US Pat. No. 10,335,095

METHOD FOR LOCAL IMPROVEMENT OF IMAGE QUALITY

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for local improvement of image quality of an imaging X-ray acquisition, the method comprising:localizing an imaging region of a structure;
selecting an environment of the imaging region of the structure, the environment being a portion of a field of view and including at least a portion of the imaging region and an additional region adjacent to the at least the portion of the imaging region;
setting a first acquisition parameter for the environment, the first acquisition parameter having a value different from a value of a second acquisition parameter for a remainder of the field of view exclusive of the environment, both of the first acquisition parameter and the second acquisition parameter being configured to change at least one of a spatial resolution or a spectral resolution; and
acquiring an image dataset using the first acquisition parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,094

BREAST BIOPSY AND NEEDLE LOCALIZATION USING TOMOSYNTHESIS SYSTEMS

HOLOGIC, INC., Marlborou...

1. A method for needle localization for breast biopsy, said method comprising:performing a tomosynthesis scan of a patient's breast using a source of an imaging x-ray beam that moves through a multiplicity of imaging positions along a source trajectory, and obtaining image data from the tomosynthesis scan and deriving therefrom tomosynthesis reconstructed images representing respective slices of the breast;
displaying at least some of the tomosynthesis reconstructed images of the patient's breast;
receiving an indication on at least one of the tomosynthesis reconstructed images of an area of interest within the patient's breast, and determining therefrom three-dimensional coordinates of the area of interest;
positioning a biopsy needle based on the determined three-dimensional coordinates of the area of interest;
emitting a verification x-ray beam from the source at a plurality of verification x-ray positions each disposed at an orientation to the biopsy needle and breast so as to verify the position of the biopsy needle relative to the area of interest or to verify that tissue located at the area of interest has been removed, and
reducing image artifacts due to the presence of the biopsy needle or other radiopaque materials.

US Pat. No. 10,335,093

BIOSIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A biosignal processing method comprising:extracting reference points from a waveform of a biosignal;
determining a pulse direction of the biosignal based on the extracted reference points;
determining a feature point of the biosignal based on a feature point determining method corresponding to the pulse direction; and
outputting bioinformation based on the feature point,
wherein the extracting of the reference points comprise extracting a first reference point having a highest signal value from among neighboring first candidate reference points, and extracting a second reference point having a lowest signal value from among neighboring second candidate reference points, and
wherein the determining of the pulse direction comprises determining pulse sharpness levels corresponding to each of the first reference point and the second reference point, and determining the pulse direction based on the pulse sharpness levels.

US Pat. No. 10,335,091

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO INFER OBJECT AND AGENT PROPERTIES, ACTIVITY CAPACITIES, BEHAVIORS, AND INTENTS FROM CONTACT AND PRESSURE IMAGES

Tactonic Technologies, LL...

1. An apparatus for determining cognitive capacity decline of a person comprising:a sensor portion of a plurality of sensor tiles forming a walkway with which the person makes contact and to which the person applies pressure a number of times a day;
a computer in communication with the sensor portion that receives signals indicative of gait of the person moving on the walkway the number of times a day from the sensor portion corresponding to the contact and pressure applied to the sensor portion by the person, determines from the signals over time the cognitive capacity decline based on center of pressure measurements of footsteps of the person; and
an output in communication with the computer that identifies the cognitive capacity decline determined by the computer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,090

MOBILE PHONE HOLDER FOR MONITORING PHYSICAL FEATURE AND PHYSICAL FEATURE MONITORING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A mobile phone holder for monitoring a physical feature of a user, comprising a first body and a base,wherein the base is connected to the first body at a first side, and connected to a mobile phone at a second side, the first side of the base is opposite to a second side of the base, the first body is configured to collect physical feature data of the user, and the base is configured to determine a physical feature parameter of the user in accordance with the physical feature data, and control to display the physical feature parameter;
the first body comprises an annular body, a collection circuit arranged at an inner side of the annular body, and a transmission circuit arranged between the annular body and the collection circuit, wherein the collection circuit is configured to collect the physical feature data of the user, and the transmission circuit is configured to transmit the physical feature data collected by the collection circuit to the base; and
the first body is of an annular shape and comprises two toroidal surfaces being opposite to each other, and the first body is configured to be rotatable relative to the base, to enable either one of the two toroidal surfaces to be angled relative to a surface of the mobile phone at any angle in a range from 0 degree to 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,335,089

STIFFNESS ENHANCED FILAMENTS

The Alfred E. Mann Founda...

1. An implantable dual state biocompatible electrically conductive filament configured for contact with living tissue, said filament, having an uncoated first state wherein the filament is pliable, said filament having a coated second state wherein the filament is stiff, said filament comprising a dissolvable filament stiffness enhancing coating formed on the surface of the filament, the coating providing enhanced filament stiffness to accommodate penetration of the filament into selected living tissue such that upon dissolution of the coating, the filament returns to its uncoated state of pliability,wherein the stiffness enhancing coating includes at least one of the following:
an anti-fibrotic agent, or
a neural growth hormone.

US Pat. No. 10,335,088

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A biometric information detecting apparatus comprising:a bio-signal measurer configured to measure a bio-signal and comprising a light emitter and a light receiver, the light emitter being configured to emit an optical signal and the light emitter being configured to detect the optical signal that is modulated by a target object;
a low-frequency signal obtainer circuitry configured to obtain a low-frequency signal from the bio-signal measured by the bio-signal measurer; and
a signal processor configured to analyze a waveform of the bio-signal in response to determining that the low-frequency signal obtained from the bio-signal is within a reference range,
wherein the signal processor does not start analyzing the waveform of the bio-signal until it is determined that the low-frequency signal obtained from the bio-signal is within the reference range.

US Pat. No. 10,335,087

BIOSIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND BIOSIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A biosignal processing apparatus comprising:a biosignal measurement module that comprises a prism and a spectroscope and is configured to detect a biosignal of a subject in a non-invasive manner while the prism is in contact with the subject;
a touch sensor configured to bend to cover a three-dimensional shape of the subject, measure a change in an amount of charges carried in the touch sensor, and determine a contact area between the prism and the subject based on the change in the amount of the charges carried in the touch sensor, a contact surface of the touch sensor and a contact surface of the prism being disposed on a same plane with respect to the subject while the contact areas of the touch sensor is being measured; and
a controller configured to control the biosignal measurement module to start measuring the biosignal in response to determining that the contact area between the prism and the subject being equal to or greater than a reference value,
wherein the touch sensor is disposed to surround the prism, and boundaries of the contact surface of the prism are entirely in contact with boundaries of the contact surface of the touch sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,086

ITEM ATTACHABLE TO A SUBJECT AND INCLUDING A SENSOR FOR SENSING AN OBJECT THAT A BODY PORTION OF THE SUBJECT MAY CONTACT

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:at least one sensor configured to be worn on a body portion of a subject and to sense an object;
a determiner configured to determine, in response to the at least one sensor, a trajectory of the subject as the subject is moving backward and whether the body portion will come within a threshold distance of the object if the trajectory remains unchanged; and
a notifier configured to notify the subject, in response to the determiner determining that the body portion will come within the threshold distance of the object if the trajectory remains unchanged, of a direction to avoid to prevent the body portion from contacting the object.

US Pat. No. 10,335,085

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF PERIODIC LEG MOVEMENTS

The Johns Hopkins Univers...

1. A method for tracking movements and positions of a leg or foot of a subject, comprising:launching, by a device, an application for monitoring and tracking the movements and positions of the leg or foot;
activating, by the device and based on launching the application, a movement and position detector to collect data regarding the movements and positions of the leg or foot;
collecting, by the device and based on activating the movement and position detector, the data regarding the movements and positions of the leg or foot,
the data, regarding the movements and positions of the leg or foot, including information associated with a rotational movement;
generating, by the device and based on collecting the data regarding the movements and positions of the leg or foot, a graphical output comprising an indication of one or more particular movements that satisfy a criteria for a movement from a lying down leg position,
the criteria being satisfied based on a threshold activity, duration, and periodicity for time;
providing, by the device, the graphical output; and
transmitting, by the device, the data, regarding the movements and positions of the leg or foot, to a system cloud.

US Pat. No. 10,335,084

AUDIO DEVICE

KYOCERA Corporation, Kyo...

1. An audio device comprising:an audio unit to externally abut on an ear without being inserted into the ear; and
an organism sensor unit to be inserted into the ear, wherein
the audio unit includes a piezoelectric element, and a panel directly attached to the piezoelectric element, and the panel delivers sound by being bent directly by the piezoelectric element,
the organism sensor unit is inserted into a concha,
the audio unit externally abuts a tragus, wherein the audio unit and the organism sensor unit sandwich the tragus,
the organism sensor unit is provided with a light emission unit and a light reception unit, and
the light emission unit emits light to the concha.

US Pat. No. 10,335,083

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING AND ANALYZING BIOSIGNALS

1. A system for monitoring biosignals of a user, the system comprising:a first end region, positionable on one of an area posterior and an area superior to a first ear of a user, comprising a first sensor array;
a second end region, positionable on one of an area posterior and an area superior to a second ear of the user, comprising a second sensor array;
an intermediate region, positionable on a back of a neck region of the user, wherein the intermediate region comprises an analog to digital converter for receiving and digitizing biosignals acquired by the first and second sensor arrays, a processor configured to perform an analysis and translation of the digitized biosignals into physiological measurement data, a transmission module configured to perform signal transmission, and a power module configured to supply power to the system;
a coupling element configured to couple the first and second end regions to the intermediate region; and
a first attachment element and a second attachment element, wherein the first attachment element couples the first end region to a head-mounted accessory and the second attachment element couples the second end region to the head-mounted accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,335,082

MEDICATION DELIVERY DEVICE WITH MULTI-RESERVOIR CARTRIDGE SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Picolife Technologies, LL...

1. A miniature medication delivery system for delivery of medicament to a body of a user, comprising:a housing configured to be affixed to the body, the housing comprising control electronics, a power source, a sensor support socket, and a plurality of electromagnetic coils;
an adhesive patch platform attached to the housing, wherein the adhesive patch platform is configured to affix the housing to the body;
a first sensor configured to continuously monitor a parameter of the user removably connectable through the sensor support socket, wherein the first sensor is configured to be inserted into the body of the user through the sensor support socket;
an outlet mechanism disposable within the body of the user; and
a cartridge system removably connectable to the housing comprising:
a first reservoir comprising a first medicament;
a second reservoir comprising a second medicament; and
a pump mechanism configured to pump the first medicament from the first reservoir and the second medicament from the second reservoir to the outlet mechanism, wherein the control electronics are in electrical communication with the first sensor, the pump mechanism comprising:
a first pump insert body in fluid communication with the first reservoir, wherein the first pump body comprises first magnet, a plurality of fluid channels, a fluid receiving opening, and a fluid discharge opening;
a second pump insert body in fluid communication with the second reservoir, wherein the second pump insert body comprises a second magnet; and
a flexible member disposed in between the first and second pump insert bodies, wherein the flexible member is operably coupled to the first and second magnets;
wherein the plurality of electromagnetic coils are configured to selectively control position of one or both of the first and second magnets relative to the plurality of electromagnetic coils.

US Pat. No. 10,335,078

DEVICE FOR SEPARATION AND COLLECTION OF PLASMA

General Electric Company,...

1. A method of separating and collecting a cell-free plasma sample that minimizes contamination with genomic DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) from a donor, the method comprising:placing a tourniquet on a digit of the donor's hand to apply pressure;
lancing the digit to create an incision in the digit;
collecting blood from the incision;
dispersing the collected blood onto a separation membrane wherein the separation membrane is in contact with a collection membrane and said separation and collection membranes only overlap at a portion of the collection membrane defined as an overlapping contact area for both said membranes, wherein both the separation membrane and the collection membrane are inserted into a substrate configured to provide overlap between said membranes at the defined overlapping contact area; and
collecting the cell-free plasma sample on the defined overlapping contact area,
wherein the collected cell-free plasma sample contains cell-free DNA and is substantially free of genomic DNA, and
wherein the substrate further comprises:
an inner flexure defined by a plurality of first slots in the substrate, disposed proximate to a first peripheral portion of the substrate;
an outer flexure defined by a plurality of second slots in the substrate, disposed surrounding at least a portion of the plurality of first slots;
wherein the inner flexure comprises a first distal end portion and the outer flexure comprises a second distal end portion overlapping with a fraction of the first distal end portion of the inner flexure, and
means for holding and aligning the separation membrane to position along the inner flexure, said means located between the first peripheral portion and a first proximal end portion of the inner flexure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,077

APPLICATION OF ELECTROCHEMICAL IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY IN SENSOR SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND RELATED METHODS

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. A method of performing real-time sensor diagnostics on a subcutaneous or implanted sensor of a sensor system, said sensor including at least one working electrode and said sensor system including a microprocessor that is operatively connected to said sensor, the method comprising:(a) periodically performing an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) procedure to generate multiple sets of impedance-related data for said at least one working electrode;
(b) calculating, by said microprocessor, respective values of a plurality of impedance-related parameters based on said multiple sets of impedance-related data, said plurality of parameters including impedance, phase angle, and Nyquist slope;
(c) based on said respective values, determining, by said microprocessor, whether the sensor is functioning normally, wherein the microprocessor:
(i) performs a first test based on values of real impedance or phase angle;
(ii) performs a second test based on values of respective frequencies at which successive EIS procedures are performed;
(iii) performs a third test based on a comparison of current and post-sensor initialization impedance values at 1 kHz;
(iv) performs a fourth test based on the value of post-sensor initialization impedance at 0.1 Hz;
(v) performs a fifth test based on a global change in the value of Nyquist slope between 0.1 Hz and 1 Hz;
(vi) performs a sixth test based on a change, over time, in the magnitude of real impedance;
(vii) determines that the sensor is functioning normally if at least 3 of said first through sixth tests are satisfied by generating results that fall within respective predetermined criteria, and that the sensor is not functioning normally if less than 3 of said first through sixth tests are satisfied by generating results that fall within respective predetermined criteria,
wherein the microprocessor determines that the third test is satisfied if the current value of impedance is less than the post-initialization value of impedance at 1 kHz,
wherein the microprocessor determines that the fourth test is satisfied if the value of impedance is less than 300 kOhms at 0.1 Hz during post-initialization sensor operation, and
wherein the microprocessor determines that the fifth test is satisfied if the value of Nyquist slope is determined to be globally increasing from 0.1 Hz to 1 Hz; and
(d) based on said determination that the sensor is not functioning normally, sending an alert to a user of the sensor, by the microprocessor, that the sensor should be replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,335,076

APPLICATION OF ELECTROCHEMICAL IMPEDANCE SPECTROSCOPY IN SENSOR SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND RELATED METHODS

MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC., ...

1. A method of performing real-time sensor diagnostics on a subcutaneous or implanted sensor of a sensor system, said sensor including at least one working electrode and said sensor system including a microprocessor that is operatively connected to said sensor, the method comprising:(a) periodically performing an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) procedure to generate multiple sets of impedance-related data for said at least one working electrode;
(b) calculating, by said microprocessor, respective values of a plurality of impedance-related parameters based on said multiple sets of impedance-related data, said plurality of parameters including impedance, phase angle, and Nyquist slope;
(c) based on said respective values, determining, by said microprocessor, whether the sensor is functioning normally, wherein the microprocessor:
(i) performs a first test based on values of real impedance or phase angle;
(ii) performs a second test based on values of respective frequencies at which successive EIS procedures are performed;
(iii) performs a third test based on a comparison of current and post-sensor initialization impedance values at 1 kHz;
(iv) performs a fourth test based on the value of post-sensor initialization impedance at 0.1 Hz;
(v) performs a fifth test based on a global change in the value of Nyquist slope between 0.1 Hz and 1 Hz;
(vi) performs a sixth test based on a change, over time, in the magnitude of real impedance;
(vii) determines that the sensor is functioning normally if at least 3 of said first through sixth tests are satisfied by generating results that fall within respective predetermined criteria, and that the sensor is not functioning normally if less than 3 of said first through sixth tests are satisfied by generating results that fall within respective predetermined criteria,
wherein the microprocessor determines that the fourth test is satisfied if the value of impedance is less than 300 kOhms at 0.1 Hz during post-initialization sensor operation,
wherein the microprocessor determines that the fifth test is satisfied if the value of Nyquist slope is determined to be globally increasing from 0.1 Hz to 1 Hz, and
wherein the microprocessor determines that the sixth test is satisfied if the value of real impedance is determined to be globally decreasing over successive EIS runs; and
(d) based on said determination that the sensor is not functioning normally, sending an alert to a user of the sensor, by the microprocessor, that the sensor should be replaced.

US Pat. No. 10,335,075

ADVANCED CALIBRATION FOR ANALYTE SENSORS

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for improving blood glucose sensing using a glucose sensor, the method comprising:receiving a priori calibration distribution information obtained prior to a sensor session, the a priori calibration distribution information including probability information about combinations of sensitivity and baseline;
receiving blood glucose sensor data from the glucose sensor during a sensing session for the glucose sensor, the blood glucose sensor data including at least one sensor data point; and
calibrating, during the sensor session, the at least one sensor data point without relying exclusively on factory calibration, assumptions of blood glucose accuracy, or reference data, wherein calibrating includes:
receiving one or more real-time inputs during the sensor session, each of the one or more real-time inputs being capable of influencing calibration of the glucose sensor;
forming a posteriori calibration distribution information using a Bayesian approach and based on the one or more real-time inputs;
converting, in real-time during the sensor session, the at least one sensor data point from the glucose sensor to calibrated sensor data based on the a posteriori calibration distribution information; and
displaying an indication of the calibrated sensor data for the glucose sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,335,074

NONINVASIVE SENSOR HOUSING

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A device comprising:a pad region having a cavity;
a first light-shielding layer, coupled to the pad region, wherein the first light-shielding layer has an opening that overlaps with at least a portion of the cavity and comprises a metallized film forming a light-reflective bottom side of the first light-shielding layer; and
an adhesive layer, coupled to the first light-shielding layer, wherein the adhesive layer extends past at least one edge of the first light-shielding layer and is transparent, so that light can pass through the transparent adhesive layer to strike the light-reflective bottom side of the first light-shielding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,335,073

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE THEREOF, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source for applying special illumination light to a body portion, said special illumination light having a wavelength at which oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin have different absorption coefficients;
an imaging device having a normal image sensor and a high-sensitivity image sensor whose sensitivity is higher than that of said normal image sensor, for imaging reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion;
a processor configured for:
measuring a reflected light amount of said special illumination light from said body portion;
choosing which one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors to use for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion in accordance with said measured reflected light amount of said special illumination light; and
producing a special image depicting an oxygen saturation level of blood based on said signal obtained by imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion with use of selected one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors
wherein
said processor measures said reflected light amount of said special illumination light by using a pixel value outputted from one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors, and said processor chooses which one of said normal and high-sensitivity image sensors to use for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion based on said reflected light amount;
when said normal image sensor is used, said processor stops using said normal image sensor and starts using said high-sensitivity image sensor for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion, if said pixel value corresponding to said reflected light amount is less than a first sensor selection threshold value; and
when said high-sensitivity image sensor is used, said processor stops using said high-sensitivity image sensor and starts using said normal image sensor for imaging said reflected light of said special illumination light from said body portion, if said pixel value corresponding to said reflected light amount is more than a second sensor selection threshold value, wherein
said second sensor selection threshold value is larger than said first sensor selection threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,072

PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITOR

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

9. A method for determining a heart abnormality in an infant, the method comprising:using a pulse oximeter to determine a first oxygen saturation measurement from a first tissue site on a first limb of a patient;
using the pulse oximeter to determine a second oxygen saturation measurement from at least one additional tissue site on a second limb of the patient;
determining the presence of a heart abnormality of an infant based at least in part on a comparison of the first oxygen saturation measurement with the second oxygen saturation measurement; and
determining and displaying an indication of the heart abnormality on a display device of the pulse oximeter.

US Pat. No. 10,335,071

PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER MEASURING APPARATUS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETER MEASURING SYSTEM

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A physiological parameter measuring apparatus for performing a screening for critical congenital heart disease, the apparatus comprising:a first sensor configured to be attached to a first portion of a body of a patient;
a second sensor configured to be attached to a second portion of the body, the second portion being different from the first portion;
a memory storing computer-readable instructions; and
a processor configured to execute the computer-readable instructions, which when executed cause the processor to control the physiological parameter measuring apparatus to:
control acquisition of a first oxygen saturation at the first portion and a second oxygen saturation at the second portion of the body, based on measurement signals from the first sensor and the second sensor;
control calculation of a difference between the first oxygen saturation and the second oxygen saturation;
upon receipt of an instruction to perform the screening, and based on the first and second oxygen saturations and the difference, control performance of the screening for a likelihood of the critical congenital heart disease with respect to the patient, and to output the likelihood as a result of the screening;
control management of, with respect to each patient, a scheduled time for starting the screening, the result of the screening, and information relating to the patient; and
control a display configured to receive an input by an operator, to display, in a switchable manner, a first screen including a list of patients and containing information relating to the scheduled time for starting the screening for each patient, a second screen for receiving the instruction to perform the screening, and a third screen containing the result of the screening,
wherein the first sensor has an indication of a hand or a foot,
wherein the second sensor has an indication of the hand or the foot that is not indicated on the first sensor, and
wherein the physiological parameter measuring apparatus has indications corresponding to the indications of the hand and the foot on the first and second sensors, at portions where the first and second sensors are connected respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,335,070

USING AN OXIMETER PROBE TO DETECT INTESTINAL ISCHEMIA

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:providing a sensor probe comprising a first optical fiber, wherein the sensor probe is adapted to contact a serosal surface of a serosal tissue of an intestinal or mesentery tissue of a patient during a recovery from a temporary ischemic period, wherein the sensor probe is part of a needle sensor device comprising:
a hollow needle; and
the sensor probe, wherein distal ends of optical fibers are located at a tip of the sensor probe forming an oximeter sensor, and the sensor probe in a first mode, is disposed inside the hollow needle and, in a second mode, the sensor probe is extended past a distal end of the hollow needle to contact the serosal surface of the serosal tissue;
transmitting radiation into the first optical fiber;
emitting the radiation inside a body of the patient from the first optical fiber into the contacted serosal surface of the serosal tissue;
collecting reflected radiation from the contacted serosal surface of the serosal tissue by using a second optical fiber of the sensor probe;
by an electronic processor, using the collected reflected radiation from the second optical fiber to determine a rate of change of oxygen saturation of the serosal tissue of the intestinal or mesentery tissue during the recovery from the temporary ischemic period, after removing a constriction to a mesenteric artery; and
using the electronic processor, diagnosing the patient as having intestinal ischemia according to the rate of change of oxygen saturation of the serosal tissue of the intestinal or mesentery tissue during the recovery from the temporary ischemic period.

