US Pat. No. 10,166,594

SPRING FORMING DEVICE, METHOD FOR FORMING A HELICAL SPRING AND CORRESPONDING COMPUTER PROGRAM

SIMPLEX RAPID S.R.L., Sa...

1. Spring forming device comprising:a system for feeding a wire for forming a helical spring;
a winding system suitable for winding said wire according to a helical configuration having a predefined diameter (D) extending along a helix development axis (A);
one or more pitch tools, each adapted to act on wire such that it takes on said cylindrical helix configuration with a predetermined pitch (p);
a system for detecting an actual pitch (peff) of the spring forming in the device starting from said wire and
a control unit comprising means for detecting an amount (I) of the fed wire;
said control unit is configured to:
determine an actual length (Leff) of the spring forming in the device, based on the actual fed wire amount (I) and pitch (peff) detected for spring portions already formed in the device;
determine a reference length (L) as a function of said actual amount (I) of fed wire;
determine an error between said reference length (L) and said actual length (Leff); and
generate a command signal such that, during spring formation, the configuration of one of said one or more pitch tools is varied as a function of said error.

US Pat. No. 10,166,591

FORMING APPARATUS

Belvac Production Machine...

1. A rotatable forming apparatus for modifying a shape of a container, comprising: a frame having a lower base and an upper base, the lower base having a bottom surface and a generally opposing top surface, the bottom surface contacting a support surface; a forming turret assembly connected to the frame and including: a drive shaft extending in a vertical direction along a longitudinal axis from the top surface of the lower base to the upper base; a fixed turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft; a turret starwheel coaxial with the drive shaft, wherein the turret starwheel is configured to receive the container; an axially movable turret portion extending in the vertical direction along the drive shaft and above the fixed turret portion, the axially moveable turret portion including a cam and an adjustment mechanism configured to adjust the axially moveable turret portion in the vertical direction along the drive shaft with respect to the fixed turret portion so as to configure the forming turret assembly readily adjustable for containers of different lengths; forming ram assemblies extending around and connected to the axially movable turret portion, wherein each of the forming ram assemblies includes: cam followers configured to follow the cam as the cam rotates; a forming die operatively connected to the cam followers such that the forming die moves in the vertical direction while following the cam; a knockout tooling device; and a drive cylinder that causes axial movement of the knockout tooling device and is configured to operate independently of the forming die.

US Pat. No. 10,166,589

FORMING TOOL AND METHOD FOR HOT FORMING AND PARTIALLY PRESS HARDENING A WORKPIECE MADE OF SHEET STEEL

Gestamp Umformtechnik Gmb...

1. A forming tool for hot forming and partially press hardening a workpiece made of sheet steel, comprising:a die,
a punch which can be inserted into a cavity of the die to form the workpiece, and
a cooling device,
wherein the die is formed of a first die part and at least one second die part which is movable relative to the first die part, while the punch is formed of a first punch part and at least one second punch part which is movable relative to the first punch part,
wherein the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part interact with an opening device which causes the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to contact the workpiece for a shorter time than the first die part and the first punch part, and
wherein the die parts are movably connected to a die carrier and the punch parts are movably connected to a punch carrier, the die carrier and the punch carrier each being provided with a ram, and wherein when the die carrier and the punch carrier are moved closer together, the rams cause the at least one second die part and the at least one second punch part to move apart.

US Pat. No. 10,166,587

SMART ACTIVE CONTROL ROLLER HEMMING DEVICE AND SYSTEM

KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, ...

1. A smart active control hemming device, comprising:a robot arm; and
a hemming roller unit disposed at a front end portion of the robot arm,
wherein the hemming roller unit comprises:
a plurality of hemming rollers;
a control motor driven with an electric motor to adjust a hemming pressure or position of at least one of the hemming rollers; and
a pressure detection sensor configured to detect a hemming pressure of the hemming roller in which a hemming pressure is adjusted by the control motor, and
wherein the smart active control hemming device further comprises:
a signal amplification device configured to amplify a pressure signal detected by the pressure detection sensor;
a hemming pressure input unit configured to receive an input of a target value of a hemming pressure formed by the hemming rollers; and
a hemming pressure active controller configured to receive an actual value of a hemming pressure detected by the pressure detection sensor through the signal amplification device and compare the actual value with the target value to adjust a hemming pressure using the control motor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,586

REFORM TUB IRIS TO ALSO INCLUDE COIL SHEAR

PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES US...

1. A combined iris and shear unit for a coil forming device, the unit comprising:an actuator and a plurality of support members coupled together in series to support formation of a coil and connected to the actuator; wherein each support member further comprises a retractable shear blades of a combined iris and shear unit, the actuator adapted to cause movement of the support members between an open position with the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit being retracted away from a reform tub wall, so that coil forming takes place within the reform tub without interference;
a support position with the retractable blades extended into the reform tub and providing support for the coil; or a shear position for cutting the coil before it is extracted, wherein the actuator receives signals from a controller to cause the retractable shear blades of the combined iris and shear unit to move to a required position where movement of each of the retractable shear blades occurs in conjunction with movement of one or more supporting member, and
a coil height sensor that is positioned at the top of the reform tub and a controller, whereby retraction or extension of the supports is controlled in response to signals from the height sensor received by the controller, wherein when the coil height sensor is triggered a first time the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit performs the support function of an iris and is used to provide a gradual coil build up needed within the reform tub, when the coil height sensor is triggered a second time the combined iris and shear unit is opened to let the coil drop to a coil plate, having weight sensors, until a specified coil weight has been achieved and then the combined iris and shear unit is closed, the retractable blades of the combined iris and shear unit are moved into a cutting position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,583

PROCESS FOR HOT-ROLLING METALLIC HOLLOW BODIES AND CORRESPONDING HOT-ROLLING MILL

SMS group GmbH, Duesseld...

1. A method for hot-rolling a metallic, elongated hollow body, said method comprising:disposing a rolling rod in the hollow body;
providing a solid lubricant as a lubricant film;
applying the lubricant film in solid form to the rolling rod; and
subsequently hot rolling the hollow body after the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod;
wherein a first roller disposed adjacent to the rolling rod presses the lubricant film onto the rolling rod; and
wherein:
a functional agent is provided as a functional agent film or as a functional agent sheet and the functional agent film or the functional agent sheet is applied in solid form to the rolling rod or to the lubricant film before the lubricant film is applied in solid form to the rolling rod.

US Pat. No. 10,166,582

SPINNING METHOD AND SPINNING APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A spinning method comprising:supporting a supported portion of a cylindrical work by a work supporting portion; pressing a roller of a spinning head against an outer peripheral surface of a processed portion of the work while revolving the roller; and
performing a forming process that points a tube axis of the processed portion of the work in a given direction by moving the roller relative to the work supporting portion and moving a core bar relative to the roller such that a cooperation between the core bar and the roller reduces a diameter of the processed portion along a shape of a distal end portion of the core bar, while making the core bar inserted into the processed portion of the work contact an inner peripheral surface of the processed portion, and bringing the roller into contact with the outer peripheral surface of the processed portion positioned at a tapered portion of the distal end portion of the core bar.

US Pat. No. 10,166,581

INTEGRATED TRANSVERSE ROLLING MILL FOR SEAMLESS TUBES

1. A rolling mill with transverse rolling for rolling seamless tubes from a full-section billet, said rolling mill defining a first rolling axis, comprising:a piercing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a first tube having a first rolled product length after a piercing operation of said full-section billet,
at least one finishing stand having rolling rolls with respective skewed axes, having a rolling axis thereof coinciding with said first rolling axis, adapted to produce a second tube, starting from the first tube, having a second rolled product length after a finishing operation of the first tube,
characterized in that the at least one finishing stand is arranged downstream of the piercing stand at a distance equal to or greater than the length of the first rolled product, so that during rolling operations a front end of the first tube may only be gripped by the at least one finishing stand once the rear end of the first tube is no longer gripped by the piercing stand,
and in that the rolling mill comprises at least one stake provided with an end tip adapted to pierce and roll the billet, a first portion having a length greater than the length of the first rolled product, an intermediate tip, adapted to roll the first tube to transform it into a second tube, a second portion having a length greater than the length of the second rolled product, wherein a same stake is used for the piercing operation on the piercing stand and also for the finishing operation on the at least one finishing stand.

US Pat. No. 10,166,577

STORMWATER VAULT SERVICING PROCESS

1. A method of cleaning a stormwater vault comprising the steps of:selecting a stormwater vault having a periphery wall and a floor to form an interior chamber having an upper and lower chamber portion and having a stormwater inlet thereinto and an outlet therefrom, said vault floor having a downwardly sloped section extending from said periphery wall towards a central pickup area, said vault having an access entrance thereinto and having a water spray pipe having a plurality of spaced outlets therefrom mounted around the periphery of said vault interior chamber adjacent said sloped floor section, said outlets being aimed along the surface of said downwardly sloped floor sections for flushing debris settled in said vault interior chamber toward said central pickup area and a water supply pipe located in said vault interior chamber and connected to said water spray pipe and having a water coupling thereon positioned for attaching a water line thereto from outside said vault;
opening said vault access entrance;
inserting a vacuum suction line having an inlet end for drawing materials thereinto from said vault interior chamber through said access entrance;
withdrawing sediment in the bottom portion of said vault interior chamber beneath said inserted vacuum line;
connecting a water supply line to said water pipe coupling; and
applying water under pressure into said water spray pipe to spray water out said water spray pipe outlets to liquify and move the sediment in said vault interior chamber towards said vacuum inlet to withdraw the moved sediment from said vault.

US Pat. No. 10,166,576

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A LIQUID FREE OF PARTICLES

1. A system comprising:a high-pressure coolant system for supplying coolant to a machine tool under pressure, the high-pressure coolant system comprising a pump in fluid connection with at least one outlet via a first valve to provide high-pressure coolant to the machine tool and in fluid connection with a dump valve to relieve pressure upon a state change of the high-pressure coolant system in which supply of a high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system to the machine tool is stopped by closing the first valve;
at least one nozzle plumbed to the dump valve; and
at least one filter element, the at least one nozzle being configured to spray the at least one filter element with the high-pressure liquid from the high-pressure coolant system upon actuation of the dump valve upon the state change of the high-pressure coolant system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,574

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING SCREEN PANEL ASSEMBLIES FOR VIBRATORY SEPARATORS

National Oilwell Varco, L...

1. A method, comprising:fabricating a screen panel support frame having a curved non-planar shape, said curved non-planar shape having a first post-fabrication amount of curvature; and
after fabricating said screen panel support frame, performing a screen panel unitization process to unitize said screen panel support frame having said first post-fabrication amount of curvature with at least a plurality of layers of screening material, said screen panel unitization process inducing bowing in said screen panel support frame, wherein said screen panel unitization process is arranged so that, after completing said screen panel unitization process, said bowing induced in said screen panel support frame reduces a net amount of curvature in said screen panel support frame from said first post-fabrication amount of curvature to a second post-unitization amount of curvature that is less than said first post-fabrication amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,571

REFINING METHOD FOR MICROSTRUCTURE

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

1. A method for refining nano/micro structures, comprising:preparing a mixed solution including nano/micro structures with different dimensions;
spreading the mixed solution including the nano/micro structures on a substrate that is inclined to form a layer on the substrate including subsets of nano/micro structures, each of the subset having nano/micro structures with substantially same mass or size;
collecting a part of the layer on the substrate, the part of the layer including at least one subset of the nano/micro structures; and
recovering the subset of nano/micro structures included in the collected part of the layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,570

APPLICATOR SYSTEM FOR EXTRUSIVE DISPENSING OF WORK MATERIAL FROM COLLAPSIBLE CARTRIDGE

Plas-Pak Industries, Inc....

1. An applicator system for extrusive dispensing of work material from a flexible pre-charged portion of a cartridge unit, the system comprising:a body portion having an actuator portion and a housing portion coupled thereto;
said housing portion including a cartridge bay and an arresting member disposed forward of said cartridge bay and displaceably coupled thereto, said cartridge bay being configured to receive the cartridge unit and defining at least one containment compartment configured to receive and substantially enclose the flexible pre-charged cartridge of the cartridge unit, said arresting member being displaceable between open and closed configurations for releasable retention of the cartridge unit against forward escape from said cartridge bay, said arresting member in the open and closed configurations respectively opening and closing access to said containment compartment;
said actuator portion coupled to said housing portion in communication with said cartridge bay, said actuator portion including a drive member engaging the flexible pre-charged cartridge within said containment compartment; and,
said body portion including a handle and an activation member coupled thereto, said activation member being coupled to said actuator portion to selectively activate displacement of said drive member within said containment compartment responsive to user manipulation, said drive member being selectively driven thereby to compress the flexible pre-charged cartridge in a forward direction along and in direct contact with a surrounding inner surface of said containment compartment toward said arresting member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,569

PAINTING SYSTEM

1. A painting system comprising:a paint applicator having an elongated configuration with a length that is substantially greater than a width and a width that is substantially greater than a height, wherein the paint applicator has a generally planar shape;
a handle portion having a distal end; and
an applicator portion extending from the distal end of the handle portion, wherein the paint applicator is removably attachable to the applicator portion, wherein an engagement structure that extends from one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator, wherein the engagement structure has a linear shape, wherein a recess is formed in the one of the applicator portion and the paint applicator from which the engagement structure does not extend, wherein the recess is adapted to receive a portion of the engagement structure to restrict movement of the paint applicator with respect to the applicator portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,568

ASSEMBLY, IN PARTICULAR A PLAY FOUNTAIN

HOEKS BEHEER B.V., Baarn...

1. An assembly, comprising:a floor configured to support people;
a plurality of electrical devices including electric motors coupled to pumps and nozzles configured to generate jets of liquid, distributed over the floor;
a plurality of rechargeable batteries, each rechargeable battery connected to one or more of the electric motors;
at least one charger connected to one or more of the plurality of rechargeable batteries and configured to connect to a power source; and
a control system configured to operate the plurality of electrical devices and the at least one charger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,566

FLEXIBLE TUBULAR TAPE

Tube Tape, LLC, Richmond...

1. A flexible, tubular tape product comprising;a hollow tape tube formed from a spiral wound strip of overlapping pressure sensitive adhesive coated tape, wherein the hollow tape tube defines an empty interior core space and further wherein the outside surface of the hollow tape tube is coated with the pressure sensitive adhesive;
and a flexible core shaft inside the interior core space of the hollow tape tube, wherein the flexible core shaft defines an outside diameter and the hollow tape tube defines an inside diameter, and the outside diameter of the flexible core shaft is less than the inside diameter of the hollow tape tube.

US Pat. No. 10,166,565

IRRIGATION MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING FLOW RATE INTO IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO DETERMINE THE EXISTENCE OR ABSENCE OF AN IRRIGATION FAULT

1. An irrigation system comprising:a combined irrigation monitor and controller comprising a processor having a first and a second output and a first input;
a flow sensor coupled to the first input and an irrigation feed;
a first valve, the first valve coupled to the first output, the irrigation feed, and a first irrigation zone;
a second valve, the second valve coupled to the second output, the irrigation feed, and a second irrigation zone;
wherein when the state of the first output is in a first state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a first amount of flow;
wherein when the state of the second output is in a second state the processor quantifies flow through the flow sensor as a second amount of flow;
wherein the first and second quantified flows are processed by the processor to produce data selected from the following list: detection of an unexpected flow condition in combination with an indicator of the zone responsible for the unexpected flow condition; a flow characteristic of the first zone; information about a fault condition including the zone in which the fault condition occurs; or, a report of irrigation system performance including the amount of water flow to the first zone.

US Pat. No. 10,166,562

PROTECTIVE CAP WITH DETACHABLE NOZZLE AND NOZZLE HOLDER

TOP SECRET INC., Santa M...

1. An apparatus for dispensing dry powder, said apparatus comprising:an applicator device having a spray outlet hole; and
a protective applicator cap, comprising:
a) a top wall horizontal to the base of the applicator device when said applicator cap is attached to the applicator device;
b) a downward terminating cylindrical side wall descending all around from said top wall;
c) a spray nozzle which is a hollow tube insertable into said spray outlet hole;
d) a cutout for said spray nozzle which is a single opening in the cylindrical side wall, said applicator cap being rotatable between an open position overlying the spray outlet hole of said applicator device whereby it can receive and communicate with said spray nozzle, and a closed position wherein said opening is not overlying the spray outlet hole, the spray outlet hole being closed by said applicator cap;
e) a nozzle holder clamp attached to said cylindrical wall and adapted to receive the spray nozzle when said spray nozzle is not in use, wherein said spray nozzle being movable between an inserted position wherein it is attached to the spray outlet hole through said cutout, and a detached position when it is held by said nozzle holder clamp;
wherein the applicator cap prevents discharge of dry powder in both the open position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,561

FLUID RESERVOIR AND DISPENSING DEVICE

MAKINEX IP PTY LTD, Arta...

1. A fluid reservoir assembly of the type that can store and release fluid under pressure, the assembly having an outer body which enables an inner tube to be stretched and held between the ends of the outer body and the inner tube having an inlet and an outlet for a fluid to enter and exit the inner tube, wherein the inner tube is held stretched in the range of (0.2*ØOB/ØIT) to (2*ØOB/ØIT) times the at-rest length of said inner tube, where Ø0B is the inside diameter or dimension of an aperture through said outer body which is to contain the inner tube and ØIT is the outside diameter of the inner tube when measured at rest and forming a circle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,559

HOSE END SPRAYER WITH MULTI-SIZE BOTTLE CONNECTORS

Root-Lowell Manufacturing...

1. A hose end sprayer with multi-size bottle connectors comprising:a lid including:
a cap having a top and two or more annular bottle connectors with different diameters positioned on an underside of the top;
a liquid conduit extending across the top, the conduit having an inlet at one end that is attachable to a hose and an outlet nozzle at an opposite end for discharging liquid; and
a siphon tube having an upper end connected to and in fluid communication with an interior of the conduit at a point inside of the periphery of the smallest bottle connector, the siphon tube extending downwardly from the upper end to a lower end positioned below the upper end, the siphon tube being formed such that liquid in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube is urged upwardly from the lower end through the upper end into the liquid conduit as a result of liquid flowing through the liquid conduit causing the admixture of liquid in the inlet conduit with liquid drawn through the siphon tube, with the admixed liquids being discharged from the outlet nozzle; and
at least one liquid container adapted to hold a liquid chemical, the liquid container having an open mouth of a size and shape that mates with and is releasably attachable to one of the bottle connectors on the underside of the top, such that when the lid is mounted on the container and the container is filled with a sufficient quantity of liquid chemical that the liquid chemical is in communication with the lower end of the siphon tube, the liquid chemical is siphoned into liquid that is transmitted through the sprayer from the hose inlet to the nozzle, thereby causing admixed liquids to be discharged from the nozzle;
wherein the sprayer includes multiple containers of different heights and the siphon tube is flexible and long enough to extend to a position adjacent the bottom of the tallest container, the siphon tube being bendable so it also extends to the bottom of shorter containers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,558

COOLING DEVICE FOR A SPRAYING NOZZLE OR SPRAYING NOZZLE ASSEMBLY WITH A COOLING DEVICE FOR THERMAL SPRAYING

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A cooling device for a spraying nozzle which is suitable for thermal spraying, comprising:a covering with an exterior surface and an inner space configured for arrangement of the spraying nozzle, wherein the covering is constructed from two half-shells and a separation line extends between the half-shells in a longitudinal direction of the covering,
an inlet and an outlet for a cooling fluid,
wherein the inner space of the covering is constructed as a fitting face in contact with the spray nozzle over at least two-thirds of a longitudinal extent of the covering, wherein when the spraying nozzle is assembled in the inner space a fit is formed between the spraying nozzle and the covering,
a lining for the fitting face of the covering, the lining providing an adaptor for dimensional differences between the covering and the spraying nozzle, and
a cooling line provided in the covering, the cooling line having a closed cross-section and connecting the inlet to the outlet,
a second cooling line, wherein each of the cooling lines feeds into a different one of the two half-shells, and
a second inlet and a second outlet, wherein each of the two half-shells is in communication with only one of the two inlets and only one of the two outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,557

ELECTROSTATIC SPRAY TOOL SYSTEM

Carlisle Fluid Technologi...

1. A system, comprising:an electrostatic spray system, comprising:
an electrostatic tool; and
a spray tip assembly configured to receive a coating material and an airflow to atomize and charge the coating material, and spray the coating material in an airflow direction, comprising:
a first air cap horn comprising a first recess on a first exterior surface at a first distal end of the first air cap horn, wherein the first recess surrounds an outlet of an aperture that extends through the first air cap horn;
a first charging pin configured to extend through the aperture and disposed within the first recess; and
a grounded pin, wherein the first charging pin and the grounded pin are configured to produce an electric field that charges the coating material.

US Pat. No. 10,166,555

WATER JET DEVICE FOR ROTARY MASSAGE

1. A water jet device for rotary massage, comprising:a seat (1) including at least one outlet (10) and a cavity (11);
a cover (2) including an inlet (20);
a separating member (3) including at least one inclined water ejection port (30) communicating with the inlet (20);
a rotary shaft (4);
an impeller (5) including a plurality of water channels (50) formed between blades of the impellers (5);
a rotor (6) including a plurality of curved grooves (60) formed on an outer surface;. and
a track assembly (7) including an annular rail (71) having ascending and descending sections formed on a bottom of the cavity (11), and a plurality of sliders (72) formed on an underside of the impeller (5);
wherein the impeller (5) is disposed in the cavity (11) and mounted between the rotor (6) and the separating member (3) via the rotary shaft (4);
wherein the rotor (6) is disposed in the outlet (10) below the impeller (5);
wherein water flowing through the water ejection port (30) rotates the impeller (5) and further rotates the rotor (6), thereby spraying the water out of the curved grooves (60) in water particles of annular pattern;
wherein the sliders (72) are configured to move along the annular rail (71); and
wherein rotation of the impeller (5) and the ascending and descending of the sliders (72) along the annular rail (71) fluctuate the water flowing through the impeller (5), and the water flows through the rotor (6), thereby forming intermittent annular water sprays.

US Pat. No. 10,166,554

INJECTOR

Score (Europe) Limited, ...

