US Pat. No. 10,165,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DUAL-ENERGY COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. An imaging system comprising:a computed tomography (CT) acquisition unit comprising an X-ray source and a CT detector configured to collect CT imaging data of an object to be imaged, the X-ray source and the CT detector configured to be rotated about the object to be imaged and to collect a series of projections of the object as the X-ray source and the CT detector rotate about the object to be imaged, the X-ray source configured to be switched between a high voltage and a low voltage during collection of the series of projections; and
a processing unit comprising at least one processor operably coupled to the CT acquisition unit, the processing unit configured to:
determine a voltage delivery configuration for the X-ray source based on at least one of a patient size, a clinical task, or scan parameters, the voltage delivery configuration comprising a voltage threshold, wherein all portions of acquired data from the series of projections acquired above the voltage threshold are grouped as high energy data and all portions of the acquired data from the series of projections acquired below the voltage threshold are grouped as low energy data;
implement the voltage delivery configuration on the CT acquisition unit; and
control the CT acquisition unit to perform an imaging scan using the determined voltage delivery configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,995

PHOTON COUNTING COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY USING A COMBINATION OF CONTRAST AGENTS FOR SIMULTANEOUS VISUALIZATION OF ANATOMY AND A PLURALITY OF MATERIALS

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for performing Photon Counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) using a combination of contrast agents, the method comprising:configuring a PCCT device with a plurality of threshold values corresponding to a plurality of contrast agents, the plurality of contrast agents comprising:
at least two long-lived contrast agents designed to remain in an anatomical subject for at least 12 hours following injection into the anatomical subject, and
one or more short-lived contrast agents designed to washout of the anatomical subject within 10 minutes following injection into the anatomical subject;
using the PCCT device to perform an imaging scan on the anatomical subject in the presence of the plurality of contrast agents to acquire image data;
processing the imaging data into a plurality of datasets based on the plurality of threshold values, the plurality of datasets comprising at least one dataset for each of the plurality of contrast agents.

US Pat. No. 10,165,994

HANDHELD X-RAY DEVICE BY COLD CATHODE

Energy Resources Internat...

1. A handheld X ray device comprising:a camera-like X ray generator body having a zoom ring-like object at a front side of said X ray generator body as an exit of X rays;
inside said camera-like X ray generator body, having a glass ball-tube and only one voltage boosting circuit encapsulated by an insulating gel and wrapped by a lead shell except for an X ray window, wherein said voltage boosting circuit is provided to output a predetermined high voltage to an anode electrode pin, and a ground terminal connected to a cold cathode pin, said anode electrode pin and said cold cathode pin are extended out from the glass ball-tube, and said glass ball-tube is a cold cathode type X-ray generator with a tungsten filament at a periphery of a cold cathode; and
an oscillator circuit, a battery, and a control circuit, said battery providing electrical power of said handheld X ray device, and said oscillator circuit and said voltage boosting circuit boosting a voltage up to 40 kV˜70 kV from a voltage of said battery under control by said control circuit; and
a user interface connected to said control circuit installed at a rear surface of said X ray generator body so that an operator can set or change a default value according to conditions of a patient, and said user interface having a security button to prevent said handheld X ray device from being actuated unsafely;
wherein said zoom ring-like object has an incline angle of about 15-60° downward based on a top plane of said camera-like X ray generator body and a collimator section atop a surface of said zoom ring-like object provided for performing alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,993

X-RAY IMAGIN DEVICE WITH DISTRIBUTED X-RAY SOURCE

VATECH Co., Ltd., Gyeong...

1. An X-ray radiography device, the device comprising:an X-ray source including a plurality of X-ray emitting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix and respectively emitting X-rays to a target; and
an X-ray detector detecting the X-rays transmitted through the target
wherein one of the X-ray source and the X-ray detector has a curved surface surrounding the target,
wherein the X-ray detector includes a plurality of X-ray detecting elements arranged in an at least 2×2 pixel matrix on a planar surface or a curved surface to be mapped one-to-one or one-to-many to the X-ray emitting elements, and respectively to detect each of the X-rays transmitted through the target,
wherein the plurality of X-ray emitting elements and the plurality of X-ray detecting elements are arranged on separate planar surfaces or on separate curved surfaces, and
wherein the X-ray radiography device comprise a flexible bending part connecting the separate planar surfaces or the separate curved surfaces to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,992

X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEMS AND DEVICES

Carestream Health, Inc., ...

1. An x-ray tube head comprising:a plurality of cold cathode radiation sources for emitting x-rays when energized by an electric current; and
an enabling circuit configured to selectively enable and disable any of a first subset of the cold cathode radiation sources to be switchably connected to a source of the electric current, and to selectively enable and disable any of a second redundant subset of the radiation sources to be switchably connected to the source of electric current;
a detection circuit configured to detect whether any of the enabled radiation sources in the first subset is inoperable; and
a switch circuit for switchably connecting selected ones of the enabled radiation sources in the second subset to the source of electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,165,990

INTRAORAL X-RAY DETECTOR

Rayence Co., Ltd., Gyeon...

1. An intraoral X-ray detector comprising:a sensor configured to detect X-rays within a mouth;
a sensor unit configured to have the sensor;
a hinge unit including a connecting terminal as a hinge shaft configured to electrically connect to the sensor; and,
a cable connecting unit configured to be connected to an external cable and rotatably attached to the hinge unit,
wherein the hinge unit further includes a pair of hinges protruded facing each other in a direction of a major axis or a minor axis on one side of the sensor unit and a pair of hinge shafts protruded in a direction of facing each other from the pair of hinges, and the cable connecting unit includes a pair of connecting parts in which the pair of hinge shafts is inserted.

US Pat. No. 10,165,989

TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF RECONSTRUCTING CROSS-SECTIONAL IMAGE

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A tomography apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
obtain first image data at a first point and second image data at a second point using tomography, the tomography being performed by irradiating an X-ray to an object;
perform noise reduction based on at least one from among the first image data and the second image data, and to obtain a first reference image corresponding to the first image data and a second reference image corresponding to the second image data using a result of the performed noise reduction; and
reconstruct a target image representing the object based on the first reference image and the second reference image,
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to perform the noise reduction by adjusting a size of a voxel inside a first image obtained from the first image data and a size of a voxel inside a second image obtained from the second image data.

US Pat. No. 10,165,988

PERSONALIZED DETECTION SYSTEM FOR DETECTING MAGNETIC OBJECTS IN THE HUMAN ORGANISM

EVONIK ROEHM GmbH, Darms...

1. A device, comprisinga detector system for registering magnetic bodies in the human organism, which detector system comprises:
at least two sensor arrangements with an instrument for recording the magnetic flux density measured by each sensor arrangement, wherein each sensor arrangement has one, two or three anisotropic magnetoresistance sensors, the axes of easy magnetization of which point in pair-wise different directions, and each sensor arrangement has a distance of 0.5 to 50 cm from the remaining sensor arrangement or sensor arrangements, and at least two sensor arrangements are tilted at an angle of between 0 and 45° with respect to one another, and
a log for registering a quantified evaluation before, during and/or after the registration of the magnetic body or bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,165,987

METHOD FOR DISPLAYING MEDICAL IMAGES

1. A method for displaying at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature, said method comprising the steps of:a) obtaining at least one 2D medical image of whole or part of the liver of a subject;
b) identifying on the medical image of step a) at least two features;
c) generating masks showing the features of step b), each mask highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), wherein said masks are selected from total fibrosis mask, porto-septal fibrosis mask, perisinusoidal fibrosis mask, portal fibrosis mask, stellar fibrosis mask, bridging fibrosis mask, simple septa mask, biopsy edge mask, biopsy specimen surface mask, Arantius furrow perimeter mask, Arantius furrow surface mask, liver perimeter mask, liver surface mask, spleen perimeter mask, spleen surface mask, liver segment I perimeter mask, liver segment IV perimeter mask, liver segment IV surface mask, liver and spleen surfaces mask and liver and spleen perimeters mask;
d) generating a set of at least two medical images, each medical image highlighting at least one feature identified in step b), by superimposing at least one mask of step c) on the medical image of step a); and
displaying the set of at least two medical images of step d), one after the other;
wherein an automated algorithm is used in step b) for identifying the features of step b) and for generating the masks of step c).

US Pat. No. 10,165,986

RECEIVERS FOR ANALYZING AND DISPLAYING SENSOR DATA

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A glucose monitoring system for monitoring a host's glucose levels, the system comprising a computing device having a touch-sensitive display, wherein the computing device is configured to:display on the touch-sensitive display a first chart and a second chart adjacent to one another, each chart having a trend line indicative of a glucose level of a host, each chart having a y-axis in units of an analyte concentration and an x-axis in units of time, and each x-axis of the first and second charts extending different periods of time, wherein the x-axis of the first chart extends a first period of time and the x-axis of the second chart extends a second period of time, the first period of time being a sub-set of the second period of time, wherein the second chart comprises a first indication of the first time period, wherein the first indication comprises a shaded pattern under the trend line of the second chart, wherein the second chart comprises a second indication of the first time period, wherein the second indication of the first time period comprises an icon extending along the y-axis of the second chart, wherein the icon moves along the x-axis of the second chart responsive to a user changing the first time period; and
wherein the time period of the second chart changes from the second time period to a third time period when the icon moves to a certain time value of the second time period, the second time period being a sub-set of the third time period.

US Pat. No. 10,165,985

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTION OF THE HEART VALVE SIGNALS

AVENTUSOFT LLC, Boca Rat...

1. A system for measuring cardiac time intervals, comprising:a non-invasive sensor unit for capturing electrical signals and composite vibration objects; and
a processor for separating a plurality of individual heart vibration events from the composite vibration objects by using at least one among bin-wise clustering and permutation alignment, or non-negative matrix factorization, or deep belief networks; and
wherein the processor is further configured for identifying the individual valve events from the plurality of individual heart vibration events with respect to an electrocardiogram signal for presenting the individual valve events superimposed with a synchronized electrocardiogram signal.

US Pat. No. 10,165,984

CONFIGURABLE VITAL SIGNS SYSTEM

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A system, comprising:an inflatable cuff configured to be disposed around a limb of a patient, and to transition a vessel within the limb from unoccluded to at least partially occluded upon inflation; and
a controller configured to determine an estimate of a hemodynamic parameter of the patient based at least in part on one or more measurements performed while transitioning the vessel, with the cuff, from unoccluded to at least partially occluded, wherein
performing the one or more measurements includes determining an initial value comprising one of a cuff pressure, cuff volume, blood pressure, heart rate, SpO2, or temperature value, and wherein determining the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter includes:
determining, with the controller, a difference between the initial value and a baseline associated with the initial value,
replacing the baseline with the initial value, in a memory associated with the controller, if the difference is outside of a predetermined range,
determining the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter based on values determined during the one or more measurements, and
outputting the estimate of the hemodynamic parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,983

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIA FOR DETERMINING A LIKELY PRESENCE OF A GENETIC DISORDER

FDNA INC., Tortola (VG)

1. An electronic system for determining from a series of pixels in an image of external cranio-facial soft tissue whether a subject is likely to be affected by a medical condition, the system comprising:at least one memory for storing computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor configured to execute the stored instructions to:
receive first electronic information reflective of first values corresponding to pixels of the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject, wherein the first values correspond to relationships between at least one group of pixels in the cranio-facial soft tissue image of the subject;
analyze the first sets of values in the first electronic information for one or more dysmorphologies present in the cranio-facial external soft tissue image of the subject;
identify a first dysmorphology and a medical feature;
determine whether a first association exists between the first dysmorphology and the medical condition, and whether a second association exists between the medical feature and the medical condition;
determine a first strength of the first dysmorphology as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the first dysmorphology with a general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition, and a second strength of the medical feature as a predictor of the medical condition based on a commonality of the medical feature amongst the general population of individuals who do not have the medical condition; and
calculate a likelihood that the subject is affected by the medical condition by weighting the first dysmorphology as a function of the first strength of the first dysmorphology, and by weighting the first dysmorphology and the medical feature as a function of the second strength of the first dysmorphology and the medical feature.

US Pat. No. 10,165,982

PHONE FOR USE IN HEALTH MONITORING

SANANDCO LIMITED, Bingha...

1. A phone comprising:a phone body defining a handle and an earpiece;
a pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor positioned in a concave recess at least partially on a left side of the handle;
a first electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the handle;
a second electrocardiogram electrode positioned on the earpiece; and
means for transmitting electrocardiography measurements obtained using the first and second electrocardiogram electrodes and photo plethysmography measurements obtained using the pulse oximeter oxygen saturation sensor for use in determining one or more of the pulse transmit time and blood pressure of a user based on the electrocardiography and photo plethysmography measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,165,981

SURGICAL NAVIGATION METHOD

STRYKER EUROPEAN HOLDINGS...

1. A method of tracking a surgical tool with respect to a patient, the method comprising the steps:attaching a camera to a face of the patient in a fixed position such that a field of view of the camera points away from the patient; and
tracking a position of the surgical tool in relation to the patient using pictures taken by the camera and a computerized navigation system.

US Pat. No. 10,165,980

TOILET WITH A HEALTH MONITORING TORSO BELT

1. A toilet, comprisinga user toilet seat, the user toilet seat comprising one or more sensors;
a torso belt;
a torso belt tensioner;
one or more sensors attached to the torso belt, the torso belt configured to extend across a torso of a user while the user is sitting on the toilet;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise a motion sensor or strain sensor configured to detect and transmit signals indicative of a user bearing down;
wherein the one or more sensors comprise removable electrodes configured to obtain electrocardiogram measurements indicative of the user bearing down;
wherein the torso belt tensioner is configured to compress the torso belt against the torso of the user while the user is on the toilet seat with sufficient force to allow the one or more sensors to measure the user of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,979

HELMET HAVING A CUMULATIVE CONCUSSION INDICATOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for monitoring a user of a helmet for cumulative concussions, the method comprising:monitoring one or more sensors in the helmet;
receiving, by a processor in the helmet, an output from the one or more sensors corresponding to an impact experienced by the helmet;
determining, by the processor in the helmet, whether the impact is a severe impact by comparing the output of the one or more sensors with one or more thresholds that are based on a medical history of the user;
based on a determination that the impact experienced by the helmet is a severe impact, transmitting, by the helmet to a separate processing system, an alert that the user of the helmet may have suffered a traumatic brain injury;
calculating, by the processor in the helmet, a cumulative concussion score by summing the output of the one or more sensors corresponding to impacts that are determined to be non-severe;
periodically transmitting the cumulative concussion by the helmet to the separate processing system;
displaying an indication of the cumulative concussion score via an indicator on the helmet;
displaying, on the separate processing system, a virtual world display of a game including an avatar representing the user of the helmet in which a movement of the avatar becomes slower as the cumulative concussion score of the user increases.

US Pat. No. 10,165,978

METHOD FOR MEASURING HUMAN BODY INFORMATION, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of operating an electronic device, the method comprising:displaying a guide image which is updated based on a previously acquired human body image;
acquiring, by a camera, a human body image corresponding to the guide image;
in response to acquiring the human body image corresponding to the guide image, measuring information regarding the human body by supplying a current to a plurality of electrodes of the electronic device; and
outputting the information regarding the human body,
wherein outputting the information regarding the human body comprises:
mapping and storing the human body image and the information regarding the human body, and
in response to identifying a request for outputting the information regarding the human body, outputting the stored human body image and the stored information regarding the human body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,977

SLEEP STAGE DETECTION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method comprising:detecting, by a processor, a REM sleep stage of a patient; and
controlling, by the processor, a therapy module of a medical device to deliver a therapy to the patient in response to detecting the REM sleep stage of the patient, wherein the therapy is configured to treat a movement disorder of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,165,976

SYSTEM FOR IMAGING LESIONS ALIGNING TISSUE SURFACES

Orlucent, Inc., Los Gato...

1. A method of imaging a cavity/tissue surface on a live patient comprising:applying topically a biotag to an area of interest, wherein the area of interest comprises a lesion suspected to be cancerous and its macroenvironment on the cavity/tissue surface;
placing one or more fluorescent fiducials on the live patient's surface proximal to the area of interest;
placing a handheld integrated imaging device comprising: an internal image sensor, internal autofocus control logic, internal embedded processor with memory for stored instructions and one or more of: (i) a lens that is optionally a macro-lens, or (ii) a lens mount adapted to accept a lens; such that a field of view of the integrated imaging device includes the area of interest and fiducials;
activating a user control on the integrated imaging device to initiate an imaging sequence, where the imaging sequence comprises:
illuminating the area of interest by an excitation light source that overlaps the excitation optical band of the biotag;
autofocusing by the autofocus control logic within the integrated imaging device on the field of view; and
taking an exposure by the integrated imaging device to create a first image of the field of view;
wherein the biotag comprises a first fluorescing dye conjugated with one or more cancer sensitive biological entities selected from protein, RNA, DNA.

US Pat. No. 10,165,974

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:multiple sensors positionable on or near one or more of an abdominal portion of the pregnant subject or a non-abdominal portion of the pregnant subject and configured to generate one or more signals related to at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject, the multiple sensors collectively defining an array of sensors; and
a controller including control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the multiple sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
at least partially based on a comparison of at least one of a timing or a strength of the one or more signals received from the multiple sensors, determine one or more of:
a direction or a location of the external source load; or
a direction or a location of an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
generate an output related to the one or more of the direction or the location of the external source load, or the direction or the location of the internal source load.

US Pat. No. 10,165,973

PREGNANCY MONITORING DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND RELATED METHODS

ELWHA LLC, Bellevue, WA ...

1. A system for monitoring a pregnant subject, the system comprising:one or more sensors configured to generate one or more signals related to:
at least an external source load received by the pregnant subject;
an internal source load received by the pregnant subject; and
motion of the pregnant subject; and
a controller including memory and control electrical circuitry operably coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to receive the one or more signals therefrom, the control electrical circuitry configured to:
distinguish motion of the pregnant subject from the external source load based at least partially on the one or more signals received from the one or more sensors and to generate an output related to one or more of the external source load or the motion of the pregnant subject;
determine an impact event when the external source load exceeds a threshold load;
based at least partially on the one or more signals related to the internal source load received by the pregnant subject, generate information related to one or more of a position of a fetus in the pregnant subject, a motion of the fetus, or an orientation of the fetus;
correlate the motion of the pregnant subject with the motion of the fetus in the pregnant subject; and
compare data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored before the impact event, to data that is related to one or more of the motion of the fetus or the motion of the pregnant subject, and which is stored after the impact event.

US Pat. No. 10,165,972

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING NIR FLUORESCENCE AT SENTINEL LYMPH NODE

INTHESMART CO., LTD., Se...

9. A method for detecting near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence at a sentinel lymph node (SLN), the method comprising:irradiating white light and NIR near-infrared (NIR) excitation light onto an object;
collecting white reflection light reflected off the object when the white light is irradiated onto the object and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence reflected off the object when the near-infrared (NIR) excitation light is irradiated onto the object;
performing image processing so that the white reflection light is expressed by a first color which is composed of red (R), green (G), blue (B) and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence is expressed by a second color; and
generating a composite image by combining the white reflection light having the first color and the near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence having the second color,
wherein if the second color is same with the first color, an image processing is performed so that a grayscale of at least one of the first color and the second color is adjusted or a timing pulse of a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence image signal is adjusted so that the second color is discontinuously implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,165,971

DRIVER STATE DETERMINATION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driver state determination apparatus comprising:a far-infrared camera that takes facial images of a driver of a vehicle, the facial images being far-infrared images indicating a temperature distribution on a facial surface of the driver;
a state determination section that determines an abnormal state of the driver based on the far-infrared images sequentially taken by the far-infrared camera during a predetermined period;
a blink detection section that detects a blink state of the driver from temperature variation information on an eye portion of the driver in the far-infrared images;
a glasses detection section that detects glasses of the driver from the far-infrared images; and
a near-infrared camera that takes near-infrared images of the face of the driver,
wherein:
the blink detection section detects a blink cycle as the blink state;
when the glasses detection section detects the glasses, the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver from the near-infrared images and detects the blink cycle from a variation in the detected eye opening degree;
the blink detection section detects an eye opening degree of the driver by using positional information on the glasses detected by the glasses detection section; and
the state determination section determines an abnormal state of the driver based on a variation in the blink cycle detected by the blink detection section.

US Pat. No. 10,165,970

TISSUE OXIMETER INTRAOPERATIVE SENSOR

ViOptix, Inc., Newark, C...

1. A method comprising:forming an oximeter probe comprising a sensor head and a handle;
on the probe face of the sensor head, forming first, second, and third sensor structures;
positioning the second sensor structure at a first distance from the first sensor structure;
positioning the third sensor structure at a second distance from the first sensor structure, wherein the first distance is different from the second distance;
coupling a light emitting diode to the first sensor structure;
coupling a first photodiode the second sensor structure;
coupling a second photodiode the third sensor structure;
coupling a processing circuit to the light emitting diode, first photodetector, and second photodetector;
coupling a battery to the light emitting diode, first photodetector, second photodetector, and processing circuit; and
coupling a flexible member, comprising a spring constant, coupled between the sensor head and the handle, whereby the flexible member adjusts a pressure that is applied to a tissue being measured by the sensor head to be less than a pressure applied by a user at the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,969

POSITIONING A MEDICAL DEVICE BASED ON OXYGEN SATURATION MEASUREMENTS

BRAEMAR MANUFACTURING, LL...

1. A method for measuring oxygen saturation of a user, the method comprises:receiving, by a computerized device, first and second detection signals and electrocardiograph signals;
wherein the first detection signals result from an illumination by infrared pulses of a sternal angle of a user, and being detected by an oxygen saturation sensor included in a device that is removably attached to a user;
wherein the second detection signals result from an illumination by visible light pulses detected by the oxygen saturation sensor, of the sternal angle of a user;
wherein the electrocardiograph signals are detected by an electrocardiography sensor that is included in the device;
generating a first waveform template by analyzing the second detection signals to normalize the second detection signals and identify cardiac cycle duration characteristics of the second detection signals that are substantially consistent within the second detection signals;
calculating an indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user in response to the first and second detection signals;
detecting cardiac cycle durations that are based upon the first and second detection signals;
detecting electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations; and
evaluating a quality of the indication of the oxygen saturation characteristic of the user by comparing the first waveform template to the electrocardiography based cardiac cycle durations.

