US Pat. No. 10,967,330

CENTRAL TUBE COMPONENT OF FILTER ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

1. A manufacturing method for a central tube assembly for a filter cartridge, comprising:bending a filtering membrane towards a raw-water side to form a first membrane layer and a second membrane layer, connecting an input-water filtering net with a first half-tube, then arranging the input-water filtering net connected with the first half-tube between the first membrane layer and the second membrane layer and adjacent to a bending position of the filtering membrane;
connecting a produced-water filtering net with a second half-tube, arranging the second half-tube adjacent to the first half-tube and outside of a bending of the filtering membrane, connecting an upper end of the first half-tube with an upper end of the second half-tube, and connecting a lower end of the first half-tube with a lower end of the second half-tube;
coiling the produced-water filtering net, the first membrane layer and the second membrane layer on the first half-tube and the second half-tube in a same direction to fix the first half-tube with the second half-tube;
coating glue on a lower surface of an upper-end cover and on an upper surface of a lower-end cover; and
fitting the upper-end cover over upper ends of the first half-tube and the second half-tube, pressing an upper end of the filtering membrane by the upper-end cover to form a sealing glue layer, fitting the lower-end cover over lower ends of the first half-tube and the second half-tube, pressing a lower end of the filtering membrane by the lower-end cover to form a sealing glue layer, thereby obtaining the central tube assembly wherein the two ends of the first half-tube each are provided with a first pre-mounting portion beyond the filtering membrane, the two ends of the second half-tube each are provided with a second pre-mounting portion beyond the filtering membrane, the first pre-mounting portion and the second pre-mounting portion are connected before the filtering membrane is coiled, and the first pre-mounting portion and the second pre-mounting portion are cut off after the filtering membrane completes coiling.

US Pat. No. 10,967,329

AUTOMOTIVE EXHAUST AFTERTREATMENT SYSTEM HAVING A SWIRL-BACK MIXER

Faurecia Emissions Contro...

1. An exhaust aftertreatment system for use with a diesel engine, the system comprisinga mixer body defining an engine exhaust gas passageway that extends along a primary axis,
a doser configured to discharge reducing agent (DEF) into the engine exhaust gas passageway along a doser axis perpendicular to the primary axis, and
a reducing agent delivery sub-assembly, the sub-assembly including
a swirl unit arranged along a doser axis perpendicular to the primary axis of the mixer body, the swirl unit defining a swirl chamber configured receive the reducing agent from the doser and to induce rotation into an exhaust stream moving through the exhaust aftertreatment system to encourage mixing with the reducing agent and discharge a mixture of the exhaust stream and the reducing agent from the swirl chamber along the doser axis, and
a flow-back unit positioned downstream of the swirl unit and shaped to cause the mixture of the exhaust stream and the reducing agent discharged from the swirl chamber to make a first 180 degree turn such that the mixture travels circumferentially about the primary axis and toward the swirl unit and to make a second 180 degree turn in such that the mixture travels away from the swirl unit and perpendicularly to the primary axis.

US Pat. No. 10,967,328

METHOD OF SIMULTANEOUS REMOVAL OF NO AND CARBON PARTICLES AND INORGANIC DUST FROM FLUE GASES AND CATALYTIC REACTOR FOR REMOVAL OF NO AND CARBON PARTICLES AND INORGANIC DUST FROM FLUE GASES

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI,...

1. A method comprising:a) receiving flue gasses into a reactor including a body,
wherein the body includes a heated annular inner wall with an undulating inner wall surface,
and wherein the received flue gases are directed to move rotationally within the body by the inner wall,
b) directing the rotationally moving flue gasses downwardly within the body by engagement with a spiral band coated with a catalyst operative to directly remove NO from the gasses,
c) enabling the gas that has been directed downwardly by the band to pass upwardly through a cylindrical heated chamber within the body to a flue gas outlet from the body,
wherein the chamber includes a plurality of slices including the catalyst,
whereby NO, carbonic particles and inorganic dust are removed from the gas by the reactor.

US Pat. No. 10,967,327

SPRAY DRYING SYSTEM

MITSUBISHI POWER, LTD., ...

1. A spray drying system for drying wastewater to be dried, the spray drying system comprising:an exhaust gas introduction line for introducing an exhaust gas discharged from an exhaust gas generation source, the exhaust gas introduction line being connected to a plurality of exhaust gas ducts for allowing the exhaust gas to flow through, the exhaust gas introduction line being configured to extract the exhaust gas from each of the plurality of exhaust gas ducts, the exhaust gas generation source being configured to generate the exhaust gas by combusting a fuel; and
at least one spray drying device connected to the exhaust gas introduction line and configured to bring the exhaust gas introduced from the exhaust gas introduction line into contact with the wastewater, wherein the number of spray drying devices is smaller than the number of the plurality of exhaust gas ducts; and
an exhaust gas discharge line connecting the spray drying device and each of the plurality of exhaust gas ducts,
wherein the exhaust gas discharge line includes:
a single upstream-side exhaust gas discharge line connected to the spray drying device;
a plurality of downstream-side exhaust gas discharge lines, wherein a downstream-side exhaust gas discharge line among the plurality of downstream-side exhaust gas discharge lines is connected to each of the plurality of exhaust gas ducts; and
a discharge-side branch part branched into each of the plurality of downstream-side exhaust gas discharge lines from the single upstream-side exhaust gas discharge line.

US Pat. No. 10,967,326

ELECTROCHEMICAL DRYING OF HUMID INERT GAS FOR FUEL TANK INERTING

Hamilton Sundstrand Corpo...

1. A fuel tank inerting system comprising:an inlet for taking in process air;
an on-board inert gas generating system for converting the process air to inert gas;
a proton exchange membrane dryer comprising:
a cathode for receiving the process air from the inlet and directing the process air to the on-board inert gas generating system; and
an anode for receiving and drying the inert gas from the on-board inert gas generating system to produce dried inert gas, so that the dried inert gas contains no more than five grams of water per kilogram of inert gas;
a condenser disposed downstream of the on-board inert gas generating system and upstream of the proton exchange membrane dryer, wherein the condenser is configured to condense water from the inert gas, and wherein the condenser is located in a ram air duct and is configured to use ram air as a cooling air flow when ram air is available and an alternative cold sink as the cooling air flow when ram air is not available, wherein the condenser is further configured to ensure its operating temperature does not drop below freezing when the cooling air flow is at subfreezing conditions; and
an outlet for receiving the dried inert gas from the anode and expelling the dried inert gas.

US Pat. No. 10,967,325

ABSORBENT SOLUTION BASED ON HYDROXYL DERIVATIVES OF 1,6-HEXANEDIAMINE AND METHOD FOR ELIMINATING ACID COMPOUNDS FROM A GASEOUS EFFLUENT

IFP Energies nouvelles, ...

1. A method of removing acid compounds contained in a gaseous effluent, wherein an acid compound absorption step is carried out by contacting the gaseous effluent with an absorbent solution comprising:water, and
at least one nitrogen compound of formula (I) as follows:

wherein:
radicals R1, R2, R3 are each selected independently from a methyl radical and a
hydroxyethyl radical, provided that at least one radical R1, R2, R3 is a methyl radical.

US Pat. No. 10,967,324

RECLAIMING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND CO2 RECOVERY DEVICE AND METHOD

Mitsubishi Heavy Industri...

1. A reclaiming apparatus, comprising:a container in which a reclaiming process of an absorption liquid is performed;
a waste liquid line configured to carry a flow of a waste liquid from the container;
a waste liquid cooler, installed in the waste liquid line, for cooling the waste liquid from the container;
a cleaning-water supply line for supplying the waste liquid cooler with cleaning water for cleaning the waste liquid cooler; and
a line configured to supply the container with the cleaning water after the cleaning water has been used to clean the waste liquid cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,967,323

EXHAUST GAS PURIFYING AND HEAT RECOVERING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SLUDGE TREATMENT

Swison Creative Environme...

1. An exhaust gas purifying and heat recovering system for sludge treatment, comprising:a first heat exchange flow path including a first heat exchanger, and a second heat exchanger and a third heat exchanger arranged downstream of the first heat exchanger, a first heat exchange medium is circulated in the first heat exchange flow path, to heat process gas for sludge treatment in the first heat exchanger, the heated process gas is directed to a sludge treatment device generating a sludge treated exhaust gas;
a second purification and heat exchange flow path including a heat exchange tank containing a second liquid heat exchange medium, the sludge treated exhaust gas is discharged into the heat exchange tank, is purged by the second liquid heat exchange medium in the heat exchange tank, hence, generating a dirty liquid, and transfers the heat to the second liquid heat exchange medium so as to be cooled, the second heat exchanger is in heat exchange relationship with the second liquid heat exchange medium in the heat exchange tank to transfer heat of the second liquid heat exchange medium to the first heat exchange medium in the second heat exchanger;
a fourth purified gas recovery flow path, the cooled exhaust gas from the heat exchange tank flows through the third heat exchanger to exchange heat with the first heat exchange medium flowing through the third heat exchanger, and flows through the fourth purified gas recovery flow path, at least a portion of the exhaust gas after being heat exchanged is directed back to the first heat exchanger via an intake port to recycle the process gas;
a third dirty liquid separation flow path including a dirty liquid separation tank provided between a dirty liquid outlet of the heat exchange tank and a clean liquid inlet of the heat exchange tank, for separating the dirty liquid after purging the sludge treated exhaust gas, and the separated liquid is again directed to the clean liquid inlet of the heat exchange tank; and
a gas distribution device disposed upstream of an intake conduit of the heat exchange tank for receiving the sludge treated exhaust gas from the sludge treatment device and for enabling the sludge-treated exhaust gas to evenly enter the heat exchange tank.

US Pat. No. 10,967,322

OVATE TUBULAR FILTER CARTRIDGES AND FILTER SYSTEMS USING THE SAME

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter cartridge comprising:tubular filter media defining an interior surface facing an interior volume of the filter cartridge and an exterior surface facing away from the interior volume, wherein the tubular filter media defines a tubular filter media length measured along a tube axis extending from a first end to a second end of the tubular filter media;
wherein, in a cross-section taken transverse to the tube axis at any location, the interior surface of the tubular filter media defines an inner perimeter;
wherein the cross-section comprises a maximum height (Hmax) measured between a top point and a bottom point, wherein the top point and the bottom point are located on the inner perimeter and an axis of maximum height that extends across the cross-section at a location and in an orientation such that the top point and the bottom point are points on the inner perimeter that are furthest apart from each other along any straight line extending across the cross-section;
wherein the cross-section comprises a maximum width (Wmax) measured between a first point and a second point located on the inner perimeter and on an axis of maximum width, wherein the axis of maximum width is located along a straight line perpendicular to the axis of maximum height, and wherein the axis of maximum width intersects the axis of maximum height at a bottom axis intersection point where the first point and the second point are furthest from each other on any straight line perpendicular to the axis of maximum height;
wherein the bottom axis intersection point is located closer to the bottom point of the axis of maximum height than the top point of the axis of maximum height;
wherein the cross-section comprises a bottom section height measured along the axis of maximum height from the bottom point to the bottom axis intersection point, and wherein the bottom section height is greater than zero;
wherein the inner perimeter of the cross-section comprises a bottom perimeter section containing the bottom point, wherein the bottom perimeter section comprises a bottom perimeter section length measured along the inner perimeter from the first point to the second point;
wherein the inner perimeter of the cross-section comprises a top perimeter section containing the top point, wherein the top perimeter section extends from a first end to a second end, wherein the first end is located on the inner perimeter between the first point and the top point and the second end is located on the inner perimeter between the second point and the top point, wherein first end and the second end of the top perimeter section are the points at which a top perimeter section line intersects the inner perimeter, and wherein the top perimeter section comprises a top perimeter section length measured along the inner perimeter from the first end to the second end;
wherein the top perimeter section line is a straight line that is perpendicular to the axis of maximum height and that intersects the axis of maximum height at a top axis intersection point, wherein the cross-section comprises a top section height measured along the axis of maximum height from the top axis intersection point to the top point on the inner perimeter;
wherein the top section height is equal to the bottom section height;
wherein an inscribed circle located within the inner perimeter of the cross-section occupies less than all and 60% or more of an inner area defined by the inner perimeter;
and wherein the bottom perimeter section length is greater than the top perimeter section length such that more of the tubular filter media faces downward than upward when the filter cartridge is oriented with the bottom perimeter facing downward.

US Pat. No. 10,967,321

AIR FILTER CLOG DETECTOR

1. An air filter clog detector comprising:a light source configured to emit light toward an air filter;
a light detector configured to measure a color of light reflected by the air filter; and
circuitry configured to determine whether the air filter is clogged based on the color of light reflected by the air filter by comparing the color of light reflected by the air filter with a user-specified color value representing a clogged filter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,320

PULSE JET AIR CLEANER SYSTEMS; COMPONENTS; AND, METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. An air cleaner assembly comprising:(a) a housing having a sidewall; an air flow inlet; and, an flow outlet; and, defining an interior;
(i) the housing sidewall having a dust evacuation arrangement therethrough;
(ii) the housing having an end openable for service access to the interior of the housing;
(iii) the air flow outlet being an axial air flow outlet at an end of the housing; and
(iv) the housing sidewall having the air flow inlet located therethrough;
(b) a serviceable filter cartridge operably positioned in the interior of the housing;
(i) the serviceable filter cartridge being removable from the housing; and,
(ii) the serviceable filter cartridge comprising media surrounding an open, central, interior; and
(iii) the serviceable filter cartridge including a first end cap and a second end cap, the media extending between the first end cap and the second end cap, and the first end cap being an open end cap;
(c) a pulse jet distribution arrangement comprising a distributor member projecting within the open, central, interior of the serviceable filter cartridge a distance of at least 35% of an axial length between the first end cap and the second end cap to direct a pulse of compressed gas into the open, central, interior of the filter cartridge; and
(d) an inlet valve arrangement having: a first, open, inflow position; and, a second, closed, position;
(i) when in the first, open, inflow position, the inlet valve arrangement allowing inlet flow through the air flow inlet into the pulse jet distribution arrangement; and,
(ii) when the second, closed, position, the inlet valve arrangement inhibiting pulse flow out the air flow inlet and into the pulse jet distribution arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,967,319

AIR CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. An air cleaner comprising:a first air cleaning module provided with a first connection unit; and
a second air cleaning module couplable to the first air cleaning module and provided with a second connection unit, and
wherein the second connection unit is configured to be couplable to the first connection unit,
the first connection unit configured to be disposed inside of the first air cleaning module when the first connection unit is separated from the second connection unit, and
at least a portion of the first connection unit configured to be protruding out of the first air cleaning module when the first connection unit is coupled to the second connection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,967,318

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR EASY FITMENT AND REMOVAL OF A FILTER MEDIA

1. A filter assembly comprising:a) a frame having a rectangular shape with four lateral side edges, said four lateral side edges including a first edge being a top edge and a second edge being a side edge that is adjacent to the first edge, wherein said frame is enclosed about three of the four lateral side edges, said first edge having a rectangular opening which provides access to an interior portion of the frame, wherein said second edge includes a handle, wherein said frame further includes a plurality of vertical elements and a plurality of horizontal elements, wherein said vertical elements extend from a bottom edge of the frame and extends toward the top proximal edge of the frame, wherein said horizontal elements extend from said second edge and terminate at an opposing side edge being parallel to the second edge, wherein said vertical elements overlap the horizontal elements such that a cross member is formed to define four open rectangular sections of the frame;
b) a replaceable filter media slidably introduced into the rectangular opening of the first edge to be secured into the interior portion of said frame, wherein said rectangular opening of the first edge cooperates with the shape of the replaceable filter media; and
c) a housing with a rectangular shape defining a confined space, said confined space accessed from an opening along a side edge of the housing, wherein said frame having the replaceable media therein is slidably insertable into the housing to be enclosed in the confined space.

US Pat. No. 10,967,317

FILTER ASSEMBLY WITH CURVED INLET GUIDE

1. An inlet guide comprising:a plurality of rectangular openings, each opening defined by a set of long sides and a set of short sides, the plurality of openings running parallel to the set of long sides;
wherein each opening comprises a first pair of lofted surfaces facing toward the respective opening of the plurality of openings along each respective set of long sides; and
wherein each opening comprises a second pair of lofted surfaces facing toward the respective opening of the plurality of openings along each respective set of short sides,
wherein the second pair of lofted surfaces are lofted from a first end of the inlet guide to a second end of the inlet guide;
wherein a cross-sectional area of each opening decreases from the first end of the inlet guide to the second end of the inlet guide;
wherein the inlet guide is configured to be installed directly on a filter cassette; and
wherein a height to width ratio of at least one of: the first pair of lofted surfaces or the second pair of lofted surfaces is a ratio in a range of from 1:1 to 1:2.7 that is configured to reduce a pressure drop across the filter cassette to less than 500 Pa, tested with a flow of air passed through the filter cassette at 6,400 m3/hour.

US Pat. No. 10,967,316

COMPACT GAS-LIQUID FILTRATION CYCLONE SEPARATION UNIT

The University of Tulsa, ...

1. A separation system comprising:a fluid conduit joined by an inlet to a cylindrical cyclone chamber, said inlet is located off-center from the center axis of said cylindrical cyclone chamber;
a filtration section positioned above said cylindrical cyclone chamber, said filtration section having a first end in fluid communication with said cylindrical cyclone chamber and a second end in fluid communication with an overhead fluid outlet conduit;
a liquid outlet providing fluid communication from a lower portion of said filtration section;
a first liquid conduit in fluid communication with said liquid outlet, said first liquid conduit having a vertical section;
a first liquid sensor and a second liquid sensor positioned on said vertical section of said first liquid conduit, said first liquid sensor acts as a high volume liquid sensor and said second liquid sensor acts as a low volume liquid sensor;
a filtration media positioned within a central portion of said filtration section, said filtration media configured as a conduit such that an exterior surface of said filtration media and an interior surface of said filtration section form an annulus; and,
a valve moveable from a first open position to a second closed position and wherein said first and second liquid sensors carried by said vertical section of said first liquid conduit control said valve.

US Pat. No. 10,967,315

FINE FIBER MEDIA LAYER

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A filter construction comprising a filter media, the filter media comprising:a single filtration substrate layer comprising a cellulosic nonwoven substrate or a synthetic polymer nonwoven substrate, the single filtration substrate layer having a first surface; and
a single fine fiber layer formed on and adhered to the first surface of the filtration substrate layer, the fine fiber layer having a thickness of no greater than 30 microns, the fine fiber layer comprising a random distribution of fibers having a diameter of about 0.05 to 0.5 micron, the fibers comprising a nylon polymer;
wherein the fibers are configured such that after exposure of the filter media to air at 140° F. and 100% relative humidity for 16 hours at least 50% of the fiber remains substantially unchanged for filtration; and
wherein the filter media is arranged in a pleated configuration or a cylindrical configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,967,314

WATER FLOATING OBJECT TREATMENT DEVICE FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT

Zhijun Wang, Shenzhen (C...

1. A water floating object treatment device for sewage treatment, comprising:a round box; a suction filter mechanism; a scraping mechanism; and a discharging mechanism;
wherein three ends of three liquid inlet pipes are annularly disposed on a middle of an annular surface of the round box at equal intervals; the three liquid inlet pipes are communicated with the round box, and three fan-shaped holes are annularly disposed on an end surface of one end of the round box at equal intervals;
wherein the suction filter mechanism comprises a water pump and a three-blade long plate; the water pump is disposed on a middle of an end surface of another end of the round box; and one end of a round tube is disposed on a water inlet of the water pump; the three-blade long plate is a cavity structure, and an assembling hole is disposed on a middle of one end inside the cavity structure; strip holes are disposed on two sides surfaces of each of three supporting plates of the three-blade long plate, and fine-hole filter plates are disposed inside the strip holes; and the three-blade long plate is disposed inside the round box;
wherein the scraping mechanism comprises fan-shaped scraping plates, each fan-shaped scraping plate is located in a respective fan-shaped space, the respective fan-shaped space is formed between each two adjacent supporting plates of the three-blade long plate and an inner annular wall of the round box, and fine screw rods pass through each middle portion of the fan-shaped scraping plates; two guide sliding rods pass through each of the fan-shaped scraping plates, one on either side of the middle portion; and the guide sliding rods are slidably disposed on two sides of the fan-shaped scraping plates; steel wire brush bristles are densely adhered to two side surfaces of each fan-shaped scraping plate; the fine screw rods are rotatably disposed inside the fan-shaped spaces; one end of each of the fine screw rods is disposed on one end of a shaft rod of a plurality of motors; and
wherein the discharging mechanism comprises a slurry pump and a rubber round block; the slurry pump is communicated with a bottom of an annular surface of a round frame through a connecting pipe, and a round port of the round frame is sealingly disposed on an end surface edge of one end of the round box; the rubber round block is adhered to a round surface of one side of a round plate, and one end of a push rod of an air cylinder is disposed on a middle of another side of the round plate; the air cylinder is disposed on a middle position of an end surface of one end of the round frame.

US Pat. No. 10,967,313

FILTER CARTRIDGE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A filter cartridge for operatively coupling to an interface, the interface comprising a bypass valve for actuating the interface between a bypass mode in which fluid flowing through the interface does not flow through the filter cartridge and a treatment mode in which the fluid flowing through the interface is directed through the filter cartridge for treatment by the filter cartridge, the filter cartridge comprising:a cartridge housing having a first end and a second end and extending along a housing longitudinal axis through the first end and the second end;
a filter media contained within the cartridge housing between the first end and the second end;
a first end cap on the first end of the cartridge housing; and
a bypass valve actuator attached to the cartridge housing, wherein the cartridge housing has a notch proximate the first end of the cartridge housing, and the bypass valve actuator is attached to the cartidge housing in the notch, and wherein the bypass valve actuator extends distally to an actuator distal end, the bypass valve actuator configured such that the actuator distal end actuates the bypass valve of the interface as the filter cartridge is coupled to the interface, the bypass valve actuator comprising:
an elongated rod having a rod first end connected to the cartridge housing, wherein the elongated rod extends distally and substantially parallel to the housing longitudinal axis from the rod first end to a rod distal end which forms the actuator distal end, and further wherein the elongated rod is attached to the cartridge housing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,312

PIPELINE STRAINER WITH MAGNETIC INSERT

The Metraflex Company, C...

1. A pipeline strainer comprising:a body having a Y-shape and comprising an inlet for a fluid, an outlet for a cleaned fluid, a debris drain, and a cavity inside of the body connecting the inlet, the outlet, and the debris drain;
a straining element disposed in the cavity and configured to remove particles from the fluid to provide the cleaned fluid, the straining element having an open first end and an open second end opposite the open first end; and,
at least one magnet disposed, in a drywell, between the open first end and the open second end of the straining element and configured to be removed from the body without causing liquid within the cavity to drain from the pipeline strainer; and
wherein a longitudinal axis of the drywell and a longitudinal axis of the straining element are offset.