1. A valve injector comprising:a body defining a fluid conduit;
the fluid conduit accommodating first, second and third checks;
the first check being disposed within the fluid conduit towards a first end of the injector;
the second check being disposed towards a second end of the injector, distally from the first end; and
the third check being located between the first and second check;
wherein each check is biased against a respective first, second, and third seat located in the fluid conduit by a respective first, second, and third biasing member, blocking a respective orifice in the seat and thereby preventing flow through the fluid conduit;
wherein the first, second, and third biasing members are first, second, and third biasing springs;
wherein a bias force of each of the first, second, and third biasing member is such that the bias force is overcomeable by the application of a predetermined pressure in a first direction against the bias force on the respective first, second, and third check whereby each respective check is moved away from the first seat, the second seat, and the third seat, respectively and the orifice of the respective seat is unblocked, wherein upon removal of the pressure, each respective check is operable to return into a position blocking the orifice in the respective seat;
wherein the body comprises:
a fourth seat located in the fluid conduit longitudinally spaced from the third seat; and a fourth biasing member; wherein the fourth biasing member is defined by a second end of a first body section;
wherein, in one mode of operation, the third check is biased against the fourth seat by the fourth biasing member in a direction opposite the bias force of the third biasing member, whereby the third check is retained between the third and fourth biasing members and is biased against the third and the fourth seats thereby blocking respective orifices in the third and the fourth seats, the one mode of operation being a locked mode where the injector cannot be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit;
wherein in a second mode of operation, the fourth biasing member is axially spaced from a position in which the fourth biasing member biases the third check against the fourth seat, while the third biasing member biases the third check against the third seat, whereby the third check is axially spaced from the fourth seat and the orifice of the fourth seat is unblocked;
the second mode of operation of the injector being a working mode in which the injector can be used for allowing fluid to pass through the fluid conduit; and
the bias force of each of the first, second and third biasing member can be overcome by application of a predetermined pressure in the first direction on the respective first, second, and third check whereby the respective check is moved away from respective seat and the orifice of the seat is unblocked whereby fluid can pass through the fluid conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,553

DIVERTER VALVE ASSEMBLY

Xiamen Lota International...

1. A diverter valve assembly that selectively controls a flow of water supplied to the diverter valve assembly, comprising:a valve body having a water inlet port, a first outlet port and a second outlet port, each of said ports disposed radially around the valve body, and an internal chamber in fluid communication with each of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port;
a valve core rotatably positioned with the internal chamber of the valve body, the valve core configured to control the direction of water flow within the diverter valve assembly, the valve core including (i) a center plug having a partition and a passageway that allows water to flow into the center plug; (ii) a valve stem extending from an end of the valve core to a position outside of the internal chamber; and (iii) an elastic cup seal coupled to the partition of the center plug, wherein water that flows into the center plug through the passageway exerts pressure on the elastic cup seal; and
a rotation knob coupled to the valve stem, the elastic cup seal configured to block water flow when fully engaged with any of the water inlet port, the first outlet port, and the second outlet port.

US Pat. No. 10,166,551

CENTRIFUGE MACHINE HAVING AN IMPROVED DISCHARGE SYSTEM

FLOWERSEP, La Farlede (F...

1. A centrifugal machine comprising:a discharge system;
a bowl rotating about an axis, the bowl being delimited by an outer wall enclosing a volume;
the discharge system comprising:
at least one collecting chamber occupying a portion of a volume of the bowl,
at least one port in front of each collecting chamber through a wall of the bowl,
a piston displaceable in a cell of the bowl wall between each port and the collecting chamber respectively, and
a displacement device to displace the piston, the displacement device being non-rotatable;
wherein each piston includes a solid section and a transverse aperture; and
wherein the port is positioned offset in relation to the collecting chamber, and the transverse aperture is alternately aligned with the port and with the collecting chamber in radial directions relative to the axis through movement of the piston caused by the displacement device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,545

VALVE-MANIFOLD LABORATORY GLASSWARE WITH ELECTRICALLY MOTORIZED MOVEABLE-GATE VALVES FOR CHEMICAL LABORATORY AUTOMATION AND OTHER APPLICATIONS

1. An article of laboratory glassware for directing a flow of chemical materials, the article of laboratory glassware comprising:a glass manifold having a plurality of first ports and at least one second port and a plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of stopcock housings having an inlet port and an outlet port for carrying the flow of and controlling the flow of chemical materials, wherein one of the inlet port or the outlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected to one of the plurality of first ports;
a plurality of rotating plugs, each of the plurality of rotating plugs associated with one of the plurality of stopcock housings and rotationally fitted into the associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings;
a plurality of electrically-operated motors, each of the plurality of electrically-operated motors associated with one of the plurality of rotating plugs and its associated one of the plurality of stopcock housings, each of the plurality of rotating plugs further comprising a longitudinally-movable gate, the longitudinally-movable gate movable to a position determined by its associated one of the plurality of electrically-operated motor,
wherein the inlet port of each of the plurality of stopcock housings is connected with one end of one of a plurality of hollow glass tubes, and
wherein another end of each of the plurality of hollow glass tubes is connected to one of a plurality of first ground glass joints,
wherein the longitudinally-movable gate of each of the plurality of rotating plugs define an area for carrying the flow of the chemical materials, and
wherein the at least one second port of the glass manifold is terminated to at least one of a second ground glass joint.

US Pat. No. 10,166,544

UNIT FOR MAKING AVAILABLE A FLUID FOR A BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING SUCH A UNIT

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A unit for making available a fluid for a biochemical analysis device, the unit comprising:a lid element;
a bottom element with at least one bottom recess, wherein the at least one bottom recess is arranged lying opposite the lid element;
a film which, at least in an area of the at least one bottom recess, is arranged between the lid element and the bottom element; and
at least one fluid bag with a force introduction surface via which a force is introduced into the at least one fluid bag,
wherein the at least one fluid bag is arranged folded in the at least one bottom recess and/or is arranged in the at least one bottom recess in such a way that, in a rest state of the film, without pressure acting on the film, the force introduction surface and a main plane of extent of the film are oriented in different directions,
wherein the film is pressed against the force introduction surface when pressure acts on the film in the direction of the at least one bottom recess, so as to introduce the force into the at least one fluid bag, and
wherein the at least one fluid bag has at least one closure seam that opens when the force is introduced.

US Pat. No. 10,166,541

CENTRIFUGAL MICROFLUIDIC PLATFORM FOR AUTOMATED MEDIA EXCHANGE

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A microfluidic device, comprising:a substrate configured for rotation about an axis of rotation, the substrate having formed therein a media exchange module, the media exchange module comprising:
a sample chamber having a cell retainer which retains one or more cells within the sample chamber during rotation of the substrate;
a first waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a first channel, the first channel forming a first capillary valve having a first burst frequency, the first waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber;
a first media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a second channel, the second channel forming a second capillary valve having a second burst frequency which is greater than the first burst frequency;
a second waste reservoir located radially outward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a third channel, the third channel forming a third capillary valve having a third burst frequency which is greater than the second burst frequency, the second waste reservoir having a volume substantially the same as a volume of the sample chamber and wherein the first waste chamber and the second waste chamber are located at substantially the same radial distance from the axis of rotation; and
a second media reservoir located radially inward of the sample chamber and connected to the sample chamber via a fourth channel, the fourth channel forming a fourth capillary valve having a fourth burst frequency which is greater than the third burst frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,166,540

GAS EVACUATION SYSTEM FOR NANOFLUIDIC BIOSENSOR

Abionic SA, Epalinges (C...

1. A nanofluidic biosensor system comprising:a bottom substrate and a top substrate;
arranged along a flow direction of the biosensor system between the bottom substrate and the top substrate, (i) an input lateral aperture, (ii) a nanoslit having a functionalized area, and then (iii) at least one of an output lateral aperture and an internal reservoir; and
a gas evacuation subsystem located at at least one of the output lateral aperture and the internal reservoir, along the flow direction located between the nanoslit and an external environment of the biosensor downstream of the nanoslit,
wherein the gas evacuation subsystem evacuates trapped air from the nanofluidic biosensor system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,537

PARTICLE EXTRUSION

SHELL OIL COMPANY, Houst...

1. A method of making helically formed extrudate particles for use in catalysis, comprising the steps:providing an extruder with a die, the die comprising a plurality of channels extending from an inlet to an outlet, wherein from the inlet to the outlet each channel comprises a first section with a helical bore with a non-circular cross-section, and a second section with a cylindrical bore which has a diameter equal or greater than that of the first section, wherein the second section is at least twice as long as a diameter of the first section;
preparing a starting mixture for extrusion;
feeding the starting mixture through the die of the extruder; and
separating extruded material from the die of the extruder to provide the helically formed extrudate particles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,536

METHOD OF MAKING AND SEPARATING A PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE FROM BUTENE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A fluidized-bed method of cracking butene to form propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fluidized-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, and
separating the propylene and ethylene from the product stream with a stripping column,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,535

METHOD OF TREATING BUTENE TO FORM PROPYLENE/ETHYLENE MIXTURE

King Fahd University of P...

1. A method of treating butene to form a mixture of propylene and ethylene, comprising:contacting a butene-containing hydrocarbon stream with a core-shell ZSM catalyst in a fixed-bed reactor to form a product stream comprising propylene and ethylene, wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst is present in the fixed-bed reactor as particles having a diameter of 0.5-1.0 mm packed in the fixed-bed reactor,
wherein at least 50 wt % of the butene-containing hydrocarbon stream is butene, and
wherein the core-shell ZSM catalyst comprises:
a ZSM-5 core, and
a silica shell having a thickness in the range of 0.5 to 50 ?m, which covers at least a portion of a surface of the ZSM-5 core.

US Pat. No. 10,166,533

METHODS FOR PRODUCING BORYLATED ARENES

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A process for preparing a borylated aromatic compound comprising contacting an aromatic substrate with a catalytic cobalt complex and a borylation reagent under conditions effective to form the borylated aromatic compound,wherein the borylated aromatic compound comprises a boronic acid or a boronic acid derivative covalently bound to a carbon atom of an aromatic ring,
wherein the catalytic cobalt complex comprises a complex defined by the formula below

wherein
Z is, independently for each occurrence, a halide, a C1-C6 alkyl group, or an aryl group,
n is 2,
R5 is, individually for each occurrence, a halogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, —C(?O)R8, a nitrile group, a C1-C6 alkyl group, an aryl group, or a C1-C6 haloalkyl group,
m is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4,
R6 is selected from one of the following:

R7 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen or a C1-C6 alkyl group, and
R8 is, individually for each occurrence, hydrogen, —OR7, —NR7R7, or a C1-C6 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,166,532

HIGH MESO-SURFACE AREA AND HIGH ACID SITE DENSITY PENTASIL ZEOLITE FOR USE IN XYLENE CONVERSION

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...


US Pat. No. 10,166,529

METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF VARIOUS CARBON ALLOTROPES BASED MAGNETIC ADSORBENTS WITH HIGH MAGNETIZATION

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

1. A method for producing carbon allotrope-coated magnetic particles comprising:providing a magnetic metal-containing precursor;
heating the magnetic metal-containing precursor in a furnace to form a plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles;
collecting the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles from the furnace;
treating the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with sonic energy in a sonication reactor to de-agglomerate the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles; and
after the treating of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with the sonic energy, removing the carbon-coated magnetic particles from the sonication reactor, and then contacting each of the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles with carbon allotropes in a vessel,
for a time sufficient so as to obtain a plurality of individual carbon allotrope-coated carbon-coated magnetic particles having a magnetization from 20 emu/g to 140 emu/g and surface area from 200 m2/g to 1000 m2/g,
wherein the carbon allotropes are selected from the group consisting of graphene, graphene oxide, graphite, graphite oxide, carbon fiber, activated carbon, and carbon nanotubes, and
wherein the plurality of individual carbon-coated magnetic particles and the carbon allotropes are independent from each other and do not interact with each other until they are contacted with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,166,528

AMMONIA REMOVAL IN FRESHWATER AND SALTWATER SYSTEMS

University of South Flori...

1. A method for producing an ammonia removal agent for water environments, comprising:obtaining a tectosilicate compound wherein the tectosilicate compound is chabazite;
functionalizing the tectosilicate compound, comprising soaking the tectosilicate compound in a synthetic freshwater solution for 24 hours and removing ions from the tectosilicate compound that have a lower ion selectivity than ammonium ions wherein the synthetic freshwater solution consists of:
0.075 g/L of sodium;
0.00312 g/L of potassium;
0.024 g/L of magnesium;
0.193 g/L of chloride
0.043 g/L of calcium;
0.0048 g/L of bicarbonate;
0.096 g/L of sulfate; and
0.310 g/L of alkalinity;
washing the functionalized tectosilicate compound in deionized water; and
drying the functionalized tectosilicate compound.

US Pat. No. 10,166,527

SURFACE MODIFICATION OF POROUS BASE SUPPORTS

MERCK PATENT GMBH, Darms...

1. A separating material for affinity chromatography based on a hydroxyl-containing porous base support, to a surface of which porous base support grafted are polymer chains by covalent bonding via OH groups present on the surface of the base support, comprisinga) a porous base support, which base support has been produced from a medium containing silica, which base support has first been coated with zirconia or titanium oxide, and which base support has been treated with a tri- or more functional epoxide,
b) two or more grafted polymer chains having been initiated from one hydroxyl group present on the surface of the base support, and
c) each grafted polymer chain has multiple reactive groups which are suitable for coupling affinity ligands.

US Pat. No. 10,166,526

REACTOR

IHI CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A reactor in which a catalyst to accelerate reaction of a reactant is allowed to act on a reaction fluid having a reactant, the reactor comprising:a partition that defines a layered space between a plurality of heat transfer walls into a plurality of reaction flow passages in a parallel form, through which the reaction fluid flows; and
a plurality of catalyst structures, each having the catalyst and being respectively loaded in each of the plurality of reaction flow passages;
wherein each of the plurality of catalyst structures includes a main body made of a thin plate material on which the catalyst is supported, the partition has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of reaction flow passages to communicate with each other, and the communicating portion is arranged in a location closer to inlet side branch points than to outlet side branch points of the reaction flow passages within a range where the reaction fluid branches to flow, and
wherein the main body of each of the plurality of catalyst structures divides the reaction flow passage along the flow direction of the reaction fluid and defines a plurality of partial flow passages in parallel, and the main body has a communicating portion allowing the plurality of partial flow passages to communicate with each other in correspondence with the communicating portion of the partition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,525

MICROWAVE IRRADIATING AND HEATING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A microwave irradiating and heating device comprising:a reaction furnace having an opening and for containing a sample material to be irradiated with a microwave passed through the opening and to be heated;
a microwave irradiating source for emitting the microwave, the microwave irradiating source being disposed outside the reaction furnace;
a spheroidal mirror for reflecting the microwave emitted from the microwave irradiating source toward the opening of the reaction furnace, the spheroidal mirror being disposed above the reaction furnace;
a lid provided for the opening of the reaction furnace, at least a portion of the lid to which the microwave is irradiated being made from dielectric to transmit the microwave reflected on the spheroidal mirror into the reaction furnace; and
a rugged portion for reflecting irregularly the microwave reflected within the reaction furnace, the rugged portion being provided on a surface, among formed surfaces of the lid, facing the interior space of the reaction furnace in an area other than the portion to which the microwave is irradiated, wherein
the microwave irradiating source and the spheroidal mirror are disposed so that an angle of incidence of the reflected microwave, reflected on the spheroidal mirror and irradiated at the portion of the lid made from the dielectric, matches a Brewster angle of the dielectric.

US Pat. No. 10,166,524

METHANE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PROCESS USING A SUPERSONIC FLOW REACTOR

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. An apparatus for producing acetylene from a feed stream comprising methane comprising:a supersonic reactor for receiving the methane feed stream and heating the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
a reactor shell of the supersonic reactor for defining a reactor chamber wherein the reaction chamber operates at a temperature from about 1200° C. to about 4000° C.;
a combustion zone of the supersonic reactor for combusting a fuel source to provide a high temperature carrier gas passing through the reactor space at supersonic speeds to heat and accelerate the methane feed stream to a pyrolysis temperature;
the reactor shell comprising an inner shell and an outer shell with one or more channels between the inner shell and the outer shell where the inner shell is constructed of a material having a thermal conductivity of between about 300 and about 450 W/m-K for conducting heat from the reactor chamber and having a melting temperature of between about 500° C. and about 2000° C.; the material being at least copper chrome, or copper chrome zinc, or copper chrome niobium, or copper zirconium or copper silver zirconium; or mixtures thereof; and
one or more sensors positioned within the channel and electronically connected to one or more of a display, a monitoring system and a control system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,523

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR A BODY OF POLYCRYSTALLINE DIAMOND MATERIAL DURING LEACHING

Element Six Limited, Cou...

1. A method of processing a body of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) material having a non-diamond phase comprising a diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides, the method comprising:locating the body of PCD material to be processed in a support formed of or coated with a polyketone based plastics material;
forming a sealing closure between the body PCD material and the support to separate a region of the body of PCD material to be treated from a region not to be treated;
inserting the body of PCD material and support into a leaching vessel, the leaching vessel containing an amount of leaching mixture;
leaching an amount of the diamond catalyst/solvent and/or one or more metal carbides from the PCD material by exposing at least a portion of the PCD material to the leaching mixture; wherein,
the leaching mixture comprises nitric acid diluted in water, the nitric acid comprising between around 2 to 5 wt % in the nitric acid and water mixture, and one or more additional mineral acids.

US Pat. No. 10,166,522

SYSTEM FOR MIXING FLUIDS BY COALESCENCE OF MULTIPLE EMULSIONS

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc...

12. A method of sample analysis, comprising:obtaining an emulsion including a plurality of outer droplets disposed in a liquid carrier phase and each encapsulating at least one inner droplet, wherein the outer droplets are sample-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one reagent-containing droplet or wherein the outer droplets are reagent-containing droplets and the at least one inner droplet is at least one sample-containing droplet; and
heating the emulsion to induce fusion of the outer droplets with the at least one inner droplet to form fused droplets that combine sample and reagent to create assay mixtures for performing an assay.

US Pat. No. 10,166,519

METHODS AND FUEL PROCESSING APPARATUSES FOR UPGRADING A PYROLYSIS OIL STREAM AND A HYDROCARBON STREAM

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A method of upgrading a pyrolysis oil stream and a hydrocarbon stream in a fluid catalytic cracking unit including a reaction zone, the method comprising the steps of:generating the pyrolysis oil stream in a fast pyrolysis process and wherein the pyrolysis stream is immiscible with the hydrocarbon stream;
providing the pyrolysis oil stream, at a temperature less than or equal to about 80° C., through a pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream through a hydrocarbon feed line separate from the pyrolysis oil feed line, wherein the pyrolysis oil feed line includes a pyrolysis oil outlet and wherein pyrolysis oil deposits form in the pyrolysis oil feed line adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet;
introducing the pyrolysis oil stream from the pyrolysis oil feed line and the hydrocarbon stream from the hydrocarbon feed line into the reaction zone;
catalytically cracking the pyrolysis oil stream and the hydrocarbon stream in the presence of a particulate cracking catalyst in the reaction zone; and
during catalytic cracking, removing pyrolysis oil deposits in the pyrolysis oil feed line upstream of the reaction zone adjacent the pyrolysis oil outlet with a cleaning head disposed in the pyrolysis oil feed line wherein the cleaning head is a rotating auger, a wire brush head, or a ram head.

US Pat. No. 10,166,516

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AGITATING MECHANISM

JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A., M...

1. A control method for an agitating mechanism, comprising:an electrical current obtaining step of receiving a load current detected by a current detecting apparatus when the agitating mechanism is rotating along a specific direction;
a trigger determination step of determining whether the rotation of the agitating mechanism meets a preset trigger condition based on the load current; and
a rotation control step of controlling the agitating mechanism to rotate in a direction opposite from the specific direction when the trigger condition is met,
wherein the trigger determination step comprises a torque calculation step of calculating a load torque based on the load current, the trigger condition is that the load torque is continuously less than a preset torque threshold within a preset time duration, the preset torque threshold is less than a rated maximum output torque of the agitating mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,166,515

METHOD OF PREPARING AN EMULSION, A DEVICE FOR PREPARING SAID EMULSION, AND A VEHICLE

OCRI B.V., Amsterdam (NL...

1. A method of preparing an emulsion comprising a first liquid and a second liquid, by dispersing the first liquid into the second liquid, comprising:passing the first liquid through an injection nozzle (108) to create a spray of droplets of the first liquid injected in a chamber containing the second liquid in a plurality of injections to form the emulsion; and
providing a free path length for the spray of droplets of the first liquid from the nozzle that is larger than a penetration depth of the spray of droplets of the first liquid in the second liquid,
such that:
Q is at least 225 m2/s2, where Q is equal to the square of the speed of the droplets of the first liquid, the speed being the exit speed of the first liquid from the nozzle in air under standard temperature (20° C.) and ambient air pressure (1 atm); and
W is at least 250 kg*m/N*s2, where W is sg*Q*d divided by St, with sg being the specific gravity of the first liquid in kg/m3, d being the mean Sauter droplet diameter in meter of the spray leaving the injection nozzle in air, and St is the surface tension of the first liquid in Newton/meter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,512

METHOD FOR CLEANING CERAMIC FILTER

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. A method for cleaning a ceramic filter, comprising:reducing a pressure of a space on a secondary side of an uncleaned ceramic filter containing fouling substances, while supplying a cleaning medium to a space on a primary side of the uncleaned ceramic filter, thereby passing the cleaning medium through the uncleaned ceramic filter, so that the uncleaned ceramic filter is cleaned by removing the fouling substances,
wherein a temperature of the cleaning medium is from 25 to 450° C., and the pressure in the secondary side space is from 0.03 to 50 kPa.

