US Pat. No. 10,248,380

AUDIO CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

iZotope, Inc., Cambridge...

1. A method for use with an audio system comprising at least one amplifier, the method comprising acts of:(A) receiving, at the audio system, audio input produced by at least one audio source;
(B) determining a gain level associated with the audio input;
(C) automatically, without intervention by a user of the audio system, adjusting a gain level of the at least one amplifier, so that subsequent output of the at least one amplifier falls within a dynamic range delimited by a lower gain level and an upper gain level;
wherein the act (B) comprises:
determining a peak gain level associated with the received audio input;
determining the upper gain level of the dynamic range based at least in part on the peak gain level; and
defining the upper gain level of the dynamic range so that a first difference in gain level, between the upper gain level and the peak gain level, is 30% or less of a second difference in gain level, between the upper gain level and the lower gain level of the dynamic range.

US Pat. No. 10,248,379

AUTOMATIC AND SELECTIVE CONTEXT-BASED GATING OF A SPEECH-OUTPUT FUNCTION OF AN ELECTRONIC DIGITAL ASSISTANT

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method at an electronic computing device for automatic and selective context-based gating of an electronic digital assistant speech-output function during detected high cognitive load events, the method comprising:detecting, by an electronic computing device associated with a user and via sensor content information from one or more sensors communicatively coupled to the electronic computing device or via notification content information in a notification received at the electronic computing device from another computing device, that the user is or is likely currently experiencing an event associated with a need to reduce a cognitive load on the user;
responsive to detecting the event, temporarily gating, by the electronic computing device, a portion of an electronic digital assistant speech-output function to prevent reproduction to the user of one or more first speech-output events generated during a first period of time associated with the event; and
subsequently, and after detecting, by the electronic computing device associated with the user that the event has ended, ending, by the electronic computing device, the temporary gating of the portion of the electronic digital assistant speech-output function to allow reproduction of one or more second speech-output events generated during a second period of time after the event has ended;
wherein the one or more sensors include a microphone, and the sensor content includes a captured voice of the user; and
wherein the detecting the event includes detecting, via the audio analytics applied to the captured voice contents from the microphone, that the user's stress level is high and that there is a need to reduce a cognitive load on the user.

US Pat. No. 10,248,376

MULTIPLE GROUPINGS IN A PLAYBACK SYSTEM

SONOS, INC., Santa Barba...

1. A method comprising:displaying, via a display interface of a controller device, a graphical indicator, that when selected, causes storing of configuration data, wherein the configuration data is associated with a multi-zone group scene of a media playback system, wherein the media playback system comprises a first zone group and a second zone group, wherein the first zone group comprises a first zone player, and wherein the second zone group comprises a second zone player and a third zone player;
detecting, via the controller device, a selection of the indicator that causes the storing of the configuration data of the multi-zone group scene;
in response to the detecting, (i) storing, at the second zone player, the configuration data of the multi-zone group scene and (ii) simultaneously displaying, via the display interface, a graphical indicator for each of (1) the first zone group, (2) the second zone group, and (3) the multi-zone group scene, wherein the multi-zone group scene comprises the first, second, and third zone players;
detecting, via the display interface, respective selections of the graphical indicator of the first zone group, the graphical indicator of the second zone group, and the graphical indicator of the multi-zone group scene;
in response to detecting the selection of the indicator of the first zone group, transmitting, via the controller device, one or more first commands that configure the first zone player for playback of audio content in the first zone group and independent of the second and third zone players;
in response to detecting the selection of the indicator of the second zone group, transmitting, via the controller device, one or more second commands that configure the second and third zone players for playback of audio content in synchrony with one another and independent of the first zone player;
in response to detecting the selection of the indicator of the multi-zone group scene, transmitting one or more third commands to the second zone player of the second zone group; and
based on the one or more third commands, instantiating, via the second zone player, the multi-zone group scene according to the stored configuration data, wherein the instantiating comprises (i) configuring the second and third zone players of the second zone group for playback of audio content and (ii) transmitting, via the second zone player, one or more fourth commands to the first zone player of the first zone group, wherein the fourth commands configure the first zone player of the first zone group for playback of audio content.

US Pat. No. 10,248,375

SOUND COLLECTING DEVICE CAPABLE OF OBTAINING AND SYNTHESIZING AUDIO DATA

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A sound collecting device that obtains and synthesizes audio data from a plurality of sound collecting units that collect sound, the device comprising:a processor that manages time for the plurality of sound collecting units and receives an instruction specifying a sound collecting location;
an output unit that outputs the synthesized audio data; and
a memory that stores first location information indicative of locations of the plural sound collecting units;
wherein the processor obtains sound collection data including the audio data and time data from the plurality of sound collecting units;
wherein upon receiving the instruction specifying the sound collecting location,
the processor:
receives second location information indicative of the specified sound collecting location,
calculates a distance between the specified sound collecting location and at least one of the plurality of sound collecting units based on the first location information and the second location information,
calculates a value, for synthesizing the audio data from the plurality of sound collecting units, based on the calculated distance, and
synthesizes the audio data from the plurality of sound collecting units based on the time data using the calculated value.

US Pat. No. 10,248,373

ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES, DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Roche Diagnostics Operati...

16. A data processing method implemented by an analysis system for analyzing biological samples, in which the system comprises:a network;
an automatic analyzer that induces a reaction of a biological sample with a reagent in accordance with control data that specifies or enables a requested action of the automatic analyzer, specifies the biological sample to be analyzed, and specifies a kind of analysis to be performed on the biological sample;
a respective analyzer control computer communicatively coupled to the network and the automatic analyzer, and having an operating system configured to execute thereon:
an analyzer control application program which is configured to:
receive the control data via the network,
generate one or more commands for execution by the automatic analyzer based on the control data received over the network, and
generate a host screen image that renders under the control of the operating system, wherein the host screen image comprises up-to-date status information of the automatic analyzer, and
a host application program configured to receive image data over the network and enter user data from the image data which interacts with the automatic analyzer into the analyzer control application program;
a remote computer coupled communicatively via the network to the analyzer control computer, and having an input unit, a monitor and an operating system configured to execute thereon:
a data manager application program configured to:
send the control data to the analyzer control computer via the network, and
generate a first window that requests a performance of the analysis of the biological sample by the analyzer, and
a remote application program configured to:
interoperate via the network with the host application program,
generate a second window containing a duplicate of the host screen image generated by the analyzer control application program,
transform into the image data the user data entered in the second window by the user via the input unit, and
communicate the image data over the network to the host application program, and
a user interface program which executes only on the remote computer and which is configured to:
generate screen shots via an included screen shot component,
display on the monitor at least a first display window and a second display window, the first display window being one of the first and second windows and the second display window containing a screen shot of the other one of the first and second windows, wherein only the first display window permits entry of the user data via the input unit,
update repeatedly the screen shot via a screen shot update operation performed by the screen shot component, and
receive via the input unit a user's selection of the first or the second window to display as the first display window on the monitor, wherein upon entry of a selection of the second window to become the first display window the user interface program of the remote computer is configured to: generate the screen shot of the first display window displayed on the monitor via the screen shot component, position the screen shot of the first display window as a new second window displayed on the monitor,
display the selected second window as a new first window on the monitor to enable entry of the user data via the input unit, and
communicate with the analyzer control application program without going through the data manager application program,
the method comprising:
generating the host screen image by the analyzer control application program of the respective analyzer control computer, wherein the host screen image comprises the up-to-date status information of the automatic analyzer communicatively coupled thereto and one or more data entry fields for entry of the control data;
generating the first window by the data manager application program;
generating the second window by the remote application program of the remote computer;
receiving a user's selection of the first window or the second windows for displaying as the first display window,
displaying and positioning on the monitor, via the user interface program, the first display window of the selected one of the first and second windows and the second display window containing the screen shot generated by the screen shot component of the user interface program of the other, non-selected one of the first and second windows, wherein each second display window displayed on the monitor is positioned in a stack such that a user interaction is only enabled with a topmost second display window of the stack;
transforming data entered by the user in the first display window into image data by the remote application program; and
communicating over the network, without going through the data manager application program, the image data to the host application program which then enters the data entered by the user from the image data into the analyzer control application program of the respective analyzer control computer.

US Pat. No. 10,248,371

PRINT JOB ORDER OPTIMIZATION MECHANISM

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. At least one non-transitory computer readable medium having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by one or more processors, cause the processors to:receive a print job batch including a plurality of print jobs each having starting and ending media length pair values; and
generate a revised print job order list having a sequence for printing the plurality of print jobs to reduce a number of media length transitions based on a matching of the corresponding starting and ending media length pair values of the plurality of print jobs.

US Pat. No. 10,248,370

METHOD OF CONTROLLING A PRINTING SYSTEM

OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V., V...

1. A method of controlling a printing system comprising a number of functional components including a print station disposed at a sheet transportation path, the printing system being arranged to process a sequence of media sheets and is operable with a finite number of different settings, wherein a setting corresponds to an operational mode of a functional component, the method comprisinga) calculating a time to finish that will be needed for processing the sequence;
b) scheduling a sequence of sheets for printing;
c) defining a set of possible settings for processing the scheduled sequence;
d) calculating a time to finish for each setting in the defined set;
e) selecting the setting with the smallest time to finish; and
f) processing the sequence with the selected setting comprising supplying the sheets in the sequence as scheduled into the sheet transport path, and the print station forming a corresponding image on each sheet wherein the functional components are operated according to the mode of operation determined by the selected setting.

US Pat. No. 10,248,369

METHOD FOR QUEUING PRINT JOBS IN A PRINT FLEET SYSTEM

OCE-TECHNOLOGIES B.V., V...

1. A method of assigning a print job to a print job queue of a printer of a plurality of printers, the method comprising the steps of:displaying an overview including printer representations of the plurality of printers, and a print job queue representation for each printer representation on a user interface system, each print job queue representation being suitable for showing image items representing print jobs in a print job queue dedicated to the respective printer of the plurality of printers;
selecting a first image item shown in a first print job queue representation for a first printer representation in the overview, the first image item representing a first print job residing in a first print job queue being dedicated to a first printer of the plurality of printers;
dragging the first image item over the user interface screen;
detecting an encounter of the first image item with a second print job queue representation for a second printer representation displayed in the overview, the second print job queue representation representing a second print job queue dedicated to a second printer of the plurality of printers;
determining feedforward of an impact of dropping the first image item on the second print job queue representation, wherein the feedforward is with respect to at least one of the second printer and the first printer;
during the encounter of the first image item with the second print job queue representation, and before dropping of the first image item on the second print job queue representation, displaying on the user interface screen the determined feedforward;
dropping the first image item on the second print job queue representation;
detecting a position in the second print job queue representation at which the first image item is dropped;
based on the detected position, determining a location in the second print job queue where the first print job is intended to be added to the second print job queue, the determined location in the second print job queue directly reflecting a processing start time of the first print job within an order of print jobs which are possibly already located in the second print job queue; and
adding the first print job at the determined location in the second print job queue.

US Pat. No. 10,248,368

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER-READABLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CAUSING INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE TO SELECT COMMUNICATION DESTINATION DEVICE, WITH WHICH INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE COMMUNICATES

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing computer-readable instructions for an information processing device configured to communicate with a communication destination device which is selected as a communication target among a plurality of devices,the information processing device comprising:
a communication interface configured to communicate with the plurality of devices;
a processor coupled to the communication interface; and
a storage unit,
the instructions, when executed by the processor, causing the information processing device to perform:
storing, in the storage unit, communication destination device identifying information for identifying a device that was selected as the communication destination device among the plurality of devices;
storing, in the storage unit, first network identifying information for identifying a network to which the communication destination device belongs;
storing, in the storage unit, one or more second network identifying information for identifying one or more networks to which the information processing device was previously connected, among a plurality of networks;
receiving third network identifying information for identifying a network to which the information processing device is to connect;
determining whether the received third network identifying information for identifying the network, to which the information processing device is to connect, matches the first network identifying information for identifying the network to which the communication destination device belongs;
based on the determination that the third network identifying information does not match the first network identifying information, selecting one of the second network identifying information from among the one or more second network identifying information stored in the storage unit, and connecting to another network identified by the selected second network identifying information; and
based on the determination that the third network identifying information matches the first network identifying information, displaying a communication-destination-device-indicating image indicating which of the plurality of devices is the communication destination device on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,248,367

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHODS FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute steps of a method for controlling an image forming apparatus configured to perform communication with an information processing apparatus via a relay server, the method comprising:accepting temporary authentication information issued from the relay server to the information processing apparatus via user input; and
making a request to the relay server using the accepted temporary authentication information to obtain access destination information corresponding to the temporary authentication information and a session ID for communicating with the information processing apparatus via the relay server.

US Pat. No. 10,248,366

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. An information processing device for controlling printing, the information processing device includinga processor; and
a memory that stores instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to execute the following steps:
installing a printer driver in the information processing device, wherein the printer driver is for providing configuration information for printing using a script that controls the configuration information for printing;
retrieving modification information for the configuration information from a modification information storage that is inaccessible by the script;
storing the retrieved modification information in a configuration information storage, the configuration information storage being accessible by the script; and
causing the script to read the modification information stored in the configuration information storage, and configuring, as a default value of the configuration information, the configuration information by applying the modification information to previous modification information stored in the configuration information storage.

US Pat. No. 10,248,365

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF USING OAUTH2 TO SECURE NEIGHBOR DISCOVERY

KONICA MINOLTA LABORATORY...

1. A method of using OAuth2 to secure IPv6 Neighbor Discovery, the method comprising:sending a Neighbor Discovery duplicate address detection (DAD) package from a client device on a communication network, the Neighbor Discovery DAD package having an authorization code for an OAuth2 token for access to an IPv6 network;
receiving the Neighbor Discovery DAD package with the authorization code on an authorizing device, the authorizing device configured to issue OAuth2 tokens;
issuing the OAuth2 token having an expiration to the client device for access to the IPv6 network; and
allowing the client device to access one or more resources via the IPv6 network until the expiration of the OAuth2 token.

US Pat. No. 10,248,364

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRINT DEVICE PROBLEM CAPTURE

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A method of troubleshooting a print device error, comprising:by a processing device of a print device that includes a print engine, a media supply, the processing device and a plurality of hardware configuration sensors:
using a job ticket and document data of a printer-independent format to command the print device to print a print job, wherein the job ticket includes instructions for settings of a plurality of hardware components of the print device;
capturing, from a group of the hardware configuration sensors, real-time values of the settings for the print device hardware components while the print device implements the command to print the print job;
saving the captured real-time values of the settings, the job ticket, and the document data of the printer-independent format to a merged file;
transmitting the merged file to a maintenance service;
before the printing and the capturing, receiving a capture bug command indicating that an error has occurred when printing a previous print job; and
when using the job ticket and the document data to print the print job, re-printing the previous print job.

US Pat. No. 10,248,363

ACCESSORY MODULES

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by an accessory module, a request for a first web resource from a first client device unable to communicate with a target device;
in response to the request, redirecting, by the accessory module, the first client device to at least one setup webpage, different from the first web resource, for configuring the accessory module;
receiving, from the first client device and in response to an input to the at least one setup webpage, configuration information for the accessory module;
adjusting a setting of the accessory module using the configuration information, the adjusting of the setting comprising at least one selected from: selecting a language, selecting, at the accessory module, a setting to allow or disallow automatic update of machine-readable instructions at the accessory module, and a provision of a credential for accessing the accessory module;
in response to requests from a plurality of client devices, performing, by the accessory module, respective tasks with respect to the target device using the adjusted setting of the accessory module;
in response to a connection of the first client device through a communication interface to the accessory module, provide information to the first client device to allow discovery of the target device by the first client device;
process a request from the first client device to perform a first task at the target device; and
send an output to the target device in response to the request to cause performance of the first task.

US Pat. No. 10,248,362

DATA MANAGEMENT FOR A DATA STORAGE DEVICE

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A method for managing data stored in at least one Data Storage Device (DSD), the method comprising:generating a Linear Tape File System (LTFS) write command including an LTFS block address, wherein the generated LTFS write command is for writing data in an LTFS data partition of the LTFS format, writing metadata in the LTFS data partition, or writing metadata in an LTFS index partition of the LTFS format;
translating the LTFS block address to a device address of a rotating magnetic disk or a solid state non-volatile memory in the at least one DSD using state metadata representing at least one of a state of the LTFS data partition and a state of the LTFS index partition;
checking the state metadata to determine whether the LTFS block address for the LTFS write command corresponds to an area of the LTFS data partition or the LTFS index partition that sequentially follows a most recently written LTFS block address of the LTFS data partition or the LTFS index partition; and
in response to determining that the LTFS write command corresponds to an area of the LTFS data partition or the LTFS index partition that sequentially follows a most recently written LTFS block address of the LTFS data partition or the LTFS index partition, writing the data or the metadata in the at least one DSD at the device address for the LTFS write command.

US Pat. No. 10,248,361

REBUILDING SLICES IN A DISPERSED STORAGE NETWORK

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for execution by a processing system of a dispersed storage and task (DST) integrity processing unit that includes a processor, the method comprises:selecting a recovery of selected ones of one or more first sets of encoded data slices in response to detecting a storage error associated with the selected ones of the one or more first sets of encoded data slices, wherein data is stored as the one or more first sets of encoded data slices in a plurality of dispersed storage and task execution (DSTE) units, the one or more first sets of encoded data slices encoded utilizing a first information dispersal algorithm (IDA) having a first decode threshold number, wherein the data is also stored as one or more second sets of encoded data slices in a subset of the plurality of DSTE units, the one or more second sets of encoded data slices encoded utilizing a second IDA having a second decode threshold number;
issuing requests for a second decode threshold number of encoded data slices of selected ones of the one or more second sets of encoded data slices corresponding to the selected ones of the one or more first sets of encoded data slices;
decoding the second decode threshold number of encoded data slices to produce recovered data in response to receiving the second decode threshold number of encoded data slices;
encoding the recovered data utilizing first IDA parameters associated with the first IDA to produce one or more rebuilt encoded data slices corresponding to the selected ones of the one or more first sets of encoded data slices; and
facilitating storage of the one or more rebuilt encoded data slices.

US Pat. No. 10,248,360

EXTENDING EXISTING STORAGE DEVICES IN VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENTS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of providing a guest with access to and packets from a virtual storage on a physical storage using a peripheral component interface hub, the method comprising:the guest triggering a request including a block read command to a virtual function of the peripheral component interface hub to access the physical storage, the block read command including a physical address for a direct memory access (DMA) of the physical storage;
the peripheral component interface hub sending specified information about the request to a hypervisor;
the hypervisor determining whether to grant or to reject the request from the guest;
when the hypervisor grants the request, the hypervisor sending to the peripheral component interface hub a mapping of addresses from the physical storage to addresses from the virtual storage;
the peripheral component interface hub mapping the physical address for the DMA of the physical storage into a new virtual address based on the physical address for the DMA and an identification of the virtual function of the peripheral component interface hub;
the peripheral component interface hub sending the block read command to the physical storage;
the physical storage reading the block read command and triggering a DMA write to the peripheral component interface hub; and
the peripheral component interface hub forwarding a packet from the storage device to the guest.

US Pat. No. 10,248,358

MEMORY COMPONENT HAVING INTERNAL READ-MODIFY-WRITE OPERATION

Rambus Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A method of operation in a memory component, the method comprising:receiving, from a memory controller, a first read-modify-write command on a command interface at a first command time, the first read-modify-write command having an associated first read address indicating a first location in a memory bank of the memory component, and a second read-modify-write command on the command interface at a second command time, the second read-modify-write command having an associated second read address indicating a second location in the memory bank of the memory component, wherein the second command time is subsequent to the first command time;
accessing first read data from the first location in the memory bank and second read data from the second location in the memory bank;
receiving first write data associated with the first read-modify-write command and second write data associated with the second read-modify-write command on a data interface;
merging the first received write data with the first read data to form a first merged data and the second received write data with the second read data to form a second merged data; and
writing the first merged data to the first location in the memory bank and the second merged data to the second location in the memory bank, wherein writing the first merged data to the first location in the memory bank occurs after accessing the second read data from the second location in the memory bank.

US Pat. No. 10,248,353

DYNAMICLY FREEING STORAGE SPACE IN TIERED STORAGE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for dynamically freeing storage space in a tiered storage system, the method comprising:establishing a first management class and a second management class, wherein the first management class is associated with first data sets and the second management class is associated with second data sets, the first data sets and the second data sets residing on a first storage tier;
reading a first attribute value associated with the first management class and a second attribute value associated with the second management class;
comparing characteristics of the first data sets to the first attribute value and characteristics of the second data sets to the second attribute value to determine which initial data sets of the first data sets and second data sets qualify to be moved from the first storage tier to a second storage tier;
determining whether movement of the initial data sets from the first storage tier to the second storage tier creates a desired amount of free space on the first storage tier;
in the event the movement does not create the desired amount of free space, applying a first modification coefficient to the first attribute value and a second modification coefficient to the second attribute value to determine which additional data sets of the first data sets and second data sets qualify to be moved from the first storage tier to the second storage tier, wherein the first modification coefficient differs from the second modification coefficient; and
determining whether movement of the initial data sets and the additional data sets from the first storage tier to the second storage tier creates the desired amount of free space.

US Pat. No. 10,248,344

CONTROL DEVICE

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. A control device comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the instructions to:
retain a storage device list including an operation performance of each of storage devices and a power consumption corresponding to the operation performance;
generate candidates for a logical volume formed of a combination configuration of the storage devices, the logical volume satisfying a set configuration condition; and
determine, based on the storage device list and the generated candidates for the logical volume, a combination configuration of the storage devices minimizing a power consumption of a whole logical volume formed of the storage devices when the logical volume operates under a set operation performance condition.

US Pat. No. 10,248,339

DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND DATA STORAGE METHOD FOR DETECTING CURRENTLY-USED LOGICAL PAGES

SILICON MOTION, INC., Jh...

1. A data storage device, utilized for storing a plurality of data, comprising:a memory, comprising a plurality of blocks, wherein each of the blocks comprises a plurality of physical pages; and
a controller, coupled to the memory, mapping a plurality of logical pages to the physical pages of the memory, wherein when the controller detects that a first logical page of the logical pages is a currently-used logical page, the controller detects whether a second logical page of previous logical address of the first logical page is the currently-used logical page or not, to discover a last currently-used logical page of the logical pages.