US Pat. No. 10,165,968

BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND BLOOD GLUCOSE MEASUREMENT METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A blood glucose measurement apparatus comprising:a glucose detection unit configured to detect a glucose concentration in a body fluid of a user based on a glucose concentration measurement interval; and
a wearable device configured to be worn by the user and wirelessly connected to the glucose detection unit, wherein the wearable device comprises:
a control unit configured to:
determine a first blood glucose level of the user based on a first glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at a first measurement interval and transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit,
change the glucose concentration measurement interval from the first measurement interval to a second measurement interval according to an occurrence of an event and information about the event, wherein the event comprises a determination of an action of the user and the information comprises predetermined information according to a performance and duration of the action,
transmit the second measurement interval to the external glucose detection unit, and
determine a second blood glucose level of the user based on a second glucose concentration detected by the glucose detection unit at the second measurement interval transmitted to the wearable device by the glucose detection unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF ANALYTE VALUES

DexCom, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A method for wireless data communication among an analyte sensor system, a passive device for receiving data from a transceiver without establishing a data connection with the analyte sensor system, and an active display device for displaying analyte data from the analyte sensor system after establishing a data connection with the analyte sensor system, the method comprising:generating analyte sensor data using a sensor electronics module coupled to a continuous analyte sensor of the analyte sensor system;
incorporating in a first advertisement signal the analyte sensor data that can be used by the passive device;
a user providing the passive device with an identification information associated with the analyte sensor system;
the passive device generating a key using the identification information;
upon receiving the first advertisement signal from the analyte sensor system, extracting the analyte sensor data by the passive device from the first advertisement signal, to perform one or more medicament delivery operations based on an analyte value that is indicated by the extracted analyte sensor data, wherein the passive device extracts the analyte sensor data from the first advertisement signal using the key generated from the identification information associated with the analyte sensor system;
receiving, by the active display device, a second advertisement signal, wherein the analyte sensor system is configured to include the analyte sensor data in the second advertisement signal;
establishing a two-way communication channel by the active display device with the analyte sensor system in response to the second advertisement signal;
exchanging information including the analyte sensor data, alarms, alert and calibration data between the active display device and the analyte sensor system via the established communication channel;
terminating the communication channel; and
displaying the analyte sensor data by the active display device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,966

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MONITORING RESISTANCE AND WORK OF BREATHING FOR VENTILATOR-DEPENDENT PATIENTS

University of Florida Res...

1. A method comprising:(a) non-invasively measuring pressure and flow data from a breathing circuit of an intubated patient;
(b) using the pressure and flow data from step (a), determining endotracheal pressure without an end-inspiratory pause and an end-expiratory pause; and
(c) using the endotracheal pressure determined from step (b), calculating estimated real-time airway resistance (RAW), endotracheal tube resistance (RETT), and total resistance (RTOT) values, wherein the estimated RAW value is calculated based on the estimated RETT and RTOT values, and wherein the pressure and flow data include pressure measured at a wye-piece of the breathing circuit, pressure measured at a distal end of an endotracheal tube, and airway flow within the breathing circuit, wherein the RETT value is calculated based on a difference in tracheal airway pressure and pressure measured at the wye-piece, and dividing the difference by flow rate;
determining whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside a predetermined RAW range or RETT range, respectively; and
determining based upon the determination of whether the estimated RAW value or the estimated RETT value is outside the predetermined RAW range or the predetermined RETT range, respectively i) whether to administer bronchodilator therapy, ii) whether the endotracheal tube is obstructed, iii) whether to titrate bronchodilator treatment, (iv) how to titrate bronchodilator treatment, v) whether to titrate ventilatory support, or vi) how to titrate ventilator support.

US Pat. No. 10,165,965

NONINVASIVE METHOD FOR MEASURING LACTIC ACID AND DETECTION OF ANAEROBIC EXERCISE FOR EVALUATING FITNESS

Roy Pinchot, Silver Spri...

1. A method for determining when a subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during an exercise session and for modifying a subsequent exercise session, the method comprising:a. administering to the subject a bicarbonate salt comprising a carbon-13 isotope prior to the exercise session;
b. monitoring expired air from the subject during the exercise session;
c. measuring a ratio of carbon dioxide comprising the carbon-13 isotope (13CO2) to carbon dioxide comprising a carbon-12 isotope (12CO2) in the monitored expired air at a plurality of time instants, to obtain a plurality of ratio measurements over a period of the exercise session;
d. recording the plurality of ratio measurements; and
e. determining an inflection point in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio measurements, wherein an increase in the 13CO2 to 12CO2 ratio after the inflection point indicates that the subject is experiencing anaerobic exercise during the exercise session; and
f. modifying a subsequent exercise session, relative to the exercise session, based on the indication of anaerobic exercise.

US Pat. No. 10,165,964

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR QUANTIFYING REGIONAL FISSURE FEATURES

Vida Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A method for analyzing a patient based on a volumetric pulmonary scan comprising:receiving a first volumetric pulmonary scan representative of the patient's pulmonary structure;
mapping the first volumetric pulmonary scan to a reference domain;
determining one or more fissure features associated with a plurality of regions in the reference domain and within the first volumetric pulmonary scan;
comparing, in each of the plurality of regions, the determined one or more fissure features to a plurality of fissure atlases, each atlas comprising statistical data associated with the one or more fissure features for a population based on regional analysis of volumetric pulmonary scans of that population;
classifying the patient into one or more of the populations based on the comparison of the determined one or more fissure features.

US Pat. No. 10,165,963

HYBRID ELECTROMAGNETIC-ACOUSTIC DISTAL TARGETING SYSTEM

Stryker European Holdings...

1. A surgical targeting system of an intramedullary nail, comprising:an extracorporeally arranged external transmitting unit;
a plurality of first transponder units coupled with and arrayed along a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, each of the plurality of first transponder units being adapted to be actuated by the external transmitting unit and each having an outer periphery;
a hole extends into the intramedullary nail in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the intramedullary nail, the hole being situated fully between the outer periphery of each of the plurality of first transponder units such that the hole is offset relative to each of the plurality of first transponder units along the longitudinal axis;
a first transmission section between the external transmitting unit and each of the plurality of first transponder units via which the plurality of first transponder units are actuated; and
a second transmission section through the intramedullary nail between the plurality of first transponder units and a second transponder unit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,962

INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR INTRAVASCULAR PLACEMENT OF A CATHETER

C. R. Bard, Inc., Murray...

1. A catheter placement system for placing a catheter in a vasculature of a patient, comprising:an ultrasound probe that ultrasonically images an internal portion of the patient in an ultrasound mode prior to introduction of the catheter into the vasculature;
a magnetic assembly included with the catheter and designed to produce a magnetic field;
an electrocardiogram (ECG) tip confirmation component configured to obtain an intravascular ECG signal indicative of proximity of a distal tip of the catheter to a sino-atrial node of a heart of the patient, the ECG tip confirmation component including an ECG sensor assembly operably coupled to the catheter to measure an intravascular ECG signal;
a tip location sensor positionable on the patient, the tip location sensor configured to detect the magnetic field of the magnetic assembly when the catheter is disposed within the vasculature of the patient, the magnetic field providing magnetic field information for locating the magnetic assembly relative to the tip location sensor;
at least one console configured to receive the magnetic field information and the intravascular ECG signal; and
a display configured to simultaneously display
a graphical representation of the magnetic assembly based on the magnetic field information; and
in an ECG tip confirmation mode, successive ECG waveforms based on the data obtained using the ECG tip confirmation component, wherein the successive ECG waveforms change in relation to the proximity of the distal tip of the catheter to the sino-atrial node.

US Pat. No. 10,165,961

ADJUSTABLE HEAD COIL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

General Electric Company,...

1. A system for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of anatomy including a head, the system comprising:a base member removably mountable to an MRI table, the base member configured to support at least one of an upper body and a head;
a plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member and configured to translate laterally across a width of the MRI table across a surface of the base member, the support members releasably securable to the base member in a plurality of positions along the surface of the base member;
a posterior reception unit fixed in position to the base member, the posterior reception unit configured for abutment with a posterior portion of a human head and comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within the posterior reception unit; and
a plurality of articulable reception units movable with respect to the posterior reception unit from an open position to a plurality of closed positions, the articulable reception units mounted physically separately and independently from each other to corresponding support members of the plurality of support members movably fixed to the base member, wherein the open position corresponds to a position wherein a head may be inserted or removed between the articulable reception units, and the plurality of closed positions correspond to a respective plurality of positions wherein the articulable reception units are proximate to a corresponding respective plurality of differently sized heads, each articulable reception unit comprising at least one radio frequency (RF) receive coil disposed within a body, the body configured for abutment with a portion of a head, wherein the plurality of articulable reception units are releasably secured in the plurality of closed positions by at least one of the plurality of support members.

US Pat. No. 10,165,960

MAGNETIC RESONANCE 2D NAVIGATOR TECHNIQUE

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for producing respiration-corrected magnetic resonance (MR) images of an examination volume, containing the heart, of a patient exhibiting respiratory movement, said method comprising:with a computer, operating an MR apparatus so as to execute a computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals from the examination volume during a plurality of cardiac cycles of the heart, wherein each cardiac cycle comprises a plurality of time segments;
with said computer, operating said MR apparatus so as to execute said computer-controlled continuous recording of MR signals by recording one 2D navigator data record in each cardiac cycle during a time segment of each respective cardiac cycle, by exciting nuclear spins in the examination volume so as to produce raw MR data and entering the raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each 2D navigator data record with a spatial resolution in two of three spatial directions of the examination volume, and by also recording a plurality of 3D image data records in each cardiac cycle during respective time segments of a respective cardiac cycle other than the time segment in which said 2D navigator data record was recorded, by acquiring further raw MR data and entering said further raw MR data into k-space along a Cartesian trajectory in order to form each of said plurality of 3D image data records with a spatial resolution in all three spatial directions of the examination volume;
in said computer, determining said respiratory movement from said 2D navigator data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles;
in said computer, reconstructing MR images of the examination volume from the respective 3D image data records respectively recorded in said plurality of cardiac cycles; and
in said computer, using said determined respiratory movement, either before or after reconstruction of said MR images, in order to compensate effects of said respiratory movement in said MR images, thereby producing respiration-corrected MR images, and making the respiration-corrected MR images available from the computer in electronic form, as at least one data file.

US Pat. No. 10,165,959

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIAGNOSING OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA WITH AN AWAKE PATIENT

Koninklijke Philips N.V.,...

1. An apparatus for use in determining whether a tremor in a patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles has a frequency in at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the patient, the apparatus comprising:a first sensing module, the first sensing module configured to measure a first parameter indicative of the tremor in the patient's neck, tongue and/or throat muscles while the patient is awake, the first parameter not being airflow through the patient's airway, the first sensing module generating one or more electrical signals based on the measured first parameter while the patient is awake, wherein the first sensing module comprises a velocity sensor configured to measure velocity of a surface of the tongue, and wherein the first parameter comprises the velocity of the surface of the tongue caused by the tremor;
a processor operatively coupled to the first sensing module, the processor being configured to:
receive the one or more electrical signals for a plurality of breathing cycles of the patient,
select a subset of the plurality of breathing cycles that best fit a mean breathing cycle for the patient, wherein selecting the subset includes filtering the plurality of breaths based on a minimum length of the breathing cycles and selecting the breathing cycles having the minimum length,
perform an analysis of the one or more electrical signals from the subset, and
based on the analysis determine whether the tremor has a frequency in the at least one predetermined frequency range that is indicative of OSA, the at least one predetermined frequency range being associated with and characteristic of an increased compensatory muscular activation of the upper airway of the patient during wakefulness.

US Pat. No. 10,165,958

METHOD FOR DETECTING POSITION OF SIGNAL SOURCE IN LIVING BODY, AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING POSITION OF SIGNAL SOURCE IN LIVING BODY

TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LT...

7. A device for detecting a position of a signal source in a living body, based on voltages generated at a set of electrodes arranged on a surface of the living body, the device comprising:at least three electrodes forming the set of electrodes and being arrangeable on the surface of the living body;
a connector alternately connecting a first external resistance and a second external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and a ground potential;
a measurer measuring, in a state where the set of electrodes has been arranged on the surface of the living body, first voltages Vi (i=1, 2, 3) which are generated at the respective electrodes when the connector connects the first external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and the ground potential, and second voltages V?i (i=1, 2, 3) which are generated at the respective electrodes when the connector connects the second external resistance in parallel between the set of electrodes and the ground potential; and
a detector calculating three ratios Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3) from the first voltages Vi and the second voltages and detecting the position of the signal source in the living body based on the three ratios Vi/V?i (i=1, 2, 3).

US Pat. No. 10,165,957

NEUROLOGICAL SCREENING CONNECTOR

MEDTRONIC, INC., Minneap...

1. A medical lead screening connector comprising:a housing having a top surface;
lead receptor channels disposed within the housing and configured to receive a lead body flush or sub-flush with the top surface; and
a cover comprising transparent material attached to the housing to cover the top surface in a closed position, wherein the cover further comprises:
protrusions arranged to register with the at least one of the lead receptor channels and each configured to contact the lead body received in the respective lead receptor channel in the closed position; and
lead receptor apertures configured to allow the lead body to pass through the cover along a first exterior edge of the cover and registered with the lead receptor channels in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,956

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME MONITORING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. A method for monitoring pressure within a muscle fascia compartment of a patient, comprising:inserting a fluid-filled bulb through the patient's skin into an interior of the muscle fascia compartment of the patient,
wherein the fluid-filled bulb is fluidly coupled by a fluid-filled tube extending through the patient's skin to a pressure sensor, and wherein the pressure sensor is coupled to a skin patch removably attached to the patient's skin by an adhesive;
measuring pressure data within the muscle fascia compartment by the pressure sensor; and
receiving and storing the measured muscle fascia compartment pressure data from the pressure sensor by a radio-frequency identification (RFD device coupled to the pressure sensor and the skin patch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,955

OBTAINING CARDIOVASCULAR PARAMETERS USING ARTERIOLES RELATED TRANSIENT TIME

Reuven Gladshtein, Netan...

1. A method for estimation of inner diameter of arterioles in measured body part, the method comprising:obtaining a first pressure wave signal from a first tissue volume beneath the surface of a part of a subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the first signal from artery-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from arteriole-like blood vessels;
obtaining a second pressure wave signal from a second tissue volume beneath the surface of the part of the subject's body, containing blood vessels; wherein contribution in the second signal from arteriole-like blood vessels predominates over contribution from artery-like blood vessels;
obtaining at least one concurrent heart rate value;
finding time delay values between the first signal and the second signal; and using said at least one value of the time delay values and said at least one heart rate value to calculate an equivalent inner diameter of said arterioles.

US Pat. No. 10,165,954

INTEGRATED SENSOR MODULES

SALUTRON INC., Newark, C...

1. A sensor module, comprising:a substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a packaged light source semiconductor device mounted to the top surface of the substrate, the packaged light source semiconductor device including
a light emitter die including one or more light emitting elements encapsulated by a light transmissive molding compound;
a top surface formed by a top surface of the light transmissive molding compound that encapsulates the one or more light emitting elements;
a bottom surface including electrical contacts for the one or more light emitting elements; and
a peripheral surface extending between the top and bottom surfaces;
a packaged light detector semiconductor device mounted to the top surface of the substrate such that there is a gap between the packaged light detector semiconductor device and the packaged light source semiconductor device, the packaged light detector semiconductor device including
a light detector die including one or more light detecting elements encapsulated by a light transmissive molding compound;
a top surface formed by a top surface of the light transmissive molding compound that encapsulates the one or more light detecting elements;
a bottom surface including electrical contacts for the one or more light detecting elements; and
a peripheral surface extending between the top and bottom surfaces; and
a pre-molded cover structure including a portion of which is molded from an opaque molding compound and also including
a first pre-molded cavity covered by a first light transmissive window;
a second pre-molded cavity covered by a second light transmissive window; and
a barrier formed of the opaque molding compound between the first pre-molded cavity and the second pre-molded cavity;
wherein the pre-molded cover structure is attached to the substrate such that the packaged light source semiconductor device is positioned within the first pre-molded cavity, the packaged light detector semiconductor device is positioned within the second pre-molded cavity, the barrier is positioned between the packaged light detector semiconductor device and the packaged light source semiconductor device, the first light transmissive window covers the one or more light emitting elements of the light emitter die, and the second light transmissive window covers the one or more light detecting elements of the light detector die;
wherein the light transmissive molding compound, which encapsulates the one or more light emitting elements of the light emitter die of the packaged light source semiconductor device, has an index of refraction that is substantially the same as an index of refraction of the first light transmissive window, which covers the first pre-molded cavity of the pre-molded cover structure in which the packaged light source semiconductor device is positioned; and
wherein the light transmissive molding compound, which encapsulates the one or more light detecting elements of the light detector die of the packaged light detector semiconductor device, has an index of refraction that is substantially the same as an index of refraction of the second light transmissive window, which covers the second pre-molded cavity of the pre-molded cover structure in which the packaged light detector semiconductor device is positioned.

US Pat. No. 10,165,953

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECALIBRATING A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR WITH MEMORY

Nellcor Puritan Bennett I...

1. A method for triggering a cuff-based blood pressure measurement of a subject, the method comprising:receiving a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal from a sensor;
monitoring, using a processor, a first value of a metric derived at least in part from the PPG signal;
comparing, using the processor, the first value of the metric to each stored value of a plurality of stored values, wherein each stored value of the plurality of stored values is associated with a respective calibration parameter;
determining, using the processor, that the first value of the metric does not correspond to any stored value of the plurality of stored values based at least in part on the comparison;
triggering, using the processor, the cuff-based blood pressure measurement in response to determining that the first value of the metric does not correspond to any stored value of the plurality of stored values;
executing, using an inflatable cuff, the cuff-based blood pressure measurement of the subject in response to the trigger;
determining, using the processor, a second value of the metric;
comparing, using the processor, the second value of the metric to stored values of the plurality of stored values;
determining, using the processor, that the second value of the metric corresponds to a stored value of the plurality of stored values based at least in part on the comparison; and
recalling, from at least one memory device, a set of blood pressure calibration parameters associated with the stored value of the plurality of stored values based on determining that the second value of the metric corresponds to the stored value.

US Pat. No. 10,165,952

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MEASURING APPARATUS AND BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION MEASURING METHOD

NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION,...

1. A biological information measuring apparatus comprising:a pulsation information detecting unit configured to detect heartbeat information relating to a heartbeat of a subject;
a pulse wave detecting unit configured to detect a pulse wave of the subject during a time period in which a cuff is inflated to pressurize a portion of the subject and during a time period in which the cuff is deflated to depressurize the portion of the subject;
an amplitude calculating unit configured to detect a cardiac cycle of a heart from the heartbeat information and a maximal value of the pulse wave in each cardiac cycle, and to calculate, based on the maximal value detected from the pulse wave, at least one of an amplitude value derived from the heartbeat of the subject, an amplitude value assisted by an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), and an amplitude value derived from a blood flow volume of the subject; and
a blood pressure calculating unit configured to calculate a blood pressure value from a relationship between the at least one of the amplitude value derived from the heartbeat of the subject, the amplitude value assisted by the IABP, and the amplitude value derived from a blood flow volume of the subject calculated by the amplitude calculating unit and a pressurizing force of the cuff.

US Pat. No. 10,165,951

SENSOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING AND DETERMINING A PULSE ARRIVAL TIME (PAT) VALUE

1. A method for measuring and determining a single pulse arrival time (PAT) value at a given location of a user, wherein the PAT value is the time for a pulse to arrive at said location following a contraction of the heart of the user, using a sensor device comprising a photoplethysmographic (PPG) multichannel sensor formed from a plurality of PPG sensor channels and being adapted to measure a set of PPG signals, each PPG signal being measured by one of the PPG sensor channels when the multichannel PPG sensor is in contact with the user; comprising:measuring noninvasively said set of PPG signals;
extracting a plurality of features from each of the measured PPG signals;
selecting a subset from the set of PPG signals based on the extracted features; and
processing the selected subset of PPG signals to noninvasively determine the PAT value,
wherein said selecting the subset of PPG signals comprises:
projecting the plurality of features extracted from each of the measured PPG signal into a set of points in a N-dimensional feature space where N corresponds to the number of extracted features for each PPG signal;
clustering the set of points according to a distance criterion; and
selecting points being located at a representative cluster, the selected points corresponding to the subset of PPG signals.

US Pat. No. 10,165,950

VITAL SIGNS MONITOR

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A multi-parametric vital signs monitoring system, said system comprising:a vital signs monitoring device, said monitoring device including a portable power supply enabling said monitoring device to operate in a first stand-alone mode and a wireless transceiver enabling said monitoring device to operate in an alternative second wireless networked mode with at least one remote station; and
a charging cradle adapted to receive said vital signs monitoring device, said charging cradle permitting said compact vital signs monitoring device to operate in a powered mode when said monitoring device is received by said charging cradle, said monitoring device being operable in said second networked mode when said monitoring device is in said charging cradle;
said vital signs monitoring device being defined by a compact housing, the compact housing including:
a pair of half housing sections, wherein one of the pair of half housing sections retains a display screen of the vital signs monitoring device and the other of the pair of half housing sections includes at least one connection port of the vital signs monitoring device for connection to said charging cradle,
a rubberized bladder disposed peripherally between the half housing sections and continuously extending about the entire periphery of the housing in order to assist the monitoring device from impact or shock loads and to prevent ingress of dust or contaminants into an interior of the housing, and
a pair of tabs in which each of the tabs is disposed on opposing lateral sides of one of the half housing sections, the tabs enabling attachment to a patient-wearable harness that receives the vital signs monitoring device, the housing of the vital signs monitoring device including a bottom facing surface, a rear facing surface and two opposing lateral sides in which a latching member and the connector port enabling connection to the charging cradle is formed in the bottom facing surface and a plurality of mounting feet extend from the rear facing surface of the housing to enable placement of the monitoring device on a flat surface,
the charging cradle being defined by an open-topped receptacle sized to retain a lower portion of the vital signs monitoring device and comprising a hanging bracket configured for connecting to a bed rail, the open-topped receptacle including a bottom surface having an electrical connector for engaging the connector port of the monitoring device and a latch for engaging the latching member of the monitoring device, the charging cradle further including a release button for disengaging the latch from the latching member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,949

ESTIMATING POSTURE USING HEAD-MOUNTED CAMERAS

Facense Ltd., Kiryat Tiv...

1. A system comprising:a frame configured to be worn on a user's head;
first and second cameras, physically coupled to the frame at locations that are to the right and to the left of a symmetry axis that divides the user's face to its right and left sides, respectively, and less than 15 cm away from the user's head;
wherein the first and second cameras are oriented downward such that portions of the user's torso are in respective fields of view of the first and second cameras when the user stands upright; and
a computer configured to estimate an angle between the user's head and the user's torso based on data received from the first and second cameras and orientation of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,165,948

ULTRASONIC PROBE AND INSPECTION APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE ULTRASONIC PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic probe comprising:a transducer array having a plurality of acoustic transducers each of which has a receiving surface configured to transduce an ultrasonic wave into an electric signal; and
a light diffusion member optically connected to a light source so as to diffuse light emitted from the light source into an inspection subject,
wherein said light diffusion member is laid over said transducer array so as to have a propagating surface acoustically connected to the receiving surface and a light irradiating surface in opposition to said propagating surface, and wherein said light irradiating surface is located closer to the inspection subject than said receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 10,165,947

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR EPICARDIAL CARDIAC MONITORING

CVDevices, LLC, San Dieg...