US Pat. No. 10,166,510

BATCH PRESSURE-DRIVEN MEMBRANE SEPARATION WITH CLOSED-FLOW LOOP AND RESERVOIR

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for batch pressure-driven membrane separation, comprising:a) pumping a feed of at least one of (i) a source liquid including a solvent with a dissolved impurity and (ii) a retentate of the source liquid into a substantially closed loop through a liquid-separation module, wherein the liquid-separation module comprises a membrane that passes at least partially purified solvent as filtrate to a permeate side of the membrane while diverting at least a portion of the impurity in a retentate on a retentate side of the membrane;
b) extracting the purified solvent from the permeate side of the membrane;
c) pumping the retentate as feed component from the liquid-separation module to or through a pressurized reservoir with a variable volume for the feed component;
d) recirculating the retentate as feed component via steps (a)-(e) and reducing the volume for the feed in the pressurized reservoir, in the conduits and in the liquid-separation module and increasing the pressure applied to the feed in the reservoir over time to balance against an increasing difference in osmotic pressure across the membrane as the feed increases in osmotic pressure; and
e) after a plurality of iterations through the above steps, discharging a concentrated impurity stream from the liquid-separation module and supplying new source liquid to the substantially closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,166,509

SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR FEED FORWARD CONTROL OF DIESEL EXHAUST FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A diesel exhaust fluid delivery system, the system comprising:a dosing valve controllable to deliver a diesel exhaust fluid to a diesel exhaust system;
a pressure adjustment component controllable to adjust a system pressure of the diesel exhaust system;
a pressure sensor positioned to sense the system pressure of the diesel exhaust fluid delivery system; and
an electronic controller, electrically coupled to the dosing valve, the pressure adjustment component and the pressure sensor, and configured to
determine an operating pressure;
receive the system pressure from the pressure sensor;
determine a dosing request;
determine a pressure disturbance based on the dosing request;
determine a control request based on the system pressure and the operating pressure;
determine a feed forward control value based on the pressure disturbance;
generate an adjusted control request by adding the control request and the feed forward control value;
control the dosing valve based on the dosing request; and
control the pressure adjustment component based on the adjusted control request.

US Pat. No. 10,166,508

REACTIVE COMPONENT REDUCTION SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE USE THEREOF

Phyre Technologies, Inc.,...

1. A system for reducing the concentration of one or more reactive component(s) in a vapor phase fluid prior to contacting thereof with fuel, wherein said system reduces the concentration of reactive component(s) in said vapor phase fluid below the concentration at which auto-ignition may occur when said vapor phase fluid is contacted with fuel, said system comprising:a fuel container,
a fluid treating zone comprising:
at least one inlet,
at least one outlet, and
a reaction zone, wherein said reaction zone provides conditions suitable to deactivate said one or more reactive component(s) when contacted therewith,
an independent source of fuel vapor, and
a flame arrestor,
wherein only the outlet of said fluid treating zone is in fluid communication with the fuel, such that the inlet(s) of said fluid treating zone has/have no communication with the fuel, and
wherein said fluid treating zone is within said container.

US Pat. No. 10,166,507

PROCESS FOR HYDROCHLORIC ACID MEDIATION

Fuel Tech, Inc., Warrenv...

1. A process for reducing the chloride content in a gas stream to reduce the amount of chlorides in it, comprising: introducing a copper bearing chloride remediator composition in aqueous form into contact with combustion gases within a defined introduction zone under conditions effective for HCl emissions control; and passing the gases from the introduction zone to a particulate recovery device to provide a reduced chloride gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,166,504

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESORPTION OF ACID GAS FROM AN ABSORPTION LIQUID

Compact Carbon Capture AS...

1. A system for desorption of acid gas (1) from an acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) having a steam part (3) and a process part (4), wherein the steam part (3) is arranged to indirectly the heat acid rich absorption liquid (2) in the process part (4) and the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are separated to prevent intermixing of fluids in the steam part (3) with fluids in the process part (4),the system (1) comprising a desorption cylinder (9) which is adapted to rotate about a longitudinal axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and a stationary support stand (19) for supporting the desorption cylinder (9), and means for rotating (18) the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) and the process part (4) are integrated in the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein, in use, steam is supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) is supplied to the process part (4),
wherein the process part (4) comprises a desorption chamber (12) provided with a stripper unit (33) having an integrated reboiler (52) that, in use, is arranged to receive steam supplied to the steam part (3) and the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2) supplied to the process part (4) to thereby indirectly heat the acid gas rich absorption liquid (2),
wherein the process part (4) is provided with means for discharging an acid gas lean absorption fluid (7) and having means for removing acid gas rich vapour (8),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with means for discharging condensate (6),
wherein the stationary stand (19) is provided with a first stationary shaft (21a) and a second stationary shaft (21b) which are coaxial with the axis of rotation A of the desorption cylinder (9), and where the first stationary shaft (21a) and the second stationary shaft (21b) extend into the desorption cylinder (9),
wherein the steam part (3) is provided with a steam supply conduit (16) and a condensate outlet conduit (37) arranged along the first stationary shaft (21a), and
wherein the process part (4) is provided with a supply conduit (55) for supplying acid gas rich absorption liquid (2), and a lean absorption liquid outlet conduit (54) arranged along the second stationary shaft (21b).

US Pat. No. 10,166,500

EXHAUST GAS TREATING DEVICE, TEMPERATURE RAISING METHOD OF CATALYST, REGENERATION METHOD OF HONEYCOMB STRUCTURE, AND ASH REMOVING METHOD

NGK Insulators, Ltd., Na...

1. An exhaust gas treating device comprising:a honeycomb structure having porous partition walls defining a plurality of cells extending from a first end face which is one end face to a second end face which is the other end face;
a can member which stores the honeycomb structure and has an inlet and an outlet for an exhaust gas; and
an opening/closing valve disposed in the outlet of the can member to open and close the outlet,
wherein the honeycomb structure comprises an inner honeycomb structure body including a honeycomb substrate having porous inner partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an inner inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face to an inner outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face and a circumferential wall disposed at a circumference of the honeycomb substrate, an outer honeycomb structure body disposed at a position which surrounds a part of a circumference of the inner honeycomb structure body and is away from the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body, the outer honeycomb structure body has porous outer partition walls defining the plurality of cells extending from an outer inflow end face which is the end face on the side of the second end face to an outer outflow end face which is the end face on the side of the first end face, and plugging portions arranged in parts of the cells,
the can member comprises an inflow tube which fits with an end portion of the inner honeycomb structure body on the side of the inner inflow end face and in which the inlet is formed, and a barrel portion which is continuous with the inflow tube,
in the barrel portion, a first outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position between the inner inflow end face of the inner honeycomb structure body and the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body, and a second outlet of the exhaust gas is formed at a position which faces the second end face of the honeycomb structure, and
the honeycomb structure is stored in the can member in a state of having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the second end face and the can member and having a clearance which serves as a through channel for the exhaust gas between the outer outflow end face of the outer honeycomb structure body and the can member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,499

FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A FLUID FILTER

1. A filter assembly for a fluid filter comprising:a plurality of filter units assembled in series, and each of the filter units comprising:
a connecting member;
an input member disposed on a bottom surface of the connecting member and including a plurality of input pipes which are each provided with an input passage, and a separating portion which is disposed in each of the input pipes to divide the input passage into an upper input chamber and a lower input chamber, each of the separating portions including an input hole in communication with the upper and lower input chambers; and
an output member fixed on a top surface of the input member and including a plurality of output protrusions to seal the upper input chambers, each of the output protrusions including an output hole in communication with the upper input chamber, each of the output holes and a corresponding one of the input holes being staggered at 180 degrees to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,496

FILTER DEVICE AND FILTER ELEMENT PROVIDED THEREFOR

1. A filter element for a filter device, comprising:a filter medium surrounding an inner filter cavity, having an unfiltered side on an inner surface of said filter medium and having a filtered side on an outer surface of said filter medium;
a water separation device spaced radially outwardly from said outer surface of said filter medium;
an adapter part;
a separating region between said water separation device and said filter medium;
at least one water passage extending from said separating region;
a fluid passage extending from said inner filter cavity of said filter medium and being separated from said water passage maintaining separation of flows in said fluid passage and said water passage; and
an end cap on a lower end of said filter medium and containing said fluid passage and said water passage, said end cap including a circular peripheral edge and an annular body on said peripheral edge, said annular body having first and second inner annular jacket surfaces separated from one another and extending in an axial direction, said first inner annular jacket surface adjoining a hydrophobic screen forming said water separation device and surrounding said outer surface of said filter medium at a radial distance forming said separating region, said second inner annular jacket surface being sealed in fluid-tight contact with a peripheral edge part of said adapter part, said end cap including a pipe section forming said fluid passage of said end cap and extending from an end cap bottom axially upwardly into said inner filter cavity and axially downwardly to sealingly engage an inner pipe located in said adapter part, said end cap bottom forming a support for said filter medium and defining a main plane of said end cap, said adapter part having a sleeve body with a lower end openable in a direction of a water collecting space of the filter housing and with a top end transitioning into said edge part projecting axially upwardly and sealed to said second inner annular jacket surface via a ring washer extending in a radial plane, said end cap bottom having gaps being aligned with said separating region and forming said water passage for passage of water from said separating region into a water channel between said end cap bottom and said ring washer, said water channel continuing along an inside of said sleeve body in a direction of the water collecting space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,495

FILTER CARTRIDGE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A filter cartridge for filtering a liquid, comprising:a filter medium disposed within the filter cartridge, the filter medium for removing contaminants from the liquid;
a radio frequency identification, RFID, tag positioned on the filter cartridge, wherein the RFID tag is configured to detect liquid leaking from a crack in the filter cartridge;
a compressed cellulose foam positioned over the RFID tag on the filter cartridge;
an impermeable material positioned over the cellulose foam on the filter cartridge at an outer surface of the filter cartridge, the impermeable material defining a passage that extends through the impermeable material to the cellulose foam, the passage configured such that the liquid leaking is flowable through the passage to the cellulose foam, the compressed cellulose foam configured for wicking the liquid leaking from the passage to the RFID tag.

US Pat. No. 10,166,494

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMEDIATION OF OIL-CONTAMINATED SAND

1. A method for remediation of oil-contaminated sand, consisting of the steps of:receiving a volume of oil-contaminated sand at a feed sieve, wherein the sieve is sized and configured to filter out coarse aggregate;
mixing a sieved volume of oil-contaminated sand with water to produce a mixture;
separating the mixture into a volume of washed sand and a volume of oily wastewater, wherein the sand separation is performed by a hydrocyclone sand separator system for at least ten minutes and results in a sand having less than 0.5% oil residue volume;
collecting the washed sand;
pumping the oily wastewater into a flocculation tank and mixing the oily wastewater with a coagulant at a speed of 50 rpm for a period of 45 minutes to separate the oily wastewater into treated water and oily sludge;
reducing the mixing speed to zero rpm;
settling the oily wastewater and coagulant mixture for three hours;
extracting and collecting the oily sludge; and
extracting and collecting the treated water.

US Pat. No. 10,166,493

MOBILE FLOCCULATION AND FRACKING WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

1. A method for providing mobile flocculation and fluid treatment comprising the steps of:a) providing at least one tank having an inlet and an outlet at substantially opposite ends thereof,
b) providing a pump house substantially adjoining said at least one tank, at least one pump mounted in said pump house,
c) an overflow conduit in fluid communication between said at least one tank and said pump house,
d) providing a mobile platform and mounting said at least one tank and said pump house on said mobile platform,
e) pumping fluid for treatment into and through said inlet so as to flow into said at least one tank,
f) after a dwell and settling-out time of said fluid within said at least one tank whereby solids settle out of said flow in said at least one tank, said flow exiting from said outlet, and
g) in the event of fluid overflow from said at least one tank, said fluid overflow being directed through said overflow conduit into said pump house for containment within secondary containment reservoirs within the pump house, wherein secondary containment reservoirs include a first secondary containment reservoir defined by a low-rise wall extending contiguously around and sealed to a floor of said pump house, and a secondary containment reservoir within said first secondary containment reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,166,491

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a chamber capable of being pressurized;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within said chamber;
a collection vial;
a removable sleeve disposed in said chamber having an opening at one end for receiving solid carbon dioxide, and a tapered portion opposite the open end adapted to receive said collection vial;
a first heating element adapted for heating said chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in said sleeve for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide; and
a vent valve for permitting gaseous carbon dioxide to exit said chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,166,490

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTRACTING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM PLANT MATERIAL USING CARBON DIOXIDE

1. An apparatus for extracting organic compounds from plant material, comprising:a first chamber capable of being pressurized having an opening for receiving solid carbon dioxide;
a pressure lid for providing a gas-tight seal for the opening, and for maintaining a chosen pressure within the chamber;
a first heating element adapted for heating the first chamber;
a temperature sensor;
a pressure sensor;
a porous container adapted to be placed in the first chamber for holding the plant material and for permitting the plant material to be contacted by liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a valve for permitting liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds to exit the first chamber; and
a separator for receiving liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide containing extracted organic compounds exiting from the first chamber through said valve, and for separating the extracted organic compounds from the liquid carbon dioxide or supercritical carbon dioxide;
a support having an interior portion adapted for receiving and holding said first chamber, and an exterior portion;
an axle attached to the exterior portion of said support;
a rotary bearing adapted to receive said axle; and
a stand adapted for supporting said rotary bearing into which said axle is inserted;
whereby said support bearing said first chamber is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,489

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR HEATING AND MANIPULATING FLUIDS

Phoenix Caliente, LLC, , ...

1. A method of removing water from a mixture, comprising:providing a first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger having first and second fluid paths there through;
providing a closed-loop heating subsystem comprising:
a primary heat source,
a fluid pump, and
a fluid reservoir
all configured and arranged to heat a fluid to less than an atmospheric boiling point of the fluid and to circulate the fluid through the first fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
providing an evaporation subsystem comprising:
a tank configured to operate at a pressure less than atmospheric pressure and configured to separate a mixture into its liquid and vapor phases, and
a second fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger;
pumping a first water containing mixture through the second heat exchanger to heat the first mixture to a first temperature;
transferring heat from the closed-loop heating fluid to a second mixture in the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger to heat the second mixture to a second temperature greater than the first temperature;
separating the second mixture heated to the second temperature into its liquid and vapor phases in the tank;
extracting at least a portion of the vapor from the tank;
pumping at least a first portion of the liquid phase from the tank through the second heat exchanger to transfer heat from the liquid phase to the first mixture;
mixing at least a second portion of the liquid phase from the tank with the first mixture heated in the second heat exchanger to create the second mixture; and
pumping the second mixture through the second fluid path of the first fluid-to-fluid heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,166,488

DEVICE CAPABLE OF ENABLING BALLOON TO STAND UP

1. A device capable of enabling a balloon to stand up, comprising:a balloon; and
a base stand including a hollow semi-circular stand body having an upward-facing opening, the stand body having a first prop and at least a couple of fixing plates integrally connected and provided therein, the first prop being vertically provided, in an upward-facing manner, in a central position on a bottom-most edge surface in an inner portion of the stand body, a fastening groove being provided on a lateral side of an axial hole, the two fixing plates being provided on an inner edge surface of the stand body and lateral to the first prop, a gap being provided between the two fixing plates so as to form a clamping groove.

US Pat. No. 10,166,487

FLIGHT CAPABLE IMITATION BALLOON WHICH MIMICS THE MOVEMENTS OF A HELIUM-FILLED BALLOON

1. A flight capable imitation balloon which mimics the movements of a helium-filled balloon comprising: a body portion, a substantially pyramidal member, an exhaust assembly, a fan assembly, a motor, a drive shaft, two fans, a plurality of air intake vents, a plurality of horizontal exhaust vents, a plurality of vertical exhaust vents, a cable, a control unit, a power source, and a power switch; wherein said body portion is semi-spherical, with a substantially hemispherical northern half and semi-hemispherical southern half; wherein said semi-hemispherical southern half has a non-tapered top and tapered bottom; wherein the northern half and the southern half are detachable above an equator of the semi-spherical body portion; wherein the substantially pyramidal member contains a USB connector and connects to the tapered end of said southern half; wherein the plurality of air intake vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half; wherein the plurality of horizontal exhaust vents circumnavigate the non-tapered portion of the southern half, below said air intake vents; wherein the plurality of vertical exhaust vents are substantially parallel to said tapered end of said southern half; wherein said fan assembly is attached to an inside surface of a lower half, below said air intake vents; wherein said two fans are contained within said fan assembly, substantially perpendicular to said tapered end; wherein said fans provide enough lifting capacity to lift said body portion; wherein said two fans are a top fan and a bottom fan; wherein said exhaust assembly is attached to the inside of said lower half, below said fan assembly; wherein a plurality of tubes run from said exhaust assembly to said exhaust vents; wherein said exhaust assembly conducts air; wherein said motor is attached to said exhaust assembly; wherein said drive shaft connects said motor and said fans; wherein said motor provides power to rotate said drive shaft and said fans; wherein said motor is attached to the USB connector of said pyramidal member; wherein said cable has a first end and a second end; wherein both ends of said cable are USB connections; wherein one end of said cable attaches to said control unit and said second end connects to said USB connection located in said pyramidal member; wherein the power source is located in said control unit; wherein the power switch is located on said control unit; wherein activating said power switch causes the fans to activate; wherein said fans draw in air from said air intake vents; wherein air is drawn through said fans and exits said body portion through said horizontal exhaust vents and said vertical exhaust vents; wherein air exiting said vertical exhaust vents lifts said body portion; wherein air exiting said horizontal exhaust vents stabilizes said body portion; wherein said counter-rotating fans stabilize said body portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,485

DUMP TRAILER AMUSEMENT RIDE

Diggerland USA, LLC, Wes...

1. An amusement ride providing the sensation of riding a tilting dump trailer body to ride passengers, comprising:a vehicle trailer frame with wheels connected thereto;
a stationary support structure supporting said frame and suspending said wheels in midair;
a pivoting dump trailer body mounted to one end of said frame, modified with an opening in a sidewall of said body to permit ingress and egress of ride passengers to said body's interior compartment;
an amusement ride seat mounted within said body's interior compartment;
a passenger restraint on said seat;
a hydraulic cylinder connected between said frame and the end of said body opposing said frame-mounted end;
an electrically powered hydraulic pump connected to said hydraulic cylinder;
a non-automobile based, stationary electric power supply powering said hydraulic pump; and
a passenger access platform situated adjacent said opening, with a floor substantially even with the floor of said body's interior compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,484

BUCKET SPLASH DUMPER

1. A bucket splash dumper comprising:a. a bucket suspended from a post, wherein the post includes a water conduit;
b. a bucket pivot, wherein the bucket is mounted to the bucket pivot, wherein the bucket pivot is held by a pair of arms, namely a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm and the second arm are connected to the post, wherein the bucket has an empty state and a tipping state;
c. an initial center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is empty;
d. a dumping center of gravity of the bucket when the bucket is tipping, wherein the dumping center of gravity of the bucket is higher than the initial center of gravity;
e. a water outlet configured to spray water into the bucket, wherein the bucket begins at the empty state and is filled with water until the bucket is at the tipping state;
f. a travel line for a center of gravity of the bucket, wherein as the bucket is filled with the water, the center of gravity rises; and
g. a pool, wherein the pool has an inflatable ring at an upper edge of the pool and a pool cavity defined by the inflatable ring, wherein the pool has a pool outlet connected to an outlet line, wherein the outlet line delivers water to a water pump, wherein the water pump delivers water to a pressurized water line, wherein the pressurized water line is connected to the water conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,483

TRAPDOOR DROP AMUSEMENT MECHANISM

WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIE...

1. An apparatus for initiating descent into a slide ride, comprising:a slide segment for receiving a rider;
a platform movable between a first position and a second position, the platform in the first position being configured such that the rider is capable of being positioned upon the platform, the platform in the second position being configured such that the rider descends into the slide segment after having been positioned upon the platform when the platform is in the first position; and
a control device configured to apply a force to the platform to move the platform from the second position to the first position, wherein the force and gravity are the only forces necessary to move the platform from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,481

METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR SHARING OF GAME CHARACTERS

Guangzhou Aijiuyou Inform...

1. A computer-implemented method for sharing of game characters, comprising:coupling a game management system to a first platform server and a second platform server;
receiving, from the first platform server, user information that is used to log in the first platform server, wherein the user information comprises a username and a password;
generating, by the game management system, a uniform identifier,
assigning, by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the username that is associated with the user information,
transmitting, via the first platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to a game server;
creating, by the game server, a game character based upon the uniform identifier;
receiving, from the second platform server, the user information, wherein the second platform server is separated from the first platform server;
generating, by the second platform server, a second token based on the received user information;
identifying, by the game management system, the uniform identifier associated with the user information based on the second token;
transmitting, via the second platform server and by the game management system, the uniform identifier to the game server; and
retrieving, by the game server, the game character based upon the uniform identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,166,480

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a registered user information holding unit configured to hold user information about users registered in the information processing apparatus;
a communication unit which, upon receipt of a connection request from a device, is configured to connect the device with the information processing apparatus;
a login controller which, upon receipt by the communication unit of the connection request from the device, is configured to determine whether or not to allow a user to log in through the use of the user information held in the registered user information holding unit; and
an application startup unit configured to start an application,
wherein the login controller includes a storage unit configured to store information identifying a plurality of users, one of which who logged in before another user, such one being a primary user and the other user being a secondary user who logged in while the primary user was logged in, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the primary user, starts the application, because the primary user logged in before the secondary user, and
the application startup unit, upon receipt of a start instruction from the device used by the secondary user, does not start the application, because the secondary user logged in after the primary user, and
the secondary user, when logged in after the primary user and while the application has not been started, is permitted to delete saved data of the application.

US Pat. No. 10,166,479

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE PROVISION OF TIME-BASED AWARDS IN AN ONLINE GAME

ELECTRONICS ARTS INC., R...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing awards for participating in a time-based task in a virtual space to be executed on a computer having one or more physical processors programmed with computer program instructions that, when executed by the one or more physical processors, program the computer to perform the method, the method comprising:executing an instance of a virtual space;
implementing the instance of the virtual space to facilitate participation by one or more users within the virtual space by determining view information that facilitates presentation of views of a virtual topography of the virtual space to the one or more users by one or more client computing platforms, wherein the virtual space is configured to facilitate interaction of a user's virtual entity with the virtual topography of the virtual space, virtual objects within the virtual topography of the virtual space, non-player characters within the virtual topography of the virtual space, and/or virtual entities of other users within the virtual topography of the virtual space by performing operations in the virtual space in response to commands received over a network from the client computing platforms associated with the individual virtual entities of the one or more users, wherein the users include a first user, and the first user controls a first virtual entity to perform actions in the virtual space;
determining whether the first user has participated in a first task;
making a second task performable by the first virtual entity in response to the user participating in the first task, wherein the second task is a predefined goal for the first virtual entity to complete by performing virtual actions within the virtual space;
determining the user has participated in the second task;
determining an amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task;
determining a second award from a plurality of potential awards for the user as an award for participating in the second task, wherein individual ones of the plurality of potential awards have an associated value to the user, and wherein the second award is determined based on the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task, such that as the amount of real world time between participation by the user in the first task and participation by the user in the second task increases, the associated value to the user of the second award for participating in the second task decreases; and
distributing the second award to the user within the virtual space.

