing one or more concentrated liquid chemicals with pressurized water, comprising:a first input port for connection to a source of water pressurized to a first pressure;
a selectably variable pressure regulator connected to said first input port for reducing the pressure of water input thereto from said first pressure to a selected second pressure;
a second input port for connection through a metering orifice to a source of liquid chemical concentrate having a predetermined concentration;
a first check valve;
a second check valve;
an output port; and
an eductor means having a motive port fluidly connected by said first check valve to said pressure regulator for receiving a stream of water pressurized thereby to said selected second pressure, a suction port fluidly connected by said second check valve to said second input port for receiving liquid chemical concentrate from said source thereof, and a discharge port fluidly connected to said output port, said eductor means being configured such that the velocity of flow of pressurized water therethrough induces a negative pressure at said suction port which induces a predetermined flow of said liquid chemical concentrate through said metering orifice and said second input port and into said suction port where it becomes mixed with said stream of pressurized water, the resulting mixture being discharged through said discharge port to said output port and through any hose and nozzle connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 11,027,157

FACE COVERING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

1. A face covering apparatus comprising:a frame configured to be placed in an operative position on a wearer's head and releasably maintained in the operative position by at least one of: a) resting upon one or both ears of the wearer and b) frictionally engaging a part of the wearer's head; and
a covering assembly on the frame and comprising a wall structure with: i) a first region configured to conform to a frontal face region of the wearer around a nose of the wearer; and ii) a second region configured to conform to the wearer's frontal face region around a mouth of the wearer,
the face covering apparatus configured so that with the frame in the operative position on the wearer's head and the wall structure in a blocking position on the frame, the first and second regions on the wall structure together reside in a path of airborne particles moving: a) in a forward direction from nostrils and/or the mouth of the wearer; and b) in a rearward direction towards the wearer's nostrils and/or mouth,
wherein the wall structure is movable relative to the frame between the blocking position and a staging position,
wherein when the frame is in the operative position, at least a part of the wall structure is moved further away from the wearer's frontal face region in the staging position than when the wall structure is in the blocking position,
wherein the wall structure moves angularly in relationship to the frame through at least 90° between the staging and blocking positions as viewed from a side perspective.

US Pat. No. 11,027,156

EMERGENCY FILTER SYSTEM FOR VENTILATED HOOD

Honeywell International I...

1. A ventilated hood, comprising:an external air flow hose coupled to the ventilated hood;
an emergency breathing apparatus comprising a filter incorporated in the ventilated hood, the filter having an exterior face and an interior face, where the exterior face of the filter faces towards an exterior of the ventilated hood and wherein the interior face of the filter faces towards an interior of the ventilated hood;
a first seal coupled to one of the exterior of the ventilated hood or the exterior face of the filter;
a head enclosure; and
a collar coupled to the external air flow hose and configured to inflate in response to air flow in the external air flow hose to impede infiltration of contaminants from an external environment to an interior of the head enclosure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,154

ULTRASONIC THERAPY APPLICATOR AND METHOD OF DETERMINING POSITION OF ULTRASONIC TRANSDUCERS

Profound Medical Inc., M...

1. An apparatus for thermal therapy in a subject, comprising:an elongated cylindrical body having a first end thereof sized and configured for insertion into a male urethra;
an array of ultrasonic sources disposed within said elongated cylindrical body and substantially arranged along an axis of said elongated cylindrical portion proximal to said first end of the elongated cylindrical portion, the ultrasonic sources being electrically driven to provide thermal therapy to said subject;
a first fiducial marker disposed between said array of ultrasonic sources and said first end of said elongated cylindrical body;
a second fiducial marker disposed between said array of ultrasonic sources and a second end of said elongated cylindrical body;
a transition body portion directly connected to said second end of said elongated cylindrical body, said transition body portion including a flared portion that limits a depth of said insertion into said male urethra and a flanged portion, said flanged portion disposed between said second end and said flared portion;
an elongated printed circuit board disposed in said elongated cylindrical body and extending from said first end of said elongated cylindrical body to said transition body portion such that a portion of said elongated circuit board is disposed outside said depth of said insertion, said circuit board including a plurality of printed circuit lines respectively coupled to a plurality of said ultrasonic sources of said array, said circuit lines providing power and control signals to said respective plurality of ultrasonic sources and driving said sources to deliver acoustic emissions of respective frequency and power depending on the respective power and control signals, said plurality of circuit lines on said circuit board being electrically and mechanically coupled to said plurality of ultrasonic sources of said array by way of respective conducting epoxy points or pads of finite thickness so as to cause a gas-filled separation between back sides of said ultrasonic sources and said circuit board therefore so as to cause an outward radiation of ultrasonic energy from an outward face of said ultrasonic sources, wherein said epoxy points or pads are disposed between said ultrasonic sources and said circuit board, said gas-filled separation having a width determined by said thickness of said epoxy points or pads and a height determined by a distance between adjacent epoxy points or pads;
a rotational mechanical coupling directly connected to said flanged portion that supports and secures said elongated cylindrical portion, said rotational mechanical coupling further designed and arranged to permit mechanical rotation of said elongated cylindrical portion about said axis thereof and including a geared wheel configured to mechanically engage a rotational driver to convert a rotational movement of said driver to a corresponding rotational movement of said geared element; and
at least one fluid conduit running through said rotational mechanical coupling permitting a fluid to circulate into and then out of said apparatus by flowing from said second end towards said first end of the elongated cylindrical portion and back again.

US Pat. No. 11,027,153

RADIATION THERAPY SYSTEM WITH MULTIPLE X-RAY IMAGERS FOR NEAR REAL-TIME LOCALIZATION

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...

1. A radiation treatment system comprising:a gantry that is rotatably coupled to a drive stand and is configured to rotate about a bore of the radiation treatment system;
a treatment-delivering X-ray source mounted on the gantry and configured to direct treatment X-rays to a target volume disposed in the bore;
a first imaging X-ray source mounted on the gantry and configured to direct first X-rays through the target volume and toward a first X-ray imager mounted on the gantry;
a second imaging X-ray source mounted on the gantry and configured to direct second X-rays through the target volume and toward a second X-ray imager mounted on the gantry; and
a processor configured to:
cause the gantry to perform a rotation continuously in a first direction, wherein the rotation includes an imaging arc and a treatment arc that follows the imaging arc and starts at a first treatment delivery position;
while causing the gantry to rotate through the imaging arc from a first imaging position to the first treatment delivery position, receive first volumetric image data from the first X-ray imager and second volumetric image data from the second X-ray imager;
determine a first current location of the target volume based on the first volumetric image data and the second volumetric image data; and
in response to a determination that the first current location of the target volume is less than a threshold distance from a planned treatment location, while causing the gantry to rotate through the treatment arc:
initiate delivery of a treatment beam of the treatment-delivering X-ray source to the target volume; and
continue to cause the gantry to rotate in the first direction from the first treatment delivery position to a second treatment delivery position.

US Pat. No. 11,027,152

IONIZING-RADIATION BEAM MONITORING SYSTEM

Integrated Sensors, LLC, ...

1. An ionizing-radiation beam monitoring system comprising:an enclosure structure with at least one ultra-thin window to an incident ionizing-radiation beam;
at least one scintillator within the enclosure structure that is substantially directly in an incident ionizing-radiation beam path;
at least one ultraviolet (UV) illumination source within the enclosure structure and facing the scintillator; and
at least one pixelated imaging system within the enclosure structure located out of an incident ionizing-radiation beam path and comprising at least one pixelated photosensor device optically coupled to an imaging lens.

US Pat. No. 11,027,151

PARTICLE ARC THERAPY

WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL...

1. A method of delivering a particle beam at a target, wherein the particle beam is delivered from an output device at a plurality of control points, the method comprising:delivering a substantially continuous particle beam about the plurality of control points;
identifying an initial set of control points;
providing a first group of optimized beams, wherein each optimized beam of the first group of optimized beams is configured to be output at a first control point and steered towards one or more energy layers that are associated with one or more monitor unit (MU) reducing energy layers among the first group of optimized beams associated with an MU that is lower than a threshold MU;
providing a second group of optimized beams, each optimized beam of the second group of optimized beams configured to be output at the first control point and having a reduced number of energy layers;
increasing a number of the initial control points; and
maintaining a total number of energy layers equal to or less than a total number of energy layers associated with the initial control points during movement of the beam between the plurality of control points, wherein increasing the number of initial control points comprises adding one or more adjacent control points to each initial control point, the adjacent control point having a fraction number of the total energy layers or MU of the initial control point.

US Pat. No. 11,027,150

REVOLVING RADIATION COLLIMATOR

Zap Surgical Systems, Inc...

1. A radiation collimator assembly comprising:a radiation source comprising a linear accelerator for therapeutic radiation treatment; and
a collimator wheel rotatable about a rotational axis thereof, the collimator wheel being circular in shape with a diameter, the collimator wheel having a plurality of collimator channels, the plurality of collimator channels including at least:
a first collimator channel defined within the collimator wheel, and
a second collimator channel defined within the collimator wheel,
wherein the first and second collimator channels are arranged substantially perpendicular to the rotational axis of the collimator wheel;
wherein each collimator channel extends across the entire diameter of the collimator wheel.

US Pat. No. 11,027,149

HYBRID ULTRASOUND-GUIDED SUPERFICIAL RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM AND METHOD

SENSUS HEALTHCARE, INC., ...

1. A system for radiation treatment of skin lesions, comprising:a compact maneuverable base unit comprising at least one processor for performing data acquisition and processing operations to facilitate radiation therapy planning and treatment;
a high-frequency ultrasound imaging device tethered to the base unit via a lead, the high frequency ultrasound imaging device configured to scan and acquire imaging data concerning the anatomy and topology of a patient's skin, and to communicate imaging data to the at least one processor, said high frequency ultrasound device configured to operate at an ultrasound frequency in the range of from 20 MHz to 70 MHz to facilitate imaging of a lesion present exclusively within at least one of a plurality of skin layers selected from the group consisting of the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous skin layers;
the at least one processor configured to execute instructions stored in memory to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving a plurality of two-dimensional image slices from the high-frequency ultrasound imaging device, each image slice extending through the plurality of skin layers;
isolating the lesion within the skin layers including lesion edges in each of the plurality of two-dimensional image slices to yield a plurality of processed image slices;
combining at least a portion of the plurality of processed image slices to render a three dimensional model of the lesion including the sub-surface portions of the lesion and sub-surface lesion edges contained within the plurality of skin layers;
analyzing the three dimensional model of the lesion within the plurality of skin layers to determine lesion type, lesion volume, lesion edges and lesion depth;
determining a treatment dosimetry based at least on the lesion type, lesion volume, lesion edges and lesion depth, the treatment dosimetry comprising dose energy level, dose amount, dose location and three dimensional dose boundaries defined within the plurality of skin layers; and
a radiotherapy device mounted to the compact maneuverable base unit and operable under the control of the at least one processor, the radiotherapy device including a treatment arm and a treatment head, the treatment arm articulated to facilitate positioning of the treatment head at a location to provide radiotherapy treatment to the lesion based on the treatment dosimetry, and the treatment head responsive to the at least one processor to provide the radiotherapy treatment according to the dose energy level, dose amount, dose location and three-dimensional dose boundaries defined by the treatment dosimetry, the radiotherapy treatment comprising an x-ray beam, the x-ray beam having a source beam shape emanating from the treatment head; and
at least one positioning system configured to obtain positioning data and to align the treatment head in accordance with the dose location and the three-dimensional dose boundaries for the lesion, the processor storing the positioning data and retrieving the positioning data such that the alignment of the treatment head can be reproduced during successive treatments.

US Pat. No. 11,027,148

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLANNING A RADIATION THERAPY TREATMENT

RaySearch Laboratories AB...

1. A system for planning a radiation therapy treatment in which a target volume is irradiated by a therapeutic beam, the system comprising:a processor, and
a memory containing instructions executable by the processor whereby the system is operative to execute the consecutive steps of:
[S11] obtaining a set of inputs, comprising:
a set of candidate beams (B), each beam in the set of candidate beams (B) defining an arrangement of the therapeutic beam relative to the target volume;
a treatment plan (x) for the radiation therapy treatment that uses a subset of the candidate beams (B);
an objective function (F) describing a quality of the treatment plan (x); and
a feasible region (X) describing requirements on the treatment plan (x) that must be fulfilled,
at least one of the objective function (F) and the feasible region (X) reflecting a first complexity criterion (?(x)??), the first complexity criterion (?(x)??) limiting a first complexity measure (?(x)) to be less than or equal to a maximum first complexity (?), the first complexity measure (?(x)) being related to a delivery time for the treatment plan (x);
[S12] executing an optimization step whereby an updated treatment plan (x?) is calculated by optimizing the treatment plan (x) with respect to the objective function (F) and the feasible region (X);
[S13] checking if a termination criterion is fulfilled;
and if so, [S131] calculating a set of selected beams (B*) based on the updated treatment plan (x?), the set of selected beams (B*) being a subset of the set of candidate beams (B);
and otherwise, [S132] setting the updated treatment plan (x?) to the treatment plan (x); calculating an updated first complexity criterion (??(x)???); setting the updated first complexity criterion (??(x)???) to the first complexity criterion (?(x)??); and returning to step [S12],
wherein the first complexity criterion (?(x)??) represents a continuous and differentiable approximation of a second complexity criterion (t(x)?t), the second complexity criterion (t(x)?t) limiting a second complexity measure (t(x)) within a maximum second complexity (t), the second complexity measure (t(x)) being indicative of a number of beams in the set of candidate beams (B) that is used in the treatment plan (x);
prior to returning to step [S12], calculating an updated second complexity criterion (t?(x)?t?); and
setting the updated second complexity criterion (t?(x)?t?) to the second complexity criterion (t(x)?t).

US Pat. No. 11,027,147

KNOWLEDGE-BASED SPATIAL DOSE METRICS AND METHODS TO GENERATE BEAM ORIENTATIONS IN RADIOTHERAPY

Varian Medical Systems In...

1. A system for estimating a dose from a radiation therapy plan, the system comprising:a memory that stores machine-readable instructions;
a processor communicatively coupled to the memory, the processor operable to execute the instructions to: subdivide a representation of a volume of interest into a plurality of voxels, determine a first plurality of distances between an origin, that is outside the volume of interest, of a first planned radiation field of a beam of radiation and respective voxels of the plurality of voxels that are traversed by the first planned radiation field; compute a plurality of metrics based on the first plurality of distances, a first plan parameter, and a first field parameter; sum the plurality of metrics corresponding to the plurality of voxels, wherein the summation of the plurality of metrics represents an estimated dose received by the volume of interest from the first planned radiation field; and include an orientation of the beam corresponding to the first planned radiation field in the radiation therapy plan when the estimated dose satisfies a dose constraint for the volume of interest.

US Pat. No. 11,027,146

INTRACAVITY BALLOON CATHETER

Myriad Medical LLC, Tamp...

1. An intracavity balloon catheter, comprising:a flexible catheter having a proximal catheter portion, a distal catheter portion having a distal tip, and a fluid passageway traversing between the distal tip and the proximal catheter portion;
a balloon disposed at the distal end of the catheter, the distal tip of the flexible catheter extending into the balloon, the balloon inflatable between a deflated condition and an inflated condition by introduction of a fluid into the balloon from the distal tip of the flexible catheter; and,
a positioning ring comprising a first component matable with a second component at a connection point, and a passage along a longitudinal axis of the positioning ring, the passage having a first opening at a first end of the first component and a second opening at a second end of the second component,
wherein the flexible catheter is positionable through the passage, and
wherein the positioning ring is securable to the flexible catheter between the proximal catheter portion and the distal catheter portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,145

LASER INDUCED BALLISTIC PARTICLE IMPLANTATION TECHNIQUE

The Government of the Uni...