US Pat. No. 10,335,069

OXIMETER PROBE WITH LIGHT WAVELENGTHS TO AVOID SURGICAL DYES

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:providing a sensor head for a tissue oximetry device comprising:
detectors arranged on the sensor head; and
first and second light source structures positioned in a line on the sensor head, wherein
the first source structure is configured to emit at least a first wavelength of light longer than about 730 nanometers,
the second source structure is configured to emit at least a second wavelength of light longer than about 730 nanometers,
a first detector of the detectors is a first distance from the first light source,
a second detector of the detectors is a second distance from the second light source,
a third detector of the detectors is a third distance from the first light source,
no detector is positioned between the first detector and the third detector, the line passes between the first detector and the third detector, the line is closer to the first detector than the third detector, and the first, second, and third detectors are not on the line,
the first distance and the second distance are equal, and
the first distance and the third distance are not equal; and
enclosing a processing module in a housing coupled to the sensor head, wherein the processing module is adapted for determining an oxygen saturation value for a tissue to be measured using the first wavelength of light from the first source structure and the second wavelength of light from the second source structure emitted into the tissue and corresponding reflected light received by at least two of the detectors.

US Pat. No. 10,335,068

MULTI-STREAM DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR NONINVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD CONSTITUENTS

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. A noninvasive physiological sensor comprising:a front-end interface comprising:
one or more detectors, each detector including a respective set of photodiodes;
one or more inputs configured to receive signals from respective one or more detectors in the sensor;
a respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers for each respective detector and configured to convert the signals from the respective sets of photodiodes into output signals for each of the respective sets of photodiodes; and
a respective averager, coupled to the respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers for each respective detector, and configured to average the output signals from the respective two or more transimpedance amplifiers into a respective output signal.

US Pat. No. 10,335,067

OPTICAL UNIT AND OPTICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE

NEC SOLUTION INNOVATORS, ...

1. An optical unit comprising:a light emitter that irradiates an analysis target with light;
a plurality of light receivers that receive light that has been reflected or diffused by the analysis target;
a mounting substrate on which the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers are mounted; and
a plate-shaped member having optical transparency,
wherein the plate-shaped member is arranged so as to cover the light emitter and the plurality of light receivers that are mounted on the mounting substrate, and
positions of the light emitter, the light receivers, and the plate-shaped member are respectively set such that, in a case where the analysis target is in contact with the plate-shaped member, light emitted from the light emitter is incident on two or more of the light receivers after being reflected or diffused by the analysis target,
wherein the optical unit further comprises a cooler,
the light emitter comprises, between a light-emitting diode and the mounting substrate, a heat transmitter for transmitting heat generated in the light-emitting diode to the mounting substrate,
the cooler is arranged in contact with a surface of the mounting substrate on which the light emitter and each light receiver are not mounted, and
the mounting substrate comprises:
a conduction channel that is connected to the light-emitting diode and a light receiving photodiode of each light receiver;
a wiring that is formed inside the mounting substrate and is connected to the conduction channel; and
a heat channel that connects the wiring and the cooler.

US Pat. No. 10,335,066

SUBCUTANEOUS SENSOR INSERTER AND METHOD

1. A continuous analyte monitoring inserter apparatus for subcutaneous placement of a sensor into a patient, the apparatus comprising:an inserter assembly comprising:
a housing body having a first body end and a second body end;
a deployment button partially disposed and slidable within the housing body through the first body end, the deployment button being movable into the housing body from a first position to a second locked position;
a deployment mechanism slidably disposed within the deployment button and movable between a ready position, an insertion position and a retracted position, the deployment mechanism having a needle; and
a sensor deployment assembly having a sensor deployment body with a resilient deployment body catch thereon, the sensor deployment assembly disposed within the housing body and removably mated with the deployment mechanism, the sensor deployment assembly having a sensor partially disposed within the needle of the deployment mechanism wherein the deployment button, the deployment mechanism and the sensor deployment assembly are adapted to all move linearly together; and
a sensor housing having a base catch surface for receiving and retaining the resilient deployment body catch of the sensor deployment body when the deployment button is moved from the first position to the second locked position, the sensor housing being partially disposed within and removably retained in the second body end of the housing body;
wherein the inserter assembly is adapted to substantially simultaneously: implant the sensor subcutaneously into the patient, retract the needle, fix the sensor deployment assembly within the sensor housing, engage a release surface of the deployment button with a locking mechanism on the housing body of the inserter assembly, and thereby release the inserter assembly from the sensor housing with a single activation of the deployment button caused by moving the deployment button from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,335,065

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF ANALYTE VALUES

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for a wireless data communication between an analyte sensor system and a mobile device capable of wirelessly receiving analyte values from the analyte sensor system, the method comprising:transmitting, by a transceiver of the analyte sensor system, a first series of advertisement signals generated by the analyte sensor system beginning at a first time;
receiving, by a processor of the analyte sensor system via the transceiver, a data connection request from a mobile device at a second time;
establishing, utilizing the transceiver under control of the processor, a data connection with the mobile device;
transmitting, by the transceiver, a connection interval indicative of a difference between the second time and the first time to the mobile device;
transmitting, by the transceiver, an analyte value to the mobile device;
terminating, by the transceiver under control of the processor, the data connection with the mobile device; and
causing, utilizing the processor, the transceiver to enter a sleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,335,062

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING FINGERPRINT SENSOR

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing including a first face that faces a first direction and a second face that faces a second direction, which is opposite to the first direction, the housing including a transparent cover that forms at least a portion of the first face;
a display disposed between the first face and the second face of the housing and exposed through the transparent cover;
a fingerprint sensor disposed between the transparent cover and the display;
a touch sensor disposed between the fingerprint sensor and the display; and
a pressure sensor disposed between the display and the second face of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,335,061

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING HAND-TO-MOUTH BEHAVIOR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method comprising, in combination:(a) an electrical bio-impedance (EBI) spectrometer taking a first set of measurements, which EBI spectrometer includes four crossed electrodes that are electrically connected to skin of a forearm of a subject, which four crossed electrodes comprise a first IC electrode, a second IC electrode, a first PU electrode and a second PU electrode, the first set of measurements being taken by
(i) driving an alternating electrical current such that the alternating current
(A) undergoes frequency sweeps, and
(B) passes through an electrical circuit that includes the forearm and the first and second IC electrodes, and
(ii) measuring, during the frequency sweeps, voltage difference between the first and second PU electrodes;
(b) a magnetometer worn on the forearm taking a second set of measurements of orientation of the forearm;
(c) a gyroscope worn on the forearm taking a third set of measurements of orientation of the forearm;
(d) an accelerometer worn on the forearm taking a fourth set of measurements of acceleration of the forearm; and
(e) one or more computers detecting, based on the first, second, third and fourth sets of measurements, hand-to-mouth behavior of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,335,059

FALL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A fall detection system for use in detecting falls by a user, the fall detection system comprising:a processing unit configured to determine context information about the user and/or an environment in which the user is located, and to increase a detection sensitivity of a fall detection algorithm used to detect falls by the user based on the determined context information indicating that the user is at an increased risk of falling, the increase in detection sensitivity occurring while the increased risk of falling is indicated by the determined context information.

US Pat. No. 10,335,055

KINETIC ASSESSMENT AND ALIGNMENT OF THE MUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR

Orthosensor Inc., Daina ...

1. An orthopedic measurement system for kinetic assessment comprising:a device having a surface configured to couple to a joint of a musculoskeletal system comprising at least one sensor configured to measure one or more parameters wherein the device includes a tracking system;
a computer configured to receive measurement data from the at least one sensor and the tracking system;
a display coupled to the computer, wherein the display includes a graphical user interface, wherein a memory and one or more processors are configured to execute one or more programs stored in the memory, wherein the computer is configured to receive measurement data from the at least one sensor of the device, wherein the graphical user interface includes a graphical depiction of a portion of a surface of the device that is configured to couple to the joint, wherein a contact point is displayed on the graphical depiction of the portion of the surface of the device, wherein the computer is configured to use the measurement data to calculate a contact point location on the graphical depiction of the portion of the surface of the device, and wherein the contact point is configured to move in real-time corresponding to movement of the joint.

US Pat. No. 10,335,053

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CARDIAC MONITORING USING ADAPTIVE SENSITIVITY/SPECIFICITY LEVELS

Medtronic Monitoring, Inc...

1. A method of adaptive arrhythmia detection, the method comprising:monitoring ECG signals of a patient via a patient medical device;
detecting arrhythmic ECG segments based on a heart rate threshold and an initial sensitivity level associated with the heart rate threshold;
incrementing a count of detected arrhythmic ECG segments in response to each arrhythmic ECG segment detected; and
increasing the sensitivity level associated with the heart rate threshold in response to the count of detected arrhythmic ECG segments failing to exceed a threshold within a given time period.

US Pat. No. 10,335,052

DETECTION OF PULMONARY VEIN ISOLATION

UNIVERSITEIT GENT, Ghent...

1. A device for analyzing electrophysiological data, the device comprising:at least one electrode for generating at least one electrocardiogram recorded in a junction region between a pulmonary vein and a left atrium of the heart in a subject,
a processing means adapted for: determining a morphology classification representative of a waveform shape for each of the at least one electrocardiogram, determining a first value representative of a likelihood that the at least one electrocardiogram comprises a pulmonary vein potential component, wherein said determining the first value takes said morphology classification into account, and
for generating a signal indicative of a detected presence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the first value satisfies a first predetermined condition and a signal indicative of a detected absence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the first value satisfies a second predetermined condition,
wherein the processing means is furthermore adapted for determining at least one morphological parameter indicative of at least one waveform feature for each of the at least one electrocardiogram and determining a second value representative of said likelihood that the at least one electrocardiogram comprises said pulmonary vein potential component, wherein this determining of the second value takes said at least one morphological parameter and said morphology classification into account, and
wherein the processing means is furthermore adapted for generating a signal indicative for the detected presence of the pulmonary vein potential component when the second value satisfies a third predetermined criterion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,051

BEAT ALIGNMENT AND SELECTION FOR CARDIAC MAPPING

Rhythmia Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of determining and displaying physiological information related to a heart surface, comprising:for each of multiple, different catheter positions in a heart cavity, concurrently measuring cardiac beats in signals at one or more electrodes on a catheter in response to electrical activity in the heart cavity and collecting a plurality of additional data signals related to the cardiac beats;
computing criteria that is used to characterize beat morphology of a cardiac beat in the plurality of additional data signals, wherein the criteria are based on a comparison of the plurality of additional data signals and a beat template;
selecting a subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes by determining, based on the criteria, whether to select the cardiac beat and include beat data for the cardiac beat in the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals;
selecting cardiac beats from the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals by at least one of:
comparing beat duration information for the cardiac beat with an expected beat duration and excluding the beat data for the cardiac beat if the beat duration is below a beat duration threshold, and
selecting the beat data for the cardiac beat based on a location of the cardiac beat in a beat train of the cardiac beats;
determining the physiological information at multiple locations of an endocardium surface by processing the cardiac beats selected from the subset of less than all of the cardiac beats in the signals measured by the one or more electrodes;
displaying at least a portion of the determined physiological information on a display to aid physicians in determining a source of arrhythmias and in guiding therapeutic treatment; and
guiding therapeutic treatment based on the determined physiological information.

US Pat. No. 10,335,050

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE SPEED OF PROPAGATION OF A PULSE WAVE

1. An apparatus for determining speed of propagation of blood pressure waves of a subject, known as pulse waves, said apparatus comprising:at least one wave pulse sensor, each wave pulse sensor being able to be positioned on a finger of a hand or on a toe of a foot of the subject;
a processor; and
at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising values stored thereon representing a height (H) and an age of the subject and comprising instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor configure the apparatus to perform acts comprising:
using a first of the at least one sensor to determine a time (TB) that a pulse wave reaches the finger of the subject, when said first sensor is positioned on said finger;
using the first or a second of the at least one sensor to determine a time that a pulse wave reaches a toe of the subject, when said first or second sensor is positioned on said toe;
calculating a time value, designated aortic transit time (Top_aort), as a function of the difference between said times that a pulse wave reaches the toe and the finger of the subject (TC, TB);
calculating said pulse wave propagation speed, designated aortic pulse wave velocity (Vop_aort), as a function of said aortic transit time (Top_aort), said calculation including dividing a value, designated aortic length (Laort), as a function of the stored values representing the height (H) and age of the subject, by said aortic transit time (Top_aort).

US Pat. No. 10,335,049

MAGNETIC RESONANCE FINGERPRINTING WITH STEADY STATE PRECESSION (MRF-FISP)

Case Western Reserve Univ...

1. A method for controlling a magnetic resonance fingerprinting apparatus, the method comprising:accessing a set of known signal evolutions;
accessing an acquired nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal, where the acquired NMR signal was produced by a volume that contains one or more resonant species that simultaneously produced individual NMR signals in response to magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF) excitation that employed a steady state free precession (MRF-FISP) pulse sequence;
controlling the MRF-FISP pulse sequence to employ a variable density spiral readout trajectory;
determining a signal evolution from the acquired NMR signal;
finding a selected entry in the set of known signal evolutions that matches the signal evolution; and
retrieving, from stored magnetic resonance (MR) parameters associated with the selected entry, quantitative values for T1 relaxation associated with the resonant species, T2 relaxation associated with the resonant species, or a proton density associated with the resonant species, T1 being spin-lattice relaxation, T2 being spin-spin relaxation.

US Pat. No. 10,335,048

HIGH-RESOLUTION METABOLIC NEUROIMAGING

1. A computer-implemented method for determining a level of cellular metabolic activity for a region of interest in a brain of a subject, comprising:receiving, with one or more processors of a computing device, a first set of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) time-course data obtained with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) device for the brain of the subject, wherein the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data is obtained with the MRI device after administration of a contrast agent to the subject;
identifying, with the one or more processors of the computing device, the region of interest in the brain from the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data for further analysis;
determining, with the one or more processors of the computing device, a first mean water molecule capillary lifetime value (?b) in the region of interest using shutter-speed pharmacokinetic (SSP) analysis of the first set of DCE-MRI time-course data; and
determining, with the one or more processors of the computing device, a level of cellular metabolic activity in the region of interest of the brain based on the first mean water molecule capillary lifetime value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,047

AUTOMATIC HEART RATE DIAGNOSTICS

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A medical device system comprising:sensing circuitry configured to sense a cardiac electrogram signal of a patient via a plurality of electrodes and generate a signal that varies as a function of movement and posture of the patient; and
processing circuitry configured to, for each of a plurality of periods:
determine a plurality of heart rates of the patient based on the cardiac electrogram signal;
identify a first subset of the plurality of heart rates as nighttime heart rates, wherein each of the first subset of the plurality of heart rates occur when the patient is expected or determined to be asleep;
identify a second subset of the plurality of heart rates as resting heart rates, wherein each of the second subset of the plurality of heart rates occur when the patient is expected or determined to be awake and when at least one of the patient is lying down or an activity level of the patient satisfies a patient inactivity threshold;
determine a representative nighttime heart rate based on the first subset of the plurality of heart rates;
determine a representative resting heart rate based on the second subset of the plurality of heart rates;
determine a nocturnal dip based on the representative nighttime heart rate and the representative resting heart rate;
compare at least one of the representative nighttime heart rate, the representative resting heart rate, and the nocturnal dip to a respective threshold value; and
determine whether to generate an alert indicating a change in the cardiac function of the patient based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,335,046

3D PHYSIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

PIXART IMAGING INC., Hsi...

1. A physiological detection system comprising:an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels each configured to output a PPG signal;
a converting unit configured to convert the PPG signal of each of a plurality of pixel regions of the image sensor to a frequency domain signal thereby generating a plurality of frequency domain signals each corresponding to one pixel region, wherein each pixel region comprises at least one pixel of the image sensor;
a retrieving unit configured to respectively retrieve a spectral energy value of the frequency domain signals corresponding to each of the pixel regions; and
a processing unit configured to construct a three dimensional energy distribution of the spectral energy values, each spectral energy value corresponding to one of the pixel regions, by distributing the spectral energy values in a two dimensional space of the pixel regions as the three dimensional energy distribution that has an energy value corresponding to each of the pixel regions.

US Pat. No. 10,335,044

BODY-WORN SYSTEM FOR MEASURING CONTINUOUS NON-INVASIVE BLOOD PRESSURE (CNIBP)

SOTERA WIRELESS, INC., S...

1. A system for measuring a vital sign value from a patient, comprising:(a) a first sensor configured to generate a first time-dependent signal indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart;
(b) a second sensor configured to generate a second time-dependent signal indicative of one or more contractile properties of the patient's heart, the second sensor comprising a radiation source configured to irradiate a portion of the patient, and a detector configured to detect radiation emitted from the radiation source after it passes through the portion of the patient, the detector comprising at least two pixel elements, each configured to generate a unique pixel element signal;
(c) a motion sensor configured to generate a motion signal indicative of movement of a region of the patient that the motion sensor is attached to; and,
(d) a processing component configured to be worn on the patient's body, the processing component programmed to: (i) collectively analyze the pixel element signals generated by each of the at least two pixel elements and the motion signal; (ii) based on the collective analysis of the motion signal and the pixel element signals, select a pixel element signal from one of the at least two pixel elements characterized as having the lowest degree of motion corruption; and (iii) analyze the pixel element signal selected in (ii) to determine the vital sign value.

US Pat. No. 10,335,043

IMPLANTABLE VITAL SIGN SENSOR

Thomas Jefferson Universi...

1. A confocal displacement sensor, comprising:a light source configured to emit light;
a first lens, the first lens being configured to focus the light emitted from the light source;
a beam splitter, the beam splitter being configured to receive the focused light from the first lens and split the focused light into a first beam of light and a second beam of light;
a first prism, the first prism being configured to refract light from the first beam of light;
a reference detector, the reference detector being configured to receive the refracted first beam of light from the first prism;
a wave plate, the wave plate being configured to receive the second beam of light from the beam splitter;
a second lens, the second lens being configured to further focus the second beam of light from the wave plate;
a diaphragm housing, the diaphragm housing having a first portion, a second portion, and a lumen there through, the first portion of the diaphragm housing having a first length and the second portion of the diaphragm housing having a second length, the second length being longer than the first length, the first portion of the diaphragm housing having a first diameter and the second portion of the diaphragm housing having a second diameter, the first diameter being larger than the second diameter, the diaphragm housing being sized to releasably retain the second lens inside the lumen;
a diaphragm, the diaphragm being configured to reflect light from the further focused second beam of light, the diaphragm being disposed at the distal end of the second portion of the diaphragm housing to seal the lumen, the diaphragm housing and the diaphragm being a molded unitary piece, the diaphragm being deflectable in response to blood pressure in the range between 0 mmHg to at least 250 mmHg;
a second prism, the second prism being configured to refract light, the beam splitter being configured to receive the reflected second beam of light from the diaphragm and then direct the second beam of light from the diaphragm to the second prism, the second prism refracting the second beam of light from the diaphragm into a third beam of light;
a signal detector, the signal detector being configured to receive the third beam of light from the second prism and measure at least one property of light of the third beam of light; the light source, the first lens, the beam splitter, the wave plate, the second lens, the diaphragm housing, and the diaphragm being disposed along a first longitudinal axis;
the first prism, the beam splitter, and the second prism being disposed along a second longitudinal axis, the second longitudinal axis being orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis; and the reference detector and the signal detector being disposed along a third longitudinal axis, the third longitudinal axis being parallel to the second longitudinal axis and being orthogonal to the first longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,335,042

METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR SENSING, MEASURING AND/OR CHARACTERIZING VESSEL AND/OR LESION COMPLIANCE AND/OR ELASTANCE CHANGES DURING VASCULAR PROCEDURES

Cardiovascular Systems, I...

1. A method for assessing characteristics of a blood vessel in a patient during a rotational medical procedure performed within the blood vessel, comprising:providing a rotational medical system comprising a rotational drive shaft and a prime mover adapted to rotate the rotational drive shaft;
providing at least one magnet, wherein the at least one magnet is located within the blood vessel and adapted to rotate when the rotational drive shaft rotates;
providing at least one magnetic field sensor;
generating a magnetic field by rotating the rotational drive shaft and the at least one magnet;
sensing with the at least one magnetic field sensor, the location of the at least one magnet as it rotates and obtaining a first set of test data;
determining, with the sensed location of the at least one magnet, at least one of the following characteristics of the blood vessel within the group consisting of: the diameter of the blood vessel, the cross-sectional shape of the blood vessel, the cross-sectional shape of an occlusion within the blood vessel, the compliance of the blood vessel, the elastance of the blood vessel, whether the blood vessel is at least partially calcified, the relative amount of calcification, the frequency with which the at least one magnet impacts the wall of the blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,041

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF CANCER OR ARTERIAL VASCULAR DISORDERS USING METAL NANOPARTICLES

BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY, Ram...

