US Pat. No. 10,188,371

ULTRASOUND PHANTOM HAVING A CURVED SURFACE

Wisconsin Alumni Research...

1. An ultrasound phantom comprising:a container including a top surface, a bottom surface opposite the top surface, and a wall mounted between the top surface and the bottom surface to form the container;
a boundary formed within the container and configured to hold a tissue mimicking material; and
a curved scanning surface formed in the top surface to extend downwards from the top surface in a direction towards an interior of the container, wherein the curved scanning surface is shaped to support translation perpendicular to an image plane of an application end of an ultrasound transducer along at least a portion of an axis extending between a first location on the curved scanning surface and a second location on the curved scanning surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,369

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING MULTIPLE MODES OF ULTRASOUND IMAGING USING A SINGLE ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER

Clarius Mobile Health Cor...

1. An ultrasound imaging method comprising, by an ultrasound imaging machine:imaging in a first mode using a sequential transducer comprising a plurality of transducer elements, wherein when imaging in the first mode, groups of adjacent transducer elements of the plurality of transducer elements are sequentially pulsed for beamforming, and the groups of adjacent transducer elements correspond to respective different apertures along a head of the sequential transducer; and
imaging in a second mode different from the first mode, wherein when imaging in the second mode, a subset of at least two of the plurality of transducer elements form a single aperture on the head of the sequential transducer, and the subset of transducer elements are repeatedly pulsed with different phase shifts for beamforming through the single aperture so that a plurality of ultrasound signals are steered from the subset of the plurality of transducer elements, and wherein any remaining transducer elements of the plurality of transducer elements not part of the subset are inactive when imaging in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,365

X-RAY APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An X-ray apparatus comprising:an X-ray source configured to radiate X-rays;
a collimator configured to adjust an irradiation region of X-rays radiated from the X-ray source, and to project a marker on an object;
an image acquirer configured to acquire an object image by photographing the object, wherein the object image is different from an X-ray image that is acquired by capturing an object by using X-rays; and
a controller configured to detect, in the object image, the marker projected on the object by the collimator, to determine a source to object distance (SOD) based on a location of the marker in the object image, wherein the SOD comprises a distance between the X-ray source and the object,
wherein the controller is further configured to detect the marker based on information about an epipolar line comprising a path along which the marker in the object image is able to move.

US Pat. No. 10,188,363

MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE, TUBE VOLTAGE SETTING DEVICE, IMAGING CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING IMAGING CONTROL PROGRAM

FUJIFILM CORPORATION, To...

1. A medical imaging device comprising:a press plate that presses a breast;
an emitter that radiates radiation onto the breast;
an acquisition section that acquires various information indicating a type of an acoustic matching member inserted between the press plate and the breast in cases in which ultrasound imaging of the breast is performed; and
a setting section that sets a tube voltage of the emitter to a first tube voltage, in cases in which radiographic imaging of the breast is performed alone, and that sets the tube voltage of the emitter to a second tube voltage that is different from the first tube voltage, by employing the various information acquired by the acquisition section, in cases in which radiographic imaging and ultrasound imaging of the breast are performed consecutively with the acoustic matching member still inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,188,361

SYSTEM FOR SYNTHETIC DISPLAY OF MULTI-MODALITY DATA

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing a multi-modality visualization of a patient, the method comprising:receiving one or more image datasets, each image dataset corresponding to a distinct image modality;
segmenting the one or more image datasets into a plurality of anatomical objects;
receiving a list of clinical tasks associated with displaying the one or more image datasets;
for each anatomical object, using a machine learning model to determine visualization parameters for the anatomical object based on the list of clinical tasks; and
creating a synthetic display of the one or more image datasets by presenting each anatomical object according to its corresponding visualization parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,188,351

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG) SIGNAL BASED AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An authentication apparatus comprising:one or more processors configured to
implement a neural network comprising an input layer comprising N input nodes and a hidden layer comprising hidden nodes, wherein the hidden layer is connected to the input layer;
group the input nodes into input node sets comprising M input nodes, wherein M is less than N,
wherein each input node set is connected to a single respective hidden node, and
wherein each hidden node of the hidden nodes is connected to a single respective input node set;
assign a first weight set comprising weights to each input node set of the input node sets;
calculate a respective feature value for each hidden node based on the respective input node set connected to the each hidden node and the first weight set;
determine at least one output feature value based on the respective feature value for each hidden node; and
register a user in association with an input electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and the at least one output feature value,
wherein the first weight set is the same weight set applied to every input node set of the input node sets.

US Pat. No. 10,188,350

SENSOR DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A mobile electronic device comprising:at least one processor;
a display electrically connected with the at least one processor;
a transceiver electrically connected with the at least one processor;
a housing for housing at least a part of the display, the at least one processor, and the transceiver;
a heart rate (HR) sensor positioned on one surface of the housing, electrically connected with the at least one processor, and including at least one part that is externally exposed;
at least one electronic component exposed through a part of the housing; and
an integral window for covering the HR sensor and the at least one electronic component,
wherein the integral window includes:
a first member formed of a transparent material, and
a second member including at least one penetrating hole,
wherein the first member includes a top portion disposed on one surface of the second member, a bottom portion disposed under other surface of the second member, and at least one connection portion penetrating through the at least one penetrating hole for connecting the top portion and the bottom portion, and
wherein, the at least one processor is configured to:
control the HR sensor to measure biometric recognition information upon receiving a request, based on a user's input, for the biometric recognition information from the mobile electronic device or another device,
control the transceiver to transmit the measured biometric recognition information to the other device,
control the transceiver to receive, from the other device, biometric service data based on the transmitted measured biometric recognition information, and
output the received biometric service data to the display.

US Pat. No. 10,188,349

FLOORMAT PHYSIOLOGICAL SENSOR

TOSENSE, INC., San Diego...

1. A system for measuring a cardiac output value from a patient, comprising:a base comprising a bottom surface configured to rest on or near a substantially horizontal surface, and a top surface configured to receive at least one of the patient's feet;
an electrical impedance system connected to the top surface, the electrical impedance system comprising at least four electrodes, at least one of which is configured to inject an electrical current into the patient's feet, and at least one of which is configured to measure a first set of signals induced by the electrical current and representative of an impedance plethysmogram;
a heart rate monitoring system connected to the top surface and comprising at least two electrodes connected to a differential amplifier, the differential amplifier configured to measure a second set of signals representative of a cardiac rhythm from the patient; and
a processing system in electrical contact with the electrical impedance system and the heart rate monitoring system, and configured to: 1) receive the first signals from the electrical impedance system and convert them into a set of impedance values; 2) analyze the set of impedance values to determine a stroke volume value; 3) receive the second set of signals from the heart rate monitoring system and convert them into a set of ECG values; 4) analyze the set of ECG values to determine a heart rate value; and 5) collectively process the stroke volume value and the heart rate value to determine the cardiac output value.

US Pat. No. 10,188,340

SEM SCANNER SENSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR EARLY DETECTION OF ULCERS

Bruin Biometrics, LLC, L...

1. A Sub-Epidermal Moisture (SEM) sensing apparatus, comprising:a flexible substrate,
a first electrode and a second electrode that are both disposed on a common side of the flexible substrate, and
an electronics package that is individually wired to each of the first and second electrodes and configured for independent interrogation, excitation, and data retrieval and further configured to measure a sub-epidermal capacitance of a target region of skin between the first and second electrodes, the sub-epidermal capacitance corresponding to the moisture content of the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,188,339

URINE MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD

OBSERVE MEDICAL APS, Kon...

1. A method for treating a luminal surface of a urine handling system, comprisingproviding a capsule in a luminal space of the urine handling system, the capsule comprising a capsule wall defining a space filled with an oil mixture having a viscosity of at most 600 cSt and comprising 90-100° of an oil selected from a group consisting of silicone fluids, mineral oils, and a mixture thereof,
wherein the capsule wall is made of a water-soluble material that disintegrates when exposed to a urine flow such that the oil mixture contacts the luminal surface,
wherein the capsule is arranged upstream of a measurement chamber of the urine handling system, or in an upstream portion of the chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,338

CONTENT EVALUATION SYSTEM AND CONTENT EVALUATION METHOD USING THE SYSTEM

NHN Entertainment Corpora...

1. A method of evaluating media content, the method comprising:sorting and storing evaluation standard data in a database according to a criteria comprising at least one of type of a media content, age of a subject, or sex of the subject;
exposing the subject to the media content at a second time;
detecting a brainwave signal of the subject at a first time and at the second time with a brainwave detector cap worn on the subject's head;
detecting a bio signal of the subject at the first time and at the second time, wherein the bio signal includes a facial electromyogram and at least one of a galvanic skin response, a heart rate, a body temperature, or a respiration of the subject;
obtaining images of the subject at the first time and at the second time; and
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the first time, the bio signal detected at the first time, and the image obtained at the first time with a controller;
receiving the brainwave signal detected at the second time, the bio signal detected at the second time, and the image obtained at the second time with the controller;
determining a change in the brainwave signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a change in the bio signal between the first time and the second time, with the controller;
determining a degree of engagement and a degree of an emotional reaction of the subject to the content using the change in the brainwave signal and the change in the bio signal, with the controller;
analyzing a movement of the subject from the images of the subject at the first time and at the second time to provide analyzed results, with the controller;
verifying the determined degree of engagement and the emotional reaction of the subject using the analyzed results, including removing motion noise due to drowsiness, unconscious movements or reflex movements from the brainwave signal and the bio signal, with the controller;
evaluating the content exposed to the subject at the second time based on the degree of the engagement and the emotional reaction according to the evaluation standard data that is stored in the database, with the controller; and
updating the evaluation standard data stored in the database based on the step of evaluating the content.

US Pat. No. 10,188,336

PUNCTURE NEEDLE SENSOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A puncture needle manufacturing method comprising:forming an insulation layer and a plurality of spaced apart elongated electrodes on a metal sheet so that the electrodes overlie the insulation layer;
cutting the metal sheet, the insulation layer, and a portion of the electrodes on the metal sheet to form a plate-shaped body, the plate-shaped body possessing a proximal end, a distal end, and a middle portion, the plate-shaped body having a width at the proximal end greater than a width at the distal end, and the middle portion of the plate-shaped body tapering in width towards the distal end;
press-working the plate-shaped body to form the plate-shaped body into a tubular body, the tubular body possessing an outer diameter at a distal end greater than an outer diameter at a proximal end; and
forming a pointed, beveled end portion at the distal end of the tubular body, wherein the press-worked tubular body possesses a distal portion and a proximal portion, the tubular body comprising:
a distal plurality of separate and circumferentially spaced apart electrodes fixed on the insulation layer in the distal portion of the tubular body;
a proximal plurality of separate and circumferentially spaced apart electrodes fixed on the insulation layer in the proximal portion of the tubular body; and
the distal plurality of electrodes being a different number of electrodes than the proximal plurality of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,334

SENSITIVITY CALIBRATION OF IN VIVO SENSORS USED TO MEASURE ANALYTE CONCENTRATION

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A method, comprising:determining a sample lot sensitivity associated with a plurality of analyte sensors in a manufacturing lot;
determining one or more sensor-specific correction factors for an analyte sensor in the manufacturing lot;
determining a sensor-specific sensitivity for the analyte sensor based on the one or more sensor-specific correction factors; and
calibrating analyte level data obtained by the analyte sensor based on the sensor-specific sensitivity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,332

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SENSING GLUCOSE CONCENTRATION

NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVE...

1. A system for sensing glucose concentration, the system comprising:a light source configured to generate a light beam;
a polarization state generator configured to receive the light beam, wherein the polarization state generator comprises a modulator for changing a polarization of the light beam, and the light beam passing the modulator is emitted to a biological tissue;
a polarization state analyzer configured to receive the light beam reflected from the biological tissue; and
a controlling module configured to transmit an electrical signal to the modulator, wherein the electrical signal has n sampling points which correspond to n polarizations of the light beam respectively, the n polarizations are different from each other, and n is a positive integer greater than or equal to 4,
wherein for each of the n sampling points, the controlling module calculates a Stokes vector according to the light beam received by the polarization state analyzer,
wherein the controlling module calculates a Mueller matrix according to the Stokes vectors corresponding to the n sampling points, and calculates at least one parameter according to the Mueller matrix, wherein the at least one parameter comprises a depolarization index or an optical rotation angle,
wherein the controlling module calculates a glucose concentration corresponding to the biological tissue according to the at least one parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,188,329

SELF-CONTAINED REGIONAL OXIMETRY

Nonin Medical, Inc., Ply...

1. A handheld device comprising:a contact surface coupled to a handle portion, the handle portion configured for gripping by a user;
an optical module disposed on the contact surface, the optical module having at least one optical emitter and at least one optical detector, the optical module having a light shield associated with a perimeter of the contact surface, the light shield configured to exclude ambient light from the contact surface when the contact surface abuts tissue of a patient, wherein the light shield includes a raised curb;
a processor coupled to the optical module and configured to execute instructions for determining a measure of oximetry corresponding to the tissue; and
a display module coupled to the processor and configured to indicate the measure of oximetry; and
a user operable switch configured to activate at least one of the processor, the optical module, and the display module.

US Pat. No. 10,188,327

PORTABLE CLINICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR HEMATOCRIT MEASUREMENT

Abbott Point of Care Inc....

1. A method of performing a hematocrit analysis, the method comprising:inserting a test device comprising a hematocrit sensor into a port of an analyzer;
initiating, by the analyzer, a test cycle of the test device, the test cycle including performance of the hematocrit analysis, wherein the performance of the hematocrit analysis includes the test device generating an electric signal based on a hematocrit measurement of a biological sample;
determining spatial orientation and/or motion of the analyzer during the test cycle of the test device;
comparing the determined spatial orientation to a threshold operating spatial plane for the test device and/or comparing the determined motion to a threshold rate of motion for the test device;
when the determined spatial orientation exceeds the threshold operating spatial plane, and/or the determined motion exceeds the threshold rate of motion, providing an alert prompting a user to take corrective action,
wherein the corrective action is instructed in the alert to be taken during the test cycle without having to reinitiate the test cycle including the performance of the hematocrit analysis.

US Pat. No. 10,188,325

WEARABLE, NONINVASIVE GLUCOSE SENSING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

1. A wearable apparatus for glucose sensing comprising:(a) a noninvasive glucose sensor, adapted to be in contact with or attached to a target tissue, comprising:
(i) an ultrasound generator configured to direct ultrasound pulses or waves into the target tissue, and
(ii) an ultrasound detector configured to:
(1) detect ultrasound pulses or waves reflected from the target tissue using reflection, focused reflection, refraction, scattering, polarization, transmission, confocal, interferometric, low-coherence, and/or a low-coherence interferometry technique, and
(2) generate a signal corresponding to the detected ultrasound pulses or waves,
(b) a processor configured to:
(i) receive the signal from the ultrasound detector,
(ii) measure:
(1) at least one time of flight of the ultrasound pulses or waves reflected from or transmitted through the target tissue evidencing boundaries or interfaces within the target tissue, and/or
(2) at least one dimension of the target tissue evidencing a specific tissue layer within the target tissue, wherein the dimension includes thickness, length, width, diameter, curvature, or roughness; and
(iii) determine a glucose concentration value from:
(1) the at least one measured time of flight, and/or
(2) the at least one measured dimension, and
(c) a feedback unit including a display and configured to display a current glucose value or a plot of glucose values versus time,
wherein the target tissue is associated with an arm, a forearm, a wrist, a shoulder, a hand, a palm, a finger, an abdomen, a chest, a neck, a head, an ear, an eye, a back, a leg, a foot, or mixtures and combinations thereof, and
wherein target tissue comprises a skin tissue, an eye tissue, a mucosal tissue, a nail bed, a lunula, a connective tissue, a muscle tissue, a blood vessel, a cartilage tissue, a tendon tissue, or mixtures and combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,188,324

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, SENSOR DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing system comprising:a shock sensor;
processing circuitry configured to, for each of plural shock events,
receive input data from the shock sensor which outputs data defining a respective shock event,
receive time-series data output from a motion sensor that senses motion of an object, the shock sensor having a greater dynamic range in acceleration than the motion sensor,
set a length of a pre-shock portion of a target segment of the time-series data as a length of the longest pre-shock portion among plural predetermined motion patterns,
set a length of a post-shock portion of the target segment as a length of the longest post-shock portion among the plural predetermined motion patterns,
identify the target segment according to the defined respective shock event and the set lengths of the pre-shock portion and the post-shock portion,
identify an impact position on the object, and
identify the motion of the object as one of the plural predetermined motion patterns based on the identified target segment of the time-series data and a stored dictionary defining each of the plural predetermined motion patterns; and
a display configured to notify a user of the identified one of the plural predetermined motion patterns and display an impact position indicator on the object which is in an orientation corresponding to an actual orientation of the object at a time of impact based on the identified one of the plural predetermined motion patterns and the identified impact position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,321

METHOD OF MEASURING ANIMAL HEALTH USING MOTION VECTOR ANALYSIS

Vium, Inc., San Mateo, C...

1. A method for measuring an animal health comprising the steps:(a) recording, using a camera, a series of image frames of an animal cage interior wherein the cage comprises the animal enrolled in a medical study;
(b) generating a reduced vector field from at least a subset of image frames from step (a) using optical flow analysis;
(c) selecting one or more maximum vector values from the vector field from step (b);
(d) computing a first-period maximum value for the one or more maximum vector values from step (c) over a first time period length;
(e) repeating steps (a) through (d) for multiple, sequential time periods having the first time period length, wherein the multiple, sequential time periods fall within a second time period;
(f) selecting a second-period maximum value set from all of the first-period maximum values computed from repeating step (d);
(g) computing a mean value from the values of the second-period maximum value set selected from step (f);
(h) computing a selected animal health metric from the set: {degree of arthritis, arthritis index, efficacy of a drug; efficacy of a disease treatment, probability likelihood of having a disease; expected time to die} by subtracting a baseline value from the mean value from step (g); and
(i) plotting the computed animal health metric from step (h) over time.

US Pat. No. 10,188,319

METHOD OF PRODUCING A FOOT ORTHOTIC THROUGH 3D PRINTING USING FOOT PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS AND MATERIAL HARDNESS AND/OR STRUCTURE TO UNLOAD FOOT PRESSURE

AETREX WORLDWIDE, INC., ...

1. A method for 3D-printing an orthotic or insole, the method comprising:receiving pressure-point data or information of a foot using a pressure-analysis device;
generating 3D printer input data or information for configuring a 3D printing device to print the orthotic or insole comprising a plurality of compression cells at particular locations of the orthotic or insole correlated to locations represented by the pressure-point data or information of the foot, each compression cell having a physical structure or material adapted to produce an underfoot pressure response based on a measured pressure at a corresponding location represented by the pressure-point data or information; and
causing the 3D printing device to print the orthotic or insole based on the generated 3D printer input data or information.

US Pat. No. 10,188,318

BREATH DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Invoy Holdings, LLC, Ali...

1. A mouthpiece for use with a portable electronic analyzer for detecting an analyte in a breath sample from an individual, the mouthpiece comprising:a biosensor that detects the analyte and generates a signal, the biosensor including a chemically active area where a chemical reaction takes place;
a processor, the processor configured to communicate with the biosensor;
a hydration system that is activated by the processor and then causes a plunger to release a liquid to the chemically active area of the biosensor to at least one of enhance, enable, and facilitate the chemical reaction;
a liquid sensor that determines if the liquid was delivered to the chemically active area, the liquid sensor configured to communicate with one or more of the biosensor, the processor, and the hydration system; and
hardware that transmits breath analyte data to the electronic analyzer.

US Pat. No. 10,188,313

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT SIGNAL ACQUISITION IN A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a plurality of receiving antennas for receiving a plurality of reception signals;
a first superposition device comprising a first output and a second output, the first output and the second output each providing a mode formed by superposition of at least two of the reception signals; and
a local coil comprising a first frequency division multiplex device and a second frequency division multiplex device, the first frequency division multiplex device for transmitting an input signal present at a first input and an input signal present at a second input of the first frequency division multiplex device via a first transmission link on different frequency bands to a receiving unit,
wherein the first output of the first superposition device is connected to the first input of the first frequency division multiplex device and the second output of the first superposition device is in signal connection with a second transmission link, and
wherein the second output of the first superposition device is also connected to an input of the second frequency division multiplex device of the local coil.

US Pat. No. 10,188,308

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF AREAS IN A SENSORY AREA OF BRAIN, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of identifying a spatial distribution of areas in a sensory area of brain by obtaining brain activity information from a human body of a subject to which a sensory stimulus is applied, comprising:determining a rough spatial distribution of at least one target area in a sensory area of cerebral cortex in each of a left hemisphere and right hemisphere of the brain;
applying a sensory stimulus to the target area by showing a video to the subject;
obtaining brain activity information using a brain activity measuring machine which measures brain activity in a region that includes the target area while the sensory stimulus is being applied to the target area;
calculating a correlation value between brain activity information of the target area in the left hemisphere and brain activity information of the target area in the right hemisphere using the obtained brain activity information; and
adjusting the determined rough spatial distribution of the target area to an adjusted spatial distribution of the target area in each of the left and right hemispheres so that the correlation value between brain activity information of respective target areas of an identical type in the adjusted spatial distribution in the left and right hemispheres increases.

US Pat. No. 10,188,295

INTEGRATED SENSOR NETWORK METHODS AND SYSTEMS

The Curators of the Unive...