1. A sensor assembly for collecting physiologic data from a targeted tissue, the sensor assembly comprising:a scaffold assembly having a body comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and a first delivery channel, the bottom portion having a plurality of openings therein and the first delivery channel in fluid communication with the plurality of openings in the bottom portion;
a delivery catheter, the delivery catheter comprising a proximal end, a distal end, and first and second lumens extending between the proximal end and the distal end; the first lumen comprising a second delivery channel in fluid communication with the first delivery channel of the scaffold assembly, and the second lumen comprising a wire channel in communication with the bottom portion of the scaffold assembly;
at least one sensor capable of collecting physiologic data from a targeted tissue, the at least one sensor coupled within the body of the scaffold assembly; and
a connecting wire for transferring physiologic data collected by the at least one sensor, the connecting wire comprising a distal end coupled with the at least one sensor and a proximal end encased within the wire channel of the delivery catheter;
wherein the first delivery channel of the scaffold assembly, the second delivery channel of the delivery catheter, and the number of openings in the bottom portion of the scaffold assembly are capable of allowing an adhesive substance to flow therethrough and onto the targeted tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,946

COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A PERSONAL MOBILE DEVICE-TRIGGERED MEDICAL INTERVENTION

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., ...

1. A computer-implemented system for providing a personal mobile device-triggered medical intervention, comprising:a wearable ambulatory sensor monitor comprising:
a disposable extended wear electrode patch configured for positioning along a sternal midline of a patient, comprising:
a non-conductive receptacle comprising a first set of electrical contact mating pads and a second set of electrical contact mating pads;
a pair of electrocardiographic electrodes, a first electrocardiographic electrode configured for positioning under the non-conductive receptacle on one end of the disposable extended wear electrode patch below the manubrium of a patient and the other electrocardiographic electrode configured for positioning on the other end of the disposable extended wear electrode patch that extends over the Xiphoid process of the patient, wherein the extension over the Xiphoid process facilitates sensing of ventricular activity and provides improved recordation of QRS intervals;
a battery electrically interfaced to the first set of electrical contact mating pads and located between and in alignment with the electrodes, wherein the battery is configured for positioning in a battery compartment provided in the non-conductive receptacle on the electrode patch; and
a flexible circuit connecting each of the electrocardiographic electrodes to one of the electrical contact mating pads of the second set of electrical contact mating pads;
a reusable sealed housing adapted to be removably secured into the non-conductive receptacle and comprising electronic circuitry operable to sense electrocardiographic signals through the electrocardiographic electrodes and a set of electrical contacts protruding from a surface of the sealed housing and contacting the first set of electrical mating pads that connect the battery on the electrode patch and the second set of electrical contact mating pads that connect each of the electrocardiographic electrodes;
an activity monitor adapted to be used proximal to the patient's body comprising a physiology sensor operable to sense physiological data of the body;
a personal mobile device, comprising:
a wireless transceiver operable to interface the mobile device with a wirelessly-interfaceable server;
a non-transitory readable storage medium comprising program code; and
a processor and memory with the processor coupled to the wireless transceiver and the storage medium, wherein the processor is configured to execute the program code to perform steps to:
detect an event of potential medical significance comprising a cardiac rhythm disorder within the physiological data as sensed by the physiology sensor comprised in the activity monitor; and
trigger dispatch of the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor with the wireless transceiver through a request sent to the server upon the detection of the event of potential medical significance based on the physiological data; and
the server operable to dispatch the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor comprising the extended wear electrode patch and the sealed housing to the patient upon receipt of the request as sent from the mobile device after obtaining the physiological data via the activity monitor, for further monitoring of the patient via the wearable ambulatory sensor monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,165,945

COGNITIVELY INTEGRATED INDICATING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method, in a data processing system, for interactively indicating information associated with a patient on a hospital garment, the method comprising:identifying a set of questions utilizing a set of information received from a plurality of sources within a medical facility;
analyzing the set of information for a set of key elements;
utilizing the set of key elements to identify one or more questions from a search question database;
submitting the one or more questions to a request processing pipeline implemented by a healthcare cognitive system;
responsive to receiving a response from the request processing pipeline, identifying one or more communications to be sent to one or more hospital garments associated with the patient and/or medical staff; and
sending the one or more communications to the one or more hospital garments to cause the one or more hospital garments to change a visual cue.

US Pat. No. 10,165,944

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:a wavelength division member configured to cause wavelength division into an optical path for observation of a subject's eye and an optical path for an OCT optical system;
an illumination optical system provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to illuminate the subject's eye;
a sensor for observation of the subject's eye provided in the optical path for observation of the subject's eye and configured to detect returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the illumination optical system;
a scanning unit provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to scan measurement light on the subject's eye;
an OCT sensor provided in the optical path for the OCT optical system and configured to detect interference light generated from reference light and returning light from the subject's eye illuminated by the measurement light;
a display control unit configured to display, on a displaying unit, (a) a first surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the sensor for observation, (b) a first tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using a signal output from the OCT sensor, and (c) a first line showing an acquisition position of the first tomographic image on the first surface image;
a control unit configured to control the scanning unit to scan the measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the first line changed in the first surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user;
a display magnification control unit configured to control, according to an operation of an operator for one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image, a display magnification of the one of the first surface image and the first tomographic image in conjunction with controlling a display magnification of the other,
wherein the display control unit displays, on the displaying unit, (a) a second surface image that is a moving image showing a surface of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the sensor for observation and the controlled display magnification, (b) a second tomographic image that is a moving image showing a tomography of the subject's eye and that is obtained using the signal output from the OCT sensor and the controlled display magnification, and (c) a second line showing an acquisition position of the second tomographic image on the second surface image,
wherein the control unit controls the scanning unit to scan measurement light on a position in the subject's eye corresponding to a position of the second line changed in the second surface image in accordance with an operation performed by a user, andwherein one of the position of the first line and the position of the second line is changed in conjunction with change of the other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,943

OPHTHALMIC METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NONINVASIVE DIAGNOSIS AND QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF CATARACT DEVELOPMENT

1. A method for noninvasive diagnosis and quantitative assessment of cataract development, the method comprising:providing a cataract testing device;
calibrating the cataract testing device, wherein calibrating the cataract testing device comprises:
providing a cataract absorption light (CAL) source at a first preset intensity (CALI);
providing a reference light (RL) source at a second preset intensity RLI greater than the first preset intensity;
observing RLI and CALI simultaneously via a cataract free lens; and
decreasing RLI in predetermined calibration steps (CS) to substantially equal CALI.

US Pat. No. 10,165,942

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus, comprising:a light source;
an optical splitter configured to split a light emitted from the light source into a measuring light and a reference light;
a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of an eye to be inspected with the measuring light;
an optical system configured to irradiate the fundus with the measuring light through the scanning unit;
a detector configured to receive an interference light between (1) a return light of the measuring light from the fundus and (2) the reference light; and
a calculation processing portion configured to process an output signal from the detector, to thereby acquire a tomographic image of the fundus,
wherein the optical system comprises a focus lens configured to focus the measuring light on the fundus, and
wherein the optical tomographic imaging apparatus further comprises a unit configured to compensate, when an optical member for changing a field angle is inserted between the scanning unit and the fundus in order to change the field angle of an acquiring area of the tomographic image of the fundus, a change in a focus position of the focus lens with respect to the fundus, in association with the inserting.

US Pat. No. 10,165,941

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY-BASED OPHTHALMIC TESTING METHODS, DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

Doheny Eye Institute, Lo...

1. An optical coherence tomography instrument comprising:an eyepiece for receiving at least one eye of a user;
at least one target display visible through said eyepiece;
a light source that outputs light that is directed through the eyepiece to the user's eye;
an interferometer configured to produce optical interference using light reflected from the user's eye;
an optical detector disposed so as to detect said optical interference; and
electronics coupled to the target display and said detector and configured to provide an output based on optical coherence tomography measurements obtained using said interferometer,
wherein said electronics are further configured to produce features on said target display of varying size and receive user responses to test the user's visual acuity, and
wherein the optical coherence tomography instrument is configured to allow the user to self-administer the visual acuity test.

US Pat. No. 10,165,940

VISION-BASED DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

11. A method for correcting a user behavior comprising the steps of:determining where, in the view of the user, the user is looking;
obtaining a scoring value based on what the user looks at;
compelling a user change in gaze behavior by automatically limiting in real time the clarity of at least part of what the user sees to a degree that is responsive to a said scoring value associated with unhealthy behavior; wherein
by making it more difficult for the user to see when looking at a location associated with unhealthy behavior, the user is compelled to modify behavior and, responsive to the user looking at a location associated with healthy behavior, lost clarity is automatically restored.

US Pat. No. 10,165,939

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus that acquires a plurality of images by photographing a plurality of different regions of an eye at different times to generate one image by using the acquired plurality of images, the plurality of different regions being set in a region to be photographed of the eye, the method comprising:determining a image group conformity from the plurality of images of the plurality of different regions;
determining, based on the determined image group conformity, at least one image missing region; and
controlling an ophthalmologic apparatus in such a way as to re-photograph the determined at least one image missing region.

US Pat. No. 10,165,938

CONFIGURABLE MEDICAL VIDEO SAFETY SYSTEM

Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.,...

1. An operating room control system comprising:a computer having a network connection and a storage accessible by said computer;
an imaging device generating surgical image data;
an interface including a touchscreen;
a video laryngoscope generating laryngoscope image data;
a controller adapted to route image data from the imaging device and the video laryngoscope to a plurality of destinations, the controller coupled to said computer and connected to:
said imaging device;
said interface; and
said video laryngoscope;
the touchscreen adapted to control routing of image data from the imaging device and the video laryngoscope to the plurality of destinations;
the plurality of destinations including a first display and a second display coupled to said controller where said surgical image data is routed to and presented on said first and second displays based at least in part on programmed settings;
in response to a single selection of the interface, routing of the surgical image data to said first and second displays is immediately interrupted and said laryngoscope image data is automatically routed to said first and second displays based at least in part on the programmed settings.

US Pat. No. 10,165,937

CONFIGURABLE ANESTHESIA SAFETY SYSTEM

Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.,...

1. An operating room control system comprising:a computer having a network connection;
a storage device accessible by said computer;
an interface coupled to said computer;
a first device coupled to said interface and generating endoscope image data;
a second device coupled to said interface and generating second data;
an input device coupled to said interface; and
a video laryngoscope coupled to said interface and generating laryngoscope image data;
a first display coupled to said interface wherein endoscope image data is routed to and shown on said first display when said input device is manually activated a first time by selecting said first device as an input and selecting said first display as an output to receive the endoscope image data;
a second display coupled to said interface, wherein second data is routed to and shown on said second display when said second device is connected to the system and when said input device is manually activated a second time by selecting said second device as an input and selecting said second display as an output to receive the second data;
wherein upon manual activation of the input device a third time by selecting said video laryngoscope as an input, routing of the endoscope image data to the first display and routing of the second data to said second display is automatically interrupted is automatically interrupted, and said first display and said second display are automatically selected by said system as the outputs such that the laryngoscope image data is automatically routed to said first display and second display; and
wherein the operating room control system further comprises at least one medical tool and one piece of medical equipment coupled to said interface, wherein upon activation of the input device, the functioning of said at least one medical tool and one piece of medical equipment are automatically changed to a predetermined setting.

US Pat. No. 10,165,936

ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSOR AND FAULT DETECTION METHOD

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope reprocessor comprising:a fluid supply section configured to supply a fluid;
a fluid supply conduit configured to communicate with the fluid supply section and include an opening open to an atmosphere;
a first valve disposed in the fluid supply conduit;
a second valve disposed closer to the opening side than the first valve of the fluid supply conduit in a direction of fluid flow from the fluid supply section to the opening via the first valve and the second valve;
a processing tank in which an endoscope is disposed;
a first connector provided in the processing tank;
a second connector provided in the processing tank;
a first conduit connected between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the first connector;
a second conduit connected between the first valve and the second valve in the fluid supply conduit and connected to the second connector; and
a pressure sensor disposed in the fluid supply section, between the first valve and the fluid supply section in the fluid supply conduit, or in the first conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,165,935

MEASURING HEAD OF AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE AND PROCESS FOR INSPECTING AND MEASURING AN OBJECT

1. A measuring head of an endoscopic device comprising:an optical projection unit including a light source for illuminating an object to be examined with light, and
an optical measurement unit including a light sensor for recording the light reflected or diffused from the object to be examined,
wherein the optical measurement unit has an aperture diaphragm including a variable aperture;
an aperture setting unit selectively changing the variable aperture between:
a first size of the variable aperture providing a lower resolution for inspecting the object;
a second size of the variable aperture larger than the first size providing a higher resolution for measuring the object;
the optical projection unit including a pattern forming element for projecting a pattern onto the object; the pattern being imagable when the variable aperture changed to the second size providing the higher resolution for measuring the object and non-imagable when the variable aperture changed to the first size providing the lower resolution for inspecting the object.

US Pat. No. 10,165,934

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS WITH ADDITION OF IMAGE SIGNALS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus, comprising:an image pickup sensor having a first pixel having a sensitivity in a predetermined wavelength band, and a second pixel having a sensitivity in a wavelength band including a part of the predetermined wavelength band;
a light source configured to generate a light for irradiating a subject, the light being narrow band light, return light of the light applied to the subject having an intensity peak in the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity; and
an addition circuit configured to generate an addition signal obtained by adding a first image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject at a time of the subject being irradiated in the first pixel, and a second image pickup signal obtained by receiving a return light from the subject in the second pixel,
wherein the light source further generates a first light, the first light being a light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the part of the predetermined wavelength band to which the second pixel has a sensitivity, and the first light source further generates a second light having an intensity which reaches a peak in the predetermined wavelength band at a timing different from the first light,
the endoscope apparatus further comprising an image generation circuit configured to generate an image in which the addition signal and a third image pickup signal are respectively assigned to different colors, the third image pickup signal being obtained by receiving a return light of the subject at a time of the second light being irradiated in the first pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,933

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OVERTUBE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that is configured to observe an inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that is configured to inspect or treat an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that is configured to guide the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an overtube body that is configured to pass through a body wall and is configured to be inserted into the body cavity,
an endoscope insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that is provided inside the overtube body and allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
an interlocking member which is configured to be movable forward and backward inside the overtube body, has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, and has a dead zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool does not interlock with the movement of the other, and a sensing zone where the forward and backward movement of either one of the endoscope and the treatment tool interlocks with the movement of the other, and
a side surface opening that is formed to pass through a side wall of the overtube body, allows an inner cavity of the overtube body and the inside of the body cavity to communicate with each other when the overtube body is inserted into the body cavity, and sends a fluid into the body cavity through the inner cavity of the overtube body, and
wherein the side surface opening is configured to be openable and closable by the forward and backward movement of the interlocking member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,932

INSERTION DEVICE AND ROTATING TUBULAR MEMBER

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An insertion device comprising:an insertion section which extends along a longitudinal axis with the longitudinal axis being an axial center;
a rotating tubular member which is disposed to cover an outer peripheral of the insertion section;
a driving unit which is configured to be driven to rotate the rotating tubular member relative to the insertion section in one of directions around the longitudinal axis;
a base member which is integrally formed in a part of the insertion section, and which defines a driving unit placement cavity to dispose the driving unit, the driving unit placement cavity being opened to an outside of the insertion section, an opening of the driving unit placement cavity being formed on an outer peripheral surface of the base member;
a support member which is disposed between the base member and the rotating tubular member, the support member being configured to abut on an outer peripheral portion of the base member and an inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member, a dimension of the support member in a direction along the longitudinal axis being smaller than a dimension of each of the base member and the rotating tubular member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, a space being formed between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region adjacent to the support member in the direction along the longitudinal axis, the driving unit being engaged with the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in the space so that a rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the rotating tubular member, the support member being fixed to the base member, a cross-sectional shape of the support member perpendicular to the longitudinal axis being a C-shape, the support member extending along the directions around the longitudinal axis, the C-shaped support member extending in an entire region other than the opening of the driving unit placement cavity in the directions around the longitudinal axis, the support member being configured to support the rotating tubular member so that a rotation axis of the rotating tubular member is aligned with the longitudinal axis of the insertion section when the rotating tubular member rotates, and thereby being configured to hold the rotating tubular member at a position where the rotation driving force is transmittable from the driving unit to the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member;
a distal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a distal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a distal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the distal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity; and
a proximal side ring member which is provided in the space between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member and in a region apart from the support member toward a proximal direction, and which is a separated body from the support member, the distal side ring member being configured to maintain liquid-tightness between the outer peripheral portion of the base member and the inner peripheral portion of the rotating tubular member in a part to a proximal direction side of the driving unit placement cavity in the space, and thereby being configured to prevent liquid inflow from the proximal direction side into the driving unit placement cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,165,931

ENDOSCOPE BENDING SECTION CONTROL MECHANISM

1. An endoscope comprising:a housing having a main housing part and a cover part joined to the main housing part along a periphery thereof, the periphery defining a periphery surface, a plane of symmetry bisecting the main housing part and the cover part along a longitudinal axis of the housing perpendicularly to the periphery surface, the cover part including a curved area, a slot provided in the curved area parallel to the plane of symmetry, and spaced apart support elements extending from an internal surface of the cover part, and the main housing part including spaced apart opposite support elements extending from an internal surface thereof, the opposite support elements forming openings with corresponding support elements when the main housing part is coupled to the cover part;
an insertion portion extending from the housing;
a bending portion extending from the insertion portion;
control wires operable to control bending of the bending portion;
a control mechanism connected to the control wires, the control mechanism including an axle traversing the openings and defining a pivot axis perpendicular to the plane of symmetry, a lever member connected to the axle and traversing the slot, and a user control member external of the housing and connected to the lever member, the support elements and the axle located within the housing, and the user control member displaceable about the pivot axis between a forward position and a backward position to rotate the lever member and control movement of the control wires; and
a curved shielding portion formed to fit the curved area and affixed to the control mechanism, the shielding portion displaceable with the user control member and covering the slot when the user control member is in the forward position and also when the user control member is in the backward position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,930

ENDOSCOPE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscope comprising:an insertion portion which includes a distal end and a proximal end;
an operation portion which is provided on a proximal end side of the insertion portion and includes an operating member;
a distal end portion body which is provided on a distal end side of the insertion portion;
a rotating shaft which is rotatably supported in the distal end portion body;
an elevator which is coupled with one end of the rotating shaft;
an elevator erecting lever which is coupled with the other end of the rotating shaft;
an operating wire which includes a proximal-end-side coupling portion coupled with the operating member and a distal-end-side coupling portion coupled with the elevator erecting lever, the operating wire configured to rotate the rotating shaft through the elevator erecting lever by operation of the operating member to erect the elevator;
a partition wall which includes a holding hole to support the rotating shaft, is a part of the distal end portion body and is provided between the elevator and the elevator erecting lever; and
a seal member which is disposed between the holding hole and the rotating shaft, wherein:
the rotating shaft includes a first rotating shaft and a second rotating shaft;
the first rotating shaft has one end connected with the elevator erecting lever and another end provided with a first coupling portion;
the second rotating shaft has one end that is integrally formed with the elevator or connected with the elevator by welding of the one end and the elevator, and another end provided with a second coupling portion which is coupled with the first coupling portion in a relativity unrotatable manner; and
a coupling position in which the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion are coupled with each other is disposed on a side of the elevator erecting lever with respect to the seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,929

COMPACT MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A manifold for use in an endoscope, comprising:a manifold housing having a partially cylindrical shape with a curved top surface, a partially curved first side and a partially curved second side wherein the manifold housing comprises a base, wherein the base has a first width, a first length, and a proximal surface, and an elongated portion, which is attached to the base, wherein the elongated portion has a second width, a second length, and a distal surface, wherein the first width is greater than the second width and the first length is less than the second length; and
a Y-shaped fluid conduit comprising a central stem portion, a first prong portion, and a second prong portion, wherein the central stem portion extends from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base through the base, wherein the first prong portion extends from a distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved first side, and wherein the second prong portion extends from the distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved second side.

US Pat. No. 10,165,928

SYSTEMS, INSTRUMENTS, AND METHODS FOR FOUR DIMENSIONAL SOFT TISSUE NAVIGATION

1. An endoscope system comprising:an endoscope having a distal tip, a port, a working channel extending between the distal tip and the port, an electromagnetic sensor positioned within the distal tip;
a guidewire extending from the port to the distal tip and through the working channel;
a first proximal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the port;
a second distal offset device coupled to the guidewire proximate to the first proximal offset device;
both the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device sized to limit extension of the guidewire in said working channel, the first proximal offset device and the second distal offset device separated by a perforated connection.

US Pat. No. 10,165,926

DISHWASHER HAVING AT LEAST ONE ILLUMINATION ELEMENT

1. A dishwasher, comprising:a washing chamber exposed to liquid during washing operation and enclosed by a plurality of walls of a washing container and by an internal wall of a door, at least one of the walls having at least one aperture; and
at least one illumination element configured to cover or close the at least one aperture, said at least one illumination element comprising at least one planar lighting element and at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element associated to the at least one planar lighting element,
wherein the at least one transparent, translucent or reflective planar element comprises a planar front panel, which is made of a transparent or translucent material and covers the at least one aperture, said planar front panel being mounted to the at least one wall and having a first side which faces and is exposed to the washing chamber and a second side which faces away from the washing chamber, said at least one planar lighting element being located on the second side, and
wherein the at least one wall has a recess that is indented inward from an outside of the at least one wall towards the washing chamber and that forms a fixing flange, and the at least one illumination element is mounted on an outer side of the fixing flange which faces away from the washing chamber, such that at least a portion of a thickness of the at least one illumination element is accommodated by the recess and such that the at least one illumination element covers from behind the at least one aperture in the at least one wall.

US Pat. No. 10,165,925

METHOD OF SEPARATING CHEMISTRIES IN A DOOR-TYPE DISHMACHINE

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A dishmachine comprising:an enclosure defining a wash chamber having wash arms mounted therein;
a first tank for housing a first composition;
a first pump operatively coupled with the first tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a second tank for housing a second composition;
a second pump operatively coupled with the second tank and in fluid communication with the wash arms;
a deflector system comprising:
a deflector selectively movable between a first position and a second position wherein the first position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the first tank and the second position provides a flow path between the wash chamber and the second tank, wherein the deflector is driven by a float;
a gutter plate positioned above the deflector and having a central opening and at least two walls on opposite sides of the central opening each forming a recess; and
a strainer removeably positioned over the central opening of the gutter plate.

US Pat. No. 10,165,924

WATER TANK WASHING MACHINE

Ningbo Fotile Kitchen War...

1. A sink-type washing machine comprising:a sink body having a washing space and a bottom portion, the sink body having a recess, the recess defining a drain region at least at a center of the bottom portion, the bottom portion of the sink body comprises a bottom board, the recess is formed at a center of the bottom board;
an ultrasonic generator disposed on the bottom board;
a water pump disposed inside the drain region for pumping water in the drain region, the water pump having a flow channel and an impeller;
a cover plate rotatably connected on the sink body;
a drain board with a plurality of drain holes disposed inside the sink body and covering the recess of the bottom board, the recess under the drain board forming the drain region;
a rotary spray arm with a plurality of water outlets disposed above the drain board, the plurality of water outlets being in communication with the flow channel in the water pump,
wherein the water in the drain region can be sprayed into the washing space and above the drain region,
the impeller further comprises a central shaft and a plurality of blades disposed on a circumferential surface of the central shaft, each blade having a curvy part and a straight part, the straight part extending axially away from the central shaft, and
the drain board further defines a circular opening and a residue basket is disposed in the sink body, under the circular opening and flushed with the drain board, and a surface of the drain board is flushed with the bottom board of the sink body around the drain board.