US Pat. No. 10,967,311

IRRIGATION WATER FILTERING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USE

1. An irrigation water filtering system, comprising:a support apparatus, having:
one or more pontoons configured to provide buoyance to the system;
a suction pipe integrally attached to the one or more pontoons, the suction pipe having an opening into the suction pipe;
a plate integrally connected to the one or more pontoons and the suction pipe, the plate being substantially circular; and
a wheel bearing shaft;
a venturi system, having:
a venturi suction pipe in fluid communication with the suction pipe;
an outlet pipe positioned at an end of the venturi suction pipe, the outlet pipe having an opening;
a venturi inlet pipe into a supply line, the inlet extending through the plate;
a filtering assembly configured to engage with the plate around the venturi system, the filtering assembly having:
a filter drum having a filtered body and a closed end;
a wheel bearing assembly attached to the closed end and configured to engage with the wheel bearing shaft to secure the screen assembly in place;
a plurality of buckets mounted to the closed end;
a pump engaged with the suction pipe and configured to receive water therefrom;
wherein the one or more pontoons and the suction pipe extend into the filter drum;
wherein water is pulled through the venturi suction pipe via venturi pressure created inside the filter drum and further pushed to the outlet pipe to fall out of the opening in the outlet pipe and into the plurality of buckets; and
wherein gravitational pull of the plurality of buckets with water cause the filter drum to rotate about the wheel bearing assembly and the wheel bearing shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,967,310

LIQUID FILTER ASSEMBLIES; FEATURES; COMPONENTS; AND, METHODS

Donaldson Company, Inc., ...

1. A liquid filter cartridge comprising:(a) filter media surrounding an open filter interior;
(i) the filter media having first and second opposite ends; and defining a central axis;
(b) a first end construction positioned at the first end of the filter media;
(c) a second end construction positioned at the second end of the media;
(i) the second end construction being open, and including a central spigot projecting away from the media and surrounding and defining a central liquid flow aperture in liquid flow communication with the open filter interior;
(ii) a seal member positioned on the spigot; and
(iii) a radial alignment abutment member having an abutment surface;
(A) the abutment member projecting a direction away from the media a distance further than at least a portion of the seal member closest to the media; and
(B) the radial alignment abutment member extending from the second end construction and radially spaced from the spigot and defining a gap radially between a portion of the radial alignment abutment member and a portion of the spigot.

US Pat. No. 10,967,309

WATER PURIFYING SYSTEM AND BACKWASH MODULE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Doosan Heavy Industries C...

1. A method of controlling a backwash module configured to perform a backwash by feeding backwash water to a raw water filter, the backwash module including a first inlet configured to receive raw water from a tank storing the raw water, a second inlet configured to receive a portion of permeate water permeated by the raw water filter, a first outlet through which the received raw water is discharged, and a second outlet through which the backwash water is discharged, the method comprising:using the received raw water to apply pressure to the portion of permeate water such that the backwash module feeds the portion of permeate water to the raw water filter as the backwash water, and
using the received portion of the permeate water to apply pressure to the received raw water such that the backwash module feeds the raw water back to the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,967,308

MODULAR BACKWASH ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

1. A modular backwash assembly, comprising:a filter brick body (1) of a cuboid structure, a square trench (2) provided at the center of an upper portion of the filter brick body (1) and is provided with a plurality of stiffeners (3) and fillers, a mating cover (4) provided over the square trench (2),
an inner cavity (5) and brick legs (6) provided at a lower portion of the filter brick body (1), the inner cavity (5) penetrates through the filter brick body (1) and the brick legs (6) are respectively disposed at an equal interval under the long sides of the filter brick body (1), wherein the fillers are either concrete or an adsorbent counterweight package, wherein the cover (4) is a solid cover when the fillers is concrete, and wherein the cover (4) is a hollow cover when the fillers is an adsorbent counterweight package,
a flow control gap (7) provided between the brick legs (6) and having the same width as the brick legs (6), a positioning block (8) provided above the flow control gap (7), a first slot (9) and a second slot (10) respectively provided at the brick legs (6) at two ends, and a corresponding first chuck (11) and a second chuck (12) respectively provided at the opposite sides of the first slot (9) and the second slot (10),
a male fastener (13) provided at one short side of the filter brick body (1) and a corresponding female fastener (14) provided at the other short side, the male fastener (13) and the female fastener (14) are configured to connect transversely adjacent filter brick bodies, wherein the male fastener (13) comprises a first positive round tenon (131) and a first negative round groove (132), the female fastener (14) comprises a second positive round tenon (141) and a second negative round groove (142), the first positive round tenon (131) and the second positive round tenon (141) are respectively provided with an expansion slit (133), the first positive round tenon (131) and the second negative round groove (142), the first negative round groove (132) and the second positive round tenon (141) match each other respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,967,307

AUTOMATED, SELF-CLEANING FILTER

SW FILTER SOLUTIONS LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a first structure, a second structure, a third structure, a housing, a motive power source;
the first structure having a first outer surface, a first inner surface, and a first wall between the first inner surface and the first outer surface;
the first structure having a first inner space, defined by the first inner surface;
the first inner space having a first cylindrical chamber;
the first cylindrical chamber having a first longitudinal axis;
the first structure having a first outer diameter extending from the first outer surface and across the first cylindrical chamber in a first direction normal to the first longitudinal axis;
the first wall having a first part with one or more first openings, communicating between the first outer surface and the first cylindrical chamber, arranged in a first pattern, the first pattern approximating a helix about the first longitudinal axis;
the first structure having a first drive attachment transferring a first rotational force to the first structure;
the second structure having a second outer surface, a second inner surface, and a second wall between the second inner surface and the second outer surface;
the second structure having a second inner space, defined by the second inner surface;
the second inner space having a second cylindrical chamber;
the second cylindrical chamber having a second longitudinal axis;
the second structure having a second inner diameter extending from the second inner surface and across the second cylindrical chamber in a second direction normal to the second longitudinal axis;
the second wall having a second part with one or more second openings, communicating between the second outer surface and the second cylindrical chamber, arranged in a second pattern;
the second pattern being different from the first pattern and approximating a line parallel to the second longitudinal axis;
the second inner diameter accommodating the first outer diameter;
the first cylindrical chamber being disposed within the second cylindrical chamber;
the first pattern of the one or more first openings and the second pattern of the one or more second openings being positioned so that, when the first rotational force is applied to the first structure and fluid under pressure is introduced within the first structure, a jet of the fluid under pressure can escape through both the first structure and the second structure where the first openings align with the second openings;
the third structure having a third longitudinal axis parallel to the second longitudinal axis;
the third structure including a third part with third openings sized to filter particles from fluid passing through the third openings;
the third structure having a third drive attachment transferring a third rotational force to the third structure;
the housing having a bottom side and a top side, the bottom side of the housing including a base portion, the base portion of the housing having a plurality of fluid ports to allow fluid to flow into or out of the housing;
the housing enclosing at least:
the first part of the first wall of the first structure;
the second part of the second wall of the second structure; and
the third part of the third structure;
the motive power source operable to apply the first rotational force and the third rotational force;
the first structure being coupled to a first fluid port of the plurality of fluid ports;
the housing being coupled to a second fluid port of the plurality of fluid ports;
the third structure being coupled to a third fluid port of the plurality of fluid ports;
the housing being coupled to a fourth fluid port of the plurality of fluid ports;
the housing being coupled to a filter vent port;
the first part of the first structure comprising polyoxymethylene;
the polyoxymethylene providing a snug and slidable engagement between the first structure and the second structure and accommodating a film of fluid therebetween which acts as a lubricant between the first structure and the second structure; and
the motive power source comprising a first motor, at the top side of the housing, configured to apply the first rotational force, and a second motor different from the first motor, at the top side of the housing, configured to apply the third rotational force
wherein, within the housing, only one said jet is emitted at a time.

US Pat. No. 10,967,306

CONTINUOUS FILTRATION WITH BACKFLUSH CLEARANCE OF ALTERNATE FILTERS

1. In a steamblow commissioning system for steam cycle power plants with boiler, turbine, condenser with interconnection piping means in a dosed cycle with high pressure steam rooted to the condenser via permanent piping wherein the commissioning includes use of steam blow means to capture particles and routing the steam to the condenser and recycling condensate from the condenser to the boiler,a process of improvement comprising:
continuous flushing and removal of waste particle laden condensate from the condenser;
filtering using a first filter and a second filter, and operating the first filter and the second filter in alternation, operating the first filter until a selected level of particulate burden is reached, then switching the first filter off line, and
switching on to the second filter to engage in filtering particle laden condensate;
back-flushing the first filter by an air blast of accumulated air; and
interchanging roles of the first and the second filters repeatedly without interrupting condenser outflow and transit to the boiler until goal of uninterrupted commissioning is achieved.

US Pat. No. 10,967,305

BOUNDARY LAYER MODIFICATION IN CLOSELY-SPACED PASSAGES

SPECIALIZED DESANDERS INC...

11. A stacked-plate filter comprising:a plurality of plates stacked along an axis and adjacent one another, each plate comprising a central opening forming an inner edge about the axis and an outer periphery forming an outer edge, said plates being parallel to one another with the upper and lower planar surfaces of adjacent plates spaced apart to form a flow passageway therebetween for flow of fluid therethrough;
a fluid inlet at the outer edges of adjacent plates; and
a fluid outlet at the inner edges of adjacent plates, wherein:
the upper surface of each of the plates has an upper lip around the outer edge of the plate for modifying boundary layer formation on the plate, the upper lip extending axially from the upper surface and extending from the outer edge radially inward;
the lower surface of each of the plates has a lower lip around the outer edge of the plate for modifying boundary layer formation on the plate, and the lower lip extending axially from the lower surface and extending from the outer edge radially inward;
the upper and lower lips of adjacent plates oppose one another at the fluid inlet to form an inlet gap, wherein the inlet gap is 100 pm or less across.

US Pat. No. 10,967,304

FILTER WITH ELECTRICAL SIGNATURE ANTI-COUNTERFEITING FEATURE

CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, IN...

1. A filter end cap with a predetermined electrical resistance signature resulting from a thin film circuit formed on a polymer substrate of the filter end cap, the thin film circuit extending from a first location proximate to an outer peripheral edge of the filter end cap to a second location that is proximate to an opposite outer peripheral edge of the filter end cap.

US Pat. No. 10,967,303

FILTER BACKWASH CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A WATER OR WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM TO CONSERVE WATER DURING THE FILTER BACKWASH PROCESS

1. A water treatment filter control system, comprising:a control system configured to receive filter media level data and in filter backwash turbidity data, the control system configured to use a filter media bed expansion level set point and an in filter backwash turbidity set point, wherein the control system is configured to control a filter backwash by monitoring an in filter backwash turbidity, generating one or more output signals to control a filter media bed expansion level based on the filter media bed expansion level set point, and reducing a backwash inlet liquid flow to the filter when the in filter backwash turbidity set point is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,967,302

FILTER SYSTEM

PERFECT WATER TECHNOLOGIE...

1. A fluid filtration system for processing fluids through a filter for removal of contaminants and/or enhancement with additives, said system comprising:a fluid inlet adapted to direct fluid into a space within a container;
a filter within said container, said filter including:
a filter intake receiver comprising a hollow tube with a central cavity in fluid communication with said fluid inlet a d at least a fluid outlet;
said hollow tube coupled to a mounting coupler along a top end of said filter intake receiver, said hollow tube comprising a bottom, said bottom comprising a lower access hole; and
an at least partially permeable bag set around a lower portion of said hollow tube, said bag comprising at least a first permeable portion and at least a second impermeable portion, said bag comprising a filtration medium disposed within said bag and outside said hollow tube;
wherein said hollow tube comprises a side wall with at least one aperture adapted to allow passage of fluid into said hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 10,967,301

SETTLING TANK AND METHODS FOR GUIDING PARTIAL FLOWS IN THE INFLOW AREA OF SETTLING TANKS

1. A method of utilizing a settling tank for controlling an inlet flow of a multiphase fluid for subsequent separation of phases of different weight into at least one return volume flow and an outflow volume flow, said method comprising the steps of:a) flowing an inflow of the multiphase fluid in or at an inlet structure in part defined by a wall vertically adjustable within an interior of a tank housing of at least one settling tank, and a plate adjustably locatable at a height in relation with the tank housing of the at least one settling tank; and
b) directing the inflow or a partial volume flow of the inflow out of one or more inlet openings defined by inflow edges of the inlet structure to create a feed volume flow into the at least one settling tank;
wherein for a high load condition at least a partial volume flow of the feed volume flow is directed substantially in a direction forwardly away from the one or more inlet openings between two to four o'clock (60° to 120°) in relation with a clock angle; and
wherein for a low load condition the feed volume flow is directed substantially in a direction vertically or rearwardly away from the one or more inlet openings between five to eleven o'clock (150° to 330°) in relation with a clock angle by changing a position of the inflow edges defining the one or more inlet openings in communication with the inlet structure relative to one another or by at least temporarily dividing an inflow area of the one or more inlet openings into differently aligned partial surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,967,300

TRANSPORTABLE SEPARATION AND MONITORING APPARATUS WITH AUGER

Green Flow Industries, LL...

1. A transportable separation apparatus for separating spent materials from oil and gas operations into a primarily solid component and a primarily liquid component, the transportable separation apparatus comprising:a trailer having a first end including a hitch and a second wheeled end;
a first separation chamber including at least one angled portion, said first separation chamber being disposed on said trailer for receiving said spent materials and beginning separation of the spent materials;
a second separation chamber disposed on said trailer;
a spillway disposed between, and placing said first separation chamber in fluid communication with said second separation chamber, such that primarily liquid will flow from said first separation chamber to said second separation chamber;
an inlet for introducing said spent materials into said first separation chamber;
an auger having a first end in fluid communication with a lower portion of said first separation chamber, and a second end extending beyond said wheeled end and to an elevation higher than said first separation chamber for removing the primarily solid component from the first separation chamber; and
a jet apparatus to force the primarily solid component of the spent materials that has settled on the at least one angled portion in the first separation area toward the first end of said auger.

US Pat. No. 10,967,299

VACUUM WASTE REMOVAL SYSTEM

1. A scum removal system for use with a wastewater treatment clarification tank having a center well and containing wastewater, wherein the wastewater includes a wastewater surface having floating debris, the scum removal system comprising:a debris intake conduit, wherein the debris intake conduit defines a first intake opening, a second intake opening located proximate the wastewater surface within the center well and an intake conduit cavity, wherein the first intake opening is communicated with the second intake opening via the intake conduit cavity,
a debris discharge conduit, wherein the debris discharge conduit defines a first discharge opening, a second discharge opening and a discharge conduit cavity, wherein the first discharge opening is communicated with the second discharge opening via the discharge conduit cavity,
a flushing system in flow communication with at least one of the debris intake conduit and the debris discharge conduit, and
a pump article, wherein the pump article includes a pump intake port in flow communication with the debris intake conduit and a pump discharge port in flow communication with the debris discharge conduit,
wherein the pump article and debris intake conduit are configured to generate a suction at the first intake opening and wherein the debris intake conduit is configured so that the second intake opening is located proximate the wastewater surface,
wherein the second intake opening is located at a height that is lower than the pump article such that at least a portion of the debris intake conduit is sloped at a debris intake conduit angle ? between the pump article and the second intake opening, and
wherein the second discharge opening is located at a height that is lower than the pump article such that at least a portion of the debris discharge conduit is sloped at a debris discharge conduit angle ? between the pump article and the second discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 10,967,298

DRIVER AND CONTROL FOR VARIABLE IMPEDENCE LOAD

FloDesign Sonics, Inc., ...

1. A method for controlling an acoustophoretic device that uses an ultrasonic transducer to create a multi-dimensional acoustic standing wave, the method comprising:driving an amplifier electrically connected to the at least one ultrasonic transducer to send an output signal to the ultrasonic transducer;
measuring a first voltage between the amplifier and a predetermined first impedance;
measuring a second voltage between the first impedance and the at least one ultrasonic transducer;
measuring a current from the output signal between the measured first and second voltages;
determining an actual impedance of the ultrasonic transducer from the measured current and measured first and second voltages; and
adjusting the output signal from the amplifier to obtain a desired impedance of the ultrasonic transducer.

US Pat. No. 10,967,297

CONTINUOUS THROUGH-FLOW SETTLING VESSEL, AND A METHOD OF ADAPTIVE SEPARATION OF A MIXTURE FROM GAS AND/OR OIL EXPLORATION

Sulzer Management AG, Wi...

1. A method for separation of a mixture from gas and/or oil exploration or production, said mixture comprising a varying mixture of liquid and gaseous phases,wherein the mixture is introduced into a continuous through-flow settling vessel, said vessel provided with:
an inlet for the mixture, a gas outlet, a water outlet and an oil outlet, the outlets being provided distant from the inlet, and the oil outlet being downstream of the water outlet,
a weir downstream of the water outlet and upstream of the oil outlet, which weir functions as a barrier to a free through-flow in the vessel of the liquid phase which comprises a water phase and an oil phase, which phases are separated from each other by settling, the weir having a height lower than the gas outlet,
and wherein the method of separation involves the continuous controlling of the velocity of flow through the inlet and outlets of the vessel, so that a liquid level of the liquid phase in the vessel is maintained during operation at or below a threshold value between the height of the weir and the height of the gas outlet,
and wherein the separation comprises the steps of:
determining the presence in a pipeline of a slug flow, said slug flow being an inhomogeneity in the mixture which is mainly liquid, before it enters the inlet of the vessel;
during a phase A which precedes the slug flow entering the vessel:
lowering the liquid level of the liquid phase in the vessel upstream of the weir to or below an adapted height lower than the threshold value; and
during a subsequent phase B which includes the slug flow entering the vessel:
allowing the liquid level to rise above the adapted height in the vessel upstream of the weir, and subsequently maintaining the liquid level at or below the threshold value; and
wherein the continuous through-flow settling vessel is additionally provided with: an oil draining means capable of controllably draining oil phase from the vessel upstream of the weir, said means being provided at a level below the weir height and above the water phase that is present during operation of the vessel,wherein in phase A the oil draining means are in an active mode for draining, and in phase B these means are not in an active mode for draining.

US Pat. No. 10,967,296

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR HIGH-THROUGHPUT SOLUTION EXCHANGE FOR CELL AND PARTICLE SUSPENSIONS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of transferring particles across fluid streamlines comprising:providing a microfluidic device comprising a plurality of proximal channels and a plurality of distal channels connected to a transfer channel disposed between the plurality of proximal channels and the plurality of distal channels, wherein at least one of the proximal channels is operatively coupled to a source of fluid containing particles suspended therein, at least one of the proximal channels is operatively coupled to a source of exchange fluid;
flowing the fluid containing the particles in the at least one proximal channel operatively coupled to the source of fluid containing particles suspended therein;
flowing the exchange fluid into the at least one proximal channel operatively coupled to the source of exchange fluid, wherein a co-flow state of the fluid containing the particles suspended therein and the exchange fluid is maintained along substantially all of the transfer channel, wherein at least some of the particles of the fluid containing the particles suspended therein migrate in response to inertial lift forces toward an equilibrium position (Xeq) located within the transfer channel to become migrated particles;
transferring the migrated particles into at least one of the plurality of distal channels.

US Pat. No. 10,967,295

PROCESSES FOR REMOVING REACTIVE SOLVENT FROM LITHIUM BIS(FLUOROSULFONYL)IMIDE (LIFSI) USING ORGANIC SOLVENTS THAT ARE STABLE TOWARD ANODES IN LITHIUM-ION AND LITHIUM-METAL BATTERIES

SES Holdings Pte. Ltd., ...

1. A method of creating a reduced-reactive-solvent lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl) imide (LiFSI) product, the product comprising:providing a first crude LiFSI containing LiFSI and one or more reactive solvents coordinated to the LiFSI;
contacting the first crude LiFSI with at least one first anhydrous organic solvent under an inert condition to create a solution containing the first crude LiFSI and one or more reactive solvents, wherein the solubility of the LiFSI in the at least one first anhydrous organic solvent is at least about 35% below 25° C., wherein the at least one anhydrous organic solvent is non-reactive solvent selected to replace at least a portion of the coordinated reactive solvent molecules bonded to ions from the crude LiFSI in the solution;
subjecting the solution a vacuum so as to remove the at least one first anhydrous organic solvent and at least a portion of the one or more reactive solvents to obtain a solid mass;
treating the solid mass with at least one second anhydrous organic solvent in which the LiFSI is insoluble so as to remove at least a portion of any coordinated portion of the at least one first anhydrous organic solvent remaining in the solid mass after the subjecting the solution to the vacuum to create a combination having an insoluble portion;
isolating the insoluble portion in an inert atmosphere;
flushing the insoluble portion with at least one dry inert gas so as to remove traces of the at least one second anhydrous organic solvent; and
subjecting the flushed insoluble portion to a pressure of less than about 100 Torr so as to obtain the reduced-reactive-solvent LiFSI product.

US Pat. No. 10,967,293

CONDENSIBLE GAS BOTANICAL EXTRACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Aurora Cannabis Enterpris...

1. Apparatus for the extraction of compounds from botanical material, the apparatus comprising:(a) an extraction chamber;
(b) a first cyclonic separation stage comprising at least one first stage cyclonic separator wherein the at least one first stage cyclonic separator is configured to remove a first series of extracted compounds comprising terpenes having a first average molecular weight from a first solvent stream obtained from the extraction chamber;
(c) a first solvent flow path extending from the extraction chamber to the first cyclonic separation stage;
(d) a second cyclonic separation stage comprising at least one second stage cyclonic separator wherein the at least one second stage cyclonic separator is configured to remove a second series of extracted compounds from a second solvent stream obtained from the extraction chamber wherein the second series of extracted compounds comprising terpenes and has a second average molecular weight that is higher than the first average molecular weight;
(e) a second solvent flow path extending from the extraction chamber to the second cyclonic separation stage; and
(f) at least one first sonic flow nozzle positioned in the first solvent flow path adjacent a first fluid inlet of the at least one corresponding first stage cyclonic separator and/or at least one second sonic flow nozzle positioned in the second solvent flow path adjacent a second fluid inlet of the at least one corresponding second stage cyclonic separator.

US Pat. No. 10,967,292

DISTILLATION TUBE AND FRACTION COLLECTOR WITH CONCAVE INTERIOR WALL

1. A distillation device comprising:a vertical tube with an outer wall and an inner wall, said outer wall surrounding a majority of said inner wall;
a fraction collector extending above said vertical tube;
an upper section of said inner wall and said outer wall of said vertical tube extending through a bottom side of said fraction collector and into a region of said fraction collector, said fraction collector being defined by at least a part of an upper wall, at least a part of a side wall, and at least a part of a bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 10,967,291

PIñATA APPARATUS AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Miriam Veronica Padilla, ...

10. A method for assembling a piñata apparatus, the method comprising:removing the piñata apparatus from packaging associated with the piñata apparatus;
assembling divider elements by placing a first slot located on a first divider element into a second slot located on a second divider element;
placing the assembled divider elements into a back container;
inserting chattels into cavities formed by the assembled divider elements; and
assembling a lid container onto the back container, the assembling of the divider elements further comprises securing at least a portion of the divider elements to a support structure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,290

BALL TOY

MEJJJET HOLDINGS PTY LTD,...

1. A ball toy havinga. a solid, resiliently flexible body penetrated by a bore;
b. a bearing mounted to the body within the bore;
c. a shaft mounted to the bearing to define a rotational axis of the body relative to the shaft; and
d. bore closures for each end of the bore, operatively connected to respective free ends of the shaft;
whereby the body is able to spin on said axis relative to the closures and the shaft, when the closures are held in a pinching manner by a user using one hand.

US Pat. No. 10,967,289

COUPLING ELEMENT

Jarola Vision B.V., Lutt...