1. A method comprising:processing sensor data from a plurality of motion sensors and a bed sensor deployed in a living unit for a first time period to establish a frame of reference for an activity pattern by a person residing in the living unit, wherein the activity pattern frame of reference represents a health condition of a person residing in the living unit, wherein the processed sensor data for the first time period comprises a plurality of data values corresponding to a plurality of subintervals within the first time period, wherein each subinterval data value represents (1) a total number of sensor hits during that subinterval of the first time period or (2) a total time for sensor firings during that subinterval of the first time period, and wherein the activity pattern frame of reference comprises a statistical value about the subinterval data values over the first time period;
computing a standard deviation for the processed sensor data over the first time period based on the subinterval data values;
defining a statistical parameter threshold, wherein the statistical parameter threshold comprises a defined number of the standard deviations;
processing additional sensor data from the plurality of motion sensors and the bed sensor deployed in the living unit for a second time period, the second time period occurring after the first time period;
computing a value for the activity pattern for the second time period based on the processed additional sensor data, the computed activity pattern value of the second time period also representing a health condition of the person, wherein the computed activity pattern value comprises (1) data about a total number of sensor hits during the second time period if the activity pattern frame of reference is based on the total number of sensor hits during the first time period or (2) data about a total time for sensor firings during the second time period if the activity pattern frame of reference is based on the total time for sensor firings during the first time period;
comparing the computed activity pattern value with the activity pattern frame of reference and the defined statistical parameter threshold to determine whether the computed activity pattern value deviates from the activity pattern frame of reference by more than the defined number of the standard deviations;
generating an alert based on a determination that the computed activity pattern value deviates from the activity pattern frame of reference by more than the defined number of standard deviations;
receiving a feedback response to the alert, the feedback response including feedback regarding clinical relevance of the alert; and
adjusting the defined number of the standard deviations for the statistical parameter threshold to a different defined number of the standard deviations based on the feedback response to the alert.

US Pat. No. 10,188,294

ADAPTER FOR RETINAL IMAGING USING A HAND HELD COMPUTER

Verana Health, Inc., San...

1. An adapter configured to engage with a hand held computer device with a camera having an optical axis comprising:an anterior adapter portion comprising: a body, a clamp configured to engage with the hand held computer device at a first location and a second location, a lens holder engaged with a macro lens movable between a first position in the optical axis of the camera and a second position outside of the optical axis of the camera, an adjustable light source with a light axis parallel to a macro lens optical axis, a third engagement surface configured to slidably engage with the hand held computer device at a third location, and a complementary surface of the body configured to reversibly engage with a base section of a posterior portion, wherein the clamp defines an axis and the body of the anterior adapter portion is configured to move along the axis of the clamp; and
the posterior portion comprising: the base section configured to reversibly engage with the complementary surface of the body of the anterior adapter portion, a telescoping section movable relative to the base section, and a lens holder engaged with a distal end of the telescoping section configured to removably engage with an ophthalmoscopy lens, the base section configured to removably engage with the body of the anterior adapter portion to form an optical axis between the ophthalmoscopy lens and the camera of the hand held computer device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,290

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING MOTION

StereoVision Imaging, Inc...

1. A system for determining motion of a target, the system comprising:a video imaging system configured to capture a plurality of images of the target;
a lidar system configured to generate a range measurement and a Doppler velocity measurement for each of a plurality of points on the target; and
a processor configured to:
determine, from the plurality of images of the target, at least one first aspect of motion of the target based on the plurality of images of the target,
determine, from the range measurement and the Doppler velocity measurement for each of the plurality of points on the target, at least one second aspect of motion of the target, wherein the at least one first aspect of motion of the target is orthogonal to the at least one second aspect of motion of the target, and
combine the at least one first aspect of motion of the target determined from the plurality of images of the target and the at least one second aspect of motion of the target determined from the range measurement and the Doppler velocity measurement for each of the plurality of points on the target to determine the motion of the target.

US Pat. No. 10,188,288

INFORMATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION USING A HOLOGRAPHIC ELEMENT

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A light-based information system, comprising:a first holographic element positioned to refract light, at a first one or more characteristic discrete wavelengths, incident from an environment, wherein the first one or more characteristic discrete wavelengths correspond to a refraction on a first concave side of a first surface constructed according to a curvature of a first rotationally symmetrical ellipsoid;
an optical scanning device positioned to detect the refracted light from the first holographic element and to generate a perceived field of vision;
an optical projection device positioned to receive the perceived field of vision and to produce a modified perceived field of vision; and
a second holographic element positioned to refract the modified perceived field of vision, at a second one or more characteristic discrete wavelengths, so as to generate an optical output, wherein the second one or more characteristic discrete wavelengths correspond to a refraction on a second concave side of a second surface constructed according to a curvature of a second rotationally symmetrical ellipsoid.

US Pat. No. 10,188,287

OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH CUSTOM CHROMATIC ABERRATION ADJUSTMENTS

AMO WaveFront Sciences, L...

1. A method for measuring a characteristic of a subject's eye which includes a cornea and a lens, the method comprising:using a probe beam having an infrared wavelength in the infrared spectrum to measure a refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength;
capturing at least two different Purkinje images at two different corresponding wavelengths from at least one surface of the lens of the subject's eye;
determining from the at least two different Purkinje images a value for at least one parameter of the subject's eye;
using the value of the at least one parameter to determine a customized chromatic adjustment factor for the subject's eye; and
correcting the measured refraction of the subject's eye at the infrared wavelength with the customized chromatic adjustment factor to determine a refraction of the subject's eye at a visible wavelength in the visible spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,188,284

TEAR-FILM SENSING EYE-MOUNTABLE DEVICE

Verily Life Sciences LLC,...

1. An eye-mountable device, comprising:an enclosure shaped to be removably mounted over a cornea of an eye of a user;
a tear-film sensor system, including at least a first pair and a second pair of tear-film-sensitive sensors to measure an impedance across the eye-mountable device associated with a tear-film of the eye when the eye-mountable device is mounted on the eye of the user, wherein the tear-film sensor system is configured to alternately output a first and a second alternating current (AC) signal to measure the impedance, wherein the first AC signal is between the first pair of the tear-film-sensitive sensors disposed on opposite sides of the eye-mountable device from one another, and wherein the second AC signal is between the second pair of the tear-film-sensitive sensors disposed on opposite sides of the eye-mountable device from one another; and
a controller disposed within the enclosure and coupled to the tear-film sensor system, wherein the controller includes instructions that when executed by the controller causes the eye-mountable device to perform operations including:
monitoring the impedance across the eye-mountable device based, at least in part, on the alternately outputted first and second AC signals, wherein the impedance is influenced by the tear-film of the eye and an orientation of the eye; and
determining a gaze direction of the eye based, at least in part, on the impedance and, in response to changes in the impedance, actively controlling circuitry disposed in the eye-mountable device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,283

TRIAL FRAME

OCULUS OPTIKGERAETE GMBH,...

1. A trial frame for determining the subjective refraction of a subject, comprising:first and second lens holder devices for receiving insert lenses;
a bridge, which connects the first and second lens holder devices in such a manner that their distance relative to each other is adjustable;
a nose rest device having a pivotable and height-adjustable nose rest;
first and second temples, which are adjustable in a length and a height dimension, the trial frame comprising first and second polarization filter devices, each of the first and second polarization filter devices having a circular or a linear polarization filter,and a pivot for pivoting the circular or linear polarization filter in and out in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices and a rotating device for rotating the polarization filter in front of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, the polarization filter devices each being removably attachable to the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices through a locking connection; and a one-piece spring clamp formed on an attachment end of a holder of at least one of the polarization filter devices, said spring clamp engaging behind a crosspiece molded to each of the corresponding one of the first and second lens holder devices, and an actuating lever molded to the spring clamp and configured to selectively open the spring clamp.

US Pat. No. 10,188,282

SUBJECTIVE OPTOMETRY APPARATUS

NIDEK CO., LTD., Aichi (...

1. A subjective optometry apparatus comprising:a subjective measurer including a light projecting optical system for projecting a target light flux toward an examinee's eye, a corrective optical system including a right-left pair of a right-eye corrective optical system and a left-eye corrective optical system and disposed on an optical path of the light projecting optical system to modify an optical characteristic of the target light flux, and an optical member shared by a right-eye optical path including the right-eye corrective optical system and a left-eye optical path including the left-eye corrective optical system, the optical member for guiding the target light flux corrected by the corrective optical system to the examinee's eye, the subjective measurer subjectively measuring an optical characteristic of the examinee's eye; and
an objective measurer including a measurement optical system for emitting measurement light to a fundus of the examinee's eye and for receiving reflected light from the fundus, the objective measurer objectively measuring the optical characteristic of the examinee's eye via the optical member disposed on an optical path of the measurement optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,281

PROGRAMMABLE MULTISPECTRAL ILLUMINATION SYSTEM FOR SURGERY AND VISUALIZATION OF LIGHT-SENSITIVE TISSUES

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. An observation system for viewing light-sensitive tissue, comprising:an illumination system;
an imaging system arranged to be in an optical path of light from said light-sensitive tissue upon being illuminated by said illumination system, said imaging system comprising an optical detector and a data processing system; and
an image display system in communication with said imaging system to display an image of a portion of said light-sensitive tissue,
wherein said illumination system comprises a light source and a light source controller constructed and arranged to control at least one of a spectral composition and intensity of light that illuminates said light-sensitive tissue;
wherein said light source controller causes said light source to illuminate said light-sensitive tissue with light having a reduced amount of light at wavelengths that are harmful to said light-sensitive tissue relative to a white light spectrum,
wherein said imaging system is configured to image at least a portion of said light-sensitive tissue upon being illuminated by said illumination system by applying a color boost model to compensate for said reduced amount of light at wavelengths that are harmful to said light-sensitive tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,188,279

DISPOSABLE, SELF-CONTAINED LARYNGOSCOPE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Adroit Surgical, LLC, Ok...

1. A laryngoscope comprising:a tube having an outer surface, an inner surface, a distal end and a proximate end defining a lumen there through, said tube having a longitudinal channel positioned about the circumference of said tube and extending from the outer surface thereof to the inner surface thereof for guiding light from its proximate end to its distal end;
a handle assembly and a power source mounted within said handle assembly, said handle assembly having a distal end and a proximate end wherein said proximate end is adapted to releasably attach to an optical subassembly; and
said optical subassembly comprising a light source for coupling to the power source and a housing supporting the light source, said light source positioned to supply light into the longitudinal channel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,278

USING AN INTRAORAL MIRROR WITH AN INTEGRATED CAMERA TO RECORD DENTAL STATUS, AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF

DENTAL SMARTMIRROR, INC.,...

16. A system for capturing an image representing a patient's dental status, comprising:a processor;
a patient status database that stores historical patient status information including historical panoramic images of a patient's mouth; and
a server, executed on the processor, that receives (i) a plurality of photographs of an interior of the patient's mouth, and (ii) associated position information for the respective photographs, wherein the plurality of photographs are collected from an image sensor affixed to a dental mirror, wherein the position information is collected relative to a base station capable of docking to the dental mirror, wherein the position information is determined using an accelerometer or gyroscope or both affixed to the dental mirror, wherein the accelerometer or gyroscope or both is calibrated with the dental mirror while docked to the base station, and wherein each one of the plurality of photographs overlap at least in part with another one of the plurality of photographs, the server comprising:
a panorama stitcher module that (i) determines features in the overlapping portions that match between multiple photographs, (ii) based on associated position information for the respective photographs and the matching features, aligns the plurality of photographs to represent a series of adjacent teeth, and (iii) stitches the plurality of photographs of the interior of the patient's mouth into a panoramic image representing a state of at least a portion of the patient's mouth.

US Pat. No. 10,188,274

CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, RECEPTION APPARATUS, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL METHOD OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A capsule endoscope system comprising:a capsule endoscope having:
a first image sensor configured to capture an image in a first direction in a first imaging area, and output first image data;
a first light source configured to perform light emission in the first direction;
a second image sensor configured to capture an image in a second direction different from the first direction in a second imaging area that does not overlap the first imaging area at a second time different from a first time at which the first image sensor performs imaging, and output second image data;
a second light source configured to perform light emission in the second direction;
an imaging controller configured to control the imaging by the first image sensor and the second image sensor;
the imaging controller further being configured to control light emissions by the first light source and the second light source; and
a first wireless communication interface configured to transmit the first image data and the second image data; and
a receiver having a second wireless communication interface configured to receive the first image data and the second image data,
wherein the capsule endoscope or the reception apparatus is configured to detect a lesioned part from the first image data or the second image data; and
a controller configured to instruct the imaging controller to execute a first light emission operation in which only a light source configured to perform the light emission in the imaging direction of an image sensor that is performing imaging performs the light emission when no lesioned part is detected and instruct the imaging controller to execute a second light emission operation in which a light source configured to perform the light emission in a second imaging direction of an image sensor different from an image sensor that is imaging the lesioned part performs the light emission in synchronization with the light emission by a light source configured to perform the light emission in a first imaging direction of the image sensor that is imaging the lesioned part when the lesioned part is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,273

BIOLOGICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

LOMA VISTA MEDICAL, INC.,...

1. A device for navigation through a biological anatomy, the device comprising:a tube configured to be advanced through the biological anatomy, the tube having a tube lumen therein;
a steering portion configured to bend to orient the device, said steering portion comprising an actuator for controlling the steering portion;
a reciprocating portion comprising a first tubular reciprocating element and a second tubular reciprocating element, the first tubular reciprocating element attached to a distal end of the steering portion, the second tubular reciprocating element mounted to and surrounding the first tubular reciprocating element, wherein an entirety of the second tubular reciprocating element is configured to longitudinally translate relative to the first tubular reciprocating element, wherein the second tubular reciprocating element remains coaxial with the first tubular reciprocating element during longitudinal translation of the second tubular reciprocating element relative to the first reciprocating element;
a visualization element for visualizing the biological anatomy; and
a distal tip at a distal end of the second tubular reciprocating element having a tip lumen therein continuous with the tube lumen, the tip lumen configured to hold the visualization element therein;
wherein longitudinal translation of the second tubular reciprocating element causes corresponding longitudinal translation of the visualization element held within the tip lumen of the distal tip.

US Pat. No. 10,188,272

IMAGING CAPSULE

1. A capsule, comprising:a cyclically everting sleeve shaped to define a sleeve interior;
a fluid, configured to facilitate the everting of the sleeve, contained within the sleeve interior; and
a plurality of electrically-conductive coils coupled to the sleeve and configured to, when at least two of the coils are magnetized, advance the capsule within a lumen by applying an everting force to the sleeve,
wherein the coils are arranged in a plurality of rings running longitudinally along the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,188,271

ASSIST DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An assist device which is applied to a treatment instrument, the treatment instrument including an insertion body to be inserted through a channel of an insertion section of an endoscope, the assist device being configured to assist movement of the insertion body relative to the channel, the assist device comprising:a flexible tube including a passage into which the insertion body of the treatment instrument is inserted, the flexible tube including one end and an other end;
a connector configured to connect the one end of the flexible tube to the channel such that the passage communicates with the channel;
a first retainer configured to attach a side of the other end of the flexible tube to an outer circumference of the insertion section of the endoscope or to an outer circumference of an operation section connected to the insertion section;
a second retainer being movable relative to the first retainer and configured to hold the insertion body of the treatment instrument; and
a connecting member connecting the first retainer and the second retainer to each other,
wherein the second retainer is detachably attached to the insertion body of the treatment instrument in a direction different from a longitudinal direction of the insertion body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,270

STENT DELIVERY SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A stent delivery system comprising:a guide catheter formed in a tube shape;
a stent formed in a tube shape and into which the guide catheter is inserted; and
a pusher catheter formed in a tube shape and into which the guide catheter is inserted, the pusher catheter being disposed proximally relative to the stent,
wherein the pusher catheter includes:
an intermediate part having a distal end part and a proximal end part; and
a diameter expansion-suppressing part joined to the distal end part of the intermediate part, the diameter expansion-suppressing part having a bending stiffness greater than a bending stiffness of the intermediate part and having an inner diameter the same as an inner diameter of the stent;
an outer diameter of the diameter expansion-suppressing part is the same as an outer diameter of the intermediate part, the diameter expansion-suppressing part and the intermediate part comprise a mixture of at least a first material and a second material respectively, a mixing ratio of an amount of the first material and an amount of the second material of the diameter expansion-suppressing part being different from a mixing ratio of an amount of the first material and an amount of the second material of the intermediate part, and
wherein, when the stent is pushed toward a distal end side by pushing the intermediate part of the pusher catheter toward the distal end side and causing a distal end part of the diameter expansion-suppressing part to come into contact with a proximal end part of the stent, the diameter expansion-suppressing part prevents an inner diameter of the distal end part of the pusher catheter from expanding.

US Pat. No. 10,188,269

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP UNIT AND IMAGE PICKUP UNIT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A method comprising:bonding lens wafers comprising optical components to form a lens unit wafer comprising lens units;
bonding a bending optical element wafer comprising bending optical elements to a first surface of the lens unit wafer to form an optical unit wafer such that the bending optical elements are respectively opposed to the lens units to arrange respective inclined planes of the bending optical elements to be inclined relative to the first surface of the lens unit wafer to refract light beams emitted from the lens units towards respective emission surfaces of the bending optical elements;
separating and individualizing the optical unit wafer for each of the lens units and the bending optical elements to manufacture optical units; and
respectively bonding solid-state image pickup devices to the emission surfaces of the bending optical elements of the optical units.

US Pat. No. 10,188,268

ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion portion configured to be inserted into a subject;
a distal end portion disposed at a distal end of the insertion portion and including a housing part having a recess and an opening part that opens toward a distal end direction;
a tube having a tubular shape disposed in the insertion portion and formed of a flexible material;
an exit member fitted to a peripheral edge of the opening part in a liquid-tight manner in the housing part of the distal end portion, including an opening through which a treatment instrument protrudes, and forming a treatment instrument guiding-out path into which the treatment instrument is inserted when the opening is connected so as to communicate with the tube; and
an adjusting portion configured to change a protruding direction of the treatment instrument protruding from the opening of the exit member by changing a tilt angle of the treatment instrument guiding-out path by bending the tube connected to the opening of the exit member
wherein the adjusting portion comprises: a transferring portion made of a bar member, the bar member including a rotation shaft rotatable supported in the distal end portion and a contact portion that is in contact with an outer surface of the tube; and
an operation wire one end of which is connected between the rotation shaft and the contact portion of the bar member, the operation wire being configured to rotate the transferring portion by another end of the operation wire being moved forward and backward, to bend the tube and change the tilt angle of the treatment instrument guiding-out path.

US Pat. No. 10,188,267

DISTAL END STRUCTURE OF ENDOSCOPE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A distal end structure of an endoscope, the distal end structure comprising:an opening of a treatment instrument insertion channel formed on a distal end of an insertion portion in the endoscope and including an opening having a long side and a short side, the long side having a length greater than a length of the short side;
a first wall extending in a direction parallel to the long side, the first wall being disposed at the distal end of the insertion portion; and
a second wall facing the first wall in a direction parallel to the short side and extending in a direction parallel to the long side direction such that the first and second walls sandwich the opening, the second wall being disposed at the distal end of the insertion portion, wherein
a first end surface of a top portion on the first wall and a second end surface of a top portion on the second wall are inclined such that a first inclination direction of the first end surface and a second inclination direction of the second end surface in the direction parallel to the long side are opposite to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,188,266

ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE FOR REDUCING DATA AMOUNT OF IMAGE SIGNAL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An imaging device comprising:an image sensor; and
a processor comprising hardware, wherein the processor is configured to:
receive information from an image processing device external to the imaging device, wherein the information indicates that the image processing device is configured to:
receive, in a transmission period defined by the image processing device, an image signal representing a single reading of a subject, illuminated by illumination light, performed by the image sensor; and
generate an observation image of a first type based on the image signal representing the single reading received;
in response to the information received:
control the image sensor to perform a plurality of readings of the subject, illuminated by the illumination light;
generate an image signal representing the plurality of readings, for generating an observation image of a second type,
wherein the processor is configured to control the image sensor, generate the image signal representing the plurality of readings, or both to reduce a data amount of the image signal representing the plurality of readings such that transmission of the image signal representing the plurality of readings to the image processing device is completed within the transmission period; and
control a communication interface to transmit the image signal having the data amount that is reduced to the image processing device within the transmission period.

US Pat. No. 10,188,265

FLEXIBLE INSERTION APPARATUS WITH INPUT DEVICE HAVING ACTUATOR FORCE CONTROL

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:an elongated inserting section having a curving section which has a neutral position and is curvable at an arbitrary angle and which is arranged near a distal end section;
an input device which is provided in an operating section arranged on a proximal end side of the elongated inserting section, has a neutral input position corresponding to an input to hold the curving section at the neutral position, and receives an arbitrary input to curve the curving section in a movable range including a first range that includes the neutral input position and a second range that has an operation amount from the neutral input position exceeding the first range, wherein the input device comprises:
a shaft section;
a dial section arranged on an end portion of the shaft section; and
a first gear section arranged on the shaft section;
a detecting sensor which detects a rotating direction and a rotation amount of the dial section which is an input to the input device;
a first actuator which is operated to curve the curving section at a certain curving angle;
a second actuator which gives a force towards the neutral input position to the input device; and
a controller configured to operate the first actuator to curve the curving section at a curving angle corresponding to an input amount to the input device, operate the second actuator to move the input device towards the first range, when the input amount to the input device is in the second range, and stop a drive of the second actuator, when the input amount to the input device moves into the first range,
the second actuator being arranged in the operating section,
a second gear section of the second actuator transmitting a rotation force of the second actuator to the input device via the first gear section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,263

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING DEVICE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, wherein the sorption drying system has a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material;
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is one of a granular solid and a granulate with an average fill density of at least 500 kg/m3.

US Pat. No. 10,188,262

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SORPTION DRYING MACHINE

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing container;
an air-guiding channel to generate an air flow;
a sorption drying system to dry items to be washed, the sorption drying system having a sorption container with reversibly dehydratable sorption material, the sorption container connected to the washing container by the air-guiding channel; and
a heater disposed in the sorption container and arranged upstream of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material for desorption of the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the air-guiding channel includes an inlet connecting piece connected to the sorption container and which diverts incoming air flow from an inflow direction by between 45° to 135° into a through-flow direction through the heater and the reversibly dehydratable sorption material,
wherein the through-flow direction through the heater and through the reversibly dehydratable sorption material is the same direction, such that the through-flow direction runs from a bottom portion to a top portion of the sorption container, and
wherein the dishwasher is configured to control a ratio of a heat output of the heater and an air volume flow of the air flow which flows through the sorption material to be between 100 W sec/l and 1250 W sec/l.