US Pat. No. 10,165,923

FLOOR SQUEEGEE

PRO PAINT GEAR INC., Bri...

1. A squeegee, comprising:an elongate frame section, an elongate handle connected to said elongate frame section such that said elongate frame section is generally perpendicular to said elongate handle, said elongate frame section including a preset number of internally threaded blind locator holes each having a raised boss;
an elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a first elongate section and a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section, said elongate flexible squeegee blade section including a second elongate section protruding from and being integrally formed with said first elongate section and inclined at an angle with respect to said first elongate section in a range from greater than 0° to less than 90°;
an elongate clamp section having a preset number of locator holes each extending therethrough to receive, a corresponding raised boss of said elongate frame section and further comprising a raised lip disposed around each of said preset number of locator holes and a preset number of threaded fasteners, each of said preset number of threaded fasteners being threaded to be threadably received in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and each threaded fastener including a flange section configured to contact said raised lip;
wherein threaded sections of each of said threaded fasteners are sealed internally in an associated internally threaded blind locator hole and are not exposed when the squeegee is assembled; and
wherein when assembled said second elongate section contacts a floor or other surface when in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,922

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MATERIALS

1. A nozzle comprising a first light and a second light, wherein the first light is a white light and the second light is other than a white light,the nozzle further comprising a squeeze trigger, and wherein activation of the trigger activates at least one of the first and second lights,
wherein activation further comprises a partial activation by partially depressing the squeeze trigger and a full activation by fully depressing the squeeze trigger, and
wherein one of the first and second lights is activated during partial activation of the squeeze trigger.

US Pat. No. 10,165,921

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner, the handle assembly comprising:a handle attached to a duct assembly, wherein the duct assembly comprises a first duct and a second duct, the first duct pivots relative to the second duct about a pivot axis of a pivot joint that is external to the first and second ducts such that the pivot axis does not extend through the first and second ducts, the first duct and the second duct each comprise an arcuate section that arcs about the pivot axis, and pivoting the first duct relative to the second duct causes the arcuate section of one of the ducts to move in and out of the arcuate section of the other of the ducts.

US Pat. No. 10,165,920

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A VACUUM CLEANER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A handle assembly for a vacuum cleaner comprising a handle, a duct, a valve assembly, and a cover, wherein:the handle is attached to the duct;
the duct has an inlet at one end, an outlet at an opposite end, and a bleed aperture located between the inlet and the outlet;
the valve assembly comprises a valve and an actuator;
the valve is moveable between a closed position and an open position, the valve closes the bleed aperture when in the closed position and opens the bleed aperture when in the open position;
the actuator moves the valve from the closed position to the open position when actuated;
the cover surrounds the duct and encloses the bleed aperture and the valve such that an upper part of the cover overlies the bleed aperture and the valve, and one or more holes are formed in a lower part of the cover;
suction at the outlet causes a primary airflow to be drawn into the duct via the inlet; and
when the valve is in the open position, suction at the outlet causes a secondary airflow to be drawn in through the holes, through a space between the duct and the cover in a circumferential direction around the duct, and into the duct via the bleed aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,165,919

VACUUM BAG

SHOP VAC CORPORATION, Wi...

1. A vacuum cleaner bag assembly adapted to be removably disposed within a vacuum cleaner, the vacuum cleaner bag assembly comprising:a panel assembly comprising a first panel and a second panel forming an enclosure having an interior volume, wherein an aperture extends through the first panel, the aperture adapted to receive debris exiting an outlet end of a hose assembly such that the debris is retained within the interior volume, each of the first panel and the second panel including an outer sheet and a liner sheet, wherein each of the outer sheets comprises a first outer material and each of the liner sheets comprises a first liner material; and
a shield member disposed within the interior volume and secured to one or more portions of the panel assembly, wherein the shield member comprises a second non-porous and non-absorbent flexible material that is different than each of the first outer material and the first liner material, the shield member extends vertically from a first point at or adjacent to a top portion of the panel assembly to a second point vertically disposed between a bottom portion of the aperture and a bottom portion of the panel assembly, wherein the shield member includes a first portion and a second portion, the shield member being folded about a transverse axis that is disposed at or adjacent to the first point at or adjacent to the top portion of the panel assembly such that during normal operation the first portion of the shield member abuts and applies a biasing force to the first panel of the panel assembly, the shield member is disposed opposite the aperture on the second panel and directly exposed to the aperture when the vacuum cleaner bag assembly is disposed within the tank such that the shield member protects a corresponding portion of the panel assembly from being impacted by debris passing through the aperture and into the interior volume and directly into contact with the shield member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,918

VACUUM ATTACHMENT

1. A cleaning implement capable of attachment to a vacuum hose attachment, comprising:an implement body, comprising:
a forward surface;
a pair of side surfaces having proximal ends extending perpendicularly from opposing edges of said forward surface and parallel to each other;
a rear surface, extending perpendicularly from distal ends of said pair of side surfaces and not parallel with said forward surface;
an upper opening;
a lower opening; and,
an interior in fluid communication with said upper opening and said lower opening;
a coupling capable of removable attachment to said vacuum hose attachment to provide fluid communication with said interior;
a first brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said upper opening;
a second brush disposed between said pair of side surfaces adjacent said first brush and adjacent said upper opening;
wherein said first brush and said second brush are configured to project from said upper opening; and,
a baffle structure, affixed to said implement body within said interior and subjacent to said first brush and said second brush; wherein said baffle structure comprises a plurality of apertures aligned along a centerline of said baffle structure and directs air flow and entrained debris towards said coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,165,917

CLEANOUT TOOL FOR A SURFACE CLEANING APPARATUS

BISSELL Homecare, Inc., ...

1. A cleanout tool for an extraction cleaner having a fluid delivery system for delivering cleaning fluid to a surface to be cleaned, and a recovery system for removing spent cleaning fluid and debris from the surface to be cleaned and comprising a suction nozzle defining a suction pathway, a suction source in fluid communication with the suction nozzle for generating a working air stream and an agitator provided adjacent to the suction nozzle for agitating the surface to be cleaned, the cleanout tool comprising:an elongated body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end and wherein the body is flat and rectilinear in shape, with two opposing sides and joined with two opposing edges which are more narrow than a width defined by the sides;
the first end of the body, defined by one of the opposing edges, comprising at least one hook; and
the second end of the body, defined by another of the opposing edges, comprising a comb disposed at an angle relative to the elongated body, wherein the comb comprises a plurality of tines and the plurality of tines have ends which define an angled edge of the second end;
wherein the first end of the body is configured to be inserted into the suction nozzle to remove material within the suction nozzle using the at least one hook to catch the material;
wherein the second end of the body is configured to remove material from the agitator using the comb; and
wherein the at least one hook and the plurality of tines lie in a common plane.

US Pat. No. 10,165,916

VACUUM CLEANER BASE ASSEMBLY AND AIR PASSAGE SYSTEM

MIDEA AMERICA, CORP., Pa...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a handle having a first handle side and a second handle side opposite the first handle side;
a dirt separator mounted to the handle and having a separator inlet for receiving dirt-laden air and a separator outlet for discharging cleaned air;
a suction motor mounted in the handle and having a suction motor inlet, the suction motor being configured to generate a suction airflow into the suction motor inlet;
a nozzle having a bottom face, a first side region that extends along the first handle side, and a second side region that extends along the second handle side to thereby locate at least a portion of the handle between the first side region and the second side region;
a suction inlet passing through the bottom face of the nozzle, the suction inlet comprising an opening that is elongated along a suction inlet axis extending from the first side region to the second side region;
a pivot joining the nozzle to the handle at a pivot axis that extends from the first side region of the nozzle to the second side region of the nozzle and in parallel with the suction inlet axis, the pivot comprising a first pivot connection joining the first side region to the first handle side, and a second pivot connection joining the second side region to the second handle side;
wherein the nozzle comprises an upper shell and a lower shell that are joined together, the upper shell comprising an upper arm having a lower surface, the lower shell comprising a lower arm having an upper surface, wherein the lower surface of the upper arm faces the upper surface of the lower arm and the lower surface and the upper surface are connected at respective edges thereof to form an enclosed rigid base air passage extending from the suction inlet to the first pivot connection;
a first handle air passage located in the handle and extending from the first pivot connection to the separator inlet, the first handle air passage being fluidly connected to the base air passage through the first pivot connection;
a second handle air passage located in the handle and extending from the separator outlet to the suction motor inlet;
a carriage mounted to the nozzle and the handle to rotate relative to the nozzle and the handle, the carriage being configured to support the nozzle and the handle on a horizontal plane the carriage comprising a first side region adjacent to the first side region of the nozzle and a second side region adjacent to the second side region of the nozzle; and
a storage lock assembly comprising a resiliently-deformable crossbeam and a protrusion,
wherein the crossbeam comprising at least a portion that is substantially linear in shape and longitudinally extending between the first side region of the carriage and a second side region of the carriage, the portion of the crossbeam being deformable from the substantially linear shape, and the protrusion comprises an extension of the handle and rotates with the handle, the protrusion presses against and temporarily deforms the crossbeam when the handle is moved from an upright position to a reclined position or from the reclined position to the upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,911

ELECTRIC WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE

1. An electric window cleaning device, comprising:an operating portion including a pedestal, a plurality of magnets and a plurality of balls, wherein the pedestal includes a handle and a bottom surface formed opposite to the handle, the magnets are disposed on the pedestal, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the pedestal and are free to roll along the pedestal, the operating portion further including a connecting member which includes a spherical body and a connecting portion, the pedestal including a spherical cavity and a cover removably fixed to the pedestal, the spherical body being disposed in the spherical cavity and rollably locked in the spherical cavity by the cover, and the connecting portion being formed on an outer surface of the spherical body, inserted through the cover, and provided for connecting a rod; and
a wiping portion including a base, a plurality of magnets, a plurality of balls and a power mechanism, wherein the base includes a bottom surface, the magnets are disposed in the base, the balls partially protrude from the bottom surface of the base and are free to roll along the base, the power mechanism is supported on the base, and includes an output shaft for outputting rotational kinetic energy and a rotary disc rotated by the output shaft, a duster is fixed to an outer surface of the rotary disc;
wherein the operating portion and the wiping portion are magnetically attracted to each other across a glass of a window by magnetic forces of the magnets and are attracted to an inner surface and an outer surface of the glass, respectively, when the power mechanism is turned on, the output shaft rotates the rotary disc and the duster to clean the outer surface of the glass, as a user moves the operating portion which is attracted to the inner surface of the glass, the wiping portion will move simultaneously along the outer surface of the glass to perform a cleaning operation.

US Pat. No. 10,165,910

WATERLESS TOILET SYSTEM

Convergent Market Researc...

1. A toilet system including:(a) a support structure;
(b) a transport conduit mounted on the support structure, the transport conduit including a discharge end, an inner end, and a commode opening located between the discharge end and inner end;
(c) a flush member positioned within the transport conduit and being movable between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein in the retracted position a sealing end of the flush member resides between the commode opening and the inner end of the transport conduit and in the extended position the sealing end of the flush member resides approximately at the discharge end of the transport conduit;
(d) an outer seal element mounted on the support structure and being movable between a sealing position and a displaced position, wherein in the sealing position the outer seal element seals the discharge end of the transport conduit and in the displaced position the outer seal element is separated from the discharge end of the transport conduit; and
(e) an actuator system mounted on the support structure and operatively connected to the flush member, the actuator system including a member providing a mechanical connection to the outer seal element and being operable in response to a drive force applied through a drive mechanism to move the flush member and the outer seal element in a flush cycle in which (i) at least a discharge gap is maintained between the flush member and the outer seal element as the flush member moves from the retracted position to the extended position and the outer seal element moves from the sealing position to the displaced position, and (ii) the flush member then moves back to the retracted position and the outer seal element moves back to the sealing position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,909

MULTI-LINER ASSEMBLY FOR A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE AND A BODY LIQUID RECEPTACLE INCLUDING SAME

HY-INDUSTRIE INC., Drumm...

20. A body liquid receptacle assembly comprising a body liquid receptacle having a body with a cavity defined therein, and a multi-liner assembly removably engaged with the body liquid receptacle; the multi-liner assembly comprising a rigid support having a receptacle-facing surface and a top surface and being removably engageable with the body liquid receptacle; and a plurality of lining units superimposed on one another and engaged with the body liquid receptacle to line the cavity, each of the plurality of lining units comprising an impermeable layer having a top side with an absorbent material superimposed thereon, the rigid support being located under a bottommost one of the lining units and supporting the lining units, wherein each one of the lining units comprises a free edge delimiting an open mouth with the free edge extending along the receptacle-facing surface of the rigid support, inbetween the rigid support and the body of the body liquid receptacle, with a section of the at least one lining unit lining the top surface to maintain the lining units in an open configuration, wherein a topmost one of the plurality of lining units is exposed and is individually removable from the multi-liner assembly to leave a subsequent one of the plurality of lining units exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,165,908

HAND DRYER WITH REDUCED AIR-INTAKE NOISE

HOKWANG INDUSTRIES CO., L...

1. A hand dryer with reduced air-intake noise, comprising:a housing, including an accommodating space and a plurality of narrow air inlets connecting the accommodating space and an outside of the housing, and the housing defines an air intake surface that faces the accommodating space and on which the plurality of narrow air inlets are provided;
a flow-guide plate disposed inside the accommodating space and assembled, corresponding to the air intake surface with the housing, the flow-guide plate being not in contact with the air intake surface, and the flow-guide plate including a plurality of narrow air guide holes; and
an air supply module disposed inside the accommodating space, comprising a blower that extracts the air inside the accommodating space to generate a drying air flow after being started and an air-guide piece that is connected to the blower to receive the drying air flow and includes an end exposed from the housing; and
wherein the hand dryer includes an air intake path that enables, after the blower is started, the air sequentially flows from the outside of the housing to enter the blower through the plurality of narrow air inlets and the plurality of narrow air guide holes.

US Pat. No. 10,165,906

APPARATUS FOR DISSOLVING A FRAGRANCE CARRIER

REMARKABLY WELL, INC, At...

1. An apparatus for dissolving a fragrance carrier, the apparatus comprising a mount bracket, a water-holding reservoir and a fragrance carrier holder, the water-holding reservoir being supported by the mount bracket, the fragrance carrier holder being provided in association with the water-holding reservoir such that (a) water in the water-holding reservoir can contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the fragrance carrier holder being located inside the water-holding reservoir, or (b) water can flow from the water-holding reservoir to contact and dissolve a fragrance carrier located on the fragrance carrier holder, the apparatus being configured and adapted so that it is attachable to a vertical wall of a shower stall by adhesive.

US Pat. No. 10,165,905

SHOWER BASE

Sander and Sons, Inc., L...

1. A curbless shower base, comprising:a subbase structure having a sloped floor and a zero entry;
at least one side wall to mount flush with drywall during an installation, wherein a tile or other wall covering is installed flush over the at least one side wall to a floor of the subbase structure;
a drainage channel in the subbase structure, the drainage channel extending substantially from a first side of the subbase structure to an opposite second side of the subbase structure, the drainage channel sloped from the first side of the subbase structure to a drain outlet in the drainage channel, and the drainage channel sloped from the second side of the subbase structure to the drain outlet in the drainage channel;
a drain assembly having a drain outlet to connect with plumbing during the installation; and
a protective structure of the drain assembly, the protective structure at least partially surrounding the drain outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,165,904

HIDDEN SHOWER SURROUND STORAGE

DELTA FAUCET COMPANY, In...

1. A shower surround wall comprising:a molded planar wall member for attaching directly to a structure wall and in parallel thereto;
an opposing wall facing opposite said molded planar wall member, said opposing wall for attaching directly to another structure wall and in parallel thereto;
at least one shelf extending away from said molded planar wall member and toward said opposing wall, said shelf having a shelf end most distal from said molded planar wall member, and wherein said at least one shelf is open to a direction facing into the shower surround wall, and wherein said at least one shelf extends only partially across a width of said molded planar wall member;
a forward wall extending away from said molded planar wall member and toward said opposing wall, said forward wall having a top, said top having a first inner end, and a bottom having a second inner end, said first and second inner ends facing into said shower surround wall, and an inner edge extending linearly along a length between said first inner end and said second inner end, said inner edge extending from said molded planar wall member for a distance that is at least as far as said shelf end and positioned on a side of said at least one shelf wherein the forward wall faces toward a location outside of said shower surround wall when said molded planar wall member is mounted to the structure wall, such that said forward wall at least partially blocks a sight line to said at least one shelf; and
a rear wall configured to extend between said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall, said rear wall extending perpendicular to said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall, and wherein said shelf end is parallel to said molded planar wall member and said opposing wall.

US Pat. No. 10,165,903

CAULKLESS SEAL

KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (...

1. A seal for a bathing enclosure, comprising:a first structure having a first flange extending from an upper end thereof;
a second structure having a second flange extending from a lower end thereof and a channel, the channel comprising:
a first side surface extending upward from an end of the second flange;
a second side surface opposing the first side surface, extending upward from the second flange; and
an upper surface opposing the second flange, extending between the first side surface and the second side surface;
wherein the second flange defines a slot between the first side surface and the second side surface; and
wherein the second flange is configured to interface with the first flange.

US Pat. No. 10,165,902

DECORATIVE REFLECTIVE STOPPER COVER

1. A device for displaying an image upon a stopper in a sink, said device comprising:a top surface and an opposite bottom surface, said top surface being spaced apart and mutually parallel to said bottom surface, said top surface having a perimeter;
an outer edge extending along the perimeter of said top surface and being generally perpendicular to said top surface and said bottom surface;
said device having a disc shape, a diameter, and a thickness perpendicular to the diameter, and said outer edge being round;
said top surface being smooth and transparent and displaying a image thereon;
said bottom surface adapted to join a supporting surface in a releasable manner;
said device having a construction of a plurality of layers;
said plurality of layers including said outer edge;
wherein said device is water resistant and said top surface is smooth;
said plurality of layers being capable of immersion in water for a lengthy time; and,
said top surface having an inherent high gloss.

US Pat. No. 10,165,901

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER APPARATUS

1. A child toothbrush holder apparatus, comprising:a toothbrush including a handle portion and a head portion at a distal end, wherein the toothbrush includes bristles at the distal end;
a handle including a gripping portion and a cavity configured to hold the toothbrush wherein the handle portion of the toothbrush is disposed within the cavity from a first end of the handle through an opening in a second end of the handle, wherein the handle includes a secured configuration and an unsecured configuration, wherein:
in the secured configuration, the toothbrush is secured within the handle with a support feature; and
in the unsecured configuration, the toothbrush is removable from the handle;
a stopper coupled to the handle, wherein the stopper is located at a distance from the distal end of the toothbrush;
an adapter extending from the stopper and including an opening to the cavity, the adapter having a convex shape extending from the stopper, wherein the toothbrush is located within the opening, wherein the convex shape extends from a first end to a second end of the adapter, wherein the adapter is tapered at a first angle between the second end of the adapter and a center area of the adapter and at a second angle between the center area and the first end of the adapter, and wherein the adapter has a size and shape to inhibit insertion of the toothbrush into a mouth of a person further than the adapter; and
a first support feature extending substantially across a diameter of the cavity of the handle, the first support configured to hold the toothbrush within the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,165,900

MULTI-PURPOSE KITCHEN UTENSIL

1. A utensil for preparing and serving foodstuffs, the utensil consisting entirely of a unitary member of sheet stainless steel, formed with a web portion having a substantially rectangular shape, said web portion having a first edge with two opposite ends, a second edge parallel to and spaced from said first edge and also with two opposite ends, and opposite side edges each extending from one of said opposite ends of said first edge to one of said opposite ends of said second edge, a rectangular portion extending in a first direction from said first edge of the web portion, said rectangular portion being elongated in said first direction and having substantially planar opposite faces, a tapered portion extending from said second edge of the web portion in a second direction opposite said first direction, said tapered portion being elongated in said second direction but having a length in said second direction less than the length of said rectangular portion in said first direction, said tapered portion having opposite faces in planes parallel to the planar opposite faces of said rectangular portion, said rectangular portion and said tapered portion being offset from each other in a direction perpendicular to said planar opposite faces of the elongated rectangular portion and connected to each other by said web portion, wherein:said rectangular portion has two substantially parallel side edges extending in said first direction and meeting respective opposite ends of said first edge of the web portion, and an end edge remote from said web portion and extending from one of said substantially parallel side edges to the other in a direction substantially perpendicular to said side edges of the elongated rectangular portion;
said tapered portion has two opposite side edges extending respectively from said opposite ends of said second edge of the web portion, to an end edge remote from, and shorter than, said second edge of the web portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,899

IMMERSION BLENDER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A mixing appliance assembly comprising:a housing including a motor and a shaft operably coupled with the motor and extending outwardly from the housing;
a top handle operably coupled with a top end of the housing and including a pulse button and a continuous run switch;
a side port disposed in the housing, the side port configured to receive a port connecting member and having an interlocking feature comprising:
an interlock switch disposed inside the side port; and
a switch engagement member configured to engage the interlock switch such that the continuous run switch can be depressed;
a bowl clamp engageable with the side port and configured to removably secure the housing to a bowl, the bowl clamp including the switch engagement member; and
a side handle engageable with the side port and configured to be removably coupled with the housing and aid a user in handling said mixing appliance assembly, the side handle being free of the switch engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,165,898

COFFEE BEAN CONVEYANCE DEVICE

ACAIA CORPORATION, Cuper...

1. A coffee bean conveyance device, comprising:a conveying unit internally defining a conveyance passage having a first central axis, and having a bean inlet and a bean outlet provided at two diagonally opposite ends of the conveyance passage, the conveying unit extending along the first central axis;
a coffee bean holding unit being communicably assembled to the bean inlet and internally defining a storage space for holding an amount of coffee beans therein, so that the coffee beans held in the storage space can move from the storage space into the conveyance passage via the bean inlet; and
a driving mechanism including a coil spring eccentrically disposed in the conveyance passage, the coil spring having a second central axis, which is in parallel with and spaced from the first central axis, the coil spring extending along the second central axis, and being connected at an end closer to the bean inlet to a driving source, which serves to drive the coil spring to rotate about the second central axis in the conveyance passage, the coil spring while being rotated by the driving source being able to move the coffee beans in the conveyance passage toward the bean outlet, the coil spring being made of an elastic material, the second central axis being below the first central axis so that the coil spring is close to a bottom of the conveyance passage.

US Pat. No. 10,165,897

FOOD STUFF DISPENSING MACHINE AND DEHYDRATED FOODSTUFF CONTAINER

Mega Consultants, LLC, B...