1. A non-invasive and real-time optical method based on diffusion reflection measurements for detection of arterial vascular disorders or cancer, said method comprising the steps of:a) administering to an individual a composition comprising noble metal nanoparticles that accumulate in an injured vascular or cancerous tissue;
b) optically irradiating an area of a tissue suspected of being a cancerous or injured vascular tissue of the individual with an optical light source outputting an optical signal of at least one wavelength; and
c) measuring diffusion reflection of said area of the irradiated tissue using at least one detector configured for detecting light reflecting from said area of said irradiated tissue and a processing unit for receiving output data from said at least one detector in real time and processing thereof; whereby
detection from the measured diffusion reflection of accumulation of the noble metal nanoparticles in said area indicates that the irradiated tissue is an injured vascular or cancerous tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,335,040

DEVICE FOR MEASURING THE INFRARED OUTPUT OF THE ABREU BRAIN THERMAL TUNNEL

Geelux Holdings, Ltd., T...

1. A sensing device configured to interface with a human Abreu brain thermal tunnel (ABTT) terminus of a patient, the sensing device comprising:a handle portion;
a body portion including a first end and a second end, said handle portion being pivotally mounted on the second end of the body portion;
a viewing portion mounted on an upper side of the body portion, the viewing portion including a display configured to extend from the body portion into a patient's field of view; and
a sensing portion including a sensor mounted on a free end of the sensing portion, said sensing portion being rotatably mounted on the first end of the body portion and said sensing portion being angled away from the body portion, the free end of the sensing portion being rotatably movable with respect to the body portion to receive a signal from the ABTT terminus, the sensing portion including a field of view to capture at least the signal from a center portion of the ABTT terminus, and the sensing portion oriented at an angle of 75 degrees or less with respect to a longitudunal axis of the body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,335,039

METHODS FOR STENT STRUT DETECTION AND RELATED MEASUREMENT AND DISPLAY USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

LIGHTLAB IMAGING, INC., ...

1. A method of generating a diagnostic representation of a blood vessel and a stent disposed therein, the method comprising:storing a set of intravascular measurements in a memory device, the set of intravascular measurements generated in response to an intravascular scan of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein;
wherein the set of stored intravascular measurements comprises intravascular data, the intravascular data comprising one or more pullback frames and one or more angles of rotation;
generating a two dimensional representation of a segment of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein, wherein the two dimensional representation is oriented relative to a pullback frame axis and an angle of rotation axis; and
displaying the two dimensional representation of the segment of the blood vessel and the stent disposed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,335,037

GLOBAL LONGITUDINAL STRAIN FROM CINE MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for computing global longitudinal strain from cine magnetic resonance (MR) images, the method comprising:receiving a cine MR image sequence comprising a series of long axis image frames of a subject's heart;
automatically detecting a plurality of landmark points in each MR long axis image frame;
determining a deformation field between every pair of long axis image frames based on the plurality of landmark points;
labeling myocardial pixels in one or more of the long axis image frames using a deep learning framework to yield one or more myocardium masks;
propagating the myocardium masks to each long axis image frame using the deformation field between each pair of long axis image frames to yield a plurality of masked long axis images;
performing a polar transformation on each of the masked long axis image frames to yield a plurality of polar long axis images;
computing contours of the myocardium in each polar long axis image frame using a shortest path algorithm;
calculating longitudinal strain at every pixel in the myocardium for the polar long axis image frames using the contours of the myocardium; and
computing global longitudinal strain by averaging the longitudinal strain at every pixel in the myocardium of the polar long axis image frames.

US Pat. No. 10,335,035

SHIM COIL DEVICE AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE COIL SYSTEM HAVING A SHIM COIL DEVICE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A magnetic resonance (MR) coil system, comprising:a local breast coil device comprising a local MR coil configured to obtain MR data from a breast of a patient in an MR imaging procedure;
a shim coil device comprising a housing having a contact surface adapted for placement beneath a prone patient in said MR scanner in which a homogenous basic magnetic field is produced that proceeds along a longitudinal direction of the patient, so that the contact surface bears against a patient surface of the patient adjacent to a breast of the patient, the patient comprising a body region next to the heart in which said basic magnetic field exhibits inhomogeneity;
said shim coil device comprising a plurality of shim coil elements situated in said housing so as to be adjacent to but not surround said breast, said shim coil elements being situated in said housing so that, when said contact surface bears against said patient surface, said plurality of shim coil elements proceed sequentially in a direction along the longitudinal direction of the patient;
said shim coil elements being configured to produce a compensating magnetic field having field lines in an orientation in which said field lines proceed relative to said basic magnetic field in said body region so as to compensate said inhomogeneity of said basic magnetic field in said body region during said MR imaging procedure of the breast, and in which said field lines proceed in said breast relative to said basic magnetic field so as to not alter said basic magnetic field in said breast during said procedure;
each shim coil element forming a plane that is situated at a distance beneath said contact surface and said patient surface, said plane having a center and each shim coil element having a shim coil axis that proceeds through said center perpendicular to said plane, with said shim coil axis oriented with an angle of inclination ? relative to at least one of said contact surface and said patient surface, with 45°???135°, so as to produce said orientation of said field lines of said compensating magnetic field; and
said local breast coil device and said shim coil device being situated in a sequence along said longitudinal direction of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,034

DEPENDENCY-BASED STARTUP IN A MULTI-MODALITY MEDICAL SYSTEM

VOLCANO CORPORATION, San...

1. A dependency-based startup method in a multi-modality medical processing unit, the method comprising:receiving, by a system controller of the multi-modality medical processing unit, initialization information about:
a resource arbiter component configured to manage sharing of system resources,
a workflow controller component configured to govern a multi-modality medical sensing workflow,
a first medical sensing modality component configured to communicate with a first medical sensing device configured to be coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit, wherein the first medical sensing modality component is associated with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging by the first medical sensing device, and
a second medical sensing modality component configured to communicate with a second medical sensing device configured to be coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit;
receiving, by the system controller, dependency information about the resource arbiter component, the workflow controller component, and the first and second medical sensing modality components, wherein the dependency information indicates that both the first medical sensing modality component and the second medical sensing modality component depend on the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component;
deriving, by the system controller, a start order based on the dependency information, wherein the start order comprises a plurality of startup levels organized such that the first and second medical sensing modality components occupy the same startup level and such that the first and second medical sensing modality components come later in the start order than the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component;
determining, by the system controller, whether the first medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit;
determining, by the system controller, whether the second medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit; and
starting the resource arbiter component, the workflow controller component, and the first and second medical sensing modality components in the multi-modality medical processing unit according to the start order, wherein the resource arbiter component and the workflow controller component are started during every startup sequence, wherein the first medical sensing modality component is only started when the first medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit, and wherein the second medical sensing modality component is only started when the second medical sensing device is coupled to the multi-modality medical processing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,335,033

PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT DEVICE

MASIMO CORPORATION, Irvi...

1. A pulse oximetry system comprising:a portable patient monitoring device comprising:
a pulse oximetry sensor configured to be attached to a digit of a patient, the pulse oximetry sensor including at least:
a light emitter configured to emit light into a tissue site of the digit of the patient; and
a light detector configured to output a sensor signal responsive to at least a portion of the emitted light after attenuation by tissue of the tissue site;
a housing configured to be secured to a lower arm of the patient, wherein the housing comprises:
a top surface;
a bottom surface opposite the top surface; and
a side surface that forms at least a partial perimeter of the housing and joins the top surface and the bottom surface;
a strap mountable to the housing, the strap configured to secure the housing to the lower arm of the patient such that the bottom surface of the housing is flush with the lower arm of the patient;
a cable extending from the pulse oximetry sensor and configured to electrically convey the sensor signal, wherein:
the cable connects with the housing at a position on the side surface of the housing,
the side surface of the housing runs perpendicular to the long axis of the lower arm of the patient when the housing is secured to the lower arm of the patient,
the position is located at a mid-section of a width of the housing, and
the cable is configured to extend from the side surface of the housing along a path perpendicular to the side surface of the housing;
one or more signal processors configured to:
cause activation of the light emitter to emit light;
receive the sensor signal from the light detector;
determine, based at least in part on the sensor signal, measurements of physiological parameters including at least oxygen saturation and pulse rate; and
generate a transmit signal including information indicative of the measurements of the physiological parameters;
a signal transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the transmit signal to a receiver computing system; and
a battery configured to power the portable patient monitoring device including at least the one or more signal processors and the signal transmitter; and
the receiver computing system configured to:
receive, by a signal receiver of the receiver computing system, the transmit signal from the portable patient monitoring device; and
cause display, on a display of the receiver computing system, of the measurements of the physiological parameters of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,335,032

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFICATION OF, AND PREDICTION OF SMOKING BEHAVIOR

Carrot, Inc., Redwood Ci...

1. A method identifying a smoking behavior of an individual, the method comprising:recording a plurality of behavioral data regarding a behavior of the individual;
obtaining a plurality of biologic data from the individual;
identifying a smoking exposure over a period of time of the individual using the plurality of biologic data without affecting the smoking behavior of the individual;
compiling a behavior summary, where the behavior summary includes an association of at least one of the plurality of behavioral data and the smoking exposure; and
providing at least a portion of the behavior summary to a user interface structured to display the at least one of the plurality of behavioral data in association with the smoking exposure, where the user interface is configured to permit the individual to observe data in the behavior summary to inform the individual about the smoking behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,335,031

VITALS MONITORING SYSTEM

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A system, comprising:a platform that includes one or more memory devices and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memory devices,
wherein the platform is to connect and communicate bi-directionally with a plurality of devices via a gateway device,
the gateway device being a user device associated with a patient,
the user device and the at least some of the plurality of devices being located in a same physical location,
wherein the plurality of devices includes different types of devices and devices manufactured by a plurality of different third parties,
wherein at least some of the plurality of devices include sensors capable of gathering vitals data from the patient,
wherein the vitals data includes a plurality of different types of vitals data,
wherein the platform is to support continuous and live streaming of the vitals data from the sensors,
wherein the platform is to:
receive threshold data on a per patient basis,
wherein the threshold data identifies a baseline for one or more of the plurality of different types of vitals data,
selectively generate an alert based on the vitals data and the threshold data, and
provide the alert to a responsible party when the alert is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,335,030

RAKAN'S ADJUSTABLE GLAUCOMA VALVE AND SHUNT WITH INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE INDICATOR AND RASHA'S POSTERIOR—ANTERIOR CHAMBER SHUNT

1. An intraocular fluid drainage device comprises three parts: a first adjustable shunt part comprising an outer fixed piece and an inner rotatory piece:said outer fixed piece is a hollow cylindrical-shaped container configured to receive the inner rotatory piece: said outer fixed piece comprises a side wall having multiple apertures;
wherein one aperture is configured as an inlet and the other apertures configured as outlets;
said outer fixed piece comprises a covered flat base circular surface and an open top surface; said inner rotatory piece is a hollow cylinder having a covered circular flat base surface, a covered circular top surface and a partial covered curved side surface; said circular top surface of the inner rotatory piece having a handle; said partial covered curved side surface of the inner piece configured to seal the outlets apertures of the outer fixed piece;
wherein the number of sealed outlets is controlled by rotating of the handle of the inner rotatory piece which rotates the partial covered curved side surface of the inner piece hence determining the number of the outlet apertures sealed of the outer fixed piece;
wherein controlling the number of the outlet apertures sealed controls the amount of drained out of the adjustable shunt part;
A second valve part comprising a spring and a movable seal; said spring and movable seal configured to fit in a tubular container; said tubular container comprises two tubules; an inlet tubule and an outlet tubule; said inlet tubule having one end covered and other end open; said inlet tubule having a side aperture configured to connect the outlet tubule; wherein the inlet tubule open end is configured to be placed in the anterior chamber of an eye; said spring is located between the covered end of the inlet tubule and the movable seal; said movable seal configured to seal the side aperture; said outlet tubule having two open ends; said outlet tubule is connected to the inlet tubule side aperture at one end and to the first adjustable shunt part at other end;
wherein fluid enters the inlet tubule pushes the movable seal and squeezes the spring hence opens the side aperture; wherein if fluid pressure is low in the inlet tubule the spring stretches and pushes the movable seal to seal the side aperture hence preventing backflow of fluid;
A third intraocular pressure indicator part comprising an adjustable structure, a spring; a sea, and a container, said adjustable structure having a rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder and a toothed shaft: said rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder having a handle: said rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder configured to a get engaged with the toothed shaft;
Wherein rotating the handle rotates the toothed cylinder hence displacing the toothed shaft; said toothed shaft is connected to the spring of the indicator; said spring connects the adjustable structure to the sea of the indicator; said seal having a scale of colors; said container is a tubular structure having an opening for the handle of the rotatory toothed adjustable small cylinder of the adjustable structure; said container having a transparent window through which a color of the scale-colored seal appears: said container is connected to the inlet tubule of the valve part;
wherein the spring squeezing amount is proportional to fluid pressure facing the sea of the indicator hence the amount of displacement of the scale-colored seal hence the color appearing in the transparent window.

US Pat. No. 10,335,029

OPTHALMOSCOPE DEVICE

Welch Allyn, Inc., Skane...

1. An eye fundus imaging apparatus, comprising:a display device;
an image capture device configured to capture at least one image of a fundus of an eye; and
a control module that:
displays a target, the target indicating a desired position for the image capture device to capture the at least one image of the fundus of the eye;
monitors a relative position of the eye with respect to the target; and
when the relative position of the eye corresponds to the target, automatically captures the at least one image of the fundus of the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,335,026

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT GENERATES A TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE USING AN ESTIMATION VALUE OF PIXEL VALUES, AND RELATED OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes a tomographic image generated using a plurality of sets of tomographic signals acquired by an image sensor, the image sensor being included in an optical coherence tomography (OCT) optical system for performing optical coherence tomographic imaging a plurality of times using a measurement light controlled to scan substantially a same spot of a subject, the image processing apparatus comprising:(A) a memory that stores instructions; and
(B) at least one processor that executes the instructions stored in the memory:
(a) to acquire the plurality of sets of tomographic signals acquired by the image sensor; and
(b) to generate a representative value in each pixel position of the tomographic image, using the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, and to generate the tomographic image with the representative value in each pixel position as a pixel value by determining a target region in which contrast is reduced in the tomographic image, using at least one set of tomographic signals out of the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, and estimating an estimation value, in each pixel position of the target region, by performing statistical processing on a plurality of tomographic signals corresponding to the pixel position, out of the plurality of sets of tomographic signals, wherein the tomographic image is generated with the estimation value as the representative value in the target region.

US Pat. No. 10,335,025

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE TRAINING OF HEAD MOVEMENTS

Carl Zeiss Vision Interna...

17. A system to assist a spectacle wearer to learn to adapt and train his or her head movement behavior to progressive spectacles, the system comprising:a visual stimulus generation device including a screen and being configured to generate a visual stimulus on said screen for a left and a right eye of the spectacles wearer with the left and right eyes having respective rotation points;
a measurement device configured to capture a head movement of the spectacles wearer from a start head posture to an end head posture;
an assessment device including program code stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium for evaluating said head movement from the start head posture into the end head posture of the person to generate evaluation data directed to the head movement;
said evaluation data being dependent upon the visual stimulus and upon the head movement detected in response to the generated visual stimulus;
said program code including an evaluation routine configured to compare a first value for the head movement which is a desired value with respect to the generated visual stimulus to a second value for the head movement assigned to said visual stimulus wherein a displacement of the rotation points of the left and right eyes are captured in a person-specific coordinate system which is referred to a coordinate system of said visual stimulus generation device; and,
an output device configured to provide the evaluation data for the spectacles wearer so as to permit the spectacles wearer to learn how the spectacle wearer must change said head movement to see a clear picture through the spectacles.

US Pat. No. 10,335,024

MEDICAL INFLATION, ATTACHMENT AND DELIVERY DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS

Board of Regents of the U...

1. A delivery or removal device for delivering or moving a robotic medical device for laparoscopic surgery, the device comprising:a. a robotic medical device comprising a first arm and second arm;
b. an overtube comprising:
i. an elongate body having a wall, a first end and a second end;
ii. a device lumen disposed within the body and extending from the first end to the second end; and
iii. a wire lumen disposed within the wall of the elongate body and extending from the first end to the second end, wherein the device lumen is configured to accommodate the passage of the robotic medical device comprising a first arm and a second arm; and
c. a retraction wire configured to be disposed within the wire lumen and device lumen so as to urge the robotic medical device comprising a first arm and a second arm through the device lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,335,023

ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE INSERTION DEVICE

1. An intubation assembly rod in combination with an endotracheal tube insertion device having an elongated insertion member, the intubation assembly rod movably attached to the endotracheal tube insertion device and configured for insertion into an endotracheal tube, such that the endotracheal tube is carried thereon, the intubation assembly rod comprising an elongated body having a distal end, a proximal end, and defining a first axis, wherein the distal end of the intubation assembly rod body is one of tapered, rounded, and spherical and defines a leading end of the intubation assembly rod, and wherein the intubation assembly rod includes a longitudinally extending channel defining a second axis parallel to the first axis and further defining a guide sleeve that extends radially outwardly from the intubation assembly rod body, the guide sleeve positioned intermediate the distal and the proximal ends of the intubation assembly rod body, the channel configured such that an elongated member of a flexible optical assembly may be inserted into the channel;wherein the flexible optical assembly member has an elongated body having a substantially cylindrical shape and a plurality of longitudinally extending conduits formed therein, the longitudinally extending conduits configured to have one or more of a first video imaging device and first light source disposed therein.

US Pat. No. 10,335,022

EAR-MOUNTED DENTAL MIRROR SUPPORT

King Saud University, Ri...

1. An ear-mounted dental mirror support, consisting of:a left arm and a right arm, each of the arms having a first end and an opposite second end, an ear securement portion on the first end, wherein each of the arms includes a plurality of projections for holding a dental dam, further wherein the plurality of projections on each of the arms extend parallel to each other and are disposed in a horizontal plane:
a cross-member having a left end and a right end, the second end of the left arm being connected to the left end of the cross-member and the second end of the right arm being connected to the right end of the cross-member, wherein the cross-member includes a projection for holding a dental dam, wherein the projection extends in the horizontal plane so as to be coplanar with the plurality of projections;
a set of projections being attached to the connection of the cross-member and the second respective ends of the left and right arms, wherein each projection of the set of projections extends perpendicular to the plurality of projections disposed in the horizontal plane;
an adjustment member having a first end pivotally connected directly to a center of the cross-member and an opposite second end, wherein the adjustment member comprises at least two pivotally connected rods, wherein one of the at least two rods includes the first end and another of the at least two pivotally connected rods includes the opposite second end; and
a mirror pivotally connected to the second end of the adjustment member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,021

ENDOSCOPE WIPER BLADE CLEANER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a viewing instrument including a lens; and
a wiper mechanism attachable to the viewing instrument, the wiper mechanism including:
a sheath configured to receive the lens therethrough; and
first and second cylindrical members operatively coupled to the sheath, wherein the first cylindrical member is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of the second cylindrical member extending along the length of the second cylindrical member when the lens extends distally through the sheath such that the first cylindrical member wipes the lens.

US Pat. No. 10,335,020

MEDICAL DEVICES FOR FLUID DELIVERY AND RELATED METHODS OF USE

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an insertion portion longitudinally extending between a proximal end and a distal end, the insertion portion defining a channel extending therethrough; and
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the insertion portion and including a handle body, wherein the handle includes:
an irrigation port in fluid communication with the channel and coupled to a source of irrigation fluid, a first branch and a second branch connected to the channel via a bifurcation, wherein the first branch connects the irrigation port to the channel, and wherein the second branch is positioned proximal of the bifurcation, wherein irrigation fluid from the source of irrigation fluid is configured to flow from the source, through the irrigation port and the first branch, and into the channel by the force of gravity, and is also configured to flow from the source, through the irrigation port and the first branch, and into the second branch to provide a supplemental reservoir of irrigation fluid;
an actuator movably coupled to a portion of the handle body; and
a pressurizer within the handle body;
wherein manipulation of the actuator is configured to actuate the pressurizer to act on the irrigation fluid in the second branch to urge irrigation fluid distally through the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,019

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT AND ENDOSCOPE DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image pickup element comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate which is stacked on the first substrate;
first pixels which are disposed in a matrix form on the first substrate, each of the first pixels having a first light-receiving element, the first pixel being irradiated with incident light of a first wavelength band including a visible band and incident light of a second wavelength band having a longer wavelength than the first wavelength band and including a near infrared region, the first pixel generating a first signal corresponding to light of the first wavelength band; and
second pixels which are disposed in a matrix form on the second substrate and irradiated with light transmitted through the first pixels,
wherein, in the second pixel, a first P-type layer, an N-type layer, and a second P-type layer are sequentially stacked in an incident direction of incident light,
the second pixel has:
a first PN junction surface in which the first P-type layer and the N-type layer are connected and parallel to a light-receiving surface; and
a second PN junction surface in which the N-type layer and the second P-type layer are connected and positioned deeper than the first PN junction surface and parallel to the light-receiving surface,
the first P-type layer and the N-type layer of the first PN junction surface are connected at a same potential,
generation of electric charge at the first PN junction surface with light component having a wavelength included in the first wavelength band among the light transmitted through the first pixels is suppressed,
the second PN junction surface detects the light transmitted through the first pixels and the first PN junction surface, and
the second pixel generates a second signal corresponding to light of the second wavelength band from electric charge obtained by the second PN junction surface.

US Pat. No. 10,335,018

ACTUATING MEMBER AND MEDICAL DEVICE

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An actuating member for making a flexible elongate member for medical use perform a predetermined action, the actuating member comprising:a push/pull member comprising:
first and second divided portions that together form a tube-shaped structure and that are divided in a circumferential direction of the tube-shaped structure,
wherein the first divided portion includes a first moving portion disposed on a proximal side in an axial direction of the elongate member, and a first extending portion that extends from the first moving portion toward a distal side in the axial direction of the elongate member,
wherein the second divided portion includes a second moving portion disposed on the proximal side in an axial direction of the elongate member, and a second extending portion that extends from the second moving portion toward a distal side in the axial direction of the elongate member,
wherein the first and second moving portions are movable relative to each other in the axial directed of the elongate member,
wherein the push/pull member is configured to be pushed and pulled in the axial direction of the elongate member in conjunction with a movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion,
wherein the first moving portion includes a first divided surface, and the second moving portion includes a second divided surface, the first and second divided surfaces being surfaces along which the first moving portion is divided from the second moving portion,
wherein the first divided surface of the first moving portion includes a first concave surface, and
wherein the second divided surface of the second moving portion includes a second concave surface;
an operating member configured to effect the movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion, the operating member being rotatable about an axis in a direction intersecting the axial direction of the elongate member; and
at least one cam member comprising a first cam surface that directly contacts the first concave surface, and a second cam surface that directly contacts the second concave surface, such that the at least one cam member is configured to move the first moving portion and the second moving portion in conjunction with rotation of the operating member,
wherein the push/pull member is configured to make the elongate member perform at least one of (i) an advance/retraction action and (ii) a bending action, by transmitting the movement of the first moving portion and the second moving portion, which are moved by the at least one cam member, to the elongate member.