US Pat. No. 10,188,261

DISH WASHING MACHINE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A dish washing machine comprising:a cabinet forming an external appearance of the dish washing machine;
a washing tub arranged in the cabinet and allowing dishes to be washed therein;
a dish basket arranged in the washing tub to accommodate the dishes;
a guide member extending across a bottom surface of the washing tub such that the bottom surface of the washing tub is divided by the guide member into a first region and a second region;
at least one spray unit comprising a first head group and a second head group, each having a plurality of heads spaced apart from each other to spray wash water inside the washing tub in a first direction, wherein the first head group is disposed above the first region and the second head group is disposed above the second region;
a diversion unit coupled to the guide member to move in the first direction and a second direction opposite to the first direction, separated from the at least one spray unit, extended from the first region to the second region, and arranged to face the at least one spray unit to divert the wash water sprayed from the at least one spray unit toward the dish basket; and
a flow passage switching valve to selectively supply the wash water to at least one of the first head group and the second head group.

US Pat. No. 10,188,260

DISHWASHER COMPRISING A SEALING APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A sealing apparatus that seals between a pump chamber and a bottom surface of a washing tank of a dishwasher, the sealing apparatus comprising:a packing member disposed along a top portion of the pump chamber; and
a protecting member which connects some portion of the packing member to the pump chamber such that it prevents the packing member from moving when the bottom surface of the washing tank and the pump chamber are coupled to each other,
wherein at least one discharge passage is formed between the packing member and the protecting member and the at least one discharge passage guides water from an outer surface of the bottom surface of the washing tank to a channel formed in the pump chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,259

PUMP AND DISHWASHER PROVIDED WITH PUMP

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub providing a washing space;
a rack located inside the tub and configured to receive washing targets;
a spray arm configured to spray water to the rack;
a sump in which the water is received;
an inlet chamber providing a space into which the water from the sump is supplied;
an outlet chamber connected with the inlet chamber and configured to guide the water from the inlet chamber to the spray arm;
an impeller located in the outlet chamber and configured to move the water to the spray arm;
a first housing fixed on the outlet chamber;
a rotor rotatably provided inside the first housing;
a rotation shaft passing through the outlet chamber, the rotation shaft connecting the rotor with the impeller;
a magnetic field formation unit surrounding the first housing, the magnetic field formation unit configured to produce a rotating magnetic field to rotate the rotor;
a friction bearing passing through the outlet chamber, the friction bearing rotatably supporting the rotation shaft;
an outlet path connecting the inside of the first housing with the outlet chamber;
a spacer through which the rotation shaft passes arranged to maintain a spacing between the rotor and the friction bearing; and
a guide path provided in the spacer for guiding water supplied into a space formed between the rotation shaft and the friction bearing to a contact surface between the spacer and the friction bearing,
wherein a rotational axis of the rotation shaft is perpendicular to a horizontal surface to prevent water from contacting the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,188,258

MULTI-FUNCTION CLEANING TOOL

1. A cleaning tool comprising:handle having a longitudinal axis; and
a cleaning device having a longitudinal axis;
said cleaning device releasably securable to said handle and moveable between a first position where the longitudinal axis of said cleaning device is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of said handle, and a second position where the longitudinal axis of the cleaning device is arranged at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of said handle;
wherein said cleaning tool has first, second and third coupling mechanisms, said first and second coupling mechanisms offset by 90 degrees to each other and fixed to or integral with said handle, said third coupling mechanism fixed to or integral with said cleaning device and releasably and independently securable to said first and said second coupling mechanisms to releasably secure said cleaning device to said handle,
wherein when said third coupling mechanism is releasably secured to said first coupling mechanism, said cleaning device is positioned such that its longitudinal axis is generally aligned with the longitudinal axis of said handle,
wherein when said third coupling mechanism is releasably secured to said second coupling mechanism, said cleaning device is positioned such that its longitudinal axis is at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of said handle; and
wherein said handle includes a lower portion and an upper portion, said lower portion pivotably connected to said upper portion, said lower portion including said first and second coupling mechanisms and having said longitudinal axis of said handle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,257

CEILING TEXTURE SCRAPING ASSEMBLY

1. A ceiling texture scraping assembly being configured to scrape and collect texture from a ceiling, said assembly comprising:a pan being configured to be manipulated having said pan being positioned beneath a ceiling, said pan having an outer wall and a pair of peripheral walls, said outer wall having a top side, a bottom side and a back side, said back side tapering to a point extending away from each of said bottom side and said top side, each of said top side and said bottom side having a distal edge with respect to said back side, said distal edge corresponding to each of said top side and said bottom side defining an opening into said pan wherein said opening is configured to receive texture from the ceiling, said bottom side having a length being greater than a length of said top side;
a sleeve being coupled to and extending away from said point parallel to said top side and said bottom side wherein said sleeve is configured to be gripped; and
a blade being coupled to said pan wherein said blade is configured to frictionally engage texture on the ceiling thereby facilitating said blade to remove the texture from the ceiling.

US Pat. No. 10,188,255

ROBOT CLEANER AND ROBOT CLEANER SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot cleaner configured to clean a floor surface while moving on the floor surface, the robot cleaner comprising:a module mounting unit on which at least one module capable of performing a function other than cleaning is able to be mounted, and
a plurality of ports,
wherein:
at the module mounting unit, an opening is formed and provided at one side of a housing that forms an exterior of the robot cleaner,
at the module mounting unit, fixing devices configured to fix the at least one module inserted into the module mounting unit are disposed, and the fixing devices comprise:
a first fixing device including a rectangular frame; and
a second fixing device including a circular frame,
a connection unit connected to at least one of the plurality of ports is disposed at the at least one module, and
a function of the at least one module is recognized in accordance with at least one of positions and a number of the positions at which the connection unit is connected to the at least one of the plurality of ports.

US Pat. No. 10,188,253

EXTRACTION CLEANER WITH QUICK EMPTY TANK

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. An extraction cleaner, comprisinga housing that comprises an upright assembly having a handle where the upright assembly is pivotally connected to a base assembly for directing the base assembly across a surface to be cleaned;
a suction nozzle provided on the housing;
a suction source provided on the housing and in fluid communication with the suction nozzle for generating a working airstream; and
a recovery tank for separating and collecting fluid and debris from the working airstream for later disposal, wherein the recovery tank is removably mounted on the housing and comprises:
a recovery container defining a recovery chamber and comprising a drain opening provided on a lower portion of the recovery container;
a valve fluidly connected to the drain opening for movement between a closed position for sealing the recovery chamber and an open position for draining fluid from the recovery chamber; and
an actuator for selectively opening the valve, wherein at least a portion of the actuator is provided on an upper portion of the recovery container.

US Pat. No. 10,188,252

SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A surface cleaning apparatus, comprising:a housing including an upright assembly and a base mounted to the upright assembly and adapted for movement across a surface to be cleaned;
a fluid container provided on the housing;
a fluid distributor provided in the base in fluid communication with the fluid container;
a working air path through the housing;
a recovery container provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction source provided on the housing and defining a portion of the working air path;
a suction nozzle removeably mounted on the base;
a flexible vacuum hose defining an airflow conduit and a fluid delivery conduit;
a hose receiver provided on the base and adapted to selectively couple with the flexible vacuum hose for above-the-floor cleaning, the hose receiver comprising:
a hose port in fluid communication with a portion of the working air path between the suction nozzle and the recovery container, the hose port adapted to couple with the airflow conduit of the flexible vacuum hose; and
an outlet fluid connector in fluid communication with the fluid container, the outlet fluid connector adapted to couple with the fluid delivery conduit of the vacuum hose; and
a cover provided on the base and moveable between an open position and a closed position, wherein in the open position the vacuum hose can be coupled with the hose receiver and in the closed position the cover seals the hose port to provide a fluid-tight interface and covers the hose receiver, the cover further moveable to a third position, different than the open and closed positions, to release the suction nozzle from the base.

US Pat. No. 10,188,251

SURFACE MAINTENANCE VEHICLE WITH AN INTEGRATED WATER TRAP FOR TRAPPING RESIDUAL WASTE

Tennant Company, Minneap...

1. A waste recovery system for a floor surface maintenance machine comprising:a squeegee assembly having
a squeegee frame having a top edge, and
a first squeegee operable to engage a floor surface and connected to the squeegee frame; and
a reservoir operatively connected to the squeegee assembly, the reservoir comprising an inlet passage, an outlet passage and a fluid trap portion in fluid communication with the inlet passage and outlet passage, the fluid trap portion having a bottom wall and side walls, the fluid trap portion being adapted to retain backflow waste within the side walls and the bottom wall,
the bottom wall of the fluid trap portion being positioned below the top edge of the squeegee frame, such that backflow waste trapped above the fluid trap portion pools within a space formed by the bottom wall and the side walls of the fluid trap portion and is prevented from draining to the floor surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,250

FLOOR CLEANING TOOL HAVING A MECHANICALLY OPERATED PUMP

1. A portable, human-powered floor cleaning device comprising:a chassis comprising a clean fluid storage tank and a spent fluid collection tank;
a plurality of wheels for supporting and moving the device;
a mechanically-driven pump housed within the chassis having an inlet and an outlet, the pump operably interconnected to a drive wheel;
the drive wheel provided substantially proximal to a midpoint of the chassis and comprising an eccentric wheel hub interconnected to a drive shaft such that a rotational movement of the drive wheel results in a reciprocating movement of the drive shaft and actuation of the pump;
a deck assembly attached to the chassis comprising a fluid pick-up orifice and at least one squeegee, the fluid pick-up orifice being interconnected to the pump by a conduit for transmitting the spent fluid from the fluid pick-up orifice to the pump; and
a scrubber pad attached to the bottom side of the deck assembly, the scrubber pad having a leading front edge which helps trap debris and presses tight against the floor surface and distributes the clean fluid over the floor surface and loosens soil from the floor surface, wherein the scrubber pad further comprises a curved edge that matches a curvature of the at least one squeegee to create a snug fit of the scrubber pad with the bottom side of the deck assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,188,249

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner system comprising:a cleaner body that defines a battery chamber;
a motor that is located in the cleaner body and configured to provide a suction force;
a battery that is detachably provided in the battery chamber and configured to provide electric power to the motor;
a battery cover that is rotatably coupled to the cleaner body and configured to open and close the battery chamber; and
a charging stand that is configured to couple to the cleaner body, wherein the charging stand includes an opening prevention rib that is located along an opening path of the battery cover to thereby prevent the battery cover from opening based on the cleaner body being coupled to the charging stand.

US Pat. No. 10,188,248

VACUUM CLEANER FILTER BAG

Eurofilters Holding N.V.,...

16. A method for manufacturing a vacuum cleaner filter bag, the vacuum cleaner bag being formed as a flat bag and comprising a bag wall made of filter material that has a through passage through which the air that is to be cleaned can flow into the vacuum cleaner filter bag, the bag wall consisting of an at least partially pleated nonwoven material, and a first and a second filter material layer that are connected to each other by a peripheral weld seam,wherein the first or the second filter material layer consists of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material, the method comprising:
pleating of at least a portion of a nonwoven web;
assembling of the vacuum cleaner filter bag using the at least partially pleated nonwoven web; and
connecting folds of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material to one another at least partially by a fixing device;
wherein the fixing device is configured to hold the folds of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material at a predetermined distance from one another when the vacuum cleaner filter bag is unfolded during operation of the vacuum cleaner filter bag; and
wherein the fixing device is arranged on a first side of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material facing towards an interior of the vacuum cleaner filter bag and a second side of the at least partially pleated nonwoven material on an exterior of the vacuum cleaner filter bag is free from any fixing device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,247

UPRIGHT VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. An upright vacuum cleaner, comprising:a brushroll;
a motor assembly comprising a motor housing and a motor disposed within the motor housing, wherein a rotating axis of the motor and a rotating axis of the brushroll are disposed in a non-parallel manner, and the motor drives the brushroll to roll via a drive belt and is rotatable between a first upright position wherein the drive belt is tensioned and a first oblique position wherein the drive belt is released;
a body assembly comprising a body, a bridging member mounted to the body and rotatably connected with the motor housing to make the body rotatable between a second upright position and a second oblique position, and a dirt cup mounted to the body;
wherein the motor is moved from the first oblique position to the first upright position by the bridging member when the body moves from the second upright position to the second oblique position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,246

ODOR-REMOVING HINGE SYSTEM FOR TOILETS AND PORTABLE COMMODES

1. An odor-removing hinge system for use with a toilet seat and a toilet seat cover on a portable commode including a plurality of supporting frame members and a waste receptacle, said hinge system comprising:a toilet seat hinge assembly configured for pivoting said toilet seat and said toilet seat cover from an open to a closed position, said hinge assembly including an internal conduit integrated therein having an inlet opening and an exhaust opening formed therein, said inlet opening being disposed in fluid communication with said waste receptacle within said commode;
an adapter bracket for receiving said receptacle therein, said adapter bracket being mechanically attached to said toilet seat hinge assembly in pivoting engagement, said adapter bracket configured for attachment to said supporting frame members of said commode, said adapter bracket including a rearward extension bracket configured for detachable connection of an air filtering means thereon;
air filtering means including a brushless fan motor disposed in fluid communication with said exhaust opening of said internal conduit enabling air and noxious gases to be withdrawn from said receptacle and to pass through said air filtering means for return to the ambient air; and
fan actuating means including a power source for automatic operation of said fan motor in said open position of said toilet seat cover to urge air and noxious gases through said air filtering means.

US Pat. No. 10,188,245

TOILET

1. A toilet comprising:a seat having an opening therein;
a seat back connected to the seat;
a first arm having a first pressure sensor and a second arm having a second pressure sensor, the first arm and the second arm being spaced apart and positioned above the seat;
an actuator that moves the seat to a position wherein the seat inclines upwardly from a rear portion of the seat to a front portion of the seat;
wherein, in use, the first pressure sensor senses pressure on the first arm and the second pressure sensor senses pressure on the second arm, and upon the first pressure sensor or the second pressure sensor sensing pressure, a signal is transmitted to the actuator, whereupon the actuator moves the seat to incline upwardly from the rear portion of the seat to the front portion of the seat.

US Pat. No. 10,188,243

ADAPTER FOR RECESSED PAPER PRODUCT DISPENSERS

Solaris Paper, Inc., Alp...

1. An adapter assembly for a recessed dispenser having a cavity, wherein the cavity comprises first and second opposing sidewalls, respectively, the adapter assembly comprising:right and left vertical walls sized and dimensioned to fit within the first and second opposing sidewalls of the cavity;
a fastener for removably coupling at least one of the right and left vertical walls of the adapter assembly to at least one of the first and second opposing sidewalls of the cavity, respectively;
first and second parallel arms fixedly attached to the right and left vertical walls, respectively, and extending outwardly from the right and left vertical walls to a first and second distance, respectively;
first and second receivers removably coupled to the first and second parallel arms, respectively, wherein the first and second receivers are disposed within the first and second distance, respectively;
wherein the first and second receivers have first and second cups, respectively, for receiving first and second ends of a spindle; and
wherein the first and second cups are disposed within the first and second distance, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,188,241

DISPENSER ASSEMBLY

Vi-Jon, Inc., St. Louis,...

1. A dispenser assembly for dispensing a product, the dispenser assembly comprising:a bottle configured to store the product, the bottle comprising a back wall, the back wall comprising:
a substantially flat surface;
an angled surface extending outwards from the flat surface; and
an extension portion extending outwards from the flat surface, the extension portion having a width less than a width of the flat surface; and
a battery holder, the battery holder comprising:
a housing; and
a plurality of batteries contained in the housing,
wherein the battery holder is positioned adjacent the flat surface of the back wall of the bottle and below the angled surface of the back wall; and
wherein the housing of the battery holder comprises an intermediate wall separating laterally adjacent batteries, the intermediate wall comprising an angled portion that accommodates the extension portion of the bottle back wall.

US Pat. No. 10,188,240

POT LID STORAGE HOLDER

1. A pot lid storage holder, configured for storing a pot lid having a handle with a necked-down portion disposed between the pot lid and a relatively enlarged portion of the handle, the holder comprising first and second gripping elements spaced apart from one another, each gripping element having a first respective substantially straight portion fixedly attached to and projecting from a mounting member, a respective return portion connected to said first respective substantially straight portion, and a second respective substantially straight portion connected to said respective return portion, projecting back toward but short of said mounting member and having an end that is free to move with respect to said mounting member, the second respective substantially straight portions of the first and second gripping elements being substantially parallel to one another in an undeflected state and configured to receive the necked-down portion of the handle, through an opening there between, in a downstream direction of insertion of the pot lid into the pot lid storage holder pointing toward the mounting member so as to deflect at least one of said first and second substantially straight portions which thereby exerts a compressive spring force on the necked-down portion that decreases with increasing depth of insertion of the necked down portion of the handle in the downstream direction.

US Pat. No. 10,188,239

GRILLING TOOL

Holton Products LLC, For...

1. A tool, comprising:tongs having arms, a handle on each of the arms, and a hinge that pivotally connects the arms to each other, the arms are configured to be moved between a closed position wherein distal ends of the arms are in proximity to each other, an open position wherein the distal ends of the arms are spaced apart from each other, and one of the arms is larger than the other of the arms such that the tongs are not symmetric;
a flashlight mounted to an interior of the tongs inside a cavity in one of the handles, the flashlight having an electrical switch that is configured to be accessed from an exterior of the tongs via an aperture in the one of the handles and actuated between on and off positions, the electrical switch is positioned and configured to be actuated by a thumb of a user when the tongs are held in one hand by the user, and the flashlight comprises a body with a body axis, a head at a distal end of the body, and the head comprises a head axis that is not co-axial with the body axis; and
the tool comprises a spring clip opposite the electrical switch, the flashlight has an installed position wherein the flashlight is secured to the tool, the spring clip is releasably coupled to one of the flashlight or the one of the handles such that the spring clip is captured in an aperture of the flashlight or an aperture in an interior of the one of the handles, the flashlight also comprises a released position wherein the spring clip is configured to be actuated such that the flashlight is slidably removable from the tool.

US Pat. No. 10,188,238

BEVERAGE PRODUCTION MACHINES AND METHODS WITH TAMPING ASSEMBLY

Starbucks Corporation, S...

1. A machine for preparing single-servings of a beverage, the machine comprising:a housing;
a lid assembly on the top of the housing configured to move between an open configuration to allow insertion of a cartridge containing a beverage precursor and a closed configuration in which the beverage is prepared from the beverage precursor;
a basket assembly comprising a chamber configured to receive the cartridge containing the beverage precursor; and
a lid cam connected to the lid assembly, the lid cam having an upper wall portion, a sidewall, and a cam path disposed along the sidewall, wherein the lid cam translates axially relative to the lid assembly, the lid cam being suspended by at least one lid spring, and the cam path comprises a lower cam path and an upper cam path;
a collar having one or more cam teeth configured to engage the cam path,
a tamping surface on the bottom of the lid assembly and connected to the lid cam, wherein when the lid assembly is in the closed configuration, the tamping surface is configured to move between an untamped state in which the tamping surface does not compress the beverage precursor and a tamped state in which the tamping surface compresses the beverage precursor;
wherein the collar is configured to movably engage the lid cam and rotate about a central axis extending longitudinally through the basket assembly, wherein rotation of the collar about the central axis and with respect to the lid cam axially moves the tamping surface so that the tamping surface is closer to the basket assembly in the tamped state than in the untamped state;
wherein in the untamped state, the one or more cam teeth engage the lower cam path, and wherein in the tamped state, the one or more cam teeth engage the upper cam path.

US Pat. No. 10,188,236

MACHINE FOR DISPENSING BEVERAGES

IDES DEVELOPMENT COMPANY ...

1. A guiding device of a capsule, for use in a machine for dispensing beverages extracted from capsules, in particular coffee, tea, herbal teas and the like, which machine comprises:a capsule-holder which defines an infusion chamber;
an infusion head configured to cooperate with the capsule-holder for an extraction of a beverage, said infusion head is configured with an engagement tab element;
a lever to provide a relative movement of the capsule with respect to the capsule-holder, said lever being configured to provide a relative translational motion of the capsule with respect to the infusion chamber in a direction of infusion; and
a frame having the capsule-holder and the infusion head disposed therein;
the guiding device comprises:
a retainer of the capsule during said relative translational motion, the retainer comprising at least a first retaining guide element and a second retaining guide element both for retaining a peripheral projecting edge of the capsule,
wherein said first retaining guide element is configured with a first channel so as to retain the capsule during a relative motion that carries the capsule to be infused to enter within the infusion chamber, said first retaining guide element and said second retaining guide element being movable within the frame of the machine,
and said second retaining guide element adjoins said first retaining guide element, and said second retaining guide element is configured with a second channel in such a way as to retain the capsule, once used, during a relative movement of extraction of the capsule from the infusion chamber and to allow capsule ejection by gravity from the machine; and
a mechanical controller, configured to determine that the relative translational motion between the capsule and the infusion chamber is carried out in a coordinated manner with a relative position between the capsule-holder and the infusion head, wherein said mechanical controller in turn comprises:
one or more arms extending from said first retaining guide element, each of said arms being configured to be slidingly coupled within the frame of the machine;
an engagement profile disposed on said one or more arms, which engagement profile is configured to couple with a corresponding profile within the frame of the machine, said coupling causing, in use, a divarication of the device relative to the infusion head; and
an engagement projecting element disposed on said one or more arms, which engagement projecting element is configured to couple with said engagement tab element of the machine so as to allow a selective dragging in translation of the device during a return stroke after infusion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,234

CHRISTMAS TREE MOISTURE SENSOR

Belac Products, LLC, Lew...