US Pat. No. 10,166,478

PREDICTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A method comprising:receiving a first user skill profile data set including information indicative of a plurality of first user skill parameter values respectively corresponding to a first user's competency with respect to a physical activity related skill parameter;
receiving a training video game data set including information indicative of: (i) identities of a plurality of training video games, and (ii) for each given training video game of the plurality of training video games, an indication of a set of respectively associated skill parameter(s) that the given training video game helps to develop in players of the given training video game;
receiving a competitive event data set including information indicative of: (i) an identity of a first competitive event in which the first user is scheduled to participate, with the first competitive event including a set of physical activity(ies), and (ii) a plurality of first competitive event skill parameter values respectively corresponding to relative amounts of skill parameters that are considered necessary for a user to complete the set of physical activity(ies) included in the first competitive event; and
selecting, by machine logic based rules, a subset of recommended training video games of the plurality of training video games based, at least in part upon all of the following: (i) the first user skill profile data set, (ii) the training video game data set, and (iii) the competitive event data set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,477

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An image processing device comprising:a detecting section configured to obtain an image of a player's actual environment imaged by an imaging device, and detect a player's face included in the obtained image, wherein a group of imaged player faces is transmitted to a portable device of a user who is prompted to select one of the player faces and a virtual mask to display over the selected player face;
a control section configured to calculate a position in which to display the virtual mask according to a position in which the selected player face is detected; and
a generating section configured to:
generate a display image displaying the virtual mask in the position calculated by the control section in the obtained image such that the virtual mask is superimposed on the selected player's face and is synchronized with the selected player's facial movements and expressions, and
display the generated display image on a display device, wherein said mask is displayed in accordance with a size and orientation of the selected player's face and reflects the facial expressions of the selected player's face, wherein:
the detecting section further detects an angle of rotation of an orientation of the selected player's face, and
the control section makes the generating section produce a display image that includes the image of the virtual mask rotated by a larger angle of rotation than the angle of rotation of the selected player's face detected by the detecting section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,476

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more computer readable storage media;
computer program instructions;
said computer program instructions being stored on said one or more computer readable storage media;
said computer program instructions comprising instructions to:
receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said computer program instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said computer program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said computer program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,475

SECURE DATA ENCODING FOR LOW-RESOURCE REMOTE SYSTEMS

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product comprising one or more computer readable storage media and program instructions stored on said one or more computer readable storage media, said program instructions comprising instructions to:receive a set of shared parameters, said set of shared parameters comprising:
a coding frame, said coding frame comprising a plurality of spatially related positions;
each of said plurality of spatially related positions being fillable by a content character selected from of a set of characters;
one or more positioned elements, each of said one or more positioned elements having defined therefor a location position and one or more attack positions, said location position and each of said one or more attack positions being of said plurality of spatially related positions, said one or more attack positions being in a specified order;
a travel path, said travel path comprising an order for traversing said plurality of spatially related positions; and
an initial position, said initial position being that of said plurality of spatially related positions that is first in said travel path;
receive an input artefact, said input artefact comprising an instance of said coding frame wherein at least one of said plurality of spatially related positions is filled by said content character;
identify an output string length;
initialize an output string, said output string comprising a plurality of ordered empty slots, said plurality of ordered empty slots being equal in number to said output string length;
initialize a head index to a first slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
initialize a tail index to a last slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
for said input artefact, traverse said travel path by, for each next position of said plurality of spatially related positions, beginning with said initial position:
determining whether said next position comprises said location position for any active element of said one or more positioned elements;
responsive to no active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said head index with said content character from said next position;
incrementing said head index forward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating; and
advancing said next position according to said travel path;
responsive to said active element having said location position at said next position:
filling that slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots that is identified by said tail index with said content character from said next position;
decrementing said tail index backward by one slot of said plurality of ordered empty slots;
responsive to said head index being equal to said tail index, terminating;
determining, for said active element, an active attack position by selecting from said one or more attack positions, based on said specified order and on whether each of said one or more attack positions is valid;
responsive to said active attack position existing for said active element, setting said next position to said active attack position; and
responsive to no active attack position existing for said active element, advancing said next position according to said travel path;
whereby said output string comprises a decoding of said input artefact;
wherein said coding frame comprises a planar grid, said grid being eight positions by eight positions in size;
wherein said one or more positioned elements and said one or more attack positions are defined in accordance with a variant of chess;
wherein said instructions to traverse said travel path further comprise instructions to evolve at least one of said one or more attack positions and said specified order, based on at least one of said next position and that of said one or more ordered characters that is identified by said tail index;
wherein said program instructions further comprise instructions to decode an additional data from said input artefact, said additional data comprising a code word, and evolving said set of shared parameters based on said code word; and
wherein said program instructions are performed in a low-resource computing environment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,474

MULTI-PLAYER GAMING SYSTEM WITH REFLECTIVE DISPLAY ASSEMBLY

Bally Gaming, Inc., Las ...

1. A gaming system comprising:an electronic display device facing a display direction;
game-logic circuitry configured to direct the electronic display device to display a plurality of views of a three-dimensional (3D) object related to a game being conducted by the game-logic circuitry, each of the views showing the 3D object from a different viewpoint; and
a plurality of reflectors proximate the electronic display device along the display direction, each reflector being directed toward a respective one of a plurality of positions disposed around the electronic display device, each reflector being configured to reflect one of the views of the 3D object toward the respective position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,473

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE AUGMENTED REALITY AND REMOTE GAMEPLAY FOR TRADITIONAL TRADING CARD GAMES

1. A computer-implemented method to deliver enhanced augmented reality gameplay experience for Trading Card Games, the computer-implemented method includes:scanning one or more relevant cards prior to a gaming session;
identifying a Game Component depicted in a physical card of the one or more relevant cards by scanning one of an identification barcode and Identity Markers on the physical card;
transmitting a unique serial number encoded in one of the identification barcode and interpreted from the Identity Markers to a database maintained at a Gaming Server;
associating the unique serial number with the scanned physical card and the database;
setting up a gaming session with a plurality of Gamers through a user interface, wherein the gaming session is conducted by one of face-to-face environment and remotely among geographically dispersed Gamers;
scanning one or more relevant cards and identifying the game component represented by the relevant cards;
retrieving a pre-defined sequence of animated movements of a 3D model of the game component from the database by the game server using the unique serial number or identification barcode or the Identity Markers or image processing of image in the relevant cards;
superimposing the sequence of animated movements onto the image of the trading card as captured by the camera of the gaming device, thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card so that the game component appears to be alive;
capturing one or more actions taken on the game components by the Gamer by a plurality of Input Parameters;
detecting information on the actions captured and subsequently sending the information to the gaming server through the data network;
generating Outcome Parameters by logically matching the one or more actions taken with the cards in play against one or more actions and cards in play by the opposing Gamer;
superimposing the actions of the Outcome Parameters thereby giving the effect of the animated 3D model augmenting the real image of the static trading card to display the consequence of the Gamers one or more actions; and
completing the gaming session until the end is reached, the end is defined by the rules of the TCGs being played.

US Pat. No. 10,166,472

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING A REACTION TIME FOR A RESPONSE AND SYNCHRONIZING USER INTERFACE(S) WITH CONTENT BEING RENDERED

Shazam Investments Ltd., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving a sample of ambient content of a computing device, wherein the sample of ambient content from the computing device includes a timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
determining a position identification of the sample of ambient content into an indexed recording to which the sample of ambient content matches, wherein determining the position identification comprises identifying an offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken;
based on the position identification, a processor executing instructions stored in memory for synchronizing display of content on a user interface of the computing device to the indexed recording; and
computing a reaction time from an indexed event occurring in the indexed recording to a reaction signal, the reaction signal generated by the computing device and indicative of a user's response to the indexed event, and wherein computing the reaction time comprises:
determining an elapsed time between the reaction signal and the timestamp at which the sample of ambient content was recorded;
adding the offset into the indexed recording where the sample was taken to the elapsed time to determine a show offset; and
subtracting a time of the indexed event occurring from the show offset to determine the reaction time.

US Pat. No. 10,166,471

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING AN APPLICATION ON A TABLET

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. A method, comprising:communicating, by a client device, with a hosting service a selection of an online application;
receiving, by the client device, streaming video content from execution of the online application on a server of the hosting service, for rendering at a user interface of the client device;
receiving, by the client device, program code for a configuration of a virtual controller used for interacting with the streaming video content from the hosting service, the program code being specific for the online application, wherein the program code includes user specific adjustments to the configuration defined for the online application from a previous configuration session;
executing, by the client device, the program code of the virtual controller, the execution causing an interactive image of the virtual controller to be rendered at the user interface, the interactive image of the virtual controller identifying controls of the virtual controller that are specific for the client device;
receiving, by the client device, user input via the controls provided by the virtual controller to communicate functionality that parallels functionality of buttons of a physical game controller, the user input being interpreted based on the user specific adjustments, the user input provided to control aspects of the online application being executed by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,470

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A VIRTUAL WORLD LAYER

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:providing a base virtual world having base virtual world functionality and having a list of base virtual world users;
coupling a first virtual world layer to the base virtual world, the first virtual world layer having first virtual world layer functionality not provided by the base virtual world and having a list of first virtual world layer users;
coupling a second virtual world layer to the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer having second virtual world layer functionality not provided by the first virtual world layer and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of second virtual world layer users;
coupling a third virtual world layer to the second virtual world layer, the third virtual world layer having third virtual world layer functionality not provided by the second virtual world layer, not provided by the first virtual world layer, and not provided by the base virtual world layer and having a list of third virtual world layer users; and
providing access to at least a portion of each of the base virtual world functionality, the first virtual world layer functionality, the second virtual world layer functionality, and the third virtual world layer functionality via the third virtual world layer, wherein the first virtual world layer, the second virtual world layer, and the third virtual world layer are each registered as users of the base virtual world via the list of base virtual world users, wherein the base virtual world is added to a registration list of each of the first, second, and third virtual world layers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,469

PERSISTENT GAME SESSIONS WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:executing a multiplayer gaming application on a first terminal, the first terminal being associated with a first user;
accessing a game object stored on a content management server that contains data representing a state of a previously adjourned session of the multiplayer gaming application;
determining, from the game object, a connection attribute of a second terminal associated with a second user;
hosting, by the first terminal, a session of the gaming application between the first terminal and the second terminal via a connection facilitated by the connection attribute;
updating the game object; and
sending data of the updated game object to the content management server reflecting an updated state of the session.

US Pat. No. 10,166,468

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Nintendo Co., Ltd., Kyot...

1. An information processing system in which a server communicates with a plurality of information processing apparatuses via a network, and a plurality of users of the information processing apparatuses competes in a tournament,the server configured to:
accept a competition request from an information processing apparatus associated with a first user, the competition request including at least a part of competition history information for the first user participating in the tournament including a plurality of rounds, the competition history information including information about other users who competed with the first user in one or more completed rounds of the tournament; and
based on at least a part of the competition history information included in the request, decide an opponent for a next round of the tournament,
the information processing apparatus comprises one or more processors configured to:
store, in storage, the competition history information for the first user;
transmit the competition request to the server;
responsive to the competition request, receive from the server information related to the opponent decided by the server for the next round of the tournament;
transmit at least a part of the stored competition history information to another information processing apparatus associated with the opponent decided by the server;
receive, from the other information processing apparatus, at least a part of competition history information associated with the opponent decided by the server; and
perform processing concerning the next round of the competition against the opponent decided by the server.

US Pat. No. 10,166,467

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DATA STRUCTURE OF GAME DATA, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Sony Interactive Entertai...

1. An information processing device for processing game data including a startup file and a program file, the game data being created by:authoring an image file of plain text data lacking compression, encryption and hash values, the image file being formed as one file having a data structure including a plurality of files in a game data region of the image file that are each assigned one or a plurality of blocks and including metadata of each file, the data structure being obtained by adding to a metadata region of the image file metadata including a signature attached to each of the plurality of blocks constituting the image file;
compressing the image file;
writing to the metadata region a compression table indicating relation between file blocks before and after compression; and
adding encryption and hash values to secure the game data,
the information processing device comprising a microprocessor with a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium, the microprocessor including:
a first mount processing section mounting, at a first mount point, a package file including the image file and using metadata of the package file to recognize as a single file the image file including the plurality of files in the game data region; and
a second mount processing section mounting, at a second mount point for executing a game using the game data, the recognized image file and using the metadata of the image file to recognize the game data region of the image file and thereby access the plurality of files.

US Pat. No. 10,166,466

FEEDBACK FOR ENHANCED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Elwha LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. An electronic game feedback system, comprising:a wearable haptic feedback device including a plurality of haptic elements configured to provide haptic feedback to a user; and
a processing circuit configured to:
provide a display on a display device to the user associated with an electronic game, the display device being a non-wearable display device, the electronic game associated with a virtual primary object controlled by the user and a virtual distal secondary object, wherein the virtual primary object and the virtual distal secondary object are provided within a virtual environment of the electronic game, and wherein the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object are generated by the processing circuit absent considerations regarding a surrounding real world environment such that the presence of the virtual environment, the virtual primary object, and the virtual distal secondary object is disjointed from physical objects within the surrounding real world environment;
receive first positional data regarding the virtual primary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
receive second data regarding the virtual distal secondary object within the virtual environment of the electronic game;
generate an alert based on the first position data and the second data; and
control operation of the wearable haptic feedback device to provide the alert via haptic feedback to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,463

PIE GAME AND METHOD FOR PLAYING THE SAME

1. A method for playing a pie game of chance and strategy, said method comprising the steps of:providing a pie game that includes:
a plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a first subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon, and a second subset of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon;
a plurality of pans configured to be distributed to players of said pie game, each of said plurality of pans configured to hold a portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces therein such that, when said pan is circumferentially filled with said portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces, a complete circular pie is formed in said pan, and each of said plurality of pans comprising a circular body portion with an upturned peripheral rim for retaining said sector-shaped game pieces in said pan;
a plurality of action cards, each of said plurality of action cards having indicia designating a particular action printed thereon, said particular actions printed on respective ones of said plurality of action cards comprising at least three of the following actions: (i) passing said pans of said players to the right, (ii) replacing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia with one or more corresponding said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia, (iii) switching one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon with another said player, (iv) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to all said players except the one holding said action card, (v) preventing said player holding said action card from receiving said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia, (vi) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to said player holding said action card, (vii) discarding one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable and/or said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon into a discard pile, and (viii) taking one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another said player; and
at least one die, said at least one die configured to determine an action taken by one or more of said players of said pie game when said at least one die is rolled by one of said players;
distributing one of said plurality of pans to each of said players;
arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon in a first pile on a playing surface; arranging a remaining portion of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces comprising favorable pie indicia printed thereon in a second pile on said playing surface together with said plurality of action cards;
rolling said at least one die to determine an action taken by one or more of said players, and based upon said rolling of said at least one die, carrying out said action by performing one or more of the following: (i) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players, (ii) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said unfavorable pie indicia printed thereon to one or more of said players, (iii) replacing one pan of said plurality of pans held by one of said players with another pan of said plurality of pans held by another of said players, (iv) allowing one of said players to take one of said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon from another of said players, and (v) distributing one or more said sector-shaped game pieces comprising said favorable pie indicia printed thereon and/or distributing one or more said action cards to one or more of said players and having said one or more of said players roll again; and
upon one or more of said players completely filling one or more said pans held by said one or more of said players with a collection of said plurality of sector-shaped game pieces having the same type of favorable pie indicia printed thereon, declaring said one or more said players to be the winner or winners of said pie game.

US Pat. No. 10,166,462

METHOD OF PLAYING A GAME TICKET WITH A FOLDING ACTION

Pollard Banknote Limited,...

1. A method for playing a game on a game ticket comprising:forming a game ticket by:
supplying a ticket substrate having a front surface and a rear surface;
defining a first surface portion on the front surface and a second surface portion on the rear surface;
printing a first game play area on the first surface portion on the front surface of the ticket substrate;
printing a second game play area on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate;
printing on said first game play area first game play symbols;
printing on said second game play area second game play symbols;
applying on each of said first and second game play areas a scratch-off material covering at least a part of each of the first and second game play areas and at least some of the first and second game play symbols thereon;
printing game play information related to said game on the front surface of the substrate;
arranging the second game play area printed on the second surface portion on the rear surface of the ticket substrate such that the ticket substrate can be folded about a fold line across the ticket substrate from a first position in which the second game play area is on the rear of the substrate separated from the first game play area to a second juxtaposed position in which the second game play area and the second game play symbols are moved to bring the second game play area into a juxtaposed position with the first game play area and the game play information;
supplying the game ticket to a player;
the player, when the second game play area is in the first position separated from the first game play area, playing a first game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the first game play area using the first game symbols and said game play information;
the player folding the ticket substrate from the first position to the second juxtaposed position;
the player, when the ticket substrate is in the juxtaposed position, playing a second game part of the game by removing the scratch-off material on the second game play area using the second game play symbols and said game play information.

US Pat. No. 10,166,460

PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A BOWLING CENTRE

QUBICAAMF EUROPE SPA, Bo...

1. A process for managing a bowling center comprising:obtaining a photograph of at least one bowler of a game;
displaying the photograph of the at least one bowler of the game as a background on a scoring screen behind a score for the game; and
providing a routine, which is run automatically, enabling a centralized management system to validate the at least one photograph before making it available at the score screen or the monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,459

MODULAR RAMP SYSTEM

1. A modular ramp system, comprising:a first ramp component made from a single piece material and having a bottom surface, a top surface above the bottom surface at a height, a first and second inclined surface extending from opposite sides of the top surface to the bottom surface, and a connecting portion formed on the top surface and positioned between the first and second inclined surfaces; and
a first connector releasably joined to the connecting portion of the first ramp component, wherein the first connector has a bottom side formed with a coupling portion including a first and second coupling section connectible to the connecting portion;
wherein the first connector is positionable in a first position in which one of the first and second coupling sections is releasably joined to the connecting portion of the first ramp component and the other of the first and second coupling sections is adapted to releasably couple to a ramp or an external structure, and a second position in which the first and second coupling sections are releasably joined to connecting portion of the first ramp component.

US Pat. No. 10,166,458

SKI POLE BASKET AND SKI POLE WITH SUCH SKI POLE BASKET

KV2 Sagl, Dongio (CH)

1. Ski pole basket (1), comprising at least:a barrel shaped body (2) of the basket, wherein a thread (21) of the body extends along the body (2) at least from one open end face of the body to the opposite end face of the body, and on the opposite end face of the body an end piece (3) of the basket is attached, and
a nut (5) being formed slidably moveable on the ski pole shaft and enterable into a thread joint with the body (2) of the basket,
characterised in that
the basket (1) is made fixedly attachable to the ski pole shaft by means of a sleeve (4), wherein at least on one open end face of the sleeve a circumferential collar (41) of the sleeve is formed, and a guiding ridge (42) of the sleeve extends from the collar (41) of the sleeve to the opposite end face of the sleeve (4),
wherein the thread (21) of the body is formed on the inner surface of the body (2) of the basket, and a guiding recess (24) of the body formed in the body (2) of the basket extends from the thread (21) of the body to the opposite end face of the body, and
wherein the ridge (42) of the sleeve is made to be engageable with the recess (24) of the body when the sleeve (4) is moved into the body (2) of the basket and fixedly attachable in the recess (24) of the body by means of resting the nut (5) against the collar (41) of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,457

TAPERED TRAMPOLINE ENCLOSURE

1. A trampoline comprising:a frame, wherein the frame includes legs for supporting the frame above a ground surface;
a bed suspended on the frame by springs, wherein the springs attach between the frame and the bed;
an enclosure including enclosure poles, wherein the enclosure poles are upwardly extending from the frame so that the enclosure poles terminate at pole tips, wherein the enclosure further includes an enclosure net suspended from the pole tips; and
a plurality of tapered pole connector panels, wherein each one of the plurality of tapered pole connector panels connect to a respective one of the pole tips, wherein the plurality of tapered pole connector panels are connected to the enclosure net to support the enclosure net and hang the enclosure net from the pole tips, wherein the plurality of tapered pole connector panels are formed from sheet material, wherein the enclosure net is suspended from an enclosure net strapping, wherein the enclosure net strapping is connected to the plurality of tapered pole connector panels that pull a strapping line inside of the enclosure net strapping and the enclosure net toward the pole tips, wherein the enclosure net forms a strapping line angle, wherein the strapping line angle is pulled toward the pole tips.

US Pat. No. 10,166,456

FRONT TOSS MACHINE

1. A method of using a ball tossing machine with a ball comprising the steps of:pivoting a first lever arm about a shoulder joint having a shoulder joint axis of rotation;
pivoting a second lever arm about an elbow joint having an elbow joint axis of rotation, wherein the second lever arm is coupled with the first lever arm by the elbow joint, and wherein the elbow joint axis of rotation is substantially parallel to the shoulder joint axis of rotation;
opening a hand to receive the ball, the hand comprising a finger and a thumb; and
closing the hand around the ball by pivoting the finger and the thumb to clasp the ball.

US Pat. No. 10,166,455

ADJUSTABLE PUTTING GREEN SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

DERON, LLC, Providence, ...

1. A system for a person to practice putting, the system comprising:a framework;
a plurality of actuators coupled to the framework in an array, each actuator including guide structure, a motor and a shaft, the shaft vertically extending between the motor and an upper support, the upper support coupled to an end of the shaft such that the upper support maintains a fixed position relative to linear movement of the end of the shaft, the motor configured to linearly move the shaft and the upper support relative to the framework, the upper support having an upward facing surface, the guide structure configured to guide vertical and linear movement of both the motor and the shaft to move the upper support to various predetermined heights;
an artificial green having multiple layers and a putting surface with a cup defined in the putting surface, the artificial green positioned over the actuators, the upward facing surface of the upper support directly contacting an underside of the multiple layers of the artificial green below the putting surface;
a control system coupled to the actuators, the control system including multiple controllers configured to control actuation of the actuators; and
a computing device coupled to the control system and configured to communicate with the control system, the computing device coupled to a display and including user input controls.