US Pat. No. 10,335,017

PRESSURE RELIEF VENT FOR SEALED INSTRUMENTS

KARL STORZ Endovision, In...

1. A pressure relief vent comprising:(a) a vent enclosure defining a vent interior volume, the vent enclosure having a proximal end spaced apart from a distal end, and the vent interior volume extending from the proximal end of the vent enclosure to structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure;
(b) a connector at the proximal end of the vent enclosure operable to connect the vent enclosure to an instrument so as to provide fluid communication between an interior volume of the instrument and the vent interior volume;
(c) a pressure relief arrangement associated with the vent enclosure and including a pressure relief passage, the pressure relief arrangement being operable to move from a closed condition to an open condition responsive to a predefined positive pressure differential between the vent interior volume and an atmosphere in which the vent enclosure is located, the entire vent interior volume extending from the proximal end of the vent enclosure to the structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure being open to the atmosphere through the pressure relief passage when the pressure relief arrangement is in the open condition and being closed to the atmosphere through the pressure relief passage when the pressure relief arrangement is in the closed condition; and
(d) a vent opening device associated with the vent enclosure, the vent opening device being operable to move the pressure relief arrangement to the open condition or open a separate passage through the vent enclosure to the atmosphere responsive to a manual operation applied at the structure defining the distal end of the vent enclosure.

US Pat. No. 10,335,014

ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a light source device that generates illumination light to irradiate an observation object and is able to control an optical spectrum of the illumination light;
an image sensor which includes a blue pixel receiving light in a blue wavelength band, a green pixel receiving light in a green wavelength band, a red pixel receiving light in a red wavelength band, and a white pixel receiving at least light in a blue wavelength band and a green wavelength light, and images the observation object by reflected light of the illumination light from the observation object;
an imaging distance calculator which calculates an imaging distance which is a distance between the image sensor and the observation object;
a light source controller which increases a component of the blue wavelength band or the green wavelength band included in the illumination light according to the imaging distance; and
a demosaic processor configured to apply a first demosaic process performed with use of an image signal from the white pixel as a green image signal and a second demosaic process performed with use of an image signal from the white pixel as a blue image signal, the demosaic processor selectively applying the first demosaic process and the second demosaic process according to the imaging distance to an image signal which the image sensor outputs,
wherein signal value of the white pixel is used as the green image signal of the white pixel position in the first demosaic process, and is used as the blue image signal of the white pixel position in the second demosaic process, and
wherein the imaging distance calculator and the demosaic processor are implemented by a processor device.

US Pat. No. 10,335,013

COLLAPSIBLE DISH RACK FOR DISHWASHER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub;
a first dish rack; and
a second dish rack disposed above the first dish rack in the tub, the second dish rack comprising:
a frame configured to couple to and adjust in a vertical position relative to a plurality of mounting rails in the tub,
a collapsible portion coupled to the frame and configured to adjust in a vertical position relative to the frame, and
an adjustment device configured to:
adjust the frame relative to the plurality of mounting rails, and
adjust the collapsible portion relative to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,335,012

DISHWASHER SPRAY FILL

ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS,...

1. A method for filling a dishwasher, the dishwasher comprising: a wash chamber comprising a sump disposed proximate a lower end of the wash chamber; a dish rack positioned within the wash chamber for receiving dishes for washing; a water inlet conduit configured to connect the dishwasher to a clean water source; a circulation assembly comprising a pump, wherein the circulation assembly is connected to the sump for circulating wash water in the sump through the wash chamber for washing dishes; a first dish spray device located in the wash chamber and oriented towards the dish rack for spraying clean water onto the dishes; a dish spray conduit connecting the water inlet conduit directly to the first dish spray device independent of the circulation assembly such that clean water can be supplied directly from the water inlet conduit to the first spray device without first being supplied to the sump or circulation assembly; a fill conduit fluidly connecting the water inlet conduit with a fill device located in the wash chamber for providing clean water to the sump without impinging on the dishes; one or more valves configured to selectively fluidly connect the water inlet conduit to one or both of the dish spray conduit and the fill conduit and direct clean water from the water inlet conduit to one or both of the first dish spray device and the fill device; the method comprising:receiving a fill indication;
in response to the fill indication, filling the wash chamber with clean water by opening at least one of the one or more valves to selectively direct clean water from the water inlet conduit to at least one of (a) the dish spray conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is sprayed directly onto the dishes independent of the circulation assembly, (b) the fill conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is provided directly to the sump without first impinging the dishes, or (c) both the dish spray conduit and the fill conduit, such that clean water enters the wash chamber and is both sprayed onto the dishes and provided to the sump independent of the circulation assembly;
receiving a fill indication; and
in response to the full indication, closing the one of the one or more valves to cease filling the wash chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,011

CLEANING DEVICE HAVING AN INDIVIDUALLY SWITCHABLE RINSING NOZZLE SYSTEM

1. A cleaning device for cleaning washware, comprising:a cleaning chamber;
a transportation device configured to transport the washware through the cleaning chamber in a transportation direction; and
a final-rinse nozzle system configured for applying a final-rinse fluid to the washware, the final-rinse nozzle system having at least two final-rinse nozzle units arranged in different positions transverse to the transportation direction and arranged next to one another as seen in the direction of the transportation direction;
each final-rinse nozzle unit having an associated switching element, each switching element being switchable to turn on or off the application of final-rinse fluid to the washware from the respective final-rinse nozzle unit, wherein the switching elements are switchable independently of one another to thereby apply the final-rinse fluid to the washware in the different positions independently of one another.

US Pat. No. 10,335,010

DISH WASHER COMPRISING AN AUXILIARY ARM WITH STOPPERS

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A dishwasher comprising:a tub with a space configured to accommodate objects to be washed;
a sump that is mounted to a lower part of the tub and that is configured to store wash water;
a spray arm comprising:
a main arm accommodated in the tub and configured to spray wash water received from the sump, and
an auxiliary arm rotatably mounted to the main arm and configured to spray wash water to the objects; and
a power transfer assembly configured to operate the auxiliary arm using a rotary force of the main arm, the power transfer assembly configured to have a predetermined elastic force with respect to the auxiliary arm wherein the auxiliary am is elastically deformable within a predetermined angle range in a horizontal direction, the range formed between stoppers at both sides of the auxiliary arm.

US Pat. No. 10,335,009

DISHWASHER WITH PERMANENT STORAGE COMPARTMENT

1. A dishwasher comprising:a washing chamber including a washing chamber door which totally seals an opening into said washing chamber;
a storage chamber separated from said washing chamber by a waterproof barrier and including a storage chamber door which totally seals an opening into said storage chamber;
a rack configured to support dishes; and
a means for conveying said rack between said washing chamber and said storage chamber through said waterproof barrier;
wherein when said washing chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by a user through said opening into said washing chamber if said rack is in said washing chamber; and
wherein said washing chamber is configured to wash and dry dishes in said rack when said rack is within said washing chamber;
wherein, after said dishes have been washed and dried in said washing chamber, said waterproof barrier is automatically opened and said means automatically moves said rack through said waterproof barrier and into said storage chamber; and
wherein when said storage chamber door is open, said rack can be accessed by said user through said opening into said storage chamber if said rack is in said storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,335,008

WATER CONSERVING CLEANING SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. An apparatus for use with a water source for cleaning utensils, comprising:(a) a primary vessel defining an open top dipping aperture above a soaking level, the primary vessel further comprising a drain having a recirculation outlet in a sidewall or extending over the top and into said vessel, and a recirculation inlet extending over the top or near the bottom and into said vessel at said soaking level, a drainage opening above said soaking level;
(b) a secondary vessel insertable within said primary vessel essentially holding utensils within the primary vessel;
(c) a water source flow path merging into a recirculation water flow path connecting a water source inlet with said outlet, said flow path further comprising a water pump, a turbidity sensor sensing the turbidity of water exiting said outlet, and a valve controlling the flow of the water source, said apparatus further comprising:
(d) a means for sensing the water level within the vessel at the soaking level and signaling said controller; and
(e) a controller controlling the opening and closing of said water source valve, and controlling the starting and stopping of the pump; and
(f) a nozzle flow path and a nozzle valve controlled by said controller; and
(g) wherein activation of said controller signals said water source valve to open and water to flow into said vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,335,007

BUCKET

CARL FREUDENBERG KG, Wei...

1. A bucket having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, the bucket comprising:a first extension in the longitudinal direction;
a second extension in the transverse direction, the first extension being greater than the second extension;
two longitudinal sides;
a front transverse side;
a rear transverse side; and
at least one substantially bow-shaped handle,
wherein the at least one handle extends in the longitudinal direction and is pivotable in the transverse direction, and
wherein a spout of the bucket comprises a self-contained through-hole and is arranged in the front transverse side.

US Pat. No. 10,335,006

CONTAINER WITH TRAPEZOID-SHAPED LONGITUDINAL SIDE AND RELATED METHODS

1. A container comprising:a body portion having a partially curved open end, an opposing closed end, and a flared longitudinal side extending laterally between said open and closed ends, the flared longitudinal side defining a scoop portion adjacent the partially curved open end, the scoop portion having opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends, and a side defining a scoop edge, the opposing first and second acute angle-shaped ends each defining an opposed recess extending inwardly;
said partially curved open end comprising a handle portion extending laterally therefrom and being opposite to said flared longitudinal side; and
a handle coupled to said partially curved open end and extending over and across an entirety of said partially curved open end.

US Pat. No. 10,335,005

ROBOT CLEANER

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A robot cleaner comprising:a body to travel on a floor;
an obstacle sensing unit to sense an obstacle that the body is approaching;
an auxiliary cleaning unit mounted to a bottom of the body to be extendable and retractable from the body; and
a control unit to control extension or retraction of the auxiliary cleaning unit when the obstacle is sensed,
wherein the control unit prevents the auxiliary cleaning unit from extending in response to at least one signal being received from a charger.

US Pat. No. 10,335,004

ROBOT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING DOCKING STATION POSE INCLUDING MOBILE ROBOTS AND METHODS USING SAME

iRobot Corporation, Bedf...

1. A mobile robot system comprising:a docking station comprising:
at least two pose-defining fiducial markers, the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers having a predetermined spatial relationship with respect to one another and/or to a reference point on the docking station;
an evacuation receptacle on the docking station;
a mobile robot including:
a chassis,
a motorized drive for moving the mobile robot to a docked position,
a pose sensor assembly configured to output a signal in response to the at least two pose-defining fiducial markers in a pose sensor field of view; and
a controller configured to analyze the signal from the pose sensor assembly to determine a docking station pose that is based on a stored spatial relationship of the pose-defining fiducial markers and the signal from the pose sensor assembly, to path plan a docking trajectory comprising a pre-planned path from the robot to the dock, based on a current robot position on the map of the surface and the docking station pose and to provide instructions to the motorized drive to move the mobile robot along the docking trajectory and into a docking lane aligned with the evacuation receptacle of the docking station.

US Pat. No. 10,335,003

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN AUTONOMOUS CLEANING APPARATUS

ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAS...

1. Method for an autonomous cleaning apparatus, the method comprising the steps of:scanning (401) a vicinity of an autonomous cleaning apparatus by means of at least one sensor;the method being characterized in that it further comprises the steps of:detecting an unreachable area (402), being unreachable by the autonomous cleaning apparatus;
detecting a door (403) in proximity to the unreachable area (107);
determining a thickness of the detected door (403);
detecting (404) that the unreachable area is unreachable due to the positioning of the door wing;
automatically moving (405) the door wing, by the autonomous cleaning apparatus, in order to obtain access to and clean the unreachable area.

US Pat. No. 10,335,002

HAND-HELD VACUUM CLEANER

JIANGSU MIDEA CLEANING AP...

1. A hand-held vacuum cleaner, comprising:a dust cup comprising a first cyclone, a cyclone assembly, and a filtration member, wherein
the first cyclone has an air intake channel having a first air intake and a first air vent, the cyclone assembly comprises a plurality of second cyclones arranged in parallel along a circumferential direction of the first cyclone, a guiding channel is defined between two of the plurality of the second cyclones, the guiding channel is in communication with the first air vent and an airflow is guided to an outer circumference of the cyclone assembly along a tangent line to a circumferential wall of the second cyclone adjacent to the guiding channel, each second cyclone has an air inducing notch to allow the airflow to enter the second cyclone in a tangent direction, each second cyclone is provided with an air guiding pipe, the air guiding pipe is spaced apart from an inner circumferential wall of the second cyclone, the air guiding pipe has an air guiding inlet and an air guiding outlet, the air guiding inlet is in communication with the air inducing notch,
the filtration member is disposed along the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly, the airflow in the outer circumference of the cyclone assembly tangentially enters the second cyclone through the filtration member and the air inducing notch; and
a housing having a first end provided with an air inlet and an air blowing vent wherein the dust cup is disposed within the housing and connected to the air inlet the air blowing vent is disposed adjacent to the air inlet.

US Pat. No. 10,335,000

APPARATUS FOR THE DISPENSING OF WIPES AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS

1. A dispenser for dispensing wipes and hygiene products comprising:a rectangular container having a bottom, a top, and upstanding sides defining an enclosed space with one open side; and
hanging means disposed on the dispenser and adapted for suspending the dispenser from at least one of an existing bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or holder's bar used for mounting a conventional bathroom tissue roll;
wherein the hanging means includes a nipple on the outside of at least one of the upstanding sides of the dispenser;
openings on the upstanding sides of the dispenser for means to secure lugs;
detachable square side containers having lugs and an attached lid; and
three semicircular arms which mutually overlap and together form an aperture, suitable for suspending the dispenser from at least one of the conventional bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or bar used for mounting a bathroom tissue roll.

US Pat. No. 10,334,999

TISSUE DISPENSING ASSEMBLY

1. A tissue dispensing assembly comprising:a first shell defining an interior space, said first shell comprising fabric, said first shell being configured for resembling an animal, said first shell being configured for resembling a bear;
a second shell defining an internal space, said second shell having an upper end, said upper end being open, said second shell being cylindrically shaped;
a first hole positioned in a top of said first shell;
a second hole positioned in a bottom of said first shell;
a panel coupled to and extending between a perimeter of said first hole and a circumference of said second hole defining a chamber in said interior space, said panel being resilient such that said chamber is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber, wherein said second hole is positioned in said first shell such that said second hole is positioned for inserting said second shell into said chamber positioning said upper end of said second shell adjacent to said first hole, said panel comprising fabric, said panel comprising plastic;
a plurality of tissues, said plurality of tissues being rolled such that said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning in said internal space, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that a terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in a hand of a user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of an adjacent sheet through said first hole;
stuffing positioned in and substantially occupying said interior space between said panel and said first shell, said stuffing being resilient, said stuffing comprising polyester fill;
a first retainer coupled to said perimeter of said first hole, said first retainer being resilient, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, said first retainer comprising elastic;
a second retainer coupled to said circumference of said second hole, said second retainer being resilient, wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell into and withdrawing said second shell from said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, said panel being coupled to and extending between said first retainer and said second retainer, said second retainer comprising elastic;
a lid configured for selectively coupling to said top of said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, said lid being top hat shaped;
a plurality of first couplers coupled to said top of said first shell proximate to said first hole;
a plurality of second couplers coupled to said lid, said second couplers being complementary to said first couplers, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to a respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet, each said second coupler and said respective said first coupler comprising a hook and loop fastener, said plurality of first couplers comprising two said first couplers opposingly positioned and proximate to said perimeter of said first hole;
a disk positioned in said interior space and coupled to said top of said first shell, said disk comprising stiffened fabric such that said disk is semi-rigid, said disk comprising stiffened felt;
an orifice centrally positioned through said disk, said orifice being complementary to and aligned with said first hole, wherein said disk is positioned on said first shell such that said disk is positioned for preventing said first shell from being depressed proximate to said first hole; and
wherein said second retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said second retainer is positioned for expanding for inserting said second shell through said second hole into said chamber and for contracting for substantially closing said second hole, wherein said plurality of tissues is positioned in said second shell such that said terminal sheet of said plurality of tissues is configured for positioning through said first hole such that said terminal sheet is configured for grasping in the hand of the user for extracting said terminal sheet from said internal space concurrent with positioning of said adjacent sheet through said first hole, wherein said first retainer is positioned on said first shell such that said first retainer is positioned for substantially closing said first hole such that said first shell is in frictional contact with said adjacent sheet for promoting separation of said terminal sheet from said plurality of tissues, wherein said second couplers are positioned on said lid such that each said second coupler is positioned for selectively coupling to said respective said first coupler for coupling said lid to said first shell for covering said first hole and said terminal sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,998

FLEXIBLE CONTAINER AND REUSABLE CLOSURE ELEMENT

1. An assembly for providing a choice of closing systems, said assembly comprising:(a) at least one flexible container which comprises:
(i) a pouch formed from a flexible sheet material, said pouch having one or more walls that define and enclose an interior space;
(ii) a dispensing opening in at least one of the walls of said pouch, through which the interior space is accessible, said dispensing opening being delimited by a border;
(iii) a sealing area substantially surrounding said dispensing opening, the sealing area including a non-permanent adhesive material;
(iv) a releasable flexible sealing member for sealing said dispensing opening, the releasable flexible sealing member covering the dispensing opening and being releasably attached to the sealing area by the non-permanent adhesive material;
(v) a plurality of separable sheets present in said interior space;
(b) a rigid closure element comprising:
(i) a base having a top surface and a bottom surface, an outer rim and an inner rim;
(ii) a dispensing aperture defined by the inner rim of the base; and
(iii) a lid for sealing the dispensing aperture;
wherein the sealing area, the releasable flexible sealing member and the base of the closure element are configured such that the releasable flexible sealing member covers the sealing area prior to removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container; removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container exposes the sealing area and the non-permanent adhesive material thereof, and the base of the closure element may be adhered to the container via the non-permanent adhesive, to substantially cover the sealing area upon appropriate superimposition thereover, following removal of the releasable flexible sealing member from the container;
wherein the sealing area is delimited by an outer perimeter line and an inner perimeter line, wherein the outer perimeter line is spaced from the outer rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the closure element comprises an outer perimeter line;
wherein the outer perimeter line of the sealing area forms generally the same shape as the outer perimeter line of the closure element;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the inner rim of the base by a distance of between 0 and 10 mm when the closure element is superimposed on the sealing area;
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is uniformly applied in the sealing area;
wherein the inner perimeter line of the sealing area is spaced from the border of the dispensing opening by a distance of between 0.4 mm and 4 mm;
wherein the releasable flexible sealing member is part of the flexible sheet material forming said pouch; and
wherein the non-permanent adhesive material is a colored adhesive material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,996

PAPER DISPENSER AND RELATED METHODS

1. An apparatus for dispensing paper product from a roll of paper, comprising:an encasement configured to enclose the roll of paper, said encasement having a base at a longitudinal end thereof for supporting the roll of paper therein, said base including a base opening for the paper to be inserted there through, an inner surface configured to contact the roll of paper, and an opposite outer surface; and
a dispensing portion adjacent said outer surface of said base and releasably coupled to said encasement, coupling between said dispensing portion and said encasement being free of fasteners, wherein:
said dispensing portion includes a rotatable dispensing element having a dispensing orifice for dispensing paper from within the encasement to the exterior, and
said dispensing portion has a housing first opening adjacent and in flow communication with said base opening and in flow communication with said dispensing orifice for receiving the paper there through.

US Pat. No. 10,334,995

DECORATIVE COVER FOR A PAPER TOWEL ROLL AND HOLDER

1. A domestic article comprising:a cylinder, a top cap, and a slot;
wherein the cylinder attaches to the top cap;
wherein the top cap is a disk that encloses the superior base of the cylinder;
wherein the slot is an aperture formed in the vertical face of cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel roll;
wherein the paper towel is further defined with a free end;
wherein the domestic article is configured for use with a paper towel holder;
wherein a paper towel roll is placed within the cylinder;
wherein a free end of the paper towel roll is threaded through the slot;
wherein the cylinder is a hollow cylindrical structure;
wherein the cylinder is an invertible structure;
wherein the cylinder comprises a first composite textile;
wherein the first composite textile is a textile structure that forms the vertical face of the cylinder;
wherein the cylinder is further defined with a vertical face, a superior base, and an inferior base;
wherein the vertical face is the face of the cylinder;
wherein the superior base is the base of the cylinder that is in the superior position;
wherein the inferior base is the base of the cylinder that is distal from the superior base.

US Pat. No. 10,334,993

SHOWER STALL FLOOR AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION

1. A method for fabricating and installing a shower pan to an existing drain at a shower stall location comprising the steps of:measuring said shower stall location to determine shower stall edge dimensions;
locating an existing drain in relation to said shower stall edge dimensions to determine a drain periphery;
forming a shower pan mold in accordance with said shower stall edge dimensions and said drain periphery;
providing and then placing a plurality of tiles within said shower pan mold to form a shower pan surface;
providing and then pouring a resin/filler into said shower pan mold over said plurality of tiles;
curing said resin/filler;
removing said cured resin/filler and said plurality of tiles from said shower pan mold such that said shower pan surface is uppermost;
placing said shower pan surface with said cured resin/filler, into said shower stall location such that said drain periphery is aligned with said existing drain;
fixing said drain periphery to said existing drain; and,
plumbing said existing drain to said shower pan surface.