1. A moisture sensor comprising:a housing adapted to mount onto a tree stem,
a probe attached to the housing and adapted to detect water levels in a tree stand, the probe detects the conductivity of water to determine the water level,
a conductive rod with insulators at each opposing end wherein the probe is
separated by one insulator at a first end of the conductive rod and the other end of the conductive rod is inserted into the housing,
a PC board within the housing for determining water levels in the tree stand, a LED indicator adapted to provide a visual signal when water levels are below a threshold in the tree stand, and
a speaker adapted to provide an audio signal when water levels are below the threshold in the tree stand,
wherein the LED indicator signals the visual alert and the speaker signals the audio alert when the probe detects that the water level is below a threshold,
wherein the probe detects the conductivity of water to determine the water level,
wherein the probe comprises a copper wire connected at one end to the PC board, and an opposing end capped by a conductive shield, and
further including a silicone insulator on the other end of the conductive rod adapted to provide a water-tight seal between the conductive rod and the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,233

ARTICULATING STAND FOR BROOMS AND SIMILARLY HANDLED IMPLEMENTS

1. An articulating stand for brooms and similarly handled implements, the stand comprising:a first clipping portion and a second dipping portion;
the first clipping portion and the second clipping portion configured to hold an elongated handle under a tension sufficient to prevent the handle from sliding therethrough;
the first clipping portion disposed at an angle relative to the second dipping portion, such that the first clipping portion is configured to release the handle when the second clipping portion engages the handle and vice versa;
a panel for engaging a standing surface on which the articulating stand and an implement rests;
the panel having a wide bottom portion with opposing ends, the opposing ends and handle thereby conferring tripod support to the stand and the implement; and
wherein the panel is in substantially linear arrangement with the second clipping portion, such that the panel is adjacent the handle when the second clipping portion is in an engaging position on the handle, and the panel is not adjacent the handle when the first clipping portion is in an engaging position on the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,232

DECORATIVE ARTICLE WITH RECEIVING MEMBER

Hee Kyung Lee, Suwon-si ...

1. A decorative article comprising:a base plate having at least one hanging elongate slot defined therein; and
a receiving member including a single first plate, at least two second plates, and a hanger, wherein the first plate is parallel to the base plate, each of the at least two second plates is non-parallel to the base plate and is coupled to the first plate to define an inner space and a top opening in the receiving member, and the hanger protrudes from the first plate along a top edge of the first plate, wherein the hanger is fitted into the hanging elongate slot to secure the receiving member to the base plate,
wherein the base plate has at least one decorative elongate slot defined therein,
wherein the at least one decorative elongate slot is adjacent to the at least one hanging elongate slot in a non-contacting manner to form a polygonal shape together with the at least one hanging elongate slot,
wherein the first plate falls within the polygonal shape defined by the least one hanging elongate slot and the at least one decorative elongate slot, and sides of the first plate are configured to correspond to the least one hanging elongate slot and the at least one decorative elongate slot such that the first plate has a geometrical shape substantially identical with the polygonal shape.

US Pat. No. 10,188,229

HEATED OR COOLED DISHWARE AND DRINKWARE

Ember Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A portable cooler container with active temperature control, comprising:a container body having an outer wall, an inner wall spaced from the outer wall to define a gap therebetween, and a chamber configured to receive and hold one or more volumes of perishable liquid, the chamber defined by a base and the inner peripheral wall of the container body, the gap being under vacuum to thereby insulate the chamber relative to the outer wall; and
a temperature control system in the container body, comprising
one or more Peltier elements configured to actively heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber,
one or more power storage elements,
a microcontroller configured to control an operation of the one or more Peltier elements to heat or cool at least a portion of the chamber to a predetermined temperature or temperature range, the microcontroller further configured to wirelessly communicate with a cloud-based data storage system; and
one or more sensors configured to sense one or more parameters of the chamber or temperature control system and communicate the sensed information to the microcontroller, at least one of the one or more sensors being a temperature sensor configured to sense a temperature in the chamber and to communicate the sensed temperature to the microcontroller, the microcontroller operable to communicate sensed temperature data to the cloud-based data storage system for storage and from which the data is accessible via a dashboard interface on an electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,228

PILLOW WITH GUSSET OF OPEN CELL CONSTRUCTION

Bedgear, LLC, Farmingdal...

1. A pillow comprising:a cover having opposing first and second panels and a gusset joining the first panel with the second panel;
an inner cover disposed within the cover; and
a fill material disposed within the cover,
wherein the gusset has a first porosity, the panels each have a second porosity and the inner cover has a third porosity, the second porosity being different than the first porosity and the third porosity, and the third porosity being different than the first porosity, the second porosity being greater than the third porosity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,226

MODULAR COUNTER SERVICES DISPENSING SYSTEM

San Jamar, Inc., Elkhorn...

1. A food services accessory dispensing system comprising:a first base portion;
a plurality of dispensing containers that are each configured to dispense a different food service accessory, each of the plurality of dispensing containers being constructed to removably cooperate with the first base portion;
a second base portion constructed to removably cooperate with the first base portion and constructed to cooperate with at least one of the plurality of dispensing containers and wherein each alternate lateral end of each of the first base portion and the second base portion have the same shape;
a first opening and a second opening formed in the first base portion;
a first opening and a second opening formed in the second base portion; and
at least one connector having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is releasably insertable into each of the first and second openings formed in the first base portion or the second base portion and the second end is releasably insertable into each of the first and second openings formed in the first base portion and the second base portion for selectively connecting the first base portion and the second base portion to one another when the connector is engaged with a respective one of the first and second openings in the first base portion and a respective one of the first and second openings in the second base portion when the respective lateral ends of the first base portion and the second base portion are directly adjacent one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,224

REFRIGERATED CASE WITH A SELF-CONTAINED CONDENSATE REMOVAL SYSTEM AND LEAK DETECTION

Killion Industries, Inc.,...

1. A refrigerated case, comprising:a refrigerated space;
an air inlet;
an air outlet;
a condensate collection tray configured to collect condensate from the refrigerated space;
a refrigeration system having a controller and configured to remove heat from the refrigerated space and remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray collected from the refrigerated space;
a condensate level detector located within the condensate collection tray and configured to measure a level of the condensate in the condensate collection tray and to generate a condensate level signal in response to a presence of the condensate at a predetermined condensate level in the condensate collection tray;
a means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray in communication with the condensate level detector, wherein the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray is configured to remove the condensate upon detection of the condensate level signal;
a leak detector located at a high point of the condensate collection tray and configured to generate a high point signal in response to the presence of condensate at the high point of the condensate collection tray;
a condensate sensor located at a low point of the refrigerated case outside of said condensate collection tray and configured to generate a condensate detected signal in response to the presence of the condensate;
wherein the condensate level signal from the condensate level detector causes the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray to turn on until the condensate level signal is no longer detected;
wherein the high point signal from the leak detector causes the refrigeration system to automatically shut down and turns on the means to remove the condensate from the condensate collection tray until the high point signal is no longer detected; and
wherein the condensate detected signal from the condensate sensor causes the refrigeration system to automatically shut down until the condensate detected signal is no longer detected.

US Pat. No. 10,188,223

REFRIGERATED MERCHANDISER INCLUDING EUTECTIC PLATE REFRIGERATION

Hussmann Corporation, Br...

1. A refrigerated merchandiser comprising:a case including a base and a canopy at least partially defining a product display area;
a eutectic plate positioned in the product display area and including a housing defining a hollow cavity;
a fluid contained in the housing; and
a heat exchanger including a coil positioned in the housing to cool the fluid, the coil having an inlet, an outlet spaced from the inlet, a serpentine portion extending between the inlet and the outlet, a linear return portion extending adjacent an outer edge of the housing and between the serpentine portion and the outlet, the coil further including a first portion, and a second portion adjacent and in thermal communication with the first portion to define a tube-to-tube heat exchanger, wherein the second portion is positioned between the return portion and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,188,221

PLAY YARD WITH REMOVABLE LINER

KIDS II, INC., Atlanta, ...

1. A children's play yard comprising:a play yard frame comprising: one or more upper horizontal frame members defining an upper perimeter of the play yard frame
one or more vertical frame members having a first end and a second end, the one or more vertical frame members extending downwardly from the one or more upper horizontal frame members, the one or more vertical frame members including at least one mating fastener positioned at a height below the one or more upper horizontal frame members;
one or more elongate liner retention members operatively connected to the first end of the one or more vertical frame members and releasably connected to the second end of the one or more vertical frame members; and
a removable play yard liner configured for being removably secured to the one or more retention members of the play yard frame, wherein the removable play yard liner includes at least one fastener configured for engaging the at least one mating fastener to secure at least a portion of the removable play yard liner over the one or more upper horizontal frame members and over an outer portion of at least one of the one or more vertical frame members,
wherein in an inward receiving orientation the one or more elongate liner retention members are configured for slidingly receiving the removable play yard liner and in a retaining orientation the one or more elongate liner retention members are configured for securing the play yard liner to the play yard frame.

US Pat. No. 10,188,220

SEAT COVER WITH OCCUPANT COVERING FEATURE

1. A removable cover for a seat in the form of a reclining chair, comprising:a chair covering portion configured to cover at least a part of the reclining chair, the chair covering portion including at least a seating section, a headrest section, a pair of arm sections, and a pair of rearwardly extending sections that extend from opposite sides of the chair covering portion and are configured for connection to one another after wrapping around a back portion of the reclining chair;
at least one covering-to-chair retention mechanism configured to releasably secure the various chair covering portion sections to corresponding parts of the reclining chair; and
an occupant covering portion associated with the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion having a first end attached near the headrest section of the chair covering portion and an opposite end attached near a bottom of the chair covering portion, the occupant covering portion extending from at least one side of the chair covering portion and configured to cover at least a portion of an occupant of the reclining chair while the chair covering portion is simultaneously secured to the reclining chair;
wherein the sections of the chair covering portion are configured to remain secured to the corresponding parts of the reclining chair and to remain in place during movement of the reclining chair between an upright position and an inclined position; and
wherein the occupant covering portion is usable in both the upright position and the inclined position of the reclining chair.

US Pat. No. 10,188,219

MATTRESS

1. A mattress comprising:a layer of coil pockets comprising first and second coil pockets; each of said first and second coil pockets comprising a pocket and a coil spring disposed in said pocket; and
a first layer of cushion pockets comprising first and second cushion pockets; each of said first and second cushion pockets comprising a pocket and a cushion member disposed in said pocket; said first layer of cushion pockets further comprising an attachment member comprising an upper surface and a lower surface; said first and second cushion pockets being engaged with said upper surface of said attachment member; said lower surface of said attachment member being engaged with said layer of coil pockets such that said first and second cushion pockets act directly upon and only upon said first and second coil pockets, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,188,218

FURNITURE DEVICE WITH ADJUSTABLE FIRMNESS

You Bed AB, Nacka (SE)

1. A furniture device configured to receive the weight of a being, said furniture device having a holding arrangement and at least one section comprising a base, a movable plate element, a moving mechanism and at least one elastic device, the plate element being configured to interact with the at least one elastic device and to be moved by the moving mechanism in respect to the base in order to adjust the firmness of the at least one elastic device, the elastic device comprising a pocket made of a fabric, and an elastic member, the elastic member being arranged within said pocket, the pocket being attached to adjacent pockets whereby the attachment is formed so that adjacent elastic devices may move independently from one another along a first distance, as measured from a free end of the elastic device and in a direction perpendicular to the plate element, the holding arrangement comprising a connecting portion and a holding member, which is connected to the at least one elastic device via the connecting portion, such that the at least one elastic member is compressed and relaxed respectively over its entire length during movement of the plate element upwards and downwards, the connecting portions being arranged on a straight line, which extends through the center of two or more attached elastic devices characterized in that the holding member is a flexible thread or string, which extends from the base to directly connect to each connecting portion and back from the connecting portion to the base thereby forming a V-shape with peaks and valleys.

US Pat. No. 10,188,217

COLLAPSIBLE BED FOUNDATION

1. A mattress foundation, comprising: a headboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a footboard end panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a left side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; a right side panel assembly having a first end and a second end; and a top surface, disposed at a top edge of each of said headboard end panel assembly, said footboard end panel assembly, said left side panel assembly and said right side panel assembly, for supporting a mattress so as to prevent said mattress from sagging, wherein the first end of the left side panel assembly slidably engages with the first end of the headboard end panel assembly via a first sliding mechanism so as to form a first corner attachment, and the second end of the left side panel assembly slidably engages with the first end of the footboard end panel assembly via a second sliding mechanism so as to form a second corner attachment, wherein the first end of the right side panel assembly slidably engages with the second end of the headboard end panel assembly via a third sliding mechanism so as to form a third corner attachment, and the second end of the right side panel assembly slidably engages with the second end of the footboard end panel assembly via a fourth sliding mechanism so as to form a fourth corner attachment, wherein at least one of the first sliding mechanism, the second sliding mechanism, the third sliding mechanism, and the fourth sliding mechanism includes an elongated slot and an elongated protruding element that fits within said elongated slot, and wherein a horizontal cross-section of at least one of said elongated slot and said elongated protruding element includes thin elongated flexible arms, attached at their proximal ends to a common surface, but otherwise extending away from said common surface and separated from each other, for enhancing a friction fit, and wherein when viewed from said horizontal cross-section, an average thickness of said thin elongated flexible arms is substantially less than a length of said thin elongated flexible arms.

US Pat. No. 10,188,216

CONVERTIBLE CASE AND STOOL

1. A case convertible into a stool and a working surface, the case comprising:a worktable;
a front panel removably secured to a front side of the worktable;
a rear panel removably secured to a rear side of the worktable; and
a stool seat configured to secure the front and rear panels to the worktable in a carrying mode wherein the case is fully assembled,wherein in a working mode the case is fully disassembled and the front and rear panels are removed from the worktable and interconnected to form a supporting substructure of the stool and the stool seat is removably extended from the first panel of the supporting substructure to the second panel of the supporting substructure to define a sitting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,215

LOUNGE ASSEMBLIES FOR SUPPORTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

20. A hood assembly for supporting a portable electronic device having a display screen in a viewable position, the assembly comprising:a hood coupled to a base, the hood including a wall structure that includes an internal surface that forms a substantially downwardly opening cavity, the cavity including a front portion and a rear portion, the cavity opening circumscribed by a lower edge that has a front edge portion adjacent the front portion of the cavity;
a support device supported within the hood and adjacent the front edge portion, the support device configured to receive and support the portable electronic device with the device display screen disposed at an oblique angle to the internal surface such that the display screen is facing and in a line of sight of a user within the hood and blocked from a line of sight from outside of the hood when the hood is in a viewing position; and
a communications device provided in at least one of the hood and the base, and wherein the communications device is configured to communicate with the portable electronic device
wherein the communications device comprises a wireless transceiver coupled within the hood, the transceiver having a sensing field restricted to the space of the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,213

DUAL MOTION SLOPED FLOOR RECLINE MECHANISM FOR A THEATER SEAT

VIP CINEMA, LLC, New Alb...

1. A dual motion recline mechanism for a seat assembly comprising:a seat frame assembly wherein said seat frame assembly is configured to pivot between an upright position and a horizontal down position;
a seat carrier chassis plate operatively connected to said seat frame assembly by a pair of seat pivot pins, wherein said seat carrier chassis plate provides support for said seat frame assembly and is configured to allow the movement of said seat frame assembly;
a seat front guide rod;
a chassis mounting plate, wherein said chassis mounting plate is connected to said seat frame assembly by said seat front guide rod;
a linear actuator;
a pair of rear pivot links wherein each of said pair of rear pivot links is operatively connected to said chassis mounting plate via an upper end of each of said pair of rear pivot links, to said seat carrier chassis plate via a center of each of said pair of rear pivot links and to said linear actuator via a lower end of each of said pair of rear pivot links; and
a back frame assembly operatively attached to said seat carrier chassis plate and to said linear actuator,
wherein said linear actuator is configured to allow said seat carrier chassis plate to pull said back frame assembly downward and forward and to allow said pair of rear pivot links to rotate and pull said seat carrier chassis plate in a down and forward direction thereby pulling said seat frame assembly forward; and
wherein said chassis mounting plate is further connected to said seat frame assembly by said pair of rear pivot links.

US Pat. No. 10,188,212

BLOW MOLDED RESIN FURNITURE HAVING A STABILIZING BOX STRUCTURE

Suncast Technologies, LLC...

1. A resin furniture assembly comprising:a box structure, formed by a first end structure including a first side panel, having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of edge walls integrally connected to each other, a second end structure including a first side panel, having an inner wall, an outer wall, and a plurality of edge walls, a front panel, a rear panel, a base panel and a seat panel to include a hollow interior portion, said box structure including a plurality of legs for supporting a bottom surface of said base panel in a spaced apart relationship above a ground surface so that an air gap is maintained between said bottom surface of said base panel and a ground surface, a back panel, said back panel secured to said box structure to form a seat back, said seat panel secured to said box structure for enclosing the top portion of said box structure, at least one of said first end structure, said second end structure, said front panel, said rear panel, or said seat panel being pivotally secured to said box structure for movement between a closed position enclosing said box structure and an open position providing access to an inner portion of said box structure, said inner portion of said box structure providing an enclosed storage area, a rain gutter integrally formed on said inner wall of each said end structure, each said rain gutter providing support to side portions of said seat panel to channel water away from hollow interior portion of said box structure to keep contents stored therein dry;
wherein said seat panel includes a rain gutter bead integrally formed thereto said rain gutter bead cooperating with said rain gutter to channel water away from hollow interior portion of said box structure to keep contents stored therein dry.

US Pat. No. 10,188,209

SECURING DEVICE FOR DETACHABLY SECURING A FRONT PANEL ON A DRAWER

Julius Blum GmbH, Hoechs...

1. A securing device for releasably securing a front panel to a drawer, comprising:a furniture fitting to be pre-fitted to the front panel;
a catching device to be connected to the drawer, the catching device configured such that, upon insertion of the furniture fitting, the catching device automatically holds the furniture fitting, and the catching device having a moveable catching element, and
a locking device configured to prevent unintentional release of the furniture fitting from the securing device,
wherein the locking device has a moveable locking element separate from the catching element and configured to bear against the pre-fittable furniture fitting in a locked position, the catching element and the separate locking element being motionally coupled, and
wherein the securing device further comprises an adjusting element fixed to the catching element to couple the motion of the catching element to the motion of the locking element, the adjusting element engaging into an opening in the locking element.

US Pat. No. 10,188,206

CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE UNIT, SLAT FOR USE IN FORMING A FURNITURE UNIT AND METHOD OF USING A CONVERTIBLE FURNITURE UNIT

DESIGNARIUM INC., Laval ...

1. A convertible furniture unit comprising a hinge member pivotally linking first and second furniture portions to allow said first and second furniture portions to relatively pivot relative to each other to adopt a number of different angular relative positions, and a locking mechanism to releasably lock said first and second furniture portions in a given angular relative position, said first and second furniture portions each comprising a number of slats that are intermeshed with and are slidable between the slats of the other one of said first and second furniture portions, each said slat comprising a hinge portion pivotally attached to said hinge member, an arm extending away from said hinge portion and a free extremity opposite said hinge portion, said first and second furniture portions being capable of adopting at least:a first position wherein said arms of said slats of said first furniture portion extend away from said hinge member and between two adjacent said arms of said slats of said second furniture portion; and
a second position in which said arms of said slats of said first furniture portion extend away from said hinge member and away from said arms of said slats of said second furniture portion without extending between two adjacent said arms of said slats of said second furniture portion;wherein said first and second positions of said first and second furniture portions are both operable for use of said furniture unit by a user.

US Pat. No. 10,188,204

DESK WITH STABILITY FEATURE

Argosy Console, Inc., El...

1. A desk comprising:a desktop defining a height configured to be adjusted between a lower position and an upper position;
a leg comprising an attachment portion and a foot portion, the attachment portion of the leg secured to the desktop and extending away from the desktop, the attachment portion of the leg configured to move with respect to the foot portion of the leg along an axis of the leg to adjust a height of the desktop about and between the lower position and the upper position, the foot portion of the leg defining a bottom end of the desk; and
a gas spring extending from the leg to the desktop, the gas spring angled with respect to the leg by an angle of at least 5 degrees and with respect to the desktop by an angle of at least 5 degrees, the gas spring configured to dampen movement of the desk when a force comprising a horizontal component is applied to an edge of the desktop when the desktop is in the upper position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,203

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING MOTIVATION FEEDBACK TO A USER BEFORE BRUSHING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

8. An oral cleaning method which provides feedback to a user, comprising the steps of:processing, using a processor within a power toothbrush, sensor information obtained from one or more sensors on or within the toothbrush during a first brushing session of a user;
detecting, by a sensor, that the toothbrush has been picked up after the first brushing session and is about to be used, wherein the sensor is different from the one or more sensors; and
in response to the detecting by the sensor after the first brushing session, communicating, using a feedback system on or within the toothbrush responsive to the processor, brushing information based on the sensor information obtained from the one or more sensors to the user at a time subsequent to the first brushing session but before a second brushing session of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,188,200

MODULAR DESIGNED POOL CLEANING TOOL

1. A modularly designed cleaning tool, comprising:a brush head comprising an elongate frame and bristles extending therefrom, said elongate frame having an upper surface, a lower surface, and two sidewalls extending therebetween, wherein the elongate frame comprises:
a middle portion;
a first distal portion connected to the middle portion; and
a second distal portion connected to the middle portion opposite the first distal portion,
wherein the first distal portion and the second distal portion extend from the middle portion at a first angle and a second angle, respectively, such that the lower surface at the first and second distal portions are angled relative to the lower surface at the middle portion,
wherein the distal ends of the bristles together form a cleaning surface along the middle portion and the first and second distal portions of the elongate frame;
a stem assembly having a tubular configuration and extending outwardly from the brush head at an angle from the bristles, wherein the stem assembly and the brush head define a neck area,
wherein the bristles extend from the lower surface at the middle portion such that the cleaning surface extends substantially perpendicular to the stem assembly along the middle portion, and wherein the bristles extend from the lower surface at the first and second distal portions such that the cleaning surface along the first and second distal portions is angled relative to the cleaning surface along the middle portion;
removable corner brushes each having a proximal end and a distal end, an upwardly curved surface near the distal end, the removable corner brushes each configured to receive the first or second distal portion of the elongate frame so that the removable corner brushes are detachably connected to the elongate frame,
wherein the removable corner brushes comprise bristles extending generally away from the upwardly curved surface of the removable corner brushes in a manner such that bristles adjacent the distal end of the removable corner brushes extend outwardly at an angle different from the angle which bristles disposed at the first and second distal portions of the elongate frame extend to form an additional cleaning surface at the removable corner brushes, with the removable corner brushes on the elongate frame, and
wherein the upwardly curved surface is angled relative to the corresponding lower surface at the first or second distal portion of the elongate frame with the associated removable corner brush on the elongate frame, such that the lower surface at the middle portion extends at a first angle relative to the stem assembly, the lower surface at the first and second distal portions extends at a second angle relative to the stem assembly, and the upwardly curved surface extends a third angle relative to the stem assembly, wherein the first, second, and third angles are different angles relative to the stem assembly; and
at least one magnetic component disposed on an exterior surface of the removable corner brushes such that the magnetic component is positioned adjacent a front of the brush head, said magnetic component positioned to pick up magnetic debris in water in a manner such that the magnetic debris does not adhere to the cleaning surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,198

FINGER RETENTION CLIP

1. A finger retention clip for retaining an object about a user's finger, comprising:a base member adapted for attachment to the object; and
a resilient retaining member attached to the base member, the retaining member forming an open finger loop and being sized and shaped to conform to the user's finger;
wherein the retaining member has a first width, and a second width narrower than the first width;
wherein the retaining member includes a structural feature that selectively provides a stress concentration, such that the retaining member releases from the user's finger in response to a selected force by breaking of the retaining member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,197

BACKPACK WITH EXTRACTABLE BALLISTIC PROTECTION PACKAGES

JUAN FRAILE NUEZ, Alpica...