1. A method comprising:providing a receiving substrate;
wherein the receiving substrate comprises living tissue, a living organism, or a living human;
providing a target substrate comprising a photon-transparent support, a photon absorbent interlayer coated on the support, and a tissue-implantable particle on top of the interlayer opposite to the support;
wherein the particle comprises an integrated circuit;
providing a source of photon energy; and
directing the photon energy through the transparent support so that the photon energy strikes the interlayer;
wherein a portion of the interlayer is energized by absorption of the photon energy; and
wherein the energized interlayer causes a transfer of the particle across a gap between the target substrate and the receiving substrate and embedding of the particle into the receiving substrate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,144

LASER THERAPY FOR AT LEAST ONE OF GRADE III AND GRADE IV CAPSULAR CONTRACTURE

Riancorp Pty Ltd, Richmo...

1. A method for treating one of Grade III capsular contracture or Grade IV capsular contracture in a mammalian subject, the method comprising:positioning a laser device proximate the subject having the Grade III capsular contracture or Grade IV capsular contracture; and
applying, with the laser device, a low level laser beam having a wavelength between approximately 600 nm and approximately 1,000 nm toward an area of tissue of the subject having the Grade III capsular contracture or Grade IV capsular contracture to induce a photochemical reaction at a cellular level in the Grade III capsular contracture or Grade IV capsular contracture, including applying the laser beam to a plurality of locations on the subject, for a time period between approximately 30 seconds and approximately 100 seconds for each of the plurality of locations.

US Pat. No. 11,027,143

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR TREATING CANCER CELLS WITH ALTERNATING POLARITY MAGNETIC FIELDS

1. A method of treating cancer cells in a target body area of a patient, comprising:providing a magnetic field therapy system comprising:
an alternating polarity (AP) magnetic field generator;
one or more AP electromagnetic coils coupled to the AP magnetic field generator, wherein the one or more AP electromagnetic coils are energized by an electrical signal from the AP magnetic field generator to generate an AP magnetic field having at least a first frequency and a first field strength; and
a controller to control at least one of the first frequency and the first field strength of the AP magnetic field generated by the one or more AP electromagnetic coils;
coupling the one or more AP electromagnetic coils to the target body area;
generating an AP magnetic field having a first frequency of 0.5-400 kHz and a first field strength of 0.2-5 mT using the one or more AP electromagnetic coils;
applying the generated AP magnetic field to the target body area using the one or more AP electromagnetic coils, wherein the AP magnetic field selectively affects the cancer cells to prevent metastasis of the cancer cells, while leaving non-cancer cells substantially unharmed; and
treating the patient during at least a portion of the step of applying the generated AP magnetic field to the target body area with an immunotherapy.

US Pat. No. 11,027,142

METABOLIC BASED PREDICTION METHOD FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEFIBRILLATION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A system, comprising:an ECG monitor operable to monitor a cardiac rhythm of a patient; and
a defibrillation advisory controller in electrical communication with the ECG monitor, the defibrillation advisory controller configured to:
derive a cardiac rhythm status of the patient as monitored by the ECG monitor;
receive metabolic cardiac data indicative of a metabolic cardiac status of the patient;
derive the metabolic cardiac status of the patient without using the cardiac rhythm monitored by the ECG monitor; and
generate a defibrillation advisory based on the derived cardiac rhythm status and the metabolic cardiac status of the patient derived without using the cardiac rhythm monitored by the ECG monitor;
wherein the defibrillation advisory controller is configured to derive the metabolic cardiac status by comparing the metabolic cardiac data to an aerobic metabolism threshold; and
wherein the ECG monitor and the defibrillation advisory controller are disposed external to the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,027,141

PERICARDIAL IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR

INNOSCION LLC, San Franc...

11. A method for implanting an apparatus configured to serve as a cardiac pacemaker and/or defibrillator, the method comprising: implanting an apparatus configured to serve as a cardiac pacemaker and/or defibrillator, wherein one or more leads of the apparatus are attached to a parietal surface but not to a visceral surface of a pericardium of a heart without entering a heart muscle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,140

SELF-POWERED, AUTO-RESPONSIVE IMPLANTED VAGAL NERVE STIMULATOR FOR WEIGHT CONTROL

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. A nerve stimulation device comprising:a generator providing a pair of triboelectric materials and a first and second attachment point adapted to attach to two different locations on a stomach so that peristalsis of the stomach provides relative movement between the attachment points and corresponding relative movement between the pair of triboelectric materials to convert mechanical energy harvested during a peristalsis of the stomach into electrical energy; and
a first and second electrode adapted to electrically communicate the electrical energy from the generator to a vagal nerve
wherein the pair of triboelectric materials are connected to the first and second electrode, respectively, and have divergent electron affinities operable to produce an operative amount of electrical energy to stimulate the vagal nerve by movably contacting each other.

US Pat. No. 11,027,139

MINIATURE IMPLANTABLE DEVICE AND METHODS

Stimwave Technologies Inc...

1. A method for treating neurological pain, the method comprising:inserting an introducer needle through a percutaneous incision site on a body, the introducer needle being of gauge 18 or smaller;
coupling a first mating feature at a distal end of an elongate member of a stylet to a second mating feature of an implantable device that is configured to receive a wireless signal and to generate one or more electrical pulses from the wireless signal for exciting a tissue within the body, wherein the implantable device further comprises:
a cylindrical body defining a longitudinal axis of the implantable device,
a plurality of electrodes distributed along the cylindrical body and configured to deliver the one or more electrical pulses, and
an anchoring feature adjacent the cylindrical body and disposed proximal to the plurality of electrodes for securing the implantable device to the tissue,
wherein the second mating feature is disposed proximal to the anchoring feature, disposed in-line with the longitudinal axis of the implantable device, and defines a proximal end of the implantable device,
advancing the stylet and the implantable device together as an assembly to the tissue within the body through a lumen of the introducer needle; and
applying the one or more electrical pulses to one or more electrodes of the plurality of electrodes of the implantable device to modulate the tissue within the body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,138

LOCATION-BASED SERVICES

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. An external device for communication with an implantable device, the external device comprising:a communication circuit configured to receive a communication signal from at least one other device different from the implantable device, wherein the communication circuit is configured to receive a first communication signal, a second communication signal, and a third communication signal;
a locating circuit configured to determine a location of the external device using the received communication signals;
a control circuit electrically coupled to the communication circuit and the locating circuit,
in response to receiving the first communication signal, the locating circuit configured to determine that the location is a first location;
in response to receiving the second communication signal, the locating circuit configured to determine that the location is an operating room, an emergency room, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) clinic;
in response to receiving the third communication signal, the locating circuit configured to determine that the location is a general practice clinic;
in response to the locating circuit determining that the location is the general practice clinic, the control circuit configured to provide read-only access to the implantable device;
in response to the locating circuit determining that the location is the operating room, the emergency room, or the MRI clinic, the control circuit configured to provide access to turn at least one of tachyarrhythmia detection and cardioversion/defibrillation therapy on and off; and
in response to the locating circuit determining that the location is the first location, the control circuit configured to provide access to all programmable device parameters;
wherein the first location is at least one of
a cardiology clinic, and
an electrophysiology clinic.

US Pat. No. 11,027,137

MODULATE PACING RATE TO INCREASE THE PERCENTAGE OF EFFECTIVE VENTRICULAR CAPTURE DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An apparatus for determining whether ventricular pacing stimuli are capturing a paced ventricle during atrial fibrillation, comprising:processing means for determining whether a patient is experiencing atrial fibrillation;
delivering means for delivering the ventricular pacing stimuli in response to determining the patient is in atrial fibrillation;
sensing means for sensing signals in response to the ventricular pacing stimuli;
processing means for determining whether the ventricular pacing stimuli are effectively capturing the paced ventricle over a series of the delivered ventricular pacing stimuli, the determination of whether the ventricular pacing are effectively capturing the paced ventricle comprising determining a number of consecutive ones of the series that effectively capture the paced ventricle; and
modifying means for modifying a pacing rate during atrial fibrillation in response to the determination of effective capture by the ventricular pacing stimuli delivered during the series;
wherein the modification to the pacing rate is based upon the determined number of consecutive ones of the series that effectively captured the paced ventricle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,136

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED CAPTURE THRESHOLD TESTING AND ASSOCIATED HIS BUNDLE PACING

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A method of providing pacing to a patient's heart using a stimulation device, the method comprising:applying an impulse to a His bundle of the patient's heart using the stimulation device;
measuring, using the stimulation device, a response of the patient's heart to the application of the impulse, the response including a response of a ventricle of the patient's heart;
calculating a ventricular delay, the ventricular delay being a time from the application of the impulse to onset of the response of the ventricle; and
delivering, using a lead of the stimulation device, a backup impulse to the ventricle when at least the ventricular delay exceeds a delay value stored in a memory of the stimulation device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,135

ASSESSING INTRA-CARDIAC ACTIVATION PATTERNS

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A system comprising:a display; and
a processing unit configured to:
receive torso-surface potential signals from a plurality of electrodes, wherein the received torso-surface potential signals comprise torso-surface potential signals sensed during delivery of cardiac therapy to a patient in accordance with a plurality of different therapy parameter settings,
for each therapy parameter setting, determine, for each electrode of the plurality of electrodes, a torso-surface activation time based on the torso-surface potential signal sensed from the respective electrode during delivery of cardiac therapy in accordance with the respective therapy parameter setting, and
present, via the display, indications of the torso-surface activation times for the plurality of therapy parameter settings.

US Pat. No. 11,027,134

ACTIVE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE SUCH AS A CARDIAC RESYNCHRONISER WITH DYNAMIC ADAPTATION OF AN ATRIOVENTRICULAR DELAY DEPENDING ON A DETECTED AND QUANTIFIED DEGREE OF FUSION

Sorin CRM SAS, Clamart (...

1. An active implantable medical device of the cardiac resynchronizer type, comprising:a pulse generator comprising a memory having instructions stored thereon and a processor configured to execute the instructions to produce pacing pulses intended to be delivered to at least a left ventricle of a patient carrying the active implantable medical device;
at least one detection electrode, the pulse generator configured to detect atrial and ventricular events via signals received from the at least one detection electrode; and
at least one stimulation electrode;
wherein the processor is further configured by the instructions to:
apply an atrioventricular delay (AVD) between a sensed or stimulated atrial event and a delivery of a ventricular pacing pulse;
quantify a degree of fusion between the delivery of a pacing pulse to a cavity, left or right, and a spontaneous contraction of another cavity which is opposite, respectively right or left, and calculate a fusion rate value between two extreme values respectively corresponding to a full capture situation and to a spontaneous depolarization situation of said cavity; and
modify a value of the AVD applied to the delivery of said ventricular pacing pulse, as a function of a comparison made between i) a current value of the fusion rate calculated by processor, and ii) a target value of the fusion rate.

US Pat. No. 11,027,133

ULTRA-LOW POWER RECEIVER MODULE FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION BY AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

CAIRDAC, Antony (FR)

1. An ultra-low consumption wireless communication receiver module for an implantable medical device, the medical device comprising:at least one electrode for collecting a pulse modulated input communication signal transmitted by human body communication,
wherein the receiver module comprises at least one low-noise amplifier (LNA) stage receiving the modulated input communication signal and having a gain of at least 40 db and a gain-bandwidth product of at least 20 MHz,
wherein the LNA stage is a non-linear stage comprising a pair of complementary transistors arranged as a voltage inverter circuit having an input coupled to the electrode collecting the modulated input communication signal,
wherein the input of the LNA stage is polarized to an intermediate operating point voltage between a supply voltage of the complementary transistor pair and a ground voltage, and
wherein the at least one LNA stage has a consumption lower than or equal to 100 nW.

US Pat. No. 11,027,132

SYNCHRONIZATION OF ANTI-TACHYCARDIA PACING IN AN EXTRA-CARDIOVASCULAR IMPLANTABLE SYSTEM

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. An extra-cardiovascular implantable cardioverter defibrillator system, comprising:an electrical sensing circuit configured to receive a first cardiac electrical signal via a first extra-cardiovascular sensing electrode vector and sense cardiac events from the first cardiac electrical signal;
a therapy delivery circuit configured to deliver anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) pulses to a patient's heart via an extra-cardiovascular pacing electrode vector different than the first extra-cardiovascular sensing electrode vector; and
a control circuit coupled to the electrical sensing circuit and the therapy delivery circuit and configured to:
detect tachycardia from the first cardiac electrical signal;
determine a tachycardia cycle length from the first cardiac electrical signal;
determine a first ATP interval that is less than the tachycardia cycle length;
set a first extended ATP interval that is longer than the first ATP interval;
control the therapy delivery circuit to deliver a first plurality of ATP pulses to the patient's heart via the extra-cardiovascular pacing electrode vector, the first plurality of ATP pulses being a first therapy following detection of the tachycardia and comprising a first leading ATP pulse delivered at the first extended ATP interval from a cardiac event sensed by the electrical sensing circuit from the first cardiac electrical signal and a second ATP pulse delivered at the first ATP interval following the first leading ATP pulse.

US Pat. No. 11,027,131

USE OF A NEW STIMULATION DESIGN TO TREAT NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

1. An implantable pulse generator (IPG) for neurostimulation of a patient, comprising:a battery for powering the IPG;
a processor for controlling the IPG according to executable instructions;
memory for storing executable instructions and data; and pulse generating circuitry for generating electrical pulses for stimulation of nerve tissue of the patient;
wherein (1) the processor controls pulse generation operations of the IPG according to one or more stimulation programs defined by a clinician of the patient, (2) IPG is programmable by the clinician to select from multiple stimulation patterns for pulse generation including a noise stimulation pattern, (3) the IPG is programmed to retrieve a parameter ? from a respective stimulation program defined for the noise stimulation pattern to generate electrical pulses generally exhibiting amplitude variations for a noise power density profile of 1/f?? where f represents frequency, and (4) the parameter ? for the respective stimulation program is selectable by the clinician from a range of values including ?=1, ?=2, and multiple values therebetween.

US Pat. No. 11,027,130

TRANSVASCULAR NERVE STIMULATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Lungpacer Medical Inc., ...

9. An apparatus comprising:one or more sensors suitable for detecting when a subject is breathing;
a device configured to deliver a stimulus to the subject's thorax or abdomen during at least part of a phase of the subject's breathing in response to a signal generated by the one or more sensors; and
a flexible insulating sheet including one or more electrodes;
wherein the stimulus is delivered via the one or more electrodes positioned within a blood vessel, and is effective to cause a contraction in a muscle of the subject.

US Pat. No. 11,027,129

PATIENT-CUSTOMIZED ELECTRODE ARRAYS BASED ON PATIENT-SPECIFIC COCHLEAR INFORMATION, AND DESIGNING/SELECTING METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF SAME

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, N...