US Pat. No. 10,334,992

ROTARY UNIT FOR SELECTIVELY ADDING ADDITIVES TO WATER IN A CONVENTIONAL BATHTUB AUTOMATICALLY

1. A rotary unit for selectively adding additives to water in a bathtub automatically without a bather having to touch the additives or leave the bathtub to get the additives, comprising:a) a plurality of pressurized canisters; and
b) a controller;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are configured in a circular configuration;
wherein said plurality of pressurized canisters are for disposing directly adjacent to, and communicatable with, the bathtub;
wherein each pressurized canister is for containing a different one of the additives; and
wherein the controller is in communication with said plurality of pressurized canisters, and as such, said controller is utilized for choosing one of the additives to add to the water in the bathtub automatically.

US Pat. No. 10,334,991

COMBINATION CUTTING AND STRAINING APPARATUS

1. A combination cutting and straining apparatus, comprising:a cutting board having a top surface and a bottom surface opposite said top surface and having a planar configuration, said cutting board having first and second side edges;
wherein said bottom surface of said cutting board defines first and second grooves that are proximate and extending parallel to said first and second side edges, respectively;
a strainer basket having a bottom wall that is impermeable and a plurality of walls extending upwardly from peripheral edges of said bottom wall, respectively, for defining an interior straining area, each wall of said plurality of walls being permeable and defining a plurality of holes operable for water to pass through;
wherein said plurality of walls includes first and second side walls having first and second upper edges, respectively, that are selectively received in said first and second grooves, respectively, and operable for slidable movement of said cutting board atop said strainer basket.

US Pat. No. 10,334,990

CUTTING BOARD WITH REMOVABLE DRIP PAN SYSTEM

1. A system, comprising:a cutting board that includes:
a top surface, a bottom surface, a front edge, a back edge, and a pair of opposing sides, one or more channels disposed along the top surface, wherein a bottom surface of the one or more channels is positioned below the top surface of the cutting board,
at least one aperture that extends from the top surface to the bottom surface, and
a pair of guides that are disposed along the bottom surface of the cutting board at a location adjacent to the pair of opposing sides;
a ledge that is positioned on the bottom surface of the cutting board and extending along an entirety of the back edge between the pair of opposing sides;
a spacer that is secured along a central portion of the ledge; and
a waterproof drip pan having a bottom surface, a raised outer wall, and a pair of edges, wherein the pair of guides are configured to engage the pair of edges to position the drip pan beneath the bottom surface of the cutting board and each of the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,989

DEVICE FOR CHOPPING, TURNING, AND SERVING GROUND MEAT

1. A device for separating and maintaining separation of ground meat while the meat is being cooked on a heated cooking surface, the device comprising: an elongated handle having first and second ends defining a length dimension and a length of the handle, with the length configured to reduce likelihood of grease from the heated cooking surface from splattering onto the hand of a user holding the handle; a spatula head attached to or extending from the second end of the handle, the spatula head having opposing top and bottom major surfaces bounded by a peripheral edge having first and second edge regions that are generally parallel to the length dimension of the handle and that are spaced apart to define a width of the spatula head in a dimension transverse to the length dimension; a fin blade extending upward from a portion of the top major surface of the spatula head that is intermediate the first and second edge regions; and wherein the fin blade has a height measured from the top major surface that is less than the width of the spatula head and the bottom major surface is configured to enable sliding a portion of the spatula head between the heated cooking surface and cooked or cooking ground meat, thereby enabling lifting, serving, or turning over a portion of the ground meat being cooked.

US Pat. No. 10,334,987

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A MIXING CONTAINER

1. A disposable mixing system comprising:a lid comprising an opening and configured to hold contents within a container;
a strainer configured to couple with the container and the lid in a position between the container and the lid, wherein the strainer mixes the contents responsive to shaking the container; and
a cap configured to cover the opening of the lid;
wherein at least the lid and the strainer are formed in a unified piece wherein the strainer is configured to snap onto a perimeter of the container;
wherein the strainer is coupled to the lid via a first unifying projection and/or the cap is coupled to the lid and/or the strainer via a second unifying projection, the first and/or the second unifying projection comprising notches.

US Pat. No. 10,334,983

SPIRAL OVEN APPARATUS AND METHOD OF COOKING

Unitherm Food Systems, LL...

1. A method of providing a uniform flow rate and temperature of cooking medium between an upper and a lower end of a cooking chamber of a spiral oven containing a spiral conveyor and a uniform cooking rate across an entire width of the spiral conveyor when cooking food by vertically oriented impingement of the cooking medium on the food being conveyed on the spiral conveyor within the cooking chamber of the spiral oven, the method comprising:discharging, from a first plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a first lateral conduit that extends into a first vertical gap defined by two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a first inner and a first outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a first cooking medium, one discharge opening of the first plurality of discharge openings being located at the first inner edge and another discharge opening of the first plurality being located at the first outer edge;
discharging, from a second plurality of spaced-apart discharge openings located along a second lateral conduit that extends into a second vertical gap defined by another two adjacent flutes of the spiral conveyor and extends between a second inner and a second outer edge of the spiral conveyor, a second cooking medium, one discharge opening of the second plurality of discharge openings being located at the second inner edge and another discharge opening of the second plurality being located at the second outer edge,
wherein the second lateral conduit is independent of the first lateral conduit and is at a vertical elevation toward a lower end of the cooking chamber and different rotational position than the first lateral conduit relative to a central axis of rotation of the spiral conveyor, the first lateral conduit being at a vertical elevation toward an upper end of the cooking chamber;
wherein a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings along the first lateral conduit differ from a size, horizontal spacing, or size and horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings along the second lateral conduit, the size of the second plurality of discharge openings being larger than the size of the first plurality of discharge openings, the horizontal spacing of the second plurality of discharge openings being smaller than the horizontal spacing of the first plurality of discharge openings.

US Pat. No. 10,334,982

BEVERAGE BREWER FOR VARIABLE SIZED DISPENSERS

FOOD EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGI...

1. In a beverage brewer assembly having a housing, a brewed beverage container, a source of hot water for mixing with a beverage ingredient, the improvement being a brewer control system, comprising:a brew basket for holding beverage ingredient while being mixed with hot brew water, said brew basket having
an open top,
a generally central axis, and
a bottom with an offset drain hole that is radially, outwardly spaced from the generally central axis for passing the hot beverage concentrate to the container;
means for mounting the brew basket to the housing in at least two different angular positions in which the drain hole is respectively located in at least two different radial positions outwardly spaced from the generally central axis to pass freshly brewed beverage to the beverage container when in two different positions, respectively;
means for sensing in which one of the at least two different angular positions is the brew basket; and
means responsive to the brew basket position sensing to automatically enable at least one preselected function associated with the one position sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,981

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PREPARING BEVERAGES

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A beverage preparation device comprising:a module for dividing raw material(s) of the beverage into said several ingredients;
a plurality of storage chambers for storing several ingredients, respectively, each of said several ingredients having a different taste property;
a user interface for receiving data representing a user's preferred taste;
a taste management unit comprising:
a memory for storing a reference table which describes the taste property of each ingredient, and
a processor for determining the dosage of each ingredient to be used according to said reference table and the user's preferred taste;
a generator for generating a beverage from at least one of said several ingredients according to said determined dosage; and
wherein at least one of:
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises a cutter for cutting a single raw material into said several ingredients, and
said module for dividing raw material(s) comprises at least one taste sensor by means of which the raw material(s) of the beverage are accurately divided into said several different ingredients.

US Pat. No. 10,334,980

MOBILE BEVERAGE DISPENSING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A BEVERAGE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A mobile beverage dispensing machine, comprising:a liquid tank having an insulated tank body for receiving and storing a liquid used for preparing a beverage;
a beverage preparation unit for preparing a beverage using the liquid and dispensing the prepared beverage;
a fluid circuit for delivering the liquid from the tank to the beverage preparation unit, wherein the fluid circuit comprises:
a first fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with the beverage preparation unit;
a second fluid path fluidly connecting the tank with ambient air at a certain overpressure above atmospheric pressure in the tank;
an air pump; and
at least one control unit configured for actuating the air pump to fill air inside the tank; and
wherein the first fluid path and the second fluid path are connected with a third fluid path;
heating means for heating the liquid in the tank;
at least one main power supply connector connectable to an external power source and at least one mobile power source;
at least one control unit configured to:
control and operate at least part of the heating means by external power to heat up the liquid in the tank when the machine is supplied in electrical power by the main power supply connector connected to an external power source; and
control and operate at least part of the heating means by power of the mobile power source to keep heating liquid in the tank when the machine is no longer supplied in electrical power from the at least one main power supply connector; and
a first control valve activated by the control unit to fluidly connect the air pump to a first portion of the first fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,334,979

EASY ASSEMBLY CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

SPECTRUM BRANDS, INC., M...

1. A centrifugal juicer, comprising:a top section having a juice spout and a pulp spout, wherein the top section defines an opening for a cavity of the top section, the opening proximate to a bottom of the top section, wherein the top section includes a first mating surface and a second mating surface that are each positioned within the cavity, wherein the second mating surface is positioned below the first mating surface such that the second mating surface is closer to the opening than the first mating surface;
a strainer section having a strainer and a projection, the projection structured to mate with the first mating surface to couple the strainer section to the top section; and
a motor housing structured to house a motor, wherein the second mating surface engages with the motor housing to couple the top section to the motor housing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,978

CUTTING TOOL WITH CURVED BLADE

1. A cutting tool, comprising:a handle having a first end and a second end, said handle is generally cylindrical with a grip disposed along one surface to improve the grasp upon the cutting tool, the grip is comprised of a series of depressions, with intermittent rises, into which fingers are disposed to that improved grasp;
a blade projecting outward from said handle second end, said blade having an inner face and an outer face, a proximate end and a distal end, a first edge and a second edge, and an arcuate cross-section, a proximal end of the handle is provided with a hemispherical butt to obviate any discomfort associated with clutching the cutting tool, especially when thrusting the distal edge of the blade; and
a guard located on said handle second end adjacent to said blade, wherein said second edge further comprises a series of serrations which extend from said guard to said distal end, an outside diameter of the handle is larger than the width of the blade in order to provide the guard at the distal end of the handle, the guard is flared to a larger diameter than the remainder of the handle in order to prevent slippage of a hand toward the blade.

US Pat. No. 10,334,976

COMMUNION TRAY HAVING CORNER CUP DISPOSAL OPENINGS

14. A liquid distribution communion tray assembly comprising:a tray bottom having a floor and an upwardly-extending perimetric wall and a perimetric edge atop the perimetric wall; and
a generally rectangular tray cover that covers the perimetric edge, said tray cover having a plurality of cup-retaining apertures for receiving a plurality of liquid filled miniature drinking cups, said cup-retaining apertures sized so that a miniature drinking cup cannot pass through any one of them, an empty cup disposal opening at each corner of the tray cover through which empty drinking cups can be dropped into a cup-disposal space defined by inner surfaces of the tray bottom and a lower surface of the tray cover.

US Pat. No. 10,334,975

RACK SYSTEM FOR STORAGE AND ACCESS OF RE-SEALABLE BAGS

1. A device for hanging a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal, the device comprising:a) a clip having a generally elongate shape further comprising:
1) a first clip arm having a first end and a second end; and,
2) a second clip arm having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the first clip arm and the first end of the second arm are flexibly connected via a living hinge configured for an open position and a closed position, wherein proximate the second end of either the first clip arm or the second clip arm, a clip arm ridge is positioned and wherein a storage bag having a re-sealable mechanical seal is positioned between the first and second clip arms, with the clip arms positioned proximate to and under the mechanical re-sealable seal in the open position and the storage bag then enclosed by the clip in the closed position;
b) a rack further comprising:
1) a center portion having a body with a first end and a second end with an exterior defined by a pair of opposing parallel walls, a lower interior of the center portion defined by a pair of parallel inner opposing rails therein and an upper interior of the center portion open;
2) a pair of retainer portions, each of the retainer portions having a body with a first end, a second end and a top surface, the first end formed as a wall with an inner opening therein, the wall connected to the center portion first end and forming the center portion's first end, the top surface connected to the wall and extending from the first end to the second end of the retainer portion wherein a pair of legs define an opening with a rail interiorly positioned at an end of the legs, the pair of legs defining a pair of outer opposing rails aligned with the inner opposing rails of the center portion, the opening between the pair of legs aligning with the open center portion wherein one retainer portion of the pair of retainer portions is positioned at each end of the center portion, and wherein at least one locking rail gap is positioned in at least one of either the outer opposing rails of the first or second retainer portions or the inner opposing rails of the center portion of the rack, the at least one locking rail gap configured to engage with the at least clip arm ridge; and,
c) wherein the storage bag engaged in the clip in the closed position is positioned for slideable entry into the rack for storage and slideable exit for use, via the first retainer portion outer opposing rails, the opposing rails of the center portion and the second retainer outer opposing rails during use of the rack with the storage bag.

US Pat. No. 10,334,974

PERIMETER TRACK TOY

1. A moveable component for a track system, comprising:a carrier; and
a pair of rollers coupled to one another by the carrier, wherein the rollers each include at least one rolling surface configured to engage opposing sides of a track, wherein the carrier has at least one flat surface, at least one curved surface, and at least one slotted surface for carrying an object.

US Pat. No. 10,334,972

MODULAR POSTER PRINT STRETCH FRAME

1. A modular poster print stretch frame, comprising:a plurality of side sections;
a plurality of corner sections;
a plurality of connectors; and
a plurality of retaining structures disposed on the plurality of side sections,
wherein the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections form a closed loop, and the plurality of side sections and the plurality of corner sections are connected via the plurality of connectors, and
wherein a fabric sheet is retained by the plurality of retaining structures; and
wherein the plurality of retaining structures comprise in part a plurality of lips disposed on the plurality of side sections, each lip being disposed apart from other retaining structures in the plurality of retaining structures and along an edge of the side section, wherein each lip is configured to be taller than the other retaining structures and wherein the fabric sheet is retained by stretching around the plurality of lips to couple to the other retaining structures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,970

ADAPTIVE MERCHANDISING PLATFORM (AMP) MOUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF INSTALLING THEREOF

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. A mounting system, comprising:at least one first crossbar with a first end cavity and a second end cavity;
a first support bracket insertable into the first end cavity of the first crossbar, the first support bracket including a first engaging structure;
a second support bracket insertable into the second end cavity of the first crossbar, the second support bracket including a second engaging structure, the first and second engaging structures configured to attach to respective first and second columns of a consumer product display;
more than one vertical upright connectable to the at least one first crossbar, the more than one vertical upright including a third engaging structure; and
at least one second crossbar, the at least one second crossbar connectable to the more than one vertical upright using a fourth engaging structure, each of the more than one vertical uprights including a first end and a second end that is respectively connectable to the at least one first crossbar and the at least one second crossbar, and
wherein each of the support brackets includes,
a major body with a first surface and a second surface,
a horizontal shaft extending from the first surface of the major body, the horizontal shaft being insertable into the respective first and second end cavities of the first crossbar,
the respective first and second engaging structures extending from the major body,
the major body of each of the support brackets having a triangular shape, the first and second engaging structures extending from the second surface of the major body, the first and second surfaces of the major body being opposing surfaces, the first and second engaging structures respectively including a first plurality of teeth and a second plurality of teeth, the first plurality of teeth having an identical configuration as compared to the second plurality of teeth, each of the first and second plurality of teeth including a series of top teeth, each of the top teeth having a vertical projection on a distal end of a horizontal projection, and
wherein a distance between points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures is about equal, the distance being one of about 0.72 inches, 0.86 inches, 0.92 inches, 1.0 inches and 1.25 inches, the points-of-contact of each of the first and second engaging structures being lower surfaces of the first and second engaging structures that would directly contact bottom surfaces of front slots of the respective first and second columns of the consumer product display once the mounting system is connected to the consumer product display.

US Pat. No. 10,334,966

INTERLOCKING PANELS, MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS, AND A MODULAR DISPLAY CASE WITH INTERLOCKING MODULES WITH INTERLOCKING PANELS

1. A method for removably connecting interlocking panels together, comprising:providing a first panel member having a ball key tab, the ball key tab including a ball key retaining aperture defined in the ball key tab;
inserting a ball key in the ball key retaining aperture;
providing a second panel member including a generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port for removably receiving the ball key tab and the ball key; and
removably interconnecting the first panel and the second panel by inserting the ball key tab and the ball key into the generally rectangular ball key tab connecting port.

US Pat. No. 10,334,965

MONITORING DEVICE, MONITORING SYSTEM, AND MONITORING METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A monitoring device comprising:a processor that:
sets an area of a part of a display shelf to be monitored as a fixed area, based on a captured image of the display shelf in a store, the fixed area being an area whose image is not to be changed over time;
stores the fixed area in the monitoring device;
determines a similarity between an image of the stored fixed area and an image at the same position as the fixed area in a captured image of the store;
detects that a position of the display shelf is changed in the captured image of the store, when it is determined that there is no similarity between the image of the fixed area and the image at the same position as the fixed area in the capture image of the store; and
notifies a user that the display shelf to be monitored is not detected, when it is detected that the position of the display shelf is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,334,963

HUMAN CARRYING OR TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE

1. An improved method for carrying a person utilizing a carrying device comprising the steps of:obtaining a carrying device comprising;
a first and second material unit that are joined together only about a first side via an adhesion material wherein said adhesion material can disjoin allowing materials to pass between said first and second materials;
two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and
two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material;
placing a person on said first and second material units; and
lifting said person by pulling on said two straps disposed on said first material opposite said adhesion material; and two straps disposed on said second material opposite said adhesion material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,962

WEARABLE PORTABLE BABY CHANGING TABLE

1. A portable diaper changing apparatus, comprising:a rectangular platform assembly having a first end opposite a second end and two sides;
one respective hinge from a group of four corner hinges located in each of four corners of said platform assembly, each said hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
a first primary member having opposing ends thereon, one each of said opposing ends thereof in a respective connection to a respective said first hinge component of each of two opposing said hinges located at said corners at said first end of said platform, and a second primary member having opposing ends thereof, one each of said opposing ends of said second primary member connected to a respective said first hinge component located at said second end of said platform assembly;
secondary hinges positioned in opposing positions substantially centered on both of said two sides of said platform assembly, each secondary hinge having a first hinge component rotationally engaged to a second hinge component;
four secondary members a first of said two sided formed by a first pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said first hinge component of a said secondary hinge, and connected at respective second ends thereof with a respective said second hinge component of a said hinge located at a said corner located at said first end of said platform, and, a second of said two sides formed by a second pair of said four secondary members connected at respective first ends thereof to a respective said second hinge component of a respective secondary hinge and connected at respective second ends thereof to a respective second hinge component of a said hinge located at a respective corner at said second end of said platform assembly;
a flexible fabric bed engaged on a first side of said platform assembly;
said platform assembly having a deployed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members positioned in the same plane and holding said fabric bed taught wherein a top surface of said fabric bed is adapted for positioning of an infant thereon and said platform is adapted for hanging support on a user with said first primary member in a contact against said user; and
said corner hinges and said secondary hinges rotatable to position said platform assembly to a collapsed position with all of said first and second primary members and said four secondary members adjacent and running substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,334,961

PORTABLE DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRICAL ADJUSTABLE APPARATUS

TIMOTION TECHNOLOGY CO., ...

1. A portable device for controlling an external electrical adjustable apparatus, comprising:a case;
a signal transmitter installed in the case and connected to the electrical adjustable apparatus;
a tilt sensor sensing a tilted angle and sensing a raising/lowering-controlling operation of moving or rotating the portable device;
a memory storing a threshold angle; and
a processor installed in the case and electrically connected to the signal transmitter, the tilt sensor and the memory, the processor being configured to generate a raising/lowering-controlling signal according to the raising/lowering-controlling operation, and transmitting the raising/lowering-controlling signal by the signal transmitter to the external electrical adjustable apparatus for making the external electrical adjustable apparatus raise/lower according to the raising/lowering-controlling signal, the processor being configured to determine that a carrying structure of the electrical adjustable apparatus has collision when receiving any raising/lowering-controlling signal used to control the electrical adjustable apparatus and the tilted angle is not less than the threshold angle, and sending a stopping signal to the electrical adjustable apparatus via the signal transmitter for making the electrical adjustable apparatus stop raising/lowering the carrying structure.

US Pat. No. 10,334,960

DROP-IN OCCUPANCY DETECTION COMPONENT FOR FURNITURE

1. An occupancy detection system comprising:a frame;
a control component associated with an automated furniture item, the automated furniture item including a cavity corresponding to the frame, the control component comprising a receiving component and a determining component; and
a detection array component adapted to be coupled to the automated furniture item, the detection array component comprising:
(1) one or more sinuous wires coupled to the frame, and
(2) one or more bridging components coupled to the one or more sinuous wires along the frame and the control component, wherein the one or more bridging components are configured to generate a capacitive array associated with the one or more sinuous wires, said capacitive array configured to monitor a change in capacitance with respect to the detection array component.

US Pat. No. 10,334,959

AIR MATTRESS HAVING INFLATING AND DEFLATING FUNCTIONS

PARAMOUNT BED CO., LTD., ...

1. A control method for an air mattress having inflating and deflating functions, the air mattress comprising:a plurality of air cells, the air cells being arranged in parallel in a bed longitudinal direction;
a pump configured to perform air supply and air discharge for each of the air cells; and,
control circuit configured to control air pressure inside the air cells by the pump,whereinthe control method comprising the steps of:setting an output of the pump at a first output equal to or lower than a maximum output when the pump inflates the air cells from a state in which the air cells are pressureless to a normal use state; and
setting a maximum power of the pump when the air cells are selectively and alternately inflated and deflated at a second output lower than the first output.

US Pat. No. 10,334,958

GLUELESS POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY WITH IMPROVED AIRFLOW

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly comprising first and second sheets of fabric and rows of springs between the first and second sheets of fabric, the first and second sheets of fabric being joined by longitudinal seams to separate adjacent rows of springs into strands, longitudinal seams separating each row of springs from an adjacent row of springs, a plurality of pockets formed along each strand of springs by aligned first and second linear separating seams, each of the first linear separating seams joining said first sheet to itself and extending downwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a first end, each of the second linear separating seams joining the second sheet to itself and extending upwardly from an ear between adjacent pockets and terminating at a second end and at least one spring positioned in each said pocket, a distance between the first and second ends of aligned first and second separating seams defining a height of a gap having a diamond-shaped configuration allowing air to flow through pockets, the gap having a width between longitudinal seams on opposite sides of a strand;
cushioning materials; and
a covering encasing said pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,334,956

ONE-PIECE MATTRESS SUSPENSION DEVICE

TOURNADRE SA STANDARD GUM...