1. A coupling element comprising a body with an axial axis arrangeable in an opening of an object, the body having two axial ends, wherein the body is provided along an outer periphery thereof with at least one outward extending locking cam, wherein the body is provided with a resiliently movable tongue extending therefrom, wherein the locking cam is connected to said tongue, wherein said tongue is movable inward by a force being exerted thereon,wherein said tongue comprises an engaging surface,
wherein each axial end of said body is positioned at a distance relative to said engaging surface of said tongue as seen in an axial direction, wherein said tongue is connected to one axial end of the two axial ends of the body, wherein the one axial end is the axial end positioned at a greatest distance relative to the engaging surface as seen in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,288

INSERT-AND-TWIST BUILDING BLOCK STRUCTURE

15. An insert-and-twist building block structure, comprising:at least one connection bar, the connection bar having at least one end from which a combination projection section extending outward in an axial direction, the combination projection section having an outside diameter that is increased from a distal end toward a proximal end so as to form a conic shape, the combination projection section having an external circumferential surface that is formed with at least one bead ring, the bead ring including multiple raised beads that are arranged in a ring configuration in an intermittent form; the connection bar comprising a tightening ring at the proximal end of the combination projection section, the tightening ring having a distal end having an outside diameter that is slightly greater than an outside diameter of a proximal end of the tightening ring, the tightening ring having a maximum outside diameter that is greater than a maximum outside diameter of the combination projection section; and
a connection terminal unit, which comprises at least one connection terminal, the connection terminal having at least one end that is recessed inward in an axial direction to form a combination cavity, the combination cavity having an inside diameter that is decreased from an outer end toward an inner end so as to form a conic shape, the combination cavity having an internal circumferential surface that is formed with at least one groove ring, the groove ring including multiple recessed grooves that are arranged in a ring configuration in an intermittent form, the recessed grooves being extended in a radial direction of the internal circumferential surface of the combination cavity and being each formed as an elongate strip, each of the recessed grooves has a middle portion that forms a deep trough section and two end portions each forming a shallow trough section, the recessed grooves each having a depth that is decreased from the deep trough section toward the shallow trough section;
the outer end of the combination cavity of the connection terminal being formed with a tightening groove, the tightening groove having an inside diameter that is smaller than the outside diameter of the distal end of the tightening ring and equal to the outside diameter of the proximal end of the tightening ring;
wherein the combination projection section of the connection bar is insertable into the combination cavity of the connection terminal to have the raised beads received in the deep trough sections of the recessed grooves to achieve combination; and the connection bar is rotatable to have the raised beads moved in a direction from the deep trough sections of the recessed grooves toward the shallow trough sections, so as to separate the connection bar and the connection terminal from each other; and
wherein when the combination projection section of the connection bar is inserted into the combination cavity of the connection terminal, the tightening ring is tightly fit in the tightening groove.

US Pat. No. 10,967,287

BOBBLE FOR BOTTLE NECK

1. A bobble for bottle neck apparatus, comprising:(i) a sleeve adapted to fit tightly around a bottle neck, having a generally tubular form in use, and having a slit adapted to allow protrusion through said sleeve;
(ii) a contoured brace adapted to conform to the bottle neck, having a nipple adapted to protrude through said slit;
(iii) a spring having a proximal end and a distal end, adapted to attach at the proximal end to said nipple protruding through said slit; and
(iv) a bobbling figurine adapted to attach at the distal end of said spring, said bobbling figurine having a shape and a coloring;where at least one attachment to said spring is removable and re-attachable;where, in use, said bobbling figurine is held out from the bottle neck at the distal end of said spring, allowing movement of said bobbling figurine;where, in use, said contoured brace is held tightly to the bottle neck by said sleeve, providing a bracing resistance to the movement of said bobbling figurine; andwhere said shape of the bobbling figurine is chosen from shapes representing one of a range of symbols, persons, holidays, events, sports teams, or logos.

US Pat. No. 10,967,286

DUAL-PURPOSE TOY TRAIN CAR HOUSING COVER

1. A dual-purpose removable cover system, comprising:a housing;
a first shelf and a second shelf within the housing each adapted to support one or more toy vehicles, wherein the second shelf is disposed above the first shelf;
a cover adapted to couple to and decouple from the housing;
a cut-away opening in a lower region of the cover; and
a first base and a second base each independent of the housing, wherein each of the first base and the second base receive the cover therein and support the cover in a substantially upright configuration such that the one or more toy vehicles pass through the cut-away opening.

US Pat. No. 10,967,285

AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE VIBRATION SYSTEM

Universal Studios LLC, U...

1. A ride vibration system, comprising:a rider support feature coupled to a ride vehicle and accessible to a rider positioned in the ride vehicle;
a vibrator comprising a motor configured to rotate an eccentric mass to generate vibrations, wherein the vibrator is at least partially integrated with the rider support feature and is configured to transfer the vibrations to the rider support feature;
an input device comprising a first touch-sensitive sensor disposed on a first handle portion of a handle and a second touch-sensitive sensor disposed on a second handle portion of the handle, wherein the input device is configured to receive a vibration intensity selection and the vibrator is configured to activate in response to the rider contacting the first handle portion of the handle; and
a controller coupled to the vibrator and to the input device, wherein the controller is configured to receive the vibration intensity selection and to control the motor to control an intensity of the vibrations.

US Pat. No. 10,967,284

INFLATABLE SURFING APPARATUS

Whitewater West Industrie...

1. The water attraction of the present invention comprising:a ride surface, the ride surface shaped in at least a half circle when viewed from above, the ride surface comprises a first portion and a second portion separate from and positioned over the first portion;
a water delivery section; and
a recovery section,
wherein the first portion creates an elevation change and defining profile of the ride surface and the second portion positioned upon the first portion conforms to a shape of the defining profile,
wherein the first portion has a thinner profile at a first section disposed near the water delivery section and a raised profile at a second section that defines an upward taper across the ride surface extending away from the from the water delivery section and a more raised profile at a third section that defines a second upward taper across the ride surface extending away from the water delivery section,
wherein the second upward taper is less than the upward taper such that the more raised profile of the third section is less steep than the raised profile of the second section.

US Pat. No. 10,967,283

WATERSLIDE FEATURE, RIDE VEHICLE AND METHOD

ProSlide Technology Inc.,...

1. A waterslide feature comprising:a channel comprising a sliding surface and walls;
the walls defining a plurality of recesses;
a plurality of nozzles comprising a nozzle extending through each of the recesses angled to spray water above the sliding surface;
wherein the nozzles are positioned to provide a flow of water to impact the sides and rear of a vehicle sliding on the sliding surface;
wherein the nozzles are sized to provide a flow of water sufficient to affect motion of the vehicle; and
wherein the nozzles are configured to be mounted in the recesses and removable from within the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,282

ATTRACTION FOR ENTERTAINMENT RIDES

K.I.G. Heerenveen B.V., ...

1. An amusement ride attraction, comprising a main carrier rotatable about a first, substantially vertical, axis of rotation, a first drive for rotating the main carrier about the first axis of rotation, at least one passenger carrier that is rotatable around a second, substantially vertical fixed axis of rotation, in which the passenger carrier is attached to the main carrier at a distance from the first axis of rotation, a second drive for rotation of the passenger carrier around the second axis of rotation, in which the passenger carrier is provided with one or more passenger carrier arms having a seat carrier with one or more seats, in which each seat carrier is rotatable about a third fixed axis of rotation, wherein the third axis of rotation is at an angle ? of substantially 30 to 70 degrees with respect to the second axis of rotation, wherein the seats in each seat carrier are at an angle of tilt ? with respect to the third axis of rotation, wherein 0

US Pat. No. 10,967,281

AUTOMATIC FANTASY SPORTS DATA ANALYSIS METHOD AND APPARATUS

VERIZON MEDIA INC., New ...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a computing device of an online fantasy sports system, a plurality of fantasy sports salaries for use with a fantasy sports contest of the online fantasy sports system, the plurality of fantasy sports salaries corresponding to a plurality of real-world athletes, determination of a fantasy sports salary for an athlete of the plurality comprising:
determining a number of factors for the fantasy sports salary for the athlete; and
determining the fantasy sports salary for the athlete using the number of factors, the determining comprising:
making a determination that a threshold amount of past performance data exists for the athlete and including past performance as a factor of the number of factors based on the determination;
communicating, via the computing device and over an electronic communications network to each user computing device of a plurality of users of the online fantasy sports system, a fantasy sports salary cap and the plurality of fantasy sports salaries corresponding to the plurality of athletes, the communicating causing the plurality of fantasy sports salaries and the fantasy sports salary cap to be displayed at each user computing device of the plurality of users;
receiving, at the computing device over the electronic communications network and from the user computing devices, athlete selection input from a number of users, of the plurality of users, participating in the fantasy sports contest of the online fantasy sports system; and
determining, by the computing device and using the athlete selection input received from the number of users, a popularity of each selected athlete for use as a factor, of the number of factors, in minimizing athlete selection duplication in a subsequent fantasy sports contest.

US Pat. No. 10,967,280

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, GAME CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method for controlling a game in a computer, the method comprising:deploying a first unit and one or more second units on a field on which a stronghold is arranged, the field being displayed on a display of the computer, wherein a first hit point, a first attack strength, and a first attack range are set for the first unit, and a second hit point is set for each of the one or more second units;
determining whether the first unit and the one or more second units satisfy a first positional relationship, wherein the first unit and the one or more second units belong to an identical group; and
based on a determination that the first unit and the one or more second units satisfy the first positional relationship, increasing the first attack strength set for the first unit by an increasement value, wherein
as a number of the second units which satisfy the first positional relationship with the first unit becomes greater, the increasement value of the first attack strength set for the first unit becomes greater.

US Pat. No. 10,967,279

SYSTEM FOR CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT

BATTLEKART EUROPE, Mousc...

1. System for creating an environment, the environment comprising at least one image configured to be perceptible by at least one pilot of at least one mobile element, the system comprising:at least one mobile element that comprises an electronic interface, and at least one actuating means that is connected to the electronic interface and configured to carry out a modification of characteristics of said mobile element based on a signal received from the electronic interface;
a projection system configured to project at least one image on at least one floor;
a locating system configured to determine a position of each of the at least one mobile element that is present and near to the at least one image, and
a server configured to be connected to the electronic interface of each of the at least one mobile element and to the locating system, the server being configured to control said at least one actuating means based on the position of each mobile element received from the locating system, wherein the server is configured to be connected to the projection system and to control the projection system based on the determined positions of each of the at least one mobile element that are received from the locating system,
wherein each mobile element further comprises an infrared emitter configured to emit an infrared signal enabling the locating system to locate the mobile element;
wherein the locating system comprises at least one microcontroller connected to the server and at least one sensor connected to the microcontroller;
wherein each at least one sensor comprises a camera configured to take an image and configured to detect infrared radiation comprising the infrared signal; and
wherein the sensor further comprises a device for processing data configured to increase the resolution of the image taken by the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,967,278

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF LEVERAGING ANONYMITY OF COMPUTING DEVICES TO FACILITATE TRUTHFULNESS

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first mobile computing device, a user input to establish a game between a first user of the first mobile computing device and a plurality of other users respectively of a plurality of other mobile computing devices;
based on the receiving, generating, by the first mobile computing, a quick response (QR) code comprising a machine-readable label including a network address of the first mobile computing device, wherein the QR code is unique to the game;
displaying, by the first mobile computing device, the QR code;
based on the QR code, establishing, by the first mobile computing device with the plurality of other mobile computing devices, the game between the first user of the first mobile computing device and the plurality of other users respectively of the plurality of other mobile computing devices;
transmitting, by the first mobile computing device and to the plurality of other mobile computing devices, a first original question and preset answer options for display;
receiving, by the first mobile computing device, an answer to the first original question from the first user;
receiving, by the first mobile computing device and from the plurality of other mobile computing devices, a plurality of answers to the first original question from the plurality of other users;
maintaining, by the first mobile computing device, anonymity of an association of the plurality of other users to the plurality of answers to the first original question from the plurality of other users;
determining, by the first mobile computing device, a first follow-up question to the first original question, a correct answer to the first follow-up question, and one or more incorrect answers to the first follow-up question based on:
the answer to the first original question from the first user, and
the plurality of answers to the first original question from the plurality of other users;
transmitting, by the first mobile computing device and to the plurality of other mobile computing devices for display, the first follow-up question to the first original question, the correct answer to the first follow-up question, and the one or more incorrect answers to the first follow-up question;
displaying, by the first mobile computing device, the first follow-up question to the first original question, the correct answer to the first follow-up question, and the one or more incorrect answers to the first follow-up question;
receiving, by the first mobile computing device, an answer to the first follow-up question from the first user;
receiving, by the first mobile computing device and from the plurality of other mobile computing devices, a plurality of answers to the first follow-up question from the plurality of other users;
determining, by the first mobile computing device, whether at least one user answered the first follow-up question correctly; and
transmitting, by the first mobile computing device and to the plurality of other mobile computing devices, results of the determination of whether at least one user answered the first follow-up question correctly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,277

AUTOMATED PLAYER SPONSORSHIP SYSTEM

ELECTRONIC ARTS INC., Re...

1. A computing system comprising:one or more data stores configured to store:
sponsorship criteria associated with sponsor accounts, wherein the sponsorship criteria identifies a type of player associated with one or more video games, and wherein the sponsor accounts includes a first sponsor account associated with a first sponsor; and
player data associated with player accounts, wherein the player accounts include a first player account associated with a first player;
a network interface configured to communicate over a network with player computing systems and sponsor computing systems, wherein the player computing systems include a first player computing system associated with the first player, and the sponsor computing systems include a first sponsor computing system associated with the first sponsor; and
one or more physical computer processors in communication with the one or more data stores, wherein computer-executable instructions, when executed, configure the one or more physical computer processors to:
execute an instance of an online game, wherein the execution of the instance of the online game further enables participation of players within the online game by performing operations in the instance in response to commands received over the network via the network interface and from the player computing systems;
generate game state information that is transmitted to the player computing systems over the network via the network interface, wherein the game state information facilitates presentation of a virtual environment of the online game to the players via the player computing systems, and wherein the players include the first player;
receive, via the network interface, player data from the player computing systems, wherein the player computing systems are associated with the player accounts;
receive, via the network interface, a first sponsorship request from the first sponsor computing system, wherein the first sponsorship request includes first sponsorship criteria and is associated with the first sponsor account;
apply a sponsorship and player matching model to the player data based at least in part on the first sponsorship criteria, wherein the sponsorship and player matching model identifies a first subset of player accounts that satisfies the first sponsorship criteria associated with the first sponsor account, wherein the first subset of player accounts includes the first player account;
select the first player account of the first subset of player accounts to receive first sponsorship data associated with sponsorship of the first player account by the first sponsor account, wherein the first sponsorship data includes virtual sponsorship content identifying the first sponsor; and
transmit, via the network interface, the first sponsorship data to the first player account such that a virtual character model associated with the first player account is rendered with a texture that includes the virtual sponsorship content within the virtual environment during runtime of the gameplay session of the instance of the online game.

US Pat. No. 10,967,276

COLLABORATIVE ONLINE GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD

ELECTRONIC ARTS INC., Re...

1. A method for collaborative online gaming, comprising:identifying a plurality of game servers, at least some of which are configured to allow connections from devices operated by players and at least some of which are configured to allow a new player to join an ongoing game instance, wherein a game instance is an instantiation of a game program executed by a game server and is an ongoing game instance if at least one player is playing, or initiating play, in that game instance;
gathering data relevant to one or more of the players, wherein the data comprises a player rating for each player for at least one game instance and at least two players currently using that game instance, and a consolidated rating for that game instance based on the player ratings for rated players currently playing that game instance;
injecting the gathered data into a database cloud for storing persistent state data for one or more players and game servers;
identifying a new player rating of a prospective new player;
matching the prospective new player with one or more matched game instances executed by one or more of the plurality of game servers; and
displaying a list of the one or more matched game instances separated based on a plurality of skill level categories, wherein each of the plurality of skill level categories is determined based on a comparison of the new player rating and the consolidated ratings of the one or more game instances, wherein each of the matched game instances within the list is displayed with a visual indication indicative of the skill level category associated with the matched game instance.

US Pat. No. 10,967,275

PUZZLE BATTLE GAME

GREE, INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium that stores a program thereon that, when executed on a computer including circuitry and a touch panel display capable of detecting a touch operation of a user, causes the circuitry to:display, on the touch panel display, a first region for displaying puzzle pieces and a second region that is different from the first region;
display a plurality of puzzle pieces in the first region;
detect a locus of the touch operation on the touch panel display;
identify a first set of puzzle pieces of the plurality of the puzzle pieces selected by the locus of the touch operation;
responsive to detecting an end of the touch operation, erase the first set of puzzle pieces; and
display in the first region, one or more obstacles instead of one or more of the plurality of the puzzle pieces or on one or more of the plurality of the puzzle pieces in a superimposed manner, the one or more obstacles obstructing movement of at least one game content in the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,967,274

DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT OF PROCESSES EXECUTING ON COMPUTING INSTANCES

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving game software at a game-hosting service associated with a service provider network, the game software to be hosted on a virtual instance that is supported by computing resources of the service provider network;
deploying the game software to the virtual instance;
generating first configuration data indicating a first number of processes that are permitted to execute concurrently on the virtual instance, individual processes of the first number of processes hosting the game software to support a game session for one or more client devices;
causing first processes to execute on the virtual instance, the first processes being less than or equal to the first number of processes;
receiving a process-health value indicative of performances of the first processes;
determining, based on the process-health value and a threshold value, that there is an availability of the computing resources to support an additional process;
based on the availability of the computing resources to support the additional process:
generating second configuration data indicating a second number of processes that are permitted to execute concurrently on the virtual instance, the second number of processes being greater than the first number of processes; and
causing the additional process to execute on the virtual instance resulting in second processes executing concurrently on the virtual instance, the second processes being less than or equal to the second number of processes.

US Pat. No. 10,967,273

CENTER DEVICE

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A controller, comprising:a plurality of actuation elements that are operable to be manipulated by a user to input desired operations by the user to the controller;
a control section operating to receive electronic signals based on the manipulation of the plurality of actuation elements; and
a communication section operating to permit radio communications between the controller and a communication apparatus, wherein:
the control section operates to: (i) produce inputs based on the received electronic signals, where the inputs represent the desired operations by the user, and (ii) transfer the inputs to the communication section,
the communication section operates to send the inputs to the communication apparatus via the radio communications, and
the communication apparatus transmits the inputs to at least one server over an internet connection, and receives data from the server based on the inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,967,272

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system comprising:a virtual world server comprising one or more processors and memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the virtual world server to:
provide a virtual world comprising a virtual region, wherein the virtual region is associated with a user, wherein the user is represented in the virtual world by an avatar, and wherein the virtual region is traversable by the avatar,
prompt the user to perform a real-world physical activity, and
reward the user in the virtual world with points based upon the user performing a threshold level of real-world physical activity, and based upon sensor data characterizing movement of the user, including a calculation of completeness modifiers that weight exercises completed recently more heavily than less recent exercises; and
provide the user with an opportunity to redeem the points during a game played within the virtual world;
a client computing device in signal communication with the virtual world server and operated by the user to access the virtual world; and
a monitoring device comprising at least one sensor configured to detect the movement of the user and obtain at least a portion of the sensor data characterizing the movement of the user, wherein the monitoring device is configured to detect the movement of the user at a location from which the client computing device is not accessible to the user,
wherein the game is a virtual challenge between the user and at least one other participant.

US Pat. No. 10,967,271

VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE SYSTEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A system comprising:a virtual world server comprising one or more processors and memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the virtual world server to:
provide a virtual world comprising a virtual region, wherein the virtual region is associated with a user, wherein the user is represented in the virtual world by an avatar, and wherein the virtual region is traversable by the avatar,
prompt the user to perform a real-world physical activity, and
reward the user in the virtual world in response to determining, based on sensor data characterizing movement of the user and a calculation of completeness modifiers that weight exercises completed recently more heavily than less recent exercises, that the user performed a threshold level of the real-world physical activity, and
alter the virtual world in response to identifying a threshold level of real-world inactivity of the user;
a client computing device in signal communication with the virtual world server and operated by the user to access the virtual world; and
a monitoring device comprising at least one sensor configured to detect the movement of the user and obtain at least a portion of the sensor data characterizing the movement of the user, wherein the monitoring device is configured to detect the movement of the user at a location from which the client computing device is not accessible to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,967,270

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LOCATION BASED GAMES AND EMPLOYMENT OF THE SAME ON LOCATION ENABLED DEVICES

1. A system comprising:a device for providing a location-based game, wherein said device is operable to determine whether said location-based game utilizes a manual origin setting for the start of the location-based game;
a graphical user interface of said device operable to prompt for manual input to be entered into said graphical user interface to position said device to a location associated with said manual origin setting, wherein said location is obtained on said device for use as said manual origin setting in said location-based game and said location is updated non-manually; and
a display for displaying virtual indicia associated with said location-based game, wherein said updated location impacts said location-based game in reference to said origin setting and changes said visual indicia displayed based on said updated location in reference to said origin setting, and said manual origin setting is operable to be manually updated.

US Pat. No. 10,967,269

GAME SYSTEM, GAME CONTROL DEVICE, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINM...

1. A game system comprising:at least one processor, the at least one processor configured to:
receive a selection of second objects, each second object associated with at least a first condition from among a plurality of conditions for choosing a first object and at least a first parameter from among a plurality of parameters that is used for acquiring a possibility of choosing the first object satisfying the first condition,
wherein the selection of second objects is associated with a second object list image which is transmitted to a user;
wherein the processor is further configured to disable an input of user selection on the second object list image based on a condition;
wherein the user selects the second objects;
wherein the second object list image is adjusted based on the user's selection;
acquire the possibility of choosing the first object satisfying the plurality of conditions respectively associated with the second objects, by using the plurality of parameters respectively associated with the second objects, when the selection of the second objects is received;
notify the user by displaying the possibility; and
choose the first object satisfying the plurality of conditions by using the possibility;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to notify the user by displaying information on the possibility that the first object satisfying all of the plurality of conditions is chosen;
choose the first object satisfying at least one of the plurality of conditions when the first object satisfying all of the plurality of conditions is not chosen; and
further notify the user by displaying information on a possibility that the first object satisfying the at least one of the plurality of conditions is chosen;
wherein the first objects are stored in a data storage unit including information for an initial overall value, a rarity, a league affiliation, a position, and initial ability values; and
wherein the second objects are stored in a data storage unit including information for specialist field and a category.

US Pat. No. 10,967,268

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus connected with a plurality of manipulation devices to receive manipulation inputs from a plurality of users during a game, the information processing apparatus comprising:a device management block configured to hold allocation information for allocating each of the plurality of manipulation devices to each of the plurality of users;
an allocation change notification block configured to display, on a screen of a display apparatus, a guide image including information for notifying the plurality of users of an allocation change during the game, wherein the guide image displays an image of a first user, an image of a second user, and an image of each manipulation device controlled by the first user which is to be allocated to the second user along with arrows indicative of moving routes of each manipulation device to be allocated;
an application execution block configured to process a game in which the plurality of users participate and further configured to output an allocation change request to the device management block for the allocation change as the game progresses, wherein the allocation change request specifies the first user and a type of each manipulation device controlled by the first user to allocate from the first user to the second user, wherein the type of manipulation device displayed depends on the type of input required in the game at the time of the allocation change request;
a user management block configured to manage the plurality of users, wherein the second user is a late participant who logs into the game after the game has started.

US Pat. No. 10,967,267

CHANGING A CAMERA VIEW IN AN ELECTRONIC GAME

Roblox Corporation, San ...

1. A method to change camera views of a three-dimensional (3D) world rendered in an electronic game, the method comprising:determining a speed and direction of traversal of a first graphical object rendered in the 3D world;
identifying a second graphical object positioned along the direction of traversal;
determining whether the second graphical object occludes, by at least a threshold level, the first graphical object in a current camera view during traversal of the first graphical object along the direction of traversal;
in response to a determination that an occlusion of the first graphical object by the second graphical object exceeds at least the threshold level, changing the current camera view of the first graphical object to avoid the occlusion by the second graphical object by moving the camera view forward towards the first graphical object; and
in response to a determination that the occlusion by the second graphical object is less than the threshold level, maintaining the current camera view, wherein the occlusion by the second graphical object is less than the threshold level if the second graphical object is an at least semi-transparent graphical object through which the first graphical object is visible in the current camera view.