1. A foodstuff machine for hydrating, extruding and cooking foodstuff from a container, the container having a continuous sidewall with first and second ends forming a storage area and a piston complementarily positioned within the sidewall proximate the first end and being slidable with respect to the sidewall, the container including dehydrated foodstuff located in the storage area, the foodstuff machine comprising:a machine housing having an access opening for receiving a container having dehydrated foodstuff therein;
a hydrating and positioning system movable from a loading position when the container is in the access opening to a hydrating position with the container second end above the first end and then to a transfer position wherein the first end is positioned above the second end;
a liquid dispenser positioned above the container when the container is in the hydrating position;
a transfer arm having an operative end for receiving the container and being movable from a first position that supports the container in the transfer position to an extrusion position wherein the container is located over a cooking station; and
a piston rod operatively associated with the piston in the container and movable to force the piston toward the second end of the container to force hydrated foodstuff through a die to form uncooked strips which drop into the cooking station.

US Pat. No. 10,165,896

METHOD AND AN APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING FOODSTUFF

SensAbility Pty Ltd, Ade...

1. A method for processing foodstuff, using an apparatus for processing foodstuffs, the apparatus comprising a heating source for processing the foodstuff and a controller, the controller being arranged to control at least two heating elements of the heating source individually the apparatus further comprising a plurality of receiving portions for receiving the foodstuffs, the method comprising:providing the foodstuff having a first surface area and a second surface area;
providing information that is indicative of a chromatic property of the first surface area of the foodstuff;
processing the foodstuff using the heating source so as to effect a change of the chromatic property of the first and second surface areas of the foodstuff; and
using the controller to control the change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and predetermined calibration data, wherein using the controller includes determining whether a condition exists by detecting that foodstuff is provided in a receiving portion and detecting that no foodstuff is provided in an adjacent receiving portion such that:
when the condition exists, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of the second surface area of the foodstuff using the provided information and the calibration data, and
when the condition does not exist, the controller controls the heating source to change of the chromatic property of both the first and second surface areas using the provided information.

US Pat. No. 10,165,895

DISPOSABLE INSERT OVEN GRATE SYSTEM

1. A disposable insert oven grate system (10) comprising:a disposable grill (14) having a central region in a horizontal plane, the central region having an upper surface facing upwardly and a lower surface facing downwardly, the central region having a periphery in a rectangular configuration, the periphery having a front edge (16) and a rear edge (18) and a left edge (20) and a right edge (22), the central region having a length of 8 to 9 inches and a width of 10.5 inches to 11.5 inches
a front wall (26) with a front hinge (28) coupled to the front edge, a rear wall (30) with a rear hinge (32) coupled to the rear edge, a left wall (34) with a left hinge (36) coupled to the left edge, a right wall (40) with a right hinge (42) coupled to the right edge, each wall pivotable between an upper position coplanar with the central region for storage and transportation, each wall pivotable to a lower position coplanar with the central region for supporting food to be cooked, each wall extending downwardly for from 1.0 to 1.5 inches;
a plurality of slots (46) formed in the central region, each slot being rectangular and extending between a location adjacent to the left edge and the right edge, each slot being formed of a longitudinal slit and latitudinal end slits to form downwardly extending supports (48) for strengthening purposes, each wall extending downwardly from 1.0 to 1.5 inches, each support extending downwardly for from 0.3 to 0.5 inches, the disposable grill being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches;
a pan (52), the pan being disposable, the pan having an imperforate bottom in a rectangular configuration, the bottom having a front edge and a rear edge separated by a length of 11¾ inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the bottom having side edges, the side edges separated by a width of 8 inches, plus or minus 5 percent, the pan having imperforate sides, each side being in a trapezoidal configuration, each side extending upwardly from the front edge and rear edge and side edges of the bottom thereby forming an angle of between 10 degrees and 20 degrees with respect to the bottom, the sides having lower ends, the lower ends being integrally formed with the bottom, the sides having free upper ends forming an upper opening, the pan forming a chamber between the bottom and the upper opening and within the sides, the chamber having a height of 1.5 to 2.0 inches between the bottom and the upper opening, the pan being fabricated of aluminum foil having a thickness of from 0.0030 inches to 0.0065 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,165,894

AUTOMATED COOKER

1. A cooking system comprising:a wok for receiving food, the wok being placed on top of a base unit housing a heating element for heating up the wok;
a lid substantially covering the wok, at least a portion of the lid being able to rotate relative to the wok;
a shaft secured to the rotating portion of the lid;
a stirrer pivotally mounted to the shaft;
a controller housed in the base unit controlling the heating element and rotations of the shaft and the lid, the rotation of the shaft causing a part of the stirrer to sweep from an edge of the wok to approximately a center of the wok in a low path and return to an edge of the wok in a high path, in the low path the part of the stirrer approximately touching a surface of the wok, in the high path the part of the stirrer being high above and not touching the surface of the wok; and
a first computing device residing outside of the base unit and signally coupled to the controller, the first computing device storing a computer program upon execution instructing the first computing device to send operating commands to the controller, the operating commands controlling the heating element and the rotations of the shaft and the lid.

US Pat. No. 10,165,893

COOKWARE ITEM WITH SPOON RECEIVING RECESS

1. A cookware set, comprising:a plurality of cookware containers each having a given weight and having a base and a surrounding vertically upstanding sidewall which extends vertically upward from an outer periphery of the base to define an initially open interior space and a top opening of the container, the sidewall having an outer wall surface and an inner wall surface;
a clasp handle permanently affixed to and extending outwardly from the outer wall surface of the container adjacent the top opening thereof which is configured to be held by a user while supporting the weight of the container;
a utensil support handle permanently affixed to the container outer wall surface and arranged generally opposite the clasp handle, the utensil support handle having a spoon-shaped support member incorporated therein which is configured to receive and support a cooking utensil while also serving as a companion handle to the clasp handle when being held by the user while supporting the weight of the container while lifting the container;
wherein the spoon-shaved support member has a length, a solid upper support surface which runs the length of the support member, and an opposite lower surface, the length of the spoon-shaped support member being arranged in a lateral direction with respect to the sidewall of the container, rather than at a right angle thereto, the upper surface of the spoon-shaved support member having a utensil receiving recess formed therein, the utensil receiving recess itself defining a flat, planar region with surrounding peripheral sidewalls running generally perpendicular thereto and which enclose the flat planar region in a spoon shaved outline and provide a solid recessed plane at a given depth with respect to the peripheral sidewalls;
wherein the solid recessed plane of the utensil receiving recess is located in a horizontal plane which is below the too opening of the container;
wherein the utensil support handle includes an arcuate-shaved member having oppositely arranged attachment points which loin the utensil support handle to the container sidewall, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member is incorporated at an outer circumferential location on the arcuate shaped member, in a horizontal plane below the top opening of the container, and spaced apart from the container sidewall to define a finger receiving opening with respect to the container sidewalls, approximately mid way between the two handle attachment points;
wherein the cookware container set includes various items in the cookware set all having the utensil support handle permanently affixed thereto; and
wherein the cookware set includes at least a saucepan and a skillet as a part of the cookware set, each of which has a given sidewall depth, and wherein the spoon-shaped support member for the skillet which is provided as a part of the cookware set is spaced apart a greater relative distance from the outer sidewall thereof than the spoon shaped support member for the saucepan which is provided as a part of the cookware set, the spacing being designed to facilitate a user's grasping the cookware container while supporting the weight of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,165,892

POWDER DOSING SYSTEM

5. A portable storage and dispensing apparatus, comprising:a sidewall defining a cannister, said cannister having a first end and having a central portion adjacent a second end of said cannister;
said central portion of said cannister having a first side opposite a second side;
an interior cavity located at said first end of said cannister;
an outlet located at said second end of said cannister;
a dispensing housing rotationally positioned within said central portion of said cannister;
said dispensing housing having a measuring chamber therein;
said measuring chamber having an inlet aperture on one end thereof;
said measuring chamber having an exit opening on a second end, opposite said inlet aperture;
said dispensing housing having a first position wherein said inlet aperture is in a communication with said internal cavity;
said dispensing housing having a second position wherein said inlet aperture is blocked from said communication with said interior cavity;
said dispensing housing in said second position locating said exit opening in a communication with said outlet at said second end of said cannister;
a trigger for moving said dispensing housing from said first position to said second position;
said trigger biased to a projecting position extending from said second side of said central portion of said cannister, said trigger actuable to a depressed position;
a plurality of depressions depending into said trigger; said depressions being adapted for respective individual contacts with respective individual fingers of said hand of said user during a said one-handed grip of said cannister;
said trigger having an axle slot therein extending between a first end and a second end;
an axle extending from said dispensing housing, said axle in a translating engagement within said axle slot;
said trigger having a second slot;
a second member extending from said dispensing housing slidably engaged in said second slot;
actuation of said trigger to said depressed position translating said axle slot along said axle and concurrently imparting a translation to said second member within said second slot whereby said translation of said second member rotates said dispensing housing;
said central portion of said cannister defining a gripping area of said cannister adapted for a one-handed grip of one hand of a user with said first side of said central portion forming a contact area adapted for contact of a palm of said hand and said trigger adapted for actuation by contact of fingers of said hand of said user during said one-handed grip; and
wherein a volume of powder from said interior cavity fills said measuring chamber with said dispensing housing in said first position, and said volume of powder is dispensed from said measuring chamber through said exit opening with said dispensing housing in said second position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,891

BEVERAGE PREPARATION ASSEMBLY

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. Process for the preparation of a beverage with a beverage preparation assembly comprising a container for storing a water soluble beverage powder, the container comprising a tank and a powder outlet, a dissolution chamber for preparing a beverage from the water soluble beverage powder and a diluent, the dissolution chamber comprising at last one diluent inlet and a beverage outlet, a chute for guiding the water soluble beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container to the dissolution chamber, an air outlet configured for evacuating air from the dissolution chamber, the powder outlet is connected to the chute by a conduit; wherein, the powder outlet, the conduit, the chute and the dissolution chamber are connected together through airtight connections, and the assembly comprises an air inlet, the air inlet being positioned above the chute only wherein the following steps are implemented:dispensing a dose of beverage powder from the powder outlet of the container and delivered to the dissolution chamber through the chute;
delivering a dose of diluent in the dissolution chamber and mixing with the dose of powder to produce a beverage;
the produced beverage is delivered through the chamber outlet (32); and
during at least the delivering of the dose of diluent and the mixing step air is sucked from the air outlet so that an unidirectional flow of air is created from the air inlet down to the bottom of the chute.

US Pat. No. 10,165,890

FILTRATION UNIT FOR USE IN MACHINE FOR PREPARING READY-TO-DRINK NUTRITIONAL LIQUIDS

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A filtration unit for use in a nutritional liquid preparation machine using a container for preparing a beverage, the filtration unit comprising:a removable, disposable filter; and
a re-usable protective casing encompassing the filter, said protective casing comprising:
an outlet wall with at least one liquid outlet for delivering filtered liquid to the container in the container holder, wherein the at least one liquid outlet comprises a perforating member protruding from the outlet wall, and wherein the perforating member comprises a hollow needle and provides a liquid inlet through a sealing membrane of the container for allowing filtered liquid to be fed in the container; and
an inlet wall with at least one liquid inlet, wherein the inlet wall of the protective casing further comprises a gas inlet for receiving a gas injector of the beverage machine, and wherein the gas inlet is axially offset relative to the liquid inlet and in fluid communication with the liquid outlet;
wherein the protective casing is formed by a first cover forming the inlet wall and a second cover forming the outlet wall, the first cover and the second cover being at least partially detachable from one another to enable different removable filters to be placed in a dedicated compartment of the protective casing;
wherein the filter is arranged in a removable manner in the protective casing; and
wherein the filtration unit is adapted to engage a container holder intended to be inserted in the nutritional liquid preparation machine.

US Pat. No. 10,165,889

FOOD STEAMER AND RACK SYSTEM

Meyer Intellectual Proper...

1. A cookware apparatus, the apparatus comprising:a) a vessel to retain a fluid, the vessel having a bottom and substantially upright sidewalls extending between the bottom and an upper rim of the vessel;
b) a spacer adapted to be selectively disposed on the vessel, the spacer comprising one or more generally upright sidewalls forming a perimeter of the spacer and defining an interior hollow therebetween, the spacer having an open bottom, wherein, when the spacer is disposed on the vessel, a lower rim of the spacer and the upper rim of the vessel are in generally sealed engagement;
c) a perforated rack adapted to be selectively positioned within the hollow between the lower rim and an upper rim of the spacer, wherein the perforated rack stably engages a portion of the sidewall when positioned within the hollow; and
d) a support rack defining an outer perimeter positionable within the hollow of the spacer, wherein the support rack is adapted to support the perforated rack when the spacer within which the perforated rack is positioned is lowered to surround at least an upper portion of the support rack.

US Pat. No. 10,165,888

HEATING AND COOKING SYSTEM

1. A heating and cooking system, comprising:a combustion chamber bounded by top and bottom surfaces, an air intake, and an air exhaust, the combustion chamber configured to contain an amount of natural fuel; and
a vertical chimney in fluid communication with the air exhaust of the combustion chamber, wherein:
the top surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a first cooking surface;
the bottom surface bounding the combustion chamber is configured to transfer heat to a second cooking surface; and
the vertical chimney is configured to transfer heat to a third cooking surface, wherein the combustion chamber is physically isolated from the first and the second cooking surfaces via a sealed configuration that prevents a flow of fluids and a flow of solids between the combustion chamber and both of the first and the second cooking surfaces.

US Pat. No. 10,165,887

COOKING DEVICE UTILIZING INGREDIENT CARTRIDGE ASSEMBLY

Foodstar LLC, Jericho, N...

1. A cooking device effective to utilize an ingredient cartridge assembly, the cooking device comprising:a cooking pot;
a heat source;
a cartridge loading track;
a cartridge propulsion system;
an ingredient loading compartment located along the cartridge loading track;
a gear motor;
a mixing blade within the cooking pot, wherein the gear motor powers the mixing blade;
a stirrer;
a mixing fork within the cooking pot, wherein the stirrer powers the mixing fork; and
a controller in communication with the heat source, the cartridge propulsion system, the gear motor, and the stirrer;
wherein the cartridge propulsion system is configured to:
receive an ingredient cartridge assembly including a cartridge, wherein a protective film on the cartridge is contacted with the cartridge propulsion system; and
turn and pull the protective film to peel off the protective film from the cartridge and to slide the cartridge along the cartridge loading track towards the ingredient loading compartment so that an ingredient inside of the cartridge deposits into the ingredient loading compartment as the cartridge passes over the ingredient loading compartment, wherein the ingredient loading compartment is configured to deposit the ingredient into the cooking pot.

US Pat. No. 10,165,886

BUTTON MANIPULATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A button manipulation device for directly controlling a button comprising:a rod base portion;
a head portion;
a flexible body portion;
the rod base portion comprising a first end, a latch and a first concave surface;
the latch and the first concave surface each being formed at the first end;
the latch being extended from the first concave surface;
the head portion comprising a second end, a lip protrusion and a second concave surface;
the lip protrusion and the second concave surface each being formed at the second end;
the lip protrusion being extended from the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion being oppositely located to each other;
the first concave surface and the second concave surface being oppositely located to each other;
the flexible body portion being connected in between the rod base portion and the head portion;
the flexible body portion comprising an interior surface;
the interior surface being connected in between the first concave surface and the second concave surface;
the latch and the lip protrusion each being cantilevered over the interior surface;
the latch comprising a latch edge;
the lip protrusion comprising a lip protrusion edge;
the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge each being tapered towards the interior surface;
the latch, the lip protrusion, the first concave surface, the second concave surface and the interior surface form a docking port;
the docking port being configured to receive a button;
the latch and the lip protrusion being configured to hold the button; and
the button being inserted and countersunk within the docking port and held by the latch edge and the lip protrusion edge in response to the docking port receiving the button.

US Pat. No. 10,165,885

STACKABLE TRAY WITH COMPARTMENT

1. A tray apparatus comprising:a lap tray having a flat portion and a raised perimeter edge, wherein the flat portion defines a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the flat portion further defines an aperture;
a tray compartment operably engaged with the lap tray, the tray compartment having a sidewall and a bottom wall, the sidewall and the bottom wall defining, in part, an interior space accessible via the aperture; and
a lid operably engaged with the tray compartment, the lid configured to enclose the interior space of the tray compartment,
wherein the tray compartment further includes a plurality of tray compartment fold lines, the tray compartment configured to fold along the tray compartment fold lines to form the sidewall and the bottom wall of the tray compartment, wherein the lap tray further includes a plurality of lap tray fold lines, the lap tray configured to fold along the lap tray fold lines to form the flat portion and the raised perimeter edge of the lap tray, wherein the lap tray and the tray compartment are configured to transform from a stored configuration to an operating configuration, the lap tray and the tray compartment configured as flat planar surfaces when disposed in the stored configuration, wherein the lap tray and tray compartment of a first tray apparatus are configured to operably engage a lap tray and a tray compartment of a second tray apparatus while disposed in the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,165,884

SERVING CONTAINER AND RING ELEMENT SYSTEM

1. A serving container and ring element system, comprising:a serving dish, wherein said serving dish includes one or more upwardly extending walls, wherein at least a portion of a serving dish lip extends outwardly from an upper edge of said one or more upwardly extending walls, and wherein at least two serving dish handles extend outwardly from said continuous serving dish lip on opposing sides of said serving dish; and
a ring element, wherein said ring element includes a ring element lip having a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish lip, wherein portions of said ring element lip are formed to be positionable around at least a portion of said serving dish lip to provide at least partial frictional engagement between portions of said ring element lip and at least a portion of said serving dish lip, wherein at least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from said ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to said shape of said serving dish handles, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion extending downwardly from said handle portion, wherein each handle skirt portion is formed so as to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide at least partial frictional engagement of said handle skirt portion with at least a portion of said serving dish handle, and wherein when said handle skirt portions are in frictional engagement with at least a portion of each of said serving dish handles, at least a portion of said ring element is secured around and over at least a portion of said serving dish lip, but wherein said ring element does not entirely cover said serving dish.

US Pat. No. 10,165,883

CAN HOLDER SYSTEM

1. A can holder system comprising:a stamped sheet including;
a first-section including;
a first-tab;
and
a second-tab;
a second-section including;
a third-tab;
and
a fourth-tab;
an arcuate-member;
and
a plurality of folding joints;wherein said first-section comprises said first-tab and said second-tab at a top-end and said arcuate-member is positioned at a bottom-end of said first-sectionwherein said second-section extends from said arcuate member;wherein said first-tab and said second-tab are configured to fold in relation to each other creating a u-shaped member;wherein said arcuate-member is configured to partially encircle a container during use;wherein said fourth-tab extends from said third-tab at 45 degrees when folded at one of said plurality of folding joints connecting said fourth-tab and said third-tab;andwherein said stamped sheet is configured to fold at said plurality of folding joints for supporting said container in a substantially upright position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,882

DRINKING STRAW AND CLOSURE ASSEMBLY

1. A drinking straw assembly for use with a beverage container, the drinking straw assembly comprising:a length of a hollow cylindrical straw body having a central longitudinal axis and defined by a cylindrical straw wall extending between upper and lower straw ends, the straw wall having an interior surface and an exterior surface, the exterior surface defining a straw body exterior diameter;
a length of a hollow sleeve body defined by a sleeve wall extending between upper and lower sleeve ends, the sleeve wall having a cylindrical interior surface and an exterior surface, the cylindrical sleeve wall interior surface defining a sleeve interior diameter, the sleeve interior diameter slightly nominally greater than the straw body exterior diameter such that the hollow cylindrical sleeve body can be slidably received over the upper straw end and frictionally maintained in place about an upper portion of said straw body length; and
a decorative article fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the length of the hollow cylindrical sleeve body; and
a plurality of faux jewels and/or faux beads disposed 360 degrees around the exterior surface of the hollow sleeve body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,881

SELF LEVELING SPOON

1. A spoon, comprising:a handle portion and a utensil portion rotatably coupled to the handle portion;
the handle portion comprising:
an elongated rod having a top end and a bottom end, wherein the elongated rod is rotatably coupled to the utensil portion at the top end, to allow a rotation perpendicular to the handle portion; and
a sleeve rotatably enclosing the elongated rod, to allow a rotation parallel to the handle portion;
the utensil portion comprising: a bowl for transferring content; and
the spoon further comprising:
a weight for balancing the bowl, the weight external to the bowl attached on one side of the bowl;
a balancing interface;
a counter weight external to the bowl on an opposite side of the bowl extending from near the bottom end or any other position along the elongated rod or of the utensil portion, the counter weight being separate from the weight,
wherein the bowl is balanced to remain level in two orthogonal directions thus preventing spilling the content of the bowl during use of the spoon,
and
wherein the balancing interface is connected on one side to the weight and on a second side to a body having two shoulders, and wherein the balancing interface positions the weight in a plane offset from a plane of the elongated rod.

US Pat. No. 10,165,880

TUMBLER HAVING PELTIER DEVICE

1. A tumbler comprising:a container having a channel formed in a center portion in a longitudinal direction and a circular drink storing part enclosing the channel and storing drink therein;
a Peltier device of a hollow cylinder disposed to be brought into contact with an inner wall of the channel of the container and transferring heat from the drink stored in the drink storing part;
a blowing unit installed to a lower portion of the container to supply an air to the channel;
a control unit installed to a side of the container to control the blowing unit; and
a temperature display unit installed to a side of the container to display a temperature of the drink stored in the drink storing part,
wherein the container includes a container body provided with an opening on an upper portion, with the circular drink storing part being formed in the container body, and a lid configured to close the opening of the container body and provided with an outlet which communicates with the channel of the container body, through which the air supplied to the inside of the channel by the blowing unit is discharged to an outside, and
the blowing unit includes a blower fan rotatably installed to the channel at the lower portion of the container to supply the air in the channel, and a battery installed to the lower portion of the container to supply a power to the blower fan, with a center portion communicating with the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,165,879

DRINK CONTAINERS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

1. A drink container, comprising:a liquid container having a neck with an opening and having an internal compartment sized to hold a volume of potable drink liquid; and
a cap assembly removably coupled to the liquid container, the cap assembly comprising:
a base removably coupled to the neck of the liquid container and including a through-passage;
a first catch structure coupled to the base;
a mouthpiece assembly extending through the through-passage of the base and defining a liquid passage through which drink liquid from the liquid container may selectively flow, and further defining an inlet through which drink liquid in the internal compartment may enter the liquid passage and an outlet through which drink liquid from the internal compartment of the liquid container is selectively dispensed; wherein the mouthpiece assembly is configured to be selectively configured between a dispensing configuration, in which the liquid passage permits drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment at least into the liquid passage, and a stowed configuration, in which drink liquid is restricted from being dispensed from the liquid container through the liquid passage; wherein the mouthpiece assembly is biased to the dispensing configuration; and wherein the mouthpiece assembly comprises:
a tube portion that defines at least a portion of the liquid passage for drink liquid to flow from the internal compartment to the outlet of the mouthpiece assembly; wherein the tube portion includes a crimping region constructed of a resiliently deformable material and adapted to prevent the flow of drink liquid through the liquid passage when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration; wherein the crimping region includes opposing walls that are in contact with each other to seal the liquid passage within the crimping region when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration;
a rigid collar member that is pivotally coupled to a portion of the cap assembly and through which the tube portion at least partially extends; and
a second catch structure adapted to be selectively engaged with the first catch structure to retain the mouthpiece assembly in the stowed configuration; and
a user release mechanism adapted to automatically disengage the first and second catch structures upon actuation of the user release mechanism and thereby release the mouthpiece assembly to move via its bias from the stowed configuration to the dispensing configuration;
wherein the cap assembly defines a stowing region sized to receive at least a portion of the mouthpiece assembly when the mouthpiece assembly is in the stowed configuration; wherein the user release mechanism includes a sliding member with a user engagement pad; wherein the user release mechanism is biased to urge the sliding member away from a position where the sliding member disengages the first and second catch structures; and wherein the sliding member is configured to slide relative to the base of the cap assembly to selectively disengage the first and the second catch structures.