1. A method for designing a patient-customized electrode array (EA) or selecting an existing EA that fits the patient best, comprising:segmenting shapes of structures of interest (SOIs) of a cochlea of the patient in a pre-operative computed tomography (CT) image of the cochlea using a shape model, wherein the EA is to be placed in the cochlea;
defining a three dimensional (3D) curve of interest within the shape model of the SOIs as a sequence of points, {P,}, wherein i=1, 2, 3, . . . N, N is an integer greater than zero;
automatically transforming the defined 3D curve to the pre-operative CT image so as to obtain a structure curve in the cochlea;
determining a length and curvatures of the structure curve at the sequence of points {Pi}; and
designing a patient-customized EA or selecting an existing EA based on the determined length and curvatures of the structure curve such that after the EA shape model, which estimates the resting state shape of the EA, is rigidly registered to the structure curve in the cochlea, the EA shape model has a registration error smaller than a preset value;
wherein the structure curve is a lateral wall curve in the cochlea, and the EA is a straight EA; and
wherein the straight EA has a length determined such that when placed along the lateral wall curve, an angular insertion depth of the distal electrode reaches about 500 degrees, while a proximal electrode falls safely within the cochlea being greater than 30 degrees.

US Pat. No. 11,027,128

DEVICE FOR NON-INVASIVE ELECTRICAL STIMULATION OF THE SPINAL CORD

COSYMA LTD, Moscow (RU) ...

1. A device for non-invasive stimulation of the spinal cord of a patient comprisingan electrostimulator located in close proximity to the patient, the electrostimulator comprising five stimulation channels and an electrode system,
wherein each of said five stimulation channels of the electrostimulator is connected to electrodes of the electrode system via wires, the electrodes being attached epicutaneously paraspine in a neck, thoracic, lumbar region or in a coccyx to stimulate the spinal cord and/or paravertebral in a projection of roots of the spinal cord to stimulate the roots of the spinal cord at least on one region of the spinal cord,
wherein each of said stimulation channels includes a series-connected voltage converter, a current generator and an output signal shaper; and
wherein each of said stimulation channels is configured to be able to generate at least one pulse selected from the group consisting of:
rectangular single monopolar pulse for muscle activation,
rectangular rhythmic monopolar pulses,
rectangular rhythmic modulated monopolar pulses,
rectangular rhythmic modulated bipolar pulses to trigger a locomotor response or trigger a tonic response in muscles, and
combinations thereof
with a stimulation frequency in the range of 1-99 Hz, with a current amplitude from 1 mA to 300 mA and with a modulation frequency from 4 kHz to 10 kHz;
wherein inputs of each of said stimulation channels are connected to a microcontroller, connected to an indication unit, a control unit and a radio module;
wherein said microcontroller is configured
to trigger at least one of each said stimulation channels;
to select a triggering mode independently for each of said stimulation channels; and
to control each of the stimulation channels with parameters of the generated pulses, the parameters selected from the following:
type of the pulses;
the stimulation frequency, which may change in steps of 1 Hz or higher;
the modulation frequency, which may change in steps of 1 kHz or higher;
the current amplitude, which may change in steps of 1 mA or higher; and
the pulse duration, which may change in steps of 0.1 ms or higher.

US Pat. No. 11,027,127

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING MEDICAL DISORDERS WITH EVOKED POTENTIALS AND VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

ELECTROCORE, INC, Baskin...

1. A method comprising:applying a first sensory stimulus to a patient having a medical condition;
measuring a first baseline evoked potential from the patient, wherein the first baseline evoked potential is evoked by the first sensory stimulus;
applying a treatment for a medical condition to the patient;
applying a second sensory stimulus to the patient after the treatment;
measuring an acute response of the patient to the medical condition as a function of a characteristic of the treatment, wherein the acute response comprises a second evoked potential evoked by the second sensory stimulus; and
comparing the acute response to the first baseline evoked potential to determine whether the patient is a responder to the treatment.

US Pat. No. 11,027,126

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIRECT CURRENT NERVE CONDUCTION BLOCK

Presidio Medical, Inc., ...

1. A system for nerve block of a patient utilizing a capacitive chargeable electrode, comprising:a current generator;
at least one implantable electrode comprising titanium nitride or tantalum, the at least one electrode configured to be in electrical communication with the current generator;
a controller configured to signal the current generator to:
generate a first current with a first polarity proximal to the at least one electrode sufficient to at least partially block conduction in a nerve, wherein an amount of charge in the at least one electrode is configured to decrease and generate current in an ionic component proximate the at least one electrode when the electrode is implanted within the patient; and
generate a second current with a second polarity proximal to the at least one electrode sufficient to increase the amount of charge in the at least one electrode, and
a sensor configured to determine the state of stored charge of the at least one electrode, and wherein the controller is further configured to receive data from the sensor and discontinue at least one of the first current signal or the second current signal when an amount of water is being electrolyzed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,125

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL DEVICES, DEVICE SYSTEMS, AND FIXATION COMPONENTS THEREOF

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A tissue penetrating fixation component for an implantable medical device (IMD), the component comprising:a base defining a longitudinal axis of the component and being configured to be fixedly attached to the IMD so that a perimeter of the component extends around an electrode of the IMD, and so that the longitudinal axis of the component is generally aligned along a longitudinal axis of the IMD; and
a plurality of tines extending from the base and being spaced apart from one another around a perimeter thereof, and each tine of the plurality of tines comprising:
a proximal portion being fixedly attached to the base, wherein the proximal portion extends from the base in a first direction, and wherein the proximal portion comprises a first pre-formed curvature; and
a distal portion comprising:
a proximal section extending from the first pre-formed curvature of the proximal portion in a second direction along a relatively straight line;
a hook section comprising a second pre-formed curvature extending from the proximal section; and
tip section extending from hook section toward the longitudinal axis to a free distal end.

US Pat. No. 11,027,124

INTERVENTIONAL MEDICAL SYSTEMS AND RETRIEVAL TOOLS THEREOF

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. An interventional medical system comprising an implantable medical device, a catheter, and a retrieval tool;the implantable medical device comprising a hermetically sealed housing extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end thereof and a distal end thereof, and an attachment feature joined to the proximal end of the housing, the attachment feature forming an annular recess where the feature is joined to the housing proximal end;
the catheter comprising an elongate shaft and a distal-most catheter sidewall joined to a distal end of the shaft, the distal-most catheter sidewall defining a receptacle extending along a first central axis and sized to contain an entirety of the implantable medical device therein, the shaft including a longitudinally extending lumen in fluid communication with an interior of the receptacle, the interior of the receptacle having a distal opening sized to receive passage of the implantable medical device therethrough, and the shaft lumen and the receptacle being sized to receive the retrieval tool in sliding engagement therein; and
the retrieval tool comprising:
an elongate guide comprising:
a guide sidewall defining a longitudinally extending guide lumen of the elongate guide extending along a second central axis, the guide lumen extending from a proximal opening thereof to a distal opening thereof; and
a rod extending proximally from the proximal opening of the guide lumen, and
wherein the guide sidewall tapers from a first outer diameter to a smaller, second outer diameter at the distal opening to establish, when the second central axis is radially offset from the first central axis, the distal opening of the guide lumen is axially proximate the distal opening of the receptacle and the guide sidewall is directly adjacent the distal-most catheter sidewall, a radial offset between the distal opening of the guide lumen and the distal-most catheter sidewall; and
a lasso comprising:
a first segment extending within the guide lumen and being fixedly attached to the elongate guide, the first segment having a distal end located in close proximity to the distal opening of the guide lumen;
a second segment extending from the distal end of the first segment and looping back alongside the first segment within the guide lumen, the second segment being moveable relative to the first segment to increase and decrease a length of the second segment that protrudes distally from the distal opening of the guide lumen, and the second segment being configured to engage with the annular recess formed by the implantable medical device attachment feature; and
an elongate tube coupled to a proximal end of the second segment of the lasso by an overlying layer of heat shrink tubing, wherein the elongate tube extends around the rod of the elongate guide, and wherein the elongate tube is in sliding engagement with the rod;
wherein the radial offset established by the guide sidewall is greater than a length of the annular recess formed by the attachment feature of the implantable medical device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,123

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PLACE ONE OR MORE LEADS IN TISSUE TO ELECTRICALLY STIMULATE NERVES OF PASSAGE TO TREAT PAIN

SPR THERAPEUTICS, INC., ...

1. A system comprising:an electrode positioned in tissue a distance spaced from (i) at least one of a Type Ia and Ib afferent nerve fibers and (ii) at least one of Type III and Type IV nerve fibers; and
an electrical stimulation device operatively coupled with the electrode, wherein the electrical stimulation device delivers electrical stimulation through the electrode to selectively activate at least one of the Type Ia and Ib afferent nerve fibers while minimizing recruitment of activation of the at least one of the Type III and Type IV nerve fibers because the electrode is spaced the distance from the at least one of a Type Ia and Ib afferent nerve fibers and the at least one of Type III and Type IV nerve fibers to reduce a perception of pain.

US Pat. No. 11,027,122

SPINAL CORD STIMULATION METHOD TO TREAT LATERAL NEURAL TISSUES

Micro-Leads, Inc., Somer...

1. A method of assisting a person having spinal cord neural tissue including a plurality of ascending dorsal column fibers and dorsal roots protected by a dura mater and cerebrospinal fluid, the surrounding tissue forming an epidural space, the person also having at least two pedicles and a vertebral foramen, the method comprising:providing a flexible electrode array having a substrate supporting one or more continuous conductive elements, each of the continuous conductive elements formed by a stimulation contact, a wire-receiving proximal contact, and an interconnect between the stimulation contact and the wire-receiving proximal contact, the continuous conductive element formed having no joints between (1) the interconnect and the wire-receiving proximal contact, and (2) the interconnect and the stimulation contact,
the stimulation contact configured to stimulate one or more of at least a portion of the spinal cord neural tissue and a dorsal root and/or rootlet, at least one of the plurality of stimulation contacts configured to be independently stimulated relative to the other contacts; and
implanting the flexible therapy array in the epidural space where a first portion of the array is positioned adjacent to at least one pedicle so that stimulation contacts are adjacent to at least one dorsal root laterally within the vertebral foramen at one or more vertebral levels in a medically uncompressed manner relative to at least the dorsal root after implanting,
the substrate of the flexible therapy array conforming to the dura mater after said implanting,
the substrate having a first region including the continuous conductive element, the first region having a first thickness of between 0.1 mm and 1.5 mm, the continuous conductive element having a thickness of between 10 um and 150 um.

US Pat. No. 11,027,121

SYSTEMS, METHODS AND MEDIA FOR DIRECTIONAL COORDINATED RESET DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

Regents of the University...

1. A method, comprising:implanting a lead with segmented electrodes into at least one anatomical structure of a subject;
selecting a first subset of the segmented electrodes that correspond to the at least one anatomical structure as active electrodes, wherein a second subset of the segmented electrodes not selected for inclusion in the first subset are inactive electrodes;
causing electrical pulses at a first stimulation level to be applied separately to each of the active electrodes in a first coordinated reset deep brain stimulation sequence during a first time period;
inhibiting electrical pulses from being applied at the inactive electrodes during the first time period;
causing electrical pulses at a second stimulation level that is lower than the first stimulation level to be applied separately to each of the active electrodes in a second coordinated reset deep brain stimulation sequence during a second time period; and
inhibiting electrical pulses from being applied at the inactive electrodes during the second time period.

US Pat. No. 11,027,120

URINARY INCONTINENCE TREATMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

InControl Medical, LLC, ...

1. An apparatus for the treatment of urinary incontinence comprising:a probe comprising:
a balloon configured for movement between an inflated state and a deflated state, the balloon comprising bellows;
an electrode coupled to an outer surface of the balloon, the electrode configured to transmit an electrical pulse to cause a contraction of a muscle in communication with the electrode; and
an internal cavity defined by the balloon; and
a control device configured to be operable by a user to cause the balloon to selectively move between the inflated state and the deflated state and to cause the electrode to transmit the electrical pulse;
wherein the electrode provides exterior longitudinal support of the balloon by being integrally formed within a material of the balloon such that the bellows and the electrode are configured to cooperate to maintain the structural integrity of the balloon without a structural support element being located within the internal cavity, the bellows and the electrode further configured to cooperate to cause the balloon to inflate in a radially non-uniform manner.

US Pat. No. 11,027,119

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPLANTING A MEDICAL DEVICE

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A system for implanting an implantable medical device (IMD) within a patient, the system comprising:a delivery catheter including first and second tethers that may be moved outwardly from and retracted into the delivery catheter, wherein the first tether includes a protuberance at a first distal end, and wherein the second tether includes an elongated interfering segment at a second distal end; and
an IMD including a housing and an attachment member, wherein the attachment member includes a neck extending from the housing, and an expanded head connected to the neck and having a central passage connected to a connection chamber within the expanded head, wherein the connection chamber is wider than the central passage and longer than the protuberance such that the protuberance is lodged within the connection chamber to securely tether the IMD to the delivery catheter when the elongated interfering segment is moved outwardly from the delivery catheter and positioned in the central passage, and wherein the protuberance is configured to dislodge from the connection chamber when the elongated interfering segment is retracted into the delivery catheter and removed from the central passage.

US Pat. No. 11,027,118

GEL DISPENSER FOR ELECTRODES

DJO, LLC, Vista, CA (US)...

1. A device for electrical stimulation of a user, the device comprising:an electrode having a first side attached to a first side of a garment and having a second side, opposite the first side for contacting a portion of a user's skin when the garment is worn by the user, wherein the electrode comprises surface features, formed on the second side of the electrode to distribute a gel or liquid across the surface of the electrode; and
a gel or liquid dispensing system attached to the garment and configured to be actuatable to dispense a gel or liquid onto the second side of the electrode, the dispensing system comprising
a reservoir configured to hold the gel or liquid, the reservoir having a compressible bubble shaped surface positioned on a second side of the garment directly opposite the electrode, the bubble shaped surface of the reservoir comprising a pressure deformable material extending away from the second side of the garment; and
a fluid passageway extending straight from the reservoir through the garment and through the electrode to the second side of the electrode, wherein the reservoir and the fluid passageway are collectively configured to deliver the gel or liquid through the passageway and onto the second side of the electrode when the bubble shaped surface of the reservoir is deformed.

US Pat. No. 11,027,117

RESILIENT HEAD MOUNTED DEVICE FOR NEUROSTIMULATION AND SENSING OF BODY PARAMETERS

NEUROLIEF LTD., Yokneam ...

1. A headset comprising:an elongate body member configured to fully encircle the a head of a user, said elongate body member having a monolithic structure and having a rest state and a closed state and comprising:(i) an anterior section; and(ii) a pair of arm sections configured to be positioned above the user's ears, each arm section being flexible and resilient, and extending away from said anterior section and terminating in a posterior section which terminates in a posterior end;at least one size-adjustment mechanism configured to enable adjustment of the circumference of said body member to comfortably fit circumferentially about heads having different circumferences, at different times:
a closure mechanism associated with said posterior ends of said arm sections, said closure mechanism having an open position and a closed position, wherein, when said closure mechanism is in said closed position, said body member is in said closed state whereby said headset is fully circumferential; and
a processing unit,
a pair of posterior electrodes configured to be positioned against the skin of the head of said user, each mounted on an inner surface of one of said posterior sections, each posterior electrode of said pair being adapted to electrically communicate with the processing unit,
wherein, in said closed state of said headset, a distance between said posterior electrodes is fixed regardless of an adjusted size of said headset,
wherein the headset is configured, when said headset is donned on the head of the user, to urge said posterior electrodes to be positioned against the skin of the head of said user,
wherein said arm sections have a predefined preload such that when said arm sections are outwardly displaced, said preload drives said arm members toward each other, and
wherein, following placement of said posterior ends above the user's ears, while said headset is pushed rearwardly, said posterior ends are configured to apply a force to the head such that said posterior ends continuously engage the head.