US Pat. No. 10,967,266

CINEMATIC GAME CAMERA IN A GAMING PLATFORM

Roblox Corporation, San ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a user selection of a multi-player three-dimensional (3D) game from a gaming platform via a user interface;
receiving a user selection, from a camera user, of a camera option of the game, wherein the camera option enables a camera to be controlled, by the camera user, within a 3D environment of the game during real-time gameplay, wherein the camera is independent of and unattached to characters of game players that play the game, and wherein the camera is visible to the game players during the real-time gameplay without affecting game objects in the 3D environment;
moving, by a processing device, the camera within the 3D environment during the real-time gameplay responsive to user input from the camera user to move the camera, wherein moving the camera within the 3D environment during the real-time gameplay responsive to the user input from the camera user to move the camera comprises:
stabilizing movement of the camera to smoothen a plurality of views of the real-time gameplay in the 3D environment as captured by the camera, wherein stabilizing the movement of the camera includes:
filtering data points of the user input that are associated with rapid changes in camera position caused by hand movement of the camera user while providing the user input; and
using the filtered user input to direct the movement of the camera; and
responsive to moving the camera within the 3D environment, providing, via the user interface, a presentation of the plurality of views from a perspective of the camera of the real-time gameplay in the 3D environment.

US Pat. No. 10,967,265

STORAGE MEDIUM, GAME SYSTEM, GAME APPARATUS AND GAME CONTROLLING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein a game program executable by a computer of an information processing apparatus, wherein the game program causes one or more processors of the computer to execute:controlling an operation object in a virtual space based on an operation input to an operation device;
arranging a target object that is a search target in the virtual space;
setting a determination area for searching for the target object in the virtual space;
rotating the determination area at a predetermined speed around a position of the operation object; and
generating a vibration signal for causing a vibration device provided in the operation device to vibrate when the target object touches the determination area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,264

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM, CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, AND TERMINAL DEVICE TO CARRY OUT LOTTERIES IN SOCIAL GAMES

POKELABO, Inc., Tokyo (J...

1. A server device, comprising:a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor coupled to the memory and, based on the program, configured to carry out game-related processing, the processor being configured to:
store, in the memory, multiple game media in association with attribute information,
determine a selected game content from among the multiple game media based on a request from a user belonging to one team,
if the selected game content is a first selected game content whose associated attribute is of a specified content and a returnable condition is met:
cause display of the first selected game content to the user in a state in which the user can select return or acquisition of the first selected game content,
if the user selects return of the first selected game content, store, in the memory and in association with the user, a game content that is different from the multiple game media and notify another user in the one team that the selected game content has been returned, and
if the user selects acquisition of the first selected game content, store, in the memory and in association with the user, the first selected game content, and
if the selected game content is a first selected game content whose associated attributed is of the specified content and the returnable condition is not met, store, in the memory and in association with the user, the first selected game content.

US Pat. No. 10,967,263

PRE-PLAY AND POST-PLAY VIDEO GAME CHARACTER PRESENTATION AND EQUIPPING

Activision Publishing, In...

1. A computer implemented method useful for video game play, comprising:determining, in a time period prior to game play, identities and equipment of a plurality of game characters for participation in game play, the plurality of game characters including a first plurality of game characters of a first team and a second plurality of game characters of a second team, the second team being an opposing team to the first team, with at least some of the equipment differing between game characters of the first team;
after determining identities and equipment of the plurality of game characters for participation in game play, in the time period prior to game play, rendering, by a game compute device, utilizing at least some information received from a server, the plurality of game characters with their equipment in a scene having visual characteristics of a virtual world for game play;
in the time period prior to game play, while the plurality of game characters with their equipment are rendered in the scene having visual characteristics of the virtual world for game play, displaying an option to change equipment of one game character of the first team, and changing equipment, based on receipt of an input of the game compute device, of the one game character of the first team, and further rendering the plurality of game characters, with their equipment in the scene having visual characteristics of the virtual world for game play, wherein the scene having visual characteristics of the virtual world for game play is a scene of the virtual world for game play;
prior to commencement of game play, provide a recommendation for one or more pieces of equipment suitable for a game character, the recommendation being based on the characteristics of the virtual world for game play;
providing for game play, with the server, including the game characters, the game play provided by the game compute device and based on inputs from the game compute device and game action information received from the server; and
after completion of game play, rendering by the game compute device the game characters of at least the first team, with their equipment, in the scene having visual characteristics of the virtual world for game play and changing equipment of the at least one game character of the first team and still further rendering the first plurality of game characters of the first team, with their equipment, in the scene having virtual characteristics of the virtual world for game play.

US Pat. No. 10,967,262

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR PERMITTING A FIRST USER TO JOIN IN EXECUTING GAME SOFTWARE OF A SECOND USER OVER A NETWORK

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A client information processing apparatus operated by a first user, comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire: (i) image data of a game application being executed and played on another client information processing apparatus of a second user, and (ii) image data of a start screen;
a display processing unit configured to display: (i) the start screen, (ii) an image of game play of the game application using the acquired image data on a portion of the start screen, and (iii) at least one icon for indicating an instruction by the first user to start the game application on the client information processing apparatus;
a participation processing unit configured to: (i) generate a request to join in the game play of the game application with the second user, where the request to join is transmitted to the second user to accept or deny; and (ii) receive an invitation to join in the game play of the game application with the second user, where the invitation to join is received from the second user for the first user to accept or deny; and
an execution unit configured to activate game software for the game application on the client information processing apparatus in response to the first user activating the at least one icon on the start screen,
wherein the participation processing unit is configured to allow the first user to join, the game play being played on the other client information processing apparatus in a first mode or a second mode,
wherein, the first mode provides for executing the game application on the other client information processing apparatus based on user inputs from the first and second users, and transmitting game play images resulting from executing the game application to the client information processing apparatus for display to the first user, and
wherein, the second mode provides for executing the game application on the client information processing apparatus based on user inputs from at least the first user, and displaying game play images resulting from executing the game application to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,967,261

PHYSICAL ELEMENT LINKED COMPUTER GAMING METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Cory William Morrison, G...

1. A method comprising:providing an electronic device comprising a first microprocessor for executing software instructions stored within a first non-volatile, non-transitory memory of the electronic device relating to a game and a first wireless interface according to a predetermined standard; and
providing a physical element associated with a user comprising a second microprocessor and a second non-volatile, non-transitory memory for storing data relating to an avatar within the game and a second wireless interface according to the predetermined standard; wherein
the avatar is only active within the game when the physical element is associated with the electronic device through the first wireless interface and second wireless interface;
the data stored within the physical element is securely stored and updated by the second microprocessor in dependence upon the actions of the user with the avatar within the game;
when the data satisfies a predetermined condition the avatar is terminated and cannot be restored; and
when the data satisfies the predetermined condition the data within the physical element is securely erased.

US Pat. No. 10,967,260

METHOD FOR IMPROVING GAME STREAMING PERFORMANCE IN THE CLOUD

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. Device comprising:at least one computer memory that is not a transitory signal and that comprises instructions executable by at least one processor to:
receive, over a network, from a first computer simulation device (CSD) at least a first signal representing a request for data related to a first computer simulation;
identify that at least a first server system among at least first and second server systems will satisfy the request over the network based in part on identifying at least one of three tests, the three tests comprising:
the first server system has a compatible system software as used by the first CSD in memory of the first server;
the first server system has the first computer simulation in memory of the first server;
the first server system has user files associated with the first CSD in memory of the first server, wherein the memory of the first server is different from storage of the first server from whence data that is subject to the request for data related to the first computer simulation is loaded into the memory of the first server.

US Pat. No. 10,967,259

ASYNCHRONOUS EVENT MANAGEMENT FOR HOSTED SESSIONS

AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by a first server having authority over a state of the game for a first player device, from the first player device participating in an active game session, event data including a timestamp for game input received by the first player device, wherein the game session is part of an interactive, multiplayer, and online simulation game, and wherein the timestamp indicates a previous game time, corresponding to a previous state of an active game session on the first server, that was executing on the first player device when the game input was received by the first player device;
causing the first server to simulate an event, corresponding to the game input, for the previous state of the active game session based on the timestamp;
causing the first server to send result data for the simulated event to at least a second server having authority over a state of the game for at least a second player device, the result data including a game state corresponding to when the event was simulated;
causing the second server to update the state of the game for the second player device based at least in part upon the result data, wherein the update includes the second server simulating the event to occur at the previous state of the game;
causing the second server to send updated state data for the second player device to the second player device and to the first server;
causing the first server to update the state of the game for the first player device based at least in part upon the updated state data for the second player device; and
causing the second player device to execute the updated state data when a state of the game at the second player device is the previous state of the active game session.

US Pat. No. 10,967,258

USING GAME DATA FOR PROVIDING CONTENT ITEMS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:recording, for each given client device among a plurality of client devices of users that play a particular game, an identifier uniquely identifying the given client device or a user of the given client device and a state of the particular game being played at the given client device;
determining, by one or more servers, that multiple users of the client devices have reached a predetermined state of the particular game, based at least in part, on the logged different identifier of the state of the particular game played at the client devices;
creating a list of the multiple users of the client devices who have played the particular game and reached the predetermined state of the particular game;
selecting, by the one or more servers, an item of content to be provided to a particular client device based on the list of the multiple users of the client devices who have played the particular game and reached the predetermined state of the particular game; and
including the selected item of content in other content being provided to the particular client device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,257

GAME CONTROL METHOD, SERVER DEVICE, GAME SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

GREE, Inc., Tokyo (JP)

1. A method of controlling a server for providing a battle game between groups, wherein each group comprises a plurality of players, the method comprising:detecting, by the server, an independent player, wherein the independent player does not belong to any of the plurality of groups;
if the independent player has never belonged to any group and the independent player satisfies a first condition relating to an activity status of the independent player, acknowledging, by the server, the independent player as a first type of formation wait player who waits for forming of a new group;
if the independent player has once belonged to a group and an activity status of the independent player satisfies a second condition relating to an activity status of the independent player, acknowledging, by the server, the independent player as a second type of formation wait player; and
creating, by the server, a new group when the independent player satisfies a setting condition.

US Pat. No. 10,967,256

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER-AIDED STATEFUL LIVE-ACTION GAME PLAY

Kind Troll Inc., Dover, ...

1. A computing system for providing an interactive game, the computing system comprising:a programmable game server configured to enable rules of the interactive game;
the programmable game server dynamically changing the rules of the interactive game in response to receiving a radio-frequency (RF) broadcast from at least one of: a first satellite device or a second satellite device;
a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag configured to produce a radio-frequency (RF) signal;
the first satellite device, having a first RFID tag reader, configured to receive, decode, and transmit to the programmable game server the radio-frequency (RF) signal produced by the RFID tag with the first RFID tag reader, the first satellite device sending instructions to the programmable game server causing the rules of the interactive game to change;
the second satellite device, having a second RFID tag reader, configured to receive, decode, and transmit to the programmable game server the radio-frequency (RF) signal produced by the RFID tag with the second RFID tag reader, the first satellite device sending instructions to the programmable game server causing the rules of the interactive game to change;
the programmable game server being configured to, responsive to receiving radio-frequency (RF) signals, determine states of the first satellite device and the second satellite device based on the instructions for the interactive game from the first satellite device and the instructions from the second satellite device;
the programmable game server broadcasting a first and a second transition radio-frequency (RF) signal based on the determined states;
the first satellite device being configured to change state in response to the first transition radio-frequency (RF) signal; and
the second satellite device being configured to change state in response to the second radio-frequency (RF) transition signal.

US Pat. No. 10,967,255

VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM FOR FACILITATING PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores instructions; and
a processor that executes the instructions to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving, via a client application executing on a first user device, authentication credentials associated with a user of the client application;
logging, based on the authentication credentials, the user into the client application;
loading, after logging the user into the client application, a virtual home for the user and an avatar for the user, wherein the virtual home is rendered and viewable via a graphical user interface of the client application and resides within a virtual world rendered by the client application;
enabling, via the client application, the user to join a live event or activity occurring in a real world, wherein the live event or activity is occurring in a first location that is different from a second location that the first user device and the user are located at;
generating an event profile table for the live event or activity that includes incoming event data and media content generated during the live event or activity, wherein the event profile table references recorded source data in the incoming event data and media content corresponding to audio, video, lighting, or fixture sequences occurring at the live event or activity;
generating, based on the recorded source data, a virtual object for inclusion in a digital version of the live event or activity in the virtual world that corresponds to a physical object at the live event or activity;
digitally rendering the digital version of the live event or activity within the virtual world in accordance with the event profile table, wherein the virtual object is placed at a virtual location in the virtual world based on data corresponding to a location of the physical object at the live event or activity in the recorded source data, and wherein the virtual object is configured to perform, via a data stream of the event profile table, an action in accordance a portion of the audio, video, lighting, or fixture sequences occurring at the live event or activity that are associated with the physical object; and
enabling, via the client application, the user to participate in the digital version of the live event or activity.

US Pat. No. 10,967,254

CUSTOMIZABLE CONTROLLER ADD-ON SYSTEM

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A controller add-on system comprising;a housing, wherein the housing is configured to mechanically couple to a body of a game controller, wherein a conformable surface of the housing is configured to conform with a bottom of the body of the game controller;
a plurality of buttons coupled to the housing wherein the plurality of buttons are located opposite the conformable surface; and
a controller interface coupled to the housing wherein the controller interface is configured to communicatively couple to the plurality of buttons to the game controller;
a processor electrically coupled to the controller interface;
a memory electrically coupled to the processor;
non-transitory instructions embedded in the memory that when executed cause the processor to carry out the method comprising:
receiving an add-on pre-set customization mode entry input;
entering the add-on pre-set customization mode;
receiving a button mapping for the plurality of buttons in a selected pre-set wherein the button mapping indicates the selected preset is to be hidden during a switching operation;
exiting the add-on pre-set customization mode;
saving the button mapping for the selected pre-set to a pre-set list;
receiving a switching operation input;
switching from a first pre-set on the pre-set list to a second pre-set on the pre-set list and skipping over the selected pre-set during the switching operation.

US Pat. No. 10,967,253

OPERATION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An operating device comprising:a grip part to be gripped by a user; and
an operation part which is approached by a finger of the user gripping the grip part, wherein the operation part includes:
a movable part capable of moving between a first position and a second position in response to a force applied by the finger of the user,
energizing element for energizing the movable part toward the first position, where the energizing element is facilitated by an elastically activated element biasing the movable part toward the first position,
a regulating member that moves rotationally along a moving locus of the movable part and regulates a range between the first position and the second position, including a first sub-range between the first position and an intermediate position within which the movable part is permitted to move freely in response to the force applied by the finger of the user without opposition by the regulating member and substantially only biased by energizing element, wherein: (i) the regulating member is not coupled to, and does not contact, the movable part in the first sub-range between the first position and the intermediate position, and (ii) the regulating member is coupled to the movable part in a second sub-range from the intermediate position to the second position, and
a motorized assembly operating to apply a rotational force that rotationally moves the regulating member toward the first position in opposition to the force applied by the finger of the user that moves the regulating member toward the second position when the movable part is depressed toward the second position beyond the first sub-range in which the movable part can move freely.

US Pat. No. 10,967,252

GAMES CONTROLLER AND TRIGGER THEREFOR

Ironburg Inventions Limit...

1. A trigger mechanism for a games controller for controlling electronic games, the trigger mechanism comprising:a trigger body having a plurality of walls including a front wall, the plurality of walls defining an interior chamber of the trigger body, the front wall comprising an inner surface and an outer surface;
an actuator comprising a first component mounted on the inner surface of the front wall;
a bore extending from the outer surface of the front wall to the interior chamber and defining a bore within the first component coupled to a second component coupled to the first component and a screw thread for adjusting the position of the second component with respect to the first component.

US Pat. No. 10,967,251

GAME SYSTEM, GAME APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM AND GAME CONTROL METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A game system, comprising:a game controller having an operation portion;
an accessory to which the game controller is attachable; and
processing circuitry configured to perform predetermined game processing based on an operation to the accessory to which the game controller is attached, the processing circuitry configured to:
display a selection image for performing a selection operation related to game processing;
enable selection of the selection image by a first method based on an operation to the operation portion of the game controller;
detect that the game controller is in an attached state to the accessory; and
enable selection of the selection image by a second method different from the first method based on an operation to the accessory when the game controller is detected as being in the attached state, wherein
a designation image displayed in association with the selection image is displayed in a first manner before the game controller is attached to the accessory, and the designation image displayed in association with the selection image is displayed in a second manner after the game controller is attached to the accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,967,250

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWOR...

1. An information processing method, applied to a mobile terminal having at least one processor for executing a software application and a touch screen which is rendered with a graphical user interface (GUI), contents rendered on the GUI at least partially comprising a game scene and at least partially comprising a virtual character, the method comprising:providing a motion control on the GUI, the motion control comprising an area assisting object and an operation assisting object, and an initial position of the operation assisting object is within a range of the area assisting object, wherein the operation assisting object is configured to be capable to continuously move with a first sliding touch operation, and initiates to continuously changing a specific direction which the virtual character move along according to a movement of the first sliding touch operation;
detecting the first sliding touch operation acting on the operation assisting object, and moving the operation assisting object within a predetermined range according to a movement of a touch point of the first sliding touch operation;
detecting a position of the touch point of the first sliding touch operation acting on the GUI, and in response to the position of the touch point satisfies a preset condition, providing a locking indication object on the GUI;
determining the touch point of the first sliding touch operation moves into a range of the locking indication object, and controlling the operation assisting object to enter a position-locked state; and
in responding to that the operation assisting object entering the position-locked state, controlling the virtual character to continuously move in the game scene.

US Pat. No. 10,967,249

GAMING DEVICE

Bulk Unlimited Corp., Br...

1. A gaming device comprising:a controller;
an aiming unit configured to generate infrared light signals, wherein the aiming unit comprises a reload lever configured to load a default number of shots in the aiming unit when pressed;
a receiver configured to detect the generated infrared light signals; and
one or more lights configured to indicate one or more states of the aiming unit, wherein
the controller is configured to engage the aiming unit in a stealth mode in which the one or more lights are switched off, and wherein the controller is configured to engage the stealth mode in the aiming unit when the reload lever is pressed for a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,967,248

CROSSWORD PUZZLE GENERATOR

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:obtaining, by a data processing apparatus and from a content source, a plurality of data items;
generating, by the data processing apparatus and using the plurality of data items, a dictionary comprising a plurality of clue-word pairs;
generating a crossword layout using a random crossword layout generator;
inputting the crossword layout into a model that outputs a likelihood that an input crossword layout results in a valid crossword, wherein the model is trained using a set of training data of historical crossword layouts that have resulted in valid and invalid crossword puzzles;
in response to inputting the crossword layout into the model, obtaining, from the model, a likelihood that the crossword layout results in a valid crossword puzzle;
determining that the likelihood that the crossword layout results in a valid crossword puzzle satisfies a first threshold;
in response to determining that the likelihood satisfies the first threshold:
inserting, into the crossword layout, a plurality of words in a set of clue-word pairs from among the plurality of clue-word pairs;
determining that the plurality of words inserted into the crossword layout results in a valid crossword puzzle; and
providing the crossword puzzle using the set of clue-word pairs to a user on a user device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,247

GAME UTILIZING MAGNETIC FORCES

Kluster LLC, Bexley, OH ...

1. A method of playing a game utilizing magnetic forces comprising the steps:(a) assembling a plurality of players, wherein the players are designated by ordinal numbers starting with a first player and a second player until all players are numbered;
(b) obtaining a flexible cord, wherein the cord is a closed loop;
(c) obtaining a plurality of magnets, wherein each magnet defines a first face, a second face and a sidewall, and wherein the first face defines a facial surface area and the facial surface area is greater than about 1.5 cm2 and less than about 6 cm2, and wherein the sidewall defines a depth of the magnet and the depth is from about 0.8 cm to about 1.3 cm;
(d) laying the cord in any shape on a relatively flat smooth or lightly textured surface such that the cord defines a perimeter and the area within the perimeter of the cord creates a playing space;
(e) distributing the magnets among the total number of players such that each player receives the same number of magnets;
(f) having the first player set one of his or her magnets at any location within the playing space and designating the placed magnet as a played magnet;
(g) having each player in sequential order then play one of his or her magnets by using the inherent repulsion forces of the magnet being played to move played magnets already in the playing space, wherein at least one player uses the inherent repulsion forces of the magnet being played to move played magnets already in the playing space so as to rearrange the cord and change the shape of the playing space, and then setting the player's magnet at any location within the rearranged playing space and separate from the played magnets without the player directly touching the cord or any played magnets;
(h) having the players in sequential order continue to place magnets within the playing space until one or more magnets that are within the playing space are attracted to the magnet being played and form a cluster;
(i) having the player who created the cluster remove all the joined magnets from the playing space and having that player keep the magnets that formed the cluster;
(j) continuing game play until one player successfully places all of his or her magnets within the playing space without creating the cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,967,246

RFID-ENABLED SYSTEMS FOR FACILITATING TABLE GAMES

Walker Digital Table Syst...

1. A method for facilitating a card game, wherein the method is performed based on data received from an RFID-enabled gaming system that comprises a table apparatus, the table apparatus (i) having positioned thereon a plurality of player positions, each player position for association with a respective player position RFID antenna; and (ii) comprising a memory storing (a) information about RFID-enabled chips usable on the table apparatus for a card game; and (b) information about remote players that are not physically present at the table apparatus yet placing wagers on a card game conducted on the table apparatus, the method comprising:receiving a first indication, the first indication being that a first RFID-enabled chip has been acquired at an RFID antenna associated with a particular player position, the indication including an identifier of the particular RFID antenna that acquired the first RFID-enabled chip and a unique identifier of the first RFID-enabled chip, thereby determining a first specific RFID-enabled chip and a first acquiring antenna;
registering, for a current event of the card game, a first wager as corresponding to at least one of a player position or a player associated with the first acquiring antenna;
receiving a selection of the current event of the card game from a remote player via a user interface of a remote wagering device,
wherein the remote wagering device is configured to output to the remote player a second indication, the second indication being of at least one of a game event and at least one table apparatus which the remote player may remotely join, and
wherein the second indication comprises at least one of an alert and a location service that assists the remote player in finding at least one game event and at least one table apparatus available for joining remotely based on at least one characteristic;
receiving, for the current event of the card game, data defining a second wager placed by the remote player that is not seated at a player position of the table apparatus;
registering, for the current event of the card game, the second wager as corresponding to the remote player; and
resolving a result for the current event of the card game based on at least the first wager and the second wager.

US Pat. No. 10,967,245

TRACKED SKATE RUNNER

22. A tracked skate runner comprising:an endless track of hinged links having inner rolling surfaces, the endless track having a bottom load-bearing portion, a top recirculating portion, a front turnaround portion and a rear turnaround portion,
a skate frame having a top dirt shield and sidewalls joined to the dirt shield to provide a downward facing channel, the top dirt shield being disposed between the mid-rollers and the top recirculating portion of the track, and,
within the channel, a roller assembly comprising (a) a plurality of mid-rollers having outer rolling surfaces configured to bear against the bottom portion of the track and engage the inner rolling surfaces, and (b) end-rollers configured to engage the front portion and rear portion of the track,
wherein the skate frame prevents fouling of the mid-rollers with dirt.