US Pat. No. 10,248,337

OBJECT MEMORY INTERFACES ACROSS SHARED LINKS

Ultrata, LLC, Vienna, VA...

1. A hardware-based processing node of a plurality of hardware-based processing nodes in an object memory fabric, the hardware-based processing node comprising:a memory module storing and managing a plurality of memory objects in a hierarchy of the object memory fabric, wherein:
each memory object is created natively within the memory module through a name space of the object memory fabric,
each memory object is accessed by applications executing on the hardware-based processing node using a single memory reference instruction without Input/Output (I/O) instructions by the applications,
each memory object is managed by the memory module through the name space of the object memory fabric at a single memory layer without distinction between memory and storage, and
the object memory fabric utilizes a memory fabric protocol between the hardware-based processing node and one or more other nodes of the plurality of hardware-based processing nodes to distribute and track the memory objects across the object memory fabric through the name space of the object memory fabric.

US Pat. No. 10,248,332

METHOD FOR EXTENDING LIFE EXPECTANCY OF DISKS IN CLOUD-BASED SERVICE SYSTEM AND SYSTEM USING THE SAME

ProphetStor Data Services...

1. A method for dynamically changing an arrangement of disks in cloud-based service system according to a workload performance requirement, comprising the steps of:A. collecting performance data for each disk in a cloud-based service system from historical data;
B. filtering out the performance data which come from a failed disk or a disk having lifespan shorter than a default value;
C. grouping the filtered performance data according to lifespan levels;
D. normalizing the grouped performance data and lifespan corresponding to disks that have not failed or have lifespans shorter than the default value as a unitless performance value and a unitless lifespan value, respectively;
E. obtaining a predicted trend of the unitless performance values in a period of time in the future for each disk by processing LSTM (Long Short Term Memory) modeling algorithm on the unitless performance values of each disk in each group;
F. assigning a specific unitless performance value for all disks in each group, respectively, by averaging the unitless performance values of all disks in the same group at a specific time during a period of time in the future, based on the predicted trends of the unitless performance values in the group;
G. separating input sets which each represents a corresponding disk and comprises one specific unitless performance value and one unitless lifespan value into at least three clusters by k-means clustering algorithm and selecting a central set among the input sets of each cluster as an output set corresponding to the cluster;
H. denormalizing the output set of each cluster to obtain a performance limit and a target lifespan for each of the disks in the cluster;
I. forming a storage containing disks having an expected lifetime no shorter than the target lifespan in the period of time in the future according to a performance requirement of a workload, wherein arrangement of disks in the storage is dynamically changed while the period of time in the future is defined differently which causes a different specific unitless performance value to be assigned to the disks, thereby ensuring that the disks contained in the storage have performance limits higher or equal to the performance requirement of the workload in the period of time in the future.

US Pat. No. 10,248,323

NON-VON NEUMANN OPTIMIZATION BASED ON APPROXIMATE MESSAGE PASSING

International Business Ma...

1. A computing system comprising:a computational memory comprising a first memristive array and a second memristive array, each said first and second memristive array comprising a plurality of memristive devices arranged in a crossbar topology;
digital combinational control circuitry adapted to perform read and write operations on the first and second memristive arrays, said control circuitry performing an approximate message passing process by communicating messages with the first memristive array over a first communications link and communicating messages with the second memristive array over a second communications link, said communicated messages including parameters of a probability distribution function of a variable and said control circuitry storing at least one state variable of the approximate message passing process, said control circuitry iteratively performing computations using the first and second memristive arrays to compute said at least one state variable; and
said first memristive array and second memristive array generating an output representing a result of a computation of the approximate message passing process.

US Pat. No. 10,248,318

ADJUSTMENT OF VOLUME SYNCHRONIZATION

International Business Ma...

1. A method for adjusting synchronization rates, the method comprising the steps of:copying, by one or more processors, a set of volumes from a storage pool into a target pool;
responsive to copying the set of volumes from the storage pool into the target pool, generating, by one or more processors, a set of mirrored volumes;
configuring, by one or more processors, the set of mirrored volumes based on a set of properties describing each mirrored volume of the set of mirrored volume by:
defining a set of purpose values,
reconfiguring a set of mirrored volume relationships by dropping a term from the set of properties, and
ranking the set of mirrored volumes, based on a pair of properties associated with the each mirrored volume of the set of mirrored volumes;
evaluating, by one or more processors, a system performance at a device level, a storage pool level, and a volume level;
predicting, by one or more processors, impending input/output (IO) changes;
synchronizing, by one or more processors, one or more mirrored volumes of the set of mirrored volumes based on synchronization rates, wherein each of the one or more mirrored volumes is a permanent mirror volume or a non-permanent mirror volume;
adjusting, by one or more processors, the synchronization rates of the one or more mirrored volumes based on the impending input/output (IO) changes by retrieving a historic system performance level at the device level, the storage pool level, and the volume level, wherein searches for non-permanent mirror volumes and permanent mirror volumes lead to the decrease of the synchronization rates of low priority, non-permanent mirror volumes and the increase of the synchronization rates of high priority, permanent mirror volumes;
re-evaluating, by one or more processors, a new system performance, in response to adjusting the synchronization rates of the one or more mirrored volumes; and
re-adjusting, by one or more processors, the synchronization rates of the set of mirrored volumes wherein, a decrease in the new system performance in comparison to a collected baseline performance leads to an increase in the synchronization rates of the one or more mirrored volumes, and an increase in the new system performance in comparison to the collected baseline performance leads to a search for available mirrored volumes.

US Pat. No. 10,248,309

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method comprising:displaying a live view image on a touchscreen of an apparatus;
receiving user input to configure one or more of a plurality of available gestures via a setting window superimposed over the live view image, the user input associating each of the one or more of the plurality of available gestures with a function selected from a plurality of available functions;
detecting a first gesture that is performed on the touchscreen when the live view image is displayed;
displaying a thumbnail menu on the touchscreen together with the live view image based on a duration of the first gesture, the thumbnail menu including a plurality of thumbnails each corresponding to a pre-captured image;
detecting a second gesture that is performed on the touchscreen selecting one of the plurality of thumbnails;
determining an operation to be performed corresponding to the second gesture,
wherein the operation to be performed is the function associated with the second gesture that was configured by the user input; and
performing the determined operation.

US Pat. No. 10,248,303

OPERATION DISPLAY DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM AND OPERATION DISPLAY METHOD

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An operation display device, comprising:a display configured to display a group of operation input items among a plurality of operation input items which are arranged in an arrangement order which is previously defined, wherein each of the operation input items corresponds to a particular function to be set;
a hardware processor configured to operate an image processing apparatus having the display so as to:
receive a setting operation to set an operation input item from the group of operation input items;
prohibit one or more of the plurality of other operation input items having a prohibition relation with the set operation input item from the group of operation input items;
wherein the prohibition relation prevents one or more of the plurality of operation input items from being set when the function or functions of the one or more of the plurality of operation input items is or are not compatible with a function corresponding to the set one of the operation input items;
receive a moving instruction operation for moving a position of the group of operation input items relative to a plurality of other operation input items in a moving direction in accordance with the arrangement order, and
instruct the display to move the position of the group of operation input items for revealing displaying of one or more of the plurality of other operation input items having the prohibition relation in a first display time, as compared to moving in a second display time for revealing displaying of one or more of the plurality of other operation input items not having the prohibition relation, wherein the first display time is shorter than the second display time.

US Pat. No. 10,248,302

SCHEDULING CUSTOMIZABLE ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATIONS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:presenting, at least in response to a first user input, an alarm graphical user interface on a device, the alarm graphical user interface comprising:
a generic alarm selector that, when selected, enables interaction with one or more generic alarms; and
a sleep alarm selector that, when selected, enables interaction with a sleep alarm;
receiving a second user input that identifies selection of the sleep alarm selector;
presenting, at least in response to the second user input, a sleep alarm view of the alarm graphical user interface on the device;
receiving sleep configuration information;
determining, based at least in part on the sleep configuration information, a first future time corresponding to a suggested bedtime; and
presenting, on the device, a sleep alert based at least in part on the first future time, the sleep alert comprising a bedtime reminder for presentation prior to the suggested bedtime.

US Pat. No. 10,248,300

POLYMORPH RENDERING FOR COLLABORATIVE PLATFORMS

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

1. A computer-implemented method performed by at least one processor, the method comprising:in response to a selection of a data object through a first instance of a user interface (UI) presented on a first computing device, presenting, by the at least one processor, a first visualization of the data object in the first instance of the UI, the first visualization including a first set of data attributes of the data object, the first set of data attributes associated with a first perspective supported by the data object;
receiving, by the at least one processor, a selection of a second perspective through a second instance of the UI presented on a second computing device, the second perspective supported by the data object; and
in response to the selection of the second perspective through the second instance of the UI, dynamically altering, by the at least one processor, the first visualization to present a second visualization of the data object in both the first instance of the UI and the second instance of the UI, the second visualization including a second set of data attributes of the data object, the second set of data attributes associated with the second perspective, wherein presentation of the data object in both the first instance of the UI and the second instance of the UI is dynamically updated in response to a change that is made to data of the data object through at least one of the first instance and the second instance.

US Pat. No. 10,248,295

PROVIDING SUGGESTED ACTIONS IN RESPONSE TO TEXTUAL COMMUNICATIONS

Sprint Communications Com...

1. One or more non-transitory computer-readable media having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon for performing a method of generating an entry in a personal information manager based on information in a textual communication, the method comprising:receiving a textual communication;
identifying a plurality of descriptors within the textual communication, wherein a descriptor is text describing characteristics of a person or business;
displaying the textual communication to a recipient with the plurality of descriptors displayed as selectable by the recipient of the textual communication, wherein an appearance of the plurality of descriptors is changed to indicate the plurality of descriptors are capable of selection by the recipient;
receiving a first selection of a first descriptor and a second selection of a second descriptor from the recipient, wherein the first selection is received prior to the second selection; and
displaying, to the recipient, a suggested contact entry for the person or the business that is generated based on the first selection and the second selection.

US Pat. No. 10,248,286

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a display portion which allows a user to connect a first icon to a second icon by specifying the first icon and moving it to the second icon on a first screen and is capable of displaying the first screen with a still image of the first icon in motion on a way to the second icon and a second screen matching an event that occurs to a body of the image forming apparatus;
one or more hardware processors configured to:
detect when the first icon has been moved to the second icon thus completing a connecting operation between the first icon and the second icon;
perform an operation predetermined for the first icon and the second icon when completion of the icon connecting operation is detected;
detect occurrence of the event on the body of the image forming apparatus during the icon connecting operation before completion of the icon connecting operation, the event on the body of the image forming apparatus is caused by an action other than the icon connecting operation to connect the first icon to the second icon; and
perform, when occurrence of the event on the body of the image forming apparatus is detected before completion of the icon connecting operation is detected, a first control operation consisting of:
storing on a memory, composition information of the first screen with the still image of the first icon in motion on the way to the second icon;
interrupting the first screen by making the second screen appear on the display portion; and
reproducing the first screen on the display portion after disappearance of the second screen on a basis of the composition information stored on the memory so that the still image of the first icon in motion on the way to the second icon is displayed again so as to enable the user to resume the icon connecting operation connecting the first icon to the second icon, wherein the connecting operation resumes from a position of the first icon interrupted by the second screen, wherein:
the display portion displays the first screen by displaying a base screen with a drawing layer carrying a drawing of the first icon in motion on the way to the second icon, the drawing layer being put on the base screen;
the first control operation further consisting of:
storing on the memory, a positional coordinate of the first icon on the drawing layer;
allowing the user to resume the icon connecting operation if an area in a predetermined range based on the positional coordinate of the first icon on the drawing layer is specified by a user operation after reproduction of the first screen; and
making the first screen disappear from the display portion without completing the icon connecting operation when at least one of following conditions is satisfied: a) the icon connecting operation is cancelled by the user operation; b) the first icon is connected to another object than the second icon; and c) a predetermined period of time has lapsed after reproduction of the first screen.

US Pat. No. 10,248,281

CONTROLLING INPUT TO A PLURALITY OF COMPUTER WINDOWS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for controlling user input to a plurality of computer windows, the method comprising:determining an input window from the plurality of computer windows, wherein the input window may receive one or more primary input commands and one or more secondary input commands;
determining an output window from the plurality of computer windows, wherein the output window may only receive one or more secondary input commands;
designating a plurality of input commands as one or more primary input commands and one or more secondary input commands, in relation to the input window and the output window, wherein the one or more primary input commands include text input provided by a keyboard, wherein the one or more secondary input commands include scrolling commands by means of a scroll wheel housed in a peripheral mouse, or a touchpad, and wherein the one or more primary input commands excludes the one or more secondary input commands;
determining that a user is visually focusing on the output window;
directing the one or more primary input commands to the input window and the one or more secondary input commands to the output window, while the user remains visually focused on the output window; and
enabling the user to toggle between the input window and the output window without physically manipulating an input device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,279

TASK COMPLETION ACROSS DEVICES USING A SHARED WORK SPACE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. One or more computer-readable memory devices not consisting of waves, signals, propagated signals, or other intangible communication media storing instructions which, when executed by one or more processors disposed in a device having communications capabilities over a network, implement a method for enabling a user to drop an item into a shared work space, comprising:exposing a user interface (UI) that displays an in-use application and the shared work space, the shared work space being configured for access by one or more different devices using one or more different applications;
receiving a selection of the item associated with a task or project within the in-use application to be dropped into the shared work space, the item being one or more of content, data, or a link, wherein the shared work space is configured to display items based on particular types of tasks to be performed for the respective item including tasks to be undertaken, and tasks that are uncompleted, and a section of the shared work space is configured to automatically populate with one or more applications for use or completion of an uncompleted task or project;
dynamically selecting the one or more applications for automated population, the selecting being dependent on a current distribution of items to be undertaken and items that remain uncompleted in the shared work space, in which each of the selected one or more applications identifies a launching point within the application so that continuity of user experiences is maintained across shared work space sessions;
displaying the selected one or more applications on the UI, wherein the items within the shared work space are combinable into a single object that is shareable with other devices and enables re-creation of experiences associated with each of the combined items;
collecting contextual data pertaining to the device or the user, wherein the contextual data includes the user's location or a time of day;
identifying characteristics of the item selected and dropped by the user into the shared work space that is accessible by one or more devices using one or more applications;
determining applicability of one or more pieces of collected contextual data to the identified characteristics;
generating a contextually-relevant time to present a reminder based on the determination; and
enabling the user to work on the task or project using the displayed one or more applications and the item in the shared work space.

US Pat. No. 10,248,276

TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE COATING FOR CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL WITH OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONAL FILM(S)

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A capacitive touch panel, comprising:a glass substrate;
a patterned multi-layer transparent conductive coating supported by the glass substrate, the patterned multi-layer transparent conductive coating including at least one conductive layer comprising silver, a layer comprising Ni and Cr directly contacting the conductive layer comprising silver, and a dielectric layer comprising zirconium oxide and/or silicon nitride over at least the conductive layer comprising silver, each of said layers of the patterned multi-layer transparent conductive coating patterned in the same shape;
a plurality of electrodes and a plurality of conductive traces, wherein the electrodes and/or the conductive traces include the multi-layer transparent conductive coating;
a processor for detecting touch position on the touch panel; and
a plurality of the electrodes are electrically connected to the processor by conductive traces.

US Pat. No. 10,248,274

TRANSPARENT CONDUCTIVE COATING FOR CAPACITIVE TOUCH PANEL AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A capacitive touch panel, comprising:a substrate;
a patterned multi-layer transparent conductive coating supported by the substrate, the multi-layer transparent conductive coating including a first conductive layer comprising silver, a dielectric layer located between at least the substrate and the first conductive layer comprising silver, and a dielectric layer comprising one or more of: zirconium oxide, silicon nitride, and tin oxide, located over at least the first conductive layer comprising silver, each of said layers of the multi-layer transparent conductive coating patterned in the same shape;
a first set of electrodes;
a second set of electrodes;
wherein the first and second sets of electrodes are configured for allowing touch position to be determined, wherein at least some of the electrodes comprise the multi-layer transparent conductive coating; and
a processor configured for determining touch position on the touch panel;
wherein the processor is in electrical communication with at least some of the electrodes, for determining touch position on the touch panel; and
wherein the plurality of electrodes are supported by the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,248,268

OGS CAPACITIVE TOUCH SCREEN AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method of manufacturing an OGS capacitive touch screen, comprising:forming a first transparent electrically-conductive layer on a glass substrate;
patterning the first transparent electrically-conductive layer to form a plurality of first touch electrodes arranged in a first direction;
forming an overcoat layer on the patterned first transparent electrically-conductive layer;
forming a plurality of vias in the overcoat layer, the vias corresponding to lead wire positions reserved for the plurality of first touch electrodes;
forming a second transparent electrically-conductive layer on the overcoat layer having the vias; and
patterning the second transparent electrically-conductive layer to form a plurality of second touch electrodes arranged in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,262

USER INTERFACE INTERACTION USING TOUCH INPUT FORCE

Sentons Inc., (KY)

1. A system for providing a user interface interaction, comprising:a communication interface configured to:
receive a first set of one or more indicators associated with a first location on a touch input surface and a first force intensity of a touch input provided on and in direct contact with the touch input surface, wherein the first force intensity is within a first threshold range and corresponds to a first type of user interface indication, and
receive a second set of one or more indicators associated with a second location on the touch input surface and a second force intensity of the touch input that has been in continuous direct contact with the touch input surface at least since the touch input was provided at the first location, wherein the second force intensity is within a second threshold range and corresponds to a user selection of a second user interface object located at the second location; and
a processor configured to:
detect the first location at least in part by detecting a disturbance to an acoustic wave, wherein the acoustic wave is propagated freely in multiple directions by a same transmitter to a plurality of sensors through a touch input region of a propagating medium of the touch input surface and the disturbance is caused by the touch input,
determine a value of the first force intensity based at least in part on a measurement of an amplitude associated with a disturbed portion of the acoustic wave disturbed by the touch input associated with the first location of the touch input, wherein the same disturbed portion of the same acoustic wave is used determine both the first location of the touch input and the value of the first force intensity,
determine a first user interface object associated with the first location,
determine that the touch input has been in continuous direct contact with the touch input surface at least from when the touch input was provided at the first location to when the touch input was dragged to the second location,
determine that the second force intensity corresponds to a different type of user interface indication than the first force intensity, wherein the second force intensity indicates a selection of the second user interface object with respect to the first user interface object, and
provide the user interface interaction based at least in part on the second user interface object with respect to the first user interface object, the determination that the touch input has been in continuous direct contact, the determination that the second force intensity corresponds to a different type of user interface indication than the first force intensity, the first set of one or more indicators, and the second set of one or more indicators.

US Pat. No. 10,248,248

USER INTERFACE SELECTION THROUGH INTERCEPT POINTS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for user interface (UI) selection through an intercept point defined by a touch sensitive bezel, the computer system comprising:a display;
a touch sensitive bezel at least partially surrounding the display, the touch sensitive bezel having a set of sensors that detect a presence and a location of one or more fingers of a user on the touch sensitive bezel;
a memory medium comprising program instructions;
a bus coupled to the memory medium; and
a processor, for executing the program instructions, coupled to a bezel sensor tool via the bus that when executing the program instructions causes the system to:
sense a horizontal position on the display from a first user finger touch of the bezel and a vertical position on the display from a second user finger touch of the bezel;
determine an intersection on the display of the horizontal position and the vertical position;
sense a confirming action by the user; and
register a selection of an item at the intersection on the display in response to sensing the confirming action.

US Pat. No. 10,248,244

DEVICE OPERATED THROUGH OPAQUE COVER AND SYSTEM

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device comprising:a display element;
a touch sensing element, wherein the display is aligned with the touch sensing element so as to form a touch screen; and
a processing unit that detects a non-conductive opaque cover element applied to the device such that the whole area of the touch screen formed by the display element and the touch sensing element are covered and non-visible through the non-conductive opaque cover element, identifies a cover type of the non-conductive opaque cover element based on a plurality of stored identifiers for a plurality of cover types, selects a cover operation mode from a plurality of stored cover operation modes based on the detected non-conductive opaque cover element and the identified cover type, and activates the selected cover operation mode, wherein the touch sensing element is active and the display element is switched off or is in power saving mode, the activated cover operation mode providing operability of the device via user input detected by the touch sensing element through the non-conductive opaque cover element, the user input including gestures.

US Pat. No. 10,248,236

DISPLAY AND TOUCH PANELS WITH DRIVE AND SENSE TECHNIQUES

1. A display device comprising:a display panel including a plurality of data lines, a plurality of gate lines, a plurality of common electrode lines, and a plurality of pixels;
a data driver configured to output data signals to the data lines and comprising a first current monitoring unit configured to monitor output current of the data driver;
a gate driver configured to output gate signals to the gate lines;
a common voltage driver to output common voltages to the common electrode lines and comprising a second current monitoring unit configured to monitor output current of the common voltage driver;
a signal controller configured to control the data driver, the gate driver, and the common voltage driver and comprising;
a touch monitor determining whether a touch is applied or not, and where the touch is applied, if any, by using current monitoring results of the first current monitoring unit and the second current monitoring unit; and
wherein the common electrode lines includes first common electrode lines and second common electrode lines, and
the display panel further comprises:
a first substrate having the first common electrode lines and a second substrate having the second common electrode lines; and
a plurality of taps connecting the first common electrode lines and the second common electrode lines.

US Pat. No. 10,248,231

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH FINGERPRINT DETECTION

Lenovo (Beijing) Limited,...

13. A method, comprising:detecting an induction region of an electronic device to obtain a first input operation performed by an operation body on press keys of the electronic device, wherein the induction region overlaps with at least a portion of the press keys;
collecting and obtaining a first texture information and a second texture information of the operation body within a preset time, and determining a texture information deformation value generated along with the first input operation performed by the operation body based on the first texture information and the second texture information, wherein the texture information deformation value is associated with a change in distance between a feature point and a reference point of the operation body from the first texture information to the second texture information;
comparing the texture information deformation value with a preset deformation value to generate a comparison result;
generating and executing a control instruction corresponding to the texture information deformation value based on the comparison result, wherein the control instruction corresponds to at least one of:
a press operation when the comparison result indicates that the texture information deformation value is greater than the preset deformation value; and
a touch operation when the comparison result indicates that the texture information deformation value is less than the preset deformation value.