1. A one-piece suspension device for interposing between a mattress and a support structure, the device comprising:a platform defining a bearing plane for the mattress;
a fastener point for fastening to the support structure; and
a resilient section that is more resilient than the platform in a direction perpendicular to the bearing plane, being interposed between the platform and the fastener point in the direction perpendicular to the bearing plane in order to absorb compression forces, and including an angled element having a first arm and a second arm, a first elastic hinge at a first end of the first arm, and a second elastic hinge connecting a second end of the first arm to the second arm and forming a bend in such a manner that the first arm presents an angle relative to said bearing plane that is more pronounced than that presented by the second arm, the second elastic hinge being more flexible than the first elastic hinge; and
the one-piece suspension device being shaped in such a manner that any axis perpendicular to said bearing plane and passing through the one-piece suspension device intersects the one-piece suspension device along a single intersection segment.

US Pat. No. 10,334,955

MODULAR MATTRESS FOUNDATION HAVING GENERALLY LADDER-SHAPED SECTIONS

1. A modular mattress foundation comprising: two sides, each side comprising a swaged side section and a standard side section, each of the standard side sections comprising upper and lower generally L-shaped tubes each having open ends and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes; each of the swaged side sections comprising generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes and a plurality of spacers extending between the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section, one end of each of the generally L-shaped upper and lower tubes of the swaged side section being swaged and being retained inside one of the open ends of one of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the standard side sections; a head end section; a foot end section, each of the end sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, each end of each of the straight upper and lower tubes being swaged, the swaged ends of each of the straight upper and lower tubes fitting inside the open ends of the generally L-shaped tubes of one of the side sections; a middle ladder comprising two middle sections joined together, each of the middle sections comprising a straight upper tube, a straight lower tube and a plurality of spacers, at least one of the straight upper and lower tubes of each middle section having openings extending through the tube; decking members extending through the openings in the middle sections, each of the decking members having end portions located inside the upper generally L-shaped tubes of the side sections.

US Pat. No. 10,334,954

COLLAPSIBLE AND FOLDABLE PORTABLE BENCH

12. Seating means including at least first and second seats for seating first and second individuals, said first and second seats being coupled together side-by-side to enable said first and second seats to be rotated relative to one another, whereby said seating means is movable between an axially extended configuration where said first and second seats are aligned in a straight line and a curved configuration where said first and second seats are aligned along an arc of a circle, said first and second seats being joined to one another by a flexible web by which to permit said seating means to be moved between said axially extended and curved configurations.

US Pat. No. 10,334,953

FURNITURE, LOAD SUPPORT MEMBER FOR CHAIR, AND CHAIR

OKAMURA CORPORATION, Kan...

1. A load support member for a chair which is included in a chair, comprising:a frame member which is a strength member which includes a pair of rod members which is separated from each other in a width direction of the chair and is disposed to be approximately parallel to each other; and
an exterior material which includes a front extension material disposed on a load receiving surface side of the chair and a rear extension material disposed on a side opposite to the load receiving surface which are joined to each other on one end edge in a length direction of the rod member and both end edges in the width direction, the exterior material being formed in a bag shape having an opening portion continuous in the width direction on the other end edge side in the length direction and covering the frame member through the opening portion from one end side in the length direction of the frame member,
wherein a support portion is provided on each of inner surfaces facing each other of the pair of rod members, and
wherein an interior material having a repulsive force with respect to a load in a surface perpendicular direction is bridged between the pair of rod members by being supported by the support portion, the interior material being disposed between the front extension material and the rear extension material,
wherein a spacer surface material is disposed between the front extension material and the interior material, and
wherein a repulsive force of the spacer surface material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction is relatively smaller than the repulsive force of the interior material with respect to the load in the surface perpendicular direction.

US Pat. No. 10,334,952

NO-TOOLS CHAIR HAVING DETACHABLE HEIGHT AND TILT CONTROL PADDLES

LF Products, LLC, Wilmin...

1. A chair comprising a seat to support the weight of a user, a base to bold the seat above the ground, a pair of arms located at opposite sides of the seat, a user actuated controller that is operable by the user of said chair to cause the position of the seat to be adjusted relative to the base, said user actuated controller being removably attached to one of the pair of arms of said chair, wherein the one of said pair of arms of said chair to which said user actuated controller is removably attached has a controller cavity formed therein, said user actuated controller being removably received within said controller cavity, and an arm cover detachably connected to the one of the pair of arms of said chair in which said controller cavity is formed, said arm cover Iying over said controller cavity and covering said user actuated controller removably received therewithin.

US Pat. No. 10,334,951

ADJUSTABLE FURNITURE

DEWERTOKIN GMBH, Kirchle...

1. An article of adjustable furniture, comprising:a floor standing base section;
an adjustable seat section;
an adjustable backrest section;
a headrest section;
a single actuator for moving said backrest and headrest sections;
wherein:
the seat section is movably mounted with respect to the base section;
the backrest being movably mounted with respect to the seat section; and
the headrest is movably mounted with respect to the backrest section, said single actuator effecting co-ordinated and independent movement of the adjustable backrest and headrest sections relative to one another for selectively altering the configuration of said article of furniture.

US Pat. No. 10,334,947

SINK SHELF

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A sink shelf assembly comprising:a first shelf member configured to mount underneath a sink and comprising a front surface, a back surface, two side surfaces interconnecting the front and back surfaces, and a recess extending inwardly from the back surface between the two side surfaces; and
a second shelf member removably received in the recess of the first shelf member in a coupled position and removed from the recess in a decoupled position to allow routing of plumbing through the recess without obstruction from the first shelf member;
wherein the second shelf member includes two side surfaces that are detachably coupled to two inner side surfaces of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the two inner side surfaces define at least part of the recess;
wherein the second shelf member includes a back surface that is flush with the back surface of the first shelf member in the coupled position, and wherein the recess is located substantially centrally between the two side surfaces of the first shelf member;
wherein an outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a shape that complements a shape of the recess of the first shelf member;
wherein the outer perimeter of the second shelf member has a bullet shape having a rounded front surface extending from the two side surfaces of the second shelf member, which are parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,945

MODULAR RACK FOR PHYTOCHEMICAL EXTRACTION SYSTEM

1. A modular rack, comprising:a first leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member;
a second leg having a vertical member attached to a horizontal member; and
a variable width frame comprising one or more frame modules, wherein each frame module is rectilinear in shape, wherein each frame module has a left side and a right side, wherein each frame module is W1 units of distance wide, wherein each side of each frame module is attachable to a side of another one of the frame modules or to a top end of the vertical member of one of the first leg or second leg,
such that the variable width frame is configurable to provide the modular rack with a width of N units of distance by combining the first leg, second leg, and M frame modules, wherein N=M*W1, wherein M is the total number of frame modules in the modular rack, and
wherein each of the frame modules includes an upper mounting device and a lower mounting device that are each configured to removably attach an extraction column to the frame module, wherein each mounting device comprises a hole in the frame module, wherein the extraction column includes a flat plate member having a hole that is configured to be aligned with the frame hole and that is configured to receive a bolt that passes through the member hole and the frame hole, thereby removably coupling the extraction column to the frame module.

US Pat. No. 10,334,944

SHELVING SYSTEMS

1. A shelving system comprising:a frame;
a cross member coupled to the frame;
a guide member coupled to the cross member such that the guide member is movable relative to the cross member; and
a container including a rail coupled to the guide member, the rail including a first locking element and a second locking element that is connected to the first locking element and engages the guide member, the container including a handle comprising a third locking element that engages the first locking element, a portion of the third locking element being fixed to the first locking element, the handle comprising a first portion and a second portion that movably engages the first portion,
wherein moving the second portion relative to the first portion rotates the third locking element to move the locking elements such that the second locking element is spaced apart from the guide member and the container is movable relative to the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,943

TABLE WITH RETRACTABLE POWER CABLES

1. A table for concealing one or more power adapters, each power adapter having a power cord, the table comprising:a frame;
a table top supported by the frame;
a plurality of chambers at least partially concealed by the table top, each chamber being separated from adjacent chambers by side walls;
at least one power outlet disposed within each chamber for receiving at least one of the one or more power adapters; and
at least one strain relief mechanism disposed within each chamber, each strain relief mechanism being configured to prevent a corresponding power cord from being dislodged from the power outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,942

SOAP DISPENSING BRUSH

1. A soap dispensing brush, comprising:a handle having a first end, a second end, and an interior volume configured to store liquid cleaner therein;
an end cap removably secured to the second end of the handle;
wherein the end cap comprises at least one exterior air vent in fluid communication with at least one interior opening disposed on the end cap;
wherein at least one flap is hingedly affixed to the end cap, the flap configured to selectively move between a closed position and an open position when the end cap is depressed, wherein the flap covers the interior opening when in the closed position;
a brush head disposed on the first end of the handle, the brush head comprising a first side and a second side, the first side having a plurality of bristles thereon;
a plurality of apertures disposed on the first side of the brush;
a push rod having a first end in contact with the end cap and a second end in contact with a valve;
wherein the valve is configured to open when the end cap is depressed;
and whereby opening of the valve dispenses liquid from the plurality of apertures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,941

BOTTLE BRUSH WITH MULTIPLE BRISTLE REACHES

Handi-Craft Company, St....

1. A bottle brush comprising:a handle; and
a brush head connected to the handle, the brush head having a longitudinal axis and further comprising
a barrel having a sidewall substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis,
a first row of bristles extending from the sidewall, wherein the first row of bristles is biased a first angle from a plane normal to the longitudinal axis to extend from the sidewall at least in part transversely from the barrel and at least in part longitudinally to define a first bristle reach, and
at least two second rows of bristles extending from the sidewall, wherein the at least two second rows of bristles are each biased a same second angle from the plane normal to the longitudinal axis to extend from the sidewall at least in part transversely from the barrel and at least in part longitudinally, each of the second rows of bristles defining a second bristle reach different from the first bristle reach, the at least two second rows of bristles being spaced longitudinally from each other with the first row of bristles being longitudinally intermediate the second rows of bristles.

US Pat. No. 10,334,939

APPARATUS FOR SECURING MOBILE DEVICES TO A BELT

1. An apparatus for securing mobile devices to a belt comprising:a receiver coupled to a belt, wherein the receiver comprises a stud of a one-way fastener coupled to the belt with a post;
a clip removably couplable to the receiver, wherein the clip comprises a socket of the one-way fastener coupled to a rear side of a flexible member, wherein the flexible member comprises a grip section on one side of said socket and a lanyard section on an opposing side of the socket, wherein the grip section is configured for a user to grip and pull to disengage the clip from the receiver; and
a lanyard with a first end coupled to said clip through a lanyard hole in said lanyard section, wherein a second end of the lanyard is coupled to a mobile device with a nut, wherein the lanyard comprises a paracord and the nut is generated by a process comprising:
weaving one end of the paracord through one or more holes in the mobile device to create a first side of the paracord and a second side of the paracord;
adjusting the first and second sides of the paracord such that the second side is shorter than the first side;
taking the first side of the paracord and folding it up to be approximately perpendicular to the second side to begin a loop around the second side;
wounding up in a bottom to top direction the first side of the paracord into one or more loops around the second side of the paracord to create a stack; and
weaving the first side back through the stack and pulling to tighten thereby creating the nut.

US Pat. No. 10,334,937

LID ASSEMBLY WITH RING TO CONTROL FLOW

THERMOS L.L.C., Schaumbu...

1. A lid assembly for a beverage container configured to achieve an open position to permit a user to drink liquid therethrough and achieve a closed position that generally limits the liquid passage therethrough, the lid assembly comprising:a spout having a mouth portion and a lower circular end positioned generally opposite the mouth portion, wherein the mouth portion is configured to receive the user's lips, and the spout having a threaded engagement section;
a base member having a bottom surface, a base side wall, and flanges, wherein the bottom surface, the base side wall, and the flanges define openings that permit passage of liquid when the lid assembly is in the open position and wherein the lower circular end of the spout meets with the bottom surface to block the passage of liquid through the openings when the lid assembly is in the closed position, and the base member has a threaded engagement section to receive the threaded engagement section of the spout, and the base member configured to engage to a beverage container;
an outer ring removably engaged to the spout, the outer ring configured to permit the user to maneuver the spout and the base member relative to each other to achieve the open position and the closed position, such that the user does not have to directly touch the spout to achieve the open position or the closed position, which decreases contamination of the mouth portion of the spout; and,
the spout includes an internal cylindrical surface and an external cylindrical surface, the external cylindrical surface includes a groove configured to hold a seal and position the seal generally against an internal surface of the base side wall when the spout moves to transition between the open position and the closed position, thereby minimizing the liquid that can pass between the base member and the spout.

US Pat. No. 10,334,936

CHECKPOINT-FRIENDLY BACKPACK

TUMI, INC., Edison, NJ (...

1. A backpack for allowing a computer to be stored therein when scanned at an inspection station without having to remove the computer therefrom, the backpack comprising:a dedicated compartment for storing the computer, the dedicated compartment comprising a single closeable pocket formed by a first interior wall, a first exterior wall, a first bottom wall, and at least one first sidewall coupling the first interior wall and the first exterior wall to provide first side walls of the dedicated compartment except for the first bottom wall, and including a first fastener for enclosing the computer within the dedicated compartment;
a non-dedicated compartment comprising at least one pocket or pouch formed by a second interior wall, a second exterior wall, a second bottom wall and at least one second sidewall coupling the second interior wall and the second exterior wall to provide second side walls of the non-dedicated compartment except for the second bottom wall, and including a second fastener for enclosing the non-dedicated compartment;
wherein a common edge between a respective portion of the first bottom wall of the dedicated compartment and the second bottom wall of the non-dedicated compartment form a living hinge, the backpack configured with a third fastener to provide movement between a screening mode in which the first interior wall of the dedicated compartment is separated from the second interior wall of the non-dedicated compartment and is connected by the living hinge, and a non-screening mode in which the first interior wall is adjacent the second interior wall and the first fastener and an exterior portion of the first sidewall is disposed partially within an interior portion of the second sidewall along substantially the entire length of the first sidewall and second sidewall; and
the third fastener facilitating fastening between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the non-screening mode, and facilitating separation between the dedicated compartment and the non-dedicated compartment while in the screening mode,
wherein the first fastener is a zipper.

US Pat. No. 10,334,933

APPLICATOR AND CAPSULE FOR SUCH APPLICATOR

InDerm, (FR)

1. A method for applying product and light to a surface for non-medical treatment of said surface, wherein a capsule comprising a reservoir containing a product is releasably coupled to a housing comprising at least a light source and a control unit, wherein the capsule comprises a movable element such as a ball onto which product from the reservoir can be fed for dispensing it to a surface by the ball, wherein light is transmitted from the light source through the capsule to the surface prior to, during and/or after dispensing said product onto said surface, whereafter the capsule is removed from the housing and replaced by another capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,334,926

LUGGAGE CONSTRUCTION

it Luggage Limited, Harl...

1. An article of soft luggage comprising:an internal shape-defining framework;
a soft outer cover; and
a handle having two limbs and a cross piece provided between the two limbs, wherein the internal shape-defining framework comprises:
a plurality of elongate members interconnected to define a shape that is substantially parallelepiped which generally defines a shape of the article of soft luggage, the parallelepiped shape comprising a plurality of corners, each corner defined by the intersection of three faces of the parallelepiped shape; and
wherein two of the plurality of elongate members that are provided at corners of the parallelepiped shape of the internal shape defining framework are elongate tubular members which each substantially define a full length of the shape of the article of soft luggage and which are arranged in parallel are each configured to receive a respective limb of the handle so that the handle is moveable in an axial direction between a retracted configuration, in which the limbs are nested within the respective two elongate tubular members, and an extended configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,334,925

NECKTIE BRIEFCASE

1. A necktie briefcase comprising:top and bottom enclosures defining a storage compartment;support rods mounted within the storage compartment near and parallel to a first longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a restraining strap removably attached within the storage compartment near and parallel to a second longitudinal side in each of the top and bottom enclosures;a pair of retainer arms mounted on opposite adjacent sides of each of top and bottom enclosures, each retainer arm mounted with a spring loaded mount that biases the retainer arm closed against the interior surfaces and allowing the retainer arms to swing outward from within the storage compartment; and
a plurality of neckties configured to be hung on each of the support rods and positioned behind the restraining strap and retainer arms such that the neckties are secured against an interior wall in each of the top and bottom enclosures.

US Pat. No. 10,334,922

POCKETED ARTICLE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Amer Sports Canada Inc., ...

1. A pocketed article comprising:a first primary panel;
a liner panel having a first face bonded to the first primary panel and a second face opposite the first face of the liner panel;
a secondary panel having a first face facing the second face of the liner panel and a second face opposite the first face of the secondary panel, wherein outer portions of the liner panel are folded about edges of the secondary panel and wherein the outer portions are bonded to the second face of the secondary panel; and
a second primary panel joined to the first primary panel.

US Pat. No. 10,334,921

SHADING SYSTEM INCLUDING VOICE RECOGNITION OR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENT CAPABILITIES

1. An intelligent umbrella system, comprising:one or more shading elements;
a support assembly, coupled to the one or more shading elements, to provide support for the one or more shading elements;
a base assembly, coupled to the support assembly, to provide contact with a surface;
one or more microphones to capture spoken or audio commands;
one or more processors;
one or more memory modules;
one or more wireless communication transceivers;
wherein computer-readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules are executable by the one or more processors to:
convert the captured audio commands into audio files; and
perform voice recognition on the converted audio files to generate instructions or commands based, at least in part, on the converted audio files; and
one or more environmental sensors, wherein the audio command requests sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors, and the computer-readable instructions are executable by the one or more processors to generate and communicate the instructions or commands to the one or more environmental sensors to capture sensor measurements and receive the captured sensor measurements from the one or more environmental sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,334,920

UMBRELLA HOLDER AND STABILIZATION SYSTEM

1. An umbrella holder and stabilization system for hands-free holding of an umbrella of a type having a pole, a canopy, shaft, and a crook handle, said umbrella holder and stabilization system, comprising:a housing having a bottom wall and a plurality of side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall that, collectively, define an interior space, said housing having a top wall spanning between upper edges of said plurality of side walls and defining an opening operable for receiving the crook handle of the umbrella into the interior space;
a neck strap member having a first end and a second end opposite said first end and a neck strap fastener coupling said first end to said second end so that said neck strap member is a loop;
at least one clamp slidably coupled to said neck strap member having a configuration that is slidable along an extent of said neck strap member and is operable to releasably capture the pole of the umbrella;
wherein said housing includes a fastener operably coupled to said neck strap for coupling said housing to said neck strap member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,918

CUSTOMISABLE JEWELLERY

1. A customisable item of jewellery comprising a plurality of adornments each of which incorporate a head and a pin; a grid with a plurality of openings defining a plurality of distinct closely contiguous adornment locations, and attachment means suitable for releasably retaining a pin of an adornment in each selected one of said plurality of openings; whereby once a plurality of adornments are attached to said attachment means, a cluster of releasable adornments is formed, wherein said attachment means comprises a layer of resilient material which is provided beneath said grid and which spans a plurality of said openings and said pin has a barb, whereby said layer of resilient material is positioned to receive said barb; the barb and pin being retained within the resilient material by frictional contact between the pin and the resilient material when the barb and the pin are inserted into the resilient material.

US Pat. No. 10,334,917

PENDANT ADAPTER FOR INTERLOCKING BUILDING TOY

1. A multi-functional pendant includinga plurality of interlocking toy pieces and an interchangeable adaptor for converting said plurality of interlocking toy pieces into said multi-functional pendant,
each said interlocking toy piece comprises at least one protruding stud on one side and at least one depression notch on a different side of said interlocking toy piece, said at least one protruding stud of each one of said interlocking toy pieces is removably engageable, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch on any other of said interlocking toy pieces; and,
said interchangeable adaptor comprises at least one fastener shaped to fit into a space defined around said at least one protruding stud, said at least one fastener is made of a piece of material sufficiently thinner than a thickness of said at least one protruding stud for enabling said at least one fastener to be firmly clamped between at least two of said interlocking toy pieces when the at least one protruding stud has been engaged, by an interference fit, with said at least one depression notch; and, wherein said interchangeable adaptor further comprises at least one aperture for connecting the multi-functional pendant to a variety of accessories.

US Pat. No. 10,334,916

SUB-ASSEMBLY OF EXTERNAL PARTS FOR TIMEPIECE OR WATCH OR PIECE OF JEWELLERY

1. A sub-assembly of external watch parts, comprising:a first component comprising edges which project from an inner face of a first skirt and first undercuts in the inner face that are positioned axially above each of the edges, and
a second component comprising wings which project radially outward from a second skirt and second undercuts,
wherein said first component and said second component are provided to occupy a first dismantled position for insertion in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation or to occupy a second assembled and locked position in which said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a second angular orientation different from said first angular orientation and are retained axially by a bayonet fit between at least two said edges and at least two said wings,
wherein at least said first component or said second component comprises, at least in part in the thickness of said first skirt or respectively second skirt, at least one elastically deformable zone comprising a lug which is provided to cooperate, by indexing in a relative position between said first component and second component, with a limit stop for angular indexation and locking, which the other of said first component and second component comprises, and
wherein, in said first dismantled position for insertion, said first component and said second component have, one relative to the other, a first angular orientation, and are retained at a distance, one from the other, by repulsion means, which comprise magnetic repulsion means and/or at least one elastic element and/or at least one sealing joint, and, in said second assembled and locked position, said first component and said second component are retained axially counter to the resistant force exerted by said repulsion means.

US Pat. No. 10,334,915

ATTACHMENT LINK

The Swatch Group Research...