US Pat. No. 10,967,244

SURFSKATE SKATEBOARD TRUCKS

1. A skateboard truck configured to be mounted to a skateboard deck, comprising:a hanger with a wheel axle configured to hold skateboard truck wheels;
a suspension system comprising a generally U-shaped flex member having a free forward end, said generally U-shaped flex member being configured to attach the hanger resiliently to the skateboard deck;
a rolling contact bearing connecting the hanger with the flex member such that the rolling contact bearing allows rotation of the hanger with respect to the flex member by a steering angle around a steering axis extending substantially vertically to the wheel axle; and
a spring mechanism integrally formed at the free forward end of the generally U-shaped flex member as part thereof, the spring mechanism having voids subdividing the flex member into several parts that can to some extent flex individual from each other, said spring mechanism biasing the hanger to the neutral position where the steering angle is zero.

US Pat. No. 10,967,243

SKI BINDING

1. A ski binding with a binding element, which is mounted displaceably on a slide rail provided for arrangement on a ski and the arrangement of the binding element, viewed in a longitudinal direction of the slide rail, is fixable in different positions by means of a latching device, wherein the latching device comprises latching elements which engage in each other in a blocking position on a binding side and on a ski side, and the binding-side latching element comprises a lever element which is pivotable about a pivot axis in such a way that, in a displacement position, the latching elements are not in engagement with each other and the binding element is mounted displaceably with respect to the slide rail, wherein the binding element comprises an operating element with an oblique run-on surface, which operating element is transferrable between an open position and a closed position, wherein the oblique run-on surface of the operating element, when the operating element is transferred into the open position, is cooperating with an oblique contact surface of the lever element in such a way that the lever element is moved out of the blocking position.

US Pat. No. 10,967,242

SPORT GLOVES

1. A glove comprising: a glove body comprising a palmar portion material, a dorsal portion material and a distal lateral edge, wherein the palmar portion material and the dorsal portion material meet at the distal lateral edge; anda plurality of digital segments projecting from the distal lateral edge of the body, the plurality of digital segments including a first digital segment designed to cover a middle finger; and
wherein said plurality of digital segments further comprises a second digital segment, a third digital segment, a fourth digital segment and a fifth digital segment;
wherein said second digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire ring finger, and wherein said third digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire pinkie finger, and wherein said fourth digital segment is adapted to cover and enclose an entire thumb when the glove is worn; and
wherein said fifth digital segment is adapted to cover up to but not more than a proximal phalanx of the forefinger of the user's finger when the glove is worn, and wherein said fifth digital segment has a distal terminal edge;
wherein said fifth digital segment is adapted to expose an entire middle phalanx and an entire distal phalanx of the user's forefinger when the glove is worn; and,
wherein said glove body dorsal portion further comprises a strap means that is adapted for fastening the glove body securely about a wrist of the user's hand when the glove is worn;
the strap means comprises of two pads of cohesive-adhesive material along the glove body dorsal portion; and,
wherein said glove body dorsal portion further comprises of a slit that is adapted to allow the user to engage and disengage the glove;
wherein the strap means is positioned along the glove body dorsal portion such that the user can manually extend the strap means across the slit; and
wherein said glove body further comprises an elastomeric band affixed around a wrist portion of said glove body; and,
wherein said glove body palmar portion material adapted to cover a palm of the hand including all five metacarpophalangeal joints of the user's hand when the glove is worn.

US Pat. No. 10,967,241

GOLF MATCH CREATION AND TRACKING

FabForeDev Inc., Tappan,...

1. A method comprising:customizing, by a processing device, a match based on match information in response to a first selection from a user device;
configuring, by the processing device, a match profile associated with a plurality of players in response to a second selection received from the user device;
retrieving, by the processing device, a golf handicap index associated with each of the plurality of players;
calculating, by the processing device, a course handicap associated with each of the plurality of players based at least in part on the golf handicap index;
allocating, by the processing device, a plurality of stroke holes for each of the plurality of players based on the course handicap; and
generating, by the processing device, an electronic match scorecard comprising a plurality of scores associated with the plurality of players and the match information, wherein the electronic match scorecard is displayed within a first interface of the user device;
generating, by the processing device, a slider for score entry;
calculating, by the processing device, a plurality of scores and match statuses for a plurality of players based on match information in response to a selection received from a user device;
optimizing, by the processing device, one or more values displayed via the slider in response to the plurality of scores and match statuses calculated for the plurality of players; and
updating, by the processing device, the electronic match scorecard to comprise updated match scores.

US Pat. No. 10,967,240

SPORTS MATCH REFEREEING SYSTEM

FB-MM LTD., Modiin (IL)

1. A system for voice activation comprising first and second devices for interaction between respective first and second persons, each of the first and second devices comprising:a first camera for capturing or imaging a visual image;
a microphone configured and mounted for capturing the person originated voice;
a first display configured and mounted for providing first visual data to the person;
a sound transducer consisting of, or comprising, a loudspeaker, headphone, or earphone, that is configured and mounted for sounding an auditory data to the person;
an antenna and a wireless transceiver coupled the antenna for wirelessly receiving and transmitting data over a wireless network;
a software and a processor for executing the software, the processor coupled to control, receive data from, or transmit data to, the first camera, the microphone, the first display, the sound transducer, and the wireless transceiver; and
a wearable eyewear frame configured for mounting or attaching thereon the processor, the antenna, the first camera, the wireless transceiver, the microphone, and the first display,
wherein the first device is configured for transmitting, by via the antenna by the wireless transceiver of the first device, the visual image captured by the first camera of the first device, and wherein the second device is configured for receiving, by via the antenna by the wireless transceiver of the second device, the visual image captured by the first camera of the first device, and for displaying, by the first display of the second device, the received visual image, and
wherein the first display of the first or second device is coupled to the respective microphone for displaying visual data on the first display in response to the person originated voice captured by the microphone of the respective first or second device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,239

PITCHING MACHINE AND METHODS OF USE

18. A method of delivering pitches from a pitching machine to a batter or catcher, comprising:a. translating user selected plurality of desired pitch characteristics into machine readable instructions for execution by a processor of a control unit;
b. activating a plurality of propulsion belt driving motors in accordance with said machine readable instructions, each of said propulsion belt driving motors being in mechanical communication with one of three propulsion belt each having a flat contact surface and the three propulsion belts being arranged equilaterally around a closed propulsion path for propelling a ball toward a target area, wherein said control unit is operable to activate each of said plurality of belt driving motors to cycle each of said three propulsion belts at independent velocities; and
c. delivering said ball into said propulsion path to be contacted by said three propulsion belts and propelled through the propulsion path, out of said pitching machine, and toward said target area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,238

GOLF SWING TRAINING APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A golf swing training apparatus, comprising:an orbital track that is pivotally adjustable in a desired golf swing plane;
a club shaft; and
a carrier plate coupling the club shaft to the orbital track such that the club shaft is carried in the desired golf swing plane throughout a swing motion of the club shaft; and
a tension cable disposed at one of a backswing end and a follow through end of the orbital track, the tension cable connected to the carrier plate to provide a selective resistance to the carrier plate as the carrier plate traverses the orbital track.

US Pat. No. 10,967,237

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A multipurpose exercise device for replicating exercise motions for a user for a plurality of sports and physical therapy comprising:a. a base having an upper surface and lower surface, the lower surface resting on a horizontal support surface;
b. a user platform having a lower surface and an upper surface upon which the user stands;
c. a support post having an upper section and a lower section, either the upper or the lower section of the support post mounted to the base to axially pivot on the base, the user platform pivotally mounted to a section of the support post, wherein the user platform pivots with the support post in a horizontal plane parallel to the substantially horizontal support surface, and the user platform pivots on the support post in a vertical plane perpendicular to the horizontal support surface; and
d. a plurality of resistance elements having a first end and a second end, the first end mounted to the support post and the second end mounted to the base to control the level of resistance, velocity and angle of pivot of the user platform in the horizontal plane; and
wherein the user stands on the upper surface of the user platform and performs exercise motions to propel the user platform to pivot in the horizontal plane and the vertical plane;
and a module for motion sports that has an upper surface and a lower surface the lower surface mounted to the user platform, the module including:
a. a pair of tracks parallel to each other, each track mounted on the upper surface of the module;
b. a pair of vertical supports slidably mounted to each track;
c. a foot mount pivotally mounted between each pair of vertical supports on the track;
wherein the user places a foot in each foot mount and performs motions a) to propel the foot mounts back and forth along the tracks, b) to propel the foot mounts and user platform to pivot in the horizontal plane, and c) to propel the foot mounts and user platform to pivot in the vertical plane.

US Pat. No. 10,967,236

AIDS FOR CROQUET: PRACTICE TRAINING AIDS AND “ON MALLET” PLAYING AIDS

1. A practice aid for developing croquet skills, the practice aid comprising:a figure eight-shaped body defined by two conjoined disc-shaped bodies that each include a diameter that is substantially equal to a diameter of a croquet ball;
an aperture provided substantially in a center of each of the disc-shaped bodies, the apertures being dimensioned to receive a croquet ball therein such that the balls contact while provided in the apertures;
an aim marker provided on the figure eight-shaped body that extends through the center of each of the disc-shaped bodies and identifies opposite sides of the figure eight-shaped body; and
a plurality of angle markers positioned along an edge of each of the disc-shaped bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,967,235

BAT SYSTEM WITH PERFORMANCE LIMITING STRUCTURE AND METHODS OF MAKING SAME

Mizuno Corporation, Osak...

1. A bat comprising:a hollow barrel;
an internal assembly disposed within the hollow barrel, the internal assembly comprising:
a plurality of rigid rods disposed longitudinally within the hollow barrel;
an alignment insert having:
an outer diameter approximately equal to an inner diameter of the hollow barrel; and
a plurality of through-holes that are each (i) axially extending through the alignment insert, (ii) offset from a central axis of the alignment insert by a common radius and positioned such that the plurality of through-holes is disposed equidistantly along a circumference corresponding to the common radius, and (iii) configured to receive a portion of a corresponding rigid rod of the plurality of rigid rods; and
a deformable ring comprising:
an outer wall having an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the hollow barrel; and
a plurality of holes disposed equidistantly about the circumference corresponding to the common radius, each hole configured to at least partially receive a corresponding rigid rod of the plurality of rigid rods; and
an end cap configured to insert into an end of the hollow barrel, the end cap having a plurality of recesses disposed equidistantly about the circumference corresponding to the common radius, each recess configured to receive an end of a corresponding rigid rod of the plurality of rigid rods,
wherein the end cap and the alignment insert are configured to maintain the plurality of rigid rods in a predetermined configuration when the bat is at rest, the predetermined configuration corresponding to each of the plurality of rigid rods being parallel,
wherein the plurality of rigid rods is configured to maintain the deformable ring in a predetermined suspended position within the hollow barrel such that, when the bat is at rest, each point along the outer wall of the deformable ring is disposed a predetermined gap distance from an inner surface of the hollow barrel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,234

PUTTER SHAFT WITH DECORATIVE SLEEVES

1. A shaft for a golf putter, comprising:a shaft core having a distal end and a proximal end;
a plurality of decorative sheaths covering the shaft core, each decorative sheath is sized to slide over and around the shaft core;
a handle connector affixed to the proximal end of the shaft core;
a hosel connector affixed to the distal end of the shaft core, wherein the handle connector and the hosel connector having retaining rings that retain the decorative sheaths between the handle connector and the hosel connector such that the decorative sheaths butt up against each other and are not directly connected to adjacent decorative sheaths when the decorative sheaths are slid over and around the shaft core;
a handle affixed to the handle connector; and
a hosel affixed to the hosel connector.

US Pat. No. 10,967,233

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A SUPPORT TO LIMIT FACEPLATE DEFORMATION

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body including:
a face plate having a strike surface and an opposing interior surface,
wherein a distance between the strike surface and the opposing interior surface of the face plate defines a thickness of the face plate; and
a rear end comprising a rear interior surface; and
a sole connecting the face plate with the rear end, wherein the face plate, the rear end, and the sole partially define a cavity; and
an insert positioned within the cavity, the insert comprising:
a front portion, the front portion comprising a front surface, wherein the front surface is linearly contoured and a portion of the front surface contacts the opposing interior surface of the face plate, and a rear portion facing the rear interior surface, the rear portion comprising a rear surface facing the rear end interior surface, wherein:
at least a portion of the front surface of the insert is spaced apart from the opposing interior surface of the face plate by a gap, defining a distance between the front surface of the insert and the opposing interior surface of the face plate such that the width of the gap consistently increases from a location proximal a bottom end of the insert to a top end of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,967,232

CLUB HEAD HAVING BALANCED IMPACT AND SWING PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS

Karsten Manufacturing Cor...

1. A hollow body golf club head comprising:a body having a front end, a back end opposite the front end, a crown, a sole opposite the crown, a heel, a toe opposite the heel, a skirt adjoining the crown and the sole, and a hosel structure having a hosel axis extending centrally through a bore in the hosel structure;
a strikeface positioned at the front end and defining a geometric center, a loft plane tangent to the geometric center, and a head depth plane extending through the geometric center from the heel to the toe, perpendicular to the loft plane;
wherein:
a loft angle of the club head is less than 16 degrees;
a volume of the club head is greater than 400 cc;
a head center of gravity of the club head is located at a head CG depth from the loft plane, measured in a direction perpendicular to the loft plane, and a head CG height from a head depth plane, measured in a direction perpendicular to the head depth plane;
the head CG height is less than 0.20 inches;
a y-axis extending through the head center of gravity from the crown to the sole;
an x-axis extending through the head center of gravity from the heel to the toe, wherein the x-axis is perpendicular to the y-axis;
the club head experiences a drag force Fd when subjected to an air speed of 102 mph in a direction perpendicular to a plane extending through the geometric center of the strikeface, parallel to the hosel axis, and positioned at the loft angle from the loft plane;
the club head has a crown to sole moment of inertia Iyy, and a heel to toe moment of inertia Ixx, and a product of inertia Ixy about the x-axis and y-axis;
wherein the product of inertia is at greater than 100 g·cm2;
the club head satisfies relation A and relation B:

US Pat. No. 10,967,231

GOLF CLUB HEADS AND METHODS TO MANUFACTURE GOLF CLUB HEADS

PARSONS XTREME GOLF, LLC,...

1. A golf club head comprising:a body portion comprising a front portion, a rear portion, a toe portion, a heel portion, a top portion, and a bottom portion:
a front opening in the front portion;
a front pocket portion joined to the front portion and enclosing the front opening, the front pocket portion comprising a front pocket defined by an interior wall and a side wall;
a polymer insert positioned in the front pocket and comprising a front surface, a rear surface, and a side surface, the rear surface in contact with the interior wall;
a face portion positioned in the front pocket and in contact with the front surface of the polymer insert, the face portion joined to the side wall of the front pocket portion; and
a filler material in the front pocket, the filler material in contact with the interior wall, the face portion, and the side surface of the polymer insert.

US Pat. No. 10,967,230

MIXED MATERIAL GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face;
a hollow portion;
a crown; and
a sole opposite the crown, at least a portion of the sole including a clad portion that comprises:
an outer layer having a first specific gravity; and
a visually unexposed inner layer metallurgically joined to the outer layer around a boundary between the inner and outer layers, the inner layer having a second specific gravity greater than the first specific gravity and fronting the hollow portion,
wherein the face, the crown, and the sole are joined by welding,
wherein the golf club head includes an adjacent portion that has an affinity for welding to the outer layer and not the inner layer,
wherein the adjacent portion abuts a peripheral edge of the clad portion.

US Pat. No. 10,967,229

SPORTS BALL

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. A ball comprising:a bladder; and
a contouring layer surrounding the bladder, the contouring layer including at least one perforated panel forming a near-auxetic structure, the near-auxetic structure defining a repeating pattern of reentrant shapes, and the at least one perforated panel extending from a first pole region toward an opposite pole region of the ball, wherein said reentrant shapes gradually increase in size from the first pole region to the opposite pole region.

US Pat. No. 10,967,228

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a core, an envelope layer, an intermediate layer and a cover, wherein the intermediate layer is formed into two layers—an inner layer and an outer layer; and the sphere obtained by encasing the core with the envelope layer (envelope layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness, the sphere obtained by encasing the envelope layer-encased sphere with the inner intermediate layer (inner intermediate layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness, the sphere obtained by encasing the inner intermediate layer-encased sphere with the outer intermediate layer (outer intermediate layer-encased sphere) has a surface hardness and the ball has a surface hardness which together satisfy the following relationship:surface hardness of envelope layer-encased sphere with the proviso that the surface hardness of the envelope layer-encased sphere is not more than 45 on the Shore D hardness scale; and
wherein the core has a hardness profile in which, letting Cc be the Shore C hardness at a center of the core, Cs be the Shore C hardness at a surface of the core, CM be the Shore C hardness at a midpoint M between the center and the surface of the core, CM+2.5, CM+5.0 and CM+7.5 be the respective Shore C hardnesses at positions 2.5 mm, 5.0 mm and 7.5 mm from the midpoint M toward the core surface side and CM?2.5, CM?5.0 and CM?7.5 be the respective Shore C hardnesses at positions 2.5 mm, 5.0 mm and 7.5 mm from the midpoint M toward the core center side, the following surface areas A to F:
surface area A: 1/2×2.5×(CM?5.0-CM?7.5)
surface area B: 1/2×2.5×(CM?2.5-CM?5.0)
surface area C: 1/2×2.5×(CM-CM?2.5)
surface area D: 1/2×2.5×(CM+2.5-CM)
surface area E: 1/2×2.5×(CM+5-CM+2.5)
surface area F: 1/2×2.5×(CM+7.5-CM+5) satisfy the condition
(surface area D+surface area E+surface area F)?(surface area A+surface area B+surface area C)>0.

US Pat. No. 10,967,227

MULTI-LAYER GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:an inner core layer having a center hardness (Hcenter) of 45 Shore C or greater, and an outer surface hardness (Hcenter surface) of from 55 Shore C to 90 Shore C;
an intermediate core layer formed from a thermoplastic composition having a material hardness (Hintermediate core material) of 98 Shore C or less;
an outer core layer formed from a composition selected from the group consisting of ionomeric and non-ionomeric E/X- and E/X/Y-type acid copolymers of ethylene (E), a C3-C8 ?, ?-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid (X), and an optional softening monomer (Y), and blends of two or more thereof, and having a material hardness (Houter core material) of 35 Shore D or greater;
an inner cover layer formed from a thermoplastic composition having a material hardness (Hinner cover material) of 95 Shore C or less;
an intermediate cover layer formed from a thermoplastic composition having a material hardness (Hintermediate cover material) of from 80 Shore C to 99 Shore C; and
an outer cover layer formed from a composition selected from the group consisting of ionomeric and non-ionomeric E/X- and E/X/Y-type acid copolymers of ethylene (E), a C3-C8 ?, ?-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid (X), and an optional softening monomer (Y); and blends of two or more thereof;
wherein the outer cover layer has a surface hardness of from 58 Shore D to 75 Shore D;
wherein the inner core layer is formed from a thermoplastic composition.

US Pat. No. 10,967,226

MULTI-PIECE SOLID GOLF BALL

Bridgestone Sports Co., L...

1. A multi-piece solid golf ball comprising a two-layer core consisting of an inner core layer and an outer core layer, one or more intermediate layer, and a cover serving as an outermost layer, wherein the inner core layer and the outer core layer are each formed primarily of a base rubber, the inner core layer has a diameter of at least 19 mm, the intermediate layer and the cover are each formed primarily of a resin material, and the overall core consisting of the two core layers has a hardness profile that, letting Cc be the JIS-C hardness at a center of the inner core layer, C10 be the JIS-C hardness at a position 10 mm from the center of the inner core layer, Css be the JIS-C hardness at a surface of the outer core layer and Css?5 be the JIS-C hardness at a position 5 mm inside the outer core layer surface, satisfies conditions (1) and (2) below:{(Css)?(Css?5)}?{(C10)?(Cc)}?2, and  (1)
(Css)?(Cc)?26, and  (2)
letting E be the deflection (mm) of the inner core layer when compressed under a final load of 1,275 N (130 kgf) from an initial load of 98 N (10 kgf) and C be the deflection (mm) of the overall core when compressed under a final load of 1,275 N (130 kgf) from an initial load of 98 N (10 kgf), satisfies condition (9) below:
0.45?C/E?0.75.  (9)

US Pat. No. 10,967,225

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR CROSS-LINKING THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE COVERS FOR GOLF BALLS

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A method for treating a cover for a golf ball, comprising the steps of:providing a golf ball sub-assembly comprising at least one core layer;
forming an outer cover layer over the sub-assembly, wherein the outer cover layer is formed from a composition comprising:
a) a thermoplastic polyurethane,
b) an acid copolymer of ethylene and an ?,?-unsaturated carboxylic acid, optionally including a softening monomer selected from the group consisting of alkyl acrylates and methacrylates; and
c) a multi-functional hydroxyl-containing compound, the thermoplastic polyurethane and hydroxyl-containing compound being pre-blended together prior to forming the outer cover layer; and
d) a cation source present in an amount sufficient to neutralize from about 0 to about 100% of all acid groups present in the composition; and
applying a composition comprising: i) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of multi-functional isocyanates; multi-functional amine-containing compounds; and silane-containing compounds to the outer cover to form at least a partially cross-linked cover for the golf ball.

US Pat. No. 10,967,224

FUNCTIONAL TRAINING RIG KIT

Beaverfit Limited, Shrop...

1. A functional training rig kit comprising a box and a plurality of components adapted to fit within the box, wherein at least one of the plurality of components is attachable to the box to provide at least one functional training rig attached to the box, wherein the functional training rig is adapted to be supported by the box, wherein the functional training rig comprises a plurality of horizontal components of said plurality of components, wherein said plurality of horizontal components are securable relative to the box such that said plurality of horizontal components extend horizontally in a direction away from the box and normal to a vertical outside wall of the box, wherein each of the horizontal components is connectable with one of a plurality of respective vertical components such that each of the vertical components is horizontally spaced from the vertical outside wall of the box, and wherein a vertical outside wall of the box is a vertical outside wall of the box when the functional training rig is deployed, wherein a first one of the plurality of horizontal components of the functional training rig is assemblable on the box by a first mounting assembly comprising a first vertically extending member, the first mounting assembly being attachable to the box and the first vertically extending member being for supporting the first horizontal component,wherein a second one of the plurality of horizontal components of the functional training rig is assemblable on the box by a second mounting assembly comprising a second vertically extending member, the second mounting assembly being attachable to the box and the second vertically extending member being for supporting the second horizontal component, and
wherein the functional training rig further comprises a horizontal member extending parallel to the vertical outside wall between the first and second mounting assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,967,223

MONITORING AND TRACKING ATHLETIC ACTIVITY

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An apparatus for athletic activity tracking and monitoring, comprising:a display device;
a processor; and
memory operatively coupled to the processor and storing computer readable instructions that, when executed, cause the apparatus to:
receive, from a computing device, data indicating an amount of athletic activity performed by a user;
determine an activity type corresponding to the received data;
selectively determine an athletic activity tracking and monitoring network site to transmit the received data based on the determined activity type; and
display, on the display device and via the athletic activity tracking and monitoring network site, an activity monitoring interface based on the determined activity type, wherein the interface includes a breakdown of the user's activity into low activity, medium activity and high activity metrics, wherein the interface includes a clock visualization on a circular object representing times of a day, wherein the breakdown of the user's activity is represented by a curvature along a surface of the circular object, wherein a height of the curvature relative to the surface represents an amount of activity performed, and wherein the interface includes a message to encourage the user to increase the medium or high activity metrics.