US Pat. No. 10,165,878

NON-SPILL DRINKING CONTAINER

MUNCHKIN, INC., Van, Nuy...

1. A non-spill collar and seal assembly, comprising:a collar comprising:
an open upper end;
a closed lower end having a projection extending upward therefrom, the projection having a vent hole disposed therethrough;
a sidewall having a tapered shape that extends from the open upper end inward toward the closed lower end;
one or more passages disposed through the closed lower end or the sidewall to channel a fluid;
a support surface provided along an inner surface of the sidewall adjacent to the open upper end defining one or more channels; and
a fastener assembly provided on the collar; and
a seal having a surface substantially similar to a shape of the open upper end, wherein the seal is adapted to receive the projection.

US Pat. No. 10,165,877

STACKABLE CONTAINER SYSTEM

Runway Blue, LLC, Alpine...

1. A stackable container system comprising:a beverage container comprising:
a beverage container body;
a beverage container lid connecting portion disposed at least proximate an upper portion of the beverage container body, the beverage container lid connecting portion comprising a threaded connecting portion disposed on an outer surface of the upper portion of the beverage container body;
an annular flange extending downwardly from a lower portion of the beverage container body; and
a smaller container lid connecting portion disposed on an interior wall of the annular flange, the smaller container lid connecting portion comprising a male portion of a bayonet mount including an inwardly extending flange from the annular flange and an engaging portion;
a beverage container lid selectively connected to the beverage container lid connecting portion of the beverage container, the beverage container lid comprising an opening and a closure, the closure sized and configured to selectively close the opening in the lid, the beverage container lid including a threaded connecting portion disposed on an inner surface of an annular wall;
at least one smaller container sized and configured to be selectively connected to the beverage container, each smaller container comprising:
a smaller container body; and
a threaded connecting portion disposed at least proximate an upper portion of the smaller container body, the threaded connecting portion disposed on an outer surface of the upper portion of the smaller container body; and
at least one smaller container lid sized and configured to be selectively connected to the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container and the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container, each smaller container lid comprising:
a first connecting structure on a first side of the smaller container lid, the first connecting structure comprising a threaded connecting portion on an inner surface of a downwardly extending flange that is selectively connected to the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container;
a second connecting structure on a second side of the smaller container lid, the second connecting structure comprising a female portion of a bayonet mount, the female portion of the bayonet mount comprising:
an upwardly extending portion having a perimeter located horizontally inward of a perimeter of the downwardly extending flange of the first connecting structure on the first side of the smaller container lid;
at least one outwardly extending flange disposed on an outer wall of the upwardly extending portion, an upper surface of the outwardly extending flange generally aligned with an upper surface of the upwardly extending portion of the second connecting structure; and
an upwardly extending receiving portion disposed in a lower portion of the outwardly extending flange, the upwardly extending receiving portion sized and configured to receive the engaging portion of the smaller container lid connecting portion when the smaller container lid is connected to the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container; and
a central portion disposed between and separating the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid, the first connecting structure and the second connecting structure comprising different types of connecting structures;
wherein the outwardly extending flange of the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid at least partially abuts the inwardly extending flange of the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container when the smaller container lid is connected to the beverage container;
wherein the second connecting structure of the smaller container lid is at least partially disposed in the smaller container lid connecting portion of the beverage container when the smaller container lid is connected to the beverage container; and
wherein the threaded connecting portion of the smaller container is at least partially disposed in the first connecting structure of the smaller container lid when the smaller container is connected to the smaller container lid.

US Pat. No. 10,165,876

FLORAL DISPLAY BOX

1. An improved floral display box to arrange a plurality of flowers therewithin to provide aesthetically pleasing flower arrangements, comprising:a cylindrical-shaped, hollow vase for arranging the plurality of flowers having an open circular top, a closed bottom, and a side wall, a void region defined by the closed bottom and the side wall whereby the vase is adapted to house the plurality of flowers and accompanying water and nutrients;
a circular flat lid removably disposed over the open circular top of the vase, a void region defined by the closed bottom, the sidewall and the circular flat lid ; and
the circular flat lid having a plurality of openings each having a diameter of between about 0.1 and 2 cm disposed therethrough to hold each flower of the plurality of flowers in place within the vase, a centerline through the plurality of openings being disposed at an angle of about 20 degrees to about 45 degrees with respect to a centerline from a centrally placed opening in the lid to the center of the closed bottom of the vase to a centerline through outermost openings in the circular flat lid to the center of the closed bottom of the vase whereby stems of the plurality of flowers placed through the plurality of openings extend along the centerline extending through the openings to the center of the closed bottom so that the sterns extend at an angle of about 20 degrees to about 45 degrees to the centerline through the centrally placed opening in the circular flat lid to the center of the bottom surface of the vase.

US Pat. No. 10,165,875

PICTURE HANGING MARKING TOOL

1. A mounting hole transfer device comprising:a support member; and
one or more marker housings slidably positioned on the support member, wherein the one or more marker housings are capable of being lockably positioned at any point along the support member and comprise an opening to transfer an indicia onto a surface, and at least one horizontal level on at least one of the support member or the one or more marker housings to leveling the mounting hole transfer device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,874

BAGGING STATION BAGGING CLIP

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A shopping bag bagging station comprising:a bag holder comprising a bag holder hook; and
a bagging clip coupled to the bag holder hook, wherein the bagging clip comprises:
a plate;
a first slot and a second slot in the plate; and
a center support defined by the first and the second slot, wherein each of the first and the second slot form an opening on an edge of the plate, and wherein the first slot and the second slot couple the plate to the bag holder hook.

US Pat. No. 10,165,873

SECURITY DEVICE FOR FUNCTIONAL DISPLAY AND SECURITY OF HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Scorpion Security Product...

1. A security device for a mobile device, comprising:a body having a first body extension, a second body extension, and an upper surface, the body comprising a first guide track comprising a slot extending through the first body extension and a second guide track comprising a slot extending through the second body extension, the first guide track positioned opposite the second guide track;
a first sliding arm coupled to the first body extension through the slot of the first guide track, the first sliding arm having a distal end, wherein the distal end of the first sliding arm has a first retention member extending substantially horizontally from the distal end of the first sliding arm above a plane of the upper surface of the body;
a second sliding arm coupled to the second body extension through the slot of the second guide track, opposite the first sliding arm, the second sliding arm having a distal end, wherein the distal end of the second sliding arm has a second retention member extending substantially horizontally from the distal end of the second sliding arm above the plane of the upper surface of the body; and
a leveling plate configured to receive the mobile device, wherein the leveling plate is coupled to a component of the security device using one or more leveling screws to allow the leveling plate to move along a Z-axis relative to the upper surface of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,872

PANEL ASSEMBLY, PANEL SYSTEM INCLUDING THE PANEL ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD THEREOF

THINKTERIOR STUDIO PTE. L...

1. A panel assembly configured to be hangable on a hanging horizontal beam mounted to a structural support and usable with at least one peg to display an object, the panel assembly comprising:a first panel having a front side and a back side, and a plurality of spaced first through holes extending between the front side and the back side; and
a first back support having a first side and a second side opposite the first side thereof, and secured to the first panel, with the first side of the first back support confronting the back side of the first panel,
wherein the first back support includes, on the first side thereof, a plurality of first blind holes that each align with one of the plurality of spaced first through holes,
wherein the first back support is configured to engage and hang from the hanging horizontal beam,
wherein each of the plurality of spaced first through holes is dimensioned to permit one of the at least one peg to pass therethrough,
wherein each of the plurality of first blind holes is dimensioned to receive one of the at least one peg inserted through one of the plurality of spaced first through holes, and
wherein the first back support comprises:
a plurality of first vertical beams each having a first side disposed confronting the back side of the first panel and a second side opposite the first side thereof, the plurality of first vertical beams being horizontally spaced from each other; and
a first horizontal beam having a first side disposed confronting the back side of the first panel and a second side opposite the first side thereof,
wherein each of the plurality of first vertical beams has, on the first side thereof, a first slot sized to receive the first horizontal beam and allow the first side of the first horizontal beam and the first sides of the plurality of first vertical beams to contact the back side of the first panel, and
wherein each of the plurality of first vertical beams has a plurality of vertically spaced first blind holes opening from the first side thereof, the plurality of first blind holes in the first back support comprising the plurality of vertically spaced first blind holes in the plurality of first vertical beams.

US Pat. No. 10,165,870

DISPLAY CASE DOOR ASSEMBLY WITH VACUUM PANEL

Anthony, Inc., Sylmar, C...

1. A display case door assembly for a temperature-controlled storage device, the display case door assembly comprising:a frame defining an opening into the temperature-controlled storage device; and
a transparent unit coupled to the frame, the transparent unit comprising:
a first vacuum pane,
a second vacuum pane,
an evacuated gap between the first and second vacuum panes, the evacuated gap having a predetermined thickness within which a vacuum is drawn, thereby providing a thermal insulation effect for the transparent unit,
a plurality of spacers disposed within the evacuated gap and configured to maintain the predetermined thickness of the evacuated gap with the vacuum drawn therein,
an additional glass pane laminated to one of the first vacuum pane or the second vacuum pane, the additional glass pane being made of tempered glass, and
a handle attached to a front surface of the additional glass pane without penetrating the additional glass pane, the handle arranged to extend away from the temperature-controlled storage device,
wherein at least one of the first vacuum pane and the second vacuum pane is made of non-tempered glass.

US Pat. No. 10,165,869

INTERNAL TENSIONING STRUCTURE USEABLE WITH INFLATABLE DEVICES

Intex Marketing LTD., To...

1. An inflatable product comprising:a first sheet;
a second sheet disposed opposite the first sheet, the first and second sheets spaced apart when the product is inflated to define a gap;
a tensioning structure sized to span the gap between the first sheet and the second sheet, the tensioning structure comprising:
a plurality of strands uniformly spaced apart and arranged substantially parallel to one another, the plurality of strands extending across the gap; and
a first weld sheet having the plurality of strands uniformly affixed to a surface of the first weld sheet; and
a second weld sheet disposed opposite the first weld sheet, the plurality of strands captured between the first and second weld sheets when the first and second weld sheets are welded to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,165,868

INTERNAL TENSIONING STRUCTURE USEABLE WITH INFLATABLE DEVICES

Intex Marketing LTD., To...

1. An inflatable product comprising:an upper plastic sheet;
a lower plastic sheet disposed opposite the upper plastic sheet, the upper and lower plastic sheets configured to become spaced apart to define a gap when the inflatable product is inflated;
a plurality of tensioning structures sized to span the gap between the upper plastic sheet and the lower plastic sheet when the inflatable product is inflated, the tensioning structures each comprising:
a plurality of strands defining a first side, a second side, and plurality of holes extending through the plurality of strands from the first side to the second side;
a first upper strip having the plurality of strands affixed thereto and being affixed to the upper plastic sheet, the first upper strip having an upper surface and a lower surface, the plurality of strands being positioned between the upper surface of the first upper strip and the upper plastic sheet, the plurality of strands being spaced apart from the lower surface of the first upper strip;
a lower strip having the plurality of strands affixed thereto and being affixed to the lower plastic sheet, the lower strip having an upper surface and a lower surface, the plurality of strands being positioned between the lower surface of the lower strip and the lower plastic sheet, the plurality of strands being spaced apart from the upper surface of the lower strip; and
a second upper strip having the plurality of strands affixed thereto and being affixed to the upper plastic sheet, the second upper strip having an upper surface and a lower surface, the lower surface of the second upper strip being positioned between the plurality of strands and the upper plastic sheet,
the upper strips each have a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge spaced apart from the first longitudinal edge, the plurality of strands extend beyond the first longitudinal edges of the upper strips and the plurality of strands terminate at first terminal ends at or around the second longitudinal edges of the upper strips,
the first upper strip includes portions that are spaced apart from portions of the second upper strip by the first terminal ends of the plurality of strands and
the first upper strip includes portions that are in direct contact with portions of the second upper strip.

US Pat. No. 10,165,867

POCKETED SPRING ASSEMBLY COMPRISING PERIMETER STRINGS OF SPRINGS HAVING RECTANGULAR CONVOLUTIONS

1. A bedding or seating product comprising:a pocketed spring assembly comprising an interior pocketed spring core comprising a plurality of interior strings of springs joined to each other, each of the interior strings of springs comprising a plurality of interconnected pockets, each of the pockets containing at least one coil spring encased in fabric; the pocketed spring assembly further comprising four perimeter strings of springs, each perimeter string of springs being linear and being secured to the interior pocketed spring core and comprising a plurality of interconnected perimeter fabric pockets, each of the perimeter fabric pockets containing at least one perimeter spring having rectangular convolutions, each perimeter fabric pocket comprising four substantially planar side surfaces, wherein one of the substantially planar side surfaces is substantially parallel to and directly contacts one of the substantially planar side surfaces of one of the adjacent perimeter pockets;
cushioning materials on at least one side of the pocketed spring assembly; and
a covering encasing the pocketed spring assembly and cushioning materials.

US Pat. No. 10,165,866

BENCH

Furniture of America, Inc...

1. A furniture assembly, comprising:a bed frame having a headboard; and
a bench which comprises:
a base frame which comprises a seat frame and a leg frame downwardly extended from said seat frame; and
a back frame upwardly extended from said seat frame, wherein a shape of said back frame matches with a shape of said headboard of said bed frame, wherein said back frame comprises a back supporting panel upwardly extended from said seat frame, a back cushion overlapped on said back supporting panel, and a back enclosing layer that wraps said back cushion at said back supporting panel, wherein said seat frame comprises a seat supporting panel, a seat cushion overlapped on said seat supporting panel, and a top enclosing layer that wraps said seat cushion on said seat supporting panel, wherein a bottom edge of said back supporting panel of said back frame is upwardly and perpendicularly coupled with a rear edge of said seat supporting panel of said seat frame, wherein said back frame further comprises a coupling panel extended from said bottom edge of said back supporting panel to couple at a bottom of said seat frame.

US Pat. No. 10,165,865

COMPRESSIBLE FOAM FOUNDATION FOR MATTRESS SUPPORT

1. A foundation for a mattress, comprising:a foam block comprised of a top side, a bottom side, a head side, a foot side, a pair of side edges, a lateral width, and a foundation length, wherein the head side and the foot side are separated by the foundation length, wherein the pair of side edges are separated by the lateral width, wherein the foam block has a compressed configuration and an expanded configuration, wherein the top side and the bottom side are separated by a first thickness in the compressed configuration and a second thickness in the expanded configuration, and wherein the second thickness is greater than the first thickness;
a cover enveloping the foam block;
a vacuum-seal plastic membrane encasing the foam block and the cover when the foam block is in the compressed configuration forming a packaged foundation assembly, wherein the packaged foundation assembly has an opened arrangement and a folded arrangement, wherein the foam block has a planar form in the opened arrangement, and wherein the head side and the foot side of the foam block overlap a center section of the foam block in the folded arrangement;
a plurality of crosswise supports, wherein each one of the crosswise supports has a longitudinal dimension approximately equal to the lateral width of the foam block, wherein each one of the crosswise supports has a thickness and a width less than the first thickness of the foam block in the compressed configuration; and
a shipping container having an interior space, wherein the packaged foundation assembly in the folded arrangement fits in the interior space of the shipping container with the crosswise supports.

US Pat. No. 10,165,864

CHAIR ARMREST DEVICE

1. A chair armrest device comprising:a main frame including an upper end having a first coupling portion and a lower end having a second coupling portion;
an outer sleeve including a third coupling portion and an insertion portion, wherein the third coupling portion is coupled to the first coupling portion, wherein the insertion portion includes an insertion groove extending in a vertical direction, wherein a positioning portion is disposed in the insertion groove and extends in the vertical direction, wherein the positioning portion includes a plurality of positioning grooves spaced from each other in the vertical direction, and wherein the insertion portion further includes a passage located at a side of the positioning portion and extending in the vertical direction;
a cover mounted above the outer sleeve, wherein the cover includes a top wall and a peripheral wall extending downward along a periphery of the top wall, wherein the top wall includes a through-hole aligned with the insertion groove of the outer sleeve, wherein the outer cover further includes a stopper for blocking the opening of the passage of the outer sleeve;
an inner sleeve including a shank at a lower end thereof, wherein the shank is received in the insertion portion of the outer sleeve, wherein a fourth coupling portion is disposed on top of the shank, wherein the shank includes an annular wall and a bottom wall, wherein the shank further includes a first compartment in a central portion thereof, wherein the annular wall of the shank includes a slot, wherein the fourth coupling portion includes a second compartment;
a control device including a coupling board, an actuating rod, a button, and an elastic element, wherein the coupling board is fixed in the second compartment, wherein the actuating rod extends in the vertical direction and is pivotably received in the first compartment of the inner sleeve, wherein the actuating rod includes a rectilinear rod portion having a lower portion and an upper portion, wherein a positioning peg is formed on the lower portion of the rectilinear rod portion and extends through the slot of the shank of the inner sleeve for releasably engaging with one of the plurality of positioning grooves, wherein a guiding peg is formed on the upper portion of the rectilinear rod portion, wherein the button includes a pivotal hole pivotably connected to the coupling board, wherein the button includes a guiding portion and a pressing portion, wherein the guiding portion includes an inclined guiding groove through which the guiding peg extends, and wherein the elastic element provides the button with operational elasticity; and
a pad mounted above the fourth coupling portion of the inner sleeve,
wherein when the pressing portion is not pressed, the positioning member is received in one of the plurality of positioning grooves,
wherein when the pressing portion is pressed, the guiding portion actuates the actuating rod to pivot, and the positioning peg is moved into the passage of the outer sleeve, permitting adjustment of a height of the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,165,863

THORACIC REGION COMFORT SEATING SYSTEM

LEAR CORPORATION, Southf...

1. A seat comprising:a seatback;
a seat bottom;
a support structure positioned along the seatback spaced above the seat bottom to support at least a portion of a thoracic region of a use's spine:
a center portion extending in an upright direction and adapted to be positioned align adjacent the user's spine along the thoracic region, the center portion formed of a first foam material having a first hardness;
and a pair of side portions each disposed adjacent to and connected with the center portion, the side portions formed of a second foam material having a second hardness,
wherein the pair of side portions and the center portion to define a smooth forward support surface adjacent the thoracic region of a user's spine,
the first hardness is greater than the second hardness so that the center portion provides support to at least a portion of the thoracic region of the user's spine.

US Pat. No. 10,165,862

SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE-FORM SEAT SURFACE

1. A piece of seating furniture comprising:a frame in a shape of a saddle and including a front portion, a first side portion, a second side portion, a rear portion, and a cross portion interconnecting the first and second side portions;
a suspension material interconnected to the front portion, first side portion, second side portion, and rear portion of the frame;
wherein the front portion, first side portion, second side portion, and rear portion together define a continuous outer periphery of the frame;
wherein at least a portion of the suspension material is spaced from a support surface of the cross portion of the frame; and
a carrier to which the suspension material is connected, the carrier fitting around an entire outer periphery of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,165,861

CHAIR ASSEMBLY WITH UPHOLSTERY COVERING

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

1. A seating unit component assembly, comprising:a support component adapted to support a portion of a seated user, the support component including a first surface adapted to abut a seated user, a second surface opposite the first surface, a first end surface, a second end surface opposite the first end surface, and a pair of side surfaces extending between the first and second end surfaces; and
a cover having a plurality of sides that cooperate to form an interior space that receives the support component therein, the cover comprising:a first portion comprising a substantially flexible, elastically resilient material covering at least a portion of at least one of the side surfaces of the support component;a second portion comprising a significantly flexible material having a flexibility that is greater than the flexibility of the first portion and covering at least a portion of the first surface and at least a portion of the first end surface of the support component; anda third portion comprising a substantially rigid overlay, wherein the third portion is less flexible than the first portion, and wherein the third portion covers at least a portion of the second surface and at least a portion of the side surfaces of the support component.

US Pat. No. 10,165,860

COSMETIC DOOR PANEL SUSPENSION AND ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM FOR A BUILT-IN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cosmetic panel suspension system for an appliance, the cosmetic panel suspension system comprising:an outer door panel having a perimetrical flange;
a plurality of side adjusters attached to the perimetrical flange, wherein each side adjuster includes a worm gear disposed in a meshing engagement with a rack gear, wherein the worm gear is linearly fixed and rotationally operable within a cage, and wherein the rack gear is rotationally fixed and linearly operable within the cage such that rotational operation of the worm gear laterally translates the rack gear relative to the cage, wherein the cage includes first and second cage members that are rotationally operable relative to one another between an open assembly position and a closed operation position, the first and second cage members being rotationally operable about the worm gear, wherein the worm gear slidably operates the rack gear in the closed operating position;
at least one adjustment bracket having a plurality of positioning apertures in slidable engagement with a portion of the perimetrical flange, wherein the plurality of side adjusters extends through respective positioning apertures defined within the at least one adjustment bracket, and wherein adjustment of at least one side adjuster of the plurality of side adjusters slides the at least one adjustment bracket relative to the perimetrical flange; and
a cosmetic panel attached to the at least one adjustment bracket.

US Pat. No. 10,165,859

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE WITH A DRAWER SLIDE SYNCHRONIZER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction and a transverse direction that are mutually perpendicular, the refrigerator appliance comprising:a cabinet extending between a top portion and a bottom portion along the vertical direction, the cabinet also extending between a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction, the cabinet further extending between a front portion and a back portion along the transverse direction, the cabinet defining a chilled chamber;
a chilled chamber drawer assembly comprising
a storage bin;
a chilled chamber door;
a pair of drawer slides mounted to the cabinet at a bottom portion of the chilled chamber of the cabinet, the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides coupling the chilled chamber door to the cabinet such that the chilled chamber door is translatable relative to the cabinet on the pair of drawer slides along the transverse direction;
a pair of flanges, each flange of the pair of flanges mounted to a respective one of the pair of drawer slides such that the pair of flanges are fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the pair of flanges extending under the storage bin such that the storage bin rests on the pair of flanges;
a drawer slide synchronizer coupling the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides together, the drawer slide synchronizer comprising
a first cable extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of the first cable mounted at the first side portion of the cabinet and the back portion of the cabinet, the second end portion of the first cable mounted at the second side portion of the cabinet and the front portion of the cabinet, the first cable comprising a pair of cable segments and a connector between the cable segments of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the cable segments of the pair at cable segments of the first cable coupled to each other between the drawer slides of the pair of drawer slides, the connector comprising a block and a hook, the block mounted to one of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the hook mounted to the other of the pair of cable segments of the first cable, the block comprising a plurality of heads, each head of the plurality of heads positionable on the hook, a tension in the first cable adjustable by changing a respective head engaged with the hook;
a second cable extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of the second cable mounted at the second side portion of the cabinet and the back portion of the cabinet, the second end portion of the second cable mounted at the first side portion of the cabinet and the front portion of the cabinet;
a first bearing mounted to a first one of the pair of drawer slides such that the first bearing is fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the first and second cables contacting the first bearing;
a second bearing mounted to a second one of the pair of drawer slides such that the second bearing is fixed relative to the chilled chamber door, the first and second cables contacting the second bearing; and
a closure assist assembly having a damper and a pin, the damper mounted to one of the pair of drawer slides or to the cabinet, the pin mounted to the other of the one of the pair of drawer slides or to the cabinet, the pin engageable by the damper when the door translates from an open position towards a closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,857

ROLLER UNIT HAVING INTEGRATED FASTENING PORTION

SEGOS CO., LTD., Incheon...