US Pat. No. 11,027,116

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EAR-ARRANGED TRANSCUTANEOUS VAGUS NERVE STIMULATION

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A transcutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation system comprising:an amplifier configured to receive a sound signal from a sound source and amplify the sound signal to generate an amplified electrical signal; and
an earphone assembly including:
a listening unit including a speaker configured to receive the sound signal and emit audio according to the sound signal;
a stimulator coupled to the amplifier, the stimulator being configured to apply, as audio is emitted from the speaker, the amplified electrical signal from the amplifier to transcutaneously electrically stimulate a peripheral nerve of a subject; and
a probe arm extending from the listening unit, the probe arm branching into first and second prongs at a distal end thereof, wherein first and second electrode contacts extend from the first and second prongs, respectively, of the probe arm;
wherein the probe arm is coupled to the listening unit via a first rotary joint, the probe arm being rotatable about a first axis defined by the probe arm; and
wherein the first and second prongs are coupled to the probe arm at a second rotary joint such that the first and second prongs together rotate about a second axis.

US Pat. No. 11,027,115

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTROPORATION

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A system for providing electroporation, the system comprising:a first electrode and a second electrode configured to be placed in a renal area of a patient;
a sensor; and
a pulse generator coupled to the first electrode, the second electrode, and the sensor, the pulse generator comprising:
a memory that is capable of storing computer executable instructions; and
a processor that is configured to facilitate execution of the executable instructions stored in the memory, wherein the instructions cause the processor to:
generate, via the pulse generator, a stimulation electrical current to cause stimulation between the first electrode and the second electrode for the renal area;
detect, via the sensor, a change in blood pressure of the patient resulting from the stimulation electrical current; and
in response to detecting the change in blood pressure of the patient, generate an electroporation electrical current to cause reversible or irreversible electroporation between the first electrode and the second electrode for the renal area.

US Pat. No. 11,027,114

BLOOD PUMP ASSEMBLY HAVING A SENSOR AND A SENSOR SHIELD

ABIOMED, INC., Danvers, ...

1. A blood pump assembly comprising:a blood pump housing component;
at least one input port and at least one outlet port;
a sensor comprising a sensor membrane configured to deflect in response to a change in a blood parameter; and
a sensor visor that is coupled to the blood pump housing component and extends over the sensor membrane,
wherein the sensor membrane has a thickness of about 2 microns or less.

US Pat. No. 11,027,113

IMPLANTABLE MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT DEVICES

HeartWare, Inc., Miami L...

1. A method of implanting a mechanical circulatory support device in a patient having a body having a thorax and a circulatory system including a heart having a ventricle, comprising:forming a pocket within the body of the patient outside of the thoracic cavity;
implanting a housing within the pocket, the housing having:
an inner casing defining a fluid flow path and a longitudinal axis along the fluid flow path;
a rotor mounted within the fluid flow path;
the housing having a cross-sectional shape in a plane transverse to the longitudinal axis, the housing defines a first surface disposed about the longitudinal axis and a second planar surface transverse the longitudinal axis; and
fluidly coupling the fluid flow path to the circulatory system of the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,027,112

APPARATUSES FOR CLEANING CATHETER PORTS

1. A cleaning cap for cleaning a needleless hub of a catheter, the cap comprising:a cap body defining a cavity and including one or more gaps disposed about a circumference of the cap body, the one or more gaps extending axially from a first end of the cap body; and
a cleaning member disposed within the cavity, the cleaning member having cleaning threads that engage with external threads of the hub;
wherein the one or more gaps are configured to allow outward radial flexing of the cleaning member.

US Pat. No. 11,027,111

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR RELEASABLY CONNECTING FLUID CONDUITS

WilMarc Holdings, LLC, F...

1. A connector system for releasably connecting tubes, comprising:a female coupler comprising a first conduit defining a first passageway;
a first valve disposed within said female coupler, said first valve operable to interrupt fluid flow through said first passageway;
a male coupler comprising a second conduit defining a second passageway;
a second valve disposed within said male coupler, said second valve operable to interrupt fluid flow through said second passageway;
wherein upon releasable matable axial coupling of said female and male couplers, an axial position of said female coupler is fixed in relation to said male coupler, thereby achieving a connected condition of said connector system;
wherein in said connected condition, said first valve urges said second valve toward a second valve open position and said second valve urges said first valve toward a first valve open position to dispose said first and second passageways in fluidic communication to provide a fluid flow path;
wherein said first and second valves are biased by corresponding first and second resiliently flexible members, said first resiliently flexible member comprising a first plurality of resiliently flexible members which dispose in circumferentially spaced-apart relation to define a first internal space therebetween, said second resiliently flexible member comprising a second plurality of resiliently flexible members which dispose in circumferentially spaced-apart relation to define a second internal space therebetween:
wherein:
in a non-flexed condition, said first resiliently flexible member biases said first valve toward said first valve closed position;
in a non-flexed condition, said second resiliently flexible member biases said second valve toward said second valve closed position;
in a flexed condition, said first resiliently flexible member allows said first valve to travel within said first valve seat toward said first valve open position away from said first port to provide a first passageway open condition; and
in a flexed condition, said second resiliently flexible member allows said second valve to travel within said second valve seat toward said second valve open position away from said second port to provide a second passageway open condition.

US Pat. No. 11,027,110

MEDICAL CONNECTOR

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An assembly comprising:a closed female connector portion that comprises an opening formed in a top wall, and a valve body blocking the opening and having a slit, an outer peripheral edge portion of the valve body being secured to the top wall; and
a male connector portion that is connectable to the closed female connector portion of a medical connector,
wherein the male connector portion comprises:
a limiting portion configured to limit an insertion depth of a tubular body into the opening by directly contacting a top surface of the top wall of the closed female connector portion of the medical connector when the male connector portion is connected to the closed female connector portion,
an enlarged portion extending from a distal end side of the limiting portion and configured to surround the slit and to directly contact a top surface of the valve body when the male connector portion is connected to the closed female connector portion, wherein a diameter of the enlarged portion at a distal end side of the enlarged portion is less than a diameter of the limiting portion,
the tubular body extending from the distal end side of the enlarged portion and being insertable into the slit, wherein an outer diameter of the tubular body is less than an outer diameter of the enlarged portion, and wherein the outer diameter of the tubular body is equal to or less than a length that is twice a distance between a center of the top surface of the valve body and an end of the slit that is radially furthest from the center, and
a locking portion configured to keep the male connector portion connected to the closed female connector portion.

US Pat. No. 11,027,109

CONNECTOR FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

i2r Medical Limited, Bou...

1. A wound dressing tubing connector comprising a first unit and a second unit which are releasably connectable and which when connected form a fluid path through the connector wherein the first unit comprises an inlet and an outlet and the second unit comprises an inlet and an outlet, in which the outlet of the first unit and the inlet of the second unit when the first and second unit are connected together define the fluid path, and wherein the first unit and the second unit are connectable to form an air and fluid tight seal; andwherein the first unit and/or the second unit comprises:
a connector body having a fluid-flow bore of fixed lateral extent extending between the said inlet and the said outlet, the fluid-flow bore forming at least part of the said fluid path;
the said connector body having a tube-receiver portion at one end thereof to receive an end of a wound-dressing tube;
the said connector body having a pressure regulator valve which is spaced from the tube-receiver portion along the fluid flow bore;
the pressure regulator valve having a valve body which extends from a side of the fluid flow bore;
the said valve body having a valve bore which intersects with the said fluid-flow bore, such that the pressure regulator valve is in fluid communication with the said fluid path;
the pressure regulator valve having a valve seal and a spring which are in the said valve body to close the said valve bore;
the spring is configured to act against the valve seal to close the pressure regulator valve when the pressure in the fluid path reaches a differential pressure relative to atmospheric pressure that is greater than or equal to the positive force of the spring, the pressure regulator valve being configured such that when the pressure in the fluid path is sufficiently low, whereby a differential pressure created relative to atmospheric pressure is equivalent to the positive force of the spring, the spring force is overcome to release the valve seal so that atmospheric air enters the valve bore and flows over the said spring along the valve bore to the said fluid flow bore in order to equalise the pressure in the fluid path.

US Pat. No. 11,027,108

FLUID TRANSFER ASSEMBLY WITH A JUNCTION HAVING MULTIPLE FLUID PATHWAYS

Sartorius Stedim North Am...

1. A fluid transfer assembly, comprising:a unitary junction having an upstream portion and a downstream portion, the unitary junction defining a plurality of curved fluid pathways between the upstream portion and the downstream portion, each of the curved fluid pathways defining a central axis along a length thereof, the central axis comprising a linear first segment, a curved second segment, and a linear third segment, the second segment disposed between the first and third segments, the second segment of the central axis deviating from a straight line to define a smooth curve, a linear projection of the first segment intersecting a linear projection of the third segment outside of the respective curved fluid pathway or the first and third segments being parallel to one another; and
at least one flexible fluid conduit sealed to the junction in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of curved fluid pathways,
wherein fluid is transferred from a primary vessel to a secondary vessel through the unitary junction.

US Pat. No. 11,027,107

SUBCUTANEOUS VASCULAR ACCESS ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED DEVICES AND METHODS

Merit Medical Systems, In...

1. A vascular access assembly comprising:a first tubular conduit;
a second tubular conduit;
an expandable stent graft that is coupled to the second tubular conduit adjacent a peripheral end of the second tubular conduit, wherein the expandable stent graft includes a first branch configured to couple to an artery, vein or arteriovenous graft of a patient such that the first branch permits blood flow through the artery, vein, or arteriovenous graft, wherein the expandable stent graft includes a second branch coupled to the second tubular conduit such that the artery, the vein, or the arteriovenous graft is in fluid communication with the second tubular conduit;
a restraint comprising a pull string coupled to filaments surrounding the expandable stent graft in a compressed state;
wherein the first tubular conduit is configured to couple to a central end of the second tubular conduit to form a flow path that extends from the artery, the vein, or the arteriovenous graft to a heart of the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,027,106

DILATING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROSTATIC URETHRA

1. A method for dilating a prostatic urethra of a patient comprising:Inserting a dilating device into the prostatic urethra of the patient said dilating device including a first elongated edge member having a first distally protruding nose portion and second elongated edge member having a second distally protruding nose portion symmetrically opposing each other across a spinal longitudinal axis, said first distally protruding nose portion and said second distally protruding nose portions protruding distally from the dilating device;
aligning the first elongated edge member and the second elongated edge member with posterolateral interlobar grooves of the prostatic urethra;
positioning said first distally protruding nose portion and said second distally protruding nose portion of the dilating device within the prostatic urethra on opposite lateral sides of a posterior portion thereof proximal to a bladder neck,
stretching laterally posterolateral sides of the prostatic urethra adjacent to the bladder neck with said first distally protruding nose portion and said second distally protruding nose portion;
preventing migration of the dilating device into a urinary bladder of the patient via said positioning and said stretching;
expanding said dilating device to an open configuration within said prostatic urethra and
exerting a radially outwards force on the prostatic urethra with said expanded dilating device to dilate the prostatic urethra.

US Pat. No. 11,027,105

ADJUSTABLE INSTRUMENT FOR DILATION OF ANATOMICAL PASSAGEWAY

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) an instrument body, wherein the instrument body defines a longitudinal axis;
(b) a shaft assembly extending distally from the instrument body, wherein the shaft assembly has a proximal end and a distal end, with a length defined between the proximal and distal ends, wherein the shaft assembly further defines a longitudinal axis along the length;
(c) a dilation catheter, wherein the dilation catheter comprises an expandable dilator, wherein the dilation catheter is slidable relative to the shaft assembly to thereby position the dilator distally relative to the distal end of the shaft assembly; and
(d) a guidewire, wherein the guidewire is slidable relative to the dilation catheter,
wherein at least a portion of the length of the shaft assembly is operable to be selectively deflected relative to the longitudinal axis of the instrument body to thereby deflect the longitudinal axis of the shaft assembly away from the longitudinal axis of the instrument body.

US Pat. No. 11,027,104

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TRANSCAROTID ACCESS

Silk Road Medical, Inc., ...

1. A micropuncture kit for direct access into a lumen of a surgically exposed vessel using direct visual guidance, the kit comprising:a micropuncture access needle comprising a proximal hub coupled to an elongate shaft defining an inner lumen and a visible depth indicator positioned on the elongate shaft a distance away from a distal tip of the elongate shaft, wherein the visible depth indicator of the micropuncture access needle provides an indication as to whether the microcatheter, when inserted into the vessel, will penetrate a wall thickness of the vessel without contacting a back side of a vessel wall of the blood vessel;
an access guidewire sized to be received through the inner lumen of the micropuncture access needle, the guidewire comprising a distal tip and at least one visible depth indicator positioned on the access guidewire a distance away from the distal tip of the guidewire; and
a microaccess cannula comprising an elongate body defining an inner lumen and a plurality of visible depth indicators formed on the elongate body, wherein each of the plurality of visible depth indicators identifies a distance from a distal tip of the cannula to a respective depth indicator;
wherein alignment of a first visible depth indicator of the at least one visible depth indicator positioned on the access guidewire with a proximal edge of the cannula provides a visual indication to a user that the distal tip of the guidewire is aligned with the distal tip of the cannula;
wherein alignment of a second visible depth indicator of the at least one visible depth indicator positioned on the access guidewire with a proximal edge of the cannula provides a visual indication to a user that the distal tip of the guidewire is aligned with the distal tip of the micropuncture access needle;
wherein alignment of a third visible depth indicator of the at least one visible depth indicator positioned on the access guidewire with a proximal edge of the cannula provides a visual indication to a user that the distal tip of the guidewire positioned distally of the distal tip of the micropuncture access needle by a predetermined distance indicated by the third visible depth indicator.

US Pat. No. 11,027,103

CONDUIT DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLANTING A CONDUIT DEVICE IN A TISSUE WALL

Emory University, Atlant...

1. A coring device comprising:a coring cylinder configured for advancing through a tissue wall to define an aperture in the tissue wall by removing a tissue core from the tissue wall, the coring cylinder defining a coring bore extending along a longitudinal axis of the coring device and configured for receiving the tissue core therein, wherein the tissue wall has a first surface and an opposed second surface;
a retrieval device configured for piercing the tissue wall, the retrieval device comprising a corkscrew configured for retaining the tissue core; and
an attaching device comprising a conical helix and configured for advancing along a helical path at least partially through the tissue wall such that at least a portion of the attaching device becomes disposed substantially between the first surface and opposed second surface of the tissue wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,102

PERFUSION CATHETERS AND RELATED METHODS

Teleflex Life Sciences Li...

1. A perfusion catheter, comprising:an inflatable balloon coiled in a helical manner around a central axis into a series of windings, wherein an inner surface of the series of windings, when inflated, defines a passage through the inflatable balloon;
an elongate shaft extending from a proximal portion to a distal portion, having an inner surface that defines a lumen for providing inflation fluid to, or withdrawing inflation fluid from, a distal end of the inflatable balloon; and
a guidewire support tube including a lumen for receiving a guidewire, the lumen of the guidewire support tube separate from the lumen of the elongate shaft and the passage through the inflatable balloon, wherein the guidewire support tube is inset in the inner surface of the series of windings.