1. An equipment having a personal protection system suitable for being carried on a user's shoulders comprising: (a) a backpack having two shoulder straps and at least one first upper compartment accessible from the outside through a first operable closing means, (b) a front ballistic package mounted with capability of being pulled out through said first closing means in said first upper compartment comprising (i) an pull-out grip at a first end and (ii) at a second end, opposite to said first end, two connecting members between said front ballistic package and said backpack, spaced apart from one other to allow for the passage of said user's head, wherein a configuration of said equipment is adjustable between (i) an undercover position in which said front ballistic package is inserted in said first upper compartment and said grip projects through said first closing means and is accessible by said user without having to remove the backpack from his shoulders and (ii) a protection position in which said front ballistic package is pulled out from said first upper compartment, facing said backpack such that it is configured for covering at least the vital organs of said user, wherein said equipment further comprises (c) compacting means which connect said front ballistic package with said backpack, such that said first upper compartment can modify the size thereof between (d) an expanded size when said equipment is in the undercover position and (e) a compacted size when said equipment is in the protection position; and wherein said first upper compartment comprises a surface near to the contact surface between said backpack and said user's back and a surface remote from said contact surface, facing said near surface, wherein said compacting means comprise at least one cable connecting said near and remote surfaces and which at least at one end is attached to said front ballistic package, said cable having a length such that when said equipment is in the protection position, said first upper compartment is in the compacted size.

US Pat. No. 10,188,195

DECORATIVE WIPERS FOR COSMETIC CONTAINERS

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A wiper for cosmetic products comprising:a first end adapted to be placed at an opening or upper end of a cosmetic bottle and comprising an upper face which surrounds a decorative design defining a first opening therethrough, the decorative design having a non-circular shape;
a second end adapted to sit farther within the cosmetic bottle, the second end defining a circular second opening narrower than first opening in at least one dimension; and
a passage between the first opening and the second opening having walls which define a taper therebetween,
wherein the walls taper selectively to form the non-circular shape of the first opening.

US Pat. No. 10,188,194

TWISTED COSMETIC BRUSH

1. A cosmetic brush comprising:a polymer core extending along a longitudinal axis and defining a first portion thereof extending between a first end of the first portion and a second end of the first portion;
a plurality of polymer bristles extending from the polymer core in a radial direction, wherein at least the first end of the first portion of the core is twisted about the longitudinal axis relative to the second end of the first portion of the core to define a twisted portion and wherein bristles in the twisted portion are arranged in one or more columns disposed in one or more spiral or helical paths about at least a portion of the longitudinal axis of the core, the plurality of polymer bristles integrally molded with the polymer core,
wherein the molded polymer core is twisted with a plurality of twist angles via an application of heat such that the plurality of polymer bristles have an organized randomness,
wherein an upper most bristle in the twisted portion is offset from a lower most bristle in the twisted portion by one of the plurality of twist angles,
wherein the twist angles are angles between two bristles in different rows within the twisted portion,
wherein the molded polymer core is twisted with the plurality of twist angles throughout the entire twisted portion, and
wherein the plurality of twist angles are distinct from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,188,192

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MODIFYING KERATINOUS SURFACES

1. An apparatus for treating human skin, comprising:a. an applicator head comprising one or more applicator nozzles;
b. a reservoir comprising a treatment composition, wherein the treatment composition comprises particles and has a particle settling rate of less than 0.03 mm per day at 25° C. and 1 atm pressure, and an elastic modulus between about 0.1 Pa to about 1000 Pa at 25 C and 1000 Hz;
c. a sensor;
d. a CPU;
wherein the sensor takes an image of at least 10 ?m2 of skin; the CPU analyzes the image to calculate one or more localized L values of individual pixels or group of pixels; the CPU then compares the local L value to a predetermined background L value to identify skin deviations where the difference between the background L value and the local L value is greater than a predetermined ?Ls value.

US Pat. No. 10,188,190

DEODORANT PRODUCT APPLICATION DEVICE

ELEMENTZ LLC, London (GB...

1. A device for applying a substance to a surface comprising:a vessel containing the substance to be applied;
an applicator head mounted on a top of the vessel;
an enclosure;
a delivery mechanism located in the enclosure to create and deliver a form of energy directed toward the applicator head;
a power source for the mechanism; and
a control module to control the delivery mechanism located in the enclosure;
wherein the form of energy is air movement and the delivery mechanism is an air movement mechanism and the air movement mechanism draws air from an area above the top of the vessel and delivers air to an area above the top of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,188

HEADBAND WITH A 360-DEGREE ELASTIC OUTSIDE PORTION JOINED WITH A 360-DEGREE VELVET INSIDE LINING

Sparkly Soul, Inc., West...

1. A 360 degree headband consisting of:an outer layer, the outer layer formed of a single piece of material formed in a loop, a first end of the single piece of material being connected to a second end of the single piece of material at a seam, wherein the entire loop of the outer layer exhibits a uniform elasticity, and wherein the entire loop of the outer layer has a uniform width; and
an inner layer consisting of a piece of velvet material attached to the outer layer la stitching, wherein the inner layer exhibits elasticity, wherein a long axis of the piece of velvet material is aligned with a long axis of the single piece of material of the outer layer,
wherein the entire 360 degrees of the headband exhibits elasticity.

US Pat. No. 10,188,187

PURSE PROTECTING APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED USE THEREOF

7. A method of utilizing a combined purse and security fastener for securing said purse around a user neck and a user shoulder, thus preventing theft of said purse, while also affording comfort when carrying said purse over the user shoulder, said method comprising the chronological steps of:providing a purse including a storage section and a flexible shoulder strap affixed thereto;
carrying said flexible shoulder strap over a first shoulder of the user such that a weight of said purse is supported on the first shoulder of the user;
providing a security fastener including a flexible chain and a shoulder pad adjustably engaged with said flexible chain;
lifting each of said flexible chain and said shoulder pad up and over a user neck opposite to said first shoulder of the user;
resting said shoulder pad on a second shoulder of the user opposite to said first shoulder of the user such that a weight of said security fastener is supported on the second shoulder of the user;
slidably coupling said security fastener to said flexible shoulder strap by looping a proximal end of said flexible chain through said flexible shoulder strap while holding a distal end of said flexible chain adjacent to said storage section; and
fastening said proximal end of said flexible chain to said distal end of said flexible chain such that said flexible chain rests along a first axis during use and said flexible shoulder strap rests along a second axis during use, wherein said first axis intersects said second axis, wherein said flexible chain overlaps said flexible shoulder strap.

US Pat. No. 10,188,186

DIAPHRAGM GAME CALL CASE

1. A container for housing a diaphragm game call, the container comprising:a case having a first member defining a first interior, and a second member defining a second interior;
a connector that adjoins a portion of said first member to a portion of said second member, so that said first interior and said second interior together define an interior space sized to enclose the diaphragm game call;
a fastener for closing said first member and said second member to enclose said interior space of the container;
a mount directly attached to said first member and being constructed of a water impervious material to prevent fluid from leaking through the mount;
a first compressible moisture-retaining material attached to said mount; and
a second compressible moisture-retaining material attached to said second member, the second compressible moisture-retaining material being comprised of a substantially similar material as the first compressible moisture-retaining material, forming a compression space within the interior space and between said first compressible moisture-retaining material and said second compressible moisture-retaining material, said compression space for storage of the diaphragm game call in contact with and compressed between said first compressible moisture-retaining material and said second compressible moisture-retaining material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,185

SUITCASE

1. A suitcase, comprising:a main body, comprising a containing groove;
a removable compartment, movably located in the containing groove, wherein the removable compartment comprises:
a base layer;
a covering layer, covering the base layer;
at least one hole, located in the base layer;
an inner opening unit, movably connected to the covering layer, wherein the inner opening unit is used for allowing the covering layer to be opened or closed, and the base layer is exposed to the outside when the covering layer is opened;
at least one first main fastening unit, located in the containing groove, wherein the at least one first main fastening unit comprises:
a fastening bar; and
an operating unit, connected to the fastening bar and passing through the at least one hole;
at least one second main fastening unit, located in the containing groove; and
a plurality of fastening rings, connected to the base layer, and a plurality of positions of the plurality of fastening rings respectively correspond to the at least one first main fastening unit and the at least one second main fastening unit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,184

FOLDING SUITCASE

VOYLUX COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. A folding suitcase, comprising:a back case component;
a front lid component;
a peripheral side wall component with two sides which are opposite to each other, an edge of the back case component and an edge of the front lid component being connected to the two sides of the peripheral side wall component respectively, thereby forming an accommodating space which is for being covered selectively, the peripheral side wall component having a plurality of first sidewall parts, a plurality of second sidewall parts and a plurality of bending parts connected to the plurality of first sidewall parts and the plurality of second sidewall parts, and the plurality of bending parts being bendable to allow the plurality of first sidewall parts and the plurality of second sidewall parts to be folded oppositely or erected on the back case component, each of the plurality of bending parts comprising a bending section and a link-up section, the plurality of bending sections being connected to the plurality of first sidewall parts, and the link-up section of each of the plurality of bending parts being connected to the plurality of second sidewall parts;
at least one fold-resisting component, the at least one fold-resisting component being elastic and comprising a combined part and an extension part which are connected to each other, the combined part being disposed at one of the plurality of first sidewall parts;
two bendable fixing components, each of the two bendable fixing component having a fixing section and a suspension section which are connected with each other, the two fixing sections being located on two of the plurality of second sidewall parts of the peripheral side wall component, respectively, the two suspension sections being disposed across the bending sections of the bending parts, respectively;
two restoring components, located at an inner side of the peripheral side wall component by the two bendable fixing components respectively with each of the restoring components being disposed across at least one bending part, the two restoring components being elastic, and an elasticity of the at least one fold-resisting component being greater than an elasticity of the two restoring components;
an elastic component, the two suspension sections being connected to two ends of the elastic component, respectively;
a first combination component, disposed at the bending part close to the first sidewall part at which the combined part is disposed; and
a second combination component, disposed at the extension part of the at least one fold-resisting component, the extension part of the at least one fold-resisting component being detachably disposed at the link-up section by the first combination component and the second combination component, such that the fold-resisting component is disposed across the bending section, the first combination component and the second combination component being two attached components with hooks and loops and the first combination component being detachably combined with the second combination component.

US Pat. No. 10,188,183

AMBULATORY AID

Aligned As Designed, LLC,...

1. An ambulatory aid comprising:an elongate, straight shaft;
a handle coupled to a first end of the shaft at a fixed angle; and
a foot piece coupled to a second end of the shaft at a fixed angle,
wherein the first end of the shaft is coupled to the handle such that a posterior portion of the handle extends from the shaft at a length greater than an anterior portion of the handle, and the second end of the shaft is coupled to the foot piece such that an anterior portion of the foot piece extends from the shaft at a length greater than a posterior portion of the foot portion, and wherein the shaft extends at an angle between the handle and the foot piece when measured from a horizontal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,188,182

CLASP FOR BEADED JEWELRY

10. An improved clasp, comprising:a first mating section having an elongated cavity integrally fused to a first slide tube with a first tubular cavity, a first bead slot and a first bendable flap;
a tab positioned on said first mating section;
a second mating section having an elongated shaft integrally fused to a second slide tube with a second tubular cavity, a second bead slot and a second bendable flap;
a release lever having a locking tab slot attached to said elongated shaft of said second mating section;
wherein said elongated shaft of said second mating section is sized and adapted to be positioned within said elongated cavity of said first mating section, and said first mating section and said second mating section are in sliding engagement with one another; and
wherein said tab is fitted to said locking tab slot to hold and fasten the first mating section to the second mating section when said first mating section and said second mating section are engaged with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,188,181

FASTENER STRINGER AND SLIDE FASTENER PROVIDED WITH SAME

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A fastener stringer comprising a row of elements and a fastener tape, at least one side edge of the fastener tape having insulation properties, the row of the elements being attached to the one side edge of the fastener tape, wherein each element comprises a pair of leg portions for holding the fastener tape from front and back sides; and a head portion connecting each leg portion while straddling the one side edge of the fastener tape, the head portion having an engaging region for engaging with an opposing element when constructing a fastener chain; and wherein cured coating film is formed in 50% or more of a total number of the elements at least at a center portion in a front and back direction of the fastener tape on an end surface of the head portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,180

SLIDER FOR SLIDE FASTENER

YKK Corporation, (JP)

1. A slide fastener slider, configured to move in a front-rear direction, and comprising a slider body having an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post at front end sides thereof, and a pull tab attached to a pull tab attachment portion formed on the upper blade,wherein the pull tab attachment portion has a pair of right and left first members protruding from the upper surface of the upper blade, and a second member connecting the pair of the right and left first members, so as to form an insertion passage opening in the front-rear direction,
wherein the first members have a base portion and a wall portion arranged to extend from the base portion toward at least one of front and rear sides thereof, wherein the pull tab has a string-shaped member and the string-shaped member is inserted into the insertion passage in the front-rear direction and attached to the pull tab attachment portion, and
wherein the wall portions are arranged to extend toward the front sides beyond a front end of the second member or arranged to extend toward the rear sides beyond a rear end of the second member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,179

FASTENER

APLIX, Le Cellier (FR)

1. A slide-in fastening element presenting a multitude of installed orientations, comprising:a gripping portion having a gripping face and a back face, the gripping face comprising at least one row of gripping elements;
an anchoring portion located opposite the back face and configured to anchor the fastening element to a retainer, the anchoring portion comprising a flange parallel to the back face and having a shape selected from among a pentagon, a hexagon, a heptagon, and an octagon, enabling the slide-in fastening element to be retained in one of the multitude of orientations, wherein the flange is configured to be removably inserted at a portion of the retainer; and
a support connecting the back face with the flange, and having a height measured between the back face and the flange, wherein
the flange presents a flange surface area (FSA) defined by a flange length and a flange width as measured on a lower face of the flange that is between 10 and 90 percent of a gripping face surface area (GFSA) as measured on the gripping face, and
wherein the support includes a support length and a support width, wherein the support length and the support width are less than the flange length and the flange width.

US Pat. No. 10,188,178

BUCKLE FOR SEATBELT DEVICE

AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, ...

1. A buckle for a seatbelt apparatus comprising:a buckle stay that has a fixation portion provided at a base end of the buckle stay and adapted to be fixed to a vehicle body, and a coupling plate portion provided at a leading end of the buckle stay and having a first through-hole;
a buckle base having a bottom plate portion and a pair of side plate portions standing up from opposite side edges of the bottom plate portion, the buckle base also having a second through-hole formed at one end of the bottom plate portion, the side plate portions extending in a longitudinal direction along the bottom plate to overlie a longitudinal position of the second through hole;
a support shaft inserted through the first and the second through-holes, the support shaft being loosely inserted through the first through-hole in the coupling plate portion, to allow the buckle base to be coupled to the buckle stay so as to be able to tilt with respect to the buckle stay through a predetermined angle in a first direction perpendicular to a plate surface of the bottom plate portion and further so as to be able to pivot with respect to the buckle stay, through a predetermined angle in a second direction parallel to the plate surface of the bottom plate portion;
an elastic member that when the buckle base tilts in the first direction and pivots in the second direction, urges the buckle stay to return the buckle base from a deflected position to an original position,
the support shaft integrally forming a generally cylindrical shaft main body and a pair of arm portions provided at an upper portion of the support shaft and extending from a longitudinal axis of the main body in opposing lateral directions, a lower end of the support shaft main body is collapsed against a lower surface of the bottom plate portion of the buckle base to fix the support shaft to the buckle base, the arm portions trapping the buckle stay between the arm portions and the buckle base, and
tip portions of the pair of arm portions are coupled into respective engagement grooves formed in the pair of side plate portions of the buckle base, the engagement grooves cooperating with the pair of arm portions to fix a rotational position of the support shaft relative to the buckle base, the support shaft fixed to the buckle base adjacent to the second through-hole to fixedly mount the support shaft to the buckle base bottom plate portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,177

FRICTION STOP STRAP ADJUSTOR

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A strap adjustor, comprising:a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface;
an upper surface that extends between the top surface and the bottom surface;
a lower surface opposite the upper surface;
a front surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface;
a back surface opposite the front surface, the back surface extending between the top surface and the bottom surface and between the upper surface and the lower surface;
a first through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor from the top surface to the bottom surface;
a second through opening, between the front surface and the back surface, that extends completely through the strap adjustor from the top surface to the bottom surface;
a bar separating the first through opening from the second through opening, the bar extending from the top surface to the bottom surface and from the front surface to the back surface;
a first end opening positioned on the upper surface, the first end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening;
a second end opening positioned on the upper surface adjacent to but separate from the first end opening, the second end opening extending from the upper surface to the first through opening;
a first strap configured to extend from a helmet to the first end opening and to be disposed through the first end opening, through the first through opening, and over the bar; and
a second strap configured to extend from the helmet to the second end opening and to be disposed through the second end opening, through the first through opening, and over the bar.

US Pat. No. 10,188,176

CLASP FOR SECURING FLEXIBLE BANDS

ENDUR ID, Hampton, NH (U...

1. A clasp configured to permanently secure a flexible band, comprising:first and second interlocking members, each interlocking member comprising: a shell; a tongue;
a base from which the shell and the tongue extend substantially in parallel; and
a positive interlocking mechanism and a negative interlocking mechanism, wherein, when interlocked, the positive and negative interlocking mechanisms of the first and second interlocking members permanently interlock to form the clasp having a first opening, a second opening opposite the first opening, and a path extending through the clasp between the first and second openings for pass through of a flexible band permanently secured by compression between the tongues of the first and second interlocking members, wherein each tongue further comprises at least one protrusion extending from a back surface of the tongue toward the shell.

US Pat. No. 10,188,175

BUCKLE ASSEMBLY AND RESPIRATORY MASK INCLUDING THE SAME

BESMED HEALTH BUSINESS CO...

1. A buckle assembly adapted for use in a respiratory mask, the respiratory mask including a mask body, said buckle assembly comprising:a female part adapted to be fixed to a side of the mask body, and including top and bottom walls and a curved vertical wall that extends between said top and bottom walls in a vertical direction and that cooperates with said top and bottom walls to define a first open recess thereamong, said top wall being formed with a top pivot hole and a top guiding groove that extends away from a periphery of said top pivot hole, said bottom wall being formed with a bottom pivot hole and a bottom guiding groove that extends away from a periphery of said bottom pivot hole, said bottom guiding groove being aligned with said top guiding groove along the vertical direction, said bottom pivot hole being aligned with said top pivot hole along the vertical direction, said curved vertical wall having a free end that extends between said top and bottom walls; and
a male part including an arm section and a hook section,
wherein the arm section includes a major surface that defines a plane and the hook section extends curvedly from said arm section about an axis substantially parallel to said plane such that an inner surface of a free end of the hook portion faces said plane whereby said hook section is U-shaped and defines a second open recess,
wherein the free end of the hook section is insertable into said first open recess in said female part, said free end of said hook section being formed with top and bottom pivot protrusions that are aligned with each other along the vertical direction and that are respectively slidable along said top and bottom guiding grooves into said top and bottom pivot holes, respectively, so as to bring said male part to detachably pivot relative to said female part between a first angular position, in which said free end of said curved vertical wall is disposed outwardly of said second open recess, and a second angular position, in which said free end of said curved vertical wall is disposed in said second open recess and in which said curved vertical wall and said hook section hook to each other,
and wherein upper and lower U-shaped slits are formed substantially parallel to and spaced apart from one another in the hook section and extending through said free end of said hook section to define within said hook section a center hook portion and an outer hook portion spaced apart from each end of the center hook portion, the center hook portion and outer hook portions each being curved about said axis, so as to permit elastic deformation of said free end of said hook section during insertion of said top and bottom pivot protrusions into said top and bottom pivot holes, said top and bottom pivot protrusions being removable respectively from said top and bottom pivot holes when said male part is pivoted from the second angular position to the first angular position.

US Pat. No. 10,188,173

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ADJUSTING VARIABLE GEOMETRY, HEIGHT, WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION DYNAMICS IN ORTHOTIC DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT

Alliance Design and Devel...

1. A orthotic platform comprising:a heel section;
a front section; and
an mid-arch section between the heel section and the front section; and
a variable adjuster comprising:
a rod inserted, at an angle, through the heel section and extending toward, and contacting at a first end, the mid arch section, said rod comprising a major axis wider than a minor axis and configured to:
deflect along an edge of the heel section,
a selector, positioned substantially near the heel section, comprising:
at least one indentation at a second end, said at least one indentation providing a means for:
incrementally rotating an orientation of the rod with respect to the mid-arch section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,172

MASSAGE INSOLE WITH MULTIPLE SUPPORT REGIONS

Health Shoes Plus, Inc., ...