US Pat. No. 10,248,228

OPERATION INPUT DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An operation input device comprising:an operation member configured to be gripped and operated by a plurality of user's fingers and to generate an operation input based on the operation by the plurality of the fingers; and
a controller configured to receive and process the operation input so as to control at least one operation target device based on the operation input, wherein
the operation member comprises a finger sensor configured to detect each of the plurality of fingers which are gripping the operation member,
the controller determines a number of the fingers gripping the operation member, based on the detection of the fingers by the finger sensor,
the at least one operation target is controlled by different types of operation commands, each type of the operation commands being operable by the operation input, and
the controller switches, in accordance with the number of the gripping fingers, the types of operation commands to be operated by the operation input for controlling the at least one operation target,
wherein the controller sets a number of notches which define positions of the operation member for switching numerical values or a number of states to control the at least one operation target, and
the controller changes, in accordance with the number of the gripping fingers, the number of notches corresponding to the numerical values or the number of states to be switched by the operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,248,219

TRACKING USER BEHAVIOR VIA APPLICATION MONITORED CHANNEL CHANGING NOTIFICATIONS

Flextronics AP, LLC, San...

1. A method, comprising:detecting a first signal source change made at an intelligent television (TV), wherein the first signal source change includes changing a source of programming content from a first signal source to a second signal source, the first signal source being one of an over-the-air broadcast medium, a digital TV channel source, an analog TV channel source, a cable provider, a satellite provider, an Internet, and a multiple-system operator (MSO), and the second signal source being one of the over-the-air broadcast medium, the digital TV channel source, the analog TV channel source, the cable provider, the satellite provider, the Internet, and the multiple-system operator (MSO), the first signal source being different from the second signal source;
sending a first notification of the first signal source change detected to a live TV application, wherein the first notification includes first viewing information associated with the first signal source change;
storing, in a memory location of a memory associated with the intelligent TV, the first viewing information associated with the first signal source change, wherein the memory location is associated with a first user of two or more users that provide input to the intelligent TV;
associating the first viewing information with a user of the intelligent TV by storing the first viewing information associated with the first user in the memory location associated with the first user;
determining, based at least partially on the first viewing information, a user viewing behavior associated with the user;
sending, across a communication network, the user viewing behavior associated with the user to a receiving device associated with a television service provider; and
receiving, at the intelligent TV, an interaction from the television service provider based on the user viewing behavior of the first user, wherein the interaction queries the user for information about why the first signal source change was made at the intelligent TV.

US Pat. No. 10,248,218

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF DIRECT POINTING DETECTION FOR INTERACTION WITH A DIGITAL DEVICE

Eyesight Mobile Technolog...

1. A method of recognizing an aimed point or area in a viewing space of a display device, the method comprising:obtaining, using an image sensor, at least one image of the viewing space;
processing the at least one image by at least one processor operatively connected to the image sensor and obtaining data indicative of a location of at least one pointing element in the viewing space;
obtaining data indicative of a location of at least one predefined body part of a user in the viewing space;
determining by the at least one processor, a location of the aimed point or area in the viewing space using a combination of:
the data indicative of the location of the at least one pointing element,
the data indicative of the location of the at least one predefined body part, and
features with respect to a motion path of the pointing element during a pointing gesture;
determining the aimed point or area, while obtaining the data indicative of the location of at least one pointing element in the viewing space;
detecting a change in an estimated time until the pointing element will reach a point in the viewing space where the pointing element is closest to the aimed point or area during the pointing gesture;
determining a change in a motion vector of the pointing element during the pointing gesture, wherein the change in the motion vector relates to a change in a direction of the motion vector in a vertical axis; and
executing a predefined command or message associated with at least the aimed point or area and the change in the motion vector.

US Pat. No. 10,248,209

STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREIN INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having stored therein an information processing program executed by a computer included in an information processing apparatus for performing information processing based on an operation on an operation apparatus including a vibrator and a sensor for detecting a motion or an orientation of the operation apparatus, the information processing program causing the computer to execute:generating predetermined vibration data for vibrating the vibrator;
outputting the predetermined vibration data to the operation apparatus;
acquiring motion or orientation data based on a detection result of the sensor from the operation apparatus; and
performing predetermined information processing based on the motion or orientation data, wherein
generation the predetermined vibration data, when the motion or orientation data satisfies a predetermined condition in a period in which the predetermined vibration data for vibrating the vibrator is output, includes generations vibration data for temporarily changing the vibration of the vibrator and thereafter continuing the vibration of the vibrator.

US Pat. No. 10,248,208

TACTILE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND USER INTERFACE SYSTEM HAVING SAME

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A tactile transmission device for transmitting a tactile sensation to a user's finger, comprising: a ring-type body which is put on a finger; a moving member which is formed such that the moving member can move with respect to the body; and a plurality of wire-type actuators which are formed so as to come in contact with the moving member, wherein each of the wire-type actuators is a solid-state actuator which changes in length when energy is applied thereto, wherein a force applied to the moving member as the plurality of wire-type actuators change in length causes the moving member to move with respect to the body, and wherein a contact part formed in the moving member comes into contact with a user's finger according to a movement of the moving member, so as to transmit a tactile sensation to the user; wherein the moving member comprises: a vertical moving member which moves with respect to the body in vertical direction toward skin of the finger; and a horizontal moving member which moves with respect to the vertical moving member in horizontal direction perpendicular to the vertical direction, and wherein the contact part is formed in the horizontal moving member such that the contact part faces the finger.

US Pat. No. 10,248,200

WEARABLE DEVICES, WEARABLE ROBOTIC DEVICES, GLOVES, AND SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS INTERACTING WITH THE SAME

Drexel University, Phila...

1. A wearable device comprising:at least one compliant textile region adapted and configured to be placed over a joint of a subject; and
at least two flexible but less compliant textile regions coupled to opposite ends of the compliant region located on either side of the joint and encircling the joint;
wherein the at least two flexible but less compliant textile regions are steam hardened.

US Pat. No. 10,248,188

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING WIRELESS SIGNALS AND CONTROLLING DIGITAL RESPONSES FROM PHYSICAL MOVEMENT

1. A system for creating a sensory output from a user's physical movements, the system comprising:a) one or more sensors, wherein at least one of the one or more sensors is located on or proximate to the user's foot, and wherein the one or more sensors are adapted to detect the user's movement and generate movement data in real-time, wherein the movement data comprises one or both of pressure wave data and acceleration curve data;
b) a radio transmitter unit comprising a transmitter and a microprocessor, wherein the microprocessor is coupled to the one or more sensors and the transmitter and is programmed with a peak-detection algorithm wherein the microprocessor is operable to detect peaks in the generated movement data and convert the movement data into discrete digital pulses, wherein the microprocessor further includes a clock function configured to isolate and transmit the digitized pulse of the detected peak as a first signal; and
c) a receiver coupled to a computing device, the receiver configured to receive the transmitted first signal, whereby the computing device converts the first signal to a second signal wherein the second signal manifests as a real-time sensory output comprising a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) signal,
wherein the first signal is generated, transmitted and converted to the second signal and sensory output in less than 50 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,248,185

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method executed by a printing apparatus in a case where the printing apparatus operating in a power saving mode receives a packet, the processing method comprising:determining whether the received packet satisfies a response condition that indicates a packet to which the printing apparatus is capable of responding while maintaining the power saving mode;
responding to the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a discard condition that indicates a packet needs to be discarded in the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the response condition;
discarding the received packet while maintaining the power saving mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the discard condition;
determining whether the received packet satisfies a shift condition that indicates a packet for which the printing apparatus needs to be shifted from the power saving mode to a normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined not to satisfy the discard condition; and
shifting the printing apparatus from the power saving mode to the normal power mode, in a case where the received packet is determined to satisfy the shift condition,
wherein the received packet is determined to satisfy the response condition, at least in a case where the received packet is a GetRequest of a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) in which a particular object ID is designated.

US Pat. No. 10,248,179

METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR POWER THROTTLING UPON SYSTEM ON PORTABLE DEVICE, CORRESPONDING PORTABLE DEVICE, AND CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS

MediaTek Inc., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A method for power throttling upon a mobile system, comprising:obtaining at least one characteristic information of a power source providing energy for the mobile system;
determining an averagely available power range and immediately available power range for the mobile system according to the at least one characteristic information;
disabling a first portion of active operations of the mobile system when a power level consumed by the mobile system exceeds the averagely available power range; and
disabling a second portion of the active operations of the mobile system when the power level consumed by the mobile system exceeds the immediately available power range, the second portion being larger than the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,248,178

POWER CONSUMPTION LIMIT ASSOCIATED WITH POWER OVER ETHERNET (POE) COMPUTING SYSTEM

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. A system, comprising:a power converter to draw power from Power over Ethernet (PoE) and power the system with an amount of PoE converted power;
a display including a backlight, wherein:
converted PoE power consumption of the display is limited based on a signal indicating that the total converted PoE power consumption of the system is to be limited;
the display derives power from a second voltage rail; and
the backlight to vary the brightness while maintaining a threshold level of brightness as converted PoE power provided via the second voltage rail to the backlight varies to limit the total converted PoE power consumption; and
a power meter to:
compare an amount of PoE converted power consumption on a first voltage rail to a threshold amount of power consumption, wherein the first voltage rail is different than the second voltage rail;
maintain assertion of the signal based on a determination that the amount of PoE converted power consumption is greater than the threshold amount of power consumption; and
de-assert the signal based on a determination that the amount of PoE converted power consumption is less than the threshold amount of power consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,248,177

DROOP DETECTION AND REGULATION FOR PROCESSOR TILES

Advanced Micro Devices, I...

1. A processor system comprising:a plurality of processor tiles, each comprising:
a supply adjustment circuit adapted to receive a supply voltage from an external voltage supply, the supply adjustment circuit comprising a plurality of selectable resistive elements for regulating an adjusted supply voltage based on said supply voltage and a first control signal;
a first regulator having an output for generating a charge injection signal based upon a detected droop when a droop level of said supply voltage falls below a droop threshold value;
a charge selection logic circuit having an input coupled to the output of the first regulator and configured to inject a charge to a corresponding processor tile when the charge injection signal is asserted wherein said charge selection logic circuit is coupled to said supply adjustment circuit; and
wherein said supply adjustment circuit is connected between said corresponding processor tile and at least one of said external voltage supply and circuit common or ground; and
a second regulator having inputs for receiving a target supply voltage indication and a plurality of voltage level indications from the plurality of processor tiles, the second regulator configured to produce a second control signal based upon the target supply voltage indication and an average of the plurality of voltage level indications wherein the charge selection logic circuit generates the first control signal based on the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,248,176

PEER TO PEER POWER MANAGEMENT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A system of delivering power to a plurality of portable computing devices, comprising:a central power device in the form of an alternating current adapter including:
a power cord adapted to directly connect the central power device to a power outlet;
a control module configured to:
determine a power requirement of a first portable computing device;
determine a power requirement of a second portable computing device through a daisy chain configuration;
send information specifying a total amount of power that the first portable computing device is to receive from the central power device, wherein the total amount of power includes power to be delivered to the first portable computing device and the second portable computing device; and
control a supply of the total amount of power from the central power device to the first portable computing device, based on a power requirement of the first portable computing device and a power requirement of the second portable computing device; and
a plurality of power cords comprising:
a first connecting cable adapted to directly connect a chain receptor port of the first portable computing device to a power receptacle of the second portable computing device, wherein the first connecting cable includes a power tip comprising an interference selector key adapted to mate with a corresponding mating key of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device, and a plurality of voltage conductors forming a plurality of orientations with respect to the interference selector key, wherein each of the plurality of voltage conductors is adapted to route a corresponding and different voltage there through, and wherein the corresponding mating key of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device mating with the interference selector key of the first connecting cable and a voltage conductor of the power receptacle of the second portable computing device mating with a corresponding voltage conductor of the first connecting cable such that the power tip provides a voltage required by the second portable computing device in a first orientation while another orientation allows the power tip to provide a portable computing device having a different voltage requirement from that of the second portable computing device, such that the first connecting cable is configured to support a range of portable computing device voltage requirements corresponding to the plurality of orientations; and
a second connecting cable adapted to directly connect the central power device to a power receptacle of the first portable computing device, such that the central power device is configured to be connected to the first portable computing device and the downstream second portable computing device in the daisy chain configuration via the first connecting cable and the second connecting cable;
wherein the system is configured such that the total amount of power is transferred from the central power device to the first portable computing device, and a first portion of the total amount of power corresponding to the power requirement of the first portable computing device is used by the first portable computing device, and a remaining portion of the total amount of power corresponding to the power requirement of the second portable computing device is transferred from the first portable computing device to the second portable computing device through the first connecting cable.

US Pat. No. 10,248,174

PERSISTENT RESERVATIONS FOR VIRTUAL DISK USING MULTIPLE TARGETS

HEDVIG, INC., Santa Clar...

1. A method of reserving a virtual disk in a storage platform having a plurality of storage nodes on each of which are stored virtual disks, said method comprising:receiving a request at a first process on one of said storage nodes to reserve a specific virtual disk in said storage platform, said request originating at an iSCSI Initiator virtual machine of a remote computer and coming directly via an iSCSI Target virtual machine of said remote computer;
said first process requesting of a coordinator process on one of said storage nodes a lock for said specific virtual disk;
said coordinator process giving said lock to said first process;
said first process changing a current reservation holder field of persistent storage on one of said storage nodes pertaining to said specific virtual disk to identify said iSCSI Initiator virtual machine; and an application of said iSCSI Initiator virtual machine writing to, or reading from, said specific virtual disk only after receiving said lock;
receiving a second request at a second process on one of said storage nodes to reserve said specific virtual disk, said second request originating at a second iSCSI Initiator virtual machine of a second remote computer different from said remote computer and coming directly via a second iSCSI target virtual machine of said second remote computer; and
said second process requesting of said coordinator process said lock for said specific virtual disk.

US Pat. No. 10,248,170

VERY LOW DRAFT HOUSINGS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A housing, comprising:a plurality of faces and a plurality of surfaces, two of the plurality of surfaces having a draft angle of less than 1 degree;
wherein at least two of the plurality of surfaces are without parting lines formed by interfacing tool components.

US Pat. No. 10,248,165

FOLDABLE PLATE AND FOLDABLE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH THE SAME

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A foldable display device, comprising: a display panel; and a cover window on the display panel, the cover window comprising: a first area comprising a first material having a first elastic modulus and a plate-like shape; a second area comprising the first material having a plate-like shape symmetrical with the first area, the second area being separate from the first area; and a third area comprising a second material having a second elastic modulus lower than the first elastic modulus, wherein the third area comprises: a first portion interposed between the first area and the second area, a second portion, extending from the first portion, contacting and covering upper and lower surfaces of the first area, and a third portion, extending from the first portion, contacting and covering upper and lower surfaces of the second area, and wherein the first and second areas are aligned with each other along a fan shape end portion thereof with a gap therebetween that can be folded or unfolded with the display panel.

US Pat. No. 10,248,157

SAMPLE CLOCK SOURCE FOR DIGITAL DATA SYSTEMS

The United States of Amer...

1. A sample clock source comprising:an oscillator having an oscillator output that can provide a square wave at a predetermined frequency;
a digital counter having multiple digital counter outputs and a counter input in communication with said oscillator output to receive the square wave and to provide a reduced frequency square wave at a single counter output of the multiple digital counter outputs;
a first flip-flop having a flip-flop input in communication with said single counter output to receive the reduced frequency square wave and to provide a half frequency square wave at a first flip-flop output;
at least one additional flip-flop having an additional flip-flop input in communication with said first flip-flop output to receive the half frequency square wave and to provide a quarter frequency square wave at an additional flip-flop output;
a selector having a plurality of selector inputs in communication with at least two of said single counter output, said first flip-flop output, and said additional flip-flop output, said selector having a selector output and a selector means selectably connecting one of the selector inputs to the selector output; and
a pulse generator having a pulse generator output and a pulse generator input in communication with said selector output, said pulse generator producing a pulse having a known duration on receiving a state change at said pulse generator input whereby the pulse is provided as a sample clock source signal at said pulse generator output.

US Pat. No. 10,248,146

SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC CONTROL WITH INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION TO OPTIMIZE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Honeywell International I...

9. A method for controlling energy consumption, comprising:receiving an energy consumption of one or more devices located in a space;
calculating amounts of energy consumption in areas of the space based on the energy consumption of the one or more devices;
generating a floor map of the space on the display that includes an energy consumption map that indicates the amounts of energy consumption in the areas of the space;
receiving a selection to change an amount of energy consumption in an area from the areas of the space to a value;
determining an optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration for a set of devices, from the one or more devices, configured in the area in response to receiving the selection to change the amount of energy consumption in the area;
receiving acknowledgment of the optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration via the user interface; and
changing one or more set points of the set of devices, after receiving the acknowledgment, such that the amount of energy consumption in the area is equal to the value and the set of devices operate according to the determined optimal consumption of energy and timing configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,248,145

VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH DRIVE VOLTAGE DEPENDENT ON REFERENCE VOLTAGE

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A voltage regulator configured to provide at an output node a load current at an output voltage, wherein the voltage regulator comprises,a pass transistor for providing the load current at the output node from an input node;
a driver stage configured to set a gate voltage at a gate of the pass transistor based on a drive voltage at a gate of a drive transistor;
voltage regulation means configured to set the drive voltage in dependence of an indication of the output voltage at the output node and in dependence of a reference voltage for the output voltage; wherein the driver stage comprises
the drive transistor and a diode transistor; wherein the diode transistor forms a current mirror with the pass transistor; and
a current amplifier which is configured to amplify a drive current through the drive transistor to provide an amplified current through the diode transistor; wherein the drive current is dependent on the drive voltage, and wherein the current amplifier comprises
a first current mirror having a first forward gain M; and
a second current mirror having a second forward gain N, such that the current amplifier exhibits a forward gain M·N.

US Pat. No. 10,248,140

PRESSURE REGULATOR AND HIGH PRESSURE SOURCE ASSEMBLY WITH THE SAME

1. A pressure regulator comprising:a main body adapted for being mounted on a high pressure source without intermediary and having
an inlet;
an outlet;
a high pressure chamber defined between the inlet and the outlet and communicating with the inlet; and
a regulated chamber defined between the inlet and the outlet and communicating with the outlet and the high pressure chamber;
a piston mounted moveably in the high pressure chamber and the regulated chamber and having
a first end toward the inlet of the main body;
a second end toward the outlet of the main body;
a sealing segment attached to the first end of the piston;
an elastic element mounted in the regulated chamber of the main body to prepossess the piston to move toward the outlet of the main body; and
an adjusting element comprising a single element, mounted adjustably in and selectively held in the high pressure chamber of the main body, and having a central opening formed axially through the adjusting element and communicating with the inlet to selectively allow a flow path from the inlet passing through the central opening of the adjusting element and past the sealing segment to the outlet,
wherein the flow path is co-linear with a longitudinal axis of the adjusting element and extends along the entire longitudinal axis of the adjusting element, and
wherein the adjusting element selectively abuts against the sealing segment and the central opening of the adjusting element is selectively blocked by the sealing segment to selectively close the flow path from the inlet to the outlet of the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,248,137

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW RATE OF FLUID, MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE FOR EXECUTING METHOD, AND MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL SYSTEM UTILIZING MASS FLOW RATE CONTROL DEVICE

HITACHI METALS, LTD., To...

1. A method of controlling a flow rate of fluid by using a mass flow controller, the method comprising:measuring a flow rate of the fluid with a flow meter of the mass flow controller to obtain a measured value;
controlling a flow control valve of the mass flow controller with a controlling section of the mass flow controller based on the measured value to adjust the flow rate of the fluid;
storing, in a memory of the mass flow controller, the following:
a set value of the flow rate;
a controlled value of the flow rate corresponding to the set value of the flow rate;
a standby time W, which is a period from a change in the set value of the flow rate from zero to a value that is not zero until output of an opening signal to the flow control valve; and
a target value Tt of a controlled response time, which is a period of time for the measured value of the flow rate to reach the controlled value of the flow rate after the set value of the flow rate changes from zero to the value that is not zero;
starting, with the controlling section, measurement of an elapsed time when the set value of the flow rate changes from zero to the value that is not zero;
outputting, by the controlling section, the opening signal corresponding to the set value of the flow rate to the flow control valve when the elapsed time reaches the standby time W;
measuring, by the controlling section, a value of the elapsed time at a time when the measured value of the flow rate reaches the controlled value of the flow rate as a measured value Tm of the controlled response time;
calculating, by the controlling section, a value acquired by subtracting the measured value Tm from the target value Tt as a differential value ?W of the standby time W;
outputting, by the controlling section, a closing signal to the flow control valve, stopping the measurement of the elapsed time, and resetting the value of the elapsed time to zero when the set value of the flow rate changes from the value that is not zero to zero; and
updating, by the controlling section, a value of the standby time W to a value acquired by adding the differential value ?W to the standby time W.

US Pat. No. 10,248,134

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECONFIGURING A VEHICLE GEOMETRY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

18. An automotive vehicle, comprising:a vehicle body structure including a roof, a roof support system, and a main body;
a configuration system located in the vehicle body structure, the configuration system configured to alter a vehicle configuration;
at least one vehicle sensor configured to detect an occupancy status of the vehicle;
a communication system; and
a controller in communication with the at least one vehicle sensor, the configuration system, and the communication system, the controller configured to receive sensor data corresponding to an occupancy of an interior of the vehicle from the at least one vehicle sensor, determine the vehicle configuration based on the sensor data, generate a control signal based on the vehicle configuration, and automatically control the configuration system according to the control signal to alter the vehicle body structure from a first configuration to a second configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,248,122

AUTONOMOUS CONCESSIONS ROBOTS

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A concessions robot device, the device comprising:a body comprising a dispensing container for holding one or more items to be dispensed;
a motor within the body;
a plurality of wheels;
a communication interface configured to receive instructions sent over a communication network regarding a designated route; and
a processor configured to execute the received instructions, wherein execution of the instructions by the processor automatically:
powers up the motor, wherein the body is propelled forward, and
steers the wheels along the designated route, wherein the one or more items are dispensed at one or more points on the designated route, and
wherein the concessions robot moves autonomously along the designated route which is determined according to correlations between actual staff density and a historic staff density level.

US Pat. No. 10,248,111

OPERATIONAL PROGRAMMING OF A FACILITY

ExxonMobil Research and E...