US Pat. No. 11,027,101

CATHETER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING ECG SENSOR AND MAGNETIC ASSEMBLIES

C. R. Bard, Inc., Frankl...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a stylet including:
a core wire having a straight proximal segment aligned with a longitudinal axis of the core wire, and a pre-shaped distal segment having a bent configuration deflected from the longitudinal axis; and
a sleeve positioned over the pre-shaped distal segment, the sleeve adhered to the core wire near a distal end of the straight proximal segment; and
a catheter having a distal portion, the pre-shaped distal segment of the core wire designed to bend the distal portion of the catheter into the bent configuration upon insertion of the stylet into the catheter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,100

EXPANDABLE INTRODUCER ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING SAME

FREUDENBERG MEDICAL, LLC,...

1. An expandable introducer assembly for use in inserting a medical device into a body vessel of a patient, said expandable introducer assembly comprising:a dilator extending along an axis from a proximal dilator end to a distal dilator end;
an expandable sheath extending from adjacent said distal dilator end in surrounding and coaxial relationship with said dilator for concurrent insertion and axial advancement with said dilator into the body vessel of the patient;
an introducer subassembly including a hemostasis valve releasably interconnected to said proximal dilator end and an introducer sheath extending in surrounding and coaxial relationship with said dilator from said hemostasis valve to adjacent said expandable sheath;
said expandable sheath including a sheath hub interchangeable from a locked condition for preventing axial movement of said dilator and said introducer subassembly relative to said expandable sheath during the insertion of said expandable introducer assembly into the body vessel and an unlocked condition for allowing concurrent axial advancement of said introducer subassembly and said dilator relative to said expandable sheath after the insertion of said expandable introducer assembly into the body vessel to allow said introducer sheath to pass through said sheath hub and into said expandable sheath for radially expanding the body vessel; and
a coupler releasably connected to said sheath hub and disposed in interlocked relationship with said hemostasis valve when said hemostasis valve is axially advanced towards said sheath hub for allowing serial retraction of said introducer sheath and said expandable sheath out of the body vessel of the patient.

US Pat. No. 11,027,099

VASCULAR ACCESS DEVICE

SMITHS MEDICAL ASD, INC.,...

1. An access device for placing a medical article within a body space, the access device comprising:a barrel and a plunger slidingly disposed in the barrel, the plunger having a channel sized and shaped to receive a guide wire therethrough, the barrel defining a fluid chamber;
an interior needle portion at least partially disposed in the channel, the interior needle portion comprising an aperture extending through a side wall of the interior needle portion and into the fluid chamber;
a needle hub disposed on an exterior needle portion extending from the barrel and being in flow communication with the interior needle portion and the fluid chamber, the needle hub comprising a first locking structure at a proximal part of the needle hub and a second locking structure at a distal part of the needle hub;
a sheath coaxially disposed about the exterior needle portion and slideable along the exterior needle portion, a distal end of the sheath being positioned proximal to a distal end of the exterior needle portion; and
a dilator disposed about the exterior needle portion and within the sheath, the dilator comprising a dilator hub and a dilator body, a distal end of the dilator body positioned distal to the distal end of the sheath,
wherein the first locking structure is configured to releasably secure the needle hub to the barrel, and
wherein the second locking structure is configured to releasably secure the needle hub to the dilator hub.

US Pat. No. 11,027,098

CLIP FOR MEDICAL TUBING

Alexander Aurora, Joppa,...

1. A clip for medical tubing, comprising:an elongated flexible member having opposed first and second ends; and
first and second one-piece clamps extending from the first and second ends of the elongated flexible member, respectively, each of the clamps having:
a yoke having first and second laterally opposed resilient arms;
at least two first resilient parallel fingers extending from the first arm of the yoke; and
at least one second resilient finger extending from the second arm of the yoke, wherein, in an unbiased position, each of the first fingers has a proximal portion curving towards the second finger and a distal end curving away from the second finger, the pair of first fingers and the second finger being compressible towards each other so that the second finger extends between the parallel first fingers, the first clamp being adapted for resiliently gripping medical tubing and the second clamp being adapted for resiliently gripping a support to keep the tubing clipped to the support.

US Pat. No. 11,027,097

MONORAIL MIRCOCATHETER AND METHODS FOR USE

Sanford Health, Sioux Fa...

1. A catheter comprising:a first tubular structure defining a first lumen, the first tubular structure having a first end and a second end;
a second tubular structure defining a second lumen, the second tubular structure having a first end and a second end;
an aperture between the first tubular structure and the second tubular structure, the aperture located at the first end of the second tubular structure, wherein a first portion of the first tubular structure extends between the aperture and the first end of the first tubular structure, wherein a second portion of the first tubular structure is coupled to and along a length of the second tubular structure such that the first tubular structure and the second tubular structure share an internal wall having a first end at the aperture and a second end at the second end of the second tubular structure, and wherein a stiffness of an entirety of the first portion of the first tubular structure is less than a stiffness of the second portion of the first tubular structure and a stiffness of the second tubular structure; and
a baffle coupled to the first end of the internal wall, wherein the baffle obstructs the first lumen of the first tubular structure in a first position, and wherein the baffle is rotatably coupled to the internal wall from the first position to a second position in which the baffle does not obstruct the first lumen of the first tubular structure; and
a locking device positioned at the first end of the first tubular structure, wherein the locking device is configured to prevent the catheter from moving with respect to a guidewire positioned in the first tubular structure in a locked mode, wherein the locking device is configured to allow the catheter to move along the guidewire in an unlocked mode, wherein the locking device is configured to be positioned in the locked mode prior to introducing the catheter and the guidewire together into an arterial configuration, and wherein the locking device is configured to be positioned in the unlocked mode prior to advancing the catheter with respect to the guidewire in the arterial configuration.

US Pat. No. 11,027,096

FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BEARING A TRACKABLE LOW-FREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC COIL

LUCENT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...

1. A system, comprising:a medical instrument having a first portion and a second portion with the first portion configured for insertion into a body of a patient, the medical instrument including:
a flexible printed circuit having a length and a width, wherein the length is at least twenty times the width, the flexible printed circuit including:
a first metal trace running substantially along the length of the flexible printed circuit, the first metal trace having a first end in the first portion of the medical instrument and a second end in the second portion of the medical instrument; and
a second metal trace running substantially along the length of the flexible printed circuit, the second metal trace having a first end in the first portion of the medical instrument and a second end in the second portion of the medical instrument;
an electromagnet structure in the first portion of the medical instrument, the electromagnet structure including:
a core; and
a conductive coil wound around the core with a first end of the conductive coil electrically coupled to the first end of the first metal trace and a second end of the conductive coil electrically coupled to the first end of the second metal trace; and
ancillary circuitry arranged in the second portion of the medical instrument and electrically coupled to the second end of the first metal trace and to the second end of the second metal trace, the ancillary circuitry configured to drive an excitation signal through the conductive coil via the first and second metal traces to generate a magnetic field about the electromagnet structure.

US Pat. No. 11,027,095

ARCHFLO MIDLINE CATHETER

MEDICAL COMPONENTS INC., ...

1. A midline catheter comprising:a shaft defining a lumen, said shaft having a distal end and a proximal end wherein said distal end includes two or more opposing notches thereon, each of said notches having an open notch distal end and an opposing notch proximal end formed as an arch;
wherein an interior of the shaft is undivided between the proximal end of the shaft and the proximal end of each of the two or more opposing notches;
wherein said distal end includes a radiused edge circumferentially disposed thereon;
wherein said catheter further includes a luer and a hub coupled to the proximal end and wherein an indicia is printed on the luer, the hub, the shaft, or combinations of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,094

TUBULAR BODY AND CATHETER HAVING TUBULAR BODY

ASAHI INTECC CO., LTD., ...

1. A tube comprising:a hollow coil body formed of a spirally wound resin-coated wire, the resin-coated wire comprising a wire and a resin coating covering the wire, wherein:
adjacent turns of the resin-coated wire are fixed at contact portions between adjacent portions of the resin coating, and
the wire is slidable with respect to the resin coating.

US Pat. No. 11,027,093

SLIDE GUIDE CATHETER AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

Sanford Health, Sioux Fa...

1. A catheter system comprising:a first catheter having a first end and a second end, wherein the first catheter has a first diameter;
a second catheter having a first end and a second end, wherein the second catheter has a second diameter that is less than the first diameter of the first catheter, and wherein the second catheter is positioned at least partially within a lumen of the first catheter and is moveable relative to the first catheter such that the second catheter is advanced out of or retracted into the lumen of the first catheter, wherein a wall thickness of a portion of the second catheter at the first end of the second catheter is less than a wall thickness of a portion of the first catheter at the first end of the first catheter, and wherein a stiffness of a portion of the first catheter at the first end of the first catheter is greater than a stiffness of a portion of the second catheter at the first end of the second catheter; and
a wire having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the wire is coupled to the second catheter, wherein a wall of the first catheter includes a conduit arranged therein in which the wire at least partially resides, wherein a first end of the conduit abuts the second end of the second catheter when the second catheter is fully retracted to prevent the first end of the second catheter from retracting past the first end of the first catheter and into the lumen of the first catheter.

US Pat. No. 11,027,092

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DESIGN, OPERATION AND USE OF THE MAGNETIC RESONANCE OF THE EARTH FOR SLEEP ENHANCEMENT

1. A varying magnetic field generating system comprising:a flexible air-core coil consisting of only wire, an outer soft cover, with only air in the center of the coil, the flexible air-core coil configured to create a varying magnetic field through the head of a user;
an electronic module configured to operate below 500 mA at 5V and to power the flexible air-core coil at a frequency of 7.83 Hz+/?0.5 Hz;
wherein the flexible air-core coil is configured to be inserted into a pillow case or beneath a pillow of the user,
wherein the flexible air-core coil produces a low-gradient uniform flux through the entire head of the user,
wherein the frequency of flux produced by the coil is 7.83 Hz+/?0.5 Hz;
wherein amplitude in gauss variance across the head of the user averages between 0 and 1 Gauss,
wherein the flexible air-core coil is configured such that an inner diameter of the coil is greater than 95% of an outer diameter of the coil, with the inner diameter dimensioned to be greater than 13 inches, larger than that of the head of the user;
wherein the coil is configured to flex with the pillow allowing for comfort during use or for folding during travel; and
wherein the system enhances quality of sleep of the user.

US Pat. No. 11,027,091

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN ADAPTIVE AND INTERACTIVE HEALING ENVIRONMENT

1. A method of configuring a personal living environment of a long-term patient to promote enhanced healing of said patient, comprising:providing a central computer controllable via a remote unit;
coupling said central computer to a plurality of output devices and at least one sensor; said plurality of output devices including displays and speakers; at least one of said displays comprising a navigation pane and a content pane; said content pane configured to display content selected using any one of said remote unit and said navigation pane;
arranging said plurality of output devices in said personal living environment;
presenting on said navigation pane patient selectable objective parameters and subjective parameters relating to said patient;
obtaining an input from said patient, and in response to said input, representing on said content pane a relationship, characterized over a time period, between said subjective parameters and said objective parameters selected by said patient;
shifting presentation of content from one of said plurality of output devices to another of said plurality of output devices based on a proximity of said patient detected by said at least one sensor.

US Pat. No. 11,027,090

VAPOR COLUMN LIQUID ACCUMULATOR

General Electric Company,...

1. A liquid delivery system comprising:a pipe configured to transmit a liquid flow driven by a pump; and
a liquid accumulator fluidically connected to the pipe, the liquid accumulator comprising:
a chamber containing the liquid and a vapor column;
a power source configured to input energy to the chamber to generate vapor from the liquid to form the vapor column, wherein the vapor column constitutes a gas spring to reduce pulsations of the liquid flow in the pipe; and
a controller to supply power by the power source based on a duty cycle, wherein the duty cycle is determined based on a difference between a measured pulsation and a pre-set pulsation of the liquid flow in the pipe.

US Pat. No. 11,027,089

HEATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR HUMIDIFICATION SYSTEMS

1. A humidifier comprising:a reservoir; and
an electrically conducting plastic (ECP) structure for heating liquid in the reservoir,
wherein the ECP structure comprises an ECP layer and a first supporting layer, wherein the ECP layer is in physical communication with the first supporting layer, and
a second supporting layer.

US Pat. No. 11,027,088

NEONATAL INCUBATOR HUMIDIFIER SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A humidifier system for humidifying a microenvironment in a neonatal incubator, the humidifier system comprising:a reservoir configured to hold water to be evaporated for humidifying the microenvironment;
a chamber divider defining a heating chamber within the reservoir;
a movable heating element positioned at a surface level of the water inside the heating chamber so as to heat the water at surface level inside the heating chamber;
wherein the heating element is moved downward within the heating chamber as an amount of water in the reservoir decreases so as to maintain the heating element at the surface level of the water; and
wherein the heating element has a hole that accommodates a guide, and wherein the heating element slides down the guide as it moves downward within the heating chamber.

US Pat. No. 11,027,087

HEADGEAR CLIP ARRANGEMENT

18. A respiratory mask configured to deliver pressurized gas to a user, the mask configured to attach to headgear by a connector clip having a body portion and a hook portion, the respiratory mask comprising:a post configured to be received within a space of the hook portion of the connector clip;
an opening adjacent the post; and
a limitation bump associated with the opening and configured in use to contact the connector clip to limit rotation of the connector clip relative to the mask.

US Pat. No. 11,027,086

ORO-NASAL INHALATION PLETHYSMOGRAPHY MASK EXPOSURE SYSTEM

The Government of the Uni...

1. A system comprising:an inhalation source;
a plenum in fluid communication with said inhalation source;
at least one challenge plethysmography mask in fluid communication with said plenum, each challenge plethysmography mask including
a mask having a cavity in which to receive at least a nose of a test animal,
a delivery conduit in fluid communication with said plenum and the cavity of said mask,
at least one exhaust conduit in fluid communication between the cavity of said mask and said plenum, and
a pressure sensor attached to said mask to measure pressure within the cavity of said mask;
at least one sampling mask in fluid communication with said plenum, each sampling mask including
a cavity,
a sealing wall covering an open side of said sampling mask, and
a sampling conduit passing through said sealing wall and placing a sampling end at a point inside the cavity of said sampling mask and an attachment end external to said sampling mask;
at least one processor in electrical communication with said at least one pressure sensor, said processor configured to process an output signal of said pressure sensor into respiratory data for each test animal during an exposure study; and
an exhaust system in fluid communication with said plenum.

US Pat. No. 11,027,085

3-D PATIENT INTERFACE DEVICE ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:an adjustment determination unit structured to receive patient interface device information for a patient interface device, the patient interface device being structured to facilitate delivery of a flow of gas to an airway of a patient and including one or more adjustable features and a 3-D model of a patient's face, and to calculate adjustment information for the patient interface device corresponding to the patient's face using the patient interface device information and the 3-D model of the patient's face; and
an output unit structured to output the adjustment information, wherein the adjustment information includes information for adjusting one or more of the adjustable features.