1. An insole for use on a human foot, the human foot including a medial longitudinal arch, a lateral longitudinal arch, a transverse arch, and toes, the insole comprising:a foot bed of substantially consistent thickness;
the foot bed being flexible to permit insertion into a shoe;
a multiplicity of nodules affixed to the foot bed, the multiplicity of nodules of varying heights, the varying heights taken as an average to define an average nodule height;
a transverse arch support adapted to support the transverse arch;
the transverse arch support created by nodules having a greater than average height;
lateral longitudinal arch support;
the lateral longitudinal arch support created by nodules having a lesser than average height;
medial longitudinal arch support;
the medial longitudinal arch support created by nodules having a greater than average height;
a partial insole wedge beneath a portion of the foot bed;
the partial insole wedge formed from a material with greater shock absorption than that of the foot bed;
the partial insole wedge having a tapered shape from thin to thick, being thin at a center of the insole and thick at a back of the insole;
the insole for placement into a shoe;
whereby the nodule height determines the amount of support provided to the human foot.

US Pat. No. 10,188,171

ALIGNMENT SYSTEM FOR A CLEAT AND BASE ASSEMBLY

Speedplay, Inc., San Die...

1. A bicycle cleat assembly configured to be disposed on an underside of a shoe sole, the bicycle cleat assembly comprising:a forward cleat edge and a rearward cleat edge separated at a distance along a longitudinal axis of the bicycle cleat assembly, each of the forward cleat edge and rearward cleat edge having:
a center portion spanning the longitudinal axis, and opposing left and right ends;
opposing left and right sides connecting the forward cleat edge and the rearward cleat edge; and
a pair of guides, each extending from one of the opposing left and right ends of the forward cleat edge to define an expanded landing region for a bicycle pedal;
wherein each of the pair of guides extends forwardly beyond a forwardmost edge of the center portion of the forward cleat edge;
wherein each of the pair of guides further extends outwardly from one of the opposing left and right sides of the bicycle cleat assembly; and
wherein each of the pair of guides extends outwardly at an angle of from 95 degrees to 180 degrees from the forward cleat edge.

US Pat. No. 10,188,170

SIGNALING SOLE FOR SHOES, SHOE PROVIDED WITH SAID SOLE AND KIT COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE OF SAID SOLE

VIBRAM S.P.A., Albizzate...

1. A sole for shoes comprising an upper surface, in use facing a user, a lower surface, in use facing a ground, and a thickness, wherein said thickness corresponds to a distance between said upper surface and said lower surface, wherein said sole comprises at least one signaling means, whereinsaid at least one signaling means comprises at least one vibrating motor, capable of vibrating inside said sole and at least one light device, wherein said sole comprises means for receiving-processing a control signal (sc) to receive and process said control signal (sc) and to emit in reply an activation-deactivation signal (S) towards said at least one signaling means, wherein said at least one vibrating motor and said at least one light device are activated in response to the activation-deactivation signal (S).

US Pat. No. 10,188,167

TIME TRIAL BICYCLE HELMET WITH EAR SHIELD

Bell Sports, Inc., Scott...

1. A helmet, comprising:an aerodynamic helmet body comprising a front portion, an opposite a tail portion, and an opening configured to receive a wearer's head, the tail portion comprising two side portions each having a lower edge curving downward behind an ear of a wearer when the helmet body is worn by the wearer; and
a shield comprising two ear shield portions connected to each other adjacent the front portion of the helmet body by a brow portion;
wherein the shield is releasably coupled to the helmet body through magnetic coupling when the shield is connected to the helmet body, the magnetic coupling occurring between at least one shield magnet coupled to the shield and aligned with at least one body magnet in the helmet body; and
wherein the helmet body is configured to leave a majority of the ear of the wearer exposed with respect to the helmet body, and the ear shield portions extend rearward from the brow portion of the shield aligned with the front portion of the helmet body to respective front edges of the two side portions of the tail portion and align aerodynamically with the two side portions of the tail portion and cover at least a portion of the ears of the wearer when connected to the helmet body adjacent to the front portion.

US Pat. No. 10,188,166

HELMET MOUNTED LIGHTING SYSTEM

1. A helmet mounted lighting system comprising:a housing comprising a mounting plate and a cover, the housing is configured to encase an electronic circuit, the electronic circuit comprises a power source, a switch, a capacitor, a logic board, and at least one light emitting diode;
wherein:
a bottom side of the mounting plate is contoured for attachment to a curved exterior surface of a helmet;
a top side of the mounting plate includes a receptacle thereon configured to receive the power source therein, the receptacle comprises a sidewall extending upwardly from the top side of the mounting plate, a top side of the sidewall includes a ledge thereon, the ledge is configured to support at least a portion of a printed circuit board on which the switch, the capacitor, the at least one light emitting diode, and the logic board are located;
the switch is configured to selectively energize the at least one light emitting diode;
the logic board, in conjunction with the switch, is configured to control the operation of the at least one light emitting diode; and
the capacitor is configured to regulate the light output of the at least one light emitting diode.

US Pat. No. 10,188,165

HEADGEAR CONFIGURED FOR POSITIONING OF SPECTACLES

1. Headgear configured for positioning of spectacles comprising:a first extending portion configured to extend under a chin;
a second extending portion configured for extending about a forward portion of a head;
a third extending portion configured for extending about a reward portion of the head;
a first opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion;
a second opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion;
a third opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion and spaced apart from the first opening;
a fourth opening in the second extending portion or third extending portion and spaced apart from the second opening;
the first opening and the third opening being configured and disposed to receive a first eyeglass temple on a first side of the head; and
the second opening and the fourth opening being configured and disposed to receive a second eyeglass temple on a second side of the head.

US Pat. No. 10,188,162

GARDENING UTILITY TOOL

1. An improved gardening utility tool comprising:a glove having a set of glove fingers and a glove thumb;
a set of finger extensions attached to a trank of the glove configured to have an open arrangement wherein the finger extensions are configured to move independently of each other;
a first portion included in each finger extension having a first resiliency;
a second portion included in each finger extension attached to the first portion having a second resiliency wherein a proof resilience of the second portion is higher relative to the first portion;
a set of pivots connecting each first portion to a corresponding second portion allowing the second portions to rotated about a long axis of the first portions;
a plurality of releasable connections disposed on adjacent side surfaces of the finger extensions wherein each of said finger extensions releasably interlocks with an adjacent said finger extension along said adjacent side surfaces to form a composite tool in which all of said finger extensions are locked together to move and operate together in a fixed arrangement;
a forward edge included in each finger extension having a shape taken from the group consisting of: flat, curved, concave, angled, concave angled, pointed, and any combination thereof; and,
a thumb extension attached to the trank.

US Pat. No. 10,188,161

GLOVES WITH SENSORY WINDOWS

1. A glove comprising:(a) an outer surface;
(b) an inner surface;
(c) finger portions; and
(d) an outwardly extending ridge on the inner surface of at least one of the finger portions, wherein the outwardly-extending ridge is between the DIP joint portion and the PIP joint portion, and the outwardly-extending ridge is configured to reduce slippage of the glove when on the hand.

US Pat. No. 10,188,160

GARMENTS HAVING COMPARTMENTS THAT SUPPORT POST-OPERATIVE DRAIN DEVICES

1. A garment comprising:an inner surface;
an outer surface;
a front panel comprising a left front panel and a right front panel;
a rear panel; and
a plurality of post-operative drain compartments disposed along the inner surface of the garment, wherein a first of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a first axis and a second axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge, a lower edge, and two side edges, wherein the upper edge of the first post-operative drain compartment provides a first opening, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment has a length and a width, wherein the two side edges of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the length, wherein the upper edge and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment extend parallel to the width, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed above a navel portion of the garment, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is disposed below a breast portion of the garment, wherein a second of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between a third axis and a fourth axis, wherein a third of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the first post-operative drain compartment is also disposed between a fifth axis and a sixth axis, wherein a fourth of the plurality of post-operative drain compartments is disposed between the fifth axis and the sixth axis, and between the third axis and the fourth axis, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment has an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment provides a second opening, wherein a distance between the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment is greater than half of the length of the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the upper edge of the fourth post-operative drain compartment and the lower edge of the first post-operative drain compartment define a space which is free of any post-operative drain compartments, wherein the fourth post-operative drain compartment is disposed below the navel portion of the garment, wherein the second post-operative drain compartment is adjacent to the third post-operative drain compartment, wherein the second and third post-operative drain compartments are disposed below the first post-operative drain compartment, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth axes are parallel to each other, wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on one of either the left front panel or the right front panel, and wherein the first, second, third, and fourth post-operative drain compartments are all disposed on the inner surface of the garment.

US Pat. No. 10,188,159

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR REDUCING HEAD OR NECK TRAUMA

ARMOUR TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. An apparatus for reducing trauma in the head or neck of a living being caused by acceleration of the head relative to the torso of the living being within a range of motion, the apparatus comprising:a support configured to engage at least one of the head, neck, and shoulder of the living being; and
a physiological damper including at least one electrode associated with the support and an actuator coupled to actuate the electrode, wherein the electrode is positioned to stimulate a muscle of the living being to (1) increase resistance to the motion provided by the muscle in response to a sensed position, speed or acceleration of the head of the living being, or (2) strengthen the muscle of the living being to counteract a force applied to the head of the living being.

US Pat. No. 10,188,158

WETSUITS WITH HYDRODYNAMIC INTERLOCKING AND KINESIOLOGIC FEATURES

Nike, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A wetsuit for aquatic activities, the wetsuit comprising:a base layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface;
a first backing layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface, the second surface of the first backing layer continuously secured to the first surface of the base layer, the first surface of the first backing layer forming an exterior surface of the wetsuit;
a second backing layer secured to the second surface of the base layer and forming at least a portion of an interior surface of the wetsuit; and
at least one sipe linearly extending from the first surface of the first backing layer comprising the exterior surface of the wetsuit through the first backing layer and into the base layer, the at least one sipe extending from an upper portion of a chest region of the wetsuit to a lateral portion of the chest region of the wetsuit.

US Pat. No. 10,188,157

INSULATED ATHLETIC SUPPORT GARMENT

1. An athletic garment, comprising:a waist band;
an insulated panel to conformally cover a groin and genital area of a person, at least one end of the insulated panel being coupled to a portion of the waistband;
a cord contained within a channel surrounding all but a top side of the insulated panel; and
a pair of slidably adjustable connectors on either side of the cord for tightening the insulated panel conformally against the groin and genital area of the person,
wherein the insulated panel is configured to insulate and protect the groin and genital area of the person against an ice bath when the person is submersed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,188,155

GARMENT COMPRISING A MODULE WITH A REMOVABLE ELECTRONIC DISPLAY, FASTENED TO THE GARMENT THROUGH SUPPLE MAGNETIC MEANS

WEAR TRBL, Paris (FR)

1. A unit, in particular a garment, comprising:a supple-sheet support (100), in particular a textile support, including a cut-out (102) formed in an apparent region;
a flat electronic module (200), whose peripheral perimeter (202) is similar to the perimeter of the cut-out (102), and whose dimensions are greater than those of the cut-out so as to define with the latter an overlapping peripheral region (204), this module being arranged on an inner side of the support and comprising a circuit (208) supporting electronic components (212) and a display (206) visible from an outer side of the support, through the cut-out; and
magnetic means for attaching the module to the support when the module and the support are arranged opposite to each other in the overlapping peripheral region,characterized in that:the circuit (208) supporting electronic components (212) and the display (206) is a flexible circuit;
the support (100) comprises, around the cut-out at the inner side, a peripheral band (130) carrying a first magnetization pattern with ranges (132, 134, 136, 138) magnetized alternatively with a given magnetic polarity and with a reverse magnetic polarity; and
the module (200) includes at the periphery thereof a frame (230), of dimensions similar to those of the peripheral band of the support, carrying a second magnetization pattern with ranges (232, 234, 236, 238) magnetized alternatively with a given magnetic polarity and with a reverse magnetic polarity,
the second magnetization pattern being a reverse pattern, conjugated with respect to the first magnetization pattern, when the module and the support are arranged opposite to each other in the overlapping peripheral region.

US Pat. No. 10,188,154

BRASSIERE UNDERWIRE REPAIR DEVICE

1. A system for repairing a brassiere having a fabric casing encompassing an underwire whose end tip section has poked a hole through the fabric casing, said system comprising:a hollow, elliptic, cylindrically shaped repair sleeve having an open bottom end and an enclosed rounded top end, and an outer layer of thermal adhesive; and
an installation apparatus, separate and independent from the repair sleeve, whereby the repair sleeve is configured to fit over the end tip section of the underwire and the installation apparatus is configured to be installed into the hole between the repair sleeve and an inner surface of the fabric casing to facilitate the installation of the repair sleeve entirely within the fabric casing.

US Pat. No. 10,188,152

SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING MULTI-DIMENSIONAL BREAST DISPLACEMENT

Recovery Force, LLC, Fis...

1. A bra for a wearer having breasts, shoulders a chest and a torso, the bra comprising:a pair of cups, each configured to receive the breasts of the wearer;
a torso strap arrangement connected to the cups and configured to encircle the torso of the wearer to hold the pair of cups in position on the wearer's breasts;
a pair of shoulder straps connected between the cups and the torso strap and each configured to be seated on the shoulder of the wearer when the breasts are positioned in the pair of cups;
an array of straps extending from an upper portion of the cups to the each of the pair of shoulder straps across the chest of the wearer when the breasts are positioned in the pair of cups;
at least one shape memory wire integrated into at least each of said pair of shoulder straps;
an accelerometer associated with the bra operable to generate data indicative of instantaneous accelerations of the wearer that can induce breast displacement; and
a controller electrically connected to the at least one shape memory wire and the accelerometer, the controller including an electrical power supply for providing electrical power to the shape memory wires, the controller including a processor operable to execute instructions for selectively providing electrical power to selected ones of the shape memory wires in response to data received from said accelerometer.

US Pat. No. 10,188,151

INFANT SWADDLING

1. Infant swaddling comprising:a sheet made of a resilient, moisture-wicking material that maintains pressure on an infant and reduces excess moisture within the sheet when in use, the sheet configured to open to lay flat and defined by an outward-facing surface that, when the infant is placed on the sheet, faces away from the infant and an inner-facing surface that, when the infant is placed on the sheet, faces toward the infant, and the sheet comprising
an upper portion adjacent to an upper edge that, when in use, the infant's head extends beyond the upper portion at the upper edge;
a lower portion adjacent to a lower edge, the lower portion spaced apart from the upper portion;
a first laterally extending region adjacent to a first side edge, the outward-facing surface of the first laterally extending region comprising a first attachment having a first length;
a second laterally extending region adjacent to a second side edge, the inner-facing surface of the second laterally extending region comprising a second attachment that is recloseable with and complementary with the first attachment and having a second length, the first length being longer than the second length, wherein the first attachment and the second attachment are configured to allow adjustment to accommodate the infant's growth; and
wherein the lower portion comprises a loop, spaced apart from the lower edge, wherein the loop is fixed closer to the second side edge than the first side edge, wherein to close access through the lower portion, the lower portion is configured to be gathered and passed through the loop, wherein the loop is configured to reduce the possibility of the lower portion creeping during use, and wherein, when first attachment is closed with the second attachment, the lower portion is configured to be opened, allowing access to the infant near the infant's feet or bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,188,150

INFANT SWADDLING

1. Infant swaddling comprising:a pouch configured to hold and contact an infant when in use, wherein the pouch is made of a resilient, moisture-wicking material that comprises spandex fiber sufficient to maintain pressure on the infant and that reduces excess moisture within the pouch when in use,
the pouch further configured to open to lay flat when not in use to form a sheet, the sheet comprising an outward-facing surface that, when an infant is placed on the sheet, faces away from the infant and an inner-facing surface that, when an infant is placed on the sheet, faces toward the infant, a lateral axis extending from a first side edge to a second side edge of the sheet, and a vertical axis, perpendicular to the lateral axis, extending from an upper edge to a lower edge of the sheet, and the sheet comprising
an upper portion adjacent to the upper edge, wherein, in use, the infant's head extends beyond the upper edge, the upper portion comprising
a first side portion adjacent to the first side edge, the inner facing outward-facing surface of the first side portion comprising a first attachment having a first lateral length,
a second side portion adjacent to the second side edge, the second side portion opposite the first side portion, the inner-facing surface of the second side portion comprising a second attachment having a second lateral length, the second attachment is recloseable with and complementary with the first attachment, the first lateral length at least two times longer than the second lateral length to allow the pouch size to be adjusted to accommodate the infant's growth; and
a lower portion, adjacent to the lower edge,
wherein the lower portion comprises an elastic loop, spaced apart from the lower edge, wherein the elastic loop is fixed closer to the second side edge than the first side edge, wherein to close access to the pouch through the lower portion, the lower portion is configured to be gathered and passed through the elastic loop, wherein the elastic loop is configured to reduce the possibility of the lower portion creeping during use, and wherein, when first attachment is closed with the second attachment, the lower portion is configured to be opened, allowing access to the infant near the infant's feet or bottom.

US Pat. No. 10,188,149

PLACKET TRUSS AND GARMENT INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A placket truss for use on a placket having a plurality of buttons sewn thereto with thread, said placket truss comprising:an elongate member including opposed end portions;
a medial clip integral with the elongate member and disposed between said opposed end portions, said medial clip including a bend whereby the medial clip doubles back onto the elongate member and extends in a direction transverse to a length of the elongate member; and
wherein each said end portion includes at least one slot sized and adapted to engage the thread of a corresponding button.

US Pat. No. 10,188,148

ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEM

McNeil AB, Helsingborg (...

1. A system for generating a vapor from a liquid comprising:a) an electric heater having a body comprising at least one sidewall that defines an interior void, at least one inner surface, at least one outer surface, and a plurality of apertures through the at least one sidewall, the electric heater comprising an electrically resistive material contained within a heat diffusing material;
b) an elongate wick having a longitudinal axis, a first end, a second end, and an outer surface, the elongate wick comprising a durable elongate structure having a plurality of liquid-conducting features on the outer surface;wherein at least a portion of the liquid-conducting features of the elongate wick proximate the first end engage at least a portion of the at least one inner surface of the electric heater and at least a portion of the liquid-conducting features of the elongate wick are capable of conducting the liquid from a source proximate the second end of the wick along the outer surface of the elongate wick to the electric heater.

US Pat. No. 10,188,147

ATOMIZATION ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY...

1. An atomization assembly configured for forming an electronic cigarette with a battery assembly (4), comprising a suction nozzle assembly (1), an atomization core (2) and an e-liquid cup assembly (3), the atomization core (2) and the suction nozzle assembly (1) are respectively arranged at two ends of the e-liquid cup assembly (3); wherein the e-liquid cup assembly (3) comprises an e-liquid storage sleeve (31) and a vent pipe (32), the vent pipe (32) is arranged in the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) for discharging smoke obtained by an atomization of the atomization core (2) to the suction nozzle assembly (1), an e-liquid storage cavity (33) is formed between the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) and the vent pipe (32), one end of the e-liquid storage sleeve (31) is provided with an open end communicating with the e-liquid storage cavity (33), the atomization core (2) is detachably connected to the e-liquid cup assembly (3) and at least one end of the atomization core (2) is inserted into the e-liquid storage cavity (33) from the open end;wherein the atomization core (2) comprises an atomization sleeve (21) and a heating wire assembly (22), the atomization sleeve (21) is provided with an atomization cavity (211) for receiving the heating wire assembly (22) to atomize e-liquid, and a first e-liquid guide hole (212) allowing the e-liquid in the e-liquid storage cavity (33) to flow into the atomization cavity (211) is defined on a side wall of the atomization sleeve (21); and
wherein the atomization core (2) further comprises an e-liquid inlet control structure (23), the e-liquid inlet control structure (23) is sleeved in the atomization sleeve (21) rotatably or movably in an axial direction of the atomization sleeve (21), openings (233) for mounting the heating wire assembly (22) are arranged on the e-liquid inlet control structure (23), and when the e-liquid inlet control structure (23) is rotated or axially moved, the openings (233) and the first e-liquid guide hole (212) are communicated or completely staggered, so as to open or close the first e-liquid guide hole (212).

US Pat. No. 10,188,146

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE AND ATOMIZER DEVICE AND ATOMIZER ASSEMBLY THEREOF

SHENZHEN SMOORE TECHNOLOG...

1. An atomizer device (10), comprising an atomizer assembly (12); the atomizer assembly (12) comprising a connection tube (123) and an inner core assembly (124) arranged in the connection tube (123); the connection tube (123) defining a liquid inlet hole (1233) allowing liquid solution to flow into the connection tube (123); the inner core assembly (124) comprising a heater (1242) for heating and atomizing the liquid solution flowing into the connection tube (123); wherein the connection tube (123) comprises a first connection member (1231) and a second connection member (1232) detachably connected with the first connection member (1231); and the first connection member (1231) and the second connection member (1232) defines a receiving space in which the inner core assembly (124) is detachably arranged; the atomizer assembly (12) further comprises a conducible atomizer base (121), and the connection tube (123) is detachably connected with the atomizer base (121); wherein the atomizer device (10) further comprises a liquid reservoir assembly (11); the atomizer assembly (12) is detachably connected with the liquid reservoir assembly (11), and the liquid reservoir assembly (11) forms a liquid reservoir chamber (A) for containing liquid solution, a liquid outlet (1113) allowing the liquid solution to flow out of the liquid reservoir chamber (A), and a blocker (115) blocking in the liquid outlet (1113); the atomizer assembly (12) is screwed to the liquid reservoir assembly (11) and is capable of driving the blocker (115) to rotate, thereby driving the blocker (115) to rotate to open the liquid outlet (1113) while being installed and driving the blocker (115) to rotate to close the liquid outlet (1113) while being removed; and the liquid outlet (1113) corresponds to the liquid inlet hole (1233) such that liquid solution can be injected into the connection tube (123) when the liquid outlet (1113) is opened.

US Pat. No. 10,188,143

DISPLAY PACKAGES, BLANKS FOR FORMING TRAP SEAL CARD AND BLANK FOR FORMING DISPLAY BOX

Altria Client Services LL...