US Pat. No. 10,166,454

SWING ANALYSIS DEVICE, SWING ANALYSIS SYSTEM, SWING ANALYSIS METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. A swing analysis device comprising:an angle calculator that calculates an upper limit angle and a lower limit angle during a predetermined period of swing of a sporting apparatus based on a plurality of angles, formed by the sporting apparatus and predetermined plane, in a plurality of locations during the predetermined period; and
an index setting unit that sets an upper limit plane based on the upper limit angle and a stroke direction, and sets a lower limit plane based on the lower limit angle and the stroke direction,
wherein the upper limit angle and the lower limit angle are the maximum angle and the minimum angle, respectively, of a swing zone determined based on the plurality of angles and a standard deviation of the plurality of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,453

SPORTS BALL REBOUNDER NET

Rukket, LLC, Wilmington,...

1. A sports ball rebounder net, comprising:a frame having first and second side posts;
a net suspended within the frame;
a back support adapted to maintain the frame in one or more angles from horizontal over a ground or support surface, said back support having a first arm and a second arm;
a first bracket depending from the first side post, said first bracket defining a pivot point and defining two or more holes therethrough spaced apart from the pivot point;
a second bracket depending from the second side post, said second bracket defining a pivot point and defining two or more holes therethrough spaced apart from the pivot point;
a first plunger associated with the first arm, said plunger retractably deploying a first pin to engage with one of the two or more holes of the first bracket;
a second plunger associated with the second arm, said plunger retractably deploying a second pin to engage with one of the two or more holes of the second bracket; and
a cord directly or indirectly joined at one end to the first plunger and at an opposite end to the second plunger, said cord adapted to be pulled in order to retract the first pin and the second pin out of the two or more holes of the first and second brackets.

US Pat. No. 10,166,452

BAT SWING TRAINING DEVICE

1. A bat swing training device comprising:a bat having a first end and a second end,
a handle portion positioned at said first end of the bat and having a length from about 160 mm to about 350 mm, wherein said handle portion includes a knob;
a barrel portion positioned at said second end of the bat and having a diameter from about 60 mm to about 90 mm, and a length from about 300 mm to about 675 mm, wherein the barrel portion widens from the shaft portion for a distance and then retains a larger diameter for a distance before terminating in the second end;
a shaft portion having a length from about 50 mm to about 150 mm, wherein the shaft portion is positioned between the handle portion and the barrel portion;
wherein said shaft portion includes a first bend of about 90 degrees and a second bend of about 90 degrees, and wherein said first and said second bends form a plane with said handle portion and said barrel portion; and
wherein said barrel portion and handle portion include a longitudinal axis, and wherein said longitudinal axis of said barrel portion is parallel to said longitudinal axis of said handle portion and said handle portion and said barrel portion do not have the same longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,166,451

RING TOSS GAME

1. A game, comprising:a target box, comprising:
a game board, comprising:
a first game surface positioned in a vertical orientation;
a second game surface positioned in a horizontal orientation to said first game surface when opened;
wherein said first game surface comprises a lid section and a target marking area surrounding said ring hook;
wherein said second game surface comprises a base section having a box section comprising a side wall extending along a perimeter of said base section and forming a barrier around said second game surface;
wherein said box section is pivotally connected to said lid section;
wherein said base section defines said second game surface;
a ring hook connected to said game board and extending from said first game surface, and said ring hook comprises a shank portion connected to said lid section and extending perpendicular to said first game surface, and an arcuate portion extending from said shank portion; wherein said arcuate portion has a sweep of one-hundred and eighty degrees, said ring post is connected to said base section at said center of said second game surface; and said ring post comprises a shaft portion connected said base section and extending perpendicular to said second game surface, and a head portion extending from said shaft portion, wherein said head portion has a cross-sectional dimension larger than a cross-sectional dimension of said shaft portion;
a ring post connected to said game board and extending from said second game surface; and
a ring;
wherein, when said ring is tossed at said game board, said ring hangs on said ring hook, encircles said ring post, or lands on said second game surface; and
wherein said lid section pivots relative to said box section between an open position, in which said lid section is perpendicular to said base section exposing said first game surface and said second game surface, and a closed position, in which said lid section is parallel with said base section enclosing said box section and securing said first game surface and said second game surface within said game.

US Pat. No. 10,166,449

COMBINED GOLF CLUB HEAD COVER AND STAND

PutterUp, LLC, Louisvill...

1. A combined golf club cover and stand, comprising:a substantially rigid base with a bottom platform; and
a cover portion which, in combination with the substantially rigid base, defines an internal cavity with an open end for receiving a head of a golf club;
wherein the substantially rigid base further includes a first side wall and an opposing second side wall, wherein the second side wall includes a bottom ledge that extends toward the first side wall;
wherein the cover portion spans from the first side wall to the second side wall; and
wherein, in use, when the head of the golf club is received in the internal cavity, the head of the golf club is held against the substantially rigid base, with a toe end of the head of the golf club in contact with an interior surface defined by the first side wall and a heel end of the head the golf club sitting on the bottom ledge of the second side wall, such that, when the bottom platform of the combined golf club cover and stand is on a substantially flat underlying ground surface, the heel end of the head is oriented at an angle relative to an underlying ground surface, and the golf club will stand upright.

US Pat. No. 10,166,447

PROGRESSIVE WEIGHTED AEROBIC PING PONG EXERCISE RACQUET

1. An enhanced table tennis racket comprising:a blade portion with an elongated handle portion and a striking surface;
a surface covering on at least a portion of said striking surface;
a recess formed in said blade portion for receiving and securing a mobile computing device; and
a spacer for varying a volume of said recess to provide a secure fit to said mobile computing device, and
wherein said mobile computing device is a smartphone or tablet.

US Pat. No. 10,166,446

COLLECTION CONTAINER FOR BROKEN GOLF TEES

1. An apparatus for collecting broken golf tees utilizing a golf cart or a similar vehicle, wherein said apparatus comprises:a collection container comprised of a resilient shock resistant material, wherein the collection container has a planar bottom that provides dampened flexibility, wherein the bottom has a plurality of elliptical holes/slots that are sufficient in size and number to drain away rain water keeping the collection container free of standing water, yet small enough to retain any fractional element of the broken golf tees, a set of fastener openings, and contiguous with the planar bottom there is a perimeter wall having sections that are inclined or vertical, wherein the perimeter wall has a height that is at least one fifth as high as the bottom is wide, which is sufficient to retain broken golf tees at any slope angle the golf cart is capable of traversing or at any nominal acceleration or deceleration the golf cart is capable of operating;
a clip-on suspension assembly of attachment brackets that is composed of a resilient elastic material, wherein each attachment bracket has a lower portion shaped similar to a counterclockwise rotated block “U” that is sized to elastically fit over and under a portion of a golf cart's dashboard or another suitably shaped part of a golf cart or a similar vehicle, wherein the lower portion is contiguous with an upper portion shaped similar to a clockwise rotated block “L”, wherein a leg on the “L” is about horizontal and has one or more bracket fastener holes that are aligned with one or more fastener openings on the bottom of the collection container, when using rivets or binding fasteners, and the horizontal leg on the “L” extends rearward elevated over the golf cart's dashboard, wherein an angled section of the “L” functions as a cantilevered spring suspension support for the collection container; and
a fastening means for attaching the top section of the bracket to the container using fastening elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,445

GOLF PUTTER HEAD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF USE

1. A head assembly for a golf putter, comprising:a hosel having a body portion and a finger extension extending from said body portion, said body portion being provided with a concavity defined in major part by a cylindrical concave surface having an axis and a first radius of curvature, said finger extension having a bore for receiving an end of a putter shaft;
a head piece including an elongate body having a putting face on one side and a cylindrical convex surface on an opposite side, said cylindrical convex surface having a second radius of curvature approximately equal to and smaller than said first radius of curvature so that said cylindrical convex surface is engageable with said cylindrical concave surface, said cylindrical convex surface being inserted into said concavity so that said cylindrical convex surface is in contact with said cylindrical concave surface, said head piece being provided at opposite ends of said elongate body with two arms extending in parallel relationship to one another in a direction opposite said putting face, said head piece and said putting face having a width extending from an top side to a bottom side of said head piece, said arms having at free ends thereof opposite said elongate body a height extending between an upper side and a lower side of said arms, said height being at least substantially equal to said width; and
a releasable clamping element operatively engageable with said hosel and said head piece to adjustably fix said hosel and said head piece to one another,
each of said arms being a linear bar provided at a free end, opposite said head piece, with an enlarged end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,444

GOLF CLUB WITH REMOVABLE FACE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf club head, comprising:a body including a recess having a top line side wall, a heel side wall, and a sole side wall defining a face support slot that is opened to a toe portion of the body, wherein the body defines a fastener bore that extends into the toe end of the body and includes a threaded portion;
a face member disposed in the face support slot and defining a ball striking surface, wherein a plurality of score lines are recessed into the face member from the ball striking surface;
a toe cap that forms a toe portion of the golf club head, wherein the toe cap defines a through bore that aligns with the threaded bore of the body; and
a threaded fastener that extends through the through bore of the toe cap and is threaded into the threaded portion of the fastener bore of the body,
wherein the fastener extends through the toe cap and into the body to couple the toe cap to the body, and
wherein the toe cap closes the opening of the face support slot, so that the face member is circumscribed by the top line side wall, the heel side wall, the sole side wall and the toe cap.

US Pat. No. 10,166,443

GOLF CLUB HEAD

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A golf club head comprising:a face portion;
a crown portion; and
a sole portion,
wherein the sole portion includes:
a toe-side recessed portion arranged on a toe side;
a heel-side recessed portion arranged on a heel side; and
a middle recessed portion arranged between the toe-side recessed portion and the heel-side recessed portion, and
at least one readily deformable portion that extends linearly in a toe-heel direction is formed in the toe-side recessed portion and the heel-side recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,442

MULTI-LAYER CORE GOLF BALL

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising a core and a cover, wherein the core comprises:a solid inner core layer formed from an unfoamed composition and having a diameter of 1.10 inches or less, a center Shore C hardness (Hcenter) of 15 or less, and an interface Shore C hardness (Hinner core interface) of from 5 to 15;
one or more optional intermediate core layers; and
an outer core layer having a thickness of 0.20 inches or greater, an inner surface Shore C hardness (Houter core inner surface) of from 40 to 75, and an outer surface Shore C hardness (Houter surface) of 80 or greater;
wherein Houter surface?Hcenter?70;
wherein the inner core layer has a hardness gradient slope (Sinner core) defined as

the outer core layer has a hardness gradient slope (Souter core) defined as
andwherein the interface Shore C hardness of the inner core layer is within 1 Shore C unit of the center Shore C hardness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,441

THREE-COVER-LAYER GOLF BALL HAVING TRANSPARENT OR PLASTICIZED POLYAMIDE INTERMEDIATE LAYER

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball comprising:a core; and
a two-layer cover disposed about the core, the two-layer cover comprising:
an inner cover layer disposed about the core, the inner layer comprising a polyamide composition; and
a castable thermoset polyurethane outer cover layer having a hardness from about 40 Shore D to about 62 Shore D;
wherein the polyamide composition comprises a transparent polyamide having a light transmission of about 50% or greater, a glass transition temperature of about 75° C. to about 160° C., and a ratio of Charpy notched impact-resistance measured at 23° C. and at ?30° C. of at least about 2.0.

US Pat. No. 10,166,440

GOLF BALL DIMPLE PROFILE

Acushnet Company, Fairha...

1. A golf ball having a generally spherical surface and comprising a plurality of dimples separated by a land area formed on the ball surface, wherein at least a portion of the dimples consist of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface that connects the top conical sidewall to the land area, wherein:the bottom portion is defined by a function rotated about a central axis, the function being selected from the group consisting of polynomial, trigonometric, hyperbolic, exponential functions, and the superposition of two or more thereof, excluding linear functions and functions that result in a cone or sphere;
the transition surface is defined by a linear function rotated about a central axis;
the dimples consisting of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface have a saucer ratio (Sr), defined as the ratio of the bottom portion diameter (DS) to the dimple diameter (DD), of from about 0.05 to about 0.75; and
the dimples consisting of a top conical sidewall, a bottom portion, and a transition surface have a transition ratio (Tr) of from 0.02 to 0.50, where the transition ratio (Tr) is defined by the equation Tr=1?(DT/DD), where DD is the dimple diameter and DT is the diameter at the point of intersection between the transition surface and the top conical sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,166,439

BIOMETRIC MONITORING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for monitoring biometric information for a user, the computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computer system, the biometric information corresponding to the user from an activity tracking device worn by the user that generated the biometric information;
identifying, by the computer system, a current activity of the user;
applying, by the computer system, a policy to the biometric information and the current activity of the user;
monitoring, by the computer system, the biometric information corresponding to the user from the activity tracking device worn by the user while the current activity occurs;
generating, by the computer system, an identification of the current activity;
generating, by the computer system, a confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity that is directly related to an amount of information utilized to derive the confidence level percentage value identifying the current activity of the user;
generating, by the computer system, an alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, an identification of a desired range for the current activity, and an identification of a user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert when the biometric information is out of the desired range for the current activity; and
displaying, by the computer system, the alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, the identification of the desired range for the current activity, and the identification of the user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert on a display of the activity tracking device worn by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,438

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR TRACKING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC, C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a processor;
a memory that stores code executable by the processor to:
detect, by use of the apparatus held by a first person, a second person in close proximity to the first person by detecting a wireless device corresponding to the second person, by detecting a voice profile corresponding to the second person, or a combination thereof;
track physical activity of the first person, wherein the physical activity comprises a number of steps the first person takes, a number of stairs the first person steps, a location of the first person over time, an elevation of the first person, an activity of the first person, movements corresponding to the first person, or some combination thereof, and wherein the tracked physical activity comprises information indicating whether the second person is in close proximity to the first person at certain times during the physical activity upon detecting whether the second person is in close proximity to the first person during the physical activity; and
transmit at least a portion of the tracked physical activity of the first person to an electronic identity corresponding to the second person as a result of detecting the second person in close proximity to the first person by detecting the wireless device corresponding to the second person, by detecting the voice profile corresponding to the second person, or the combination thereof to enable attaching at least the portion of the tracked physical activity of the first person to the electronic identity corresponding to the second person and to show that the second person had the same physical activity as the tracked physical activity of the first person, wherein the electronic identity corresponding to the second person comprises an account of the second person used to track physical activity of the second person, and the physical activity of the second person is stored on a storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,437

BIOMETRIC MONITORING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system for monitoring activity information for a user, the computer system comprising:a storage device, wherein the storage device stores program instructions; and
a processor coupled to the storage device via a communications framework, wherein the processor executes the program instructions to:
receive biometric information corresponding to the user from an activity tracking device worn by the user that generated the biometric information;
identify a current activity of the user;
monitor the biometric information corresponding to the user being received from the activity tracking device worn by the user while the current activity occurs;
generate an identification of the current activity;
generate a confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity that is directly related to an amount of information utilized to derive the confidence level percentage value identifying the current activity of the user;
generate an alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, an identification of a desired range for the current activity, and an identification of a user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert when the biometric information is out of the desired range for the current activity; and
display the alert that includes the identification of the current activity, the confidence level percentage value corresponding to the identification of the current activity, the identification of the desired range for the current activity, and the identification of the user-specified recipient corresponding to the alert on a display of the activity tracking device worn by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,434

EXERCISE BIKE

Alexander Caccia, Oxford...

1. An exercise bike comprising:a base;
a frame having a head tube; and
a steering stem mounted in the head tube, and operable to be rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the stem by a user,
wherein a lower part of the frame is pivotally mounted to the base to allow rotation of the frame, relative to the base, about a substantially horizontal axis,
wherein a first resilient mounting is attached to the frame and the base, the first resilient mounting comprising: a first component having an aperture, a second component configured to be rotatably received within the aperture, and a resilient member disposed between the first component and the second component, and a second resilient mounting is attached to the steering stem and the base,
the first and second resilient mountings, together, configured to bias the frame towards a substantially upright position relative to the base, the second resilient mounting further configured to urge the stem substantially into rotational alignment with a predetermined point on the base.

US Pat. No. 10,166,433

EXERCISE MACHINE

Nautilus, Inc., Vancouve...

1. An exercise apparatus for use by a user in performing a striding exercise in which the length of the strides are determined by the length of the user's steps on the apparatus, comprising:a frame;
a first foot link operatively associated with the frame, and a second foot link operatively associated with the frame, each of the first and second foot links having an engagement structure coupled thereto;
a first foot engagement pad fixedly coupled to the first foot link, and a second foot engagement pad fixedly coupled to the second foot link; and
first and second crank arms operatively associated with the first and second foot links, respectively, wherein: the first and second crank arms reciprocally lift and lower rearward end portions of the first and second foot links, respectively, during a striding exercise by a user, and the rearward end portions of the first and second foot links are movable in forward and rearward directions relative to the first and second crank arms, respectively, to permit the first and second foot links to move relative to the first and second crank arms, respectively, with a variable forward-rearward motion determined by the user's striding steps during the striding exercise,
wherein the engagement structure of the first foot link includes a first downward facing surface that is rollingly supported by the first crank arm during the striding exercise; and the engagement structure of the second foot link includes a second downward facing surface that is rollingly supported by the second crank arm during the striding exercise; and
wherein the first downward facing surface is configured to lift the user at the front and rear of each stride to thereby increase the difficulty of the striding exercise, and wherein the second downward facing surface is configured to lift the user at the front and rear of each stride to thereby increase the difficulty of the striding exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,166,432

BED EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. A bed exercise apparatus for a bed with a bed frame, and a headboard positioned by a head of the bed frame, the bed exercise apparatus comprising:a. a lower frame disposed between the head of the bed frame and the headboard; and
b. an upper frame with exercise equipment mounting connections, the upper frame configured to movably connect to the lower frame in such manner that all or a portion of the upper frame may be disposed above a top surface of the lower frame.

US Pat. No. 10,166,431

SELECTORIZED DUMBBELL WITH A WEIGHT SELECTOR HAVING A CONTINUOUS PERIPHERY THAT ENCLOSES AN OPEN INTERIOR

PowerBlock Holdings, Inc....

1. A selectorized dumbbell, which comprises:(a) a plurality of nested weights that provide a stack of left weight plates and a stack of right weight plates;
(b) a handle located between the weight plate stacks, the handle comprising a hand grip extending along an axis and left and right ends extending perpendicularly to the hand grip;
(c) a selector that is insertable into a selected one of a plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle to couple a selected number of the weights to the handle, wherein the selector has a substantially continuous periphery that substantially encloses an open interior; and
(d) wherein arrays of vertically spaced, inwardly facing slots are provided on the left and right ends of the handle with each slot in the left end of the handle having a corresponding slot at an identical elevation in the right end of the handle so that a plurality of corresponding sets of slots at different vertical elevations are provided by the arrays of slots with the sets of slots defining the plurality of vertically spaced positions on the handle into which the selector may be inserted, and wherein left and right side walls of the selector slide into and are received within one selected set of the inwardly facing slots in the left and right ends of the handle when the selector is installed in the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,430

BARBELL COLLAR

VENICE GRAVITY WORX, INC....

1. A barbell collar, comprising:a plate; and
at least two weight bars, a first weight bar and a second weight bar;
wherein said plate comprises a barbell engagement portion, and at least two arm portions;
wherein said two arm portions comprise a heavy arm, and a light arm;
wherein said heavy arm weighs more than said light arm;
wherein said barbell engagement portion is configured to engage with a barbell;
wherein each of said at least two weight bars is attached to each of said at least two arm portions of said plate; and
wherein said at least two weight bars are adapted to engage and hold one or more weights.

US Pat. No. 10,166,429

ADJUSTABLE KETTLEBELL DEVICE

1. An adjustable kettlebell device comprising:a kettlebell base including a housing having a handle provided on said housing, said housing including a chamber formed in said housing and defined by an upper wall and a bottom wall, and including an opening formed in said bottom wall and communicating with said chamber of said housing,
a first weight element including a tubular member extended therefrom for selectively engaging through said opening of said bottom wall of said housing and into said chamber of said housing, said tubular member of said first weight element including a channel formed therein, said tubular member of said first weight element including a rib for forming said channel of said tubular member, and
a latch slidably received in said chamber of said housing and movable to engage with said tubular member for detachably attaching said tubular member of said first weight element to said kettlebell base, said latch including a projection for selectively engaging with said channel of said tubular member of said first weight element, and said latch being selectively engaged with said rib of said tubular member.

US Pat. No. 10,166,427

WEIGHT SET SELECTOR AND LOCKING MECHANISM

Vintage Gold Holdings Lim...

1. A selectable weight set apparatus comprising:a handle assembly comprising a handle having a first end portion and a second end portion opposite the first end portion;
a first weight set adapted to be supported on the first end portion of the handle and a second weight set adapted to be supported on the second end portion of the handle, each of the first and second weight sets comprising a plurality of weight plates;
an adjustment assembly for selecting a number of weight plates to be retained to the handle assembly, the adjustment assembly comprising at least one selector for movement relative to at least one of the first and second weight sets to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets; and
a locking assembly for fixing the at least one selector relative to said at least one of the first and second weight sets, the locking assembly comprising a first locking element and a plurality of second locking elements, the first locking element being configured for releasable engagement with the at least one selector and one of the plurality of second locking elements on the at least one selector after the at least one selector is moved to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets;
wherein the adjustment assembly further comprises a selector element fixed to the first locking element and operatively connected to the at least one selector for moving the at least one selector to retain a selected number of weight plates, movement of the selector element to advance the at least one selector to a selected weight plate aligning the first locking element with a second locking element associated with the selected weight plate; and
wherein the adjustment assembly further comprises at least one gear assembly for moving the at least one selector to engage and select the weight plates in said at least one of the first and second weight sets, the gear assembly engaging the at least one selector at a first location and the first locking element engaging the at least one selector at a second location different from the first location.