1. An attachment link for a watch band arranged to attach the band to a watch case between horns, wherein the attachment link is U-shaped with two arms extending out from a base, wherein a first end of the attachment link is fixed to a watch band strand between the two arms and a second end of the attachment link is formed by the bottom face of the base and is arranged to be against the case, wherein the attachment link is positioned between the horns against the case and held with a bar,wherein the attachment link comprises means for blocking pivoting in order to firmly hold the attachment link between the horns and against the case, the blocking means comprising at least one of:
a first blocking element mounted on the bottom face of the base of the attachment link and projecting outward from the bottom face towards the case, and
a second blocking element mounted on an outside face of each of the two arms of the attachment link and projecting outward from the outside face towards the horns.

US Pat. No. 10,334,914

TWIST LOCK

TEDDER INDUSTRIES, LLC, ...

1. A locking mechanism, comprising:a first male portion, comprising a post having a central axis aligned in a direction of a height of the post, the height of the post including a distance from a base of the post to a first end of the post, and including a slot recessed into an exterior surface of a side of the post, parallel to the central axis, the slot originates at the first end of the post opposite the base of the post and extends along the exterior surface of the side of the post and adjoins a locking groove recessed into the exterior surface of the side of the post, perpendicular to the slot and extending along the exterior surface of the side of the post a length equal to a fraction of a perimeter of the post; and
a second female portion, comprising a ring arranged to fit over the first end of the post, and including a locking fin protruding from an interior surface of a side of the ring, the locking fin arranged to extend into the slot when the ring is placed over the first end of the post and to extend into the locking groove when the ring is positioned on the post a preset distance above the base of the post and rotated in a first rotational direction with respect to the post.

US Pat. No. 10,334,913

ADJUSTABLE ZIPPER PULL ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable zipper pull assembly comprising:a cord;
a plurality of protrusions extending from the cord; and
a slidable member disposed on the cord and slidable relative to the cord, the slidable member having a first aperture that receives a first region of the cord, and a second aperture that receives a second region of the cord such that the cord defines a closed loop;
wherein at least one of the slidable member and the protrusions are flexible such that one of the slidable member and the protrusions deflects relative to the other of the slidable member and the protrusions to enable the slidable member to slide over the protrusions while sliding relative to the cord and adjusting a size of the loop about a top portion of a zipper slider.

US Pat. No. 10,334,912

MULTIFUNCTION KEY FOB

1. A multifunction key fob, comprising:a housing defining an opening through which a key is deployed;
a moveable key tray contained within said housing and comprising a plurality of key slots;
a tray motor mounted in said housing and operably connected to said moveable tray; and
a plurality of key selector buttons on a surface of said housing, said key selector buttons corresponding to each of said key slots, wherein selecting one of said key selector buttons causes the key in the corresponding slot to be deployed, through said opening, to a useable position.

US Pat. No. 10,334,910

SHOE HAVING ELASTIC TONGUE-SECURING STRAPS

Dynasty Footwear, Ltd., ...

1. A shoe comprising:(a) a sole;
(b) an upper, extending above the sole, that includes a front section, a first side section, a second side section, a rear section, and a tongue that originates from the front section and extends toward the rear section; and
(c) an elastic strap that at least one of (i) extends over and across the tongue, (ii) is attached to the tongue, or (iii) extends from a side edge of the tongue,
wherein the tongue extends between and partially underneath the first side section and the second side section,
wherein the first side section includes an opening, and
wherein the elastic strap includes a first portion, having a proximal end attached to the tongue, that extends along an interior surface of the first side section, a second portion, extending from the first portion, that passes through the opening, and a third portion, extending from the second portion, that runs along an outside surface of the first side section.

US Pat. No. 10,334,909

ELASTIC SHOELACE WITH A RING

1. An elastic shoelace comprising:a knot (3) located at one end of the elastic shoelace;
a circular eye (2) located opposite the knot at an other end of the elastic shoelace;
a ring (5) that is received by and located on the eye (2); and
a tag (6) provided on the ring;
wherein the elastic shoelace is inserted with the eye (2) through a set of holes (B) in a lower section of a shoe (A) upwards and once the elastic shoelace is secured in the set of holes (B) in the shoe (A), the knot (3) is fixed behind a first bottom hole (B) of the shoe (A) and the ring (5) is hooked onto an adequate threaded pin (4) arranged on the shoe (A).

US Pat. No. 10,334,908

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DECOUPLED UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a longitudinal direction extending along a major axis of the article of footwear and a lateral direction extending along a minor axis of the article of footwear;
an upper and a sole structure;
a connecting member comprising a first sheet of material forming an upper layer and a second sheet of material forming a lower layer, the upper layer being attached to the lower layer at a central attachment portion that extends longitudinally along the connecting member;
the upper layer being attached to the upper and the lower layer being attached to the sole structure;
the connecting member including a lateral decoupled portion extending laterally from the central attachment portion to a lateral side of the connecting member and including a first free portion of the upper layer and a first free portion of the lower layer;
an opening disposed between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, wherein the opening is also disposed between the upper and the sole structure;
a covering portion positioned adjacent an exterior surface of the upper, wherein the covering portion has a first end portion disposed adjacent to an upper periphery of the sole structure and a second end portion positioned adjacent a lacing edge of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the covering portion is configured to cover the opening between the first free portion of the upper layer and the first free portion of the lower layer, and wherein the covering portion is configured to cover a portion of the exterior surface of the upper;
wherein the lower layer of the connecting member and a portion of the covering portion separate the upper from the sole structure, and wherein the lower layer of the connecting member extends from a medial edge of the sole structure to a lateral edge of the sole structure; and
wherein the first end portion of the covering portion is attached between the lower layer of the connecting member and the sole structure.

US Pat. No. 10,334,906

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC FOOTWEAR AND CONTROL LOGIC FOR AUTOMATED INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED PEDESTRIAN TRACKING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method for automating a collaborative operation between an intelligent electronic shoe (IES) and an intelligent transportation management (ITM) system, the IES including an upper for attaching to a foot of a user and a sole structure attached to the upper for supporting thereon the foot of the user, the method comprising:transmitting, via a transmitter-detector module communicatively connected to a traffic system controller of the ITM system, a prompt signal to a detection tag attached to the sole structure and/or upper of the IES;
receiving, via the transmitter-detector module, a response signal emitted by the detection tag responsive to receiving the prompt signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the response signal, a user location of the user;
receiving, via the traffic system controller from a footwear controller attached to the sole structure and/or upper, sensor data indicative of a speed and a heading of the IES;
determining, via the traffic system controller, a first operating state of a traffic signal proximate the user location and communicatively connected to the traffic system controller;
determining, via the traffic system controller based on the received sensor data, an expected incursion time that the IES will breach a traffic lane regulated by the traffic signal;
determining, via the traffic system controller, an estimated phase change time between a current time and a preprogrammed phase change time at which the traffic signal is scheduled to switch from the first operating state to the second operating state;
determining, via the traffic system controller, if the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time; and
transmitting, via the traffic system controller to the traffic signal responsive to a determination that the expected incursion time is less than the estimated phase change time, a command signal to switch from the first operating state to a second operating state.

US Pat. No. 10,334,904

SPORTS HELMET WITH ROTATIONAL IMPACT PROTECTION

BAUER HOCKEY, LLC, Blain...

1. A hockey or lacrosse helmet for protecting the head of a player, the hockey or lacrosse helmet comprising:(a) a rigid outer shell defining an external surface of the helmet, the rigid outer shell comprising a plurality of shell members movable relative to one another to adjust the fit of the helmet on the player's head;
(b) an inner padding configured to conform to the head of the player, the inner padding being configured to decrease a radial acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a radial impact acting against the outer shell, said inner padding comprising a plurality of inner pad members, the inner pad members being associated with respective ones of the shell members so that when the shell members move relative to one another a corresponding movement is imparted to the associated inner pad members;
(c) a rotational impact cushioning arrangement comprising at least one thin and flexible piece of damping material configured to reduce a rotational acceleration of the head of the player as a result of a rotational impact acting against the outer shell, the thin and flexible piece of damping material having a main surface and a thickness, the main surface having an extent that is greater than the thickness, the thin and flexible piece of damping material residing at a location which is adjacent the head of the player when the helmet is worn and the main surface being oriented towards the head of the player when the helmet is worn, the location of the thin and flexible piece of damping material being such that displacement of the shell members relative to one another produces a movement of the thin and flexible piece of damping material relative to at least one of the inner pad members, wherein the thin and flexible piece of damping material is configured such that a rotational impact on the outer shell induces a lateral distortion of the thin and flexible piece of damping material in a direction along the main surface thereof; and
(d) an adjustment mechanism operable by the player and configured to allow the shell members to move relative to one another to perform an adjustment of the fit of the helmet on the player's head.

US Pat. No. 10,334,903

RETRACTABLE DISPLAYS FOR HELMETS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A helmet comprising:an outer shell;
a heads-up information system comprising a display, the heads-up information system movable from a storage position within the outer shell to a use position in which the display of the heads-up information system is visible by the user, when the helmet is worn by the user; and
an attachment assembly coupled to the outer shell and the heads-up information system and operable to move the heads-up information system between the storage position and the use position;
wherein, the axis of movement from the use position to the storage position is something other than an axis normal to the plane of the user's vision.

US Pat. No. 10,334,902

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM

Revision Military S.a.r.L...

1. An attachment system for mounting an accessory to a wearable article, the attachment system comprising:an attachment plate securable to an attachment base on a wearable article;
a first engaging element on the attachment plate, the first engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a second engaging element on the attachment base;
a flexible member extending in a direction from a first side of the attachment plate toward a second side of the attachment plate opposite the first side; and
a third engaging element coupled to the flexible member, the third engaging element constructed and arranged to engage a fourth engaging element on the attachment base;
first and second grips positioned on opposite sides of the flexible member, the flexible member and the first and second grips configured such that movement of the grips toward one another deforms the flexible member, wherein:
when the first engaging element is engaged with the second engaging element on the attachment base, the third engaging element is movable between an unlocked position in which the third engaging element is not engaged with the fourth engaging element on the attachment base, and a locked position in which the third engaging element is engaged with the fourth engaging element to secure the attachment body to the attachment base, and
the third engaging element is movable between the locked and unlocked positions via deformation of the flexible member.

US Pat. No. 10,334,900

MAGNETIC CLOSURES

The North Face Apparel Co...

10. A releasable closure for connecting a first part to a second part along a predetermined length thereof, comprising:a. a first element coupled to the first part and encapsulating a smart fluid and extending along the predetermined length;
b. a compatible element coupled to the second part and extending along the predetermined length;
c. a switch for selectively inducing an electromagnetic field in the smart fluid thereby changing the state of the fluid and causing the first element to couple to the compatible element uniformly along the predetermined length; andwherein the smart fluid is any fluid whose magnetism changes in the presence of a magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,334,899

WEARABLE ADAPTIVE ELECTROACTIVE POLYMER FABRIC

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An adaptive fabric apparatus comprising:an adaptive garment capable of changing a size of fabric micro holes to modify a textile density, the adaptive garment including wearable electroactive fibers that contract to increase the size of fabric micro holes in response to an applied voltage; and
an adaptive fiber interface to adjust the textile density of the adaptive garment in response to an event-based trigger by modifying a voltage level applied to at least a portion of the wearable electroactive fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,334,898

RADIO FREQUENCY SHIELDED CLOTHING

19. Clothing for shielding a person from radio frequency energy relating to an electronic device comprising:a garment adapted to be worn by the person;
said garment including at least one pocket having an inner panel and an outer panel, said pocket sized to hold the electronic device; and
said inner panel of the pocket including a shield material, the shield material shielding a person from radio frequency energy relating to an electronic device, the shield material including a shield edge, where the shield material is folded partially around the pocket to move the shield edge away from the person.

US Pat. No. 10,334,897

QUICK-DRYING, TACKY POLYMER FILM COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF USE

University of Maryland, C...

1. A solution comprising:About 0.5% to about 1.5% by weight of a chitosan, in which about 2% to about 15% of available functional groups of the chitosan are covalently attached to hydrophobic moieties, about 8% to about 13% by weight of glycerol; about 1.5% by weight of acetic or lactic acid, about 60% to about 70% by weight of an alcohol, and about 18% to about 22% by weight of water.

US Pat. No. 10,334,895

MEDICAL GOWN WITH EASY TIE STRAP

1. A medical gown to be worn by a person comprising:a front portion,
opposite first and second side portions,
a back portion having opposite left and right edges defining a vertical opening therebetween;
the side portions residing between the front and back portions;
each portion having top and bottom edges;
the front and back portions being joined to define a neck opening and opposite shoulder portions;
a first strap having a first end fixed to the back portion adjacent one of the left and right edges and a free second end;
a releasable fastener to temporarily hold a segment of the first strap to one of the shoulder portions, with the free second end hanging downwardly along the front portion; and
a second strap having a first end fixed to one of the side portions or to the front portion;
whereby the free second end of the first straps is held by the person and pulled to release the first strap from the one shoulder portion and pulled to close the opening in the back portion without reaching behind the person's back.

US Pat. No. 10,334,893

ATHLETIC BAND WITH REMOVABLE MODULE

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A device configured to be worn by a user comprising:a housing configured to be worn along an appendage of a user, the housing including:
a sensor, such that upon proper placement of the housing on the appendage of the user, the sensor is aligned at a first orientation that is directly on or over the appendage of the user;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium that comprises computer-executable instructions, that when executed by the processor perform at least:
receiving first sensor data from the sensor at a first time period in which the sensor is located at a first location of a plurality of locations
calculating, using the first sensor data, a first value of a physiological parameter for the user;
instructing the user to perform a specific activity configured to trigger a known tension within a specific muscle within the appendage at the first location;
receiving second sensor data from the sensor during the specific activity;
calculate, using the second sensor data, a second value of the physiological parameter for the user; and
comparing the first value for the physiological parameter to the second value for the physiological parameter,
wherein if the first value for the physiological parameter is within a threshold range of the second value for the physiological parameter, communicate a notification to the user that a calibration is complete and the device is positioned correctly on the appendage of the user, and
wherein if the first value for the physiological parameter is outside of a threshold range of the second value for the physiological parameter, instruct the user to reposition the device on the appendage to a second location within the plurality of locations.

US Pat. No. 10,334,891

BRASSIERE WITH A CONCEALING ELEMENT

1. A brassiere comprising:cups, each cup having at least one frame,
straps, each strap connecting to a cup at an apex,
a bottom band, and
elements configured to cover a wearer's breast tip region, wherein the elements are respectively arranged on a cup's inner side that faces a wearer's body, and the elements only partly cover the cups' inner side facing the wearer's body, and the elements are connected to the brassiere in at least three positions, at least one of the positions being the apex, and the remaining positions including one or more frames of the cup, the strap, or the bottom band.

US Pat. No. 10,334,890

BRA AND/OR BRA PAD FOR PROVIDING THE APPEARANCE OF SYMMETRY TO ASYMMETRICAL BREASTS

1. A breast apparatus comprising:a first breast cup comprising (i) a first inner surface having a concave shape and (ii) a first outer surface having a convex shape, wherein said first inner surface and said first outer surface are both molded by compressing a single solid piece of flexible material; and
a second breast cup comprising (i) a second inner surface having said concave shape and (ii) a second outer surface having said convex shape, wherein (a) said second inner surface and said second outer surface are both molded by compressing a single solid piece of flexible material, (b) said concave shape is selected from a number of standard breast cup sizes, (c) said convex shape is selected from a number of available breast cup sizes, (d) first breast cup and said second breast cup are each removably inserted into an interior of a breast covering garment, (e) said first breast cup and said second breast cup each include an adherent, (f) said adherent of said first breast cup is configured to removably attach said first breast cup to said interior of said breast covering garment via a first slot and (g) said adherent of said second breast cup is configured to removably attach and said second breast cup to said interior of said breast covering garment via a second slot.

US Pat. No. 10,334,887

ATOMIZER AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

1. An atomizer comprising:a storage member; and
a cigarette holder;
wherein an inductive chamber and an airflow passage are separately defined in the storage member, an air suction port is defined on the cigarette holder, the cigarette holder is movably sleeved on an end of the storage member, the cigarette holder can alternate between a locked state and an unlocked state with respect to the storage member by moving the cigarette holder; when the cigarette holder is in the locked state, at least one of the inductive chamber and the airflow passage is closed by the cigarette holder; when the cigarette holder is in the unlocked state, the air suction port communicates with both of the inductive chamber and the airflow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,334,885

FEATURE SYNCHRONIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC VAPOR PROVISION SYSTEMS

Nicoventures Holdings Lim...

15. A first vaping system, comprising:a first electronic vapor provision system;
a first memory comprising a group identification (ID) associated with a synchronization group;
a first mobile communication device arranged to detect a signal from a remote second vaping system comprising a second electronic vapor provision system, the signal comprising a token associated with the group ID at a trusted server indicating that the second vaping system is a member of the synchronization group; and
a processor arranged to modify a setting associated with an illuminated portion of the first electronic vapor provision system to a setting common to members of the synchronization group upon the first mobile communication device transmitting the received group ID and the received token to the trusted server and receiving from the trusted server an indication that the received token is validly associated with the group ID at the trusted server.

US Pat. No. 10,334,884

AEROSOL GUIDING DEVICE AND AEROSOL GENERATING SYSTEM COMPRISING SAID AEROSOL GUIDING DEVICE

JT International S.A., (...

1. An aerosol generating system, the system comprising:aerosol generating means;
aerosol delivery means; and
an aerosol guiding device,
wherein the aerosol guiding device comprises a chamber having an air inlet, an air outlet, an upstream portion that tapers inwardly from the air inlet, and a downstream portion that tapers inwardly from the air outlet, the aerosol delivery means being configured such that aerosol is introduced from the aerosol generating means into the chamber in use, and
wherein an airflow route is defined from the air inlet to the air outlet, and the relative dimensions of the air inlet and the air outlet are selected to provide pressure control means for controlling the pressure differential between the air inlet and the air outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,334,882

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

1. An electronic cigarette, comprising:a base part; and
a cartridge configured to be assembled to the base part;
wherein said base part includes a battery and at least one heating element connected to the battery;
wherein said cartridge includes:
a substance chamber configured for containing therein a substance to be smoked, said substance chamber comprising a substance outlet;
a vaporization chamber in communication with the substance outlet for receiving said substance therein; and
at least one heat transfer unit configured, at least when the cartridge is assembled to the base part, for being heated by the at least one heating element of the base part and for heating the substance being provided via said substance outlet for its vaporization in the vaporization chamber; and
wherein, when the cartridge is assembled to the base part, the at least one heating element is separated from the vaporization chamber by the heat transfer unit.

US Pat. No. 10,334,880

AEROSOL DELIVERY DEVICE INCLUDING CONNECTOR COMPRISING EXTENSION AND RECEPTACLE

RAI Strategic Holdings, I...

1. An aerosol delivery device, comprising:a control body including an electrical power source and a first connector portion; and
a cartridge comprising:
a reservoir configured to contain an aerosol precursor composition;
an atomizer comprising a heating element configured to heat the aerosol precursor composition received from the reservoir to produce an aerosol; and
a second connector portion,
the first connector portion and the second connector portion being configured to releasably engage each other,
the first connector portion comprising an extension electrically coupled to the electrical power source and the second connector portion comprising a receptacle configured to receive the extension, the receptacle comprising flexible heating terminals electrically coupled to the heating element of the atomizer and configured to form a mechanical connection with the extension by mechanically engaging a detent formed on the extension, the extension comprising a plurality of contact sections positioned along a longitudinal length thereof, the contact sections being electrically insulated from one another by at least one spacer and being configured to form an electrical connection with the receptacle, the receptacle being configured to receive electrical power from the extension.

US Pat. No. 10,334,879

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR METERING AND VAPORIZING A FLUID

FUNAI ELECTRIC CO., LTD, ...

1. A vaporization device, comprising:a fluid supply containing a vaporizable fluid;
a bubble pump having an inlet in flow communication with the fluid supply for receiving the vaporizable fluid therefrom, a fluid flow path, flow sequencing heaters located within the fluid flow path, and an outlet, wherein the bubble pump is operative to pump the vaporizable fluid from the fluid supply to the outlet of the bubble pump; and
a planar fluid vaporization heater made of a thin film resistor material, the vaporization heater being separate from the bubble pump located adjacent to the outlet of the bubble pump, wherein the fluid supply and the bubble pump are incorporated onto a printed circuit board, the fluid vaporization heater having a heated fluid contact surface to receive the vaporizable fluid from the outlet of the bubble pump and to heat and thereby vaporize the received fluid into the atmosphere.

US Pat. No. 10,334,877

ATOMIZING HEAD ASSEMBLY

Joyetech (Changzhou) Elec...

1. An atomizer head assembly, comprising:an outer tube;
an inner tube disposed inside the outer tube, having air channels for air to pass through;
a liquid storage chamber formed between an outer surface of the inner tube and an inner surface of the outer tube;
one or more through holes formed on a lateral side of the outer tube, communicating with the liquid storage chamber;
an atomizing chamber formed inside the inner tube;
one or more first openings formed on a lateral side of the inner tube, communicating with the liquid storage chamber;
a liquid guide element disposed inside the atomizing chamber; and
a holder disposed inside the inner tube, the holder including a plurality of through holes vertically pierced through a wall of the holder such that a plurality of wires of a heating element penetrating through the through holes connects the heating element with a conductive member and a connecting seat, respectively, the connecting seat being provided under the outer tube and supporting the outer tube, wherein the connecting seat has a seat neck protruding upwardly from a top surface of the connecting seat, wherein the seat neck comprises two arc-shaped portions spaced part from each other, and the seat neck is configured to have an outer diameter substantially same as an inner diameter of the inner tube such that the inner tube is press fit onto the seat neck to be fixed to the connecting seat;
wherein the holder comprises one or more second openings formed on a lateral side of the holder, and wherein the one or more second openings have shapes, sizes, and locations on the holder corresponding to shapes, sizes, and locations of the one or more first openings formed on the inner tube; and
wherein the liquid guide element is mounted in the one or more first openings of the inner tube and is also mounted in the one or more second openings of the holder such that ends of the liquid guide element are in fluid communication with the liquid storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,334,876

SYSTEM COMPRISING A SIMULATED CIGARETTE DEVICE AND A REFILL UNIT

KIND CONSUMER LIMITED, L...