1. A display package, comprising:a first packaging including a first compartment configured to hold a first item;
a second packaging including a second compartment configured to hold a second item; and
a trap seal card including a first opening, the trap seal card retaining the first packaging and the second packaging such that
the first item and the second item to be held within the first compartment and the second compartment are visible to a consumer through the first opening, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging protrudes through the first opening,
the trap seal card including a front panel integral with a back panel, the front panel consisting essentially of,
a first panel including the first opening, and
second, third and fourth panels, collectively, forming a third compartment in conjunction with the back panel, the third compartment protruding from a surface of the back panel, and
a portion of each of the first packaging and the second packaging being interposed between the front panel and the back panel.

US Pat. No. 10,188,142

AMPHIPHILE-MODIFIED SORBENTS IN SMOKING ARTICLES AND FILTERS

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. A smoking article comprising an amphiphile-modified sorbent having at least one amphiphilic compound selected from the group consisting of an imidazoline, an ethoxylated amine, and a quaternary phospholipid bound to an inorganic molecular sieve substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,188,141

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INCORPORATING OBJECTS INTO CIGARETTE FILTERS

R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COM...

1. A method for providing filter rods for use in the manufacture of smoking articles, each filter rod having objects individually spaced at predetermined intervals along a length thereof, the method comprising:supplying a continuous web of filter material from a source of filter material;
rotating a vacuum-assisted insertion wheel having a peripheral face, the peripheral face defining a plurality of spaced pockets;
introducing individual spherical objects into the plurality of spaced pockets along the peripheral face of the insertion wheel, at least one of the pockets having a seat comprising a hollow tube having a cylindrical-shaped side wall with a plurality of protrusions extending inwardly from the side wall that define gaps therebetween to permit flow of air past the individual spherical object supported on the seat, said plurality of protrusions defining a support surface to position one individual spherical object centrally within the hollow tube, and wherein only one individual spherical object is held within a pocket, and a vacuum is applied to at least a portion of the pockets through the gaps to maintain the individual spherical objects within the pockets during rotation of the insertion wheel;
separating the continuous web of filter material;
inserting at predetermined intervals the individual spherical objects from within the pockets to within cavities formed where the web of filter material is separated; and
compressing the continuous web of filter material to form a continuous rod of filter material having the individual spherical objects positioned at the predetermined intervals within the rod.

US Pat. No. 10,188,140

SMOKING ARTICLE

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Com...

1. A cigarette comprising:a lighting end and a mouth end;
a mouth end piece segment disposed at the mouth end;
an aerosol-generation system including (i) a heat generation segment disposed at the lighting end, said heat generation segment having a length and including a heat source, and (ii) an aerosol-generating segment incorporating aerosol-forming material, said aerosol-generating segment having a length and being disposed adjacent to, and physically separate from, the heat generation segment, said aerosol-generating segment including a substrate for the aerosol-forming material, the substrate abutting with the heat source in the heat generation segment;
a single piece of a first wrapping material providing an overwrap around at least a portion of the length of the heat generation segment and around at least a portion of the length of the aerosol-generating segment;
a segment incorporating tobacco positioned between the aerosol-generating segment and the mouth end piece segment, such that the first wrapping material does not overwrap the segment incorporating tobacco;
a single piece of a second wrapping material providing an overwrap (i) around the segment incorporating tobacco for the length of that segment, (ii) around the aerosol-generating segment for the length of that segment, and (iii) around the heat generation segment for the majority of the length of that segment; the segment incorporating tobacco, the aerosol-generating segment and the heat generation segment being connected together by the second wrapping material to provide a cigarette rod; and
the mouth end piece segment being connected to the cigarette rod using tipping material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,138

SMOKING ARTICLE WITH MANUALLY RELEASABLE ODORANT

Philip Morris USA Inc., ...

1. An article comprising:a tobacco portion;
a filter connected axially aligned with and connected to the tobacco portion;
a tipping paper circumscribing at least a portion of the tobacco portion and at least a portion of the filter;
a first band on at least a portion of the tipping paper, the first band including,
a first layer of a first material over the tipping paper, and
a first plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the first layer of material, the plurality of microcapsules being frangible; and
a second band on a second portion of the tipping paper, the second band including,
a second layer of a second material, and
a second plurality of microcapsules between the tipping paper and the second layer, the second plurality of microcapsules being frangible.

US Pat. No. 10,188,136

HYDROPHOBIN MIMICS: PROCESS FOR PREPARATION THEREOF

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIEN...

1. A hydrophobin mimic of Formula I for use in bio-nano technology:
comprising;
a hydrophilic protein head group PROT having a length of up to 500 amino acids, selected from the group consisting of serine proteases, cysteine proteases, aspartic proteases, metalloproteases, trypsin, chymotrypsin, subtilisin, proteinase K, and mixtures thereof;
a hydrophilic spacer comprising a phosphonate ester of an ethylene glycol oligomer, wherein ‘n’ is an integer 1-30; and
a hydrophobic tail of formula II,

wherein “R/H” represents either H or a C4-C20 (un)substituted or substituted straight, branched, cyclic, or acyclic aliphatic moiety; an aromatic moiety; or an alkylphenyl moiety, wherein at least one R/H is not H.

US Pat. No. 10,188,134

AUTHENTICATED ENCRYPTION SUPPORT IN DASH BASED SEGMENTED STREAMING MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, I...

3. The server apparatus of claim 1, wherein the MPD comprises a @SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag attribute and a SegmentEncryption@ivLength attribute, wherein the initialization vector is the segment number when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘false’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is a sum of the segment number and an @ivBase attribute when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘false’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoTimeline element, wherein the initialization vector is an Electronic Codebook (ECB)-encrypted value of a transmitted initialization vector when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD does not comprise a CryptoTimeline element or a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is an ECB-encrypted value of the segment number when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoPeriod element, wherein the initialization vector is an ECB-encrypted value of the sum of the segment number and the @ivBase when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the MPD comprises a CryptoTimeline element, and wherein the initialization vector is the first SegmentEncryption@ivLength most significant bit from ECB output when the SegmentEncryption@ivEncryptionFlag value is ‘true’ and the SegmentEncryption@ivLength is smaller than the output block size of the ECB output.

US Pat. No. 10,188,128

AUTOMATIC FROZEN FOOD PRODUCT VENDING MACHINE

The Vollrath Company, L.L...

1. An automatic frozen food product vending machine, comprising:a frozen food product dispensing station for dispensing at least one frozen food product;
a container dispenser for storing a plurality of frozen food product containers and configured to automatically dispense one frozen food product container at a time;
a first movable platform for supporting a dispensed frozen food product container;
a topping dispensing station for dispensing at least one topping;
a second movable platform for supporting the dispensed frozen food product container;
a user input device configured to receive a user selection of a desired frozen food product, a user selection of a desired amount of frozen food product, and a user selection of a desired topping;
processing electronics configured to:
receive the user selection of the desired frozen food product, the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product, and the user selection of the desired topping;
move the first movable platform below the container dispenser;
cause the container dispenser to dispense one frozen food product container onto the first movable platform;
move the first movable platform and the dispensed frozen food product container below the frozen food product dispensing station;
cause the frozen food product dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of the selected frozen food product as determined by the user selection of the desired frozen food product and the user selection of the desired amount of frozen food product;
transfer the dispensed frozen food product container from the first movable platform to the second movable platform;
move the second movable platform and the dispensed frozen product container below the topping dispensing station; and
cause the topping dispensing station to dispense into the frozen food product container a predetermined amount of topping as determined by the user selection of the desired topping.

US Pat. No. 10,188,127

METHOD FOR PRODUCING FROZEN ICE CREAM PRODUCTS

1. A method for producing frozen ice cream products, using a freezing system comprising a freezing apparatus, said method comprising:placing pre-products to be frozen onto a number of product plates,
conveying pre-products to be frozen into the freezing apparatus,
cooling the pre-products to form frozen products while conveying the pre-products inside the freezing apparatus by exposing them to circulating cold air,
conveying the frozen products out of the freezing apparatus,
measuring one or more surface temperatures of frozen products leaving the freezing apparatus,
using the one or more measured surface temperatures as input for a control device for controlling one or more operational parameters of the freezing apparatus,
lifting the frozen products off the product plates, after conveying them out of the freezing apparatus, by means of a product handling system driven by a driving arrangement, and
measuring one or more torque values exerted by the driving arrangement during the lifting of the frozen products off the product plates, and inputting the one or more measured torque values into a control device for controlling one or more operational parameters of the freezing system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,126

COTTON CANDY PREPARING DEVICE

AGATSUMA CO., LTD., Toky...

1. A cotton candy preparing device, comprising:a rotary pot that can be divided into a pot upper portion and a pot bottom portion;
a plurality of legs that extend downwards from a vicinity of a circumferential edge portion of a lower end of the pot upper portion and which each include a leg end portion that expands outwards at a lower end thereof;
a heating plate that is provided on an upper surface of the pot bottom portion; and
an opening and closing member having a depression that is formed at a center of a top portion of the pot upper portion as a semi-spherical loading port,
wherein the pot upper portion includes a cylindrical inner wall that is provided below the opening and closing member, a diametrically expanded inclined portion having a plurality of ribs projecting inward under the cylindrical inner wall, an annular projecting portion formed in a flat annular shape that extends radially outwards in a horizontal direction from a lower end of the diametrically expanded inclined portion, and a ring member that is provided on a lower surface of the annular projecting portion,
wherein a plurality of depressed portions are provided on the lower surface of the annular projecting portion and are opened to an outer edge of the annular projecting portion,
wherein the ring member has an outer diameter and an inner diameter substantially coincident with the outer diameter and the inner diameter of the annular projecting portion, a plurality of first expanded portions having a predetermined width in a circumferential direction from an inner edge of the ring member, and a second expanded portion that is narrower in the circumferential direction than the plurality of first expanded portions and continues outside the plurality of first expanded portions,
wherein the ring member is overlapped on the heating plate by bringing into contact with the heating plate from the inner edge to near the outer edge thereof,
wherein an outer end portion of the second expanded portion is connected to an inner end portion of a depressed portion of the plurality of depressed portions so as to form a slight gap continuing from the second expanded portion to the depressed portion,
wherein the pot bottom portion includes leg receiving holes that are provided near the circumferential edge portion of the upper surface of the pot bottom portion and into which the plurality of legs can be inserted individually,
wherein the leg receiving holes each have an inserting portion that can permit passage of the leg end portion and a leg stopping portion that connects continuously to a side of the inserting portion and whose width to an outer circumferential direction of the rotary pot is made narrower than the inserting portion,
wherein the pot bottom portion further includes a rod-shaped engaging pin below the heating plate,
wherein the rod-shaped engaging pin is positioned on a lower side of the annular projecting portion at a first end thereof and is attached to a pot bottom main body in an oscillating fashion, and the rod-shaped engaging pin has an engaging projecting body that is provided on a side of the rod-shaped engaging pin so as to project into a triangular shape therefrom and is biased by an elastic body so as to cause the engaging projecting body to project into at least one of the leg receiving holes;
wherein a second end of the rod-shaped engaging pin is formed into a rod-shaped body configured to be brought into engagement with an operation pin,
wherein the operation pin faces toward the center of the pot bottom main body, and the outer end portion thereof protrudes outward from the annular projecting portion, and
wherein when the leg end portion protruding from the annular projecting portion is pressed toward the center of the pot bottom main body, the rod-shaped engaging pin is swung around the first end so as to compress the elastic body, and the engaging projecting body projecting into the leg receiving holes is moved to the inside of the pot bottom main body and the leg end portion inserted into the leg stopping portion is moved to the inserting portion, such that a leg of the plurality of legs is configured to be removed from the leg receiving holes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,122

CURD CUTTING METHOD

1. A method of cutting a cheese curd mass within a cylindrical vat, the method comprising:placing a cutting apparatus inside the vat before the cheese curd mass has begun to form;
once the cheese curd mass has formed, horizontally rotating a first knife assembly of the cutting apparatus around a vertical axis, thereby cutting the cheese curd mass into a plurality of horizontal slices; and
thereafter, vertically removing from the vat a second knife assembly of the cutting apparatus, the second knife assembly having knives along at least two distinct orientations of the cutting apparatus, thereby cutting the horizontal slices along said orientations.

US Pat. No. 10,188,121

BACTERIOPHAGE TREATMENT FOR REDUCING AND PREVENTING BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of treating and preventing bacterial contamination in a meat food product, the method comprising:applying a bacteriophage treatment to a packaging material as a foam, the bacteriophage treatment comprising:
at least one bacteriophage in a concentration sufficient to reduce or eliminate bacteria selected from the group consisting of pathogenic bacteria, spoilage bacteria, and combinations thereof;
a buffering agent to maintain the bacteriophage treatment at a pH between approximately 4 and 9;
from about 25 ppm to about 2.0 weight percent of a foaming surfactant selected from the group consisting of alcohol ethoxylates, alcohol ethoxylate carboxylate, amine oxides, alkyl sulfates, alkyl ether sulfate, sulfonates, quaternary ammonium compounds, alkyl sarcosines, betaines, alkyl amides and mixtures thereof; and
an adjuvant comprising one or more of calcium, magnesium, a competitive exclusion bacteria, a fatty acid, a terpene, a terpenoid, glycerol, and propylene glycol, and
packaging the food product in the packaging material.

US Pat. No. 10,188,120

MULTIPLE DRAWER SMOKER

LANDMANN USA, Fairburn, ...

1. A smoking apparatus comprising a cabinet having side and rear walls, an upper smoking chamber with a front access door and a lower section having at least two independently operable drawers, one of said drawers disposed above the other and each of said drawers having a front panel with right and left side panels forming an enclosure, a handle attached to each of said front panels, said handles located outside said cabinet, one of said drawers configured to hold a flavoring material and the second drawer configured to hold a liquid, a support surface for each of said drawers secured to said side walls of said lower section, whereby said drawers can be moved into and out of said cabinet using said handles, and a heating element disposed within said cabinet.

US Pat. No. 10,188,117

NOODLE STRING TREATMENT APPARATUS AND TREATMENT METHOD

NISSIN FOODS HOLDINGS CO....

1. A noodle string treatment method, comprising steps of:conveying a batch of noodle strings;
cutting the batch of noodle strings at a constant cutting time interval by using a rotary blade that has a flat shape, is attached to a rotating shaft and extends out from the rotating shaft; and
extruding the cut batch of noodle strings by the rotary blade, wherein:
a blade edge of the rotary blade extends along a direction in which the rotating shaft extends,
the rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings at a cutting point, which is a point where the blade edge of the rotary blade is closest to or comes into contact with an outer circumferential surface of an oppositely disposed roller,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, a blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade is changed during rotation thereof between a cut and a next cut,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, the batch of the noodle strings is cut at a position where a lengthwise direction of the batch of noodle strings extends in a vertical manner,
the rotary blades comprises a plurality of rotary blades attached to the rotating shaft,
in the step of cutting the batch of noodle strings, the blade edge peripheral speed of the plurality of rotary blades is changed periodically with a constant time interval over a plurality of cycles, wherein each of the plurality of cycles is a time period from one cutting timing by one of the plurality of rotary blades to a next cutting timing by another of the plurality of rotary blades cutting the batch of the noodle strings subsequent to the one of the plurality of rotary blades, and
the blade edge peripheral speed when one rotary blade among the plurality of rotary blades extrudes the cut batch of noodle strings after the one rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings is set to be lower than the blade edge peripheral speed of the rotary blade when the one rotary blade cuts the batch of noodle strings.

US Pat. No. 10,188,109

PICOLINAMIDE COMPOUNDS WITH FUNGICIDAL ACTIVITY

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A compound of Formula I
wherein
X is hydrogen or C(O)R5;
Y is hydrogen, C(O)R5, or Q;
Q is

R1 and R11 are independently chosen from hydrogen or alkyl, optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
alternatively, R1 and R11 may be taken together to form a 3-6 membered saturated or partially saturated carbocyclic or heterocyclic ring, optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R2 and R12 are independently chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, or alkenyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R3 is methyl;
R4 is chosen from alkyl, aryl, or acyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1 or multiple R8;
R5 is chosen from alkoxy or benzyloxy, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8;
R6 is chosen from hydrogen, alkoxy, or halo, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8;
R7 is chosen from hydrogen, —C(O)R9, or —CH2OC(O)R9;
R8 is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, or alkoxy, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R10;
R9 is chosen from alkyl, alkoxy, or aryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R8; and
R10 is chosen from hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl.

US Pat. No. 10,188,108

FUSED BICYCLIC HETEROCYCLE DERIVATIVES AS PESTICIDES

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A compound of formula (I)
wherein
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-CF3, 8-Cl, 8-SC2H5, 5-CF3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of 6-Cl, 6-CF3, 7-CF3, 5-CF3, 8-CF3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 8-Cl, 5-CF3, 8-CF3, 8-SO2C2H5, 6-CH3 and 6-OCH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 0, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 5-CH3, 5-CF3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl, 7-CF3, 5-SC2H5, 7-SC2H5, 7-CH3 and 6-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 1, and
R2 is hydrogen;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, 7-CH3, 7-CF3, 6-CH3, 6-CF3, 6-Cl and 5-CH3;
or
R1 is ethyl,
R3 is hydrogen,
Q is

 where the bond from Q to the remainder of the molecule is identified by a wavy line,
n is 2, and
R2 is H.

US Pat. No. 10,188,107

SELECTIVE INHIBITION OF C4-PEP CARBOXYLASES

HEINRICH HEINE UNIVERSITA...

1. A method of using at least one compound, a salt or solvate thereof as a C4 plant selective herbicide, comprising applying said compound, salt or solvate to a plant, wherein binding of said compound to the malate binding site of aphosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase from a C3 plant is inhibited, and wherein said compound has a structure according toformula (I)
wherein A iswherein R6, R7, R8, R9 and R10 are, independently of each other, selected from the group consisting of H, OH, carboxylic acid, ester, alkyl, alkoxy and halogen, or wherein two residues in ortho position to each other form a heterocyclic ring using —O—CH2—O— or —O—CH2—CH2—O, andB is
wherein R11, R12, R13, R14 and R15 are, independently of each other, selected from the group consisting of H, OH, carboxylic acid, ester, alkyl, alkoxy and halogen, or wherein two residues in ortho position to each other form a heterocyclic ring using —O—CH2—O— or —O—CH2—CH2—O—,
and wherein R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5 are, independently of each other H or an alkyl group,
and wherein integer i is 0 or 1,
and the bond (a) is a single or double bond,
and wherein in case (a) is a double bond, n is 0 and X is O or S, and wherein in case (a) is a single bond n is 1, and X is H or an alkyl group,
and wherein the bond (b) is a single or double bond, and wherein in case (b) is a double bond, m and p are 0, and wherein in case (b) is a single bond m and p are both 1,
and wherein said compound being capable of binding to the malate binding site comprised by a phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase from a C4 plant, thereby inhibiting said phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase.

US Pat. No. 10,188,106

PESTICIDE COMPOSITION COMPRISING A TETRAZOLYLOXIME DERIVATIVE AND A FUNGICIDE OR AN INSECTICIDE ACTIVE SUBSTANCE

BAYER CROPSCIENCE AKTIENG...

1. A composition comprising:A) a tetrazolyloxime derivative of formula (I)

wherein
X represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a cyano group, a methanesulfonyl group, a nitro group, a trifluoromethyl group or an aryl group;
A represents a tetrazoyl group of formula (A1) or (A2):

wherein Y represents an alkyl group; and
Het represents a pyridyl group of formula (Het1) or a thiazolyl group of formula (Het2);

wherein R represents a hydrogen atom or a halogen atom; Z represents a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a group of formula QC(?O)NH— wherein Q represents a hydrogen atom; an alkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by a halogen atom; a cycloalkyl group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; an alkoxyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; a cycloalkyloxy group having 3 to 6 carbon atoms; a benzyloxy group; a 2-phenylethyloxy group; a thioalkyl group substituted by an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 2 carbon atoms substituted by an alkoxyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms substituted by an acylamino group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; an alkylamino group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; an alkenyl group having 2 to 6 carbon atoms; an aralkyl group or a phenyl group; and
B) a fungicide compound in an A/B weight ratio ranging from 1/0.01 to 1/100;
wherein said fungicide is selected from the group consisting of azoxystrobin, bixafen, boscalid, chlorothalonil, clothianidin, cymoxanil, dimethomorph, fluazinam, fludioxonil, fluopicolide, fluoxastrobin, fosetyl-Al, imidacloprid, ipconazole, iprodione, iprovalicarb, isopyrazam, mancozeb, metalaxyl, metalaxyl-M (mefenoxam), metconazole, penthiopyrad, propamocarb-HCl, propineb, prothioconazole, pyraclostrobin, tebuconazole, trifloxystrobin, triticonazole, and N-[2-(1,3-dimethylbutyl)phenyl]-5-fluoro-1,3-dimethyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide.

US Pat. No. 10,188,105

COMPOSITIONS FOR INHIBITION OF INSECT SENSING

Vanderbilt University, N...

1. A compound, or salt thereof, having a formula:
wherein
R1 is hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C4 alkyl, optionally substituted phenyl, optionally substituted benzyl, or a structure represented by a formula selected from:

or R1 is taken together with R2 to be optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkanediyl or optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkenediyl; and
R2 is hydrogen,
or R2 is taken together with R1 to be optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkanediyl or optionally substituted (C1-C4) alkenediyl; and
R3 is optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkyl or optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkenyl; and
R4 is optionally substituted and selected from (C1-C5) alkyl and (C1-C5) alkenyl; and
R5 is optionally substituted aryl or optionally substituted (?C6) heteroaryl; and
R6 is hydrogen, optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkyl, or optionally substituted (C1-C5) alkenyl,
wherein the compound is not

US Pat. No. 10,188,104

COMBINATIONS OF LIPO-CHITOOLIGOSACCHARIDES AND METHODS FOR USE IN ENHANCING PLANT GROWTH

1. A method of enhancing plant growth, comprising treating a plant seed with at least two distinct lipo-chitooligosaccharides (LCOs) to synergistically enhance growth of a plant that germinates from said seed, said at least two distinct LCOs comprising:

US Pat. No. 10,188,100

MATRIX COMPOSITION FOR DELIVERY OF HYDROPHOBIC ACTIVES

1. A matrix composition capable of forming an emulsion, a microemulsion, or a dispersion comprising an emulsifiable matrix, consisting of:(i) a dialkyl acid amide having the formula:

wherein,
R1 and R2 are lower alkyl with 1-4 carbon atoms, alicyclic or aromatic;
n1=0-18, n2=0-18, and R?H or CH3; and
(ii) one or more surface active agents, wherein the only surface active agents present are selected from the group consisting of ethoxylated castor oil, ethoxylated/propoxylated block copolymer, ethoxylated phosphate ester, sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate, and poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol), and wherein at least one of the surface active agents is ethoxylated castor oil.