US Pat. No. 10,166,426

EXERCISE APPARATUS

1. A running exercise apparatus, comprising:a belt configured for an engagement around the waist of a user in an as-used position;
a first shoulder strap having a first end in a connection to said belt at a frontal portion of said belt on a front of the body of said user with said belt in said as-used positioning;
a second shoulder strap having a first end in a connection to said belt on said frontal portion of said belt;
a second end of said first shoulder strap and a second end of said second shoulder strap in an operative engagement to maintain said first shoulder strap extending over a first shoulder of said user and said second shoulder strap extending over a second shoulder of said user;
a first leg belt engageable around an upper leg portion of a first leg of said user;
a second leg belt engageable around an upper leg portion of a second leg of said user;
a first elastic band extending between a first end in a first connection to said belt, to a second end in a second connection said first leg belt;
a second elastic band extending between a first end in a first connection to said belt, to a second end in a second connection said first leg belt;
a pair of belt members extending across said belt;
a first of said pair of belt members extending between said connection of said first end of said first shoulder strap to said belt and said first connection of said first elastic band to said belt; and
a second of said pair of belt members extending between said connection of said first end of said second shoulder strap to said belt and said first connection of said second elastic band to said belt.

US Pat. No. 10,166,425

HYBRID RESISTANCE SYSTEM

1. A resistance system for incorporation in exercise equipment, comprising:a first resistance unit having a first resistance property;
a second resistance unit having a second resistance property that is non-inertial and different than the first resistance property, said second resistance unit comprising a user selectable load adjuster;
a user interface that is movable by a user in a first direction and a second direction, wherein the resistance system comprises a uni-directional mode in which the user interface utilizes a load of the first resistance unit in only one of the first and second directions and utilizes a load of the second resistance unit in at least one of the first and second directions;
wherein the user selectable load adjuster is configured to permit adjustment of the load of the second resistance unit in each of the first and second directions.

US Pat. No. 10,166,424

EXERCISE MACHINE HAVING CHANGEABLE DAMPING MECHANISM

1. An exercise machine having a changeable damping mechanism, the exercise machine comprising a first rotating shaft, a damping device and a first changeable damping mechanism which are disposed at a front end of a main body of the exercise machine, characterized by:one side of the first rotating shaft being provided with a first shifting wheel, stepped grooves of different diameters being provided on the first shifting wheel and sized down;
the damping device being disposed on a damping shaft, the damping shaft being disposed close to the first rotating shaft and located at the front end of the main body, the first rotating shaft and the damping shaft being disposed on the main body of the exercise machine, the first rotating shaft and the damping shaft being parallel and spaced apart from each other;
the first changeable damping mechanism including a first speed control mechanism disposed close to the first shifting wheel and a first transmission rope, the first transmission rope having stretch elasticity and being wound on the first shifting wheel and the damping shaft; the first speed control mechanism including a first support, at least one first pull rod, at least one first spring, a first push rod, at least one first pull rope, and a rope fastener; the first support being fixed to the main body, the first pull rod being axially inserted through the first support, a front end of the first pull rod being connected with the first pull rope, a rear end of the first pull rod being sleeved with the first spring, the first push rod being fixed to the rear end of the first pull rod to hold against the first spring; the rope fastener being fixed on the first pull rod to press the first transmission rope wound on the first shifting wheel and the damping shaft, the rope fastener being interlinked with the first push rod; and
a first knob connected with the first pull rope for controlling advance of the first pull rod;
wherein after released, the push rod biased by the first spring being returned, the first transmission rope being shifted on the stepped grooves with different diameters of the first shifting wheel to provide a rotational speed of different gear ratios to drive the damping device on the damping shaft for damping control.

US Pat. No. 10,166,421

COGNITIVE SOLUTION TO ENHANCE FIREFIGHTING CAPABILITIES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for improving firefighting, the method comprising:collecting, by a computer, sensor data from one or more sensors located in proximity to a fire site;
analyzing, by the computer, the sensor data from the one or more sensors located in proximity to the fire site;
receiving, by the computer, additional input data from a source selected from the group consisting of: news articles, weather forecasts, real time weather information, social media posts related to the fire, emergency dispatch data, and historical data related to other fires;
analyzing, by the computer, the additional input data;
retrieving, by the computer, a corpus of firefighting knowledge, wherein the corpus of firefighting knowledge comprises previously generated firefighting recommendations, previously collected sensor data, and previously collected admin input;
performing, by the computer, analytics on the sensor data from the one or more sensors located in proximity to the fire site and the corpus of firefighting knowledge;
identifying, by the computer and based on the sensor data from the one or more sensors located in proximity to the fire site, on the additional input data, and on the corpus of firefighting knowledge, one or more firefighting goals;
generating, by the computer and based on the one or more firefighting goals and the corpus of firefighting knowledge and using supervised machine learning, one or more firefighting recommendations;
scoring, by the computer and using the corpus of firefighting knowledge, the one or more firefighting recommendations based on historical effectiveness of prior firefighting actions;
displaying, by the computer, the one or more firefighting recommendations to an admin;
receiving, by the computer, input from the admin;
updating, by the computer, the one or more firefighting recommendations based upon the input received from the admin;
outputting, by the computer, the one or more firefighting recommendations to one or more devices;
tracking, by the computer, one or more firefighting actions taken by a firefighter;
collecting, by the computer, additional sensor data from one or more sensors located in proximity to the fire site;
determining, by the computer, an effectiveness value for the one or more firefighting actions taken by the firefighter based upon comparison of a change in sensor data collected before and after the one or more firefighting actions with information within the corpus of firefighting knowledge; and
updating, by the computer, the corpus of firefighting knowledge with data selected from the group consisting of sensor data from one or more sensors, analyzed data from the one or more sensors, analytics from the sensor data and the corpus of firefighting knowledge, firefighting recommendations, and scores of the one or more firefighting recommendations.

US Pat. No. 10,166,418

FIRE PROTECTION STRIP

HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT,...

1. A fire-protection tape, comprising:at least two main plies comprising an intumescent material, wherein the plies have a first longitudinal edge on one outer side and a second longitudinal edge on an opposite outer side, in each instance; and
at least one intermediate ply comprising a second intumescent material disposed between adjacent main plies;
wherein the second intumescent material has a lower intumescence temperature than the material of the main plies, and
wherein the intermediate ply is disposed at the first longitudinal edges of the main plies, wherein the second longitudinal edges of the main plies are flexibly connected with one another, such that the main plies are configured to gape apart at the first longitudinal edges after activation of the intermediate ply, and wherein the intermediate ply does not extend to the second longitudinal edges of the main plies.

US Pat. No. 10,166,417

RESPIRATOR HAVING AN INTEGRATED ORONASAL MASK

1. A respirator comprising:an outer mask defining a first volume;
an oronasal mask defining a second volume, the oronasal mask being positioned within the first volume;
a conduit positioned within the first volume, the conduit having a first end and second end distal the first end, the first end of the conduit being in communication with the first volume and allowing air to flow from the first volume into the conduit, the second end of the conduit including a one-way valve that allows air to flow out of the conduit and into the second volume, at least a portion of the conduit being positioned below the oronasal mask;
a primary filter affixed to the outer mask; and
a secondary filter located within the conduit and within the portion of the conduit below the oronasal mask.

US Pat. No. 10,166,416

RESPIRATOR MASK SPEECH ENHANCEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A respirator mask comprising:a mask body configured to define a clean air envelope between the mask and the mouth and nose of wearer;
speech enhancement apparatus comprising:
a microphone configured for attachment to the mask body, the microphone further configured to detect acoustic energy within the clean air envelope when attached to the mask body;
a speaker configured to produce acoustic energy outside of the clean air envelope;
a controller operably connected to the speaker and the microphone, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive a speech signal from the microphone, wherein the speech signal is indicative of acoustic energy detected by the microphone within a first frequency range; and
deliver an output signal to the speaker, wherein the output signal is configured to cause the speaker to emit compensating acoustic energy, wherein the compensating acoustic energy is emitted in one or more predetermined attenuated frequency ranges that cover less than all of the first frequency range, and wherein the compensating acoustic energy comprises a predetermined attenuated amplitude profile over each predetermined attenuated frequency range of the one or more predetermined attenuated frequency ranges.

US Pat. No. 10,166,414

HANDHELD FORCIBLE ENTRY DEVICE

20. A handheld forcible entry device, comprising:a tubular housing formed extending along a longitudinal axis between a proximal end and a distal end of the tubular housing;
a torque application end provided at an exposed portion of said forcible entry device, said torque application end configured to rotate about a torque application axis, said torque application axis arranged in a transverse direction generally perpendicular to said longitudinal axis of the tubular housing;
a lead screw comprising a threaded body extending between a proximal end and a distal end of the lead screw, wherein said lead screw is housed within and rotationally assembled to said tubular housing, wherein said lead screw is formed about a lead screw axis oriented generally parallel to said longitudinal axis of the tubular housing;
a gear assembly comprising a gear connecting portion coupled to the proximal end of the lead screw providing unison rotation therewith about the lead screw axis, the gear assembly configured to convert a rotation of the torque application end about the torque application axis into a rotation of the gear connecting portion of the gear assembly about the lead screw axis;
a movable platform threadably engaged with said threaded body of the lead screw;
a fixed wedge plate comprising an operating edge, said fixed wedge plate being assembled to said distal end of the tubular housing;
a movable wedge plate comprising an operating edge; and
at least one column, each column of said at least one column having a distal end and a proximal end, said proximal end of said each column assembled to said movable platform and said distal end of said each column assembled to said movable wedge plate; wherein
a torque applied to said torque application end rotates said torque application end, which in turn rotates said gear connecting portion of said gear assembly, which in turn rotates said lead screw in unison therewith, rotation of the lead screw causing a translation of said movable platform in a direction parallel to said lead screw axis, said translation of said movable platform causing a translation of said at least one column, said translation of said at least one column moving said movable wedge plate relatively to said fixed wedge plate; and further wherein
said movable wedge plate is configured to adopt a compressed position relative to said fixed wedge plate in which respective exposed surfaces of said fixed and movable wedge plates are coplanar.

US Pat. No. 10,166,413

CONTROLLED DESCENT SAFETY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

BAILOUT SYSTEMS, LLC, Ci...

1. A system for controlled release of a descent line, the system comprising:a housing;
a shaft at least partially retained within the housing and having a central axis, the shaft being secured to a first end of a descent line, wherein the shaft rotates about the central axis when a force is applied to a second end of the descent line;
a magnet cradle housing coupled to a first end of the shaft such that the magnet cradle housing rotates together with the shaft;
at least one magnet retained by the magnet cradle housing, such that the at least one magnet is coupled with the shaft;
a coil assembly coupled with the housing is magnetic proximity to the at least one magnet, the coil assembly and the at least one magnet cooperating to facilitate generation of electric current when the shaft is rotating;
a ferrous body coupled to a second end of the shaft;
an electromagnet coupled with the housing in magnetic proximity to the ferrous body;
a first terminal electrically coupled with the coil assembly;
a second terminal electrically coupled with the electromagnet and in electrical communication with the first terminal to facilitate transmission of the electric current generated by the coil assembly to the electromagnet such that the electromagnet cooperates with the ferrous body to facilitate reduction of a rotational speed of the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,409

FLUOROSCOPIC DEVICE, MOVING BODY TRACKING DEVICE FOR RADIATION THERAPY, AND X-RAY DETECTOR

SHIMADZU CORPORATION, Ky...

1. An X-ray fluoroscopic device that is used for a radiation therapy apparatus to perform a radiation therapy by irradiating a therapeutic beam to a subject, comprising:an X-ray imaging mechanism having an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector that detects an X-ray that is irradiated from the X-ray tube and then transmits through the subject;
a correction region of said X-ray detector;
wherein a scattered radiation caused by irradiating said therapeutic beam to said subject can be incident therein, but the X-ray that is irradiated from said X-ray tube and transmits through the subject cannot be incident therein; and
a correction element that corrects data acquired from a region other than the correction region of the X-ray detector by applying the data acquired from the correction region.

US Pat. No. 10,166,408

CANCER THERAPY SYSTEM TREATMENT BEAM PROGRESSION AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for treating a tumor with positively charged particles, comprising the steps of:transporting the positively charged particles sequentially from an accelerator, along a beam transport path, through a nozzle system, and along a treatment beam path; and
while scanning the treatment beam path along each of a set of vectors for treating the tumor, on average for the set of vectors, intentionally deviating the treatment beam path from a current vector of the set of vectors off of the current vector by at least one-eighth of a treatment beam diameter at least once for every twenty movements of the treatment beam.

US Pat. No. 10,166,407

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COUCH SAG COMPENSATION IN IMAGE GUIDED RADIO THERAPY

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A method for using in a two-modality apparatus, wherein the two-modality apparatus comprises a couch with a table top, a first modality unit having a first isocenter, a second modality unit having a second isocenter, the method comprising:acquiring an image of a target portion of the object when the table top is at a second working position of the second modality unit;
determining a second sag of the table top at a second measurement point of the table top according to the image, the second measurement point of the table top relating to the second isocenter of the second modality unit;
retrieving standard data that provide a relationship relating to a sag of the table top positioned between the first modality unit and second modality unit; and
estimating, based on the second sag and the standard data, a first sag of the table top at a first measurement point of the table top when the table top carrying an object is at a first working position of the first modality unit, the first measurement point of the table top relating to the first isocenter of the first modality unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,405

IMAGE-GUIDED RADIOTHERAPY FOR INTERNAL TUMOR BOOST

1. An image-guided radiotherapy method for treating a radio-resistant tumor, wherein the method comprises:a. obtaining a three-dimensional visualized tumor image to identify the tumor;
b. identifying a tumor boundary of the tumor;
c. identifying a planning target volume (PTV) region outside of the tumor boundary, wherein the PTV region is between the tumor boundary and a planning target volume boundary;
d. identifying a boost region within the tumor boundary, wherein a predetermined safety region is between the boost region and the tumor boundary, wherein the predetermined safety region has a predetermined minimum distance from a boost region boundary to the tumor boundary, wherein the boost region is more than 20% of a tumor volume within the tumor boundary;
e. identifying a neighboring structure adjacent to the tumor, wherein the neighboring structure is bounded within a neighboring structure boundary;
f. applying a boosted radiation dose in the boost region;
g. simultaneously applying with the boosted radiation dose a predetermined prescribed radiation dose in the PTV region and within the tumor boundary, wherein the predetermined prescribed radiation dose is smaller than the boosted radiation dose; and
h. repeating steps a. through g. for each subsequent treatment;
wherein the boosted radiation dose is at least 110% of the predetermined prescribed radiation dose for the tumor, wherein the predetermined prescribed radiation dose is about 250 centiGray per day and the boosted radiation dose ranges from about 300 to 450 centiGray per day;
wherein the radiation resistant tumor includes melanoma or renal cancer;
wherein the predetermined minimum distance is dependent on one or more of the boosted radiation dose, the prescribed radiation dose, an importance level, and a radiation sensitivity level of the neighboring structure;
wherein the boosted radiation dose outside of the boost region decreases at a boost dose decreasing rate such that the boosted radiation dose at the tumor boundary is equal to the predetermined prescribed radiation dose; and
wherein the boosted radiation dose and the predetermined prescribed radiation dose decrease at an average decreasing rate such that the boosted radiation dose and the predetermined prescribed radiation dose at the neighboring structure boundary are below a radiation dose threshold of the neighboring structure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,403

BRACHYTHERAPY SOURCE ASSEMBLY

Nuvletron Operations B.V....

1. A brachytherapy source assembly for delivering high dose-rate (HDR) or pulsed dose-rate (PDR) brachytherapy using a computer-controlled remote afterloading device, the source assembly comprising:a source device, comprising:
a push/pull wire having a proximal end and a distal end;
a capsule located at a distal end region of the push/pull wire, wherein the capsule includes a chamber at least partially defined by a wall and containing a radioactive source, and wherein a proximal end of the capsule has a diameter that is greater than a diameter of the distal end of the push/pull wire;
a weld attaching the capsule to the push/pull wire;
a plug configured to maintain the radioactive source within the chamber; and
a wear-indication coating covering an exterior surface of the capsule wall, wherein the wear-indication coating has a first color and the exterior surface of the capsule wall has a second color that visibly contrasts the first color of the coating upon visual inspection; and
a dummy device, comprising:
a push/pull wire having a proximal end and a distal end;
a capsule located at a distal end region of the push/pull wire;
a weld attaching the capsule to the push/pull wire; and
a wear-indication coating covering an exterior surface of the capsule, wherein the wear-indication coating has a first color and the exterior surface of the capsule has a second color that visibly contrasts the first color of the coating upon visual inspection;
wherein the dummy device does not include a radioactive source.

US Pat. No. 10,166,400

METHOD FOR SEPARATING NANOGENERATOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING NANOGENERATOR USING THE SAME

Korea Advanced Institute ...

1. A method for separating a nanogenerator, comprising:laminating a buffer layer on a sacrificial substrate;
making a nanogenerator on the buffer layer;
laminating a metal layer on the nanogenerator; and
separating the nanogenerator from the buffer layer,
wherein said separating the nanogenerator from the buffer layer is performed by applying a mechanical or thermal energy to the metal layer, and
by applying the mechanical or thermal energy to the metal layer, a difference between a residual tensile stress generated at the metal layer and a residual compressive stress at the sacrificial substrate is generated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,399

CHARGE BALANCING CIRCUIT, STIMULATOR CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR CHARGE BALANCING

1. A charge balancing circuit adapted to be connected to an electrode and to a stimulation source, the stimulation source configured to provide a stimulus to the electrode for functional electrical stimulation of biological tissue, the charge balancing circuit comprising:an electrode terminal configured to receive an electrode voltage;
an amplifier coupled to the electrode terminal and configured to amplify and invert the electrode voltage to generate an intermediate voltage; and
a compensation stage implemented as a transistor stage with a first transistor, the compensation stage configured to generate, when the electrode voltage lies outside a specified safety range, an output current depending on the intermediate voltage by controlling a conductance of the first transistor, and to supply the output current to the electrode terminal for driving the electrode voltage towards and/or into the specified safety range, wherein the specified safety range is predetermined by threshold conditions of the transistor stage.

US Pat. No. 10,166,397

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERMITTENT MULTIPOINT PACING

Pacesetter, Inc., Sunnyv...

1. An implantable cardiac device for providing cardiac resynchronization therapy, the implantable cardiac device comprising:a plurality of electrodes; and
a controller configured to cause alternating between multipoint pacing (MPP) and standard biventricular (BiV) pacing being applied to a patient's heart using the plurality of electrodes or one or more subsets thereof;
wherein whenever the MPP is applied to the patient's heart, two left ventricular (LV) pulses are delivered per cardiac cycle; and
wherein whenever the standard BiV pacing is applied to the patient's heart, only one LV pulse is delivered per cardiac cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,394

DEVICE AND METHOD TO AUTOMATICALLY TUNE THE NERVE STIMULATION PATTERN OF A SENSORY-FEEDBACK CAPABLE PROSTHESIS

HRL Laboratories, LLC, M...

1. A system for automatically tuning the sensory feedback of a prosthetic device, the system comprising:an implantable electrode configured to administer a stimulus to a peripheral nerve of a user wearing a prosthetic device, the stimulus configured to evoke a muscle response in the user;
a muscle activation sensor configured to measure the muscle response; and
one or more processors and a memory, the memory being a non-transitory computer-readable medium having executable instructions encoded thereon, such that upon execution of the instructions, the one or more processors are configured to perform operations of:
applying a current stimulation pattern to the electrode, the current stimulation pattern corresponding to a position of a prosthetic device of the user;
using the muscle activation sensor to detect the measured muscle response to the current stimulation pattern;
determining a predicted muscle activation using the current stimulation pattern and the posture of the prosthetic device using a spinal cord model; and
using the measured muscle response and predicted muscle activations to dynamically determine an adjusted stimulation pattern configured to compensates for a neuroplastic or hardware change.

US Pat. No. 10,166,392

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZED STIMULATION OF A NEUROLOGICAL TARGET

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDER...

1. An implantable signal router, comprising:a plurality of inputs each configured to receive signals from an implantable stimulator;
a plurality of outputs each configured to electrically communicate with a respective microelectrode; and
a routing circuit comprising a plurality of switches, the routing circuit coupled with each of the plurality of inputs and each of the plurality of outputs, the routing circuit configured to:
selectively interconnect, with at least one switch of the plurality of switches, a first of the plurality of inputs with a first two or more outputs of the plurality of outputs;
route a first signal from the first of the plurality of inputs to the first two or more outputs of the plurality of outputs;
selectively interconnect, with a second at least one switch of the plurality of switches, a second of the plurality of inputs with a second two of more outputs of the plurality of outputs; and
route a second signal from the second of the plurality of inputs to the second two or more outputs of the plurality of outputs.

US Pat. No. 10,166,391

RESPONSIVE NEUROSTIMULATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF CHRONIC CARDIAC DYSFUNCTION

Cybertronics, Inc., Hous...

1. A neurostimulation system, comprising:an electrode assembly; and
a neurostimulator coupled to the electrode assembly, the neurostimulator comprising:
a control circuit; and
a memory operably coupled to the control circuit and comprising instructions that, when executed by the control circuit, cause the control circuit to:
deliver stimulation signals to a patient via the electrode assembly;
increase an intensity of the stimulation signals until a tachycardia heart rate response in the patient is detected;
continue to increase the intensity of the stimulation signals until a bradycardia heart rate response in the patient is detected; and
deliver therapeutic stimulation signals to the patient at an intensity producing a transition heart rate response in the patient, wherein the transition heart rate response corresponds to a zone between the tachycardia heart rate response and the bradycardia heart rate response and is a heart rate reduction between a baseline heart rate and a predefined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,166,390

HELICAL INSERTER

1. A helical inserter for inserting an insert helically into soft tissue including:a. a housing assembly;
b. a hollow helical insert guide held in functional relationship by the housing assembly such that a proximal aperture of the insert guide is concentric with the housing assembly, wherein the insert guide is adapted to be loaded with the insert through the proximal aperture for helical transport therewith into the soft tissue;
c. a helical insert guide drive which drives the helical insert guide in rotation into the soft tissue; and
d. a guide removal device which, when an insert is present within the insert guide, removes the insert guide while leaving the insert in its intended implant location in the soft tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,166,389

SINGLE-WIRE ELECTRODE ARRAY

Cochlear Limited, Macqua...