1. A method of programming and operating a facility, comprising:(a) using a computer system that stores an operational programming application, wherein the operational programming application comprises an operational program for determining the operation of at least one facility;
(b) acquiring data from operational events of the at least one facility and entering the data into the operational program, wherein feasibility of the operational program is maintained, wherein the operational events of the at least one facility entered into the operational program are one of two types of events: defined operational events and undefined operational events, wherein a ratio of a number of the defined operational events to a number of the undefined operational events entered into the operational program changes with passage of time, wherein a ratio of a number of the defined operational events to a number of the undefined operational events entered into the operational program increases with passage of time;
(c) setting a scope of the data to be analyzed, wherein the scope of the analysis is defined based on at least one operational event of interest;
(d) assembling the data within the scope of the analysis in a structured and automated manner;
(e) processing the assembled data using a strategy-based procedure and obtaining results for the defined scope of the analysis, wherein the strategy-based procedure is based upon at least one of specific conditions, business drivers and uncertain parameters;
(f) disassembling the obtained results in a structured and automated manner according to the obtained results;
(g) adjusting the operational program by incorporating the obtained result into the program; and
(h) programming and operating the at least one facility according to the adjusted operational program.

US Pat. No. 10,248,102

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER OF MACHINE TOOL

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller for controlling a machine tool including a spindle motor formed of an induction motor, the numerical controller comprising:a storage unit that stores a maximum acceleration at which the spindle motor can operate when a magnetic flux amount of the spindle motor reaches its maximum;
a magnetic flux amount acquisition unit that acquires a present magnetic flux amount of the spindle motor; and
an acceleration change unit that changes an acceleration of a position command based on a maximum acceleration of the spindle motor stored in the storage unit according to a magnetic flux amount at the start of movement of the spindle motor acquired by the magnetic flux amount acquisition unit when the spindle motor is operated by position control using a position command.

US Pat. No. 10,248,098

PLC APPARATUS

LSIS CO., LTD., Anyang-s...

1. A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to receive, from a user, an ambient temperature of a PLC;
a memory configured to store a life expectancy of a part depending on the ambient temperature, wherein the part is a capacitor;
a diagnosing unit configured to predict a PLC life expectancy according to the following equation,
L=T?10×Log2Lo/Lc
where, L comprises the PLC life expectancy, T comprises a part maximum use temperature, Lo comprises a PLC reference life, and Lc comprises a part life at a corresponding temperature, to calculate a PLC residual life by subtracting a PLC used time from the PLC life expectancy, and to compare the PLC used time and the PLC life expectancy to determine whether or not the PLC used time exceeds the PLC life expectancy;
a control unit configured to control an operation of the input unit, the memory and the diagnosing unit and to store a point of time in the memory when the PLC residual life becomes zero; and
an alarm unit configured to produce an alarm sound or alarm light, wherein the control unit is configured to control the alarm unit to be operated if the PLC used time exceeds the PLC life expectancy.

US Pat. No. 10,248,095

NUMERICAL CONTROL DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED SERVO CONTROL PERFORMANCE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical control device comprising:a CPU for outputting a position command value of a servomotor;
an integrated circuit including a servo controller for outputting a current command value to an amplifier for driving the servomotor, and another processor; and
a DSP for reading the position command value and controlling the servomotor such that the servomotor moves to a position indicated by the position command value, wherein
the CPU and the integrated circuit are connected through a plurality of serial interfaces,
the integrated circuit has a first integrated circuit internal bus connected to one of the plurality of serial interfaces, and a second integrated circuit internal bus connected to another one of the plurality of serial interfaces,
the servo controller is connected to the first integrated circuit internal bus, and
the other processor is connected to the second integrated circuit internal bus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,093

COMPLIANT FORCE CONTROL MODULE

ANDROSROBOTICS, LLC, Cam...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of plates disposed in parallel;
at least a first elastic member disposed between a first plate and a second plate of the plurality of plates;
a position sensor configured to measure a change in distance between at least the first plate of the plurality of plates and the second plate of the plurality of plates;
a driver for a brushless motor driving an actuator communicated with the first plate and the second plate; and
a microcontroller programmed to execute a closed loop torque control of the motor responsive to feedback from the position sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,248,092

ARCHITECTURE FOR THERMOSTAT CONTROL DURING PEAK INTERVALS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A thermostat comprising:a housing;
one or more memory devices comprising a stored setpoint schedule, wherein the stored setpoint schedule comprises a plurality of setpoints;
one or more temperature sensors, each of the one or more temperature sensors being configured to provide temperature sensor measurements;
a processing system disposed within the housing, the processing system being configured to be in operative communication with the one or more temperature sensors to receive the temperature sensor measurements, in operative communication with the one or more memory devices to determine a setpoint temperature, and in still further operative communication with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to control the HVAC system based at least in part on the setpoint temperature and the temperature sensor measurements;
wherein the processing system is programmed or configured to control the HVAC system by performing operations comprising:
receiving an indication that a total instantaneous energy usage rate for a structure in which the thermostat is installed is projected to exceed a threshold amount;
altering the stored setpoint schedule to reduce an energy usage rate of the HVAC system in response to receiving the indication that the total instantaneous energy usage rate for the structure in which the thermostat is installed is projected to exceed the threshold amount; and
controlling the HVAC system using the altered setpoint schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,248,090

TRACE DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM, CONTROLLER, MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, OPERATION TERMINAL, AND TRACE DATA COLLECTION METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Yaskawa ...

1. A trace data collection system, comprising:a motor control device configured to drive a motor and collect a first set of trace motor data;
an operation terminal; and
a controller in communication with the motor control device, the controller configured to execute a mechanical control program, transmit a control command to the motor control device based on instructions in the mechanical control program, and collect a second set of trace motor data from the motor control device,
wherein the controller comprises:
a trace start signal transmission determination unit configured to determine a condition for when to transmit a trace start signal to the motor control device to start collecting the first set of trace motor data;
a trace start signal transmission unit configured to transmit the trace start signal to the motor control device instructing the motor control device to start collecting the first set of trace motor data; and
a second trace data collection unit configured to collect the second set of trace motor data while the motor is being driven,
wherein the operation terminal comprises:
a graph display unit configured to display as a graph, at least the second set of trace motor data; and
a trace start signal transmission condition setting unit configured to set the condition for transmitting the trace start signal on the graph of the second set of trace motor data,
wherein the motor control device comprises:
a control command execution unit configured to operate the motor based on the control command received from the mechanical control program;
a trace start signal reception unit configured to receive the trace start signal sent from the trace start signal transmission unit;
a trace start determination unit configured to determine if a trace start signal has been received; and
a first trace data collection unit configured to collect the first set of trace motor data after it is determined that the trace start signal has been received from the controller,
wherein
the trace start signal transmission determination unit is configured to use a time relationship between the first set of trace motor data and the second set of trace motor data, as the condition for transmitting the trace start signal to the motor control device,
the motor control device is configured to control power to be input to the motor based on the command received from the mechanical control program to drive the motor,
the first set of trace motor data is more detailed than the second set of trace motor data.

US Pat. No. 10,248,084

CONTROLLER, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

OMRON Corporation, Kyoto...

1. A controller having an auto-tuning function, comprising:a manipulated value determination unit that selectively determines a first manipulated value for causing a first change in a controlled value of a controlled object or a second manipulated value for causing a second change opposite to the first change in the controlled value, in accordance with a preset parameter, so that a process value obtained from the controlled object follows a target value; and
a tuning unit that alternately outputs the first manipulated value and the second manipulated value in accordance with the process value, and that modifies the preset parameter from a response characteristic obtained through the alternate output,
wherein the tuning unit successively changes a magnitude of the first manipulated value each time output is switched during the alternate output of the first manipulated value and the second manipulated value, and
wherein the tuning unit modifies the preset parameter from a response characteristic obtained when determined that the first change in the controlled value to the first manipulated value has linearity.

US Pat. No. 10,248,083

REFERENCE TIME GENERATOR

1. A reference time generator, comprising:a first clock source including a reference synthesizer and cesium atomic clock configured to produce a cesium reference signal and a cesium QOT metric;
a second clock source including a reference synthesizer and rubidium atomic clock configured to produce a rubidium reference signal and a rubidium QOT metric,
wherein the reference time generator selects a reference signal to transmit based on the best QOT metric.

US Pat. No. 10,248,079

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH URGING MEMBER FOR URGING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image-forming apparatus configured to form an image on a sheet, the image-forming apparatus comprising:a main body comprising:
an upper wall having a tray that is recessed downward for catching the sheet;
a first wall having a first access opening; and
a second wall having a second access opening;
a toner cartridge attachable to the main body in a first direction through the first access opening, the toner cartridge accommodating toner and having a first opening;
a waste toner container attachable to the main body in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction through the second access opening;
a process cartridge including a photosensitive drum, the process cartridge being attachable to the main body in an axial direction along an axis of the photosensitive drum, the process cartridge having a second opening, the process cartridge further comprising:
a cleaning member configured to remove toner from the photosensitive drum; and
a discharge tube having a third opening, the discharge tube being configured to discharge the toner removed by the cleaning member toward the waste toner container through the third opening;
a positioning part positioned above the process cartridge in a state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body, the positioning part being configured to fix the process cartridge in position relative to the main body in the state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body; and
a transfer belt positioned above the process cartridge in the state where the process cartridge is attached to the main body.

US Pat. No. 10,248,072

CLEANING ROLLER PROVIDED WITH SHAFT AND ELASTIC BODY WOUND THEREABOUT

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A cleaning roller comprising:a shaft extending in an axial direction in which a center axis of the shaft extends, the shaft defining a radial direction and having a circumferential surface; and
an elastic body helically wound about the shaft and defining a helical direction, the elastic body having a widthwise dimension in a widthwise direction orthogonal to the helical direction and to the radial direction, a pitch of the elastic body in a center portion of the elastic body in the axial direction being greater than that in an end portion of the elastic body in the axial direction, the elastic body having:
a base end portion extending in the helical direction, the base end portion being in contact with the circumferential surface and fixed thereto; and
a distal end portion extending in the helical direction, the distal end portion being positioned farthest from the circumferential surface in the radial direction,
the widthwise dimension being gradually reduced from the base end portion to the distal end portion in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,248,070

TRANSPORTATION APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A transportation apparatus comprising:a first transportation unit that transports a paper sheet from a mounting portion on which the paper sheet is mounted;
a second transportation unit that transports the paper sheet transported by the first transportation unit being positioned on a downstream side of the first transportation unit in a transportation direction;
a processing unit that executes predetermined processing with respect to the paper sheet transported by the second transportation unit; and
a controller that controls driving of the first transportation unit and the second transportation unit,
wherein the controller measures a transportation time of an Nth paper sheet (N is an integer of 1 or more) from when the second transportation unit starts to transport the Nth paper sheet until when the processing unit finishes processing with respect to the Nth paper sheet, determines a specific time which is shorter than the transportation time of the Nth paper sheet on the basis of the transportation time of the Nth paper sheet, causes the first transportation unit to start transportation of an (N+2)th paper sheet at a time when the specific time has elapsed after the second transportation unit starts to transport an (N+1)th paper sheet, and repeats the process of measuring the transportation time, determining the specific time and causing to start transportation by the first transportation unit for the (N+1)th and subsequent paper sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,248,069

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A RIB PORTIONED CONVEYANCE SCREW

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:a developer bearing member configured to bear and convey a developer containing toner and carrier to a developing position where the developer bearing member develops an electrostatic image formed on an image bearing member;
a developer container configured to circulate the developer being supplied to the developer bearing member between a first chamber and a second chamber divided from the first chamber by a partition wall;
a first communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communicating portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction from the second communicating portion to the first communicating portion;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction from the first communicating portion to the second communicating portion; and
a permeability sensor configured to detect a permeability of the developer accommodated in the developer container for detecting a density of the developer accommodated in the developer container, the permeability sensor comprising a base portion and a detection portion which is arranged on the base portion along the second direction and is configured to detect the permeability of the developer accommodated in the developer container,
wherein the detection portion is arranged below a rotational axis of the second conveyance screw when the developer bearing member is positioned at the developing position, and
wherein a rib portion formed so as to protrude in a radial direction from a rotation shaft of the second conveyance screw for supplying the developer toward the detection portion is arranged at an area on the second conveyance screw overlapping with the detection portion in the second direction, the rib portion being arranged between a blade portion of the second conveyance screw and an adjacent blade portion, and
wherein the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a first portion of the rib portion is longer than the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a second portion of the rib portion and is longer than the shortest distance between the rib portion and the detection portion at a third portion of the rib portion, the first portion of the rib portion being provided downstream in the second direction of the second portion of the rib portion and upstream in the second direction of the third portion of the rib portion, when the rib portion being positioned at a position where the rib portion is supplying the developer toward the detection portion is viewed in a direction perpendicular to a rotational axis direction of the second conveyance screw.

US Pat. No. 10,248,066

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND AUTHENTICATION SERVER

Kyocera Document Solution...

1. An image forming system, comprising:a first image forming apparatus;
at least one second image forming apparatus; and
an authentication server that performs user authentication of the at least one second image forming apparatus;
wherein the first image forming apparatus, the second image forming apparatus and the authentication server are capable of connecting to each other using a network;
the first image forming apparatus comprises a first control unit configured to (a1) make a substitution printing request to the second image forming apparatus available to perform printing based on a print instruction from a user and (a2) receive an authentication ID from the requested second image forming apparatus if the user is not managed by the authentication server that manages the requested second image forming apparatus and notify the user of the received authentication ID, when the first image forming apparatus cannot perform the printing based on the print instruction, the authentication ID issued for temporary authentication of the user;
the second image forming apparatus comprises a second control unit configured to (b1) request the authentication server to issue the authentication ID, (b2) receive the issued authentication ID and notify the first image forming apparatus of the received authentication ID, and (b3) receive inputting the authentication ID from the user and perform printing based on the print instruction if the inputted authentication ID is identical to the received authentication ID; if the authentication server cannot authenticate the user who is not managed by the authentication server when the second image forming apparatus receives the substitution printing request from the first image forming apparatus;
the authentication server is configured to issue the authentication ID when receiving a request to issue the authentication ID from the second image forming apparatus; and
wherein the first control unit of the first image forming apparatus searches for the second image forming apparatus available to perform printing based on the print instruction before making the substitution printing request, and selects the second image forming apparatus to be requested on the basis of the search result; said search being based on the paper type used in the second forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,248,065

IMAGE FORMATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

FUJI XEROX CO., LTD., To...

1. An image formation control apparatus comprising:a setting reception section that collectively receives settings of a plurality of adjustment factors with respect to image formation;
an instruction section that instructs an image forming apparatus main body to perform adjustments with respect to the settings of the adjustment factors, which are received by the setting reception section;
an adjustment result reception section that receives results of the adjustments of the respective adjustment factors, which are instructed by the instruction section, in the image forming apparatus main body; and
a controller that performs control such that the results of the adjustments of the respective adjustment factors, which are received by the adjustment result reception section, are stored in company with a recording medium accommodation unit that accommodates a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 10,248,059

FIXATION UNIT AND IMAGE FORMATION APPARATUS

Oki Data Corporation, To...

1. A fixation unit comprising:a first roller;
a second roller disposed facing the first roller, the first roller pressed against the second roller;
an endless heating member that is provided around the second roller and configured to heat developer on a medium while passing through a contact area between the first roller and the second roller;
a temperature detector that contacts with the heating member at a position upstream of the contact area in a rotation direction of the heating member and is configured to detect temperature of the heating member; and
a discharging member that releases electric charge of the heating member, wherein the discharging member is disposed between the temperature detector and the contact area in the rotation direction of the heating member,
a guide member disposed downstream of the temperature detector in the rotation direction of the heating member and configured to guide the heating member; and
a pressure member disposed upstream of the contact area in the rotation direction of the heating member and configured to press the heating member against the first roller, wherein
the discharging member is disposed between the guide member and the pressure member in the rotation direction of the heating member,
the discharging member is disposed to keep a predetermined push amount against the heating member,
in a side cross section of the fixation unit, the push amount is a length by which a distal end portion of the discharging member protrudes beyond a straight line joining a contact point between the heating member and the pressure member and a contact point between the heating member and the guide member, and
the push amount falls within a range of minus 0.5 mm to plus 0.5 mm, inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,248,008

REMOVABLE HINGE

Avigilon Corporation, Va...

1. A removable hinge for connecting a plate to a bracket comprising:a first hook slot on a first inside of the bracket and a second hook slot on a second inside of the bracket where the first inside is opposite to the second inside, and the first hook slot and the second hook slot each having an open end and a retaining end;
a first hook on one side of the plate and a second hook on an opposite side of the plate where the first hook fits into the open end of the first hook slot and the second hook fits into the open end of the second hook slot, and the first hook slides along the first hook slot to the retaining end and the second hook slides along the second hook slot to the retaining end; and
a stop to limit the plate, hinged to the bracket, from opening beyond an angle of approximately 90 degrees,
wherein the first hook and the second hook are positioned on the plate such that the first hook and the second hook are retained in the first hook slot and the second hook slot, respectively,
wherein the plate is in a hanging position when the first hook is at the retaining end of the first hook slot and the second hook is at the retaining end of the second hook slot,
wherein the plate is removable from the bracket by sliding the first hook from the first hook slot out of the open end of the first hook slot and the second hook from the second hook slot out of the open end of the second hook slot, and
wherein the first hook comprises a first pivot pin and the second hook comprises a second pivot pin, the first pivot pin and the second pivot pin in the first hook slot and the second hook slot, respectively, are aligned along an axis such that the plate is hinged to the bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,247,913

OPTICAL IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS ...

1. An optical image capturing system, in order along an optical axis from an object side to an image side, comprising:a first lens having positive refractive power;
a second lens having refractive power;
a third lens having refractive power;
a fourth lens having refractive power;
a fifth lens having refractive power;
a sixth lens having refractive power;
a seventh lens having refractive power; and
an image plane;
wherein the optical image capturing system consists of the seven lenses with refractive power; at least one lens among the second lens to the seventh lens has positive refractive power; the seventh lens has an object-side surface, which faces the object side, and an image-side surface, which faces the image side, and the object-side surface and the image-side surface of the seventh lens are aspheric surfaces;
wherein the optical image capturing system satisfies:
1.2?f/HEP?10.0;
0 0.9?2(ARE/HEP)?1.5; and
0 mm where f is a focal length of the optical image capturing system; HEP is an entrance pupil diameter of the optical image capturing system; HOS is a distance on the optical axis from the object-side surface, which faces the object side, of the first lens to the image plane; InTL is a distance in parallel with the optical axis from the object-side surface of the first lens to the image-side surface of the seventh lens; for any surface of any lens, ARE is a profile curve length measured from a start point where the optical axis passes therethrough, along a surface profile thereof, and finally to a coordinate point of a perpendicular distance which is a half of the entrance pupil diameter away from the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,909

FOCUSING OF A CAMERA MONITORING A SCENE

Axis AB, Lund (SE)

1. A method of focusing a camera monitoring a scene, the camera being operable in a day mode and in a night mode, wherein an infrared, IR, cut filter blocks IR light from reaching the camera in the day mode, and allows IR light to reach the camera in the night mode, wherein the method comprisesi) receiving input on whether the camera is operated in the day mode or the night mode,
ii) selecting a focusing day mode if the camera is operated in the day mode and a focusing night mode if the camera is operated in the night mode, wherein
a) the focusing day mode comprises controlling an IR laser range meter to continuously measure a reference distance, and
b) the focusing night mode comprises controlling the IR laser range meter to only measure the reference distance in response to a focus trigger signal being activated, and during a predetermined time period,
iii) setting the focus distance of the camera based on the measured reference distance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,888

MECHANICAL INTERFACE BETWEEN A FIBER OPTIC CABLE AND A FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A fiber optic connector and cable assembly comprising:a fiber optic cable including at least one optical fiber, a jacket surrounding the optical fiber and at least one strength member for reinforcing the fiber optic cable;
a fiber optic connector including a crimp supporting portion; and
a crimp band for securing the fiber optic cable to the fiber optic connector, the crimp band including a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being crimped down on the crimp supporting portion, the second portion being crimped down on the jacket of the fiber optic cable, the second portion having an inner surface including gripping structures configured to engage the jacket, wherein the gripping structures comprise through-holes into which portions of the jacket deform during crimping.

US Pat. No. 10,247,887

FIBER OPTIC ADAPTER BLOCK

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A fiber optic adapter assembly comprising:at least three fiber optic adapters provided in a stacked arrangement extending widthwise in a longitudinal direction, wherein every other adapter of the at least three fiber optic adapters is staggered in a front to back direction with respect to an adjacent adapter such that front ends of the every other adapter of the at least three fiber optic adapters are aligned at a first depth and a front end of the adjacent adapter is at a second depth that is different than the first depth, the fiber optic adapter assembly further defining a right side and a left side separated from the right side widthwise in the longitudinal direction defined by the assembly, each of the right side and the left side of the fiber optic adapter assembly including a dovetail shaped mounting structure defined by a larger flange portion and a narrower stem portion connecting the flange portion to the side of the adapter assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,886

FIBER OPTIC CABLE SLACK MANAGEMENT MODULE

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A fiber optic cable slack management module comprising:a base defining a first cable management spool, an outer face of which is configured to contact cables when cables are pulled away from the base;
a second cable management spool, within which the first cable management spool is located, wherein an inner face of the second cable management spool is configured to contact cables when cables are in a relaxed, non-pulled state, wherein the fiber optic cable slack management module defines a cable exit adjacent the first cable management spool and defined at least partially by the inner face of the second cable management spool, the cable exit defined by a channel positioned between the first and second cable management spools; and
a plurality of removable trays mounted to the base in a stacked configuration, each of the trays configured for managing cables, wherein an outer peripheral wall of each tray defines the second cable management spool.

US Pat. No. 10,247,885

OPTICAL CONNECTOR, AND OPTICAL CONNECTOR MANUFACTURING METHOD

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. An optical connector comprising:a holding member that:
includes a main body section including a bottom wall section and a pair of side wall sections, and
holds, in a space surrounded by the bottom wall section and the pair of side wall sections, an optical cable including a layer of a fibrous tensile member; and
an optical connector main body including a fixing section that fixes the holding member, wherein:
the holding member further includes a pinching member that pinches the fibrous tensile member between the pinching member and an outer surface of the bottom wall section of the main body section; and
the fixing section includes a pair of inner surfaces that pinches the main body section and the pinching member from a direction in which the pinching member and the bottom wall section pinch the fibrous tensile member.