US Pat. No. 10,967,222

ELECTRONICALLY ASSISTED SPEED TRAINER

1. A footwear impulse-momentum device, comprising:a first momentum actuator, the first momentum actuator dimensioned to fit within a sole of a shoe, the first momentum actuator coupled to receive a first control signal and configured, upon receipt of the first control signal, to move between a first position and a second position, to thereby impart momentum to the sole of the shoe in a first direction;
a second momentum actuator, the second momentum actuator dimensioned to fit within the sole of the shoe and spaced apart from the first momentum actuator, the second momentum actuator coupled to receive a second control signal and configured, upon receipt of the second control signal, to move between a third position and a fourth position spaced, to thereby impart momentum to the sole of the shoe in a second direction;
a position sensor, the position sensor dimensioned to fit within the sole of the shoe, the position sensor configured to sense a position of the sole of the shoe and supply a shoe position signal representative thereof; and
a processing system, the processing system in operable communication with the first momentum actuator, the second momentum actuator, and the position sensor, the processing system configured to receive the shoe position signal and operable, in response thereto, to selectively generate and supply the first and second control signals to the first and second momentum actuators, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,967,221

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MONITORING EXERCISE PERFORMANCE

1. A device for monitoring exercise performance and configured to be worn, held or affixed to a limb of a user, the device for monitoring exercise performance comprising:a position determining module comprising a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, wherein the GPS receiver locks on to GPS satellite signals of a plurality of GPS satellites, and the position determining module is configured to generate position data for a present exercise session of the user utilizing the GPS satellite signals;
a motion sensor configured to detect motion of the device and generate motion data for the present exercise session; and
a processor coupled with the position determining module and the motion sensor, the processor operable to:
calculate, based on the position data, at least one of speed, pace, and distance of the device throughout the present exercise session;
calculate, based on the motion data, a limb motion of the user to obtain limb motion data throughout the present exercise session;
calculate, utilizing the pace, an average pace during the present exercise session;
determine if the pace at any point during the present exercise session exceeds the average pace by a predetermined percentage threshold;
in response to determining that the pace at any point during the present exercise session exceeds the average pace by the predetermined percentage threshold, determine a time interval during which the pace exceeds the predetermined percentage threshold to obtain an inaccurate interval, wherein the inaccurate interval is indicative of an inaccuracy in the pace during the inaccurate interval;
obtain a matching interval from the remainder of the present exercise session by comparing the limb motion data during the inaccurate interval with limb motion data from intervals with a same time duration as the inaccurate interval during the remainder of the present exercise session; and
replace at least one of the speed, pace, and distance during the inaccurate interval with a corresponding at least one of speed, pace, and distance of the matching interval, wherein the speed, pace, and distance of the matching interval to replace the speed, pace, and distance during the inaccurate interval are calculated based on the position data generated utilizing GPS satellite signals.

US Pat. No. 10,967,220

EXERCISE DEVICE

1. A multipurpose exercise device for replicating exercise motions for sports and physical therapy, comprising:a. a base having an upper surface and lower surface, the lower surface resting on a horizontal support surface;
b. a perpendicular support post having an upper end and a lower end, the lower end of the support post mounted directly to the base, the support post capable of pivoting around a vertical axis;
c. a user platform including:
i) a horizontal cross-bar mounted directly onto the upper end of the support post that axially pivots only in a horizontal plane around the vertical axis passing through the support post, wherein the horizontal cross-bar has a first end and a second end with a vertical pivot on each end, each end being equidistant from the support post;
ii) a foot mount upon which a user stands mounted to each vertical pivot on each end of the horizontal cross-bar to enable each foot mount to axially pivot only in a vertical plane around a horizontal axis, the foot mounts suspended above the base;
wherein a user's feet are positioned on the foot mounts to selectively drive the user platform to pivot with the horizontal cross-bar in a horizontal plane around the vertical axis and parallel to the horizontal support surface, and to drive the user platform to rotate on the vertical pivots attached to the horizontal cross-bar in a vertical plane around the horizontal axis and perpendicular to the horizontal support surface;
d. a first set of plurality of elongated resistance elements, each elongated resistance element having a first end and a second end, the first end mounted to the support post and the second end mounted to the base, the plurality of elongated resistance elements control the level of resistance of the user platform in the horizontal plane without supporting the user platform;
e. a second set of a plurality of elongated resistance elements, each elongated resistance element having a first end and a second end, the first end mounted to the base or to the support post and the second end mounted to the user platform to control the level of resistance the user platform in the vertical plane without supporting the user platform;
wherein the user stands on the foot mounts and performs exercise motions to propel the user platform to pivot in the horizontal plane around the vertical axis and parallel to the horizontal support surface, and in a vertical plane around the horizontal axis and perpendicular to the horizontal support surface.

US Pat. No. 10,967,219

EXERCISE DEVICE WITH ROCKING SEAT

1. An exercise device, comprising:a frame configured to provide structural support for the exercise device, said frame further comprising a proximal end and a distal end;
a rail system positioned above said frame;
a carriage assembly configured to glide along said rail system, said carriage assembly further comprising a carriage seat;
a foot support configured to provide support for a user's feet during exercise;
a resistance mechanism configured to provide resistance during exercise, said resistance mechanism further comprising a rowing handle;
a pair of opposing utility bars configured to provide additional exercises for the user; and
a pair of opposing resistance grips;
wherein the user is capable of sitting on the carriage assembly, push from the foot support, and pull the rowing handle, simulating a true rowing experience; a rocking platform slidably attached to said rail system on said distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,967,218

SPRING RELEASE FOR EXERCISE RACK ACCESSORY MOUNT

Arsenal Strength LLC, Kn...

1. An exercise rack accessory apparatus adapted for use with an exercise rack, the exercise rack accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory carrier configured to carry an exercise accessory and to slide along a portion of the exercise rack;
a lock having a pair of pins, the pair of pins each having a pin end configured to move between an engaged position and a disengaged position;
a stationary handle;
a palm contact surface formed on the stationary handle that is configured to be contacted by a user's palm;
a moving handle; and
a finger contact surface formed on the moving handle that is configured to be contacted by the user's fingers when the user's palm is in contact with the palm contact surface for use in moving the moving handle,
wherein, when the moving handle is moved to the engaged position, the lock moves to the engaged position and both of the pin ends engage the exercise rack to prevent the accessory carrier from sliding along the exercise rack, and
wherein, when the moving handle is moved to the disengaged position, the lock moves to the disengaged position and both of the pin ends are disengaged from the exercise rack and the accessory carrier is permitted to slide along the exercise rack.

US Pat. No. 10,967,217

EXERCISE POWER RACK ASSEMBLY ATTACHMENT

1. An exercise equipment attachment comprised of at least one support member that removably attaches to a vertical post in an exercise equipment wherein said at least one support member is fixed to a parallel vertical support member possessing equally spaced apart and aligned apertures that can receive a support hook for barbells wherein the at least one support member is comprised of at least two vertical members that meet at a 90 degree angle to form a right angle and wherein one vertical member possesses a first solid surface having a cylindrical post extending from the first solid surface and a second solid surface oriented facing away from the cylindrical post wherein the cylindrical post corresponds in size to fit within an aperture in the vertical post in a power rack assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,216

JOINT PROTECTIVE AND MILDLY KINETIC BARBELL

BANDBELL LLC, Columbus, ...

1. A mildly kinetic barbell comprisinga flexible tube having a hollow center with a cross-sectional area and a central axis extending through a length of the flexible tube; a rigid bar within the hollow center of the flexible tube and having a length that is the same length as the flexible tube such that a first end of the flexible tube is aligned with a first end of the rigid bar, and an opposing second end of the flexible tube is aligned with an opposing second end of the rigid bar; a first plate stopper having an inner circumference wherein the inner circumference of the first plate stopper is attached to an outer circumference of the flexible tube near the first end of the flexible tube; and a second plate stopper having an inner circumference wherein the inner circumference of the second plate stopper is attached to the outer circumference of the flexible tube near the second end of the flexible tube.

US Pat. No. 10,967,215

RESISTIVE DEVICE EMPLOYING EDDY CURRENT BRAKING

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A resistive device comprising:a structure assembly having a first section and a second section, the first section being pivotally connected to the second section; and
an eddy current braking system comprising:
an input shaft connected to the first section of the structure assembly for rotational movement therewith,
a magnetic assembly having at least one magnet pair,
a transmission system operably coupled to the input shaft receiving the rotational movement thereof and driving a driven shaft in response thereto, and
a disk being operably coupled to the driven shaft for rotation therewith in response to movement of the driven shaft, the disk being positioned relative to the at least one magnet pair of the magnetic assembly to induce eddy currents therein whereby a resistive force is generated opposing movement of the first section of the structure assembly relative to the second section of the structure assembly in at least one direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,214

CABLE EXERCISE MACHINE

1. A cable exercise machine comprising:a first vertical guide;
a first pull cable routed through a first pulley, the first pulley movable along a length of the first vertical guide;
a second vertical guide;
a second pull cable routed through a second pulley, the second pulley movable along a length of the second vertical guide; and
an electronic control panel configured to:
electronically allow for one or more levels of resistance to a user pulling on the first pull cable and/or the second pull cable,
electronically allow for adjustment of the level of resistance to the user pulling on the first pull cable and/or the second pull cable, and
electronically present the adjusted level of resistance to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,967,213

EXERCISING ASSISTING AND SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. An exercising support assembly configured for supporting a body while exercising, said assembly comprising:a body including a bottom surface, a top surface, a first lateral side, a second lateral side, a first end and a second end, said body being elongated from said first end to said second end, a cross-section of said body taken perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said body having a trapezoidal shape, said body having a length from said first end to said second end being between 24.0 inches and 48.0 inches, said bottom surface having a width from said first lateral side to said second lateral side between 16.0 inches and 20.0 inches, said top surface having a width from said first lateral side to said second lateral side at least equal to 4.0 inches and no greater than 10.0 inches, said body having a height from said bottom surface to said top surface being at least 10.0 inches and less than 16.0 inches, wherein said body includes an exterior cover and an interior support, wherein said interior support further includes a frame positioned within said exterior cover, wherein said body is resiliently compressible, said body being compressible downwardly from said top surface to said bottom surface a minimal amount when a weight of 200 lbs. is placed on an area of said top surface equal to 144 in2, said minimal amount being less than 20%.

US Pat. No. 10,967,212

VERSATILE, HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE EXERCISE BAR

1. A versatile, adjustable exercise apparatus comprising:a support structure having two vertical, parallel side rails;
an exercise bar adjustably mounted between and vertically movable along said two vertical, parallel said rails to position said exercise bar at a select height;
means for automatically holding said exercise bar at the select height when said exercise bar is released by an exerciser, wherein said means for automatically holding said exercise bar at the select height when said exercise bar is released by an exerciser includes:
a tandem pulley having at least one upper spool and at least one lower spool;
a first upper cord segment encircling the at least one upper spool and a first end of said exercise bar;
a second upper cord segment encircling the at least one upper spool and a second opposing end of said exercise bar;
a first lower cord segment encircling the at least one lower spool and the first end of said exercise bar;
a second lower cord segment encircling the at least one lower spool and the second opposing end of said exercise bar, whereby the counteracting forces exerted by said first upper cord segment, said second upper cord segment, said first lower cord segment and said second lower cord segment retain said exercise bar at the select height when said exercise bar is released;
means for anchoring said exercise bar at the select height to support the exerciser when hanging therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,967,211

DRY POWDER FIRE-FIGHTING COMPOSITION

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method of fighting a fire, the method comprising:contacting at least one of a fire or a source thereof with a dry powder composition comprising bentonite and aluminum hydroxide, wherein the dry powder is a flowable powder not suspended in any fluid media, wherein the dry powder composition is contacted with the fire or the source thereof by dispersing the composition prior to the contacting;
after the contacting, allowing the fire to cause the dry powder composition to transform to a modified composition, wherein the dry powder is transformed into a modified composition when the aluminum hydroxide dehydrates to lose water and the bentonite at least partially absorbs the water, forming an aqueous gel; and
extinguishing at least a part of the fire with the modified composition or decreasing the intensity of at least part of the fire with the modified composition.

US Pat. No. 10,967,210

TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE POWER SAFETY

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A transportation vehicle for at least partial electric drive operation on roadways, the transportation vehicle comprising:a vehicle base including a chassis,
a drive train coupled with the chassis to drive the chassis along roadways, and
a power storage device connected with the drive train to provide motive power, the power storage device including a pair of collectors configured for opposite electrical charge from each other, an activation layer comprising electrolyte disposed between the collectors, and a fire suppression system including a number of containers each housing fire suppression agent for release responsive to high temperature, the containers extending longitudinally through the electrolyte of the activation layer spaced apart from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,967,209

ANCHORAGE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USING

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An anchorage assembly comprising:first and second plates that are connected to each other so that the plates are slidably movable relative to each other, wherein a first upper end of the first plate comprises a first upper head comprising a first flange that extends outwardly in a first direction and wherein a second upper end of the second plate comprises a second upper head comprising a second flange that extends outwardly in a second, opposite direction,
and wherein the first plate comprises at least one spreader ramp positioned in an upper portion of the first plate.

US Pat. No. 10,967,208

PERSONAL AIR FILTRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for air filtration, comprising:a triangle-shaped nose guard including:
a substantially flat bottom portion configured to cover a pair of nostrils of a nose;
a first side portion extending upwards from a first end of the substantially flat bottom;
a second side portion extending upwards from a second opposite end of the substantially flat bottom; and
a front portion configured to connect the substantially flat bottom portion, the first side portion, and the second side portion;
a body configured to couple to the nose guard near the substantially flat bottom portion thereof, said body including:
an air-exchange assembly having an exhaust tube with an open end and another end, two wings on opposite sides of said exhaust tube, and a first intake check valve and a first exhaust check valve disposed inside said exhaust tube;
a filter receiver attaching to said air exchange assembly,
a first replaceable filter surrounding said filter receiver;
a second replaceable filter disposed inside said filter receiver;
wherein said exhaust tube includes a first aperture in a side of a wall of the exhaust tube near said another end, a second aperture in another side of the wall of the exhaust tube connecting to said first wing, and third aperture in another side of the wall of the exhaust tube connecting to said second wing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,207

RESPIRATOR WITHOUT BREATHING RESISTANCE

Korea University Research...

1. A respirator comprising:(a) a body;
(b) an unobstructed air inlet duct that is provided at a portion of the body, passes through an inside and an outside of the body;
(c) a pair of asymmetrical electrodes that generates a micro-plasma and a pair of particle capturing plates formed on an inner surface of the air inlet duct;
(d) an ozone removing element, within the air inlet duct downstream of the asymmetrical electrodes and particle capturing plates, that removes ozone generated by the micro-plasma;
(e) a high voltage dc-dc converter within the body to provide high voltage to power the asymmetrical electrodes; and
(f) an air quality feedback element comprising an optical sensor that detects fine particle count and a voltage control module that adjust the high voltage dc-dc converter.

US Pat. No. 10,967,206

VALVE STRUCTURE FOR RESPIRATOR

MAKRITE INDUSTRIES INC., ...

1. A valve structure for a respirator, the valve structure comprising:a base having a chamber, a first contact surface and a pillar, wherein a plurality of protrusions are provided in the chamber, and a groove is provided on the first contact surface;
an upper cover, which is disposed on the base and has a space, an upper annular wall, a second contact surface and a lower annular wall, wherein an outer side of the upper annular wall is provided with a plurality of first L-shaped engagement blocks, a rib is provided on the second contact surface of the upper cover and extends into the groove of the first contact surface, and a plurality of projections are provided on the lower annular wall of the upper cover;
a membrane, which has a hole and is disposed on the pillar of the base through the hole; and
a discharge device having a combination hole, on which a plurality of second L-shaped engagement blocks are provided, wherein the first L-shaped engagement blocks are embedded into the second L-shaped engagement blocks on the upper annular wall;
wherein a respirator is pressed into and against the groove of the first contact surface by the rib of the second contact surface;
wherein the base and the upper cover are in tight combination with each other through embedding the protrusions of the base into the projections on the lower annular wall of the upper cover.

US Pat. No. 10,967,205

OXYGEN FLOW INDICATOR USING FLOW-POWERED ILLUMINATION

1. An oxygen delivery system for delivering breathable oxygen to a plurality of masks mounted above a row of passenger seats on an airplane, the system being mounted proximate the masks and above the row of passenger seats, the system comprising:a regulator configured to regulate a flow of oxygen from an oxygen source;
at least one indicator tube having:
a proximal end connected to the regulator,
a distal end connected to at least one mask of a plurality of masks,
a thermo-voltaic transducer configured to transduce the flow of oxygen into power,
a flow sensor configured to sense the flow of oxygen within at least one of a lumen of the at least one indicator tube and the at least one mask of the plurality of masks, and
an indicator configured to illuminate based on the power transduced by the thermo-voltaic transducer, the indicator being positioned to be seen by a wearer of a respective mask of the plurality of masks;
an ambient sensor configured to sense an ambient concentration of oxygen in the area of the passenger seats;
a controller in communication with the regulator, the flow sensor, and the ambient sensor, the controller having processing circuitry configured to control the regulator to regulate the flow of oxygen from the oxygen source based on readings from at least one of the flow sensor and the ambient sensor, and
an indicator panel in communication with the controller, wherein each indicator tube further comprises an RFID in communication with the controller and configured to communicate a status of at least one of the indicator and the flow sensor to the indicator panel.

US Pat. No. 10,967,204

SELF-CONTAINED NEGATIVE PRESSURE ENVIRONMENT DEVICE AND SYSTEM

SCONE MEDICAL SOLUTIONS I...

1. A device for removing airborne particulates from an environment, comprising:a multiplicity of support members;
a brace;
at least two locking hinges;
a flexible cover including at least one slit; and
at least one port operable to connect to an air supply or a vacuum;
wherein the multiplicity of support members include a first pair of substantially parallel support members and a second pair of substantially parallel support members;
wherein the first pair of substantially parallel support members are connected via a first support crossbar;
wherein the second pair of substantially parallel support members are connected via a second support crossbar;
wherein the brace includes a first brace crossbar, a second brace crossbar, a first pair of substantially parallel brace support members and a second pair of substantially parallel brace support members;
wherein the first brace crossbar is configured to connect the first pair of substantially parallel brace support members;
wherein the second brace crossbar is configured to connect the second pair of substantially parallel brace support members;
wherein each locking hinge of the at least two locking hinges is configured to connect to at least one support member of the multiplicity of support members, respectively, and at least one brace support member of either the first pair of substantially parallel brace support members or the second pair of substantially parallel brace support members;
wherein the flexible cover covers the multiplicity of support members and the brace; and
wherein the at least one slit provides access to an interior of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,203

OXYGEN DELIVERY DEVICE

1. A respiratory apparatus comprising:a housing, a distribution apparatus and a plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein the housing contains the plurality of oxygen canisters and the distribution apparatus;
wherein the respiratory apparatus is a portable structure;
wherein the respiratory apparatus contains the plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein the plurality of oxygen canisters contain oxygen under pressure;
wherein the respiratory apparatus stores the plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein the respiratory apparatus dispenses the oxygen contained in the plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein each of the plurality of oxygen canisters further comprises a canister valve;
wherein the housing forms the outer structure of the respiratory apparatus;
wherein the housing forms a fluidic connection between the plurality of oxygen canisters and the distribution apparatus;
wherein the housing comprises a shell, a resource chamber, and a storage chamber;
wherein the resource chamber and the storage chamber are contained within the shell;
wherein the resource chamber further comprises a canister mount, a tension device, and a manifold plate;
wherein the resource chamber contains the canister mount, the tension device, and the manifold plate;
wherein the canister mount comprises a canister block and a plurality of canister racks;
wherein the plurality of canister racks are formed in the canister block;
wherein the canister block is an openwork prism-shaped structure that forms the basis of the canister mount;
wherein the canister block forms the framework that receives each of the plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein each of the plurality of canister racks is a negative space formed in the canister block;
wherein each of the plurality of canister racks is sized to receive a canister selected from the plurality of oxygen canisters
wherein the shell is a hollow structure;
wherein the shell is a rigid structure;
wherein the shell has a prism shape;
wherein the shell forms the exterior surfaces of the housing
wherein the storage chamber is a segregated space formed within the hollow interior of the shell;
wherein the storage chamber forms the space that stores the distribution apparatus;
wherein the distribution apparatus is stored within the storage chamber such that the distribution apparatus is removable from the storage chamber during use of the distribution apparatus;
wherein the resource chamber is a segregated space formed within the hollow interior of the shell; wherein the resource chamber forms the space that stores the plurality of oxygen canisters;
wherein the resource chamber forms the fluidic connection that transports oxygen in a gas phase from the plurality of oxygen canisters to the distribution apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,967,202

ADAPTIVE IMAGE FILTERING FOR VOLUME RECONSTRUCTION USING PARTIAL IMAGE DATA

VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, I...

1. A computer-implemented method of training an image synthesis process, the method comprising:receiving a first set of projection images of a target volume;
generating a second set of modified projection images of the target volume, wherein the second set of modified projection images of the target volume includes less image information associated with the target volume than the first set of projection images;
generating a full data reconstruction of the target volume based on the first set of projection images;
generating a partial data reconstruction of the target volume based on the second set of modified projection images;
modifying the image synthesis process based on the full data reconstruction and the partial data reconstruction;
generating a synthesized reconstruction of the target volume via the modified image synthesis process; and
modifying the modified image synthesis process by reducing a loss function that quantifies a summed difference between the full data reconstruction and the synthesized reconstruction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,201

RADIATION MONITOR AND METHOD OF MONITORING RADIATION

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A radiation monitor, comprising:a light-emitting unit which generates light having an intensity depending on an amount of incident radiation;
an optical fiber which sends a photon generated by the light-emitting unit;
a photoelectric converter which converts the photon sent by the optical fiber into an electric signal;
a dose calculation device which calculates a dose from the electric signal converted by the photoelectric converter, detects a radiation timing and calculates a dose of the radiation on the basis of the detected timing; and
a display device which displays a measurement result calculated by the dose calculation device,
wherein an optical filter is disposed between the light-emitting unit and the optical fiber, and
wherein the optical filter blocks light having a wavelength equal to or less than a cutoff wavelength.

US Pat. No. 10,967,200

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIPLANAR RADIATION TREATMENT

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A system for delivering radiation treatment to subject comprising:a storage device storing a set of instructions; and
at least one processor configured to communicate with the storage device, wherein when executing the set of instructions, the at least one processor is configured to direct the system to:
define a preliminary trajectory including a plurality of control points, each of the plurality of control points being associated with a position parameter of a gantry and a position parameter of a couch;
generate a treatment plan based on the preliminary trajectory by optimizing an intensity, a position parameter of a collimator, and a position parameter of multi-leaf collimator (MLC) leaves for each control point, wherein the position parameter of the collimator includes a collimator angle, and the optimization of the collimator angle is performed within a range determined based on at least one of clinical application or an organ to be treated;
decompose the treatment plan into a delivery trajectory including the plurality of control points, each of the plurality of control points being further associated with the optimized intensity, the optimized position parameter of the collimator, the optimized position parameter of the MLC leaves, and a motion parameter of each of the gantry, the couch, the collimator, and the MLC leaves; and
instruct a radiation delivery device to deliver the treatment plan to the subject according to the delivery trajectory, wherein each of the gantry, the couch, and the collimator is independently movable at the same time during the delivering of the treatment plan, and a motion of each of the gantry, the couch, and the collimator is synchronous to the delivering of the treatment plan according to the delivery trajectory.