1. A tissue-stimulating prosthesis system, comprising:a stimulator unit configured to generate, based on one or more processed signals, electrical stimulation signals for delivery to a recipient; and
a single conductive connection;
a single-wire electrode array comprising a plurality of electrode devices all electrically connected to the stimulator unit via only the single conductive connection,
wherein each of a plurality of the electrode devices comprises a configurable current source, and wherein each of the plurality of the electrode devices are individually addressable by the stimulator unit via the single conductive connection for delivery of the electrical stimulation signals to the recipient using commands encoded with a unique code set for each of the electrode devices.

US Pat. No. 10,166,385

LEAD AND METHODS FOR BRAIN MONITORING AND MODULATION

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMO...

1. An electrical stimulation lead, comprising:an elongate body having a circumference, a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a distal tip;
a first multiple contact connecting terminal disposed along the proximal portion of the elongate body and comprising a plurality of first electrical contacts;
a second multiple contact connecting terminal, separated from the first multiple contact connecting terminal, disposed along the proximal portion of the elongate body and comprising a plurality of second electrical contacts;
at least two stimulating regions longitudinally spaced-apart from each other and disposed along the distal portion of the elongate body, each stimulating region comprising at least three independent stimulation electrodes arranged around the circumference of the elongate body and first insulating material disposed between the stimulation electrodes;
a ring electrode longitudinally spaced-apart and proximal to at least two of the at least two stimulating regions, wherein the ring electrode is a single electrode forming an unbroken ring around the electrical stimulation lead;
and
a plurality of conductors extending along the elongate body to electrically couple the first and second electrical contacts of the first and second multiple contact connecting terminals with the stimulation electrodes and the ring electrode, wherein each of the stimulation electrodes and the ring electrode is attached to a different one of the conductors and each of the conductors is attached to a different one of the first and second electrical contacts of the first and second multiple contact connecting terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,166,383

METALLIZED FILM ELECTRODE FOR NONINVASIVE ELECTROTHERAPY

EMPI, Inc., Vista, CA (U...

1. An electrode for noninvasive electrotherapy, comprising:a metallized film having a base layer and a metal coating disposed on a bottom surface of the base layer, the metallized film having a first metal-coated area configured for application of therapeutic electrical stimulation to a patient's tissue, wherein a circumference of the first metal-coated area is approximately coextensive with a perimeter of the base layer, wherein the metal coating consists of particles of metal deposited by physical vapor deposition, and wherein the base layer further comprises a tail having a third metal-coated area and a second metal-coated area configured as a unitary extension of the first metal-coated area, wherein the second metal-coated area is situated between the third metal-coated area and the first metal-coated area and is configured to provide a fuse-like functionality;
a gel layer disposed beneath the first metal-coated area, wherein the gel layer extends around a side of the metallized film to cover perimeter side surfaces of the metal coating; and
a connector configured to provide electrical communication to the first metal-coated area, wherein the connector comprises a metal anchor and a lead wire, wherein the metal anchor is disposed beneath the first metal-coated area and wherein the lead wire is configured to provide electrical communication to the metal anchor, the lead wire comprising a metal core and an insulating layer, wherein a first end of the metal core is disposed between the metal anchor and a bottom surface of the first metal-coated area, and wherein the metal anchor is a same type of metallic material as used for the metal coating, and is configured to drive current input from the lead wire through a path of least resistance to the metal coating instead of the gel layer,
wherein a width of the second metal-coated area changes from the proximal end of the second metal-coated area to the distal end of the second metal-coated area and reaches a minimum pinch point at a connection point, wherein a cross-sectional area of a metal coating at the connection point is smaller or narrower than at other points along a longitudinal extension of the second metal-coated area, such that the smaller cross-sectional area at the connection point is configured to concentrate a current density at the connection point.

US Pat. No. 10,166,382

DEVICE FOR BREAKING CANNULAS OF HEMATIC SACS OR SIMILAR, AND CORRESPONDING METHOD

DELCON SRL, Milan (IT)

1. Device for breaking cannulas of sacs comprising a breaking head, and replaceable means for positioning and breaking a cannula which can be driven by the breaking head, wherein said replaceable means are associated to a plurality of mobile breaking pegs, wherein said breaking head is configured to make an alternate backward and forward movement, along an arched or curvilinear segment, or along a linear segment, of said mobile breaking pegs, and wherein the replaceable means comprise at least two fixed contrast pegs, wherein the replaceable means includes a plurality of replaceable members, wherein at least the fixed contrast pegs and/or the mobile breaking pegs associated to at least one of said replaceable members are configured in a different way with respect to at least one other of said replaceable members,wherein each of the replaceable means includes a rotary carousel on which the mobile breaking pegs are disposed,
wherein the mobile breaking pegs are positionable and replaceable with respect to the rotary carousel and/or are positionable and replaceable with respect to the combination formed by the rotary carousel and the mobile breaking pegs,
wherein the rotary carousel has a lower part having a rapid connection portion configured to be inserted in a fork end of a connection element of a motor for kinematically connecting the motor to the replaceable means.

US Pat. No. 10,166,381

ANTISEPTIC CAP

Excelsior Medical Corpora...

1. An antiseptic cap for use with a male luer medical connector, comprising:a base;
an annular wall extending from the base, the annular wall comprising:
a sintered porous plastic material that is substantially rigid, compressible, and absorbent,
an outer surface, and
an inner surface,
wherein the annular wall defines a chamber having an open end and is configured to receive and be compressed by the male luer medical connector; and
an antiseptic material retained within the sintered porous plastic material of the annular wall and configured to be released onto the outer surface of the annular wall and the inner surface of the annular wall when compressed by the male luer medical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,166,380

IMPLANTABLE VENOUS DEVICE

1. An implantable venous device comprising:a catheter including a catheter end and a passage;
a locking nut including an annular convex end and another end opposite to the annular convex end, with a channel extending from the other end to the annular convex end for receipt of the catheter, and with the annular convex end adjacent to the catheter;
an injection seat including a base, a peripheral wall on the base, a space defined by the base and the peripheral wall, and a mounting member projecting out of one side of the peripheral wall, wherein the mounting member and the peripheral wall are formed integrally, and wherein a convex portion is formed at a joining portion of the mounting member and the space;
a connecting tube projecting out of the mounting member and formed integrally therewith, with the connecting tube including a bulged central portion and an annular curved outward end, wherein the locking nut is secured onto the bulged central portion, with the catheter end and the other end abutting with the mounting member and the annular convex end spaced from the mounting member;
a base member including a groove;
a housing including a top opening, a clamping portion on an inner surface of the housing, and a passageway through a bottom edge for receipt of the base member, wherein the injection seat is fastened in the housing, and wherein the locking nut is disposed in the groove of the base member and the passageway; and
an implant member disposed in the top opening and including a peripheral flange urged downward by the clamping portion, with the implant member including a bottom disposed above and parallel to the base of the injection seat.

US Pat. No. 10,166,379

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPENING OF A TISSUE BARRIER

THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA ...

1. A method for opening a tissue to a target value using microbubbles, comprising:targeting a region of the tissue to open;
determining at least one acoustic parameter corresponding to the target value, the at least one acoustic parameter is selected to control one or more acoustic cavitation events to open the tissue to the target value to thereby allow passage of molecules and/or agents; and
applying an ultrasound beam at the at least one acoustic parameter to the targeted region such that the tissue is opened with the microbubbles to the target value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,378

PERMEANT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USE THEREOF

NITTO DENKO CORPORATION, ...

1. A patch for delivering a permeant through a biological membrane of a subject comprising:a) a matrix;
b) at least one hydrophilic permeant disposed within the matrix, wherein at least a portion of the hydrophilic permeant can dissolve in biological moisture received from at least one formed pathway through the biological membrane of the subject;
c) at least one permeability enhancer disposed within the matrix, and
d) at least one solubility control agent disposed within the matrix for controlling the dissolution of the hydrophilic permeant in the biological moisture received by the matrix to control delivery of the hydrophilic permeant into the subject via the at least one formed pathway, wherein the at least one solubility control agent comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of:
an agent that selectively controls the pH of the biological moisture relative to the isoelectric point of the hydrophilic permeant, an agent that selectively controls the ionic strength of the biological moisture, and a salting-out agent.

US Pat. No. 10,166,377

SPINAL TREATMENT METHOD AND SPINAL TREATMENT CATHETER

TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spinal treatment method comprising:inserting a balloon catheter along an axis of a spine into a treatment site between nerves extending from the spine, while the nerves are being bifurcated, and a lesion area that compresses the nerves at the treatment site;
positioning a balloon, on which an anti-inflammatory agent is disposed, of the balloon catheter at the treatment site by following the axis of the spine, wherein an axial length of the balloon is disposed in a space between the lesion area and the nerves being compressed;
dilating the balloon in the space between the lesion area and the nerves being compressed, the balloon contacting the lesion area and the nerves being compressed along the axial length of the balloon; and
applying, at least via the balloon contacting the lesion area and the nerves being compressed, the anti-inflammatory agent to the treatment site.

US Pat. No. 10,166,376

RESTRICTED EXPANSION DISSECTOR

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical apparatus configured and dimensioned to create an internal surgical worksite, the surgical apparatus comprising: an expandable dissection element having a first resiliency and being expandable to an expanded configuration; and a restrictor formed of a single piece of material having a second resiliency less than the first resiliency, the restrictor being fixedly secured to the dissection element, the restrictor including a pair of first arms and a pair of second arms, the pair of first arms being secured together with a hinge element, wherein the hinge element is a living hinge, and the pair of second arms being secured together, the restrictor being configured to restrict expansion of the dissection element in at least one direction such that the dissection element defines a generally planar configuration in the expanded configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,375

BODY FLUID DRAINAGE SYSTEM

University of Washington,...

1. A body fluid drainage system, comprising:a catheter having a proximal portion and a distal portion opposite the proximal portion, wherein the proximal portion is configured to be in fluid communication with a site of excess body fluid within the patient;
a valve device configured to change resistance to flow through the catheter;
a pressure sensor assembly including a first pressure sensor upstream of the valve device configured to measure pressure within a catheter portion upstream of the valve device and a second pressure sensor downstream of the valve device configured to measure pressure within a catheter portion downstream of the valve device, wherein the pressure sensor assembly is configured to be spaced apart from the inlet of the catheter and the ventricles of the patient's brain, and wherein pressure measurements taken from the pressure sensor assembly are used to derive pressure at a position spaced apart from the first and second pressure sensors; and
a controller operatively coupled to the valve device and the pressure sensor assembly, wherein the controller is configured to derive pressure via the pressure sensor assembly, and wherein the controller is configured to change the resistance to flow through the valve device in response to the derived pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,166,374

WEDGE DISSECTORS FOR A MEDICAL BALLOON

Cagent Vascular, LLC, Wa...

1. A medical balloon catheter, comprising:an elongate member comprising a lumen, the elongate member defining a longitudinal axis;
an expandable balloon connected to the elongate member at a distal end of the elongate member;
a plurality of strips, each strip of the plurality of strips including a plurality of wedge dissectors spaced apart along a surface of each strip, each strip extending longitudinally along an outer surface of the expandable balloon,
a base layer on the outer surface of the expandable balloon;
a bonding layer on top of the base layer and on an underside of each of the plurality of strips;
a first retention bonding layer surrounding the outer surface of the expandable balloon and the plurality of wedge dissectors;
at least a second retention bonding layer on top of the first retention bonding layer, wherein the first retention bonding layer and the second retention bonding layer comprise the same material; and
a slip layer over the first retention bonding layer and the second retention bonding layer;
wherein the wedge dissectors comprise a strip-facing base surface directly adjacent the surface of each of the strips, an unhoned radially outward facing surface having a length between a proximal edge of the unhoned radially outward facing surface and a distal edge of the unhoned radially outward facing surface and defining a height of each wedge dissector, and lateral surfaces between the strip-facing base surface and the unhoned radially outward facing surface, wherein the unhoned radially outward facing surface has a first width at the proximal edge, a second width smaller than the first width between the proximal edge and the distal edge, and a third width at the distal edge larger than the second width,
wherein the expandable balloon comprises a plurality of pleats extending from the outer surface and spaced apart from the plurality of strips, wherein the expandable balloon comprises a first reduced configuration in which the wedge dissectors of each strip lie between two adjacent pleats such that a longitudinal axis of each wedge dissector of each strip is in a tangential non-perpendicular orientation with respect to the outer surface of the expandable balloon directly below each wedge dissector of each strip, and wherein the expandable balloon comprises a second expanded configuration wherein the longitudinal axis of each wedge dissector of each strip is in a perpendicular orientation with respect to the outer surface of the expandable balloon directly below each wedge dissector of each strip.

US Pat. No. 10,166,372

ANGIOPLASTY BALLOON IMPROVED WITH GRAPHENE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An inflatable medical balloon comprising:a balloon wall defining a balloon interior portion and a balloon exterior portion, wherein the balloon wall comprises an inner layer and an outer layer, wherein the outer layer comprises graphene, and wherein the balloon wall excludes a polymer matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,166,368

AUTONOMOUSLY CONTROLLABLE PULL WIRE INJECTION CATHETER, ROBOTIC SYSTEM COMPRISING SAID CATHETER AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

1. Autonomously controllable pull wire injection catheter (1) comprising an outer catheter guide (2, 33) having an outer catheter guide casing (39) and an inner operating catheter (3, 31) having an inner operating catheter casing (16), wherein the inner operating catheter (3, 31) comprises a catheter handle (30), a catheter tip (10), at least one needle (5) that is connected to at least one source of medicinal solution via at least one needle channel (4, 26), at least one contact force sensor (9a-f, 25), at least one electrode (7, 24), at least four actuator driven pull wires (12-15, 20-23) for moving the tip (10) of the inner operating catheter (3, 31), wherein the inner diameter of the outer catheter guide casing (39) is larger than the outer diameter of the inner operating catheter casing (16), characterized in that the inner operating catheter (3, 31) is adapted to be controlled by a microcontroller, wherein the at least one electrode (7, 24) and the at least one contact force sensor (9a-f, 25) are adapted for data exchange with the microcontroller, and wherein the at least four actuator driven pull wires (12-15, 20-23) are attached inside the inner operating catheter (3, 31) perpendicular to each other at a pre-defined distance from the tip (10) in the distal region (6).

US Pat. No. 10,166,367

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH A NESTED LAP JOINT AND FUSED CONDUCTIVE ELEMENT AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

St. Jude Medical, Cariolo...

1. A medical device for diagnosis or treatment of tissue in a body, comprising:a first shaft including
a longitudinal axis,
a first shaft axial end, and
a first shaft inner surface with an inner step extending axially from the first shaft axial end to an inner edge of the first shaft inner surface extending radially; and
a second shaft including
a second shaft axial end disposed within the first shaft, and
an outer surface including a first outer step extending in an axial direction and a second outer step extending in the axial direction;
a first nested lap joint formed between and connecting the second shaft to the first shaft, the first nested lap joint corresponding to the first outer step of the second shaft;
a second nested lap joint formed between and connecting the first and second shafts, the second nested lap joint corresponding to the second outer step of the second shaft and the inner step of the first shaft; and
a conductive element disposed within at least one of the first and second shafts, the conductive element includes a fused portion fused to at least one of the inner surface of the first shaft and an inner surface of the second shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,365

CATHETER ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SEALING MEMBER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A catheter assembly, comprising:a catheter defining at least one lumen;
a hub including at least one hub extension dimensioned to be received within the at least one lumen of the catheter; and
a sealing member being of an expandable material which increases in volume upon exposure to moisture, wherein the at least one hub extension defines a first connector surface and the at least one lumen of the catheter is defined by a second connector surface,
wherein when the at least one hub extension is received within the at least one lumen of the catheter, the first connector surface engages the second connector surface to define an interface, wherein the sealing member is positioned adjacent the interface and is configured to expand into the interface between the first connector surface and the second connector surface upon exposure to the moisture such that the expandable material fills in any gaps between the at least one hub extension and the at least one lumen at the interface.

US Pat. No. 10,166,361

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AMBIENT SOUND THERAPY USER INTERFACE AND CONTROL SYSTEM

1. An ambient therapy recording and playback system comprising:a rectangular array of microphones comprising four independent multi-directional matched microphones and each of said matched microphones are independent of any other microphone and positioned symmetrically about a center point of the rectangular array and each microphone positioned at one of the four corners of the array thereby having an established sound pickup time delay between matched microphones; and
a recording system having four independent recording channels where each channel receives an independent microphone signal from one of the independent matched microphones independent of any other microphone signal for receiving sounds independently captured by each matched microphone, and further having an electronic storage having stored an electronic recording of each channel's captured sounds thereby having an established recording as an audio sound bed,
where the matched microphones are positioned in a 200 ft. by 200 ft. rectangular array,
where the audio sound bed contains a naturally occurring transient audio event, and
where the recording system has a musical composition stored and has a musical overlay function that overlays the naturally occurring transient audio event with a matching musically composed audio event from the musical composition establishing an audio program.

US Pat. No. 10,166,360

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FLOW DURING EXHALATION IN A RESPIRATORY SUPPORT SYSTEM

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. An exhalation valve system configured to control gas flow during exhalation of a subject. the system comprising:a pressure generator configured to generate a pressurized flow of breathable gas for delivery to an airway of the subject;
a subject interface comprising a conduit configured to communicate the pressurized flow of breathable gas to the airway of the subject, and an exhalation port configured to place an interior of the subject interface in communication with an exterior of the subject interface,
a valve, coupled to the exhalation port of the subject interface configured to selectively control flow through the exhalation port, the valve comprising a pressure chamber having flexible walls, the pressure chamber comprising a hollow area in fluid communication with the pressure generator via a pressurization control line that is separate from the conduit,
wherein gas from the pressure generator conducted to the valve by the pressurization control line causes movement of the flexible walls to change a volume of the pressure chamber but does not escape the pressure chamber through the valve. the exhalation port, or the conduit, the valve operating in a first mode in which the exhalation port is opened to permit gas flow from the airway of the subject during exhalation, and a second mode in which flow through the exhalation port is restricted with respect to the flow in the first mode; and
wherein the valve is coupled to the pressurization control line at a first end of the valve and coupled to the exhalation port at a second opposite end of the valve, the pressurization control line affecting the volume of the pressure chamber;
a flow component configured to adapt the valve to the exhalation port, the flow component being configured to removably couple with the exhalation port and the valve to form a flow path between the exhalation port and the valve;
one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to one or more gas parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas; and
one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules, the computer program modules comprising:
a disordered breathing event detection module configured to detect the onset of a disordered breathing event, wherein the onset of the disordered breathing event is detected based on the output signals of the sensors; and
a control module configured to control operation of the valve between the first mode and the second mode based on detections by the disordered breathing event detection module, wherein the control module is configured to cause movement of the flexible walls and thereby cause the volume of the pressure chamber to (i) expand such that the valve operates in the second mode or (ii) contract such that the valve operates in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,133

DEVICE FOR INTERMITTENTLY OBSTRUCTING A GASTRIC OPENING

BAROnova, Inc., San Carl...

1. An obstructing member for intermittently obstructing a pyloric valve, comprising:a coiling occluding member having a low-profile configuration wherein the coiling occluding member forms a helical structure extending longitudinally and wherein the coiling occluding member is configurable into a deployment configuration having a plurality of turns which nest one adjacent to the other forming a wound structure in the deployment configuration;
a locking mechanism in communication with the coiling occluding member when the coiling occluding member is in the deployment configuration, wherein the locking mechanism is configured to secure the coiling occluding member in the deployment configuration; and
a covering member which at least partially surrounds the coiling occluding member in its deployment configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,081

SURGICAL ROBOTIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS FOR USE IN PERFORMING MINIMALLY INVASIVE AND NATURAL ORIFICE TRANSLUMINAL ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL ACTIONS

BIO-MEDICAL ENGINEERING (...

1. A surgical arm assembly insertable into a cavity of a patient, the surgical arm assembly for use in performing an in vivo surgical action and comprising:an end-effector assembly, the end-effector assembly having:
a first instrument assembly having:
a first instrument, the first instrument having a first elongated distal end for performing a surgical action, a second proximal end, and a disconnectable electric cable connected to the first instrument, the second proximal end of the first instrument having a first instrument contact portion, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument configurable to receive an electric current from an energy source via the disconnectable electric cable to perform an electrosurgical action when the disconnectable electric cable is configured to be connected to the energy source, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument configurable to not receive an electric current from the energy source via the disconnectable electric cable when the disconnectable electric cable is configured to be disconnected from the energy source;
a first instrument driven portion configurable to be driven in such a way as to move the first instrument relative to a first axis; and
a first instrument insulative portion providable between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument insulative portion configurable to prevent at least the first instrument driven portion from receiving an electric current applied to the first instrument when the first instrument insulative portion is provided between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument insulative portion including:
a first contact portion, the first contact portion of the first instrument insulative portion configured to contact with the first instrument contact portion; and
a second contact portion, the second contact portion of the first instrument insulative portion configured to contact with the first instrument driven portion, the first instrument driven portion configured to move, via the first and second contact portions, the first elongated distal end of the first instrument relative to the first axis, wherein the first instrument insulative portion is provided between the first instrument and the first instrument driven portion in such a way that the first axis corresponds to a center axis of the first instrument insulative portion; and
an arm assembly securable to and unsecurable from the end-effector assembly, wherein the unsecuring of the end-effector assembly from the arm assembly includes configuring the disconnectable electric cable to be disconnected from the energy source.

US Pat. No. 10,166,076

REGISTRATION OBJECT, CORRECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHIC TOMOGRAPHY

NIKON METROLOGY NV, Leuv...

1. A method of correcting computed radiographic tomography data, comprising the process of:acquiring data representing a set of radiographic projections of a target object and a registration object including at least part of the target object within the void of the registration object at a series of angles about the predetermined axis;
determining in each projection the positions of registration points defined by the registration object;
comparing stored information about the registration object with the determined positions of the registration points to obtain projection correction information for each projection;
applying the projection correction information to each projection to provide a set of corrected radiographic projections.

US Pat. No. 10,166,075

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL INSTRUMENT IMPLEMENTING A MOTOR

MOVASU, INC., Seoul (KR)...