US Pat. No. 10,247,884

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTION

ASML Holding N.V., Veldh...

1. A system, comprising:a first component comprising a lensed facet, the lensed facet configured to converge radiation toward a focus; and
a second component, optically coupled to the first component, to receive the converging or converged radiation from the first component, the second component comprising a tapered facet, the tapered facet and lensed facet spaced from each other by a gap of less than or equal to about 100 microns so as to establish evanescent-wave coupling between the first component and the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,247,883

COMPOSITION FOR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE, DRY FILM FOR OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE AND OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE USING EPOXIES

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A composition for an optical waveguide, which composition is curable into a sheet to give a cured product having a difference in light transmittance of 15% or less with respect to light having a wavelength of 450 nm between the cured product and the cured product after retention in atmosphere at 175° C. for 40 hours, the light transmittance being calculated in terms of the cured product at a thickness of 50 ?m;the composition comprising:
a liquid aliphatic epoxy compound;
a polyfunctional aromatic epoxy compound having three or more epoxy groups in a molecule;
a solid bisphenol A type epoxy compound having an epoxy equivalent ranging from 400 g/eq to 1500 g/eq, inclusive; and
a photocuring agent,
wherein a content of a liquid bisphenol A type epoxy compound, a phenol novolak type epoxy compound, a cresol novolak type epoxy compound, and a solid alicyclic epoxy compound having three or more epoxy groups in a molecule is 5% by mass or less, relative to a total amount of the epoxy compounds.

US Pat. No. 10,247,882

OPTICAL WAVEGUIDE CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SAME

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An optical waveguide circuit comprising:a silicon (Si) substrate;
a buried oxide film (BOX) layer formed on the Si substrate;
a SOI (Silicon on Insulator) layer, formed on the BOX layer, including an optical element utilizing the SOI layer as a main optical transmission medium;
a clad layer formed on the SOI layer; and
a metal wiring formed on the clad layer,
wherein at least part of a waveguide of the optical element includes uniformly distributed and thermally unstable crystal defects, and the Si substrate, at least part of a region close to the BOX layer and situated under the metal wiring includes thermally stable crystal defects.

US Pat. No. 10,247,881

HYBRID PHOTONIC AND ELECTRONIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A method, comprising:forming an array of trenches extending in a horizontal direction along a surface of a semiconductor substrate, a first set of trenches in the array having a first width and a second set of trenches in the array having a second width that is different from the first width;
depositing a metal layer to form an array of nanowires in the first set of trenches having the first width, the nanowires being electrically conductive to carry electronic signals to different locations in the semiconductor substrate; and
forming within the second set of trenches an optical signal transmission line to carry optical signals from a first location to a second location in the semiconductor substrate, the optical signal transmission line being spaced apart from a bottom of a trench of the second set of trenches.

US Pat. No. 10,247,880

FIBER BRAGG GRATING INTERROGATOR ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

Technobis Group B. V., A...

1. A fiber Bragg grating interrogator assembly, comprising:an optical fiber including a fiber Bragg grating having a variable Bragg wavelength and a dynamic range of interest over which the Bragg wavelength can shift during use;
a light source operably connected to the optical fiber, and configured to illuminate the fiber Bragg grating; and
an response analyzer, including:
a spectrally selective device having an input port and a plurality of output ports, wherein the input port is operably connected to the optical fiber and wherein each of the output ports is associated with a respective spectral range, said spectrally selective device being configured to provide a spectral energy distribution of a response of the fiber Bragg grating received on the input port onto said output ports;
wherein the spectrally selective device is configured to split two orthogonal polarization components of incoming light onto substantially non-overlapping spectral ranges in the spectral energy distribution of said output ports, such that each output port has one spectral range for each of the two polarization components,
wherein the response analyzer includes a processing unit that is configured to use detection results regarding the split orthogonal polarization components to correct a polarization dependency of the spectrally selective device;
a plurality of photodetectors optically coupled to said plurality of output ports in a one-to-one relationship, wherein each photodetector is configured to generate a signal indicative of an intensity of an optical signal received at the respective output port; and
a processing unit, operably connected to the plurality of photodetectors, and configured to determine a current Bragg wavelength of the fiber Bragg grating from the signals of the photodetectors including correction for the polarization dependency of the spectrally selective device.

US Pat. No. 10,247,878

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LGP POSITIONING BLOCK THEREOF

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A liquid crystal display device, comprising a backlight module, a mold frame arranged on the backlight module, a liquid crystal panel arranged on the mold frame, and a bezel arranged on the liquid crystal panel;wherein the backlight module comprises a backplane, a light-emitting diode (LED) light bar arranged in the backplane, a light guide plate (LPG) arranged in the backplane, an optic film assembly arranged on the light guide plate, and at least one positioning post and at least one LGP positioning block that positions the light guide plate; and
the at least one LGP positioning block comprises a positioning block body and a fluid hermetically sealed in an interior of the positioning block body and the positioning block body possesses elasticity;
wherein the fluid is expandable with a drop of temperature thereof to enlarge a size of the positioning block body through the elasticity of the positioning block body in order to compensate size reduction of the light guide plate caused by the temperature drop; and with an increase of temperature, the light guide plate is expanded by the temperature increase and the elasticity of the positioning block body absorbs the expansion of the light guide plate, and
wherein the positioning block body comprises a sealing trough formed by recessing a surface thereof, a passageway in communication with the sealing trough and extending into the interior of the positioning block body, and a receiving compartment in communication with the passageway and formed in the interior of the positioning block body; and the fluid is filled in the receiving compartment and the passageway and the sealing trough seals the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,247,877

BACKLIGHT MODULE AND A LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A backlight module, comprising:a light guide plate having a light emitting side and a rear side opposite to the light emitting side, and a plurality of lateral sides each of which connecting the light emitting side and the rear side, at least a first side of the plurality of lateral sides is a light incident side configured to receive light from a light source, and at least a second side of the plurality of lateral sides is not the light incident side;
a light barrier attached to the second side and in contact with the second side for blocking light propagation, the light barrier fixedly positioned relative to the light guide plate;
a mold frame on a periphery of the light guide plate, the mold frame comprising at least one spacer; and
an optical film on the light emitting side of the light guide plate;
wherein the light barrier comprises at least one protruding support protruding away from an outer surface of the light barrier, the outer surface being on a side of the light barrier distal to the second side;
each of the at least one protruding support has a third side and a fourth side opposite to the third side, the third side being on a side of the fourth side proximal to the light emitting side;
each of the at least one protruding support is configured to support a respective one of the at least one spacer on the third side, the third side being in direct contact with the respective one of the at least one spacer; and
an orthographic projection of the optical film on a plane containing the rear side at least partially covers an orthographic projection of the third side on the plane containing the rear side.

US Pat. No. 10,247,875

BACKLIGHT UNIT AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A backlight unit comprising:a light-guide plate having a first principal plane, a second principal plane at opposite side of the first principal plane, and
at least one edge; and a light source optically coupled with the light-guide plate, with which light is input from a plane of the light-guide plate and white-light is output from the first principal plane of the light-guide plate,
wherein the light source comprises
a plurality of blue light emitting diodes;
red phosphor material excited by light from the blue light emitting diodes and emits red light; and
a plurality of green semiconductor lasers having emission peaks at green light wavelengths, and
wherein the red phosphor material is included in a phosphor sheet, and the phosphor sheet is disposed on a surface of the first principal plane of the light-guide plate;
wherein the green semiconductor lasers are disposed in a row, an end green semiconductor laser which positioned on the end of the row is inclined with respect to other green semiconductor lasers to emit green light in a direction that spreads light from the inside of the light-guide plate towards the outside.

US Pat. No. 10,247,874

EDGE-LIT GLASS WALL SYSTEM

1. An edge-lit glass partition, comprising:a rectangular pane of glass having a top edge and a bottom edge; and
at least one batten for affixing said top edge or said bottom edge to a corresponding ceiling or floor, said batten comprising a first framing member formed with a constant lengthwise cross-sectional profile generally-U-shaped with a floor, and a pair of opposing sidewalls protruding perpendicularly from said floor, both sidewalls including an alcove, and a second framing member snap-fit to a central elevated plateau of the floor of the first framing member; and;
an LED lighting strip adhered within one of said alcoves.

US Pat. No. 10,247,873

LIGHTING DEVICE OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd., ...

1. A lighting device of a vehicle comprising:a light source configured to generate light;
a light guide configured to guide light and comprising a light emitting portion formed with a plurality of first patterns arranged in a longitudinal direction of the light emitting portion for performing light emission and a light receiving portion to receive the light generated by the light source; and
a back cover, on which the light guide is mounted, the back cover being formed with a plurality of second patterns arranged in a longitudinal direction of the back cover at a portion of the back cover, on which the light emitting portion is mounted,
wherein the plurality of first patterns is formed to have a greater width with increasing distance from the light source, and the plurality of second patterns is formed to have the same width,
wherein the light guide is made of a flexible material and comprising a curved portion to be mounted on the back cover in a bent state, wherein the plurality of first patterns formed at the curved portion comprise a smaller spacing than the plurality of first patterns formed at a portion of the light guide other than the curved portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,872

DUAL-SIDED FILM WITH SPLIT LIGHT SPREADING STRUCTURES

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An optical film extending parallel to a reference plane and having opposed first and second structured surfaces, the optical film comprising:a plurality of extended prisms formed on the first structured surface; and
a plurality of extended split spreading structures formed on the second structured surface, each split spreading structure having a high spreading portion disposed alongside a low spreading portion;
wherein, for each of the split spreading structures, the low spreading portion has a smooth surface characteristic and the high spreading portion has a roughened surface characteristic;
wherein, for each of the split spreading structures, at least one of the low spreading portion and the high spreading portion is substantially flat and parallel to the reference plane; and
wherein the prisms and the split spreading structures are arranged in a one-to-one correspondence of prisms to split spreading structures.

US Pat. No. 10,247,871

OPTICAL SHEET, DISPLAY DEVICE AND LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device, comprising:a light source;
a PCB (printed circuit board) having the light source mounted thereon;
a light guide plate into which light from the light source is incident;
a light conversion member on the light guide plate;
a panel guide on the light conversion member; and
a display panel into which the light from the light conversion member is incident,
wherein the light source is disposed at a lateral side of the light guide plate,
wherein the PCB is disposed under the light source and extends along the light guide plate,
wherein the display panel is disposed on the panel guide,
wherein the panel guide comprises an open area and a closed area,
wherein a center part of the light conversion member is exposed through the open area,
wherein an outer part of the light conversion member is covered by the closed area,
wherein the light conversion member comprises:
a lower substrate;
an upper substrate on the lower substrate;
a light conversion layer including a plurality of quantum dots (QD) to convert a wavelength of the light emitted from the light source; and
a light diffusion layer disposed before the light conversion layer on a basis of a path of the light from the light source and including a plurality of light path conversion particles,
wherein the light diffusion layer includes a second host layer surrounding the light path conversion particles, the second host layer comprising a plurality of protrusions directly contacting the light guide plate such that a contact area between the light conversion layer and the light guide plate is reduced, each light path conversion particle of the plurality of light path conversion particles being in direct contact with a bottom surface of the light conversion layer and being buried in each protrusion of the plurality of protrusions, respectively, and a thickness of portions of the second host layer without the protrusions being substantially same as a diameter of the light path conversion particles;
wherein the protrusions make direct contact with the light guide plate,
wherein the light conversion layer is disposed between the lower substrate and the upper substrate,
wherein the light conversion layer is in direct physical contact with a bottom surface of the upper substrate and an upper surface of the lower substrate,
wherein the light diffusion layer is in direct physical contact with a bottom surface of the lower substrate,
wherein the plurality of quantum dots (QD) include core nano-crystals and shell nano-crystals respectively surrounding the core nano-crystals,
wherein each shell nano-crystal is prepared as at least two layers,
wherein the light diffusion layer has a thickness in a range of from 5 ?m to 100 ?m,
wherein the light diffusion layer includes epoxy resin or silicon resin,
wherein the light path conversion particles have a refractive index higher than that of the light diffusion layer,
wherein the refractive index of the light path conversion particles is in a range of from 1.3 to 2.1, and
wherein the refractive index of the light diffusion layer is in a range of from 1.2 to 1.6.

US Pat. No. 10,247,870

WEARABLE DISPLAY APPARATUS COMPRISING AN OPTICAL ASSEMBLY HAVING AN OPTICAL INTEGRATOR ROD

HIMAX DISPLAY, INC., Tai...

1. A wearable display apparatus comprising:a reflective light modulator having a front;
a light guide plate placed at the front of the light modulator, the light guide plate having a first and a second major surface opposite to each other, and a light incidence surface connected with the first and second major surfaces, the light guide plate being configured to direct light received at the light incidence surface through the first major surface toward the light modulator for modulation;
a plurality of monochromatic light sources of different colors, the monochromatic light sources being operable to emit light of the different colors in a sequential manner; and
an optical assembly arranged adjacent to the light incidence surface of the light guide plate, the optical assembly being configured to homogenize and distribute the light emitted by each of the monochromatic light sources across the light incidence surface, wherein the optical assembly includes an optical integrator rod having an interior delimited by a plurality of reflective sidewalls, and a light guide member arranged along the light incidence surface of the light guide plate, the light guide member having a third and a fourth major surface opposite to each other that extend between a first and a second end of the light guide member, the third major surface being oriented toward the light incidence surface of the light guide plate;
wherein the light from each of the monochromatic light sources undergoes internal reflection while propagating through the optical integrator rod, enters the light guide member via a light entering surface on the first end of the light guide member and exits the light guide member through the third major surface thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,247,867

MONOMER, POLYMER, COMPENSATION FILM, OPTICAL FILM, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A polymer, which is a reaction product of an anhydride and a diamine compound,wherein the diamine compound comprises a first diamine compound represented by Chemical Formula 1-1:

wherein, in Chemical Formula 1-1,
Z is —C?O—, —(C?O)O—, —O(C?O)—, —CH2O—, —CF2O—, —OC(?O)O—, —C?C—, —CH?CH—, —CF?CF—, or —C(?O)NRa—,
L1 and L2 are independently a single bond, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 alkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 oxyalkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 cycloalkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 oxycycloalkylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C20 arylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C20 oxyarylene group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 divalent heterocyclic group, or a combination thereof,
R1 to R6 and Ra are independently hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted C2 to C20 alkoxyalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C20 fluoroalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 cycloalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 cycloalkyloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted C4 to C20 cycloalkoxyalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C20 aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C20 aryloxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted C7 to C20 arylalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C7 to C20 aryloxyalkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C3 to C20 heterocyclic group, a substituted or unsubstituted silyl group, a hydroxy group, a halogen, a nitro group, or a combination thereof,
n and m are independently 0 or 1,
p is an integer ranging from 1 to 3,
a to f are independently integers ranging from 0 to 4, and
a+b, c+d, and e+f are independently integers of less than or equal to 4.

US Pat. No. 10,247,866

IMAGING DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. An image capture device comprising:a lens optical system;
an image sensor on which light that has passed through the lens optical system is incident and which includes at least a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels; and
an array of optical elements which is arranged between the lens optical system and the image sensor and which includes a plurality of optical elements, each having a lens surface,
wherein the lens optical system has a first optical region which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a first polarization axis, a second optical region which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a second polarization axis that is different from the direction of the first polarization axis, a third optical region which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a third polarization axis, and a fourth optical region which transmits mostly light vibrating in the direction of a fourth polarization axis, and
each of the optical elements that form the array of optical elements:
makes the light that has passed through the first optical region incident on the plurality of first pixels and also makes the light that has passed through the second optical region incident on the plurality of second pixels; and
is configured to receive an incoming light ray, transmit the incoming light ray, and selectively determine an outgoing direction of the transmitted incoming light ray according to an angle of incidence of the received incoming light ray;
wherein the first, second, third and fourth optical regions of the lens optical system are arranged on the side opposite to the image sensor with respect to the array of optical elements on the optical path.

US Pat. No. 10,247,864

MULTI-FILM STRUCTURE

National Tsing Hua Univer...

1. A multi-film structure being coated on the surface of a workpiece and being formed by making a high-entropy material film of at least two layers and a non-high-entropy material film of at least one layer be periodically stacked onto each other; wherein the multi-film structure exhibits a total nano-indentation hardness of at least 10 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,247,863

ORGANIC PIGMENT COMPOSITION FOR COLOR FILTERS, METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AND COLOR FILTER

DIC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An organic pigment composition for color filters, comprising:a phthalocyanine pigment (A); and
a pigment derivative (B) represented by General Formula (1):

wherein in General Formula (1), M represents a metal which may have a substituent or 2H, Z represents a phthalimide alkyl group which may have a substituent, n1, n2, n3, and n4 represent the number of the substituent Z and each independently is an integer of 0 to 4, provided that when N=n1+n2+n3+n4, a relation of 1?N?8 is satisfied, a sum of the strength ratio of pigment derivatives having an N of 3 to 8 in field desorption ionization mass spectrometry is 30% or less of a sum of the strength ratio of pigment derivatives having an N of 1 to 8, a strength ratio of pigment derivative of N=2 in field desorption ionization mass spectrometry is 20% or more of a sum of the strength ratio of pigment derivatives having an N of 1 to 8, and a strength ratio of pigment derivative of N=5 is 0.7% or more and less than 5.1% of a sum of the strength ratio of pigment derivatives having an N of 1 to 8.

US Pat. No. 10,247,862

MIRROR, MORE PARTICULARLY FOR A MICROLITHOGRAPHIC PROJECTION EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CARL ZEISS SMT GMBH, Obe...

1. Mirror with an optically effective surface, comprising:a mirror substrate;
a reflection layer system configured to reflect electromagnetic radiation that is incident on the optically effective surface; and
a capping layer, which is arranged on a side of the reflection layer system that faces the optically effective surface and which is produced from a first material;
wherein, either individually or in clusters, particles of a second material are applied onto the capping layer, wherein the second material differs from the first material, and wherein the second material is selected from the group consisting of noble metals and sulphur (S).

US Pat. No. 10,247,861

COMPOSITIONS OF MATERIALS FOR FORMING COATINGS AND LAYERED STRUCTURES INCLUDING ELEMENTS FOR SCATTERING AND PASSING SELECTIVELY TUNABLE WAVELENGTHS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY

1. A multi-layered transparent particle, comprising:a spherical core comprised of a first transparent dielectric material, the spherical core having a value of a physical diameter equal to a half wavelength of a first selected color of light component to be reflected by the particle modified by a refractive index of the first transparent dielectric material;
a plurality of material layers disposed radially outwardly from the spherical core, each of the plurality of material layers being comprised of at least a second transparent dielectric material, and having a value of a physical thickness equal to a quarter wavelength of at least a second selected color of light component to be reflected by the particle modified by a refractive index of the at least the second transparent dielectric material; and
an outer coating comprised of another transparent dielectric material having a selected index of refraction of 2 or less, the outer coating having a thickness that substantially eliminates reflective interference between the colors reflected by adjacent particles when in contact with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,247,860

LOCALIZED GAP PLASMON RESONATOR

THE UNITED STATES OF AMER...

1. A localized gap plasmon resonator comprising:a pad comprising:
a first plasmonic material to support a surface plasmon; and
a first plasmon surface;
a nanoelectromechanical (NEM) member disposed opposing the first plasmon surface of the pad and spaced apart from the pad by a plasmon gap, the plasmon gap supporting a plasmon resonance; and
a plasmonic nanoprism disposed on the NEM member and comprising:
a second plasmonic material to support a surface plasmon; and
a second plasmon surface,
such that:
the second plasmon surface of the plasmonic nanoprism opposes the first plasmon surface of the pad;
the second plasmon surface is parallel to the first plasmon surface;
a distance that separates the second plasmon surface from the first plasmon surface is a size of the plasmon gap between the second plasmon surface and the first plasmon surface; and
the pad, the plasmonic nanoprism, and the plasmon gap support a localized gap plasmon (LGP) mode comprising an LGP frequency, an intrinsic optical loss rate, an optical loss rate by radiation, or a combination comprising at least one of the foregoing.

US Pat. No. 10,247,859

DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display panel comprising: a flat display panel having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, and an array of convex lenses arranged on a light exit surface of the flat display panel, wherein the convex lenses in the array are configured for imaging the plurality of pixels, such that a trajectory of images of the pixels forms a curved surface,wherein focal lengths of the convex lenses are symmetrically distributed with respect to a vertical central symmetrical axis of the light exit surface; and the focal lengths of the convex lenses having the same distance from the vertical central symmetrical axis are the same.

US Pat. No. 10,247,857

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ANTI-FOG COATINGS ON LENSES

1. A manufacturing method of anti-fog coatings on lenses, wherein the manufacturing method is performed in an anti-fog coating manufacturing unit including a feeding station, a spraying station, a sucking station, a setting area, a light curing station and a discharging station, comprising:a lens spraying step, performed at the spraying station: moving a plurality of lenses to a spraying device, and spraying a light-curable anti-fog material on a surface of the plurality of lenses;
a cleaning step, performed at the sucking station: removing the extra the light-curable anti-fog material from the plurality of lenses sprayed with the light-curable anti-fog material by a suction nozzle of a suction device;
a pre-drying step, performed at the setting area: setting the plurality of lenses sprayed with the light-curable anti-fog material for a predetermined time so as to preliminarily dry the light-curable anti-fog material;
a curing step, performed at the light curing station: placing the plurality of lenses dried by the pre-drying step into a light curing apparatus, and radiating the plurality of lenses with ultraviolet lights, such that the light-curable anti-fog material absorbs the ultraviolet lights to cure and form an anti-fog coating on the surface of the plurality of lenses; and
a lens obtaining step, performed at the discharging station: taking the plurality of lenses out of the light curing apparatus;
wherein a yellow light source is disposed for the spraying station, the sucking station and the setting area;
wherein at the feeding station, the plurality of lenses are disposed on a movable carrier including a base and a plurality of fixtures disposed on the base, wherein each of the plurality of fixtures is disposed on the same side of the movable carrier and holds individually a lens on the base of the movable carrier with a surface of the lens facing outward, such that the plurality of lenses are steadily fixed on the base;
wherein the base has a first flat plate and a second flat plate, the first flat plate has a first edge and a second edge opposite to the first edge, the second edge is connected to and not coplanar with the second flat plate; each of the plurality of fixtures is disposed only on the first flat plate and has a base portion, having a third edge flush with the first edge; and two holder portions, configured to cooperatively hold the lens and extending respectively from two opposite ends of the base portion towards and without contacting the second edge.