US Pat. No. 10,967,199

KNOWLEDGE-BASED BRACHYTHERAPY PLANNING BASED ON PRIMITIVE FEATURES COMPUTED FROM ANATOMICAL CONTOUR DATA

SUNNYBROOK RESEARCH INSTI...

1. A computer-implemented method for generating a brachytherapy plan, the steps of the method comprising:(a) providing contour data for a patient to a computer system, the contour data indicating an anatomical contour for a target organ;
(b) computing with the computer system, a primitive feature from the contour data;
(c) selecting a template brachytherapy plan by querying a database using the primitive feature, the database containing stored contour data and stored brachytherapy plan configurations for different previously treated patients; and
(d) generating a brachytherapy plan for the patient by performing with the computer system, a stochastic search algorithm to adjust the selected template brachytherapy plan based on at least one clinical rule.

US Pat. No. 10,967,198

BRACHYTHERAPY STENT CONFIGURATIONS

1. A method for delivering and positioning radio-isotopes into a body, the method comprising:a. encapsulating a free flowing fluid-phase radio-isotope into a single cavity hollow ribbon that is unpartitioned to establish a continuous and homogeneous radiation dose distribution, wherein the ribbon comprises material to minimize radiation over-exposure of healthy tissue; and
b. positioning the ribbon into a lumen of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,197

PHOTOTHERAPY DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING TRUNCAL ACNE AND SCARS

Azulite, Inc., Old Saybr...

1. An apparatus for the treatment of truncal acne or acne-related scarring, comprising:a body portion having a bottom surface and a top surface, the body portion further having left and right shoulder portions extending forwardly from the body portion, the left and right shoulder portions defining a space for a user's neck therebetween, in that the shoulder portions are contoured such that they are rounded about an axis that is angled downward, to mirror the respective left and right shoulders;
a lighting component configured and arranged to emit a light from the bottom surface of the body portion and forwardly extending left and right shoulder portion;
a lower standoff extending from the body portion; and
a left shoulder standoff and a right shoulder standoff extending from the left and right shoulder portions, respectively;
wherein the standoffs elevate the bottom surface away from a user's body when positioned thereon to distance the lighting component from the skin to optimized thorough skin coverage by the light, light intensity at the skin surface, and corresponding power supply demands,
wherein the apparatus is configured and arranged to be placed over a user such that the left and right shoulder portion rest on the user's shoulders with the body portion against the user's back or chest, wearing the body portion like a cape or bib, and
wherein the lighting component comprises a plurality of LEDs for the treatment of truncal acne or acne-related scarring.

US Pat. No. 10,967,196

THERAPEUTIC METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TREATMENT OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY UTILIZING A FULL SPECTRUM OF NATURAL SOLAR RADIATIONS

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UNIV...

1. A therapeutic system utilizing a full spectrum of natural solar radiations, wherein the therapeutic system comprises:an outdoor device for collecting and concentrating the natural solar radiations;
an indoor device in optical communication with the outdoor device for adjusting and directing an optimized amount of the natural solar radiations to a desired body part;
wherein the indoor device is a handheld device,
wherein the outdoor device further comprises, a natural solar radiations concentrator to collect and concentrate natural solar radiations; a receiver; and a transporting medium which transports the concentrated natural solar radiations to the indoor device; and
wherein the transporting medium transports the concentrated natural solar radiations to the indoor device without modifying the full spectrum of natural solar radiations.

US Pat. No. 10,967,195

HYPERTHERMIA SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR GENERATING A FOCUSED THREE-DIMENSIONAL RF FIELD

ERASMUS UNIVERSITY MEDICA...

1. A hyperthermia system for treating a patient, comprising:an RF power unit;
one or more RF antennas connected to the RF power unit for generating a focused three-dimensional RF field;
a treatment planning system comprising a controller for adjusting, in real time during the treating the patient, either or both an output of the RF power source or the one or more RF antennas, the adjusting causing a steering of the focused three-dimensional RF field to obtain a desired temperature related profile;
a sensor for sensing a parameter representative of the focused three-dimensional RF field generated by the antennas;
a communication environment configured to carry out a real time feedback loop-based control method comprising:
receiving a sensor data from the sensor and a patient feedback information provided by the patient;
generating in real time, in response to the sensor data and the patient feedback information, trigger signals to the controller for use in steering the focused three-dimensional RF field to adjust the temperature in a region of discomfort within the patient;
superposing a real-time temperature profile on patient diagnostic data using an anatomical model including characteristic points or areas; and
filling a look-up table of the hyperthermia system with a feedback content, based on the patient feedback information, in respect to the characteristic points or areas,
wherein the feedback content is translated, in real-time, into the trigger signals.

US Pat. No. 10,967,194

PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

1. A method of treating a patient with a pulsed electromagnetic field generated using an electrically conductive coil, the method comprising the steps of:providing a control unit comprising: a microcontroller having a central processing unit, said microcontroller having memory, said microcontroller having a programmable input terminal, said microcontroller having a programmable output terminal, said microcontroller is electrically connected to a first light emitting diode and a second light emitting diode, said microcontroller generates signals to the first light emitting diode and the second light emitting diode, said microcontroller is electrically connected to an array of transistors, said array of transistors are in electrical communication with a plurality of control power transistors, said microcontroller is electrically connected to an 8-position dual in-line package switch; and, said control unit is electrically connected to a power source;
providing an electrically conductive coil, said electrically conductive coil having a first end and a second end, said first end of said electrically conductive coil and said second end of said electrically conductive coil are electrically connected to a cord, said cord having an end with a connector, said connector of said cord is electrically connected to said control unit, whereby, said electrically conductive coil is electrically connected to said plurality of control power transistors;
positioning said electrically conductive coil within proximity of a head of a patient;
said control unit generating an oscillating electrical current, whereby, energizing said electrically conductive coil with said oscillating electrical current having a range of approximately 5.83 Hz to approximately 56.83 Hz, whereby, inducing increased amplitude of neural oscillations in a gamma frequency band of approximately 30 Hz to 150 Hz, whereby, sufficiently generating a pulsed electromagnetic field configured to impinge on a brain of said patient; and,
altering the frequency of said oscillating electrical current to vary the frequency of the pulsed electromagnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,967,193

WCD WITH PACING ANALGESIA

West Affum Holdings Corp....

1. A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) system, comprising:a support structure configured to be worn by an ambulatory patient;
an energy storage module configured to store an electrical charge;
a discharge circuit coupled to the energy storage module;
a first reservoir in which an electrolyte is contained;
a second reservoir in which one or more drugs not contained in the first reservoir and independently of the electrolyte are contained;
sensors configured to sense an Electrocardiogram (ECG) signal of the ambulatory patient while the ambulatory patient is wearing the support structure; and
a processor configured to:
receive the ECG signal,
perform a rhythm analysis algorithm (RAA) on the received ECG signal,
determine from the RAA whether a shock is advised or pacing therapy is advised for the patient,
prepare to administer a shock in response to a determination that the shock is advised for the patient, wherein the first reservoir releases the electrolyte and the discharge circuit discharges the stored electrical charge to deliver a shock to the patient, and
prepare to deliver pacing therapy in response to a determination that the pacing therapy is advised for the patient and the shock is not advised, wherein the second reservoir topically releases the one or more drugs on the patient, the one or more drugs comprising a topical pain reliever and/or a topical sedative, the first reservoir releases the electrolyte after a set amount of time after the one or more drugs are released on the patient to penetrate into the patient's skin, and the discharge circuit discharges the stored electrical charge to deliver pacing therapy to the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,967,192

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHARGING A MEDICAL DEVICE IMPLANTED INTO A PATIENT

Boston Scientific Neuromo...

1. A wearable article for receiving and retaining a charger for charging a medical device implanted into a patient, the charger comprising a coil assembly and a controller with a controller housing and a user interface disposed along the controller housing, the wearable article comprising:a body having an elongated shape with a longitudinal length, a first major surface, and an opposing second major surface, wherein the first major surface is configured and arranged for facing outwardly from the patient when the wearable article is worn by the patient;
a coil-assembly cavity defined in the body between the first major surface and the second major surface and configured and arranged to retain the coil assembly;
a first controller cavity defined in the body between the first major surface and the second major surface and configured and arranged to receive a first portion of the controller housing;
a second controller cavity defined in the body between the first major surface and the second major surface and configured and arranged to receive a second portion of the controller housing; and
a controller slit defined along the first major surface and open to both the first controller cavity and the second controller cavity;
wherein the first controller cavity is configured and arranged to receive the first portion of the controller housing with the user interface extending or observable through the controller slit or disposed in the second controller cavity, wherein the body is further configured and arranged for a charger cable to extend from the coil assembly to the controller housing of the controller within a cable cavity that extends between the first major surface and the second major surface and between the coil-assembly cavity and the first controller cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,967,191

HERMETICALLY SEALED FILTERED FEEDTHROUGH ASSEMBLY HAVING A CAPACITOR WITH AN OXIDE RESISTANT ELECTRICAL CONNECTION TO AN ACTIVE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE HOUSING

Greatbatch Ltd., Clarenc...

1. An active implantable medical device (AIMD), comprising:a) a device housing having an opening defined by an opening perimeter of the housing, wherein the device housing contains electronic circuits;
b) a hermetic feedthrough, comprising:
i) an insulator comprising an insulator perimeter surface extending to an insulator body fluid side opposite an insulator device side, wherein the insulator perimeter surface supports an insulator perimeter metallization;
ii) at least one insulator active via hole extending to the insulator body fluid and device sides;
iii) an active electrically conductive material disposed in and hermetically sealing the at least one insulator active via hole; and
iv) a gold braze hermetically sealing the insulator perimeter metallization to the opening perimeter of the device housing so that the insulator body fluid and device sides reside outside and inside the device housing, respectively;
c) at least one capacitor disposed adjacent to the insulator device side, the capacitor comprising:
i) at least one capacitor active electrode plate and at least one capacitor ground electrode plate disposed in a spaced and interleaved relationship within a capacitor dielectric body, wherein the capacitor ground electrode plate extends to an outer perimeter surface of the capacitor dielectric body;
ii) a capacitor active passageway extending through the capacitor dielectric body; and
iii) a capacitor active metallization disposed in the capacitor active passageway and being electrically connected to the at least one capacitor active electrode plate; and
d) an active electrical connection electrically connecting the capacitor active metallization in the capacitor active passageway electrically connected to the at least one capacitor active electrode plate to the active electrically conductive material in the insulator active via hole and to the electronic circuits contained in the device housing; and
e) a ground electrical connection electrically connecting the capacitor ground metallization electrically connected to the at least one capacitor ground electrode plate at the outer perimeter surface of the capacitor dielectric body to the gold braze hermetically sealing the insulator perimeter metallization to the device housing.

US Pat. No. 10,967,190

METHODS OF OPERATING A SYSTEM FOR MANAGEMENT OF IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICES (IMDS) USING RECONCILIATION OPERATIONS AND REVOCATION DATA

Advanced Neuromodulation ...

1. A method for operating a system for management of implantable medical devices (IMDs), comprising:conducting communications sessions with a plurality of clinician programmer devices, wherein some of the communication sessions occur while the plurality of clinician programmer devices are engaged in respective programming sessions with IMDs and wherein the communication sessions with the plurality of clinician programmer devices include communication of data pertaining to offline programming of IMDs;
conducting communications sessions with a plurality of patient controller devices, wherein the communication sessions with the patient controller devices include communication of data pertaining to offline programming of IMDs;
reconciling programming session data received from the plurality of clinician programmer devices with programming session data received from patient controller devices to identify instances of unauthorized IMD programming; and
distributing revocation data to patient controller devices to be downloaded to corresponding IMDs, wherein the revocation data identifies cryptographic keys that are no longer trusted.

US Pat. No. 10,967,189

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SELECTIVELY DELIVERING DIFFERENT TYPES OF BI-VENTRICULAR PACING

Pacesetter, Inc., Sylmar...

1. A method for selectively delivering different types of bi-ventricular (BiV) pacing, comprising:(a) delivering baseline BiV pacing for a plurality of cardiac cycles and determining a corresponding baseline BiV efficacy score, wherein a predetermined atrioventricular (AV) delay is used for the baseline BiV pacing;
(b) allowing for intrinsic AV conduction for a plurality of cardiac cycles and determining an intrinsic AV conduction interval and a corresponding intrinsic AV conduction efficacy score;
(c) delivering BiV fusion pacing for a plurality of cardiac cycles and determining a corresponding negative AV hysteresis (NAVH) efficacy score, for each of a plurality of different paced AV delays, wherein each of the plurality of different paced AV delays is determined based on the intrinsic AV conduction interval and a different negative hysteresis delta;
(d) based on results of steps (a), (b), and (c), either allowing for intrinsic AV conduction for a period of time, selecting and delivering the baseline BiV pacing for the period of time, or selecting and delivering BiV fusion pacing for the period of time using one of the plurality of different paced AV delays for which the corresponding NAVH efficacy score was determined.

US Pat. No. 10,967,188

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING BLOOD PRESSURE BY CONTROLLING ATRIAL PRESSURE

BackBeat Medical, LLC, N...

1. A method for setting a stimulation pattern for reducing blood pressure in a patient, the method comprising:setting a target blood pressure value for the patient;
applying to a heart of the patient a first stimulation pattern having first stimulation parameters;
while applying the first stimulation pattern, continuously measuring systemic blood pressure of the patient;
comparing the measured systemic blood pressure to the target blood pressure value;
adjusting the first stimulation parameters into second stimulation parameters configured to change systemic blood pressure of the patient to be closer to the target blood pressure value; and
applying to the heart of the patient a second stimulation pattern having the second stimulation parameters, wherein the second stimulation pattern maintains the systemic blood pressure of the patient below a pretreatment blood pressure of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,967,187

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MANAGING A SELF-TERMINATION PERIOD FOR VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. A method, comprising:sensing electrical cardiac signals, from electrodes located proximate to one or more atrial or ventricular sites, over a period of time that includes a detection period followed by an observation period;
utilizing one or more processors to perform:
declaring a ventricular arrhythmia episode and a corresponding VT/VF therapy based on the electrical cardiac signals sensed by the electrodes during at least the detection period;
delaying delivery of the VT/VF therapy for a self-termination period within the observation period, the self-termination period representing a time period during which the ventricular arrhythmia episode may self-terminate;
analyzing a stability characteristic of interest (COI) of the ventricular arrhythmia episode from the electrical cardiac signals sensed by the electrodes over at least a portion the observation period;
determining an end point for the self-termination period, within the observation period, based on the stability COI; and
delivering the VT/VF therapy when the ventricular arrhythmia episode continues past the end point.

US Pat. No. 10,967,186

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DEVELOPING A PROGRAM FOR PROVIDING THERAPEUTIC ELECTRICAL STIMULATION FOR TREATING A PATIENT

CIRTEC MEDICAL CORPORATIO...

1. A programmer for developing a program to provide therapeutic electrical stimulation to a patient with an electrical stimulation generator and an implanted medical lead coupled to the electrical stimulation generator, the implanted medical lead including a plurality of electrodes, the programmer comprising:a first user-controllable input configured for receiving a first input selecting an amount of amplitude change for a discrete stimulus migration;
a second user-controllable input configured for receiving a second input selecting a direction for the migration, wherein the first user-controllable input and the second user-controllable input are displayed simultaneously via a graphical user interface of the programmer;
a third user-controllable input configured for receiving a stimulation amplitude parameter, wherein the third user-controllable input is different from the first user-controllable input and the second user-controllable input;
a processor configured for receiving the first input, receiving the second input, and calculating second stimulation parameters using first stimulation parameters, the first input, and the second input, the first stimulation parameters including assigned first amplitude values and first polarities for a first set of the plurality of electrodes and the second stimulation parameters including assigned second amplitude values and second polarities for a second set of the plurality of electrodes, the second amplitude values being different from the first amplitude values; and
a transmitter configured for communicating the second stimulation parameters to the stimulation generator resulting in cessation of a first stimulation and initiation of a second stimulation with the stimulation generator using the second stimulation parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,967,185

CUSTOMIZABLE TITRATION FOR AN IMPLANTABLE NEUROSTIMULATOR

LivaNova USA, Inc., Hous...

1. A neurostimulation system comprising:an external programmer having stored thereon a plurality of titration aggressiveness profiles, each titration aggressiveness profile of the plurality of titration aggressiveness profiles having a rate of titration and a range of values for each of a plurality of parameters, the plurality of aggressiveness profiles including at least a first titration aggressiveness profile and a second titration aggressiveness profile;
an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising a neurostimulator coupled to an electrode assembly, the neurostimulator comprising:
an implantable pulse generator configured to generate a neurostimulation signal delivered to a patient via the electrode assembly; and
a control system programmed to:
receive the plurality of titration aggressiveness profiles, including the first titration aggressiveness profile and the second titration aggressiveness profile, from the external programmer;
deliver the neurostimulation signal at a first location on the first titration aggressiveness profile, the first location being a first set of parameters having two or more first values for two or more of output current, frequency, pulse width, or duty cycle of the neurostimulation signal;
increase the two or more of output current, frequency, pulse width, or duty cycle from the two or more first values towards two or more target values according to the first aggressiveness profile;
receive a feedback signal from the patient indicating an adverse effect from the neurostimulation signal at an intermediate location on the first aggressiveness profile, the intermediate location being an intermediate set of parameters having two or more intermediate values for the two or more of output current, frequency, pulse width, or duty cycle of the neurostimulation signal, the two or more intermediate values being between the two or more first values and the two or more target values; and
in response to the feedback signal:
identify a second location on the second titration aggressiveness profile, the second location being a second set of parameters having two or more second values for the two or more of output current, frequency, pulse width, or duty cycle that are less than or equal to the two or more intermediate values;
deliver the neurostimulation signal at the second location on the second titration aggressiveness profile; and
increase the two or more of output current, frequency, pulse width, or duty cycle from the two or more second values towards the two or more target values according to the second aggressiveness profile;
wherein the second titration aggressiveness profile corresponds to a less aggressive titration and the first titration aggressiveness profile corresponds to a more aggressive titration, the more aggressive titration defined by at least one of the following as compared to the less aggressive titration:
 a shorter time interval for a transition from the first set of parameters to the two or more target values,
 one or more greater target values, or
 greater increment values between the two or more first values and the two or more target values.

US Pat. No. 10,967,184

NEUROSTIMULATION AND RECORDING OF PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC CARDIAC DYSFUNCTION

LivaNova USA, Inc., Hous...

1. A neurostimulator adapted to deliver a stimulation signal to a patient, said stimulation signal comprising an ON time and an OFF time, the neurostimulator comprising:a control system comprising a processor configured to:
activate the neurostimulator to deliver the stimulation signal;
during the OFF time of the stimulation signal, acquire a baseline signal comprising a baseline heart rate from a heart rate sensor;
during the ON time of the stimulation signal, acquire a response signal comprising a heart rate response from the heart rate sensor; and
change an intensity of the stimulation signal, based on the baseline signal and the response signal, to cause a transition heart rate response in the patient, the transition heart rate response being between tachycardia and bradycardia and comprising a heart rate change between the baseline heart rate and the heart rate response that is less than a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,967,183

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NEUROMODULATION TREATMENTS OF PAIN AND OTHER CONDITIONS

Nalu Medical, Inc., Carl...

1. An apparatus for delivering stimulation energy to tissue, comprising:an implantable device comprising an implantable energy storage element and at least one implantable antenna, the implantable device configured to deliver stimulation energy to tissue;
an external device comprising an external antenna, the external device configured to transmit power and data to the implantable device via a wireless link;
wherein the apparatus is configured to reduce a power level of the external device transmissions until a discharge rate of the implantable energy storage element is faster than the charge rate of the implantable energy storage element.

US Pat. No. 10,967,182

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR REDUCING INFLAMMATION USING ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

Spark Biomedical, Inc., ...

1. A system for reducing pulmonary inflammation and/or increasing bronchial compliance using transcutaneous stimulation of neural structures in a region of an ear of a patient, the system comprising:an auricular stimulation device comprising
an in-ear component comprising a first set of electrodes, wherein
the in-ear component is shaped for retention in one or more structures of the ear including the cavum of the ear, and
each electrode of the first set of electrodes is disposed on a surface of the in-ear component for non-piercing contact with tissue proximate to vagal related neural structures,
an earpiece component comprising a second set of electrodes, wherein
the earpiece component is shaped for placement around a back of an auricle of the patient,
the earpiece component is in electrical communication with the in-ear component, and
each electrode of the second set of electrodes is disposed on a surface of the earpiece component for non-piercing contact with tissue surrounding the ear of the patient, such that the second set of electrodes are not in contact with the auricle, and proximate to a neural structure related to the auriculotemporal nerve, the lesser occipital nerve, or the great auricular nerve, and
a connector; and
a pulse generator in electrical communication with the earpiece component via the connector, wherein the pulse generator is configured to generate and control delivery of transcutaneous stimulation therapy via the auricular stimulation device for reducing pulmonary inflammation and/or increasing bronchial compliance, the therapy comprising
delivering a first series of stimulation pulses to at least one electrode of the second set of electrodes of the earpiece component for stimulating at least one of the auriculotemporal nerve, the lesser occipital nerve, or the great auricular nerve, and
delivering a second series of stimulation pulses to at least one electrode of the first set of electrodes of the in-ear component for stimulating the vagal related neural structures.

US Pat. No. 10,967,181

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING AN ELECTRICAL STIMULATION EFFECT ON CORTICAL NEURONS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of computing a probability of neuronal cell activation, comprising:a) defining an electrode configuration of an electrode, wherein the electrode configuration comprises an electrode plate adapted to communicate with a reconstructed neuronal cell through a skull, and wherein the electrode plate stimulates the reconstructed neuronal cell by generating an electrical current;
b) computing, by a processor, an electric field potential at a position (R,Z) of the reconstructed neuronal cell relative to the electrode, wherein R is the planar distance from the center of the electrode and Z is the depth of the reconstructed neuronal cell within a type-defining cortical layer;
c) using at least the computed electric field potential to compute an activation function for axonal segments of the reconstructed neuronal cell;
d) identifying a trigger area, wherein the trigger area comprises axonal segments of the reconstructed neuronal cell that possess activation function values above a threshold value; and
e) computing the probability of reconstructed neuronal cell activation using at least a length of the trigger area.

US Pat. No. 10,967,180

ELECTRICAL CURRENT STIMULATOR APPARATUS

ZIIP, INC., Oakland, CA ...

1. A method for providing electrical current treatment of skin by an apparatus having a first electrode and a second electrode extending from a housing and a processor, the method comprising:receiving programmable instructions from an external device;
delivering an electric current to an area of the skin in contact with the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein the first electrode and the second electrode extend from the housing, wherein the electric current is less than one milliampere;
controlling the electric current delivered by the first electrode and the second electrode to have a specific waveform to improve cosmetic appearances of the skin; and
controlling a vibration by the apparatus, the controlling of the vibration configured to notify a user to move the apparatus to another area of the skin,
wherein at least one of the electric current and the vibration is controlled based on the programmable instructions from the external device.

US Pat. No. 10,967,179

VENOUS ELECTRICAL STIMULATION APPARATUS AND METHODS AND USES THEREOF

Novintum Medical Technolo...

1. An electrical venous stimulation apparatus, for causing target veins in a subject to distend from under a surface of a subject's skin, comprising:a power supply;
a signal generator powered by the power supply, the signal generator configured to generate an electrical output signal;
at least two electrodes in electrical communication with the signal generator and configured to be placed in electrical communication with the subject; and
at least two electrical leads configured to provide the electrical output signal generated by the signal generator to the at least two electrodes, each of the at least two electrical leads connecting a respective one of the at least two electrodes to the signal generator,
wherein the electrical output signal includes an output voltage, an electrical current, and a waveform that change with time in a preprogrammed repeating cycle, the output voltage, the electrical current, and the waveform being configured to elicit a physiological response that stimulates a plurality of peripheral nerves in the subject, activates a venous muscle pump mechanism in one or more limbs of the subject, and non-invasively alters a physiology of a target vein, wherein the target vein is caused to distend under the surface of the subject's skin.