US Pat. No. 11,027,084

PATIENT VENTILATING AND ASPIRATING SYSTEM

1. A catheter tube connector for a suction system, said catheter tube connector comprising:an outer cup-shaped fitting;
an inner cup-shaped fitting nested within said outer cup-shaped fitting; and
a piercing member nested within said inner cup-shaped fitting and integrally formed with said outer cup-shaped fitting, said piercing member adapted to pierce a seal;
a rim of said outer cup-shaped fitting extending beyond a rim of said inner cup-shaped fitting;
said piercing member extending beyond said rim of said outer cup-shaped fitting;
a first end of said catheter tube connector being adapted to be in communication with a suction system;
a second end of said catheter tube connector being adapted to be releasably connected to a catheter mount.

US Pat. No. 11,027,083

PRESSURE REGULATOR FOR ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE CUFF, BREATHING SYSTEM COMPRISING SUCH A REGULATOR AND CONTAINER COMPRISING A VARIABLE VOLUME CHAMBER FOR SUCH A REGULATOR

LEVED, Paris (FR)

1. A system comprising:a pressure regulator for an endotracheal tube,
a tube comprising:
a main pipe having a first end configured to be inserted into a trachea of a patient and a second end configured to be connected to a respirator apparatus;
an inflatable annular sealing cuff that surrounds the first end of the main pipe;
at least one auxiliary hose having a first end connected to the sealing cuff and a second end provided with a valve that can be connected to a compressed air source for inflating the sealing cuff,
a container defining a variable volume chamber having at least one first orifice to be connected to the auxiliary hose such that, in use, the variable volume chamber of the pressure regulator and the sealing cuff are in fluid communication;
a weight being movable along an articulated rod for adjusting the air pressure contained in the variable volume chamber, and consequently the air pressure contained in the sealing cuff;
a locking system for locking the weight to prevent unexpected movement of the weight.

US Pat. No. 11,027,082

METHODS AND SYSTEMS TO ESTIMATE COMPLIANCE OF A PATIENT CIRCUIT IN THE PRESENCE OF LEAK

Koninklijke Philps N.V., ...

8. A non-invasive ventilator system, comprising:a remote ventilator component configured to generate a gas source;
a user interface comprising a mask configured to provide gas to a user;
a connecting circuit configured to connect the remote ventilator component to the user interface;
at least one sensor configured to measure at least one of gas flow or pressure;
a low frequency, high cutoff, low pass pressure filter, wherein a pressure test signal is filtered; and
a controller, the controller configured to generate the pressure test signal by filtering white noise through the low frequency, high cutoff, low pass filter; excite a flow source of the remote ventilator component with the generated pressure test signal for a predetermined time period, wherein excitation occurs over a series of increasing bias flows; obtain a measurement of at least one of a gas pressure or flow rate from the at least one sensor of the system; determine a vector of pressure of the obtained measurement; and determine, using the determined pressure vector, a parameter of a pressure flow model to indicate a compliance of a connecting circuit in the non-invasive ventilator system.

US Pat. No. 11,027,081

METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR PATIENT AIRWAY AND LEAK FLOW ESTIMATION FOR NON-INVASIVE VENTILATION

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. A method for estimating patient airway flow in a non-invasive ventilator system, the method comprising the steps of:providing a non-invasive ventilator system, the non-invasive ventilator system comprising tubing having a distal ventilator end and a proximal patient end;
obtaining a measurement of tubing compliance and a measurement of one or more parameters of a nonlinear leak flow model of the non-invasive ventilator system comprising leak flow resistance;
measuring, using a distal gas flow sensor of the non-invasive ventilator system, gas flow at the distal ventilator end of the tubing;
measuring, using a proximal pressure sensor of the non-invasive ventilator system, pressure at the proximal patient end of the tubing;
determining an estimated gas flow at the proximal patient end of the tubing, the estimated gas flow comprising the measurement of gas flow at the distal ventilator end of the tubing, the measurement of pressure at the proximal patient end of the tubing, the obtained measurement of tubing compliance, and the obtained measurement of the one or more parameters of the nonlinear the leak flow model comprising leak flow resistance;
determining a proximal pressure error value by subtracting the measured pressure at the proximal patient end of the tubing from an estimated pressure at the proximal patient end of the tubing;
compensating, using a compensator, for the determined proximal pressure estimate error value;
compensating for at least one error in the estimated gas flow at the proximal patient end of the tubing by feeding the estimated gas flow back into a sum of accumulated flows;
determining an estimated gas flow leak, the estimated gas flow leak comprising the estimated pressure at the proximal patient end of the tubing and the obtained measurement of the one or more parameters of the nonlinear leak flow model comprising the leak flow resistance;
monitoring for an unknown leak in the non-invasive ventilator system using a feedback controller to estimate a size of the unknown leak during ventilation;
determining, when the unknown leak is identified, a gas flow leak correcting factor comprising leak information from a previous breath;
adjusting, with the determined gas flow leak correcting factor, the estimated gas flow leak; and
compensating for bias in the patient airway flow.

US Pat. No. 11,027,080

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING VENTILATOR LEAKAGE DURING STABLE PERIODS WITHIN A BREATH

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

19. A method for determining leakage from a respiratory gas supply system, the respiratory gas supply system having a controller adapted for providing respiratory gases to a breathing patient, comprising:identifying, by the controller, at least one stable period within a breath of a patient;
calculating leakage information from data indicative of one of pressure or flow obtained during the at least one stable period;
subsequent to the at least one stable period, estimating, by the controller, leakage from the respiratory gas supply system based on the leakage information and current data indicative of one of pressure or flow; and
adjusting at least one of a pressure or a flow delivered to the patient based on the estimated leakage.

US Pat. No. 11,027,079

VENTILATION DEVICE AND METHOD

LOEWENSTEIN MEDICAL TECHN...

1. A method for operating a data processing unit of a ventilation device, wherein the method comprises registering therapy data and storing them in at least one memory unit of the data processing unit and transmitting at least a part of the stored therapy data with at least one transmission unit to at least one network, wherein at least one available radio network is determined with the at least one transmission unit, at least one parameter for a network quality of the at least one available radio network is defined, and at least one processing of the therapy data prior to their transmission into the at least one available radio network is carried out dynamically with the data processing unit depending on the at least one parameter, and wherein the therapy data are prioritized for processing and therapy data which exceed at least one threshold value for a priority are transmitted primarily or exclusively, wherein(i) the at least one threshold value for the priority being defined dynamically depending on the at least one parameter,
or
(ii) a priority above the at least one threshold value being allocated to a number of therapy hours and/or a therapeutic process and/or a therapy statistic.

US Pat. No. 11,027,078

MULTI-MODAL FIVE LUMEN GAS CIRCULATION SYSTEM FOR USE IN ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Conmed Corporation, Utic...

1. A system for performing an endoscopic surgical procedure in a surgical cavity, comprising:a) a multi-modal gas delivery device including a housing enclosing internally a primary gas circulation pump, a secondary gas circulation pump and an insufflation subunit; and
b) an interface plate adapted and configured to engage with the multi-modal gas delivery device and including opposed front and rear surfaces, wherein five connectors are located on the front surface of the interface plate and five filter seats are located on the rear surface of the interface plate, and wherein each of the five filter seats on the rear surface of the interface plate has a port formed therein that communicates with an oppositely adjacent one of the five connectors on the front surface of the interface plate to form a connection, wherein each of the five connections corresponds to one of the following five lumens:
i) an insufflation and sensing lumen for delivering insufflation gas from the insufflation subunit to the surgical cavity and for facilitating sensing of surgical cavity pressure;
ii) a gas delivery lumen for delivering pressurized gas from the primary gas circulation pump to a gas sealed access device;
iii) a gas return lumen for returning gas used to generate a gaseous seal within the gas sealed access device back to the primary gas circulation pump;
iv) a smoke evacuation lumen for removing smoke filled gas from the surgical cavity by way of the secondary gas circulation pump; and
v) a recirculation supply lumen for returning filtered gas back to the surgical cavity from the secondary gas circulation pump.

US Pat. No. 11,027,077

AEROSOL DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Stamford Devices Ltd., D...

1. An aerosol delivery system, comprising:an aerosol generator that aerosolizes a liquid medicament for delivery to a patient as a patient inhales;
a pump coupled to the aerosol generator that pumps the liquid medicament to the aerosol generator;
a breath sensor that emits a signal as the patient breathes; and
a controller coupled to the aerosol generator, the pump, and the breath sensor, wherein the controller:
receives the signal from the breath sensor;
predicts a timing of a patient inhalation by monitoring signals from the breath sensor over one or more breath cycles of the patient;
controls a flow of liquid medicament to the aerosol generator based on the predicted timing of the patient inhalation; and
controls the aerosol generator to start aerosolizing the liquid medicament before an inhalation cycle based on the predicted timing of the patient inhalation by causing the aerosol generator to aerosolize the liquid medicament at a predetermined time prior to a predicted start of the patient inhalation, wherein the predetermined time is determined by subtracting a time period that is equal to between 1% and 30% of a predicted duration of the patient inhalation from the predicted start of the patient inhalation.

US Pat. No. 11,027,076

NEBULIZER

STAMFORD DEVICES LIMITED,...

1. A method for generating aerosol via a nebulizer head, comprising:delivering power and a plurality of control signals from a host system to a controller via a universal bus cable and a universal bus plug connectable to the host system;
generating a plurality of nebulizer head drive signals based on the plurality of control signals via the controller; and delivering the plurality of nebulizer head drive signals to the nebulizer head via a head cable having a proprietary head plug; and
generating aerosol via the nebulizer head according to the plurality of nebulizer head drive signals.

US Pat. No. 11,027,075

DEVICE FOR PERCUTANEOUS DELIVERY OF THERAPEUTIC AGENTS, AND A METHOD FOR ITS USE

1. A device for percutaneous delivery of therapeutic agents, the device comprising:a head mounted on a body, said head comprising at least one projection;
a first wheel having an axis of rotation, a first axial surface of the first wheel comprising a central cavity that engages with said projection such that the first axial surface of the first wheel is rotably mounted on the head, a second axial surface of the first wheel, an outer surface, and a plurality of needles disposed upon the outer surface, each needle having a tip projecting away from the axis of rotation of the wheel;
a second wheel having an axis of rotation, a first axial surface of the second wheel coupled to the second axial surface of the first wheel, a second axial surface of the second wheel, an outer surface, and a plurality of needles disposed upon the outer surface, each needle having a tip projecting away from the axis of rotation;
a reservoir mounted on the body, wherein the reservoir is contained in a tube having a bottom end near to the wheel and a top end, wherein an opening is in the bottom end of the tube; and
a plunger within the tube, and an actuator button set through the tip end of the tube and mechanically linked to the plunger, such that depression of the actuator button causes the plunger to force the fluid out through the opening.

US Pat. No. 11,027,074

ELASTIC AND SLIDING VALVULAR JOINT, SUITABLE TO WORK IN PRE-FILLED SYRINGES AND SAID SYRINGES

1. A pre-filled syringe having:(a) one internal chamber that stores a product to be injected, or
(b) two internal independent chambers that contain isolated products, respectively, and which have to be mixed before injection,
(c) an elastic and sliding valvular joint disposed inside a main body of said pre-filled syringe and configured and arranged to form a temporary closure blocking communication between (a) the one internal chamber and a communication channel towards an injection needle, or (b) between the two internal chambers, said elastic and sliding valvular joint comprising:
first and second discoid cooperative elements, wherein the first of the discoid cooperative elements comprises a perimeter having an edge supported by an internal cylindrical surface of the syringe, wherein the second of said discoid cooperative elements is an elastic discoid plug, the first of said discoid cooperative elements forming a sliding discoid receiving seat comprising a central passage tube for receiving said elastic discoid plug, wherein the perimeter edge of the discoid receiving seat forms a rim that is thicker and less elastic than the rest of said discoid receiving seat,
wherein the elastic discoid plug comprises an elastic base and a hollow closing cylinder with an open distal base formed from an internal face of the elastic base, the hollow closing cylinder optionally comprising a plurality of external flanges supported on a cylindrical surface thereof,
wherein the central passage tube of the sliding discoid receiving seat faces said hollow closing cylinder and comprises an upper cylindrical cavity disposed in an opening of the central passage tube and a lower cylindrical cavity in communication with the upper cylindrical cavity, the central passage tube being configured so that the elastic discoid plug fits in a removable manner inside the central passage tube with the hollow closing cylinder of the discoid plug disposed in the lower cylindrical cavity and the elastic base of the discoid plug disposed in the upper cylindrical cavity surrounded by the perimeter edge of the discoid seat that forms the thicker rim,
wherein, if the hollow closing cylinder does not comprise the plurality of external flanges, an outer diameter of the hollow closing cylinder of the elastic discoid plug is the same size as or is slightly bigger than an internal diameter of the lower cylindrical cavity and, if the hollow closing cylinder comprises the plurality of external flanges, the outer diameter of the hollow closing cylinder is dimensioned such that, with the hollow closing cylinder of the discoid plug disposed in the lower cylindrical cavity, the plurality of external annular flanges are supported by a cylindrical surface on the central passage tube of the sliding discoid receiving seat; and
wherein the discoid cooperative elements of the elastic and sliding valvular joint are formable from an elastomeric material configured to be formed by either an injection process or by a compression process.

US Pat. No. 11,027,073

THERAPY ASSIST INFORMATION AND/OR TRACKING DEVICE AND RELATED METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.,...

1. A pen cap for an insulin pen comprising:at least one input device adapted to receive glucose data;
at least one circuit adapted to detect at least one of a capping or decapping of the pen cap from an insulin pen;
at least one user interface to communicate at least one of therapy relevant information, therapy recommendations, or a time of the at least one of a capping or decapping of the pen cap;
memory to store at least one user-specific dosage parameter or recommended dose; and
at least one processor adapted to determine content presented by the user interface, the processor using information relating to the at least one of a capping or decapping of the pen cap,
wherein the pen cap is adapted to be responsive to the pen cap being capped on the insulin pen for at least a threshold period of time, and to display a recommended correction dose of insulin based on an insulin sensitivity factor and a target glucose value stored in memory.

US Pat. No. 11,027,071

INTRADERMAL JET INJECTION ELECTROPORATION DEVICE

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, I...

1. An electroporation device for use with an agent cartridge defining a volume containing a pre-measured dose of agent therein, the electroporation device comprising:a housing having an axis extending therethrough, the housing further defining a cavity;
a jet-injection nozzle at least partially positioned within the housing;
wherein the cavity is sized to receive at least a portion of the agent cartridge therein, and wherein the jet-injection nozzle is in fluid communication with the volume of the agent cartridge when the agent cartridge is positioned within the cavity;
an array having a plurality of electrodes extending therefrom, the array mounted to a support slide that is axially moveable with respect to the housing and the jet-injection nozzle between a retracted position, in which the electrodes are positioned inside the housing, and an extended position, in which at least a portion of the electrodes are positioned outside the housing;
a propulsion cartridge configured to operatively engage the agent cartridge when the agent cartridge is positioned within the cavity to expel at least a portion of the pre-measured dose of agent through the jet-injection nozzle; and
a power supply in electrical communication with the array for sending a current to the plurality of electrodes for electroporating tissue of a subject.