1. A simulated smoking device comprising:a simulated cigarette; and
a refill device containing refill gas for the simulated cigarette and having a first recess for selectively retaining the simulated cigarette in a first position when the simulated cigarette is not in use and not being refilled, and a second recess for receiving the simulated cigarette in a second position different from the first position to refill the simulated cigarette with the refill gas, the refill device further comprising a dose counter to register, and display to a user, a number of times that the simulated cigarette is refilled.

US Pat. No. 10,334,873

BREAKABLE CAPSULES AND METHODS OF FORMING THEREOF

Altria Client Services LL...

7. A breakable capsule useful in a smoking article or a smokeless tobacco product, the breakable capsule comprising:an outer shell formed of a cross-linked agar matrix including at least one filler; and
an inner core surrounded by the outer shell which comprises a liquid or gel based composition of a flavorant and/or non-flavorant;wherein the cross-linked agar matrix is reinforced with carboxymethyl cellulose dispersed throughout the agar matrix so as to fill empty spaces in the agar matrix and inhibit the composition from passing through the empty spaces of the agar matrix, wherein the at least one filler includes locust bean gum and at least one additional filler wherein the ratio of agar to locust bean gum to carboxymethyl cellulose to the at least one additional filler in an aqueous shell forming solution used to form the outer shell is about 1-2 to about 0.05-0.5 to about 0.05-0.5 to about 3.2-7.

US Pat. No. 10,334,871

SYSTEM, DISPOSABLE CARTRIDGE, AND METHOD FOR THE PREPARATION OF A LIQUID PRODUCT

Apiqe Holdings, LLC, Tor...

1. System for the preparation of a liquid food product, which system comprises:a) a disposable cartridge filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient to be combined with a base liquid for the preparation of a liquid product, the disposable cartridge comprising:
a cartridge body with a bottom and a top, the body delimiting a reservoir that is filled with a single serve portion of a liquid ingredient,
wherein the cartridge body has an aperture in communication with said reservoir, which aperture is hermetically sealed by a sealing film, said sealing film having a portion that covers said reservoir,
wherein cartridge body is provided with one or more dispensing passages arranged to dispense the liquid ingredient from the reservoir,
b) a dispensing apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a holder adapted to accommodate and retain the disposable cartridge at a dispensing location in the apparatus,
a pressurized gas source,
wherein the apparatus is adapted to bring said pressurized gas source in direct communication with the reservoir of the disposable cartridge so as to allow said liquid ingredient therein to be pressurized by said gas thereby assisting the dispensing thereof from the reservoir via said one or more dispensing passages,
wherein the system is adapted to create one or more openings in said portion of the sealing film that covers the reservoir, and
wherein the dispensing apparatus further comprises a pressurization dome member having a peripheral gas seal, which is adapted to sealingly engage the disposable cartridge around a location where said one or more openings are created in said sealing film to allow entry of said pressurized gas into the reservoir,
and in that the pressurized gas source is connected to said dome member and is adapted to feed pressurized gas beneath said dome member within the contour of the peripheral gas seal sealingly engaging the disposable cartridge, so as to allow said liquid ingredient in said reservoir to be pressurized by said gas via the one or more openings in said sealing film, thereby assisting the dispensing of the liquid ingredient from the reservoir via said one or more dispensing passages.

US Pat. No. 10,334,867

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMESTIBLE

INTERCONTINENTAL GREAT BR...

1. A method of manufacturing a comestible, the method comprising:providing at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible;
atomizing a releasing agent and expelling said releasing agent from an expelling device, wherein application of pressure to said releasing agent is unnecessary to achieve said atomizing;
applying said spray of said releasing agent to either a surface of said at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible, or to a surface of the comestible; and
controlling a shape of said spray of releasing agent applied to said surface of said at least one manufacturing instrument configured to contact the comestible or to said surface of the comestible by adjusting at least one of a position and angle of an air jet relative to an atomizing surface of said expelling device.

US Pat. No. 10,334,866

HANDHELD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR UNIFORM DECORATION OF THE SIDEWALL FOR FOODSTUFF

1. An assembly for uniform decoration of sidewall for baked foodstuff, the assembly comprising:a spray gun comprising:
a housing defined by a rear end, a middle portion forming an upper inlet, and a front end terminating at an outlet;
a conduit coaxially and longitudinally disposed through the housing from the rear end to the front end, the conduit in communication with the upper inlet of the housing;
a container comprising an end wall and a continuous sidewall extending from the end wall and terminating at an opening, the end wall and the continuous sidewall defined by a cavity, the container configured to join with the middle portion of the housing such that the opening of the container is in communication with the upper inlet of the housing;
a regulation valve operational to variably open and close the communication between the opening of the container and the upper inlet of the housing;
a fan disposed at the rear end of the housing, the fan configured to generate air flow through the conduit from the rear end to the outlet at the front end of the housing;
at least one switch operatively connected to the fan, or the regulation valve, or both, the at least one switch configured to control the rate of the fan, or the position of the regulation valve, or both the rate and the position;
a plurality of dispensing tips detachably attachable to the outlet at the front end of the housing, the plurality of dispensing tips configured to create different shapes or discharge patterns for the plurality of decorative granular members;
the container configured to supply edible decorative granular members; and
at least one shield, the at least one shield operational with the spray gun, the at least one shield configured to selectively position in front of the outlet of the spray gun.

US Pat. No. 10,334,865

BROWN BUTTER AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION THEREOF

1. A method for the continuous production of a brown butter product, comprising:heating a starting composition comprised of butter containing a starting moisture content in a first environment to cause a portion of the moisture to vaporize, thereby forming a moisture vapor and a concentrating butter composition, the concentrating butter composition having a reduced moisture content relative to the starting moisture content;
continuously transferring the concentrating butter composition and the moisture vapor to a second environment and removing the moisture vapor from the second environment to form a concentrated butter composition such that a moisture variation within the concentrated butter composition ranges up to about 3 percent before exiting the second environment; and
continuously transferring the concentrated butter composition to a third environment and heating the concentrated butter composition to cause a Maillard reaction in the concentrated butter composition to thereby form the brown butter product,
wherein the brown butter product is formed continuously in the third environment, and
wherein the brown butter product includes a moisture content of about 1 to about 6 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,334,863

NANO-CELLULOSE COATINGS TO PREVENT DAMAGE IN FOODSTUFFS

Oregon State University, ...

1. A plant, fruit, vegetable, or part thereof, substantially coated with a coating formed from a cellulose nanomaterial composition comprising 0.188 wt % to 2 wt % of a cellulose nanomaterial comprising cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocrystals, or a combination thereof, wherein a portion of the cellulose nanomaterial composition comprises cellulose microfibrils, cellulose microcrystals, or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,334,861

APPARATUS FOR FILLING TUBULAR CASES AND RELATED METHOD

1. A filling apparatus for filling gathered tubular cases with a pasty material such as sausage meat, comprising:a filling tube on to which a gathered tubular case can be pushed;
a moveable receiving portion which accommodates a first end of the filling tube and which is adapted to move the filling tube into a charging position in which the case can be put on to the filling tube and into a filling position in which the case can be filled;
a pushing-on device which is moveable axially relative to a filling tube longitudinal axis for pushing the case on to the filling tube in the charging position;
an axially moveable entrainment ring arranged on the filling tube; and
a sensing device for ascertaining a position of at least one of the entrainment ring and the pushing-on device.

US Pat. No. 10,334,852

PYRIDO-1,3-OXAZINE-2,4-DIONE COMPOUNDS WITH FUNGICIDAL ACTIVITY

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A compound of Formula I,
wherein:
R1 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C5 alkyl or cycloalkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R3 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R4 is hydrogen, halo, hydroxyl, alkyl, or alkoxy;
R5 is alkyl, cycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, alkoxy, aryloxy, heteroaryloxy, thioalkyl, thioaryl, or heterothioaryl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6;
R6 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkynyl, alkoxy, cyano or heterocyclyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R7;
R7 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, acyl, halo, alkenyl, alkoxy, or heterocyclyl; and
R8 is hydrogen or C1-C5 alkyl, each optionally substituted with 0, 1, or multiple R6.

US Pat. No. 10,334,851

HERBICIDAL ISOXAZOLO[5,4-B]PYRIDINES

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen (D...

1. A mixture comprising a herbicidally active amount of a compound of formula (I)
or of the agriculturally useful salt thereof as herbicides, where in formula I, the variables are as defined below:
R1 is hydrogen, halogen, C1-C6-alkyl, or C1-C6-haloalkyl;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, or C2-C6-alkynyl;
R3 is hydrogen, halogen, hydroxy, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, C1-C4-alkyl-C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkenyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkenyl, phenyl-C1-C6-alkyl, heterocyclyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C2-C6-haloalkynyl, C1-C6-alkoxy, C1-C6-haloalkoxy, C1-C6-alkylthio, C1-C6-haloalkylthio, amino, C1-C6-alkylamino, N,N-di-(C1-C6)-alkylamino, heterocyclyl, or phenyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members; and wherein the heterocyclyl and phenyl moieties of R3 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy-C1-C4-alkyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, C1-C4-alkylthio, C1-C4-alkylsulfinyl, C1-C4-alkylsulfonyl, amino, C1-C4-alkylamino, N,N-di-(C1-C4)-alkylamino, heterocyclyl, and phenyl;
X is OR4, SR5; or NR6R7;
R4, R5 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C1-C6-hydroxyalkyl, C1-C6-cyanoalkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkoxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyloxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyloxy-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxycarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkyl-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, N,N-di-(C1-C6-alkyl)-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, [N—(C3-C6-cycloalkyl-C1-C6-alkyl), N—(C1-C6-alkyl)]-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-alkoxy-aminocarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-haloalkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl-C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C2-C6-haloalkynyl, heterocyclyl, phenyl, heterocyclylcarbonyl, phenylcarbonyl, heterocyclylcarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, phenylcarbonyl-C1-C6-alkyl, heterocyclyl-C1-C6-alkyl, or phenyl-C1-C6-alkyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members; and wherein the phenyl and heterocyclyl moieties of R4 and R5 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, heterocyclyl, and phenyl;
R6, R7 is hydrogen, C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C1-C6-alkoxy, phenyl-C1-C6-alkoxy, phenyl, phenyl substituted with halogen, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, or SO2R8;
R8 is C1-C6-alkyl, C1-C6-haloalkyl, C2-C6-alkenyl, C2-C6-alkynyl, C3-C6-cycloalkyl, C3-C6-halocycloalkyl, or phenyl; wherein the phenyl moiety of R8 can be unsubstituted or substituted with one or more radicals selected from halogen, C1-C4-alkyl, C1-C4-haloalkyl, C1-C4-alkoxy, C1-C4-haloalkoxy, C1-C4-alkoxycarbonyl, heterocyclyl, and phenyl; wherein heterocyclyl is a 5- or 6-membered saturated, partially unsaturated or aromatic monocyclic ring, which contains 1, 2, 3, or 4 heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S as ring members;
or an agriculturally useful salt thereof,
and at least one herbicidal or growth-regulating active ingredient selected from the group consisting of 1,2,4-thiadiazoles, 1,3,4-thiadiazoles, amides, aminophosphoric acid, aminotriazoles, anilides, (het)aryloxyalkanoic acids, benzoic acid, benzothiadiazinones, 2-aroyl-1,3-cyclohexanediones, 2-hetaroyl-1,3-cyclohexanediones, hetaryl aryl ketones, benzylisoxazolidinones, carbamates, quinolinecarboxylic acid, chloroacetanilides, cyclohexenone oxime ethers, diazines, dichloropropionic acid, dihydrobenzofurans, dihydrofuran-3-ones, dinitroanilines, dinitrophenols, diphenyl ethers, dipyridyls, halocarboxylic acids, ureas, 3-phenyluracils, imidazoles, imidazolinones, N-phenyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydrophthalimides, oxadiazoles, oxiranes, phenols, aryloxy- and hetaryloxyphenoxypropionic esters, phenylacetic acid, 2-5 phenylpropionic acid, pyrazoles, phenylpyrazoles, pyridazines, pyridinecarboxylic acid, pyrimidyl ethers, sulfonamides, sulfonylureas, triazines, triazinones, triazolinones, triazolecarboxamides, uracils, phenyl pyrazolines, isoxazolines.

US Pat. No. 10,334,849

SALTS OF CARBOXYLIC ACID HERBICIDES

Monsanto Technology LLC, ...

1. A herbicide salt comprising an anion of an auxin herbicide and a cation of a compound selected from the group consisting of:(a) Formula I:
wherein R1 is substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkanol, substituted or unsubstituted C5-C20 cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C3-C20 heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, and R2 and R3 are independently hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl;(b) Formula II:
wherein R4 and R5 are independently hydrogen or substituted or unsubstituted hydrocarbyl, provided that when R5 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R4 is not an aminoalkyl or when R4 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R5 is not an aminoalkyl;(c) Formula III:
wherein R6 is hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C1-C20 alkanol, substituted or unsubstituted C5-C20 cycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C3-C20 heterocycloalkyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted alkylaryl, or substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl and R7 is hydrogen, oxo, or unsubstituted or substituted hydrocarbyl, provided that when R6 is an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R7 is not an aminoalkyl or when R7 is hydrogen or an unsubstituted C1-C6 alkyl, then R6 is not an aminoalkyl;(d) Formula IV:
wherein n is from 1 to about 20, from 1 to about 10, from about 3 to about 10, or from about 3 to about 6 and R8 and R9 are independently any substituent as defined for R7;(e) Formula V:

wherein X is O, NR10 or S and R10 is hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl; and tautomers and mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,334,839

REMOVABLE CATCH BASIN FILTER INSERT AND LIFTING APPARATUS

FROG CREEK PARTNERS, LLC

1. A system for filtering pollutants, the system comprising:an adapter conforming to and capable of being fixed in an opening leading to a cavity in a catch basin for receiving stormwater; and
a removable catch basin filter insert capable of being suspended by the adapter and inserted into the catch basin, wherein the removable catch basin filter insert includes:
a frame body having one or more frame elements, interconnected to provide mutual mechanical support and provide a space sized to receive the stormwater containing pollutants;
a lifting frame secured to and above the frame body and provided with one or more lifting points sized and positioned to be capable of removing the frame body from the catch basin;
a cover attached to the frame body by a first hinge, wherein the first hinge is configured to pivot the cover to be in an open position or a closed position; and
a trap door attached to a bottom end of the frame body by a second hinge capable of pivoting the trap door to be in an open position or a closed position, and
wherein the frame body forms a filter basket sufficiently porous to be capable of draining out the stormwater while capturing therein certain ones of the pollutants from the stormwater.

US Pat. No. 10,334,838

DEADFALL TRAP APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A deadfall trap apparatus for capturing an animal for survival, comprising:a body portion;
the body portion comprising a channel having first and second spaced apart walls connected by a web;
a trigger pivot point aperture, the trigger point aperture extending through both walls of the body portion;
a load support pivot point aperture extending through both walls of the body portion;
a pivoting trigger release;
the pivoting trigger release further comprising a trigger pivot point pin pivotably carried in the trigger pivot point aperture on the spaced apart walls of the body portion;
a releasable trigger element in contact with the pivoting trigger release when the deadfall trap apparatus is “set” and the releasable trigger element not in contact with the pivoting trigger release when the deadfall trap is “tripped”;
a pivotable load support having a length from one end of the pivotable load support to a second end of the pivotable load support, the pivotable load support having a load support pivot point aperture and a load support pivot point pin carried in the load support pivot point aperture;
the pivotable load support pivot point pin pivotably carried in the pivotable load support pivot point apertures formed in the spaced apart walls of the body portion of the deadfall trap apparatus; and
a linkage rod connecting the releasable trigger element to a linkage attachment point at one end of the pivotable load support.

US Pat. No. 10,334,837

APPLICATOR FOR PESTICIDES WITH TRIGGER AND CARTRIDGE

Bayer CropScience LP, Re...

1. An applicator comprisinga housing having a first end and a second end disposed along a longitudinal axis of the housing;
a pump enclosed by said housing;
a handle extending from said housing;
a cartridge having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the cartridge comprises a product in the form of a liquid or gel;
a cartridge receiving port proximate said first end of said housing;
wherein the proximal end of said cartridge is releasably attached to said cartridge receiving port along the longitudinal axis of the housing;
an outlet formed at said second end of said housing; and,
a trigger assembly housed in said handle and operatively attached to said pump,
wherein said trigger assembly moves said pump toward said cartridge receiving port further comprising a movable piston proximate said distal end of said cartridge, said movable piston arranged within a cavity within said cartridge, and a cap including an air vent fixedly attached to said distal end of said cartridge; wherein said movable piston pushes said liquid or gel product within said cartridge toward said cartridge receiving port when said liquid or gel product is pumped from said cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,334,834

FISHING TOOL ASSEMBLY

1. An assembly, comprising:a lower lever having a first end and a second end;
the first end of the lower lever has a slot configured to receive a fishing line;
the first end of the lower lever has an aperture which extends through a surface of the lower lever toward the slot; and
an upper lever having a first end and a second end;
the first end of the upper lever has a tooth integrally formed thereon, the tooth of the upper lever extending in a direction of the lower lever;
wherein the upper lever is configured to rotate around an axis of a hinge which connects the upper lever to the lower lever;
wherein the tooth of the upper lever is configured to pass through the aperture of the lower lever, when the second end of the upper lever is rotated in a downward direction toward the second end of the lower lever, to compress a fishing sinker from an open position to a closed position around the fishing line.

US Pat. No. 10,334,833

SPINNING REEL

SHIMANO INC., Sakai, Osa...

1. A spinning reel that forwardly releases a fishing line, the spinning reel comprising:a reel unit;
a handle including a handle shaft and a handle arm, the handle shaft rotatably supported by the reel unit at a first position, the handle arm mounted to the handle shaft and unitarily rotatable with the handle shaft, the handle arm extending in a radial direction from a rotational axis of the handle shaft;
a drive shaft including a first end and a second end located opposite to the first end, the drive shaft rotatably supported by the reel unit at a second position different from the first position;
a joint structure joining the handle shaft and the drive shaft such that the handle shaft is unitarily rotatable with the drive shaft; and
a rotation transmission mechanism including a drive gear and a pinion gear, the drive gear mounted to the drive shaft and unitarily rotatable with the drive shaft, the pinion gear disposed in a back-and-forth direction so as to be skew to the drive shaft, the pinion gear being meshed with the drive gear, wherein
the joint structure includes
a recess on one of the handle shaft and the drive shaft, and
a protrusion on the other of the handle shaft and the drive shaft, the protrusion engaged with the recess and unitarily rotatable with the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,334,831

FISHING NET AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Drifter Marine, Inc., Pe...

1. A fishing net comprising:a hoop formed of a section of tubing bent to a loop-like configuration, the hoop defining a net opening;
an elongate handle secured to the hoop at a proximal portion of the hoop; and
a net bag supported on the hoop;
wherein the hoop is hollow and is formed with a cross-sectional profile that varies in shape along at least a portion of the length of the section of tubing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,830

ROBOTICS SYSTEM FOR CULTURING AND CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS ON CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS

1. A robotic system for culturing and conducting experiments on a targeted organism comprising a nutating tower having:i. a nutating support assembly comprising a motor, a nutating support member, a top nutating ball slot, and a bottom nutating ball slot;
ii. a base nutating assembly comprising a base cylinder, a base nutating plate, a base belt, and a base nutating ball;
iii. a top nutating assembly comprising a top cylinder, a top nutating plate, a top belt and a top nutating ball;
iv. a well plate storage unit comprising four rods, rod spheres, rod spacers, and well plate shelves wherein (a) the rod spheres and the rob spacers are threaded in an alternate and repeated fashion onto each of the four rods; (b) each of the well plate shelves includes rod sphere features that sit on corresponding rod spheres; and (c) each of the well plate shelves is designed to store at least one well plate;
v. the motor drives the nutating support member and the bottom cylinder via the base belt;
vi. the nutating support member when driven by the motor drives the top cylinder via the top belt;
vii. the base nutating plate is connected to the base cylinder and the base nutating ball is positioned within the base nutating ball slot causing the base nutating plate to nutate in a first direction when the base cylinder is driven by the motor via the base belt;
viii. the top nutating plate is connected to the top cylinder and the top nutating ball is position within the top nutating ball slot causing the top nutating plate to nutate in the first direction when the top cylinder is driven by the nutating support member via the top belt;
ix. the nutating supporting member facilitates synchronization of nutation of the top nutating plate and the bottom nutating plate by transferring angular position of the motor from the bottom nutating plate to the top nutating plate; and
x. the top nutating plate and the bottom nutating plate cause the four rods to move in a fashion that transfer the nutating motion to all of the well plate shelves.

US Pat. No. 10,334,826

THUMB SUPPORTED ANIMAL TRAINING LEASH

1. A method of using a thumb supported leash, the method comprising:coupling a clasp of the thumb supported leash to a collar or a harness of an animal, the thumb supported leash comprising:
a thumb tab grip having a first end and a second end, the thumb tab grip is formed of a single piece of material that is folded over and coupled together to form a single aperture located at the first end between the pieces of material and the coupled portion forming the second end of the thumb tab grip;
a lead portion having a first end and a second end; and
a clasp, wherein:
the aperture located at the first end of the thumb tab grip includes a size to receive one thumb there through;
the second end of the thumb tab grip is coupled to the first end of the lead portion; and
the second end of the lead portion is coupled to the clasp;
receiving a thumb of a hand through the single aperture of a thumb tab grip of the thumb supported leash;
extending a second end formed of the coupled portions of material of the thumb tab grip across a palm of the hand; and
securing the thumb tab grip in response to grasping the second end of the thumb tab grip between the remaining fingers and the palm of the hand, wherein all material forming the thumb tab grip is around a thumb or between the remaining fingers and the palm of the hand.