US Pat. No. 10,247,856

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ANTIREFLECTION LAYER ON A SILICONE SURFACE AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

1. A method for producing an antireflection layer, the method comprising:forming an adhesion layer having a thickness of less than 50 nm on a silicone surface;
forming an organic layer on the adhesion layer;
forming a first reflection-reducing nanostructure in the organic layer using a plasma etching process;
forming a cover layer over the nanostructure;
after forming the first nanostructure, forming a second organic layer over the first nanostructure; and
forming a second nanostructure in the second organic layer using a second plasma etching process.

US Pat. No. 10,247,854

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING WEATHER CONDITIONS USING VEHICLE ONBOARD SENSORS

Waymo LLC, Mountain View...

1. A method comprising:receiving laser data collected for an environment of a vehicle, wherein the laser data includes a plurality of laser data points;
associating, by a computing device, laser data points of the plurality of laser data points with one or more objects in the environment;
determining given laser data points of the plurality of laser data points that are unassociated with the one or more objects in the environment as being representative of an untracked object;
receiving additional data collected for the environment of the vehicle from one or more additional sensors, wherein the additional data is indicative of a presence of one or more objects in the environment of the vehicle;
determining laser data points of the plurality of laser data points that are associated with the one or more objects in the environment indicated by the additional data;
based on laser data points being unassociated with the one or more objects in the environment indicated by the additional data, identifying by the computing device an indication of a weather condition in the environment; and
controlling the vehicle in an autonomous mode based on the indication of the weather condition.

US Pat. No. 10,247,853

ADAPTIVE ECOSYSTEM CLIMATOLOGY

The United States of Amer...

1. A method for adaptive ecosystem climatology, comprising:obtaining, using a processing device, a long-term, bio-physical model that spans a time period of at least ten years;
obtaining, using the processing device, a long-term, satellite timeseries that spans the time period;
using the processing device, the long-term, bio-physical model and the long-term, image timeseries to generate a static climatology that comprises a plurality of ecological variables for each calendar day, wherein each of the plurality of ecological variables is a temporal daily average over the time period for the corresponding calendar day;
using the processing device, independent, historical observations and the static climatology to determine a climatology error estimate for each of the plurality of ecological variables on each calendar day;
using the processing device and the independent, historical observations to determine an observational error estimate for each of the plurality of ecological variables;
generating, using the processing device, an initial approximation of an ecological variable of the plurality of ecological variables in the static climatology for a selected day;
weighting, using the processing device, the initial approximation based on the error estimate of the ecological variable for the selected day;
rendering, using the processing device, a portion of the static climatology on a user display;
receiving, using the processing device, a new observational value of the ecological variable for the selected day and a preselected year;
weighting, using the processing device, the new observational value based on the observation error estimate for the ecological variable;
using the processing device and optimal interpolation to adjust the initial approximation based on the weighted initial approximation and the weighted new observational value;
in response to determining, without using a numerical model, a predicted value for the ecological variable on the selected day and the selected year based on the adjusted initial approximation, updating, using the processing device, the rendering of the portion of the static climatology on the user display to account for the predicted value.

US Pat. No. 10,247,852

CONDITIONING OF EXPANDED POROSITY

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method for generating formation properties of a pressurized downhole environment, the method comprising:creating a disconnected pore structure by reducing the sizes of pores within a scanned image of a rock sample;
identifying expanded pores within the rock sample that have expanded due to pressure differential between the pressurized downhole environment and a surface, and generating an expanded pore image based on said expanded pores;
combining the expanded pore image with the scanned image to create an expansion mask;
generating a grain conditioning volume based on at least one unexpanded region of the rock sample and combining the grain conditioning volume with the expansion mask to generate a fill volume image;
combining the fill volume image with the scanned image to create an unexpanded volume image; and
generating and presenting to a user the formation properties of the pressurized downhole environment using a model generated based upon the unexpanded volume image.

US Pat. No. 10,247,851

HYBRID FIBER OPTIC CABLE FOR DISTRIBUTED SENSING

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A hybrid fiber optic assembly for use in a well, comprising:a hybrid fiber optic cable having at least a first transmission region and at least a first sensory region, wherein the first sensory region has a signal attenuation of greater than about 1.0 decibel per kilometer; and
an interrogator system coupled to the hybrid fiber optic cable.

US Pat. No. 10,247,849

METHOD FOR MEASURING FORMATION WATER SALINITY FROM WITHIN A BOREHOLE

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A method, comprisinglowering a pulsed neutron tool into a borehole penetrating a formation;
irradiating the formation with neutrons;
measuring neutron induced gamma ray spectra with at least two gamma ray detectors comprising different sensitivities to borehole and formation gamma rays, wherein a first detector of the at least two gamma ray detectors is configured to measure a borehole signal and a second detector of the at least two gamma ray detectors is configured to measure a formation signal, wherein the first detector comprises back-shielding facing the formation and the second detector comprises back-shielding facing the borehole;
in a computer, generating a cross-plot forming a quadrilateral of at least one of:
ratios of spectroscopically determined yields of hydrogen (H) and chlorine (Cl) obtained from a database; and
near detector apparent salinity and far detector apparent salinity values determined from the ratios and obtained from the database, wherein said quadrilateral has four endpoints corresponding to: (1) low borehole salinity and low formation salinity, (2) low borehole salinity and high formation salinity, (3) high borehole salinity and low formation salinity, and (4) high borehole salinity and high formation salinity;
in the computer, deriving formation fluid apparent salinities from measurements obtained from the two gamma ray detectors in the pulsed neutron tool and positions of such measurements on the quadrilateral cross plot;
measuring water saturation of the formation in which the pulsed neutron tool is disposed; and
in the computer, computing formation water salinity from the formation fluid apparent salinity and water saturation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,848

3HELIUM GAS PROPORTIONAL COUNTER

The United States of Amer...

1. An apparatus using a neutron reactive gas consisting of:a gas tube; and
a neutron reactive gas comprising a mixture of 3Helium and Xenon or a mixture of 3Helium and Krypton; and
a neutron wherein the neutron interacts with the neutron reactive gas;
further comprising an anode and a cathode and wherein a voltage is applied across the anode and the cathode such that a neutron passing through the tube interacts with a 3Helium atom and produces a tritium (hydrogen-3) and a proton.

US Pat. No. 10,247,847

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYSIS OF FISSIONABLE MATERIALS BY NEUTRON ENERGY DISCRIMINATION

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RES...

1. A system for assessment of fissionable material, comprisinga plurality of different neutron sources configured to irradiate a container with a plurality of incident neutron energies when the container is located proximal to the plurality of different neutron sources;
one or more neutron detectors configured to acquire detected fission rates induced by the plurality of incident neutron energies;
processing circuitry comprising a processor; and
software for a multispectral active neutron interrogation analysis (MANIA), where execution of the software by the processor causes the processing circuitry to:
accept input comprising the detected fission rates from the one or more neutron detectors; and
determine presence of one or more fissionable isotopes in the container based upon a comparison of the detected fission rates with estimated fission rates using an iteratively updated Monte Carlo N-particle transport (MCNP) model, where convergence of the estimated fission rates with the detected fission rates to within a defined threshold identifies quantities of the one or more fissionable isotopes in the container.

US Pat. No. 10,247,846

TRIAXIAL ANTENNA ARRAY HAVING FOUR SADDLE COILS BETWEEN TWO AXIAL COILS

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. A triaxial antenna assembly for an electromagnetic logging tool comprising a first triaxial antenna, the first triaxial antenna comprising:two axial coils;
four saddle coils disposed between the two axial coils, wherein the four saddle coils each comprise two axially-extending sections and two arcuate sections that are connected between the two axially-extending sections, the two axial coils each overlaying or underlaying one of the arcuate sections of each of the four saddle coils; and
a shield disposed over the two axial coils and the four saddle coils, wherein the shield comprises slots therein that each extend in a single direction such that none of the slots intersect, and wherein the slots comprise:
at least one first slot that extends axially, parallel to a longitudinal axis of the tool, and overlays at least one of the two axial coils and at least one arcuate section of at least one of the four saddle coils; and
at least one second slot that extends circumferentially at least partially around the longitudinal axis and overlays at least one of the axially-extending sections of the four saddle coils.

US Pat. No. 10,247,845

UTILITY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER APPARATUS AND METHODS

SEESCAN, INC., San Diego...

16. A transmitter apparatus for use in utility locating, comprising:a substantially non-conductive, non-magnetic case;
a resonant coil winding supported by the case;
a driver circuit board connected to the resonant coil winding and mounted in the case, the driver circuit including an exciter circuit for generating an excitation current signal; and
a conductor assembly having at least one conductive coil defining a low-permeability core volume disposed about an axis of rotation;
wherein the transmitter apparatus elements are disposed such that the low-permeability core volume is substantially empty during operation of the transmitter apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,247,844

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF A MATERIAL WITHIN A REGION OF THE EARTH

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of detecting a first material in the presence of a second material within a region of interest in the Earth comprising:transmitting a first inversion radio frequency (RF) excitation signal with at least one coil in the presence of a static magnetic field, the excitation signal sufficient to invert magnetization vectors of both the first and second material in an inversion region within the region of interest such that a plurality of magnetization vectors of the first and second material are substantially aligned with the negative (?) z axis;
at a point in time when the longitudinal magnetization vector of the second material is substantially zero along the z-axis, transmitting a second RF excitation signal that is a read excitation signal with the at least one coil such that the NMR signal from the second material is selectively suppressed in a detection region a given distance remote from the at least one coil; and
receiving any NMR signal of the first material generated by the second RF excitation signal originating from the detection region.

US Pat. No. 10,247,843

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE WIDTH OF A FAULT ON A SITE TO BE MONITORED

1. A reflecting assembly (10) designed to be arranged on a monitored site, said site being monitored from an observation point (O) from which an electromagnetic wave is directed towards said reflecting assembly (10); the reflecting assembly (10) comprising:a first unit (1) comprising a trihedral reflector (R1) and a dihedral deflector (D1), said trihedral reflector (R1) comprising an apex (S1);
a second unit (2) comprising a first trihedral reflector (R2) comprising an apex (S2);
the first (1) and second (2) units being arranged relative to each other so that the trihedral reflector (R1) of the first unit (1) reflects towards the observation point (O) an electromagnetic wave received from said observation point (O) and so that the dihedral deflector (D1) deflects towards said observation point (O) an electromagnetic wave originating from said observation point (O) and received from the first trihedral reflector (R2) of the second unit (2) after having been deflected towards said first trihedral reflector (R2) of the second unit (2) by said dihedral deflector (D1).

US Pat. No. 10,247,842

MAIL SCREENING APPARATUS

RaySecur Inc., Quebec, Q...

1. A mail screening apparatus, comprising:a casing having a base and a top housing mounted over the base in a spaced-apart relationship, the base and the top housing defining a mail inspection bay therebetween comprising a primary inspection zone and a secondary inspection zone, the base comprising an inspection counter for supporting a piece of mail to be screened at either one of the primary and secondary inspection zones, the inspection counter allowing light therethrough at the primary and secondary inspection zones;
a light generating assembly mounted in the top housing and configured to generate an inspection light beam having an optical frequency in the terahertz frequency range, and project said inspection light beam into the base through the primary inspection zone;
a light redirection assembly provided in the base and configured to redirect the inspection light beam entering the base from the primary inspection zone to emerge through the secondary inspection zone and project towards the top housing;
a light collecting assembly mounted in the top housing and configured to receive and detect the inspection light beam projected from the base through the secondary inspection zone; and
a focus adjusting mechanism operable to adjust a focus of the light collecting assembly on either one of the primary or the secondary inspection zones.

US Pat. No. 10,247,840

OPTICAL WELL LOGGING

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method of logging a well, the method comprising:conveying a well logging assembly and an optical waveguide into the well with a conveyance, the well logging assembly comprising at least one signal generator;
generating a signal in the well with the signal generator;
receiving the signal distributed along the optical waveguide; and
determining flow rates of fluids flowing into or from formation zones along the well using the received signal, wherein determining the flow rates comprises determining a velocity of each fluid along the well by detecting velocities of the generated signal and a reflection of the generated signal based on the received signal, and compensating for pipe compliance.

US Pat. No. 10,247,839

SEISMIC DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM COMPRISING MODULES ASSOCIATED WITH UNITS CONNECTED TO SENSORS, THE MODULES BEING AUTONOMOUS WITH RESPECT TO POWER SUPPLY, SYNCHRONISATION AND STORAGE

SERCEL, Carquefou (FR)

1. First and second seismic modules configured to operate in a seismic data acquisition system, the first and second seismic modules being intercalated along an acquisition line with electronic units connected to seismic sensors, each of the first and second seismic modules comprising:a bidirectional time synchronization unit configured to send synchronization signals to electronic units of the seismic data acquisition system that are located upstream and downstream of the respective module along the acquisition line, wherein the bidirectional time synchronization unit is configured to operate autonomously;
a bidirectional power supply configured to power up the electronic units located upstream and downstream of the respective module; and
a bidirectional storage unit configured to store signals from the electronic units located upstream and downstream of the respective module,
wherein a connection of each of the first and second seismic modules with both the electronic units located upstream and downstream defines a bidirectional relation,
wherein the first seismic module is assigned to provide time synchronization, power and storage to a given electronic unit located upstream relative to the first seismic module, the given electronic unit being connected and located downstream to the second seismic module, and
wherein the bidirectional relation ensures that the given electronic unit is synchronized, powered and supplied with storage capacity by the second seismic module when a connection of the given electronic unit to the first seismic module is lost.

US Pat. No. 10,247,838

DIRECTIONAL SENSITIVE FIBER OPTIC CABLE WELLBORE SYSTEM

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A fiber optic cable assembly, comprising:an elongate housing;
a plurality of fiber optic cables placed inside the housing and extending longitudinally;
acoustic isolating material placed inside the housing and extending longitudinally, the acoustic isolating material comprising a plurality of outwardly radially extending arms extending from a center of the housing towards a circumference of the housing, the plurality of arms dividing a space inside the housing into a plurality of acoustically isolated sections, each acoustically isolated section extending longitudinally, each acoustically isolated section including at least one of the plurality of fiber optic cables, each acoustically isolated section acoustically insulated from remaining sections of the plurality of acoustically isolated sections, and a surface of the acoustic isolating material of each acoustically isolated section covered by acoustic reflective material; and
a strap to secure the fiber optic cable assembly outside a tubing in a wellbore formed in a formation.

US Pat. No. 10,247,837

PORTABLE SEISMIC SURVEY DEVICE AND METHOD

Explor Geophysical Ltd., ...

1. A seismic survey system comprising:an upper assembly;
a firing pin operably associated with a firing pin actuator;
a lower assembly including a cartridge holder having a configuration capable of retaining a blasting cartridge so that said firing pin is capable of operationally detonating the blasting cartridge; and
at least one detonation sensor capable of detecting a detonation condition of the blasting cartridge, said detonation sensor being configured to transmit a signal to an event marking device upon detecting of the detonation condition;
wherein said event marking device is configured to determine a detonation time and a geographic location of said seismic survey device upon triggering by receipt of said signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,836

RESOLUTION CONTROL IN X-RAY FLUORESCENCE SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEMS

THERMO GAMMA-METRICS PTY ...

1. A method for restoring detector resolution in an X-Ray fluorescence instrument, comprising:measuring a resolution value of a detector in the X-Ray fluorescence instrument using a standard material at a first temperature;
determining that the measured resolution value deviates from a target value; and
adjusting the temperature of the detector to a second temperature that restores the resolution value of the detector to the target value, wherein the temperature is adjusted by an amount defined by a relationship of temperature change to the degree of deviation of detector resolution from the target value.

US Pat. No. 10,247,835

RADIATION TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Shimadzu Corporation, Ky...

1. A radiation tomography apparatus comprising:a detector ring including a first unit including radiation detectors arranged in an arc and detecting radiations, a second unit including the radiation detectors arranged in an arc, and an auxiliary unit including the radiation detectors arranged in an arc, such that the radiation detectors included in the first unit, the second unit, and the auxiliary unit are arranged annularly;
a support member that supports the detector ring and is provided close to the auxiliary unit among the respective units;
an auxiliary unit mover that moves the auxiliary unit in a central axis direction of the detector ring relative to the first unit and the second unit;
a first unit rotator that rotatably moves the first unit about the central axis; and
a second unit rotator that rotatably moves the second unit about the central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,247,834

ANODES FOR IMPROVED DETECTION OF NON-COLLECTED ADJACENT SIGNAL

General Electric Company,...

1. A radiation detector assembly comprising: a semiconductor detector having a surface; a collimator disposed above the surface, the collimator having openings defining pixels; plural pixelated anodes disposed on the surface, each pixelated anode configured to generate a primary signal responsive to reception of a photon by the pixelated anode and to generate at least one secondary signal responsive to an induced charge caused by reception of a photon by at least one surrounding anode, wherein each pixelated anode includes a first portion and a second portion located in different openings of the collimator; and at least one processor operably coupled to the pixelated anodes, the at least one processor configured to: acquire a primary signal from one of the pixelated anodes responsive to reception of a photon by the one of the anodes; acquire at least one secondary signal from at least one neighboring pixelated anode of the one of the pixelated anodes responsive to an induced charge caused by the reception of the photon by the one of the anodes; and determine a location for the reception of the photon using the primary signal and the at least one secondary signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,833

MEASUREMENT CIRCUIT FOR AN X-RAY DETECTOR, AND A CORRESPONDING METHOD AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM

PRISMATIC SENSORS AB, St...

1. A measurement circuit for an x-ray detector, wherein the measurement circuit is configured to sample measurement data to generate data points and process the data points before read-out to produce new data points by combining two or more data points which have been acquired at different times such that the number of data points for read-out are less than the number of original data points, wherein the measurement circuit is configured to process data from more than one detector element of the x-ray detector, and wherein the measurement circuit is configured to sum data from two or more detector elements before or after the signal is low-pass filtered and down-sampled.

US Pat. No. 10,247,832

HYBRID PET / CT IMAGING DETECTOR

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An imaging system, comprising:a radiation sensitive detector array with at least one detector ring including:
a first layer configured to detect gamma radiation and X-ray radiation and generate signals indicative thereof;
a second layer configured to detect only gamma radiation and generate a signal indicative thereof,
wherein the first and second layers are concentric rings of the at least one detector ring; and
a signal pre-processor configured to process the signals indicative of the gamma radiation detected by the first layer, the X-ray radiation detected by the first layer, and the gamma radiation detected by the second layer,
wherein the signal pre-processor is configured to bin the gamma radiation detected by the first layer into a predetermined set of PET energy bins based on predetermined set of PET energy thresholds, and bin the X-ray radiation detected by the first layer into a predetermined set of CT energy bins based on predetermined set of CT energy thresholds.

US Pat. No. 10,247,830

VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION METHOD, AND VEHICLE POSITION DETERMINATION PROGRAM PRODUCT

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A vehicle position determination device, comprising:a hardware processor configured to control:
a coordinates acquisition unit that acquires a position of a vehicle determined in a geographic coordinate system on the basis of information acquired from radio waves coming from a satellite;
a recognition unit that acquires lane information of a road on which the vehicle travels and recognizes the position of the vehicle on the lane; and
a control unit that derives a required correction amount on the basis of a comparison of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit with the position recognized by the recognition unit, and corrects the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit on the basis of the derived required correction amount, and determines the position of the vehicle in the geographic coordinate system,
wherein the control unit weights one or both of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit and the position recognized by the recognition unit to derive the required correction amount on the basis of accuracy according to determination of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit,
wherein when the accuracy is lower than a threshold value, the control unit causes a weight of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit to be greater than a weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit,
wherein when the accuracy is equal to or higher than a threshold value, the control unit causes a weight of the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit to be smaller than a weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit, and
wherein the weight of the position recognized by the recognition unit is changed by an amount corresponding to the change in the weight of the position acquired by the coordinate acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,829

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAL TIME CARRIER PHASE MONITORING

Raytheon Company, Waltha...

1. A method comprising:receiving data from a plurality of receivers on a platform, wherein the data corresponds to one or more satellite-receiver tracks, each of the one or more satellite-receiver tracks having an error bound;
generating an attitude correction for the platform based on the received data;
determining a convergence test statistic of the attitude correction;
determining a convergence level of the attitude correction using the convergence test statistic; and
responsive to the determination, monitoring a carrier phase error of signals received from the one or more satellite-receiver tracks, wherein monitoring the carrier phase error comprises:
determining excluded satellite-receiver tracks having a carrier phase error greater than or equal to a carrier phase error threshold;
monitoring the satellite-receiver tracks based on convergence level of the excluded satellite-receiver tracks and using the error bounds of the excluded satellite-receiver tracks when generating the attitude correction.

US Pat. No. 10,247,828

POSITION DETERMINATION USING MEASUREMENTS FROM PAST AND PRESENT EPOCHS

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for determining and implementing a navigation solution for a mobile device comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors of the mobile device, during a first epoch, a first set of data from one or more sources;
determining, by the one or more processors, based on the first set of data, a first portion of information, wherein the first portion of information includes non-pseudorange measurements for at least one of the one or more sources;
determining, based on one or more criteria, that the one or more non-pseudorange measurements are not sufficient to compute a navigation solution;
responsive to determining that the one or more non-pseudorange measurements are not sufficient to compute the navigation solution, monitoring for additional set of data to compute the navigation solution;
receiving, by the one or more processors, at a time subsequent to the first epoch, a second set of data from the one or more sources;
determining, by the one or more processors, a second portion of information, the second portion of information from the second set of data comprising position information for the at least one source of the one or more sources;
determining, by the one or more processors and based on the one or more criteria, that the non-pseudorange measurements and the second portion of information are sufficient to compute the navigation solution;
in response to determining that the first portion of the information and the second portion of the information are sufficient to compute the navigation solution, determining the navigation solution; and
outputting, with the mobile device, an indication of the navigation solution.