US Pat. No. 11,027,070

MEDICAL DEVICE FOR FLUID DELIVERY HAVING REDUCED DEAD SPACE

1. A pharmaceutical syringe comprising:a cylindrical bore having a proximal opening, a distal wall having an inner surface, an interior surface extending from said proximal opening to said distal wall, and a central axis, said inner surface having a first area and a second area distinct from said first area, said distal wall of said cylindrical bore defining an outlet, said outlet being spaced from said central axis toward said first area and away from said second area;
a hub extending from said distal wall, said hub defining a hub outlet and a fluid path extending from said outlet of said cylindrical bore to said hub outlet; and
a plunger seal positioned within and coaxial to said cylindrical bore, said plunger seal having a side surface configured to slidingly engage the interior surface of the cylindrical bore, a distal surface defining a center, the distal surface extending either perpendicular to said central axis or proximally as it extends radially from said center to said side surface;
wherein when said plunger seal is fitted within said cylindrical bore with said distal surface facing said inner surface of said distal wall of said cylindrical bore, said second area of said inner surface is axially closer to said distal surface of said plunger seal than said first area, in a direction parallel to said central axis of said cylindrical bore, allowing said second area to contact said distal surface of said plunger seal before said distal surface contacts said first area.

US Pat. No. 11,027,069

DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE WITH RETAINING MEMBER

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., ...

1. A drug delivery device comprising:a body extending along a longitudinal axis between opposite proximal and distal ends, the body comprising opposite inner and outer surfaces, the inner surface defining a passageway;
a hub rotatably positioned in the passageway;
a needle coupled to the hub;
a retaining member coupled to the hub; and
a sleeve comprising a first wall having an inner surface, the inner surface of the first wall defining a channel, the body being slidably disposed within the channel, the sleeve comprising a second wall coupled to the first wall and a plunger extending from the second wall, the plunger being integrally formed with the first and second walls, the sleeve being configured to translate relative to the body along the longitudinal axis to move the device between a first orientation in which the plunger is spaced apart from the needle and a second orientation in which the plunger is positioned in the needle.

US Pat. No. 11,027,068

SYRINGE SUPPORT AND AUTOINJECTOR

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A syringe support for supporting an axial position of a syringe relative to a housing of an autoinjector, the autoinjector having a proximal end that is opposite of a distal end of the autoinjector, the distal end of the autoinjector being closer to a needle of the syringe compared to the proximal end of the autoinjector, wherein the syringe support is configured to form a rear part of the autoinjector and comprises:a proximal closure portion configured to close a proximal aperture of the housing of the autoinjector;
at least two rigid arms extending in a distal direction from the proximal closure portion; and
a flexible supporting structure arranged distally on the at least two rigid arms,
wherein the flexible supporting structure is adapted to axially bias a flange of the syringe in a distal direction within the housing of the autoinjector towards the distal end of the autoinjector.

US Pat. No. 11,027,067

AUTO-INJECTION DEVICE

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A syringe holder for use with a medicament delivery device having a tubular housing and for containing a syringe, the syringe holder comprising:a syringe holder wall comprising a substantially tubular shape having a longitudinal axis, the syringe holder wall being parallel to the longitudinal axis, the syringe holder wall comprising:
an open proximal end,
a slot extending distally from the open proximal end, resulting in a C-shaped cross sectional shape of the syringe holder wall in the open proximal end,
wherein the open proximal end comprises a C-shaped proximal supporting collar arranged around an inner periphery of the syringe holder wall,
wherein the C-shaped proximal supporting collar is configured to flex radially outward from a first position to a second position when the syringe, which has an outer diameter that is greater than an inner diameter of the C-shaped proximal supporting collar, is longitudinally inserted in the syringe holder,
wherein the C-shaped proximal supporting collar is configured to flex back, radially inward, when said outer diameter of the syringe has passed the C-shaped proximal supporting collar such that a neck of the syringe is supported by the C-shaped proximal supporting collar, and
a longitudinal protrusion having a first end and a second end, wherein the longitudinal protrusion is formed on an outer periphery of the syringe holder wall, wherein the longitudinal protrusion extends from the first end to the second end in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis, and wherein the first end and the second end of the longitudinal protrusion each extend an equal fixed amount in a direction away from the outer periphery of the syringe holder wall.

US Pat. No. 11,027,066

THREE-CHAMBERED AUTOINJECTOR

Meridian Medical Technolo...

1. An autoinjector comprising:a) a housing having a forward end and a rear end;
b) a rear plunger moveably situated within the housing;
c) a separation assembly moveably situated within the housing, the separation assembly forwardly situated with respect to the rear plunger;
d) a separation plunger moveably situated within the housing, the separation plunger forwardly situated with respect to the separation assembly;
e) a first medicament situated forwardly with respect to the separation plunger, the first medicament in the form of a liquid;
f) a second medicament situated between the separation plunger and the separation assembly;
g) a liquid composition situated between the separation assembly and the rear plunger;
h) a needle having a needle length, a forward end and a rear end, the needle being moveable from a needle storage position in which the needle is situated within the housing to a needle fully extended position in which the needle reaches a maximal extension out of the forward end of the housing; and
i) an activatable power assembly for moving the rear plunger forwardly within the housing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,065

MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION BARREL WITH GROOVES AND METHOD OF SEALING SAME

WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVI...

1. A vacuum piston placement system comprising:a barrel filled with a volume of substance, the barrel having an open proximal end and at least one groove in an interior of the barrel, the at least one groove defining a length extending a distance from the open proximal end toward an opposing distal end of the barrel;
a piston;
a vacuum enclosure configured to receive the piston and being movable into sealed engagement with the proximal open end of the barrel;
a vacuum source in fluid communication with the vacuum enclosure and configured to apply a vacuum to an interior of the sealed vacuum enclosure and barrel to achieve a lower pressure within the sealed vacuum enclosure and barrel than pressure external to the barrel;
an actuator configured to advance the piston from the vacuum enclosure into the barrel along the length of the at least one groove, the at least one groove permitting fluid to bypass the piston, and the actuator being further configured to cease advancement of the piston upon reaching an initial portion of the interior wall of the barrel free of the at least one groove, thereby sealingly engaging the interior wall of the barrel and providing an air-tight seal inside a portion of the barrel between the piston and the distal end of the barrel and maintaining the vacuum between the piston and the volume of substance within the barrel;
wherein the vacuum enclosure is further configured to disengage from the proximal open end of the barrel, thereby relieving a portion of the barrel between the piston and the proximal open end of the barrel from the vacuum and creating a pressure differential across the piston to cause the piston to slide further toward the substance in the barrel and minimize headspace between the volume of substance and the piston.

US Pat. No. 11,027,064

METHODS FOR PROVIDING SENSOR SITE ROTATION FEEDBACK AND RELATED INFUSION DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. A method of providing site rotation feedback pertaining to a sensing arrangement providing sensed measurements of a physiological condition in a body of a user, the method comprising:obtaining one or more reference measurements of the physiological condition in the body of the user;
determining a lag associated with the sensing arrangement providing the sensed measurements of the physiological condition in the body of the user based on a relationship between the one or more reference measurements and one or more of the sensed measurements;
identifying a current site location on the body of the user associated with the sensing arrangement from among a plurality of site locations based on the lag;
determining one or more performance metrics associated with the current site location; and
providing sensor site feedback in a manner that is influenced by the one or more performance metrics.

US Pat. No. 11,027,063

INSULIN DELIVERY METHODS, SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.,...

1. An insulin delivery monitoring system comprising:an insulin delivery device configured to deliver insulin to a user; and
a controller configured to perform or control performance of operations, the operations comprising:
receiving notification of an amount of insulin delivered by the insulin delivery device;
determining a correction dose;
comparing the correction dose with a threshold insulin delivery amount; and
when the correction dose exceeds the threshold insulin delivery amount, triggering an alert to the user.

US Pat. No. 11,027,062

LIQUID TRANSFER DEVICE WITH TELESCOPIC VIAL ADAPTER FOR USE WITH INFUSION LIQUID CONTAINER AND DISCRETE INJECTION VIAL

1. A liquid transfer device comprising:a vial adapter comprising a puncturing cannula for puncturing an injection vial stopper;
an IV spike and a substitute IV port holder for receiving a substitute IV port;
a flow control member port, wherein the IV spike, the substitute IV port holder and
the puncturing cannula are in flow communication with the flow control member port; and
a flow control member sealingly inserted in the flow control member port, wherein rotation of the flow control member between a plurality of positions controls flow communication of the liquid transfer device, the positions comprising:
a mixing position for enabling flow communication between the IV spike and the puncturing cannula; and
an administering position for enabling flow communication between the IV spike and the substitute IV port holder,
wherein the vial adapter further comprises an inner vial adapter body having a vial crown cavity for receiving a vial crown, and an outer vial adapter body, wherein the outer vial adapter body slidingly receives the inner vial adapter body therein when the vial adapter undergoes compaction from a pre-compacted state to a compacted state.

US Pat. No. 11,027,061

FLEXIBLE CANNULA INSERTION DEVICE, SYSTEM AND PROCESS

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. An insertion set system comprising:a base configured to be secured externally to a patient;
a flexible tubing supported by the base and having a distal end portion located external to the base, the distal end portion forming a cannula that is configured to be inserted into the patient, when or while the base is secured externally to the patient; and
an inserter having a needle, the needle having a needle channel within the needle in which at least the distal end portion of the flexible tubing is received such that the distal end portion of the flexible tubing is located within the needle, the needle being able to slide relative to the flexible tubing, to selectively withdraw the needle off of at least the distal end portion of the flexible tubing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,060

FLEXIBLE TUBING, CANNULA AND INSERTION NEEDLE

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc., ...

1. A medical device comprising a fluid flow tubing configured to resist kinking, the tubing having a length L extending along an axial dimension of the tubing, the tubing having a fluid flow passage, a needle having a channel extending from a distal end of the needle along at least a portion of an axial length dimension of the needle, and a base, wherein the fluid flow tubing is located at least partially within the channel of the needle, wherein the needle has a side slot extending along a generally linear section of the needle in a direction of the axial length dimension of the needle and open to the channel, wherein a portion of the fluid flow tubing including a portion of the fluid flow passage extends out of the channel through the side slot, the fluid flow tubing having a distal end located within the channel of the needle and a second end located outside of the channel of the needle, the needle being slideable in the axial dimension relative to the fluid flow tubing, to selectively slide off of the distal end of the fluid flow tubing, wherein at least some of the portion of the fluid flow tubing extending outside of the channel is held by the base in a fixed position relative to distal end of the fluid flow tubing to inhibit movement of the tubing with the needle as the needle is slid off of the distal end of the fluid flow tubing, and wherein the entire portion of the fluid flow tubing located outside of the channel is contained in the base, in a fixed position relative to the distal end of the fluid flow tubing.

US Pat. No. 11,027,059

SPRING FORCE ASSEMBLY FOR BIASING OR ACTUATING STOPPERS OF SYRINGES, INJECTION PEN CARTRIDGES AND THE LIKE

ROCHE DIABETES CARE, INC....

1. An infusion pump device, comprising a spring force unit for biasing a displaceable stopper of a liquid medicine cartridge, wherein the spring force unit is a spring force assembly comprising a spring element arranged along a longitudinal axis, comprising:a first brace element is arranged on and supports one longitudinal end of the spring element;
a second brace element is arranged on the other longitudinal end of the spring element;
a first coupling element attached to the first brace element and aligned to the longitudinal axis; and
a second coupling element attached permanently to the second brace element and aligned to the longitudinal axis; andwherein the first coupling element and the second coupling element are each single-piece elements operationally coupled to each other in such a way that they restrict the distance between the first brace element and the second brace element to a certain maximum value, thereby also restricting the possible expansion of the spring element.

US Pat. No. 11,027,058

INFUSION PUMP ASSEMBLY

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. A wearable infusion pump assembly comprising:a reservoir;
a controller; and
a fluid delivery system configured to deliver an infusible fluid from the reservoir to a fluid delivery system outlet, the fluid delivery system comprising:
at least one sensor assembly including a light emitter and a sensor; and
a pump assembly for extracting a quantity of the infusible fluid from the reservoir and providing the quantity of the infusible fluid to the fluid delivery system outlet,
wherein the at least one sensor assembly includes a first sensor assembly configured to optically sense movement of a displaceable member which is displaced as the infusible fluid is transferred with actuations of the pump assembly, and
wherein the controller is configured to determine when the reservoir is empty based at least in part upon an output of the at least one sensor assembly.

US Pat. No. 11,027,057

INTRAVENOUS (IV) TUBE ORGANIZATION AND LABELING APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Crimson Medical Solutions...

1. An intravenous (IV) tube organization system, comprising:a plurality of identification placards configured to individually couple to a corresponding plurality of IV tubes, the identification placards individually including:
a first tube capture portion configured to couple the identification placards to a respective one of the IV tubes, and
a data portion to receive and display information regarding the respective one of the IV tubes;
a plurality of arrangement clips configured to individually couple to a corresponding number of the IV tubes, the arrangement clips individually including:
a second tube capture portion configured to couple the arrangement clips to the respective one of the IV tubes,
a first fastener located on a first end of the arrangement clips, and
a second fastener located on a second end of the arrangement clips, the first fastener to couplingly mate with the second fastener configured to couple a first arrangement clip of the plurality of arrangement clips to a second arrangement clip of the plurality of arrangement clips; and
a plurality of correlating clips, the correlating clips individually including:
a third tube capture portion configured to couple the correlating clips to the respective one of the IV tubes,
wherein the identification placards, the arrangement clips, and the correlating clips have different structures relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 11,027,056

COMPACT KIT FOR INJECTING LIQUID MEDICATION

Allergy Medical, LLC, Wo...

1. A device for administrating a liquid medication, the device comprising:a syringe assembly comprising:
a barrel portion containing liquid medication;
a plunger portion sealingly engaged with the barrel portion to form a chamber for expelling the liquid medication from the barrel portion; and
a needle; and
a ring positioned about the plunger portion of the syringe assembly, wherein the ring limits movement of the plunger portion in an axial direction as the plunger portion is moved in the axial direction to administer a first dose of the liquid medication;
wherein the ring cannot be removed prior to an administration of the first dose;
wherein, upon the administration of the first dose, the ring is removable to allow the plunger portion to be moved further in the axial direction for administration of a second dose;
wherein the ring forms a central opening having a central opening diameter and a side opening having a width smaller than the central opening diameter of the central opening;
wherein, prior to the administration of the first dose, the plunger portion has a plunger portion diameter smaller than the central opening diameter to allow the plunger portion to extend through the central opening of the ring, and the plunger portion diameter is larger than the width of the side opening so that the ring cannot be removed from the barrel portion;
wherein the plunger portion includes a circumferential groove around the plunger portion located adjacent to a head coupled to the plunger portion, the circumferential groove having a groove diameter that is smaller than the width of the side opening of the ring;
wherein, upon the administration of the first dose, the circumferential groove of the plunger portion is positioned at the ring so that the ring is removeable from the barrel portion by pulling the ring so that the plunger portion at the circumferential groove is moved through the side opening of the ring; and
wherein, upon removal of the ring, the plunger portion is allowed to be moved further in the axial direction for the administration of the second dose.

US Pat. No. 11,027,055

IRRIGATION SYSTEM COMPRISING DUAL PUMPS

1. An irrigation system, comprising:a reservoir for an irrigation liquid;
a probe for arrangement in a user, wherein said probe comprises an inflatable balloon for fixing the probe in a body cavity;
a first pump configured to directly or indirectly pump the irrigation liquid from the reservoir to the probe;
a second pump to pump a fluid to the balloon for inflation;
a control unit to control the transfer of said irrigation liquid and said fluid, wherein said control unit further comprises a valve for releasing fluid from the balloon for deflation, said valve being provided with a manually operable balloon control element, wherein said control unit and said first and second pumps are arranged as an integrated unitary component, and wherein the control unit comprises a housing that is in direct physical contact with the first pump and the second pump; and
tubing arranged to provide fluid communication between said reservoir and said integrated unitary component, and between said integrated unitary component and said probe;
wherein said manually operable balloon control element is arranged in a vicinity of the second pump.