US Pat. No. 10,188,098

EXTREMELY FAST FREEZING, LOW-TEMPERATURE BLAST FREEZER

Reflect Scientific Inc., ...

1. A freezer, comprising:a plurality of shelves in an insulated payload bay;
a plurality of evaporators coupled to the payload bay with a parallel array of coolant tubes in each evaporator, further comprising one or more cryogenic valves coupled to the coolant tubes, wherein one of the cryogenic valves is located at an exhaust port of the freezer;
a rubber pneumatic seal placed between a freezer door and the payload bay;
a pneumatic latch for latching the freezer door and the pneumatic rubber seal are powered by the pressure derived from an exhaust gas;
a pump to force a cryogenic coolant flowing through the evaporators with a pressure of at least 90 psi to supply the coolant at each evaporator with at least 20 gallons per hour of coolant;
a plurality of fans to circulate cooled air in the payload bay;
a room heat exchanger valve controlling a flow of cryogen to a room heat exchanger after the cryogen exits from the evaporators, a room fan that forces air through said room heat exchanger, where the air is cooled and delivered to a room, wherein the fan is controlled by a controller with a room thermocouple as a feedback loop.

US Pat. No. 10,188,097

MEDICAL DEVICE INTENDED FOR THE LONG-TERM STORAGE OF A CORNEA, OR FOR EX VIVO EXPERIMENTATION ON A HUMAN OR ANIMAL CORNEA

UNIVERSITE JEAN MONNET, ...

1. A device for storage of a corneal specimen including a cornea and a sclera ciliary zone, comprising:an intermediate component including a first hole having a diameter matching that of the cornea, the first hole surrounded by a circumferential groove and a first edge, the first hole, groove, and first edge forming a cavity to receive the corneal specimen, the cavity configured to ensure that the corneal specimen is centered when inserted into the device and configured to stabilize the corneal specimen when the device is opened at an operating theater;
an endothelial lid including a second hole having a diameter matching that of the cornea, the second hole surrounded by a second edge configured to trap the corneal specimen by flattening the sclera ciliary zone on the circumferential groove of the intermediate component; and
an epithelial lid;
wherein the intermediate component and the endothelial lid are configured to entrap the sclera ciliary zone in an airtight manner to delimit an endothelial chamber and an epithelial chamber separate from the endothelial chamber;
wherein the endothelial chamber is composed of a space formed between the endothelial lid and the intermediate component after a tight connection of the endothelial lid to the intermediate component;
wherein the epithelial chamber is composed of a space formed between the intermediate component and the epithelial lid after a tight connection of the epithelial lid to the intermediate component;
wherein the intermediate component and the endothelial lid each comprise a respective inlet orifice and a respective outlet orifice, the orifices allowing a preservation medium to circulate through the endothelial chamber and through the epithelial chamber;
the inlet orifice of the endothelial lid being connected to a preservation medium reservoir containing the preservation medium, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the preservation medium reservoir flows into the endothelial chamber from the preservation medium reservoir;
the outlet orifice of the endothelial lid being connected to the inlet orifice of the intermediate component, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the endothelial chamber flows into the epithelial chamber from the endothelial chamber,
the outlet orifice of the intermediate component being connected to a waste reservoir, such that during use the preservation medium contained in the epithelial chamber flows into the waste reservoir from the epithelial chamber,
the connections of the orifices allowing the preservation medium to circulate on both sides of the cornea, firstly in the endothelial chamber and secondly in the epithelial chamber, and allowing the creation of a pressure gradient between the endothelial chamber and the epithelial chamber with overpressure in the endothelial chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,188,096

DEVICE FOR GRIPPING AND REMOVING A BAIT STATION

1. A gripping device for removing a bait station from a ground soil, the bait station having an opening with a dimension, the opening leading to an internal surface with at least two opposing portals on the internal surface, the gripping device comprising:a) a frame comprising a back end piece and a front end piece spaced from each other by connecting sides, wherein the connecting sides define a bottom portion with a handgrip to conform to fingers of a user;
b) a plunger slidably mounted in an opening in the front end piece;
c) a spring connected between the back end piece and plunger for biasing the plunger toward a second extended gripping position from a first retracted position;
d) a first hook fixedly attached to the frame; and
e) a second hook attached to the plunger for movement between the first retracted position and the second extended gripping position,
wherein the first hook and the second hook fit within the dimension of the opening of the bait station when the plunger is in the first retracted position and wherein the first hook and the second hook engage the two opposing portals when the plunger is in the second extended gripping position; and
wherein the plunger has a thumb piece opposite the engagement of the spring with the plunger and wherein the front end piece includes a thumb cover that has a bottom, two sides, and an open top to allow a user's thumb to engage the thumb piece.

US Pat. No. 10,188,095

TREE STAND

1. A tree stand comprising a seating member having:first and second side members, the side members extending substantially parallel with each other with a bend in each of the first and second side members, the first and second side members each having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a removable tree attachment member, the removable tree attachment member being a linear member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member proximate to the first end of the first and second side members;
a fixed tree attachment member, the fixed tree attachment member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member at a location between the bend and the first end of each of the first and second side members;
first and second angled tree attachment members, the first and second angled tree attachment members interconnecting the fixed tree attachment member with each of the first and second side members, the first and second angled tree attachment members forming an angle with the fixed tree attachment member from about 30 degrees to about 60 degrees;
a fixed seat defining member, the fixed seat defining member running substantially orthogonal to the first and second side members, spanning from the first side member to the second side member proximate to the second end of the first and second side members; and
a seat attached to the side members via a plurality of seat straps, each of the seat straps disposed as loops about the side members, the loops disposed between the fixed tree attachment member and the fixed seat defining member.

US Pat. No. 10,188,093

ACTIVE ELECTROSTATIC WILDLIFE GUARD FOR ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT

TE Connectivity Corporati...

1. An apparatus for wildlife deterrence on a high voltage conductor, the apparatus comprising:an electrical insulator including an electrically insulating material without a conductive material, the electrical insulator comprising:
a first surface;
a second surface that is opposite the first surface;
a first edge that is between the first surface and the second surface, the first edge and the first and second surfaces defining outer edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively; and
a second edge that is opposite the first edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface, the second edge and the first and second surfaces defining interior edges of the first and second surfaces, respectively;
a third edge that is between a proximal end of the first edge and a proximal end of the second edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface;
a fourth edge that is between a distal end of the first edge and a distal end of the second edge and that is between the first surface and the second surface;
a central opening defined in the electrical insulator including through the first and second surfaces; and
a gap defined by the third edge and the fourth edge that communicates with the central opening;
an electrical conductor that is arranged on the first surface of the electrical insulator and is spaced apart from each of the first edge and the second edge, wherein the electrical conductor extends continuously from the third edge to the fourth edge.

US Pat. No. 10,188,092

BREAKAWAY ADAPTER SYSTEM FACILITATING BOTH FRONT-MOUNTED AND REAR-MOUNTED CONFIGURATIONS OF A SPRAYER BOOM

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A breakaway adapter system facilitating both front-mounted and rear-mounted configurations of a sprayer boom of an agricultural sprayer, wherein the sprayer boom includes a main boom body connected to the agricultural sprayer with the main boom body having outer ends, a sprayer facing side facing toward the sprayer, and an outwardly facing side facing away from the sprayer, wherein the breakaway adapter system comprises:a pair of breakaway boom segments arranged outwardly beyond outer ends of the main boom body;
a pair of breakaway joints arranged between the outer ends of the main boom body and the pair of breakaway boom segments, wherein the breakaway joints are configured to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in rearward deflection directions; and
a pair of adapter arrangements between the outer ends of the main boom body and the pair of breakaway joints, each adapter arrangement configured to engage and support either breakaway joint of the pair of breakaway joints;
wherein when the sprayer boom is in the front-mounted configuration, the breakaway joints mount to the adapter arrangements in a first mounting position in which the breakaway joints are arranged to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in a deflection direction that is common with a direction faced by the sprayer facing side of the main boom body; and
wherein when the sprayer boom is in the rear-mounted configuration, the breakaway joints mount to the adapter arrangements in a second mounting position in which the breakaway joints are arranged to allow the breakaway boom segments to deflect in a deflection direction that is common with a direction faced by the outwardly facing side of the main boom body.

US Pat. No. 10,188,091

PORTABLE LIGHT AND INSECT EXTERMINATION DEVICE

alliance sports group, I....

1. A handheld lighting apparatus, comprising:a top housing coupled to a first light source and an electrical grid configured to distribute a quantity of electricity to an object that contacts adjacent portions of the grid, the top housing being slidably mounted to a bottom housing having a cavity therein, the cavity being configured to receive the electrical grid assembly therein,
wherein the first light source emits light ranging from about 400 nm to about 720 nm in a first mode and light ranging from about 315 nm to about 400 nm in a second mode;
an enclosure disposed about the electrical grid assembly configured to permit passage of insects through portions of the enclosure;
a second light source disposed about the bottom housing configured to propagate light in a direction that is parallel to a longitudinal direction of the lighting apparatus;
a power source coupled to the first and second light source and the electric grid; and
a programmable logic control system coupled to a switch and the power source, the control system configured to operate the first light source such that light propagated from one or more LEDs of the first light source ranging from about 315 nm to about 400 nm is pulse width modulated at a rate greater than about 20 KHz while light propagated from one or more LEDs of the first light source ranging from about 400 nm to about 720 nm is not pulse width modulated or is pulse width modulated at a rate below 2 KHz.

US Pat. No. 10,188,090

FISH RECEPTACLE

1. A fish receptacle, comprising:a container having a base, one or more upstanding sidewalls, an open upper end, defining an interior volume, the container configured to store water and fish therein;
a lid pivotally connected to the upper end of the container, the lid providing access to the interior volume of the container;
a door assembly disposed on the lid, the door assembly comprising a frame disposed around a perimeter of an aperture disposed through the lid;
wherein the frame is affixed to an upper surface of the lid about the aperture, wherein a front wall, a rear wall, a left wall, and a right wall each extend perpendicularly away from the frame;
a track disposed within the frame, wherein the track comprises two opposing rails disposed within each of the left and right walls of the frame and a slot through the rear wall of the frame;
wherein the door assembly further comprises a sliding member configured for sliding engagement with the track;
wherein the sliding member is movable between an open position to expose the aperture of the door assembly and a closed position to at least partially cover the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,089

DEVICE FOR REMOVING A FISH FROM A LINE

1. A fish removing device, comprising:a first end bending back into a U shaped end configured to engage a fishing line;
the U shaped end extending into a straight section; and
a gripping section connected to the straight section.

US Pat. No. 10,188,088

FISH STRIKE INDICATING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE WITH AN ICE FISHING TIP-UP

Deep Freeze, LLC, Steven...

1. A fish strike indicating apparatus comprising:an enclosure configured to attach to an ice fishing tip-up flagpole, the enclosure comprising
a cylindrical mounting channel extending longitudinally along a first side of the enclosure, the cylindrical mounting channel adapted to securely receive the flagpole;
a transmitting apparatus disposed inside of the enclosure, wherein the transmitting apparatus is configured to transmit a wireless signal indicative of a fish strike to a mobile device; and
a receiving apparatus disposed inside of the enclosure, wherein the receiving apparatus is configured to receive a wireless signal from the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,188,087

INSECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes:(a) providing:
a separator having an input and an output, the input is configured to accept an insect and gas mixture, the separator separates insects from the insect and gas mixture and outputs an insect-depleted gas stream via said output, the insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form an insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,188,085

SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR CULTURING COCHINEAL INSECTS ON AN ARTIFICIAL MEDIUM

SciConsult, Inc., Fort W...

1. A self-supporting mass, comprising:an artificial culture medium which contains a plant additive and which has been inoculated with a plurality of insects selected from the group consisting of the genus Dactylopius;
wherein said artificial culture medium further comprises a three-dimensional matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,188,083

INSECT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method to separate insects from an insect and gas mixture, the method includes:(a) providing:
(a1) a first separator having a first input and a first output, the first input is configured to accept an insect and gas mixture, the first separator separates insects from the insect and gas mixture and outputs a first insect-depleted gas stream via said first output, the first insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(a2) a second separator having a second input and a second output, said second input is in fluid communication with said first output of the first separator, the second separator is configured to accept at least a portion of the first insect-depleted gas stream from the first separator and separate additional insects therefrom and output a second insect-depleted gas stream via said second output, the second insect-depleted gas stream has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream;
(b) separating insects from the insect and gas mixture to form a first insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the insect and gas mixture; and
(c) after step (b), separating additional insects from the first insect-depleted gas stream to form a second insect-depleted gas stream that has a reduced amount of insects relative to the first insect-depleted gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,188,081

PORT AND PERCH INSERT FOR A BIRD FEEDER

1. A port and perch insert for fitting into an aperture through a wall of a container of a birdfeeder, the port and perch insert comprising a port, a perch, and a snap fit element which flexes to snap over an edge of the aperture and retain the port and perch insert to the container, wherein the snap fit element comprises:a protrusion which snaps over the edge of the aperture to engage against an inside surface of the container;
a flexible root portion which connects the snap fit element to a main body of the port and perch insert, and which flexes to allow the protrusion to snap over the edge of the aperture; and
a paddle portion which is pushable from outside the container once the port and perch insert has been fitted to the container, to flex the root portion and move the protrusion out of engagement with the inside surface of the container to allow the port and perch insert to be removed from the container.

US Pat. No. 10,188,080

FULL 360 DEGREES HANDS-FREE LEASH ATTACHMENT UNIT

1. A hands-free leash attachment unit, comprising:a flexible outer hose shaped as a ring and having an innermost perimeter facing a center point of said ring and an outermost perimeter opposite said innermost perimeter, said flexible outer hose having a longitudinal length and a slot extending said longitudinal length along said outermost perimeter of said flexible outer hose;
a pad located on said innermost perimeter of said flexible outer hose;
a corrugated inner hose shaped as a ring, said corrugated inner hose being placed within a hollow of said flexible outer hose and having a longitudinal length and a slot extending said longitudinal length of said corrugated inner hose and along an outermost perimeter of said corrugated inner hose;
an innermost ring being one of a rope or a chain, said innermost ring being placed in a hollow of said corrugated inner hose so that said corrugated inner hose is between said flexible outer hose and said innermost ring;
whereby said innermost ring is configured to move independently of said flexible outer hose within said hollow of said corrugated inner hose.

US Pat. No. 10,188,079

STRAP FOR ATTACHING A DECORATIVE ORNAMENT TO THE HEAD OF A PET

1. A strap assembly for securing a decorative ornament to a head of an animal, comprising:a chin strap comprising a continuous loop;
a first ear strap for placement around a back of a first ear of the animal;
a second ear strap for placement around a back of a second ear of the animal; and
an ornament attachment device permitting an ornament to be removably attached thereto;
wherein the first ear strap and the second ear strap can be joined together permitting the joined-together ear straps to wrap under the neck of the animal;
wherein the first ear strap and the second ear strap are portions of a single, continuous elongated strip when joined together;
wherein the chin strap is attached to the continuous elongated strip;
wherein the ornament attachment device is attached to the chin strap and the continuous elongated strip at the point where the chin strap and the continuous elongated strip are attached together.

US Pat. No. 10,188,078

GRAVITY FLOW FEEDER

1. A gravity flow animal feeder, comprising:a. first and second canisters having an upper and lower ends;
b. first and second funnels having an upper and lower ends, said upper end of said first funnel attached to said first canister at said lower end of said first canister and said second funnel attached to said second canister at said lower end of said second canister;
c. a chute having an upper and lower end, said upper end of said chute attached to said lower ends of said first and second funnels;
d. a trough attached to said lower end of said chute, said trough having an internal cavity, wherein said first and second canisters, said first and second funnels, said chute, and said trough are engaged to allow for the passage of feed there through;
e. an access in said trough, said access being pivotally articulable between an open and closed position;
f. a cylinder having a piston movable therein, said cylinder attached to said access, said cylinder being articulable for extending and retracting said piston for pivotally opening and closing said cavity; and
g. a timing mechanism means for triggering said cylinder to open and close said access.

US Pat. No. 10,188,077

HANG-ON NATURAL WATER DRINKING SYSTEM

Ying Yeeh Enterprise Co.,...

1. A hang-on natural water drinking system, provided in form of a hang-on drinking system adapted to effectuate a natural water state, the hang-on drinking system comprising:a holder having a pipe segment;
a water-holding unit for holding drinking water and laterally provided with a connecting segment for drawing water off the water-holding unit, allowing the pipe segment to fit around the connecting segment; and
a drinking unit serving pets and comprising a basic drinking portion, a supporting portion, and a diverting portion, the basic drinking portion having an end extending to form a guide trough, the guide trough abutting against the connecting segment from below to guide water to the basic drinking portion, allowing water to go from an end of a submerged motor to the diverting portion coupled to the basic drinking portion, allowing the water in the diverting portion to flow across at least one blocking region defined at the diverting portion in a manner to enter a turbulent white-water drinking state, wherein the water not only enters the basic drinking portion to serve the pets, but is also driven by the submerged motor coupled to the basic drinking portion to move upward and get introduced into the diverting portion so that the water from the water-holding unit circulates through the drinking unit continuously.

US Pat. No. 10,188,076

CAT LITTER PRODUCT

OIL-DRI CORPORATION OF AM...

1. A lightweight clumping cat litter, comprising 45%-80% by weight of sodium bentonite and 20%-55% by weight of a non-swelling sorbent material, wherein the non-swelling sorbent material includes a cellulose-containing material, and wherein the sodium bentonite comprises 47% or more of the external surface area of the litter, and wherein upon contact with a sufficient amount of liquid, a portion of the litter so-contacted forms an intact, removable clump within thirty seconds of the contact, which clump remains intact for at least one hour after the contact.

US Pat. No. 10,188,051

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IRRIGATION

1. A method for controlling irrigation of one or more agricultural plants comprisingA. Allowing irrigation water to fall on agricultural plants from a container through an aperture in the container that may be opened or closed electronically;
B. Collecting irrigation water that exits the agricultural plants into a collector,
C. Funneling the irrigation water from the collector into a tipping bucket, wherein the tipping bucket has two sides of triangular shape, and a bottom beneath and common to both sides, and wherein an electrode is fixedly attached to the bottom;
D. Allowing the irrigation water to fill one side of the tipping bucket sufficiently to cause it to tip, causing the electrode fixedly attached to the bottom of the tipping bucket to move past a second electrode electrically connected to an electrical circuit that is also connected to the aperture in the container from which the irrigation water comes;
E. Completing an electrical circuit for a time sufficient to generate an electrical pulse;
G. Counting each electrical pulse,
H. Sending the electrical pulse created when the first fixedly attached electrode instantaneously contacts the second electrode to the aperture of the container from which the irrigation water comes;
I. Opening or closing the aperture of the container; and
K. Not using weight measurements, pH measurements, soil moisture measurements, nor measurements of chemical composition of the irrigation water exiting the agricultural plant to control the opening or closing of the container from which the irrigation water comes.

US Pat. No. 10,188,049

CUSTOMIZED CROP MODELING

CropMetrics LLC, North B...

1. A crop modeling system comprising:an irrigation system; and
a user input device communicatively coupled to the irrigation system via a communication connection,
wherein the irrigation system and the user input device are configured to communicate with a processor and a non-transitory memory with one or more executable instructions stored thereon, wherein the processor is configured to execute the one or more executable instructions, wherein the one or more executable instructions are configured to cause the processor to:
open a crop modeling graphical user interface for a geospatial location of a field associated with the irrigation system, wherein the crop modeling graphical user interface includes a crop model for the geospatial location of the field;
move a crop graphical user interface element to a mapped location on the crop modeling graphical user interface responsive to one or more user inputs received via the user input device, wherein the one or more user inputs correspond to the geospatial location of the field, wherein the one or more user inputs at least partially include data obtained during an in-season timeframe;
generate an in-season crop model by applying the one or more user inputs to the crop model via the moving of the crop graphical user interface element, wherein the in-season crop model includes one or more forecasted water application rates for the geospatial location of the field;
store the in-season crop model as a list of one or more updates made to the in-season crop model, wherein a history of the one or more updates is retrievable via an access point; and
generate one or more control signals based on the in-season crop model, wherein the one or more control signals are configured to adjust one or more components of the irrigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,188,048

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING MOVEMENT OF DISEASE FIELD

BE SEEN BE SAFE LTD., To...

1. A method for monitoring movement of disease across agricultural areas of interest comprising:displaying, on a map of an application of a first device, at least one virtual zone corresponding to an agricultural geographic area of interest,
the at least one virtual zone defined by at least one geofence,
each virtual zone associated with a level of risk that indicates a likelihood of an outbreak of a disease detrimental to agriculture within the agricultural area of interest,
each virtual zone configured to receive access notification information from each geofence when tracked devices enter an area defined by that geofence,
the access information including the level of risk associated with the tracked devices, and
the level of risk associated with the virtual zone comprising a level of risk associated with the tracked devices that have entered an area defined by the virtual zone within a period of time associated with the disease; and
receiving an alert message associated with a level of risk when the first device is in proximity to a virtual zone associated with that level of risk, the alert message received prior to the first device entering the virtual zone.

US Pat. No. 10,188,047

PLANT LABELING SYSTEM AND GARDEN TOOLS

1. A modular display system, comprising:a seed storage hutch;
a vertical display stand supporting the seed storage hutch;
at least one pigtail attached to the stand and configured to support at least one growing pot, hook or shelf above the ground, wherein the at least one pigtail is attached to the stand and may be swiveled, positioned vertically along the stand or removed entirely; and
a base configured to receive and support the display stand in a substantially vertical orientation.