US Pat. No. 10,247,827

DUAL-AXIS SCANNING MIRROR

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. Optical apparatus, comprising:a stator assembly, which comprises:
a core comprising a pair of pole pieces, defining an air gap, and a tooth, which protrudes between the pole pieces and has an upper end that adjoins and contains the air gap; and
one or more coils comprising conductive wire wound on the core so as to cause the core to form a magnetic circuit through the air gap in response to an electrical current flowing in the conductive wire;
a scanning mirror assembly, comprising:
a support structure;
a base, which is mounted to rotate about a first axis relative to the support structure; and
a mirror, which is mounted to rotate about a second axis relative to the base;
at least one rotor, which comprises one or more permanent magnets, which are fixed to the scanning mirror assembly and which are positioned in the air gap so as to move in response to the magnetic circuit; and
a driver, which is coupled to generate the electrical current in the one or more coils at one or more frequencies selected so that motion of the at least one rotor, in response to the magnetic circuit, causes the base to rotate about the first axis at a first frequency while causing the mirror to rotate about the second axis at a second frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,247,825

OBJECT DETECTION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An object detection device detecting an object using a distance measuring sensor equipped at a predetermined height, the object detection device transmitting a probing wave toward a periphery and receiving a reflected wave of the probing wave as detection information of the object, the object detection device comprising:a waveform obtaining portion obtaining a reception time and a wave height value of a wave reflected from the object, wherein the wave height value is defined as a value when a height of the wave reflected from the object reaches a maximum;
a reference value calculation portion calculating a wave height value of a wave reflected from a reference obstacle as a reference value by using a wave height value obtained by the waveform obtaining portion, wherein the reference obstacle is present at least at the predetermined height;
a detection value calculation portion calculating a wave height value of a wave reflected from a detection object as a detection value by using a wave height value obtained by the waveform obtaining portion, wherein the detection object is a detection target;
a reference distance calculation portion calculating a distance between the reference obstacle and the distance measuring sensor as a reference distance by using a reception time of the wave reflected from the reference obstacle, wherein the reception time of the wave reflected from the reference obstacle is obtained by the waveform obtaining portion;
a detection distance calculation portion calculating a distance between the detection object and the distance measuring sensor as a detection distance by using a reception time of the wave reflected from the detection object, wherein the reception time of the wave reflected from the detection object is obtained by the waveform obtaining portion;
a correction portion correcting the reference value and the detection value according to an attenuation amount which varies in response to a distance ratio of the reference distance to the detection distance; and
a height calculation portion calculating a height of the detection object relative to the predetermined height according to a relative comparison result of the reference value, which is corrected by the correction portion, and the detection value, which is corrected by the correction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,824

ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

13. A method for controlling an ultrasound imaging apparatus, the method comprising:transmitting an ultrasound signal toward an object, receiving an echo ultrasound signal reflected from the object, and transforming the received echo ultrasound signal to an electric signal;
beamforming and outputting the electric signal;
estimating a Point Spread Function (PSF) based on an ultrasonic image which corresponds to the output electric signal;
generating a reconstructed image by using the estimated PSF;
generating an impulse signal for a peak point of the reconstructed image, and generating a peak sharpening filter in a Gaussian form by filtering the impulse signal using a low pass filter; and
performing filtering on the reconstructed image by using the peak sharpening filter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,823

SONAR RENDERING SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A sonar system for a watercraft, the sonar system comprising:a transducer assembly configured to:
emit one or more sonar beams into an underwater environment,
receive sonar returns of the one or more sonar beams, wherein the sonar returns are received from the underwater environment corresponding to a volume extending outwardly from the watercraft,
convert the sonar returns into raw sonar data, and
be mounted to the watercraft,
wherein the transducer assembly comprises at least one transducer;
a position sensor configured to determine positioning data indicative of a position of the watercraft;
one or more processors configured to:
receive the raw sonar data and the positioning data,
process the raw sonar data to determine a plurality of different depth measurements associated with a floor of the underwater environment, wherein each different depth measurement is associated with at least one corresponding sonar return converted into the raw sonar data;
determine respective positions on the floor of the underwater environment for each of the plurality of depth measurements based on one or more characteristics of the sonar return associated with each depth measurement;
determine, based on the raw sonar data, a plurality of depth sounding indicators based on the respective positions on the floor of the underwater environment for each of the plurality of depth measurements, wherein the plurality of depth sounding indicators include at least one of one or more numbers or one or more contour lines;
determine, based on the positioning data, a location within at least one of a chart or a geographic map corresponding to the position of the watercraft when the raw sonar data was acquired,
generate a sonar image from the sonar returns of the raw sonar data, wherein the sonar image is formed using sonar returns that were only received from the transducer assembly of the watercraft at the location and an instance in which the sonar returns were received, wherein the sonar image includes the plurality of depth sounding indicators, wherein the sonar image illustrates an area of the floor of the underwater environment with each of the plurality of depth sounding indicators at different positions within the area, and
cause the sonar image to overlay the at least one geographic map or chart at the determined location; and
a display device configured to display the sonar image with the one or more depth sounding indicators over the at least one geographic map or chart at the determined location.

US Pat. No. 10,247,822

SONAR TRANSDUCER ASSEMBLY

NAVICO HOLDING AS, Egers...

1. A sonar system for imaging an underwater environment relative to a watercraft, the sonar system comprising:a housing;
a transducer array positioned within the housing, wherein the transducer array comprises:
a first transducer element configured to transmit one or more sonar pulses into the underwater environment, wherein the first transducer element is further configured to receive first sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy from the first sonar returns into first sonar return data; and
a second transducer element configured to receive second sonar returns from the sonar pulses and convert sound energy from the second sonar returns into second sonar return data,
wherein the first transducer element is positioned within the housing at a predetermined distance from the second transducer element, wherein the first transducer element and the second transducer element are vertically stacked within the housing and each define an emitting surface that is aimed at approximately a same angle with respect to the surface of the body of water, wherein the first transducer element and the second transducer element each define a rectangular shape and are configured to transmit and/or receive a fan-shaped sonar beam, wherein the fan-shaped sonar beam has a beamwidth of 15° in a horizontal direction and 90° in a vertical direction;
wherein the housing is mountable so as to enable rotation of the transducer array with respect to the watercraft;
a heading sensor configured to detect a heading of the transducer array; and
a sonar signal processor configured to:
receive the first sonar return data and the second sonar return data;
generate a set of 2D sonar return data based on the first sonar return data and the second sonar return data by processing the first sonar return data and the second sonar return data to determine a distance value and an angle associated with each sonar return in the set of 2D sonar return data, wherein the angle associated with each sonar return is based on the predetermined distance between the first transducer element and the second transducer element, wherein the angle is associated with a vertical angle between a theoretical line corresponding to a surface of a body of water and a theoretical line extending from the transducer array to the sonar return, wherein the distance value associated with each sonar return corresponds to a distance between a position of the sonar return and the transducer array;
determine, based on the detected heading of the transducer array, a heading associated with the set of 2D sonar return data, wherein the set of 2D sonar return data is associated with the detected heading when the sonar returns associated with the set of 2D sonar return data are captured; and
store, in memory, the generated set of 2D sonar return data in an associated manner with the determined heading.

US Pat. No. 10,247,821

PANORAMIC WEATHER RADAR DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT

ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC., ...

1. A radar system for an aircraft, wherein the radar system comprises:a weather radar system comprising an antenna system configured to transmit and receive signals, wherein the weather radar system is configured to determine weather data based on the received signals, the weather data comprising an indication of precipitation at a plurality of altitudes, a plurality of azimuth angles, and at a plurality of ranges from the aircraft; and
a processing circuit configured to:
receive the weather data from the weather radar system;
generate an overhead display from an overhead perspective based on the weather data, wherein the overhead display visually illustrates the precipitation at a particular distance from the aircraft and at a particular azimuth angle;
generate a face-on display from a first person perspective based on the weather data, wherein the face-on display visually illustrates a particular altitude of the precipitation and the particular azimuth angle of the precipitation, wherein the first person perspective is from a point of view of the aircraft in a direction of travel of the aircraft; and
cause a display screen to display the overhead display and the face-on display.

US Pat. No. 10,247,820

SPATIAL COGNITIVE RADAR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A spatial cognitive radar system, comprising:a phased array of a plurality of antenna elements;
a plurality of receiver channels, the plurality of receiver channels being of a number greater than one and less than a number of the plurality of antenna elements, wherein signals received at the plurality of receiver channels of the special cognitive radar are echoes resulting from transmissions by the spatial cognitive radar; and
a processor configured to determine a subset of the plurality of antenna elements, equal in number to the plurality of receiver channels, the subset of the plurality of antenna elements to be used in transmitting or receiving with the spatial cognitive radar system, wherein the number of the plurality of receiver channels is based on a desired field of view and desired angular resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,247,819

RADAR SYSTEM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A radar system comprising:a plurality of radar devices each comprising at least one processor; and
a central processing device comprising at least one processor,
each of the plurality of radar devices having:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a predetermined frequency signal to an object;
a receiving unit configured to receive a signal reflected from the object;
the at least one processor of each radar device being configured to control timings of transmission and reception by the transmitting unit and the receiving unit; and
an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) configured to convert an output of the receiving unit into digital data,
the at least one processor of the central processing device being configured to process and integrate a plurality of pieces of information transmitted from the plurality of radar devices in association with a plurality of pieces of positional information of the plurality of radar devices;
the central processing device being further configured to control operation timings of the at least one processor of the plurality of radar devices; and
the central processing device being further configured to perform a part of processes for detecting the object on the digital data before being processed and integrated, wherein
digital communication which is isolated from the control of timings of transmission and reception at the at least one processor of each of the plurality of radar devices is performed between the plurality of radar devices and the central processing device, the at least one processor of each of the radar devices is further configured to perform, on the digital data that is an output of the ADC, another part of the processes for detecting the object, the another part of the processes including at least a pre-summing process,
the central processing device is further configured to perform a process of detecting a position, a velocity and an angle of the object of each of the radar devices,
the at least one processor of each of the radar devices is further configured to independently manage the control of timings so that a temporal difference between the transmission and reception by the transmitting unit and the receiving unit occurs within a range of about 0.1 nanoseconds to 10 nanoseconds, and
the central processing device is further configured to manage the operation timings of the at least one processor of the plurality of radar devices within a range of about 0.1 milliseconds to 10 milliseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,247,818

DETECTION SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN OBJECT ON A WATER SURFACE

LADAR LIMITED, George Hi...

1. A detection system mountable to a ship or platform located on or adjacent a body of water for detecting an object on a water surface, the detection system comprising:a radio detection and ranging device for coarsely detecting a target water surface area with the object; and
a laser detection and ranging device for detecting the object within the target water surface area,
wherein the laser detection and ranging device comprises a laser transmitter for transmitting a laser beam with an oval-shaped cross-section extending in the direction towards the target water surface area, a laser detector for detecting a reflected laser beam, the reflected laser beam forming a reflected version of the transmitted laser beam, and a processor for detecting the object within the target water surface area upon the basis of the reflected laser beam.

US Pat. No. 10,247,816

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO MEASURE SLIP AND VELOCITY

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

9. A system comprising:a first beamforming sensor, the first beamforming sensor configured to:
transmit a first plurality of electromagnetic waves, the first plurality of electromagnetic waves transmitted in a direction of a road;
receive a reflected first plurality of electromagnetic waves;
a second beamforming sensor, the second beamforming sensor configured to:
transmit a second plurality of electromagnetic waves, the second plurality of electromagnetic waves transmitted in the direction of the road;
receive a reflected second plurality of electromagnetic waves;
a hardware computing unit, the hardware computing unit configured to:
receive the reflected first plurality of electromagnetic waves from the first beamforming sensor;
determine a first signal transform from the reflected first plurality of electromagnetic waves received from the first beamforming sensor, wherein the first signal transform is located within a first clutter ridge;
receive the reflected second plurality of electromagnetic waves from the second beamforming sensor;
determine a second signal transform from the reflected second plurality of electromagnetic waves received from the second beamforming sensor, wherein the second signal transform is located within a second clutter ridge;
generate a first Doppler slope from the first signal transform and a second Doppler slope from the second signal transform; and
determine at least one of a slip angle and a velocity from the first Doppler slope and the second Doppler slope.

US Pat. No. 10,247,815

PHASED ARRAY RADAR SYSTEM WITH SPECULAR MULTIPATH MITIGATION

Lockheed Martin Corporati...

1. A phased array radar system, comprising:an array antenna including a plurality of transmit/receive (T/R) modules;
one or more receiver/exciters and one or more computer processors in communication with the plurality of T/R modules; and
a memory in communication with the one or more computer processors and storing program instructions, the one or more computer processors operative with the program instructions to:
generate a first control signal for the one or more receiver/exciters to cause one or more of the plurality of T/R modules to transmit a first radio frequency (RF) pulse of a first center frequency from a first portion of the antenna array at a first elevation angle of less than 10 degrees,
generate a second control signal for the one or more receiver/exciters to cause one or more of the plurality of T/R modules to transmit a second RF pulse of a second center frequency, distinct from the first center frequency, from the first portion of the antenna array at a second elevation angle of less than 10 degrees;
generate a third control signal for the one or more receiver/exciters to cause one or more of the plurality of T/R modules to transmit a third RF pulse of a third center frequency from a second portion of the antenna array at a third elevation angle of less than 10 degrees,
generate a fourth control signal for the one or more receiver/exciters to cause one or more of the plurality of T/R modules to transmit a fourth RF pulse of a fourth center frequency, distinct from the third center frequency, from the second portion of the antenna array at a fourth elevation angle of less than 10 degrees;
non-coherently integrate received return signals originating from the first, second, third and fourth RF pulses; and
perform target detection processing on the integrated received return signals.

US Pat. No. 10,247,812

MULTI-MIRROR SCANNING DEPTH ENGINE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A scanning device, comprising:a scanner, which comprises:
a base;
a gimbal, mounted within the base so as to rotate relative to the base about a first axis of rotation; and
a transmit mirror and at least one receive mirror, mounted within the gimbal so as to rotate in mutual synchronization about respective second axes, which are parallel to one another and perpendicular to the first axis;
a transmitter, which is configured to emit a beam comprising pulses of light toward the transmit mirror, which reflects the beam so that the scanner scans the beam over a scene; and
a receiver, which is configured to receive, by reflection from the at least one receive mirror, the light reflected from the scene and to generate an output indicative of the time of flight of the pulses to and from points in the scene.

US Pat. No. 10,247,811

MODULATION OF INPUT TO GEIGER MODE AVALANCHE PHOTODIODE LIDAR USING DIGITAL MICROMIRROR DEVICES

Harris Corporation, Melb...

1. A method for acquiring data relating to an environment of interest, comprising:receiving by a lens of a telescope light scattered by an object within the environment;
focusing a cone of light towards a spatial light modulator which is placed a certain distance from the telescope on a telescope-focus surface;
deflecting a select amount of the cone of light by the spatial light modulator towards a photodiode array, whereby a sensitivity across the photodiode array is made uniform;
detecting which photodiode of the photodiode array constitutes a dead or hot detector;
assigning at least one micromirror of the spatial light modulator to the photodiode determined to constitute the dead or hot detector; and
dynamically transitioning a state of the at least one micromirror from an ON state in which the at least one micromirror is tilted towards illumination provided by the telescope to an Off state in which the at least one micromirror is tilted away from the illumination provided by the telescope.

US Pat. No. 10,247,810

RADAR APPARATUS AND SIGNAL GENERATING APPARATUS

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A radar apparatus comprising:a pulse generator which, in operation, sequentially generates, in transmission cycles, digital transmission pulse signals including an in-phase (I) component and a quadrature (Q) component;
a phase rotator which, in operation, sequentially applies, in the transmission cycles, a first phase rotation to the digital transmission pulse signals;
a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) which, in operation, converts the digital transmission pulse signals, to which the first phase rotation is applied, to a transmission baseband analog signal;
a transmitter which, in operation, converts the transmission baseband analog signal to a radar signal on a radio frequency and transmits the radar signal;
a receiver which, in operation, receives a reflected wave signal resulting from the radar signal being reflected on an object and converts the reflected wave signal to a reception baseband analog signal;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) which, in operation, converts the reception baseband analog signal to digital reception pulse signals including an in-phase (I) component and a quadrature (Q) component;
a correlator which, in operation, calculates a correlation value between the digital transmission pulse signals and the digital reception pulse signals;
an error estimator which, in operation, estimates, on the basis of the correlation value, an I component error and a Q component error included in the digital reception pulse signals;
a correction parameter calculator which, in operation, calculates a correction parameter for correcting the I component error and the Q component error; and
an error corrector which, in operation, corrects, on the basis of the correction parameter, the I component and the Q component included in at least one of the digital transmission pulse signals and the digital reception pulse signals.

US Pat. No. 10,247,809

METHOD FOR OPERATING A HANDHELD SCREENING DEVICE AND A HANDHELD SCREENING DEVICE

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A handheld screening device comprising:a two-dimensional 2D multiple input-multiple-output (MIMO) antenna array including a plurality of antennas, the plurality of antennas including a first plurality of antennas of a first size arranged in a first plurality of first rows and first columns and a second plurality of antennas of a second size, which is less than the first size, arranged in a second plurality of second rows and second columns, wherein an outer periphery of the first plurality of antennas is within a width between two of the second rows and two of the second columns;
an input mechanism configured to select an operation mode from at least a first operation mode, a second operation mode and a third operation mode;
a processor configured to determine a group of antennas of the plurality of antennas, wherein the number of antennas in the group is based on the selected operation mode, and to control the group of antennas to emit or to receive electromagnetic waves, wherein
the number of antennas included in the group is a first number of antennas when the first operation mode is selected,
the number of antennas included in the group is a second number of antennas, which is greater than the first number of antennas, when the second operation mode is selected, and
the number of antennas included in the group is a third number of antennas, which is greater than the second number of antennas, when the third operation mode is selected; and
the processor is further configured to determine one or more processed layers, wherein the one or more processed layers are based on the selected operation mode, wherein
the one or more processed layers is a single layer when the first operation mode is selected,
the one or more processed layers is a default number of layers, which is greater than the single layer, when the second operation mode is selected, and
the one or more processed layers are all received layers, which is greater than the default number of layers, when the third operation mode is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,247,808

LOCATION REPORTING FOR EXTREMELY HIGH FREQUENCY (EHF) DEVICES

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus for wireless communications, comprising:a transmit interface configured to output a first frame for transmission to an other apparatus during a beam refinement phase;
a receive interface configured to obtain, at a second time, a second frame transmitted by the other apparatus during the beam refinement phase; and
at least one processor coupled with a memory and configured to:
generate a third frame, during the beam refinement phase, for transmission to the other apparatus via the transmit interface, the third frame including a beam refinement protocol (BRP) information element (IE) comprising information indicating a difference between the first time and the second time, and a first indication of an orientation of departure of the first frame, a second indication of an orientation of arrival of the second frame, or both; and
provide, in the first frame or the third frame, a third indication to the other apparatus that the third frame includes the first indication, the second indication, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,247,807

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOCATING A MOBILE DEVICE

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSIT...

1. A method for locating a mobile device, said method comprising:periodically transmitting radio signals via a transmitter;
utilizing said radio signals to time synchronize a mobile device;
transmitting a modulated ultrasound signal via said transmitter, wherein said modulated ultrasound signal includes at least one symbol configured for pulse compression;
in response to the receipt of a demodulated ultrasound signal sent from said mobile device, wherein said demodulated ultrasound signal is derived from said modulated ultrasound signal,
determining whether or not said demodulated ultrasound signal is originated from a line-of-sight (LOS) source; and
in response to a determination that said demodulated ultrasound signal is not originated from a LOS source, discarding said demodulated ultrasound signal; otherwise, extracting transmitter identifier and timing information from said demodulated ultrasound signal;
determining a location of said transmitter based on said transmitter identifier information; and
determining a location of said mobile device based on said timing information and said determined location of said transmitter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,805

OBSERVATION SUPPORTING APPARATUS AND OBSERVATION SUPPORTING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An observation supporting apparatus comprising:a plurality of first earth-based telescopes configured to detect a moving object, the plurality of first earth-based telescopes having fixed observation directions, and the moving object orbiting the earth;
a second earth-based telescope configured to detect the moving object; and
a computer configured to control an observation direction of the second earth-based telescope, the computer comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a program; and
a processing unit configured to executing the program to realize:
a position specifying section configured to specify a coordinate point of the moving object detected in a viewing field through observation with one of the plurality of first earth-based telescopes;
an orbit estimating section configured to calculate an estimate visual trace of the moving object in the viewing field based on three or more coordinate points and to determine a new viewing field by using the estimate visual trace; and
a control section configured to control the second earth-based telescope to turn the observation direction to the new viewing field,
wherein the orbit estimating section is configured to acquire data used to estimate a position of the moving object in the new viewing field and to calculate a whole orbit of the moving object by using coordinate points of the moving object detected in an observation range containing the viewing field and the new viewing field.

US Pat. No. 10,247,804

METHOD OF TIME-EFFICIENT 4D MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A method of operating a respiratory-guided magnetic resonance imaging system with regard to triggering of magnetic resonance image acquisition, the magnetic resonance imaging system being configured for acquiring magnetic resonance images of a plurality of slices from at least a portion of a subject of interest over a plurality of breathing cycles of the subject of interest, and the magnetic resonance imaging system being connectable to a respiration monitoring device which is configured to provide an output signal whose level represents a respiration state of the subject of interest, the method comprising:generating an interleaved acquisition scheme for acquiring within the plurality of breathing cycles at least one magnetic resonance image of each slice of the plurality of slices at each respiration state of a plurality of selected respiration states of the subject of interest, the triggering on the selected respiration states being based on predetermined threshold signal levels of the respiration monitoring device,
commencing magnetic resonance image acquisition pursuant to the interleaved acquisition scheme, and, during executing magnetic resonance image acquisition pursuant to the interleaved acquisition scheme,
adapting, in case of an occurrence of an irregularity in the breathing of the subject of interest in the output signal obtained by the respiration monitoring device in the course of executing magnetic resonance image acquisition pursuant to the interleaved acquisition scheme, at least one parameter of the interleaved acquisition scheme for advancing another acquiring of a magnetic resonance image of the interleaved acquisition scheme, wherein the at least one adapted parameter is at least one of:
a next respiration state of the subject of interest to trigger on for acquiring at least one magnetic resonance image,
a radio frequency pulse sequence-inherent idle time, and
a chronological order of at least one slice of the plurality of slices to be imaged of at least the portion of the subject of interest,
halting execution of magnetic resonance image acquisition pursuant to the interleaved acquisition scheme, and
resuming execution of magnetic resonance image acquisition pursuant to the interleaved acquisition scheme using the adapted parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,247,803

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DESIGNING MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING RADIO FREQUENCY PULSES THAT ARE ROBUST AGAINST PHYSIOLOGICAL MOTION ERRORS

Regents of the University...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising:a magnet system configured to generate a polarizing magnetic field about at least a region of interest (ROI) of a subject arranged in the MRI system, the ROI being subject to cyclical physiological motion including a plurality of different states of physiological motion;
a plurality of gradient coils configured to apply a gradient field with respect to the polarizing magnetic field;
a radio frequency (RF) system configured to apply RF excitation fields to the subject and acquire MR image data therefrom; and
a computer programmed to:
acquire a B1+ calibration map for each of a plurality of selected ones of the plurality of different states of physiological motion in the subject, wherein each B1+ calibration map is correlated with a state of the physiological motion in the subject during acquisition of the B1+ calibration map;
using the B1+ calibration maps and correlated state of the physiological motion in the subject, design an RF pulse waveform that reduces B1+ inhomogeneity at each correlated state of physiological motion;
control the plurality of gradient coils and the RF system to produce an RF field based on a portion of the RF pulse waveform to acquire the image data from the subject, wherein the portion of the RF pulse waveform is correlated with a state of physiological motion of the subject during acquisition of the image data; and
reconstruct an image of the subject from the image data.