1. A roller unit comprising:a supporting shaft comprising:
a first flange formed on the fastening portion;
a second flange formed on the first flange and having an outer diameter larger than an outer diameter of the first flange;
a fastening portion formed in a downward direction below the first flange; and
a supporting portion formed on the second flange in an upward direction opposite to the fastening portion;
a rotating body rotatably coupled to the supporting shaft and having a fixing groove recessed in the upward direction and a hollow portion in a center of the rotating body through which the supporting portion is inserted; and
a washer on which the rolling body and the second flange seat, the washer having an insertion protrusion protruding in the upward direction and fitted in the fixing groove to be coupled with the rolling body, thereby preventing separation of the supporting shaft and the rotating body by retaining the supporting shaft and the rotating body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,856

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

1. A household appliance, comprisinga loading level;
a receiving area for receiving the loading level;
a guide rail assembly configured to guide the loading level when the loading level is selectively displaced into or out of the receiving area along the guide rail assembly;
a retractor secured to the guide rail assembly and configured to automatically displace the loading level into the receiving area; and
an activator arm configured to engage in a form-fit manner in an engagement section of the retractor,
wherein the guide rail assembly comprises a fixed guide rail, which is fixed to the receiving area, and at least one movable guide rail, which is fixed to the loading level, said retractor configured to automatically displace the at least one movable guide rail along the fixed guide rail,
wherein the retractor includes a plate-shaped fastening section which is directly fixed to the at least one movable guide rail,
wherein the plate-shaped fastening section includes at least one snap hook which engages in a form-fit manner into at least one corresponding cut-out of the at least one movable guide rail,
wherein the activator arm is fixed to the fixed guide rail of the guide rail assembly, and
wherein the activator arm has a contact section that rests on a top side of the fixed guide rail, and a triangular extension plate with a securing section configured to engage the fixed guide rail and a pin-type activator section located on a tip of the triangular extension plate.

US Pat. No. 10,165,855

STORAGE RACK

Seville Classics, Inc., ...

1. A method of deploying a rack assembly, comprising:providing a rack comprising:
(i) a frame having a left support, and a right support
(ii) a plurality of shelves, each shelf having:
an enclosing frame member that has two opposing first sides connected by two opposing second sides, with each second side having an interior defined by a first surface and a second surface that is opposite to the first surface, wherein each second side has a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface, and wherein the second surface, the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface are formed in one piece;
at least one slot provided on each of the first surfaces of the second sides, each slot defining an opening located entirely between the planar top surface and the planar bottom surface of the corresponding second side; and
a plurality of separate elongated slats, each slat having a length that is greater than its width, each slat having a plurality of outer surfaces that encircle a cross-section so that the cross-section of each slat is retained inside a slot of the at least one slot, each slat having opposing ends that are positioned at opposing slots at the second sides in a manner such that each end of each slat is retained inside the interior of a corresponding second side, with the second surface completely covering the interior so that the ends of the slats are not visible from outside the second surface; wherein the plurality of outer surfaces of each slat includes two parallel vertical outer surfaces;
connecting one second side of a shelf to the left support; and
connecting the other second side of the shelf to the right support.

US Pat. No. 10,165,854

MODULAR CABINET ASSEMBLY

Seville Classics, Inc., ...

1. A modular cabinet assembly, comprising:a first sub-cabinet and a second sub-cabinet, each sub-cabinet comprising:
a back board having at least two separate back board pieces that are pivotably connected to each other;
a left side board pivotably connected to one of the at least two back board pieces; and
a right side board pivotably connected to another of the at least two back board pieces;
at least one shelf board having opposite ends removably connected to the left side board and the right side board of either the first sub-cabinet or the second sub-cabinet;
a first end board connected to either an upper end of the first sub-cabinet or a lower end of the second sub-cabinet; and
a first connector that removably connects the left side boards of the first and second sub-cabinets, and a second connector that removably connects the right side boards of the first and second sub-cabinets;
wherein each left side board and each right side board has an upper end and a lower end, and a connecting board provided at each upper end and each lower end of each left and right side board, further including a first connecting mechanism provided at each connecting board, and a second connecting mechanism provided adjacent an edge of the first end board, wherein the first connecting mechanism is a clamping hole that has a varying cross-section with a larger end and a smaller end, and the second connecting mechanism is a clamp having an elastic clamping portion, with the clamp adapted to be coupled to a corresponding clamping hole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,853

FOLDABLE TABLE ATTACHED TO THE CEILING

1. A foldable table configured for being stored on a ceiling comprising:a table top having a plurality of first openings;
a plurality of foldable legs, each attached to the table top;
a plurality of cables each having a first end and a second end, where each first end is attached to one of the plurality of legs, and each cable passes through one of the plurality of first openings;
a plurality of hinges, each one of which connecting one of the plurality of foldable legs to the table top;
a plurality of springs, each one connected to one of the plurality of hinges; and
a ceiling unit attached to the ceiling and having a plurality of second openings through each one of which one of the plurality of cables passes, wherein the ceiling unit is configured to act as a housing for:
a control unit connected to a plurality of rotatable gears and configured to rotate at least one of the plurality of rotatable gears; and
a plurality of pulleys around each one of which one of the plurality of cables passes; wherein the second end of each one of the plurality of cables is attached to one of the rotatable gears such that when each of the gears begin rotating in one direction, the cable attached to the rotating gear begins wrapping around the rotating gear.

US Pat. No. 10,165,852

TEETH CLEANING IMPLEMENT

1. A teeth cleaning implement, comprising:a hollow, frangible body, having an outer surface and an interior;
a plurality of bristle bundles attached to said outer surface and extending outwardly therefrom;
a plurality of pores disposed about said body, capable of providing fluid communication between an environment and said interior;
a port located on said outer surface, capable of providing fluid communication with said interior; and,
a plug removably insertable into said port;
wherein said interior is capable of receiving an amount of a substance therein.

US Pat. No. 10,165,851

ACCESSORY HOLDER

1. A device for attachment to a belt for holding an accessory, comprising:a) a holder formed as a single piece having a base;
b) said base having a front surface and a back surface;
c) said base having a pair of spaced apart belt receiving slots;
d) said front surface of said base having a right side and a left side;
e) said left side of said base having a first retaining portion extending perpendicularly to said front surface and said first retaining portion having a first sidewall extending therefrom parallel to and spaced from said front surface and forming a first recess;
f) said right side of said base having a second retaining portion extending perpendicularly to said front surface and said second retaining portion having a second sidewall extending therefrom parallel to and spaced from said front surface and forming a second recess;
g) a resilient release member formed as part of said base; and,
h) wherein said release member is formed by two arcuate spaced apart slots extending from a top edge of said base and said release member includes a catch and said release member is located below said top edge of said base and said catch extends outwardly from said front surface for engaging an accessory so that the accessory is retained in said holder by said first retaining portion and said second retaining portion and said catch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,850

RELEASABLY-ENGAGEABLE STRAP LOOP

REALWEAR, INCORPORATED, ...

1. A releasably-engageable strap loop comprising:a unitary body having a gate member and a hooked-frame member, the gate member including a first elbow end joining a second elbow end of the hooked-frame member,
wherein the gate member further includes a first engaging end opposite the first elbow end, the first engaging end having an outwardly-facing flange and at least one notched portion that together present a set of leg members and a corresponding set of outwardly-facing feet members,
wherein the hooked-frame member further includes a second engaging end extending from a bended portion of the hooked-frame member opposite the second elbow end, the second engaging end having at least one inwardly-facing flange and the bended portion having at least one inwardly-facing saddle member,
wherein the at least one inwardly-facing saddle member is configured to complement the set of leg members and the inwardly-facing flange is configured to complement the corresponding set of outwardly-facing feet members when the strap loop is in an engaged state.

US Pat. No. 10,165,849

COLLAPSIBLE CONTAINER WITH STRAW

1. A container comprising:a container wall defining a volume;
a first opening into said volume defining a first passageway;
a cap configured to seal the first opening;
a second opening into said volume defining a second passageway;
wherein said first and second openings are laterally adjacent to each other;
wherein said first and second passageways are separate from each other;
an interlocking ridge and groove fastener configured to seal said second opening; and
a straw defining a passageway into said volume, said straw further comprising an attachment to the container wall;
wherein the ridge and groove of the ridge and groove fastener are parallel along their entire length with at least one plane.

US Pat. No. 10,165,848

SLIP BELT CARRYING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for suspending a plurality of articles from a user having a torso comprising:a belt securable around a mid torso of the user;
an elongate flexible inner strap suspended beneath said belt and extending completely around a lower torso of said user and oriented around said lower torso of said user along a plane perpendicular to an axis through said torso;
an outer rotary flexible member suspended from and rotatable about said elongate flexible inner strap, said outer rotary flexible member extending at least partially around said torso of the user and being operable to attach a plurality of objects thereto; and
a plurality of rigid inner clip segments secured to said elongate flexible inner strap wherein said outer rotary flexible member is supported on said plurality of rigid inner clip segments wherein each of said rigid inner clip segments includes a pair of coplanar vertically spaced apart outer walls extending parallel to said elongate flexible inner strap and extending away from each other to free distal ends at opposite ends thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,165,847

EXOSKELETON SYSTEM FOR LOAD CARRYING

THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTR...

1. A passive exoskeleton system comprising:a load carriage arrangement configured to carry an applied load, and
at least one push/pull Bowden cable configured to transfer at least a first part of the applied load to the ground bypassing a musculoskeletal system of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,165,846

BACKPACKS WITH COOPERATIVELY ADJUSTED HIP BELTS AND COMPRESSION STRAPS

CamelBak Products, LLC, ...

1. A backpack, comprising:a pack body that includes at least one storage compartment;
at least one shoulder strap operatively coupled to the pack body and configured to at least partially support the backpack upon a user's shoulders when the user wears the backpack; and
a belt assembly configured to extend around the user's waist when the user wears the backpack;
wherein the pack body includes:
a back panel configured to lie adjacent to the user's back when the user wears the backpack; and
an exterior panel that faces away from the back panel and is at least partially separated from the back panel by a storage compartment of the at least one storage compartment;
wherein the belt assembly includes:
at least one compression strap segment configured to selectively adjust a pack volume of the pack body;
at least one hip belt segment configured to at least partially support the backpack upon the user's hips when the user wears the backpack;
at least one adjustment strap interconnecting a corresponding compression strap segment and a corresponding hip belt segment; and
a releasable fastener configured to selectively secure the belt assembly around the user's waist when the user wears the backpack;
wherein each compression strap segment includes a compression strap segment pack end that is coupled to the pack body and a compression strap segment adjustment end that is coupled to a corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein each hip belt segment includes a hip belt segment pack end that is coupled to the pack body at a location proximal the back panel relative to a corresponding compression strap segment pack end and a hip belt segment adjustment end that is coupled to a corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein each compression strap segment adjustment end is coupled to the corresponding hip belt segment adjustment end only via the corresponding adjustment strap;
wherein the backpack includes a belt assembly waist loop with a belt assembly waist perimeter, wherein the belt assembly waist loop is partially defined by each hip belt segment and a portion of each adjustment strap that extends between the corresponding hip belt segment and the releasable fastener,
wherein each adjustment strap is configured to selectively adjust each of the pack volume and the belt assembly waist perimeter, and
wherein the belt assembly is configured such that, responsive to the user applying a tension force to the adjustment strap, each of the pack volume and the belt assembly waist perimeter decreases by a respective degree that depends upon a ratio of the force required to decrease the pack volume to the force required to decrease the belt assembly waist perimeter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,845

TOOL PACK SYSTEM WITH REMOVABLE TOOL PANELS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A backpack system adapted for carrying hand tools comprising:a backpack having a front, a back, a first side, a second side, a top portion, and a bottom portion, the backpack comprising:
a base having a bottom panel on the bottom portion of the backpack, a front base, a rear base, and a sidewall extending along at least part of a perimeter of the bottom panel and extending upward from the bottom panel;
a first shell portion secured to the rear base and defining a back panel configured to abut an user's back;
a second shell portion secured to the front base and aligned with and opposing the first shell portion;
a releasable closure connected between the first shell portion and the second portion, wherein the backpack is operable between an open position and a closed position and in the closed position defines and encloses a main storage compartment;
a pair of shoulder straps each attached to and extending between the base and the top portion of the backpack;
a rigid floor spaced vertically above the bottom panel and having a front floor margin connected along the front base and extending upward to a rear floor margin connected to and extending across the back panel;
at least one tool panel with one or more tool receivers each constructed to retain a hand tool, the at least one tool panel having a tool panel side portion and a tool panel lower end portion, wherein the at least one tool panel is sized to be disposed within the main storage compartment;
a panel-retaining structure with a first retaining portion on the tool panel lower end portion and a second retaining portion secured to the rigid floor, wherein the first retaining portion and the second retaining portion releasably interlock to retain the at least one tool panel in the main storage compartment; and
a tether extending between a first end portion and a second end portion with closed-loop connector, wherein the first end portion is secured to the base and the tether is secured to and extends upward along the back panel of the first shell and exits from a tether opening on one of the pair of shoulder straps.

US Pat. No. 10,165,844

DIFFUSER

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A diffuser for attachment to an airflow outlet end of a hair dryer, the diffuser comprising:a plastics baffle comprising an air inlet end, an air outlet end and an outwardly tapering wall extending between the air inlet end and the air outlet end, and which defines a diffusing air chamber, the air outlet end comprising a plurality of circumferentially spaced weld ribs upstanding therefrom; and
a plastics grille comprising a plurality of air outlets and an annular shelf to which the weld ribs of the baffle are ultrasonically welded.

US Pat. No. 10,165,843

HAND HELD APPLIANCE

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. A hair care appliance comprising: a body having a first end and a second end that is opposite the first end, a handle comprising a wall that extends in a longitudinal direction of the handle, a fluid flow path flowing from a fluid inlet into the handle to a fluid outlet from the second end of the body, and a baffle, wherein the fluid flow path is non-linear, the baffle directs flow within the non-linear fluid flow path between the handle and the body, and the baffle extends in the longitudinal direction from an end of the wall forming a partial continuation of the wall to at least partially block fluid in the fluid flow path from flowing toward the first end of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,165,842

REUSABLE MULTI-BOWL DEVICE FOR USE IN HAIR COLORATION

1. A reusable multi-bowl device for use in mixing hair colorants, said device comprising:a base having a periphery and a central cavity;
a plurality of lateral tabs arranged around said periphery, said tabs having an erasable surface;
a timer mechanism located within said central cavity;
a marker ring mounted upon said base for rotation around said central cavity; and
a plurality of bowls arranged between said central cavity and said periphery.

US Pat. No. 10,165,841

FOOTWEAR CARRYING SYSTEM

SWings Products, LLC, Po...

1. A footwear carrying system comprising:a first carrier having a first attachment point near a first end of the carrier, a second attachment point near a second end of the carrier opposite the first end, a third attachment point along a first side of the carrier;
a second carrier, separate from the first carrier, having a first attachment point near a first end of the carrier, a second attachment point near a second end of the carrier opposite the first end, and a third attachment point along a first side of the carrier;
a first strap adapted to connect the first and second attachment points of the first carrier; and
a second strap adapted to connect the first and second attachment points of the second carrier;
wherein the third attachment points of the first and second carriers are adapted to provide a flexible connection between the first and second carriers;
wherein the flexible connection enables the first and second carriers to move independently of each other;
wherein each of the carriers has an opening at the first end for inserting a shoe into the carrier, and a cover arranged to cover the opening;
wherein each of the carriers is wider at the first end and tapered to the second end which is smaller so as to conform to a toe of the shoe;
wherein each of the carriers has a second side opposite the first side, the second side being substantially wider than the first side to accommodate a sole of the shoe; and
wherein the soles of two shoes inserted into the carriers face outward away from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,165,840

LOCKING FASTENER SYSTEM

1. A fastener system, comprising:a key having an elongated body with an insertion end with a magnetic prong, and an opposing outer end; and
a housing having an upper end and a lower end, and said upper end having a slot for insertion of said key, the slot having an unlocking location with a magnet for engaging with the prong and a locking location;
the slot having a width that varies from a first width at the unlocking location and a second width at the locking location, the first width at the unlocking location dimensioned to accommodate insertion of the key, and the second width at the locking location dimensioned to secure the key following rotation of the key from the unlocking location towards the locking location;
the slot having a center point with a recess having a diameter to fit to the prong of the key, the recess having a depth for insertion of said prong at the center point to allow the key to rotate from the unlocking location towards the locking location while the prong is in the recess.

US Pat. No. 10,165,839

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Otter Products, LLC, For...

1. A protective cover for use with a portable electronic device, the protective cover comprising:a stretchable cushion layer configured to wrap around at least a portion of a rigid housing for the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is installed in the stretchable cushion layer, the stretchable cushion layer configured to cover at least sides and a back of the housing for the installed portable electronic device, the stretchable cushion layer having elasticity such that it tightly fits the housing to protect the installed portable electronic device;
a first opening in the stretchable cushion layer that aligns with a microphone of the installed portable electronic device, the first opening for allowing sound transmission from outside the protective cover to the microphone of the installed portable electronic device;
a second opening in the stretchable cushion layer for accessing one or more interactive control features of the installed portable electronic device; and
a third opening in the stretchable cushion layer that aligns with a speaker of the installed portable electronic device, the third opening for allowing sound transmission from the speaker of the installed portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,838

PROTECTIVE COVER FOR A MOBILE DISPLAY DEVICE

Logitech Europe S.A., Lu...

1. A protective cover for a mobile display device comprising:a housing including:
an outer portion having a generally rectangular frame structure configured to, when the protective cover is coupled to a mobile display device, provide a protective shell along an edge perimeter surrounding a display of the mobile display device; and
an inner portion coupled to the outer portion and constructed of a deformable material,
wherein the inner portion includes a successive pattern of protrusions separated by a distance that forms a gap between each of the protrusions, wherein each protrusion is configured to collapse into and fill the gap in response to the protective cover receiving an impact force on a corresponding location of the outer portion, and
a backplane coupled to a backside of the housing and is configured to provide a protective shell along a back side of the mobile display device.

US Pat. No. 10,165,837

RECONFIGURABLE STORAGE DEVICE

ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION, ...

1. A storage device comprising:a body having an inner compartment and a carrying handle, wherein said body has first and second outer portions and a middle portion positioned therebetween;
a strap attachable to said body in a first configuration wherein said strap is coupled to said body at or adjacent to said first and second outer portions and extends therebetween and is not coupled to said middle portion such that said strap is wearable over a shoulder of a user in a manner of a courier-type bag, and a second configuration wherein said strap is coupled to said body at or adjacent to said first and second outer portions and releasably slidably attached to handle to thereby define a pair of loops, each loop being shaped and configured to receive an arm of a user therethrough such that said storage device is wearable on a back of the user in the manner of a backpack; and
a securing device configured to releasably attach said strap to said handle, wherein said securing device includes a strap securing device that is slidably coupled to said strap such that the strap securing device can slide along a majority of the length of the strap and a handle securing device that is slidably coupled to said handle, wherein said strap securing device and said handle securing device are releasably attachable together, wherein strap securing device includes a closed, non-openable loop slidably receiving the strap therethrough and further includes a separate, selectively openable hook or clasp that does not slidably receive the strap therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,165,836

METHOD OF FORMING A MARKING ON AN ARTICLE, AND AN ARTICLE HAVING A MARK THEREON

Master Dynamic Limited, ...

1. A mold for imparting a marking including a requisite optical element having two and a half dimensions (2.5D) to the outer surface of an article formed from a ductile material, said mold comprising:a marking surface for imparting the mark to an outer surface of the article by way of localized plastic deformation of the material from which the article is formed upon the mold and the article being urged against each other, said marking surface including a micro-structure formed by an arrangement of a plurality of micro meter sized recessed or protruded entities;
said entities being arranged in a predetermined arrangement in relation to each other and said entities being arranged as a micro-structure having two and a half dimensions (2.5D), wherein said entities are arranged in an inverse arrangement in respect of the requisite optical element to be formed on the surface of an article, and said entities are arranged so as to provide one or more recesses extending in a direction of from said marking surface into the mold;
wherein said one more recesses are sized and shaped such that upon the mold being urged against the article, the optical element is imparted to the article upon deformation of the ductile material so as to conform with the surfaces of the plurality of micro meter sized recessed or protruded entities;
wherein the recesses do not have any laterally extending undercuts such that the material which is urged into the recesses and which forms a shape defined by the geometry of the recesses is not damaged when the mold is removed from the article following formation of the marking; and
wherein ductile material is plastically deformed and urged into said one or more recesses and conforms with the recesses, wherein deformation and flow of the ductile material into the recesses reduces lateral stresses imparted to the mold adjacent the recesses, and ductile urged into the recesses forms a portion of the material from deformation of the ductile material being imparted to the entities optical element having two and a half dimensions (2.5D).

US Pat. No. 10,165,835

BRAZED JOINT FOR ATTACHMENT OF GEMSTONES TO EACH OTHER AND/OR A METALLIC MOUNT

1. A gemstone setting comprising:a gemstone;
at least two mounting surfaces; and
at least two braze joints, the at least two braze joints being formed from a reactive metallic alloy, the at least two braze joints adhering the gemstone to the at least two mounting surfaces, the at least two braze joints being substantially concealed from a direct line of sight from a top portion of the gemstone by preventing excessive alloy from getting outside a desired braze area.

US Pat. No. 10,165,834

SWITCHABLE BUCKLE JEWELRY LOCK CATCH

1. A switchable buckle jewelry lock catch, comprising a lock catch body, a buckle sleeve and a buckle; wherein one end of the buckle sleeve is provided with a buckle sleeve matching surface; the other end of the buckle sleeve is provided with a buckle inlet; an internal wall of the buckle sleeve is provided with lock pins; an external surface of the buckle is provided with clamping grooves; a spring chamber is provided inside the buckle; a spring is provided in the spring chamber; a thimble of the spring is provided at one end of the buckle; a connecting mechanism of a jewelry chain is provided at the other end of the buckle; the clamping grooves are U-shaped clamping grooves; each of the U-shaped clamping grooves is of a groove structure; the U-shaped clamping grooves are symmetrically distributed at two sides of the buckle; a straight-line distance between groove bottoms of the two U-shaped clamping grooves is less than a straight-line distance between the lock pins; and a width of the U-shaped clamping groove matches a diameter of each of the lock pins.