US Pat. No. 11,027,054

WAVE-BASED PATIENT LINE BLOCKAGE DETECTION

Fresenius Medical Care Ho...

1. A system comprising:a medical device comprising:
a medical tube having a proximal end connected to an outlet of the medical device; and
a pressure sensor mounted at the proximal end of the medical tube, the pressure sensor configured for measuring a first pressure and a second pressure at the proximal end of the medical tube; and
a computing device comprising one or more processors, the one or more processors configured for:
determining an elapsed time between the first pressure measurement and the second pressure measurement; and
determining a location of an occlusion in the medical tube based on the elapsed time,
wherein the computing device is remote from the medical device.

US Pat. No. 11,027,053

METHOD FOR PAIRING A DIALYSIS MACHINE WITH PERIPHERAL DEVICES

Baxter International Inc....

1. A dialysis data storage method comprising:receiving, in a data transfer unit, data related to a patient from at least one of a weight sensor, a blood pressure sensor, or a remote exchange device;
detecting, via the data transfer unit, a connection of a memory device to a port of the data transfer unit;
storing, via the data transfer unit, the data in the connected memory device for transporting the data to a dialysis machine via the memory device;
erasing, via the data transfer unit, the data for the patient after an input device is pressed; and
enabling accepting of new data after the data stored in the data transfer unit is erased.

US Pat. No. 11,027,052

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRIMING FLUID CIRCUITS OF A PLASMA PROCESSING SYSTEM

HDL Therapuetics, Inc., ...

1. A method of priming a plasma processing system comprising at least a first fluid flow path, the method comprising:using a first fluid, flushing the first fluid flow path, wherein the first fluid flow path is defined by a source of the first fluid, a first valve positioned between the source of the first fluid and a first fluid flow line, a second valve positioned between the first fluid flow line and a second fluid flow line, a first pump positioned between the second fluid flow line and a third fluid flow line, and a prime waste container in fluid communication with the third fluid flow line;
closing the second valve, thereby preventing a flow of the second fluid to the second fluid flow line, the third fluid flow line, and the prime waste container;
closing the first valve, thereby preventing a flow of the first fluid to the first fluid flow line from the source of the first fluid;
opening a third valve, wherein the third valve is positioned between the first fluid flow line, and a fourth fluid flow line, wherein the third valve and the fourth fluid flow line are components of the plasma processing system;
opening a fourth valve, wherein the fourth valve is positioned between a source of a second fluid and the first fluid flow line, thereby enabling a flow of the second fluid from the source of second fluid to the first fluid flow line and the fourth fluid flow line and wherein the fourth valve and the source of the second fluid are components of the plasma processing system; and
closing the third valve and opening the second valve and a fifth valve, thereby enabling a flow of fluid from the source of second fluid to the first fluid flow line, the second fluid flow line, the third fluid flow line and the prime waste container, wherein the fifth valve is positioned between the second fluid flow line and the third fluid flow line.

US Pat. No. 11,027,051

PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

1. A wound therapy apparatus comprising:a wound dressing configured to be positioned over a wound and absorb wound exudate;
a pressure source configured to be in fluid communication with the wound dressing via a fluid flow path;
a power source configured to power the pressure source;
a pressure sensor configured to measure pressure in the fluid flow path;
a button or a switch configured to receive user inputs from a user;
a plurality of visual indicators;
a controller configured to:
responsive to a first user input of the user inputs, activate the pressure source to attempt to generate a first level of negative pressure under the wound dressing,
responsive to a second user input of the user inputs, deactivate the pressure source,
maintain negative pressure under the wound dressing in a negative pressure range by repeatedly deactivating and activating the pressure source, and
with the plurality of visual indicators, separately indicate (i) a normal operating condition, (ii) a leak condition, (iii) a remaining capacity or life of the power source, and (iv) an end of life state in which the pressure source is permanently deactivated; and
a housing configured to support the pressure source, the power source, the pressure sensor, the plurality of visual indicators, the controller, and the button or the switch,
wherein the controller, the pressure source, and the wound dressing are configured to operate together to provide negative pressure wound therapy without use of a fluid collection canister.

US Pat. No. 11,027,050

REDUCED PRESSURE TISSUE THERAPY DEVICE

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A reduced pressure therapy device comprising:a housing comprising a suction force generating mechanism;
a distal port;
a suction chamber;
a storage module comprising a sleeve including an internal compartment configured to collect exudates through the distal port, wherein the sleeve is configured to provide a barrier between the exudates and the suction chamber, wherein the sleeve has a wall and a support element along the wall configured to resist inward collapse of the wall under negative pressure, and wherein a proximal end wall of the sleeve is attached to the suction force generating mechanism; and
a fluid retention assembly including a pouch positioned within the internal compartment and configured to retain exudates within the storage module.

US Pat. No. 11,027,047

DELIVERY VEHICLES FOR STEM CELLS AND USES THEREOF

The University of North C...

1. A method of forming a scaffold comprising stem cells, wherein said stem cells are mammalian neural stem cells, wherein said stem cells are loaded with a therapeutic agent, and optionally wherein said stem cells are also loaded with a reporter molecule, said method comprising:providing a polymerizable and/or crosslinkable material that is not gelatin, wherein said material further comprises crosslinked gelatin, wherein said crosslinked gelatin is not collagen, optionally wherein the material is sterile,
mixing said polymerizable and/or crosslinkable material with said stem cells to form a mixture of said material and said stem cells, and
polymerizing and/or crosslinking said material of said mixture,
to thereby form said scaffold comprising said stem cells,
wherein said scaffold is biocompatible and wherein said scaffold allows the stem cells to migrate away from the scaffold and towards a cancerous or damaged tissue.

US Pat. No. 11,027,046

TEXTILE PRODUCTS HAVING SELECTIVELY APPLIED SEALANT OR COATING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Hothouse Medical Limited,...

1. A method for manufacturing a substantially impermeable textile graft comprising:providing a textile graft having a first surface and an opposed second surface;
providing a water soluble masking agent comprising polyvinylpyrrolidone and glycerol without mixing or combining the polyvinylpyrrolidone and the glycerol with added water;
applying the water soluble masking agent to a portion of the first surface of the textile graft;
providing a water insoluble sealing agent;
maintaining the second surface of the textile graft receptive for receiving the water insoluble sealing agent; and
applying the water insoluble sealing agent to the second surface of the textile graft.

US Pat. No. 11,027,044

METHOD FOR PRODUCING SHEET-LIKE CELL STRUCTURE AND SHEET-LIKE CELL STRUCTURE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A method for producing a sheet-like cell structure, comprising:adding a biocompatible macromolecular block, a cell, and a liquid medium onto a culture support body having a plurality of recessed portions on a culture surface, and immersing the biocompatible macromolecular block and the cell in uppermost portions of the recessed portions; and
culturing the cell to obtain a sheet-like cell structure which maintains its shape and resists rolling;
wherein the culture surface of the culture support body is subjected to a treatment for suppressing adhesion of cells,
the area of the recessed portions on the culture surface is larger than or equal to 70% with respect to the whole area of the culture surface, and
the recessed portions have a depth of from 10 ?m to 2,000 ?m.

US Pat. No. 11,027,043

CROSSLINKED GELS COMPRISING POLYALKYLENEIMINES, AND THEIR USES AS MEDICAL DEVICES

HyperBranch Medical Techn...

1. A method of treating a patient, comprising the steps of:exposing an effective amount of polyethyleneimine (PEI) to an activated polyethylene glycol represented by the following formula III to form an adhesive composition; and
applying said adhesive composition to a tissue of the patient,
wherein formula III is represented by:
B?(R1-III)2
wherein B is

wherein R2-III is H, v is 2, and w is 15 to 90,
wherein R1-III is

wherein R5-III is H, R6-III is C1 to C4 alkyl, and A1-III is optionally substituted phenyl radical.

US Pat. No. 11,027,042

ANTIMICROBIAL HYDROCOLLOID DRESSING CONTAINING SEQUESTERED PEROXIDE AND PREPARATION THEREOF

Sarasota Medical Products...

1. A hydrocolloid, comprising:a super absorbent material chemically bonded either directly or indirectly to a peroxide, wherein the peroxide is stabilized within the hydrocolloid and the peroxide is in an amount of 0.05% to 2% by weight within the hydrocolloid,
wherein the peroxide is added to the hydrocolloid composition during processing at a temperature below 99° C.

US Pat. No. 11,027,041

STABLE AND ROBUST BLENDED HEMOSTATIC COMPOSITION

1. A method of forming a coherent and stable fluffy powder composition of matter comprising a dry powder blend of collagen fibrils adhered to starch particles as a fluffy mass with at least 40% by volume of air with hemostatic properties by physically admixing the collagen fibrils and the starch particles together in a weight ratio of from 2% to 95% of the collagen fibrils and from 98% to 5% of the starch particles based on a total weight of the fluffy power composition, conditioning the blend of collagen fibrils and starch particles to contain 8% to 15% volatiles selected from the group consisting of water and organic liquid for 8 to 24 hours, drying the conditioned blend, and then deaggregating the dried conditioned blend, the fluffy powder composition exhibiting a level of coherence wherein the fluffy powder composition can be lifted, without crushing the collagen fibrils and without loss of more than 10% by a total weight of the starch particles.

US Pat. No. 11,027,040

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POROUS FILM, POROUS FILM AND METHOD FOR TISSUE ADHESION

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A method for manufacturing a non-fibrous porous film, comprising:preparing a polymer mixture solution, wherein the polymer mixture solution comprises:
polycaprolactone (PCL); and
at least one hydrophobic polymer, which is selected from a group consisting of poly lactic acid (PLA), poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA), poly(glycolic acid) (PGA), polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), polydioxanone (PDS), poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF), polyanhydrides, polyacetals, poly(ortho esters), poly carbonates, polyurethanes, polyphosphazenes and polyphosphoester, wherein the molecular weight of the at least one hydrophobic polymer is about 10K-800K;
adding solid particles as a dispersing agent to the polymer mixture solution and mixing the solid particles with the polymer mixture solution, wherein the amount of solid particles added is enough to convert the polymer mixture solution into a solid mixture, wherein the particle size of the solid particles is about 50-250 ?m;
drying the solid mixture to form a film; and
washing the film with a washing fluid to remove the solid particles from the film to form a porous film,
wherein the weight ratio of the polycaprolactone to the at least one hydrophobic polymer is about 1:0.1 to 1:10, and wherein the weight ratio of the polycaprolactone and the at least one hydrophobic polymer to solid particles is about 1:0.01 to 1:250, and
wherein the real density of the porous film is 1.5-5.0×103 g/cm2.

US Pat. No. 11,027,038

FAN FOR IMPROVING AIR QUALITY

DELTA T, LLC, Lexington,...

1. A fan for improving air quality, comprising:(a) a motor;
(b) a rotatable hub coupled to the motor;
(c) at least one fan blade comprising: i, a first end coupled to the rotatable hub, ii, a second end radially distant from the rotatable hub, and iii, a winglet attached to the second end; and
(d) at least one ion generator carried by the winglet.

US Pat. No. 11,027,037

DEVICE FOR EVAPORATING VOLATILE SUBSTANCES COMPRISING WICK AND HEAT REFLECTIVE ELEMENT

Zobele Holding SPA, Tren...

1. A heating component for placement inside the housing of a device for evaporating volatile substances, the heating component comprising:a cylindrical heating element having a core sized and shaped to receive a wick impregnated with a volatile substance and that heats the wick for evaporating said volatile substances;
a cylindrical reflective element for reflecting the heat from the heating element to the wick; and
wherein when the heating element receives the wick, the heating element is located between the wick and the reflective element.

US Pat. No. 11,027,036

ELECTRONIC SCENTED CANDLE AND FRAGRANCE CONTAINER

1. An electronic scented candle, comprising:a shell having a cylindrical shape and including a top surface that is substantially flat, the top surface further including a hole;
a movable component that extends outwardly from inside the shell through the hole, the movable component having an upper portion that is formed as a three-dimensional flame-shaped structure, a lower portion of the movable component including a magnet;
a light source to illuminate the upper portion of the movable component that is formed as three-dimensional flame-shaped structure;
a fragrance container insertable within the shell in an installation chamber, wherein the installation chamber is cylindrical in shape having a smaller cross-sectional diameter than the shell and having a longitudinal axis that is offset from a longitudinal axis that passes through a center of the shell, the fragrance container being insertable into the installation chamber through a bottom of the electronic scented candle;
a scent chamber within the shell above the fragrance container and coupled to the fragrance container for receiving a fragrance material from the fragrance container;
an air inlet connected to the scent chamber to allow air to be directed into the scent chamber;
a cylindrical channel positioned within the fragrance container, the cylindrical channel having a first end at a top section of the fragrance container to allow access to the scent chamber and a second end positioned inside the fragrance container;
an electric fan positioned within the shell and configured to drive the air into the scent chamber;
a scent outlet coupled to the scent chamber to allow the fragrance material to leave the scent chamber; and
a receptacle for connecting a power cord to the electronic scented candle, the receptacle positioned on a bottom surface of the electronic scented candle, the bottom surface further including a plurality of stands that protrude from the bottom surface, the plurality of stands allowing the electronic scented candle to be placed upon a surface while providing a space between the bottom surface of the electronic scented candle and the surface upon which the electronic scented candle is placed, wherein the space allows the power cord to be connected to the receptacle and be routed below the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 11,027,035

SYSTEM, METHOD FOR PROVIDING AROMATHERAPY

1. A pressed biomass component comprising:plant material comprising loose leaf sage, wherein the plant material is compressed by a press plate apparatus by application of pressure within a range of 25000 to 36000 pounds per square inch (PSI), wherein the pressed biomass component is a resultant of the application of the pressure to the plant material, and the pressed biomass component has a weight of 0.5-10 grams,
wherein the pressed biomass component is bound together by natural moisture content of the plant material that is extracted during compression of the plant material, and wherein binding of the pressed biomass component is without use of additional binding agents.

US Pat. No. 11,027,034

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPRAYING OF SANITIZING OR DISINFECTING COMPOSITIONS WITH IMPROVED COMPATIBILITY

THE CLOROX COMPANY, Oakl...

1. A method for dispensing a hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition through a spraying system, the method comprising:(a) providing an aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition wherein the concentration of hypohalite is from 85 ppm to 500 ppm and the pH is less than 8;
(b) providing a spraying system including:
(i) a hand-held spray nozzle through which the aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition is sprayed during use;
(ii) a reservoir containing the aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition;
(iii) a pump and associated tubing for conveying the aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition from the reservoir to the hand-held spray nozzle, wherein the associated tubing exhibits at least a 65% recovery of hypohalite after 24 hours of contact between the hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition and the associated tubing, wherein the associated tubing comprises one or more of TYGON SE-200 or TYGON 2001;
(c) conveying the aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition from the reservoir to the hand-held spray nozzle and spraying the aqueous hypohalite sanitizing or disinfecting composition through the hand-held spray nozzle onto a target surface to be sanitized or disinfected.