US Pat. No. 10,247,801

METHOD OF MRI IMAGING USING A SPECTRALLY DESIGNED PULSE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A method of acquiring image data with an MRI system from an object including a plurality spins, said method comprising the steps of:applying a magnetic field to the object to align the spins along a longitudinal axis;
applying a first pulse to the spins for rotating the spins from the longitudinal axis toward a transverse plane;
acquiring image data from the spins during a free precession interval in which the spins precess in the transverse plane;
applying a second pulse to the spins for rotating the spins from the transverse plane to at least substantially along the longitudinal axis; and
spectrally designing at least one of the first and second pulses including pre-winding a phase of the spins based on frequency such that the phase of the spins is frequency dependent and matching the phase of the spins to a product of an off-resonance frequency of the spins and the free precession interval.

US Pat. No. 10,247,800

MRI PULSE SEQUENCE DESIGN

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for using an artificial neural network (ANN) to automatically produce a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging pulse sequence, the method comprising:(a) identifying a first MR signal corresponding to a first tissue and a second MR signal corresponding to a second tissue,
(b) selecting an RF pulse to be applied to the first tissue and the second tissue;
(c) based on at least the first MR signal, the second MR signal, and the RF pulse determining an updated first MR signal and an updated second MR signal;
(d) computing a difference between the updated first signal and the updated second MR signal;
(e) adding the difference to an accumulated difference;
(f) repeating steps (b) to (e) one or more times;
(g) controlling the ANN to use reinforcement learning to select the MR imaging pulse sequence based, at least in part, on the accumulated difference.

US Pat. No. 10,247,799

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENSITIVITY-ENHANCED MULTI-ECHO CHEMICAL EXCHANGE SATURATION TRANSFER (MECEST) MAGENTIC RESONANCE IMAGING

The General Hospital Corp...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system comprising:a magnet system configured to generate a polarizing magnetic field about at least a region of interest (ROI) in a subject arranged in the MRI system;
a plurality of gradient coils configured to apply a gradient field to the polarizing magnetic field;
a radio frequency (RF) system configured to apply an excitation field to the subject and acquire MR image data from a ROI;
a computer system programmed to:
control the RF system and plurality of gradient coils to perform a first pulse sequence that saturates a selected labile spin species of the subject by applying a radiofrequency (RF) irradiation at a reference frequency;
control the RF system and plurality of gradient coils to perform a multi-echo spin echo pulse sequence that saturates a selected labile spin species of the subject by applying an RF irradiation at a labeling frequency;
control the RF system and plurality of gradient coils to perform a multi echo-planar imaging (EPI) acquisition to acquire a plurality of echoes having information pertaining to at least one of metabolites and metabolite byproducts within the ROI to form a chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) medical imaging data set; and
reconstruct the CEST medical imaging data set by combining a plurality of images generated from the plurality of echoes to form a CEST image of the subject including information about the at least one of metabolites and metabolite byproducts within the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,247,798

SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-SLICE MRI MEASUREMENT

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for a simultaneous reception of magnetic resonance signals from two or more slices, the method comprising:exciting, by a radio-frequency unit of a magnetic resonance apparatus, first magnetic resonance signals of at least one first slice in an object at a first excitation time;
exciting, by the radio-frequency unit of the magnetic resonance apparatus, second magnetic resonance signals of at least one second slice in the object at an at least one second excitation time; and
receiving, simultaneously by the magnetic resonance apparatus, the first magnetic resonance signals and the second magnetic resonance signals at one reception time,
wherein the first excitation time is identical to the at least one second excitation time or spaced apart from the at least one second excitation time by an integral multiple N of a phase inversion time Tdix,
wherein the phase inversion time Tdix is a function of a basic magnetic field strength B0, a Larmor constant ?, and a chemical shift ?.

US Pat. No. 10,247,796

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MARKING AN OBJECT DURING A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SCAN

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging system comprising:a magnet assembly defining a bore within which an object is disposed;
a controller in communication with the magnet assembly;
a marker disposed on the object; and
wherein the marker emits a rapidly decaying magnetic resonance signal after being excited by a short-TE sequence scan executed by the controller via the magnet assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,247,795

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NON-INVASIVE ASSESSMENT OF RIPPLE CANCELLATION FILTER

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method comprising:non-invasively sampling an input voltage to a ripple cancellation filter of a magnetic resonance imaging system via a filter assessment module of the magnetic resonance imaging system, the filter assessment module electrically connected to both an input and an output of the ripple cancellation filter;
transforming, via the filter assessment module, the sampled input voltage into a first power spectral density;
non-invasively sampling an output voltage of the ripple cancellation filter via the filter assessment module;
transforming, via the filter assessment module, the sampled output voltage into a second power spectral density;
frequency shaping, via the filter assessment module, the first power spectral density according to a spectral rejection image of the ripple cancellation filter to obtain a test power spectral density; and
indicating, via the filter assessment module, a degraded performance of the ripple cancellation filter in the event that the test and second power spectral densities fail to match within pre-determined criteria.

US Pat. No. 10,247,794

MAGNETIC FIELD MONITORING PROBE, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A magnetic field monitoring probe comprising:a first container having a sample configured to emit a magnetic resonance (MR) signal included therein;
a radio frequency (RF) coil inserted into the first container and configured to receive an MR signal emitted from the sample; and
a second container surrounding the first container and having a matching liquid injected thereinto.

US Pat. No. 10,247,793

RECEIVE COILS WITH LOW-LOSS DETUNE CIRCUITS FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (MR) SYSTEMS AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

1. A radio-frequency (RF) coil assembly for acquiring magnetic resonance (MR) signals, comprising:at least one radio-frequency (RF) receive coil for acquiring the MR signals;
a detune circuit comprising one or more circuit arms serially coupled to the at least one RF receive coil, each of one or more circuit arms having at least two low-loss switches serially coupled to each other, each of the at least two low-loss switches of each circuit arm is configured to control impedance of a corresponding receive coil to tune or detune each corresponding receive coil during tune or detune states, respectively;
an energy storage device configured to store power;
a power control switch coupled to each of the one or more circuit arms at a location that is between the at least two serially-coupled low-loss switches of each of the one of more circuit arms and coupled to the energy storage device; and
a controller configured (i) to control the detune circuit to detune the RF receive coil to enter a detune state and (ii) to control the power control switch when the RF receive coil is in the detuned state to connect the RF receive coil to the energy storage device to draw power from the RF receive coil during the detuned state.

US Pat. No. 10,247,792

FIELD-COUPLED CONNECTION TECHNIQUE FOR LINKING COILS AND/OR PATIENT TABLES IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

1. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system connection for art MRI system, the MRI system connection comprising:one or two MRI system plugs; and
a fixing or clamping apparatus in order that vibrations that are occurrable during an MRI imaging at the MRI system are not transmitted to the MRI system plugs such that RF properties thereof change or change to an extent relevant to the field-coupled transmission,
wherein the MRI system connection is configured with devices for a field-coupled transmission of signals.

US Pat. No. 10,247,791

SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING AUDIO SIGNALS TO WIRELESS AUDIO SIGNALS IN A MEDICAL IMAGING ENVIRONMENT

NeoCoil, LLC, Pewaukee, ...

1. An audio signal converter for use in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment, comprising:a housing;
a connecting member extending from the housing, wherein:
the connecting member has an outer periphery that is complementary to a pneumatic audio port within the MRI environment,
the connecting member is operative to be inserted into the pneumatic audio port,
the connecting member includes an opening at an end distal from the housing, and
a passage extends through the connecting member from the opening to an interior of the housing;
a microphone mounted proximate the connecting member and operative to receive a pneumatic audio signal via the passage in the connecting member and to convert the pneumatic audio signal to an electronic audio signal; and
a wireless transmitter mounted within the housing, wherein the wireless transmitter is operative to receive the electronic audio signal and to transmit a radio frequency (RF) audio signal to a receiver within the MRI environment, wherein each of the components of the audio signal converter has a low magnetic susceptibility such that the audio signal converter will not be drawn toward a magnetic field applied by an MRI scanner and will not distort the homogeneity of the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,247,790

MAGNETIC SENSOR

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A magnetic sensor comprising a magnetoresistance effect element and a magnetic body which is provided in the vicinity of the magnetoresistance effect element, wherein the magnetic body changes the direction of a magnetic field input to the magnetoresistance effect element,the resistance value of the magnetoresistance effect element changes according to the direction of the input magnetic field,
and the magnetic body has at least one projection portion.

US Pat. No. 10,247,789

MAGNETORESISTIVE SENSOR AND GRADIOMETER

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A magnetoresistive sensor comprising:a plurality of magnetoresistive sensor parts each having a bridge circuit in which four magnetoresistive elements are connected;
an amplifier circuit that amplifies outputs of the magnetoresistive sensor parts, wherein the outputs of the respective magnetoresistive sensor parts are connected in parallel to one another to an input of the amplifier circuit; and
a set/reset circuit that generates set pulse and reset pulse for inverting magnetization of the magnetoresistive elements; and a detection circuit that detects an alternating-current signal output by the magnetoresistive sensor part using the set pulse and reset pulse generated by the set/reset circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,247,788

RESISTIVE ELEMENT

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A resistive element having a specific piezo-resistive coefficient, wherein the resistive element comprises:a resistive region formed in a semiconductor substrate, wherein the semiconductor substrate comprises a first main surface area, wherein the resistive region extends in a first lateral direction parallel to the main surface area, in a second lateral direction different from the first lateral direction and parallel to the main surface area, and in a vertical direction perpendicular to the main surface area, wherein the resistive region is isolated from the semiconductor substrate in the lateral directions and comprises for a stress component a first piezo-resistive coefficient for a current flow in the first lateral direction, a third piezo-resistive coefficient for a current flow in the second lateral direction and a second piezo-resistive coefficient, different from the first piezo-resistive coefficient and the third piezo-resistive coefficient, for a current flow in the vertical direction;
a first contact structure arranged to contact at least a portion of a first face of the resistive region parallel to the main surface area and positioned at a first distance to the main surface area;
a second contact structure arranged to contact at least a portion of a second face of the resistive region different from the first face, parallel to the main surface area and positioned at a second distance to the main surface area different from the first distance;
wherein the resistive element is configured to generate, in response to an input signal applied to at least one of the first contact structure and the second contact structure, a current flow distribution within the resistive region between the first contact structure and the second contact structure, the current flow distribution having a first lateral component, a second lateral component and a vertical component;
wherein a combination of the first lateral component, the second lateral component and the vertical component results in a piezo-resistive coefficient of the resistive element which is defined by the ratio between the first lateral component in the first lateral direction in the resistive region having the first piezo-resistive coefficient for the current flow in the first lateral direction, the second lateral component in the second lateral direction in the resistive region having the third piezo-resistive coefficient for the current flow in the second lateral direction, and the vertical component in the vertical direction in the resistive region having the second piezo-resistive coefficient for the current flow in the vertical direction; and
wherein the resistive element is configured such that a ratio between the first lateral component, the second lateral component, and the vertical component within the resistive region is obtained which results in the specific piezo-resistive coefficient.

US Pat. No. 10,247,787

POWER DETECTION SYSTEM FOR VALVE ACTUATORS

Tri-Tec Manfacturing, LLC...

1. A method comprising:detecting a disruption of a first phase of a three phase alternating current (AC) power supply; and
comparing, in response to the detecting the disruption of the first phase, a peak voltage of a second phase of the three phase AC power supply to a voltage limit associated with an operation of an actuator motor of a valve actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,247,786

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BATTERY SYSTEM, AND BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for operating a battery system in a single vehicle that includes multiple battery units, comprising:classifying a respective instantaneous aging state of each of the battery units in the single vehicle;
first association of each battery unit of the battery units with a respective instantaneous aging class of a plurality of instantaneous aging classes as a function of the respective instantaneous aging state of the battery unit;
predicting a respective future aging state of each battery unit of the battery units for a future point in time;
second association of each battery unit of the battery units with a respective future aging class of a plurality of future aging classes as a function of the respective future aging state of the battery units;
ascertaining a respective optimal point in time for replacing each battery unit of the battery units based on a cost function, taking into account the respective instantaneous aging class of the battery unit and the respective future aging class of the battery units;
selecting at least one battery unit to be replaced from among the battery units, based on the respective optimal points in time;
displaying, on a display device, the selected at least one battery unit; and
replacing, in the single vehicle, the displayed, selected at least one battery unit;
wherein the battery system of the single vehicle further includes at least one failed battery unit, and wherein the replacing step takes place at the same time the at least one failed battery unit of the single vehicle is replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,247,785

ASSEMBLED-BATTERY SYSTEM, SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT, AND DIAGNOSTIC METHOD

LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., ...

1. An assembled-battery system comprising:a plurality of batteries connected together in series;
a plurality of power-supply lines respectively connected to the plurality of batteries;
a selection unit that selects two power-supply lines from the plurality of power-supply lines;
a measuring unit comprising a conversion unit that in cases in which electrical signals flowing through the two power-supply lines selected by the selection unit have been input, provides a difference between the electrical signals flowing through the two power-supply lines as an analog signal to monitor battery voltages of the plurality of batteries, converts the analog signal into a digital signal, and outputs the digital signal;
a control unit that performs predetermined operations on the digital signal output from the measuring unit, and outputs an electrical signal corresponding to a result of the predetermined operations; and
a reference voltage divider that supplies a second reference voltage, obtained by voltage dividing a first reference voltage, to the power-supply lines,
wherein self-diagnosis of the measuring unit is performed based on whether or not a summed value, summed by the control unit, of a difference between the first reference voltage and the second reference voltage output from the measuring unit, and a difference between the second reference voltage and a third reference voltage that is smaller than the second reference voltage, is a value corresponding to the first reference voltage irrespective of the second reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,247,784

SECONDARY BATTERY STATUS DETECTION DEVICE AND SECONDARY BATTERY STATUS DETECTION METHOD

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A secondary battery state detecting device, comprising:a processor; and
a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:
in response to entering an initial operation mode, determining an initial state of a secondary battery based on a terminal voltage of multiple terminal voltages measured for the secondary battery, wherein the initial operation mode occurs in response to connecting the secondary battery to the secondary battery state detecting device; and
in response to entering normal operation mode, determining a normal state of the secondary battery based on the terminal voltage and a current of the secondary battery measured at a determined time after the entering the normal operation mode.

US Pat. No. 10,247,783

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR MEASURING BATTERY INTERNAL STATE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a battery storing electrical energy for an electric motor;
a tunneling magnetoresistance sensor connected to the battery, configured to receive a response signal from a surface-acoustic-wave sensor sensing strain at an anode of the battery representing ions thereat via tunneling magnetoresistance, and to wirelessly transmit an output signal indicating battery state using the response signal; and
control circuitry configured to control the electric motor and the battery based on the output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,247,781

COMPACT ELECTRONICS TEST SYSTEM HAVING USER PROGRAMMABLE DEVICE INTERFACES AND ON-BOARD FUNCTIONS ADAPTED FOR USE IN PROXIMITY TO A RADIATION FIELD

The United States of Amer...

1. A test device comprising:a first test structure comprising at least one first interface section and a second interface section, wherein said second interface section comprises an integrated circuit interface section comprising a plurality of programmable input and output elements, wherein said integrated circuit interface section is adapted to removably and electrically connect or release one or more said input and output elements with one or more input and output elements of a device under test (DUT), receive inputs and outputs from said DUT, process said inputs and outputs, and output processed data;
a second test structure comprising:
a third interface section adapted to selectively and removably electrically couple with said first interface section of said first structure;
a power module adapted to modulate incoming power to different voltages from a power supply either on said second test structure or coupled with said second test structure, said power module supplies said different voltages to sections of said first and section test structure comprising one or more said plurality of programmable input and output elements through said first test structure via said third interface section to said first interface section;
a user selectable voltage switch adapted to enable said user to select between said different voltages by manipulating said switch in different switch selection configurations;
a programmable read only memory (PROM) adapted to store a first plurality of machine readable instructions and a first plurality of control section, controller, or programmable logic unit configuration settings;
a control section, controller, or programmable logic unit adapted to perform a plurality of control section, controller, or programmable logic unit operations comprising controlling said DUT and said programmable input and output elements through said third interface section, said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit is configured to couple with said PROM and receive said first plurality of machine readable instructions in an initial testing configuration and said first plurality of control section, controller, or programmable logic unit configuration settings, wherein said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit is further configured to create and store a second plurality of control section, controller, or programmable logic unit configuration settings on said PROM for later reload of said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit from said PROM, wherein said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit is also configured to selectively program said power module to select one of said different voltages and selectively configure and program one or more of said plurality of programmable input and output elements based on said first or second plurality of machine readable instructions, wherein said first and second plurality of machine readable instructions are configured to either reconfigure programmable logic elements within said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit or be executed by different programmable logic elements within said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit to perform said plurality of control section, controller, or programmable logic unit operations;
an initial configuration load switch configured to transfer a copy of said first plurality of machine readable instructions to said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit to operate said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit in said first testing configuration operable to perform a first plurality of testing operations on said DUT;
a timing signal generation section operable to supply one or different timing signals to said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit;
a programming cable connection coupled with said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit adapted to electrically couple with a programming cable configured for receiving and conveying said first plurality of machine readable instructions or a second plurality of machine readable instructions to said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit;
a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED) coupled with said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit adapted to indicate user programmable indication criteria settings associated with execution of said first or second plurality of machine readable instructions by said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit by outputting a different light emission associated with predetermined said indication criteria that have been met; and
a communication protocol section adapted to transmit data from said control section, controller, or programmable logic unit through a communication signal data interface adaptor to a computer adapted to analyze said data.

US Pat. No. 10,247,780

RE-PROGRAMMABLE SELF-TEST

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A built-in-self-test (BIST) apparatus comprising:a first memory to store a first set of seed values and a first set of expected signature values that correspond to the first set of seed values;
a second memory to store a second set of seed values and a second set of expected signature values that correspond to the second set of seed values;
a first selection circuit having a first input coupled to the first memory, a second input coupled to the second memory, a third input to receive a first control signal, and an output to output a selected one of a seed value from the first set of seed values or a seed value from the second set of seed values as a selected seed value in response to the first control signal;
a second selection circuit having a first input coupled to the first memory, a second input coupled to the second memory, a third input to receive a second control signal, and an output to output a selected one of an expected signature value from the first set of signatures values or an expected signature value from the second set of signature values as a selected expected signature value in response to the second control signal;
a pseudo-random pattern generator (PRPG) to generate a plurality of test patterns based on the selected seed value and having an output to output the plurality of test patterns;
decompression logic having an input to receive the test patterns from the PRPG and an output to output expanded test patterns corresponding to the test patterns from the PRPG;
a multiple input shift register (MISR) having an input to receive, from a circuit under test, a response based on the expanded test patterns, a first output, and a second output, wherein the first output of the MISR represents a signature value of the response;
an XOR logic circuit having a first input coupled to the first output of the MISR, a second input coupled to the second output of the MISR, and an output, wherein the output of the XOR logic circuit represents a modified signature value of the response;
a third selection circuit having a first input coupled to the first output of the MISR to receive the signature value, a second input coupled to the output of the XOR logic circuit to receive the modified signature value, a third input to receive a third control signal, and an output to output a selected one of the signature value or the modified signature value as a selected signature value in response to the third control signal; and
a comparator having a first input to receive the selected expected signature value, a second input to receive the selected signature value, and an output to output a result of comparing the selected expected signature value and the selected signature value.

US Pat. No. 10,247,779

TAP, DECODER PROVIDING SC AND SE TO SCAN PATH CIRCUITS

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:(a) functional circuitry having test stimulus inputs and test response outputs;
(b) scan path circuits, each scan path circuit having a scan input, a scan output, a scan clock input, a scan enable input, stimulus outputs coupled to the test stimulus inputs of the functional logic, and response inputs coupled to the test response outputs of the functional logic;
(c) decompressor circuitry having parallel compressed data inputs and having outputs connected to the scan inputs of the scan path circuits;
(d) a serial compressed data input coupled to the parallel compressed data inputs of the decompressor circuitry, a test clock input, and a test mode select input;
(e) a test access port controller coupled to the test clock input and the test mode select input and having state outputs; and
(f) decode circuitry having inputs coupled to the state outputs and to the test clock input, and having:
a scan clock output coupled to the scan clock inputs; and
a scan enable output coupled to the scan enable inputs.

US Pat. No. 10,247,778

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS AND TEST METHOD THEREOF

SK hynix Inc., Icheon-si...

1. A semiconductor apparatus comprising:a first data output unit connected to a first data channel;
a second data output unit connected to a second data channel; and
a compression test data generating unit configured to generate compression data in response to a chip selection signal and first and second test data and output the compression data to one of the first and second data output units,
wherein the first data output unit outputs one of the first test data and the compression data through the first data channel in response to a control signal, and the second data output unit outputs one of the second test data and the compression data through the second data channel in response to the control signal.