US Pat. No. 10,165,833

MECHANICAL FASTENER, FASTENING SYSTEM, AND DISPOSABLE ABSORBENT ARTICLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A mechanical fastener comprising:a thermoplastic backing; and
multiple, upstanding fastening elements that have a post with a proximal end attached to the thermoplastic backing and a distal end comprising a cap larger in area than a cross-sectional area of the post,
wherein the multiple, upstanding fastening elements have a height of at least 40 micrometers and up to 300 micrometers, and wherein a basis weight of the mechanical fastener is in a range from 25 grams per square meter to 75 grams per square meter.

US Pat. No. 10,165,832

METHOD OF MAKING A SOLE STRUCTURE COMPRISING A FLUID FILLED MEMBER WITH SLOTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of making an article of footwear, comprising the steps of:receiving a fluid filled member including an internal cavity, the fluid filled member including at least one thickened portion; wherein the internal cavity has an X-like cross sectional shape, such that the internal cavity comprises a central cavity portion, a medial upper cavity portion extending from the central cavity portion and separate from a medial lower cavity portion extending from the central cavity portion, and a lateral upper cavity portion extending from the central cavity portion and separate from a lateral lower cavity portion extending from the central cavity portion;
forming a medial slot in the thickened portion in a medial side of the fluid filled member, the medial slot being disposed vertically between the medial upper cavity portion and the medial lower cavity portion;
forming a lateral slot in the thickened portion in a lateral side of the fluid filled member, the lateral slot being disposed vertically between the lateral upper cavity portion and the lateral lower cavity portion;
wherein the central cavity portion, the medial upper cavity portion, the medial lower cavity portion, the lateral upper cavity portion, and the lateral lower cavity portion are all disposed at a similar longitudinal position along a longitudinal direction;
wherein the central cavity portion, the medial upper cavity portion, the medial lower cavity portion, the lateral upper cavity portion, and the lateral lower cavity portion are all in fluid communication with one another at the similar longitudinal position; and
wherein a portion of each of the medial slot, the lateral slot, and a lower slot is disposed adjacent to the internal cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,165,831

SHOELACE

San Dai Enterprise Co., L...

1. An improved shoelace comprising an elastic inner core and a woven string covering the elastic inner layer; the woven string having a plurality of narrow sections and wide sections evenly disposed on two ends of the elastic inner core; each narrow section wrapping the elastic inner core, each wide section being longer than each narrow section and separated from the elastic inner core; wherein when the elastic inner core is not pulled the wide sections overlap and fold onto the elastic inner core, and when the elastic inner core is pulled, the wide sections are stretched straight.

US Pat. No. 10,165,830

SHOE UPPER

ASICS CORPORATION, (JP)

1. An upper of a shoe configured to cover at least a portion of a foot, the upper comprising:a medial side portion configured to cover a medial side surface of the foot;
a lateral side portion configured to cover a lateral side surface of the foot;
a plurality of panels provided in the medial side portion and/or the lateral side portion, configured to be separated from one another in a longitudinal direction of the foot, and configured to cover at least a portion of a side surface of the foot,
a fastening member configured to pull the panels toward a central portion between a medial side and a lateral side of the foot;
a plurality of string-shaped non-elongatable string portions extending in the longitudinal direction, the string portions placed between a pair of the plurality of panels that are adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction;
a mesh member formed by a woven fabric or a knit fabric, having elongate slit-shaped through holes arranged in a plurality of columns and a plurality of rows; and
at least one panel member layered on the mesh member,
wherein each of the string portions is formed by a body part of the mesh member between two of the plurality of through holes that are configured to be spaced apart from, and adjacent to, each other in a circumferential direction of the foot.

US Pat. No. 10,165,829

SPACER TEXTILE MATERIAL WITH TENSILE STRANDS IN NON-LINEAR ARRANGEMENTS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A spacer textile material comprising:a first layer;
a second layer;
a plurality of connecting members extending between and joining the first layer and the second layer;
a tensile strand;
wherein the first layer is joined to the second layer to define a plurality of channels arranged in a non-linear pattern;
wherein the tensile strand extends through the plurality of channels;
wherein the plurality of channels includes a first channel that is oriented at a first angle relative to a first edge of the spacer textile material;
wherein the plurality of channels includes a second channel that is oriented at a second angle relative to the first edge of the spacer textile material;
wherein the plurality of channels includes a third channel that is oriented at a third angle relative to the first edge of the spacer textile material;
wherein the plurality of channels includes a fourth channel that is oriented at a fourth angle relative to a second edge of the spacer textile material, the second edge is opposite the first edge;
wherein the first angle and the second angle are different;
a first portion of the tensile strand extends from the second edge of the spacer textile material between the first channel and the second channel;
a second portion of the tensile strand extends from the first edge of the spacer textile material between the second channel and the third channel;
a third portion of the tensile strand extends from the second edge of the spacer textile material between the third channel and the fourth channel; and
a fourth portion of the tensile strand extends from a third edge of the spacer textile material.

US Pat. No. 10,165,828

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DECOUPLED UPPER

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of footwear, comprising:a longitudinal direction extending along a major axis of the article of footwear and a lateral direction extending along a minor axis of the article of footwear;
an upper and a sole structure;
a first side extending along the longitudinal direction of the article of footwear;
a second side extending along the longitudinal direction of the article of footwear; the first side being on an opposite side of the article of footwear from the second side;
a connecting member including a sheet of material, the sheet of material forming the connecting member being folded along the longitudinal direction in a linear orientation along an entire length of the connecting member such that the connecting member includes an upper layer and a lower layer;
the upper layer being attached to the upper along the first side and the lower layer being attached to the sole structure along the first side; the second side of the sole structure and the second side of the upper being directly coupled to each other;
the upper layer and the lower layer of the connecting member being decoupled from one another at the first side such that the upper layer is configured to move substantially independently of the lower layer at the first side, wherein the decoupled upper layer and the decoupled lower layer allow a lower periphery of the upper to move substantially independently of an upper periphery of the sole structure on the first side of the article of footwear; and
wherein the first side is a medial side.

US Pat. No. 10,165,827

OUTSOLE WITH GRIP REDUCTION EXTENSION MEMBERS

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An outsole for an article of footwear, the outsole comprising:a sole foundation, the sole foundation having a first surface, the first surface configured as a ground-contacting surface;
a plurality of tread projections, each of the plurality of tread projections having a sidewall surface and a tread projection distal surface, the sidewall surface extending between the sole foundation first surface and the tread projection distal surface forming a distal surface offset distance, the tread projection distal surface having a first area; and
an extension member, the extension member comprised of a proximal portion and a distal portion, the extension member having an extension member length extending from the tread projection distal surface to an extension member distal end, the extension member having a cross sectional area perpendicular to the extension member length that is a second area, the first area being at least three times the area of the second area, the extension member length being at least twice a width of the second area, wherein the extension member length allows for flexibility that enables the extension member to be pushed sideways and to collapse and contact the tread projection distal surface, wherein the collapse of the extension member reduces traction of the article of footwear when worn.

US Pat. No. 10,165,826

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH A MIDSOLE ASSEMBLY HAVING A PERIMETER BLADDER ELEMENT, A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AND A MOLD ASSEMBLY FOR SAME

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear comprising:providing a first bladder element formed from first and second polymeric sheets to form the first bladder element with a substantially arc-shaped heel portion continuously extending to form a lateral arm portion extending forward from the heel portion along a lateral side of the first bladder element, and continuously extending to form a medial arm portion laterally-spaced from the lateral arm portion and extending forward from the heel portion along a medial side of the first bladder element;
providing a sole layer that has an upper surface and a lower surface, and that has multiple protrusions at the lower surface that extend away from the upper surface;
positioning the sole layer on the first bladder element so that the multiple protrusions of the sole layer extend away from the upper surface of the sole layer into a cavity between the lateral arm portion and the medial arm portion of the first bladder element; wherein the sole layer has at least one groove between at least two of the multiple protrusions; securing the sole layer to at least a portion of the first bladder element;
wherein the article of footwear is a first article of footwear; and simultaneously forming the first bladder element for the first article of footwear and a second bladder element for a second article of footwear in a single mold assembly;
wherein the second bladder element has a substantially arc-shaped heel portion continuously extending to form a lateral arm portion extending from the heel portion of the second bladder element along a lateral side of the second bladder element, and continuously extending to form a medial arm portion laterally-spaced from the lateral arm portion of the second bladder element and extending from the heel portion of the second bladder element along a medial side of the second bladder element;
wherein the medial arm portion of the first bladder element is between the lateral arm portion of the second bladder element and the medial arm portion of the second bladder element during said simultaneously forming;
wherein said simultaneously forming in the single mold assembly further includes forming a third bladder element and a fourth bladder element simultaneously with the first bladder element and the second bladder element in the single mold assembly;
wherein each of the third bladder element and the fourth bladder element has a substantially arc-shaped heel portion continuously extending to form a lateral arm portion extending from the heel portion, and continuously extending to form a medial arm portion laterally-spaced from the lateral arm portion and extending from the heel portion; and
wherein the medial arm portion of the third bladder element is between the lateral arm portion and the medial arm portion of the fourth bladder element during said simultaneously forming.

US Pat. No. 10,165,825

ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH ADAPTIVE FIT

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole, comprising:an outer sole assembly including a plurality of outer sole members spaced apart from each other by a plurality of gaps;
a middle sole assembly defining a plurality of grooves; and
an intermediate layer comprising an elastomer, wherein the intermediate layer is disposed between the outer sole assembly and the middle sole assembly, and the intermediate layer connects the middle sole assembly to the outer sole assembly;
wherein the intermediate layer is more elastic than each of the plurality of outer sole members;
wherein the intermediate layer is more elastic than the middle sole assembly;
wherein one of the plurality of gaps is vertically aligned with a respective one of the plurality of grooves; and
wherein the plurality of gaps includes a forward central gap that extends from a forward edge of the outer sole assembly toward a heel region of the sole to separate the sole between a lateral portion and a medial portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,824

SOLE MEMBER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A sole structure for an article of footwear, the sole structure comprising:a first composite layer formed from first fibers having a first weave orientation and including a first raised portion extending from a first surface of the first composite layer in a first direction and a second raised portion extending from the first surface of the first composite layer in the first direction, the second raised portion being spaced apart from the first raised portion along a longitudinal axis of the sole structure and including a different shape than the first raised portion; and
a second composite layer attached to the first composite layer, formed from second fibers having a second weave orientation, and including a third raised portion extending from a first surface of the second composite layer in a second direction and a fourth raised portion extending from the first surface of the second composite layer in the second direction, the fourth raised portion being spaced apart from the third raised portion along a longitudinal axis of the sole structure and including a different shape than the third raised portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,822

INSULATED FOOTWEAR ARTICLES

1. A footwear article comprising an upper region, a toe region comprising a toe top region and toe bottom region, and a foot bottom region, wherein said footwear articlehas a footwear thermal resistance Rf of said upper region of 0.18 m2° C./W or less;
a low bulk insulation with a thermal conductivity of 30 mW/m° C. or less in said toe top region; and
has a footwear thermal resistance ratio of said toe region to said foot bottom region of 0.80 or greater.

US Pat. No. 10,165,821

SOLE FOR A SHOE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A RUNNING SHOE

1. Sole for a shoe, in particular for a running shoe, the sole comprising:a polyurethane injected midsole extending continuously from a heel area to a forefoot area;
a longitudinally extending shank, the shank having a lower surface: and
an outsole having an outer surface;
said shank extending from the forefoot of the sole through an arch area to the heel area and having an opening in its heel area for receiving polyurethane of the midsole;
wherein the lower surface of the shank in the heel area is offset to be closer to the outer surface of the outsole in a vertical direction than the lower surface of the shank in the arch area; and
the sole further comprising a comfort element having a higher elasticity than the polyurethane of the midsole;
wherein the comfort element is placed in a cavity above said opening of the shank, and is bonded to the polyurethane of the midsole.

US Pat. No. 10,165,820

VALVE ASSEMBLY FOR CONTROLLING FLOW DIRECTION OF FLUID BASED ON ROTATION ANGLE

1. A valve assembly, comprising:a rotating shaft having an internal passage formed therein and being rotatable;
the rotating shaft having a first and a second connecting portions connected to both sides of the internal passage for receiving fluid from the internal passage and sending fluid to the internal passage from outside; and
a check ball enclosed in the internal passage and adapted to control the direction of fluid flow;
wherein a first and a second check ball seating portions onto which the check ball is seated are formed on both inner sides of the internal passage; and
wherein when the internal passage is inclined by a rotation of the rotating shaft, the check ball contacts closely to a lower positioned one of the check ball seating portions due to a gravitational force, and permits a fluid flow in only one direction from the internal passage to one of the first and second connecting portions which is at a higher position.

US Pat. No. 10,165,819

HELMET ACCESSORY ADAPTER

MSA Technology, LLC, Cra...

1. A system for use in connection with a protective helmet having at least one accessory connection mechanism, comprising:a visor accessory comprising a frame comprising at least one rearward extending member,
an adapter comprising a lower helmet connector to form a releasable connection with the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet, and an upper accessory connector extending above a rim of the protective helmet when the lower helmet connector forms a releasable connection with the accessory connection mechanism to form a releasable connection with the at least one rearward extending member of the visor accessory via an extending channel of the upper accessory connector through which the rearward extending member is slidable to releasably connect the visor accessory to the protective helmet, the extending channel of the upper accessory connector being adapted to connect to the rearward extending member to stow the adapter on the at least one rearward extending member when the lower helmet connector of the adapter is removed from connection with the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet and when the visor accessory is placed in connection with the helmet via another accessory connected to the protective helmet via the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet, wherein the at least one rearward extending member is slidable through the extending channel of the upper accessory connector when the adapter is rotated 180 degrees from its orientation when connected to the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet to position the adapter at a forward position on the at least one rearward extending member so that a length of the at least one rearward extending member extends rearward from the adapter to place the visor accessory in connection with the another accessory via cooperation of the length of the at least one rearward extending member with the another accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,165,818

PROTECTIVE HELMET

1. A protective helmet, comprising:an outer shell including at least one aperture;
an elastomeric diaphragm connected to an inner surface of the outer shell and covering the at least one aperture;
an inner shell slidingly connected to the outer shell; and,
at least one expandable bladder positioned between the outer shell and the inner shell and operatively arranged to displace the elastomeric diaphragm in the at least one aperture of the outer shell.

US Pat. No. 10,165,817

BATTERY PACK AND HELMET MOUNTING ARRANGEMENT

Revision Military S.a.r.l...

1. A helmet system comprising: a helmet; a battery pack having at least one battery;an attachment arrangement to removably attach the battery pack to the helmet, the attachment arrangement including a first engaging member on the battery pack, the first engaging member being coupleable to a second engaging member on the helmet;
a first electrical contact located on the battery pack, the first electrical contact configured to deliver power from the battery pack to a first device via an electrical contact on the helmet when the first device is attached to the helmet, wherein the first electrical contact delivers power from the battery pack to the first device only when the battery pack is attached to the helmet via the attachment arrangement, and wherein the first electrical contact cannot deliver power from the battery pack to the first device when the battery pack is completely removed from the helmet and the first engaging member on the battery pack is not coupled to the second engaging member on the helmet;
a mounting arrangement on the battery pack to removably mount a second device to the battery pack, the mounting arrangement including a third engaging member on the battery pack, the third engaging member being coupleable to a fourth engaging member on the second device, wherein the second device is physically supported by the battery pack when mounted to the battery pack via the mounting arrangement; and
a second electrical contact located on the battery pack and spaced from the first electrical contact, the second electrical contact configured to deliver power from the battery pack to the second device by an electrical contact on the second device when the second device is mounted to the battery pack, wherein the second electrical contact can deliver electrical power from the battery pack to the second device without the battery pack being electrically connected to the first device, wherein the first device and the second device are simultaneously operable when the battery pack is attached to the helmet via the attachment arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,165,816

ADORNING APPARATUS AND HEADWEAR USING THE SAME

YUPOONG, INC., Seoul (KR...

1. A headwear and adorning apparatus assembly, comprising:a size controller having a male size control portion having a base end affixed to the headwear and a female size control portion having a base end affixed to the headwear, the male size control portion having a distal end, the female size control portion having a distal end, the distal ends affixing to one another, the distal ends defining an overlapping portion for selectively adjusting a head size of the headwear;
an adorning apparatus having an adorning portion and a support portion to support the adorning portion, the adorning apparatus being attachable to and detachable from the size controller,
wherein:
the size controller spans across an opening portion defined by the headwear,
the male size control portion has a coupling protrusion and the female size portion has a coupling hole,
the adorning portion has a front surface and a back surface, the front surface being three-dimensionally adorned and the back surface being flat,
the support portion extends away in a vertical direction from the adorning portion for a distance that is equal to a width of the size controller, the support portion being interposed between the male size control portion and the female size control portion and disposed within the overlapping portion,
the support portion is rectangular and is thinner than the adorning portion,
the support portion has a detachable coupling portion for detachably being coupled to the male size control portion,
a recess portion is formed in the size controller, and extended in a head circumferential direction corresponding to a thickness and a width of the support portion to receive the support portion,
the recess portion is located within a space defined by the opening portion, and
a height of the coupling protrusion is greater than a sum of a thickness of the size controller and the thickness of the support portion.

US Pat. No. 10,165,814

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONNECTING GARMENTS AND RELATED ARTICLES

1. A system for selectively connecting articles of clothing, the system comprising:a glove having a first end and a second end;
a sleeve having a first end and a second end;
the second end of the glove comprising a first connection member, and the first end of the sleeve comprising a second connection member;
wherein said first connection member comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, said upper portion comprising at least one magnet of a first polarity, and said lower portion comprising at least one magnet of a second polarity, said second polarity comprising an opposite polarity to said first polarity;
wherein said second connection member comprises an upper portion and a lower portion, the upper portion comprising at least one magnet of a first polarity, and the lower portion comprising at least one magnet of a second polarity, the second polarity comprising an opposite polarity to the first polarity;
wherein the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the first connection member is attracted to the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the second connection member, and the at least one magnet of the lower portion of the first connection member is repelled by the at least one magnet of the upper portion of the second connection member;
wherein the first connection member and the second connection member are adapted to communicate with one another and wherein the second connection member is sized to be at least partially received within a portion of the first connection member to selectively connect the glove and the sleeve; and
wherein a magnetic attraction between the magnets is operable to maintain the glove in communication with the sleeve until a user applies a removal force to at least one of the glove and the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,165,813

SLEEVE GUSSET FOR AN APPAREL ITEM

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A bi-fold gusset system comprising:a first interior layer that has a first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge, the first interior layer having a first width at an upper portion of the first interior layer as measured between the first edge and the second edge; and
a second exterior layer that has a third edge and a fourth edge opposite the third edge, the second exterior layer having a second width at an upper portion of the second exterior layer as measured between the third edge and the fourth edge, the second exterior layer having a third width at a lower portion of the second exterior layer as measured between the third edge and the fourth edge, wherein the second width of the second exterior layer is greater than the first width of the first interior layer, and wherein the second width of the second exterior layer is greater than the third width of the second exterior layer, and further wherein at least a portion of the second edge of the first interior layer is coupled to at least a portion of the fourth edge of the second exterior layer to form a bi-fold pleat;
wherein at least a portion of the fourth edge of the second exterior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve opening of an exterior shell layer of an apparel item, at least a portion of the first edge of the first interior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve opening of an inner liner layer of the apparel item, and at least a portion of the second edge of the first interior layer is configured to be coupled to a sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,165,812

ILLUMINATING UNDERGARMENT AND METHOD OF USE

1. A method of passing light through light permissive material of an outer garment, the method comprising the steps of:obtaining an undergarment comprising at least one illuminating device attachment element;
locating at least one illuminating assembly upon said undergarment by securing said at least one illuminating assembly to said at least one illuminating device attachment element, each of said at least one illuminating assembly comprising at least one illuminating element;
placing said undergarment onto a wearer's body;
illuminating at least a portion of said at least one illuminating element of said at least one illuminating assembly;
placing said outer garment over said undergarment, wherein said one or more illuminating elements of said at least one illuminating element are directed towards an interior surface of said light permissive material of said outer garment in registration with said light permissive material of said outer garment; and
passing light emitted from one or more illuminating elements of said at least one illuminating element through said light permissive material of said outer garment, wherein said transmitted light is visible through said light permissive material of said outer garment.

US Pat. No. 10,165,811

INTERCHANGEABLE FABRIC ACCESSORY AND METHOD OF USE

The Cozmix Inc., Toronto...

1. An interchangeable accessory comprising:an attachment section to capture a fabric when attaching the accessory to the fabric, without piercing the fabric, the attachment section comprising an outer peripheral ring and an inner peripheral ring;
said outer peripheral ring and said inner peripheral ring connectable by an interference fit between an outer surface of the inner peripheral ring and an inner surface of the outer peripheral ring via a plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges, the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges permitting the interference fit when the fabric is captured between the outer and inner peripheral rings, the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges also permitting the interference fit between the outer and inner peripheral rings without the fabric being present, and the plurality of circumferentially spaced ridges forming a plurality of gaps between the outer and inner peripheral rings to accommodate the fabric when present; and
an interchangeable section removably attached to said inner peripheral ring, the interchangeable section comprising:
a plug having an outside peripheral edge and an inside peripheral edge which edges together form a cylindrical extension from a circular surface of said plug, said inside peripheral edge is configured to snap-fit onto a plurality of circumferentially spaced inner ridges formed on said inner peripheral ring; and
a cap including an inner circumferential tab having an inner periphery dimensioned smaller than said outer peripheral edge of said plug such that said cap is connectable to said plug in a removable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,165,810

CUT RESISTANT GLOVE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF CUT RESISTANT GLOVE

Showa Glove Co., Hyogo (...

1. A cut resistant glove comprising a glove main body manufactured by plating knitting using a ground yarn and an additional yarn, wherein the ground yarn comprises a core material, and a cover yarn wound around the core material, wherein the core material comprising a string made of a metal or glass fiber, wherein the core material further comprising a support yarn made of an organic fiber arranged along the string, wherein an average thickness of the support yarn being no less than 45 dtex and no greater than 100 dtex, and the additional yarn being made of organic fiber and comprising a core yarn and a cover yarn wound around the core yarn of the additional yarn, an elongation rate of 30-g load to 3-g load of the additional yarn is no greater than 30%, an average thickness of the ground yarn is no less than 135 dtex and no greater than 440 dtex, and an average thickness of the additional yarn is no less than 135 dtex and no greater than 670 dtex, and wherein a ratio of the average thickness of the additional yarn to the average thickness of the ground yarn is no less than 0.9 and no greater than 2.5, and the cut resistant glove is composed of stitches of at least 13 gauges and is provided with a coating layer made of a resin or rubber on an outer surface side of the glove.