1. A minimally invasive surgical instrument comprising:a shaft;
an end effector being connected to one end of the shaft; and
a handling unit being connected to the other end of the shaft,
wherein the handling unit comprises:
a pair of linear motion members to operate the end effector in one of a pitch direction and a yaw direction;
another pair of linear motion members to operate the end effector in the other of the pitch direction and the yaw direction;
a pair of rotating members to allow the pair of linear motion members to move in opposite directions;
a first spiral part being coupled to one of the pair of rotating members and configured to move one of the pair of linear motion members;
a second spiral part being coupled to the other of the pair of rotating members, configured to move the other of the pair of linear motion members, and having a spiral orientation opposite to that of the first spiral part;
another pair of rotating members to allow the another pair of linear motion members to move in opposite directions;
a driving element to drive the pair of rotating members; and
another driving element to drive the another pair of rotating members,
wherein one of the pair of rotating members and the corresponding one of the pair of linear motion members are connected to each other via the first spiral part, and the other of the pair of rotating members and the other corresponding one of the pair of linear motion members are connected to each other via the second spiral part,
wherein each of the pair of rotating members is connected with a common outer circumference rotating member disposed along an outer circumference of the handling unit,
wherein each of the another pair of rotating members is connected with another common outer circumference rotating member disposed along the outer circumference of the handling unit, and
wherein the common outer circumference rotating member and the another common outer circumference rotating member are capable of rotating independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 10,166,074

PATTY MANAGER AND METHOD

Clear Solutions LLC, Cas...

1. A surgical patty manager for retaining a plurality of surgical patties, comprising:a first tray defining a plurality of dispensing regions, wherein each dispensing region includes a mechanical patty retention element, and wherein each dispensing region includes a dispensing indicia located therein; and
a second tray movably coupled to the first tray, wherein the second tray defines a plurality of recovery regions, wherein each recovery region includes a mechanical patty retention element, and wherein each recovery region includes a recovery indicia located therein, and wherein each recovery region further includes two or more elongated protrusions positioned along intersecting axes around a periphery of each recovery region and extending along a substantial portion of a length of the recovery region and a substantial portion of a width of the recovery region, such that the two or more elongated protrusions define each recovery region;
a string guide disposed about at least a portion of the first tray; and
a protrusion extending partially over a portion of the string guide.

US Pat. No. 10,166,073

CONTROL DATA GENERATION FOR THE EYE-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF DEFECTIVE VISION

Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, J...

1. A method for generating control data, which are adapted to control a laser device emitting laser radiation for surgically correcting defective vision of an eye by surgically altering a shape of an optical component of the eye, the method comprising:specifying a cutting surface, which is curved, has a vertex and a border and which is to be produced in the eye by application of the laser radiation from the laser device to the optical component of the eye for correcting a defective vision;
defining at least one path curve for the control data, along which a focus of the laser radiation is to be shifted by controlling the laser device according to the control data;
selecting the at least one path curve such that at least one path curve lies in the cutting surface or within a tolerance zone around the cutting surface;
further comprising, for the selection of the at least one path curve:
defining a reference plane which is at a predetermined angle to a direction of incidence of the laser radiation and defining various shifting positions between the vertex and the border of the cutting surface for the reference plane;
defining, for each shifting position several axes or semi-axes, which lie in the reference plane, are not parallel to each other and which, when viewed in a projection along a direction of incidence, in the case of axes, intersect and in the case of semi-axes, have at least one common point;
determining, for each shifting position of the reference plane, intersection points of the axes or semi-axes with the cutting surface; and
wherein the at least one path curve is fixed in that the intersection points are connected.

US Pat. No. 10,166,072

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREATING AN EFFECT USING MICROWAVE ENERGY TO SPECIFIED TISSUE

MIRADRY, INC., Santa Cla...

2. A method of creating a tissue effect in a target tissue layer, comprising the steps of:irradiating the target tissue layer and a first tissue layer through a skin surface with electromagnetic energy having predetermined frequency and electric field characteristics, wherein the first tissue layer is above the target tissue layer, the first tissue layer being adjacent to a surface of the skin; and
generating a power loss density profile, wherein the power loss density profile has a peak power loss density in a region of the target tissue layer.

US Pat. No. 10,166,067

ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD FOR ELECTICALLY ISOLATING CARDIAC TISSUE

St. Jude Medical, Atrial ...

1. A method for electrically isolating cardiac tissue, comprising the steps of:providing an ablation catheter comprising an elongate member with proximal and distal ends, wherein the distal end comprises a plurality of electrodes and is configured to apply a high energy electrical shock of between 200 and 500 Joule across a plurality of locations along the length of said distal end, the high energy electrical shock distributed across the plurality of locations along the length, and wherein said distal end is curved and each of the plurality of electrodes delivers a shock sufficient for ablation of cardiac tissue;
advancing the ablation catheter to the cardiac tissue;
contacting the distal end with the cardiac tissue;
monitoring a heart rhythm and applying the high energy electrical shock in dependence of said heart rhythm, wherein the high energy electrical shock is applied at a predetermined time in the heart rhythm on or before the QRS-complex of the heart rhythm and outside of vulnerable phases of both atria and ventricles of the cardiac tissue, and;
applying the high energy electrical shock during a predetermined period of time less than 10 ms from each of the plurality of locations along said length of the distal end to the cardiac tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,166,066

EPICARDIAL ABLATION CATHETER AND METHOD OF USE

University of Virginia Pa...

1. An ablation catheter system for ablation of epicardial tissue of a heart of a subject, said ablation catheter system comprising:an ablation catheter, said ablation catheter comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal wall there between;
a plurality of electrodes in communication with said ablation catheter;
a catheter steering mechanism configured to orient said ablation catheter about the heart;
a catheter control device, wherein said catheter control device is configured to manipulate said catheter steering mechanism;
one or more distal irrigation apertures at said distal end of said ablation catheter, said one or more distal irrigation apertures are in communication with one or more irrigation lumens extending longitudinally toward said proximal end of said ablation catheter;
one or more distal suction apertures at said distal end of the ablation catheter, said one or more distal suction apertures are in communication with one or more suction lumens extending longitudinally toward said proximal end of said ablation catheter;
a sheath, said sheath comprising a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal wall there between, and wherein said sheath is adapted for receiving said ablation catheter therein;
a sheath steering mechanism configured to orient said sheath about the heart; and
a sheath control device, wherein said sheath control device is configured to manipulate said sheath steering mechanism;
wherein, said plurality of electrodes comprise at least one of:
an anode and a cathode,
a plurality of electrodes arranged in a circumferential array around said distal end of said ablation catheter, and
a plurality of electrodes longitudinally separated on said distal end of said ablation catheter, and
wherein, at least one of said one or more distal irrigation apertures or said one or more distal suction apertures comprises a plurality of apertures arranged in a circumferential array around the distal end of the ablation catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,065

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CLAMPING AND CUTTING TISSUE

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a proximal handle portion including a stationary handle, a first movable handle, and a second movable handle, the second movable handle being locked to the first movable handle during a first phase of travel from a first initial position to a second, intermediate position such that the first and second movable handles move together as a unit toward the stationary handle during the first phase of travel, the second movable handle being unlocked from the first movable handle during a second phase of travel from the second position to a third, final position;
an elongate shaft extending distally from the handle portion;
first and second jaws at a distal end of the elongate shaft, the first and second jaws being configured for relative movement between an open position and a closed position, the first and second jaws being configured to move from the open position to the closed position during the first phase of travel; and
a cutting element configured to move through the first and second jaws so as to cut tissue engaged by the first and second jaws in response to the second movable handle moving toward the stationary handle during the second phase of travel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,061

TELEOPERATED SURGICAL SYSTEM EQUIPMENT WITH USER INTERFACE

INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERAT...

1. A flux supply unit for supplying a flux to a plurality of surgical instruments, the flux supply unit comprising:a user control interface comprising:
a plurality of connectors to supply flux to the surgical instruments when the surgical instruments are operationally coupled to respective connectors; and
a display screen comprising a plurality of graphical display screen sections and controls for surgical instruments operationally coupled to the plurality of connectors, wherein:
the plurality of graphical display screen sections and the controls are visible together on the display screen;
the plurality of graphical display screen sections comprise controls for different types of surgical instruments;
the plurality of graphical display screen sections are visually coupled to the plurality of connectors by an arrangement of the plurality of connectors relative to respective graphical display screen sections to indicate respective associations of the graphical display screen sections with the connectors; and
at least one graphical display screen section includes a system installation indicator comprising a first indicator to indicate that an electrosurgical instrument operationally coupled to one connector that is visually coupled to the at least one graphical display screen section is mounted to a teleoperated surgical system, and a second indicator to indicate to which arm of a plurality of arms of the teleoperated surgical system the electrosurgical instrument is mounted.

US Pat. No. 10,166,060

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS COMPRISING A TRIGGER ASSEMBLY

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:an end effector, comprising:
a jaw movable between an open position and a closed position; and
a cutting element movable relative to the jaw;
a shaft; and
a handle, wherein the shaft is positioned intermediate the handle and the end effector, and wherein the handle comprises a trigger assembly, comprising:
a first trigger comprising a first pivot portion and a first arm extending from the first pivot portion, wherein the first trigger is movable from an initial position to a final position; and
a second trigger comprising a second pivot portion and a second arm extending from the second pivot portion, wherein the first trigger and the second trigger form a nested unit when the first trigger is in the initial position and are movable as the nested unit during a first actuation of the trigger assembly in which the first trigger moves from the initial position to the final position to affect a first surgical function, wherein a nestable portion of the first arm is nested within the second arm when the first trigger and the second trigger form the nested unit, wherein the second trigger is movable away from the first trigger to unnest the nestable portion of the first arm from the second arm after the first actuation of the trigger assembly and before a second actuation of the trigger assembly, wherein the second trigger is movable toward the first trigger during the second actuation of the trigger assembly to affect a second surgical function, and wherein the second surgical function is different than the first surgical function.

US Pat. No. 10,166,059

TREATMENT INSTRUMENT

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A treatment instrument comprising:a sheath that defines a longitudinal axis by a distal end and a proximal end;
a first treatment section that includes:
a first body including a first contact surface having conductivity, the first body crossing the longitudinal axis and being configured to contact a living tissue, and the first body having a first electrical insulation section having electrical insulation properties, and
a second body including a second contact surface opposed to the first contact surface on a proximal side with respect to the first contact surface and configured to contact the living tissue,
the first treatment section being configured to apply energy to the living tissue held between the first contact surface and the second contact surface to coagulate the living tissue;
a movement mechanism that is configured to move at least one of the first body and the second body along the longitudinal axis, to switch between:
a closed position in which the first contact surface and the second contact surface are close to each other, and
an opened position in which the first contact surface and the second contact surface are distant from each other; and
a second treatment section that has conductivity, the second treatment section projecting from a back surface of the first contact surface of the first body and extending along the longitudinal axis, and the second treatment section being configured to apply energy to the living tissue to incise or separate the living tissue,
wherein the first electrical insulation section is provided between the first contact surface and the second treatment section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,058

ACTION/COUNTERACTION SUPERIMPOSED DOUBLE CHAMBER BROAD AREA TISSUE ABLATION DEVICE

Corfigo, Inc., Montclair...

1. A cryoablation device for ablating an exterior surface of an internal organ, the device comprising an ablation body comprising:(a) a cryoablation surface defining a portion of a cryoablation compartment;
(b) an insulation surface defining a portion of an insulation compartment disposed adjacent to the cryoablation compartment;
(c) a collapsed configuration wherein the ablation body comprises a collapsed size and shape such that the ablation body can be deployed via a minimally invasive procedure;
(d) an expanded deployment configuration wherein
(i) the cryoablation surface is a substantially flat and quadrilateral shape and is sized and shaped in the expanded deployment configuration to contact a large planar area of the exterior surface of the internal organ of a patient; and
(ii) the insulation compartment comprises an inflated configuration wherein the insulation compartment contains an increased amount of an insulation fluid,
wherein each of the cryoablation surface and the insulation surface has a surface area of at least six cm2 in the expanded deployment configuration;
(e) an ablation fluid delivery line in fluidic communication with the cryoablation compartment and coupled to a first side of the ablation body; and
(f) an ablation fluid removal line in fluidic communication with the cryoablation compartment and coupled to the first side of the ablation body,
wherein the ablation fluid delivery line is constructed and arranged to deliver an ablation fluid and the ablation fluid removal line is constructed and arranged to remove the ablation fluid such that the ablation fluid is continuously shuttled through the cryoablation compartment,
wherein the insulation surface is disposed on an opposite side of the ablation body in relation to the cryoablation surface, and
wherein the insulation compartment is configured to insulate surrounding tissues from the cryoablation compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,166,054

BONE FIXATION SYSTEM

DePuy Synthes Products, I...

1. A bone fixation linkage, comprising:a plurality of interconnected links each defining a first end configured to face a bone to which the bone fixation linkage is configured to be attached, and a second end opposite the first end,
at least a first link of the plurality of interconnected links including a first insertion member, a first receptacle member, and a first neck that extends from the first insertion member to the first receptacle member; and
at least a second link of the plurality of interconnected links including a second insertion member, and a second receptacle member, the second receptacle member defining first and second arms and a channel that separates the first and second arms,
wherein 1) each of the first and second insertion members includes a first interior surface that defines a fixation hole and a first outer surface that is opposite the first interior surface, and each of the first and second receptacle members includes a second interior surface that defines a receptacle, 2) the first insertion member of the first link is configured to be captured by the second interior surface of the second link such that the neck of the first link extends through the channel of the second link and the first and second links are configured to angulate polyaxially with respect to each other about at least two different axes, and 3) the first outer surface of the first link is configured to move with respect to the second interior surface of the second link as the first and second links angulate with respect to each other about the at least two different axes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,053

DISTRACTOR WITH BIDIRECTIONAL ROTATION CONTROL

Stryker European Holdings...

1. An internal mandibular distractor comprising:a housing elongated in a longitudinal direction;
at least one distal attachment plate attached to the housing, wherein the distal attachment plate is configured to be attached to a first bone surface;
a drive rod arranged inside the housing and elongated in the longitudinal direction, the drive rod having a proximal end portion having a receptacle provided therein;
at least one proximal attachment plate that is configured to be driven by the drive rod to move in the longitudinal direction, the at least one proximal attachment plate configured to be attached to a second bone surface, wherein the drive rod comprises a proximal end portion that is configured to be rotated to drive the at least one proximal attachment plate in the longitudinal direction;
at least one housing engaging portion provided to the housing; and
at least one drive rod engaging portion provided to the drive rod;
wherein the at least one housing engaging portion and the at least one drive rod engaging portion are configured to:
be engaged in a first relative position of the housing and the drive rod so as to prevent relative rotation in both a first and a second direction of rotation between the drive rod and the housing caused by a force acting on the drive rod or the housing that is less than a predetermined force, and
be moved out of engagement by driving the drive rod in either a first or a second direction of rotation of the drive rod with a force equal to or greater than the predetermined force to a second relative position;
wherein the housing engaging portion comprises at least one of at least one recess and at least one hole configured to engage the drive rod engaging portion; and
wherein the drive rod engaging portion comprises a protruding member configured to protrude in a direction to engage the at least one of the at least one recess and at least one hole and to be moved out of engagement with the at least one of the at least one recess and the at least one hole when the predetermined force is applied to rotate the drive rod with respect to the housing, the protruding member being provided in the receptacle of the drive rod proximal end portion and extends outwardly from the receptacle into the at least one of the at least one recess and the at least one hole of the housing engaging portion in the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,048

TRANSLATIONAL INSTRUMENTATION FOR SPONDYLOLISTHESIS AND SCOLIOSIS REDUCTION

Tenzin LLC, Chestnut Hil...

1. A vertebral endplate spreader device comprising:a vertebral endplate spreader including:
a linkage with a drive sprocket operatively connected for rotation relative thereto, and with a secondary sprocket operatively connected for rotation relative to the linkage;
a belt operatively connected to the drive sprocket and the secondary sprocket to be driven about a belt axis, wherein the secondary sprocket includes a constant diameter and is in direct abutment with the belt; and
a driver handle having a distal end and a proximal end, wherein the distal end is operatively connected to the drive sprocket to actuate rotation of the belt.

US Pat. No. 10,166,047

INTERSPINOUS SPACER

VertiFlex, Inc., Carlsba...

1. An insertion instrument configured for delivering a spacer to an interspinous process space of a patient and deploying the spacer from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration to relieve pain; the spacer including a body, at least one arm connected to and movable with respect to the body and a spacer actuator having a proximal end and a distal end disposed at least partially inside the body that is configured to move the at least one arm from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration; the insertion instrument comprising:a handle assembly;
a first assembly connected to the handle assembly, the first assembly being configured to connect to the body of the spacer at the distal end of the insertion instrument, the first assembly having a first control at the handle assembly configured to connect and release the body of the spacer and the first assembly;
a second assembly connected to the handle assembly, the second assembly being configured to connect to the proximal end of the actuator of the spacer at the distal end of the insertion instrument, the second assembly having a second control at the handle assembly configured to connect and release the actuator and the second assembly; and
a third assembly connected to the handle assembly; the third assembly being configured to move the second assembly relative to the body of the spacer for arranging the spacer from an undeployed configuration to at least one deployed configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,044

APPARATUS FOR REPOSITIONING THE VAGINA, CERVIX, UTERUS AND PELVIC FLOOR AND METHOD TO SECURE SAME

FRESHWATER BAY INDUSTRIES...

1. An apparatus comprising:a vaginal manipulator probe that includes a substantially rigid arcuate body portion including a substantially cylindrical or oval proximal portion and a blade-like distal portion that includes a recess configured to receive at least a portion of a cervix and that is curved along its long axis, the substantially rigid body portion being at least partially insertable into a vagina of a patient;
a disk rotatably coupled with the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe and adjustable to one or more positions along a length of the substantially rigid arcuate body portion, the disk configured to rest against a perineal body of the patient when the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe is inserted into the vagina of the patient to form a substantially fluid-tight seal against the patient, the disk also configured to set vaginal insertion depth of the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe and allow rotation of the vaginal manipulator probe while maintaining the vaginal insertion depth; and
a handle portion operably coupled to the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe that is configured to be external to the patient when the substantially rigid arcuate body portion of the vaginal manipulator probe is at least partially inserted into the vagina of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,166,043

SUPPORT APPARATUS FOR SURGICAL TUBE

Surgical Stabilization Te...

1. A support apparatus for use with a tubular device which extends through a body wall of a patient for supporting the tubular device in fixed position, the support apparatus comprising:an annular expandable member for extending around the tubular device, said annular expandable member being movable in an expansion movement from a collapsed condition radially outwardly of the tubular device to an expanded condition;
an annular abutment collar arranged to be mounted on the tubular device;
the annular abutment collar being arranged for adjustable movement longitudinally of the tubular device and relative to the annular expandable member so as to be located at a selected position to hold the body wall between the annular abutment collar and the said annular expandable member;
a clamp for locating the annular abutment collar on the tubular device at the selected position;
said annular expandable member being arranged while in said collapsed condition to be inserted through an incision in the body wall and expanded when inserted to engage an inside surface of the body wall;
and a manually operable device for causing said movement of the annular expandable member between the collapsed condition and the expanded condition;
a connector member extending from the manually operable device to the expandable member for causing the movement;
said manually operable device being permanently mounted on the annular abutment collar as a component thereof for said adjustable movement therewith.

US Pat. No. 10,166,042

SURGICAL SYSTEM

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A surgical system for treating cartilage by melting by friction heat, the system comprising:an output unit configured to generate a driving power;
a transducer connected to the output unit, and configured to convert the driving power into ultrasonic vibration;
a probe connected to the transducer, and configured to transmit the ultrasonic vibration;
an excision unit provided in the probe, the excision unit configured to be in contact with a predetermined portion of the cartilage, to heat the predetermined portion of the cartilage by ultrasonic vibration converted based on the driving power, and to melt and excise the cartilage by receiving pressure by an operator while being in contact with the cartilage; and
a controller configured to control the driving power output from the output unit so that the predetermined portion of the cartilage is heating to a temperature of 120° C. or higher within 2.2 seconds, and a temperature of the predetermined portion of the cartilage is maintained to be at 120° C. or higher.

US Pat. No. 10,166,041

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, METHODS AND KITS FOR PERFORMING SELECTIVE DISSECTION OF LUNG TISSUE

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A surgical instrument for separating lung tissue away from structures in a lung comprising:an elongated housing having a longitudinal axis, a forward portion and a rearward portion;
a source of work energy in the rearward portion connected to a drive mechanism in the elongated housing;
a dissecting member operatively connected to the drive mechanism;
a pivot pin;
a coupler pin;
a pull rod; and
a dissector housing operatively coupled with the pull rod via the coupler pin, wherein the dissector housing pivots about the pivot pin;
wherein the drive mechanism moves the dissecting member side to side while the dissector housing is configured to hold the lung tissue from moving so as to maximize relative motion between the dissecting member and the lung tissue,
wherein relative motion between the dissecting member and the dissector housing operates to pull apart the lung tissue without cutting into the structures in the lung,
wherein the dissector housing and the dissecting member are coupled such that a pivoting movement in the dissector housing relative to the elongated housing causes a corresponding pivoting movement in the dissecting member relative to the elongated housing, and
wherein a pivot angle between the elongated housing and the dissector housing can be adjustably controlled, thereby projecting the dissecting member in different trajectories relative to the elongated housing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,037

SURGICAL TOOL, MICRO-SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND ACTUATION METHOD FOR BOTH

1. A surgical tool, comprising:a proximal coupling portion from which two hydraulically actuatable, pivotally connected members extend, each pivotally connected member having an active portion and a guide portion;
wherein the pivotally connected members form a boundary for at least a part of a fluid-tight, fluid-fillable cavity, such that a pivot position of the pivotally connected members is adjustable via a change in a volume of a fluid in the fluid-fillable cavity;
wherein the coupling portion comprises a tool housing which houses the guide portions of the pivotally connected members in a recess of the tool housing; and
wherein a hydraulic connection is disposed in the tool housing such that the tool housing and the pivotally connected members form the fluid-fillable cavity said fluid-fillable cavity is fluidically connected with the hydraulic connection.