US Pat. No. 10,967,178

STIMULATOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY RECRUITING FASCICLES IN HYPOGLOSSAL NERVE TRUNK

THE ALFRED E. MANN FOUNDA...

1. An electrode lead, comprising:an elongated lead body having a proximal end and a distal end;
an array of connector contacts affixed to the proximal end of the lead body;
a biologically compatible, elastic, electrically insulative cuff body affixed to the distal end of the lead body, the cuff body pre-shaped to transition from an unfurled state to a furled state, wherein the cuff body, when in the furled state has an inner surface for contacting a nerve and an overlapping inner cuff region and an outer cuff region;
an array of electrode contacts circumferentially disposed along the cuff body when in the furled state, such that at least one of the electrode contacts is located on the inner surface of the cuff body, and at least another of the electrode contacts is located between the overlapping inner and outer cuff regions; and
a plurality of electrical conductors extending through the lead body respectively between the array of connector contacts and the array of electrode contacts.

US Pat. No. 10,967,177

METHOD AND STIMULATION SYSTEM FOR STIMULATING A HUMAN LEG

Stichting IMEC Nederland,...

1. A method for stimulating a human leg, the method comprising:measuring, by one or more measuring circuitries, an electrical characteristic indicative of a physiological condition in a first portion of the leg via a first subset of skin electrodes comprised in a plurality of skin electrodes integrated in a leg part of a garment adapted to be worn about at least a part of the human leg;
determining, by evaluating the measured electrical characteristic from the first portion of the leg, if the first portion of the leg is to be stimulated;
in response to determining that the first portion is to be stimulated, applying a first stimulation via a first subset of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators, comprised in a plurality of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators, each being connected to a controller by a respective single interconnection and being arranged in the leg part of the garment, such that the first portion of the leg is stimulated;
in response to applying the first stimulation to the first portion, measuring, by the one or more measuring circuitries, a further electrical characteristic indicative of the physiological condition in the first portion of the leg via the first subset of skin electrodes;
determining, by evaluating the measured further electrical characteristic, if the first stimulation of the leg is to be terminated;
in response to determining that the first stimulation is to be terminated, configuring the first subset of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators such that the applied first stimulation of the leg is terminated;
measuring, by the one or more measuring circuitries, an electrical characteristic indicative of the physiological condition in a second portion of the leg via a second subset of skin electrodes comprised in the plurality of skin electrodes, wherein the second portion of the leg is different than the first portion of the leg, and wherein the second subset of skin electrodes is different than the first subset of skin electrodes;
determining, by evaluating the measured electrical characteristic from the second portion of the leg, if the second portion of the leg is to be stimulated; and
in response to determining that the second portion is to be stimulated, applying a second stimulation via a second subset of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators, comprised in the plurality of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators, such that the second portion of the leg is stimulated, wherein the second subset of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators is different than the first subset of electrical and/or mechanical stimulators, and wherein measuring the electrical characteristic indicative of the physiological condition in the second portion of the leg occurs in response to the first stimulation being terminated.

US Pat. No. 10,967,176

USER INTERFACES OF A HEARING DEVICE

Cochlear Limited, Macqua...

1. A method, comprising:determining, by at least one processor, whether a state of an external unit of a hearing device is one of (i) a coupled state when the external unit and a stimulation unit of the hearing device are coupled or (ii) a decoupled state when the external unit and the stimulation unit are decoupled;
when the determined state is the coupled state, providing, by the external unit via at least one visual-output component, an at least first visual display; and
when the determined state is the decoupled state, providing, by the external unit via the at least one visual-output component, an at least second visual display,
wherein the at least second visual display is different from the at least first visual display, and wherein the at least first visual display and the at least second visual display indicate different types of information to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,967,175

CARDIAC LEAD WITH SUTURE SLEEVE

PACESETTER, INC., Sylmar...

1. An implantable therapy lead comprising:an elongated lead body having a proximal region and a distal region opposite the proximal region; and
a suture sleeve supported on the lead body and comprising:
a single, common sleeve body having a proximal end, a distal end opposite the proximal end, an outer surface and an inner surface integral within the single, common sleeve body;
the outer surface extending between the proximal end and distal end;
the inner surface radially inward of the outer surface and extending between the proximal end and the distal end, the inner surface defining a lumen, within the single, common sleeve body, through which the elongated lead body extends; and
a structure at least one of projecting radially inward from the inner surface or projecting radially outward from the inner surface, the structure having a helical contouring shape formed in the inner surface of the sleeve body wherein the suture sleeve and the helical contouring shape of the structure are from a common material integral with one another;
wherein the suture sleeve is compressible from a first state into a second state by applying a constrictive force to the outer surface of the suture sleeve, and, when in the second state, the helical contouring shape of the structure bending or undulating the sleeve body into a corkscrew shape to increase friction between the interior of the suture sleeve and the elongated lead body to resist movement of the elongated lead body relative to the suture sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,967,174

CARDIAC LEAD WIRE PROTECTOR

1. A cardiac lead wire with protector tube system, comprising in combination:a lead wire having an electrically conductive pathway extending between a distal tip and a proximal interface;
a protector tube extending from a proximal end thereof to a distal end thereof, said proximal end opposite said distal end;
said protector tube located overlying a portion of said lead wire between said distal tip of said lead wire and said proximal interface of said lead wire;
wherein said protector tube forms part of an original sheath assembly with a sheath tube and a removable valve body through which said lead wire can be introduced and advanced through said sheath tube, said valve body removable to leave said sheath portion of said sheath assembly as said protector tube; and
wherein said sheath assembly includes a zone of weakness between said valve body and said sheath tube, whereby said sheath tube is manually separable from said valve body.

US Pat. No. 10,967,173

NASAL STIMULATION DEVICES AND METHODS FOR TREATING DRY EYE

OCULEVE, INC.

1. A handheld stimulator for reducing discomfort associated with facial tissue of a user, comprising:a stimulator body portion configured to be held by the user; and
an electrode positioned at an end of the stimulator body portion, the electrode configured to deliver an electrical stimulus to external facial tissue of the user thereby activating a facial nerve for reducing discomfort associated with facial tissue of the user,
wherein the electrical stimulus comprises a frequency between 0.1 Hz and 200 Hz.

US Pat. No. 10,967,172

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MINIMALLY-INVASIVE IMPLANTATION OF ELECTRODES AND FLEXIBLE, THIN-FILM SUBSTRATES INTO CORTICAL OR SUB-CORTICAL STRUCTURES OF THE BRAIN

Bionic Eye Technologies, ...

1. A system for modulating neural tissue in a mammal comprising:a. an implantable neural modulator;
b. an electrode array of micro-fabricated ultrathin tines;
c. a micro-fabricated communication bus with insulated signal lines connecting said set of tines to said neural modulator;
d. wherein said tines are elongated in shape for insertion into living tissue with an electrically insulated exterior with the exception of at least two electrodes on an exterior of each tine of said tines, said electrodes being individually connected by a separate insulated signal line of said communication bus to said stimulator; and
e. wherein said set of tines are of varying length so said at least one electrode on each of said tines of said set of tines is positioned at varying depths in tissue as said set of tines are implanted in a target tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,967,171

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THE TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY OF ACTIVE AGENTS

SISAF LTD., Surrey (GB)

1. An electrode assembly for transdermal delivery of an active agent, comprising:a penetrative electrode of one polarity configured to provide an electrical contact beneath the stratum corneum;
a surface electrode of the opposite polarity configured to provide an electrical contact to the external surface of the skin;
a dispenser configured to dispense the active agent to the external surface of the skin,
wherein the penetrative electrode includes a plurality of microneedles that project from a skin contact surface and are configured to be inserted into the skin of the human body, the microneedles comprising shafts extending from bases on the skin contact surface to tips, wherein the exterior of the shafts are electrically insulated and the tips provide the electrical contact beneath the stratum corneum.

US Pat. No. 10,967,170

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THERAPEUTIC ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

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

1. A system for delivering therapeutic electrical stimulation, comprising:a first electrode and a second electrode for providing an electrical connection to the skin of a patient to provide electrical pulses to a desired therapeutic location, the first electrode and second electrodes electrically coupled to a connector, the connector configured to electrically communicate electrical signals received at the connector to the first electrode and the second electrode;
a therapeutic electrical stimulation first controller;
a wireless communication device comprising memory configured to store data relating to electrical stimulation therapy delivery and to communicate that data to the first controller, the first controller configured to generate electrical signals and provide the electrical signals for communication to the first and second electrodes, the first controller including
a data communication device configured for wireless communications with the wireless communication device, the data communication device configured to receive and store information from the wireless communication device to control the electrical signals provided by the first controller to the first and second electrode,
a power source including a rechargeable battery,
an electrical signal generator powered by the power source and configured to generate electrical signals,
a processor and a memory device in communication with the processor, the processor configured to control the electrical signal generator to generate the electrical signals, and
an output receptacle including at least one conductor, the output receptacle electrically connected to the electrical signal generator to receive electrical signals from the electrical signal generator for the first and second electrode, the receptacle configured to receive and retain the connector therein to electrically couple to the connector with at least the one conductor when the connector is inserted into the receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,967,169

MEDICAL CONNECTOR, INFUSION SET, AND FLUID COLLECTION METHOD

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical connector comprising:a body member that partitions a flow path between a proximal side opening and a distal side opening, wherein the body member comprises a male connector housing portion comprising a valve seat; and
a male connector connection portion comprising:
a valve body facing the flow path, and
a male connector connection port openable and closable by the valve body;
an elastic check valve located in the male connector housing portion and configured to seat on the valve seat,
wherein the male connector housing portion is configured to house a distal end portion of a male connector connected to the male connector connection portion, and
wherein the male connector housing portion is configured such that, when the male connector is connected to the male connector connection portion, the male connector housing portion (i) causes the male connector to communicate with the distal side opening and (ii) prevents inflow of a fluid from the proximal side opening to the male connector housing portion,
wherein the check valve is configured such that, when the male connector is not connected to the male connector connection portion, the check valve (i) allows inflow of the fluid from the proximal side opening to the male connector housing portion via a space between the valve seat and the check valve, and (ii) prevents inflow of the fluid from the male connector housing portion to the proximal side opening, and
wherein the check valve is configured such that, when the male connector is connected to the male connector connection portion, the check valve prevents inflow of the fluid from the proximal side opening to the male connector housing portion by a pressing force from the male connector.

US Pat. No. 10,967,168

MEDICAL FLUID CONTROL DEVICE AND A PARTICULATE FILTER FOR SAME

B. BRAUN MELSUNGEN AG, M...

1. A medical fluid control device for a medical fluid conduction system, the medical fluid control device comprising:a fluid flow housing having at least one attachment port configured to attach and remove an external medical fluid-guiding component and at least one connection port configured to connect to a further functional component of the medical fluid conduction system;
an adjustment member configured to control a flow of fluid relative to the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port; and
a particulate filter material with a pore width of between 2 ?m and 15 ?m held in a fixed position within the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port, and sealed against the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port such that fluid must pass through the particulate filter material to pass through the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port,
wherein the particulate filter material is held in the fixed position within the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port by a carrier ring that has an annular outer contour,
wherein the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port comprises an inner wall that has an annular groove, and
wherein the annular outer contour of the carrier ring latches to the annular groove of the inner wall to secure the carrier ring in the at least one attachment port and/or the at least one connection port.

US Pat. No. 10,967,167

USING ALTERNATING ELECTRIC FIELDS TO INCREASE PERMEABILITY OF THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER

1. An apparatus for treating a tumor in a subject's body and facilitating delivery of a substance across a blood brain barrier of the subject's body, the apparatus comprising:an AC voltage generator capable of operating at a first frequency between 50 kHz and 190 kHz and a second frequency between 50 kHz and 500 kHz, wherein the second frequency is different from the first frequency, the AC voltage generator having a control input, wherein the AC voltage generator is configured to output the first frequency when the control input is in a first state and to output the second frequency when the control input is in a second state; and
a controller having a first input, wherein the controller is programmed to (a) place the control input in the second state so that the AC voltage generator outputs the second frequency, (b) accept a request, via the first input, to switch to the first frequency, (c) upon receipt of the request, place the control input in the first state so that the AC voltage generator outputs the first frequency for an interval of time, and (d) after the interval of time has elapsed, place the control input in the second state so that the AC voltage generator outputs the second frequency,
wherein the interval of time is at least 24 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,967,166

NIPPLE AREOLA COMPLEX STENCIL

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A breast nipple areola complex tattoo stencil, comprising:a first stencil section defining an areola area;
a second stencil section defining a nipple area;
one or more registration elements on the first and/or second stencil sections, to enable registration of the second stencil section to the first stencil section;
a third stencil section defining one or both of a nipple shading area and a nipple highlight area;
one or more registration elements on the third and/or second stencil sections, to enable registration of the third stencil section to the second stencil section;
wherein the one or more registration elements on the third and/or second stencil sections includes mating structures on the second and third stencil sections, enabling the third stencil section to engage and mate with the second stencil section;
wherein the mating structures on the second and third stencil sections enable the third stencil section to slide on the second stencil section between a first position and a second position;
wherein when the third stencil section is at the first position the third stencil section provides access to the nipple area of the second stencil section, and
wherein when the third stencil section is at the second position the third stencil section registers the one or both of the nipple shading area and the nipple highlight area with respect to the nipple area of the second stencil section.

US Pat. No. 10,967,165

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING GAS AND VAPOR TRANSFER FOR TISSUE TREATMENT DEVICES

Oxyband Technologies Inc,...

1. A wound dressing system for supplying a gas to the wound, comprising:a reservoir comprising a flexible top layer not permeable to gas and having a specific size and shape, and a bottom layer permeable to gas and having the same specific size and shape as the top layer, the top and bottom layers sealed together by an adhesive around an entire periphery of the layers, space between the top and bottom layers sealed together comprising a reservoir of a first volume; and
a package container having a second volume greater than the volume of the reservoir, with the reservoir enclosed in the container;
the apparatus characterized in that the reservoir is pressurized to a specific pressure above atmospheric pressure with a specic gas, the reservoir is placed in the package container, and the package container is sealed and pressurized with the specific gas to at least the specific pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,967,164

MICRO-NEEDLES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

GACHON UNIVERSITY OF INDU...

1. A micro-needle, comprising:a plurality of tips formed of a medicine that penetrate into and are melted in skin, wherein each of the plurality of tips includes a bottom side and an end portion and extends from the bottom side to the end portion in a first direction; and
a base supporting the tips and having an upper side extending in a second direction vertical to the first direction,
wherein a cavity is formed between the base and each of the tips so that the tips do not remain on the base although the base is detached from the skin,
wherein the base and the tips are integrally formed with each other, and
wherein the cavity is formed between the upper side of the base and the bottom side of each of the tips, wherein the upper side of the base is combined to the bottom side of each of the tips only along an edge of the bottom side of each of the tips,
wherein the cavity includes a bottom end and an upper end,
wherein a size of a cross section of the cavity decreases along the first direction from the bottom end of the cavity to the upper end of the cavity, and
wherein the cross section of the cavity is parallel to the second direction and is vertical to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,967,163

STERILE APPLICATOR ASSEMBLY WITH HOLLOW MICRONEEDLE ARRAY

Esthetic Education LLC, ...

1. An applicator for spreading liquid from a syringe onto a surface, comprisinga hemispheric nub with a central lumen, the nub being removably attachable to the syringe;
a soft polymer applicator cover over the nub, having a plurality of flexible tendrils and an aperture aligned with the lumen;
a microneedling platform comprising a plurality of hollow microneedles and a liquid distribution chamber in liquid communication with the lumen;
a connector for removably attaching the microneedling platform to the nub;
an upper cylinder body enveloping the nub and connector; and a lower cylinder body enveloping the microneedling platform.

US Pat. No. 10,967,162

SYSTEMS, DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FRACTIONAL RESECTION, FRACTIONAL SKIN GRAFTING, FRACTIONAL SCAR REDUCTION AND FRACTIONAL TATTOO REMOVAL

SRGI HOLDINGS, LLC, Hend...

1. A method comprising:configuring a carrier for fractional scar revision by coupling the carrier to a scalpet assembly comprising a scalpet array including scalpets, and a motor controller configured to control rotation of the scalpets;
identifying a target site including a scar deformity, wherein the target site includes at least one of a margin of the scar deformity, skin adjacent the scar deformity, and a lateral dog-ear skin redundancy; and
generating a fractional field by fractionally resecting tissue at the target site, wherein the fractional resection includes circumferentially incising and evacuating a plurality of skin plugs by application of the scalpet assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,967,161

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE, APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLY

ZHEJIANG TANZHEN BIOTECHN...

1. A medicament delivery device, comprising:a container, used for accommodating a medicament;
a pressure route, including an extending pathway, a pressure-route inlet and a pressure-route outlet, the pressure-route outlet extending toward a bottom of the container; and
a valve, including a first through hole and a valve body, the first through hole connecting spatially the pressure-route inlet and the pressure-route outlet, the valve body dividing the extending pathway into a pressure-in pathway and a pressure-out pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,967,160

TISSUE TREATMENT

CardioSonic Ltd., Tel-Av...

1. A method of treating a subject suffering from a nerve related disorder, said method comprising:selecting a thermal effect on nerve tissue within a damage region, said region comprising one or both of a lumen wall or nearby surrounding tissues; selecting parameters of unfocused ultrasound to be irradiated to achieve said thermal effect, said parameters comprising an intensity between 10 Watt/cm2 and 35 Watt/cm2, a frequency between 10 Mhz and 20 Mhz, and a treatment duration between 10 and 30 seconds;
selecting a size of an acoustic element configured to emit said unfocused ultrasound, said acoustic element having a width between 0.2 mm and 2 mm and a length between 1 mm and 10 mm;
irradiating, from within said lumen, said region with unfocused ultrasound, said irradiating performed at a distance of at least 1 mm from said inner wall so that blood flow cools said wall enough to allow said damage region to be located no closer than 0.2 mm from said inner wall, and to prevent damage to said inner wall; said damage region encompassing a volume having dimensions ranging between 0.2-6.8 mm in a radial direction, between 0.2-5.75 mm in a direction tangential to said lumen, between 0.1 mm and 10 mm in an axial direction, said region being located between 0.2 mm and 10 mm from an inner wall of said lumen, wherein said lumen is a lumen of a blood vessel with blood flowing therein.

US Pat. No. 10,967,159

SINUPLASTY GUIDE WITH PLURALITY OF CONFIGURATIONS

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. A catheter system, comprising:(a) a body;
(b) a dilation catheter extending distally from the body and including an expandable dilator; and
(c) a guide catheter including:
(i) a shaft extending distally from the body and having a lumen extending longitudinally along a longitudinal axis, wherein the lumen movably receives the dilation catheter therein, and
(ii) a breakaway distal end portion having a conduit in communication with the lumen, wherein the conduit distally projects from the shaft and is configured to guide the dilation catheter at an exit angle selected from a first predetermined angle relative to the longitudinal axis and a second predetermined angle relative to the longitudinal axis for respectively dilating a first anatomy and a second anatomy, wherein the breakaway distal end portion includes:
(A) a first guide segment at least partially defining the conduit and distally extending at the first predetermined angle to a first distal opening such that the first guide segment is configured to guide the dilation catheter at the first predetermined angle as the dilation catheter is advanced distally through the first distal opening, and
(B) a second guide segment at least partially defining the conduit and distally extending from the first guide segment at the second predetermined angle to a second distal opening such that the second guide segment is configured to guide the dilation catheter at the second predetermined angle as the dilation catheter is advanced distally through the second distal opening, wherein the second guide segment is removably connected to the first guide segment for adjustably selecting the exit angle from the first and second predetermined angles,
wherein the first guide segment connected to the second guide segment are collectively configured to guide the dilation catheter through the second distal opening out of the conduit at the second predetermined angle for dilating the second anatomy, and
wherein the first guide segment selectively disconnected from the second guide segment is configured to guide the dilation catheter through the first distal opening out of the conduit at the first predetermined angle for dilating the first anatomy,
wherein the first predetermined angle is at least one of acute or obtuse.

US Pat. No. 10,967,158

CEREBRAL SHUNT VALVE

PopFlow, LLC, Hanover, N...

1. A cerebrospinal fluid valve popper comprising:a resilient membrane configured to deflect to cerebrospinal fluid, the resilient membrane having at least one pore extending between a first side of the membrane and a second side of the membrane, wherein when a fluid facing the first side of the membrane is at a first fluid pressure, the membrane is in a first conformation wherein the first side of the membrane is convex and the at least one pore is closed, and wherein when the fluid facing the first side of the membrane is at a second fluid pressure greater than the first fluid pressure, and the second fluid pressure facing the first side of the membrane is greater than a third fluid pressure facing the second side of the membrane, the membrane flexes to a second conformation wherein the first side of the membrane is concave and the at least one pore is open allowing the fluid to flow in a fluid flow direction from the first side to the second side through the membrane.

US Pat. No. 10,967,157

BALLOON CATHETER

KANEKA CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A balloon catheter comprising:a shaft; and
a balloon provided outside the shaft,
wherein a drug is provided on an outer surface of the balloon,
wherein the balloon has at least a straight tube part, and
wherein a change ratio of an outer diameter of the straight tube part, (D28?D24)/D24, is 1.1% or less, provided that D24 is the outer diameter of the straight tube part when an internal pressure of 2.43 MPa (24 atm) is applied and D28 is the outer diameter of the straight tube part when an internal pressure of 2.84 MPa (28 atm) is applied.

US Pat. No. 10,967,156

REINFORCED BALLOON CATHETER

MicroVention, Inc., Alis...

1. A balloon catheter comprising:a balloon having a proximal portion attached to a distal portion of an outer tubular assembly and a distal portion attached to a distal portion of an inner tubular assembly; and
a channel having a length formed entirely and directly into an exterior surface of the inner tubular assembly; the length spanning longitudinally substantially from the distal portion of the outer tubular assembly towards a distal portion of the balloon catheter and at least partially under the distal portion of the balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,967,155

BALLOON CATHETER INFLATION APPARATUS AND METHODS

Entellus Medical, Inc., ...

1. An inflation device comprising:a syringe body having proximal end and a distal end and a bore contained therein, the bore configured to hold a fluid therein, the distal end of the syringe body terminating in a valve body, the valve body comprising a valve space located at a proximal end of the valve body that communicates with the bore of the syringe body;
a connector located at a distal end of the inflation device and including an aperture that fluidically communicates with the valve space via an outlet channel located external to the valve body and communicating with the valve space via an aperture disposed in the valve body;
a plunger assembly comprising a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end of the shaft operatively coupled to an actuator, the distal end of the plunger assembly comprising a sealing member configured to form a fluid tight seal with the syringe body;
a shut-off valve disposed within the valve body and comprising a spring-biased moveable piston having a bypass lumen contained therein and a plurality of sealing elements disposed on the movable piston, wherein the bypass lumen forms a fluid path between the valve space and the outlet channel when a pressure of the fluid in the bore of the syringe body is below a threshold value and wherein the fluid path between the valve space and the outlet channel is interrupted when the pressure of the fluid is above the threshold value; and
one or more pressure indicators disposed on the syringe body, wherein the plurality of sealing elements are observable through the syringe body.